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Stories about how God is working among the neediest people in Asia and the Arab World
Nour is one of the new faces at our art group today. “I love drawing”, she says, “but I never get time to do it at home”. And she begins to share about the life she left behind.
“What followed changed my life … I had a vivid vision of Jesus carrying the cross.”
“Why would you be surprised that your children are willing to serve in hard places?”
Hope in the powerful name of Jesus is light in darkness—it breaks the bonds of fear.
We spread out paper and simple art supplies. Nothing is complicated or technical, but to these women whose daily lives are shaped by displacement and feelings of helplessness, gentle guidance is necessary as we begin to transform blank pages with colour and form.
She also told me how a woman’s purity affects her prayer and fasting. My friend is not able to pray or fast during her menstrual cycle. This is so different to me.
Being underage, the pay Srey Mom would get in the sex industry is far higher than other employment.
What can one say to someone in a who is in a situation like this, violated, pregnant and refugee?
Saule worked seven days a week, twelve hours a day. She worked hard to support her family back home. “What’s your dream, Saule? If you weren’t working in this job, what would you rather be doing?”
It is quite a different challenge to move continents and serve across cultures as a single than as a family, but it also presents different opportunities.
Hundreds of babies grew into womanhood watched over proudly by a woman who would never be a mother herself.
We find connection as women. Over cups of tea or a meal, we can converse for hours. Sharing about our lives, our joys and our disappointments.
First impressions can be deceiving. As I started to get to know the women here, I began to understand that they are only “invisible” if we do not take the time to see them.
Recognising the other—women who are hidden, unrecognised and marginalised in their communities—is at the heart of women in mission.
“Following God where he leads is not primarily about courage. It’s about a recognition that, ultimately, it is better, richer, greater to walk with him, than to walk away from him.”