At the beginning of Beaded Hope, we meet four very different wormen, each with her own reason for taking a mission trip to help women in South Africa. Cassandra’s motives are purely selfish, Gabby is running away from her grief, and Heidi and Katie (mother and daughter) are both searching for a way to find each other. What these four women encounter in a small South African town will change them all forever. Cathy Liggett’s beautifully written tale has the power to change the reader as well.
Liggett weaves the tale of hope and despair, loss and redemption, and ultimately, the power that our Savior has to both heal and change. As the four women grow closer to the women they are helping (all of whom are either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS) and to each other, we see their lives genuinely changed. Liggett’s adeptness at descriptive language serves to transport you to a land of poverty, sickness, and above all, faith and beauty.
The women of this village possess indomitable spirits. They live in harsh conditions and watch those they love become ravaged by a fierce disease. If anyone has a right to complain about the lot in life delivered, it would be these women. And yet, they humble me (and the other American women) by continuing to praise God for all He has given them instead of focusing on what they do not have or what they are losing each day. They never question His outcome for their lives; they merely continue to serve Him.
Be forewarned, you WILL need a box of tissues. Liggett’s characters face hard choices and circumstances head-on. She does not shy away from thought provoking subject matter; rather, she leaves you wondering what you would do if you were in the place of any of these women. Would you give unconditionally? Put yourself aside to put others first? Would you step out of your comfort zone to do His will and live as He commands?
This is a novel that I will read again and again. It touches my heart specifically, as my husband is from Kenya and the people of his country remain strong in the face of adversity. I would urge you to visit www.beadedhope.com to learn more about these women and how you can help them.