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The previous post told the story of Samuel Morris, an African prince who trusted Christ as his Savior and developed a passion for sharing Christ with others. Read more about Samuel in the story below from The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available at

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

Samuel Morris was left waiting in an office while the man he came to see, Stephen Merritt, went to a meeting. Mr. Merritt was a pastor Samuel had heard about in Africa. Samuel went to the office at Mr. Merritt’s mission in New York City when he first arrived in America. “I have come from Africa to learn from you about the Holy Spirit,” Samuel told Mr. Merritt.

What do you do when you have to wait in a doctor’s office or somewhere else? Do you read?
Fidget? Pray? Play a game?

Samuel had to wait a long time because Mr. Merritt forgot about him after his meeting! Later that night, Mr. Merritt returned to his office. What do you suppose he found Samuel doing? Samuel was faithfully giving his testimony to the men at the mission. While Mr. Merritt was gone, Samuel had led 17 of the men to Christ!

Samuel stayed with Mr. Merritt for about a month. One Sunday, Mr. Merritt took Samuel to a
youth Sunday school class. Samuel was different from the other students in many ways, and they laughed at him. But by the time Mr. Merritt came to get Samuel after the class, Samuel had shared his testimony with the group and they were weeping, sobbing, and repenting of their sins.

Can you think of some places where you could tell someone about Jesus?

Find information about resources about Samuel Morris resources herehere, and here.


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