Welcome to WOW. Women of Worth! We have designed WOW as an opportunity to study the Bible together in community. More about that later.
Every year as the hazy and hot weeks of summer end and a new year of WOW begins I feel mostly overwhelmed – how will this study get written? Will it make sense? Will I be able to explain these Bible verses? Will you get it? Will we be welcoming and open to those with questions? Will I be able to convince busy and overstressed women, that studying the Bible is an eternal and most valuable investment?
As I write our weekly questions I have your faces in my head and heart. We want WOW to be thoughtful but not intimidating – applicable to people with Bible knowledge as well as those coming to study for the first time. And we want to walk this road together, with real women who have real challenges, joys, regrets and dreams, and faith and doubts.
This year I have another face for inspiration:
I don’t know her name. We don’t speak the same language. Our lives could not be more different. She lives in a small Greek-Turkish village named Assos on the beautiful west coast of Turkey. I was there to follow in the footsteps of Paul, the author of several of the New Testament letters we will be studying. She was there to sell me something useful from her colorful booth. She did. On a blazingly hot day I bought hand-knit wool slippers! They look authentic and will be warm—I hope! I gestured with my phone to ask if I could take her picture. Like every woman on any continent, she shrugged, and wasn’t too impressed when she saw the results.
I won’t forget her face or her smile. Or the fact that at that moment, she represented for me the world-changing challenge Jesus issued to his disciples, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) How to accomplish the impossible? How to communicate to someone of a different culture and world-view the truth of a risen Christ? How to “compete” with the dominant building on the highest hill in Assos – a spectacular temple to the goddess of wisdom, Athena? How to speak about life loyalty to a heavenly king greater than the Roman Emperor? How to live the gospel?
Let’s study together. Looking forward to seeing YOUR faces,