A funny thing happened a few years ago when some of us were kicking around potential places and events to go use our dream interpretation skills. Our team regularly sets up in events like Burning Man, Mind, Body and Spirit expos, ArtWalks, film festivals, and such. Each event requires careful planning, fundraising, and things you might not think about like learning the culture and language of the community we intend to serve. Each new venue can be somewhat daunting as we assess our skills and discern how to best apply them.
But this time we scared ourselves as we decided on something new: A Pornography convention.
A frequent motto of mine: Do it scared!
Another one: What you are called to, you will be equipped for.
We decided that porn stars and other folks involved in the adult industry could use encouragement and TLC, as well as truth that is revealed in the dreams they are likely having. We felt we were being led to sign up and give it a try.
We found ourselves in a learning curve. Our team had widely varying experiences with pornography. Some had been addicted in the past. Some were deeply wounded by loved ones who were. Others of us had no experience or knowledge. We all set out to learn about the industry and to discover how we could bring a positive impact. We had to work through mountains of emotions and get ourselves to a position of understanding and caring deeply for the people in the porn industry.
Our first trip into a Las Vegas porn convention put us to work learning language, principles, strategies, meeting people, making connections, learning how we can best serve.
We spoke with Corpsey (what he named himself), the man who produces a magazine called Corpses and Girls. He was modeling nearly nude girls with dead-looking body parts, always surrounded by a horde of leering photographers. I had to fight emotion and brace myself for a conversation with him that I knew I needed to have.
I worked up the courage to go talk to him. I affirmed his creativity and asked him how he got started in this particular line of business. He told me that when he was 9 he was really sick, close to death, in the hospital. Guess what? He had a dream! He dreamed that he went to hell and the devil told him how to evangelize for Hell. So, from that time on, he knew what his life purpose was and has been working it. He told us how glamorous his life was as a result. Exciting parties, as much sex as he wanted, a chance to express his creativity.
But he also had a list of griefs and disappointments in his life that stemmed from his choices—wishing for family, wholeness, stability, respect, etc. He was clearly troubled.
We eventually told him after he was willing to listen, that his dream may have been a counterfeit dream, one that was seducing him away from his true destiny—to be a life-giver. That he was not one to focus on death, but in bringing life. He was stunned and took it to heart. He hasn’t hosted a booth at that venue since then.
Each year, for several days, we walk the hallways and aisles and strike up conversations about night time dreams as well as day dreams with porn stars and even their managers and others involved in the sex trade. We’ve been invited to join their lounges behind the scenes because the organizers recognize we are not there to judge or condemn but to bless and encourage. We meet with people from all walks of life. People we would never meet on the street, in our community, in our churches. And I believe we make a world of difference for many gals as we tell them, “You are not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well. You have much treasure inside that the world needs to see.”
Sometimes, just hearing something good about yourself and daring to believe it can turn your whole life around.
Our team started with 5 people. This past January (2016), we took 34 people from all over the world!
Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts as we continue to build and train teams to go into places of oppression to bring light and encouragement. The administrative side of putting together teams and training them is quite a feat. We always strive for supernatural unity and communication among our team. We need our dream interpretation, language, and encouragement skills to be sharpened. We see and hear some heartbreaking things out there—so we need to be able to work quickly through our shell shock and get ready to dive in and make a difference for the folks that we encounter.
We also need financial backing to cover our travel expenses, booth expenses, and to purchase gifts for us to give out to the people we visit with. Please consider helping. Any gift is welcome…money or whatever other gift you may feel to donate. Click on www.MerryBruton.com or go to www.DestinyDreamz.com. We are grateful for your support and participation.
We do a lot of outreach during the year, some in far places and some in our hometowns. We get stretched way out of our comfort zones, making us better people, more brave, more bold, more desiring to get outside of our little worlds and into the lives of others that we would probably never meet anywhere else. As a result, we are transformed and blessed. Join us?!