Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 162 Notes One of the best summaries of the founding of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)—actually, the International Union of Gospel Missions (IUGM), as it was originally known—is found in the First Annual Report of the association, published and distributed at the second annual convention in 1915, in Norfolk, Virginia. Here is how they described it back then. So It Begins O n September 17th, 1913, the International Union of Gospel Missions (IUGM) was formed for the purpose of furthering the interests and increasing the effectiveness of gospel missions. In this, the first report of the work, it is the desire of the president and officers to acquaint the Christian public with the growth and importance of this organization. It is a well-established fact that unity means strength, and rescue work has developed to such an extent it seemed imperative for the rescue missions to band together in such a way as to let the world know they are doing something worthwhile for the Master. A Friend of Sinners T he IUGM was conceived in the mind of one of the most consecrated men of God that New York, or any other city, has ever known, Mr. Sidney Whittemore. It was he who gathered together a number of representative mission workers in September 1913, and unfolded to them his plans and ambition for such a union. His earnestness could not fail to impress those he had gathered around him, and the result was the birth of the above named organization with Mr. Whittemore as the chosen president.* Great things were looked forward to under this good man’s leadership, and it was not only a shock, but something far beyond our understanding, when, almost without warning, God took him unto Himself. It seemed as though we could not spare him—there was so much for him to do, and he was so eminently fitted for the work. But while God removes His workmen, He raises up others to take their places so that His work may continue to The History We Celebrate An Association with Deep Roots “Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.” —Proverbs 22:2 Sidney Whittemore *From the founding of the IUGM until May 2009, president was the title given to the volun- teer who chaired the executive committee (later called the board), usually in addition to running a mission. This person, who served as the spiritual and philosophical leader, was the face of the association. As the association became more complex (circa the 1980s and 1990s) the executive director began to share, and then eventually take over, some of the major leadership responsibilities. 2