Distribution Work

That the distribution committees are truly opening up channels for the messages of Love, has been proved to the writer while engaged in this work. The following experience while serving on the steamship committee tells of steady growth and the great blessings accruing to all concerned in the work. A member of this committee was told to visit a certain line which the chairman thought would prove a fruitful field. After a short time the manager of the steamship. line was visited. He had never heard of our literature, but when the work done on other piers was explained to him, he readily gave his consent to our bringing literature to the office in bundles to be placed on the boats.

The worker to whom the task was assigned was delighted at the result of the visit; but upon taking the bundles of literature to the dock the next day she was told it was not wanted, as they had no room for it on the boats. It was not possible to see the manager, so the bundle had to be taken home, and the searchlight turned into the consciousness of the worker herself to find where the trouble lay. With a sense of humility and fresh courage she again visited the manager at the docks, and a misunderstanding due to a misconception of Christian Science by some one in his office was corrected; permission was therefore again granted to bring our literature. Workers began to visit these boats each day, leaving bundles of literature in the office. At the end of four weeks permission was given to go on the boats and distribute the literature wherever it was thought to be needed. By this time the men in the office were reading the literature, and the manager expressed gratitude for the Monitor.

In a very short time the fruits of this work began to come to the ears of the workers. Men on the dock, in the offices, officers on the boats, porters, stewardesses, cooks, waiters, and passengers became interested readers, extending to the Christian Science workers most loving courtesy, taking care of the literature, and expressing such gratitude that all concerned could realize that even though the laborers were few the harvest was great. Hundreds of United States sailors traveled on this line of boats, and they, too, expressed much gratitude for the literature with which many had become acquainted at the naval training bases. Many who never heard of Christian Science before are now studying it and attending the services, and many cases of healing have taken place.

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The Harp of Joy
March 8, 1919

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