My Black History Heroes
This is the end of Black History Month but I wanted to take a moment and speak of two men who I am often in awe of how God used them.
The first man I want to share about is William Seymour. Seymour was used mightily of God in the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in the early 1900s. It is said that thousands crowded into the mission to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues and to witness or receive one of the miracles that this ministry was noted for.
There is a website, 312 Azusa Street, which was the address of the mission, that can give you far more information than I am able in this single post, but the most amazing miracles took place under his ministry: creative miracles of limbs growing out, fire on the mission like that of the burning bush, people receiving new languages they had never spoken before and going to the mission fields, and too many more to name. If you’ve never read about him, he is someone you should know.
My other favorite person is George Washington Carver known for the more than 300 ways he invented in using the peanut and 100 ways in using the sweet potato. Although this is all fascinating, as is his story from slavery to well known botanist; what inspires me about him is his faith in God.
If you were to read an article about him, you might not find this information; but he said he was often inspired by God as he would look at a plant, seeing what to create and how to do it. Amazing! Every morning he was said to get up and spend time praying and then he would go into his lab and create. Although criticized by some for this “strategy” he was considered not just a great black scientist, but a prominent scientist and inventor. I’m so amazed by his faith and prayer life as I am with Seymour. I hope someday my prayer life will be thought to be equally as inspiring.
Both of these men are someone I am glad I had the privilege of learning about and I believe they are someone you should know! Wonderful Jesus!