The Book of Missionary Heroes was one I saw recently offered on the Kindle for free. I was surprised to find in it a very well written book. The vast majority of the missionary stories were new to me. Most of the missionaries mentioned were men and women I had never heard of either. Because of this, it was not a re-telling of many familiar tales. It was an encouraging timeline of how the Gospel has propagated throughout the world.
The author, Basil Mathews, starts by telling the story of the Apostle Paul and how he shared the Gospel with cities and countries near and far. However, the story of Jesus did not stop with the distance Paul could carry the message. It continued to spread to western Europe and eventually around the globe. This book uses the premise of a relay team carrying the baton from one point to another. The author traces the baton of the Gospel throughout history by giving snapshots in time of how the baton was taken from continent to continent and little islands in between.
It is not an unbroken chain from person to person and country to country, but this book gives the reader a sense of how the Gospel spread from one location to another. Where he does connect the links it is amazing to see how God brought people together at one time in their lives which ignited a greater passion for sharing the good news with the world.
I don’t know the history of all the missionaries mentioned in the book. It seems that some would not be considered Baptist (as I am), or even Baptistic. The love of God and the truth of the Gospel is shared nonetheless.
Each story is relatively short (about 10 pages per chapter in the print book). There are 28 chapters which each containing a story. Some stories are continuations of the previous chapter, yet all the chapters stand alone in their content. These would be great stories to read for a mission group in church.
You can get the Kindle version for free. The version for the Nook is $0.99. But the print version is over $20! Time to buy that ebook reader you have been considering. You can also get the Kindle software for smartphones or for reading books on your computer screen.
The Book of Missionary Heroes is worth the effort to read. You will be encouraged as to how God used various people to share His story with the world.