Boxer Rebellion – Amazing faith, beaten, killed, deprived, prisoned for 22 years or more, No Food, Nothing But the Fire of living GOD and the fellowship of the HOLY spirit only they had. They remain steadfast in the faith I say radical faith, they did not submit to MEN but only to GOD.
Only thing – “Faith, and Prayer”
While listening and documenting it, they Chinese Christian sung without any music instruments. I could relate the presence and Holy Spirit, They sang with passion and clapping only and it was such a Harmony and deep worship. The Hymns were all gift to Chinese people Canaan Hymns by Lü Xiaomin, a Christian convert peasant woman with no musical education.
A hundred years ago, Sarah Alice Young, an American missionary, was killed in the Shanxi province of China. She was stabbed to death on the banks of the Yellow River in the arms of her “kindest and best of husbands”, John Young, a fellow American. They had been married just over a year. Sarah and John were among 180 missionaries and their families slaughtered in the summer of 1900 at the height of the peasant uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion.
Boxers had emerged from the drought-stricken countryside of northern China and, in June, laid siege to the foreign legations in Beijing. Soon after, the missionaries, vulnerable in their lonely “stations” across rural northern China, were hunted down and killed – nearly half of them in Shanxi province. One of the few to have escaped the blood-letting there was Anna Jakobsen, a Norwegian in her mid-30s, of an independent turn of mind.
Like Sarah Young, she belonged to one of the largest bands of Protestant missionaries, the China Inland Mission (CIM), which had proselytised boldly, but often foolishly, in remote areas of China since the 1860s. She, too, was recently married but, unlike Sarah, Anna had, in the eyes of the mission, choose the wrong sort of husband – she had married a Chinese man, Cheng Hsiao-yu, a convert to Christianity and a lay preacher. Her outraged colleagues had banished the couple to leave the province two years before the massacres – and so unwittingly saved their lives.
Missionaries were seen by much Chinese as agents of the foreign powers that had been seeking to “open up” the country since Britain launched the first Opium War in 1839. Their strange religious practices were blamed for flood, drought and unexplained deaths. They were the most visible targets in the anti-foreign storm of 1900, led by the Boxer rebels.