Missionary Heroines of the Cross On-line

Missionary Heroines of the Cross by Canon E C DawsonCanon E.C. Dawson’s biographical study of Missionary Heroines of the 19th Century is now available for free download in PDF. The book, which is abridged from a longer work by the same author contains short accounts of the following:

Mrs. Anne Duff – wife of Alexander Duff, missionary to India.

Mrs. Robert Clark – missionary to Pakistan/Afghanistan

Charlotte Tucker, missionary to India

Fanny Jane Butler [1850-1889], the first lady doctor in India.

Mary Reed [1854-1943], Irene Petrie and Alice Marval,, all missionaries to India.

Mrs. Hudson Taylor and Mrs. Polhill

Mrs. Loiusa Stewart, wife of Robert Stewart, missionaries to China.

Mrs. McDougall, missionary to Sarawak.

Mrs. Elizabeth Maria Bowen Thompson [1794-1869], missionary to Syria,

Fidelia Fiske [1816-1864], missionary to Turkey.

Mrs. Rosine Krapf, German missionary to Kenya.

Anna Hinderer [1827-1870], missionary to Nigeria.

Madame Coillard and many more.

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The Battahs of Sumatra

A Battah Warrior
A Battah Warrior

The following five rare articles are based on some very early accounts of missionary work among the cannibalistic Battahs of Sumatra  in Western Indonesia.

John T. Beighton, “The Battahs of Sumatra. A New Chapter in Missionary Annals, I,” Sunday at Home No. 1836 (July 6th 1889): 427-429. Click here to download.

John T. Beighton, “The Battahs of Sumatra. A New Chapter in Missionary Annals, II,” Sunday at Home No. 1838 (July 20th 1889): 456-458. Click here to download.

John T. Beighton, “The Battahs of Sumatra. A New Chapter in Missionary Annals, III,” Sunday at Home No. 1840 (August 3rd 1889): 488-489. 490-494. Click here to download.

John T. Beighton, “The Battahs of Sumatra. A New Chapter in Missionary Annals: IV. – Signal Progress,” Sunday at Home No. 1845 (September 7th 1889): 570-573. Click here to download.

John T. Beighton, “The Battahs of Sumatra. A New Chapter in Missionary Annals: V,” Sunday at Home No. 1847 (September 21st 1889): 602-604. Click here to download.

The Battahs of Sumatra. A New Chapter in Missionary Annals

Part I

John T. Beighton

One brilliant morning, some sixty years ago, two little boys were playing on a beach of sand, near Deli, on the eastern coast of the island of Sumatra. Their home was not on the coast, but amongst mountains in the interior whence they had come with their friends who had brought produce for sale. These boys were Battahs. While they were playing, a Malay prahu (boat), which had not been observed by them, was paddled up to where they were, and two men jumped out, seized them, and dragged them to the boat and carried them off. The boys were sold as slaves to a European at Singapore. Soon after they accompanied their master on a voyage to Penang, and there, as he treated them unkindly, they fled from him. Eventually they found a home in my father’s service, and were named Tim and Tom. Tim ran away again, but the other, though older than myself, became my companion and friend, and in the year 1839 he was publicly baptised. It is therefore but natural that I should be interested in the Battahs. The Encylopaedia Britannica (vol. xxii. p. 640) may well speak of them “as one of the most interesting of all the savage or semi-savage peoples” in the world.

A considerable portion of the Battah race is now under the rule of the Dutch government. Differing as the various communities do in their physical and social characteristics, even in their natural condition, it is necessary to a true knowledge of the race that we should travel beyond those dwelling under this rule, and in the outer fringes of the Battah country, to the independent communities found in the original and central home of the race. The people appear to have naturally an inordinate dislike to occupying the districts contiguous to the sea, and at one time shrank from even the sight of the sea, believing it to be peopled with demoniacal spirits. To know therefore the real Battah, we must leave those of the tribe who have become familiar with it, and are settled near the boundary lines of their fatherland, and penetrate into the recesses of the regions which surround the great inland lake of Tobah.

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Mission and Meaning: Essays in Honour of Peter Cotterell now Online

The following book is now online in PDF:

Antony Billington, Tony Lane & Max Turner, editors. Mission and Meaning. Essays Presented to Peter Cotterell. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 1995. Pbk. ISBN: 0853646767.


Main Publications of Peter Cotterell



I. Biblical Perspectives
1. The Meaning of Mis David F. Paynesion in Isaiah 40-55

2. Nebuchadnezzar’s Theology and Ours Deryck C.T. Sheriffs

3. The Prophethood of all Believers Mary J. Evans

4. The Concept of Jubilee and Luke 4:18-30 Robert Willoughby

5. Mission and Misunderstanding:Paul and Barnabas in Lystra (Acts 14:8-20) Conrad Gempf

6. Jesus and the Marginalised in the Fourth Gospel Stephen Motyer

7. The Parac1ete and Mission in the Fourth Gospel Antony Billington

8. Paul’s Apostolic Self-Awarenessand the Occasion and Purpose of Romans Daniel J.-S. Chae

9. Mission and Meaning in Terms of ‘Unity’ in Ephesians Max Turner

II. Historical and Theological Perspective
10. A Model Missionary to Muslims:Thomas Valpy French (1825-1891) Michael Griffiths

11. Ten Theses on Justification and Sanctification Tony Lane

12. Edward Irving and Uniqueness of Christ Graham W.P. McFarlane

13. Soundly Converted? Meic Pearse

III. Philosophical and Contextual Perspectives
14. All One Body? A Missiological Appreciationof the Struggles of an Ethnic Church in Indonesia Ailish F. Eves

15. Sickness and Syncretism in the African Context Keith Ferdinando

16. Capital Gains or Christians are not Working Mark Greene

17. Meaning, Mission and Truth Peter Hicks

18. Postmodernity and Rationality:the Final Credits or just a Commercial Break? Nick Mercer

19. The Concept of ‘Living By Faith’ Harold H. Rowdon

20. The Scandal of the Church in the Mission of God’s People Derek Tidball

My thanks to Anthony Billington and Paternoster Press for their assistance in allowing these essays to be republished. Note that until the main missiology site goes live next year this will be the only means of accessing these articles.