A history of the formation and foundation of Trinity College (later Trinity International University), from its humble beginning as two smaller institutions run by the Swedish Free Church and Norwegian/Danish Free Churches, respectively, to a unified 4-year liberal arts college, a divinity school with graduate programs across the United States and Canada. Trinity International University is considered the official college of the Evangelical Free Church of America.
In the first of this Heritage Series (andticipating the centennial of the Evangelical Free Church of America), EFCA president Arnold T. Olson explores the early trials of the founders of the Free Church movement and their spiritual antecedents in the religious revivals in Scandinavia. He follows these early pioneers in how they sorted out and joined together (or not) into what would become the modern EFCA.
From the Preface: ""The purpose of this volume is to deal with the spiritual growth of the individual believer and the collective growth within each congregation as well as of the denomination."" Arnold Olson collects stories and anecdotes about congregations struggles adjusting not only to living in a new country or culture, but the spiritual struggles of adjusting and maturing in the concepts and precepts of the EFCA.
Doctor and missionary Titus Johnson (1915-1975) recounts his harrowing experience during the Congolese riots and revolution that preceded the African nation's independence in the 1960s. Titus Johnson originally came to the region to evangelize (and later offer medical help); however, when the seething resentment towards Belgian authorities reached a breaking point, Johnson and others had to escape the region with their lives while chaos broke out around him.
A book commemorating a quarter-century of missionary activity in the Ubangi region of the Congo in Africa by the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). The work traces the early activities of first missionary Titus Johnson 1897-1974) and the establishment of EFCA missionary territory amongst the people of the Ubangi, resulting in a reported 14,000 conversions. While some of the written material in this publication may reflect a limited perspective on native and colonial experience, it nonetheless offers a useful and interesting perspective into the world and activities of EFCA missionary work and the process of conversion in the Ubangi.
R.A. Odegaard's historical and biographical sketches of the Norwegian/Danish Free Church Assocation. From the back cover: '''In With Singleness of Heart Dr. Odegaard draws for us 13 sparkling vignettes from the early history of the Evangelical Free Church. Presented with wit and verve, each story encapsulates for us of a later day something of the excitement of our forefathers as they struggled with few resources to carry the Gospel into the new world...'''