For Ladies … Young Man, Be A Preacher

Ginny Lallance

As mothers and grandmothers, we often ask our little boys what they want to be when they grow up. We get various answers: a fireman, policeman, doctor, etc. Do we ever hear them say, “A preacher”? In the years past, that might have been the reply. However, in today’s society the thought of preaching the gospel is far removed from the minds of most young men. Why? Is it the allure of making money over the saving of souls? What a sad, but truthful, thought. Are we encouraging our young men to preach the gospel? Is Christianity being taught in our homes? Do Christ and His church come first? Only you, as the reader, can answer those questions.

Just recently, I talked with a young gospel preacher, a graduate of the West Virginia School of Preaching in Moundsville. Our conversation led to the writing of this article. What a wonderful opportunity my husband and I had to know this young man and his wife – to welcome them into our home, listen to him preach, and lend our support during their years at the school. We know of another graduate who is now in located work here in the mountain state. In addition, we know another young man who plans to enroll at WVSOP upon graduation from high school. Some words of the apostle Paul come to mind from Romans 10:16. “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel.” What joy to know of such men!

The young men I have mentioned above will not get rich in terms of worldly gain, but their spiritual wealth far outweighs any amount that may be in their physical bank accounts. Preaching the gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world is their desire!

I cannot begin to say enough about the WVSOP – of the dedication of the directors over the years, of the current director, brother Denver Cooper, who at the age of 87 will step down in the near future and hand over the reigns to another. I speak of the men from the brotherhood who devote untold hours to teaching, of the numerous congregations and individuals who support the students in a financial way in order to provide their free tuition.

So, in closing, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, or any lady reading this, we have a responsibility to pray for and encourage the young men we know. Nothing will mean more to them than to know someone is concerned about their future. Be a Eunice and a Lois, as are spoken of in 2 Timothy 1:5. In addition, we must give thought to the young ladies who will become their wives. To be a preacher’s wife will bring rewards way beyond the present. Teach our young ladies how important a role they can have in the life of a man who is willing to step out for the truth and proclaim that truth without hesitation.

We need more gospel preachers who have been taught the truth of God’s Word in our pulpits, and where better to receive that teaching and training than the WVSOP! -Route 2 Box 177, Belington, WV 26250.

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