Document 175751

Vol. 29, No. 6.
Sydney, Monday, February 9, 1925
Registered at the General Post
Office, Sydney, for transmission
by Post as a Newspaper.
How to Gain Spiritual Strength
ANY are spiritually weak because they look at sense of security ; for the righteousness of Christ will
themselves instead of at Christ.' Looking at become our righteousness.
If we would only do as the Lord desires us to, our
themselves, and seeing only discouragement and unhearts would become as
worthiness, they forget that
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which would sound forth
agencies for the blessing of
praise and gratitude to the
the world, and that angels
The Valley of Prayer
Redeemer sent by God to
are waiting to be co-labourers
THERE'S a quiet, deep vale by the wayside of life,
take away the sin of the
with them.
And the name of this valley is prayer ;
world. With joy we would
Christ is the great storeIt is hid from the world with its tumult and strife,
be able to say, " Therefore
And the angel of peace dwelleth there.
house from which on every
being justified by faith, we
occasion we may draw
Winding down through its calm flows the river of
peace with God through
strength and happiness.
our Lord Jesus Christ : by
Why, then, do we withdraw
All agleam with the glory on high ;
whom also we have access
And I feel in my soul, as I kneel on its sod,
our eyes from His sufficiency
by faith into this grace
A sweet rapture that comes from the sky.
to look on and bemoan our
wherein we stand, and reweakness ? Why do we forThe breezes that blow through this valley of prayer
joice in hope of the glory of
get that He is ready to help
Are as soft as the sighing of love,
God. And not only so, but
And as pure as the dew on the clover bloom there,
us in every time of need ?
we glory in tribulations also :
Or the raindrops that fall from above.
We dishonour Him by talkknowing that tribulation
ing of our inefficiency. InThe wild storms that come nigh it soon swoon
worketh patience ; and pastead of looking at ourselves,
into calm
tience, experience ; and exIn this deep, hidden valley of prayer ;
let us constantly behold
perience, hope : and hope
And the leaves of the trees there are rich with the
Jesus, daily becoming more
maketh not ashamed ; beand more like Him, more
That heals all my pain and my care.
cause the love of God is shed
and more able to talk ,of
abroad in our hearts by the
Hovering o'er its still depths are the infolded wings
Him, better prepared to
Holy Spirit which is given
Of bright seraphs sent down from the throne,
avail ourselves of His kindTo shelter with love the suppliant who clings
unto us."
ness and helpfulness, and to
Unto Him whose shed blood can atone.
When temptations assail
receive the blessing offered
When the tempeSt is on me, and fierce in its wrath,
you, as they surely will,
us. As we thus live in comAnd my heart is sore pressed with its care,
munion with Him, we grow
when care and perplexity
I turn from the world, and gladly enter the path
strong in His strength, a
you, when, disThat leads down to the valley of prayer.
help and blessing to those
—Campbell Coyle.
tressed and discouraged, you
around us.
are almost ready to yield to
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where with the eye of faith
provision for us to be strong.
He has given us His Holy Spirit, whose office is to you last saw the light; and the darkness that encom bring to our remembrance all the promises that Christ passeth you will be dispelled by the bright shining of
has made, that we may have peace and a sweet sense of His glory. When sin struggles for the mastery in your
forgiveness. If we will but keep our eyes fixed on the soul and burdens the conscience, when unbelief clouds
Saviour, and trust in His power, we shall, be filled with a the mind, go to the Saviour. His grace. is sufficient to
subdue sin. He will pardon us,
making us joyful in God.
Looking at self, we see only weakness, and we forget God's purpose
for us. We forget that He placed on
us so high a value that He gave
Christ to die for us. 0, after all
that has been done for us, how can
we disappoint Christ by failing to
live the life that He has made it
possible for us to live ? Let us no
longer talk of our inefficiency and
lack of power. Forgetting the things
that are behind, let us press forward
in the heavenward way. Let us
neglect no opportunity that if improved, will make us more useful in
God's service. Then, like threads of
gold, holiness will run through our
lives ; and the angels, beholding our
consecration, will repeat the promise,
" I will make a man more precious
than fine gold : even a man than the
golden wedge of Ophir." All heaven
rejoices when weak, faulty human
beings give themselves to Jesus, to
live His- life. MRS, E. G. WHITE.
on this, that anything short of this soulanimating purpose, anything short of this
thitherward look, will fail of Zion.
This truth has been demonstrated over
and over again in the history of God's
people. In the antedeluvian world there
were but a few who were in earnest about
getting to Zion not by the roundabout
way but by walking straight ahead
Faithful Enoch reached his goal without
having to wait his appointed time in the
grave. Noah and his family sailed over
the flood into safety—the rest perished.
A multitude left the bondage of Egypt
for the promised land. It is believed
that they could have reached Canaan
within a month. They chose the roundabout way and after forty years their
bones were left to bleach in the wilderness, short of the land of promise. There
were only two whose thitherward look
carried them across the border.
We need the compass of faith and the
chart of an indomitable purpose and inflexible courage.
Enoch did not merely say, " I would like
to walk with God "—nay, but he walked
with God.
Abraham did not say, " Lord I might
go ; " but nay, the record tells us he went
You never heard of Daniel saying, "If
it were not for the circumstances in which
I find myself, I would serve God ; " nay,
but from the very outset he purposed in
his heart that he would serve God.
You never heard of Paul saying, " I
might fight the good fight of faith ; ' nay,
but you could almost sum up the life and
work of the great apostle in the words,
"I am fighting and I have fought."
Again, let us squarely face the issue
that there is but one path to Zion, and to
tread that path demands faith,, courage,
watchfulness, and an unflinching purpose.
It demands the very highest and noblest
in you and me.
We cannot drift into Zion. A drifting
vessel never gets into port. A propelling
force is needed : "Christ in you, the hope
of glory." Col. I:27. We need to revert to the spirit and purpose of the Man
of Galilee. It was Christ who set His
face like a flint toward Zion and because
He is " the same yesterday, today, and
forever," this Zion ward pull will be felt
in our lives just as soon as Jesus has
gained admission to our hearts. To
attempt the journey without Christ is to
be deprived of that propelling force and
then—you are sure to drift. As has been
fitly said, "Christ is the living ark in
which the saints sail to their haven of
Then, dear reader, remember : One
faith, one hope, one purpose, one tray,
one Guide, one destination—Zion.
Travelling to Zion
TURNING to Jeremiah 5o :4, 5, we read
as follows: "In those days, and in that
time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel
shall come, they and the children of Judah
together, going and weeping : they shall
go, and seek the Lord their God. They
shall ask the way to Zion with their faces
thitherward, saying, Comd, and let us join
ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten."
While the chronology of the above
verses takes us back to the time of release
from Babylonian captivity, their application, reaching beyond the Israel of old,
has come down to the spiritual Israel of
our time. It will certainly do us good to
make a very direct application of these
scriptures to ourselves and to revive in
our hearts and minds the consciousness of
a few facts which we are apt to forget.
Forgetfulness, you will agree, is one of
the gravest dangers lurking along the
pathway of the Christian. Let us therefore remember:—
i. That we are Zionward bound, or at
least should be.
2. That there is a difference, a marked
difference, between travelling to Zion
and travelling to Zion with our faces
thither ward.
3. That there is but one path to Zion,
and that path is the " way cast up," the
straight, clear-cut path.
Strange to say, there are those who
think themselves able to reach Zion by a
path of their own choosing, a roundabout,
twisting and winding track. They are
travelling to Zion—yes, quite true—but
they are not, travelling to Zion with their
faces thitherward and—that's the difference. To make the contrast still more
plain, it is a listless half-heartedness on
the one band and an all-absorbing purpose
on the other, And let us be very clear
Publishing Department
The Joy of Service—No. 1
OF all the joys we have in this world,
the joy of seeing souls accepting Christ
and this message is the greatest of all.
The next joy, to the writer's mind, is to
see our young people witnessing for God
by giving themselves to the Master for
service. This has been my happy privilege during the month of December.
The photograph herewith reveals nine
happy young ladies fresh from the A. M.
College, ready with their "Coming King"
prospectuses for a house-to-house canvass
of Hobart and Launceston. They were
met on the wharf by Sister Edwards, a
kindly sister of the Hobart church, and
the writer. Sister Edwards cared for
them on their arrival and soon rooms
were reached where all had a good rest
on terra firma. They could hardly wait
for the time to come to start work.
Monday morning found all at work—
five in Hobart and four in Launceston.
Good weather has been granted us from
the start, for which all are thankful, and
while orders have not been coming too
freely, yet nearly all of the nine have
kept their expenses down to half of the
deposits and half the money received
for helps. The remainder is put away in
the P. 0. Savings Bank for the office
account, or paid in directly. The desire
is to trust the Lord for each day's requirements. The experiences that they are
having are very encouraging.
An Avondale student rally was held in
the Hobart church last Sabbath by the
five colporteurs in that city. Some old
Avondale boys spoke also of " dear old
Avondale." It was, very enjoyable, and
it was evident that the students meant all
they said. The result was that five young
people started to think Avondale. And
the parents also, it 'is believed, put a
higher value on true education.
In Launceston we- have a smaller
church, but here the other four student
canvassers find work to do for the Master. Besides canvassing, they are improving their time with two young sisters
whose minds have been directed to the
message by a Sister McQueen of the
Richmond church. Not only are- they
being instructed in the message, but ways
and means are being thought out whereby
they, too, can enter school.
It was the writer's privilege to have a
part in bringing the knowledge of the
Sabbath to a fine old Christian man, who
is and has been a cripple from birth.
Sister Lowe, one of the. Hobart young
ladies, was canvassing, and met this man,
who is of the Church of Christ by
persuasion. Our sister found that, besides the Bible, the chief books he
studied were "Coming King" and "Heralds of the Morning." These he esteemed
very highly.
" Well," he said,, " if Sabbath-keeping
is a link in the chain of salvation, I want
it." We -went in the evening and studied
the Sabbath question. We suggested
that he study and pray about it and after
seeking God's blessing we gave him some
tracts, and parted. The next morning
our sister met him on the street and he
told her how the light had shone in two
hours before, and it was all clear, and he
intended to keep the next Sabbath. This
he did, and we were glad to see him at
all three meetings. He is a sleeping
partner with his brothers in some saw
Thus our young sisters are each day
giving from ten to twenty Bible talks or
sermonettes to the people. Prayer is
offered as opportunity is afforded, the
honest-hearted sought out, and the people
are refreshed as they talk with these
young ladies who are doing something of
real worth in a Christ-like way, while the
Our Mission Field
Sosovatara, Choiseul
ABOUT eighteen months ago in response to a call, IVIanovaki, a Dovele boy,
went to Sosovatara, a place on the
Choiseul coast about forty miles above
the place where Jugha is stationed.
There he was assisted by Sugapopoko, the
leading man and owner of the district, and
by the word of God ; and the same Word
tells us what food is good and what food
is not good. We tell you that it is better
to follow what the Bible says, than to do
what some men think it says." They
were glad to have the Bible explanation,
for they take what the Bible says as the
end of all argument.
It is in order to assist in the spreading
of this message and the efficient supervision of this district, that a call is made
to provide a boat for the use of Brother
Gray as he takes up his work as district
superintendent on the island of Choiseul
In this way our Sabbath schools will have
the opportunity of greatly helping the
work by their next Thirteenth Sabbath
A Letter from Pana
Young Ladies from the A.M. College Canvassing in Tasmania
colporteur work is uplifted in the eyes of
our own people. And the young people's
minds are being turned in the direction of
Avondale and kindred schools, and their
desires awakened for a closer walk with
their God.
Thus one can readily see the endless
amount of good that can be accomplished
by a godly, well ordered life, through the
colporteur work, whether under the
Home Missions or Field Missionary
Shall we not all, by the grace and help
of God, seek to do a little more for the
Master in the little time left us ?
ONE of our Filipino colporteurs, writing
recently to the Far Eastern Division Outlook, tells of coming to a river one day
that had to be crossed. The people
planting rice near by cautioned him to be
careful, as the river was infested with
crocodiles and many people and animals
had lost their lives through being grabbed
by the monsters that inhabited its water.
The colporteur went aside to pray, and
recalling the passage in Joshua, " Have I
not commanded thee ? be strong and of a
good courage," he ventured to swim
across. Scarcely had he put on his shoes
when a crocodile passed by. The people
shouted in excitement and others wondered. Our Filipino brother adds, "The
thought immediately came to my mind
that the angels of the Lord encamp around
those that fear the Lord." Surely they do.
they commenced to build a house to live
in. They had the frame erected, and part
of the leaf roof on, when one day whilst
they were away, some who have ever made
themselves enemies came and cut the
house down. After some time they made
further preparations and commenced another building, and although this house
was threatened the same fate as the
former, it still stands, and serves as a
meeting house for about thirty people
who gather there from week to week.
They have suffered some persecution at
this mission, but so far they have remained firm to the mission that they
called. They were for a time very much
in doubt, because a missionary of another
persuasion had visited them and is reported to have said, " What do you listen
to the Juapa Rane for? they do not tell
you true. They want to take away your
food. Don't you know that the Bible
says that every creature of God is good,
and nothing to be refused if it be received
with thanksgiving'? So we are at liberty
to eat anything."
This troubled the boys somewhat, for
they could see that the Bible certainly
did say that, but they waited until the
writer visited them and then they asked
for an explanation. We said, " A person
who believes that every creature is good for
food from this text, could not refuse human
flesh if it were offered to him ; But why
cannot a Christian eat human flesh ? "
One said, "Because the Bible says not to
kill." " Right, and because it is sanctified
THE following letter from Pana, one of
our native evangelists in the Solomon
Islands, was written to Pastor Fulton.
We wish we could pass on to you the
original letter, with its excellent penmanship and correct English, from this
Solomon Island brother of ours. We
know you will enjoy hearing of his
interest and love for the work of God :1 was very pleased to get your letter,
Brother Fulton, with the pictures you
sent to me, and I am pleased to hear that
Brother Lock and Naphtali went to New
Guinea to do the work of God among
those people. I myself am very pleased
to do this great work of God, and to tell
the people about the second coming of
Our work on Ranonga is growing, too.
Several of these men and women are
ready for baptism, for the Spirit of God
is working in their hearts so they are
willing to follow Him every day. 0.
brother, pray for us, for the enemy is
against us again ; but we trust in the Lord
to help us in everything, and we will not
fear what they will do to us. I think
some day some of these people who are
against us now will become Seventh-day
Adventists, because the Lord is stronger
than the devil.
Last week my wife and I went across
the hills to visit the mission at Kubokota.
Tolipio is the teacher there. He is my
wife's brother. How glad my wife and
I are to follow the light of the gospel
of Christ !
Brother and Sister Tutty and some
native teachers went to Bougainville to
open the work, so God will do a great
work there.
I was very sad when I heard that my
cousin Peo was very sick, but Pastor
Wicks told me that he is better again.
I pray for the work in the Solomon
Islands and other places. I do pray to
God to be with you and your people in
Australia—to send more teachers to the
heathen countries.
eignrie"AIISTRALASIAN RECORD•---Vi_w4.,,t,W
We built thirteen houses for the married
people here on the mission, and they are
all looking happy, as they come to school
every day. About one hundred come to
school here on Modo and three of them
are helping me in the school. My wife
looks after the girls and teaches them to
sew their dresses.
I think when Pastor Wicks comes back
here some more people will be baptised.
I don't know the English language very
well, but I am going to try to study it
every day as best I can.
One of the little chiefs here died a few
days ago.
There is not a very great big sea now
on Ranonga, for it is a great calm now,
and the boats could anchor safely.
I hope to hear from you soon. God
bless you and your wife. So good-bye,
Pastor Fulton.
With Christian love from your brother
in Jesus Christ,
I am,
Education Department
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The Evolution of a Room
CROWDED rows of seats, youthful
enthusiasm, high hopes for the future, a
touch of homesickness,—such the scene
and the feelings on our first acquaintance
with this room in the "girls' old hall " of
the Australasian Missionary College. It
was then the young ladies' parlour and
too small to accommodate all who belonged there, so that some met for worship in one of the cottages. But what
tales those plain walls could have told of
vows registered under the inspiration of
the leadership of those who had trodden
the way before us, and of earnest prayers
for help and guidance. Then in the
study period that followed worship there
was great wrestling with problems and
oft was extended the " little help that's
worth a great deal of pity." But always
it was a plain room, and when the hanging lamp fell and ruined our carpet we
could not get another. By and by however, we moved joyfully into our spacious
new parlour with its four carpet squares,
and the old room was stripped and bare.
The next scene swiftly passes,—many
cots accommodating the visitors to a
session of the Union Conference, the
thought of the meetings falling even at
this distance like a benediction of peace.
And now in memory rows of tiny desks
take the place of chairs or beds, for the
church school has outgrown its room in
the chapel, and the younger ones fill this
room to overflowing, and the writer still
remembers the heart fears of those first
days of "teaching school." Far and wide
are those little ones, now grown tall.
That bright-eyed laddie is away in North
Queensland, and that other is a few hundred miles south from him, successfully
carrying responsibility ; that gentle little
maid is now ministering to the sick away
off in the United States, and here is a
dreamer who has little time to dream in
the island mission field. Some have been
lost to sight, but what a recompense for
heart-aches as we watch many growing
in service. We must leave this picture of
the room in its busy activity, and the feet
that " creeping slow to school went
storming out to playing."
The children coming into possession of
a school house of their own, the room is
given over to the dressmaking classes,
and blackboard charts and thimbles and
measures are in evidence, while fluffy
heaps of white toward the end of the
school year are destined to cover beating
hearts of "sweet girl graduates" in the
days when last speeches were an ordeal
to be faced.
And now solemn faces and garments
take their place as the good mothers of
Avondale meet as a "Dorcas" society,
and despairingly hold up some much
tattered garment belonging to one of the
boys, and ask if there is a patch big
enough to cover that hole. Many
strange tales could be told of contrivances
to make the garments last just a little
longer; but we forbear and turn to our
last picture, where memory is aided by
the photographer's art, as our readers may
see. Never has the old room looked so attractive, the scars in its linoleum decently
hidden beneath a general coat of paint,
its walls papered with an oatmeal paper,
gay-flowered curtains at the windows,
and comfortable chairs inviting one to
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rest "just one long minute." This transformation has been made possible through
the generosity of Professor and Mrs.
Prescott, who made the general renovations a parting gift to the girls that they
might have a cozy nook in, which to
entertain their friends. Others contributed, shades for the lights, a cushion, or .a
picture, and a few more cushions and
covers are needed to complete the homelike appearance ; but we are content to
leave the room with its memories so
cunningly hidden, unless, may be this
passing reference touches in some reader's
mind sweet chords of memory.
Christian Education
WE'RE out for a short vacation
To rest our minds and brains,
And after three short summer months
We'll come to school again.
If you want to be of service
In this old world of sin,
It's a Christian education
With which you must begin.
Some of us will be teachers;
Preachers, Bible workers, too;
And perhaps some missionaries,
And sail o'er the ocean blue.
So we must keep on studying,
And work with might and main;
And then for all our labour,
Sunshine we'll get for rain.
And we'll have a home in heaven,
Where the angels ever sing.
We shall praise our King forever,
Where the joy bells ever ring.
OF all fruitless errands, sending a tear
to look after a day that has gone is the
most fruitless.—Dickens.
would then cease to be the flock of God.
" My sheep hear My voice, and I know
them, and they follow Me." John 10 : 27.
All these figures speak eloquently and
decidedly on the point of organisa ion,
control, and fitness in the church. The
human body disorganised ceases to be a
body; the house disorganised becomes a
ruin ; and the flock disorganised is transformed quickly into a mob of self-willed
The Church of Jesus Christ
units with all the " flock " essentials lost.
In the leading forth of His representaNo. 3
tive people from Egypt God gave organisation a prominent place. They went
Its Organisation
out by " five in a rank." Exodus 13 : 18.
Every tribe camped by its own standard.
To the child of God and for the child
Numbers 2 : 2. When they marched
of God the church of Jesus Christ must be
every man was to keep- his own place.
the supreme court in this world. Not in
political or national matters, but for all Nurn. 2 : 17. Josephus, referring to the
camp of Israel, speaks of it as " like a
personal relationships it is his highest
well appointed market. . . . It recourt of appeal. Paul makes this evident
when he prohibits the Christian going to sembles a city that was sometimes moveable and sometimes fixed."—Ant. B. 3,
law before the world. i Cor. 6: I.
chap. 12, par. 5.
To be efficient in its work the church
In the rulership and control of that
must be an organised body, recognising
its delegated authority and also its sub- people leaders were appointed over thouordination to the heavenly Ruler. In the sands, hundreds, fifties, and over tens.
Book of God three beautiful figures are Deut. I : 15. These four divisions would
correspond to a general conference, a
employed to illustrate this aspect of
union conference, a local conference, and
church life and responsibility—a body, a
the local church—each having its officers
house, and a flock are successively pictured as representing different phases of
and all sharing in the responsibility.
All Jehovah's work and designs carry
church organised life.
the same perfect plan of organised
The human body is the most beautiful
method. Among the multitude of the
and highly organised thing of which we
have knowledge. Repeatedly it is figured star worlds there is no confusion because
as representing the church. I Cor. I2: every sun, planet, and pale moon holds the
12, 13, 27. Its beauty, its adaptability, place assigned without question. Every
its marvellous proportions and the sym- tree, shrub, and flower still brings forth
pathy of its parts all lend themselves to "after its kind." No slip-shod, irresponsible, or chance work finds place in God's
the completeness of the picture. In all
government anywhere. He has designed
time artists and sculptors have recognised
the body as their highest and most perfect
that His church should go forth " clear as
the sun, fair as the moon, and terrible as
model. It is therefore a fitting type of
an army with banners."
that which God regards as the highest of
The heart of man may refuse to recogall creations.
The house with its many adjusted parts, nise this organisation and the responsits selected material, its intelligent design, ibility that it brings, but that refusal does
and its strong foundations presents a very
not in any way set aside the plan and
fitting vision of the house of God. Eph. purpose of God.
2 :- 19-22. When the temple of Solomon
was being built—" the grandest pile that
ever pressed the earth "—all the stones
used in the building were hewed to pattern and fitted in the quarry. I Kings 6 :
7. So it is with God's spiritual temple—
all the character work must be done in
the quarry. No sound of hammer or
Tasmania: February 19 to March 1.
chisel was to be heard. So each member,
West Australia: March 3-15.
as a "living stone," must be prepared in
South Australia: March 17-29.
this world, to take his place in the
heavenly building. I Peter 2 : 5.
It is this quarry-moulding and fitting to
Education Day: February 7. 1925.
place that troubles the human heart. But
A.M. College opens February 25.
God has planned His typical church as a
Appeal for Missions : March 29—
place where His people may be fitted to
Week of Prayer: May 30 to June 6.
the divine proportions of the heavenly
Fiji General Meeting: July 1 —6.
ideal. The development and testing of
character is therefore the most needful
Home Missions
and important factor in church life, and
August 6-13.
Missionary Volunteer )
in it all Jehovah is selecting material for
: August
His heavenly house.
The third figure is that of a flock with
its many factors, led by one Shepherd.
A flock—every member a part, each one
humble enough to keep his place and
AT the recent General Conference
all obedient to the Shepherd's voice.
The chief Shepherd is Jesus Christ, and Council Pastor C. E. Weakes, who has for
all true-hearted workers are under-shep- many years been in charge of the publishing work in the Far Eastern Division,
herds, employed to care for and feed the
was transferred to the European Division
flock. I Peter 5 : 3-5. Should the flock,
to serve as secretary of the Publishing
in some dream of madness, cease to hear
Department in that field.
or obey the voice of the Shepherd it
Conference Session
THE Wanganui Jockey Club's grounds
was the site selected for the holding of
the eleventh annual session of the North
New Zealand Conference and camp-meeting. On Tuesday evening, December 23,
the first business meeting of the session was
held. There was a good representative
gathering from the various churches of
the conference, and we were pleased to
have with us as Union Conference representatives Pastors J. E. Fulton, W. J.
Westerman, and H. C. White. With the
exception of two short sessions which
were held on the last Sunday of the camp,
January 4, when an up-to-date balance
sheet for the year ending December 31,
1924, was presented, all the business was
transacted during the first three days.
Thus it was made possible for the rest of
the time to be devoted to meetings of an
entirely spiritual nature.
Pastor H. M. Biunden, the president of
the conference, in presenting a brief but
very concise report of the work for the
year, stated that we have at present
twenty-one organised churches in the
field, with a total membership of 1,079.
One church, Feilding, has been added to
the list during the year, while the Auckland City church has been dropped, and the
membership distributed among the other
four churches in the Auckland area. We
rejoiced to know that one hundred precious souls had been baptised. But our
hearts were made sad because eight of
our members had been laid aside to await
the call of the Life. giver, and still more
sad in the thought twenty-five have fallen
out by the way. Special mission efforts
have been conducted during the year in
Wellington, Hastings, Napier, Feilding,
Hamilton, and Te Awamutu. In most
of these districts good results attended
the work.
The treasurer's report revealed an
increase in the present worth of the conference of 1924 of £659, thus bringing our
standing up to £5,370. The following
figures will be of interest :—
i8, 208
Foreign Missions (Union
Con t. rence)
Ho :e Missions (local conf.
exc,uding tithe)
Home Missions (local
Less Appeal f )r Miss
(from publ c)
£9,250 L10,392
£16,761 £17944
3 351
Total given by members
13,376 14,593 17,015
Per Capita given by
£14 13 7 £15 0 To £15 15 I
Thus it will be seen that the year just
closed has been a record one, and at the
conclusion of the treasurer's report the
delegates expressed their gratitude to
God by singing, "Praise God from Whom
all t lessings Flow."
The Book Department profit and loss
statement showed a net loss for the year
of £275 I2S. Id.
The adult and young people's missionary societies showed in some cases con-
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siderable increases in missionary activities. Three new young people's societies
have been organised during the year,
bringing the total up to twenty-five, with
a membership of 631, and these have
raised £270 ios. for the support of the
work in New Guinea, this being a substantial increase over the previous year.
The Sabbath School Department showed
an increase in membership of 58, thus
bringing our total up to 1,342. The offerings from this department totalled E1,686,
which is an increase of £294 as compared
with the corresponding period of 1923.
The regular standing committees were
appointed and rendered reports as given
PRESIDENT: H. M. Blunden.
SECRETARY: P. G. Foster.
TREASURER : E. Mountain.
N. H. Faulkner.
M. Blunden.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: H. M. Blunden, W. Richards, F. J. Pearce, J. Strange,
W. A. Tulloch, W. R. Scragg, C. R.
G. F. Wright, N. H. Faulkner, F. C.
Credentials and Licenses
CREDENTIALS: H. M. Blunden, C. A.
Paap, J. E. Steed, L. Currow, F. G.
Rampton, W. R. Scragg, L. R. Harvey.
A. Anderson.
A. Bullas, J. Hookings, N. H. Faulkner,
V. Nilsson, C. R. Farrell, A. Kranz.
Miss Sutton, Miss Potter, Miss McDonald.
B. Waldrom, W. Boniface, Mrs. Boniface,
Mrs. Barron, Mrs. Conrad, Miss Ward,
Miss Kelsall, H. E. Kruse.
The following is a brief outline of some
of the recommendations which were
Expression of heartfelt gratitude to
God for His abundant mercies by reconsecration ; outline of plan to raise £3,945
for foreign missions during 1925 ; determination to do all in our power to bring
about a successful issue in the 1925 Prohibition poll ; a special Prohibition number of the Signs of the Times being issued
for this purpose • declaration of our
belief in the Bible as prepared by the
Union Conference editorial committee to
be published in the leading papers of this
conference; the acceptance of the £2,600
goal for the 1925 Appeal for Missions,
and the commencing of this campaign on
February 15 •' the 1925 Big Week effort
for Missions Publishing Fund to be enthusiastically entered into; the increase
of our subsidy to the South New Zealand
Conference for two years to £500 per
year commencing January, 1925.
On the first Sabbath of the camp a very
impressive service was held when Brother
R. A. Anderson was ordained to the
gospel ministry. The service appeared
the more solemn because of the fact that
the eleven ordained ministers who attended the camp assembled on the rostrum
for the laying on of hands, and as Brother
Anderson came forward, making the
complete number of twelve, our minds
went back to the time when the eleven
disciples gathered together for the purpose of selecting one to complete their
the tents, for the Thursday prior to the
opening a terrific storm accompanied by
heavy wind broke over Wanganui, and it
was found necessary to lower all the
tents in order to prevent them being torn
to ribbons. This considerably hampered
the progress of the work, but by the time
the campers arrived on Tuesday, almost
everything was in readiness. Rain continued to fall off and on for several days
during camp, but on New Year's day a
beautiful calm set in, and the rest of the
time the sun, having
driven away the mists,
shed its beams across
the encampment thus
making camp life more
We- cannot but attribute to our Heavenly Father the glory
due to His holy name,
for the wonderful
blessings and privileges
He has bestowed upon
us. Many who have
been years on the way
have said that this is
the best camp that
they have ever experienced. We look
forward to being able
to meet again a year
Baptismal Scene at Wanganui
The followin t Sabbath Pastor White
P. G. FOSTER, Secretary.
presented in a very definite manner the
great needs of our mission fields. It was
good to see right in our midst some fruits
Report of Ponsonby Dorcas
from the work that had been done in Fiji,
for on the platform were assembled
Brother Ratu Tevita Daivalu and his wife
Quarter Ending December, 1924
Liviana, also Brother Sisari Le wa.
THE last quarter of the year has passed,
These three members arrived from Fiji
during camp, the two former being on and as we review our work we are glad
their way to take up work in New Guinea, that we have grasped so many of the opwhile the latter, after having spent six portunities afforded us to help in the
years at our school at Buresala, is to take Master's service. We are always busy
a further course of study at our Avondale visiting the sick and helping the needy, of
College, N. S. Wales. It certainly was a whom we find very many.
A social evening was held by the young
great help to have these brethren with us
for the few days, and when Brother people of the church, each one bringing a
Tevita was asked to express himself as to parcel of goods or contributing with
whether he considered our efforts for the money, and as a result we obtained-goods
island fields were of any avail, he stepped to the value of Et 2s. 8d., and Et ISs. 6d.
forward and with feelings of great in cash. Our totals for the quarter are :
emotion, the tears trickling down his face, —82 new garments given, and 283 old
he told of the wonderful amount of ones; 60 yards new material, 20 pairs
boots and shoes, 30 hats, 116 families
gratitude that the natives felt toward
those who are in the homeland for all helped. Besides this £60 has been withthat has been done for him and his dark- drawn from the bank.
Our work grows heavier every quarter,
skinned brothers and sisters. As the
result of the appeal made, cash and but we rely on the promise of God to suppledges to the amount of just on EI,000 ply all our needs, and to Him be the glory
were handed in. This was in addition to and praise for anything we have been
the two Sabbath school offerings taken enabled to do.
M. MCARTHUR, Secretary.
up at camp, which amounted to £70.
For the benefit of those who were not
able to go forward in the sacred ordinance
" IT is when we forget ourselves that
of baptism in their own particular we do things that are remembered."
churches, a baptismal service was held on
WHAT an absurd thing it is to pass
the camp-ground, when ten precious souls
were buried with the Lord in the watery over all the valuable parts of a man and
grave, to rise to newness of life. The fix our attention on his infirmities !
beautiful little artificial lake, which had
been emptied and cleaned out by volun" EVERY thought which enters the
teer workers only the evening before, and mind, every word we utter, every deed
filled with fresh water, made a unique we perform, makes its impression upon
spot in which to hold this ceremony.
the inmost fibre of our being, and the
Some difficulty was experienced by the resultant of those expressions is our
workers as they were engaged erecting character."
An Open Letter
IN the many and varied experiences of
my life since I surrendered to God, I must
confess I am never so happy as when engaged in visiting people at their homes,
having asked Jesus to make me a blessing.
We are told " from no sect, rank, or class
of people is the light shining from
heaven's throne to be excluded."—" Christ's
Object Lessons," page 418. In.this house-tohouse work Christ " permits us to come in
contact with suffering and calamity in
order to call us out of our selfishness ; He
seeks to develop in us . . . compassion,
tenderness, and love."—Id. page 388.
" Never should we pass by one suffering
soul without seeking to impart to him the
comfort wherewith we are comforted of
God."—/d., pages 387,3&3. Again, " loving
ministry will break down prejudice and
win souls to God."—Id., page 386. This
wonderful message never seems so real to
us as when shared with others, nor Christ
so precious as when telling of what He is
to us and what He has done for us personally.
It is lovely to be able to dry the mourners' tears and to inspire with fresh hope
and courage the downcast and sorrowing.
There is nothing like the personal touch.
When we meet those who sigh and cry for
the abominations done in the land,—ineluding mothers who fear and tremble
lest their little ones shall be corrupted by
the manifold snares and evils of these
perilous times, we rejoice as we realise
that every book and page which we as a
people circulate is pure, edifying, and uplifting. If only we could be sure that the
influence of the lives of all our church
members is the same, holy, harmless, and
undefiled, showing that we are an open
letter continued—truly separated unto
God, free from all Babvlonish vanities,
follies, and pollutions, and thus "our lives
standing out in vivid contrast with the
lives of worldlings,"—oh, would it not be
Through conversing with many one
learns that all right-thinking men, whose
opinion alone is of value, feel pity, contempt, and scorn for girls and women who
paint and powder, who disclose as much
of their person as fashion permits, and
who show by their conduct both in public
and private that they have lost that
sacred maidenly modesty and reserve
which will ever be the chief charm of
May God help all who have identified
themselves with this last great message of
mercy to a dying world to raise the standard higher and higher. It behooves every
church member to constantly remember
that our divine Advocate has promised to
confess before His Father and the holy
angels only those who have confessed
Him before men.
A DOCTOR of medicine has recently
been baptised in Manchuria, so we now
have a doctor in that field. He desires to
help forward the work, and as a beginning is prepared to teach first aid in our
boy's school in Harbin,
BAILEY-COMMINS.—On December 17,
5924, the home of Brother Joseph Jackson
of Pukekorai, near Huntly, N.Z., was
once again a scene of rejoicing when
Brother George Bailey, late of the A.M.
College, was joined in the bonds of matrimony with Nurse Ida Elizabeth Commins, late of the Sydney Sanitarium, before a large company of relatives and
friends of the bride. We pray that the
divine benediction may rest upon these
two precious souls as they go to the South
New Zealand Conference to take up work
for the Master.
HONNER-ELMORE.— Wednesday, January 7, was a joyful day to the many
friends that gathered in the Ponsonby
churce at Grey Lynn, N.Z., to witness the
marriage of Harold Percival Honner to
Margaret Ethel Elmore. The church was
nicely decorated with flowers and a
bower was made with a bell in the arch
above, under which the sacred service
was conducted by the writer. After the
ceremony the many friends present at the
social gathering expressed their good
wishes for the young couple now launched
on the sea of life. While both of these
young people are at present engaged in
school work for the New Zealand Government, we think we can truly say that
they hope the time is not far distant when
they will be engaged more fully in the
Master's service.
SNAPE.—Sister E. Snape, relect of the
late Brother J. P. Snape of Toowoomba,
Queensland, was laid to rest in the Drayton cemetery on January 16, aged eightytwo years. Brother and Sister Snape accepted the advent message in the year
1895. Sister Snape had thus been identified with the movement for thirty years
at the time of her death. Her husband
predeceased her about four years. They
came out under the labours of Brethren
Starr and Hickox, and were charter members of the Toowoomba church, Brother
Snape acting as elder and Sister Snape as
deaconess. Both husband and wife were
ardent Adventists and they truly sacrificed
time, labour, and means to advance the
cause they loved. It was the writer's
privilege to live in their home months at
a time in the early days, and it is now a
pleasure to testify to the excellent Christian qualities of Brother and Sister Snape
in generosity and kindness. Words of
consolation were spoken to the sorrowing
relatives and friends at the graveside by
the writer. Our dear sister was laid
away in the same grounds as her husband,
and resting in the calm sleep of death
they were left until the glad morning of
the resurrection summons them forth to
immortal life.
AUSTIN.—Sister Alice Maud Santon
Austin fell asleep in Jesus at her home, 6
Gamble Street, E. Brunswick, Victoria,
on Monday, January 5, 1925, at the age
of thirty-eight years. Our sister accepted
the present-day message seven years ago
and connected with oar North Fitzroy
church. She lived consistent to the light
till she was stricken by death. She was a
devoted Christian. We laid her to rest
in the Coburg cemetery, Wednesday, January 7, believing that she will be among
those who will respond to the trumpet
call at the resurrection of the just. A
husband, four sons, and three daughters,
and other sorrowing relatives are left to
mourn their loss. Our hearts go out in
sincere sympathy to these sorrowing ones.
Services in the home and at the graveside
were conducted by the writer.
HANCHETT.—Robert Hanchett was one
of our isolated Sabbath-keepers. His
home was at Lorne, Victoria. He accepted the message some seventeen years
ago, and delighted to talk about it to any
who would listen to the sweet story.
Finding it necessary to undergo an operation, he was transferred to the Bethesda
Hospital, Richmond, where he died peacefully on Thursday, January 15, 1925, at
the ripe age of seventy-eight years. He
was interred in the Brighton cemetery,
Friday afternoon, January 16, where he
rests until the Life-giver shall call His
redeemed people from their dusty beds.
His widow, three daughters, and one son
mourn their loss. Our hearts' sympathies
are with the sorrowing ones. Service at
the graveside was conducted by the writer.
MCDOWELL.—William John McDowell
was a native of Ireland, born November
1, 1845. He was converted under the
ministry of D. L. Moody in Belfast,
Ireland, and accented the message in
Auckland, New Zealand, under the labours
of Pastor A. G. Daniells in 1887. Brother
McDowell was a faithful member of the
Oakland church, California, U.S.A., for
thirty-six years, falling asleep in Jesus,
November 22, 1924. His wife and four
children mourn, but with the blessed hope
that he will come forth in the first resurE. H. ADAMS.
(Copied from Pacific Union Recorder.)
CAMMELL.—Died at East St. Kilda,
Victoria, in the home of brother W. H. J.
Willson, January 7, 1925, Sister Elizabeth
Annie Cammell, aged forty-eight years.
Our Sister was born in Ballarat, and was
only ten years old when her mother, Sister Booth, accepted the truth in that city
thirty-eight years ago. Sister Cammell
was ever a faithful and active worker in
the cause of God, especially in Sabbath
school work, until death claimed her.
She was baptised by Pastor A. G. Daniells
in Melbourne in whose home she lived for
a time. Our sister spent two years in
South Africa, in company with her husband, the late Brother Harold Cammell
who laboured in the interests of our publishing work there. Sister Cammell,
senior, still survives and is a member of
our church in Ponsonby, N.Z. An only
daughter, Estelle, who sorely misses her
parents' counsel and care, an aged mother,
three sisters, and two brothers are also
called to mourn their sad loss. They have
our deepest sympathy. Our sister suffered
very much, especially the last three
months of her life. We laid her to rest
in the Melbourne General cemetery, in
the same grave with her late husband and
little son, on January 8, to await the call
of her loving Friend and Life-giver.
Pastor F. A. Allum assisted the writer at
both services,
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THE Australasian Missionary College
re-opens on Wednesday, February 25,
THREE more Missionary Volunteers in
Victoria have successfully finished the
General Conference Standard of Attainment Course, and accordingly certificates
have been awarded to Miss E. K. Harding,
Harold O'Hara, and Jack T. Smith.
AT this writing the camp-meeting in
Victoria is in progress on a beautiful
pine-sheltered, grassy paddock in East
Kew. The meetings are being greatly
enjoyed, and at the consecration service
on the first Sabbath, conducted by Pastor
Turner, an unusually good response was
February 7, is to be observed
throughout the field as Education Day.
A special educational programme has
been prepared for this day, and will be
presented in all the churches. The work
entrusted to God's people calls for a
preparation which should be obtained in
the school of Christ. All should be intensely interested in the subject of Christian education as it is a vital part of the
third angel's message.
WE have been clad to welcome
Brother E. J. Felsch to Wahroonga as the
head teacher of the church school at this
centre. Brother R. B. Watts, our former
teacher, has been transferred to the Brisbane school, while Sister Faulkhead, who
taught that school last year, has been invited to lead out in the primary department at Avondale, with Miss L. G.
McMahon from the North Fitzroy school,
Melbourne, as first assistant.
WE have received the first Sabbath
school report from our new mission
station at Efogi, in the interior of New
Guinea. For the latter part of the
December quarter the school consisted of
the mission family, but on the first Sabbath of the new year the school was fully
organised with a membership of thirtyfour. Sister Lock writes, " We expect
the membership to grow each week.
The natives seem to he interested in the
Sabbath school. Pray especially that we
may be given wisdom to master the
A CORRESPONDENT has written to the
treasurer of the Union saying, "I want
you to send me a book showing pictures
and map of foreign mission stations for
1923 or 1924, no further back than 1923.
I have 1922. Please post to me and I
will send money by return. I am sending
five shillings in aid of your Seventh-day
Adventist work in the Solomon Islands."
We are becoming better known through
the Appeal for Missions magazine than
many of us realise, and many triends to
the cause are being made through this
" MAIL day is the event of the month,"
writes Brother W. N. Lock from their
new home over the mountains in New
Guinea, and, we find it very refreshing as
the Efogi daily paper (?) does not contain much news. We are still as busy as
ever, there seems so much to be done ;
but some day we shall have things in
' apple pie ' order. I believe this will become an important centre as the work
develops. Already people are coming
here from villages a long way off. Yesterday we had a man and his two daughters
come from Narduri. They will stay in
Efogi, and we hope to have one of the girls
come into our home and help Mrs. Lock."
JUST a week after the burial of Pastor
Woods we received a letter from him,
addressed in his familiar handwriting.
Ever faithful to his work, he had prepared the obituary notice of Sister Cammell which appears in this issue, and
accompanied it by a letter in which he
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promised to write the notice of Brother
Aitken's death as soon as he received a
few more particulars. He also wrote of
the distress they all felt at the sudden
death of Brother Aitken. Little he
thought when writing this that he would
be resting by the side of Brother Aitken
within a fortnight. While we mourn the
passing of these two faithful servants of
the Lord, we are reminded of the uncertainty of life, for we know not what a
day may bring forth.
IN a letter, accompanying a report of
their experiences in Bougainville Brother
Tutty says: " We are busy house building and are roughing it at present. The
mosquitoes here are by the Too,000,000,000,
000 and the flies as well. I have had
fever and also a bad leg, so things have
not been too easy for me, but one has to
keep going through it all, and with the
Lord's blessing we are pushing ahead as
fast as we can. As the work advances
it should encourage the folks at home."
Although encountering many difficulties
in their pioneering work, Brother Tutty
is thinking of "the folks at home " and
hoping to encourage us by the progress
they are making. Our Sabbath schools on
the next Thirteenth Sabbath will have
the opportunity of cheering the hearts of
these faithful workers in their isolation
on the storm-beaten coast of Bougainville.
ON January 26 Pastors Fulton and
White, with the three Fijians, Ratu Tevita
Daivalu and wife and Sisari, reached
Sydney from New Zealand. After a few
days at Wahroonga and a brief visit to
Avondale, Ratu Tevita and wife proceeded on their way to their new field of
labour in New Guinea. In addressing
our members at .Wahroonga at the prayer
meeting, with Pastor Fulton as interpreter,
our three Fijian visitors expressed the
pleasure it gave them to greet the brethren and sisters here and to, see the headquarters of our work in Australia, of
which they had heard so much; but they
declared that like the Queen of Sheba on
her visit to Jerusalem, " the half had not
been told." . Ratu Tevita made as his
own the earnest request found in 2 Thess.
3: i,2 : "Finally, brethren, pray for us,
that the Word of the Lord may have
free course, and -be glorified, even as it is
with you : and that we may be delivered
from unreasonable and wicked men." Let
us all uphold them in prayer. It means
just as much for these workers to leave
the beautiful and peaceful land of Fiji
and go to a strange land among heathen
people, as for any white worker to leave
his native land. Sisari has come over to
attend the College and to help in the
translating work of our Fijian literature
printed at the Avondale Press.
Further Particulars in Reference to the Death of Pastor
J. H. Woods
JUST before we left Wahroonga we
received word to the effect that Pastor J.
H. Woods was seriously ill, but at that
time we did not know the nature of his
illness. We found, however, upon reaching Melbourne, that he had been seized
with a stroke on the preceding Wednesday
night. He had addressed the workers on
the camp-ground at midday, the text
upon which he based his address being,
" That I might know Him, and the power
of His resurrection." To all appearances,
he was well in the evening time when he
returned home, but just as he was going
in to his evening meal from one room to
another he was stricken down. 'Sister
Woods secured help from next door,
and when the doctor came he told her
that Brother Woods had a stroke. He
never rallied, although at times he appeared to be semi-conscious, but never
spoke, having lost all power so to do.
Soon after arriving in Melbourne, Mrs.
Turner and I visited the home. His heart
was rapidly weakening. Sister Woods
was bearing up remarkably well. Brother
and Sister Nattrass were helping, while
Sister Norman Woods was at the home
also assisting, as was Norman himself as
he had opportunity. At five minutes past
ten on Wednesday morning, Brother
Woods passed quietly away. When word
reached the camp there was a large
congregation of people in the big tent,
and all were deeply affected by the news,
Brother Woods being so well known
throughout this field. His death has
made a deep impression upon our people,
coming so suddenly, and being preceded
by the death of Brother Aitken, who is
buried right next to him, and at whose
funeral Brother Woods himself officiated
less than two weeks before. Pastor
Woods was laid to rest January 22 in the
Brighton cemetery, a very large concourse
of people being present at 'the funeral.
Pastor Fletcher led in a brief service- at
the home, while Pastor Anderson, assisted
by others of us, conducted the service at
the graveside.