International Ministries

Let My People Go!

August 24, 2010 Journal
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Dear Friends,

"Let my people go! Release the captives!" The photo of Phillip dancing in front of Pharaoh's bar a few years ago called me to pray. His dance was prophetic - a dance on injustice; a dance for freedom. Today, we still fight the spirit of Pharaoh to demand release of the captives. Thousands of women are still captive in sexual exploitation in our area alone. Our outreach team consistently fights on behalf of these captives crying out "Let my people go!"
When Moses confronted Pharaoh to demand the release of the captives, he was a shepherd. As a shepherd boy, David killed a lion to protect his flock and later confronted the giant Goliath. Jesus referred to himself as the good shepherd who lays his life down for the sheep. Until now, I've generally pictured the shepherd as portrayed in the pastels, quiet and gentle - actually pretty passive. The shepherds in the Bible were equipped to battle the powers of darkness! Are shepherds today prepared to stand and confront Pharaoh and demand the release of the captives?
This topic "Shepherding" was discussed by NL women this week being trained by Jeff, to mentor others. Sheep can easily wander away and fall over a cliff or become prey for wolves.  The good shepherd however, will leave the 99 to find the one lost sheep. My thoughts went to Gomer. She ran away a couple days ago after coming back drunk.

Come Out! Be Free!

That night was Outreach, but I didn't feel like going. It was rainy and my throat was scratchy and hoarse. I went for prayer time. The Spirit's presence was so strong my hands started shaking. "God, what do you want to do here?" I asked. The image of the bar area under construction came to mind. Pharaoh's bar is one of several torn down for re-modeling. We prayed for the re-assignment of the desolate inheritance, and declared to the captives, Come out, and to those in darkness, Be free!" (Isaiah 49:8-9). We demanded that Pharaoh release the captives. And we prayed for Gomer.

After prayer, the NL women, a couple volunteers, and I went to pray prophetically around the construction at the bars, to stand before Pharaoh and demand "Let my people go." Having prayed, I turned from Pharaoh's bar, and there she was. Gomer, dressed for the night, alcohol on her breath, running straight into my arms. "Are you ready to come home?" I asked her. "Can I?" she asked. "Of course, you are always welcome home." "Will you forgive me again?" she asked tearfully. Gomer said she had not had any customers. "Of course not," I said. "You are God's daughter. Do you think he wants his daughter here?" Gomer started to cry quietly.

One of the NL women said, "This is what we talked about today- the Shepherd going after the lost sheep about to fall off the cliff." There in the red light area of Bangkok, a group of unsophisticated shepherds stood before Pharaoh and demanded, "Let my people go." "Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce? But this is what the Lord says: "Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce. I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save." (Isaiah 49:24-25) I wrapped Gomer in my arms and lead her away from Pharaoh's. Together we left the land of captivity and headed for the promise land of freedom.

Please continue to join us in freeing the captives and bringing them to restoration! Your financial support enables us to offer hope to the women through new life. This week we hired three new women. Your support is our "manna" in the wilderness journey toward their promised land. Thank you so much for being faithful!
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Annie Dieselberg
NightLight CEO