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George Whitefield, the Gospel, and Orphans

Friday, February 13, 2009

Dan Cruver at Together for Adoption provides some history lessons from the days of Whitefield:

In 1740 George Whitefield was preaching the gospel in Savannah, Georgia.  Almost every time he preached he took up offerings for Georgia’s orphans.  Here’s some of what Whitefield collected in October, 1740:*

  • October 3—Whitefield preached at Portsmouth and took an offering for orphans amounting to 97 pounds (about $16,985 USD today);
  • Later that day he preached in Hampstead and took an offering for orphans amounting to 41 pounds (about $7,187 USD today);
  • October 4—Whitefield preached at Newbury and took an offering for orphans amounting to 80 pounds (about $14,008 USD today)
  • Later that day he preached in Ipswich and took an offering for orphans amounting to 79 pounds (about $13,832 USD today);
  • October 5—Whitefield preached at Salem and took an offering for orphans amounting to 72 pounds (about $12,607 USD today);
  • October 6—Whitefield preached at Marblehead and an offering for orphans totaled 70 pounds (about $12,255 USD today);
  • October 9—Whitefield preached at Maulden and took an offering for orphans amounting to 200 pounds (about $35,010 USD today);
  • October 10—Whitefield preached at Charleston and took an offering for orphans amounting to 156 pounds (about $27,302 USD today);
  • Later that day he preached again and took an offering for orphans amounting to 51 pounds (about $8,924 USD today);
  • October 11—Whitefield preached at Cambridge and took an offering for orphans amounting to 100 pounds (about $17,505 USD today);
  • October 13—Whitefield preached at Concord and took an offering for orphans amounting to 45 pounds (about $7,873 USD today).

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