Collection 470 Oral History Interview with Sadie Custer
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Sadie Custer (1911-2007) in which she discusses her childhood, conversion, education at Moody Bible Institute, joining the China Inland Mission, arrival in China in 1936, the Chinese language, work in Shensi province, Bible teaching, transition from missionary to Chinese leadership, the Three Self Movement, the Communist revolution in China and its effect on missions, the Sino-Japanese Conflict, work in Malaysia among Chinese, living in an area in Malaysia contested by the government and communist guerillas, work with the Paiwan tribe in Taiwan, retirement in 1976 and prayer ministry in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The time period covered by the interviews is 1911 to 1992.
Sadie Custer was interviewed by Robert Shuster on December, 10, 1992, at the Lammermuir Retirement Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The interviews were originally recorded on two cassette tapes and later transferred to three reel-to-reel master tapes.
- Created: 1992
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Full Name: Sadie Custer
Birth Date: January 29, 1911, in Allendale, Michigan
Death Date: February 18, 2007
Parents: Benjamin and Sadie Visser Custer
Siblings: Four brothers and three sisters [Custer was the sixth of the eight]
Marital Status: Single
Denominational Affiliation: Christian Reformed Church, nondenominational church
Conversion: Dr. De Haan led her to the Lord ca. 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Completed the available ten grades at community high school
1932 Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois
1936 Accepted into China Inland Mission
1936-1944 Pioneer evangelism and Bible teaching in New Market, Shensi Province
1946-1951 Evangelism and Bible teaching in Shensi Province
1955-1972 Itinerant Bible teacher in villages in Pahang State, Malaysia
1973-1976 Worked with the Paiwan tribe in Taiwan
1976 Retired to Grand Rapids area in Michigan
1987 Moved to OMF's retirement center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
3.00 Audio Tapes
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The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Sadie Custer in December 1992.
November 24, 1997
Paul A. Ericksen
- Bible -- Study and teaching.
- China Inland Mission.
- Chinese -- Missions.
- Christian education -- China.
- Christian education -- Taiwan.
- Christian education.
- Christian life.
- Christianity and culture -- China.
- Christianity and culture.
- Chung-kuo kuo min tang.
- Communism -- China.
- Communism -- Malaysia.
- Custer, Sadie.
- Evangelistic work -- China -- History
- Evangelistic work -- China -- History -- 1937-1945.
- Evangelistic work -- China -- History -- 1949-
- Evangelistic work -- China -- Religion.
- Evangelistic work -- China.
- Evangelistic work -- Malaysia.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Evangelistic work.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- China.
- Malaysia -- Religion.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- Leaves and furloughs.
- Missions -- China.
- Missions -- Malaysia.
- Missions -- Rural work.
- Missions -- Taiwan.
- Moody Bible Institute.
- Overseas Missionary Fellowship.
- Paiwan (Taiwan people)
- Prayer groups -- United States.
- Prayer groups.
- Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945.
- Taiwan -- Religion.
- Women -- Religious life.
- Women missionaries.
- Collection 470 Oral History Interview with Sadie Custer
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