Thursday, July 12, 2007
We were out on the west-end last night, it was a good night, lots of good conversations and opportunities to share with people. We gave chocolate brownies to one of the bars for their staff, Helen is our brownie making queen, the bar staff always really love brownies.
At 3am Alan and I went for a walk, within 10 minutes we got offered various drugs on 4 different occasions, don't know what that says about how we looked!
We then saw a couple having sex on a walk way, loads of people were just walking by and some guys even stopped to watch, it was a very sad and disturbing sight.
We got a call on the bat phone and took a drunk guy back to his hotel in the van, we had a good chat with his two mates.
As we then walked back to the prayer room we got stopped by a worker who asked us if we would pray with her, we stopped and prayed with her in the street, then went back.
All in all our little walk only lasted 55 minutes, it's amazing what you can see in that time.
The whole sexual side of the island is very sad. We have found out that prostitutes use the dark space below our prayer room for business. The other night (or about 5 in the morning) someone came down and there were 4 of them having sex with customers.
I really felt for the girl having sex with that guy in the street, it was so degrading, I'm not judging but just sad. Sad that the beautiful act of intimacy and oneness which is the sexual act, has been so degraded here on this island. Although it's not just on this island, society at large appears to have misused and misappropriated the whole concept of sexuality.
As a community we prayed today to get a little more wisdom and understanding as to how to work with this whole area, we struggle to know how to engage with it. Should we have gone up to the couple and asked them to stop? lots of questions....
The photograph at the the top is by and artist called Joyce Tenneson it's called Intimacy.
Thats what it's all about, it's a search for intimacy, that has somehow gone wrong.
On a personal note I was reading the sermon on the mount in the prayer room from the message version it said "Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices - they also corrupt" I've got to protect myself out on these streets.
at 2:42 PM