South American Problems by Robert E. Speer

Robert E. Speer [1867-1947], South American ProblemsRobert Elliott Speer [1867-1947] served as secretary of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions in the United States. The Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions notes:

Speer’s missiology reflected many of the principles of Rufus Anderson. He emphasized the primary evangelistic aim of foreign missions, the necessity of developing indigenous local churches with native pastors, and the basic distinction between the proclamation of the gospel and the spread of civilization. In later years he reiterated his conviction about the uniqueness of Christ and the superiority of Christianity to other religions. Although not a theologian, he consistently set forth an evangelical and Christocentric conception of the missionary task.

In this well-illustrated volume Speer turns his attention to an analysis of the hinderances to missions in South America. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Robert E. Speer [1867-1947], South American Problems. New York: Student Volunteer Movement, 1912. Hbk. pp.270. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  1. The Great Past
  2. The South American Republics of to-day
  3. The Problem of Education
  4. The Roman Church and the Problem of Religious Liberty
  5. Present Religious Conditions
  6. Present Religious Conditions (continued)
  7. The Indians
  8. Protestant Missions in South America
  • Index

Chapter 1: The Great Past

I. The early peoples. The origin and character of the earliest South American civilization are completely hidden from view. The most ancient traces of man on the continent are the “kitchen-midden” found on the coast of Peru, consisting of sea shells and refuse, mixed with fragments of earthen pots and ashes and occasionally the implements used by these primitive people. After these men, who lived on sea-food, there came more advanced tribes of whom we know nothing except what may be inferred from their pottery and textures found in the deepest layers of the soil. This development, such as it was, was confined to the sea coast. It was followed by a wondedul civilization on the high tablelands. Where this civilization came from is a mystery. We know nothing of how long it lasted or what its nature was except as its architectural ruins show that it had Oriental kinships and that it was as interesting as it was powerful…

While Daylight Lasts – International Nepal Fellowship’s Story – 1960 to 1970

While Daylight Lasts. The Story of the International Nepal Fellowship during the years 1960 to 1970.If you enjoyed readng From His Hands to Ours, which told the story of the work of the International Nepal Fellowship up to 1959, then you will find this sequel equally interesting. While Daylight Lasts brings the account up to 1970. It is reproduced here by kind permission of the International Nepal Fellowship. You are free to download this book and use it for free educational purposes, but not to sell it for profit without the permission of the copyright holder.

While Daylight Lasts. The Story of the International Nepal Fellowship during the years 1960 to 1970. Epsom: International Nepal Fellowship, 1971. Pbk. pp.118. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  1. Nepal Today
  2. The Shining Hospital
  3. Leprosy Work
  4. The Baglung Dispensary
  5. The Sikha Dispensary
  6. The Boarding School
  7. The Beni Dispensary
  8. Tibetan People
  9. The Church

Foreword

‘Let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us,’ (Hebrews 12.1, Living Letters).

It is God, our loving Heavenly Father who sets the race before us. He has planned in Eternity what He would have ua do, and He: equips us for every step of the way. For our part we are to keep at it – and to run!

Our Father knows what lies ahead, He knows also how much longer we have before the Lord Jesus comes for His own, and the ‘day’ is finished.

Looking back over the years since 1960, how gracious the Lord has been to us as a Mission. No less than fifty colleagues have been given to us, the· work has extended into the West, as well as showing steady growth in Pokhra.

After being refused four out of five places where we sought permission to start new dispensaries in 1969, only two years later the government policy was completely reversed, and we were asked to open several small hospitals in the West, but this has to be ratified by Central Government. Surely God Himself is opening these large areas to us because the time is short…

South America, the Dark Continent by Emilio Olsson

Inscription inside The Dark Continent by Emilio OlssonThis particular volume of Emilio Olsson’s book on the urgent need  for increased missionary effort in South America appears to have proved inspirational to at least one person. The inscription on the title page reads: “Edward Barton, 29th February 1904” – presumably the date on which the book was purchased. It continues: “Just before I sailed by “Panama” from Liverpool for Rio de Janeiro”. The “Panama” here may refer to refer to the S.S. Aleutian, which was renamed S.S. Panama in 1905.

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

Emilio Olsson, South America: The Dark Continent. New York: M.E. Munson, 1899. Hbk. pp.89. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Carrying the Bible Into the Forest
  • In Wildest South America
  • A Marvelous Continent
  • Among the Gauchos
  • Sleeping on Scorpions
  • On the Great Pampas
  • Lost in the Forest
  • The Falls of the Madeira
  • Among the Savage Tribes
  • Curious Courtship
  • Marriage in Patagonia
  • Strange Burial Ceremonies
  • The Warlike Tobas
  • Burying Aged People Alive
  • South American Dialects
  • Indians of the Amazon
  • Descendants of the Incas
  • The Gospel and South America

Introduction

No field could be riper for the harvest than South America is to-day for the Gospel of Christ. A vast continent, extensive regions of which are unexplored, and the semi-civilized parts of which are but little known to Christendom, cries out, with the cry of Macedonia to Paul, to the heart and conscience of the Protestant world. \Vhile nearly every steamer crossing either ocean to Africa or the Orient bears some message of light to the heathen groping in the darkness of idolatry and superstition, millions of South American heathen at our threshold remain neglected, and plungej in barbarism and ignorance even to a greater degree than when Columbus first landed in the western hemisphere….

Canon W.H. Temple Gairdner of Cairo’s Letters to His Friends

W.H. Temple Gairdner [1873-1928], W.H.T.G. to His FriendsWilliam Henry Temple Gairdner (July 31, 1873 – May 22, 1928) was a British Christian missionary with the Church Missionary Society in Cairo, Egypt. His entire life was dedicated to service in Egypt as he himself commented when he was first preparing to leave. While in Cairo he partnered with his dear friend Douglas M. Thornton in order to reach educated Muslims with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This dynamic duo held many lectures in their home, Beit Arabi Pasha, and wrote a weekly magazine titled Orient and Occident. After Thornton’s death in 1907 Gairdner continued his work in Cairo but was never able to recapture the amount of work that was accomplished when Thornton was at his side. It was this lack of help that would plague his ministry until the day of his death in 1928. Gairdner was a prolific writer and scholar of Arabic.

Wikipedia [weblink mine]

This collection of letters and informal writing was provided for digitisation by Redcliffe College. This volume is in the public domain.

W.H. Temple Gairdner [1873-1928], W.H.T.G. to His Friends. Some letters and informal writings of Canon W.H.Temple Gairdner of Cairo 1873-1928. London: SPCK, 1930. Hbk. pp.173. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  1. The Near East
  2. Hee Sees the World
  3. At the Sea
  4. Christmas and Easter Festivals
  5. Letters to Children
  6. Portraits
  7. He Sends his Thanks
  8. He Shares the Lives of his Friends
  9. Reflexions on some Deeper Things
  10. Arts and Artists
  11. Hellas
  12. On Books nd Authors
  13. On the Writings of H. G. Wells
  14. On Elgar’s Second Symphony

Preface

This little book has been compiled at the suggestion of many friends who wished to have a lasting share in what has been called my husband’s “greatest legacy” -that is, his letters and informal papers. And indeed this thought of sharing is a keynote of the book, just as it was also of the life of Temple Gairdner-one who was ever eager both to enter into the lives of others and to share with them his own. Writing was to him no labour; it was inevitable, easier often than speech. “Read what I have written,” he would say, when asked to describe some incident.

But it is to the circumstances of his life-his residence as a missionary abroad, with the inevitable long and frequent separations from kith and kin-that we owe the mass of his correspondence. There were letters on purely personal subjects, giving sympathy with friends in joy or sorrow, or vividly describing some latest happening in his own circle….

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Samuel M. Zwemer’s, The Moslem World

Samuel M. Zwemer [1867-1952], The Moslem World.Samuel M. Zwemer wrote this volume as a textbook for mission classes in colleges and universities. His purpose was “…to present Islam as a challenge to the faith and enterprise of the Church…. Each chapter was intended as a study by itself on the Mohammedan religion in its different aspects, and the needs and opportunities of the Mohammedan world from the standpoint of Christian missions.” [p.xii]. As such, it remains to great value to this day.

My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Samuel M. Zwemer [1867-1952], The Moslem World. New York: Young People’s Missionary Movement, 1908. Hbk. pp.239. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  1. The Great Arabian Prophet
  2. Spread of His Religion
  3. What the Moslems Believe and Practise
  4. A General View of the Moslem World
  5. Social and Moral Evils of Islam
  6. The Story of Missions to Moslems
  7. The Present Problem and Peril
  8. The Day of Opportunity
  • Appendixes
  • A. Chronological Table of Important Events in the History of Islam and of Missions to Moslems
  • B. List of Missionary Societies
  • C. Selected List of Books on the Moslem World
  • Index

Chapter 1. The Great Arabian Prophet

About the year 570 A. D., Abdullah, the son of Abdul Muttalib, a Mecca merchant, went on a trading trip from Mecca to Medina, and died there. A few months after his death his wife, Amina, gave birth to a boy, who was named Mohammed. One hundred years later the name of this Arab, joined to that of the Almighty, was called out in ten thousand minarets five times daily from the Persian Gulf to the Atlantic, and his new religion was sweeping everything before it in three continents. Who was this hero-prophet, what was his environment, and what the secret of his genius? What is the explanation of this marvel of history? Many theories have been given, and the true explanation of the spread of Islam is probably the sum of all these theories: the weakness of the Oriental Churches; their corrupt state; the condition of the Roman and Persian empires.…

Robert Morrison, Pioneer of Missions to China

William John Townsend [1835-1915], Robert Morrison, The Pioneer of Chinese MissionsRobert Morrison (1782-1834) was a Presbyterian missionary to China. He is notable for his translation and subsequent widespread distribution of a Chinese Bible and for his Chinese Dictionary. He is often called the “Father of Anglo-Chinese Literature”. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

William John Townsend [1835-1915], Robert Morrison, The Pioneer of Chinese Missions. London: Pickering & Inglis, [n.d.]. Hbk. pp.184. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  1. Introductory
  2. Childhood and Youth
  3. Preparation For the Great Work
  4. Initial Life and Work in China
  5. Persecution – Dr. Milne
  6. Visit To Peking – Malacca College
  7. Bible Completed – Death of Milne
  8. Work in England – Return To China
  9. Renewed Labour – Closing Scenes
  10. What He Was – What He Did

Chapter 1: Introductory

“O rock, rock, when wilt thou open? ” exclaimed the apostolic Xavier, as he lay burning with fever on an island off the coast of China in 1552. Similar ardent longings have stirred the souls of consecrated Christian workers during many periods of the Church’s history. But China remained a sealed rock to Christian effort until about the middle of the last century. No one can be surprised that it has attracted to itself a variety of interest, and especially that it should enkindle the enthusiasm of the Christian missionary. The tenacious life which has prolonged itself for upwards of four thousand years, and has survived the tempests of time-which have carried down into utter destruction the great empires of antiquity, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome-stamps the Chinese as a peculiar people, and invests them with a halo of romance well calculated to fire the imagination of the adventurous spirit….

Story of Monorom, the Paddy Field Hospital in Thailand

Catherine Maddox, Paddy Field Hospital. A Story from Manorom, Thailand.The railway that runs hundreds.of miles up the Malayan Peninsula from Singapore to Bangkok proceeds from there to its destination near the border of Burma through the great central plain which is the rice-bowl of Thailand. It was to this well populated area, intersected by numerous waterways, that a little group of C.I.M. missionaries, recently out from China, went in 1952. Its friendly courteous people, Buddhists all, welcomed the strangers (if not their message) who had come to dwell among them, and it was here that the principal medical work of the C.I.M. Overseas Missionary Fellowship was commenced.

In this book Dr. Catherine Maddox, wife of the doctor superintendent of the medical work, gives an intimate history of the way in which the Christian Hospital was planted in the paddy fields of Central Thailand.

[From the front dustjacket]

My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this book to digitisation and to OMF International-UK for their kind permission to place it on-line. The PDF of this title may be reproduced for free educational purposes, but not sold for profit without written permission from the copyright holder.

Catherine Maddox, Paddy Field Hospital. A Story from Manorom, Thailand. London: China Inland Mission, [1961], Hbk. pp.183. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  1. Doubt
  2. Certainty
  3. Background
  4. Spadework
  5. Plans
  6. Building
  7. Expansion
  8. Compound
  9. Garden
  10. Opening
  11. Business Manager
  12. Staff (a)
  13. Staff (b)
  14. Nurses
  15. Departments (a)
  16. Departments (b)
  17. Homes
  18. Events
  19. Fields
  20. Evangelism (a)
  21. Evangelism (b)
  22. Follow-up
  23. Cases (a)
  24. Cases (b)
  25. Dykes
  26. Floods
  27. Harvest

About the author – Catherine Maddox, M.B., B.S.

As a child, the author wanted to be a missionary, and she took up medicine with this in mind. In 1938 she sailed for China with the China Inland Mission, devoting herself to medical and evangelistic work in the provinces of Honan, Anhwei and Szechwan. In 1946 she married Dr. F. C. Maddox. Her earlier book The Invincible Company was written while in China. Following the enforced withdrawal of the C.I.M. from that land, the Drs. Maddox went to Thailand, where to-day they are serving God in the Christian Hospital at Manorom.

From the back dustjacket

Christianity in the Eastern Conflicts by William Paton

William Paton [1886-1943], Christianity in the Eastern ConflictsIn preparation for the 1938 Oxford Conference on Christian Missions, William Paton the Secretary of International Missionary Council, embarked on a tour of Asia and the Near East. This volume represents a summary of his tour and its findings. My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this book for digitisation.

William Paton [1886-1943], Christianity in the Eastern Conflicts. A Study of Christianity, Nationalism and Communism in Asia. London: Edinburgh House Press, 1937. Hbk. pp.224. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Author’s Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Japan
  2. China
  3. India
  4. The Near East
  5. The Gospel and the New Age
  6. Church, Community and State
  7. The Life and Witness of the Church
  8. The Church and the Social Order
  9. Conclusion
  • Book List
  • Index

Introduction

This book is based chiefly upon the experiences of a journey which it was my good fortune and privilege to undertake during the autumn, winter and spring of 1935-6. Travelling from England through America and Canada, during seven months I visited Japan, Korea, Manchuria, China, the Straits Settlements, Java, India, Egypt and Palestine. The principal object with which this journey was undertaken was to discuss with representative Christians of the indigenous Churches and with missionaries in the different countries the plans that had been outlined for holding in the Far East, in the autumn of 1938, a world meeting of the International Missionary Council, in succession to those held in 1910 at Edinburgh and in 1928 at Jerusalem. These plans were made in outline at the meeting of the Committee of the Council in Northfield, Massachusetts, and I left the meeting to go directly to Japan, there to begin an intensely interesting process of testing, in innumerable discussions, whether the themes which the Council had chosen as the subject-matter of its proposed World meeting were in fact the most important…

London Society For Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jewish People

W.T. Gidney (1852/3-1909), The History of the London Society For Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews, From 1809 to 1908The evangelisation of the Jewish people continues to be a controversial area of Christian missions. The London Society For Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews was founded by evangelical Christians in the early nineteenth Century. The Rev. W.T. Gidney’s History covers first hundred years of the operation.

Wikipedia notes that:

In response to changing attitudes towards outreach and the Jewish people, the society has changed its name several times over the years, first to Church Missions to Jews, then The Church’s Mission to the Jews, followed by The Church’s Ministry Among the Jews, and finally to the current name of The Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People, which was adopted in 1995.

A copy of this public domain title was kindly provided for digitisation by the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide.

W.T. Gidney (1852/3-1909), The History of the London Society For Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews, From 1809 to 1908. London: London Society For Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews, 1908. Hbk. pp.672. [Click to visit the download page]

Chapter 1. Introductory

Before entering upon the History of the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, it seems necessary, by way of introduction, to give, first, a brief account of efforts to evangelize them prior to its foundation, and, secondly, a short epitome of their history in our own country.

We shall see in this chapter that, whilst there have been some attempts to bring this ancient people of God to a knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ, they have been, for the most part, spasmodic and unorganized, without any very intelligent or sustained aim. Not that the Jews have ever been altogether neglected, nor that there has ever been a time when the “remnant according to the election of grace” was non-existent.

We pass over, in the fewest words, the age of Christ and His Apostles. His and their work for their brethren according to the flesh stands out in clear relief in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles….

First Fifty Years of the Sudan United Mission

J. Lowry Maxwell, Half a Century of Grace. A Jubilee History of the Sudan United MissionThis is the official history of the first half-century of the Sudan United Mission from its founding in 1904 by Karl Kumm and Lucy Guinness.

This work is still in copyright and is republished here by kind permission of Pioneers UK. You are allowed to use this book for free educational purposes, but not to republish it for profit without the express written permission of the copyright holder.

J. Lowry Maxwell, Half a Century of Grace. A Jubilee History of the Sudan United Mission. London: Sudan United Mission, [1954] Hbk. pp.331. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  1. The Call
  2. The Vision and the Need
  3. “To the Help of the Lord against the Mighty”
  4. The First Reinforcements
  5. Spreading Branches and Spreading Roots
  6. Doing the Work
  7. The Freed Slaves’ Home
  8. The First Inter-Mission Conference
  9. Planning for the African Church
  10. War Days With Brightening Prospects
  11. New Developments
  12. Deeper and Wider Yet
  13. Beginning in French Territory
  14. Towards an African Church
  15. Our Opportunities are our Embarrassments
  16. A Fresh Start in Training Helpers
  17. “And Then a Brook”
  18. Reaching out to Mohammedans
  19. Fellow-Stewards of the Mysteries
  20. The World War Years
  21. War Helps the Church to Find its Feet
  22. The Rising Tide of Church Life
  23. Fresh Expansion and Fresh Difficulties
  24. New Help and New Problems
  25. Difficulties and Developments
  26. The Look Round and the Look Ahead

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