Missionary Report

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The difference between Primary and Secondary Sources:

A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include:

  • ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records

  • CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art

  • RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings

Examples of primary sources include:

  • Diary of Anne Frank - Experiences of a Jewish family during WWII

  • The Constitution of Canada - Canadian History

  • A journal article reporting NEW research or findings

  • Weavings and pottery - Native American history

  • Plato's Republic - Women in Ancient Greece

A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Some types of seconday sources include:

  • PUBLICATIONS: Textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, encyclopedias

Examples of secondary sources include:

  • A journal/magazine article which interprets or reviews previous findings

  • A history textbook

  • A book about the effects of WWI

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Information Gathering


Birth Year____________________ Birth Location _______________________

Death Year ____________________ Death Location ______________________

Country of Origin ___________________________

Profession ________________

How did they become a missionary? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Find a photograph/image of your missionary and record the web address below


Primary Sources

Record something your missionary said that indirectly characterises him/her: “____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________”


Record something said about your missionary that directly characterises him/her:



Where did your missionary travel and minister? __________________________

Find a map of your missionary’s mission field and record the web address below


Sponsor/Society/Church of Origin

Who financially supported their mission work? __________________________________

Were they part of a society? ___________________________________________

What denomination of Christianity were they? __________________________________

Cross-cultural Interaction

Who did they meet and interact with? _____________________________________

What kind of impact did they have on the people they worked with? Give 2 specific examples. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Find an image of your missionary’s target people and record the web address below



How did your missionary overcome the language/culture barrier? Give at least 1 specific example. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


What other challenges did he/she face? ___________________________________________________________________________ Did he/she overcome these challenges? If so, how? If not, what happened? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Lasting Impact Project

Write a 2 - 4 page (12pt font, double-spaced) report giving your researched and considered ethical judgement on your missionary’s work. Include all of the background information about your missionary (including your pictures) and conclude your report with a paragraph answering

How was your missionary a positive or negative influence in the world?

Support your opinion with concrete examples of your missionary’s lasting effects on the peoples he/she ministered to.