“The necessity of a periodical to represent this missionary work was soon discussed. Some feared it might not be sustained; but friendly hands were ready to support it, among the rest Mr. Lewis Flanders, who offered to aid the experiment to the extent of $500, if necessary. So encouraged, the first number of the Heathen Woman’s Friend was issued in the month of May, under the editorship of Mrs. Wm. F. Warren, and it has since proved its great value to the enterprise. It now ranks as one of the first missionary papers of the world.”
This excerpt comes from The Story of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society by Frances J. Baker (pages 17-18). Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the founding organization of what would become United Methodist Women, was established March 23, 1869. At the very time of its founding these women who met at Tremont Church in Boston, Massachusetts, knew they needed a way to tell their story. A periodical. And two months later their first magazine was published. The necessity of a periodical to represent our mission work lives on today through response magazine. I’m honored, proud and blessed to get to continue this work of sharing stories of women in mission—your work. Thank you.