Subjugation Leads to Abuse
This month we’ve been looking at the state of women in our target countries. Even on her wedding day a bride must demonstrate her submissive nature. Were she to have something to smile about, it is not acceptable for her to wear one with her wedding finery. In these countries of The Middle East and Central Asia, daily subjugation is a mere breath away from abuse. If a beating on your wedding night is to be expected, how much worse can it get?
It can get a lot worse. It is only in recent years that a term for spousal abuse came into use in our target countries, but that is only a part of the problem. Sex trafficking is an epidemic, but it is not recognized as such. It is merely the extension of a man’s right over his wives and daughters.
Daughters are not a blessing to a household. They are an expense and a burden. Should the wind uncover the daughter’s face, her father would be dishonored. Why feed and clothe someone who is of no value, and is, in fact a risk to your honor? Selling her would bring money to support your sons.
If your wife no longer pleases you, why should you keep her when there is a profit to be made and you could replace her with a younger more pliable version? Her family has given her over to you and now you make the decisions about her life. If you divorce her and sell her, who will care? Certainly not your next father-in-law, who will willingly unload one of his burdens on you.
If a woman cannot even protect herself, how is she supposed to protect her daughter? What if one day your daughter disappeared from your home? In many countries the mother would not even dare to ask after the welfare of her child. Her answer would be a brutal beating at the suggestion that she deserved an answer.
Just One is Too Many
These horrid situations are not representative of the entire region, but they are prevalent throughout, especially in the more remote areas where Westerners are never seen. Even in the West, physical abuse, sexual abuse and sex trafficking are a problem. If our Western culture, which spoils far too many children and holds up liberty and equality as the norm, can have citizens who suffer in this way, it is distressing to imagine what goes on in countries where women are mere chattel and female babies are an unwanted burden.
Were abuse not such an overwhelming problem in these areas, we’d still have a concern for these women, because God does. In a practical sense, it seems there is little that we can do, but we do what we can and we know we are making a difference – because women tell us.
Through our pastor training and mentoring we are able to make a strong impact on the ground. It may only be a handful at a time, but we are promoting change. When a Middle Eastern or Central Asian man comes to Christ he doesn’t know how to live that out, no matter how sincere his belief may be. All he knows is what he has grown up with. He has to be trained and encouraged to leave that behind. That’s why this part of what we do is so important.
Our programs are important, too. They may not immediately change a woman’s situation, but they can change her outlook. These women suffer mightily. The predominate religion, the government and the cultural traditions offer no hope – even in the afterlife. So many women tell us merely having the hope of heaven is a blessed relief from their despair. Testimony after testimony relates the story of women who endure their torment with joy, because of their relationship with Jesus Christ. Their relationship with Christ also gives them access to the Throne Room of the Most High God. God does answer these women’s prayers and the Holy Spirit works in the lives of their husbands.
This is not a pleasant story to tell, but it is foundational to our mission. Wouldn’t you like to join us for the hope of women of The Middle East and Central Asia?
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