Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Pearl House - conversation with Apostle Odai

Have you ever had one of those conversations where you feel like you are having deja vu?   Phyllis and I called Apostle Odai and I was so excited when I heard his voice on the other line.  He was traveling but had his cell phone with him.  I began telling him what the Lord had placed on my heart and the vision I had for having a home where girls could come and live safely.  He began to tell us about the girls on the streets; the girls who need to be rescued.  Odai continued to share about the thousands of girls, ages 8 to 22, who sleep on the streets with no place to go.  During the day they carry large bowls on their heads in which they haul large amounts of items for people for very little money.  Girls living on the streets are also vulnerable to men who only have one thing in mind.  Since these girls have no safe place to sleep, men will actually rent homes where they will house girls but only to have their way with them.  
What’s crazy is there are really no legalities of rescuing these young ladies.  Why?  I remember asking Apostle Odai and I think I will always remember what he said, “No one cares.”  No one cares.  Can you imagine feeling and believing everyday for the rest of your life that no one cares?!  I wonder if true separation from God might feel a little like this.  But, there is someone who cares.  His name is Jesus!  He sees them.  He loves them. He calls them by name.  They are His daughters.  And it’s time for us to do something.  
“But I will bring them back from all the places to which you sold them.”  Joel 3:7.  
I asked Odai, “So, if we had a place for these young ladies to go, we could go get them tomorrow and bring them to safety?”  He replied, “yes.”   
Apotle Odai went on to tell that this is something that he has been praying for and truly an answer to prayer.  He began to describe his vision for it and it was a deja vu moment.  The same conversation I just had with Phyllis, I was now having with Odai.  That God would ignite a flame in someone’s heart in another country for the girls in Accra, Africa is something the Lord can only do.  It truly is the same spririt in all of us!
1 Corinthians 12:13, “Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free.  But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.”

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