Mina’s Story: Joy in the Face of Suffering

Audrey, a sponsor from Texas, shares about a woman she met in a leprosy colony in Asia: When I was on a vision tour in Asia a few years ago, I met a woman named Mina, who was affected by leprosy. Mina told me her story. She had suffered from the disease for 40 years, and lived for most of that time in colonies with other people suffering from leprosy. Her husband had died, and her son … [Read more...]

“Why has God allowed me to be so privileged?”

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 … [Read more...]

International Literacy Day

Have you ever thought about what life would be like if you couldn’t read or write? Literacy is a blessing. It’s something that I take for granted far too often. But my heart aches for more than 250 women million in Asia who are illiterate. Young girls might be denied an education or are too poor to receive one, and they suffer their whole life because of it. A woman who can’t read faces … [Read more...]

Widows in Asia: They sacrificed her 7-year-old son

Imagine you are a young woman on your wedding day, decked in a festive sari. You have hope and a future. You put on glass bangles, the special symbol of your marriage. You have brought honor to your family. One day, far too soon, your husband dies. You grieve. You seek comfort. Instead, your glass bangles are shattered. Your vibrant sari is taken from you, exchanged for a colorless white one—a … [Read more...]

Speak up on behalf of 150 million child laborers

One hundred fifty million children—150,000,000—are estimated to be involved in child labor worldwide.1 That’s nearly half the population of the United States. In Asia and the Pacific, 77.8 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 are engaged in child labor, which is about 1 in every 10 children in that region.2 June 12 is World Day Against Child Labor, where we can especially … [Read more...]