About a year ago Anna and I saw this book at a Christian book store, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha. I finally decided to buy it and read it. This is a book that all Christian women should read because it reminds us how women influence the world for Christ. It is a great source for people who do not believe in women in ministry. One of the most interesting things I learned about this book was how much influence the Methodist church had throughout history. Not only that, but this book shows that women can show the love of God. There was a large diversity of women in this book.
I feel that this book missed two really important women who were missing Elizabeth Elliot. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca (now known as Huaorani; also rendered as Waorani or Waodani) of eastern Ecuador. She later spent two years as a missionary to the tribe members who killed her husband. Returning to the United States after many years in South America, she became widely known as the author of over twenty books and as a speaker in constant demand. Elliot toured the country, sharing her knowledge and experience, well into her seventies.
Dr. JoAnne Lyon – Former General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church and current ambassador for the Wesleyan Church. Dr. Lyon serves on the board of directors of many organizations as representative of The Wesleyan Church including the National Association of Evangelicals Executive Committee, Christian Community Development Association, National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Asbury Theological Seminary Board, Council on Faith of the World Economic Forum, the President of The United States Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
As the founder and CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA, she directed the faith-based relief and development organizations into over 30 countries to alleviate suffering and injustice.