Mission History


ARTICLES


THE KINGDOM STRIKES BACK by Ralph D. Winter
This one article could well be the jost insightful article on the missionary purposes of God and His Church.

FOUR MEN, THREE ERAS by Ralph D. Winter
Why is it that jost believers today are not familiar with the following four men and the three world-changing eras that they set in motion over the last 200 years? Hopefully those who read this will not sit still and allow their generation to pass away without the insight, encouragement and inspiration that can come from examining the lives and ministries of these valiant pioneers of the modern missionary movement.

A HISTORY OF BIBLE TRANSLATION Wycliffe Bible Translators
Scroll down a little to find the history section.

MISSIONS TIMELINE: CHRISTIAN MISSION HISTORY: IMPORTANT EVENTS, LOCATIONS, PEOPLE AND MOVEMENTS IN WORLD EVANGELISM by Howard Culbertson

MISSIONS TIMELINE (found on Answers.com)
Undetermined source for this timeline. Contains many hyperlinks to additional information.

STUDENT MISSION MOVEMENTS
Inspirational articles relating to the formation of previous student mission movements in the US.


CHART


GEOGRAPHIC TIMELINE OF CHRISTIANITY


BOOKS


FROM JERUSALEM TO IRIAN JAYA by Ruth Tucker (see also Ruth’s blog on her book)
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya helps readers understand the life and role of a missionary through real life examples of missionaries throughout history. This updated (2004) second edition covers all 2,000 years of mission history with a special emphasis on the modern era, including chapters focused on the Muslim world, Third World missions, and a comparison of missions in Korea and Japan. It also contains both a general and an “illustration” index where readers can easily locate particular missionaries, stories, or incidents. New design graphics, photographs, and maps help make this a compelling book.

A HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS by Stephen Neill
This classic little volume is packed full of fascinating accounts of the expansion of missions around the world on every continent, by all church traditions. Neill’s grasp of the social and cultural contexts of missions and their impact on society is simply amazing! Expand your concept of world history, and see how modern missiological methods were in use long ago.


BIOGRAPHIES ONLINE


THE CHRISTIAN HALL OF FAME
Thumbnail glimpses into the lives of great Christians throughout the entire church age.

ADONIRAM JUDSON: HOW FEW THERE ARE WHO DIE SO HARD by John Piper
Our Lord Jesus said to us in very solemn words, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Then he adds this: “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25). In other words, a fruitful life and an eternal life come from this: dying like a seed and hating your life in this world. What overwhelms me, as I ponder this and trace the life of Adoniram Judson, America’s first foreign missionary, is how strategic it was that he died so many times and in so many ways.

GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESS (From Urbana.org)
Thirty-two well written short biographies of well-known and not so well-known missionaries, including a few from the earlier centuries of Christianity.

GLIMPSES OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY
The following excerpts from famous missionary lives have been extracted from a greater compendium of stories found at Christian History Institute’s web site. Create links on your church or personal web site to the pages below, or order these monthly Glimpses for your church bulletin. Month-by-month you can help your church come face-to-face with the amazing stories of real-life believers who impacted the world for the glory of God and the expansion of His kingdom.

  1. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE TWELVE APOSTLES?
  2. AGAINST ALL ODDS: THE SPREAD OF THE EARLY CHURCH
  3. ANN JUDSON: AMERICA’S FIRST WOMAN MISSIONARY
  4. WILLIAM CAREY’S AMAZING MISSION
  5. XAVIER: A MAN FOR MANY NATIONS
  6. JOHN ELLIOT: APOSTLE TO THE INDIANS
  7. JIM ELLIOT: NO FOOL
  8. ERIC LIDDELL: GREATER THAN GOLD
  9. AMY CARMICHAEL: A HELPER TO THE HELPLESS
  10. GLADYS AYLWARD: THE LONG ROAD TO CHINA
  11. GLADYS AYLWARD’S IMPOSSIBLE MISSION TO CHINA
  12. NO REST FOR WEARY CLARA SWAIN

BIOGRAPHIES (PRINT)


YWAM’S WORLD CHRISTIAN BOOKS: CHRISTIAN HERO SERIES
Readers of all ages love these twenty-three volumes of fast-paced missionary adventures that take them to the heart of a nation, an era, and what it means to live a life dedicated to serving God and those He loves.

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