"Duck Dynasty" star Kay Robertson is scheduled to participate in a fundraiser for Restored Hope Ministries (RHM), a faith-based organization which aids women and children who have been prostituted and abused. Mrs. Robertson - whose testimony is one of heartbreak and of restoration in Christ as well - will speak at their "Overcoming Life" luncheon fundraiser on February 20 in Dallas, Texas.
Restored Hope Ministries is a non-profit organization which helps rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking, prostitution, and abuse. They provide housing and job training for women and minister to them through programs like Celebrate Recovery and Financial Peace University.
While some might think that women who prostitute themselves do so voluntarily, most prostitutes have been drugged and coerced into selling themselves to willing clientele.
"Most of the women [involved in prostitution]... are hurt, broken, molested, abandoned, without hope, and trapped in that lifestyle," the RHM website reads - "The only way out for them is to be rescued and taken away from the abuse. They must be loved, protected, and educated."
The desperate lifestyle of prostitution might make these women feel like they are beyond repair - but God's grace toward the brokenhearted is detailed in His word. In fact, the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew chapter 1 includes Rahab the prostitute - a woman of ill-repute who by faith was washed clean (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Joshua chapter 2) - to show the depth of His grace and His power to change someone's life.
One of the biggest accusations from the religious people of Jesus' day was that He was a friend of sinners, people of public disgrace - like tax collectors and prostitutes. He responded to their allegations in Luke 5:31 by saying, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick" (English Standard Version).
Jesus offered those shunned by society hope and life and peace in exchange for their shame. God offers that same restoration today. Jesus' death and resurrection has paid for every sinful act, and He offers forgiveness and new life if we can embrace this simple truth (see Romans 5:6-10 and Romans 6:4).
"There is undeniable healing at Restored Hope Ministries," Rebecca, a former prostitute, writes - "God is restoring my mind, my health and my relationships as we hear daily Bible stories and studies ... When I wake up every morning, I am excited about what God has to teach me today."