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Collection 470 Oral History Interview with Sadie Custer

Identifier: CN 470

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

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection

Biographical Information

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

154 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Sadie Custer in December 1992.

November 24, 1997

Accession: 92-154

Paul A. Ericksen

L. Ellison

Collection 470 Oral History Interview with Sadie Custer
Paul Ericksen
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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