The Red Sea: “Hope Begins with Love” by Ame’

Summary

When we moved to China, we quickly became friends with our Chinese co-workers, our students loved us, and we made the five best friends girls could ever have. The best part was meeting a fellowship of believers who also shared our passion for spreading God’s love. It wasn’t, however, all happiness and joy. When one of our Chinese friends came to the fellowship study with us, the school warned us she couldn’t come again because she was a student. Another student told us she liked to be beaten because it meant her boyfriend loved her. Many opened up to us about how the One-Child policy had affected them and their families through forced abortions, constant fear, and feelings of disappointment at not being born a boy. Most of all we couldn’t believe how lowly women valued themselves. They would say they didn’t deserve more.

The song “Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone” by Chris Tomlin became our prayer for the girls of China. We heard time and time again from women and girls of all ages that they wanted to believe there was more for them. I believe God has issued a call to Christians all over the world to show his love to these hurting but amazing people. Through friendship and love, we are hoping to help Chinese girls begin a relationship with their Heavenly Father and discover the true value they possess inside.

This video shows many of the people we met and worked with this past year, and the music is a recording of a performance we did at Churches while at home raising funds and awareness for our work in China. We are shortly heading back to China for another year of service.

BIO

I’m Ame’(23). My friend Jillayne (23) and I are oral English teachers in Shandong Province, China. I first learned of the teaching opportunity after spending a semester abroad learning Chinese. Jillayne is my best friend so she was the perfect person to embark on this adventure with me. We first learned of gendercide and the struggles of women in China through All Girls Allowed at the 2011 Students for Life conference. We were both very active in the pro-life movement here at home so it was natural for us to want to help in China. Unfortunately our jobs prevent some traditional methods of reaching out to our students and co-workers. We believe the best way we can help the women and girls of China is by building relationships based on trust and love so they might see Christ in us.




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