Maria Fearing served in Congo; 1894 to 1916

Maria Fearing was born in 1838. She was enslaved as a house servant in Alabama.

In 1871, Maria completed the ninth grade, learning to read and write. at age 33. The mistress of the house where she served often told Maria stories about missionaries in Africa which left a deep impression on Fearing.

She worked her way through the Freedman’s Bureau School in Talladega to become a teacher. At age 56 she went to the Congo, where for more than 20 years she worked as a Presbyterian missionary and eventually established the Pantops Home for Girls in 1915. She taught in the mission day school and Sunday school and worked with women in surrounding villages. Her students nicknamed her “mama wa mputu” (mother from far away) as to reflect their love and appreciation. At the age of 78, Fearing was encouraged to retire. After returning to Alabama, Fearing taught at a church school in Selma, and later returned to Sumter County, where she died on May 23, 1937 at the age of 99.

In 1918, Maria received the Loving Cup, an honor bestowed on her by the Southern Presbyterian Church. Maria Fearing was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

2 thoughts on “Maria Fearing served in Congo; 1894 to 1916

  1. This is AMAZING !! So honored to hear about Maria Fearing who as an enslaved servant learned how to read and write to become a teacher and missionary and had such an influence and impact on the girls and women in Congo !! I just studied with the 22 ladies at the Bible school here in Korhogo 2 Kings 5 and pointed out the slave servant girl in Naaman’s household and what an influence she had on speaking up about her faith. I will share the story of Maria with our ladies here. This will encourage them that it is never to late to learn how to read and write later in life and to even teach !! And that God is using women who in the worlds eyes have not much to offer to spread his word and help build his Kingdom.

    Blessings, Angelika

    Rod & Angelika Ragsdale +225 49572638 (Rod) | +225 08450349 (Angelika) WorldVenture.com | Bethel Bible Institut | DMG – Damit Menschen Gott begegnen >

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  2. Amen! Wonderful to hear this

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    This is AMAZING !! So honored to hear about Maria Fearing who as an enslaved servant learned how to read and write to become a teacher and missionary and had such an influence and impact on the girls and women in Congo !! I just studied with the 22 ladies at the Bible school here in Korhogo 2 Kings 5 and pointed out the slave servant girl in Naaman’s household and what an influence she had on speaking up about her faith. I will share the story of Maria with our ladies here. This will encourage them that it is never to late to learn how to read and write later in life and to even teach !! And that God is using women who in the worlds eyes have not much to offer to spread his word and help build his Kingdom.

    Blessings, Angelika

    Rod & Angelika Ragsdale +225 49572638 (Rod) | +225 08450349 (Angelika) WorldVenture.com | Bethel Bible Institut | DMG – Damit Menschen Gott begegnen

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