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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, October 1

1555
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is appointed choir master to St. John Lateran, where he will produce some of the finest music before Bach.
1865
James Bryan invites a revival team to use his circus arena and many people become Christians there.
1877
Daniel Warner's church brings charges against him for preaching holiness.
1883
American churchman A. B. Simpson founded the first school in America to train missionaries, in New York City. Called the Missionary Training Institute in 1894, its name was changed to Nyack College in 1972.
1889
Birth of Ralph W. Sockman, American scholar and devotional writer. His best-remembered poem begins: "I met God in the morning, when my day was at its best...."
1921
The Latin American Mission was incorporated in Philadelphia by founders Harry and Susan Strachan. Today, over 125 staff work with LAM in eight Central and South American countries.
1924
Mabel Dean and Hattie Salyer arrive in Egypt to begin a mission work.
1946
World Literature Crusade was founded in Saskatchewan, Canada, by Rev. Jack McAlister (president 1946-79). This mission is engaged primarily in Bible distribution, church planting and Bible correspondence courses.
1961
Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) begins broadcasting and will become notable for its 700 Club.
1978
After discussion with the board of OC (Overseas Crusades International), with whom he had worked many years, Luis Palau forms his own evangelistic organization. The Luis Palau Evangelistic Association (LPEA) will conduct large evangelistic events around the world.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"