They stand, staring at the camera, eyes with sadness, sometimes anger that comes from deep within. Arms, legs, are twig thin and bellies swollen, paradoxically, from lack of food.
Mostly naked and living in trees to keep from being a meal for the hyenas, they huddle together to survive. Where do five-year olds learn to survive? How do the older ones know how to care for the younger?
Where does their hope come to make it through another day?
For these dark images I do apologize, but I have been in touch with a friend who is a missionary in Sudan.
She fights on the front lines to keep women from being inventory in human trafficking. She provides loving arms of a mother, food and clean clothing to the orphans left behind. She is the point at which fear becomes fearless, and brave is what you put on like a blouse each day.
Her name is Kimberly, she is my hero, and my definition of Brave.
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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure
, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily
She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets
Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl.
Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.