As women of Redeemer, we’re scattered throughout the greater Charleston area. Though we gather with our community groups during the week, we often need and desire more opportunities for connection with other Redeemer women. So our community groups will take turns hosting bimonthly women’s fellowship events, and the North Area (Wednesday) Community Group volunteered first!
Below JaiLynne Wood shares how she came to know about Rahab’s Rope and why she felt led to help.
Working as the office administrator at Redeemer, I receive a lot of emails. I delete a lot of them before I even open them. The ones that seem to pertain to ministry, I at least give a glance to make sure it isn’t something that we are legitimately connected with, most of which, we aren’t. But sometime in the past year, one of these with which we have no existing connection caught my attention. The ministry was called Rahab’s Rope.
To begin with, just the name, “Rahab’s Rope,” caught my attention. I knew who Rahab was, and I knew the significance of her rope. I wondered what kind of ministry would want “Rahab” in their name. I read through the email and subsequently visited their website to learn that they are a Gospel-centered ministry fighting sex trafficking in India. They exist “to give hope and opportunity to women and girls that are at risk or have been forced into the commercial sex trade of India.” I cannot imagine a worse way to be exploited than forced prostitution. And while this issue was not new news to me, my heart was more than pricked–I wanted to help.
As I was learning their story, I was also seeing pictures of these beautiful pieces of jewelry and scarves and reading something about $200 for 200. As a part of their ministry in India, they offer girls and women vocational training to give them an alternative means of making a living. Some of the women learn to sew or make jewelry and send the goods back to the States where Rahab’s Rope sells them alongside other fair trade goods from around the world to raise awareness and funds for their ministry. At that time, they were running the “$200 for 200” campaign. Two hundred girls and women are trafficked daily in India. To correspond with that number, they set $200 as a goal for people to raise through sales. I thought, “I could do that, especially if I waited until a month or so before Christmas when people have Christmas shopping to do.” So, I set a mental note and planned to host an event sometime in November.
Not many of you have been to one of my kids’ birthday parties or a bridal shower that I have thrown. Thus, you don’t quite have an understanding of how I like to do events. I wouldn’t say that I go overboard (others might), but my events are definitely Pinterest-y, especially the food. I love doing it, but it totally stresses me out: Many weeks of planning are involved in my events. So, as September came and quickly turned into October, and October was over before I knew it. As I had not done the first bit of planning for a Rahab’s Rope event and I had to make a roosar bear costume for West for school (rooster combined with a polar bear. What in the world!?!?), I lamented that it just was not going to happen. (Vacuuming my carpet is considered a special event at this point in my life.) I thought, “there is no way, I can plan and execute a real event.”
Then I received an email update from Rahab’s Rope: I had to do it. I had to. I had to host an event. “Okay,” I thought, “let’s scale back.” The not-so-novel idea of just doing dessert popped into my head–I could do that. And I could open it up to all the women of Redeemer so that I did not have to worry about whom to invite or if I would have enough people. And it could kind of, sort of serve as a women’s ministry event. And I could get some of my friends to help me make desserts and serve. All right! We’re in business, I can do this. Then just this past Sunday, I learned that community groups are going to help plan and host events as part of our women’s ministry at Redeemer. Okay, I’m going to involve the rest of the women from my community group, and this will be our event. Yay! More help.
So join all the women of Redeemer as we enjoy fellowship, have fun, shop for Christmas gifts, and help give hope and opportunity to exploited women. Contact JaiLynne for more information.