Exhibit Recounts Work of Missionaries in the Belgian Congo
A new exhibit at the Yale Divinity Library provides a glimpse into the life and work of Charles and Joy Sheffey, American Methodist medical missionaries who served in Wembo Nyama in the Belgian Congo between 1922 and 1946.
The exhibit, titled “Charles and Joy Sheffey: Medical Missionaries to the Belgian Congo,” features letters and writings of the Sheffeys that record their reactions to the African culture and environment they encountered in the Congo. The collection is also noted for a large number of artifacts, including a messenger drum, musical instruments, woven textiles and handicrafts, jewelry and a “witch doctor’s” magical gourd. The exhibit will run until Sept. 30. The Divinity Library, 409 Prospect St., is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:50 p.m. It is closed on weekends. Its hours will change on Sept. 1; see www.library.yale.edu/librarynews/2009/06/charles_and_joy_sheffey_medica.html for more information.