D L Moody Shoe Store site in Boston
D. L. Moody (1837-1899) was an American evangelist who founded the Northfield Schools in Massachusetts, Moody Church and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the Colportage Association. Ira Sankey was solo singer/music director for their evangelistic campaigns in both the United States and Great Britain.
Dwight Lyman Moody was never anything special, was born on February 5, 1837, parents of farmers, the sixth of nine children, lived in the Valley of Conn., USA. When she was five years old his father died, leaving his mother alone to create and sustain Dwight and his eight siblings and the eldest only twelve years. Showing courage and dedication, Moody's widow kept all the children always at his side, despite the insistence of friends telling him he should have them up for adoption. It was then that she realized the lack of religion in his home and treated immediately to enroll everyone in Sunday School. So Dwight has grown, poor student, he started working early to help the family until the day they turned 17, decided to go against the wishes of his mother and siblings. His destination was the city of Boston, where he found employment in the shoe that belonged to his uncle.
Over time, always attending the church of his uncle, became the biggest seller of the shoe store, which gradually has accumulated a large sum of money. Religion for him, however, was no longer the usual tax and becoming personal acceptance. In 1856, he moved again, in search of greater riches for the brand new city of Chicago.
(By scribe Valdemir Mota de Menezes)