Religion: A Family Tradition

Ida Scudder's last idea was to spend her life in India—even though it might be the Scudder family tradition. As a child in India, the daughter and granddaughter of Reformed Church medical missionaries, she saw all too much famine, poverty and disease. After a Massachusetts seminary, Ida aimed to get married and settle down in the U.S.

But, in her early 20s, Ida Scudder went back to India to help her ailing mother. One night, as she sat alone in the mission bungalow at Tindivanam, a Brahman came to the door with a tale of...

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