A Young Woman in Crisis
|Any hope for Jovita?|
My concern was the 20 something girl in the barber's chair.
Women In Crisis, a ministry that serves under the umbrella of Next Generation Ministries, had requested that I squeeze some time out of the week to accompany her to visit one of these women. All I knew was that her name was Jovita and that she was among the the ladies Lyzette discovered in the Maternity Ward at Jinja Main Hospital.
I didn't know her story, but her demeanor whispered to me that she was neglected and considered, by any who knew her, as of no consequence. She was living and breathing, but forgotten ... even by those with whom she was living.
|Empty Eyes ... Curious Heart|
Lyzette's husband, and my friend and spiritual son, Jeff, asked if Jovita liked her hair the way it was. What a simple and profound question. She told Lyzette that she wanted to cut it off but had no means. I knew we had the small resources necessary. She went to change her clothes to go to the village for a haircut. After washing her face, hands, and feet I accompanied her, in silence, back down the path to our vehicle. We traveled in silence to the barber shop and I examined her face as she settled into the barber's chair. I was certain that I detected a ray of hope in her eyes. There seemed to be the slightest reflection of hope in them. Maybe someone has noticed me. Maybe someone does care about me. Maybe I am not forgotten. Who could have sent these people to check on me and ask me these questions? And care if I like my hair the way it was?
|New do on the outside ...|
New hope on the inside ...
If you want to be a part of bringing hope to Women in Crisis in Uganda, please write a check to Next Generation Ministries and mail it to 29940 South Dhooghe Road, Colton, OR 97017. Note that your donation is to be used for Women in Crisis and it will be designated for this necessary ministry to those who have little or no hope. Be a part of what God is doing in the lives of women in crisis ... like Jovita.