By the Equator’s Snowy Peak – Medical Mission in Kenya

E. May Crawford [1864-1927], By the Equator's Snowy Peak. A Record of Medical Missionary Work and Teavel in British East Africa

This is the story of the medical mission work carried out by E. May Crawford and her husband in British East Africa – what is today Kenya – with the Church Missionary Society (CMS) from 1904. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain book for digitisation.

E. May Crawford [1864-1927], By the Equator’s Snowy Peak. A Record of Medical Missionary Work and Travel in British East Africa, 2nd edn. London: Church Missionary Society, 1914. Hbk. pp.176. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  • Foreword
  1. Through the Bamboo Forest
  2. In the Heart of Kikuyu
  3. A Study in ‘Ebony’
  4. Where Ancient Cults Prevail
  5. The Medicine Man
  6. Across the Athi Plains
  7. Opening of the Kenya Medical Mission
  8. The Pioneers Defeated
  9. On Safari
  10. The Last Year at Kahuhia
  11. Beyond the Tana River
  12. Amongst the Embus
  13. With the Savage Chukas
  14. Out of the Jaws of Death
  15. Witnessing to Tribes Beyond
  16. Firstfruits of Harvest


To all who have at heart the evangelizing of African tribes this book will be of more than ordinary interest. It describes the widening influence of the British Empire in large tracts of the East Africa Protectorate which have been, until recent years, closed to all but intrepid explorers. It also portrays vividly, and with grace and skill, the progress of medical missionary effort, from the very difficult beginnings in the face of hostile superstitions, to the days when the authoress and her husband were overwhelmed by the demands made upon each day of their lives by the crowds of eager patients, whose confidence they had won by their devotion and manifested kindness, as also by God’s blessing resting on the doctor’s successful treatment of the sick, and of those who had need of surgical aid.
The grand highlands of Kenia Province have now established in their hills and vales several mission stations and districts of the Church Missionary Society…

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