The film called "A Powerful Noise" is meant to be a catalyst for change as well as a compelling reminder of global poverty and injustice. Viewers will take a peek into the lives of three women: a young widow in Vietnam, a mother in Bosnia and a matriarch in Mali. This will be a LIVE event, as movie theatres across the country will turn into community forums with experts and celebrities giving their personal insight into the problems and solutions - facing women and girls in the global fight against poverty.
"He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done." Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)
As Christians, God wants us to be kind to the poor. In these hard economic times, it is very tempting to stop giving and to block out the needs of the poverty stricken in order to protect what little we have. But being kind to the poor is not just giving money; it is caring for those who cannot care for themselves.
My family was an immigrant family from Japan in the 60's. We lived in the projects of New York City and did not have enough money to even buy milk sometimes. Both of my parents did not speak English very well. My mother never learned to speak very fluently, because she was very sickly with lupus and hospitalized many times during my childhood. Yet, as my father studied to become a doctor, there were kind people in our lives who took care of us when we could not. Those faces remain in my heart to this day. I don't know where they are today, but I pray that God will reward them for what they did for our family during those hard times.
One of my goals in my life is to give back-by helping those who cannot help themselves. I feel that God has blessed me in my life with so many opportunities to help others. I pray that as women around the world celebrate International Women's Day, we will also renew our hearts to make a powerful noise in this world so that we can make a difference.
Editor's note: Erica Kim graduated from Tufts University and was a part of the campus ministry of the Boston Church of Christ. She married her college sweetheart, Frank. Soon after they married, they spent twenty exciting years as missionaries serving churches in Europe and Asia.
Erica is a writer and full time mother. She serves on the board of the Goldstone School of HOPE worldwide in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Frank and Erica remain very involved with missions work, but feel deeply blessed to call Denver, Colorado home.