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The Scandinavian Mission by Geo. I Laurenson - Wesley Historical Society






The Scandinavian Mission of the Methodist Church of New Zealand 1872-1894

                                         
The Scandinavian Mission
in New Zealand

Contents

Introduction

How Methodism Came into the Picture

The Scandinavian Immigration of 1870-1890 to New Zealand

The Coming of Paster Edward Nielson

The Course of the Developments of the Mission

The 1881 Report by Rev.W.J.Williams

The Religious Situation

Buildings and Staffing

The Closing Stages of the Separate Existence of the Scandinavian Mission



INTRODUCTION

In the Home Mission Report for the year 1875, printed early in 1876 appears this brief paragraph: "Scandinavian Mission."

"A Scandinavian Missionary, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of America, having followed to New Zealand a number of his countrymen, the Conference received him as a probationer, and he is successfully employed itinerating among the Danes and Norwegians and receives £50 a year from the Fund toward his support, his congregation providing the rest."

In this way our records introduce a very interesting interlude in the pioneer stages of Methodism in this' country.