The Chicago school proved to be a mere prelude to the planting of other educational institutions. Estey, of Estey Organ Company fame; and philanthropists such as Mrs.
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Cyrus P. Nettie McCormick. Moody personally invested in these people—helping them to grow in their faith and unabashedly asking them to help underwrite training for economically deprived young people. Besides building a church and school in Chicago, Moody secured property in Northfield, Massachusetts. With the help of his prosperous supporters, the increasingly famous evangelist bought land and erected buildings near his birthplace where Mother Moody lived until her death a few days before her ninety-first birthday in Because Dwight and Emma Moody and their three children lived humbly and frugally in Chicago or with Mother Moody in Massachusetts, there was never a hint of Moody personally profiting from these funds.
First came the Northfield Seminary for Young Women. By autumn the seminary opened for young women who were given scholarships from funds provided by philanthropists. At the Northfield Seminary, young women studied liberal arts and sciences from a decidedly Christian worldview that was enriched by classes in Bible, church history, and theology. The Northfield School produced so many able young women—most of whom headed to college and the mission field—that the vision expanded to offer a similar school for young men.
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In the early s, Mount Herman opened its doors for boys, and the dormitory and classes were filled with socially and economically disadvantaged young men. Black, brown, and yellow-skinned men and women attended these schools, and Christian speakers and preachers—black, white, and Asian—ascended the pulpits and podiums of both schools. Such diversity was unknown in most schools in the United States at that time.
Moody felt constrained to launch one more school. During his preaching tours all over New England and the northeast in the late s and s, Moody discovered a class of women he wanted to help. Typically they were rural women with little or no formal schooling. Countless urban churches were calling for women to do evangelism and house-to-house personal work among the urban poor. Moody wanted to connect the women called to serve with the cities needing workers.
The Northfield Seminary was no option for these women, many of whom were barely literate; furthermore, because they were already in their twenties, thirties, or forties, they would never have meshed with the Northfield Seminary culture. The Chicago Bible Institute was certainly an option, but it only had room for —and it was [always] full.
Also, it was a thousand miles away from most of the women seeking help. Moody asked the manager if he could rent the three-story, red-brick structure that was graced on three sides with lounging verandas overlooking large lawns and gardens. The spacious hotel with its well-appointed rooms, complete with large windows, draperies, beds, writing desks, and comfortable furniture, was only used between April and September.
Moody well. Soon an arrangement was finalized, and in October fifty-six women from eleven states and seven Christian denominations arrived for six months of in-depth training in English Bible, Christian doctrine, and practical theology, as well as music, nursing, cooking, sewing, and hygiene. By the time of Mr. There they were prepared to do personal work that included teaching Scripture to adults and children. They also learned to pray, make clothes for the needy, and prepare food for the sick.
Quite astonishingly, this was done without purchasing a building or establishing an endowment. Instead, people of means were asked to help underwrite the hundred dollars per term that the students were charged, because few, if any, had the means to fully pay their own way. Books and Conferences Dwight Moody also adopted less formal means to equip people. Early on in ministry, Moody saw the need for Christian books and magazines. To that end he managed to get his brother-in-law, Fleming H.
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Revell, to launch what became a highly successful publishing house where books by men such as A. Gordon, F. Meyer, R. Torrey, A. Pierson, D. Whittle, and Moody himself were published and circulated throughout the English-speaking world. When Fleming Revell refused to risk expanding his publishing company into the untried field of inexpensive paperback books, Moody began his own publishing company, the Bible Institute Colportage Association.
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Besides printing inexpensive books as methods for evangelism and disciple making, Mr. Moody became an early advocate of summer conferences. Finally, D.
More than students traveled by train and foot, lived in tents or in the open air, to be mentored by authors, missionaries, and preachers whom God would use to call them to home and foreign ministry. Soon students from as far away as the United Kingdom, Japan, German, Norway, and Siam descended upon northwestern Massachusetts—making tiny Northfield a place of international significance. Conclusion Few people have done more than Dwight L.
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Including—including a biblically-clueless young man named Dwight. He got to know their interests and backgrounds. Feeling especially burdened for a very lost Dwight, he determined to visit him at the shoe store where he worked. He was feeling the tug of the Spirit to tell Dwight what Jesus had done for him on the cross. However, he did go in and found young Dwight in the back room.
And there, in the back room of that shoe store, Dwight experienced that love for himself.
In subsequent years, Dwight would share that Calvary love with multitudes across America and beyond. And the world would know him as the leading evangelist of the 19 th century, D. Erwin W. Follow Donate. Listen Archives Podcast More Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
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