Local woman walks for trafficking ministry

By Cross Times Guest Contributor Denise Manuel

I was able to participate in this year’s Hope Radio 97.1 KCMI Annual Mission’s Walk. I walked six miles along the Scottsbluff Pathway beginning at the YMCA. The Walk was May 4th. It was mostly sunny and 71 degrees out. Beautiful weather for a walk by the river!

This year, I chose to walk for Rapha House. It is a safe house for women and children who have been sexually exploited and/or human trafficked. I heard Hannah Burkle give a presentation at my church, the WestWay Christian Church, last January 13th.

I was so moved by Hannah’s presentation that I went back that afternoon to get a better glimpse of what Rapha House offered these girls. At Rapha House, their desire is to see children safe in their communities so that they can flourish physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

At Rapha House, they believe healing is a holistic process. “Rapha” means “healing”. To find out more information, visit their website at www.raphahouse.org.

I collected pledges from January through May. I asked many people to sponsor me and many responded, seventy-four in all! I ended up collecting $2565. To God be the glory!

I mailed the money to Rapha House on May 21st. I am so thrilled to have participated in another Hope Radio Missions Walk. And, I am certain this money will be a blessing to the ones at Rapha House.

Area women are invited to learn more about sex trafficking and abuse and about the work at Rapha House, Tuesday, August 6th at the Gering Central Church of Christ (1245 Five Rocks Road) featuring special guest speaker Katy Cundall, a long time supporter of the work of Rapha House. For the past several years, Katy’s entire family has served the ministry of Rapha House in countless ways. Katy represents Rapha House at her home congregation at Vernal Christian Church in Utah.

To learn more about Katy Cundall, visit https://raphahouse.org/news/rapha-house-supporter-katy-cundall

All women are encouraged to attend this informative program and to please bring a friend!

For more information, call the Central Church of Christ office at 308-436-2234. To learn more about Rapha House visit them at https://raphahouse.org/

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