Rapha International is a monument to the reality of hope. We see the worst that the world and humanity has to offer—the savage exploitation of some of the most vulnerable children in the world. But we bear witness to a greater sight: the power of the love of God reaching into the hardest and darkest of spaces to bring healing and life. If there is hope for them, having endured unimaginable trauma and suffering, there is absolutely hope for us too!
This great work happens because of our partners. This is YOUR work. YOU have made this possible. You may not feel like you are on the front lines, but without you, the greatest staff doing the greatest work doesn’t get to be on the front lines. You are there with them, making this work happen. They are carried by you as they wisely love and care for the girls you want to make sure are loved and cared for.
We sincerely love our partners. Together, our partners comprise a wildly diverse group of individuals, churches, and companies. And right now, all of you are impacted in some way by COVID-19. While we are united in our love of the children we serve, and presently by the threat of COVID-19, the impact of COVID-19 is already impacting our partners differently.
Some of our partners have already lost jobs. Some have lost businesses. Those losses are looming for others. Meanwhile, some have been blessed with insulation against the financial crisis and can see a path through to the other side. Some of our partners have had to suspend their financial support of Rapha’s work, while others are concerned that they may have to do so.
We are asking you for two things:
First, pray for all of our partners and team. Pray for the health and protection of every single one of our partners, alongside the protection of the girls we serve and the staff who serves them on our behalf. Pray for the financial provision of those who desperately need it, and those who yet will. Give thanks for those who have it and who won’t feel some of those same pains. Pray that they help make a difference for those who can’t.
Second, if you can hold the line and maintain and perhaps even audaciously expand your financial investment in Rapha’s work, please do so. Truly, our staff needs you more than ever, to make sure they are in a position to do the hardest work in the wisest ways for those who need love and care the most. Many of our partners will desperately need every cent of their stimulus checks (and more) to make it through to the other side of this crisis. But some of you will have the opportunity with those checks to help others make it through to the other side—including the staff on the front lines, who are today loving and caring for the girls in Rapha’s care. While your hearts and eyes are open to all that need blessing and care at this time, please consider giving to Rapha at this critical time.
Please send us your needs and prayer requests at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to be praying for you and helping however we can. We love you and could not be more thankful for every one of you, and we want great good for all of you.
PS - Did you know that a section of the US government’s coronavirus relief bill gives taxpayers an above-the-line deduction for up to $300 in charitable donations? This means you could deduct the first $300 of a gift to Rapha on your 2020 federal taxes - even if you don’t itemize!