Exhibit of the Week: Tragic story behind portable writing table

Flora Lucy Stewart
Flora Lucy Stewart

This week’s artefact has a tragic story behind it. It is a portable writing table which belonged to Flora Lucy Stewart, Major Percy Stewart’s eldest sister.

Flora was born in 1864 and was the eldest daughter of James and Lucy Stewart.

Known as Lucy, she was always a very religious girl, particularly from the age of 14 when she gave her life to Christ.

On leaving school at 18, she began to work alongside her parents in her father’s parish. She assisted with the education of her younger brothers and sisters, was the organist and trainer of the choir in her father’s church, and worked devotedly amongst the local poor.

In 1890, she met Mrs A-hok, a visitor to Britain who was seeking missionaries to go and spread the Christian message in China.

Flora determined to go there when God should make it possible for her and, on 28 October 1891, feeling that she had now received His call, set out for China, arriving at the Mission in Ku-Cheng just before Christmas that year.

Read Peter’s full article in next week’s (2 October) people’s paper.