I have been so blessed by this prayer journey we’ve been on this summer, and I’m sad this is the last one we get to go in person to pray with and for. We’ve only scratched the surface of all the great nonprofit organizations/ministries we have in the metro-B’ham area.
This week we are visiting and praying for The Wellhouse. Founded in 2011 by Tajuan McCarty, The Wellhouse is a faith-based, Christ-centered ministry which offers immediate shelter and traditional housing to women who have been trafficked, are prostituting, or otherwise sexually exploited. In addition to housing, they also provide for all of their ladies’ basic needs as well as providing life skills classes, GED prep, and other enrichment to help them become self-sufficient and to give them a sense of self-worth. The goal is for women to go on to live full and productive lives. Each woman stays as long as it takes to reach that goal.
The Wellhouse is the only 24-hour shelter in the Southeast offering immediate housing assistance to women being prostituted. Other such shelters often require certain paperwork which many ladies in these situations just don’t have and can’t get. In addition to being a place that ministers to these precious ladies, the ministry also spends a lot of time educating the public about the epidemic of sexual trafficking: how it happens all around us, signs to look for to spot a sex-trafficked victim, what to do if you do suspect something, and other awareness issues. Ms. McCarty also spends time advocating to have laws changed to better protect victims and punish the traffickers.
Carolyn Potter is their executive director. There are numerous ways to help this ministry, as you can find on their website. The best way is to pray. Another great way to help is by purchasing stunning photographs from Picture Birmingham, which gives 100% of their profit to The Wellhouse. If you can’t decide which photograph you like best, and your budget can’t afford more than one, be on the lookout for the Picture Birmingham 2016 calendar, which comes out in early Fall. In the spirit of full disclosure, the proceeds from the calendar go to both The Wellhouse and to Mission Birmingham, the nonprofit ministry from which this blog started and who has been a key organizer and facilitator of the Nonprofits Summer Prayer Journey.
During our time of prayer at The Wellhouse this morning, we will be praying through verses from Romans 8, and so we’ll use it for our prayer time here on the blog, too.
Romans 8:1-2 – 1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus, You are the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. To You rightfully belongs all blessing and honor and glory and power and praise. You died for us while we were enemies of God and children of wrath. You have set us free from the law of sin and of death. You have sealed us with Your Spirit so that we can one day share in Your inheritance as sons and daughters of the Father. Glory! Hallelujah!!
Jesus, we raise up these precious ladies to Your throne today. You know their stories. Even in the midst of the darkest moments, You gave them strength to survive, and You have brought them out of those dark places into a place where Light dwells, and where the Living Water washes them and sets them free. We declare, in agreement with Your own words, that there is now NO condemnation for them in Christ. You have set them free from shame and guilt. We pray that they would come to a place of healing and wholeness so that they know that and feel that in every fiber of their being. God, we pray that not only would they be brought to this safe place that The Wellhouse is, but also that they would be brought to knowing You as their Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name, we come against every lie that the enemy of their souls has convinced them is truth. We declare truth – that nothing they have suffered and endured can separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus. We declare they are women of worth and value! We declare that they are precious in God’s sight! We declare that He has a good plan for them, to prosper them and not to harm them! We declare that they are not aliens and strangers, but are daughters and joint-heirs of the King, Beloved of the Bridegroom, sisters with every fellow believer.
Lord, we pray for an end to sex trafficking in this city, and for an end to sexual exploitation of any kind. That means, we also pray for the men and women who are the traffickers, that they would be set free from a life of destruction and rescued by the Great Redeemer. Lord, we thank You that even for them, once they respond to Your call to repent, that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. That is a very hard thing for us to pray, God, but Your arm is not too short that it cannot save even those.
Because there is the verse about the law of the Spirit of life and the law of sin and death, I wanted to take a moment to pray about justice in all of this. You are the God of justice, and Romans 8:33 says that You are the God who justifies. What You’ve been teaching me is that man’s justice does not always line up with Your justice. It is a more perfect but less understood justice. We pray that Your righteous justice would be fully accomplished on behalf of the ladies of The Wellhouse.
Finally, we pray for Tajuan, for Carolyn, and the rest of the staff at The Wellhouse. Lord, help them to stay at Your feet, keeping their eyes on You even as they fight for these women and all the other victims in our society. We know that God is for them and what they are doing in our city, and so we declare that no weapon fashioned against them will prosper. They wrestle with very strong forces, dragging things of darkness into the light, and so we pray for Your supernatural protection over each one of them and over everything that concerns them. We pray that even with the most heart-breaking cases, they would live and love and serve in the light of Eternity, knowing that these present sufferings are not to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to them (vs. 18). Give them great grace and strength, and cause them to put on the full armor of God each day so that having done all, they can stand firm against the devil’s schemes (from Eph. 6) as those who don’t just survive, but overwhelmingly conquer (vs. 37) through You.