Mission in women’s ways
In 1881 Elizabeth Bielby, a nurse, Interserve Partner and founder of a small hospital for women in India, was granted an audience with Queen Victoria. She pleaded on behalf of the Maharani of Punna for more medically trained women. The Queen responded by allowing women to begin training as doctors in the UK and more hospitals for women to be opened in India. The liberation, restoration and empowering of women marginalised “overseas”, but also “at home”, had begun a new chapter. Interserve’s early history is representative of the pioneering work of women in mission.
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“Our cultures, beliefs, identity and opportunities in life do not always easily intersect. But we find connection as women.”
Kathryn, On Tracker
“My official title in the country is ‘house wife’. I mingle wth our neighbours in the communal courtyard and enjoy building relationships with our local shopkeepers. My hope and prayer is to carry the Light of Jesus even in my mundane routines of daily life.”
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What does mission look like when seen from women’s experience and perspective?
It looks like creating art with refugees, working against sex trafficking and buying groceries. It looks like stories and hospitality, conversations about purity, singleness and children, being present in grief and hope.
This edition of Go published by our Australian office gives us an opportunity to hear women’s perspectives on ministry in mission, and to celebrate the ways God is at work through women as women. Whether you are female or male, we pray you are encouraged and challenged to join in what God is doing among women in Asia and the Arab world.
“I pour more tea (our intercultural love language) and watch as the women depict their hearts in images and colours. The beauty and benefit of our shared art making is in the process of creating together.”
“Most of my cross-cultural life has been in cultures where women, especially wives, are at times ‘invisible’. I found it important to reflect the worth women have in Jesus yet express it with cultural sensitivity.”
“As a single I engage with families in my team as a sister and aunty. I can be a listening ear, a conspirator in kids’ games and a guest at family meals with whom you don’t always need to be on your best behaviour!”