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John & Betty Stam
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“John hoped to study and get some correspondence done that morning. Betty was preparing to give their three-month old baby, Helen Priscilla, a bath, with some assistance from the amah Mei Tsong-fuh. The cook, Li Ming-chin, busied himself in the kitchen. His wife, mother, and two children similarly had begun their various daily activities.
“John and Betty had been in Tsingteh for just two weeks. They had come there under the auspices of the China Inland Mission (CIM) to oversee the infant Christian work that had been established in the southern portion of Anhwei Province. There were very few Christians in the area, but the Stams were thrilled at the prospect of carrying out pioneer evangelistic work to help bring the Gospel to that needy part of China.”
So begins this gripping story of missionary endeavour in China. The early church leader, Tertullian, said that ‘the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church’. This is just one story of the people who’s witness is the cause of the spectacular growth of the church in China today.
John & Betty Stam by Christie Vance was published by Christian Focus Publications in September 2008 and is our 37072nd best seller. The ISBN for John & Betty Stam is 9781845503765.
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John and Betty StamGeorge Taylor, via The Good Book Stall
This book tells the story of John and Betty Stam who were missionaries to China under the auspices of the China Inland Mission during the early 1930’s. Their remarkable story is told simply but dramatically with much detail drawn from their letters, journals and writings. The early part of the book concerns their formative years, particularly John’s and his desire to carry the Gospel into China and the work he undertook to learn the language so that he was able to talk directly to the people.
The political situation in China meant that the threat to missionaries was very real and deadly and although the Stams understood the danger, they never backed away from their mission. With their three month old daughter, Helen, the Stams were staying in Tsingteh, when news arrived that the Communists were nearby and although it was believed that the town was safe it quickly succumbed to the Communist soldiers. The Stams were taken, and although by a series of extra-ordinary circumstances the daughter survived, the Stams were publicly beheaded together.
The Stams were true to their Christian principles to the end and their story provided inspiration to many missionaries who followed in their footsteps.
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|Page last updated||24th April 2017|
|Author / Artist||Christie Vance|
|Publisher||Christian Focus Publications (September 2008)|
|Number of Pages||208|