Published on July 1st, 2015
This year the Salvation Army is celebrating their 150th anniversary. Salvation Army members from around the world are gathering in London, England. Read below a story from the Kids of Courage archives about the early days of the Salvation Army.
Peter Monk was an Irish prize fighter. He was used to fighting people for money.
Peter went to a meeting where William Booth was preaching about how to follow Jesus. Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army, and he ministered among the poor in London.
Even though Peter was used to fights and was not a Christian, he didn”t like it when the rowdy crowd gave Booth a hard time. He calmed the crowd and soon became a follower of Booth and of his Savior, Jesus.
People who didn’t like the Salvation Army continued to oppose the work. In one year (1882), 669 Salvation Army members were attacked and 69 meetings buildings vandalized.
(Source: 70 Great Christians)
The attacks did not stop the Army”s work. Today the Salvation Army serves God and the poor in 126 countries throughout the world.