I was intending to write today about a children’s issue. But I have been thrilled by the news that Susie Hart, a CMS Mission partner, has been awarded Window on the World Woman of the Year for her work in Tanzania with Neema Crafts. Neema enable deaf and other disabled people to create wonderful works of craft which are now sold through a variety of outlets; this has given a livelihood – and hope, purpose etc. to the 40 or so people involved. This against many odds for the way they have been viewed and treated previously. You can hear Susie talk about her work at http://bit.ly/cnWuV1
At the same awards Shara Brice, founder of the Ascension Eagles Cheerleading work based in Newham, was given an award. The story of the Eagles and the hope and joy they have brought to many young people in one of the neediest parts of our country has been written up in various places; a film has been commissioned.
What strikes me here is that 2 out of 4 awards at Woman of the Year have gone to women who are clear about their Christian faith. They have both worked against the odds with those ‘most in need’. The world has recognised the value and outstanding nature of their work. High quality, clear sighted Christian engagement is not scorned or tossed aside here; it is recognised and honoured. When there is talk of how our society views Christians let us be careful to ensure this side of the story is told clearly alongside those that might give cause for concern.