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In

Loving Memory of

THOSE MEMBERS OF THE CHINA INLAND MISSION

WHO

SUFFERED MARTYRDOM DURING THE SAD CRISIS OF 1900

AND IN

Grateful Becognition

OF GOD'S GREAT GOODNESS

TO THOSE WHO WERE MERCIFULLY DELIVERED

O God, the heathen are come into Thine inheritance .

The dead bodies of Thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven,

The flesh of Thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
Their blood have they shed like water
And there was none to bury them.-Ps. lxxix.

And I heard a voice from Heaven saying, Write,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth :
Yea, saith the Spirit,
That they may rest from their labours ;
For their works follow with them.-Rev. xiv. 13.

PREFACE

To the many bereaved hearts, and to the many more who during the past sad months have suffered with us, and have cheered and upheld us by their beautiful trust and by their loving sympathy, by their gifts for the distressed missionaries and converts, and by their earnest prayers, we pen a few lines in preface to this record of hitherto unwonted experiences.

And let our first note, even now, be one of thanksgiving and praise to GOD; “Unto Him that loveth us, and loosed us from our sins by His blood . . . to Him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever, Amen.” Let us say with the Psalmist, “I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have any being. Let my meditation be sweet unto Him. I will rejoice in the LORD.”—Ps. civ. 33, 34, R.V.

Is it not a glad thought that our meditation may be sweet unto Him to whom we owe our all for this life, to whom we owe the blessed prospect of our eternal home in His presence ? We thank Him for the grace that won for Himself our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ whose memory is so precious to us, and to whom grace was given to finish their course with joy and the ministry committed unto them; no fruitless ministry was theirs ! many of those who were led to Christ by them share with them the martyr's joy and the martyr's crown. Their LORD trusted them with great trial, and by His grace they proved trust

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