Rescuing Girls is the Easy Part...
This provocative line is from the book
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Nicholas and Sheryl are noted journalists who are leading a passionate call to address the systemic oppression of women world-wide. Their book, published in 2009 is a must read for any one interested in and passionate about this subject. The book was followed up with a powerful documentary which you can find here.
This line reminded me of my visit to Kolkata, India a couple of years ago...visiting Monique Shaw who is one of our ZOE Partners. We were visiting women in the brothels, an experience I will never forget as I received the warm hospitality of women a world apart and yet just like me in so many ways. Monique explained to me that sometimes women who engage with her at Jewels in a Crown (find more here) will leave the sex trade for a time but will be pulled back into it. There are many reasons for this including stigma, drug dependencies and threats. It can be very disappointing for Monique and her team. I often wonder, how do you keep going when it doesn't always "work"?
Journalists Nicholas and Sheryl have experienced the same disappointments in their work in this area, They found rescuing the girls easy...they just needed to pay cash for them. The real challenge lay in keeping these women free as their newly chosen life was fraught with obstacles. Here are the three lessons that they have learned to keep going. (p.45)
- Rescuing girls from brothels is complicated and uncertain. Indeed, it's sometimes impossible, and that's why it is most productive to focus efforts on prevention and putting brothels out of business
- Never give up! Helping people is difficult and unpredictable, and our interventions don't always work, but successes are possible, and these victories are incredibly important.
- Even when a social problem is so vast as to be insoluable in its entirety, it's still worth mitigating.
Never give up!
It is still worth mitigating!
These two phrases remind me of the heart of God. God is one who never gives up on His creation because of His deep love and the value He places on us all. He shows us what is important and how to live. With that in mind, let's read the words of Paul...
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
Galatians 6:9,10 (The Message)
I couldn't say it any better...Keep going...