Missions History: John & Betty Stam

 

When the news about John and Betty Stam leaked out of China, it sent shock waves around the globe. The young missionary couple had only been in China two years before they were captured by the Communist Red Army. Their daughter, Helen Priscilla, was only 3 months old at the time. The brutality and atheism of the Communists were well known. What fate would they suffer at the hands of the Red Army?

What would happen to young missionaries John & Betty Stam?

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Missions History: Samuel Zwemer

 

“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. It is the key to the whole mission problem. All human means are secondary.” 

-Samuel Marinus Zwemer

In 1867, a Reformed Church pastor and his wife welcomed their thirteenth child. It was a son, and they named him Samuel. Just like the Biblical Samuel, his mother dedicated his life to the Lord’s work. As she placed tiny Samuel into his cradle, the mother whispered a prayer that he might someday become a missionary. Twenty-three years later, her prayers were answered when Samuel sailed for a foreign mission field. 

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Missions History: Hudson Taylor

One June day in 1849, a seventeen-year old boy found himself bored, with nothing to do. He picked up a gospel tract to read, thinking, “There will be a story at the beginning and a sermon or moral at the close. I will take the former and leave the latter for those who like it.” But, as he read, he felt God’s Spirit tugging at his heart. After reading the tract, he chose to trust Christ as his personal Saviour. When his mother and sister heard the news, they rejoiced to see the answer to their prayers. 

This teenager’s name was James Hudson Taylor, and his life would never be the same. Nor would the lives of thousands of souls in China. Read more…