The archives hold many stories of what God has done.
Telling these stories gives God the glory.
Victory in Weakness
In the winter of 1924, the Vancouver Daily World carried the headline, “Bride-Of-Day Sails Away to Mission Field.” That bride, Dorothy Wade Bell, had bid a reluctant farewell twenty-eight months earlier to her husband, George Bell when he left to join his brother and sister-in-law for missionary service in China. George and Dorothy would see the first-fruits of their Tibetan work after almost three decades. Read on to find out how they learned to persevere in faith.
Theo Sorensen: A Pioneering Literature Evangelist in Tibet
Long sealed off from the surrounding world, the kingdom of Tibet, for geographical and religious reasons, had long posed a formidable challenge to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Theo Sorensen was one of the pioneering missionaries who faithfully faced the challenge. He served for about two decades (1899 to 1920) in Tatsienlu, the place traditionally known as China’s gateway to Eastern and Central Tibet. Read on to find out how Sorensen was able to persevere in spreading the gospel among Tibetans.
William Soutter—“All he did was in the strength of God”
William Soutter helped to build the China Inland Mission premises in Tatsienlu in 1898. But he left a legacy that far exceeds those foundations. Soutter had given himself to mission work to Tibet in 1893 when he responded to Annie Taylor’s appeal for men to take the gospel to Tibet. Read on to find out about William Soutter’s work to reach Tibetans and his prayer for others to follow in his place.
In a special programme broadcast on 10 November 1935, the BBC interviewed Frank Doggett Learner and listeners were captivated as he introduced them to the Tibetan mission work of the China Inland Mission. Unknown to them, they were listening to a man who was welcomed by people in Sining (Xining today) from all walks of life. Read on to find out how Frank Learner witnessed the unfolding story of God’s work in the Tibetan frontier.
Wang Lae-djün—A Man after God’s Heart
“Wang Lae-djün [was] one of China’s great, if unsung, Christians. . . . After Pastor Hsi (Xi) Shengmo of Shansi he was perhaps the most notable Chinese connected with the China Inland Mission.” His faithful work as pastor, evangelist, and church leader laid strong foundations for the early churches in Ningpo, Hangzhou, and their surrounding areas.
The Prayer for The Eighteen
It was the point at which the tide of all mission to China turned. Highlights such as the Cambridge Seven have blinded us to this more significant event. Taking place in the shadows of personal weakness and public indifference, a movement began which quickly led to the gospel reaching the far corners of China.
James Cameron—the Livingstone of China
Conversations were abuzz in response to the news in the Shanghai Mercury that August 1892 morning of the passing of Dr. James Cameron in Chongqing at 47 years of age. Readers felt a heavy sense of loss as Cameron was well-known in China. He was indeed, as some have called him, the Livingstone of China. What enabled Cameron to press on doggedly to make arduous journeys for almost seven years to prepare the way for countless others to reap where he had sowed? Read the fuller story below to find out.
George William Clarke—Unswerving Servant
Many would have considered George Clarke as unlikely missionary material. But he became a fluent Chinese speaker, an indefatigable pioneer, and a leader whom Hudson Taylor and many others appreciated. From 1875 to 1888, George Clarke travelled over 20,000 miles through 12 provinces. He persevered in pioneering work despite adversity and sorrow. What enabled him to stay the course in circumstances that would have caused others to give up?
Extract from China’s Millions (1877): Plan of the Operations of the China Inland Mission
This article from China’s Millions (April 1877) describes the CIM’s plan to move into the nine inland provinces lacking missionary witness. The journeys made by these young men covered thousands of miles. Traveling by foot, horseback, and boat, they faced danger from the terrain, bandits, and illness.
The First North American China Inland Mission Party
David Michell recounts the stirring story of God’s work through a fascinating interweaving of lives and events that birthed the missionary movement to China from Canada and New York State. The story traces back to 1885 when Jonathan Goforth received a copy of Hudson Taylor’s China’s Spiritual Need and Claims.
Beyond the Cambridge Seven: The Rev. Arthur Twistleton Polhill and the Dazhou Fú Yīn Táng
The article by John Usher tells the story of Arthur Polhill, the youngest of the Cambridge Seven, the young men who became famous for giving up what could have been the good life in England to share the gospel in China. The careers of these men remain largely unknown—a partial remedy is found here as we learn about the major landmarks in the many years that Arthur Polhill served in Sichuan.