Tag: Missionaries

Kindergarten: Germany’s Gift to the World

kindergarten: children in a garden with a teacher

The idea of children as plants to be nurtured and teachers as gardeners turns out to be an old idea, but one that spread quickly and firmly around the world.

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The Revolutionary Radioptican Home Entertainment System

Radioptican and Susan Wealthy Orvis' photograph of Jerusalem's wailing wall

Fun evenings’ entertainment used to be sing-alongs by the piano, or a rousing game of charades. This new-fangled contraption elevated it to the next level!

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Drain the Swamp: The Strange Case of US High Commissioner Mark Bristol

US High Commissioner Mark L. Bristol

This officious guy was a high ranking representative of the United States of America. Does he remind you of any other officious official today?

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They Didn’t Call it PTSD a Hundred Years Ago

PTSD missionaries and NER workers

We associate post-traumatic stress disorder with soliders, but health care professionals and humanitarian aid workers experience it, too. Now and 100 years ago.

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The Gospel of Gentility

The Gospel of Gentility - 4 women missionaries of Talas, Turky

Do you think of missionaries of old as “somber-garbed, psalm-singing, nasal-voiced, narrow-minded proselytizers?” If so, you’d be as wrong as I was.

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Do You Recognize Any of These Missionaries and Relief Workers?

Missionaries and relief workers in Talas, Turkey circa 1919

I know the two women on the left, but need help identifying the other American and Canadian missionaries and NER relief workers in Talas and Cesarea, Turkey 1919.

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Highly Educated American & Canadian Missionaries

university students in classroom 1919

ABCFM missionaries were very well educated, some with two or three university or college degrees. Check it out: 177 people, 68 institutions, 239 degrees.

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How To Make Bulgur in 7 Easy Steps

How To Make Bulgur

It’s the basis of tabbouleh, but do you know how to make bulgur? Here’s the recipe: First, get a bunch of orphans. Then add bushels of wheat…

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Single Ladies: What Becoming Foreign Missionaries Did For Them

Single Ladies as Missionaries in Talas, Turkey circa 1905

For many young, college-educated, single American and Canadian ladies circa 1900, the choice between remaining home or thrilling international work was no choice at all.

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Christmas in Aintab with Running Commentary

Christmas at Aintab with photo of Cornelius H. Patton

While he’s no Dylan Thomas, a visiting ABCFM secretary gives us a glimpse into a 1910 Christmas at a mission station. And I add my two cents, too.

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Glossary of Missionary and Humanitarian Terms

Glossary of Missionary and Humanitarian Terms

Acronyms save time—but only if you know what they mean. ABCFM? ACASR? ACRNE? And what exactly is “Oriental”? This glossary will help you keep it straight.

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We Talk Lazy Talk: The Dangers of Generalization

ABCFM missions in Turkey

Our choice of language affects our relationships, for better or worse. Examine the specifics and generalizations used about Turks, Russians, Armenians, and Americans in Erzroom.

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Meet Kamo Mailyan, the Man Behind the Book

Kamo Mailyan

“Grit and Grace in a World Gone Mad” is off to a good start thanks to the tremendous support by Kamo Mailyan, “the man behind the book.”

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Welcome to my “Grit and Grace” Blog

13 Near East Relief Workers at Talas, Turkey, circa 1920.

Why should we care about the destruction of an evil empire and the great humanitarian efforts of a hundred years ago? Read my blog regularly to find out.

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