*All entries written and submitted by Edward de los Reyes

On this day in 1859, millionaire inventor of the reaper, Cyrus McCormick, married Nancy “Nettie” Fowler, a devoted Christian. Nancy helped her husband build his harvesting company through her natural business skills. Even after a fire destroy their company and Cyrus wanted to give up and retire, Nancy encouraged him to build the business back up even larger than before.

After the death of her husband, Nancy used much of the wealth she had acquired from the business to start the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Along with this seminary, she also donated money for buildings, professors, and scholarships to over forty other schools and colleges to train missionaries to go around the world.

The support did not end simply with schools. Nancy Fowler used her wealth to support individuals such as D. L. Moody, John R. Mott, and countless missionaries to Asia as well.

What another great example of an individual who valued the work of God over her own life. To have built a business from the ground up and to give much of the profit away to profit the kingdom of God is a wonderful testimony to all. How often do we use our hard earned resources for the benefit of the work of our God rather than our own benefit?

On this day in 1870, The Louisiana Congregational Association was formed in an attempt to unite local churches together so they could further the mission work being done . It is because of the formation of this association that  the missionaries of the American Missionary Association wanted to birth more associations and conferences like it. Such organizations worked to unite State bodies in fellowship together.

Thanks to the formation of the Louisiana Congregational Association and the determination of the American Missionary Association missionaries, various other  state conferences were formed within the following 20 years. States such as Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas all formed conferences uniting their State’s bodies.

Today, can we still see the importance of uniting together with other believers? Can we still work together for the cause of Jesus Christ?


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