Kerry: Why I Am A Woman of Vision
Have you ever thought about being an agent of change? I have! For years I have had thoughts about wanting to help others. This longing was renewed recently when I heard the awful news about the young woman in Pakistan who was shot because she wanted an education. It broke my heart. I’ve always hated sitting back and doing nothing, but in this case, I was truly baffled by the question: how can I help?
I live in a prosperous Seattle neighborhood where I have freedom, a great education and a wonderful family. But suddenly I did not want to sit on the sidelines anymore. I don’t want to be only a spectator. Even though I am a mother of four kids (including a two-year old and a four-year old who keep me running at frantic pace), I truly believe God created me for a reason and that I can – and must – make a difference. But how could I do anything to help oppressed women?
I shared my longing with my mentor. As I told her about my plan to start a non-profit organization to raise money for oppressed women, when she stopped me and said, “Kerry, you don’t need to start that non-profit, it already exists!” She then told me about Women of Vision, and how it is part of World Vision. She challenged me to check them out and perhaps get involved. Immediately after our meeting, I sat in my car and checked out Women of Vision on my phone. As I read through the website and read stories of women and change, it became clear to me that other like-minded women felt like I did, and were making a difference! Sitting there alone in my car, I began to cry and even in hindsight it is still difficult for me to explain the stiring of emotions I was feeling: hope, relief and excitement. At that moment I sent a quick email to the local Seattle Chapter indicating that I wanted to help.
I am now following my heart as I work with Women of Vision. The opportunities to help are abundant, ranging from small local programs to assist children with backpacks, to large scale international efforts that lobby for equal rights for women. Through my involvement with Women of Vision, I have discovered my true passion, which is to be an advocate for oppressed women and girls, wherever they may live.
Earlier this year a leader in our Greater Seattle Chapter suggested that each of us call our Senators, requesting that they support the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA). First I had to learn what that law was about and why it was so important, then I had to actually talk to people about it! Until then, I had never felt like I had a reason to call a Senator, but WOV had helped me understand the power that women can have when we work together. I also learned that just ten calls on the same topic in one day to a senator’s office will make them take note. I thought to myself: I know ten people—so I asked them to call and they did it! Together we had made a small difference— and so had some other groups like mine across the country, and that teamwork is exactly why the Act was passed!
I am forever grateful to Women of Vision for mobilizing individuals like me and helping those who are in the greatest need. I am continually amazed by the work that these dedicated women do! Women of Vision is just what I was looking for, it helped fulfill the God-given desire in my heart to empower women both locally and globally! I am so blessed to have found Women of Vision.
“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.” ~Matthew 25:40 (English Standard Version)
by Kerry McCarter, WOV Greater Seattle, WA