LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
RESEARCH PAPER TOPIC
Impact of Women in Missions History
Submitted to Dr. Philip Coppola
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of
History and Theory of Global Engagement
May 27, 2020
Traditionally, doing theology or mission work has always been the domain of men. However, since the times of Jesus, women have been involved in the spread of the gospel. For centuries, women have led in many crusades and missions, crossing the enemy lines and risking their lives to spread the word of God in many parts of the world. When the Samaritan woman met Jesus at the well, she ran back to her town and told her neighbors about Jesus as the Lord. According to the scriptures, women were the first at the tomb to learn of Jesus’ resurrection. In the book of Acts, Priscilla gives theological directives to Apollos, a convert who later turned to be a key evangelist.
During the first centuries of the church of Christ, dedicated widows, women martyrs, as well as virgins, were crucial supporters and witnesses of the gospel of Christ. In the early 1800s, women missionaries formed CENT societies were every woman contributed 52 cents every year. The money contributed helped start hospitals, training, and medical institutions. By 1812, some women were accompanying their husbands in missions to spread the gospel. In the 19th and 20th centuries, few names of women in missions, such as Stella Cox, Malla Moe, Alberta Skinner, and Gertrude Dyck stood out in the male-dominated field. Throughout history of the universal church, women have been key players in the spread of the gospel and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
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