[August 14, 2012]
Ruby B. Maynard; 1912-1998
3 audio tapes (.06 cubic feet)
Oral history interview of Maynard, a medical missionary with Africa Inland Mission in Tanginyika/Tanzania from 1938-1984. Topics covered include: her education at Moody Bible Institute; managing a hospital and a leprosarium in Tanzania; the development of the Africa Inland Church in that country; Dr. Nina Maynard; her marriage to William Maynard; the realities of missionary life; British colonial government and Tanzanian independence; Tanzanian society and culture.
Scope and Content:
Ruby Maynard was interviewed by Robert Shuster on April 19, 1996, at the Africa Inland Mission Media Retirement Center in Clermont, Florida. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1938-1996.
T1 (72 minutes). Family background; childhood spent moving often (Arnold, KY; Lansing, MI; West Virginia; Evansville, IN); conversion at age 13; studied at Moody Bible Institute (MAI); tutelage under Dr. Wilbur Smith; impressions of Chicago; involvement in street meetings and visitation at Cook County Hospital while at MBI; membership at Moody Church with pastor H. A. Ironside; application to Africa Inland Mission (AIM); medical training at Nursing-at-Home program through Toronto Bible College; departure for Africa on freighter; first impressions of Africa; first assignment on Ukerewe Island in Tanzania; performing medical work in Tanzania; description of the hospital; daily services and conversions; importance of ancestral history among the Tanzanians; local customs, including: snake worship, superstition, agriculture, and family structure; annual conferences among missionaries; arrival of Mennonite and Swedish Free missionaries; living condition of missionaries in Tanzania.
T2 (78 minutes). Fairness of British government after taking over Tanzania as a protectorate from Germany; contact with loved ones back home; positive rapport with colonial government; background on William and Dr. Nina Maynard in Africa; subordination of female missionaries to male; revival at Ukerewe; first furlough; administration of AIM; the leprosarium in Kola Ndoto, Tanzania; perception of leprosy by the Africans; work and life of Dr. Nina Maynard; church services in Kola Ndoto; death and legacy of Dr. Nina Maynard; life and work on William “Nangi” Maynard, including his marriage to Ruby in 1948; overview of Ruby’s work in Tanzania, including the consequences of the release of the sulfone drug and the contribution of the British Mission to Lepers; administration of the leprosarium; tensions among the tribes; independence movement in Tanzania/Tanganyika; thoughts on President Julius Nyerere.
T3 (25 minutes). Organization of the African Inland Church (AIC); involvement in village evangelism; strengths and weaknesses of the church in Tanzania; changes in missionary work over time; comments by Renee Paul on work in Kenya, especially education and Rift Valley Academy.
The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Ruby Maynard in April 1996.
October 24, 2012
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file:
|T1||R||3-3/4 ips||72 min.||1||Oral history interview with Ruby Maynard by Robert Shuster||April 19, 1996|
|T2||R||3-3/4 ips||78 min.||1||Continuation of the oral history interview with Ruby Maynard by Robert Shuster||April 19, 1996|
|T3||R||3-3/4 ips||25 min.||1||Conclusion of the oral history interview with Ruby Maynard by Robert Shuster||April 19, 1996|