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This dissertation presents a chronological survey of the life and mission of Mabel Lossing Jones. Mabel was commissioned to India in 1904 by the Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She served as a missionary at the Khandwa Girls' Orphanage, and later trained teachers at the Lai Bagh School in Lucknow, India. Mabel was singled out in June of 1909 by the British Colonial government to start a teacher training school in Hawa Bagh. After a furlough, she returned to India as a missionary for the Methodist Episcopal Church, and married E. Stanley Jones in 1911.

Mabel and E. Stanley were stationed in Sitapur, India, where Mabel pioneered an experiment of establishing an all-woman staff at the Sitapur Boys' School. The experiment proved to be extraordinarily successful, and lauded by the Methodist Church in India and the British Colonial government. In 1923 Mahatma Gandhi and Mabel became regular correspondents on matters of education and discipline. This correspondence continued for over 25 years.

Mabel Lossing Jones personally raised support for between 600 - 1000 boys a year and left a scholarship fund that has continued to support her work to this date. Mabel sat on the Municipal Council of Sitapur with ten Hindu men and ten Muslim men for 20 years (the only woman, the only Christian, the only non-Indian). She served on the Board of Governors of the Isabella Thobum College, leadership committees of the All- India Women's Conferences, the District Boy Scout Board, the Red Cross Board, and many others throughout her 50 years of service.

Mabel Lossing Jones was an outstanding woman who warrants the attention of the entire mission-minded community, male and female alike. Her egalitarian example informs us of a powerful, practical, and personal missiological perspective.




Thesis (D. Miss.), 2005

Publication Date



2005, D. Miss., 60377656, Jones, Mabel, Lossing, Jones, E., Stanley, Eli, Missionaries, India, Biography, Missions


Biblical Studies | Missions and World Christianity | Other Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Thesis (D. Miss.)--Asbury Theological Seminary, 2005.


Includes bibliographical references (leaves 300-323).

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BV3269.J62 H46 2005



E. Stanley Jones had a wife: the life and missiological contributions of Dr. Mabel Lossing Jones, missionary to India, 1878-1978