CELEBRATION OF FAMILY: LETTERS OF ANDREW MURRAY TO HIS CHILDREN
“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of;
Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain night and day.” – Mary Murray
To commemorate the 192nd birthday of Dr Andrew Murray (May 9th 2020), we developed the short series Celebration of Family: Letters of Andrew Murray to his children.
EPISODE 4: MARY
These lines from Morte D’Arthur (by Alfred Lord Tennyson) quoted by Mary when requesting prayers for her mission-work, reflects something of her life.
Mary Ellen Murray, Andrew and Emma’s second born, was one of the first students to complete her training at the Huguenot Seminary and one of the first to be sent out as a full-time missionary.
For over twenty years Mary faced the challenges of being a pioneer ‘professional single female woman missionary’ at Saul’s Poort, Waterberg, Mochudi and Kimberley’s Diamond Fields. She suffered numerous fever attacks – on occasion causing Emma and a nurse to travel for days too tend her.
Throughout, she inspired by her prayerful steadfastness:
“… I almost daily feel it may be my last chance … how much I need that my lips be specially anointed.”
Cecile Murray-Louw, Laurinda Hofmeyr & Isabelle Murray (Murray descendants)
RESEARCH & MATERIAL
Isabelle Murray DRC Archives, Stellenbosch.