This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Barbara Marlowe. After reading a story about children in Iraq being unable to receive needed surgeries due to the war taking place at the time, she became captivated by a 4-year-old little girl who was severely burned by a car bomb. Thus began Barbara’s journey of compassion to help this little girl (and others like her), navigating the politics, red tape, and medical obstacles to help her get the care she needed.
Barbara shares how her faith helped her overcome those obstacles and setbacks, and how it helped her to continue to push through and do what she knew was right, even if the outcome was uncertain and sometimes scary.
Join us as Barbara shares her story of love, compassion, generosity, and perseverance in helping others in need, so that they may live a more fulfilled life. She shares the value of taking on obstacles one step at a time, trusting that things will always work out, and the power in having a strong support system.
“The whole experience opened up my eyes to not just faith, but also to what other parents go through when they're faced with a child who has a lot of either special needs or injuries.”
“Anytime you can help someone else get ahead, further a cause, or solve a problem, at some point in time, it somehow comes back to you in a very, very positive light. So, when you do something, don't ever expect to get anything back… do it out of your heart.”
“A lot of people think ‘I don't have time.’ Some people truly don't have time, but there's little things that you can do. Those little things add up to a big thing.”
“Sometimes it's not necessarily good to look at the big picture. If I had looked at the big picture and realized what it would take, we might not have taken that first step. So, what I decided to do is look at things in small increments, and before you know it, you're in the big picture, and you succeeded. But the big picture can sometimes be overwhelming.”
“Maybe you can't have children, but there's so many things that you can do, whether it's helping animals, which is one of my passions, or volunteering or mentoring, doing something.”