In Uganda for Christ: The Life Story of the Rev. John Samuel Callis B.A., of the Church Missionary Society


In Uganda for Christ is a biography of the Reverend John Samuel Callis (1870–97), an early Christian missionary to Uganda. Callis was born in England and graduated from Saint Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Moved by the death of his eldest sister, he decided to dedicate his life to the church. After studying theology and working among the poor in London, he was ordained an Anglican priest on May 28, 1893. He served three years as curate outside London and then offered himself to the Church Missionary Society for the Uganda Mission. He departed for Africa on September 3, 1896, and arrived in Frere Town (near present-day Mombasa, Kenya) on October 1. After an 11-week journey inland, Callis arrived at Mengo, near Kampala. He went on to serve in Toro, some 322 kilometers further inland, at that time the Church Missionary Society’s most distant mission from the coast. The book recounts Callis’s work and his friendship with David (Daudi) Kasagama of Toro, who reigned as Omukama (king) Kyebambe VI from 1891 until his death in 1928, and who became a Christian in March 1896. After only three months in Uganda, however, Callis contracted a fever and died on April 24, 1897. The book includes photographs and information about the Batoro, the Bantu-speaking people of Toro, one of four traditional kingdoms located in the territory of present-day Uganda.

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Hodder & Stoughton, London



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vii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 20 centimeters


  • From the Ndejje University Library. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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