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The mission of the DACB is to collect, preserve, and make freely accessible biographical accounts and church histories--from oral and written sources--integral to a scholarly understanding of African Christianity.
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Christian Martyrdom

Manche Masemola Christian martyrs are defined as "believers in Christ who have lost their lives prematurely, in situations of witness, as a result of human hostility" (Barrett and Johnson, World Christian Trends, 227). On average, there were 160,000 martyrs per year in the 20th century, including Christians killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and in the Sudanese civil wars (Johnson and Zurlo, "Christian Martyrdom as a Pervasive Phenomenon"). To read Manche Masemola's story, click here. >>Click here for our new Index of Christian Martyrs.

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The Presbyterian Church in Ghana

Andreas AkuAku, Andreas, 1863 to 1931, Presbyterian, Ghana
Andreas Aku, a notable clergyman, theologian, and author, became the first indigenous head of the Ewe Presbyterian Church in 1922. He was one of the most outstanding personalities produced by the Bremen (North German) Mission, which was active on the east bank of the Volta River from 1847 until World War I. Aku and his associates sought to retain the unity of the church and to expand its work, despite the division of Togo into British and French-administered zones. Upon Aku's death in 1931, the governor of French Togoland paid tribute to him as a "complete man, a great patriot, and a prince among men.">> Read Rev. Andreas Aku's story.

Resources for Research

Yale Divinity Library Special Collections

Strengths of the library's special collections include, among other things, documentation of the Protestant missionary endeavor. Click here to access the collection.

For those interested in developing an archive, Martha Smalley has developed an Archival Primer.

Yale's Mission Periodicals Online can be accessed here.

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