Newly ordained at age twenty-five, Henry Jessup made a life changing decision to join the foreign-missionary service of the Presbyterian Church. For fifty-three years Jessup was a missionary in Syria, and the incredible story is recounted in this two-volume autobiography. Spreading the Gospel through famine, drought, war, hostile governments, and sometimes primitive living conditions, Jessup’s life and adventures in Syria are unforgettable. Volume one covers his work on translating the Bible into Arabic, his founding of the Syrian Protestant College, and his recalling of the Syrian Massacre that he witnessed in the summer of 1860.
The second volume in Henry Jessup’s extraordinary autobiography, Fifty-Three Years in Syria begins in 1873, when Syria was overwhelmed with cholera and Jessup and his fellow missionaries helped distribute medicine among the sick. Surviving the epidemic, Jessup chronicles the building of schools, the turn of a new century, the growth of the Syrian Protestant College, and the growth of Christianity in Syria. Intertwined in this incredible narrative is the moving story of his family—the marriage and death of two wives, and the birth of eight children.
A stimulating narrative of adventure and achievement.
—American Review of Reviews
His two volumes of reminiscences of life and work in Syria are noteworthy and captivating. They are full of humor, wit, and wisdom; they give the history of the Syrian Mission, including also the Beirut College and the Mission Press. The volumes are full of information and inspiration.
—Missionary Review of the World