Listen to American Minute
American Minute from William J. Federer
William and Catherine Booth began by ministering to the poor, drunk and outcast on the dirty and dangerous streets of London’s east side.
They fought to end sex-trafficking and teenage prostitution in England.
Catherine Booth said:
“I felt as though I must go and walk the streets and besiege the dens where these hellish iniquities are going on. To keep quiet seemed like being a traitor to humanity.”
In 30 years, the number of the Salvation Army rescue homes grew from one in Whitechapel to 117 homes around the world.
Awarded an honorary degree from Oxford, Booth traveled the United States, met President Theodore Roosevelt and opened a session of the United States Senate with prayer.
William Booth wrote:
“While there is a drunkard left, while there is a lost girl upon the streets, where there remains one dark soul without the light of God-I’ll fight! I’ll fight to the very end.”
Years after his death, William Booth’s daughter, Evangeline, became their new leader.
President Franklin Roosevelt sent her a telegram, September 4, 1934, saying:
“Please accept my sincere congratulations on your election as General of the Salvation Army throughout the world. In these troubled times it is particularly important that the leadership of all good forces shall work for the amelioration of human suffering and for the preservation of the highest spiritual ideals.”
“Your efforts as Commander-in-Chief of the Salvation Army…have earned the gratitude and admiration of millions of your countrymen.”
This article is printed with the permission of the author(s). Opinions expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the article’s author(s), or of the person(s) or organization(s) quoted therein, and do not necessarily represent those of American Clarion or Dakota Voice LLC.
Comment Rules: Please confine comments to salient ones that add to the topic; Profanity is not allowed and will be deleted; Spam, copied statements and other material not comprised of the reader’s own opinion will be deleted.
- Spiritual Rebirth the Most Pressing Need
- God Grants Liberty Only to Those Who Will Defend It
- The Course Christians Take in Politics
- Commending the Bible
- The Thought of Industry in the Hands of Paganism