Lights-4-God Timeline

Thank you for your interest in Lights-4-God. Below is a list of every Christian leader I’ve featured, arranged in chronological order according to the century they were born. After each name is a short description of their main contribution to Christianity. Read any of their biographical posts by clicking the name of the person.


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Jonathan Edwards (Revivalist)…………………………………………..10/5/1703

Charles Wesley (Song writer)……………………………………………12/18/1707

David Brainerd (Missionary to American Indians)……………….4/20/1718

John Newton (Song writer)………………………………………………..7/24/1725

Robert Raikes (Sunday School promoter)…………………………….9/14/1735

William Wilberforce (Social reformer)………………………………..8/24/1759

William Carey (Missionary to India)……………………………………8/17/1761

Elizabeth Fry (Prison reformer)………………………………………….5/21/1780

William Colgate (Christian businessman)……………………………1/25/1783

Adoniram Judson (Missionary to Burma)…………………………….8/9/1788

Charles Finney (Groundbreaking revivalist)……………………….8/29/1792

Billy Bray (Lay preacher/chapel builder)………………………………6/1/1794

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George Muller (Orphanage pioneer)……………..,,,,,……,,………..9/27/1805

Cyrus McCormick (Christian businessman)………………………..2/15/1809

John Hunt (Missionary to Fiji)………………………………………….6/13/ 1812

Robert Murray McCheyne (Pastor/spiritual leader)……………..5/21/1813

James Hepburn (Missionary to Japan)……………………………….3/13/1815

Fanny Crosby (Song writer)………………………………………………3/24/1820

Anna B. Warner (Song writer)……………………………………………8/31/1820

Alfred Edersheim (Author)………………………………………………….3/7/1825

Robert Lowry (Music composer)………………………………………..3/12/1826

Lew Wallace (Author of Ben Hur)………………………………………4/10/1827

Andrew Murray (Evangelist to South Africa)………………………..5/9/1828

William Booth (Founded the Salvation Army)…………………….4/10/1829

Hannah Whitall Smith (Author)…………………………………………..2/7/1832

Hudson Taylor (Missionary to China)…………………………………5/21/1832

Charles Spurgeon (Pastor/evangelist)………………………………..6/19/1834

E. M. Bounds (Author/prayer specialist)…………………………….8/15/1835

Alexander Whyte  (Pastor/author)……………………………………..1/13/1837

Dwight L. Moody (Evangelism pioneer)………………………………2/5/1838

Philip Bliss (Song writer)……………………………………………………7/9/1838

John Wanamaker (Christian businessman)…………………………7/11/1838

Elisha Hoffman (Song writer)……………………………………………..5/7/1839

Lottie Moon (Missionary to China)…………………………………..12/12/1840

Henry Heinz (Christian businessman)………………………………10/11/1844

Mary Slessor (Missionary to Nigeria)…………………………………12/2/1848

Julia Johnston (Song writer)……………………………………………..1/21/1849

Eliza Hewitt (Song writer)…………………………………………………6/28/1851

R. A. Torrey (Evangelist)…………………………………………………..1/28/1856

Johnson Oatman Jr. (Song writer)……………………………………..4/21/1856

Charles Gabriel (Song writer)…………………………………………….8/18/1856

Charles Sheldon (Author of In His Steps)……………………………2/26/1857

Rodney “Gypsy” Smith (Evangelist)……………………………………3/31/1860

C. T. Studd (Missionary to China, India, Africa)………………….12/2/1860

Jessie Brown Pounds (Song writer)……………………………………8/31/1861

Billy Sunday (Evangelist)…………………………………………………11/19/1862

John Hyde (Missionary to India/prayer warrior)…………………11/9/1865

Amy Carmichael (Missionary to India)……………………………..12/16/1867

Lettie Cowman (Author of Streams in the Desert)………………..3/3/1870

William Seymour (Pastor of Azusa Street)……………………………5/2/1870

Thoro Harris (Song writer)………………………………………………..3/31/1874

Oswald Chambers (Missionary/devotional author)……………..7/24/1874

Helen Cadbury (Founded the Pocket Testament League)……..1/10/1877

Evan Roberts. (Welsh revival evangelist)……………………….,……6/8/1878

Alfred Ackley (Pastor/song writer)…………………………………….1/21/1887

Lillian Trasher (Missionary to Egypt)………………………………..8/27/1887

Henerietta Mears (Founded of Gospel Light Press)……………10/23/1890

Corrie ten Boom (Author of The Hiding Place)……………………4/15/1892

Warner Sallman (Painted The Head of Christ)……………………4/30/1892

William Cameron Townsend (Wycliffe Bible Translators)……..7/9/1896

C. S. Lewis (Author/apologist)…………………………………………11/29/1898

Thomas Dorsey (Song writer)……………………………………………..7/1/1899

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Eric Liddell (Christian athlete/missionary to China)……………1/16/1902

Gladys Aylward (Missionary to China)……………………………….2/24/1902

Paul Hutchens (Author of The Sugar Creek Gang series)……..4/7/ 1902

Peter Marshall (Pastor/U.S. Senate chaplain)……………………..5/27/1902

Albert Brumley (Song writer)…………………………………………..10/29/1905

Dietrich Bonhoeffer(Author)……………………………………………….2/4/1906

Dawson Trotman(Founded the Navigators)………………………..3/25/1906

Ira Stanphill (Song writer)…………………………………………………2/14/1914

Paul Brand (Missionary to lepers)……………………………………….7/17/1914

Catherine Marshall (Author)………………………………………………9/27/1914

Bob Pierce (Founded World Vision/Samaritan’s Purse)………..10/8/1914

Audrey Mieir (Song writer)…………………………………………………5/12/1916

Ruth Bell Graham (Godly wife/mother)………………………………6/10/1920

John Stott (Pastor/author)…………………………………………………4/27/1921

Bill Bright (Founded Campus Crusade for Christ)……………….10/19/1921

John W. Peterson (Song writer)……………………………………………11/1/1921

Walter Martin (Apologist)…………………………………………………9/10/1928

D. James Kennedy (Pastor/Evangelism Explosion)……………….11/3/1930

David Wilkerson (Founded Teen Challenge)…………………………5/19/1931

Millard Fuller (Founded Habitat for Humanity)……………………..1/3/1935

Larry Burkett (Financial expert)……………………………………………3/3/1939

Andrae Crouch (Singer/song writer)………………………………………7/1/1942

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DAVID BRAINERD’S 200TH BIRTHDAY

 

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David Brainerd (1718-1847)

Missionary David Brainerd ministered in the 1700s to native tribes on the American frontier. He introduced the gospel to the Mohican tribe, then to the Delaware tribe. He endured health problems and other hardships. But he served faithfully for as long as he could.

David Brainerd kept a journal. After the young missionary’s death, his father-in-law Jonathan Edwards edited the journal which he published as “The Life and Diary of David Brainerd.”

For answers to the following questions, follow the link below—

  • What caused him to be expelled from Yale University?
  • Why did he turn down an offer to pastor a church on Long Island?
  • What event caused him to write in his journal, “Amazing change this! Affected by nothing less than divine power and grace!”
  • What illness took his life at age 29?

https://lights4god.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/david-brainerd/

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REMEMBERING C.S. LEWIS

 

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C. S. Lewis. Image: butterfunk.com.

 

Clive Staples Lewis was born November 29, 1898.  I posted a biography of him five years ago today.

The 1400-word overview covers seven major points of his life under the headings, “Teen Athiest,” “The Fox Hunt,” “New Purpose,” “Waging War,” Narnia and Christianity,” “Joy and Grief,” and “Remembered in Bronze.”

Read the post  here.

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LILLIAN TRASHER

Born SEPTEMBER 27, 1887

Sacrificial missionary service has a way of inspiring people the world over. Just mention the name Lillian Trasher, known as “Mother of the Nile.”

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Lillian Trasher  [PD-1923]

The church of God (Cleaveland, Tennessee) includes her in their history. The Assemblies of God claims her as one of their pioneer missionaries. The Episcopal Church calendar honors Lillian’s years of service on December 19 of each year. In Egypt, where Lillian gave over 50 years of her life, she’s esteemed for starting that country’s first orphanage, which continues operating today.

Lillian died on December 17, 1961, but her influence continues. A Muslim man once said of her, “I believe that when she dies, in spite of the fact she is a woman and a Christian, God will take her directly to paradise.”

No Regrets

The initial spark of Lillian’s journey to help children in Egypt began when she was only a child herself. At age nine, she knelt beside a log in a forest and prayed, “Lord, if ever I can do anything for you, just let me know and I will do it.” A few years later, she joined the staff of a faith-based orphanage in North Carolina.

As a young woman in her early twenties, Lillian became engaged. She anticipated her future as a pastor’s wife. Then, while attending a missionary service Lillian sensed God’s call to serve overseas. As a pastor’s wife or as a single missionary, she would be in a position to change lives, but which should it be? Her heart was divided. Ten days before her wedding, Lillian broke the engagement.

Years later, a friend asked if she ever regretted her life-changing decision. She answered, “When I think of Tom, if I had married him, what would have happened to all these children?”

Serving God By Faith 

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Assiut Egypt

A missionary couple invited her to work at an orphanage in Assiut, Egypt. Opening her Bible on board ship before it embarked, Lillian saw Acts 7:34- “ I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.” Lillian stepped onto Egyptian soil for the first time in autumn of 1910.

Three months later she answered a call to the bedside of a dying mother. The mother requested that Lillian take her baby and raise it. That child became the first resident of Lillian’s own orphanage.

The number of children under her care grew. She’d gained invaluable skills at the North Carolina orphanage where she’d worked. She’d also learned to live by faith in God’s daily provision. In the early years, a few gifts from donors came in. Lillian also rode a donkey to solicit help from local supporters.

No Orphans in God’s Family

God takes care of His own. The orphanage survived the first world war. Afterwards, however, an anti-English fervor led to rioting. Lillian wisely returned to America. Her itineration to churches raised the profile of the orphanage and helpful amounts of financial support. In 1920, she returned to Egypt to continue her life’s work.

In 1935, Lillian stated, “He has never failed me all these years and we are being fed like the sparrows, who have no barns or storerooms. Seven hundred little ones. We are still looking to the Lord for our hourly needs. Oh! He is such a wonderful Saviour!”

The orphanage faced a cholera outbreak in 1947. But no child died.

God continued blessing Lillian—one of His children—as she continued caring for orphans according to His word (James 1:27). By 1960, over 1,000 children resided at the ever-growing campus. In 1961, Lillian celebrated the orphanage’s 50th anniversary.

Lillian Trasher in 1951 with babies at the orphanage.

Lillian with babies in the orphanage nursey.

Since 1961

Lillian died in Egypt in December of 1961. She was buried in the orphanage cemetery.  She once said, “I’d rather do this work than anything else in the world–taking care of babies in Egypt.”

Today, the Lillian Trasher Orphanage is a 12-acre campus. It houses 650 children (and widows) and is led by a couple who grew up in the orphanage. Since its beginning, it has welcomed over 25,000 children.

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LET ME KNOW:  How has Lillian’s story informed, encouraged, or otherwise helped you? I welcome your comments.

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JOHN HUNT’S 205th BIRTHDAY

 

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John Hunt (1812-1848)

He’s one of many pioneer missionaries whose service for God is rarely recalled. John Hunt served in Fiji in the nineteenth-century. The violent culture that he and his wife Hannah ministered to promoted cannibalism.

No matter what he faced, John remained true to a favorite scripture passage— “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:3-4, NKJV).

John and Hannah suffered personal losses along the way but remained committed to introducing the gospel to those who needed it. Here are three highlights of John’s unwavering service to Fiji–

  • Translating the New Testament into the Fijian language.
  • Witnessing a spiritual awakening that turned repentant cannibals into Christians who loved their enemies.
  • Leading the queen of the island of Viwa to embrace Christianity.

Read the complete post of inspiring anecdotes here.

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3 NEW MAY MINI-BIOS

AUDREY MIEIR (born May 12, 1916)

Audrey Mieir

A 1973 album cover

December 25 fell on a Sunday that year. Inside a small, California church, children in bathrobes acted out the Christmas story. An organist softly accompanied them with carols. A solemn reverence filled the air. The pastor stood to his feet, raised his hands, and declared, “His name is wonderful!”

Hearing the reference to Isaiah 9:6 in that atmosphere moved Audrey Mieir to open her Bible and begin jotting down phrases. What she penned that night became a worship song sung in churches year round.

Expanding on the words of Isaiah, Audrey’s lyrics include, “He’s the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages, Almighty God is He. Bow down before Him, Love and adore Him, His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.”

Years before, the vivacious Leechburg, Pennsylvania native had moved to Los Angeles, California. There she joined the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The former church pianist began conducting choirs. In the 1950s she worked with evangelist/composer, Phil Kerr. Then became the music director for Rex Humbard’s Cathedral of Tomorrow television program.

Audrey wrote a handful of other songs that were well accepted. One of them, “To be Used of God,” describes Audrey’s life’s goal: “To be used of God, to sing, to speak, to pray. To be used of God to show someone the way. I long so much to feel the touch of His consuming fire. To be used of God is my desire.”

Audrey recorded with the Manna Music company. She died in 1996.

Resources—-(songs by Audrey Mieir on YouTube)————–

` “His Name is Wonderful”   `To Be Used of God”   `  “It Matters to Him About You

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  • Davis, Paul. Inspirational Hymn and Song Stories of the Twentieth Century. Greenville, SC: Ambassador Publications, 2001
  • Terry, Lindsey. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2008.
  • “Manna Music: ‘Audrey Mieir'” 2016,  http://mannamusicinc.com/writers-songs/audrey-mieir.html.

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ROBERT MURRAY McCHEYNE (born May 21, 1813)

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Robert Murray McCheyne

In 1836, the northwest area of Dundee, Scotland had a reputation for sinfulness. One man described that part of the city as “given to idolatry and hardness of heart.” But that would change. The man who made the statement—Robert Murray McCheyne—began to pastor there on November 24, 1836.

He wasn’t always serious about God. But his older brother David was. Robert highly respected David’s Christianity. He later cited the day his brother died as the turning point in his conversion.

At St. Peter’s Church in Dundee, Robert thrust himself fully into pastoring the community. In Sunday services, he oversaw vigorous singing and brought the Bible to life in descriptive, down to earth preaching. He led his congregation to reach outside the church walls. He also developed a thorough Bible reading plan for his parishioners that is still used today.

The secret of Robert’s success was a consistently strong devotional life. It helped him raise his congregation’s spiritual level and prepare them for a special visitation of God’s presence. Robert was visiting Israel when it happened. His church became the epicenter of a spiritual awakening in Scotland. Afterward, he traveled and spoke on the topic of spiritual renewal.

Robert contracted Typhus during a ministry visit and died in 1843 at the age of 30. Below are a few of his statements that reveal the depth of his devotional life.

Beginning the day with prayer: “I feel it is far better, to begin with God–to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another.”

Preparing to preach: “Get your texts from God–your thoughts, your words, from God.”

Serving God: “It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus.”

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` Here are additional resources about Robert Murray McCheyne.

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  • Larsen, Timothy, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
  • Wiersbe, Warren. 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from the Giants of the Faith. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI, 2009.

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PETER MARSHALL (born May 27, 1902)

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Peter Marshall

There was no trace of light that night from moon nor stars. On that coal black evening, 22-year-old Peter Marshall took a shortcut across the moors, trying to avoid a limestone quarry. Rising above the sound of a slight wind, he heard a voice call his name. Peter paused and asked who it was. Only the wind answered. So Peter continued. He again heard in a compelling tone, “Peter!” This time in stopping, he stumbled to the ground. He felt around before standing to discover that the mysterious voice had prevented him from falling to his death into the quarry.

Peter spent his life trying to understand God’s voice and to make it clear to others. He moved from his native Scotland to the United States in 1927. After graduating from seminary, he pastored churches in Georgia where his preaching filled the pews. While leading Westminister Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, he met and married Catherine Wood.

As Catherine Marshall, she would later write her husband’s biography, A Man Called Peter and books containing his sermons and prayers. They moved to New York, then to Washington D.C. where Peter pastored large congregations, also serving as the U.S. Senate Chaplain from 1945-1947. He became famous for his prayers that opened sessions of the Senate.

Peter died from a heart attack on January 4, 1949.

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` You can hear audio versions of a few of Peter’s sermons  (in his strong Scottish accent) at Sermonaudio.com.

` Find clips and the full-length Hollywood movie of A Man Called Peter on YouTube.

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  • Larsen, Timothy, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
  • Marshall, Catherine. A Man Called Peter. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1951.

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HUDSON TAYLOR ARRIVES IN CHINA

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     J. Hudson Taylor  (1832-1905)

On March 1, 1854, a driven young missionary set foot in Shanghai, China for the first time. For the next half-century, Hudson Taylor would demonstrate God’s love for the Chinese. Here are a few high points of his devoted life.

  • He became a Christian after reading a gospel tract.
  • In China, he identified with those he ministered to by dressing in local apparel.
  • He worked as a medical missionary.
  • He founded China Inland Mission and recruited other workers to join him.
  • The first 20 years of CIM were an uphill climb, but the next 20 years reaped rich rewards.
  • He influenced the call of other missionaries, most notably,  C. T. Studd and Amy Carmichael.
  • When he died in 1905, CIM consisted of 825 individual missionaries, serving in over 300 posts throughout China.

For the fuller story of Hudson Taylor’s life dedicated to reaching China, read here.

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