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(7/4/2018)

On July 4, 1813, pioneer missionaries William Milne (米怜) and his wife Rachel Cowie Milne arrived in Macau after a 10-month voyage. China’s first Protestant pastor, Liang Fa (梁发), came to Christ under Milne’s ministry and was baptized by him on Nov. 3, 1816. While working with Liang Fa, Milne published Two Friends, a tract that Prof. Daniel Bays has described as “the most famous of all nineteenth century Christian tracts” in China; he estimates that as many as two million copies may have been distributed. Milne wrote that "Learning the Chinese language requires bodies of iron, lungs of brass, heads of oak, hands of spring steel, eyes of eagles, hearts of apostles, memories of angels, and lives of Methuselah." Rachel died in 1819 and William in 1822 at age 37. Pray for Chinese and foreign Christians to partner effectively in seeing the world reached for Christ. 2 Timothy 4:11