June 6, 1844 – Young Men’s Christian Association

George Williams is a reminder that we can serve God right where we are. He was successful in the cloth-making (or drapery) business in Victorian England and saw how deplorably most business people treated their employees. So he and a few fellow-drapery manufacturing owners met on June 6, 1844 and formed the Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.). YMCAs then spread throughout the world (including this one pictured in Fargo, ND) and Queen Victoria knighted Williams for “enthroning Jesus Christ in the hearts of young men.”

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