1810  — 1844

Azubah Caroline Condit

Reformed Church in America missionary in southeast Asia.

The first Reformed Church in America single woman to engage in foreign mission work, Condit responded to a plea from David Abeel and joined Jacob Ennis, Elihu Doty, Elbert Nevius, William Youngblood, and their wives, who sailed from New York for Borneo in June 1836. She was given the title of assistant missionary. A sister of Mrs. Nevius, Condit studied Chinese and taught Chinese girls on Java, as well as starting a boarding school for Chinese girls at Pontianak, Borneo, in 1842. Her early death cut short a promising missionary career.


This story is reproduced, with permission, from Gerald H. Anderson, ed., Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions.


  • R. Pierce Beaver, American Protestant Women in World Mission (1968)
  • Eugene Heideman, A People in Mission: The Surprising Harvest (1980)
  • Tercentenary Studies: Reformed Church in America (1928).
  • Also see materials in Reformed Church in America archives, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, N.J.

About the Author

Charles E. Van Engen