History of Missions Lesson 14


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Lesson 14 MI 502 History of Missions


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History of Missions Lecture 14:

History of Missions Lecture 14 MI Dr. Robert Patton

Third World Missions:

Third World Missions The Outreach of the Future

3rd world national missionaries have increased dramatically:

3rd world national missionaries have increased dramatically Some organizations support strictly national missionaries, who are often doing an outstanding job: Some organizations support national organizations, which support national evangelists There are some organizations which would not be in our direction - Liberation Theology There are about 4000 “2/3 world” mission organizations

The wave of the future:

The wave of the future The number of 3 rd world missionaries is close to 50% of all missionaries – and rapidly increasing It may be 70% soon

Advantages of 3rd world missionaries:

Advantages of 3 rd world missionaries They live MUCH cheaper than USA missionaries They are adapted to both culture and language, or they can adapt more easily than those from the USA There still is a role for full-time USA missionaries

Groups are working together with national missionaries:

Groups are working together with national missionaries Luis Bush started an evangelistic church with 1000 members, 7 daughter churches. Later started Partners International to help fund national missionaries

Pandita Ramabai:

Pandita Ramabai Educated about 1860, she began to advocate women’s rights. Went to England, saved via Zr . Geraldine, baptized Anglican She continued to allow caste rules and to read Hindu scriptures along with the Bible. This caused much conflict and consternation with the Anglicans She worked with women, started Mukti Mission Revival broke out & spread Translated the Bible into her native tongue

Pandita Ramabai:

Pandita Ramabai

Other Indian evangelists:

Other Indian evangelists V.S. Azariah – Indian evangelists in his own country and elsewhere in Asia. He was trained in the YMCA and made the first Anglican bishop Watson came 5 days, had one convert who followed him, memorized John and converted many. His son translated the Bible, and started mailing NT to every home

Other Indian converts:

Other Indian converts Imad - ud -din, Muslim convert converted and became a famous author, translator and preacher Narayan Vaman Tilak given a NT by a stranger , converted, baptized and ordained Presbyterian. Great poet and wrote many hymns

K P Yohannan:

K P Yohannan Initially shy, came under the influence of Verwer of OM. He worked as an evangelist under very difficult circumstances, often sleeping outside. He finally married a German wife, came to the USA.

K P Yohannan:

K P Yohannan Started Gospel for Asia, has thousands of native evangelists and many churches and continues to be effective now He resisted the temptation to go under another ministry which would be controlled by Americans.

K P Yohannan:

K P Yohannan

William Wade Harris:

William Wade Harris Born in Liberia 1860 of the Grebo tribe. He was arrested when he tried to make Liberia a British protectorate. He had been trained as a Methodist, and then Episcopal. First tried westernizing, later became a wandering prophet. He confronted demonic power. Natives left their fetishes and he “baptized them”

William Wade Harris:

William Wade Harris He claimed to have a vision of the angel Gabriel while in prison. He walked barefoot with a simple garment, white turban, Bible, gourd for baptizing, and a rattle. He and his lady assistants would sing, come into the village, and ask those to give up witchcraft. They claimed that those who did not had their fetishes burned anyway by supernatural power.

William Wade Harris:

William Wade Harris He never condemned polygamy, and was accompanies by 3 women in his travels. His native church associated with various protestant and catholic churches. The church was free of witchcraft. He died a poor man, never left the church. He had another follow him, and several splits off the church, which was one of the four recognized churches in Ivory Coast

Prophet William Wade Harris:

Prophet William Wade Harris

Semisi Nau 1866-1927:

Semisi Nau 1866-1927 Polynesian son of a Methodist missionary; college in Tonga, lost three of his four children; worked under John Geddie He and another evangelist waited 3 months on a coral reef to come ashore. Eventually allowed ashore, he had a power encounter – the Christian god had more power.

Semisi Nau:

Semisi Nau Replaced by an Australian missionary, he went elsewhere; replaced there by native missionary. He was involved in persecution of the Wesleyans by the free church and jailed Did see some volunteer as missionaries when he returned home; eventually pastored there till his death age 70

Semisi Nau:

Semisi Nau

John Sung 1901-1944:

John Sung 1901-1944 Father minister, mother converted, he was saved at 9 and soon preaching. Offered a scholarship, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio Wesleyan, got PhD in chemistry at Ohio State. He then went to Union Seminary, very liberal. He went through doubts, then regained his faith and sang songs of the faith

John Sung:

John Sung He was confined to a psychiatric hospital but witnessed there & read the Bible 40 times He returned to China in 1927, turning down offers to teach science, and preached with 14,000 conversions in 6 months and started training others He was a great prayer warrior, praying 2-3 hours per day. He was a fiery preacher emphasizing repentance He married, had 5 children; died of intestinal Tuberculosis at age 42

Dr. John Sung:

Dr. John Sung

Elka of the WaiWai:

Elka of the WaiWai From early childhood, Elka was getting messages from the spirits. He became a very well known witchdoctor. When missionaries came, he helped as translator. He eventually left his witchcraft. Dowdy, his biographer, gives excellent understanding of totem animals and the cost of rejecting them in his book.

Elka of the WaiWai:

Elka of the WaiWai He began witnessing to other tribes, first closer, then farther, and was a true missionary. The tribe began reaching out to surrounding tribes