Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, August 31

651
Death of St. Aidan of Lindisfarne who evangelized Northumbria, England.
1240
Death of St. Raymond Nonnatus, who had sought to evangelize Muslims.
1528
Death of Matthias Gr
1555
The priest Robert Samuels is martyred under Queen Mary for visiting his wife from whom he had been forced to separate.
1735
John Sergeant is ordained to be a missionary to the American Indians.
1757
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master.'
1824
Birth of Anna B. Warner, American hymnwriter. She never married, but lived with her sister Susan in New York state. In 1860, a novel they co-authored contained a poem which became one of the most beloved of all children's hymns: I Know.'
1861
Birth of Jesse Brown Pounds, American hymnwriter. During her lifetime she published nine books, 50 cantatas and over 400 religious song texts. Three of her hymns remain popular today: "Anywhere With Jesus," "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" and "The Way of the Cross Leads Home."
1870
Birth of Maria Montessori, Italian educator. She developed a theory of teaching which emphasized a reinforcement of initiative, and a freedom of movement for the child. Her theory of elementary education has since been named, appropriately, the "Montessori Method."
1991
Death of Mary Kamanga. After teaching for years, she had been the first Swazi teacher employed at the Nazarene Teachers' Training College in Swaziland and was known as a devoted worker for Christ, who inspired hundreds of others with her zeal.

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