February 5: Three Heroes

Posted: February 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

Does it seem weird to launch a theme week on a Friday?  It’s not weird to me because Friday is my day off so I tend to feel like it’s the beginning of all good things, you know?  Anyway, here’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and am finally getting to it.  Three heroes.  Every day this week, I’ll be listing three people I think are heroic in various categories. So, be thinking about whose work or friendship or humor or writing has really mattered in your life and give ’em a shout out in the comments.

Now, please imagine the smoky voice of Bonnie Tyler singing I Need a Hero as you read this first post and then the mood will be set.

First up:

3 Social Justice Heroes:

1.   William Wilberforce. Hero of the antislavery movement.  I think this quote of his says all there is to say about why his life was heroic:

“So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the [slave] trade’s wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition. Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition.

For risking just about everything to see slaves go free, William Wilberforce is my hero.


2. Helen Suzman.  Oh, I love her story.  A member of South African parliament who was often the sole opposition to apartheid, she got used to being an outsider on the inside.  She and a few others started the Progressive Party and for years, she was the only member of that party in parliament.    You can read more about her here, but check out this little story:

For thirteen years, from 1961-1974, Suzman was the only member of the Progressive Party in Parliament. By default, then, she became the “voice” for millions of South Africans who lacked the vote. For example, she was the one lone vote against South Africa’s ninety-day detention law. She wanted it to be so clear that she was the only one standing against this law that she requested Parliament to physically “divide” – which meant that she stood alone on one side of the room against a roomful of Nationalist and United M.P.s who voted the bill into effect.

3.  Nita Belles. I’m proud that Nita is my friend.  She is fun and funny and the definition of ‘spunky’.  She is also deeply passionate about ending Human Trafficking.  Last year she went to India to help rescue slaves.  As we speak, she’s in Miami at the Superbowl to help rescue children who have been trafficked in for this big event.  For being willing to go into places others fear, to be the rescuing hands of Jesus, Nita is my hero.
Very likely to make my heroes list in the future:  Jenna Javens (working with youth in Botswana); Katie Arney (also passionate about human ending trafficking in South Africa), Meg Inman (loving orphans in Africa),  Sydney Taron and ChristiAnn Dunagan (just trust me, they are women who will do something big !)
Behold: The truly heroic men and women who give up so much for the cause of the poor and oppressed.  We should all be so grateful.

Who are your social justice heroes?

  1. ci says:

    Oh Bo, I love this series! You’ve got me thinking.

  2. Sue Kay says:

    You would be one of my heroes. I like adding Nita to that list. Abe Lincoln is a hero because of his stand against slavery.

  3. Nita Belles says:

    Wow Bo, I came back to my room for a few minutes before we go out tonight and saw this humbling blog… I’m very honored but unworthy. Bo, you are one I have sought to emulate for your ability to communicate the uncompromising truth, catching us off guard, and giving us a chuckle all the way to our knees!
    Anyway, thanks, and I will shamelessly ask you to keep praying as things heat up here. Pray that God will safely snatch these precious ones out of the devil’s snare, and set their feet on the solid rock. Love you!

  4. bolovesjoe says:

    Prayers coming your way, my friend. May many hurting and helpless be freed because of Jesus!

  5. Jenn Hoff says:

    Oh I must know this Nita. (I must read this Suzman, but I must know Nita).
    I wish to go to Superbowls and snatch back slaves. My prayers and heart are with you unknown friend!

  6. bolovesjoe says:

    Yes, Jenn – you must know Nita. You would love each other, so it seems…inevitable. 🙂

  7. Jenna says:

    Caught this little piece of humbling encouragement on a day when I really needed it. You are obviously one of my heros and I am blessed beyond blessed to know you friend. I pray I can make a dent in the kingdom of darkness and watch as God raises up this next generation to run hard after God. What a joy it is to serve the Lord. Indeed it is.

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