Collection 530 Oral History Interview with Ruby B. Maynard
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Ruby Beatrice (Arnold) Maynard (1912-1998), medical missionary in Tanzania from 1938-1984 with Africa Inland Mission. Topics discussed include Maynard's childhood; conversion; education at Moody Bible Institute; managing the hospital and leprosarium in Tanzania; the development of the African Inland Church in Tanzania; Dr. Nina Maynard's work at the Kolo Ndoto hospital; Ruby Maynard's marriage to station supervisor, William Maynard; challenges of missionary life; relationship between AIM and the British colonial government; Tanzanian independence in 1961; Tanzanian culture; and changes in AIM missionary service during her 46 years as a missionary. The time period covered by the interviews is 1912 to 1984.
Ruby Maynard was interviewed by Robert Shuster on April 19, 1996 at the Africa Inland Mission Retirement Center in Clermont, FL.
- Created: 1996
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Full Name: Ruby Beatrice Arnold Maynard
Birth: September 25, 1912 in Arnold Station, KY
Death: July 28, 1998
Parents: Fred and Lillian Arnold
Marital Status: married William Maynard on January 15, 1948 in Tanzania.
1925 - Converted due to the influence of Sunday School teacher, Leota Beck at age 13.
1931-1935 - Moody Bible Institute, Medical Missions diploma
1937 - Toronto Bible College, Nursing at Home diploma
1938 - Sailed to Africa on April 1. First station at Ukerewe Island on Lake Victoria in Tanganyika under station supervisor Frank Manning.
1943 - Revival on Ukerewe Island.
1944-1946 - First furlough in the United States, arriving in 1945 due to travel delays caused by WWII.
1946 - Transferred to Kola Ndoto station after returning from furlough to oversee the leprosarium. Hospital supervisor Dr. Nina Maynard died from stomach cancer the same year.
1948 - Married William "Nangi" Maynard.
1951-1952 - Furlough
1961 - Administration of mission operations turned over to the African Inland Church in Tanzania following independence from Great Britain that same year.
1969 - William Maynard died on June 15.
1971-1972 - Furlough
1974-1976 - Furlough
1983 - Returned from Tanzania to the United States
1984 - Officially retired from AIM mission work and moved to AIM Media Retirement Center in Clermont, FL.
Other Significant Information:
After retiring from the mission field, Maynard lived in the AIM Media Retirement Center with another former AIM missionary, B. Renee Paul. Paul, who served in Congo and Kenya, is heard speaking at the end of Tape 3.
3 Audio Tapes
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Ruby Maynard in April 1996.
October 24, 2012
Revised and updated
December 15, 2015
Katherine J. Graber
- Africa Inland Church.
- Africa Inland Mission.
- Children -- Conversion to Christianity.
- Church grown
- Church grown -- Tanzania
- Great Britain
- Great Britain -- Administration.
- Kola Ndoto (Tanzania)
- Maynard, Nina.
- Maynard, Ruby.
- Maynard, William J.
- Medical care
- Medical care -- Tanzania
- Missionaries -- Training of.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missions -- Administration.
- Missions -- Africa, East.
- Missions -- Africa.
- Missions -- Tanzania.
- Missions to leprosy patients
- Missions, Medical.
- Moody Bible Institute.
- Nursing schools
- Nursing schools -- Canada
- Nyerere, Julius K., 1922-1999.
- Religion, Primitive
- Revivals -- Africa, East.
- Revivals -- Tanzania.
- Smith, Wilbur, M. (Wilbur Morehead), 1894-1976.
- Tanzania -- Church history
- Tanzania -- Church history -- 20th century
- Tanzania -- History
- Tanzania -- History -- 20th century
- Tanzania -- Independence, 1961
- Tribes and tribal system
- Tyndale College and Seminary, Ontario, Canada
- Ukerewe District (Tanzania)
- Women missionaries.
- Collection 530 Oral History Interview with Ruby B. Maynard
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