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Missionary Leaflet "The Foreign Missionary Dollar & What It Does"

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This is a missionary leaflet issued by the Women's Missionary Society of The United Lutheran Church in America. The original document was provided by the South Dumfries Historical Society.
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Missionary Leaflet "The Foreign Missionary Dollar & What It Does", ca. 1920s. South Dumfries Historical Society, 1999.60.39C.
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A large round piece of pasteboard, covered with silver paper, should be hung up to represent a silver dollar. The ten members who take part should have smaller pieces made in the same way to represent a dime, and as they speak, hang them so as to form a circle around the big dollar. A real dollar, with real dimes, may be used for a small meeting.

The exercise will be of much more value if sheets of cardboard, on which pictures illustrating the work of each dime have been neatly pasted, are displayed for inspection at the close.

LEADER: Many people wonder what becomes of missionary money anywav. You have always heard that money talks. If you will listen today, you will hear these ten dimes, which make up this missionary dollar, tell you about the work they are doing on the other side of the world.

FIRST DIME: I have to begin at the beginning of the work. I get the young men and young women from the colleges and seminaries that are waiting to go as missionaries, and take them out to the countries in which they are going to work. I tell you, I am an overworked dime, and although I work just as hard and as long as I can, I am not sending all of the young missionaries that are waiting. There are many more waiting for me to make arrangements to carry them. Can't you send some more dimes to help me?

SECOND DIME: I'm the building dime. After the first dime gets a missionary to the field, I have to find him a place to live. You'd laugh and I expect you'd cry, too, if you saw some of the places where they have stayed while they were waiting for you to send me, to get them a home. I tell you it is a shame the way some of the missionaries have to wait. I know one who has to put up an umbrella to keep the rain off her bed, and she has been waiting three years, but I have had so much else to do I could not get there. Then I have to build all of the churches and chapels. My! but I'm a busy dime. Some of my churches now are needing paint, and others are about to fall down. I wish you could see the people that come up to the.missions begging for us to help them build a church. I know where there are millions of people without a single Christian church. Do hurry and send some more of me.

THIRD DIME: I'm the school bell dime. Whenever you send me out, the school bell begins to ring somewhere. I know I'm the busiest dime in the whole missionary dollar. I'm running schools all over the world, and kindergartens, too; but every day I have to see boys and girls turned away because my schools are all full. Please send more dimes, so that my bell may ring for the waiting children.

FOURTH DIME: I am the hospital dime. I send put missionary doctors and nurses, and build hospitals and buy medicines. Wherever I go to work the people come flocking with the sick folks—the lame, the blind and the crippled—as they used to when Jesus was on earth. I have gone into many lands where there was not a single physician until I came. I help over two million people every year, but there are so many others asking for help that it almost breaks my heart. I need more hospitals, and more doctors and nurses. If I had all of the other nine dimes in the missionary dollar, I could use them every one in my work.

FIFTH DIME: I'm the Bible dime. I run nearly two hundred printing presses all over the world to print the Bible and other Christian literature. I know you will see that none of the other dimes could get along without me. I have had a big job, too—to learn more than 700 different languages in which to print over five hundred million copies of the Bible within a hundred years. I am sure if you knew how much need there is for more copies of the Bible and Christian books, you would send more dimes to help me.

SIXTH DIME: I am the evangelist dime. You know the missionaries cannot do all the work by themselves, so they are training native preachers or evangelists, so they can preach the Gospel to their own people. Sometimes the evangelists preach in the churches, sometimes on the streets, sometimes from house to house, and sometimes they go on long tours through the country. You would be surprised to see the different kinds of conveyances I hire for the evangelists in different parts of the world-—elephants, camels, horses, mules, donkeys, canoes, launches, steamboats, wheelbarrows, house boats, jin-rikishas, bicycles and railroad trains. I keep busy all of the time.

SEVENTH DIME: I'm the Bible woman dime. In many of the lands where the missionary dollar goes, the women cannot come out to hear the preaching. I get Christian women and train them as Bible teachers and send them into the homes to teach the women about Jesus. But there are thousands and thousands waiting to hear if only you would help me to send more Bible women to them!

EIGHTH DIME: I'm the orphan dime. Every year, through war or famine, there are many little children left with no one to care for them. I am the part of the missionary dollar that looks after them. I build orphanages and schools, and when missionaries rescue them, I help care for them. Can't you hear many, many little orphan children pleading for you to send more of me?

NINTH DIME: I'm the 'etc." dime. You know, when there are too many things to mention, you write down all you can, and then lump the rest of them together under "etc." You have not heard about nearly all of the things the missionary dollar must do. The missionaries must have a furlough some time; there are rents to be paid, and repairs to be made on property. There are old people to be cared for, and many that are in trouble to be helped. The other dimes have a definite work to do, but there are calls for me from every direction. You know how many different forms of Christian work there are here at home, and how many institutions there are to do it, and even then there are not enough, so you can just imagine what I have to do in lands that are not Christian. I have worked so hard and am worn so thin that "In God we trust" is almost rubbed off of my face. O, why aren't there more of me?

TENTH DIME: I am the stay-at-home dime. I do not go

abroad at all, but you may be sure I am not wasted either. If I did not do my work, the work of all the other dimes would stop. I print all the literature and prepare the programs. I stick the postage stamp and send out the Thank-offering boxes. I send all the money to the missionaries and keep all the accounts. I can do this for you for less than you can do it for yourself. If you want to send a dollar to Japan, it will cost you five cents for a postage stamp and ten cents for a money order. I can put a thousand dollars together and send it for that. Sometimes I wish I could go abroad with the others, but when I think about it I know I am doing more by staying at home and getting the other dimes together and helping them to get off. I will tell you what you might do, though. If you want every cent of your dollar to go straight to the field—just tuck in an extra dime for me.

ALL: Ten little dimes are bound together in every Missionary Dollar. Each has an important work to do, and each depends on the other. So, bind us together in many missionary dollars so that none of the work will be left undone.

Note—We are indebted to the Finding Out Club by Helen Barrett Montgomery for much of the material used in this exercise.

LITERATURE HEADQUARTERS Women's Missionary Society of The United Lutheran Church in America

844 Drexel Building, Philadelphia Price, 2 cents each, 20 cents a dozen

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Missionary Leaflet "The Foreign Missionary Dollar & What It Does"

This is a missionary leaflet issued by the Women's Missionary Society of The United Lutheran Church in America. The original document was provided by the South Dumfries Historical Society.