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Early life[ edit ] Isobel Selina Miller was born in Toronto, Ontario , Canada,  and moved with her family to Vancouver , British Columbia , when she was eleven years old. Instead of drinking a bottle of poison from the bathroom medicine cabinet, however, Kuhn listened to the sound of her father's sleeping groans from his bedroom and remembered that he had been a "dear, kind father Deciding to pray but not wanting to be duped by a "mental opiate," the unsure young woman whispered a prayer "with raised hands to God, to prove to her that He is and to give her peace; and, if He did she would give her whole life to Him - do anything He asked her to do, no matter what He asked - no matter where He asked her to go, for her whole life. However, Kuhn was very much a secret Christian in the beginning, renouncing "worldly" pursuits a little at a time, but struggling to pray often. Her intention was to become a dean of women and teach at a university.
Even so, his major accomplishment was probably the encouragement he gave to Lisu believers to share the gospel with others so that the good news of Jesus could spread to the tribes who lived farther up the Salween.
The Paynes lived a roving existence, at times making their home at Yungchang —31 , Luchang , Longling and Mengka —7 and — During their first couple of years at Yungchang, four Lisu evangelists were sent by Mr.
Gowman from the south and west to engage the Lisu living farther up the Salween. After walking eight days to Yungchang, they went on a further nineteen-day journey to the north but returned disheartened, as the men of the northern villages were all away and they had no opportunities to evangelize.
A second attempt—with Mr. Payne traveling with them—proved successful. This trip had been committed to the Lord in prayer, and resulted in some thirty families renouncing idolatry and turning to Jesus. As they approached new villages, the Lisu evangelists cautioned Payne to wait in hiding until after they had first gone in to talk to the people who had never seen a white man before.
Before the end of , around families from the region were following the Lord.
While this was wonderful news for the evangelists to take back to their mother church, they also tasted the bitter side of gospel ministry when one of their number died of malaria. Knowing that the Lisu had originally come down the Salween from Tibet, Payne desired that God would use them to take the gospel back to their ancestral homeland. The Paynes retired from service with CIM in Back row from left : Cooke, Fraser, Fitzwilliam, Casto. Front: Mrs.
Casto with child, Mrs. Fitzwilliam with child, Mrs. The Fitzwilliams served in Muhchengpo from —34 and again in and at Lungchiu in and from to when Mr. Fitzwilliam died of Typhus.
In that isolated setting, they busied themselves with preaching the gospel, building up the church, and encouraging Lisu evangelists along their way. While they were at Muhchengpo, the Lisu church numbered about 1, members, though the number of teachers remained small and many had lost their first love. Along the way, they found many who were interested in turning to Jesus. In , they lived for a short time in Chenkang until they were forced to return to America at the end of the year for health reasons.
In addition to working with the Lisu, they also reached out to the Lahu.
John and Isobel were married in Yunnanfu in , less than two weeks after J. Fraser and Roxie. In her autobiography, By Searching, Isobel indicates that she felt called to the Lisu in while hearing J.
Fraser speak at The Firs camp in Bellingham, Washington. Not until March did Mr. Fraser ask them to move into Lisuland to help the Cookes who had too much work to do to follow up the new Christians won to the Savior by the evangelists who had been sent out by Gowman. They then moved back and forth between the hills above the Salween and the Yunnan plain until they left China in The first year about fifteen full-time and more part-time students were present.
By , around fifty attended, including a Nepali who had been led to Christ by Lisu evangelists in Burma during the war. From the beginning, the local church was responsible for the material provisions for the school, selecting who should attend, and providing for their needs while there. The missionaries were responsible for the spiritual teaching. The School thus began with leaders interviewing the students about their spiritual lives. There was little use teaching the precious things of our most holy faith to any but who were born-again.
Much time was given for the students—all of whom had received little formal education—to copy portions of the New Testament as it was not yet in print. Hymns translated into Lisu or written by the Lisu themselves were also taught as a means of helping congregations throughout the mountains. As he developed in ministry experience and language he began to teach at the Rainy Season Bible School, a role he carried out for many years. During his frequent travels, Peterson took along some basic medicines, a pair of dental forceps, and a phonograph with records to play gospel talks and songs in Lisu—all useful tools for a missionary at the time.
Solid foundations must be laid through consistent biblical teaching. Though he rejoiced when people came to Christ, Peterson was well acquainted with the pain of losing and burying co-workers as he buried Earl Carlson in and J.
Fraser in the following year. After serving elsewhere for a number of years, the Cranes lived at Fuinshan from —42 and — Toward the end of their time in Yunnan, Allan and Evelyn began to emphasize training Lisu and Lahu children and ran a Sunday School and Vacation Bible Schools so that the younger generation of the church would be trained in their faith.
They showed great concern for minority people who had no Christian witness and no Christian literature and did what they could to provide for them. The Millions, British ed. April : When Carlson went to help teach at the Bible School through an interpreter , he was introduced to another Christian Lisu tradition—a line of people waiting to welcome guests through an arch made of tree branches.
After singing a hymn, the guests are welcomed through the arch amid much handshaking. Our recent experience at the celebration in northern Thailand proved that this custom is still in effect though the arch was not as primitive as they once were.
Lisu th anniversary welcome arch Carlson resigned from CIM in due to the war, taking up a commission with the British Army, and was readmitted in In , he married Hazel M. After moving to Thailand, they worked with the Pwo Karen.
In addition, a few others who were assigned to reach out to the Chinese or other tribes also shared the gospel with Lisu or were involved in ministry to them for a short period of time. During that period, more than twenty CIMers spent between a few months and more than twenty years working with this people who turned to Jesus in such great numbers that it is possible that more than one-half of the , or so Lisu in China today call themselves Christians.
The number is so large that they are considered a Christian ethnic group. Some estimates place Lisu Christians in Myanmar at 90 percent. While we heard no exact count, and Lisu from at least three different countries came and went, the event was ablaze with the beautiful costumes of Lisu women and resounded with their singing.
And though this was a major festival, we were assured that their Christmas gatherings were even larger.
Many have wondered what has given rise to the tremendous growth of the Lisu church. Several possibilities could be suggested.
Prayer It is well known that from his early days in Yunnan, Fraser stressed the need for prayer in the spiritual life of the believer and for the spread of the church. General requests would not do. His letters still serve as models for today, as they contained interesting information, explicit requests, and devotional teaching. His emphasis on prayer was absorbed by his coworkers who wrote detailed prayer letters and books so that their supporters could uphold the work.
As important as it is for people in sending countries to pray for the work, it is equally important that new believers learn how to pray whether by memorizing a prayer or learning to sing a hymn.
One of the prayers taught in early years focused on God as Father and Creator and asked for protection from evil spirits so that they could remain faithful to Christ. Trusting in Jesus, Amen. In addition to the practical reality that medical care was almost non-existent in the mountain villages, by teaching them to pray to Jesus—the Great Physician—for healing, new believers were less likely to listen to their neighbors who exhorted them to sacrifice to the spirits they had previously worshipped.
Undoubtedly, prayer played an important part in the growth of this church. Itinerant evangelism Along with prayer, the growth of the church was linked to itinerant evangelism by the Lisu themselves. As the work began, Western missionaries traveled from village to village with the gospel. By the fall of , the first fruits of great growth were being gathered, but it was not until that the first permanent station was established among the Lisu.
Throughout this time, and for many years to come, the missionaries traveled throughout the mountains to preach and relied upon local evangelists who took the gospel to many places they could never reach.
Some visits took place because distant Lisu had heard that Jesus had power over the evil spirits and had come looking for a teacher because they wanted to be set free. Treks to other locations were planned so that others might have a first opportunity to hear about Jesus. The fact that both missionaries and locals worked together in this work enhanced the spread of the church.
The Bible Another key factor in the growth of the Lisu church is the Bible. Few Lisu had received any education prior to becoming Christians.
More than 75, Lisu Bibles have been legally printed in China following this explosive growth. Isobel Kuhn formed a plan to hold classes during this agricultural down time, not only to preach the historic Christian Gospel but also to teach the Lisu the basics of the Christian faith. These classes were taught by Kuhn and others. From these classes, countless men who became evangelists and pastors took the Christian message to untold numbers of nationals and travelers throughout China.
Kuhn's autobiographical and biographical missionary writings are still in print over fifty years after they were first published. Quotes[ edit ] About Isobel Kuhn's life early on when she forsook Christianity, she wrote: At the end of my walk home, I came to the conclusion that I would henceforth accept no theories of life which I had not proved personally.
And, quite ignorant of where that attitude would lead me, I had unconsciously stepped off the High Way where man walks with his face lifted Godward and the pure, piney scents of the heights call him upward, on to The Misty Flats [original].
The in-between level place of easy-going - nothing very good attempted, yet nothing bad either - where men walk in the mist, telling each other that no one can see these things clearly.
The Misty Flats where sheep would graze the in-betweeners drift to and fro - life has no end but amusement and no purpose - where the herd drift with the strongest pull and there is no reason for opposing anything. Therefore they had a kind of peace and mutual link which they call tolerance. I received more blessing through the devotion and fire of my fellow [missionary] students at Moody than I did even through my studies. I thank God for them.
After graduation we scattered, and many I did not see again for twenty or thirty years. But, when we did meet, what a joy to find their passion for Christ as fervent as in student days! But after further review and almost a two-year wait - which included both a delay until the "foreign uprising of " cooled down  :8 and her mission's ordering a six-month delay, including one month of complete bed rest because of previous overwork - her desire to become a missionary was fulfilled, and she sailed for China.
She needed to earn a living because her father was unwilling to support his daughter's mission endeavors financially, though he supported her decision to become a missionary. The club was an evangelistic outreach to business and professional women, who met in a downtown Vancouver building during the work week to talk and eat bag lunches together.
The superintendent's responsibilities included being available for the women at noontime to meet them and to evangelize when possible.
For the newly minted Bible school graduate, it was a paid position that she grew to love deeply, but could resign from on a moment's notice  — China[ edit ] It was October 11, , Isobel sailed on a passenger ship out of Vancouver to China. In these times, she would "fall on her knees and weep before the Lord," asking Him to help her. Kuhn eventually found ways to cope with certain irritations, like fleas; she even grew to enjoy certain things she initially couldn't stomach, like "large chunks" of boiled pork fat  —44 and bean curd.
Fraser, who came before them and who also worked alongside them until Although John Kuhn's leadership duties and eventually his CIM superintendent duties separated him from his sheep frequently - sometimes for as long as a year - throughout all of their ministry in China, the Kuhns first ministered in Chengchiang , Yunnan,  :9 from , and in Tali [Dali], Yunnan, which had been without missionaries for the previous year  They were there from The Kuhns lived in an area of the city that had a lower percentage of Muslims.
In , after 16 months of ministering in "Lisuland," the Kuhns took their first furlough to see both their families, in Manheim, PA, and Vancouver, respectively. John had been on the mission field for 10 years; Isobel, for eight years. John Kuhn left China 18 months after his wife. While on furlough, the Kuhns spent their time in Wheaton, Illinois , because their daughter was studying at Wheaton College.