In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
After several years of ministry, I knew that Scarlet Hope Reno was doing the first part of this command very well. We were going to unreached places, parts of our city that Christians had neglected and ignored for far too long. Women who hadn’t heard the Good News of the Gospel were hearing about a God who loved them and a Savior who rescued them for the very first time. But I longed to do the second part of the Great Commission: to disciple the women who were receiving this gospel message and to teach them to love and obey God. While occasionally we were given the opportunity to read scripture with the women at the clubs, their time was usually limited and they were often distracted. I was convinced that discipleship and bible study would have to happen outside of the club.
Meeting with women from the clubs at my house or at a coffee shop worked temporarily, but God opened the floodgates of discipleship when he provided a resource center for us last year. We now have a beautiful space of our own where we can invite women to share meals, join a bible study, and provide a safe environment to build relationships. It has been amazing to see how much deeper and more in-depth we can get with the ladies now that we have a safe, private space to meet with them!
It is my hope and prayer that one day soon we will be able to offer a weekly program called Hope for Her that includes counseling, life skills classes, and trauma-informed case management. This vision will take time, money, and resources, and I need your help. We have dozens of women who are already ready to enter a day program at our resource center. Women who would come to heal, be discipled, and grow in their relationship with the Lord. Would you consider making a donation today to bring this program to life and give her hope?