I can remember driving to Las Vegas on January 8th, 2002. An idea birthed over Chinese food, several months earlier, now had us headed to Sin City in a rented van packed with displays, equipment, and my wife in the front seat. We would only have to come once, and that would put XXXchurch.com (a Christian anti-pornography website that aims to help those who struggle with pornography) on the map. We made the trip to Vegas to launch our website at the largest adult expo in the country, fully expecting to be kicked out once they realized what we were about. We hadn’t even considered coming back the following year. After all, no one was talking about leaving jobs and pursuing XXXchurch full-time. Spend a few days in Vegas, come back home, and the website will just run itself.
Within a few days everything changed. Under-staffed, outsmarted, and under-financed, we knew we could never compete with the 70-billion-dollar-a-year sex industry. But then, we realized, we didn’t have to compete; we just needed to show up.
Just show up. Jesus said to ‘Go’. He never called us to play it safe. Where He goes, we’re to follow.
The thing that blows me away about Harmony’s story is that she showed back up. How easy would it be never to set foot in a strip club ever again? The pain, the memories, the past, were all right there, but she decided that this was not about her, but about the hundreds of women that remained in the clubs.
A friend of mine wrote a song and played it in church quite a bit. It said, ‘You have been changed to bring change.’ I really think that this should not only sum up your life; it sums up Jesus’ message quite well. You have been changed to bring change.
Like Harmony, we all have a choice. Play it safe, and stay far away from our former employees, or our family that does not know the Lord, or our past – or show up again, and bring with us change.
When I read this book I got a real insight into the love that Harmony has for these women. As you read about the clubs, the patrons, and the dancers, you are excited when you finally read that she has left that lifestyle. But I felt even more excitement when I realized that she is going back to bring change.
You will learn a lot. You will read things that will upset you, but I hope you’ll also appreciate the simple message that Harmony passes on about Jesus: the fact that you are loved and you are welcomed. The change that has taken Harmony away from dancing, but back to the clubs, could only come from Jesus. He wants to change you so you can bring change.