Who Reached You?
“You can count the apples on the tree, but who can count the apples in a seed?” goes the old saying. So it is with the influence of a single person like Edward Kimball. Never heard of him? Kimball was a Sunday school teacher. If you have ever taught the Bible to young boys, you know that the experience can often be like herding cats.
One young man, in particular, didn’t seem to understand what the gospel was about, so Kimball went to the shoe store where he was stocking shelves and shared with him the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That young man was Dwight L. Moody. Moody touched two continents for God, with thousands professing Christ through his ministry.
Under Moody, God reached Wilbur Chapman and at one of Chapman’s meetings, Billy Sunday was converted and then, through him, Mordecai Ham. Never heard of him? Well, when Ham came to Charlotte, North Carolina, a sandy-haired, lanky young man, then in high school, vowed that he wouldn’t go hear him preach, but Billy Frank, as he was called by his family, did eventually go. He responded to the invitation and was converted. Billy Frank eventually became known as Billy Graham, the evangelist.
What sequence of events will we start here at Bascomb?