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Papers of Bonita "Bonnie" Stuckless - Collection 415


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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Bonita "Bonnie" Stuckless

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

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

Brief Description
Two interviews with Bonnie Stuckless in which she describes her family, childhood, conversion, Gladys Aylward, Canadian and American Pentecostalism, the Assemblies of God church and its mission program, the AOG's mission activity in Colombia, the charismatic renewal movement among the Catholics in Colombia, baptism of the Holy Spirit, her husband's recovery from a brain tumor, missions in Panama and Spain. Topics covered include liberation theology, missionary lifestyles, cooperation among missionaries, evangelical attitudes toward Catholics, women's roles in missions and church life, church planting, the gypsy church in Spain, anti-American attitudes in Panama and Spain, impressions of the American church, and rearing and educating a family on the mission field. Paper materials include prayer letters, testimonies of converts, materials by and about Gladys Aylward and the movie made about her life.


Collection 415 [January 20, 2001]
Stuckless, Bonita "Bonnie" Grace; 1941-
Papers; 1969-1992
1 Box (DC, .2 cu ft), 4 Reels of Audio Tape

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.


Biography

Full name: Bonita Grace Stuckless
Birth date: September 14, 1941
Birth place: Brigden, Ontario, Canada
Parents: Christian parents, father a farmer
Siblings: Two brothers, four sisters
Marital Status: Married to Donald F. Stuckless
Children: Marty Ann LoFranco and David Mark
Conversion: At six years of age
Membership and Denomination: Assemblies of God

Education:
1959-1962 Sarnia General School of Nursing
1965-1966 College of Western Nebraska
1967-1968 Barat College of the Sacred Heart
1970 Instituto de Espanol, San Jose, Costa Rica
1974-1975 Blackburn College, BA
1976 University of Alabama
1977 La Verne College
1983-1984 Northern Baptist Seminary
1988-1989 Wheaton College Graduate School, MA

Career:
1970-1974 Missionary, Colombia
1975-1977 Missionary, Panama
1978-1982 Pastorate, LaGrange, IL
1984-1988 Missionary, Spain
1989- Missionary, Spain



Scope and Content

[NOTE: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2, folder 5.]

The materials in this collection include prayer letters, articles, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and testimonies of converts concerning the missionary work in Colombia, Panama, and Spain of Donald and Bonnie Stuckless from 1970 to 1992 (folder 1-1). Folder 1-2 contains photocopies of correspondence, articles, obituaries, and clippings from and about missionary to China Gladys Aylward and the movie that was made about her, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.

Bonita Grace Stuckless was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on April 25 and May 10, 1989, at the Archives of the Billy Graham Center. The events described in the interview cover the time period from 1941 to 1989. The boldfaced entries are intended to highlight the topics covered in the interview. 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.

T1 - side 1
00:00 Start of tape
00:45 Introduction of interview
01:30 Family and childhood, conversion and healing of father, brothers and sisters, Rev. Paul Lowenberg, attending both Assemblies of God and United Church of Canada services, conversion at six years of age, influence of siblings, husband Donald Stuckless, his work for Youth for Christ, family life
16:45 Baptism of the Holy Spirit, revival meetings, speaking in tongues, David Howard speaking on tongues in Costa Rica
24:30 Entertaining traveling pastors, evangelists, missionaries, meeting Gladys Aylward, serious illness of husband and help of Catholic nun during illness
42:00 End of side 1

*****

T1 - side 2
00:00 Start of tape
00:05 Overlap from side 1
06:20 Movie, Inn of the Sixth Happiness, made about Aylward; Bonnie's missionary call, husband's church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; attendance at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, nursing at Lake Forest Hospital and attendance at Barat College of the Sacred Heart, application for work in Colombia
18:30 Acceptance by Assemblies of God, raising support, husband's illness
29:30 End of T1

*****

T2 - side 1
00:00 Start of tape
00:45 Husband's surgery and recovery, language school in Costa Rica, missionary orientation program, church planting and evangelism in Medellin, Colombia, "friendship" evangelism, Bible study group, move to Bogota, Catholics, charismatic movement, children's meetings, missionary Judy Bartel, house churches
25:00 Relations between Protestants and Catholics and between Pentecostals and Catholics, transfer to Panama
31:00 End of T2

*****

T3 - side 1
00:00 Start of tape
00:45 Introduction to interview
01:30 Catholic charismatic movement in Bogota, changes in Pentecostalism, Assemblies of God leadership, Christian leadership, impact of Jimmy Swaggert and Jim Bakker scandals on work in Spain
11:45 Denominational support of missionaries, social conditions in Santiago, Spain; involvement with poor community, meeting physical needs, social classes
19:15 Persecution of evangelicals in Colombia, liberation theology and social change in Colombia, Art and Janie Lindvall ministry to U.S. women jailed for drug trafficking
30:00 Strengths and weaknesses of the Colombian church, evangelism in Panama, tent meeting evangelism, liberation theology in Panama, relationships with other missionaries in Spain
43:00 End of side 1

*****

T3 - side 2
00:00 Start of tape
00:30 Overlap from side 1
03:45 Missions in Spain, personal evangelism, Panama Canal Zone, response of U.S. to Panamanian show of force, hostility toward U.S. in Panama and Spain, difficulties for American missionaries, relationships with other missionaries
17:30 Assemblies of God missions in Spain, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons in Spain, Pentecostal Gypsy church in Santiago
24:45 End of T3

*****

T4 - side 1
00:00 Start of tape
00:45 Styles of church planting: Colombia, Spain, work in Bible seminary in Spain, comparison of Bible schools in Colombia, Panama, and Spain
13:00 Home nursing care and health care in Spain, rearing a family on the mission field, need for workers, culture shock returning to U.S.
24:00 Role of women in Assemblies of God missions
34:00 Stress of itineration on marriage, hopes and challenges for the future
38:45 End of T4

*****

Provenance

The material in this collection was given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Bonita Stuckless in 1989 and 1990.

Accession 89-43, 89-47, 90-35
August 19, 1995
Janyce H. Nasgowitz



LOCATION RECORD
Accession 89-43, 89-47
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, one side only, about 70 minutes. Oral history interview of Bonita Stuckless by Paul Ericksen on April 25, 1989. Topics discussed include her family, conversion, Donald Stuckless, Youth for Christ, baptism of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, David Howard in Costa Rica, Gladys Aylward, Catholics, movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness about Gladys Aylward, her missionary call, husband's church in Nebraska and attendance at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, acceptance by the Assemblies of God to be missionaries to Colombia, and Donald's serious illness.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, one side only, about 31 minutes. Continuation of interview of Stuckless by Ericksen on April 25, 1989. Topics include information on language school in Costa Rica, church planting and evangelism in Medellin and Bogota, Catholics, the charismatic movement, house churches, fellow missionary Judy Bartel, relations between Catholics and Protestants and between Catholics and Pentecostals, and transfer to Panama.

T3 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, one side only, about 70 minutes. Oral history interview of Bonita Stuckless by Paul Ericksen on May 10, 1989. Topics discussed include the Catholic charismatic movement in Bogota, changes in Pentecostalism, Assemblies of God leadership, social conditions in Santiago, Spain, social classes, liberation theology, Art and Janie Lindvall, missions in Spain, life in Panama, relationships with other missionaries, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons in Spain, Spanish Gypsy church.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, one side only, about 40 minutes. Continuation of interview of Stuckless by Ericksen on May 10, 1989. Topics include styles of church planting, work in Bible seminary in Spain, comparison of Bible schools in Colombia, Panama, and Spain, home nursing care, rearing a family on the mission field, role of women in Assemblies of God missions, hopes for the future.


CONTAINER LIST
Box Folder Item
1 1 Articles, prayer letters, clippings; 1970-1992
1 2 Correspondence, articles, etc. -- Gladys Aylward; 1969-1970



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