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Charles Studd

1862-1931. Pioneer missionary. Third son of Edward Studd, a wealthy retired planter who was converted under D.L. Moody in 1877, he was himself converted in 1878. Educated at Eton and Trinity, Cambridge, he excelled at cricket and was in the England team in 1882. He volunteered for missionary service, and as one of a group of students known as the “Cambridge Seven” aroused much enthusiasm on missions in Edinburgh and elsewhere. He sailed for China with the China Inland Mission in 1885 and gave away his inherited fortune to Christian causes. Invalided home in 1894, he was working two years later among students in America, and the Student Volunteer Missionary Union was formed. He was pastor of the Union Church, Ootacumund, South India, in 1900-1906, until forced home again through illness. After a period of preaching around Britain, contrary to medical advice he sailed in 1910 for Africa, where he founded the “Heart of Africa Mission” in 1912, which later became the Worldwide Evangelization Crusade. He labored with Alfred Buxton and others in Central Africa until his death.