Birthdays on December 31
Birth of Peter Bohler, Moravian missionary, in Frankfort-on-Main, Germany. In 1737 he was sent by Count Zinzendorf to America, by way of London. While in London he met John Wesley, and Bohler taught Wesley the joy of personal conversion and self-surrendering faith. Wesley incorporated these spiritual emphases within the Methodist movement. Migrating to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Bohler became superintendent of the Moravian Church in America in 1756.