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Louisa M R Stead Wodehouse died 1/18/1917, at Penkridge (50 miles fr Um-ta­li) Zimbabwe, Southern Rhodesia.  Born near Dover, England she early sensed a call to missions.  She came to the States (about 1871) and lived for a while in Cincinnati.  Again she felt a pull to missions (China) but was unable to go.  She married a Mr. Stead in 1875, had a baby girl, but lost Stead in a drowning off of Long Island, NY.  About 1880, she went to South Africa and served as a missionary some 15 years.  She there married a South African, Robert Wodehouse.  Around 1895 she was again in the States to recover her health, then in 1901 she went as a missionary to Rhodesia.  Though she labored many years on these fields she is best remember as the author of the hymn “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” said to have been written after seeing her husband drown.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, And to take Him at His Word; Just to rest upon His promise, And to know, Thus says the Lord!

Refrain

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more!

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