Self-denial Fund Ingathering

“The Lily Funsten Ward Memorial Fund, known as the “Self Denial Fund,” was established by a resolution adopted at the fifth annual convention held in Washington, DC, in 1897. Miss Lily Funsten Ward, a Daughter of the King and a missionary in China, asked that a day be set aside for the celebration of Holy Communion with special intention for the church in China. In compliance with this request, it was resolved that a Self Denial Week be observed every year. At a subsequent convention held at Portland, Oregon, in September 1922, a resolution was adopted setting aside February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, as a special day for the ingathering of the Self Denial Fund. The Self Denial Fund supports missionaries and missions around the world. Self Denial Fund grants support missionaries and mission trips for both senior and Junior Daughters.”     (Page 10, National Handbook)

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