Mrs Ahok(born 1850), Preacher
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The wife of a wealthy Chinese Merchant in Foochow, Mrs Ahok and her husband were devout Buddhist before converting to Christianity. Mrs Ahok studied the bible to improve her English under the supervision of Miss Foster, a missionary who worked with the Society for Promoting Female Education in the East. She gained a good understanding of both English and the principles of Christianity during this time, becoming good friends with her teacher. She later, with her husband's blessing, accompanied Miss Foster back to England, when her friend's health was ailing, and was invited to speak about Christianity in China. She left England when she heard of her husband's ill health but he died before she reached him. She stayed devout in her Christian convictions despite Chinese friends and family suggesting that her husband's death was punishment for her deserting her Chinese gods. She continued her missionary work giving over 100 Bible presentations, inspiring many young women to become missionaries in China.