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Collection 611 Oral History Interview with Mary Ann Miller

Identifier: CN 611

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Mary Ann (Shook) Miller a missionary with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) to the Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and the Central African Republic. Topics discussed include her family background; conversion to Christianity; education at Wheaton College; InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Urbana Conference; call to the mission field; history of AIM; preparation for the mission field; language training; descriptions of her first mission station; traditional tribal religious culture in Zaire (now DRC); state of the local church in Zaire; the Theological Education by Extension program (TEE); contextual evangelism; challenges of raising children on the mission field, and descriptions of the Zande people. The time period covered by the interview is ca.1936 to 1988.

Mary Ann Miller was interviewed by Julie Schwemin on November 9, 1988, at Miller’s home in Wheaton, Illinois. This interview was conducted as part of a Wheaton College class assignment.


  • Created: 1988

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Full Name: Mary Ann (Shook) Miller

Birth: ca. 1936, South Dakota


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


1958 - Graduated from Wheaton College with a BA degree (majored in Christian education)


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


1.00 Audio Tape

90 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

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

Accession: 89-6

February 21, 2005

Wayne D. Weber

Collection 611 Oral History Interview with Mary Ann Miller
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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