Lehman, Lydia Leichty (1884-1969)

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Lydia (Leichty) Lehman, born 28 September 1884, died 16 December 1969, was active in the Mennonite Church (MC) as a missionary, editor, and Mennonite Central Committee worker. She married M. C. Lehman in August 1905. They were parents of two daughters and one son.

A missionary in India from 1906-1930, Lydia wrote Gospel Herald articles to inform people of Indian widows, victims of leprosy (Hansen's disease), and Bible women (lay evangelists); to express the pain of boarding school parent-child separation; to request prayer and workers.

Writer of the Booklet of Prayer and a Handbook of Information for Missions and Institutions (MC), Lydia also edited the Missionary Sewing Circle Letter, 1932-1946. As literature secretary of the General Sewing Circle Committee, she wished women to be informed about church work and world conditions and to do systematic Bible study.

With Christian motivation to assist the needy, Lydia both packed clothing at U.S. Mennonite relief centers and distributed it to suffering Europeans during World War II.


Many articles in Mennonite periodicals, e.g.,

Lehman, Lydia. "The Home Life of Our Indian Sisters. Gospel Herald (4 December 1930): 778-779.

Lehman, Lydia. "Naked—and Ye Clothed Me." Gospel Herald (5 March 1942): 1056, 1059.

Lehman, Lydia. "The Education of Missionaries' Children." Christian Monitor (October 1921): 301-2.

Lapp, John Allen. The Mennonite Church in India, 1897-1962, Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, vol. 14. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1972: 86, 254-255.

Klingelsmith, Sharon. "Women in the Mennonite Church, 1900-1930." Mennonite Quarterly Review, 54 (1980), 163-­207, at 184.

Missionary Sewing Circle Letter. Edited by Lydia Lehman from early 1930s through mid-1940s, writings by her in each issue.

Author(s) Dorothy Yoder Nyce
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 517. All rights reserved.

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