Nope, not discussing traffic in China, or at least not the form of traffic you normally consider. I’m talking about Team Jericho, which came together for the first time this afternoon to start a work to reach the vulnerable, enslaved women and children in this city. Remember how the Israelites marched around the city of Jericho for seven days and on the seventh day God made the city tumble down (Joshua 2, 6)? That’s what I want to see happen here: the huge walls of the sex industry, reinforced with police, mob, and business networks, come crashing down. This can only happen through faith and obedience of dedicated Followers.
Also found in that story is Rahab, the prostitute who helped the Israelite spies escape and was saved from destruction in return. I’d like to know the story of how the spies came to be in Rahab’s house, but the Book doesn’t elaborate on that. However, the woman was kind and risked herself in the process of helping them. She received grace and salvation when the rest of Jericho was destroyed. I want to be ready for many many Rahabs who will escape destruction.
Five of us gathered to start deliberately asking, seeking, lifting up and laying down the work of not only rescuing the Rahabs in this city, but even for the destruction of the institution that holds them. This is a new start for all of us. Shenyang is a city that has a different look to the “business” in other cities I’ve worked. While not exactly closed, it does seem to be more packaged and protected in spas, karaoke bars, hotels and the like. I have seen only one woman out on her own since I’ve been here.
I can’t overstate how huge this is. We are marching on new territory, dangerous ground, and we do not take this lightly. Only Father is powerful enough to protect us and bring down the walls and release the prisioners. He knows where the chinks in the wall lie, he knows who our initial Rahab contacts are. Team Jericho is just meeting to ask what is next, for others to be lead to join us, for the next step. Please raise your horn with us as and join Team Jericho as we march together. We need you!