- To share the love of Jesus Christ through friendship evangelism and social concern.
- To provide practical help and emotional support to women working in prostitution.
- To provide opportunities for education, vocational training, and alternative employment
Each week, in the past the outreach team has visited different bars in Patpong, the women are expected to dance semi naked. We seek to make contacts through friendship evangelism. As we build relationships, we tell the women about Rahab and what support and new opportunities we can offer them. We also seek to tell them about God's love for them.
Since covid arrived in Thailand, the bars were closed for over 2 years. The majority of the bar girls went home to their villages during this time. Prai and Sasitorn kept in touch and now bars are beginning to reopen we are reconnecting with many of the women.
Rahab Food Shop
The Rahab food shop was opened in 2018 and currently employs one woman. Sa has been working there since the shop opened. She starts work at 8am, so Sasitorn who lives close by goes in at 6am to set up. Sa is a very hard worker with a friendly personality. She takes her time cleaning up at the end of the day so as to avoid rush hour traffic on her way home.
Initially Pay also worked at the food shop but has had to stop work as she has cancer and has gone home for her mother to care for her. Before coming to work with Rahab, she worked in the bars for over 30 years. She was often drunk and became very ill with liver damage. While seeing a doctor, she was found to have tumor in her stomach. Sa gave her heart to the Lord at a Rahab Christmas party and has a strong faith. She is not afraid of dying as knows she will go to be with Jesus.
The food shop is now open again for sit in meals. Currently pork is very expensive, which is their specialty dish.
The laundry was opened in 2015 and has 5 washing machines and 1 large dryer. Initially, prior to Covid, there were 4 girls working at the laundry, but currently there are 2 working there. They live above the laundry. Guy is the manager and works with Sa. All the women who work in Rahab businesses are Christian and have come from the bars.
Previously On worked there. She is 70 years old and just before Christmas, she was diagnosed with Tuberculosis, so has gone home to her brother's. Rahab helped her out continuing to pay her wages when she first went home for some months, but her brother now supports her. She did an extremely good job working in the laundry and often, customers requested she care for their clothing.
The laundry was very quiet as many of their clients are office workers and currently work from home, so did not need their good clothes laundered. It is now beginning to get busy again.
Counselling and Discipleship
Sasitorn provides pastoral care to all the women at Rahab. In the past she ran a bible study three times a week offering counselling, discipleship, and healing with the help of others on the team.
Prior to the pandemic, there were up to 60 women coming to bible study at Rahab. They have mostly all gone home to their villages now as the bars have been closed for almost 2 years. Each morning Prai and Sasitorn send out bible studies for these women and they keep in touch.
Rahab is partnering with Newsong Church to meet monthly with Patpong women for worship, prayer, fellowship and biblical input.