“Then classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick ‘whom Satan hath bound,’ and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of the Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.”
Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 495)
Providing the assistance, support, and services of a branch church in places where branch churches can’t reach is the mission of the Christian Science Committee for Institutional Work in Texas.
“We are the branch church in areas where branch churches aren’t allowed,” explained Elizabeth Arnett, Executive Secretary of the organization.
Arnett met with Christian Scientists in the Austin area at First Church on February 17 to provide an update on the organization’s activities.
Members and staff of the Committee are holding church services, offering Bible study groups, making personal visits, sponsoring Christian Science lectures, and distributing authorized Christian Science literature at prisons, shelters, and government-run health facilities. They also serve the homebound in some instances. Much of the work occurs in large metropolitan areas, but, according to Arnett, some volunteers are traveling long distances to serve groups or individuals in rural areas.
Fruitage during Arnett’s year and a half of service has included a significant increase in the number of subscriptions for the Bible Lesson (some of them paid by the Committee), being allowed into facilities that previously had blocked Christian Science volunteers and activities, and increased interest in participation in the organization’s offerings expressed by both facilities and individuals.
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