The Literature Distribution Worker

LITERATURE distribution work is one of the most interesting and fruitful activities of the Christian Science movement. Most of the workers in this particular activity are serving through gratitude for the operation of Truth in their own lives. Many could tell how they first found Christian Science through the periodicals. These periodicals were established through divine guidance and inspiration by our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy. On page 353 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" we read: "I have given the name to all the Christian Science periodicals. The first was The Christian Science Journal, designed to put on record the divine Science of Truth; the second I entitled Sentinel, intended to hold guard over Truth, Life and Love; the third, Der Herold der Christian Science, to proclaim the universal activity and availability of Truth; the next I named Monitor, to spread undivided the Science that operates unspent. The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind."

The stories that literature distribution workers could tell of lives redeemed, health restored, businesses saved, and hope renewed, which have come to their notice in their work, prove that the periodicals are doing the work which their Founder intended they should do. The periodicals guide their readers to an understanding of Christian Science and to the study of the works of Mrs. Eddy.

One distributor, who was going over a newly assigned route, found himself in the poorer quarters of the city. He was confronted with dirt and squalor. At one place he was met by the charwoman, and was surprised to learn that she had been watching for him. During the periods when she was not scrubbing floors she had read enough of the literature to be impressed with its healing power. There was boarding in this house a young man, an engineer by profession, who had been unemployed for some time. Becoming discouraged, he had taken to drink and was quickly degenerating. She insisted that the worker go up to see the man and talk with him. It was arranged that she obtain the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, for him at the Reading Room. She also offered to pay for the services of a practitioner. During these treatments, the whole place underwent a great trans formation. Cleanliness now prevailed, and the surroundings were made to conform to the ideals inculcated by the literature. In a very short time the lad was healed of drinking; he became seriously interested in Science, and a very fine position opened up for him. Several months later, this kindly charwoman showed the worker a letter from the young engineer, telling of success and happiness in his new life. With great pleasure she displayed some money he had sent her.

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The Wider View
October 30, 1937

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