Since March is Women’s History month, I thought it would be a good idea to give patronage to some Christian women who have paved the way for women in the 21st century. These women are single, married, missionaries, martyrs, mothers, and theologians. They all have different backgrounds and even vary theologically at some points, but one thing they have in common is their life-long devotion to God. They are definitely women we should take a cue from!
Women of Yesterday:
Perpetua (181- 203)
The North African Perpetua, was of noble birth and the mother of an infant son when she was arrested in Carthage after the Roman edict prohibited Christians from teaching or making converts. Perpetua refused to deny her faith and thus, was sentenced to death by being thrown before wild beasts in an arena. After she was mauled by the first animal, she begged her brother to take back a message to her family. “Tell them they must love one another and not allow our suffering to keep them from the faith.” These were her last words.
Monica, mother of the theologian Augustine (331-387)
Augustine said of his mother, “She shows herself such a peacemaker between differing and discordant spirits.” These characteristics and 18 years of constant prayer made her the woman in 1 Peter 3:1-6. Her husband was won over to the faith because of godly conduct and her rebellious son, Augustine, later repented and helped save Christianity when the Roman Empire fell.
Katherine Luther (1499-1552)
Katherine began as a humble nun who later on became the wife of a former monk named, Martin Luther. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman who made sure she was a help mate to her husband whilst he was leading the German Reformation and posted his ninety-five theses against the Catholic Church. Her husband trusted her because she brought good to him all the days of her life. Luther even said this about his “Beloved Kate,” “ I would not change my Katie for France and Venice, because God has given her to me, and she is true to me and a good mother to my children.”
Anne Askew (1521-1546)
This young woman took a brave stand against the Roman Catholic Church. Anne believed that Christ’s real body and blood were not in the sacraments (Lord’s Supper) and stated she would rather read five lines of Scripture than hear five masses in the temple. Because she would not deny these true beliefs of hers, the Church imprisoned and tortured her until she would recant. But she would not and therefore, they took her crippled body and burned her alive at the stake. She never wavered in faith or stopped going to the Lord in prayer, even while in chains.
Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)
Amy gave 35 years of service as a single, pioneer missionary in India. While there she opened an orphanage, founded a mission, and started the Dohnavur Fellowship. This fellowship helped save over 1,000 young children from forced prostitution in the Hindu Temples. Her heart can be seen through this famous quote of hers: “Missionary life is simply a chance to die.”
Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983)
The Ten Boom family opened their home to give refuge to dozens of Jews fleeing the Nazis. This led to their imprisonment in the Ravensbruck Holocaust concentration camp. Corrie was the only survivor of her family and was known for her heart and teachings on forgiveness. She personally lived this out when she had to face-to-face forgive one of the cruelest Ravensbruck camp guards when they met later on in life.
Women of Today
Carolyn, once highly influenced by feminist thinking, is now a compelling advocate for biblical womahood. She is not only the author of Radical Womanhood and Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?, Carolyn is also the founder of a documentary company, CityGate Films that “exists to create spiritual, humanitarian and social justice topics to inspire viewer response.”
This young, vivacious mother of 3 is one of the up and coming women’s Bible teachers. She’s written many bible studies so far including, Discerning the Voice of God: How To Know When God Speaks and is becoming one of the most sought out conference speakers. She’s dedicated to her family and to the expository teaching of God’s Word to women.
Dannah, author of Lies Young Women Believe and What Are You Waiting For?, is revolutionizing teenage girls with the truths of Scripture. Her ministry, Pure Freedom, helps daughters and moms connect and shows them the value of purity and biblical womanhood. She’s a fun, passionate, and relatable speaker that will be helping change the lives of young women for years to come!
Who are the Women of Tomorrow?
YOU AND ME
Our faith will be reported all over the world (Rom. 8:1). We will not be ashamed of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16). We will be women who value the family and Church, teaching sound doctrine to other women, so that the Word of God will not be reviled (Titus 2:5).
I pray that, we, as the next generation of Christian women, will rise up and become like those we’ve just read about. Let’s be women that the younger generation can look to as an example. Let’s be women that never stop growing in knowledge, faith, and love of our Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s be a step above the rest!