14 People in Your Community You Should Share the Christmas Message With

 

 

Christmas is the best time to share the Gospel message! People are in a cheery festive mood and more willing to receive anything. Here are some very practical ways you can spread the Christmas message in your own community! 

Supplies: 

 

  • A quality Gospel tract. Our favorite is Ultimate Questions by John Blanchard. You can purchase it on Amazon. On this website you can find the content inside the tract, so you know what you’re buying. 
  • Add a label sticker on the back of the Gospel tract with the name of a good local church they can visit. On that sticker include resources like a link for “Creation Science for Students and Beyond” sending them to Institute for Creation Research
  • A treat/gift. Always give the Gospel tracts with a little treat like a candy cane, some cookies, a soda, a mandarine etc.
  • Pray for all the people you give to, that God would use this to touch their heart and change their lives! 

People that are neglected in ‘random acts of kindness’

When you spread the Christmas message you are somehow doing ‘random acts of kindness’ as some people like to call them. The people that get the most attention are the postman or firefighters, but there are several other people who work just as hard and are overlooked. I wanted to show where you can spread the Gospel this Christmas in your community! 

The Grocery Store Cashier 

Get your cashier a chocolate or a bag of mandarines, and include a Gospel tract. Tell them “Merry Christmas and thank you for your excellent work!” I tell you they will be so pleasantly surprised and touched. Make it even more special if it is a cashier/clerk you are familiar with! They will remember you for a long time.

Community College Police 

This is for all the college students out there. With all the hatred we’ve seen against police lately (here in America at least), this will be a great way to reach out to them and show your support. Get something store-bought and sealed so it doesn’t look suspicious to them, and add a Gospel tract and card. Go to their office and thank them for their service, tell them how much you appreciate that they keep your campus safe! 

Alternatively, if you feel led, bring some store-bought cookies to your local police department and thank them for their service. 

The Janitor 

If you are in a large corporation or work for a company, you can spread the Christmas cheer to the janitors. You can also do this for the janitors at church, at school- anywhere. Give them something home-made or store bought and a Gospel tract. They will be so surprised! If they speak another language, try to find a Gospel tract in their language. 

The Bank Teller

I think bank tellers usually get something special from customers during the holidays, but still- give them a little treat with a Gospel tract and thank them for their service! 

The Nurse

Nurses work super hard- I can tell you from experience. 12 hour shifts are no joke. They don’t often get the ‘random acts of kindness’ either. So find a nurse somewhere in your community- either at a hospital, nursing home or somewhere, and give them a treat and a Gospel tract. 

The Garbage Man

If you are ever home when the garbage man comes around, make sure you give them something special too! They do a hard job and probably never get anything special. Remember to include a Gospel tract! 

Roadworkers/Construction workers

If you have road workers or construction workers in your area, you may try to find a way to share a Christmas treat with them too- homemade treats are awesome for them! They will be giddy as little children I guarantee you. Get your dad, husband or man in your life to hand it to them or to accompany you so you will be safe and try not to step into the construction zone, but get their attention and call them over to where you are. Make sure you have plenty of Gospel tracts so they can share.  

Hotel Maids, Gas station service-person, Bus driver

If you’re traveling this Christmas, you may be staying at a hotel, or going in states where they have gas station service-people (and the cashier at the gas station). Make sure you spread the Christmas cheer by giving them a little treat and a Gospel tract! Or if you commute regularly to work with public transportation, you can give a treat+Gospel tract to the bus driver, taxi driver, etc. 

The pizza delivery person 

If you have a milkman that brings milk or a pizza delivery guy, remember to give them a Gospel tract and treat also! 

Families & single mothers in poor trailer-home neighborhoods

Seek out a poor neighborhood like a trailer home park or an apartment complex where you know honest but poor people live and bring them a basket of goodies with a Gospel tract, and maybe a gift card to a grocery store so they can do some shopping. And please- no canned foods. I don’t believe canned foods are really “our best”- give them (for maybe once in their life), some quality food.

Senior citizens

Go to a nursing home and do some Christmas caroling and hand out a treat with a Gospel tract to the elderly people. 

Additionally, organize a Christmas card event for the elderly in your church who may be lonely. Get their mailing addresses and share them with church members encouraging them to send a Christmas card to a lonely elderly person in your church. 

So basically look around you and have an open eye for regular people who need the gospel message! 

Who else would you recommend? I’m curious to hear! 

Midweek Music: Cello Ensemble

Happy December 1st, or to those on the other side of the world, happy December 2nd! Christmas will be here before you know it! 

These talented Asian cellists play a rendition of the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth”. I have just discovered them on youtube and have enjoyed re-playing the song multiple times throughout the day.

Turn on the music and play it in the background as you do your homework, clean the home, or just do your daily activities (if you’re not at work). 

The lyrics of this hymn are lovely. It is like a Thanksgiving prayer. 

Share with me what you are thankful for today in the comments below!

My Reasons of Gratitude 
As I am writing this post, I am thankful that I received a free copy of the book “Rebel With A Cause” autobiography of Franklin Graham in the mail. Despite the fact that it was published a long time ago (1995), I never read it, can you believe it!?! So now it’s mine to read whenever I want. I also was able to bake some eclaires for my cousin’s birthday today, so it was a wonderful day. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvbhfPMaGtk

FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH

For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

2. For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

3. For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

4. For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

5. For thy church, that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

6. For thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

This Christmas- Give To These People!

Last week, I had a post about gift ideas for Christmas for those difficult people that you can’t find a gift for. (Note, it is updated with a few more ideas).

Remember the Poor

But, of course, Christmas is not about material things or about presents and all the outward decor and celebration. It is about Christ- the Ultimate gift of all eternity, our Redeemer and Savior, God-Man. It makes sense to share the joy with those who need it most this season. Let us remember the poor (Gal 2:10). 

Remember the workers in ministry

In addition, let us remember ministries that help spread the Gospel or defend the faith with integrity. Below are a few of the ministries I like and recommend that you consider to give to during this Christmas season. 

Samaritan’s Purse by Franklin Graham Ministries

I was personally blessed by Samaritan’s Purse as a young child. There were a few times at Christmas when their gift boxes that they give to children were about the only Christmas present I received as a missionary child. Click on the title to see their Christmas gift guide. You can give even as little as $8 and help a family plant a fruit tree, or send a missionary doctor, or give a lamb that sings “Jesus Loves Me” for a blind child.

Operation Heal Our Patriots

Another one of Franklin Graham’s ministry is Operation Heal Our Patriots. This is for my countrymen here in America. You can show your support for the troops by donating to this ministry that reaches out to veterans with PTSD and have a struggling marriage. I love this patriotic type of giving! 

HeartCry Missionary Society

The ministry of Pastor Paul Washer. If you look on their website you will see a map of their ministry all over the world, in US, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, China, Russia.

I praise the Lord that brother Paul Washer is a humble man of prayer and integrity and may the Lord keep him that way. So it is a ministry of integrity.

Bible Society in the UK

I just recently learned more about this ministry. I am not familiar with the leadership, but the story of how they began is very touching. Many years ago, a young Welsh girl desperately wanted to have a Bible of her own and traveled 26 miles to get one from a Reverend. That inspired the Reverend to start a society to spread Bibles in Wales and around the world.

Now they’ve been spreading Bibles in more than 200 countries, including Communist countries. You can get some lovely free stickers from them for Christmas too! I think it’s a lovely idea to donate something to spread Bibles in countries where they are not easily accessible. 

Romanian Orphan Ministries

This ministry reaches out to many orphan children in Romania, a country in Eastern Europe that was under Communism until 1989. The founder of this ministry is an American. Read his story on the website- it is quite amazing to see the round-about way the Lord has brought him to start such a ministry. They are a Christian organization that seek to disciple and help young Romanian orphans. 

Institute for Creation Research

This amazing ministry offers resources for Christians all around the world. They provide videos online, books, DVDs, magazines, articles, devotionals, and a free monthly magazine. They help Christians defend the Biblical worldview of how God is the Creator.

The organization is made of highly skilled Christian scientists with Ph.D’s and science degrees who humbly teach churches and laypeople logical ways of defending the faith. They travel all around the United States and hold seminars and conferences. They have also sent some scientists internationally to a conference in South Korea to teach! I have been supporting them for years, and I praise God that he has godly men of integrity teaching the about Genesis- the first book of the Bible, which is the foundation for the rest. 

20-something Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Budget!

NOTE: The list has been updated (11.29.16) 

I thought it would be neat to share some gift ideas for Christmas because there’s always that difficult person in everyone’s life that you can’t seem to find the perfect gift for! In my family it is usually my mom, and my sister. It’s not that they are picky or anything. I just need that perfect present. 

You will find a gift idea for everyone: husband, wife, mom, dad, aunt, grandma, co-workers, friends- anyone you can imagine. 

I tried to focus on things that can be meaningful or practical- not actual junk that people accumulate at Christmas. I am not associated or affiliated with any of the organizations/companies listed here, and I did not receive anything in return for posting about them, fyi. 

 

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My shop carries photo frames, mini rolling pins, bamboo spoons, decor signs of different sizes, magnets and more. I can ship directly to the address of your loved one, and I ship internationally too. And my prices fit small budgets!

Click on the photo to go to Miss Pencilette Shop!

 

Home-made Nutella

You can make nutella from actual hazelnuts at home. This is a super unique gift and very delicious too! I tried it and it was better than the actual nutella. People will love you for this. See the recipe here

Answers in Genesis Magazine Subscription

This is a great investment for people of all ages! They even have a magazine geared toward Kids. Definitely something better than toys! You can subscribe for print or digital versions of the magazine. 

 

Tickets to the Ark Encounter by Ken Ham!

This is better than Disneyland! And again, you’re not adding junk in their home! You will help them learn more about the Flood and God’s Creation, and build lasting memories! 

ICR books on the Solar System and Human Body

The Institute for Creation Research has awesome resources for the whole family. Books should always be on your gift list- and these are some of the best! Their new releases are about our Solar System and the Human Body! Pssst- they also have a monthly science magazine with a FREE subscription!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Commentary

It’s necessary for all Christians to know their doctrine well. It’s never too early (or too late) to begin. The most well written commentary (which my dad, who is a pastor, church planter and missionary recommends), is The Bible Knowledge Commentary Old & New Testament by Dallas Seminary John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck.  The older 1985-1986 version is better but you can also get the new version on Amazon. They can be a bit pricey- but totally worth the investment for your spiritual life! 

Another valuable and excellent resource is the Nelson’s Compact Bible Handbook. It gives you the theme and purpose, outline of all the books of the Bible.

 

American Heritage Chocolate

For my friends here in America, do you want something for the history buff? Well, here it is! Chocolate made from a 1750 recipe using only ingredients found in the 18th Century! They have chocolate bars and chocolate drinks. Now that’s a special gift.

 

Honey

Honey is always a good idea! Find a specialty honey like Orange Blossom or Grapefruit Blossom Honey or Avocado or Wild Blossom Honey. I guarantee you they will be impressed! 

 

Blanket or Quilt 

A blanket or quilt is a very practical gift! To make it even more special (if you have the budget for it), get a sheep wool blanket or alpalca or llama wool blanket. A handmade quilt is also a treasure. And if you want to make it really, really special, consider getting a sheepskin rug. If you live in the United States you’ll find a convenient price at Costco.  

 

Jar of Bread Mix, or Brownies Mix, or Pancake Mix, or Cocoa Mix, etc! 

We all know the endless ways you can give a jar gift! So if you have a great recipe for bread or brownies, or pancakes or you name it- then you can make it a gift! Prepare all the dry ingredients in a jar as a gift. Then all they have to do is add some egg, milk or water, and they can have a delicious dessert! 

 

Tool Pouch for Kids and Mom!

I don’t know about you but a tool pouch is a useful thing to have in the home! You never know when you need a measuring tape or some pliers. This is an awesome gift to give to a lady, a mother or even a teenager. 

 

Roller Blades or Badminton, Tennis, or Adult Scooters 

Help them exercise! Get your family or friends some sports equipment. This gift idea is for a larger budget. A Badminton set is a great idea because it’s easy to learn and lightweight to carry, and inexpensive. Roller blades are great too, but for the more ambitious. They will need to learn to use them. More ideas are adult scooters, kids scooters, a tennis set- you name it.

 

Awesome Flashlight 

A powerful and bright flashlight is a great idea to use as security. It can be used at home to prevent animals or people from trespassing your property, or if electricity goes out. There are several great flashlights out there. The Olight X7 has 9000 Lumens and illuminates a whole yard. Other ones like the TruNite are similar. 

 

Souvenir from places you’ve been

Souvenirs are a great idea for Christmas presents, especially if you were able to go overseas. Even something as simple as a magnet, a keychain, a note book, or scarf. Anything that represents the place you visited.

 

Camera lenses for cell phones 

Camera lenses to add to your cell phone are a great gift idea! Your loved one can take better photos! They look expensive but they are not! They can be $6-$10 on ebay! Plus they do a good job. I know because my sister received some as a gift for her birthday and we tried them out, and they’re awesome. 

 

Street Sign or Socks

If they are a geek, musician, artist, book lover, or if you know something that represents them, you can find cute “street” signs on Amazon for a really great price. They are plastic, but sturdy and they can be put in an office or bedroom. There are signs like “Physics Place” and “Car Mechanic Ct” and “Book Lover Blvd” and “Musician St”.

Or you can get socks with musical notes on them or calculus. It will keep them more comfy!

 

Adventures in Odessey CDs

Adventures in Odessey are a wonderful resource for the family. Most people already know about them, but it’s always a good idea to get a new released CD, DVD or audio CD. 

 

Scarves 

Fashion scarves are a great accessory and can be used for many purposes. They are a great gift for any young lady, woman, mother or lady in your life! I wear them very often at church to add some flair to my outfit. 

 

Wissmann CD, Colonial Hymns CD 

A good music CD is a fabulous gift that can be enjoyed for years! Some of the ones I really like are the Wissmann Family and the Colonial Hymns CD. 

 

Postage Stamps 

Anyone would be grateful for a set of postage stamps they can use for bills and other snail mail! At least I know I would! It’s a nice thing for a stocking stuffer! You can get more personalized stamps with personal pictures too! 

 

Pens/Markers

We’re always losing pens and markers. If you find a quality set of pens or markers, you can be sure it will be a very practical gift! You can get calligraphy and graphic pens for the artists or calligraphers too! 

 

Mini finger puppets 

These are great for little kids. I know because I got some for my siblings and they love them and have been playing with them for about 1 year since we got them! You can find them on ebay. 

So what gift ideas do you have? What would you recommend? 

Characteristics of Brethren

What do real brethren look like? 

In Romans chapter 16 the Apostle Paul is greeting a group of people. They are regular Christians in Rome, but they have become known throughout the world wherever the Bible is read. 

Imagine, this is their mark in history! What does Paul say about them? Does he say “Greet Phoebe who was always stylish and always wore the latest fashion? Or Greet Mary who was always witty and smart? Greet Priscilla who had this huge awesome house and latest car? Or Greet Gaius the one who was super popular and had thousands of followers?” Nope. 

Characteristics of Christians

Here are the characteristics these people displayed. Let’s put the pieces together and see how the Christian should leave a mark in this world. 

  1. “…our sister, who is a servant of the church” (v. 1)
  2. “…a helper of many.” (v.2) 
  3. “…fellow workers in Christ Jesus” (v.3)
  4. “…risked their own necks for my life” (v.4)
  5. “…the church in their house” (v.5) 
  6. “beloved” (v.5)
  7. “firstfruits” (v.5) 
  8. “…who labored much for us” (v.6)
  9. “…who are of note among the apostles” (v.7)
  10. “…beloved in the Lord” (v.8)
  11. “…our fellow worker in Christ” (v.9)
  12. “…approved in Christ” (v.10)
  13. “…who are in the Lord” (v.11)
  14. “…who have labored in the Lord” (v.12)
  15. “…beloved…who labored much in the Lord” (v.12)
  16. “…chosen in the Lord” (v.13)
  17. “…the brethren” (v.14)
  18. “…all the saints with them” (v.15)
  19. “…your obedience has become known to all” (v.19)
  20. “…my fellow worker” (v. 21) 
  21. “…the host of the whole church” (v.23) 
  22. “…a brother” (v.23) 

Isn’t that a beautiful description of the life of Christians? Beloved in Christ, saints, servant hearts, ministers, hosts, approved in Christ, brothers, obedient etc.  

What do the names mean? 

Finally, let’s see what all their names meant! I always love looking up the meaning of their names. Comment below and tell me which name you liked the most- or which did you not know about! 

  1. Phoebe – bright
  2.  Priscilla- ancient
  3. Aquilla- an eagle
  4. Epaenetus- praiseworthy 
  5. Mary- obstinancy, rebelliousness (p.s. never knew the meaning of that until now!)
  6. Andronicus- man of victory
  7. Junia- youthful
  8.  Amplias- large
  9. Urbanus- of the city: polite
  10. Stachys- a head of grain
  11. Apelles- called
  12. Aristobulus- the best counselor 
  13. Herodion- heroic
  14. Narcissus- stupidity, a daffodil and narcotic plant
  15. Tryphena- luxurious
  16. Tryphosa- luxuriating
  17. Persis- of Persia 
  18. Rufus- red
  19. Asyncritus- incomparable
  20. Phlegon- burning
  21. Hermas- mercury
  22. Patrobas- paternal
  23. Hermes- herald of the gods
  24. Philologus- lover of the Word
  25. Julia- soft haired
  26. Nereus- lump
  27. Olympas- heavenly 
  28. Timothy- honoring God
  29. Lucius- light bright white
  30. Jason- healer 
  31. Sosipater- savior of his father 
  32. Tertius- third
  33. Gaius- lord
  34. Erastus- beloved
  35. Quartus- fourth

The other Reformation you never heard about- Eastern Orthodox Reformation

Let me tell you the story of a Reformation just like that of Luther, but one that many people have never heard about. It continued through the years, and the evangelical church that emerged from that Reformation still exists today. 

Who: Tudor Popescu, Eastern Orthodox priest &  Dumitru Cornilescu another priest and friend of his
When: 1920-1924
Where: A small and beautiful country in Eastern Europe, called Romania. It is land of mountains, plains, marshlands and sea. 

Tudor Popescu as a priest

Tudor Popescu was born in a family of Eastern Orthodox priests, the third of ten children. His father and grandfather were priests and he was expected to follow in the same honorable service although Tudor wished he could choose a different path in life. Tragedy struck when Tudor was a teenager. His older brother Ion (John) died of tuberculosis. This left Tudor heartbroken because Ion had been his closest friend. That was when Tudor started thinking about eternity and life after death. Although he had grown up in the Eastern Orthodox church, as the son of a priest, Tudor did not understand much about God. The liturgy of the church made it hard for him to understand the Bible. He had many questions. Where was his brother now? Was there life after death? 

Tudor hoped his questions about life, God and eternity would be answered by studying theology at the seminary in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. He was going to become a priest. But life in the seminary did not help. The seminary taught very little of the Bible to the students, and most of Tudor’s classmates were rowdy and sinful. After they finished their studies many of the priests became atheists. 

Tudor went on to take his doctorate at the University of Bucharest and additionally mastered the German and French languages. But his questions remained unanswered. Soon he married a beautiful young lady named Athena Ionescu, the daughter of a priest. When his father-in-law died, Tudor took over the priestly duties of Stork’s Nest Orthodox Church in Bucharest. 

The Stork’s Nest Church

 

Dumitru Cornilescu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serving in the same church was a deacon named Dumitru Cornilescu. Like Tudor Popescu he wanted something deeper and he was passionate about faith and God. Together they made a dynamic duo, doing their best to help people live to please God. But they did it all by human works of righteousness and according to Eastern Orthodox liturgy. They were discouraged when they saw no results of spiritual growth in their church members. They realized there must be more to Christianity than liturgy and religion. The Eastern Orthodox Church in Eastern Europe was in darkness and bankruptcy during that time. Many priests were worldly and didn’t know much Scripture. Dumitru Cornilescu soon started working on translating the Bible in a more easy-t0-read form of the Romanian language because all they had until then was a Bible translation in Old Romanian which was difficult to read.  

 

The turning point 

Tudor’s beloved wife Athena died suddenly in the prime of her youth leaving him with three young children. Tudor felt like he fell in an abyss of grief. The questions he had about eternity intensified. His friend Dumitru Cornilescu sent him the newly translated copy of the Bible and Tudor absorbed it. Like Luther, his eyes started to open and he slowly began to understand the futility of religion without regeneration. He started preaching directly from the Bible, stopped mentioning Mary, the saints. After hearing Biblical preaching, many church members started changing and turning away from sin. Attendance grew. 

 

Expelled- A Reformation within the Eastern Orthodox Church 

Other priests grew envious and started accusing Tudor of deviating from tradition and liturgy. Soon he was officially expelled from the Eastern Orthodox church. With some converts from his former parish, Tudor left and started his own ministry- a reformed church, an evangelical church out of Eastern Orthodoxy. Tudor Popescu the priest was now a pastor.  A whole reformation was begun in the Eastern Orthodox church. The new believers called themselves “Christians according to Scripture”. They embraced the Gospel of Grace and Salvation through Christ alone, and they put aside all the liturgy and traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

A rich young woman from a noble family who appreciated the work of Tudor, decided to give them her mansion to use as the new church building. The church was established there, and over the years, many new churches spread all across the country of Romania. 

The Mansion turned Church Building on Carol Davila Street in Bucharest, Romania 

 

Where are they today? 

You will still find the Christians according to Scripture gathering in the same church building even today, decades later. It is the only Reformation that took place in Eastern Orthodoxy in all of Europe. God’s hand moved in Eastern Europe just as he did centuries before with Luther, and opened the eyes of a priest, Tudor Popescu to realize the true Gospel of Grace.

Wives of the Reformation

It is so exciting to think that next year in 2017 will mark 500 years since the Protestant Reformation! 

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So many people are preparing to celebrate Halloween, the occult holiday that takes place every October 31st, the same day that Martin Luther the reformer nailed the 95 theses which ignited the Protestant Reformation. 

I wanted to have something fresh to think about on this Reformation week. I thought it would be a good idea to explore the topic of wives of the Reformation, meaning the women behind the Reformers! 

Katharina von Bora (Luther) 

Wife t0: Martin Luther.
Proposal: She was a former nun who ran away from a convent after converting to Lutheranism. Luther helped the nuns to escape and helped find husbands for them so they would be safe. But he couldn’t find a husband for Katharina. Finally she basically proposed to Martin Luther, saying she would marry either him or another reformer Amsdorf. Luther accepted and they were married. She was 18 years younger than Luther.
Marriage: They were married for 21 years and Katharina was a smart, hardworking, stubborn and quick tongued woman who managed a whole mansion where students came to study with Martin Luther. She ran a business from home, raising cattle, tending a large garden, and running a brewery in her basement home, and she rose up at 4 a.m. everyday. She also used the mansion as a hospital.
Children: They had six children but only four lived till adulthood.
Fun Facts: She called Luther “Sir Doctor” and he called her “My Lord Katie” and “Morning Star of Wittenberg”  

 

Anna Reinhart (Zwingli) 

Wife to: Ulrich Zwingli, Reformation leader in Switzerland  
Marriage: She was a widow of 3 children, struggling under poverty. Yet she was the most attentive in church whenever Zwingli preached. As a pastor, Zwingli took pity on her and her children’s condition and offered to tutor her youngest son Gerold in Greek and Latin because he noticed he was a very bright little guy. Zwingli later marries Anna in secret because during that time it was not considered proper for a priest to marry. Anna was a loving and hospitable wife. She spent time visiting the sick and poor, and opened her home to refugees of the Protestant wars. She supported her husband while he translated the Bible in the Swiss language.
Children: 7 total. 3 before marrying Zwingli, and 4 more afterward
Fun Facts: She stopped wearing jewelry after marrying Zwingli. Her husband read the proof text of the Bible translation to her as he was writing it. He dedicated the newly translated Bible to her. She worked to encourage other families to make the Bible a part of their home. 

 

Margaret Stewart (Knox)

Wife to: John Knox, Scottish reformer and evangelist.
Marriage: John Knox’s first wife Marjorie Bowes died and he had 2 small children. John Knox was a good friend of Andrew Stewart who was Margaret’s father. John decided to marry Margaret even though she was 37 years younger than him. Margaret was a good secretary to John and she also took care of him when he became sick and weakened.
Children: 3 children with John Knox, several more later when she re-married after his death
Fun Facts: Margaret was a noblewoman and a relation of Mary Queen of Scots. Margaret married John Knox secretly which angered the queen because they did not receive her consent. 

 

Idellete de Bure (Calvin) 

Wife to: John Calvin 
Marriage: John Calvin asked several people to find him a wife , but since he was a difficult personality he didn’t like any of them. Finally widow Idelette caught his eye. John Calvin had helped her husband convert to Calvinism from being an Anabaptist. Calvin married Idelette and loved her deeply. She was a good caretaker because Calvin was often sick. They had a few children but all of them died as infants. Calvin wrote about his appreciation and love of Idelette in his letters to others.
Children: 3 before Calvin, a few more afterward 
Fun Facts: 
After Idelette died, Calvin lived 15 more years but he never re-married.

 

Other reformers like Jan Hus, John Wycliff, William Farel, were not married. 

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