Category: Biographical Vignettes

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The Sustainer of Presidents

In 1789, George Washington addressed the legislators and citizens gathered in New York City to celebrate his installation as the first president of the United States. In this first...

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The Strange Love of Peggy Covell

Peggy Covell had every right to hate the Japanese. She grew up in Japan, where her parents served as missionary teachers in a middle school. In 1939...

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The Story of a Plodder: David Thrower

You’d never have guessed David Thrower would be a career missionary. He had always been rather nondescript. He was a believer, but didn’t have an exciting...

Two Nervous Old Women Who Went Where Men Feared to Go: The Story of Hannah and Patty More

The strapping, six-foot tall church warden and his friend came hat-in-hand to the timid old...

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Trusting God in Tragedy: Elizabeth Prentiss

It was an awful thing for anyone to watch, but especially difficult for a sensitive eight year old girl. Elizabeth’s father was in great pain as he...

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The Woman Who Wouldn’t Heil Hitler

The first time young Kurt Ziefle said “Heil Hitler” to his mother, he wished he hadn’t. Maria Ziefle calmly and firmly laid down the rule of the...

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William Wilberforce and the Great Change

William was anxious as he walked around the square one more time, trying to summon courage to face his scheduled meeting with John Newton, a friend and...

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William Whiting Borden: The Millionaire Who Wanted to be a Missionary

I was hoping to be inspired during some downtime as I sat in the missionary guesthouse on a recent ministry trip in...

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When Jesus Speaks: Following New Covenant Commands

When Eric Liddell (1902-1945), the famous Scottish Olympic runner of “Chariots of Fire” fame, dedicated his life to working with the Chinese as a missionary, he...