Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Missionaries Taught Samurai

Young men of the samurai class, the only ones outside the nobility and the priesthood who were educated, were attracted to the missionaries through their desire to secure foreign learning, and many of them, pushing beyond their first objective, became in time earnest Christians and coworkers with the missionaries in propagating the Gospel. For these young men classes and small private schools were opened in Kanagawa and Tokyo, and it was not long until even the government sent students to be taught by the missionaries.
Source: Fruits of Christian Mission in Japan
Photo : Shimooka Renjo