What does ABCFM stand for?
ABCFM stands for American Board of Commissioners for the Foreign Missions
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The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) was among the first American Christian missionary organizations. It was created in 1810 by recent graduates of Williams College. In the 19th century it was the largest and most important of American missionary organizations.
S. , and as a direct extension of these home missions, the American foreign missionary movement developed. It began with the establishment in New England in 1810 of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). Like its British counterpart which preceded it by almost two decades (the London Missionary Society), this was a nondenominational voluntary organization, not under the management of any ecclesiastical body.
The United Society was particularly focused on work among Native Americans and inhabitants of Central and South America. In 1826, the Congregational American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) became the recognized missions agency of the General Assembly, and the United Society's operations were merged with the American Board.  By 1831, the majority of board members and missionaries of the ABCFM were Presbyterians.
Hinman complained about the "monotony and necessary sameness of the school-room duty" (1869, pp. 25 & 29). In contrast to the problems associated with getting Indians to learn English, Hinman reported that three adult Yankton (Sioux) warriors rode back and forth from their agency forty miles every week to learn to read and write their own language (1869, p. 33). In 1871 the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.