Tag: Malaysia

Brown, Leila (Lee) and Tom
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Brown, Leila (Lee) and Tom

Missionaries to India and Malaysia Leila (Lee) come out of Middleville Methodist Church in Michigan, a small-town rural congregation that was on the cutting edge of theology and was proud of its contributions to Methodist ministry and mission. She first heard about the short-term program from the Reverend Charles Swann, her college sociology professor, whose...

Nind, Mary Clarke (1825-1905)
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Nind, Mary Clarke (1825-1905)

Mission Promoter Extraordinaire Mary Clarke Nind became a member of the Central Methodist Episcopal Church in Winona, Minnesota, in 1866, and in 1879 joined the Minneapolis Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church. Two of the Nind’s five children were in the mission field in the 1880s – Emma Nind Lacy in China, and George Nind in the...

Haines, J. Harry (1917-2007)
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Haines, J. Harry (1917-2007)

Missionary and Relief Agency Director The Rev. J. Harry Haines, 1917-2007, was director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) from 1966 to 1983 and a missionary for 21 years prior to that. At his passing, Haines was described as “a saint, a model of Christian commitment, hard work, and inspiration” by the Rev....

Huang Naishang (1844 ~ 1924)
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Huang Naishang (1844 ~ 1924)

Chinese Christian publisher and political reformer Huang was born in 1844 to a poor family in a small town of Minqing County west of Fuzhou in the province of Fujian. His father, Huang Qingbo, was a carpenter who also tilled the land. Huang came into contact with missionaries from the American Methodist Episcopal church in...

Sung, John (Sung Shangjie) (1901 ~ 1944)
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Sung, John (Sung Shangjie) (1901 ~ 1944)

Leading Early 20th-Century Chinese Evangelist Introduction Despite his relatively short ministry of preaching, teaching, writing, and healing through prayer, he made a huge impact on his own generation and has left a lasting legacy. Childhood John Song was born in Hong Chek Village, Putian, Fujian Province on September 27, 1901, the sixth child and fourth...

Oldham, William Fitzjames (1854-1937)
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Oldham, William Fitzjames (1854-1937)

Methodist missionary and bishop in India, Southeast Asia, and South America Oldham was born in Bangalore, India, where his father was an English officer in the Indian Regiment. Although he was baptized a Roman Catholic, his earliest religious contacts came from Protestant military chaplains and the headmaster of the Madras Christian College. He was converted...

Thoburn, James Mills (1836-1922)
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Thoburn, James Mills (1836-1922)

First Methodist missionary bishop of India and Malaysia Born in St. Clairsville, Ohio, the son of immigrants from Ireland, Thoburn graduated from Allegheny College in 1857, entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1858, and was sent to India by the Missionary Society of his church in 1859. He married Sarah Minerva (Rockwell)...