Blomberg

Carl Blomberg

China, 1896-1900

Carl BlombergCarl Petterson (he later changed the name to Blomberg) was born May 8,1873, in Morlunda parish in Smgland, Sweden. A young friend of his said, “As a child Carl was very thoughtful and serious. Sometimes people would hear him preach to himself and to his imaginary friends.” That young man was alone, and without parents’ support, he had to earn his own way from an early age.

Among the many other young men who, in the autumn of 1892, met in Jonkoping to take part in a Bible Course, there was seen a tall youth with a face which reflected joy and earnestness in serving. And behind that light was concealed a sharp and clear understanding from where his composure and good memory was a distinct witness. In the spring of 1892 he became set apart for God. He had been converted a few years before that, but had drifted from God. His longing and goal was now to be in the war against sin. To achieve that goal he studied his Bible and lived in close fellowship with his Savior. He had much zeal for others’ salvation.

After a Bible course in Jonkoping he became a missionary candidate to China through the C&MA. While waiting for a call to China, he studied the language and witnessed. Sometime around the end of January 1896, along with a few others he arrived at a mission station in Northern China. He continued to learn the language and his brother Emil Olson helped him prepare for the mission. Early in 1898 he moved to the Salatsi mission station to help Brother Parl in his work. In the autumn of the same year he married Laura Hansson, in Kalgan. They both worked in Salatsi with brother Palm, and the mission flourished.

Blomberg was very attached to the Chinese and his work among them. Because of a difficult time of distress, which considerably bothered him in damp weather, with the brick floors in northern China, he moved to Tientsin and was told by a doctor to move back to Sweden. Instead of being grateful for the advice to obtain relief, he refused to leave and continued his work.

We know nothing about Bloomberg’s last days. It is possible and probable that he and his wife and little daughter were one of the two missionary families about whom brother Firestorm wrote that they were murdered about September 25 in Mongolia, near the place where the Mongol missionaries lived.

Whatever happened, now he had reached his heavenly home, which he longed for. Often he was heard playing the organ and singing one of his favorite songs:

“Wonderful rest in heaven, eternal Sabbath Day, Where, soon after the storms and conflict, my soul shall be Home with you.”

We hope and believe that since there is “life in death” his words will bear much fruit and bring life into both Swedish and Chinese minds, and perhaps to your heart, my readers.

Translated from Swedish article into English.

Laura Blomberg

China, 1896-1900

Laura BlombergLaura Blomberg was born in Goteborg, July 1, 1871. Her parents, Harald Hanson and his wife, owned a bookstore and her father was known as a writer. They were both still alive when Laura was martyred. Even as a child Laura distinguished herself as a kind and obedient girl. In 1886 she took a course in a “handicraft” school and at that time was converted. Then she began to pray for the salvation of others and witnessed to others who came into her life.

After she had taken Missionary Fransons Bible course in Goteborg in 1893, she volunteered as a missionary candidate to China. Naturally her parents did not want her to go to China, however they finally relented and wished her Godspeed. For a time she studied the English language in her homeland. On January 25, 1896, she and fourteen other candidates sailed from England on a steamer for China.

Arriving in Kueihuacheng in northern China on April 25, she, for a while, studied the Chinese language after which she became a helper in the missionary work of Soderbom. In the autumn of 1889 she married Carl Blomberg, in Kalgan. They both worked in Salatsi with brother Palm, and the mission flourished.

In November 1898, along with her husband, she moved to the Salads missionary station, and she worked with the Chinese women and led many to Christ.

We know nothing about the Bloombergs’ last days. It is possible and probable that they and their little daughter were one of the two missionary families about whom brother Firestorm wrote that they were murdered about September 25 in Mongolia, near the place where the Mongol missionaries lived.

Kind and sincere, Laura was appreciated and loved by all who knew her.

Translated from Swedish article into English.

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