Women of The Spirit-2


Nov. 21 - Women of The Spirit-2




"Mary!" "Go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'" John 20:16, 17, NASB.

Yesterday a resolution was adopted by the [Missouri) House of Representatives inviting Mrs. Wightman to address the representatives on 'The Rise of Religious Liberty in the United States.' I believe this action upon the part of the Missouri legislature is unprecedented in the history of our people."

Such was a part of the impact of the ministry of the impressive Lulu Wightman, one of Adventism's most successful female evangelists. Credited with starting at least 17 churches, she far outdistanced most of her male contemporaries.

Another woman of the Spirit was Jessie Weiss Curtis, who presented 80 converts for baptism at the conclusion of her first evangelistic campaign. The Drums, Pennsylvania, church originated in that effort. She extended her influence by training ministerial interns for the conference. One of those young men was N. R. Dower, who later became director of the General Conference Ministerial Department.

In addition to those women who held ministerial credentials, many others served the denomination in various ways. Most, of course, had such usual female roles as teachers and nurses, but others held less-traditional positions. Among them was L. Flora Plummer, who became executive secretary of the Iowa Conference in 1897 and served as acting president for part of 1900. In 1901 she became the corresponding secretary for the newly organized General Conference Sabbath School Department. In 1913 she became the department's director, a position she held for the next 23 years.

And then there was Anna Knight, who pioneered the Adventist educational program among Southern Blacks. She also had the distinction of being the first African-American female missionary sent to India from America.

Scores of other Adventist women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries served in such elected offices as conference treasurers, conference secretaries, educational department leaders, and Sabbath school department leaders. And beyond those are the millions of unsung women who form the backbone of most effective congregations.

The commission of Jesus to Mary is still being carried out.


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In the whole Satanic force there is not power to overcome one soul who in simple trust casts himself on Christ. "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength." Isa. 40:29.(COL 157).