- Joy Ridderhof
The youngest child of Dutch immigrants, Ridderhof was one of the first three graduates of
Columbia International Universityin 1923. In 1930, she traveled to Honduras, establshing her ministry in Marcalaand neighboring villages. Forced to return to the United States to recover from malaria, she began Gospel Recordings in 1939 to remain in touch with her followers.
Gospel Recordings expanded to provide recordings of the
Gospelto often-illiterate people along with hand-operated record players. As of 2008, the company has produced recordings in 5,705 languages.
Columbia International University named its Media and Music Center the Joy Ridderhof Memorial Center in 1985.
Ridderhof and Gospel Recordings are the subjects of the 2006 "
P.O.V." documentary "The Tailenders".
Betty M. Hockett "Catching Their Talk in a Box: The Life-Story of Joy Ridderhof" ISBN 0-943701139 (pbk) Barclay Press, 1987.
* [http://globalrecordings.net/ Global Recordings Offical Site]
* [http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/tailenders/index.html "The Tailenders" Offical Site]
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