How can I learn more about missionaries of the past?

See the previous blog articles on reading good missionary books, and see the recommended reading section of Propempo’s website. 

Read good missionary biographies.


One of the best overviews of missions history that is based on short articles of real life missionaries is From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, by Ruth Tucker. 


Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot (Lives of Faith)


Filling up the Afflictions of Christ, by John Piper :  The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton. 

About William Tyndale and the risks and sufferings he endured to get the Bible translated into English (he was executed by those who submitted to the Roman Catholic Church at that time); and about Adoniram Judson taking the gospel to Burma, and about John Patton taking the gospel to cannibals on the New Hebrides Islands.