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(12/6/2018)

As part of the movement to develop an independent indigenous Chinese church, the first National Evangelism Conference chaired by Cheng Jingyi (诚静怡博士) met in Hankou in Dec. 1910. Dora Yu Cidu (余慈度姊妹) was one of the delegates and gave a plenary talk on women’s ministry. Yu, a Zhejiang native, was a central figure in the first phase of the phenomenal growth of the Chinese church in the 20th century. That phase began with the 1900 Boxer Uprising, when the blood of 32,000 martyrs ended the perception that Chinese only became Christians for material advantage. During the next two decades, Christian women like Yu, Cai Sujuan (蔡苏娟姊妹), and Dr. Shi Meiyu (史美玉医生) were used by God in mighty ways, as China’s 80,000 Protestants increased to 345,000. Yu’s training ministry strengthened the churches and her revival meetings were used by God to raise up leaders for the next phase of church growth in China. In 1931, as these leaders grew in the power of the Spirit, Yu met her Lord, finally freed from the wracking pain of old ailments and advanced cancer. Her words continue to speak to the church today: “Oh, how we need such revivals all over the Chinese Church…a vision of our Lord Jesus Christ and His wonderful love, and a vision of the mighty power of the Cross!” Pray for Christian women in Zhejiang and Hubei to walk in the power of the Savior’s Cross. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18