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Collection Papers of Myron Shook Harrison and Elizabeth Laura Harrison - Collection 249

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Myron Shook and Elizabeth Laura Harrison

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists Audio Tapes, Books, Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

Brief Description.
One oral history interview with each of the Harrisons, recorded in 1983, and prayer letters dating from 1967 to 1990; topics covered include their missionary call and appointment to work in the Philippines with Overseas Missionary Fellowship, the work engaged in, and family activities.
Vol: 1 Box (DC; .25 cu ft), 2 Audio Tapes, Photographs

Collection 249
[March 16, 2000]
Harrison, Myron Shook (1941- ) and Elizabeth Laura (1940- )
Papers; 1967-1993

1 Box (DC; .25 cu ft), Audio Tapes, Photographs


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Biographical Sketch

Myron Shook Harrison was born in Los Angeles, CA, on April 10, 1941. He was converted when he was about ten years old. His educational training included studies at Central State College, Stevens Point, WI; Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL; Fort Wayne Bible College (BRE), Fort Wayne, IN; and Toronto Institute of Linguistics. He was directed into full-time Christian service through the book, Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot.

Elizabeth Laura "Betty" Harrison was born in Brockville, ON, Canada, on February 23, 1940. She received an RN at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, and then attended Moody Bible Institute before receiving her BS from the Fort Wayne Bible College.

The Harrisons married after their studies at Moody. After completing their work at Fort Wayne and at the Toronto Institute of Linguistics, they were accepted in 1966 into Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF). In 1967 they sailed for Singapore for orientation, assignment, and language study. They were assigned to the Philippines and in August of 1967 they sailed to Manila. From there they traveled to Calapan on Mindoro Island, where studies of the Tagalog language continued for six months. During this time, Myron helped in the construction of the Mangyan Bible School. In 1968, they began working in Mabini, Batangas, on Luzon Island and the next year they were redesignated to Bauan, Batangas, to work in evangelistic outreach.

After a furlough in 1971, the Harrisons were assigned to Taal, Batangas, where they worked as church planters and trained lay people through Theological Education by Extension (TEE). In 1977, after their next furlough, the Harrisons were assigned to the Bicol area at Daraga, Albay. In the same year, Myron began a radio program, in Tagalog, called "The Living Rock," on DWAS, the local radio station operated by the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC); in 1978 Betty began a broadcast over the same station, in English, called "Festival of Praise." By 1977, Myron took on administrative duties as OMF's Superintendent of Southern Luzon Field.

During their 1982-83 furlough in the States, Myron was ordained at Calvary Memorial Church in Racine, WI, and completed a Master of Missiology program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, after which they returned to the Philippines. Myron resumed his duties as Superintendent of the Southern Luzon Field working out of the OMF headquarters in Manila, while Betty worked among the urban poor.

The Harrisons had three children: Timothy Paul (1965), Daniel Scott (1968), and Melody Lynn (1970). In 1990 the Harrisons continued to work in the Philippines.

Scope and Content

This collection contains prayer letters written by the Harrisons, ranging from 1963 to 1993. The prayer letters (Folders 1-1 to 1-3) list prayer concerns and discuss the work being done as well as family matters.

Myron and Betty Harrison were interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on May 26, 1983, at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. The dates of the events covered by the interviews were about 1963 to 1983. The boldfaced entries are intended to highlight the topics covered in the interviews. Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. The index is keyed to the cassette copy and not to the reel-to-reel original.

Tape T1 - side 1
00:00 Start of tape.
01:45 Introduction to interview of Myron Harrison, May 26, 1983.
02:15 Influences toward missions: books; memories of Moody Bible Institute; early interest in missions; parents' prayers.
09:45 Marriage. Steps toward becoming a missionary: attendance at Fort Wayne Bible College. ministry experience.
18:15 Joining Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF): fund raising policies, Toronto Institute of Linguistics, parents reaction; application process and candidate school, birth of first child.
31:45 Language study in Singapore after being assigned to the Philippines.
37:45 Arrival in the Philippines; continuation of language study, Tagalog.
46:00 End of side 1.

Tape T1 - side 2
00:00 Start of tape; overlap from side 1.
02:15 Brief chronology and description of first two terms; work with national pastor.
07:45 Comparing towns, Taal and Lemery. Second furlough; decision on where to go upon return; led to Bicol.
10:45 Church planting: developing contacts; survey of community; home visitation, and Bible study.
15:45 End of side 2.

Tape T1 - side 3
00:00 Start of tape.
00:45 Church planting: Bible studies, services, and other meetings; training Filipinos; visitation teams; church finances.
08:30 Description of location of Bicol area: 96% nominally Roman Catholic, evangelicals 1% of population; conflict with militant Iglesia ni Cristo ("Church of Christ," not related to US Church of Christ).
13:15 Cultural differences in meaning of theological terms; importance of Bible study.
20:00 Influence of Filipino extended families; difficulty of becoming Christian against family wishes; strengths of Filipino culture.
25:15 Continuation of work during Harrisons' furlough; new responsibilities on return: supervisor of missionaries and setting up lay training courses (Theological Education by Extension).
27:45 End of side 3.

Tape T2 - side 1
00:00 Beginning of tape.
02:15 Introduction to interview with Betty Harrison, May 26, 1983.
02:45 Steps in becoming a missionary: early interest in missions; attendance at Moody Bible Institute. Marriage.
09:45 Choice to join Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF); attending Fort Wayne Bible College; birth of first child; Toronto Institute of Linguistics, OMF candidate school.
17:30 Assignment to and first impression of the Philippines; language study.
22:30 First assignment in Barrio of Mabini; second son born, primitive living conditions; work with Sunday-school children, women.
28:30 Weekly radio program of devotions and music; church service order similar to American except accompanied by guitar.
33:30 Adjusting to Filipino culture in working with children and women.
37:45 Misunderstandings and misconceptions of biblical concepts.
42:30 Problems with superstition, especially regarding death and sickness; use of amulets, magic, crosses as charms, fortune telling.
45:30 End of side 1.

Tape T2 - side 2
00:00 Start of tape; overlap from side 1.
02:15 Regional differences in occultism; syncretism of occult and Catholicism; OMF's contacts with Catholics.
06:15 Relations with Protestant groups; problems brought by separatist groups from America; Filipinos prefer to work together. Conflict with Iglesia ni Cristo; their beliefs and political power.
12:15 Rearing children on the mission field; disease, differing philosophies of child-rearing; teaching children western values; children as examples.
16:50 End of side 2.

Tape T2 - side 3
00:00 Start of tape [very faint].
00:45 Rearing children on the mission field (continued); difficulties of frequent moving, having children away at boarding school, and always being a foreigner. Enriched through good social times with Filipinos.
04:15 Sources of help for the missionaries; helpfulness of nursing degree; support from churches in the US.
08:00 Future work: women's work, printed materials.
08:50 End of side 3.


The materials for this collection were received by the Center from Myron and Betty Harrison in May and June, 1983, and September, 1987. Subsequent prayer letters were received and added to the collection, 1987-1993.

Accession #83-57, 83-73, 87-120
January 16, 1991
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
T. Pokela
D. Reifsnyder

January 20, 1994
Sara Henning
P. Ericksen
M. Larson

Accession #83-57
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips. Side 1: Interview with Myron Shook Harrison by Paul A. Ericksen. Discussion of missionary call, appointment, and assignments; approximately 60 minutes. May 26, 1983. Side 2: Contination of interview described above; approximately 30 minutes. May 26, 1983.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips. Side 1: Interview with Elizabeth (Betty) Laura Harrison by Paul A. Ericksen. Discussion of missionary call, appointment, assignments, and family life; approximately 60 minutes. May 26, 1983. Side 2: Continuation of interview described above; approximately ten minutes. May 26, 1983.

Accession: 83-73
Type of Material: Books
The following item has been given to the BGC LIBRARY:

Harrison, Myron S. Multinational Team Ministry Within Bible Churches of the Philippines (Bound thesis, 1983).


Accession: 83-57
Type of Material: Photographs

The following material is filed in the PHOTO FILE:

HARRISON, MYRON, ELIZABETH AND FAMILY: Myron and Betty Harrison with their children, Tim, Melody, and Dan. 1982. 1 b&w.

MISSIONS--PHILIPPINES: Myron and Betty Harrison with Filipinos, a church planting team, at an evangelism seminar; Filipinos pass out tracts; members and young people of Natunuan Evangelical Church. 1978-1982, n.d. 5 b&w, 3 color.

Box Folder Description
1 1 Prayer Letters; 1967-1973
1 2 Prayer Letters; 1974-1982
1 3 Prayer Letters; 1982-1993

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