Carl Lundberg

China, 1893-1900

Carl LundbergCarl Lundberg was born in Bersebo, Tjkstads Parish in Ostergotland, Sweden on February 27, 1867. His parents Carl Adolf Lundberg and his wife were farmers. His father perished by drowning in the Hmmern Sea on March 11, 1874. His mother died on January 25, 1881.

Carl became a painter’s apprentice and continued in that profession for several years. During the winter of 1890/1891 God laid his hand on his heart and he accepted Jesus as Savior. In his hunger to learn more about the Bible, he joined the “Holiness Alliance” and took the fourth Bible course given by Smeastorp in 1891. After this he worked with several Holiness Alliance evangelists, mostly in the dark neglected districts in urban Sweden. In the autumn of 1892 he studied at The Missionary Ransoms Bible Course in Jonkoping. During this time he met Rev. William Emannel Fransen, who was gathering some Swedish missionaries that the Christian and Missionary Alliance of the United States was funding to minister in China. There were over 200 Swedes that had volunteered to go to China under this program. Of these Carl was selected to go with the first twenty.

In China, he and his wife were assigned in the city of Chonguei in Kansuh province. While there, he and his wife met much resistance. The Chinese had never seen any foreigners and they had a mutual distrust of anybody that wasn’t from the local area. After many difficulties, they were able to open a crude but effective missionary station. After much work and ministry, they were able to gain the confidence of the local population. The mission became a place where local people could go for healing. They did not report many conversions to Christ.

After about two years work, they had to leave Kansuh Province, and they were assigned to another station in Kueihuacheng. This station was centrally located in the district, and it became the home for missionaries from other places to come for conferences, language training and other occasions. It was noted in the Alliance Witness that Missionary Lundberg was God-fearing, joyful, and easy to communicate with. It was noted that he and his wife were very popular as with his Chinese Christian comrades.

Carl Lundberg is probably best known for his letter of August 16, 1900 in which he detailed the impending doom from the army which was beginning an attack on his small missionary station. This last letter was a witness of boldness among enemies. During a Boxer attack on his station he laid down his life for his King. In his last letter he wrote to his Alliance comrades in the South of China “We will meet with Jesus—will you also meet him there? When it becomes calm again, then send out more witnesses to China so that the fallen places will announce God’s mighty deeds.” This was his last wish.

Translated from Swedish article into English.

Augusta Lundberg

China, 1893-1900

Augusta LundbergAugusta Brolin was born September 5, 1872, in Sundsvall, Sweden. She was won to God in the winter of 1891. She, along with her family attended a Holiness Alliance church. She had a heart to become a missionary and attended a meeting held by Rev. William Fransen, who was recruiting missionaries to China to be funded by the Christian Missionary Alliance of the United States. She volunteered and was selected to go to China with the second group of Swedes.

She arrived in China in the beginning of 1893. It was noted that she was one of the fastest to pick up a command of the Chinese language. While single, she worked for 12 years with Augusta Solberg, then Mrs. Koren, in Pehkehtsi, where God was with them and blessed their work.

While on the China field, she met and married Carl Lundberg. After her marriage they opened a station in the city of Chonguei in Kansuh. Similar to her husband, she was blessed with a cheerful and God-fearing character and performed an extraordinary mission work.

The Lundbergs and two small daughters, Axelina, born in the Spring of 1897, and Ebba, born during the escape, were taken along “where no enemies or needs will be found.” She, her husband and daughters all perished on August 22, 1900, during a Boxer Rebellion attack on their station.

Her marker states, “We rest in blessed peace from troubles, needs and pain and see our gentle Savior, as bright as he is.”

Translated from Swedish article into English.

Letter from Mr. Carl Lundberg

from Kwei, Hua-Cheng sent to the Holy Union Mission in Sweden. Dated August 16, 1900.

Dear Pastor Kilstet,

How wonderful is the Lord in all His doings! Who is able to understand His ways? Dear Mission Friends, you have probably heard how the storms of persecution have broken out in China, and have also reached up to Shansi to your field of labor and ours of the C&MA, and the C. I. M. have also gotten their share of it. After Mr. Lundeberg told how the ten missionaries of the Holy Union Mission were killed, and amongst them Mr. and Mrs. Forsberg, of our mission, and their child—the missionaries were stoned and the child torn in pieces. The riot began in Kwei-Hua-Cheng where we were, so we left the place and thought to go to Urza, and over to Russia, but when we were two days journey from Kwei Thea, all of our things were stolen from us, the robbers attacking us eight times. They took some of our clothing from our bodies so we had to suffer both hunger and cold. Four Catholic missionaries at that place heard about us and sent messengers after us to bring us here. The last messenger found us and we have been here eight days, but here also there is great danger. The Boxers are coming to destroy the place. Many Catholic settlements were spoiled and thousands of Chinese were killed and our station we know was destroyed.

We do not know anything about the other missionaries, but with us here of the C&MA Mr. and Mrs. Emil Olson and their three children, Mr. and Mrs. Edvin Andersson, and their two children, Miss Emilie Erickson, and Mrs. Carl Lundberg and their children. If we should not come out with our lives then please send our last message to all mission friends. We live and die for the Lord and China. The way to the coast is not open. We have not heard anything from Peking for nearly two months, but the way to the Lord is open, thanks be to Him. Let not your hands fail and do not lose your courage. What we sow shall bear fruit in its time. When the storm is over send out other witnesses to China to proclaim the great act of the Lord. I do not regret that I came to China. I know the Lord called me here, and his grace is enough for me. The way he leadeth is the best, His will be done. We shall meet at his right hand.

August 22, 1900

Now the soldiers come and they are going to attack us here today. The Catholics are going to defend themselves but it seems of no use, we do not want to die with weapons in our hands. If God permits they may take our lives. We die with faith in the Lord and know that He can save our souls without trusting in the Catholic Church. The priests asked us yesterday if we were willing to enter or be connected with the only saving church, and if we were not afraid if we had gone wrong, and should not be saved, but we all answered that we know in whom we believed, and that we were not uncertain and that we would die as protestants, yes, as Christians. God bless you all. We will meet with Jesus.

Yours, happy in Jesus, Carl L. Lundberg.

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