4 Women, 1 Lesson

I don't know if you know this about me, but I am a feminist...and I'm willing to bet you are too. Do you believe in equal rights for men and women? Welcome to the feminist movement! When people take the definition of feminism and skew it with a bunch of negative connotations, it makes me...um...frustrated, to say the least. One of the reasons it really gets my goat is because of the women I’ve had the opportunity to meet on my travels with VisionTrust over the last four years. These women are some of the most independent, powerful, God-fearing women I've ever met and too often they're oppressed by a culture that does not respect all they have to offer. So, this International Women's Day I wanted to reflect on some of the amazing women and girls I've been privileged to meet.

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 these four women above is they’re making things happen. They don’t let their circumstances define them and they don’t sit around waiting for someone to help them. 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. And in the meantime I’ll do all I can to advocate for them as they advocate for themselves.

Happy International Women’s Day!