RE: Refuge in a Desert

By Jenny Watson


I’ve walked with God since I accepted His grace in middle school. Now, at almost 30 years old, I have a good chunk of time to reflect back on and see His incredible faithfulness. One of these moments of faithfulness came without me even realizing it. The way God chooses to use us in His kingdom work can happen in so many different ways; however, it always requires our obedience, our daily surrender to pause the flow of our lives to yield to what He is doing… because He is always doing something.

This story centers around a simple email I sent to Ked Frank, the President of Refuge for Women. At the time, I was living in Las Vegas. My church had a guest preacher come who highlighted the work that Refuge for Women was doing to help women heal from the sex industry. It was a passionate subject to me, so I did a little research and felt compelled to reach out to them. I sent the email quickly on my break at work and hardly thought twice about it. I titled the subject “Refuge in Las Vegas” and asked Ked if he would ever consider starting a Refuge for Women in Las Vegas. Honestly, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. Turned out, it was a big deal. When I sent that email, I did not know that God had recently given Ked a vision for Refuge in a desert. Can you imagine having that vision and then getting an email with the subject “Refuge in Las Vegas”?? (For those unfamiliar with Vegas, it’s literally in the middle of a desert.) God was already laying the groundwork for a Refuge for Women in Las Vegas and He chose to use my email as an affirmation for Ked to move forward. And now, 5 years later, God has put a Refuge for Women in Las Vegas, and women are experiencing the powerful healing that can only come from Jesus. Amazing!

I’m so thankful that I am a part of this story, and I hope it speaks encouragement to someone else. Obedience to God won’t always be difficult. Yes, sometimes it will be. But sometimes it will look like following a passion you have, sending an email, and watching while God uses you to bring much needed healing to our world.