On the afternoon of April 18, 1963, the Western Ladies’ League met at Doon, Iowa. We opened by singing Psalter numbers 298 and 30. Rev. Kortering led us in prayer. Our president, Mrs. Kortering, readProv. 31:10-31. Mrs. Kortering then introduced our speaker, Rev. H. Hanko, who spoke on the topic: “A Mother’s Witness.”
The problem today is that women are demanding a voice in the affairs where previously men only were heard. And if she is a Christian, her Christian witness is essential. The result is that women hold office in every level of local, state, and national politics. The same is true in the sphere of the Church. More and more churches are inviting their women to participate in church government. In addition to this women are seldom found in the home. There is the problem of women working and attending all types of women’s groups. Another aspect to the problem is that a mother’s work in the home is a difficult task, not only is it physically difficult, but also spiritually wearying. They gain the impression that they do nothing that has any value in it. But Scripture is very careful never to relegate a woman to a place of non-importance.
Rev. Hanko suggested we walk down the dusty paths of history and stop at the homes of women of Scripture, such as the homes of Sarah, Tamar, Deborah, Manoah—the mother of Samson, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Bathsheba, the widow of Zaephath, the Shunnamite, and Jehosheba. These women were shining lights in moments of darkness. They are always mentioned in connection with God’s covenant and were passionately interested in bringing forth the covenant seed, the promised line of Christ, but also the whole spiritual seed of the church. They were interested in preserving the truth of the covenant and were concerned that their children be instructed to walk in that way. The importance of the home emphasizes this calling. The mother in the home is of greatest importance. Her witness is to be found there and there alone. It is her calling to bear children, covenant seed, without which the whole church cannot be saved and brought to glory. She works for these children. In all her daily duties she is working for a seed that belongs to God and is redeemed by Christ’s blood. Can there be a nobler calling? This is our calling, inspiring, glorious, thrilling, a task no one else can perform. The generation to come is in our hands to be molded and shaped and fitted in God’s wondrous purpose for eternity. ‘Our labor is never in vain because presently we will be in glory with the Lord.
After the lecture a group of ladies from Hull sang Psalter number 383.
After business we sang several Psalter numbers and a collection was taken for Beacon Lights, totaling $36.60.
Edgerton ladies then favored us with two musical selections, “O Worship the King” and “Children of the Heavenly Father.”
Mrs. Kortering thanked the Doon ladies, our hostesses. Psalter number 394 was sung and Rev. Hanko closed with prayer.
—MRS. J. DE BOER, Reporter