At the opening ceremony for Rahab’s House, a 1Saved aftercare shelter in the Philippines for girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking, we decided to tie scarlet cords in the windows of each room and pray over the girls who would reside in the room. For Rahab, this cord was an outward symbol of an inward change where she had decided that her and all in her household would put their faith in the God of Israel. In the same way, our hope is that this symbol of our faith would guide all of those who would reside in Rahab’s House into salvation and freedom.
Who knows what Rahab thought when she decided to house the spies from Israel? My guess is she only had her immediate survival in mind. But God had a much larger plan.
The New Testament begins with Matthew’s recording of the genealogy of Jesus. Rather than a typical accounting of only the best and brightest ancestors, God chooses the “kingly” line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Aside from the fact that this line consists of thieves, liars, murderers, adulterers, and flat-out selfish men, God also includes women. Speaking to a patriarchal society, God goes radically counter-culture by naming four women in the royal line of his Son, Jesus. This shows us the high (and equal) value God places on women, created in His image. Included among these women mentioned is Rahab, a prostitute from Jericho.
“and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.” -Matthew 1:5
Little did Rahab know, but she would have the high honor of being known forever as the great-great grandmother of David and direct ancestor to Jesus, the promised Messiah and the Son of God who would save the people from their sins.
After that scarlet cord, Rahab was no longer defined by the fact that she was a foreigner, a woman, and a prostitute but through faith, an adopted child of the King. In the same way, our girls in Rahab’s House come to the understanding that their identity is not tied up in the abuse that’s been done to them or the shame over what they’ve done. We welcome them in with loving arms as our Heavenly Father welcomes them.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation…By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” (Hebrews 11)
This is the second part of a blog series on Rahab. Our aftercare shelter in the Philippines is called Rahab’s House and girls rescued out of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) are brought to our home to be restored and given freedom and hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ. To read the first part, click here.
Human trafficking is the great humanitarian issue of our day and people in the West need to know how prevalent it is in different areas of the world as well as in our own backyards. These two worlds collide in the form of sex tourism, sex trafficking of minors, and cyber sex trafficking. (more…)
In this next series of blogs, we’re going to explore who Rahab was and why we continure to honor her.
Who was Rahab? Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about her background, but the fact that she was a prostitute tells me that she has been driven to desperation through a series of heart-breaking situations in her life. I’ve never heard of a prostitute who really wants that job. But on the contrary, there’s typically a general history of heart-breaking situation after heart-breaking situation that leads a woman down the path of selling her body to survive.
Most of us are familiar with the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho. This is the setting where we are introduced to Rahab. Her faith is on display when her city, Jericho, is in fear of the God of Israel and she hides two spies in her house. Her words to them are recorded in Joshua 2:
The detrimental effects of exposure to pornographic material on the human brain is continually being researched and the findings (from secular resources) are revealing something that Christians already knew…it will ruin your life. For our purposes, this is not the direction I’m going to take this post. Maybe you agree that it causes harm to yourself and even your relationship with God. But if those facts aren’t helping you to kill this habit, let me throw in another aspect of porn’s destruction to this world:
We all inherently know it. When we watch movies, read books, or even watch the news, we know evil when we see it. We are all wired to recognize that there are things in this world that are good: love, heroism, generosity, happiness. We can also all recognize when things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be. Child sex trafficking is something that humans universally recognize as evil. Where does that come from? Is it just society or years of evolution that tell us this or is it because we are made in God’s very image with inherent values that point us back to our Creator? (more…)
In February, 1Saved was the benefactor of Unity Christian High School’s yearly Winterfest fundraiser. We were so blessed by the support for our efforts for these precious children across the world. Almost $2,000 was generated by these students for cybersex victims in the Philippines!
God has been so good as He continues to provide for the many needs of this ministry. Thank you, UCHS!
This year, our dream became a reality at One Saved as the first “one” was saved from a cybersex den in The Philippines. We have trusted God’s leading for the last five years and now, a harvest is coming. With the rescue and continued restoration of our first client, “Abby,” we can finally begin the important work of showing her and telling her about the good news of God’s salvation in Jesus! (more…)
While in the Philippines last week, we had the amazing opportunity to attend the Manila Prayer Gathering–an annual event where believers gather to hear what is happening on the human trafficking front in the Philippines and pray for the greatest needs. This year, the meeting was focuse on combating Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC), which is quickly become a rampant problem in the country. (more…)
This year, we were blessed again with perfect weather and amazing support at the golf outing. From a fundraising standpoint, we had our most successful outing to date! Thank you so much to our sponsors, golfers, and volunteers for the your part in supporting God’s work of rescue and redemption through One Saved in the Philippines!
We look forward to seeing you all next year and continuing to grow so that more children can be saved through this ministry!
This video put out by IJM truly captures the heart of what we are stepping into in The Philippines with online sexual exploitation. IJM does rescue but they need partners when it comes to aftercare. That’s where we come in. This video does a great job of illustrating the redemptive power of aftercare in the healing and restoration of children from awful situations. Check it out!