From 1714-1718, James Oglethorpe was a military aide under the command of Prince Eugene of Savoy fighting to drive the Turks out of Belgrade, Serbia. After the battle, at the age of 22, James Oglethorpe returned to England, where he entered Parliament and worked for prison reform after one of his friends died in debtors prison.
In 1732, James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia in America for poor debtors and persecuted Christians. In Georgia, James Oglethorpe fought off attacks from Spanish Florida.
Oglethorpe’s secretary was Charles Wesley, and John Wesley served as the Colony’s Anglican minister. John Wesley’s efforts to evangelize the Indians proved more difficult than anticipated, and his strict religiosity was resented by the colonists.
In 1737, John and Charles Wesley returned to England where they were befriended by a Moravian missionary named Peter Boehler, who was waiting for a ship to sail to Georgia. Peter Boehler shared with the Wesleys regarding the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which resulted in their “Aldersgate experience” in May of 1738.
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