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Home for Orphan Children: I have been providing shelter, food & Education to 24 orphan children in our Orphan home since two years with little donations. Kindly help us in the name of Jesus Christ to our Orphan children.
Children home meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, & mental needs of homeless and abused children in Guntur district.
We are suffering a lot to feed Orphan Children in our children Home. We need your special Prayers and support.
I am spreading Gospel to people in villages and conducting prayers in their villages regularly. Kindly bless our children in the name of our Lord Almighty and sponsor to these beautiful kids.
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Thank you so much.
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Located in Busia, Kenya, almost at the border of Uganda, Gospel Light Evangelical Mission has the daunting task of bringing the Word of God to a population that not only if filled with a number of indigenous tribal religions, and about 11% Islams, but also over 60 spoken languages in addition to the officially recognized national tongues of English and Swahili. Many of these are spoken so regionally that to even go from one county to another may pose a challenge in communication.
A country that just over fifty years ago was under the rule of a foreign government for almost a century, they have been stricken with internal conflict ever since. Even today they face challenges from pirates and terrorists who would challenge their sovereignty.
Coupled with the constant battle of drought and monsoon (one will stop just in time for the other to start), there are constant challenges for farmers to keep the people fed.
It is no wonder people of faith have a need to have strong leadership, and why the challenges of the leaders of Gospel Light Evangelical Mission in meeting the needs of the unchurched are that much greater in a nation where doubt and fear run deep.
Pastor Davis Juma Ochieno, and the faithful leaders with whom he works have done remarkable things to bring the Gospel message to all who wish to hear in their little corner of Kenya. If you wish to stand with them in partnership, or learn more about the work they are doing, please feel free to contact Pastor Davis at email@example.com.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
New well being dug.
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One thing that makes Living Sacrifice Ministries such a wonderful gift and honor, is that the Lord has given me stewardship of a ministry that reaches all corners of the world. I received this appeal from a dear brother in India yesterday who, as a most godly saint of the true Church, has given sacrificially with his wife at his side, to bring the truth of the Gospel to many in need in India. The target for the current project is the children in many villages. Please read bellow, the letter sent by Rev. Dass, and stand with me in prayer for this ministry that God will guide you to know if it is His will that you join in partnering to help with the great financial need our friends at Bethel are facing. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at http://2mites.com or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/bethelindia. Rev. Arvind Dass and his wife Molly look forward to hearing from anyone interested in the ministry.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
Prayer Appeal for 2014-Summer Camp
Dates:01-o5 -2014 to 15.05-201
Venues: 20 Church Locations in Different Villages
Targeted Children : 4,0000
Dear Prayer Warrior and Friends of Bethel,
The Month of May- 2014 is hardly 4 weeks away. I have to decide, and provide for all the needs of This camp. All our 30 associate churches will be very seriously involved in preparing the place and getting 150 to 300 kids in each Camp-church centre. In some places schools and hindu temples are used. These are all hard work and providence.
FIVE, full day classes will be conducted in each centers. Study materials, furniture(rent) Drinking water, Snacks, Specially trained Teams from Organizations, lunch, volunteer teacher, transport, prizes.etc will cost 5$/per kid. for five full days as a Over all expense. -4000 kids therefore need 20,000$ Move the hands of god with us. “Don’t stop, hinder (or) block the kids coming to me” He said!
Kids smoke, drink, use drugs, spoiled with moral degradation,wild, disobedient, criminals and much much more! It’s Our Moral and Spiritual Obligation to bring them to the knowledge and presence of the living Savior.
Please! pray and Help us to reach as many kids as possible!
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The following is a missions report from a Ministry Partner of Living Sacrifice Ministries who was at the tail end of a successful missions trip in Tanzania, when his bus overturned on a dirt road. The account he gives below is one of a man who praises God for the success of the mission much more than he dwells on the negative facts of the accident. I pray that we can all learn from this.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
“Mpodire” Means “Hi” from the Rungwa people found in the western part of Tanzania. Katavi is the new Region of this people group, their former Region was Rukwa but after the division of two Regions on this area done by the current president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Rungwa people fallen in the Katavi region in Mpanda District.
My trip to Rungwa people was not good since it involved a bad accident of our bus on the way back to my city Tabora, some died, some badly injured but I’m still breathing because of the God’s hand saved me out from the bus. I will write more about this below, please go on reading this report.
It was early Thursday 23rd January at 5:00am when my wife Ezena prayed for me and left for Rungwa people and left my children still sleeping on a bed. I went to catch my bus for a long trip of 332km from my city in a rough road filled with many water ponds on the way.
Because it rained much on the way, our bus was not going faster as expect instead we spent 11 hours to Mpanda town. Imagine, on the way there is only 4 small towns and the least area covered by Ugalla River gave reserve, Ugalla forest reserve, and Katavi gave reserves.
Thick forests we saw on the way and some animals such as zebra, hyenas, and impala. There were areas which very strictly not allowed for camera taking and bus to stop. We saw crocodiles, and Hippopotamus in rivers. I was told that, the areas where buses and any vehicle not allowed stopping are the areas where by lions and elephants are found. I didn’t see either Lion or Elephant on the way. I spent a night in Mpanda town and the next Friday 24th hired a motorbike to Rungwa people.
Mamba is a village was directed to meet Rungwa community and it was a right place for me to get more information about them.
Most of the Rungwa people found in extend family and lives in houses made by trees, mad bricks and have grass roofs. I was able to live and follow their good actions as one of Rungwa people” so that to get all the info needed for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Neither electricity nor clean and safe water found to these people but they fetch water from ponds those they call them as wells and use candles as a source of light during the night. I was able to get the information needed and spent one night to a Rungwa type Hotel that has cotton Mattress. I was not bothered by their hotel since there were no mosquitoes during the night and food was nice for me, Ugali (made from corns and cassava and hot water) was my favorite food at this small Hotel.
The next Saturday 25th, hired a motorbike back to Mpanda town to meet a pastor which coming from the Rungwa community. My main concern for this pastor is to here more story about Rungwa people and also to hear from him if he could be interested in helping the recordings. I found a pastor went for church planting to another village that was about 3 hours by bicycle and was unable to meet him. I went to my former Hotel and got a room for the Saturday night expecting the Sunday to meet the pastor. I was able to talk to the pastor through my cell phone and make an appointment to meet him Sunday at 2:00pm.
Sunday 26th Morning went to the bus stand and got a ticket for Tabora on Monday and come back to the Hotel to wait for the Pastor appointment. After a service at his church he called me and we planned a place to meet. My motorbike rider took me to the place and met a pastor and his wife.
I was able to get more information about Rungwa and agreed to help us with the recordings on due time. I was able to provide them with lunch and then we said goodbye for each other. I did make a short round to go through the Mpanda town and it is just a small town but appointed as the capital of the new Region called Katavi. I was able to visit some pastors in the town from Free Pentecostal, African Inland Church and also a National Missionary from Barry Wood Ministries to Africa; I was able to introduce myself and shared a little bit about our Mission Vision and why went there. Pastors were very happy and they are ready to partner with us to reach unreached people for Jesus Christ by using our Mission resources. I was told also about the SIL family who living in Mpanda town but did not meet them because was out of the town and they are working with Pimbwe people.
On Monday 27th early in the Morning as usual, got a taxi to the bus stand ready for a long trip again back to my city Tabora and found a nice seat at the middle of the bus. We left for Tabora but I didn’t new that our bus had a problem of break. About two hours, at a gentle slope in the forest, I noticed that the bus was going faster than normal and led me to ask my neighbor “why are we going faster than normal?” my neighbor answered me “there is no problem”. Abruptly, I heard people at the forward seats shouting, “We are dying, and we are dying”. “A driver and his assistant opened their doors and jumped out from the bus and left a bus going without a driver”. Then heard a bus hitting trees, stones and rolled about two times and fallen upside down.
I didn’t know what happened but about ten to fifteen minutes after the accident I found myself outside from the bus sitting aside the bus. Then saw people helping others to get out from the bus some were injured badly. After about one hour, I found that, I was okay but feeling headache, pain on my ribs, and my back. People were calling other people and tell them about the accident by using their cell phones but I found that my two cell phones were missing only my camera was still attached on my trouser belt.
After a long time the police came and started ordering other cars to take serious injured people to the Hospital. An ambulance came and joined the work of taking people to nearest Hospital. One private vehicle took me and other people to the Hospital for check up and found that, I was not injured rather than pain. I got some medicines and allowed from the hospital. The same car took us back to the accident area to get our bags so that to proceed with our trip to Tabora.
From the Hospital we found all the bags were collected somewhere from the bus. After being received my bag and tried to check all the things were with me in my bag and trouser and discovered that;
1. My pocket wallet was missing and in the wallet there was money, driving license, and two of my bank cards plus other personal documents
2. The GPS used in getting coordinates was missing
3. My cell phones were missing
4. My laptop was broken and the internet modem was missing
5. Some of things in the bag such as cell phone chargers were missing; I found few clothes because my bag was broken. I was able to get some of the language information forms around the bus.
6. The travelling Map for East Africa found in pieces.
A total of 6 people lost their lives on this accident and more than 17 people were serious injured. I arrived home well but still feeling some pains around my back and my two sides’ ribs. I think still need to do some more check up here in my city in order to be sure with my condition. Ezena already sponged me with hot water. I used a small vehicle Toyota Land cruiser from the accident area to Tabora. Now I’m at my house with my family Glorifying God! Thank you for being praying for me and I thank God for His guidance and protection on this trip. Glory to God!!!
Note: “Doing the Work of God is dangerous – Not doing it is more dangerous” by S. Wurmbrand
In His Easy Yoke!
Learn more about what Pastor Deus is doing at globalrecordings.net.
The following is the sermon outline from Rev. Bushebi’s message this Sunday. Located in Bungoma, Kenya. More about their ministry can be found on their web site at http://gbfchurchministries.webs.com/. As long time Ministry Partners with Living Sacrifice Ministries, they are also featured on our web page under our Ministry Partner tab if you go to http://livingsacrificeministries121.webs.com/.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but rather against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of the age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
(1 Pet. 5:8), and his evil spiritual forces which he dispatches and assigns to perpetrate his wickedness throughout the world.
1. AUTHORITY — Every believer has the right to use the authority of Jesus’ name to bind and by His blood take authority over Satan’s activities. (Mark 3:27).(Mark 16:17).
2. INTERCESSION — Come together with other believers to pray and intercede against strongholds until you get results. (Matthew 17:19,21).
3. DISPLACEMENT — Establish the presence of God. (2 Corinthians 6:14).
4. RESISTANCE — Submit yourselves and draw close to God. (James 4:7).
5. OCCUPATION — Give no place or vacancy to the Devil. (Eph. 4:27).
6. FORTIFICATION — Clothe yourself with God’s armor. (Eph. 6:13-17)(Ephesians 6:11).
PLEASE CONTINUE PRAYING FOR US!
1. Bibles for new Believers and Bibles Class 2. Orphans & Street children 3. Medical Centre 4.Ministry Sustenance 5. Diploma School Training 6. Rural Church construction program.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers for Ministry and Africa.
We love you and our prayers continue for you daily, looking forward for greater things!!!
Brother Bushebi and Ministries.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
You may have heard the phrase, “A diamond in the rough.” Usually, it is talking about that bad guy or girl who has lots of potential but so many rough edges. Some people have an eye for diamonds-in-the-rough; others dismiss them. But most people don’t know exactly what to do with them to make their true potential come out. They see good in there, but how do you chip away all of the hardened, rough rock surrounding it?
God knows exactly how to make diamonds come forth. It is His specialty, in fact. If you look at all of the people in the Bible He chose to work with for His plan, you’ll see soon that they are a bunch of diamonds-in-the-rough. Moses, for one, was chosen to be a speaker when he was a criminal ex-patriot with a speech problem. David was chosen to be King, though he was the least valued in his family and just a little shepherd. Mary was chosen to carry the King of Kings, Jesus, though she was poor and unmarried.
Nobody thought much of these people. And maybe you feel that nobody thinks much of you. But God does. He is drawn to diamonds-in-the-rough—those who feel they don’t have a lot going on, who don’t have a lot of pretenses. The Bible says that God is drawn to those who are lowly. “Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar” (Psalm 138:6). Maybe you feel that you have too many issues for God. Maybe you have a rough past, or current addictions you can’t overcome. It’s not too hard for God.
Galatians 2:20, is presented as God’s normal for the Christian according to watchman Nee.
“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Watchman Nee says,” In all His (Jesus-Christ), works with us; He takes us out of the picture and substitutes us with Christ.”
God answers all questions by one-way and by one-way only, by showing us his Son.
We have a twofold problem, 1. Sin
Romans chapter 1 to chapter 8, is dealt with as one unit.
|Scripture ref:||Subject||My Need||God’s Remedy|
|Rom 1:1-5:11||Sins||Forgiveness from Sin’s Penalty||Jesus’ Shed Blood|
|Rom 5:12-8:39||Sin||Deliverance from Sins Power||The Cross of Christ|
1. Romans 1:1 – 5:11 Sins
2. Romans 5:12 – 8:39 Sin
The first section deals with our sins, which are many, the second half deals with the question of the principle of sin working within us. No matter how many sins I commit, it is the question of the one Sin principle that leads to the many other sins that I commit that is the problem that I need to be dealt with.
I need forgiveness for my sins, but I also need deliverance from the power of sin.
The former touches my conscience. The latter touches my life.
I may receive forgiveness for all my sins, but if I do not receive deliverance from the power of sin then I have no lasting or abiding peace of mind.
If I see a sign saying, “Keep off Grass,” the first thing I immediately want to do is to step onto the grass!
Now why is it that I want to step onto the grass, why is it that I want to break the law and what is within me that makes me want to sin and to rebel?
Simply put, there is a principle of the power of sin resident within me that makes me want to sin, to rebel and to break the law.
This is how the apostle Paul puts it, “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.
I know I am rotten through and through so far as my sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. When I want to do good I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing at; the sin within me is doing it.
It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? Thank God the answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: in my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”
(Romans 7:15 – 25)
The Apostle Paul states that we are by nature objects of God’s wrath!
There is an inward inclination within, a destructive nature, a power that draws us to sin!
When that power breaks out – I sin. I seek forgiveness and then I am at peace, but then whenever that power breaks out again, I sin once more!
So life goes on in a vicious circle of sinning, being forgiven and then sinning again!
I need forgiveness, but I also need something more than that – I need deliverance!
“I need forgiveness for what I have done, but I also need deliverance from what I am.”
Question: does God have a remedy?
Answer: YES , the blood and the cross.
So then, in the first eight chapters of Romans, two aspects of forgiveness are presented to us:
1. Our forgiveness of sins Romans 1:1 to 5:11
2. Our deliverance from sin Romans 5:12 to 8:39
In Romans 3:25, 5:9, we read about the blood of Jesus.
But in Romans 6:6, the concept changes, and we are said to have been crucified with Christ.
The first section of Romans deals with our justification and forgiveness from sin.
The second section of Romans deals with our union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.
The blood deals with our sins, whilst the cross strikes at the root of our capacity to sin.
Sin strikes three blows:
So to redeem us from these three positions, Jesus must do something about this:
About Sin, Guilt and Satan’s charges against us!
In the Scriptures the blood of Christ is shown to operate effectively in these three ways.
That is, the blood is effective
We need to appropriate these three values of Christ’s blood if we are to go on to victory, maturity and fruitfulness as servants of Jesus Christ.
Watchman Nee says,
” for without this we can state that we have not even started upon our road.”
1. The blood is primarily for God
The blood is first of all for atonement and has to do with our standing before God.
God can only accept us because he sees the blood, in other words, His divine justice demands punishment. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die”.
Romans 6:23, “… the wages of sin is death,..”..
“God will by no means clear the guilty.”
God will not condone sin or excuse sin neither will he compromise his justice regarding sin.
The blood therefore is not there primarily for us but for God, from the point of view that before God can look upon you and me, before God can accept you and me, He demands justice.
Throughout the Old and New Testament the word blood is used in connection with the word Atonement.
The word Atonement is best understood if we break it up into three syllables.
We were meant to be at one with God, we were meant to be in a close relationship of peace, contentment, happiness and Love, but sin broke that fellowship and destroyed the relationship we should have had with God!
Now, God must restore the relationship, He must make a way for us to be brought back into fellowship and into a loving relationship with Himself, He must make a way whereby we can be reconciled again with Himself.
He does this through the cross!
Jesus-Christ, His sinless Son takes our punishment and becomes our substitute and takes God’s punishment for sin in our place and instead of us.
Because God wants atonement!
God loves us so much, He doesn’t leave us in our sin, instead, He provides a way back to Himself through the blood of the cross! What a Saviour!
Atonement is always for God
In the Old Testament calendar one day was vitally important for Israel, the Day of Atonement
Nothing else in Scripture will explain the matter of our sins in God’s eyes more clearly as the description of that very day.
In Leviticus 16 we are told that in order for fellowship with God to be maintained between Israel and God an animal had to be slaughtered as a sin offering on behalf of Israel’s sins. The blood was taken into the most holy place by the high priest and was sprinkled over the Mercy seat seven times before the Lord.
The only one who could perform this act was the High- Priest.
The high priest was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ and his work of Atonement. That is to say, the High-Priest represented some aspects of the person and work of Christ in the New Testament. The High-Priest in the Old Testament however, only offered before the Lord the shed blood of the slaughtered animal on the day of Atonement, but Jesus Christ as our great High-Priest offered up Himself as a perfect and final offering for our sins.
And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, he sat down at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet. For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are made holy.
(Read, Hebrews 9:11 – 12).
The work of the high priest was done in private before God and in his presence, the work was done behind the veil, no one else was there only the high priest and the presence of God. The blood is essentially a work for God, he must see the blood first, then, he will be satisfied.
When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week you will remember that Mary recognized him as her master, Jesus said to her” touch me not for I have not yet ascended to my father”,
Jesus must first go into heaven and present the blood to His Father on behalf of the sins of mankind, in this way, the blood must be presented to God first and foremost.
We have the same concept in Exodus 12, where the blood was applied on the door posts and on the lintel, (Exodus 12:13).
The children of Israel were on the inside of the house but God was on the outside, and when the angel of death passed over, he saw the blood and passed by not in death, or in judgment, but in Mercy. The blood is always first and foremost for God!
So, when God sees the blood He is satisfied.
Q. What does God say about the blood of his son Jesus Christ?
A.1 Peter 1:18 – 19.
” You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ “.
If God can accept the blood as the means of our forgiveness and redemption, then we can rest assured that the debt has been paid, and that we too can accept the blood because God has accepted the blood and values the blood of Jesus as precious and as payment for our redemption.
If God is satisfied with the blood, then the blood must be precious and is acceptable before Him. Our evaluation of the blood is only according to His valuation. And that is, it is precious and wholly acceptable in His sight.
A holy, just and righteous God has declared it so; the blood has fully satisfied His justice, therefore we can have peace with God (C.P. Romans 5:1).
“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Every time he accuses us of sin, God our Father simply points Satan to His Son and Satan is reminded that Jesus-Christ has dealt with our sins on Calvary when He became our substitute and dealt with the penalty and power of sin once and for all. Satan is silenced, we are justified and God is glorified!
8:31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 8:32 Indeed, he who 35 did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things? 8:33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? 36 It is God who justifies. 8:34 Who is the one who will condemn? Christ 37 is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 38 8:36 As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 39 8:37 No, in all these things we have complete victory 40 through him 41 who loved us! 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, 42 nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Bible tells us that we, as a church are one body with many parts, none more important than any other. In fact, this is a concept we are told throughout life in our families, in team sports, on the job, and in our communities.
It is interesting, and I must say sad, then, to note how often this gets distorted. Why do you suppose that people get so caught up in their positions in life? Why do we seem to think of ourselves as less important than someone else because of a title, position, level of education, or some other yardstick we are using to measure our success (or lack thereof)?
In essence, when we do that, we insult the work of a Holy God. We are telling Him that of the people made in His image, and we all are, some are worth more than others. If this were so, we would need more than one God/god, which of course isn’t true.
So, just how much does each of us impact somebody else? Look in the Bible. Look at the people God chose to use to 1. Be the father of a nation (Abraham) 2. Lead His people out of captivity and deliver His law (Moses) 3. Rule as the King “after God’s own heart” (David) 4. Follow His Son with nothing but faith, risking their own lives in doing so, (the twelve apostles). None of these people, and many others, had any “special” training for the jobs they were given, and most were reluctant to take them because they were convinced that they were not qualified. In truth, on their own, they were, as am I, and as we all are, but we are not asked to do it alone. Read what Pastor Greg Laurie as to say below about the impact of one person on another, then ask yourself, who has impacted you, and on whom have you had an impact? If you do not have a clear answer, follow that up with another question. Why?
Serving Him through Serving Others,
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
|Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.|
When it comes to contemporary heroes of the Christian faith, we are familiar with names like Billy Graham. But what about Edward Kimble or Mordecai Ham?
Edward Kimble was a shoe salesman who worked alongside a guy named Dwight. Edward shared the gospel with Dwight, and Dwight accepted Christ. It was 1858, and Dwight’s last name was Moody. We know him as D. L. Moody, who was one of the greatest evangelists in history.
Years later when Moody was preaching, a pastor named Frederick D. Meyer was deeply stirred, and as a result, he went into his own nationwide preaching ministry. On one occasion when Meyer was preaching, a college student named J. Wilbur Chapman heard him and accepted Christ. He went out and began to share the gospel, and he employed a young baseball player named Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday ended up being the greatest evangelist of his generation.
When Billy Sunday preached the gospel in Charlotte, North Carolina, it was such a great meeting that he was invited back. But when he couldn’t be there, Sunday recommended a preacher named Mordecai Ham. Ham went to Charlotte and preached, but not many people responded to his invitation to accept Christ. But on one of the last nights, a tall, lanky boy who worked on the local dairy farm walked forward. Everyone knew him as Billy Frank, and we know him today as Billy Graham.
So Edward Kimble reached D. L. Moody, who touched Frederick Meyer, who reached Wilbur Chapman, who helped Billy Sunday, who reached businessmen in Charlotte, who invited Mordecai Ham, who ultimately reached Billy Graham. And it all began with the simple witness of Edward Kimble.
Every one of us can make a difference for the kingdom of God. What is He calling you to do?