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Bethel Mission
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[German Version]

In the wake of the euphoria at the beginning of Germany's conquests in Africa and the South Seas, mission-interested circles around the adventurer Carl Peters founded the “Evangelische Missionsgesellschaft für Deutsch-Ostafrika” [Evangelical Mission Society for German East Africa] (EMDOA) in 1886, which was thus initially often regarded as an offshoot of the German East African Company. While the church and missionary influence on the EMDOA was at first minimal, this changed around 1890 with the intervention of F. v. Bodelschwingh, who exerted great influenc…

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Heyden, Ulrich van der, “Bethel Mission”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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