Lee, Rhoda (1857-1899)
Rhoda Lee, mission advocate. The daughter of L. C. and Laura Noble, Rhoda Noble was born 26 April 1857 in West Union, Iowa. She moved to Kansas at age 20 and married James H. Lee of Abilene, KS. They had five children. She wrote many articles for the Evangelical Visitor (Brethren in Christ). Influenced by the World's Gospel Union, she labored with her husband in gospel work among coal miners in Scranton, KS. She died at age 42 in Abilene.
Rhoda Lee is best known for her appearance at the Brethren in Christ General Conference, held near Abilene in 1894. There she made an impassioned plea for a foreign mission fund, and later in an unprecedented move, grabbed a hat and passed it through the spellbound audience to collect an offering.
At the 1895 conference, held in Ontario, she chided the church for taking no action. This time a foreign mission board was appointed and the church began a vital foreign mission program. Rhoda Lee died 19 November 1899.
Musser, Wilma I. "Rhoda E. Lee." Brethren In Christ History and Life 2 (June 1979): 3-20.
Wittlinger, Carlton O. Quest for Piety and Obedience: The Story of the Brethren in Christ. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1978: 111, 179-81, 523.
Wittlinger, Carlton. "Rhoda E. Lee, Missionary Enthusiast." Notes and Queries. (July 1961): 11-19.
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