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Robert Page

The first African-American Alliance missionary

Robert Page, graduate of the 1890 class of the Missionary Training College (now Nyack College in Nyack, New York), went to the Congo field in 1892. He was the first African-American Alliance missionary, yet he sailed overseas with more than 20 other missionaries.

On his first term, Robert took charge of a few orphan boys and taught in the first mission school of The Alliance in Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo today) as well as conducted evangelism trips. He went on furlough in 1897 and toured conventions and prayer meetings during his years back in the States.

Robert returned to the Congo field in 1901. He went from place to place preaching the gospel. Of more than 100 villages visited, at only one of them did the people refuse to hear the message. He remained for days at some of these villages.

In 1903, Robert transferred from Kinkonzi to the Vungu station. By 1904, he was in poor health. He worked in Vungu through July of that year. He then came to work at the Lolo station where all of the missionaries evangelized as much as possible. Many towns were reached with the gospel.

In the latter part of 1904, Robert again went on furlough. The C&MA Archives has no information on Robert after his departure from the Congo field in 1904.