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After stirring messages on African mission work were given to the Defenseless Mennonites and the Central Illinois Conference of Mennonites by representatives of the Africa Inland Mission in 1905, both groups decided to open mission stations under this organization. In April 1906 the Foreign Mission Committee of the Central Illinois Conference sent its first missionaries to Africa, and some time later the Defenseless Mennonites sent their first workers to East Africa. Both conferences, however, discontinued their work under the Africa Inland Mission when their missionaries had completed their first term of service. It was felt that it would be advisable to begin an independent Mennonite mission program in Africa and so the Congo Inland Mission was organized by the above two conferences.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1955

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Africa Inland Mission." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 26 Apr 2017.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1955). Africa Inland Mission. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 April 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 21. All rights reserved.

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