Category: Mission Exemplars

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Kawai, Michi (-1953)

YWCA Worker and Educator Kawai was born the daughter of a Shinto priest in a small village near Kyoto. She became a Christian through the influence of an uncle, going first to a Methodist school at age ten and then as a teenager to a Presbyterian school in Hokkaido, where she mastered English. Japanese friends...

Haskin, Sara Estelle
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Haskin, Sara Estelle

Leader in Settlement Work When the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS), began its foray into settlement work at the turn of the twentieth century, it asked Sara Estelle Haskin to take up the post in Dallas. With no equipment and no real pattern to follow, she plunged into the work and began a very successful...

Guerra Olivares, Eleazar
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Guerra Olivares, Eleazar

Bishop and Ecumenist of the Methodist Church of Mexico Guerra was born in Reynosa, Mexico, and studied in the U.S. He ordination in the U.S. was in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He became a district superintendent of the Methodist Church of Mexico and was elected the third bishop of the church in 1938. Although...

Tshangand Kayeke
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Tshangand Kayeke

Founder of Lunda Methodism The following is from an article by Nancy Woodcock Riley, daughter of Congo missionaries Vera and Everrett Woodcock. In the late 1800s, when Tshangand Kayeke was a young boy, Portuguese slave traders came through his village. He was among the men and boys who were shackled together and marched into Angola....

Golden, Charles Franklin (1912-1984)
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Golden, Charles Franklin (1912-1984)

Advocate of Integration in Methodism Born August 24, 1912, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Golden received degrees from Clark College and Gammon Theological Seminary, both in Atlanta. He was ordained an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) in 1938. He served several congregations in the South before becoming professor in the Department of Religion and...

Ewing, Betsy (1923-2013)
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Ewing, Betsy (1923-2013)

Leader of Deaconesses and Women’s Mission Work Ewing came out of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, although it became part of The Methodist Church when she was a teenager. As she was growing up, she planned to go to Scarritt College. She not only completed her education there but stayed on for fifteen years to...

Diffendorfer, Ralph (1879-1951)
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Diffendorfer, Ralph (1879-1951)

Leader of Board of Foreign Missions Diffendorfer claimed that as a Sunday school student he was inspired with such a passion for mission by British missionary David Livingstone that it lasted his whole life. But his mother claimed that his personality had elements of P. T. Barnum as well. The passion and the leadership became...

Deats, Richard
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Deats, Richard

Advocate for Peace and Justice Deats grew up in a Methodist family in Texas and attended McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, in the early 1950s. There he became active in the Methodist Student Movement which was beginning to voice concerns about civil rights and racial justice, holding its first interracial meeting at McMurry. A visit...

Wilkins, Ann (1806-1857)
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Wilkins, Ann (1806-1857)

Outstanding Early Missionary to Liberia Ann Wilkins was a missionary to Liberia from 1837-1857. She was the first American Methodist female missionary sent out by the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church as a missionary herself and not as a missionary spouse. She founded the first Methodist girls’ school outside of the United States...

Alphonse, Efraim (1896-1995)
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Alphonse, Efraim (1896-1995)

Traveling Evangelist and Leader of Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas Alphonse was born in the Province of Bocas del Toro, Panama, in 1896. His father was a fisherman from Martinique and his French undoubtedly influenced young Efraim to appreciate languages. He completed his elementary and secondary education at Calabar College in Jamaica,...