Faithful Life Publishers, 133 Pages, Paper, $12.99
Those in fundamental Bible-believing Christianity will appreciate this historical account of one of its mission agencies. The story begins in the winter of 1961 at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Minnesota, when missionary Dr. Viggo Olsen presented a report of his field of service in East Pakistan. Monroe Parker, president of Pillsbury, afterward challenged the students, asking which of them would be willing to go to the mission field if they knew God was calling them there. One hundred stood that evening. This momentous occasion ultimately resulted in the establishment of Baptist World Mission.
In addition to tracing the development of BWM, this book summarizes the struggles between fundamentalists and new evangelicals in the Conservative Baptist movement in the 1940s–’60s and devotes a chapter to Dr. Parker, who became a leading figure in BWM. The book has interesting photos of a number of people as well, and there are several appendixes.