Monday, July 11, 2005

Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf visits

Zinzendorf....the rich young ruler that said YES!!!

Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf sent missionaries throughout the world to proclaim Christ's love for Mankind.

Most of what Count Zinzendorf started remains to this day....Bethlehem, Nazareth, Emmaus, Lebanon, and Lititz, located in PA, were all a product of his vision to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of His salvation to all through His death on the Cross. His influence had a huge impact on developing the Colonies, in particular Pennsylvania, as they were being molded in the 1740 to 1760 period.

The Count's one night stay to Jacob Huber's Tavern, now known as the Forgotten Seasons Bed & Breakfast and located 1 mile north of Lititz along East Newport Road, is still talked about centuries later.

In 1936, Nazi German officials along with Mennonites, Lancaster County Historical Society members and 500 local citizens came to Jacob Huber's Tavern to commemorate the Count's visit in December, 1742. Today, people travel from all over the world to learn more about this individual through his sermons, books and videos detailing his life that are found in the Bed & Breakfast library.

Count Zinzendorf's Background

Born into royalty, Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was of the Austrian Dynasty lineage. After he was just a few days old, his father died. His mother moved in with her mother-in-law. Later, his mother remarried and left Nicolaus with his grandmother for her to raise him.

In religious matters, his grandmother was a pietist. For this reason, when Nicolaus was ready for school, he and his private tutor started his studies in Halle, known for strong pietistic instructions. Later he studied at Wittenburg University, the same school that Martin Luther attended many years earlier.

Count Zinzendorf was groomed by his family to become a ruler in the Palatinate region. He knew at least 5 languages. Fencing and dancing were part of what he was expected to be knowledgable in. In his early twenties, after he finished formal schooling, he spent a year touring the major cities in Europe to "learn the ropes" on being a member of royalty.

He was a well spoken, persuasive speaker who could very effectively communicate his ideas. He was well read and was innovative in all he did. Today's term would be that he "thought out of the box".

....more details soon......

Halle University

Wittenberg University

The Tour

Marriage and Settling Down

Christians looking for a safe haven


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