of our return from China,
after the Boxer tragedies, I felt keenly the need of a good sewing machine,
as I could not possibly do the children’s sewing by hand and still get time
for meetings. One day, as my husband was leaving on a deputation tour, I
asked him for money for a machine. He assured me it was impossible; that we
had only sufficient for bare necessities. I knew well he would gladly give me
money for the machine if he had it. So I laid my need before my Father,
confident that he knew it was a real need, and that according to his promise
he could and would supply it.
I was so sure
that somehow the money would come, that I went down town especially to choose
a suitable machine. I found it would cost thirty-six dollars. A few days
later I received a letter from a band of ladies in Mount Forest, Ontario,
enclosing twenty-three dollars and some odd cents, and saying: ‘Please accept
the enclosed to buy something you have lost as our substitute in China’.
letter stated that the money was sent to help me buy a sewing machine. It has
always been a puzzle to me how they came to send the money in that way, for I
had not spoken to any one but my husband about wanting a machine. When Mr.
Goforth returned I was able to show him what the Lord could give me, though
he could not.
Rosalind Goforth, How I know God
answers prayer, Philadelphia,
The Sunday School Times Company, 1921, pages 115-117
Rosalind Bell-Smith Goforth was born near London, England, and moved with her parents to Montreal, Canada, three years later. Her Dad was an artist, and
Rosalind graduated from the Toronto School of Art in 1885. In 1887 she
married Jonathan Goforth. They served together as missionaries in China and Manchuria. They were married for forty-nine years and had eleven children
(Gertrude, Donald, Paul, Florence, Helen, Grace, Ruth, William, [Amelia] Constance,
Mary, and [John] Frederick), five of whom died as babies or very young
children. She was the author of How I Know God Answers Prayer (1921), her
husband's biography, Goforth of China (1937), and Climbing: Memoirs of a
Missionary's Wife (1940).