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Stories from India

Laxmi’s Story
“I should be thankful for you, you changed my life, now I can provide for my kids!” Laxmi was considered a normal participant in society until an unexpected tragedy changed her entire life. Laxmi’s husband passed five years ago, leaving her trapped in one of the most dreaded situations among women in India, living as a widow. In India, widows are subject to harsh treatment and brutal societal beliefs. A widow is sometimes called "pram" or creature, because it was only her husband's presence that gave her human status. They are often blamed for their husband’s death and considered unclean and unlucky, so Laxmi could not receive any invitation to rituals, celebrations, or social gatherings. The culture of her village forces her to be in mourning the rest of her life; she is prohibited from wearing any fancy jewelry and expected to follow a strict diet rejecting many pleasurable foods. The shame she receives from her community leaves her trapped inside her house and the lack of education leaves her with no opportunity to provide food for her three children. Hopeless and living in despair, she fell into the same mentality of widows all over India. Several of which can be caught saying, "I want nothing more now from life. I'm just waiting for death." Many widows like her in India revert to begging or prostitution to make a meager living. Some widows will even sell their children or sell their daughters in prostitution to survive. ... 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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