Faith in Action {Catherine Booth}

In this new life oneโ€™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

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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.

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This is part of a continuing series for write31days in which we explore the extraordinary ordinary people.

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  1. Chrystal said:

    Love her story, and I really appreciate that quote. Change never happens without disrupting the current, and frequently in ways we didn’t anticipate.

    October 12, 2014
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    • Debby said:

      So true Chrystal. Her life is so inspiring, especially that quote. Faith can only be brave. Thanks for reading.

      October 12, 2014
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  2. Ponder said:

    So, you don’t do Communion with grape juice?

    October 12, 2014
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    • Debby said:

      No. As a denomination, we take the position that we should live a sacramental life daily and do not observe any of the sacraments. We aren’t against them but we do not practice them. Some, like us, may have communion at certain times like Good Friday or other significant service, though this is not endorsed denominationally.

      October 12, 2014
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