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Minneapolis native running Hookers For Jesus out of Vegas ministry

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Don't adjust your display settings-- Annie Lobert, head of Hooker for Jesus.

Hookers recruiting Christians? Doesn't it usually work the other way around?

After years as a stripper and high priced call girl in Las Vegas, Minneapolis native Annie Lobert has started one of the weirdest and, ahem, most inriguing ministries since Heaven's Gate.

It's called Hookers for Jesus, and through a non demoninational Ministry in Las Vegas, Lobert does teen outreach and counsels incarcerated prostitutes with the word of God.

Sayeth today's Pioneer Press article on her:

"I was beaten, raped, kidnapped, strangled, suffocated, guns put in my mouth, hair cut off, tied up, gagged, put in trunks of cars, bones broken, spit on, kicked, pushed, stalked by crazy men," she writes in a testimonial on her ministry's Web site.

Her first spiritual awakening occurred when she was beaten, hog-tied and stuffed in the trunk of her Mercedes-Benz by her pimp in reaction to rumors that she planned to leave him.

For some reason, she began singing a childhood church song: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. ..."

Yikes.

Lobert doesn't shun the life the way you'd think-- her ministry's shirts, as you can see from the picture above, sport the classic Ich logo, and her Myspace page contains dozens of blog posts, including testimonials about human trafficking in the states.

We're always dubious about religious causes. There always seems to be some insidious undercurrent-- if evangeslists aren't looking for your soul, they're usually looking for your wallet, and usually both at the same time.

But whereas most evangelists begin as clergy and end up as hookers and johns, Lobert started from the back and worked forward. And the fact that she's upfront about every trick she turned means, at the very least, she's innocent of hypocrisy, the greatest sin a person of God can possibly commit.