A “McKinley Memorial” Home Mission Offering
A suggestion, heartily seconded by
the officers of the Home Mission Board, is outlined below. It came
to the Secretary in a recent letter from the Rev. Otis G. Dale,
of Oneida, Ill.
“I want to tell you what we did in
our little church yesterday (September 22), and to make a suggestion.
“I preached on home missions from
the standpoint of patriotism, from the words, ‘Righteousness exalteth
a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.’ It came to me while
preparing the sermon that I should ask my people to make a ‘McKinley
Memorial Offering for Home Evangelization’ to wipe out the reproach
of sin that has so darkened our fair name recently. It was the day
for our semi-annual offering, and more than $50 was subscribed in
five minutes, and more is to follow. I think it will reach $75.
“It came in tens, fives, threes, twos
and ones, as I called the amounts. Our whole annual offering was
only $56 last year.
“My suggestion is that the churches
generally be asked to make a ‘McKinley Memorial Offering for Home
Evangelization,’ a monument more blessed and eternal than the one
in marble now contemplated and one which will shine out in redeemed
hearts after the other shall have been consumed in the fires of
the last day.”