Nelson kept a busy schedule as a doctor and surgeon in the clinic in which they served, and used every opportunity to let Jesus shine through his love and care for his patients. Eric was born in China, to missionary parents. He attended school in London, where he trained and became known for his athletic abilities. In , Eric returned to China and used his skills to minister and influence many young Chinese for Christ. He was captured by the Japanese during World War II and passed away of an inoperable brain tumor during his imprisonment. His death left a great empty place in the lives and hearts of the many people who he had spent his life serving.
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With the Japanese invasion of Papua New Guinea, Darlene and Russell were captured and sent to separate concentration camps. Russell did not survive, but against the odds, Darlene did survive and went on to spend many more years in Papua New Guinea as a missionary. The Stams were a young missionary to China.
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They were captured by a communist mob of rebels and taken captive, along with their three-month-old baby, Priscilla. John and Betty were both brutally murdered by the mob, but Priscilla survived and was miraculously rescued by a lay pastor and returned to her family in the states.
Their sacrifice steeled in many at home the desire to share Jesus with the unreached people in many countries. They married in Quito and moved to a more remote area to try to make contact with the Huaorani tribe called the Aucas by the Quichua. Jim and four other missionaries were later killed by the tribe they were trying to reach. Elisabeth Elliot is one of the most known and loved women missionaries in the last few generations.
Through her extensive speaking and many beautiful books, her legacy and inspiration will live on in the hearts of all who read them. She always knew that she would be a missionary, but when Gladys applied to the China Inland Mission she was denied. Her trip was full of setbacks, but in , Gladys arrived in Yangcheng and began to work with an older missionary, Jennie in setting up the Inn of the Eighth Happiness.
She took in many orphans and unwanted girls. Unable to return to China after the communist regime was in place after the war, Alyward settled in Taiwan where she spent her remaining days running her orphanage and sharing Jesus with her many friends and the children for whom she cared.
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Jack and Allegra McBirney became missionaries to Newfoundland in the early s , together with their six children. When they had established a Bible-teaching church, they returned to the United States. Jack was instrumental in founding two Christian schools in the San Francisco area. Meanwhile, Allegra poured her heart into her radio ministry, writing, and speaking, traveling the world in her ministry to military families.
Jack also made many trips to Russia in between treatments for cancer , burdened to lead communist teachers to Christ and introduce a Christian curriculum into former communist schools. They had been married 61 years when Jack went home to Heaven. Despite severe cataracts and constant health struggles, year-old Allegra continues her ministry and correspondence from her home—often even from the confines of her bed. Andy van der Bijl was born in a small Dutch village in the late s.
He was always looking for thrill and adventure, so when he was 18 he joined the Dutch Army. He lived recklessly during his time in the military, with little thought to God or the future. But when he was shot in the ankle at age 20, which sent him to the hospital for awhile and ended his military career, the love and joy of the Sisters who cared for the injured—as well as his sense of guilt over the things he did while in the military—led him to pick up the Bible. He came home an empty, broken young man, but with a thirst to know God. From the time he became a Christian at age 16, Bruce felt a pull in his heart to go to the unreached corners of the world and tell others about Jesus.
At 19, Bruce Olsen bought a plane ticket to Venezuela.
Shortly after his arrival, he learned of the Bari tribe, a group of people with little to no positive contact with the rest of the world. He had a burden to reach the Bari with the news of Jesus and his life work centered on connecting with and sharing the Gospel with them in a way that they could understand. His life was full of challenges as he attempted to reach and be accepted by the Bari, but the ways God used him to lead them to Christ were truly beautiful.
You can read the story of his mission work in his book Bruchko. While celebrating their wedding anniversary, they were kidnapped by a local militant group and held hostage for over a year. Sadly, Martin was killed during their rescue on June 7, Gracia tells the gripping story of their captivity and spiritual growth in the book, In the Presence of My Enemies.
Gracia also authored To Fly Again , highlighting specific lessons God taught her husband and her while they were held captive. Her transparency as she shares lessons we all need to learn encourages the reader in contemplating a wide range of topics including as revenge, worry, praise, joy, and impatience.
A prayer, a letter, or a word of encouragement go so far in keeping the spirits of our brothers and sisters across the seas strong. Tell me about your favorite missionary stories or how you support the missionaries in your circles. Photography: JenniMarie Photography.
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Nelson Bell and Martin and Gracia Burnham. In June , she married her best friend, Tyler, and they are loving living life together as missionaries with Trans World Radio. They are excited to be a part of this ministry that has touched thousands of lives around the globe. I grew up on a steady diet of missionary stories. David Livingstone As a child, he worked in the cotton mills to help support his poverty-stricken family.
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