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Vision in Progress

Framing the Portrait of Indian Baptists in South Africa

by Rodney Ragwan

Foreword by J. Jayakiran Sebastian

Imprint: Resource Publications

156 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781608995578
  • Published: September 2011

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  • 9781621890843
  • Published: September 2011

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  • 9781498256827
  • Published: September 2011

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The work of American Baptist missionaries among the Telugu people in India in the nineteenth century came to fruition in 1897, when Telugus established their own indigenous missionary organization, the Telugu Home Missionary Society. Six years later, in 1903, the society took the highly ambitious step of sending one of its own, John Rangiah, to South Africa as a missionary to work among Telugus who'd gone to that country as indentured laborers. Vision in Progress tells the story of Indian Baptists' work in South Africa, work mitigated by the negatives influences of colonialism and racism, manifested by the openly racist South African doctrine of apartheid. It examines the values, missions philosophy, and struggles of John Rangiah and of others--men and women--who have shaped the history of Indian Baptists in South Africa up to this day. In telling this story, the author provides a thorough history of the organization Indian Baptists formed--the Baptist Association of South Africa--and its friction-filled efforts to work alongside other Baptist groups. Informational and inspirational, Vision in Progress serves ultimately as a testimony of people of great faith who were up against tremendous odds.
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