Presentation Title

“Adventures with God” - the 20th Century Nomad Jenny De Mayer

Presentation Type

Poster

Keywords

travel, missionary, christianity, letters, translation, printing

Department

History

Major

History

Abstract

Missionary work gave Jenny De Mayer a sense of independence by creating an unusual opportunity to travel. Throughout her lifetime, De Mayer traveled to over 20 countries and visited 4 continents as part of her extensive missionary work. A guiding motivation for her was to share her faith through distributing Christian tracts in various languages, including some she translated into Uzbek herself. She, with rare exceptions, never stayed in one place for more than a year, feeling the need to expand the scope of Christianity's influence and build connections with people she could relate to. Through her copious letters we see the need for personal connection, as her constant independence created a sense of isolation. As she traveled, major themes of her life she incorporated in letters written to loved ones included health, war, family, finances, and spiritual fulfillment. (This is the updated abstract of a previous submission.)

Faculty Mentor

Sharyl Corrado

Funding Source or Research Program

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative

Location

Waves Cafeteria

Start Date

25-3-2022 2:00 PM

End Date

25-3-2022 3:00 PM

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“Adventures with God” - the 20th Century Nomad Jenny De Mayer

Waves Cafeteria

Missionary work gave Jenny De Mayer a sense of independence by creating an unusual opportunity to travel. Throughout her lifetime, De Mayer traveled to over 20 countries and visited 4 continents as part of her extensive missionary work. A guiding motivation for her was to share her faith through distributing Christian tracts in various languages, including some she translated into Uzbek herself. She, with rare exceptions, never stayed in one place for more than a year, feeling the need to expand the scope of Christianity's influence and build connections with people she could relate to. Through her copious letters we see the need for personal connection, as her constant independence created a sense of isolation. As she traveled, major themes of her life she incorporated in letters written to loved ones included health, war, family, finances, and spiritual fulfillment. (This is the updated abstract of a previous submission.)