Henrietta Mears

One of a series: Great Mentors I Have Known

by Dr. Waylon B. Moore

Henrietta Mears Imagine a chubby lady with thick glasses, dressed in red with a flamboyant hat, multiple rings, and pizzazz! She speaks with passion and commitment . . . strong, warm, and full of the Bible. That's Henrietta Mears, one of the great mentors I have known. God used her deeply in the beginning ministry of Billy Graham. He wrote about her, “I doubt if any other woman outside my wife and mother has had such a marked influence on my life. She is certainly one of the greatest Christians I have ever known.”

Never marrying, she had hundreds of “spiritual children.” She became Educational Director at Hollywood Presbyterian. Some of her many mentorees included Dick Halverson, who became Chaplain of the US Senate, Bill & Vonette Bright, along with Dr. Bob Munger. They found in this older lady a vision for a great God. She was a model of Christ-centeredness. With her drive for souls, and ability to plan and prepare, the church grew with a great pastoral team to over 4,000! On Sundays for Bible Study, I heard her talk to 500 university students and singles. Many of the church Bible study groups attracted businessmen and well-known movie stars to Christ. Needing strong biblical literature for hundreds of new believers, she began to write her own, and Gospel Light Press click here was born. She also bought and directed Forest Home Conference grounds.

Henrietta Mears I met Miss Mears when she was mentoring Bill and Vonette Bright; they lived with her near the UCLA campus. For a 6 a.m. Bible study I can still see her appearing down a winding staircase, smiling, perfectly dressed, and full of energy. She spoke loudly to our sleep-startled group of guys, “Well, what's the Lord taught you since you got up this morning?” All was quiet. She would look us over, then share something from the Scriptures that blessed her. You didn't meet her again without time with God. She was a pacesetter, a confronter with the anointing of the Spirit. Her goal: “Only the best possible is good enough for God.” She had a world vision. She prayed with an openness to a limitless God.

With the multiple millions who have been saved through the ministries of Graham and Bright, Miss Mears shares in those and many other harvests. She was nearly blind, and could read only with great difficulty. She said about this challenge, “My failing eyesight has been my greatest spiritual blessing. It has kept me absolutely dependent on God.” Order her biography — Dream Big: The Story of Henrietta Mears, Gospel Light Press — from your local Christian book store.

Other web sites which speak about Miss Mears:
In Touch
Historical Renewal
History's Women

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