Christianity is a world religion that has been translated into many cultural and linguistic contexts. During the twentieth century, many American evangelical missionaries went to Africa in an attempt to spread the Christian message. These missionaries had unique, American understandings of proper Christian practice. This paper examines how one American missionary's experience of other culturally specific expressions of Christianity in the region around Lake Albert in East Africa challenged her understanding of proper Christian practice. Between 1917 and 1953, American evangelical missionary Mabel Easton Buyse experienced shifts in her understanding of Christianity as she witnessed Ugandan and Congolese Christians adapt Christianity into their own cultural contexts.
|Keywords:||Missionary History, African Christianity, Africa Inland Mission|
PhD Student, History, The University of Guelph, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada