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Friesen to speak on life as a “missionary kid”

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The second Friends of the MLA presentation for 2006-07, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, will also draw on the Journey from Darlington conference held in Oklahoma last spring.

Richard Friesen, North Newton, will describe – using a number of photographs – being a “missionary kid” among the Cheyenne and Arapaho in Oklahoma in the 1940s and ‘50s. Like Barbara Thiesen, who presented in the series on Sept. 19, Friesen first gave his talk at the conference “Journey from Darlington: Cheyenne, Arapaho Mennonite” in Clinton, Okla., earlier this year.

Friesen was born a missionary kid. He uses memoirs and pictures from his father and mother, Arthur and Viola Friesen, to illustrate their journey from California and South Dakota to Oklahoma, and their life as missionaries with the Cheyenne and Arapaho under the Foreign Mission Board of the General Conference Mennonite Church from 1940-58.

Friesen’s presentation is given under the auspices of the Friends of the MLA (Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College), at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. The event is free and open to the public. For directions or more information on the Friends of the MLA, call 316-284-5360.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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