Early Salvation Army Work
From the time she was a teenager, Miriam spoke and prayed publicly in the Salvation Army meetings. She was such an anointed speaker that she was speaking to crowds of over 1,500 before she was even 16 years old. She was also gifted at leading prayer meetings, and seemed to thrive in a crowd.
If you think that she was given such opportunities because of who she was, I am pleased to say that you are mistaken. The Booth family were held to the same rules and requirements as any other Salvation Army personnel, including officer training.
While in officer training, she won the respect and love of her peers. Keep in mind that many of the young people entering officer training had only received minimal education. Knowing this, Miriam was on the lookout for young ladies that she suspected did not know how to study. She would invite them to join her study groups, and would offer some help with their classes. When she made the highest score in her graduating class, her peers carried her through the halls on their shoulders.
Basically, going into the pubs and bars served two purposes: it was an evangelistic outreach to some of the people who needed the most help, and was a means of weeding out officer who couldn't handle the hostility and opposition they were bound to face.
TO BE CONTINUED!
Sara McCaslin is an engineer, a computer scientist, and a freelance writer.