Rehema House: Building a Home
Rehema is an Arabic word that means mercy.
Most of our girls were removed from their homes or surrendered to the government at young ages, spending their formative years at a government-run institution. It is well known that after aging out of the government system at age 18, a girl without a family safety net to fall back on is left without many options. Traffickers have been known to wait outside of government child- protection centers, ready to provide false hope to these young, vulnerable women.
Because of our God’s great mercy, we have been granted the gift of helping to prevent these girls from being trafficked, sparing them further pain and abuse.
We at Rehema House believe that when vulnerabilities are removed and the gospel is introduced, most girls can thrive, find dignifying work, and have hopeful futures. We believe in wholistic support—this includes safe housing and meals, proper hygiene, life-management lessons, educational opportunities, and healthy community. But the most important gift that we give these young women is the knowledge of their immense value in the eyes of their Creator—the One who loves them and sacrificed Himself to have relationship with them.
In November 2017, we established our home in a large, rented house with several apartments; we began housing young women in January 2018. Since then, we’ve been able to provide safe shelter and basic necessities for about 20 girls, who pursue high-school diplomas, vocational training—even university degrees.
Currently, our home houses seven young women and two live-in house moms. It is nearing maximum capacity. We have also received news that the owner of this property is trying to sell it.
As we have looked around the city, we have decided that our best option is to build a house ourselves that is large enough to expand our capacity and meet the unique needs of the girls we house.
We desire to find and buy a piece of land zoned for residential use. After the land is purchased, we will build a two-story house that can house up to 20 residents. When this project is complete, we hope to have enough room to house a minimum of 16 girls and 4 live-in house moms.
Please pray for God’s mercy to uphold these vulnerable young women. Pray for the purchase of land and the construction of the new Rehema House. Alliance Women has set a goal to raise $36,500 to support this project. For more information on how you can give to this project, please visit www.alliancewomen.org/give.
New Every Morning
The year 2020 is over—2021 has begun. We have turned the page on our calendar and, although the year is fresh, we face the reality that not everything is new. We are still in a difficult season.
I encourage you on this New Year’s Day to take a deep breath. Settle in. First, reflect on this eighth day after celebrating Christmas, which has special significance.
Today: Reflect on the Name
In the Gospel of Luke, we read, “On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived” (Luke 2:21). On this day, our Savior was circumcised and named.
Today, take time to reflect on the name given to the Christ child: “Jesus” meaning “the Lord saves.” In every moment of each day, Jesus offers us salvation. In Him we can find release from fear, discouragement, and whatever else that holds us captive.
Speak the name “Jesus” and find freedom for today. “Jesus”—the name assigned by the angel as a sign of our salvation—is also the Name at which every knee is destined to bend (see Philippians 2:10–11).
Today, take the opportunity to renew your intention to live in a manner worthy of His Name throughout this new calendar year
On Sunday, January 3, our Alliance 40 Days of Prayer begins. To participate, sign up here. I encourage you to find ways to travel this road of prayerful meditation with others. During your personal devotion time, consider incorporating the Lord’s Prayer each day (Matthew 6:9–13), reminding yourself of His faithfulness to provide what you need each day (“Give us today our daily bread,” verse 11).
On Wednesday, January 6, The Feast of Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day, is celebrated. On this day we rejoice that those foreign and far away were invited to draw near, believe, and worship the newborn King. Let’s immerse ourselves once more in the story of Jesus, drawing near with eyes to see and hearts renewed so that the light of Christ within us will shine brightly for those around us.
Our journey through 2021 has just begun. God has new mercies for us each morning. Don’t miss out!
In his book of reflections, In the Midst, John Stumbo writes, “To all my friends who are in a trial that God hasn’t yet removed with one toss, keep quarrying.” In doing so, you will unearth treasures that can only be discovered through process (see “One Shovel at a Time,” pg. 118). Take one day at a time with Jesus.
Keep reading. You will find treasure. Here are a few declarations spoken by people of faith throughout Scripture to get you started: Job (Job 1:21); Jeremiah (Lamentations 3:22-26); Paul (2 Timothy 4:16-18, Philippians 4:12-13); and Peter (1 Peter 5:10).
Keep believing. “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50).
Our journey in this New Year. One day at a time; new mercies every morning.