1946, a very special friendship began. While attending conferences in Keswick, New Jersey, Mrs. Baugh met a dynamic young
woman from Maine Miss Mary Clark. As the two became better acquainted, they discovered a mutual desire to reach people for
Jesus Christ and a concern for those living in rural areas. Mrs. Baugh was greatly convinced that Miss Clark, a former New
York businesswoman, was the person of God's choice to become her associate; however, Miss Clark was not so sure! She was
actively involved in missionary work in Maine and felt that was her place of service. God graciously guided Miss Clark and
showed her in an unmistakable way that He had new work for her to do. In April 1948, she joined Mrs. Baugh as a partner in
With Miss Clark's arrival, more exciting things began to happen.
Three young couples, who were friends of hers, had heard about the work in rural America and wanted to become involved as
missionaries to the villages. After much prayer and consideration, Mrs. Baugh's brother, the Reverend Walter Duff, was
asked to accept the responsibility of directing an organization to send out missionary couples. In 1948, Village Missions
was established with Mr. Duff as National Chairman.
Then God brought into
existence a new avenue of ministry-Christian Women's Clubs. The format, project, and committee are the same as the Councils,
but meetings are held in the daytime when it is easier for homemakers to attend. In 1949, the first Christian Women's
Clubs were started in Hartford, Connecticut, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
visiting in many homes across our continent, the need for good Christian reading material became apparent. The Stonecroft
Book and Supply Center (now known as the Stonecroft Book & Media Ministries) was incorporated in 1958 to help meet this
A meeting on a train with a stranger who wanted to know about God and
the thought of thousands of people who do not know Christ prompted Mrs. Baugh to prepare the first Stonecroft Life Publications
booklet. These little booklets, with their attractive photographs and clear gospel message, have shared the answer to life
with literally millions of people around the world. Life Eternally Yours, published in 1962, was the first Stonecroft Life
As couples began to express an interest in a ministry together,
it became clear that the basic fonnat used by the groups could also be effective in a ministry for couples. In 1964, the first
Business and Professional Couples' Club (now known as Stonecroft Couples' Club) was started.
In 1966, CWC and CBPW went international! Toronto, Ontario was the home of the first Canadian group. In 1968,
Willow River, British Columbia became the home of the first Canadian Village Missions church.
As the CWCs and CBPWs multiplied, the need for another avenue of ministry became apparent-one which would
help women and men know God's Word and apply it to their everyday lives. Various Bible study materials were examined,
but none met the specific needs of this unique ministry. One of our own National Missionary Representatives, Lucille Sollenberger,
a former professor of educational methods at Stanford and one who had a great love for God's Word, seemed especially qualified
to undertake the task of preparing Bible study materials. In 1968, Mark was published, beginning the Friendship Bible Coffee
In 1973, Genevieve Aiiege joined the Stonecroft staff and became
our first European Representative. She has helped establish Christian Women's Clubs and Friendship Bible Coffees in 13
The newest avenue of Stonecroft Ministries came into
being in 1981 with the opening of the Stonecroft Conference Center. Located in the beautiful Ozark mountains of southern Missouri,
the Conference Center has provided "a vacation with a purpose" for hundreds of families and singles. Weekly conferences
are held during the spring, summer, and fall, as well as seminars and retreats during the rest of the year.
Though many changes have occurred in Stonecroft Ministries throughout the years, one thing remains
constant-prayer. Each avenue of ministry began in prayer and has continued through the years because of the faithful prayers
of God's people. What praise and thanksgiving fill our hearts when we consider all God has done! Truly, as the poet said,
"More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of."
earnest desire and constant prayer is that Stonecroft Ministries will always lift up the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
that many people will come to know Him as their personal Lord and Savior because of this ministry.