Why Isn’t Anyone Doing Anything?
Vicki Moore and Rahab’s Rope RichLife story #18:
Last month we talked about what it means to be mission driven and the true wealth that arrives when service to others becomes the point of our focus. In response to our question: "Got a mission or know somebody who does?" I recently had the opportunity to talk with Vicki Moore, founder and active leader of an organization called Rahab’s Rope.
The mission of Rahab’s Rope is large: to give hope and opportunity to the women and girls forced into the commercial sex trade of India. Through the efforts of their volunteers and supporters, Rahab’s Rope has provided safe houses, rented flats for vocational training as well as basic education in Bangalore, a flat and a medical clinic in Goa, and worked directly in the brothels of Mumbai. They have provided health and nutrition, groceries, hygiene education and supplies; they have helped girls to find jobs or re-enter school.
They have also provided medical needs, including a life-saving surgery for one girl whose sinus cavities had been horribly destroyed through multiple beatings.
Talk about a mission! But what I found most interesting about Vicki’s story was how it all began.
In January of 2004, I came across a story on the internet about the every-day reality faced by millions of girls and women living in India. The story told of the more than two-hundred women forced into prostitution daily. How they are sold or kidnapped into the sex trade as early as age five. How these women are held captive, beaten, raped, and humiliated. How they are made to believe that their only real value is the price that their body will bring. By their late teens, the majority of these girls are considered "used up" and are cast out onto the streets to survive on their own. With little to no skill set and little to no money to their name, these girls return to prostitution as a means of survival, and the hopeless cycle continues.
According to Human Rights Watch, there are approximately fifteen million prostitutes in India today; these are women and girls, mothers and daughters, most of them between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five.
I was a stay-at-home mom with children of my own. I had no experience with human trafficking and the more research I did, the more alarming global statistics I found. These stories broke my heart, and I couldn’t get them out of my mind.
That day in the comfort of her own home, Vicki Moore asked the question,
“Why isn’t anyone doing anything about this?”
And then she heard the answer,
"I would like for you to do something."
As is often the case, if the question appears inside you, the answer is there, too.
How many of us wait for someone else to do something?
How many of us think the problem too big, or ourselves too small?
In the words of Vicki Moore:
“We believe nothing in our lives happens by chance and timing is God appointed. As God was opening my eyes to the women in crisis in India, I was also taking an Old Testament Bible class and was studying the story of Rahab the prostitute found in the book of Joshua. The rope in the story represents Rahab's rescue both physically and spiritually, and there is a high probability that Rahab made the rope herself. It is our hope that just as the rope that Rahab made represents her rescue, the skills taught to the women at our Women's Centers will represent their physical and spiritual rescue as well.”
Plans for the organization include reaching out to more girls in more areas, adding a new safe house for underage girls, and their current work of acquiring and outfitting a new housing facility for women in aftercare. If you would like to find out what you can do to support the ongoing mission of Rahab’s Rope, please visit their website at www.rahabsrope.com.
With all Ms. Moore has given throughout the past seven years, we asked her, “What has the experience of helping these women given back to you?” Her answer:
“A joy and excitement to life that can't be explained.” She writes:
“I have met so many wonderful people all across the U.S. and in India that have helped in so many ways, and many have become very good friends. These people have poured into the ministry with their gifts, talents and finances, and poured into me with their encouragement and kindness. I would never have had this experience had I not been working with these girls in India.”
What experiences are awaiting you? What do you wish someone would do something about? It was the answers to these same questions that led Ms. Moore to discover her mission, and the gift she had to offer the world.
To the world you may be one person –
but to one person you may be the world.