Collection 576 Oral History Interviews with Raymond Attawia
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Raymond Attawia. Topics discussed include his family background and childhood in Sierra Leone, his spiritual seeking as a teenager, conversion through the ministry of the Christians in Action Mission; his involvement in various positions of leadership in the Christians in Action church in the country, including National Superintendent; the civil war in Sierra Leone and its impact on the church; the Evangelical churches in the country in 2002, his attendance at Amsterdam 2000 conference and impressions of Billy Graham. The time period covered in the interviews is 1977 to 2002.
Raymond Attawia was interviewed by Bob Shuster in November 2001 and January 2002 in the office of the Billy Graham Center Archives.
- Attawia, Raymond (Person)
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Full name: Raymond Sylvanus Kwa Attawia
Birth: January 10, 1961 in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Parents: Father was an immigrant from Togo
Siblings: Two brothers, a half sister
Marital Status: Married to Patricia
Conversion: May 25, 1978 by a visitor from the Christians in Action Church
1972-1977: Albert Academy, Freetown, Sierra Leone
1977-1979: Prince of Wales School, Freetown, Sierra Leone
1979-1981: Christians in Action training school, Sierra Leone
1987-1991: Sierra Leone Bible College, graduated with a B.Th.
2001-2003: Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois, received a MA in Biblical Exegesis
2008-2010: Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, MA in Economics
2008-2016: Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, PhD in Economics
1981-1987: Pastor, Christian in Action church, Freetown, Sierra Leone
1991-2001: National Superintendent in Sierra Leone of Christians in Action churches founded 4 churches. During this period the denomination grew from five to twenty-two churches
1998-2000: President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone
1998-? Produced 105 minutes per week of Christian radio broadcasts
July 2000: Attended Amsterdam 2000, a conference for itinerant evangelists sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
2003-2016: Part-time pastor at Second Presbyterian Church, Aurora, Illinois
2012-2016: Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois
2015-2016: Adjunct Faculty Instructor, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
2016- Assistant professor of economics, Southern Wesleyan University, Central, South Carolina
Other significant information
Became a citizen of the United States after graduating from Wheaton
3 Audio Tapes
Language of Materials
Additions and Accruals
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Raymond Attawia in November 2001 and January 2002.
Accession: 01-65, 02-08
December 12, 2019
- Amsterdam 2000
- Bangura, Zainab
- Christian education -- Sierra Leone
- Christian leadership.
- Christians in Action Missions International
- Church growth -- Sierra Leone
- Cities and towns.
- Clergy -- Training of -- Sierra Leone
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Evangelicalism -- Sierra Leone
- Evangelistic work -- Sierra Leone.
- Freetown (Sierra Leone)
- Freetown (Sierra Leone) -- Social conditions
- Graham, Billy, 1918-2018.
- Indigenous church administration
- Missions -- Sierra Leone.
- Scripture Union
- Sierra Leone -- Church history -- 20th century
- Sierra Leone -- Civil War, 1991-2002
- Sierra Leone Bible College
- Wiebe, Kenneth
- Youth for Christ -- Sierra Leone
- Collection 576 Oral History Interviews with Raymond Attawia
- Bob Shuster
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