I was trying to decide on the next missionary I would be covering for my talk this coming Sunday at a local retirement center, and decided to type a particular name into Google to see what would come up. To my delight, I accidentally ran upon a resource I wasn't aware of! It is Boston University's School of Theology History of Missiology page. They have an online missionary biography resource indexed by last name, and very easy to navigate. They also have digital resources related to African Christian biography, an archive of Russian Methodism, and a photo archive related to African initiated churches. I decided to test out the biography resource by typing in Mary Slessor's name, and found a very nice four page article from the International Bulletin of Missionary Research in the form of an embedded Scribd document.
A bit more research turned upThe University of Southern California digital archive of missionary images. To test it out, I once again typed in Mary Slessor's name, and to my delight discovered 20 photos, including one image of Mary's saintly mother and a picture of Mary I had not discovered before.
So, if you enjoy reading about missionaries or researching their lives, there are a variety of online resources available. I will be posting some more resources over the next few days as I select new missionary to research.
Sara McCaslin is an engineer, a computer scientist, and a freelance writer.