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Literature Review: Agricultural Missions

WCIU Journal: Environmental Studies Topic

September 13, 2018

Compiled by Timothy L. Skinner

Library of Congress Classification:

BV 2695 .F3 Missions among farmers
BV 2695 .M5 Missions among migrant labor
S 532 Agricultural missions

Dewey Decimal Classification:

266 Missions
630 Agriculture

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Missions—Agricultural work

Periodical Articles:

Gustafson, James W. 1984. “A Life Program: Jim Gustafson Talks about His Work in Thailand.” World Christian 3 (November): 14-15.

Kornfield, David, and Marlene Rapp. 1984. “Growing Grace: Thai Christians Learn to Give.” World Christian 3 (March): 36-37.

Leydon, M. “The Harvest Grows Slowly: Reaching Farmers in Central Thailand.” 1984. World Christian 3: 38-39.

Rapp, Marlene, and David Kornfield. “Dance with Joy: Thai Christians Learn to Praise God.” 1984. World Christian 3 (July): 14-16.

_______. “The Pig and the Living Word.” 1984. World Christian 3 (January): 32-35.

Rhodes, J. Benton. 1975. “Agricultural Missions Today and Yesterday.” International Review of Mission 64, no. 256 (October): 346-53.

Reference Books with Relevant Articles:

Concise Dictionary of the Christian World Mission

Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement. S.v. “Rural Agricultural Mission”

Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions

Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity. S.v. “Allahabad Agricultural Institute / University”


Missionary Biography

Case, Brayton C. 1946. Lazy-man-rest-not: The Burma Letters of Brayton C. Case. Randolph L. Howar, selector. Philadelphia: Judson Press.

Coles, Samuel B. 1957. Preacher with a Plow. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Cramer, Robert F. 1968. Hunger Fighter in Burma: The Story of Brayton Case. New York: Friendship Press.

De Valois, John James. 1978. Autobiography of John James De Valois, Agricultural Missionary. Church of South India: J. De Valois.

Higginbottom, Sam. 1949. Sam Higginbottom, Farmer: An Autobiography.

Nelson, Rupert. Like the Rings of a Tree. 2005. Bloomington, IN: Author House.

______. 2006. Jai Yen Means Keep a Cool Heart: Life among the Mountain Tribes of Thailand. Bloomington, IN: Author House.

General and miscellaneous

DeWitt, Calvin, and Ghillean T. Prance, eds. 1992. Missionary Earthkeeping. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.

Felton, Ralph Almon. 1955. Hope Rises from the Land. New York: Friendship Press.

Garcia, Jesus. 2017. Slaves in Paradise: A Priest Stands Up for Exploited Sugarcane Workers. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

Hendricks, Garland A. 1959. Call to the Country. Atlanta, GA: Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.

Hess, Gary H. 1968. American Agricultural Missionaries and Efforts at Economic Improvement in India. Agri History.

Higginbottom, Samuel. 2017, original 1938. The Gospel and the Plow; Or, the old Gospel and Modern Farming in Ancient India. Trieste Publishing.

Hunnicutt, Benjamin H., and William Watkins Reid. 1931. The Story of Agricultural Missions. New York: Missionary Education Movement of the United States and Canada.

Kirkwood, Dean. 1985. God’s Earth: Our Trust. Valley Forge, PA: International Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA.

McConnell, Charles M. 1931. The Rural Billion. New York: Friendship Press.

Moomaw, Ira W. 1966. Crusade against Hunger: The Dramatic Story of the Worldwide Antipoverty Crusades of the Churches. New York: Harper & Row.

_______. 1957. Deep Furrows: Goals, Methods, and Results of Those Who Work Toward a Better Tomorrow. New York: Agricultural Missions, for the Rural Missions Cooperating Committee of the Division of Foreign Missions.

Peters, John L. 1976. Cry Dignity! Oklahoma City, OK: World Neighbors.

_______. 1989. Loving God Isn’t Enough. Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell.

Simon, Arthur R. 1975. Bread for the World. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.

Stewart, Susan. 1998. Learning Together: The Agricultural Worker’s Participatory Sourcebook. Christian Veterinary Mission.

Winnings, John V. 2018. Mountain Majesty: A History of CODEP Haiti, Where Sustainable Agricultural Development Works. 2 vol. Dudley Court Press.

Organizations and Websites:

Agricultural Missions, Inc., 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 870-2553

FARMS International

Heifer Project International

Steer, Inc.

World Neighbors

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.