"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth" // 1 John 3:16-18
Wednesday night’s Everywoman event saw over 850 women at our Oxford Falls Campus and 130 at our Silverwater location gather together to watch Girl Rising, a film which journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. As viewers, we met nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.
The film was a perfect lead up to International Woman’s Day, a day that celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. And act we did. At Oxford Falls, $5000 was raised on the night for the Pader Girls Academy in Uganda, a facility which houses over 250 young women who were abducted by the LRA during civil war.
Over at Silverwater, Ps Natalie Taylor wrote of the profound impact that the night had on their gorgeous attendees:
"The highlight of the night was the very generous giving of the women of $14,000 towards our Care Centre. This gift will enable us to refurbish a larger space, upgrade the kitchen and further facilitate this expanding community initiative."
If you have a heart for the cause of girls' education, there are a wealth of opportunities to support and come alongside others striving towards the same mission. You can contact the office at Oxford Falls on 9972 8688, or visit any of these pages; Beyond Initiative, Girl Rising, Pader Girls' Academy to become more informed of the plights others face and what you can do to bring help and hope.