When God called me to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with women in the adult entertainment industry nearly a decade ago, it was an exceedingly clear continuation of all God had been leading me through up to that point. I was convinced it was one of the good works He had foreordained for me to walk in. Birthing Scarlet Hope Reno and watching it grow has been an exhilarating, humbling, and transformative journey. There is really no greater joy than doing what you were created for and partnering with God in the advance of His Kingdom.
At the beginning of this year, my husband, who entered the pastorate full-time two years ago, asked me to consider stepping aside as the director of Scarlet Hope Reno. During our conversation, the Holy Spirit gave me the internal assurance that this was Him speaking to me. While this was certainly not what I had in mind, I step away with absolute confidence that this is the Lord’s sovereign timing.
In ways that only God could perform, He has already provided the ministry with a director to step into my place. I am very excited to introduce you to Shannon! God burdened Shannon many years ago to make it her life’s work to serve exploited women. This led her to pursue a degree in ministry to victims of sexual exploitation at Moody Bible Institute. For the past four years, she has served as manager and health coordinator at Teen Rescue, a Christ-centered ministry for the exploited youth in Texas.
After her thorough application and interview process, it was clear that Shannon is the right person to lead and execute the mission of Scarlet Hope Reno. Our mission to share the hope and love of Jesus with women in Reno’s adult entertainment industry is not in any way focused on my own personal legacy—I am just a steward of it—and it will outlast me. God has many more souls in this city that He is drawing to Himself! It is my time now to pass on the baton to the next woman who will lead the ministry forward, and I am excited to see what God will continue to do.