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Interviews of Herbert Andrew Atkinson and
Frieda Elizabeth (Paul) Atkinson - Collection 607


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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Biography

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

List of Video tapes in This Collection (Location Records)




Collection 607
[April 19, 2005]

Atkinson, Herbert Andrew; 1931-
Atkinson, Frieda Elizabeth (Paul); 1930-
Interviews; 1930-1988
2 Video Tapes (0.04 cubic feet)


Brief Description: Interviews with Dr. Herbert Andrew Atkinson and his wife, Frieda Elizabeth (Paul) Atkinson, missionaries with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) in the Belgian Congo. Dr. Atkinson talks about his family background, conversion, Wheaton College, influence of his roommate Bill Kornfield and Dr. V. Raymond Edman, God's provision for his entering medical school, ministry in Oicha, obstacles in communication with the Congolese, lessons learned on the mission field. Frieda Atkinson describes her childhood and parents ministry in Africa, her call to medical missions, raising children on the mission field, village evangelistic work, Sunday school and church services, relationships with Congolese Christians, ministry with children and women in Michigan, the faithfulness of God.

Restrictions: None




Biography

Full name Herbert Andrew Atkinson
Birth May 27, 1931, Miles City, Montana
Family
Parents Henry Sheperd and Lilian (Hoagland) Atkinson
Siblings An older sister
Marital Status Married Frieda Elizabeth Paul, June 18, 1954, Wheaton, Illinois
Children David Henry, Daniel Paul, Ruth Lillian, Esther Elizabeth
Conversion At the age of 9 at home with the help of his mother
Education
1948-1952 Wheaton College (BS degree), Wheaton, Illinois
1952-1956 University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago, Illinois (BS & MD degrees)
1957-1958 Baptist Bible Seminary, Johnson City, New York (now at Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Career
1956-1957 Decatur & Macon County Hospital, Decatur, Illinois (Internship)
1959 Commissioned by Hydewood Park Baptist Church, North Plainfield, New Jersey for missionary work with AIM
1959-1964 1st term. Medical missionary with AIM in Oicha, Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo).
1966-1969 2nd term. Medical missionary in Nyankunde, Congo
1970-1973 3rd term. Medical missionary in Nyankunde, Congo
Other significant information
Herbert's father was a pastor who died when Herbert was three years old



Full name Frieda Elizabeth (Paul) Atkinson
Birth January 28, 1930, Aba mission station in the Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo)
Family
Parents Samuel Austin Horn and Elizabeth J.A. (Riemann) Paul, Jr.
Siblings Older brother Harold and three younger siblings, Miriam, Victor, James
Marital Status Married Herbert Andrew Atkinson, June 18, 1954, Wheaton, Illinois
Children David Henry, Daniel Paul, Ruth Lillian, Esther Elizabeth
Conversion At the age of 4 at home with the help of her mother after hearing a sermon by her father
Education
1944-1946 Rethy Academy
1946-1948 Westervelt High School
1948-1950 Columbia Bible College, Columbia, South Carolina
1950-1954 Presbyterian School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois (RN degree)
Career
1953-1956 Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago, Illinois (professional nursing)
1959 Commissioned by Hydewood Park Baptist Church, North Plainfield, New Jersey for missionary work with AIM
1959-1964 1st term. Medical missionary with AIM in Oicha, Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo).
1966-1969 2nd term. Medical missionary in Nyankunde, Congo
1970-1973 3rd term. Medical missionary in Nyankunde, Congo
Other significant information
Frieda parents were AIM missionaries in Congo


Scope and Content

Herbert Andrew Atkinson was interviewed by Lawrence Wesley Fountain on November 19, 1988 at the Atkinson's home in Stevensville, Michigan. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1931-1988.

V1 (65 minutes). Family background, conversion, Christian witness in high school, Wheaton College, influence of roommate Bill Kornfield, Jim Elliot, David Howard, attends the 1948 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Urbana Conference, influence of Dr. V. Raymond Edman (President of Wheaton College), God's provision for his acceptance into medical school, impressions of Africa Inland Mission (AIM) orientation program, language school in Belgium, experiences in Africa, ministry in Oicha (surgery and medicine and evangelism), obstacles in communication with the Congolese, prayer before surgery, village work, evangelistic campaigns, evacuation from Zaire, lessons learned on the mission field, "Barnabas" philosophy, medicine an effective method of reaching people for Christ, current work he's involved in.


Frieda Elizabeth (Paul) Atkinson was interviewed by Lawrence Wesley Fountain, her nephew, on November 19, 1988 at the Atkinson's home in Stevensville, Michigan. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1930-1988.

V2 (70 minutes). Childhood memories, parents ministry in Africa, education at Rethy Academy, conversion, teaches Sunday school (at age 11), Raymond Stauffacher, circumstance surrounding her call to medical missions, experiences of growing up on the mission field, impressions of Congo after being away for over a decade, description of Oicha, political climate in Congo, her Christian influence on her children, impact of death of fellow missionaries on her children, ministry in Oicha, raising children on the mission field, works in a pharmacy, village evangelistic, difficulty in traveling by automobile, Sunday school and church services conducted by the Atkinsons, relationships with Congolese Christians, effect of Congo's Independence (1960) on Belgians and Christians living in Congo, ministry with neighborhood children in Michigan, organizes a women's Bible study class, faithfulness of God.

Provenance

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Herbert Andrew Atkinson, Frieda Elizabeth (Paul) Atkinson and Lawrence Wesley Fountain in January 1989.

Accession: 03-60
April 19, 2005
Wayne D. Weber


LOCATION RECORD
Type of material: Videos
Accession: 03-60
The Archives has one copy of each video, unless otherwise noted. The following items are in the Video FILE:

Video # Type b&w / c Length in minutes Title
Description
Date

V1 vhs c 65 min None Interview of Herbert Andrew Atkinson by Lawrence Wesley Fountain. 11/19/1988
V2 vhs c 70 min None Interview of Frieda Elizabeth Atkinson by Lawrence Wesley Fountain. 11/19/1988





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