Benjamin Cunningham and Pyllis Sargeant Clark
By Bruce W. Lo, 2015
Benjamin and Phyllis Clark together with their 3 children: Douglas, Winston, and David arrived China in March 1925 and began their life as foreign missionaries in China at Yen Shen, Honan until the beginning of second World War- a total of 16 years. They are probably among the longest "continuous" serving missionaries, taken only an 8 months furlough.
Benjamin was appointed the principal of the Honan Junior Sam Yuk Institute of Studies as well as the Education Director of the Mission Conference. Phyllis taught at the church's Elementary School for missionaries children as well as helping out at the Sam Yuk Institute of Studies.
When the civil war broke out in China, they move to Shanghai for a period of time. But as soon as it is safe enough, they moved back to Honan until 1930. In 1928, their fourth son, Richard, was born.
They then moved to Hankow, Hubei, where he continued in the Educational ministry until he was called to be the Mission Conference President. He remained at the post until 1940. During the period of time, Japan invaded China, pushing from the east coast from Shanghai. Most of the foreign missionaries and their families were evacuated to Hong Kong, but the Clark family remained at Honkow. Those were difficult days, but Benjamin and Phyllis continued their serve in China. The Clark's returned to US in 1941, arriving at San Francisco in January 1041.