A Thirsty Land: The Quarterly Magazine of the Algiers Mission Band

Scope and Content

Copies of 'A Thirsty Land'. Includes No.1, Summer 1927 - No. 148, May 1964. Complete except for vol.18 (Autumn 1931). The magazines Nos 1-74 (1927-45) were indexed by Mrs Martina Morriss in 2006, according to Author, Subject, Place, People mentioned in the articles. Indexes included with the collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Plans to replace the Algiers Mission Band Journal for supporters at home with a printed quarterly magazine were underway before the death of Lilias Trotter in 1928. The first issue appeared in the summer of 1927, and it continued in an unbroken series until the time of the merger with the North Africa Mission in 1964.

The Home Advisory Council was responsible for the production and distribution of the magazine, which was edited first by the General Secretary, Helen Freeman, and later by secretaries and retired missionaries at home. The first was Mrs Reba Brading (assisted by Miss Belle Patrick, later Mrs C Collinson). Subsequent editors were Miss Mabel Grautoff, Miss Millicent Roche, Miss D Ahier and Miss Dorothy Edge.

The magazine included an editorial, reports from the Field, testimonies, accounts of journeys, matters for praise and prayer, updates on finance, Home Office announcements, and on the back page, a list of the field stations and personnel. The magazines trace the history of the work and offers insights into the nature of field ministry, literature ministry and the relationship between field and home.

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