This week in Christian history: D.L. Moody, ‘In God We Trust,’ Post-Soviet Easter celebration

Evangelist helps D.L. Moody convert to Christianity —April 21, 1855

This week marks the anniversary of when an evangelist and Sunday School teacher named Edward Kimball visited a teenaged Dwight L. Moody to help lead him to become a Christian.

Kimball visited Moody at the Holton Shoe Store in Boston, Massachusetts, where Moody was working in the stockroom and spoke to him about the love of Jesus.

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Moody’s decision to become a born-again Christian and later a notable evangelist took time, with the young Moody struggling to answer doctrinal questions later that year when presented to Mount Vernon Congregationalist Church as a possible new member.

Nevertheless, Moody would eventually grow up to become one of the most influential American preachers of the nineteenth century.

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