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The Mustard Tree: The Story of Mennonite Brethren Missions 1 edition

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Phyllis J. Martens tells the story Mennonite Brethren (MB) Christian mission efforts from 1889 through to 1971. The first MB missionaries were nominated and supported by their conference of churches in Russia to go to India in 1889 and begin establishing churches, schools, print-shops, and hospitals. This was common Christian missionary practice in the 19th and 20th centuries. MB mission efforts spread also to China, Congo, Japan, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Columbia, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico. Phyllis does not "glamorize, but tells the realistic story of victories and frustrations, progress and retreats, opportunities utilized and hesitant waiting," so says Loyal Martin in the Introduction.

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The Mustard Tree
The Story of Mennonite Brethren Missions
by Phyllis Martens

Published 1971 by Mennonite Brethren Board of Christian Education in Fresno, CA USA, Winnipeg, MB CANADA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

1. Beginnings 1
2. India: The Great Transition 7
3. China: The Church Underground 49
4. Congo: The Emerging Church 63
5. Japan: The Fortress 103
6. Europe: The Return 121
7. Latin America: Experiments in Missions 137
8. Brazil: The Giant 141
9. Paraguay: The Wilderness that Blossomed 157
10. Uruguay: The Big City 171
11. Columbia: Land of Learning 175
12. Panama: Reading Experiments in River Country 191
13. Peru: The Jungle 199
14. Ecuador: Over the Air 205
15. Mexico: Land of the Sun 209

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