Hello! I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year! I'm guessing you have heard the news that I left GoldDigger at
the end of last year! It has been a very exciting time for all of us with lots of new changes. GoldDigger are moving forward
as a 2 piece with more of a live band and I am leaving to work in Tenerife with an organisation called The Living Room!
It's all happened very quickly but I know that I am walking in line with God's will and what he has planned for me! Read on
to find out more!!!
Six months ago I had never been to Tenerife but I had heard of The Living Room. During my time spent on mission
with 24/7 Ibiza, I often heard workers commenting that what we did out there was similar to the work carried out by
The Living Room in Tenerife, so I had a vague idea what it was. Then, over the summer, my friend invited me to go
over on a week's mission with him to work for a place he had heard of in Tenerife called....The Living Room! I was
really up for seeing what they were all about and said yes! We spent the week working with them both in the centre
and as “street chaplains” (more on that later!) and I loved it. I had done plenty of work like this before in Ibiza and
had always felt that I would move onto this type of work one day but something in my heart screamed that this was
the place and the time was NOW! I felt really confused as to what this meant for me due to GoldDigger and the
ministry I was already involved in but God continued to conﬁrm to me that it was the right thing to do so in October I
went back to work with The Living Room for two and a half months to get a feel for the work from a more long term
perspective and to answer the burning question “Should I move here?”. I made the decision to leave GoldDigger as I
knew that whatever happened in Tenerife, God was calling me into something new. It was a hard step to take and very
emotional! However I had always known the day would come one day and have always prayed that the GoldDigger
vision would continue long after my inﬂuence. As soon as I began working in Tenerife it was clear that I would stay!
The Living Room by day!
The living room is a centre in the heart of the some come out of a real sense of need.
nightlife scene in Las Americas, Tenerife. It is here Workers often comment on the “peace” that
that the majority of British workers aged 18-35 is there and many others are addicted to the
arrive seeking adventure, a friendly, accepting and welcoming
party lifestyle and often an atmosphere. It is such a great place to build
escape from bad situations relationships with the workers who come up
back in the UK. They arrive to The centre and I have already made some
with huge expectations and great friendships with some of the girls
often end up wrapped up in there regularly meeting up with them on my
drugs, alcohol, sex and the mess that that involves. days and nights off. I really believe in
The Living Room is a centre in the midst of all the outreach being done in this way and hope
craziness that is run by christians and offers that through relationship with the girls
support, help, kindness and God's love to this here, God will give me opportunities not
broken and lost generation. We are open 4pm – 7pm only to share his love in a practical way but
in the week and many workers come up to visit us also bring up many opportunities to chat to
and make use of the cheap internet and drinks. the girls about Him and how he can set
Some come to hang out and see friends, others them free and release them to be all that
come seeking job or accommodation information they were made to be.
“It is hard to explain how important this work is. VERONICAS is one of those places which attracts people and
then chews them up. People are so open to hear about Jesus, His Love & His purpose for their lives. And yet
they are also so close to falling off the edge of sanity, safety and everything else that is decent or good. The Lord
needs to get a foothold in this place. We believe this centre is the best way to do that!” Living Room Team Member.
The Living Room by night!
As well as working in the centre during the day, I workers is made here at night whilst they are
spend three nights a week working as a street chaplain working and they then may venture up to the
with another member of the team. We centre in the day, where deeper relationships
visit the bars and clubs and offer can be formed. However, many don't,
friendship, love and kindness to the highlighting the huge need for us to be visiting
workers that we meet. Often we spend and chatting to them at night! As one girl said
time having a laugh and getting to to me recently, “I would never take a
know people and it is out of these times Wednesday off cos that's when you come
that the real conversations come. I'm round!”
continually amazed how many workers I am also building up relationships with many
look forward to our visiting them and of the girls who are working in the strip bars
are so ready to open up and spill out any issues or over here. At ﬁrst, I found the thought a bit
problems they are going through. I believe that it is daunting but now am so used to popping in to
because they are coming into contact with God's Spirit say hi to the girls that are becoming my friends
and they are subconsciously responding to The that I don't really notice it! It is a sad situation
Comforter :) but it always amazes me how ready people though, as many of the girls in the strip bars
are to talk! God is doing so much on the streets in have massive self-esteem issues and feel good
Tenerife, I have been stood right slap-bang in the about themselves when guys are interested in
middle of the craziness with a bible in my hand talking “having a dance” from them. The girls are
to young lads and girls about how much God loves young, pretty and are just dancing as a way of
them and what he has done in my life several times. earning money and having fun out there. I pray
Sometimes I have to shake myself to believe that it is God will use me to speak into their lives and set
happening! Some workers have taken bibles, others them free. I often ﬁnd myself talking to girls
just listen and ask questions and others are just about things that we used to teach on the
becoming good friends who I believe God is bringing GoldDigger Girls Course which is great and
into my life for a reason. Often the initial contact with shows me how God is using my experiences to
reach out to the girls here.
Here are 2 stories of ways God has used me in the last few months. There are so so many more to
tell. Please visit www.rachelfromgolddigger.blogspot.com for more or check out The Living
Room website on: www.grassroots.org.uk/home/projects/the-living-room-tenerife
C was a girl who worked in one of the strip bars that I J is a guy I chat to every Wednesday! He is always
got chatting to one night. We were talking about guys- very busy with his job and has never asked me
as girls do-and she told me she slept around, didn't care about Christianity. One day as I was walking past
and never got emotionally involved. As she was talking him he called out to me “Rachel, I have a
I felt God say to me that the reason she was like that question for you...” I thought he was gonna ask
was because she had been sexually abused when she me something random but he came out with “So
was younger. Not knowing what to do with that really, if you believe in God, where does fate ﬁt into all
I said nothing. Later that night we got chatting again that?”. I started having chatting to him about fate
and she started telling me about issues she had with vs purpose, God's plan for his life and how I
depression, suicide, self-harm and others. I listened to believed fate was what people turn to when they
her and then asked if there was something that had need to believe in purpose but really only God
caused her to feel that way. She opened up and told me could give you a life with purpose.
all about the abuse she had suffered. I was able to sit All the time I was chatting to him, I was thinking,
with her, chat with her and tell her that God loved her “Wow, where did this conversation come from?”
and could heal her from all the pain that had caused In truth, it came from the weeks talking to him
her and that she didn't need to struggle through the about everyday stuff that had built up a friendship
consequences of that abuse. She is now back in the and a trust. …..That's life on the streets in
UK but not without the knowledge that God cares and Tenerife :)
can be the answer for her if she lets him.
“As they start to trust us, then we start to get underneath their lives and start to find out what is really going on
and then the deeper stuff happens. But it doesn't happen overnight. That's a big part of this ministry, loving
people until they open up and then we start moving forward in their lives”. Living Room Team Member.
Visit www.rachelfromgolddigger.blogspot.com for more stories like these.
In order to return to Tenerife and continue working with The Living Room I need to raise £400
per month. This is something I really don't like doing as I ﬁnd it really difﬁcult and know that
people often can't afford to give in this current climate. However, I know God wants me in
Tenerife and therefore I believe he will provide for me so I ask you to pray and to consider if
you could support me just £10 a month?
If so, please instruct your bank to pay into the following bank account used for gift aid
The Grassroots Trust
Sort code: 40-09-10
Account number: 91169475
(You will also need to email email@example.com and inform them of your wish to gift aid the payment to
Rachel Scott from The Living Room. You will also need to include your home address)
… and remember God always out-gives you!
I am so grateful for all of you who get behind me in prayer. I know that I couldn't do this work
without your support. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are one of these
supporters so that I can keep you updated with prayer requests and stories of answered prayer too!
Things that I really need prayer for in the next few months:
• More opportunities on the streets to talk about Jesus
• The work I do in the strip bars and brothels, that God will build on this and strengthen the
relationships I have with the girls.
• That God will provide the ﬁnancial support I need to return.
• My protection – I ﬁnd that I come under a lot of personal attack whilst working in Tenerife
especially in the areas of self-esteem! Please pray that I remain sure of who I am in Christ!
“Anyone who has been here any length of time will see how
lives get totally trashed out here. The need is massive. If Lots of Love Rachel xxx
we've got the right people then who knows what could
happen,if people are willing to get stuck in” .Living Room
Team Leader. www.rachelfromgolddigger.blogspot.com
THE LIVING ROOM is a project of The Grassroots Trust in TENERIFE
99 Mays Lane, Barnet, Herts. EN5 2DX UK Tel: 020 8441 0642 Mobile: 07899 894199
website: www.grassroots.org.uk e-mail: email@example.com
GRASSROOTS is a Christian Evangelism, Church Planting and
Humanitarian Aid Agency based in North London, UK.
(Registered Charity No: 1060034)