Postcards: Svenska Kyrkans Mission – Type IA

Svenska Kyrkans Mission

Type IA

No.sDescription.Earliest PMK Date
SKM 17.65Mufakose kyrka, Rhodesia.

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Helen Newton Springer

Helen Newton Springer

1893 – 1990

 

The daughter of a Methodist minister, Helen N. Everett was born in Charlton, Massachusetts October 17, 1893. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1917 followed by nurses training at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1921, she joined her brother, Rev. Edward I. Everett, as a missionary with the Methodist Congo Mission Conference in Africa.  She began work as a nurse in Kapanga and also served in Kanene and Elisabethville, Congo.

She also served as a missionary teacher at the American Board Mission‘s Mt. Silinda Mission in Southern Rhodesia in 1935 and with the Methodist Mutambara Mission in Southern Rhodesia as a teacher beginning 1936. 

Everett retired in 1942, returning to the United States. In 1956, following the death of his first wife, Helen Emily (Chapman) Springer, Everett married Bishop John M. Springer, the former Methodist Bishop for Africa. Helen (Everett) Springer died 1990.

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Popular Publications

Popular Publications

Limbe

Popular Publications was ran by the Montfort Priests and appears to have been established c.1975 but could be as early as 1964.

The publishing business promoted publications in Chichewa including theatrical plays. They also printed the magazine Moni.

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United College of Education

United College of Education

Bulawayo

United College of Education is located in the second largest city of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, along the Old Victoria Falls Road. The campus with its unique buildings is nestled on the western edge of the city, six kilometres from the city centre. It occupies a tranquil site far from the sounds and activities of the city.

The college was founded in 1968 after a realisation that the small rural training schools which were run by the churches were grossly incapacitated in terms of resources, facilities and infrastructure to effectively develop a student to become a teacher.

The churches which amalgamated in this dream were: Methodist, Church of Christ, Anglican Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and United Congregational Church of Southern Africa.

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Frank T. Meacham

Frank T. Meacham

(1890-1960)

 

Rev. Meacham was born in Clay, Iowa in March 1890.  He attended Grinnell College, Iowa, graduating 1913, followed by studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary.  He graduated 1917, was ordained, and married first Helen Jane Cowden August 1917.  She died November 1918.  He married second Doris Van der Pyl January 1920 at Oberlin, Ohio. She graduated from Wellesley College 1915.

Rev. Meacham received an appointment with the American Board Mission in March 1920 and the couple sailed for Southern Rhodesia. Rev. Meacham served initially as pastor of the Chikore Mission church and responsible for “evangelistic work in the out stations.”

They were later at Mt. Silinda Mission and, as of 1940, he was in charge of the Mt. Silinda Institute.  After retiring, the Meachams continued to live in Southern Rhodesia.  Rev. Meacham died in Umtali (Mutare) Southern Rhodesia January 1960.  He is buried at Mt. Silinda Mission.

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Missionaries of Africa: Ipusukilo Mission

Missionaries of Africa

Ipusukilo Mission

 

The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) founded Ipusukilo mission in 1914, but it did not really get underway until after the conclusion of World War I.  The mission is located on the banks of the Lufubu river in the Luwingu District of Northern Province of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).  The White Fathers transferred control of the mission to the Salesians (Roman Catholic religious order) in 1986.  The Salesians, in turn, handed the mission over to the local Kasama Archdiocese in 1992. 

The diocese continues to operate the mission, which includes the Ipusukilo mission school.

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  • Christian Missionaries and the Creation of Northern Rhodesia 1880-1924 – R.I. Rotberg
  • Salesian Newslink
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Postcards: Missionaries of Africa – Northern Rhodesia

Missionaries of Africa

Northern Rhodesia

 

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Young Christian Workers

Young Christian Workers

Bulawayo

The Young Christian Workers is a Roman Catholic movement that begun in Belgium in 1912 by Father (later Cardinal) Joseph Cardijn. The movement attempts to train workers to evangelize and to help them adjust to the work atmosphere in offices and factories. Organized on a national basis in 1925, Cardijn’s groups were approved by the Belgian bishops and had the support of Pope Pius XI.

The organization was innovative, however, in that the apostolic activity was the effort of workers rather than of the clergy. In their attempt to bring Christian principles to their work situations, the workers made use of the formula see-judge-act. Members in French-speaking areas have traditionally been called Jocists, from Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne. Using the same organizational and methodological principles, Cardijn organized similar groups of young farmers, students, and married couples.

In the late 20th century the organization was known in some areas as the Young Christian Movement. The aim of the movement is to help young workers reflect and take action themselves in order to gain freedom from what prevents them living with dignity and to bear witness to the presence of God and His plan in Jesus Christ within the world of working youth. For this purpose it helps young people to develop as christian leaders who will take an active role in society and in the Church.

In Zimbabwe the Young Christian Students’ and Young Christian Workers’ movement in the 1970’s did invaluable work in tackling the authoritarianism and injustices committed at workplaces and schools. 

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Stationery: American Board Mission – Wm. T. Lawrence M.D. – East Africa Mission

American Board Mission

Wm. T. Lawrence M.D. – East Africa Mission

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Stationery: American Board Mission – 16925

American Board Mission

16925

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  • Date of Issue: 24th February, 1944
  • Reqn.: 16925
  • Printer: U.A.
  • Quantity: 1,000
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