women

Story from the Mission Field: Ruth

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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 women in South Asia. The oppression starts before birth, when mothers are often pressured into abortions if they are expecting a baby girl. Among young women in India, the suicide rate is many times the world average. When a South 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 that their next child would be a boy. Then Ruth was born. Rather than the carefree play 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?”

I am one of four daughters, like Ruth, and my parents love every one of their girls. They don’t feel cultural pressure to have a son, or that having daughters is an extra burden on the family. My parents love me, just like Jesus does. Because Jesus treasures women with the same equality and love that He has for every person on earth.

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! Ruth now shares the hope she found in Jesus with other women, reaching out just like a Gospel for Asia women missionary team first reached out to her.

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Learn more of Ruth’s Story at www.gfa.org/women/ruth.

Veil of Tears Movie Release!

Veil of Tears: Hope Is on the Way is coming out in theaters tomorrow – March 28!! This new documentary tells the stories of real women of South Asia. You’ll see the tragedy and oppression they face from birth until death; and in contrast, the hope that is on the horizon.

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Got my tickets!!

Got my tickets!!

Since I’m a School of Discipleship student and part of the ministry of Gospel for Asia, we have been praying for this movie through the entire process. And it’s so exciting to see the movie actually coming out in theaters!

I encourage you to go see Veil of Tears this weekend – select theaters around the country will be showing the film, and churches & families can watch it with a free simulcast until March 30.

What a few people are saying about Veil of Tears:

“When I saw it, I knew I would never – could never – be the same. Veil of Tears has taught me how to pray, to give, and to make a difference for Christ.”

– Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends

“Veil of Tears was so moving and informative. I want everyone to watch it and join us in making a difference in the lives of these women” – Francis Chan

“A powerful, riveting film . . . that grabs at the heart and won’t let go!” – American Family Association

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can watch it here:

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www.veiloftearsmovie.com