Superheroes of the Faith – Mary Jones
Powerpoint Pictures: Teddy Bear; Sweets; Lego; Computer Game
What do you spend your pocket money on?
What do you buy if you are given money for your birthday or Christmas?
A teddy Bear.
Lego or some other toy.
A computer game.
I want to tell you about a girl who lived over 200 years ago called Mary Jones. Mary Jones loved Jesus, but her family was too poor to own a Bible, so if she wanted to read the Bible, she had to visit a neighbour.
Mary wanted to have a Bible of her own, so she decided to earn the money all by herself. She knitted socks to sell. She weeded people’s gardens. She collected firewood. She sold eggs from her chickens.
6 years later, she had enough money. But where could she buy a Bible?
The Rev. Thomas Charles was selling them, but he lived 25 miles away. Incredibly Mary Jones walked those 25 miles barefoot to visit him. When she arrived at Rev. Thomas Charles home, it was late. He only had one Bible left, which he had promised to someone else.
However, after listen to Mary Jones story he let here have the Bible. This incident would lead to Rev. Thomas Charles setting up a society to distribute Bible’s to people all over the world. It is still in existence and is known as the Bible Society.
Mary Jones’ Bible is in a museum today and there is a memorial stone alone the 25 miles route she walked that has on it the words she wrote in her Bible.
In 1 Peter 2:2-3 we read, “Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Mary Jones so craved the pure milk of the word, that saved up for 6 years and walked 25 miles barefoot to get a Bible. She tasted that the Lord is good and wanted that taste again.
May we see God’s Word just as important and special as Mary Jones did, and as we read it, taste and see that the Lord is good.
More talks about Superheroes of the Faith can be found HERE.