Oskar Forsberg

China, 1896-1900

Oskar ForsbergOskar Forsberg was born December 13, 1871 in Northern Parish in Varmland, Sweden. Later the family moved to Karlstads assembly, where his parents had lived when they were quite small. His mother died a few months before he did, but his father lived after Oskar was martyred. From his childhood he was a calm and orderly young man and was known for his good conduct. He received new life in Christ at 15 or 16 years of age.

For several years he was a carpenter at Karlstad’s organ factory. In 1890-92 he was called to be a witness for Christ after he had gone through Bible and language courses, as well as working as a part-time pastor in a small congregation. While attending a missionary conference, he felt the call to go to China as a missionary for Christ. He left for China early in 1896, where God had opened the way for him.

The second year after he arrived in China, he got sunstroke, and he suffered. During the summer months, he had to stay within his home because he could not tolerate the sun. In spite of this problem, he was known as a good hard working missionary and he led many Chinese to Christ.

He studied Chinese in Nueihuacheng and took part for the first time in the missionary work there. After he had learned Chinese, he was stationed in Paoteo along with another missionary couple. In 1898 he married Anna Lindqvist, also a Swedish missionary to China. She was from his hometown.

When he was martyred he and his wife were assigned in Kueihuachen, in the Shantung Provence.

While visiting the “Holiness Alliance Missionaries” annual conference during midsummer 1900 in Sohpingfu along with his wife and children, there was an outbreak of persecution led by the Boxers. Oskar Forsberg, with his wife and children, were murdered “christening by fire” as the missionaries there, but certainly also with them received the feeling of the fulfilling of God’s promise. “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” In spite of the assault and murder of the missionaries in Sohpingfu, further information came forth.

Oskar Forsberg had requested to the missionary committee to go home for a short term to rest and study and permission had been granted. However before he and his family could leave he went to another home, “where the sun nor heat shall fall on them who live there” but there the “Lamb of God shall care for them and bring them to the living water, and God shall wipe the tears from their eyes.”

His marker states: Because he had practical talent and a strong will, and was God fearing, helpful and compassionate, he gladly assisted others. But we miss you, our friend. May you rest in peace until we meet again.

Translated from Swedish article into English.

Anna Forsberg

China, 1896-1900

Anna ForsbergAnna Forsberg, along with her parents Jonsson and his wife, lived in Isasa, Nassjo parish Sweden, where Anna was born June 9, 1872. As a little three-year-old she often would stand beside her mother when they sang in church. She was very intelligent, learned quickly to read and went easily through elementary school. As a child, she loved to attend Sunday school and listened, read and sang gladly about God. She found herself at age 15 at a revival in Nassjo in 1887 where she dedicated herself wholly to God and desired to go into some ministry.

A year or two later, she became a member of The Salvation Army in Naseby. In November 1892, she decided to visit her sister who lived in Orebro. In January of the following year, she and her sister attended a meeting led by an evangelist named Franson who was recruiting missionaries to go to China. She started a course designed to help people become Chinese missionaries, and she enjoyed it immensely. This experience never left her and from that time on, she worked toward becoming a missionary to China.

She attended an English language school in Tranas, Motala and Linkoping. She became homesick and returned home to Nassio for a while. She witnessed for God in many places, in Narike and Ostergotland.

Early in 1896 God opened the way for her to go to China, and she departed on January 25, together with several others from Sweden. Because of her unusual good memory, she was called the “living Bible concordance.” Many asked her, “How do you understand that?” Since she was so well acquainted with her Bible, she could quickly find new verses.

Because of her many talents, and good memory, the passage to China came easily. She quickly learned the difficult Chinese language, and possessed a sincere attitude and maintained a Christ-like mind.

In her first assignment she excelled in the mission work, for together with missionary Andersson and his wife in Tsingshuihotsi and later with her husband in Paoteo and Kueihuach’eng. “Sisters, pray much for the salvation of these people. God will hear your prayer,” she wrote in one of her last letters. With her husband and her little girl, she, according to missionary Lundberg’s letter, was martyred at Sohpingfu. She, together with the “holy” Alliance martyrs received an entrance into their heavenly home, in the “secure dwelling.”

Translated from Swedish article into English.

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