Christian Women From History~Betty Stam

by adustyframe ~ September 3rd, 2007

“Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Thy will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all utterly to Thee to be Thine forever. Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt, work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever.”



What do you think about a woman that could pray that prayer? A woman who’s life backed up that prayer?

Betty Scott Stam was born Elizabeth Alden Scott in Albion, Michigan February 22, 1906. . (She was a direct descendant of John and Priscilla Alden of the Mayflower.)


Her parents were missionaries in China under the Presbyterian Board, USA.

Betty was the oldest of 5 girls.

She attended boarding school in Tungchow. A fairly common practice in those days.

For college, she came back to America. She first attended Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA when she was 18. Then she attended Moody Bible Institute.


While at Moody, she was known for her depth and sincerity especially in her relationships with others.
She attended weekly prayer meeting of the China Inland Mission on Monday evenings at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Page. This is where she met John Stam.

(On my notes from Bible college is written, “There’s hope for anyone in Mission prayer band” with a big smiley face.)


After Betty graduated from Moody, she was accepted by China Inland Mission. She set sail for China in the fall of 1931. She had graduated a year before John.


She was assigned to a city in China, but was unable to serve due to trouble in that province. Her parents requested that she would be able to come to Shanghai and serve with them. She went there and found John who had arrived in China. They parted to continue their mission work and did not see one another until the eve of their wedding one year later.


John and Betty were married on October 25, 1932 at her parent’s home.

Their daughter Helen Priscilla was born on September 11, 1934. They were finally given permission to go to Tsingthe, Anhewi. This was the same province that Betty had been prohibited from going to earlier due to unrest.


There they were captured by the Red Force (Communists) on December 6. It was a suden an unexpected attack. Betty was bathing Helen when they first heard of the danger.

They next day they were taken to Miaosheo, a village twelve miles away across the mountains.

John carried Helen, while Betty rode most of the way on horseback.


They were killed on December 8, 1934. John was 27 and Betty was 28.


Many came to know the Lord due to their martyrdom.

I remember reading an excellent book about the Stams when I was in college.

The book mentioned in my notes is The Triumph of John and Betty Stam by Geraldine Taylor.


More resources and information to learn about the Stams can be found here

and here.


4 Thoughts Shared to Christian Women From History~Betty Stam

  1. jen

    a really interesting post 🙂

  2. Amy

    I really enjoy reading biographies about other Christian women, it’s inspiring too 🙂

    Thanks Amy, for letting me know you like to read these. They are so encouraging to me too.

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  4. Christian Women

    This is awesome post about what we think about women. Our thinking is not so great about women, we should have to change that. Thanks for sharing this.

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