Post, Viola Mae (1903-1998)

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Post, Viola Mae (1903-1998)

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3 September 1903-2 July 1998


Viola Mae Post (nee Griebenow) was born in Minnesota on 3 September 1903 and died on 2 July 1998. Ms. Post became a Christian when she was 12. During her teenage years her family moved to Salem, Oregon, and after a few years she began attending Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle, Washington. She finished her studies at the Missionary Training Institute. While there, she applied for missionary service. She had initially wanted to serve in China and Tibet but when presented with two possibilities for service, China or the Netherlands East Indies, she chose the latter field. She departed in September 1931 to assist Dr. R. A. Jaffray in the C&MA’s Netherlands East Indies field office. There she met Walter Post, and a year later they were married.

The Posts worked in East Borneo (Kalimantan) for a year and then were sent to Makassar to work in the Bible school there. After their first furlough, they pioneered a mission effort in New Guinea (Irian Jaya), but in 1943, with the advance of the Japanese forces, they were evacuated to Australia. While there, they were asked by the Netherlands Forces Intelligence Service to assist in translation and interrogation work.

They were flown to Makassar in September 1945 to assist in post war rehabilitation. For the next few years Walter served as chairman of the field and taught in the Bible school. In 1952 the Posts were able to return to New Guinea (Irian Jaya) and work in the Bible school there. They ended their missionary service in 1972.


Makassar, Celebes (Sulawesi), Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), missionary, 1931-1932
East Borneo (Kalimantan), Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), missionary, 1933
Makassar, Celebes (Sulawesi), Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), missionary, 1934-1937
Netherlands New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), missionary,1937-1943
Australia, translation and interrogation work, 1943-September 1945
Makassar, Celebes (Sulawesi), Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), missionary, September 1945-1952
Netherlands New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), missionary,1952-1972

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Post, Walter (1904-1982) (14 January 1904-1982)

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Post, Walter (1904-1982)

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Post, Viola Mae (1903-1998)

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1934 - 1984

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Viola Mae (Griebenow) and Walter Post were married in early 1934 and served together as Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries to the Netherlands East Indies and Indonesia until 1972. Walter Post died in 1984.

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