Category: Mission Stories

McKinney, Ernestine Henderson (1906-??)
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McKinney, Ernestine Henderson (1906-??)

Leader Against Racial Discrimination Ernestine Henderson McKinney of Little Rock, Arkansas, was in decision-making, leadership positions before, during, and after the history-making unions of the branches of this church that now make up United Methodism. She worked for human rights and against racial discrimination when it was not popular to do so, receiving threatening calls...

Strother, Emma Wilson (1900?-)
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Strother, Emma Wilson (1900?-)

Leader in and Student of Mission Following graduation from Dillard University in New Orleans, Emma Wilson Strother went to work with her mother, Clara J. Wilson, who was one of the superintendents of the National Friendship Home in Cincinnati. Emma later became superintendent of the Mother’s Memorial Center (now Wesley Child Care Center), which was...

Crosby, Fanny (1820-1915)
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Crosby, Fanny (1820-1915)

Hymn Writer, Urban Missionary While known today primarily as a prolific hymn writer, Fanny Crosby (aka Fanny Van Alstyne and Frances Jane Crosby) was also an influential figure in the “rescue mission” movement of the late 19th century, notably in New York City where she lived most of her adult life. Ecumenical in spirit, she...

Sears, Kathryne Jeannette Bieri (1904-98)
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Sears, Kathryne Jeannette Bieri (1904-98)

Missionary, Mission Board Staff, and Mission Advocate From her early years of growing up in a parsonage to her years as a professional person, and later a lay woman active in church affairs, Kathryne Bieri Sears was devoted to mission. At age twenty-four, she was the first single woman appointed by the Methodist Episcopal Board...

Faust, Aletha Knapp (1904-1998)
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Faust, Aletha Knapp (1904-1998)

Pioneer Missionary in Nigeria For forty years, Aletha Knapp Faust served as a pioneer missionary in Nigeria, Africa, spanning the years 1930 to 1970. Born in Holton, Kansas, she graduated from North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, and earned a master’s degree at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. During their first eighteen years with the Pero tribe...

Martin, Edith (1900-1979)
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Martin, Edith (1900-1979)

Mama Yema in the Congo Growing up in Harrison, Arkansas, Edith wanted to become a missionary and serve in Africa. After graduation from Peabody and Scarritt Colleges in Nashville, Tennessee, she was commissioned in 1931, and spent the next thirty-six years in Zaire (Congo) involved in Christian education, women’s work, social evangelism, directing schools and...

Methodist Commission on Resource Development (MCRD)
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Methodist Commission on Resource Development (MCRD)

Social Arm of the UMC in the Philippines In 1984, Bishop Emerito P. Nacpil of the Manila Episcopal Area invited Dr. and Mrs. Philip del Rosario and Rev. and Mrs. George Holcombe to launch a UMC-backed experimental self-help community project in the episcopal area. It was not until January 1988 that the Del Rosarios and...

Walker, Marion M.
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Walker, Marion M.

Missionary to Children and Youth in the Philippines Ms. Marion M. Walker retired in 1970 after 40 years of missionary service in the Philippines and was awarded a plaque of appreciation. She was well-loved by the Aetas of Patling area in Tarlac. Mr. Walker helped children and young people to obtain education. She established a...

Donaldson, Louise Sackett (1897-1982)
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Donaldson, Louise Sackett (1897-1982)

Michigan Advocate for Human Rights Louise Donaldson is remembered for her involvement in human rights issues. In Dearborn, Michigan, she founded a local Council on Human Rights, and was instrumental in the desegregation of every restaurant in her community. She worked with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom to register black voters in...

Tillman, Sadie Wilson (1895-1974)
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Tillman, Sadie Wilson (1895-1974)

Prominent US Leader of Women’s Mission By the 1960s, Sadie Wilson Tillman, who was born in Tennessee, and grew up a member of a small rural church near Lewisburg, had become one of the nation’s most prominent church women. From 1924 to 1927, she was Director of Christian Education at Laura Haygood Normal School, in...