A meeting that was meant to be.
Many of the Patpong bar girls really struggled during the time Bangkok was in lockdown. About a week before lockdown, Prai met Pong who used to work at Rahab and they exchanged phone numbers. She had not seen Pong since had left Rahab and returned to working in Patpong. During lockdown, Prai phoned her to see if she was OK and expected her to be back in her village as many of them left Patpong during lockdown. Pong was sleeping in a bar as she did not have enough money to get home or to pay rent. Rahab, along with New Song Church who now have a team working out of Patpong, were able to help her out. Pong was overwhelmed that they would help her, and still loved her despite her being a “naughty” girl and going back to the bars.
Once lockdown was over, Rahab was able to reopen and had a party and bible study for the bar girls they know. They were not expecting a lot of women as they thought many would still be in their village, but 39 women came. Nine of them had never been to Rahab before. Pong was not there because she has now returned to her village to care for her mother and does not plan on returning to the bars. Rahab continues to build on relationships with women in Patpong bringing them God’s love through His Word and love in action.
Rahab Bible Study
We introduced a special Bible study in February 2017 for women working in the bars. Our initial plan was to do it in a smaller setting (5-7 women) so that we are able to focus on each of the women and help them with their journey with Jesus. But since starting, they have been bringing all their friends along, and now we get 25-30 women every Bible Study. However, It has been very effective and helpful. God had better plans! Through this Bible study we have had 4 women who decided to leave the bars for good. We are so grateful and we praise God for that!
In 2016, Rahab catering service called Rahab Bakery was started. The vision was to make Rahab more financially sustainable. Please pray that this business helps us to be more sustainable.
Outreach to Chai Nat
Our team of Thai staff and ex bar women with the support of Jaisamarn Church visits Chai Nat once a year. It is located in the North, 200 km. from Bangkok. Every time we visit this community, we are beyond blessed. It is a Buddhist community but these schools have always welcomed us with such warmth hospitality. We are blessed each time because we to get share about the Bible and Jesus to the students and teachers who for some has never heard of it before.
We hope to continue sharing the word of God to unreached places alongside our women and we hope they get to see God's beauty in every creation.
Bar women party at Rahab Ministries
Building relationships with bar women
These days whenever we organize gatherings at Rahab, we get around 45 women from the bars. We are beginning to see an increase in the number of women. So, we are extremely excited and we look forward to see what God has instore for these beautiful women. We have a party coming up next week sponsored by a generous team from Australia. The team will also be hosting the party, where songs, and testimonies will be shared along with fun games, arts and craft and yummy food. We are all excited. Continue to keep us all in your prayers so that this party will be a blessed and a fruitful one.
You can also partner with us through various ways. For more details, email us at rahabministriesthailand.com.
You can visit our Facebook page 'Rahab Ministries Thailand' for more updates on Rahab gatherings and outreach news.
City Bible Church Hamilton
City Bible Church in Hamilton, NZ have been faithful supporters of Rahab for some time. Recently they dedicated one whole wall of Café Agora to promote Rahab.
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