Collection 724 Margery E. Dickinson Papers
This collection consists of Dickinson's prayer letters to her supporters; copies of "Gleaning's for God's Servants," the newsletters of the counseling ministry of the Bible Clubs Movement (BCM), and oral history interviews with Dickinson. The materials describe her background, education, and decades of ministry in the United States and the Democratic Republic of Congo forming Bible clubs, training Bible club teachers, preparing curricula for the clubs, and providing counseling services for BCM missionaries and others in the United States and Congo.
- Dickinson, Margery E. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Two brief segments of Tape 3 are closed to users until October 26, 2071. No audio files or transcripts of these segments will be available for researchers before that date. Researchers may use an edited version of T3 from which these segments have been removed.
Conditions Governing Use
The donor retains all intellectual rights to the following articles in the newsletter Gleanings in folder 1-4, including the right to publish. The donor does give permission to others to quote from Gleanings provide they attribute the quotations from the Gleanings newsletters.The articles are:
FULL NAME: Margery Elsie Livingston Dickinson
BIRTH: 1940 in Petoskey, Michigan
CONVERSION: Starting at the age of 15 while at a Baptist summer camp, she had continuing struggle with her faith until received assurance of salvation while in college
OTHER SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION: Member of American Psychological Association (associate), Midwest Member Care Network (charter), Christian Therapists Bible Study, Association North America Missions, American Association of Christian Counselors
3 Sound Recordings : 398 minutes
1 document case : .5 linear feet
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Arrangement and Description of Materials
The collection consists of two series: I. Oral History interviews and II. Paper records.
I. Oral history interviews: Interviews of Dickinson in 2021 by Bob Shuster of the Archives staff.
T1 - Family background, childhood, conversion, education at Taylor University and Columbia Bible College, joining BCM and working in New Jersey; going to the Congo on a joint appointment with BCM and Africa Inland Mission. For more information, see the item description of this recording.
T2 - Continuation of T1. Work in the Congo starting Bible clubs and training teachers; memories of Bessie Traber; the church in Congo. For more information, see the item description of this recording.
T3 - Beginning a counseling ministry for BCM missionaries, her counseling education from the Wheaton Graduate School, counseling missionaries in Congo and the United States; development of her own faith and prayer life. For more information, see the item description of this recording.
II. Paper Records.
(Folder 1-4 means box 1, folder 4.)
This series includes more than four decades of Dickinson's prayer letters and e-mails and almost two decades of the "Gleanings for Gods' Servants," a newsletter from BCM counseling ministry.
Dickinson's prayer letters in folders 1-1, 1-2 and 1-3 were mimeographed or printed bulletins for her supporters and friends describing her monthly activities, achievements, challenges, and prayer needs. They give a complete picture of her ministry and the general work of BCM, which provided Bible training for children and youth. There are also a few general BCM newsletters among these and prayer letters from other BCM missionaries. Occasionally there are also newsletters of other BCM missionaries and activates. Folder 1981 contains a 1987 one-page summary of her educational and ministry experience up to that point. Even after her return to the United States in 1985, her prayer letters continued to contain reports on BCM activities in the Congo, especially of her BCM colleague Longboyo Anyamvoko (see spring 1996, December 1998, May 2017). Folder 1-2 contains information on the start of member-care ministry for BCM workers, which continued Dickinson's counseling activities. She also periodically visited Congo again and described these visits in her bulletins. Folder 1-2 also contains information about her marriage to Rev. Hugh Dickinson. Almost all the bulletins in folder 1-3 are e-mail messages.
Folder 1-4 contains what seems to be a complete set of the "Gleanings for God's Servants" newsletter. This was issued by the counseling department of BCM, later the members-care department. The newsletter was edited by Donna Culver for its entire existence, and Margery Livingston Dickinson served as the advising psychologist for the publication from 1991 until 2022. There is a January 3, 2002, e-mail describing her work with the newsletter. The newsletter contained some news but it was mainly concerned with advice and tips for dealing with stress, burnout, marital conflict, and other psychological issues.
Acc. 21-26, 21-35
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- Adams, Jay E., 1929-
- Africa Inland Mission International.
- Benner, David G. (1947-)
- Bible -- Study and teaching.
- Bible Club Movement.
- Burnout (Psychology)
- CECA. Communauté Evangélique au Centre de l’Afrique (1912-) (Congo)
- Carmichael, Amy, 1867-1951.
- Child Evangelism Fellowship.
- Children -- Conversion to Christianity.
- Church of Christ in the Congo.
- Church work with children.
- Church work with youth.
- Columbia Bible College (Columbia, S.C.)
- Congo, -- History,
- Conversion -- Christianity.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Counseling -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
- Deans, William A. (William Alexander)
- Egilse de J'esus-Christ sur la terre par le proph'ete Simon Kimbangu (Democratic Republic of Congo)
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History
- Gration, John Alexander, 1929-
- Hatch, James M.
- Internet in church work.
- Jones, Stanton L.
- Jordan, Bernice Claire, 1902-1964
- Kesler, Jay.
- Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.
- Lewis, Chuck (Charles W.)
- Mental health counseling.
- Nelson, Jane.
- Paul, Victor.
- Paxson, Ruth.
- Pentecostalism -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Psychology -- Christianity.
- Psychology and religion.
- Religion in the public schools -- United States.
- Swahili language.
- Taylor University (Upland, Ind.)
- Tilley, Florence
- Traber, Bessie., 1889-1979
- White, Frances Jayne
- Winsor, Earl.
- Worship -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Margery E. Livingston Dickinson Papers
- Bob Shuster
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