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|Who is Hattie Mae Wiatt?|
Have you ever heard the name, Hattie Mae Wiatt? She was one of the most influential people in the history of this country; and possibly in the world. Even though she was so influential, no one has probably heard of her outside of her once-small church. Very few people have heard of her today because she lived in the 1800s. Hattie Mae Wiatt was an 8-year-old girl who died in 1866. There is no greater illustration of the widow's mite than the story of this 8-year-old girl.
The church that she attended was Grace Baptist Church. Her pastor was Dr. Russell Conwell, the founder of Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. This small church was so well attended that people who wanted to get in for the services had to get tickets weeks in advance. Hattie Mae Wiatt was one of those who was trying to attend an already overcrowded Sunday school room when Dr. Conwell saw her, lifted her up on his shoulders, and carried her to the packed Sunday school class.
The next day Dr. Conwell saw the little girl on her way to school. Dr. Conwell walked with her to the front of the school. On the way he had shared with her that they were planning to build a bigger Sunday school so she would not have such a difficult time attending. He told her that as soon as they raised the money, they would begin to build.
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