History of the Bible Churchmen’s Missionary Society – First 25 years

Bible Churchmen's Society College in Bristol

The history of the Bible Churchmen’s Missionary Society, now Crosslinks, from 1922-1947. The book includes several photographs and maps showing the locations of the mission stations in India, Iran, Ethiopia, Uganda, Canada, Morocco and Burma. Reproduced by kind permission of the copyright holder Crosslinks. This PDF can be used for free educational purposes, but not sold for profit without written permission from the copyright holder.

W.S. Hooton & J. Stafford Wright, The First Twenty-Five Years of the Bible Churchmen’s Missionary Society (1922-47). London: Bible Churchmen;s Missionary Society, 1947. Hbk. pp.242. [Click to visit the download page]


  • Foreword, by the Rev. Daniel H.C. Bartlett, M.A., D.D

    Authors’ Preface

  1. A New Church Society
  2. Early Days and Small Beginnings
  3. Consolidation and Extension
  4. The Colleges
  5. Another Contindent Entered
  6. Stubborn Strongholds of Antichrist
  7. The Most Troubled Land
  8. Thrusting Outward in the Burma Field
  9. Gatehring up the Threads
  10. The Falling Star of Ethiopia
  11. China’s Two Suns
  12. Rays in India’s Darkness
  13. Bright Sky in Burma
  14. A Constellation and Single Stars
  15. The Young Crescent
  16. The Lights of Home
  17. Remote from the Battle Fronts
  18. Threatened, but not Touched
  19. Disorganization in Africa
  20. China Still in the Throes
  21. “A People Scattered and Peeled”
  22. Testing Times at Home
  23. Building Waste Places
  • Epilogue, by the Rev A.T. Houghton
  • Appendices
  • Index


This history has been entrusted· to one who did not take part in those inner councils which germinated and eventually directed the life of B.C.M.S., but who watched with sympathetic interest from an independent position the founding of a new Society based upon the wholehearted acceptance of the trustworthiness of the Word of God written and the Word of God Incarnate.

And the object of this history is simply to give Glory to God without Whose enablement and guidance the whole effort would have expired ignominiously. But Divine Grace manifested in the gift of a practical Faith engendered a “don’t-careism” concerning the things of Time, so necessary to the launching of a new witness to Truth amidst almost universal opposition….

Ethiopia the Valiant by William Roome

William John Waterman Roome [1865-1937], Ethiopia the ValiantA brief history of Ethiopia and of Christian missions in that country up to around 1936. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing an original copy of this book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

William John Waterman Roome [1865-1937], Ethiopia the Valiant. London & Edinburgh: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, n.d. Pbk. pp.126. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Abayte! The Call From Ethiopia
  2. Ethiopia, The Land of History and Mystery
  3. Abyssinia To-day
  4. The Moslem Invader
  5. Caesar-Nero!
  6. Rome: The Papal Tyrant
  7. Ethiopia To-morrow
  8. The Negus – Emperor and Gentleman
  9. The Healing Touch
  10. The Word of Life

Epilogue: Ethiopia Prayer League

Chapter 1

A richly furnished reception room in a well-built house on the high plateau in Ethiopia (Abyssinia).

The Ras (Governor) sits there in State, surrounded by his courtiers, soldiers, and State servants. It breathes the atmosphere of ease and security – of contentment and luxury.

Suddenly the silence is broken by a persistent wail from a distant hill-crest. Scanning the horizon, one saw some twenty men, dishevelled, wan, and half clothed; with one frantic cry they sought to draw the Governor’s attention as together they pleaded : “Abayte! Abayte!”

Their anguished cry seemed to stab our spirits, and stir to action: “Abayte! Give justice! Have mercy! Avenge us of our adversaries. Show pity! Abayte! Abayte!”

The cry persisted for thirty – sixty – minutes and more. These desperate men would not be denied. They were in dire need. The Governor could satisfy it. He might continue his journey and then all hope would be lost. He must bear their case; he must give justice now, or else they would perish.

That appeal was eloquent in its brevity and insistence. It said: “You have choice wine: we have nothing to slake our thirst. You have rare and rich food to eat: we are starving. You have friends to comfort and soldiers to protect : we are friendless and helpless. Abayte! Do justice!” [Continue reading]

Eclipse in Ethiopia and its Corona Glory

Esmé Ritchie Rice, ed., Eclipse in Ethiopia and its Corona Glory, 2nd ednAccording to the publisher’s summary on the inside front cover, this book…

Tells of the experiences of missionaries of the Sudan Interior Mission during the Italo-Ethiopian war, and is a record of miraculous protection and provision. When war broke out the Society had fifteen stations staffed by seventy-five missionaries, and they all refused to abandon the people in their hour of need.

They offered submission and their services to the new Government, hoping that they would be able to continue under the Italian flag, but disillusionment soon followed, and events made it impossible for the missionaries to continue to respect the Italian Government. Italy is now squeezing out the last of the missionaries. The closing chapter contains moving stories of the native converts left to carry on a Christian witness whilst the missionaries seek other spheres of labour on the outskirts of Ethiopia.

I was able to trace the copyright holder of this book, thanks to the assistance of Tim Allen of Serving in Mission (SIM UK). My thanks to Edward Uren for his kind permission to upload this title, which covers a rarely discussed period in the history of the church in Ethiopia.

Esmé Ritchie Rice, ed., Eclipse in Ethiopia and its Corona Glory, 2nd edn. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd., 1938. Pbk. pp.125. {Click to download in PDF]


  1. First Dawnings
  2. Gleams in the North
  3. War Clouds
  4. The Lighthouse of Lalibella
  5. The Men of the Lamp
  6. Preservation Amidst Destruction
  7. The Way Of Escape
  8. The Shadow of Death
  9. The Evacuation of Gamo
  10. Homeless Wanderers
  11. Inexhaustible Supplies
  12. The Shutters of Rome
  13. Lightbearers of the Future


The greater part of this book tells of the experiences of our missionaries during the ltalo-Ethiopian war, and is a record of miraculous protection and provision.

As we write these lines, Italy is squeezing out the last of our missionaries from Ethiopia, and we should be unfaithful if we did not give testimony as ministers of righteousness as well as of the Gospel.

During the seven years that our Mission was operating under the regime of Ras Tafari as Regent, and later as the Emperor Haile Selassie, we had every reason to believe that he was sympathetic to all efforts made for the social and spiritual enlightenment of his people. When the Mission proposed to establish a Leprosarium, His Majesty not only gave a beautiful site of five hundred acres just outside the capital, but contributed a substantial sum of money, laid the foundation stone, and was present later at the official opening. [Click to continue reading]