'Mama' Edith Rebecca Millman's letters relate her remarkable 1893 journey into what was then considered Congo's 'Heart of Darkness'. Initially as 'Mama Mangwete' and later as 'Mama Mokili', Edith goes on to record her next forty four years attempting to spread Christian Light in the Congo she comes to love so deeply. Mama was a gifted writer. Her letters to daughters and friends paint a vivid first hand picture of the extraordinary lives of pioneer missionaries in the Congo. The hand written documents were originally collected and chrologically assembled by Edith's second husband, William 'Mokili' Millman. They have been faithfully restored and formatted for publication by Mokili and Mama's granddaughter, Jane Marshall. Jane has w reformatted and republished her original 2009 version of 'Mama: Edith Rebecca Millman Tells in Her Own Words of Her Remarkable 1893 Journey into Congo's 'Heart of Darkness' .......' and republished it with Createspace as 'Mama Edith: Letters from Congo' . Volume 1 of her 'Mission and Tradition in the Congo' Series
Edith Rebecca Millman, was born Edith Rebecca Stevens in 1866. In 1893 she married a Baptist missionary Walter Stapleton. Walter was a Baptist missionary in the Congo, known to the Congolese as 'Mangwete'. Edith travelled to Congo with him in 1893 where she became known as Mama Mangwete. Missionaries at that time rarely lived long and Walter died in 1906. In 1908 Edith became remarried to another Congo missionary colleague, William 'Mokili' Millman and became known as Mama Mokili. Their daughter, Litwasi, was born in 1909. Edith was to spend forty four years as a Congo missionary and throughout these years she would write copious letters home for her friends and Baptist supporters and for her two daughters whom she heartrendingly had to leave with foster parents in England. These letters and notes were chronologically assembled by her husband, William 'Mokili' Millman. Jane Marshall is the daughter of Litwasi, the daughter born at Yakusu to Mokili and Mama Millman. Surrounded by the love of Africa from a child, Jane gained an Honours Degree in History with Special Reference to Africa from London University (QMC/SOAS) in 1967. This study instilled in her the need for Africa to retain, recapture and nurture its history - and that all first hand eye-witness documents were of special importance. Hence, when Jane discovered the fragmented typescript of her grandmother's experiences, she reassembled the fading typescript, laboriously typed it into an ancient 1970s computer, added appropriate original photos, and, over the years, transferred it to floppy disc, to CD, to print and recently to Kindle. 'Mama Edith: Letters from Congo' by Edith Millman and Jane Marshall was originally published by AuthorHouse in 2009 as 'Mama: Edith Rebecca Millman Tells in Her Own Words of Her Remarkable 1893 Journey into Congo's 'Heart of Darkness' - and How, as 'Mama', she Gives the rest of her life to the Attempt to Spread Christian Light.' Jane has now reformatted and republished her original 2009 version as 'Mama Edith: Letters from Congo' (published by Createspace). It is now Volume 1 of the 'Mission and Tradition in the Congo' Series which she has edited, formatted and published (All available in Kindle and paperback format).