11 Warrior Women With Unshakeable Faith

This International Women’s Day, we honor the strength of women around the world. They are mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and daughters. And with their unshakeable faith in God, they are all warrior women.

The shock of the global pandemic is still reverberating around the world. While everyone is affected, women have been dealt a devastating blow, reports UN Women. According to the International Labour Organization, two-thirds of jobs lost permanently to COVID-19 are performed by women.

As quarantine measures shutter schools and day care facilities, women often shoulder the burden of balancing work with child care and home schooling. Social distancing deprives them of the support they could normally lean upon.

But women are far from defeated.

This International Women’s Day, we wanted to honor this strength. We invited 11 women, ages 18 to 91, to sit for a portrait and conversation. In the midst of challenge, their strength is undeniable. Their resilience is inspiring, and their faith unshakeable.

Who are these women? Take a look.

They are all around us.

Angelita, 91, Ecuador

Angelita is sitting in the middle of her two granddaughters. They are all wearing traditional clothing and are holding roses. Behind them is a wall of roses.

Everything happened very fast. My children told me that I could not leave the house. One day, I couldn’t take it anymore. I walked up the mountain. Empty streets. It was as if all the people had disappeared. I’m afraid of not knowing what will happen to my children and grandchildren. I don’t have many years left to live, but my grandchildren’s lives are just beginning.

I want a world of peace, without discrimination, without evil. A world where men and women are treated the same and where there is no more violence against women. Women, we are like roses: beautiful, unique and special. Our thorns are life lessons and the challenges that we overcome every day. Our destiny is to fight and grow with the sunlight, no matter how intense the wind or rain is.

Anne, 44, Kenya

Anne is wearing a black shirt and is standing inside her home. The background of the photo is blurry.

I’m a teacher but because the schools closed, we had to stay home without work. Because I was the breadwinner, the stress of the situation gave me stomach ulcers. It really broke my heart knowing that I was not going to be able to provide for my family.

The church and Compassion team have made us feel like we are part of a big family. One thing a family does is pray together. They have been praying for us, for our families, and for our kids. I would like my children to be God-fearing kids because with God, everything is possible. And when they have his Word in their hearts, they can do everything.

Shokhina, 70, Bangladesh

Woman wearing a red and tan dress. She is sitting inside her home in front of a green wall and she is looking upward.

I have always lived a life with less, having been born into a poor family. However, the pandemic has taught us that if we think that we have faced our worst, then we are wrong; the worst can get even uglier. But one thought remains unchanged: our hope and trust in the Almighty.

The registration of my grandchildren into Compassion’s program is a blessing from God. It gives me goosebumps to even think about how our time would have gone in the first three months of the pandemic if it weren’t for my grandchildren’s registration.

Becky, 29, Canada

Becky is sitting on a stool in her back yard. Behind her is a wooden privacy fence with a brown rug hanging over it.

Throughout my pregnancy and the newborn months of our daughter’s life, I’ve often found myself grieving and readjusting the expectations I had for this season of life. I’ve had to attend each midwife, ultrasound and doctor’s appointment alone due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This year was made more challenging when my husband’s dad passed away and we couldn’t say goodbye to him due to lockdown rules — a tragedy I know that many other families have also experienced this year.

The uncertainty has forced me to become more grateful for the things I can be sure of, such as God’s love and the love I have for my family and friends.

Danielly, 38, Brazil

Danielly is wearing a blue shirt and maroon pants. She is sitting on a stool outside her home in front of a green background. Her daughter, Rayane, is standing next to her.

The history of Black people in Brazil has always been one of struggle, but we have always added music and joy to our journey. Even with all the challenges that the pandemic has brought us or increased, I can still dream of better days. Capoeira [Afro-Brazilian martial art] teaches me that.

I know things will take a while to get back to normal, but I trust God and I know that he is guarding us all. I don’t want an easy world for my daughters. After all, challenges also help us grow. I want them to be strong and proud of who they are.

Maharti, 40, Indonesia

Marhati is sitting in her home in front of a red backdrop. She is wearing traditionally woven clothing.

I would typically get orders to make around three pieces of “ulos” fabric each month. During the early months of COVID-19, fabric orders hit the bottom ground. In my neighborhood, most of the women are housewives. When the pandemic came and their husbands are losing their jobs, it hits the family hard.

In these challenging times, knowing I can help my husband generate income for our family is special to me. The younger generation nowadays has a little interest in what I do, so this ulos weaving technique is facing the threat of extinction. I hope that I can pass on what I know to my daughter.

Diana, 18, Nicaragua

Diana is wearing a black dress. She is sitting in a chair in front of a red backdrop in her home and is holding a book.

Because of my lupus, I’m no longer allowed to spend too much time with my friends or my extended family. I have to stay home. I have started to value the time I get with my siblings and my mother, as well as the phone calls from relatives.

While there are talks of a vaccine, we don’t know when that vaccine will come to Nicaragua due to the country’s situation. The effects of the socio-political unrest of 2018 can still be felt today.

I want to be able to stand on my own two feet. Despite not being able to run, I know my imagination can take me farther than I could ever imagine, and I trust that the Lord will be with me throughout it all.

Ashlea, 34, United States

Ashlea is wearing a green shirt and is standing inside her home.

If I had to choose one word to describe women, I’d choose “stubborn.” “Stubborn” gets a bad rap, but [I mean] the stubborn resilience where you’re just going to get things done. Women just get stuff done.

I believe we can challenge our society to change in a way that positively benefits women through our particular spheres of influence. I’m a mom and a teacher. That’s my sphere of influence. I will be able to influence my daughter to be a strong woman. I will influence my son and teach him how to respect women and to not have a negative bias toward women.

Yhovana, 33, Bolivia

Yhovana is wearing a blue shirt with black and white pants. She is sitting on a stool in her backyard and is holding flowers. Behind her is a green backdrop.

When the pandemic hit, I had practically nothing: no supplies or milk for my children. They hadn’t paid my husband at work, and then they fired him. In the first days of the pandemic, we didn’t have food. Our breakfast was water with cinnamon.

I decided to help out on a pig farm. We received chicken guts to feed the pigs. So, I collected the nicer intestines to bring them home to my children, to cook and eat. Thanks to the Lord, the church supported me at the right moment. When we didn’t have anything to eat, they came with a big chicken, and we ate meat for the first time in a long time.

I have seen that God always provides and helps us. We move ahead with God’s help.

Beatrice, 33, Burkina Faso

Beatrice is wearing a white shirt with a red and black collar. She is standing in the doorway of her home.

Women face a lot of issues in my community. There are no formal jobs for women — they must stay at home or run small businesses to support their families. I am very lucky to have the opportunity [through Compassion] to know how to weave and make local fabric. I praise God that my life has a purpose since I am more productive.

Before COVID-19, my husband used to come back late from work in the evening and the kids used to go to bed without seeing their father. But during quarantine, we had more time together as a family. That is something positive that has come from the crisis.

Lara, 41, Australia

Portrait of Lara in her home.

It was easy to become fearful when we heard about COVID-19. I had to spend time with God and trust his promises and his Word. Joy is more than emotion. Joy is a choice. I think joy is a result of choosing to trust in the goodness of God’s character. Joy isn’t dependent on the circumstances or situation. I think joy is a gift, and we can also choose to give it away.

Who are the warrior women of faith in your life? Share in the comments!

International reporting and photos by Nico Benalcazar, Junieth Dinarte, Kyle Jaster, Ryan Johnson, Hutama Limarta, Sara Navarro, Isaac Ogila, Galia Oropeza, Jehojakim Sangare, J. Sangma and Jeremy Tan.

11 Warrior Women With Unshakeable Faith

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  1. Lydia Mendez July 24, 2022

    I am proud to see there is other women in the world that care, If I live one more day I promise to stay in touch, with women like myself, keep up the good jobs, Thank You forever

  2. Michelle Evans June 15, 2022

    My Warrior Women are the women that fight for their children. Women who are strong in their faith, loving in their relationships and confident in their value. Our world is facing more than the pandemic of Covid-19. We face a world of sexualization that can no longer be ignored. I am learning about the warrior women that are standing up to the educational system being used to exploit children and indoctrination.

  3. Susan February 5, 2022

    These Warrior Women are truly inspiring. Thank you for getting their stories out. It is humbling to read them. I love that we are all connected by FAITH!!

  4. Jennifer Gonzalez January 8, 2022

    My warrior women are my pastors and leaders at my home church their trust in God made a way to not only their victory but victory in my life as well. Their lessons of transparency broke the shame I walked in to Our Fathers freedom. I love these testimonies of the mighty Women who Jesus loves to bring them out of poverty through Compassion. Thank you

    1. Nicole January 10, 2022

      I love this, Jennifer! Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse of your own story and the warrior women who have surrounded you. May He continue to guide and bless you! ?

  5. Nereida Cardona April 2, 2021

    God is so amazing, He always helps His children.

  6. Sharyn E McClure March 20, 2021

    Each woman is inspiring. I was humbled reading this. Thank you.

  7. Alexandra Andor March 15, 2021

    This was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

  8. Christy Mullin March 8, 2021


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