Tag: Children

Lydia Hill Daggett and the Alaska Mission
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Lydia Hill Daggett and the Alaska Mission

First Continuous Methodist Presence in Alaska Lydia Hill Daggett was a native of Boston who played a pivotal role in introducing Methodism into Alaska in the late 1880s. Her labor resulted in the opening of the Jesse Lee Home and School in Unalaska, the first successful Methodist outpost with continuity in the territory. She also...

Williams, Hester (c1862-??)
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Williams, Hester (c1862-??)

Pioneer in establishing schools for women and girls Hester Williams, “Aunt Hester,” was a former slave who had little formal schooling, yet she pioneered in establishing schools for women and girls in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1882 Hester Williams addressed the Louisiana Annual Conference and told of her work among the freedwomen. She had “a...

Hartzel, Jennie (1846-??)
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Hartzel, Jennie (1846-??)

Pioneer Missionary among Freedwomen and Girls Jennie Hartzel began work among the freedwomen in New Orleans in 1876. Her work was approved by officials of the Methodist Episcopal Church and reported through the Freedman’s Aid Society. With Bishop Wiley and Dr. and Mrs. R.S. Rust, she raised funds; and a school with three teachers was...

Red Bird Mission, Kentucky
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Red Bird Mission, Kentucky

Rural mission founded by Evangelical Church Red Bird Mission was founded in 1921 in the southeastern corner of Kentucky to provide education and Christian evangelism ministries to residents of the area. The Mission was started by the Evangelical Church on a small piece of property, at the confluence of Cow Fork and the Red Bird...

Susannah Wesley Home, Honolulu
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Susannah Wesley Home, Honolulu

Early Women’s Home in Hawaii Home and foreign missions, as known in the early days, met in Hawaii, the national Corresponding Secretary announced that Mrs. Angie Newman had organized an auxiliary of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society in the First Methodist Church of Honolulu. A significant sentence followed: “A Japanese woman has been employed to...

Eklund, Anna
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Eklund, Anna

Deaconess Who Served the Poor of Saint Petersburg, Russia In 2014 the United Methodist Church in Eurasia has celebrated its 125th anniversary since the first Methodist congregation started in Eurasia. It was in the year 1889, when a small Methodist congregation began to meet in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. For over 125 years the Spirit has moved...

Neighborhood Center of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Neighborhood Center of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A Model Community Center Driving through Harrisburg, the capital city of Pennsylvania, today, one would hardly guess that in 1907 the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church declared the region a “foreign mission field.” They urged the greater church body to recognize and acknowledge the influx of immigrants from eastern Europe and...

Howe, Gertrude (1847 ~ 1928)
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Howe, Gertrude (1847 ~ 1928)

Missionary advocate for Chinese women Howe attended the University of Michigan and in 1872 went to Kiukiang, China, as the pioneer missionary of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society (WFMS) of the Methodist Episcopal Church. For a few years she was joined by her sister, Dr. Delia Howe. In 1873, she founded what became the Rulison...

Atkinson, Virginia (1861 ~ 1941)
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Atkinson, Virginia (1861 ~ 1941)

Mission education innovator in China Virginia Atkinson became a Methodist after being brought up by her cousins in a textile mill home. Atkinson suffered an unhappy childhood, losing her mother and her stepmother early in life. Her father (a minister) then sent her to live with her cousins in Rock Mills, Alabama at the age...

Lambuth, Mary Isabella McClellan
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Lambuth, Mary Isabella McClellan

50 Years of Service: “I give five dollars and myself for work in China.” Mary Isabella McClellan, from the Hudson River Valley of New York, first met the Lambuth clan in Mississippi at the age of 20, when she became governess for the J. R. Lambuth and Pettus families on adjoining plantations. The Rev. J....

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