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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 612

[March 4, 2005]

Stevens, Brenda (Gatlin); 1958-

Interviews; 1958-1988

Audio Tape (0.004 cubic feet)




Brief Description: Oral history interview with Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens an agricultural missionary with Mission to the World in Uganda. Stevens talks about her family, conversion, agricultural work in Uganda.


Restrictions: None



Biography


Full name

Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens

Birth

October 12, 1958, Charlotte, North Carolina

Family

 

Parents

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Gatlin

 

Siblings

Older brother and older sister

 

Marital Status

Married Jeffrey A. Stevens, July 16, 1988

 

Children

None

Conversion

In tenth grade (about 16 year old)

Education

 

1976-1978

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

1978-1980

Graduated from North Carolina State, Raleigh, North Carolina (majored in agronomy)

 

1980s

Attended Columbia Bible College for one year

Career

 

ca. 1986

Joined Mission to the World (Presbyterian Church in America)

 

1986-1988

Under the auspices of Campus Crusade for Christ in Uganda as an assistant farm manager at a boys boarding school

 

1988-

On staff with Navigators in Wheaton, Illinois




Scope and Content


Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens was interviewed by Christl E. Kirchner on December 6, 1988, at the home of Stevens 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 1958-1988. The tape abruptly ends in mid-sentence on side two.


T1 (60 minutes). Family background, conversion, interest in agricultural missions, joins Missions to the World, internship in Detroit, Campus Crusade for Christ, works on a school farm, education system in Uganda, a typical day, adjusts to various problems, tribal conflicts, contrasts Ugandan and American life styles, difficulty in reaching Ugandans for Christ, first impressions of Uganda, need for stronger Christian life for Ugandan believers, difficulties in living in a foreign culture, Ugandan’s values system, God’s call for service in Africa, cultural barriers, Ugandan health problems.



Provenance

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens and Christl E. Kirchner in January 1989.


Accession: 89-6

March 4, 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 Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens by Christl E. Kirchner

Dec. 6, 1988




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