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Introduction.

Page 1. The terrifying tribesmen of the Mizo Hills. | The Mizos. | The ‘Alexandrapur Incident’. Mizos kidnap Mary Winchester ‘Zoluti’. | The consequences of the ‘Alexandrapur Incident’. | Pu Rosema remembers some of the past. | Mizo ancestral beliefs or ‘Ramhuai Bia’. | Tea for ‘Zu’.

Page 2. William Williams visits the Mizo Hills. | The first missionary to visit Mizoram. | The journey. | Williams arrives in Aizawl.

Page 3. Lorrain ‘Pu Buanga’ and Savidge ‘Sap Upa’. | Lorrain ‘Pu Buanga’ and Savidge ‘Sap Upa’ pick up the torch. | Foundations for the future. | Learning the language. | Education and mission work. | Mr. Arthington becomes restless.

Page 4. David Evan Jones ‘Zosaphluia’. | Fort Aijal. | Evangelising in Aizawl’s ‘zawlbûk’. | Tentative outreach. | The arrival of Edwin Rowlands ‘Sapthara’. | Peace spreads. | The response of young people.

Page 5. Khuma, the first Mizo to be baptised. | The Khasi and Mizo churches join. | The early growth of Christianity in Mizoram. | The first printed Gospel.

Page 6. Evangelical tours and Darphawka’s Vision. | In the autumn of 1900 Mizos began courageous and unaided evangelical tours. | Dharphawka’s Vision.

Page 7. A Mizo passion for education. | Expansion to Chhingchhip. | Learning from the more established Khasi Church. | Government recognition brings funding.

Page 8. Mizos, a mixture of many tribal groups. | Tribal groups in modern Mizoram. | The division of the Church between North and South Lushai. | Some Christians persecuted in the South. | Rowlands ‘Sapthara’ visits the South for three months.

Page 9. Lorrain and Savidge return with the Baptist Missionary Society. | The Baptist Missionary Society enters South Lushai. | The return of Lorrain ‘Pu Buanga’ and Savidge ‘Sap Upa’. | Unanimity and loyalty develops between Presbyterians and Baptists. | Communications between North and South.

Page 10. An inhospitable and inaccessible land. | A natural Mizo church structure develops. | Translation and printing. | David Evan Jones ‘Zosaphluia’ marries. | Mizos used to be wife-hunters rather than headhunters.

Page 11. The end of the first period. | Warmth of fellowship. | Strict Sunday observance. | Celebrating the Lord’s Supper. | Difficulties for private prayer. | Thoughts of the past. | Abstinence meant more food. | Joy and pride in memorising the Scriptures. | The ‘Awakening’.

Page 12. 1904, the ‘Welsh Revival’. | A change of tempo. | The early days in Wales. | The early 20th century ‘Welsh Revival’.

Page 13. 1905, The ‘Khasi Revival’. | The effect of the ‘Welsh Revival’ on the Khasis. | Mizoram sends delegates to Mairang. | Mizos experience Revival for the first time. | A mighty chorus of prayer. | The long journey home.

Page 14. 1906, the first ‘Mizo Revival’. | Initial disappointment. | The dawn of the ‘Great Awakening’.

Page 15. A reaction against Christians. | Khandaih. | Harassment of Christians spreads. | The ‘bawite’ or serf system.

Page 16. The position of Mizo women. | The period 1906 to 1908. | ‘Puma Zai’. | The ‘Biakin’.

Page 17. The arrival of many ‘zosahibs’. | The beginnings of Aizawl Theological College. | Chhuahkhama, a key conversion. | Families attend Sunday Schools together. | The election and ordination of church elders. | Dr. Fraser’s activities as a medical missionary. | Watkin Roberts.

Page 18. Literacy. | Christian missions at the forefront of the fight for literacy. | Primary Schools.

Page 19. Bible translation and the printed word. | Bible translation. | Hymns. | The power of the printed word. | The Loch Press. | The Bookroom. | Literate Christianity. | Mary Jones and her Bible.

Page 20. Mission Veng and Christian worship. | Mission Veng. | Building a Church at Mission Veng. | The importance of the village schoolteacher. | Christian marriage. | Some unique characteristics of Mizo worship. | A simple message.

Page 21. Mautam disaster. | The Mautam of 1911/12. | Christians share food. | The scourge of cholera.

Chronological summaries of the remaining period covered by the book:

Conclusion: 1. 1910-1922;

Conclusion: 2. 1923-1944;

Conclusion: 3. 1945-1986.



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2. The inauguration of the new Mission Veng Kohhran Biak In Pui, the mother church of Mizoram, with a choir of 700 singing Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, on 6th April 2011. Photo Courtesy Mizoram Synod.

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