Amazing facts about amazing women
May 3 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Amazing facts about amazing women | Friday, May 3, 2002

Friday, May 3, 2002

Amazing facts about amazing women

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

Did you know that N.C. Baptist women have been organizing to support missions since the 1700s? One of the first organizations was called the "Hyco Female Cent Society."

Did you know that 37 delegates from the "Female Benevolent Society of Raleigh" were present when the Baptist State Convention was founded in 1831?

Did you know that in 1877 a resolution was made at the annual BSC meeting to commend the missionary efforts of what was then called the "Women's Central Committee of North Carolina" - but it died on the floor because some of the brethren thought women should not be encouraged in mission endeavors?

Did you know that when the Home Mission Board (after years of encouragement) agreed to support a women's missions organization in 1883, someone objected because he believed such recognition to be "the entering wedge to women's rights or platform speaking?" Another man wisely declared that if they did not allow women to work with them, the women would work without them.

Did you know that the N.C. "Woman's Central Committee of Missions" was founded in 1886 - and that its first meeting was held in the offices of the Biblical Recorder? Editor C.T. Bailey's 16-year-old daughter, Sallie, became corresponding secretary for the group.

Did you know that the Woman's Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention was formed as an auxiliary in 1888, but the State Board of Missions would not permit Tar Heel women to align with the new movement, for fear that it might "prove a danger"? The N.C. organization was allowed to sign on two years later.

Did you know that Fannie Heck, the first president of the N.C. women's mission organization, was a crack shot, expert horsewoman and skilled wood carver, in addition to being an accomplished seamstress, artist and inventor?

If you'd like to learn more about these and other amazing facts about WMU of North Carolina, including more recent developments, get yourself to a phone and order a copy of Dot Allred's newly released And So Much More: Living Legacies of North Carolina Women on Mission.

For information on purchasing the book contact Pat at the N.C. WMU office, (919) 467-5100 locally, or (800) 395-5102 toll-free, ext. 244.

Get the book, and learn so much more about some of God's choicest women.

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