The Red Sea: “China’s gendercide: Ellysa Lim’s Original Oratory 2012” by Ellysa Lim

Summary

I competed with this speech this past year in a Christian homeschool speech and debate league (Stoa). I have placed 3rd, 22nd, and 7th at three qualifying tournaments. At the National Invitational Tournament of Champions, which hosted around 600 competitors, I ultimately placed 5th out of 96 students in my category.

After I heard Chai Ling speak about this topic, God broke my heart and told me that this was the topic I was to speak on. My family is Chinese, and I’m the second out of three daughters. I realized that I could have easily been a victim of gendercide.

I wrote this ten minute speech in the course of two weeks, right before my first major tournament. My goal with this speech was to further the anti-gendercide movement. Each time I performed this speech, my prayer wasn’t to rank high, or to beat everyone else. I told God that no matter the circumstance, I wanted to leave the room knowing that this speech touched someone and that they would join in prayer for these Chinese girls. Many people in the audience and the ballots I’ve received from many judges have told me that they didn’t know that the gendercide was still happening, and that they would definitely pray for gendercide victims.

Soli Deo Gloria.

BIO

My name is Ellysa Lim, and I’m 15 years old. I have competed in a Christian homeschool speech and debate league (in which this speech competed) for four years. God broke my heart for this issue when Chai Ling visited my church, Saddleback Church, in January.




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