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[The following transcripts of letters by Sarah Alice (Troyer) Young (along with a few letters by others) were made by Mrs. Carol Whiting in the 1990s from the originals, which in many cases were very faded and difficult to read. The originals are often on very thin or poor quality paper. A very few minor revisions were made by the archives staff, including Laurie Ellison, a Wheaton College graduate student working under the supervision of the BGC Archives staff.]

[Comments in brackets were added by an archivist, except those in italics, which are by Mrs. Whiting. The full text of Bible verses mentioned in the letters were also provided by Mrs. Whiting. No attempt has been made to maintain the layout or page numbering of Young's letters or to indicate page breaks, except to have paragraph breaks at the same points as they occur in the correspondence. Misspelling in the correspondence have been left as is, as has punctuation and capitalization.]

[Many letter start on one day and then have a new section added on, headed by the date of addtion. In this transcription, a row of five asterisks "*****" separate indicate the start of a new letter.]

[Preface by Carol (Mizer) Whiting, a relative of Sarah Alice Troyer Young and the transcriber of the letters and diary:

Sarah Alice Troyer was born in 1871, one of 11 children of John D. and Catharine (Egly) Troyer. She was my Grandmother's sister. These are letters she wrote to her sisters and brothers before she became a Missionary and while in training and when she was in China as a Missionary. Her siblings were Daniel, Marietta, Anna (my grandmother), Lydia, Joseph, Emanline, David, Ellen, Martha, and John. ]


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Kansas City, Mo.
May 26, 1895


My Dear Sisters:

I am not real sure whether I answered your letter in which you sent me the little white handkerchief or not but I am inclined to think not. I thank you for it anyhow if I do seem unthankful. I'll keep it for my wedding handkerchief, if it'll keep. You see I am away down here in Kansas, C. We came two weeks ago last Tuesday. They wished to remove the school to a larger city so that the students might have more practical work. The house is about in order now and we are very comfortably situated in a large four story brick building near the center of town I think. On the first floor are the dining room, kitchen, classroom, and pantries, on the second are the offices, sitting room and Mr and Mrs. Perrys rooms,(Mr.P. has charge of the school while Mr. Fisher is absent) on the second floor are Mr. and Mrs. Fisher's and the girls rooms, the fourth is occupied by the boys. There are seven students in now some having been sent out into the work before we came here, others are expected soon. We girls worked for our board during moving time. We girls each had two afternoons out for visitation for each week and this week, or next rather, we begin our cottage meetings. We meet with all kinds of people in our visitation work tomorrow at 4 o'clock we all go to a street meeting and again in the evening. Last Sunday evening we held one in a part of town where many of the people are foreigners. Oh it made my heart ache to see so many unsaved people crowd around us. When we began singing only a few people were in sight but before we had finished one verse the people began gathering around and when we finished the second piece there was quite a crowd around us and so many little ones gathered just in front of Mr. Johnson while he was speaking and they were just as attentive and quiet as they could be. After the sermon a number of testimonies were given. I asked the little ones a few questions about Jesus and their hands went up so quickly. I noticed one little fellow of six or seven years, who had such a sad sweet face with big brown eyes and after the meeting I spoke to him. He said his Mama is dead and that he lives with his Papa. I do hope we can arrange so that I can have a children's meeting down there once a week. Mr. Perry said he would like for me to do so if we can make arrangements.

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[Postcard. Addressed to "Mrs. C. W. Brown, Mancelona, Mich." and postmarked in Tornto Canada (where CIM had its office) on October 14) Printed above message "China Inland Mission, 632 Church Street, Toronto, Canada. All mission correspodence should be addressed, and all drafts, cheques and post-office orders should be made payable to the home director, Mr. Henry W. Frost."]

Oct. 14,1895

Dear Lydia.

You see by the heading of my card that I am at last in Toronto. And of course am happy. The home is very pleasant. At present there are six candidates another is expected tonight he however is already accepted. Two of the ladies here, no only one now, are hoping to sail for China next week. A party of eight girls is to go then. The girls are always sent alone unless there is a married couple to go with them. Next month a party of men goes and they hope to send another party of ladies before the end of '95, of which I may be a member. I have not yet been before the council but expect to be called to do it on Wed. evening then I will soon know whether I am accepted or not I have good reason to think that I will be. However I have come to the place where I am willing to go or stay as my Master thinks best. I shall be here four or six weeks. May go home your way (D. V.). Please write. Yours with love
(Rom 4:4,5)["Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but beliveth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Romans 4:4,5, KJV]
Sade

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[Postcard. Addressed to "Mrs. C. J. Mizer, Clarion, Mich." and postmarked in Toronto Canada (where CIM had its office) on October 14) Printed above message "China Inland Mission, 632 Church Street, Toronto, Canada. All mission correspondences should be addressed, and all drafts, cheques and post-office orders should be made payable to the home director, Mr. Henry W. Frost."]

Oct.14, 1895

Dear Sister,

I think you owe me a letter but I will not wait any longer you see from the heading of this postal card that at last I am in Toronto Canada came a week ago last Thursday. I left on Tuesday evening met my old roommate (miss Huston) in Chicago the next morning left Chicago at three in the P.M. arriving here at 8 o'clock A.M.. Time has been pretty well taken up since we came. The A.M. or a part of it is spent at the Toronto Bible Training school taking lectures, and the P.M. is spent in study, reading and a lecture on nursing from 4:30-5:30. Three evenings last week were spent at missionary meeting of some kind. So far this week we have only planned for two nights. Dr Erdman [Probably Dr. William Jacob Erdman], a noted Bible teacher from the U.S. has been giving us Galatians at the training school and Tues. and Thurs. nights talks on Glory of God. Those that heard his lectures on this say it is very very good. He is to be here to tea tonight. This is a very pleasant place to stay, both home and city. I have been at the doctor's but have not yet appeared before the council. That meets Wed. evening. Will not know whether I am accepted until after that. I may call on you on my way home. Please write.

Sade.

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632 Church St, Toronto, C.
Oct. 18,'95

My Dear Sister.-

Your letter was a glad surprise to me, it came so soon after my card was written, and your kind offer to send me some money makes me recognize more and more that the promise of Phil.4:19 ["But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19, KJV] is indeed sure. You say I am to use it for clothing, well dear, I don't need anything except my outfit. before I left K.C. Mrs Perry, the superintendent's wife, gave and made me a nice cloth dress and jacket and gloves to match and had a hat trimmed for me, and when I go to China I wear the native costume. The missionaries take only one extra dress with them because they will be useless as soon as they reach there. If I can get a list of the things for an outfit I will send it. A party of four girls left here this morning for Tachoma where they take the vessel for China. There are seven in our party and seven ladies from the Presbyterian Board of the U.S. sail in the same steamer for China. Another party of ladies will go about the 27 of Nov. Miss Huston and I hope to be in this party although we have not been before the council. They tell us we have to be here four weeks before going before the council.

We have been enjoying a course of lectures on Galatians and Colossians delivered by Dr. Erdman of the U.S., at the training school here. Mr. Erdman is a noted teacher and considered very sound and good. His talks here were grand. Three nights he lectured on "Glory of God" which was beautiful. Toronto seems like unusually well filled with preachers of sound doctrines, as "The Second Coming of Christ", "Salvation by Faith alone" "The Premillennial Coming of Christ". Our position in Him as complete before God the moment we accept Him as our Savior. All these are denied by so many, many, preachers and teachers. I often wonder whether you have that preached, I mean The Premillennial coming of Christ, in your church. If I stop with you I would like to give some Bible readings if everything is suitable. There will be very little time for visiting because it will be at least three weeks before I can leave here then it will take sometime to get my outfit ready. Yes if I am accepted I will return home because I was not at home before coming here. We came by way of Port Huron and Chicago. We went through South Bend about dusk. I wanted to get off and run over to see Dans' and Abes' and it made me real homesick to think I couldn't. Couldn't you and Lydia arrange to come down to Goshen if I can stop there? I hope I may see Joe too if I do stop. Has any one heard from Dave?

You probably know that John has gone to the northern part of Nebr. to find work and I am sure it the last they will see of him for a long time. Poor, poor boy! He thinks he is much better off than at home.

Dear little Clifford, how I would like to see him! How well I remember his "Grandma" when he spoke to me. The folks at the institute confirmed his testimony to my being like a grandma. They all said I am so old maidish. There was an old maid there who was thirty seven years old, Miss Huston liked to tell me frequently that I am more old maidish than this girl, Miss Richards.

[Separate page. This list appears to have been included with the October 18th letter.]
Ladies Outfit List

1. Travelling rug.
2. Pair of colored blankets.
3. Pillow ( I have one)
4. Colored pillowcases.
5. White pillowcases
6. 3 sheets, thick
7. 3 thin sheets
8. Flannel night dresses.
9. Cotton night dresses.
10. 16 yrds white cotton cloth, (heavy)
11. 4 yrds navy blue cashmere
12. 4 yrds black farmers satin
13. Three suits winter underwear
14. Gauze vests
15. 4 pair woolen hose
16. 6 pair white cotton hose. (have four pair)
17. 3 Cholera belts. (I don't know what they are)
18. Dressing gown. (Usually made of a flannel blanket)
19. Towels
20. 3 or 4 bath towels. Handkerchiefs.
21. 6 Tea towels.
22. Hot water bag.
23. Umbrella.
24. Needles, Pins, Thread, Tapes, Buttons, Etc.
25. White enamel jug, Basin, Toilet rug, Soap dish, and chamber.
26. White enamel cup, Saucer, and Plate.
27. Plated knife, fork, tablespoon, dessert spoon, 2 or 3 teaspoons
28. Hammer, nails, Screws, Screwdriver, Gimlet, dress hooks, cork screw, can opener, 2 steel knives for bread, etc.
29. Kerosene oil lamp with three or four extra chimneys, extra burner, wicks, candlesticks.
30. Pocket spirit lamp and tin teapot or kettle.
31. Note paper, envelopes, triplicate letter book, Fountain pen rubber.
32. Medicines, antiseptics, insect power, soap, toilet vinegar, Good Bible Concordance, Taussets Encyclopedia a copy of "Spiritual Songs and Solos"

[Message on the back of list] The mission is run entirely on faith. They never ask for money. No collections are taken by them. It is wonderful how God has been supplying all the money needed. One of the party that went last this morning did not know that she was going in this party until late yesterday p.m. and last night the money came in for her travelling expenses. No one seems to be kept waiting because of lack of money.


Sade

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[Postcard. Addressed to "Mrs. C. J. Mizer, Petoskey, Mich." and postmarked from Spadina Ave on November 4) Printed above message "China Inland Mission, 632 Church Street, Toronto, Canada. All mission correspodence should be addressed, and all drafts, cheques and post-office orders should be made payable to the home director, Mr. Henry W. Frost."] Monday Morn.
Nov. 4, '95

My Dear Sister:

Your letter came last week. Thank you very much for that. Have not yet been before the council but am as sure of being accepted as though I had been. Several members of the council are away that is why we are delayed so long. There are two missionaries here just from China, Mrs. Stoot who has been there thirty years and Miss. Bardsley who has also been there a number of years. Mrs. Stoot is as plump and fat as any one here could wish to be. Although other boards are keeping their missionaries back during these troublous times the C.I.M. is sending out more than ever. I went to the office this morning to look up the route to Petoskey but Mr. Steven was not in so could not learn much about it. Would it be better to take the stage than to go around by rail? I may be able to start the latter part of next week.

Alice

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[Postcard. Addressed to "Mrs. C. J. Mizer, Petoskey, Mich." and postmarked in Tornoto Canada (where CIM had its office) on November 22) Printed above message "China Inland Mission, 632 Church Street, Toronto, Canada. All mission correspodence should be addressed, and all drafts, cheques and post-office orders should be made payable to the home director, Mr. Henry W. Frost."]

Friday Morning

Dear Anna:

I leave here next Tuesday for Petoskey. Will write you tomorrow by what route. Can only stay a few days as Mr. Steven is planning for missionary campaign thro' Neb. and Col. for Miss Huston and me and we hope to sail Jan. 4 (DV).

The Lord is good isn't He to let me go to see you and Lydia.

Your Lovingly
Alice

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[Postcard addressed to "Mrs. C. J. Mizer, Petoskey, Mi" Postmarked from Toronto on November 25. Printed above message: "China Inland Mission, 632 Church Street, Toronto, Canada"]

Saturday Night

Dear Anna,

If Clarion is on the road which runs thro' Manc. I will not go on to Petoskey as it would be a waste of time. I will go by way of Mancelona but will not stop. Be ready to come down with me for I can only stay at each place once over night. My time is so limited. I stop in Detroit for a day because Mr. Steven wants me to. Mr. Fisher of Kansas C. is opening a Bible school there. I stop with them.

Yours Lovingly
Alice

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[Postcard addressed to "Mrs. C. J. Mizer, Clarion, Mich." Postmarked from Detroit on November 29.]

Friday Morning

Anna you poor girl! I know you are wondering what has become of me. Well, I will tell you. I went to the depot from the Training Home on Wednesday evening to take the train at six thirty for your place but when I got to the depot I found I had lost my half fair permit and had to come back home because my money would not reach out to pay full fair. I am so sorry I wrote to Joe to come down because he will be so disappointed not to find me there. Mr. Middlecoff of the Training home has telegraphed for Miss. Huston to come over from Toronto to hold with me a Missionary meeting on Sund. If she comes today I shall stay if not I go on to Dans. The mistake is all on my side because I went on making plans before I had the Lords mind about it. I am glad the permit was lost because I know it is for the best or it would not have been so. "All things work together for good to them that love the Lord"

Alice
891 3d St.

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Milford, Nebr.
Dec. 23, '95

My Dear Anna:

At home at last but Mattie is away and says she cannot come because she would lose her place and she has a good one is anxious to help Ella pay off the debt. She get $3 per week waiting on table in the dormitory at Peru. She went to the kitchen first but is to go to the dinning room now. Mr. Steven writes me to join the party in St. Paul on Dec.27 or 28th. I have only been home since Friday night so you see the stay will be short at home. Probably leave here on Wed. or Thurs. for a meeting in Lincoln. We stay in St. Paul for a few days holding meetings, etc and sail from Tacoma, Wash. Jan. 4, after 17 -20 days land in Japan, from there to Shanghai China, thence up the river to Gang Chau where we stay in the ladies' Training Home for six months then go into the interior for work. We are all anxious to be off to our poor perishing Chinese, 30,000 per day die without the Gospel, and we all here at home yet. It is terrible to think about it. Mary is just able to be around and that is all. Abe and the little girls do the work while she oversees. She says she is much better than she was. Dans are well, Dells not very he has been sick and looks anything but well now, Mary is in delicate health. Edith is well and nice good quite. She was so glad to see Aunt Sadie. Mrs Willis and two boys were there, too. They are very comfortably situated. I was there a few hours. Left Chicago Thursday evening reached Lincoln Friday a.m. 10:10 and home Friday p.m. 7:20.Ella said she was looking for me but she didn't look enough to come to the train to met me. How much I want to see dear Matt! Anna I haven't got those things you spoke of sending. Have they been delayed or did you not send them right away. It is all right, only I was afraid they were lost or something else happened to them. I would be so glad to get a letter from you at Tacoma or St Paul. If you write put on the envelope "Outgoing C.I.M. Missionary" in that way it would reach me. Anna if you want to keep posted about the proceedings of the party after reaching China subscribe for China's Millions, 50C address 632 Church Street Toronto, Can. I am sorry, no I must not say that, I was going to say I could not see you all, and Joe, how I would like to have seen the poor boy! Clifford too. Dear little fellow! and Charley ride his stick. Mother lives better than she has for a long time and now that Mattie is helping they can soon pay off all and be free.

Good by. "Till He Come"
Alice

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[Probably late 1895]

Friday Morning

Dear Anna:

Abe has just come for me and I find I have not written to you yet. Thank you very much for the dressing gown and night dress. If the dressing gown isn't very heavy and warm, dear, you need not send it because I will have no use for it. All I need one for is for the voyage when I am too "sick" to get up and dress. The night dress will come in very good. I have made me two. You may send them to Milford please.

With much love and Rom. 15:13 ["Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 15:13, KJV]

Alice

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[Probably 1895]
Dear sister Anna

I do not owe you any letter, but as Sade has written I too will write a few lines. How I wish you could be here with us. We have had such a good visit. I am very sorry that she did not get to go to see you. She too, is very sorry that she did not get there. Not sorry for herself, but for you. She says she knows "everything worketh for the best". Oh how I wish I was blessed with such divine faith and love. She is so happy in her work. Your letter came Tuesday P.M. and we knew we might expect her any time. D.J. went to the 5:20 train but she did not come on that, but came in from the west on the seven o'clock train. When she opened your letter, she said poor Anna and Joe. I knew they are very much disappointed. That was the first we knew she had not been there. We are all well and happy. Abe said Mary was not nearly so well this week. they went over to Jake Garbers last Sunday and it was a little to much for her, and she had not been so well since. We are having pretty snowy winter weather. The mercury gets down pretty close the zero point. Have a little snow, but not enough to make sleighing. There are a few sleighs out on the street. Well I guess I must close. Hope we may hear from you soon.

Your with Love,

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