The Global Missionary Mobilization Conference for Memorial to Dr. Nelson Bell was conducted virtually to honor Dr. Bell, a medical missionary to China and the father-in-law of the late evangelist Billy Graham.
Held by the China Servant Leadership Center and the Global Servant Leadership Revival Platform from April 20 to 22, the international conference featured topics such as theological higher education, senior missions, digital mission ministry, the medical mission field, and the Israeli frontier.
The speakers included Dr. Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College; Dr. David Dockery, president of Southwestern Baptist Seminary; Rev. Dr. Evan Liu, founder of China Servant Leadership; Rev. Guy Cohen from Israel; and Rev. Dr. Gangri Gbu, a BAM expert.
Born in Virginia in 1894, Dr. Nelson Bell was a Presbyterian missionary serving in China for 25 years. After graduating from medical school, the 22-year-old man came to China with his new wife, who was two years older than him. Bell established the Love and Mercy Hospital, then the world's largest Presbyterian hospital and the predecessor of the Second People's Hospital of Huai'an, Jiangsu Province. His second daughter, Ruth, was married to the late evangelist Billy Graham. Dr. Bell died in 1973, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of his death.