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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 Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)




Collection 610
[May 9, 2005]
Haller, Geneva Grace; 1928-
Interviews; 1927-1988
Audio Tapes (0.01 cubic feet)


Brief Description: Oral history interview with Geneva Grace Haller, who was a missionary to the Congo, first as an independent, then with World Wide Mission. Haller describes growing up in Africa, being home schooled, orphanage work, problems caused by the independence of Congo, persecution of Congolese, her view of various Congo political leaders, condition of the Congolese church, relationship between the Joseph Mobutu government and missionary societies, Congo education, health care, and economic problems.


Restrictions: None




Biography


Full name

Geneva Grace Haller

Birth

January 3, 1928, Belgian Congo

Death

Before 2005

Family

 

Parents

Archie and Ellen Haller

 

Siblings

None

 

Marital Status

Single

 

Children

Adopted African children: Gary, Ruth, Lydia

Education

 

ca. 1933-1938

Home schooled by her father up to grade five when he died

Career

 

1940s-1960

Independent missionary to the Belgian Congo

 

1961-1964

Missionary involved in orphanage work with her mother in the Belgian Congo under World Wide Mission

 

1964-1966

Worked as a nurse in a hospital in Detroit, Michigan

 

1966-1987

Returns to the Belgian Congo with her mother

Other significant information

 

Grace’s parents were missionaries with Congo Inland Mission (1926-1927), Unevangelized Tribes Mission (UTM) in the Bambunda Province of the Belgian Congo (1927-1939), and then independent missionaries (1939-1960). Later Grace and her mother worked with World Wide Mission (1961-1987 )




Scope and Content


Geneva Grace Haller was interviewed by Dale Stanley Brewster on October 22, 1988, at the D & D Missionary Home in St. Petersburg, Florida. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1927-1988.


T1 (60 minutes). Family background, missionary work of her parents, conversion of Congolese, starting an orphanage, how Congolese support themselves, responsibilities and duties in the orphanage, Congolese forced to work in the copper mines and in the army, Congo independence and its effect on Belgians, missionaries, and the Congolese, impression on arriving in America for the first time, training of young people by rebels, terrorized by rebels, evacuation from village by government soldiers, persecution of the Congolese, conditions in Congo in 1988.


T2 (30 minutes). Growing up in Africa, home schooled by her father, lack of formal education, Haller’s views of Congo leaders (Patrice Lumumba, Joseph Kasavubu, Moise Tshombe, and Joseph Mobutu), economic problems of the Congo, relationship between the Mobutu government and missionary societies, Christian names of Congolese, education in Congo, condition of the church, health care.



Provenance

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Geneva Grace Haller and Dale Stanley Brewster in January 1989.


Accession: 89-6
May 9, 2005
Wayne D. Weber


LOCATION RECORD

Accession: 89-6

Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.


Item# - Reel or cassette, speed, length, number of sides, contents (title of session, participants) according to the program, date.


 #

R/C

speed

length

Sides

Contents

Dates

T1

 C

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60 min.

 2

Interview of Geneva Grace Haller by Dale Stanley Brewster

Oct. 22, 1988

T2

 C

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30 min.

 1

Interview of Geneva Grace Haller by Dale Stanley Brewster

Oct. 22, 1988




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