All God's Children

Many collectors are familiar with the "All God's Children" story. Many, many more are not. Accordingly, here is that story. Miss Martha is the speaker.

"In 1980 the pastor at my church asked the congregation to make a faith promise (pledge an offering amount) to help raise money to repair the leaky roof on our church building. Without a job and with three children the family funds were tight. After praying and seeking God's guidance, I felt that God wanted me to pledge $800.00. I had no idea how I would get this money but since this is what God had impressed upon me, I knew He would make a way. Soon after this, I created a soft sculpture doll and took it to church. Several people wanted to buy a pattern to make their own doll. Several days later I was looking at a craft magazine when the idea came to me to market the patterns through mail order.

All the ads listed business names so I used the name my Sunday School kids called me... "Miss Martha". I added the "Originals" part just to give it a finishing touch. I borrowed $600.00 to place a 2" x 2" ad in the back of the magazine. I worked 18 hours a day for the next three months getting my first pattern "Lisa" ready for the printer.

As soon as the magazine was published, my first trip to the post office was filled with joy and excitement. Wow! Twenty envelopes were there with each one containing a $4.25 check. I immediately called my pastor to share the good news. Orders came in steadily and I was able to pay my faith promise and design more patterns. The more we gave to God, the more He continued to bless.

What started out as nothing more than a desire to help repair the church was quickly turning into a booming business. My education was in the field of mental health and I knew absolutely nothing about running a business. The Bible is true when it says God uses the simple things of the world to confound the wise. I wanted nothing more than to honor Christ with my efforts.

In 1984 we moved into a new building in the industrial park. We had 33 employees at the time.

That was one of our highs. A low came shortly thereafter when the market for doll patterns all but vanished. Although we didn't have money to make our building payment, my best friend and company manager, Carolyn Snead, and I refused to give up. We knew God had started the business and He would let us know when it was time to close.

So, in 1985, with only four employees left, I started sculpting a line of figurines we christened... All God's Children. This name was chosen from 1 John 3:1 "See how much the Father loves us! His love is so great that we are called God's children."

Having no formal art training, I didn't really know what I was doing but once again God blessed my efforts.

In 1989 we introduced a black historical series of figurines. This was done to increase awareness of the unsung heroes and heroines of America's past who had a positive influence in shaping the history of our country with their courage, beliefs, and determination."

Updated: 27 February 2020

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Comments (8)
Rebecca - April 19, 2021
Downsizing to move. I have 3..Adam#138,Tara#84,and Sasha#153. Any thoughts to what there worth?
Michelle - September 5, 2020
My name is Michelle and I am the President of the All God's Children Collector's Club of Arizona. I believe we are the only chapter/club still going! We just celebrated the Club's 25th Anniversary on August 29, 2020. Our Club Mascot is "Gina' who was introduced to AGC Collectors in 1995. Our Membership Dues are $10 a year and we are currently meeting by Zoom. We also publish a monthly Newsletter by email. We are always looking for new members and we do have out of town members as well!
Thanks for this Michelle! I'll forward any messages I get regarding your club :-)
Henry - June 29, 2020
I have 12 All god children figrine.where could I sell them.I purches from you,between 1986 to 1994
Hi Henry, best place to sell is eBay, Craigslist or maybe there is a Facebook group with collectors, not sure.
Tina - April 27, 2020
I have a nice collection of Miss Martha's Collection but I am sure which collection they are. All the figures are of plantation days and none of the figures are on eBay. How do I send a picture?
I am sorry, no idea what figures you have. I'm working on a system to upload an image.
Shanda - March 12, 2020
Regarding Josepha's statement...I believe I have some books she's asking for. Book is titled "All God's Children-Collectors' Edition. I couldn't figure out how to attach a picture.
I've emailed her Shanda, thanks so much.
Josepha - February 26, 2020
i have every all gods children would like a book on the retired pcs and their price
I am not sure if such a book exists...
Susan - January 29, 2020
How many All Gods Children figurines are there?
Very good question! I have no idea... I searched the internet for answers but alas. If you have a Facebook account, you could try asking here: All Gods Children on Facebook.
Maggie - November 4, 2018
I have 75 Miss Martha All Gods Children for sale. Am downsizing and will have no space for them. Thanks for you help and or advice.
If you're looking to sell them, then eBay might be your best bet and you could sell them as a lot. If they're not worth that much or if you're not looking for some extra money, I suggest donating them to a charity shop.