This Day in Christian History - November 20
November 20th, 1850 - Fanny Crosby's Conversion at Age 30
Frances Jane van Alstyne Crosby better known as Fanny Crosby, was born on March 24th 1820. She was the only child. At six weeks old, Fanny caught a cold and the sickness spread to her eyes, blinding her for life.
Fanny wrote her first poem at age eight. She was educated at the New York Institution for the Blind where she became a skilled singer and musician. She later became an instructor at this institute.
After nursing the sick of the cholera epidemic of 1849, Fanny recognized her need for the Savior and the assurance of her eternal destination. It was on November 20th, 1850 that Fanny experienced a touch from God. Her conversion story is amazing, and you can read the full testimony here.
Fanny went on to write over 8,000 hymns, many of them being our most beloved gospel songs such as Blessed Assurance, Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Saviour and Softly and Tenderly.