The isolation of love
1871 – Issachar Jacob Roberts, but known by his first two initials I.J., died in Upper Alton, Illinois. No one should be surprised that it was of leprosy, having ministered to the lepers in China for many years. I.J. was born in Tennessee on Feb. 17, 1802, and at the age of nineteen was converted and baptized. He then entered into studies at Furman institute in S.C. to prepare for the work of the ministry and was ordained in Shelbyville, TN, on April 27, 1827. He then settled in Mississippi, where he owned property worth thirty thousand dollars. Being burdened for the mission field of China, in 1836, he sold his property and formed a missions’ agency called the Kentucky China Mission Society, but not having enough funds he applied for and was accepted by the Triennial Convention on Sept. 6, 1841. Still it wasn’t enough, so he made saddles in China. Fearing that leprosy was contagious, Roberts found himself isolated from his fellow missionaries, in fact he wrote in his diary, “I feel very lonely, the missionaries seldom come to see me; and Brother Pearcy, to whom I applied for board, thinks we can love each other better apart.” The next seven years he spent ministering between Macao and Hong Kong. In 1844 he established a church in Canton. Leasing a lot, he built a chapel and mission house. He also purchased a floating chapel and maintained worship there. One of his journal entries read, “Preached before breakfast to eighteen lepers.” A Chinese mob assaulted his house, and sank his “floating chapel.” He left the TC in 1846 and the Southern Baptists started supporting him. He left them in 1852. [This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: 2000 A.D. pp. 711-12. G. Winfred Hervey, The Story of Baptist Missions in Foreign Lands (St. Louis: C.R. Barns Publishing Co., 1892), p. 523.] Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon
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“On Christ the solid Rock I Stand…”
1874 – Pastor Edward Mote peacefully slipped into the arms of Jesus, his body was borne by weeping saints to whom he had ministered, and he was buried in the little graveyard in the back of Rehoboth Chapel, Horsham, Sussex England. In June of 1873 he had become so weakened that he could no longer minister to his church, where his ministry had been used of God to bring many to Christ. Mote was one of the great hymnists that is numbered with those who have written some of the half million or more hymns that have remained from days gone by that are still in the hymnals of today. Singing has ever been a part of Christian worship. At the last supper it says, “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out…” In a letter written to the Roman Emperor Trajan by Pliny the Younger, Governor of Bithynia about A.D. 100, he said the following about a Christian worship service. “They are accustomed to meet on a fixed day before daylight to sing a hymn of praise to Christ as God.” Mote was born in London on Jan. 21, 1797 to parents who ran a “public house”, and growing up in that influence strayed. He was apprenticed to a cabinet maker and began attending religious services, and through the ministry of John Hyatt received Christ as Savior. Later he was baptized by Rev. John Bayley on Nov. 1, 1815, moved to Southwark, and was under the ministry of the famed Dr. John Rippon. It was there that he penned the words to that great hymn “On Christ the solid Rock I Stand, All other ground is sinking sand. My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; All other ground is sinking sand.” [Henry S. Burrage, Baptist Hymn Writers and Their Hymns (Portland, Maine: Brown, Thurston and Company, 1888), pp. 155-59. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 620-22] Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon
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