Today we remember the bold Elizabeth Fedde, a Norwegian Lutheran deaconess who founded the Norwegian Relief Society. She came to the United States to establish deaconess homes and hospitals in New York City, Minneapolis and Chicago, before returning to Norway. She did this in five years, and she was only in her thirties!
What is the boldest thing you’ve done for the sake of the Gospel? Maybe you haven’t traveled halfway around the world to set up hospitals like Elizabeth Fedde did, but perhaps there is something that stands out to you – something that you have done for the sake of the Gospel. For me, it was teaching at an elementary school on a mission station in Cameroon while in my mid-twenties.
So, am I still so bold? Maybe not in as big of a way as I was back then, but I hope so – I think so. My boldness today comes every time I fill a need somewhere or volunteer to do something that benefits others and not myself.
How are you bold for the sake of the gospel?
This message is excerpted from “Being bold” by Kris Brugamyer from the February 25, 2013, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today we commemorate Elisabeth Fedde, deaconess, 1921.
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