Category Archives: Marilyn Mitchem

Christy: The Novel and the Reality

by Marilyn Mitchem Chapter Five of Christy describes her orientation to life as a mission teacher in Cutter Gap. Over a breakfast of oatmeal, buckwheat pancakes, and maple syrup, Christy speaks with David’s sister, Ida Grantland, “an older woman, tall, … Continue reading

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“Clothing” by Marilyn Mitchem

The Soul Winner October 1909 The approaching winter admonishes us that many of the poor Highlanders will suffer with cold, unless clad by generous hands, who are able to help them. This is especially true of widows and children, whose … Continue reading

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We Beg Your Prayers and Help For These Faithful Teachers by Marilyn Mitchem

The Soul Winner August 1914 OUR SCHOOLS. After a brief vacation, some of our faithful mission teachers are returning to their work in the mountains. Some of them took no vacation. Every week now the various schools are beginning, and … Continue reading

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Under the Willows in our Yard – by Marilyn Mitchem

For all of us who love the Christy Mission, the picture mission worker Bertha Abernethy paints–a summer evening, moonlit mountains, guitar music, a rustic bench sheltered by willow trees–is pure pleasure. From Ebenezer Mission. July 1914, The Soul Winner magazine … Continue reading

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The Riches of Poverty – by Marilyn Mitchem

        On Sunday afternoon, October 2, 1910, Leonora Whitaker Wood launched a new ministry for children served by Ebenezer Mission: the Sunshine Band of the Little Gleaners. A missionary society for children, the Sunshine Band’s weekly gatherings included singing, Bible … Continue reading

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“Conserve the Good, Eliminate the Evil” – by Marilyn Mitchem

The article below appeared in the April 1926 Soul Winner magazine. (For more information on Allen Messer, see my February 2013 column, “A Hill Top Experience.”)         After visiting Cocke County, Tennessee, in November 1958 with her parents, John and … Continue reading

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“A Hill Top Experience”

“A Hill Top Experience,” written by Rev. J. Allen Messer of Hartford, Tennessee, appeared in the February 1925 Soul Winner magazine. “After having climbed to the mountain top of some experience in life it makes a fellow feel fine, as … Continue reading

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