Second World War: Country Church Wrote for the War Effort

This small church devised a letter-writing system to bolster their servicemen for the war effort.

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Our little country church was a small one, average attendance counting children was about 50. Our young people were busy in the war effort, taking the place of the young men who were on the front lines around the world.

Our pastor was a young family man with four children. We set up a weekly letter-writing system to all of the servicemen who were members' friends and kin. We had 77 on our list. Sister Friend, the pastor's wife, wrote a sermonette each week, which we typed and hectographed copies to send each one. We also drew names among the members and mailed a personal letter to each serviceman; some would write to four or five boys every week.

Brother Friend made a nice letter holder and put it in the church for replies we might receive from our soldier boys. All could read them who wished. Every service - and individually through the week - we prayed for all the soldiers.

God was gracious, and everyone on our list returned home without a disabling injury. Only one boy in our community lost his life. His family attended another church and we missed getting him on our list. We still thank God for keeping our boys safe on all the front lines of the battlefronts around the world.

Mayoma E. Bennett
Canton, Oklahoma
 


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