5 minutes with Marissa

Tell us a little about yourself I am a born and bred Sydney girl, became friends with Jesus at age 11, and absolutely loved going to youth group and growing in my faith alongside faithful peers and mentors. I love to travel, go for walks and eat way too much chocolate! What's your favourite bible passage & why? Philippians 3:7-10 Paul’s desire to know Jesus more than anything else in his life really resonates with me. Not that I am particularly good at considering everything in my life as a “loss” or “rubbish”, but it is my prayer that I would continue to put serving Christ at the top of my priority list every day and not chase after my own desires. How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus?

Open Doors Women - Regional Focus - Asia

Photo credit Open Doors, illustrative only. Region/country information: The Church in Central Asia experiences many challenges and risks – many Christian women have to live out their faith in secret and lack spiritual maturity. When they share their faith, it can cost them their jobs and even their relationships with their families. Women are also vulnerable to being kicked out of their family, face abuse or neglect and they live in a culture where women don’t often have the skills or opportunities to support themselves. Open Doors provides skills training and micro-loans to equip women to support themselves and find new opportunities to share the gospel. Open Doors also invests in lots of d

Divorce - What the Bible really says

When Katrina decided to leave him, Geoff felt like he had contracted a severe illness. Only, no one was sending him Get Well cards. That was the really awkward thing about it: the church community of which he was a part started to treat him oddly – giving him a bit more distance than he was asking for. Then one day, the pastor called him in and told him that, as a divorced person, he wouldn’t be leading a bible study in future. Mind you, Geoff didn’t feel much like being a bible study group leader, so he accepted the decision. Jessica had married Rob after only dating for a year. She had felt deeply in love. Rob was a passionate and even intense guy and was touchingly protective of her. Only

5 minutes with Jane ...

Tell us a little about you I’m 57 and was a primary school teacher for about 25 years. I’m married to an Anglican Bishop in the diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. I have 4 adult children, two of whom are married and we have three little granddaughters aged 1, 2 and 3. What's your favourite bible passage & why? I love the book of Proverbs and read a chapter each morning with my husband (one for each day of the month) My favourite for many years has been Proverbs 2: My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for

Open Doors Women - Regional Focus - Central and West Africa

Photo credit Open Doors, illustrative only. Region / country information: For decades, women in Central and West Africa have been used as weapons of war. They are victims and sufferers and carry their wounds with them every day for many years. When rebel groups attack their village, they may kill the men on the spot, but the women may be assaulted or forcibly married to the soldiers, resulting in trauma, pregnancy and many deep scars. Sometimes women are able to return home, but being accepted back into the community also presents a whole range of problems. Open Doors works with local churches and partners to provide practical support and trauma training, as well as skills training and micro

5 minutes with Liz ...

Tell us a little about yourself. I have been a Primary Teacher for ages (not telling how many years) and I love it! I married late in life and have 5 beautiful step-sons. My hubby is a wonderful and slightly crazy High School teacher. We have recently adopted Peppa, a beaglier puppy who are in the process of training. She is gorgeous and she knows it! What's your favourite bible passage & why? Philippians 4:4-7 which says 'Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which

Open Doors Women - Regional Focus - South & Southeast Asia

Photo credit Open Doors, illustrative only. Region / country information: South Asia and Southeast Asia is made up of many countries with diverse cultures, yet the obstacles that Christian women face are prominent across the whole region. Christians are often seen as second-class citizens and are often in the poor echelons of society, limiting their ability to receive an education or work to support their family. Furthermore, even if the opportunity for education or employment arises for a woman in particular, it is not usually something that is encouraged. It is seen as a threat to the cultural norms and the role of women is to remain in the home, therefore not requiring an education or oth

Nino of Georgia: A Woman Evangelist “Equal to the Apostles”

The Sovereign State of Georgia in Eastern Europe has a long Christian history that can be traced back to the 300s. Georgia[1], or Iberia as it was then known, was one of the very first countries to accept Christianity and make it their state religion. And it was a woman evangelist named Nino (also known as Nina) who was the primary instrument in bringing Christianity to this country. Both the Eastern Orthodox Church (EOC) and the Roman Catholic Church acknowledge Nino as a Saint, but their respective versions of her life, and the traditions surrounding her ministry, vary greatly.[2] Many legends have embellished Nino’s story but more reliable details about her life and ministry have been chr

5 minutes with Heidi ...

Tell us a little about yourself I'm a working mum of two 'tweens' who lives in the Hills in north-west Sydney. I've been married for 18 years and it was the best decision I've ever made - apart from following Jesus. That first happened when I was 8 in Sunday School, then I reaffirmed my commitment at a Youth Alive concert (gee, these things really make you feel old, huh?!). I work for a public utility in the regulatory team and love my job (lots of report writing - I love the written form of communication). Still trying to find that elusive work-life balance though... What's your favourite bible passage & why? 'Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.' 1 Peter 5:7 This ver

Open Doors Women - Regional Focus - Horn Of Africa

(Photo credit Open Doors, illustrative only.) Region / country information: The Horn of Africa is a predominantly Muslim region, and a breeding ground for Islamic extremists, yet God is still at work. People come to faith through hearing about Jesus on region programs and through the witness of faithful and bold believers. The environment is very harsh, and extremism is on the rise, affecting all areas of believers’ lives, potentially costing them their family, their livelihood and their safety. Pain and hope are the marks of Christians in the Horn of Africa as they face extreme pressure for their faith when they choose to follow Jesus. Many women try to hide their faith for protection but a

A Prayer for Women

Our God, creator and redeemer, We thank you for women. That in your wisdom you made humans female and male, in your image. We thank you for the different perspectives and experiences women bring to the world and the Church. We thank you for the way you have worked through your Word, and your people, to dismantle oppression against women. For creating women and men as equal in value and dignity, and for your people who have recognised this and advocated for this in society. We particularly thank you for all the women through history who despite opposition have persisted in courageously pursuing your reign. With sorrow, and in confession, we recognise that there is still so much to be do

A tale of two Catherines

Two of the women from church history I admire the most share a name but seemingly little else. Catherine of Siena lived in Italy in the 1300s; Catherine Mumford Booth in England in the 1800s. Catherine of Siena was a mystic who never married or had children and died at just 33; Catherine Booth was a down to earth, practical woman who was married for 35 years and had eight children. Catherine of Siena wrote a dense theological treatise; Catherine Booth preached without notes and was reluctant for people to write her words down lest they lose their passion. But each of the Catherines demonstrated boldness in following their calling, despite the obstacles and opposition of others around them. B

5 minutes with Jess ...

Tell us a little about yourself I'm married to Brad and we have a gorgeous little boy Eddie Bruce. This first year of parenting has been loads of fun, and definitely very different to what I expected! I was raised in a Christian home and my whole family know and love God, which is a huge blessing!I'm a primary school teacher and am about to start working again one day a week, with Eddie having a daddy day! (Will see how they cope!) We recently moved from Sydney to the Central Coast after loving the church we are now a part of, Hope UC. I love exercising, beaching and gardening. What's your favourite bible passage & why? My favourite bible passage is John 10:10 "I have come that you may h

Open Doors Women - Regional Focus - Middle East

(Photo credit Open Doors, illustrative only.) Region/country information: The Middle East has been an extremely volatile region over the last five years, and Christian communities are particularly vulnerable due to the rise of Islamic extremism in places like Iraq, Syria and the flow on effects in neighbouring countries. Many women in the region have suffered great loss – with husbands, brothers, sons and other family members fleeing to find work or safety, or being injured or killed. It is especially hard for young single Christian women to find a suitable partner. Due to the effects of war, many luxuries are gone, and women struggle with the burden of daily chores without resources like wa

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