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The mission of the DACB is to collect, preserve, and make freely accessible biographical accounts and church histories--from oral and written sources--integral to a scholarly understanding of African Christianity.
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The Doctor and Ebola

Henry JohnsonMatthew Lukwiya 1957 to 2000
Evangelical Protestant

Dr. Matthew Lukwiya was the 156th recorded victim of an Ebola outbreak in the year 2000 in Uganda. When news of a strange disease spreading through northern Uganda emerged, he quickly returned from a study break in Kampala to help calm hospital staff and direct treatment for the victims at St. Mary's Catholic hospital. Shortly before he died he said, "It is our vocation to save life. It involves risk, but when we serve with love, that is when the risk does not matter so much." >>Read his story here

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Giants of African Christianity

Ogbu KaluKalu, Ogbu Uke (1943 to 2009), Presbyterian, Nigeria
Professor Kalu was one of the most influential Nigerian scholars in the fields of Global Missions, African Christianity, and Global Pentecostalism. For forty years, he provided leadership in theological education in Africa and expanded the boundaries of Church History. A prolific writer, Kalu authored or edited more than sixteen books including African Christianity: An African Story (University of Pretoria Press, 2005) and African Pentecostalism: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008), which is already regarded by many as the authoritative work on the subject. >>Read his story

Resources for Research

History of Missiology and AIC Photo Archive

The Theology Library of Boston University has a collection of missionary biographies, reports, sermons and theologies that provide a rich resource for mission studies. The Center for Global Christianity and Mission has begun an AIC Photo Archive.

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Evangelist Dies at 94

Mehari Choramo (c. 1920 to 2014, Wolaitta Kale Heywat Church, Ethiopia) was a pioneer missionary who served the church for sixty-five years in the south and southwest of Ethiopia. His ministry for thirty-one years among the fearsome people of Hamar transformed their violent and nomadic society. >>Read his story here and here.
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