Eunice Irene Ott was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ott near Green, Iowa, January 1914. After graduating from the Moody Bible Institute and undergoing nurses training at Booth Memorial Hospital in New York, she served at Bible Witness Mission in Chicago. She was commissioned in 1944 as a missionary in Southern Rhodesia with the Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). Eunice served first as a teacher at Msengedzi Mission.
In 1951, she transferred to teach at Mavuradontha Mission, where she also helped out in the dispensary.Eunice moved to Chironga Mission in 1956 to work at the newly established Teacher Training Institute. Tragically, she died shortly thereafter in May 1956, and is buried at Mavuradontha.
Ordinary People in God’s Hands – Diane Powell Hawkins
Eunice I Ott Blog, “Transcribed letters from a mid-century missionary,”
Conversations with Swiss Missionaries in Barotseland 1940-1972 (with photographs and watercolours by Claire Bornand)
A new publication of the RSC by member Ian Menzies (who resides in Geneva and farms cattle in Zimbabwe). This is a much smaller publication than recent Memoirs; it is about a rather intimate encounter with one of those brave women who journeyed to Central Africa as missionaries in the middle of the 20th Century and is entitled: Conversations with Swiss Missionaries in Barotseland 1940-1972.
Conversations with Swiss missionaries’ is the story of a young nurse – Claire Bornand – from Geneva who sets out for Barotseland in 1940. She travels through Vichy France, through post Civil War Spain and eventually to her station on the Upper Zambezi. Many of her veteran colleagues are ill or exhausted and she soon finds herself taking responsibility for a clinic and treating thousands of patients. In her diary, she records Lozi customs, she photographs scenes on the Zambezi and botanical observations in her delightful series of watercolours. The 40 page book is based on interviews, documents bequeathed to the Geneva Ethnographic Museum and Paris DEFAP missionary archives.
Title:Conversations with Swiss Missionaries in Barotseland 1940-1972
Author: Ian Menzies
Available from late July, 2020.
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Print Copy (Members Only) – UK £8 including P&H; Europe £10 including P&H; International £12 including P&H