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This course looks at 2000 years of the expansion of Christianity around the world. It will include an in-depth look at the last four hundred years, beginning with groups like the Moravians in the 1600s and then contributions of people like William Carey, Hudson Taylor, Cameron Townsend, Donald McGavran and Ralph Winter.
"God does not bless us so that we can hoard our blessing and bask in our abundance." -- Cassandra W., Northwest Nazarene University student
I like Ralph Winter's easy-to-remember, over-simplified 400-year eras of missions history. Here's how he breaks down the history of world evangelism over the last 2000 years:
Researcher David Barrett also divided that same period into five periods or eras of global outreach. Approaching it from a statistical point of view, his epochs of missions history are a little different from those of Ralph Winter (and a little harder to remember since the periods are not all the same length):
from "Five Statistical Eras of Global Mission" by David Barrett, published in Missiology, January 1984
Brief essays on 12 key figures David Brainerd, American Indians William Carey, India Jonathan Goforth, China David Livingstone, Africa Mary Slessor, West Africa C.T. Studd, China - India - Africa Hudson Taylor, China
A small prayer meeting in 1806 involving a few college students marked the beginning of American involvement in world missions. Involving only five people, it has become known as "the haystack prayer meeting."
Zinzendorf's world outreach prayerGerman Count von Zinzendorf pushed the Moravians into becoming a major world missions force in the 1700s. John Wesley translated some of Zinzendorf's written prayers from German into English. Here is one with a world evangelism flavor:
"My dearest Savior! We beg of you this same blessed look, this same irresistible look, which you always fix on the souls who like to look upon you, who like to receive you, who are ready to share your wounds, and who are even prepared to die for you.
"May all souls on earth, high and low, rich and poor, yearn for your look. And let us on our part testify amongst those we meet to your sacrificial love, that the number of those who succumb to your look may grow and grow. Indeed, we promise that we shall not rest until we are able to look upon you, and say: 'Lord, we have filled every place in heaven, by bringing every soul on earth under the bright light of your love.'"
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Year-by-year global expansion of Christianity Are the "heathen" really lost? Answers to an oft-asked question William "Bill" Borden's story Black Americans involvement in world missions Hudson Taylors' call
It happened on this day in world missions history: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December
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