The Bells in China Are Not Silent

Joann Pittman | March 21, 2017

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The man crawled along the dusty cement beam near where the giant bell was hanging in the steeple, shining his flashlight on it.

He read aloud the letters engraved on the side, one by one: “B. U. C. K. E. Y. E.”

My friend Noël and I looked at each other in bewilderment. “Buckeye?”

He continued reading what was written on the old bell: “Buckeye Bell Foundry, Cincinnati. First Baptist Church Coffeyville, Kansas. Presented by W. S. Upham, 1886. Praise Ye the Lord.”

We were stunned. Here we were, staring at a bell cast in Ohio for a church in Kansas, hanging in a steeple in western China.

My mind swirled as I thought about the turmoil the bell had witnessed during…

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