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3.  Western Children’s Mission – Hepburn, SK
1939–1954.
45 cm of textual records, one artifact, and one 33.3 RPM recording.

Administrative history
The Western Children’s Mission had its beginnings in the 1932 to 1933 school year, when the faculty and a number of the students at Bethany Bible School gathered every Monday evening for special prayer on behalf of the large homesteading and Doukhobor districts in the northern Prairie Provinces. Thirteen young people from Bethany volunteered to go into these areas. A committee of five was chosen to be responsible for the work. The most prominent workers in those early years were Jacob H. Epp, Frank F. Froese, G.W. Peters, and J.B. Toews. Summer vacation Bible schools were conducted in twelve outlying district schools. Bible classes and evangelistic services were held, many homes were visited, and hundreds of tracts were distributed. The Mission was an evangelistic agency to reach unchurched children, operating in the three western Canadian provinces. Its objectives were also to reach adults in the district by means of personal work, evangelistic meetings, Bible classes, and the distribution of sound Christian literature; to conduct Sunday schools and evangelistic meetings, to organize prayer groups, and Christian fellowship groups for the edification of the Christians and the salvation of souls; to introduce, wherever possible, a Bible Memory Contest and free correspondence course of Bible studies. The mission was supported through free-will offerings.

The Mission was established and incorporated in 1937 in Saskatchewan, in 1940 in Alberta, and in 1941 in British Columbia by an interdenominational group. This group included members of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Saskatchewan. In 1939 G.W. Peters was elected president, J.H. Epp became the field director, and Alvena Kruger (Epp’s future wife) was field secretary of the Western Children’s Mission, Rosthern District. There was no promise of salary, only that whatever monies came in would be divided equally.

In 1940 Ben Kroeker became the field director. The first permanent full-time committee was chosen and work on full-time stations was begun. A printing press was purchased. In 1941 the radio ministry was started. In 1943 the Hepburn headquarters were purchased. In 1944 Sand Beach Bible Camp was opened and the Evangelical Book Shop was started. In 1946 the mission was taken over by the MB Conference of Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches met separately from the Northern District Conference for the first time in 1946. At that convention the delegates decided that the Rosthern District and the Herbert District would jointly administer the Western Children’s Mission. A five-member executive committee was to direct the work, three members chosen by the conference delegates, and one member chosen by each district. Jacob Epp (president) and Frank F. Froese (secretary), who had administered the mission in past years, remained on the committee. A full-time director was to be chosen as the third committee member. Also in 1946, a constitution and a budget were accepted.

In 1952 the Western Children’s Mission was broken up into three provincial agencies. The West Coast Children’s Mission functioned in British Columbia; the Randmission under the Alberta M.B Conference. continued the work in Alberta; and the Saskatchewan activities were functioned under the Saskatchewan MB Conference with headquarters at Hepburn, Saskatchewan.

In 1952 the Saskatchewan mission carried on work at six stations: Pierceland 275 miles northwest of Hepburn; Northvale (Milton) 85 miles northwest of Hepburn; Hague Ferry 21 miles east of Hepburn; Warman 22 miles southeast of Hepburn; Lucky Lake and Blumenort. The mission also administered two Bible camps, Summer Vacation Bible School, a bimonthly paper called “The Challenger,” and a Bible memory contest.

Work at the stations consisted of regular Sunday schools, Sunday morning worship services, Sunday evening services, mid-week prayer meetings and Bible studies, young people’s meetings and in some places choir practice and children’s meetings.

At the Provincial Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches of Saskatchewan in 1953, the question was raised about a name change for the Western Children’s Mission since the mission was working only in Saskatchewan, not primarily with children, and now belonged to the MB Conference. Because the work of the Western Children’s Mission (WCM) was much like other mission work in Saskatchewan, it was suggested that WCM should be under the same umbrella as other provincial mission work. WCM and City Mission merged into one work under the name of Mennonite Brethren Mission of Saskatchewan. (See Yearbook of the Saskatchewan Conference of MB Churches, 1954, p. 3).

Scope and content
This fonds consists of the following series: Reports, correspondence, programs and two DVBS publications..

Custodial history

The records came to the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies in 1996 from the Bethany Bible School in Saskatchewan where they had been housed.

Notes
Series description

Western Children’s Mission reports. – 1939–1954.
32 cm of textual records.


This series consists of weekly or monthly statistical reports, as well as monthly financial reports from each station beginning in 1947 with gaps in the records, reports of the General Director (J.S. Adrian) from 1952–1954, reports of Summer Vacation Bible School and camps including lists of teachers and their schools, and statistical mission summary reports for the missions stations. The individual mission station reports show how each place evolved and sometimes contain personal notes from the field worker.
Western Children’s Mission correspondence. – 1946–1954.
3 cm of textual records.


This series consists of monthly circulars in which the missionary at each station contributed a note. These circulars served as a communication vehicle among the mission workers. Also in this series is correspondence between Frank F. Froese (Secretary Treasurer of Western Children’s Mission) and J.J. Thiessen (Assistant Director), R. Wirsche (Westbank Camp), and J.E. Priebe (Field Director of Western Children’s Mission).
Western Children’s Mission programs. – 1944–1954.
10 cm of textual records.


This series consists of radio programs sponsored by the Western Children’s Mission, usually under the direction of Frank F. Froese; application forms for teaching Summer Vacation Bible School; and applications for the Bible Memory Contest. A history of the mission and a constitution are also included in this series.
Western Children’s Mission recording. – 1948.
one sound recording: 40 cm diam.


This item consists of one two-sided 33.3 RPM sound recording produced by CFQC Recording Service Saskatoon on June 26, 1948.
Textual file list

Volume 901
Series I: Reports
1. Book of annual minutes and reports of the Bethany Prayer League Children’s Mission. -- 1936–1940
1a. Lists of Summer Vacation Bible School workers and schools. -- 1941–1949
2. Summer Vacation Bible School and camp reports. -- 1950
3. Summer Vacation Bible School reports. -- 1951
4. Summer Vacation Bible School reports. -- 1952
5. Summer Vacation Bible School reports. -- 1953
6. Summer Vacation Bible School reports. -- 1954
7. General Director’s reports. -- 1952, 1953
8. General Director’s reports. -- 1954
9. Missions summary reports. -- 1953
10. Missions summary reports. -- 1954
11. Arelee reports by D.B. Wiens. -- 1947
12. Arelee reports by D.B. Wiens. --1948
13. B.C. worker’s weekly reports by K.P. Janzen. -- 1946
14. B.C. worker’s weekly reports by K.P. Janzen. -- 1947
15. B.C. worker’s weekly reports by K.P. Janzen. -- 1948
16. Big River worker’s weekly reports by G. Hangerud. -- 1946
17. Blumenhof worker’s weekly reports by Cornie Enns and Art Martens.-- 1945
18. Blumenhof worker’s weekly reports by Art Martens. -- 1946
19. Blumenhof worker’s weekly reports by Art Martens. -- 1947
20. Blumenhof worker’s weekly reports by Art Martens. -- 1948
21. Blumenort worker’s weekly reports by Otto Derksen. -- 1948
22. Blumenort worker’s weekly reports by Otto Derksen. -- 1949
23. Blumenort worker’s weekly reports by Otto Derksen. -- 1950
24. Blumenort worker’s weekly reports by Otto Derksen and P.C. Tilitzky. -- 1951
25. Blumenort worker’s weekly reports by P.C. Tilitzky. -- 1952
26. Borden worker’s weekly reports by Alvin Penner. -- 1952
27. Borden worker’s monthly reports by Alvin Penner. -- 1953
28. Compass worker’s monthly reports by Dave Nickel. -- 1953, 1954
29. Foam Lake worker’s monthly reports by Alvin Penner. -- 1953, 1954
30. Gravelburg worker’s weekly reports by W. Reimcke. -- 1945, 1946
31. Gravelburg worker’s monthly reports by W. Reimcke. -- 1947
32. Hague Ferry worker’s weekly reports by Katie Wiebe and Helena Unruh. -- 1945, 1946
33. Hague Ferry worker’s weekly reports by Helena Unruh. -- 1947
34. Hague Ferry worker’s weekly reports by Helena Unruh and Jean Fehr. -- 1948
35. Hague Ferry worker’s weekly reports by Helena Unruh and Jean Fehr. -- 1949
36. Hague Ferry worker’s weekly reports by Helena Unruh and Theodor Martens. -- 1950
37. Hague Ferry worker’s weekly reports by Jean Fehr and Theodor Martens. -- 1951
38. Hague Ferry worker’s weekly reports by Victor Nickel, G.D. Geddert, and Erna Bartel. -- 1952
39. Hague Ferry worker’s monthly reports by Victor Nickel. -- 1953, 1954
40. Hochfeld worker’s weekly reports by Louis H. Goertz. -- 1945, 1946
41. Hochfeld worker’s weekly reports by Louis H. Goertz. -- 1947
42. Lucky Lake worker’s weekly reports by J.S. Adrian. -- 1946
43. Lucky Lake worker’s weekly reports by J.S. Adrian. -- 1947
44. Lucky Lake worker’s weekly reports by J.S. Adrian. -- 1948
45. Lucky Lake worker’s weekly reports by J.S. Adrian. -- 1949
46. Lucky Lake worker’s weekly reports by J.S. Adrian and P.C. Tilitzky. -- 1950
47. Lucky Lake worker’s weekly reports by J.S. Adrian and P.C. Tilitzky. -- 1951
48. Lucky Lake worker’s weekly reports by J.S. Adrian and Rudy Janzen. -- 1952
49. Lucky Lake worker’s monthly reports by Rudy Janzen. -- 1953
50. Lucky Lake worker’s monthly reports by Frank F. Froese. -- 1954
51. McMahon worker’s weekly reports by Art Martens. -- 1945
52. Mildred worker’s monthly reports by Menno Lepp. -- 1953, 1954
53. Northvale worker’s weekly reports by A.H. Pauls. -- 1945, 1946
54. Northvale worker’s weekly reports by A.H. Pauls. -- 1947
55. Northvale worker’s weekly reports by A.H. Pauls. -- 1948
56. Northvale worker’s weekly reports by A.H. Pauls. -- 1949
57. Northvale worker’s weekly reports by A.H. Pauls. -- 1950
58. Northvale worker’s weekly reports by A.H. Pauls. -- 1951
59. Northvale worker’s weekly reports by A.H. Pauls. -- 1952
60. Pierceland worker’s weekly reports by Jacob J. Dyck. -- 1945
61. Pierceland worker’s weekly reports by D.D. Fehr and Abram A. Wiebe. -- 1946
62. Pierceland worker’s weekly reports by D.D. Fehr and Abram A. Wiebe. -- 1947
63. Pierceland worker’s weekly reports by Abram A. Wiebe. -- 1948
64. Pierceland worker’s weekly reports by Abram A. Wiebe. -- 1949
65. Pierceland worker’s weekly reports by Abram A. Wiebe. -- 1950
66. Pierceland worker’s weekly reports by John G. Willems. -- 1952
67. Pierceland worker’s monthly reports by John G. Willems. -- 1953, 1954
68. Regina worker’s monthly reports by George L. Braun. -- 1953, 1954
69. Stump Lake worker’s weekly reports by J. Stobbe. -- 1945, 1946
70. Swift Current worker’s monthly reports by Lawrence A. Redekopp. -- 1953, 1954
71. Warman worker’s weekly reports by Menno Lepp. -- 1948
72. Warman worker’s weekly reports by Menno Lepp. -- 1949
73. Warman worker’s weekly reports by Menno Lepp. -- 1950
74. Warman worker’s weekly reports by Menno Lepp. -- 1951
75. Warman worker’s weekly reports by Menno Lepp and Norman Fehr. -- 1952
76. Warman worker’s monthly reports by Norman Fehr. -- 1953, 1954
77. Five booklets of financial records. -- 1939–1952
78. General account book. -- 1938–1943

Series II: Correspondence
79. Circulars. -- 1952
80. Circulars. -- 1953
81. Circulars. -- 1954
82. Correspondence of Rudolph Wirsche with Frank Froese. -- 1947–1948
83. Correspondence of J.J. Thiessen with Frank Froese. -- 1946–1948
84. Correspondence of J.J. Thiessen with John F. Froese. -- 1952–1953
85. Correspondence of John E. Priebe with Frank Froese. -- 1947–1948
86. Camp correspondence. -- 1953
87. Correspondence between John F. Froese and Western Children’s Mission workers. -- 1953
88. Correspondence between J.J. Thiessen and others with John F. Froese. -- 1954
89. General correspondence. -- 1953

Series III: Programs

90. Radio programs. -- 1944
91. Radio programs. -- 1945
92. Radio programs. -- 1946
93. Radio programs. -- 1947
94. Radio programs. -- 1949
95. Radio programs. -- 1950
96. Radio programs. -- 1951
97. Radio programs. -- 1952
98. Applications for Bible Memory Contest. -- 1952
Rules for Bible Memory Contest. -- 1938
99. Applications for Bible Memory Contest. -- 1953
100. Applications for teaching Summer Vacation Bible School. -- 1953
101. Applications for teaching Summer Vacation Bible School. -- 1954
102. Historical materials, constitution, teacher’s manual.
103. Artifact – seal for Western Children’s Mission. 
104. Teacher's Manual for Daiily Vacation Bible School. -- 1953.
105. 100 Choice Object Lessons by Jean Fehr. -- 1953.

NAD 70

One recording.