To South Africa & Back!

Challenges WOW! brought home from the Truth Be Told conference, September 15-17, 2016 in Johannesburg sponsored by Christians for Biblical Equality and Gender Equity Matters of South Africa.

From Left to Right: Manni Lee, Rev. Grace May, Erika Lee, Ethel Shultz Pittaway, May Lee, Pastor Xana McCauley, Pastor Janice Kaunann-Chafunya

From Left to Right: Manni Lee, Rev. Grace May, Erika Lee, Ethel Shultz Pittaway, May Lee, Pastor Xana McCauley, Pastor Janice Kaunann-Chafunya

Take a Stand for the Tamars
I was challenged to take a stand during the altar call when Pastor Pelham Lessing preached on the Protest of Tamar When God is Silent.  His description of how many of Tamar’s family members failed her as her half brother raped her touched me in a very deep place. I was convicted by how easy it can be to stand by and keep silent while those that are harmed protest for justice. This reminded me of the injustice we’ve recently witness in America with Brock Turner’s short sentencing after raping a female classmate. Despite much protest, his sentencing was very lenient in light of his heinous crime. In closing, Pastor Lessing asked us,  Where are the real men for the present day Tamars?  Where are the strong women?  In response to the invitation to act, I asked God to help me be a strong woman for a present day Tamar in my life.  Already, God has assigned me concrete tasks. May I not fail her or others who are lifting their voice in protest when God seems to be silent. ~ Manni Lee
 

I Want To Be A Princess!

Don't we all?  Normally when I hear a little girl say this, I don't think twice about it, but smile and think to myself, "that's cute" or "that's fine, she'll grow out of it."  It wasn't until Pastor Xana expressed her outrage at an ad she saw depicting this very idea, juxtaposed next to two little boys who were shown saying, "I want to be a doctor" and "I want to bring world peace."  All three children were pictured under the banner "children of hope."  Pastor Xana's words were, "I've been to university, and there's no degree for princess!"
Wow!  Pastor Xana's bold reaction and the ideas conveyed at the CBE conference have challenged the way I see the world and opened my eyes to the consequences of our inaction that perpetuate the acceptance of the subliminal messaging and standards that our society has set.  Friends, shouldn't we, instead, be saying to God's daughters, "You ARE a princess"- now do you want to be a doctor, a world changer, whatever it is that God has called you to be?!"  Then, I believe, the world would truly see children of hope. ~ Erika Lee