Tag: Missionaries

On anniversaries of destructive events, such as wars and genocide, we remember the victims and survivors, but it’s important to remember the often-forgotten helpers, too.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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