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'Feed the Strippers': Pastor's Wife Starts Ministry for Exotic Dancers

By Clyde Hughes   |   Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 07:08 PM

A Tennessee pastor's wife said God told to her to "go feed the strippers," which led her to start a church ministry to help lead exotic dancers out of the profession.

Erin Stevens, 42, whose husband Todd Stevens serves as pastor of Friendship Community Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., began taking home-cooked meals to a local strip club in Nashville twice a month last October, reported Fox News.

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The meal came with moral support and general counseling in a "nondenominational, judgment-free approach," Stevens told Fox News.

"I told these girls they may not need God right now in their lives, but they will at one point," Stevens said. "We never go in with a Bible and we never go in with a prayer sermon. We don’t try to change them, we just love them."

Stevens started what she calls "Strip Church" after a 21-day fast during which Stevens said God spoke to her directly, directing her to connect with "those farthest from a divine lifestyle."

"I just thought that I’ve got to do something," Stevens told Fox. "So I felt the Lord say to me, 'Go feed the strippers.'"

One of the dancers Stevens encountered said Stevens' approach led to church, where she met a recruiter who found her a job as a security guard.

"She wasn't begging or bugging me and she wasn't handing me a Bible and she wasn't trying to change me, she was trying to help me," said the woman, who used the pseudonym Sarah, to The Christian Post.

"I went (to Faith Community Church) with full clothing and no makeup on and she (Stevens) remembered me and when she saw me she said, 'Hey come sit with me.' She wasn't just BS-ing me, she really does care about those women and that was the last day I ever worked. I never went back," Sarah told The Christian Post.

Stevens said she has bigger plans for Strip Church, eventually offering Christian counseling, GED training, child care and medical care for the dancers.

"She’s always had a heart for other people, but I’ve seen it go to a whole new level," Todd Stevens told Fox News. "She’s not afraid to be in very uncomfortable situations and looks forward to hanging out with people who are unlike her and not being worried about reputations at all."

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