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Anne Graham Lotz    Amy Carmichael    Beth Moore    Cathrine Marshall    Corrie ten Boom    Elisabeth Elliot    

Esther Ahn Kim    Gloria Gaither    Joni Earekson Tada    Priscilla Shirer    Ruth Graham    Sojourner Truth    Stormy Omartin    

Susanna Wesley

Anne Graham Lotz (1948-      )  Anne Graham was born the second daughter of Billy Graham and his wife Ruth. Because of her father’s career as a full time evangelist, he was absent for much of her life. “I was raised pretty much by single parents and grandparents,” she states, but with the love and consistent discipline that surrounded her, Anne did not regard the situation as unusual or neglectful. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior around eight years of age after watching the Hollywood film, King of Kings.
     In 1966, shortly after Anne graduated from high school, she married Dr. Daniel Lotz, a newly licensed dentist and the young couple moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. By age 23 she was a busy mother of three facing the challenges of full time mothering and marriage. “Early in my marriage, I felt like I drifted from God just because I was busy—you know, small children, small house, all the business of being a housewife. But I sought God through Scripture. That’s when I got into the Bible for myself.”
     In 1975, Anne heard about Bible Study Fellowship and longed for a class to be offered in her hometown. But after a year of waiting for someone else to step forward and begin the work, she decided to teach the class herself. The class immediately filled with 500 women and Anne continued to teach it for the next twelve years.
Invitations to speak other places began to pile up and in 1988 she left BSF to begin an itinerant teaching ministry called AnGeL Ministries. She accepted invitations all over the world: at pastor’s conferences, at women’s conferences, and world evangelism conferences. By 1999 the New York Times considered her one of the five most influential evangelist in the United States.
     In the late 1990s, Anne’s personal life became very stressful. Within two years, a hurricane devastated their property, her husband’s dental office burned to the ground, their son was diagnosed with cancer and went through major surgery and radiation, all three of her children got married within an eight-month period and her parent’s failing health required multiple hospitalizations. Through it all, Anne immersed herself in the Gospel of John for comfort and through these experiences came away with her popular book, Just Give Me Jesus. The book turned into a series of revival messages and over the course of the next ten years she would offer it in 34 cities around the world bring comfort and hope to thousands.
     Although Anne never went to college and has never sought to become an ordained minister, she has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees from universities around the world.

  1.   When we face an impossible situation, all self-reliance and self-confidence must melt away.
  2.   [When God calls,] Like Moses, do you respond basically, 'Here am, Lord, send Arron!?'"
  3.  [It is a] wonder that when I gave it all to Jesus, He accepted it!
  4.  There are times I have been afraid to step out and offer Jesus the little bit that I have.
  5.  The same God who performed a miracle at the wedding in Cana is our God today.
  6.  Jesus has given me ample resources to meet the spiritual needs of others because He has given me Himself


Amy Carmichael (1820-1957) 
Amy Carmichael served for 56 years as a missionary to India and never took furlough nor returned to England. During her long ministry she saved thousands of young children from a life of forced prostitution establishing orphanages and other ministries that continue into the 21st century. She was hardworking, inventive, energetic, humble and passionately dedicated to God. However, when an accidental fall left her with pain and forced confinement for the last nineteen years of he life, Amy struggled with the question of why God would call her to India then leave her in such a "helpless" position. Yet, it was during these years of confinement that Amy wrote books and letters that ministered to many thousands of Christians on ever continent and in many languages. She died in India and was buried there requesting that no stone be raised over her gave in honor. Instead, the children placed a birdbath inscribed with a single word, "Amma." (translation: "mother")

  1.     Acceptance [...] means contentment with the unexplained.
  2.  The cup that is full of sweet water cannot spill bitter-tasting drops, however sharply it is knocked.
  3.  May the lord of love make this word of His to be "like a firm grasp of the hand" to you today.
  4.  Have you tried to face your life--those dull dreary days--with the lifting power of praise?
  5.  You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
  6. If I do not give a friend "the benefit of the doubt," then I know nothing of Calvary love.
  7. All the great temptations appear first in the region of the mind and can be fought and conquered there.
  8. Learn to live in your will, not in your feelings.
  9.  Every morning [...] is sure to be a battlefield, outwardly and inwardly in the unseen life of the spirit.
  10.  Give [God] time and, as surely as dawn follows night, there will break upon the heart a sense of certainty that cannot be shaken.  
  11. If stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge; I know nothing of Calvary Love.
  12. The searchlight of the Spirit exposes us to ourselves.


Beth Moore (1957-   ) Beth Moore is regarded by many to be one of the most influential evangelists of this century. She was born Wanda Elizabeth Green on June 16, 1957 and grew up in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where her family owned a cinema house in which she and her siblings worked from a young age. She received her higher education in Texas and eventually settled in Houston with her husband, Kieth Moore.
      Although Beth frequently speaks of her abusive past, she intentionally keeps the details private. Sexual abuse at a young age; many destructive decisions as a teen and young woman, followed by extreme marital struggles in her thirties are all spoken of with candor but never allowed to either define of who she is or to become the focus of her ministry. For Beth, the focus must always remain on the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the pages of a Holy Bible.
      Beth began teaching Bible in the late ‘80s and by 1990 her class had grown to over 2,000 women. Today, her many books and Bible studies on CD as well as television, radio, and weekend conferences have multiplied her impact. In 2008 her simulcast was estimated to have been watched by 70,000 people in 715 locations.
      In an interview with Joy online magazine Beth stated, “I don’t have a testimony of a mother’s victorious walk. I can’t give you the testimony of a virgin bride. But I can tell you the Lord is my whole life. I’ll never understand God’s Grace. Not only did Jesus pull me out of a pit and restore me, but He also appointed me the privilege to serve others. I just want to be a servant. My life is Jesus.”

  1.  Faith is the way believers jump on board with God.
  2. Stop looking at others as more spiritual than you and just start believing God!
  3. We can never take our place as "more than overcomers" with nothing to overcome.
  4. Our toughest battles will invariably concern matters of faith--times when we are tempted to think God's Word and His ways won't work for us.
  5. God doesn't work for us; we work for God.
  6. Sometimes the hardest biblical truths to accept are [the ones] about ourselves.
  7. Faith is the only thing that will ever close the gap between our theology and our reality.
  8.  Nothing on earth compares to the strength God is willing to interject into lives caught in the act of believing.
  9. God is who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do.


Catherine Marshall (1914-1983) was born as Sarah Catherine Wood in Tennessee and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Agnes Scott College in Georgia but her goals were modest and she never guess her future as a writer or public speaker. Catherine wanted to me a wife and mother and viewed her life ministry as only in that field.  She married Reverend Peter Marshall shortly after college graduation and moved with him Washington DC about five years later. He served as pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and soon became chaplain of the United States Senate but his sudden death in 1949 catapulted Catherine into the international spotlight. After his death, Catherine complied a a book of his sermons, Mr. Jones, Meet the Master. It was an immediate success. In 1951 she proved her own ability as an author when she wrote a biography of Peter's life titled, A Man Called Peter, which was made into a Hollywood movie by the same name and became the biggest hit that calendar year.
         In 1959, Catherine married a seconds time choosing Leonard E. LeSourd, editor of Guideposts. Through that company, her works on inspirational themes spread her fame. Through the years she published fiction, biography, autobiography and collections of meditations. At the time of her death, her eighteen books had sold more than 18 millions copies in 35 languages. Catherine's best-selling novel, Christy, published in 1967, was partially based on her mother Leonora's experience as a young schoolteacher in the Tennessee hills.

  1. Whence comes this idea that if what we are doing is fun, it can't be God's will? The God who made giraffes, a baby's fingernails, a puppy's tail, a crooknecked squash, the bobwhite's call, and a young girl's giggle, has to have a sense of humor. Make no mistake about that!
  2. Often God shuts a door in our face so that He can open the door through which he wants us to go.
  3. Acceptance says, true, this is my situation at the moment. I'll look unblinkingly at the reality of it. But, I'll also open my hands to accept willingly whatever a loving Father sends me. 
  4. If your every human plan and calculation has miscarried--if, one by one, human props have been knocked out ... take heart. God is trying to get a message through to you, and the message is: "Stop depending on inadequate human resources. Let me handle the matter."


Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)  Corrie was born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1892. She spent the first fifty years of her life as a godly, single, unknown, watchmaker working in her family's clock shop. But, when the Nazi's invaded Holland during World War II, she joined the underground resistance movement. She and her family aided desperate Jews and other refugees by smuggling many out of the country and keeping others hidden in their home above the shop. Arrested in 1944, Corrie spent almost a year in Ravensbruck concentration camp where her beloved sister, Betsie, died. After the war, she sought to share the story of God's sufficiency and the freedom of forgiveness with the world. Traveling extensively, Corrie spoke, wrote, and counseled her way around the globe. Tens of thousands heard her speak and twenty-five books bear her name as primary author.

  1.  Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart
  2.  Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.
  3. You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.
  4. Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
  5. Worry doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
  6. Worrying is carrying tomorrows load with today's strength--carrying two days at once.
  7. Joy runs deeper than despair.
  8. Don't both to give God instructions; just report for duty.
  9. There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still.
  10. God has no problems, just plans.
  11. If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.
  12. [When Jesus is] in our darkest moment, the best remains and the very best is yet to be.
  13. [It is a] great ploy of Satan to display such blatant evil one could believe one's own sin didn't matter.
  14. What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.
  15. There is no panic in heaven.
  16. Memories are not the key to the past but to the future.
  17. How often it is the small, almost unconscious event that makes a turning point.
  18. Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?
  19. When you are covered by His wings, it can get pretty dark.
  20. It is not my ability, but my response t God's ability that counts.
  21. If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.
  22. I have learned that love is greater than the walls that shut it in.
  23. The Lord leads through His word, through feelings, and through circumstance, and mostly through all three.


 

Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015 )  Elizabeth was born to missionary parents in Belgium in 1926. After college and graduate school, she went to Ecuador with the goal of translating the Bible for the Quichua Indians. In 1953 she married fellow missionary Jim Elliott in the city of Quito, Ecuador. Jim was killed three years later as he sought to make friends with the Quichua tribe. Elizabeth continued the work eventually moving in with the Quichua tribe. In 1963 she returned to the United States and three years later married Addison Leitch who was professor of theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. After a brief marriage, Addison also died and Elizabeth was widowed for a second time. Writing and speaking, she traveled extensively and married Lars Gren in 1977. From 1988 to 2001 she could be heard on the daily radio show, Gateway to Joy. She served on the committee for the development of the New International Version of the Bible and is listed as a contributor. She is the author of more than twenty books.

  1. Everything created is connected, for everything is produced by the same mind, the same love, and is dependent on the same Creator.
  2. We [...] are created, owned, possessed, and known.
  3. Discipline is the believer's answer to God's call. It is the recognition, not the solution to his problems or the supply of his needs, but of mastery.
  4. Discipline is the wholehearted "yes" to the call of God.
  5. The unwillingness to be obedient [to God] is a violation of our humanity.
  6. I am pulled or drawn by Christ's call rather as the earth is pulled by the force of gravity.
  7. Self-actualization, which is a new word for old-fashion selfishness.
  8. When the will of man acts in accord with the will of God, that is faith.


Esther Ahn Kim
was a young school teacher in North Korea. Her country had been conquered by Japan several years before and now the people were being forced to speak only Japanese and to worship at the idol temples. Although Ahn worked at a Christian school the organization and all other teachers had reluctantly yielded to the demands of their captors. Finally, on the day the school was bused to a temple sight and told to bow to the ground before the idol, Ahn was the only one standing. She knew she would immediately be jailed for having "dangerous thoughts" so she dressed in disguised and spent the next several months running from authorities.
      Ahn had been educated in Japan and spoke the language fluently. She also loved the Japanese people. When Elder Park informed her God was sending him to Tokyo to warn the officials of the judgement of God if they refused to stop persecuting Christians, she reluctantly agreed to accompany him. She felt sure God would destroy Japan by "fire from the sky." She was captured, sent back to Korea, and spent the next six years enduring torture and prison. Released at the end of WW II, she immigrated to the United States and became an evangelist.

  1.  Oh Lord, this moment send Your heavenly cameras to take pictures of this cruelty. Hurry, please!
  2. True faith should be like the stars [...] shining even brighter as the world becomes darker.
  3. I would give my life to God honorably and without reservation. I would keep the truth to the end.
  4. My heart searches for the hands of God.
  5.  [It was] not by chance we had been able to pass the harbor police: [God] was alive and working within us.
  6. The law of God stands above the law of any state. If a state's laws violate God's law, that state cannot be maintained.
  7. God [has] truly sent His only Son into this dark and filthy world.  
  8. [Jesus] experienced poverty, weariness, sorrow, pain, and great persecution. 
  9. Mankind [passes] by calmly as if ignorant of the sacred reality of the death of Christ.   


Gloria Gaither (1942-       )  Daughter of a Michigan pastor, Gloria Lee Sickal met Bill Gatiher when they were both teaching at the same high school. He was teaching English and she was the new French teacher. They married in 1962. They began collaborating on writing Christian music as a fun recreation but by the end of the decade she, Bill, and his brother Danny were touring regularly as the Bill Gaither Trio.
          Gloria has never considered herself much of a singer and had to be strongly encouraged and coached before agreeing to be part of the Gaither Trio. Her strengths are as an academic, writer, and linguist. Gloria triple majored in college focusing on English, French, and Sociology. She received her Master of Arts in Literature from Ball State University and has served as adjunct professor at Anderson University. She is writer and editor for Homecoming: The Magazine, and serves as co-owner and managing director for Gaither Family Resources in Alexandria Indiana.
          Yet, for all her academic excellence and business skills, Gloria is first and foremost a wife, mother, and grandmother who remains deeply spiritual and committed to the Jesus. Her love of the Lord is evident in her writing and the many, many song lyrics that have encouraged and lifted the hearts of Christians around the world.

  1.     Love is the seed of all hope. It is the enticement to trust, to risk, to try, to go on.
  2. God walks with us ....He scoops us up in His arms or simply sits with us in silent strength until we cannot avoid the awesome recognition that yes, even now, He is there.
  3. Even in winter, even in the midst of the storm, the sun in still there. Somewhere, up above the clouds, it still shines and warms and pulls at the life buried deep inside the brown branches and frozen earth. The sun is there! Spring will come
  4. There may be no trumpet sound or loud applause when we make the right decision, just a calm sense of resolution and peace.
  5. If we just give God a the little that we have, we can trust Him to make it go around.
  6. Line by line, moment by moment, special times are etched into our memories in the permanent ink of everlasting love. No matter how efficient, smart, or independent, we happen to think ourselves to be, sooner or later we run into a "brick wall" that our intelligence or experience cannot handle for us. We can fake it, avoid it, or blunder through it. But a better solution would be to find someone who has walked that way before and has gained wisdom from the experience.



Joni Eareckson Tada (1949-    )  Joni was born in 1949 and lived as an active, energetic teen until a diving accident at age 17 left her suddenly quadriplegic. This live-changing event forced her to rethink her faith and the role of a loving God in a world full of pain. These spiritual struggles and their eventual resolution have inspired millions. Joni learned to paint with a brush held in her teeth producing works of art that have become sought after collectibles. Ten years after her accident she released her first book titled simply, Joni, and has subsequently authored fifty volumes of practical faith and theology. She has been given numerous awards and served the Christian community in a variety of capacities. However, the development and managing of Joni & Friends International Disability Center is the organization for which she is best known. She married Ken Tada in 1982 and continues her ministry to the disabled of many nations and their families.  

  1. The more heavenly minded I become, the more convinced I am of the presence of angels in my life.
  2. Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.
  3. God is never closer than when your heart is aching.
  4. Jesus is God wearing a human face.
  5. [God] is not behind schedule, low on energy, short on clout, or awaiting bank approval before he can fulfill his plans.
  6. Only God is capable of telling us what our rights and needs are.
  7. Long, long before [..] the first angel opened his eyes, when there was nothing--God had already lived forever.
  8. God is joy spilling over.
  9.  I want to be held not by a doctrine or a cause but by the most powerful Person in the universe.
  10. Everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing.
  11. There is nothing that moves a loving father's soul quite like his child's cry.


Priscilla Shirer (1975-    ) is a Bible teacher who's one desire is to see women not only know the uncompromising truths of Scripture intellectually but experience them practically by the power of the Holy Spirit. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, she has been a conference speaker for major corporations, organizations, and Christian audiences since her late teens.
       In 1993, she was in college with visions of earning a degree then going into radio or TV as an anchor, but God had other plans. While interning at a Christian radio station in Houston, she began to receive invitations to do Bible studies at small women's events in the area and was soon in demand as a speaker. In 1997, while still in seminar, she was asked ot facilitate a Bible study at Ziglar Training System in Dallas. As a result, Zig Ziglar not only became her friend but also her mentor and while working for his company she provided hundreds of training and inspirational seminars to companies across the country and abroad. However, it was her continuing desire to teach women the Word of God that provided her final focus. After authoring several books teaching others to hear the voice of God, she and her husband, Jerry, opened Going Beyond Ministries which they continue to operate. 

  1. If we are always impatient, we leave little space for God's direction to resonate in our already crowded schedules.
  2. One of the most common reasons why we don't hear from God is perhaps the most obvious: We're not listening.
  3. Give Him your hands to do His work, your feet to walk His path, your back and shoulders to perform His ministry.
  4. Never expect the Holy Spirit to speak anything to you that is contrary to what is written in Scripture.
  5. Peace is not only an element of His character; it 's evidence of His presence.
  6. The Holy Spirit will not lead you to do anything that in any way hinders the peace and unity of the body.
  7. [God] wants to challenge you...to show you what He can do when you admit you can't.
  8. If we've not taken care of the basics, we shouldn't anticipate any fruit.
  9. Because the Bible is alive, it applies anew and fresh to us in every generation.
  10. God has taken upon Himself the burden of responsibility for communicating with you.
  11. God's goal in your life is to move you from a mental knowledge of Him to an experiential one.
  12. Nothing catches God off-guard or alters His agenda.
  13. Scripture makes it clear, over and over again, that the prerequisite for experiencing God is obeying Him. 
  14. God wants you to experience Him, to learn more about Him.



Ruth Graham (1920-2007) Wife of perhaps the most famous evangelist in the world, Ruth Graham possessed a strength and commitment to her Lord that is both rare and admirable. Due to the continuous traveling of her husband, Billy, Ruth often found herself alone, but she raised their five children with little complaint and a complete freedom from bitterness. But she was also a committed Christian, writer, and philantropist in her own right.

      Ruth and Billy met as students in Wheaton College and married shortly after their graduation in 1943. In 1959 she wrote her first book for children and went on to author or co-author thirteen more non-fiction titles for both children and adults. Her first love was poetry and she published several volumes of verses. In 1966 she founded the Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center in Asheville, North Carolina and was actively involved in its guidance and development until shortly before her death in 2007.


  1. A good marriage is the union of two forgivers.
  2. Pray for a tough hide and a tender heart.



Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)
Although her legal name was Isabella, for most of her life she was known only as “Belle.” Born of slaves, she was sold at nine years of age when a buyer paid $100 for her and a flock of sheep. Drifting through a succession of cruel masters, Belle would eventually give birth to twelve children, seven of whom were taken away from her as small children and sold. Yet, because all of her masters lived in the state of New York, when emancipation came in stages to the North, Belle was eventually set free. Working for small wages, she saved all she earned and bought back her remaining five children.
        In 1826 Belle heard the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time and soon became a devout Christian. But, because she could not read and was forced to depend on others to tell her the truth about God, she was easy prey for a cult that kept her in spiritual bondage for several years. Breaking free from their grasp, Belle began to memorize large portions of the Bible determining she would never again depend solely on information passed to her by others.
     Eventually, Belle became a Methodist evangelist. The issue of slavery was hotly debated everywhere and she felt her story should be told so white people could understand what it was like to be a black slave. With the help of friends, her autobiography was published and she set out traveling with a horse and buggy selling her book along the way to finance her travels.
     It was then (1843) that Belle changed her name. “When I left the house of bondage,” she said, “I left everything behind. I wasn’t going to keep anything from Egypt on me, so I went to the Lord and asked Him to give me a new name. The Lord gave the name Sojourner because I was to travel up and down the land, showing people their sins and being a sign unto them. Afterwards, I told the Lord I wanted another name, because everyone else had two names and the Lord gave me Truth, because I was to declare the truth to people.”

  1. When I left the house of bondage, I left everything behind.
  2. I've only got one master now--the God of the universe--and His name is Truth.

Stormy Omartian is an accomplished song writer and author. Married to Grammy-winning record producer Michael Omartin, she has been singing, writing, and leading women's retreats since the early 1980s. The central focus of her ministry has been training and encouraging women to pray for their families. She also teaches on health and fitness and has recorded exercise videos for the Christian market.
       One of the most powerful aspects of Stormy's ministry has been her ability to connect on an emotional level with those who are hurting, hopeless, or abused. Using the example of her own life, she traces her history of childhood abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, loose morals, and finally a desire for death, to show others that Jesus can make a difference in their future no matter how difficult or shameful their past has been.

  1.     He is the God of wholeness and restoration.
  2.     Jesus loves us with fidelity, purity, consistence, and passion no matter how imperfect we are.
  3.     Don’t be overwhelmed…take it one day and one prayer at a time.


Susanna Wesley 1669-1742 Over a span of twenty years, Susanna gave birth to nineteen children and buried nine of them. She moved three times and twice her home burned. Her pastor husband was willing to work, but his poor business practices kept the family in debt. He was jailed twice for unpaid bills and at one point she complained to his superiors that he had abandoned her to raise the children and deal with the creditors alone while he spent time in London hoping to publish an exegesis on the Book of Job.
     While dealing with these issues, Susanna also shouldered responsibility for many of the same, mundane tasks faced by women of all ages. Piles of dirty laundry are never pleasant but with no washing machine, imagine how much effort it took to provide clean clothes for a family of twelve! She cooked two or more meals a day with only a fireplace for heat and no refrigerator. Susanna was also responsible for marketing, cleaning, mending and raising a garden that served as the main food supply for the family. Bread was homemade and milk came from a cow in the back yard.
      In addition to these daily chores, Susanna home schooled six hours a day preparing lessons that covered the needs of her children from beginning readers to graduate students. Since no curriculum was available she wrote her own and successfully covered such diverse subjects as Latin, Theology, History and English. She also took the unusual step of educating her daughters as well as her sons; an endeavor most of her neighbors regarded as foolish or even dangerous.
     Sitting aside an hour each day she took one or two children in turn and simply visited. She found out about their concerns and dreams. She listened as they talked and freely shared her own faith, good advice, and hope for their futures. Every week each child received one hour of their mother’s undivided attention. Susanna's choice to spend one of her hours each day with a child appears to have been a wise one. When we follow the histories of these children, they were not all what we might term “successful” but all her children demonstrated strength of character that in the end made their mother glad.
     Her sons, John and Charles Wesley, were founders of the Methodist movement. Following her example, they became a force that not only founded the church that bears the name, but drew much of Christendom to a new level of dedication.

  1. I value neither reputation, friends, or anything in comparison of preserving a conscience void of offense toward God.
  2. There is none but Christ who is sufficient for these things.
  3. When I was almost without hope [...] I found God had not forgotten me.
  4.  I am content to [have filled] a little space if God be glorified.




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