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Thomas Barnardo

It Happened Today: Death of Thomas Barnardo (1905)

A chance encounter helped decide Barnardo’s course of creating homes for orphans and the handicapped.

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Evening by Evening

Devotional (2016 church year): Christians are free to enjoy all God’s promises (1868)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free —Galatians 5:1 (NIV).


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Death of Abba Gebre Michael, an Ethiopian Catholic, who had translated several prayer books into the Amharic language.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography


Death of William F. Albright, American Methodist archaeologist who had excavated the biblical sites of Gibeah, Bethel, and Petra and did much to substantiate the accuracy of the Bible.

Authority for the date:

Standard Encyclopedias.


Cheka Communists execute Vyrubova and Kalerina, Orthodox nuns at St. John the Theologian in Cherdyn, Perm province. The charge is “counter-revolutionary agitation.”

Authority for the date:

Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.

Death of George Arthur, penal reformer, in Tasmania. Authority for the date: Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003.
James Hudson Taylor sets sail from England for China where he will found the China Inland Mission, a faith ministry. Authority for the date: Standard Encyclopedias.

George Herbert is ordained as a Church of England priest. Three years later, he will be dead of tuberculosis but on his sickbed will have written timeless religious poems.

Authority for the date:

Chute, Marchette. Two Gentle Men: The Lives of George Herbert and Robert Herrick. New York E.P. Dutton, 1959.