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何顯理墓碑背後的故事

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這是一張1845年自廣州赴美的Tonquin號乘客資料,上面有叔未士(J. Lewis Shuck)牧師及同行者的名字。除了一位華籍傳道人楊先生(Yong Seen Sang)、一位15歲的中國女生,及一位美籍人士外,就是叔未士的三名子女。遺憾的是,資料上提及一位在航程中(1845年11月9日)離世的Henry Fuller Shuck,年僅11個月11日。他是叔未士的第五名兒子。

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Henry Fuller Shuck是遺腹子,1844年11月27日於香港出生,母親何顯理(Henrietta Hall Shuck)在誕下嬰兒後離世。

這是關於一對傳教士夫婦的故事,叔未士是首位美國浸信會來華傳教士,何顯理更是第一位美國來華的女傳教士,兩人於1836年抵達澳門。今天,在香港跑馬地香港墳場11區內,可以找到何顯理的墓碑:

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11A-03–09

HENRIETTA

First American female missionary to China

Daughter of

the Rev. ADDISON HALL of Virginia U.S.

Consort of

the Rev. J. LEWIS SHUCK, Missionary to China

from the

American Baptist Board for Foreign Missions

She was born October 28 1817

Married 8th Sep. 1835

Arrived in China September 1836.

In the prime of her life, in the midst of her labors, and in the

meridian of her usefulness, suddenly but

peacefully

she died at Hong Kong, November 27th 1844

aged 27 years

Hallowed and Blessed is the memory of the Good

原來,叔未士在1834年5月向何顯理求婚,明確表示希望婚後一起中國宣教。1835年9月8日兩人舉行婚禮,數日後一起接受美國浸信會傳道會差遣。9月22日,兩人乘上Louvre 號,離開波士頓港,取道印度,前往中國。這一年,何顯理只有18歲。

1836年4月31日抵達新加坡。8月3日,誕下長子Lewis Hall Shuck。8月29日,全家離開新加坡,於9月抵達澳門。1837年10月29日,次子Ryland Keeling Shuck 在澳門出生。1840年5月,女兒Henrietta Lyton出生。

1842年3月,隨著香港島割讓予英國,叔未士舉家從澳門遷居香港島。叔未士在皇后大道及市場(Bazaar)先後建立教會。1843年10月,Oscar Tully Shuck在香港出生。1844年,叔未士及何顯理又開辦學校。上文提及赴美的楊先生本是叔的中文老師,後來皈信成為傳道。而那位女生應是這些學校的學生。

1844年10月28日,即何顯理27歲生日當日,她寫信給自己的父親: “I am today twenty-seven years old, fast, fast growing old. You would see great changes in me now. I feel quite old, with so many ‘olive plants’ around me. Oh, that I grew better as I grow older!” … “And now, my beloved Pa, farewell! May you long, long be spared to your family and to the cause of God. So what you can for China.” 這時,何正預準第五胎的分娩,但她的身體較虛弱,她也有不祥的預感。在一封信中,她說: “I feel a presentiment that something is going to take place, something dreadful. O Lord, prepare me for all that thou art preparing for me. Help me to take every dispensation of thy providence as for my good.”

1844年11月27日,何顯理產下男嬰後便離世,終年27歲。隨後,下葬於灣仔新教墓地。1889年遷葬至跑馬地新教墳場。叔未士為遺腹子命名Henry Fuller Shuck。Henry 的名字,不知是表達對母親Henrietta的思念?

11月29日,叔未士寫信給岳丈,告訴他其女兒何顯理於兩天前離世。信中指,何的身體在11月26日晚惡化。當時何要求叔抓緊她的手一起禱告,但何終於在11月27日凌晨3時安息。叔在信中形容自己的愛妻: “she was in the habit of expressing to us all, in a singular manner, her presentiments that she would not survive the close of the present year, but no gloomy doubts about her soul were ever noticed. Her mind was engaged in prayer to the last, and as there was scarcely a pain or a struggle, but purely sinking and prostration she literally fell asleep in Jesus, yea, almost like Enoch, translated, for having walked with God, he took he in kindness, to himself, without the usual suffering and distress….She seems to have passed away like a glorious meteor, and her light still shineth.” 1845年4月,叔懷著喪妻之痛,舉家離開香港,到廣州宣教。

此時,叔面對極大掙扎,弧身一人,如何照顧兒女,又能兼顧宣教工作?他曾說: “Were it not for Bible principle and stern Christian duty, I should not remain in China 1 single day.” 1845年6月,叔先行將長子Lewis Hall Shuck及次子Ryland Keeling Shuck 送回美國。10月,叔決定帶同與三名年幼子女回國。1846年2月抵紐約。可惜,年僅11個月大的Henry Fuller Shuck,於1845年11月9日於回國的航程中(在海上)離世……

1846年10月,叔未士與薛士頓(Lizzie Sexton)結婚,1847年,叔夫婦以美南浸信會傳教士身分重返中國,抵達上海。1861年回美國。1863年8月20日離世,終年51歲。

叔未士的墓碑:

REV. J. LEWIS SHUCK

Born in Alexandria Va.

Sept. 3nd 1812

Died at Barnwell C.H.S.C.

Aug. 20th 1863

On twenty five years

a Missionary to the

Chinese, in China

and California

Servant of God, well done

Rest for, Thy Loved Employ

The Battle fought the victory won

Enter thy Masters joy

THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED BY

CHURCH OF THE BARNWELL BAPTIST

ASSOCIATION WAS SPONORED BY THE

ASSOCIATIONAL W. M. U. CONVENTION

IN LOVING MEMORIAL

REV J. LEWIS SHUCK

FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST MISSIONARY TO CHINA

UNVEILLD JANURARY 26 1890

叔未士曾寫一首詩My Dearest Lovely Native Land,抒發一位傳教士告別故土,踏上宣教路的傳道者心境:

My dearest, lovely, native land,
Where peace and pleasure grow,
Where joy, with fairest softest hand,
Wipes off the tears of woe;
Thy Sabbath’s laws, and happy shores,
And name I love them well,
And looking o’er those richest stores,
How can I say farewell?

叔未士臨終時曾說:「我一生最大的快樂,在於傳福音的工作」。這些海外傳教士,為了拓展上主國度而面對各種困難,其中最痛心者,莫過於送別至愛親人。福音所到之處,上主的僕人,總有淒涼調,驀然回首,是否仍欣悅於實踐所領受的召命?

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