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More On Eric Liddell

Christian Stories has had such a high response to our 1st article on Eric Liddell that we wanted to do a second follow-up page with actual video highlights and more detail on this wonderful man of faith and courage. Hope these will be a blessing to you!

Here is the Famous Photo of Eric Winning the Gold Medal Clutching the Promise that "He Who Honors God..."

"God Will Also Honor"

Eric Liddle, winning

Eric Marries Florence Mackenzie 1934

During his first furlough in 1932, he was ordained as a minister of religion. On his return to China he married Florence Mackenzie of Canadian missionary parentage in Tianjin in 1934. Liddell courted his future wife by taking her for lunch to the famous Kiesling restaurant which is still open in Tianjin. They had three daughters, Patricia, Heather and Maureen, the last of whom he would not live to see. The school Eric taught at is still used as a school today. One of Liddell's daughters visited Tianjin in 1991 and presented the headmaster of the school with one of the medals that Eric had won for athletics.<br><br>

In 1941 life in China was becoming so dangerous that the British Government advised British nationals to leave. Florence and the children left for Canada to stay with her family when Liddell accepted a new position at a rural mission station in Shaochang, which gave service to the poor. He joined his brother, Rob, who was a doctor there. The station was severely short of help and the missionaries who served there were exhausted. There was a constant stream of local people who came at all hours to get medical treatment. Liddell arrived at the station in time to relieve his brother who was ill, needing to go on furlough. Liddell suffered many hardships himself at this mission station.

Eric Liddell Wedding,  Florence Mackenzie

Published by Christian Stories Jan 2010

In 1943, Liddell was interned at the Weihsien (now known as Weifang) Internment Camp with the members of the China Inland Mission, Chefoo (now known as Yantai) School, and many others. Liddell became a leader at the camp and helped get it organized. Food, medicines, and other supplies ran short at the camp. There were many cliques in the camp and when some rich businessmen managed to smuggle in some eggs to the camp, Liddell shamed them into sharing them with the rest of the camp. Fellow missionaries were forming cliques, moralizing, and acting selfishly. Eric kept himself busy by helping the elderly, teaching at the camp school Bible classes, arranging games and also by teaching the children science. He was known to the children as Uncle Eric.

A Little Known Fact Revealed in 2008

In 2008 it was revealed by the Chinese authorities that Liddell had given up an opportunity to leave the camp and instead gave his place to a pregnant woman. Apparently, the Japanese did a deal with the British, with Churchill's approval, for prisoner exchange. Therefore, because Eric was a famous athlete he was one of the chosen as part of the prisoner exchange. However, he gave his place to another. This information was released near the time of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by the Chinese government and apparently news of this great act of sacrifice came as a surprise even to his family members.
Fifty-six years after the 1924 Paris Olympics, Scotsman Allan Wells won the 100 metre sprint at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. When asked after the victory if he had run the race for Harold Abrahams, the last 100 metre Olympic winner from Britain (in 1924), Wells replied, "No, this one was for Eric Liddell.

Erics' Childhood

Eric Liddell Family Photo...

1907, Drymen

Eric is 5 Years Old Here

Eric Liddell, Family Photo, 1907, Drymen

Reading Isaiah 40

Students carry Eric Liddell Round Edinburgh University After the ‘Flying Scotsman’ Returned from Winning Gold in the Men’s 400 Meters at the Paris Olympics.

Eric Liddell, Victory Parade,

Actual Film Footage of Erics 400 meter Gold Run.

“We are all missionaries. Wherever we go, we either bring people nearer to Christ, or we repel them from Christ.”

Eric Liddell 1943

Eric After the Gold - The Missionary

Published by Christian Stories Jan 2010

Message From the Daily Telegraph on the 60th anniversary of Eric's Death

Published by Christian Stories Jan 2010

Eric Pictured With His Parents and Brothers and Sister

Eric Liddel, Family Photo

Published by Christian Stories Jan 2010

Christian Stories Closing Bible Quote

Let Us Also Run...
Let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Hebrews 12:1-3

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