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Afrika-Missions-Verein (Africa Missionary Society) had its beginning in 1932 when some Winkler Bible School students and their teacher, G. J. Reimer, met to form an association with interest in a new work begun in the Belgian Congo. The association, that was called “Afrika Missions Kommittee,” changed in 1933 to “Afrika Missions Verein. The primary focus was to support Henry and Anna Bartsch in their work at Bololo with personal contributions and solicitations. When the Conference Mission Board, based in the U.S., refused to take it over despite the appeals of the missionaries, the Society was re-organized and incorporated as a private Canadian Mennonite Brethren mission board with the purpose to operate the Bololo Congo Mission. The Society presented several petitions ( November 1936, October 1938, and March 1943 to the Board of Foreign Missions of the Mennonite Brethren Conference to accept the work, before the decision was made that as of 1 January 1944, the work would be turned over to it. The board of directors of the Afrika-Missions-Verein included the following officers: G. J. Reimer secretary, and H. H. Janzen chairman. Its official organ was Der Kleine Afrika-Bote, 1935-1943.


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Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church. Fresno, CA: Board of Christian Literature General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1975: 207, 412.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Alf Redekopp
Date Published 2021

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