Feeble Little Lads Looking for Food

in Worries of the Heart

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780226554198
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226554228 | DOI:
Feeble Little Lads Looking for Food

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This chapter looks at food missionaries in western Kenya. Willis Hotchkiss, Edgar Hole, and Arthur Chilson were the first missionaries to work in western Kenya. The missionaries no doubt wanted to make Kaimosi feel a bit more like home, more like the midwestern landscape they had left back in America. Emory and Deborah Rees became the first missionaries to live and work actively among the Maragoli. Like the missionaries in Kaimosi, they had to provide food and medicine to the local people to make them strong and healthy before they could begin teaching them the gospel. For some of the children, the missionaries offered physical sustenance that was impossible to disregard. Most Maragoli boycotted everything concerning the missionaries. Despite the prayers, the fear of whites remained so strong that by the end of 1906 only about six converts remained.

Keywords: food missionaries; western Kenya; Willis Hotchkiss; Edgar Hole; Arthur Chilson; Kaimosi; Emory Rees; Deborah Rees; Maragoli

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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