The Peanut Man
“Research Scientist Extraordinaire, Inventor, Man of Faith, Educator and Humanitarian”
George Washington Carver (c. 1864 - January 5, 1943) was actually quite a man. There are a number of books and articles about Carver, but HERE and HERE are two links about his life. Pretty remarkable..
I want to zero in on his faith. Here is his account of his conversion to Christ:
I was just a mere boy when converted, hardly ten years old. There isn’t much of a story to it. God just came into my heart one afternoon while I was alone in the ‘loft’ of our big barn while I was shelling corn to carry to the mill to be ground into meal.
A dear little white boy, one of our neighbors, about my age came by one Saturday morning, and in talking and playing he told me he was going to Sunday school tomorrow morning. I was eager to know what a Sunday school was. He said they sang hymns and prayed. I asked him what prayer was and what they said. I do not remember what he said; only remember that as soon as he left I climbed up into the ‘loft,’ knelt down by the barrel of corn and prayed as best I could. I do not remember what I said. I only recall that I felt so good that I prayed several times before I quit.
My brother and myself were the only colored children in that neighborhood and of course, we could not go to church or Sunday school, or school of any kind.
That was my simple conversion, and I have tried to keep the faith.
— G. W. Carver; Letter to Isabelle Coleman; July 24, 1931
A simple conversion to Jesus Christ. But this Christian man would go on to do some amazing things in his life and leave quite a legacy. I encourage you to read more about him.
Oh and THIS is why he came to be known as “The Peanut Man,”
“The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible, ‘In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.’” (Proverbs 3:6)” — Geo. Washington Carver