Daily Topic for October 03, 2013
Each of us has received a trust from God; that is, a deposit of knowledge, resources and gifts. God expects us to exercise responsible stewardship of this trust, both to maintain it and to invest it so as to accomplish His purposes. This is the essence of stewardship: using resources to fulfill responsibilities. Jane Doolittle was a great example of a person who used what God gave her to accomplish His purposes.
Pray that you will have the faith to use what He entrusted to you, so that you can serve Him well. Pray that you will not succumb to the temptation to misuse God’s gifts for the wrong purposes.
In 1938, the Iranian government nationalized all foreign-run schools, paying for the property only what it had originally cost instead of its appreciated value. With their schools gone, many of the educational missionaries decided to leave. Jane Doolittle, however, felt she had been sent to Iran to share Christ. That had not changed. With her language skill and love for the people, surely there was something she could do.
Reviving her old interest in medicine, she opened a clinic in her home, treating the poor women and children. She financed this work with the money paid by the Ministry of Education for the school property, and it was known as the “Doolittle project.”
By 1971, Jane had been in Persia for 50 years! At a celebration in her honor, she was presented with a gold medal by the Minister of Education, the highest educational award ever given in Iran.
Then, in 1977 it seemed that history would repeat itself: rumors stated that the Ministry of Health would close all private clinics, including the Doolittle Clinic. Hoping to avoid this, Miss Doolittle asked an Iranian doctor to take the clinic under his jurisdiction, thus insuring its continuance.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Jane Doolittle was in the U.S. in 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran and declared the country to be an Islamic Republic. Though Miss Doolittle longed to return to Iran, she was not permitted to do so-AL from “Is Love Lost? Mosaics in the Life of Jane Doolittle Angel Mother’ in a Muslim Land,” by Elizabeth C. Kay Voorhees, William Carey Library, 1988.