Dwight L. Moody could be called the Billy Graham of his generation. But a more appropriate appellation might be the father of the American evangelical movement, for without Moody, the reaching of souls worldwide would likely have occurred decades later.
Moody’s self–described “lifeboat” set sail for Great Britain in 1873 on a modest evangelistic tour. Appealing to audiences abroad with his heart–warming stories, Moody met with immense success and returned a national hero. From then on this shoe salesman from Massachusetts with a heart for America’s struggling masses would not be silenced until he had realized “the evangelization of the world in this generation.”