“His money gifts, great as they were, were not the chief of his gifts to Birmingham. His noble life and the high intent he set before men, the great example he gave of devotion to duty and of care for the welfare of his common men - these were gifts of priceless value to the community in which he lived" anonymous tribute to Richard Cadbury
The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 20:10). Many recently have learned the power of holding on the testimony of God's faithfulness when praying for the sick but there are many powerful testimonies of Kingdom believers transforming their business and their community.
The 'Angel of Newgate' came from a wealthy, industrious Quaker family from Norwich. Elizabeth Fry (nee Gurney) married in to the chocolate manufacturing family, Fry. She is ubiqutous from being on the back of the old five pound note for more than 15 years and yet few know her story.
'Blood and Fire' is the famous phrase of Booth's Salvation Army but few now know as well as being a fiery evangelist (and imaginative at that, in the latter years of his life Booth imported Model T Fords to transport and him and draw huge crowds) Booth was a great business man and social reformer. He and his wife, Catherine bought and ran a farm to train local people with lifeskills. They established a bank that still provides excellent customer service today, the Reliance Bank, through which Salvation Army workers were and still are paid. Booth bought a derelict factory in 1891 and developed in to a model factory. At the time match makers were common in East London paying poorly to their generally female workers who suffered from 'Phossy Jaw' due to the red phosphorus that was used to make matches but which also attacked the muscles and nerves of the face. Booth's 'Light of the world' safety matches were made using white phosphorus that did not cause 'Phossy Jaw'. The matches sold so well that rival manufacturers, like Bryant and May, were forced to change their products to compete. Booth paid his workers twice the rate and installed large windows to make the factory light and airy and provided wash basins and toilet facilities.
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