John G. Paton Autobiography
Missionary to the New Hebrides
A thoughtful abridgement of the original autobiography by John G. Paton, carefully edited by his brother James Paton. This is the incredible story of the Scottish missionary pioneer John Gibson Paton (1824-1907). Born in Dumfrieshire, trained at Medical school and spent 10 years as city missionary in Glasgow and had felt compelled by God to be a missionary in the South sea Islands.
This is the account of John G. Paton’s pioneering mission work among cannibals in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu). Living among constant dangers and death threats, battling against illness and enduring great personal loss and sacrifice, John G. Paton laboured on and showed great love for the island peoples. He had the joy eventually seeing people come to Christ and living a totally transformed lifestyle.
About the Editor
Rev James Paton was John G. Paton’s brother. The material that John G. Paton had collected over the years were compiled and edited by him. Rev James Paton was an author and Presbyterian minister in Scotland.
What sustained John Paton in his missionary zeal? No doubt he had a love for the people. He was certainly burdened for them and had compassion on their souls, knowing that without Christ they were certain to go to hell. As important as compassion is for those who do not know God, I suggest this will not sustain a missionary zeal, whether it be for missionaries serving on the field or for Christians in western churches who pray and support various missionaries. Something more is needed…Only a zeal for the true and living God to receive his due, to receive the glory and commitment in a local church.’ — Allen M. Baker