Something went public this week that I have tried to keep quiet for a long time. I found it difficult and strange and, well, it made my stomach hurt. First, some back story.
I reached out to a number of people who I thought might want to partner with me in prayer. This is such an essential part of this ministry. I cannot adequately express how powerful this is. There simply are not words. Perhaps this story will help. The one time I forgot to connect with my prayer people, I was terrified the whole day. The atmosphere was agitated and hostile. fights were breaking out amongst the patrons repeatedly. I was threatened by one of the older men, he was threatening to take me out back, beat me and kill me if I didn’t cut his hair next. He glared at me from across the room the whole afternoon until management got involved. I wish I was joking, but I am not. These are people living in desperate ways, they have to be tough to survive. Every time I have had my prayer people behind me, the atmosphere has been calm and while I may be nervous, I am never afraid. Without their support, I would not have the courage to go and do this work. Without them, this would not be happening. If you would like to be part of that team, please message me your email and I will add you.
This year in May, it will be the start of my fourth year. It has been amazing and I have grown to love it. I am honoured that the patrons trust me to listen to them and cut their hair the way they want. I am amazed that they allow myself and my “Amazing Shampoo Lady” to touch them. If I had gone through what many of them have, I am not sure I would. I am glad to see the smiles and hear the murmurs of “oh it’s hair cut day” as we bring the Salon to the Fire Pit. I am humbled by their gratitude, by the sparkle in their eye and their satisfaction.
I put off the TV interview for at least sixteen months. Finally, when the managers expressed that they were hoping it would cause others to realize how easy it is to help out, I gave in.
That is why the comments of how great a thing this is cause my stomach to hurt. If it weren’t for God, I wouldn’t be there. Without my prayer people and “Amazing Shampoo Lady”, none of this would happen. It is not me who is amazing, but God and the team He surrounded me with!
9. I don’t want to stay safe. I don’t want my fear to dictate my choices, I want my faith in a big powerful God to dictate my choices. I want to take risks and show my kids how to do the same. I want to live in a way that shows them God is alive and active. I want to show them that life is about stepping out into new territory and share with them what God has done through it.
How did I get here? By following the one I trust with my life. He makes the journey on this earth an amazing adventure!
Following where He leads me is having life to the full!