Since I became a Christ follower at the age of sixteen, I have been blessed with mentors who have played a critical role in nurturing my growing faith. These mentors include Baptist giants like Diana Garland, Anne Davis, and Suzii Paynter. These women of faith have paved the way for me to continue the work of advocating for women to be equal bearers of God’s image. Part of what this means is the recognition that there is much work to be done to elevate women (as Jesus did in his ministry), especially in faith communities.

In Luke 11:11-12, Jesus said, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Most of us can relate to these verses in the context of the desire to give good gifts to our children. When my husband, Paul, and I became parents to two amazing daughters, we deliberately named them after strong women leaders of the Bible – Phoebe and Lydia. We give to Baptist Women in Ministry because we desire for our daughters to find communities of faith at all stages of their lives that will fully affirm them as image bearers of God and their calling to serve as ministers of the Gospel. We give to BWIM because we desire such good gifts for our daughters and ALL daughters. We also trust that our good gifts will be used by God to pave the way for an even better gift–the gift of the Holy Spirit to continue to call out women to serve and lead for the sake of Christ.–Shauw Chin Capps is a consultant with CarterBaldwin, Roswell, Georgia.

Baptist Women in Ministry currently has 123 individuals, churches, and organizations that give monthly to our work. We would love to have 140 monthly supporters, and we hope to add seventeen more donors to our giving list this week! Small monthly gifts of $10 or $20 or larger monthly gifts of $50 or $75 make a significant difference! Join Shauw Chin in being a monthly giver!