李国伟 Li Guowei (安国德来小妹妹会) (The Little Sisters of St. Theresa of the Holy Child in Anguo)
Abstract: In this article, the author talks about how a foreign missionary Fr. Lei Mingyuan showed his patriotism at the early year of 19th century when Chinese situation was characterized by turbulence and intranquility. Normally, patriotism refers to a person loves his/her own country with strong passion. Here, Fr. Lei exhibited his strong patriotism for China as a foreign missionary and he proposed this slogan ‘live for China, die for China.” However, many other missionaries did not involve China’ politics or at most some remained natural. During Anti-Japanese aggression war Fr. Lei actively organized ambulance Corps and offered the service for the wounded soldiers at the rear area. Many people were moved by his great patriotism and the army’ morale was boosted tremendously.
Fr Lei’s patriotism bore witness to his love for God and the people. Even if he passed away for 75 years, his patriotism, fraternity and spirituality influenced his disciples deeply and other patriots. His disciples are in the Congregation of Saint John the Baptist (CSJB) and the little Sisters of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus (CST) and they have 500 members from China, Taiwan, Canada, Vietnam, America and the Philippines.