George Grenfell of the Congo

Shirley J. Dickens, Grenfell of the Congo. Pioneer Missionary and Explorer.George Grenfell [1849-1906] was a Baptist missionary who worked with Alfred Saker [1814-1880] in the Cameroon and later went on to explore the Congo region. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Shirley J. Dickens, Grenfell of the Congo. Pioneer Missionary and Explorer. London: The Sunday School Union, [1910]. Hbk. pp.126. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  1. Early Years
  2. In Training For the Mission Field
  3. At the Cameroons
  4. Service and Sacrifice
  5. Pioneering on the Congo
  6. The Peace
  7. Into the Interior
  8. Difficulty, Delay, and Disaster
  9. Cloud and Sunshine
  10. In the Service of the State
  11. Pushing Forward
  12. A Well-Earned Furlough
  13. State Opposition
  14. The Reward of it All
  15. The Man and His Work

Prefatory Note

The purpose of this little book is not only to present to its readers an interesting account of George Grenfell’s life and work, that they may learn to honour one of the heroes of the mission field; but, by simple narrative, to place the missionary appeal before them in such a form that they may gain a deeper insight into the meaning of the Great Commission, and may possibly hear and respond to the same call which led George Grenfell out to service and sacrifice in the dark places of Africa.

I gladly acknowledge my great indebtedness to Grenfell’s colleague, the Rev. Lawson Forfeitt, for the special information with which he has kindly provided me, and for the revision of the MS.; and to the Baptist Missionary Society for permission to use the accompanying illustrations. [Continue reading]

Alfred Saker Pioneer of the Cameroons

Emily M. Saker [1849-?], Alfred Saker. Pioneer of the CameroonsAlfred Saker [1814-1880] was a pioneer of Baptist Missions to Cameroon, West Africa, where he served for 32 years. He is remembered for his translation of the Bible into Duala. Wikipedia has a superb article on Saker which is worth consulting. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

Emily M. Saker [1849-?], Alfred Saker. Pioneer of the Cameroons, 2nd edn. London: The Carey Press, 1929. Pbk. pp.224. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

Preface

  1. Early Days
  2. The Call to the Field
  3. First Experiences of Africa
  4. First Settlement in Cameroons
  5. In Perils by the Heathen
  6. In Labours More Abundant
  7. In Weariness and Painfulness
  8. The Care of All the Churches
  9. Cast Down But Not Destroyed
  10. In Journeyings Oft
  11. More Than Conqueror
  12. Not Alone!

Preface

My father went out as a missionary to Cameroons in 1843, and came home finally in 1876, after thirty-two years of unresting labour in a deadly climate. He saw the inauguration of the greater work on the Congo, which was the direct outcome of the Mission in Cameroons, but he did not live to see the events of 1885, when the work in which he had spent his life was surrendered into foreign hands. It is his story that I tell in this book.

The memoir was first published in 1908, and has been out of print for some time. This new edition is issued by the request of the Baptist Missionary Society as one of its publications for the Jubilee Year of its Congo Mission. It was felt that the story of that earlier work might well be retold in this time of rejoicing. It was those brave men and women in the Cameroons Mission who laid the foundations of the greater work, and laid them faithfully and well in patience, devotion and self-sacrifice. Thomas Comber and George Grenfell, the first messengers to the King of Kongo, were Cameroons missionaries, stationed at Victoria, when they received the order to explore the new waterway opened up by Stanley. [Continue reading]