Gold medalist Eric Liddell at the Paris Olympics, 1924. He was born in China, the son of missionaries, and educated in Britain, where his athletic talent emerged. His refusal to run in the 100-meter dash because it was held on a Sunday was immortalized in the film “Chariots of Fire.” But he returned to China, served in a rural village, was taken prisoner when the Japanese invaded in World War II, and died shortly before the POW camp was liberated. His missionary work is why he’s on our calendar.

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