In the last weekend I had the privilege and great joy to be able to minister prophetically, together with several others, to David Lyon – a newly recognised apostle of Jesus Christ, at the Living Rock Church at Stoney Stanton, UK. The pleasure of God was evident. The church was filled with love and joy. Heaven sanctioned this historic event. I am so thankful to God who enabled me to be present and take part in recognising and receiving this ministry gift of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But today I also think of all the suffering women in the world. Especially I think of all those women in lower casts in India and those who are living in Islamic cultures. We must fight for their dignity and human rights as equal with men. I never forget a lady I met from the Yandi tribe in India. Solveig and I had the privilege of helping some of them after the Tsunami. We had built some simple houses and started a school for them. The Yanadi tribe is among the "untouchable" in the Hindu cast system. Now she was standing tall in front og me, saying: We were treated like animals. No one gave us anything. No one even spoke to us and we wer not allowed to speak in front of people. We were not allowed to see the doctors. We were outcasts in society. Then you came from a foreign country and helped us. Now I can read. Now I can write. Now I can even visit offices and sign documents!
I never forget her smile and her dignity as she said that she could visit offices and sign documents. We take it all this for granted, but for countless women in the world it is an unreachable goal. As long as so many women are deprived of their fundamental human right we need this International Women's Day, even though the women in the west often forget their sisters elsewhere.
I normally don't celebrate this day - the 8th of March. 19 years ago on the International Women's Day my father passed away and went to be with the Lord. My mother lived on a few more years. I thank God for my dear and godly parents.