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Collection 127 Ephemera of Kathy Bridegroom

Identifier: CN 127

Scope and Contents

Photographs, audio tapes, and prayer letters from Kathy Joan Bridegroom's two years as a Sudan Interior Mission worker at radio station ELWA in Liberia. Letters discuss her teaching experiences, cultural impressions, and mission activities. Ephemera from Bridegroom's missionary experiences consist of audio tapes and photographs from the ELWA mission compound including a Christmas program, closing service of summer Awana girls camp, and several worship services; pamphlets containing information on ELWA (folder 1-1); and prayer letters she wrote to prayer supporters in the United States (folder 1-2). The prayer letters contain references to the history of Liberia, local food prices, missionary recreational activities, and her teaching responsibilities.


  • Created: 1972-1974

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Kathy Bridegroom, the second of three children, was born on a small farm near Denair, California, on February 10, 1950. Her father was a self-employed welder and cattle farmer. Public schools near her home provided the basis of her early education as she graduated from Denair High School in 1968. Wheaton College awarded Bridegroom a B.A. degree in June 1972.

In September 1972 a teaching position became available on the Sudan Interior Mission station, ELWA, near Monrovia, Liberia. ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) was founded by three Wheaton grads with a vision for spreading the gospel in Africa. The mission compound included an academy, hospital, and radio station. Bridegroom served two years with the mission at ELWA teaching all age groups at the Academy. She also assisted with the music ministry teaching flute lessons, playing and singing at various functions, and helping plan special musical programs.

Returning to the United States in June 1974, Bridegroom continued her teaching career in Castro Valley, California.


1 Box

7 Audio Tapes

1 Photograph File

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were received by the Billy Graham Center Archives in July 1979.

Accession 79-81

June 19, 1980

Mary Ann Buffington

S. Kouns

Related Materials

The following items have been given to the EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS COLLECTION, BUSWELL LIBRARY.

Aunt Clara. Spider and Other Stories (Monrovia, Liberia: Radio Station ELWA; 1972).

Collection 127 Ephemera of Kathy Bridegroom
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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