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Written by John R. Respess   


Butler, Ga., January 1894 

On Friday before Christmas I went to the railroad depot to see if a package had ordered had come, and the agent said: "Yes; there are several things here for you; there is a barrel of flour, a keg of syrup, and some sugar and coffee." "It must," said I, "be a mistake, for I have ordered none of these things. Where did they come from?" And he said, "They came from Columbus." I was puzzled; I went to them and examined them, and found the flour from J. T. Eason, and at once it flashed through my mind that some of the brethren of Mt. Moriah church had sent those things to me. I thought so because Bro. J. T. Whatley is chief manager of Bro. J. T. Eason's mercantile business, and a member of Mt. Moriah church. I returned to my house and told the children of it, and we sent for the things, and we had a joyful time unpacking and examining them. John said: "Father, what are they worth in money?" "In money," I said, "they are worth not more than $20 or less; but in a higher sense they are worth more than rubies And," said I, "what would not a preacher go through for such a people?' And said one of the children: "A great deal, for you know they care for you." There was a seventeen pound ham, a great bag of sugar, coffee, rice, grits, a keg of syrup and a barrel of flour. And I wished that every Old Baptist preacher, rich or poor, in the world had just such a Christmas gift as Mt. Moriah gave me. Who knows but that many churches will pattern after this example set by Mt. Moriah church, and thus cheer the hearts of hundreds of God's poor ministers? God grant it may be so.

I will say nothing of my unworthiness, but I will say, and say it in truth, that Mt. Moriah church is worthy of the name of a gospel church.---R.

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