Centenary of the Baptist Missionary Society 1792-1892

John Brown Myers [1844/45-1915], editor, The Centenary Volume of the Baptist Missionary Society 1792-1892, 2nd edn.This is a detailed summary of the first hundred years of the Baptist Missionary Society with over 35 illustrations. These are included in greyscale to preserve their quality, which makes the download larger than usual. My thanks to Redcliffe College library for providing a copy of the book for digitisation. This volume is in the public domain.

John Brown Myers [1844/45-1915], editor, The Centenary Volume of the Baptist Missionary Society 1792-1892, 2nd edn. London: The Baptist Missionary Society, 1892. Hbk. pp.344. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Holding the Ropes by Rev William John Henderson
  • India and Ceylon by Rev Samuel Vincent
  • China by Rev Ricahrd Glover
  • Africa by Rev Edward Medley
  • West Indies by Rev David Jonathan
  • East Europe by Rev William Landels
  • The Orissa Mission by Rev John Clifford
  • Bible Translation by Edward Bean Underhill
  • Appendix


The Committee of the Baptist Missionary Society publish this Volume on the hundredth anniversary of the existence of the Mission, with the prayerful hope that the perusal of these pages may excite fervent gratitude for past manifestations of Divine favour, and may lead to larger consecration, in view of the world-wide opportunities and urgent claims of the present day. If the century just closing furnishes, in the review of it, abundant occasion for encouragement, what will not the second century of modern missions, upon which we are now entering, witness, provided the Christian Church be faithful, expectant, and zealous l May every reader be prompted to inquire : “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?”

Whilst the occasion and scope of this publication do not permit the writers to make more than passing references to the work of kindred institutions, the Committee are not unmindful of the labours connected with other missions… [Continue reading]

Register of London Missionary Society Missionaries 1796-1923

Register of London Missionary Society MissionariesThe Register of London Missionary Society Missionaries is one of the most useful books I have yet come across for those interested in missionary biography. The register of 170 pages provides a synopsis of the lives of hundreds of LMS missionaries. The Appendices are no less helpful, one giving an alphabetical listing of the maiden names of missionaries wives.

The register was compiled by Dr. James Sibree, the noted missionary-architect who served in Madagascar. The previous owner has annoted some of the entries and corrected some of the dates. I have left these notes in case they are helpful to readers. This title, which I purchased online, is in the public domain.

James Sibree [1836-1929], A Register of Missionaries, Deputations, etc. from 1796 to 1923, 4th edn. London: London Missionary Society, 1923. Hbk. pp.221. [This material is in the Public Domain][Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Foreword – Edward Shillito
  • Preface
  • Contents
  • Register of Missionaries 1796-1923
  • Appendix A: List of Missionaries 1796-1923
  • Appendix B: List of Missionaries’ Wives, under their Maiden Names
  • Appendix C: Register of L.M.S. Deputations 1812-1923
  • Appendix D: List of Treasurers
  • Appendix E: List of Secretaries
  • Summary of Contributions made to Native Literature by Missionaries of the L.M.S.


It is my pleasant task to write a brief preface to this new and revised Register of L.M.S Missionaries. The Register has not been brought up to date since the time when the Society was celebrating its centenary. During the twenty-seven years between that memorable time and the present there have been many. changes. Some records of service have been completed, and many names appear upon this Register for the first time. The task of carrying the Register forward to the present hour ha~ been one of immense toil. It was undertaken by Dr. Sibree, who had retired from his long and honourable service in Madagascar, but was ready then, as at all times, to devote his many gifts to the service of the Society. To the compiling of the Register he has brought the s1me untiring diligence and scholarly accuracy which have marked all his work. To him the Society owes a great debt. [Continue reading]

Douglas M Thornton – Study in Missionary Ideals and Methods

William Henry Temple Gairdner [1873-1929], D.M. Thornton. A Study in Missionary Ideals and Methods.Douglas M. Thornton [1873-1907] was an Anglican missionary to Egypt, where he worked among the muslim population. He died after only nine years there, of typhoid fever, but the missionary principles he demonstrated were carried on by W.H.T. Gairdner and others – hence this book’s title.

My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

William Henry Temple Gairdner [1873-1929], D.M. Thornton. A Study in Missionary Ideals and Methods. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909. Hbk. pp.283. Click to download complete book in PDF]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Childhood and Schooldays
  2. The Christian Student Movement – On the Staff
  3. On the Threshold
  4. The Field and the Man
  5. The First Six Months
  6. The First Six Months
  7. A Glimpse Within
  8. Apprenticeship
  9. Experimental
  10. The Literature Idea
  11. “Bait Arabi Pasha”
  12. “Orient and Occident”
  13. The Last Furlough
  14. The Last Year
  15. The Last Dawn – and the First


“Thornton was the first man I ever met who devoted his intellectual powers to thinking out the wider problems of the evangelisation of the world and the spread of Christian institutions in mission lands. Although since then I have met others who were occupied with the same questions, I have never known any one who approached them with more whole-hearted devotion, a keener zeal for knowledge, a closer mastery of detail, or a more far-sighted and elevating faith.”

-[Extract from a Memorial Sketch, by a Cambridge friend.]

The above words, by a friend of D. M. Thornton’s, and a man already highly distinguished in the field of scientific research, express very justly the reasons which dictated the writing of this Memoir. It is not that Thornton was the writer’s dear friend and intimate colleague and leader in work -such a reason would not have been sufficient, had not he been, as he was, representative. [Continue reading]

Jerusalem Missions Conference 1928 Reports – 8 Volumes

1928 Jerusalem Missions Conference

The 1928 Jerusalem Missions Conference discussed a wide range of topics from industrialisation to race relations. Some of the material in this 8 Volume set remains in copyright, but I have now made available what can be published legally. My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing the set of reports for digitisation.

Report of the Jerusalem Meeting of the International Missionary Council, March 24th – April 8th, 1928, 8 Vols. London: Oxford University Press, 1928. Hbk. [Click here to visit the table of contents]

The History of the Jerusalem Meeting of the International Missionary Council

The Rev. William Paton

The Jerusalem meeting of the International Missionary Council can be most fully understood and its value estimated by reference to the series of international missionary meetings of which it is the latest. Our record of these may begin with the meetings held in 1854 in both America and Great Britain, under the leadership of Dr Alexander Duff; the meeting at Liverpool in 1860; the meeting at Mildmay Park in London in 1878, at which thirty-four missionary societies were represented, eleven of them non-British; and the more important conference in 1888 held in Exeter Hall, with sixty-seven American societies, fifty-three British, eighteen Continental and two from the Colonies represented. In 1900 there was held a large conference styled the ‘Ecumenical’ Conference in New York, composed of about fifteen hundred delegates appointed by the American and Canadian societies, together with about two hundred delegates from British, Continental and other foreign societies and six hundred foreign missionaries. After the New York conference of 1900 plans were made for another missionary conference to be held after an interval of ten years, and in June 1910 the World Missionary Conference met at Edinburgh, attended by 1356 delegates, of whom 594 came from the United States and Canada, 560 from Great Britain, 175 from the Continent of Europe, 27 from the British Dominions. Of the whole number ten were nationals of the countries of the mission field.

Volume 8, pp.3-4.

My Four Years in Turkish Prisons by Archibald Forder

David's Tower, Jerusalem, close to the Jaffa Gate, where Mr Archibald Forder Was first imprisoned

In this exclusive article Mr. Forder tells the readers of THE SUNDAY AT HOME, to whom his work as a missionary in Palestine for twenty-five years is well known, the remarkable story of his terrible experiences during the war-a story in which His Majesty the King recently showed a deep and sympathetic interest. Our readers will remember that before the war Mr. Forder was known as one of the greatest living authorities on Palestine, and especially on work among the Bedouins. – The Editor

Archibald Forder [1863-1934], “My Four Years in Turkish Prisons,” Sunday at Home (1919-1920): 265-271. [Download complete article in PDF]

The book referred to in this article In Brigands Hands is already available on-line here. I will endeavour to locate and publish more of his articles in Sunday at Home.

When last I wrote an article for THE SUNDAY AT HOME, I little dreamed that I should ever have such a story to tell as that which I now sit down to write. My pen travels slowly. It is not merely that my hand is paralysed. My heart is almost too full for words. I feel I must confine myself to the simple facts of my imprisonment and of my release. I will tell the story as simply as I can.

When the war broke out, we who were working in Palestine had no idea that Turkey would be involved. Many missionaries left the country by order of their committees. We who were independent preferred to remain. Every week we were assured that we were safe. Suddenly came the news that Turkey had entered the war, and many residents in Jerusalem found to their dismay that they were detained. [Continue reading]

Fifty Years in Madagascar by James Sibree

James Sibree [1836-1929], Fifty Years in MadagascarJames Sibree [1836-1929] began his missionary work with the London Missionary Society in Madagascar in 1863 as an architect. He later overtook theological training before returning to the country. Apart from a short time in south India, he served there until 1915. He wrote 16 books in English, including this one (his autobiography) on a wide range of subjects, many of which are still be reprinted even today. I plan to make available as many of these as possible.

My thanks to the Cambridge Centre of Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

James Sibree [1836-1929], Fifty Years in Madagascar. London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1924. Hbk. pp.359. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface
  1. Mostly Autobiographical
  2. Church Building Amid Difficulties
  3. Malagasy Idolatry and Religious Belief
  4. Church and Social Life in the Re-established Madagascar Mission
  5. Life as a Country Missionary
  6. Thirty Years’ Work as College Principal and Tutor
  7. A Missionary Exploratory Journey to the Sihanaka or Lake People
  8. Church Institutions and Observations Among the Malagasy
  9. Church System and Government; and Sects and Parties in the Malagasy Church
  10. Christian Life Among the Malagasyl Its Reality and Proofs
  11. The Bible and its Influence on Christianity in Madagascar
  12. Native Preachers, Preaching, and Sermons
  13. A Sunday in Antananarivo; and Some Strange Sundays in Madagascar
  14. Women in Madagascar; Her position ad Influence, Especially in Christiam Effort
  15. The French Conquest of Madagascar, and Its Effects Upon Missions and Christianity in the Island – Part I
  16. The French Conquest of Madagascar, etc. – Part II
  17. Protestant Missions in Madagascar Other Than That of the London Missionary Societyl L.M.S. Mission Staff; Industrial and Medical Mission Work
  18. My Experiences as a Missionary Deputation
  19. My Work in Madagascar in Books and Building; Centenary Celebrations; Hopes for the Future
  • Index


This is not my first book about Madagascar, but none of the dozen or so, large and small, which I have already written, take up exactly the points which form the chief subjects of the following pages, nor do any of the books written by some of my brother missionaries.

I believe, therefore, that the facts here given will be considered interesting, and as throwing light, not only on Christian and Church life among the Malagasy people, but also as a slight contribution to a wider history of missionary effort as a whole during the past fifty or sixty years.

The year 1920 was the hundredth anniversary of the commencement of Christian work in the great African island; and its history during the past century is another proof that the Gospel is still “the power of God unto salvation” wherever it is faithfully proclaimed. [Continue reading]

Biography of Hudson Taylor by Marshall Broomhall

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Hudson Taylor. The Man Who Believed God.Marshall Broomhall was the nephew of Hudson Taylor and served as General Secretary for the China Inland Mission. He was therefore well qualified to write a brief but authoritative biography of the Mission’s founder.

My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Hudson Taylor. The Man Who Believed God. London: China Inland Mission, 1929. Hbk. pp.244. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]



Part I: Birth and Call 1832-1853. AET 1-21.

1 – The Man Who Believed God
2 – Face to Face with God
3 – A Godly Heritage
4 – A Man Sent from God
5 – God and God Only
6 – A God Who Raiseth the Dead

Part II: The Young Missionary 1853-1865. AET. 21-33.

7 – For My Names’s Sake
8 – Perplexed, But Not in Despair
9 – In Journeyings Oft
10 – A Memorable Friendship
11 – Love Triumphant
12 – God, The One Great Circumstance
13 – A Vision Seen Through Tears

Part III: The Missionary Church 1865-1905. AET. 33-73.

14 – Thou Hast Prevailed
15 – The Meek Inherit
16 – The Audacity of Faith
17 – Like As a Father
18 – Is is the Lord
19 – The Eternal Springs of God
20 – Always Advancing
21 – The Increase of God
22 – The Design of God
23 – The Word of God
24 – The Man Himself
25 – Pioneer and Builder
26 – Unto the Lord
Not Unto Us


Chronological Summary


In the years 1911 and 1918, respectively, the two volumes, Hudson Taylor in Early Years, and Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, were published. Both were written by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor, and both have had a remarkable circulation. Up to the time of writing nearly 50,000 volumes have been sold, and many are the tokens that these books have brought much blessing to the readers.

But these two volumes together aggregate nearly 1200 closely printed demy octavo pages, and it has been long evident that a shorter Life, in one small volume, was needed. More than one publishing house has contemplated the issue of such a biography, and several of these have kindly relinquished the idea of issuing the same, that the book might be published by the China Inland Mission itself. Grateful acknowledgement of this courtesy is hereby made. [Continue reading]

William Irvine’s Missionary Work Among the Lepers of India

William C. Irvine [1871-1946], 25 Years' Mission Work Among the Lepers of India in a Manner Believed to be ScripturalWilliam Carleton Irvine [1871-1946] was a New Zealand missionary who was “founding editor of the Indian Christian magazine and superintendent of Belgaum Leprosy Hospital at Hindalga for 25 years” [Wikipedia]. This books tells the story of his work there.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

William C. Irvine [1871-1946], 25 Years’ Mission Work Among the Lepers of India in a Manner Believed to be Scriptural. London: Pickering & Inglis, [1938]. Hbk. pp.144. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • A SHort Survey of the Work
  1. Our First |three Christians
  2. Dhondibri – Our First Woman Inmate
  3. The Stage is Set: Caste or Christ
  4. Armadas – The Mad Leper
  5. Bunchdas – The Bairagi
  6. The Open-Air Meeting
  7. A Brush with the R.C.’s and a Visit from the Commissioner
  8. Dark Days
  9. A Petition to the Collector and What Came of it
  10. Lepers and Faith Healing
  11. Gifts for Lepers
  12. Subrao – A Sketch
  13. A Mysterious Sickness
  14. Miscellaneous Incidents
  15. A Visit to the Asylum
  16. Girbabai has Become a Leper
  17. Testimony of Three Lepers
  18. Christmas Eve, 1936
  19. Leprosy and its Treatment


I had the privilege of seeing something of Mr. and Mrs. Irvine’ s work in Belgaum as long ago as 1922, and I am sure that the homely sincerity and vividness of this short account of that work will appeal to others as it does to myself. Mr. Irvine tells no rose-water story. Theirs has been, as the Commissioner remarked (see p. 55), the “dirty work” necessary to help the most wretched members of our race.

It is good to see how simple and straight is the line taken by these devoted Christian workers, and how thorough is the conversion and implicit the faith of those whom they win over to belief. What the barriers are against conversion, either of Mohammedan or Hindu, few can realise who have not lived in India. [Continue reading]

Irvine also wrote one of the first widely-read books on New Religious Movements called “Heresies Exposed” in its later editions. I had a copy of this book on my bookshelf, so have digitised it here.

Sketches of Missionary Life in South India in the 19th Century

Edyth Hinkley [1865-1932] & Marie L. Christlieb [1868-1946], A Struggle For a Soul and Other Stories of Life and Work in South IndiaStruggle For a Soul presents a series of accounts by Edyth Hinkley [1865-1932] and Marie L. Christlieb [1868-1946] which took place on a small mission station in South India. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Edyth Hinkley [1865-1932] & Marie L. Christlieb [1868-1946], A Struggle For a Soul and Other Stories of Life and Work in South India. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1909. Hbk. pp.190. pdf [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Introduction by the Rev R. Wardlaw Thompson, D.D.
  1. An Afternoon in Town
  2. ‘Great Expectations’
  3. In Camp
  4. In Monsoon Time
  5. Seed-Sowing in Humpy
  6. A Chequered Day
  7. An ‘At Home’
  8. One of Many
  9. A Seeker
  10. By the Wayside
  11. ‘My Mother’


I have a special responsibility in connection with the following sketches of life and work in Southern India, and I feel a proportionate satisfaction in commending them to the attention of the public. It is always extremely difficult to enter into the conditions of other races, and to understand the influences which operate most powerfully on their thought and conduct. This is specially true of the contact of the West with the East. The ordinary traveller sees the country, the cities and buildings, he gets glimpses of the villages and of all the outward appearance of the people as they move to and fro, but he cannot speak their language, and is not in a position to know what they are thinking of; how they view things which may be to him of supreme importance; what influences operate most powerfully upon them; what ideas are dominating their lives. [Continue reading]

History of Christian Egypt from 1st Century to the Dawn of 20th

Montague Fowler [1858-1933], Christian Egypt, Past, Present, and FutureMontague Fowler provides us with a comprehensive account of the development of Christian Egypt. He includes not only accounts of individual denominations, but also various missionary organisations, such as the North Africa Mission and the Egypt Mission Band.

My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Montague Fowler [1858-1933], Christian Egypt, Past, Present, and Future. London: Church Newspaper Co. Ltd., 1901. Hbk. pp.319. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]


  • Preface

Book I

  1. The Dawn fo Christianity in Egypt
  2. The Church of Alexandria From the Fourth to the Sixth Centuries
  3. The Mohammedan Conquest of Egypt
  4. The Coptic Church in the Middle Ages
  5. The Coptic Church From the Thirteenth to the Seventeenth Centuries
  6. The Church in Abyssinia – History, Doctrines and Customs, and Lists of Metropolitans

Book II

  1. The Coptic (Jacobite) Church. (a) Churches. (b) Schools. (c) Liturgies and Worship. (d) Ecclesiastical Vestments. (e) Articles of Belief. (f) Political Status and Disabilities. (g) List of Patriarchs and Bishops.
  2. The Greek (Melchite) Church. (a) Churches. (b) Schools. (c) Ecclesiastical Establishment. (d) List of Patriarchs.
  3. The Roman Catholic (Uniat) Church. (a) Churches. (b) Schools. (c) Statistics.
  4. The Anglican Church. (a) Bishop Blyth’s Administration. (b) Chaplaincies. (c) Missions. (d) Influence on Egypt. (e) The Anglican Bishopric for Egypt.
  5. The Roman Catholic Mission. (a) Churches. (b) Prospects.
  6. The Armenian Church. (a) Churches. (b) Schools. (c) Statistics.
  7. The American Presybyterian Mission. (a) Churches. (b) Schools. (c) Statistics.
  8. Various Protestant Missions. (a) British and Foreign Bible Society. (b) German Protestant Mission. (c) Dutch Mission. (d) North African Mission. (e) Egypt Mission Band.
  9. Statistics of the Population (Civil and Religious) of Egypt.

Book III

  • The Future Possibilities of Christianity in Egypt


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