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Since many of her “Method-
ist” preacher friends were dis-
missed from their churches
for their zealous preaching
of the Gospel, Lady Hunt-
ingdon decided to build cha-
pels in different locations
where they could preach and
could teach their converts.

During her lifetime, she was
responsible for providing over
200 chapels and preaching sta-
tions throughout England. She even
sold her jewels to help defray the cost
of building the chapel in Brighton.

Oxford and Cambridge Universi-
ties were the only places where min-
isters of the Gospel could be trained.

When six students were expelled from
Oxford because of their “Methodist”
enthusiasm and because they spoke too
much about inspiration of the Bible and
personal regeneration, Lady Hunting-
don bought Trevecca House in Beacon-
shire, Wales. It became a theological
college to train evangelical preachers.

George Whitefield preached the official
dedication sermon.

Lady Huntingdon took great inter-
est in the students. She prayed for them
and with them, and after they gradu-
ated, she corresponded with them. She
gave her time and money to maintain
the college. She also had friends who
gave their financial support. Lady Gle-
norchy from Scotland was one who
contributed generously to the college.

The Countess was close friends
with George Whitefield and John Wes-
ley. While God used both of them to
awaken England from spiritual indif-
ference, they were entirely different
personalities. They were also different
in their doctrine, which eventually af-
fected their friendship and their fellow-
ship. Lady Huntingdon took White-
field’s side and her association with
John Wesley ended.

14 • NATIONS
George whitefield
Speaking to
Social elite
at Selina’s home
The Countess of Huntingdon, was
generous in her giving to missionary
endeavors. She supported a school for
American Indians that was founded by
oxford and Cambridge
Universities were the
only places where
ministers of the
Gospel could be trained.

the man who established Dartmouth
College. When Whitefield started an
orphanage in Savannah, Georgia, she
supported it, and when he died, he
deeded it to the Countess. She took
great interest in the children in the or-
phanage. She encouraged the students and
graduates of the theological college she
started to consider missionary work in
America. Several students were com-
missioned for missionary service on
October 27, 1772. preparation for their
arrival was made for them at the or-
phanage in Savannah. From there they
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