Celebration of Black History Month
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Sojourner Truth was an outspoken Christian, a former slave, and an abolitionist. She advocated for women's rights and she was also known to be a preacher. It was said that she was capable of converting many souls.
Sojourner was born in 1797 as Isabella, a Dutch speaking slave in New York. Isabella was separated from her family at the age of 9. She was sold then abused in various ways by her masters. Isabella’s past did not define her. She spent many hours in the woods speaking with God. It was in these woods that God spoke with her and impressed upon her to walk away from her current condition. With the strength that she gained form Christ she would go on to accomplish great things in the Lord.
Sojourner became involved in politics during her time. This led to her serving in the Civil War where she recruited Black soldiers and rallied people to donate food, clothes, and other supplies. This work led to getting an invitation to the White House to meet with president Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
Sojourner was later baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She died November 26, 1883 in Battle Creek Michigan and was buried in the same cemetery as James and Ellen White. Her last words were, “Be a follower of Jesus.”
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
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