Women & Missions


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A Woman’s Place CT August 7, 2000 Though today’s trends are marginalizing women’s missionary impulse, they are still finding ways to serve.
Bowie, Fiona; Deborah Kirkwood, Shirley Ardener Women and Missions: Past and Present: Anthropological and Historical Perceptions The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Sep., 1995), pp. 639-640
Hardin, Joyce Special Issue: Missionary Woman,
Hardin, Joyce Women In Missions (1976 but very extensive)
Lewis, M. Elizabeth; Hall, Nancy S. Duval; Married Women in Missions: The Effects of Cross-Cultural and Self Gender-Role Expectations on Well-Being, Stress, and Self-Esteem Journal of Psychology and Theology, Vol. 31, 2003 Abstract



At (IMB – recommendations with links to purchase)

Biographies (IMB mostly)

Allen, Catherine B. “Ruth Pettigrew: Taking the Gospel to the OrientBaptist History and Heritage, January 1988, p. 13.
Allen, Catherine B. The New Lottie Moon Story Broadman Press, Nashville, Tenn., 1980 Order W974118
Bates, Alice Buhl For All Time: The Story of Ann Judson (juvenile) New Hope, Birmingham, Ala., 1998
Bond, Jean Faulkner Blanche Groves of China Woman’s Missionary Union, Birmingham, Ala., 1982
Branyon, Beth Miss Eloise (Cauthen): First Lady of Missions (juvenile) Providence House Publishers, Franklin, Tenn., 1996 Order 1881576787.html
Branyon, Beth Miss Eva (Saunders): Serving God in Many Ways (juvenile) Providence House Publishers, Franklin, Tenn., 2000
Branyon, Beth Miss Henrietta: Lady of Many Firsts Providence House Publishers, Franklin, Tenn., 1996
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Branyon, Beth Miss Jesse (Pettigrew Glass): Missionary Nurse in China (juvenile) Providence House Publishers, Franklin, Tenn., 1997 Order 1881576779.html
Branyon, Beth Miss Mary Ellen (Dozier): Watching God Work (juvenile) Providence House Publishers, Franklin, Tenn., 1998 Order 1577360931.html
Brister, Elaine H. The Joy of Discovery Broadman Press, Nashville, Tenn., 1976
Clark, W. Thorburn Handmaidens of the King Broadman Press, Nashville, Tenn., 1947
Ellison, Nina Mama John: The Lifelong Missionary Service of Mary Saunders New Hope, Birmingham, Ala., 1996
Falls, Helen E. “Agnes Graham: Educator in ChileBaptist History and Heritage, January 1988, p. 23
George, Timothy and Denise Go Home and Tell: Bertha Smith, Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, Tenn., 1995
Harper, Keith Send the Light: Lottie Moon’s Letters and Other Writings Mercer University Press, 2002.
Hughes, Ann Kilner Lady of Courage: The Story of Lottie Moon (juvenile) Woman’s Missionary Union, 1989
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Human, Johnnie Finlay and Julia Graham: Missionary Partners (juvenile) Broadman Press, Nashville, Tenn., 1986
Joiner, Barbara Gloria (Thurman)! WMU SBC, Birmingham, Ala., 1993
Lathan, Judy Hattie Gardner: Determined Adventurer Broadman Press, Nashville, Tenn., 1982
Martin, Jack Follow the Call, the story of Jack Martin and his late wife, Nancy, missionaries to Africa, Woman’s Missionary Union, 1999
Massey, Barbara Virginia Wingo: Teacher and Friend Woman’s Missionary Union, 1994
McWilliams, Anne Washburn Charles and Indy Whitten: Sent to Love New Hope, Birmingham, Ala., 1988
Notley, Thelma China Bound Woman’s Missionary Union, 1999
Parker, F. Calvin Precious Mother, Precious Crown: The Life and Mission of Elizabeth Taylor Watkins Professional Press, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1997
Perryman, Eunice and Pam Waddell, Simply His: A Missionary Story Of Love, Commitment And A Willing Heart Woman’s Missionary Union, Birmingham, Ala., 1996
Rives, Elsie Shoemakers, The: God’s Helpers Woman’s Missionary Union,
Smith, Bertha How the Spirit Filled My Life Broadman Press, Nashville, Tenn., 1973
Towery, Britt Carey Daniel’s China Jewell: The Life and Times of Two Pioneer Baptist Missionaries in China, The Tao Foundation Missionary Heritage Series, Waco, Texas, 2000


“Here I Am, Lord”: The Letters And Writings of Ita Ford by Jeanne Evans and Ita Ford (Oct 30, 2005)
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot (May 1, 2005)
A Contest of Faiths: Missionary Women and Pluralism in the American Southwest by Susan M. Yohn (Jun 1995)
Africa: Lord Hang Onto Me and Don’t Let Go by Martha Oldham (May 10, 2004)
American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice (Modern Mission Era, 1792-1992) by Dana Lee Robert (Mar 1997)

Expectations and Burn-out: Women Surviving the Great Commission by Sue Eenigenburg and Robynn Blis.  “Missionary women have high expectations when they respond to God’s call; of themselves, their mission agencies, host cultures, churches, co-workers, and even of God. These expectations are often times impossible to fulfill and can lead to mental and physical exhaustion. Eighty percent of missionary women feel they have come close to burnout, whether they were married or single, traditional or tent making, new or experienced. In Expectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission, Sue provides research and surveys from the field while Robynn lends her own personal experiences to demonstrate how burnout can happen and how God can bring life from ashes. Join them as they explore how to develop realistic expectations and yet maintain faith in our sovereign God who continues to accomplish the impossible.”  (review from SEND U)

Frontline Women: Negotiating Cross-Cultural Issues in Ministry by Marguerite G. Kraft. “Frontline Women is a collection of writings on women’s issues from those who have had mission field experience. Each author has special interest and expertise in the area in which he or she has written.” Gems from the Ends of the Earth by Julia Love (May 9, 2006)   (review from SEND U)

Gladys Aylward: Missionary to China (Heroes of the Faith) by Sam Wellman (Jun 1, 1998)
Glimpses of the lives of great missionary women (Men and missions) by Paul E Kretzmann (1930)
God Is My Strength: An American Missionary Couple in China and Signapore, 1935-1955. by Louise Clara Hill (Jul 6, 2006)
Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life by Elaine Neil Orr (Sep 2003)
Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century (American Society of Missiology Series, No. 32) by Dana Lee Robert (May 2002)
Hannah Moore: A Biography of a Nineteenth Century Missionary and Teacher by Isabel B Weigold (Oct 22, 2007)
Kiowa: A Woman Missionary in Indian Territory by Isabel Crawford and Clyde Ellis (Mar 1, 1998)
letters From Lucile: Life and Letters of Lucile Daniel Clarke 1876-1933 Missionary to Japan 1899-1933 by Mary Neal Clarke (Nov 17, 2005)
Lillian Trasher: The Greatest Wonder in Egypt (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Christian Heroes, Then & Now) by Janet Benge and Geoff Benge (Dec 1, 2003)
Mary Reed Missionary to the Lepers by John Jackson (Jan 31, 2005)
Mary Slessor: Light for the Dark Continent (Heroes of the Faith) by Sam Wellman (Feb 15, 2006)
Ministry to Muslim Women: Longing to Call Them Sisters by Fran Love and Jeleta Eckheart (Aug 2003)
Missionary Women: Gender, Professionalism and the Victorian Idea of Christian Mission by Rhonda Anne Semple (Oct 9, 2003)
Mountain Sisters: From Convent to Community in Appalachia by Helen M. Lewis and Monica Appleby (Jul 31, 2003)
Point Me to the Skies: The Amazing Story of Joan Wales by Ronald Clements (Aug 31, 2007)
Salvador Witness: The Life And Calling of Jean Donovan by Ana Carrigan (Sep 30, 2005)
Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories about Women Who Made a Difference by Shirley Brosius (Oct 17, 2006)
The Errand of Angels: Serving as a Sister Missionary by Amy J. Finnegan (Jan 20, 2005)
The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China by Jane Hunter (Sep 10, 1989)
The Unlikely Missionary by Elizabeth Brady (Mar 30, 2005)
Thousand and One Egyptian Nights: An American Christian Among Muslims by Jennifer Drago (May 17, 2007)
Through the Outhouse Floor: and other real adventures of missionary life by Barbara A Thomas (April 10, 2007)
Touched by the African Soul by 62 Missionary Wormen, Gloria Cunningham, Lois Okerstrom, and Martha Fosse (Feb 2001)
Troubled Journey: A Missionary Childhood in War-Torn China by Faith Cook (Nov 2004)
Women and Missions: Past and Present: Anthropological and Historical Perceptions (Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women) by Fiona Bowie, Deborah Kirkwood, and Shirley Ardener (Jan 6, 1994)
Women In Mission: From the New Testament to Today (American Society of Missiology) by Susan E. Smith (Nov 30, 2007)

Biblio “This bibliography is meant to be comprehensive (but not exhaustive) at least as regards the topic of American women in mission”

Bowie, Fiona Deborah Kirkwood & Shirley Aardener, Berg Women and Missions: Past and Present: Anthropological and Historical Perceptions , Providence/Oxford, 1993
Hardin, Joyce. Sojourners: Women with a Mission. Inchon, Korea: Korean Consolidated Co., 1973.
Pascoe, Robin. 1995. Culture Shock! Successful Living Abroad – A Wife’s Guide. Times Editions.
Pascoe, Robin. 2000. Homeward Bound: A Spouse’s Guide to Repatriation. Expatriate Press.
Pascoe, Robin. 2003. A Moveable Marriage: Relocate Your Relationship without Breaking It. Expatriate Press Limited.
Piet-Pelon, Nancy J. Woman’s Guide to Overseas Living. Intercultural Press, Yarmouth, Maine 1992
Robert, Dana L. American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice Mercer University Press, Macon, Ga., 1996
Robert, Dana L. ed. Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2002.
Romano, Dugan. 1997. Intercultural Marriage: Promises & Pitfalls. 2nd. ed. Intercultural Press.
Semple, Rhoda, ‘Representation and Experience: the Role of Women in British Missions and Society, 1860-1910’, Currents in World Christianity, Position Paper 83 (Cambridge: 1996).
Semple, Rhoda, ‘Women, Gender and changing Roles in the Missionary Project: the London Missionary Society and the China Inland Mission, 1885-1910’, Currents in World Christianity, Position Paper 39(Cambridge: 1996).
Tabor, Ellen D. Nurse Missionaries, 1901-1951 Baptist Nursing Fellowship, Brentwood Christian Press, Columbus, Ga., 1987
Tucker, Ruth A. Guardians of the Great Commission: The Story of Women in Modern Missions Academie Books, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1988
Tuggy, Joy Turner. The Missionary Wife and Her Work. Chicago: Moody Press, 1966.
Windus, Anne Kay The Roles and Identity of Missionary Women, a dissertation for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,1999.


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