Liang A-fah

1789-1855. First ordained Chinese Protestant evangelist. When Robert Morrison could not gain access to China, he established a base in 1814 among the 4,000-strong Chinese community in Malacca, where his colleague, William Milne,* set up a printing press. Among Milne's converts and assistants was Liang A-fah, who became a Bible Society colporteur and wrote a long treatise on Christianity entitled Good Words Exhorting the Age, which he eventually distributed among the civil service examinees in Canton. One set of these books fell into the hands of Hung Hsiu-ch'uan* and sparked the Taiping Rebellion.