Women of Grit

Courage — resolve — perseverance — strength of character. That’s grit!

Women shine in diverse and often prominent roles in the Bible. Moses’ sister Miriam was a worship leader and prophet. Deborah excelled as a prophet and military leader. Naomi mentored Ruth, who became part of Jesus’ lineage. Queen Esther saved her people from annihilation. The Samaritan woman at the well become an evangelist. Mary anointed Jesus’ feet, and Jesus promised that “Wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her” (Matthew 26:13). Lydia and Phoebe were house church leaders. Priscilla (with husband Aquila) joined Paul as missionary partners. Grandmother Lois and her daughter Eunice discipled Timothy.

The list goes on …

Paula (4th century) became the abbess for all the women’s monasteries of that time, and then initiated and helped Father Jerome to translate the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin.

Susanna Wesley (17th century) had nineteen children, of which ten survived. Two of her sons, John and Charles, helped change church history forever.

Rebecca Protten was born a slave on the island of St. Thomas but was later freed. When Moravian missionaries came to the island, she joined them and became one of the leaders of the movement on the island.

Hudson Taylor (19th century) developed a radical policy of sending unmarried women into the China interior. These “Bible women” had a profound impact on the growth of Christianity in China and Korea. Most of these women remain unknown today. Dora Yu, one of these Bible women, led the famous Watchman Nee to Christ through her preaching.

Lilias Trotter – suffering from poor health her whole life – and two other women went to Algiers as missionaries in 1888. Within a few years they grew to thirty full-time missionaries and became known as the “Algiers Mission Band”.

The list goes on …

“Women, stirred by the task that lies ahead, can mobilize, devoting their skills, their accessibility, their knowledge, their tenderness, their intuitiveness, their own distinctive fervour to the work. The pioneer spirit, full of dedication and faithfulness, which women throughout history have shown will set the standard.” – Marguerite Kraft

(Marguerite Kraft served as a missionary to the Kamwe people of Northern Nigeria.)

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