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Papers of the RBMU concerning the Congo, India, Nepal and Peru from the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, New College, University of Edinburgh

Part 2: Correspondence and Reports of the RBMU - the Congo Mission, 1888-1955

The Regions Beyond Missionary Union (RBMU) dates back to 1873 and Henry Grattan Guiness's pioneering missionary work in the East End of London.  As it evolved, the RBMU specialised in:

  • The training of missionaries - By 1903, their interdenominational Harley House Institute in Bow had trained 887 men and 281 women for missionary service all over trhe world with a wide variety of missionary organisations.
  • Sponsoring missions at the boundaries of Empire - literally reaching the parts that other missionary organisations found it difficult to reach.  RBMU's biggest successes were in the Congo, Northern India, Nepal and Peru.
  • Reporting on and assisting with the activities of numerous small, independent missionary groups in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Part 2 is devoted to the records of the Congo Mission, 1880-1884 and the Congo Balolo Mission, 1888-1955.  The letters and diaries provide first hand evidence of anti-slavery activity, cannibalism, local warfare, and problems caused by colonial expansion.

The RBMU archive is a rich resouce for anthropologists, cultural historians, missiologists and those involved with area studies. 

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