Tag: China

Howell, Mabel Katharine (1874-1957)
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Howell, Mabel Katharine (1874-1957)

Mission Educator and Administrator Howell was born in New Jersey in 1874 and earned her Ph.D. degree in sociology from Cornell in 1896. She completed her formal education with a seminary degree from University of Chicago. She taught in Richmond, Kentucky, for four years, coming under the influence of Belle Bennett. In 1903, Bennett persuaded...

Rankin, Lochie (1851-1929)
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Rankin, Lochie (1851-1929)

First Single Woman Missionary of MECS Lochie Rankin was the first unmarried woman to be sent abroad as a missionary by the MECS. She was also the first missionary supported by the Woman’s Foreign Mission Society of the church. She was born in Milan, Tennessee, in 1851. Upon reaching young womanhood, she volunteered herself for...

The Kelley Family
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The Kelley Family

Missionaries and Mission Supporters David Kelley was born in Tennessee to a prominent Methodist family in 1833. A precocious lad, he was graduated from college at eighteen, entered the Methodist ministry at nineteen, and received a medical degree at twenty. His mother, Margaret Lavinia Kelley, founded the first women’s missionary support group in her minister-husband’s...

Haygood, Laura Askew (1845-1900)
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Haygood, Laura Askew (1845-1900)

Pioneering MECS Home Missioner and Educational Missionary to China Born in Watkinsville, Georgia, Laura Haygood moved to Atlanta at age seven, received her early education from her mother, enrolled at Wesleyan Female College, Macon, Georgia at age sixteen, and graduated in two years (1864). She established a private school for girls in 1966. In 1872,...

Haines, J. Harry (1917-2007)
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Haines, J. Harry (1917-2007)

Missionary and Relief Agency Director The Rev. J. Harry Haines, 1917-2007, was director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) from 1966 to 1983 and a missionary for 21 years prior to that. At his passing, Haines was described as “a saint, a model of Christian commitment, hard work, and inspiration” by the Rev....

Welch, Herbert (1862-1969)
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Welch, Herbert (1862-1969)

Mission Bishop and Founder of Relief Agency Herbert Welch (1862-1969), the longest serving Methodist bishop, played multiple roles of lasting significance in the mission and social history of the church. His accomplishments included: Originator and first executive (1940 to 1948) of what is today the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the disaster response and development...

Yu, Dora (Yu Cidu) (1873 ~ 1931)
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Yu, Dora (Yu Cidu) (1873 ~ 1931)

Chinese evangelist and missionary to Korea Dora Yu is one of the earliest preachers to have cut financial support from the West and completely “lived by faith.” She founded the Bible Study and Prayer House, which later became Jiangwan Bible School in Shanghai, as well as winter and summer Bible Study classes, and trained many...

Woolston, Beulah (1828 ~ 1886) and Sarah H. (? ~ 1910)
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Woolston, Beulah (1828 ~ 1886) and Sarah H. (? ~ 1910)

Pioneering female missionary teachers in China The Woolston sisters graduated from Wesleyan Female College in Wilmington, Delaware, and became teachers. Answering an appeal from the mission board of the Methodist Episcopal Church to begin “woman’s work” in China, they sailed for Foochow (Fuzhou) in 1858. They were supported by the Ladies’ China Missionary Society of...

Webb, Lucy Jim (1895 ~ 1987)
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Webb, Lucy Jim (1895 ~ 1987)

Missionary youth worker in Shanghai Lucy Jim Webb was born on July 15, 1895 in Forsyth, Georgia, one of six children born to Thomas and Sarah Webb. Her parents were small town shopkeepers and devout Christians. She studied at LaGrange and Scarritt College, graduating in 1922. She worked first as an assistant principal of a...

Wang Liming (1896 ~ 1970)
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Wang Liming (1896 ~ 1970)

WCTU leader and social reformer Wang Liming (also known as Liu-Wang Liming) was the leader of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in China for over thirty years and one of the nation’s leading female social reformers of the Republican period. She was born on the first day of January 1896 in Taihu county of...