Rahab’s Rope: An unlikely hero
In Joshua 2 we see the unlikely hero in this lesson. Rahab. A prostitute, a woman from Jericho, a Gentile…not a person you would depend on to save a people. A woman secretly hid two Israelite men who would lead the Israelites to conquer Jericho. A prostitute who’s salvation was in hanging a rope out her window.
“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.”
-Rahab’s Rope website
Rahab, an unlikely hero. Not who we would pick.
But, God doesn’t see what we see. God uses the unlikely. God uses what we would deem “un-useable.”
Rahab’s Rope: An unlikely hero.
Fast forward to 2000 plus years, and we see God using the story of Rahab with a stay at home mom. Vicki Moore was pursuing a degree in seminary when one of her college professors challenged the students…and here is where God laid on her heart women and children. Slavery. Bondage. Freedom in Christ.
Vicki’s best friend and prayer partner had previously moved to India a couple years before this and she had visited her several times. Then she ran across a story on the internet that broke her heart. It said that in India about 200 women a day are forced into the commercial sex trade every day.
Prayer, more research, prayer, more research. There is no one there ministering to these women and children.
So instead of just a visit with her friend in India for a month, it turned into a the beginnings of a ministry. God led them to Bangalore, India. In December 2004, 11 months after she read the story on the internet, they began their ministry in India at their first Annual Christmas Celebration. Here they introduced Rahab’s Rope to a group of 100 women. Women who had been used and abused for most of their lives. Women who did not have any hope until then. Where they got to meet Jesus.
India’s culture is still a caste system. A caste system? What is that you may ask? (So glad you did!) A caste system is levels in society.
A caste system is a class structure that is determined by birth. Loosely, it means that in some societies, if your parents are poor, you’re going to be poor, too.
Thank you Google!
These women are taken into slavery in order to make money for their families. Their families are unaware that their jobs will be slave trafficking. If ever to return to their families, they would not be welcomed.
They are shamed.
They are hopeless.
A circle of bondage, slavery, shame, helplessness, and hopelessness.
Rahab’s Rope Ministry Today
At first they began their ministry with After Care. Helping individuals transition out of slavery. Now they have been able to expand their ministry to Prevention and Direct Intervention.
As always, their vision is the same throughout the years: To see lives transformed by God’s love in action. The women and children they care for are provided with emotional, physical, and spiritual help. A woman is provided with basic education and training in vocational skills. She will then be enabled to re-enter he community in a positive way.
They are taught a vocation where they make jewelry. They are paid by each piece they make. They see that there is life outside of their bondage. Vicki told us Saturday that they are actually even paid higher than the average wage there. What a ministry that is to these women, to see God blessing them physically through these funds. Not only do they hear about a God who does love, who does care, something that they have NEVER seen before, now they see a God caring and providing for them.
They employ 13 long term workers in India.
Stateside in America:
Here, their home base is Gainesville, GA. They employ 10 part-time and full time support staff in the States. Staff and volunteers GO to India. They volunteer in the office and warehouse.
How can we help? What can we do? Me. One person on the other side of the world. It seems literally a million miles away. But then Vicki mentioned this:
One of our top priorities last year was a brother and sister. A 3 year old boy and his 5 year old sister. The little boy was tied up with a rope around his neck his entire life.
As I write this I’m fighting to hold back the tears. A million miles away. Children, each one a blessing from the Lord. In my house I have one in the crib and 3 sitting on the couch with their Daddy watching a movie.
I’m clueless, removed, unaware.
Vicki closed with this story. She was talking with a woman also on the mission field there in India. A woman who just couldn’t leave the women there. And this is what she said:
If Jesus were here this is where He would be.
I have no doubt about that. Oh Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours.
What can we do? How can we help?
- We can host an event.
- We can Raise Awareness
- We can sell $200
- We can PRAY
- We can Give
- We can Go
If you are interested in learning more on what you can do just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, go to their website Rahab’s Rope. Shop their jewelry, browse their site, read their blog. Read the testimonies of the women.
If we can’t physically give. Just pray. Pray for the women. Pray specifically for Sweetie, a woman whom they have been ministering to who has been beaten. Who is having trouble healing. Pray that God will heal her, so she can see that God cares. She just let us know that they think she may have diabetes. Pray for her and alcoholism.
Pray for God to break our hearts for what breaks His.
Here’s my challenge this week: Visit their website http://www.rahabsrope.com . Choose one of the options listed above. Help someone who you may never meet. Someone who needs hope. Someone who needs love.