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History of Moravian Missions in Labrador

By Mo Laidlaw - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

There were several Moravian Missions set up in Labrador.

The first permanent mission was founded in Nain in 1771.

Additional settlements to the north and south soon were established and by the early 19th century the conversion of the local Inuit was essentially complete.

The Moravians soon established two more stations - Okak in 1776, and a new Hopedale at Arvertok in 1782.

They had a membership of 1,900 in Labrador.

At the time they were almost the only people who were literate and had received some education.

The Moravian Church is a denomination within the Protestant religion and Moravians share the same core beliefs, including that Jesus Christ was born, died, and resurrected.

The main differences that set Moravian Protestants apart from other Protestant Christians is in how they practice their beliefs in church.

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