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Aganetha Helen Fast was born 31 July 1888 at Mountain Lake, Minnesota, the daughter of Herman J. and Aganetha Becker Fast. She was baptized by H. H. Regier, 7 August 1906. Her most admired Sunday school teacher was Elizabeth Dickman Penner, pioneer missionary to India. She attended Bethel Academy, North Newton, Kansas (1912-1914); Moody Bible Institute (1914-16); Witmarsum Theological Seminary (1924-1926, ThB); Garrett Biblical Institute (summer, 1925); and Kennedy School of Missions (1934-1936, MA). Ordained a General Conference Mennonite missionary to China, 8 August 1917, she served in China, 1917-1941, 1947-1950.

Aganetha Fast supervised the Ching Lien Girls' Boarding School; directed city women's evangelistic and student work in Kai Chow [Puyang], Tsingfeng, Taming and Nanlo; founded and supervised Ling Shen Girls' Day School; supervised P'e Cheng boys' Day Schools; and was treasurer of the Kai Chow city evangelistic and educational work. Upon return to the United States she visited Civilian Public Service camps, congregations, and women's missionary societies, and served in Mexico in 1953.   

She died 19 March 1981.


Brown, H. C. The General Conference China Mennonite Mission. Taming-fu, China: The author, 1940:126.

Author(s) Muriel T. Stackley
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 295. All rights reserved.

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