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TAKE COURAGE (a series of 4 books!)

- FINDING COURAGE IN GOD FOR LIFE

by Michelle J. Simpson

Full of stories and anecdotes, along with biblical truth, this book will be a great source of help and encouragement to many.

 

THE SECOND ACT

- THE REMARKABLE STORY OF MISSIONARY JAMES O. FRASER'S SUCCESSOR

by Stuart Simpson

This is the story about Stuart's close association with one of the most successful missionaries in the modern era, along with 20 key principles and lessons we can learn from Fraser's life and ministry, still applicable today.

FINDING GOD IN CHINESE CHARACTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 by Stuart M. Simpson

A unique pack of 25 Chinese characters with bi-lingual explanatory guide.

A great tool for anyone with Chinese friends and in ministry to Chinese!

William & Catherine Booth

Champions for the Poor

The Gospel of the Kingdom, as preached and practiced by Jesus and the early Church, was primarily biased towards the poor, the marginalized and socially disadvantaged.  Just as today, Britain in the nineteenth century had many social problems, none greater than the East End of London where there was much poverty and misery.  However, during this time the bulk of the Church made little or no attempt to minister to the poor and downtrodden in society.  It was the radical approach of William (1829-1912) and Catherine Booth (1829-1890) and The Salvation Army to champion the cause of the poorest and most needy, including alcoholics, criminals and prostitutes, and make the gospel meaningful to them.

The name The Salvation Army developed from an incident where William Booth was dictating a letter to his secretary and said, "We are a volunteer army."  His son, Bramwell Booth hearing his father spoke up and said, "Volunteer, I'm no volunteer, I'm a regular!"  As a result, the word "volunteer" was substituted for the word "salvation".  The Salvation Army was modelled after the military, with its own flag (or colours) and its own music, often with Christian words to popular tunes sung in the pubs.  Booth and the other soldiers in "God's Army" would wear the Army's own uniform, 'putting on the armour,' for meetings and ministry work.  He became the "General" and his other ministers were given appropriate ranks as "officers".  Other members became "soldiers".  During his lifetime, William Booth established Army work in 58 countries and colonies, travelling extensively and holding, "salvation meetings."

Booth regularly published a magazine and was the author of a number of books, including In Darkest England and the Way Out, which not only became a best-seller after its 1890 release, it set the foundation for the Army's modern social welfare approach. It compared what was considered "civilised" England with "Darkest Africa" – a land then considered poor and backward. What Booth suggested was that much of London and greater England after the Industrial Revolution was not better off in the quality of life than those in the underdeveloped world.  The book proposed a strategy to apply the Christian Gospel and work ethic to the problems, abolishing vice and poverty by establishing homes for the homeless, farm  communities  where the urban poor can be trained in agriculture, training centres for prospective emigrants, homes for fallen women and released prisoners, aid for the poor, and help for drunkards.  He also lays down schemes for poor men’s lawyers, banks, clinics, industrial schools and even a seaside resort.  He says that if the state fails to meet its social obligations it will be the task of each Christian to step into the breach.

Some Christians felt he was a threat to the local church but in time, opinions towards Booth and the Salvation Army changed favourably.  In his later years, he was received in audience by kings, emperors and presidents, who were among his ardent admirers. Even the mass media began to use his title of 'General' with reverence.[i]  The Salvation Army remains one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid with a presence in 126 countries, running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless, providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries, and proclaiming the gospel through evangelistic activities.


[i] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Booth.