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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, January 19

1774
Pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: 'Lord, ever draw my heart after thee! May I see no beauty in any other object, nor desire anything but thee!'
1803
Death in Edinburgh, Scotland, of John Erskine, an evangelical minister connected with Scotland's eighteenth-century revivals.
1852
H.M.S. Dido reaches Banner Cove, Patagonia, and finds dead missionaries, whose diaries show that "Arise, My Soul, Arise" was one of last songs they sang.
1859
The Finnish Missionary Society is organized as the result of a decree by Csar Alexander III (Russia had occupied Finland). Its purpose is to spread Christianity in Finland although it will later conduct foreign missions.
1886
Death in Wakefield, Massachusetts (formerly South Reading), of hymnwriter Georgiana L. Heath who had written "For the Presence of the Springtime" and "Ye Soldiers of Jehovah."
1896
Death in Oxford, Georgia, of Atticus Greene Haygood, who had been an editor, an author, and the president of Emory College, as well as a progressive bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, advocating fair treatment and full education of African Americans.
1897
Mel Trotter staggers drunk through Chicago, determined to drown himself in Lake Michigan, but comes to the Pacific Garden Mission, enters, and is converted. Three years later, alcohol-free, he heads a rescue mission in Grand Rapids and eventually founds the Mel Trotter Mission.
1900
Death in Bournemouth, England, of Henry Twells, a clergyman in the Church of England, a preacher of power and author of the hymn "At Even, E'er the Sun Was Set."
1918
Soviets execute the Orthodox priest Peter Skipetrov who had denounced communism boldly in his sermons.
1947
An outpouring of God's Spirit follows a fervent prayer by the seminarian Raymond Buana Kibongui at the Undergraduate Bible Seminary of Ngouedi (in what is now known as the Republic of Congo). Swedish missionaries and Congolese seminarians and pastors had been praying for a spiritual revival.

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