I am always in awe of the moments that criss cross my days.
Waiting for a taxi in front of the red light area, I smiled a woman standing nearby who was waiting for a customer to come along. She smiled back and we chatted a bit. I asked her where she lived and she told me she lives on the same lane as Sari Bari. I asked if she knew about the business and if she would every be interested in working with us. She said she had thought about it. (yes!) She asked if we only hire women from the line (sex trade), the bad women, or if we hired good women (women from outside the area) too. I responded that we hire women from the area who want freedom from the trade or who live in the area who might be vulnerable. A few moments later two more women came over (who also live on the same lane as Sari Bari). They began to grill me about a job and what the salary was and what training was like etc. They kept repeating over and over that Sari Bari only hires “bad women”…they saw this as a good thing, a place just for women like them. So eventually I interrupted them to say that we don’t consider any women “bad” or “ruined”, we hire women from the area who are seeking something different for themselves. I said in fact, at Sari Bari, we think all woman are “valuable” and created by God. They got that, smiled and agreed with me. (Win!) Maybe they will show up for an interview, maybe not. But I am thankful that a smile always opens the door and that I had the privilege to say to these beautiful women in a very subtle way that they are “beloved”. I hope it sunk in and that they remember that their lives are valuable regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves. Fingers crossed they find their way to our door and not only experience a glimpse of their identity as women but a full blown reality of being the Beloved!