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John Hunt

1812-1848. English missionary to Fiji. Born into the family of a Lincolnshire farmer, he had little formal schooling. Converted in a Methodist meeting at seventeen, he educated himself and preached in various chapels. He entered a Wesleyan theological college in 1835, and after ordination in 1838 sailed for Fiji as a missionary where he stressed Bible translation and the training of indigenous pastors. As he was a strong enthusiast for the doctrine of entire sanctification, his preaching sparked a revival in 1845. The rigors of extensive traveling in visiting the scattered Fijian congregations led to his death. His translations of the Scriptures were published posthumously, the NT in 1853 and the whole Bible in 1864.