“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

Mark 6:34

Frederick Douglass said, “I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” In this season of lent, let us practice praying as an act of justice—moving our prayers into action, in communion with the spirit of God, toward hopeful anticipation, in responsive presence, with kindness and wisdom, through words of life and the absence of hatred. In active compassion, let us respond to the needs of those around us—for those silenced by oppression, marginalized by culture, abused by oppressors, and grieved by injustice. 


Nikole Lim is the Co-Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, a nonprofit organization seeking to restore dignity with survivors of sexual violence by providing educational opportunities and platforms for women to fulfill their dreams. Freely in Hope operates in Kenya and Zambia providing psychological counseling, health care and high school and university scholarships for young women who desire to impact global communities through their rewritten stories. Freely in Hope exists to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence.


About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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