Hi, I’m Jeanie Turner, the director of One Way Out Ministries. Some of the women in the clubs call me “Church Lady”. Some call me “Angel Lady”. Most greet me with hugs. Friends pray with me before I leave to deliver the gifts. We pray that the women in the clubs will see the love of God in my eyes, and not condemnation. We want to reach them through His love, which is just how God changed me.
My life was a mess. I was an alcoholic and had been married five times. I came to know God, and found the faith to believe that there was a better life for me. I chose to change my life. I gave Him my addictions to alcohol and cigarettes. I hung out in church instead of bars. My life began to turn around and I desired to do good and healthy things.
Things were going well with my new life in Christ until I met a man, who was separated from his wife. He worked next door to me and would stop by daily to talk. Primarily, we talked about God. I “fell” hard. I found myself, after having already been married five times, now living in adultery.
There is a story in John 4, in the Bible, about a Samaritan woman who met Jesus at a well while she was in almost the identical situation. She had been married five times! Jesus told her to go call her husband. She said,” I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” (NIV). The woman ran into the city where she was living and told everyone about this stranger who knew her hidden heart and offered her “living water” so she would never again be thirsty. Many people began to believe in Jesus because of that woman’s testimony.
Like the Samaritan woman, I was looking for love in all the wrong places. Until I fully gave my heart to the Lord, and left this married man, I did not truly know real love. Thankfully, through the grace of God, I chose to end the relationship. I wanted this NEW LIFE I was promised! When I TOTALLY surrendered my life to the Lord, I realized the love I had been finding all those years was only counterfeit comfort to fill the void in my heart that only Jesus could fill.
I was blessed to meet a woman who encouraged me to “choose life.” She mentored me daily, and invited me to a Bible study called “Help for Hurting Woman” at First Assembly of God here in Fort Myers. It was in this class, that my heart began to mend. I learned about the rejection, rebellion, and the shame I had been carrying and that God wanted to heal my body, mind, and spirit.
Through this healing process, I began to have a desire to share with other hurting women what I was learning. I wanted to see them receive the help I was getting! That desire drove me to drive up and down the streets, crying over the women working in prostitution. One night, I must have driven by one woman six times! She probably thought I was going to pick her up, but I was just trying to figure out the perfect words to say. I wanted her to know that she was loved by a delivering God and by me! I had no condemnation nor judgment in my heart. I just kept wishing I had a gift to give her . . . something tangible.
Miraculously, at another Bible study, I met a woman named Cathy. Cathy was preparing to leave the city to attend Brownsville School of Ministry in Pensacola. She asked the class to pray for God to send a woman to take over the ministry she had begun. She was taking small gifts, along with invitations to come to “Help for Hurting Women,” to the dancers in adult entertainment clubs! Here was the “tangible gift” I needed . . . a perfect way to minister to the women God had placed on my heart! It was exactly what I had been seeking. I went to Cathy shaking and crying. “I don’t know if I can do it, but I want to try,” I told her. That was hundreds of girl’s salvations ago!