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In 1847, the American Methodist Episcopal Society (North) entered the field of China, and soon surpassed all others in the number of its agents and members. Its pioneer was Rev. Judson Dwight Collins, who passionately asked the society to enter China. When he was told that no money was available for the purpose, he wrote :

Engage me a passage before the mast in the first vessel going to China. My own strong arm can pull me to China and can support me when I arrive there.

Such enthusiasm was irresistible, and Mr. Collins was sent to Fuzhou, where, after ten years weary preparation, a work broke out, which spread itself over six large districts, and comprised sixty stations. A printing press was kept busily employed, which, in the year 1888 alone, issued 14,000 pages of Christian literature. A large college was in use through the generosity of a natives. The mission also wound along the banks of the Yangtze for three hundred miles, and had stations in Anqing and other large cities. Northwards it has churches in Beijing, Tianjin and Isunhua, with full accompaniments of schools and hospitals, and it extended westward to Chongqing, 1,400 miles from the sea. In 1890 it had thirty-two missionaries, seventeen lady agents, forty-three native ordained pastors, ninety-one unordained native helpers, and over four thousand communicants.

Stephen Livingston Baldwin

1835 ~ 1902

Missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church (North) (MECN) to China.


James Whitford Bashford

1848 ~ 1919

Methodist bishop in China.


Judson Dwight Collins

1823 ~ 1852

American Methodist pioneer missionary in China.


Lucinda L. Coombs

1849 ~ 1919

American Methodist medical missionary in China.


Frank D. Gamewell

1857 ~ 1950

American Methodist educational missionary in China.


Francis Price Jones

1890 ~ 1975

Missionary to China of the Methodist Episcopal Church (North).


Robert Samuel Maclay

1824 ~ 1907

American Methodist missionary in China and Japan.


Moses Clark White

1819 ~ 1900

Pioneer American Methodist missionary in China in the face of opposition and hostility.


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