Introduction ((I want to acknowledge the many people who contributed significant advice and information about this period of Sikalongo’s history. Especially important were my interviews with Stephen Muleya, Jonathan Mwaalu, Enoch Shampanani, Thuma Hamukangandu, Dennis Mweetwa, Charles and Keziah Nseemani,…read more
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On May 3, 1903 from her post at Matopo Mission in Southern Rhodesia in southern Africa, H. Frances Davidson ((For biographical information see Morris Sider, “Frances Davidson,” in Nine Portraits: Brethren in Christ Biographical Sketches (Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1978), 159-214.)) penned…read more
In Quest for Piety and Obedience, the authoritative history of the Brethren in Christ Church, Carlton Wittlinger details the significant changes or innovations that characterized the church during what he calls “the first period of transition” from 1880-1910: missions, local church…read more
H. Frances Davidson. Undated photo, courtesy of Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives. On January 18, 1897, Frances Davidson took out her journal, a small brown-covered notebook that she had long turned to in significant moments. Following a lengthy…read more
This article has been adapted from a presentation given for the “What Young Anabaptists Are Thinking” lectures, held at Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Gordonville, PA on June 5, 2017. The original version of the article was published in the October…read more
The joys and merits of research I love research. Of course, I am aware that not everyone enjoys it as much as I do. I enjoy the reward of finding out the details of people’s lives and the nature of…read more
Indigenization and Independence at Sikalongo, 1947-19781 Introduction The end of World War II brought significant changes around the world. The effects reverberated in Northern Rhodesia as well. At Sikalongo, things seemingly continued much as they had before; but even this…read more
Introduction The Context in 1931 Sikalongo Mission Station in 1931 after Myron Taylor’s death was an established institution with a variety of programs. Although small by comparison to other Brethren in Christ stations, the Sikalongo congregation was solid and growing….read more
Introduction In August 2016, the Zambian Brethren in Christ Church celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of Sikalongo Mission. There is No Difference included a brief history of the mission in 1950, but little else has been written since. This history…read more
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Author’s Note: On April 24 and 25, 2004, I interviewed Anna Taylor Grissinger and Mabel Frey Hensel, both widows in their early nineties, in their homes at Messiah Village, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. They had been missionary kids, the children of pioneer…read more
by Harriet Sider Bicksler Earlier this week, someone contacted me to ask whether an article from a past issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life (our journal) is available in digital format. This person is a member of the…read more
Introduction I grew up in the Brethren in Christ (BIC) with a practice that Lawrence Yoder has called “lining.” We established clear boundaries to show who was in and who was out. As those boundaries came under threat, we resorted…read more
Recently I accepted a request to write the history of Brethren in Christ World Missions (BICWM). As a preliminary step I had lunch with the dean of historians within the Brethren in Christ Church. As we sat together he asked…read more
Today’s Photo Friday features one of the earliest images depicting Brethren in Christ cross-cultural missionary efforts — and some of the implicit Western cultural assumptions these pioneers carried with them in their work.