Andersson, Oscar (1886-1979)
Oscar Andersson was born in Ubby, Sweden, and became a member of the Swedish Baptist Church. Alma Doering visited his community and recruited him for work with the Congo Inland Mission (Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission). He joined a pioneering team at Djoko Punda on the Kasai River in 1914.
In his diary Andersson wrote about loneliness while supervising firing of kilns of raw clay bricks; of encounters with African people, language, and culture; and thoughts of how they might best be reached with the Gospel. He also mentioned disagreements among the multinational team over questions of missiology, and personality clashes. He married one of the team members, Sarah Kroeker, a trained nurse and midwife from the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church (Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches) at Henderson, Nebraska. They buried a stillborn son in Africa.
Differing opinions within the missionary team eventually induced the Anderssons to transfer in 1916 to a mission of Oscar's home church in Kwilu Province west of Djoko. They continued in their service until 1948 when they returned to Sweden.
An English translation of Oscar Andersson's diary is found in the AIMM archives at the Mennonite Historical Library, Bluffton University.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 27. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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