Shoe Salesman for Jesus

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. (Philemon 6)

Never underestimate the impact of sharing your faith. One little conversation can change the world. Literally.

Let me tell you a story . . .

In the 1800s, a humble Sunday school teacher named Ed Kimball helped lots of people get to know Jesus. Ever hear of him? Probably not.

One of those people was a disgruntled teenager named Dwight Moody. Moody’s antics made him seem like a long shot to ever become a Christian. But Kimball never gave up.

One day, Kimball felt led to visit Moody at the shoe store where he worked. The plain-spoken Kimball kept it simple. He asked Moody “to come to Christ, who loved him and who wanted his love and should have it.” Deeply moved, Moody decided to give his heart to Christ right there on the spot.

Moody turned that little shoe store into his own personal mission field, sharing his new faith with anyone who would listen. He went on to become the greatest evangelist of his generation, preaching to crowds as large as 20,000.

But that’s not the end of the story.

A young man named Fred Meyer once saw Moody preach. He was so moved that he decided to launch his own outreach ministry. He preached at colleges all over the country and helped lead many to Christ.

A man named Wilbur Chapman came to one of Meyer’s rallies and gave his heart to Jesus. Chapman got involved in the YMCA and mentored a former pro baseball player named Billy Sunday. Sunday, too, went on to become a great evangelist.

Chapman arranged for Sunday to preach at a revival in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was such a huge success that they decided to have a second one, inviting another well known evangelist named Mordecai Ham to preach.

As Ham spoke, a young man named Billy came forward to give his life to Jesus. That young man’s last name? Graham. Ever hear of him?

And all because a Sunday school teacher took the time to visit a shoe store.



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