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Trulson book features first appointed woman missionary
Working for American Baptist International Ministries, Reid Trulson visited 53 countries. Here he is with Naga youth in Nagaland in 2014.
Working for American Baptist International Ministries, Reid Trulson visited 53 countries. Here he is with Naga youth in Nagaland in 2014.
On Monday, Nov. 15, Reid Trulson paid a visit to Cabin Coffee of Stewartville.
The brother of longtime Stewartville dentist Bruce Trulson, he came to town to talk about his book, Charlotte Atlee White Rowe, The Story of America's First Appointed Woman Missionary.
An American Baptist minister, Trulson worked three decades in several capacities for American Baptist International Ministries. Part of that work included studying mission history and researching documents in the society's archives.
"In 2014, while preparing for the mission's bicentennial, I noticed an important detail," he said. "When the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions appointed its first missionaries in 1814, it appointed only men."
In his research, he discovered that Adoniram and Ann Judson, the Board of Foreign Missions' first missionary couple, were already serving in Burma at the time. The Board, however, did not appoint Adoniram's wife, but considered Ann Judson and missionary wives who followed her to be volunteer assistants helping the appointed male missionaries, he said...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the Dec. 7 Stewartville STAR.

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