Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God – 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
Consider the plight of women in South Asia. Here are some horrifying facts:
Suicide rate among women in India is up to 21 times higher than the world’s average. Lately, the number of incidents of rape have increased following several high-profile cases of young girls being brutally raped in public areas. According to a global poll conducted by Thomson Reuters, India is the “fourth most dangerous country” in the world for women, and the worst country for women among the G20 countries.
Women in Asia are constantly faced with misery, violence, degradation, rejection, abuse, etc. Yet, there is hope in the midst of this vicious cycle. Women missionaries are dedicating their lives to reaching out to these women, bringing the love of Christ to them and showing them that there is light at the end of the tunnel. One of these beacons of hope is Ruth. Ruth was once like these women–living a life filled with pain and heartache. Unloved, unwanted, underfed and forced to work at the age of five simply because she was born a girl. Her parents had desperately wanted a son after having three girls. Ruth’s father hated her and when she asked him why, he shouted that she should have been a boy.
Ruth’s life changed years later when women missionaries from Gospel for Asia shared the Good News of a God who loved her. She had never known what it was like to be loved and here these women were telling her about a Father who loved her. What amazing and wonderful news. Watch her story here and see how God called her to change the lives of women through missionary work just as He had done for her.
The wonderful thing about Ruth’s story is how God transformed her father, making it possible for her to have the relationship she had always wanted. The last time Ruth had seen her father was when she had tried to touch his feet, out of honour and he had kicked her in the face. After that experience, she left home, not intending to ever go back. While she was at Bible college, preparing to serve God, God was working on her father, changing his heart. And when the time was right, God brought them together. It had been three years since she had seen him. At the train station where he went to meet her, she knelt down to touch his feet but this time, instead of kicking her away, he took her by her arms and lifted her to her feet. And for the first time in her life, Ruth felt her father’s arms wrap around her in a warm embrace. She felt two arms drawing her to him instead of pushing her away. She felt loved and accepted. For Ruth, it felt, “like heaven has come down.” Yes, heaven had come down. God had made this precious moment possible.
It was through women missionaries, God turned Ruth’s life around so it is not at all surprising that she responded to His call to be a missionary so that through her, other women could find “triumphant, redeeming hope in Christ!” As a missionary, she could make a difference. There was purpose in her life now. She could go from place to place, sharing her testimony and praying with women and bringing them hope.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope – Jeremiah 29:11
As I watched Ruth in the mission field, I thought of Jeremiah. When Jeremiah was still in his mother’s womb, God had planned for him to be a prophet. It’s the same with Ruth. Before she was even born, God wanted her to be a missionary for Him. He had a purpose for her life. Even if her parents didn’t want her, He did. She was to be a light in the world for women who only knew darkness and despair. She was to be His messenger of hope.
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I love to tell the story, it did so much for me; I love to tell the story, for some have never heard