BMS World Mission
BMS World Mission is a Christian missionary society founded by Baptists from England in 1792. It was originally called the Particular Baptist Society for the Propagation of the Gospel Amongst the Heathen, but for most of its life was known as the Baptist Missionary Society. The headquarters is in Didcot, England.
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The BMS was formed in 1792, at a meeting in Kettering, England, where twelve Particular Baptist ministers signed an agreement. They were: Thomas Blundel, Joshua Burton, John Eayres, Andrew Fuller, Abraham Greenwood, William Heighton, Reynold Hogg, Samuel Pearce, John Ryland, Edward Sherman, John Sutcliff, Joseph Timms. William Staughton, present at the meeting, did not sign since he was not a minister. The first missionaries, William Carey and John Thomas, were sent to Bengal, India in 1793. They were followed by many co-workers, firstly to India, and subsequently to other countries in Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and South America. Timothy Richard is perhaps one of the most well-known Baptist missionaries to China.
Francis Augustus Cox wrote a history of the Baptist Missionary Society from its formation until 1842. Brian Stanley was commissioned to write a history of the society for its bicentenary (1992).
The current name was adopted in 2000.
List of missionariesEdit
- William Carey (1793)
- John Thomas (1793)
- Jeremiah Phillips (1836)
- George Grenfell (1849-1906), explorer and BMS missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dr Clement Clapton Chesterman (1920-1936), the first to implement successfully mass chemotherapy for Trypanosomiasis. He worked at Yakusu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Dr Ernest W Price (1907-1990), the discoverer of Podoconiosis He worked at Pimu and IME Kimpese in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Dr Stanley George Browne (1907-1986) "Mister Leprosy". He succeeded Dr Chesterman at Yakusu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Dr David Hedley Wilson, (1928-2015) the first President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine He succeeded Dr Price at Pimu and IME Kimpese in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
BMS works in many ways around the world, including church planting, development, disaster relief, education, health, and media and advocacy. Mission personnel can go long-term, mid-term, short-term or as part of a team.
- Robert E. Johnson, A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2010, p. 99
- J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 292
- George Smith (30 June 2011). The Life of William Carey, D.D: Shoemaker and Missionary. Cambridge University Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-108-02918-6.
- Alan Betteridge (1 August 2010). Deep Roots, Living Branches: A History of Baptists in the English Western Midlands. Troubador Publishing Ltd. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-84876-277-0.
- Jonathan M. Yeager, Early Evangelicalism: A Reader, OUP USA, USA, 2013, p. 357
- History of the Baptist Missionary Society, from 1792 to 1842, Francis Augustus Cox, 1842, accessed April 2009
- Stanley, Brian (1992). The History of the Baptist Missionary Society, 1792-1992. London: T.& T.Clark Ltd. ISBN 0567096149.
- R. G. Tiedemann, Reference Guide to Christian Missionary Societies in China: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth, Routledge, USA, 2016, p. 125
- Vernon, Gervase (2019). "Dr E W Price, the discoverer of podoconiosis". Journal of Medical Biography. Sage Journals: 096777201988840. doi:10.1177/0967772019888406. PMID 31735101.
- Obituary . (2016). "David Hedley Wilson". BMJ. Retrieved 18 December 2019.