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George Williams

It Happened Today: George Williams Gathers the Original Y.M.C.A. (1844)

Christian concern for London's workers led George Williams and his friends to form the Y.M.C.A.

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Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

Devotional (2016 church year): Don’t Limit God

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord....I know that whatever you ask from God, God...

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Christian brothers, Zaher Kamel, a doctor, and Maher Kamel, a high school teacher, are gunned down by Muslim radicals in Qena, Upper Egypt.

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Bistawros, Baheg T. The Coptic Christians of Egypt Today: Under Threat of Annihilation.


Harold Wildish boards the Amakura, bound for South America. He had received word to fill the place of an ailing missionary but had only one British pound in money. He went upstairs and spread the letter out before the Lord, saying, “You know what I need.” Next morning, he received a check in the mail for twenty-five pounds. “But I must have thirty-five,” he prayed. The next day he received another letter from the same person. “I could not sleep last night thinking of you. I believe you must need the additional enclosed ten pounds.”

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Death of Bishop Joseph A. Beebe of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (now known as the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church) after preaching the gospel fifty-two years and serving the church thirty-five years as a bishop.

Authority for the date:

Phillips, C. H. The History of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America.


Li Chouzi, an ardent, soul-winning Christian girl, and all the other Chinese Christians of her village are hacked to death by revolutionaries known as Boxers.

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Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Death in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, of John Williamson Nevin, a staunchly Calvinist theologian, who had opposed nineteenth-century revivalism, believing it was too individualistic and did not uphold the historic confessions of the church.

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On the day of his sister’s marriage, blind parson George Matheson experiences deep mental suffering, and writes his beloved hymn, “O Love that wilt not let me go.”

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Terry, Lindsay. Heart-Warming Hymn Stories.


Death of Anna Hinderer, aged forty-three. She had served as a missionary in Nigeria until ill-health forced her to return to England. There, despite suffering, she continued to work among factory girls and children of the poor.

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Moore, Henry Charles. Noble Deeds of the World's Heroines.