The First American Missionaries — Tamara Lynn Kraft
Today I am happy to welcome author Tamara Lynn Kraft as she shares some information about early missionaries, and as she tells us about herself and her book.
Most people don’t know about some of the first American missionaries, the Moravians. I wrote a Christmas novella about Moravian Missionaries in the 1770s called A Christmas Promise. Their dedication to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the 1700s amazed me. The Moravian Church was started in Bohemia in the 14oos and suffered great persecution for the first 300 years of its existence.
In the 1700s, the Moravian Church experienced a renewal that led to evangelism all over the world. The renewal started when Count Zinzendorf started a village for refuges from the struggling church in Hernhutt, Germany. The members of the church started praying 24 hours a day in a prayer meeting that would last for over 100 years. 30 more villages were established, and missionaries were sent out all over the world, including North America. This was the first large scale missionary movement by a Protestant church.
The Moravians’ battle cry was “May the Lamb receive the reward of His suffering.” Two missionaries sold themselves as slaves to become missionaries to the slaves on the island of Saint Thomas. Some missionaries settled in Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania to preach the Gospel to Native Americans.
A group of missionaries in Pennsylvania moved to Ohio and set up two villages, Schoenbrunn and Gnadenhutton, to preach the Lenape Indians. They printed the Bible in the Lenape language, and many Lenape, also known as Delaware, joined the villages. They also built the first school and protestant church in Ohio.
Moravians brought something else to America besides their missionary zeal. They loved to celebrate Christmas, and many of our Christmas traditions come from the Moravians. My Christmas novella, A Christmas Promise, is about a missionary couple who lives in Schoenbrunn in 1773.
What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write Christian historical fiction. Although I’m very eclectic in my reading, I always get my ideas from learning fun historical facts. I especially love to read and learn about American history. I start thinking about what it was like for the ordinary people going through such extraordinary circumstances. Once I do that, my story is birthed.
What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write?
I usually write in the mornings. I’ll have breakfast with a cup of one of my favorite Teavanna teas. Then I’ll start my essential oil diffuser with brain power to get the creative juices going. After that, I get dressed and get busy.
Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next novel is called Alice’s Notions. It is set to be published by Desert Breeze Books in April, 2017. Alice’s Notions is set right after World War 2 and is a cozy spy novel. I love that time period and had a lot of fun writing it. Here’s what it’s about.
Alice Brighton goes home to Burning Bush, West Virginia after the war to open Alice’s Notions, a fabric shop. Her heart is broken because of her husband’s death, and she wants to be somewhere safe. When she decides to plan a quilt barn tour for the town, she discovers things aren’t as they seem in the quaint village where she grew up. Between her mysterious landlord who gets on her nerves, a German refugee who works at the shop, her peculiar neighbors, and a dreamboat security expert trying to romance her, she doesn’t know who she can trust. She needs to find out what’s going on and why they want to close the mountain road leading out of town before something terrible happens.
A Christmas Promise
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
A Moravian Holiday Story, Circa 1773
During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day.
When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.
Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.
To read an excerpt from A Christmas Promise, click this link. http://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68_41&products_id=512
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and was a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest. Her novellas Resurrection of Hope and A Christmas Promise are available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. You can find her online at her website: http://tameralynnkraft.net.