I was born in the spring of 1968, the first daughter, and an only child until my sister was born four years later. My parents had two daughters, Rusted-apya-007my sister and I were it. We always knew we were wanted and loved. Our growing up years were spent happily, making memories with family and friends. We never questioned our worth as females. I never remember feeling like I couldn’t do something because I was a girl, nor did I feel looked down on because of that fact.

Unfortunately, in many parts of this world, females are considered lowly. In some cultures, girls are thought of as not much more than common property. A wriggling baby girl enters the world and infanticide becomes an option. A young girl suffers through genital mutilation in the name of “tradition”. Her screams echo through the air. A daughter? Maybe she can be married off to someone who won’t expect much of a dowry. A girl that the family can’t afford, sold into slavery or sex trafficking. A wife who dares to voice her opinion? Beat her, or disfigure her. She will learn to keep her mouth shut. Raped by a family member? It was her fault for being a woman. She needs to bear that shame. For many women, their gender is a curse.

Happy memories are not an option for millions of women….and my heart leaks sadness, along with the tears. Since I first learned of human trafficking, years ago, I have done what I can to educate others. To pull back the veil. To break the silence.

Christ says women are worthy. Christ sees these women that are hurting, He has not forgotten them. He loves them beyond what they can even imagine. This world we live in is broken, but they need not be. Others can and may break their bodies, but never touch their spirit. Women are strong and beautiful and loved by their Creator. When Jesus walked this earth, He did much to elevate women. He did not let societal norms stand in His way.

Christ, made sure that His mother would be taken care of. He told John to treat His mother as if she were his own. He visited and spent time with Mary and Martha, dear friends. He offered Living Water to the Samaritan woman at the well. He saved another woman from being stoned to death, and told her to go and sin no more. He healed women inflicted with sickness and pain. He saw their value and also saw their deep need for a Savior. Not much has changed in thousands of years….. we are still in deep need of the Savior. Just give us Jesus!

And He waits for each of us. He is the hope for millions of women.

For God so loved, the women that are hurt, broken and burdened, that He gave them His only begotten Son, that whoever they are, wherever they are, whatever they have done… if they believe in Him, they should not perish but have everlasting life.                Paraphrase of John 3:16


Please watch this trailer for the Veil of Tears, and if possible go see the movie in select theaters. Don’t close your eyes to the millions. Be a voice for those who need you to speak up and speak out.