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First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, Wisconsin, 1848-1998; 150 years of mission and ministry
(1999)

Greenwald, Katie
The call to mission,   pp. 76-79


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'li Call to 9MVission 
     The call to "Go therefore 
and make disciples of all nations" 
was heard by two young people in 
the 1870s. One was a son of Elder 
David Blakely, who worked as a 
missionary in China for the 
American Board of Foreign 
Missions, and the other was a 
young lady named Martha Alden 
who prepared for foreign work at 
Ohio. But further details of their Miss Fanny Cundall, left, an 
lives have been lost.                 Miss Jennie Wheeler. 
     A Women's Christian 
Association was formed in 1873 
                                                  rian missic 
and its 35 members set to work and managed,       several mc 
through diligent effort, to earn $580.19. They  Rev. Jame, 
donated $255.55 to foreign mission work, which  arrived to 
supported a native Bible reader in Persia at a 
salary of $45 a year, and also the work of the  to   ea 
young people's Mission Band, which maintained         Thes 
                                                  Korean wc 
a scholarship for a pupil at the mission school in 
Ningpo, China at the cost of $40 a year.          after Jame 
     Records next show that Miss Fanny Cundal,  1930 as mi 
who came to Neenah as a teacher, was sent to      contribute 
Syria in about 1885 but was unable to stand the       Thro 
climate and had to give up her work. Miss Vema  contribute 
Phillips, another public school teacher, did      missions a 
missionary work in Caracas, Venezuela, where she  volvemen 
was principal of a school. Miss Jennie Wheeler  the Adam 
spent most of her working life as head of two     1952,they 
mission schools in Mexico. Her 33 years of 
       by Katie Greenwald 
devoted work there were recog- 
nized both by the Board of 
Foreign Missions of the United 
States and by authorities in 
Mexico. 
Our Connection with Korea 
     The Adams family in Korea 
was especially close to our hearts. 
A young woman from a promi- 
nent Neenah family, Caroline 
d   Babcock, daughter of the Havilah 
     Babcocks, became interested in 
     foreign missions and sailed across 
     the Pacific to visit the Presbyte- 
)n in Taegu, Korea. She returned home 
nths later, but it wasn't long before the 
s Adams, a widower with four children, 
see her in Neenah. Caroline returned 
rith him as Mrs. Adams. 
e pioneer missionaries carried on their 
irk for many years and the Rev. Adams' 
rd, continued in his father's footsteps 
s' retirement. Edward was chosen in 
issionary pastor of this church which 
d to his salary for many years. 
ugh the years, Neenah Presbyterians 
d thousands of dollars to Korean 
nd sustained a continued warm in- 
t in all aspects of the work there. When 
s visited Neenah on furlough in March, 
found a new jeep parked on the lawn 
in front of the education building, a gift from the 
Neenah congregation for use in Korea. The 
money left over from its purchase ($205.15) was 
given them with explicit instructions to "divide it 
equally between themselves." The Memorial 
Fund sent a $2,000 check for Keimyung Christian 
College in 1967 and the women of the church 
often sent boxes their way. 
     Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 
1941, the Rev. Edward Adams was arrested and 
jailed for three weeks. He was later allowed to 
live in his own home as a prisoner. With other 
missionaries from Asia, he returned to the United 
States on the Gripsholm, but was back on the job 
in Korea by 1946. After the war, Ned and Sue 
Adams directed their help to reconstruction. In 
eight years as field representative, Ned worked to 


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