“You don’t need to fast,” she said. “Your prayers are enough.”
But I did need to fast, because her situation sounded really bleak, and God was talking to my heart about it.
Bev was traveling alone in Uganda when she injured her knee hurrying across a busy street. Swollen to nearly twice its size, the knee was painful.
But the itinerary called for travel to Congo.
The schedule called for long hours of teaching and counseling.
She shared her need for prayer through the medium that brought us together: the internet.
Bev is a warrior (and a SheLovely) whose ministry allows her to see, firsthand, the burdens women bear, sometimes quite literally. During this most recent trip, Bev saw women of all ages and sizes carry bundles of up to 100 kilos or more on their backs. These bundles are secured by a rag, wrapped around their middle and then over the front of their forehead. The women bend forward to carry the weight, but there’s no posture that will lighten the load of trauma. In the DRC, rape is often used as a weapon of war. Women are marked as damaged goods, husbands abandon them and this back-breaking labor barely finances what’s left of their lives.
Following this most recent trip to Africa, Bev returned to her home in Australia, hair aflame, excited to share the potential for ministry among women of Congo whose whole life trajectory could be altered by the ownership of a simple wheelbarrow or by the introduction of a micro-enterprise that will enable them to provide for themselves.
“I think I need to learn French,” Bev exclaims, “and I have found a couple of women who are connected to the interior decor industry. They are looking to source products from women across the world.”
Urgency like this comes with the realization that God has given us the ability to solve problems and meet needs in our lifetime. Years ago, Bev stood beside a crib in a Ugandan hospital, looking with grief at one of the 177,000 children living with HIV. She heard the Spirit say, “You can do something about this if you want to,” and Cherish Uganda was born, a ministry that provides a home, health care, and education for children infected with HIV/AIDS.
Today, she envisions a ministry to women and children of Congo called Scarlet Women – because of the blood and the shame. She dreams of building a path out of the poverty and hopelessness that her eyes have seen.
What sets your hair aflame? What challenges you to step outside your safe routines and known ways?
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