Papers of John Harry Dring

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains: biographical and personal items; nrewsletters and prayer letters; and correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Harry Dring was a missionary in Formosa, Northern Argentina. He was born in Nottingham on 13 May 1911 to a Methodist family and became a committed Christian at a Pentecostal meeting at the age of 19. Dring was strongly influenced by the life of Fenton Hall, a missionary to Brazil. He trained as a missionary at the John D. Drysdale Emmanuel Bible and Missionary Training College in Birkenhead and sailed for Argentina in 1935.

He was based in Formosa, and spent his first years working with the indigenous population in the interior. In 1939, he married Harriet Cubbin (Cubbie), who had been working as a medical missionary in Formosa since 1937. In 1944, the couple left the Emmanuel Mission and started working independently, calling on a support network of friends, family and American Pentecostals. In 1957, they moved back to Formosa, concentrating on working with Spanish speakers and in 1960 opened the largest evngelical church that had been seen in Argentina. Harriet Dring died in 1981, and her husband opened a memorial church to her memory in Belgrano.

Remaining in Argentina (except for a short spell in Paraguay during the Falklands War), he married Ana Tokarzchuk, a church worker in Formosa. Ana died in March 2000, and Harry in November of the same year.

Arrangement

The material has been arranged in chronological order within each file where possible.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. It is essential to arrange an appointment in advance to view the archive in order that someone can be available to help. Please contact us by email at divinity-CSWC@ed.ac.uk. Telephone the Centre on: 0131 650 8900. Postal address: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue is available at the Centre for the Study of World Christianity.

Archivist's Note

Description originally written and researched by Caroline Brown in May 2001. This had been added to Archives Hub in August 2012 by Louise Williams.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction of materials (for example by digital camera) is free for private research and educational use, although we ask researchers to sign an agreement. Please contact us for enquiries on using the material in a commercial setting, for which there will be a fee. Contact us by email at divinity-CSWC@ed.ac.uk. Telephone the Centre on: 0131 650 8900. Postal address: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX.

Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre for the Study of World Christianity in three phases. The first material was sent by John Harry Dring in 1994, and two more sets of material were received from Dring's daughter in 1996.

Accruals

No further items are expected to be added to this collection.

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