I started working at Rope having not had much previous experience with an International Development charity. The first project I encountered provides dignified employment for women who had been forced into selling their bodies to provide for their families, frankly the stories were harrowing.

The women had come to believe they were not worth anything and that life would always be this way. Yet, watching a video of one of the woman, now freed from prostitution, was incredibly moving- joy just radiated from her.

It reminded me that nothing is impossible for God to redeem and nobody is beyond repair. Jesus can restore even the most broken and desolate of situations.

Bringing Hope

Another story that I read was from a girl in India who was married at 15 years old. It shocked and saddened me to think that a child had been given away in marriage and was forced to grow up at such a young age. Yet another situation that troubled me was the treatment of women in Cameroon who had lost their husbands. As widows, they are rejected by the community and seen as second class citizens. Rope’s partners come alongside them giving them purpose and helping them to rebuild their lives, comforting them and reassuring them that they can have a future.

I came to realise how far removed most of us are from the atrocities that occur around the world. We have a disaster on our hands when our car breaks down or we didn’t get the Christmas bonus we think we deserved. Working for Rope has put into perspective for me, how fortunate we are to live in a culture where we are not expected to sell our bodies for sex, get married as children, or face societal rejection when widowed.

Light of the world

The Bible tells us that ‘the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.’ That light is Jesus. Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness, brings hope to the hopeless, and redemption to the broken. It is Christ who allows us to see from a new perspective and live selflessly to bring His Kingdom on earth.