Rapha House Update

“Girls who have come to Rapha House have been cheated out of their childhoods. We cannot restore the the youthfilled life, joy and dreams, but we can help with a promising and productive future where they can shape their new hopes and dreams.” (Stephanie Freed, Executive Director, on the Rapha House website)
By the end of this year, Rapha House will have 5 safe houses in Cambodia, one in Haiti and another in Thailand. Cambodia is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficked children and adults. It is a country not yet recovered from the atrocities committed against the people of Cambodia by the Pol Pot regime.
Last year a young man and his wife attended an event at their church in Indiana to watch a film about 3 girls rescued by Rapha House in Cambodia. Jason was so moved by what he saw that he decided to restore in his body shop a 1952 Dodge pickup he had recently purchased, sell it, and give the proceeds to Rapha House. Jason, his wife, and 2 of their children began the restoration August 27, 2014. The work went so smoothly he was able to enter the truck, named the Sarah Rose for the child of one of the trafficked girls in the movie, in the February World of Wheels car show in Indianapolis, where the truck took first in class. On May 13, the Sarah Rose sold for $16,000 at Mecum Auction in Indianapolis; someone hearing the story of the truck was moved to donate $5,000 more to Rapha House. On May 16, the truck’s buyer auctioned it again, this time for $20,000, and again the money was donated to Rapha House. Not only did the truck raise $41,000, but the new owner has made the truck available to appear at events publicizing and raising money for Rapha House. Jason is ready to work on the next build for Rapha House, a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible.
Save the Date! This year’s Rescue Run 5k Run/Walk will be Saturday, October 3, at Terry Trueblood Park in Iowa City. This fundraiser for Rapha House donates 100% of the registration fees, plus other money donated.
Our goal is 25 quarters a week – $25 a month – and, although donations have slowed a bit this summer, we have been meeting that goal. When we join together to fight human trafficking -human slavery – we can make an impact on this ruthless multi-billion dollar industry.

photos: Freedigitalphotos.net

“She’s Worth It”

Rapha House has been in the midst of the “She’s Worth It” campaign – funding and building new safe houses. The last few months have been very busy, and exciting things are happening. Please pray for the success of these projects, for the girls who are rescued, and for those who are involved in all phases of this ministry.

Celebration! Rapha House received the funding to complete the safe house building project in Thailand. The land was purchased, a well was drilled and an encircling wall was constructed. Then an international partner donated $550,000 to finish the compound, which will include five cottages for the girls, a dining area, and two administrative buildings. This will provide the initial capacity to care for 50 girls.

The second phase of the building project is to fund construction of a new safe house compound in Haiti. The current rental safe house is small but secure. After the earthquake in 2010, many children found themselves orphaned, alone and terrified, living on the streets, and slavery and sexual exploitation followed. The rescued girls’ stories are shocking. One girl is permanently marked from being used in voodoo ceremonies. The need in Haiti is great, and it is difficult and dangerous work.

In Cambodia, another safe house compound is under construction. This house is in the province of Siem Reap, which contains the ancient ruins of the Angkor Wat temple complex. Although millions of tourists visit the area each year, Siem Reap is one of the poorest provinces in the country. Because of the poverty, the influx of wealthy tourists makes the children especially susceptible to exploitation and abuse. The current safe house in Siem Reap is a rented facility where 25 girls can be housed, but the plan is to slowly add buildings to the new compound so more girls can be added to the program.

Please continue to bring a quarter every Sunday for the Tower of Quarters, located in the narthex.

Our goal is 25 quarters a week – $25 a month – and we have more than met that goal. When we join together to fight human trafficking – human slavery – we can make an impact on this ruthless multi-billion dollar industry.

photo: Freedigitalphotos.net

Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

Saturday, April 25 9:30 am—3:00 pm

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Urbandale, IA

Bishop Trimble will discuss Five Marks of a Methodist, based on a new book of the same title by Steve Harper in the morning.  His topic in the afternoon will be Poverty to Opportunity. Bishop Trimble is eager to spend time in dialogue and answering questions from laity.

The day will include inspirational worship, communion and music.

Three additional special presentations about exciting ministries wilol include:

Women at the Well (prison congregation) with Reverend Lee Schott

Justice for Our Neighbors (legal help for immigrants) with JFON attorneys Brynne Howard and Ann Naffler

Human Trafficking with Teresa Downing, United Methodist Women resource person and Iowa State University faculty.

The Cokesbury bookstore will have a display.  All books purchased or ordered that day will have a 30% discount plus free shipping. Morning coffee and lunch at noon will provide time for fellowship and the sharing of ideas.

To facilitate planning, please preregister online. There will be an incentive for all who register in advance.  No registration fee required, free will offerings accepted.

Questions? Contact barb.mann@iaumc.org.