American women. We are so incredibly blessed. We are some of the most educated, most free women in the world. I don't know about you, but I often take that for granted.
There's a whole world of women out there who have never known such a life. Women in Afghanistan wear burkas so that they are neither seen nor heard. Women in Africa still suffer the agony of "female circumcision". Women everywhere work in the sex trade--some by choice but many because of deceit, fear and extreme poverty.
The cycle starts when they're girls.
I watched this moving video yesterday. Please watch and then hang with me.
Over-simplified. On one hand I was moved by this video, so I showed it to Barry, and we discussed it. We both agreed that no amount of education, money or aid will change the life of girls without the redemption of hearts by Jesus. We also agreed that we don't trust some of the organizations that created this compelling message.
But it moved my heart for girls.
As a woman, I have a responsibility to the next generation of women. How can I help? Although I don't trust the UN to solve the world's problems, there are some organizations that are doing amazing work.
Compassion is telling girls (and sweet boys) about the change that comes with Jesus as well as providing education, food and health care.
International Justice Mission is joining with local authorities to fight for justice for families around the world.
Children's Hope Chest is freeing children from the sex-trade and rescuing orphans internationally.
Samaritan's Purse's Christmas catalog lets us help people start to sustain themselves.
Locally, Hand of Hope helps women with unplanned pregnancies bring a new generation of girls (and don't forget boys!) into the world.
American women, let's use our freedom, respect, education and financial resources for something worthy. Bless a girl today.