One of the reasons we believe The Moody Center matters is to continue D.L. Moody’s long reach of influencing world-wide impact for Christ. He preached to 100 million, but his evangelism legacy goes far beyond that.
117 years after his death, there still are many missionaries and great evangelistic movements that trace their roots back to D.L. Moody. All it takes is one willing learner, and the domino effect continues.
D.L. Moody and the Korean church
At Northfield, groups from South Korea still come visit the campus to pay tribute to the place they recognize as a key to their spiritual heritage. Dwight L. Moody never actually went to South Korea, however, so how did he wind up having such an influence?
In the book Unfinished, by Richard Stearns, the author explains that a man named Robert Wilder attended one of Moody’s Northfield conferences in 1886, and Moody allowed him to have a session that was about international missions. Wilder’s sessions inspired a large missions movement, and one of the results was a church in South Korea that brought faith to Pastor Kyung-Chik Han. This pastor encouraged a young American war correspondent in Korea in 1950 to launch a charity that would address poverty. This young man was Robert Pierce, and he founded World Vision.
The Korean church has continued to grow and thrive. It is an incredible history full of many crucial figures, but it is encouraging nonetheless to see how even a simple conference in Northfield, MA, could lead to so many channels for the gospel.
D.L. Moody and the Chinese mission field
Some of the large missions organizations to China were launched by people who were converted during one of Moody’s evangelistic revivals. For example, the “Cambridge Seven” committed to the missions field after attending one of Moody’s meetings in Cambridge, England. Under Hudson Taylor’s leadership, these seven helped launch The China Inland Mission. By 1900, the CIM had one-third of the entire Protestant missionary force.
These are just a few of the remarkable stories and influencers that can trace their ties back to the D.L. Moody legacy. Moody once said, “If this world is going to be reached, I am convinced it must be done by men and women of average talent.” He gave people a model of a life that was fully surrendered to God, because people who are completely humbled are those most easily used by God; it is not about talent any longer.
What may seem like a simple work to host conferences and gather together small groups, led to world-wide impact. We talk about the this spiritual domino effect thinking about one event triggering a next, but it also is the act of falling down. Humility and giving plans back to Christ is where the change begins.
Want to bring a conference back to Northfield? We are now hosting groups! Find out more at www.themoodycenter.org/events