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September 19

September 19, 821: Theodulf, poet, scholar, secretary of education, and bishop of Orleans during Charlemagne's reign is buried. He wrote hymns, among which his best remembered is "Gloria Laus et Honor" or "All Glory, Laud and Honor / To thee Redeemer King.

September 19, 1853: Baptist missionary pioneer J. Hudson Taylor sets sail from England for China at the age of 21 (see issue 52: Hudson Taylor).

September 19, 1888: Missionary Jonathan Goforth begins a tour of the Henan region of China, where he would spend the rest of his life preaching, establishing churches, and ministering to the needy (see issue 52: Hudson Taylor).

September 19, 1955: Mission Aviation pilot Nate Saint spots the Auca villages in the Amazon jungle. The Auca massacred him and his companions on January 6, 1956.

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August 17, 1635: Richard Mather arrives in Boston. He began the "Mather Dynasty" in New England Puritanism that also included his son, Cotton, and grandson, Increase (see issue 41: American Puritans).

August 17, 1761: William Carey, who would become a tremendously influential and effective Baptist missionary to India, is born in Northamptonshire, England (see issue 36: William Carey).

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