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The Hundred-Year Influence of Henrietta Mears

HAVE YOU BEEN IMPACTED IN SOME WAY BY ANY OF THESE MINISTRIES?

It’s not inconceivable to say that Henrietta’s faithful Bible teaching, mentoring, discipling and passion for God and His Word has deeply affected you too, nearly one hundred years later. Her influence lives on through the lives of those she discipled, and the ripple effect of who they discipled. Amazing, isn’t it?

I have definitely been impacted by some of these leaders and people. Years ago, Michelle and I had the privilege to meet Vonnette Bright briefly at an event in Minnesota. Vonnette and her husband Bill had lived with Henrietta for many years, and founded Campus Crusade for Christ out of her home.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting Franklin Graham, Billy’s son, and have spent a little more time with Will Graham, Billy’s grandson. In fact, I have some wonderful short videos to share with you in coming weeks talking with Will about his grandfather and specifically about the 1949 crusade and all God did in that singular moment in history, which is still somehow impacting all of our stories today. Will plays his grandfather in the upcoming movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption, and we had the opportunity to visit the movie set last fall and see the replica of the 1949 crusade tent, where God moved so mightily. Angelina Jolie directed the first Unbroken film, and I’m thrilled that Universal is telling the second part of Louis’ story, in which his faith in Jesus Christ plays the major role, transforming his life.

When we were visiting the movie set, we also got to spend time with Luke Zamperini and his sister, who told of the the incredible power of the gospel in their dad’s life, and how it changed their family forever.

If you want to read more, I wrote more about Henrietta’s life and impact in my book Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence (Zondervan, 2019) and you can pre-order this now, and be the first to read it.

GOD’S POWER IN YOUR LIFE CAN CHANGE YOUR STORY, AND IT CAN CHANGE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.

God still loves to use people to turn the tide. He still is looking for people whose hearts are committed to Him, and He wants to send rescue to the lost and broken in our world today. If you feel ordinary, you are exactly the type of person God is looking for. Will you allow Him to fill you with faith and the Holy Spirit, and His heart of love for the people around you who need Him?

This article originally appeared here.

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Matt Brown (@evangelistmatt) is an evangelist, author of Awakening and founder of Think Eternity. He and his wife Michelle are impacting millions of people with the gospel each year through live events and online. They also minister to more than a million followers on social media daily.