Saturday, September 18, 2010

Emma Whittemore

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Imagine the hopelessness of a young woman in a city without family, friends or work. Where does she turn? Many have turned to the oldest occupation for destitute women-prostitution.
After Emma Whittemore, a wealthy New York socialite, became a Christian, God directed her to reach out to women of the street with Door of Hope homes. She began her first mission in New York City in 1890. It was said of her,"She was used to save more fallen women than any other person." At the time of her death, nearly one hundred homes for fallen women were operating in the United States and other countries.
In 1907, a book was written about the success of slum missions. One example cited said,"Little Ella, who was sold as a prostitute for five dollars, later became a Quaker and started preaching."
Have you stopped praying for a friend or relative because you think the case is hopeless? No people are so hopeless, so lost, that Jesus can not find them, save them, and change their lives. Keep praying. Jesus is also interceding for them, and in time He promises to bring them to God and faith.

Therefore he [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Hebrews 7:25 NIV

Thanks to Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays


Whidbey Woman said...

Another story to inspire us! I love reading about these amazing women. How would God use us? We should be in prayer about that.
Happy Spiritual Sunday!

Ruth said...

what a touching story Lisa... thanks for sharing!!

myletterstoemily said...

wow. what an inspiration! it does give
me hope for a couple of mine who are
walking that grey line.

not into prostitution, i hope! :)

prayer, prayer, and more prayer!

is it hot as the blazes down there?
soooooo disheartening.

mya said...

Emma Whittemore - I do not remember hearing of her before. Her story and others are ones of loving, caring and courage
Thank you for posting this.

Dianne said...

Oh, that is a glorious scripture. Thanks for reminding me of it. Hope your weekend is blessed!

Renee said...

What a great story here. And to answer your question...someone I love very much struggled with alcoholism. Our pastor prayed for years for her and so did I. Many mnay years later I ran into this pastor and he asked me about this person. I shared how she had quit drinking and become very active in church, etc. His response, "I GAVE UP ON HER, BUT GOD DID NOT!" Blessings to you.

Annesphamily said...

This is one amazing story. I am always grateful to stop by and visit. Thank you for sharing today. Anne

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

What an inspiration! This verse in Hebrews is on of my all time favorites!


sarah said...

I love history and finding out about the people who made a made me want to know more about Emma and her ministry. I never heard of her before. Thanks Lisa for this...Have a great weekend...

Carolyn said...

Hi Lisa,

This is an awesome story. I am sure this brave woman received a lot of heat from her peers in those days. "Not to associate with such women." Thank you for the story!!

Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.


Charlotte said...

What a wonderful uplifting post. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

This post indeeds inspires me to keep praying.

myletterstoemily said...

YOU tell that to hans! hee hee!

Liz said...

Oh That was gooooood!

Thanks for the encouragement!

Blue Creek Home said...

Wow! What a courageous woman. We should all give more of ourselves to the Lords work.

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