HISTORY

Rumah Tumbuh Harapan (Growing Hope House), that is also known as RUTH Ministry, is started on Januray 11th, 2011 and got its license from Ministry of Law and Human Rights on June 21st, 2011.

Basically RUTH Ministry has begun on 2007 when Charles Wong and Devi Sumarno, before they had special relationship, helped a friend who got pregnant before wedlock and her family did not want her. Devi Sumarno took this girl to live with Devi until she gave birth to her baby. The girl and her baby stayed for a year with Devi.

After Charles and Devi got married on January 17th 2009, they got another case from a seventeen years old girl who came to them and was already pregnant for seven months. They took her to their house because the safe house, which handling this case, were full. Two weeks after that, the girl gave birth to her baby by Caesar.

When the couple saw this girl, they remembered a story of a great woman in the Bible named Ruth who was a Moabites. She was born from a tribe who did not know God and her mother got pregnant because of her grandfather. At that time, people did not like the Moabites and looked this tribe down. However the decision that Ruth chose has changed her life, her future, and also her life history. She became the great-grandmother of King David and also Lord Jesus.

Charles and Devi would like to see the life of every woman from this ministry changed. The community may look them down and think they may not have future and no hope for them because they have done a big and  embarrassing mistake that humiliate their families.

On the other hand I believe when they are touched by God’s grace and repent from their sin by taking a decision to change and follow God, then God alone will give them a new hope, a new plan for their future, and a new generation just like Ruth.

Before officially starting RUTH Ministry, Charles and Devi took these young mothers to their house. Some friends from the church have encouraged them to officially open RUTH Ministry. After praying, they decided to take a step of faith and open RUTH Ministry.

The ministry will focus on serving young mothers who get pregnant before married in order to stop abortion using safe house as its concept.

These past two years, RUTH has helped 23 babies, two pregnant mothers, and two cases that RUTH has decided not to handle. RUTH handles various cases and most of them happened because of free sex, rape, and etc. The clients are from 14 to 35 years old.

They came to RUTH because they met or heard from their friends and found the information from the internet. They also have different social, religious, and education backgrounds.

Since RUTH Ministry is opened, God has provided and shown His miracles. God does not only show His miracles by providing the needs like money and things but also healing miracles.

Vision and Mission

Background

The number of abortion in the world has reached to 60 millions baby per year and Indonesia is now on the fourth level of doing abortion.

The number has reached to 2,6 millions per year and it tends to increase every year. According to BKKBN (National Demography and Family Organization), it shows that college students do 1,2 millions abortions and high school students do 900.000 abortions every year.

When tsunami happened and 600.000 people were died, the world saw it as an ironic incident. Every people from different religions tried doing their best to help the tsunami’s victims. However ironically there are not so many efforts given to stop the 2,6 millions abortions. In Indonesia, the case has increased even though it is not legalized by the Government.

According to our data :

  • 24% cases happen to college students.
  • 28% cases happen to high school students.
  • 56% cases happen to women under 20 years old.
  • 28% cases happen to women between 20-29 years old.
  • 60% cases happen to unmarried couple and 68% cases happen because of irresponsible boyfriends.

Rumah Ruth Vision and Mission

  1. Stop Abortion
    To serve and teach women who refuse her pregnancy which happened because of violence and unmarried relationship by giving advice and education about abortion.
  1. Spiritual Counseling
    To disciple and build a strong biblical foundation so that they will have a mind which will be aligned with Christ.
  1. Independency
    To help the woman whom we serve at RUTH to be mature and independent especially to those who choose to be a single-parent.
  1. Ecudation
    To give education on preventing the dangerous of doing abortion and its impact to the school, campus, church, and public community.

Service

An inter-denomination ministry that ministering woman with unwanted pregnancy because of sexual abuse or conceiving before wedlock. RUTH Ministry campaign an anti abortion movement by providing a safe house for these women hoping that they will have hope for life and a renewing mind according to the Bible.

WE CAN’T HELP EVERYONE BUT EVERYONE CAN HELP SOMEONE

There are lots of miracle happened since we started the ministry two years ago. We are so thankful that we can know Lord Jesus more through this ministry. When we started RUTH Ministry, we experienced God’s miracle while we were praying for diapers and milk. Suddenly we got a phone call from a person whom we never knew and lived out of the town saying that he would send a package. We were so surprised as we got seven big boxes contained diapers and milk that we were praying about. At that time we felt like God saying that we did not need to worry about our needs because God would provide it right in His time. This has happened many times until today.

We believe every babies, that we are taking care of, are not an accident. God has a purpose for each of them as we see Him doing miracles in their lives day by day. We do not know about what will happen to them in the next 10 or 20 years later but we believe God has a beautiful plan and purpose for them. We have been so blessed knowing we have a Living God, an Awesome God for those who want to trust Him. He is God who has trusted us to be part of this ministry.

We believe RUTH Ministry is happened because of His grace. We believe the ministry will be the answer for every social problems that happens to Indonesia and also to this generation. We hope that in the future we will be able to do more preventive actions by doing seminars at schools, campuses, and institutions so God’s holiness will be spread and known.

We know that we can not do this big responsibility without supports from people who have become part of this ministry. We are so thankful for people who have always supported us such as doctors, donators, volunteers, and also other people whom we can not mention. We hope that in the future we can still work together and  thank you to those who have walked hand in hand with us until today. God bless you.

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