State Missions

Mary Hill Davis Offering

To enrich and/or develop leadership for Texas ethnic/minority churches, scholarships are provided for worthy African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian students. The scholarships are the realization of a dream of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas. WMU has continued to support the scholarships through promotion of the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions, named for a long-time president of WMU of Texas.

Mary Hill Davis, a native of Greenville, Georgia, moved with her parents to Dallas, Texas as a small child. Her parents joined the First Baptist Church of Dallas, founded two years previously. At the age of twenty, she married Dr. F. S. Davis, a physician. They had a son, Raymond S. Davis, a physician and surgeon.

A tall, stately woman, Mary Hill Davis served WMU of Texas for thirty-three years. Her tenure as recording secretary began in 1898. She served in this capacity until 1906, when she became president, a position she held until 1931.

The causes to which Mary Hill Davis gave her life reflect her deep concerns. Among the tangibles were four educational buildings: two of them on foreign fields, one at Baylor University (Woman’s Memorial Dormitory) and one at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Formerly called the Woman’s Training School Building, it is now Barnard Hall.)

Every September members of the Texas Baptist churches observe a week of prayer and take the offering to support a variety of missions endeavors in Texas. One allocation of that offering provides funds for these scholarships.

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