What hasn’t changed in 100 years?

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Many things have changed in the last 100 years, but some things stay the same. They say there are three things we can always be certain of: death, taxes and – now let me think what was the third? – oh , that’s right – fundraising!

I had to laugh when I looked back through some old documents to see what was happening in Light Pass 100 years ago, in 1922. I had an inkling that some things might not have changed much, human history being what it is. And lo and behold, there was an article in the Lutheran paper, talking about converting the original manse built and lived in by GJ Rechner in 1861. In 1922 the Board of Missions purchased the old manse to provide a place for missionaries to stay when back home on furlough (which is why it is now known as “The Mission House”). It needed renovating and furnishing, so they were busy trying to raise funds.

In their appeal to the wider church they said “We are sure that our congregations wish that the Missionaries after their years of toil should be enabled to rest in a comfortably furnished home and that therefore contributions will flow in freely for this noble cause. Especially are we sanguine in our hope that the ladies of our congregations will rally to our help in collecting for the furniture of the Home. As the Home will be repaired shortly, a quick response would be very welcome.” Although made 100 years ago, it all sounds very familiar!

Whatever new or new-again things your New Year brings, we hope it is a safe and happy one for you all:)