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Full text of "John Sung - by Leslie T. Lyall - brought by Peter-John Parisis - Founder of The School of Prayer"

Th,- TTTip Pihows Boini" of die 
dria sf Cliina niCTiDCincd in thu 
boot mhcrc Jnhn Simj (cindncrcd 

Tite blotk sluding icdicjiu the 
arcji uinside Cliiui wliere "ovcr- 
HD11 Chinese" arc found in liiigc 
TiLimbcTii. John Sung vi?iTftl mtjur 
of ihac arcaj in tlie cquiw of hu 
travdi, winning «ouU Ebr Cliiui: 
jod itTfngilicnLug chc cbuccJio. 




JOHN SUNG 



LESLIE T. LYALL 



JOHN R, W- 5TOTT 



CHINA INLAND MISSION 

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FiwrrwrJ, bj';&BM0r w. sro'tT 


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Ptfjhfe 


HV 




Proiegne 


xva 




Ptiri J. Years of Pie^nration, igoi-t^ij 






\. OiifdJiuud, ipoi-t^op 


3 




;. The Elingh^va Reviv^, 1909-1^13 


8 




1- Tiie LiTtlc Paifor, 1913-1919 


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dj. ^uitknt Diiy^ m Aimzricaj iyijj-t92j 


Hi 




S, liuiH CoaflicE, 1923-1926 


33 




<S. The Qlinding; RcvcIjtiQiiH i(>i^]9i7 


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7 Jnm Aratiia, iy?7 


JO 




Puri I/. ^ Bura\>^g and n Shiitm^ Li^hi 






Vr Beginning aCjeriBjlern, 19^7-1^30 


45 




■J. AiiA ill Samaria, 1930-1931 


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10. A Nigln 10 be RtinciJibtccd 


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TT. "WiikliMhd m M^ncliorki, 1531 


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PublisheJ by TiiD <3snt\ iNLflNn msaOH, 


la. Wiih Bethel in Scudi Ch^a, T9Ji'!932 


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I]. Willi Bcttid m NoliIl Cbiiiaj 1932-79^3 


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i^>41l PUmiJD Bf TUB CAMHCn ?IIT53, ITD, 


14. LaiH Moadis wii]\ Bi;tlid 


lis 


tONDDW AMD SnUTUAWnOK 


15. A Voice Crying, 1934-19^5 


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TruJc Agpiti: toe nnrniLWOEiTH iiuiy 


ifh Kot WirfinQt Honour 


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i BOUVMH STHHTh IONDOPj F.C.J 


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A UIOGEftfllV OP JOHN SUNG 



Pitrl TU. Preparing ihe Way of Irit L/utt 

CEIflP. 

iS. CjiTmg lip [he Highw;iy, lyjS 
1^ Shrilling [he Naiii^n, i*t3J-'5j6 

20. He MibT liictrasc, 193^15^9 

ai. Burning Out foe Cod, i()jS-i£i3y 
sz. Tlie Utucimo^t Pain, itf^^ 

21. Life of No Account, 1940-194+ 
Epilogue 

Appcudbf s 
.^pjtfiiifii: 3 



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As I'td ef liQifk 
A Fukicni village in uarly ^iiiiinna 
I'j^iQr 3ung. John^s Fjtlicr. ptcacliing in [he open air 
Johii Sung wich one of his sdioolboy prsicluDj; hxids 
The Wot Git<^ uf Hin^wy City 
Newman Shih talking with Mrs, C, J. Tl-vjn^ in the 

I'liilippEiie 
Tlic BcriicI Worlilwide 'EvaiigeLsuc ISariJ in H:iibm, 1911 
AgtoupofCtiisdansinPotmosi whn dediciKil chems^lvK 

to bceoiijc voluillaty prciclieci 
A ccowded cvmigclistic mccmag 
l^r Sung leaving Sui^pore after hi^ first vjsil in TpJ5 
^|>rtiDicu ijf Dr. Sungs Laudwiining 
Dt. Sling's Family 
Sonic nouble crinrnrnporatiff — Wang Mmg-cio, Or Mary 

Stonf , Watdxfiian Ncc, Lclaivl Wang 



THIS h an honcsl biography of an extraordinary nuii. No 
aii>:m]>i: i^ mnde at\\t^ M com-oal or to camouflage itc 
uliosyufirisLCj and spkinial defects in Jolm Sung's pcr- 
MJuJiiy. At first aght Id ia almost sucprising that God should Iiave 
Ijctii pleased lo prosper liin iviinisrcy so greatly. He hiuE d strong 
Lvill and a hoc temper- He was independeiir lo the point of being 
soiiiclinies stubborn A mbi:! ps a boy, he reinained an rndividual- 
i^c jl! his Ufc, He Hj^nld be abrupt and even rude. Jlis wife and 
Tiinily must Jt Times Iia^T: fch iie^cctrd- [ic -was ceiCauJy a 
seholaiH with icniarkable academic attaiiinieiits, birl his Biblica[ 
|iri;iifbiiig Was never "scholruly" and could be groiaquc. His 
IHTSonal appearjuicc wasnol particuhrly prepo«c:i:ung, Hvcryonc 
untLccd a lock of unnily hair filing over his forehead, Hia dress 
w,is simple and his voice harsh. 

Aiidyet Mr< Lyall calls hitn "tlic gceatot cvai^eliit C^iinaLas 
i'vi]c kaic-wn' ^ Guil used him m widemrig ciicles of infloeiice 
[hroHghoui Southeaat Asia, and ciiiscd hint to beat fruit ■which 
has remained. Members of the Overseas Mi^riiMiiry rdlowship 
i>f ibc C.LM., now deployed in Formosa, Tiidon«iA, 'lliailmd, 
Singapoieand Mafaya, ate coiistantly niccCiag C[iiu«e CliEJstiji]! 
(.H-Jjy -who Owe dicic coiivcrsioii to John Sung's itmciant 
iiiLiiLsiry. Maity churches too, given lo pcaye: and preichmg 
I'l-dav, look back to a visit from John Sung as the rime when 
ji'vivjl came and die fire began co spread. 

Es dicrc any cx^'lanaiiou of Jobri Suiig's gftat power? Can my 
cliKs be found lo tlic lutcrpretation of rhis paiadoxical figuic? 
why did God biiUg alvation to so many aimici!, fulness of hfe 
[n so many believers and revival lo SO many chiirdies dimuglf hi^ 
comparatively brief rmnistuy of only fifteeu years^ Can ■we Jeam 
frnm bJs expcdencc what arc the couditioiis of divine blcssmg? 
Ilicie sxt che qufjlioas ooc is pcomptcd to aA. on ruding this 
stnking Jaogiaphy. Thty ate pettineut quesiious. The study 






M A ElOGllA.PIl¥ OF JOHN SUNR 

*jF religious revival aJwiya fa5cm:iics lEic Clitudan ixca-.wf? he is 
aDxidus tu discover th^? iccais of powec for holi□«^ atiJ if ivicc. 
5ijinc telicvcis, like C G. Finney, liave held iJiat itvival can <oin? 
at any nmc to any chtirch v/hcnever it h prepaeal (if fulfil flii^ 
necessary condicions. Qtliec siudcnB have detected ill rhe timing 
of revivals a te^;lll^ arbitrMJin:^, siigg«iuig ilut the auvccdgii 
Lord liringi revival not just -wben tltc CLuidi is pleased to d(3ire 
icEiLitwKcnncisplciieJto givcir. Cettaiuly the ^pifitua] move- 
ment asacntcd -^iJi the name of John Sfing came jusi when tlie 
Giinese Churdi needed to he quickened and sExeiigthencd ro 
ineci IB present fiecy ordeal Ai [lie same dme it caniioi liave been 
alci^gerfiec indepeftdfiii of ihc dticactcr and work of John Sung 
himself. 

WlieiiD. L. Moody died. Dr. It, A, Toiiey vjiotc a searching 
booklet cnndcd, WhyG^f.'^D.L A/p^, giving sevcuiosoni 
T£>-day Chrisliau people are asfcuig, '"Why a Gtxl » signally 
blessing Billy Craliam?" Tlui book will make every teadec ask, 
"Why did God honour ihc niinibUy of John Snng'" Every reader 
will rnch hi? ovm ceHncliftions, hiit il is pardculsrly niierfflting 
tD nolicc four outetandiiig featiffea of Dr. John Srnlg's character 
jind iiiinistiy wUdi are alw> tc he fonnd in lliOM of Dc. Billy 
Graliam. 

Fiistly. Jehu Sang u^i n Micaied nr-m. Tliii is rhe Eheine upon 
wbifh Mr. Lyiil h^Ls rigliUyljid einjiliads. He has seen in John 
Sung an illusiradon of J^mes E>ainy'5 wocds, "There mmt be 
gical liinuuciaidoni if there are 10 be great Chiisoan careers . 
Johii. Sung's feel luay often have slipped, bin his heait was fixcd. 
Hc bitw what k waa [o Jeuy himself and follow Clinst, To 
liinLtheCrossWiisiioC just to be embraced, bur Co be shcuddered. 
It -^as not only iin escape trom lin and deadi rhrough Another's 
crudfiaioii, but a dialleiige lo the nud£\ioii of himself. No one 
can Giil to be moved by the piiiiiFul litruggle which, led hini 
finahy to lum his lack on a career of academic distuicidon. fo 
throw the symbali of his hrilhsnee into rhe sea nnd to resist the 
attempts even of liis parents to iiukc him recant. He was no 
seeker of £ude and no lover of money. He had no hunger for 



POBEWOPD XT 

ixipiiliitity. He bated fliittay. He might often have said to hu 
cnngregarious at Billy Graham layi nightly in hi 4 misadci, 
"You hnvcn'l come to see a nian^'. If hrs pulpit and placfocm 
tcylc Was sensational, it was alwajT to enforce the truth and never 
lo adverdsc liiiiisclf IJte liis Mjitcr bcfijrc him, lie mught not 
Ilia own glory. He was wilhng lo he a fool for Oil Jit 5 sake. He 
wa^ quite fearleCr Indeed his apparent rudeness was cenainly at 
limes a fierce means of self-proteciion. He desEicd to live Udjo 
i'toA only and wiis alarmed hy die plaudits of rlic crowd. He was 
on fire for God, "a iKing flame of gospel zcaj". lie never spared 
himself. He tcavelled teiii of tljousandsof miles and prcjched to 
hiindicds of tliousandi of people. He rose earlv and ate &imply. 
He would go on pErcacliing until his clothes were wet widi 
|ienpiratiDn^ and would ignore die pain of his illness, resolved if 
jMft^iblc to <hc on the platform. 

God i^eeds Chtiiti.<n workers of this calibre to-Jay. So much of 
our service is vitiated by seuer idf-icekiug. We want to gjm a 
reputation tor successful evangelism- "We want onr misi^on or 
sodecy or chiitcli to be honoured. We thrive on die praise of 
men, and wilt when w^ loie it. We ate fired with worldly 
iinibidons. We craix power and popidartly ami distiucnoii. 
Jojui Sung loved God jjid sojli. TliiE was aL 

Sciundly, John Sujj^ knew ihe place of powti. He hod remarkable 
natural gifis of mind and personality, bni he ibd not leply upon 
diese for effect. He had learned what St. Paiilteacheain iCor. 1. 17 
to ii, J that there is power in the Word of God, ihc Cross of 
Chiist and the Ho]y Spirit. He alio knew in Im own cspeiicnce 
ihe gEeal power of prayer. Tremendous spiritual power is, in 
fiet, generated when all these four secrets are combined and the 
wordoftlieCroa js preached in the Holy Spirit and wjdipnyec. 
Certainly John Sung's meaaagt was the word of the Cthmb. He 
loved rhe Bible, Bver since hii sojourn in an American mental 
liome, when lie began lo devour it avidly, the Bible was Sung's 
il.iily fond. He woidd read about a dozai chapli:r3 Lvcry day and 
soak his heart and iiiiiid iii diar divine reaching. Indeed, Ae read 
ikolhing else except die daily newspaper. Il was for this reason 






tK a ElOCBAPHV OP JOHN SUNG 

ihat lie wa able 10 cffcciLvdy ra employ liij fivoutitc mEdiod of 
esjiuiinding wlnjle diiptfi^ and evai Irooks n i tinic. It il Tiif 
tlB[llJspiEU,liing wiS somfdnu:! Cmcitul (cspKuIly ill hi) iiic af 
aLcgory), bul it wK ilway! biblical. Evcil If ill !om; Octails it 
was po-iiliar, it was mniprclimsi'.'c ani wonderfully halancoj, 
ind il always coitrEd Oil *e Cross. It was mWly accompltLed by 
lonie itrikiiig acKoni and drairatic gtsturcs, but it was in thr 
power of the Spirit. It was al?o bathej It! prayn. [Ic pKadiiJ (k! 
a verdict, but lie pijycd for otic ai well. His piayct life was 
disciplined. He would rise al 4 a.ni. or J a.11!. daily, md his 
inlerCBSory pniya was .inuiuigly lyjteraatic iis lie worked 
tbiougb. lilts <if convais wliose luiiio were usually i]bitr;ueJ 
by pliotogapbi. ,. , . , 

Dt^nalic CKpskory ptocliing 11 a cryiug urrd m Uie tlinrcncs 
lo-day. The word of tlic Cross ii stil! the power (if God and tic 
wisdom of God. llie gospel of (^rist is still ihi^ power of God 
imto silvaiion. Tlie Holy Spirit still demonstrates ill tJie coif 
scicm^c of die heaters simple wocdi stmunctcd in. human wejt- 
liess. God still answers prayer. 

TkirJIj.Joltii Smi-! was ted. I have nr> doubl that -"hat impressed 
dw people mid (aptuicd [lie jreis during the Greater London 
Crusade was the ciniat siuccrity of il! cbief figure. Now Jolni 
Sung may have bceii rude, but lie too was real. There was in biui 
no nate t>f the humbug, bike jesus he loathed bypiKrisy. He 
never hesitated to dcni^uncc with stathing caJidour the hollow 
mockery of nominal Chiislianity in people and pastor alike. 
He fcarned from John Wesley that the first mark of revival was a 
cenvicdon of m and "a thorougli confcssiiui of sin", and lu: 
looked for both. He was quite fearless in hil exposutc of human 
sin, and was cvm known oHasionally to poml out individuals 
ill die congicgalion, to tkeir great enibarrassmctlt but for die 
fuithfTjnce of blcssii^. He played the pan of Jolui die Baptist in 
bis tierre rehuks, and was particularly outspoken ill his coD- 
JcDinatLon of mimsteis who were preaching another gospel or 
cnntiadicline die tnitb by their lives. Nor was k satisfied with 
denuildation, ilis priadiing was ahvays practical. He sought to 



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FOHll\UO]fD Hill 

''spost sin 111 oi\ler llui; it afioiild be coufes^ai aiui foisakoL tic 
inMsii?d tliat ^huicTs ncrking alvatiitn ahcuild niakc resmmiflJi 

whcrcvLT powiblc and put wcoiig rdaiion^i]S r^C 

PliHisiisnialsohainrschcclnirchf^sQfThe'Wtsi:. luiaagiucsomP 
spccfce. Ir ii J i^int wliicli invjdci us all at times. We nceJ ta be 
oil oiu ^uaiiL II: iiuns tiuc rcligioiu fur ccJity is ail iiidispois^bic 
i-i'ndiriod of Cod's blessing- We iiimt be znoie Itonat bcfoic 
Crod, more open wiih eacb oiher and more cCil in ourselves if 
\vc aic to cxpcci: God T& tiH m. 

Vminhlyy Joim Sung ivorhd ihroiigk i\^ ckurckeu He -may have 
Ittcn of jh indqiwideni teinperjinenc Hmsclf. He inay have 
liceii an individualisE. Bui lie iicvci lost iigbl of tlie coiporaK 
[latUTi; of Chrisikdty. Bdiig uiJiaiiiperal l>y denonuiiadonalisin, 
be went wherov^r the cliiirches invited him. Ho Vi'ijcked with. 
chcDi and [liioug;h them. "Whcrrvcr h^ wcnr, he left behind him 
iiDt otdy converted Ckiislijiw but ccvivcd chnrclics. "Ntnncroiu 
bjplisms follov-'cd Dc, Sung's depatruic." "The chitfcK as J 
whole had e>rpe[ienced revival." Th&c ate typi&J slaienienn iii 
Mr. LyalJ's narujidvc. Om^ of ilic most iiiteresung featuis of his 
ivoifc ^«as the orgMiiTation of converts into preaching bfiiids, 
L.Mcb usujlly coinpovd of ihrcc people, pledged To go our at 
lejit oricc a "wtck foi CLriitinn wiHicsi, At HangnJiow "so 
I'toj^liing bands -were fotnied". At Fooctow "g6 ocw pr^nching 
11. iiK *tie fr>i:iijed"r *'ln Anioy anil Kiilan^u 147 p[cJ<,liiiig 
lii.iid^ -were organized." In Singypoce ''halfway thiough the 
rijnpaign . . . tii evangelistic teams conststing of 3 persona or 
iDoce were orgauizcd, -widi a dotal membi^ship of 503". fci 
Truchimg aiid Tainan doUais aJid jev/elli;i7 wcic given "£bi the 
Mippori of the ^^^ evangdislic bands that were fbioied". Not 
^ionient wjch thjs activity. Jolm Smig an«igcd coiivenliouah 
niblc Insidtincs jind schuuh for tbc iiispiranoii, and insnuction of 
hctievcfi, \oi\^n% tbAf they should be holy and effective rhrcmgh 
Lhe ftJims of tbi^' Moty Spirit. 

Uod laised up John Siu^ to bljSe J trail. But thoussudi fol- 
!"wed afler. He knc* diH evaigelism was nol a wutk only £br 
ihc otd^ined miniiter or even Ebt die ei^pedenced Chrisdan. 



ji„ B BIOGBAtHY Of JOHN SU-IC 

Thi; New Tauuuml makes ivoiy bclii^ver, kiiwevrr ynirng and 
imuun.rc. a »i(Ji^B and " ioni-winriCT. China touU nor tis 
tvinocliTis! by Jtilui Sung, oi cvai by a dtiMi sikIi men, ))Ui 
only by Ac acdvo wimesi of tvcry Oiriitian. God'i purpoic IS 
ihat every local CliriMian oougicgali™ itoilli be oigajiiicd for 
»iO!US as well H for worship, and dal tvcry single Christian 
skould have a ihaic ill ihc work. Wliat is Hue for China is ttili: 
fijrEnglandalau, undfor L-VEry cuunlcy. 'TothcivllolcChurcli 

and 10 tvery mcinbct of it belongs iHe Jury and piiwltgt of 
iprraJing thi good news of die Kingdom of God and ibe mc^gf 
of salvaliuji duough Jcsiis Chnst" {&om iht Conilillttion of ibe 
Chuecll of Soutlj Indij), 

Perhaps we aic cxpcricndng in die West llirough Dr. Billy 
Gealianl what mnie to tbi: diiirdlK of die East letej.lly dimn^ 
Dr. jolinSmg. But we sliouldbi making a Sid mislAeif wo 
supposed tliat poWH for efiecme se.viic WSJ available only fcr 
a few dai" like them. God's tradlforming power i^ at die dis- 
posal of all who wJl pay Ihc pnec and by faith nnbiate It, We 
need therefore to potiJer eireftilly the qnahtia of die wmket 
ivhom God blcsis and the eiancrer of the work which He 

^"^^"'- , JohhU.. W. iron. 

All. Souis' CMctch, 

LUNJWtJ, W.I. 



Preface 



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ON August iSih, i9,u,jiEtljc£jic]usfoEiy-tliiL-d biithday 
Jchliu 5uiig lj])iilic<l liis couiK:. Ilic ten ytus -which 
iutervcne Eiave provided ainjjle evidence dial his wiffk 
Vw:'^ On in livo redeemed and b chitrchcs revived through Im 
iiiiiiiiHry. hi the remjrkible life icory of th[s gteac Chinese 
i:vflii^eliil [hen: secnted to be a ra«wgc for the churches of the 
West. 

When die Ej^k of coDipMng J t[jgiJ4jh>"A ji pur ill haiid, ouly 
die most fcagmenlary material was available. An appeal -was sent 
in»thioijghdicpagsofTJjeMrJiiflrfi,;iiid[h«c Wits a widespread 
n3poiiw from Chinese andmiwionacin who had known Dr. Sungj 
ot bccQ pEtscjLi dniiiig his ciinipaigns. Univciiity jnthontifl Jn. 
the United States wccc dj-opcrativc in affbcding ihc Ji>cK about 
Di, Suiig's lc}ub^tit tji-cci. Dr. Sunn's uwn publi.i:Jtioii, entitled 
MyTmiimoiiy.V'-ai liiebasisoftliesl:oiymPaitOn& A nianiBcript 
tontinuiinoii of this autobioguiiphical miittcc Ciime to ]ig!*r at the 
last moment jmd supplemented the srory in some detail up to 
1934. The annual reports of the Bcthd Miision afinrdcd nijch 
i-alinUc iiiroinalfOiJr Moit of die facts jhoiil Di. Sling's two 
visiia 10 die NcdierLuid Ea^r Indies (InJoiieaij) were obtained 
ftum i botiklet entiiled Dr. Smi^, Een Rei^it up Java, by Miss C 
Diarb^, tir frnjii article i[i Ducdi :ii3gaztii«, kiT>djy ptovided. hy 
Ur. H. D. }. Boisscvain, forinec Secretary of the iXiteh Mission 
Snidy CoLindl, 

But Dr. Sung'^ person jl jourijah and die uiaiesul nictated in 
Peking bcfoit Im death Ho his inrimate fiiciids, which wovJd have 
b-xn the luain sourer of infoimatioii, remain out of lE^di in 
china. A Chinese biograpliy ha?]oiig been conieniplarcdH but lias 
nor yec jippotcd. Tlic present story has therefore been pieced 
ro^diec widi grest difficulry, and rhe resnJr ii far from being a 
complete pictotc. T^crc arc coniidcrablc gaps in the story— a^, 
foi eAJiupfc, the details of Dr. Simp's visits to BucJiu aiid 



jjyi A HOCftAPll.Y OF JOHW 30MG 

Sumacta. Tlic diconolngy of U»^ story after ujH J* ^n.ciinic^ 
micciitaiii iitid may in s^m,? mbtiiin^^ be t^jlv>'. But Jic ^low 
piocc^ws of cK^di could not -joucinuc: uidf fmiiclv. TJns slan/ 
&i>,iL tht last, mcompkTc la tr ia. ia now prcsaitcd m the bckcf 
that it v^al mate its ovm spccbl dLitlaiKc w tlic Christians oT Hie 
WfSC stjjidiog, as miiiiy diink, on tlic threshold of revival 



Proloi 



igue 



AS uiual, tlic iujumec ijim ]iil w^dicd out ihe mud toads 

f-\ carveJ om ofilicloos i:!ii£ of the rx;D Rivci Valley. Bus 

1 \- iratficwashiiltcd luitii ilic weather dmigcd and the toads 

didrd Up. So ihc depattute of die tired team ofpreichcTs ai rhe 

tomluijoii of tlieir campaigns in Soiidi ShiDsi "waa dclayoi. 

Dr.JohiiSung^ (hciHiisiiiLnia lupnibcrof the tcjiu^ inip^tiirnt at 
[he delay, angrily rated dic Dui 5TaUou nianagti £br the Don- 
jnival of the bus and then sLurupcil down hfce a coolie by tlic 
roadside la wait. There had jkist beeji ^ week of die ino^i powcifiJ 
preaching HuiiPCiing hid ever lieaid. Delegare? fconi all over rhe 
district attended Lhe coiiictcutc and witnessed a care manifcariitioii 
of die Hofy Spirit^a power. The bcihd Bjnd ]iad p-iid i previous 
visic to tlie province but ihis was Dt. Suug'j £[St Oinc in Hung- 
ttnig. Spe.ik[ng by inlefpretaaon and swiiching fcom one di^ett 
to another (and even to EngLish when he waiUcd TO drive home his 
point to the diissioDaties) he preached one day on die re^-ival in 
Samaiia, comparing die Siliire of Pliilip's ministry Lo the failure 
of [hi! work of the niissicin^jrie:^ dcsplle lhe ipectjcular rcpuitb 
which readied Jctitsilem— and the homii constiruency, in i|ii«ioLi- 
ary mugjzhus. Tlic one [hmg essential m mistionaiy work was 
lacbiDg — rhe poorer of the Holy Spiritr Aiioilier time, the pijitoua 
times of whicli Paul warned Timothy were compaced to wavei 
llireatcnij^ Ij iwjiup the eiiuieli'i little boat, and with cack 
MffA' wave drawu on die blackbixii'd dite p[e«icl^r "waiild leap 
into the air and land un the dnii boaid of the platfotiii covetmg 
the bapdsiry with a rhiindcroua naiie imdl thi- audience feared 
lesr the nexi leap would see the ptiiidief disappear. The dosuig 
address described the fluctuations in Jaims' &ilh and eompared 
llujii to theiisc^jid fall of a patient's tcmpciatnreH and depicted 
them OIL die blackboard ui tlie form of a c^uiL And we sang i^nc 
of d]c pnachci'a popiiliii: choruses, "Don't aust men, didn't look 
ar cireumicances^ but pnr your tiust in the Lord alone'*, lliat 



Kviii A PIOCRJVFHY Of JOHN SUNG 

niotnii^ a[ ihe Bus Snlioii, ic Tooted as Jf]ohn Sung's faith Imd 
&]li?ii ta zerOr 

Misionary hi>!ipiiality durii^ ihcw rcmaikablc mtciJiigi wa^ 
■bniscpiH^ TCfbsed and die best eifocia of l]ic Chinese Ican^crs to 
piuviile wjtm cnrcrr^inmenc coEdly received. The Ghiiicic -were 
as perplexed as die minionaiic^ But fhcy recognised [hat licrc 
■was 3 injn. "with nj tioie fbc social uMrrits, hit "wholi: heart and 
mind being absorbed in liis task. And God luuiouied this dcvodon 
and pfiLired om His bluisingr OLse imforgeclaUc Jjy, the jjlstfonn 
wM crowded -with both missionaries and CLinesc ChrisCims all 
coufcsMDg [heir conscious Mute and seeknig the Spirit'^ power. 
MisuonjilQ wcie growing accmtonnsl to wntdiing Chinese 
ClirisCiansbncclinpcJiitcnccatconTcndomneeringsbiithitlierCo 
they themselves had held hack. Now die barriers of pride wcic 
swept away and BngLiihrneii 3iid Americans kndb by die side of 
tlicii Chinese brcthien in a common necil. Tlie revival wHJi was 
alieady on the way received a ircmciidous impetus ind sv^s to 
continue and gfow in monicnium dur[ng tht- coining years, piT- 
paimg [he Sliansidiuccli to survive the ]orig trials which lay ;Jiead. 
Many a life 'WflS cleansed and traiisfocined as a tesnit of the 
ministry of diis unusual servant of God. 

III. iSes, Edwin Jinhiia Dukm, a CliiiTdi MjssEonaiy Society 
mtHtonsty to Fokicn Province wroce: "One tieeds lo be a 
dnnesc in oidci to think as a Chinese, and to use such iQusliJ- 
tLoiis and icfctenccs Ji>d plirascj js will make publii: Speech 
effeciivc, , . . Oima will never be converted through the hps of 
ibe foreigner. . ..Not [bonsaods of Engliihnieii or Ameiicam arc 
needed, but thousands and t-rnb of diouands of Chid&r with 
consecrated Lps and hearts. Nor so much sdiolars as men hc 
needed, [f the scholar is tacked on to the man, well and goci, 
but it IS the nijn ilial is needed, the htave, tiuc-hearied, eon- 
sccrai'sl man who can stand jlcme. , , - It is time to look fof 
China's apostle. Hcliiis not yet given signs of his coming. Wlien 
the apo'sdc comei, he will hc a Chuiese andnot afbieignci. Will 
he conic out of one of the theological colleges or will lie tome 
fioni some iiiicApeclcd quirier, as God^s ambaEadora oflen 60? 



Wl' cannot tell; but may lie couie soon! and Jiuy he sliake die 

n.iLii-n ai did ikc Baptist in the dcscit! 
CimiAliad to wait £bt many years for i[i apostle. And when lie 

funic, ivhatau imusual chaucter hc was ! A -fluming evangelist, but 
a man uncouth hi appearance and seeming to lack the oidinaty 
Cliristian graces. A scioLic ind a ^icntist of thf highest acadeinic 
tittaiiimoits, but a man 'wliose sLuplc gosijcl scxinous never bore a 
[r.tce of erudition oc display of kamiDg- A man who pcrsistoitly 
jidvoeatcd the cnsSoin of family worshEp, ycf who woEiId £im 
liavc remained single himself and who found little joy in laimly 
life. Noisy and acrobatic and fiill of humour on the platform, but 
«liiii and aluLCBt morose oG'it. Oiuuig much to miBionaries and 
othcT foreigners, but so ciitical of tliein jud so oS^iand 11,'ith 
ihem that many legarded him Ji anti-fordgu. Denouncing sin 
ve[icmently wkercv^ he found it, but able as Jio one else to move 
audiences witji lite message of God's love A bom oi^aiii^er and 
le,idc[ wlio resisted ite teoiptirion to found a new oigamaanon 
ofhii own. A man gfejdy beloved, yet gicatly liated^ bitterly 
criticized, yer imerly careless of criticiim, Snch was i3ic greatest 
evangchst China has ever known. 

Like John die Baptist, John Sung died in his prime. His active 
mjjdstty was limited so fifien^ years. And yet witMn thai time be 
tlioofc the Church in CJuna and South-east Asia. His convcrls 
were nunJiercd in tens of tliousands. In leveral countries the 
Chinese churches survived the war t^'iih Japan solely because of 
[hi: work ofjobn Sung, to whom most of the spiritual hfe which 
itiwi thcoLigh them can be traced. 

hi every province of China and among the ove^sea^ Chinese 
cuinniunities in the islands of the South China Sea, in tkc U,S. A., 
ill die West (ndics, in Crest firiui", and wherever Chinese 
('iirj^tians are to bt founiL tlic aiLjulring traveller will discover 
tiijjtvcry niiiiiy leaders in die Church lo-diiy were either converted 
ur li.id their kves greatly changed ill tlie campaigns condiKTed by 
[hi^ eKiiaordinary servant of God. 




PART ONE 
YliARS OF PREPARATION: i^oi-i.j^t 



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PART ONE 
YEARS OF PREPARATION: 1901-1937 



J fiJCTE an iiupressEon ih^t d giciit deal of vrhac is called "inBacsl" in 
the cluuiUi II jiii£cLil, ^nd rlial whru i( l;oiii« » t\a poinc of doing 
anythiue it is crawiindy iliffinitt to get ir done. The Protesuni 
Clmrth hAi pcrlupi qu^i am delusively llic duty ijrj:ciii^c«aiin£ to 
God clii: life we are bom iiilo. Mid Left Loo tiulc room for die triut 
iliji in ubii pcncnl avfl "wodd 'hcie nwit he ^e'U mutiei^ions as n^dt 
if ilier/ nit io he ^ai CUri^iwi itii^n. TllCic ii ioJilliKly inoic 
lalkiDg abDut misjioib amoug yomtg prc^ diLUi [heLC u^d lo be^ 
mucli more fcnoiuled^eH loo, and more of whac are aiippo^cd to bi: 
ndcaii bunlic Stuicni VoIuutecrMi>viJiLCiitliasEteMiei.1 ^. IqucsEion 
if it h.ig increased by an at'na tIic kiifd fif nithu.'jasiii which h» [lie 
SCJIH of dul7 in it, »iui which will uiatcriilizc in ^df denial 1 liDpe I 
sm 1101 dnkiiid ro imyoae ui iaying lihis. Uiibapfily, I duiik dierc c 
rcaBOn- 

JiMES DEMNT, DO. 

fwm ff Jt^ifiT W Sir W. Robcinon Nicai itno- 



CHArTbR ONE 

Childhood 



THE village of Hong illv^ in the pte&cmrc of Hinghwa, 
Pukicn Province, in South-cast Chuia, lie* in a green 
v*lley of paddy fields within a tim of trec-covcrcd and 
HmvCE-dcckcd moonrains. It wai thcte iliac, on Septembei i^th, 
i<*ji, a aadi diiB came to tbc home of Pastor Sung, a iniiustet 
in the MciHodist CEmrdi. 

The Dnboiti thibK bad. alieidy been JeJicaicJ [o Cod's ictvic? 
a]id, ,13 tliii was the fiibt child to he "bout since MiS- Snng's con- 
version, he -was nannfd Ju-UH ("God's Uimc"], Tlie appearance 
<jf clic baby "wafl, however, mange. Tlie Jieid. wai Einuiiully 
lacgE and thi: lower pact of the Eice miall. This, wilJl llie dark- 
colouted &kin, caused Sillier Sung to take a fliilike Co the diild. 
MoTeovec, iht: baby had aciivcd at a time w]ien cbc Bmily was 
p:LssJEtg rhroiigh one of in periods of greatcit jmvctty and ctii 
eKira morih to feed at such a time aas noc entirely (vcicomc. 

Pawor Simg wa*i the yonnpest uf four bujdfers wlm in iSB6 
li^d slarted a diuFch in ihcir village. They were all young men at 
thi' time and had only lecenlly enibcaccd Chrisiianicy. 

"UscariMrii in my hoinc foi the services," aid ouc brother. 

A second liad a Cospe] of Matthew and could read- 

■ LcT me lesd ibc leLsoiis on Sundays!" was liis contuVutioii- 

Tlie thii-d broihct'i pact wn? lo lend m prayec. 

"FouEtli Erother has *moLidi abilicy' {eloqutiice]," iHc thiec 
older brothers detidcJ, "Mccanbc our preaebcr, even thougli be 
is only ^iKieen!" 

The brothers decidixl ihjt the yoiuigc&l brolhcc slioiild be sent 
ro file Poochc*- Tlieological Gillcge ro siudy foi iJic inddsEcj', 
and in due cooisc he made che long jonmcy lo tlie capital, 



4. A mOGSAPHY OP JOHN EUWG 

iravclling on foot over (rcG-TOVCTf d moiiiiiinns and alon^ verdant 
v^cys. Their Krraf ed utiA well-^rrigared slopes w?rf a pJKlrn'ork 
of xicli cofnurs in flic harvwr suiishiiif. Ahove him, Ijcyrind Ac 
]ine of culciv^tion, mooil^od and purjiL: hcjdicc merged into the 
grey and purple pik of giatitc lock "wliict tluust itidf four 
thoiihUiiJfcet 'HEo tlieclonik. 

The dmc at Foochow v^s one of spiritad stnij^j^Ee, but it ■was 
|}Lcrc[liat die yoimg mall finally c^inc into a living cspzriciKc of 
Oiiiit diroJgli [fic new birth after tit'o barrcu ycai$ of jruJy, 
Aftci IjisgcaduaiioD, '"Mr. Siu(g FoLutliBrodicr" relumed to Tbt 
HiEighwj districl [o commence a lonely miniatry of iiulhfiil iinil 
jmrjjiiiitliiig loil ainnng ths l^rmiiig folk of bis O'vii hills anJ 
valley's. 

HiughwainPgtienConntylwd always been a great sttongliold 
of Buddliiwii, Jnd ilic Ci^i cluIlcKge to die jfowct^ uf Jjrtjicss 
ihete was made in. i3&3^ A young cadcdiist of die Chmdi 
MiMianary Socicly picndicd the GoipeL and in iSSy [hcic came 
into being rhc firsc 1 1 alt cliurcli. In 1S90, [hifi diurdi 'Sviig liynded 
fivcr lo die American Methodise Episcopal Mission. As Dr. 
Brewster of ibat niissi<kn croajcd from Fouchow into the dutrici 
of liini-iiwj, Kcstoppcd, JiidloL>ting over die country he vuwcd; 
"Heie I wjIL know nodiing but Jesus Chnsi and Hinf ccudfied," 
J[ was in assodacioLi svidi this mission dhat Pastuc Suiig served 
Cod all hii fife- 
Seven years afrerhis graduation, Pa.stor Sung was married ro a 
member of a family of ardent Buddhists lo "wkom. he had hccii 
beuothcd before hi^ biidi, Tlie wcJdii^, however, wiHi i 
Clirifliiari one, [linugli iL was years befoie Mis. !iiing came to 
ihacchLT husband's Chtistiiiij (aiih. This tooL pLicc fuf lowing the 
still biith of her fifth child and liei own rcmjirkiiblc icuioration 
ifrer everyone had dc^aired of her I1&. 

"While Pastor Simg travelled widely and punned his pastoral 
muiistry, Mis. Sung laboured On dicit Jilllc fjinHy f^ioi where 
riie was grown to ^.upplematt the inadequate Einiily income. 
There were many hard scuiigglLia as the iiimily gttw. After the 
binhofihe firsr child, a git], Pastor Sung had been sorely rempfed 



CHIt&HOOD 



K to give up his aiduors and uncemuncrwivt: life as a country 

■ prciicher and exchange it for the le5i precarious hfe of ii scholar 
V in die city, Uut as he Licit III piaj'etKitlyoni' morning he seemed 

■ [i> hear a voice from the Lcird haying to him on ihe whispering 

■ breeze; 

I Tnm 10 [he lord widi all danc hean jnd lean not unto thine own 

■ uudersonding. 

I My sciv,Tnt. fciriior, you lia-vc Mci T tlnady knowf yourneedl 

I llebuked and repcniant. he told Hs wife of his cKpetiencc iind 

I never again looked bacL 

I Fukien is a pio^inw of spectaoihir buauiy, MouiiCLms rising to 

Jf^OQO feet sepjcale ii from the rest of China and i«fd onr spurs 
across die province and into die South China S<:-^ in the shupc of 
bold promontories, Gor^ts of cxcjuisilc grandeiT break the 
imdLue oftbc ridges from ivhicliriumetDus streams rufJi down to 
llie sea. Strange roeks fike gignutic statues of men Jiid animals 
appeal to ciown the mountain summits. Acces to the province 
from tlie neighbouring province of Kiangsi is by river di cough the 
celebrated natncal gates formed by the high chHs on cidier bank. 
The valleys are carpeted widi ihe emeiald gceen of the paddy 
fields and die hill slopes covered with ihe tea bushci wliieli have 
given fame fo die province and formerly attracted the tea chppeis 
to the ports of Foochow and Amoy. The cofi&l is doticd with 
iniiuiJieiablc locky iabiids. 

The people of Fnfcieii bear a resemblance to rheir landscape. 
They are more rough md vigorous ikin the people of the 
uoj-llicin. pliint Tliose living inkiid where the peaks arc highest 
fuve hecouie energetic atvd daring dirough theit long struggle 
widi the difijeultica and dangcca of th,u rugged TPgion. tJcarei 
the coast, the people seem to combme die qualiiics of the 
mouniaincei and die mariner. Such were the men of Sung. 

Pastor Simg had beni a man of hasty temper and his son 
soou sliowcddjathc had inherited a simifai temperament. Asdic 
fhild grew to boyhood there were constant clashes bct\veeu him 
and his father, Tlic bamboo tod waa used frct-Ey undl die child's 



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6 A. BIOGHAPHT UP JHFH SUNG 

Luidisciplincd scrnl -would lEbcl and se^ ways to vc-nf his ^gci 
<in his parenn. 

Ones, m2.fitof Tjge^ liie ]jd buEiol his licad agjinsi om^ af^rht 
C3rihciiiv3ic "wsKi-jjii siiiiiding in the courtprni and ic fell to 
picci.'sf ODinoiJii:iMCJsiuii,t]iclwijlirclcliocUcci-wcrc:iJCtin);in 
[hecniirlydrdeiitLnj; [h? ii bie[ik£isl EicewheDaquurelsi^Eed^nii 
Ju-iui threw his hoc rite inio Ilia broihcr's face in inger, scalding 
him and bn^ahing rhc ho-w] I Tecnfif d of die caning he w^i sine 
wonH follow^ ihc culprit dcciJci to jifinp Jowq the well — 
A popular Chincsi: way Co spite the family I But he could not get 
|]ic cover off in time, jo iiiMciid he liiJ. L4nJet J. bed Jl iiy long 
while hi^ p^cnts conduclcd an anxious uid VAin. ^catLJi. At iiiglit 
he camt out of hia hiding pi sec and duly received the whrppirig he 
dcierved, His feibcr then disappeared into the litili acudy whose 
w^lls luftc lined ivilh a library of pipcr-backed books. Peering 
ihioirgh ^ track in tlic doot yomig Sung was jiiiai<:d tc sec his 
fatlicr, ■with liJi hcjd in his hiiids, weeping. Tliis was mibejable 
and lushiug in the kd burst oud, "What*s the naaHcc widi you? 
Yuii wliiprtic.I don't cry; butyouLTy! Why is this?" To wliich 
theonly repEy was: "God's love can be compared to the love of a 
faiiicr!" 

la apitf of such cbiba of tempcTaoicDr, chc hoioe jcemed to 
have been j-luppy one on the whole. Jn-mi was die second of si:? 
sons^ and thsie were four older daughters in the Jauuly. Life foe 
thlB ki^ fiindy of children took .-nt even cnurser Thefc were 
many jovfnl days spent on the hills amon^ the flowccs and 
birds or fishing in the streams. There fl'aj beauty' everywhere. 
Tjio^hl 10 tegaiJ Jl ilus as God's handiwork^ tlu: childteu 
received uuletiblh: inipiessions of tlie po^vct of the Creator. 

About lyoy, Pastor Sung was appointed Assistant Principal of 
the Methodist Bible Scliool in HiiigKwa and tlie whole fann!y 
moved into the city to live. Jn-un, now five or six years of age, 
beganto go to Sunday StKool, and his intdlrgcnl and impression- 
able youii^ niind w^i so &&:ii|jtcd by the stories and 0ufiicatioiis 
he heard that he found it ca^y Lo retain them in his ntemory, 
and years later ilicy were the store from which he drew for his 



CHILPIftHlD 7 

i-iwn sermon ilLiHEcatLoiis. His teacher loved and nudctiiood 
iliilJicn and was above all a ttne believer w^io cif^Tciscd a 
sinmg inllnence on lii^ scJiobts. 

At the church Day School, yotmg Song aoon showed signs of 
<;\cepcional abjhty. This pleased hia fatlier, for few of bis other 
cliildren had showp much afcicude for Icjiiiiiiig. "Hie other 
children, to yoiuig Sung's disgust, soon gave him the mck-ii^me 
,if "Big Head." As his htad was seldom shaved id die mannet of 
Cliinesc hoys, it was uaiiiilly coveted widi a mop of blatk hair, 
some of it flopping over his eyes, making bs liead appeaT even 
liirger dian it ceahy was. He was a perfectly natmal, hcjliliy boy, 
full offim and dating, andinanya rime hi:> parents bad cawc to 
[hank God for His ptotcctiJtg cate over diis lively youiigjcci of 
Jieirs. 

TliCTi suddenly a great ■lortow came to ihe Snug fetmly. Jn-un 
jifjvedhome fiom school one evening so find his patents ivccping 
over iht dnd foini of his youngest sistet. As he cUsped lict cold 
liand hi iiis, he wrfS, for the -ficsr Time, broiigliC face lo £lcc with 
the m-ystety of deaili. 

'"Wbere does man go to after deatli?" be asked. 

"Tojesns!" -was the reply, But it did not quite satiaf/ him and 
the fear of diadi continued to taii*^ him nightmjies -Ot a long 
time to coioeF 

The cofiiu in whicli the body of hia sifter was placed to be 
bnt ied on the Icmely bilbdc seemed to his ynong mind lo be tbc 
end. 



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CHAPTER, TWO 

The Hitighwa Reviiral 

PLEASE pray fm revival in HiiigliWd]" -waa she pica lo 
KiTdc friends in. Amfria from on;? rf rlic miisiojwrics in 
Hingiiwa. Twi^ clJerly IjdicS took up \his jppcjl jiid 
pfiyral thvoiigh to an aMutancc d(3[ [fictc v-viAd be a ^{iiickeinng 
wocli o£ tic Holy Spiiil !d tke Hinghwa cburcli. They icccivcd 
an issiirance dial: iJiii wink would begin on Coed Friday and rhcy 
Wfofc 10 ihdr friend in China to cefl ]\iic ySr Bnt liif fcticr was 
dda-yed ^nd only iinivcd after £aMcr. Surt enotigli, Lomcvci, 
ihc revival had already broken out— and ii was on Good Friday 
diJElkishadkippcncdl 

The p[m:lLCE on dut niDinlDg had ^auied no reputadon a^ an 
evangelist of ajiy esccaorJiniiry gifts. Bnt he was a consaraff^d 
man and oiii: whom God coiild safely ui?. A< he told ihc story of 
die Saviour's paaion, lie himself broke down and bcj^jn to weep, 
realizing aa rnzvcc bcfoti? hi^ own ainfiilucs. CoifyrtCion iprcad 
Co the whole congccgatLoii and jooii everyone was on his face 
bfifbtc Goi confessing his sul Recouciliji Lon atid rKiitiiiion 
fbllowed. People who [lid been enemies for years heizam? 
fiiends. A ptirified church became a wirnc'^^ing thuEch jnd wiilmi 
a month or two dicie wer^ J,ooocouvcKioni, Many new dtapcls 
wcf c built thi-Qiighoiri die diittiot and the churches of Hiiigh"WJi 
were hflcd one of [heir fouucl coldness and foimahly on to a 
new pljuc of Chiistiau eKpcricnce. Tins was die fnsr dine that 
icviual had e\'er cojiie to dils chtitch. 

Jimn wns. pccaent that Good Friday TQoming and he could 
never, all his lite Jong, forget 6»t seEuion, Its ihemc wjs; "Jcsus 
in the Garden of Geducinane". The preacher grapliitally da- 
cribed die iccnc: die agony of die Saviour and His obedience 



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niuo death, in contrnst mth ihe sleeping Peter and the odier 

diviples.TnHisdatke'ithoui, the SJviour could find no sympathy 
fnMn rhwe who A'cce His nc^fesl Iriends. The fearlcssncs of 
Il'Slis m the ^^cc of His optocs conlijsted itEongly widi the 
ticacljervofjiid AS and the coward ice of die disciples who forsook 

I Inn and fled. 

The words oftheprcjclier were like ^larp airuws in rfiebeacts 
Hif hi^hcaretB, wliosaw themselves pociiaycd only too clearly in 
iMec and Judas and the rest Tliey wept witTi ccmocK and the 
^irief of imc repentance. Among the mourner^ was Pattnt Song's 
litdc nins-ycai-old son. His bilrer tears, he tclli. us, soaked 
I Itcough die Ijpel of his coat. The cvmts of diit Good Friday 
were so cvidendy dhe woik of the Holy Spirit that services liad 
[obccontknucdpinidday after day Gien and women sought relief 
Ln [cai-fiil conftsLon from slieit burden of sm. Ilcacci were 
dcjnsed and hvca were changed by die hmTdied in diose wonder- 
fid 6ifi. 

Jolm Simg liked to attribute his first experience of the n=w 
birth to his great spiritual ciisis in America many yeufs later. But 
ih«v seems to be litde question, judging fium all the evidence, 
that God began a good work in liis life at the age of nine. If it is 
true that no mjn can call Jcsiis Lord except by the Holy Ghost, 
then undoubtedly the hoy became a son of God by Bidi about this 
time. His life WJ* soon marked by an exceptional love foe ihe 
Word of Gad, an unusual dcare to pray and a pas?Loii to preach 
whicli could scarcely he the fruits of an imtegenctatG nature. Tf 
WHS a fearure of die general revival of more rceciii years to call m 
^lUcsdon all earlier cxperiencca and io confuse the putting awsy of 
sin from die He with the new birth. Even after John Song's 
spiritual crisis in America, he once came to die front in i\ meedng 
led by P-cv. Andrew Gili after an address on die riew birth. It 
was not cleav why. One cm only suppose diat there wus some 
doctrinal confusion winch made liiin discount that evident work 
offirace in his heart at the dnie ofibeHinghwa tcvivaL 

Tlie ncwi of die revival in Hinghwik sptead &r and wide and 
brought people ftom ah over Pckisi, even from die large ddcs of 



10 A kiokgj^phv of john ^unc 

Amoy and Foodiow, Of see H'liiii: Wd? taking place and lo ^1i3tc 
in ihc gtact which wjis being so flbundantly provided. E^cLfljtcs 
fveiL cime from Acnaicn to see This evrraotiiuiary work of die 
Spirii which beciime known y^ the "Hinghwa PpitecoM", Tbc 
chapel b-xiamc itKi smjll do jcciiiniinnhuc die cco'wds and 3 lent 
Co hold dirtc li> font thojaand people was erecrtd. Few went 
away uiibouL liaving met widj God in a new way. Whac 
ioipi^ised Ju-im V!\9 ihat all this should be die result of the piaycrs 
of Chrisnans in America. Those cxcLiing aiiJ gloiious days 
remiiiTicd diroii^iout liis life the Iwppicsl; memories of liii 
chi!dhoi>d. After he bixamc a faniouj pi«clicr himself it w^s 
always liis jiiayci dia[ die Holy Spirit of Pentecoiid mi^hr so rest 
on him iJuE wtcievec he went the parched soil of many hcarrs 
iiuglil become like g:irdcns hi spring-time afrcc the tcfrcshing 
showecs,ju5ta5in thow memorable days itt Ilidghwa. 

Pasior Simg was among those who experienced a Jiciliinlllimg 
of rhe Spine ar ihis dme. The need for moLe ptayei for tii own 
^mily wid for the cLurdi became a hmdeu, and early e^'ery 
raoming he used to climb a neighbouring ]|lIl^op to be alone 
wiih God, Hifi youiig son ■would follow him and, prayit^ with 
his father, he learned to pray hiinselE Prjyer became very reJ 
Hi the ]fld and he experienced many aiiswen to puyci. Com- 
muHEon with God became a joy, and both togediei shared the 
Secrets of the Fadicr'i ptcscjice. 

Ir was itot loi^ afdei the end of die revival incediigs that 
Paitoi Sung became seriously ill ^vitli asthma, the result of a chill 
contracted in a stotm when he wai ira.Tc1ling home from Foo- 
cbow. As death ea.sr irs dark shiidow over die boiiic, Mrs. Siiuj-, 
too gtJcf-strickcu to pray for herself, suid lo her sotcoivfuf litde 
icti: 

"Don'i cry! Quickly go and pray for yom' fadietl Prayer will 
he anawtrcd !" 

Ill his daolation, the little lad went to his room and pouted 
oui his heart for his &ther, I'river wai immediately an^wcted; 
the ftthct msdcaapcedy rccovccy, aiiiJhjd no furtEier ictutrtnce 
of [his complaiiit, Bow the tamily rgoited at lbs s^al auiwet 



THP HJNGTIWA RPVIVAl II 

iL> prayer ! Ju-un eould never doiihi Tlut God was both wJling 

Hid able to hc^r the prayer of fiith and to heal die Sick, Even a 
]j!cr period of scepdcism and backsliding failed to destroy the 

belief in tbe eflicacyof praya whkb dui and dmilar experiences 
bad given liini. 

Boni again in a revivaf, with die ^o^y. puyhig example of 
liis father always before hiiiL and widi socli onlitaiidii^ ex- 
periences of God's intervention in hmnan circmiistancea, id is 
litde woiidei dial Jolm Sung wis such a man of prayer to his 
dyiflg day- 



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CHAPTER THREE 

The Little Pastor 

HERE comes the 'liidc pEi^roc'! Ic'b his tiitii lo pceoch 
lo-day!" This became a &imliv cry around die 
Hin^waviUagcsaboQt the year r^Tj.'Paslor Sung was 
by llitn the xniov dcy pastor in chargcof a vcty Ui^ woct which 
iiicliulcil, m a<Uition t<j the diuich ilsd£ an orphanage, two 
Bible Schtiok for men aiid foe women ccspcciavcly aud boys' and 
girls' higli sthouls. Ninety p4:r coil, of the scfiolais were from 
Christian homes, iind thf re was scarcely a village where it was noc 
pos»b3e to gadicE a few ChmtJans together for a time of fellow- 
ship and pcaycr, perhaps ui jhouie oi perhaps ma lemplc room. 
Such wji i[k effect uf the "hhnjjhwj PenWcosc"- TJiJi move- 
ment had not heen ppliemera], but mmked die beginiimg of a 
period of wundeifiil pmi^ess and rapid growth hi iht: church. 
Every Siuiday couniry Chrumiii poured inlD the ciiy^ ^ome 
coming; over the monnfaiiis from long dbtance^ Co wotahip. 
The original chapel bceamc far loo small .-aid there hatl to he 
three mojniiii; aetviccj. "Th^ Word ^jf God iinxcased aiul die 
numbeE of the disciples in Jeiu^lem iniddphed greatly." it k 
always so when ihc power of die Holy Spirit is dius hberated. 
A large? new ehapcl was e'J'Ciiiually hiiili and the Christians of 
Hinghwa had &voui with God and man. 

It wai under chcae cireumslances ihat tli^ young high school lad 
fouiul liiiiisclf diamn inio the 4%-ockofthe diuich Ji his father's 
unofficial juiuorossi still L His name was included among the local 
preachers and he had a place on. the dteuit plan. His ciiei^ was 
tireless and it was hi* grc^ii delight rn accompany his father lo 
the villages on liis ptcaching irips. Should liis fadici be prevented 
ixota fuifjllii^ au engagement, his young sou was ouly foo glad 



THE LITTLH I'ASTOH 13 

to sobsticute. His tetcniivc mind ccinembeced ^ermona he had 

heard and widi iJic Store of illiiilralions gathered in Sni^day 
School he foiiud "O difficiilly in composing good Scriptural 
sermons which, in the u^rly days^ he used to re^d with great 
composure. Cod used liis own Word ro the Miiveraon of men 
and. women, Opcu-air preaching, giving out triicts, sel hug Bibles, 
conduccingihesmging; jIL l]icse he loved. Though still a school- 
boy, he was ncvct liappier than in hii lole as the ' nttlc pastor - 

But Jn-un was discovering, hke many another young person, 
(hat it wai easier to appear an earnest. Christian awuy from home 
than to hve a consistent Christian life among his own fwnily. 
There were Still fits of bad tempec, exhibitions of ptnlcaiid seliish 
habm luiconqLcrcd, Pastor Siuig did not feel chat his son was 
suited to the miniitry, and decided to launch him on a naval 
career, 

TTic cuirancc ciaminaiion for the Pukicn Naval College wai 
lohcheldat Poochow, 400inilD3to theiiotlli over roi^niouu- 
tam roads, Yomig Sung had no fearful antidpaTJOllS of Gulurc, 
however many the compcliiors. Was he not an unifsually good 
scholar with u good physique^ Was lie iioi atways head of Im 
class to the envy of some of his nvals who assured liim that he 
worked loo hard and would one day wort himself to de^Jj? 
And did not his teachers assure him of success? 

Howcvci:, '^Man proposes, bur Cod dispo!ic^*\ As ihe time for 
ihe long joiujiey in the iteps of his feiher long ago drew near, die 
kd became ill iUld iiis legs were so nv-oiku that he should never 
have aCtemptcd the journey. BuC siieer dogged Jclcrminarion 
focccd liin-i over the long trail, only lo render his physical 
condition on ^iitival so poor that he failed to pass die medical 
cxaimiudojL And when ii caiue to ihe essay, he fiiilcd iif this too. 
The subject was "The piiiicely i"^i does "oi ittivc"— a bPitcment 
from Confiicius. Though Ire Med. God used his diinkiiig on 
this luhject to teach him a lesson m humility. And, moreover, 
God had ocher plans for young Sung than a navaJ carecc and iC 
was lie wlio closed ihc dooi lo the fiilhlment of this ambition. 
Back at sdiool, Ju-un. give liimsclf diligendy to his studies. 



14 A BJOGItAPHV OF JOWfJ SUNG 

III fact, lie li3(] [JO Imic fji die polincd acrivitica oi which the 
jvtiagc sclioolboy was eiigagiiig wich pairiork fervcmr. ThoK 
wccc die djys of rising anger agjui^ijapm following the notorious 
T-weiity-oiie J^i^inaiids and the 'WjahingtOJ] Cooicrcuce, Suiig 
tdicvcJ he cOLili serve Jiis country best by srujyjiijr Lard, and Lc 
was conient To Kc ostracized for Jii jppiccntiackof pairioti^ni. He 
ivas> however, editor o£lhc weekly sdiool newEp.ipCT, diouglj his 
lireraiy bcnl -was uwd to better piicpijsc -when he became assistant 
cd]ioiofIi[sfatlieE's magazine RerrV.r^, which had a wide cilcuIj- 
liojL Sung was a greac redder and loved b'>ol;! and dii^ last 
dpp^kd 10 him gceady. Many an hojir did iic ^pen J tn ]iis fadier*5 
iiady reading die latest acquiaidom tu die library there. It was 
also about diij (ime (151:7) tlut be began syaleiiJiacicaliy to -write a 
joimial 01 diary, a liabii which he kq>c Up nil the rest othij hie. 

Diuing ihe hohdjys and in all his spare time, Sirag guvc iifst 
place to die preaching of die £Oipcl. One suiiimcr he held a 
teadjiig clasa for n hundred ilhrctatc coiantry eliildrrai and tsuglit 
diem lo read die Bihlc, Anodicr iumincr, lie held m evaiiceli^Lic 
campaign in a oillage and fifty or sbyy people were converted. 
Thus die "hcdc pastor's" lepurauoii gtew by leaps and bounds. 

But school-days were drawing to an end. The schoolboys uC 
ihoEE dwys wetc not the smacr young fellows one sc« to-day iu 
WesCem dr«3 or school uniform, but bare-licadal, bore-footed 
yojingatcrs who paid liiiJe attcndon io thcii pcisonal appearance. 
The Sung family had no CJ;tia cash for luxiiiies Jiid Ju-un him- 
self, bciug a bouk-ft-orm, was not fa^iidioiis about his dress. 
But the pioinise of anew biiie gown for Graduacion Day spurted 
liim on, :nid he waa giadfied to find his name al [lie lop of the 
Ijsi of graduation stndcnii. So on Gf aduatioQ Day aE Meinonol 
High School yonng Sung ^Kf:,tc liis new go^ii for ic hist time as 
he wenr up to receive his diploma. This gown went widi him on 
all his siibsequctit travrds in China aiid was worn on all special 
occasions. 

Sung had pliiimtd to take the cnirancc examhiaiion lo Ciinluig 
Umvctsity in Nankuig after finishing al liigb schooL AH [lie 
neeasaiypieparatioiis&rdiejourncy bad beeo completed when 



Tim LITTLE FA&TOII ^> 

Ins eldret ^i«er diod quite sEiddoily. Once again. Ju-m> was 
ii'inindcJ of die iwiceitainty of hfe and, fox die time being, he 
lost all ambition fo eontnnie iiin studies. The journey to Nanking 

was never takeu. Instead, he became dte chief editor of Re^^Vid 
and Willi diis combined contiituous vdlagc preaching. Ht used lo 
organize bands of high school boys » take turns m visidug ihc 

village schools to hold &ervic« &t tlie cliildrcn. Such w^s^ their 
ireiil dul dicy wonld sometimes implement their pissionate 
diiiiiiicia.tions of iilolat™ ^7 breaking down die idols in the 
ISiiddliisc icDiplcs and then hacking off iheir liMiJs andfrcr! 

Despiie all diis itd and aclivity. young Sung's liejil was not 
completely sau^ied. He was not living a folly vicronous life and 
die work h: was doit^ he dscribed as "spectacular as die bl ue of a 
kingfiiher's fealKct. abundant 3^ siunmci £bhage, but withodi a 
single plucking of &cih &uii to ofFet to die Lord Jcius". 



CHAriER FOUR 

Student Days in America 

FATHER , T luTc dcciJid thai I warn: 10 gu en rtmcrica id 
imiy)"Oli Piilor Suiigivas at firtl loo taken abaci; 10 
ffc^k. T]iEif llic iitdignaul pttmst poured out; 

■^Don't diink dial [ liavf IJijney eatna] by ic swcal <jf my 
brow for you In go and spend, eating foreign int and fillii^yout 
head a'Lih wind ! Wlin do yon diink 1 jin? Don't forga lint yo jr 
ftlhcr is nor the maitdariij of tlinghwa, Im a poor jireachct!" 

Tht year i^ip was one of deep lidiesc b Chins. Tks VcrsjiUcs 
Peace Coniciaiee of 1919 liaddmlliBioncdCiiina and given rue lo 
biucr anlt-foic^n senCinieni. TJic higli-liAnded and lliteataiiiig 
altitudo of Japan wai dao ctealmg intaiit halrtrd in. CJiiua fot her 
EMtem nciglibonr Thi iludeul nijllj was in a ferraeni iind stnlrci 
wcce frequent in schooli Jl ovci the couniry to demand this and 
thai from iHc GL>vemmenI, Young Sung, now eighteen vaii of 
age aniambitiouilo attain [be Iligbest bonoiin, reiiilcd thai ui a 
Oiiucic univeciity he wo!ild not be ahjc, in "hose ttoubloustimes, 
to pLiKue his srndjes iminremipled. [r was foi this reason rlial }ie 
had made ihc grcar decision 10 join some other yoiing men from 
hia home foT^tl who were plamiing to omiinnc rheir srudics in 
the U.S.A. Nolhing daunted by the rebnff from his jiateni, 
yoniig Sung resoried lo his trysiing place on die hiU, where he 
told liis Heavenly Fathei of his desire to study in Anietica and 
afleiwards to serve Him in China as a pieachcr of the Gospel. 
For a whole wctk he cried ro God to open tlie ^v.iy. 

Then, one day, a Icttci iirivcd from Peking. From whom 
coufd it bc^ He opened it and. 10 his amazement, it was irom an 
American lady missionaty and eontaijied a promise 10 secure for 
him entcance into tJhio Wesleyan Univetalv witli free LuiEion! 



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S!i4: iilao promised V mike airangcmHits foe liis boiird nnd lodg- 
iiijf;. Armed with tMi Icttefn which seemtd to liiin 3 lulficicutly 
[rcing a^umcnt, he again approached liih faJicr in high 
spLiB. But old Pastor Simg was unmovtd. 

"Ail vcij wcIIh hufwlio IS going ro pay yoiir (me to Americi? 
IiL ihiiiy yeais in the minafry 1 have doi saved enough raoncy lo 
[iLiy you even a one-way cickti — even if 1 wanted to! 

Sii hack m his hiL-iop wltic die young man, iud again prayci 
■w.ii heard. Maijy of Pastor Smg'i fiinnor studeiiH in tlic Bible 
School -were now m the ministry thfjlisclvs, anil ^'licn. tlic>' 
hiard about tlic liiiiacion they began do wnd b pfis ui v^tymg 
ani.onni'i. Young Sim^ nuJe a carc&i] record lif tach oiic^ fully 
intending to repay Jieni all as soon 3i poisihlc. There wa^ a 
grand WCJ of ove.c I500. Atid when tlie Anicrican gold dollar 
suddenly fell in value 10 g;S Chinese cL-nra, Snug had. more ihwi 
^iioiigh lo biiy hh ticker to America, wiTh sDmething over to 
purchase a ample ouiGt of Weitetn-^tyle suits and dolhing^ 
I'aslor Sung gave his ^ruJ^bg comeiii ro ihc propoa] and pfaoi 
went ahead. 

There i^-^i a final hitch -wJicn. it fms dAiUJvered that Sung had 
(udiomal This would have haired his tuny into ihe United 
Slats, WD he iuuiicdiaEdy itarted the pinful copper sulphate 
ireatmait while ptayingeanustly foe healing. One day, wliiJe he 
was having liis liair cui dieharbci nuciccd his eyes an J ol&red to 
pive him die inditioml ireatnieni fca which Chinese bschen 
have long had a, reputadon. Sung consented. Wilh a bone 
in&Eiumeni — doubtless unsteiiliwdl— the barijcr scrqied the 
eydids and washed out die eye, Tim was repeated several lims al 
shorl intcivds and complete hcalmg nsulfEd. Sui^ ihua had 
frcshconfiimalJou ih^itGaiwaa hearing player and liadteraoved 
(he last obiracLe in the way of his gi>ing to Amcrica- 

The day of dcpatliiie anivei— FebiiiHy lodij 1920. He was to 
irj.ve! wuh seven companions. Uh farhsr was awjiy &0111 honic 
pt dicuiiieaiidlnshe,ivy-iic-ii;icd mother hardly looked up from 
Ht woch to iay "Goodtye." 3Iis biotlier and sonic frienda 
eeoried hicn fo the whaif and saw him safely on bo^ tlie hide 



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IB A BIOCBAPllY OP JOHN SUNG 

coasdtig strainer. Re felt tlii^ p^mng from home kccniy, thoogh 
he litdc blew cliat i: would be scvoi year? before lie w^s tu see liii, 

Simg wii i]ie only Chrisbijn in lijs pjity. !□ ShangTiai, the 
others spcul ilic time ivjiiiiog for thei: haul w Aiiierica m :i 
roimd of gaiety. They had money to ipcnd. Sung, having no 
money ro tpendj scarcely atiiTpd from bii hofel, even to vidt the 
huge depacrmcnl lojrei on Nanking Ro^d -uiLere lii^ luicE was. 
lie spcnr ihc cwo wcck^ of waiting t^uictlyH /olloivuig lu? iioimal 
daily coutmc, Bible leading and prayci, icjdiug die newspaper^ 
aud wiicLi^ Up bis diwry, snd sulfGied inijch ridicuJo from die 
other yoLuig nien iii eonseqiieiice. 

On Miirdi 2nd, the S.E. Nrfc sailed Siing hjd it comforiable 
cabin to himielf and rhotoiiEhly enjoyed his firsT expeiicncc of 
lucii lgKi3fy. He did noi cvei^ go Jiboie with the otheis a: die 
Sandwich Isliiiids, but eoiuioued hfs strict djily diseipliive, 
Notieing w]ijf x pbcc liic writing 1^ of Ehe diily diyry had in his 
life, the Diher Chinese Aiudenls courrivud Co sceai the pcedou^ 
blue book and lie never saw it again, to his keen disarppoiutnieui. 
Life "w^s made as misefible as possihlc for hiui by d\c othen in 
hii parly, And thete ivctc no ri^rcti when Sung aw ilip lafii of 
them after the sliip Itad docked at San Fcancisco on March 2 and. 

But now i gfcat aeoic of lonchneB overtame rhc new aidval. 
Hii £Dgbsb was poor and Jie A^s liirgcly ignorant of Western 
maniveis and customs. To make mattet? woiic, he found oa 
atiivfll in Delaware djmng Apiil that clie miihionsrv "wbo bad 
promised to be of as«itance to Iulq was stJl m PekJitgl Tills wss 
a great blow to J htrangtr in a suaiigc land. 

But Lis £ifs( [hougbtswercfoi those who had m,i[ie it poaable 
foi biin Co tTivcl to America. He now had ^2/\6 in hii piwios- 
sion, so, keqiii^ only S6 for hiimclf, be returned the halancc Eo 
his tther at ihe firw oppottimity. The Cfajucsc dollar cqmva[i:nr 
of ihi^ suru was enougb lo cefund ^ bis tind triends foi the 
Ssoo ibcy had eollcctcd for bint 1 

The RcgistEai of Ohio Wesle-yiin Univer^iy set Sung^ mud 
at cesi iboiii his fees, and "Siong-Coh Sung" wa^ soon enrolled as 



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STUOBWf DAIS If AMBBICA III 

.1 Win^^nt Biitit WJsliardtoscCTvhcrchewia^loriliiu'Si a. day to 

|uy for hii boiid. Willi only (6 in his pocket, the jitiiaiion was 
ilc!prl!iic. He ael off to knk foi loj^gi and to find rmployment 
Lmmedia.rcly. So soon was ihls young visitoi from China facing 
iIk liai-d r«liliES of life >. Tllii wai hardly wlut Jic liad cxpcatd, 
biiE the CKpcrinmcc HX*rI him much oti Gid and broj^uuC those 
ijlliilnies "wliicli v/ete so typical of the man. 

Hij iitstjohwai as a Jiop-diancr it ij cents an hour! later, 
iltiring ihe sumiuer mondis, lie olitaijicd cmpLoymoit with iha 
WcMinghotisi: Cninpany, woiking dcvcn-hoiic shifts £br 1127 1 
week, "ftrminagcrlicartliiboul the yoimg Chinese -who i.-ingiuch 
haunting Chinese melodies as lie worked and sent for ]uni."WlieD 
Iw heard ivhal it was that had brought Sting Eo America, tc 
olfncd him a difficult iMchiue to cperate at Si an lioiir. Tins, 
together with ;i job as a janitor iu J hotel for S17 a week in tctum 
for board and lodging, enabled him 10 cam about ((ioo during the 
suuimci — enough to keep him thcoujjli liij Pieshinan ycat. 

All Suug's first four vears in America were a itsuggle against 
|>overty and ill-bealdi. Dr. Rollin H. Waltcf, Prof^ssoi of Bible 
at Wejlcyan, became Suog's warm friend, and a great timlual 
iftection and csreein ejastcd between the two TUen. Sung looked 
upon Dr. Walker ai his "American lather" aid loved tim dearly. 
lie prolired gteatly from his Eiblc tcacLijig in class. Dl, Walker 
and Ills colleagues rook a i^cat interest in Sung, and di:y "weic 
often concerned about tbit itiongly indcpendejll young man who 
often declined the asiiilJncc which was !ometinu3 oifered. Tliey 
found it difficult to ensure that he was getting proper food and 
lodgiim. T-Te used to prcpiltclus own food and it tuas of tnt' simplest 
kind, Radiei tlian be financially depeiide]U on others, Sung would 
work at the most menial tasks — dlih-washmg, sciubbmg floors, 
beating carpets and cutting glass. When he was more foitunate, 
he obtJined employment m iron foundties 01 Victories. His 
fsirh m tJod and his depaidence on prayer were often tested, but 
never diu-ppointcd. 

As a student. Sung showed "unique and estraotJiuary scholar- 
ship" with a marked prciLCiency in chemistty. Kc oiiginally 



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ao rt moGPAeny of jdhn sung 

cmtwrted on n ptc-mcdicaJ and J prc-rlicologiiia] curriciirum, bur, 
rpalizirig dii^ wii^ arrcmpmi^ too much, he diupped ihc prc- 
iIie>[ogical course and dcddcd to specialize i[| maihemaric aid 
dicmijtry, Tf -mK lii? ambition to compJtic: his degree comse in 



propo 



rhrec ycais imrtjd of the nocnial four, bur \uhcn ]ir 
diis tohii supcEviair of HHilira ihc reply wjs dijt, in uiewofJiis 
poor Eoghsli. ic mi^hc he nMCft £vc yean ! However, at iha end 
of Jiis FriLshm^ year, Svii^ was lop of Jiis flass wiih "A" grades 
and the god did noi; Kfm so unaiiaiitable after all^ 5img had 
become fcnown for his "mMvcDou^ powers of cnmxiitrjEioix" 
and hij bidUiJiLr mmd. Teachers 3fid pitudmK nlikc Ksp«lcd this 
young gdiiiis &Dm Otim. What is mon:, "everybody lifeed lirm". 

Tlic year rpsr b Amcrira was one offliiiincia] crtnis ™d wiilo 
Bpreiduncmploymmi:, Sung ftmnJii; hard Co Gild Jinyrcniunei-Jtive 
work thaF summer, and die burden ofliis msiemlnfcdi weighed 
heavily upon him. To make nLitters woric, his older brothcc had 
now come to America to Join him and work hjd to be Ibiind for 
thcni botiL Just at tliis time of wKiety over their daily brpid, 
Sung developed an abscess a: the Irase of liis si^ine, with an 
accomp^ying fever. The docri>c ordered aii opcriition. Sung was 
alnioii desperate. How ^uld lie aflbrd ^ operadort. -ftrith wccb 
in hos[nta] to fdlow^ But his friends fr-iaiiy persuade hiin cba[ 
he must rate medical advice. The kindness trf'a CJiristiM nurse, 
■uiuis liom ctuich friends and the meecss of the opetaiion 
lightuned ilie weeks of convalcsccuce and, to erown if all, two 
Chtiscfan friends pjrd all his hospitil expeiuof His fiais wccc 
rebuked and his hcarr filled -with graiinidc to God. 

But die deiiijnds of his diss atiidiizs, the ncccsiit^' to cam his 
owii bread and locLCT and increasing phy^je.il weakiies and ili- 
hcaklt ]ed to penods of deep mi-lancholy. Only his ChristiiUi 
activides kepC his head above water. He wend lo church tegularty. 
Enconmsed by a gid fellow-prudent, he did ^ lot of prcachbg on 
Snndays for -wHch Jic was in greai demand. T-5e also organised 
ev:fugcljiiJc baidi among [he students and was dieir leader on 
ptcjchinfi eseur?ioTi!i to the eountry on oixasions hke TTianki- 
giving. Easter and Christmas, when the eolfcgc had holida^-^. 



SrUDBN'l DAYS IN AMERICA 31 

This WJS work Jic eujoycd inteiecly and id was while en^jged in 
it ihad he made many of his tlosejt friends. He was deeply im- 
prcsscd witli wlut he saw of Ctiiiitian home life in some of the 
liiimi?; wliere he stayed and he longed to see such homes set up 
in CJiina. ^eercdy, he promised himself that one day it wonfd be 
one of liis taski to promore Christian home liJi: among dhc 
(Jhdstiaivs of China, 

It was in the home of j Ixiend jt ^[mlhville, Ohio, tlrac Song 
liad an cKpciinice on ThhUikigiving Day, 1922, that made a deep 
iind liisriiig impcesion on him. In d dream hesaw lumself backat 
llinghwa on the hiil-top he loved ao welL Front the river which 
flowed intft the $ea not Eir away he suddenly heard a ay of 
ilistresSd He tore down tlic hilhidc to rcaeue rhe dcowaing person, 
hud found himself in daiiger of drowning until a cross was planted 
in the arreiiu.Tlien,wicli his feet planted firmly on it, he engaged 
in die work of rescue: nod jusd one person, bu: many— so many 
tliad they eould nol bccounded. Finally, the scene ehanged^nd he 
found him*tff among a jo^'ful chrong in Heaven, aH cbsping hia 
band in giJlirude and smging praises to God, To Sut^ tliii dream 
was an allegory of his owiihfe and he frequcndly relati:d id wlien 
givinglii^iddjirfony of God's denhiig^ Willi him. 

The finisl TeiTn before graduation was one of great prasurt 
Sirng ■^■as imdcr constant itrain His whole mind wa'i on his 
coming examinations and be had to hnd cnca time to give do 
study. So Bible study and prayec bt^Bti to be ni:glectcd. And this 
fiKin b^an do tell in his p^sonal life. He grew arrogant and 
impaident towiirJs his btoiher. Hfs behaviour wiis, he confers, 
unbearable. He failed m other ■ways too. Ad the tactory where he 
wafl working he made false returns of llie hours he had worked SO 
as to have more lime for stildy. Artd, what caused liim equal 
remorse, he fell into the coimiion practice amui^ students of 
cheatuig m one of his civaminatioit papers. These lapses remained- 
in Simp's memory like biotchis marring his lift record. 

In the 1523 e:saminfltii^ns fi^ his baclieloi's degree. Sung 
graduated with highcsd honours and w^s one of the four student! 
al the head of a class of three hundred. He had a point average of 



a fl BTOCBflPirY flP JOTIN SUMG 

S-7J on a j-oo biisis, wliifh vas an ouncinding achieyn^meni:. 
He waa awjcded iht gold meia! and ihe cjah prize for phyiics 
and dipmistiT and w^s efccled to Phi Beta Kappa^* grjduatLDg 
on June ij, om lau/k. 

As (luj was [lie fiist [iiiLc ih^t a Cliiiicse ^[iijeiir ]m\ acliicvcJ 
such dklincdcn. and, in sj^itc of his Laodicaps^ liad gniiltiaLcii in a 
ttjfleover cbrce years iii&twdofdiKcusciiiiiary four. Surd's pbom 
and accoimis of his prowess appeared in Unircd SiaK:^ pap<]rs aJI 
ova the coimtiy and btOEiglii him ovcmighF fiiinc. Indeed, hh 
feint ^t[:id TO Europe, where ino^r of the natiornl ncwspjpcts 
carticd the story o£ this brilliinc yoiuig CliiiicK scientist. 

Tite Univi:iMCy of Minnaota tt oiicc oflcrrd l>un|" s post as 
demon'^iracor aiid a^Mani "i chemistry "wich a cninfoTHble 
salary. He was also ofictcd Si,ooo a year if he 'would study 
medicine ac Harvard. Yet anorhcr offrr v/as ir, study theology. 
He somehow feEt he ought to have acceptf<^ this oiler, huf [he 
£iine ivhich hid coinc lo him had blimtcd, fen the lime being, his 
dc^c ('.•I such thin^. Ht finJly dMidi:d lu accept ^ schoLisJiip 
woidi J30D a year to study for his M-5c, degree at Ohio Slale 
UnivcEsity. This hiid bci3i aficrcd him on the recommcndatiDn 
of tlie assistant in tlie depamncnl of ehcmiscry at Weilcyan 
■prho WTi b[olker-iu4aw to one of tlic Hiiighws niiMiouarics. 

Sling's lioiiblci should have been over and the future briglit 
willi Ijup";. but dp:p iii his hcjrt [hcic wii no pcicc. A gcoivu^ 
spintiial cmresi showed itself in penodi of deep depTeisJon, 

• Sumi: otilt^i and univCuinQ in the United S[*ICi if Amrrica cIrCT 
those few wliid^ scLi^ri^p la nl: llic luF;hf^[ ir> m rmbcnliip in ihe Plii Beia 
Eippa FraKniily, ancxniirwvc lodcty pfihe inn:;" osr sclio&B ui ihe omirry. 
McnibciEliip cania wiili ic a goJd hey, (hc wfi]]-rceogTii7fld b*]ge of gr«i: 



ClEAPlEft FIVE 

Inner Conflict 



DURING die sununcc vacation of I [H3 dieic was tube jii 
inieiriiaiional 5[iiden[ convention it Like Gcucvj, Sung 
and one of his cviingcUidC bniid fvienJs decided toaiieni 
Simg in pariiculai "was hopu^ to find the answer to his own 
ptuhlcmi tliei*. Late Geneva was several hundttd itiilci away, so 
"liitch-hiking" was the only wiiy l*vo penniless students could 
hoptr to make ilic jourjiey- As it happened, a young lioncynioon 
Couple ivho offered tlieni a lift were both giaduatcs of Wcslcyaa, 
and they were delighted to find [Jiiir one of ilieir passengeie 
was liie Chinese itudcnt of whom they had read Id the ncws- 
pipeis a few da^i pr£\'ioiisly. So the joiitney to Chicago was 
i^^ui'ed, and Q'oni there to the eonfeicncc cenlEC was no gieac 
distanci^. 

Sung found the convention meetings liidc to big lasie. They 
\^■c^c not eiiehiiivizly devotional iind in some of the discus^on 
groups there wtis much heated .-irgiinienr icaccely calcuTared to 
qiicncliihcipiiitujlthjrsloranccdysoiir. Sung sought out the keen 
CJitisliaJiii present diid asked ihcm to piiy foe him i1l4[ clic Locd 
would gtant him [he ease ofiieytc and imud for -ft^iich he longed, 
rinding notluug eo help hirain the meetings, hi: went out on to a 
hinside overlooking the laic to pray in priviK and to read the 
Sciiptures. Was it dicicenc whif^h prescnieJiKelf ro liis eyes that 
reminded him of the Feeding of the Fwe Thousand intlie Cospcl 
i[orv? Ar any i^% it was this story which, was now made real 
and living to him fis he tend Jiiid re-read it witli increasing joy. 
Cod nhotucd him the needy multiturics of the world and the 
tragedy of helpless, cmptj'"-handed pieatiiets liaving Toothing 
witil wludi to feed them. Then he Saw what the Lord could do 



24 A nrOl^GAPIJY i.)V JOHCJ SUNG 

Willi the lide wliidi [■VJ:n ^ diild mighi: place in Hi^ li^nds. All 
thcLurdncirdaisall ihar wcHjvc^ and with ifiis Hf wlio luaJcthc 
world oi[[ nf mulling can mcei the need of a wnrld. RniiL xii.! 
cami? ta Simg wfdi [Tcnicu<ioiTs force js he read rlie need tu pccsciLt 
hia body in ihc iitcd vlikh Joui had uf the £vr loaves and EWO 
£blic3. He: could do uothing wiihoui diem, bill wjydiinjj ■with 
ihein, Ouc bodies nuisc be hi>Iii]c^ iinta die Lord and ^inef i£icd 
for Hii scivio: alone. In a lypimlly alkgnrical JoKiprentEon, Lc 
rook the five ioavo to represent oiu' "five saiws, five iulciital 
organs ii^^e fingers and five rocs" ! All miisr Le foe God. Tlictwo 
fisli« were likewise our "two cjia, two eyes, two hands and [wo 
feet" ! God will maivcD^iiKly tiansfonn a body h> prescncixl lo 
Hini and cauic inulmiidca lo find s^cb&ciion dirringh us, and 
many hungry and ihiriry iftcr rightcomncs will be toQifocted 
and filfcd. This "wm eiiotigh for Simg. Ilii liejil wjs filled w4ih 
joy as he SJW the pombilitics of a life wlioHy yielded to God. 
Cod ]iad niel hiin ai Ijkc ticiLeva— not in the convenlioii, bin 
by the kkc. 

The Convedtion ovcc^ ^un^ returned to Delaware, planning to 
earn some raoney daring the real of ihc auuuuer. But after a iew 
days in a fiictoiy hebegan Lu fecT uii%vell jtid to run a lempcratuie. 
Tlic doctor wiiued him tLai he was diieateiied w[[]i tubemilosis 
and must get vvoik in iJic open air. A ininisier friend Becortd him 
work, on a farm, liui aftei: rtitcij weeks for which he received no 
pay ,ir yll he found the ■work too hard and he had lo give it up. 
Back he wenr Hi [he city, aici. at beait and tick, in body, 'Hie twin 
apcClies of poveity jud disesK were onte again before hiiii. 
His iieit job was wasting dislie^ in a lodging-house, biit thai 
did nol las [long, because hia proud Bpin'i of nationolisTn could noT 
tolerate being [rt^ieJ like an illiieraii: coolie by the man tmJer 
whom he worked. But mowing die gTasi vrrgcs on the highway 
wa^ employment which kcpr hiin in ite ojiea air all day and 
brought Lint 45 centi an hour. Tins did liim a world of gixnlciiid 
j31 5igni of Lis Iniig trouble seciiie^l to dis^ippi^Jt. Unable to 
aftoid "luxucra" like cod-lfver oil or dcuig^, he wa^ especially 
grateful to God for hia rcstoiaiiQn lo healdi. With re^roicd hcaldi 



IKHCS COKfUCT 



2i 



came tcstotcd spiriti and he fiiced the autumn's studies in 4 new 
ULirversity with keen aiitidparion. 

Ohio State Uiiiveriity in Columbus^ Ohio, WJS Sung's new 
iilma mutei. Here lie found a cosmopoliian student body of over 
id.hcOh representing cliirteen dilTerei>t coiuititiSr Hi.- soi'ii took n 
Icadmp part in student activities and was insTrnmental in reviving 
the Intccnational Stirdcnts' Assodaiion, of which he was aoon 
Jeeled PieiLdeat, lie was also a mcmbci: of iht lutccnatioiiai 
League for Peace, Inconncciion with tlie former, Suug orgajuzi^d 
concerts lo raise funds and started a dinner club al which it was 
posaible to sample rhc imrioiia] disliea of auy country rcprcbcntcd 
in ihc Asaodalion. One of the ohjccia of the Assoeiarion was to 
camftaign against the colour bar and racial discriniinaliou In die 
uLiivcisilJei. Banquets were gi'ven at wliich coloured and white 
students sat together at laSile. 

But Sung was cDtning incrsmngly under die subde rnfluejices 
ofalibcm! dieologyiindofihosi:'w^o advocated a purely "social 
gospel". He ihought afjcaus as a noble example, while iJic Blood 
of Chri^i as the sole grotind of man's acccptaiici: with God he 
be^an to trample under Ebot. He bad uo message for men and 
"women caught in i[ie loils of sin, rliou^h he devoted till Ids 
cnei^ca to the improvement of race relations and the ideal of 
social service. 

The fame of tIip Association, spread, and jimflar associations 
came into being in other luiivcraitiea. Siuig's leadeiEhip ut ihis 
luot'enientgaveliiinpubhdtyDf ancwkindandhe was described 
ill the Press as "Ohio's most Sunous student" I 

In apitc of the dialractions of these activities, 5ung completed 
the tending for his iM.Sc. in nine monih^ atid took his degree 111 
June, 1524. IIui name was again at ihc head of the list of slKCcsaful 
candidates and he was awarded the Saeuee Society's medal and 
gold key. As tlic sirtiling, dark-tkiiUtcd Oricnlal with the lypical 
lock of liair over hw eyes ^valked nut of llie Asseirjbly Hail ?ftcr 
the confi'ning of degrees, a row of gold decorations on his coat, 
he aciiaeicd general aifention. 

Sung s inicresE were now incrca'^ngly centred in chemistry, 



SS A BIOGEAPHY Ol- J0^^" ^VKG 

3iidmijicapecia]lymdicchcini5tr^'oFeHpLHivi]5. He Itlr ilia: iii 
thii field lie might pctlupi serv^ his countuy. ITis aim wjis lo 
oblaiJir Jiis l^h.D. d^ive Jiul tlicii rcciim lo Cluoj. Bin for chis 
he needed to ktio*" lioih Piaich wid Gpnian. French be had 
alccady snidied^ but <if CcrlllJlJ^ he kiiew iiotliinR. "llub^urnnicr 
br icmaincd in rciidcncc when [he College w^s o:liei wise empty 
aiid cuncencraled on the new language. After two months he 
found ihat ]ia eould undcutJiJ the general scn« e>f a German 
chemirtry booL hi due coutk lie applied (o Like ihc cxaniinaiioii 
and vh^^ given a latge volume on chcinisUy to cuimslile into 
English, T[m he did so quickly and so well that die eiramiuer 
lliOLicht he inline have studied ticim^Tii for yearsi 

Sung "wjs J popubi- peisooality and had a wide dicic of ftiends- 
Ai planes and parlio he -wm always there, enjoying hmtsclf 
jmniensefy. His fame bioughi hint uuny itiffhaiionj to address 
meeiiiigs of various kinds and he was lavishly feted and etjr^r- 
tained. 

The Chinese Govecnnieni had by tiow laten noricc of diJs 
bnlliant studcur and was contributing Co hLs sappoctn f« thai, widi 
iht salary he was earning as an assistant lecture:, Simg was ni> 
longer harassed by wani. 

By dint of riamg conai^ndy at dawti and sometianes woildng in 
the lahflrarory right through tlie lught. Sung covered. alL the woLfc 
ibr liis doctotaic wwhin a year and nine moiidis after reccivi]^ 
his M.T>t. 1^ degree was cotiferred in March, 1926, before a 
Lime aiyd distinguished assembly and he was ihowered with 
coiigratulaiiiHis, YecSnngiensusihjtinElieinidstofitillhefelra 
little CJ^nsdenee-strickcn tliyt, when he shoidd have bcm devoting 
bis whole time to liis sttit^cs, he had been spending to uiuch linic 
iti a roiuid of social and riiligious activities] 

Di. Sung was retained at xkf Ohio State Univcriily on die 
Stiff and he was aho asked ro assist the Profcssoi of Chemistry in 
the preparation a^aii luipDront new Iwjk. Later the Amcciean 
Government mvited liim to make a study of themicd faeioty 
laws- His tbitatforncw knowledge "was itL'atiiibler 

An attractive invitation now came from Germany, widi the 



IMHLR CONlLEt.r 27 

ollcc of a LKcarcb fellowship and ah espcnses paid. Almost 
at tlie same time, Peking Um^ttsity. dq the recommend J IJon 
of Ohio Stitc Univeriity, smC an urgent inviljtroii to Dr, 
Sung to heeonie Profesiior of Physiolo^al Ghemistiy in the 
School of Medfnne. Drjiwn a? he nattiially wiia to remm Co 
China and under ptessfirc from his Eather lo help in. the cducatiun 
of [he other children, he nevertheless fell tliat he had Still not 
acquired enough knowledge, and be dccbncd tlic invitLtion from 
Peking. He hadalmos: made up his mind to go to CJeiuiany. 

One evemng as bt sat m the nioordiglit, thuiting wistfully of 
his homeland ,ind his home and deliberating what course he 
should tate, lie seemed to hear again die voice 'if Cud saying to 
him: "What shall if ptofit a man if he gam the whole world and 
loae his own soiilr" 

Tlie very nest morning after hearing this -wiiniiug voice, the 
Rev. Wilbur Howler, the Wdi^- foundiition reprcsentalive at 
Ohio State Univ^rmy, called in H> vi^it him aitd alniosl imme- 
diately made the remark: 

"You know, you arc not a bit Lie a sdaHiir! Vou loot i^r 
mole lite a preacher !^' 

During the convecsanon "which followed. Sung diidosed his 
original purposein coming to Atncticaiiiid his eHpeiience of the 
night before. Mr. Fowler at once clidlt^geJ Smig to go to New 
York, to study religion at the Union Theologicil Scimiiaiy, and 
with but a moment's hesltatjou SlU^ gave bis aisenl. Tlie dioiight 
of going to ibi: gieal ciiy of New York was frankly attr.ictJvCr 
And was not ilic famous Columbia Univetuiy dierc too? Smdy 
in New YuEk he \sould find soiiiechiiig to satisfy liiiul He planned 
how he might combine theological studies at Cnion, where he 
"was subsequcndy offered a scluJarship, hving-TflOtBS and a gener- 
ous living allowance, widi futther scicjidfic ituiies at nrai-by 
Coluiubia. 

It IS doubtfid whcdicr Dr. 5ung even now h^d any heart for 
the ministry- W:i5 there, pcrhips, sonie ihoughL of sa Jsfyiug bis 
&iends by takuig a year's dieology and. then, OD the ptecext that 
he was not suited to ntch a callh^, of remming to a ^dentiEic 



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£N ^ mor.BAPQV op john suhc 

cJiKi: T3ijC may luvebecii, bm certain ill! iH^jr he }iad no fixed 

purpose wi rhin \m, [idct ivhcjTC tliecc ivjj UitIc Liil tuvnifiil ami 
daikiirss. So ^ had tc iiraycJ Hoiu. God and so fiill "wa^ his 
miLid of doubrs and qiiesriims diat Di. Sung, in ipiic of all liis 
earher ^pirimal experieoo]^ fcLi thill he could iig longer call liiiu- 
id£ a cMd of God. Hen; was a [rue PTodi^al wlio had wanileitd 
far £1(1111 the l-ailicr's Home; still a son, bur a wayward and 
back-djdiiig cmel 



CHAPltJJ, SIX 

T/i£ Blinding Revelation 

THE aiLiumn of 193^ fnmid Dr. Sionp-crh Sung, M,Sc^, 
Pli.D., enrolled at Union ThcologiLii] Scmmary amid die 
akysLrapcri uf Neiv York City. Dr. riciiiy Sloan Coftlll 
hadju^t been iiLsiallcd as die new i'ttjidciu of the Seminary and 
Dr. Henry Liitney Viin Duten and Dr. Harry tmccsou Foidicfc 
were among chf [lecturers. On hi^ wjiy to New York Di. Sucg 
had stuppcd ai Niagara to See the P^llt The sight of that gte^ 
mjsscfwaier ro;inn[rov« die liigjh cliffs was awe-inspiring. And 
funding dfere he pcayeJ : "Lord, luay thf liveri of living waters 
so gr^h fcoiii my lieaciia an urtaidiny ^iitainl ' 

Union Theolofpd! Senuiiaty it well known for its libaal 
dieolni^y, but among die siudcnia chece wcte a fe^v who niain- 
laincd toitttv^ni-ve, evangelical convicrLons and some of diKe 
used to meet foe prayci in die apartmcni ijccupied by Dr. and 
Mrs, C S. Deming, iintsiouanca on furlough from Secml, 
Korea. Dr. Dcnjing had been Pcofcssur of Tlieolo gym [he Union 
Meihodisn TheoliiginLiil Seitunary thece, and tc add liis wife went 
OLi[ of dicir way To befriend Dr. Sung, -wLo became a frc^umf 
viaiDi iii iLtLc lioiiic, 

Dr, Sung plunged at ontc iulo his theological studies with all 
his powets of coiiceittraijon and mtdletlual grasp. In&tcad of uie 
usEial (hriic-yeais course, he started on a special one-year course 
which neceasitated seven! hums more sutidy a day diJJt itc other 
sludeuts. He soon foimd diat the approach CO die Uible and to the 
christian Eudv was Liigcly pMlohOphicaL Every prohlem '^-as 
discusted in llie light of LmnaH reason. Anything in the Bible 
which could not be Jusofied Eoentificjlly w^ tcjecicd « being 
imwocTtiy of helief. Geneiia was held to he unhistorical and belief 



so 



A BlOtllAPHV Of JOHN fiUNC 



ill niiHclcj Lmsciturrfic, The hisCDrical Jems wag prcsmccd ;ii an 
ideal to imiuic, "wliilc [lie iubstitiinnz^iury vjIoc of His dcidi 
and IJi^ physical RcsiirEccdoi] ivcnr denied. Prayer "was mg^cd 
2s laigely subjective U] vjluc. To dissent from suet views jnd 
i>f^iioD5 was [o ttzconic ia\ object uf pify or derisicm. The oiIim 
MLuleim were surprised iliiii a docror in tdeiicc: should wimi: to 
corrc and sludy thizologj', bur Dr. Sung espl^ned diar, having 
i^ci^uirod DitEcEi of die "world's "wisdom, te now waiucd Co Icain 
more of Tlie -disjoin which cojiici ffom Gud. Al tlic end of tlic 
first icrm Dr, Sunn's Kcotd was: 



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Foi bis procdcaL wn'^ Dr- Sung had been asiigncd lo tike a 
dass in a Siinda.y School ad the Uiuviicsal Chuich atieitded by 
Chinese nhildran. He delighted to pJiy games and, siiip; with diem 
and he enthralled diem widi his sloricSr 

But all the Uuie Simg wai rapidly losing Ida faith and had 
leacbcd the pMnt where he had nothing biir scoin foe the cvsa- 
gctical pastors of New yotk diuiclies wbo sometimes visited the 
Sem[iiary. Hit, habit of daily prayer wa& idW mamlained, hut il 
had degenerated to ii foriiialityr It w;is no longer a power in his 
lifi:. Ai hia toiifidence in Cbrislianity had been jhakun lu ici 
foimdations diTon|^h the Ciiching he was receiving;, Sung lumcd 
again to the ancient rc[]|jJMis of ihe East. In the Sendnary library 
he found many \'oIumes on BnuLdbiim and Taofim. lie tianslatcd 
in<o Englisli ihi! famous Taoiii classic (Tiw Ttft Ckiig) and won- 
dered if the "way ofcbastJly and quiemcs" odvocjsod by Laiviae 
might not bring him the peace he sought. He read a paper to lui 



xnr. PLENincjc pbvelattom JT 

clnE on iliis philosopber. Mysiidsm atciacied him and he even 
resorted to chandng ibc Buddhist Sctipiciics in the secret of Ids 
fvivn room, hoping diat ditough sclf-deidal he might obfam 
rhe ^alvadod of wliich Buiidha spoke. He completed the manu- 
Hcriptiofscveral books on ri^ligioii. BiitliisownhcLri icniaiiicdin 
unci darkness. looking back over sciveral years of intcJiMvc 
meiicific sitidy, {(illowed by liicse montha of religkni^ ieardi, he 
i-L^nrlndcd. tliat neidaer sdcnce nor religion could bring liim any 
foiiifert ncjoy. In his search for Hght he made die round of the 
many cults and dieosopliic sodetici in which New York abonnds, 
but in vain. The world seemed altogether vanity and life only 
iroublt and niiscty. ''My soul", he 'WJ'Oie/'wandered m a wilder- 
iLCffi. I coidJ neither deep noc eat. My ^th was Uke a leaking. 
aiorni-driven ship widiout captain or compsL My hean was 
[llled with the deepest iinhappineHs." 

In this st;ite of mind lie sought conioladoii in ihc fricndihfp of 
u Chinese elassniaic an<l the friendship deepened mio love. Bur die 
fact tliat he had been bcnothed ill China to a girl of Ids paicnts 
choice ptcvcuied ihc coniempladon of any setjons romaucCd 
The emotional strsia of t!iis fiiendship, added to the other buidens 
of his mind, made life intoleribfc. 

Biit die darkest hoirr precedes ihe dawn- And dawn was at 
hand. Shortly before Christmas. Dr. Sung lijd accompanied some 
fellow snidens to a spedal evangelistic campa^ji jt Calvaty 
Baptist Chiirdi of which Dr. Haldeman V!VS pasior. He expected 
roliMi an doquent and learned preacher, but insteiid the speaker 
"was a fifteeti-yeac-old gnl! As ibe came on to i^e platform, read 
the ^ii^riptincs and Jed ill prayer, Sung hccuiic aware of something 
jn die atmosphere that waadiffaenc; the presence of God coidd be 
felt. The Gospel was piesenied cl&uly and po^rfuily and the 
Cioss was uphfred. *'Iveii I, a pidiid man, was moved by Iki' , 
saidSung, "and my soiJ'jthint was Mniewhattlaked." After die 
sermon, iiiaiiy from all walki of hfc "went to die front to seek 
salvaticin and witli lean of repentant-e. Dr. Simg^'s companions 
scofEcd, but he himself was so itnpcessed diat he went bact fiit 
four tnoie conKcuiivc evenings, and uach time the ticnieifdous 



S J^ niOGRAPHY OF JOlE^- $VNC 

pcpwer in the young cv^nj^eliat'a prcachinp; giijipcJ hini lie 
■woitld have given :inychin[^ fo possess siich pt>w.r in pnysr ji.d in 
prcacbfii^. He deternuncd ai all cfnis to discover foe liliuxlf the 
secret of rJul power. 

During [lie winter vicitiun Di. Sung cumed Eo ChrislLirt 
tii^iupfiy do invesugiiie nhe secrcD of ihc success of gceai cyiti^r- 
lans of llie pair. He dcterminizd to share rhoir seirets and begauio 
give himself increasingly to praycc in Ms icircb for Gad. On New 
Ycat? Eve the worJt ^'l will Jts[co> (he wiiadomof the wis^ and 
the disi:tmmcni of ihc diiceuiiug will I bdug l;onoughi;"5Lid(Ieii]y 
flashed into hii niind witli gicac conviction; ai he applied the 
wocds to hiniielf he ueiublcd widi far. Tliai night he could not 
sleep as he conneinplaicd the empdnesi of worldly wisdom and 
biiman abihcy. All his disddCtioDs had noi brought ixLui J Hep 
nearer God, the fomicaiu of all tiUc wisduni. 

During th.K Chrisunas "VJcaTion j convention of seminaL-y 
flludcnti WJS hddin die Middle WcsL The English dergyiiiyii and 
Buiiom Lkiplainof WorfdWiit Oiie, "Woodbine Willy", or ihe 
Rev. Sfuddcri Kemtedy, was one of the speakcts- The student 
deleprcs who had ^trended the coiivcotion and who tcfucned to 
make thcJc reports were divided in their opinions aboud him, 
H>Die bfiiig deeply imprssed and oilieis very aiilagonisdc. One 
of those "wlio had been uniavourably impressed was a proftsoc 
&oin Teachers* Collego jfnd a follower of the behaviomisric 
mechaiiistn school of psyehologisB. In his reporf hi^ described 
Scudden Keminjy'i references to the Cress as pure sciitinieiil Jity. 
There was evident aniagotiism tu llic Cross iind lE message in his 
eye and in liis voiee. As ihe speaker fiuL'^fied there W33 a momont'i 
silence. TlienDf.Simg stood 10 his feet and with deepest emotion 
gave ^iliifss before die iisstinibled ptofcsiors and students of wlur 
the Cross of Chnsi ineaiii do him. There were othci! present who 
had fdc promptings to mahc die protest, bnd fear had Ijdd iheiu 
bark and ii was left to a Chinese Christian to lake this bolij 
and magui£ccin sdiid. It was Siing's oppordnnity tn make his 
protest ad the attacks on his faith which were caosmg brm such 
anguish of sonl 



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lUr; BLI.NUING ftEVELATION 31 

[n spite of his iutellecdiial convittiotis, however, Dr. iung'i 
luflic had still not found peMe, The sfiain brought on by the 
bilDec !ipitidual struggle foUowiog the years o£ intense and con- 
rentraied study wild the recent acute emotional cKpefienee over 
]iis friendJiip were undoubtedly diitnihiiig the balance of his 
iiJind- Song "was botli a genius and a nian of gTCiit emotional 
miensityr Tliat type of mind is aKvays on the borderland of ii 
neiirosit- In My Teiiimttiy he WL'Ole: "The lieavy burden of my 
5<m\ became heavier diy by day until on rebruaiy loili 1 gor to 
ihe point when I no linger had any desire to hvc/ He wrote 
several letrets to his old tcjuJier at Ohio Wesleyan University, 
Di- Rollin Walter, the one friend in whom he tek !^e could 
confide something of tlie fierce spiritual conflict through which he 
waapassiiig. Of one of dicselctlns Dr. Walker wtorc:" At Union 
he studied with feverish intensity, ttymg to do three men's work 
jt the same liine. In the course of the year lie seiH me a letter 
whicli stnvl: me as ineoheicnt iiiid afl the ptodoct of an ovef- 
stxjjned brain. 1 enclosed it to Dr. Coffm, iuggisiing dial lie 
jieeded medical attention," Dr. Coflin toot no immediate action, 
hut kept Siiiig under close observatioji. 

Meanwhile, Sung Imd determined to give up evecylluiig else , 
in order to seek die fullness and povver of llie Holy Spirit so diat ' 
he could go out and witness for the Lord. He absented liiinself \ 
Erom lettui^s and spent the time in prayer. Day iiftn day wend 
by ill this way. TJicn on tlic evening; of Fcbntary loth light broke 
on liis darkened soul- He saw all llic sins of his hfc spread our 
before him. Ar fri^r it seemed that tliete was no way to get rid of 
tlieni and that he mu^t go do Hell. He tried io forgel dhcm, but 
be could not, Tlicv pierced his vtry heart. He aearchcd in his 
tiunk for liis neglected New Testament and began to read it again 
for the fitsd time for mondis. He turned do the sto 17 of the Cross m 
Luke ysiii, and yalie read the story came Jive, So vivid was the 
tight of the Saviour dying for his SJivs lliat he seemed to be there 
at die fool of ibe Cross and pleading to be washed from alf his 
mv. ill the Precious Dlood. It was to him a vision as clear as ihe 
one the Apostle Paul iaw on die Damascus road. Me continued 



34 A ElOiJIIAPTTV or JOHK ^UHG 

weeing ami pniying uuiil iiuJiilgkt. Then he hciird a voio? say- 
ing, ''Snii, tliyiins jrcfoi^ivcii," andufl Idsload of lin sccrncd lo 
faD ai once from hi^ iLutildHa. A feeling o£ intense relief cinic 
over Mm aiid bclcjjpi; to liin fe« wiih a shour o£ "HallelujaL!" 
Forgeiiing thai it wiis midnight and thac others wetc slccpnig. he 
lu^cd oui mwi thi: ha!h of rhe dorimtory, jhculing aiid pruwbg 
GqJ for Jclivertiicc! He wjs eonicious dat iii[o [he cleansed 
ro^jm of his heart, rlic Heavenly C.iiesi. iJit Hdy SpitJt, had 
enrctftl in Hii fulkcss. From now on his name wis to be Joliu, 
flfffiT John the Baptisl. die Foretminec. John Sung now uodeiWooJ 
itathe WJ5 called to be a herald of the Conung King, t<] picpaire 
His way before Him. 

The morose, brooding Cluncse a^uJcnt wiih -whom his ch^v- 
macffi had inccoiue fjiiiiliji ipprmed tlic next morning afi a 
dungfd man, Joy was wiiiien all over his face and hi bolJIy 
testified Eo his teachers mid feTlow saidenE ahke of^vhat God had 
done for him. At die fiftr poraibLe oppnminity he jskcd pcr- 
tniasion to give a five-niiniite Testimony of what Christ Imd 
come 10 mean to him ar a meeting of the international dub of 
which he was a mcmbet. His sole dejite now vni to pi^in^h 
ClirLflT Co evciyoui:, llcbcgiui to go out daily to "wHtncJS to every- 
one he met. uTfyiig tJiem with toara to come to Christ and 
confess ilidi sins if they woitld enjoy efettial hfc. He syslem- 
jdc^Uy visiied all ilie minuters he knew and uigcd them loo to 
confess chcir nnhiiihfulness and sloih in pcaclung ihf Gaspcl. 
Ec in-viied ihcm to pray widi Jiira aad to seek, ihu Lord's foi^vc- 
ness >nd th^ cleansing of ihe Pr&-iou5 Blood. Though he -was well 
retcjvcd by only a few, he Wiis eticouraged to go oii v^iiL what he 
behcvcd tobeliLsCod-appoinrcd duly. 

Not many days jfiei this trcmcnifoira crisis, Juhn had a slnitii^c 
dream. Looking into aiY open coffin, he sjw^ diat die corpse was 
himself, dressed in academic cap and gii\vn and holdinc a 
diplomi^f He heard n voice say. 'John Siuig is dead— Jejd 
to ilic world!" Tlicn ijie corpse began to stir and jwaktn and 
angels above U-gaii lo weep, nmQ he called out, "Don'f WL-cp. 
angelsJ 1 will remain dcvid to die world aiid lo nelfl" All the 



THB BLINDING PnVElAllOlJ M 

■cmaining years of his life show how sincerely he carried this 

lUlt. 

Another sEriking thing happened to him iviihin a ■week of hn 
uiidnighi cspctience. A complete stranger one day pcesented 
Inm wilh a globe of the woild, which he nxik to mean diat iLc 
Jx>td had called him lo cairy die Gospel to die whole cuih. He 
condnucd lo pray die more camcsdy dial God would enable him 
to fulfil HJH will fbt his life- 
Songs of joy Med his mL>utli jiud prunes overflowed fiom his 
][ps. He lossed aside all his theological boob and gave himjdf 
solely to ihc reading of his neglected Bible. He would walk up 
and down die k;oniJots repeating ScripCurc passaged to himself 
In hia room lit wo idd pace the Ibor and pray aloud, ofiHi far into 
[he night. He wa^ a irmLsTornicd pe[sotialily» so filled with the 
Spiiii dial life wemed lo him to have begnn anew, ll vr3S Use a 
second conversion ! 



I. 



CHAPTER SEVEN 

Into Arabia 

PATIENT NO. X IS mi^^ng from humirid.il w.ird, Muii 
J?c rnccd Jiij bruiighi: back immodiittcly. UcgcntE" 
TlLi:?iiiGH3^wa?HA^hcil to tlic [hjUcc ixom ihc mental 
bosEUtil at WhiEl? Pldm. N.Y, Sta(:Jn:is were iiiiniediarefy sent 
oirE with polici: dc^s, aiiJ No. X, aChiii(?^e, was won. disco Vf?ccd 
hKling in j -wlicitficld a few luilft from the asylum. 

So it was diat Jolin Simg found himicif b^ck jgain b tbc 
dreatifiJ itmosphci-e nf jt wjrd of dangecotB, figlitiiig, iwcarii^ 
maniacs. It W3S because he ]iad not bccD able lu didiuc a momeiH 
longer the mental anguish of livuig in sudi a mnipaijy [hjujohn 
bad planned an cwape. The failure of lusatEfinptto eeca'way cast 
him rnicp a dcjccd<aiso inEenso [h^i dark thoughu of ending hii 
own life sQggKtpdchfimcfvcaio him. Even ai he harboured iudi 
ilioughts, God's voice wa.^ hcatd !□ rehuki;, flow could Jie con- 
Icmplate w gric^Tun a sin' 

"Bin, Lord," he replied, "[wanted lu serve The? and to repay 
my debt itf ^licudc, lostcad of that, here T r-m shui up in. a pljc? 
where there li never a moment'^ quiet ! Whac 111? i^ thetc in goufg 
On Lving?'* 

"All tilings work together fer jood lo [hciii that love God," 
cimchack rhc MSwcr. "If yoii cjn cuducc tlm iriil patiently for 
ifjj days you will have learnol how to bear dip Crosa and to 
walk the Calvary road i>f unswerving obedience!" 

John gaw his or Jeal in a new light, and now the glory of the 
Lurd seemed to slimcannnid hini, cransEbrmiue his ptison house 
into a [raining ground for future sctvicc- 

Foilowing rke siiprcnjc spujuua] crisis of his life on February 
I3ih [he dcprcs^on and gloom of the jjas: mondis Itad suddenly 



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IKTO AHAfilA 37 

pivatpTaceio an unrKnaincd and Ught-hcartcd nrxuberaiice 'whieli 
confirmed the suipiciom of die (/nioii 'jTieoljgical Scnimaiy 
authonocs tliiii; the years of iijtoisive study and the recent 
(Tnotiimal ncrain had upset die balance of Siing's micidr Oc Cofiin 
Therefore followed tho sifggChtioTi rn,ide by Dr. Walter, John. 
Sunp's old friend, and arranged for an examination by a piy- 
chiatrlll:. Tlit outcome was that Sung was persuaded to go '^lo a 
sanatorium." for a licne of neiCd John cojiseulcd, but only uudcr 
protest: 

"Thete \% nodiing wronp witb myltead! The trouble has been 
in my heart, but ihiii is jdl light HOW 1" 

Dr. Sjmg wai al first placed in the psychopathic ward of 
BlooimiigdaJe Hospital, "ivheie he enjoyed gnjod food and com- 
plete leisure to read hii Bible, He WJ^ Jso given to understand 
dial he would be iliece for about six weeks only. He was im- 
iLoubEeiUy tired and was only too glad of diis enforced rest. Btit 
lie found the rcpeiifcd cx,inLitialion3 by the docrois, being treated 
13 .1 mental ease, Tnd the close invcstigatinn of all his eocre- 
ipondeiice intensely armoying;. However, he put up widi thia and 
ga^'CiiimscIf to the reading ofhu BibJe aiid getting to know some 
iif ihe odier patients. AfieEall, liis six vrceks would noon lie up! 

When the six- weeks expired, Jolmii^al for his discharge. But* 
to his dismay, the tequcst was refu^, Feding that he had been 
dccdveil, he argued angrily witli the doetor. His old fiety temper: 
fljEfd up. And the doctor was confimied in his opinion that this 
paticni was indeed raentjlly unbalaucedr He "njeied him to be 
Ctiiiihfeire*! to the ward foe violent patients! 

A week aftci his attempted ccipc. Sung waa able to ha\i? a 
reasonable talk with the doctor in which he sicisfied him about 
Ilia iit of anget and subteq^uent reasons for trying lo escape lie W3j 
then retiuncd to his otiginal ward, where there was peace and 
quiet agaiiL Tlurough the spring montlis and the hot, steamy days 
(if sitmiiier, while news of Hood disasters and soainig prices ilHed 
the newspapers, God kept John free fiom all an>dcty about his 
daily brcud and freed his mind to fonecntratc on his Bible. He 
devoted ilmrftr aU bin waking hours to reading it dirough from 



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A ClOdGAPHT OF JOHH SUNG 



INTO AEAEIA 



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beginmiig rn end — whidi he diJ forty timca 1 Eack time he lurd 
a diFcLcnl scliciiic r>f sludy. And l]>c iimrc lit rcjj ii ihc luarc 
enjoyment he derived fijoiii it. lie seemed lo be sliDwii j key lo 
diE undcrstpjiding of c\'«y one of ihc I,i3^ chaptcia of the 
Bible. He made coiifpeeliensive n'ocd 'Uiuljf^s iif a great Vijriety of 
lopics iiihd recorded ;ill hia fijidinga in niiincroiB noccbooks. 
When he fi^und chjr TinspiM] orderlies 'Acre prving into his 
Engliili notcsj he changed over to ch^ Chinese laiigiiagt, and 
rhercaficr Jl his BibLcittiily notes -were wiicten hi Chinese chanc- 
EJ, The Hdy Spirit taught hiin niirtii botli thiemgh the Word 
□f God and ilso ui dreanis ^nd visions, niaterJAl which Ue slored 
up L" his mipd and in hia joutniils for fiiiun: hm. 

The mental hoapiial thus hccaniejohn Sung's real [heologiral 
coflcgc f Tt iwaj thcic that h; hegiin to appreciate the deep tcudit of 
God's WoL'd 411(1 i[ -wJi tljerc thjt he "wji tauglit tlic difliciili; 
lesson of quiet submisiioii to ilie v-'ill of God- 

"Hc disciphned me to tccomeHis sabniiadve setvaivt- He tout 
away niy very obsriiface and bad icinper." 

Sung ■was permitted after a while to ■wr[te ro his fri^nd^, Tir. 
RcJlin Wall^cr ainjsti^ them. Dr. Walter described ihac Ictieri 
as "heautifolH hombk, ClnisthLe lelltcs , , . jbsolutdy free from 
any moibidity*\ 

TlieicseeiDS cveryrciuon to suppose that the resort Eo ihe advice 
of a. psycjiianisi on Dr, Suiig's bdialf was eKCiisablcon the gronnd 
of his intensp motbidity, vrbatever its cause mav have been, Tr is 
equally dear that it wis a spiiiui j1 rckjise which eSccted his cure, 
and fisr diis he owed itotliL^g to llic [ccjtment received in the 
mcutdl hospitaL When sm liad been confessed aud put away ami 
■when die Holy Spin: h^d fukeu full pa^asion of Dt. Sung's 
heart and nnnd, rfiere was no longer any need for ihs^ somja of 
a mental speLialifl ! 

However, God allowed Sung to spend over sii mondis hi 
retirement in oidcr Eo teach hLu icurfis 'wJiich he cvuld ncv« luvc 
Intneii at Union TlLCQlopicid Seminary. He used to teier to 
August 3odiH [fjsy, the day of Ins dischacge fi-om the mental 
hospital, a& die day whel^ he received his higliest degree! This 



was esacdy l^j day* after his entry inro the hospital and 200 
djys after hii spiritual crisis in February. 

Tlie celease -wa brought about largely through the inlciveu- 
lion of the Chinese Cousul Jdd of Dt, Walker, who negotiated 
\viih diehohpiial Supenniendcut and with the Stiicof New York 
Health Authority. Dr. Walker hiFOSclf became Dr. Sung's 
Quatadtot, and the latter was discharged on condition that he 
j]]uuld Icjve ilie United Stales and rH;turn to China, 

As lar as Union Seminary was concerned, John had virtually 
Kvcied liis own conuectioiu with the place when lie burned hit 
ihcc'fogical books as "boofci of demons" aud tHhcd to attend 
lectures. The Seminary liad long since officially removed his 
name frinn ihc roll of smdents. It haa ncvtt been proud of lis 
connection with the "Wesley of China". Said one of the 
pioEesson: "UoioJi SciiJinaiy has nothing to do with Johti 
Sung] 

After bis discharge John went with Ds. Walker lo Delaware, 
where he wj3 Dr. Walkef's house guest for a monih. Diinii|= 
this time the Commencement cHMcisea of hii old college, 
O]iio Wtslcyan Univcisiiy, tooh place. But John's thoughts 
were now batk in Cltiaa. He V)F?s daily in prayei' abnur die 
unknown futme and seeking die rcvdatioii of God's wdl for hu 
life. 

On Ocrober ilhjolin sailed from Seatdc for Shanghai, aftei 
saying "Goodbye" to his good fitend, Dc, Rolliii Walher. He 
liad heen seven and a hajf yeari in die United States. He wiisnow 
a man ofoutsUliding scliolaslie attainments, and douKrIeK any of 
die naniond universities of China ATfulJ have welcomed his 
wrviccs in the sphere m which he liad spcciilized— namely, 
chemistry. Btu [hiough deep travail of aouljohn Sui^^ had twuie 
to J knowledge of God which he knew he must sliate widi his 
own countrymen. God had lo dealt wish him that he had not a 
shadow of doubt diat he had beai caUed to ih= task of preaching 
tliego&pel in China, and perhaps ill otlier lands aEso. 

As he dioughr back over Ins eKpciiGiccs, he rem;:inbeced die 
vision of the drowning men and the miracli; of iJieFeedjitg of the 



40 



A HIOCBAFHY OT JOHN SUWi; 



Five TTiftUHtid. He rpcntl^ci^d the diejni of hiiusclf Iviug m Ji 
coffiniTicapandgownjIErmmg, "r-wi]] remain deiid Iodic world 
and In sdfl" And widi cht mcinory cjmc the Eliouglit of [he 
diplntHM, [he gold luedJi iud the keys nf Koaour stoTed in 3iis 
^^fiS^- l^'Vciy Chinese scCi grcac store by such cvidaicc of 
£aiiIicJ sdioLusliip, and JoJm wag no e:ci:r|)tion. Tticy would, lie 
kiiew, beau opcnseiameiivroa career wbiclimigbtbcjshnlljaiii: 
M it would be rnniincr^dvc. He wji Jnovcd, [qo, by the know- 
ledge £^f [he debt he owed to his pjieiiB md ro his fijiiily. Might 
be nor icrve Getd in ihe ipLcic £bf wlndi hia cdueation hid 
iincd liim? Might not die tha[f of diemi^cy in soric giejr 
UiiJversity be a more ftTrtdvO and influencijl pulpii diju any torn 
which Ills farlicr had preached? 

Aa the ship mailed steadily easiWJrd, the cx>rllic[ coutriiiicd to 
rage in his bteasL HcEoad JreaJy yielded hia oil to God. Wai not 
diat enough? SutAy God would be able to ni^kc u^ of Jiis con- 
scctaied raleiiU Jid degrees without makinj- fiirdicr demands 
up-jn html Yet John, widi tlfe clarity of indghc whiclj coustanl 
prayer givta, aaw the dangers of his position. He aoldcipaied die 
subtle temp^arioni which awaited liiui, die insisienC iitge of his 
&mily jnd tlie fJaciety of fticnds. Aiidhe llioiight of die words 
of the Apostle Paul. "What thuigs were gain [o mc, those 1 
counled loss fui ChiisL'* Like Pjiid, he woiiid rciioniiec tjit 
wot[d and IE fame oiict foe all : lie would hiuuhis hddgcabehimi 
hull. 

One day, as ihc vciicl ncared [lie cJidof its voyage, John Snng 
-went down to his cjbiji, took oui of his cabin tiunk his dipbmas, 
his medals and hii ftateriiity keya jnd threw diem jwcrtoaxd. All 
caccpthis doctor's diploma, which he retained to sJiiifv his £iiher. 
This was later framed Jind hung in hii old liomc. Tile Rev. W. li. 
Cole s^w it there about i53S.D[, Sung iioiieed Mi. Cole loofdng 
ai ii one day and Hid : ^'Thuigs lite that are uscJtsa, They mean 
nothing to nic!" 

^'Tlien: must be great tenundadons ... if there arc lo be 
great Cbri^ijan cacceis." Dr. Dcmiy's words might have been 
written with Dr, John Sung in niiiid, It is prolMbly ihe chief 



INTO APAUM 41 

^LCret of John Sung s career tlui there cante z day when he made 
jiisl such a renmiclaciouofailihLitllu&wojld holds dtitr. 

Pfiibid iL LoLd> that I should boast 
^vc in The Ciee of Chtisr ray lord: 

All ihc vjui things il[J[ cjijini lilt uujjt 
T laerifice them to His Bloudr 



F 



PART TWO 
A BURNING AND A SHINING LIGHT 



CHAfTLi'. E[Gi-rr 



Begiming at Jerusalem 



JOHN SUNG diseinbarkj:(l iit Sliaiigli^, -where ht ar once 
djscardftl tiis EuTopcau dies. When ]ic wcni on hanA ihc 
litcle coa!>ting hteuner bound for HULghwj he iv^s indb- 
tiugiiish^Wf^,mhissunplccO[[UHgO'LVit,from tilt other IravcLcis. 

OldPasiot Sung, accompjiiiizd by hia four youngest soib, met 
Jnhn at the wharf. Did die lather lnolf foe his 5an 33 a scholarly 
^unricmeniiialouiigcsuit jndtic?[fi3-hc waa(ll5,ippninrcd. But 
^Efciler diBappLiiiEUiieril jwailcd him. 

At homi^, Mrs. Sung prepared a fcjit of welcome at v^hJi all 
[he <jrrLily gathered. It Wiia iiKirly over ieveu years siritc ilicy liad 
[vclcd, Tdc tabic wa? heaped wi<h siith dclicnaes as the home 
could aflbrd. The couveiiaiion cutncd em the many rhiiigs Men 
in AniMica and the recent voyjge. But before rhe evening ended 
Pastor Sung spoke what wai ouhu mind; 

"Ju-im, now thai you have yuur diploma, I hof e you will 
acccpr a pcadon in a Covenmien: urnvtraty, I b-ve becu a 
Bible leachci all my hfc. [ hat-e received oiJy Ijo a month as 
ialary. Ujikss your mother had provided the ci<:c, we could never 
tiave ^d CUE tea thLUh^ii- Now I hope yiiu wih help to eduale 
your younger btodiersl" 

"HMii-gs wTEcjuU as John liad feared. But hi5 dsd^ou liad been 
niade, and he rcpHed ftspectfuUy: 

"FathcT, 1 cannot do thia, for I have dedicated my life to the 
prcjtliing of the gospel)^' 

The whoSe fmiily wept tkeic disappointment. Pastor Snng had 
hcoi iiifninied hy die Union TltcologiH^l Seminary of his son's 
detention iw a nic1n.1l hospilalj ajid this aewi suggested th^t there 
might be some truth in ihc report of hi& mental deiangenicni. 



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46 



A llHH:i^APny QF JOBN SUNC 



AftfT spciiduig seven years acquiring di:gK« jnd fiinii], aas i[ 
powible djji lie WIS CO mm his back on a coicci ofsurh piomrfl:? 
Poi a ^tck the pareifra observed iLcir sqi.'^ Ijchaviour doscry. 
He gave uimc of his dme lo pr^yci jfld to the study ofhis Bible, 
diily adding lo die nm« of kij niiscnuerjcs bi his norehoofcs. 
Fmnlly, from i^hat itcy sjw. [hey wtrc convinced ttac lie -w^s 
bodi ioiind in uiiud and liaii h^d 3 deep experience of the work of 
God in his kcaiL H^If cdnciajitly, ihcy icceptcdijs inouiHii,oijs 
Vision and ^ve him their Wcssiug jnd mtoucagcmaii as h.2 
fiiccd his Lfc-wDck. 

Al tlie fiisr opportiiidty, Jolia viaiHal lii£ old schaol ^iid v/as 
inviKid 10 addrea rhc boys zt j speciaJ assembly. TJie i^hool was 
iJiitiirally proud of iii distmguislied son, bur everyone -was noi: a 
litrLc im^riicd to hear an dijrcs. not oo America or science oc 
pjniodsm. but on chePocdiiig oftlic FivrThouMiidf 

Soon after, John acccpTcd a. pait-tiinc appoimiiLcni on die stiff 
of rhii scliool— ilie MediodisE Chri^tijn High Scliool— ro reach 
tlicniisci'y and Bible f^r cbrcc days 1 wc^k. He did ihh in ordcx lo 
assKi Jiis younger broifi=i ikough collci^e. The fcnuioiiig fcjur 
days a ijvcck be pLmncd lo d(^re te, evangcliidc work jit rbe 
diicikr. 

It aecms to hjvc been about ilui time ihal Gaitiral Chang 
Tso-liri. die warlord of Mandiuna, b«riug ibar Dr, Simg had 
returned to China, ofierod bmj i Jucraiive poit in his anenaf at 
Mukdeu in connection widi ilia nianii&ciurc of cspIoMves. But 
now noihitig couLd distraci him from Ms sdc imbiiiMi to Dicadi 
Chriit. ^ 

A sore trial now ywaiced Johii-^iis wedding ! From a Chinese 

point of view, the mandate wjiidi bad been arrsngcd for bim 
in bis infancy could not be delayed any ionger. The parents af^i: 
bnde-io-bc bad waited long enough, and it was high time the girl 
w:iJ manied and Hanifriccd to liei JiLisband's home ! Jolin accepted 
tbe ineviisbic, huL with no jo>'fLJ aiicidpaiion. He did not know 
rhc girl, and did not even [oiow whcdict or not die w^ j nue 
Chdatian. But life day arrived. The ceienioiiy was pcrformc*!. 
Tbe nunierojB friends aud idanvei gadicrcd ro share in ibe 



BEGINNIPJC AT JEKUSfttEM 4? 

festivities and to oficr tbeir congratnlaliods. And, very celuclautly, 
Jnbn entered Upon die responsibihtieM of a married inan. 

Three days buei he was in the home of tbe Rev. aud Ma- 
Fr.inca P. Jones, Meibodiai imsslonarift in Hiiighwa and John's 
foEincr ]iich irhonl reachcrs Mra. Jones asked another young 
man prcseiiE if lie were manied mo. Wbcn ihe reply was "No!" 
Johnwasbcardaimost togioaii,^'I*viih Jwerenoil" 

"nris wa:^ tiot a propiiious beginning to mariied life, and in f^l 
John nc^fr became a (amily man. TTirougli dl his eiglueeu years 
of marriage he enjoyed little oc no real home lif& In those eaily 
dayiliis wift was not a particnlaily cannsi Christian ; and, ,-JS she 
had a quick temper, qinrrck Tvcrc freqoenl. F'ew would find 
Jolm's temperament one with which, it was easy to be compatible. 
There were ihree daughters and tv-u loni born to them, but 
John never succeuidedin being a good fiitha. He never seemed lu 
have rime for his diildren and faikd lo cscabJisli £iroi^ bondi of 
loTc and nndetstanding wiih tbcm. 

Uumig ihc extensive travels of Dn Sung's later cureer, die 
Ennily home v;as iu ShanghsL There the children naturaUy 
leamcil the local dialect, but they were never allowed to forget 
their native Hinglfwa tongne. 

Home lite, in ihe interval betwem Im journeys, seemed to 
biingonrihelatcniimpiiidenceiiiSuiig's temperament as nodiiug 
the did. One day in rp^A, a visitor 10 the hoinc heard Mrs, Sung 
say to him: 

"Voulose your icmpcl' if home: it's best fol you to be away [' 
Tbe children were all given ocduiary Cliinese lumes, but the 
fatlicrin^wedonThciibavingSciJppjialnams too. Thclirsttbur 
were tbereforc called Genesis, Eicodus (a boy), LtviEicus and 
Nujnbetb. But when it came to ihe fifdin another boy, lie skipped 
Deuieronomy because of tite implication in die name tkit diere 
might be a "repetitiou" of die early dcadi of the first boy and 
called him Jo^ua. John oiiee told a friend dial his favourite 
diihl was Tj-viiii:!!!!, because Levi wns wholly given up to llic 
secvicc of God 1 He was Iwsi fond of Numbers, he said, because 
Nuitibers was full of spiril vial declension! 



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40 A BIOGUAPIIY or JO:r^- SUKC 

ThroUBhaut tluiwiiirCTamlsiirmg of 1523, John SimgdcvoEal 
ai] lis !paK time Co opamir: pjcadlin^ anil Biblf laclmig id 
Hinghwa and ihc jlirroimdii^ djstncL The boy prcacici who liad 
b»zn <!> u/cll hioKii -ivhtsi m high school wm CYHywIiaf given a 
-ojariii wcliiiiii;. But natiomlisdc and anti-Chiiiriatl agiralioii 
lan iiisli m thosp days and when Sung began tj dcnnuiitc as 
idolany flic weekly ceremony of bowing 10 die poitrait of Dr. 
Sim Yat-scn, rhe fedsir of llic Chmese Rcvohirion, lit ran into ;l 
pohdcil UBim. The Nilioualiit Party, the K^miida,^, iiad k.cal 
olhcei cvtrywicrc, mi when in one city the icaioni iutal 
ofildal! got wind of Sung's dcnnndaricns, puliec were oiilfnid In 
arrcit 1dm as a comitei-rcvolnti^aryl Bjl Sung njaped arrc!I 
bcciusc he had alrtady been gidded to take his departnK; bffoic 
die police arrived 1 The ncsr Hep taken by the Party, ditacfore. 
W-J! to stir up d)c staff and boys ui Us school agahis. die new 
Kaches so as to hive hiin dismissed. By false leport and bribery, 
die boys were persuaded to go to die tcacl,et's room tii make 
trouble. But just as diey were onlbc point of bearing bin. up, a 
sudden ihuiiderstorra broke and die mob scaltf red, Sraig, liow- 
ever, deade.! to resign ftom liis ponnon on the staff ritbix diaii 
taiise continued unjJeasautiicas. 

Asa matted man in die eyo of the Party Bureau, John was 
now eompellcd to avoid die larger ddes and to give bis time to 
the stniLct towns and villages. He was joined by odicr young 
mtn auJ women who hid been brought to Christ through the 
Srst viii! to FuHai in May, 19:8, of one of dio Bethel Bands fiom 
Shangiiai, imdcr die leadership of die Rev. Andrew Gdi. John 
had been delighted to meet die Bethel Baud and jlso Dr, Joseph 
Edacb. a (Ouvcitedjew, wHio h.^ppened to b: visiting Sienyii at the 
same time. Ticic men, on fire to preach Cbrist, kid warmed 
John s heart, and lie had lejoiced in die icvival blessing whitb 
had ateoinpanied ihen ministry. And now die little e^'angelistic 
band, under Sling's leadership, began to see for themselves all ilie 
signs of a true worlt of the Holv Spirit. 

Sung had doscly observed both the preaciiiij; of Dr. Hacks and 
die methods ofdieBcdielBand BliC. dioegh influenced by what be 



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BBRINNINC AT JEBTTSMXM 49 

!iiw, SuKgivasuo Oleic imilalijE, He took over mertodi^ aajptcd 
rficni and made ihcin liis own. In the village niiMicms Simg used 
H) ptt-adi and the others iKed Co CQtify of ilic grscc of God in. iheir 
livK. Gjitvicrion and mnfiaaioii of an r«uliej and dear eviilciicH 
of ihc new tilth wei* won wen in many livra. His voice reduced 
to J. hoarse wliispcT, John ictutJicd ra [TingWa ro report wiih 
ovei flowing joy whal they hid wiOieised. Thai this vraa a wfM-k 
of God was £VideF|[, for, humanly speaking, the tiin^H were lao^t 
luifiivourable. All ovii China, iiLcluding fukim, the inti- 
ChriMian movtmcnt Wiis so sttong ihat m some pkcn dupcis 
were being tarn douii ,iikI C^iiitiana wtic evcryu'hete under 

RcpoEls uf JoIjh Siuig'a uimisury and the blcsvng "whii^h ■was 
atrending il reached jbe headquacKTs of the Merlnidist Mission 
LI Foochow. Th<; Rev. Fr^rnk T, Qutwiight, DircctoE of bvait- 
gclisui, made a special two-day jounicy by boAC -Mid on focft to 
waToh Jolin in aoian. Mc. Catiwright found the teaiu in i laigc 
market town living on the i^oatsestof food. Sim^j'i oitriiocdiiiaty 
Icidcisliip of llie gfOTip of yoimg high school hoys at oncp im- 
pressed ihe visitot— even more than ]us preaching. The yoimg 
people luokcd to binv as Timodiy and Silas inighl liivc looked lo 
ihc AponlcPaii]. Mr. Catiwiighf recalls Inn iniptessions ihiib. 

"Themccdni^i themselves were noisy and chaiactetiaed by die 
sincinff of ^Triple songs specially composed fi> einphiLiiie tlic 
theme for cadi rnccnng: (tc cnifencc nf God, ihc love of Cod, 
Ghdat the Saviour, iUv lepeitraniM, faith and the Christian hfc 
John's pteiiching was impassioned and itraugtly p^tferncd ouihcn 
preachioj^ and pulpic Tnarmerisjils of Bdly Sunday (who eh John | 
may liavc hcacd pccadi in America), tile winold race ba.ck and [ 
fotrli on the platfonn or leap ovtr the Comimnuon laJ aiid 
itand in the aisles. Ot he ivonld walk down the aiiJia jtliI j"oinL 
Ins finccr in the laCi? of someone in the audiirnce, iHcn rush back 
to die front of [hi: chjicliand pcchap* ituid on die Commtimon 
rail to finish his sermon 1 People in coiisidctible numbeis caiuc 
tbnvard aJrci every meeting i(> pny ^id to jcecpt Chiiii." 

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50 A P]0CRAI'1IV or JOHK ^UNG 

liis devotion to prayei: md Us hittmc ca^^a^n«3. The ream spent 
nindi nme together bctVh'cai ihu mcerin^ in earnest plcxAhig 
wilh God on fwhalf of cold diiuchfs and Jiominal Chcistiius. 
And they siw sinJi diurclies and Christians rceivcd. Many who 
had hitherto bcai merely fijtmjl cJincct iTirmbcci were born 
again and became living wiTnci'^f^ for ClnisL 

J<?bn Sung wits deeply concerned too thai die young coiivcrti 
should be well escabJished in die Word of God. To this cud Jie 
eijfisicd hi! missionary fiicndi lo help him with some sE>cda] 
Bible stcidy clasci to fallow up the i-evival meetings. These 
were held in 1^28 in the '^Heavenly Ilorsc Mouncum" near 
liinghiva arid the iifty youoj^ pcnpic prc^oit profited greidy 
honi the cLglii d-iys of soliJ B^ile Icjctjng, Tiiey afterwards 
iciKa-ed wjrh ii ^ l^n ro ^Tsit each uf the ico littJc conntry cliurclics 
in ih- diiirict and to slurc widi them the truths they had bcM 
learning Themscfvc^. 

The same itunmet. Dr. Sung, feeling his iiccJ of spiiiiual 
lefrcshincnt fot himself^ nuidc the journey to J lovely mouu mm 
rnoit overlooking die Rivet Yaugtic to attend the annual 
sQinnLcc convention tiierc. Killing is beaLUifully situated and- ia a 
place Ljfhdlowcd m^niories for many oflbe feadersof the ChincK 
Church. Wliifcic ivai il]ete,Jolui was invif^d do give his testi- 
mony. This -was his ouly puhhc apptaranee but it wai also Ins 
first inlreidnccion lu j wider Christian public. 

Back in Pukicu aga[i?, John was joined by a missionary and a 
Clunejc &inii and together ihcy went louitd <]>c chtu-ches hading 
meetings and bvadgjthtg die geDeral condiiioits of the ehuteh 
hfe, John wai saddened by seeing so many thoologicJ college 
graduates who were Euhng 10 tKernse an effircrivc mimsiry m ihd 
diardiDs (ai which they J^ad a spiritual rcspondbihty. He aw 
only n?o clcaify tlial a more intellrctiral tidning withoiil the 
Spirit^s grace and power produced only unspiritual hirehngs who 
wcce uuahle 10 conserve die frma of ccviva], to build irp Chiiatiaiis 
ouihe Word of Grtd 01 to estabh&h a strong churdi Lie. 

In order to meei this ju^eJ in a aniaH way, SiUfj; staited an 
"imnerajit thet^ical co%e'^ Starting with five studentj^ he 



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51 



divided the lime between Bible study and cvan^^elism. Their 
first field of opentions was an island offdiccoasF on which were 
many villages. Thnjej idols were destroyed, many helieved on the 
Lord and much valuable orpcriencc was gained by the students. 
ItcCiirumg to Sungr native village and HrChpLicc, die '^college" 
took a huid in the ^rm life. Ic "was harvest-time and the teacher 
and tlie ituienis alike worked all day m [he field helping the 
farmctSj then in the evcidnga prached to a full chapel with great 
tffccr. ThiB, from pkce to pljicc the "thcologial colln^c" moved, 
meeting with a varying response bur always sedng some true 
conversions. There wcirc chutchrs^ however^ whicli were 
obviously more inicresicd in tile literacy mDveinenc than in 
spintual lencwal, and 5urig was saddeiied by die coU reception 
tliey received- 
John Snng'a fame had already reaelied distanr pjrt^ of hij own 
province. Early in 1929 he had responded to an inviration ro viiit 
Amoy, Chuanehow and ChangWiow in the sooth. Hie sc^l of 
God "was manifestly OQ His scrvanfs ministry there and the vision 
giew ctcjrci in his own mind of a wider mimsciy in otlier 
provinces of Chma and perhaps, eventually, outiiidc China. But 
the time was not yet ripc. Agam, in the spring of 1^30 he paid a 
visir 10 rhe north of the province, where at Shimchang, Yenping 
and Yangkou he was greatly used ro bring comfort to many 
clmrchcs exposed to the danger of anti-Chris dan ImLrcd juj 
general Ijwlcssni^Jir At Yitjpiiig, ihcte was a warm response from 
many oftlic students, hiid there was again strong oppo^tion to the 
mes^ge from the local Party Bureau, who derermincd to arrest 
5ung. Tlie evening before action was to he taken, John was taken 
ill and the doctor ordaed hini to stop wnrk immediately and to 
go home to rest. He therefore cook sbip early the ucki moniir^ 
and was not to be found wbcii the police anived an hour or 
two lata* to take liimJ 

Still deeply concerned abotn die oversiglit of the churches m 
his own neighbonrhood, Sun_^ ■worked out a plan for the syitcm* 
atic training of locil preachers. He was anxicu^ that they should 
theiii-sclves be heitci taught in the baiic tcutiis of flie Bible. So he 



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5i A BIOCRATFIV OP JOHN SUNG 

divided [he lOO or so vOlage diurdic into groups often aa J [l>cn 
dcvoEt^d n whole yc^ to visiting caih group in lum, Ar every 
cernre, fort>' to fifty representatives -were jummoncd to atrend a 
ttninrii^ chss it iwliicfi Sung gjvc iiunnicnon on family worship 
and i^ugKt ihcm lutw to use new medioda imd matcriafs. There 
were also ipwij] ckaes for yoimg pt'uplc to instrnci thcni in w-»ya 
in wludi they cnuU assist their leaders and pastois. 

In oTie cimne. Dr. Sung waj gning tluotrghjuhn's GoBpel ivjih 
a daasofyoung people, and lie asktjihcmco bring in Mine little 
objccd, like a flower, a plant or just aujthin^ lioni outfifde, When 
the diss tcgan, he uodceJdiat the nuLnter of the ubjccis brought 
wajdsacdy [li£jiumbcr of the versa; 111 the chapter for sciidydiac 
day ! So be contrived [o inakc every objcer an illmtijjiion for net 
vnsc in die cliaplf r ! Ap> he spoke he Higgcsicd to ihc sUideDi3 and 
to 3 missioitaiy friend afterwards ihal [Iihc was somediing 
WonderfirKcvcn supernatural, in [his mincideuK J Thi^niis^iiary 
quietly repJied rliit, far uioie wondetfLil tliaii Dr. Sung's in- 
genuity w^s the powci of liie gospel hf pnHLhed do transtbim 
a souL There was always a leiidenty to make the Bible fit into 
Dr. SuDg s sysiem, Jind he was never a thmlogian ! He wk afvravs 
at his besT ■a'hen cxpouiiding the SeupLiirei vciac by ver^- He 
Ojn:i: hcid 9 ela^ of high scliool itudeuis speDbouri J fot an hour 
and y half on ihe stoiy of Naainaii, 

One lesiilc of the tiauiijig claacs for (ocal ptuachers was that 
f^inulyworihip was sborlcd in ovec 1,000 homes. Sung was greatly 
eDcoutjgcdby (lie response he met widi among the tank and fdc 
of die eburdirt, but he found the paid paiUin, a much more 
difficufi and untcsponsivcfidd. He ftll much syuipadiy widi ihem 
in rfieir dilficiiltics. They were usually uiidopaid and eonse- 
qucntly tempred to augniriit li;cir salanes in s^ulat employment. 
Hie pMtois seemed 10 have neiihet die time nor the qruhfjcatbm 
to foster iiuespiciiuahty and to eairy outfaiihfully their pasboij 
duties. On dip eontmrv', a hired ministry of iliis type was all too 
often a siuinblmg-bloek ro Chiistian^ ^nd to diosc outside thu 
Church alike 

Easter, i^jo. tame Jtoimd. John Siiugbad bccu bact in China 



bEmUNINC AT JZflUEALtM 5J 

for two and a half veais. AH chii time he had been engaged Iti 
constant travel jnd bjd wuLl.i:d vtiy lucd indeed. He now had 
two chiidiQi, a gitl aiul a baby boy. Ai a volimraiy worker, he 
had- been receivmg no tegular salary, and id had been difllculc to 
make ends meet He imd Mis, Sung had to thinl: nvicu: before 
making the smallest enpendLdiue of money. It la lidr[e wonder 
[bjt sometimes die Tempter suggested tojohn^s itund the thought 
that all this tune Etc could have been earning a handsome ajlaiy 
&otii the Governmeiil. Wliy, [heii, id tervii^ the Loid, was his 
reward so nieagre^ Tliti temptation assailed him afiesli ooe day in 
Pasion Week. But as he thought of His Lord going all ihc way 
Co dhe CrOs^ Ke scemi^d to hear Him uy, "Cannor you c*bey Me 
to the full? Caiiuod you surroidcr yotu: all to Me? I know all 
aboui youi cares. RenicmbcE diat after the shame and pain of [he 
Ctoaa thett coiiies llie glocy of Resurrecdtonf Be patiend a wliile 
longer and all will be well!" 

Hut patience was not easy for John Smig Co leiim. When, soon 
after this, invitations began to come to liim from Najifhang, the 
Kiangsi pioviucial capifjln and ftoia Nanking, die national 
cipidal, be was eager do be away. God's word, howe^'er, "was: 
"My child, wail a little longer- My time has tioi yet come!" 
An outbreak of painful boils ser\'ed to curb his impadienec. Hehad 
been all packed up and ready to start, bud the Lord liad to hold 
hiin ui With bit and bridle. A cholera epidemic struct Hinghwi 
and John was one of tlie victim^. In liis di^iressr he confessed hh 
impiitieiiueandhtssinuideiiruig to run ahead of God's gindance- 
He told God he would gladly i^end the rest of bis hfc as an 
imknouai coimiry preaeher if such should he [lii will. Afrer his 
recovery. Joint again accepteJ an invitation to coiidued a mission 
— iliii time a. children's mission ui Haitan, at wliich many found 
Christ as Saviour. Then lie was asked to lead a retreat for church 
leaders on one of ilieojastil islands, where niuny were slined up 
to serve God in a new v?ay. The whole island felt dhe impact of 
ilie new cvangeUatic impetus which lesuhed. 

God liad accepted John Sung'$ uncoudilional sutrendcr. And 
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Prior to Snr^'i cctLun liomc. life Eii Elie coimir^' 3\.-ounA Flingtiwa 
had been reiulcicd pcriloiis in rhu t.-inreinc by bauditry'. MurdLr 
and pillige were die cmlec of the tky. iJat for rlif pjsr dirceycaij 
ih; y<?iiDg sdiulai-pr&idicc bad been able to carry oa hs -work 
freely, Pt^x ;ind aecnricy bad rciyrJcJ, Now, lioweuer, ibe 
province w:is agAJn dirowii jjlIo pioic by an iiiv.tding anny q( 
rebei-inldicrs. Tlic Mctkodist iniss[on,irie^ had m move lo tbe 
larger cen[r«, Tbe linltf bynd of fellow wo rt^tswlto had labouicd 
in such clofic fellowship wich Sun^ scattered io [lieu [ionics. The 
doot fcir coLuitry evangelism was again closoi Suug's bndge< 
had bet n tin bph[nd him and tkei* was nothing [o do bui preiu 
on to new bacrl&.g[oiinJs- 

Buc bis tcsdng time was doi yer ovcF. Very Mori after Siing's 
own recovery^ Mrs. Simg and the baby of only diiee montbs, 
EKodus, both bt-c^me very ill. The baby dk-d after a shDii; illnes 
aiid die SQETowing parents joLiglit comfon in die story of Moses, 
who was t^t adrift on tbe waieu diccc montlis after birrb and die 
flssitrance that iheir liiUc sou £xodiiR liiid 'Vi>nc out" □£ the 
woild to be ivjdi Cbii£[. 

TKice days after rhe funeral, John Sung left hoine. God hid ad 
last jjiven i]iewi>rd: '^Ati^n^, niysoiiITlic liaic has cornel Latve 
your txmntry and go to tbe pjjcc whitber I will lad you !" 

"Without funhcr delay", John writes, "[ said farewell to my 
Wife wlio was still on a bed of sickness and lo my Emily and tofiV 
a^hip to SliaiigkiL I dared noc loot back lo sec my ailing, sorro^v- 
iug wife but litceled myself to feJlow Christ in the way of the 
Cross." 



CHAPTER Nfr^E 

An^ in Smmrla 



DR. SUNG had in I^JO jonied tbe Ihiigbwa Conference 
of [be Mttlio-dis! Cbondi, At tlie iiisl confcicjice after 
Jus return fioin Aiiifricj jie )iad already been invited ro 
preach the conEercncc sermon. Anii-Chnsdan agitation "was then 
a[ i[3 nioit violent pb-itc, and- in chcciiing tbe siory of Jonab foe 
liii inbjccl. Dc, S[ing badconiparedjornh's ihip [0 the ChuEch in 
die inidst of the slorin and, of course, tlie deepmg prophet, 
obhvioiis of the dangers, was lepreseiUadve of tbe preachers! 
Sudi Jti oiitspokoi sermon was (uipiiliit^ble to sumo, bLi[John 
Simg was ne\'er one to seek popularity, and he ^loon earned for 
himself no[i>ucty £01 Lis slashing; allacks onpreachcts who were 
not lai[bfijl lo dicir rciponsibilily to preach die Gospel and to win 
iiitn and woini'n lo Chiist. 

He saw the situancm in China urdy loo cleaily. Tlie "weakness 
of the iyscem by which furngli miswonariea educated, trained 
and upprnnii'd. men as employees of misionary societies WJ< 
cveiywhese apparent. To men without a cleai: call of GoJ to die 
minislry and even without a persouiil and saving eHpenencc of 
CliriHt, [lie Chtisdin niiitisrty -^:ii jnerdy ii ptofesion, a meiins 
of cmploymenl. The effect on the Chinew C.bureh as a whole of 
having leaders of this type was disastroip. And John Sung realized 
how htllc could be done so long us uncorn'cried or umpititiial 
jntn were in cuntroL Revival aaiong the rant and £Ie migbi be 
nullified by pallors and preichers opposed lo levjvalr Hence hii 
devastating attacks on church officials and mission sehoolicaehcis 
■wherever he wi^ntr These aicacks were often unwarranted aiid 
tended to alieiiate some who would have becii liis best C-imds. 
But oulv loo ofien iJicy were justiHcd and aioused dic vciy 



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nauual ^uijgoiiuni of" iliosi: wlu> were imwiJIiiia tc accept 
hii iCiittmcs. 

Aj Juhu Sung enKceJ jwjdciiphere of miniicry a5 Ev;ingcJ]jt- 
aL-Iaige nf die Kinghwa Conference, he was fullv JWjie of his 
cdl tu Iw a Jo!m tlie Bapcist ^iJ lo Jenjuncc sm vjlierever it 
mi^t hs foiiTid; nor JiJ lie sfuink fiom his <[iflicu]t ta'ik. He 
believed diar God liad giv-£n Iiiiii jnsc fifteen year^ in which to 
fuUU his luinisiry, and nt:ver onec in ihosc fifKcii yc^rs did lie 
spare hiinsdf or tutn aside fmn hl^ conimmion. 

Thejnutiie^ ivhfch took Dr. Siuig fcr Eroni home Rfc die IkiC 
Qmc <in Chnsdan setvice nms occasiojicd by a fipeaal iiiusJon ifl 
Peking. The Mcihculin Biahop of Foochow appointed him to 
aiudy thcologicil cducatioci arul ihc inas^ cJucarion, e^cpedmeur 
initiaEed by Hr, Jiime^ Yen a: Tfnghsicn, near Pckig. The 
intaicion. was that he shc^uU rctiim to duect the MIslod htaacy 
projccc xhrojghoul die McHiodisl Judd. 

On reaching Shanghai, Tie jicjrd of an Ea&i Chiiu. conference 
ofibc "Christianize the IlDJue"nn)veineiic to be held EitHiich<>^ 
in Ki;ingiu Piovincen ocgaiiized by ihe Jeaders of the National 
christian Couticil of China, There were over loa provincijl 
dciCganB attending. Dt, Siuig went there uuamiounLcd Co sec 
whar he coidd learn. Weariiig his coarse, honicspiin doth gown, oe 
an oM suit of foreigJL c!oth& and with his swatlhy complenion, 
nc looked motl unlike an oflicJal delcgaEd. For a day or two, not 
knowing die local diafcct, he liardly upoltc to anyone and took 
ni> pan m the discinsion^. Bur then, one da.y in J pnyn meeting. 
thoo^ero lead in ptaycreanie upon him, and [hat prayei was £i> 
full of power dijt Mn. Frank R. Mi]lic™i of the Ametitan 
Presbyleiiiui Mission and die Christian Lfrerarurc Society sought 
Johii out jnd was surprised 10 ftnd a man who ciiiilii ipeat fln^ir 
Enghsh f An opporniniiy was at once given Co this distinguished 
gutst who had been living among thecn incognito lo speak at 
one of rhc diKtission gcouj;* aboiii liis pas: difee yeats' work lit 
Tiikicu, cspeddty (he cxicaorduiary growth of the practice of 
family worship. Inviiarions followed ro give his testimony Co the 
delegacta jnd to apeak in lotal chun:hes, nchoob and hospiials. 



Huchow dins became die first place outside hi^ native province 

whece ihe doors for teslimoTiywere opened to him. 

The eonferencc over^ Dr. Snng iveni find to Hangchow and 
from there back Co Shanghai to slay with the R;v. and Mrs. 
iT.Liik MilhoiP, wlio .itEaugcd for him to addrcsa ihc Chtistian 
Licetaiiice Siiciecy or village evangelisnt, family wotship and lie 
literacy moveancnt. But as soon as posnbleDr. Sutig continijed Ills 
journey to Petdng. At Nanfeing, the nacional capital, lie broke 
lij^ journey to vjsit his fotmcc headmasrer at the Memorial High 
School ill Hinghwa, P-ev- pTinds P, Jones, Mr. Jones ■A'as now 
on die Utility of die Theol<^ical School connected with GiiJing 
University, the college John hyd once hoped Co atreud, Afket a low 
days spent with Mr. and Mn. Jones investigating the Couiie of 
tlieoiogicjl training and (he ]ate3t tciihooka. he cro«ed the 
Yangtac PJvc: jrid journeyed north over the broad, brown 
plains of Nonli China to Tientsin. It was die nionds of Deer mbet. 
John felt like a stranger in a sirange land. He was un^mdiar wilh 
tile iiordiem Mandarin dialect and he had noiadcyuarely prepared, 
himself with wann cfothing to face the icy winter winds which 
blew down from the Sihetian pf^iiis- 

His first vi&il was (o (ke Rev. H. t. Di:wey, a jiiisjionary at 
Cluiigli, near TienttiiL Mr, Dewey was also a graduaie of Ohio 
W«leyaii University and knew all about John Sung. This friend 
urged John not do spend too much time over the literacy iiLOve- 
tnfhr The need ofthcChuich, he said» was for revival among die 
leaders and ihe rank and Eile alike. 

After a brief vis[i. to Sliaiiliaikwan, wheic (he Great WjII of 
China reaches ihc sea, John wen( onto Peking wii[i an nittoduc- 
Cion to the Rev. R. '^. Backus, who invited h[in to speak lo a 
preachers^ (rainrng cla'ts then in progtcM about his three ycais 
mtal "^'oik in Pukieu, 

Proceeding lo Paotmg, Jolm siificred leiribly from the Utter 
eold. There he foimd chtirch lilt at a low ebb, and only half a 
doTxai of the over 500 schoofchildren attended a metiing lo liear 
him speak I He went on lo Tinghsien to visit the lenowned Dr. 
James Yen. Dr. Yen was the originator and director of the 



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A niOGDiPBY OP JOHN SUNG 



AND IN SflMflPIrt 



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atperiiueii! in inas education ivhich had became wocld-faiiioiiL 

Di. Sitng was deeply iniptcHfcl wirh whiii he sjw, bui iij J Jrc Jill 
G(kI apukc to Jiiiii and sKmvcd him, in the wcll-kaowu piclmi: 
oftlwfig tree which had Icjvti bur uo Cuil, thji this vast under- 
cddcg. iliougJi. suctosful in in own way^ ■was wich'iiit uny 
tpiiituaJ vidiic So iiistejd. of sfayu^ <m': or two months as he had 
jiilendcd, lie aciycd only two days He rr^ciimnl ro Pckinc with a 
dcepmcd awarcnei^ of Jiia cjJI to atuabuL slecpuig jnd lukcwjcm 
diutdics. Never before liad he b^ea so couvmccd tliat Chun's 
supreme need was iioiblng but clic simple gospel of the grace of 
God. Olbrc ihiiiga ruigfil have dieir pli^ci', bill this need "w.is 

pilllEUOIiltl. 

Refusing an inviRtiDn do lUy on in Peking. John liastcncd back 
ta Shanghj], where che wcL-knowii Jjp^inc CbiutLm, Dr. 
Tojohito Eagawa, -wji iKtiiung ai Sbanghaj Chnsuan Uniueriiiy, 
Dr. Simg wciu to licjr hiin and was disa.ppoinied to dinawtr ihji 
bis cbtnic was tTic "social gos|>el"r Wlieii tlic rwo ductors mei, 
ilic Japanese D.D. at once invited die "Chinese Kagawa" to 
addiress a prayer meeting. Job], wiib regretful iifemoties of bis 
-wasted years in America pceaehing dit "soctJ gospel", spoke 
£dihfLilly oil tjic powcF of ilie Blood of Jesus, ibe eRiticy of ihe 
Ciosi, tbcREcessjpy of [henewbitrhand ihc importance of being 
£!]cd widi the Holy SpiriL Sensing tbat this message was quire 
miwelcomo to ihcrae who were spomehting the nifcrings for Di. 
Kagawa, John Sung declined lo speak mote dun OAiCc His 
position w^s aheadv crystal clur. 

At die Soutli Gale "Pure Heart" Higlj ScllOi>l of the Amciitan 
Prcsbylerian Misnion, where Mrs. Milhcan had arranged meetings, 
Dr. Sung^ personal Ksrimony and bis expositions of Scriprute 
resulted in some of die hovi and gii-lj bciag awakniDed to their 
need. Tlieiv were further opportiuiiticj foe tntiinuiiy at tJio 
Christian and A^ion^y Aflianre church in Norifi SzecliWiiii 
Ru-td jnd dsEwliPt<^ But John was disaiisfied with himself and 
without any confidence in hi^ message. 

As leports oFDr. Sung'i presence in the city aiidof hli imusLul 
Icsrimony spn;ad, invitations to spcafc at dificrcni chtii cOies bi^^n 



to reach biin from atl parts of tht city. One plaie that John wanted 
to visit especially was ihe Betliel Missinn- Dr. Maty Stone and 
Miss Jenny Hughes, the leaders of ibis work, bad abeady heard 
from the Rev. Andrew Gib reports of Dr. Sung's work in 
F«l:i^^ and reeognized in liim e>nc who was in eompleic sym- 
padiv wiiji tlic Bethel vision for the cvangeliTatton of Chiua. 

Ie was during specif meetings conducted utSlungbai in 1^2 by 
Rev. SethReeiS uiidhiB SOU, Dr,PajlS. Rceis later u> be asseicLated 
with Dr. BiJly Graham in bjs peat crusades, [hat Andrew Cih 
W2S broL^ht into an experience of the Spirit-filled hfc. Jn lyii, 
when Mr. Paget Wilkes fivim Japan was one of the ipcakct^ at 
jnoibei sciics of cottviaiuorj meetings, Autbc'V Gih heai'd the 
call IQ farm the Bethel "Worldwide Evangelistic Band. This and 
other Bauds hiid for five ycjiis been travelling fir jnd wide with 
their menage of revival for the churches and salvation for the 
rniilHrLide'i siill oLirsidc die Chiirdi. 

Jolm Sung w^s given a watni Avelcome at ilethel and was at 
once mvned to address a iiiertii^ of li^li sthooL and niirsiLig 
^[ijdeiii'5 «t ihi' <LiJly chapel seivictr He spoke on the Feedmg of 
the Five Thousand and challrTiged his hearers afrc3h with China s 
need andtlic oiily way m which Ir could ho met John^v^'epc away 
every argUiJiciU. iht not accepting Cluist fioiii djcir minda and 
eouiplcrcly caproced clicir hearts. 'WLen he was asked to contimic 
with some Bibie study mccungs, he did so, hut although he 
excited ctiibusiasni over Eus original exposiuons lie felc that 
there w^s no power in the message. The probEem on his mind wa£ 
how die power to bring people to Christ could be eelcaicd, 

when Andrew Gib aud hr^iiik Ling invited hJm, lo go nortu 
widi diciu ou one of their [our, lie felt [liai he could not accept. 
!: seemed iliat his fii^i duty was to lenurn home to Hinj^hwa. 



CtlAnEP. TEN 

A Night to he Rememht^red 

rr vjas soil mid-wiuieE jiuljclji Siuig wm auKiousIy awaitiug 
i ihip tu take iuni bitk huuie, wlieii a ptessmg ULvintioD 
[etched him fiioiu Niiijcbaug, pEovinci^J capjol of Kianghi, 
irom the Rev, Wjlliam E. Scfuibtrl of the Mcthodiat Epucopal 

MlfclOlL 

"I Tccc-gniTcd m the inviradon lo NjEchaiig", John recordi, 
"the clear guulmce of God, Tbis was to be dtc luiiimg-poini iii 
my whole iiimiauy— [he oii of gomg loiiiid ill citda in dhc 
jlmospliere of talk ubout 'niQvemeiiK' and 'pducislion', 'siicrifice' 
and 'service'. Hid I rLiiitned to Hinj^wa, I miajhr ncvcc have 
iictumpliihcii aiiyrhing forOodr All my wort up to this tinicliad 
bfcn larking iu ditctticm Mid pucpQs=, I had been trying lo icrve 
G&d'Wiibin the frame woik of hbodl Chrisnanity, [did not Jit ill, 
but 1 saw no way outJ My visic to NMichang biotight ihc Light 
and diiedion 1 needed and ihc fiirun? itiddcnly ^rcmfd hrfghc 
wLlh promise ! Tlic Lord |csiis «id of Himself; 'The Rem of Man 
is come to seek and ta ^vc ihut which was loiH/ Alas, maiiy 
Christian workeri spend tlicit time laJJiing abonc 'movemoiis'; 
one new movcmoit tollcFwa another and wheii all has bceiL said 
and done men's hGit& remain unmoved and souJs femain un- 
SiiVcJ. They forget thai tkr; Lnrd CJTne lo 5i\-c sinncn. The 
lalvJtioa of sinners is die only iJiiiig diat jnattcis!" 

Civil W31 was raging in Kiangsi beiWB:ii tlie NjdODjJisU and 
the Conimuiiihis, ind (be Betliel ibenik strongly advised liim 
against making the journey, Bii^ iisiired that this ^as a CiiU from 
God, he postponed his rcnirn home and, bcaving the djngeis (vf 
■which he had hccn warned, he set oif up the BJvcc Yangtze by 
Steamer. Little did Jic biOw thai Mr. Schubert and a Chinese 
cdlcjgiic had pra^-ed for a whok month m 1930 for revival in. 



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their chutdi, but withoct any apparcW iciulis. On January ist, 
1(131. tbey had begun to pray ^jin. ^nd continued to do 40 for 

fifty daya, pleading with God foe new life to t^ brought to a 
dead chuceJi. TTien, iii the middle of Ixbruacyn John Smig 
arrived! 

Revival meetings were eomparatLvely unknown in NaiLcliang 
and ihe Hjst week, found only aghty or niticty people present. 
There were no particular nsulc evident. Duiing the second "WCck 
Dr. Sung spoki: to die cluldrcn in the schnjals, bui again witljout 
iiny restihi. He began 10 exaniiiie himself and to aik why it 
was thai people were not bein^ saved. He adfTiitled to liimself 
dijit hiihcno be had often boTta content with givLng people what 
they wanted to bc;ic, huE now be desired only their spiiifial profii:. 
Oni^ Ji^ht aftei he had reticed he heard the ^uiid of praying 
upjtain It was hii hy« pleading widi God for revival; "Lord, 
tct nic sec revival in Njinchang or let me go hume tu Auieriea !' 
John Sung got -ynr i<f bed, got diMscd and he too kiielc by his 
bed to pEJy: "Lord^ what about mc? Drt I leally want to see 
revival? Oh, reveal Thy power! Uie usf "We act looking to 
Tbec!" 

In aiiswec to rfii^ prayer^ God showal John dial if diehght of 
eternity ivas to shine into hcairi, ir was for him to drawaaide the 
curtains of sin. He was 10 arrack the strongholds of sin ill die 
humjn beail befure any victory could come lo the Christian 
Church. Wliat a memorable niglit that wjj— Maieh ^di^ li)5l! 
He had at fast rEtcived tlie direclion he had so long souglit. No 
Jongn vm he merely to expound the "mysteries" of God's W'lrdj 
but he wjs to deal with sin's power over men's lives. That same 
night God gave to him dear messages based on the Jtoties of the 
Gadatcnc demoniac and tbe Pioiiigal Son, and a message on 
]iypo<:risy — iiie^ageA wjiich were to be repeated again ind 
again with undinnmshing cficctiveness ni bringing people to 
repentance. 

iTicrc was a fi-iidicr week of luceling^ Iti Nanehan^, when 
diere were iimnediate iigns of the Spirit's 'woiking- Jolin liid not 
yetreached the point of mviimg people to come Co the fconi, buC 



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62 A lllQUirAE'llV <>P JOHN 5UtlC 

hcuwdtc give jmoppoiuimty fi>riinyijne who wanted to lead in 

pnyei to dn£i>. Some df those praycisiuere never fimshed, except 
in tens. It h only when people are coeivioa^ of sin that they 
g\ad\y rtcugnize their naiA of a Saviour. Bui ab bliis H^gcjohii 
encouraged ThoiC uudct convicuon. t<t go home aiid gonGzai iheir 
sina ici God doue, ji Ijc himself bid ikine. He asked for do pnhlic 
dcntonsciation of dicir dtiiie ixi rcpou. 

As the accendunu: :ind the bJeMuig gi'Ci etc leaders decided to 
tall in all the chiirch workers and cvingclim in ihe disliicl for 
spfdal meetings. Tlie chijtdi leaders wired lo Minghwi £bi an 
evEfn^on of Di\ Simg'i Lcjvc of absence, and ]>, Sung, wh^le 
waiciug foL tin: tjmiuenceincni: of iJie £pcci£il meciitiga, went 
foEtlier up the river to vi^ir Kiiibiang. 

At Kiutiimg, tlie soil seemed ra have been well piepjrcd. Tlie 
church was moce alfvc. About 4CO aHHiJed die ficit mecdnij and 
received Dr. Sung with cndmiiasm. Almost al! the Mediodist 
High School bojT and gifli — ibout 2ig of iheiii— rucin^d to ihe 
Lord duriijj; ihc Mib^quEin: nieetjjigs and oiganized evangcJistLo 
bauds 10 wiUfpss fot CJirisc in their spare Dine, Kiiikiang had 
never experienced anything like this before! 

Reiutning to Nmch^ng, Dr. Sw^ iiisisled that he must have 
[he full piayci Iwcking of thii n][s5ioiiari« mid rlic diurch 
and sehocil leaders if Jic walls o£ this pirtjfular Jt:rirlio were 
to £iIL 1-Ie 'hvai never liLtd of iliiistuig thai revival blcsing 
de[>;?nded lea on ihc preacher ihan on the praycis of the 
Christians. 

[nrhe week's mcc rings for tliT sdioolchildrcn and the teaching 
staff wlueli pretedcd llie mam ennfprerite he preached on die 
subject of sm Eveiy night. Mcrcile^ily he exposed the sin? of 
unbelievers and piofesiing Christians alike. The Iloly Spirid 
added His coavjcrion and young and old were eompletcly broken 
down.johnhadhadnodioiight otlierdiiaofanjujetv/oikofdic 
Spirit in the lieaits of die ehildim. Ha had never e^rpetifid any 
outwjrd evidences of die Spirij.'^ power or that He ivonld Ijy 
hold of people 111 such a spectacular way. But that is -whai 
hiij>peDed. There were niatiy outward ^gns of deep duCrear 



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Oiildren and ih^lt beachen were alike alfectcd ^Lid allogetker iBo 
came to Clirisi m confessions of their sins md were added to the 
chnrch. The ehiidtcn conftsicd tlieii sins to God jnd ro one 
another, vdiile die Principal of die sdiool and his eoLoagiiea 
toiittsacdihcii-faulTstooncanother, SmwaspuE Jwjy. rcaiitiiiiori 
was luadc wbcte ic^uiicd and many weie &eed d-ont s lertible 
bondage. 

Durmg the secemd week, ibe main con&renee mcciingi 
were spcctrilly for the diuich wortos iiiJ members of the 
Evai^ehstic Society. Dr. Sung preached daJly about the need for 
being dean vcsw^l* if ihcy were ro receive die fuUutss of ibe 
Holy Spiiit EbrChrisdanscrvicc. 'Hie yoimg people who had gor 
right widi <kid dunjig die first work were srill present and wece 
now praying for iheir parents and elders that llicy and all the 
workers in die church iiilgjlit become boly vessels in dod s 
^rvicc. Thii; was too hiitnlJunng and too ^otking (o die con- 
servative CliincK mind and strong opposition wjs t,\pEesscd to 
such an unlieard-Hjf practice. Some who retiiwal 10 repent accused 
Dr. Sung of sn.iriug up die djil Jceu againsi ihcir parents! 

As soon as term ended for the Spring Festival, John rook many 
of die yooDg people to a nearby niouniam rcsjti foi a training 
scliool m evangelism. Then rogethcr they went out m hands iiuo 
die villages proclaiming Christ and praying for die people The 
endiiisiaini j-tew. Some of tlie olfcndcd evangelist!] and sehoot- 
teaehen ovetcame theu prejudices mid joined the yoimg pcoplen 
uiiii] Jiually there weri: over 20Q out pieathiug ihc gospel On 
the las< day. they were all caught in a [hundersioim jod were 
soaked to die iiuL, liut at the fjtewell mecring fof Dr. Sui^ the 
same nigbt all bainets seeincd to be broken dovm The showers of 
spiiinial blessing now fell- Tliose who bad been nio« crincal 
came luider convictioiir of DivinejudginenJ aud cried to God widi 
!earsfor£bt3;ivencis. Everyone joined together in praying for die 
fdlinp of die Holy Spirit. 

When die news of die revival in Ninchaiig rearhtd Kiukiar^n 
die Kinkian^ tiiurch msisted on Dr. Smig returning there fnr 
several di^ys in hrin[; them n like biasing. 



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A ii[oc;eaptey op JOHN EVNG 



As a result uf dte fiDilifu! pmycn of fiod'i p«ip]j^ ^d tlic 
teardiing prencfiing iff the cv^mgeiLsr, the dcjd, cold clmrcJo:! of 

Kjdcbyng juid district were ivonii^fiq]lv revived aiiJ j gxiMt 
victory wMi- One of the nuMicmaiiej wrote in tkc sunuifer of 
I9J1: "Wc Hc having a iSiblc revival in Nanclia^i^ and Kiuk- 
iang. , , . Dc. Sung can take any Biblf pjaaagc you su^gost and 
nmke it live as T liiiveiicflrd almost do other m-in Jo. I-Ic sdll spends 
hf^urs diiily -with the Book, and ihsl is die secret of ]iis auccca." 
John Sting himself was coitfiiincd even more clearly lq his own 
mindchachii was tobeanicssage toihccEturchcsofChifiawhidL 
would pxpose sin and dctliic God's ceniedy fot IL in the Crovi 
lie feft coninnsiioned Eo emphasize the nselcasncss of an cmpiy 
religious p[^J5:SHon wiihotit an espcricacc of new lile in Chii^E 
through ihc new bink. 

Said John after ilie dnie in NJiicLang; "The especieiice here 
has laught uic the three scerea of revival: (i) A thorough coii- 
leMUjn <jf sia. (i) Prayer for the fnlliiess of rhc Holy SpirLt. (3) 
Public wiiiuas foi Clirist 1 h^d previougly read John Wcstcy'a 
biography and how, every dwc he piHched, people wcce coit- 
vicTftd and cunc m Christ. I had o&oi lr?ngcd for die suue ex- 
pcncncc. Now I h^d btgim lo witness something like JD. Miiy ihe 
Spirit of Truth Icid mo on to gteatft diiLi^ for tho glory of God 
anil the salvation of men!'* 

The teminomes of convem hi Nanchang began to iind rlicic 
way into ChrisiLm periodicals and Dr. Song's rcpiitatioii sptwd. 
Invitations Jiom widely scattered placTs poured in aponh[m. He 
But tvent tc WuhiL Then he fuliiiled scvi;tal oiigageraenis m 
Shanghai, where die fiist wis an eighty-day retccat for church 
Icfldcnh of all chiirchci at the Befhel MiiHotL John Sung was die 
muin speakei, but was assisted by 'nmn of ihc Bethel workers. In 
was herf chat he began to invite people out to the &ont to ged 
right with God. There weie again all the signs of a real work of 
thcHoly Spirit. OvecjDopeoplewenlfotwnrd in deep distress to 
confess dieirslnalo God. When diey had made a cfean breast of a1! 
sin, joy fiflcd tlieit hearts and [he Holy Spirit in liis f iJlntSS C Jmc 
in. John cnncludcd diat "'an .-vangehst must jlwa.ys give ihc 



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people an oppottUJiiiy no csprew their decision openly and to 
confess their sins. Then lie must be rejdy to eonifoit the btokeu- 
heaited," 

There followed meeliii^ m the Moore Memorial Climdi, a 
fine building opposite the l^itecoiirtc. There were over i,oOD 
pceBcni, and many wCTit t^ the front to seek salvation. In some of 
these incctiuRs, die Rev^ Beverley Ho, who later served God in 
Javii iLiid [he Philippines, was the song-Jcjder, 

An invnation now came &om Nanking, There !ic was at first 
invited i^ ^eak'&om 11 CO i^ a.m. duly at die second se3SL0n of a 
rettcal feir prc-acher^ and Bihlc-womcn of ilie five Mediodi&L 
Mi^^ioJl Jiirricts. The invitation was later ciricndcd to two sessions 
daily, so gieady was Song's message needed and apptedalcdr The 
speaker who led the firsi: sesaon in the oiorning be£bie Dr. 
Snng was a soplusiiciird, scholarly pcofeaot from Ycncfau^ 
Univer^ty in Peking. Both men were goesE of Rev. iUid Mrs. 
F.F. Jones. The ptofesor had heard about John Snng Jiid out of 
curiosity dcddcd to hear liini. The fitst few days he was rather 
critical. Then one noonatluuchton he temaikcd: "You biow^ T 
have not been rcidiiig my Bible enough ktrdyl" Before the 
retreat was over, John Sung had completely WOJI him 10 a new 
life of dedication to Christ. 

At Nanking. John "was vety fired ind had some tronhlc wiili 
lui heart. He wab iiLvited tuek to Bethel for 9 week's rest, hue 
accepted the invitation on condition that he should be allowed 
ro preach once a day! So iticeiiiig^ were arianged for the Bible 
School siudeno, Rnr soon the ?oo nursing indents wete deserting 
theii Icccuies 10 attend. Preaching wiiTi nimendous enecgy, his 
wotds flowed out hke a mighty cascjde. The floiy Spirit catried 
home die messaj^e, and uot only were no yomig p::ople s-ivcd, 
but a N:ghiu(giJe Club was formed to pr.iy for die convecsiou 
of ever}' ^iideiit nurse and every p^ttcnt in rlie hospital, Merc 
intecesi on the occasion of John Sung's first visit was now red 
revLvaL The BelLjel kadcts hid no hesitation in invidng Dr. 
Sung CO tecum to Bediel to take p^t in the gral Jimna] Bible 
Conference in August, 



66 A BlflCffAtfUY OP JUIIN SUNC 

The doctor advihcd a iix niimth?' r«r oti accounl of hi^ h&^c 
b.it Joki fck thil llii! irauble }iaJ a ipiritiul origin. Wliai hn wm 
really iiiffiaing Goni was pndc I While Jt Ninking Miss Ella 
LevaiU of the Mahadisi Episcopal Clrnrch in Chaiigchow, a 
dly iifar iKc sLfc inatra&ctLiting lownof Wil5ih, had invited iiim 
A&t. Thmlcin3 lluc ihc city was only a small place. Join had 
declined die iovitaLoii, The Bctlid Hand, he now discovered, 
won anywlicre, wlierhcr the place wis jiiiall or big and the people 
few ur iiiaiiy. So John decided tlut theii were ihitigj he tould 
lam from cllem aiid riiat ihcy liad c. contriijimon which would 
nuke up for hi! own dcfidciicics. The Bethel Band liad hjitiiy 
(Wnticd fiiMii ShaiitiuifT ffi tlie funeral of "Modici" Stone who 
WM nansljted on April 25. They now accepted the inviHtion 
which he hid icfuscd, 10 he decided lo go along with them to 
Chiuigchnw. Though he only pieaclied once a day, his hcatt 
suddenly piined him jgjin cne day as he w,l! preaehmg. Bin lie 
canicil on. If riiii was to be hi! Iai^ jetmon on earth, he would 
give himself 10 il. he wnuld discharge his debt to die lost, he 
■wonU seek God's glory alone ' "Praise to our ivonder-working 
God", he says. "He had mercy aa my physital "wcaltness and 
healed me even as r was preaching with my usnal vigour. HcKe- 
fortk ] will live only for die One who saves oie and kcils all my 
diseases" 

The Rev, Andrew Gllu leader of the Band, who had been 
dclayoJ in Slianglwi by tJie illncij of his modier, now loined 
the team ro interpret for Dr. Siu^. Tins was the beginniiig of a 
happy and friritfril association beiween the cwo cvangeljits. lie 
airivcd jnsl after the evening nieering and, ,til[ wearing )iii 
raincoat, he lei to Qirist a girl who later went 10 the China 
Bible Semiiiry Li Shanghai and dedicated hfi life and gifts ro 
the services of llle Lord. She became one of Dt. Sung's mcst 
&difiil fellow worters— die first-fmit of the joint cfToits of llie 
two men I 

On rctuiiiji^ to Shangli,ii,Jolin was .net wild invitations from 
many churdies to conduct meetings, bul he decided 10 adept the 
renewed invitanon from die WorklwiJe Belhel Evaogelistic 



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rt WTC;ilT TO BE HEMEMBBPED 0? 

HaijA ta rctiirn wiili d>enL to Ehantung. At the poet town, of 

Tiin^o, new problems confionied hirtir Tht yi-oUed "SpiiiCiial 
Gife" mnvcirLCTic was 3tr<?iig ihcrc ;irid many ■were aeekutg the 
fullLtc^ of [lie Spirit wliH onrw^rd m^fcstuHons; the KpCiikiiig 
Viidi loEiPuiij jpirilujl iO]ig5; visions; drn^ami and dmilar 
pliLiKinieniLlCw^rcgBiclcdH^iinjikofspiiiriiality toKckthcsc 
things John was myidfiftL He wanieJ to lielp thcin, but be did 
not know h<>w. So he began to pray £ot wisdom Jiid ligbtnii tins 
pioblcin, miJ for a Cicsh unilrt-sanHding of Di\Tnc miih. From 
Tsir^tau, ilie Band went 00 lo Tah^ingtiiig, ihc veteran PasiOT 
Tuig Li-niei*5 home Iowa, 

"When we reif-hed TalisJngiir^", John twalU, "my mmd was 
in Siu^i coTifuwojL that I bdd no lieart to prejch. [ pretcncd to iil 
jiiil hsicn lo AnihfTv G\h. One day, as Andrew pccaclitd oil die 
Samadtm. woniaii, I saw the light. The fullncM of ihe Holy 
Spiiic meui5 tliar ihc bch^rvcr Ltj a ^iJcing within and thai thf 
liversofUving walcr flow out unto ffvecljsdugbfi:] Y«; that wai 
it ' Many ibfraty pcoplf do nci know how to come u ihi; Latd to 
drink Lrom rhis iiLcsliaustiblc spring. Idilad. ciiey exert neniLiid- 
□ us cfibri cairyinc tbcit ckimsy bncbcti to aome distant well whoie 
watci gets kss Jiid l^^w, wUlc tlic weight on nbcir ihoulders gels 
htavicc and heavier. Wil tbcy cvci iuid K^i? Afiic rlicy have 
drunk rhey must draw a^iaiji, die mote (hey dta-w, die thirstier 
t^cy beaime. Draw-drEnk-weaiineifi — the endless cycle! And still 
no rest! Afict they have done idl they can, dwtr [[jjrsi. remains 
uuf^ucnditd I Dear bccihren and si^fcts, why don't yoa sec that 
when mil fhies out tbehvingWJfeis flowing Don't go on carrying 
yonr loadiif^ill 10 die ^lagnant waters of die well, 'ihc Hewing of 
God is not in seeking sadsEaction in roi^ua and dreaniSn but in 
btcnniing an empty, dlcait chtimiel dirough wliich ibc waier of 
die Spirit can (low oui to die dry and thirdly hc^irts around, 
causing thcni tu bjeome iruitful loo. "Thib 'give up' is iJie secret 
of 'got'r A fove-inspired witncH is die true vjiy lo seek jnd to 
miinfain the fuJhiejis of ihc Spirit. For nie, ihc Tsii^lao problctn 
w^s solved 1" 

At Tsimii, tlic Band hcaid with sorrow of the death of Mic 



Oi A BinCflflPHY OF JOHN 5UtG 

Dora Yfi, one of China's leading Cluistian womsn. Andrew Gili 
alio received ncwiofifieillnes of hiagrandniotkcriiiil, Icjviiie 
John Simg in chjigc, ke left for Shan^ha[. Ii was kcw rlul John 
bc^t to make ilie emphasis that Clod lad [eceridy shown him. 
And ii was hire that the firai preaching t jnd ^tb oigniized sinm 
he had been wotkbg mida the Bethel Band, Movini^ on to T^i^an, 
the provincial capir J, he JEwn pre;?i:|icd on the SamacEtan -woman 
■widt grcai irccdorn and power. Sun^ had (i::en RAiniug confidence 
McaJily and HOW fell diat he -was ready findiiig lus feet. Tin: 
OLpcciniaital period wss ending 

Finm '1 sinan, the Band -went on [o Taian, dfe Qiy at che feior 
of one of China's famous in'junmin lieaniy apois. The grave of 
Codfipcius hci close by. Tlinugli ptcvioii^fy a strong ceuicc of 
Chiistim \iic. Satan had been very busy making havoc of die 
thuich. A.. \Siivc of and-Chri^mn aniniosily had s-ivept over drc 
comniunity; dmrdici had hccn wrecked, nusiion sthools forced 
to close and lomc of die pasior* conipellpd lo flcc widi lUch 
femilie*. One day in June die flediel Jkufd arrived and pur up m a 
house wluch. had been thoroitghly loored of atl ihc fiumituie 
eJKcpt ihe bcicfc bed which Is a part of die tirucuiri! of niosr 
houses ill North China, tlcre, in dil^ centre where d(C Chrisdans 
wtrc gready discouraged af&;c dieu. tcrcibfe eTqNrienecs, Dr. Suno 
wm gready used of Go J. Hieie were id^ new conveds. One of 
diem wai a youth of only luneieen who had btoki^i every one 
of [he Ten CouuiiaiidinenU, but who kcatd the scrmoQ on the 
Prodigal Son jnd came baek Co God in tme icpcntance. And ilicre 
wete many others fike him. 

In rt^poTise do 211 ingcns appeal from it niiMionary in another 
pan of die same province [he Band went, tii-ed as they were, 
and cnibaEkcd on a pcograinnie of mthi meetings 2 day! Tiie 
church wa.s a large bill cold and formal one. However, dungi soon 
began 10 change. The hrighl music atnacled die eroW(S. The 
fint respomc was among die boys and gii Is in rhc misioii ichools 
and every cliiid professed to accept Christ. Ar die meetings foe die 
^dulK, the Holy Spuit btokc in in an amaraig way. Convicdon 
of sin, confnsion, cleansing in die Precious Blood, great joy and 



j^ trifiUT TO B£ HEMEMbBRBD fjij 

apontaoeous testimony were again the fcatitrcs of His working. 
Evecy night die people wait oul into die streets on dicir way 
homev singing as they went. 

Bui nor everyone was m svmpadiy. One of ihe miaionacies in 
ihh city told I>r. Sitng chat he did not beLn^e in the Second 
Coining of Chriit thai the Old Teioment ^^ras tmiehahle and 
diJt he objected to talk about ihe Blood of Chris! and die Holy 
Spicir. Not knowing Dr. Siing's history, he asked him one day 
what his opinion was about soence and rehgiou. E>r. Siutg's reply 
was: "'Stience is good, bunt canjiot save people from dfeLrs[ns!" 
And when ihe misMonacy suggested thai the highest Cype of 
Christian was repcesenied by mffl like Dr. Hany 'Fmerjon 
Posdick and Mahatina Gaidhj, Dt. Suug's response was; "China 
does not need the ceaclfing of Fosdick or Gandhi. Tlie ceactiing of 
ConfiKins ii hetcer lat than tlidts. What die Chitiesc need is 
Jesus Chriit and His Cross. People ralfc abour Pnsdick, but wh,■^t 
do diey know ahnuthim? Ihavc^rudied under hrm and! rcjecied 
Im Icacliings utterly and fiiiaUy." At the jccvicc which followed, 
Di. Sung preached on Calvary, and over 100 stayed to pray and 
to pledge themselves to take up ihe Cross and to follow CJitist, 
Wliat bener iQustradon of liis thesis than tliis conld there have 
been! 

Thccity ofTcnghsien waiihen^efceniteofoneoffhehiggeir 
misioib in Clilnt TIicec were several laige ediicadonal insUlu- 
tioiis [hete: a theological seminary for men and women, a JUiblc 
School, a high school and a pritimiy schooL Tlse seminary was 
one of die few in China aclhattinie true to ihc whole Bible. None 
of ihc four yoniig cvaugclisls had completed a du'otogical 
(raining and the prospects of this Onipaign were tadicc formld-- 
able. At die eady meetings goveriuneut School sludeiiii, HIied 
wjrh die currei>t anti-Clniidan sennment, came to make trouble 
but ihcy were won over and many accepted Christ in the follow- 
ing days. Then the mcciingi moved lo the Seminary and God 
began to work in ihc hcaris ofniany of die students there as one 
after anaihec was convicted of sin and was led lo make con- 
fession. One night there wctc jco people Seeking to get Eiglu with 



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TO 



A nmcBAPHy on johcj 5UNC 



<kid aiul Willi one aiJorhCT, wdd iitciiH of deep distras and KArfial 
repentance. Tin? news of dies revival spirad 3t\d manv niorc caint: 
in ftiJin the coiiDtry ro atrcnd th<? meetings. The Ucgcst tiuildiiig 
ID diedrywai filled to overflowing. As sui was cort&sicdind pin 
a'wjy^ wavci oi^jcy seemed lu iwccp iJuotigli die ctjngi-^gmrni. 
PnisG mingled loudly -widi die prayers. Tin: giils uf tlie high 
Echool ro&efrom their knca ond stood in groupi wirh [heir jeiiu 
around one another singing pfi^iic^ to die Lord. The sennoiis 
■were suracdmcs cut dioit by soiueonc whu cuidd noi -u-jii: m 
Dial^o rrstitiidon ot conicssiou to someone cl^c pt«aiL One aged 
jastor fciit«)cd isia of thkty-scvoi ycits prevjously wldtli had 
been wejkfliing ]|i^ [niwer !■< yrt evgiigcli«. The Rcgisirar at the 
hohpicil Itld for years been muappropriadng funds and he now 
reetonizd up die tirtal amoiait of Ms ihcfcs aiid made full intiti]- 
ikn to the hoipibal dicic aid [hen. "t^iiic die Lord!" sounded 
&0Jn mjny lips as iKtiimjriiis ffi God's working hi hearts were 
givQir People hci free fromsin'i Ixindage sang cxiibetandy ; 

Jhus hnak^ tvcty fcticr ! 
]aai 5cts inc free] 

The glory of die Locd itemed to iill die place and there were 
mmiy -who opened thdi hearts [o ihe infjlling of th(: Holy Spirit 
fot die Gist time. 

Augui! drew jieiiE. The prospecis for a lac^e itietidance nr ihe 
Shanghai Bible Conference virac not very bdchi. CivJ wJi and 
Jarge-acalc banditry ip;ie disrupfing cominuiii&Uions and dis- 
couraging [ijvcl. But [he plans wencaliead. Preacliert undChrisc- 
iia -wotkcis from all difi ceiiCtei Dr. Snng had visited during 
the year n9 wcJf as from cLiewTicte soit in rcgisltations iu siKh 
nuinbers ih^t dicic was difficulty in arranging acci>n][nOHiatiou 
far ihem all. Ova' 70a dclpg.itcj canic, some from long distm^rs 
*phich ucccssitateil dangeiooj joumcysr 'With the crowds who 
came &om alE over Shanghai to aEteiiJ, llierc svcre ovci 1^300 
people rrow<t(^d iiiro the Bethel Chureh. Dr. Sucsg had hfcn 
asked to draw up a tmcidve programme. The key word wat 
"Revival*'. The spcaltcrs -njert: ttt be ihe Rev. Andrew Gih, Dl. 



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A ICTGHT TO BE B£MZML£BrD 7I 

John Sling and the Rev. L. C. Ting. The topics at die sessioit'i 
throughoiir ihc day were Prayer Revival, Song Revival, Bible 
Revival, Service Revival and Tcwimony RtrivaJ. At the Bible 
Revival iejaon, Dr. Sung spoke on '^A Bunch of Keys to tht 
Woid". iTicu undct the tide of "Service Revival" lie eKpoundcd 
the Book of Acta. 

The emphasis dirongh die encire conferenec was on die need 
for a nation-wide ci'^ngclisiu in China. Ivcry speaker jrged diat 
tJiina niusi: be ev,jiigcli3«l quickly. Tiicic was no lime to waste. 
To dli^ Hid, evei^THie present was liwlleJ^ed to get right with 
CJod, ^eek deliverance from &iii and claim ihe powei' of die Holy 
Spirit to d(h great things in the Name of ChrisL Dt. Sun^, despite 
die gtcac heat chat sent him from i]ic platform after cvcty service 
wiih liis cotton garinents dicuchcd iu penpiiaiicfn, preached widi 
liis chaiacEeiistic Diiginahty and dtaiiia. Widi intense tccvoui, he 
spoke of the iuipoitance of bcconung holy if evangehsin was to 
bear fritil. At die end of eveiy address, he would appeal in his 
rasping voice and widi deep feeling: "Ofriends, are yon ready for 
(he task? Arc your hands clean for the work? Do you know the 
po^cr of the Holy Gliost in youc Uvis: Call on God for it] 
Prepare forthe work ! Pray! Stand up and pray ! Reach outand 
lakt hold of God!" And the great company would rise and, all 
pm^ing otit loird tugcthur, woufd plead for themselves add for 
the Chrisiless millions of China. Every province hut one was 
[epresccted. As hands were upraised in suppHcalion, it seemed 
as iC like Esther of old, these people were teaching out to touch 
ilii^ tcepircof dieKing for dieir loved couutry's sate. Oil, how 
fhey privcdl Kot once a day, but after ci'cry session, Eintil it 
could be seen from the shining faces of ihe Jclcgalcs as thcy 
left the church that thdr prayers had been answered. The closing 
Intimony meeting went on for houis- No one could stop if. 
Pastors of leadnig chinches testified with sliame to fhiidess hvcs, 
to indifference to the condition of thoae without Christ jnd to Ijict 
of real inreceit in God's work. Bnl they could al'^o i^pcak of ihc 
new vision dial had come and the new purpose dial had hccn 
hoin lo spend and bt ^pcnt for God. Schoolboys and guls, too, 






72 A BlOKGAPnY CirjriHN STjtJC 

tcidficd to tlicti convccshOH aiid ftcrcrminanDn Co win j]l rhfir 
icJtchil fellows to OiriH. Thopic -were hallowed days of blcaang 
and great joy. Il waa mori? than ever cleai tViat Dr. Sung wjji an 
mainuTUMitGoi Jiad raised up Ibr such ^tiuiu- in the tustoiy of die 
Tudon and of the Chuidi iii Chiiu, 



Cr3APTER. FLRVEfl 

With Bethel in Manchuria 



I IN tlac aiiUimn of igji. ^^ political [ciisinn -wii almoii: ai 
breBking-poinf, Jji>4ii'! designs were already clear iind 
MaiirhuTLa was imJer the [treat of aji^rcssiulL AJidicW (Jil], 
tin; LciidtT of ihi: BttEicl Worldwide Evangelistic Band, had in- 
KndcJ Ki visir Mantrhiiria and MangoHu in the spring, but ikpcii 
doors in odici proviiicca had kept ihc Band fiilij' bmy lighr up lo 
the tfme of lie Confecencc. It nvvi sCtnied cveu inore urgciic for 
the Band to go to the "Thicc NocJi-eastern Proviiiccs'\ the 
imme by whidi all Cliiaese bmw Manchinia. 

The other original mcmbcisofthc Band wiiisFrinkLiiig from 
Foochow, Liocoln Nieh and Philip f-ec- The i^-o kttei were 
in their btc tccns and a11 tTiree were uiusical, e^pcdally ?h^p 
Lee, wlio had a ccaincd tenoi voics and could play alincfii: any 
wind or stringed inatiuiiinu. Aficr die Smnniet Conference, 
Andrew Gih invited John Sinig to join [hf Jii fotmally, even 
chough he well knew rkir he liimsclf, the Jeadci of tlie Band, 
would hencefordi b^ Icsa prominent than tllC now famed Dr. 
Sung. 

As J retuh of tlii^ Siiinincr ConFecence, dieBcthd Bnnd» had 
agreed co cmphaiizc in all their campaigns four important 
features of a hcalihy chuich fife; the W^tch-towcr oi piaycc 
meeting; PrVingelisttc Bands, composed of new converts and 
olheti; Bible Cl^ins for cflccdvc (blow-tip work; and che 
insiituiiion of fanuly wocsliip in die lionie. The influence of Dr. 
Sting's cxpcriEnire in Fiikicn nnd Ctntml Cliina li plain. A 
"WiKh-iowCT" WIS !icr lip in a room ar BcthcL where every diy 
from early niocniiig sintil late at night wmeonc "was always at 
pLjycr for the woEk of tlie ihc wvcral Evmgelisrii: Bands. 



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A maGBAPHY OF jomK ?UKC 



Tlie plan of currpaign was for the regular incmbcri ijF the 
Worldwide EvangcliiUi: Band lo Icjvc for Mand.ii.im at tht cJid 
of AiigiKi, while Dr Sung rcrumcd ni Fuldeti to take liis wrfe 
home Then John Sung and Frarit Ling were lo meet die oihei 
thrci: at Diiich, Let Joliu Sujii^ iiJatc the itory nf ]m joiitriey 
hjme in his own wnids: 

"Now riiisi:! had a raessag^], T "ftras leady m go anywhctc to lead 
revivfl] ineedngi Bui God iCiJl had a ksscm of obedience to IckIi 
me. As a result of [his t^pcricucr^ it was iudchbly mipiirsscd OJi 
me rh,u I could alL my Lfe solely pljcc myself in the ki:cpmg of a 
lovhig, Jmighty, micluEigeable Lord who never inrikca a 
mistake. 1 had hnt to walk in His ways and He would bear die fiiL 
reipoifcibi]ic>' of editing for mc. Even if diis took ine ihrough die 
valtey of the sbad^w of death, dicce would be notbu^ lo ftiii; 
so long as die Lord was with inc. 

"My wife had alio been ime af ihosc al|j:]idutg tlie Betfiel 
Coiifi:rtucc. I myself had. not yet foniLilly joined ilie Bethel 
Worldwide JJjiid, buciiLordCT lo set niyKlffro] for ihe work^ I 
decided to take my wi& bact home to Hinghwa, Even before we 
srarred cm (he journey [ had a GoJ-giveu pcciixoiiition thai some 
sjxcial daiigcj: lay ahead. Wjs it to be picales? oi sliipwcpck ? or 
jcdoijsihiessi'QrviolaiiJeiiiliMdLdrioiknow. When the sailing 
ofoui shipM-as delayed, many of rliL- pass;:ngcr^ who had come 
&oni Fuiieii co attend the confbrcnrc:, decided to go aahorc la buy 
iwccts and biseiiiB etc T jokingly tried Co peLiuanie them not to, 
saying that the sea was going lobe rOij§L Cut they jusl smiled or 
rebuked uie fjr saying siiclian unlucky diiiigl The'^' cnuld iiocbe 
blamed. Had we known the danger that lay ahead, none of us 
would ever have gnne on board. But to know God'^ will and 
not to obey robs us of peaee. Icii hetrec ro obey tbe will of Cod 
and die in the doiitg of it dian to disobey and Uve, Howevcc^ I 
wit in my owii heart tluc die commg danger, whatever it was, 
wo!ilJnu: be unto death. My life work wat not lo end ao soon f 
The name of die E-nat was To\r^ Kang. I had lasl Sio soon 
n affcr going on board. I was afraid and wanted to run away, but 
God would not let me. So I had to follow on. The first day out, 



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WITH iCtHEL Ty MANCUliElA 7? 

the wind and the sea were cabn, ihe ship was well loaded and 
there was no molioif. Everyone was happ^'. Then the second day, 
one o£ the boilers cxplodcdr The ship toot on a dangerous hst 
and most of the pssicugcii becatno seriously alarmed. I suggested 
a prayer meeting, but ilicre was litde response. Then the ^cloiuI 
and last boiler ei:ploded loo und rht sliip c-Atiie in a standstill 
The hull sprang several leaks and die 5ea poured im The crew 
jetcisoued ihe cargo to lighten the ship but the warec concinued 
to gain gro!utd aid pumping could not keep pec with it. The 
noiscofai^onizedwecpiug was now heard on all sides and evcJ->'- 
OTie feiired that iliere was no liopt The ship would uorniJIy siiJ: 
in a few hours' time.WeiniiBt pray! i again called a prayer mtei- 
in^ and some of the non-Christians Joined ns. We prayed and I 
silently looted, to God, diinking inevitably of St. PjhI^ journey 
lo Italy. BehcviDg that God was going lo answer prayer, I, like 
Paul, comforted the passengers. Mcaliwlulc we looked out over 
the ocem, hopiitg to see anoiher vessel coming lo out ccscgc. 
About noon we sighted a large ship in the di^t^ncc juid evetyoife 
wjs as oveijoyed as if they had discovered a new continent! 
liui, to our gicat ijisiiia.y, it turned out to be a Japanese vessel! 
Would they save us or leave us to pciislis'Joy ^vc place to 
renewed, fear. Death seemed nearer t!i,iii ever. Finally, I led the 
passengers in shoutitig "ffffp i^f Hdp nS-'" in English, wblc we 
waved a red flag. The ArMyamtt Mum dien turned in out diieOlon 
and came wilhin hailing distance. She only had one lifeboat to 
hold ten so had to make j nuinbci: of trips. The passengers, 
fijaring |[iai. die sinp would tink before ii returned, sutged to clw 
front to be the iiisi to be takcai uE One wOiii:iii wlio had widi 
her her lite savings of J-Soo in goods which she would have to 
leave behindjumpcd into the water and was drowned. One of the 
men was caidess and fell overboard as the boat listed and was also 
drowned. Another man who was being hauled up the side of 
the naoie vessel did not ha?c enough Strength to liold on and fell 
back mto rhe sea. What siRhts those were ! And when men are 
smkmg in a world of sin, it is just die same. They cannot tritstin 
dteu' own strength or ia\'e thcmscEvcs. Unless they east away their 



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A BIOCBjTsPHY op JOHN SUNG 



"worldly v^om ^J g<i Q" board Ehc ark, hoiv Can they hope to 
icith the ot!ic[ side ofdiis ica of narrow ^:if'?ly? 

'"Whro [iveryoQC had bcm taken on hoitd die Japanese vessel, 
the Toag Kong siill did not sLixh. Somedsiiig seemed do be keeping 
her aflo^i, (Slic w^ sulKcqueiidy towed into port hy dte W'Oi 
Ihioyig and the paasengcca woe able ro recover their personal 
IjagajEcO Though we had been saved, food was very ikorc, bul 
■we were iounin Amoy, ■where wc ivcEe all CiOB-oraminc J abotd 
die ncddent jnd kept for a day m two bctbre ■we coiJd go our 
K^eral ways. 

"A^&cr such Jif cjLperJeiice, how coiJd 1 not doDk uf GoJ s 
wi]l as good, and pcxEcci. 'All ilimgs work logether for good to 
them thai love Cod. . . / Gi>d }iad enabled me to obey Hia 'x\\\ 
in a Bicai tcia] and should I not al tlte more Jcipisc the ■world 
and eainesdy seek that mheiiianceinconupQbL: and (iiidcfiLxi and 
thill fadetli not away. I had also been used to comEori others and 
to sec more clearly than ever ihe tiisk which had been cntiusled 
lo me; char f>f ^auing men, at all limes and in every plate," 

"Wlieu ihc news of tins advcntnre became biown, there ■was 
dee]) giaiLiudc lo God iii die heaitt of Dicistians all over China, 
diiit Joins Sling's life had been spared. Ai hoine old Pastoc Smig 
waianrprised and delighted at ihe evidciil diiJi^e iJthis son and 
Fhc new po^wer mliis preaching. But John could not ariy. tie had 
an appointtucnr m M.in4Jinria forwhieh he was iilccady kre, 

tie loot leave of liiS &mily once niorc and proeecded to 
Shacighai [o join Frank Ling with au in^wjid cou^victicin ihar in 
Manchuria there were bitter eiipetiences and heavy cioi^-bcaEing 
ahead. But, fot him^t\ he says, inspired by his rccenl expHJ4yice, 
he •\^^% detecmined ihat "as always, so now ^so Christ ahall be 
magiuljcd in my body, -whether it be by li^e or hy death". 

Therwomcnjoiiied tlieothccnvombcrsoftheBand, who had 
iilrcidy had good meetings in Daiccn, at Fengfaflgchen. The 
tncnnial conference of one of the Uirlictan missions wai in 
progress, with 200 dclc^abe^ from all over Miinclitirij prespni. 
The mvitadon to ihe Baud to ipcak wss somcwhar reluctant. 
Lincoln NieK E^^d die suigiiig and incrodnced the people to some 



WltU bUTBBL IW WAiTCHUniA 77 

of the Belhd choruses, vdiilc Philip Lee sanj-. Then John Sung 
gjve his teMimony, ipcJjiig ■with great power, When an appeal 
was made, iwciity-Hvc Chinese and two missiotiadcs wenr to the 
front. They there poured out their Ileitis iu ptayec before God, 
confessing thdr sina witli many lears. Bursomeof thenjlssionaries 
objected ro rhe "eiicirement" and ihc hmd pTiiying. The ncKt day, 
tliey sent a Chinese dcputaiion to hay diar no fucrher invitacions to 
preach would be given to the Band unless they kjwered dicir 
voices, used uo gestmea and prayed quietly, Eiow could men 
whose hearts were ailanie accepi such limiting restiictions r Wlicix 
It -was announced chat btiim<3S ineecuA^ ■would take die place of 
a]l other planrn^^ ineetingi on ihe Monday, ihc Band packed Up 
their belongings and, thaiikuig God thii they had been accounted 
worthy to sufler shame for ttis Njilh:, left on die night rr^m. They 
were stm off just before vmdnight by many of die deh^Les and 
one of the inissionanes, who was almifei hc^tbrc^Lcn over what 
had fah«i place. A Post Office official who was meeting the tra^ 
came up lo Dr. Song to JcU him that, listening lo him outside the 
ehapel the night bcibte, lie had decided to trust Christ. Thcji: 
wifiies liad noC been in vainl 

Oneofthc thin^thatsaildenedDr, Siuig was that ffic mission- 
aries had tised ^CThreai of the ■withdrawal of funds to the church 
if they did ru>r wididraw iheicinvitaiiontothc Bethel biULd. This 
led Dr, Sung to wnic iu his journal ; "Beloved fdlowworkets and 
fellow christians! Why do you still depend on the Hnandal 
suppofc of foreigners? You should look to ihc Lord of all thirds 
and rcaliTc that the time has tutne for die dmrch eo be seJf- 
propacMinE, sclf-govfltiihg and self-supporting^ — truly inde- 
pendcnll" 

From fenglaagdieit, die Band went to Mukdcrt.aidving a week 
alieaj of schedule. Ag thinjjs turned out, their uisic proved to be 
just on the tvc of the "Mukden inciJeni", ■when die Japanese 
Tjupfrial Army wired the city as a prelude 10 Dtcupyn^ the whole 
of Manchuria. This was ihe event ■wliieh enraged China, shocked 
ffie world and cvculually led to wJi wiilt Cluna after the League 
of Nitious had Siiled to act to iiop aggression. Al ihds crisis in 



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A EIOCBAPHV OP J OH H SUNG 



ihc city's Jiisf My jod b ccniCtJsr to wluf lud luppencd 3t Fmg- 
faDgdteia, [he Bdiid w:ls Ed be GizJ's in^HriimcDimbnugmg ^ihaLiC 
the giejtesl; ccvlvJ eIl? CburnLh in Mukden had evec espeneucfiL 
And dm is nor ovcrlookii^ [he revivnli diai [],-ul ^iintdcd the 
TninisiTy of Jonathan Gaforth in Maiichuria. An firn, acTimdanff? 
at the niccling& was uu^ill. biLL ten rcspomicd (o the appeal the 
£■!!.[ evening. The □rxt niaining J.t 5-jo J.in. the diurch wja fiill. 
Twj;niy-?even iiieetings ■weri: held in all and over 1,000 pH>pIe 
conftHrd their iins and made prufission uf fiiiih in Chri«. Thcie 
Vt35 incicaaing joy iu the days went oa ^ thtr giejt things God wa? 
doing iar that dty. T^r. Simg wrote to Dr, Mary 5roue, Jc. and 
Miss Hugjici : 

". . . De/orc leaving Shanghai for Manchiim the Holy Spiiil 
foretold ]iie diax ivc ihnuld he fed by Him mto the ■wilderin.'is 10 
be [lied. Now v<rc find wc pic really in. the wildericH, and actually 
have met three kinds of temptation. 

"The liisc trial h to change stonei into btcad. Wt- ihorghf 
thaiiihf CoibfcTLiicc lu wliidi v^c h jJ been iuvlii^d to ^M;ak>voi[]J 
give L1& an open dooi to Mandimia because in that Cont^ence all 
the prcochtTS and workers of [kit Mjj&ion throughout Manchiici^ 
can be reached. . . . ButthUisnotthc'way of cmrLocd Ilcdidnctt 
allow us [o change die stones into bread. The niissioimtics 
with fired ideas and diose prcichers with traditionil opinions 
31? in ihc cyH fi£ the Lord jncc^^y stones. The Lord zmi ch^uijie 
theiii nito breads but [hey wouid iJo[ let Hiui do it. We aie glad 
"^c WHc dtivcn out from that place because this eHpcricnce has 
helped the yoiiiig evangelists CQ be humblC; noF lo be ton ambi- 
tious and olj [o turiL the "woild upside dc^ivix in owe ininiiKs 
tdeuc. . . . All lha[ I left there was my personal tistiniony. . . . 
Of coucst after Iciving there we prayed more for the UfAy 
Spirit'? guidano'- 

"ThEink God, the njnie of the nest pJace we came to means 
'U^tCT to the "Will of Hejuen' ! Several great evangelisis have 
been here Tlicy helped cicutc a ipiiilujljppctiler On outpi'LtoLii' 
pievioLis eaperienee [aiij^hl us to trust more in prayer and hving 
upon the Word of the Lord, for tine day wc prayixl togcdtec 



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CJghr Of ten Tim», something we had never done befot^. Here 
wc found tlic k<;y for revival. After the ihamct^f ihc Cross rfiere 
was (he glory of the Rcsurrcccion and foe thi? ceason we have 
hjd alxiut i.coo sound conveisioiis aifd 275 beauiiiful lesiinionies 
]iave been handed to me. Now Bands have been orgHiiied jjnanj^ 
the conver[s. Thi? is the greytesi revival 1 have ever seen in my life, 
frai^ T^is Holy Name I . " 

TJie eauipaign over, the (rain cactying the Band lo rheir next 
descinatLDuin lleil(ingki,ing Provuice pulled out of Mukden on 
the morning of September iSlh. Ir was the lait uaiii to leave the 
cipiciJ before [htija.pane*e [oi>k over control of die city! Cham 
and confusion reigned there, but in. the hcuTS of hundreds of 
new believers ihcic was nothing bnr the peace and joy of sin 
tbi^ivcn. 

Et^erywherc the fear of widespread hostilities ciuscil llie 
Chirstians to advise tlie Band to go bacL home, bul: as doors 
Opened in city jfier city ikey felt that God was leading them on. 
'^Thii may be our last oppornmitv — and Manclulriil i I It was 
— before Manchinia became a puppeijapanese state. Tlight up to 
Hailar, last big dty on the caJway before it croHcs the Russian 
frontier at Manehuli [o jnni the Trans-Siberian line, the Band 
went. Fear of bombing was keeping people from travelling and 
die tcairu wcte almost empty. Offitiiils Were suspicions of the five 
yoiing Tticii so near the frontier and intefroj-atienu gave Oppor- 
ttinilics for many a personal testimony. At Hailat, the church was 
in a sad condition tindct "ml unconverted pMtot and two woildly 
etdtts", one of ■wbom was eiigageil m smuggling. At the Jint 
meeting diirty people professed ■ftinh in Christ, and iherft iriighc 
have been many more had the Band not been foiccd lo leave the 
city by news of heivy bombing of the railways and die posibility 
of being cut off tlarbiii wjs ttnteG>re reached two weeks ahead 
of schediile. 

Priorto the arrival ofihe Band in Harbin, the Chi iie'ie National 
Council and the Synod of the Merliodiit Episcopal Church in 
±MukdeiL had raised a sum of iitcmey for a special retreat tor all the 
Harbin Oiinesc chdtelics whith were in danger of isolating 



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themselves from f^llo\\'ship with the odicc cbni-ctcs of Harhbi 
and Cliiiu. TTicy were sadJy JiviJcd amjng thcmaclvH and totu 
by bitFcr rivalry. Three of [hem liiid diivni out ihc Jiiihsionarica 
in iu endeavour tu prove diad die Church was not ihe "riuimiig 
dog ^£ the foieignir". The difficiiliica Wizre hO guwi thni the 
proposed rcrtcM scorned doomed to (jilare. Pa^t^n of tlie larger 
churches ivhj?re rhc mrctings would have to he held refused to 
agree to che s|7fa]ceti iuggcslcd, and the missionaijcs who were 
bcliiiwl the plan "were ^mosE in despaif. 

Dc, and Mt3. Deiiung wae sUicioifed ill Hnulmi at the mne. 
Just as Mr^ DejiiiiLg vjk m her wit?^ end, the pastor of the 
Cliiniso Merhodisi ClniKh led in ikc fivr yoiuig men, who had 
arrived ic, unexpectedly fblloving die cuclailed HjJJac cuo)paigix. 
Dr. Demiiig WK iwiiy, but Mrs. Denmig soon recognized id 
Di. iung the same young niuii wliora ihc iiiid hct JiiE^biiiid luul 
befiieitdel in New York al UnioTi TheologiGil Seminticy and of 
whojif they liiid read such glowing rcpocu in the Bibie Unhnfor 
Ckfna miigarinc. 

Would the local Chtisdjiu receive these youDg men jflct 
rejecriog other "b^ speakeis"? Tbey did^ :uid all die climches 
except one decide^! to unite fot mcetin^g to be licld in tlie large 
Union Church. It was Samrd jv when the R^nd atrivi-d, Th(? same 
evening, the fiRi ha^rily airanged mecring wa^ heJd, A Japanese 
plane had bfencicduigovcrihctiiy dumng ilic day and during the 
Dicctmg; theie were two loud explosioni. Bud no one Look any 
jLOlicc, The cheetful Hiring and rhe happy Icinn work of the 
Sand held ihe atlfnrion of everyone. Dr. Siuig preached, and at 
once gripped h[s audi once wiili his graphic style Jindbumiiig Teal. 
As he finished, wei vHib pcrspiiation in spite of die winter 
tcmpcraEirrc ont«dc, Aiidtcw Gili gave the appeal jiiJ coiiducK J 
the after-meeting. Meetuigs were Jitanged from seven to nine 
every moiEuifg and from five to seven every evening, Paitor 
Gih prtiidiini^ in die mornings and Dr, nSung in die evenings. 
During the boilcs between, die individual members of the Band 
Were free to visit the many churches of tiic dty — CJiinese, 
Kotean, Rjusian and cvol Gcrmui. Only one of die churches 



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frowned on ilieit iiideeotons evangelism and refused their co- 
operation. The rampign biunghx v> Hacbin ihi first real revival 
the Chinese chureKes of die city bad ever experiejiced, Aniong 
tlioK who found ChrisC petsoiialiy for the finl nme ■were several 
leading laymen jud lay preachers and a V.M,C.A, sci^rctaiy who 
had been creating serious ttdublc ainoJig die diutc]ics, Missienn- 
anes, pastors and i:]iiifc]iwo[fcers» seime of whom had not spoken 
to one annther fur months, met at the communion tiiil iind a,iked 
fotgi^cncy of one another. There was a great putting right of 
Vtfroiigs, an unreserved conieeraCiDn of many young lives, 
hundreds of coiivetiions jnJ. iiuiidccds more seeking the infilling 
of die Holy Spirit. Tlie people ctdwded to die £ronl of die 
church after every appeal to pciy and to receive petMnal help. 
TJie last meetingi in die greac church were packed and the people 
would h Jtdly let the young evangelists gOr 

The main meetings ovci. Dr. ^d Mr. Dcmmg ii^ed die 
Rand to stay on for a tew djys, p-ndy for j lest and pardy to lead 
niceiinga in Uic newly erecEed Koican Methodist Church at 
^hich Dr. Deming Jnteqjieted from English into Korean. 
Twenty Koreans decided foe Christ The Band moved ovizr from 
the Chhicse Y.M,C.A., where they had been stiying, ro che 
Deimngs' home. Dr, Sung and Philip Lee were given tli£ iitting- 
tooni and die oihcn three occupied Ds. Deuung's iludy, Mrs. 
Dcming delighted to attend k> die peEsnnaJ needs of the Band; 
laiindry, i^ewing, mending and the hke. A yoiing otit-of-work 
tdlof was employed to help the men and he was surpnsed and 
deeply Intptessed xo obKrve dtat die Band rose at 4.JO every 
morning for prayer and Bible stndy. 

Dr. Sling dailv went over his mcsai^e widi Frank Usig, his 
interpreter, howcvci uftt^i he niay have pleached a similar 
sermon before. By The time the evening meeting was ovtt Jolui 
wai, So completely Kdiauited diat he would fling himiclf on 
tlieheJ to rest. As Mis. Deming usedto sec die wejry fcirmlyhig 
there the ScripHLte came to bei" mind: "This is my body which ia 
broken for yoM "Jolin Sung was already living tip to flichinitof 
bia srrrtigth and, like his Lord, ponring ont his life for God and 



02 A EIOCHAPIIY (IT JOHdJ SUNG 

Hia liiDigcring children. He ivas never long free from uain toui 
ihc old ■wound IcEi Liy the ojicijtuwi oij liii b^ck. in America jnJ 
the pain, afwayi rctiiniKl when lie luas ovctdicd or upset. Bin, 
likcPAiJ, he teg Ji Jed tliis jj liii "thorn uidic flaJi" ^d wa^able 
10 glocj' lit lus HjwLi weakness. "Wi're it not fi>r this", he once 
■wrote, '][ would li^vc btcn iinpoHible to cesirain ra^^' prrnjd 
dispDiidon." But jfrer i rest John used to bio:l iij> ai die uining- 
Toam tabic, im^lcr a gi»d liglit, jnd in fine, bcautifal Chinese 
di3[jeifi3 wciic jp bis jouijinl. Wherever be wenl, this was -ja 
cffioitial pjin of liii diily routine^ 

FnjiJiLuig, ■whotivew Dr, Sung hO iniiniiitclyH say? of his lite 
during hi^ publiu ministcy: "It vras very 5iniplf: praying, writing 
Up his diary, preaching and pcr^knal dealing and rbiee m* jli i dsy, 
He -wrote jn average of ieuecal thoiisjad-woiilsa dayin hisdiaiy, 
inclndiiig dzsU glcamngi horn ilie Seffpmres, No CLiine^i: cin 
ever have dcvtpled so much time and gnne imo such liefitil. Oikc, 
fbi cK[mip]e, after a meal in ii Christian home, |ohn'j flietcring 
wruhig-brush paused for a moment white be asked the nsoic of 
one of die dishes they hsd eaten f Dr, Suiig bcbcved dijt no dctjil 
of his Mb was loo siciati to be uniinpotiant in relation to his 
work. A pa^uliar liabit of liis ■^vas to hnger a few cubes of 
bainbii" fioni thopped-up chopsrieks as he i^Tote hw diarid 
or prepared hih iormons. Some of these diaries ■were Josi during 
the Sino-Japan«e Wat, hm die rest rcmaut in the powession of 
his ■femiJy. 

John was Jiol an easy ^ucit to enteriatn and lacked aU llae social 
^race^ Among iirjier ihings, he invariably ordered chicken, 
prqiiired in the Chinese fashion in rich chicken ^0"p at le^st once 
a day. This earned him the nickname of "die cliieLcn prcjchtc" ! 
But Mc. ling e:fplain5; "[f you have ever atixndcJ liis jiiectingi 
and seen how he preadics, often three times a day and as long as 
two hours at a tune, exerting i^vijty ounce of bis physiciil and 
nervous energy fiBm bcginnint^ to end, vou eould nor blame 
him for asking for chicken wup to snaoid him. Without 
special nourishment, be could ifcvcc Iwve kept up his strenuous 
■work." 



WITH BETHBL IK MANCHURIA Bj 

DtscribiTig the Mukden cimpiugn, Di. Sung cuntinucd in bis 
leiret to the Bethel hcudi^ii.ftters: ", . , Then we came to Harbiu. 
Godjitstpicpated workers and preachers for us to work witb. He 
wanted u3to 1 earn how to work step bvsiep and build the revival 
upon ihc Hick, , . . We helped Ehcm realiite tiic wonder and 
Stability of iJic Bible. Wlicji fliii baitle ■was won invitatioos came 
■not only from die Chinese but from the Russian, Korean and 
German Chiirchea. . . . How wc urc bcginnhig I" meet our third 
fcinptation, 'Knwl down, and yoii can have everything'. We 
could stay in Harbin and ivork on with the Russian and 
German tJiUrdies, thus opcnuig tlie ■way for wt^tld-wide 
eviiiigelism, hut God wmitcd us to gj fji-A^acd and ivc liave 
come Co a sm;tl!, cold place called Hukn. There is a hard batdc 
ahfiad of m. Pray that ■we may be humble enough Pi Hfccr clus 
third and hardest trial. , . , Yoiiis in soul-saving service, John 
Sung," 

When Dr. Smig left Harbin he took with him. a l.irye flour- 
Mtk full of letters and die Band undertook in dine to answer them 
all. Mcist of them Vn-ercjim tCiumraiies of biasing recavcd, but 
some ■were asking for help m ?pirrttial problems. The Hiirbio 
churches, ouec so divided, immediately arranged for united 
pra>'er meetings to be hdd in jII eIic d^ueches ui rotaiiou. Attend- 
ance at dicsc meeting jumped and there ■was great joy at ibc 
reunion whidi the Holy Sptrii had brought about jud gic.iC 
libcrry in prayer. Prayer groups were also formed nt private 
homes to keep tbc liiCi of revival burning. 

After llatbiit the Band divided into two; Dr. Siing> Frank tmg 
yiid Pinlip Lee weut to Ilulin and iiiiliWJ, 'Ahilc Andrew Gib 
andXincohi Nich lAfCM to Asahtir. At i-lulan, the Pnncip jI of a 
lai^ school tun by die Y^M.C.A. and four of his teachns were 
Hjmscrtcd together widi most of the boys. Dr. Sling :Jso ^Meached 
Oil the Five Loaves and Two Fishes in a Ruaian church. As die 
Russian paator inteipeted, ni^fy were in tears and, at the in- 
vitaiiorL> fifty Ritjun Christians dedicated dieii liv<;h for the 
evangelization of the Ru&ians of Maiidiuria, Tliete was also a 
remarkable cKE of a dcmon-possfflsed man who had len limes 



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burned hi& Bible Jit [he demon's behist bcuigcoinplcrely Jeliwrcd 
afcerpraytt jnd the kj-ing on i>f Kands. The Clm^cscc]lll^dlonly 
Jlu^lbe^ed abofir forty, buE Thctc -uvcrc dgbiccn new coDvcrsi<ais 
duting tlic three djys' meeiings. 

At Siiiljwj [here was a lic^piul, a- school^ a church and ii-vej^J 
missionary ifsidenr^ all oil life ianic "comptmitd": a typical 
miisioii siiition". Three niccdn^ a Jav were aiTai:^i:Hj- Ai 
ebewhere in China, the spirit of inKnse DicLoDalima was high anj 
Ihc ■workers. Chines'; juiI miniunaiy, vfcc: hopelcsity Jisunittd, 
De. Snug, eonsciom rhaf lie was under ihc dircciion of ihc Holy 
Spirit v/ii tjLuie fcaulcsi and, as he sd often diJ, atxed in a inoht 
unespecKd. «M.y, Having Sensed die aitoadon. Dr. Sung at one 
meeting look die sdcp of calling all the leading nuises, doctors, 
feachciSi Bible ivomcn, pasiocs and miMicnianei to sUnd in 
front of the l^rgc cojigccgaiion. Thai, addressing ihe pcopLe, he 
asked, "Do you love your leaders?" iiid, Eeceiving i[ic answer 
*'Ya", h4; asked again: "Then what in yi>iir prayer tot them?" 
"Tiiat chey may be united in love iind ivork together in unity I" 
came die answer. So everyone knelt to pta-y. As the people piaycd, 
the leaders wept, Lut ?[ill would not confess their £xa{\s. Tlic 
people prayed still mote fcivcntly while Dr. Suog asked each in 
turn: "Have ynuanydiing in youtkcanagainat anyone:" "Yes," 
seveia] admitted- "F Jiare die miasion,iry !" "Then go and tell him 
ao and ask his forgivencH '"■wan the reply And diey didio. Then, 
turning to the missLonary, lie said : "You must have some sin to 
confcsi or all ih«e peopEc would not be ludi^ you!" So the 
missioijaiy confessed hi& fauliSi A^ Dr, Sung spoke To each, The 
Holy Spirij. seemed to biing iinnu:diatc coiiuietion. Many of them 
came to his room later in an agony of eonviction, begging him to 
pray for them. Some of the woiketfl spent hours in prayct and 
confession befote the peace of pardon came. As d;e meccLii^s 
ended tlicic was unbounded jov eveiy^vlicie in place of die 
picvious atniospliere of mnte antagonism. Dr. Sling's inin was to 
kavi; at 7.30 a.m., so, not to he deprived of one more meetings 
abouT seventy gathered for a ficewcll senHce Jt 5.30 a.m., before 



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The two s<!ctLoiL'< of the Band met again at Harbin, for a few 
devotiOiisl meetings, Timo wa* getting sliott, and it wa? evident 
that they wotild have to divide forces again if they were to 
leapoiid to U^c inviradons which were lejching Jiem, Bur iliece 
seems to have been some disagieemciit about diait plasis and to 
sctde die miitier Uiey drew loUr As ii tcsuk, Andrew Cih went 
ro Chjoyangchen wliile John Sung rcinamcd in Harbin foe 
a day or two and then was ro go do Changchtui and Kirin. 
It is i.le;ki: dial die J^liejny of iouls was doing his be:>t to liindcc 
the work of dfe Holy SpiiiJ. by inttoducii^ differences of 
opinion among the five membcts of the Daiid, But they w«e 
awatc of thcbc Mticha ^nd no Beiioiis dissension was pctmiited 
to jirise. 

Dr, Simg gave bis last nic wages to the church, leaders in Harbin 
on the Book of AcB, tejchuii" dicm die tiiidis about the Holy 
Spirit. When die iLoie came to leave by die Ei^lit ccaia, die 
Christians «cotted Eneni to die sHtioii to see rheni off. Right to 
the last moment Dr. Sung, leaning out of the caniage window, 
was giving le^B with rheit icferctiecs 10 all wtin aiked for dicm, 
while Philip Lee, lying inrlie upper berth of the deeper, shoue an 
elcctLTC torch on the open Bible. Tlie chorjs suiging w^s so histy 
diat the station guards cinje rushing up to see whit was going on I 
Odiei giBiips ofjapniiese and Russians were seeing off importaiic 
offiaals But who "was dii3 Efl:. Sung who was arousing such 
ciidiusiasni? 

At Cli.iugcliuii, wlxere Andiew GililiinIJieidybcld meetings, 
Dr, Sung wa.s invited to speak in the leading Clfuiese cliutch. 
nldwagh the pjstor Said, "l du not believe in appeal, iirid do noc 
warn anyrhing emodonal !" But as the Holy Spirit vjo eked during 
the mecrings rhe whole congrcgarion mshed ro die front to 
confess sin. Among [hem was theii' pastor who confessed especially 
the sin of dictating to llic Holy Spitk; 

Ai Kirin, Japanese troops were already in occiipation. The 
Korean Christians had all been scattered or arrested and die 
churches were full of apprehension. Bui otic of the pasiois, him- 
self a wcJl-tnownpEeachcr, give Dr. Sung .1 welcome, Hi*iwas a 



96 A DIOGPAPHV ni: JOHH &UWG 

flonrfehing church whidt Jind already been behind Dr. SiniE m 
prjyer ^nd ?yinpalKy. From this pi^ror, Dc Sung lejmed the 
Chinese phrase for "hiying hold" of God jnd I lis promises and 
tc began to cspccl God O "lay hold" ofuiinccs. licptjyol wilh. 
new £iii\i in i\k pifsiaKs <j£ God, Aud then wa& maiji£a[ly a. 
wortiog of ilie SpuiE of (Sod in ihi^ city loo, OtiP pasTor nF 
another church had forbidden, hii congrcgadon. to attend I>r. 
Sung's meethigi. Bat oil the last nigbf he camq. God ''laid 
hold" of liiiii and he publicly coiifcsicd dial fiic lii ycacs he Ji^d 
ucither read his Sibic not liada motmiig "quiet TLine", Tliecawas 
a Chiiitian doctor ui the city, too, but he was loo proud lo kiicci 
when he prayed- One d-iy, ivhjle oppratmg in rhe tJi&iire, his 
arm refused to rcapond tej hia brain. He fell immediately on his 
kncc! add cried lo God to i-oiorc his aim and save die Ufc of ch^r 
pJniT, God bearJ Im ptjycf. T]ieie wji Jiiuificr jn^ui in tfic 
meeiuiigs who liad been a ^'Bosm ' in die 1Q03 upciiiug acid liaj 
been f^uilty of lite niuidcr of a, missionary. Hi? aim had been 
pEirafyseJ ever suite. One day lie licsiid Dr. Sung ^k, "Do yoii 
think that ihe Lord who saved ihe fhicf on the Ccos5 can save 
you?'* He immediately touted oul "Ycsl" and instantly he 
iccjvctcd the use of bis acni] The news of diia miracle spcc^id 
and many gave glory to God, 

li was in Kitiii, too, iliai Dr Siing was greatly eKetcised altout 
the q^iicsiion of baptizing new behcveis. He and the pascar, 
againsi the cir^Tom of die mi^'^ionary Mciciy whifh in^Lsted cm 3. 
long period of iiial bffbrc baptism, decided fo baptize the 200 
coLiveits on the basis of SLich vetiFS as "He ihal behcvcdi and is 
baptized shitll bi: s.ived" and "Wlwr dolli hinder iiie lo be bap- 
OTcd? , , , if thou bcJicvc^t with a]\ thine heart, thon ma-ycst," 
Jo3in Sung had never done such a diing before and so rC was 
somcching of a ted-lcttci day. 

Tlve weather was by Fhis tiinc gcltiug very cold aodjulm had 
insufiicieiil waiiir clodiing. So lie "laid l>old" of God's promises 
Slid asked for a skin-lined gu%%TL such ai is wotn in the noidiimbe 
winter. WiiMi a very short rime, one of the Chrisiijns gave him 
die very thing he Had a^kedfoc] 



WlXn EETIJEL IN M A N C II IJ B IJ^ H? 

rioniKiiin.Jobn and Frank proceeded to the Band rendezvons 
j[ iKc port city of Yiugkow, calling st Cliiioyangchcn fi lowls. 
Ac Yii^kow, tiie Bind ;igain used the mcdiod of casting loa to 
decide wlio ^idd go lo tlie Bible Sdiool for meetings and wlio 
should ho]d meetings in the ehiireh. John went to the Bible 
School and was lOon. in fr«li difficulties. His fiist address to ihs 
sttidcnts w^s on the "new birrii" and many cjnjc to ijie front lo 
confess sin and ^ tight with GoATtc School principal objected 
to Dc- Soug'i ptcLching, daimmg ifiaj all the sindaus were 
alieady "saved", iTiere wjis a iheologiciil ni^umHit Bnc among 
ihc students thcofogieal iiiceriH had no place. They were ex- 
petimnng 3 new work of the H^-^ly Spirit in tlicu hcaris. Many 
prayed dirough tlie night und were fiQed mitli the Holy Spiut 
Both Dr. SjDg andlhe students learned much of praying thiough 
Ki vJfCorv and of spiritual wjifate. Though Jiis andlcnoca iit 
tlie Bible School were not large, the le^iilrs were very £if- 
reacliing. 

To fulfil a piomiic. Dr. Sung leiiimed to Chaoj'angehcu foi a 
fi;wd3ys. It wji here tint he prciched foe die first time his famous 
aerinon mi "Open the coffm!" It was noieuoughn he iusjsied, 10 
listen to H sermon. The coffin of our hearts had to be opened 
and die dead wocki tpkcn out, one by one! Many eliiirch 
leaders, some of whom had come over from Kirbi, respnndi^d 
and made public confcs^on of sin. As Dr. Sung piayed for 
them and laid hands on them, they were filled wilh die Spiiil, 
many of (fiem n^ceivu^ die gifts of healing and of eating oot 
demons. They returned to their own distiicls to eiscrcise a 
pow[*rf«| wiiTcH for Christ. Tlic glory of Cod was once more 
rcvealed- 

"Fiiit i[ic Crosi, [hciv dn: gJotyf seemed m siinunjiizc die 
campaigns m die 'Tliiee Nortdi-eastetu Provinces", wlucb were 
Jieiiceforth 10 be known as Miinchiikuo ao long as thejapaneac 
teiTuined in control. Over j.oco people altogether had professed 
conversion in those few autiinui months of t(>ji ajid at a time 
when the whole atca was ni a state of witfice and t jriiical. The 
M^chuTUCL diuieliea had begun to duLikin terms of au annual 



SB A BIOCPAPHY OF JOllPJ otitic 

Bethtl CiMiferoicc in M^mchiiria, seeing thac it wa^ m diHiculE 
for MancturiiJQ Chrisiisui lo itavd to JJian^hai, Pfjoj were she 
set on foot for ihc Band to go to Korea duHnj the itimracc of 

i^ja, but political dcvdopmenH f«evchlcd licie pljoi &om cvtr 
being rcilizcd. 

■While tht oth(^ rncmbcn of the Baiulhiinied bjick lo SliMghEii 
via Dairen, Dt. Sung ceFumeii do Sh^nCimg in response To 9 spocid 
invitaliou Eioni the Aincilciin Southern Bapdst Mission in 
HwacighiiciL. Tliis was ? large nilHiun. centre witli siJiooh and a 
Luipital. Here the miisiouaiiei were iii toiupEeK sympjtTiy Jfld 
iliehfjrEoFtlieptffylc hungry and roily foe t]ie bicsang of tlie 
L-jrd. The Spirit (jfGoil wo tfccd and iLianv hearts of stone became 
hearts of floh. From, fi-wai^hsiccijobn went to Pingiua-nil founJ 
[hat God ^lad jlicjdy bcguix lo woct. The people hjd been 
Loldiog j^iaycr mcetnigs and sonic had been convicted of sm. 
So w^ien the message was proclauned through God's servant, 
dicre iviisa great oiitpoiiringoflheSpinr,]i: was here dial one of 
the mi^ionaries urged John to prav for some siek people, eapcc- 
ially a Mk. Lo, "who had been paralysed for eighteen ycats. 
Afcci pijyer 4nd the hying on of handi, diii 'woiiun. "wus cotu- 
plelelytiealed and forth tee more years eoncioueJ to go around die 
cotuitryiirfe wimcoing to tht great thing God had done for her. 
Though an illiterate woman, her testimony lit the &rc of rcvivii[ 
all avce ihc PingCLi dliTdcr. T^iiM^n ivii alio rcviATcd and the 
results of the earlici eampaign were sl]]l evident in a greatly 
i^iiickened church. As tLore liad been ^ certain amount [?f speaking 
in "toi^urt" Trtd singing "spitiCiLil songs", diere were tlio&e who 
plaeed John Sung m die '^Spiritual Ciifis" category o£ preachers. 
Buijohri Tvas ivcli known for not advocating inch dungs. His 
emphasis waa not on such cmcitliI cxpcticncea but on the li& of 
wimcsj- In Tsjixan, John wasiuvjtcJ lo meet sonic of dit Chdoo 
Chrisdan UmveisLty students in the homE of Dt. Thornton 
St&itns. Forty or fifty of them ibimd Christ in a fcUv d-iys. From 
Tsiiiaii John wo>ild have tetumcd by rail to Shangbai, but the 
service i^'as iuleriuptcd. So he had to go by sea via Tangtao. 
Ttis gave him the opportiuutv to hold a £cw days' con^xntion. 



WITH BETHEL IN MANCHUHIfl 89 

ineetiugs there. He was espccLilly careful to a"void suspicion of any 
txitavjigant doctrinca and enmeidy warned die Christians against 
onc-Sfdedtcaching. He urged tiiein above all to follow the way of 
love. And ^, after a rcmathable tour in Shantung, he remmed to 
Slianghai, 



CHAPTEB. TWtLVE 

With Bethel in South China 

r<i shanghai the five youiij" nuro, fn:^ Jrom dicir liJzaidoiB 
and wonderfully succcaftj CAiufuigJi in Micicluiria, removed 
;i ticuicoduiis vrclcome. They liaJ beeif iravelfnig atu! priach- 
jn^ forfourinraidiSrBiiiiiisieidoftaking the rest tlicy deserved, 
they plungizd at ouce into ev^ngeli^lic rncctbgi at 3cchel where 
dwcc were many new iiocoitvciKd sigdems in [he iiiiisiug 
schc"5L Some acccplcd Chrot at cjct mcctuig. 

Siiice die IcHM of Mmdiunj-attrcatcniug siiuaUimiiad developed 
in Chiim pmpcE. Shangh^u was the ne\i otijeoive on the Jiipancse 
progmnimc. Poliuicd H-TMOU was iiigh. Ti wm in. siidi «i atmo- 
sphere that rhc Band cnndncred mcedngs in the htge Allen 
Memorial Chnrcli in Chapei at rhc inviUtion of the ShansTiw. 
Mi^iutciUL ABotudoD. In was not expecied ihjii.. andfr die 
dieiungiJiiQ^^ llipre would l>c ntiny at die mcerings. Bin, from 
ilicfust High I, January isi, rp33, ihe church wa^ crowded. The 
Originally planned diree days were e>rrcndcd for an cvirj ilirec 
days and rhen again fut fout days more] For die lasc meedug. a 
densely packed audience crowded (lie church to ovctflowinj», 
people fcoin. all die diuEclies in Sliaiighai juJ niaiLy with no 
previous chutdi comicctioii being prescni. It was a wondecful 
chinas to a campaign in which hundreds profeiKd conversion 
and every ehutch felt the breath lif revival. 

Two wccki later, at nudnight onjanuacv afidi, wut brotcoaL 
TKe JapJXiCic anny had Ijiidcd at WoKLuig and was tapidly 
enording [he city. A heroic Chinese army fought ficrcelv but in 
vain. The Alien Memoiial Church came imder fire jnd wine of 
the Chines Christian wortcri were killed. Refugees poocei mto 
the safety of the iTiteiTijrional ^cctlcmnil. The BetlieL Mission ha J 



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WITH BBTSfiL IN SOUTH CHltJA ^1 

to evacuate its premises and move iJie lieapital^ the schools and 
ihu orph-inage imo iKe SetJentenc too- Bechd evangdiss and 
Jocmrs wei" inio ilii: ccfugee carnps aijd did a splendid 
"work of preaching and healing among the miseiahlc people 
tkcrc, 

Tli: ptogcaiiuoc of tlic ■WotMwidc Evaugclisuc Band included 
a Short Term Bible Scliool m Fcbiuary. This now seenied to he 
oLit of [he question- Biu i-ight dclegores fiBm Mandiuria had 
already arrived and E>r. Sung was detenniDed diar they should 
not be disappoiiited With fighting continmng aQ around, he and 
the other membcii of die Band held daily classes and took die 
Students tluoiightwcTity-tlirec book.! of the Biblcl Someofdio&c: 
aiiending were lecent converts and. they returned to commence 
woikfot God in dicir own homci. 

A ^K months' id netarj'thtongh South China la.y ahead of EKcm, 
beginning in Maich, but c^irrtso there could be no relaiatiou foi 
Dr. Sung. Ju^t before the fighting broke out, he had auumed 
lesponsibiluy as chief editoi of The Gwi'it So tloiinea. tiic Bethel 
j|jag:k?iiier lit view of the long absence fiojn Shanghai in ptospect, 
he had recruited die entire Bethel staff to prepaee material for the 
raagasitic fiw siK ninnthi ahead- "WKeu war broke oiri with the 
cuinpltte diMUftion of (he worL of Beihcl, it would [wve been 
impoaible Co cotitaiLts the legubr publicanon of dtc niagaiine 
had uoi this provision already hccit made. As ii was^ the magazine 
w^ able 10 conibiic publication all tluoiigh the cnatting months. 
And^ incidenrally, the Band had brought hack fron\ Manchuria 
Soo Hew paid snbscriptioni I 

With gie;it diHicuIty, stcaniei posHges to lioiu^ Kong w?re 
recused for ilte Band at liie begjiunng cif March, Wlien the 
ves.*l reached Hoifg Kong on Fiiday, March ^th, it was place-iin 
quarantine for smallpox! A ctowd of Christians from the Pcniel 
Mission "waited on die <[uay eo welcome theni — biU in vain. 
On SaiLirday afternoon they liited a launch to go out to die 
ship at Its qiiacantinc sCidoiL Songs and shouts of ]oy wcce 
ehehnigejl bur it wai Sunday, Miiccli fidt, before tJie ftmd could 
land. They proceeded sm-iight to the evening service, ar wliich 



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^ FlOCttAPIIY OP JOHN" SUKG 



ncMly iHOOOpeojilc wcte wJiimg, crowded inta a chapel built to 
4c3t •Jitiy 500. 

Dj:. Sung i^icjchcd Ehat fn-zi mghc after a bright musical infro- 
duciJon, IndiisBriciiihcolony, EnghshwaawdluiideKCood.sohe 

prcichcd in English while Philip Lee inFHpcftc J into Canioncic. 
For rwrt hcmn the butniiig ■words poiiKj out — prcj^lid juJ 
inKiprctei ipcjtiiig in rapid succsiion. TlieicafcM, dtree services 
wcic hdd diuly, uciJie of tlieiii lest Eboii cwo huuis in duration, 
iiiid the nif cdags woic un for yx days, Dr, Siiiig and Andrew 
Gih shared iJie preiching. Sickncs and loss of voice ^omedmes 
tlll■^^^[cned ro cripple rheir ministry, biit Cod took ihciu righi: 
through 10 the end. Rich md poor, liiglj ^riJ [itw, dwellers in 
mansions and housc-boils, cdacadcd and lihteracsH those dresseJ 
in silk and those in ra^s, members of iifl denominations met iQ the 
Peiuel Mia^ioti Choich. Some came over the terry from TliMig 
Kong and some even canic from Cheung Chan IsLuiJ, an hour's 
journey away hy laundl 

Tli^rc wcic niaay ouiitjjijling cotivcniuns and a number of 
rite luJu^ mm in die Hong Kong and Kowluon churches 
Irace dieit SEfirJUio] awiihcrdng and con\TT^ion to the minisrry 
of Dr. Sung. One whose life wa? dci^ply infliicpccj by him is 
an iiidependi;itt evangelist ■who has repeatedly viiitcd cvccy pjft 
of FIciifg Kong and Kowloou preaching ihe Goipe] — ijicludiixg 
all the refugee jiul *;i^ijj(t':is liiiQ — and lie has ledniairy to die 
Lord. 

In w^ at Ko^vl|■''J^ that the Band as such held their lirsr mcedng 
10 pray for the dcfc During rlic TucClingi some of the Band had 
been railed up Ironi attacks of iital^irij jjid other conipliin& in 
kOiWE^ to pJTjycr. How people came widi thai tickuases to ask 
for prayer, "What could we doi" diey said. "We said to ofie 
antiilicr, 'What ■wouU Jesiis do ff He ■were hcrp?' " About fifty 
peopfe, rhcccfote^ ■wens invited to attend a special mectjngr Dr, 
Sung preached to theca urging them to confess dieir siifs, pray to 
JesiK Jtid exercise Ciith. Evcryunc ijonfcsicil then ims. Then Di. 
Sung mid Andrew Gih laid handi on Jieiu one by one and prayed 
tot them. At a praise msedng the ■ame evening mitny, including 



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nussionarics, Icstiiicd to having been healed of vrfTyuig toni- 
jilnhiis. 

Oil Miirclt fadi tiie Band crossed to ilie Climcse mainland foi 
meetings in die latgc and palatial Union Church. For thefmstlwo 
diiys the church waj only p.icriy full and rhey were driven to 
ptayCT, God bcatd and tlic evening services ■were soon being 
attended by big crowds. Amidst thcfocnialisin, die wealth and die 
wtirldiintas of the Hong Kiiiigdiurcli life they preacliedjesizs and 
Ffis Cross, The Holy Spirit again worked powerfiiUy and die afier 
scrvicea were cro^wded ■with people seeking Christ. Towards die 
endn the ^holc audiiorium became a "Counselling Room". Dr 
SuJig'i mcMagc^ were particuJady full of po^wcr, D-csiitiidon and 
confession resulted and nussLoiianes were moved as well m tlic 
Chinese Chiistiim^. 

One praying morliet bad an adieisT son who had been to 
America three times in the course of his education. This man 
liated lus mothet for praying for him iiid liad even contemplated 
murdcru^ h«. Wltcn he was invited to the uurctings by a friend 
licconsentedrago, "Just to see diat madman Sung J umpuigacound 
the platform"! Bnt he canic under deep conviction of sin fitid 
koelt whrro lie was to make his confeison to Cod Then he ■went 
over to the side of die duudi, where the women, in Chinese 
tradition, were jegcegaiedj and sought out his mother. With 
a tiembling ■voict he flstcd liet forgiveness and ihe sobbed 
aloud iS die praiied God for answering her prayers of long 
years. 

From Canton the Band travehcd up the Pearl River to 
Wuchow in tlie ptovincc of Kwm^ji wIice: both the city 
churdjs bad only small coii^r<^atioifs. The Clitistiao anJ 
Misiiionaty AlLaucc aho had a Bible School. One of the sludtnts 
thercH Mr. Nc-wman Sliih, had beuin di'eply bleiBe<l tlirough the 
muustfv of thi: Band in Sbangkai in T^jr at the summer Bible 
CoiiEareucc at Betiicl. Lie had prepared the odier students to 
capcct somelhini; really great. But aftei the first inceting On 
Miiaii syih diey were so iLsap]JOJiited that Mr. Shih cainc lu foe 
a good deal of criticism. The second day, however, the power of 



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A DlllEIPil^HV OF JOHH StINC 



God ttsttd on E>r. Sun^ ai he prcachcit and there was a Jeep 

wardiin^ work of etc Holy SpEric in aJ! icaris. Neither sruiltiiu 
norfaculrycoiiUtcsislrficSpidc The J.*ruidpal wssthcfirsctogo 
to die front, aud Jie w^5 foQo'A'eJby tlie ■^'liole stu Jem body wid 
malty ofllici-lijrcltmcmbeii. They all tiiek in dhe pciiseiiccoftbr 
Lord and cnrifoseJ dic^r siiw -ajJi luirt. Tljtoughout the wholi: 
[HI days there "w/as a conrinuous and deepening wiirfc of God's 
Spicit WhoEc nigh'^ wcic spciit in jirayer and the blessing 
ovcrfloivcJ 10 [he wh^lc city aiid dtscrict. One woman was 
convicnedofdjetbcftijf a gold bracelet ov« Lweitty years bcfcm:. 
la current value was about Sjoo, and she now gave it to the 
Band, 

The night before feaving Wucbow, Jnhn Sirng Cbund him^lf 
sJngh^ ill his *Iccp, '"Widhont Me, wirboar Me, wiilioui Me 
ye fan do nodiiii^. Cast fortl^ ca^t forili, cast forth as ahrancband 
borued, Willioui lue yt can do aodimg." Hl awoke wix:pui^. 
StcaogcFy eiiougli, the Cbineie diaraoer fot Wu of Wucliow 
^Ti^fots U Cr03^ and a Self. And in diis Jolui sarvr a ■warning diat 
innliZMhedaLLyyJcldiKlibcoliiScJfti? tbc Cross, he too wcmld be 
cjjst forth a& a briiick and be burned, A sijigTc tbemc was toii- 
iUnlly in his mind at tlus lime: "Though 1 have (diis, that and the 
oihec) and have not iovc, 1 iim nothing." 

At Kvjeihaien, two lady iiiiiiiotfaties were in thargc of a school 
for blind girla. The charch was very iniall. The ladies tp^ed 
nodiing in thctt love for the giJj but few of them bad been 
converted: tliey were sliU without God and without hope. Ai die 
mcrtiugs went on, others werp blessed but dier? was no iiiovii 
among rhe gitb. They sn-mcd aa cold and as hard aa stone. John 
Sung -ivas deeply concerned Jtid longed for them to know the 
love and the care of a Heavenly Father. Ai be pleaded wiTh thi?m 
one day, the btcafc cinie. Tbdr hcattswcfe tiidicJby the love of 
God and ihey gladly received die Savioiu. 

■when mvitatfons came to rhe 3aiid from Niintdng and Yulin, 
loi?^ wore again cast nnd Sung, Ice and Nreh were directed to 
Yulin. The church there "was supposed to he a flovirisliing one, 
but the educjiional standard of the members wjii so low that Jolm 



iririt HDurcL ik sniiTii ciieka pi 

liad rreat difhcuky jn preaching to [hvin. Add lo d[iis a lack of 
oncne^i of heart amon^^ the three team mcnibcrs and an iinsyni- 
pathcdc interpreter and the result was no bLcEmg. ". , . If 1 have 
nor love, I am nothing," 

Tbe Sand now ictuined to Caiiioii for oicctings in ike Baptbc 
Cbutch, Ted Ijy Andrew Gih, who later went on to Swatow, Tbc 
resr of the Band returned to Hong Kong on April ^ffth for a 
second endiifiiaine campaign, vi+Jch eondnued until May Jat. 
Oil that <by a very large crowd attended the Pcniel MissJOb 
Cliuttli foE J bapcisnial servicej in which Dr. Simg had been 
[iivbled [o Eatze part. 

"But I lirive never been baptiaed by immersion myself!" he 
objected. Then he added that if Mt. Reiton would b.iprizc linn 
fiiif, be would baptize the odicrtr So the Itev, A. K. Reiton first 
immersed Dr, ^i""ig, ;md dicn Dr. Snug in [Einibapdzed twenty- 
one women Jlld twelve men. Did such an event have ^my 
precedent? 

On May and the B.iiid began a ftunultaneous caiifpaign at 
both the Mediodisr Church (in die nioroinj^) and the Hop YaT 
Tong (Love Church) in the evening — both churdif* cm the 
island of Hong Kocig. Dc. Sunj; ptciJicd poivctfuily to lar^ 
crowds for a week, tlie odiei members of die Band leading the 
singing iind dealing widi die enquirers: Andrew Gih used to 
condnet tke prayec meetbfp. May ftth ^-as Sunday and iheii last 
day. Di. Sung preached at the Peniel Mission church in Kowloon 
in the morning aod ad Hop Yat Tong on the island m the evening 
— a grear day concFudmg a remarkable campaign. 

In June, the Band luvelled up ilie coast ro the piovmce of 
Fnkien. Dr. Sting and Frank I-ing remained in Foochow while 
Andrew Gih^ Philip Lee and Lincoln Nieh travelled Over the 
road su fmidiar to John Simg and hi^ fiihct to Ilinghwa Tlicy 
travelled pardy by sedan cluir, partly by cichshaw and partly by 
river launcli and a[l [ticoughtorreiiOalrauLjohu bad elected not to 
go with rhem to his old home town for lie tud, "No prophet is 
accepted in his own cotHiiry and with Jiis own people^" Both ac 
Hiiighw3.aitd at Sicnyn rliere was the kind of div[rie work whi<^ 



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A BIOCHAPHY OF- JOHW SLipJC 



btcaks down bairicii and ^worps awjy psEimiai cmnilio, bruigmg 
Clm^iijiu [ogTtHcc in j guud unity of Lhoiijjlic and puriioit. llic 
&v<>untc cSujcirU WW *'Thc Bi^oJ sliill Jiever lc4e jis power'*. 
The Rev. W. B. CoLe v^roJs of ^rcac victories won jod an 
entirdy new spicu: inirodiiccd. mco the church, the Bihic Sdiool 
and the chiicch high .schook People who had loEig hem HlTjngcd 
from each other became rcconciI<sJ and there WK a revived spirit 
ofwitiLCu and piayci. 

Mam\vliileH in Focdiowjalin Sung jnd Frank Lmg c:ipi?riaiccd 
a time of uiarvdloiii blcsang, perhaps greater than anyriiing 
wiliLCsbcd hitherto. Ac fitsr tliecc wire nn great crowds and it ■was 
examimiirai time for the schools. But Dr. Siuig'i rcpiiCaldon 
spread £ni. Maoy yoimg people ftom the mission sclvmli and 
£cvm many Govemmejit scliools ;ia well begm to attend the 
l]leel^llg, They used to stay in the chiicchfconi ren in thf inotninc 
right cm unti] after (he three o'elock meeting. They were air^id 
to go away for hmch Irsf they hsc iheir scati! Four liiuidrcd 
Liniver^ity JCiidHmis were once J]iioi4; the ccnj-icgation. Dr. Sung 
poured oiu his heart and soul day after day in dehveruig God's 
"Word. The break Ciiiiic in the aetond week when hundreds ^f 
people were born again, L\)iife?ung their sins to God. Students 
made restiturion to their teachers, rcconcihjriHjm were a daily 
oceuttmce and ]ny overflowed into th; meets 3$ die students 
irlumcd hotne ui groups ringing. Twcnty-Mven con^ecuuve 
days of incessanL rain and ddiberare orteniplh by their school- 
ceachera to prevent the boys and gitla ■from actending could not 
beep people away from die mceiuigs. The young people worked 
through the night at ihcii fcjftjnj so 3i to be able to attind die 
mectutgs by day, JJi. Siiug depended oil Ftiok Lutg for inter- 
pretation, jiid even the death of PraLifc's liiilf: datigliler waa not 
allowed to mierfece with llic incedngy. Frank, went straight from 
the graveside to the platform. Towards ihc end of the time in 
Foochow, Dr. SLing torerved ihrcatenuig lel[er$ lu ihe effect; 
"Leave TcKxhow oi we will put you in gaol !" The wali^ of [fie 
city wcfc plastered with aii[i-Suiig&logan.i! The diii!y newspapers 
attacked hitiL But during the monlii, over t.ooo yoioig people 



WITH EtTEBL IN SOUTH OBIHA ^7 

were won for Christ, many of them formerly following a 
marcrLilihr phi1o«phy and hcing open enemlci csi' Cbriitianiry. 
One hiindced and iwenty-seven of them paid iheir own 
way to Shaugliai to aEtcud ihc Bible Conference at Bethel in 
July. 

Tlie igj^ Bible Conference at Bediel was ihe fiffh such 
conference and lasted fiam July 4th to I4lh. War conditions, 
jntemipted comniijnicatioiii and overccownded transport did aat 
di:Ecr [he ciowdi froni al] over China from making the journey 
to Shangliai. A large proporrion came from Sonth Cliina — 
tnjQchow, Swatow and Hong Kong. Bethel was hard put to it 
CO secute iiccomniodjition for every oiie. Fifteen hiindreil people 
crowded the auditorium every day ficm morning to mghl. The 
interest and the blessing "was so great diatjohn Siuig and Andrew 
Gih arranged a direc weeks' Shoct Term Bible School for jny 
deflates who could itay Jfljl pay their own expcinci. One 
himdied and tweitty students mtolled, and in spite of ihc great 
summer heat three hotin "wltl ipent in Bible study in the 
early inomings, evangelistic meecingi were held cvecy after- 
noon and in die evenings there were further studies iu die 
old Testament, hi iliis v.:ty sixteen booLa of the Bible wcic 
covered. 

Srnce dse lagi Conference mjuly, ijJjin when Dr. Sung had 
made his first appearance, the Worldwide Evangelistic Band had 
travelled a total of J4,Bii miles, holding i.ipp meeting^l They 
bad preached fo over 400,000 people in iliirreen provinces and 
over 13^000 decisions had been registered! They had ministered 
to chiirdiea connected with tliirteoii niiahionaty socicries, and had 
left behind rhcmaji orgjini&idon to enstire the proper "follow up" 
of all the converG. 

After the Conference and die Shoit Term Bible School, Johd 
Sung, with Philip Lee and Lujcolu Nich> ictnraed to Kwjiigluog 
for a JJaplJsr Sumfricr Coiiieience in Swatow during die latter 
part of August and early Scptcmbet. Owini^ to aomc objetiion 
to the practice of inviting people to the front of dfe church as a 
sign of decision, this \vas dropped. In the pljce of this, a prayec 



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3^ A BrocPAPTJV Of jOH.s- ^i;nc 

mwiing was amngeJ. every aftcoiooB. for iho^c seeking Chcisf. 
BcEbicIong ^bouc So pcrcait. of tlic cvciiiDg congccgiicion weie 
^mending the prayer meeting. Tlicrc was no prniachiD^. People 
wtti: nicrtii^ with God oiid dealing with thnt sins in Hii 
pri:aencc. Those vcrc odiaiuliDg but deeply ^dUifying v'ecks 
oftoiL 



CHAPTER THIR'l'eiiN 

With Bethel in North China 

T?TR crownin|j revival 11 on. All biDki sold out. Sund more 
qiiirkly." Thii was the ciibic received in Shanghai fiBm 
Peking in Ocn>ber. Tn Pfjking, of all plieis, i!ie B^d 
niiglir liave expected a ceiol rccepciem. for was not this che 
educatieinal capita] of China siid the cullLiral heait of die n^lion^ 
Ooly recently it bid bccii ii hoi-bcd of iind-Clirisriiiii ti;iHimeiit- 
Yer diere che evangetisrs witjipssed the ome mighty moving of 
the fipiril in the lieacEs of men. 

Dr. Sling travelled by way of Hsnkow, whoe ]v. spotc once 
while the rcsl of iJlc Uond went by [lie Ttinpu rourc, calling ai 
Kaifeiig, Lnyang and Tainan on tlie way. Tliey all met in Ffking 
towards the end of October, L^ji. The anti-Chriscian movement 
had largely iccnr in fentc and the nanon's hate "was diverled 
to die Japanese ^ggressois. The Five-Ycai" Mo^xmcnt of ihc 
Church iiad been lauuebcd as early as 1539 witli il^ prayer "vvatch- 
vrord, "O Lord, revive Thy Church, bc^uming with mcf" 
Reviviil movenw^TS were now llie order of tlie day, specially in 
Morth China. Shantung vjas ■vvioiesdng many strange ihiliga. 
Tliere "preee groups which emphasized repoiUncc ftom sin and. 
fo^vencss thtuugh the Ctos, bm then: were othccj which spoke 
hide of sin and teiieinpuon and slrKSi^d only certain mystical 
and emc^ponil eitperieitces ^.apposed lo accompany ihe gLft of dte 
Holy Spirit. TifeK movetncnn were fcaiiiccd by a vunely of 
psychical phenomena, Tr was in Shanfung rhac the "Jesus Family" 
OtbgiujtcJ, This iQoueiuenl was among llic most extreme in its 
un-Scriptutal empliasis, though ids fallawcis set a liigh CMimplc of 
zi^l Jnd hclf-sicri£cc as diey set oui m preadi rhe fiospel ^d to 
found communal colonics or "Similies" all over China. And it was 



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lOQ A mOGffj^PTTV OP JOH.V SlTKC / 

in Shanlimg i\m die "Spiriiujl Gifn Sodety" fiaj ihc raoit ' 

The IJi:the[ Bands "w/cnr wherever rhcy wciT wclctmicdi but 
jvoicicd a[l CKirrHici. And the icvh'jl whidi io oftoi aKompanicd 
tlicir v-ioik v-A'. of 4 lieJdiy duiacEci. Thdir [eai:hiiig w.-JS a 
coErtcHvc! u> tlie urtius of che "Jesifc Family", ihc "SpirituaJ 
Gifta Sod«y", ihc "Tnw Jnus Church" jnJ odicr cnthu- 
siasdc bur scripnirilly ign&vant groups of Christiims. Dc Paul 
Abbott, Chahiuau of ilic SliiuLiitrg Mijaiun uf tlic Aincnican 
PrcsbytcTijn Mjiacrn, had bjJ gooj opportunity to j^sch die 
work of die Bethel Eand in NoliIi China anJ lie iii.idc tht3e 
db^avatJon^ i[i [lie 1932 Yl-h' Book; "Thtir work inipressM one 
as sane and tonsinunivc with emonoti ccteased in Liuglitcr and 
song, undf r conin)l ani witlino excesses orresulrs m undo ucllvc 
down. Their £ollo'v-up work wilh corccsponiicncc, prayer lists 
and piintcd maieiial is stilfuUy curiied on as pim uf ihdr service 
!i> tlic diurclics." 

Ill coming ii(itdi,ihcBiiiidfcf[ behind the j^cccn paddy fields of 
the south and cxclfangcd them fi^r the btown hills and iiueued 
maize and Dii!lct fields ■which ccv':': the notllicm plains. The 
niotiiingy v/esc alic;idy chilly, liut the sun shining from cloudless 
sbcsslied. a golden -warm rliovec all ihroughoiH the middle of die 
day. As the Irani approached "ihe Andcni Capital", the patty 
could 3CU die nzucc-rilcd ioo(j of die lovely Temple of Heaven, 
immediardy loiirh of the city. Ftoiii die sratioo. ouiside the 
mas3i\T Chicn Men [Soudj Gjb), the icaveQeis were taken by cai 
ihrou^li the ancient walls iuio the oui^i: or TnrLxr city. The walls 
of the uuier oc Imperial ciiy had mostly disappeared to make way 
for madem hnilding plans bur, like the iiroctmosl box of a 
thild'sncst of boxes, ihe storied "Forbidden City" where mncra- 
tioiu of ChinciC empciois had hved and died sull wore au air of 
niystety jnd ceUined tnutk of its former oiagiiiHcencc. TTie gold- 
aad gieen-giazed tiles nfths palace toofi shunt 'With a brightncK 
ihar WJi daJaling. All iiinliic is forced to detour around the walli 
of the "ForbiddcnCiiy" and, after passuig die "Coal Hill" which 
guards ill e iiordiercf gale of llie Pffkice, thcmcmbcn of (be Band 



WTTH BEIH£I IN iJCmm CHlKfl. lOI 

soon aitivcd -it the American Presb^'Ktian Misioii compotmd. 
joLiiwjs ac lasi iu die city where tlicTckii^ Maiionjl Ujiivcrsiry 
kad once oGctcd him. the Cbaii of Chemistry Iq its medical 
college, 

The Presbyrerian church comimitee had not expccicd great 
cco^t'ds at the meeting and were tathei Surprised wheit, on die 
Eksc day, there was a very good attendance. Each day began widi 
a 5CVCU o'clocL ptJ-yec nieedng. Tliough ihc early motiuiiga "were 
cold ai^ il VJii hardly kghi 35 the Chnsdacu met, there vrai 
nothing cofd about the piaymg, whether by individuals oc when 
all prayed in imison widi a sound like waves breaking on ashmglc 
b^ach. Ar Ten o'clock Dr. Sung conducted die Bible snidii3. His 
origiiial expositions and liveEy presentation of truth soon increased 
the aiicndance fcDia the imtial handful to ovec 2co. Andrew Gih 
prcBclied Jit ihe Irig aftermjon racering and John Sung at the 
evemng meetiug, when the ehapcl was jammi^d wilk people, 
many standing otiiadc tht doors iUfd windows ro lisleii. As Dr. 
Suim preached^ the Holy 5pirir convicted of sin and tightcoiisuesa 
and judgmenr. One night the Peking Chief ofPoLce attended 
and die next nighi btoii|;lit his whole family. AL weie clearly 
converted. The man himself confessed to die sm of murder, 
haying secured the death of a man in ordct fu get his money. 
Me had sdso obtained the lovely house in "which he was living by 
lileaalnnnipijlatirhn, Corifaiion and reiriturioiL were followed by 
the joy of iipi fc^gtven and the ■whole family started oiit oq a 
new liG? in Christ:. Another elderly official attended iLe meetings 
■with his wife aid a bijiniiifu] yoimg concubine whom lie had 
recently taken into die liome. All three were converted and lEic 
bond between the husband snd the girl was severed. An army 
offieci confessed to icceiving ki-ge bribo and even one of the 
christian ministefs confesjcd to the inisj.pptopria[ion of church 
&inds. Ic was calculated disJ: a total sum of over !ici,&xi (^( ^50) 
in conscience money "was returned, evideticc of die ■fici that die 
pre^hinE ■Was bi^th ethic^il and practical in in content. An old 
pabior «id tliai he liad seen nothing like it ui the forty }"cars be 
had been conuecsed with tlie church. Rev. James P. T.eynse of 



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lOa A BIQCHAPHY Ot JOIIH SUNG 

ihc Amprican Pnzihyrccian >^j»sioii wrote to tlic leaders ff the 
Bethel Mi^sinn; 

''Wofd^ fail mc Co [cD you atuut iJie gii^j crowninp rcvLvd 
thai hjii coiiLp lu uui ilaliun dicougL ihc wact of yciur Bcdicl 
Evjujgclisijc Baud. Tlic T.ord lias answered out prayers far bc^^nii 
our fNpcciiJLioiis. . . . Confeaitim of sm. coDvc[nioEi5 and die 
uplift of many Chrfjtiam wcte dailj dccluihicm, , , . Never 
bcGjrc have I uicd s gcoup of yoimg men so ooiuplctdy devoded 
To llieiE ladling. ... It was so aiUQ^e to us reserved, fotmal 
PrestiyJcrijiis lo sec [he church meinbcra as one body brtafc oift 
into pubhc prayRi: and praiac. . . These mrn bcoughc []|e saving 
knowledge of jcsus Christ, virion and sirciigih [uc daJy [asfcsn 
vicdory in suflcHng and a pardon foi ioul^. I am so Ehirtikful that 
our chiirch reahzed in dmc die condmoiis [o be observed before 
obloining dicse grcad bfffjings — namely, continuanct in prayer, 
ill lelloa'sliip and in the irulh of Christ'? indwelling and a 
manifeited longing [o abandon oiirstK'Cj to die will of jui 
Lotd. . . .■' 

AnoTh[:r mission Jiywrore ; "let jne bear my own Ferimony lo 
the glonom ireKJOJii wliich has ei>iiie ro mc. I came oirt to China 
to lead Chmcse ftiendi ro Chriw, and hwead they have opened 
up to me Hi^ fullness !^' 

The ineeriiigK in die Presbyrerian chureh were fiJlowed by a. 
mission, in the Medu^iu cliurclt in the soutli city, jtfit inside the 
Haia Men. Youug people and employees Irom llic sehoor?, the 
liospifals and lEic [hcological ^eminyry, with die outsidi^rs wbo 
came in, filled every one iif the r.zoo sea«, Many of dlic voung 
people were bioup;ht to teal fnirh in Christ 45 S^viouc duriug the 
mceringB- Ten of tlie scmiifjiy students ^Eiino see Dr. Sungonp 
day m cell him ihat tlicy had hit their &idi since eniej'ing the 
lemuuiy. Wlicn Dr, Sung advised thfni to Itave if this was the 
CJSe, ihcprincipal weiiipo3i-ha?ie topwcDr. Sung, vbo told him 
quite blunJy: *'lf the snidencs [isc their fiith in Cfiiiii -wlxUc in 
yoiic seminary, you ought to fed ihjt ^UEncthing is wrong!" 
Dr, Sm^ took, an uufliiirliing, unfiiltsiiig stand [n rliu ccnirc of 
hberal Christianity in Cfuua in denoundng all luifaithfubeM To 



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iki^ Word of God. Needier feai of man or respect of persons "wccc 
allowed to deter bnn. 

On October 31st Tft. Siing cotnmcnctd a third Sfiies of 
revival mcctiiig:* in llxc SaTvation Aiuiy judiioriuni, the largest 
in die city. The ball was packed every night anJ as the revival 
continued mjny foinid Clirisi, On Novenibei rtiTf ilie Haifd 
began theii" li3i campaign in the American Board Mission 
cbiudi, which, scats f,500 people. During the month, John alone 
mt«viewcd over 1,000 perion» in addition to pitatiiing Jl least 
twice every day. hEuudredi ofpie^ttrhi]^ bands wcic organized 
iind the hctle banners beanng die red cross became a familiar 
sight ah Dver the city. 

But such a moving of God"? Spirir waj nor tefr unchallenged 
hv ihe Enemy, Ome of the church elders liad foriiictly been 
connected with a Hood rehef o^anizatiou and had JiicuppCO- 
priated £50,000. When convicted of ibis sin, be bad been un- 
wil[ing to "open, die coffin", and even suspec[e<l lha[ Dr, Sung 
wai directing liis attacks at him personalLy, whereas, of coutse, 
John knew nothing ofthe nun's past. This man, in his cage, tool: 
300 studcnta to the chuidi one night delemuiie J to break up the 
meeting. The pi earranged time was /.jo p.m. John was pccaehing 
thaj night on Paul and Siliis in prison dud the chonia fur die even- 
ing was "He can bri^ak e\'ery feitei !" The elder and his gang wece 
waiting outide r!ie church when at seven o'clock "wlio should 
comt aloug but the garrison commander of the city with his 
escort! The aliempt at a disUiibanee would have to be coade 
anodier night [ Tlve de;<ignsof the elder betmie kno\%ii and Dr. 
Sung had to be escorted to and Jrom each meeting bv hundreds 
of Cliri^tians. The elder wis frustrated in fnifilling his evil 
hitentions. 

In the Picsbylerian girls' high school there was an exceptional 
inovemenl of [lie Spmt. The school audioririn coulJ not go all 
thcway with! >i.Siniy:,biLC recognized lliar lie was imiiistiuinent 
bHngiitd of Cod. Miss Bowden Smith, one of the leaching staff, 
a^d Dr. Sung after a sermon on Naanian the Syrian wky he 
had found it nccosacy to jump off die pUifoim ieucis timvi by 



104 * BIOCBAPHY OJi JOHN 5UNC 

Way of ilJuatrfliior I "BcdilH:", he repfifj, "pcopEc need lo be 
impiciiCil witt cxacfly wlidb ilic Uiblc ays abour (lipfui^ in 

JorcJan jcucn dmcs. Patimtci: Ji^d pciscvciance jieed ro be cm- 
phiuzcd as ■wdE ii strict obcdiaice," Tlien: vriis no doubr abonr 
flic cfftti of sjicJi jireadnng on. die gir[t Over ten o£ ihcm 
registered ilidt iiumcs to go lo StungluE to MKiid tlic Bctlicl 
Bible Scfiool and pn^pH^ tbcniKlvcs foe djc Locd'a aervite. Many 
began ai once to wiCOttJ Hui oEg^nizizd thenisdvci into witness 
bjuub- 

In i«es£iflg the rsuEts of Di. Sung^s visil to Peking, the Rjv. 
CL Stanley Sniidi of iJ>c Amciitm Prcsbyteiian Mission dcclarcJ 
ihat he had "eKcited a very grear influence in Ptking". So ^ccal, 
itrdccd, "was liis influence that pLcgiice was biought to beac on 
nfni lo remain in Ptkjjig in a pcrniauarjtpjsEorute. This, however, 
was a. iuggation that had no acttjiciion for a man with ^ vjiion 
that loot in llie whulG of Giuia. 

Fcom Pekjjfg, die rCit of the Band wmr on a first visii lo [he 
mountiinoua province of Shan^i., whac ihty svck [^iratly used 
tosdrupilicdiuiches— and die miHimiMies loo f But [oDc- Sung 
had come an iiivitadoii frointlie cliurdies of Tientsin, who sjnta 
repiescDtative to urge him to go. After pcaycr, it seemed rigbi to 
repond ro ihia caU. The intct-ihurch comuiitccc atnngcd 
meetings ill [hf latgc Mcdiodist chnn:h to last ten days. If w-ii 
said ihat iheie never had been revival mcclings in diat chucch 
before aj]d chat people bad (icvci b«n invited io kiied down to 
pray I Majiy of die church members sr first objected to Dr. Simg's 
mclhodsn but -^ che mectinga wmr on che Spirit of Cod broke 
through tin: oppoation, and f^mc of those who had b[:cii critical 
peEsennally visilcd Dr. Sting in his rwnis at die Y.iM.C.A. lo 
ptjiy with him. There was, for CKJnipIc^ i wcll-kno^Ti lady, a 
KCTimm student ftoin America, who became hkca little diild in 
her humihty and siinplicily of fniih. Anoiher lady^ on die oihei 
liand, who was the coneubine of an opiLim-amokiug Army ollicer 
■Wiintcd lo believe, hut was nnwilling lo givt up her liaison. She 
persistenily resisted die Holy Spirit's conviction and finally went 
out of her mind. A wanung to unttpcucmt sinners ! 



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WITH DETHEL IN KOflTH THINA LOJ 

Among the nominal Christians ^ho amiided the uieedngs 
wai a. man J^y the name of Meiig Chio-ran, an uiieriy woddly 
character taken np widi gimbluig, drinking and plcasiite. He was 
convicted, converted and consccraKrd to God'i service all m a 
few days. Subsc^uendy he became the liai/clhug sccictaiy of die 
Not rh-west Church AssocLatioix imd esercised a wide and Etuilful 
niinistcy in the provinces of Kansnand Chiogllillr 

After die first mBsi&n was Over, dierccamean urgent invilation 
fiom some yoiii^^ people lo hold meetings in the soiich !<nburb 
MeUiod[sl church. Tlxc mecTings weie hcld^ dioiigh in opposition 
to die wLsha of die cliLirch pastor. But aftcccigUt days' nicetidgs 
aU oppowtion had been hwepr iiway ^iiid a number of weJthy 
^milic! were won for Christ and have continued ever ^ice 
to be loyal supporters of the chncch. It is no wonder tba.t here 
loo the Devil did his utmost lo wreck die work. On the last day 
1 madLQwi [Qcd to make a mucderous attack onjolin Sung widi J 
knife, but was forcibly prevented. It was in TtciitiijL dial die 
sironi>est Preaching Band entganization lip To dale was formed, 
and fifty small bands weie left behind to witnES foe Cluist 
througlioutdic cityr Scvecalhiuidredtcfoicingbelievecs uwjobn 
offon the train to Pekmg and one of ihcm bought ium a QtSt-claH 
ticket. "ThiM was ihe fint time I liad experienced such lu^iury . 
he wid, "bnt I did not really nijoy it or feel comfortable I" 

Peoiti Peking, Jcihn S'.mg went south on his way back to 
Slianghai.Bj mute, be stopped off at the important railway junc- 
tion town of Chci^chow. As tiieiT were no chutchei large 
eiiougli for a uniled nusion, a tent was eieelcd, Tlie wciihcr 
was bitterly cold and the wind howled ut0^ll^d die tent. Mosl of 
the people who c^inc wecc sbiple country people jnd poor 
children off the Street. This WJ3 a great contrast to the incetingsof 
Tientiin, bill John was imprcBcd wiih the necCMity of training 
Christians m tlie cincs lo go out into the viUages lo evangelize 
The simple hfc of the villagK, he reflected, would be a lieahhy 
change for rhem from the worldly life of die alias. Village 
people were, moreover^ more humble and would often quite 
spoiiuncously niske public conlcssion of their sins Among itlfi 



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A lilOGGAPnV OP JOUH SUNG 



city diristmix^ two pfwchem were revived, a Post Office official 
was savi^d aod two young "oromim n^cdicaKd tliclr Dves foe full- 
iime atirvicc. 

On arrivjl back in. Shanghai, Johii found tluii: [Lc otkcn bad 
not yet rcciinn:d Erom ilxit |juc uf Shaii^i, Seine of die lta<lcis 
at Bethel were EDcliopd la be ctnicii] of Juhn for keeping lo the 
bjg cities "whili; ifie orlim -wcnc to chc smaller and more ont-of- 
chc-w,iy plnccs To this Im an^flror was ; "Whal jIIe jtloJ inc ^bogl 
ihc big CfTia was not the comfort to br found th^rc, bui ynrnjts 
in krge number^. The croM we ali bad to bear v.-^^ diffcirau; in 
each. cue. Liviiiy conditions inighi be more tignrotis in. ftn: 
coujLCiy [OWD5- bad in tlie ]»g city ctfmpai^i ihc itrain on one's 
phy^iciil and nctvoiis bticngth wis grc^t-ei, the work itself was 
harder, and the opposirion greater. TTie mowing of the iced had 
ti> be iwaletcd by sweat and teati. Thcic was no queKUnn of my 
choosing the more coinfordable pjtbway!'^ 

When rhe icst of die Band leJurned, the whole gionp reached 
an undeisianiimg that diey woufd noi again divide up ^r aflow 
differences of opinion to ■weaken dicii iitcngch. In planniiia thcif 
future campaigns, dicy would ieek i cJoict co-opciation and ihe 
clear leading of Cod. 

The increasingly scnous policial wioation in iplation to Japan 
had decided the Bethel Band leader;: to move the Bible School 
and Nursjng School lo Hongkong, while rhc orphanage work 
tijss to be moved to Taming in North CiaiUr While ihc OanJ 
■wsired tor l3ic ^tatl of ihru: nest itineracy, John gave hiniself to 
editorial work on die Bethel magaamc. 

£acly m 1533, the £ve men set out again for Shinrmig, The 
work being shared widi the other four. Dr. Sung, 10 hii great 
dissaE[sfac[ioi], had li'ss speaking to do. He waa niueh liaupicr 
when he was working ro the fiill linnt of his time and strength and 
hefoimdhisrcdnccdpirejchingHieduIeiioCaCallcolmlJkmg. Ai 
T^ruif, vhere John was paying liJS third visit, he concenttated 
chiefly on die Clieloo Univcraty siiidi^nts. The jircivindji 
ComnussionerofFinancewasibenMr. Em&tYin, who, wichhij 
wife, Wiis iilrcdy a Chmrijn. Now hcJud the joy ofse.?itig im 



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WITH BETHEt IH HORTIL CfllNA lOJ 

children find Christ. Mr. and Mfi. Yin went on to CKcrciie an 
increasingly strong Chriitiau influence 111 Gi^Vemiimil and 
i^ducaiionTl diclcs. Weihsim and Tsining were tiie ncNC places 
visited- At T^inuig soine of ilie lc4ders were revived and die 
Governor of dicFiison look Dr. Sung lo preach to die ptisoneis, 
Meetii^ followed m Hwaiighsim and at Tcngchow, wliere an 
unhapjy state cif friccion and miiimderstanding bctwcai tbe 
miuinzjiaiies and the Chinese pastor WJ^ bcought to an end, 
Clicfoo, the lovely Lmd-IotkeJ haihouc and juninier resotU was 
the ocit towii. to be vinted- An unusLLiI (caturc of tlie Baiid's work 
there was the bleidng which cjiur to die China Inland Mission 
school fof BtiiJ^ and American children, mosdy the children of 
mifiionarie?. Many of dlcm wiotc TelletS to Andrew Gili after 
his visit lo tell liim how they had accepted Christ or given iheii 
hvcs more wholly lo Ilim. from Chcfoo, niemherf of llie Band 
went ouioKuomiaudKLiochow, and evtiywhete die preaching 
of till' Gospel in its simplicicy, but wiih jt fnahness that was im- 
known 10 juanv. achieved CKtcaordinary results. Thi;; i^ whai Dr. 
Paul Abbot repotted of the work of the Bethel Band m Shantang : 

"Bloodiliicsty bindiis, tjpacivui ofScials, overbcarinp; soldiers, 
anacchistic sludcnls, dishoue&t servants, polygiiJitisl:^, scdulc 
scliolan, business-men, rickshaw coolies, beggars, men and 
worn«i, youi^ Jind old> cily-dwcllen ;md country folki, were 
moved lo conless and fonake sin and to iiukc rcinfarion and 
restitdrion." An impreanvc list indeed 1 

One illitecale woman, the wife of a wealthy buainess-uian, 
foiuid Ghost during the meetings in Wcisliicn. Later the fimily 
moved to the norfh-"wesi o£ China. Not onfy did diis -woman 
become a sodl-wfimef, bnt through her faith and piaycis ber 
daughter was saved atid ttarned foe Christian service, being 
closely associated widi die Cliinesc mis*joiiary society known k 
tlic '^Back to Jerusalem Bani*' 

In March die Band aofted over from Shaniiing into the 
ptovince of Honan for nicenngs in Eaiteng, the provincial 
capital. Attei a disappointing start among die aclioolboys of ihc 
BaptLit higf] idiool, there were eventsially about fifty •tiho came 



lOfi A BIOGRAPHY OF JUHN" ^UNCJ 

out for Ciiriit. Ac Kih^ifn^ inincjd of the several ImiiJccJ liigli 
iclioci] children clicy hiiicspcctcJ, tkctfwcrr oiily a lot of simple 
iTounrry ■women and. jirmccs. To gee Iiis mcs^c jcrois^ Jolm used 
oncofEiis driiuaiiwd JJibli: sMiics. But ilieysull coiildnoi gtus^ 
vjtat Kc vjss uyjng lo JcarJi, All rlicy Jaicw wag ihar tlie ihing 
Lodo wa^ to "confess sin". They ■would go on confessine sin over 
and over again indcfinirdy ! So ■wlicn lie could nw hrin^ [hem to 
^D aismancc of fcngivenf ss any otLci v-'s.y, he ofleced so lay liands 
on. dwm ;uiJ. pray for them, InuntdialL-ly, dhey aixaned to ck- 
pcrience die joy of focglvcmss and to have a more mirJligcnt 
understanding of die preidiing. 

The T&iiii vjis wichouc Andrew GiJi when ilicy went back lo 
Kaifeng for mcetini^i in the Prce Mediodiil Chiiich. Tiiis drac 
they had lif fullest pojsiWc co-o^seracion and sympatliy fcoin die 
niisiioaairics, among whom was die Rev. Jnnitb Taylur, a grand' 
ion of Hudson Taylor, the founder offhe Chlnji Tnlaiid Masion. 
One day diere was a deep woik of ihc IToly Spirir which led 
inany lo confess their Sulti on; to another. Prayec and confession 
WHIE on for aboirt four houts. As on Mt, CatmeL the fire of tlie 
Loid fell and conjuia^d the sacrifice. The 700 or 800 people 
present ■wcie caiighj up in a greal Bung of ptaisc and thardiagiring 
to God, 

At Changich, the miiMOnaiies were liberal in their djcobgy and 
wen? op|3osed to die evangf:Tical doctrmc of the B]i>od of ChiHat 
and a1| thai "out-o&datc sEnlT". John was undetetrcd by this and as 
mual wii^lded Un: twi>cdged sword of ihe Spirit, piuithing the 
great and Pien rial truths of galvalion-'Hic whole congregation wai 
it> moved thai they all began ro cty to Godj amouo them die 
pastor of the chnrch, wlio acki|owledg<^d iliat he was not born 
again. Aftcc bcfng mily conveiwd, he dctcmiinftl that he would 
hcnccfoiih ptcacli only die fundamental dociiiiips of the fiiiJi, 

Tltc Band condniiEd its Jonrncv nocth through ripening 
harvKi lields of wfieat, along the T^npu Hnc inio PJopeh. Thcif 
ncKt mciirings took place in ShiUdadLwang, ilit junciion Cw tlif 
railway into ShansL The meetings were held ui die Assemblies of 
God Church, ■whctc the emphaiis was pdndpidly on the sp^:ikii]g 



WITH LETBEL IN NORTH CHl^A lOg 

Willi toneiics. But it soon became clear fhai many who clainicil to 
have spoken with tongus liad never reaUy repented of sin. They 
too needed 10 confess and get right with CJod. What a sinner 
needs, John emphasized, ii iiol the gifr of Eongues or any odici 
iuch gift, biit the gift of aalvaiion. To seek ihe gift? without first 
dealing wil3i sin is a d^ingeioiis diing, which all loo often leads 
lo die deceptions of the f>evill Some tweniy miisionjrics fiom 
the siirtoundiiig cities attended these meetings and were ihem- 
lelvK deqily mot-ed. TTicy went back to tfieir work with a new 
Zealand anew faith in die power of ihc Wocdof God. 

From Hopch a narrow g^ugc radway winds its way through 
inlctcsdng inoiiucam scenery up into Shansi. Taiynao, the 
provincial capital, is die ictminus of the line, and was the newt 
destination of the Band, Tlie £ng3ish Baptist Mission had all the 
usual miirion msdtutions there — sehuols, hospiiiil, orphanage and 
church John was snficring fi^om a bad cough and waa kindly 
cnteiiaincd in the doctor's home, where his cough was catcd for. 
lie was unwell jiidulublc lo give of his best to ihc woifc On the 
whole, there was not a good reception foe the incaagc of the 
Band and dictcweccoidy a liew saved. Thene}d: Shansi city to be 
■visited Was T'ijigring. wicre, asinTaiyuan, the liberal eleciient was 
sttongr Following diedismusalof a pi^ror by the missionaries for 
mucoiiducT^ the aloiojphere in the church was very unhappy. The 
Piinapal of the diutch school w-as jlio outspoken in his opposi- 
tion to the Band and dieir lUKsagc. In spite of liis couglL dr. 
Sling followed his usual line and powetftdly inveighed agMusl 
chincli leaders who weic not ^thful to dieii lasts. ''Dry 
bonci! . , . Stones of siunililiugf* lie called them. Bui dhcy were 
siting 141 iheir conscienGcs and at last came lo the place of con- 
fession of fiiiL Tlie dismissed pastot \;oixtssed his covetousne^s 
and admitted dfat he kid been ja^t a pTofessiona] preacher 1 Widi 
sin put away and die ■svrong? in the chnith put right, tlie stoim m 
die riugcinc chiucli became a cnlm. The leaders were all teviveti 
and ihe fuiuic tuok on Jii entirely new compledon. 

The churdi at Pingyao was ihe result of the faidifiJ preaching 
of woTkers connected with the Cluna lulitnd Mission. Although 



no A MOGKAPHY Of JOHN SUKC 

there wm ilo [noJcrnism in the China Inland Mi^^on -field, Hr, 
Sung ;ilij'ibuli?d tin? noliccablc lack of kiidciiliip lo ihe <ib^ciu:c 

of any cxtcnavc cducaiiona] worlc in the sia. This was ihc 
splijrc of the khcuif of Pasioi Hsi Sliejiy-nio, tu whose labours 
nuiiy of the Lhuidici owed their origin. Tlie churches ■w^rc&nnd 
in mimbcra cDnaparcd wiiJi llie Ho^iiii and Shantong churches 
and ihcy were certainly fat behind in cJueiticiii jod culttire 
comparoi with many VihkU the Band had visired. Thcie wece 
moiincain people and Jopiic all [licir mCcUrctuAT handicaps they 
wetc honesty sincere bcUcvcrs and we^c f? siind as fiim as jny 
ClitistiJiii iji Cliina ui the ycjta of war aiid tibial ihar by jdkeiad. 
Tltey also gave a larger plate [O tht timc-honen3red coucicsics of 
che Qiincic than these scnii-'WcHernized yoimc men from the 
cQasi, and (Xinseqiicntly they found ii hard io rKOncilc the 
manifest icalofrhcptcjcheis with wliit appeared til them as their 
jncoiidi and mispiritiial bcliivioLir. No doubi tliis dciroctc'd 
&0m die effect of diar iiie*£igfc 

Tlie filial diiipjign before ihe Bethel Coiiforona: in Shanghai 
Was at Himgtung, the adminiflrjtivc centre of die entire China 
Inland Mision field in Shaiisi. This ar« covered thirty-eieht 
CQLuiTies. Tin vijic of Dr. Simg and. his ainspamons bad been 
arranged to coincide with ihe bietmis] ddcgate confcrencen and 
dicae were many inissionariQ present too. Hiuigiung had both a 
h^i school ;ind j Bible School, so tliai the audinTwrs lo hcaf the 
Betliei preachers were rosonjbly brgc. It was decided to dcvoFc 
the ficsi: thcec days of the cofxfcTeiicc entirtly to revival meetings, 
and tlic lait dircc days -woiild he given to bu^int^. It was at this 
coiiEcrence thai die eveuES tccordcd in die prologue rook place. 
Those stining days are a vivid itifrnoty still foe all ihosc Tvho 
wetc ptcscni, Chinese and misironatics alite. 

Very trred after dieir extensit-e navels, die Band Erjvclled 
hack ro Shanghai fot the Bethel Contaience. Tlie gin-'si speakers 
wete die Rev. Marcus Cheng ^nd Dr. French Oliver. Di:. Ohvcr 
and. T>r, Sung ahiired the morning mcerlngs. Unfbr[ini*Ti^fv the 
two men disagreed on 'whether or iiot Chci^ti^mj would pais 
dirough the GrcarTdlioLiion! And Dr. Sung was not one to bt 



Wl'm QUlHtL IN NObTll CillKA III 

the matrer he I His platform polenues inusi lia.ve been einbarcass- 
ing 10 tlie leaders ofihc Budiel Miauonf 

Dr. Sling records thai the Icsona he leained from the ex- 
periaices of the lasT siif mondis were the lesson? of Mr. Carmel; 
the diadnctiou beiwccn the true and the false, dial which ij of die 
fiesh andtlia: wluchis of Jrc Spirit The fire of the Spirit W3i not 
to he expected in response to die shouliiig and die noisy frenzy 
Hjf the talse prophets It was the quiet confidence and faith of 
Elijah fliJt hroughi the lite down. The Self lite muat b(^ consumed 
before the cry, "The Lord, 1-Tc is tfie God!" will be hi^ard. Only 
die Spiiit's fire can. do j-wjv widi tlie difliicnec? which divide 
ClidsdiUis, melt tlteir hearts and iinitc ih<:iuin true harmony and 
fellowship. 



I 



LAST UOSTllS WiTR aiiTPBt 



JX5 



CHAFTER. POURTEEN 

Last Month with Bethel 



IMMEDIATELY after die I(JJ3 Bcdicl Conference, Philip 
Ipl\ die initiciiin of the 3md. sailcrf for Amcricj to aniily 
music at ihe Mocdy Bible Tiiwinm;. Lincoln NJcb took up 
work iit BcthcJ and rke Band \v^i rcJiical to tluw. JtiJin ^wig 
and An^lrcw fiih now paij a liurcicxl visit to Kwaiigtiuig for 
rnusionsiiiKViitjl toivtis, before [heicTiCKttoiH to the &t north of 
Chilli. Tbc Bcihel leaders ut ihii nine ii^ued frc^ bsttuctiiwi io 
die Baud abouc the diriMon of the -A-oik. There were nha 
rcslncdons p[^d on Dr. Sung ai editor of the Guide to Hoiiiiea. 
aud if is clear that Dc, Sung's iclatioiis Wth die Briiiel audhcintics 
were beccrniing uneasy. JoTiii records in his diaiy that hi^ only 
dcsitc W31 to ■wjJk widi [be Lord by any way He should choose. 
But quite cvidendy sen ctis difficulties lay alicad ofhiin. 

The present ifincrary mas lo inkc chc Band up Lu tlic border 
provuicca which were crncca jjactof hmrc Mongc»lia, Theaocian 
city ofKidganii ihc ojpitgl of the piovhicc ofChaliac, and is n 
modem dt;,'oficio,ooo people widisevei a? chmdics III JMliough 
none of ihcjn ],i^e. Three days' jnernngs viccc held in each of 
[liiK diiitcliK^ ihe Norwegian. Mi-tjion chuich, die Salvation 
AiTiiy and ihe Mcihodi^r PrtjKstanc eliunJj. Bui thccc wcjtc few 
evidences of rhc S|siiu:'s woiking. f vcn in this remote place they 
lOHnd that fiherallsni and modeniitm had sipped the hfe and. 
winie« of die chmcli. SdcltI conditions and die general lawles^^ 
ness and disicapccl £br huilliUl life gready ^dened die Band, 

From Kalgjtii dlCy proceeded by tjil to Kweiliwa in SuivDan, 
whert a reneat for about i%0 leaden from oil ihc Cluna Inland 
MiMionstacionflandc[iiiEthnijiiheprovmrfi]iiulbceimrr;uiged. 
Thmcwltoaitcndcd had had ro mxii^tom themwlvcs Eo working 
under the niosi difllcidi; oindi[[ont. Bandiiiy wa; rife and there 



were all kinds of discouragemeiiis to rise would-be wiCneBS for 
ChcisC. Bi]i at die nieclinga there were many whose hearts die 
Locd louehcd and who sought Him for forgiveness and powet in 
service. There was some frictiiw, hovjcver, among the chiee 
Band mcmhen J]id lliis pacfkdly uipplcd dieir witne^^. JhdIui 
Siiiig was very sad at heart c-vcr the situation, but set liimsclf to 
leam the lessons which hpitiCiial dcfeac cotild teach. An investiga- 
tion of the financial methods of a *^cius Pamily" conumniity in 
Kweiliwa was a ftirdier waining to liim of the dangers that eirisr 
where the imaneial aspect of the Loid^s work is ^ven undue 
prominence. It is dicn ihjt diviaiijn all too cjsily ixcuit 

Piiocowclieii is die leiuiiiius of die hue fkoiu Peking to the 
Timer Mongolian border and in this city another TOO or 300 
Clmsdans connected with the China Injind Minion (Swedish 
Alliutce Miision) gatheicd lo hear die Bethel prcaclicrs. Among 
some of the casual mcmbccs of die audience were two wumcn 
who had fallen on h^d times and desperately needed COmibrtr 
One of than liud been deceived incoinitrying a nianwhn Jiimed 
out to be an opium-smoker and to have one wife already. 
Bioken-hcartcd, this woman had herself taken to opium uno^g, 
drinking, gambling oicd dLcitrc-goiug, l-lnJing no eouifori in 
any oF these things she was contemplating suicide when she 
heatd about the meetings and went along to hear. Gladly she 
responded and accepted dio Saviour. 

Ftom Paotow^ die Band went on to Saratsi, wliere there was a 
laige OEplianjgc for girls condiKtcd by the China Inland Mission 
(Swedish Alliance PMlissrou). The Mongolian toidei is notorious 
for the jLtinibef of baby girls who ate thrown oul [o die or arc 
tilled ar birth and dien dirown away. To save sueh children the 
orphanage existed. But few of diem, it seemed, grew l^p ,is 
Christians, and most of them, w^re macried into heathen homes. 
T3Kac were altogether jM or 6od people present at the meetings, 
i^Jfiue propodiion of them &om tke orpliaoage^ and many of 
^rccphant came to ii clear cxpeticiice of salvjtioii- 

The three evangelists were Qken on camrl back to visic die 
nearby cemetery, where the missionary victims of the Boxer 



Il4 A BlOliB&FUY Of JOHN MJPJG 

RcbcJboii WCT^ Enirifd. They piuscJ to icnicmbrc tlioiP who 
had gone bcfoie jud sown itc iccd of a linrvest wliicli othwa, 
thcmtclvcs iiicluJccl, wccc nuw icapmg. 

Tkc E»id navcUei! hsck [o Piotuig by wiiy of Peking, £or 
wioEhcr cniiletciia-. Crt-ai crowds attenitcd dif? friur iUiiy lot^t- 
ui^. TIi43c "ttrcrc so m:iiiy wlin w^iicd piiu^K; inifii-vkws tbjl 
Andrew Gih and John Sung took il In turns to be ad [heir dis- 
pos;'! ScDi"« were [lEcd wich jn eiidmsii'^iii and given ii boldncs 
ui liJiCiraony tl(a[ had heeii ujikiiown bcfurc. One of the init^ioii- 
aries dcKnticd tlie confereiife ai the mow wondisfiil thing that 
cvci ItippeTpd CO I'aoting ^^veryonc", ihc wTOtCj "loves ihc 
Bcrhel Band more tliju ever, -eAih the cseeptioii o£ 3 few dry 
sticks vlio haven't caugbf ficc yet!" 

Tiavclluig oji sDiuh tlirough Hoiian, i[ic B.ind paid a tciiim 
visit 10 Chaitgieh. TliL^ time, msicad of just 200 or to pwipic, 
there weie over 1,000, and there was much ftmr fioin Oic 
pincfainolion of the same old iniih^ The conveited pastor had 
been making great jtiidcs and the whole wlEutiuii in. ihc thnich 
liad been completefy thiU^nl since the Bediel Band had fital 
Tisitcd tht aty. Wliat dte hf^as intcllcCEii^hsm of Jibeia] iheo- 
bgi^ns wJl never ihxrjmphsh, the ^Thtiil piv^cniacion of the 
GoBpcI ill iia simplicity and m daiity had atcouiplijlicd in 3 tew 
shori inotidH. 

By tlie end ff d:ic year, die Band hjd visited thirty-ihicc cities 
in flx months and lud held 866 meetuigi ^c which ovct i4,co!> 
pcopli; lud made piofe&ion of salvation or of dedi«tion of life to 
Cods icivife; 729 pteaching hand^ lijd been formed and nearly 
3,noo ycmnR peopb had volunteered for wlwle-timc service 
during diis same pciicd. 

The rhtoi men next went south to the Hunan capital c;[ty of 
Changiha. A Gcrnmi mis&iDnaL7 of rlie Ljebaifdl MisiHon, an 
associate of the CLM., well icmcniberi her receprinn hy Dr. 
Eitel of thf. Hirdson Taylor Memorial Hospital n ihc ainvai in 
the city after a very aiduotisjoiiniey from SlBnghu; "Leave your 
thingi and jiunpinm the rickshaw I The meeting is doe to begin 
and we ■won't get a icat if wearclaEcC 



LA&T MOKTHS WITH BETHEL II5 

So instead of a leslfiil wclcotnc and a quiet cup of tea, she found 
hemelf on the way to a revival metimg while her companion 
hastily ciq>l[ii]ied tliar tlie whok city wa^ asdt as die roult of the 
VTsir of the Bctlie[ Band. The doctor and the orher niissionariM 
were obviously excited and full njf joy at wliat wm happening. 

Hunan vp^s the I jsl province to open its doon to the mcHcngcfs 
of the Gojipel, UJitil n^eot cimei it liad \K'iii notouously anti- 
Christian. CLingshil is the city where Hudson Taylor, the great 
pioneer missionary of inlutd Chinii, died and "rvhcre a hospital 
was etccf ed m liis memory. There wii also a Ja^c Bible Institnre 
jEJiliated with die Bible Initilutc of Los Angeles^ and tltcre were 
iuipoitant Government and missionity cdncadonat institutions 
in The CLiy. Tins was the place wlucli the three Bethel Biind 
evaiigcLats had now taJten by storm. 

The scrmoa 10 which die newly arrived missionaiy found 
herself hstcning wjs on thr IVodigjl Son, and she had never heard 
llic like before. All jiound her were silling gcniiy, soldiers, 
peasants, old women, inmates of the Blind School, missionaries. 
Christians of many yeiirs standing jind many a non.-Chtisdan 
artracred hy the eveitemenr. John 5nng was preaching inA Frank 
Ling was interpreting. "With perspiratinjn pouring down, dieir 
faces and dashing oET glass after glass of water, die story was acted 
out with die usual drains and pathos and with plenty of local 
colour. At iuKTvals in die sermon the cliorus "Come honief 
Come hoine[" -V2S sung. At the condnsion, in that formerly 
anii-ChrtitJjn sCr-ongbold, tbrrc was an amanng response to the 
iiLvitation to come forward lo accept Clitisc Women who, ji 
the oulsEl; had looked stupid and wooden as if nothing could 
pLJietrate their dark minds were among them. The Spirit of God 
liiid shiiLed into tlieir hearts and they were awakened souls. Those 
were glorious days. All three missions in the city had eomhinedto 
sponsor die meetings and all shared in the joy of harvest. Not 
many years later ChangsLi betame the cockpit of wamr^ acmics 
— Cliine*ie and Japanese— and was partially put [o the flames. It 
became adty of horror and bloodshed. But Chaugshaliad had [is 
day of visitation. 



Tl6 



n Qi[)r,nAPnY of john suyfi 



Ch^ngsha !■; al^n apiece of Ir^ftly iis fiir a^ the Beiliel World- 
wide Evangcbsrid Band, was concerned^ for it was cKcrt thai this 
in^Ltiiiiiriit focgcd for the Lord's service, ihk hanJ of fbinung 
evangrlisn wa< firiajly broken. On the jcmmey to Chjngshj, 
Andtcw Gih hsd couvtyed the gtowiog dissatisliiiition of t]ie 
Bethel ^cadcii witkjotn. Suiig'a coiitrihutioTi; he did nui: trach 
the ecadicadoLJ of siii, 3ic nwrjcrcd ainvcits to hiinseJt and so his 
■work wotitd not f;ist, ^nd there was a pcnisicot suspicioQ liut lie 
Tvaj r«dving money gifl^ privately iii^icad of pjssing dicin on to 
the Mission- JoliTi denied the lasd accusacion; he v^as picpaccd to 
let ante refute die second trititiim and he did not liedevft in die 
docirinc of ciadicwiuni be preached [he work af the Holy Spirir 
ill nioitifyjn^ llie dccd^ of chc flesh. 

InChangsha, the Band ^vcTi?giicts of the Rev. Marcus CliHi^, 
■who was on the (aculij' of die Chingsli J Bible iif^titutc. Liide did 
any of thcni li^Tiow diat this was to be tlan last tjnipajgit ai a 
BaiiA AiidTcw Gih jJidjohn Siinj" shared the fout ineetingi 0S 
usual, Johu lakiiig die DiUe sludin and the evening revival 
meeiir^. 'I'hf Presbyterian Miaion, -whieh had not at first been 
too cordial lo Dt. Snug, kccr tnviccd him to speak five IJuiQ Co 
gatherings of students nmiibtiing jbout i,ooo. Tlictc wetc ovei 
300 decisions for Christ the hist night. The ^endanci: grew ddly 
until dtc hJl became too small, and dip number of dcLTsiona 
incccasiid. widi eacli meelingr Thurc -was prcat repicing cvcc this 
aign.ll Jnlweito prayer fcr the yoinsg people of thecilv. 

One day, as the Hio "mTe having a meal bctVi'Ccli the meeting 
■with I>. Eitd aiid [>di;t CluDcse and misioiiacy fiiHids, a 
telegrira was handed to Aiiiliew GiJi from the Bethel Mission 
beidttiiirlcrs. In cSea, the telegram spelled tlio dissolution of the 
■Worldwide Band. It contained a pfiinimoiis to Andcew Gih to 
nfiiuntoSliiinghaifeir thcpuiposcofor^nizing: tn'onewBatids 
for ^Tort in the provinces of KwaJigtung and Kwangsi. Andrew 
Gih wjs pljeed in a great dilemma. He had lo Cihoosc between hia 
loyalty lo Bethel and lif^ pledge 10 John Sung to wort in un- 
divided partnership with hiia. He felr obliged to coniply with die 
insfTUCiionB from Bethel and the die wai ca«, Son&wfidly, John 



lAST MONTHS WJtn B&XaEL II7 

and Prank saw Andrew offal the station John Sung jnd Andrew 
Gih rarely met a]>9in ! 

When the meetings :it Changslia. had finished John Sung and 
Frank Ling went on to Changteli in tbe iame provineci The 
Cairadiaii Holiness Mission chapd was small and the people 
attending die meetings were few. Thcte were other eliurcha end 
miisioiiiin the city, hut eo-operadon was lacking. John comracnB 
in Tiii JoLunals thai the eidstence njf numerous dcnoniinations of 
forcigD ocigiuis one of the greatest lihidrances to the spread of the 
gospel in Chinj, 

Presune was now being placed on Frank LLng to refiim to 
Shanghai to joui the newly crganfi:ed Band, but he felt it his dury 
to comprctc the peesent itinerary "wiili Dr. -^lang. They rcnnned 
Co Clungslu ft luuie to Heagyang^ and spent a day 01 two with 
the Rev. Marcus Cheng. There Jolin himself received a letter 
asking hirn lo rctjrn. to Shanghai to make other arrangements for 
bis f.imily, who were living at BetheL But hollt he and Frank 
decided to proceed with theHengyang programme. An amusing 
tlung happened to ihem theie. They sent J telegram ^Linoiim^ing 
the dmc of tlieir artivj, ligning it, "Smfg, Ung." So ihey were 
VR[y surpiiscd to find do one to meet them at the train. Tlicy 
disco vcced the eKplanarion later. Two other unrecognised 
Chriitian^ bid come in -from ii tieiglibouring dty and were seen 
to be carrying hap^gc. So the reception committee accosted 
them, engiiired their names uid, wdien they found their nsma 
were Sung and lino, gave than a hcaicy wekoincJ Meanwhile, 
the icil guesis of lionour wete finding their own way lo ihe 
church alone 1 

In Heng>'ang the rfitee churches cnnibined to arumge the 
special mtrtirigs. The following i\ ihe accotim of the earnpalgn 
■written, by the Rev- J, R, Wilson of the Cliucch Miyjonacy 
Socjety immediately after the nieetiiigs : 

"Have you ever longed to meet a person,ilic>' full of the glory 
of die Gospel wlio could pcescnt the message with a 7cal and 
endiLisiasin ecjual to his theme, a F^iiliuc personality? . . . The 
Cliincse can be painfully mattec-of-faet, and their secvices arc 



Ii3 



A BIOGBAPHY OP JOHK iUNC 



oficii dull and imemocional. . . . Ever since conung to China 
twenty yeacs ago, I have longciJ foi someone co como and da 
what I camiol do— ihur is, m live and ipcak the glory of the 
Gcapel. Then suddenly a living Jlami? of GMpcl l«l Icapl udoq 
US " 

That liad tern some Jiio-ppuinciuciit wlicn tlie uliurtliK in 
Hoigyang leamt'd dial Aiidicw CJili wodd nor be LOimnH as 
leader cf the Bcthi:] Band after all, bccauw Dr. Snug, upon nfhom 
the burden of prMcliing would now fall, was rcporicd lo be a 
icnsatjonjljsr and ioine feared rbar ihc tnission woidd piovc a 
fiuliirc But Mr. Wil?HHi's report cOTitinucs. 

*'Dr. SunE" biouglit us a ^rcat gale of reviving power from 
God HiiiLself. - r - The CJiinest coniescd readily ihat this was no 
odicrthan the boundless energy of the Spiriiof Gfld. For a whole 
w«k, twice a diy, lor two or more hours ac each nieciing, he 
pouced our a living ittcaju. of icarching Bible teachmg. agonized 
pra^'ci and ceslatie praise, all iiiEcnsLfiTd by vivid acting, scadiuig 
nrcuniand cALLberannhumoji. His physical andcs were astonish- 
ing. He Icapc abour the plaifotm, he da^ed off point aftfr point 
on the blackboard, he mado Icaon^ itind out idvidly with 
lighming skctdiCs in chalky he acted hmnoronsly, giutfsqucly 
evcii, to make a. story Hvc, he prayed with a fervour dial Reeiiied 
to pour our life itself Hid dicif, as i cliinaM, when his mesHge had 
been dehvcred, he would he uanflimrtftj wJilijoy and glory for n 
full half-]ioiir, while he carried us along on "wave afrer wave of 
devotion and praise, Tf was a tevcladon! It was inarvcllously 
inspi^rngf The esecedmg wdgtif gf glory fguiid CEprcssiou in a 
fellow hunian being, and id could not be denied. 

''What waj diere in hini co bring ui lasring good? Rrsi ht 
made Sciiprure live. Who aii fotg« hi^ tendering of Ezek. 
xsxvii? He held two dry bones in his hands. In mock jbow, he 
atriKk diMti. one ag.iinst the other like iwo dead ehurch members 
en^pged in a (juaiiel. 'Can dejd bones hciir die Word of the 
Lord:' he shoaled. 'Praise God, they caul' Tliete's hope for n 
dead dmtth when the true Word of God is preached. Secondly, 
badtsHdets were seatched as by a conauii^ing Ere The man who 



tflST UO^TF^ WITH BEtnPt Hg 

fell yniong ihicvei wab presented at a type of the church memhct 
"who has been robbed hy the Devil of l^th, prayer, Seripbiui: jnd 
left half-dead. Why doei ihe Devil leivc him haif-dcad and nor 
finish him off? Because churches full of robb<:d and half-dead 
Ciiribiloiu will help die Devil's cause more than anydimg else- 
Live Chnsdans musi do die work of le^ciibg and resiorin^ to the 
hillWead their treasures of faith, prayer and ScriptjTe, Thirdly he 
led us lo enihusiaitlc dctetciiinatioQ to follow Chiiar to die 
iictemiost. "We liad a great niotiiiii^ when he led us up die HlH 
of die Beatiludes, Step by step caeh Beatitude was Ciken to 
represent steps in our Lord's life; from die Iiieatimtion to 
Calvaty. . , . Ai each Step as we clinibcd high ,ind higher came ihc 
ringiiiE call, 'Forward march l' and a scitring niorus. And so we 
smiggk'd on to the stmimit 'persecuted foi rlpjiteousncss sakel' 
Suddenly we were startled by the Cross being planted on die Ijiial 
blaikboaid peat. Could we follow all die way u Calvary? . , , 
'Oh, Jesus, njake us all willing to follow Theoall the way I' " 

Tliese words were wiitten with the effects of die campaign 
vividly fre^s in the memoiy. But fwmcy yean later Mr. Wdsou 
recollects diosc days in these woidj; "Such wai die power of ilic 
presentjdoi] of the mcssa^s, thatiuauy of ihemare suH vivid in 
my memory , Even [he diotuses ace there in my mmd all complete, 
iiidchblcl . . . Another oi[l»iim<ling memory waa die afternoon 
wbtTi I>r. Simp invited anyone who wislicd to nnburdcn their 
hearts r/> meet him privately. Ai the special rcquesi of ojy ihfce 
Chinese coDcagues, I weni with them. After hcaiing dieir siories, 
very sjd iii places, and recording names and deciiih in ;in enormous 
noteixio[L Dr. Sung gavi: the rest of the time to prayer. Widi rears 
streaming down his ^cc, he agonized in prayer for us that we 
might be victorious over lin liy the poiiTt of die Cross of Christ 
and the wort of ihe HoEy Spirii," 

From Hijigyai^, where God was doing such great diings^ 
John, widi a heavy heart, wrote Ictiera to his ftiends in ah the 
cJiiltdlii he visited announcing the end of his issociacion with 
Berhel. Henceforth he would be worLuig indi:pei|dcntlyr Uuf 
he had no plans. The fiiliuc was bUnfc. lie did not even know 



laO A EE(K,BAl'HY OP JOHN SUNG 

where be was to find j plscc for hia fsinily. His journal records; 
"l cued [D lie Ltiid for iltdigdi Iv go on pccjcJiiiig tin: G-Mpd 
ividi al my might "without my ^mjoctics foi otlicc itiiigs-" 
Jo}irip wirh iu5 consiani; coiifpjniou and faidiful and expect 
inTcrprctcr, Fnink. Lingj ittumcd to Shjn^hai, whcic he rook his 
iaicw^ll Irorn. Rcthi^E fccting litie Abrjiham at he weut qlu: not 
knowing wliiTlict he weiw. 

So eadcd an uneasy assod^on wuli die Bcthc! Miisioji. Un- 
do L^iedLy afteclht diree yejus of lonely ^id upluJ] toil in his own 
province, Jolui Sun^ hid seen the fulE frLiiiinii of his gifis and 
powecs in diis close fdJowsiiip foi (hiec years with Andrew Gih 
and ]iis o[hci: CoUc^igUCS. He lud leimcd much fcom Andrew 
Gih. £veii. liii tlieology bad iiaoL?d some iFcaigktening; out at 
noine pmiits I The two men had hem a powerful conibin;tlion 
and thdr paitiiig Wiis as sod 09 r[ie parting of Paul and nainabas, 
and its cficccju&r as incalculable. 

Dt, Mary Stone, the Chinese Diteciac of the Beihd Misdon, 
■writes: "He wasa wonderfil iTiM. of Cod .ind ii great blei^ng lo 
many." Miss BrUy Hm wiilir^ ftom die present Bethel Hcad- 
qn^rlfts in Pasadena^ California, says of Dt. Sung: ' I l(avc never 
known anyone so powerfid in his eviUigebsm and yec so peciibar 
in hii private lifitr He did rhe wort of hiindtedi of prcaoheis in 
diOK &w iliorr years." 

But his hojiidlcM eiici'gy md hij very succes had pl^iced 
stia^es and sliiiins bodi on iheotbct nicmbcis of the Band and on 
SiinghiEn^elf In patacdai, he toiild no longer tolerate bdng even 
partialfy under the direction ofafoTcignoi . . . and a woman cool 
Fioni now on John Simg v\j:n to be .i free and independent 
cvanacliit. 



CHAPTER. FIFTEEN 

A Voice Crying 



By LiJ34^ Jubn Sung had hei:oine a well-known national 
fi^ific in [hij Chriariyn w^jtfd of Chinii. He headed a hst 
pnblisl'r'd hy rbe National Christian Coiuic[l of six 
"iiiMahle pctsoitalicics" aniou^ n^vangchcal Icadcti. ITe. contribn- 
□oulo the revival "Hihicb was sweeping ovec large parti of China, 
e^pedalty die iiorlh and the south, was considerable. Thousands 
had heard the goapcL from his lips, and as a result had enperienced 
a thorough-going cxHiveEsion of a spirinial quidtening- 

Di. Pml Abbotr, -^riling in the Egji-1933 C^t'SfiaiY^tn Book. 
stated that "die work of diese Bedid evangelists canivit be 
ignoiedin any estunate ofprcacnt-day Jiehgious trends ip China , 
The Rev. Liiuienoe D. M. Wcdderbutn of ilie Uiuted free 
Church of l^cotland Mission, on retumiitg to Manchuria fcoin 
furlough, fotuid an entirely dificient spirit in the churches. All 
scrvicei were ciowdcd and there was "in cniiicEy new interest 
in CluistJamcy, bodi inside jad ouliide die chiaich". He atinbiiied 
this largefy to the woih of Dr. ^Sung, "^\ evangelist of powec 
and persnasion". Another mi^onary somewhat dcpfeciatingly 
decUred that in llarbin tlic chnich wa.^ '^almost fanatically 
wedded to ri^vivahiui, following die visiL of tbc DcthelBind, widi 
Dl- Siuig as the most elicciive picadici", 

Ever^'whcrc, tlic visits Jjf the Bethel Band had left a Ifemcndous 
krennts^ for Bible study aiid a generally quietened life in tlie 
diuiehes. Tr "would indeed be hard to name a Mnglc province of 
ncudi China where Dr. Sung jind ilie Bcdiel Batid had not Icfr 
behnid them a glorious cetord of spititual bLc^yng and lives 
cleansed and renewed and sec on fue to serve CSod. 

During 1934. Old Pastor Sung, John *s father, died. John wasiar 



ust. 



A BIOGRAPHY OF JQHK SUNG 



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firom liomc al llic tinic uid soincwtere off tlie Chua cots': on a 
smiH BJtanicr on the Loid^s budiitss. As his tkhcc, unknown 
to Emu, was dying ai home, Jolin seemed lo sijc him in a dream, 
W^tiSng by hi^ ^dc and sdyin^^ [o Eiun: 

■■'Siong-ceh, I have goi\e to Hovcn. But yoti have seven mote 
years iiiwhichiowoik. So labour h^cd for [lie Lord!" 

And labour Jiaid he did. His reputation coiicimied to sproad 
rapidly Jiid every whcar^ he wcni ihc crowds ihcoiigcd Co hear 
him— [he homespon doctot of philoi^phy with his eccentric 
Vi^ys and uiiprediciablc incdiod?. People mnaUy arrived two or 
rhree koiirt hijintc chc nicf ringi wccc due to begin in ocdei Co be 
sure of ic:ils, Tfieii ihcy sat on ifdcc one meeting unrii die tune for 
dicncKi: lo besuie to be present. 

TJie metiinga always bejan wiiJi ^ingir^g. Snng hioiielf some- 
limes cniiducring die mging 'with a ivliitc haiidkeichicE Oficii 
die audience woiifd Ij: jstcd lo clap their hands to tlie iioic. 
UnisoD prayci followed. Then aftci a prayer by die prcathcr in a 
£:w brief seuicnces the seinion began, Ai Jolin walked lo die 
KGHrom, Jie always had widi him the precious book in which he 
had colfccted his daily joFrings, though he seldom referred to k 
■prhile prearfihig. On one occaaon, wliilejohii wjj busy wlih j 
crowd of ca^j^uicccs after die meetings the book was forgotten and 
kfil^iiig on thepidpil. When he got back to lii^ host's bouse he 
suddenly remembered id Hungry a.1 he waa, hi: ahsiJutel/ 
refused Co sit down at table unid che book was rccovcced. His 
companions ■waited aiuJ waited^ singing hynuii at the piano to 
help chcni fo^ct dicii liungei, and only when [he book was found 
and Safely dchvcrcd did they gi[ down [o diniLec- 

Dr. Simp at first spoke poor Mandarin and hi? enunciation 
even of his own Hin^hwa dLilecT ■was not very clear. His inter- 
ptenns needed to be ■veriarfle and (jiiick-wittcd men. Frank Ling 
■wa? such a one. The meetings, though lively, were always under 
coiliujL He never allowed anyone [o disturb die meeiing, whether 
by shontuig out an e3fijberim[ "Hallelujah i" or by getting up to 
leave early. Any such disnirbances met with 9 stertt rebrike. 

Sermona ■wi:re illustrated in a variety of ways, Gioteiiue 



A hDIC£ Cl[llN[: 



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iz3 

blackboatddra^whigs and scribbled sermou ou[lines were conuuon- 
pl^ce, &omcdine$ mtiiibcrs of tbe auiiieiice oi of die Baud were 
called OH to (111? pljilbtnL to Itelp Lira act out an illustradon. A 
missionary was oiicc ordered [o s[and wiili bis arnft onrstixtched 
while Sung pteached on being tiutified ■with Christ) Mm were 
fcetiuenrly [ied up widi rope and thtix released to illilsttatc the 
power of sin and the deliverance Cluisi can give. In one niisiion 
suticii the missiouijry had beautifully decorated die platform 
with all bet palms, ferns and pots of geaniutos. Dr. Sung ■waa 
emphasising die useleisiiess of half-meaittres in dealing svidt sin 
when he noticed the plnnla "No usejnst pruning sin and cutting 
it down a linlcl You nmM pul] ii up by the roots I" And, suiting 
[he action ro the word, be lef to work to pull the plants up one by 
one, strewing thrm about [heiloor, TTiere were no Hocal decora^ 
tion^on tlie platfocm die nCKi day [A fjvouritc illustration for the 
need ro be filled with die Holy Spirit wai to have a lighted 
charcoal stove carried on to the pfattbrm, "Pieces of chateoal — 
dirty and cold — were said to be like most cliurelL mcinbccs. And a 
spedally large piece was, of course, the pastorl Wliat [hey aD 
needed was to gei into die Gre lo niake them glo^v till tkcy were 
red hot I And he seldom rcjistcd the tempFation lo point out [hat 
it took much longer for the laige and self-important pastor to 
catch fire rhan for die odiets I Legends abou[ Dr. Sung amltiplied 
and people never lacked foi omveiiJliiHi wlien group% of Christ- 
ians got logedicr to discuss the great '*ice-breaker", as he came to 
be knovvii. 

A[ ihe end of every service, the preachec would iiUvays give an 
oppciiTTTTi icy for anyone seeking rcpeiuaiicc or some o[hcr grace to 
ixiine to die front for prayer. Tears Howcd fieely as spiiitiriil 
COiiflkti were fouglil and won, sins confessed, apologies made or 
restitution promised. Sung himself, certainly during die years 
when he shared the work with his cofleagiies in the Bediel 5and, 
gave of hi^ ciirc and i^nengdi between die nieedngs to pcisonal 
mierviews, and there were Tiumerous renmkjbEe instances of 
divine blessing on lus personal minisrry: mdividunls were brought 
into die Lghi and many a broken home renniied. John always 



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1M 



ft HIOGRflPnY tip JEinH ^UHil 



tecorded die niimea and ^iddre&sesofsiich people ^id aided dieni 
Co his long prayer lisd. tlis extraordinary mind wa^ ihlc to 
mcnioiizE thousands of such nanus. 

No! ooly wac Cbiii«c deeply ifif cred, biif many misdonaiici 
expeiiented ipii-itLia] [ctJeiEiiifg too. Some even anributcd their 
real convcruou to his nrnustry. 

Soon iiftcr leaving Bi:rhcl, inviialions Lw^an if reaclijolui lo 
speak at varioui ShangliaL ehurchcs. Tlie Foochow-spcaking 
clinicli was the firsl, Jitd tliccc he had i week's mcctitlpi ac which 
aixty-ihrK people foimd Clirist. The name of rfn^ chiirch was die 
ilJl of Joy and Peace, and afKcliis recent expcticJitCiJolm found 
coniforn in tlie name] The ne>;i dntfcli lo inviie luin was tlic 
HaJl of Ahiuidant Virtue, and thetc ihctc wen: ovet lOO cou- 
vosions. Tben ihe ministerial Forward Movemoir Committee 
^ranged foj: Jiltc days' inceriiig^ foe ihc ivlioLc of Shuighai in 
the Woods View Hall Jo coincide with, tlic Spring fotiva] 
holidays. Over i^COd people atlaided die meetmiji. PicuHy, die 
Pure Eiean Hail inviiod him for ^ week's meetings and about ioo 
schoolchildren pressed [obf^lieve.John look courage and looked 
forward Co an even greater ministry dian hitlicrro. 

Scveijl cliuiches "wcce competing Uj get Ds, Surig Co be thrir 
pastor, so he hegan to pray: "Lord, if youwaiiL mc scill to be jii 
Itinerant evangelist, plea.se open cKe door for canipaigsu iu five 
ptovincca and send me S8oo fur my ejtpcnsus widim die nen 
mondi'" Aisoon asncwi of Dr. Sinig's new sicifaiion gotabtoatl 
through dhc pages of Ejfiiii^eJwrfi, Mvrurn^ Slur ;ind other publica- 
tions, invitations poiucd in. They came from the GvC provinces 
of KijUJgsu. Chekiaiig, Aiihwei, Hoi>e]i and Shancung. And 
registered lectcca reached hiiis from Changsha, I'aotinj", Pekujg, 
^OikLadiwang, PaoCow, Saritsi and other cidfS, wdth money 
gifts tinging ficnm 3;^t> to I50, some of rficm from anonymous 
donoJ-s jnd otbens fcom people he iliJ not kuovr. The toi^l 
exceeded die^umhe bada&ked£or] He was completely rejBured. 
"I ofELioH myself again to serve iny feithful, iiridianging lord. 
Come wind, come \ve:idier, chiough cloud and sunshine, if God 
h with Liic, I ask for iiodiing else. 



A VJiCt CUYENt 



John's first mission on liis owij cmtsidc ^tlianghai was aT 
Chirtkiang^p a city some distjnce up die Yjtl^i?? Rivtr from liie 
eoajc I-lc ndivided iis time clieic between three chuf dies iind many 
found CliciH, iucludmg some notable sinners. At Suchow Soinh 
John spoke for the Htsr time in Mandarin wiikoiTi an micrpiccef 
and was plejiaed to £nd chat he wjh well uudcrsiood- Continuing 
}n5 journey, he piiid his fburtli visit to Tsnian, die Slianiiing 
nrapiPil. where husineiS-uicD, Govetnnient o^hciaL:, members of 
die medical proEosion aud imivecaity stirdenc were among the 
great tcoivds which flocked to hear him pieadi. 

Then there followed another cour of many Shantonc cities, and 
LI was Dr. Simj^'s aim to correct the thmkufg and chc erroneous 
mcctprcfaiions of Scr^ture -wliith were causing such a diaorie 
state of a£aiii in so many of the diurdies. Eviiyvdiere he went he 
found ^tcai aal, which he Jttcmpccd to dlrecr inio Scriptural 
cbauneb. long^tinding breach^ between mis^ionatics and 
Chinese were repaired, very many young people were Lri. light to 
Chtisc and given a virion of saving Clmu with the Gospel, two 
paralyiio were healed and one devil-possessed man was dehveccd. 
RumouES that Di. Sung's docltine had gone astray were con- 
founded and wherever he went God confirmed His "Word with 
signs follosving. 

Meaiiwhife, the Christians of Tientsin heard dial Dr. Sung was 
In Chcfoo and lenl an urgcnf InvilJtion to him to levtJt them. 
Whoi all the Ticiicsiit churches refused perJiiLssion for the use of 
their builduiga foi special meeting, a lai^e ancestral hall iwas 
hired, and diere wee: two meetings a day, attended with rcmack- 
aWe blefiiing. But some of the ptomuiein men in the churchs 
started a campaign ofviHGcjtion of Dr, Siufg and opposed the 
work in every possible way. TLc uievitable consequencei foDowtd 
and over ^oo Christians left the churcliea and began to worship 
God together ui another place. A suggestion to build a new liall 
for the prodimation of the gospel was acclauned, and after 
prayer for gurdaiice q ftmd was opened the very same day. Nearly 
^S,ooo [£^00) were subscribed on die spot. Tfie sole motive in 
opening a new hall W3S lo preserve liberty of worship and to 



<et6 



A EJtJUbaPHY OF JOHN SUUG 



piocl^im rKe gospcL Dr. Simg therefore watncd ihcm agiiinsL 
p iectanan spiiit wid mjjcJ. dicui to cndcjvonT tc^ preserve ihc 
I miry of tkc Spirit, A coniiiiililcc wis iipjujiuicd and a year klcr 
the new ha]] was completed aud dcJiotcd to the Lord s acrvicCr 
The worlt ivasM prospoyilh md [here wcic so many tJLivcr^ionj 
that clic oEiBiiul Preaching B^nd orEaii:B»i(Hi ev^itually beeamc 
an indcpciidciii cliutcL This is the only ca^e of a separate diiircli 
group ariiang out o£ the wort of Dc, Suiig, andin [!ji« case it was 
not his oiiirijial Wiik, l)Ut was forced upon die ChffcThns by uic 
atritiidc of the fhuidie^ Tlie new dmich bccjme by £ii the 
largeii and the mosi aetivc witnisa fot Chri!;t in the Lti^c tity of 
TicrjbiiL 

From Timtwn Dr. Snug paid a flying visit lo Peking before 
tTiivelfu^ souch again lo die fovdy Ijkciide city of HangH:!:iOiW in 
theptovmccofChckiatigrTliediuichlcadcEsunilcd to wtieomc 
Dr. Sung^ and ten days of meetings were arranged- Tlierc ■was 
auolticr djxpv^'ortc.f Cod, and many who ]iadbeaijusE"cEiurcL 
mcmbtu" wcie bom spin and Ticeame real Chnstiaiii. Fifty 
preadiing l>ands were formed. 

Wliilc in Hangdiow, Di:. Sung heard dwt Dt. Sherwood Pddy 
wai due TO ho]d a meeting it Jitile latei, Deheving ]iini to be a 
Irbcral and lo luvc departed from his earlier evjmgelical faidi, 
Dr- Sung did not ]vsiiaie fo denounce Dr. Eddy Jiiid did his ud- 
mmt to peiiiudc people to boycott the mceiings which had brfll 
arcajiged. 

Ten da.v3' mi^etingK followed in the Moore Memorial Cliurdi 
in SKangbai, whm c^mphaas was laid on ii dose walk widi God 
and a toustantwitncsi if backsliding was to be avoideilr Jolni was 
saddened by seeing some of t]ie earlier eorveris going back. At 
Huctow, where Di. Suiig had first come tittrt the limelight after 
kavkig his own province, he now deiiujnstratad diat it is not 
necessary to attract people CO diurdi with film shows jnd social 
aciiviiicj ofvaiioiis kinds. The pastor w^s dubious whether there 
would be Ji mJiiy as ico people to hear an cvangclisdc sermon ! 
There were aciually nearly 70a of wlioni inauy wer^ saved and 
organized into fifty preaching bands. 



A voice ^■GvrNc 137 

Later Jolll^ rcturrift] to Hinigchow for a two weeks' convention 
at two chinches. During this time Japanese pljnii machiiie- 
f^unncd thccit)'", but the meetings wenF on, and in spite of much 
oppo^rion there Wfte in.my saved and stirred up lo serve God, 

From Haikgdio^tn Dr. Smig went to Nanking, the national 
capiid, which had hiiheito been largely ^►allcttcd by revival 
movenienrs. Tlie mcctingi were lield in the Quaker chinch and 
huge audiences crowded ro hear him. The ranJ: and file of the 
diurclie^ loved hini^ but the usual hacsli criliiiims of the leaders 
ajigcred them and made it difficult for theui to leceivc help from 
liiin. Hii tstimony of renuncijEion also had xi uninttiiliciiiiil 
eEfcci: some earnest ^clinoldiildreii were imprcabixl with the idea 
ih.it education had httlc value and dial it was more utgrait to 
preach than to Study 1 This rrcatcd wme distiphuasy tcoublcsiii 
some of the Chrisliaii sdiools 1 But j Ustitig w(jrk was done. 

Haugehow was again visited tot a Convention before Jolui 
turned liis iicps once Jiiore toward his t>wn lurive provjnce iind 
tjie coiiiineiiceniciil of yii even wido- miniair^' which was to 
reach ond beyond the shores of the Chinese ir-iinlsJid. "The voice 
Crying in the wilderness, 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord' *' 
wji die judieiilic voice ofj prophet Everywhere it awakened the 
rapouse, "What shall we do then?" 



T 



Not Without Honour 

THE pcoviiii:(? of Fukicn had bcui ttidncmg die iiiiserieg of 
civil wjc since the EcbcUion in i()33. With an improved 
mait In djc situador, itiuitarions began lo reach Dr. Sung 
lucnndict canipd^inanuuibcrof ibclargci ddci. 

At Fouthow, in September, 1934^ there wJS aiioihcr great 
campaign whiiJ] bore compattjon wilk die scIlq: iriiunphant 
visiTd Nificty-ys new prc.fching banda wac fbrnitil. After [lie 
campaign ui ihc CJpiril, John visited chiwche^ in the country 
distticB aruund- Deaconess Loader and her coUeagni] of die 
ChiiTchMis^onary HnciccycD tcrtJjnedbifLi at Loyviin, where die 
Anj^lican chnnrh wiis leed for four mecungi daily, tlic first at 
6.30 a.m. Much blessing resulted and die spiiitiial life of the 
viliaec coogregations was deepened. Backsliders wcie restored 
and pieadnng bands orjjjniicd. "His teaching was goad and 
Scriptnrd", 5iys Miss Loader. "I think wc were alT made keener 
[n witnessing and service for die Master." 

Prom Foocht^w, Dt. Sting rravelled Kouth to Amoy, where 
several secies of meeringi had been arranged by rhe Five-Ycat 
MovfmaiJ; CutnmirrM of die Synod of rhe South Fukien church 
in HwiJEin, Oiuanchow^ Cltingdiow and Amo>'. The meetings 
were ■well prcpatixl for by prayer and dierc wai an aluio^phcre of 
crpcciancy. Dt. Song spent a whJl in cuch pEoce fironi Ocljbci 
]:5ihto Novrniher ijdh, speaking ihcec limes a day wherever he 
went, the nnxcincs seldom lading lesi than ibiu hourSr In Anioy, 
ihc larcest church in dif eity 'was £tlcd to ovetflowing— doors, 
windows iuid U pl.Jlfi)rDL erected outside die lIuucIi against the 
winndow? alE bcin^ filled. Tliere wa'i barely room for Dr. Siing 
and his interpretcL^ to move Later, a special mat shed was put up 
to attoiiHiiodatc i.joo pciciple, and finally s,oco people attended 



HOT WrTNOUT HONOUB IlQ 

a mass iiieeFing on die fooibull gtonnd of the Anglo-Chinese 
CoDegc. A list of spedfcc sins ■were faidiJully dealt widi. There 
Were the usual sliong denunciations o£ the church leaden' Itike- 
warmncsi, iKiness, pride and lack of love. The higliest level lo his 
addrcsKS wai reached ivheu die iuhject wat ] Cor, xiii — the love 
of God aL seen in the Cross of Christ. Tliose who CJin;^ under 
conviotioii iiiid desired personal help were welcomed for private 
convecMiions and pcaycr from Ten a^ciaciz to noon daily- 
Thousands of Icttenwccc addressed to Or, Sung telling of definite 
blessing received. "I^l: worked extraordinarily hard , , , he ga^ye 
liimself piisiooalcly jnd wholebcactediy to lus wocfc during a 
inojith of extraordinary labour." So wiole rlie Rev. W- Short of 
die Ejl^hiJf Presbyterian Mision. For the now usual healing 
meeting, 2,god adi^iisnon rickets were distributed, and on diis 
occasion loo there waj evident blcsjiug. But it w-js in ittspjcilual 
ira[in that results ■were inoit striking: many people wete tcatlicd 
^hoiujli previous efforts had failed to touch. Tlicre \^'Lre wealdiy 
smners wlio attended every ineeiing, iiiid one gainhhiig huuse in 
AniOy failed when it lost most o£ its babim^s! Ore heavy 
gambler, a graduate of tbe Christian Angifo-Chinese College, was 
conveitcd and saved ^Oo ot B70 (Kc fallowing week! A leadmg 
bLbiiicss-man, previously utieily careless of spitiCual things, 
became a Christian, hi the Thj^iilogical College, students coil- 
ie&ed their sms, old <jiPiinela wi^ie foi^octen and letters of 
apology written. One student who had thought that the tnerc 
entry into a ibeologjeal college ■wotJd sonieliow make him a 
better man and wlio had on the contrary only grown worse, got 
right widi (Sod and, uigedier widi hi^ rooin-iTiatc was bom 
Jtgain. The blessing spread to many a place un^visitcd by ilic 
evangelist ,1J thoie helped in the mcctinj^ returned home to 
confess wrong-doing to otln;rs ajid lo witness to new Lite in Clirist. 
And the work went on. All the Amoy chiir^n coutLUued to be 
full Jiidone of them doubled the size of ilscongr^aijou. A week 
afiecDr. Sung left at die rcqiECSE of die diy authorities, who were 
pertihrbed at the interruption of comntunications by the cro^wdj 
attending die meetings, 300 persons were tutm^d away (mm the 



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A ElOtHflPHY OP JOHN SUNG 



LugcEi clrnrch. ui ECukng^ii and sit overflow mcctiiig h^ ro lie 
;imngtil (n Aiiwy and KiJ^iigiQ 147 peadiiug iMin^i were 
orgwikcd, iind tljcic Gm clTiiri was j full tky spcui viMiuig J] 
[he village on Ajiioy Esland lo preach ilic GaspcL Tins cifoit was 
fo]low4xl by a dny'i rtpori in<;tdng Jiid confacnce on evnuigelism. 

There W3< n^om fi^r inmc cricicism [had l^c. Siing ovccdid die 
dcDunciarLou of Chiiidan leaders, biiiJi uj* his preaching hand 
oi^inization aiouud liis own app(jintcd leadcii witKoul lefcteiicc 
10 liis coiJiiiiiEiee dius encouraging Jiiy sepacaijit tendcnan tliecc 
might be, nad no ^ciire'l up die noLi'iacional emDUans of ttc 
young people ihat many of diem, 3g,i:n!it chc advice of frii^iulJi 
and rclatiotis, ttjifowed uticir hcvl' hcio loiind ro odhcr caiitci 
instead ofccluniing ro sdiool. Yed the ovcr-^ picture wjs one of 
abiiii dandy aiiswecLd piaycrandadccpwockoflhc Spkilcf God, 

Ftoiniht;Engli^tiPnsbyleriiin field Ert. Siing paid asetond visit 
10 die AmericBii B^pd^ field in die Swatow atea of KwmgLui^ 
where he lieLd a mission from January ijth to jEsc, 1^35. Again lie 
pccachcd dircc tima i 6iy at Kiryang^ fiitty miles west of 
Sw3tow> the luccdngs lasting about two Itoufi each dnie. Tlic 
cliurch wiL'^ crowded m capacity widi 1,000 to 1,200 dCy jnd 
coiuiny Chiibidani "whu g^yu OiigH aiteiicioD 10 I>r, Sung. 
Among the fitvi ppti^ ■u.-lijch die Rev. Dr. E. H. Gicdi was able 
to talfc widi him vi'hiTi hi* left Swarow on die last day of II152 
after iwcnry-onc inoiilhs of solilary coufincmctit nl piijon wa< 
a [ccoid of Dr. Siuig's sciuioii lofics dmin!" that wect: 



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January IJlli, Maminj; T Cai. 

wjtUoiic love 



(iii.1-7; The Two llerirrs: widi and 



Afternoon: Liihcsii. 1^-21; The Ridi Fiiol 
Eveninj^'Jolm viil i^ii' The Woman latcnin AdiiTrH:ry 

Jjnuacy afidi. Morning: Joliii ijj.r-ij: The Nero BiTih 

Aftanooit: Rev. ui.!4-22: Laodicear ndlJicc cold not 
lion 

Evdiiug. Mark ",1-^0: Xlic Gadaioic Deinoiiiic 

January a^ili, Morning: Luken.zj-^^; The Good Sanuiiian 

Aficmoan; Jcrbnad 1-44: The Rjii^ing of Lazarus 
EvciiuLg: Lvkc xv.ii-ii\ The Prodigal Son 



WOT WITHOUT HONOUB IJl 

January 33 ih, Mosniibg; Acq ii.i-Ji; PaiTcom 

AfiemoiMi- lute iii-l-liijohli llic Bapdit 
Evening ; John jv.i-4a: The Woman of Sanuria 

Jamincy z^ih. Morning: Mait v 21-^4: Jaitiisdaiij^hict 

AficincjoD: Mart vu,i-33: Cccemonjal and l^cal 

Dtfikmcnt 
Evening: AcB iii. r-ip: The Lune Man at llic Bcaulifu] 

JanuaEy 30th, Meaning: Mark vi.3j-6^ Jai. v.rj-Ea, I Fct. it. 7-11; a 
Fzudh Healing Scevh.c 
Afleinooji: Ceo. vi-i-%.iz: Moah and ihe [4e>Dd 
Evening: Man. v.i-ia: The Benriciides 

Jauuacy ji&l Miitning: iLev. ^Lf-17: Tlie Seven Si^li & rhe Second 
fldvpul: 

Already ■uicaiy Ui body after siTCccsaive slxciiuoiis cauipaigji^ 
and widi a. voice liojise duougli coiijiaiit uw, Dt. Sim^ drove 
liimiclf 10 cany ou, Dr. Gjedt commeiHi; "Dt. Sink's piedclniiH 
wai, on [Le wliolc, wholesome and consiructive; iioi sensatioud, 
biLC drajiiaiic. Hii seriiions were not hi much in the nature of 
lopical dcvelopmciir as of a running eommcnr on longer paisagcs 
of Sciiptorei with apt illiisscatioiis and appUcaiioiis, fte^fucatly 
acted out dianwtically. . . , He wore out icvcral mterpreler&» 
usLigaboLittlueedunngdie weel:. Tlie interpreters had to follow 
suit m every gestiup he made and even in acuLig our stena. Asa 
tesuh, hi: alwa^'slcftafewdiacipics wherever he went. Afterwards 
tlioy went oui as free-lance evangcli^ci to prcacli on their owu, 
imitating Dr. Sung s cvcrvpose, especially dut of putting oHc foot 
forward, vjith the heel reitrn[^OD die floor and the sole of [heslaoe 
sliowmg forward!" 

The great son of Futicn was no Innget a prophet wkhoac 
honour in his own country and ainon^ his own people! 



THE LAME WACE 



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The Lame Walk 

PRAYER for ibc sick lias always been a nalural part of 
tliL faitli of Cidniac Chnsams. Mjmy a diurch has been 
ftmndtd on dicbiisiEafpirjiytTlieiirdinidm^weredfbr rlie 
chronLcally ill, or people raised up frrun eriricaE illnesses. God lias 
answered piaycr in so inanj' thousands of c^scs llist CFlriitianS 
in CLinj expect niii^ci to happen and [Ley vuiduubtcdly doi 
It became naiurai, dierefore, [i> «:peel llial eveiy man "who 
i^idcnily had puwnj with God as a prdL^heE ahoiild idso have 
equaL power -wiih God in praylFig for the physicsUy iU and in- 
cdpaduTcd 

John Suug had vi'vid incuLOEici of occ jsions dining hia chilnd- 
hood wlien God had heard lEnpocliunate piayrr for huling, bulk 
in die case of his nioiher and of his faclwc. He had never doubted 
tlial prayer did avail for llic body as ivcll as the soul. And soun 
after his rctum from Amaici and ai die outier of liis public 
minislty inFnkien, thcMfJlcofthepJilisrof iHc church where he 
WAS nUiiLstCEiu^ liad j suddtn heaiE atuc^ ^uJ il seemed thjt she 
was on the poinl of death. Dn. Sung prayed in iiutlr that slic nuj;ht 
be healed aiid that Ci>d'9 Name miglit beglodfied in consequence. 
But there was no change in d^c ivoinan's conditson and John 
Sung was assailed with doubts 3iJ:c (hose diat had wreckj^d his 
(iuth m Aiiieritar Was God uidced j living God? He tjicTt Jg^ 
at the tcJside -md tjuchii^ tlic wumjji fell iliai jlie was «|J1 
living. And llten he prayed: "O Lord^ if T]iou Lvcsl and doit 
siilf work, give me today a tnic sign of Thine ejdstcncc by timsing 
this nil hut dead bniCy to live, Vly faith shill then never again 
fJltr]" Assured llut !iis prayer was heard, he rose up, comforted 
[be huiband and told Lim not to buy a cofiiiL Then he went on 
widihiimmiiiiy. At [hesameiimcheiAioieloojieofhi&feDow 



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workers: "God has already answered out praycis." Whtfi he 
rciiimed to the pastot^s home in die evening, he found char rhii 
wji indeed the Case. The woman had recovered, God's Mame was 
eloiifitd aiwl die &clh of die nucrcessor fiimly eslablislied. 

Dutuig Dr. Sling's vi^it lo SkintiinR after die Mauchurian 
campaign, he bad been urged co pray For die sick tilt die fnsl 
dmc, bur ipecral meetings foe die purpose were not then a 
ccunciion practice of die BethcE Band, The next iraceablc nicnlion 
of a healing meeting was at tlicPcuielMiiBOiiClinich in Kowloon, 
Hong Kong, in i^ja. After due, whcrevei Di, Sung went, dicrc 
Was pressure on hiin lo piay for the sick. EveDtiially, without 
makmg any claim to a "gift of hciilii^", lie made it a prartice to 
include a sctvice of healing at die end of most of his campaigns, 
when he used die occaaon to pieach the gospef. Where tlicie wm 
bodi icpeulance from dn and s genuine fiidi m Gud^s p<?wec tij 
heal, there were oflen remarkable cases of beaLi^. Butcheie was 
also a large percentage of sulierers who derived iin benefit at idL 
Frank Liiigwrf I remembers a ^1 ofsiitLcnwho had tobccatHed 
tm to the phitfbrm to be prayed for, but after the payer $he ^od 
up, gave a testimony and walked home. But he also temeiiibers a 
tnppled young man of diucy for wbotn E>i. Simg prayed 
catnesdy for a fiilE half-hoiic, even pulling at his Icga with liis 
'^believing hands", but wirhoiir result. He Jiad many such dis- 
appointments — complere failures in cases where rhcre bad been 
high csptctatious and great publiciry. 

Dr, Sling usually had c^ie meeting in eveiy campaign at which 
he would give an address on healing and die necessity fora&mcerc 
repencancc before in"7iting the sick lo come forward, k was 
always made pUio that it was only as people accepted Christ as 
Saviour &oin sin diat diey could e:cpeei ro be healed, Panenia 
had Eo liat'd Jit a rccoiii of llicic uanies and addresses and the 
nuture of dieir diseaM od caids provided. 

Thcsubsenuentprocedares^.iiied from place to place and from 
lime lo rime. But alwayi there ■was fint much individual and 
uuijoii, praying, without niisordcr or undue excitemcnc. Dr, Sung 
would rhen kneel on die platfoim Being die audience widi a 



IH A DIOGSAtllY OF JOHH Stl^^i 

bonle offllive fJTl by hia side Often a group of pnying Clii'isiijos 
would kneel behind him. Tho ifck and lame, Jraf jnd dumb weie 
tlienciJftd bynami] torhepkrfoETT],w]icrc[fifytixi wncmadcto 
knee]. One by one they passed in front of Di. Sang, pansu^ a 
minute or so while lie puuicd a Lidc (id irj[o the piilmof hisliand 
and rubbed it over [he panieni's forehead, offering a prayer as he 
did. so, Oftenliequorcda vcrecofScripcurcorsaid, "hiTlicNiine 
of Jesus!" Someumes accompanyiiig rhe v^ui'L wiili a afiarp lap 
on rhe ndc of the head. PaticaB were made lo icsnify on the first 
possible occasion after die mceling. Only one sentence was 
allcjived: "Tlie Lord blesicd me!" or "T]k Lord healed m^l" 
This wai intended to he :iji ehSHitial part of the ewrdie of faith. 
Qjite when a man widf bad eyes c^mc for prayer, he tcinaved liis 
spectacles and. carefully put tlicni in ]iu potkct E Dr. Siuig sharpfy 
tehultcdiucb. lack offaidi/'Yo J should have dirowinhem away, 
if you really believed I" 

Dc. Suij^ wjs fully aware of die dnt^cra of dii* worfc— of 
crcdulit}' and even of tuperstiidcion. But aa &i a.i he w« concerned 
diese meetings were primarily an oppoitauicy foe cvangclisnf. 
Ii was of the fnsi iJiiFonaDee ihji die soulbc saved, but if God 
should sec fir To heil iKc btidy too, then ail die gfofy was given to 
Him. And ihcre weic many who were cither healed ar consider- 
ably rrhcvcd of sufeiing. 

The following typical incidents rook pljre in chc- village of 
Coldo] 'Well near Anioy in Pukien ui (lie carl ^- ufjndis of j^j^. 
They ace vouched for by one wliu personally obsecved each caac 
andiiuov a leading churcli worker in M^ijil« in the Philippines. 

Before Dr. Sung's VT&iC 10 rlic town, rcporcs had grinc jlicad of 
lilm from pi:ople who had been attending the Anioy meetings. 
There was aii u]d Bnddhiji zealor who wjs deeply super^iitivus 
and &thful in hcT prayers to the sjMFits, Slicltid becDabiosthhnd 
fat three years, and deffnuiued to [est the repocis of heabng sho 
had lieatd. She attended Di. Sung's meetings and was souni^ly 
converted. At die healing meeting, to wliich ^h^ was carried as 
usual in a sedan chair, v^hen it came to her tuin to be prayed. 
for^ Dr. Sung exclaimed, "Hallelujali, praise dre Lofdl" and 



TIIR LAME WALK EJ^ 

immediately Mrs. Chua saw a great hght and beginning to sec for 
die first time for three years, gave glory to God. Rctmrujig 
home slie was able to read her son's Bible. Soon the idols were 
destroyed and the home beciiint a Chnstun home. Later all the 
family moved ro Manila where Mrs. Chua continued to be a 
ineaii^ of great blessing — a truly choice soul, tadianC in her &irh 
through many a trial. 

A ChtE&iian lady who had E-cen at die Amoy meeting became 
concerned abouc her father who was a sufietet fiom nephrins 
and was taking opium to rehcvc his suffet ing. She weiff home and 
persuaded the old man to go ta the meetings. There he was both 
Ejved, \;ucial of lu^ disease aod delivered from his opium habrt. 
However, he was unwdling to destroy die Slocks of Opium he had 
in his home as hia I'hildren in^Uted and proposed to sell ibem. In 
rhe ([uaricl which ensircd ihe old man got into iJ fitry and &mted. 
When he came aronnd again, hf described a dream he had had 
which !kad been a warning voice from God to him; only then 
was he willing to destioy all his opium stocks. 

Another professing Christian in the vJljge bad become a 
secret drup; addict to tehevc some dironJc pain &om whick she 
suffcrcil Oni'e afttr a church service, while injecting tho mot- 
pliine, tlic Jiccdle broke o£ lu her fear she cried to the Lord to 
heal liet and to break tke habit. Prayer was immediately answered 
and ihe woman's testimony a| Dr, Sung's mectuigs was the first 
her friends knew about her secret habit. 

There was a leper in Golden Well m an advanced stage of die 
ijisease. He liad a Christian wife, bur he himself was not saved. 
At Dr. Sung's meetings lit definitely accepted the Saviour. The 
wife earnoi batelv enough money from the mcagie piodncts of 
dieir small fkcin, and a theft one day reduced iheiu almost to 
starvation. Fainting and weary, she scrupled to the services one 
evening, but at the chiuch became completely unconscLous- 
When she came CO uudslic related a. dreim she had of angels who 
offered to escort bet to he^vQir But slic pleaded her lielple^s leper 
husband as a reason wliy she should stay on earth a wlulc louger- 
WTicreupon, die angel assur&d hec that both she and her husband 



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A bini^RAPUT OF JOHH %UNfJ 



woLiM he cincd. She was imuicdiaiely givoi n suoijg bndy m^d 
larcr iii the nin!Einj^s> m Dc. Sung prayed for hit husband, the 
disease wjs iirc^d Jjid- liic iiudular swelfmgs on hia body 
guduiJly iadcd aivay, leaving orify the: old gats. He Jived for 
many years i^nd iit the laid had a irLumphani paaing from diis 
wuHd to ilic neKi, crying -wirh hisliitbrcaili/'Tht Ljmb ofGod 
[n ipotliTB tobcs of white is coming (o Eate me home !" The wjfc 
is suJ] alive 4iid there arc ictativea of tilC man still living; in 
JMinila. 

TJicrc wai a giil scuitenl who had often heard the giispcl, but 
had nevei: acci^ied it. She was a sufferer from tnberculosis, aijd 
in dcaperarinn wcnl: fo the mcclings to sett Ei&ilii^. Obtaining a 
little tdicfi Jie bought a Bible atid a hymn-book secretfy, bur did 
nor inJiciJtDpai piofcisioii ofbeLef. When the disease recurccd 
hci relatives re^firted fo prayi^i to die ajiiriti for healing. Through 
dv: medium, the spiric deiiLindeJ the de^inicrioti of chc Bible 
hdbri^ dieir prayers conld he an^'rrod. The deman J w^s tJijried 
our and at once the girl became posinscd by a demon and 
eveniually died in terrible igony. This event emph^ar^cd die 
danger of an insincere repentance. 

There was a poverty-stricken coup]e in Gold<:Ti Well, tlie 
Iwcnty-ycar-old man han.g an opium-jiuoket, The wife 
ytiemptcd suicide by freenng lo death on ihe nejiby mouoljin, 
bur failed. The hiiLdncss of die Clin^tiacs then intpressA] her and 
she bccatnc a bchevcr. !>oon afjet this Dr. Simg atiived Jind die 
woman \t'as greatly blfMt%i adjoined HDne of Fhc preaching bandj, 
hui ihc husband remained in the grip of die opium craving. Al 
last, wliile one nf the bandi was visiJiig the man, ke asked Gfr 
pnyet fo[ deliverance, and in answci m many praycts oSered 
was completely ddiv-ercd. His wiEc continued Co be ^ powerful 
wiliios for Chiist and was uued in l]>e Oiiling oat of demons. 

Tife last Ciue in Golden Well was that of a man suficring from 
ii foiil disease wluch no dctcior had been able to cuie, "Hie man 
WTS both, saved and healed at Dt. Suiig's meetings m Amoy. 
Laier^ hi$ sister-in-law, a proscituie, aneuded Dr. Sung*B meciinga 
in Golden Well and pLofbs^ed tt> bclievCr But ar the isdmony 



rHB LAM£ WACK 



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nuredng, to covet up her own suifnl past, slic spoke only of what 
God had done £ji her brobfier-in-Jaw. jmincdiately, she hceanie 
posMssed vAth. an evil spicic and in one of the meetings became 
violenr. Di, Sung and all the ^sutkeej present offered earnest and 
united prayer for ihc womun^ but wkencv« they sang "in the 
Cross, in the Cross be my glory cvta. . , ," &lie became violent 
again. It wai not unril two years after Dr. Sung'i visit that she 
found fma] deliverance. She became a sincere Chiiman. and n 
real student of die Bible- LatH Hk went to Bible School and is stUl 
a Chti^tian worker in Fukieiu 

Whar happened at Golden Well could be duplicated dvh and 
over agam. There were imny subsiantiatcd cl;tims for healmg 
and dte benefits were lasting. Othcis ob&incd no help at all and 
some fkim? were subse^nattly ihown lo be mijustificd. But as 
tarasDr. Stin^ Wiis concetiiedi ihe inecdngi ananj^ed ti> pcay foe 
the sick were valuable evangdisdc opportuniiics and many found 
Chiisl who hid come only to seek healing. 



PART THREE 
PREPARING TH£ WAY OF THE LORD 



CHAPTER, tlG[rr£EN 

Casting Jip the Highway 

THE grcai, siin-si^akcd laiida ^inTOiiniiii^ the Soudk Cliina 
&CJ Kavc for ccnTiiris been ii magnet Co sxtcan die ovcr- 
flowoij' pupuLtiiou of South CKina.-wlieire the sccuggltlfii 
I'xi^ieiice 1? to mucjise. XLc people of Fukicn and Kwangniing arc 
advenTurouSj aca-gutng people and colonics of them aicfoima lo- 
dayiua v«tcie«cnT of islaiids from tlie Philippines to TluJljiiJ- 
In "Vt'cil Borneo [KaUmanrin) dierc is a tiiwn called Sainbii 
whidi lias a i,cuQ-ycM-oJil secdcmcjit of Chinew. Chiiitse v.«e 
earCv ainvals ui t!ic Luryer cidcs of Java and [^uniaua and have 
eJwj found ihdr way to die Celebs and the McJiKcas in search of 
wealth and happmcsii. A vecy (arge majonty of ibc Singapore 
pcpnlacion. of 1,000,000 k Chinese. Two milhoii mote CLiuoe 
ace icattcied througli the jungles, ihc Tubbec plantatiulM and the 
dii-muiiiig njwni of Malaya. 1ii Siaiu, Biiiina and Tndo-China, 
tho iireeuofthe tides swaiiif With unJlLons of Chinese -who were 
either bom thero or who have conic liom C) dija. in recent yciii to 
Hck theit fortune. 

Mi. Victor Piucell, b Kis hook The Q^ Jti'W in Souih-E-u! Asm. 
calculates the totiil Chinese popuJacLon of theac lands at 
10,000,000. Til ihe island of Focniosj ilicre "wnrtc^ hijfnre die war, 
an additional s,ooo,ooo people, mostly Chincae, living under 
Japanese rule. Many of diese inimigianti have learned to 5pcat 
die languages of the eountriea of thck adopuou, but ncacly all 
retam cLcir native dialects for (Be in the home. Hokkieif is die 
langioge of those fionj the south of FiJHen Province, wliilc 
Hakta and Qiiiconwe are both spoked hv sctiScis w4ii^ have 
come irom Kwangtuing i'roviiicfc 
Those who were alccinty Christians (ncrieJ [heir faith, with 



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A lilOCPAPHY Ot JOHH SUNG 



lliein ^id se[ up Chriician aimrnunitiiia wherever they wcni. 
Chrisrifliis iire a niimeroLis and influential ciciuciic in. the popiiU- 
lion of "Oversffiis Chinese" in. die '^Njny.ing*' (ot '^Soutlicm 
Ocean"). They always myntimcd a close Diik witli rlie in;iuiLiuJ| 
and iL -wjs uic<'iLib]e iku s<^jnci oc latci ihc niovcmails Jiat 
were sweeping ihrDugh die cluircfift of Cliiihn woiiM be^ in 
^Hea lli&e overseas Chinisc chiirches coo Dc. Sung made seven 
differenl: missionaty jonme^'i It FormosaH the Philippinca alid 
the "Nsayajij;", and everywhere tlie umc signs folbwed die 
pccachijig of ibc Word and dctcrmicitd tLc future chaiacrct of 
dLC Chjueic cliurchcs of these iicas. 

Hie G[&[ luvicicicn finiri oacsiJc Dr. Sung's owq counffy 
time Erom cbc Phihppinca in lyjj. The blessing which had 
ever\-where fiillowcd Dr. Simg'a minisiiy had btoi leporicd in 
Chnsdan mig^zinci as iii lellcra fioin irbdvn who li«l Iccji 
convertrd or brought inio a deeper ezperiente of Clirisl 111 tlie 
gccjt canipM^ns in F\xirhow, Amoyn Swaiow or QiLJloiib Tliree 
Chmche* in Mamlii— die Hpiscopaln the United Evangelical and 
the Christian Aaseinbly Churches — united in extending an 
invitation to Dr. Sung to conduct nicccingj fronajuite Cth to i4dir 
He travelled Uj Maiiiii aftei ,"uiothci great cajnpaigu in Peking in 
April. 

Crowds gathered kom afl ovh Luaoii and ftum odicr iaiuiids 
to attend ihe mteiHngs. Aboui &uc people fJled every seat and 
blocked the aisle^i and stairvjays of ibc Chinese United Evjji- 
gelical Cliurch. Pastor Silai Wang of die United Church who 
loot ;i piommenl p^rt in the nieetiiig? said; **Dt, Sung liad one 
line of teaching; sin, repemaiicL, the new birth, holiness." As 
usual, his denuneiations of sin were fcailcH — rhe sin5 of rrolbisin^ 
Christiana especially so. Sometimes he \vonlJ single ont :m 
individual, j pasujt or office Ixaici in llic churchy and jiy, "There 
is sin in yuur heart [" and he was always liglu. Sung usf d some of 
the old dlusnaiions and some new ones, Oiicc he jippOiiredfarry- 
iiig a niLiikciirc toffin half full of stona. These repreienced sins 
committed und die dcith which sin would bring. For CL'ery fccsh 
sui comnattcd a itoiie would be added to the lojd until the btarct 






CASTING UP THE HlGlift'AY 143 

was alrrifrtt howed down under die weight To emphasize 
the New Birth, he tame on lo the plEnforin oiie thy waring an 
old ^wn with the names of different siiii written all over it. 
Then, at the appropriate moment in the addreis, he discarded the 
(j]d jjjwiu'al [he Ceoss'* and pill on a new robe of righteousness 
prcndiiced from somewhere 1 Tlie iL:Cmo)J! histed as usual for two 
hours or more willi [he fivounte choruses copioudy interspersed. 
Evangelism was followed by instniction to the newly converted 
and the other Christian?, and towards the end there wis i healing 
nieciing. Crowds went to the platform to be prayed for> yet Dr. 
Sui^, da)^ latct, would meet individuals and, rccogui2i]ig them 
as among those wlio h,id sougLt hcihng, ask "How aie youi'* 
He had a prodigious memory. 

There were lasring resuln from these meetings. The United 
Evangelical Cliureh. was greatly Strctigtheticd and its evangchstic 
Teai knLiHed. Tlie Bvai^clirtic Band organiaation which was 
foEined at ihat Lune Wa^ btilL 4i;live m i?!^, cighteai ycjis later, 
liiiving survived the years of^^'ar and grown out of alfieeognitioiiF 
Tf "was divided into ten accdons, each with i& own Itadct and iia 
own responsibiiity for prison, hoipiral and radio evangelism, for 
peisoitJ vi!iit;tlLoii, cottage meetings, devotional gadicrmgs and 
tlie Jjke, A missJonary, wniing in i(fJ4. reporis: "So many of ihn 
rnie Cbnsrians in the Plul^pincs are iHc direct result of Jotn 
Sling's ministry. 

One of tho^e who became "wedged intolerably in die crowded 
church, his head cocked back 10 enable him to breathe, was the 
Cliincsc Consiil-Gencral in Maitila, a nun who had lived a Ti£e of 
Jtbauchcty and sJTi in Peking, Singapore and now the Phil] [J puies. 
He drank jindgflinUedina big way, once hiring 8jRo,coo in Hong 
Kong money at a single ritting. Then hia wife died, and it was his 
second hridc-to-bc who pctsjiadcd him to go and listen to Dr, 
Sung, "thcmadman",who&Dm the platfotmblLuirly described his 
sinful ways- Biil lepenEance was too liard and afrcr being uans- 
fcrred t<i Nanking he continiicd m lits life of 9in, despite his wife's 
JnrisEcnce cm reading the Scriptutes and prayer. When I3r. ,Sunjr 
visjted Hanking again, on cht fifth night of die campaign this 



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A PIOGEAtaY OPjOU^ SU«G 



brand wa^ pfuckal ftr>jn tlic bncnuig und w^s bonj jgaiii at die 
age of rijiity-cighi:. AiiJ to-tLy Lc 1^ []ic waj-dcu iif j i>cwfy 
opened Bible College in Jjvj, j nii^ck mm of wboi]f it J$ liard 
to bcEicve such j lurid history. 

Before reJuniing to China, Dr. Sni^ pnid a \isit lo Ccbn, ^nc 
of [he smdEcT isfanda of the Philippine, wFiCrc i [cmpoiary 
mcctingi-placc hid been aiLingcd in a hrge [iiubcr-yard. RcporE 
of chc curaotdiuacy iifCcrin^a and of lascs of healing in answci: 
to prayer cM.itcd tlie interest of a bucksfidiiig Chdidan-Hiho went 
Jong out af cuiiosity to see ihc fun »tiJ mjoin in i!ic cntcndn- 
iiieni whifh Dr, Sunn's preaching provided. She wj'i at tb': Siinic 
rime determined not to look inro Dr, Siitig's eyes, lest she come 
under wKst ^e regarded as their mesmeric iiifluencc! Ite 
pleaching ■vvas, as uiual, cDeigctic and acrobaoc, Iciving the 
pieadiM badied in perspinnon Slid his blue gown dripping wet. 
This sanit Mb. Hwang, now a de^iconness in the Ccbn chiircb, 
WPinei^C'l a certitiit newspaper editor ramed Cliow wondcifpEy 
and instantaneously healol, He hj>d beeu bowed down widi a 
bump on his bacL As soon as ptaycr liad been oflcicd for lum at 
the special gdtbering lo pray for dse sick, he tan outride and stood 
up saaight and beg.in to e^terdsi: lira limbs, shoiidno; ai he did lo, 
"I am slr.iighi again' I am uraight again!" LsKr this man 
organized a "Seed Sowers League" which remaLm active to [his 
day. Tlie membcti; claim [hat any iiiglit, at the tliird walclu the 
voice of Di. Sung can still be beard eKclaiming 'Tather!" or 

"Uicar 

Among ihe outsiiinding Christian workers in ibe Philippine 
ccs-Jay is Miss Kho, the TlciidTiii^iTess of die "Wcstuiuistcr School 
Ti was thtojigh Dr. Sung ibjt sbc entered into fuhncss of bfc, Eind 
she was one of die twelve wlio v.e"l ovei to China to attend [he 
first Bible hulilLUc at ^Jangcboiv in July. 

On the whole, however, die fffcct of thi' fint overseas cam- 
paign does not aei:m to have been as grc.ii as that o£ subsequent 
tarapaigm among Chinese oi'ci^eas. 

ReciTllly Dr. Suibg hjj been gtcady burdened about die 
general ^bsoice of proper Dible leadiing m the chunJics, and Hy 



CASTING ITP Tflli HICHWrtY 



atteinpl to meet ilus need he annoLuiced tliar a two weeks "Bible 
hislitute" would be held ui I-Luigchow Jii July. 

As a Bible teacher, John Sung would ha-ve hotiificd the great 
Bible teachers of our rimer His exists was tuitenabb- His ideas 
were often fanciful in the GxCrenie— aSj for instance, his dteory that 
Heaven mirst be in die njjithrm fjnnammt because the stars are 
izv.'Cit ibctc I And dut Hcil was in die: centre of die earib, where 
iheie IS firel And ye: he was able [o hold his audiences and give 
chcmafamiliariiv with tin: conieaisufSciipFurc. His own Studies 
in the samtotium in America li^id given hjin a grasp of the wide 
swct^ of revealed rrnrh, and lie loved to take his audiences 
throHgh long sections of the Bible, suggesting a key thonght for 
the understanding of each chapter 

One ^tlem which Dr, Sung originated and which lias been 
slavishly followed fay some of hii discipks in tho Bible Scliools 
tbiuidcd by him ia known aa the "treadmill". On die theory 
thai all the chapters of the Old Testament find a eoiunerparr in 
ibe eliaptcii of the Ncul', siiideuts arc scf (o snidy these cotre*- 
pondmg diaptcis to discover the spiritual connection between 
them I Tlds lias often been vary diffkulc for anyone who has not 
the inind of a genius hkc &. Sungl 

But John liiniself was firll of the Bible, He read nothing else 
except the d-illy paper. Since his expeiience in Amenea he had. 
been a uunofone Vooki>n]y, Hours a day Eucd to be spent on his 
knees with his open Bible and the notebook in which be wrote 
down the truths thai were revealed lo him, only a small part of 
■which he ever ihared widi odicrs. His mind was eoinpletely 
saturated widithc "Word of God, and so, even if his Bible teaching 
wai completely original, few men can have been so sueceeful 
in iiifcciii^ uthcis with his own deep love for ihc Book, 

Frank Ling leealls diar "\iis way of dividmg the Wcid of 
God was very peculiar. He never preached liomjnst one lext, hut 
CJipOinijJcd the Scriptures paragraph by paragraph or chapter by 
cliaplci- Tim was nol a new way of preaching. Others have 
atteinp[ed it beforcj but how dry it was lo bsten to] Yet you 
never got dry in Dr. Sunn's meetings ! People loved lo study the 



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^ BlUt,KAl"]IV Of JlJirV SUNG 



Word of GqJ jfici liis mfcLiiigs. St. wlierevec he wcni, the 
Bible Socidics were soon suld out of chcii3Eocks and had o^ ■wire 
u^i:ndj' to the tHiixjl depots for froh aiippJipai" 

Though Dr. Sioi^ waa no thcolc^^in, he n^v^r hcsLuccd la 
enter mio cffn[rovf?i-iY in dcfeacc of wEiir he %3W Bi be the truth. 
He held his coiivktious with grejt iciiadiy. So, whcdiei it w,is 
Dr, Ohvtr cji rschaioLogyH Di. Eddy OEi iIlc hbetfil mtcrpicraiioiL 
of tlic Chri&t[jii mcssjigc or Mr. 'Warchmaii N(?e on the doctrines 
of die Chiiicb, Dr. Sungtnrcrai ihc jrcnawith ^niraijce. 

The Hungcho'w Bible liisriiiiK ivas i grcai success m making 
Chrisdani aware <>( the dmgers ilini CKUtcd Jiul of [he Ljcccsiiiy 
of knowing thck Bibles so well dmi they could iJiect tlic ctroch 
that vjerc aboiiudmg; on oil hiuub. 

In August, Dr. Sung travelled lo SingapMc on the first of seven 
viiits. The churches <^f die cotoEy. io intimately c^iuiected wilh 
the churches of Futicii ^fd KwaJigtung, hyd htjrd a greiE dea] 
ahour tlioir grcjil; compalriot, A trenrwdous ivckouie was 
prcjiaicJ him. |[ vss H [his great cmssriiatlB of ilie world thiii Dt- 
Simg -was lo nvAe as df ep and Ijisdng an imprcsMon as anywh^ie. 
Many arc the Christians there ra-day who toot bact to die visits 
of John Sung ii tbc time of dicii' iirsL rcA Chcj^tijii experience. 

The £rsi: campaign begun on Ai^ust jotli and Jasied iiiH]l 
Sfpicmbci iztIl TJictc hjd becu sound pi4:paranou by die local 
tburcli union couiniitHefi and ihr^ Tucccilrga Were held in the 
TcLok Ayer Mediodi^t Church. Dr. Sung preached (nriy 6mCi in 
die fourteen days and Singapore had never kcii or heard die lite 
before. The Chmcse ChrislJans -were deeply stirred and ouliiders 
Crowded tu hear the unusual preacher. Ovei' t.joo peoplt 3igi]ial 
decision cards OH priifiision of fiiiih, and halfway through the 
Cjmpaign»nD September 7l]i, ill evangdisdc teams conascing of 
diree persons or more were organiied, lAilth a lOtJ inembcrship 
of 503. Over eighty young people dedicated their livci to wholc- 
tune service foi GoiL One of the convcrE in thii campaign was 
the Rev. TiuHfihy Tow, who subseqiiojiily trained for the 
nunwiry in ChumwidisnuwihcministecDf adiiirch in Smgapoie 
and the Goiecal Sccret^iry of die \lakysia. Pioneer Mision. The 



CflSIINC UP Tlig HJCHWAY 



evangelisdc oiganization which came to hirih durutg diis fiist 
campaign adopted the Enghsh u,imc of ihc Singaputt ChtiHun 
Evaugcliiiic Lcj<guc, and Continues to this d;iy to he i. pc^werEjl 
factor m the chiLccL life of Singapore, eiglrteeu years later. 

Prom Singapore, Dr. Sung cru^^ froin die islmJ to the 
mainland lo hold tarap^gns lEiroughout the Malay Peniiunla. 
Fionijohore Bahni he motored through ttic pineapple and rubber 
plantations to Muar on the south-wcsd coait. Then he went to 
Malacca^ die lustoiit old town a httle furdMx oorttii Fcom iliere, 
he Eumtd inhuid to Serenib^^ the capital of Negn Sembilaa. 
And so cveiitiLUly to Penang, the lovely islo off the noni.- 
wcH coast which "God tdased at creation". Missions were alao 
held at the cut co^&t tO'wn of Kotj Bihru in Kelantao and it 
the weiHoast to wn of SitiawJn in Pecat. Throughout Mahiya the 
Chinese doiuinaied the aiics and ht]d the conmieroe and the 
wealdi of the colony in llieir Ifaridi. The Mnshm Malays, whom 
Great Biitaui rccognizft as die nuc natives and ndcrs of the 
fountfy, keep largeEy ro their own iuinpongi oc villages and hvc 
by fiihiug or fining. They arc almost entrrely unaffected by the 
Christian mcssiige and die oidy cliurclies in Malaya other dian 
those for Europeans are Clunese oc Tanul. 

After this scries of meetings in which the Chcisrians were 
violently shaken out of thcii case and complacency and sin. Dr. 
Sung saifed frmn Poiang la Afledan in northern Sumatra at llic 
hivjlation of ycr anodicr Chimac communiEy wliidi liad a 
flourishing Christian church and into wMcli liis coming brought 
new life. 

By October iSth he w^s back in Singapore^ this liinc for a 
eonveuiiou for Christians lasting a "week. Tv^Tniy-one new 
preaching bands were added to the existing total and die fires of 
rcviuj] were fwthcr Mined up. Arid lo ended die £tst tnuniphani 
visit to Ebe "Nanyaifg". Over 5,000 ppopk had professed coej- 
veiHCHi. So great were rhe crowds ro sec him off on die boar thai 
the P. &r O, Sti^imdiip atirhoritii:^ coiild not follow dicir o^ual 
practice of allowmg die friendi of paswjfgcirs on board a.t willr 
[nsEeadn dtcy were asked to foriii a queue, and filed on tu the ship 



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A THOCBAPHV OF JOHN SUWC 



up DDc gangway iu a long sQcain^ shcrok Iianfb WLlh John Siuig 
On ttc deck oud Icfd by [lie sctond gaagway. Over i.ddo pcnple 
sjid goodbye k Iiim in thia way, lie wzz deeply moved lo see so 
many ^lieep, a? [i were, -wilhout a thqjhad, iitid ii w^s on ihia 
voyj^ ihai he dcucrtmncd lo hold a second Bible Inmmre^ 
probably fn Amoy, 

After iIjc diip hajl ailed, he discovered lo his sniprisc and 
ciubiiias&inimi: An cxica package in hia cabiii: a h^by, duly 
wrapped Jip and labelled irom in anonymous donoi ' The UcEhel 
orphanage in Sbangliai rook chaise of dii.^ Ikde foundling. 

Mr. Newman Shih, the pasror of die Chri^rijn ind Mis^onaty 
AlliJUC^in Shanglui at [Kac dine, had inKtcsKd Lii congK^aiiou 
in Di, Suag's tisveli in tlxc Soullicm Occaa. Now daat Di. Suifg 
was back in Sliangbai, an inviEadon was setif CO lum irom the 
cliiirch 10 come jiiid give ii ctpuc: yf his work to diose who liad 
so Eijlhtiilly been praying for him. Df. Sung flatly refttsizd. Mr. 
Shih went msec him and pleaded ihar ih(^ic wlio Lid prayed had 
i dgihi to heir Low dLcir prayei^i bad been answered- Odiciwisr:, 
huw could diey be cspccted to go on piaymg? 

"Won'tyoi:pray ah out diisbefuce giving ufiniil answer, to ^cc 
wbelkcr Cod "woidd like you lo come or not?" 

Dr. Sling Thought a raonicnc and tlien retired npsTairs to hi^ 
room. A iicde while later he appeared again with liis aniwei; 

"AUcighi. ["llgof 

Mr. Shili was dehghled, and the Chiistians were greatly en- 
couraged as tliey liftEtd how revival had come to die Cliine^e 
diurehcs overseas. 



ClIAI'Tef. NINETEEN 

Shaking the Nation 



I ATE in i(>3s,Juhn Sung paid a reLum visit ta his own 
native disrncr of Hiiighwa, He had tempofrftily joined up 
_/ widioneof the Bethelbandsforfourday^of mwtings. The 
"weather wai vcrf roM, and only about twenty of the conntiy 
paiEuts came in to die meelii^ held in the home of the Rev. 
and Mrs, Stanley Catson of tlie Methodist Ep[M:i>pa] chutdi, 
Thi: chapel was tar too bfcak in that wE^athet. The Joyful, con- 
tagious Chrisdan live of the young ptcachcta and ihcit messages 
in word arid 5ong vcrc an inspiration, and some siek people 
found relief aftce Dr. Sung lod prayed for them. Dc. Siuig 
addressed a mass meeting of iLudents otf tlic filial day of their stay 
in ilie city. 

At the end of 1^35 and caijy in 1^36, Dr. Simg held nu^etings 
in Sh^nghji The Jjtst jeries was held in the Moore Meniotial 
Church, which holds a,&M peopl:. The meetings -were organised 
iDiJcE tljs allspices of tlae Shjughii Evjngclisiit Assotiadon- 
Mi. Newinan Shih was the intcfpietei. He describes his es- 
pctiencc a!, ^n unforgcaatle one. There wat a lightly-packed 
audience. Dr. Sung preached in hii isual lively' and energetic 
way. TIk listeners were iittciiy alMoibcd with what they heard. 
Mr. bhili liad the sensation of intcEprcling for a man poscased 
widi an exiraoidinary powei from the Holy !)piril, j power 
whicli seemed to fdl tlie builduig and htouglit ilie peojile out 
to ihc front in then crowds to confess sin and get right with 
God, 

During ihc second scries of mccliiLgs, Mr. Shih fwic^ had the 
cipHicncc of being ordered, uff ihi: platform by Di. Sung £01 
hesiradon tn aansladon or tor modif^Tng some of the more 



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A BIOCHAPHV OP JOIJ'N SUN<^ 



eHfreme casdg^nons of ccrHin poliriia] groups thai active in 
Sbjn^iii. Other uiKrprcKTS ludlisd similar CAptrlcntd. 

'Dc. Simg now headed nocih oncc nioic, ^nd ia Mjicli htld 
gicat incctii^ jI Tsin^Ji jnd Tcngh^ioi iii die province of 
SEianiung. At Tsinan ojlc iniiuonaiy ]'ppoiie<l: "varf great 
bltsing"r Hi> carlitt visii 'wiili tin: Buihcl Band ro Ttngh^en 
VJ3.% wdl r^mcmbcted Tcnghsicn iva^ the cciiEic of mucli 
ChrUli^t cducatioiial work. No buildiugiri ihi ckj was dccnicd 
latgc enough li? hold the [.ri?wdi whicfi were cspecitd lo alCcnd, 
5o the cliunk Je^eis erected ^l iiuE shed on a vacant loE, large 
ennugli sn 5PJt 1,000 penplp- 

Dr. Martin. Hopkins described the mEetings in thc^c word^; 
"Seinitjaiy ;ind high «ho&[ stiidenH and Chrisdaos fcom Sr and 
near filled ilie sfied three rune daily fot right day^. Di. Sung is 
a preacher of ihe pure gospel of grace aitd liii &iy[R li soincu'hiit 
like Billy Smiday'^. Tbcre were soo prufEEions of faitli and te- 
conscQatioEi. Much snaswas laid on pergonal cvanpp linn and ar 
the class of ihc mccliiiga 13O evangelistic bond; were Organized, 
chiefly among the sliidciils of [he seminary aud BiHe School, 
Ode group consisted of the wuikmen "who put up the shed and 
do ihe work here. Giu smdenE cazeived a great spiiiiiia] iiphft 
nnd 33 a cciiiltacc moil earnest in carrjiiii^ on thf wo li of teaching 
the unaavcd/* 

Aiit-r ;[ wisk's mccTiiig^ ar Liuho, Kijug^ in March *nd the 
organizing of auothct fifty witucs bands, in April, 19^6, Dz. 
Sung Closed over to Fxitmosa, "tlic Bcauatiil Isle", which was 
dial a pan of xh<: Japane^ Fmpire, The inlfabitanta, however, 
"wecf mostly Chinese and spoke the diilcct of E>t .Sang's nvjn 
province. Tvro pastors of the Prcsbyfctiau Chinch liad ^oiic to 
Cliina in 19^ s spcd^lly to invite ikc evangelist to visit tlic chjichis 
on the isljitd, CauipaigJts were amngKl in the three main ntics 
of die island: Taipeh, the adminifiitative cencre Hi dii^ nurdi^ 
Taichnng in the centre Jind Tdnaii in the liouth. A week ■wai spent 
in cjcb place, i^c- gteal ■were the crowds antidpiteii that Once 
again a tenaporaiy structure of bamboo and thardi was erected id 
each city, ha Taipeh, about i,oou attended ihiz meeiings. When 



SHOEING TQf NA.T10H 



tjl 



Di. Siuig moved on to Tddnuig, however, niiiny of rh«e 
fcilLowed him and the mimbers atrending were twice as large. 
As the enthusiasm gained momcntiini and more than ever 
followed the crest ofthc wave, thcfc were ^,000 01 twice JS many 
igain atlcjid^fg dv: jiiKtings in Tjljian- The closing [e$tinic>ny 
meetings at Tainan will long be TenLcuiti:red. Well over 5,aco 
people in Taichung ^ind Tainan made profcaaon of faith Jind 4^0 
offered [hein$elvcs a$ voluntary evaiigeliia: £4,000 in casli as 
well as gold riogi aud jewcHciy wctc contriLuted for ilie support 
of the 2(js evangclistLc bauds that were formed. Many sick people 
■were healed in answer to ptayci, jlthoujih lhcjap,uiesc aulliot- 
ilies forlade "healing meetings" and annmlnig with oil, 

bi every place there were dcepl^y moving scenes as the Holy 
Spirit convicted men and women of sin. There -wece many 
tecondlLidcaii bclA-etn old cncniici and apologies were made 
publicly for wrongs done, A new spirit of love and luiity came 
into bemg in place of die dissension and hostility which ha.d been 
paralysing die clufrdi life in many a congregalioji- Tiscre were 
mothers who saw their pcodigal sons come to them for foi^ivc- 
ucM and wives who wne rcmuied to then estuanged huabands- 
A dissolute d[unkaid. opium-addict jnd ^amhki: was wouder- 
fliHysavedand'ietfi'eefroill llis^^lrty years' bondage. Thiou^oul 
the whole church diere was a great revival of Blble-i^eiding and 
public witness. Results in the shape of increased thurchattcifdance 
were ^cctaadar, Numerods baptisms followed Dr. Sung's 
deparpire- li\ Taichung aireiidance at the Sunday School doubled 
its previom weekly attendance of ^00. In the »mc cmtie a 
hundred pr&icliing biiiids were formed ;iiid coiKiiiued ihejc 
witness in ihc surrounding eountryade foi at least ihcee yeais 
until the Japanese placed a ban on this kind of evangelism. There 
"were four hundred bands formed in Tainan, in ihe soudi of die 
island. 

One incident is o^ special interest. A certain church elder 
&om North China attended the mcetingb iind one diiy Yh- 
Sung, not knowtrg the ■nun at ^fll, pointed at him and said, 
"YoLi hypociiter' Tlieehlet miiCakenly aeeiiied the pi'itor of the 



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A niOCflAPHV OP JOH>J SUNG 



cliiiiiJiofinfbrmmg jgjin?rliiui, TJicucstnigliCtkccldciiKitina 
Jiflcrcnl phe;. but die actiLuiig finger pi(-ked him om iJrtd [l>e 
SJiiiP thai,^ -ATS r^pciEcd. The elder, wiiji, a hiilden siu of giait 
giavicy on lus conscience and torn with fczai of diKovcry, had a 
neirvoiH breakdown. The church arranged ^edJ pfiya- mfctingi 
for his re«.verii. One day, convinced dial rlit paiioc hail hciii 
exposing his p^ist, he chiejiencd to kill Jiim, and proceeded to 
inviic [he pastor do lus home. AgmiiiF tin; petsujiioii of fiends 
who kiiew abour die thic^t the pasiot accepted die invicalian. 
No HHiifec had lie se: foot inside ihc main, entrance dian the elder 
snuck at him murdccously with a ):nilc. The psMr fell suddenly 

Ta his kuM^ ctyiiig out, "Lord, savcEldcc 1" leaving the lju£e 

to crasli hainJeidy jgjiust the \^■all^ breaking uself in Itaff. Seeing 
diis, die cldei liijn&elf felE Co his knees by die piiator's side and 
poured out a confcsaiim of his crimes. He sooi^ came righr inro 
forgivenas of sinii Jind became a zealous Christie worker. 

Dr. Sling sailed from thf pott ofKaohsJuug for Sban^i on 
May c^, after rcvivd scenes impieceJented in Fbrmcs^'s l]i^tJIy. 
There followed campaign after campaign iik Canton, and tlie 
coastal provinces before he Kttiick. inland again for Anhwci 
Province. Mr. Geoi^e A. Bitch ofrhcCTirna In land Mission wrote 
in Jrnie from 5iiandicng ; "The good news I luvi^ to fell you is 
about revival whjch has come thiough Dr. Smig's mcctuigs. The 
meetings were foi Cl-M. jnd Mctliodist duirckei m diis city 
and the bulling was packed daily wjtli sevt^nl hundred Oirislians 
and enqjirerg. Dr. Siing's messages "were very fine 2nd wonder- 
fully complcre in their scope. God used him to siir no the people 
to a deep realization of their sins, to Itire rcpciitracc Jiid con- 
fejsjon of sini. L know of cwo men who daUoyed^ one his 
nialijong Jtt wordi JiO and die odiet his cigaiette-niaJjng 
machine. A gambfet who ]iad jiftt 'Won I87 lutni'd the money 
over to rhc Methodist chitrch. fn ojfr own household there has 
been a tremendous change. For nxyseif, I can say, 'The Lord lias 
done great- things for me, ivhetcof I ,tui gkid.' Then our scrvaot 
has been saved. His mother, a cold diiitcli membei, is now 
bnngijigliccinaid& 10 the meetings, Our cook's wife, for whom 



SHARING Tfin NATION 1^3 

we did not have niudi liope^ has repenied and li^s twici lestihed 
wiili refrs lo thefaci diat die Lord has saved her/' 

Seventy preaching bands were formed after the meetings, 
many of which are krtown 10 Ifaue coiiiinu&i In operation for al 
least ten years. Many of those ^^o were saved or restored became 
ouLstindJag pvangclisis and leaders in the South. Anhwci chirich. 
Dr. ^ung left an indelible mjik upon the spIrjcuJ liG? of The 
churches of the wJiole area. 

Mr. Gordon Dunn, Supetintcndu^t of the Chuki ktknd 
Misdon work in this province, wrote in ifi5i: "[ hiive lalked to 
111-1 ny men who are now ouUQnding evangelists and leaders in 
Cliristian work wlio were restored lo fellowship 2nd brougl.' ^'^ 
rlie. place of dedication of their hves wholly to ihc Lord's seivice 
through the ministry of Df- Sungr" 

Tron] Anhwei Dr. Sung rcramcd to Honj^ Kong fur yet 
another ^f^ries of meetings dicrc from Juno T4ih to 23rd. By this 
rimeMf.PcicrChnnfi*atid MliS EsTbcr Hsifh (Mrs. Chung) were 
among Dr. Sung's ilosest Eticitds- Mr. Chung had been led lo 
die Lord through his miniiitry and Miss IJsieb, :l JJJrIe School 
graduate, was being draw,TL inio tlie circle of Dr. Smig's co- 
workers. Mr. and Mn. Chung have condnLied to serve die Lord 
in lloiig KoLig isnd Kowloon ever since and arc frequently away 
on cvaiigeJistic campaigns. 

Tlie tmie ^vas drawing ncu £bi ihe Second Bible [n&iitute, 
which was so much on Dr- Sung's heart- This hisniute had been 
widely adveinscd lo lake p[acc in Amoy from July lOfh to 
August <>th. During bis rettim viflfs ro places in nordi and south 
Chma which had ejrlJct e^peiicneed revival, Dr. Sung had been 
Saddened eo £Lud some wliom God hid revived cather -igain 
growing cold in dieir love for Christ, He wis gtcady con^xCtncd, 
too^ at rhe spread of heray and eironeous Scriptural inter- 
pretations, and he longed to sec Chtistians better established in the 
Sciipluccs- On^^ diousaud and sur hundred deSegaics from all 
parts of Chmaaud some of die ovccstai iculciiLcnts of Chinese 
converged on Amoy, They came from Harbm, Peking, Chefoo, 
* St? App^ailii I. 



IJ4 * nidGPAPIlV OF J0I3^ SUHC 

Nanking, ShangI™, Haiikow, Foochow, Formosa, Singapore, 

Pciiiit^j the Mslay States and the Phifippi n^s, speakuip i> v jcicty of 
diiklccrs bill: uncin Christ, to hear the man to whcmi moscof dicin 
owed ihwr spirinial life, Thc^ -were jccomnioiited in iix Kkook 
and hc-U ihc oiecciiigs in Triiiiiy Ckjich. Each dclcgaoon ^ve 
a report duniig die couffrence on die pri^reffi of tile EvimgdistJc 
Band organ] siiion. 

At ihe opening meenng, df:fi!gaia fiom caeli place went in 
groups on to tbc|)lacfoenia]idsaiig3dnujsDfjLekowncIioice. 
The pUijist wa^ Mis^ Esihcr Hsieh (Mtir Pctn Cbui^) whj sub- 
sci^Qcnrly btir'Jinc Dr. Sung's uiterpieter and assiitani. Dr. Siuig's 
ficst iddi-KS was an eyposillOU of 1 'I'iin. i.3-30 under die follow- 
itig heuduiga: (i) Distingiiuh imih from ccroi (verses 3, 4); (s) 
puciLic lave (vmsc j); (j] and LumiJidy (verses 6-iiji (4) give 
glory to Cod (verse 17); (j) %hl the good fight (verses ii-i3}; 
(6) keep a good conscience [vecsch 19-20}. This was a lair sample of 
D[, Sung's jnctLod ofliandling Scijpcnre. 

The neKt day, ilic regii],ir timc-tiible of two long wssions a 
day began— 7.30 Co ti a.m. and 710 lo.jo p.m.Thcnnje-waa the 
middle of a southern sjimuicr, witti liigh [cmpeiatuio Jdid gic^t 
humidLty, But, bt^ituiing St tlie first chapter of fienesi*. Dr. Sung 
took his audLenci^ iiglii dirotigb the entfrc Bibk, clupier by 
chapter, until be reached the Jjisr chapter of Rcvelaiioii. Thrae 
were no cvangcfistic talks, nor were They revival me^aga. 
Each and every seuij^n vns puce Bible ituily, interspersed "with 
mimerors te&rcnccs to his own personal CKpetienee as 3 
Christian, all tlic tunc emphasizing die iiCfd fot huliness and 
consecration of life. Has -.my other Bibk teacher ever aEiempted 
anything enmparablc? Surely this -w^s a phenomenal cfEbrt for one 
m^n. in a monthf All die addresses "were taken down verbatim 
and published jn boot form dn: same year. The vulumc '^'^ 
publiilied again iii Formosa in 1552 and con[a4ii& ^^4 pages. 

At die final snsion Dr. Stiiig said : 

"Beloved brethren and sister?. Oiir wotl; of tbitry days is 
ended Before Gi^d and men I stand uitJsltamcd, fur I have 
spoten miro yog ^1 ih^t the Lord told rnc to say. At die stait I 



SHAKING THE Ni'I'lUN IJi 

feared the phpical strength of speaker and intciprcler might be 
iifiuf&cjent, iDut to-nJgKi v-^c arc stiU dbk tv sicmd before you on 
tli= platfoiiu, WitEiiu one month die Lord Ilis enabled ui to 
slnady the whole BiUc boot by buot, and nou' this Bible is yours 
to take home with yoii, I liavebor given yoti y sort of key atid 
you niiBT go on sCiidying for yourselves. It 11 tull of hidden 
treasures for you to dijcover. And miy the Lord gready use yoa 
as good H^Edicrs of lime last dayi. L do not know when I ^ball die, 
but evecy day I liave 011 earjh I must fulfil ihal day's duty by 
di^iribunng to you what the Lord has eiiau^tei to me. and dien 
■when r do die [ shall sl'c tbc Lord in peate. Doting these thirty 
days T ha'je ttemhled before the Locd, rhm I might cighdy 
expound to yon die Woid of God. 

"And now my task is done. You must go home, audi can only 
]icay coiistJiidy for yoii, trusijug dial the wofk will bear much 
fru[l, 'Thq' fhuT sow in tear;: iJudl reap in joy', and I bdieve tliai 
the Lord will by no means allow this confecenec to hi^T been in 
vaiur In spite of Opposition and Lauder, I have a clear conscience 
before God and nunr I have ructely pieoched dn; gospel tvrlh 
might and main without seeking the gain of one pemiy, 1 fed 
almost as diotigh I had been in prison this month. Many pmplc 
have Tiraiitcd to see me and T musr apologirc foe nor being able 
TO receive yoLi pri:iperiy. 1 ■iimply could nor help it 3 was Te-o busy 
for CHMvefiatiou^ as I had to prepitc ipitiiual provisions to give 
you every day. I liavc not even had time to open llie letters 1 
lijve receive4 whicli J hhjll have to lead on die slfip. God bless 
yon and Cake you home to study the Bible diligently. Freely yoU 
have received, freely give. Share "odth many others the grace yon 
hsve been given. The more you give die mote you will have. The 
leiS ytju give the less yf u will fiiid you have. Finally, may God 
he witlt you uiilil the Lord comes attain. An'jn." 



ClWn-^ TWENTY 



He Mtist Increase 

APTPR ilii; prodigi«ti$ eff^iT in Anioy, any odser man 

/-\ \t"OiilJ hjvc -fch juscHicd in oking; a tal. Biit^ widiom 
^ i-iCoppiiig to cousidcE sucli a pcssibility, Jic wcnc akcad 
inuncdiaKly witt can]p,iigns in die cnjwdoi tilics of CjnEon, 
Hong Kong md Kowloon before sailing fnr Snig^ture !« toafe 
for Sata'wak an the i^nd of BomeD. 

Ai iliclxiiit £bi Borneo w,is Mj'^^J, tb< Chd«[ani in Singapore 
loot advacilagc of i3ic d^l.iy to anangc four Aiyj' loiiiing classes 
for tilt IcjJcts in tTic Cluistijn Evaugedstic Lcjguc A second 
elecdoii nf tjfiiLuifi vja^ j]so htJJ under Di. Suug's guidance. 

TJiL-rc 15 a large tomnnii]icy of Chinese ill Borneo, bocii in 
Btitisb North. Borneo and in what, ar the lime, was Ehiich 
Bocnto. Sibu in. Sarawak vrni the chosen place for Dr, Sung'i 
campaign, in which i,^?^ people were brought to ccpHitUiCc aiiJ 
fiiidiiu ChnsdlThcmcedngi begin On Scptembeirsiil and went 
on muil October jsi:;3iidwereElie!ieiuai[on-ift]iecenuicyintbis 
oiii-of-thi?-"wav place. Very few tamilics in tlie town or even the 
neigtbojiing H>iviis ccmiiincd iiotoirched by die drcmendoDi 
pi&jcluDg. Thetc ii J Chinric living in Loiiiiou in wLosc heart 
tlie ^TiX seeds wi]ic sown at the Sibn campaign. lie vjas llicn a 
Utile boy living vnith relatives vAvi had no mteresr in rhe gospel 
But the vivid dranmiiziition of Bible STories and Chrislian irudi 
ELiade a deep imprcKion on his mind He grew to manhood and 
wandered far from God, but the iccd ciTntinUy bore fmicwhen 
"a0er many days*' this godloi inJn foimd Cluiit in Eiigfand f 

Besides the many co).^veryolls, [here "weie over loo who 
dedicated themselves to the LmiI'^ service. Eighty-cEght "Witness 
bandi were formed b Sibil alone, while ihcre were chin>'-e^ht 



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more in two neighbourcng towns. Four young ■women were sent 
over to Nanking lo tc trained for Cluistian servica The wiir llil 
die Chrisiians of Borneo hard. Nevertheless, die preaching bands 
continued thejt witness tight tliroiTgh the Japanese oce uparion in 
fare of great dangers and di^uUits- 

Reiumhig to SiitgnpOfe, Dr, SuLig conducted a ten-day JJible 
Study Conference from IJeccmbcriiihH) aoth. He took Ejaidns, 
Leviticus, Number J, Joshua ^nd Daniel in the Old Tesiamcnt and 
CKpoundcd dn: spiritual iiguificance in the Tj^bcnWflr and the 
Oilcringi. In die New T&tameni ihe books studied we« Luke's 
Gospel, Romans andjudc. 

On December aind, John Sung boirded the S.S. Cor^te VerAi 
to tctitm to Shanghai. The demonatraiion of af&cdon and die 
tnotuicui enthusiasm of tlic Christians attiran^tedrhcacimtion of 1 
reporter of die 5ft-fli^ TitHts. lire foElo*Lig account appeared in 
the iaue ofDeceniber jid, i^i6- 

"A young Cliinese stood ni the lounge of tlie Itafiau hnct 
Conle Verde in Singapore kit nigllE aJld brought leaia to die eyes 
of more than 500 people. He waa John Sun^, the Chinese evan- 
g<djst, who was reluming; 10 China after liis second campaign 
for Chrisiianity in Singapore. He wai seen off by more rhan 
1,000 GKciifd Chniese, who paraded on ihe wharf wjvij^ flagi 
and invaded the decks a5>d saloons of tlic finer. Ur. Sung addressed 
hii followers briefly; diey sang kymns and finiifeil clieerfiiily,bul 
fully half of them Were weeping, some silendy and some more 
cmotionallv. They wece saying goodbye to a man vho claims to 
have made diousnds of Chinese convcrti to Cbr[stiinity, to a 
man who was onci^ Jocted in a mental asylum in the United 
States and who is now rlia ^hot gospeller' of China and the 
Chinese. 

"Song IS a man who puts him^lfand ChrisTianicy into thonews 
by his miordiodoK wiys. wlrich always aimoy lie oitbodoK. He 
ha^ made wlurlwind lonr'i of Malaya and evcr^'wherc lie Las left 
behind bands of converts. 1 waichi-d him last night aboard die 
Co-i'e Verde. ATound him -xctc hundred! of Singapore Cliinese 
— mostly worViiig-cEa& men and women widi a fair sprinkling 



15^ A i*io<;bapuy of jihin suni? 

of ycLuig men and good-ioofcing girls— jifd tc Juriied llio lincr'a 

louiJgC into an improvijc J nibaiun lull. 

"Hes ^ujiforccra, wJio wore dhc baJ^c Jiid wavd the flag of 
the Chireie Clirisdan Evai^c:LsEk Baiid, rarely toot rlicit ,;ycs off 
him. He jpoJ;i: but Ltilc and ihm usually an intimate wotd oj 
aoincyuc near him, Tlieii mimcoiie, moved by llic uccaaoii, burst 
inio die liisi Jinc of a hymn in Chiiu^K, wbidi was takeii up by 
evetybjdy. Siewaidi, travellers, dock oflictils juid ship's ofirccr'i 
looked im amazcJ. And most ainazed of all. Jet ir be said, were a 
jtuinbcT of RoEiau dlkolic prieas returning from Rome lo 
their sEationi in iJii; fai Ease 1 noricoi iw" nons atiEaeicJ bv tlic 
v-^vin^ of flags beating ihc mngnia of Jic <Jfosi go iniff t]ie 
lounge; ilicy seemed lo woudci wijt it was aJl ^bimt and 
caatnly n(?V[:t idtunficcl dn: young !>. Siuig^ -who looked mere 
Mkc a tenuis pfayec than aii euaiig<:liat." 

Early ill -1537, Dr. Sung carried out yet ainich^r louc of Noidi 
China. Wac with Jajan svas fcfoming ever more lucnjcm^ly. 
■wliilc die Govetninent of Cliina was botig thi4aicnEd aitd goaded 
lo aflion by the Comminiisc Party, iigm followed the preaching 
of the WorJ in CheGji?, Ticuisiii, Pddng, Faoting, Tatyiun atid 
many another city. In Chefoo, nearly a]{ rhc tcmaniing uncon- 
verted girls m a Chriitian high school accepted Christ, and many 
of them Mc seiving Chtist in widely acaitered pLtCn lo-day. hi 
Taiyuan^ rlietiipiialof!]harisi, no cliurdi building was big enougli 
10 hold die crowds diat gailicrcd iioni a|] over the province A 
tent ro hold 3 ibomaud was et ecl(^. At die efpening mcedng on 
June lyiL, Dr. Sung recugnized some of the Cliriiti4iu &om 
Puigyao, [he city to ihc sondi where lie lud lield a campaign in 
May, rpjj. His memory wji phenomenal, lu ipice of the real 
■wockof the Holy Spitii witnewied at diose meeiJiLgs, not a few 
kid taken oficjicc at Dr. Sijug.'s bnihque manners Now he 
apologtjxd : 

"When I was with you in lyjj 1 ^vas i-ery c juial ! Out 1 hope 
you will see a ch^ga for the betcei in nic new and find nie rjtliec 
more spu-Ltual I" 

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Bpititua) help, and there weie many who lesfiiicd To pliysical 
healing. 

The meetings ended on July fdi, Just two days before the 
itiGunous "Double Seveiirk", when rhc shooting incidcnr took 
placi: at the Marco Polo Bridge out jide Peking — the event ■which, 
touched oft" the Sinj-Japani3c War. With, die tense atmosphere 
existing at ihe cinl of [he meelir^ and with wnt already inevit- 
able, E>r. Sung decided nottogotoPekingtofjlfil an engagement 
there, but hurried bi:k Instead to join lili feinily in Sliaiighai. 

Mr A. T, Fr Rq^flolds of the China Inland Miision, who had 
attended the TjiyLiaLi coiiferfttce, travelled by the same Itjin, He 
liad gone early to theslanonlo seeurEa pood, scat, Laletapaityof 
ChiiiiL-ma boarded the train to secure a seat for Dr. Sung. A pliice 
wiisfbimdin du? very section of the coach in which Mr, Reynolds 
was seated. Knowing diat John Sung hated cfliisivciicss and wj! 
not partieularEy cordial towacds foceigners, Mr. itcynolds 
dchbiyatcly paid PO J^tention. lo liis fellow ttavcllcr and engaged 
in conver*aijon wiiIi odier Christ laiis. Tlie conversation mrncd 
ro the subjecl of the "Tesm of Christian Worken", a band of 
Chinese Chrlsmm labouring succcssfiiUy in ShanH undet the 
leadership of the Rev. DaviJ Yai.g, Dr. Sung had evidcndy never 
beard of ihis work before and, after listening for a long time, he 
1e.uied across and asked Mr. Rcyne»ld& lo leU lum about it. 
There fulEoweii a long and ptofirablc conveisiHion, whicli was 
contmned d^e nest day after borh men had trbd to snatch a few 
fLtfiil bouts' sleep. Dr. Sung had bad an ardnoui eampaignand he 
could c«ily ha.vc tr-Lvctled in tomfott in a first-elass sleepu^ ba fli^ 
But he decieJ [0 o-aveldurddajs and to take whalsleep he could 
WEth head and hands resting on the taHCr 

On arci^'al at theic destinption, Dr. Sung mviied Mr. Reynolds 
10 accompany liim on a visit lo-a local church and asked him to a 
mco! at J restaurant, Tlicy accepted the hot doth of&red them lo 
wasli their £ic« and hands and ^sai dowl^ [o ■iip [ea and wait fot 
the evening meal (0 be served. Bui Dr. iung wa.s not iine to waste 
3 [nintitc. Hcprodnced his diary and in the minute and fine hanil- 
writmghealwayi used he began to write up hi^jmirnal. 



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A lilocPAPETY ur jOnN .SUNC 



ThiE experience suggeiDi an eKpljiiatioii of Dc-Sung's briKque- 
DOi. One of chc grcan tcmptatiDns of i popular and iULCcasfiil 
pfcathtr fa to allow bimai'lf to be ovcr-CKaltcd ami ovcr-catccmcd 
by hk adniiftrs. Was Df. Simg's bniiqticnHS and aloolneis in parr 
hi^ proKclivc luttSiJiiiiui?— a poie lo waul off flatKry aitd 
aduldtioD, fspcrcially wtoi £u:ed with expcessiDos of gratiQidc oi 
connnendiiion? [I may have bcai. 

Then? appears lo have been d Third Bibf e Instinitp at Foodio'w 
setting in late July, T537. Ii foJlowcJ the same lines a^ Iq 
predecessor, but was nod on chc same scale, owing to dicfaci chaC 
die djuutcy wv! now at wji. Dr. Sung aiiivcd batt in Slijnghai 
on August Jjtli, the vpiy da.y [lut [he Japanese Navy launched 
lis aliad: on chat city. 

UndeTirrted by ihc ever-growing propOiTions of the war, IDr 
Sling decided lo go ahead widi his schedule ui ihc North and 
Novth-wcat. In Octobeiv at Sian, die bheiiii capital, ihc iiSoJ 
he jyy piognaniuic v;ii5 imdtrlatcii. Dr. iiing led the singing him- 
self and a cltorus for die day ftcqiieiidy puiictuatsd each addtea, 
a practice which made Lt hard to dore for long; ' Tlie seimons "wcrc 
hii nlJ tivoiniccs; the Lost Slieep, the Sctnion on the Mouni, 
die Rieli Muf and Ljjaiiii and ihe Coiintlitin Hymn of Love — 
all of them draniaLigally idmtraEed wjdl km eirergy amazing 
for so diglit a ftaine. One day^ pleaching on Saul and ihc 
AmalekiTCS, he aiHppcdoffdicainipleH white Jong gown whith he 
al'ways ■wore, rolled icnp, and stuticJii inside his ihirr, lerdng the 
aUi^icncc know thaf the bulge "was uocoiiicsscd sui ' As confessLon 
of uncsin jftcianolhci was made, the gown was pulled oulbitby 
bidiintilevery sin liiid been fully confefflCilTlieii die whole Jiowii 
was lorn nui 'with a sliotiT nf '^jlleliTJah [" And ihc pjcat crowd 
tOic [u sng "O come to my hearr. Lord Jc?ns, there is loom in 
my heart for Tliec !" 

A misdojiary of the £jkgli^ B^list MiBJOLi aho acreiided the 
meetings and was fully aware of the ciiticifiins levied bv many 
aC Dfr Sung gave her impursdons of the pteachim 

"To me this was New Testament Chtisdjuity — vihradrg. vital, 
compelling, the floly Spirif given luico ml There were scoces 



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of deekioiis at every service, - - Ti was very moving. . . . Ar 
ihc close of die nieetingi, lAiLuiess bauds were oiganlrcdand so the 
influence spiciul nil over the Sian plain. Ic is cvidenr now that the 
tninistry ofsuchevaugchsts wk God's gracious gift to I-Iis people 
m China to prcpaie tliem for ilie fiery trial of the Japinoc War 
and iKc fiercer testing under Commuidsi riilfr" 

One woman mho had been a nominal Christian and a heavy 
smofcer met with God it these meeougs, dedicated hci life to His 
sctvice iind laser became the Bible-woman nf ihc church in 
lanchow^ die pfnvincial capita] of Kansur 

Tlie oLitbreab of war witJi Japan pievented any further visiu 
abroad until ihc sipfing '>f i'J%&. vften Dr. Sung travelled 10 
Bangkok OP a liKt visit to Tlaailand (Siam). The visit was by 
private invfiation and not spommed offictJly hy the chuichcSr 

Miai Matgarer McCori of die Ameiicau Pteibycejrijii Mission 
recalls hdw she stood ■widi a group of members of the Chinese 
Church in Thailand awaiting hK artival at die chiuch. A delega- 
tion had cone Co meet Or. Snng on die ship. When he urdved. 
Miss McCordwasinkpressedbydicilendcrfiguJ-ewidi the smiling 
hhck eyes and the shock of bail dioppin^ over his foithead. 

The Bangkok mi^ctiiigi were held in die large Baptist chinch 
biii[t by Dr. Groibeck. RcFortsof this sensational evangelist had 
not impressed the missionaries and John Sung w,ii I'egarded with 
mtxral fceliugj bv most of chem. But die Chinese ^vc him a 
■warm welcome nnd he was the guest of the Rcv. Boon Mark 
GafSiim. For a whole mouth lie preachi^ twice a day: ro the 
Chciirians m the mornings and to the ouLsnien m the cvoungs, 
A (hotisajid or so people ancnded the misflon iiiid iliere wete 
about 700 professed convcruotis. among rhem the present 
pastor of llic church and his wUr. A doTcn or so Chtistiana 
surrendeied theii lives £ji wbole-tmic service and abour 20a 
Joined themsdvpi uiro seventy evangelistic band^ pledged ro go 
out witnessing a.1 least once a week. They 'were to meet once a 
iQOnch lo report their cyperiences, and there were to be regular 
united evangelji>tit and devorional meetings. Reports from 
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fi niOGKAPHY OP JOHN SliMt 



Miss McCoid ii:tails [Jiai never btfbrc h^d she lecn tlic CliiiiiiC 
GirU[i£ins in Thailjind so aroiued. This wiij die juiu^e ro rLc 
pcayeT of ihircy ycjiii, "Lord, send artiHvjl!'' 

Ernin 5iaiii, Dr. Sung's iiiticcary Cocpk 3ijil» J]br a inontL to 
Indo-Cliina, Piftccn years latci miiaoijiuics aud Cliiii&e Chrm- 
ians Mill w^x ciitliusuitii: is dhcy maW ilitKC wcuka uf blci,mg. 
Evayonc was miaiiiiiious in the opm[on ihar his visii brought 
[lie greaiest hpiiitiial imp^iet and die bc?i icsults of any sifiiiLit 
visit froin an ntiKidn', fotcign oc OciuitJ. Both Clun&e 
and Vicdiamew abria^deJ the niccinigs and js ujuxlL Di. Siuig 
u^ 3D micrpii:tc[, sfcjtiijg lipidEy, ^nitinne^ in E^^is}^ 
ion-ccimcj m Mininiii. Ttiie wa& a Cantoncsc-spcaking pastor 
who was uidkposcd ;ind ccaiJy iinfrT K. gmJcmt:? the task of 
iticorpTLiniioii. Oshcrs wen: juailnblc, but JDe. Sung insihtL^ on 
having rhis man or noo^ at all. "Don't be afiaid lo die [" he told 
him He himself, wak in budy, drove himself mercilessly and 
expected others ro keep up with his pace, 

Tliast who were niEcuug [be gteat cvangdiii fot the finr rime 
were struck by liissimpJidtym dress jnJ absence of iuiydcareio 
inafcc n good platform appCiicancc. He was even indincd Co be 
uteles in this Tcipect. There was no outward indication ihni 
liece was a scholar jcjd a fiTJLcliet. He WK impatient with any- 
diingdiaE looked like pride or self in nchei? and stiidioosly avoided 
anytliingmthe way ofpretciisiuninhis owncondiicr. ^inull talk 
he aihorrcd. His apparent lack nf grxiousDcss would have been 
offensive had his preaching not demonstrated his untuLi.-il spuitiid 
powa. Between lite meetings he roiilil iievei' reUx. The biir^it-n 
of hii uiijiiitiy rested hcavJy upon him iind he remained at a high 
pitch of [ejBion all tlic time. 

Di. Suiig's fiiibles and iiiiCfiTuiy qiialiTies came otn dnring his 
dtiLpai^ in Jiaigon. In. aeiing one one of his Gospel ilorirt he 
complcrely dircw bis interpreter uif his balance by actually 
j[niiiugat biin,an4Ctwludiisasm£u!tingiiiC]iinaa^in(heWeir. 
Once, noticing that one of tlie diatons ahowed no response to 
any of die invitiitions to ccinfas specific needs fbi prayer, Dr. 
Sung named him sn.A. with mprcme disregard for the "ficc" to 



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IIP UU^V iN^PEA^n i6j 

whidi Ouiiese accach such importance, *arcasricjlly stiggesicd 

that, as the deacon evidently had acnved at vielorv in all poinds, it 
-vas lime that he Came out to give his testimony! On another 
occasion, he invfied all preachers who desired special prayer to 
hand in their names on a slip of paper. Oin: of tEieie he imme- 
diately iqccted, dcclanng the wiitci to be a hypocrite without 
even s glance ,al tlie na.ine- In acnial fiCF, the writer was a back- 
slidden Chrisrian. John Sung would Coleratc no hypocrisy, no 
pride, and ivas s- bitter enemy of any coiupiomise with the 
'^£cjh". No one could escape coming under condemivnion. Tliojc 
who yielded tu the Spidf nude progtes but those wliu lesistcd 
became haiJened. The ClunEse chnicli in Cholon, a MJmrb of 
Saigon, remembers Dr. Snngs vitit witli thankngiving. Many 
were perm anendy bEeuedat thit tinie and thechurcfi ttlll wiJjiepies 
to [he lasting results. The pTcachiug bands formed arc stil! actively 
al work to-day. Fur a time there were many would-be inutatots 
of Dr. Sting's methods and even bis nunnciLsnis, but diey soon 
found iJiat iliey larked his jxiwer without wjijch die uiaiinet was 
useless. 

Dt. Sung's only vitit to the Soudj-wesl o£ China was iti the 
juninfci of i9jS. Mc. G. E. Mertalf of die QiiJi^ Lnkmd Miadoti 
reported ou llus visit in tlicse ttruis. 

"The chuEclics of Kunnung, the Yunnan capital, have been 
stirred Up as lhe>' irever have been biforcr Three cribiil Cluistians 
hclon^g to the Lisu attended the mccrings and on dscir return 
liavc becti used to stir up the Llsu church. The Spirit is working 
and there liu been tnuch COlkfession of sin followed by a new ical 
for the salvation of the lost." 

hi the loYcly city of Tab, in the midst of ihe "Swilzerland 
of China'", where tribal peoples and Tibetans frequently rub 
■ihouldcts with rhe Chincw ar the market*!, Dr. Sung's viiir 
resulted iu preaching bands being formed to evangelize the 
surrounding coimttysidc. 

Tlie Soiilli-wesT. liowever, was not leady for Ti^vival ai)d die 
cafnpaigns there wctiI not so sirccessfiil a^ cl'^where, butDr Simg 
■was made aware diat there were otiicrs besides liimscff who 



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were labouting (ot God wicli great sc]f-sacii£cc; Chinese and 
nmikuidrics- Tlus secmi i>j hjve Jud du? cf&Lt of pco Jutiiig j 
gieaici humility of ipirii. Friends m Sbangli^ xcmartcd on ks 
rctuED dlCTE;: 

"Hc'imifti] more hHn^e now! He (^ycnmlksaboiu becoming 
n CDiuitr^' pnzflcher himaelf [" 

Oqcc while chatting to i fricQiij he is reported to have 

"Tbae ^le njany people bcciet tliati I! For cKpo^non of [he 
ScripduiiSH I am not equal fo W^tclimaii Nee! As a preacher^ I 
iim nut np to Wan^ Ming-tao[ As ii wriitc, I tuinot u>rnpiitc 
ivirh Miirciis Chcngf As ^ niiuician, I jm fw short of Timothy 
Chao! 1 liavc not tfic patience of Alfred Chowl As a pi^lic 
figure^ I do not liavc iLc £e>cial gcaccs of Andrew Gilil Tkcrc ii 
oiily one tiling in wliidj I e«cel diem ^If: tliat i^ in sprving God 
with every nunce of my streiigtli ]" 

All these men wne r^sed up for thb geneiatiolj as wilnCSSCS. 
Dr. Sung rcjpccicd ihem, but he wJtnora+iaiil to ^peat hw mind 
lo dieiuif ficfelr it to he iieMss^cy, The R«v, Timodty Chao liad 
decided to Leave Chma and Eo go abroad to die SoiEtih Scu to 
escape the liand of ilit Japiincse aggrosut. Bur Dt, Simg warned 
him: "China is sufienng under die agp;reMOT. We should stay 
here to comford the bcethren and to hcip thcni. If you run away 
ftoiu the post God ha* appointed to you to find a more COm- 
foitablc liC: in die "NaiiyMg", God will most ceilajnly clnjusc 
you and fetch you baek again!" The Japan«e djd indeed caich 
np with anywho thought to find refuge in Java and their buffer- 
ings chcrc wi^i: great. The rnd of the wat found Timothy Chao 
haeL in Sliangjiai ind Jolin'j vi'amJng and jicophccy were 
fulfiled] 

Mr. Newman 5hih also foundjohngccady dumped, CaHii^On 
him soon uFcer his tenitii ro Shianghiii in Aiiguif, i^i^, he was 
gready touched by liis hiimhle, qaler attiFude. 

"I no longer care to orbnkc people from the [nilpir,*' John 
told him. '1 prcfri now to picach on aul>Jectj wlaicll ejify aud 
biuig coniforl m people. You see, die times kive changed. . . .'' 



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Woiii like these made a deep impression on one w^io had 
known hun well ovet J. long period of years. 

So evidently fuQ of powcc by the Spirit was John Sung that the 
Idiosyii Clares, [he iinpatieneeH the apparent Ijck of grJciouines& 
and the uncompioniising dermtioiarion of euil-dchsii had been 
unable to detract from the great affection in which ho was held 
by thousands to whom he liad been a voice crying in the wilder- 
iiessn a nieascngei sent from God. liii njme became a household 
word whetcver Chinese wai spokejiHandisMilla"swect mcuiocy 
to [imJEipfied diousands"- One who was boni again in one of luj 
nieering? in China fifteen ycais ago aud is HOW iiervuig the I Jicd 
in ihe Philippines wns .-ijkcd tc tell something ahont Dr. Sung. 
llcr voice softened and liet eyes lit up as she said, in tones of deep 
atfection '^Ai-yaf Sung R>r-ifr.'" C'*^ ""f^- ^^- Sungf"]. And 
deep in the heaii of Chinese Chr[slian? everywhere is a giatefd 
nictnory of the Chinee John the Baptist raised up to call die 
Chinese Chtuch to tepeniance. 



CHflPTEH. TWENTY-ONE 

Burning Out for God 



\S tkc lic^c of the sunimcL- of i^jW p,T3seil, !>. Sang ^aleA 
/-\ south agjin foE Sii^aporc for lus (bunll CKCLniQii inK 
^ i tlic "Nimyaiig". A gr&ir rui-day convcMinn had been 
arranged. Ft was ,-UTeii dcd by nil ihe eiiihu^i^m and ilic ipiiitual 
posvcr that bid duractcriicd die prcvioiu viaici. Fifty-one new 
prcadiing bnitda were formed, m^kuig i toij] of [Fj, In was in 
Sio^jjjjorc diji the ivotkcf Di. SiuigBCCins to h,we left the mcii 
pccuianent niennjrials in rhe form of orgaDi?aiiotis. Not oii,|y 
was ihccc [he Evangelistic League,* bat on May r4th, i^j?, a 
Eible Sdiool hiid been staricd rn train yoiuic con-v^^rts Sjt die 
scrvEce of the Lord- This Bible Scbool i) known as the "Goidcii 
Linl(" Bible School aijJ wji founded by Mm Ltona Wu and 
Miii NgPrckLuju to help to coiiicrve the results of chcrrviWi 
which Dr. Smig's inirii^iry brought ro Singapore and ry tnjii 
young Chrisci:ii]s who dedicated dicir livci jo God for full-tiiuc 
secvicc. Miss Lcora Wu h^i rcpcadcdly bccii <^cffd as die 
President of the Chiiitiin Evjugdjitic League since die dnlc of 
ie inaiiguraiiEcHi r^ht up to die present- 
After ptcacbuig two memorable sermons on November ijih 
and t4[Kon Rev. iii.y-ii, "Behold I linve icl before ihce au open 
doGT . . ." and TI Coi- u,i4, "For the love of Christ cocisnaineth 
u^ . . ." Dr. Snng travellc-l np to Euala Lumpur for a serips of 
campaigns in tliat cj[y and Ipob, die tenttc of die lin-jnining 
iudusiry, Tiiping, die old to\Mi ■w[tli fhc lovely parks crejteJ out 
of disused nr^'-bearing piii, Siriawan on die roast and Penjng 
Isluid. Such hfe and Tigour as ilir: chiuclies in dicse tuwni aijoy 
to-day can be traced in lai^e inejime to thii ininisiTy of Gxl's 
■ 5cc Ap|iuidn 2 



BUPWLNG OUT FOtf GOU i&J 

icrvBEt. EvcLywherc one meets men JnJ vi'omen wlio werejiiBt 
□Luninjl cLui^K mciiibcu uuEd they fiiund Ciirhi ai pergonal 
Siviour and Lciid ui Dc, Sung's meetings. 

But die great pteacliet's hedlli wai giving cause for increasing 
anjdeiy. The eaiihcn vcscl had bc^un to Jiow acns of wcit. 
Dr Sung's medical ji^irtty might have jirsuficd j Ihscl" man in 
neaiuighiniselfas an invalid. There had been hifiiei-iuriiig tuber- 
culosis of the hip and a heart none too strong; moie recendy, 
symplojiis of more sedoiis disease had occurccd. Yet he lud 
nevei spaced jiiniself. Campaign had followed campaign ir> qviiclf 
auCteffiion and everywhere John }ud pleached ihicc if not fjur 
dmci a day and givcii further lune lo pcisoiul inlcrvicws. Evan 
acuK pain could iiof stop liimfnlfiiling a preadiLfigcng^igcmenr. 
"Whde in Fcnaug on Ehis fast vi.^1, he had once been carried on to 
[he pliitfonn on u camp-cot, from whieli he preached through bii 
iiiterprerer. Already he seemed to know that he was a slowly 
dying man and he always 5Jid thai he hoped to die oa die 
pladonn. 

He was hjtk in Shanghai at iheendof i^jjir Ar home he would 
relan wniewhat :i£a:i: die exctdona of months A ladv Chrisiian 
workct and friend of the &mily who had jiisc arrived in Shanghai 
calfcd ar the Simg home one day "oriih a girl wlu hjd inierptcied 
for the evangelic on occasions. Dr. Sung w^ deep in a newspapci 
and did not even loot up "whca the gu«sls entered! Mrs, Snng 
brought iu tea. and biseuiG, hut ii was iioi toidl the paper had 
been conijiletely petuscd that he pur it down and joittcd in the 
conversation [ Snch behavioiiT sinprijcd many a dcvoied jdndier, 
Once during a campaign m AiJiwci Province ihe veteran, 
evjngdjst jnd Uible icadier Pasior Hsieh McD^-tsi had cjilled 
onjolin Sung hophig to discuss way^ in s^liifh lie might help in 
the follow-up work of die canjpaigns m his province. He had 
never met the renowned doctor of science, who, in his turn, had 
probably nevfc hratd of Pastor Hsieli. Dr. Sung himndfaosweird 
the door, and Pasbot Haeh, not lecognizing him, asked coiirt- 
eoudy, "is Dr. Sung ai lionie?" "I am Dc. Simgi What do you 
waul to see mc fur?" was the curt reply. Pasrot l-fiicb stated his 



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nrjnd, hut instead of ]ik suggation receiving the sympathetic 
Conjidcrjljon tc caprctcd, die lougli rsponsc w-s: "1"3ij['& ho 
buUDas of luiin:. Tliai's God'i aflairT Very ciBtCJlcn, the 
leptsenciUve nf an older arid more eHqiieESe-conscioiK genen- 
idon of cvangclisu apofo^zcd and hastily took his leave If [tiCEf 
15 a icmptaticpii co coiidcTTiti what ^cznn tn he ^iicli un-Chri^cian 
conduce Wfshoulii at least r^uicmbcc tbj' tLe paiii and ivcatiictt 
■which had dogged Dr. Suiig^s steps nuxl. of liis hfc were incccia- 
m^ and cenainiy actoimt in paii for ilu; imrablcnesB which iiuuk 
hiPL so bard to Jive wiih. 

From Thailand, me^nv^ili?, Iiadcome in^ennrcqucslstromlhc 
Thai cluirciics there lo pay a reiiitu visit, this time to ihf^ non- 
Chmzic churthei. iTius il wji that in JanuJiy, rpj^. De, Smig 
said goodbye once again to liii fniniilv and starcedofffbr Bangkok, 
where he waa the guest of Miss McCoid of the Piesbyicrum 
Mision. Other guoK were Mr. Ming Tc-fetig and the Rev, 
Boon MatV Girc-tirn, \vhi> had aoftl as Dr. .Sung's liost on die 
first visid. The planned Ttiiicraiy took Dr Sung us ia\: north as the 
lailhcjd down of Chicngniai, second city of Thailand; Jm tJ 
Lampaiig in die north; thai to Naton Parhoin and Petchaburi. 
The pattern of the ineeEings ■was much ihe same as on the prcvioiia 
visit Bid tlic leaulis which "weix now n^Kpccici! tbiicvA'cd. 

Mr. Boon Mark rccaUs how the sinipJiaty of Dc, Sung^s dress 
aiiJ dtnic4nyur ^t trncc jtlrattcd ihc Sijinc^c OiL-iaJam. Bui ivhal; 
struck Mr. Econ Maik ivas tliad "jie talked leasd, preached more 
and piMycd most'\ His menage was the simpJe gospel of EJn and 
foi^vsTfii pffachfJ with conviciine poivcr. People wept and 
cried out under deep conviclioii ofiUtJud luany were ccoi vetted. 
The niirndes of healing of which reports had icjchcd Thailand 
fiom china were repeated m TlaJand. Mi. BoonM^tk spdks of 
blind made to we, the Janie walking, die dumb recovering their 
speech and many kinds of sictiK^ss healciL He affinns thiit these 
cases ■were genuine and pcrniiincnl. As usual, ari evangelistic 
OfganiiJtiijn wji kft bcljind with hundrcJa pledged to go otit in 
small teams once 2 week to witness. Once die mitial reluetancc 
and dilhdence had bcEn ovettome it ■was die leithnouy of inajiy 



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Ifip 



[hat [hey found a joy never known before in this aen'ice ,iiid once 
il Vh'eck ■wtis incieased ra twice or diccc times a wetk. 

In tlio iweniy ■years between 1915 rind 19^5 the number of 
church members in connection with the Presbyterian Church in 
Thadand had decreased &om S.noo m Jess than 7,oca Tivo years 
after tlie timeiof revival associated ■with Di, Sung' s vLiits, church 
membeiship had gone up roth.ooo. During diejapanot occupa- 
tion many chiircli leaders were iirrested and imprisoned. Some of 
them denied the Lord. Bui thanks to die revival ihcchiirdi as a 
whole liad cHpcdmccd, there was no gmeta[ spiiirual dcdeiisioix- 

Dc. Sung's wock made Ir-sa iinpacl on the Tlmi (Siaoicse) 
Chuich xkm on ihe Chuic^e Chuich and the cvni^bsticorganiza- 
don of tJie Thai churches ceased to funccion durmg the war 
except in the case of a few indcpciidenr churches. "Ncvetdieless, 
die memory of thr great revival", writes Mr. Boon Mark» ^ b 
itill in many hearts now and to-Ja,y. Tliauk God for Di. Siii^. 
lie niuit be one of ibe happiest m^^n m Heaven Jjccause tw hii 
led many soiils, aiid those seul^ went to heaven, continually. 
They thank God and they thank Dr. Simg. Hallehijah. Amen f" 

In t94a. Miss MtCotd was in die United States and met a 
Tlul dociot who was taking a posl-graduaic couric in JJ jIiIihok. 
■War hid broken out with Japan and Thailand had been iuvaded. 
Miss McCord Jiked the doctor: ''Do you think the church of 
Cbnst ill Tliaiiand will iutviyc diis wax?" 

"Yes", he replied; ''hut only because of the work of Dr, Snug!" 



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CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO 

The Uttermost Parts 



jYtlic oiJof T9ia, tlicjjfincsc Army WJ3 well iiiTOniml 
yf East China. CiKLSIwiw Iraffit was r<:gliJar and inrcT- 
nstinoal iluppbj!: was raKhiii(! Shangliai and Titntan 
nornuMjr. Bui it was impuiiiblc to iinjcrlatc cvaigdctiE 
itinctarica in [lie interior. 

If tlic visiutl Dr. 5Mng had 3ijJ jt die tiiiifi rf his father's 
death was lo pmvf Iruc. Ot. Suup iiad Mily two more ycsui of 
aetivp niiniitiy My ta him. Atiii theie was m\\ one c-iieniivc 
area in the Paciiic whidi he luil not yer viiitej aud wbett 
chdri; wcnc iiuiuccoiB Ciiuicsc — die NccbcrlafiJs East Indies, 
HoILiLid's weli-govemed ind prospeious colcny iiiliahlicd by 
iSo.cco.goo people. Most of ihejc were Malay Mii'slims. but rhsr'e 
were numerom rolonia of Chinese ihruu^oiii Java, S.imaaa, 
Borneo, the Cekhcs, Balj and the Lesser Sunda iskndi. Some of 
these wei-c pm™fc,rrs, or "(Jiiidrcn of The OJimtry"' who had 
inicmianicd with tlie Malays and. adoprni ihdr language, dreis 
and cuslonw, while other recent arrivals from CllilH were called 
kimkehs, or "new guests" who were less at home in the IndnnHian 
language and remained disIiiKt in other ways. The Cliinese of the 
Indies were cnei^et[c and everywhere prominent in the com- 
mercial worli Mueh of rlie wealdi of mjnstry and trade was io 
their hands. Among them were some i,ooo Chiisl[an;, Then: had 
been onlititldhift Chinese leaders m the clliirches in Batavia, 
Koedocs, Bangil, Macasjar, Djapara and New Guinea, and there 
were Chhiese students io ihe Higher ■DiecJogical Sehool al 
flstavia. For many years the Dutch nmnonary societies had 
conducted mission work among tlic Cliincse and [litie were some 
fifty sdinnis fw Chinese children scatKrcd dimugh the islands. 



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TUB UTTHPMOST fART? T7I 

The Chincsc-spnkiiig groups pftfcncd to invife preachers ftoiti 
Cbnia lu bi! Jitflr pastora jcid cliise weie clostly conntacd with 
Chuicsc cliuidi U[gaiiiiati[Hi5. It was posibly thn*ugh this meana 
that Dr. Surig receLved his invitiitioii to viur th(? Easr TinU^s, AaA 
for iheChincsf ofthcIndicshcdraincJhisl^crcniaming^rfeiiffdi, 
Tlic seed of Gospel irLuh had been (ailJifiJly iown and now tliete 
vjas to be a mig^it^ hjivcstr 

Dr.SuDgUjvclIcdlroiiLSLcigaporeonhiBfLcscvisittoJavabyair, 
uciiving at Surabaya in Jjuimry, rjjjjj. Miis CorticHc Baaib^, a 
Dutcli misuonary in Cciilraljavji, was one of chmcwho threw her- 
self wholdnartcdly in to die c Jinpaigii, Being iomevi'rm ttcplnjol -n 
to the vafuc of wm^iTional cvangcbsa, sEic waaai; liisi dubious about 
rqiocts of E»r. Sung bioughd by a nian wlio Jiad hcind him in 
Cblnx BirtMissBaarb^ wa*i persuaded toatcend chcfinr mcedngof 
die -fiis I; campaign in the gnat port city of laicjavj. It was held on 
a weuk day and a £ul]cliimh welcomed Thf^^Hangfi&om Clmia— 
a rljjji, unimpreBivc man in 1. white Ciiincsi: gown of uiexpcnsLve 
inaicrial, the famous lock of IuIe £il[iiiE over his forehead- Dr. 
Sung Tvai Hauled by Iwo interpreier^ ■ one who interpceced into 
Moby aid another [0 iiircrprec into the mosr common local 
dialecL. 

The audience soemi Icanied lo sing in Malay one of Di. Sung's 
chuiMXi^Pjiiangitj!/, piijanshhf" — "Home [ Home! come quietly 
liomi:' Open are the aims uf (jod, waiting lo wplcomc you 
honic/' T]icji the audience was iiivirpd ii> ^(and and ask. God's 
bicising, eadi ptaying ,iloiid for himself. The^c Prcsbyceriana 
wpre iiOE used to this ncwrnedioil of prayer, so Dc. Suiia led the 
audience in a ccnltnccJjy-sentciicc ptiiycr, the people repeaEiiig 
the peayci aftei lum. Those who had come without Bibles were 
ifrgcd n? bring ihanjie?;iliiue,jndbuyoiipif [hey did not poises 
such a ddug I The story nf [he hn sJin:p from Luke itv. was then 
read and. a[[erLrion called to the opening sentence: "Thai drew 

iLCar imlo Him all dw publicans aud sinncB for to hear Hicn " 

Verse by vcisc tlie story yi:is expounded with a misterly and 
graphic dranudiatron of the story, illuBiE,iied on the blackboard 
\Mdihuesketchts.ALmiei:uals the s[£irv wag punctuated ivirh die 



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chorus, Piihngl-ih! Pulan-si^h/ . . / Will] humour Jie mimicked 
the vatious lypci it f mat she! winncn vAio -were loit; die dyidv^ 
The gaily drcMed girJ^ riv? tflipnloir hudncis-man, die ciiicma- 
gc-ri, [be respectable dnircli-goci and die teligmus Lypotiitt. 
TJic dudicnci: locked widi laiigbtcE. TLi:ii ^Liddealy the preacliei 
became perarinal ^ndlhe message was jfppliHi. No one tould cviidc 
dicappffiil. Haiidj began ro go np, slowly at first, riifas in increasing 
numbets. 7h: prpwiibg iiiA htxn widi the Holy Gho&i aud much 
coitvicdoD. And evcrycme ww uij^cd to Lncct wid makr > 
compltte coii£eaion of tin- A deep iinprcJiion wjs made and 
John urged ihc audience to anend all the ineeUngE arranged- He 
S3id ilur rherc would be twciHy-two ukogedicr, when the cndre 
Gogpd "wotild be preienred. No one could aflbrd lo mia a single 
meeting or there woald be a gap in liie tnesjage wJiicli God lud 
given 1 

TlielocdreHdencwaniedDi:. Sua% ihal, while mcc^tingi in ilic 
afffiTnooii and evening wece all ligliC, no oiic ■ivinild bo freu to 
attend morning mcctinf^. He disagreed and ■won ihe argument; 
kiT he Juliet, he said, o-pii all hii ntcBitgcs into one week. He 
conldnot stay longer and he could nut leave out even one of [lie 
mesugcs God bad givca Iiim to debver. He bad his way, And 
CO tlie atna?emci^ of everyone, the Chinese closed down their 
sheip^ and cjune to clmrcb every morning. This was a miracle 
indeed and qiuis evidently the powci of CJod ^ax at woclt. 
The second sermon was on tliepcrwcr of the Blood of Oirist and 
QO one could mAe the Cross of Christ as teal as E>r. Sung. Tlie 
stoiy of [he CriiciliKLon was [old wiih reverence and drama and 
a solemn husb came over the liiteners. Each one saw Christ 
dying thcM for kjsjins, bcjKni; the punishment he deserved. One 
unforgcnahle sermon was &n die tJurtceDth. of Fust Corindiiiins 
in which Dc. Sung concrasicd bis ovnj pjst hiilory and all of 
wliicb be had to boast willi [be infinite love of Cbnst — com- 
passiojiace, long-suffering, fuUofmerty. Wbatan abyss between 
our boasdng and His ^lence, our pride and T-Tis htimilicy, our 
vanity with His simplicity, our self-sccknig vvirh His self^laiial, 
oui Suspicion of others widi E-iis fii[h in men, our self-rigbteouii 



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superiority over tboEe who faD witb His sorrow fur tile iimier. 

Yes [ each one of iis deserved crucifiNioii. But Christ, the perfect, 
spotless, sidfs^ One wasaiicified in our stead [ 

So the message unfolded, three times ii d^y, cich itreeung 
l^iiting from two lo llnee hours; the Nciw Birth; Repentance; 
the fullness of the Holy Spirit, die Xiv4ng Water; ihe Rrturd 
of Ciirisr yiid Chnsiiaii service. With mcisivc power, the motives 
and spring! o£ the human heaiE were uncovered. The surgeon's 
Irnjfi; probed nJecply. There caife a universal desire to get lid of 
all sin. Opporcunitv was given at every meeting to confers sin, 
both to God and to mmL ReitiiiuJon was taught and the necessiry 
of pu[tmg right every wiong and ajdjusting every Iiuni Jii celatioit- 
ship was contimiallyii^cd on all. Confession of sm was followed 
bv the tcccpiion bv faith of die bfe of Christ, the HoLy Spirit 
tiim^lf, 

Dr, SimgWneithertmicnor strength fbf personal interviews 
bul be invited Iciicts lo wliicb he always rephed peisonaUy. He 
,iskeJ for writLen lesiicnonies and a pbotegrapb from every 
convert for whom he undertook to pray. However UteDt- Siuig 
was kept up at night dealing with coircipondcnce, he was always 
up at 4.001 ^.oa.m. to spend lwui» on bis knees reading his Bible 
aiul pjdying. His iiiferpreler tlie Rev. YcTjin Sin of ibc BritisJi 
and Foii'jgii Bible Sodety, bears witness to tbii tjct- Whit ebe 
eouldesplainthepower ecleabcd through die useof the now nmc- 
bonouted illnstraiions of thi; charcoal stove for the power of the 
Spirit, tlje diriy tumbler wUch coold not receive the pure wa[er 
of [be Holy Spirit, etc: Preacher and elders as well as die men, 
women and children in the pew were humbled as they realized 
how their divided Kesris, their worldly walk and thcii: powerless 
prayer? had robbed them of the fidl power of PeiiiecoM- 

Dr. Sung offered to lay hands on any who had thoroughly 
coufesscd dl kiLown sin and who desired to be filled with the 
Spiflir As rliia w,i» done Mis Raarb^ describes the jccne as 
rffiembling a sea of joy and holy cnthiiwasm swpepmg over the 
audience. 

But tkis sea was to be channelled into useful cndeavotir. Tbe 



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time bad ciiine ro prcsair the ckim^ af diosc wiihoiu CliiuE, 

Thi: cutku^iasiii miisc iiot l>c diiHjiatcd in nictc cmcTiou. There 
"wrcc millioui who !kncw nor Chrisi. Who -woiiU go and tell 
th«n? Al once! Tlicrc was i ucmcndous ic&|>i>QSc and imnic- 
dijcely ihe volunteers were ^n^an^7pd into die usual tcauij jf 
jhrcc. Tijjnj^iilai bauncn bearing a red cuikb and die iiiiiiia and 
Tiiiinbcr of the [cam "wcic hssdly made and the very next day 
scDies ofbaiidi wcce oulwitneisiog lo fcieiidsh in schools jnd in 
hospitals. They were to come back ind L^cpgit icsiilts al once, Aud 
M? the fusd of die Java evangelisdc bands wcic ocgam^ed. Dr. 
Sung promised that lanjr he would rcuirii jiiid liold a ecd days' 
training class for die members of all ihc bands in J.iv^. If Jiert 
■was no csisling building; big aioiigk, ihcn a affcid aCriicnirE 
■^vould have to be built! 

Before leaving Surubiiya, Dr, Sung iiiurounced dial tbcic Vtiould 
bt a meeting to ptay for die sict. No one could jctcnd wIlo Jiod 
ni>t previously attended three days of nieetings, and " signacure 
from .T miniiicr was required to prove this. An friotiiious crowd 
had ^thercd lijng bctore die sCjrl of tht meciing, the dct in 
HoiiE. There ivasan addreis onJa5. v.i4'-]6. "Here is die elder of 
dn; thiitch," said Siiiig, pointing to himsflf."! come to yo Li uiLkc 
Name of rhe Lord, nor in any power of my own Tdo not possess 
any itugic influence in nvv hands So evpeci noihing of mt, buF 
only of Him who stands by uie, wliosc servant 1 am." Quoting 
dicpBsagcs in Luke viiii and Mark svleS, Dr. Sung fold kow 
he had ijo[ always had die failh co pray for die sick and had orJy 
■won through to (aidi dirough bitter struggle. '^Whcnfor the lirsi 
tiTiic in China I prayed for die sick I hardly dared open my eyes 
jftct die 'Amen' of die prayer. Hjd die Lord hcanl? Had all dds 
HOC been a iuriiij-ptcsmupuojiofmincfilioidJ I not stand there 
as a cbarlacin in front nf all diose himple, believing pcopli:? 
Would it not h^ivo been bciier if I had left out this wliole experi- 
nifnt? Oh, how a^himcd now I am of those doubting diou^his ! 
Tiicrediblcpowccsltadbccfi working aud dvc uiccdng-pUcc shook 
with die praise and thanksgiving of die people who hjd been 
dthvi^ied. Ytt I cannot jruar.uttee ihat you will all bo healed. The 



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rnt UTTEBMO^I PflEJi T75 

Lord did noi heal :d] die iiitk. He wai not always allowed lo 

uiKtvcjic: to heal tho sick in His djiy I-Inw njucli I«s dieii Hii 
seirvaou !" 

The sick Hien came or were bcoiighi to Dr. Sung on ihe 
placforuL Ene^hijg, he anomtcd dseni ejicJi with oil and <cnL- 

maudcd ihii disease to leave tlte sufferer. Tlie same aftcmoon a 
pialse meedng w?a held, when diosc who hjd been haled gave 
dhnr tcicimoni«, One woman Goin Miss Baarbi^'j owti village 
was clearly healed of a sciioiu disease and became a much- 
approdatcd fellow worker ■□ die goi^pef. 

Never had any of Ebose prseni at dtis lirsr series of uiecijugs 
seen anyl]>mg hh^ this outpouring of love for souta; inioi>e, 
sacniieial, unnring, A IffldcraffcciionludgrowQupbeCwciat the 
preacker Mid the people. Here was a Hue spitiiual Either who had 
b^oUen diem in the gospeT and who was prepared to bear them 
on his hejrl. Trcisuring die pronJse of his rctiim, the Chinese 
Chrisrioiis ami die missioitiries who were left behnid in Surabaya 
wtre determined to hvc al last as Chrisdaits ace supposed to live 
^ull ofjoy and die Holy Spirit, Tlicy had known so Kttlc of d^is 
hilhctto I 

Similai campaigns follo^i-d in Madiun and Solo, die twin 
tides m the hearl of the cnlcural centre of Javaj in the beautiful 
craier-sutronnded diy of Bandung m the weiC of ihc island and, 
finally, in Batavia, the capital aud dieadinuiisLrauvtccruie of die 
Dutch toloiiial jdmiuistradon. Tlie campaigns went on through 
February, following one aiiodicr in quick succession. As mauy 
as L,ooop4x>plcatiendcdsomeofhie OiiDipaigui in die laijjtr cities 
and ihe .blessing poiired out foUoived the same paitem as in 
Surayaba, In Balavia, the liisioric old Portuguese church waj^ 
filled ciicty ifiglil wilh i,c«i people. Party-six Bible smdy groups 
weir formed and 4jo adults pcofcBed conversion. Dr. Van 
Doocn wrote: "it is like die revival iu Wales," The Dutch 
missfonaries were amazed that so frail ;l man, suirerii>g fn.im a 
heart coinplaini and oihi^r incipient diseases, could keep on 
ttavclling and woiking so unieniiaingJv. 

Towards die end of Ma|-dj, I(>j9, John Sung returned lo 



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A Pr"^:if Al'llV Ol- JOHN SUNG 



Shjingjid fin a linef vikil Li May kc fumed suutli agiiin ro 
Singapore lo be prcwait at the fij^l gridualion ceremony of dir 
Golden Loiik BibJc Schai>]. At ilic siiiiP time lie lield two dayi of 
mcctiiies for 400 ka^lcrs of ihc evangelistic hands bdbro once 
moii: ciosiitg Ij tlit Enaiulaini foL" several crLa]|i Jigitf in the Malay 
Slares arjd »i Paiang. 

In AuguatH i*fi<t, the pcoioised return vi^i to the NdhciLnda 
Indies took place. Tliis rime t^ieioQcbirg.'m iitBa tji via, the dpitdn 
in tlie Porluyutsc Cliucdi And there wccc the same scenes of 
cnlliusiasm acrending die mcciings aa on the first visit The whole 
Chinee commimity was suiicd, anJ tliece can. hnvi been very few 
who fiiilid to acrend at least one of die meeting. Que v«aft]iy 
ni3n witK a home iii the &diion,-ib]c rcsiilaiUal suburb of 
BdfciiTOtg (Bogoi}^ a. man who W33 nor a Chiisdai], wjia so 
attiacrcd hy Dr. 5ui^ dwt he got soiifeoueio take Km aiding and 
iiLtrodunc him to the great pccacbct. He took ivich him a packer 
contjiining ^ very stibsLanlial gift of nouey, wliith he iiiEciidcd 
p[«enring to Dr. Sung. But Dr. StUi^, -M'h his abihty to piiirce 
bcnc^di ilic iiiifijte of people, at once saw chat thE man was nor 
convcrtciL Instod of accepting die gift gtadonsly, he threw it 
aft'ay without any repaid for the usual cuurlisica of die Chinci'; 
caoi and earnestly cshorted the man to ceprat and turn to tlic 
Lord. Pcrhapa this inddint ilhistTores as well as any Dr, Suiig's 
utter di^rfgard for money. Indeed, his host ai Bogor, llie scene, of 
hi\ next caiDpajgii, asked liiiu on one occi^on what wai the 
seeieE of his surctss as an cvangchst. Hii answer was fiank bnf 
revealing, and one which J;ii^csrs the downfall of mmy who once 
ptotniwd well; "Be carefiil about inonLiyr Be careful about 
women. And he earefol to £o^^Dw where God leads: when ihc 
Lofd caUs He will open the door.'* 

Dr. Sung was Lcld in Batavii (Djakacta] by the [mmigration 
juithoiidcs for a few liar's, and was m consequence Uie for tlie 
opening of the Bogor campaign. He had piiiil a preliininaty visit 
toB^^orandliadnot bcenimpresied wich che size of the cliurch 
budding. So a tent was erected itn a Tennis court to ^ear 2,000 
people Tlie Rev. Bevcrky llu, wln> had ted the iinging for Dr. 



rj[E UTTEHMIJ^T PAHT& 



Sung in Shjtigliaiin 19J0, did the preaching niidl Dr. Sung ariived. 
And then when Dr. Sung was disHtisfied widi ibc iulerpreEci 
and oideced hnn olf ibe platform, Mr. Ho had to take his place! 
Dr. Sung was aufEcring at cbis i^me much pitiii and discoii^forE 
froni hii hip and had to support himself against something ■when 
preaching and apply liot dressings after every meeting. JBui he 
preached with as great power as ever. As soon as the appeal w3S 
given, pcopie would cotiie forward weeping, and about 90a 
people had given in their names before the end of the week. From 
the hcairdful town of Be^or with its renowned tropical gardens, 
Dt-Siuig went onto ibe north cD.isl port of Cheribi>n(Tjircbon), 
the outlet for a wcU-irr^aCed, fclllili: plain where in the ticc 
panddies [he reaper is peceimially oveitakmg die sower. Harvest 
and seed-Tinie continue rhrough die whole year wiflioHi dia- 
tniedon of scasoni. At Scmarang, fiirdi« along rhe coaii, tliere 
were ag^m audience of over 1,000 mostly Chinese, From Semac- 
an^ die ilin«Hy tcok Df. Sung souch across the waist of Java, 
unioiig die volcanoes, Gist loMagelang and then to Pociwoiedjo. 
At I'Jjocja, or Djoejafcatta, dieie were ag^in large crowds who 
wanted to Jic^i Dr. Sung, lie wai now right in the midst of 
audent J^ivjh culture. Ncauby were uionuiuaiti of gireat aiiti- 
qujly, both of Hindmsui andBuddlusni: die Piamhanan temples 
ami die Borobadiu respectively. This was the city too whicli in 
the unhappy post-war sccuggte for iddependciice was Co become 
tbe rcvolmionary capital. Solo was also revisited But the ehmax 
of thu lour was readied on tlie letiun. ■visit to Sumbaya. 

Thtouchout the campaigns the pioposed ten-da.y tiaiiiing 
school hi Siit;ibjiya. ftotii September jgih to apdi liad been 
annotniced and die tnembcrs of the preaching hands had been 
urged ro actend. "When Dr. Smig aitived he found an etiormoui 
bamhoo mat ilicd to scat 4,000 persons already erceicd in a 
eainally situated location neat die laigc uios^ut. Loudspeakers 
liiid been itiscjiJIod, Tlie co-operation of every Chiistian ehuicb 
Ivad been enlisted, and the urga^nizing committee vjai tindet die 
chairmanship of a Christian fictory-owncr. Two chousand 
"voluntcei's" from all (he dtics of Ja^-a visited hy Dr. Simg 



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A BTOGHAPKY Of JOHN SUNG 



attended mcerirgi every mondi^ and cveaii:^. The subject w:is 
.riie GtKpcl of Maid:, ^ij ihc puipoic wis dhe iii^iriiclJOJi I'f fhirac 
wh^ w(TC pledged ro cof iiinuc lo spread die Good Ne'vs dirough- 
ourjivaby means of the 50J uewly orgaiiEsed cvangclisdc bands. 
The meetiLigs eveiry night were evangelistic jnd itor.ictcd dhc 
eimte Chincs! population of rhc :ii:)'. In became die Euliion to go 
aiid hear Dr. Sung. Tlie uiectings were given considerable 
ptiblicity ill tlic locil Fuck. It wa^ [epotted that die public 
opinion of die ChinPMWOf Id Wiis turned in &vdiii: of ChrisdiOi- 
ily. There v;ek iijaiiy converaons, especially among die yoimg 
people. Nightly over ^.cco people of nuny races and IjcgUigcs 
ctowded ihe rent foovciflowing [oliaien lo the simple message of 
Cnnst and Han crticilicd. The uicssagts were nocjiisi aboiic iho 
Biblc^ but cxposiuoiis of the Bible itself. In the [caching nHasscs, 
Dr, Sung would go dicaugh ehapccr afrci: diaptec, vene by veise. 
He c>rpoandcd die dotEiincs of saiicurLcation, of benig ceucified 
■with Chrisi, alf rlie time <3upl]asLziiig Jic UCsait necessity of 
dcaibg boncitly -with J] sin. At the afcH-mi^eting [he kiiecEng 
eiiqdins would be aAed^ "Hamis up anyone -wlio has srolen 
from oilier^! Handb down' Now hand^ up anyone who his 
qiifliceJlcd i\'[Eh liis wife or widi her bu^luitd! iiands down! 
ETandj up anyone wlio has dcctivtd liis employer J Nnw 3TC you 
willing to apologize and confns your sin openly to the one you 
ha.vc ;vEongcdf Do you pconiise^' Ptiiyet followed and the 
meeting waii digmtsed to allow die people to JCt oq their 
proinis:. TTic last evening meedng wis given to piocljiimng the 
Rerum of CbriH. Diit bcfbti: diis cveni, the Chiisiians were 
"warned of jnuch sjSeriug and indeed ihc warning was given 
of wars which woufd f mainly a.flccf these peaccfial isJmds. How 
tcuc was this propliecy ! Atid how evidently John Simg looted 
fbrwaid 10 metting liisLcfrd whijc waming all those whose rums 
■were not ycl written in the Lanib's B<ioi. of Life ! 

AsLiiiul, [lie J^M morning niccting wasojte ro pniy for the siefc. 
There was no hysieiifl, no excitctneniH but a eain^ bringrng of jll 
the blind, the lame, the disfigured and the diseased to God in the 
Name of Christ. Each one was teciuireil to regislei previously. 



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TILQ l]'rr£BMOST PflETi 



'79 



Tlieie were deAniie east* of healing wliicii were pubhclv wit- 
nessed and acknowledf^'d b^ the people of the ciiy. 

Dr. S. A. van Hoogairaten nnd the Rev. H. A. C. Hiidcdng 
HClcnded the meetings and were deeply impressed. The latCet hud 
airended the iirst series of meeurtgs iu Surabaya nioi'C or less it 4 
ctilical apeelalor, but when Dr. Siuig came the second time and 
Vr'hen he iuw the pi^ifomid impact of Dr. Sicng'a mstige, hn 
direw himself whojeheartedly into the campaign. However 
busy he was, nothing could keep him away Irom the meetings, 
and he cypcricnecd in his own life a deep renewing and shared in 
die grcal joy over j multitude of siiuiciS TcpcJiting and turning 
Eo ihe Saviour, So great was die endiusiasm thai many stayed in 
the hut aU day from eight in the morning to eleven at night so as 
ro be sure of a scat at all die uicetkigs- s.ooo copies of the song 
book were qnicHy sold out and a new edition had to be p*lntcd. 

WliaT w/ece die resulti of these canipaigiul Tlic Bible Society 
fell the first impact and liiere was an exuaorduiary demand for 
Eibici and Ttstamcdls- The locil dq>ot was fiooii out of stofk in 
iomc editions m both Chinese and Malay, New stocks of the new 
uandation of the Malay Scriptures were hastily ordered fiom 
Balavia. The long-term results wcic seen in greatly increased 
congregiitioiis, churdi buildup wliicli eidier liad to be ret mil 
ot enlarged to hoid the crowds dial began to aitend, and in n 
demand for rcirJQCccinenis of ministeis. Java had had her day of 
opportimicy, and Miss Baarb^, vrrithig ten years later in 1^9, 
and after y&irs of enemy occupation, could tepocr; "We dare ay 
that the Chines dinrclie? injavaaiesiillaliveio-day only through 
die blc3ingofthe revival brought by Dr. Sung. Dr. Sung had not 
plaiuicd that his niinisoy ^ould rtich onty rht Chinese churches, 
but dus was virtually the case, Tjie tact that Dr, Stmg was himself 
a Chincic and d)at the jJivilatioii originally came &om the 
Chinese community accounts for this. Malay Christians attended 
many of the meetings, but thcte seems to have been httle impact 
on the Malay ekurchci is a ■wliole, although tliere were con- 
versions botli in east and "west Java. 

Invitations lud reached Dr. fjuiig to visit Macassar in ihe 



100 A MOGHAPHY nr JCinw SUHG 

Celebes and Ambon m iKe Moijccaii. so un Scprembn jorfi ht 
bosrdcd Jl jlup ai fhc Ssirabay? docks. Himdrcds of Chiistuiu 
"wcKoJi the QLiay lo *:e himoE The joy expressed in the singing 
of hyaiiu jfcra' bymn as ihc vnacl pulled out was iniuglcil with 
sorrow It saymg "Fiicwrcll" tj die injn lo wLojn [lie diutchci 
of Java owii) 30 ihiilIi, 

There are maiiv Chinese in Mac^ssat and two large Chinese 
Cliiutian cougrcgatdonSr TTii^ ii die rown where Or, jjffiay and 
die Rev. Lchuid WJt^ cji^blisbcd tlie fittt hcadgjurlss of chc 
Cliin«e Ovcncos MUjionary Uniou, j Chinese missiomry society 
for rt^iing rhe Chinese of al! dhcsc islands. Di. Sung wns given a 
hearty wclctimc hert jnd Ehcre was imich bJeasii^ aiu^idiii^ ihi: 
campaign. 

FcoinMacaHar, Dr. Siing; sailed foi Ambon in die Moluccas, an 
old Dutch colony where a Wj^c pertentigc of ihe populadini is 
nominally Chiislian. Auibuu is the home of a lEalwjil race of 
soldins and a, niisionary-hearied cKuifh. Fi is one of the originsJ 
"Since Inlands" and still piodiKrs nutmeg and cloves. But advance 
reports abouT Di. Sirag had srouwd considerable ptcjudicc agdnsi 
him. In partiailai, some uickiijjcts of ilic Cliuith Covuidl 
objwted [o ihe Rev. Hamel thai Dr. Sung held niccJings to pray 
for rhe sick: "What a P"")''* ^"^ '^'^ ironical reply, "that sick 
people ^loiild be healed!" But in spile nf all the oppi>sirion iheic 
■was Another wcmderfiil victory in Ambon. A young woman 
schoolteacher wroic to rhc E-ev. H. A, C. Hddcring affcr the 
meelings; 

"Dear Sir: I don't write to you to gei anodier joli, bur to ti:ll 
yon aboiit [hf grcar love of Christ which 1 fee) in my heait. I 
waul lo reslify aboiii: His ■wondnius love. It is Dr. Sung who gave 
me tliis precious pearl. He gave if not only to uie but lo hundreds 
of us. He has Couched olir hearts and chalked [hem. NotUi. Sung 
but the Holy Spinr did ii, and now we turri&d our eyes to rhe 
Crosj and ra ihe Blood of ChrisL The greai love of Chrisc 
radiates out of De. 5inig. From the begfnning till the aid I drani. 
■with eagcrucs of lh= hviug water he ggve. During twelve days 
he continued his mecinigs and. 1 wait these inimcdiotcly after 



TTTP llTTPHHmT PARTS 



i8t 






school was over ai three o'clock. How goodJcsnsisJ IthankHini 
onrofdie deepest ofmy heart thaJ He sent His lervani To us. Now 
for me ir is impossible to be silcnl. I simply have ro give my 
leslimony to evcrybod^'r \fidjDUt difficulty T cIk very early in die 
mucnu^ lo rnJ niy iiible jijcI io p'ay. Otherwise I was very 
Ijev, buciiow I rise ad five o'clnclc. The Lord dianged me info a 
new ctcature. In my heat! I alwa^T sing those wondnnus long^ 
such as "En ihe Cco», in Jic CroM be my glory ever.' Peo^e 
we do not know stop ui on die sffccls to gieel iis and to sliacc 
iLeir joy about ihc ircasurcs Dr. Sung btougbl to us. Tlte Holy 
Spirit IS working m our hear H so that we forget all abi'ui race and 
chtiioh. We are one in Clirisi, Dr. Sung has come lo prepare us 
for the Coming of Clirisr I feci so dil&rcnt. My eyes arc cTosod 
now ro The world. They arc only fixed upon rlic Crosi. For my 
Saviour I will testify and foe Jlun I will die." 

Ycarsofoieiny occupation soon followed for all the Easlbidian 
islands. Mtuiy iijisHonaries died in iiirernmenr c-impt or were 
executed But rhc reviv,i]"^vlueh had come to tlse Chinese churches 
gave ihciu an impetus which concimied righd through the wai". 
The suSerii^s whith jbounJcd led many more lo place tlicii 
Euth in Chiisi and the churcheii increased in strengih and numbers. 
At the end of the war there ■were greater dangers to tlircaten the 
churches. In the war i>f liberation, there were massacres of 
Chinese comnnmitsc^ an^l trials of every fciiid. These events led 
to a growing independence of tlve Cliincse cburchn fioiu the 
Indonesian national church. But it was undoubtedly ihe influence 
of Dr. Sung'y campaigns chat hjid (aid the fo<indaiions so securely 
diat tbi^ Chinese churches were able to stand the successive shocb 
of wac, civil war and persccutioiir 

On Novenibci ijtli. Dr. Sung arrived back m Singapore on 
what proved to be his l«t vLiiT. A week's meetings were held for 
(he diree Fntrcn dialect churches. There were J45 conversions 
and anoihcr iwenty-oue pieacLiiiig hands were jddcJ. CarelfSJ 
of die licaE and the humindity and biis own phiiical wearirtes, be 
preached tlircc times each day and wJieu ihc week was over set 



laa \ niOGRflPQY op john suNf: 

out on yet anoiher series of CJiLiFQ%n& m die M^Jiiy St^Ks; he 
visiCirJ BcjiKiug, Klaiig and PHuiig ujul hdd a wMk's niftfrin^i 
ill Citli pLcc. 

tiis l[le of acrivo strvitc was aJuio^t dune. Hr promised die 
Chciaiiana of SiT(gapore Co rctiini in itt^o. hixt wJicu. tlicy &gid 
Goitdbyc thi? time ai die wliai'Cj< wm &je die k^i [inie. 



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CHAPTER rWEMTY-TIZREE 

Life of No Account 

THAT wc-A. body iuJ for fifteen yews been worked to dip 
limit of in iCteiig!3i, Witlt [be AposlJc, Jalui Sutig miia; 
o£tai bavc iaid: "[ counC not my life Jar uiiMi inyaelf^ so 
ibat I mjghr finisli my coufst witii jay and die nmiistry which 1 
have rcccivod of the Iflrd Jesus to testify i]ic Gospel of the grace 
of God." Tbfl[ coiu'sc was jlmoBl run. Tbe allotled lifreeii ye,iri 
Itad neuly c:(pircd. 

Icjobn's last nireditg in Surabaya, he hod m preich b a fciieel- 
uig posiEifni to Isscii die pnin in hia hip. On his return to Shanghai 
early in 1^140 the pain became mow c&nriniioiii nnd MisaKaoShU" 
chen, who often uicd lo visit hiiU: reuiembcis bow be &eq utndy 
gto^ed with die pain. On a Sunday morning he u^ [o gaihet 
Eomc close fijends around liim in hia home ,ind preach to them, 
chiefly about ihc Lord'* wcM-t. After preaching forAnKoitrormoK 
hcwemld pray- So long ashewaspceachingnt praying ho was tia- 
con^cioiii of pain, but ^J5oouaa he slopped ilic pajji reEunicdd He 
Co3d people tbaC thii wh the Loid*s djaiipline for his bad neinper; 
and mdeed It was noticeable liow his dispoiition seemed (0 chaiigi: 
at this time. Inatcad of being apparently mr>rose and Liiicomim.nii- 
cative, lie used to htildanotnia] convecsariou widi j>copf c. And he 
otaeEvcd iiiore clusely some of die proverbial Cliinesccoiiitcsi^; 
his giicslshc would teccmoniJIy escort to dhc door, forinsGincej 
and once, when lie had guesK foi: diiuier from it ctrcuii district 
in Fiikieti, he <?il]cd out ro bis ivife (who, observing normal 
eri4]neire, reiiiam«i in the hicchei]), to come and serve the giicsta 
with an extra pair of dio|i^ti<:b. Tliii was a locrd ciistom which 
he had remembered and took die Uouble 10 observe. And shortly 
before fit' left Slumghii] for Peking, he was enterf auiing rhese same 



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A UIOGBj^PHV Ol JOIEH SUNG 



fi-iciids iiid called to his wife lo prepare sniiie mJffl (noodles) iUid 
^gi qiriclly, Tliiii in ihe food vjliicli locdly was alwaya given ro 

those about: to go OH a long journey- Such thoughEfiilncss inadp a 
dctp impicffii™ on the vimors who had not learned to i:>T>;ct 
such cortsidcuriort Ironi Dr. Srni^ 

Tlic daily roudoe wui midiuigcd, clcvcuchajiEers of the Sible 
read daJy and much lime giveiimeariiBipCxliaifiimgpcaycr. His 
dury atill cook up much of Iiis time. Ofrai he vjiajc it hims'Jf, 
but ihcrcwcic rimes wlwn Jiis mcngch wai iiot enough and Ik got 
his brodier id do die wriiing. And when he fouud his brodier [oo 
slow i[ writer^ he uivired one of die iitudcnis an die China Bible 
SiMiiinary to wrilc for lum. She wasaii Amoy girl uiid wiBEi^ fail, 
and used lo go over to take diciatijHi from Dr. Sung daily. 

There was one kit appearance io ShiiUghai iu oue of ihc k^e 
i:^UJ"<Jics.Theannouncemcin diauDi, SimijVh'ould prcjch br ju^^t 
<Towds from ill over die cily. 'TTiete wjs a tertiblc cruslu" said 
oiie who was jjicsait, "and I tould hardly liar him- Al tlie sCoit 
eveiyonewflslajking. Heca[iicjn;iiid,wiiUdngtoEheiablF,baajicd 
on it with his fisc, aahing loudly whedicr [his wis a tbciiiic oi a 
fclf gioiB scryicc. Dead silcucc £cll. His mew age llxat day was baitd 
01111110$. v,2; The Lord so couicdias a thief uiEhe EiipliE.'" 

His pain and weakness iiicreased and aitit he was lahen ill on 
November i^di, bis doctor fldviheJ him to go immediately Co the 
Pekmg Union McdicalCoEle^ The P.U.M.C, was CJiina'smtfli 
faniQu; medi^^l iniritution and owed much To the Rockefeller 
milhons. It was dtai llut an uprraiiou wns overdue. The paticui 
had dchiycd ogain and again^ but -.n Ijst on DjJCcmbct 4th, Dr. 
Sung left for Pekingj leaving his wife and family in .Slianghai. 
To his old friend, Mcs. Liidllc Jones, who was seeing him tbi' 
rhc hit Cime, Jfthn said; "I h^vc prayed for odrcrs: now odiers 
nuut pray foi me." 

Ill Peking, it was conljimcd that he WhU sufiering from caiicer 
a.*i wd! ,13 nfkj-cirlosi^. A fitsc operacion wis performed cm 
December i4rli and a second on Jjnif:iry ladi, 1^1. Sii mcmrhs 
in die F.U.M.C. followed. Aiiodiec paiioit in the ho&pital wah ihe 
ionof Mi. and Mrs. CJ.J. GUltcnbeng uf die China. [rJandPMlisiioii, 



LIFE or K{> Ar^<:niTHT 185 

who had brou^t die boy up from Soulh Chin;i for surgical 
trc^nncnc. One day Mr. "Wang Ming-tao, die pasioc of the 
ChHsciiin Tabemacte, was vi^ting both patients, and introduced 
Mr, ji)d MUr Glictcnbcrg Co Dr, Sung, AfCcr dijt many chats wcitf 
held in die sun-parlour of €it IwispitJ dotiitg Dr. Sung's toii- 
vnlcstcnce fi"i>m Ills opeiations. Dr. Sung spoke frantly of his own 
ttubbonwiess and iL-humour and cxprcKcd his belief tint it wns 
foi dus that die Lord was disciplining him, Familiar with die 
many stones of [Ids iti^nge pirsonaLty, Mr, GlLiicuhc^ was 
surprised (o Jiud onf so cltastcucd and meek. 

Mcdlcdly the operations came six months too lacc. Dr. Stmg 
had refused earlier advico to liEiue an operation on the ground diat 
he cotild noc leave his wort. The pcesenr trcarnienr seemed To be 
sucrcsful, liowcvec, and on July Ttlihe was discliargcd and went 
out to tlie ■WcfiTcm Ilills, or dae "tlills of Frjgrancc" as the 
Chinese know dicm, to coiiUn je lus couviIescerKe. 

On [uly iSdi Dr. Sung received the news that his only livuig 
si>n loshii.T had died in ShanghaL This seemed a criicl blow acsiicli a 
tiini;, buijolui knew His Lord Kw well to bcoffmdcd in Hi^ways. 
He found abundant comfocE in djc Stdpturci and renewed his 
spiiicas weH ai hii fif lengdi ainid dse quietness of the surrounding 
hilts and the chan^n^ beauty of rfieSMsOda. 

Mrs, !iimg and the three giil& joined Dr. iiuig m the Wc^teni 
Hills OIL Aug use iftdi^ and [hcyier up anew liomc dtcre. Asliealtb 
slowly tclunicd, Joiui resumed a measure of work. Daily Bible 
Classes ai)d nieetings were cimductcdin the home. He continued 
to pray and to study the Bible a'ith die old mieiisity. He wrote 
fifteen new hymns and ninercen open letrers ro Chureh and 
Evangelistic LcJgUC leaders in China and in the "Nanyang", 
urging diem to ptjy for revival. 

By i]ie auiumu bis licalth seemed to some degree tcitoceJ and 
be W3i Eakmg long walb oi/er thp iieighliouring hills, ntabng 
the lociTid of the nunierons temples and bcautv spots. It -vPs the 
jcjflji) of tlic year when the "red leaves" drew die rrcii^ds out 
from die eicy to admire die brilliant autuinu coloutuig in the 
Hundag L'aik of thcfotmei £mp?rors. 



iSG 



A PJOCFAtHY OF JOllH SUNG 



riwa^iin 1941 tooilutLrcoiapDielhisdifgorin, mwhidilic 
■wnvca siury iiouud [hi! v^rioirs books of die Bible in allcj^rici} 
^tylt. His pKifcscd purpose was 10 teach the main ]ci«on of ^act 
hook. He VI3H by now iKeped in iJic Sciip[Q[« and lud ccid 
■widely boots and coniraciiKin« ^boul. daaii. But hi: found lindo 
iiutciii: HI tbr orthoda^ niinia: of lEifliiif^ ^id expinnidinc 
ihe Scripiurti tvcry tveujitg ihc ivrnnly iuid frienik gadirrcd 
ro^abo" foi -wDrsluji, iind in was [hoi thai these ^cgoticjl sdorics 
fiist came 10 light He did not bt^iii fi'oju llic bcgiimuig of the 
Bible and go through irsysccmaticdlyH but choic die book whidi 
was spcaaify in his niiud, In ihc Inuodiicdoii io llii^ Allcscncs. 
Mrs. Sung ilcwiubci how Dr. Smig h^id no dear outhnc in his 
mind wbai he siarJed, hfedioaca bool;- thmJic ptaycd siid after 
dui brgan, never Jmowing where he would end] He ofini siid 
thai JD w;fS hkn die wind of Jie Spirit which hlowedi w]iere it 
hstechr He clflinial that die alTr^orio were not men? invention, 
biic wcte given to Jiiia by |]ie Hnly Splril. 'iTiey whc carcfiilly 
reported aiid it was Dr, Sung's hope diit his ihrrc dniightcis 
would prepare rJicm for pubficjtion. Maoy rhings delated the 
work and it wai not undj July, 1951, that dicy were finally 
publihhed M15. Sung bcJn wiuiess to the pasiionan: love her 
husband h:id for itic Word of God, and she sp^esH rhat iliciT is 
litde wondci thji lie Ijglu [k tcceived from the lord was 
diffcieiii from dial whiih oihcts rctdvnd, in -view of die inlcusc 
study of die Bible, while in [he hospital in America, 

Tlu' principle ihciue of ihc .ilieoories was tlie diutch ynd the 
church workci;huw to build up a [-hurcli, how to lead a chiirf h 
on in the spiritLialliff, what kind of labourers God needs to gadici 
in His lurvesc, die charucTcr and |5ctsoiial life of «i evangchsc. He 
utgcsl that only ihose who wae wel verstJ in the Scriptures 
and wlio had an experience of the crucified and iiien fife could 
meet the prcscnr-Aiy oecds of [he ChurLh and complete ilie 
eterml plan uf God, ATI [heae themes are inMrspcised through ihc 
Ailf^oriei and ihe Cross aJwa^'s holds the central place' 

nurjiig 1942 Dr, Suug coiiHnutJ to conduct lua iiifocma] Bible 



LIFE OF HO ACCOUNT TB? 

CJass or School, known as the Hall of Grace. Tlicre wcic no legn- 
Inc Students, but Chrislisn workers who could aftbrd diedniecame 
to ttay fot loiigec or shorter periods lo sir altlie feet of one whom 
tens of thousands had learned to love and respect. There was 
EEcqiicnt fellowship witli Mr. "Wang Ming-tao, who continued 
liis uncompEoiuisiug witness in JapjJicic-ucciipLCil Pchil^, *tld 
witli I'.isixir David Vang, who had moved his Team of CinistiaD 
"Workers from Shansi to Pekinj^. Tlic winter pjisscd widi iia 
birrercoIdaudbrilliantsiJiishine. But John Sing's disease steadily 
gauKvl the upper hand. Since he had hcen in Peking^ Germany had 
ailackcJ Russij -UiJ Japjn Pcacl Harboni, bringmg the United 
States and Great Bnlain into tlie Pacific conflict. One by one ihc 
cosoiirics visited by iJr. Sung became uivolved in war: Hong 
Kong, Singapore, Jrido-ChJna, Siam, Malaya, the Philippines 
and the NciheilanJs Eaii Imiics. The bdrdai of praycf for the 
sulfijiing churclies and Chriitians weighed heavily upon tltc man 
who was akeady in the habit of bcariug them on his heart. 

On Mart+h aycli, 1943, a ddrd operatioi) wai peifonned in 
Tientsin. Three iiiondis later he was cakcn back to the Western 
HiHs. B utJolmSmig's day* ofaetivc service were over. Thefificell 
yeiits fincc his spiritual crisis in America had elapaed- TIlc scvm 
ye-irs foreseen at the time of his ladipr's death were completed; 
,uid die Eon liad no reiaon loregretlhar hehadnntpreaclied the 
t^ospel widi every ounce of his strenojth and evccy minute of tda 
time. Now he could no longer lead mectingSr Yet in his weakness 
In was vitited by a constant strcjuiofvisiliJii from fjr and near. 
He prayed with each one and encouraged thern to go on with the 
Lotd. Miiny lives were blessed through these contacts. 

Tnjunc, J 944, there was a tiim fov (he worie, and this time the 
family ifiol: the patient to the Gcrtaan Hospital in Peking, where 
yet anodiei opctatjoif wai picefoniLcJ on the iidi. 'Devoted 
German, asters gave the patient the most loving care and there too 
Johit was vihited hy frequent visitors. One of theni was die Rev, 
John Ku, a converted film acrefl- who wa^ conducting a mission in 
Prking. Due do the war, he li^d been separated ftom his wife and 
Eimily for a long lime. He had rcccndy been cxpetlmg (0 he 



JS3 A liUHJPAPHY op JllEirj S"UN<i 

rciuiirciH wict them whcu |3ie iragic iicis-s reached liim jhal [lit 
sHpou whidi thcy wcic tijivclling from xSJijnghaihmt E-jcn iiuik 
"wiui tuc losiof JlcMi LnmiiL Crusted ^ntdbrokcii -hearted, Kc felt 
tkit he could iieviir prt:jcli iigain. Then he dioiiglit of Df. ^iing, 
dyiifg of CjJncn in hiBpiuJ and luftrring such pjin ili^n j[ linii!^ 
lie could nor endure Im bed and had [o be uised DiTilie bed in a 
[a'ge jhect vilipended from the ccitmg icp gam any r^lid". John 
K.U decided [o cull on John SuJig iiiid to imburdcn hh brcabiitg 
hcait, After lisfaiitig to the story, Jolsn Sung said iofily to the 
other John : 

"Wc coidd sing j duel, raddn't wcs" 

John Kti was liorrifit J, &uijf ! A duel ! How could ha ever sing 
again' And -what could Dr. Sling sing? 

"Wc could sing the song of Job", -was the ealm r^ply, "You 
angtho fini: chapter and T'l! sing ihe second I" 

On July lit John Sung rdiirncd to die Western Hills lo spend 
hu hit days on earth "willi Iiii fjiuily. En spite of nicicaivnig 
w<:akues aiiJ ^xlJlll^nL pun, he continued Vi speiid most of his 
tiine ID prayer and tejdrng die Sciipiuiea. He dictated Ki rwo 
dfivoicd friends die rcsiifE of his daily mcditjitions in die Word 
of God and his lemiiiisccaiccs of lite paM. Tiicse two ladici. Miss 
Pi Yun^chin and Misi Liu Su-chiug, were his daily connuinons 
in prayer and those denes of intercession ate indehbly wnifen 
in. Jjeic LncDLories. Their lives werp inimcaiiitably t-nrithcd by 
itose last days of fellowship and both became a powfrfirl 
mfluenco for God among generations of yoiine people in die 
fi^owing yeafs. 

Dr. Stm^s last uicajgc for the Chuich was alnuMt prephfiCic: 

'"Hic work of die future is 10 be the work of prayer [" 

Tliisilogiu was taken up by iheChrisdan stud enQ of Peking in 
[he posl-war yKirs when they were ^ed with eh-inging political 
cotiditions and greater sullcrii^s, [t has inspired many |o ptay 
whose naive service in Chiiiii is now cutiailcd. A leiter from 
Peking, written in iijsA ^d quoting the \vords of Goil'a strvjitit, 
jdds that niirafki ate siill bring wrought in amwec to prayer. 

On die jnoming of August iiSth, 1^144, Joluifeltivorie. Ht told 



LIFE OF NO ACCOUK'I 1^9 

his wife diai God had ^own him ihar lie WJi going to die. That 
nigjit he fell iiuo a conij, bui die next day nillicd civouuK to sina 
vtises of three hymns; "Thcre^s a land dial Is faixei' llun day^', 
'*lu die Cross, in die Cross be luy glory ever" and "Jesus is all die 
■world [ome". A^ihe diy wore on die dying man seemed to paas 
from intense pain into a great joy and peace. Clnte friends, such 
as Mr, Wang Ming-tao, as well as a doctor and a Christian nurse, 
welt pXf^eJit. MiS. ^Luig bad pnyed that licr liusband should not 
Jie at night- About nudmglu, his la&t wocds Co his wife were: 

"Don't be afraid ! The Lord Jesus is al ihe door, Whar is ihere 
to fciic?" 

Irwasdayhreafc when, ar 77 a, m, on August iadi,3t die age of 
forty-two, John Sung fell asleep. The cifcle of relaiivcj and friends 
were quietly praying around the bed, 

Mr, Wang Miiig-tio qirite natiiruhy Bssiimed respon^bility for 
rhe fuiierul arnuigemeiils. Af five o'clock on the simi; day, ^ 
service was held in rhe house and ihen rhe hedy wi'i lovingly 
placed in a casket of "fragrant wood'^. Mr. Wang spoke briefly 
and approptiatdy on die words ill Rew. ziv.ij: "Blessed arc the 
dead wJiidi die iii the Lord from henceforth; Yti, sddi tlie 
Spiril, thai they may rest from dieic labours; and their works do 
follow theiii,'* 

The ialcrinmi took place on August und. Represents tires 
fijln JTwny diurtliB were pcc^iriit jrJ ;i coach-load of fricndb 
came from Tientsin to attend. There weie also delegates from 
Chefoo, Swatow, Amoy and Fouchow. Some jtc persons were 
present jliogedier. Mr. 'Wang Ming-Bo pccachcd on ]er. L4-ig. 
He entpbasiW Jiat John Sung had been called, Id^ejetejjuali, to 
rebuke the snis of die Church and of society, to be JS Jin "iron 
pillar", feaiing no man and ^difid unto death. A great man had 
pa&Ked from their midst. Ij^idcrs oT various evangehsdc handii 
whieh he had inspired carded the coffin and hymns wcl'c sung all 
the W3y 10 die grave ■whielt had been prepared in die quicu tree- 
shaded incadoiv where John had loved to go for sohtudc in 
pmycr. 



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Epilogue 



WHAT went yc uut into dac ^'iltfaness to set ? A reed 
shikeii by die windr Bin wh.ic went ye oiii; for ro 
bcc? A man clothed in soft i-umcut? Toehold rhcy 
ihac weir soft dorhing arc in kinj-'s hoiisci. But -^hut won vc 
aat for to sef^ A propKoi: . . ." 

Jolm Siiiig died iiL [he piimr: of life, wkcu most evangelist 
loukfuiward to diai greater! nimiipliiii Fie liiid only lificai years 
of Ji;:(vft service. Yet hia bfEucnce in China anH among the 
Chuiese camniiinidM and churchci iii Soaih-Easi Ai[j v/ai 
ircmcndous. Tim years after ins Jcadi, the results of his work mil 
it^nd as s naonmicni lo his nieinocy, 

"Wlmt vjas the setuct of iis extrajurdiiury 5UCOS&? Ccnaiiily 
]ie wa^nn tepddiakcnby tlic wiiid. Given an unpopular message 
to j^ihdaim, he proclainied Jr wirhdut showing feat or £ivoar. 
Nor was he a inau of coiicdy uiamier^ and wcli-wiloicd cloilics. 
He would luve bKJi quite outof pkcc iii kings' houses. Like [fie 
Itaptisc, ]ie was rougli in appearaitce and fniga] in his habits. 
Money and popularity ineiiir iiOThing at ^11 to him. He was a 
sclhulat aiid had mingled wadi die leuned and criufitc. But ihcic 
was noihing in his message oi In its pieiniiuiioii to attract the 
iiiiellecruals, Hii jpp«I was to the common penpfe- 

Bud what wein ye nut for [o &ee: Cettainly a man who was 
sciiipuloiE svith himself. Nothing was allowed lo hinder liis 
]>raycrs. Wa^ it n ^Eick foe whidi he had negli]cn:<f to pay, h^i a 
private norc co his wife clipped ill lo a IciMc whiih he was 
forwarduig, tlia^:by defiauthng die Fost Office of a stamp? He 
could not leaLiuidl the niatier had been puC right. He was particu- 
larly careful Jibont money and rsoluicly refuted alf profEccrd 
gifts. 

rQspitcoffiL-srmiprtisiom,JoljiiSuiig was a kmnble man. He 
never made a paiade of his uiiuMial attainoienta. Had he been 






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A liJOGHAPHY OP JOHN S L"NC 



asked, "who mt diou?" he might well have replied, "Merely a 
"voice! He m.i^^njb!y agiiiid himself as "[he Ickc of [he LolJ's 
servanii". He lesenKd rather ihan inviicJ the praise of meiir The 
mcss^igc "ivas alivays luotc pioaiuieur Juii die man. 

Tlicn Juiuj Sunc wai a uian of the Word. He lov^ ir pasBSon- 
ately. He k]iew ihe bible as few know ii. He rtad hcde else and he 
cominucd ao lo read righr up rc> the end. His own prra fhing ins 
ei4^ria[]y c jposiicny ind Bihhcal. His iierceM denunciations ivcrc 
for iliosc ■who lud departed Ciinn hyalty lo God's Woid. 

He ■was imdoubledlyiiujnofpiiayci. Hciose very early m ilic 
moming to pray. A well-iugli: iii!amiiiab][: list of his convHis 
and, rfpoftsiblt, their photographs ■was liis iiisqiarahle mmpaiiion 
and he prayed &>r chcm nil Ecgiilarly, o&cn with feats, E'/cty where 
he -J7«ic he laid eiifplsaiis en tljc ui^mt nrcd to prav. Tlia[ the 
Cliincsc Churcli is a pi"aying Church lo-d-iy can be iittributcd in 
pjLt to die inRucucc jiiid the example ofthis man who ■ptayn^. 

John Sung w^g ^ jin inEcnscly industriotu man He rnnld 
m.'vcr "waste a minute Every avdiabic moiuau: of tlic Jay^ 
"whiter on 3 journey or engaged on unc of hia canipiucns, lie 
used to study and wridt He laboured as a man "V^'hoiC days wen: 
EUDibeied. 

John Sung was oulstaiidiiigly a btim Jng lighr. Hr "vu^s conscious 
of having a mission to fiilfil, and this consciouatms "was accom.- 
panicdhy a [rcmnidoiis uav Jil of souL On dieplatfinnuhis was :l 
fcrvom of J care kind — a soit of incandescence, Notlnng inacteted 
Id him but Ho dechire tlie Word of God. He made ■no attempc at 
imprcaiivc sdvertiaing, "yet the zeal of a man on £rc aiuacied (he 
multiciidu, 

Then, undoiiljledJy, it wis God'i ^points] lime. Tlielioiir had 
sniick &r die Os inch flf China. And God sought a man whom He 
could use. HefoLuid (among; ojiertjjolhu Sung. 

Bur whiit went yc out for no sec? First and fiiremost, a man 
ntterly abjndoneJ toG<id. Cifri, atiaiiuucud?,lLoiioLii$, prospects, 
wcaldi — ill counted loai and tonjumcd in one trccvocable 5icri- 
£c^. His was an miqujliGed c<i]fsecia[ion of his all to God. Noth- 
ing Vii35 kept back. Tlte sacrifice, moreover, waB boimd widi 



6PIL0GUE lp3 

cords to the altar £or the full duration of his hfr. There ■was nevec 
a. niomcnl; of icj^tcl. No lowering of staddaids. No compromise 
witli self. Just a daily denial of self. His was no »:asy ministry. But 
lie hid n Spuic-givcn jbiKcy lo give himself wholeheartedly to it. 
He wa.'i wedded lo die Cross, He gloried in die CroSr Not fot 
him a conifbrtablc, tailor-made career — a poit suited lo his 
ttaining and actaiaincdtJ. He iccklody forsook all to follo"w His 
Ldid, "Willi all his ^upcili^ijl fj-ylii juJ. idioiyLu-i4sie^H l^ie wj^ j 
man. after God's own heait. 



APPENDIX ONE 

ThcyMiatim 0/ liillc ilkgonci In July. \f}'. aillalfonh 

t]ie jnW^/i"^ oj'r'ik iiJ i^f /ta^nsi'nf HiMvcnly People, pifP- 

&U in H^ni Kmg by Rrti. Sk Tso-jta"^. 'tfie amiwi ii .1*. 

PeltrOmig, K/vpfDr. Sffri/i coif erw 

r>fi. SUNG SHAMO-CHLEH, COD'S REVTVAT. MtSSENGER. 
TO THE CHLVESE CHURCH OP THIS CENERATION 

RgCENTI.Y 1 Chrim-in iisM give mc 1 coi>y of Di. John 
Slina'sicranI/luibliihalBlt^e^^^rfef- A^lnfldlCniyniind 
^rwan<:d liiipfcseiilgcnciadcHi^poslk of revival. Tacfinpl co 
wc him jbuidiug dicrc hcfocc me with Jrii locfc of ban tuiubliji^ over 
his (orclicad. hii colmn govjn iairl/ cominR below his ktiec, hii iiiping 
v<rto: camcidy, desperalcly pleailing wilh njuh Jinggcd hy sin and 
^piiig rhc skcp ofdcaih H] awake- The ih^ bona lived anj bceamc a 
miahty Buiy. Ah yts. Di, Suiig is catainly to be rcmembeicd u 1 
&i[h(lil KTvant ai Clirin, 

I, He p'tadmd tire yiirf JotlrivE ef Mivtl'or 

Di. Sang was a drttot of philosophy iu chciiu^ny. Vet lie never 
ijtaltcil l>i^ sdwlarship, nor tiot jilvantajie of hii gnat reputalioiu 
He imply ciiltrd ihc Ckm aiij preachfj the oU truths of alvatioiL 
Ihiou^ Jic ihtd Blood of Chiijt. He tLCver boasled of any sujierior 
apiriloality nnt did he cndavwi to give die imprrisioii dial he »m b 
any way j greai: leader or revivalist oc that he v.js a lecrilay BiiJy man. 
He simply and liiiraUy -witnessed to rite sracc of God and i^idi love 
bomai:i::alvarypliadtdwilhaoiilsindiedarkiicj!of!in.HE;picatheda 
l)alain:edincaaucandncveclil»nreda[iy]ianu;iilatjspectof [rudi. Tie 
just preached Ae orthodox dotlruin of ulvatioii, rcgmeiatjoa jusn- 
ficaiinn and holinns. These vjere dit truths Ins generation ntcded, The 
lostwciebonia^rain and deEcaled Christians weic tmved. 

a. He iDuiageotifty rff^doj sin uiilim lire Ctoifth 

"Witli regaid to rin within the Church, Dr. Sung never hesitated In 
expose it and to urge rcpencjiM on Chrisdaii^- He qinli; uncete- 
moniouslyallaiied dK present day Pharisees and hypotiitei aniong ite 
dei^. He never spared auyone'i fchn^ as he penetnted the liUe 



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iijti 



A ILTOGBAPBT OF JOHN SU!>JC 



ntufc of tbffic wlio wee merely proching for a lining He i]]i}i«irar- 
ingly cxpoFfcil whai wasrMtcn mtln: miys of rJjowurld jiiJofClirJrt- 
idiu aiiJ iic condemned (he JwcitfulnQi of [Lcbunuu hcjit He was i 
club jimcd j[ ilfc ]Kail of all ivlio weir keeping the 3lcq> of men 
dmgpetf by sin. He -oiti ^n alairn iigrul ro all viihi) wac tmuicucd in 
die empty pleasures of <3iis wwld- The Holy S^uiil iv^cd [hih tiiiHiil 
scrviQt KF revive ihc Ginrch of Ch[ii,T atid to ^nw CJirRtians rhc 
iHffd for ^scpjraiciHiftr flic CliiuchofCo-djiy sadly neciJs many iQoie 
prcjchcn like liiui who will uifcomproniiaingly aracfc bu aud wacy- 

3. He did n ifotk of ^cnuite n:i'iv^ 

Whm wc oaniirc iihc hinoty of rcvivalt in lUt cLiueIi, ■wc dis- 
cover ih.ni true icvival u ucdiin^ HLOTC uor las chiui die clcau&mg of 
the cluQch oi J lauk (^ic^iiancc from, sin TIiie JuMyj thuIe in a 
znl 10 save drmci^ ty ihc prcachiog of d^ G^pcL Dc. Simg's woifc 
kcpl iHirdy la Uuj itack. He iievei used hia siiccea K creare a new 
deiiniiimiiriulr, biit cucouraj^ed the dirjjttiiuni cvciy tUy, ie™dlK5 
of dicii dcnommariinis, to org^ulTe cvangefsCK bauds. He exboired 
ihcji mi'mhcii lo deternuDe to pi oiifwilnoringacle«t once a week in 
Older to inirodiicc ChrisT to imtelicvcra. Tiic uinttt wjs oocc a 
mcmba of one ol itow b-mds and I caii ueuM fjtgcE t>r. Sunga 
advice when going our ti] witncB. HetirftedinnotinKpantcfrtmitbe 
churchci, howcvec nrncli juipiritiijl leaJcu inighi; hiiiJeE oc penecntc 
ua, Uulcj^diiveiiiDi:,wcihouldni>tlcavcrhechnrcha, hucfjithfiillv 
wlmea for the Lord .md the Lrad -htoiiIiI |jioiec[ liis childrai. The 
wnHT ia happy to tiy thai he has coaliniTed to seive dheLord "widiin 
iIk fraiiicve.it of the Chuicb. f>. Smj^^j words fn this coniieetion 
made a deiTi impicsilDn on me. 

Tc!-Jay ihc cv^ugfli^cic ocgjuijuiiou ill suiji pkcci as Canton and 
Hong Kong and Aino-y has disuEved but ihcre arc nuny faithful, 
witnessing Chtisdans wlio coiniuut to work foe die Lord. [ am ccrtwn 
diaiJicGijdvvhtiiccdiuisecrecvjlllrcward chesc laidifiJ ona togeihcr 
widi Hk «TvnnC Dr. Sung. Hefcndy the wuito: baa been able lo 
observe in iJie Philippines and nci^^hbounng tountries iliat die evan- 
gdijtie orgziuiuooiu are soil funjnioning. Therp ii niotcava- j plan 
m erecl amtniorjai chapel coDr, Sung in Suigaixiie- 

i. Hf tfos a inie inlene^of 

Whji ha^ been u.ri[[en above ate fm,&i which iniinv eyei have 
wininicd peisoually, Bnr Dr. Sun^ wi', not onLy 3 aiia ivhn was 
feiiiMiE fn his public work. He wjs none die Is Eiidifiil in the hidden 



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APFtHDIX I5J7 

minmrw at liw Thruoe of Graee. He wai a fiiitbliiE imecer^aH. He 
received connck?^ Icticii lei^nsdng jwiiyer m c^ety plaH:c be viiLted- 
Hc Itcpt cvoy ^ch reqinst accompanied ty a jjioojgiaph and remem- 
bcEtd cadi in prayer EFglllady. His mcmpcy was phenoHtellal The 
P.CV. SiiTio-yangteHllsiiieeiiingDt. Sung utdit province of Kiangsu, 
As luoiL ai Mf. Su announced hii name. Dr. Sung re oneu recollected 
thai he liad. itace led ui prayei in a mrcunj^ in Hong Kont Wtte it 
not thai Dt- Sung had ^1 iheaenamsconsiandy before hiin, now ojuld 
he have [emembeccd mte iiainc jnniiig so many? Thus Dr. Sun^; wa« 
nut onLy a t^idiHil and hold ptnphci bus he was also a icuc piiesl, 
one who inicrei:dcd Eor soiils. And hc3c we can see the rerim why find 
if, used him. 

This man of God had many udiet diings ^joiii him woithy of 
cuidation, butjiiH these oLitMandhiH tjualidri haw been neDdon«L 
Thoogh it K impii^dble lo wiite of diem in deijil, it u dear iLat Dc. 
Suag^ influence on thf Chiniae Church of this geneiadon is indicid- 
abU. May die Loid raise up CD-day oiaiiy more Dt. Sun^l 



APPthJJiX 



1(19 



AP?:-J>IUIX TWO 



Dr. Sung's Lnsl Imlnidions about the Preaching 
Band Organization in Singapore 



t: 



O-DAY I have gjrhtzrfd -you ipMally m talk m you ahoiit 

Kuciif iJiingi rfuiammg rhc Siiig^pon; Chriariaii EifjiigeUiiii: 
Lcjguc. ilwpc yoa vdll titeuQiecJ"andtarfy uuf wIitx J say; 

All meinben and ylficials of die League should form the hjbit of 
flttendinji ihc mfaiihly inccdog o£ msmbera. Disbiitu [C]>rc5caij(ivn 
should Dijl^it ihiic biumesE la eueniu^ige afnil aiicndaiu? by [Jl i?td 
ttul ni.'w members. This sotidjticy ii tlic FnuuiE^iJon nf work for [lie 
lord. 

(B) Be u-tiifd and kcfp pomiri^ ii l!ie oil 

A lack of imiiy jnd rfio failure tu pour in blic uii jec one Iwin 
enciiucs- Disunicy cobs us of auoigrfi, Jf yon da not jdd the oil, the 
kmp rannoc KVf light. Wc ought m bi: imiKJ in Christ Our ojic jud 
only aicLiiuTotijcLf ^old be lo IieI liigh die Cms and jnQLkiio ilie 
Gcspd ofa Savii^uE. 

I- Fpfmciiti viiliy. EvayLiiaeiiciiicnihcr ihoddgivcljiicouiriliuUoD 
lo hit Jitiiict icprncDtjtivc who wJl pass on such comrihtidons to dte 
League Ttea^iiter- The money rouse be w&i solely Ebt dw putchiu: of 
tTbOi Unity JnGninciJmiiHtis stowi ivcjicuQjirdiii Cueist, 

!, Respon^lUty if DtifirtT Kcfii^OTfatrvfj. Diatrcl ccprcscnladviH 
flhould galkrr tc^flhei all mcinben in his distrrcc oikc i vrccii to 
encouiagc one anodiei by giving and li&taiing ki repocE of dn; woch. 

3. Pfrpose fif metfihiy ]j<tgvt meetings "J ajjicPs. Tlicrc miiit be a 
monlhly meedng nf ofliccc^ m promote the spiricof couitadcsliip ^id 
foe mulud cDcmuagcmcnl. More tiuaeihouldbegivcu iii piayec diaii 
Eo discus^on, 

4. Gttrera! Mfiting cfLtugat mfpiEim, Such uicclii^ uc lucicrd u> 
two a year. Tlie decoraTiraitcif die hall shoiJd be ard-Jtic. The order of 
semcc shoirld be wcB pbimcd. For ciimple; one disltift inighb be: 
asked to pravidc ifstnuonnSv anodiec lo suig iind 1 ^onJ ipcahct [11 
gtVB a fivt^oinucc mcsa^f The Scripliirc Lcswn and ihc hyinin 



ibould be caicEiiIly diojH:^ and jncmbcn wJld luve died slioLdd be 
remembered. The mepiing place should be thrjfn in each dkirict in 
rotatiou. Where ibc dHniiits arc smaK, scretal could uniM tft boimw a 
suitable pkce. Wheo the (uin of each di^UicC comes round, tlic local 
inembci^ miisl be responsible for anan^g die hall, preparing refrob- 
lucuQ, etc. RcticsLmciiba should l>c ccLiowniicil^ the incpoEljiii thing 
btiiig lIi& fellowsliip 3ud ilic iLiuiud love, noi ilie Ijxid. 

(C) W* JiiOiit IfiiY haiJ nnaUlho'ized 01 loo frequent galketi-9gs 

[t is iuiportaur Ebi every disrria tit eoatire ^iriubic swjbus nc iheir 
meetings. 1>d not act independenllyi but in a spirit of cororadeahip. 
Every memha shoul J enrii^y iCudy the Bible aud T&doudy witness. 
■Wheceuer advliable, die Bvaiigeliade League niiiy arrange a ixmvfiiiion 
fo[ ihc deepening of the ipiriiual hfc of mcnibccs, hut Special care iiiiHt 
be Cikeu in inviCmg spcikcis (ou do accoimt invile anyone whose 
doctrinal belie+s are imsound '.). W dividon be introduced. You can't 
die ofhuUger^ but you tei tuiily Can ofpHSOlif 

(£>) Pieacii'ms h^lb 

I. Na^ae The name tjivcn to :,iich hall, ■should be the lianic of the 
local diiOicl (eg. a hail scE up by llkc Ea^l SJi^apoie distEJc.t would be 
CBllcd the Easj Singapore District PtMchiiig Hall). 

a. Irt^pfPiience. Suii lialh shuold preserve tlioi indepniJait char- 
acter. Finance should be directed by tlii; TJjstria teprc^^tatiiT without 
dciKlnling nn anTiHir'ide liclp. To rclinquiih yom nwn respond hi 1 1 Cy 
li LO allow yoiic hard work to coine to nougliL Wheie a district is 
small, it may jujn ivitb other small di^itccsin setting up a preauhiiig 
b^lL Our Jim alid ohjccT iS tn Irad many to Chriit aiid to rcccisc 
rhe bl«sLDg of God. 

The League President may control dl the ar&irs of every diflricr 
and ^oi^Fd pay Epccul j^tcntian to que^dom of sound dorteinc. 
The Treasurer should procnt a. monrbly iiCcoifit of receipli and t![- 
^nditiLTC. I coLiLmit lo the Lciigue the rights of my book ofehomseSr 
The inaiopiitpHeof what I have said lo-day ia Co ensure that you will 
never cease to co-Dpcnic dosdy and to shine brighdy. ] hope you wUI 
press forward vigorously and lead m-itiy to be javed and the LnJtd's 
Name co be gloEiEed 1 






APPENDIX. 'rHKEE 



John Sung 



rgoi SEflemhci 2^1- Poin nt Hinghwa, Pufdfli. 
1^09 Hinghiui "PcniciXtit". 
191a EnlffEcd High Schwjid 
1920 Feiiuaiy iorhr Sailed for U.S.A. 
191^ Cr^-liutcd froiiL Wcslcyait Uidvcr,it^', Oluo. B.A. 
ig^t M.Sc. de^ee fhuu Ohio Srai£ Univcr^ily. 
15S6 Ph-D. d^^cc from Ohio Rate Uiiivcnity. 
Entered OmoLt llKDEc^cid Seminary. 

Deeply movH^d at evaiigalisdc iccvKci at CjJva'y BijiHil 
Ckiicli, N.Y. 
ir(B7 Pthniufy iDtfr The rajjrcnic cHii^. 
I-iib Unjon Tlicolu^cal Scrainaiy. 
Fcbrinry lo August, f^i days id mcnLiI h(K|iiCil 
Oftob^r ^U. SjilcJ £mQ Seattle, 
Iteniracd lu Hinghwj, Fifteen ycMi lo serve God. 
1528 Matiiflgc. 

On yaffnf HlngTiwi Mcnjodaf SdiouL 

VoluniJiy Kjcliuig aod fwachiug in iutal MtthoiiLit Cucnic. 

Moy. Mm I?r. Jomph Flacks and Bethel Band under R(^. 

Aiidccw Gih at Si? ifvj. 
OjiiducHii ueuiicjg; claEes for young pieachciSr 
Orgflniwd ^'iiiiieranF iheologkjl ^chonl", 
1925 Cowliicrf d mJssEoiu at ChangcKaw, Amtny and CLiiaachu™. 

Vint Ip KumiD Suninici CDnvccfion. 
1930 Jumcd IJingliwa Ctjiifcicncc of MediodiiT Cliuccli 35 Con- 
ference Evaagelist. 
Work in llurij^ehun, Tch-hiuj, EIai,3i»n, 
Mlcthmii in Fnchmg, Vangkou, Hdupu, Shuu^luu^ Yenpjng 
Left FukieJ] oniciiYcof atfloice m inspefl llwrJagmJ ducjtioii 
and die Maa Educatiou eapciiniaii ai Xjnghsicu, Hopth, N. 
China, Appoiuced evjiige^[-at-krge of Medtodiat Chucch. 
EFf roMt ro TcnHh^ui, v\-iteA Hiifhow (Kiangju), Haiigchow 
(Clickijug), Nanking (Kiangsu), Clian^ (Hnpch), Shan^ 
laikiiaa ^opeh)^ P^mg (Hnpch) and Paodng (Hoptii). 



flTPPNTHK 2DI 

15^1 ftmibity Staynzd [«(■ dap a^ gu^il oTDt. Jas. Ych St Tillghiiai. 

Met DTr Kagawa 111 Slunghai. 

Fehrttaty-Apdl. Mij^jona in Shajighm, Njiiclijng f luniiiiii poini), 

Kiirbjng (Kiangu), Wjnctjlig (Kianyu), WullU (AullVMij, 

Shanghiu. uid Nanking (XiaiLgsu). 
Mity. Pitic misdon wiiih Bedicl Band at CKangctifiw (KiaTigsn), 

Hcjit Icoujjur, 
June. With Bcificl 'P^Tid ii> Shaiiiun^; Tsin^iao, I'lliiiii^dng, 

Taniu, 
July. Tsuiaii, Taian, TtJighsicu. 
August. Foi3nh Bediel fiible C'lilaiuec^ 

B^etLim hoinc Co Hingh'wa- D-iKiicd fiom 'inking ^hip iHtmilf. 
^qrleiihei-Ntiventber. With Dediel Band lo Majichuria; Pen- 

<flnjf5wn, Mukden, riailar, T-IacbiQ, Hulan, Siiiliwa, Harfnn, 

Changclum, Kiini, CbaoyjngiJicu, Yingkawj Cbangclmn, 

Tahsin. 
Deccuihfi. ShuDlua^: Uivaugluien, Pingnt, Tiinan, Tgingon. 

1932 Missiaits fn Shanghai. 

Jniiudiy ^Sih. Baltic foi Shanghai began. 

FebraiM}'. ShpnTcrm Bible Schotjlr 

Monk ^. Sailed tor Hong Kong with Bethel Band. 

MisiLuns in Kowlooii, Hong Kong, Canton. [Kwangtung), 

WuchflW, KvF'diEjciii Yulin (Kifrangd), Wuchow, Caalon. 
Ap'il lo May. Koivlonn, HiHlg Knllg and CanmiL May lil. 

[nnnaaed ni Kcnvloon. 
JUfE. Mi^siiffl Ut FcKftho* (Pukicll). 
Ju!y 4'h-i4ll'. Fiftli IScdicI Bihle CnnfcrcLiCC. Shi^clTflm Khli 

School. 
Aiigan 10 SepfeiibcT. Swarow (Kwangruns). 
Septemhiy Jd Dtfcfjfifitr. Nortliccii luui iiiiSi Bclinl; Hankow, 

Faoring, Prfdng. 
Diftmhrr. Ticurain, Chciigchow, ShangliaL 

■9^1 Shanghu. 

Jsmioiy-AprlL ShanLimg [our; Tsmait, Ttiniiig, HwjanglisLen, 

TcngcKnw, Chcfiid, KaotiU. 
M^dt. Honao. Kaifcug, Kjhiicn, Chaiigtc, Sliilikiacbwaiig 

(Hopcht. 
Apill-Moy. bbansi: I'aiyuaU, Fingbillg, PlHjjyiu, llnn^lTBig. 
Jim. Miasiojis in Sliangjiai. 
]<i\y. Sreth Bethel Bible Confe-cncc, 
An^iS. Vfiit lo Swacow (Kwan^iLing). 



iOi A LlOGKAI'llY Ul JOirN SUNG ^H 


Aeeh^iiii^L ao3 




I93i S^ti^her-Decemffer. To Tnner Mongolia: Kalgjn fChaliur), ^ 


I5J7 January. Mi^aorii in Shjmiinj^. 




Kvvi^iwj, Pautow anil SiuEi (Suiyauj . 


T-cbutary lo 2\^y. 




Fuichcr nuiHons ia Pioling;, CJiaiigcc. 


June sfth-July -jrd. Misiion in Siiaiisi-TaiyiiJii. 

Jtiiy jih. Mateo Vtyla Brid}^ bicident and oiirbreak of ■war with 




I5J4. last insioii witli Kcchcl Band at Chwij^^ha [Hunui). 




J/KAity MiHiQin an ChiugK [Hmijn), Hn^yang jHunuii]. 


Japan. 




ftfimaryr Shargliai rnksiont in £bpr cIhikLci. 


^iifuir. Tliird Bibk In^iimtc ax Powliow- 




AM^i l^th- B-ctutncd (o Sliiughai a^J^iuncw atiacfccil ciiy. 




Mure*. Miiaoni ui Chiu^aang (Kiangsu), S. Spchow (Kii ), ^ 
Tsiiim, Uni^n, WcihsHi, Piiigtu, T^ingoo and CtcEoo 
^ [p|[ in Shantung], 


&eplewh&: 




Oclohtr. Missions in Sian (Shensi), and Fowyang (Anhwci). 




Aiovftniff Jo DKfljrter. 






i^iU J\iaiiaiy ta Tthrwary. 

Matdi toAffil- Fit^tviill Tu fiiiin [Thailiod). 
A^r^ to Mof. Missions in lndo-Chira. 

Jmm rpJwJy. Missions in Ennth Wcit Cliinj: Kivcifhow and 
YuniLUL 




churcli. Miiaoni in Peking, Hangchow, Shanglidi, Hucltuw, 
^ Snanphai, Haiigchow illd Nintina, 






Stptftnivr. Missiout in Flikicn; Fooctiow, loyuan, H-wrian, 




Chiunclioiv, Changcliow, Swamw, Amoy, Tain-hu. Aiid 




ill Ewaiignnig: CjfiWn aud Hoiig Ki^ngr 


Aiigi-itto SrpUmher Siam? 

Otishsj ^ih. Fumdi«utto SingjfOEC. Ten d^y* msiicm at Zioii 




l^ovemlvr. KinkJng. 

Pastor Sunp dicil. 'SciTiL ymsinoreJ" ^^ 




Chapel. Misdons in Koak Lumpur, Ipdi, Taipiug. Sniau;jn, 




1 r<ijj Jimrjiuji Misii<rtis ia f ufcioi: KityiDg. Kmtjdiinfl. ^B 


Pcuanff. 




FebrMiy-MariSi. ^M 1 


P^Hucn to ShanghaL 




4pii'' MiiHon in Pf king 




J'4iir. Viiil dj PJuUppiues; Mmila and Ccbii. 

Jhi^r First "Bibfa EiBotiiM" at IJiOigcIio-w. 

^[iftfit joiffi-i'fpMjnipr jiWt, Hm visit m "Naiiyang" ; Siiigiipore, 
f Muar, Malacta, Surcmbau, PiTnang, Kclanian >iid Siliaw^iiL 

inMidaTa, 
'y Onoher iSih. Sftxjnd veeJi dj Singapon:. CyiH'<:iinDn. 
', Dciofber. Mission in llingh-wa. 


19^9 Jnfiuary. 




Fetraay. Second vj^ lo Tltailaudi* 

Fefiffwrj » Mibik Fitst vjiJt Co Netherlands Eaic Indus: Siira- 

bay^nMadidi, Solo, Bandimg and rjjataita (Baiavia) 
Mani So April- In SbaugbaL 




Ufay fJjTj. Fifth -nsLCtoSingapi>J-L:-FiiScg[admdon ceremony of 
Uoldoi Link Dible SemLnary (Fonndcd May ]4di 15J7) 




Miifch. Miraioni ia ShamuLig; Taiglisicn and Tsinioi. 
Misiytm in Kiiinpu— tin&o. 


Jum lo July. Thailand? 

Aiigi^- Second -pint ta ^3 E I.Java' Bacavia (Djakarla), Bogor, 

CheaboLL Sciuaraiig, Magcbngj Pija-woi:H^a,J(>t)dLir[a and 

SoEo. 
Sv^tembr'- (jccal tonvcntionat SurabaySr 
OopfifiT. Mission ai Mafcasitti (Celebes) and Ainbou (Moluccas). 
Novffihtr 13th. Sisdi viiil; to Snig^piirc. Mi^jirm, 

Mj»ioiiaiiiBaiion6{Pa[ianB), K]aiie:(Selangnt)and Pcnang. . 
DHcmtn i^ih. Rrmro to Singwore. 
Efeftmha i-fih. Left Singipnr<^ fei lasf lime. 




Apii! ■Vii[ttoPonncaa:Tjifeli,THdiimgjndTaiiuii^jWHT/f-flJ, 
May. Mlujdos in Canion ^nd Taishjn. TJioi in Hiicliow 
1 (KianBii) iuid Siumchcng; (Anhwd). 
Jane ijih^7^ij. MiMJiMi in Hong Kong. 
Juiy imh-Au^usi gih. Scmnd "Bible [n^rictite^' iif Amoy, 
Awgrjit. Misirons in Qmloii, Hon^ Kong^ KowIood, Foochow, 
Scpief<ibtr. Hjjid vial Co Singapore en tvnie lo Sarawak 




Septemherm Oftdfrfr. Miaicn in Sibu, Sur^wak. 


[940 JiMuary iJl/i. AEiivol Shanghai. 111. 




Ooo^ fo iVtf [ifwtfT' Bucma^ 


Aliuiuns in ^anghai. 




1 DffOMhtr nih-jorh. Singapore Bible Study Conference. 


?Vpfi;fit^£T islh. Taken seoQu^y ill, when pccpaijng Gu JiiodiCf 




DEi&abei sziid. Sailed &oni Singapore lo Shanolui, 

I 

1 


vi^il do N,inyarigb 





^°4 rt lilOGSAPBI 0* JOHH SUHO 

15^0 Ditri'ipf' ^il,. On doccof'a advice travelled to Pcling, 
Eurercd P^ikinj^ Union Mcdiol College Hctipital, 
Diiemtier i/)i!i Fii^^z opauim. 

1(141 Jnufl'o'y ?J[ft. Sccaii J upecaikiif. 

Ji-iy/j/j. DiBch^gcd&omliQ^pjcJ. To WeicciD HiLs tn c>in- 
vaksw. 

Jiiy J^A,Dciidiof only 5jcv[viLiasQii]nShuj^ji. 

^iTi^JHf £^A. Wifr and d]r« dzugbtcis jjiiivcJ Peking. 

Wniinc hyraiu jiid open Icilcis 10 chuich and ItauJfeaJcr*, 

IM of Gmca and Bibfc Stmiy, D^ily mccnugi. 

Sepv^Ur. SlTffligcnongh (o bate long ivulks. 

B/E/a Alk^oTiCi £iiE told. 
194^ EnJ uf fificcu iad seven years. 
194.3 Mards 27lh. ThiJ-d opcradon in TiciiBiu, 

_^ie 2^i. Rrmmcd [o WcTOm J^ills. hiCTeasin^ wcat]ioH. 
Slapped okiog mecnngs. Nuntccoiis gucits. Regulur prayLT 
vHih Miss Pi Yjn^^lufl and Miss Liu Sii-diiiig "who root 
iioKs of EcmmiscaicH ^nd Bible rcvdaciona. 
1^44. June. Condilion woise, 

June izih. f<>nnt operadon in Gniiun Hospiul, Peking. 

Jaiy 1st. Remrjitd ig Wesian Hill^. 

Giejt mcakiiesi Diiijy prayci. Bible reading, DkiateJ diacy. 

^w^ujj i6lb. Knew he ym uj die, 

Atigmi ijih. In coma, Sang three vena of hyinm. 

Aii^uii tUth. Died at 7.7 a.iii. 

Placed Id coffin it j p.m. a£ict ieivice at wbich Mr. Wang 
Min£-tao pctiched ■in Rev. xiv.ig. 

Aaevn sand. Fimer.il Service ii islych Mi. Wang preaehfd on 

Areas' zjfft. Temporary wondcn ciosi pLtcd on ^-jvh. 
J^3l PublicitiDn cf AHegtnits hi ftLiug. 




I 




{j) "Tfw Knlf pjit«"(on iTic IeEe) ttirh unc (if fan icliuulbiiy pnadtiiie bniitli. [SLCf. ^i.) 
{1} ?«inr Sungjnlm'j Cuhrt, pmchiQg in ihp npcti alf [Strp f?.) 



'» Thr ■^■i-i- fnir n'' Tl-nj^h^j cay thioiaii mJ^Lcli JnKi spA hii I'lliifr Hl^Cl pn'trl fin 

(t) NcAnuiL rJ^lll [Ur l4-h}, rirqunil]^ jD inTCiipiercr fol [Sir iuiiy, ultuuj m MjjuLi vmli 
^ Mft-C-JrHi*iuqt Pji[u:[|iJ nfrlic Gcba Chnm-'Ji Hl^h Stliool, tlic PJuliiipiaLSH .inJ i 



.) S|i.niii.11 ..I 
\\-.i,fi'i \\..\li\V.\ 
whidirvTnii."U|iHnll^ 
pn>miirL' lln' p^nH- ' 
Jnd, in Hr»,illlT tli Ji Jl- 
,. [hi: wm<li, "'iK 
Icmr nf ihc Lord'iU;!- 
voDDv" fbllt*oi b^ hi* 
BgllJCUlC fil'f p 10/.) 



□I SlLinfJui in IU4I1 
P'iM\' fk M- HcnVCd'] 

Hi^Jxui'i TfUlli [Lcvi- 
tinig), Hn^cu'*!'! 
(hJumbcn-l, HfiivFLi'i 

:iflcr 5u> pituiEC 
alini. Havm'* CbilLl 
vi jOIVi- jd diniLiin 
iQ-ilay [Af /I. 





iHct, Pcl:>lie [SiTpp. li4, jJi-p.)[/j)Oi-MJry ^niM.liialiChlnM'AUEiWiLlucltt'di.; W-U- 

InnndfC Pf die cWpUhdiria ChriiTian *oninmmi>' cillcd ''llir Ude pLUk." [J« l-f J?i, ibf.) 
{^, Iflmid Wmg [*i'iine Tul). pvangi^ui, uiEcrpTLicr in Shuisjijj fuf pJfteE *ia±a Jvl' 



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