The Associated Press recently reported on Susana Trimarco. She is an Argentine housewife whose 23-year-old daughter never returned from a doctor’s appointment.
After not getting much help from police, Trimarco started her own investigation into a tip that her daughter, Marita Veron, was abducted and forced into slavery. Soon, Trimarco was visiting brothels seeking clues and her search brought an additional goal: rescuing women and helping them start new lives.
What began as a one-woman campaign a decade ago developed into a movement and today Trimarco has rescued hundreds of women from Argentine prostitution rings. She’s been honored with the “Women of Courage” award by the U.S. State Department and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez gave her a human rights award two nights ago.
Trimarco’s campaign to find her daughter led the State Department to provide seed money for a foundation in Veron’s name. The foundation has rescued more than 900 women and girls from trafficking and provides housing, medical and psychological aid, and it helps victims sue former captors. She still has not found Marita.
What a heart breaking story but instead of drowning in her own grief and devastation, Susana stepped away from fear and self-doubt and reached out to help others.
Probably no one really knows what you’re dealing with right now, but God does. When believers face seemingly insurmountable situations remember God is still present. He may not remove the situation but He provides what’s needed to get through it. And, like Susana’s story, can even bring good out of it.
“I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me …” Psalm 23:4
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Taking Comfort in the Midst of All, PJ
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