"A Debtless Denomination by 1945" (the SBC's one-hundredth anniversary) soon became a familiar refrain in Royal Service's pages--until the women's unprecedented giving caused convention leaders to anticipate being "Debt-Free in '43." (55) Their goal soon became reality: both mission boards' debts were paid off in the first half of 1943, and the SBC's remaining debts were cleared in the months that followed.
Carter Wright, "What Will Your Vote Be?" For a Debtless Denomination, Royal Service, August 1940, 5; Mrs.
Dillard, "My Last Call for Debt-Clearance," For a Debtless Denomination, Royal Service, December 1943, 5, 31.