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The official record of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) mission in Africa begins with a committee meeting. On May 21, 1946, several members of the United Presbyterian Board for Foreign Missions (UPBFM), led by Don McClure, missionary in Africa, and Glenn Reed, secretary for Africa, proposed to the RCA Board of Foreign Missions (BFM) that a joint work begin among the Anuak people in the Sudan. At that moment, the Reformed Church and the United Presbyterian Church were examining possibilities for cooperative endeavors and the desirability of denominational merger. For several years a number of persons in the RCA had been urging the denomination toward mission involvement in Africa, while the United Presbyterian Church with decades of experience in the Sudan was open to a new mission partner there.
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