Category: Mission Stories

Rotifunk Hospital
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Rotifunk Hospital

UBC Hospital in Sierra Leone In 1891, the Women’s Missionary Association of the United Brethren in Christ sent Dr. Marietta Hatfield of Miami County Ohio to the Rotifunk mission station in Moyamba, Sierra Leone. There Dr. Hatfield’s medical work eventually led to founding a hospital. Dr. Hatfield was joined by two other medical women sent...

Ju Sam Ryang (1879 – 1950?)
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Ju Sam Ryang (1879 – 1950?)

Korean Evangelist, Teacher, and Bishop J. S. Ryang was born in Korea in 1879. He was educated and converted in the MECS mission schools in Shanghai. In 1906 he went to the United States and pastored a Korean church in San Francisco for three years. In 1909, he entered Vanderbilt, received his degree, and went...

Dacorso, Cesar, Filho (1892-1966)
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Dacorso, Cesar, Filho (1892-1966)

First Brazilian Methodist Bishop Cesar Dacorso (Filho, which means ‘junior’) was born to a French-Italian father and a Portuguese-Brazilian mother in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state in 1892. He attended the Methodist mission Sunday school in Santa Maria and was educated at Instituto Granbery and Dom Pedro College. Dacorso entered the South Brazil Conference...

Howell, Mabel Katharine (1874-1957)
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Howell, Mabel Katharine (1874-1957)

Mission Educator and Administrator Howell was born in New Jersey in 1874 and earned her Ph.D. degree in sociology from Cornell in 1896. She completed her formal education with a seminary degree from University of Chicago. She taught in Richmond, Kentucky, for four years, coming under the influence of Belle Bennett. In 1903, Bennett persuaded...

Pinson, William Washington (1854-1930)
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Pinson, William Washington (1854-1930)

MECS Mission Board Leader Pinson was born in Cheathan County, Tennessee, in 1854. He joined the Tennessee Conference in 1878. After serving pastorates in Tennessee with great success, he transferred to the Texas Conference to serve pastorates in Gonzales and Austin. Just before the turn of the century, he went to the largest church in...

Rankin, Lochie (1851-1929)
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Rankin, Lochie (1851-1929)

First Single Woman Missionary of MECS Lochie Rankin was the first unmarried woman to be sent abroad as a missionary by the MECS. She was also the first missionary supported by the Woman’s Foreign Mission Society of the church. She was born in Milan, Tennessee, in 1851. Upon reaching young womanhood, she volunteered herself for...

Helm, Lucinda (1839-1897) and Mary (1845-1913)
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Helm, Lucinda (1839-1897) and Mary (1845-1913)

Leaders of Southern Methodist Women’s Mission Organizations Lucinda Helm was born in 1839, the daughter of John Larue Helm, a railroad president and governor of Kentucky. John Helm established the family seat near Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where his daughters lived out their lives. A brother, Ben Hardin Helm, was killed in the Civil War as a...

Kicking Bird (1863-1935)
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Kicking Bird (1863-1935)

Kiowa Preacher The Kiowa preacher known as Kicking Bird was born in 1863 in western Oklahoma, son of Horn-On, a chieftan and priest. He was trained to succeed his father in those roles. He served as a scout for the U.S. Army, 1892-1895, mustering out with the rank of sergeant. Returning to his tribe, he...

McFerrin, John Berry (1807-1887)
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McFerrin, John Berry (1807-1887)

Leader of Southern Methodist Missions John B. McFerrin, aside from bishops the most significant figure of the MECS in the nineteenth century, was born in 1807 near Nashville. Licensed to preach at age eighteen, he received appointment to be missionary to the Cherokees from 1826-1828. After pastoring several churches, he was named presiding elder in...

Zunic, Peter and Heidi
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Zunic, Peter and Heidi

Translators of Methodism into Croatian When Peter and Heidi Zunic followed God’s call to preach the gospel in Croatia, provide people with counseling and so play a part in building the kingdom of God, they could not possibly have envisaged that they would also be working on the production of Christian literature. But they very...