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 I received this  post as an e-mail and wanted to pass it along to those prayer warriors here at Walking With Women In The Word. As Christian women, our response to atrocities like these mentioned here should be to pray and to be obedient to whatever God asks us to do.
Bonnie Winters
 
To Alert Storm Warriors Everywhere:
 
If you take the time to learn their names and hear their stories, would you care more? Would you care enough to do something about their pain? Whether suffering children, assaulted women or struggling men, is it possible to do more than just “feel bad” for them. Can YOU really make a difference?

Locally run grassroots organizations, many of them similar to social or religious communities are having more success than traditional aid programs administered from large corporations or cooperating nations. It’s not the “top-down” efforts that are working but the “bottom up” strategies that are having the real success. Bottom up works because people like you make the difference.

People willing to break out of their own comfort levels and who care enough to do something—anything—is truly the only difference between life and death in many cases. Please read this entire Storm Report and become informed about real people in need of your ideas, prayers, help and resources. Click on the links and discover groups that are having success because you care enough to lift a hand. If you will explore these opportunities with your heart earnestly searching for a place to help—and then commit in some way—you will transform from being a Storm-Warrior-in-Waiting to a Storm-Warrior-in-Action. You can live with compassion and courage like the Storm Warrior you are.

 


Jon Nappa
Storm Warriors International, Inc.                         
 
  
  
 
 
 
Storm Report: 
In some places in Africa, men can’t leave their displaced community camp to gather firewood for risk of being shot by some unseen sniper. Women go in their place and are not shot but raped. If you gain permission to speak to the women who have been raped, a sad long line awaits you—a line of mistreated women. Human beings. Each of them has a name, a history and a story to tell. Dina’s story qualifies as heart-wrenching, but she would be missing from the line due to her grievous condition to move from her lying position in her tent. She was gang raped and poked with sticks until her insides were intentionally torn to leave her horribly crippled and unable to properly move waste through her body. This physical torture is known as a fistula and women suffer excruciating symptoms from it. Dina was no exception and reeked with smell from the abuse and overflowed with shame from the stigma. Most shunned her because she was too horribly maimed for anyone to come to her aid. Yet, because of real life Storm Warriors, there is a place where she finally received help. It is called HEAL AFRICA. Please take the time to check out this sanctuary for suffering women. Click on the name to learn more about this place of healing. They value Storm Warriors like you and the needs they address are great.
 
In another part of Africa, another woman suffers from a fistula for a different reason. Her name is Mahabouba. She was sent to a place where she was told she could find work. Instead she was raped and beaten at age 13. She tried to run away but was repeatedly caught, then beaten and raped again. She became pregnant from one such attack. Finally, during her seventh month of pregnancy, she escaped. She tried to drown herself in a river but someone saved her and gave her a home. When the time came for the baby to be born, Mahabouba’s young body was so underdeveloped in the pelvis region that the baby remained stuck in her birth passage—a medically developed fistula. For every story of a tragedy like Dina’s there are hundreds like Mahabouba’s. Because she was completely impoverished and unable to afford any kind of mid-wife to help her, Mahabouba fell unconscious after seven days of obstructed self-managed labor. An attendant finally offered help but it was too late. The baby was dead and Mahabouba’s body was horribly damaged. She was carried to a tent at the edge of the village with the door removed so that wild animals could come in and finish killing her. On the very first night the hyenas raided her tent. Paralyzed by the traumatic birth experience and flowing with waste down her legs, she desperately fended off the hyenas with a stick all through the night. In the morning, completely on her own, Mahabouba dragged herself by her arms for one full day until she reached a neighboring village. Barely alive, someone brought her to a place to be healed—a place run by real Storm Warriors—the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.
 
Dear Storm Warrior, please don’t shrug off this story and simply move on. Please take the time to click on the hospital name and learn more about how Storm Warriors can help efforts like this one.
 
Today, Dina and Mahabouba have been treated, taught and empowered to provide for themselves and they live fulfilling lives because there are people who cared enough to help. But there are so many more—so many still suffering this kind of humiliation, shame and horror. The more of us who truly believe our input makes a difference, the more of them will be rescued.
 
Stir up the compassion and courage within—check out the crucial work of Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and HEAL AFRICA.
 
Storm Warriors International, Inc. – 15141 Hugh McAuley Road – Huntersville, NC 28078

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I took one of those personality tests the other day and was surprised at how accurate the reslts were.

The test told me I was an INFP – Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling and Perceiving – a “questor.”  

 These people are idealistic, self-sacrificing, and somewhat cool or reserved. They are very family and home oriented, but don’t relax well. High capacity for caring. High sense of honor derived from internal values.

The test went on to say:

  INFPs feel internal turmoil when they find themselves in situations where there is conflict between their inner code of ethics and their relationships with others. They feel caught between pleasing others and maintaining their own integrity. Their natural tendency to identify with others, compounded with their self-sacrificial dispositions, tends to leave them confused about who they really are. Their quiet personalities further feeds their feelings of depersonalization. The INFP’s quest for self-identity then seems even more alluring — but increasingly impossible to attain.

As with all INFPs, the INFP will feel lost and perplexed at stressful times. As stress builds, INFPs become disconnected from their own personality and perceived place in life. They will lose sight of who they are in relation to time and place. They may not make basic observations, while instead they will focus on the more abstract and symbolic meanings of a particular interaction. This can sometimes baffle those who expect more direct communication and a fairly concrete relationship.

Hmmmm. Surprisingly correct. What really surprised me was the list of possible jobs the test indicated I would enjoy doing

 

information-graphics…designer (I love designing newsletters for the various groups I work with) 

researcher / organizational development…specialist  (goes hand in hand with writing and I love digging for information and putting together curriculum)

social worker/psychologist  (Though I’ve never worn the official titles, I do this sort of work at times)

minister/priest/rabbi/missionary (Yup!)

novelist /journalist/editor (I have to say, these have been my favorite jobs!)

 

This test made me curious – what kinds of results would some of the  Bible women have gotten on a test like this one? Consider the workaholic Martha. At first glance, there really doesn’t seem to be enough information in her story to  tell what her personality type may have been, but on a whim, I decided to try taking the test from a Martha perspective.

Martha seemed to be a  no-nonsense, bossy, “take charge” person according to the biblical account. So I answered the questions with that in mind. there were a few questions which had to be answered by pure speculation, but I tried to choose the best answer for her based on  what the Scriptures tell us about her.

Martha ended up as an ESTJ ( Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging) – an “administrator” who was “much in touch with the external environment. She would have been a responsible mate and parent, loyal to her workplace. She was realistic, down-to-earth, orderly and loved  tradition.” She would have been part of a civic club or working in the church kitchen! Not surprising since two of the jobs she would have done well with were “office administrator”and “cook!”

“ESTJs believe that membership is ensured through responsible serving and the threat of being forsaken or cast out will make them feel insecure. They will worry about dereliction of duties and betrayal. The resulting stress can cause ESTJs to redouble their efforts at controlling disorder. In an effort to correct what they feel is out of place, they will direct their anger and frustration at what they consider the irresponsible behavior of others. At these times, others may feel the ESTJ is not responsive to their point of view and is jumping to unjustified conclusions.

” If stress continues, the ESTJ may become physically immobilized and experience illness,unpleasant bodily sensations and fatigue. Feeling incapacitated, the ESTJ dreads the thought of being deserted and begins to feel increasingly unappreciated and left out. Their grievance list usually includes those to whom they are responsible; thus it may seem that the ESTJ is neglecting their own obligations by blaming others. While exempting themselves from their own  responsibilities, the ESTJ may henpeck and nag others. This can cause those who feel hindered by the ESTJ’s complaints to feel defiant and to rebel further.”

INTERESTING!  I think I’ll try a few more of these over the next few days and see what I come up with. The point is that these women – our sisters in the Scripture were thinking, feeling flesh-and-blood human beings like us – with needs, emotions and hang-ups. Yet Jesus cared for them and guided them into a deeper relationship with Himself just as He wants to guide us. We can trust and learn from the stories of these women on our own spiritual growth journeys. So join me – lets take a walk with women in the Word!

 

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