“The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.” – Jack Kemp
I was reminded of this truth again this week. Last night I finished a meeting at a church called Hardies Chapel in Gordon, GA Probably most of you have never heard of it. But the story of their beginning impressed me and I wanted to share it with our readers.
In 1894 an orphan girl, Mollie Peacock, was visiting some relatives in Hahira, GA. While there she attended church and obeyed the gospel through the teaching of W. J. Haynes. Later Mollie relocated to lived with an aged Aunt and Uncle near Lewiston. Unfortunately, there was not a church in the community where she could worship. So, Mollie resolved to find a gospel preacher to come and plant one.
Mollie learned of a preacher, W. A. Cameron, whom she wrote and asked to come and preach to that community. During the week of July 11-15, 1900, Cameron preached 9 sermons which aroused a great deal of interest. Soon, he followed up with an 8 day meeting and presented 16 gospel lessons. As a result 24 men and women were baptized into Christ. The church was “set in order” and the new group now called Hardies Chapel began on August 5, 1900.
By 1952 W. A. Cameron, by his own account, had visited Hardies Chapel 33 times, preached 458 sermons and baptized 146 people. Today, the church still meets and is served by a dedicated evangelist, Danny Roberts and his wife Pat.
While Hardies Chapel is small by the world’s standards, I couldn’t help but think how one little orphan girl made a difference in the lives of lots of people and impacted an entire community. What if Mollie had said, “There’s not a church here and there’s nothing I can do about it?”
Suppose she had excused herself by saying like Jeremiah of old, “I am but a youth”?
Mollie could rationalized that her Aunt and Uncle didn’t agree. Or who would listen to a teenage girl? Why would a preacher make a 175 mile trip at the request of kid he didn’t know? To people he’d never seen? To a church that didn’t exist? And with no promise of a paycheck?
Yet, Mollie Peacock had faith as a “grain of mustard seed.” And W. A. Cameron came to do the work of evangelist, to sow the seed, and let God give the increase! And God did! 115 years later there meets a group of Christians who are living testimony to the power of one person!
So, when you’re tempted to think your life doesn’t matter. Or you couldn’t possibly make a difference. Or that you’re too young. Unimportant. Or lack power and prestige. Remember Mollie!
Stephen Covey was right when he wrote: “.. one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf.”
Who knows what influence you can exert? Or what the results of your faith may produce? Or how many lives you my touch in the next 100 years?
Never quit believing. Trying. Serving. And Sharing.
Remember there is power in one person. Remember Mollie Peacock.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman