Tuesday  10/16/2018   
Today's Prayer Focus:

On. Oct. 16, 1861, Che Jinguang (车金光) became the first Chinese Protestant martyr when he was killed in Boluo County, Guangdong. Che was a most unlikely candidate for this honor. Until he was in his 50’s, he worked as a keeper of the Confucian Temple in Boluo. In early 1856, he was visited by two Chinese Christians from Hong Kong who shared the gospel and left him a Bible; when they returned in May, he asked to be baptized and offered as evidence of his new faith the tablet used to worship his ancestors’ spirits, which he had defaced with a chisel. Che made the same request for baptism to James Legge and He Jinshan in Hong Kong, but they were reluctant due to the concern that he might be looking for work. Che persisted, and one night he waited outside for Legge after a prayer meeting. It was raining, and as Che let the rainwater fall on his head, he told Legge that God would baptize him even if Legge would not. Legge then baptized Che, and Che returned to Boluo and began a self-supported ministry as an itinerant evangelist. Che returned to Hong Kong each year to give a report on his work, and in May 1861, Legge and several others journeyed to Boluo and baptized 101 people who had responded to the gospel. Many testified that they were attracted not simply by Che’s preaching but even more by his lifestyle of love and holiness. Despite much anti-foreign sentiment related to the Second Opium War, Legge decided to purchase property for a mission station in Boluo. In Oct. 1861, he turned the keys to the property over to Che. A few days after Legge’s departure from Boluo, Che was seized, tortured for several days, and finally beheaded on Oct. 16 when he refused to renounce his faith. His last words were, “How can I deny Him who died for me?” Pray for the Christians in Guangdong and Hong Kong to continue to glorify God in life and death. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15