The Story of John G. Paton; Or, Thirty Years Among South


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  1. Kent Kent says:

    Nothing inspires me and fans my passion for the Lord Jesus quite like missionary biography Paton s autobiography is no exception A Presbyterian from Scotland who ministered among cannibals on small islands in the South Pacific in the mid 1800s, John Paton was constantly in danger, constantly threatened, and yet he eventually saw individuals and then whole tribes converted to Christ The fruit of his ministry was enormous Commenting on the resistance he received when he first declared his inte Nothing inspires me and fans my passion for the Lord Jesus quite like missionary biography Paton s autobiography is no exception A Presbyterian from Scotland who ministered among cannibals on small islands in the South Pacific in the mid 1800s, John Paton was constantly in danger, constantly threatened, and yet he eventually saw individuals and then whole tribes converted to Christ The fruit of his ministry was enormous Commenting on the resistance he received when he first declared his intention to go to the South Pacific Among many who sought to deter me was one dear old Christian gentleman whose crowning argument always was, The cannibals You will be eaten by cannibals At last I replied, Mr Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your body will soon be laid in the grave, to be eaten by worms If I can live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms 34 On the threats to his life and how they served to strengthen his faith But the heathen seldom slackened their hateful designs against my life, however calmed or baffled for the moment Once , when Natives in large numbers were assembled at my house, a man furiously rushed at me with his axe But a chief snatched a spade with which I had been working and dexterously defended me from instant death Life in such circumstances led me to cling very near to the Lord Jesus I knew not, for one brief hour, when or how attacks might be made Yet, with my trembling hand clasped in the hand once nailed on Calvary, calmness and resignation were in my soul One day, a wild chief followed me about for four hours with his loaded musket, often directed toward me, but God restrained his hand I spoke kindly to him and attended to my work as if he had not been there, fully persuaded that God had placed me there and would protect me till my allotted task was finished I left all in His hands, and felt immortal till my work was done Trials and hairbreadth escapes strengthened my faith, and seemed only to nerve me forto follow The abiding consciousness of the presence and power of my Saviour preserved me from losing my reason His words, Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world became to me so real that it would not have startled me to behold Him, as Stephen did, gazing down upon the scene It is the sober truth, and it comes back to me sweetly after all the years, that I had my nearest and dearest glimpses of the face and smile of my blessed Lord in those dread moments when musket, club, or spear was being leveled at my life 72 73


  2. Brent Pinkall Brent Pinkall says:

    I read this after a friend highly recommended it, but it didn t quite rise to my expectations There are some wonderful and encouraging stories in it, and I have evenrespect for Paton having read it It seems like almost every day someone tried to kill him And I really appreciate the struggle he faced being forced to leave the island and his ministry and trying to raise support back home It is hard for those who haven t been missionaries to understand the struggle of being forced off the I read this after a friend highly recommended it, but it didn t quite rise to my expectations There are some wonderful and encouraging stories in it, and I have evenrespect for Paton having read it It seems like almost every day someone tried to kill him And I really appreciate the struggle he faced being forced to leave the island and his ministry and trying to raise support back home It is hard for those who haven t been missionaries to understand the struggle of being forced off the mission field But my main complaint about the book is that it s too long I recommend reading the abridged version A lot can be left out of this version Also, if you re looking for a lot of miracles and stories of supernatural providence, this probably isn t the book for you There were one or two such instances in this book, but this is mostly an account of a faithful Christian doing hard, ordinary work among a pagan tribe


  3. Meg Meg says:

    Amazing page turner and inspiring missionary taleOne of the best books I ve ever read So many lessons to learn from John G Patton in the pages of this book God is faithful and uses those who are willing to be used for His glory


  4. Dan Dan says:

    Adventures in old school missionsAutobiography of a man on the fringes of mission work, risking his life many times to spread the word about Jesus.


  5. Chris Partyka Chris Partyka says:

    The Cost of Sharing ChristEncouraging story of God s Sovereign provision in Patton s life and ministry The value of Christ is evident in these missionaries life as they risked everything to bring the gospel to the New Hebrides.


  6. Sherri Sherri says:

    This is a religious tract.


  7. Lauren Fee Lauren Fee says:

    I have been working my way through this missionary biography since the beginning of the year This was a super influential book for my husband and we ended up using Paton as our second son s middle name, so this was an obligatory read for me He is best know for his response to the well meaning warning from a church elder after he announced his intentions to travel to the South Pacific New Hebrides islands to bring the gospel to it s inhabitants His epic response was Mr Dickson, you are adv I have been working my way through this missionary biography since the beginning of the year This was a super influential book for my husband and we ended up using Paton as our second son s middle name, so this was an obligatory read for me He is best know for his response to the well meaning warning from a church elder after he announced his intentions to travel to the South Pacific New Hebrides islands to bring the gospel to it s inhabitants His epic response was Mr Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms, I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by cannibals or by worms and in theGreat Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer Insert mic drop He is so detailed in his accounts and his stories are thrilling, but there are also so many unshared details He really gives no specifics of his personal relationship with his wives several died , nor his children, nor of the practicalities of life on the islands After he arrived, he is constantly in the process of almost being killed by some native And in one of these instances, lies my favorite quote of the book I climbed into the tree, and was left there alone in the bush The hours I spent there live all before me as if it were but of yesterday I heard the frequent discharging of muskets, and the yells of the savages Yet I sat there among the branches, as safe in the arms of Jesus Never, in all my sorrows, did my Lord draw nearer to me, and speaksoothingly in my soul, than when the moonlight flickered among these chestnut leaves, and the night air played on my throbbing brow, as I told all my heart to Jesus Alone, yet not alone If it be to glorify my God, I will not grudge to spend many nights alone in such a tree, to feel again my Savior s spiritual presence, to enjoy His consoling fellowship If thus thrown back upon your own soul, alone, all, all alone, in the midnight, in the bush, in the very embrace of death itself, have you a Friend that will not fail you then This quote summarizes John Paton to me He experiences sorrow upon sorrow, constant danger upon danger, but He is always consoled by His Friend Jesus and somehow Jesus rescues Him from every scrape He lives a long, full life and has the privilege of seeing the islanders miraculously confess Christ and establish a church He had contextual convictions that believers would disagree with today, but His passion for the gospel is beyond admirable and I pray my little Judah Paton shares this same sentiment


  8. Wendy Sparkes Wendy Sparkes says:

    What a heart for the Lord this missionary had John G Paton served among the Cannibals of the New Hebrides now known as Vanuatu from 1857 aged 33 to 1887 sharing the love of Jesus despite many difficult dangerous situations He also was key in getting the Missionary ship the Dayspring established to help support the missionaries serving on those islands of the South Seas.The style of writing is obviously of the 1800s, although I found itdifficult to read on occasions, it was easy t What a heart for the Lord this missionary had John G Paton served among the Cannibals of the New Hebrides now known as Vanuatu from 1857 aged 33 to 1887 sharing the love of Jesus despite many difficult dangerous situations He also was key in getting the Missionary ship the Dayspring established to help support the missionaries serving on those islands of the South Seas.The style of writing is obviously of the 1800s, although I found itdifficult to read on occasions, it was easy to read in short bursts, I quite happily picked it up to read the next installment.This has been prepared for Kindle by a group of volunteers, is now offered for free on .co.uk .com I think at least one of the volunteers was American as for the most part the spelling is the British way, but occasionally an American spelling creeps in wasn t a problem for me, although it did make me smile I think if I had been preparing an American book, I would have found it difficult to use American spellings for words I m so used to spelling the British way


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    I m not normally one for autobiographies, but this had been recommended to me as a highly interesting account of a faithful man of God and his mission to actual cannibals this and some other things in the book sound slightly offensive or pejorative to modern ears, but facts are facts, and they did eat humans prior to coming to know Jesus It was refreshing as well to see the perspective of John Paton towards women as a result of his faith in opposition to both the typical view of the day and I m not normally one for autobiographies, but this had been recommended to me as a highly interesting account of a faithful man of God and his mission to actual cannibals this and some other things in the book sound slightly offensive or pejorative to modern ears, but facts are facts, and they did eat humans prior to coming to know Jesus It was refreshing as well to see the perspective of John Paton towards women as a result of his faith in opposition to both the typical view of the day and the cruel treatment women on the South Sea Islands had by their menfolk , a far cry from the now common refrain that Christianity somehow oppresses women


  10. Ryan Marks Ryan Marks says:

    Great book about a man who gave his all for his Faith in Christ Ministered in a place where cannibalistic chiefs would eat their favorite wives yet he consistently stood for truth, taught them about the Christian practice of burial and planted the Church on the island A must read This man was going to medical school while pastoring a church In the 5 6 years the tiny group grew to about 600 dedicated disciples of Christ even though they came from the slums Inspiring We need to be men like Great book about a man who gave his all for his Faith in Christ Ministered in a place where cannibalistic chiefs would eat their favorite wives yet he consistently stood for truth, taught them about the Christian practice of burial and planted the Church on the island A must read This man was going to medical school while pastoring a church In the 5 6 years the tiny group grew to about 600 dedicated disciples of Christ even though they came from the slums Inspiring We need to be men like this man


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The Story of John G. Paton; Or, Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals (Dodo Press) [Reading] ➶ The Story of John G. Paton; Or, Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals (Dodo Press) Author John G. Paton – Thomashillier.co.uk Reverend Dr John Gibson Paton was a Protestant missionary to the New Hebrides He was a stocking manufacturer and later a colporteur After some elementary education, John G from the age of , started of John PDF Æ Reverend Dr John Gibson Paton was a Protestant missionary to the New Hebrides He was a stocking manufacturer and later a colporteur After some elementary education, John G from the age of , started learning the trade of his stocking manufacturing father and, for fourteen hours a day, he manipulated one of The Story Kindle - the six stocking frames in his father s workshop John G and Mary Paton landed on the island of Tanna, in the southern part of the New Hebrides, inand built a small house at Port Resolution From Aneityum, John G went first to Australia, then to Scotland, to arouse greater interest in the Story of John PDF/EPUB Ã work of the New Hebrides, to recruit new missionaries, and especially to raise a large sum of money for the building and upkeep of a sailing ship to assist the missionaries in the work of evangelizing the Islands Later he raised a much larger sum with which to build a mission steamship During this time in Scotland, in , in Edinburgh, Scotland, John G married Margaret Maggie Whitecross, a descendant of the so called Whitecross Knights.

    Free Unlimited eBook his stocking manufacturing father and, for fourteen hours a day, he manipulated one of The Story Kindle - the six stocking frames in his father s workshop John G and Mary Paton landed on the island of Tanna, in the southern part of the New Hebrides, inand built a small house at Port Resolution From Aneityum, John G went first to Australia, then to Scotland, to arouse greater interest in the Story of John PDF/EPUB Ã work of the New Hebrides, to recruit new missionaries, and especially to raise a large sum of money for the building and upkeep of a sailing ship to assist the missionaries in the work of evangelizing the Islands Later he raised a much larger sum with which to build a mission steamship During this time in Scotland, in , in Edinburgh, Scotland, John G married Margaret Maggie Whitecross, a descendant of the so called Whitecross Knights."/>
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  • The Story of John G. Paton; Or, Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals (Dodo Press)
  • John G. Paton
  • English
  • 22 February 2019
  • 140996731X

About the Author: John G. Paton

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