Many years ago, when I was first introduced to Christian Science, I was a member of a Congregational church; but I began attending a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, on Wednesday evenings and would go to the local Christian Science Reading Room on Saturdays to talk with the librarian. Having been given a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I found the concepts, many of which were contrary to the doctrine I had absorbed in the Congregational denomination, difficult to understand at first. The librarian was very helpful in discussing them with me. She also helped me with one of my first demonstrations of Christian Science.
My brother was working in a remote area of Nigeria and had given me power of attorney to handle his business back home. Twice a year, I would receive a check for him drawn on a bank in England. But one time, when I deposited the check in his account, the bank withdrew the funds, saying that they could not be deposited until the bank had collected them from overseas.
As the weeks went by, the bank representatives said that the check had been lost and they could not find any trace of it. Turnaround time for mail to reach my brother and get back to me was about a month, and I was concerned that he would be writing checks with no money to back them up. I contacted his boss, who had issued the check, to find out whether the check had cleared his bank in England, and it had—weeks ago. I also contacted the Federal Reserve and anyone else I could think of who might be able to help, to no avail.