I was in Amsterdam for three days this week to meet with Dr. Darv Smith who is also the Addictionologist that pioneered the Addictive Behavior Counseling School (ABCS) in YWAM/UOFN. It was great meeting Darv and Carol and talking about my ABCS internship, etc…it was a wonderful time!
It was my friend Anna’s birthday yesterday and as we walked through the RLD (because I spent the night at YWAM’s Lighthouse there) I felt like wailing and screaming at the same time! Those precious women made in God’s image were there in the windows and people were gawking at them, negotiating prices, etc… I was sad about that knowing that God has so much more in store for these women but what enraged me was what one of the men looming about said; he was with a group of 5 and he had gone to one of the windows to talk with the girl working there. He came back shaking his head and yelling “50 Euros for a b*** j**???? too much! I turned around and almost yelled out “you should be ashamed of yourself!!!” I feel so protective of those women because I can’t imagine how much pain and shame they have experienced, and as I begin to sink into the pits of despair even now I hear my heavenly Papa say “all things are possible to those who believe”. Those women are his children, they have names, birth marks, hobbies, dreams, and talents; He will make a way of escape for them. The men and women who go there as clients are mostly hurting people as well, and God loves us all.
Â The question is are we willing to be His hands and feet, to be His heart in reaching those of us who are lost?
I left Amsterdam with a Â huge realization…more like a dawning that God really has placed that city on my heart in a way that even I cannot explain. Whenever someone mentions Amsterdam, we think of marijuana, the Red Light District (RLD) and have this image of “sin-city”; but we forget about the museums and the architecture, the wonderful NGOs and churches there, the canals and the cycling Dutchies :). My Amsterdam.
Â “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. John 3:16
Here is a song that really lifts my Spirit, hope it lifts yours too and tells you if you didn’t know, and reminds you if you already know that YOU ARE REDEEMED!
Disclaimer: The pictures were gotten off Google images and I own no rights to them whatsoever; they capture the beauty of Amsterdam so well.