History of Christianity in Japan

Herbert Moore [1863-1943], The Christian Faith in JapanThis book is a history of the growth of the church in Japan, focusing on the work of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Herbert Moore [1863-1943], The Christian Faith in Japan. Westminster: The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, 1904. Hbk. pp.151. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. The Country
  2. The People
  3. The Years That Are Past
  4. The Awakening of Japan
  5. Buddhism in Japan
  6. Shinto
  7. The Heritage of the Ages
  8. Re-Laying the Foundations of the Church
  9. S.P.G. Work in Tokyo
  10. S.P.G. Work in Kobe
  11. The Edifying of the Body of Christ
  12. S.P.G. Work in Towns and Villages
  13. The More Distant Work of the Japan Church
  14. Things That Hinder
  15. Things That Help
  16. Looking Forward


Prefatory Note

The aim of this little volume is not to give a complete account of missionary work in Ja pan, still less to provide a general description of the country or the people, but to afford to the general reader a sufficient introduction to both to enable him to appreciate the work which the ‘Holy Catholic Church of Japan’ has already accomplished, and its prospects of development in the immediate future. By far the greater number of professing Christians in Japan at the present time are attached to the Russian or the Roman Missions or to Missions started by various Non-conformist Bodies. It is from no desire to create a false impression of the importance, from a numerical standpoint, of the Japan Church that a detailed account of these other Missions has been omitted. The omission is simply due to exigencies of space. The Rev. Herbert Moore, to whom the Society is indebted for writing this account of its work, was a member of the St. Andrew’s Brotherhood, Tokyo, from 1891 to 1895 and was afterwards a missionary at Kobe for two years. [Continue reading]

Sixty Years of Ministry to Lepers

Anonymous, Sixty Years of Service 1874-1934 on Behalf of Lepers and Their ChildrenThe Mission to Lepers – later known as The Leprosy Mission – was founded by Wellesley C Bailey. This book, published three years before Bailey’s death at the age of 91 – to which he contributed the foreword – recounts the mission’s history. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of this book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

Anonymous, Sixty Years of Service 1874-1934 on Behalf of Lepers and Their Children. London: The Mission to Lepers, 1934. Hbk. pp.96. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • A Message from the Founder
  • Small Beginnings
  • Growth and Expansion (1874-1924)
  • Ten Year Onward (1924-1934)
  • Lengthening the Stakes – China
  • Breaking Forth – Africa
  • The Children Sat in a New Place
  • The Church Among the Lepers
  • Progress in Treatment for Leprosy, 1934-1934
  • America Contribution
  • Fields and Stations
  • The Missions Support
  • Co-operating Societies and Churches
  • Honorary Officers, Council, Secretaries, &c.

A Message from the Founder

It is to me a source of great thankfulness that I have lived to see the Diamond Jubilee of our beloved Mission and to take a part m the rejoicings, though I fear I shall not be able to be present at any of the special meetings to celebrate the event. Naturally, I look back, and my heart goes up in thankfulness and praise to God for His wonderful dealings with the Mission through all these sixty years. He has provided for its needs, never permitting us to close a year with a deficit. He has provided the workers for the various ministries that have been carried on, the ministry of comfort and help, the ministry of teaching and healing, and of saving the children from falling victims to the disease of their parents, and the giving of an outlook and. interest in life to those who had given up hope in anything. [Continue reading]

Voyage on the Missionary Ship “John Williams”

R. Wardlaw Thompson [1842-1916], My Trip on the "John Williams"There were seven missionary ships operated in the Pacific Ocean by the London Missionary Society called John Williams, named after the British missionary (1796 – 20 November 1839). The first John Williams sank in 1864, so the voyage described in this book is, presumably, on one of the later ships. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

Wikipedia has a short article on the ships that needs expanding – if you wish to add this book to its bibliography, please link to this page rather than directly to the PDF below.

R. Wardlaw Thompson [1842-1916], My Trip on the “John Williams”. London: Missionary Society, 1900. Hbk. pp.208. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Our Start – Brisbane to Kwato
  2. At Kwato
  3. Milne Bay to Isulailai
  4. In the Kerepunu District
  5. At Kalo and Hula
  6. Vatorata
  7. Delena and Jokea
  8. The Fly River and the Islands
  9. Port Moresby, and Farewell
  10. In the Loyalty Islands and Erromanga
  11. Fiji and Niué
  12. In the Cook Islands
  13. In the Cook Islands (Continued)
  14. In the Samoan Group


It has been a great pleasure to write for those who collected the money for building the John Williams, and who meet the cost of working it, the following brief record of a delightful tour. Our Mission steamer cost a great deal to build, and she costs twice as much as the old barque to maintain. But my voyage made three things very clear:- (1) Such a vessel is necessary if the work of the Mission is to be properly done; (2) the work is worth all the expenditure; (3) the vessel is admirably suited for the purpose for which she has been built. [Continue reading]

Wesleyan Medical Missions in China to 1909

W. Arthur Tatchell [1869-1937], Medical Missions in China. In Connexion with the Wesleyan Methodist Church with Forty-Six IllustrationsArthur Tatchell’s history of medical missions in China is illustrated with 46 photographs which have been scanned in greyscale to preserve their quality. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

W. Arthur Tatchell [1869-1937], Medical Missions in China. In Connexion with the Wesleyan Methodist Church with Forty-Six Illustrations. London: Robert Culley, [1909]. Hbk. pp.351. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


An Appreciation by the Hon. E.H. Fraser, C.M.B., H.B.M. Consul-General, Hankow

  1. ‘The Tender Mercies of the Heathen – Are Cruel’
  2. A Brief Survey of Medical Missions in ChinaCentral China: The Province North of the Lake
  3. The Mouth of the Han
  4. Resuscitation
  5. The City of Virtue and Peace
  6. Work for Suffering Women
  7. The City of Military Glory
  8. Recent AdvancesCentral China: The Province South of the Lake
  9. A Long-Closed DoorSouth China
  10. Buddha’s Hill
  11. The ‘Tree of the Phoenix’ City
  12. The ‘Shiu’ Barrier City
  13. Of Past and Present Medical Missionaries


This is a Story, and not a medical treatise.’ Neither does it’ profess to be a literary production. Those gifts and graces which make for such are obviously absent. Medical men are not generally guilty of increasing the yearly output of. books on subjects outside of their own conservative sphere. Their work is usually confined to ‘ things earthy,’ and their thoughts revolve around hard facts. Such are not always adorned with literary charms.

The various parts of this skeleton have been collected from numerous sources, and, as far as is here seen, we have tried to add flesh and life. Whether we have succeeded or not remains to be proved.

The writing of this Story has· not only been a joy but also a labour of love. It has been performed during the multitudinous dudes and cares connected with large hospital practices. Never have we been able to devote two consecutive hours to the writing of the Story. Of the blemishes and omissions we are only too painfully conscious. Hence, no literary critics need intensify our sufferings. [Continue reading]

History of the British and Foreign Bible Society – 5 Volume set

One of the largest sets I received from Redcliffe College was William Canton’s exhaustive 5 volume work on the History of the British and Foreign Bible Society [published 1904]. The complete series, consisting of almost 2,500 pages is now available for free download in PDF. These books are in the Public Domain.

William Canton [1845-1926], A History of the British and Foreign Bible Society, 5 Vols. London: John Murray, 1904. Hbk. pp.2425.

Volume 1. pp.511. [Click to Download in PDF]

Volume 2. pp.496. [Click to Download in PDF]

Volume 3. pp.486. [Click to Download in PDF]

Volume 4. pp.477. [Click to Download in PDF]

Volume 5. pp.455. [Click to Download in PDF]

Volume 1, Chapter 1: “The Power With the Need”

The British and Foreign Bible Society was founded on the 7th of March 1804.

In the early days of its activity, to those who looked back on its origin, it appeared to be “one of the most remarkable designs of Providence that the thunder of universal war should have been the harbinger of the still small voice of the gospel of peace.” 1 When fifty years had grouped events into clearer perspective, the thoughtful began to perceive that the Society was “one of the many fruits of that religious awakening which took place in this country in the middle of the r8th century.” Indeed, to understand the spirit of the time which made this and other associations of the kind possible ; to appreciate at its real value the character of the men who founded and maintained them, we must revert to that great awakening, and trace in their sequence the various results which sprang from that “passionate impulse of human sympathy with the wronged and afflicted, which, raised hospitals, endowed charities, built churches, sent missionaries to the heathen, supported Burke in his plea for the Hindu, and Clarkson and Wilberforce in their crusade against the iniquity of the slave-trade.” [Continue Reading]

History of Christian Missions – Charles H. Robinson

Charles Henry Robinson [1861-1925], History of Christian MissionsCharles Robinson’s text-book on missions is comprehensive in its scope, covering the theology of missions, their geographical progress around the globe and among different religions. A chapter on missions societies is also included. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to scan. This work is in the Public Domain.

Charles Henry Robinson [1861-1925], History of Christian Missions. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1915. Hbk. pp.533. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]


I. Introductory
II. Methods of Missionary Work
III. The Dawn of Modern Missions (1580-1750)
IV. India
V. Ceylon
VI. Burma
VII China
VIII. Japan
IX. Corea
X. Malaysia
Xl Western and Central Asia
XII. Africa XIII. America (U.S.A.)
XIV. Canada
XV. The West Indies
XVI. Central America
XVII. South America
XVIII. Australia
XIX. New Zealand
XX. Isles of the Pacific
XXI. Missions to Moslems
XXII. Missions to the Jews
XXIII. Missionary Societies
XXIV. The Outlook

Appendix – Christian Reunion in the Mission Field


The story of missions, which reaches back to the beginning of the Christian era, and embraces almost every country in the world, cannot be told within the limits of a single volume. The task which I have ventured to undertake is of a far less ambitious character, my object being to provide the intelligent reader with an outline sketch of Christian missions which may enable him to obtain a correct perspective, but which will need to be tilled in for each several country and period of history by much careful study.

This volume is not intended to serve as a dictionary nor as a commentary upon missions, but as a text-book to encourage and facilitate their study. Those who have devoted the largest amount of time to such study will be most ready to forgive its imperfections and shortcomings. A well-known authority on the subject of Foreign Missions, to whom the task of writing this book was originally assigned, but who failed to respond to the invitation, wrote to its present author, “You have an almost impossible task; I should absolutely quail at the work you are doing.” [Continue reading]

China Inland Mission’s Witness to the Faithfulness of God

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Our Seal. Being The Witness of the China Inland Mission to The Faithfulness of God.This book is a celebration of God’s faithfulness as demonstrated in the work of the China Inland Mission. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to scan. This volume is in the Public Domain.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Our Seal. Being The Witness of the China Inland Mission to The Faithfulness of God. London: China Inland Mission, 1933. Hbk. pp.173. [Click to download complete volume in PDF]


By Way of Introduction

Part 1

Our Seal
God the Builder
Rock Foundations
The Building

Part 2

The Test of Time
The Test of Emergencies
Tests Extraordinary in Great Britain
Tests Extraordinary in North America
Tests Extraordinary in China
The Test of Exchange
The Test of War

Part 3

Some Personal Testimonies
The Half Not Told
Nothing Impossible

Our Seal

Our seals set to, that God is true.

Hudson Taylor, towards the close of a long and strenuous life, when speaking at the last, Annual Meetings of the China Inland Mission he ever attended, gave utterance to the following significant words:

‘I have sometimes met people who said: “Trusting God is a beautiful theory, but it won’t work”. Well, thank God, it has worked, and it does work. I remember a dear friend, an aged minister in London, who said to me in the year 1866: “You are making a great mistake in going to China with no organization behind you. We live in a busy world, and you will all he forgotten, and the Mission won’t live seven years.” That [said Hudson Taylor] was the prophecy of this good man-and a wise one too. But he was mistaken.’

It is more than thirty-two years since Hudson Taylor gave this striking testimony in Toronto, and it is more than sixty-six years since that aged minister in London uttered his mournful prediction. Time has amply justified Hudson Taylor’s faith in and obedience to God. And every subsequent trial and perplexity has only served to make the faithfulness of God more plain and manifest.

It is now seventy years since James Meadows joined Hudson Taylor as the first member of that new organization which three years later was to become known as the China Inland Mission. The foundations of this new work were the Promises of God. Hudson Taylor had nothing else to build on. For seventy long and exacting years those pledges of God’s love have been subjected to the severest tests that life can command. They have not been found wanting. A thousand promises have declared and still declare God’s ‘constancy of love’. And ten thousand experiences proclaim that God’s Word is ‘unalterably sure’. [Continue Reading]

With P’u and His Brigands

Mrs Howard Taylor [1865-1949], With Pu and His BrigandsAttack by brigands was a serious problem in China – and missionaries with the China Inland Mission were not immune from their attentions, as this little book recounts. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing an original copy for scanning. Reproduced by kind permission of the copyright holder, OMF International-UK.

Mrs Howard Taylor [1865-1949], With Pu and His Brigands. London: China Inland Mission, 1922. Hbk. pp.76. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Captured
  2. Separated
  3. A Long Night
  4. Reunited
  5. The Map and its Meaning


It may be that readers of this little book will be moved with pity for the sufferings it depicts-not our own, but those of millions in China to-day scourged by civil war and brigandage. It may be they will want to know how they can help to heal this “open sore of the world.” Among many ways, none is more effectual, we venture to think, than waiting upon God in prayer-steadfast, believing prayer in the name of Christ. There is no comparison between what man can do and what God can do. Shall we not wait upon Him, then, for this great country in which one quarter of the human race is slowly turning toward the light, sore pressed with problems to which Christ alone affords the solution, sick with sin, and wounded with sufferings He alone can heal.

And then, as those who really pray are those who help in other ways as well, we append a list of all the organisations at present engaged in the evangelisation of Yunnan – the province which has proved such a hot-bed of civil war and brigandage. Words cannot tell what we personally owe to the love and prayers and practical help of these honoured fellow-workers of our own and other missions.  [Continue reading]

Rowland Bingham’s History of the Sudan Interior Mission

Rowland V. Bingham [1872-1942], Seven Sevens of Years and a Jubilee. The Story of the Sudan Interior MissionFollowing on from the last post, here is the Jubilee Story of the Sudan Interior Mission (now the Serving in Mission [SIM]) as told by its founder, Roland V. Bingham [1872-1942]. This book is in the public domain. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy for scanning.

Rowland V. Bingham [1872-1942], Seven Sevens of Years and a Jubilee. The Story of the Sudan Interior Mission. Toronto: Evangelical Publishers, 1943. Pbk. pp.122. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. The Seven Years of Death and Darkness 1893 to 1900
  2. The Seven Years of Barrenness, 1900 to 1907
  3. The Third Seven Years, the Beginning of Fruitfulness, 1908 to 1914
  4. The War Years and the Beginning of a Great Harvest, 1915 to 1921
  5. Seven Years of Enlarged Vision and a Larger Call, 1922 to 1928
  6. Victory in Carrying the Gospel to the Moslems, 1929 to 1935
  7. The Eclipse in Ethiopia and Its Passing, 1936 to 1942
  8. How We Became Interdenominational
  9. Speed Up
  10. The Finished Work, the Completion of the Church’s Task


Mrs Bingham has honoured me in suggesting that I should write a foreword to this book which was completed by her late husband so shortly before he was called to celebrate his Jubilee in the presence of his Lord, Whom he served so long and so faithfully.

It is both a difficult task and a delightful privilege. The exigencies of this World War No. II have prevented me from perusing the manuscript, since it was too precious to risk sending across the ocean, and I must, therefore, imagine what is contained in the book. On the other hand, whatever Dr. Bingham may have written will be for the glory of his Lord and for the furtherance of His work among the peoples of the Sudan; and I have no hesitation whatever in recommending to the reader a most careful and prayerful perusal of its pages.

I have known Dr. Bingham for many years and we have had many times of sweet communion together. I can recall no occasion when the subject of our conversation has not been the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. He was essentially a man of vision, lifting up his eyes and beholding the fields white already to harvest-calling for immediate action in the gathering of more and more of that harvest. [Continue reading]

Jubilee Story of the China Inland Mission

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], The Jubilee Story of the China Inland Mission with Portraits and MapThis is the official history of the China Inland Mission, told by Marshall Broomhall (1866-1937). The book contains a number of excellent plates and a map, which are included in greyscale to preserve their quality. This book is in the Public Domain.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], The Jubilee Story of the China Inland Mission with Portraits and Map. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott Ltd., 1915. Hbk. pp.386. [Download complete book in PDF]


Author’s Preface


1. Early Missions in China
2. Hudson Taylor and His Call
3. Hudson Taylor’s Early Experiences

The First Decade 1865-1875

4. The Birth of a Mission
5. Laying the Foundations
6. The Lammermuir Party
7. Settling Inland
8. An Enlarged Coast
9. The Yangchow Riot
10. The New Provinces
11. Troubled on Every Side
12. Faint Yet Pursuing
13. The Home Department
14. Waxing Strong in Faith

The Second Decade 1875-1885

15. The Appeal of the Eighteen
16. The Door Opened
17. Unto the Ends of the Earth
18. Pyrland Road
19. Pioneers in Women’s Work
20. Blessings in Disguise
21. A Chinese Pioneer
22. Healing the Sick
23. Pioneer Work in Hunan
24. The Story of the Seventy

The Third Decade 1885-1895

25. “The Cambridge Seven”
26. Organisation and Expansion
27. The Kwangsin River
28. North America
29. To Every Creature
30. Australasia
31. Dividing the Field

The Fourth Decade 1895-1905

32. The Wrath of Man
33. Newington Green
34. The Chefoo Schools
35. The Opening of Hunan
36. Among the Tribes
37. The Bozer Crisis
38. Partakers of Afflictions of the Gospel
39. Rebuilding the Wall

The Fifth Decade 1905-1915

40. A Period of Transition
41. Mass Movements and Revival
42. Grace Abounding
43. To Earth’s Remotiest Bounds
44. Institutional Work
45. Facts About Finance
46. The Mission From Within
47. The Revolution and After
48. The Missionary at Work
49. All Manner of Service
50. The Year of Jubilee


The Associate Minister
Chonological Summary