She’s Got the Brokedowns

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By Sherry Naron | @RescuePink

“I made up my mind that day to trust, even though I didn’t have all the answers. I changed my Facebook job to WomenWhoLoveBanner_200say: Rescuer of Baby Girls in India.”

WWL-SeptIt’s January 2007, and I am in a bare concrete building in India, holding a 3-week-old baby girl. Her name is Vickey. She’s swaddled in a green towel, looking up at me with big brown eyes.

She has no idea how special her story is yet.

My friend, Anival, and I spend the day falling in love with her and 11 other little girls. When the day is over we hop into the Jeep with our Indian friend, Amal, for the trek back across the mountain to our hotel. Anival and Amal are in the front seat chatting away and I’m in the back seat, quietly sobbing. Finally, Amal looks back at me, sees me falling apart, and looks over at Anival to say,

“She’s got the brokedowns.”

I have no idea what word he is trying to say in English, and I decide not to ask. Because yes, in this moment, I feel very broken down.

I finally eek out, “Amal, if it weren’t for you and your brother, they’d all be dead . . .”

He replies, “Yeah.”

We ride the rest of the way back in silence.

On that ride home, in the cold Indian night air, a vision was birthed in my heart. I knew, without a doubt, I was meant to be a part of this work.

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I knew of the preference for a son in Indian culture. The tradition of having their firstborn son light their funeral pyre, thus preventing their soul from being lost. I knew that the dowry system was a huge financial burden for families-many are not able to pay for their daughters to be married. I also knew that families would pay their midwife to kill their baby girl, in the hopes she would be reincarnated as a boy next time.

I knew all these things intellectually, but as I held little Vickey in my arms it became very real. I was holding a little girl who would have been dead had my friends not risked their lives to rescue her. She lives now because of their courage. As I played with the little girls in the home that afternoon, I imagined the world-changers they would become.

I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

So I came home and began dreaming. But a few months later I received the news that my Indian friend running the ministry had become hospitalized with malaria. He passed away just one week later.

The work slowly stopped. My hopes of working with them crashed.

It did occur to me that maybe I was supposed to pick up the reigns. But for the next six years I let self-doubt and insecurity hinder me from that. God would give me visions and dreams about what to do and how to do it; and I made every excuse about how I needed Him to provide the way.

I was waiting on God, while He was waiting on me to take that first step of trust. 

Then, this past January, I was watching a live stream of Gary Haugen-of International Justice Mission-over the Internet. He was speaking on how we are God’s plan for showing the world who He is. God doesn’t have another plan. We are the plan.

I sat in front of the computer with tears in my eyes, embarrassed by my lack of faith and courage. I made up my mind that day to trust, even though I didn’t have all the answers.

I changed my Facebook job to say: Rescuer of Baby Girls in India.

A few months later I put a name to the company: Rescue Pink. I hired attorneys to form a corporation and began writing a business plan, job descriptions and formulating budgets. The final business plan is being written so we can become an official non-profit corporation.

I’ll be honest. This entire process has been hard. I am the most reluctant leader. I am not well spoken. I don’t match the image in my mind of what a great leader is supposed to look like. I don’t have that special something I always thought accomplished people just had.

I’m ordinary.

But God likes to use the ordinary when they are willing. To become willing, I had to finally realize that it’s not about me. I had to trust that God has His own plan and He has chosen me to accomplish it.

Once I jumped off the ledge, every single thing fell into place. I know He was just waiting on me to blindly trust Him.

In a few months this ordinary girl will be inviting people to come visit Rescue Pink in India. I’ll let them swaddle a baby girl in their arms.

And I’ll be looking into the big brown eyes of my own rescued baby girl. My little-world-changer-to-be.

If I die with my dream in my heart, I die a dreamer; but if I die with my dream in their hearts, I die a legacy. – Matt Higgins

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So My SheLovelies,

– What gives you the brokedowns?
– Is there a dream in your heart you have yet to follow through on? What’s been holding you back?

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About Sherry:

sherrynaronI’m a Southern girl with a global heart! I love reading, photography, graphic design, traveling and researching just about everything. I’ve traveled and given away pieces of my heart to places like Sudan, Haiti, Trinidad, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Zambia, Uganda, and Burundi. But no place has as much of my heart as India. I’m the founder of Rescue Pink, a brand new non-profit that will rescue baby Indian girls from infanticide and offer micro-loans and job training to young Indian couples that want to keep their baby girls. I blog at sherrynaron.com and tweet @boberryn. To keep up with Rescue Pink follow us at rescue-pink.org or on Twitter @rescuepink.

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Do you know a “Woman Who Loves” we need to meet? A woman who is leaving her own unique mark in our world? We would love to hear her story. The comment section will be open all month long to receive your suggestions!

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  • Marla

    AMAZING!! God bless you! You now have another “fan”. GO RESCUE PINK!!!

    • Sherry Naron

      Oh yaaay Marla – I know you are – I’ve already talked to you on the Rescue Pink facebook page! Thank for jumping on board with us so quickly…your post made me smile really big this morning.

  • Monica

    Your story leaves me in tears for you are living what I have been living. Your words describe my journey to a “T.” Thank you for sharing and for teaching that we are God’s plan. I’ve been waiting on Him to give me one. I’m it! Baffling and simple.

    May God bless you and those whom you serve. I know many will know Christ through you.

    Take good care,
    Monica

    • Sherry Naron

      Hi Monica,

      I think sometimes it’s just easier for us to not notice (or accept) that we are worthy of God using US to accomplish His plan. This was a big process for me for sure. Just keep telling yourself that you are, and you’ll start to believe it yourself. I’ll be praying for you by name, please keep in touch – I’d love to chat and encourage you in any way. It was because of cheerleaders, many of them SheLovevlies, in my life that started to help me believe!

      • Monica

        Sherry;

        I believe you are right about us believing that we are not worthy or good enough, or that I don’t have enough (especially money). For me, it’s wanting everything in place and perfect so that nothing is left undone or someone without.

        I would love to keep in touch. Trust that I will be praying for you and Rescue Pink as well.

        Be blessed,
        Monica

        • Sherry Naron

          Thank you Monica, I look forward to it!

  • Bev Murrill

    Fantastic heart, Sherry… you have the heart of God for those little ones. Whatever it’s costing you, know that the purposes of God for you and your little ones are YES and AMEN! Woman of courage and faith… I salute you.

    • Sherry Naron

      Thanks for your sweet encouragement Bev. I’m looking forward to holding that first rescued baby girl and seeing all that God wants to do through this amazing team He has put together to accomplish His plan. Hugs!

  • Becca Bluett-Duncan

    I love this. I have exactly the same opinion of my own skills as a leader; and tonight we’re going into the second year of a youth group I launched and lead in one of the most deprived areas of England. It was a battle to get it going and the responsibility still terrifies me now. But God is teaching me to rely on him and his strength. I have to keep remembering this is His dream, He planted it inside me and He will take responsibility for seeing that his purpose is fulfilled in it, if I will just obey. I think the same is true for you. He chooses us because of our weaknesses, not in spite of them.

    Also, I love that quote in the image. I look forward to hearing more about Rescue Pink in years to come!

    • Sherry Naron

      Thanks for your kind words Becca. It’s so encouraging to hear from someone further on the journey!

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  • Michaela Evanow

    thank you for saving these babies. I worked in a government maternity hospital in southern India for 6 months, catching those slippery brown baby girls. And time and time again, I saw the look of regret and disappointment on the mother’s faces. I often wonder how they ended up, some of them so fragile, so unwanted. It is heart shattering. Thank you, thank you for being a woman of faith, for fighting this fight.

    • Sherry Naron

      Oh yaaay, Michaela for being a fellow India traveler! I love India so much for so many different reasons. It really is heart-breaking to know that this is happening, but I’m looking forward to telling lots of great stories about little girls being rescued and redeemed.

  • pastordt

    Such a lovely story, so beautifully told. Thank you for it and for the work it represents.

    • Sherry Naron

      Thank you so much pastordt for reading this story and for being so kind!

  • Christie Lacy

    My friend, I am so so honored to know you, to believe with you, to be a small, small part of your life and God’s plan for it. I love your obedience and your heart to step out in faith and trust what God has for you. I am so excited to see what happens with the lives you’ll change!

    • Sherry Naron

      Love you, Christie! Get ready for November 🙂

  • Sherry, I am so beyond thankful to hear more of your story. Thank you for telling it so beautifully. There’s a crowd of women cheering you on …

    And girl, do I know about getting the brokedowns … I have Tina pictures to prove! 😉

    • Sherry Naron

      Dear Idelette,

      Thank you so much for letting me share space here for a little while. I don’t know if you saw it, but I posted on facebook yesterday that writing and being affirmed and loved on by Shelovelies is like being
      wrapped up in this giant sized hug and held onto for awhile! So good!

  • What a beautiful story. Love hearing about the journey of faith and love outworked through frail humanity. Sherry, I tried to comment on your blog but WordPress doesn’t recognise Google accounts 🙁 … be encouraged though and so keen to follow your story.

    • Sherry Naron

      Dear Heart n Soul,
      Thank you for taking time, even when wordpress isn’t agreeable, to make sure to leave me encouragement and such a sweet comment. It means the world to me. This year has been such an incredible journey, I can’t imagine what the next several months will entail. Thank you for following along, I’ll be posting some pics of some beautiful girls hopefully very soon.

  • fiona lynne

    What an inspiring story! I love that even after those intervening years of wondering and stalling, when you heard the call again, you found the courage to reignite that fire and follow your heart, God’s heart in you. It’s beautiful and empowering and I can’t wait to hear the next chapter!

    • Sherry Naron

      Thanks for reading my story Fiona, and for leaving such a sweet message. We are really excited about the future and how we can rescue the lives of little girls, one life at a time.