The missionaries who brought the many forms of Christianity to the islands of the South Seas faced all manner of trials and tribulations.  By the start of the nineteenth century, the Pacific Island people had learnt to abhor white man, sickened as they were by the duplicity, greed and cruelty of traders, soldiers of fortune and escaped convicts. In desperation they rose against those who oppressed and exploited them, killing many. The Pacific area had the reputation of being the most lawless place in the world. This was the situation that faced the missionaries.    Some were explorers; some were political manipulators; others were there with an eye to the main chance; a few were hidebound zealots; and one or two were all too human in the temptations of Paradise.  But the most were sincere – courageous people in alien surroundings willing to face humiliation, injury and even death.