Collection 480 Oral History Interviews with Margaret L. Clapper
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Margaret L. Clapper (1912-2005), missionary with Africa Inland Mission in Belgian Congo/Zaire from 1939-1980. Topics covered in two sessions include her youth, conversion, Bible school education at Moody Bible Institute, missionary work in central Africa, Belgian administration of the Congo, work among pygmies, Zaire politics and government, independence of the country in 1960 and the Simba rebellion, transition from mission to national authority, singleness, role of women in church and mission, the transition of churches from mission to national Christian leadership and spiritual hardships of missionary work. The time period covered by the interviews is 1912 to 1993.
Margaret L. Clapper was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on January 19 and 22, 1993 at the Africa Inland Mission Media Retirement Center in Clermont, Florida.
- Created: 1993
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Full Name: Margaret L. Clapper
Birth Date: February 13, 1912, in East Canton, Ohio, to a family of farmers
Death Date: December 19, 2005
Family: Parents: Alph and Emma (Schramm) Clapper
Siblings: Fourth of ten children
Marital Status: Single
Conversion: ca. 1928 through her pastor, David Sellers
1935-1938 Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois
1938 Joined Africa Inland Mission
April 1939 Sailed to Africa (landing at Mombasa) with a party of missionaries.
1939-1940 Girl's home at Kasengu in the Belgian Congo
1940-1950 Worked in the girls' school and home in Rethy in the Belgian Congo
1945 Furlough in the United States
1950-1955 Biasiko among pygmies in forest 1955-1963 Taught at Bible school in Oicha, Belgian Congo, later Congo, continued to work among the pygmies until 1960
1964-1966 Could not return to Zaire because of the Simba rebellion, so worked in Kenya at Nyakach, then Ogada
1966-1970 Taught at Bible school in Oicha
1970-1974 Taught at Bible school in Linga, Zaire
1974-1980 Returned to Oicha and taught in the Bible school
1981 Moved to Media Retirement Center in Florida. Became involved in an evangelistic work to Mexican migrant workers in Groveland and Mascotte, Florida, and also visited local prisoners.
Other significant information:
While she was growing up, she and her family were members of the German Reformed Church. Later moved to the Canton Christian Home in Canton, Ohio where she led the Bible study and was otherwise active in ministry.
4.00 Audio Tapes
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Margaret L. Clapper in January 1993.
January 4, 2001
- Animism -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Becker, Carl K., Jr.
- Bell, James W.
- Bible -- Memorizing.
- Bible -- Translating.
- Boarding schools -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Boarding schools.
- Children of missionaries -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Children of missionaries.
- Christian life.
- Church discipline.
- Church work with prisoners -- Kenya.
- Church work with prisoners.
- Clapper, Margaret L.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History
- Evangelistic work -- Music.
- Evangelistic work.
- Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Congo.
- Funeral rites and ceremonies.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Ituri Forest (Congo)
- Language in missionary work.
- Lord's Supper.
- Marriage -- Christianity.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missions -- Congo (Democratic Republic).
- Missions -- Finance.
- Moody Bible Institute -- Alumni.
- Moody Bible Institute.
- Polygamy -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Prisoners -- Kenya.
- Sex role -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Sex role.
- Women -- Religious life.
- Worship -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Worship -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History
- Worship -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1908-1960.
- Worship -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- Civil War, 1960-1965.
- Youth -- Belgium
- Youth -- Belgium -- Administration.
- Zande (African people)
- Collection 480 Oral History Interviews with Margaret L. Clapper
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