Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
William Booth was a preacher, author, and humanitarian. He is known for founding The Salvation Army. He was its first General of The Salvation Army from 1865 until 1912.
William Booth was born into a prosperous family in 1829 in Sneinton, Nottingham, England. He had four siblings. When he was a child his family descended into poverty. In 1842, he had to leave school and was apprenticed to a pawnbroker.
After a couple of years, Booth became a Methodist and decided to leave his occupation. He became an evangelist lay preacher. In 1853, he became a minister in Lincolnshire. He married Catherine Mumford in 1855.
Booth ended up resigning after an 1861 conference to become an independent evangelist. In 1865, he was preaching to the poor and destitute of London’s East End. This led to him and his wife opening The Christian Revival Society. It was later renamed The Christian Mission. One of the charitable things they did was open soup kitchens.
The Salvation Army came next and was modeled after the military. They had uniforms, songs, and a flag. While Booth became the General, others were named officers and soldiers. During the 1880s, it extended to other countries. While Booth was General, The Salvation Army worked to help 58 countries and colonies.
William Booth published a magazine and several books. After its 1890 release, In Darkest England and the Way Out, became a best-seller. It has been reprinted multiple times.
The Salvation Army has faced opposition, however opinions have changed to being supportive of the organization’s work. William Booth left an impressive legacy and has been honored. He and his wife, Catherine, had nine children. He died in 1912 and many people attended his funeral. Memorials have been constructed and places have been named after him. Be inspired! Have a bright day!