Daughters of Hope
Stories of Witness and Courage in the Face of Persecution
By: Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett
Category: Literature, Women

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Despite the challenges, God is active and present with His suffering people. Do not be discouraged. Take heart from these daughters of hope.

Throughout the world today Christians continue to face intense persecution, and Christian women are often the most vulnerable. In Pakistan, Christian girls are systematically kidnapped, tortured and raped. In China, underground church leaders are sent to labor camps for hosting illegal home meetings. In Sudan, Christian women are captured and sold into slavery or mutilated and left to die. And in many Muslim countries, a woman can be killed by her husband or father for converting to Christianity.

In this deeply moving book, Kay Strom and Michele Rickett tell the stories of persecuted Christian women from around the globe. From Africa to the Middle East to Asia, they give voice to our sisters persevering under the yoke of oppression and injustice. Each section provides specific prayer points and practical action steps to equip us to respond.

About the Authors
Kay Marshal Strom is the author of more than thirty books, including A Caregiver's Survival Guide and Harvest of Hope. She and her husband, Dan have spoken to over 100,000 people in more than twenty countries. They live in Santa Barbara, California.

Michele Rickett is founder, president and CEO of Sisters in Service, a ministry working with local women in the most impoverished and restricted parts of the world. She is an international speaker and, with her husband, Daniel, author of the Bible study course Ordinary Women Developing a Faithwalk. They live in Atlanta, Georgia.


An outcast Indian woman who suffered harsh persecution for her faith asked incredulously, 'If it doesn't cost you anything, how do you in American know what it means to be a Christian?' After reading the poignant stories Kay and Michele tell of the persecuted women of faith around the world, I asked myself that question. I wept as I read of the Nigerian woman whose husband was killed the night Muslims burned their church, or the Sudanese mother raped and killed by the authorities, or the young Moroccan believer who escaped after her father threatened to kill her. They persevered because they love Jesus. It's in theses dark and difficult places of the world that women of God are demonstrating the reality of what it means to be a Christian. The heartbreaking stories awakened my heart, as they will yours, to seek justice, to pray for mercy and to thank God for the grace I so undeservedly enjoy.
Lorry Lutz- Author of Women as Risk Takers for God and Women Finishing Well
This much-needed book provides compelling stories of the power of the kingdom of God in the lives of women suffering under the tyranny of injustice and oppression. Anyone reading this through the eyes of Christ will be motivated to take seriously the practical prayer and action steps suggested to help ordinary women become extraordinary witnesses in situations seemingly without hope.
James F. Engel- retired missions Educator; Writer and Consultant
Daughters of Hope is an eye-opening collection of stories about courageous women who are putting their lives on the line every day to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett have done a wonderful job representing these women and presenting, in a very riveting way, the dangers they face on a regular basis. Not only does it challenge the reader, but it also provides practical ways to become involved. I recommend it as a must-read for everyone who wants to know what God is doing in the most difficult-to-evangelize places in the world and how they can have a part in spreading the good news.
Bev Cary- President, Evangelical Women; Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Church; Evangelical Church of North America
In their book Daughters of Hope, Michele and Kay have challenged my thinking. This book is filled with stories of ordinary women who have surrendered their lives to Christ and allowed him to use them to accomplish his purpose. They are his servants, showing us how to live out the truth of Colossians 3:3, 'For they died, and you life is now hidden with Christ in God.' Each story is different; the common thread is how God uses lives fully devoted to him.
Diane Johnson- Director of Women's Ministries; Midland Evangelical Free Church, Midland, Michigan
If you want to understand the reality of God working in and through the lives of thousands of women across the developing world today, then read Daughters of Hope. The power of story is undeniable, and the true stories you find here will bring you understanding as well as deeply move you.
Jane Overstreet- President/CEO; Development Associates International
An encouraging, inspiring and challenging collection of testimonies of women who embrace our Living Hope-Jesus Christ- in nations where bearing the name of Christ can bring rejection, loss, beatings, imprisonment and even death.
Dr. Tom White- Director of The Voice of the Martyrs, USA
Every believer ought read Daughters of Hope. Here are stories of women living today who, like Paul, die daily for the furtherance of the gospel against life-threatening opposition. Oh, how I have been encouraged and challenged by their faith! This is a book that tells you how to invest in their lives in missions. It's a book that will call you to fervent and knowledgeable prayer.
Kay Arthur- CEO and Co-founder of Precept Ministries International