I have been thinking about superheroes quite a bit lately...mostly because I have two small boys who like to dress up and act out their favorite character. A superhero is essentially just someone who rescues the good people and defeats the bad people. Well, and then they also need to have a super power. I spent some time with a heroine recently – no superpowers but by all means classifies under the other terms. She would be extremely uncomfortable with that label, as she is also one of the most humble people I have ever met. But I honestly can't think of another way to categorize the work she does. So let's leave her nameless to make her feel comfortable and stick with heroine to satisfy my need for categorizing. The other thing about superheroes is the good ones are humble. In fact, I think greatness is always accompanied with great humility. She said she is embarrassed by the introductions and esteem she received for her work because she is humble, and knows she is just simply doing what God has asked her to do.
She works to rescue victims of modern slavery with Oasis in India. Her team does the research, surveillance, planning, and ultimately picks up the police on the way to the raid, which of course has to happen in the middle of the night. Some times they find the girls. other times the girls have already been moved because somebody tipped them off and they have to start over. She said, “We pray 'Let your Kingdom come, God' but the process of God's kingdom coming is messy. It is going to ask for us to be involved in ways that will stretch us.” For every public story she told, there was an even more horrific story told to our staff in private – stories simply too dark to share. Stories that would never make you question the existence of evil in this world, but perhaps the existence of good.
I know some other heroines too. My wife and 6 friends decided to run a half marathon this past weekend to raise money for the work of rescue being done by this heroine’s team in India. They varied in running experience from first-time runners to more experienced but each had this in common; they are all mothers whose children know freedom, and they thought other children deserved the same rights. They raised over $3000, enough to fund more than 6 middle-of-the-night raids to help girls and women who are enslaved. I am so inspired by their hard work and sacrifice to run 13.1 miles in solidarity with their sisters in India, and to empower the work of rescue that seems so cheap to us. Heroines helping heroines – that’s a world-changing story worth telling.