Many years ago my wife and I had the opportunity to live and work in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, Holland. The "Red Light District" was flourishing in those days, with thousands of prostitutes sitting behind windows and live sex shows running through the night. We prayed and ministered with faith and hope that the Red Light District would be closed down some day. Our workers decided, as an act of faith, to call the Red Light district the "promise land". We believed that the city belonged to the Lord, not to the devil. "The whole earth is the Lord's..."
Recently I received a letter from Janneke Stuji, one of the leaders of the House of Prayer, located in the heart of the Red Light District. This is what she had to say about God at work in the city and in that neighborhood:
"The Lord has done many things: 51 windows were closed in 2008, 18 houses were sold with the brothels and windows. But reality is……………That still many women are standing behind the window and people are ended up in slavery through human trafficking.
I am one of the leaders of the House of Prayer, the Tabernacle of the Nations, in de Red Light District (building next to former Cleft) and every day we look out of our windows and see the ladies and the men.
It is amazing what the Lord has done in all these years and we are all very excited about what He is going to do!
A few weeks ago there was an article in one of our neutral newspapers Het Parool and on the front page was written: “ God returns in the city” and this was an article of 3 pages about all the new Church plants in the city that many people go there and they are really impacting different neighborhoods".
If God can do this in one of the most notorious cities in the world, He can do it for you as well!