Thank you for joining me for Saturday Share. Today I want to feature my friend, Chloe, creator of True Gold Magazine.
First, I want to tell you how I met Chloe and why I think she is a gem of a woman. And then I want you to go to her website and read her story of birthing True Gold Magazine in her own words.
Though True Gold is taking a summer break from submissions, I feel sure they will be looking for more creative investments soon. So for all of you creative people of God I hope you will become inspired to submit something to Chloe at True Gold Magazine – something creative you have birthed – for inclusion in her publication.
(By the way, if you are a vessel for Holy Spirit, you ARE creative. Just ponder that for a moment…)
I met Chloe on a Friday night at Grace Midtown in Atlanta when we both providentially showed up for an evening of prayer and ministry to sexually exploited people of our city. I was familiar with this regular ministry event, and as prepared as one can possibly be for what and who we might encounter. However, this was Chloe’s first opportunity to serve.
As I was the first time I walked into an establishment of sexual exploitation, Chloe had the deer in the headlight look of, “I had no idea!” I wasn’t completely sure, as we had just met in prayer a couple of hours previous, but I felt fairly sure Chloe was not much older than my oldest son. It seemed natural to me to feel a motherly protection for her.
I remember walking up alongside this precious young woman and putting my arm around her shoulder as we walked inside the darkness and smoke. It’s unsettling to say the least, and nearly impossible to comprehend the lack of respect for human dignity in this environment. Even though we, neither one, consider ourselves naive to the depravity of the flesh; eyes must avert and it is difficult to find a cheerful voice with which to minister God’s love to the women and men under these circumstances.
My most vivid memory of sharing ministry time with Chloe is that she carried a pocket-sized artist pad of paper and an artist’s pencil. She sat quietly on a stool in the dressing room crowded with more flesh than clothing and sketched a picture of God’s love. There was a specific woman she felt Holy Spirit was guiding her to bless with her picture.
With the amazing tenderness of Jesus in her eyes, Chloe asked me if it was appropriate to give her sketch to the woman. I encouraged her to be bold and brave with her message of God’s bountiful grace and unfailing love. She did. Chloe reached out with the gift, and was met with tearful thanksgiving from the unsuspecting woman.
We spent the rest of the night sitting way in the back seat sharing our life stories and traveling to various establishments chosen for ministry that evening. I knew as we finished with prayer in the wee hours of the morning just before daylight I had met one of Father’s anointed daughters. We’ve stayed in touch since then. I’ve been watching and waiting. I’m standing on tiptoes of anticipation as Chloe’s God-infused creativity takes deep root and produces a harvest of huge and beautiful fruit beyond her wildest imagination! (Mark 4:20 msg)
Please bless Chloe, as you peruse her work at True Gold Magazine, with a comment of encouragement to persevere in following the path Jesus is cutting for her – the path which will lead to the exact ministry He created her to accomplish.
(Click here to read Chloe’s story about the creation of True Gold Magazine – the inspiration, her passion and her intent for this publication.)
Chloe is on her way! Bravo, young friend… do it scared!!