Conditions were difficult and demanding, and they ended up losing three of their children to disease.
During the Boxer Revolution anti-Christian soldiers beat Jonathan close to death and the Goforths fled for their lives. But as soon as China re-opened to foreigners, they returned.
Their lives were a reflection of the words of Paul in Philippians 3:7-14:
"I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage ... I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."
Today I'm asking what things in my life I should consider "garbage" for the sake of Christ. I hope you'll be prompted to ask the same.
Source: Jonathan Goforth, An Open Door in China, YWAM publishing
While I recommend this book in the YWAM Christian Heroes series, I do not recommend all of the books in this series.
Image source explaining public domain use in the U.S.