Tag: Health

Mathews, Eunice Jones (1914-2016)
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Mathews, Eunice Jones (1914-2016)

“Bent toward the Love of God and Care of Others” She was many things across the decades of her 101-year life span. The plaque in her honor in the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Washington, DC, reads: Eunice Jones Mathews, wife, mother, author and noble soul whose life was ceaselessly bent toward the love of God...

Moots, Cornelia Chillson (1843-1929)
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Moots, Cornelia Chillson (1843-1929)

Pioneering WFMS & WCTU Missionary to the Philippines Cornelia Chillson Moots or “Mother Moots” was one of the four pioneer WFMS missionaries to the Philippines. A native of Bay City, Michigan, Moots was an evangelist for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), an organization with recognized links to holiness piety. Moots took over duties at...

Mary Johnston Hospital
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Mary Johnston Hospital

The only Methodist hospital in the Philippines Mary Johnston Hospital is the only Methodist Church hospital in the whole of the Philippines and has been serving for 105 years in Tondo where the majority of the patients are poor. The establishment of the hospital “Dispensaria Betania” (Bethany Clinic), was the church’s response to the lack...

New York Methodist Hospital
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New York Methodist Hospital

Oldest Methodist Hospital in the United States On January 27, 1881, the Methodist Episcopal newspaper, The Christian Advocate, printed a piece by its influential editor, James Monroe Buckley. Buckley had been a church pastor in Connecticut just before his election as editor. The editorial related the unhappy story of the organist at Buckley’s former charge....

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...

Snell, John Abner (Soo E-sang) (1880 ~ 1936)
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Snell, John Abner (Soo E-sang) (1880 ~ 1936)

Leading missionary doctor in China During his lifetime, John Abner Snell achieved an almost mythic stature. His siblings proudly described themselves as the brothers or sisters of Dr. John Snell, “the famous missionary doctor.”[1] Among his colleagues, he was considered to be “one of the most progressive and capable surgeons of modern times.”[2] Vanderbilt University...

Shi Meiyu (Mary Stone) (1873 ~ 1954)
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Shi Meiyu (Mary Stone) (1873 ~ 1954)

One of the first Chinese medical doctors Shi Meiyu, also known as Mary Stone, a name she adopted while studying in the United States, was born into a Christian family in Jiujiang (Kiukiang), Jiangxi province in 1873. Her father was a Methodist pastor and mother was the principal of a Methodist school for girls. Defying...

Kang Cheng (Ida Kahn, K’ang Ch’eng) (1873 ~ 1930)
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Kang Cheng (Ida Kahn, K’ang Ch’eng) (1873 ~ 1930)

One of the first Chinese medical doctors Kang Cheng, also known as Ida Kahn, was born into a poor family in Jiujiang (Kiukiang), Jiangxi province. She was adopted by Gertrude Howe, a student of the University of Michigan, and left school to work as a missionary in Jiujiang before completing her degree. During Kang’s childhood,...

Howe, Gertrude (1847 ~ 1928)
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Howe, Gertrude (1847 ~ 1928)

Missionary advocate for Chinese women Howe attended the University of Michigan and in 1872 went to Kiukiang, China, as the pioneer missionary of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society (WFMS) of the Methodist Episcopal Church. For a few years she was joined by her sister, Dr. Delia Howe. In 1873, she founded what became the Rulison...

Howard, Leonora (Leonora Howard King) (1851 ~ 1925)
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Howard, Leonora (Leonora Howard King) (1851 ~ 1925)

Medical missionary to China A native of Ontario, Canada, Howard graduated in 1676 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, her medical education having been paid for by the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society (WFMS) of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1877, she went to Peking (Beijing) under WFMS auspices and took charge of the Peking...