DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
It started with the desire to provide a special experience of pampering, creativity and reflection on Scripture for women participating in The Salvation Army’s Haven center, which serves women who are or have been engaged in commercial sex exploitation.
The Evangeline Booth College, which trains future Salvation Army officers, served as the site for this occasion with both cadets (students) and staff providing a mini-spa experience, including child care.
For speaker Captain Everette Platt, it turned into “one of my highlights of this appointment so far. It was a wonderful experience. The women appeared happy. I really enjoyed watching the positive interactions between the women and cadets, who weren’t shy. They really mixed well.”
Set up with rotating stations, participants had the opportunity to go through in small groups for a pedicure, manicure, massage, facial, footwashing, craft activity and shopping in a second-hand boutique. There was also a prayer station, and shared devotional and dinner time.
The second-hand boutique featured donated shoes, handbags and clothes in excellent condition. One woman shared how she had just given up on a layaway pair of shoes because she could not afford them. At the boutique, she found that exact shoe style in her size!
“She was so excited and grateful, and shared so beautifully about what it meant to her,” Captain Platt shared.
One of the major things that impressed and touched Captain Platt was the overall quality – from the condition of the second-hand items to the arts project. The craft “wasn’t cheap that winds up in the garbage after a while. It was a blank wooden sign that you could trace on a verse or picture and color it in. It was definitely a piece you would take home and put on a wall.”
During the devotion on Esther, Captain Platt referred repeatedly to the Maya Angelou poem “Still I Rise”, hoping that her words would serve as an encouragement to the 16 women who attended and the service team. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46446/still-i-rise
Campus can be a place where students and staff are focused on classwork, projects and tasks that have to do with developing themselves. Looking outward into the community and being a part of encouraging others takes effort, but it helps everyone involved access God’s joy. How are you and your community engaged in encouraging women?
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