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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, October 2

Reformer William Farel arrives in Geneva where in sixteen months his preaching will convince the city to join the Reformation.
Jacques Cartier reaches a place in Canada which he names Montreal.
Benjamin Randall founds a congregation of Freewill Baptists in Woolwich, Maine, baptizing five people. He notes that although there are over three hundred present at the baptism, "there were no more than three that ever before saw baptism administered by immersion."
The Baptist Missionary Society was founded in London, England. This first modern mission society was started by William Carey, then 21, who later became England's first great Protestant missionary to India.
William Carey, John Rylands, and ten other Baptist pastors form the Particular-Baptist Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Heathen which will send Carey to India. They pass around Andrew Fuller's snuff box to collect pledges for the mission.
Birth of Allen W. Chatfield, an Anglican vicar in Herefordshire (a west England county bordering on Wales). His best remembered writings include the English translation of the hymn, "Lord Jesus, Think on Me."
Johanna Veenstra, the first missionary of the Christian Reformed Church to go to Nigeria, leaves New York on the Mauretania for England from where she will trans-ship to Lagos. She will have an important role in planting the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria.
The radio program Lutheran Hour premieres on CBS.
Repose of Hiero-schemamonk Theodosius of Karoulia at Mount Athos. He had been a strict and prayerful ascetic.
Death of Deborah Adeyemi Ladeji, a Nigerian Baptist. She had converted from her family's idol worship despite persecution and death threats, becoming an influential witness to those who knew her.

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