Rev. Dr. Moses Homan Bixby. D.D.
Born in Warren, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
August 20, 1827. Master of Arts was conferred to him by Dartmouth
College in 1849. Ordained in Vermont in 1849 at the age of 22. Appointed
Missionary to Burma in 1853 by the American Baptist Missionary Union.
Returned to USA in 1856.
Second trip to Burma in 1860. Arrived in Rangoon in 1861. Started
mission among the Shan in 1862. Awarded Doctor of Divinity in 1875 by
Died in Providence, March 20, 1901. (Age 73 years and 7 months)
Wife; Mrs. Laura A. Bixby.
Rev. Moses Homan Bixby planted the first Shan Church in Toungoo among Shan refugee in
In 2003, there are 72 Shan Churches in Eastern Shan State, 17 Shan
Churches in Northern Shan State and 3 Shan Churches in Southern Shan
All Shan Churches are Baptist.
Dr. Seagrave, nurses & elders; NamKham Hospital
NamKham Hospital seen in 2003
Mu Se Shan Baptist Church in 1950s
Mu Se Shan Church in 1960s
Nurses at NamKham Hospital in 1950s
Rev. Dr. Cushing, Josiah Nelson. D. D, Ph. D.
Dr. Cushing was born in North Attleboro, Mass., May 4, 1840.
He was the son of Alpheus Nelson and Charlotte E. Foster Cushing. He
was prepared for college at the Pierce Academy, Middleboro, Mass. and
entered Brown University in the class of 1862 in the same class with Dr.
Henry F. Colby of Dayton, Ohio, Rev. Addison Parker of Piqua, Ohio, and
Dr. Josiah R. Goddard of Ningpo, China. After his graduation he went
directly to Newton Theological Institution completing the full course.
Among his classmates were Dr. Luther G. Barrett, the president of
Jackson College, Jackson, Miss; and Dr. Alonzo Bunker who also gave his
life to missionary service and was a successful missionary to the Karen
at TounGoo and LoiKaw, Burma, for forty years, laboring in the same
country with Dr. Cushing and for the same period of time. As to many
another students the obtaining of an education was to young Cushing a
financial struggle. But he was dominated by a great purpose and no
obstacle was permitted to change or hinder it. In the theological
seminary he is remembered as a student of delightful spirit of
gentlemanly deportment of far more than average intellectual ability and
of complete consecration to the work to which he believed God had called
him. Here was exhibited, as also in college his remarkable linguistic
ability and here was ripened the definite purpose which rule his life to
make known the glad tidings of Christ’s salvation to the heathen world.
The year before he completed his college course he united by letter with
the First Baptist Church in Providence. After completing his seminary
course he was ordained to the Christian ministry by the same Church in
1865, and in its fellowship he died, though for a brief period, he
transferred his membership to the English speaking Church in Rangoon, of
which for a time he filled the pastoral office in addition to his other
In 1865 he offered himself to the American Baptist Missionary Union as a
candidate for the foreign field and was presented at the annual meeting
held that year in St. Louis, as a missionary under appointment in the
same city where by a remarkable coincidence, after nearly forty years of
successful labor he was translated to his reward on high. He was
retained at the seminary as instructor in the Hebrew department for one
year and in 1866 he sailed for Burma being designated to the Shan tribes
to take up a work which had been recently begun by Dr. Moses H. Bixby
but which he had been compelled to lay down by reason of failing health.
These tribes were as yet little known and in large part un-reached by
missionary operations. Dr. Cushing entered courageously into the
difficult and dangerous task of visiting the people in their homes and
carrying to them the knowledge of the Christian religion, with TounGoo
as his headquarters, extending his tours farther and farther into the
wild and untraversed country inhabited by these people.
He gave himself to the task of compiling a Shan dictionary, which he
accomplished with immense labor where he could have the needed
assistance of the printing press.
In1880 he published an ‘Elementary Handbook of the Shan Language,’ and
also a ‘Grammatical Sketch of the Kachin Language,’ an allied language.
The ‘Elementary Handbook’ went to a second edition in 1888.
Dr. Seagrave in 1950s at NongSanKong Shan
Dr. Albert Ai Lun in 1950s