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The Making of the Christian Global Mission, Part 1: Jan Hus and the Moravians

In retrospect the Zinzendorf vision and the dispersion of the Moravians from eastern and northern Europe and into the northern Atlantic and the southern and elsewhere constituted the first deliberate global expansion of the gospel which was planned and done. It was expedited beforehand by the merchant marine who preceded them and opened the oceans to long distance travel and the bays into the avenues of entrance to the interiors for settlers and travelers. The Moravians were not the first missionaries with an evangelistic endeavor but they were the first to have a distinctive goal in mind with witness and evangelism and having a planted community of believers. They were also the ones who brought to the shores of North America two men who had an agenda for revival and agenda—John and Charles Wesley.

 

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Further Reading:

Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 5: The 18th and 19th Centuries” by Richard Riss

 “The Holy Spirit Never Left the Church” by Charles Carrin

 “Historical Development of Wesley’s Doctrine of the Spirit” by Winfield Bevins

 “Herrnhut: A Caribbean Shrine You Need to Know” by Charles Carrin

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Category: Church History, Spring 2020

About the Author: Woodrow E. Walton, D.Min. (Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions), B.A. (Texas Christian University), B.D. [M.Div.] (Duke Divinity School), M.A. (University of Oklahoma), is a retired Seminary Dean and Professor of biblical, theological and historical studies. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, he and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas. Walton retains membership with the Evangelical Theological Society, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Society of Church History, American Academy of Political Science, and The International Society of Frontier Missiology.

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