Natalie’s Sisters History
Who could have predicted the impact home-cooked meals and conversation would have on a group of at-risk women? In 2000, a group of women began the simple task of cooking meals and bringing dinner into of one of Lexington, Kentucky’s local strip clubs.
That was the beginning of the “Bruised Reed” ministry. Strong relationships developed, allowing team members to reach hurting, abused and exploited women. Because of the positive impact in women’s lives, doors began to open to other clubs. To this day, team members serve weekly in several clubs -- consistently offering home-cooked meals and unconditional love.
Throughout the years, our team has hosted wedding and baby showers, birthday parties and other special events as new opportunities for the Club Ministry have emerged.
In 2011, team members began to feel God had more in store for the ministry.
Team leaders began to pray, having no idea what was next. On January 1, 2012, one of the ladies the team had often served in the clubs (and who had since moved to escort services and prostitution) was murdered by a man who was her “boyfriend”/pimp. Her name was Natalie. With the news of her death, it became clear outreach efforts were to expand to women in prostitution.
The Lexington Police Department partnered with this new Street Ministry, bringing security and knowledge of the industry to their efforts. Realizing Natalie represented the full scope of the women they now served, the name, “Natalie’s Sisters” was adopted in her honor. The street side of the ministry now includes:
- A “drop-in” center offering food, personal items, life skills classes
- Jail visitation
- Hospital visits
- Community resource referrals
In 2016, Natalie’s Sisters became a non-profit organization and now partners with numerous churches and organizations to reach at-risk women. The faithfulness of hundreds of team members creates life change opportunities by extending hope, support and God’s unconditional love.
Women have seen God’s hand at work as he meets them right where they are. Dozens have made the life-changing decision to get out of the industry and start new a new life.
- Every person is created in the image of God, has value, and deserves respect.
- This ministry is designed to raise the dignity and self-respect of those we minister to through our service and unconditional love.
- No person or location is beyond the reach of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Relationships are the key to this ministry.
- God’s grace is sufficient.
- We are redeemed sinners extending God’s grace to sinners.
- Transformation happens through relationships rooted in Christ.