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A Hero’s Birthday

William Booth, born April 10, 1829, faced rowdy crowds, physical attacks, and cranky drunks when he took the gospel to the poor people on the streets of London.

William had learned something about poverty while he was growing up. He had to quit school and go to work at age 13 to help support his family. His wife, Catherine, did not have an easy childhood, either. A spinal condition kept her in bed for months at a time. But she was able to read the entire Bible eight times before she was 12!

Together they reached many poor and struggling people for Christ. Through their work and their willingness to endure obstacles, God changed lives forever.

Their story is told in the Torchlighters DVD, The William Booth Story, produced by Christian History Institute and The Voice of the Martyrs. (See the trailer above.) The DVD is available at VOMBooks.com. Free student and leader guides for the story are available in the Downloads section of this site.




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