Motherhood is Eternal, as is Hope May 10, 2017
Can You Find Value in a Field of Rubble? December 16, 2016
We tend, as an accomplished, well-educated society, to base our future prospects on merits of excellence and opportunity. Cultural and economic freedom have provided ample life outcomes, and we recognize that our future is directly tied to stewardship. In my view, the groundwork required for our culturally inspired potential was forged elsewhere. I believe the Lord, at one spectacular time in our history, anointed us with a gift, and at many times since has provided the grace necessary to sustain it.
In Angola, Nepal, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Creator continues His redemptive work. He who speaks in a whisper holds a tiny seed of purpose intended for the broken community of women thought most unlikely to receive it. The God Who Sees is visiting the woman in Angola whose name we do not know, and His words to her are compassion and hope.
In the midst of pain and suffering, she has learned to recognize His voice by the steady consistency of a hand stayed on His purposes. His is the path that doesn’t sink, and as she learns to walk by faith, she gains confidence and strength. Through her journey, she has been given a sure foundation and an unshakeable, unstoppable vision for her future. She is to us a reminder of the undeniable strength and potential that God provides for those who love him.
She serves a God who speaks life from dust, who places treasure in jars of clay, and who carries His “Yes” in those who are despised and rejected. Confronted by hopelessness and impossibility, He has repeatedly revealed His power to make a way. The result that was prescribed for her is silenced by His faithfulness to personally see her through. The promises of God that find their “Yes” in Him continue in spite of her hardship, and He has appointed for her next steps.
As a Hope for Our Sisters Partner in Hope, I seek to find genuine inherent value among a field of rubble claiming to be. I weight this against prospective growth, and choose holders of time and resources based on the perception that I have on these characteristics. As a follower of Christ, I believe that these are spiritually discerned. I understand that only His mission will withstand fire; only His hand creates that which cannot be tainted by decay. I seek the investment that contains His whisper, for I have found that only in this will there be a return.
With Hope For Our Sisters, we venture into the rubble of cultural and economic oppression to find the beauty beneath the surface. We lift her up, and set her free, and turn her eyes to the future; her joy becomes our own. I use my own gift of freedom to plant God’s seed of redemption, for I know that it will grow. The Lord, at one spectacular time in her history, has determined to anoint her with this gift, and will continue to provide the grace necessary to sustain it.
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.” Psalm 46:4-5
Written by a Hope for Our Sisters Partner in Hope
Standing with Our Sisters…Unleashing Strength and Potential November 27, 2016
I crouched in my hospital gown, leaning on the woman holding my IV tube while another woman in front of me held a cup beneath my legs. And I realized something profound: I was not ashamed.
I had every reason to be ashamed. I was mostly naked, bleeding, and shaking on very weak legs. All the parts of my body that made me female were sore; I was sweaty and un-showered after over 15 hours of labor. And yet, in that moment, I was not ashamed.
The reason is simple: I was surrounded by women. I’d never before felt so fully woman as I did in those moments after giving birth, because fellow women – sisters – rushed to my side and cared for me in my weakness, my exhaustion, and my pain. They cleaned me, comforted me, and ushered me into the beautiful sisterhood of women – a sisterhood I had always been a part of, but never fully understood. These women made me feel powerful, strong, and capable – even though I couldn’t use the bathroom on my own. And I knew they wouldn’t leave my side.
By this point I had been a Partner in Hope with HFOS for over a year, but it wasn’t until this moment that I realized how powerful this opportunity was. No, I couldn’t physically help clean a sister, or wrap my arms around her and tell her she was strong. But from across the ocean, my monthly donations enable other sisters to be there for each other. These sisters serve not only to clean, support, and encourage each other, though – they help unleash the undeniable strength and potential of every woman.
In all of us there is a fighter. A warrior. Sometimes that warrior comes out when we need to fight for ourselves, stand up to adversity, or take charge. And sometimes it comes out when one of our sisters is weak. We stand by each other. We bend so that a sister can lean on our back. We clean up the mess and tell her it’s ok to ask for help – that someday, she’ll be helping another sister who needs her.
Our sisters in Nepal, Angola, and the Congo were created with the same undeniable strength and potential that I was, that my mother was, that my daughter was, that the nurses in my delivery room were. And while in this moment of time they are relying on sisters like us, they should not be ashamed. They should feel proud and powerful to be women. They should feel beautiful and strong. They should know that at any time, any woman in the world could be in need of a sister. And with fistulas healed and dignity restored, they’ll go out and be that sister to lean on.
Written by Dianna Sawyer, Hope for Our Sisters Partner in Hope.
© 2016 by Dianna Sawyer
To learn more about fistula and how to unleash our sisters’ strength and potential, visit our website: hopeforoursisters.org.
Thankful! November 25, 2014
As I look ahead to Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for every person who has
Encouraged me along the way
Mentored me as I pursue my life’s calling
Prayed for our sisters awaiting healing
Prayed for Hope for Our Sisters
Joined the Hope for Our Sisters Team
Joined the Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Given of their time to Hope for Our Sisters
Donated artwork and creative gifts for the benefit of our sisters with fistula
Donated financial support to our mission
Become a Partner in Hope
Attended a Hope for Our Sisters event
Purchased items at our events
Hosted a Hope for Our Sisters event
Allowed me to shared about our sisters with fistula
Listened to stories of our trip to Angola
Listened to me dream about the ultimate eradication of fistula
Rejoiced with us when a sister leaves the hospital dry
Liked our Facebook page and posts
Shared our Facebook page and posts
Asked us how many surgeries have been funded
Utilized their talents to support our mission and benefit our sisters
Partnered with us in fundraising efforts
Offered to join us on our upcoming trips
Donated their lives to fighting fistula
Provided for our sisters by becoming fistula surgeons
Become nurses serving those with fistula
Journeyed with us to Angola
Read my many posts
Said YES to our sisters
Become part of the solution
Decided to walk with us through 2014 and into 2015
Thankful! Thankful! Thankful!
© 2014 by Brooke F Sulahian