“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” — John 14:13-16 NKJV
Because D.L. Moody preached God‘s redeeming love and Christian unity, he impacted significant leaders in North America and Europe.
Preachers, missionaries, and educators were encouraged and influenced from his Civil War soul winning ministry in the mid-1860s, across America and into Great Britain through the late 1890s during the Spanish American War. Having to leave his last area-wide meeting in Kansas City, Missouri early because of heart problems, he went back home to Northfield, Massachusetts. He died there Dec. 22, 1899.
Dwight Moody married Emma Revell in 1862. She was his “right arm” at the mission Sunday school and even the YMCA, serving the Lord together as a team.
Meeting Emma Dryer in 1870, they encouraged her to leave her prestigious faculty job at Illinois State Normal University, where she had been since 1864. Moving to Chicago, she developed a program training women for full time missionary work.
Dryer consistently urged Moody to launch a training school to include women and men preparing to be involved in home or foreign missions or evangelism, who needed intense training in Bible, theology, and practical ministry. In 1886, the Chicago Evangelization Society began, the forerunner of the Chicago Bible Institute.
Earlier, the 1871 Chicago fire destroyed the YMCA building where Moody had been ministering, the church he had founded, and even their home. He soon claimed the promise Jesus gave to His disciples: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” — John 14:26 NKJV
Moody had met Ira Sankey in Indianapolis in July 1870. They sailed for England in 1873, holding meetings in England, Scotland, Ireland, and back in London before returning to America in 1875. An unprecedented total of 2.5 million people had attended their meetings!
Moody’s first citywide outreaches in America began in 1875 in Brooklyn. Major campaigns continued in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, St. Louis, and the Pacific coast, San Francisco to Vancouver. In 1877-1878, many smaller towns in New England were evangelized.
Wealthy London businessman Charles Studd was converted during the 1874 Moody mission there. Studd arranged for one of Moody’s personal workers to meet privately with each of his 3 sons — C.T., Kynaston, and George. Each came to Christ.
C.T. Studd, a famous English cricket star, soon felt called to China with J. Hudson Taylor‘s China Inland Mission. He, along with other well-known athletes, called the “Cambridge Seven,” went on a recruitment tour and then to China. C.T. Studd inherited a large sum from his father, and decided to give it all to the Lord’s work, donating 25% to D.L. Moody‘s ministry. It helped build the Bible School in Chicago. January 1887, C.T. sent the paperwork assuring that all his money was safely deposited in the “Bank of Heaven.”
In China, C.T. met Priscilla Stewart, from a wealthy Irish family, who had come to China with the Salvation Army. C.T. and Priscilla married and went as missionaries to India, where his father had made his fortune with indigo ink. But soon they both became ill, and accepted his mother’s invitation to come back to England to recuperate. In 1896, C.T. accepted an invitation to speak to students in the United States about missions for an 18-month tour.
In 1879, C.T. Studd’s brother Kynaston led John R. Mott to Christ at Cornell University. In 1888, Mott, student secretary of the YMCA, helped found the Student Volunteer Movement. At Mr. Moody’s invitation, students began attending the Northfield Summer Bible Conference in 1880, coming from Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Cornell. In 1900, Mott wrote “The Evangelization of the World in This Generation.”
D.L. Moody wanted to build schools to train youth for ministry. In 1879, he started the first of three schools at Northfield, Massachusetts. His crowning Christian education accomplishment, Chicago Bible Institute, was renamed Moody Bible Institute in 1900.
From 1931 to 1949, Moody Bible Institute graduates served as pastors of 2nd Street Baptist, which became Grace Memorial, in Mt. Carmel. Evangelism was foremost in this congregation during my involvement there, throughout my student years.
Will you connect with praying Christians today? Will you pray and tell every possible person to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”?
“He who wins souls is wise.” — Proverbs 11:30 NKJV