Audrey, a sponsor from Texas, shares how she was deeply impacted by the story of a woman named Ruth:
I’d like to introduce you to a woman named Ruth. She is one of four daughters, just like me, but she lives on the other side of the world. Life is difficult for many women in Asia. The oppression can start before birth, when mothers are often pressured into or choose abortions if they are expecting a baby girl. Among young women in some communities in South Asia, the suicide rate is up to 21 times the world average. And if an Asian woman becomes a widow, she can be blamed for her husband’s death.
Ruth is not a boy, and her parents hated her for it.
After the family had three daughters, Ruth’s parents paid a local priest to pray their next child would be a boy. Then Ruth was born. Rather than the carefree playing and learning that I experienced growing up, Ruth’s childhood was filled with hard work. She described herself as a “beggar for love.” When Ruth finally worked up the courage to ask her father the reason for his hatred, he shouted, “You should have been a boy!”
This story brings me to tears every time. I ask again, “Why was I born in this country? Why has God allowed me to be so privileged?”
“Why has God allowed me to be so privileged?”
I am one of four daughters, like Ruth, but my parents love every one of their girls. They don’t feel cultural pressure to have a son or think that having daughters is an extra burden on the family. My parents love me, just like Jesus does. And that’s because Jesus treasures women with the same equality and love He has for every person on earth (John 3:16).
I know He has a purpose in placing me right here, right now. Because of that, I believe I have the responsibility to share His love with people like Ruth who desperately long for hope.
By the way, Ruth’s story doesn’t end in pain and heartache—God brought restoration in her relationship with her father! In the same way Gospel for Asia-supported women missionaries first ministered to her, Ruth now shares the hope she found in Jesus with other women.
Telling Ruth’s story brings to light a heartbreaking reality: This is real life for thousands of other young women throughout Asia.
Women like Ruth may often grow up believing they are unloved, rejected, untouchable and worthless. But God calls them beloved, precious, valued and beautiful (Isaiah 43:4, Psalm 86:15). He wants to welcome these women into His arms and show them the truth: That they are loved by God!
You and I can be part of redeeming the stories of women in Asia, just as God transformed Ruth’s life.
Please pray for women in Asia. Here are some prayer suggestions for you to get started:
- Pray for many more women to discover hope in Christ.
- Pray the chains of social injustice would be broken: gender infanticide, sex trafficking, and the mistreatment of women and widows.
- Pray for God to call more women to serve other women in ministry.
Let’s join hands to help bring hope to women in Asia by sponsoring and praying for a woman missionary. Each of these women missionaries is passionate for the Lord and committed to sharing His love, just as Ruth is now compelled to share the hope she found.