One of the benefits of studying Baptist history is the collecting of illustrations, for sermons and talks, from the lives of real people. For example, Mary Webb became a Baptist in Boston in the late 1700's. By 1810, she had established the first women's missionary society in the United States and extended its influence through more than 100 additional groups, North and South. She accomplished all of this as a paraplegic who waited to be baptized until she could control the pain of being immersed. Courage, perseverance in the face of obstacles, commitment to missions--all these topics and more could be enriched with her story.