Dear Family, Friends, Volunteers, Supporters and Sponsors,
Many of you are aware of the passing of my husband, Jeffery Carpenter, who was the Senior Pastor at Friendship Baptist Church. He was many things to us like husband, father, stepfather, sibling, Pastor, friend and the original contributing advisor to Rahab Refuge Ministries. By his counsel and guidance Rahab Refuge Ministries was birthed. He fully supported the ministry and saw God’s guiding hand on it. Some have asked me if I planned to continue the work of the ministry. The answer is a resounding “yes.” What is the work God gave us to do? – To start a residential safe house program for survivors of exploitation and human sex trafficking, and their children, whereby they may come to know Christ. The 12 -18 month faith based residential program will meet survivor’s needs physically, mentally and spiritually. I choose to base my work on the mighty hand of God! Caleb chose to obey God also when he decided to follow Him wholly with the mission God gave him. The people of Israel decided to look at their own ability and feared. God does not intend for us to live in our memories and in the past but labor toward the work He has given us here on earth. I cherish my memories and I am grieving along with so many others. However, I am choosing to obey God wholly and serve Him to fulfill the mission He has given me. This should be done with every ounce of our being as we live out these last days until the Lord returns or calls us home.
When the safe house opens, we have the opportunity to share the love of Christ to at least eight people in two generations for an entire year or more. This is what I intend to do with your love, support, prayers and God’s mighty sustaining hand of strength, direction and omnipotence. I leave you with my favorite Bible verses, as well as my loving husband’s in Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
With this said, and by God’s grace, please participate in our 1st fundraiser to support “House of Hope” on October 16, 2021 at 10am at Haselton Wright Park, off Chestnut St., in Rome, NY. This event is a 5k Refuge Run & 1.5 mile Freedom Walk. There is a registration fee of $25 per participant.
Each adult participant will either run or walk and acquire at least 3 sponsors @ $25 each. Children (17 & under) can also enter this family event and can raise any amount of funds in sponsorships. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st place finisher in the 5K Refuge Run and the 1st place finisher in the 1.5 mile Freedom Walk. Prizes will also be awarded to one adult participant and one (17 & under) participant raising the most amount of funds in sponsorship. Each registered participant will receive a free T-Shirt, water, and individual wrapped snacks. We look forward to a great 1st annual fund raising event and hope to see you there. Please reach out to Bethany@rahabrefugeministries.com or Christine@rahabrefugeministries.com with questions.