I just had four neat women over for coffee and I had a really great time. All in different places in life but all powerful women of God. There’s my Pastor A who has been a great influence in my life as I have wrestled with God about my calling, the English Professor who has become a good friend and has encouraged me greatly by speaking into my life, my fellow small group member C who is a really cool gal I hope to get to know better, and my Gordonite friend R who has heavily influenced my reading list lately. Since books have always been one of my biggest teachers, this is a large influence indeed!
The conversation was good and ranged from the plight of women in India to women in ministry to plagiarism. As C and A just returned from a trip to India, it was great to hear about some of the things our church may do to support the ministry going on over there. Study Bibles for Pastors (they cost 2-3 months wages over there), Bibles for the people, funds to support their VBS, and literacy classes for women. The literacy classes are actually for both men and women but since the women are usually the ones who are illiterate, it ministers mostly to women.
I am reading the book Celebrating Our Call and it’s really neat. Each chapter is one woman’s story of her call to ministry. Jane Parker Huber writes about how her mother was part of the “Committee of 100 Woman” who “gathered to consider a report on the “causes of unrest among women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”” (p. 1) She then goes on to describe her mothers involvement and, from my perspective, how that paved the way for her involvement. What a present to give your daughter! It was 1880 when women were ordained as deacons, 1930 for elders, and finally in 1955 for ministers of the Word and Sacrament. It seems unreal to me that it was only a little over 50 years ago that this all came about. I am so thankful for all the women who have paved the way for those of us who endeavor to answer the call today. Many who challenged the status quo of women in ministry did not live to see it’s fulfillment and many of those were undoubtedly unable to use their God given gifts to serve the Kingdom of God. I hope their reward in heaven will be great.
We shared stories, we drank coffee, we ate biscotti, and we enjoyed being in the company of women who are called by God to be women. It was a comfortable place. It was a comforting place. Thanks for a great evening ladies!