Can God really use an ordinary person to reach others for Him?
If you’ve ever felt like me, please take the time to read the following story…
“Edward Kimble and the Shoe Salesman.”
It was July 1, 1885 when Edward Kimble felt the tugging of the Spirit
to share his faith with a young shoe salesman he knew.
At first Kimble vacillated, unsure if he should talk to the man.
But he finally mustered his courage and went into the shoe store.
There Kimble found the salesman in the back room stocking shoes,
and he began to share his faith with him.
As a result, the young shoe salesman prayed and received Jesus Christ that day.
That shoe salesman’s name was Dwight L. Moody,
and he became the greatest evangelists of his generation.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Several years later a pastor and well-known author by the name of
Frederick B. Meyer heard Moody preach.
Meyer was so deeply stirred by Moody’s preaching that he himself
embarked on a far-reaching evangelistic ministry.
Once when Meyer was preaching, a college student named
Wilbur Chapman accepted Christ as a result of his presentation of the gospel.
Chapman later employed a baseball player to help him prepare
to conduct an evangelistic crusade.
That ballplayer, who later became a powerful evangelist himself,
was Billy Sunday.
In 1924 a group of businessmen invited Billy Sunday to hold an evangelistic campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina, which resulted in many people coming to Christ.
Out of that revival meeting a group of men formed a men’s prayer group to pray for the world.
They prayed for Charlotte to have another great revival.
God sent another evangelist named Mordecai Hamm.
Hamm went to Charlotte in 1934 to hold a crusade.
Ham’s crusade went well, even though it did not have many converts.
On one of the last nights under the big tent one tall, lanky young man
walked up the aisle to receive Christ.
That man’s name was Billy Graham.
Talk about a chain of events!
And it all started with an ordinary Christian named
who reached D.L. Moody,
who reached Wilbur Chapman,
who reached Billy Sunday,
who reached Mordecai Ham,
who reached Billy Graham.
Look at what God has done over these many years
because of the faithfulness of one person.
One ordinary person.
Just think of what God could do with you…
Originally from Queens, NY, Lois now calls northeastern PA home. You can find her blogging over at Walking on Sunshine where she shares a little of her life, but more importantly what’s for dinner at her house tonight.
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