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George Whitefield

It Happened Today: George Whitefield’s Last Sermon (1770)

“Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work but not of thy work.”

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Devotional (2016 church year): We remember Michael and the angels (1887)

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and...
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Death of Christian and Missionary Alliance missionary Betty Ann Olsen, while being held captive by the Viet Cong. She was sick with dysentery, malnutrition and tormented by fungus, infections, leeches, and ulcerated sores. Authority for the date: “Olsen, Betty Ann.”

Death of notable Welsh evangelist and revivalist Evan Roberts near Cardiff.

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Carradice, Phil. Snapshots of Welsh History: Without the Boring Bits


Communists sentence Natalya Ivanovna Sundukova to death because she refuses to work for the Soviet state, declaring it is antichristian. She is convicted of “anti-Soviet propaganda among the prisoners and counter-revolutionary sabotage” and will be shot the following January.

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


Edward Thomas Demby is consecrated as the first African American suffragan (assistant) bishop of the Episcopal Church.

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While Reverend Seth Joshua prays, Evan Roberts is filled with the Holy Spirit. He will go on to lead a significant revival in Wales.

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Christian History 83 (2008).

Baptism of Pandita Ramabai, who becomes the most influential woman of India in the nineteenth-century. Authority for the date: Dyer, Helen S. Pandita Ramabai. New York: Revell, 1911.

The Leeds Mercury publishes Richard Oastler’s letter deploring “Yorkshire Slavery”—oppressive labor conditions of women and children. “Thousands of our fellow-creatures and fellow-subjects, both male and female, the miserable inhabitants of a Yorkshire town....are this very moment existing in a state of slavery, more horrid than are the victims of that hellish system ‘colonial’ slavery.”

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Death at Aventage, India, of Rajanaiken. Converted from Catholic to Protestant views while serving in the army, he had enjoyed such success winning souls that he left the military to became an evangelist and pastor. His former church then had persecuted him and stirred up mobs to kill him, but each time he managed to escape, dying at last of natural causes.

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Oxford Reference.


An American Indian tomahawks René Goupil for having made the sign of the cross over some Iroquois children. Goupil falls, gasping the name of Jesus. Earlier he had been beaten to the ground and assailed several times with knotted sticks and fists, had his hair, beard and nails torn off and his forefingers bitten through. [Note: some sources assign this event to September 23rd.]

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death in exile of theologian Conrad Vorstius, at at Toningen, Holstein, Germany. He had been accepted for a time by the Dutch Remonstrants (Arminians) but apparently denied the Trinity and the pre-existence of Christ and was eventually exiled by the Calvinist Synod of Dort.

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Leo I, the Great, is consecrated bishop of Rome (i.e.: pope). He will strengthen the authority of the church, suppress the Manichean heresy, and write important doctrinal letters. Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.