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John Hyde dies – February 17, 1912

John Hyde (1865-1912), an American missionary known for his prayer ministry in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. | Screengrab:

This week marks the anniversary of when John Nelson Hyde, an American missionary to the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, died from a brain tumor at the age of 46

The son of a Presbyterian minister, Hyde was commonly called “The Praying Hyde” for his renowned prayer ministry, reportedly being able to pray for up to 36 hours at a time.

“His work among the villages was very successful, in that for many years he won four to ten people a day to the Lord Jesus Christ,” noted

“Hyde was instrumental in establishing the annual Sialkote Conferences, from which thousands of missionaries and native workers returned to the stations, empowered anew and afresh for the work of reaching India with the Gospel.”

Reportedly, his last words were, “Shout the victory of Jesus Christ!”

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