Olaf Bingmark

China, 1893-1900

Olaf BingmarkOlaf Bingmark was born March 19, 1875, in Gotland, Sweden. His father, who was a landowner in Gotland, died early, and his mother shortly afterward, before he traveled to China. He was converted early and as a youth and at that early age he wished to become a pastor. In the late 1890s he attended a missionary rally led by a man named Franson who was recruiting missionaries to go to China. These missionaries were to be funded by the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

In Jonkoping’s big mission house there was, in the new year of 1893, a farewell for some who were going to China. One of these was a young man who read to those assembled from Acts 20:22, “And now, behold, I go bound in the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there.” He spoke about this verse for some time. That youth was Olof Bingmark. He went to China, not knowing that he would become one of the witnesses who would give his life there. So he was certainly pleasing to his heavenly Father.

Since he was young and talented and had good language skills he learned the Chinese language easily. Bingmark was then assigned to Lang-keo, where he studied the language and customs of the Chinese people. While there he met missionary Elisabet and they worked together as fellow “warriors.” She later became his wife in 1896. Bingmark and his wife had two small sons, Elias, born in 1897 and Jonatan in 1898, they also were martyred together with their parents. Now they all have come to God and have stated, “Here we are with the children you have given us.”

The following is a report of what happened to the Bingmarks. When we, fleeing for our own life, found ourselves in China, we were informed that Bingmark and his family had died at their station. Later we have obtained the following information about them through the Chinese Kiaren and TsihshihriiIn from the city of Langkao. It seems that the three members of Bingmark’s family were murdered, whereupon Bingmark, mortally wounded, killed himself with a sword. A native assistant survived about ten days without receiving food or drink, and then also died by the sword. In the same city many other Christian Chinese died.

He was a warrior in the struggle out there among the heathen and then he laid down his weapon and went to his rest. Peace in his memory.

Translated from Swedish article into English.

Elisabet Bingmark

China, 1893-1900

Elisabet BingmarkElisabet Bingmark (f. Eriksson) came to China early in 1893 as a member of the first group sent by Franson of the American Alliance Mission. She was born in Dalarna, Sweden on October 18, 1865 and was straightforward, good-natured, and a Christ-like mind and outlook characterized her being.

At one time, during a mission conference in China, she gave a testimony, and closed by saying, “It is not easy for me to speak in Swedish, but much easier to speak Chinese.” And so it was. When she was surrounded by Chinese women and was able to talk about God and witness, she was in her own element.

“I am only looking,” she said once, when she was very sick and someone wanted to take away her Chinese study book as she was lying there and reading. Whether she was healthy or sick she wanted to keep studying.

Before her marriage she worked together with Maria Engh in the village of Rishihkiatsi. While there she met and married Olof Bingmark. They had two small sons, Elias, born in 1897 and Jonatan in 1898. They all were martyred together. Now they all have come to God and have said, “Here we are with the children you have given us.”

Father and mother who are reading this, can you some day say to God, “Here are the children you have given us.”

Translated from Swedish article into English.

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