sletter, Vol 1.
Introd uc i ng our ne w le ad e rs hi p
At the end of 2007 Ning resigned from Rahab Ministries and World Outreach to take up
responsibility for the new Photharam project. We see our new structure with God being the
Cornerstone of Rahab. Rahab remains under World Outreach International and we have put in place an
advisory board. The board is made up of members of the Jaisaman Church, a World Outreach represen-
tative, an accountant, and Mam and Prai from Rahab. There is also a western woman who has lived in
Thailand for 30 years, speaks Thai fluently and understands Thai culture. Rahab’s new management
team is Mam, Prai and Margaret.
(Prai) is the manager of the
Rahab Bazaar, which is both
an income generation project
and provides new work and
skills for women leaving the
bars. She oversees the
production, sales, and
distribution of all Rahab
Tiwa Montonwit (Maam) is products. She is also involved Margaret Mac Gregor,
our Pastor at Rahab in researching and developing from New Zealand, is a
Ministries. She provides the new products for the women hairdresser with over 40
spiritual covering of all at to make by hand and sell not years experience. She
Rahab through bible teach- only in Thailand, but all over trains the women in hair-
ing, and prayer, praise and the world. Prai exhibits dressing skills, and assists
worship. Her role involves strong respectful leadership in the salon as needed.
qualities out of a gifting of Margaret has also been
vital discipling of each of the
mercy and grace. She speaks teaching English to staff .
women who come through our
English, vital for her role in She and Mam head up the
program. She also provides
Rahab Bazaar. Outreach team that goes
support and encouragement
to all of the staff at Rahab. into the bars each week.
Her wisdom and strong faith Margaret has an ability to
will be an integral part of our endear herself to the
new leadership team. Mam women who know her as
lives at Rahab house with her "mummy”. She will bring
husband Piya, and daughter, this mother’s heart to the
Ploy. team. Margaret’s husband
Paul also works at Rahab.
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Outreach to the bars.
Each week on Tuesday and Thursday needs they have. We can offer them love good relationship with a woman and she
we visit a bar in Patpong and on Thurs- and support as they stay trapped in a asks questions about why we are there
days we also visit Nana. Although we miserable gut wrenching work place. which opens up an opportunity to share.
have not had a lot of women leave the Many of the relationships we build take
The new year at Rahab has seen five-
bars in 2007, we weeks to de-
built some strong
For I know the plans I have velop, but we
new ladies join the jewellery team—Praise
God for their commitments to Christ.
relationships with for you, says the Lord; plans believe it is
Five have left the bars and four are liv-
some women and God’s timing.
ing at Rahab House. Others are think-
have had the
to give you a future and a
O n o ne ing seriously about leaving the bars, their
opportunity to pray hope, plans to prosper you occasion visit- lives are very different to ours and it is
on occasion. One
ing this same not that easy to leave straight away. We
woman who had and not harm you.
woman we were praise God for these new lives in Him. If
looked sad and full
threatened by a you are interested in sponsoring any of
of despair was visibly touched when we
client who took a dislike to the conversa- these women look on the Rahab website
prayed for her. We have given her a
tion he overheard us having with her for details on how to do so or email ra-
bible which she is reading it and asks
about the Bible. He was married to a email@example.com
questions when we meet up with her.
Thai woman and understood the Thai
She hates the work she does, but is
we spoke. It did highlight the potential
feels trapped by the financial demands
danger we could be in, but also the good-
on her. This is the saddest part of work-
ness of God to have the opportunity to
ing at Rahab—often offering the women
share His Word. We do not share
work at Rahab just cannot cover the
about Jesus until we have developed a
Rahab Christmas Party
Each year Rahab has a Christmas party before closing for the holiday season.
Last year we held it on the December 21st and had around 12 bar girls, a number
of our supporters from both Bangkok and a team from New Zealand, plus some
visitors who had been involved with Rahab in the past and were back. It was a night
of fun, food, fellowship and laughter and happy faces.
The team from NZ did a drama dance, some of
the Rahab staff a dance and Jep from a Bang-
kok church shared a message. As a result of her
message, two women have given their hearts to
Jesus and one has since left the bars. It was a
wonderful end to 2007.
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Prai continues to oversee the mak-
Rahab ing and designing of Rahab jewelry.
Bazaar She has a real gift for creating new
pieces and maintains a high standard
of work from all who make jewelry.
Each piece is handmade and can take
anything from most of a day to 20
minutes to create. The price does
not reflect the hours of work put do well.
into individual pieces.
Any payments you make to Rahab
Recently a teacher from one of the
Bazaar should now be made through
International schools invited Rahab
World Outreach to prevent
to go and teach the children how to
confusion during this transition
make jewelry. Four Rahab staff
time. We have had to close the old
had a fun time teaching them. After
Rahab accounts and have opened a
the session there was an opportu-
new one. World Outreach also has a
nity to sell some of the jewelry.
secure internet banking site which
Each month Rahab exhibits at the
may be an easier option for some
Thai craft fair. It involves a lot of
people. The WO offices are avail-
work getting the jewelry ready, dis-
able on the WO websiteor on the
played attractively and staff avail-
back page of the newsletter.
able to sell it at the fair, but we can
Rahab House is our home
Rahab House is situated away from lot of “parents" eager to help out at
Patpong and off the Sky Train route any time.
so we usually travel by bus. We
Rahab House pays 3 monthly for our
have 18 rooms and are in a quiet Soi
rent and God has provided money for
although it is noisy due to a number
our next payment.
of building sites and a big mall
behind it. We recently had money donated to
enable us to make up welcome packs
Presently, there are a number of
for the women. We plan to include
staff, two Mums with their babies
soap, towels, nightwear and a bible
and others who work at Rahab living
verse to encourage them as they
in the home. We have a nice sense
arrive. Both were actively involved in their
of community, the two babies have a
Sarah and Alex home church in Te Puke and felt a
from New Zealand call to Rahab Ministries. They have
are House Parents been in Bangkok almost a year now.
to our family. This year has largely been given to
Alex was a teacher learning Thai. They now can have a
in New Zealand basic conversation and get around
teaching workshop town. Alex will be taking up duties
technology and assisting in running Rahab office and
Graphics and Sarah is also involved in Outreach to
S a r a h ’s b ac k - the bars. They hope to continue to
g r o u n d i s learn Thai part time.
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