J Wilbur Chapman attended one of Moody’s Chicago meetings during the 1870”s and was saved. He began working with Moody to set up the crusades and hired former baseball star, Billy Sunday, to be an advance man for the crusades.
Billy Sunday began holding his own evangelistic meetings and in 1924, in Charlotte, NC.. The Layman’s Evangelistic Club evolved from those meetings and those laymen were instrumental in inviting Mordecai Ham to Charlotte for evangelistic meetings in 1934.
A 16 year old in attendance at Ham’s meetings accepted christ as his personal savior. His name was Billy Graham, who became a prominent American evangelist through the remainder of the 20th century, holding televised crusades around the world.
We never know who our lives will touch, but there are threads connecting us all. A Sunday school teacher made a difference in my life at 8 years old when she told me about a loving Christ. At age 14, I began teaching my own class and I am a youth teacher today. Whenever I am tempted to give up, I remember these statistics:
- 88% of Christians had an experience with Christ before age 19.
- Of those, 68% were between 9 and 14 years of age.
- There is a 30% chance for an entire family to be saved if you win a child to Christ.
Our children are our heritage! We must reach them while their hearts are tender for Christ.
Father, help me to see, love and reach out to the children around me, encouraging them to come to you! Amen.