Collection 418 Papers of Hester H. Withey
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews and a manuscript, documenting the ministry of Hester Hartzell Withey, missionary with Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ International (WEC) in China and India from 1940-1985.
Series: Audio Tapes
Oral history interviews with Hester Withey in which she describes her parents’ and grandparents’ missionary service in Angola, her childhood in Africa and the U.S., education in South Africa, conversion, medical training, missionary work for WEC International among the Tibetans in China and Nepalis in India, colleagues Betty and David Woodward, missionary training, missions in India, interpersonal conflict among missionaries, medical mission work, the communist takeover of China and the expulsion of the missionaries, Buddhism in China and Tibet, her singleness, the Dalai Lama, Bakht Singh, G.W. North, evangelist A.K. George, Tibetan refugees, conference ministry, charismatics, intercultural communication, retirement activities, and other mission-related subjects. The time period covered by the interviews is 1880 to 1989.
Hester H. Withey was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on June 20 and 21, 1989 at the WEC International headquarters in Port Washington, Pennsylvania.
Series: Paper Records (Box List)
This collection also contains a manuscript written by Hester Withey to be submitted for publication in book being written on mission work among Tibetans titled The Kantze Arrival Story (folder 1) . The manuscript describes a trip she took with missionary colleagues during the 1940s to Kantze, China.
- Created: 1989
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Full Name: Hester Hartzell Withey
Born: March 21, 1913, at the Quiongua Mission Station of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Angola, Africa
Died: August 31, 2010
Parents: Herbert "Bertie" Cookman Withey and Ruth (Bassett) Withey, missionaries to Angola with the Methodist Episcopal Church; father did translation work
Siblings: Sister (18 months younger), brother (five years younger)
Raised: Angola, California, and Cape Town, South Africa
1929?-1933 University of Cape Town, BA in English and French
1936-1939 Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, Graduate nursing program
1940? Women and Children's Hospital, Chicago. State registration in South Africa and Illinois (registration lapsed while in China)
1940 Applied to WEC mission board and was accepted
1946 Began WEC headquarters training
1947-1948 Operated a rural medical clinic in Kangding [formerly Kangting] in western China near Tibetan border
1948-1950 Established dispensary in Kantse
1950 Returned to Kangding after communist army arrived in Kantse
1951 WEC team escorted out of China
1951 Waited in Hong Kong for visa to India
1951-1956/7 Assigned to India near Nepal border
1956/7-1977 Worked in Darjeeling area; worked with Tibetans and Nepali church women; began conference ministry with speakers from G.W. North's group in England, and ran "fellowship house"
1976-1978 Reassigned to Lucknow, India; helped in various projects for Bethel, and some work on chorus book for Darjeeling
1978-1982 Assigned to Delhi; continued conference ministry with speakers and ran a "fellowship house"
1982 Left India to retire from field service, ca. 1983
1984-? Retired status, but taught course at WEC headquarters in Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania
1985 Traveled to Tibet
First furlough 2-17-57 to 4-20-58
Second furlough 8-10-64 to 9-19-65
Third furlough 5-12-71 to 6-23-72
Fourth mini-furlough 4-25-78 to 9-8-78
Last furlough 5-1-82 to March 1983
0.10 Cubic Feet (1 Folder, 12 Reels of Audio Tape)
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Hester Hartzell Withey in June 1989.
Accessions 89-64, 89-66
April 23, 1997
- Bible colleges.
- Buddhists -- China.
- Buddhists -- Tibet (China)
- Caste -- India.
- Caste. -- Nepal.
- Chicago Evangelistic Institute (Ill.)
- Children of missionaries.
- China. -- Social life and customs.
- China. -- Travel and description.
- Christian life.
- Christian literature -- Publication and distribution -- China.
- Christian literature -- Publication and distribution -- Tibet (China)
- Christian literature -- Publication and distribution.
- Christian literature.
- Christianity and culture -- China.
- Christianity and culture -- Nepal.
- Christianity and culture -- Tibet.
- Christianity and culture.
- Church development, New
- Church development, New -- China.
- Church development, New -- India.
- Communism -- China.
- Dalai Lama.
- Evangelicalism -- South Africa.
- Evangelistic work -- China.
- Evangelistic work -- India.
- Evangelistic work -- Nepal.
- Evangelistic work -- Tibet (China)
- Evangelistic work.
- George, A. K.
- Idols and images.
- Interpersonal conflict.
- Language in missionary work.
- Medical care
- Medical care -- China.
- Medical care -- India.
- Missionaries -- Training of.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missions -- Angola.
- Missions -- China.
- Missions -- India.
- Missions -- Tibet.
- Missions to Buddhists
- Missions to Buddhists -- China.
- Missions to Buddhists -- India.
- Nepal -- Religion.
- North, G. W.
- Pentecostalism--Catholic Church
- Persecution -- China.
- Refugees -- Tibet.
- Revivals -- India.
- Singh, Bakht.
- WEC International.
- Withey, Hester H.
- Women -- Religious life.
- Women missionaries.
- Woodward, David.
- World War, 1914-1918.
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