225 – Aug. 13 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Four hundred years invested by one family


Shanghai on Fire


1937 – Japan attacked Shanghai.  Stephen Josiah Goddard, the son of a long line of American missionaries to China returned to the US with his wife Elizabeth, only to return in Nov. of 1939.  As the threat of war escalated, his wife and son went back to the states.  His plans for a furlough fell through on Dec. 7, 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and he found himself a fugitive from the Japanese army.  Eventually he was flown in a DC-3 over the mountains of western China and Burma, known as the Burma “Hump”.  From Calcutta he boarded a Liberty ship back to America after zigzagging from ocean to ocean to escape Japanese and German U-boats, arriving back in America on Nov. 2, 1943, and casting anchor near the Statue of Liberty.  Goddard continued his missionary work at the end of the war.  All five generations of the Dean-Goddard family dedicated their lives to Chinese missions.  There was, “William Dean, the pioneer; Josiah Goddard, the translator; Francis Wayland Goddard, the Doctor; Josiah Ripley Goddard, the evangelist; Stephen Josiah Goddard, the teacher and businessman.”  Altogether over four hundred years were invested by these men and their families, that the Chinese might know the Gospel of the grace of God. [Francis Wayland Goddard, Called to Cathy (New York: Baptist Lit. Bureau, 1948) This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp 442-444]   Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon



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