In the Tiger Jungle – Jacob Chamberlain

Jacob Chamberlain [1835-1908], In the Tiger Country and Other Stories of Missionary Work Among the Telugus of IndiaJacob Chamberlain served for 37 years as a missionary to the Telugu people of India. This book records a number of his adventures. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

Jacob Chamberlain [1835-1908], In the Tiger Country and Other Stories of Missionary Work Among the Telugus of India. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1896. Hbk. pp.218.  [Download complete book in PDF]


Introduction by the Rev. F.E. Clark, D.D.
Preface, by the Author

  1. In the Tiger Jungle: Does God Hear Prayer?
  2. The Man with the Wonderful Books
  3. Encounter with a Ten-Foot Serpent, and its Results
  4. The Gospel River in India: How it Flows
  5. The Gospel River in India: The “Gospel in Song”
  6. The Gospel River in India: The Fleet-Footed Tract
  7. Establishing a New Station: Varieties in Mission Work
  8. Gospel Preaching Tours
  9. Gospel Preaching at Hindu Fairs
  10. Treated with a Shower of Stones
  11. A Fruitful Preaching Tour
  12. Our Village Cathedral
  13. The Building and Opening of a Free Reading-Room at Madanapalle
  14. A Brahman on the Bible
  15. The Village Magistrate’s Death
  16. Narasappa’s Mother; or, Christ’s Hidden Ones
  17. An Audience of Monkeys
  18. The Stick-to-it Missionary
  19. Unhatchable Ink-Bottles; or, Taught by a Hen
  20. Winding Up a Horse
  21. Baptism of a Brahman
  22. Bimgani Ramanna; or, Unreckoned Fruits
  23. The Margosa-Tree and the Hindu Temple


Urgent requests from many sources, some from personal friends, others from entire strangers, by letter and in person, that there might be issued in book form a collection of sketches and other articles which have appeared from my pen in a wide range of periodicals in America and other lands during the past years, have led me, on the eve of my return to India, to prepare such a collection, only to find that I had gathered far more material than should appear in one volume.

I have therefore selected a small portion of the material I had prepared, and present it in this volume. My selection may not always have been wise; in fact, I have not brought in one half of the articles that have been specially asked for, lest the book be so bulky as to be forbidding. That can, however, be remedied by the issue of another series, should it be called for. I have also in preparation a more pretentious work on India and the Hindus, which, if God spare my life, I hope to be able after a time to present to those interested in the Orient. [Continue reading]

Presbyterian Missions in India, China and Singapore (1934-36)

This short booklet is a report on the progress of British Presbyterian Missions in the Far East during from 1934-1936. It covers missions work in India, Singapore, Formosa (Taiwan) and mainland China. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to scan. This book is now in the Public Domain.

Campbell L. Moody [1866-1940], A Sound of Abundance of Rain. London: The Foreign Missions Committee of the Presbyterian Church in England, 1936. Pbk. pp.40. [Click to Download complete book in PDF]


  1. Stir in Amoy
  2. Swatow and the Hakka Country
  3. Formosa
  4. Singapore
  5. India

Chapter 1: Sir in Amoy

When the visitor to the Far East enters the harbour of Amoy he gazes on this side and on that wondering on which side he will land, for the shores everywhere are crowded with buildings in Eastern and in Western style, and beyond the steamer’s prow is a wide expanse of sea, with vessels great and small sailing hither and thither, while brightly painted boats, like gondolas, each with an oarsman standing near its stern, approach the oncoming ship with offers of transport for the passengers.

It is somewhat odd, but the stranger does not reach the mainland of China. Business may take him to the little island on the one side, and the streets of Amoy; if he wishes to visit friends he will probably turn to the much smaller island on the other side; it is named Kulang

History of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel

Georgiana M. Forde [1849/50-1923/1934], Missionary Adventures. A Simple History of the S.P.G.The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (S.P.G) was founded in 1701 as an overseas missionary organisation of the church of England. Georgiana Forde provides us with a short history of the mission in which 15,000 men and women served. The Wikipedia article provides a useful summary here. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to scan. This book is in the public domain.

Georgiana M. Forde [1849/50-1923/1934], Missionary Adventures. A Simple History of the S.P.G. London: Skeffington & Son, 1911. Hbk. pp.205. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. The Great Commission – Founding of the S.P.G. – The Discovery of America – The English Settlers in North America in 1607 – Princess Pocahontas – The Pilgrim Fathers – Slavery in the New World – The Rev. George Keith, the first S.P.G. Missionary – Perils of a Sea Voyage – Treatment of Negro Slaves
  2. The Rev. T. Barclay, Missionary to the Red Indians – Queen Anne visited by Red Indian Chiefs – Savage Warfare-War between the French and English in North America – The English victorious under Wolfe in 1759 – The Rev. J. Wesley an S.P.G. Missionary – The American Church asks in vain for Bishops – Revolution in the United States – Independence declared July 4th, 1776.
  3. 40,000 “United Empire Loyalists” settle in Canada and the S.P.G. Missionaries accompany them – Bishops consecrated for the United States – Rev. Charles Inglis in 1787 consecrated Bishop of Nova Scotia: our first Colonial Bishop – Travelling in Canada – The Story of the Shepherd Lad
  4. Newfoundland – The Bermuda Islands – West Indian Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes – Barbados and Codrington College – Jamaica – Diocese of Nassau – Confirmations in the West Indies-Diocese of Antigua – Trinidad – The Asphalte Lake – List of West Indian and South American Dioceses
  5. The. Panama Canal-Vasco Nuneo de Balboa – British Honduras – The Mosquito Indians – The Mahogany Cutters – British Guiana – The Rev. W. H. Brett – S.P.G. Missions to Redmen, East Indians, and Chinese
  6. The First Missionary to Africa, the Rev. Thomas Thompson – The First Black Clergyman, the Rev. Philip Quaque – The West India Church Mission to West Africa – The Rev. W. H. Leacock founds the Rio Pongo Mission – Mohammedanism – Chief Richard Wilkinson’s Story – Foundation Stone laid of Fallangia Church – Rev. W.L. Neville’s Ministry – Conversion of the Devil-man and the greatest Slave-dealer
  7. South Africa – Cape Town and the Rev. Henry Martyn – The first Bishop for South Africa consecrated in 1847 – Bishop Gray’s Visitations and Death – The Wreck of the “Birkenhead,” 1852 – The Bishoprics or Grahamstown and Natal founded – Mother Cecile-The Railway Mission – The Church Order of Ethiopia – Colenso, First Bishop of Natal, 1854 – Bloemfontein made a Bishopric, 1863. A diocese without a single church
  8. Chaka and the Zulu Nation – Bishop Colenso and King Panda – Persecution – The Zulu War: Defeat at Isandhlwana – St. Augustine’s, Rorke’s Drift – Archdeacon Waters, founder of the Church in Kaffraria – Bishop Key of Kaffraria – A Missionary’s Letter – Diocese of Pretoria – The Rand, and the Community of the Resurrection – The Diocese of Mashonaland-Diocese of Lebombo – The Cape de Verde Islands – St. Helena-Ascension – Tristan d’Acunha – Madagascar and Mauritius
  9. The East India Company – St. Thomas and the Syrian Church – The Five Chaplains-Parliament grants W. Wilberforce’s Request for Bishops – Calcutta and her first Bishops – Caste – Bishopric of Madras and Alfred Basil Wood – Bishopric of Bombay-Father Goreh – Lahore and Bishop French – Delhi and its first Christian Church – Burmah and Dr. Marks – The Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Chota Nagpur and the Kols – Tinnevelly and Nazareth – Ceylon
  10. Siam – The Malay Peninsula and Singapore – Borneo, Mr. James Brooke, and Dr. McDougall – The Story of Igoh – China – The Boxer Rising and the S.P.G. Martyrs – Corea: How Christianity first reached Corea – Japan – The Day of Intercession for Foreign Missions, 1872 – The Six Japanese Dioceses – The “Nippon Sei Ko Kwai,” or the Holy Catholic Church of Japan
  11. The first European Peopling of Australia – Bishop Broughton – 1851, the Golden Year – Towns, Bush, Back Country, “Never, Never, Land” – Tasmania – New Guinea – New Zealand and its first Bishop
  12. John Coleridge Patteson, first Bishop of Melanesia – Norfolk Island – Pitcairn Island – Bishop Patteson martyred – Commander Goodenough murdered – Memorial Cross to Bishop Patteson – Bishop John Selwyn and the little Savage – Fiji and the Bishop of Polynesia – The Hawaiian Islands and American Missionaries – Henry Obookiah – Queen Kapiolane and the Goddess of Fire – S.P.G. Mission to the Chinese – Bishop Selwyn’s Diocese sub-divided into Nine

History of the Oxford Mission to Calcutta

George Longridge [1857-1936], A History of the Oxford Mission to CalcuttaGeorge Longridge’s original history of the Oxford Mission to Calcutta was revised and abridged by W.H. Hutton [1860-1930] for the 2nd edition in 1910. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is now in the public domain.

George Longridge [1857-1936], A History of the Oxford Mission to Calcutta, 2nd rev. edn. Oxford: A.R. Mowbray, 1910. Hbk. pp.222. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Origin of the Mission (1879-1885)
  2. Troubled Times {1886-1889)
  3. The Schools and the Sundereans
  4. The New Mission House
  5. The Calcutta University
  6. The Industrial School and Visits to Patna
  7. The Barisal Missions
  8. Annus Infaustus
  9. Converts
  10. 1896-1908
  11. Hinduism As It Is

From the Introductory Note

The Oxford Mission is laying a sure foundation, and its members are working with all their hearts and all their strength. It is a work hard, dis-appointing-but certainly it is not disheartening. Of the many hearers there are as yet few indeed who become Christians; but I cannot forbear to quote some words of the Superior of the Com-munity-words which, little though I know of India, I know enough to feel certain are true:- “There remain the few to whom the Word of GOD comes home, as it has always come home to guileless souls. One by one they turn their faces towards the light, and by a longer or a shorter journey they eventually reach it. These few genuine and true converts are the real hope of India. Their influence and their numbers are steadily increasing-their influence more rapidly than their numbers.

It is for us to watch over their growth with the tenderest care, to do all we can for them by helping them when they are in need, and by standing aside when they no longer want us. If we missionaries have the wisdom to guide them rightly now with our LORD’S own combination of helpfulness and reserve, we shall see, or our successors will see, a bold, independent, aggressive, native Christian Church, strong enough to do its own work of the conversion of India, strong in prayer, strong in charity, and, above all things, in character-winning, by its own inherent beauty, the love and admiration of all except those who really love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.” In this lies the promise of the Epiphany which is still to come in India. [Continue reading]

Forty Years of Medical Missions Work in India

Christine Isabel Tinling [1869-1943], India's Womanhood. Forty Years Work at LudhianaChristine Tinling’s account of Dame Edith Brown‘s [1864-1956] 40 years medical missions work at Ludhiana Women’s Christian Medical College in India. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of this book to scan. This title is now in the Public Domain.

Christine Isabel Tinling [1869-1943], India’s Womanhood. Forty Years Work at Ludhiana. London: The Lutterworth Press, 1935.Pbk. pp.119. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

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  1. Indoors and Out
  2. The Open Secret
  3. Merry Christmas!
  4. H.R.H. the Brahmini Bull
  5. A Guided Life
  6. A Tour

India From a Missionary Point of View

Harlan P. Beach [1854-1933], The Cross in the Land of the Trident or India From a Missionary Point of ViewThis little book was originally written for missionary study classes in the US. It therefore represents a “snapshot” of the state of play of missionary work in India at the close of the 19th Century. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to scan. This book is in the Public Domain.

Harlan P. Beach [1854-1933], The Cross in the Land of the Trident or India From a Missionary Point of View. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1896. Hbk. pp.127.[Click to download in PDF]


  1. Arya-Varta, ‘The Land of the Aryans’
  2. India’s Past
  3. The Common Life
  4. The Religious Life of the Masses
  5. India’s Real Man and Woman
  6. Christian Missions in India
  7. Present Phases of Missionary Work
  8. India’s Appeal to British Students



This little book is primarily intended for missionary study classes, yet it is hoped that it will be of value also to other readers. It was originally prepared for use in the United States; but this edition has been carefully revised, and adapted to the special requirements of British readers. Only a few topics are discussed, but they are such as most vitally concern India, considered from a missionary point of view.

Following each chapter will be found a number of suggested readings. The limited size of this book prevents anything save an outline statement of the subjects treated, and the readings will prove useful to those who wish fuller details. Their number has been multiplied, not with the expectation that all will be read by any one person, but to meet the requirements of a class to each of whose members different readings may be assigned, or whose library may not contain a large collection of books on India. In such a case, a few, at least, of the books will be found out of the large number named.

To facilitate their use, the pages or chapters bearing on the topic are in most cases designated. Periodical literature, both secular and missionary, is so abundant that no attempt has been made to suggest such articles, with the sole exception of those in The Missionary Review of the World, which for obvious reasons has been freely used. Books in foreign languages have been consulted in preparing the chapters, but are not referred to in the list of readings, though here again another exception has been made in the case of M. Levi’s article in La Grande Encyclopedie, one of exceptional value. [Continue reading]

Century of Baptist Missions

A Century of Baptist Missions offers a summary of the work of American Baptist Missions from their foundation up to around 1890. It covers their work in Burma (Myanmar), India, China, Japan, Africa, Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Greece, Spain and Turkey. This book is in the Public Domain.

Sophie Bronson Titterington [1846-?], A Century of Baptist Foreign Missions. An Outline Sketch. Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1891. Hbk. pp.300. [Download complete book in PDF]


  1. The Dawn in England
  2. Beginnings in America

    Burman Missions

  3. A New Gold Mine
  4. Early Lights and Shadows – Martyr Sufferings
  5. Rewards and Results
  6. Varied Experiences – Enlargement
  7. Helping Hands
  8. Sorrow and Joy
  9. Later Years

    Karen Mission

  10. A Fire Kindled
  11. Jungle Victories
  12. Success in Adversity
  13. Sunshine and Shadow
  14. Looking Beyond
  15. Trial and Victory

    Missions in Assam

  16. Lenthening Cords
  17. Progress in Assam
  18. The Kohls, Nagas, and Garos

    Shan Mission

  19. Mountain Heathen
  20. Sowing and Reaping

    Missions in China

  21. The Chinese Mission at Bangkok
  22. From Macoa to Swatow
  23. Results
  24. The Canton Mission
  25. Quiet Growth in China
  26. Central China Mission
  27. Northern China or Shantung Mission
  28. Western China Station

    Telugu Mission

  29. The Seed Planters
  30. Early Sheaves
  31. Later Harvests

    Missions in Japan

  32. Open Doors in Japan
  33. Promise and Perplexity
  34. The Crisis in Japan

    Missions in Africa

  35. The Old and the New
  36. Light in Darkness
  37. Missions of the Southern Board

    Missions in Western Hemisphere

  38. Missions in Brazil
  39. MIssions in Cuba
  40. Missions in Mexico

    Missions in Europe

  41. The Mission in France
  42. The Mission in Germany
  43. The Mission in Sweden
  44. The Mission in Italy
  45. Missions in Denmark, Greece, Spain
  46. The Publication Society’s Work in Turkey
  47. Our Century

Zenana Missions in India

What were Zenana Missions? Zenana refers “…to the part of a house belonging to a Hindu or Muslim family in South Asia which is reserved for the women of the household.” These women were almost completely isolated from wider society and had no access to any kind of medical care. Male missionaries could not preach the Gospel to them, but female missionary doctors could – hence the growth in the late 19th Century of Zenana medical missions. This little book provides some stories from the life of one of these pioneering ladies. It appears by kind permission of the Church Missionary Society.

Charlotte S. Vines, A Woman Doctor On the Frontier. London: Church of England Zenana Mission, 1925. Pnk. pp.78. [Click to download in PDF format]


The Avalache

  1. A Jigsaw Puzzle
  2. Our Hospital
  3. Our Road
  4. Fatama
  5. Martha and Mary
  6. The Cripple
  7. Zargulla
  8. A Frontier Village
  9. Little Jewel
  10. A Sunday Case
  11. The Village of Eggs
  12. Witchcraft
  13. The Donkey Woman

The Cross

The Avalanche

In a lovely upland valley, one of the hillsides was covered with a forest of great trees. The view was very beautiful; on this side of the valley snow-on that, a wooded slope. We wandered into that wood; it was damp and dark, the sun could scarcely penetrate it, and many dank weeds flourished.

We went up another year and, looking towards our forest, saw but a great bare hillside; all down the valley huge trunks of trees lay scattered and the hill was cropped and brown as if some giant had reaped it with a mighty scythe. Our view was spoilt; our hill all scarred and ugly. What had happened?

Said the hillmen: “In the winter, when no man may live here, there was a mighty avalanche; it swept down the valley and everything in its course was torn up-even the earth was ploughed bare.” Our servants, who cared nothing for the view, said: “Great good fortune has come to us! See. the wood for lighting our fires and for burning has come down right to our very tents! We have but to step out and there is our wood.”

Next year again we went up and looked toward our mountains. Oh, the change! New life had come; the whole hillside was a tender, lovely green. We climbed, and lo! the hillside was covered with wonderful flowers-green grass and flowers. An old shepherd pointed upwards and said: “That snow did us a great benefit; now our animals can feed well and we can watch them easily.”

Yet we, with our short sight, had said: ” Oh, how cruel-why do such things happen?” [Continue reading]

Story of the London Missionary Society by C.S. Horne

C. Silvester Horne, The Story of the L.M.S. with an Appendix Bringing the Story up to the Year 1904, new ednI cannot think of the London Missionary Society without their work in the Pacific Ocean coming to mind. The transformation of the people of the Pacific Islands by the power of the Gospel was truly dramatic and accounts found their way into popular culture through such books as The Coral Island. Much of the information in R.M. Ballantyne’s book was drawn from accounts of missionary’s working there, as Ballantyne had never travelled in the Pacific.

The L.M.S.’s innovative use of missionary ships is noteworthy and their legacy can be found today in such ministries as Mercy Ships and Operation Mobilisation. The work of the L.M.S. however was truly global, reaching Africa, Asia and South America. This book provides a comprehensive account of its work up to 1904. It contains a great many pictures which I wanted to include in greyscale to preserve their quality, so the file size of this book is much higher than usual (22MB).

C. Silvester Horne, The Story of the L.M.S. with an Appendix Bringing the Story up to the Year 1904, new edn. London: London Missionary Society, 1908. Hbk. pp.460. [Click to download in PDF]


  1. Laying the Foundation
  2. The South Seas
  3. South Africa
  4. India
  5. China
  6. British Guiana
  7. Madagascar
  8. Expansion in Polynesia
  9. Southern and Centra; Africa
  10. Progress in India
  11. Further Work in China
  12. Developments in Madagascar
  13. North China and Mongolia
  14. New Guinea
  15. Summary


The London Missionary Society Steamship "John Williams"


A New Era for India’s Outcastes

W.S. Hunt, India's Outcastes: A New EraThe Outcastes, or Dalits as they are now known, are excluded from the Hindu caste system. The terms “Untouchable” and “Scheduled Castes”  refer to the same people group. This book describes the work of God among the Dalits that has swept thousands of them into the Kingdom of God.

W.S. Hunt, India’s Outcastes: A New Era. London: Church Missionary Society, 1924. Pbk. pp.113. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Reproduced by kind permission of the Church Missionary Society.


1 – Mass Movements
2 – The Untouchables
3 – How They Look, Live, Work, and Worship
4 – What Kind of Christians are They?
5 – The Pin of the Wheel
6 – The New Era

Appendix. “Mass Movements” in the Middle Ages.


This book is concerned with one aspect of the coming of the Kingdom of God in India-namely, that presented by the mass movements among the outcastes. The poor have had the Gospel preached to them, and are now “besieging” the Kingdom. While Christ is known and admired, reverenced and loved by many among India’s intelligentsia, it is still the “babes ” who are flocking into His Church. This book is an attempt to sketch the beginning of the reign of God in these Indian souls.

The only excuse for such a book, when we have in “The Outcastes’ Hope ” one that has become a classic on the subject, is that thirteen years have passed since that book was written, and new developments have arisen in connexion with mass movements. These are noted in the following pages. But it has seemed good to go over part of the ground covered in the earlier book, as probably this book will come into the hands of some who have not studied the other.

This book has been written (by request) by a missionary of the Church Missionary Society in Travancore, and for that reason the mass movement in that part of India will seem to many to loom unduly large in it; most of the illustrations have, indeed, been taken from that region and from personal observation. But it will be found that reference (not indeed adequate) is made from time to time to the other areas in which mass movements are taking place. The book does not pretend to be more than a sketch-many points are untouched or merely glanced at. Such as it is, it is sent forth in the hope, and with the prayer, that it may be used to stimulate interest in these movements wherever they occur throughout India, and that it may deepen the conviction that they are in truth works of the Holy Spirit. [Continue reading]