A John Wesley Moment (More about the Germans)



The small group of Germans who traveled with John Wesley and General Oglethorpe to Georgia had a powerful influence on the young pastor. Wesley wrote in his diary, “There is something special about these Germans. They are so happy and they do the menial jobs on this ship without complaining. They say it helps them with their humility.”

Have you noticed how we all sit up and pay attention to someone who rolls up their sleeves and pleasantly serves? My friend, Sammy Clarke, did that kind of service as the chaplain at Emory at Oxford. Once an observant student asked him, “Sammy, why do you do all this stuff? You give so much of yourself to help us. Why?” Sammy bopped him on the head and simply said, “It’s Jesus, baby!”

Those Germans on the ship Simmons with John Wesley could have said, “It’s Jesus, baby!”

The Rev. Dave Hanson is a retired pastor and John Wesley scholar.