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January 4, 2015

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this seventh excerpt from her diary, Mary writes about the pressures felt by Japanese converts to Christianity as well as developments in her relationship with David.[1]

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Oct. 10 [1873]: The mail came bringing letters from Father, Minnie and A.D. Lehmann, Mr. Lehmann asking me to be a regular correspondent of the Brainard Society of Wooster University.

Oct. 11: I had decided to go out calling with Mrs. Carrothers this...

November 8, 2014

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this sixth excerpt from her diary, Mary writes about significant developments in the native church as well as her teaching duties and continuing efforts to learn Japanese. [1]

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[Tokyo] Sept. 16 [1873]: At dinner a talk with Mr. Carrothers[2] on the subject of the Union church Mr. Thompson is about to organize. Somewhat stirred up at his statements though not unduly, I am sure....

October 1, 2014

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this fifth excerpt from her diaries, Mary describes her satisfaction with both learning Japanese and teaching Christianity while she and “Mr. Thompson” anxiously await a letter from the Board of Foreign Missions about their proposed marriage. [1]

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Yedo [now Toyko]. August 19 [1873]: Returned from Yokohama yesterday morning.[2] Much that was pleasant...

September 5, 2014

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. This fourth excerpt from Mary’s diaries chronicles the deepening relationship between Mary Parke and “Mr. Thompson.”[1]

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June 28: [1873, Yedo, now Tokyo] Raining, raining. A long long walk with Mr. Thompson. Oh! even to you, my diary, I cannot think to utter it. How much the heart may contain—what burdens the soul may bear!—Who knows how through all the light may dawn! It is safe in God’s...

August 8, 2014

Mary Parke Thompson and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this third excerpt from Mary’s diaries, beginning after she had been in Japan approximately three weeks and just met her future husband, she describes her frustrations with learning Japanese—a problem that faces many new missionaries but was especially vexing for a woman in 1870s Japan.[1]

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May 12 [1873, Yedo, now Tokyo]: By chance, I might say, I secured a Japanese teacher today. God is very mindful of...

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