Tag: Women

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Emma Lester (1883-1978)

Missionary Teacher in China In September 1904, an Augusta, GA school teacher did not return to the classroom; instead, she left to begin training as a missionary to China.  It was not the safest of career moves.  These were the days just after the Boxer Rebellion of 1898-1901–times in which more than 200 Christian missionaries...

Saratu DanMallam
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Saratu DanMallam

Gracious Host and Teacher to Missionary Community There she was – a petite woman decked out in a colorful African wrapper, T-shirt, head scarf and smile. As we stepped out of the mission airplane onto the dry, brittle grass covering the dusty village airfield, she stepped up and welcomed us “home”. Saratu DanMallam lived across...

Knox, Lloyd
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Knox, Lloyd

Theological Educator Lloyd Knox used his skills and leadership in two different societies. He and his family had gone to Cuba, where he taught in the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas. In September 1960, the U.S. embassy sent word to all U.S. citizens to leave Cuba. But the embassy did not provide assistance for that...

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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...

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...

Gray, Vivienne Newton (1917-??)
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Gray, Vivienne Newton (1917-??)

Educational Missionary in Liberia and Beyond Vivienne Newton Gray has been a public school teacher, religious social worker, Field Secretary with the Woman’s Division (1945-48), educational missionary in Liberia, West Africa (1948-74), and director of admissions and director of alumni affairs, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas. Working as a religious social worker with migrant families, Vivienne...

Green, Nettie Alice (1915-??)
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Green, Nettie Alice (1915-??)

Leader in Mission, Integration Growing up in a Methodist parsonage laid the groundwork for Nettie Alice Green’s keen interest in mission. She was a charter member of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service in the Scott Methodist Church of Detroit, held offices in the Lexington Conference, and was Secretary of Student Work (1960-1964) and of...

Acosta, Luisa Garcia (1908-1977)
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Acosta, Luisa Garcia (1908-1977)

Cuban Methodist leader in education, women’s work, and mission Luisa Garcia Acosta (Gonzalez) devoted her life to education. A graduate in teacher education of Colegio Buenavista, a Methodist school in Havana, Cuba, and of Havana University, with a doctor of education degree, she became principal of Phillips School and led that institution in its growth...

Wood, Elsie (1868-1954)
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Wood, Elsie (1868-1954)

Líder de educación metodista para mujeres en Perú Elsie Wood nació el 4 de octubre de 1868 en Indiana, EUA. Sus padres fueron el Dr. Rev. Thomas B. Wood y  Ellen Dow Wood. Ambos eran miembros de la Iglesia Metodista Episcopal de los Estados Unidos de América. Cuando tenía dos años de edad emigró a...

Strother, Emma Wilson (1900?-)
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Strother, Emma Wilson (1900?-)

Leader in and Student of Mission Following graduation from Dillard University in New Orleans, Emma Wilson Strother went to work with her mother, Clara J. Wilson, who was one of the superintendents of the National Friendship Home in Cincinnati. Emma later became superintendent of the Mother’s Memorial Center (now Wesley Child Care Center), which was...