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A Flame of the Fire: The Batang Tibetan Mission of the Disciples of Christ Missions by Marian Duncan Adams

June 9, 2011

Global Ministries is pleased to announce that Lexington Theological Seminary has republished A Flame of the Fire: The Batang Tibetan Mission of the Disciples of Christ Missions by Marian Duncan Adams.  Mrs. Adams was born in 1927, daughter of Disciple missionaries to Tibet, Marion L. and K. Louise H. Duncan, and later served herself as a Disciple missionary in India 1951-1957.

 

A Flame of the Fire: The Batang Tibetan Mission of the Disciples of Christ Missions, which describes Marian’s time growing up in the Tibetan Christian Mission in Batang and her reflections is now available online in two parts, with an introduction and analysis by Dr. Dianne Bazell, who writes : Given that [Marian Adams] was a child when the mission closed, her book can only marginally be designated a memoir: most of the events she relates took place before her birth and are known to her only through her own investigation... Concerned only with making sense of the Batang mission experience and providing ”healing truth: (262) to herself and her peers, she continually inter-weaves personal, administrative, faith-related, and political information, interspersing her own observations and opinions, often italicized, with emotion and exclamation points and without censoring what normally would be withheld by those seeking to impress either bureaucratic overseers or the public at large. Indeed, the reader frequently feels less like an archivist than a fly on the wall.

 

You may access A Flame of the Fire: The Batang Tibetan Mission of the Disciples of Christ Missions  in two parts on the Lexington Theological Seminary website:

 

Part I: http://www.lextheo.edu/2011/04/vol-xlii-no-2-4-summer-fall-winter-2007/

 Part II: http://www.lextheo.edu/2011/04/vol-xliii-spring-summer-fall-2008-no-1-4/

 

We invite you to travel back with Mrs. Adams and share in her remembrances of her time and that of Disciple missionaries in Tibet in the early 20th century.

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