Story of the Japan Evangelistic Band

Alphaeus Paget Wilkes [1871-1934], "His Glorious Power" or The Story of the Japan Evangelistic Band,A. Paget Wilkes [1871-1934] recalls the story of the Japan Evangelistic Band from its foundation in 1903 until 1933. Wilkes was optimistic that Christianity would continue to spread in Japan. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book to scan. This title is in the public domain. Note that this book was printed in a sepia tone, so the scan is not as clear as usual, but I hope, still legible.

Alphaeus Paget Wilkes [1871-1934], “His Glorious Power” or The Story of the J.E.B. London: Japan Evangelistic Band, [1933]. Pbk. pp.182. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Introductory
  2. The Early Vision
  3. Instruments Prepared
  4. The Mother of the Mission
  5. Aggressive Evangelism
  6. Ministry to the Churches Training Personnel
  7. Conditions Obtaining or The Need and Opportunity
  8. Wider Issues
  9. A.M.O.S.
  10. Children’s Evangelism or The Giants at Work
  11. Some of Our Leaders
  12. Swanwick and its Message
  13. Finance
  14. Epilogue

Miss Edmeades was one of the founder members of the mission. This account of her later years caught my wife’s eye as she was browsing through the book.

Extract from page 126.

Miss Edmeades, the first missionary of the J.E.B., was unable to return to Japan after her first furlough. It seemed as though her knowledge of Japanese which she had acquired, would be wasted. But the Lord ordained otherwise.

Japanese sailors visit our ports almost in thousands. Little or nothing is done to reach them. Many of the ships come to Liverpool and Birkenhead. Some years Miss Edmeades was much burdened on their behalf. Finding a suitable house in Birkenhead, she began her work. Willing helpers came to her assistance. Ships are visited; captains interviewed; crews are welcomed. Hundreds have availed themselves of her kind hospitality. Meetings are held, lantern talks are given. refreshments provided and at Christmas time gifts are sent home to their wives and children. Literature is distributed, letters are sent continually to those who have come and gone, and above all, convicted souls are pointed to Christ. A great many have professed conversion, of whom not a few are genuinely saved.

Not the least result of such work is that instead of taking back a very cheerless report of their sojourn in a strange land, with no vision whatever of any sort of Christianity that is like Christ, they carry back tidings of a kind and sympathetic welcome, and a fragrant memory of bright and happy hours spent in a Christian home. [Continue reading]

Thomas Hughes’s Biography of David Livingstone

Thomas Hughes [1822-1896], David LivingstoneDavid Livingstone (19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873) is regarded by some as the greatest British Missionary to Africa. This is Thomas Hughes biography of Livingstone written in 1889. My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of the book available for scanning. This title is in the public domain.

Thomas Hughes [1822-1896], David Livingstone. London & New York: MacMillan & Co., 1889. Hbk. pp.208. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. David Livingstone
  2. Start in Africa – Kuruman
  3. Kolobeng – Lake Ngai – The Zambesi
  4. Linyanti and the Makololo
  5. Across Africa – Loanda to Quilemane
  6. Home
  7. The Zambesi Expedition – To Linynti amd Back
  8. The Universities Mission
  9. Recall – Voyage to India
  10. Second Visit Home
  11. Lakes Moero, Bangweolo, and Tanganyika
  12. Stanley
  13. To Unyanyembe with Stanley
  14. Wating at Unyanyembe
  15. The Last Advance – Death
  16. Conclusion

Chapter 1

“My own inclination would lead me to say as little as possible about myself.” With these words the greatest explorer of modern times begins that account of his missionary journeys and researches in South Africa which electrified England. The eager desire of his countrymen to know all they could about himself, induced him to modify his own inclination so far as to devote six pages of his famous book to the history of his family, and of the early years of his own life up to the time of his sailing for the Cape at the age of twenty-three. This reticence is as characteristic of the man as are the few facts he does disclose. Foremost of these stands: “My great-grandfather fell at the battle of Culloaen, fighting for the old line of kings, and my grandfather was a small farmer in Ulva, where my father was born.” [Continue reading]


Dayspring in Uganda by Albert B. Lloyd

Albert B Lloyd [?-1946], Dayspring in UgandaAlbert Lloyd, the Archdeacon of Western Uganda, writes here about the work of the Church Missionary Society in that country. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of this book. This book is in the public domain.

Albert B Lloyd [?-1946], Dayspring in Uganda. London: Church Missionary Society, 1921. Hbk. pp.120. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Introduction
  1. The Land and the People
  2. The First Missionaries
  3. Laying the Foundations
  4. “Yet Shall He Live”
  5. The Building of the Church
  6. A Missionary Church
  7. The Lights Spreads
  8. The Gospel in Kavirondo
  9. Clouds in the Sky


In the minds and affections of the home Church in modern days the place of Uganda has been unrivalled. It has been a name to conjure with. The early heroes and martyrs, whose names are now household words in English Christian circles; the action of the Church, good or otherwise, in saving Uganda for the Empire; the phenomenal progress of Christianity; and the testimony alike of travellers, statesmen, and traders, as to the real uplift of the people-all ·these have conspired to give Uganda a unique position. The country, however, has done more than attract attention to itself; it has stimulated interest in the missionary cause everywhere and put fresh vitality into men’s faith in Jesus Christ.

No reader must come to this book looking for a detailed history of the Mission, or he will be disappointed. There are only two incidental references to the two Roman Catholic missions in Uganda-the one French, and the English-whose converts in 1920 were said to number 230,000; we miss also any description of the constitution of the Church in Uganda, adopted in 1909, which provides for a synod, diocesan council, parochial and district councils, women’s conferences, tribunals of appeal and reference, and boards of education, missions, and theology. Again, no mention is made of Bishop Parker who succeeded Bishop Hannington and, like him but for a different cause, failed to reach Uganda, dying with others of his party at the south end of the lake. [Continue Reading]

Sons of Han – Stories of Chinese Life and Mission Work

Bernard William Upward [1873-1944], The Sons of Han. Stories of Chinese Life and Mission Work“Sons of Han” is a collection of stories about London Missionary Society mission work in China written for a youthful audience – and hence profusely illustrated. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Bernard William Upward [1873-1944], The Sons of Han. Stories of Chinese Life and Mission Work. London: Church Missionary Society, 1908. Hbk. pp.192. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Making Believe
  2. How the Gospel Came to Hankow
  3. Learning New Lessons
  4. “In Journeys Oft”
  5. From Village to Village
  6. Boys and Girls
  7. Playtime
  8. Festivals and Holidays
  9. A Day of Rejoicing
  10. Doctors and Their Patients
  11. Another Hospital, and a Visit to the Lepers
  12. The Revival of Learning


A book for young people, with plenty of pictures and stories, was asked for; and these pages of missionary commonplaces are the result.

The idea throughout has been to give an account of some of the phases of Chinese life and of mission work among this great people. With a field so wide in which to range the difficulty is altogether one of selection. Child-life is so fascinating a subject that these pages might easily have been filled with stories of children and their ways. Folk-· lore is an inviting study, and material for it abounds, yielding many a weird story. To describe fully the different branches of our mission work in Central China would, perhaps, not have been the best way to introduce the young folk, for which this little book is intended, to the study of a great people of whom the missionary can truly say that the more he knows them, the more he finds in them to love. [Continue reading]

Japan in Transition by Loretta L. Shaw

Loretta L. Shaw, Japan in Transition.Loretta L. Shaw offers a Christian perspective on Post WWI Japan in the hope that this new World Power would be transformed by the Gospel. My thanks Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to digitise and to the Church Mission Society for their kind permission to place it on-line.

Loretta L. Shaw, Japan in Transition. London: Church Missionary Society, 1923. Hbk. pp.128. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. The Land and its People
  2. The Rise of Democracy
  3. New Ideas in Commerce
  4. Woman: Her Heritage From the Past
  5. Woman: New Ideals
  6. The Meeting of the Currents
  7. The Spread of Christianity
  8. Methods of Work
  9. The Way of Power
  • Bibliography


Japan is in rapid transition. Much has been published recently descriptive of the political and social changes taking place so rapidly in that land, but there is place for a book in which these changes are considered from the standpoint of the Christian missionary. In the past, the fascination of Japan sprang from the picturesqueness of the country and people, and still more from the sudden emergence of an eastern people into the light and ways of western civilization. A change so complete, and apparently so successful, was unique in history. The confusion and chaos attendant on great changes in Russia and elsewhere only serve to increase our wonder at the smoothness with which Japan has in a generation readjusted herself to modem conditions. To-day the fascination is none the less real, but for another reason-Japan, recognized as one of the great Powers, is passing through a spiritual conflict upon the issue of which depends her future greatness. [Continue reading]

Yarns on Heroes of India

J. Claverdon Wood, Yarns on Heroes of India, 5th edn.Yarns on India is a collection of inspiration talks intended for 12-16 year old boys attending Boys’ Brigade meetings. It includes material on William, Carey Alexander Duff, Theordore Pennell and number of other missionaries. My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy o this book available for scanning and to the Church Mission Society for their kind permission to place it on-line.

J. Claverdon Wood, Yarns on Heroes of India, 5th edn. London: Church Missionary Society, 1922. Pbk. pp.95. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Foreword
  • Map of India
  1. Given to the Flames – William Carey
  2. Cast Up by the Sea – Alexander Duff
  3. A Massacre That Made a Man Think – Shekh Salih
  4. Cursed by a Brahman – Subrahmaniam
  5. A Mountain Tiger in His Den – Theodore Pennell
  6. A Fight With Death – Emilie Posnett
  7. Making Men Out of Jellyfish – Tyndale-Biscoe
  8. The Wolf of Attock – Dilawur Khan
  9. A Soldier of Nepal – “Nepali”


“YARNS ON HEROES OF INDIA” is the third of a series of text-books prepared for those who work among boys aged twelve to sixteen. It is thus specially suitable for Boys’ Brigade Officers and Scoutmasters. It is written in the belief that stories of missionary adventure appeal to the instincts of hero worship and space hunger, which develop in a boy at this age, and will not only create missionary interest, but will also have a powerful influence in the development of Christian character. Such stories represent Christianity in action, and often show the meaning of Bible truths even better than direct lessons on the Bible itself.

The Yarns themselves are historically true. The realistic detail and local colour give accurate setting without doing violence to the essential facts. [Continue reading]

Stories of a Slave-Boy Illustrating the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa

Robert Keable [1887-1927], The Adventures of Paul Kangai. Stories of a Slave-Boy, Illustrating the Universities' Mission to Central AfricaThe Adventures of Paul Kangai is a fictionalised account of African life written to provide an insight into the work of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This book is in the public domain.

Robert Keable [1887-1927], The Adventures of Paul Kangai. Stories of a Slave-Boy, Illustrating the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa. London: Universities Mission to Central Africa, 1918. Hbk. pp.145. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. How Kangai Lost his Father
  2. How Kangai Stalked a Snake and Fond a Stick Beside it
  3. How Kangai Learned Many Things and Set Out For the Blue Water
  4. How Kangai Ate Ship’s Biscuits and Met my Lord Bishop
  5. How Kangai Changed His Name and the Bell Awoke Msamya
  6. How Paul Got Back His Silver Box
  7. How Paul Met Old Enemies and an Old Friend
  8. How Paul Heard “Maadui” Cried Again and Marched Behind the Drums

Chapter 1: How Kangai Lost His Father

On a big river one broiling hot day in Central Africa an unusual quiet had fallen. Five minutes before, a big band of men, armed with spears and shields and bows and arrows, had come down through the trees on the bank, had sprung out on to the big flat stones where the water lapped and gurgled as it rushed by, had beaten the pools with their spears to scare the crocodiles, and had then crossed all together. [Continue reading]

Battling and Building Among the Bhils

Bhils or Bheel are primarily an Adivasi people of North West India. Bhils are also settled in the Tharparkar District of Sindh, Pakistan. They speak the Bhil languages, a subgroup of the Western Zone of the Indo-Aryan languages. According to Census, 2001, Bhils were the largest tribal group in India followed by Gond tribe. [Wikipedia]

A.I. Birkett [1863-1916], Battling and Building Among the BhilsThis little book tells the story of the Church Missionary Society mission to the Bhils. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of this book to scan. This title is now in the public domain.

A.I. Birkett [1863-1916], Battling and Building Among the Bhils. London: Church Missionary Society, 1914. Hbk. pp.95. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Bhil Characteristics and Customs
  2. Pioneering
  3. The Dawn of Light
  4. Advance
  5. Times of Blessing
  6. Kerwera and Education
  7. Biladia
  8. Kotra
  9. Medical Work
  10. Church Organisation
  11. Women’s Work in Camp and Station
  • Appendices


This little history has been written by a lady who asks that it “may be published without her name being given, as the information it contains is culled from many sources, and many others have given helpful criticisms and contributions.” On behalf of those who have helped her I would express our gratitude for the labour which has shaped the mass of materials into the present interesting history. I have myself as far as possible compared every statement with the original sources and believe it is absolutely trustworthy.

It is sent out now for the information of many who have asked for a book on the Bhil Mission, with the prayer that God will so use it that all who read it may be helped to more earnest and persevering prayer that the little Bhil Church may be sanctified and built up in the Lord and’ become a channel of life and blessing to its own land. [Continue Reading]

John Kenneth Mackenzie, Medical Missionary to China

Mary F. Bryson [1855-1904], John Kenneth Mackenzie. Medical Missionary to ChinaJohn Kenneth Mackenzie [25 August 1850 – 1 April 1888] served with the London Missionary Society in China. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This book is in the public domain.

Mary F. Bryson [1855-1904], John Kenneth Mackenzie. Medical Missionary to China. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1891. Hbk. pp.404. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface
  1. Early Days
  2. Student Life and Voyage to China
  3. Life in Hankow
  4. Country Work and Persecution
  5. Light After Darkness
  6. Prejudice Overcome
  7. Lights and Shadows of Medical Mission Work
  8. Changes – A Northern Home
  9. The Power of Prayer
  10. Evangelistic Labours
  11. Chinese Medical School
  12. Signs of Progress
  13. Strange Phases of Chinese Life
  14. Glimpses of Inner Life
  15. Growing in Grace
  16. Last Things


  1. North China – New Hospital at Tien-sin
  2. A Medical Review of Dr. Mackenzie’s Work by F.C. Roberts, M.B., C.M.
  3. “The Evangelistic Side of a Medial Mission” by Dr Mackenzie, Contributed to “China Medical Missionary Journal,” Vol. i, No,1.
  4. “The Double Cure” by Dr. Mackenzie. Contributed to China “Medical Missionary Journal,” vol. ii, No. 1.


It was on the early morning of Easter Day 1888 that, after thirteen years of active service in China, Dr. Mackenzie was suddenly called to rest from his labours.

During this time he had been used by God in a wonderful way to overcome the great prejudice existing in China against Western medical science, and was the means of founding and conducting the first Government medical school in the Empire.

His labours, indeed, had no small share in giving that impetus towards foreign methods in medicine and surgery which has of late been so noticeable. But while thus singularly successful as a physician, it was in the consecration of all his powers to the attainment of a yet higher end than even the healing of bodily disease that Dr. Mackenzie was specially remarkable. [Continue reading]

Life and Adventures of James Chalmers, aka Tamate

Richard Lovett [1851-1904], Tamate. The Life and Adventures of a Christian HeroThis biography of James Chalmers [1841-1901], martyred missionary to Rarotonga and New Guinea, was written with young boys in mind. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of the book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Richard Lovett [1851-1904], Tamate. The Life and Adventures of a Christian Hero. London: The Religious tract Society, [1904]. Hbk. pp.320. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface
  1. A Birth of a Boy
  2. A Call and the Answer
  3. In Perils of Waters
  4. A Pirate the Pacific
  5. The Gem of the Pacific
  6. Off to New Guinea
  7. On the Brink of Death
  8. The Man with the Club
  9. Life in the Tree-tops
  10. A Cruel Revenge
  11. A Noble Savage
  12. Riding Pacific Surges
  13. Life on a Lakatoi
  14. Among the Cannibals of Maipua
  15. How New Guinea Cam under the Flag
  16. Boys whom Tamate Trained
  17. Life at Toaripi
  18. The Wreck of the ‘Harrier’
  19. How Tamate made Friends with Savages
  20. Up and down the Fly River
  21. The End of a Noble Life


James Chalmers was as brave a man as ever fought in the British Army or Navy. He was as true a hero as any Englishman who has ever been honoured by the nation for victories won in the field or on the sea. The aim of this book is to tell the story of his life in such a way as to interest boys. The main purpose of the author has been to show that Tamate, whose great aim in life was to do good to others, was as bold, as courageous, and as worthy of imitation as any explorer, man of science, soldier, or statesman whose name is famous in British annals.

It is a good thing that young readers, and especially boys, should see that a true Christian man can also be a hero. Tamate loved and served Jesus Christ himself, and from love to Christ spent all his time and strength in making known the love of Jesus to degraded cannibals and fierce savages. In this work he often endured hardship, hunger, fever, shipwreck and weary toil, and on not a few occasions risked even life itself. [Continue reading]