Vol 41, No. 49 Sydney, Monday, December 6, 1937 Registered at the General Post Office, Sydney, for transmission by Post as a Newspaper Hudson Taylor on Tithing and the Second Coming resting in the Sydney SanitarW HILE ium during my illness, I have had a wonderful opportunity of studying God's Word and other inspiring literature. I have recently read the following remark-' able statements regarding tithing and the second coming of Jesus written by Dr. Hudson Taylor, the founder of the China Inland Mission : "An event took place that I must not omit to mention. Before leaving home my attention was drawn to the subject of setting apart the first-fruits of all one's increase and a proportionate part of one's possessions to the Lord's service. I was thus led to the determination to set apart not less than one-tenth of whatever moneys I might earn or become possessed of for the Lord's service. The salary I received as medical assistant in Hull would have allowed me with ease to do this. But owing to changes in the family, comfortable quarters were secured for me with a relative, and in addition to the sum determined as remuneration for my services I received the exact amount I had to pay for board and lodging. "Now arose in my mind the question, Ought not this sum also to be tithed ? It was surely a part of my income, and I felt that if it had been a question of Government income tax it certainly would not have been excluded. On the other hand, to take a tithe from the whole would not leave me sufficient for other purposes, and for some little time I was much embarrassed to know what to do. After much thought and prayer, I was led to leave the ,comfortable quarters and happy circle in (which I was then residing, and to engage a little lodging in the suburbs — a sitting room and bedroom in one — undertaking to board myself. In this way I was able without difficulty to tithe the whole of my income; and while I felt the change a good deal, it was attended with no small blessing. "More time was given in my solitude to the study of the Word of God, to visiting the poor, and to evangelistic work on summer evenings than would otherwise have been the case. Brought into contact in this way with many who were in distress, I soon saw the privilege of still, further economising. "About this time a friend drew my at- tention to the question of the personal and pre-millennial coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and gave me a list of passages bearing upon it, without note or comment, advising me to ponder the subject. For a while I gave much time to studying the Scriptures about it, with the result that was led to see that this same Jesus who left our earth in His resurrection body was to come again. I saw further, that all through the New Testament, the coming of the Lord was the great hope of His people, and was always appealed to as the strongest motive for consecration and service, and as the greatest comfort in trial and affliction. "The effect of this blessed hope was a thoroughly practical one. It led me to look carefully through my little library to see if there were any books there that were not needed or likely to be of further service, and to examine my.; small ward-, robe. The result was that.,; the library was considerably diminshed, to the benefit of some poor neighbours, and to the greater benefit of my own soul, and that found I had articles of clothing also which might be. put to better advantage in other directions. "It has been very helpful to me from time to time through life, as occasion has served, to act again in a similar way; anq I have never gone through my house, from basement to attic, with this object in view, without receiving a great accession of spiritual joy and blessing. I believe we are all in danger of accumulating — it may be from thoughtfulness, or from pressure of occupation — things which would be useful to others, while not " If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain ; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not ; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it ? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it ? and shall not He render to every man according to his works ? Prov. 24: 11, 12. Aagetang needed by ourselves, and the retention of which entails loss of blessing. If the whole resources of the church of God were well utilised, how much more might be accomplished ! How many poor might be fed and naked clothed, and to how many of those as yet unreached the gospel might be carriedl Let me advise this as a constant habit of mind, and a profitable course - to be practically adopted whenever circumstances permit." Brethren and sisters of the Advent faith, what shall our response be to such an inspiring message ? You will not only find these thoughts in the writings of Hudson Taylor, but you will also read them in that most helpful book, "Ministry of Healing." Notice this statement on page 206: "Upon the walls of our homes, the pictures, the furnishings, we are to read, `Bring the poor that are cast out to thy house.' On our wardrobes we are to see written, as with the finger of God, 'Clothe the naked.' In the dining room, on the table laden with abundant food, we should see traced, 'Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry? ' " Shall we not pray earnestly that this message may burn deeply in our hearts until it becomes a consuming passion in our lives ? Shall we not literally do just what Hudson Taylor and the servant of God have invited us to do, go through our homes, and through our wardrobes and ask o u r selves the question, "What would Jesus do?" Face the cross of Calvary and the world's great need, and let us not simply read about such an experience, but, oh, may God fire our hearts to literally do what the servant of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, requests us to do. What a wonderful Thirteenth Sabbath school offering we would have if this were really done ! Again we read from the servant of God: "My soul is stirred within me as the Macedonian cry comes from every direction, from the cities and villages of our own land, from across the Atlantic and the broad Pacific and the islands of the seas, 'Come over and help us!' Brethren and sisters, will you answer this cry saying, 'We will do our best both in sending you missionaries and money. We will deny ourselves in the embellishment of our houses, in the adornment of our per- 2 AUSTRALASIAN RECORD sons, and in the gratification of appetite. We will give the means entrusted to us into the cause of God, and we will devote ourselves also unreservedly to His work."' —"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 732. Thirty-one years ago that passage burned deeply into my young heart before I went to China, and it was used by me at the graduating address given in the dear old college at Avondale. We are now doWli to the close of time; we are trembling on the verge of eternity. The scenes that are taking place in the Far East tell us in clarion tones that Armageddon battle is soon to be fought, and the seven last plagues will soon be poured upon our defenceless world. While time still lingers, while the voice of mercy still pleads, may God stir our hearts to sacrifice everything for Jesus who gave His precious blood for us. If this be the response- of those in the homeland, our missionaries' attitude will be expressed in the following stirring sentiments : "My soul is not at rest; there comes a strange And secret whisper to my spirit, like A dream at night. Why live I here ? The vows of God are on me, and I must not stop To play- with shadows, or pluck earthly flowers, Till I my work have done, and render up Account. The voice of my departed Lord, 'Go, teach all nations,' from the Eastern world Comes on the night breeze, and awakes my ear, And I will go.... Henceforth, then, It matters not if storm or sunshine be My earthly lot, bitter or sweet my cup. I only pray, God fit me for the work; God make me holy, and my- spirit nerve For the fierce hour of strife. Let me but know There is an arm unseen that holds me up, An eye that kindly watches all my path Till I my weary pilgrimage have done." F. A. ALLUM. South New Zealand Conference The .twenty-second annual session and camp meeting of the South New Zealand Conference will convene from January 5 to 16, 1938, on the Show Grounds, Addington, Christchurch. We are advised that a strong delegation from the Union Conference will be in attendance, and will comprise Pastors E. B. Budge, A. H. Piper, S. V. Stratford, Brother T. A. Mitchell, and Dr. C. W. Harrison of the Sydney Sanitarium. All churches are advised to give early attention to appointing delegates and furnishing lists of names to the conference office. Make a definite point of being present on this occasion, and enjoy the blessings that such a gathering affords. C. HILL, Secretary. God invites us to trust in Him with a trust deeper and stronger than that of a child in his earthly father. — "Christ's Object Lessons," p. 142. When One Expected to Die at Sea (From a Personal Letter) Thank you for all the cheery letters some time ago. It was wonderful to get them, and I am sorry that I cannot spend time to write much this time. Three days later. — Oh, dear, the boat has gone, with no letters from me. After writing the foregoing few lines I was called away. The reason- for being able to write now is that we are stranded on an island away down south of the Lau Group. In the past few months I have covered over 3,000 miles of ocean travel in the "Loloma." Before the general meeting Pastor Lane and I took a trip around the whole field and very much enjoyed visiting the people. How delighted many of them were to see us! When "bole" time came, the "Loloma" was again sent around the field to collect the people, and later to return them to their homes. When we heard Pastor Fulton speak to these people in their own language, it seemed as if Moses or one of the prophets had been raised up. It was thrilling to listen to his beautiful language, as well as the message he had to present. Pastor Fulton spoke over the air from Suva one Sunday evening, and the following Sunday night Pastor Stewart gave an address. On both occasions a male quartette of white workers sang, and the reception was good. It will be great to get home again to become acquainted with my wife and little son. I saw them a month ago for two hours, and then again a fortnight ago for about five hours, and here we are with an eight-day blow between us and home. We are now on our way to Buca Bay from Suva. My companions in afflication are Miis Shakespear, who was our good preceptress of bygone days at the A.M. College, and Brother Baird, senior. We ran into a very rough sea all Thursday night, and Miss Shakespear was terribly sick. We pulled into a near-by island after travelling 100 miles south-east, and planned to anchor to give the lady an hour's rest to get breakfast. While at breakfast we were surprised to have a furious squall break on us, and the anchor chain dragged until we were just a foot from the rocks. The engine saved us, and we plugged into the seas, and, all drenched, crawled into a big bay where we dropped anchor, thinking we were in a safe place. But the wind came over the hills, and again the anchor dragged, so we were soon under power again, seeking a fresh anchorage. We dropped two anchors, and they held, but the dinghy sank and timbers were lost from inside. We got ashore before Sabbath opened, and took possession of a retired native doctor's house. Miss Shakespear is thrilled to be ashore, but everything is rather impro- 6/1237 vised, having to live in the one house with all the boat boys sleeping on the floor. The white travellers have camp stretchers; so we are right for a few days. The teacher we are taking home is suffering with filaria, and is very ill. We have travelling with us on board the King of Lau, and the people are all doing obeisance whenever he is in sight. Quite a regal party we have. The wind is a little better tonight. We have been asked to show lantern slides in the village, so there is no knowing what good we may do while marooned here. LATER. —The Sabbath on that island of Moala was a good change after the seaweary time we had with winds and sick people and kings and dragging anchors. Sabbath school was held in the n building in which we all lived, and i afternoon a walk helped to keep us a We showed pictures on the life of Christ in the evening. Sunday the sun shone and we decided to go. It was midday when all were aboard and we started on the 100-mile trip to Lakemba. After some two or three hours of travel over a fairly choppy sea, I noticed a stir by the bedside of the sick teacher. He was doubtless seriously ill and did not expect to see his beloved native land again. Sadly he bade farewell to his wife and children, who were all so seasick that illness, sadness, and tragedy seemed pathetically united. The captain called me to the scene and gravely suggested that we return to land in order that, should the worst take place, Paul might at least be given an ordinary burial. The sick man intervened, and said to go right on. It was distracting to imagine what was before us, for he seemed determined that the worst was about to happen, and it seemed hopeless to try to do anything for him. I suggested a drink. He brightened up and asked, "Of what ?" 1 said, "Cold water." In disgust he said, "What good will that do me?" Well, I did not know, so went below and opened a tin of peaches, and a plateful was quickly consumed by the dying man. "I am not going to die now," he suggested, and, no! he never did. We reached Lakemba about 2 a.m., and had to keep going around in a circle until daylight, when we were able to go inside the reef. We were sorry to learn on landing that two of our good people had passed away since last we had called there. From Lakemba we sailed home 200 miles with a beautiful following wind. We got off our course some fifty miles, but managed to get home with Miss Shakespear, WALTER G. FERRIS. An Eventful Trip to Rabaul Recently we made a somewhat eventful trip to Rabaul. For a week prior to our departure from Mussau there had been strong winds, frequent squalls, heavy seas, and occasional water-spouts. We did wonder whether it would be wise to go, but as the day before our departure was comparatively quiet we decided to venture out. And except for a big storm while on the way to Emira, we had good weather all the way. We called in at Kavieng, New Ireland, for the week-end, and my husband visited a group of fifty of our Mussau boys who 6/12/37 are working on a plantation down the Kavieng Road. Their master permits them to have the Sabbath free, and on Sundays they make gardens for themselves. He was very pleased with everything in connection with his visit. The boys are doing good work, and their master is very pleased with them. He was anxious to know more of our doctrines and ways, so that he could more intelligently deal with the boys, and avoid doing anything contrary to our beliefs. He and his family entertained my husband royally, and extended a hearty invitation for me to accompany him on his next visit. In conversation, this man said that many persons had told him that he was foolish to give the boys the Sabbath off, but he said elt that the boys were good, faithful ers, and he was not sorry for what he ihgii done. On Monday we continued our journey. As another group of our Mussau boys is working on an island between Kavieng and Rabaul, we planned to visit them en route. And it was sundown Monday night when our little ship dropped anchor in the peaceful harbour at Mait Island. Most oi. the boys were not in from work then, but it was not long before they learned of our arrival. That morning we all went up the hill to have worship in the neat little church which these boys had built. When we reached the summit, there was a line of sixty boys and two girls, all in clean white lap-laps, waiting to shake hands with us. The girls are the wives of two of the boys. The girls were especially pleased to see me, and clung to me as if they would never allow me to go again. Mr. Atkins had brought a blackboard and chalk and Sabbath school lessons for them, all of which they were glad to receive. After worshipping with this company of isolated believers, the following morning we weighed anchor and proceeded on our way. At daylight the next morning we were in sight of Rabaul, and by eight o'clock were at Matupi, enjoying breakfast ashore. That afternoon Brother and Sister Maxwell came up on the "Veilomani" from Put Put. They had not received our radio message, and were much surprised to find us in town. That night we sat up late talking, but eventually went to bed and were all sound asleep when Ames, our cook boy, came running up to awaken us. His voice was hoarse with fear and anxiety, as he bade us get up and go down to the ship. He said, "Master, master ! Get up quick ! You get up and come along hip, big feller fire he come up." In a few moments we were all out, and 0he sight which met our gaze as we went to investigate was awe-inspiring. The whole sky in the vicinity of Rabaul was a red glow, and a column of smoke was rising in the centre of the glare. Naturally, our first thought was, ''A volcano has broken out in Rabaul." However, by the time we reached the boats the glare had died down somewhat, and we decided it must be one of the big buildings alight. Boarding the boats, we went to investigate. It proved to be Burns Philp's store, which was burnt to the ground. The roosters were crowing when eventually we returned home to bed. On Thursday Mr. Atkins and Geoff and I went down in the "Malalagi" to Put Put, where we, spent the Sabbath with AUSTRALASIAN RECORD 3 Brother and Sister Steed. Sunday found us back at Matupi. Pastor Peacock and Brethren White and Harrison had arrived in Rabaul the previous day by the "Macdhui." We were pleased to see Pastor Peacock again, and to welcome the other brethren to New Guinea. On Monday we left Rabaul for Kavieng, and are now once more settled down in our little island home. NANCY ATKINS. .••• Colporteur Workii•• •• •• •• DI •• •• :: •• 0• •• •• •• •• rt• Colporteur Experiences (Related at the South New South Wales Camp) MRS. D. D. SMITH : This message came to us when we were living on the island of Bougainville, New Guinea, where my husband owned a plantation, and I would like to tell you how we were guided to take up the wonderful work of canvassing. We lived in a very beautiful spot, though very isolated, where we saw white people only once in six weeks. This isolation proved a blessing; for when Brother and Sister David Gray brought us into the message, and lent us all Sister White's books and other standard volumes, we devoted at least three hours every evening to study. The time spent in studying our literature gave us a thorough knowledge of the message, and has proved a great help to us in the colporteur work, We held services on Sabbath mornings for as many natives as we could persuade to come. Kaupa, a boy we had with us for six years, and who could speak eight dialects, is now at our training school. We did quite a lot of medical work, too. Sometimes my husband and Brother Gray would give forty injections a day to men, women, and children who had walked many miles from the mountains behind our home. Then we lost our little son, and we realised very clearly that the things of this world do not count. So our one though was, What can we do to hasten the coming of Jesus to this troubled old world ? Our whole energy was bent on giving the message. We had studies with groups of natives in our home; we walked miles in the sweltering heat to talk to them in their villages, and began the translation of Genesis into their own tongue. Every white person who came to our home was told of the truth, but we were often reminded that in the last days shall come scoffers, and we felt that our scope for witnessing was not wide enough. Then we read what Sister White had written about the colporteur work. That decided us. We communicated with the Union Conference Field Missionary Secretary, sold out on Bougainville, and came to Australia for the purpose of taking up the book work. We have been in New South Wales since February, just' eight months simply teeming with interesting experiences and the joy of soul-winning. My husband will tell you some of our experiences. D. D. SMITH: On coming to Australia to work we started right here in this town of Parramatta. We spent two months here and were used to win at least two persons to the message in this place. Next we spent six weeks at Windsor, and one person at least is keeping the Sabbath there as a result. Then we went out west, and followed Brother E. B. Murray's footsteps. We had rather good success. especially with the set, "Home Guide." These books every home should have. They certainly contain the message; one vol. rune of the set of four especially makes the truth plain, both to our own people and to those who do not understand our doctrines. We have been used in definitely interesting at least fifteen to twenty people in the message. One lady on whom I called on a Friday afternoon was very busy; she and her daughter had been washing and were hanging out the clothes. She did not seem to have time to talk to me. I said, "Can I call later, about four o'clock, when you have finished?" I felt impressed also to say, "Would you mind asking your husband to be there?" When I called back the husband and wife were waiting for me on the verandah. I brought out first of all "Home Physician," and then switched onto "Home Guide." Very little was said, and then I went on to a Biblical work. I wanted to quote a text, and I turned to the gentleman and said, "Is your Bible handy?" He brought it, and as I turned it over I noticed written over the top of the book of Revelation the words, "Don't understand." I gave them a study there and then, and sold them "Home Guide." I called back on the Saturday, and had another Bible study. Mr. M asked if I would call again on the Sunday. I went, and answered numerous thoughtful questions, one of which was regarding baptism. He listened attentively, then turned to his wife and said, "That decides that. We must be baptised." The following week I met a lady whom I canvassed, and she said, "What, is this you have been saying to Mr. M—?" "Why?" I asked. "Because I am a Roman Catholic, and he has been telling me some long story about the seventh chapter of Daniel. What does it all mean?" "Well," I said, "you had better come along to Mr. M—'s and hear what I have to say." It seems that duting the week this man had gathered a company together and had gone through with them all that I had told him. I found that Mr. M— and his wife had been much interested in Spiritualism. I went down on the Saturday, and as we talked I gradually turned the discussion to the state of the dead. I told them of my experiences in the islands with the natives and Spiritualism, or evil spirits. Of course, I did not tell him that I knew he had been studying Spiritualism. That week-end he bought from me "Daniel and Revelation," and "Bible Readings for the Home Circle," and my wife sold our own personal volume of "Ministry of Healing" to Mrs. M The stations we have visited are right out west, between Broken Hill and Cobar. As the World's Redeemer, Christ was constantly confronted with apparent failure. — "Desire of Ages," p. 678. 4 AUSTRALASIAN RECORD iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimitimilimmillifilimmIlliiiiiimiliiiiimill NORTH NEW ZEALAND = Office Address: 84 Jervois Rd.. Auckland, N.Z. Telephone: 26-259 .k. 71111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111411111111111111111111111111IF Golden Jubilee of Our First Church in Auckland, N.Z. (Concluded from last week) Sister Edward Hare was the next to speak. She is nearly as old as her husband, and is a smart little lady, with an erect figure and a brisk, firm step. She has given many years of faithful service to the cause of God. She was Sabbath school superintendent for ten years, church clerk for fifteen years, and organiser of the Dorcas Society for eighteen years. This record we feel sure has no equal throughout the Union. Sister Hare spoke of the sacrifices made in connection with the building of this first Adventist church in Auckland. It was during a period of depression. There was a great deal of unemployment, and no money with which to carry on the work. Like the pioneers of the movement in 1844, the Advent people in 1887 determined to sacrifice in order to build this house unto the Lord. But in what way could they sacrifice ? Some were out of work, others had only the bare necessities of life, and most of them had young children. Still they found ways and means to do this. The greatest self-denial was exercised. Brother Metcalfe Hare, Edward's brother, sacrificed a great deal for this cause. He was earning eleven shillings a day in the shipyard at Kaeo. This was an excellent wage in those days, but he gave it up, and with his wife and two young children came to Auckland for a year to help with the mission. These pews, which are so unlike the seats of any other church, would grace a cathedral. They are solidly built and are the most comfortable pews in Auckland. They are a continual reminder of the sacrifice and labour of love of Brother Metcalfe Hare. Sister Stilwell was the next to speak. On October 15, 1887, Mr. Stilwell said to his wife, "I think I will go down to the wharf today." She said, "Well, don't be too long away, father; the children will be wanting their dinner." But he was long away and when he artived home, in answer to his wife's inquiries he said, "You'll never guess where I've been; you know those funny people who preach in that tent. I've been there. They are dedicating their church today, If Pastor Daniells, as they call him, thinks he is going to convert the whole of Auckland to his funny ways, then all I can say is he's got a hard job." "Well, anyway," answered his wife, "he's not going to convert me." Taking a paper out of his pocket, he handed it to Mrs. Stilwell saying, "Read this, mother." It was the "Bible Echo," and Mrs. Stilwell read it and was astonished. She handed it back to Mr. Stilwell saying, "You read it." They did, and little by little Mrs. Stilwell saw the light. One night she decided to go to hear Pastor Daniells in the tent, and it was then that she decided to keep the Sabbath. "That is fifty years ago," said Sister Stilwell. "All through the years I have been a member of the Ponsonby church, and may the Lord keep me faithful till His return." When Mrs. Stilwell was baptised she did not expect her daughters would grow up before the Lord came, but she now looks upon her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Miss Edith Brebner, another charter member, next expressed her gratitude to her heavenly Father for His loving kindness to her through the years. Pastor F. L. Sharp, one of the early believers in Australia, spoke a few words on the real meaning of the word "jubilee" and referred to the glad Jubilee when Christ will come. Pastor R. E. Hare asked Pastor N. C. Burns to say a few words. This young pastor cannot claim the honour of being among the "ancients," but to emphasise the importance of the literature work, Pastor Burns told of a most remarkable and interesting experience. About thirty-five years ago, his mother, who was not a Christian, was smitten with a sickness unto death. She prayed earnestly to the Lord for healing, promising to dedicate her little bay to the ministry, as a thank offering. The Lord answered her prayers, and one Sunday morning, shortly afterward, a tract was put under the door. The same thing happened the two following Sundays, and then Mrs. Burns determined to watch for the intruder. As the tract was being pushed under the door the next Sunday, she opened the door saying, "Now I've caught you. Why don't you go and teach a class of children in the Sunday school? You'd be doing some good there." The answer surprised her, "I do teach a class in Sabbath school, and I taught it yesterday." "Yesterday!" said Mrs. Burns, "Why, yesterday was Saturday, and you don't teach Sunday school on Saturday!" The good sister explained the position and Mrs. Burns stepped out in obedience. The next Sabbath she told her husband she was going to Sabbath school. "Well, I do think you've gone mad. I'm off to the races." And to the races he went, while his wife took her little ones to Sabbath school. But Mrs. Burns could not keep the good news to herself. She told the children's Aunt Clara and the result was that she too stepped out. This lady likewise told her neighbour, who also stepped out, and she in her turn told somebody else; and so it went on; more and more links were added to the chain and the establishment of the South Melbourne church was the outcome. But this was not all. The little child who was dedicated to the gospel work by a sick mother is now in the city of Auckland, preaching this message' to 1,200 people every Sunday night, — more and more links are being forged into the chain whose end will be in eternity, and whose first links, small but strong, were welded by that faithful sister who spent her Sunday mornings giving out literature. Oh, the power of the printed page ! Again "God moves in a mysterious way." Time has wrought wondrous changes in the mother church of Auckland. The sons and daughters of another generation occupy its pews; strange names are in its register. Everything is changed — no, not every thing. The great threefold message, the cause for which the church was built, is the same as it was half a 6/12/37 century ago. It has never changed. The same admonitions, warnings, and rebukes have been given through the intervening years to the waiting congregation. Whereas half a century ago there was one small church, there are now seven of our churches in this city of Auckland. Today we give the message with comparative ease, for we simply take the trail that was blazed for us in the face of hardship and poverty by that noble band of Advent pioneers. May we emulate their enthusiasm, and labour with the same zeal and singleness of purpose for the finishing of the work, so that we shall be able to pray, "Even so, Come Lord Jesus." FLORENCE M. DE VAYNES JONES, .111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 SOUTH NEW SOUTH WALES Office Address: 84 The Boulevarde Strathfield, N.S.W. Telephone: UJ 5371 Annual Conference, South New South Wales The forty-second annual conference session in New South Wales was held again in the beautiful grounds of Parramatta Park, October 5-17, 1937. The weather was very favourable, and the camp meeting was a great success. A wonderfully good spirit prevailed, and all the meetings were well attended. Fifteen conference meetings were held, and the business was disposed of in an expeditious manner, The Union Conference was represented by a strong delegation. General workers present were Brethren Jr. E. Fulton, A, H. Piper, A. G. Stewart, E, E. Roenfelt, A. W. Anderson, T. A. Mitchell, and Miss H. K. Lewin, Pastor Fulton received a very warm welcome from his many friends in this conference, and his studies were greatly appreciated. Pastor C. H. Watson gave an inspiring address on the first Sunday of the camp at the ten o'clock meeting. A YEAR'S PROGRESS The year has been a busy one, and much has been accomplished. Baptisms for the year 1936 numbered 118, and for the six months ended June 30, 1937, 65. At June 30 the number of Sabbath schools was 64, with a membership of 3.251. The church membership at June 30 was 2,749. The offerings for the Sabbath school for the year were £3261, while for the six month ended June 30, 1937, the amount wa £1596. The Missionary Volunteer Department has shown steady growth. At June 30 the number of societies was 43, with a membership of 1,024. Offerings for last year amounted to £400, while for the first six months of this year the amount was £196. The report of the Home Missions Department revealed progress. The Appeal for Missions for 1936 amounted to £2205, while for 1937 the amount was £2353. The "Interpreter" campaign was well supported by the churches. The treasurer's report was full of interesting figures which showed how wonderfully the Lord had blessed the finances of the conference. It was a year of records. 6,12/37 The tithe for last year was £16,992, while for the first six months of this year the amount was £9,355, both figures being records. The total tithe received for the eight and a half years was £131,044. May the Lord bless His faithful people. As we review the past we can surely say, Hitherto has the Lord led us. The loss in the running of the Tract Society for the year was £150. However, the work of the Tract Society cannot be measured in terms of pounds, shillings, and pence. Through this agency truthfilled literature is going into the homes of the people and only eternity will show the true results of the work. We have four church schools at present, with an average enrolment of 181, and a of 12 teachers. This year action was s in the establishment of a Central Sc ool situated in Park Road, Burwood. We believe that this will fill an important place in the education of our children as they leave the church schools to take up High School work. The school has been supplied with up-to-date equipment, and is ideally situated. OFFICERS ELECTED President : IL E. Piper. Secretary-Treasurer: W. H. Hopkin. Tract Society Secretary: F. L. Taylor. Sabbath School and Home Mission Secretary : A. J. Dyason. Assistant Sabbath School Secretary : Miss C. M. Piper, Missionary Volunteer Secretary : H. W. Hollingsworth. Assistant M.V. Secretary: Miss D. Phillips. Educational and Religious Liberty Secretary : H. E. Piper. Field Missionary Secretary : E. A. Turner. Executive Committee : H. E. Piper, G. G. Stewart, W. E. Battye, W. H. Bagnall, E. A. Turner, J. Coombs, K. E. Thomson. CREDENTIALS AND LICENCES Ministerial Credentials : W. E, Battye, E. Behrens, R. Brandstater, G. Branster, Robert Hare, H. A. Hill, H. Mitchell, W. Morris, E. H. Parsons, H. E. Piper, R. H. Powrie, C. J. Reynolds, A. Smart, J. E. Steed, G. G. Stewart, J. Thompson, A. H. White, E. R. Whitehead. Ministerial Licences: T. S. Brash, R Bullas, W. R. Carswell, A. J. Dyason, J. Hindson, H. W. Hollingsworth, W. H. Hopkin, E. B. Ibbott, H. W. Kingston, G. J. Parker, A. Parker, C. H. Pretyman. Missionary Licences : Mrs. H. Bridgett, Mrs. G. E. Chapman, J. E. Cormack, Miss Hoy, Miss E. M. Moran, Martin Pascoe, iss A. E. Pearce, Miss D. Phillips, Miss IIP. M. Piper, Miss S. Read, W. Stewart Renn, Mrs. M. E. Tank, F. L. Taylor, Miss E. Westerman, D. H. Wyborn, S. L. Branford. Teachers' Licences : Miss B. J. Bartell, G. A. Currow, J. S. M. Donald, E. 3. Felsch, Miss A. A. Hardy, V, B. Herbert, H. A. Hockley, Miss L. Hungerford, Miss S. E. Kent, Miss L. G. McMahon, H. V. Pascoe, Miss N. H. Pratt, S. C. Pennington, Miss C. B. Walmsley. Colporteurs' Credentials : A. B. Broadfoot, E. B. Murray, V. P. Murray, Mrs. V. P. Murray. Colporteurs' Licences: Mrs. L. A. Hammond, Miss G. Campbell, A. R. Fraser, W. Gill, F. Fleming, A. Hick, W. Johnson, G. A. Leighton, R. H. Matthews, J. Newman, AUSTRALASIAN RECORD K. C. Piper, D. D. Smith, Mrs. D. D. Smith, P. Winch. CONCLUSION The camp meeting was one of the best gatherings ever held in this conference. Our people were greatly encouraged as a result of the studies given by our leading brethren. The spirit of unity was very much in evidence, and God richly blessed His people. We are thankful to God for His guidance, and as we face the future we do so with much confidence in our divine Leader. There will be trials to meet, but as one writer expressed it, "Trials are God's vote of confidence in us." May we all be loyal in our relationship to God and His message. WALTER H. HOPKIN, Secretary. 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111nuillimultilrIZIIIIIIIII ,111111111111t1111111 VICTORIA Office Address: 8 Yarra Street, Hawthorn, Vic. Telephone: Hawthorn 3425 1111111111111111111111111111i11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 Notes from Victoria MISSIONS The paralysis epidemic has made mission work in Melbourne difficult. Pastor Sibley was conducting a mission in Camberwell, but as the attendance fell away, the Sunday night services have been transferred to the Auburn church. The Coburg tent mission, under the leadership of Brother J. A. Lawson, has also transferred its meetings to the Coburg church, There is to be a baptism soon, as a result of the work done in the last two locations. At Kyneton Brother R. C. Tudor and his staff are consolidating their work, and have a good company, although some of the new believers will be removing from the district shortly. There is to be a baptism here also in the near future. Among the new converts are some who are eagerly reading our truth-filled books. They will find these a sure source of strength. Since last camp Pastor 3. R. James has been doing a good work among the churches and companies in the north-east part of the State. Assisted by Brother and Sister T. Austin, Pastor James opened a tent mission in Benalla on November 9. Pastor E. G. Whittaker is busy at Gardenvale, and has the only mission which has maintained its audience. Perhaps the fact that they are already in the affected area has made the people less apprehensive. Miss Hopgood is assisting. Ballarat and Dalyesford give Brother Eggins little spare time. This is a large district. Brother M. C. Ball, who was conducting a mission at Geelong, has responded to a call to labour in North Queensland, and is now stationed at Mareeba, on the tableland above Monamona. Brother Oliver Knight and Miss Creelman are continuing the work in Geelong. Pastor Grolimund, who now has the assistance a Brother Ward Nolan, is holding public services at Drouin, Gippsland, on Sunday evenings, and in the Moe church on a week night. The attendance is not large, and it will take persistent effort to produce results. Pastor Foster, who recently underwent 5 a painful operation, has returned to Camperdown, in the south-west, where he is waiting more or less patiently for the time when he can resume his labours. Brother C. J. Boulting finds his hands more than full with the interests in the Mildura district and occasional visits to the Mallee. LAY PREACHERS' ASSOCIATION The work of tnis association is already bearing fruit in some of the city churches. At Preston each Sunday evening an encouraging audience faces the speaker, and there is every reason to be hopeful. Also at Mont Albert much interest is being shown in the Sunday night services. In each of these efforts, while some help from conference workers is occasionally given, the burden of the mission is being carried by the local officers and members. The Home Missions Department exercises a paternal interest, of course. Twice a month the association meets and the meetings are helpful, instructive, and entertaining. Young and old enter whole-heartedly into the business of the hour, learning how to present the word of truth in an acceptable manner. SABBATH SCHOOL During the past four months the work of the Sabbath school has been seriously affected by the restrictions imposed because of the epidemic. In some of our churches, the young children have been kept at home, which means that one of the parents has felt that he or she should stay with them. This has caused a drop in membership and attendance, and the children have been missed. Some are now returning. The Kyneton school increased its membership from nine to forty-two in the June quarter, and with the exception of the mission staff, these are all new Sabbath-keepers. An active branch school is also being operated. MISSIONARY VOLUNTEER During the September quarter the M.V. reports revealed 1,000 more units of work than for the first quarter, and over 13,000 more than for the corresponding quarter of 1936. Doctrinal text examination papers submitted show a very large increase. We are pleased to see this, because it means that more of our young people are studying the Word, which is able to make them wise unto salvation. The offerings for the quarter were £108, while the Leper Day offering was £45, in addition to gifts to the value of £21. A large consignment of very useful articles has been sent to the new hospital on Kulambangara, Solomon Islands. M.V. CAMPS At the new camp ground secured by the conference near The Basin, the first camps are to be held in December. This year, for obvious reasons, the attendance is to be restricted to young people over fifteen years of age. The girls' camp will be held from December 21-28, and the boys' camp from December 28-January 4. Pastor E. L. Minchin, Union Conference Young People's Secretary, and Pastor A. F. J. Kranz, Bible teacher of the A.M. College, will be present, in addition to the local workers. FINANCIAL The tithe for the nine months ended September 30 was £1,602 better than for the corresponding period of last year. This 6 evidence of the Lord's blessing upon His people, and their faithfulness in returning to Him His own, is very encouraging. E. H. GUILLIARD. Home Mission News Notes South New South Wales Three years ago a young man called upon a family in a country town and introduced the Appeal for Missions magazine. The family became interested, and began to study the message. During this year's "Interpreter" effort, literature found its way into a large State Penitentiary. An inmate became interested, and wrote for more information. He has been supplied and also visited. During the visit we learned that a young official on the staff had married one of the members of the family mentioned above. Consequently the writer was welcomed to his home, where he proved that the message has firm friends. Thus the interest has been re-awakened. Recently a letter reached our office from a gentleman who had received the "Interpreter" and the tracts that followed. After expressing appreciation of the matter that had come to his notice, he asked some pertinent questions and requested more literature. From our country centres we learn of people beginning to take hold of the message of the hour. One family that had been visited during the previous Appeals, and whose interest had been fostered by workers and laymen, decided, during the last Week of Prayer, to take the great forward step and connect with the church which keeps the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This family has been welcomed by the church at Bathurst. As a result of visits during the Week of Prayer, meetings have been carried on in other places. Thus the laymen come into their own and enjoy their work for the Master. A rally was held in Temora some little time ago, and lovers of the Lord who keep His commandments came from the north, south, east, and west, some families travelling sixty miles each way, in order to enjoy the privilege of uniting in. worship. Fifty-five were present and on time at the Sabbath school. Pastor Thompson is now the shepherd of these scattered but loyal sheep. The work in South New South Wales is onward. Last quarter 74,000 units of work were reported — a figure 16,000 units higher than that of our previous best quarter. There is "a going in the tops of the mulberry trees," for "the King's business requires haste." At present we are encouraged by the excellent reports which are reaching us in regard to the Big Week literature sales. We take courage and press on. A member of a country church and his wife became interested in a family living at a distance, and greatly desired to study with them. This was the bur- AUSTRALASIAN RECORD den of their prayers for quite a while. The Lord answered their supplications in a remarkable manner, for on opening his mail one morning recently, our brother was delighted to receive an invitation from these dear people to come and stay in their home for a few days and study the everlasting gospel. This invitation has been accepted, and the truth is filling their hearts with joy. One of our youngest churches has entered heartily into the work of distributing literature, and two of the brethren are busy giving Bible studies to their fellow workmen during the lunch hour. The sisters have enjoyed many visits with neighbours during Big Week. Seeing a young lady reading her Bible in the tram on Sunday afternoon, one of our brethren opened a conversation with her, and found that she was looking for some one to explain a lesson to her that she had been appointed to teach to a class of children. To her the Bible has since become a new book, and her interest instead of being casual is real. To many the question, "Understandest thou what thou readest?" brings forth the reply, "How can I, except some man should guide me?" We are glad to say that Laymen's Bible Classes are steadily being established, and very soon we hope to have an army of laymen well trained, ready to answer the calls that are becoming more insistent as the message of a soon-coming Saviour is heralded at home and abroad. A. J. DYASON. Support the Mission Tent! "Good morning! You are just the person I wish to see. Your name has been mentioned to me in connection with the care of our mission tent at camp. Will you superintend it for me ?" "It is rather a responsibility, and I might not be able to manage it." "Yes, you will, I am quite sure of that. How about it ?" Later while travelling to the city or Brisbane, I pondered over my promise, and wished that Miss Hadfield, the conference M.V. leader, had not put the request to me. However, I considered it my duty to act in whatever capacity I was asked, and the words of Luke 9 : 62 were uppermost in my mind. Tuesday came, and the mission tent had to be arranged. Miss Hadfield mentioned that there was not much for it, but told me to fix it up and Sister B— would assist. So we set to work. Where should we display the dolls ? — On a table where the children could see them. Another stand held all the articles not priced above sixpence. We were pleased with this assortment, only that there was nothing there for father or the boys except Sabbath school lesson pamphlet covers. Shall we not see that there are more things for them next time ? The baby clothes were very dainty and attractive, but they were nearly all woollies, and therefore difficult to sell as the summer was approaching. Might it be suggested that our good sisters make silk garments instead of woollen? Talk about pretty aprons! They vied with each other in beauty and were greatly appreciated. Some of our purchasers, however, desired some big dark aprons which 6,12/g7 would not become soiled quite so easily. Another suggestion for next camp. One brother had two cases of pineapples packed for Melbourne, but forwarded them to the mission tent instead. These realised £1. A sister sent in two cases of gooseberry jam, which sold very quickly and considerably augmented the takings. A leather bridle, reins, and straps which came from a brother brought about £1. These gifts were all very gratefully received. When camp concluded, what a surprise the mission tent gave Miss Hadfield, — £31 ! Everybody will know what this means for the mission fields — the support of two or three native workers for a year. So it pays to help the mission tent. How is it in your conference ? RUBY JACKS. _THE HOMEET4,„„,„„,„„,„„,„„„,„„,„„„,„„,„,„„„„„„„„„„,„,„,„„,„„„„„„„„„„„" Forgotten Advice A writer in the Woman's Supplement of the "Sydney Morning Herald" some weeks ago drew attention to a treasured little volume which had been picked up in a London second-hand book store. The book was published in 1843 under the title of "The English Wife — Manual of Home Duties." A chapter headed "Family Arrangements" contains some advice on the right use of leisure, and the question is asked, "What would the golfing, bridge-playing, picture-going wives of 1937 think of this " 'The leisure of two afternoons and evenings could be devoted to religious and benevolent objects, such as religious meetings, charitable associations, Sundayschool visiting, and attention to the sick and poor. The leisure of two other days might be devoted to intellectual improvement and the pursuits of taste. The leisure of another day might be devoted to social enjoyments, in making or receiving visits; and that of another to miscellaneous domestic pursuits. . . " The author has this to say of dancing, cards, and the theatre : "Let every English wife remember that a dance, as generally conducted, is of no benefit, but rather injurious to those who engage in it; that cards are a senseless mode of killing time, and only calculated to destroy the better feelings of our n ture; and that the exciting and fascin ing amusements of the theatre shoul never be permitted to young persons until their minds have become well instructed in those fundamental principles so needful to secure strict propriety of conduct and the happiness of a refined and cultivated mind." From the article in the "Herald" we quote these concluding paragraphs: "Only slightly less noxious than dancing as a pursuit was novel-reading to the early Victorian mind. My author is adamant on the point that `no fictitious writings which tend to throw the allurements of taste and genius around vice and crime should ever be tolerated; and all that tends to give false views of life and duty should also be banished.' That would 6/12/37 rule out the most popular type of fiction today. 'Then,' says the author of 'The English Wife,' another very elevating and delightful recreation for the young is to be found in music, ... for this is an amusement which children can enjoy both in the dark weather at home and in fields and visits abroad. 'Another resource for domestic amusement is the collection of shells, plants, and specimens in geology and mineralogy for the formation of cabinets.' Let those who bemoan their distance from the cinema take to this and see if they feel uplifted and amused." What Is Wrong with Dancing? "Will you please explain what is wrong with dancing ? I think I have read somewhere in the Bible that there is a time to dance."—Jonnie Belle. Yes, Jonnie Bell, the Bible does say there is a time to dance. I will refresh your memory. If you read the whole book of Proverbs, and then the whole book of Ecclesiastes, 'you will find it. And don't stop after you have read Beet. 3 : 4. Keep right on for another verse at least. The Preacher is saying: "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: . . . a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." So there you are ! But no, you are not. Read on: "A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing." Yes, you have reached the conclusion now: the time to dance is the time to refrain from embracing ! And that's what is wrong with the dance: men and women embracing. The only man ana woman who should embrace are husband and wife, or those who are about to be, come husband and wife. In the time and the society in which the Preacher was preaching, they were used to dancing singly or in groups of the same sex. They were not used to a man dancing in close embrace with a woman; and the Preacher had no such thing in mind. But nowadays that is the only kind of ial dancing people mean by the term. . dance is so bound up with this promuity that to learn to dance is to subject oneself to the temptation to dance as every one does. It keys to high tension, fosters eroticism, frequently results in illicit relations. It breeds a familiarity inimical to the high standards of virtue and self-respect. To the sincere Christian that is enough to condemn it. And there are some others who, though not Christians, hold social ideals too high to permit the familiarity of the modern dance. But unless one keeps these ideals in all the relations of life, he is not likely to be proof against the lure of the popular ARTHUR W. SPALDING. dance. "Impure thoughts are sin's seed that develop into sin's deed." AUSTRALASIAN RECORD WEDDING BELLS MAXWELL-MERCER. — John William Alexander Maxwell, son of Brother and Sister Maxwell of Victoria Park, W. A., and Olive Ray Mercer, daughter of Brother and Sister Mercer of the South Perth church, were united in marriage in the new church in South Perth. This was the first wedding to be solemnised in this church, and a large gathering of relatives and friends assembled to wish the bride and bridegroom God's blessing. Their future home will be at Gosnells. W. M. R. SCRAGG TOWNEND-MABERLY. — On October 25 at the Lakemba church, Sydney, W. Austin Townend, eldest son of Brother and Sister Townend, Lower Hutt, Wellington, was united in marriage with Irene Barbara Maberly, whose parents reside in Auckland. After the service a happy company gathered at the Sydney Health Food Cafe, at which the bridegroom is employed as a salesman, to express their wishes for the future happiness of these two who had now become united in truth and affection. Both of these young people were formerly students of the New Zealand Missionary College, and friends on each side of the water join in expressing their sincere desire that they will be used in ble:,g; and usefulness in their service for ,,e Master. W. E. BATTYE. OBITUARY BURKE. — At the home of her daughter in Lakemba, Sister Mary Burke, aged 92 years, fell asleep in Jesus on October 17. She accepted present truth under the labours of Pastor R. E. Burke and was baptised by him in 1912. When what is now known as the Lakemba church was organised at Campsie in 1922, our late sister became one of the charter members. Having been a great sufferer for years, death came as a happy release. We lai her to rest in the Rookwood cemetery to await the call of the great Life-giver. T comforting promises of God's Word were presented to the sorrowing relatives by W. MORRIS. the writer. SEDGER. — It will be learned with regret that John Sedger, aged 72 years, fell asleep in Jesus on October 30, and was laid to rest in the Lithgow cemetery. Three 'sons are left to mourn their loss, Bertie, Wilcus, and Roy. During the closing weeks of his life, our late brother made his "calling and election sure." He will share with the redeemed the life immortal at the coming of Christ. T. S. BRASH. MORRIS. — Brother John Morris was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, in 1859, and died at his daughter's home in Warpukurau, N.Z., on Nov. 2, 1937. He came to Australia some fifty-six years ago, later moving to New Zealand, and thirty-two years ago settled in Eketahuna. Two years afterwards Pastor C. A. Paap and Brother C. D. Baron brought this message to his home, where it was gladly welcomed. For thirty years Brother Morris and his family have been stalwart and firm in the truth. We laid him to rest in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection morning when all 7 tears will be wiped away. He leaves his wife, five daughters, and two sons to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. To them we extend our deepest sympathy. REUBEN E. HARE. DUNSTAN. — Sister Eva Elizabeth Dunstan passed away at the Perth Hospital on November 5, and was buried in the Karrakatta cemetery, Perth. She was operated on for facial nerve trouble, but did not survive the operation. The message was given to her by Brother L. G. Maxwell two years ago. She loved the Saviour and this truth. She leaves a son and two daughters in the message and two other sons to mourn. We are confident that she will come forth at the resurrection of the just. Our sympathies are for those who mourn the loss of a mother. W. M. R. SCRAGG. MORTON. — Sister Morton of Midland Junction, Perth, was laid to rest in the Karrakatta cemetery, on November 12. Mrs. Morton was a sister to the late Mrs. A. G. Minchin. Three years ago she was stricken down with a paralytic stroke, and was an invalid up to the time of her death. She leaves her sorrowing husband, a brother, and two sisters. Pastor Thrift assisted the writer at the graveside, where we laid her to wait the glorious resurrection of those who sleep in Jesus. Our sympathies go out to the bereaved ones. W. M. R. SCRAGG. Appreciation We express our sincere thanks to all kind friends and fellow workers, for their expressions of sympathy it nur recent sad bereavement. We thank you for the many prayers that have been offered on our behalf, which have truly helped us in our hour of trial. Our trust is in God, who has given us many precious promises, and who alone lights up the portals of the tomb. H. B. P. WICKS and FAMILY. 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It is believed that some one could do a good work spiritually and be happy here. Nort Shore line. Please write to the Editor, "Mizpah," Wahroonga. 'Phone, Wah. 461. AUSTRALASIAN RECORD cikustrniabiatt Prorb THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE AUSTRALASIAN UNION CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS Editor: Viola M. Rogers Single Subscription, per year, post paid . 5/Order through your conference office, or send direct to the Avondale Press, Cooranbong, N.S.W. Printed weekly for the Conference by the AVONDALE PRESS (A.C.A. LTD.), COORANBONG, N.S.W. With more than 100 patients for some time, the Sydney Sanitarium and Hospital has been very busy, The number is 106 at the time of writing. A call to go to India to labour has come through the General Conference to Brother Hilton Kent, the field missionary secretary of the North New Zealand Conference. On the last lap of their journey home from the General Conference, Brother and Sister R. H. Matthews sailed from Sydney for Auckland. on November 25 by the "Aorangi." They visited their Mother Country on the way home, and have also spent some months in New South Wales, detained by Sister Matthews' illness at the Sanitarium. "You may have heard that I am broadcasting each Sunday at 11 a.m. from 3MA," Brother C. J. Boulting wrote from Mildura, Victoria, on November 22, "and results are beginning to appear. One family, father and mother and six children, kept their first Sabbath last week, anu others are taking studies who first heard the message on the air. I think the radio will be the means that the Lord will use to finish the work." In a letter accompanying his note of appreciation given on another page, Pastor H. B. P. Wicks wrote from Rarotonga on November 11 that he will not be returning to the home field until about the May steamer, or perhaps later. He writes regarding his motherless little daughter: "I will not send Ethel up, as I had intended; she cannot travel direct to Wellington as we formerly could, and it is too much for a girl of twelve to go around Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, and then from Auckland to Christchurch, all by herself. So I will just keep her here and do the best I can with her, and we will go down together." It is with much sorrow that we record the death of Pastor H. R. Martin at the Sydney Sanitarium on November 22. After many years of service in Fiji, Pastor Martin returned to the homeland crippled with rheumatoid arthritis, from which he suffered much for about seven years. For some months he has been a patient at th: Sanitarium and made excellent progress. He rejoiced that as a result of the treatment his pains were all gone, he had gained a stone in weight, and his general health was much improved. However, he was unable to straighten his knees, and gladly consented to have these operated upon. One knee had been successfully dealt with, and a few weeks later the sec and operation was also successfully carried through; but a few hours later he most unexpectedly passed away. The autopsy revealed that his untimely death was brought about by a blood clot having lodged in a vital spot. Pastor Martin was always brave and cheerful, and was looking forward to returning to his home State, West Australia, in a few short weeks, and taking his place in the pulpit again; therefore his death came as a shock to his large circle of friends. Much sympathy is felt for his wife, his son in Fiji, and his two daughters. The obituary wi be given later. Pastor G. L. Sterling wrote from Tahiti on November 8: "Steamers are especially few and far between here of late. It is seven weeks since we had a vessel from Sydney bringing supplies. Most of the food supplies, and all the flour consumed here, comes from Sydney now. There is absolutely no flour to be had here at present. For some time all that remained was in the hands of the bakers, who tried to make it spin out as far as possible. There is another full week before the cargo steamer will arrive from Sydney, and probably we shall all have to go a few days without bread." "Later. — Our baker came to tell us that his flour supply ls exhausted." A map of the Pacific Ocean reveals in the Austral Group the island of Tubuai, about 400 miles directly south of Tahiti. This is the most southerly island in the eastern Pacific where Advent believers are found. Last August Brother Doom, a Government school teacher and nurse who accepted present truth on Rurutu not long ago, went with his wife to pioneer the work on Tubuai. Now an urgent plea has come from that island to Pastor Sterling, who writes : "Brother and Sister Doom report an interest, and that already a few are keeping the Sabbath. They feel their inexperience, and urge us to come and stay with them for two or three months, to help bring a goodly number over the line. They plead so hard that we wish we could go to their aid, but this seems to be impossible." How many of our "Record" readers will make Tubuai their field of labour by definitely and daily praying for the work there ? By the sickles of prayer the harvest will be gathered. Think of this young couple, just beginning their work for God, with an interest on their hands in that isolated post, feeling their need of ha_T "He who prays most helps most." A request for prayer comes to us from Pitcairn Island. Sister, Ada Christian writes that her daughter Hilda, who sustained spinal injuries through a fall from a very high tree, has been advised to go to New Zealand for an operation that will mean one of three things : death, invalidism for life, or improvement. Naturally her parents dread to send her so far from home with this risk; but as delay is dangerous, and a good offer has been made to them regarding transit and the operation, it is planned for her to go during December. Just after giving his report at the camp meeting (found on another page) of fifteen to twenty persons definitely interested in the message and some keeping the Sabbath as a result of his work this year, Colporteur D. D. Smith had a happy surprise. The number was understated. He writes : "Before returning to my territory after camp, I secured. the 'Conflict of the Ages' series and `Bible Readings for 6/12/37 the Home Circle,' I called on an interested man at , and let him see them, and he bought these six large books at once. They should keep him going until I see him again. Our next call was on another interested person at . Here we found that Mrs. It had been keeping the Sabbath ever since my first call and Bible study, and now she and her husband and son and daughter all desire instruction for baptism." The Man They Want They want another missionary out in the Group of islands, and the following is their description of the man they desire to receive: "I do hope and pray that we g he right man for our new missionary, o much depends upon a good choice he beginning, as can be easily seen by reviewing past history. It seems to me personally, within reason of course, that it matters less what a man knows than what he is capable of learning, under the teaching of the good Spirit of God. A good missionary must be teachable and ever learning, from his own observations and from the suggestions of others, better methods of dealing with the work in hand. Not only must he be teachable, but he should also be 'apt to teach,' finding delight in imparting any helpful knowledge to those who are in need of being taught. He should combine the sterner qualities with the milder ones in one balanced whole, and be a leader to the people, dividing responsibility with others and not attempting to do all the work himself. His 'righteous soul' will be 'vexed from day to day' with what he often sees and hears, but he will 'have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.' He should himself know how to do a good day's work, mentally and physically. Preachers, teachers, and nurses are very necessary, but any and all of these qualifications alone are not sufficient to make a good missionary. I am very glad to say that we have some real good missionaries here in , and we shall gladly welcome another to our midst. As for myself, 'I count ,tnot myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.' " A. H. PIPER. Baptism at Mildura Famous for its fruit growing indus. Mildura, the most northern city of toria, was the centre of attraction to believers in this part of the Lord's vineyard at the time of the visit of Pastors E. H. Guilliard and H, J. Meyers to the churches of this district. Sunday, November 14, a large number of members and friends met to witness the baptism and public confession of five new believers. In the beautiful setting of shady trees where the waters from the river Murray flowed gently into a billabong, the service was conducted by Pastor Guilliard. As they have stepped out from the world and surrendered their lives to God, may His blessing be with them continually. In a few weeks' time others will be ready to go forward in this sacred ordinance. C. J..BOULTING.
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