A church in Washington state is taking a place one home to stripping and prostitution and turning it into a center to show the light of Christ to the world.
Bethany Community Church, a multi-site Seattle-based church, rents a former strip club called “Sugars.” The building has been turned into a site for the church to launch missions and serve the surrounding community.
Pastor Scott Sund told the Christian Post they found the building available when a staff member saw a sign for rental in their neighborhood.
“A local businessman purchased the property from the federal government which had seized it because of money laundering and prostitution charges against the strip club in the facility,” explained Sund.
“When it came up for rent, our children’s ministry director Anna Guerrero, who lived in the same neighborhood, brought it to my attention. At the time we were looking for a full time rental in order to facilitate our Sunday worship services.”
The building now has offices in the back portion for seven staff members and the bulk of the rest of the building is “One Cup”, a coffee house where all profits go to charity.
We now serve breakfast from out front of the Café every Tuesday to homeless and drug addicted people. From that outreach ministry we’ve started a Bible study,” Sund said. “We have a great relationship with the methadone clinic and nearby neighbors have begun work to clean up and transform their own spaces.”