There are many amazing women who have passed from this earth leaving behind an indelible mark on the fabric of humanity. Their legacy lives on beyond their grave and in our remembrance of them, we consider ourselves eternally blessed. Yet greatness is not a thing of the past – it is dynamic and present in many modern day women who have chosen to make a difference on this earth. One of my personal heroes is Darlene Zschech.
Darlene has not only made an imprint on the music industry by her core occupation as a singer but has dedicated herself to the rescuing and rehabilitation of women in crisis. Darlene is the executive Director of Mercy Ministries Australia, a program founded to restore the lives of young women who have suffered abuse, eating disorders and other crisis situations. She is also a strong advocate and ambassador for ‘Compassion’, a child sponsorship organisation and the founder of Hope Rwanda. It was a mission trip to Central Africa in 2004 that prompted Mark and Darlene Zschech to initiate ‘Hope: Rwanda’, a global endeavour designed to bring hope to a nation seemingly forgotten since the horrific genocide of 1994. The ‘100 Days of Hope’ project is strategically co-coordinated to cover the same 100 days that saw over one million people viciously slaughtered and seeks to bring physical and spiritual restoration to the small nation by rallies, hands on help, medical aid and the culminative effort of hundreds of individuals dedicated to invest back into a country whose borders have witnessed some of the most horrific sights the world could ever imagine.
Darlene’s life is an expression of Mercy, her mission in life is to love the unlovely, bring kindness to the downtrodden and hope to those who have lost all hope. Self worth is something which she bestows on all whose lives she touches and these words which she once uttered sum up the very core of her mission: “What a tiring way to live, when your self-worth is constantly relying on the affirmation and approval of others.”... Breaking down social pretenses, expectations and conformities and empowering the unique individuality of every woman, every child, every family and every nation.