As anything grows, it changes, develops and matures. We are very excited to announce that this is what has happened with Women in Action’s Save a Tamar campaign.
This project which helps victims of abuse face their circumstances and begin the journey of overcoming the trauma and embracing a new future, was started in South Africa by trained trauma counsellors who have helped transform the lives of many people.
The Save a Tamar project was started two years before a similar campaign was launched in Brazil and named the Rahab Project. This name was chosen from the Biblical account of Rahab which is recorded in 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 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 Rahab Project has spread worldwide and is part of Godllywood.
Marcia Pires, founder of Women in Action, says: “In South Africa we have decided to adopt the name the Rahab Project to align ourselves with the international campaign. It will be an initiative run by both Women in Action and Godllywood to make it accessible to more volunteers who want to join this work. Although the name will change and we will adopt the red scarf as our identifying logo, the work of transforming lives will remain the same.”
Internationally, the red scarf is 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 her and her family for many generations. Volunteers who work within the Rahab Project worldwide acknowledge this mark of protection.
Marcia Pires continues: “We practice and teach the same kind of audacious faith shown by Rahab and know with certainty that any pain, abuse, trauma or degradation that a woman has suffered, can be completely removed and healed. Rahab Project volunteers wear the red scarf mindful of that faith and certain of that protection. Save a Tamar is proud to merge with the Rahab Project and align itself with the international symbolism. Our trained trauma counsellors are available to help anyone seeking to change their life. We offer confidential, non judgmental counselling and are available to journey with victims until they become victors!”