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Collection 207 Papers of Mark Larson

Identifier: CN 207

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

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Accession 82-42

September 1, 1982

Galen R. Wilson

Revised, February 14, 1997

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Collection 207 Papers of Mark R. Larson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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