They all lived a strong Christian lifestyle that they dared not keep to themselves. These five Christian leaders, all born in November, shared with the rest of the world the spiritual realities that defined them. Maybe this November, a spark from one of their lives will ignite something in you.
John Hyde (Prayer warrior) Born NOVEMBER 9, 1865
John Hyde. Public Domain.
In less than 20 years as a missionary to India, John gained the nickname “Praying Hyde.” He gave himself to long stretches of prayer (often through the night). His purpose? To be able to lead at least one person per day into the Christian faith.
In the year 1908, his prayers and witnessing resulted in 400 converts. He inspired other missionaries to commit to greater prayer through two organizations he helped found—the Punjab Prayer Union and the annual training venue, the Sialkot Convention.
He once said, “When we keep near to Jesus it is He who draws souls to Himself through us.”
Check here to learn more about John, including what drove him to the mission field.
D. James Kennedy (Evangelism leader) Born NOVEMBER 3, 1930
In his first year pastoring, he reduced his congregation’s weekly attendance by almost two-thirds. Only after instituting a strong one-on-one witnessing program did the young pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church see spiritual and numerical success.
The program Jim named Evangelism Explosion was released in book form in 1970. In 1996, it became the first ministry to reach every country in the world.
He launched other ministries that had a worldwide impact. Jim retired from Coral Ridge in 2006 after 48 years as pastor.
Check here to learn more about Jim, including how he became a Christian.
C. S. Lewis (Christian author) Born NOVEMBER 29, 1898
C. S. Lewis.
God uses some of the most unlikely people. Clive Staples Lewis was one such person. An atheist until his early 3os. A bachelor until his late 50s. When he married, it was to a divorced woman born Jewish. But the Oxford instructor had a heart and a brain God could use.
During the last 30 years of Clive’s life, he wrote books that impart Biblical truth in various literary genres. The 40 tomes he wrote continue to sell very well, capturing the imagination of millions and drawing them closer to God.
Clive died November 22, 1963, the same day President John F. Kennedy was shot.
Check here for details of each phase of Clive’s life and information about his writings.
John W. Peterson (Hymn writer) Born NOVEMBER 1, 1921
John W. Peterson. Image: courtesy of johnwpetersonmusic.com.
John believed in miracles. He should have; he lived through a few. It was only natural that he write hymns that exalt a miracle-working God.
His songs, “It Took A Miracle” and “Heaven Came Down” rejoice in the greatest miracle of all— the new birth. Others such as “Springs of Living Water” and “Surely Goodness and Mercy” celebrate the day-to-day joy and assurance of serving God. Other themes include prayer and Jesus’ second return.
John once stated his sense of responsibility: “I am under obligation to communicate the gospel as much as the man in the pulpit.”
Check here to learn more about John, including miracles he experienced as a child and as an Air Force pilot during WWII.
Billy Sunday (Evangelist) Born NOVEMBER 19, 1862
He played professional baseball for seven years. But a church service on the streets of Chicago forever changed the Iowa-born athlete. He held his first revival service in Garner, Iowa in 1896. His preaching style, which incorporated his athleticism, drew large crowds. The results: changed lives.
He also became known for his homespun quips. For instance, “Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.”
One of Billy’s many statements in his campaign against alcohol was, “The saloon is a liar. It promises good cheer and sends sorrow.” Some accused the evangelist of influencing the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919.
Check here to learn more about Billy’s life and ministry,