Gleason Hines Ledyard


Gleason Hines Ledyard

Ashland County, Ohio, USA
Death 6 Jan 2006 (aged 86)
Canby, Clackamas County, Oregon, USA
Burial Canby, Clackamas County, Oregon, USA
Plot NEW-M-51-B
Memorial ID 77447924 View Source

86 years, 11 months

son of Harry A Ledyard (1876 - 1932)
Bertha May Hines Ledyard (1880 - 1976)

husband of
Kathryn Irene Motter Ledyard (1918 - 2008)
married 1940 they were the parents of 1 child David Paul Ledyard who died at birth

Gleason Hines Ledyard: Mission aviator and evangelist to the Eskimos. Born in Ashland, Ohio and educated at the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Bible College. Ledyard realized his childhood calling when he established the Eskimo Gospel Crusade in 1946.

He and his wife, Kathryn, made their first home at a small trading post on the edge of the Northwest Territories, traveling hundreds of miles through the Arctic wilderness by dog sled, and later by air, to share the gospel with nomadic Eskimo communities.

Kathryn Ledyard established a school for Eskimo children, and her husband often flew the students by plane. Turning the work over to the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1961, the Ledyard’s made their home in Canby, Oregon and began work on the “New Life Testament” (1969) and the “New Life Bible” (1986).

This New Testament with a vocabulary of only 850 words, was considered extraordinarily easy to read, and as a result, has been used in missions around the world where English is taught as a second language. More than 5 million copies have been sold as of 1995, and the Bible was in its seventh edition. As of the mid – 1990s, Ledyard continued to be active in preparing Bible study materials to accompany the “New Life” scriptures.

Eskimos: A Testimony of God’s Direction, God’s Protection and God’s Provision

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