Tag: Children

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....

Collins, Susan Angeline
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Collins, Susan Angeline

Missionary Worker in Quéssua, Angola Miss Susan Angeline Collins was the daughter of Isaac Collins—born in North Carolina in 1808, emancipated in 1845, and served in the Civil War, 1864-1865—and Sarah Ann Joiner Collins—born in 1825 and emancipated in 1839. Miss Collins was their fourth daughter. As a young woman, she worked for a pastor,...

Valdez, Rosa
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Valdez, Rosa

Brave Servant to Immigrant Children in Tampa Rosa Valdez was a brave Hispanic woman moved by the plight of immigrant children arriving in her hometown of Tampa, Florida, in the late 19th century when segregation was the law of the land. The children were banned from public schools, so Ms. Valdez used her own funds and, with...

Catchings, Rose
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Catchings, Rose

Listening to the Voices of Women From 1968 to 1988 Rose Catchings served as the first executive for international ministries with women and children for the General Board of Global Ministries, a position created to oversee United Methodist Women’s international work after The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968. In the World Division’s Oral...

Holbrook, Ella
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Holbrook, Ella

Faithful Service in Hawaii: Susannah Wesley Community Center With a $500 grant from the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Ella Holbrook set out as a missionary with Japanese and Korean women immigrant laborers on plantations in Hawaii in 1899. Ms. Holbrook went house-to-house, visiting with the women and organizing English-language and...

Smith, Amanda [Berry] (1837-1915)
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Smith, Amanda [Berry] (1837-1915)

African American Holiness Evangelist and Missionary Amanda Berry was born into slavery at Long Green, Maryland. She was married in 1854 to Calvin M. Devine and her conversion followed two years later. After her husband died in the Civil War, she moved to Philadelphia and married James Smith, and ordained deacon at Mother Bethel African...

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