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John & Betty Stam

John & Betty Stam

While reading John Piper’s new book “This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence”, I came across this part that brought me to tears. I guess to live is Christ & to die is gain…literally!

John and Betty Stam were missionaries in China. They gave birth to Helen Priscilla in 1934. Three months later, her parents were beheaded by the Communists on a hill outside Miaosheo, while tiny Helen lay hidden where her mother left her with ten dollars in her blanket.

Their story can be found here at OMF International.

Their story was published two years after their death in 1936. Here is an excerpt of their story “The Triumph of John and Betty Stam” by Mrs. Howard Taylor.

Never was that little one more precious than when they looked their last on her baby sweetness, as they were roughly summoned the next morning and led out to die. . . . Painfully bound with ropes, their hands behind them, stripped of their outer garments, and John barefooted (he had given Betty his socks to wear), they passed down the street where he was known to many, while the Reds shouted their ridicule and called the people to come and see the execution.

Like their Master, they were led up a little hill outside the town. There, in a clump of pine trees, the Communists harangued the unwilling onlookers, too terror-stricken to utter protest—But no, one broke the ranks! The doctor of the place and a Christian, he expressed the feelings of many when he fell on his knees and pleaded for the life of his friends. Angrily repulsed by the Reds, he still persisted, until he was dragged away as a prisoner, to suffer death when it appeared that he too was a follower of Christ.

John had turned to the leader of the band, asking mercy for this man. When he was sharply ordered to kneel—and the look of joy on his face, afterwards, told of the unseen Presence with them as his spirit was released—Betty was seen to quiver, but only for a moment. Bound as she was, she fell on her knees beside him. A quick command, the flash of a sword which mercifully she did not see—and they were reunited.

While reading John Piper’s new book “This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence”, I came across this part that brought me to tears. I think of the desire God has given to share the gospel with Muslims. I guess to live is Christ & to die is gain…literally!
John and Betty Stam were missionaries in China. They gave birth to Helen Priscilla in 1934. Three months later, her parents were beheded by the Communists on a hill outside Miaosheo, while tiny Helen lay hidden where her mother left her with ten dollars in her blanket.
Their story can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6rlwlt.
Their story was published two years after their death in 1936. Here is an excerpt of their story “The Triumph of John and Betty Stam” by Mrs. Howard Taylor.
<blockquote>
Never was that little one more precious than when they looked their last on her baby sweetness, as they were roughly summoned the next morning and led out to die. . . . Painfully bound with ropes, their hands behind them, stripped of their outer garments, and John barefooted (he had given Betty his socks to wear), they passed down the street where he was known to many, while the Reds shouted their ridicule and called the people to come and see the execution.
Like their Master, they were led up a little hill outside the town. There, in a clump of pine trees, the Communists harangued the unwilling onlookers, too terror-stricken to utter protest—But no, one broke the ranks! The doctor of the place and a Christian, he expressed the feelings of many when he fell on his knees and pleaded for the life of his friends. Angrily repulsed by the Reds, he still persisted,
until he was dragged away as a prisoner, to suffer death when it appeared that he too was a follower of Christ.
John had turned to the leader of the band, asking mercy for this man. When he was sharply ordered to kneel—and the look of joy on his face, afterwards, told of the unseen Presence with them as his spirit was released—Betty was seen to quiver, but only for a moment. Bound as she was, she fell on her knees beside him. A quick command,
the flash of a sword which mercifully she did not see—and they were reunited.<blockquote>While reading John Piper’s new book “This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence”, I came across this part that brought me to tears. I think of the desire God has given to share the gospel with Muslims. I guess to live is Christ & to die is gain…literally!
John and Betty Stam were missionaries in China. They gave birth to Helen Priscilla in 1934. Three months later, her parents were beheded by the Communists on a hill outside Miaosheo, while tiny Helen lay hidden where her mother left her with ten dollars in her blanket.
Their story can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6rlwlt.
Their story was published two years after their death in 1936. Here is an excerpt of their story “The Triumph of John and Betty Stam” by Mrs. Howard Taylor.
<blockquote>
Never was that little one more precious than when they looked their last on her baby sweetness, as they were roughly summoned the next morning and led out to die. . . . Painfully bound with ropes, their hands behind them, stripped of their outer garments, and John barefooted (he had given Betty his socks to wear), they passed down the street where he was known to many, while the Reds shouted their ridicule and called the people to come and see the execution.
Like their Master, they were led up a little hill outside the town. There, in a clump of pine trees, the Communists harangued the unwilling onlookers, too terror-stricken to utter protest—But no, one broke the ranks! The doctor of the place and a Christian, he expressed the feelings of many when he fell on his knees and pleaded for the life of his friends. Angrily repulsed by the Reds, he still persisted,
until he was dragged away as a prisoner, to suffer death when it appeared that he too was a follower of Christ.
John had turned to the leader of the band, asking mercy for this man. When he was sharply ordered to kneel—and the look of joy on his face, afterwards, told of the unseen Presence with them as his spirit was released—Betty was seen to quiver, but only for a moment. Bound as she was, she fell on her knees beside him. A quick command,
the flash of a sword which mercifully she did not see—and they were reunited.<blockquote>
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