The Finnish-speaking Suomen Vapaakirkko and the Swedish-speaking Missionskyrkan I Finland are sister churches and until 1923 were organisationally one group called the Free Mission.
The decision to send the first workers to China was made in 1890 at the Annual General Meeting in Turku, southwest Finland. There was a lot of interest in missions amongst its women members and China was considered a more suitable place for women compared to Africa. An agreement to receive Free Mission workers was made with the China Inland Mission which was in force until 1951.
The first workers were located in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province until 1898. After that the majority of the workers were located in the province of Jiangxi. The work began there in Yongsin in 1899 and expanded to Yongfeng in 1907. Visits were also made to the surrounding areas and during the years 1948-1951 the workers were based in Ji’an.
During the turbulent years of 1890-1951 21 workers served in China. Eleven were Swedish speaking, nine Finnish speaking and one was from Estonia. Eight of the workers died and were buried in China. Four of them died a martyr’s death.
Published in 2015
Incl. photographs (34 pages)
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|Kirjailija||Compiled by Richard Brewis|