Women of Hope Blog
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Aug28FriAugust 28, 2020 by the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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Hope for the Helpless
Bahar’s* story is all too familiar but no less horrifying than those of so many women forced into marriage. Her father abused her, and then when she became older, he forced her to marry an older man.
“My husband was an alcoholic. He was not working, and I had to work and bring money home,” Bahar told the TWR Women of Hope team. “When I got pregnant, he beat me until the last month. One day he beat me so badly that I had to stay a few days at the hospital. It caused my baby to come early.”
Like many women in her situation, she lied to the police about what happened because she was afraid of the consequences. During her struggles, she found hope in an unexpected place.
Bahar said, “There was a kind woman in the same room at the hospital as me. She was listening to the Women of Hope programs. I asked her if she was a Christian, and she said, ‘Yes.’ After I went home, I remembered your program and started to listen.”
From the radio broadcasts, Bahar heard about God and his love for her. She heard practical information about godly marriages and relationships. She heard about the hope that comes only from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what Bahar wanted in a relationship, and she gave her life to Christ.
It is amazing to see how the actions and testimony of one person can affect another so dramatically. Jesus used the Christian woman and the Women of Hope radio broadcast to lead one of his frightened lost daughters safe into the arms of her heavenly Father.
* Her name has been changed to protect her privacy.
In September, we are praying for women suffering from violence, rape & female genital mutilation. Please pray …
- Father, heal the victims of violence and rape so they may find joy in life and build healthy families of their own. Reveal to them that you, their Creator, see their pain, grieve with them and offer healing to them. (Ps. 147:3)
- Lord, we pray that the women and girls of Bonaire will not become entangled with those who lead them to a culture of violence. (Ps. 140:5)
- Lord, we pray for change within the cultures of Tanzania that still practice female genital mutilation (FGM). Bring encouragement to those pioneers who work tirelessly to end this practice.
- Lord, we pray that violence and sexual abuse promoted on the internet be stopped as TWR Women of Hope promotes awareness among Romanian parents to monitor their children’s time online. (Prov. 2:11)
- God, please give wisdom to the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women as it seeks to prevent violence and defend women’s human rights. (Job 12:13)
- Father, we know that children who grow up with domestic violence are more likely to become adult abusers. We pray that parents would love their children and discipline them in a godly manner. (Ps. 34:11)
- We praise you, God, that FGM is illegal in Finland and that only 0.2 per cent of high school girls report this being done to them. Pray that the ethnic groups that still practice it would stop.
- Father, we thank you that many women are coming forward in China to share their experiences of abuse. We pray for God’s justice to be accomplished and for his deep comfort and healing to be upon the victims. (2 Cor. 1:3)
- We praise you, God, for the new Ukrainian law that now prosecutes those who commit violence against their relatives. (2 Thess. 3:3)
- Lord, bring salvation and freedom to Polish men addicted to alcohol, drugs and pornography. Break the cycle of rape and violence done to their families and bring healing to them all. (Ps. 18:2)
- Lord, give courage to the victims of rape in India to report the crime even if they know the offender. May families fully support these girls and women who are suffering, and may the guilty be held accountable. (Ps. 5:10)
- Domestic violence and abuse dramatically increased worldwide during the COVID-19 lockdown. South African centers received triple the number of calls usually logged from women trapped at home with their abusive partners. Father, provide for ways of escape and healing. (Ps. 68:20)
- Lord, help TWR Women of Hope clearly share with women that they are valuable and have worth in your eyes. Many women believe they are to blame and deserve the violence they suffer. (Ps. 91:14)
- Lord, we pray for an end to domestic violence in Albania, where 50 per cent of the women have experienced it. Along with violence, the women in rural areas also face stigma, isolation, social exclusion and lack of opportunities.
- God, awaken your church to support the victims of domestic violence and rape who often have no one to help them. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute” (Prov. 31:8).
- Lord, we pray that people in Germany would become aware of FGM through the TWR Women of Hope prayer calendar. May they pray for an end of this rite and offer support to relief organizations.
- Lord, we pray for an end to rape in Liberia, where 1 in 10 children and women have experienced it. Strengthen the victims, Father, and protect them from evil.
- God, may Korean parents discipline their children with wisdom and not resort to violence. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).
- Lord, we pray that the men and fathers in Uruguay would not be violent toward their wives and children but instead be protectors of them. (2 Cor. 13:11)
- We praise you, Lord, that perpetrators are being arrested in Indonesia when girls report being raped by their relatives. May this give courage for girls and women to report these crimes. (Ps. 32:7)
- Lord, we pray for the healing and protection of the 1 in 4 Bulgarian women who suffer violence. We pray for the financing of crisis centers that help women and children escape this abuse. (Ps. 72:14)
- Father, we pray for the women of Côte d’Ivoire who are experiencing domestic violence. May there be dramatic improvements in the administrative and legal systems to ensure support to those in need. (Ps. 7:9)
- Father, our hearts cry out for women and children suffering from abuse, living with the risk of losing their lives. They often do not seek help, because they see no place to where they can escape. (Ps. 69:29)
- Father, we thank you that a high-profile rape case in China has sparked national outrage, leading to calls for change in a legal system that does not prosecute high-ranking individuals. May perpetrators be convicted, and may social stigma cast on victims be eliminated. (Prov. 24:24-25)
- Lord, we ask that governments will step up the fight against gender-based violence in African countries where domestic violence occurs in the intimacy of the family circle. The law will not often interfere in this private area.
- In France, a woman dies every three days at the hands of her partner. The government televises an SOS number to call, but often the partner is only given a warning. May women be taken seriously when they contact someone for help before it is too late.
- Father, would you give your daughters in Uruguay great discernment about choosing husbands who will love and protect them instead of beating or killing them. (Eph. 5:28)
- Lord, give mothers an attentive and protective spirit and courage to speak out when they learn that their daughters are being raped and violated by relatives and friends. (Ps. 12:7)
- Father, we pray for justice for the poor, uneducated and lower-caste people in Nepal. In cases of violence, they often lack a voice, the ability to afford an attorney and a fair government trial. (Ps. 72:4)
- “Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure–you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts” (Ps. 7:9).
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