Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Kicked out of church, they formed an
In the mid 1800's in England, in the midst of the
new industrial revolution, the poor were down and out and having some of the worst of times.
Yet the church was honoring God with grandeur and liturgical finery. This left Satan plenty
of room to spoil things. William and Catherine pressed their church to open their eyes to the
surrounding poverty. When the pressure became too great, the Booth's were expelled from the
church and went on to found the Salvation Army, a Christian church denomination known especially for ministry
to the poor, downtrodden, and castaways.
William Booth was born in 1829 in Nottingham
England. At 13 he was sent to work as an apprentice in a pawnbroker's shop to help support
his mother and sisters. Through that job, he became aware of poverty and the associated
humiliation and degradation. During those teen years, he became a Christian and spent much of
his spare time trying to persuade other people to become Christians, too.
He subsequently moved to London where he joined
the local Methodist Church and became a minister. He married Catherine Mumford, a girl his
same age, in 1855 (she died in 1890); and he spent several years as a Methodist
minister...but he resigned.
He found himself street preaching to crowds in
London's poor and wretched East End where he soon formed a new movement, "The Christian
Mission". The effort sustained itself, but results were discouraging. In 1878, William Booth (Wikipedia) changed the
name of the movement to "The Salvation Army"; and the rest of the story of worldwide growth
and outreach to hurting humanity is history. He died in 1912.
***give me your comments about this
[posted 5 Sept. 2000; reposted 24 August
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now