In Acts 16 we read about Lydia, a successful and devout businesswoman who received the gospel gladly and went on to minister to the Apostle Paul and the fledgling church of Philippi. No one could deny that she was an influential figure in the early days of Christ's followers there.
tranzsend's 2013 Christmas Angel Appeal is called Women of Influence. With it we have focused on several women who, like Lydia, have come alongside our staff to minister in Christ's name. From all walks of life, in different cultures and contexts, they are serving their church, community and Christ.
The video this year tells the story of Priya from India. She was born in the high Brahman caste, educated and trained as a doctor. Yet she has chosen to give her life in service of the least of those in her society – women cast off from the sex trade as too old to be saleable any longer. She has worked alongside Kerry and Annie, Peter and Leonora and others to minister life and hope into that situation.
In some cultures, being female means having less; less opportunities, less rights, less value. Women like Priya and others featured in this year's appeal have risen above this injustice to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them. They have become women of influence.
tranzsend is committed to working alongside these women, helping them as they help others and seeing more lives transformed.