Under a hill in Bournedale a plaque commemorates the burying ground of a Praying Indian village where the first meeting house for Native converts was once located in 1637. Two individuals from Sandwich are named as the principal missionaries – Richard Bourne and Thomas Tupper. Though the plaque merely mentions the name of Bourne I would like to share at least a part of “the rest of the story.”
Evangelism, discipleship, integrity of character, centrality of the family, and for culture to change the church must be transformed – such was the legacy of Dwight Lyman Moody, born February 5, 1837. Moody describes his childhood: “Before I was four years old the first thing I remember was the death of my father… Soon after his death the creditors came in and took everything. My mother was left with a large family of children. One calamity after another swept over the entire household. Twins were added to the family, and my mother was taken sick. The eldest boy was fifteen years of age, and to him my mother looked as a stay in her calamity, but all at once that boy became a wanderer. He had been reading some of the trashy novels and the belief had seized him that he had only to go away to make a fortune. Away he went.” Though the older brother did return, these events became marks in the development of his character.