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We are safer with Him in the dark than without Him in the sunshine.

Lettie B. Cowman, Springs in the Valley

 

Burd-124Millions of people have been comforted by the devotional works of Lettie B. Cowman. Lettie gained deep insights into the consoling mercy of God when she suffered through the loss of her own husband. She was used of God to comfort others.

After her husband Charles’ death Lettie put II Corinthians 1:3, 4 into practice:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort Who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Lettie Burd Cowman was born to Isaac and Margaret Burd in Afton, Iowa on March 3, 1870. Lettie’s parents had moved to Iowa as pioneers with their savings sewn up in their garments. Mr. Burd was able to establish himself as a successful banker.

Lettie grew up in a comfortable home. She was exposed to art, literature and music. The youngest of the Burd children, Lettie was lonely after her older siblings left. She filled her world with books, music, and nature. She appreciated the beauty of the creation and always took pleasure in sunsets and blooming flowers. All of these impressions would be reflected later in her writing.

One day Lettie met a young telegrapher named Charles Cowman. Charles had left home to take a job at the Western Union office. Lettie thought he was lonely and invited him to her home. They became more than friends and they pledged their love to each other, but the couple would have to wait to wed until Lettie’s parents would approve. It seemed that they thought that Charles was not right for their daughter.

Isaac and Margaret Burd were glad when Charles got transferred to a distant telegraph office. They hoped that Lettie would marry a successful officer in Isaac Burd’s bank. But Lettie was adamant – she had given her pledge to Charles.

At the age of 21 Charles returned. Now he was a successful telegrapher having risen up in the company ranks to the position of manager. He visited the Burd’s with a promise of reasonable security and bright prospects for Lettie’s future. But it was witnessing the couple together, so much in love and obviously determined to be together that changed Mr. and Mrs. Burds’ hearts. So on June 18, 1889 Lettie and Charles were married in the Methodist Church in Afton, Iowa.

It was at a Missions conference in the Moody Church in Chicago that Charles and Lettie made a dramatic change in their lives. Lettie had been feeling for some time that her life was too frivolous. Now after hearing the speaker, A. B. Simpson (founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church) give a strong appeal for missionaries, Charles and Lettie presented themselves as candidates for the mission field.

At first they wanted to go to India, but Lettie’s health would not allow for it. Instead they trained to go to Japan. Two other men teamed with them who would help in founding the Oriental Missionary Society. (Today it is known as OMS.)

The Cowman’s arrived in Tokyo in 1901. Their first home was just twoCharles-and-Lettie-Cowman-from-The-Scriptorium-204x300 meager upstairs rooms in a building in downtown Tokyo. This was a far cry from the comfortable home in America, but Charles and Lettie were devoted to giving the Gospel to the Japanese people.

In 1912 the Cowman’s began the “Every Creature Crusade” from which the Japanese Church would arise. Between the years of 1912 and 1917 (when the Cowman’s would be forced to return to America) over ten million households in Japan received a copy of the Gospel.

While in Japan the Cowman’s watched the Korean Church being planted, mostly by Americans. They rejoiced in the work of God as through the sweat and the blood of the martyrs the Korean Church would become one of the foremost examples of a modern New Testament Church in the world.

Charles literally burned himself out for the Lord. After sixteen years of daily meetings, overseeing the Bible institute, the “Every Creature Crusade”, and preaching tours in Korea and China, Charles’ health failed. He and Lettie returned to the United States.

Lettie nursed her beloved Charles for six years. She spent her time reading hundreds of books. She read books and poems to Charles to give him the strength to endure his pain. After the long battle Charles succumbed in September of 1924.

Charles’ death was devastating for Lettie. They were childless and Charles meant everything to her. They had had a “marriage made in heaven” and were completely devoted to each other. She wrote in her diary, “This is a living hell on earth!” This is the only entry in her diary that is so downhearted and pessimistic. Lettie had prayed that God would heal Charles. Why didn’t He? What does this mean about how God honors the prayer of faith for the healing of the sick? (See James 5:14,15.) Had not hundreds of people lifted up Charles to God for healing? Where was He?

Lettie turned to the Word for her help. God seemed to be asking her if she wanted her husband to be healed more than she wanted His will for her. Lettie spent hours reading the Bible and scouring the book stores for books on suffering and encouragement. She copied out many truths from books written by others who had trod the path that she had. Little did she know that she was doing this work for others and not just for herself. From the hundreds of words of wisdom that she gleaned the books she read, Streams in the Desert was born.

While doing her research, Lettie came across a piece of paper in her Bible addressed to her. It said, “Go on with the unfinished task.” This was her husband’s passion – the unfinished work. Lettie knew that she must go on with it. But how could she do this alone? Lettie found the help she needed when she turned her worries into praise. I will not follow Satan into gloom, she decided. Lettie’s life became one of continual praise. She wrote two devotional books at this time – After All There is God and Praise Changes Things.

Lettie wrote a biography of her husband, Charles Cowman: Missionary-Warrior. She also wrote Springs in the Valley and a book for young people, Mountain Trailways for Youth, and a book for the elderly, Traveling Toward Sunrise.

And that was not all. This amazing woman assumed the leadership of the Oriental Mission Society (now the One Mission Society) until 1949. She traveled far and wide to speak at conferences. She wrote countless articles for periodicals.

This indefatigable woman even wrote a book at the age of eighty entitled, Life Begins at Eighty. She presented copies of this book to all of her friends at a party that she gave.

Lettie still wanted to continue speaking but her eyesight began to fail. She spent the last years of her life corresponding with countless other hurting people giving them words of wisdom and solace.

Finally, she was ready to go and be with Charles. On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960 at the age of 90, Lettie rested from her task. In her papers the following poem was found:

Finish thy work, the time is short.
The sun is in the west
The night is coming down,
Till then, think not of rest.
Rest? Finish thy work then rest.
Till then, rest never.

The work of the One Mission Society continues today in over sixty countries around the world.

 

 

 

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The wonder of it, which will grow, I think, more and more through the eternal ages, is that God should allow us, his poor creatures, to share with him in a work far greater than the creation of a universe, even the founding of an eternal and limitless kingdom of holiness, glory and peace.                                                Lillias Underwood*

liliasLillias Horton Underwood was one of the countless numbers of courageous women who went to serve on the mission field in spite of the dangers. Women who went to places like Africa or the Orient in the nineteenth century were warned that they would return in a coffin. Lillias trusted God and ventured into the interior of Korea as the first white woman ever to do so.

Lillias was born on June 21, 1851 in Albany New York. She went to Chicago to the Women’s Medical College (now a part of Northwestern University) to obtain a medical degree. After graduation she worked at Mary Thompson’s Hospital. It was here that the Presbyterian Mission approached Lillias about serving in Korea.

Miss Lillias Horton went to Korea as a medical missionary in 1888. Though an unmarried woman and alone she was not helpless. She maintained a cheerful attitude and went about her work at the missionary hospital efficiently and enthusiastically. Once she had consecrated her life to serving Christ on the mission field she never looked back. She felt the importance of healing the bodies and enlightening the souls of the poor and destitute to be a life-time and a life-fulfilling call. She had completely sold out to her Lord Jesus Christ.

Not long after her arrival in Chemulpo Korea, Lillias visited the queen who desired to secure the services of Lillias as her personal physician. Lillias and Queen Min would maintain a warm friendship until the cruel assassination of Queen Min in 1895. Lillias described Queen Min as intelligent, warm, an excellent diplomat, and devoted to the welfare of her people. The queen was of a higher mind and morals than the king and was his royal counselor. It was well known that she was the strength behind the throne.

In 1889 Lillias married Reverend Horace G. Underwood. Horace had already been in Korea forlillias underwood in korea four years and knew how to arrange the trips through dangerous territory. He arranged their honeymoon consisting of a trip to the northern part of Korea where few white men had ever been seen and no white women. Most women might have complained about this kind of honeymoon but Lillias said that she was not in Korea to be a tourist in pursuit of entertainment, but she was an ambassador of Christ.

Though most foreigners were distrusted in Korea, the Underwoods impressed the Korean officials and were allowed to take a journey to the far north. They traveled as missionaries without disguise. It was a “plucky undertaking for the young bride, since, so far as known, she was the first foreign woman who had made such a tour. The journey was a protracted one and involved all kinds of hardship and privation. Nothing worthy of a name of inn was to be found, but only some larger huts in which travelers were packed away amid every variety of filth and vermin.” *

We have read many stories of missionaries who gained the trust of the officials in foreign countries because of their service to them. How often have we heard how a formerly antagonistic ruler changed his mind when the medical missionary healed that chief’s wife or son or daughter? The situation in Korea was similar. God used the first medical missionary to Korea, Dr. H. N. Allen to open the door to missions when Dr. Allen healed the wounds of some distinguished Koreans.

And so the Underwoods had permission to travel to northern Korea. With her unfailing good nature Lillias described how the natives would make holes in the paper doors and windows to get a glimpse of the only white woman they had ever seen. This ruined any chance of privacy that Lillias might have had, but she endured “these rude intrusions into my privacy with more sang froid, excusing and understanding it.”*

After this trip the Underwoods returned to Chemulpo. They continued their work at the mission. Lillias was in charge of the Women’s Department at the Government Hospital (Chejung-won) as well as the English and arithmetic teacher for the boys’ orphanage founded by Horace Underwood. She led Sunday school classes for boys and Bible studies for women.

The Underwood’s had one child, a son born in 1890. Horace Horton Underwood would return to Korea as a missionary after graduating from New York University. He would serve until his death in 1951 in Pusan.

Lillias sacrificed all of the comforts of home in America, but she took care of herself. Her wisdom in doing this would pay off. One missionary sacrificed his own health out of love for the poor. The mission sent him healthy food that he promptly gave away to the hungry Koreans. His zeal led to his early death. Lillias admired his great love and sacrifice yet she wondered whether he had not died too early. Surely if he “could have gone on living and preaching, as they might, had they been able to mix with their enthusiasm and consecration, wisdom and temperance” more work could have been accomplished. Lillias maintained the balance between sacrifice and wisdom.

Because of the many invasions by foreign enemies King Gojong’s reign was precarious. He had signed unwise treaties with the Japanese giving them control of much of Korea against Queen Min’s advice. (As we know, the Japanese would dominate Korea until 1945. See a related story on this blog about Ahn Ei Sook, published April 22, 2010.)

QueenMin1894In 1894 thousands of Korean peasants were slaughtered by the Japanese. Queen Min tried to get the Russians to come to their aid. Angry that the queen might be able to do something to save her people, the Japanese formed a plot to assassinate her. The Japanese brutally murdered her. The king was held a virtual prisoner in the palace while a group of men sympathetic to the Japanese took over.

Despite the grave risks to their lives from disease, marauders, and the uncertain political situation, Horace and Lillias remained in Korea until Horace’s failing health forced them to return to the U.S. After his death, Lillias returned to Korea with Horace Hornton and his new wife. Lillias retired from medicine and continued missionary work.

Lillias wrote “Fifteen Years Among the Top-Knots, or Life in Korea” published in 1904 and inHorace and Lillias Underwood 1908. She also wrote a biography of her husband, “Underwood of Korea” (1918). These few details of her life given in this blog story are just a taste of her narrative of life among the “top-knots”, so called because of the way they wore their hair in a knot on top of their heads. This book is very engaging and you will be amazed at the love of the Underwood’s as they serve the Koreans. (It is available as a free download on the internet. Go get it; you won’t be sorry.)

*From “Fifteen Years Among the Top-Knots” by Lillias Underwood

 

 

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Dorothy Day was born in Brooklyn Heights New York on November 8, 1897. Her father dorothy dayJohn Day was a sportswriter. Dorothy’s mother was a kind woman whose example of warm-hearted sharing with anyone in need would affect Dorothy for the rest of her life.

Dorothy’s family had moved to San Francisco in 1904 and were there when the great fire destroyed most of the city in 1906. Her mother joined her neighbors in gathering food and clothing for the displaced families who were sleeping in the park in Oakland. Within a few weeks the Day’s would move to Chicago because the newspaper office where John worked was burned down by the fire.

John Day could not find work and began to write a novel. Mrs. Day struggled to put meager food on the table. It was during this time that Dorothy met several kind Catholic women who reflected the love of Christ to her. She never forgot them.
 Eventually John Day was hired by a newspaper and the family moved to a nicer home on the north side of Chicago. Dorothy was an excellent student in her high school. She loved languages and studied Latin and Greek.

Dorothy’s older brother Donald took a job with a small paper. This paper sympathized with the rising labor movement. Through Donald’s influence Dorothy studied the works of Carl Sandburg, Upton Sinclair, and Jack London, writers who were calling attention to the injustices of the class system in the industrial world. At this time Eugene Debs became a hero in Dorothy’s eyes.

Though her parents did not claim to be religious – Dorothy’s father even claimed to be an atheist – Dorothy loved to read the Bible. She was confused about God in her early years but gradually came to see how Christ manifested love to people, especially the marginalized. She saw that Christ had rejected the “things of this world” but she did not believe that God meant for people to live in abject poverty either.
 Dorothy recalled how her mother and the people in Oakland responded to the poor in the aftermath of the San Francisco fire. She dreamed of the day when all people, not just the social workers and missionaries, would be open-handed and generous to the poor.

The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?*

Dorothy’s father lost his job again. She did not know if she could afford to go to college but because of her excellence in Latin and Greek she won a scholarship to the University of Illinois. She began to attend in 1914. She enjoyed her independence very much but never forgot the poor and downtrodden.
 After two years Dorothy’s father got a job in New York City. Dorothy decided to leave school and go to New York to be close to her family.

Dorothy looked for a job at a newspaper and finally found one in 1916.
 She worked for several socialist newspapers and also took part in the anti-war activities of many of her friends opposing the military draft. People in our day have come to accept US involvement in war but in 1917 many Americans wanted to let Europe solve its own problems. Dorothy may have been accused of being anti-patriotic when Wilson made laws against speaking out against his policy of war. Later during the Vietnam war many would agree with Dorothy’s belief that America should not interfere in wars. In spite of the changing attitudes of Americans about fighting in wars, Dorothy would remain a pacifist.

It should come as no surprise then that Dorothy would take part in the women’s suffrage movement. On one occasion after a protest Dorothy and other suffragettes were arrested and put in prison. They were treated abominably. It was hard for her to believe that human beings could treat fellow humans that way. “I had an ugly sense of the futility of human effort, man’s helpless misery, the triumph of might. Man’s dignity was but a word and a lie. Evil triumphed,” she later wrote. Dorothy struggled with her faith in the face of such injustice.

In the next few years Dorothy experienced love, marriage, and the birth of a child. With her common law husband, Forster Batterham she had a daughter, Tamar in 1926. During this time Dorothy was renewing her growth in her Catholic faith and she wanted to be baptized and to get Tamar baptized. The whole discussion of religion bothered Forster and eventually he left his wife and daughter. He would only return at the very end of his life to visit Dorothy when he was dying of cancer. At that time they would make amends and renew friendship. Dorothy always remained devoted to Tamar for the rest of her life, always finding time to be with Tamar and her children even during Dorothy’s busiest years.

The 1930’s was the time of the Great Depression. Dorothy began to seek ways to live out her Catholic faith in service to the poor. In 1932 her prayer was answered when Peter Maurin knocked on her door. He was a French immigrant who had a vision for a society that really lived out Christian virtues.

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Together Peter Maurin and Dorothy founded a newspaper called the Catholic Worker. The goal was to start houses for the poor and farming communes. Over the next few years the idea would blossom until it was replicated worldwide.

Dorothy was asked to speak many times. She was really shy but she knew that her talks were spreading the philosophy of the Catholic Worker. Dorothy longed to see a time when everyone would serve humanity through each one’s individual efforts. Putting aside her fear of speaking in front of crowds, Dorothy began to speak to school groups, women’s clubs, conventions, and other social workers. Dorothy bravely explained the concept of service to those in need as real Christianity.

 I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.

Dorothy practiced what she preached. Choosing voluntary poverty, she lived in a small upstairs room in one of the houses of hospitality. Lest one think that she thought of herself as a martyr she maintained that she was privileged. All she needed was a bed and bath and two large shelves full of books. After all, if you’re so busy serving others what else do you need in life? Dorothy was happy.

During World War II Dorothy worked extra hard in the hospitality houses due to the shortage of men. Her pacifist stance was unpopular but in years to come many would see that it was consistent for this woman who wanted all people to love one another.

Dorothy welcomed the strides that the African-Americans made during the 1950’s. On one occasion Dorothy visited an integrated commune. There were strict segregation laws in Georgia and the people in the commune received many threats. Dorothy was warned that there could be violence. One night, fifty-nine year-old Dorothy was on watch duty when suddenly she heard screeching tires. Soon a shower of bullets was rained down on the car in which she was sitting. Dorothy had been criticized for her beliefs, and spent time in prison; now she nearly lost her life in the cause of justice.

In the 1960’s Dorothy would go to the Vatican in Rome to urge the Church to make a strong anti-war statement. Dorothy was thrilled when many protested the Vietnam war.
While in Rome she joined a ten-day fast to bring the attention of the public to the starving millions of the world.

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In the 1970’s Dorothy marched with Cesar Chavez to protest the mistreatment of farm workers. One thousand protesters were arrested, Dorothy among them. By this time Dorothy was in her seventies and beginning to look a little frail. However, she took her two week incarceration stoically, remarking, “If it weren’t a prison it would be a nice place to rest.”

Dorothy was beginning to tire. She turned down speaking engagements but continued to write for the Catholic Worker and to visit with family and friends.
Dorothy was distressed about the changes in the world in the 70’s. Even the Catholic Church seemed to be changing. But she found consolation in her Bible. As she had done since the earliest days of her conversion she read from the Psalms every morning. Reading her Bible, Dorothy was comforted in her belief that Jesus Christ is our example of love and living.

My strength returns to me with my cup of coffee and the reading of the psalms.

In her old age Dorothy received many honorary degrees and awards. During her life she had written many books including; “From Union Square to Rome”, “House of Hospitality”, “Loaves and Fishes”, “The Long Loneliness”, and “On Pilgrimage”.

In 1979 the hospitality house where Dorothy was living was sold and she moved back to New York City into a hospitality house called Maryhouse. In her quarters in this house Dorothy passed her time reading, writing, and receiving visitors. On November 29, 1980 Dorothy died peacefully in her room. Her beloved daughter Tamar was with her during her final hours. Her final resting place is the Cemetery of the Resurrection on Staten Island.

*Throughout this essay I sprinkled appropriate quotes from Dorothy’s writings.

 

 

 

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My African brother is calling me;
Hark! Hark! I hear his voice.
In a land more dense with work I see
That work is now my choice. *      

 For over six decades Eliza Davis-George ministered to her African brethren inMother-Eliza-Davis-George Liberia. She endured poverty and hardship for the sake of taking the Gospel to her people. Though she constantly had to labor to get support she never wavered from her call. Today thousands of her spiritual children are glad for their Mother Eliza.

Eliza Davis-George was born in Texas on January 20, 1879. She was the third child of the eleven children of Litt and Jane Davis who were former slaves. Eliza had wonderful memories of her mother who prayed often. Her father struggled financially and nearly ruined the family with gambling. One day he was convicted of his sin at their Baptist church and changed his life. He was a faithful deacon and preacher after that.

Though she was raised in the Baptist church, Eliza did not make a decision to accept Christ for herself until she was sixteen. She faithfully attended church services. Eliza had many suitors but she rejected them all because she was sure that God had something special for her.

In 1900 the Davis’s struggled again as the boll weevils destroyed their crops. Eliza wanted to go to school but it was hard enough being black let alone a poor woman. She worked hard and her family helped out and eventually Eliza received a teaching diploma. Eliza earned her teaching certificate and then was accepted on the faculty of Central Texas College. She taught for five years and then the school asked her to be the matron.

On February 2, 1911, Eliza attended a faculty prayer meeting. Rev. Hill prayed for countries all around the world. Eliza was filled with an overwhelming desire to go to Africa and see her brothers and sisters.  She told the president of the college about her strong call but he discouraged her from going.

Eliza knew that she had heard the call from God. The poem at the beginning of this post was the first stanza of a poem that she wrote while she was struggling with her decision about going to Africa.

The leaders at the college did not want to release her and they gave her a hearing. They were doubtful about sending her. She recited her poem to them (9 verses in all). The beginning of the second verse said:

Would you say ‘stay’ when God said ‘go’
To that dark foreign land and
Spread the light? Would you say ‘no’
That bright their souls might stand? *

elizadavidgeorgeEliza continued reciting her beautiful poem. The leaders were convinced. They decided to release her with their blessings and prayers.

The Baptist mission could not support Eliza at that time. She prayed and worked hard. Few offered her any help but then Eliza met Rev. James Kelly, the corresponding secretary of the General Baptist Convention of Texas. Rev. Kelly took Eliza around to the churches to raise support.

Finally, Eliza was ready to travel to New York. A ship left from there for Liverpool on December 12, 1913. Eventually Eliza reached Liberia where she and another missionary opened a school for children.

Eliza was concerned about real-life training as well as spiritual training. She called her school the Bible Industrial Academy. Soon they had fifty pupils. In only two years she saw over 1,000 people accept Christ in nearby villages.

Eliza always lived on very little money, but God gave her the support she needed, often just in time to stave off much hardship. About five years after she was in Liberia the mission board stopped supporting her. Some months before this, Eliza had met a medical missionary, Dr. C. Thompson George. Dr. George desired to work as a missionary in Liberia too. He urged Eliza to marry him so that together they could serve God in Liberia.

Eliza did not want to leave Liberia and so she agreed and they were married in 1919. They lived in Kelton. Eliza had already adopted an orphan named Eliza d george appeal for helpMaude who was a teenager by then. The George’s also adopted Cecelia and Cerella. It was Maude who brought Cerella home to Eliza when she was just a baby. Of course tender-hearted Eliza wanted to care for her. Girls were very badly treated in Liberia. Eliza wanted to give Cerella a chance.

Later another girl named Cecelia came to the school seeking an opportunity to join the mission. And so in 1929 Cecelia joined the group. Cecelia remained a faithful, caring daughter even up to the end of Eliza’s life.

Maude and Cerella went to the United States for their education, not returning for thirteen years. Eliza carried on the work at the mission and prayed for her girls.

After returning to Liberia, Maude helped Eliza (now in her sixties) with the school. Maude died unexpectedly in 1947. She had been running the school in Liberia for two years. Cerella married a man in Greenville and went to work in a bank.

Cecelia would eventually marry and have three children. She would serve in Liberia for a few years, later being joined by her husband when he finished his missionary training. Later they returned to the United States when they could not endure the fever-inducing illnesses of Liberia. Though back in the USA Cecelia continued to help Mother Eliza with support whenever she could.

Sadly, Eliza’s marriage was full of conflict. Dr. George had many problems including drinking. He could be moody and mistreat the children. After twenty years of marriage Dr. George died of an illness in 1939. Eliza was on her own again.

Mother Eliza had also welcomed a young man into their group. His African name was Doh, but he took a different name when he decided to join the Christian church – Augustus Marwieh. He would be affectionately called Gus.

Gus was a good student and even at the age of fifteen was beginning to get a reputation as a preacher. He would become the spiritual son who would carry on Eliza’s work in Liberia and other parts of Africa.

Some years later Mother Eliza wanted to send Gus to America to college. He was very bright and deserving of a good education. He had completed his high school education in Liberia at the top of his class. It was difficult to raise the money and obtain all of the visas necessary, but Mother Eliza persisted as she always did. So now at the age of seventy-four Mother Eliza went to California with her spiritual son.

When Gus graduated from college, Eliza had a long talk with him. She encouraged him to marry a girl from Liberia so that he would have more credibility with his people when he went back to minister there. Eventually he married Otheliah, one of the spiritual daughters at the mission. Much in love, the couple served faithfully together even through some dire hardships.

Gus had also obtained an MRE (Master of Religious Education) at Golden Gate Seminary. After six years in the United States, Gus returned to Liberia. He would eventually serve there for many years, taking over Mother Eliza’s work as she grew old.

One day Gus had exciting news, or so he thought, for Eliza. The Southern Baptists had decided to make a 30-minute program about her work in Liberia. Eliza was aghast, but Gus finally talked her into it. The show was televised in 1963 when Mother was eighty-four years old.

In 1978, Mother Eliza was still going strong at the age of ninety-nine. She went to Texas to continue her deputation schedule. She encouraged young people to go on the mission field.

Several months later she broke her hip. Her adopted daughter Cecelia moved her into a nursing home nearby in Tyler, Texas. On January 20, 1979 Mother Eliza celebrated her one hundredth birthday. She attended the local Baptist church, even giving a speech.

A few days later Mother was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia. Cecelia stayed at her side until Mother went home to be with the Lord on March 8, 1979.

Mother Eliza had witnessed the conversion to Christianity of thousands of Liberians. Gus would carry on the work. He founded the Africa College of Evangelism. He moved to Monrovia in 1982 where he ministered to government officials and business leaders.

Gus appeared on Dr. Schuller’s TV program. Gus also started a prison ministry, a ministry for children, a missionary training school, and a technical high school just like the one Mother George started.
Mother George’s former students were responsible for planting and serving in hundreds of churches. Truly thousands of her spiritual children “rise up and bless her.”

 

*This Poem quoted in: “When God Says Go: The Amazing Journey of a Slave’s Daughter” by Lorry Lutz, pgs. 44,45.

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