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The People to Live for

The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, W. Wiersbe, p. 185

One Sunday evening, William Booth was walking in London with his son, Bramwell, who was then 12 or 13 years old. The father surprised the son by taking him into a saloon! The place was crowded with men and women, many of them bearing on their faces the marks of vice and crime; some were drunk. The fumes of alcohol and tobacco were poisonous. "Willie," Booth said to his son, "These are our people; these are the people I want you to live for and bring to Christ."

Years later, Bramwell Booth wrote, "The impression never left me."