Before a young woman's turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil and myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. And this is how she would go to the king (Esther 2:12-13).

Jesus said in Luke 10 to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and Love your neighbor as yourself.”

And so we ask, as the experts of the law did, "Who is my neighbor?"

Since Jesus loves to teach us in parables, he replied with a story, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

"The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

In application to this parable, there are many women in particular, who have been beaten down, stripped of dignity, and attacked in character by the thief who came only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), which leaves these women half dead spiritually.But Jesus teaches us in this parable that we often walk by on the other side too, possibly because we don't know how to help, and possibly because we have "more important things" to do. However, we have all went down this road and we can learn from this parable that by a simple sacrifice we can provide the mercy to one who is hurting.

In the ministry that we are doing with the retreats, we are simply acting as the keepers of the inn. We plan to bandage up the wounds, pour oil and wine into their spirit and "look after their spiritual well being", and as with all ministry there is always an expense.

We are looking for the ones that will remember the mercy that has been shown to you and do likewise, because many women can not afford to attend one of our retreats for whatever reason, so I wanted to be able to give people an opportunity to be a Good Samaritan and send one of these ladies to the inn to be bandaged up and healed. The amount of donation is between you and God and it will most definately be used for kingdom purposes.

Please check out the video from our first of many retreats by Tina Stahle. Beauty Treatment Retreat Intro

Thank you for giving!
Jodie Dye

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