Mr. IrishFebruary 25, 2011
Dwight Lyman Moody became one of the greatest American evangelist of the 19th century. Moody was born on Feb. 5, 1837, in Massachusetts. He was the sixth child in hisfamily and his education finished at fifth grade. At age 17, Moody left his home to look for a descent job. Since he coudn't find one, he asked his uncle for a job in the shoe store that he owned. Moodygave his life completely to the Lord at the age of 18 on April 21, 1855. His Sunday school teacher, Edward Kimball, led him to the Lord. After this great event, Moody devoted his life to serving God.In the year 1856 he moved to Chicago, where he started his own shoe business with much success. This success also brought a great interest of becoming a Sunday school teacher not only for Chicagochildren, but also for the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Moody had an extreme desire of reaching those "lost" youth of Chicago, those children who lived in poverty and experienced so muchlittle education as he had. The fast growing and expansion of these classes encouraged Moody to begin his own church. On Feb. 28, 1864, the Moody Church opened its doors to this world with Moody aspastor.
During the revival of 1857 to 1858, Moody became greatly involved with the YMCA. This association became a great part of his evangelistic life. He would serve wherever needed, distribution oftracts all over Chicago, and he led daily noon prayer meetings. Even though Moody refused to fight during the Civil War, he evangelized to the troops stationed in Camp Douglas. From 1861 to 1865, heministered to thousands of soldiers, both Union and Confederate troops. He ministered in different cities, countries and states through many different battlefields. He recieved finacial help for all...