At age 37, Mina married Dayton Young and they raised 5 children in Fort Smith, AR. Mina was a stay-at-home mother who after marriage continued her career as a writer. She produced Sunday School lessons, religious articles, educational materials, and a few books including a novel published by Moody Press, Jeannie of the 2-bar A.
On two different occasions in the mid to late 1960's, Mina took over small churches that had been closed, and she, with the help of her family, pastored those churches until another pastor was interested in taking the church. Those churches were Union Assembly of God Church northeast of Paris, AR; and Plainview Assembly of God Church just north of Van Buren, AR.
Mina was an only child. When she was born, the family lived in Billings, MT. Before Mina turned 3, the family moved to a small rural house outside of Billings. Indoor plumbing was rare in those days, and since the family had below average income, there were even fewer conveniences than the norm for that time period.
When Mina was 9 years old, her family moved in with her Uncle Fred and Aunt Tekla Stenberg who had a farm outside of Newcastle, Wyoming. School was held in an old house with one teacher and 5 students. The family lived there less than a year, but for most of the remainder of her life Mina kept in touch with her 2 cousins and Tekla's 3 nieces who also lived with Fred and Tekla. Mina's family then continued living in the Newcastle area in various small houses.
Mina's father was a Baptist, and her mother's family was 7th Day Adventist. Mina attended the Methodist church because that was the only church in Newcastle. Some people came and held a revival, and the Newcastle Assembly of God Church grew out of that. Mina was a charter member and served as a Sunday School teacher.
Mina graduated from the Newcastle, Wyoming high school, attended a year of normal school, and served as the only teacher at 5 different small rural schools over a period of 5 years. A few years after that, she moved to Springfield, MO where she attended Central Bible Institute for a year.
Mina worked for several years at the Assemblies of God Gospel Publishing House in Springfield. She wrote articles for the Sunday School Counselor magazine, and wrote lessons for the quarterlies (books used by teachers for teaching the weekly classes). Mina promoted the idea that children should learn to give offerings for God's work, and the money should be used for a project that children could be proud of. The idea caught on later, and Billie Davis was instrumental in starting BGMC, Boys and Girls Missionary Crusade. BGMC offerings now help fund feeding programs, the construction of water wells, disaster relief programs, healthcare programs, new churches, orphanages, and provide literature for missionaries. Total giving to date is over $80 million.
In 1949 Mina was assigned to train Sunday School teachers at New Bethel Assembly of God Church in Fort Smith, AR where she met Dayton Young. In 1950 she married Dayton and started a family of 5 children. The house was also sometimes the temporary home of some of her cousin's children who transitioned from their rural farm near Huntsville, AR to the big city of Fort Smith, AR.
Mina's career as a licensed minister started late in life and grew out of her desire to share with church people the danger she saw in the trend toward excluding God and the Bible from schools and teaching the theory of evolution as fact. She presented her carefully researched and illustrated messages to many congregations in and around Fort Smith, and became a fill-in preacher for pastors who were on vacation or who were sick.
Mina considered Jesus' instructions in Matthew 5 to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world to mean that she should do what she could to expose and fix the wrongs of the world. She considered it her Christian duty to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves, and try to lovingly and without condemnation slow the slaughter of unborn babies. She was a prolific contributor to letters to the editor with her opinions on moral issues of the day.
Mina and her husband Dayton both loved music and played musical instruments. Mina played piano and violin. The love of music and performing lives on in their descendants. Mina is survived by 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. You can read more about Mina Arnold Young here.