Copper Belt [Copperbelt]: Correspondence

Scope and Content

Correspondence of R. K. Orchard (Secretary for Africa, LMS, 1946-1955), and Dr H. C. Lefever (Deputy Secretary for Africa, LMS), relating to work of the LMS in the Copperbelt and relations with its mission partners. Correspondents include Rev Francis Bedford (Methodist Missionary Society), James W. C. Dougal (Church of Scotland Foreign Missions Committee), Rev George Fraser, B. D. Gibson (International Missionary Council), Frank John Dobson (LMS missionary, Northern Rhodesia, 1948-1967), C. W. Gullet, and Emory Ross (Foreign Missions Conferenceof North America). Subjects include staffing matters, including the proposed appointment of Miss Bishop and Miss Sabin to the Copper Belt, the resignation of Rev Arthur and Mrs Hay, the appointment of Mr C. W. Gullet as a Missions Builder, the need for a women's worker in the Copper Belt and the proposed appointment of Fr. Dr. Lehmann of the Berlin Missionary Society, salary scales and missionary allowances. Also includes discussion of 'Mission' vs 'Government' ownership of primary schools in the Copper Belt; proposals re the UMCB running a girls' boarding school and the establishment of a Beit Homecraft Centre, both at Mindolo, and proposals for cooperation in the work of the UMCB from the Foreign Missions Conference of North America. Also includes minutes of the Central Africa District Committee and UMCB accounts.

Administrative / Biographical History

In the early years, work of the missions in the industrial development of the Copperbelt was on a united basis. A report produced by the International Missionary Council in 1933, entitled 'Modern Industry and the African' led amongst other things to the formation of the United Missions in the Copperbelt (UMCB), in which the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Missionary Society (MMS), the London Missionary Society (LMS), the Universities' Mission to Central Africa (UMCA) and the United Society for Christian Literature (USCL) became partners. The UMCB had a London Committee consisting of representatives of the participating missions, responsible for planning its general policy and caring for the interests of cooperative work. The British Committee was a sub-committee of the International Missionary Council.

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