The Story Behind Our Missionary Pension Fund

-from a seminar presented by Rhoda Keener with Marty Lehman: “Women, Faith, and Money” (Mennonite Health Assembly 2007, Lancaster Stewardship University, and San Jose Assembly 2007)

This is the story of 2 cents a week and a prayer and what became of it.

This story began with a motion passed by the General Conference church in 1926 to establish a Missionary Pension Fund – It was often referred to in those days as the Incapacitated Missionary Fund.  It was there to provide retirement funds for missionaries whose needs otherwise would not be met.

Gladys Goering, author of Women in Search of Mission, told the story of this fund in her book. She writes:

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