Tomorrow is the 8th of March, which, in America, means that it’s one more work day. But here in Central Asia (and in many countries), the 8th of March is Women’s Day. Apparently, it’s a ridiculously big deal here, much bigger than Mother’s Day, the closest equivalent we have in the US. Nearly every place will be closed (so my non-cooking self might be accidentally fasting!). It will be rare if you see any woman walking around tomorrow without a flower in their hands. It’s huge.
Which reminds me of a couple weeks ago. I was walking back to our dorms from our OMF Gathering with a couple girls, and somehow the topic of gender came up. I told the girls, “One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when God made Adam, and then Adam felt like there was something missing. And God said, ‘You’re right. Humanity is not complete without women.’ And then God made women, and He said that only with both, only together, men and women, are the image of God. You see, in Christianity, men and women are equal.” One of the girls said, “Well in our religion [Islam], men are up here,” putting her hand up high, “like kings, and women are down here,” putting here hand down low. I looked her in the eyes, and said, “You know, I look around and see intelligent, powerful women of God, who are excellent leaders, and I know that’s not true. I know they’re equal. Do you believe that?” They looked at each other, and nodded, “Yeah, we know that’s true, too.”
Praise God on this Women’s Day, that our God is a good that created both men and women in His image. May His love and glory be revealed all the more to the women (and men) of this country!