Black History Month: Amanda Berry Smith

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Amanda Smith overcame her fear of speaking in front of white people. Listen below to find out how she overcame her fear to became an missionary evangelist who spoke to tens of thousands of people around the world. Born a slave in 1837, she heard God’s call to “GO.” She started orphanages in Africa and Chicago, and impacted the lives of many who heard her preach.

A Methodist Bishop in Calcutta said this about her. “In all the 17 years that I have lived in Calcutta, I have never known anyone who could draw and hold so large a crowd as Mrs. Smith.” Bishop Thoburn of India

She died in 1915.

Listen to Amanda’s story.

To find out more, read her story in her own words. An Autobiography: The Story of the Lord’s Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith, the Colored Evangelist: Containing an Account of Her Life Work of Faith, and Her Travels in America, England, Ireland, Scotland, India, and Africa as an Independent Missionary.

Have you ever heard of Amanda Smith before today?

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