"... in the providence of a merciful God, we stand together at the gates of the most distant field on the globe. And we have to be the pioneers of our mission." Those words spoken by Matthew to Eliza (Lizzie) on the eve of their disembarkation.
It's difficult to imagine what Matthew and Eliza were thinking on that first Monday in Shanghai. I am sure they were both excited and afraid as they looked out into their new mission field; with little schooling in the local language, and without the support of a local church to help guide them. At that time, the Baptist Foreign Mission Board was still in its infancy, and had very limited resources to help a young missionary in that part of the world. The closest assistance they could give would have been provided by the Hong Kong mission, established a year earlier and already in disarray due to the death of their missionary leader, Rev. Clopton.( Collapse )