On this date, April 10, 1829, William Booth, founder and first General of the Salvation Army, was born in Nottingham, England.

He once said, “While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight—while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, where there remains one dark soul without the light of God—I’ll fight! I’ll fight to the very end!”

Although his passion and zeal at times caused friction in relationships, he was committed to winning the lost, in helping the poor, in offering second chances. I love this quote which is often attributed to him; “Go for souls and go for the worst!”

Go for souls, and go for the worst!

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