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God's Lot: Moravians And Missions

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This chapter examines the foundations of the Church, as well as providing an understanding of the rich historical and theological heritage of its mission aims and practices. Moravians define three major eras in the Church's history, the "Ancient Church" or "Ancient Unitas Fratrum," the "Hidden Seed", and "Renewed Church" or "Renewed Unitas Fratrum" . During the eighteenth century, people were attracted to the practices of the Moravian Church, which was Christ-centric in approach and encouraged members to develop their own intensive individual relationships with God. In the Moravian historical narrative, the Church's impetus to embark on its missionary course is attributed to Ludwig von Zinzendorf's encounter in 1731 with Anton, a converted black slave from the Danish West Indies island of St Thomas. In September 1732 they commenced their journey to the Danish controlled Caribbean island of St Thomas, thus beginning the Moravian missionary movement.

Keywords: Danish West Indies; God; Ludwig von Zinzendorf; Moravian Church; Moravian missionary movement



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