An Evangel of God’s Love Miss lnabelle G. Coleman Visits Wuchow
Missionary Robert E. Beddoe. M.D., Wuchow Chiua
It had not been my lot to know Miss Coleman in person, though I had corresponded with her in her capacity of editorial secretary of the Foreign Mission Board. Since meeting her I want to congratulate the Board and Southern Baptists.
During her short stay here Miss Coleman made lasting impressions and created many friendships. As she stood before a large and very appreciative audience our hearts were moved and our spirits were renewed within us. One of the most beautiful sights of my experience was to see this handmaiden of God standing by Miss Moonbeam Tong1 her lovely Christian interpreter, swaying that crowd of Chinese Christians.
The Chinese are excellent judges of character. They seldom go wrong in reading faces. It is a high compliment to say that our workers and Christians fell in love with Miss Coleman almost at sight. And not only Christians, but others as well. Not for a moment could any one doubt the sincerity of such a person. Her Christlike love for humanity, high and low, rich and poor, shines as a great light through her eyes. So great is this love, that, even though only a few days in China, she can almost talk the language. There is a sympathy which breaks the barrier of language. Find some more like her and send them to China!
“Father, where shall I work today?”
And my love flowed warm and free.
Then he pointed me out a tiny spot
And said, “Tend that for me.”
I answered quickly, “Oh, no, not there:
Why no one could ever see,
No matter how well my work was done;
Not that little place for me!”
And the word he spoke, it was not stern;
He answered me tenderly,
“Ah, little one, search that heart of thine:
Art thou working for them or me?
Nazareth was a little place,
And so was Galilee.”
-Eleanor Scott Sharples, in Tu Better Home.