On the Missionary Trail: A Journey Through Polynesia, Asia, and Africa With the London Missionary Society

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In 1821, thirty years after its founding, the London Missionary Society deputized George Bennet and Daniel Tyerman to visit and report on stations as far-flung as Johannesburg, Tahiti, and Canton. For many of the missionaries abroad, it would be their first contact from home in years. Tyerman and Bennet encountered storms, pirates, and tigers and negotiated relationships with powerful kings and the sailors and slave traders who were their countrymen but whose actions they often deplored. They battled intractable opposition and exulted in successful conversions. In 1829, Bennet finally returned home; Tyerman never made it. A remarkable account of faith and bravery, On the Missionary Trail is a unique addition to the literature of the missionary encounter. "As fascinating today for its insight into early nineteenth-century missionary activity as it is for the overview it offers us of a world on the brink of enormous change . . . Meticulous and thoughtful, sparky with incident and detail." -- Edward Marriott, London Evening Standard; "Enthralling . . . [Tyerman and Bennet] share a pipe with the young king of Oahu and his five wives; help to draft a constitution with the King of Tahiti; narrowly avoid a lynching by ungrateful Maoris; attend a sumptuous merchant's wedding in Canton; and unwrap a corpse on the Ganges. . . . [Their] homespun sense of wonder and remarkable fortitude . . . survives intact." -- The Observer (London).

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In 1821, at the dawning of the Industrial Revolution, the London Missionary Society chose two hardy evangelical Christians to spread the gospel to the unfortunate, unsaved souls of the world. Of course, there were substantial obstacles to overcome. The men, Daniel Tyerman (who found God after a vision saved his life) and George Bennet (a "quiet and intellectual believer"), faced distrust and hostility, not only from the people they were trying to convert but also from their countrymen, colonialists who feared the Christians would get in the way of their capitalist interests. Setting sail from Tahiti to Hawaii, the missionaries faced a huge task . As one missionary said, in 1794, "the world's population was around 730 million... only 174 of them were Christian." Hiney's detailed history follows Tyerman and Bennet through their seven-year journey from Polynesia to Africa. It is filled with anecdotes about the flora, fauna and people of great civilizations: India, China, Africa and Madagascar. Hiney (Raymond Chandler) nicely balances his own words with those of the two missionaries, who speak through their letters and journals. Refuting the popular idea that European missionaries spoiled the lands they sought to "save," Hiney writes, "For the effects of any impression... to last longer than a single generation, the message has to strike a chord with the audience." As he notes, except for India, all the countries the missionaries visited in those early years now boast large, self-supporting Christian communities.
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In 1821, the 25-year-old London Missionary Society was experiencing difficulties monitoring its missionaries posted across the world. The directors, therefore, sent philanthropist George Bennet and Congregationalist minister Daniel Tyerman to visit the missions "for the purpose of cheering the hearts and strengthening the hands of the Missionaries to make themselves thoroughly acquainted with the Missions; and to suggest and, if possible, carry into effect such plans as shall appear to be requisite for the furtherance of the gospel." Journalist Hiney (Raymond Chandler) recounts in vivid detail Bennet and Tyerman's mission to the missionaries, which included a genteel tea and a prayer meeting with converted Polynesians, a narrow escape from being killed and eaten by hostile Maoris, and the threat of cholera in India. In 1829, after traveling 80,000 miles by sea and 10,000 miles on land, Bennet returned to England. Tyerman died in Madagascar. Hiney's fascinating chronicle offers both insight into early 19th-century missionary activity and a thoughtful overview of a world on the brink of enormous change. Highly recommended for all public libraries.DRobert C. Jones, formerly with Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg
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