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Phoebe Ethel Yoder served as an administrator, nurse, and educator in Tanganyika (Tanzania) under the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (Mennonite Church) for 35 years. She was born 26 January 1903 in McPherson County, KS, to C. D. and Susanna (Heatwole) Yoder and died 9 September 1981 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, KS. At age 12, Phoebe felt God's call to Africa. She attended Hesston College and Goshen College (BA 1934 and ThB). In 1937 she received her RN from the La Junta [CO] Mennonite School of Nursing and went to Tanganyika, where she set up a nursing station in a garage, started schools, supervised the construction of 10 school buildings, taught, served as a nurse-doctor, and assisted in translating the New Testament into Jita and Swahili.


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Author(s) Elaine Sommers Rich
Date Published 1989

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Rich, Elaine Sommers. "Yoder, Phoebe Ethel (1903-1981)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1989. Web. 1 Apr 2015.,_Phoebe_Ethel_(1903-1981)&oldid=78923.

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Rich, Elaine Sommers. (1989). Yoder, Phoebe Ethel (1903-1981). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 April 2015, from,_Phoebe_Ethel_(1903-1981)&oldid=78923.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 951. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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