Sunday, November 18, 2007

Wow....Wow....I'm almost speechless

I just finished watching the movie Amazing Grace.
It tells the story of William Wilberforce
He worked for 46 years to end slavery of all kinds in Great Britain.
He stood on the shoulders of great men like John Newton (author of Amazing Grace), John Wesley and more.
One man, who understood what needed to happen, and kept going, regardless of personal issues, problems and illness.
He had a patience I long for.

Wow. If I can have that patience as I help build a children's/youth ministry here at the church, what amazing things might happen? What lives could I impact? What things could they do to make the world a better place?

Wow. I'll watch this movie again and again. It is inspiring. Never give up, always move forward. Remember to dream.

Thanks Anna for suggesting we watch this movie.

From Wikipedia
Wilberforce began his political career in 1780. He became a Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784–1812), and independent supporter of the Tory party.

A close friend of Prime Minister William Pitt, in 1785 he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian.

In 1787 he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Beilby Porteus and Hannah More and Lord Middleton.

At their suggestion he was persuaded to take on the cause, and became one of the leading English abolitionists, heading the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade, which he saw through to the eventual passage of the Slave Trade Act in 1807.

In later years he supported the campaign for complete abolition, which eventually led to the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833, paving the way for the gradual abolition of internal/indigenous slavery in all British colonies.

A tireless campaigner for the abolition of slavery, Wilberforce died just three days after hearing of the passage of the Act through Parliament.

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