Women in Action’s on-going Save a Tamar campaign which empowers women and helps them face circumstances which are having a negative impact on their lives begin the journey of overcoming their past and embracing a different future, has changed its name to the Rahab Project.
This is the name used internationally for the initiative by pastors’ wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) who work with victims of traumatic experiences and people suffering from deep seated complexes, feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem through this project. The Rahab Project volunteers, many of whom have overcome damaging experiences in their own lives, are trained trauma counsellors and offer confidential, non-judgmental guidance to help people transform their lives.
The South African Save a Tamar project was started five years ago and has developed a solid reputation and successful track record of helping victims of traumatic experiences become victors. To meet similar needs in other countries, initiatives were launched in every country where the UCKG is represented named the Rahab Project. The project is now run in countries internationally on six continents: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa.
The name was chosen from the Biblical account of Rahab which is recorded in the book of Joshua chapter two. Rahab was a prostitute in the pagan city of Jericho where gods of sexual immorality were worshipped. This young woman had probably been forced into sexual slavery from childhood and ran a brothel which was frequented by the king and others in authority. She longed for a better life and was ready to abandon everything and even risk her life, if she was allowed to follow the true God of the Israelites and start a new life.
Rahab asked the Israelite spies to spare her life and hung a scarlet cord from her window along the city wall to identify her whereabouts. When the walls of Jericho fell, this section was the only area that was not destroyed.
The red scarf has been adopted internationally as a symbol of an abused woman’s bold faith to believe in a new life, as well as a reminder of God’s supernatural protection which blessed Rahab and her family for many generations.
Although the previous name Save a Tamar has changed and the South African project will adopt the red scarf as the identifying logo, the work of transforming the lives of victims of all forms of trauma and abuse, will remain the same.
The Rahab Project holds monthly meetings on the last Sunday of each month at 25 Plein Street, Johannesburg and offers an Inner Healing Course every second Tuesday of the month in Gauteng: Park Station, Soweto, Tembisa, Thokoza, Vaal Triangle; and in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.
For further information, please contact Boitumelo Kheoane at the church’s public relations department on 011 224 3447 or firstname.lastname@example.org