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]

Contents

Preface
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
Index

Preface

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]

Contents

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
Appendix

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]

Contents

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

Preface

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]

Contents

  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

Foreword

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]

Contents

Foreword
Author’s Preface

Introductory

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

Appendices

The Associate Minister
Chonological Summary
Statistics
Index

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]

Contents

  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

Appendix
Index

The London Missionary Society Steamship "John Williams"