Missionary Knights of the Cross

John C. Lambert [1857-1917], Missionary Knights of the Cross.

This is a collection of short biographies of missionaries, some relatively unknown today, written to inspire boys and girls. This copy was kindly provided for digitisation by Redcliffe College. and is in the public domain.

John C. Lambert [1857-1917], Missionary Knights of the Cross. Stories of the Indomitable Courage and Stirring Adventures of Missionaries with Uncivilised Man, Wild Beasts and the Forces of Nature in Many Parts of the World. London: Seeley, Service & Co. Ltd., 1930. Hbk. pp.213. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


  • Prefatory Note
  • Introduction
  1. In the Steppes and Deserts of Mongolia [James Gilmour]
  2. In the Country of the Telugas [Jacob Camberlain]
  3. A Japanese Romance [Joseph Neesima]
  4. From Far Formosa [George Mackay]
  5. A Heroine of Tibet [Annie Royle Taylor]
  6. “The Saviour of Liao-Yang” [Dr Westwater]
  7. The Hero of Uganda [Alexander Mackay]
  8. The Lion-Hearted Bishop [James Hannington]
  9. Pioneers in Nyasaland
  10. Vortrekkers in Barotseland [François Coillard]
  11. A Pioneer Garenganze [Fred S. Arnot]
  12. A Tramp Through the Great Pygmy Forest [A.B. Lloyd]
  13. Among the Indians and Eskimo of Hudson Bay [John Horden]
  14. The “Praying-Master” of the Redskins [James Evans]

I have provided links for most of the missionaries listed to their bibliography pages within the main website which provide further information on each of them.

John Williams – Martyr Missionary of Polynesia

James Joseph Ellis [1853-1924?], John Williams. The Martyr Missionary of Polynesia

John Williams (27 June 1796 – 20 November 1839) served with the London Missionary Society in the South Pacific. In order to expand his work to the Samoa and the Society Islands he build a missionary Ship – The Messenger of Peace – at Rarotonga. Following his death at the hands of cannibals in the New Hebrides, the London Missionary Society named seven of their missionary ships after him, the last of these being decommissioned in 1968.

This biography was digitised using a copy from the Library at Spurgeon’s College. This title is in the public domain.

James Joseph Ellis [1853-1924?], John Williams. The Martyr Missionary of Polynesia. London: S.W. Partridge & Co., n.d. Hbk. pp.160. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  1. A Words with Many Echoes, 1796-1816
  2. A Stranger with Many Friends, 1816-1822
  3. A Voyage with Many Discoveries, 1823-1827
  4. A Trouble with Many Blessings, 1827-1830
  5. A Sowing with Many Harvests, 1830-1832
  6. A Wanderer with Many Homes, 1832-1834
  7. A Champion with Many Trophies, 1834-1838
  8. A Stephen with Many a Paul, 1838-1839

By Searching: Autobiography of Isobel Kuhn, Part 1

Isobel and Stan Kuhn (front row). From a photograph held at the OMF International-UK archive in Sevenoaks
Isobel and John Kuhn (front row). From a photograph held at the OMF International-UK archive in Sevenoaks, Kent

Isobel Kuhn and her husband were missionaries to the Lisu people of China and Norther Thailand. This book is the firt part of her autobiography, concluded in In the Arena. My thanks to OMF International UK for their kind permission to digitise and host this book and to Book Aid for making a copy available for scanning.

Isobel Kuhn [1902-1957], By Searching. London: China Inland Mission, 1957. Hbk. pp.128. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  1. On to the Misty Flats
  2. Slippery Ways in Darkness
  3. What You should not imitate
  4. My Year in Arabia
  5. A Pair of Shoes and the Firs Conference
  6. Extinguished Tapers
  7. J.O. Faser of Lisuland
  8. The Moody Bible Institute
  9. Spiritual Provision
  10. At Sundry Times and in Divfers Manners
  11. Graduation and C.I.M. Candidature
  12. The Vancouver Girls Corner Club
  13. “Let Us Go On!”

History of Church Missionary Society Medical Missions

Henry T. Hodgkin [1877-1933], The Way of the Good Physician, to Which is Added the Story of C.M.S. Medical Missions

This is a very helpful little book that explains the necessity of medical missions as well a providing a history of the Church Missionary Society’s work in this field. My thanks to The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Henry T. Hodgkin [1877-1933], The Way of the Good Physician, to Which is Added the Story of C.M.S. Medical Missions. London: Church Missionary Society, 1919. Pbk. pp.168. [Click here for the download page]


  • Preface
  1. A High Calling
  2. The Real Task
  3. Ways of Approach
  4. The Variety of Work
  5. Working for the Future
  6. What God Hath Wrought
  7. Opportunities and Problems
  8. Our Part
  • Appendix
  • Index
  • The Story of C.M.S. Medical Missions

Chapter 1. A High Calling

This book has been planned and written at a time when hundreds of thousands of men are offering their lives in willing devotion on the field of battle. Very many of these have seen a vision of personal duty and of national honour which has quickened them to heroic action. When we think of all that this sacrifice means both to those who go and to those who stay, we are constrained to say, “Greater love bath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

In these pages must be told the story of a service no less heroic, for an end no less worthy. It ill becomes us to think that the battle-field is the only place where great heroism can be displayed. If it were possible for us to see and to make clear to others the glory and grandeur of the medical missionary’s calling, we should be doing something to supply that moral equivalent for war which is so sorely needed if the world is ever to turn into the paths of peace. In studying this great subject may we not recall to our minds the challenge to Christian civilization flung down by that brilliant author M. Romain Rolland? “Is there,” he says, “no better employment for the devotion of one people than the devastation of another? Can we not sacrifice ourselves without sacrificing our neighbours as well?”

To that question there comes back an answer from the heroes of the mission field. They have found the way. We follow David Livingstone, spending long years in lonely journeys through the heart of Africa. For the sake of the ignorant and degraded heathen, for the sake of the women and children, as well as the grown men, who were being sold into slavery, we see him wearing out his life, and giving his very best, until at last he kneels down in solitude to offer up his soul to God. We see Dr Richard Williams leaving his lucrative practice in Burslem to embark upon the mission to the wild savages in Tierra del Fuego, where, under the leadership of Captain Allen Gardiner, he endured untold privations. Engaged upon an apparently hopeless quest, the six members of that little party laid down their lives in joy and hope. As he lay dying, Williams wrote “Asleep or awake I am happy beyond the poor compass of language to tell.” Or we may think of Pennell of the Afghan frontier, carrying all before him in his brilliant career as a medical student, and then deliberately turning from the success so richly deserved and so hardly won to the far outpost of civilization, where by patient labour he was to win the devotion of wild tribesmen and cultured Brahmins. When he died “Hindus, Mohammedans, rugged warriors from over the borders, women, children, schoolboys, beggars, patients, the lame, the halt, the blind, old and young, foe and friend, all were united by the common sorrow that bowed all heads alike.” We remember Arthur Jackson, devoting himself with all the eager enthusiasm of his early manhood to stemming the awful tide of plague in Manchuria, spending himself to the uttermost in unsparing service for obscure Chinese coolies. Thinking nothing of his own danger, he stood to his post, showing constant consideration to the poorest and meanest, until the plague struck him down too. At the age of twenty-six he gave his life without a murmur in the service of his fellow-men….

Pages 1-3.

Story of the Chinese Crisis – the Boxer Uprising of 1899-1901

Stanley P. Smith [1861-1931], China From Within, or the Story of the Chinese Crisis, 2nd edn.

This book is a compilation of eye-witness material put together quickly in the wake of the Boxer Uprising of 1899-1901 for the benefit of supporters in the West. This public domain title was kindly provided for digitisation by Redcliffe College.

Stanley P. Smith [1861-1931], China From Within, or the Story of the Chinese Crisis, 2nd edn. London: Marshall Brothers, 1901. Hbk. pp.252. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  1. Introduction
  2. The Emperor Kuang-Hsü and the Reform Movement
  3. The Reactionaries and Their Policy
  4. Imflammatory Edicts
  5. From the Second Coup D’État to Anarchy in Peking
  6. The Grand Council in the Palace
  7. The Power of Darkness
  8. The Shan-Si Massacres
  9. The Siege of Peking
  10. The Punishment of Peking
  11. The Causes of the Uprising
  12. Religion in China
  13. China’s Need of True Religion
  14. Lady Missionaries in the Interrior of China
  15. Conclusion


In the closing words of this book we have preferred to call it a compilation. Certainly, by far the greater part of ·the first ten chapters has merely been compiled from different sources; the tenth chapter, indeed, being wholly the work of another. This is so for two reasons. Firstly, in the nature of the case, the events spoken of could be most truthfully and graphically told in the language of eye-witnesses. Secondly, the book was required in haste. A little over a month has been occupied in its compilation, ·and that time has been constantly broken into by journeyings and public duties.

Our deepest debt of thanks is due to the North China Herald, which is the weekly edition of the North China Daily News. This paper is justly held to be the best newspaper in the Far East. Among its correspondents are the most able and best-informed missionaries in all parts of China, besides other foreigners in the treaty ports ; and in addition to this, it numbers among its native contributors some of the highest m the land, both of the officials and gentry. It is, perhaps, not too much to say that if its prescient warnings about the rise and progress of this late anti-foreign movement had been laid to heart earlier it might have been avoided, or certainly mitigated in its intensity. No one who wishes to be well posted up in matters Chinese can afford to be without the paper. We are also under great obligation to Dr. Morrison for the long extracts made from his accurate account of “The Siege of Peking.” The compilation seeks to address two classes of people. Firstly, to the general public we have striven to give such an account of the late anti-foreign movement, as to its inception, culmination, and causes, as shall give them real information on these points. And secondly, we are addressing that large body of people who believe in the Lord’s Prayer, and therefore the vital connection that exists between prayer and the coming of the kingdom of God on earth, that they may the more intelligently enter into the great needs of the Chinese Empire, foremost among which are a sovereign animated by Christian sentiment, and a liberal, enlightened, and progressive government.

Pages v-vi.

Missionary Tours in the New Hebrides – Maurice Frater

Mount Benbow in Eruption (frontispiece)

Maurice Frater [1873-1941] recounts his experiences as a missionary in the Islands of the New Hebrides – now Vanuatu.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain book available for digitisation.

Maurice Frater [1873-1941], Midst Volcanic Fires. An Account of Missionary Tours Among the Volcanic Islands of the New Hebrides with Eight Illustrations on Art Paper. London: James Clarke & Co. Ltd., [1922]. Hbk. pp.288. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Appendix
  1. The Forge of Vulcan
  2. An Evangelistic Campaign
  3. An Island Herione
  4. Among the Heathen
  5. Storming the Heathen Citadels
  6. Saints and Savages
  7. The Winning of Paama
  8. The Winning of Paama (continued)
  9. Trials and Triumphs of Epi
  10. Sunshine and Shadow
  11. The Humorous Side of Mission Work

In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn

Cover image: Isobel Kuhn [1902-1957], In the Arena.

In this book Isobel Kuhn completes her autobiography, started in By Searching. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this book for digitisation and to OMF International-UK for their kind permission to place it online.

Isobel Kuhn [1902-1957], In the Arena. London: China Inland Mission, 1959. Hbk. pp.192. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


  1. Obstacles (1024)
  2. Uncongenial Work (1925)
  3. Secret Choices (1926)
  4. Crossed Nature (1928-30)
  5. Frustrations (1928-50)
  6. Extinguished Candle-flames (1942)
  7. Small Harassments (1942-44)
  8. Taut Nerves (1944-46)
  9. Seeming Defeat (1948)
  10. Between the Scissors’ Knives (1949)
  11. Stranded at World’s End (1950)
  12. Dread Disease (1954-57)

History of Baptist Missionary Society Work in the Belgian Congo

William Young Fullerton [1857-1932], The Christ of the Congo River with an Introduction by His Majesty the King of the Belgians

This is a short history of the Baptist Missionary (BMS) work in the Democratic Republic of Congo – formerly the Belgian Congo – which explains the introduction by King Albert I of Belgium.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

William Young Fullerton [1857-1932], The Christ of the Congo River with an Introduction by His Majesty the King of the Belgians. London: The Carey Press, 1928. Hbk. pp.216. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • The King’s Introduction
  • Preface
  1. “Allah Yallim”
  2. The Discovery
  3. Exploration
  4. Drudgery
  5. Tragedy
  6. Bezaleel
  7. Afloat
  8. Aground
  9. Aloft
  10. Ashore
  11. San Salvador
  12. Kibokolo
  13. Wthen
  14. Kinshasa
  15. Bolobo
  16. Upoto
  17. Yalemba
  18. Yakusu
  19. Forward
  20. Afterward
  • A List of Congo Missionaries
  • A List of Publications

Biography of John Sung by Leslie T Lyall

Leslie T. Lyall, A Biography of John Sung. Flame for God in the Far East, 4th edn

John Sung was a Chinese evangelist. He travelled to the US, where he earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University before studying theology at Union Theological Seminary. Ralph R. Covell, writing in the Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, notes that…

After his return to China in 1927, he engaged in widespread evangelism, teaching, and training throughout all of China and in most of the countries of the southeast Pacific. He did much of this work as a part of the Bethel Band, an indigenous revivalist organizatiion. Whereever he went, his work resulted in widespread conversions and in renewal of the church…

Page 652

This is the standard biography of this remarkable man, kindly provided by Book Aid for digitisation. This book is still in copyright, so I am grateful to OMF International-UK for granting permission to place it on-line.

Leslie T. Lyall, A Biography of John Sung. Flame for God in the Far East, 4th edn. London: China Inland Mission, 1954. Hbk. pp.204. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


  • Foreword by John R.W. Stott
  • Preface
  • Preface to the 4th Edn.
  • Prologue
  1. Childhood, 1901-1909
  2. The Hinghwa Revival. 1909-1913
  3. The Little Pastor, 1913-1919
  4. Student Days in America, 1919-1923
  5. Inner Conflict, 1923-1926
  6. The Blinding Revelation, 1926-1927
  7. Into Arabia, 1927
  8. Beginning in Jerusalem, 1927-1930
  9. And in Samaria, 1930-1931
  10. A Night to be Remembered
  11. With Bethel in Manchuria, 1931
  12. With Bethel in South China, 1931-1932
  13. With Bethel in North China, 1932-1933
  14. Last Months with Bethel
  15. A Voice Crying, 1934-1935
  16. Not Without Honour
  17. The Lame Walk

These Seventy Years: Autobiography of Thomas Lewis

Picture of Thomas Lewis [1859-1929]
Thomas Lewis [1859-1929]

Thomas Lewis served with the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) in Africa in the areas known today as Cameroon, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this pulic domain book available for digitisation.

Thomas Lewis [1859-1929], These Seventy Years. An Autobiography. London: The Carey Press, 1930. Hbk. pp.300. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  1. Early Years
  2. At College
  3. Before the Candidate Committee
  4. Sailing For Africa
  5. Along the West African Coast
  6. Vixtoria and its Peoples
  7. My First Christmas in Africa
  8. Germany Annexes Cameroons
  9. Lasts Days in Cameroons
  10. My First Furlough
  11. First Voyage up the Congo River
  12. San Salvador and the First Baptisms
  13. Mostly Concerning Colleagues
  14. The King’s Golden Necklace
  15. Developments of the Native Church
  16. Building a Mission Station
  17. Pioneering in Zomboland
  18. Moving the Tent
  19. Travels from Kibokolo
  20. Difficulties and Setbacks
  21. A Critical Period
  22. Further Travels
  23. Changes
  24. Kimpese and the Valley of the Shadow
  25. Unsettled Days and the Return to Kimpese
  26. A Fresh Start at Kibokolo
  27. “The Stones of Kibokolo”
  28. Reflections
  29. Nkand’a Nzambi—Book of God
  30. Final Words
  • Index