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John Whiteley - Missionary Martyr

by G.G.Carter

Childhood and Youth
"To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth"
From Mangungu to Kawhia
Success - and Frustration
Northern Interlude
Return to Kawhia
"In Journeying Oft"
"Whiteley - the Peacemaker"
"Greater Love Hath No Man"

It is one of those little ironies that occur so frequently in history, that the only Wesleyan missionary to be murdered by the Maoris was the one who had been their best friend. Yet in a strange way it seems fitting that John Whiteley the servant of the Christ of Calvary should crown a life of service by making the supreme sacrifice. For by his death he saved the lives of many people, just as by his life he had saved many erring souls.