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John Sawin fonds
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1924-1988, predominantly 1980-1988 (Creation)
- Sawin, John
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77 cm of textual records. -- 33 cm of photo albums.
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Dr. John Staples Sawin was born in 1915 in Wakefield, Mass. Sawin graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College) in 1935. He went on to study at Gordon-Conwell College (formerly Gordon College) where he graduated from in 1938, the same year he married Woneta Forest. John Sawin proceeded to pastor churches in Marblehead, Mass., Muncie, Ind., and Cleveland, Ohio during which time he did graduate studies and earned his master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 1947, John and Woneta left for Vietnam, where they would spend the next 15 years as missionaries. John Sawin's responsibilities in Vietnam included active participation in evangelism, church planting, pastoral training, seminary teaching, music, radio and literature. John Sawin also served as pastor of the International Church in Saigon and as an auxiliary chaplain to U.S. service personnel in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the United States in 1962, Sawin served as professor of Bible and missions at Simpson Bible College in San Francisco (now Simpson College, Redding, Calif.). The Sawins went on from there to lead churches in Washington, D.C., Lombard, Ill., and San Jose, Calif. In 1976, Sawin began a six-year commitment to organize the A. B. Simpson Historical Library and Archives in Nyack, N.Y. He also co-authored All for Jesus: God at Work in the Christian and Missionary Alliance over One Hundred Years (1986), and compiled an extensive collection of the C&MA's work in Vietnam from 1911 to 1975. From 1983 to 1992, John consulted with Canadian Bible College and Canadian Theological Seminary (CBC/CTS, now Ambrose University College and Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary, Alta.) to lay the groundwork for the archive collection there. He donated his library and research work to the CBC/CTS archives. For his outstanding service for Christ in the ranks of the C&MA, and his generous and laborious efforts to preserve the history of the C&MA, John Sawin was honored with a doctor of divinity from CTS. He went to be with his Lord on November 25, 2003.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of materials collected by John Sawin on the Life of A. B. Simpson and his Alliance contemporaries, the early history of the C&MA, and the history of Alliance missions, especially of the Alliance mission to Vietnam. The material includes manuscripts, photocopied letters, magazine clippings, a map, and transcripts of interviews.
Photo albums contain clippings and prayer cards.
Immediate source of acquisition
The fonds has been maintained in its original order and is arranged according to the following series (and sub-series): A. B. Simpson, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Leaders of the C&MA, C&MA Missions (including the sub-series "Vietnam," "Indo-China," and "Kansu-Tibetan Border"), C&MA Missionaries (including the sub-series "General" and "Clipping and Prayer Card Files") and Miscellaneous.
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- The material is in English.
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There are no restrictions on access.
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An inventory to the records is available.
Further accruals are not expected.
Record No. 2003-09<br><br>
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