THE RESCUE MISSION
The Pentecostal Rescue Mission consisted of several departments and ministries. First, there was the regular order of Gospel services. Evidently, this band of Christians really took to heart that verse, Forsake not the assembling of ourselves
together... There were services every night, three services on Sunday and some in between. On Sunday, there was the Class meeting at 9:00, Sunday School at 11:00, and the afternoon Pentecostal Meeting at 3:00. The evening service began at 7:30.
There were Gospel Meetings on Sunday, Tuesday, and Saturday, all starting at 7:30 p.m. Bible Study was on Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Workers Meeting was on Friday at 7:30 p.m. A noon prayer meeting was held every day at 12:30 p.m.
The services at the Mission were often characterized by the unusual and, I suspect, this is what drew the crowds. It was not uncommon to have a group of bystanders watching the saints perform. Sr. Anna Chaffee who attended the Mission
stated, There were a number of times the police came and cleared Chenango Street so that the street cars could pass through. There is an attraction to fire. The News from Home affords us with interesting accounts of conversions and healings which took place at the Mission from time to time.
THE WORKERS HOME
As soon as the Mission Block was remodeled, there was opened a home to the many young ladies who came to Binghamton to enter the Rescue work. Many of these consecrated workers have left good homes and some have left good jobs o come here for the work of soul winning. (N. F. H. April 15, 1907) It was reported that often times prayer could be heard throughout the building at all hours.
Who were some of the workers that lived here? Mary Berg was the first to come. Soon Ruth Button from Randolph; Emma Story from Schoharie; Katherine Burg from Albany, Tacie French, school teacher from Pennsylvania; Carrie Shelp
from Binghamton; Core Hill from Binghamton; Belle Bradt (Mrs. Bell Burns) from Schoharie County; Ethel Sager (Mrs. David Wilson) from Cortland; Lens Roy, a school teacher from New Jersey; and Odessa Kark from Port Dickinson, were making it her home and giving full time to the work.
THE REFUGE HOME
In addition to the Workers Home, the Mission provided a home for the homeless and the friendless. This Home was on he ground floor at first, facing State Street. Later, it was moved to the top floor. Mary Berg was the first matron until she was transferred to the new Rescue Work in Albany. Mother Howard took her place as matron. Through the years that this work continued, different ones served in this capacity: Miss Jessie Wilkinson and Mrs. Mary Tuttle. During 1912 and 1913 the Home was moved to the Binghamton Camp ground and Mr. and Mrs. George Miller were in charge. Many may not remember Sr. Miller as a matron, but would remember her as a beautiful singer. She had an outstanding singing voice. As one approaches the Binghamton Camp Grounds, the first building on the right, presently our oldest dormitory, was the place there the unfortunate lived. The home for the homeless was moved back to 399 and continued until it was closed in 1915. Incidentally, Rev. Wm. Shoemaker and his wife moved to Binghamton and ran a laundry to furnish work for the girls living in the Rescue Home, the number ranging from fifteen to twenty-six. The objectives of this effort were: (1) to reach the fallen girls with the Gospel, (2) to protect girls coming to the city without homes or friends, and (3) to help reform those who were caught in the web of sinful practices.
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