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AUTHOR: Andrew Raduly
We don’t know all of their names. Women invested in Jesus’s cause from the beginning. When Jesus traveled, the Twelve went with him, along with Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, “and many others who provided for Him from their substance” (Luke 8:1-3). Lydia, a businesswoman, became the first follower of Jesus in Europe. Priscilla and her husband, Aquila, hosted Paul in Corinth, Ephesus, and Rome.
Women’s investment goes beyond financial. Jesus met a Samaritan woman who became the first evangelist in John’s gospel. Mary Magdalene was the first witness of Jesus’s resurrection. Tabitha, or Dorcas, shared the gospel through acts of service. Phoebe, a deacon, traveled hundreds of miles to deliver Paul’s letter to Rome. Junia, an apostle, went to prison for Jesus’s cause.
Our mothers, sisters, and daughters still face unique challenges as we serve Christ together. Women’s Ministries provides opportunities and resources for women to experience spiritual growth, freedom from abuse, mentoring, networking, and greater service at home, church, and in the community.
You may not know all of their names, but your investment today will impact the lives of women and men across this division, for Jesus’s cause.
—Raewyn Orlich is a pastor in Victorville, California.