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Reformed Church in America Missionary to Arabia (Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain) after being influenced by Dr. Paul Harrison and the missionary Tena Holkeboer. Husband Gerald Nykerk worked as a missionary medical doctor and Rose worked alongside as a medical assistant. In 1961, they were onboard the ill-fated British passenger ship, the Dara, which burned and sank in the Persian Gulf after an explosion from undetermined causes. After her husband’s death in 1961, Rose continued to work in the missionary field as hospital administrator in Bahrain for eleven more years. The collection consists of correspondence, brochures, minutes of missionary meetings, interview transcripts, newspaper clippings, and photographs of Mrs. Rose Witteveen Nykerk Battleson. Contains extensive information relating to the tragedy onboard the Dara, including a paper written by Battleson about the incident. Also includes many essays written by Dr. and Mrs. Nykerk on various other topics.


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