Borrowed from Captain David Collinson on Founders Day, today, 2nd July.
Salvationists in Nottingham, William Booth’s birthplace, honoured the Founder’s memory by a demonstration in the public parks. The plural, Founders’ Day, was adopted to recognize the part played not only by William and Catherine Booth but by all the Christian Mission pioneers. From 1924 to 1939, Founders’ Day continued to be celebrated on 5th July, but, from 1940 onwards, Founders’ Day changed to 2nd July, which according to Colonel Robert Sandall, the Army’s historian, was the anniversary of the first Tent Meeting at which William Booth preached on the Quaker Burial Ground in Whitechapel.
Today is an opportunity to reflect on what God has done through the obedience and passion of this amazing couple William & Catherine Booth. You may want to take some time today and go down to your local park and ask what can we do now that would have a similar impact in our local community. Having a meeting every night of the week in a public setting where people were challenged with the gospel message still seems radical today. Lets ask God what we can do 144 years after that initial meeting that will also result in changed lives and a reformed society.