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A Second Foothold: Missions At Lake Victoria

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This chapter addresses the question: Why was the eastern side of Lake Victoria chosen as a second foothold of Adventist mission in Tanzania? The main concerns in the choice of mission fields were commonly health matters and population density. The second mission station at Lake Victoria, Majita-Bwasi, soon excelled in several respects and served as regional headquarters as well. In order to understand the meaning of this colossal building, one has to take into account the background of German Adventism from which the missionaries to Tanzania came. For the time being, however, World War I interrupted and destroyed much of what had been built so far. This setback also had effects on the pan-African missionary vision that Conradi had developed with special attention to the German colonial empire.

Keywords: Adventist mission; German Adventism; German colonial empire; Lake Victoria; Majita-Bwasi; pan-African missionary vision; World War I

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