Collection 127 [January 14, 2008]
Bridegroom, Kathy Joan; 1950-
1 Box (DC; .4 cubic feet), Audio Tapes, Books, Photographs
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Kathy Bridegroom, the second of three children, was born on a small farm near Denair, California, on February 10, 1950. Her father was a self-employed welder and cattle farmer. Public schools near her home provided the basis of her early education as she graduated from Denair High School in 1968. Wheaton College awarded Bridegroom a B.A. degree in June 1972.
In September 1972 a teaching position became available on the Sudan Interior Mission station, ELWA, near Monrovia, Liberia. ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) was founded by three Wheaton grads with a vision for spreading the gospel in Africa. The mission compound included an academy, hospital, and radio station. Bridegroom served two years with the mission at ELWA teaching all age groups at the Academy. She also assisted with the music ministry teaching flute lessons, playing and singing at various functions, and helping plan special musical programs.
Returning to the United States in June 1974, Bridegroom continued her teaching career in Castro
[NOTE: In the Scope & Content section, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2, folder 5.]
Scope and Content
Ephemera from Bridegroom's missionary experiences consist of audio tapes and photographs from
the ELWA mission compound including a Christmas program, closing service of summer Awana
girls camp, and several worship services; pamphlets containing information on ELWA (folder 1-1);
and prayer letters she wrote to prayer supporters in the United States (folder 1-2). The prayer letters
contain references to the history of Liberia, local food prices, missionary recreational activities, and
her teaching responsibilities.
The materials in this collection were received by the Center in July 1979.
June 19, 1980
Mary Ann Buffington
Type of material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE. Request by the T# at the beginning of each entry below.
T1 - Reel-to-reel. Funeral service at ELWA for Mrs. Betty Geysbeck, S.I.M. missionary, 1973.
T2 - Reel-to-reel. Story of ELWA and it's ministry through radio, n.d.
T3 - Reel-to-reel. Address by ELWA physician Dr. Haast: "He That Has An Ear, Let Him Hear," 1972.
T4 - Reel-to-reel. Worship service at ELWA, n.d.
T5 - Reel-to-reel. ELWA Christmas program, 1973. Participants: Dr. Schindler, Ruth Bliss, Mrs. Luginbill, Ladies' Choir, Ruth Nash, Dorothy and Fred McGinley.
T6 - Reel-to-reel. Request program from ELWA worship service, n.d.
T7 - Reel-to-reel. Closing service of Awana girls camp; summer, 1974.
Type of material: Books
The following items have been given to the BGC LIBRARY.
Aunt Clara. Spider and Other Stories (Monrovia, Liberia: Radio Station ELWA; 1972).
Type of material: Photographs
The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE. Request by the boldfaced folder title at the beginning of each entry below.
ELWA. Awana Camps for boys and girls; Summer, 1974. Staff and students at ELWA Academy;
1972, 1974. ELWA Campus; c. 1974. ELWA kindergarten Sunday School class; 1974. 14 b&w,
|1||1||Miscellaneous Pamphlets; 1974, n.d.|
|1||2||Prayer Letters; 1972-1974|