“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
This quote attributed to Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist, has always fascinated me. The power and truth of this statement was brought home to me at the Tenth Anniversary celebration of SEW in 2013. Two business promoters from the SEW project in El Salvador, Delmy and Deysi, attended the celebration. Each shared her individual story of a dream to be empowered, to be educated and to work outside the home in order to earn a living which would contribute to the support of their families. Their dreams became a reality for them. Their dreaming has inspired other women to dream such dreams and become part of the SEW organization. Step-by-step, little-by-little the world of El Salvador is changing. And I believe, in turn, Central America is changing and eventually the world.
Just this past weekend, I spoke with two of our missionaries who had just returned from Chile after 19 years of service in a small town named Los Andes. After 19 years these two missionaries realized their work was done. The women of Los Andes had experienced and become empowered; they had assumed leadership responsibilities in the parish and town. They could address the macho culture; they claimed their political power and right to vote. The list goes on.
So, do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? I believe such developments are taking place all over the world. Step-by-step. This gives me great hope even in difficult times.