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Ronald Clements

Writer and Researcher

Overworking search engines for that last scrap of detail that will be scrapped in the final manuscript

Lives from a Black Tin Box           In Japan the Crickets Cry          Point me to the Skies          Even to death


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Lives from a Black Tin Box

‘Last night God sent us more food & a man to carry us some water . . . they say some of the villagers are plotting to betray us, or to prevent food reaching us to starve us to death. Rumours come this afternoon of Boxers coming up from Taiyuan to hunt us to death. We are still in God’s hands.’

The moving story of Herbert and Elizabeth Dixon, BMS missionaries, brutally murdered in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion in 1900 - a journey from South Wales to London, from Congo to North China, as told by their great-granddaughter, Prudence Bell.

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Prudence Bell grew up in Devon not too far from her grandfather, Benjamin, the son of Herbert and Elizabeth. She moved to Wales on her husband’s ordination into the Church in Wales. She has three grown-up children and has been involved with various ministries over the last 40 years, whilst also serving as a magistrate.


‘What a story!

Prudence Bell has not only brought this brave couple “back to life” but, because of her visit to the church they founded in China, she is able to celebrate the wonderful fruit which followed their tragic deaths.’

Jennifer Rees Larcombe, Beauty from Ashes Healing Ministry

A number 1 Amazon UK/Japanese books bestseller

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In Japan the Crickets Cry

‘Our final destination had all the demeanour of an archetypal prison; institutionalized brick buildings standing out above six-foot high walls, guarded by electric fences. Japanese soldiers poked machine guns in our direction from stubby circular turrets, which squatted beneath wooden Chinese coolie-hat roofs.’

As a teenager Steve Metcalf was separated from his family for four years, held in Japanese internment camp in North China.  One of the internees, Olympic runner Eric Liddell, challenged him to pray for his captors - a challenge that changed the direction of his life.

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‘In a time when there are few genuine heroes in Christian circles, it is refreshing to know someone like Steve who presents to us an authentic life that has been well spent. Reading his biography has been challenging and enjoyable, and hopefully will strike a strong note in the hearts of young people today who want to make a difference for God with their lives.’

Dan Bacon, OMF International

Chariots of Fire - re-released

In July 2012 David Puttnam’s film was re-released. Damaris Trust, a Christian organization helping people to communicate their faith through popular media and culture, have put together three  videos and other free resources for churches that explore the life and witness of Eric Liddell. In the third video Steve Metcalf talks about his encounters with Eric in Japanese internment camp.

Damaris Trust - Steve Metcalf

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Point Me to the Skies - the amazing story of Joan Wales

'The story of the ambush had shaken them. "They are going to force you out. But you won't make it... They will shoot you on the mountain pass.'

In 1951, Joan Wales, a young China Inland Mission worker, was forced to leave China, the land God had called her to. Thirty seven years later she returned to find that the few months she spent amongst the Nosu of South Sichuan Province had not been wasted.

Available from Christian bookshops and online

Now translated into Korean and Chinese

‘A remarkable story of God’s faithfulness’



Research Projects

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Even to Death - The Life and Legacy of Samuel Dyer by Irene Chang and James Hudson Taylor III

‘Not contented with the usual course of Missionary effort, [Dyer] applied himself to the compilation of vocabularies of the Chinese language... but principally to the construction of punches and matrices for the casting of two fonts of Chinese Type’

Obituary, Singapore Free Press, 9 November 1843

Samuel Dyer, with his wife Maria, worked as two of the first Protestant missionaries amongst the overseas Chinese of Malaysia and Singapore.  Dyer’s painstaking research and experimentation in the printing of the Bible in Chinese pioneered the mass production of Bibles and tracts in Asia after his death.

Available in Chinese only


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