Bold Mom Drives Motorcycle

Jessica Cline
Photo by Ted Wilcox

The roads in India are packed with scooters, motorcycles, cars and rickshaws -- mostly driven by men. Cru staff member Elizabeth Purti is an exception.

For many years her husband would travel outside their hometown of Ranchi, India, leaving Elizabeth, a 14-year staff member, at home. "I always had to depend upon my husband to go anywhere," says Elizabeth. Because of this, she didn't have many ministry opportunities.

At a Cru forum for women leaders around the globe, Elizabeth was encouraged to take bold steps to bring Christ to women around her. For Elizabeth, this meant learning to drive a motorcycle. "Now I have the freedom to go anywhere, anytime," she says.

The mother of two divides her time visiting women on college campuses and others in the community. She shares the gospel, leads Bible studies and mentors women.

"Wherever I go, I take one or two disciples along with me," says Elizabeth. Always looking for ways to multiply her effectiveness, Elizabeth encourages those she is mentoring to teach others what she is teaching them.

Elizabeth sees great value in spending time with other women. And now that she can drive a motorcycle, she is praying to be able to drive a car. "Then we could go in a big group," she says.

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