2012 Relit: 3 WHO HELPED THE NEEDY

They looked beyond desire for personal wealth and popularity. They responded to the call to serve others as part of the call to live for God. They spent their lives making a difference.

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Image by SmugMug

Image by SmugMug

MILLARD FULLER (1935-2009)

Ministry emphasis: Making affordable homes for the needy.

Organization used to accomplish his task: Habitat for Humanity.

 Beginning of Millard Fuller post: Jesus told a wealthy, young man of His day that to gain eternal life he should sell his possessions and divide the money among the poor (Matthew 19:21)… In the centuries since, some have willingly surrendered their wealth to God’s service. One such…

Read Millard’s full story- Millard Fuller.

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1823 portrait of Elizabeth Fry byCharles Robert Leslie

1823 portrait of Elizabeth Fry byCharles Robert Leslie

ELIZABETH FRY (1780-1845)

Ministry emphasis: Prison reform.

Location where she accomplished her task: London’s Newgate Prison.

Beginning of Elizabeth Fry post: God used Elizabeth Fry to pioneer prison reform, especially among women. She invested her life  showing Jesus to others less fortunate than herself.

Elizabeth Gurney was born in Norwich, England, to a nominal Quaker family. At age seventeen she…

Read Elizabeth’s full story- Elizabeth Fry.

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Detail of 1828 portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Detail of 1828 portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE: (1759-1833)

Ministry emphasis: Passing anti-slavery laws in England (plus other social reforms).

Organizations used to accomplish his task: Parliament, the Society for the Reformation of Manners.

Beginning of William Wilberforce post: England’s great Christian reformer in Parliament felt weary from the long battle to stop his country’s slave trade. He carefully opened and read the creased letter he’d taken from his Bible. He let the words soak in: “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing…”

Read William’s full story- William Wilberforce.

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About William E. Richardson

I'm married to a wonderful woman named Deb. We're the parents of a son and daughter who bring great joy to our lives. I currently pastor the Assembly of God church in Afton, Iowa.
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