Alison was invited to speak at a Josephine Butler Society meeting, held at The House of Lords, Westminster. Alison and Beckie traveled down to London earlier this week.
Alison shared with a group of people about the work the RSVP trust has done with women in the sex industry in Ipswich over the last 9 years. She spoke about how the work began, and how Alison spent a year prayer walking and thinking to get to know the area and the culture before starting.
She shared stories and talked about forming trusting relationships with the women over a long period of time, being there for the women, helping them to invest in their lives, taking them for coffee or to the cinema, organizing teams to help decorate their homes to empower them to help them to value themselves.
However as society changes the industry alongside it is changing too. This means women are now using the internet to work. Therefore the way the ministry connects with women is changing. Alison spoke about how we are looking to pioneer new ways of ministry to women online, and what that might look like.
It was a great opportunity to connect and network with other people doing similar work around the country. Alison’s words were able to help and inspire so many others giving them hope and faith in the work they are doing.
It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it!
You can watch a short video about the day below
Prayer and support for this ongoing work is so valuable. We really appreciate your support and partnership with us in this ministry.
Alison and Richard have collected Christmas food hampers this week. Stowmarket and Area Foodbank have generously donated these hampers. We will be distributing these next week to some of the vulnerable women that Alison has ministered to for many years through our Chaplaincy project that meets and cares for women involved in the sex industry.
Christmas is often the loneliest time of year when you have battled with addiction and the dark places that can lead you into. Many have children but don’t have access to them and with all the media hype about a perfect family Christmas this can lead to deep sadness and despair. So it is wonderful that we are able to visit next week and take a gift to bless the women and pray with them.
Thank you so much to the foodbank for your generous help and all of the people who have donated food.