A Message from David Peters, Rapha House Strategic Development Director

By Gabe April 17th, 2018

It is the diabolical agenda of those who exploit and treat children as commerce that you would forget them.

Their hope is that in hiding them, that you will be persuaded that it doesn’t matter that much, or that if it matters, it should matter to someone else.  And what could you ever do that would make a difference anyway?

How can you defy the powers that shrink and destroy the horizons of the exploited, forgotten, neglected, nameless and hopeless?  Consider God’s exhortation to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 24:19-22 (The Message):

When you harvest your grain and forget a sheaf back in the field, don’t go back and get it; leave it for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow so that God, your God, will bless you in all your work. When you shake the olives off your trees, don’t go back over the branches and strip them bare—what’s left is for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow. And when you cut the grapes in your vineyard, don’t take every last grape—leave a few for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow. Don’t ever forget that you were a slave in Egypt. I command you: Do what I’m telling you.

Share of the harvest of God’s blessings in your life with child survivors!  

Start by praying.  Daily, Weekly, Monthly—for the survivors, for the vulnerable, for those on the front lines loving these amazing children, and for all of those who don’t yet have a Rapha House to serve as a fortress for their dignity and worth.

Share of your finances.  Become a partner in Rapha House’s work through monthly giving.

Include Rapha House in your estate plan.  Consider what your stewardship of your money will say about you after you’ve gone to be with the Lord.  May your children and your children’s children learn from you during your life and after it what is important, meaningful, and worthwhile—what truly matters. Call or email me (dpeters@raphahouse.org) - I can help walk you through that.

Become a corporate partner with Rapha House.  Show your clients and customers what your business stands for, and what they are investing in when they support you.  Give them added value: give them the privilege of sharing in this work. Contact Brandon at bfreed@raphahouse.org to learn how you can partner in this critical way.

Raise awareness of human trafficking.  Learn about what causes it, and how to combat it.

Advocate for the residents and workers of Rapha House in your own congregation, community, and workplace.

Donate stock.  Some of our most wonderful miracles have come through stock donations!

Create an event to raise awareness and support for the work, whether a run or an auction or a screening of Finding Home.  Use the sanctified imagination God has blessed you with and run with it!  It’s easy to do with this new tool

Put your heads together with us and others about all of the ways that we can help bring an end to child exploitation and its consequences.

Rapha House is blessed to welcome David Peters to our team!  David comes to us after serving as a professor at Florida Christian College and Johnson University Florida. We asked David to introduce himself to you:

"We can get into the anecdotal stuff—lawyer, professor, preacher, hockey fan, Canadian-- some other time.  For now, most important is that I have been blessed with a wife and kids who I am striving to keep up with and who are striving to keep up with me, as we all try to keep up with the great working of God.  We love each other, and when we fail to love each other, we strive to come back to loving each other, and I’m thankful for that.  My name means “beloved.”  My eldest son’s name is mine in Hebrew, except that his version of our name indicates who is doing the loving: he is “beloved of Yahweh.”  There is nothing more definitive of who I am, and who we are as a humanity.

There could be nothing more worthwhile than striving to manifest that love to those who would otherwise be shut off from it, who would doubt it, who would be inclined to deny it. The opportunity to be part of the loving and healing of the amazing girls and young women of Rapha House is a privilege more than I ever deserved.  Join us in this deeply personal, transformative, world-defying and horizon defining work. These girls are beloved.  Let them know it."