George Pearson and Harry Isaac stand in front of the carriage which they used to spread the Christian message of the Brethren, around 1905. By the end of the 19th century there were a number of smaller Protestant denominations, including the Brethren, who had fewer than 10,000 adherents (about 0.9% of the population). As a sect without clergy, the Brethren depended on travelling lay preachers such as Pearson and Isaac to communicate their message. As motorised transport arrived, the Brethren began using Bible vans, which also had evangelising slogans painted on the sides.
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