Clara Jones



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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.

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Midwest China Center


Saint Paul


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

Midwest China Oral History Interviews