On this day in 1891, Susan, a young, single missionary with the China Inland Mission, died of fever.

During the time of the China Inland Mission, many young women would join and serve as missionaries.  Working with one or two married couples, these single missionaries would serve as a vital part in the missions.  Their lives, their faithfulness, and their love for Christ served as beacons for  the new Chinese Christians and for future missionaries to come.

The final days of Susie, as recounted by Mrs. Rough, another missionary, are a beautiful picture of the love and faithfulness of these young warriors:

A few days before she left us, I said to her, “Susie, are you sorry you came to China?”

“When I think what Jesus suffered,” she answered, “I praise Him that He had privileged me to suffer with Him.”

On the evening of her death, I was alone with her for a little while.

“Sing some hymns,” she whispered, “With the name of Jesus in it often”

I quoted softly, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee.”

“Yes,” she answered, “He is faithful that promised.”

One of her favorite passages came to my mind, and I began, “Watchman, what of the night?”

“The morning cometh,” she went on, “and this time it is a morning without clouds.”

Then Edith Lucas came in.  She had a lovely voice, and we sang together for the last time.  “Jesus Savior, pilot me.”

After that, our dear friend prayed- and those were the last words she said:

“Father I am thine. I give thee all I’ve got- nothing, nothing too precious for my Lord Jesus.”

But though she could no longer speak intelligibly, she responded to the name of Jesus, and at the very end, her face was lighted with a wonderful smile.


By Faith: Henry W. Frost and the China Inland Misson

On this day in 1830, George Boardman, in a letter to his mother, writes:

In great weakness of body, I take my pen to write a hasty line to the best of mothers. Ever since our exposure at the time of the Tavoy revolt, I have been afflicted with an incessant cough, sometimes more and sometimes less severe than at present. Medical skill has tried in vain to remove it. As it evidently arises from a weak, though, perhaps, not actually diseased state of the lungs, it will probably hang about me as long as I live.

In four days more, it will have been one year since we closed our lovely Sarah’s eyes (His daughter). It has been a painful and pleasant year, filled up with new afflictions and new mercies. If you ask whether, under these circumstances, I regret having come to Burmah, I promptly answer, no: only I regret that I came with no more of the spirit of Christ, and with so much to require the chastising rod of divine mercy. Do you inquire if I think Burmah has proved unfavorable to my health? I answer, no: had I remained in America I should probably have been in my grave before now.

But even supposing Burmah had proved unfavorable to my health or that of my companion, are the Burmans to be left to ruin because health will be impaired, or life shortened, by our coming hither? To spread the Gospel through Burmah is worth a thousand lives. What if we do find an early grave! shall we regret it at the last day? Oh no.

You will probably learn from other sources the cause of our removal to this place. We are very happy here, and have as much labor as we have strength and time to perform. I have baptized two Europeans since I came to Maulmeir. and preached the Gospel to several Karens, four of whom have requested baptism.


Memoirs of George Dana Boardman