“Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead – don`t you believe a word of it!
At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now – I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is Immortal – a body that Death cannot touch, that Sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.
I was born of the flesh in 1837. I was born of the Spirit in 1856. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.”
On February the 5th day, in the year of our Lord 1837, was born Dwight Lyman Moody – an American Evangelist, Preacher and publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield Schools in Massachusetts, the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Press.
As a young man of 21 in 1858, Moody`s work in Chicago led to the largest Sunday School of his time, with 1,500 in attendance weekly. It became so well known that the just-elected President Abraham Lincoln visited and spoke at a Sunday School meeting on November 25, 1860.
After the American Civil War started, Moody was involved with the Christian Commission of the YMCA, and ministered at several battlefields. He was president of the Chicago YMCA from 1866 to 1869 and also started a Church in Chicago that was burnt down in the Great Chicago Fire – it was rebuilt within three months.
However, it was in a trip to England that D.L. Moody became well-known as an Evangelist – to the point that some have claimed he was the greatest Evangelist of the 19th century. His preaching had an impact as great as that of George Whitefield and John Wesley within Britain, Scotland and Ireland.
On several occasions Moody filled stadiums of 2,000 to 4,000 capacity – in the Botanic Gardens Palace, a meeting had between 15,000 to 30,000 people. This turnout continued throughout 1874 and 1875, with crowds of thousands at all of his meetings.
When he returned to the United States, crowds of 12,000 to 20,000 were just as common as in England. President Ulysses S. Grant and some of his cabinet attended a meeting on January 19, 1876.
His Evangelistic meetings were held from Boston to New York, throughout New England – as far away as San Francisco, as well as other West coast cities from Vancouver to San Diego.
Dwight Lyman Moody preached his last sermon on November 16, 1899 and died a month later.