Pressing On for the Prize

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 or with questions.  

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Rahab Refuge Ministries (RRMI) has recently had multiple opportunities to present our mission to several local churches. We are grateful to the welcoming pastors and congregations of Friendship Baptist Church (Rome), Christian Church of Charleston (Sprakers), Seneca Bible Baptist Church (Seneca Falls), Crosspoint Church (Whitesboro), Living Faith Bible Church (Sauquoit), and Heritage Baptist Church (Canastota). Please consider hosting a RRMI presentation at your local church by contacting

RRMI has been actively recruiting volunteers and donations for upcoming events. We would like to thank the Oneida Wal-Mart for graciously donating over 580 white t-shirts for our first annual 5k Refuge Run/2k Freedom Walk! We are also grateful for receiving gently-used furniture to place in our future “House of Hope” and a 32-foot camper donated by Friendship Baptist Church families and a projector, screen, and stand donated by Seneca Bible Baptist Church.
Pray for Rahab Refuge Ministries specific requests:
– Secure locations to host our first 5k Refuge Run/2K Freedom Walk and Golf Tournament fundraisers;
– Local Churches to develop a passion to support RRMI on a monthly basis;
– Location for our “House of Hope” and future RRMI Offices and Store Front;
– Raise community support to establish our 1st years budget.
August 23, 2021 is an International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. While many associate this day with a solemn memory of slavery during previous centuries, we cannot ignore the men, women, and children who are enslaved by their captors in a modern-day labor and sex trafficking crisis. Please considering financially supporting Rahab Refuge Ministries as we seek to restore, reconcile, and equip trafficked survivors for life.  
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
The NYS Inter-agency Task Force on Human Trafficking Annual Report statistics for 2019 reveal:  65% of all confirmed victims of trafficking cases in NY were sex trafficking victims; 77% involved adults above the age of 18 and 85% of confirmed victims in NY were female survivors.

Chris Carpenter

We would all like to think that human trafficking is not happening near us; sadly, this is far from the truth. As difficult of a topic as this is, we need to inform our selves as much as possible, especially those of us who have children. Ask yourself, “what can I do to help change the landscape of this ever pressing crisis?” Get involved and help change one life at a time by investing in Rahab Refuge Ministries, Inc.s’ first safe house in Central New York. For you parents of teens, please consider educating yourself on the following New York State resource site:

Here are just a couple links to some recent incidents in our area:

Here is a heart breaking article from a mother whose daughter went off to college and four months later disappeared into the sex trafficking world: