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Robert Morrison
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A Chinese-language memorial commemorating the 100th anniversary of Morrison's death. It says:

"The evangelism in China of the Reformed Christian Church began with Mr. Morrison. Beforehand, he had specially studied astronomy, medicine and Chinese in preparation. In 1807, he landed safely in [Yangshi?] having undergone a 222-day voyage via the Americas. A businessman by name, he secretly taught his religion. Although the Manchu Qing government strictly forbade this and closely monitored the Roman Catholic Church, this did not stop him. He set up a printing shop in Macao to publish his hand-translated Bible, prayers, psalms, hymns and tracts. He also founded the Anglo-Chinese College in Malacca for educational purposes. He worked bravely and courageously in this dark and tyrannical time, which could have not been done without the help of God. The man was feeble in constitution yet devoted to his work; his milieu was adverse and dangerous. Except for his eldest son who was at his side, his family were far away in their homeland, and out of over 200 letters he wrote to them, only two made it through. Despite his arduous situation, he worked hard without slacking, laying the foundations of the Chinese Christian Church, a great accomplishment. On August 1, 1834, he fell seriously ill. As he lay dying, believers of all ages wept by his side. Morrison consoled them, saying that in 100 years the believers will increase ten thousand fold in number. The power of his faith and depth of his vision were not those of ordinary folk. Now, at the 100th anniversary of his passing, we, the fellows of the Guangdong branch of the Chinese Christian Church do commemorate this late, great man. With deep admiration for his virtues and sincere mourning at his demise, we erect this monument as a token of our everlasting respect.

Great is Morrison, whose heart is Christ,
Spreading the Gospel per God's decree.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, he risked his life to come here,
Spreading blessings among the Yellow Emperor's progeny.
[Will do the rest later]
Added by: Chris Nelson
5/25/2006
 
 

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