chapter  2
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Changing Patterns of Missionary Life

Methodist union affected the missionary staff that now belonged, and would one day return, to a Church much altered from the one they had left. In the Districts not directly affected by Methodist Union, life carried an as normal though normal was anything but humdrum. Haiti caused much heart-searching to the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (WMMS) in the years prior to Methodist union. 1932 was not only the year of Methodist union; it was the year when the controversial report of a study commissioned by John D. Rockefeller was published. Rockefeller was the foremost supporter of foreign missions in America. The PM headquarters at Holborn Hall became one of the offices of the Methodist Missionary Society (MMS) and there was some relocation of staff. Secretaries and treasurers for overseas missions continued to serve in their local churches, while Districts and circuits were not short of enthusiasts to fill new appointments.