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Collection 680 Papers of the Almond Family

 Collection
Identifier: CN 680

Scope and Contents

Diaries and oral history interviews documenting the work of Overseas Missionary Fellowship (China Inland Mission) workers Louis Almond, his first wife Stella and his second wife Helen in China (1949-1951), Thailand and the United States. Helen’s interview also describes the activities of the United States office of OMF, where she worked for many years.

Dates

  • 1949-1951, 2015-2016

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Tape 2 of the oral history series will not be available online until January 1, 2040. Prior to that date, the sound recording will be available for research only in the Manuscripts Reading Room. The diaries in this collection exist only as digital copies, which are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright to the sound recordings in this collection is held by the Billy Graham Center Archives.

Biographical Information

Full name: Helen Mitchell (Duncan Sutherland) Almond

Birth: March 30, 1930 in Paxtang, Pennsylvania

Family

Parents: Margaret Mitchell Duncan and Paul Duncan

Siblings: Paul Clayton Jr. and Mildred

Marital Status: Married George Sutherland, OMF treasurer, ca. 1960. He died ca. 1967

Married: Louis Almond November 25, 1989

Children: Elizabeth Lenna and Paul David, both with George Sutherland

Conversion: At approximately the age of eighteen while attending a Bible study, influenced by the death of her friend Helen

Education

1949? -1952 - Philadelphia Bible Institute

1958 - Additional year of study at Philadelphia Bible Institute

Career

1948-1949 - Worked as a secretary at an insurance company

Summer 1949 - Registrar at Camp Lucerne [?] in south central Pennsylvania

1949-1952? - Worked in the Philadelphia Bible Institute Bookstore

1952? -1953? - Staff member of Child Evangelism Fellowship

1953? -1958 - Worked as a secretary at UIG

Summer 1958? - Secretary at Word of Life Inn on Schroon Lake, New York

1958-1988 - Joined OMF-USA staff after attending candidate school in the spring

1958-1960? Secretary to the editor of OMF’s magazine, East Asia Millions

1960? -1962? - Hostess of the OMF mission home in Philadelphia

1963? -1973 - Typing and mailing missionaries’ letters to their supporters and typing and mailing gift receipts

1973-1978 - Bookkeeper for OMF-USA

1978-1988 - In charge of filling orders for OMF books

1988-1989 - Bookkeeper for OMF-USA

1989 - Retired to Calvary Fellowship Himes, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Full name: Stella Mae (Bills) Almond

Birth: August 16, 1917, in Paris, Texas, United States

Death: November 1, 1988 in Dallas, Texas, United States

Family

Parents: William Richard Bills, Sr and Eula Mae (Kelley) Bills

Siblings: 10 brothers and sisters

Marital Status: Married Walter Louis Almond Jr. in November 1951 in Hong Kong

Children: David, Paul, Rebecca, and Elizabeth

Conversion: At the age of eleven

Education

?-? - Attended night classes at Dallas Bible Institute, Dallas, Texas, United States

1943? -1946 - Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Career

?-? - Office worker for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company

1946 - Accepted by CIM, sailed for China in December

February-November, 1951 - Under a form of house arrest by Chinese Communist authorities until she and fellow missionary Lilliam Fletcher were allowed to leave the country.

1951-1953 - On leave in the United States. During this time, CIM reorganized as the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF), working in Southeast Asia. During this time Stella married Louis Almond and they worked together through all their subsequent years in Thailand

March-October 1953 - Language school in Bangkok, Thailand

1972-1973 - Furlough in the United States

1973-1974 - OMF representatives in Texas, working with various university student ministries to raise awareness of missions and to recruit for OMF, with visit to Thailand in October 1974

October 1953-1959 - OMF worker in Paknampho, Thailand. While in Thailand all through the years the Almond’s ministry included church planting, leading Bible studies, teaching English as a second language, setting up short-term Bible schools and believers conferences, teaching child evangelism, and distributing Bible and Christian literature

May 1957-March 1958 - Furlough in the United States

1959-1960 - OMF missionary in Pichit, Thailand

1960-1962 - OMF missionary in Manorom, Thailand

May 1962- April 1963 - Furlough in the United States

1963-1967 - OMF missionary in Chumsaeng, Thailand

May 1967-May 1968 - Furlough in the United States

1967-1969 - OMF missionary in Nongbua, Thailand

June 1972-June 1974 - OMF representatives in Texas, working with various university student ministries to raise awareness of missions and to recruit for OMF, with visit to Thailand in October 1974

1975-1977 - Planted churches in Singburi and Paknampho, Thailand

1977-1978 - OMF representatives in Texas, working with various university student ministries to raise awareness of missions and to recruit for OMF

1980-1982 - Leave of absence from OMF, continued to work with new churches in Hua Hin and Paknampho, Thailand

1982-1983 - Served as a church planter in Nakhon Sawen, Thailand, of a congregation mostly Chinese

1983 - Louis and Stella retired from OMF, while continuing to serve as OMF representatives in Texas

1987 - Louis and Stella served as host and hostess at the OMF guest house in Hua Hin, Thailand

Full name: Walter Louis Almond Jr. (usually called Louis)

Birth: March 12, 1922 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Family

Parents: Walter Louis Almond Sr. and Alice Lillian (Dodson) Almond

Siblings: Five brothers and three girls

Marital Status: Married Stella Mae Bills in Hong Kong, November 1951. Stella died in 1988

Married: Helen M. Sutherland November 25, 1989

Children: Four children with Stella: David, Paul, Rebecca and Elisabeth Conversion Ca. Easter 1944, after a chapel service on the aircraft carrier on which he was stationed

Ordination: October 9, 1949 in Schofield Memorial Church in Dallas, Texas

Education

1936? -1939? - Studied for two and a half years at Corcoran School of Art in Washington, District of Columbia, United States 1939? -1942 - Returned to high school after art school to get his diploma but dropped out six months before graduation to join the United States Navy.

1946-1949 - Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Career

1942-1945? - Sailor in the United States Navy for three years

August 1949 - Accepted by China Inland Mission (CIM)

1949-1950 - CIM language school in Chunking, expelled from China by new Communist government

1951-1953 - On leave in the United States. During this time, CIM reorganized as the OMF, working in Southeast Asia. During this time Louis married Stella Bills and they worked together through all their subsequent years in Thailand

March-October, 1953 - Attended OMF language school in Bangkok, Thailand

October 1953-1959 - OMF worker in Paknampho, Thailand. While in Thailand all through the years the Almond’s ministry included church planting, leading Bible studies, teaching English as a second language, setting up short-term Bible schools and believers conferences, teaching child evangelism, and distributing Bible and Christian literature

May 1957-March 1958 - Furlough in the United States

1959-1960 - OMF missionary in Pichit, Thailand

1960-1962 - OMF missionary in Manorom, Thailand

May 1962- April 1963 - Furlough in the United States

1963-1967 - OMF missionary in Chumsaeng, Thailand

May 1967-May 1968 - Furlough in the United States

1967-1969 - OMF missionary in Nongbua, Thailand

1969-1972 - OMF missionary in Paknampho, Thailand

June 1972-June 1974 - OMF representatives in Texas, working with various university student ministries to raise awareness of missions and to recruit for OMF, with visit to Thailand in October 1974

1975-1977 - Planted churches in Singburi and Paknampho, Thailand

1977-1978 - OMF representatives in Texas, working with various university student ministries to raise awareness of missions and to recruit for OMF

1980-1982 - Leave of absence from OMF, continued to work with new churches in Hua Hin and Paknampho, Thailand

1982-1983 - Served as a church planter in Nakhon Sawen, Thailand, of a congregation mostly Chinese

1983 - Louis and Stella retired from OMF, while continuing to serve as OMF representatives in Texas

1987 - Louis and Stella served as host and hostess at the OMF guest house in Hua Hin, Thailand 1989 - Moved to Calvary Fellowship Homes in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Extent

3 Sound Recordings

4 Digital folders

Language of Materials

English

Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Louis and Helen Almond in August of 2014 2015, 2016.

Accession: 14-32, 15-27, 16-24, 16-25

May 28, 2020

Bob Shuster

E. Janvier
Title
Collection 680 Papers of the Almond Family
Author
Bob Shuster
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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