Today, missionary C.T. Studd, one of the famous “Cambridge Seven” and evangelist to China, India, and Africa, died today in 1931. He was born December 2, 1860, in Spratton, Northamptonsire, England to wealthy parents. During a crusade in England in which Dwight L. Moody was present, Studd’s father gave his life to Christ. When some missionaries visited his house, Studd gave his life to Christ saying, “I got down on my knees and I did say ‘thank you’ to God. And right then and there joy and peace came into my soul. I knew then what it was to be ‘born again,’ and the Bible which had been so dry to me before, became everything.” While at Cambridge University, he was deeply affected by the illness of a brother and committed to live a life of missionary work for the Lord. He was responsible for setting up the Heart of Africa Mission which became the Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade. Of his missionary work, Studd is quoted as saying:
Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.