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Lalita and Ashwini's Story
Lalita and Ashwini are sisters whose father was a construction worker barely able to keep his family fed. As a baby Yashoda, the younger of the two, cried incessantly with raging ear infections without medical attention. Because of her crying she was slapped on her head. The result of the infections and the blows was total deafness in one ear and a 60% loss of hearing in the other. When the girls had become pre-teens, they caught the attention of the father's supervisor who offered him extra money for sexual privileges. Once the girls had been defiled and become a source of shame, their father started selling them to other men to generate income for the support of the rest of the family. ... More
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Rahab's Story
In the biblical book of Joshua, we meet Rahab, a prostitute in the city of Jericho (to read her full story, click here). When the Israelites sent two spies to scope out the city God had promised to give them, Rahab hid the men, saving their lives by putting her own at risk. As a result, God spared Rahab and her whole family from destruction in Jericho. Rahab needed only to hang a scarlet rope out of her window so that the Israelites could again find her and give her freedom; that simple rope became the symbol of Rahab's rescue and new life.

As God was opening Vicki Moore's eyes to the women in crisis in India, she was also taking an Old Testament Bible class and studying the story of Rahab. The rope in the story represents Rahab's rescue both physically and spiritually, and there is a high probability that Rahab made the rope herself. Our hope is that, just as the rope that Rahab made represents her rescue, the skills taught to the women at our women's centers will represent their physical and spiritual rescue as well. With this in mind, it seemed fitting for Rahab's Rope to be our name.

Of course, there is no way to be 100% certain that Rahab made the rope that would later represent her physical and spiritual salvation. However, we are told in the story that she hid the two spies under a flax plant. The finer parts of flax were used to make linens and the rest to make rope. Considering Rahab had enough flax to cover and hide two men leads us to conclude that she owned the flax to make something including rope.

To learn more about our work in India to help women caught in similar situations as Rahab to find this freedom and spiritual rescue, please click here.
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