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In "Have We No Rights? A frank discussion of the 'rights' of missionaries," Mabel Williamson offers a compelling exploration of the complex topic of missionary work and the notion of rights within this context. Drawing from her personal experiences as a missionary in China, Williamson delves into the challenging and often misunderstood realm of sacrificing personal rights for the sake of the Gospel.

The book delves into the cultural clash Williamson encountered as a missionary, highlighting the inherent tension between individual rights and selfless service. She skillfully addresses the prevalent idea that missionaries are entitled to certain liberties and comforts, debunking common misconceptions and shedding light on the true nature of their calling.

One of the book's strengths lies in the author's ability to present her arguments in a relatable and relevant manner. Williamson skillfully dives into the complexities of missionary work, addressing topics like personal freedom, privacy, and the freedom to engage in recreational activities. Her experiences are vividly described, allowing readers to grasp the significant sacrifices made by missionaries and the importance of subordinating personal desires to a higher purpose.

Moreover, Williamson engages in a thoughtful examination of the biblical foundations of missionary work and its impact on the concept of human rights. She delves into Scripture, discussing various passages that showcase the voluntary surrender of rights for the cause of Christ. This biblical foundation provides a strong basis for her perspective, grounding the discourse in a solid theological framework.

Throughout the book, Williamson encourages self-reflection among readers, challenging them to consider their own rights in light of their Christian faith. She encourages a shift in perspective, advocating for a mindset of humility and sacrifice. This approach prompts readers to evaluate their priorities and question societal definitions of rights, leading to a deeper understanding of what it truly means to serve as a missionary.

While the book provides valuable insights and stimulating discussions, it occasionally becomes repetitive, revisiting certain arguments and examples. Nonetheless, the author's genuine passion and experiences shine through, making it a compelling read for both missionaries and those interested in the complexities of cross-cultural service.

In conclusion, "Have We No Rights?" by Mabel Williamson offers a thought-provoking exploration of the rights of missionaries. With personal anecdotes, biblical insights, and a challenging call to self-reflection, this book presents a valuable perspective on the sacrifices made by those who answer the call to serve. Williamson's ability to tackle this complex topic with clarity and grace makes it a worthwhile addition to the literature on missionary work.

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A frank discussion of the "rights" of missionaries

Have We No Rights?

Mabel Williamson

China Inland Mission Overseas Missionary Fellowship

Moody Press Chicago


Reprinted, 1973

Printed in the United States of America



1. Rights 7

2. The Right to What I Consider a Normal Standard of Living 11

3. The Right to the Ordinary Safeguards of Good Health 23

4. The Right to Regulate My Private Affairs As I Wish 33

5. The Right to Privacy 39

6. The Right to My Own Time 47

7. The Right to a Normal Romance, If Any 55

8. The Right to a Normal Home Life 67

9. The Right to Live With the People of My Choice 81

10. The Right to Feel Superior 91

11. The Right to Run Things 103

12. He Had No Rights 125

NOTE: Most of the Scripture quotations have been taken from the American Standard Version... Continue reading book >>

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