March is Women’s history month and we have a great history to celebrate. Check out http://www.gbgm-umc.org/ for some inspiring information about the Women of Wesley’s times in the UMW section of the website. Dr. Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. a prolific church historian from EPA is quoted from his book: John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and Life. “Methodists flourished under the direction of class and band leaders, persons of spiritual strength and insight. Most of them were women! Among them were Sarah Crosby, Dorothy Downes, and Grace Murray, exemplary Christians whose witness persuaded many to accept God’s grace and begin a new life.” Because of this Wesley officially authorized women to preach despite the objections from some of the male preachers.
It is still true today! Women are doing the bulk of teaching in our Sunday Schools and Bible Classes. More and more women are being called into the ordained ministry and serving as excellent pastors in our churches. Do you have a woman teacher or preacher? Tell them “Happy Women’s History Month,” and thank them for their faithful service!