A strip club known for its shady past of prostitution is undergoing a transformation into a Christian community center, thanks to Bethany Community Church in Seattle.
According to Christian Post, the center will convert the building into church offices and a coffee shop as a form of community outreach. The church will also host community
events and offer tutoring services.
"When we first entered the building it had a very dark feeling;
smoke filled carpets, black painted ceilings and walls, and
mirrors everywhere. Before we started demolition, we met on
Easter weekend and prayed and sang in the space to usher in
the new story God was going to write through this place. It's
God's story, we just get to play a small part," said associate
pastor Scott Sund.
The area was formerly known to attract police; the church
hopes the community center will turn the negative reputation
"The location of the former strip club makes it a critical spot
for mission in our community. It sits beside a high school and
along one of the highest places of need in North King County.
We want to be a church that serves the neighborhood and
brings light to the city. This location is perfect for this
purpose," said Sund.
The community center is anticipated to open its doors in this