Betty Receives Jesus

Aldan Union Church, courtesy of Colin DuncanIt was January 1, 1944. We were invited by friends of Grandma and Grandpa, the Caleys—they’d known each other before the war—to a youth rally, for a day, with her children. I was twelve.

There was a very dynamic speaker. I don’t remember what he said, but I knew the Lord was speaking to me.

Mrs. Caley saw that I was beginning to cry. She leaned over and said, “Would you like me to go with you up front?” We went together.

She led in prayer, “Lord, I’m sorry. . . . Child of yours. . . . Forgive my sins. Lord, take my life. I will give it to you.”

I know it was evening when Wally went forward. I wasn’t there when Lee accepted the Lord. It was Lee, Wally, right down in age, but all in different places. Bob accepted the Lord just about the same time as I did. He and Wally were close. They always had fun together.

story as recalled by Betty in a conversation with Dawn Harrell (Steve’s daughter), November 13, 2013

Can you add to the story? Please do. Write in the box below (You may need to click “Leave a Reply” above to make the box, name, and address fields appear.).

  • Do you remember Aunt Betty telling other aspects of her conversion? Please share the details you remember.
  • Do you remember anything else about this speaker? His name, for example, or his topic?

1 thought on “Betty Receives Jesus

  1. Steve Duncan

    No, Dawn, I can’t add to the story or information but I want to say thank you again for recording these bits of information that I either hadn’t known or remembered. Of course since i came on the scene only eight years after Betty arrived I would have been about four when her pivotal year came about. As for me, it was about the same age that i made a conscious movement toward a centralization toward God’s provision and away from simply being a kid who was following a religious tradition with in the family. All this emphasizes how important it is to minister to kids and present age appropriate Gospel challenges, urging decisive and initial me memorable moves. Luv, Dad

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