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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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Early Women Missionaries

Anna HindererHinderer, Anna (1827 to 1870), Anglican (CMS), Nigeria
Anna Hinderer served as a missionary in Yoruba country for seventeen years, alongside her husband Rev. David Hinderer. Battling illness, cultural challenges, and persecution, Anna provided a safe haven and a home for rescued women slaves, abandoned children, and victims of the incessant civil wars of the time. She dearly loved "her children" for whom she designed a holistic education program. She also faced the daily challenge of finding food to feed the more than seventy mouths in the mission compound. Yoruba historian Samuel Johnson was one of the fruits of her educational legacy. >>Read Anna'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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Boston 2015 Conference on African Christian Biography, October 29-31, 2015

Theme: “African Christian Biography: Narratives, Beliefs, and Boundaries.” Click here for details.
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