OK... another story from Cheb:
One of the main "tourist attractions" in Cheb (and one of the main reasons outsiders visit Cheb) is its prostitution. The amount of brothels and prostitutes is heart breaking. On our last night there, Nate, Amber, Dave, Brett, our interpreter Ira, and I had the opportunity to "buy a prostitute". We payed her night's wages and took her out for coffee and snacks. It was interesting because the previous nights I had talked to other prostitutes and they looked dead inside, it was quite apparent that they had not been treated well, but Vera was different. She still had a small glimpse of life in her eyes. When we took her out, she ask us (through interpretation) how long we had been Christians and what the difference was in how we were and how she was - she said that she "believed in God" but saw something different in us. As we sat there and talked to her, she told us that she did not have a pimp, but had been in prostitution for the last 10 years to support her and her boyfriend's drug habit.
It was such a blessing to see her face light up as we showed her genuine love! I treasured our time with her, and hope that she will be forever changed because of it!