Surviving the State Remaking the Church

Surviving the State  Remaking the Church

This book also serves to bring back scholarly discussions on the habits of the heart as the condition that helps form identities and nurture social morality, whether individuals engage in private or public affairs.

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532634604

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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Selected as one of Ten Outstanding Books of 2017 for Mission Studies by the International Bulletin of Mission Research This sociological portrait presents how Chinese Christians have coped with life under a hostile regime over a span of different historical periods, and how Christian churches as collective entities have been reshaped by ripples of social change. China’s change from a centrally planned economy to a market economy, or from an agrarian society to an urbanizing society, are admittedly significant phenomena worthy of scholarly attention, but real changes are about values and beliefs that give rise to social structures over time. The growth of Christianity has become interwoven with the disintegration or emergence of Chinese cultural beliefs, political ideologies, and commercial values. Relying mainly on an oral history method for data collection, the authors allow the narratives of Chinese Christians to speak for themselves. Identifying the formative cultural elements, a sociohistorical analysis also helps to lay out a coherent understanding of the complexity of religious experiences for Christians in the Chinese world. This book also serves to bring back scholarly discussions on the habits of the heart as the condition that helps form identities and nurture social morality, whether individuals engage in private or public affairs.
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Religious Entrepreneurism in China s Urban House Churches

Religious Entrepreneurism in China   s Urban House Churches

This book offers a unique historical documentation of the development of the ambitious religious entrepreneurism by leaders of the Early Rain church (and later Western China Presbytery leadership), in an effort to gain social influence in ...

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000227925

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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This book offers a unique historical documentation of the development of the ambitious religious entrepreneurism by leaders of the Early Rain church (and later Western China Presbytery leadership), in an effort to gain social influence in China through local institution-building and global public image management. It unravels the social processes of how this Christian community with a public image of defending religious freedom in China was undermined by an internal loss of moral authority. Based on publicly available texts from Chinese social media that aren’t readily available in the West as well as in-depth interviews, it is framed by existing scholarship in social theories of the public sphere, charismatic domination in social transition, and the role of power in organizational behaviour. These churches’ stories show how Christianity, which has long been politically marginalized in communist China, has not only adapted and challenged the socio-political status quo, but how it was also ironically shaped by the political culture. This is an insightful and critical ethnographic study of one of modern China’s most famous house churches. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Religion in China as well as those working in Religious Studies, Asian studies, Chinese studies, and Mission Studies more generally.
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Christianity Femininity and Social Change in Contemporary China

Christianity  Femininity and Social Change in Contemporary China

This book writes Protestant Chinese women into the history of twenty-first-century China.

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030318024

Category: History

Page: 205

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Women make up the vast majority of Protestant Christians in China—a largely faceless majority, as their stories too often go untold in scholarly research as well as popular media. This book writes Protestant Chinese women into the history of twenty-first-century China. It features the oral histories of over a dozen women, highlighting themes of spiritual transformation, politicized culture, social mobility, urbanization, and family life. Each subject narrates not only her own story, but that of her mother, as well, revealing a deeply personal dimension to the dramatic social change that has occurred in a matter of decades. By uncovering the stories of Christian women in China, Li Ma offers a unique window onto the interactions between femininity and Christianity, and onto the socioeconomic upheavals that mark recent Chinese history.
Categories: History

China s Harvest Fields

China   s Harvest Fields

Once the evangelists, church planters, and entrepreneurs responsible for new urban ministry initiatives, foreign workers today no longer function as ... Ma and Li, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church, 50–60. 6.

Author: Tabor Laughlin

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725260900

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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This book is about specific ministry needs or opportunities in China. It is perfect for missionaries who are serving or will serve in China to read, to get a better idea for ministry opportunities within China. Additionally, the chapters are very relevant for Chinese believers in house churches in China. Though house churches in China have spread across China and matured over recent decades, this book focuses on multi-faceted ways that house churches in China can continue to mature in their faithfulness to the gospel. This book has multiple authors, each of which is writing a chapter relating to their expertise. A chapter in this book written by author John Ensor is about doing ministry through anti-abortion pregnancy help clinics in China. Another chapter in this book, written by Elisabeth Kim, is about doing ministry through working in large corporations in China. These are just some examples of profound and practical chapters that are written by the authors of this book about ministry opportunities in China. Some of the authors in this book are mission professors in the US. Some are missionaries with various platforms and ministries in China.
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The Registered Church in China

The Registered Church in China

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church. Studies in Chinese Christianity. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2018. Lim, Francis Khek Gee, ed. Christianity In Contemporary China. Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy 5.

Author: Wayne Ten Harmsel

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725286245

Category: Religion

Page: 146

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In The Registered Church in China, Wayne Ten Harmsel pulls back for Western readers the shroud of mystery surrounding Chinese registered churches. Through interviews with Chinese pastors, evangelists, and lay Christians, he provides a rare view of what it means to live in the shadow of both the government and the well-known house churches. Registered churches have received criticism from both of these sources, as well as from many churches in other countries, particularly the United States. Ten Harmsel examines the charges leveled against registered churches and presents a balanced picture of the complexity of the church situation in China. (Such complexity arises, for instance, in the registered churches' struggle to respond to new religious regulations and the controversy over Sinicization.) China has become a major center of twenty-first-century Christianity, and, despite how little is known about registered churches in the West, these congregations play a significant role in shaping Chinese Christianity today.
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Eric Voegelin s Asian Political Thought

Eric Voegelin   s Asian Political Thought

... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China (Pickwick, 2017). Li Ma is a research fellow at the Henry Institute of Christianity and Public Life at Calvin College in Michigan.

Author: Lee Trepanier

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498598620

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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The rise of Asia in global affairs has forced western thinkers to rethink their assumptions, theories, and conclusions about the region. Eric Voegelin’s Asian Political Thought brings together a mixture of established and rising scholars from both Asia and the West to reflect upon the political philosopher’s thought about China, Japan, Korea, Central Asia, and India. From Voegelin’s writings, readers will not only understand how Voegelin’s approach can illuminate the fundamental principles and issues about Asia but also what are the challenges and possibilities that Asia offers in the twentieth-first century. For those who want to move past the superficial commentary and clichés about Asia, Eric Voegelin’s Asian Political Thought is the book for you.
Categories: Political Science

Citizens of Two Kingdoms Civil Society and Christian Religion in Greater China

Citizens of Two Kingdoms  Civil Society and Christian Religion in Greater China

3 See Fenggang Yang, “Lost in the Market, Saved at Mcdonald's: Conversion to Christianity in Urban China,” Journal ... 2018); Vala, The Politics of the Protestant Churches; Li Ma and Jin Li, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A ...

Author: Shun-hing Chan

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004459373

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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This book examines the complex relationships of civil society and Christianity in Greater China. Different authors investigate to what extent Christians demonstrate the quality of civic virtues and reflect on the difficulties of applying civil society theories to Chinese societies.
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Babel Church

Babel Church

The Subversion of Christianity in an Age of Mass Media, Globalization, and #MeToo Li Ma. out that “it was the influence of Western Christian ... See Ma and Li, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church and Ma, Chinese Exodus. 7.

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725268616

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Assisted by a diverse mass media industry, American evangelicalism has been long plagued by consumerism, entrepreneurism, and social engineering. Churches and movements that carry the name of Christ have become projects of ambition and scandals in the public eye. Without fixing its dysfunctions, these ministry models have expanded to other parts of the world, reaping similar fruits of corruption, prejudice, and abuses. The alarm call of #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements since 2017 made it more urgent for the global body of Christ to inspect its pathological patterns. What kind of response does the #MeToo movement require of our public theology and leadership ethics? Sociologist Li Ma invites us to re-engage with biblical exegesis while being attentive to new mandates of God revealed from #MeToo. A creative Ellulian integration of sociological analysis and theology, Babel Church incisively reveals why American evangelicalism and its global projects have succumbed to the temptations of worldly power at the expense of vulnerable members in the body of Christ.
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MeToo and Cyber Activism in China

 MeToo and Cyber Activism in China

10 Li Ma and Jin Li, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China (Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2017). About other religions, see Xue Yu, Socialist Reconstruction of Chinese ...

Author: Li Ma

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000442434

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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This book focusses on the #MeToo movement in China, critically examining how three competing ideologies have worked in co-opting #MeToo activism: China’s official communism, Western neoliberalism, and an emerging Chinese cyber-feminism. In 2018, China’s #MeToo cyber activism initially maintained its momentum despite strict censorship, presenting women’s voices against gendered violence and revealing scripts of power in different sectors of society. Eventually though it lost impetus with sloganization and stigmatization under a trio forces of pressures: corporate corruption, over-politicization by Western media and continued state censorship. The book documents the social events and gendered norms in higher education, NGOs, business and religious circles that preceded and followed high-profile cases of alleged sexual abuses in mainland China, engaging with sociological scholarship relating to demoralization and power, media studies and gender studies. Through these entwined theories the author seeks to give both scholars and the general audience in gender studies a window into the ongoing tension in the power spheres of state, market and gendered hierarchy in contemporary Chinese society. This book will be of interest to students of gender studies, China studies, media studies, and cultural Studies
Categories: Social Science

Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom

Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Eugene: Pickwick Publications. Mariani, Paul P. 2011. Church Militant: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist Shanghai.

Author: Paul Middleton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119100041

Category: Religion

Page: 560

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A unique, wide-ranging volume exploring the historical, religious, cultural, political, and social aspects of Christian martyrdom Although a well-studied and researched topic in early Christianity, martyrdom had become a relatively neglected subject of scholarship by the latter half of the 20th century. However, in the years following the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, the study of martyrdom has experienced a remarkable resurgence. Heightened cultural, religious, and political debates about Islamic martyrdom have, in a large part, prompted increased interest in the role of martyrdom in the Christian tradition. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom is a comprehensive examination of the phenomenon from its beginnings to its role in the present day. This timely volume presents essays written by 30 prominent scholars that explore the fundamental concepts, key questions, and contemporary debates surrounding martyrdom in Christianity. Broad in scope, this volume explores topics ranging from the origins, influences, and theology of martyrdom in the early church, with particular emphasis placed on the Martyr Acts, to contemporary issues of gender, identity construction, and the place of martyrdom in the modern church. Essays address the role of martyrdom after the establishment of Christendom, especially its crucial contribution during and after the Reformation period in the development of Christian and European national-building, as well as its role in forming Christian identities in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. This important contribution to Christian scholarship: Offers the first comprehensive reference work to examine the topic of martyrdom throughout Christian history Includes an exploration of martyrdom and its links to traditions in Judaism and Islam Covers extensive geographical zones, time periods, and perspectives Provides topical commentary on Islamic martyrdom and its parallels to the Christian church Discusses hotly debated topics such as the extent of the Roman persecution of early Christians The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom is an invaluable resource for scholars and students of religious studies, theology, and Christian history, as well as readers with interest in the topic of Christian martyrdom.
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Christianity and Social Engagement in China

Christianity and Social Engagement in China

Surviving the state, remaking the church: A sociological portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. Ma, Q. 2006. Non-Governmental organizations in contemporary China. London and New York: Routledge.

Author: Francis K.G. Lim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000297430

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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How does Christianity continue to experience growth in an increasingly authoritarian political system that enforces strict regulations on religion? How are ordinary Christians affected by social and political changes in the country, and how do they make their influence felt in wider society? Taking Chinese Christians’ experience as a case study, Lim and Sng examine the possibilities and limitations of Christian engagement in society under an authoritarian regime. They look especially at efforts by religious individuals and groups who are seeking to address social issues by engaging in unobtrusive and non-antagonistic activities that interact with controlling state institutions. Their emphasis is on everyday lived religion, analysing how Christians express their faith in their everyday activity and not only in spaces demarcated as falling within the religious domain. This book is a valuable reference for scholars and students looking to understand religion in relation to politics, culture and everyday life in rapidly modernising East Asian societies and particularly in China.
Categories: Social Science

China Coup

China Coup

Li Ma and Jin Li, Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2018), chap. 2, loc. 585 of 5140, Kindle. 11. Quoted in He Huaihong, Social Ethics, ...

Author: Roger Garside

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780520380974

Category: History

Page: 256

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"Before the next National Congress of the Communist Party of China, due in November 2022, President Xi Jinping will be removed from office by a coup d'âetat mounted by rivals in the top leadership who will end the tyranny of the one-party dictatorship and launch a transition to democracy and the rule of law. The main body of this book, Part 2, explains why it will happen. Parts 1 and 3 tell how it may happen"--
Categories: History

Cross Cultural Encounters

Cross Cultural Encounters

Christianity. G. Wright Doyle and Carol Lee Hamrin, Series Editors A Project of the Global China Center ... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China Linda Banks and Robert Banks, ...

Author: Gloria Shuhui Tseng

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532618918

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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Doctors, nurses, teachers, and evangelists, the men and women of the Amoy Mission sowed the seeds of vibrant Christian community in China’s Fujian Province. This book tells the stories of those remarkable missionaries whose legacy endures to this day.
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New Developments in Christianity in China

New Developments in Christianity in China

Introduction: China, Church Development and Presbyterianism. In China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom. Edited by Bruce Baugus. ... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church.

Author: Francis K. G. Lim

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783039287246

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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The phenomenal expansion of Christianity in China in recent years has attracted much scholarly and public attention. As the country continues to deepen its linkages with the rest of the world, Chinese Christian networks are spreading both within and outside the country. These networks link and crisscross at multiple scales and localities in China while strengthening interactions with overseas Chinese Christians and global Christianity. Many Christian groups throughout the country are harnessing the tremendous potential of new media, such as the internet and mobile apps, to share religious messages, participate in rituals, access information, create online communities, and to evangelize. Chinese Christians have also begun exerting their influence outside China through activities such proselytism, charity work, and development projects. This volume presents cutting edge research by scholars working in the field of Christianity in China, providing valuable insights into how Chinese Christianity is evolving and how it is shaping the country and beyond.
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Handbook on Religion in China

Handbook on Religion in China

Ma Li and Li Jin (2018), Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. Ma, Mary Li (2017), 'Conversation with a migrant-church minister', ...

Author: Stephan Feuchtwang

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781786437969

Category: Religion

Page: 488

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Informative and eye-opening, the Handbook on Religion in China provides a uniquely broad insight into the contemporary Chinese variations of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. In turn, China's own religions and transmissions of rites and systems of divination have spread beyond China, a progression that is explored in detail across 19 chapters, written by leading experts in the field.
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Ecclesial Diversity in Chinese Christianity

Ecclesial Diversity in Chinese Christianity

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. Massumi, Brian. 2002. Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation.

Author: Alexander Chow

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030730697

Category: Christianity

Page: 229

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This volume explores Chinese Christianityor Chinese Christianitiesin a variety of forms and expressions, including those from outside mainland China. Advancing a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Chinese churches, the essays collected here engage many historical, sociological, cultural, and theological contingencies. The collection includes historical discussions of the early-20th-century encounters of Protestant and Catholic missionaries in China and the rise of Christianity among Malaysian Chinese and British Chinese communities, and revisiting K. H. Ting (or Ding Guangxun) from his theology and approach to the Bible in the 1930s50s. These retrospectives give way to contemporary explorations into how Chinese churches in Shanghai and Vancouver negotiate their urban identities amidst the complexities of globalization. As a whole, this anthology interrogates Chinese Christianitys complex picture, helping readers to recognize the many shades and colors of the global Chinese Church. Alexander Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK, and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. Easten Law is Assistant Director for Academic Programs at Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA. Alexander Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK, and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. Easten Law is Assistant Director for Academic Programs at Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA.
Categories: Christianity

The Translation of the Bible into Chinese

The Translation of the Bible into Chinese

Christianity. G. Wright Doyle and Carol Lee Hamrin, Series Editors A Project of the Global China Center ... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China Linda Banks and Robert Banks, ...

Author: Ann Cui'an Peng

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532675669

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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The first full-length monograph on the history of the translation of the Bible into Chinese, this book tells a fascinating story beginning with Western missionaries working closely with Chinese assistants. They struggled for one hundred years to produce a version that would meet the needs of a growing Chinese church, succeeding in 1919 with publication of the Chinese Union Version (CUV). Celebrating the CUV’s centennial, this volume explores the uniqueness and contemporary challenges in the context of the history of Chinese Bible translation, a topic that is attracting more and more attention. Peng’s experiences give her a unique perspective and several advantages in conducting this research. Like the majority of readers of the CUV, she grew up in mainland China. When Chinese Christians went through severe political and economic ordeals, she was there to witness the CUV comforting those who were suffering under persecution. She has participated in Chinese Bible revision under the United Bible Societies. She was also director of the Commission on Bible Publication at the China Christian Council and chief editor of the CUV concise annotated version (1998).
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Darkest before the Dawn

Darkest before the Dawn

Studies in Chinese Christianity G. Wright Doyle and Carol Lee Hamrin, Series Editors A Project of the Global China ... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China Linda Banks and ...

Author: Richard R. Cook

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725297173

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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The Christian church was always destined to find its way to China. Long before the birth of the church, China existed, coalescing around profound philosophical concepts and powerful cultural symbols. It developed into a dynamic and enduring civilization. In time, Christian missionaries arrived on its shores, driven to bring the gospel to this people. This book starts with the story of that journey: the arrival of the missionaries who planted the seeds of the gospel in Chinese soil. As the seeds sprouted and grew, a new story of a unique and distinct Chinese church began. The epic narrative opens from uncertain beginnings in darkness, passes through intense hardship and years of struggle, and culminates with the triumphal emergence of the Chinese church from the shadows into the light of the global stage.
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They Shall See His Face

They Shall See His Face

Studies in Chinese Christianity G. Wright Doyle and Carol Lee Hamrin, Series Editors A Project of the Global China ... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China Linda Banks and ...

Author: Linda Banks

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725284142

Category: Religion

Page: 138

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Amy Oxley Wilkinson was a well-known missionary in both China and the West in the early twentieth century. Initially setting up a mission station in a remote area of Fujian Province, she became aware of the way blind children were neglected, hidden, or abandoned in China at the time. After finding a blind boy left to die in a ditch, she established an innovative Blind Boys School in Fuzhou. Meanwhile her husband, Dr. George Wilkinson, set up the city's first hospital and introduced a program to address the pervasive curse of opium addiction. Amy's holistic and vocational approach to disability education brought her national and later international recognition. In 1920, the president of the new Chinese republic awarded her the Order of the Golden Grain, the highest honor a foreigner could receive. Two years later, Amy and the school's brass band toured England and performed before Queen Mary. Amy's story highlights the significance of contributions by women missionaries to the development of early modern China, and is a challenge to anyone committed to making their life count for others. Her Blind School remains a major institution in Fuzhou to this day.
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Children of the Massacre

Children of the Massacre

Studies in Chinese Christianity G. Wright Doyle and Carol Lee Hamrin, Series Editors A Project of the Global China ... Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China Linda Banks and ...

Author: Linda Banks

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666720365

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Early morning on 1 August 1895, a group of armed insurgents attacked a remote mission station in China. An Irish couple, Robert and Louisa Stewart, and two of their young children were murdered. Three other children were wounded but escaped, while three older boys were away at school in England. From their early years, the six surviving Stewart children, most of whom were born in China, believed they had "unfinished business" there. One after another, each returned to their adopted country, where they founded and served schools, churches, student hostels, and hospitals. Their visionary contributions took place against the backdrop of the Nationalist Revolution, anti-Western demonstrations, and the Japanese invasion and occupation of China. More than seventy-five years ago, Bishop R. O. Hall of Hong Kong stated: "the story of the Stewart family needs to be told!" This thoroughly researched volume finally documents the lives and legacy of one of the most impressive families in missionary history.
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