do you want to be free?

Let me paint you a picture of the red light district, Bangla Road, in Phuket.

Its one main road with many roads branching off of it filled with hundreds of bars. Hundreds.

It’s loud, it’s busy, it’s bright, it’s all smoke and mirrors and a ton of people having the absolute time of their lives. Families, couples, single men, teenagers, lady boys, prostitutes, vendors, even old people just romp around gawking at the girls dancing above buildings in boxes, girls dancing on bars, girls dancing on poles, even lady boys stripping.

You walk down the road and people are walking around filming the chaos, couples are fighting, promoters try and get you to their clubs, vendors are flashing lights at you trying to sell things, and about every 10 feet someone shoves a flyer in your face to try and get you to their ‘ping pong show’.

It all comes down to the fact that no body down there, not one person, knows how valuable they are, or that they’re treasured, or that the maker of the universe has a plan for their lives.

They just don’t know.


But my Jesus says

that ‘we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free.’

(John 8:32)


When I walk down Bangla Road, all I see is a whole lot of sons and daughters that need to be set free.


So the first week that we began doing ministry in the bars I asked the Lord what my purpose down here was and what he wanted me to be doing. He told me to show the people that I see and meet what being in love with Jesus looks like, what it really is. He told me to just be in love with him.

People need to see and they need to know that a relationship with Jesus is satisfying, it is full, it is life giving, it affirms, it sustains, and it brings so much joy.

A relationship with Jesus is what I have to offer them.

Not rules, not religion, not even a bible- just Jesus.


I can’t bring change to this evil place, I can’t save anyone, I can’t break chains, I can’t mend hearts, or comfort all the lonely people, but Jesus can.


So that’s what this month is about.

Showing people what it looks like to be satisfied, and full, and joyful, and taken care of, and valued, and completely in love with Jesus.

I don’t have all the answers, and I can’t justify all the evil in the world, but I can love Jesus and let others see the way that he has completely wrecked my life.


I sing because he is good,

I dance because he is good,

and I shout because he is good.


I’m calling out asking if anyone wants to join me.


Do you want to be free?

Do you want real love, love that satisfies?

My Jesus can give you that.


  • January 15, 2013 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    Up pretty early in Tulsa. Just reading Psalm 77 and now this. Beautiful, powerful truth. Thanks for the reminder, Katie. Thanks for being His ambassador of freedom!

  • January 15, 2013 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

    the way that jesus is moving and changing and satisfying and wrecking you so shines through!! love this and the way that you are pouring out your life to the girls on your squad and the women on bangla. jesus sees it.

    love you like crazy and cannot wait to see you and hug your face!

  • cheryl vatral
    January 15, 2013 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Dear Katie! Happy New year! I am so proud of you and tickled that you and Carly are together again! The Lord is confirming that the worlds way is steeped in deception and lies! Jesus is the ONLY way to know truth! I heard a teaching recently about the scripture you mention about you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free…the word “know” is the same word in Genesis that Adam ‘knew’ Eve…..intimacy! That is truly what yall are experiencing! Thank you Lord! i love you:)

  • Sister Allison
    January 17, 2013 - 4:40 am | Permalink


  • Jeaneng
    January 20, 2013 - 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Thank you precious Katie for taking and spreading the love of Jesus through your beautiful, anointed, heart of Jesus. So proud of you and sending you lots of love and prayers. Momma

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