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Oswald Chambers

1874-1917. Bible teacher and evangelical mystic. Born in Aberdeen where his father was a Baptist pastor, he was converted on hearing C.H. Spurgeon,* studied art in London and Edinburgh, and entered Dunoon College in 1897 to train for the Baptist ministry. During this time he met William Quarrier, founder of the Orphan Homes, and from him learned a simplicity of faith and prayer. In 1907 he visited America and Japan, afterward becoming traveling missioner for the Pentecostal League of Prayer founded by Reader Harris. He was principal of the Bible Training College at Clapham Common, London (1911-15). His last great ministry was to the troops in the desert camps of Egypt, as superintendent of the YMCA huts in Zeitoun and Ismailia. Many of his Bible studies given to students and troops have been published, and his My Utmost for His Highest is a devotional classic.