by Marco Güete, Leadership Minister
Several years ago, a young married couple hosted me in their home. I admired that the husband was the homemaker, caring for their young son and other things. He was a professional with a degree in computer science. Yet, in agreement with his wife, they made the decision that he would quit his job to dedicate himself to the home and childcare. His wife was a social worker and was the one who financially supported the household.
When my oldest daughter, Zandra, married, she and her husband, Philip, planned to have a baby. In their planning, they discussed who would be the primary caregiver for the baby. Both had earned college degrees and wanted to pursue their respective careers. They did not assume that Zandra would take care of the child; it had to be decided by mutual agreement.
Today we see a new generation of active and autonomous women, facing very different realities and challenges, depending on their culture. This is a rapidly changing environment. We are used to noticing a greater presence of professionals of the women in the fields of medicine, education, politics, church and others.
But sadly, despite all these changes, many women still face distressing and discriminatory situations, in some countries, societies, governments, and even churches. Although we want to deny it, in some parts we have not yet fully evolved. The Christian community’s duty is to resolutely “listen to women,” to discover the will of God from her ministry and call.
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