There are so many Godly women in the Bible that serve as wonderful examples to us. The last couple of days I have had Dorcas on my mind. Maybe that is because I have been thinking a lot about our ministry in India. In Acts 9:36-42 we have the story of Dorcas. In verse 36 it says that she was a believer and was always doing things for others and helping the poor. The story goes on to say that she became ill and later died. Verse 39 goes on to say that the room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing Peter the clothing that Dorcas had made for them. She was a wonderful example of how we are to meet the needs of those around us. I encourage you to read the rest of the scriptural account to see as they say, “how the story ends”.
After reading the story of Dorcas my mind went to the Dorcas Sewing Center in India. I realized that I really didn’t know very much about the ministry but more importantly the women of India that we are trying to reach. Right now, in the country of India widows are faced with a multitude of challenges. When a woman becomes a widow, she is discarded and treated like her life has been broken and can never be repaired. In some parts of the country she is even expected to go into seclusion and never to be part of the Indian culture again. Often this has led to suicide. Centuries ago the Indian widows were killed after the death of their husband because they were thought of as worthless.
I had a saying that I have shared many times when speaking to groups or sharing about my own personal ministry experiences. The saying goes something like this “I have learned far more than I have taught, and I have received far more than I have given”. I particularly felt that way when I returned home from my missionary term in Honduras. Some of the lessons that I learned were monumental and I wouldn’t take anything for the experiences. I am sharing that because once again I have learned some valuable insight as a result of this study. I realize how much I don’t know.
As we think about the story of Dorcas and also our General Baptist Ministry through the Dorcas Sewing center in India we see in both examples how the
Body of Christ
functions as a whole.
In the next few weeks I am going to challenge you as individuals to allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in you. This next week pray for our sisters in India whose lives are being changed through our sewing center in India. Pray for what your involvement should be, individually or as a Women’s Ministries Group. Research the culture in India as well as our General Baptist work in India. And lastly pray that God gives you a passion for a ministry. Maybe He is convicting you right now to another ministry on one of our foreign fields. So much to do and so many ways that we can be part of the ministries.