Following her beloved: the memoirs of henrietta shuck, missionary wife and mother
Edited by Mrs. Jennifer Adams
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The memoirs of Henrietta Shuck give the reader a glimpse into the life of a young lady who forsook all to accompany her husband in taking the gospel to China. Henrietta was a devoted daughter who loved her parents dearly. Few daughters could more beautifully illustrate what it means to “honor your father and mother.” However, while she loved her family, she loved Christ more.
When missionary Lewis Shuck proposed to Henrietta, she wrote, “The life of a missionary is by no means an easy one—to the comfort and ease of this world she is a stranger—but she enjoys what in my estimation is far better—the presence of the Most High.” Her primary reason for accepting the call was to enjoy the manifest presence of Christ. She accompanied her husband to China not only to proclaim the gospel, but also to partake of it. She was America's first female missionary to China.
As a pioneer missionary wife and mother, her primary ministry was in and through the home. She maintained a sweet, submissive spirit during sickness, and was marked by perseverance. During dark and perplexing providences, she continued to draw life and love from Christ crucified.
After ten years of sowing, she and her husband witnessed the Lord raise up the very first Baptist church in China! After her death, her husband said of her, “She was a most faithful, devoted, affectionate wife and mother, a laborious missionary, and a warm-hearted friend of all. Her prayers and anxious labors for her children and the Chinese will not be in vain. I never knew of one whose faith was stronger. She was a believer in minute providence—her devotions were punctual—her confidence in God unwavering. She was a being of love and a lovely being.”
This biography of Henrietta's short, vibrant life points out several lessons we can learn from her example - her love for Christ, eternal perspective of missions, surrender to God's will, trust in His care, study of the Word, submission to parents, faithfulness to family, and practice as a hospitable homeschooling mother.
An excellent and inspiring biography!