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(1/8/2019)

On Jan. 8, 1819, Matthew Yates (晏玛太) was born in Wake County, North Carolina. Yates and his wife Eliza Moring were the first missionaries appointed from their state and among the earliest Southern Baptist missionaries to China. They arrived in Shanghai on Sept. 12, 1847 and served there for over 40 years until their deaths, his in 1888 and hers in 1894. Pray for Christian couples in China to model God’s plan for a lifetime marriage between a servant-leader husband and a strong-helper wife. Ephesians 5:24-25 "Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…"