While in Boston, D. L. Moody became a Christian under his Sunday school teacher’s guidance.  When Moody was in Chicago, he found a church on the North side where he could feel at home.  Over time Dwight started working with the ragamuffin boys in the neighborhood.  He would go around every Sunday with candy and prizes to get the boys to come to the Wells Street mission Sunday school class.  The class grew very much, so it was moved to hall where there were dances the night before.  Moody had to wake up early to clean the hall before he would go and get the children to come to the class.  People called Moody crazy because he was not afraid to act “crazy” to the children, so he can relate to them.  Moody had over 1,000 students at one time (George).  D. L. Moody was sometimes considered more of a child than any of his own class, so some people thought the name of “Crazy Moody” was accurate.

Mr. Moody knew a man that only had a short time to live.  This man was worried about his own Sunday school class because none of the girls made a decision for Christ to come into their lives in a personal way.  Moody and this man went to each girl’s house and explained the plan of salvation to them.  Afterwards, every girl in the class accepted Christ as her savior.  This man was told to leave the Lake Michigan area and go to New York by his Doctor.  Before the man left for New York, the class with Moody met for tea.  At the end, each girl prayed for her dying teacher.  These prayers spoke to Moody; he had a dilemma – to go into the ministry full-time or not.  Three months later, he decided to quit selling shoes and go into the ministry full-time because of the influence of those girls.  Some people did not think that a layman can do the job of an ordained minister, but Moody did not let them stop him for sharing God’s love.  During the Civil War, Moody was not willing to fight in the war, but he ministered to the soldiers.  At some of the wars, he was at the front line with the men and women.  Some people would still call him "Crazy Moody" for being on the front line, but Moody wanted to share the love of God wherever God led him.

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Last updated:  March 26, 2001