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Beyond the Pretty Face
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Over the course of the past 20 years, I’ve often thought about the pretty face in the grocery store parking lot. I’d just finished shopping. I spied both her and the leering man in the late-model Lincoln at the same time. You’d think he’d lie low, but he didn’t. He flipped cigarette ashes with his finger, heavy with a huge diamond-studded ring.

Dressed in a tailored suit, her attire didn’t fit her intent: to solicit money. I sensed this before she spoke, but I also knew that my shopping left me with just a few coins; thus, no booty for her. Immediately, she blurted, “I used to be a druggie but I’m clean now. Honest. I can’t get work. I gotta get money.” Though I felt fearful myself, I tried to be kind, “Honey, I’m sorry, I just finished shopping, all I have is some coins.” She abruptly turned away, seeing there were no more immediate candidates to approach.

She turned towards the Lincoln. The man was standing by the back door. Swearing, he pushed her into the car. Jumping into the driver’s seat he peeled out of the lot. It happened fast. I couldn’t get his license number because he was parked to my right and over a ways. I imagined her sordid future. I know that even if I had possessed a wad of bills that day to give to her, that she wouldn’t have benefited; it would have gone into the pocket of the leering man.

Charitable Organizations

The world is filled with many such scenes. I know that in most cases it seems like we can’t do much about them. However, we can help by supporting organizations that reach into an element of society of which we know little. There are people who have committed their lives to this work, in countries around the world. Do you know a viable charitable/church organization that is involved in reaching out to those encumbered by the kind of life the pretty face was involved in? Check out this site for statistics on many charitable organizations and their use of funds donated: http://www.charitynavigator.org/

It takes someone with much fortitude to minister to people who find themselves in society’s pits. Yet every day rescues happen. Prostitutes, pimps, drug sellers and drug abusers are turned around by being led to the feet of Jesus. And it does us well to remember that Jesus came from the lineage of Rahab, the harlot, who became a woman of faith. For these, as for all who find Christ, the words of Philippians 4:8, 9 ring, “Put into practice what you learned from Me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies.”

I can, you can, donate to these organizations to help the caring individuals who reach out to help. You don’t have to donate large sums, any amount helps. You may not be the actual person to walk on the streets and into alleys to do this, but you can help provide means for those who can.

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By Betty Kossick. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the THE MESSAGE ®.

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