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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 611

[February 21, 2005]

Miller, Mary Ann (Shook); ca. 1936-

Interviews; ca. 1936-1988

Audio Tape (0.004 cubic feet)




Brief Description: Interview with Mary Ann Miller a missionary with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) to the Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and the Central African Republic. Miller talks about her family, conversion, life on the mission field, teaching school, raising a family in Africa, animism, demon possession, and the Azande (Zande) people.


Restrictions: None.



Biography



Full name

Mary Ann (Shook) Miller

Birth

ca. 1936, South Dakota

Family

 

Parents

Rev. & Mrs. Charles Shook

 

Siblings

Mary was the oldest child in the family

 

Marital Status

Married Russell James Miller, August 29, 1964

 

Children

Ronald James, Susan, Jon

Conversion

At the age of 3

Education

 

1958

Graduated from Wheaton College with a BA degree (majored in Christian education)

Career

 

1958-1960s

Worked at Scripture Press Publications

 

1969

Appointed missionary with Africa Inland Mission (AIM)

 

1969-1971

Studied French in Neuchatei, Switzerland

 

1972-ca. 1980

Assigned to Dungu Station in Zaire where Mary Ann and her husband were teachers at a training school for Zairean elementary school teachers (2 terms)

 

1980s

3rd term in Central African Republic (CAR)

 

Late 1980s

Translating Bible materials into the Bangala language while living in Aba, Congo

Other significant information

 

Mary Ann’s father was a pastor

 

Her husband’s parents, Harry & Dorothy Miller, were AIM missionaries in Zaire




Scope and Content


Mary Ann (Shook) Miller was interviewed by Julie Schwemin on November 9, 1988, at the home of Mrs. Miller in Wheaton, Illinois. This interview was conducted as part of a Wheaton College class assignment. The events described in the interview cover the time period ca.1936-1988.


T1 (90 minutes). Childhood, desire to be a missionary, conversion, influence of parents, Wheaton College, spiritual life at Wheaton, courses taken, meets her future husband, missionary call, attends IVCF Urbana conference, brief history of Africa Inland Mission, AIM’s requirements for prospective missionaries, evaluation of AIM’s program of orientation and preparation, language training, first impressions of Zaire, description of mission station, animism, demon possession, “Bengi” demon, weakness of local church, teaching school, work done at the mission station, works at a trade school in Central African Republic (CAR), knighting of Russ Miller by President Andre Kolingba of the CAR, principles and practice of Theological Education by Extension (TEE), culture influences which affect the way Zairean’s respond to the gospel, birth of daughter, raising children in Africa, rumors of war, the Azande (Zande) people.



Provenance

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Mary Ann (Shook) Miller and Julie Schwemin in January 1989.


Accession: 89-6

February 21, 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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90 min.

 2

Interview of Mary Ann (Shook) Miller by Julie Schwemin

Nov. 9, 1988





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