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Speaking Up for Others

[William Booth was born on April 10, 1829.]

William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, saw horrifying sights when he visited London’s East End. Homeless people slept outside, many families were sick and had no way to go to a doctor, and most were hungry and cold. William noted that horses in England got better care than the people of the East End.

Temptations to sin were everywhere. One visitor said that bars had little stair steps at the counter so even small children could reach the alcohol.

It seemed to William that no one outside the East End was paying attention to the people and problems there. He and his wife, Catherine, spent the rest of their lives telling the needy people about Jesus and speaking and writing to others about their plight.

Can you speak up for others?

• Are there times when it is right to be silent and not speak up?

• If you are with a group of kids making fun of someone who is not present, is that a good time to speak up for the person who is not there?

• Has someone ever spoken up for you?

• Have you ever heard someone speak out against Christians who stand up for Christian beliefs? What is the best way to speak up for the truth and for other Christians?

Sometimes it’s not easy to speak up. Others may not appreciate your efforts in the same way people opposed the Booths when they spoke up.

You can get strength to do the right thing from God and the Bible, Christian adults, and others who are willing to join you in speaking up.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves; defend the rights of all those who have nothing. Speak up and judge fairly, and defend the rights of the poor and needy” — Proverbs 31:8-9, NCV

(Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book and DVD set, available at The book includes 144 pages of stories, devotionals, challenging coloring pages, extreme dot-to-dots, crafts, and activities related to the 16 heroes on the accompanying Torchlighters DVDs.) 


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