Introduce children to the action-packed story behind The Salvation Army. William Booth is determined to bring the life-changing Gospel to London’s most troubled neighborhood, the East End. But when the local pub owners realize some of their best customers are becoming Christians, they hire big, strong thugs to get rid of the preacher once and for all. Watch as William’s ragtag band of followers marches into the East End with Bibles and prayer as their weapons of choice. Inspiring story for children and parents alike!
“The William Booth Story” may surprise people because Booth had more difficulties in life than some might guess. He lived in London’s East End, a very rough part of the city. The story opens in 1861. We see people eating from garbage cans, and a lot of men drink and love to watch the fights. Booth and his wife Catherine believe that God wants him to preach to the people on the streets and, when his church won’t support this desire, they both leave to do what they believe is God’s will.
This decision leads to Booth touching a lot of lives, but also facing a lot of persecution. This animated feature shows his wallet being swiped and a man tripping him when Booth pursues the thief. Boys cut the ropes on his tent while he is holding a revival meeting. But Booth won’t quit, saying that people need love, kindness, and prayer.
Eventually people refer to his followers as the “troops” and to Booth as the “General;” the next thing you know, the “Salvation Army” has its name! Eventually thousands attend Booth’s Sunday night meetings and the “War Cry” magazine is started. This animated feature makes it clear: adversity comes to test anything worthwhile, but a movement born of God will last. We are happy to award “The William Booth Story” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve plus. You will appreciate Booth and the Salvation Army even more after watching this film.