Mildred Cable: Through the Jade Gate (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) by Benge Janet & Benge Geoff

Mildred Cable: Through the Jade Gate (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) by Benge Janet & Benge Geoff

Author:Benge, Janet & Benge, Geoff [Benge, Janet]
Language: eng
Format: azw
Tags: Christian biography, Mildred Jones, China, British missionaries, Gobi desert
Publisher: YWAM Publishing
Published: 2016-01-17T16:00:00+00:00

Chapter 12

Through the Jade Gate

Retracing their route, Mildred and the French sisters were eager to get back to Suchow and learn how the Christians there had fared without them. The news they received on their arrival was mixed. On the one hand, the Christians were standing strong. The church was growing as a result of the Pioneer Band’s house-to-house visitation and the ongoing work with the children. While the missionaries were off traveling in the desert, a Muslim merchant had become a Christian, and his wife was so impressed by his new respect for her that she also joined the church. On the other hand, all around there were signs that China might erupt into another civil war. In an effort to assert their control over the unruly area, the Chinese government was at work trying to modernize the towns and cities and improve communications throughout Kansu Province. As a result, General Feng, the military commander of the district, had ordered a new road to be built through Suchow. This, in turn, brought many soldiers into the city, and with them came problems.

Early in January 1926, Mildred sent Yu the carter to a nearby village to buy corn for the mules. Yu left with two mules and a cart. The following day Mildred received news that soldiers had attacked him and taken the cart and mules for military use. When Yu objected, the soldiers beat him and left him dying in the road. Someone had dragged him into their home and washed his wounds.

Mildred was incensed that Yu had been beaten and their cart and mules stolen by the military. She set out immediately to find Yu, taking with her a camera to document how badly he’d been beaten. She sent the photographs of her battered and bloodied carter, along with a letter explaining what had happened, directly to General Feng. Word soon arrived at the mission compound from General Feng saying that the soldier who had beaten Yu the most had been identified and that if the carter died, the soldier would be executed. Nevertheless, the cart and mules were needed by the military, and Mildred would not be getting them back.

When the soldiers stationed in Suchow got word of the possible execution, they became angry at the idea that one of their own might have to die for the life of a mere carter. The situation got so tense that for several days neither Mildred nor the French sisters left the mission compound for fear of being harassed by soldiers. Thankfully, Yu began to recover from his injuries, and the immediate threat died down.

Mildred knew that it was just a matter of time before another tense situation arose. It did not take long for that to happen. On February 17, 1926, a messenger from Kanchow arrived with dire news: Dr. Kao had been arrested. The abusive prison warden who had been the master of the slave girl Brothers-to-Follow, whose gangrene-infected foot the doctor had amputated, accused Dr.


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