In verses three and four of Leviticus 25, the Lord said to Moses, “For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard” (ESV).
2019 was Wipe Every Tear’s seventh year, so we took it as our Sabbath year. We are so excited to share all that God did during this time! Our Welcome Center in the Philippines, which has been commissioned as the Upper Room, has been a beautiful place of refuge and rest since it opened in January. It is Wipe Every Tear’s prayer to have staff and other missionaries that are there to welcome those in the sex trade by the end of 2020. January was concluded with our first ever Men’s Trip! God is stirring in the hearts of men and we are so excited to see revival happening in the sex trade! Everyone deserves restoration.
In March we hosted our first meal distribution outreach in Angeles City. It began by taking 100 meals once or twice a week to the women in the bars during the day. Meal Outreaches have been an amazing way of connecting and building trust with the women and bar staff. We are believing that we will be able to have meal distribution seven days of the week by the end of 2020!
In April we were able to celebrate 14 of the women in our care who graduated with a bachelor’s degree! These women worked so hard to get to this point. Celebrating in their accomplishments was an honor. We were able to host a Girls Getaway in May to bless them, along with their children, with rest and festivities. Thank you to Victory Atlanta Church for making the way for this very special Getaway! 15 women in our care even chose to surrender their lives to Jesus by being baptized in the ocean!
The end of August held the 4th annual Run to Restore in Boise, which was a success! Two new full-time staff joined the Wipe Every Tear USA staff in October. Elizabeth and Alondra are a wonderful addition to the Wipe Every Tear family. Their “yes” to God lead them to us and we are so grateful!
November 9th held the 4th Annual Gratitude Gala. It was so very special having community members and supporters from across the country in the same room to celebrate freedom and to launch Legacy Family, Wipe Every Tear’s new sponsorship program.
Wipe Every Tear had an amazing Sabbath year full of peace, worship, and new beginnings. We are so grateful for your continued support! Thank you for choosing to partner with us. You are an activator of the revival that is happening in the sex trade. God is giving new vision for 2020 and we are expectant, believing that there will be a revival in the sex trade and among the nations!
*Janet shares her experience of growing up as a child of the sex trade. She and her six siblings all faced a fate similar to their mother: a freelance sex worker in the Philippines. But God had a different plan for their lives and the lives of their children.
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'When the mamasan saw Clara and her cousin, she yelled at them and said, “Stop standing there!” She threw several“uniforms” and heels at them to choose from. Clara was crying when she saw the reality of her situation. She was not used to that lifestyle or wearing that type of clothing; she was just a simple girl from the province. Clara begged the mamasan, “Oh no—can I just be a waitress instead?” The mamasan refused and exclaimed “No! Your looks qualify you to be dancer. So go and be a dancer!”'
Jona was unaware of what was about to happen, but she trusted that everything would be alright since her mother knew the truth behind it all. When she arrived, Jona was in complete shock. She saw almost naked women walking around to earn a living. When Jona met the volunteers with Wipe Every Tear, she was in complete disbelief. She kept wondering, “Who would put girls like us through school? Do these kinds of people still exist? Are there still people in this world who won’t see us as dirty women?”
In June of 2017, Rosalie met the missionaries from Wipe Every Tear. Because of her yearning to go back to school, she wanted to believe their offer of help. But one of her colleagues said, “Don’t believe them. They’re going to take you to a house and sell you.” Yet something was still stirring within her. Rosalie prayed, “God, please give me 500 hundred pesos. I really want to see if Wipe Every Tear is real. If you give me this, I will have money to visit their home.” The following day, God gave her 500 pesos. God heard her prayer and He answered! Rosalie went to work that night knowing that she would leave for Manila in the morning to visit Wipe Every Tear.
But when I close my eyes, I remember the sights and sounds of Manila in July of 2018. I see color and cathedrals and tropical flowers spilling over fences and cracked walls. I hear dogs barking and chickens clucking and moped motors roaring outside my window. I feel the upbeat rhythm of music from dance videos and see women laughing together as they follow along. I hear the voices of women and men lifted together as one, singing and worshiping the God of the oppressed and brokenhearted...