“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 sold myself in a temporary marriage to a traveling businessman. He divorced me when he left town two months later, and I was pregnant. My son was born in the dirt of the slums of Mali.”
“I was given the amazing opportunity to attend the SIS Women’s Center. They taught me how to sew and run a business. They care for my children and give them food every day. The workers are so kind – they love me more than my family ever did. I have come to understand that Jesus’ sacrifice for sinners is the reason for their kind attitude and way of life. These Christian workers love us and fight against our injustice. I want to be one of them.”
The gift of $180 allowed Roukea the life-transforming opportunity to receive the education needed to change her entire life and give her two children a bright future.
It is the third week of the Give Life for Lent campaign, sponsored by She Is Safe, where individuals give up something worth about $30 a week for the 6 weeks of Lent (March 9-April 24) and use that money to change a life!
Pray for the girls and women of Mali who are used and cast aside as ‘temporary wives’- a legalized form of prostitution in West Africa – who are now in vocational training to start new lives.
“The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.” Psalm 146:9