Collection 568 Oral History Interviews with Joan M. Wise
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews in which Wise talks about her Catholic childhood; the influence of the Jesus People movement; David Rose; her conversion experience; joining Youth With A Missions (YWAM); work with Vietnamese refugee youth in Hong Kong; the Revival Christian Church of Hong Kong; becoming an independent missionary; creating Sunday schools in north and south Vietnam; Church and state in Vietnam; condition of the church in Vietnam; speaking in tongues; miracles in Vietnam; ancestor worship in Vietnam; manifestations of the Holy Spirit among the Stieng people; work among the Haroi people, including Bible translation.
- Wise, Joan M. (Person)
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Full name: Joan “Joni” Marie Wise
Birth: August 10, 1955 in Kansas City, Kansas
Parents: Ed K. and Johanna (Marciewicz) Wise
Siblings: Two younger sisters
Marital Status: Single
Conversion: At about the age of 15, privately a few days after hearing the testimonies of a Christian rock band at her high school
?-1973 - Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, Kansas
? - Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
1977 - Attended a three-month Youth with a Mission (YWAM) school in Denmark
1978 - Attended a YWAM navigation school in Hawaii
1979?-1981 - Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. Graduated with a BS in Education.
1998-2000 - Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Graduated with a MA in Biblical Theology.
2011-2020 - Middlesex University, United Kingdom. .Earned a PhD in Philosophy.
1981-1982? - Fifth grade teacher in a Catholic school near Kansas City
1983, 1985-1988 - Involved in evangelistic work and Christian education among Vietnamese refugee youths in Hong Kong with Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
1989-1994 - Working with the Revival Christian Church in Hong Kong among Vietnamese refugees (supported by the Full Faith of Love Church West, Shawnee, Kansas)
1994-1998 - Working as an independent missionary in Vietnam (supported by the Full Faith of Love Church West, Shawnee, Kansas)
Post-2000 - Worked with the Stieng people group in eastern Cambodia as a member of Anglican Frontier Missions
Post-2000 - Professor at Missional University, an online institution based in North Augusta, South Carolina
Post-2000 - Founder and director at We Love Kids, a non-profit organization which provides scholarships for children to attend local and private schools in Southern Vietnam and Cambodia
Post-2000 - Member of the Motus Dei research group for Unevangelized People Groups and People Movements
Post-2000 - Adjunct professor in Theology at Bethel Global University, Bloomington, Minnesota
Other significant information:
Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, “Seeking Christian Enculturation Among Vietnamese Evangelicals.”
4 Sound Recordings
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives by Joan Wise in September and October, 2000.
Accession: 00-51, 00-55, 00-65
November 10, 2022
- Ancestor worship -- Vietnam.
- Animism -- Vietnam.
- Catholic Church. -- United States.
- Children -- Conversion to Christianity.
- Children -- Vietnam -- Conversion to Christianity.
- Christian and Missionary Alliance -- Missions -- Vietnam.
- Church and state -- Vietnam.
- Church work with children -- Vietnam.
- Church work with refugees -- Hong Kong.
- Communism -- Vietnam.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Evangelicalism -- Vietnam.
- Evangelistic work -- Vietnam.
- Haroi language.
- Healing -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
- Hmong (Asian people)
- Holy Spirit.
- Jesus People -- United States
- Missions -- Vietnam.
- Occultism -- Vietnam.
- Pentecostalism -- United States.
- Providence and government of God.
- Refugees -- Vietnam.
- Stieng (Southeast Asian people)
- Syncretism (Religion).
- Tribes -- Vietnam.
- Vietnam -- Politics and government -- 1945-1975.
- Visions -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
- Wycliffe Bible Translators.
- Youth with a Mission, Inc.
- Collection 568 Oral History Interviews with Joan M. Wise
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