This is highly relevant today. Dorcas was one of the Christian woman ‘business as mission’ pioneers in the early churches. What was her success secret? Take note that she was described as ‘a disciple’. She was not just a mere business woman. She was a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and her life was a testimony for Him.
Today we read of a woman philanthropist in the early Christian period. She was a godly successful business woman believer philanthropist who made clothing materials and clothes. She lived and worked in Joppa, situated on the Mediterranean coast some 40 miles (60 km) northwest of Jerusalem. The sea-port town was cosmopolitan and was occupied and frequented by many nationalities (considerably Phoenicians, Greek, Roman and others). Joppa is located about 30 miles (48 km) south of Caesarea.
She was a Christian philanthropist: who gave “altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons…and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.” (dictionary definition of philanthropy)
This story recorded in the Bible Acts chapter 9 started after she was dead. But the other Christians sent for apostle Peter (who was 11 miles away at Lydda nearby) and he came immediately and raised her from the…
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