The Women of Azusa Street
In Pentecost, we hear a lot about Azusa Street. The revival services and outpouring of the Holy Spirit during the early 1900’s is where modern day Pentecostalism began. The story however is sometimes left with missing pieces. Many of the books focus on William Seymour and Charles Parham, but they do not tell the story of the women which were with them working to plant churches, write newspaper articles, and preach along with men in the services. Have you heard of Neely Terry, Julia Hutchins, Lucy Farrow, Clara Lum, Florence Reed Crawford, Lucy Leatherman, Ophelia Wiley, Lillian Anderson Garr, or Susie Villa Valdez? These are only a few of the women who were involved in the Azusa Street revival. These were women leaders in the church. They led services, preached sermons, led house churches and Bible studies, prayed fervently, and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.
If you want to hear more about the Azusa Street revival, and hear about some of the women who were involved you have to read The Women of Azusa Street by Estrelda Alexander. It is an inspiring book based on academic research, and a passion to hear a more holistic story of Azusa. This book would be a great small group study. Each week you could read a chapter and discuss some of the important elements of revival and the women who were involved in one of the greatest revivals in history. Part of helping women in leadership is “Telling the Story.” We need to be aware of the women in our history who were leaders, church planting pioneers, licensed ministers, missionaries, and preachers. If we do not tell the story, we will lose the story. As a part of our “Telling the Story Campaign,” let’s read this book together and remember these women who were a part of the Azusa Street Revival!
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