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A short story of youth and children's leaders

Si Walker, 19th September 2015

Portrait of Dwight L. Moody

Dwight L. Moody

‘Come with me to 1855. A Sunday School teacher called Edward Kimball has recognised the potential in a young lad. Kimball and the lad agree to meet up regularly to talk about faith and life. Over time, through investing in this relationship Kimball leads the young teen to Christ and then helps him grow in his relationship with God as they continue to meet for an hour or so every week. When the boy grows up he ends up travelling all over the world telling people about Jesus. The boy’s name was D.L. Moody.’ (1)

'they continue to meet for an hour or so every week'

Recently Christianity Today called D.L. Moody one of the greatest evangelists of the 19th Century.

Be encouraged in the small and sometimes feeble-feeling work that you do for the Lord Jesus. Even if the hours of preparation and leading of groups never produce a D.L. Moody, we will see fruit from our ministry on the final day that we can scarcely begin to imagine now.

(1) From Premier Youthwork Magazine Feb 2015