Tag: Texas

Texas Annual Conference Mexico Missions
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Texas Annual Conference Mexico Missions

The Face of Jesus 2005 – It was dusty, windy and about 98 degrees.  We were delivering New Testaments, Christmas toys and candy to about 400 families that were living in shacks along the railroad tracks in Mexico.  No electricity, no running water, no bathrooms, blankets for doors, little furniture if any.  Dozens of kids...

De Falcón, Elida García (1879-1968)
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De Falcón, Elida García (1879-1968)

Mission and Hymn Translator Elida García de Falcón was orphaned at the age of ten in Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She made her home with her only sister, Rosaura, who had married one of the first Mexican Methodist ministers, Pedro Grado. With them she itinerated and attended mission schools, including Holding Institute at Laredo, Texas. She...

Decherd, Mary
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Decherd, Mary

Tireless Fundraiser for MECS Mission to Brazil Mary Decherd was born in Bastrop, Texas in 1874. Her devout mother, Kate Decherd, developed a strong interest in missions. She was active in the local chapters of the Woman’s Home Missions and Parsonage Society, and the Women’s Foreign Missions Society. Additionally, she was “Lady Manager” of the...

Daniel, Jerome Walter
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Daniel, Jerome Walter

MECS Missionary to Brazil Jerome Walter Daniel was one of eleven children born to a family living in Cotulla, on the broad cattle ranges of southern Texas. He arrived at the state university in the fall 1907 and was soon drawn into the life of University Methodist Church. When the prominent northern Methodist layman Dr....

McMahan Chapel
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McMahan Chapel

Heritage Landmark for first Methodist church in Texas Just over the border from Louisiana stands McMahan Chapel, the oldest Protestant church with a continuous history in Texas. In 1831, when Samuel Doak McMahan (1789-1854) emigrated to Texas from Tennessee, that area was the San Augustine Municipality of the Mexican Government, and Protestant preaching was illegal....