After I graduated college, I went on a short term missions trip to India for 3 months. There I worked with a team of 6 other girls and we served with an organization called Rahab's Rope. Since then, it's been a desire of mine to return to India to help continue the work there. The Lord has answered that prayer above and beyond, as He has opened up the door for both Caleb and I to work with Rahab's Rope for a longer period of time than just a couple of weeks, and we are excited to tell you more about it!
Caleb and I will be taking an 11 week internship with Rahab's Rope in the state of Goa, where Alicia worked before. Rahab's Rope main focus in Goa is prevention, as Goa's main industry is tourism, and human trafficking is prevalent within the region.
We will be working in the slums of Goa further developing their existing programs, sharing the Gospel with people in the community, and as interns, we will be providing leadership to short term mission teams that will join us while we are there. Most Rahab's Rope programs are aimed at children and women in the poorest areas, but this is the first year that the ministry has allowed men to join their teams. They hope to start new programs aimed at young boys and men in the slums. We don't know fully what that will look like yet, but their desire is to reach out to young boys and men that need mentoring and need the Gospel as much as the women in their programs.
Every program is a means to share the Gospel message, as they know the only thing that will save these people more than just saving them out of human trafficking, is Christ. And our greatest desire is to join in this work, and hope that you would join in supporting us!
We are expected to launch September 6th and will be there until the week of Thanksgiving. We must be 100% fully supported a month before we leave, so we need to raise $10,000 by the beginning of August to cover our airfare to India and back, insurance, lodging, food, transportation in India, and funds to go towards the ministry for the 11 weeks we are there.
As we journey into this ministry, we ask that you would consider supporting us financially. We both believe that this where the Lord is leading us and we know He will provide for us in every way, but we know that He can use you to be part of that provision. Our first goal is to be 25% supported by the beginning of May. Would you join in helping us reach that goal?
But most of all, we covet your prayers. This work cannot go forward without the power and strength of Christ. India is a very spiritually lost and dark place. There is so much joy in the ministry, but also so much pain and darkness in the lives of the people that we work. I've experienced first hand just how hard it is, and Caleb and I NEED your prayers!
Thank you in advance for your support and prayers! We are so excited for this journey and the work the Lord will do through it! If you would like to follow our journey check out our blog! sharpjourneys.blogspot.com .
April 22- we have reached our first goal of being 25% funded! Help us reach our next goal of being 50% funded by the beginning of summer!
June5- The Lord is so good and so gracious to us and He has provided indeed! We didn't reach our goal date, but God isn't on a timeline! We are now officially 50% funded!