Monsen, Marie (1878-1962)
Marie Monsen, a Norwegian, was a
young, single lady missionary who had an unusual ministry in China. She arrived there on September 1, 1901. Following the Boxer Rebellion
there was a great deal of unrest during which many missionaries were
A fall soon after Marie's arrival
left her unconscious with a very severe concussion for a number of days. This
was soon followed by bouts of malaria that the physicians thought would be
fatal, but God spared her for 31 years of fruitful service.
Her close fellowship with the
Lord through prayer and Bible study provided Marie with an uncanny sense that the
Lord was directing her, speaking very clearly in words that seemed almost
audible. Marie Monsen's lifestyle matched her words. She was fearless, traveling thousands of miles
through bandit-infested territory to share the Gospel and to show great faith,
love, and courage wherever she went.
Today, Marie Monsen is fondly
remembered as the mother of the house church.
Would to God that we today would take the promises of God as literally
as did Marie Monsen.