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Marytrs of the Faith

Three missionary leaders were born around the time the blood of Christian martyrs was shed in the Boxer Rebellion, Mingdao Wang, John Sung, and Watchman Nee.

Mingdao Wang

Mingdao Wang Mingdao Wang ( - July 25, 1900 - July 28, 1991) was born in Beijing in 1900. At age twenty he began his work as an evangelist. At twenty-seven, he established Spiritual Food Quarterly. In 1955 he was imprisoned for refusing to renounce his faith. While in prison, weakened by intense interrogation and torture, he was forced to sign a statement renouncing his faith. After his release, Mingdao Wang could not find inner peace. He gave himself up to the authorities and went back to jail with his wife, this time for life. Twenty years later, in 1977, Mrs. Wang was released. Mingdao Wang would rather die than accept his release. But two years later the government tricked him into leaving.

Mingdao Wang: "Although I live in darkness, The Lord is my light. I want to endure His wrath because I offended Him."

Mingdao Wang and his wife passed away in 1991 and 1992.


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John Sung

John Sung (нpinyin: Sng Shng-Je; - September 29, 1901 - August 18, 1944 ) was born in 1901. In 1926, he studied in America and received his Ph.D. in chemistry, and then went to the Union Theological Seminary of New York. The president of the seminary thought Song was crazy. He was locked up for 193 days. In the asylum, Song read the Bible forty times. Later, on his way back to China, Song threw a golden key into the Pacific Ocean; it was the symbol of his Ph.D. In the following seventeen years, John Sung, known as Crazy Song, spread the gospel like wildfire across China and Southeast Asia. In 1944, when he was 43 years old, Song passed away.

Watchman Nee

Watchman Nee Watchman Nee (•; pinyin: N Tushng -- 1903-1972) was born in 1902. From the time he was twenty-eight, he wrote a great deal in both Chinese and English. In Shanghai, he established a church known as the Local Small-Group church, and soon this form of church spread across the country. In 1952, he was convicted of counterrevolutionary activities and was imprisoned in Baimaoling Jail. He died suddenly in 1972, just before the end of his prison term.


All these men, who were born around the Boxer Rebellion, later became the founders of Chinese Christian churches.

During the late Twentieth century, no matter how fiercely the storms of persecution raged, Christianity could no longer be uprooted from China as it was in the Tang, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. Instead, the Faith flourished — it had grown too strong to be suppressed.

From Matteo Ricci, Robert Morrison, and Hudson Taylor, to the Boxer martyrs of 1900, the seeds planted by the life and blood of thousands of western missionaries finally had sent down deep roots into this harsh and ancient land.

The Chinese Communist Party Members who took control of Mainland China in 1949 were die-hard atheists. Although the constitution acknowledges freedom of religion, the Communist Party's covert goal is to limit, transform and eventually eliminate religions. From 1949 to 1953, at least several thousand Christians were killed. Tens of thousands were imprisoned.

Narration from the documentary,
The Cross — Jesus in China: Part One