For the Money

3 Feb

When we get more than we expect from a certain value for the currency we have earned, it is nice to brag to our friends about the good deal we got for the money.  We may stumble onto a good deal at the neighbor’s garage sale and get a lot for the money.   The neighbor may not even know that we received more than he bargained for.  Sometimes we do not recognize until later, that we received more than what we bargained for.  It is equally possible with the goods that someone carries off from our sale as well.  At the time of the transaction, each person involved was satisfied in the exchange and assumed the risk of getting more or less for the money.

Such are the transactions on the streets for the women of desperation coming into our program.  They assume a risk…for the money.  Most of the time, they are getting more than they realize…for the money.  Their unexpected treasures include HIV and humiliation.  Not such a good deal and there is no bragging.  They must exist in lives of deception and self-loathing…for the money.   Sometimes they suffer beatings, rape, and severe physical assault…instead of the money.  After the transaction, they and their children can eat.  After the transaction, sooner or later, they come to realize that their bargain for survival contained a debilitating terminal illness…that their children would all too soon be orphans.

We help destitute women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia come out of prostitution.

For the money that we give them for support while they are processing the change in their lifestyle, they also find more than they bargained for.  Through the counseling, vocational training, and love shared, they find the “pearl without price”.  They find a promise from God in the hope that is shared with their hearts.  We give a few dollars for rent, food and transportation.  God multiplies it into a heart change.  It’s a good deal…for the money.

4 Responses to “For the Money”

  1. Klint February 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Praying for you guys…

  2. Ed Schwartz February 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Allen and Susan – thank you for faithfully serving these beautiful and vulnerable girls and their children. I pray they find the pearl of great price that they lost years ago. Thanks…

  3. Sarah Fiechter February 4, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    I cannot even tell you how much I loved this post. Wow. Thank you, thank you for standing in the gap for these vulnerable women.

    Love and Prayers…

  4. Lorena Steffen February 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    It is so heart-breaking to know what the outcome will be for these women who are so desperate for income that they must risk their lives and their health and their peace of mind to get it–maybe! God bless you for helping them to come out of this lifestyle.
    My niece Amber Steffen brought back a potholder made by one of the women. I really like it. It is so soft, and the design is very nice.
    Please tell them to keep up their good work.

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