Instead of introducing you to these amazing women by name, I am going to tease you with fascinating facts about each of their lives. At the end of the post I will reveal their names.
- She had all her teeth extracted in preparation for serving in China, where snow and distance would make dental treatment impossible.
- Her life made such an impact that her funeral was attended by 38,000 people.
- As a young girl she prayed that God would change her brown eyes to blue. God later revealed why His choice was best.
- She was an obscure, middle-aged woman who survived Hitler’s worst concentration camp and became an evangelist who spoke on all continents and in 60 countries.
- Blinded by a medical error at 6 weeks of age, she wrote thousands of hymns and was the first woman to speak before Congress.
- She gave birth to 19 children in 19 years and homeschooled the 10 who survived. Her son John preached a series of messages that birthed a revival.
- A World War II WASP pilot, she helped start Mission Aviation Fellowship.
- She was expelled from Bible College, rejected by a mission agency, and told her call in life was to remain a housekeeper, but her simple dependence on God led her to life-long missionary adventures.
- Isabel Maxey Dittemore's story is told in He Leadeth Me, Forty Years in Asia
- Catherine Booth is known as Mother of the Salvation Army
- Amy Carmichael spent 55 years in India (where her brown eyes were advantageous) rescuing children from temple prostitution
- Corrie Ten Boom was imprisoned, along with her family, for helping many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust.
- Fanny Crosby wrote so many hymns that she began to use a pen name so her name wouldn't appear on too pages of the hymnal!
- Susanna Wesley had 16 house rules. Number 6 was “To teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.”
- Betty Greene said when a friend suggested that she use her flying for mission work, “I leaped for joy at the thrilling thought of combining flying with my love for God.”
- Gladys Aylward’s story is told is several books. Her life is a testimony to one woman's determination to serve God at any cost.
Do you agree these women make magnificent mentors? How I thank God for their sold-out passion for Jesus! Their earthly lives have ceased, but their impact endures.
We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up (Hebrews 12:1 NCV).