- 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, seeking to make contacts through friendship evangelism. The women are expected to dance semi naked. The music is loud, sometimes making it harder to hear, 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 hit Thailand, the bars have been closed for the last 2 years. The majority of the bar girls have gone home to their villages during this time. Prai and Sasitorn have keep in touch. Once the bars begin to open up and Covid is less of a worry, we will begin going into the bars again.
Rahab Food Shop
The Rahab Food shop was opened in 2018 and currently employs one woman. Sa has been working there who has been 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 laid back 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 Dr, she was found to have tumour 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 has remained open through Thai lockdowns with take away only, but more recently is 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 TB, 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 has been very quiet as many of their clients are office workers and currently work from home, so do not need their good clothes laundered. The laundry si making about a third of its pre Covid monthly income currently.
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. Once a week,
Prior to the pandemic, three 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.