In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all. Colossians 3:11 TLB
Best known, perhaps, as wife to William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, Catherine lead alongside her husband as co-founder and sharing the ministry to which she was called.
It was Catherine’s influence that determined communion would not be observed because of the work they did with alcoholics. In those days, communion was also served with wine and Catherine saw this as a potential problem for those in their ministry who were fighting this destructive addiction.
Catherine felt a call to share fully as a minister. She was quick to discount any belief that a woman was not to preach or be ordained in every way. She was deemed “the Army mother” by the congregants in this growing church.
William and Catherine were ordinary people who determined to give themselves fully to God’s calling on their lives.
“I know not what He is about to do with me, but I have given myself entirely into His hands.”
What began in London’s East End 149 years ago, has become a world-wide movement with a presence today in 126 countries. All because two people put their actions next to their faith. All because they gave themselves wholly to God.
This is part of a continuing series for write31days in which we explore the extraordinary ordinary people.