Bangalore – God’s Amazing Favor
In 2004, we began our journey in Bangalore. For almost 18 years we have seen God's incredible hand at work and consider it an honor to witness it. Over the years, we have had some ups and downs in Bangalore and at one point thought our work was done here. But God would not release us to leave this city. At a time when the government is being more difficult with Christian organizations, God has given us favor and it is very humbling. About five years ago, our staff members were able to get us in a government facility that houses women and children after they have been picked up by the police. We were slowly allowed to come in for life skill classes for the women. We are now working in two homes for women and one minor girl’s home in this compound. Just in the past 3 years, we have been able to provide repatriation/rescue for @ 115 minor girls that were trafficked and placed in this facility. We also have a certified sewing program, literacy classes, and life skill classes for women of all ages.
In another program in Bangalore we have given over 50 bibles to the women being rescued from the Devadasi system (Temple Prostitution). In the name of religion, little girls are dedicated to the gods for the priest and others to abuse. The home we partner with have 5 young women in the home. We have several others waiting to come, but we need more staff to handle the load. We can house up to 20 women. I am sure it is going to be one of our most rewarding yet heartbreaking endeavors. I can't imagine being told this happened to you as a little girl to honor the gods. Please cover this work in prayer as we grow. We continually and constantly see the hand of God working on behalf of women and children that He loves and desires for them to know him. Please join and support us in this amazing journey by continuing to pray and give!
Goa-Survivor Invests in Sewing Machine to Start Business
As “Mayra” pressed the pedal on her new sewing machine, Rahab’s Rope staff and fellow survivors rejoiced with her. She overcame so much and now she had taken a huge step towards starting her own business.
Just a year before Mayra was trapped in the sex industry. Rahab’s Rope staff, “Sunita & Payal” met her as they walked through the alleys of the red-light district. They invited her to learn stitching and literacy at Rahab’s Rope center in the heart of the district. Mayra accepted their invitation. Slowly, as Sunita & Payal showed kindness and God’s love, Mayra found healing and came to receive Christ as her Savior. She learned to read and sew and left the sex industry.
Rahab’s Rope offered her part-time work cleaning the center. They also paid her for jewelry she made through their vocational program. Mayra saved every rupee and invested in her very own sewing machine.
“I’m so proud of her,” Vicki Moore, Rahab’s Rope founder said as she celebrated Mayra’s victory, “now, she can be self-sufficient and provide for herself and her family.”
“Payal” sat shivering in a corner. The heat was on, but her body continued to tremble as she de- from the heroin leaving her system. Despite her agony, Payal determined not to give up! She wanted a new life.
Years before, she was sold as a slave into sex trafficking. Her trafficker shot her up with heroin and it only took a couple of times for her to be addicted. Soon she was working the streets day and night just to make enough money to pay her trafficker and to fund her habit. The darkness and depression haunted her, and her life was slipping away.
Through a miracle, she met “Aasha”, a staff member at Rahab’s Rope women’s detox center in Manipur. Aasha encouraged her that it was never too late to start a new life. Payal had been praying for a way out of her slavery. She took a step of faith and joined 5 other women on a journey of healing and freedom.
For the first 2 weeks, they will lay in bed most of the time. Two ladies are on IV’s. The staff are trying to get them to eat, but it’s difficult for the women as they suffer through withdrawals. It’s a very difficult road, but these 6 women are survivors and overcomers. This is the only detox home for women in this whole state. There is not a lot of support from the church or community as there is a lot of shame associated with women using drugs. Please keep the survivors, staff and interns in prayer. Also, pray for the church & community to rise in support.
Mumbai-Love Binds all Together in Perfect Unity
I am so thankful! "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. And above all this put-on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." Colossians 3:12, 14, 15 In my reading of Colossians 3 the title is called "Living as those made alive in Christ". I am thankful that you have exemplified Christ in your response to those we serve through Rahab's Rope. In all honesty, the past couple of weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, from the heaviness of request from people for food to the overwhelming joy of your response to help financially. We went from our first week of feeding 20 families to the second week feeding 60 families and yesterday the number jumped to 140 families. As I type this, I am in disbelief over the number. One of our staff members was able to get a little help from his fishing buddies, adding a little meat to the food, and get discounts for buying food in bulk. He took the funds meant for 20 families and multiplied it to feed 100 families. God is so amazing and faithful, why would we ever doubt! Thankful! Thankful! Thankful! A little perspective. The population of India is almost 1.4 billion people. The United States is about 330 million, making India a little over 4 times the population of the United States. Yet, the land mass of India is about 1/3 the size of the United States. Try to picture that; your community is 1/3 the size with over 4 times the people. Wow! Put with that the average family is 5 persons and 40% of those families live in a 1 room home. Over 100 million families live in a 1 room home. Many of those homes have no refrigeration or running water. They work daily and buy food daily. With the current lockdown in India those families can't work, therefore they can’t buy food.