One Person At A Time
Jesus stated: “And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given Me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is My Father's will that all who see His Son and believe in Him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
Edward D. Kimball was a lay Sunday school teacher at the Congregational Church of Mount Vernon, Massachusetts. Not much is known about Kimball because he was a quiet servant of the Lord whose spiritual gift was leading young men one-at-a-time to accept Jesus Christ.
A young man appeared one Sunday morning in Kimball's class. Kimball handed him a closed Bible and began the lesson in the Book of John. He noticed the young man fumbling trying to locate John so he quietly handed his opened Bible to him.
The young man's name was Dwight L. Moody. Moody was working in a shoe store and Kimball's personal interest in each person sent him to visit Moody at his place of employment. Kimball walked into the store and found Moody in the backroom stocking shoes. He chatted to Moody regarding Christ and His love. According to the website: biblebelievers.com, it was “there at once in the back of that shoe store in Boston the future great evangelist gave himself and his life to Christ.”
Dwight L. Moody, was an American evangelist who became the founder of the Moody Church, Northfield School, Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, the Moody Bible Institute, and Moody Publishers.
Andrew the Apostle led people to Jesus one by one. Andrew's hometown was in Bethsaida of Galilee and he was a disciple of John the Baptist. He was a fisherman and the brother of Simon Peter. He was the first apostle of Jesus Christ. He had a special friendship with Him and was included in His inner circle.
Andrew was the first missionary. The first person he personally introduced to Jesus was his brother Peter. It is recorded in John 1 that he told Peter: “We have found the Messiah...then (he) brought Simon (Peter) to meet Jesus”.
Edward D. Kimball and Apostle Andrew both usually introduced people one by one, to Jesus. Andrew brought to Jesus the young boy who had “five barley loaves and 2 fish”; and Jesus, through a miracle, fed five thousand people.
There have been, and continue to be, many of God's people who are quiet missionaries who contain the same similarities and passion as Edward D. Kimball and Andrew the Apostle. They lead countless others one person at a time to Jesus Christ. It is their firm faith in Him, and their spiritual spontaneous understanding of knowing the true importance of one ordinary person's soul, that initiates them to introduce them to Jesus Christ.
Lord God, thank You for the examples in Your Word of men and women who care enough for each person to lead them to You. Help us to reach out to others, one by one. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington