Operating In the Gray 2: God’s Love and the Sex Industry with Rachelle Starr
July 24, 2018 by Alton Webb
What does it take to leave a lucrative career and start loving people in a completely foreign world? How does a willingness to follow God lead us outside of conventions, so much so that strip club owners become friends?
In this interview, my wife, Rachel, sits down to answer those questions with Rachelle Starr, the founder of Scarlet’s Hope and Scarlet’s Bakery. Over the past ten years, Rachelle has followed God outside the gates to love those who society says are unlovable and to give a sense of worth to those who society says are worthless.
Listen to this inspiring story of what happens when we abandon what we want and pursue what God wants.
00:51 – How Rachelle learned to love people different from her
3:06 – The moment Rachelle was called to work with women in the sex industry (and her husband’s response)
4:23 – When churches didn’t step up, God stepped in
5:10 – What God told Rachelle that pushed her out of her comfort zone and into His will
7:02 – A woman’s response to Rachelle’s offer of a home-cooked meal
10:54 – The factors that contribute to women entering the sex industry
12:47 – What led to Rachelle quitting her successful career in marketing and starting Scarlet’s Hope
19:45 – How the bakery (Scarlet’s Bakery) serves the women of Scarlet’s Hope
23:20 – The one habit that helps transition the women from working in the club at night to working in the bakery during the day
25:36 – Teams in over 120 cities have been trained to reach women in the sex industry
25:01 – How you can get involved with Scarlet’s Hope
27:36 – The truth about why the sex industry exists
29:38 – The woman from the club who inspired the name “Scarlet’s Hope”