There are three books in the Bible with women’s names. They are the book of Ruth, Esther and Judith.  I was always fascinated, though not sure about the reason, with the stories of these dynamic women. There are also other notable women described in the Old Testament including the mother of the seven sons who were tortured and killed by the terrible king in the book of Maccabees.

When we go through the letters of St Paul, we will come across a St Paul who is speaking positively about a number of women and it seems that nobody else has done it in such a magnitude. From all these it is very clear that women were playing a very significant role among the ‘chosen people of God’ both during Old Testament times and in New Testament periods.

God has created men and women as equal. In my association with youth ministry for the last 35 years, I had the privilege to work and associate with numerous women leaders. Without any doubt and apprehension I have to admit that I am supported, motivated, encouraged, challenged, corrected and inspired by many of them. Some of them continue to be powerful leaders and influencers in the ministry.

There are a few women leaders who are celebrated and appreciated in the ministry, church and Society. In this issue of Kairos Global we are also making an attempt to look at the contributions from women. We are aware and admit that there are thousands of others who never get noticed and acknowledged. Many men are active and contributing in the ministry and church. The major reason for their availability and involvement is the sacrifices made by women. From Kairos Global, this is a humble attempt to encourage and appreciate all women who are contributing to the building of the ministry, church and society. Today’s world realities are demanding a large number of leaders who have faith, are rooted in values and principles, from among both men and women.  Of course, it is a challenging and demanding requirement but the world is in need of it.

John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

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