Not far from Basingstoke in England, there is a very old, tiny church where Jane Austen’s father once preached. It’s a simple unadorned building with a “porch” area that we would call the church vestibule. Curious markings are faintly visible in the stone work. Scratches in the shape of crosses, symbols of the trinity and other mysterious shapes were etched over 100 years ago by those who came to worship. While those folks are long gone, their tiny marks are reminders of the pleas, prayers and thanksgivings rendered to God. Phil, our guide, told us that the very small wooden pulpit inside the church is thought to be oldest in England and that John Wesley once preached there. I was immediately reminded of Rev. Wesley’s wonderful instruction to “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” And then I thought of our members – keep up the good work, KDS members!

Christine Dawson, International President

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