The statement comes from Half the Sky, a powerful book I finished reading recently, in which Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn chronicle the disturbing ongoing global crisis involving women and girls.
The title was taken from a Chinese proverb: “Women hold up half the sky”—an important reminder that women are one of the world’s vital natural resources and, as the book so convincingly points out, not simply because of their ability to reproduce.
The speaker was a Chinese man rejoicing over the availability of ultrasound. His cause for joy? The fact that under China’s One Child Rule, technology now enables Chinese couples systematically to abort unwanted female babies in their desperate quest for sons.
In some cultures, daughters are prized and championed. They are told, “You can be anything you want.” Elsewhere in the world, daughters have gone missing—millions of them—through female infanticide, sex trafficking, honor killings, and inadequate healthcare, to name a few causes. Discarded, sold off, or executed as worthless. Not long, long ago. This is happening today!
There ought to be a warning label on a book like this. The contents are appalling, nightmarish, and unforgettable. If you’re like me, you have to stop reading periodically to pull yourself together, and once you’ve finished, you won’t be able to get it out of your mind. Yet, this is one book every Christian ought to read—whether you have the stomach for it or not!
We need to be honest about the grim realities in this fallen world. At the same time, we must not lose sight of the hope we have that God is at work, and He is working through us.
Concurrent with this tidal wave of suffering is a hopeful surge of women God is raising up to serve Him in ministry. One of the biggest success stories of the modern church is the fact that so many of God’s daughters are sensing His call, training in theological seminaries, graduate schools and internships, and moving into a wide variety of ministries, including ministries to combat the rampant evils that are devastating the lives of countless women and girls.
We believe God has raised up Synergy for such a time as this. The Synergy Women’s Network champions these women. Synergy exists to connect, equip and mobilize them to serve God in ministries worldwide. Our national conferences are fueling their efforts.
Synergy is making a difference, and so are they.
We have come a long way with volunteers and significant support from like-minded friends. We believe God is calling us to do more as we transition from a fledgling organization to a leading-edge international network. We are working to make our network actively available year round, employing the power of technology to reach more women, and taking Synergy to other parts of the world.
WhitbyForum friends have been great Synergy supporters in the past. Once again, I am asking you to remember Synergy in your year-end giving and also to consider becoming a regular Synergy supporter.
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