As Women’s History Month draws to a close, I’d like to finish with the Woman who led me to the Lord.
One of the most significant women in my history is a woman whose name I did not know for over forty years. She was speaking at an Assemblies of God kids camp when I was ten years old.
“Sister Wise” placed a 24×36 flannel board on an easel behind six hay bales. She used flannel pictures to depict a straight and narrow road leading to a place of light in a beautiful blue sky. Another picture showed a winding, rocky path leading to a circle of flames. They both originated from a church positioned at the bottom of the board. I had no problem choosing the straight and narrow. At a hay bale altar with women I thought were “old” (probably late thirties), I trusted in Jesus as my Savior.
Years later in a book called Like A Prairie Fire by Bob Burke (https://www.amazon.com/Like-Prairie-Fire-Assemblies-Oklahoma/dp/0964132508) I learned that a woman named Katie Wise had been a missionary in China in 1936. During WWII, she was interned in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines for three years. She came back to the states and ministered in churches and camps. In 1962, she spoke at an Oklahoma youth camp. I had always known the woman with the flannel board was named “Sister Wise”.
It would be surprising if any of my readers had ever heard of Katie Wise. I never saw her again. She never knew me. She didn’t know who or what I became. The number of souls saved through her ministry probably number in the hundreds. She doesn’t remember me, but I remember her. She holds a place of honor in my history.
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