I’ve had the opportunity to travel with VisionTrust quite a bit over the last four years. The thing I love about traveling is getting to know the people and the culture—finding commonalities and differences that bridge the gap between my life and theirs. This International Women’s Day I’ve been reflecting on some of the amazing women and girls I’ve had the privilege of meeting.
Suza, who cares for her son along with her orphaned nephews, handicapped brother, and elderly mother. She wakes up at the crack of dawn to do backbreaking work in the fields (along with grandma and the boys) with this outrageously beautiful smile on her face.
Lucy, whose passion for teaching children about the Lord is overwhelming. She’s pictured below teaching students at a leadership camp about health and safety.
Kate, the most radiantly joyful girl, whose ability to walk is a miracle.
Jenny, my Dominican “twin”, who is full of love despite the lack of love she was shown.
The reason these four women/girls stand out to me is because they’ve all taught me the same lesson—hope is incredibly powerful. But, hope must be paired with hard work and love in order to create change.
The theme for International Women’s Day this year is, “Make it happen—encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women.”
What I love about the four women above is that they’re making things happen. They don’t let their circumstances define them and they don’t sit around waiting for someone to help. They unabashedly follow the Lord wherever He leads, strive to see the good in every situation, and are generous beyond reason.
I hope to be more like these women. In the meantime I’ll do all I can to advocate for them as they advocate for themselves.
Happy International Women’s Day!