Think back to when you were a young child, to the sweet memories with family, to the love your parents showed you. What if you never were shown such love or didn’t have those sweet memories? What if instead you lived life neglected and abused just because you were a girl and now all you can think about looking back is how you let your parents down just by being born.
For many girls in South Asia this is reality. From the time they are born, they are mistreated, solely because they are girls. A girl cannot carry on the family name nor aptly provide for her parents when they get old. Additionally, her parents will likely have to go into debt to pay her marriage dowry. Because of this, she is seen as a burden to her family and not a blessing.
Nest Sunday, October 11th, is International Day of the Girl Child.
On this day we want to create awareness of the many girls in South Asia who are abused and neglected simply because they are girls, along with sharing the hope these girls can receive through Jesus Christ.
Blog About It
We want to equip you to help create awareness of the mistreatment many girls are facing. Here are three ways you can:
- In your own words, write about the pain and abuse Mayuri faced, and the extent she went to protect her daughters from the same.
- Share a video about the fatherly love Ruth found in Christ although her father hated her.
- Imagine if you were abused and neglected simply for being a girl and share your thoughts about it.
Story – A Baby Girl is Nothing to Celebrate
Mayuri grew up abused and neglected and she doesn’t want the same for her girls, but at to what extent will she go to protect them? Read her story here.
Video – Ruth’s Story: You Should Have Been a Boy!
Her father had wanted a boy, yet Ruth was born a girl. Share this video on how Ruth went from neglected to loved.
Imagine if you were abused and neglected because you were a girl. What do you think life would be like for you? What would you feel? How would you react if someone would then share the Good News with you?
While Gospel for Asia doesn’t have a ministry specifically for girls, we do have several ministries to reach women and children who are often abused or neglected. Visit gfa.org/children or gfa.org/women/ to learn more about these ministries.
Through Christ, many girls in South Asia are finding the love and acceptance that they don’t find at home! As International Day of the Girl Child approaches, we thank you for helping these girls by raising awareness of the mistreatment they face along with the hope they are finding in Christ!
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