Did you catch us on Facebook Live yesterday afternoon? If not, be sure to watch the video posted here.
During this Lunch and Learn, Suzanne Lewis-Johnson provided an update on our different areas of programming and gave detailed advice to parents regarding their children’s access to online activity. She also talked about how the Church can continue loving and serving its neighbors, even when church doors are closed.
Stephanie Johnson loves that her job at RAHAB is a win-win.
She joined us in fall 2018 as the Director of Church Relations and works to cultivate relationships with church partners and encourage further engagement with the abused and exploited.
Stephanie enjoys being able to share what the Lord is doing through RAHAB and then hear what encouraging things are happening within each potential church she contacts.
Grateful for all of the amazing people she has gotten to meet through this position — especially at various public speaking events — she is especially inspired when she presents a need to a church then sees people come together, creatively and efficiently, to better serve others in Jesus’ name.
Steph believes that churches in our area continuing to engage in important and strategic ways allows them to minister to our society’s most vulnerable population.
When asked about her favorite part in working for RAHAB, she responded:
“The leadership truly seeks to be led by God. Decisions are not made by what would necessarily be the next obvious step for us as a ministry or non-profit organization, but by what has prayerfully been discerned as where we believe God is guiding our next step.”
Maybe one day soon you’ll get to meet Steph in person. You’ll certainly be glad you did! We’re grateful she’s part of our team and look forward to the way God will use her gifts to serve women and children in our communities.
Fun fact: Steph got married at one of our partner churches to her eighth-grade sweetheart!
RAHAB invites you to listen to an important behind-the-scenes conversation between Jomel Aird and Jennifer Rausch from the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Initiative.
In their podcast, you’ll gain insight into the complexity surrounding sex trafficking — they explore “why a trafficking victim just doesn’t leave” and unpack the difficult issue of why more traffickers aren’t arrested and prosecuted.
It’s certainly a must-listen for anyone interested in becoming more informed and engaged in the fight to end sex trafficking!
Relationship. A warm meal. Encouragement. Clothing and hygiene items. Safety. Hope.
These are what RAHAB strives to provide each and every woman who walks through our Drop-In Center’s doors in Akron. In fact, we served 660 women in that one location in 2019 alone. Praise God!
But the need for additional centers is growing and that is why we are excited to open two new Drop-In Centers in Stark County later this year.
Our Drop-In Centers are a safe, non-judgmental space where someone vulnerable to or trapped in the horrors of sex trafficking can come for hope in the middle of hopelessness.
Countless women in Stark County are in need of the same hope and healing that our Summit County center offers.
And while so many things seem uncertain in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak, we simply cannot move fast enough to open the doors to Stark County’s exploited and vulnerable women. We need you, because they need you!
If you are interested in volunteering to help make these new centers possible, please stay tuned … more information about training and next steps will be coming soon.
Thank you for walking alongside those who are seeking hope and searching for help. You make RAHAB’s ministry possible!
Thank you again for partnering with RAHAB.
It’s the support of caring, compassionate people like you that allows us to make a difference!