Ezekiel 16:12 “And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.”
On the streets of San Pedro, the Workshop is a city on a hill. The Light of Christ saturates its interior, and can’t help spilling out of the windows. Its brightness illuminates those passing by on the street. We would call it a safe house in the States. It’s nothing to boast about. The streets leading up to its door are broken, narrow, and off-puttingly slanted.The building stands humble in appearance, but without price in the eyes of the Precious Redeemed who take refuge within its walls.
Allison loves and values these women, because God has loved and valued them first. They are His Treasures. The Safe House looks like any other Dominican dwelling, but like every geode, if you looked inside you would see the most beautiful jewels being grown. Like the jasper, and turquoise they handle daily, these women are Jewels in the kingdom of God. Blood-bought sinners that sparkle with the ruby-red radiance of mercy. It’s in this place that women sit on white slip-covered couches as the pure and precious possessions they really are in Christ’s sight and talk about their day, their kids, and their God.
When I visited I was privileged to serve them and paint a few cement walls the color of warm terra-cotta that would in future serve as their patio. I took the utmost care, cutting in with my dollar-store caliber paint brush as best I could. My team made sure that the coverage was even and solid, no grey peeking through for these women! Some painted tires for future DIY projects, others quieted a screaming toddler or played with the kiddos with necklace kits and coloring pages. And in the middle of it all, the story of the safe house unfolded, and I was struck with its theme of redemption. I can tell you honestly that there are Jewels living in the safe house. Pearls of great price that have been grown in what used to be a shell of human existence, but now are returning to their original purpose—to glorify God.