Have you ever felt like your life doesn’t count for much? You go through the same day-to-day routine. But it feels like you’re just spinning your wheels? Yet, you’d like your life to count for something and bring about positive change. 

But perhaps with all responsibilities you feel you can’t do more. Or maybe you’re homebound, unable to even get out among others. So you think: “What could I do?”

Then let me tell you about Dorothea Clapp.

Just an ordinary woman, she might have thought she’d never do anything important either. But maybe Dorothea understood one thing that we sometimes overlook.

And that is to just tend to whatever the Lord puts in front of us.

What did Dorothea Clapp have in front her? Ramsey High School! She lived across the street from a large high school in Ramsey, New Jersey (a suburb of NYC). Only 26 miles (42 km) northwest of Manhattan, Ramsey High was a large school. So for 17 years Dorothea attended to it, praying for the students. Praying they would come to know the Lord, particularly for the kids she knew or especially learned of.

Among those she prayed for was George Verwer, Jr.

And Dorothea Clapp faithfully prayed that would he trust Christ and become a missionary! She even mailed him a Gospel of John, hoping and believing that God’s Word would lodge in his heart.

And Verwer, as you may know, did become both a Christian and a missionary. He also became one of the founders and leaders of Operation Mobilization (OM). Which is today a worldwide missions organization, working in 85 countries! Read his biographical sketch here.

One person can bring change!

In some parts of the world, it’s back to school time. So let’s do like Dorothea, remembering as we see school children (our own or others) that every one of them has great potential. Some may grow up to use that potential for evil (as Hitler and Bin Laden did).

But one person can also do great good.

And like Dorothea, change young lives in a positive way, directing their potential toward good.

1. Pray for school kids.

Everyone can do this, even those who are home bound or disabled!

2. Volunteer in a school.

Many schools take volunteers. My grandmother volunteered for years as a cook’s helper. And not only was it special for me to have her at school, but all the kids loved her!

3. Become a teacher’s helper.

Teachers often need help with costumes, arts and crafts, and fundraisers, or chaperones for field trips.

4. Volunteer in the library, or help with story time.

5. Tutor kids in your neighborhood.

This is especially helpful for immigrant families, whose parents are often unable to help children with homework.

6. Get involved with your church’s Sunday school or other children’s programs.

7. Or start a Good News Club in your neighborhood!

But go beyond just doing Bible lessons or Christian activities. Befriend the kids. Take them for ice cream or have them in for lunch. Go to the park, roller skating, or even camping. So many kids these days come from troubled backgrounds. They need friends, a listening ear, and a caring hug. They need our arms to demonstrate Christ’s love.

And you never know. That one life you touch could go on to touch thousands of other lives. Who, in turn, would touch thousands of others.

One person can bring change. Be that one!

The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.

James 5:16 WEB


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8 thoughts on “One Person Can Bring Change

  1. SO encouraging, Sheila! You’ve energized me for continued prayer for the large number of people and ministries I lift up to God on a rotating basis. I read another amazing story recently. A man was asked to stand in the congregation of his church one Sunday. The pastor asked those who had been positively influenced by him to stand with him. A small group did. Then the pastor asked that those who had been positively influenced by anyone of this small group to also stand. A larger group stood. The pastor asked again for those who had been positively influenced by anyone in this larger group to stand. And by then almost the entire congregation was standing. What a powerful reminder of the ripple effect from just one person! You are so right: “That one life you touch could go on to touch thousands of other lives. Who, in turn, would touch thousands of others.” AMEN, Sheila! Pressing on with you, my friend.


    1. Wow Nancy, that’s an awesome story!! I love it, and it encourages me to just keep touching hearts one person at a time, while praying for the ripple effect. And thank you for your prayers! Even though you may never see the effect they are having, they do make a difference!! – Sheila

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