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Free Books » Trudel, Dorothea

(1813-1862) Born into very poor circumstances, Dorothea Trudel learned early on the value of trust in God for the details of life, including miraculous provision of healing when doctors could not be afforded. By the middle of the 19th century, she was running several homes to help treat and pray for the sick. So miraculous were the results that patients came from around the continent to be prayed and cared for. She herself, after treating and praying selflessly for others, succumbed to Typhus and passed away in 1862.

Making her of special interest is her acceptance by mainstream evangelicalism. Henry Frost of the China Inland Mission wrote favorably of her. A. J. Gordon also commended her work. Her ministry history was even published by the mainline higher life house, Morgan & Chase, later Marshall Morgan & Scott / Marshall Brothers. Set apart from extremists by her humility, her constant pressing of the Gospel, and her willingness to pretend to no 'gifting' and to depend on the sovereign will of God in any given situation, her work seems to have been much more widely accepted than others who lacked the same qualities.

Uneducated, there will be little doubt to anyone reading her life that there were errors and inbalances. It is also to be expected that her life will be picked up by others who attempt similar ministries today, but lack some of the vital qualities she possessed. Still, in the end, she provides a very interesting insight into the sort of ministry that was deemed very appropriate by many mid-19th century evangelicals.  

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