Count von Zinzendorf is considered the man beginning the Protestant World Mission movement as we know it today. He is a major link in specific Christian lineage starting with the original Apostles to St. Francis of Assisi, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, the Wesley brothers, Francis Asbury, et al., in the restoration and transformation of the church. His beliefs were directed away from the intellectualism of the state sanctified Lutheran church, and his faith was formed on the Bible's admonition of transformation and salvation through an individual's personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Ludwig's creative and innovative methods were due to not having preconceived notions and orthodox seminary training, but created through prayer. By taking an active role in church restoration, Ludwig was an integral part of the Moravian Pentecost in Herrnhut ("the Lord's Watch"), in which the Holy Spirit transformed persecuted refugees to become Moravian missionaries and to be sent on to the American colonies in 1732. Ludwig also preached in St. Thomas, V.I. and to the Indian tribes in the colonies -- the first of any nobility to do so. He also founded Bethlehem City (PA) in 1842, and there the first Moravian College was built. He also believed in the Biblical ordination of women to take an active role in the church. As well, he met John and Charles Wesley (Anglican founders of Methodism), which were both influenced by Ludwig.
Born in Dresden and raised by a Pietistic grandmother in Gros Hennersdorf castle, her influence challenged his role and identity as a noble. In his youth, he founded the "Grain of Mustard Seed," a society which he later reinstated and which influential European leaders joined, including the King of Denmark and the Archbishops of Paris and Canterbury. His personal commitment to Christ came when he saw Domenico Feti's painting "Ecce Homo" (Behold the Man), which asked what would he do for Christ in light of what Christ did for him?
His cemetery grave is actually in Herrnhut, part of his estate in Bethelsdorf, but there is no FAG selection for the place.
Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
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A lovely Zinzendorf Hymn"Lord Jesus,holy Lamb of God, Who shed'st for us Thine own life-blood, Come, teach us all Thy love- then pain in life were sweet.and death were gain.* Take Thou our hearts,and let them be For ever held,O Lord, for Thee, Thy willing...(Read more)|
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