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Methodist Episcopal missionary to India
Eli Stanley Jones was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 3, 1884. He attended the local public schools and studied law at City College before being graduated from Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, in 1906. He was on the faculty of Asbury College when he was called to missionary service in India in 1907 under the Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Brother Stanley, as he was called by most, began his work among the members of the very low castes and the outcastes. He presented the Gospel without attacking Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, or any other Indian religion, and it was this approach which soon made him one of the most sought-after missionaries in the world. Throughout most of the 20th century, Jones was probably the world's best-known Christian missionary and evangelist.
Highlights of His Life and Career
1919 The Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church offered Jones the role of "Evangelist-at-Large" to India, and to anywhere else he might feel needed and/or wanted.
1930 Along with a British missionary and Indian pastor, he founded the first "Christian Ashram," in India.
1941 In the months prior to December 7, he was a constant confidante of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Japanese leaders trying to avert war.
As India struggled for independence before and after the war, Jones was a valuable counselor to both Indian and British leaders. His influence had a major role in establishing religious freedom in the Indian constitution.
1947 Launched the Crusade for a Federal Union of Churches.
1950 Provided funds for India's first Christian psychiatric center and clinic, now known as the Nur Manzil Psychiatric Center and Medical Unit at Lucknow.
1959 Named "Missionary Extraordinary" by the Methodist missionary publication World Outlook.
December 1971 While leading the Oklahoma Christian Ashram, he suffered a stroke that seriously impaired him physically, but not mentally or spiritually.
January 25, 1973 Died in India.
In 1925, while home on furlough, Jones wrote a report of his years of service. It was published in a book titled The Christ of the Indian Road and became a best-seller. He went on to write a total of 28 books, most of which became best-sellers.
Christ at the Round Table (1928)
Selections from E. Stanley Jones: Christ and Human
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