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Tiyo Soga

It Happened Today: Death of Tiyo Soga, Xhosa Evangelist (1871)

An offer of rest came too late for Tiyo Soga.

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Companions of the Way

Devotional (2016 church year): Take refuge in God’s greatness (1908)

Be a rock of refuge for me, where I can always go —Psalm 71:3 (Holman).

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A group of Ayoré Indians in Bolivia lay down their weapons and come out of the jungle in response to friendly overtures by New  Tribes missionaries. The Ayoré had martyred New Tribes missionaries Dave Bacon, Cecil and Bob Dye, George Hosback, and Eldon Hunter four years earlier.

Authority for the date:

Johnston, Ken. The Story of New Tribes Mission. Sanford, Florida: New Tribes Mission, 1985.


Bolsheviks arrest the Orthodox spiritual father of the Belogorsk monastery, Hieromonk Vyacheslav, whom they will execute.

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Edith Nathan, May Nathan, and Mary Heaysman, three women who had been working as missionaries in the Chinese city of Ta-ning, are captured by Boxers. They will be executed the next morning.

Authority for the date:

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


Ashbel Green Simenton lands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “What can one or two missionaries accomplish in an empire as large as the United States?” he had asked. “The work is so perfectly hopeless by mere human agency that they who undertake it must either find support by resting upon the power of God or else despair.” He will found the first Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In order to carry on his work more effectively, he will move to the center of the city, where he will be exposed to malaria. With friends begging him to leave, he retorts that if foreign merchants live there merely to make money, he should be willing to do so to win souls. He will contract malaria and die at the age of thirty four.

Authority for the date:

Kerr, Hugh Thomas. Sons of the Prophets: Leaders in Protestantism from Princeton Seminary. Princeton University Pre

Archibald Alexander becomes the first professor of Princeton, filling its theology chair. Like many of America’s premiere colleges and universities, Princeton had been founded to train ministers. Authority for the date: Kerr, Hugh Thomas. Sons of the Prophets: Leaders in Protestantism from Princeton Seminary. Princeton University Press,

During the French Revolution, a decree orders the evacuation of all religious houses that are still occupied by “religious men and women” (meaning monks and nuns), except those that provide medical services or charities. The occupants have until October 1st to comply.

Authority for the date:

Cunningham, Francis Aloysius. The War Against Religion.... Boston: Pilot Publishing, 1911.


On command of Pope Alexander IV, Thomas Aquinas is reluctantly admitted as a doctor of theology by the University of Paris. The university had denied mendicant friars (Dominicans and Franciscans) the privilege of occupying university chairs because they had refused to take an oath relating to the autonomy of the university. School leaders had also opposed the friars on a number of other grounds.

Authority for the date:

New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.


Charles the Bald gives Bishop Hincmar an estate—which the bishop will make over to the hospice of St. Denis on his elevation to the archepiscopate.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.