The first British Methodist missionaries came to Upper Burma in 1887 and the last left in 1966. They were known as 'Wesleyans' before 1932 and afterwards as 'Methodists'. This book is a study of the ambitions, activities and achievements of Methodist missionaries in northern Burma from 1887-1966 and the expulsion of the last missionaries by Ne Win. Henry Venn, the impeccably evangelical Secretary of the Church Missionary Society (CMS), was the most distinguished and inspiring of nineteenth-century mission administrators. Wesleyan missionaries often found property development more congenial than saving souls. In Pakokku in December 1905, a 'weak' American missionary from Myingyan and a couple of Baptist Burman government officials began 'totally immersing' Wesleyans. Proselytism was officially frowned upon in the Indian Empire. The Wesley high schools were extraordinarily successful during the early years of the twentieth century. The Colonial Government was investing heavily in education. A bamboo curtain descended on Upper Burma in May 1942. Wesley Church Mandalay was gutted during the bombing raids of April 1942 and the Japanese requisitioned the Mission House and the Girls High School soon afterwards. General Ne Win was ruthlessly radical in 1962. By April 1964 Bishop was the last 'front-line' Methodist missionary in Upper Burma and the last European of any sort in Monywa. The book pulls together the themes of conflict, politics and proselytisation in to a fascinating study of great breadth.
, Underwood, Young, Early, Adcock and Skinner – and four new
Women’s Auxiliary missionaries – the Misses Moore, Merrick, Hanna and Winston
– arrived between 1908 and 1916. The Upper Burma Mission was beginning to feel
substantial and permanent.
Deteriorating relationships with other missionary societies were the only
blots on the landscape. Perhaps it was a sign of their growing confidence that missionaries
could afford to squabble amongst themselves. In Pakokku in December 1905, a
‘weak’ Americanmissionary from Myingyan
designated readers – the society persisted in promoting it.
The society's commitment to the Negro-English Bible of Surinam anticipated its behaviour towards Arabic almost a century later. Indeed, during the early twentieth century, certain prominent British and Americanmissionaries, who were working on the ground in North Africa and who were eager to appeal to Arab elites, expressed deep misgivings about the society's willingness to publish versions for the hoi polloi .
Leaders of the BFBS were
minorities, such as the Americanmissionary-run Robert College. In these
schools, minorities with few rights and privileges ‘acquired their
knowledge of the institutions, laws, and customs of civilised countries
and those principles of political freedom’. For Layard, the spread
democratic institutions and values was in part responsible for helping
most of them clustered in a few places – such as Manila, Iloilo,
Cebu, Baguio, Davao, Zamboanga. Filipinos who made it to high school or
college came in contact with a few American teachers. There was a
sprinkling of zealous Americanmissionaries all over the country, and
there were plantation owners or managers in many parts of the country.
The Americans were influential in running the
respects it was due to the efforts of
Phillips and AMB [AmericanMissionary Board]. Even before the
opening of the BMSC [Bantu Men’s Social Club], Phillips and
Bridgman were publicly acknowledged as ‘the pioneers of the
pictorial education of the Native’. (Petersen 2003 : 38)
Is important to note, however, that the
supposedly benevolent paternalistic
suspicion of mission education by the
colonial authorities, 61 further contributed to the fact that medical
education in Britain was effectively blocked from Malawians.
Americanmissionary organisations provided a route to
higher education for a few South-Central Africans. The two first
Malawians to qualify as doctors in the United States were Dr Daniel
Sharpe Malekebu ( c. 1890–1978) and Dr Hastings Kamuzu
most important one of the three since it directly served the Qing court and Zhongli Yamen. The Qing could not undertake this kind of project without the help of their erstwhile Western foes. Luckily, an increasing number of Westerners, mostly missionaries, were willing to help. Established in 1862, the College was put under the direct leadership of Prince Gong and his foreign ally, Robert Hart. Among its earliest instructors were British missionary John Shaw Burdon, British-Americanmissionary John Fryer, Americanmissionary W. A. P. Martin and Hart’s colleague H. B
Eerdmans, 1980 ); Diane Langmore, Missionary Lives: Papua,
1874–1914 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1989 ); Jane Hunter, The Gospel of Gentility: American women
missionaries in turn of the century China (New Haven and London: Yale University Press,
1984 ); Patricia Grimshaw, Paths of Duty: Americanmissionary wives
in nineteenth-century Hawaii (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1989); Patricia
Ruth Hill, The World their Household: the American woman’s foreign mission movement
the drug, the spot being well-guarded, the workmen ticketed, etc. In fact, we turned from the scene, fully satisfied that the work was being performed with rigid faithfulness, and much disposed to wonder, that while Christian Governments are growing and farming this deleterious drug, the Pagan monarch should nobly disdain to enrich his treasure with a sale that could not fall short of 20,000,000 Spanish dollars. 15
The destruction was also witnessed by the Americanmissionary Elija Bridgman, whose account can be found in Chinese Repository Volume 8 . Lin