Birthdays on October 8
John Clarke was born in Westhope, England. Having become a Baptist clergyman, it was he who obtained the charter for Rhode Island and who he did so much (with Roger Williams) toward giving that little state its freedom-loving character.
Birth of Christian Frederick Swartz in Sonnenburg, Electorate of Brandenburg. He became a notable missionary to India, where he served for nearly fifty years, winning the confidence of the Hindus.
Robert Pierce was born in Dodge, Iowa. Ordained in 1940, he became a world missionary whose ministry took him to the Philippines, Korea and Japan. Compassion for the suffering he saw in Asia led him to found World Vision International, a world-wide relief agency (1950).