How Apple-Tree Court Was Won by Hesba Stretton.


Apple-tree Court was a rough neighborhood that even the police would not visit. George Lancaster who ran a local mission house considered how he might connect with the people. After several failed attempts he was baffled. When his son offered to help, he reluctantly let him try. The story shows the value of sacrificial love, a parallel to Christ’s sacrifice. Another Biblical principal is forgiving others; Colossians 3:13—Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (NIV). Also Romans 8:32—He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (NIV)—Curiosmith (2015).

"A vivid and very natural sketch of how an earnest man, through the singing of his son, was able to reclaim one of the worst dens of vice and outrage."—Nonconformist (1877).


Chapter 1 – King Jeffrey

Chapter 2 – A Look Round

Chapter 3 – Beginning the Campaign

Chapter 4 – His Own Son

Chapter 5 – Jesus Loves Me


Old Rags and Bones — the oldest woman at Apple Tree Court.

King Jeffrey — a man who kept watch and ruled the Court.

George Lancaster — a man at the mission house a mile away.

Alick Lancaster — the son of George.

Important Scriptures:

Romans 8:32—He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all.

Luke 23:34—Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

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