Grant Bloom and his wife were pregnant with their first daughter when they heard about She Is Safe’s work. The fact that they were about to bring their own child into the world brought home the day-to-day issues facing girls in the world’s hard places.
As Grant was praying for a way to get involved, he heard about our Run to Rescue (http://sheissafe NULL.org/engage/run-to-rescue/) initiative, and he developed the idea of organizing a trail race to prevent, rescue and restore women and girls. Grant’s church rallied around the idea, and The Run to Rescue in Grant’s hometown, Kinston, North Carolina, was born.
Three Eleven Photography (http://www NULL.311photography NULL.com/311photoblog/2012/5/24/the-run-to-rescue-was-awesome NULL.html) took some wonderful photos of the race, which raised over 3,000 dollars for She Is Safe’s work around the world.
Grant’s story is a wonderful example of how an individual and community can put their gifts to work, and make a profound difference for women and girls who need God’s love.
Has your heart been moved by the issues that at-risk women and girls face? What is your gift or passion? How can you use it to bring God’s love to bear for “The Least of These”? Please feel free to e-mail us at info@SheIsSafe.org to discuss your ideas, or to learn more about how you can Run to Rescue.
While civil war has forced Christians to flee Northern Mali, they have already begun new ministry work serving other refugees in the South.
For eight years, we at She Is Safe have been working with temporary wives, abandoned children, and the villagers of Northern Mali. In the past months, we have continued to partner with local Christians as civil war broke out, and we watched as tribal and Islamist groups took control of the area around Timbuktu, where our work was based.
Fearing religious oppression and violence, our partners fled the North as refugees, leaving behind homes and possessions. The reports that emerged out of Timbuktu in the following weeks confirmed their fears. Rebels hijacked vehicles, looted homes, and imposed strict Islamic rule on the remaining residents of the city.
This week, an article in the New York Times brought Mali’s civil war into the international spotlight by offering a glimpse of life in under Sharia in Timbuktu. The article reads:
Women are now forced to wear full, face-covering veils. Music is banned from the radio. Cigarettes are snatched from the mouths of pedestrians. And the look of the ancient mud-brick town is changing. A centuries-old monument, the shrine of a 15th-century saint, has been defaced; bars have been demolished; and black flags have been hung around town to honor Ansar Dine, or Defenders of the Faith, the radical Islamist movement that emerged from the desert and turned life upside down.
You can read the full article here (http://www NULL.nytimes NULL.com/2012/06/03/world/africa/in-timbuktu-mali-rebels-and-islamists-impose-harsh-rule NULL.html). While Christians have fled the region, they have already begun working to care for other refugees in the Southern city of Bamako. We are currently working with them to care for those who have been displaced by this conflict, and we will continue to support their work until the nation stabilizes and we can begin rebuilding what violence has torn apart.