Welcome to the new Woven 139 blog! This is a space to share stories about how God is moving through this ministry, as well as to keep you informed of news and upcoming events. We’re glad you’re here! Please take a minute to say hello and leave us a comment. As always, feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested.
Woven 139 is a Christ-centered group of people seeking to minister to those who have been trafficked and sexually exploited in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our purpose is to rescue, restore, rehabilitate, and redeem both women and men caught in the cycle of prostitution, homelessness, and drug addiction.
So you might be wondering…What does “Woven 139” mean?
Our name comes from Psalm 139 in scripture. This passage beautifully illustrates God’s characteristics. He is all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere-present. He knows everything about each one of us — from how we were created (“woven together”) to when we go out and lie down, to the very thoughts we think and every detail of each day of our lives.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
The original word for “woven” in this passage is the Hebrew word “raqam” which refers to embroidery — the intricate stitching of various colored threads to create a design onto fabric. It is also used to describe the skillful way in which the garments of the high priests and tapestries in the Tabernacle were created. What a beautiful image! The Tabernacle was the dwelling-place of God–the place where He chose to meet with His people. Yet he creates each one of us in a similar way as his temple in which his Spirit dwells. The God of the universe designs the most beautiful threads imaginable, then masterfully stitches them together into each one of our lives. Not only does he uniquely create our physical bodies, but he designs each one of us with likes and dislikes, personality traits, gifts, talents, and passions — all for his glory.
Each one of us has been beautifully and precisely stitched in the image of God. When we step back to see the tapestry of our lives, we can clearly see how the threads of our own stories are intertwined with the threads of others. At Woven 139, we love to see how our stories weave together. Prostitutes, pimps, musicians, dealers, teachers, parents, business owners, artists, faith leaders, police officers, and volunteers — each one has worth and value in the Kingdom story. In the words of John Wimber (founder of the Vineyard movement), “everyone gets to play.”
What is he calling you to do today?