10 – January 10 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


 

She literally gave of herself

 

1886 – Louise (Lulu) Celestia Fleming was appointed by the Woman’s American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of the West. Lulu Fleming had heard the story of her grandfather’s capture in Africa and enslavement in Florida. After she was brought to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and baptized in 1877, while in her teens, she had dreamed of returning to “her people”, and began to plan her life with that reality in mind. She was educated at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. Then with the encouragement of Dr. Kellsey of the Sixth Av. Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the financial assistance of the “Young Ladies Home Mission Society,” she enrolled in Estey Seminary Course, graduating as the class valedictorian in 1885. After a great revival had broken out in the Congo, she answered the call for young women to come to assist in the training of new converts. She set sail in March of 1887 and arrived on the field in May. She served in Palabala as a matron for the station girls and a teacher in the schools. She wrote on Jan. 10, 1891, “…More people have been reached this past year, and some have turned from sin and darkness into light.” Her health failed and she had to return to the states in 1891. While there she enrolled in the full medical course at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1895. Having united with the Grace Baptist Church of Philadelphia, she returned to the Congo the same year with full support from her home church. She literally gave herself for her “own people” and contracted the dreaded African Sleeping Sickness and died. Miss Fleming was buried in Philadelphia on June 14, 1899.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon; adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 13-14.

 

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