This Thanksgiving, Don't Forget to Remember the Forgotten

Above the already-inundating Black-Friday commercials and the way-too-early Christmas sales campaigns, we hope you’ll join us in preparing our hearts for Thanksgiving.

As we reflect on our blessings this holiday season, may we remember the millions of women across the world who are suffering. Their need for justice is our God-given mission. Despite our economic difficulties, the uncertainty of world events, and national challenges, may we remember how remarkably blessed we are in the United States – blessed to live in a free country, to have legally protected human rights, and even to know how to read and write. May the overflow of our blessings translate to fervor for the oppressed, the exploited, and the forgotten.

This Thanksgiving, remember the women of:

  • India, where girls are married as young as 10 years old and abused as slave labor, and where over 50% of women believe that men are justified in beating their wives
  • Saudi Arabia, where women are forbidden to drive, symbolizing their physical restriction in a nation without laws against domestic abuse
  • Indonesia, where one woman dies in childbirth each hour and 90% of women claim to have been sexually harassed in the workplace
  • China, where over 1 million girls went “missing” in childbirth in 2008 alone, and where forced abortions are barbarically executed
  • Russia, where 57,000 women are trafficked each year, many lured into the industry by the false promises of a better future
  • Turkey, where 3.8 million women are illiterate, over 1/4 of the brides in 2010 were between 16-19 years old and young women are killed in the name of honor or chastity
  • Brazil, where 250,000 children are enslaved to prostitution and women are devastatingly affected by poverty

“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow” (Is. 1:18). “Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy” (Ps. 82:3).

As we remember the blessings of His hand, let us also remember the burdens of His heart.


*Statistics found at G20 Countries: The Best and Worst for Women

Katie McCoy is the editor of and is pursuing a PhD in Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary. When she’s not reading for her classes (a rare occasion!), she loves hanging out with friends, eating sushi, learning new words and is currently a political news junkie. Connect with Katie on Facebook or Follow her Twitter!