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March 31, 2016

Between 1932 and 1940, the work of foreign missionaries in China became entangled with the internal revolutionary struggles of the nation and the military aspirations of Imperial Japan. These were pivotal years for both China and the missionary effort. By the end of the period, most western missionaries, including Rev. Lacy Moffett and his family, were faced with a soul-searching dilemma: to continue their life’s work in the face of political turmoil and physical danger, or to return to the United States.

A Brief History of Presbyterian Missions in China


September 15, 2015

Between 1975 and 1980, I lived in Baltimore, Maryland, across the street from Victor Machle and his sister, Elsie Machle White. When Elsie died on January 29, 1978, she left a treasure-trove of letters and a small notebook that recorded the sender, date of receipt, and date of response for each. The letters span 70 years and include early Machle correspondence from China to relatives in the United States.

My name is Georgene Searfoss[1]. I spent hours in the Machle home at 501 E. 42nd...

May 14, 2013

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ---Fred Rogers

Ginling College refugees in gymnasium

It has been called the great forgotten tragedy of the Twentieth Century. In December 1937, invading...

February 13, 2012


Celebrating Women’s History Month, PHS presents The Trailblazer and the Investigator. This special event will highlight the story of Presbyterian Missionary Dr. Eliza Leonard’s work in Peking (now Beijing), China, and a nephew’s quest to recover her story. Dr. Leonard served from 1895 to 1924 and was one of the first women doctors in China. PHS Board Member William Lake Leonard will tell his Great Aunt’s story and relate his own experience of discovery. Jennifer Barr, Western Medicine in...

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