LaVerne and Lorraine Sikkema served as missionaries to Africa (Sudan [Malakal], Ethiopia, Kenya) with the Reformed Church in America (RCA) from 1952 to 1978. In 1968, the RCA commissioned LaVerne and his family with the Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to serve in Ethiopia. While there, LaVerne made flights for supplies, patients, and fellow missionaries among remote mission stations in the African bush. He also served as a mechanic. Lorraine kept logs of flight information at the station in Jimma, Ethiopia, and took messages from pilots and other flight stations. This collection consists of newsletter articles, letter reports to missionary supporters, and a program for the dedication of the Sikkemas to missionary service with the RCA. Articles focus on the biographies of the life and work of the Sikkemas, including descriptions of both LaVerne’s and Lorraine’s childhoods, their banishment from Sudan in 1962, and their work with MAF in Ethiopia (the last written by Lorraine for the Ethio-Echo newsletter). The collection also includes articles about other missionaries and their work in Sudan, Kenya, and Ethiopia. (S)
Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W14-1419. Sikkema, Lorraine and LaVerne (1927-2018). Papers, 1951-2018. 1 folder." (2016). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 1200.
February 8, 2016.