Eleanor Chesnut

Eleanor Chesnut biography, “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (I John 3:16). Eleanor Chesnut, who experienced the divine love followed the footsteps of Christ and gave her life for the people of China.


Birth : 08-01-1868
Home Calling : 29-10-1905
Native Place : Iowa
Country : United States of America
Place of Vision : China

Eleanor Chesnut was an American medical missionary who served in China. She became an orphan in her infancy and was brought up by her relatives. With no one to support her education, she worked to earn for her studies and graduated from the Women’s Medical College, Chicago.

She then joined the Moody Bible Institute to prepare for the mission field. In 1894, she sailed to China to take responsibility for the recently opened women’s hospital at Lianzhou.

Eleanor Chesnut a Martyr of Christ

She offered all that she had for the development of the hospital. She traveled on horseback to the neighboring villages to provide medical care for the sick and trained the local women as nurses. She also translated books in the Lianzhou dialect, including the Gospel of Matthew. She was well-loved for her kindness.

When the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 started, which killed thousands of missionaries and Chinese Christians, Chesnut, stood firm in her calling. With the political unrest increasing, she was careful to avoid any situation that may disturb the hospital’s functioning. However, on October 29, 1905, a riot broke out in hospital premises.

The missionaries were chased into the streets and beaten. Although Chestnut had a chance to slip away, she was there providing medical care to the children who were wounded in the riot. Finally, Dr. Eleanor Chesnut, too, was beaten and stabbed to death with a pitchfork while three other missionaries and a ten-year-old child were murdered.

The courage of Chesnut inspired many young missionaries to step out in faith and live for the Gospel in China and several parts of the world.

Beloved, are you imitating the sacrificial love of Christ in your daily life?

Take away from the article

“Lord, help me to love others with the same sacrificial love You showed on the Cross. Amen!”

Word of Prayer

Eleanor Chesnut

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