We didn't know

11 Feb, 2016 | Nepal
Ellyn S
OM Nepal?s Community Mobilization Team shows Nepalese women in a remote village a video that teaches what an abortion is and how it affects them.
28 women squeezed into the small room, wrapping their blankets around them to ward off the evening chill. Mostly they sat on the mud-packed floor or straw mats; a few found some chairs. As the film began, the excited chatter quieted and those who continued to talk were shushed by those that wanted to hear. It was a film about abortion and the biblical perspective.

In this remote part of Nepal, not far from the Indian border, many women—even those watching the film—had made the trip there to learn the sex of their baby and to abort it if it were a girl. A law in Nepal prohibits doctors from sharing the sex of a foetus with parents to prevent this from happen­ing, but people living close to India can simply travel there.

When the movie ended, the room was filled with moist eyes and sniffling.

One of the women who had showed the film stood up. She and her friend were part of OM Nepal’s Community Mobilization Team (CMT), a programme that meets with men or women living in remote villages for up to a year, teaching about basic hygiene and sani­tation, telling oral Bible stories, and teaching adult literacy classes, among other things. Their goal is to see new churches planted in places where there are none.

That night, the CMT members led the women in a discussion about what they had seen. For many it was the first time they had heard that a foetus was alive in the womb, that aborting a foetus meant killing it, and that the procedure left women feeling a sense of loss and guilt. The women cried as they talked, many of them sharing from their own personal experiences.

“Why hadn’t the doctor given them more information?” “Why didn’t their government educate them about it in school?” “What other option was there?” The pain and sorrow was tangible as women posed these difficult questions.

In many villages, people are resistant to Christianity because they think it’s just a change in religion and culture—but teachings like this help them to see that there is more to believing in God.

One CMT member shared about God’s love and forgiveness--that He knows us and every decision we make and still loves us. She challenged the women to take this information and pass it on to their daughters and friends, anyone who would listen, and to tell others that God values women and their unborn daughters and wants them to know Him.

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