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The Mennonite Brethren Church in Zaire 1 edition

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This book traces the major events in the history of Mennonite Brethren mission work in the African country of Zaire (now called Democratic Republic of Congo). Mennonite Brethren immigrants to North America from Russia brought with them a vision for Christian mission outreach, something that characterized the Mennonite renewal movement from its birth in 1860. The story of North American MB missionary work in Zaire is only a small part of the broad sweep of the 20th-century mission movement. This book tells the story of missionary specialists who brought healing, education, and literature to the aid of the emerging church, helping it prepare for survival during the difficult days of civil war and into the future as an independent church in an independent country. The methods used and the polices made reflect the mission thinking current in that day.

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The Mennonite Brethren Church in Zaire
by John B. Toews

Published 1978 by Board of Christian Literature, General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Hillsboro, KS, USA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface 5
Author's Preface 7
Introduction 9
Maps 11
Part One: The Setting
1. The Land of Zaire 15
2. Christianity in Zaire 27
Part Two: Mennonite Brethren Missions in Zaire
3. A Corn of Wheat Falls into the Ground 39
4. A Second Beginning 57
5. Mission Expansion: 1945-1960 74
6. Expansion to the South 89
7. Principles and Practices in Building the Church in Zaire 100
Part Three: The Church in Zaire Comes into its Own
8. Antecedents to the Independence of Zaire 123
9. A Time of Transitions 135
10. The Church Tested and Tried 143
11. The Church in Search of Identity 154
12. The Mennonite Brethren Church in Zaire 164
Appendix A: A Study Guide 189
Appendix B: Guiding Principles and Policies of Mennonite Brethren Missions 205
Appendix C: Points of Understanding 211
Appendix D: Statutes 217
Appendix E: The Men and Women God Used to Build the Church in Zaire 225
Notes 236
Annotated Bibliography 243
Index 247

Edition Notes

Mennonite Brethren Mission History and Perspectives, No. 2
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BX8129.B7 T64

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