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The gorgeous blonde journeyed through XXX clubs, prostitution, and life trapped in the sex industry starting at 19.

God can show up anywhere. In desperation, and contemplating an abortion, Anny Donewald called to God, and he showed up. The Holy Spirit gave her a mission to help women leave the sex trade. This includes strippers, prostitutes, porn stars, and working to end sex trafficking with the aid of politicians. Donewald founded Eve’s Angels in 2009. The angels are volunteers, who witness at pornography conventions, strip clubs, with a grassroots campaign.

“You want to take your pain and make it meaningful,” says Donewald about writing her memoir Dancing for the Devil with cousin Carrie Gerlach Cecil due out in October. “I find a lot of fulfillment and purpose in going and helping other people. If I can take my story and I can go help other people then it counts. It almost lessens the sting.”

Her new mission is not easy as sometimes takes her into the hub of the adult industry. People ask ‘Aren’t you afraid to go in there?’ But walking into some churches are more intimidating than the strip clubs.

“I got the left foot of fellowship from the church, they asked me to leave for doing this ministry and that was shocking. In my naivety, I believed that all Christians were going to be excited about this amazing mission that God had given me.”

Sometimes people get stuck in church culture, she now understands, unless you know God’s heart, there will be confusion and misunderstanding.

Donewald knows the sex industry’s culture, and the girls can relate. She now has booths at the annual Pornography Convention in Chicago.

“When you are shining authentic light, it shines the brightest in the darkness,” the native from Michigan explains.

The Angels often pray with strippers and do bible studies in the dressing rooms, the people they are witnessing will know if the message is authentic, consistent and well-received.

“They know I’m coming in there and being genuine, and everybody needs to know that somebody loves them. We tell them that ‘we are just here to tell you that we love you and God loves you.’ ”

The Angels have expanded into the political sphere. Donewald serves on the advisory board for Michigan Senator Judy Emmons, and launched “Could She Be…” billboard campaign to bring attention to the sex-for-sale culture.

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