Black Missionaries
Andrew Foster - Black Missionary

Andrew Foster

June 27, 1925 – December 3, 1987
  • became deaf through spinal meningitis at age 11
  • established Andrew Foster Christian Mission for the Deaf
  • established a school for the deaf in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1960, and two more in in Enugu and Kaduna, Nigeria in 1962
  • 1962 “Man of the Year” by Alpha Sigma Phi Featernity of Gallaudet College
  • started the first French-speaking school for the deaf in Ivory Coast in 1974
  • established schools for the deaf in Togo, Chad, Senegal, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire ( now Democratic Republic of Congo), Burkina Faso, Burundi, and Gabon
  • instrumental in sending a large number of African students to American colleges to receive further education

“Matthew 6:33 ought to be everyone’s motto.”

Black Missionary Bob Harrison

Bob Harrison

January 23, 1928 – March 4, 2012

  • grew up in what Harrison called “the San Francisco ghetto” and watched his father endure oppression and his family struggle through hard times
  • went through a season of doubt and frustration after dealing with racialized discrimination in Bible college and being refused ordination after graduating
  • accepted invitations to preach, pastored a church, and began traveling
  • ministered through Liberia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, and Nigeria, being met with incredible love and joy
  • traveled with Billy Graham in the U.S. for five years, where he read Scripture and prayed on stage and then coordinated various things behind the scenes
  • ministered throughout Europe, Asia, and South America

“Day after day and month after month I was proving to myself that the Black Christian was wanted – even desperately needed.”

Jaqueline Huggins

Jacqueline Huggins

October 22, 1949 –
  • endured great hardships and abuse growing up in Philadelphia resulting in her turning away from religion and then becoming a fortune teller at age 28
  • an encounter with the Holy Spirit brought her to repentance and faith and she then passionately pursued any type of ministry she could
  • during her time at Bible college, learned about Wycliffe Bible Translators and several years later became a member and began the work of translation
  • after training and raising support, moved to the Philippines in 1986
  • arrived to Cagayancillo in 1987 as a Bible translator and language consultant
  • was a keynote speaker at Urbana 1996
  • the dedication of the Kagayanen New Testament happened in 2006
  • currently LEAD (Language Education And Development) Consultant assisting teams with dictionary making

“I jumped at the change to encourage Filipino seminary students about the importance of learning the language and using Scriptures in the language of the people if they exist.”

  • born enslaved in 1750 in Virigina
  • some historians believe he was the first ordained African American pastor in America
  • helped to establish one of the first African American churches – Silver Bluff Baptist Church in South Carolina
  • in return for passage from the US to Kingston and payment for a debt, Liele indentured himself to a British officer named Colonel Kirkland
  • traveled with his family to Jamaica where he continued to work for Colonel Kirkland until he got his freedom
  • formed a church in 1784 and by 1793 had baptized around 500 converts
  • faced criticism and persecution from slave owners as they feared that their enslaved men and women would revolt if they became “religious”

“We hold to live as nigh the scriptures as we possibly can.”

  • grew up in Detroit, Michigan
  • went to Liberia in 1973 as a self-employed missionary
  • participated in reconciliation efforts during Liberia’s civil war and courageously continued to work during times of high tension and conflict, even allowing his home to be a refuge from rebel fighters
  • he and his family were among the last Americans to be airlifted out of Liberia in 1996
  • received the 18th annual Helping Hands Award for dedication to the people of Liberia from World Relief
  • has served as pastor, Bible college professor, Christian schoolteacher, foreign missionary, and national coordinator for the Cooperative Missions Network of the African Dispersion (COMINAD)

“What I have realized over the years is that if Christians communicate Jesus without being reconciled to each other, the Gospel message we proclaim is not believable.”

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