Of all the religious organizations out there, I think the Salvation Army used to have the most fascinating terminology for church-related things. In this first part of a series of articles on Salvation Army terminology, we are going to take a quick look at their basic terminology like knee drills, firing volleys, soldiers, officers, and articles of war!
Gray Hair ... A Blessing?
It turns out that Elizabeth would never have been as effective in China if she had come as a young woman instead. It seems her gray hair was especially fascinating to the local women, and they were sure that this “Elder Sister” (as they nicknamed her) was especially wise and knowledgeable because of her silver hair. While many missionaries struggled to gather crowds, the locals begged Elizabeth to talk with them and teach them because of their respect for the wisdom that her hair color implied. They stayed to listen because she was wise, wise in the things of God.
Elizabeth would have to wait 30 years to fulfill the call of God on her life
Not much can be found about the early years of Elizabeth Wilson, such as who her parents were or when she was born. We do know that she was brought up in a Christian home, and according to her mother was interested in the things of God at a very young age. It was also at a very young age that Elizabeth was horrified to discover that some people didn’t love God.
Here is an excerpt from Bunyan's discussion with the Constable upon his arrest. My comments are in [ ] square brackets.
CONSTABLE: What do you do there? And why do you not content yourself with following your calling (tinker)? for it is against the law, that such as you should be admitted to do as you do. [It seems that their major issue with Bunyan was that he was preaching without being ordained by the government-encouraged national church. How dare a mere tinker take it upon himself to preach the Gospel!]
BUNYAN: The intent of my coming thither, and to other places, was to instruct, and counsel people to forsake their sins, and close in with Christ, lest they did miserably perish; and that I could do both these without confusion (to wit), follow my calling, and preach the Word also.
Sara McCaslin is an engineer, a computer scientist, and a freelance writer.