Hope in the Red Light District
Lang Lang had dropped out of school and had come to the city to find work. Her friend, also a dropout from her home village, offered her an attractive opportunity; an easy job earning a good salary. It was too much for Lang Lang to pass up. She was 15 years old and so far her job search had been futile. She was hungry and desperate, and so she went with her friend to work in the ‘massage parlour’ – a brothel.
Lang Lang soon realised her new job was not what her friend made it out to be. She and the other girls at the brothel did earn double what they would as salespersons, but by giving up their bodies. The money was earned at a great cost.
One day, she could stand it no longer, and ran out of the parlour and into the street shouting, ‘I’ve had enough!’ An angry customer and her boss followed, berating her and making threats.
Walking by at that moment was Sherry, who helps run a Christian shelter and jewellery-making business, employing girls and giving them a way out of prostitution. Sherry hugged Lang Lang and whispered, ‘If you don’t want to work here, you have a choice. I can give you a job.’
Two months later, and despite some setbacks, Lang Lang was making beautiful jewellery at a table in the workroom, and feeling safe. She had already received counselling and medical treatment to help recover from a sexually-transmitted disease. She’s started studying the Bible daily, and is saving her money so she can go back to school one day.
The long-term goal of the shelter is to help girls recover mentally, physically and spiritually from the effects of prostitution. After two years in the shelter, the girls are encouraged to start a new life on their own, either using their jewellery-making skills or through finding another job. They may also go out with a new-found hope in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
- Ask for God’s favour and blessing on this shelter, that it would be used by him to rescue many girls from a life of prostitution.
- Pray for girls already involved in, or considering prostitution. Help them see the dangers and find hope in Jesus.
- Pray for those who benefit from prostitution and exploitation in China to repent and be changed by the gospel.