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Loftis Memorial

It Happened Today: Zenas Loftis Born to Serve in Tibet (1881)

Zenas Loftis desired to work in the most difficult field in the world where the need was greatest.

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John Cummings

Devotional (2016 church year): May that Kingdom Be Planted (1855)

Read John 8:19–40.

O Lord, we draw near to you, the one who hears and the...

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Death of Jim Broomhall who served the Yi (Nosu) people of China as a medical missionary.

Authority for the date:

“Pray for China Fellowship” (September 1994).


J. R. R.Tolkien and C. S. Lewis have their first long chat. Five years afterward, Lewis converts to Christ. Later the two men, with a group of friends and colleagues, will become members of the Inklings, a predominantly Christian group at Oxford.

Authority for the date:

Carpenter, Humphrey. The Inklings. Houghton Mifflin, 1979.


Death of Huang Su’e (Mrs. Francis Lister Hawks Pott), notable for her work as a missionary, promotion and oversight of women’s education, establishment of an orphanage for neglected girl babies, and other zealous Christian activities.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.

At Wigton, Scotland, two Covenanter women named Margaret are cruelly tortured and drowned. Authority for the date: Dryerre, J. Meldrum. Heroes and Heroines of the Scottish Covenanters. Religious Tract and Book Society of Scotland, 19

Cossacks murder Joseph, first metropolitan of Astrakhan, torturing him on a bed of coals in an effort to compel him to denounce a letter of excommunication as a forgery. He refuses to yield and is finally thrown from the city wall to his death.

Authority for the date:

Bain, Robert Nisbet. The First Romanovs (1613-1725).