The process involves identifying women mostly whom we had contacted in prison and were released. They in return introduce other friends who are hooked on prostitution and bring them to our ministry for counseling. We have a monthly fellowship at our NURU offices with them. We normally have a bible study, sharing the word, and table banking (Microfinance & revolving funds) for their capacity building. Women enroll in the course in small groups, or cohorts, and graduate from training in sewing, typing, soap-making, hairdressing, or other similar vocations. Upon completion of the course, women are empowered to work or start their own small business to provide for their families in a God-pleasing way that honors themselves and God.
Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT)
This is a standalone program that entails testing people to determine their HIV status, Counseling is offered and those needing further spiritual support are referred to the church. Support groups are formed within the Lutheran churches to offer social and emotional support to both the infected and affected. This helps in reducing the stigma associated with the disease. The VCT testing also accompanies Outreach programs like medical camps for maximum impact.
This program aimed at counseling and bailing out women with petty offenses and reuniting them with their families. We normally liaise with the chaplaincy department who identifies these needy cases, and then we engage them through counseling sessions and later pay the fine for the mum to reunite with their families.
The target group is the poor young women. We target the group because these are young ladies that do the act due to influence, lack of basic needs, and lack of education, poor parental guidance, and counseling. In VCT both the infected and affected become our target for ministry because most of them are stigmatized, traumatized, and isolated needing Christian love and mercy. Prison mums are targeted so that they can be reunited with their families and especially their kids who become vulnerable in case their mums are incarcerated. The program’s goal is to give hope to young women by providing a second chance by giving spiritual support to those who have come to Faith in and out of prison. Reaching Rahab expects as many reformed ladies to go back to church and help them to be future entrepreneurs. In 2017 we have several women who have completed the course who are now mentoring new enrollees. We have formed 3 supports groups within Lutheran congregations within Nairobi for those suffering from HIV and Aids and hope to spread out progressively nationwide.