By Revd Pritchard John
The 20th century observed the dazzling progress of Christianity in a lot of the worldwide south, the transformation of challenge fields into self-governing church buildings, schemes of church union (some winning, others abortive), evolving attitudes to different faiths and critical Christian engagement with problems with racial justice and global poverty. This booklet examines the contribution of the Methodist Missionary Society (and its predecessors ahead of 1932) to those world-changing pursuits, from the extraordinary mass conversions in south-west China and west Africa early within the century to the debate over offers to liberation routine within the Nineteen Seventies and 1980s.
Pritchard strains the MMS contribution to schooling, future health care, rural improvement and social welfare and describes the management of the Societies and the choice and coaching of applicants for missionary provider. this can be a ground-breaking learn of Methodist in a foreign country challenge within the 20th century, the way it adjusted to altering situations - together with the pressured withdrawals from China and Burma - and constructed new projects and partnerships, together with its global Church in Britain programme which introduced missionaries from the more youthful church buildings to serve in Britain and Ireland.
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