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Interview with Doris (Gould) Schneider - Collection 467

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Doris (Gould) Schneider

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

Other Information Which Will Be Helpful to the User of This Guide

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    Audio Tapes

Brief Description.
Two oral history interviews in which Schneider discusses her family background, conversion, preaching of John R. Rice, attendance at Moody Bible Institute, marriage, missionary work in Morocco, women in Muslim society, rearing children on the mission field, overthrow of the French protectorate, the family's move to Spain, difference between Arabs and Berbers, public health in Morocco, return to the United States in 1982, and materialism and Muslims in the United States. For more information, please see guide.
Vol: 4 Reels of Audio Tape

Collection 467
[May 10, 2017]
Schneider, Doris; 1922-2009
Interviews; 1989

Audio Tapes


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Doris Gould Schneider was one of six children born to Frank and Lillian Gould. Her mother was a Christian and the other children came to be Christians through the influence of her brother, Frank Jr. Doris was converted in 1936. In 1940, after graduation from high school, she began taking courses at Moody Bible Institute (MBI). She met Robert Schneider at an evangelistic tent meeting and they were married after their graduation from MBI. While they were students there, they felt God's call to missions, particularly in the Muslim world. She and her husband began working in Morocco, North Africa, in 1947, under Gospel Missionary Union.

The Schneiders served twenty years in Morocco and fifteen years in Spain. In Morocco, they were involved in evangelism, summer camp work, Bible correspondence courses, Bible classes for boys and girls, and Bible conferences. In Spain, work included a Bible correspondence course, a print shop, and a radio ministry. These ministries were carried out in the Arabic and Berber languages and targeted North Africa and North African communities in Europe.

After their return to the United States in 1982, the Schneiders were appointed as representatives of the Gospel Missionary Union's ministry to Muslims. The Schneider's had three children, twin boys, David and Daniel, and a girl, Susan [?]. In 1989, they resided in Elgin, Illinois. She Died Aigist 22, 2009.

Scope and Content

Mrs. Doris Schneider was interviewed by Robert Shuster on March 17 and April 14, 1989, at her home in Elgin, Illinois. The events described in the interview cover approximately 1936 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
00:15 Introduction of interview on March 17, 1989
00:45 Family background; Christian mother; one of six children; conversion of brother and other siblings; father's conversion shortly before his death through preaching of John R. Rice; Doris's conversion in 1936; desire to be a missionary to Africa even before she was a Christian
05:15 Call to become a missionary grew while attending Moody Bible Institute; worked with young people at Elgin Bible Church
10:45 Meeting Robert Schneider at tent meeting, attraction began with seeing each other's service to the Lord, their spiritual growth, of Doris and Bob, her work at watch factory while at school [Noise drowns out voices]
17:30 Attendance at Moody; meeting Paul Rader's son-in-law, "Chaplain" Miller, while on the mission field and his generosity to the missionaries, including providing an electric plant, hosting dinner parties for missionaries
22:30 Moody education experience: Christian education major, various professors at Moody; work at Dearborn station and with homeless and hungry people, witnessing, professors who left lasting impressions, responsiveness of children to the gospel; fellow students at Moody; social outlets
30:31 Rule that "first termers" could not date; Bob and Doris asked for permission to date; association with prayer band as recording secretary who took prayer requests
35:45 Children's class, camp work, and Bible training were helpful for mission field; selecting stories for children: age group, relevance, method of telling, popular stories
43:45 Minimal impact of World War II on Moody campus except taking some men away
43:28 End of side 1

T1 - side 2
00:00 Start of tape
00:08 Overlap from side 1
00:30 Reason for choosing Muslim prayer band; details of prayer band meetings, speakers; realization of her call to missions
04:45 Candidate school at the Gospel Missionary Union headquarters in Kansas City; classes and assigned work; selection criteria used by admission board; support provided by church before Schneiders even reached the school; classes on fitting into culture in others' culture
10:30 First impressions of Casablanca, description of Moroccan house owned by GMU where Schneiders stayed, Arabic language course, first sights as they entered Morocco, meeting Moroccan businessman on the boat over; "language school" was missionary who taught the new missionaries
16:00 Comparison of Arabic language to English; need to write and speak Arabic; experience of being on furlough in the States and speaking Arabic to a salesman; Bob asks a woman for a kiss instead of a knife in Arabic; other duties while learning language
19:30 Experience of having children overseas, French doctor who watched over birth of twins; value of having male twins in Moroccan society; description of Moroccan "women's clubs"
23:30 End of T1

T2 - side 1
00:00 Start of tape
00:15 Slow process of presenting the gospel in women's clubs, women enjoyed fellowship and refreshments, single co-worker Ila Davis, custom of women wearing veils and covering heads
04:45 Love of Christ intrigued Moroccan women, no word for God's kind of love, persecution of those who become Christians publicly, life of a Muslim woman at the time; bigamy and place of woman and children in Muslim society; respect for elders
10:15 Moroccan view of Schneiders' leaving their twins with two single missionary women while they went away, rearing children on the mission field contrasted with the United States, daughter's desire to graduate in the States, children attend missionary kids school in Tangier, children adjusted to boarding school run by GMU
16:00 Child evangelism classes separated boys' and girls', attendance, Bob's musical saw, relations with the local people, typical girls, parents reactions to classes
22:08 End of T2

T3 - side 1
00:00 Start of tape
00:15 Introduction of interview on April 14, 1989
00:30 Morocco at time of coup and overthrow of French rule, atrocities of some Arabs toward French Moroccans, rapport with people kept Schneiders safe during turmoil; protection by Arab village men
05:45 Bible correspondence courses started so work could continue in Morocco even if missionaries had to leave; government banned anything that had to do with the book of Luke
09:45 Medical care for local people; ailments treated; at first, government provided some medicines as Doris operated the medical hut by herself, but later the government stopped the work, which provided source of bonding to nationals; comparison of Arabs to Berbers; relations were not hostile, but Arabs thought themselves superior
17:00 Berbers: seemed more open to gospel than Arabs, home-life in Morocco, hospitality, visiting homes with another woman missionary; size and description of tent-homes, mud huts with thatched roofs
21:30 Arabs: differences in homes, eating customs, interests and topics of conversation of Arab women
24:30 Correspondence courses: Bob responsible for content, Doris for duplication printing press was obtained; conversion of man through correspondence course
28:45 Cost of living in Morocco, support by home church and other churches, extra support needed for children, schooling, etc.; lack of knowledge of people in States concerning Morocco; Moroccans view of Americans as very wealthy; relations of Moroccans to American military men; bartering for merchandise
35:15 Departure to Spain; moving their possessions
42:15 Government's reasons for ousting missionaries from all over North Africa, closing children's school, finding housing in Spain for children and missionaries of the school
44:45 End of side 1

T3 - side 2
00:00 Start of tape
00:15 Overlap from side 1
01:00 Helpfulness of southern Spaniards in accommodating school; blacklisting of Moroccan missionaries who stayed until they were expelled; Schneiders' freedom to visit since they had left early; difficulty of man who was printer in getting back into Morocco; attitudes of government to missionaries
03:45 Doris's concern about adjustment to another country and language; move coincided with Spain's broadening religious liberty; housing problems; finding land in Dutch subdivision; opportunity to share with English-speaking Dutch women, Dutch people give Christmas party for children; they also give special offering as token of goodwill
11:00 Looking for someone to take over Bob's work; radio work; Fred and Dolores Piastra [?] take over correspondence course and then whole ministry; Schneiders' influence on Dolores' calling to work with Muslims
15:15 Establishing church services; contribution of land, vacation home
18:45 Doris's responsibilities in Spain: office correspondence, hostess to visitors, helped start church for English-speaking people; Christmas Eve meeting where two hundred people attend; Schneiders' decision to leave Spain and represent GMU's work with Muslims in U.S.
22:45 End of T3

T4 - side 1
00:00 Start of tape
00:25 Overlap from T3
01:15 Difficulty adjusting to American life upon return; culture shock of seeing extravagance of Americans; difficulty of raising support for missionaries now; increase in materialism from 1940s to present; retirement plans
05:45 Muslim in U.S.: quarter of a million in Chicago area; reasons for increase; Blacks and women most common Islam converts in U.S.; local church people and encounters with Muslims
10:30 Outreach to Muslims in the U.S.: Fellowship of Faith; Chicago Friendship Network; various prayer groups that meet in homes
14:45 Moroccan girl, Fatima, who accepted Christ and worked with Doris at the mission
18:45 Closing remarks
19:00 End of T4

The material in this collection was given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Doris Schneider in March and April 1989.
Accession 89-18, 89-35

March 7, 1995
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
K. Cox

Accession: 89-18, 89-35
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, about 70 minutes. One side only. Interview of Doris (Mrs. Robert) Schneider by Robert Shuster, March 17, 1989. Topics discussed include her conversion, the preaching of John R. Rice, attendance at Moody Bible Institute, going to Morocco with husband, Robert, under the Gospel Missionary Union, and rearing a family on the mission field.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, about 20 minutes. One side only. Continuation of T1. Topics discussed include the place of women in Islamic society, children's schooling on the mission field, and child evangelism classes.

T3 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, about 70 minutes. One side only. Interview of Doris (Mrs. Robert) Schneider by Robert Shuster, April 14, 1989. Schneider discussed the overthrow of the French protectorate in Morocco, relations with the new government, difference between Arabs and Berbers, public health among the Berbers, the move to Spain in 1967, and activities there.

T4 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, about 20 minutes. One side only. Continuation of T3. Topics discussed include the Schneiders' return to the United States in 1982, American materialism, and Muslims in the United States.

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