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Seventh-day Adventist Missions Around the World  

This research guide provides resources for beginning a research project on Adventists and their work in foreign (non US) countries.
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Missions around the World

Are you researching Seventh-day Adventists and their work around the world? The tabs across the top, organized by region, provide access to the Bibliography of Seventh-day Adventist Missions Around the World.

Below is a list of four other great ways to get your research started.

 First, remember throughout the whole search process to look carefully at the bibliographies of books on the subject you’re interested in. This will save you a great deal of work, since someone else has already gone through and found the works that they consider most useful.

1. Look up your country of interest in the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. It will have a history of SDA work in that country and usually mention a number of names to get you started. You can also find articles on many people who took part in Adventist missions. (Her. BX6154 .S39 1996)

2. A second book of some use is  A. W. Spalding's, Origin and History of Seventh-day Adventists, especially volumes 3 and 4, which chronicle the progress of the SDA church outside of North America. Spalding is somewhat dated, but his notes are excellent guides to the various sources he used. (Her. BX6153 .S63 v. 3-4).

3. Check the Library Catalog. You may want to try a subject search under "Missions" and "Seventh-day Adventists--Missions" subdivided by the country you're interested in. For instance "Missions--China" and "Seventh-day Adventists--Missions--Germany." You can also use this to look up people you're interested in. Also check the catalog to see if there is a thesis or dissertation on the subject of your interest. The bibliographies in these works are very comprehensive, and may lead you to sources not available any other way.

4, Another method is to consult the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index and do a subject search for the name of the country you’re interested in. You will have to sift through these articles, since many of them are little one-paragraph reports of hospital openings and the like, but the longer ones are frequently of great value. If you are interested in a particular person, you can get articles by them with an author search, and articles about them with a subject search.




Adventist Mission Thought

These resources provide information on Adventists and their approach to mission work.

Mission: possible; the challenge of mission today by Gottfried Oosterwal
Her. BV2495 .O58

Missions: a two-way street by Jon Dybdahl
Her. BV3317.D92 A3 1986
These two books both provide a useful look at recent Adventist thought on missions.

The gospel in all the world by W.A. Spicer
Her. BV2495 .S6
This book provides an older perspective on the same subject.

Spectrum, Summer 1971 (3:3) and April 1988 (12:3)
These two issues were devoted to Adventist missions and contain much useful information. They are available in the Heritage Room.


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