Document Type

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes two reports from Richard F. Baggett, an American who was serving as a Churches of Christ missionary in Japan. Baggett mentions preaching in Japanese for the first time without the assistance of an interpreter, describes gospel meetings, discusses the presence of communists, and addresses accusations that those operating Ibaraki Christian College were premillennialists.

Biographical Note

Richard F. Baggett graduated from Harding College in 1949. Richard and his wife, Mary, served as missionaries in Japan from 1950-1955, and 1956-1958. The focus of their work was training native preachers, establishing churches, teaching Bible at Ibaraki Christian College, and holding gospel meetings. The Baggetts were financially supported by the Coleman Avenue Church of Christ (Memphis, Tennessee), and the Union Avenue Church of Christ (Memphis, Tennessee).

Donor Note

Wes Horn


The reports are in chronological order.

Content List


Folder 1
I. Report – April 1-June 8, 1952
II. Report – June 9-July 25, 1952


Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century
Churches of Christ -- Japan
Churches of Christ -- Mission Work



Extent of Collection

1 folder

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #261

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Kayla Sanderson, ACU Staff, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz


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