WOMEN ON MISSION How three women brought their faith to mainstream culture The worlds of television and fashion aren’t always friendly to people of faith. However, we found three women who have been in the spotlight around the country and around the world, and have boldly stepped forward with their convictions in the face of cameras, critics and the general public. RITA COSBY, an acclaimed news journalist has just written a book chronicling her father’s experiences as a Polish resistance father in World War II and how his faith got him through. KRISTA KLUMPP competed on the latest season of Survivor, armed with a Bible and prayer. RACHEL LEE CARTER, an international model, founded a ministry to uphold the Biblical principles of modesty. Three women in very different worlds with very different ministries....but all of them lights in a culture that too often celebrates the dark. QUIET HERO A PAST UNCOVERED, A RELATIONSHIP RESTORED by Caroline Lusk It’s never easy losing a parent. Be it divorce, death or otherwise, the loss is deep, wrenching and can shake the very core of who you are. Rita Cosby knows this well. As a teenager, she lost her father. He moved out and divorced her mother with hardly any explanation at all. Years later, she lost her mother to cancer. Oddly enough, it was this loss that brought her father back into her life. Sitting in a storage locker, rummaging through her mom’s belongings, Rita came across an old suitcase. Inside were relics from WWII...including a card of an ex-POW— her father. “When I realized this was my father, I put a lot of things in perspective,” says Rita. “Whatever pain I went through as a daughter was minor to the pain he must have endured as a POW. And there were two ways I could go. I could say, ‘This man left us high and dry and I really missed out on having a father,’ or I could forgive him. That was the turning point for me.” At that moment, Rita’s life changed. She resolved to learn her father’s past—first-hand. So, after a little internet research on POW cards and tags, the journalist in her and the daughter she was went straight to the source—her father. “It was the most nervous phone call I’ve ever made in my life,” she shares. “I was thinking if he didn’t accept me or he wasn’t ready to share the story, I had to personally be prepared.” Soon, Rita’s fears were allayed. “He was so happy to hear from me,” she says. “He told me right away that he was ready to talk. He told me that he had thought about sharing it with me when I was a child, but it was too painful... and he wasn’t ready.” Soon after the phone call, Rita and her father reunited and the stories began to flow. “At first it was kind of bits and pieces,” Rita says. “But, his memory was crystal clear. He could remember dates... what someone was wearing—even though he didn’t talk about it for 65 years.” The memories were graphic, disturbing and nearly unimaginable. “He saw the beginning of World War II. The planes were coming from the west and he literally saw bombs dropping,” says Rita. “They were trying to flee but there were Russians coming from the other direction. So...do they head to the Commies or the Nazis? He could have been snuck out of the country, but my father said, ‘No, I’m staying. I’d rather die with friends than live with strangers.’” 28 CCM MISSION MATTERS