Document 179221

Vol. 41, No. 18
Registered at the General Post
Office, Sydney, for transmission
by Post as a Newspaper
Sydney, Monday, May 3, 1937
How to Help or Hinder a Revival
ILT Thou not revive us again: that
Thy people may rejoice in Thee?"
Ps. 85 : 6.
"0 Lord, revive Thy work in the midst
of the years, in the midst of the years make
known; in wrath remember mercy." Hab.
3 : 2.
From these passages we conclude that
God is anxious to revive His work. There
are many other references which go to
show the willingness and ability of God
to save. May we not ask, then, why do
we not see greater manifestations in the
work of soul saving ? There can be but
one answer — HINDRANCES. We will
reverse the order and consider hindrances
first, for if we can get these out of the
way, something is sure to follow. What are
some hindrances to a revival ? There are
many, but we will give but three.
I. Prejudice.
II. Unconfessed sin.
III. Bondage.
What is prejudice ? Divide the word and
you have it — pre-judging. Many people
are prejudiced and do not know it. You
may be prejudiced and not be aware of
it. Yea, you may be prejudiced to your
own hurt; and this is a hindrance to God
in His workings. A broad-minded man may
become prejudiced, but upon investigation
changes his attitude. It is the little, narrow man who retains a biased feeling. Sad
to say, there are many of them. Without
saying a word, one can sit back and send
' .13. mental waves of hate, or good will.
affects not only individuals, but also
e congregations.
You may be prejudiced against the
speaker. You have heard or read something, and gotten an impression that will
make it hard for him to help you. You
may he prejudiced against the singer, or
the song book used; you may be prejudiced
against the method of work, or carrying
on the meeting. You hear another pray or
speak, against whom you are prejudiced,
and immediately you cease to fellowship
and co-operate; hence you bring about a
jar, a coldness, and thus instead of being
a blessing and help yourself, you are a
hindrance in the meeting. There are multitudes of good people in this position. Is
there any wonder that it is sometimes days
and weeks before the "break" comes ? It
was when the disciples were with "one
accord" that the Holy Ghost fell upon
them. It seemed to require at least ten
days. We can hasten or hinder the outpouring of the Spirit.
Prejudice is like a flaw in a window
pane; a ray of sunlight may travel
97,000,000 miles in a straight direction,
but when it reaches that little flaw, it is
diverted and falls obliquely upon the floor.
In like manner, the truth of God may have
travelled from the eternal throne of God
and passed down through the preacher's
mind and heart; but when it reaches a prejudiced mind it is diverted and hardens
rather than softens. It is an awful thing
to have a biased or prejudiced mind. You
cannot afford to hinder yourself, or others.
Better for you had you been born a
heathen, than to be held responsible for
hindering others.
Now we come to another hindrance, more
serious than that of prejudice. We read,
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh
them shall have mercy." Prov. 28 : 13.
A person who comes into a gospel meeting with unconfessed sin in his past life
will be like a 200-pound cake of ice in a
baby's crib — the baby is bound to be
affected thereby. He is like a water-soaked
log which will not burn itself, nor let
others burn and produce heat. He may pretend to be all right; he may assent to the
truth; yea, he may take active part in
the meeting, but if there is crookedness, or
deception, in his past life he will be a
hindrance, rather than a help.
We were in a great camp meeting in
Michigan. Five days had passed without a
break. We became desperate and preached
on confession and restitution. A minister's
wife sat beside her husband in the audience, and when the truth of God began
to come like hailstones, she became uneasy, trying to find a place to hide. But
she was overtaken by conviction and succeeded in getting her husband to retire
to their tent, where she made the confession of her life. She told him that she
had at various times felt she ought to confess, but upon feeling a little relief of conscience, concluded this was sufficient, and
later doubted the importance of making an
open confession.
This is a trick of the devil. Remember,
nothing is made right until it is made
right ! It is not enough while in a meeting, or on a sick bed, to promis-e yourself
that you will make certain things right;
and then, as time passes and you feel less
compunction of heart, conclude that after
all, perhaps it is not necessary to make a
detailed confession. Right here is where
Satan has gained many a victory. And
right here is where many a person has gone
insane. He trifled with convictions and
backed down from light until he got into
despair. Then reason toppled and he went
mad. Do not blame this on religion. The
grace of God causes no one to go mad. It
is for the want of grace that many lose
their minds.
This woman's confession was about as
follows: "Husband, I do not know what
you will think of me. Years ago when I
was a young girl, another lady and I
kept a millinery store. We did well and
made money until the panic came, when
we began to run behind and saw that we
were going into bankruptcy. We had a
nice stock of goods, but could not dispose
of them. We had them insured and one
dark night with my own wicked hand
(after many attempts to resist temptation), I finally yielded and struck the
match that did the work, then hastily left
the small building. In just a little while
the place was in flames and, notwithstanding all the efforts put forth on the part of
the townsmen, everything went up in
smoke. But the fire did not stop there,
for the wind arose and two entire blocks
were burned, thousands of dollars being
involved. The people were very sorry for
the two girls, and the insurance company
came forward without a word and paid
what our policy called for. That was years
ago and I have been a most guilty wretch
ever since. I frequently tried to make myself believe (when overpowered by the
Spirit) that all was well, but every time
I hear red-hot truth I get uneasy. This
is my - confession, and a great load has
rolled off my mind and heart."
It is needless to say that this one confession, though not made in public, brought
so much of the presence and power of God
upon that camp ground that other awful
confessions were made. Backsliders, hypocrites, and unconverted church members
quickly came forward in great numbers.
Yes, unconfessed sin will hinder a revival.
Not only unconfessed sins, but unconfessed faults, may hinder a revival. James
says, ''Confess your faults one to another
that ye may be healed," in soul, mind, or
body. There is much in this. We have
known many cases where a humble confession of faults brought both healing and
Faults in themselves may not be sinful,
but when purposely covered up and defended, they may lead to sin. We are satisfied that many unsaved children would
be brought to Christ if one, or both, parJuts could only humble themselves and
confess. For instance: confess your harshness, your scolding around the home, your
being overbearing and overexacting, your
lack of tears and tenderness when you are
reproving. We knew a preacher who gave
his boy an awful beating because he
smoked cigarettes. The boy left home and
for many years has not been heard from.
Had the father done some weeping back
there, perhaps he and his wife would not
be heartbroken now.
A spirit of bondage will hinder the
operation of the Holy Spirit. Many times
when a meeting is about to close, we hear
a timid soul pray through and finally leap
to his feet declaring, "I will not be in
bondage any longer." For days he was
in bondage to another church leader, or
his neighbour, or some relative, but at last
he flings the,opinion of others to the winds
and declares his freedom in God. Now,
it was too bad that he did not get free
in the beginning of the revival and thus
many others would have been saved or
helped by his example. If God wants you
to give expression by an uplifted hand, or
"Amen," the announcing of a hymn, or in
any other way, do not quench the Spirit.
"For ye have not received the spirit of
bondage again to fear; but ye have received
the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry,
Abba, Father." Rom. 8 : 15.
These are some ways of hindering a revival, or camp meeting. Now we wish to
notice a few helps, and will take three to
offset the three hindrances :
I. Co-operation,
II. Self-sacrifice.
III. Prevailing prayer.
What is co-operation ? It is simply everybody at it and always at it. If you think
the evangelist has brought a revival in
his suitcase, and as soon as he opens it,
the revival will fly all over the community,
you are sadly mistaken. Every one has a
part and lot in this matter, and you can
help in various ways. For instance: You
can use a telephone, write post cards, hand
out announcements, talk on the street, at
the post office and everywhere you go —
you can agitate the subject of the meeting. Little things make big things. The
Brooklyn suspension bridge started with
one tiny wire, then others, and then wire
cables, and finally the great mechanical
structure was completed; and now millions
of tons pass over it every twenty-four
We read, "Not by might, nor by power,"
(margin, not by might nor by armies,)
"but by My Spirit, said the Lord."
Every one can speak to his neighbour
and perhaps pray with him, loan a good
book, give out some tracts, or secure subscriptions for a helpful paper, and thus
start the leaven working in his community.
Do not say you cannot do it! Susanna
Wesley, the mother of nineteen children,
felt irrepressible longings and requested
her husband that she might start mid-
week prayer meetings for the ladies. He
reluctantly consented. The attendance increased until the house did not hold them.
He remonstrated that she was getting out
of her place, but later felt rebuked and
gave his consent; and a great work for
God broke out. Yes, you can help by cooperation to bring a gracious revival.
There is something beautiful about selfsacrifice. It pleases God and almost compels His recognition and assistance. One
reason the old-time Methodists had such
great revivals was that they counted it a
privilege to walk ten or fifteen miles, sleep
on the floor, and share their last crust of
bread to help entertain others. Where is
God working nowadays ? Not in big
churches, but in mission halls, tent and
camp meetings, and mission fields where
there is a lot of self-sacrifice and selfdenial being practised; and you can help
along this line ! Use that motor car to
bring in two or three loads; that horse
and buggy, or bob-sled; go out in the highways and byways and bring in the maimed,
the halt, the blind! Write to some of your
friends or relatives to come and make you
a visit, and thus get them under the influence of the meeting; bring your hire '
help along with you to the meeting! Do
not say, "It will cost too much to entertain, or take the man out of the field.
Wife is nervous and we cannot have a
crowd around us." I tell you it will cost
you more not to do something! The
majority of the people, yes, good people,
are everlastingly taking in, but never giving out. They have sponge religion. They
can sing, pray, or shout, but cannot fast,
give liberally, or wrestle in secret prayer
until something happens.
Now, brother, if you would be a blessing to others, forget ease and fleshly desires and see what God will do. He can
humble and bring down your loved ones
who are proud and self-willed, but it may
mean midnight praying on your part.
What of it ! Would you not rather lose a
little sleep, or a few pounds of flesh, and
see a revival, than drift along like others
and finally weep bitter tears over the
downfall or damnation of those who might
have been saved had you laid yourself out
full length for God ?
Singing may be good, preaching may be
fair, but nothing will make a meeting go,
like prevailing prayer. A half-dozen
prayers are worth more than a score of
payers. Somebody had to prevail with Gan
for your soul and for mine, and now in
return we must prevail for others. John
Wesley made a startling but true statement when he said, "Jesus Christ is not
now interceding for a lost world, but
rather for His saints, and He has left the
intercession for men to His saints." If
this be true — and we believe it is —
what tremendous responsibility is upon us.
The salvation of a lost world, simply for
our asking, for our interceding, for our
refusing to be satisfied with anything
else ! This is no place for dry eyes, or
making a show in the flesh. If we would
see a revival, it will take all that is in
us. We cannot bring it about ourselves,
but we can beseech the God of all grace to
pour upon the community a mighty awakening.
The following is a remarkable case of
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prevailing prayer: A man who had an only
son had taught this bay to drink, gamble,
and visit vile places. At the age of fortyfive the father was wonderfully converted,
but now the boy had grown to manhood
and was a profligate. The father deeply
regretted his example and pleaded with the
son to reform, but to no avail. Again and
again he tried to persuade him to attend
the house of God, but the billiard hall and
theatre had more attraction. At last the
father became desperate and told his wife
to leave an empty chair at the head of
the table every supper-time, as a testimony to his son that he was fasting and
praying for his salvation.
At first when the young man was apprised of it, he laughed, declaring, "
will get tired of that; this will giv
more to eat," and other light remarks.
empty chair continued to testify, not for
one week only, but two weeks, and three
weeks. The son began to show signs of
seriousness. Between conversation, when
everything was quiet, the voice of the
father could be heard in an undertone,
pleading for the salvation of the boy.
Finally the fasting started into the fourth
week, and the boy declared to himself,
"If this does not stop, I must either get
saved or leave home." The fifth week
began and the father was not at the
table, whereupon hearing the voice of his
father pleading and weeping, the son suddenly pushed. his chair from the table!
The mother was a little alarmed lest he
was angry and planned to go down town
and drown his conviction.
But instead, up the stairs he went, taking two or three steps at a leap, and throwing himself upon the carpet said, "Father,
I know now that you love my soul more
than something good to eat, and I must
have this same salvation."
Yes, if you prevail with God, it may
mean fasting, sleepless nights, and many
tears, but it is a good investment. 0
Lord, "wilt Thou not revive us again: that
Thy people may rejoice in Thee ?" Who
then is willing to pray, "Lord, revive Thy
work, and let it begin in my heart and my
home !"
"Revive Thy work, 0 Lord,
Thy mighty arm make bare;
Speak with the voice that wakes the
And makes the people hear.
"Revive Thy work, revive Thy work,
And send refreshing showers ;
The glory shall be all Thine own,
The blessing shall be ours."
Advent Radio Church
Subjects for Sunday Afternoon Sessions,
5.15 to 6 p.m.
May 2: "The Unpardonable Sin; What
Is It ? Who are Committing It ?"
May 9: "A Great World-Wide Famine
Coming; Are You Preparing for It?"
May 16: ''What is the Cause of the Great
Crime Wave Sweeping the Earth ?"
May 23 : "Is the Story of the Flood True?
Have We any Scientific Evidence of
the Great Deluge ?"
May 30 : "Evidence from the Tombs of the
Pharaohs of the Truthfulness of God's
Opening Exercises, Batuna,
Solomon Islands
Twenty-nine girl students and fifty-six
boys, with the many others living at
Batuna, gathered in the Batuna church on
'evening of March 14 to open the
na Training School for 1937.
fter the opening hymn Pastor Broad
asked God's blessing on the school and
those in charge.
Brother A. W. Martin then welcomed the
students back to school, speaking to them
in tribes. The Marovo students were asked
to stand, and they were reminded of the
missionaries who have left their shores and
gone to other lands; they were to follow
in their steps. They sat down, and next
the Choiseul students stood, then those
from Ranonga, Dovele, Rendova, Malaita,
Guadalcanar, Ysabel, and Duke followed,
each receiving a welcome and admonition.
Then a word to all was spoken, and attention was directed to our Master, for -we
are to serve as He served.
"Will Your Heart Ring True ?" was
sung by sixteen boys and girls. The subject
for the night was "Kinds of Men Wanted
in the Mission Field." The first speaker,
Mrs. Broad, told us that missionary teachers are wanted, and that when the teacher
has conducted worship and school, his work
is not finished; he has to go out among the
people and do missionary work. The
teacher's wife should expect to have to sit
down beside dirty old women and make
friends with them, and help them with
their work and sewing.
"Obedient Men" was the topic on
which I was asked to speak. Through
obedience to Him, God gives us opportunity
to develop character. This was illustrated
by two stories where boys proved themselves obedient and faithful, in spite of
threats and pain. A duet and chorus entitled "To Do His Will," was next rendered by the natives.
Pastor Barrett talked to us about "Particular Men." The story of Booker T.
Washington, telling how particular he was
when asked to sweep and clean a room,
given as an illustration. Christ is our
t example in tidiness. God is parlar, and He wants us to do all things
decently and in order.
"Single Men and Married Men," was
the subject dealt with by Pastor Rangoso.
He briefly told of David Livingstone, how
he went out as a single man and later
worked as a married man, and after his
wife had returned to England, how he
worked on alone till his death. God needs
single men in His work to climb the hills,
to be hunters for Him. He needs married
men also to fill other places. He needs
girls, and wives who are willing to go
wherever their husbands are sent.
Brother Martin next told us of the kind
of teachers who are needed. The best way
is to teach as Jesus did by using common
illustrations so that the people can understand, and so the Scriptures are made plain.
One illustration given was this: A little
boy who could not understand where his
sins went when forgiven, was asked by his
mother to clean his slate. The mother
asked, "Where has the writing gone ?"
"Oh, it's just gone," was the reply,
"That's just like our sins," said the
mother," and the boy understood.
"The Urgency of the Call," by Pastor
Broad, was our last talk. We were told of
the many calls coming from Malaita,
Guadalcanar, Choiseul, Ysabel, Rennell
Island, and others. Some islands are still
unentered. Who will go ? Ngatonga's words
before the boat left Rennell the last time
were, "Come back quickly. I will pray and
you pray, and come back quickly." Time
is short, soon Jesus will come. Satan is
working hard to hinder, but God has said
that "He will finish the work," and "a
short work will the Lord make upon the
earth." We must answer the calls quickly
and help finish the work in the earth.
"It Pays to Serve Jesus," was sung
as a duet by the white teachers, and after
the congregational hymn, "Hark! The
voice of Jesus calling, who will go and
work today?" the meeting was closed with
Marovo Lagoon,
Solomon Islands.
Itinerating in Central New
Guinea—Part I
Immense ! The great island of New
Guinea is truly so, in two dimensions,
both in area, and in the height of its great
piles of mountains. It is larger than New
South Wales, which State contains Australia's highest mountain, having an altitude of 7,000 feet. By way of contrast,
make a mental picture of mighty mountain chains thrown all over New South
Wales, some with peaks towering to twice
the height of Mount Kosciusko ! Even
famous Mt. Cook of New Zealand falls
2,000 feet short of these. One such peak
can be seen from the vicinity of our Ramu
mission station. And what a beautiful object it is ! Were New Guinea in a latitude two thousand miles farther south, it
would be a land of snow-covered mountains, almost twenty Switzerlands rolled
into one, and with higher mountains. As
it is, Dutch New Guinea has a snowcrowned peak.
With this picture in mind, would you
care, kind reader, to accompany us on a
trip from the Upper Ramu toward Bena
Bena ?
With permission granted, and our carriers ready with camping equipment, food,
and muskets, we commence a journey that
will take us on a walk of about seventy
miles by the time we return home about
eight days hence.
With our eyes turned westward, the trail
is followed over grassy, undulating
country from 5,000 to 6,000 feet high.
After crossing the Onapinka Creek, a tributary of the Ramu River, patches of forest
and open grass land are passed through,
until we reach the timbered ridge of the
Ramu-Purari Divide, on the slopes of which
dwell thousands of people.
Rain falling here will find its way either
into the Gulf of Papua on the south, or
into the broad Pacific to the north of New
Guinea. It is a clear morning, and a
glimpse behind us to the east before de-
scending the Purari slopes, reveals to our
admiring gaze the deep blue profile of the
great Finistere Range, and also that of
the Beehive Range to the south. What a
grand panorama !
The rugged mountain scenery to the west
is as yet hidden by timber, and we drop
rapidly from the cloud-covered divide to
the floor of the narrow Gafatina River valley. It is unusually warm for this altitude,
and heavy clouds gather threateningly.
A camping place is reached just in time to
escape a thorough soaking, and we are
forced to camp early. The Komperi hamlets are close by, and soon a crowd has
gathered to watch us.
Finintigu was our goal, but we shall have
to look to that tomorrow morning. In the
meantime we have as much as we can do
to find a dry spot. The people are friendly,
and bring us an abundance of food. They
even ask for injections, which we promise
to give them if they return early next
morning. Many remain to join in our evening worship.
SECOND DAY.—Unfortunately for us,
many small creatures have disturbed our
rest. The natives gather early, and after
worship several injections are given. Feeling that we have been able to render some
practical help to those in need spiritually
and physically, we continue our march, Following some hard work, we reach the top
of the ridge dividing the Gafatina and
Karmonontina valleys. Every step of our
ascent has enriched the unfolding views,
until from the summit can be seen a majestic panorama of the tumble of mountains
and valleys lying to the west.
A long descent brings our party to the
Karmonontina River, and several hamlets
are seen located on the rich garden lands
near its banks. A little farther on the
Government police post is reached, which
is known as the Finintigu station. The
young officer comes out to greet us, and
later our whole party is thoughtfully supplied with food.
There is a touch of tragedy in this place,
for the grave of a prospector, who was
killed by natives, is seen near by.
We note that in this part timber is conspicuous by its absence. This narrow valley is much warmer than the broad open
Ramu Valley. Two hours farther on we
decide to camp near a group of villages,
and many of the inhabitants are found in
our worship circle at the close of the day.
THIRD DAY.—After morning worship,
several injections are given. The boys having in the meantime prepared all packs
for the trail, we are ready to continue
our journey. Splendid views are obtained
from the tops of the ridges, and the landscape becomes more rugged in appearance
as we proceed.
We camp near a village at the head of
a large open valley, surrounded by marvellous mountain scenery. Above the clouds
to the west Mount Michael shows its towering dome, nearly fourteen thousand feet
FOURTH DAY.—A crowd of natives eye
us curiously as worship is conducted this
morning, and show deep interest in all
that is done. Our party has increased by
one, for a lad of about sixteen desires to
join our Ramu mission.
Office Address: 84 Jervois Rd..
Auckland, N.Z.
Telephone: 26-259
Forty-Eighth Annual
Conference Session
There was an air of peculiar expectancy
pervading the Ponsonby church on Saturday night, January 30, 1937, when at
eight o'clock the president-elect of the conference called the meeting to order. Why
this meeting in a church building ? Because we could not hold our camp meeting,
owing to the outbreak of infantile paralysis in the Dominion. The health authorities
had definitely counselled against our holding a camp which would mean bringing
children as well as adults together from
various parts of the country. But we did
so much want to hold a conference session
to enable the work of the denomination
to function properly and consitutionally
during the year ! Therefore it was decided
to call a session to commence on the Saturday night, and, if possible, have all the
business completed before the next evening. And, God helping, it was done.
The president-elect gave a comprehensive
address; the secretary-treasurer presented
a statistical and financial statement and
the balance sheet for the year 1936; all
departmental secretaries reported, as also
did the evangelists and field workers;
standing committees, after appointment,
met and reported to the conference their
findings, and these were in turn adopted;
and the newly appointed executive committee conveyed to conference, before the
adjournment, its decisions concerning the
allocation of workers for the coming season.
All of the at least 104 delegates, representing 26 out of our 31 churches, seemed
to take a keen interest in the reports and
discussions, and when the session closed,
went back to their homes and churches determined to make 1937 a banner year in
church activity and in victorious Christian
Prior to the session, as has already been
reported in these columns, Pastor E. B.
Rudge, Australasian Division vice-president for the home field, and Pastor E. E.
Roenfelt, the Division secretary, with
Pastor R. E. Hare, had visited every
church but one in the North Island outside, the Auckland district. The Auckland churches met in a large combined
service in the Unity Hall on the Sabbath
afternoon. The ministry of Brethren Rudge
and Roenfelt was much appreciated at our
session as well as in our churches.
A number of changes had been made in
the personnel of workers in North New
Zealand by action of the Australasian session last year, and this conference felt happy to express confidence in its staff when
the report of the committee on credentials and licences was adopted as follows:
For Ministerial Credentials: N. C. Burns,
R. E. Hare, L. R. Harvey, C. A. Paap,
G. Robinson, F. L. Sharp, M. H. Whittaker, C. A. Wrigley.
For Ministerial Licences: R. E. G. Blair,
P. Glockler, A. G. Judge, H. M. Kent, S.
T. Leeder, A. R. Mitchell.
For Missionary Licences: W. P. Claus,
Miss A. E. Douglass, Miss R. G. Dray, R.
N. Heggie, Miss I. F. Johnstone.
For Probationary Missionary Licence :
L. T. Hay.
For Colporteurs' Credentials: F. E,
Baker, J. H. Burton, Miss E. B. Butt, J.
Ivey, J. F. Rubie, H. Thompson, W. Waterhouse.
For Colporteurs' Licences: Miss I.
Parker, J. H. Wade, I. White.
Since the conference, the executive
committee has granted further licences.
It is hoped to carry on a strong evangelistic programme during 1937, and with this
in view, the executive committee has allocated the staff as follows:
Auckland: Pastor N. C. Burns, W. P.
Claus, D. H. Watson, and Miss J. F. Johnstone.
Paeroa: Pastor L. R. Harvey and R. N.
Gisborne: Pastor M. H. Whittaker.
Hamilton (Waikato): S. T. Leeder.
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"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it
Have I not given thee six dawnings to
be thine —
For thy pursuit of study, joy, and labour
No two alike in texture or design 'I
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it
Have I not given thee six evenings
for thine own —
Of velvet silence veiled in misty starlight,
And hung with moons like spheres of
silver blown !
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it
It only have I set apart, to he a sign—
Creation's seal, and pledge of thy redemption —
And that the world may know that
thou art Mine.
— Jessie Wilmore Murton.
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New Plymouth: Pastor G. Robinson, L
H. Graham, L. T. Hay.
Wanganui: Pastor C. A. Paap, A. G.
Judge, and Miss M. Teague.
Napier and Hastings: Pastor C. A.
Masterton: P. Glockler,
Pastoral Work in Auckland: Pastor F.
L. Sharp.
From the various reports presented to the
conference, we gleaned the following facts
of interest: During 1936 the membership
increased by 64, and at December 31 last
stood at 1820. One hundred and twentyone persons were baptised. We have 21
church buildings, valued at £22,526. Four
church schools operate in our conference-at Gisborne, Hamilton, Wanganui, and
Palmerston North. The present worth of
the conference is £9,617.
Tithe receipts for last year reached the
record sum of £12,352, an increase of 27
per cent over 1935. Offerings to missions
totalled £7,135, of which £2,511 came
through the Appeal for Missions, and
£2,530 from the Sabbath schools. For every
£3 sent to missions abroad, we received
£5 5s. for local conference work. As evidence of God's blessing on those who return
to the Lord's treasury His own in tithe,
we noted that the per capita receipts had
increased from £5 6s. 5d. to £6 15s. 9. per
year. Faithfulness to God brings its reward.
Our band of colporteurs during 1936 had
visited nearly 40,000 homes, and from these
had secured orders and sales for literature
to the value of £6,656, or £2,531 above the
year's aim. "Sales" mean "souls" to
our bookmen, and they reported at least
fifteen persons directly won for God
through their efforts.
The members of the fifty Sabbath schools
in North New Zealand are determined to
continue to "grow in grace and in the
knowledge of our Lord and Saviour," and
to this end are bending their energie
improve and increase. The aim to har
the energies of our Missionary Volunt
in active service for God is ever kept before the young people's societies, and their
secretary reported growing interests. Conventions held during the year had stimulated not only missionary activity, but also
Christian growth in the lives of the youth.
Officers and departmental secretaries
were elected as follow:
President: R. E. Hare.
Secretary-Treasurer: R. E. G. Blair.
Tract Society Secretary: R. E. G. Blair.
Home Missions and Missionary Volunteer Secretary: A. R. Mitchell.
Sabbath School Secretary: Miss A. E
Field Missionary Secretary: H. M. Kent.
Religious Liberty and Educational Secretary: R. E. Hare.
Executive Committee: R. E. Hare, C. A.
Paap, N. C. Burns, H. 0. Belworthy, A.
F. L, Tindall, J. F. Jones, N. J. Bowman.
A lively interest was manifested in the
plans and recommendations adopted.
Among these are the inauguration of the
"Win-One" effort, by making practical
use of the present series of Sabbath school
lessons in working for neighbours and
friends; the raising of the 1937 Appeal
aim to £2,000, and the determination to
reach the goal in three weeks (now an accomplished fact); the counsel to churches
to exercise greater care in selecting leaders
and teachers in Sabbath schools in order
to strengthen them for more definite soulsaving work ; and the establishment of
branch Sabbath schools.
It was a short conference session; only
three meetings were held, on Saturday
night, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon. But they were good meetings and
enjoyed by all who attended. In the evening several hundreds of people gathere
the Tivoli Theatre to listen to Pastor R
felt's stirring message of confidence in
and the ultimate triumph of the message,
to view the pictures on the screen of
trophies of the cross in the islands of the
sea, and to see and hear the sound film of
the 1936 General Conference session in the
United States of America.
While the epidemic of infantile paralysis
robbed us of the privileges and blessings
of camp meeting, yet we thank God that
nothing can stay the onward progress of
the third angel's message, even in our own
part of the vineyard. The present seems
unprecedented so far as openings for evangelism in North New Zealand are concerned, for had we six more teams of
workers right now we could place them all
in centres that are calling for evangelists.
"The harvest truly is plenteous, but the
labourers are few;" therefore we all join,
not only in praying, but also in working
for a great ingathering of souls in 1937.
Office Address: 84 The Boulevarde,
Strathfield, N.S.W.
Telephone: UJ 5371
West Wyalong Camp Meeting
The College Abroad
Thursday, April 1, found the Australasian Missionary College all astir with
preparation for the most eventful time of
the whole year — Ingathering week.
All available means of transport were
pressed into service, so that by the following afternoon more than thirty enthusiastic
young men were on their way to many parts
of the conference in order to arrive at their
destination before the Sabbath hours. Thus
they were enabled to make an early start
the following week.
Most bands travelled great distances in
order to reach their territory. Some young
men took train to Tenterfield and found
their way to homes as far north as the
Queensland border, whilst in the south an
earnest band worked along the shores of
Broken Bay, at the mouth of the Hawkesbury. Still others had the privilege of
working as far west as Narrabri and Barren Junction, two prosperous towns situated on the edge of the north-western
plains of New South Wales.
At three-thirty Monday morning, the
clarion call of the chapel bell floated out
over the morning air to remind fifty students that they soon must be on their way
to Newcastle. Shortly after five o'clock
the train was steaming on its way, carrying this band of ardent workers, all happy
at the thought of "sharing in the joys of
service" when once at the journey's end.
At the close of the day, the students
found that the Lord had surely blessed
their efforts and rewarded the faithful
work they had done for Him, for more
than twenty-five pounds had been collected.
Pastor A. H. White and Brother Ulrich
also spent some time in Newcastle, calling
upon some of the firms with which the
anitarium Health Food Company does
siness. As they placed the need of our
kiission work before some of these men, it
was gratifying to see the way in which
God moved the hearts of the donors, so
that to date the amount collected from
this source exceeds £100.
On Friday evening in the vesper service,
the students had the privilege of recounting some of the intensely interesting experiences. It was really inspirational to
listen to the ways in which God had
blessed the efforts of the week, both in a
temporal and a spiritual way.
The college aim is £275, but the amount
collected to date is more than £400. When
one sees such results one cannot but exclaim with Isaiah the prophet, "0 Lord,
Thou art my God; I will exalt Thee, I will
praise Thy name; for Thou hast done wonderful things."
One of the happiest camp meetings, and
at the same time one of the most spiritual,
that the writer has had the privilege of
attending was the little camp out at West
Wyalong, New South Wales. It was held
from March 18 to 22.
Our far west brethren are, generally
speaking, wheat farmers or connected with
that occupation, and as the annual camp
meeting of the South N.S.W. Conference
takes place during their harvesting operations, they find it difficult to attend at that
This camp in the west was situated beside
Harold Hollingsworth was present in the
interests of the young people. The meetings were conducted by Pastors H. E.
Piper, the president of the conference, A.
L. Pascoe, and the writer.
May God abundantly bless His children
of the western plains of New South Wales.
They love God's cause and showed it by
their splendid gift of £40 on the last Sunday night for the work of our island missions.
Orange, N.S.W.
It was a great pleasure to meet with the
company of believers in the prosperous
centre of Orange. Here we have Brother
and Sister E. B. Ibbott, evangelical
workers whose efforts have been blessed
by God in establishing the believers who
were gathered out under the labours of
Brethren Llewellyn Jones, R. H. Powrie,
and E. B. Ibbott last year, and the new
Sabbath-keepers won this year.
Young People
in Attendance
at the West
Wyalong Camp
a beautiful cicek. The tents were pitched
in the shade of the trees growing along
its banits. Morning by morning and evening by evening, these trees were vocal with
the songs of the birds of various species
and hues. Their songs seemed to join with
the early morning and evening praise of
the campers. It seemed to the writer that
this was almost Edenic.
A regular camp meeting programme was
arranged and carried out. Many were the
earnest exhortations of the few ministers
present, and prompt and very sincere was
the response on the part of the people attending the camp. There was a simplicity,
an openness, and an earnestness about
everything in connection with the camp that
was indeed most helpful and spiritual.
Happy indeed were we to associate with
the fine company of young people present
at the meeting. A picture of this group
accompanies this report. A baptismal service was conducted on the Sunday afternoon, when several young people followed
their Lord in this ordinance. The last meeting of the series was held on the Monday
morning, when the ordinances of feet washing and the Lord's supper were celebrated.
This in particular was a real spiritual
feast, and we shall not soon forget it.
Brother and Sister Bolte, on whose farm
the camp was situated, were so kind and
thoughtful for us all. Pastor H. Mitchell
had the management of the camp, and left
nothing to be desired in his work. Brother
Sabbath, April 3, was a happy day spent
in visiting new believers. The Sabbath
school conducted at 2.30 p.m. was an inspiration. Then followed a service of consecration at which decisions were made
which brought great joy to all hearts.
Early on Sunday morning the workers
were soon astir, visiting. At 10.30 a.m.
it was my privilege to conduct a private
baptism of a sister whose health forbade
a public baptism.
At noon, five car loads of our people
journeyed thirty-six miles to the Bathurst
church, and here we had the privilege of
baptising thirteen new believers, twelve
from Orange, and one from Bathurst. In
addition to this number, four were received
into church fellowship on previous baptism and profession of faith. Thus eighteen new believers were added to the
Our dear people at Bathurst were very
kind in placing at our disposal their church
baptistry and facilities for the ordinances
and Lord's supper. This service concluded
a busy but very happy week-end. We
thank God far these dear people, and we
are very hopeful that it will not be long
before a church is organised in Orange.
The Treasurer of the South N.S.W. Conference cordially thanks the anonymous
sender of £1 Os. 6d. tithe.
Appeal News from Ringwood
Society, Victoria
Around the mountains by way of Ferntree Gully, Olinda, and Sassafras, every
year our good elder takes his motor truck,
loaded with Appeal enthusiasts. Usually
two trips are made to cover this hilly territory, resulting in about five pounds each
Let me tell you something ! Our elder
says that as far back as he can remember while his motor truck has been engaged in running to and from church, a
distance of about ten miles each way, and
on other mission activities, frequently carrying heavy loads of people over rough
roads, he never remembers having an accident, nor even a puncture. The Inspired
Word tells us that while the children of
Israel wandered in the wilderness their
clothing waxed not old, nor was there any
sickness among them. We have the same
God as they had, and if we will place our
cars and trucks more upon the altar of
sacrifice for the finishing of the Lord's
work, I can but believe that a similar
blessing will be ours.
Can one keep silent, and be content
merely to look on and see others with
faces aglow, getting all the blessings ? It
is high time for us all to arise as one
man and put our shoulder to the wheel.
It is simply this: Now or never. Certainly
we shall be all the better for taking part
in God's great work, — better both in
our physical health and with a brighter
hope, and thus the coming of Jesus will
be hastened.
So poor was the response on Sabbath for
volunteers to go out on the Appeal this
year that the outing was almost abandoned
because it would not pay for the petrol.
Sunday dawned with the prospects of wet
weather all day. Nevertheless, one or two
laid aside their worldly pursuits and ventured out. Finally eleven were picked up,
and off we went with a goodly supply of
magazines, boxes, and receipt books. This
was exactly half the number of workers
of previous years.
All seemed somewhat uncertain, and
questioned whether it was worth while
going on this round with such a few,
especially with so much territory to do.
Then, too, others were a little nervous
about going out for the first time. And
some of the number were only young children.
However, soon the first stopping place
was reached, and two strong young men
were left with a supply of magazines to
work through till 6 p.m., when they would
be picked up. And so on, until Gideon's
army was prayerfully gaining the ground.
The day wore on, and all were wondering
how the others were doing, until we started
back again to pick them all up. And here
the story changed.
First we picked up two young ladies,
both with faces beaming with joy which
were indeed good to look upon, and both
reported a wonderful time. One was a
new Sabbath-keeper and, though shy at
first, was greatly encouraged by her first
All were smiling now, and wondering
how the next two ladies were getting on.
Soon we met them, and all ears were
strained to listen. One sister said, "I
knew I would have a good day, because I
made it a matter of prayer last night."
Another said, "One would expect to find
it very wearying going up and down to
those houses, but, strangely enough, I do
not feel the least bit tired, and could go
on for a long time yet." "My!" said
another, "my feet are not at all sore; I
cannot understand it." "I have not had
my dinner; in fact, I am not even hungry!"
Then a child chipped in, "I have had a
wonderful day! Not even one dog frightened me." She had 3s 6d., and the others
about 25s. each. They were very disappointed at not being able to stay to do
Next we picked up two boys, one of
whom had previously made up his mind
never to go out again, and it was all we
could do to encourage him to go this time.
As we pulled up, many voices questioned,
"How did you boys get on ?" "I have
eleven shillings," said this one, with uncontrolled emotion. "One lady gave me
four shillings. I was nearly not going up
to that house because it was so far up; but
I am very glad I went." Could you have
seen their happy faces, you could not have
helped feeling happy too. They were not
a bit tired or hungry, though they had
had no lunch, and were very disappointed
at being picked up so early. The Appeal
had brought a new day for them.
Off again we went to pick up the last
two young men. "Where is your mate?"
"Farther up." "And how did you get
on?" "Well! We both have run out of
magazines and had to work with only one,
till it was well worn, and then we reluctantly gave it away. And then I sat on
the roadside and waited for a whole hour,
just when I was doing so well, waiting for
you to pass by with more supplies. We
have about 35s. each now."
"All aboard!" called the driver, and the
happy party moved on, while the tally of
the day's takings continued. How different
the scene from when we first started out!
Every heart now thrilled with joy unspeakable, such as Heaven alone can give.
Only half the number of workers of other
years, and about £10, just double the total
of other times.
The following Sabbath witnessed an interesting praise meeting as some related
their experiences. So great was the enthusiasm that it bubbled over into the next
day. Easter Monday one young man walked
all by himself over twenty miles up and
down a mountain, worked for two hours,
and collected £1.
What have you to say about it, my
friends ? Never has the writer seen such
a wonderful manifestation of God's blessing, not alone in money gathered, but in
actual interest as well. God is revealing
His holy arm, and is cutting His work
short in righteousness. Hasten the glad
day, 0 King Eternal !
BURGESS - RISBEY.— As the last rays
of a summer sun spread over the land in
benediction, and the source of natural light
slowly neared the western horizon, Brother
Wilbur Burgess and Sister Emily Risbey
met before the altar in our Perth church
on March 4, for the purpose of joining in
wedlock hearts and lives, long before
united in love and service for God and
each other. Brother Wilbur is a grandson of Pastor Steed, Senior, and the late
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Pastor Burgess, who are well known to
the people in South Australia. Many
friends and not a few relatives witnessed
the scene. We trust the fullness of blessing may be theirs as together they face the
realities and responsibilities of life.
29, at the home of the bridegroom's parents, Inverloch, Vic., Norman Robert Harrison, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred
Harrison, and Lillian May Newey,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Newey,
were united in marriage. The high esteem
in which this young couple is held was
shown by the many friends and wellwishers who attended the ceremony. May
Heaven's richest blessing attend them.
29, the writer had the privilege of uniting Brother John McMillan and Sister
Myrtle McAuslin in the bonds of wedlock.
The marriage took place in the Timaru
church, of which they both were members.
Loving hands had tastefully decorated the
church for the occasion, and many friends
were present to give their good wishes. May
this union be greatly blessed of God.
W. 3. SMITH.
HARRIS - COTTRELL,— At the Coburg church, Melbourne, on Easter Monday,
Mervyn Oscar Harris and Bertha Jean Cottrell were married in the presence of a
large gathering of relatives and friends.
The bridegroom is a son of Brother C. J.
Harris of Cooranbong and is employed at
the Sanitarium Health Food Factory, Avondale. The bride's mother is one of Coburg's earnest members. As these young
people continue their work for God, we
pray that Heaven's blessing may rest upon
them and fill their united service with sunD. SIBLEY.
McAUSLIN.— On March 25 at the Timaru Hospital, South New Zealand, Sister
Clara McAuslin, in her sixty-third year,
passed from her pilgrimage of pain and
sorrow to sweet rest in Christ Jesus. Sister McAuslin was one of the charter members of the Timaru church, and for the last
twenty-five years had been faithful to the
principles of the third angel's message.
Her last conscious moments revealed the
fact that her hope was in the One who i
the resurrection and the life. A lar
company of relatives and friends gathere
at the home and the graveside, where the
writer spoke words of comfort and confidence in the anticipated resurrection. To
her sorrowing daughter and friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy.
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"The Light Shines Forth"
UNION £12,510
•Offl. Lat.
Aim Wks. Rep. Total Cent
Nth. N.Z. £1,950 3* £90
Nth. N.S.W. 1,120 7* 310
Sth. N.S.W. 2,200 5* 116
Sth. N.Z. 1,050 6*
Sth. Aust.
850 4*
530 3*
2,150 7* 122
W. Aust.
850 5 188
Queensland 1,060 2 586
£2,515 129
1,210 108
2,340 106
1,070 102
850 100
530 100
2,150 100
813 96
586 55
Total £11,760 43£1,412 £12,064 103
* Time taken to reach the aim.
Very appropriate is the admonition,
"Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields,"
for it should remind us of the interests
awakened while working on the Appeal, and
the opportunities that are right before us,
each to win one soul during 1937. We
want you, too, to observe that the light
has been flashed on in the lighthouse tower
this week, Yes, the home field aim of
£11,760 has been attained. The £400 to
come from North Queensland and £350 from
the Islands, will put in the windows.
Truly, "the Lord hath done great things
for us; whereof we are glad." "God will
do the work if we will furnish Him the
instruments." As His people have gone
forth to do His work, God has by His
Spirit prepared hearts to respond to the
appeals made. To Him we give the praise.
Two more conferences are now rejoicing
in victory, Victoria and North New South
Wales. We extend congratulations to
leaders and members in these conferences
who have laboured untiringly to finish the
work. See page 5 for a report of the successful effort at the A.M. College. The
enthusiasm manifested in the Appeal this
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year has been an inspiration, and we are
thankful indeed for the loyal service rendered. West Australia now lacks only £37.
Queensland in two weeks is just past the
half-way mark.
It is gratifying to see the completed
towers, and the good overflows already reported from some conferences, resulting in
a Union overflow of £304.
Let us not forget to lift up our eyes,
and look on the fields. Pastor Robert Hare
has written these verses for the occasion:
"It is complete, the light shines forth !
Is your light shining, too ?
It needs to shine that other hearts
May gain a clearer view
Of God's great willingness to save.
There's work that we must do !
"Darkness is all around; earth needs
The light that you might lend.
Faith beckons on, the light must shine
Alike for foe, or friend.
That light — your light — is needed now,
And to the journey's end !"
The home field goal of the Appeal for
Missions attained and exceeded by 304 !
This is the good news that comes to us
today as the result of four and two-third
weeks of work on the part of our churches
throughout the field. What a splendid
example of what co-ordinated and willing
service can achieve !
,"Appreciation after effort is like sunshine after rain." With glowing hearts of
appreciation we say, "Thank you," to all
who have made possible this wonderful
Out of the sacrifice in time and effort
represented by this fine achievement will
come salvation to many through contact
with men and women who work in the
Master's name and for His sake.
Many a missionary's heart—some black,
some white — will say:
"I sing for hearts that ache and break;
I sing for hearts that are true.
0 world so vast, 0 world so wide,
I sing my song for you."
"'Tis the human touch in this world
counts, the touch of your hand and mine,
which means far more to the fainting heart
than shelter and bread and wine ;—
for shelter is gone when the night is
o'er; and bread lasts only a day,
but the touch of the hand and the
sound of the voice sing on in the
soul always."
N. S. W.
Editor: Viola M. Rogers
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Near the beginning of the Week of
Prayer this "Record" will reach the
majority of our readers. We would direct
special attention to the article, "How to
Help or Hinder a Revival." Let us each
ask, " Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do ? "
and determine that this Week of Prayer shall
not pass as some others have done.
Cr, E. W. Finkle and Pastor N. A. Ferris
wiled for the Solomon Islands on April 17.
Their families will go out a little later.
Dr. Finkle will take charge of the new
Amyes Memorial Hospital to be established
tear Gizo, and Pastor Ferris is returning
to resume his work as director of the mis-dons on the large island of Guadalcanar.
A company of outgoing workers sailed
for the New Hebrides on April 15 by tile
"lVIorinda." We are happy to state that
Brother Hamley Perry, whose condition of
health necessitated his return to the homeland about three months ago, has recuperated sufficiently to go back to the island
of Aoba, accompanied by his wife and little daughter. Brother Charles Tucker, accompanied by his bride, formerly Nurse
Eulalia Hawken, is returning to our head
station at Aore. The sixth member of the
company is another new worker, Brother
Albert Rose, who will be associated with
Brother Tucker at the Aore Industries,
"One of our boats had a very sad home
coming to Batuna," Nurse Totenhofer
wrote just before the training school reopened. "A few miles out, one of the
students returning to school died. His
death cast a gloom over the place. Instead of coming back to study, he came
back to rest."
Nurse Totenhofer desires to thank,
through the "Record," all who have sent
pictures for the Batuna Hospital, especially
the friend in New Zealand who sent a
number of rolls of pictures. The patients
greatly enjoy looking at all the pictures
that have been sent.
Letter from Pastor Turner
Our thoughts have very often turned
across the Pacific to the Australian field,
and naturally as a family we are often
questioned as to how So-and-so is getting
on, and what somebody else may be doing.
We are now living in the home that was
built for Pastor Daniells and recently occupied by Pastor Watson. Its name constantly reminds us of Australia, for it is
"Hinemoa." It is very centrally located,
being about seven minutes' walk from the
General Conference office and about twelve
minutes from the Washington Missionary
College. Of course we do not- have the
whole house to ourselves, for practically
everybody here divides his house up anc
lets the basement to one party, the attic to
another, and the centre to somebody else.
But we have all the room we require and
are very comfortable.
Since coming here I have spent very little time in Washington. Within three days
of beginning my work I was sent to the
South-western Union session at Keene,
Texas, and from there to attend the Central Union session at Lincoln, Nebraska,
and have recently returned for the Spring
Council. Then early in April I go to Canada to attend sessions for the Canadian
Union. The brethren have been exceedingly kind and have done their very best
to make us all feel very much at home. This
we greatly appreciate.
The weather here is now delightful.
Every evidence that spring is near can be
seen on every hand. Within a few weeks
the countryside will probably be very
beautiful. Washington is a very delightful centre, while Takoma Park is also a
pleasant place in which to live, excepting
that it is becoming very thickly populated,
"nd is no longer in the country as it was
when the General Conference first began
its work here.
Correspondence from anyone in the Australasian field will be very heartily welcomed. Mrs. Turner and the children join
with me in sending our very kind regards.
world, dancing and going to pictures. I
would have been among them if I had been
As the end drew near, Betty asked her
aunt and another Adventist lady to relieve her tired mother. "I would have
been an Adventist if I had lived," whispered the little sufferer. Then as her voice
became halting and broken, "Will you help
—mum—as you have—helped me?"
Her mind was clear- to the last, and she
kept saying, "Jesus is helping me. Oh, I
know He will come quickly — then won't
it be lovely to awake and see Him !"
"Mother," she said at last, "don't buy
any flower wreaths for me; but give it to
the poor people who do not have the
Bible," So the money that would hav
bought flowers for Betty's grave went i
stead to help carry the gospel to the dar
people of New Guinea.
There is a sequel to this little story.
Betty's mother, in loneliness of heart, began to long for a knowledge of those vital
truths her little girl had known so well.
Now she, too, is studying this message,
rejoicing in its simplicity, and looking forward to the day of reunion when the Lifegiver shall come. Let us pray that the
candle which young Betty has lighted, may
help guide the steps of both parents into
the kingdom.
Divine Leading in Sorrow
It was a pleasing sight for all who were
privileged to be present at the baptismal
service held at Korela, Vilirupu, on a beautiful Sabbath morning when twenty-one
candidates followed their Lard in the
sacred ordinance of baptism.
The mission family, with a goodly number of visitors from the village near-by,
assembled on the shore to witness the
scene. The placid waters of the lagoon,
with the tall mountains standing out in the
background, seemed a fitting place for the
occasion. As we gathered there, our minds
went back to the beautiful picture of the
Saviour's baptism in Jordan. After a short
service conducted by the writer, beneath
the cool trees near the water's edge, Pastor
Lock baptised the candidates, while the assembly sang well-chosen hymns.
Our hearts rejoiced to see some of the
men go forward who had, in days gone by,
shaken the village with their threats. Their
hearts have been touched by the Spirit of
God, and any one can tell by the happy
expression on their faces that a change has
come into their lives. The village policA
man and a councillor were among t
number. With such influential men throwing their weight into the swing of mission work, we look forward to another
year of service, and hope that greater
things will be accomplished.
We have already organised another baptismal class of 30 members who have cut
clear from their evil ways and unclean
foods. Dear readers, pray for the work
here that souls may be gathered out fo;
the kingdom of our God.
•"God moves in a mysterious way His
wonders to perform." So thought the
watchers by the bedside of sixteen-year-old
Betty Kirkbride, It was hard to believe
the smiling, bright-eyed girl was dying, until one realised that the fire within which
brought the soft colour to her wax-like
cheeks was quickly burning out the young
Eight years before, when Betty's parents had first arrived in Western Australia from Canada, they stayed with her
aunt, who had newly accepted this message. She talked to the little girl about
the coming of Jesus and other Bible truths,
Her parents, being staunch Methodists,
were not interested at the time.
After a while Betty's father secured
work, and they moved away into a home
of their own. Years passed. Then came
the dread news — young Betty had contracted a virulent form of consumption.
At once her Adventist aunt began to
pray that Betty would be converted before the little time left her had ebbed
away. Then came the wonderful answer.
On visiting Betty, she found her reading
the Bible and quite conversant with many
of its truths.
One day when she was talking about
going to sleep for only a little while till
Jesus comes, her aunt asked, "Betty,
where did you learn that ?"
"Why, Auntie," came the reply, "you
told me when we stayed with you years
ago." The seed was bearing its harvest.
With wonderful fortitude and resignation that amazed her relatives and friends,
Betty waited for the call to rest. Once
she said, "I am glad that I am sick because it has taught me to know Jesus.
If I could choose again whether I should
get tuberculosis at fourteen, I would choose
it; because all my girl friends are in the
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