All God's Children are unique handcrafted collectibles created by Alabama artist Martha Holcombe-Root from East Gadsen. Other lines of figurines by Miss Martha Originals include: the Black History collection, and the Nativity collection. Many collectors are familiar with the "All God's Children" story. But 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 $4.25 check. I immediately called my pastor to share the good news. Orders came in steadily and I was able to pay my faith promise and design more patterns. The more we gave to God, the more He continued to bless.
What started out as nothing more than a desire to help repair the church was quickly turning into a booming business. My education was in the field of mental health and I knew absolutely nothing about running a business. The Bible is true when it says God uses the simple things of the world to confound the wise. I wanted nothing more than to honor Christ with my efforts.
In 1984 we moved into a new building in the industrial park. We had 33 employees at the time.
That was one of our highs. A low came shortly thereafter when the market for doll patterns all but vanished. Although we didn't have money to make our building payment, my best friend and company manager, Carolyn Snead, and I refused to give up. We knew God had started the business and He would let us know when it was time to close.
So, in 1985, with only four employees left, I started sculpting a line of figurines we christened... All God's Children. This name was chosen from 1 John 3:1 "See how much the Father loves us! His love is so great that we are called God's children."
Having no formal art training, I didn't really know what I was doing but once again God blessed my efforts.
In 1989 we introduced a black historical series of figurines. This was done to increase awareness of the unsung heroes and heroines of America's past who had a positive influence in shaping the history of our country with their courage, beliefs, and determination."
What's your All God's Children worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|All Gods Children Figurine MARY MAHONEY||08/2021||$ 102.53|
|Miss Martha Originals Mary Bethune 52||08/2021||$ 87.88|
|Miss Martha Originals George Washington||08/2021||$ 87.88|
|All Gods Children Figurine SERENITY 2300||08/2021||$ 65.61|
|Miss Martha Originals All G D S Children||06/2021||$ 35.16|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||09/2021||-.--|