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Marjorie Taylor Report of the Women's Work at NGOI-MANI Mission, From Nov., 1931 to Aug., 1932. Ngoi-Mani Mission.Ngoimani, DR Congo.1932
Marjorie Taylor Report of the Women's Work at NGOI-MANI Mission, From Nov., 1931 to Aug., 1932. Ngoi-Mani Mission.Ngoimani, DR Congo.1932

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The annual report of the women's work being done at the Ngoi-Mani Mission, which was located in a small valley by the name of Ngoimani just north of a town called Mwanza in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It should be noted that in 1932 it was known as Belgian Congo, as it was a colony of Belgium, and is referred to as such on the item. The mission was a definitely Christian mission, although it is unclear what denomination it was. This report reads like a letter from missionary Marjorie Taylor, as she provides updates on what has occur since her last annual report. Beyond the mission in Ngoimani, she would also travel to several other towns in the area evangelizing. The towns specifically mentioned in this report are: Kabwe, Kazadi, Kisula, and Songe. Taylor only focuses on the women and girls in her report as there was a male priest whose job it was to help convert the men and boys. While Taylor takes great joy in reporting on the new 'believers', she also emphasizes how much 'backsliding' the new convertors do. "We have had some good meetings, but not the blessing we would like. We know this because of hidden sin amongst the women and girls, who are professing Christians - two cases of which God has graciously brought to light and both girls were restored." The 'believers' are sent out to nearby villages to attempt to convert other individuals, and after they have done this for 60 days, the girls are given as single dress as a reward. The report concludes with a request that the missions 'backers-up', what Taylor calls the people who donate to the cause, continue to help, because "if you stop, we stop or at least are greatly handicapped. It is for the Honour and Glory of His Kingdom!" Marjorie Victoria Hebden Taylor (1901-?), herself appears to have been an English missionary, who along with her husband, Rev. Cyril Eustace Taylor (1892-1935), a medical missionary, worked in the Congo in the 1920s and 1930s. The pair had met in Africa, and married in 1923 in Mwanza. After Rev. Cyril's death in 1935 (in Switzerland, while on the family's first vacation since the 1920s), Marjorie stayed in the Congo until 1941, returning home to England due to the outbreak of WWII. By the end of Marjorie's time in the Congo the mission had reportedly had built 38 churches and totaled 3,4000 'believers'. Their missionary work is described in their youngest son's (Sir Cyril Julian Hebden Taylor) autobiography "Sir Cyril: My Life as a Social Entrepreneur", who spend his youth in the Congo with his parents (digital version available online on Google Books). Single fold, double side. Measures 9" x 5 3/4" (folded), 11 1/2" x 9" (unfolded)..