The first women disciples who followed Jesus (Luke 8:1-3) were each called to the community because of who they were, what they could do and why they were needed. Mary, Joanna, Suzanne and many other women supported the ministry (the community) out of their own resources.
Today God continues to call individuals to discipleship, expecting them to work in community. That first organized group of women disciples gives our community of women evidence that collective support and pooling of resources helps us connect the dots to accomplish the mission. Ultimately we are called to live out the great commission and make an impact on the world rather than waiting to see what the world will drop on our plate.
This message is an excerpt from “Connecting the dots: A strategy for women disciples” by Valora K Starr, in the November 2011 issue of Interchange. Today we remember Philipp Nicolai, died 1608; Johann Heermann, died 1647; Paul Gerhardt, died 1676; hymnwriters.
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