Collection 207 Papers of Mark Larson
Scope and Contents
One oral history interview with Mark Richard Larson concerning his experiences as a missionary under Sudan Interior Mission in Nigeria, 1979-1981. Centers on agricultural mission work in the Kano area of northern Nigeria. Also included in the collection are prayer letters dated from October 1982 to August 1984 and an Sudan Interior Mission Prayer Guide (folder 1-2), and a scrapbook (folder 1-1). The scrapbook was used as a point of reference throughout the interview and should be used by researchers in tandem with the recording.
Mark Larson was interviewed by Galen Wilson on March 24, 1982, at the Billy Graham Center Archives.
- Created: 1981-1984
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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Biographical or Historical Information
Mark Richard Larson was born in Geneva, Illinois, June 9, 1956, the son of A. Raymond and Marianne Akerstrom Larson. As a teenager, he joined the Evangelical Covenant Church of Batavia, Illinois. He attended the Geneva public schools, graduating from its high school in 1974. He received a B.S. degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1978.
Larson applied to Sudan Interior Mission in the summer of 1978. He attended SIM's candidate school in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, in November of that year and was accepted for service. Aside from his time at this school, he was employed by a poultry farm near Champaign, Illinois, from mid-1978 to April 1979. In June 1979 Larson flew to Kano, Nigeria, to begin a two-year term in an agricultural ministry to the Kano area.
He returned to the United States in 1981 and enrolled in the Interdisciplinary track of Wheaton Graduate School. In June 1982 he returned to Nigeria under SIM, where he planned to complete his graduate degree while continuing mission work. In August 1984, Larson returned to Wheaton College Graduate School and received an M.A. in 1986. In December 1984, he married Ilse Marie (Immie) Wiebe.
0.20 Cubic Feet (1 Box (DC), Audio Tape)
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were received by the Billy Graham Center Archives from Mark Larson in March 1982. His scrapbook was photocopied, and the original returned.
September 1, 1982
Galen R. Wilson
Revised, February 14, 1997
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
- Agricultural development projects.
- Agricultural development projects. -- Nigeria.
- Agriculture. -- Economic aspects.
- Animism -- Nigeria.
- Christian education -- Nigeria.
- Christian education.
- Christian life.
- College students in missionary work.
- Community development -- Nigeria.
- Community development.
- Education -- Nigeria.
- Evangelical Churches of West Africa.
- Evangelistic work -- Nigeria.
- Evangelistic work.
- Fula (African people)
- Hausa language.
- Kano (Nigeria)
- Language in missionary work.
- Larson, Mark.
- Maguzawa (African people)
- Missionaries -- Training of.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missions -- Educational work.
- Missions -- Agricultural work
- Missions -- Nigeria.
- Missions to Muslims -- Nigeria.
- Missions to Muslims.
- Muslims -- Nigeria.
- Nigeria -- Economic conditions.
- Nigeria -- Religion.
- Nigeria -- Social conditions.
- Rural missions.
- Sex role -- Nigeria.
- Sex role.
- Sudan Interior Mission.
- Tribes -- Nigeria.
- Collection 207 Papers of Mark R. Larson
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