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(10/21/2018)

Pioneer missionary John Livingston Nevius (倪维思) went to be with the Lord on Oct. 19, 1893. Nevius and his wife Helen came to China in 1854 and spent most of the next 40 years in Shandong. In 1886 he published a book that called for discarding the traditional missions approach (including paying national church workers) and included a plan to foster an independent, self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating local church. With Protestant missions work just starting in neighboring Korea, he traveled there in 1890 and met with newly arrived missionaries to explain his book. The Nevius Plan is credited with having a great impact in the establishment of an independent church in Korea, a church that has in this generation sent many thousands of missionaries to China and elsewhere. Pray for missionaries from China, Korea and other nations to partner effectively in seeing the world reached for Christ. “Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry”. 2 Timothy 4:11