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Book: Tethered - The Life of Henrietta Hall Shuck, the First American Woman Missionary to China by Brenda H. Cox

Book: Tethered - The Life of Henrietta Hall Shuck, the First American Woman Missionary to China by Brenda H. Cox

categories: Book, Religious Biography, Religious History, Missions History, Creative Biography, Missionary Biography, Chinese History, Hong Kong History, Hong Kong Baptist, Chinese Baptist History, Women Missionaries, Henrietta Hall Shuck, Historical Biography


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Author Brenda H. Coxabout this book: Based on a true story, Tethered tells the story of Henrietta H. Shuck who leaves her home in Richmond, Virginia in 1835 to travel 19,000 mies on the ocean with her husband Lewis through Calcutta, Burma, Penang, and Singapore before reaching Chinese soil in Macau. Their mission is a dangerous one in a country known for imprisoning and torturing Christians. Through successive bouts of illness, attacks by robbers, disputes with the mission board, and oppressive climate, she establishes the first school for Chinese girls and ministers to women whose lives are as oppressive as the ligatures that bind their feet. She and husband Lewis endure the dangers of the first Opium War and move to British controlled Hong Kong to found the first Protestant (Baptist) mission in China. They build churches, a school, and their first home where they welcome over thirty children as well as new missionaries to the "Celestial Kingdom" of China. She learns to rest in God's providence through the turmoil of their lives and serves as an example for those facing challenges in what seem to be impossible circumstances today. Her legacy remains in the Henrietta School in Hong Kong and in missionary scholarships at Chinese universities.

Henrietta, America's first woman missionary to China, lived just eleven years after sailing for that ancient land, but her name is emblazoned in the history of Baptist women of courage and commitment who … continue to inspire a new millennium. Rosalie Hall Hunt, IMB Emeritus Missionary to East and Southeast Asia, speaker, author of: Bless God and Take Courage: The Judson History and Legacy, We've a Story to Tell: 125 Years of WMU, and Her Way: The Remarkable Story of Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend.

• In a historical account of one woman's commitment to foreign missions, Brenda H. Cox presents a love story between Henrietta Hall Shuck and the man she followed to China, the people she longed to save, and the God she sacrificed everything for to serve. — Karen Sargent, author of Waiting for Butterflies

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