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Author: Gabrielle Pickle

Give Life to Xaiquo for Lent – Week 5

Since the day of her birth in a rural village in China, Xaiquo was neglected and abused. Her two older brothers and father wanted to get rid of her. They even went so far as to poison her food. Yet miraculously, she survived. When she was 13, they sold her to a 73-year-old who wanted her as a breeder – to give birth to a son. When she gave birth to a daughter, her owner was enraged and sold her to traffickers. Xaiquo was just 16. Faithful Christian workers serve tirelessly in the red-light districts of China to reach out to girls, like Xaiquo,...

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Give Life for Lent – Week 4

“When I was five-years-old, my mother left us. So there was no one to stop my father from beating me.” Little Nima, bruised and bleeding, decided to run away from her rural village in Nepal. On her journey she met seemingly nice strangers who guided her down the dark path to the sex trade in the brothels of India. “I do not know how old I was when I realized that I was a prostitute,” she admits, head hung in shame. “But then I got pregnant and they threw me out. I ended up in jail.” While incarcerated, a...

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Give Roukea Life for Lent – Week 3

“My name is Roukea and I am from Mali, Africa. I am 13-years-old and I have 2 children.” “I was married at the age of 9. My parents gave me to a man who was the same age as my father. He already had two wives. I suffered much abuse at the hands of my mother-in-law and the other wives. No matter how hard I tried, I could not satisfy all the demands of my husband. I was 11 when he divorced me. My daughter and I lived on the streets and begged for scraps to stay alive. I...

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Give Maya Life for Lent – Week 2

“I did not have the skills to bring a good income,” Maya admitted, her brown eyes downcast. A single mom of the Dalit – Untouchable – Caste, she had struggled to survive in the slums of India since her husband divorced her at 16. “But I was given the opportunity for training at the women’s center. Now I have a business embroidering all types of things, even lace. People come from all over to have me do fine work on their saris.” “I have two daughters, the older one is in a nursing course and the younger one is in...

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Give Life for Lent – Week 1

The season of Lent begins today. And it’s not too late for you to join Girls Gone Wise in giving life for lent! Traditionally, throughout the history of Christianity, Lent has been a time to prepare our hearts to observe Christ’s death, burial and resurrection at Easter. But, what if this year, Lent did more than ever before? What if this year, Lent remains a season of personal reflection, and also connects you to God’s heart for the hurting? What if this year, Lent was about both individual spiritual growth and global outreach? What if this year, for the next 6 weeks (March 9 -April 24), you committed to give life to the...

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