Yordy, Anna M. (1885-1975)
Anna M. Yordy (b. 9 March 1885, d. 1 January 1975) offered dedicated continuity to the Chicago Home Mission from 1915 to 1945. Even though Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) exposure to city experience was then limited, she believed in the mission's intents and efforts. She wrote about urban realities in church papers.
Tasks to which Anna gave energy and attention included: superintendent of the Junior Sunday School Department; two evenings a week to teach Scriptures and work with crafts; organizing the "Fresh Air" program in which 100-200 children (regular mission attendees) spent at least two summer weeks with rural Mennonite families; weekly visits in homes to look up absentees, solicit new people, win parent trust; assisting with the annual Christmas dinner (begun in 1896) which seated 160 at a time until all were fed; teaching Bible school; distributing clothing sent by Mennonite church women; leading a women's or girls' group attending sewing school; treating 100 patients a year, having earned chiropractic degrees in 1918 and 1943.
Anna's congenial spirit continued with her as a matron of Coffman Hall at Goshen College, 1945-1951.
Oyer, Emma. What God Hath Wrought in a Half Century at the Mennonite Home Mission. Elkhart, IN: Mennonite Board of Missions, 1949.
Weber, Harry F. Centennial History of the Mennonites of Illinois 1829-1919. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1931: 275-291.
Yordy, Anna. "Mennonite Home Mission." Gospel Herald (7 August 1930): 427-428.
Yordy, Anna. A number of articles between 1930 and 1940 in Missionary Sewing Circle Letter.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 951-952. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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