Check out the missionary books & DVDs on the Mobile Library trolley in the courtyard after church this Sunday (29 June 2014).
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Books for younger children...
Stories from Africa by Kerry Lovering, published by SIM International, is an excellent book to read aloud to preschool-aged children, and can be enjoyed by the entire family. It includes six true stories from places in Africa including Sudan and Nigeria. The stories feature children coming to know the Lord, and God protecting and taking care of his people. They include children giving money to help people in other countries have clean water to drink, and a story about a girl who had to live with goats because she loved Jesus. These simply written stories will leave a lasting impression
Pattii and the Weegors by Xiao Ch'iao. Published by Christian Focus Publications.
When the music plays Patti stamps her feet and claps her hands. She belongs to the Muslim Weegor tribe in Northern China. All the Weegors love to sing and dance.
This exciting true story of a Moslem girl finding faith in Christ deals with the many issues that children face when they depart from the faith of their parents.
Books for primary school children...
The Little Lights series below are recommended for ages 4-7:
Hudson Taylor : could somebody pass the salt? by Catherine MacKenzie. Published by Christian Focus Publications. What would you do if someone forgot to give you any lunch and you weren't allowed to ask for it? Young Hudson Taylor's story of a missing bowl of soup is an amusing tale from his childhood. In the end Hudson gets his soup - but that isn't all. Hudson Taylor learns about the country of China. One day he will go there by himself to tell the people of China about the Lord Jesus.
Amy Carmichael : can brown eyes be made blue? by Catherine MacKenzie (Little Lights). Published by Christian Focus Publications. When Amy Carmichael was a little girl she had begged God to give her blue eyes. But, blue eyes were not the eyes of India - but Amy's brown eyes were.
George Müller : does money grow on trees? by Catherine MacKenzie (Little Lights). Published by Christian Focus Publications. What would you do if you needed some money? Would you pick some off a tree in the garden? Of course you wouldn't - because money doesn't grow on trees. You have to work for it. Sometimes you have to work hard. George Müller didn't like to work and tried to get his money in other ways. He would cheat and steal and was eventually thrown in prison. Find out how God changed George from a thief to someone even children could trust.
David Livingstone : who is the bravest by Catherine MacKenzie (Little Lights). Published by Christian Focus Publications.The true story of David Livingstone and his astonishing journeys. What would you do if a lion chased you? Would you fight it? That's what David Livingstone did. He did many brave things. He didn't think twice about travelling to Africa to tell the people there about Jesus, even though it was a dangerous trip. To do all this David had to be brave - but he was brave because he trusted in the bravest person of all - the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Heroes For Young Readers series below are rhyming poems with colour illustrations, recommended for ages 5-10:
Nate Saint: Heavenbound by Renee Taft Meloche (Heroes for Young Readers), published by YWAM Publishing. From the moment young Nate Saint (1923-1956) took his first flight in an airplane, flying captured his heart. When he grew up, Nate flew his own plane over the jungles of Ecuador, helping missionaries reach isolated peoples with God's great love. Although Nate and his friends lost their lives trying to befriend the feared Auca Indians, God made Nate's dream for the Aucas come true.
Jonathan Goforth : never give up by Renee Taft Meloche (Heroes for young readers), published by YWAM Publishing. In faraway China, despite danger and ridicule Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) and his wife generously opened their home to thousands of Chinese visitors and never tired of telling others that even though we've made ourselves God's enemies, He has made a way for us to be His friends.
Gladys Aylward : daring to trust by Renee Taft Meloche (Heroes for young readers), published by YWAM Publishing. Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) had trusted God when she travelled all alone from England to the far-off land of China. That same trust enabled her to lead nearly one hundred Chinese orphans on another daring journey, looking for safe homes away from the war in their village. The journey was hard, but God helped Gladys and the children every step of the way.
The Adventures of Tonko by Edna O. Menzies. Published by SIM. Tonko lives in Nigeria with his sister Kandee, his goat Crooked Horn, and his mother. His father had died and Tonko tries to be the man-of-the-house for his mother. As a Christian, he wants to grow tall inside, but sometimes he gets into trouble. He doesn't always do the right things. These stories will help children to learn a lot of things about being a Christian, so they can grow tall inside like Tonko.
Granny Han's breakfast by Sheila Groves. An OMF Book. Recommended for ages 7-12.
When Granny Han went to her cupboard one morning, her cupboard was bare! Granny prayed for her food anyway, and before she knew it, a large and wonderful breakfast appeared before her eyes.
Granny Han is a believer in China who puts her trust in God. This is a true story about the power of God to provide, and the redeeming grace when you accept Jesus as your saviour.
Old Don the Leper who learned to trust by John T. Mercer. Stories for children based upon the every-day experiences of a missionary amongst Aborigines at Numbulwar in Arnhem Land, North Australia. Each of these stories illustrate important Scriptural truths which can "train up a child in the way he should go."
Before the moon dies by Christa Weber, an OMF Book, is set in Burma.
Bye froze, and caught a few more scraps of the conversation on the headman’s veranda: “When the moon dies…warning…thief…pistol…opium.” All at once he understood – his father was to be killed! Saving his father's life seemed impossible... but many impossible things were to happen before the moon died.
Star of light by Patricia M. St. John. Set in North Africa, this book is about a little boy named Hamid and his blind sister, Kenza. Hamid's stepfather wants to sell Kenza to a beggar who will use her to make money. Hamid steals her away and brings her to an English missionary nurse who loves all children. Recommended for ages 8-12.
David Livingstone : the missionary who discovered Africa by Ben Alex. (Heroes of Faith & Courage). Recommended for ages 9-14. Books in the Heroes of Faith & Courage series include maps, photos, charts, and wonderfully detailed colour illustrations, as well as sidebars with background information for further study. This series of biographies doesn't just tell about people and their values--it shows them--in ways children can grab hold of and will want to imitate.
Eric Liddell : something greater than gold by Janet & Geoff Benge (Christian Heroes: Then & Now), published by YWAM Publishing. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Eric Liddell's refusal earlier that week to run on Sunday in the Olympic 100-meter race has stunned the world. Now his incredible victory in the 400-meter race further strengthened his belief in God's promise, "He who honours Me, I will honor." Years later, Liddell would be tested far beyond mere physical ability as a missionary to China.
Flower of gold was written by Dorothy O. Royce, who spent thirty years in Chile as a missionary nurse.
Millaray, whose name means "flower of gold", is a Chilean Indian girl who longs to go to boarding-school like her big brother. Her wish is granted, and at the mission school she learns to be a nurse, faces danger, and makes the greatest decision of all.
DVDs for children...
Books for adults...
God's brumby : the story of Joan Eley, Church planter, Venezuela, from her personal diaries.
Meet Joan Eley. Killing snakes, counselling converts, concreting floors, climbing tortuous tracks, crossing flooded creeks, cracking fierce dogs on the head, catering for youth camps, carrying out her own plumbing and vehicle repairs, caring for sick fellow-worker Dorcas - you can't but gasp at this girl's versatility and vivaciousness, as she tells her humour-laden story of pioneer work for Christ in a semi-desert region of Venezuela.
Learn more of the ways of God, as the Master Trainer mellows, moulds, tests and tempers this young Australian for a life of vital service.
Never say can't by Linnet Hinton. An OMF Book. (Overseas Missionary Fellowship)
Obedience to God's call led Norman McIntosh, a farm labourer from New Zealand, and his wife Amy, a primary school teacher, to the high grasslands of Tibet, through the green jungles of Malaya and into the conjested cities of tropical Asia. They lived through wars, rejection, separation and bereavement, and experienced the joy of fruitful service. Consistently pushed into jobs too big for them, they learned the secret of utter dependence on God.
This biography, written by their daughter, carries the clear message that God delights to use ordinary people and that He is always faithful to those who trust and obey Him.
Some Gave All: Four Stories of Missionary Martyrs by Ellen Caughey (Heroes of the Faith). They were four ordinary people who did extraordinary things with the help of, and for the sake of, their Saviour. And in His name they suffered-to the point of death-until they received their eternal rewards. Meet four diverse missionaries:
Won by blood: the story of Erromanga, the martyr isle by A. K. Langridge.
Erromanga is an island in the New Hebrides where missionaries were martyred when bringing the gospel to people who practiced cannibalism.
The material of this book is largely made up from the records of the Rev. H. A. Robertson in his "Erromanga — the Martyr Isle" ; from the Rev. James Gordon's account of "The Last Martyrs of Erromanga" ; and from references to the history of the Island in the Lives of Bishop Selwyn, Dr. John Geddie, Dr. John G. Paton, Dr. Steele, Captain Palmer, and others. Read this book online at https://archive.org/details/wonbybloodstoryo00lang.
John and Betty Stam : the story of the young American missionaries who gave their lives for Christ and China by Kathleen White (Women and Men of Faith)The dramatic account of one couple's courage and commitment in the face of communism. More than seventy-five years after Hudson Taylor's pioneer missionary work in China, two young Americans, John Stam and Elizabeth Scott, set out for China as missionaries. Bound for work with Taylor's China Inland Mission, they were married after arriving in the country. Taylor had been threatened by the infamous Boxer Rebellion, but the young couple faced a new threat at the hands of Communist soldiers. Bravely witnessing for Christ in spite of the violence and fear, they were accused of sedition and cruelly murdered at the ages of 27 and 28. Their courage in the face of death set an unforgettable standard for Christian martyrdom in the twentieth century.
Burnt alive : the Staines and the God they loved by Vijay Martis & M. B. Desai. It was on January 23, 1999 that the Australian missionary, Graham Staines and his two sons, were ambushed by a frenzied mob with flaming torches and burnt alive in Manoharpur, Orissa, India. This book is a tribute to Graham Staines. It takes a look into the life and work of this man of God, among the socially outcast lepers, reaching out to them with love and compassion; and the inspiring story of the 105-year-old Mayurbhanj leprosy mission - a symbol of supreme sacrifice. It also delves deep into the Christian faith; the freedom of conscience, and the Christian attitude to persecution.
DVDs for adults...
DVD: Dr. David Livingstone : Missionary explorer to Africa. A Gary Wilkinson documentary. In the early part of the nineteenth century, Africa was called the dark continent. One man s passion for Christ would challenge that view. Dr. David Livingstone took the Gospel to Africa in word and deed. As a medical doctor he treated the sick, earning him the necessary trust and respect to share the love of Christ which many Africans freely embraced. Then Livingstone turned his attention to exploration, seeing this work as much a spiritual calling as traditional missionary work. Facing danger and sickness he forged routes deep into the African interior, sparking the imagination of many who would follow.
DVD: Amy Carmichael : Mother to the motherless (Heroes of the Faith).
Chronicling the life of Christian missionary Amy Carmichael, this documentary illustrates how social good can be achieved through quiet strength and resolve, driven by personal faith.
DVD: Beyond the Gates of splendor is a feature length documentary film experience about the Waodani Indians and the missionary men and women who have given their lives to reach them. This powerful emotional journey begins with the Waodani describing their way of life before the missionaries visited them in 1956. Narrated by the son of one of the missionaries and each of the wives of the men who died, the audience takes a nostalgic trip back in time to see how the men and women came to meet up with each other in Ecuador. An inspiring story of forgiveness and love. (See also books & DVD above, about Nate Saint and Jim Elliot).
Staring: Steve Saint, Carmela, Dawa, Dayumae
PG-13 (for some violent content and thematic elements). 1 hour 36 minutes
The pictures above are of books and DVDs available for loan from the Mobile Library trolley on Sunday 29 June 2014. The descriptions provided have been sourced from a range of websites including Amazon.com, Good Reads.com, and publishers' websites.
Find more books & DVDs about missions and missionaries in our illustrated online LibraryThing catalogue.
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Regular attenders at Grace Bible Church are eligible to borrow from the mobile library (situated in the back paved area) after each Sunday morning service. Books and videos/DVDs can also be borrowed from the shelves in the hall and in the downstairs Sunday School room.
Each person is allowed 3 books for four weeks. Videos/DVDs (two per family) need to be returned the following Sunday. If you require an extension please speak to the volunteer at the Mobile Library trolley, or email the church librarian.