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(11/8/2018)

On Nov. 8, 1863, Huang Guangcai (黄光彩牧师) was ordained as the first clergyman of the American Episcopal Church in China. He became a Christian through the ministry of William J. Boone (文惠廉).* As a 15-year old boy, Huang took care of Boone’s wife during her terminal illness, and then cared for their two surviving children. When Boone moved to Shanghai, Huang joined him there and was baptized on Easter Sunday 1846. Huang was ordained as a deacon in 1851 and served in that role for 13 years before his ordination as a priest. He had the joy of seeing one of his daughters, Huang Su’e (黄素娥女士), become the founding principal of St. Mary’s School for Girls before his death on Nov. 12, 1886 at age 59. Pray for Christian educators in Fujian and Shanghai to share the good news that has been revealed to them and to thank God for the things He has kept secret. * Boone, who moved to Xiamen in 1842, was one of the first missionaries to live in Fujian. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29