Saturday, October 16, 2010

Helen "Nell" Sunday

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Evangelist's Wife 1868-1957

Helen Thompson met Billy Sunday, a new Christian and a Chicago White Stockings baseball player, at her church. When her boyfriend failed to show up for a Wednesday night service, Billy asked to walk her home. Thus began a relationship that endured for forty-seven years.
They married in 1888, and shortly after Billy Sunday began to preach evangelistic meetings, first assisting a seasoned preacher and later on his own. But he found it difficult to be separated from "his Nell." In spite of the responsibility of four children, Nell recognized that Billy needed her by his side. She eventually hired a nanny for the children and traveled with her husband doing administrative work, planning revivals, and supervising the staff. But most of all, Nell was there to encourage her husband. She once said, " Billy is my job." Without her encouraging presence, he might not have been the successful evangelist he was.
Speaking encouraging words is one of the most effective ways to help another person. In conversations with friends and family members, share a scripture verse or other appropriate cheerful words. It will help them keep thier eyes on the goal-Jesus Christ and His appearing.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds...let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10-24-25 NIV

Taken from Devotions for Women by Jewell Johnson

A great big Thank You to Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays.


sarah said...

wow. Their love was pretty special for her to have left her children to help support him. And he was really lucky to have her so dedicated to him. I love hearing about these women and the lives they lived. Thanks for this Lisa....

Whidbey Woman said...

Your Spiritual Sunday posts are always so interesting! Thank you for sharing.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

OH~~~~What a sweet story! I loved reading this. My husband is a big golfer sometimes I wish I could just go and encourage him and ride with him.
Thank-you for this lovely post today it touched my heart.
God Bless,

Ruth said...

what a beautiful story! thank you for sharing with us today. Blessings,

Donnie said...

What a lovely story we could all learn from. Have a blessed Sunday.

Saleslady371 said...

The world might view her life as playing second fiddle, but look at the fruit of their teamwork!

Renee said...

Very interesting post...I find myself wondering why she would leave her 4 children so much...wish I could ask her how she made that sacrifice!

Liz said...

I didn't know that!
Thanks for sharing. :) I think we sometimes forget that our encouraging words do mean something to our husbands. :)


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