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Early Life: family background; education; accepted as missionary by Evangelical Lutheran Church Mission Board.
China Experiences: goals as a missionary; lack of preparedness for China and culture shock; brief chronology of work during first term in China; issues raised for the Lutheran missions by the Japanese war; evaluates the indigenous Chinese church; post-WWII feelings toward mission work among Lutherans; ecumenical ventures of the Lutheran United Mission movement; response to American relief efforts; description of summer bicycle trip across China; experience with bandits; evangelization efforts on the Mainland and Taiwan; evaluates Chinese co-workers; problems facing followers of Confucianism who wished to become Christians; general description of missionaries' standard of living relative to Chinese; evaluation of Bible women; receiving news during WWII; information sources on the People's Republic of China (PRC); evaluates U.S. response to China during and after WWII; response to Communists and Nationalists views of the future of mission work in China; lessons learned from China mission field; impact of missionary work on America; memorable missionaries.
Midwest China Center
missionary, Evangelical Lutheran Church, mission, Japanese, Chinese church, post-WWII, Lutheran United Mission movement, America, bicycle trip, evangelization, Taiwan, Confucianism, Christian, Bible, WWII, People's Republic of China, PRC, Communists, Natioinalists
Jones, Clara, "Midwest China Oral History Interviews" (1976). China Oral Histories. 61.