Daily Topic for October 02, 2013
It was a true blessing that Jane Doolittle was honored as a teacher when she was only 25 years old. Despite her young age and the fact she was a woman in a Muslim country, Jane was able to perform her duties well as a principal. Notice how her example of “un-memorized, personal, and informal prayer” was a good testimony to her Muslim students and their families of what it means to have a relationship with God. Will we give young workers in today’s world the honor, and responsibility to do what Jane Doolittle did in the 1920s?
Pray that young, inexperienced missionaries in today’s world will rise to the challenges they face.
While recuperating from the surgery, Jane received an invitation to become the principal of Iran Bethel, the school where she had taught. It was a tremendous honor, since she was only 25. In preparation, she started work towards a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Columbia University, and took a course in Bible.
When she returned to Iran, Doolittle studied the Persian language and culture for a year before assuming her responsibilities as principal at Iran Bethel. At this time, less than one percent of the population was literate. There were practically no schools except for the few small private institutions.
Now, Miss Doolittle was ready. She had the education, a heart of love, and real compassion for the Iranians. Most of the students who came to Iran Bethel were Muslims. When they registered they were told that it was a Christian school and that they would study the Bible, attend daily chapel, and participate in Christian prayers. Even so, the parents signed their agreement. Muslim students were intrigued by the fact that Christian prayers seemed un-memorized, very personal, and rather informal.
While Miss Doolittle was on furlough in 1931, the Reza Shah came into power. He issued a decree to end the enrollment of Persian children in all primary schools run by foreigners. This meant that about three-fourths of the enrollment at mission schools would be eliminated. In 1935 the name of the school was changed from “Iran Bethel” to “Nurbakhsh,” meaning “light-giving.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for a Holy Spirit-led “light-giving” direction for workers in Central Asia.