The influence of American Missionaries on the culture, education, and medicine of Tamil people in Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Title

The influence of American Missionaries on the culture, education, and medicine of Tamil people in Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Subject

Missionaries, American -- Sri Lanka -- Jaffna -- History.
Missions -- Sri Lanka -- Jaffna -- History.
Sri Lanka -- Church history.
Education -- Sri Lanka -- Jaffna -- History.
Medical care -- Sri Lanka -- Jaffna -- History.
Culture -- Sri Lanka -- Jaffna -- History.

Description

By Vijayathasan, Daniel Jeyaruban (2021) -- In the 19thCentury, as a result of the American Presbyterian and Congregationalist Missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission, the river of God’s love flowed into Jaffna, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) from Massachusetts in America. American Presbyterian and Congregationalist Missionaries propagated the Christian faith in my region, Jaffna, and were deeply involved in the community by providing educational, medical, and other social service needs. They also provided a printing press, dictionaries, published The Morning Starnewspaper,and translatedwestern books into Tamil and other social services.<br />The American missionaries left their comfort zone, their family members, relatives and friends, and property, and came to our land to share their gifts and talents with our Tamil community. They lived within our community, they wore our dress and learned our Tamil language, encouraged our culture, and translated many English books to Tamil and Tamil books to English. American missionaries were like salt and lightto our community. They lived with us, labored for our community, educated our men and women, died, and were buried in our land. They responded with their lives to Jesus’s command to sell everything, to give up everything (Luke 18:22).<br />The American missionaries were quite different from the British Methodist and Anglican Missionaries who served in Jaffna. The interesting fact is that the American Missionaries were not colonizers in the same sense as those from the Methodist Mission and Church of England. There is often criticism made against missionaries globally, but these Americans were missionaries who sacrificed their entire life for others.

Creator

Vijayathasan, Daniel Jeyaruban

Source

See record for print version in VTS Library Catalog

Publisher

Virginia Theological Seminary

Date

May 13, 2021

Rights

Copyright © 2021 by Daniel Jeyaruban Vijayathasan

Format

PDF

Type

Thesis

Files

Vijayathasan Daniel Jeyaruban Thesis April 26, 2021 final.pdf
Date Added
April 28, 2021
Collection
VTS Master's Theses
Item Type
Text
Citation
Vijayathasan, Daniel Jeyaruban, “The influence of American Missionaries on the culture, education, and medicine of Tamil people in Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Ceylon),” Theses from Virginia Theological Seminary, accessed November 28, 2021, https://vtsbpl.omeka.net/items/show/100.