A Teen’s Extraordinary Vision
The Pocket Testament League began in 1893, led by a 12-year old girl. One night, at a meeting, she gave her life to Jesus. She was so excited she went to school and told her best friend that she, last night, had become a Christian!
Her best friend said, “I’m a Christian, I go to church.” Helen is said to have responded, “I don’t think going to church makes you a Christian.” She must have said it with kindness. The next day Helen brought her Bible to school, and the two of them read it. Helen’s friend read a little more at home and prayed to receive Jesus.
The two of them set out to invite everyone in their school to read the Bible with them. 80 students accepted Jesus into their hearts.
Shown above is the original membership card used by Helen Cadbury and her friends as a symbol of their commitment to Read, Carry and Share the Word of God.
That Helen, our Helen, was Helen Cadbury, daughter of the president of Cadbury Chocolates. She was so excited about how powerful God’s Word was that she organized a group of girls who sewed pockets onto their dresses to carry the small New Testaments her father had provided. The girls called their group “The Pocket Testament League.” Using small membership cards, they pledged to read a portion of the Bible every day, pray, and to share their faith as God provided opportunity.
That same vision still drives the ministry today. Through its many years, the ministry has enjoyed tremendous moments of victory in reaching people for Christ.