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The Wordless Book
The Wordless Book, first designed with only three pages – Black – Red – White – was introduced by Charles Spurgeon in 1866. Preaching at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, his sermon was entitled “The Wordless Book”.
Mr. Spurgeon told of an old unnamed minister who had put three pages together and often looked at them to remind himself of his unfulness, of Christ’s blood poured out for him, and of the “whiter-than-snow” cleansing provided for him.
It is not known when the gold page was added, but it brought another dimension to the book, depicting the love of God and the glories of His heavenly home. Nine years later, D.L. Moody used the book of colors at a children’s service where an estimated 12,000 were Present to hear his message on “a book with four leaves – Black – Red, White and Gold”.
“Tell us a story, Fanny. Tell us another!” the children begged. Fanny Crosby, the famous hymnwriter, would often take from her purse a little Wordless Book and tell the children, whom she clearlyt loved, the story of the Savior.
In 1895 the book was taken to India with Amy Carmichael. Amy and her helper made satin flags of gold, black, red and white, hoisted it in the cart pulled by oxen and went from village to village in southern India sharing the gospel. “A most useful text for an impromptu cermon,” Amy commented. In smaller groups she used the little book itself.
Ruth Overholtzer, wife of Child Evangelism Fellowship’s (CEF) founder, J. Irvin Oberholtzer, discovered the book in 1924. She found it through a bookstore operated by Dr. Barry A. Ironside who became pastor of Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. The Wordless Book was being published in London at that time.
When Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) began to print the little book fifteen years later they added the color Green to represent Christian growth. They also published a leaflet telling how to use the book and giving Scripture verses for each page.
In 1993 Amos was founded by Hennie Viljoen. He realized the value of the Wordless Book in teaching the gospel to the illeterate. However, he wanted a book that will tell the whole story of the bible and the Wordless book didn’t teach people that Jesus promised to return to us one day. Thus in 1994 the final colour, Blue was added to the Wordless book, reminding us of the coming back of the Lord.
However, it was later discovered that International Childrens Ministry Institute (ICMI) added a blue page in 1988.