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William Farel

It Happened Today: William Farel Preached in Geneva (1543)

Mysterious tolling of a church bell summoned Genevans to come hear Farel preach.

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Devotional (2016 church year): A Prayer for Repentance (1878)

Enable me, O God, by the Holy Spirit’s help, truly to repent of all my sins....

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Death of Michael Oluwamuyide Adegbolagun, a leader and church builder in the Voice of Redemption Gospel Church of Nigeria.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Fidelia Fisk sails from Boston Harbor for Smyrna on the Emma Isadora to begin mission work. She writes to her sisters, “It may be that my usefulness will greatly depend upon your prayers for me. Sisters, pray for me.”

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Johannes Theodorus Vanderkamp, missionary to South Africa, arrives in Capetown. He will redeem many slaves with his own money and break down European settlers’s resistance to mission work. Following the death of his wife, he will marry an indigenous African woman by whom he will have four children, leading to outrage among the Europeans.

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John Newton, who will one day write the hymn “Amazing Grace,” is seized by a naval press gang and forced into a brutal regime aboard a ship.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 81 (2004).


Death of Venerable Martyrius, who was much given to visions of Mary and founded the monastery at Zelenets.

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French Protestants (called Huguenots) are attacked while worshipping in a barn. The 2nd Duke of Guise orders the barn set on fire, killing over 60 of them and wounding 100 more. This will set off a series of religious wars between French Roman Catholics and Protestants that will last almost forty years. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

George Wishart, who had preached reform, is burned at the stake for “heresy” in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.