Heroes of the Faith: Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work among the poor in Calcutta, India. She was born Anjezë Gonxhe {Mary Teresa} Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in the Ottoman Empire. Her parents were Nikollë and Dranafile Bojaxhiu. She was baptized the day after her birth and always considered August 27th her “true birthday”. According to biographer Joan Graff […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards was a Puritan preacher and philosopher. He is considered by many to be America’s greatest theologian. He was born on October 5, 1703 in the Connecticut Colony. He was the fifth of eleven children born to Timothy and Esther Stoddard Edwards. He was also their only son. In 1716, he entered Yale College. He took a great interest […]

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Heroes of the Faith: John Calvin

John Calvin was a pastor, French theologian and Geneva reformer in the Protestants Reformation. The theology of Calvinism is named for him, and he strongly developed the system of predestination, eternal damnation, absolute sovereignty of God and new forms of church government and liturgy. He was born as Jehan Cauvin on July 10, 1509 in Picardy, France. His mother was […]

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Faithful Heroes: William and Catherine Booth

William and Catherine Booth founded The Salvation Army. William Booth was born on April 10, 1829 in Nottingham, England. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Moss Booth. William was fourteen years old when his father died and was already working as an pawnbroker’s apprentice to help support his family. He completed a six year apprenticeship as a pawnbroker […]

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Faithful Heroes: G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton was an English writer, poet, philospoher, dramatist, journalist, orator, biographer, art and literary critic and lay theologian. He is often referred to as the “prince of paradox”. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.” Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born on May […]

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Faithful Heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Was a pastor who became a leading figure in the Civil Rights movement. He was born to Martin Luther King, Sr and Alberta Williams King on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. His and his father’s legal birth names were Michael King, but his father legally changed their names in 1934.He grew up in the church […]

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Faithful Heroes: Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom dedicated her life to serving Christ. She traveled the world sharing her testimony of surviving the concentration camps and extending a hand of forgiveness. Cornelia ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892 in Harrlem, Netherlands. She was the daughter of a Dutch watchmaker, Casper ten Boom, and his wife, Cornelia Arnolda Luitingh ten Boom. She went […]

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Faithful Heroes: Billy Sunday

Billy Sunday moved from professional baseball player to well known evangelist throughout his life. William “Billy” Ashley Sunday was born on November 19, 1862 in Story County, Iowa. His parents were German immigrants who changed their surname Sonntag to the anglicized Sunday. Billy’s father, William, was a bricklayer. Four months after Mary Jane Corey Sunday gave birth to her son, […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Amy Carmichael

Amy Beatrice Carmichael is known for her missionary work to India, where she opened an orphanage and founded a mission. Amy Wilson Carmichael was born on December 16, 1867 in Millisle, County Down, Ireland. She was the daughter of David and Catherine Carmichael. She was the oldest of their seven children and her father worked as a miller. “One possibly […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Lottie Moon

Growing up in the Southern Baptist Church, each Christmas we take up the Lottie Moon Foreign Mission offering. This goes to fund and assist foreign missionaries around the world. But, who was Lottie Moon? Why do we take up an offering in her name? Charlotte Digges Moon was born on December 12, 1840 in Albermarle County, Virginia. She was the […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Lillian Thrasher

Lillian Trasher founded the first Orphanage in Egypt and known as the Nile Mother of Egypt. Lillian Hunt Trasher was born on September 27, 1887 in Jacksonville, Florida. She was raised as a Roman Catholic in Brunswick, Georgia. After a term of Bible college, she worked for two years at Faith Orphanage in North Carolina. After hearing a missionary from […]

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Heroes of the Faith: John Gibson Paton

John Gibson Paton greatly improved life in his missionary work in the South Pacific. He was born on May 24, 1824 in Braehead, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He was the oldest of eleven children born to James and Janet Paton. At the age of twelve, he began to learn his father’s stocking manufacturing business. He worked fourteen hour days beside his father […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Charles Thomas Studd

Charles Thomas Studd was born on December 2, 1860 in Spratton, England. He came to Christ when a visiting preacher visited their home. “According to his conversion narrative, the preacher asked him if he believed God’s promises to give believers eternal life, and as Charles would only go so far as to profess he believed Jesus Christ died, the guest […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Dwight L. Moody

If you read my Behind the Hymn stories, you will recognize the name Dwight L. Moody. Many of the hymns written by Fanny Crosby, Robert Lowry, Frances Ridley Havergal, William J. Kirkpatrick and other hymn writers were popularized in the crusades of Rev. Moody. So, who was Dwight L. Moody? Dwight Lyman Moody was born on February 5, 1837 in […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Billy Graham

Billy Graham would have turned 100 on November 7th. So, in celebration of his birthday, we will join him as a hero of the Faith. Billy Graham is considered America’s Pastor, the Great Legitimator and Pastor to the Presidents. William Franklin Graham, Jr. was born on November 7, 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the oldest of four children […]

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