New Frontiers for the Sudan Interior Mission in Africa

C. Gordon Beacham, New Frontiers in the Central SudanC. Gordon Beacham of the Sudan Interior Mission wrote this as a text-book on African Missions. Remember that at the time of writing Sudan referred to a great swathe of Central Africa from Nigeria eastwards and not just to the modern country of that name. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of this book to digitise. This book is in the public domain.

C. Gordon Beacham, New Frontiers in the Central Sudan. Toronto: Evangelical Publishers, 1928. Hbk. pp.157. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Introduction
  • Preface
  1. Frontier Land
  2. Branding For Beauty
  3. Cannabalism
  4. Primitive Economics
  5. Primitive Economics – Continued
  6. Wedding Rules
  7. Wedding Belles
  8. Music and the Dance
  9. The Growing Generation
  10. The Death Wail
  11. Religion
  12. African Spirituality
  13. The Witch Doctor
  14. Witchcraft
  15. Traditions
  16. A Pioneer Mission Station
  17. “Make to Yourself Friends”
  18. Language Study
  19. A School Among the Cannibals
  20. Preaching the Gospel
  21. Primitive Morals
  22. Some Apologetics for Missions


Prior to the World War, the Sudan Interior Mission had established over a dozen stations in the central part of the British Protectorate of Nigeria extending inland as far as the head of the Bauchi branch of the Nigerian Railroad. From that point the view for extension was eastward, and in 1915 the Rev. R. V. Bingham, General Director, and Dr. A. P. Stirrett, Field Secretary, made a journey for the purpose of looking out new territory. Two hundred miles beyond they found the Tangale tribe, and returned with a plea for new workers for it. In response to that appeal, the Rev. John S. Hall and I were commissioned the following year to open a station in that region, hitherto untouched by missionary effort. From our experiences among the Tangales and their neighbors has developed the material embodied in this book. [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]