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September 16, 2020

--By Richard W. Reifsnyder

From time to time after I was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1972, colleagues would inquire whether I was related to Grace Reifsnyder, a retired long-time missionary in Latin America, and widow of T. Bancroft Reifsnyder, who had served the Board of Foreign Missions (BFM) from 1919 until his death in 1957. I did not know them (though surely they must be some distant relation) but was intrigued and wanted to learn more of...

August 20, 2020

On August 13, 2020, Jenny Barr led a Zoom webinar that explored the history of Presbyterian mission to China through records held at the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Watch the video below to take a brief look at the history of Presbyterian mission work in China, and to learn about the archival collections and other resources PHS has that document this fascinating topic. Included are examples of research done using the records of China missionaries.

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August 6, 2020

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Thomas Nimick about his article “Missionary Women’s Outreach to Poor Women in China: Origins of the Industrial Class Strategy.” The article appears in the Spring/Summer 2020 Journal of Presbyterian History. Watch the conversation below:

Dr. Nimick is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West...

May 25, 2020

--by Jean Isteero

Andrew Watson, (1834-1916), an American missionary born in Oliverburn, Perthshire, Scotland, and educated in Waukesha, Wisconsin, wrote in his 1897 book The American Mission In Egypt:

A petition was presented to his Highness Ishmael Pasha begging him to give us a free grant of a piece of...

May 6, 2020
Left: Florence Nightingale, 1860. Courtesy of Wikicommons. Right: Nurses with child patient, Severance Hospital, Seoul, 1958. [Pearl ID: 145957]

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic focused the world’s attention on the sacrifices nurses and other health care workers make every day, the World Health Organization had...

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