Posts with the category “peaceweavers”

Mildred Beatrice McWhorter: Houston’s Mother Theresa
by Larry Ashlock on March 31st, 2021
"Miss Mac," as she was affectionately known for most of her adult life, was born 26 June 1930 to Rev. Rufus Alexander and Stella Eley McWhorter, on her farm near Centralhatchee, Georgia. She attended school there, worked hard in the fields of her family’s cotton farm, and did heavy chores every day. She was a member of the Baptist church her father pastored and, when Mildred was thirteen, she real...  Read More
“Song of Peace” in “The Year Without Summer”
by Larry Ashlock on February 27th, 2021
Pastor Josef Mohr (1792-1848) was a December babe, born in Salzburg, Austria, where he was reared to love Christ and his Church. As a young man, he entered the seminary, where he was ordained in 1815. He then began to minister to the villagers in several hamlets nearby. His work was intense, for there was unending misery in those days.A string of volcanoes had been erupting in Asia for many years ...  Read More
Spafford and Bliss: Extended Tragedy, Eternal Hope
by Larry Ashlock on February 27th, 2021
In 1871, Horatio Spafford (1828-1888), a devout Presbyterian church elder and prosperous businessman, was living comfortably in Chicago with his wife Anna, and their four young daughters. At their home in a north side suburb, the Spaffords hosted and financially supported many guests. Horatio had been active in the abolitionist crusade and their cottage was a meeting place for activists in the ref...  Read More
Muriel Lester: England’s “Mother of World Peace”
by Larry Ashlock on February 27th, 2021
Muriel Lester was born in Leytonstone, Essex (now in east London), on 9 December 1883 into a prosperous Victorian shipbuilding family. Her father Henry owned a shipyard in Blackwall Docks to the south on the Thames River, on the Isle of Dogs. It was her family's company that built the barge that carried Cleopatra’s Needle, an ancient Egyptian obelisk, dated 1450 BC, to London when it was given as ...  Read More
Lillian Trasher: Egypt’s “Nile Mother”
by Larry Ashlock on November 30th, 2020
Lillian Hunt Trasher was born on 27 September 1887 in Jacksonville, Florida, and was reared in Georgia. Early in her life she put her faith in Jesus Christ and determined to live for Him, moving from her Roman Catholicism to a Pentecostal-Holiness tradition. She attended Bible college for a term, worked in an orphanage under the supervision of Miss Mattie Perry in North Carolina, and was soon enga...  Read More
Deborah: Indominable Witness of God's Peace
by Larry Ashlock on November 30th, 2020
Little Adeyemi was born in 1888 into a family who worshiped Orisa-oko, the god of harvest of the rural province of Oloisaoke, near Ogbomoso, in the Oyo State of Nigeria. The family worshiped and displayed the python snake prominently as a part of this worship and, as a child, Adeyemi was dedicated to marry a priest of Orisa-oko someday. As a young girl, she became an ambassador for the worship of ...  Read More
"Father Murrow" of the Creeks, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminoles
by Larry Ashlock on September 27th, 2020
Joseph Samuel Murrow was born to a Methodist pastor and wife, John and Mary Badger Murrow, on 7 June 1835 and was reared in a devout home. He trusted Christ at age nineteen and joined the Baptist church nearby. Joseph was called to preach and trained for the ministry at Mercer University. At age twenty, he was ordained the same year he proposed and married his bride, Nannie Elizabeth Tatom, of Ful...  Read More
Bernard & Hildegard
by Larry Ashlock on August 21st, 2020
Between the years 1000 and 1250 several new Christian groups arose in Europe. Men and women, young and old, streamed to settle with others in new communities of faith. Here they lived calmly, prayed intentionally, found joy in simple work, and spent time with God. They had known too much greed, selfishness, injustice, politics, and lifeless worship. They now longed instead to think purely, to expe...  Read More
Obedience and Blessing: Judsons, Newells, and Rice
by Larry Ashlock on June 29th, 2020
On 17 June, 1812, some 208 years ago, the brig Caravan sailed into the harbor at Calcutta, four months after embarking from Salem, Massachusetts. Its safe arrival was remarkable, for war seemed to be everywhere, threatening its passage. Napoleon and his French army, menace to all of Europe, was suffering defeat at the hands of the Russians. South Americans were rising in force to follow Simon Boli...  Read More
Flourishing in the Silence: Our Solitude Sanctuaries
by Larry Ashlock on May 21st, 2020
It was twenty years ago this spring that I set off for England. I had the glorious gift of spending almost a year away in study. I lived sixteen miles northwest of Oxford, in the Cotswolds, in a small hamlet called Field Assarts. Tucked along a bend in the road, my rural crossroads had a beautiful parish church and a clutch of lovely, honey-colored stone houses, surrounded by verdant green fields,...  Read More
Hilda of Whitby and the Dating of Easter
by Larry Ashlock on April 23rd, 2020
In the past two weeks, Christians have celebrated Christ's resurrection all across the world. Many of us celebrated Easter on 12 April of this year, and many others, mainly Orthodox Christians, observed Easter on 19 April. Why is this so? Western Christianity uses the Gregorian Calendar and celebrates Easter on a Sunday between 22 March and 25 April, within about seven days after the astronomical ...  Read More
Plagues, Pandemics, and Panic: Our Family's Response
by Larry Ashlock on April 17th, 2020
Christians and non-Christians have faced disease and tragedy in similar ways across the ages. Their approaches to their circumstances, however, have often been markedly different. The historic Christian response has been founded upon Jesus's most important teachings: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength," and "Love your nei...  Read More
Loving Well: Charles Mulli and the Children
by Larry Ashlock on April 17th, 2020
Charles was born in 1949 to an alcoholic and abusive father in Kathithyamaa Village in Kangundo, Machakos, Kenya. By the time he was five years old, he had been utterly abandoned by his parents. He became a street child. Begging for food and drink and building shelter with tin and cardboard, he survived. Adults along the way gave him access to the free primary school, but there was no home for him...  Read More
Helen McLaughlin and the FaithSteppers of Greensboro
by Larry Ashlock on April 17th, 2020
Helen comes from a long line of pastors. She was born in 1952 in Siler City, North Carolina, into a family with eight brothers and sisters who were raised by their single mother. They all learned from her strong work ethic. With no car, she walked ten miles each way every day to work for another family, so her children took care of each other, cooked, cleaned, and chopped wood to help earn additio...  Read More