Going from Adult Business to Religious Business
By: Holly Brantley
DEXTER, MO - A Southeast Missouri Business is undergoing quite a face-lift. And, it’s taking more than finances to turn what was once an adult business into a Bible and bridal store. The owner is taking a leap of faith.
What was once Erotic Temptations will soon become Heavens Grace Bible, Bridal and Lace. It’s a change symbolic of how tragedy turned into a blessing. And, a couple turned their lives over to God.
“This little bitty spot is where his head was, there must have been angels around him, otherwise there’s no way two men could have walked away from this truck with as little injuries as he had.” Sue Tinsley is describing the wreckage of what was her fiance’s truck. Sue says it must have taken a miracle for D.J. Robinson to walk away from the car accident that happened in late September.
Little did the couple know, the events would change their lives. It was a close call that would reunite the couple with God.
“It was like God tapped me on the shoulder and I decided to buy her out,” said Tinsley.
It wasn't long before D.J. would reconnect with an old friend, Rev. Marty Bryant. Together the three of them would come up with a vision to close the doors on Erotic Temptations and reopen as Christian store in the very same building.
Tinsley boxed up the adult novelties to be burned. In the meantime, Rev. Bryant is asking the Christian community to show support by donating to the new Bible and bridal store. That way Tinsley can survive without passing on the adult merchandise.
“The day we closed, it was awesome,” said Tinsley. “It was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.”
No matter what, the couple says they will continue to rely on their faith.