John G. Paton (1824-1907) was a Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides. Before sailing there with his newly wed wife in 1858, he was a city missionary in Glasgow for ten years. Paton began work on Tanna, an island inhabited by savage cannibals and later worked on the island of Aniwa. He gave to the Aniwan people the first hymnbook in their own language and translated the New Testament into their language. Other well-known servants of Christ who lived during this time of history include missionaries James Chalmers, Mary Slessor and Hudson Taylor; evangelist D.L. Moody, preacher Charles Spurgeon, and hymn writers Fanny Crosby and Ira Sankey.
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Selections from The Story of John G. Paton Told for Young Folks or Thirty Years among South Sea Cannibals by James Paton. New York: A. L. Burt Company, Publishers, . This Young Folks' Edition by his brother was "re-cast" from John Paton's complete autobiography first published January, 1889.
|Our Cottage Home — Consecrated Parents — Schools Days
|Leaving the Old Home — Early Struggles — A City Missionary/Glasgow Experiences
|A Foreign Missionary — To the New Hebrides — First Impressions of Heathendom
|Breaking Ground in Tanna — Pioneers in the New Hebrides — The Greatest Bereavement — At Home with Cannibals
|Superstitions and Cruelties — Streaks of Dawn Amidst Deeds of Darkness — Visit of H.M.S. Cordelia — Noble Old Abraham
|Under Ax and Musket — A Native Saint and Martyr — Building and Printing for God
|Heathen Dance and Sham Fight — Cannibals at Work — The Defying of Nahak
|A Perilous Pilgrimage — The Plague of Measles — Attacked with Clubs
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New Hebrides was the colonial name for the 83 island archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean that began the nation of Vanuatu in 1980. It is located west of Fiji, northeast of New Caledonia, and southeast of the Solomon Islands.