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March 8 is International Women’s Day. I remember this day being celebrated in Eastern Europe when I lived there years ago while serving in college ministry. On that day people paid tribute to the unshakable spirit of women across the globe. In the area where I lived in Slovenia, I saw daughters buying flowers for their mothers and teachers.

In recent years, International Women’s Day has taken on political meaning in many places around the world. It’s about women’s rights and the struggle for equality. The day is marked by marches, rallies, demonstrations, social media campaigns, and the like.

When I think of women being celebrated and honored, I want to stand up for the “silent women” – single moms, military wives, harassed women, vulnerable women, and women working two jobs to make ends meet for their families.

Recently, I read these words on a website focused on women’s issues:

“Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal and rewarding.”
The story of Mary, the mother of Christ, shows us much about what it means to be a woman in God’s Kingdom. When I look at Mary, I notice themes of strength, humility, surrender, and faith – the kind of faith that kept her from quitting even when circumstances didn’t look promising. Mary was an unwed virgin who was vulnerable and needed protection. She had no equality or status in her time and culture. Yet, God chose her. By faith she lived out the life God planned for her. As a result, God fulfilled His promise and – through her – brought forth the long-awaited Messiah.

“Though he was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”

– Philippians 2:6-8

As you consider the topic of “women and quality,” is there something God is teaching you?

Do you believe it’s possible to ensure that the future is brighter for young women today?

Is there a bigger Story? What is your place in that Story?

“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

– Galatians 3:28

Anne-SchneiderAnne Schneider
Northeast Field Director


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