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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Then and Now in the Kenya Colony by Willis R. Hotchkiss

Willis Ray Hotchkiss [1873-1948], Then and Now in Kenya Colony. Forty Adventurous Years in East Africa

This is an account by Willis Ray Hotchkiss [1873-1948] of his 40 years of service with the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya. My thanks to Redcliffe College for making this book, which entered the public domain this year, available for digitisation.

Willis Ray Hotchkiss [1873-1948], Then and Now in Kenya Colony. Forty Adventurous Years in East Africa. London & Edinburgh: Oliphants, 1937. Hbk. pp.160. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Foreword by Lewis Speery Chafer
  1. The Beginning of the Trail
  2. Heading into the Unknown
  3. Adventures by the Way
  4. Our Troubles Begin
  5. A Rhino Saves the Situation
  6. Down in the Depths
  7. Testing and Proving the Promise
  8. The Beginning in Lumbwa
  9. Some Side Lights on Missionary Work
  10. Meet a Great Medicine Man
  11. Progress is Not Always Forward
  12. The Curse of Babal Still Here
  13. Some Strange Things
  14. Flying Over Africa


…. Mr. Hotchkiss went out as one of the first missionaries of the Africa Inland Mission. That he achieved much under God for that great movement in its early days is disclosed in one terse sentence written by the late Charles Hurlburt, founder of the Mission, to Mr. Hotchkiss’ mother regarding the early crisis in the Mission : ” Surely through your faithful son God has saved this work for His own glory.” The reading of this thrilling narrative in manuscript form has stirred my own heart as few missionary records have ever done. The book will claim a large place in missionary literature. Christian character and courage are both contagious, and none can avoid the uplift who will read this modest record of Mr. Hotchkiss’ great life and service.

Lewis Sperry Chafer, page 6