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!