I Am Only One
IMAGE: Jubug J.

 

The world is full of suffering, and a charity exists for almost every cause. But sometimes, a moment comes when a particular cause captures your attention and you can’t escape it. The word “charity” collapses beneath your absolute heartache to reach out and help anyway you can. 

 

Helen Keller expressed this sentiment so beautifully when she said:

 

“I am only one, but still I am one.

I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;

And because I cannot do everything,

I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” 

 

My heart embodied Helen Keller’s words the day I stumbled across an article about the effects of China’s One-Child Policy. I read about gendercide, the mass extermination of millions of girls just because their culture deems them a burden. I was disgusted by how China brutally enforces the One-Child Policy, and as I dug deeper into personal cases of suffering women, I was thoroughly grieved. The statistics were horrifying. One in particular jumped out to me that day: China has one of the highest female suicide rates of any country in the world—about 500 Chinese women a day are taking their lives. That number haunted me.

 

As a Christian, I was deeply moved by what I learned about the One-Child Policy, gendercide and female suicide in China. So many lives are being torn apart and taken away.  Do these women know there is hope? That there is a Light in this very dark world? That the Light came into the world to set them free from the bonds of this earth?

 

My heart was breaking with passion I had never felt so deeply. I could sense God pulling on my heart. He was giving me a glimpse into the suffering of those He loves so much. The blood of millions of innocent lives is crying out, and they will not be quieted.

 

I found some organizations, including All Girls Allowed, that work to expose and end the One-Child Policy. I really wanted to donate and help save lives. I wanted so much to give. But I felt sort of stuck. I was financially challenged, yet I knew I had to help—and I decided I was going to help, no matter what! So I prayed. I poured my heart out to Christ and told Him I wanted to raise money to support the courageous organizations fighting to help the helpless. It was then I heard God utter these words in my heart:

 

“Paint for China.”

 

I was suddenly filled with inspiration. I felt like God was saying to me, “I’ve given you a gift: the ability to express your heart through art. Now use it.” So that’s exactly what I did.

 

I looked into more stories and articles about women who had suffered forced abortions and sterilizations. I wanted to feel their pain and know how to better express it. As I read through so many stories and accounts of real women and girls, I felt my heart moved to pray for them. I wanted to just be simply reminded by their sweet faces in the future so I could continue to pray. I had an idea to place their pictures in charms, and then I thought of jewelry! I wanted to make charm bracelets that contained the faces of real Chinese women and babies needing prayer.

 

But I wasn’t sure how to go about this, so I prayed. Then a good friend of mine, who owns a business making beautiful, exquisite jewelry, invited me to make jewelry with her! I poured out my idea to her for charm bracelets for China’s girls, and she embraced it. “Beads for China” was our inspiration. Together, we used our God-given talents to serve the suffering women who are so close to His heart. I’m looking forward to seeing my work inspire others and remind them of China’s girls. “I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.”

 

I’m excited to see what God is doing to end gendercide in China. He is so good, and He will not abandon the orphan or the widow. He hears the cries of the helpless… and He moves the hearts of His children to action.

 

 

Jubug J., a young artist and blogger from Indiana, wrote this guest post for All Girls Allowed. Learn more about Beads for China here!




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