It’s December 12, 1781. I’m in the study of Reverend James Caldwell. He’s preparing his Christmas sermon on God’s presence in the victory of the American Revolution.
JG: “Reverend Caldwell, what are you writing?”
JC: “Mr. Gillespie, I remember back when we were in battle, and we ran out of musket paper wadding to hold the powder and ball in place. We gathered up all our Watts hymnals, tore the pages out, and I yelled, ‘Put Watts into ’em boys! Give ’em Watts!'”
And “Give ’em Watts” they did, as they soundly defeated British General Clinton’s army.
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John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.