Thursday, October 20, 2011

New book on China Missions History


Beloved pastor Milton Cunningham, one-time missionary to Africa and former President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas writes about the book “Strangers in a Strange Land” - - -

“Wilson and Maudie Fieder lived to serve … The author’s love for China and his empathy for the Fielders can be seen in these pages. These pages will enrich and bless your life.”

Maudie and Wilson Fielder in China

The years1912 to 1950 were volatile years as China struggled to become a republic. The new 20th century began with 4,000 Protestant missionaries in China. They were laying a foundation along side Chinese pastors and laity to meet the challenge when their churches would be limited (1950-60) and finally closed (1966-77). Thankfully, now reopened and growing as never before (1979-2011).

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND is the story of a Comanche (TX) county cowboy, Wilson Fielder, and Maudie Albritton his West Texas sweetheart from Miles. Two pioneers in China’s Henan province from 1912 to 1950.

When Wilson settled in Kaifeng, an ancient capital of China on the Yellow River, where once a huge Jewish community resided, he realized he could not continue without his young sweetheart Maude. She wondered why he had not proposed before going to the ends of the earth. She joined him in 1914 and they were married in Shanghai.

How they dealt with the language, customs, Japanese air raids, warlords, bandits, young communists and two years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, is an amazing story. A time when everything seemed strange until Maude learned she was as strange looking to the Chinese as they were to her.

Included are dozens of photos, maps and insights on China. An introduction to the Fielder family and many Baptist missionary colleagues, heretofore unknown. An update on Christianity since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Lack of understanding Baptist missionary history and heritage is rampant in most Baptist churches. This book attempts to be part of the remedy for the lack of such knowledge.

Check out the rest of this “Along the Way” website for more information. While there see new and old photos of Jody, the China we knew from 1982-92, our girls and my most recent West Texas newspaper columns. Purchase by mail is $20 including packing and postage. In stores $15. Click and send address to: Britt Towery

Britt Towery
124 Northstar Drive
San Angelo, Texas 76903
Cell phone: 325-262-5378
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