I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.
Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.
Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
—Romans 16:1-2, 6-7, 12-13, 16
by: Lisa Moore.
Paul knew the women who labored in ministry and sent greetings to each one. They were not silently sitting in a corner but actively participating in the work of the Lord and Paul memorialized them in this letter to the Romans. Truly Paul meant what he said when he declared in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (KJV). Women often outnumber men in churches today and continue to work hard “in the Lord,” regardless of their receipt of earthly recognition.