1824 β Paton born in Scotland on May 24 1847 β Paton becomes a City Missionary in Glasgow. 1858 β Paton and his pregnant wife Mary arrive on the island of Tanna. His wife and newborn son die of malaria within 5 months. 1859 β Mary and their month old son die of malaria. 1862 β All missionaries are driven off the island. Paton goes through Australia and Great Britain raising support for the mis-sion. 1866 β Paton and his second wife Margaret travel arrive on the island of Aniwa. 1873 β Poor health forces the Patons to leave, but not before the entire island turns to Christ. 1874-1897 They travel through Australia, Great Britain and Canada raising support for the mission, translating Scripture, hymns and catechisms. 1907 β Paton dies in Australia, 83 years old. Margaret had died two years earlier.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM JOHN PATON?
1. Pour yourself into labour, trusting God 2. Stand firm in suffering, trusting God 3. Fuel your passion with joy 4. Pass on your passion to your children
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JOHN PATON?
John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) by John G. Paton. Published by Banner of Truth, 1965. ISBN 0 85151 667 X Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton by John Piper. Published by Crossway, 2009. ISBN 978-1433510465