From the Director
A Godly Mother
As we rightly honor and pay tribute to our beloved mothers and godly wives in May, I am reminded of the great importance and influence of Christian mothers.
This month I will focus my article on Susanna Wesley, a very godly woman and mother. She was born in London on January 20, 1669, the twenty-fifth and youngest child of Dr. Samuel Annesley and his second wife, Mary. Her father was a prominent and highly educated minister in London. She had little formal education but growing up in an academic household with so many older siblings, she became well-read and well-rounded intellectually. Susanna and Samuel met when she was 19 years old and he was an aspiring Anglican minister. They married in 1688. Although they had 19 children, only nine lived to adulthood. This was all too common in the 1600s.
It is said that early in her life, Susanna vowed that she would never spend more time in leisure entertainment than she did in prayer and Bible study. How many of us live like this today? Even during the most complex and busy years of her life as a mother raising 10 children, she still scheduled two hours each day for fellowship with God and time in His Word. And she did this faithfully. The challenge was to find a private place in a house overflowing with children. Susanna’s solution was to take her Bible to her favorite chair and to throw her long apron up over her head, forming a sort of tent. Every person in the household, from the smallest toddler to the oldest child, knew to respect this signal and be quiet. When Susanna was under her apron, she was with God and was not to be disturbed except in the case of an emergency. It was there in the privacy of her apron that she interceded for her family and learned the Word of God. This holy discipline equipped Susanna with a great and profound knowledge of the Bible to minister to her beloved children and neighbors.
Susanna left a great legacy of prayer and organization. Their school hours were from 9:00 a.m. to noon and then from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. six days a week. She somehow found a way to manage her household and give her large family an excellent education that included biblical learning. Her daughters received the same rigorous training as her sons, something virtually unheard of in that day. Her daughters were taught to read by the age of six. Susanna once wrote in a letter, “I look upon every soul under my charge as a talent committed to me under a trust. I am not a man nor a minister, but I spare every night to discourse with each child apart, strengthening their tiny faith in God our Savior.” May all mothers, and us fathers too, train up our children in the ways of our awesome God. It is recorded that Susanna spent an hour each week with her children individually. Being from a very large family herself, she understood the tremendous importance of quality one-on-one personal time that parents need to spend with their children. What an amazing ministry!
Susanna’s life was characterized by loss: nine of her children died in infancy and two horrible house fires destroyed all their possessions. In addition, her husband was not a good provider for the family and was a poor administrator of their finances. Sadly, he spent several months in debtor’s prison for not paying his bills. Despite these and many other struggles, Susanna overcame them all by trusting in her God, persevering through trials, and resting in the care of her Savior.
Lastly, Susanna’s sons, John and Charles, were Gospel powerhouses for the glory of the Lord. Part of their legacy includes the founding of the Methodist church. John preached to nearly a million people during his public ministry. At the age of 70 he delivered a Gospel message an audience of more than 32,000 people. And that was without the use of a microphone! He brought revival everywhere he travelled. His brother Charles wrote over 6,000 hymns, many of which we still sing today.
Truly, Susanna Wesley was an amazing woman of God and mother. What a wonderful example she has been to countless mothers throughout the past three centuries!
Very thankful for godly mothers,
Dave Scholl, Executive Director
PS May all our mothers have a most blessed Mother’s Day.
PPS Thanks so very, very much for all your faithful support of our Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women’s Shelter and the Women’s Pregnancy Center that makes these ministries a reality during these very difficult days of the coronavirus!
From The desk of The Pregnancy Center Director
Mother’s Day is approaching, and we will probably celebrate it a little differently this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t honor moms in some way. Exodus 20:12 says, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
I wasn’t raised in a church or a family that taught the Word of God. If I heard anything about the Lord, it came from my great-grandma Morris or a tugging at my heart desiring to know about God. I believe that two neighbor ladies played a large part in that and were praying for me and my family. This does not mean I shouldn’t honor my mom. Mom did her best along with our dad in raising seven children. She taught us right from wrong and morals. I rejoiced when my mom at the age of 80 on a cool October day prayed to receive Christ with one of my sisters, a sister-in-law and myself present. My mom shared how she had been crying out for God to save her. The Lord graciously answered prayers of those two neighbor ladies from many years ago and a couple of daughters in more recent years.
I am thankful that as a young Christian mother I wanted my children to know about Jesus. As a mom, if I was going to fail at anything, it was NOT going to fail in walking my children down a path to know who Jesus was. I am thankful that as a mother, I made sure they heard about Jesus and I’m so grateful to God that our four children know and serve Jesus Christ today. Our children opened their hearts to the Lord, and He did the harvesting which only He can do.
We have clients who are expecting their babies in April, May and June. Such joy for these moms, but also a little scary for them as we are living in these unprecedented times. During these times the harvest can be plentiful. God tells us in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” God is telling parents they are to train up their children to know God; a way that they should go. That too is the responsibility of these moms. But have they heard this? What do they know? How can they know? They will soon be holding their precious little babes in their arms and be responsible for raising and training them well.
So, at the Women’s Pregnancy Center we need to do some training up ourselves. We must pray for the salvation of our clients, that their hearts and minds will be open to Jesus, present the truths of our Lord to them, and plant as many seeds as we can so God can do the harvesting. When God does the harvesting then they can become more responsible as a mom. These moms will be growing spiritually but can still share the simple truths about Jesus.
Moms, may your children honor you and may your Mother’s Day be filled with many blessings.
Thank you for your prayers and support so we can help the many pregnant moms that come for our services. We are blessed by them and want to be a blessing to them.
Happy Mother’s Day and God bless,
Darlene McGarry, WPC Director
Very Important Notice
Because we switched our phone service from Century Link to Comcast in 2018 in order to be better stewards of God's resources, we discovered that we are no longer listed in the 2019 Century Link phone book or the 2019-2020 Yellowbook. The Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women's Shelter, located at 435 East Third Street, Galesburg, Illinois, continues to have our (309) 343-4151 phone number! Our Women's Pregnancy Center's phone number is (309) 343-4739 and is located at 1252 East Fremont Street in Galesburg. Please add these phone numbers to your phone book or other phone lists and share our phone number with others....
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