By Katy Hagerman
Since women who work in the sex trade often work from late on Saturday to early Sunday morning, a traditional church service on Sunday morning just doesn’t work for them. Stripped Love, the ministry of CHOG TraffickLight led by Kimberly Majeski in Anderson, Indiana, came up with a creative response—Sunday Suppers. This new initiative began in June, allowing these women to come to church and fellowship, but at a nontraditional time. Sunday Suppers have been held from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, and include free child care for the women and all-you-can-eat food. Instead of a tradition Sunday sermon, Sunday Suppers is similar to a devotion time with the women reading from the Bible, sharing stories and struggles, and praying for each other.
Guided by the story from 2 Samuel 9, where David brings Mephibosheth in and says, “I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table,” Sunday Suppers focuses on honoring women and making them feel welcomed and loved. Kimberly Majeski said the goal of starting Sunday Suppers was to give these women another connection point besides the bar or club, and to share Jesus’ love with them. She said that Sunday Suppers could be summed up in three words, “Jesus, friendship, and pizza.” Kimberly also said that their ultimate goals were the relationships created with the women through this ministry, and to make them feel special and loved.
With Sunday Suppers coming to an end for the summer, they celebrated with a Back-to-School Bash for the women involved in their ministry. It included carnival games, face painting, and specially prepared backpacks filled with school supplies for each individual child. Kimberly said that these filled backpacks were a huge help to the mothers because the average cost of school supplies for one child per year is $131.
Even though Sunday Suppers have concluded, there are still many ways people can help and get involved with Stripped Love. Those interested can help purchase gifts, or volunteer and help with mentoring, counseling, the prayer ministry, job skills and training for the women, or the weekly visits to bars and clubs. To find out more about this powerful ministry based in Anderson, Indiana, please visit www.StrippedLove.org.
To learn more about CHOG TraffickLight, visit www.CHOGTraffickLight.org.
Katy Hagerman is a communication intern for Church of God Ministries from Lapel, Indiana. She is currently studying English at Anderson University. Learn more about the Church of God at www.JesusIsTheSubject.org.