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The Archives Bulletin Board
September 2000: Poster Evangelism
Jesus People-style poster, undated (ca. 1970s) and unattributed (found in the file for Spiritual Counterfeits Project), underscoring the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in contrast to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
You never know what you will find in an Archives collection. For example, the papers of L. Nelson Bell (missionary doctor, father-in-law of Billy Graham and editor for Christianity Today) also included a few original letters written by evangelist Dwight L. Moody. The personal papers of a missionary might not only document personal evangelism, community work and discipleship, but also politics, military troop movements and social change. While you might not expect to find evangelistic posters in the administrative files of a mission service agency, it was among the correspondence, reports and statistics of Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA) that the evangelistic poster featured above surfaced in a resource file. This illustrates the adventure of archival hunting where alert and innovative researchers will occasionally uncover surprises unrelated to their search, which are both interesting or stimulating.
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