In January we received a message from a listener that broke our heart.
Jane: Dear Pastor, My name is Jane (not her real name). I listen to your program on the radio and I need help.
Audience relations: Hi Jane, thank you for listening to the program. We are thrilled to hear from you. How may I help Jane?
Jane: Pastor, I need prayers and advise
Audience Relations: Jane I would love to pray with you and help in the best way possible. What seems to be the problem?
Jane: *I am 19 years old and I just finished my High school but my relationship with my parents is bad. When I finished school my father chased me away from our home because I refused to get married. I do not want to get married I want to go to school with all my heart. My parents then insulted me, I even questioned if these were the parents I once knew. I have lost all hope to live and I would rather die than be married off. They chased me away and now I have sought shelter at my aunt’s home, at least she showed me mercy. Please put me in prayers, I do not know what I can do and I feel like an orphan. Please pray for me.
On many occasions, I have received such messages from our listeners. Women who are forced into marriage or are pushed into impossible situations. It breaks my heart to hear the pain in their voices as we speak on the phone. Some situations too painful to even imagine. I try my best to pray with them and counsel them and more often than not seek help from Pastor Mungai a presenter and pastor to counsel the ladies.
The reality is that there are so many women and girls like Jane who are denied access to opportunities like their fellow boys.
Linah Kitala TWR Kenya Employee
This year’s International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual, an equal world is an enabled world. How the UN recommends that we bridge the gap is by celebrating women's achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.
As a Christian organization we believe that God desires us to stand with the oppressed and advocate for their welfare as commanded in Zechariah 7:9-10
> "And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
Women worldwide suffer a wide spectrum of injustices from the workplace, economically, legally, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. As Christians, we are driven by love to ensure that the women within our sphere of influence as well-spoken for and advocated for.
We also believe that women’s rights and gender equality are not a women’s issue, men too are an important part of this pursuit. Scripture teaches that men are leaders of the home. However, it also shares that they are to love their wives as Christ did the church. This essentially demands a self-sacrificial type of love.
The kind of love-driven leadership that we should have from men, should be expressed in a consistent desire to protect women, one that does not delight in any form of evil. If we truly follow God’s command to love our neighbours as we do ourselves, if we truly desire to share Christ-like love, then women’s rights and gender equality will be important to us all including the men.
We are grateful to God that through your support we are able to celebrate women’s day knowing we are sharing that love of God through The Women of Hope programs that empower women and remind them who God created them to be. We share the gospel of Christ Jesus which is life-giving to women all over Kenya.
Today, I celebrate you for preaching hope to women like Jane.