Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, December 2

1751
A Consistory of the Dutch Reformed Church writes with frustration from Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), complaining that Roman Catholicism has greatly increased, despite severe penalties meted out by Dutch governors.
1831
Birth of Francis N. Peloubet, American Congregational clergyman. A promoter of the Sunday School, he penned 44 annual volumes of "Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons" between 1875 and his death in 1920. They were known afterward as "Peloubet's Notes."
1873
After years of struggle, Frances Havergal, Christian singer, sees the importance of complete Christian surrender "as a flash of electric light," and makes it.
1906
The first of Paulo Mwamribwa's pupils are baptized in Digoland, Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika). He had founded the first indigenous Protestant mission school in the Gombero area.
1908
The Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America was founded in Philadelphia. (In 1950 this ecumenical organization was replaced by the National Council of Churches.)
1910
Death in Richmond, Virginia, of Bishop Channing Moore Williams, who had served as an Episcopal missionary in the Far East, founding a divinity school in Japan.
1916
The Suwa Maru docks at Kobe carrying missionary Irene "Sensei" Webster-Smith, who will later rescue Geisha children and convert Japanese war criminals.
1947
Death of Father Alexis Kabaliuk, Apostle of Carpatho-Russia, who had played a major role in reviving the Orthodox Church in Transcarpathia (a region on the western edge of the Ukraine) in the early twentieth century despite persecution by Austrian-Hungarian authorities.
1948
Romania's Official Gazette #281 publishes a decree transferring Uniate church property to the Romanian State without compensation.
1994
Death of Sir James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, a legal scholar and missionary to Islamic regions.

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