1859 – 1936
Missionary to China. Jonathan Goforth was converted to Christ at the age of eighteen. While attending college he did rescue mission work. He read Hudson Taylor’s book about missionary work in China, and it so moved him that he dedicated his life to the Lord as a missionary. He and his wife labored in Honan, China, training hundreds of Chinese pastors and evangelists.
During the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, the Goforths barely escaped with their lives though suffering severe wounds. They returned to the Orient and helped start a revival in Korea in 1907. This revival seemed to follow them as they went back to China. In 1925 they went to Manchuria and served there for eight years before ill health forced them to return to Canada.
Although Goforth was blind the last years of his life, he and his wife promoted missions until they went home to be with the Lord.