Document 214344

Vol. 41, No, 44
Sydney, Monday, November 1, 1937
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How to Maintain the Blessings Gained at Camp Meeting
(Talk Given by Pastor A. H. Piper at the Last Early Morning Meeting at the South
New South Wales Camp (Around, October 18)
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage,
and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait,
I say, on the Lord." Ps. 27 : 14. "Commit
thy way unto the Lord: trust also in Him;
and He shall bring it to pass." Ps. 37 : 5.
What does it mean to wait upon the
Lord ? - When we want a governor or a
Federal Minister to do something for us,
we form a deputation; we wait upon him,
and tell him what we desire. Each of us
in our Christian experience has great needs,
and we always will have great needs. Let
us make up our minds individually that
for daily strength from on high we will
wait upon the Lord.
It is because we have stirred ourselves
up to seek the Lord on the camp ground,
and have come to these meetings in the
early morning, that the Lord has greatly
blessed us here. The prophet Isaiah has
given a reason that iniquity abounds:
— There is none that calieth upon Thy
name, that stirreth up himself to take hold
oi Thee." Isa. 64 : 7. But God holds out
to us the promise, "Them that honour Me,
i will nonour." he has promised success
to those wno commit their way to Him. If
we well take time to seek the Lord daily
in our homes, he will surely bless us.
There are many who greatly regret the
breaking up of camp. Some are going home
to hard places. What are we going to do?
What are we going to be ? Shall we become discouraged ? Surely not I If there
is one statement above another that rings
in my ears, of all the instruction which it
was my privilege to hear from the lips of
God's servant, Sister White, it is her oft,
epeated call to this people, "Brethren,
use to be discouraged." Let us all say
together, "Refuse to be discouraged!"
(This was repeated by the congregation
three times.) Another call given through
Sister White is vivid in my mind, for this
expression was often used: "Courage in the
Lord!" (With ringing emphasis the large
audience repeated . these words with the
speaker three times.) If you will say this
every morning, "I am full of courage today; my courage is in the Lord," your
heart will be filled with courage. He has
bidden us, "Be of good courage," and as we
affirm this to ourselves, He will supply the
fact. It IS so, because God has promised.
"All His biddings are enablings."
On the other hand, if you talk doubt,
you will have doubt. I ask of you men, do
not talk doubt to your wives and children.
You women, do not talk doubt to your
husbands and families. Refuse to talk
doubt. Think of the name, the goodness, the
love, and the power of God. In God's
"book of remembrance" is the record of
those who "thought upon his name" and
"spake often one to another." "This is
the victory that overcometh the world, even
our faith."
To maintain our Christian life during the
year, and have a happy and joyous experience, a progressive experience, we must
daily read the Word. For "man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Matt. 4 : 4.
How can my nature be changed into the
divine nature ? — By feeding on the
promises of God. "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers
of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through
lust." 2 Peter 1 : 4. The word of God,
"received, believed, obeyed," destroys the
earthly nature; it transforms the character
by the power of God, that is in that written
word, just as it was in the spoken word
of Christ.
God does not want us to come up to the
camp meeting each year with a story of
defeat; He wants us to go forward, and
bear testimony of victorious Christian living. This is our privilege, our responsibility. With "the shield of faith" we
"shall be able to quench ALL the fiery
darts of the wicked," relying upon Jesus,
and "praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit, and watching
thereunto with all perseverance." Eph. 6 :
16, 18.
Let us notice the Revised Version of
Psalm 27 : 14: "Wait on the Lord : be
strong, and let thine heart take courage:
yea, wait thou on the Lord." TAKE
courage. We take in air simply by inflating
the lungs. God wants to breathe courage
into our hearts.
"In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle;
Be a hero in the strife."
"There is no one living who has any
power that he has not received from God,
and the source from whence it comes is
open to the weakest human being... . The
Lord is disappointed when His people place
a low estimate upon themselves." I am
reading from "Desire of Ages," pages 667,
668. We should not go about with an inferiority complex, neither should we be conceited. Let us take our eyes off ourselves,
and the things there that discourage us, and
look away to Jesus. "He desires His
chosen heritage to value themselves according to the price He has placed upon them.
God wanted them, else He would not have
sent His Son on such an expensive errand
to redeem them."
God has chosen you because He wants
you. Remember, God wants you; God
wants me. I do not understand it, but I
believe it. Why? — Because God says so.
You know some people think that their
husbands do not want them; some think
that their children do not want them. They
may be in a lukewarm condition, but there
is altogether too much surmise as to how
other people feel toward us. Let us remember that God thinks highly of us because of the price He has paid for us,
and because of the possibilities He sees
in us. "He has a use for them, and He is
well pleased when they make th3 very
highest demands upon Him, that they may
glorify His name. They may expect large
things if they have faith in His promises.
"Before offering Himself as the sacrificial victim, Christ sought for the most
essential and complete gift to bestow upon
His followers, a gift that would bring
within their reach the boundless resources
of grace. 'I will pray the Father,' He said,
'and He shall give you another Comforter,
that He may abide with you forever.' "
"At all times and in all places, in all
sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing,
and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer
of faith. Circumstances may separate us
from every earthly friend; but no circumstances, no distance, can separate us from
the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are,
wherever we may go, He is always at our
right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and
cheer." — "Desire of Ages," pp. 669, 670.
Let us turn to John 14 : 16-27, and notice
a series of statements.
"I will pray." " He shall give you another Comforter."
Jesus was seeking the best possible thing
to do for us, in order that He might bring
within our reach "the boundless resources
of grace.' '_-He sought for "the most complete gift" to bestow upon His followers.
Jesus prayed the Father to give us another
Helper, "that He may abide with you."
"He dwelleth with you." He "shall
be in you." "I will not leave you. " "I
will come to you."
Jesus would come in the person of the
Holy Spirit. I like to visualise Jesus in
heaven, and then I picture Him sending His
Spirit. I cannot visualise the Holy Spirit,
but I can see Jesus sending Him, and then
I can understand His saying, "He dwelleth
with you." And so I think of Jesus in
me by the Spirit, and I try to practise the
presence of Jesus in my heart.
Do you know who helped me many years
ago more than anybody else ? — An old,
gnarled Big Nambus man out in the New
Hebrides. We had a testimony meeting,
and this man said, "I wanted to be very
angry with my wife this morning, but the
Jesus in me would not let me," and he
patted his heart as he said it. 0 the simplicity of that man's religion! "The Jesus
in me would not• let me."
We shall continue to feel the motions of
sin in our members, but if we have received
Jesus by the Spirit, as did the old New
Hebridean, we will listen to that voice
rather than giving away to the motion of
sinful thought, clamouring for expression.
This is what we must do every day of our
lives. We must choose every moment of
life, so to speak, to put ourselves, and keep
ourselves, in harmony with the Spirit; then
the Spirit will work in us and through us
to do of His good pleasure. We must
LET Him work, choose to let Him.
Verse 19. "I live." "Ye shall live."
Verse 20. "Ye shall KNOW in that day
that I am in you."
It is our glorious privilege to know that
God's Spirit is in our heart. Let us cherish
this great truth, hold on to it, practise the
presence of Jesus in the heart. Our holy
religion has very -little to do with feeling. Because we do not feel very good,
we think things are all wrong. Our feelings are changeable, they are based upon
our body, our mental makeup; but Jesus
never changes: He is "the same yesterday,
today, and forever." Jesus will be the
same tomorrow as He is today. Next Sabbath, when you are alone, it will be the
same Jesus.
Do not consult your feelings. Believe
that Jesus has promised to do what you
want of Him, and practise your belief.
"Beca,use.I live," says Jesus, "ye shall
With the 21st verse begins a series of
statements that are very helpful. "He that
hath My commandments, and keepeth
them, he it is that loveth Me." "If a
man love Me, he will keep My words (verse
23), "My sayings" (verse 24), "things
. . . spoken unto you" (verse 25). The inference is that if we love Him, we will
cherish His sayings, we will rest in Christ's
name, in His words, in whatsoever He has
bidden us, and we shall know His peace.
"My peace I leave with you. . . . Let
not your heart be troubled, neither let it
be afraid." Verse 27. Do not be afraid
to trust God. He will carry you through.
He is able to do for you far more exceedingly than you can ask or, think.
Now there is, and will be, a conflict, and
we should understand its nature. I was a
worker in this cause many years before I
fully understood the wonderful doctrine of
the new covenant. You know the difference
between the old covenant and the new
covenant is the promises on which each is
based. The old is based upon the promises
of the people. After the law had been announced, they said, "All the words which
the Lord hath said will we do." Ex. 24:3.
I tried my utmost to DO these things.
When I thought I was doing fairly well,
I was not doing anything as I should. The
new covenant is based upon the promises
of what Christ will do for us, — upon
"better promises." Heb. 8 : 6. Until I
realised that I must let Christ do the work,
I got nowhere. We must learn the lesson
that Jesus is to do the work for us. We
must refuse to be deceived any longer into
thinking that we can do it.
We may make up our minds every minute
of the day to live in our own strength, and
never succeed. We need to settle it in
our minds that the battle is not ours, but
it is Christ's. He has already won the
victory for us, and He will win the victory
in us.
Goliath went out to meet David, clad
as no other warrior ever had been. He
called the fight, and he said most discouraging things to young David. Humanly
speaking, David had no chance in this
world against Goliath, not one chance in
one hundred. From a human standpoint,
he was helpless; and so are we helpless. But
David put his trust in the Most High, and
he said, "I come to thee in the name of
the Lord of hosts." He used that simple
sling and stone in the name of the Lord,
realising that God must do the work.
When we make mistakes, it is because
we do not keep ourselves under the subjection of the Spirit. When the Spirit is
controlling, He gives the victory. It is a
mistaken idea that we of ourselves must
fight against our sins; yet is there no
struggle, no conflict on our part? — Most
assuredly there is; but the conflict is not
in fighting the sin. Where is the conflict?
It is in the realm of the will, in the mind.
Let me read it to you.
"Everything depends on the right action
of the will. The power of choice God has
given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You
cannot change your heart, you cannot of
yourself give to God its affections; but
you can CHOOSE to serve Him. You can
give Him your will; He will then work in
you to will and to do according to His
good pleasure. Thus your whole nature
will be brought under the control of the
Spirit of Christ, your affections will be
centred upon Him, your thoughts will be
in harmony with Him." — "Steps to
Christ," p. 52.
We must believe that Jesus is in us,
notwithstanding our feelings to the contrary. Some morning we may not feel very
bright, but that is only the hellish shadow
that the enemy is continually trying to
cast over us. After a great spiritual uplift and blessing we are likely to have a
period of despondency. After the sowing
of the good seed, the enemy comes along
to sow tares. Matt. 13 : 24, 25.
"Desires for goodness and holiness are
right as far as they go; but if you stop
here, they will avail nothing. Many will
be lost while hoping and desiring to be
Christians. They do not come to the point
of yielding the will to God. They do not
now CHOOSE to be Christians."—"Steps
to Christ," p. 52.
Do not make the mistake of trying to
live for God on the basis of unconfessed
sin. If there is any unconfessed sin in
the life, if you have done wrong to any
person, go and confess it and ask for forgiveness. You must get right with God
"Through the right exercise of the will,
an entire change may be made in your
Life. By yielding up your will to Christ,
you ally yourself with the power that is
above all principalities and powers. You
will have strength from above to hold you
steadfast, and thus through constant surrender to God you will be enabled to
the new life, even the life of faith."
"Our growth in grace, our joy, our usefulness, — all depend upon our union with
Christ. It is by communion with Him,
daily, hourly, — by abiding in Him, — that
we are to grow in grace. He is not only
the author but the finisher of our faith."
—"Steps to Christ," pp. 73, 74.
"Do you ask, 'How am I to abide in
Christ?' " That is the problem. The answer is given on this same page. "In the
same way that you received Him at first."
You just opened your heart and said,
"Lord, come in." "As ye therefore have
received Christ Jesus the Lord,- so walk ye
in Him," We opened our hearts for Jesus
to come in. Why do I inflate my lungs?—
To live. If I stop doing so, I die. That inflation is an involuntary action. When our
lives are controlled by the Spirit of God,
it will be an involuntary action on our
part from day to day; and when the enemy
conies in like a flood, the Spirit of the
Lord will raise up a standard against him.
The Spirit of God will do the work.
"If we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend
our hearts and minds into conformity to
His will, that when obeying Him we shall
be but carrying out our own impulses. The
will, refined and sanctified, will find its
highest delight in doing His service. When
we know God as it is our privilege to know
Him, our life will be a, life of continual
obedience. Through an appreciation of the
character of Christ, through communion
with God, sin will become hateful to us."
—"Desire of Ages," p. 668.
" 'The just shall live by faith.' You
gave yourself to God, to be His wholly,
to serve and obey Him, and you took
Christ as your Saviour. You could no
yourself atone for your sins or change y
heart; but having given yourself to Go
you believed that He for Christ's sake did
all this for you. . . . You are to GIVE
all,—your heart, your will, your service,—
give yourself to Him to obey all His requirements; and you must TAKE all, —
Christ, the fullness of all blessing, to abide
in your heart, to be your strength, your
righteousness, your everlasting helper,—
to give you power to obey." — "Steps to
Christ," p. 74.
We must take time to be holy. We must
give God our first thoughts each morning.
"Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let
your prayer be, 'Take me, 0 Lord, as
wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy
feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide
with me, and let all my work be wrought
in Thee.' This is a daily matter. Each
morning consecrate yourself to God for
that day. Surrender all your plans to Him,
to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day
you may be giving your life into the hands
of God, and thus your life will be moulded
more and more after the life of Christ."
—"Steps to Christ," pp. 74, 75,
Solomon's Faith
astor H. R. Steed, the former headter of our training school at Mussau,
New Guinea, writes that they are all working hard to get the new training school
established at Put Put. This is the school
which will receive assistance to the extent
of £300 from the coming Big Week effort.
We believe you will be especially interested
in the following story of a young man, a
new convert from Manus, who attended the
school at Mussau for three months.
Pastor Steed writes: "He came to see
what the Seventh-day school was like, and
also to see what the believers at this place
do. This young man came with a difficult
heathen name, so I gave him a Christian
name. He now carries the name of Solomon. This change gave him great pleasure,
and he was very, very happy to say it over
and over again the night I gave it to him.
"While he was with us at the school,
he heard the sermons in Pidgin English, and
one day he said he would like to pray. He
had never prayed before, so the school boys
with whom he was talking gave him an
opportunity in prayer meeting. He prayed a
simple prayer and meant every word.
Though he could not read or write as did
the boys at the school, he could do many
other things, in spite of the fact that he
is a cripple.
"Brother Atkins took him back home to
his little island of Tong, in the Admiralty
Group. When he arrived he found his
brother in great distress. Through poisoning, his brother's hand was Swollen, and
for some nights he had had no sleep. Solomon told him that he would pray for him.
He said that this new religion prays when
it wants God to do anything for its people.
So he prayed to God to give his brother
relief. The swelling went away, sleep returned that night, and more important still,
• brother gave his heart to God, and now
ims to be a member of this religion that
as power to heal,
"This is a simple story of a young man
who had just walked out of the darkness of
deep heathenism into the brightness of
God's light. The advantages are great, and
more apparent to them because they have
come straight out of the dark room of sin.
Our prayer is that we may be more faithful in the bearing of the precious gospel
light to these dear people for whom Christ
"We are now witnessing the fulfilment
of the prophecy that the isles would wait
for God's law and for His Word. Now
they are receiving it. Yet there are thou-
sands more who should hear it. We must
give it to them, but the labourers are few.
"We rejoice to see God's Spirit working
upon the hearts of these people, for we
know that God is doing a quick work and
will cut it short in righteousness. Then
will come the glad day of greater rejoicing when we all enter into His kingdom."
Native teachers are our most valued asset
in the island fields, and this training school
will provide more such workers to go forth
into the waiting harvest field to gather in
the precious grain. To aid this enterprise
is worthy of our very best endeavours during the coming Big Week, November 13-20.
Radio Advent Church Activities
The South New South Wales delegates,
assembled in recent conference, enthusiastically and unanimously accepted the
aim of £250 suggested by the Union
Conference as their contribution toward
the expense of maintaining the Advent
Radio Church.
North Queensland, Queensland, and North
New South Wales, by recent reports, are
all enthusiastically working to build up
the membership of the Radio Church in
their respective fields, and thus attain their
quota of the amount needed for its support.
Pastor J. W. Kent reports that a good interest has been aroused in a small town
near Tamworth solely as a result of the
Radio Church.
The workers in the North and South
N.S.W. Conferences report that the Radio
Church has opened to them more than
twenty homes for Bible studies.
On the South New South Wales camp
ground, a sister who lives near the Queensland border told of two ringbarkers working on the farm. They have a battery radio
set, and though working in the fields three
miles away from the home, they never fail
to tune-in to the Advent Radio Church
At the conclusion of our broadcast last
Sunday (October 17), I received an urgent
telephone ring to visit a young man who
had met with a serious accident the day
before. This young man has been listening to the broadcasts for a considerable
time. Last Saturday, while at work, he
fell down a lift well, and as a result broke
his pelvis and both arms, and met with
serious internal injuries. During his conscious moments he was calling for the
pastor of the Advent Radio Church. I
am glad to report that I was able to visit
him and speak to him concerning salvation.
His condition is very critical.
The following are a few of the hundreds
of letters coming in from listeners to the
message as it is given over the air :
"I wish to congratulate you on the very
excellent and encouraging services you send
over the air each week. They certainly
make me think much more deeply, and help
me to realise that I should have more faith
and trust in our Saviour than I have had
"I never miss one of the talks, but always make it a rule to be home at 5.15
p.m. What I have heard has been a very
great help and blessing to me. May God
bless you in the great work to which you
are called."
"Five-fifteen to 6 p.m. Sundays from 2UE
is the most worth-while session on the air
at any time, and we enjoy every moment
of it."
"Your addresses and answers to questions are of great interest to me, and of
very real help."
"We are much interested in the addresses
and answers to questions. Yours is about
the only religion I know which proves
everything from the Bible, — and that is
certainly the most convincing way of proving anything."
"We always listen to your evening service from 2UE, and find it most interesting,
as you are so straight to the point."
"Just a few lines to let you know how
much we appreciate your wonderful services from 2UE on Sundays. We are always anxious to get your beautiful addresses. Enclosed please find £3 in bank
notes to help you in carrying on the good
work. Kindly accept this small donation
from my wife, son, and myself."
"The family all join me when I say
`Thank you' for the delightful and helpful service of last Sunday. We all look
forward to 5.15 p.m. each Sunday, and my
prayers are for you daily in the great
work you are doing for the Master."
"I have listened to your services with
great interest on Sunday evenings, and am
greatly helped by them."
"Your broadcasts over 2UE have proved
very interesting. I am extremely glad to
hear you speak on the subject of British
Israelism, and would deem it a great favour
if you could forward me a copy of your
"Your broadcast and copy of the address for October 3 were very much enjoyed by the whole of my family, and I
also found it very helpful."
"No doubt your services are marvellous.
There is always something deep in them to
think about, and furthermore, they cause
one to have a thorough spiritual stocktaking regularly, and to put all wrongs right
with the Lord.
"Trusting and praying that God will
richly bless your excellent work, and may
this session each week be the means of
securing many in God's eternal kingdom,
is my sincere prayer."
The Trail of the Colporteur
The trail of the colporteur is a wonderful trail. It has its rough places; but,
the footprints it contains of the Master
Colporteur ! We read in the Spirit of
Prophecy that "the Lord Jesus, WALKING BY THE SIDE of the colporteur, is
the Chief Worker."
Up and down the highways and byways
the Lord Jesus, the "Chief Worker," the
Master Colporteur, walks beside His faithful ones who carry the printed page. What
a glorious privilege! What a wonderful
work !
Let us do all we can to help our colporteurs, by speaking words of encouragement to them, by opening our homes to
them when possible, and by faithfully
praying for them day by day. — Selected.
Itinerating in North
New Zealand
Would you like to accompany me on a
tour in the North Island of New Zealand?
Well, just imagine you were with me on
my recent itinerary during which a series
of Sabbath school conventions was held
in the various schools.
First of all we take the train to New
Plymouth, our most western Sabbath school.
Here we hold the convention in the neat,
newly painted church. Members from
Stratford join us, and a very happy and
profitable time is spent. Plans are made
for a strong children's division with Sister
G. Robinson in charge. On Sunday night
we visit the mission being conducted by
castor Robinson, assisted by Brother Len
Hay. A good number are present. Just
see how eagerly they listen to the stirring
address. That duet was inspiring, and how
sweetly the Sabbath school children's choir
sing ! We have a few days in which to
visit the members. They are very scattered,
but if we use the nights as well we shall
get around them all. Fortunately we meet
the young people at the social evening on
Saturday night. That was a sharp earthquake'shock on Friday night. It was the
Robinsons' first experience, I believe. Although we are living in "shaky isles"
it is good to know that people have built
on a firm foundation, even "the rock Christ
Now we are in Hawera. The Otakeho
members have all come in for the convention and are bright and early. How did
they reach here ? Oh, some do live a
long way out, but those who have cars
went out of their way to bring in those
who have no means of conveyance. Aren't
they enthusiastic ? See that lady with
several children. She started out in faith
to walk, and a priest gave her a ride. That
aged sister from Hawera has been walking
seven miles to Sabbath school for years.
It does seem, after this, that every one
with health can get to Sabbath school if he
chooses, doesn't it ?
What a good convention we have had !
Now some of the Otakeho members wish
to take us home with them, and they will
motor us round to many of their officers
and members tomorrow.
After this we shall spend a few days at
the conference office before continuing our
tour to Tauranga.
As we journey on again, past beautiful
green hills and meadows, where cattle
browse and little lambs gambol around
their mothers, we think of the still more
beautiful home which the great Creator is
preparing for the faithful.
Another group of kind friends meet us
at Tauranga, opening their homes and
supplying us with cycles or cars to assist
us in our visiting. From the expressions of
appreciation we gather that the convention
here also has been a big help.
Whakatane is our next place of call. Although these members are fewer, the Lord
is with us in our meetings and gives us
a very definite blessing.
Now we travel by service car to Gisborne, that pretty township set like a gem
among the hills on the east coast. The
rich fertile lands and the hospitality of
the people soon convince us that the name
of "Poverty" Bay does not suit the locality at all, and we feel that we are still
sojourning in the Bay of Plenty. The
meetings with the brethren and sisters in
their large church we greatly enjoy. We
also appreciate the fine spirit of the Kaitertahi and home department members in
linking up with us for the convention. One
isolated member could not leave her lamb
unfed for the day, so she has brought it
with her in the car. Unlike "Mary's little
lamb," it is polite enough to stay outside
while meetings are in session.
It is good to meet with Pastor and Mrs.
M. H. Whittaker, and as they take us to
visit isolated members at Tologa Bay and
other places we discuss the work so dear
to our hearts. Before leaving Gisborne, we
meet with the newly appointed leaders of
the children's division and plan with them
for strengthening the work.
Now, would you like to come to Napier?
We held a convention there a few months
ago, but we can just steal one night from
our itinerary to have a peep at them once
more. Again we board the service car and
about eight hours later find ourselves in
this modern, up-to-date town.
Now we are at the church. A gratifying
number are present for a Monday night.
Let us give them opportunity to speak, for
their separate children's Sabbath school has
but recently been organised and we would
like to know how it is functioning. Notice
the enthusiasm of the officers, teachers, and
parents as they tell of the change for the
better which has come into the hearts of
the children as well as into their school.
Would that all our children's divisions were
as well catered for ! Let us invite some of
them to tell the "Record" readers of what
we have heard.
Pastor and Mrs. Wrigley are here, and
they volunteer to take us to Hastings in
their car tomorrow. This will enable us
to call on the Havelock North members on
the way. A friendly visit and study with
them, and soon we arrive in Hastings.
Another happy meeting with God's
people, at which we hear something of the
splendid work they are doing for the children. They have a fine Sabbath school
here also.
Tomorrow we will board the train for
Waipukurau, - Only a few members here,
but don't you admire the spirit of love
and goodwill among them !
Now we are at Longburn. Did you say
Brethren Greenaway and Ellis are arranging for our conveyance to Palmerston
North so that we can have a short visit ?
Well, that is thoughtful of them, and we
shall find kind friends to entertain us
there for a night and take us to the meetings.
Back at Longburn, at the New Zealand
Missionary College. What an inspiration it
is to see this fine body of students preparing for God's work ! How happy they all
seem to be ! I think we shall let them
tell of the good times we are having.
On Sunday night we shall return to
Auckland. What a happy time we have
had, and how we have appreciated the hospitality and co-operation of all. As you
think of these loyal men and women in the
various places, will you not pray that God
will help them to continue their selfless
h.bours ?
"Out of the Mouths of Babes"
"Mummy, wouldn't you like to be me,
and then you could attend the children's
Sabbath school and have Miss-- for a
teacher?" asked a little Napier boy of five
A visit to this division will explain the
reason. An efficient leader and competent
teachers are in charge, and the children
have their own separate Sabbath school.
Here they are taught to sing, pray, give the
mission story, and take reviews.
The whole church takes an interest in
the children's Sabbath school and has provided them with stand-ups, figures,
houettes, song books, etc. One mem
kindly donated £1 for purchasing nece sary material, and he and another brother
are busily engaged in making tables and
chairs for the division. So generous are
they that the leaders state they have only
to mention that an article is needed and
it appears.
For the older children, maps and blackboards are very much in evidence, and at
the end of the quarter some very interesting essays were written on the life of
Paul. The whole programme is packed full
of interest for the children, and not one
moment is wasted. Children once difficult
to handle are now brimming over with enthusiasm. That each child may give his
or her heart to God is the earnest desire
of each teacher, and all plans for the programme are made with that objective in
view. Recently a consecration service was
held, and how thrilled the teachers were
when every child dedicated himself or
herself to the Lord !
What a big field for missionary work
lies at the door of every Sabbath school
where there are children ! Pray that leaders
may be found who will grasp the opportunities which lie right within their reach.
Northern Rivers Camp
Spread over a portion of green pastures,
modern Israel dwelt in tabernacles, feasting on the true manna day by day, as did
Israel of old who came to worship the King.
the Lord of hosts. God's children received
blessings which eternity alone will reveal,
for the Northern Rivers people can say,
"Truly God is still leading in a movement
that was born on time and will close on,
God's dear children have something the
cannot be bought or sold, unless traded
away for naught. Lismore was the centre
of a ten-day infilling, for the edifying of
e.ocl.'s church.
"Hark! 'tis the watchman's cry,
Wake, brethren, wake !
Jesus our Lord is nigh,
Wake, brethren, wake !
Sleep is for sons of night,
Ye are children of the light.
Yours is the glory bright,
Wake, brethren, wake !"
Office Address: 37 O'Connell Terrace,
Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Q.
Telephone: B 5709
Queensland Annual Conference
From September 21 to October 4, were
enacted in the Kalinga Park, Brisbane, the
many scenes so familiar to Seventh-day
Adventists who go to camp meeting. The
park was an ideal spot in many ways,
handy to the trams and trains, and in a
fairly well populated area. The camp was
located on the high section of the park,
which, being almost level, made a very
suitable pitch for such a purpose.
The weather throughout was about a'.
t at could be desired, although we were
ended that Queensland is passing
ugh a prolonged drought by the fact
that not a drop of rain fell during the
time of the meeting. This did not in any
way affect the spiritual rain, however, for
the spirit manifested by those in attendance and their expressions of joy and happiness bore testimony to their enjoyment
of etie meetings.
Much pleasure was expressed at the pres.
ence of Pastor and Mrs. Fulton, and their
ministrations as well as the help given by
the other visiting brethren were much appreciated. From the Union Conference the
representation comprised Pastors A. G.
Stewart, A. H. Piper, E. L. Minchin, and
Brother T. A. Mitchell. Dr. E. S. Richards
and Sister Burney were also present from
the Sydney Sanitarium, and later Pastor
A. F. Kranz from the A.M. College. The
work of all these visitors along their various lines was gratefully acknowledged by
all present.
The reports presented showed good
growth in most lines. With an increased
membership in the church and also in the
Sabbath school and the M.V. Departments,
we were also glad to notice increased offerings and a tithe second only to our record
one for the Queensland conference, giving
us £5,359 5s. 3d. for the year. The amount
of £282 3s. Od. was carried forward on
Tithe Account. The Tract Society operated
for the year at a profit, in spite of severe
drought conditions throughout the State.
One abnormal expense was incurred by the
necessity of moving colporteurs from contract to contract to try to find the best
places, — places least affected by the dry
Another feature of the camp that calls
for special mention is that the business
meetings were particularly well attended,
and a lively interest was taken in the
Mess of the conference. The business
sion on the last Sunday was devoted
to home missions, and the response of the
brethren and sisters to the challenge of
lay evangelism leads us to believe that this
conference will see a definite revival in personal missionary effort during the year. The
Lord through the Spirit of Prophecy calls
for just such a work at this time.
When the matter of a Central and
Primary School for Brisbane came up
in the presentation of the educational report, the enthusiasm with which the proposal was received told of the interest
of those present in the education of their
children in- our own schools. Quite a num-
ber of parents, desiring to help on the project, and being unable to do so in any
other way, pledged themselves to sell a
certain number of "Health" magazines
and to pass in the proceeds towards the
scheme. We are looking forward to the
time when just such a school will be operating in this city.
The following were elected to fill the
various offices in the conference for the
ensuing year :
President: P. G. Rampton.
Secretary-Treasurer: L. A. Butler.
Tract Society Secretary: L. A. Butler.
Sabbath School and Missionary Volunteer Secretary: Miss G. Hadfield.
Home Missions Secretary: L. A. Butler.
Educational and Religious Liberty Secretary: F. G. Rampton.
Executive Committee: F. G. Rampton, W.
Macfadyen, M. Thorpe, E. R. Gane, W.
G. Hodgkinson, J. Beckett, C. M. Lee.
The office of field missionary secretary
has, been filled since the camp meeting by
the appointment of Brother J. T. Young, as
other changes made this necessary.
As we review the experiences of this
camp gathering, we realise that a deep
sense of the seriousness of these times and
the necessity of making our "calling and
election sure" pervaded the camp, and the
calls to a deeper and more sincere consecration met a ready and whole-hearted response.
Letter of Appreciation
One of the best known patients at the
Sydney Sanitarium in recent months has
been Sister R. H. Matthews, who was for
many years a worker for this cause in
England, Africa, and more recently in New
Zealand. Though confined to her room with
arthritis, by her cheerful presence and
beautiful Christian experience she has won
many friends, and her visitors have received as much pleasure as they have given
her. Last year in the Appeal for Missions in New Zealand Sister Matthews
gathered £317 in about twelve weeks. Her
most earnest hope is that she may again
be well enough to labour for God. We invite you to join your prayers with hers
that this may be so.
On the eve of her departure from the
Sanitarium, Sister Matthews wrote the following letter of appreciation for publication in the "Record:"
"Thirty-two weeks have passed since I
came to the Sanitarium. During these long
weeks a great deal of joy has been mingled
with the pain. This joy has come through
the kindness of many friends. Letters
have been received from all the churches
of New Zealand, also from Victoria and
Queensland, and from England and Canada,
to say that they were praying for me. God
has been so good, and I feel I must express my appreciation and sincere thanks
for these expressions of love and interest.
I wish also to thank the doctors and nurses
at the Sanitarium for their kindness, and
the many friends around Wahroonga. May
God abundantly bless them individually
in their work of love.
"Tomorrow (October 22) I am leaving
the Sanitarium, but will be staying for
a few weeks with a friend in Auburn before going to New Zealand. I am grateful for the improvement in my health, and
praise the Lord for His many blessings."
Office Address: 84 The Boulevarde
Strathfield, N.S.W.
Telephone: UJ 5371
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South New South Wales
Camp Meeting
With gladness and rejoicing that God
had provided such beautiful surroundings
for their annual gathering, more than 1200
campers assembled in the Parramatta
National Park for the forty-second annual
conference in South New South Wales. The
number of tents pitched, 320, created a new
record, being eight more than last year's,
which was a record up to that time.
The meeting was above the ordinary in
the spirit of earnestness in seeking after
God, and in the brotherly-kindness, love,
and unity which pervaded this large assemblage. Many are firmly convinced that
it really was the best meeting yet held
in this conference. The weather was
pleasantly cool, with occasional showers,
which kept the grounds in firm condition.
Pastor J. E. Fulton's meetings were a
feature of the camp, as this servant of God
reviewed forty years and more of the
Lord's leadings. Some of the good things
he told us will be given in the "Record"
at the close of his tour of this field.
Other general workers who attended as
delegates were Pastors A. H. Piper, A. W.
Anderson, A. G. Stewart, E. E. Roenfelt,
Brother T. A. Mitchell, and Miss H. K.
Lewin. Dr. C. W. Harrison visited the
grounds and gave two lectures.
One of the most enthusiastic meetings of
the camp was the devotional service at
which Pastor A. H. Piper presented a study
on health reform, followed by a testimony
meeting. So large a number wished to
testify of blessings received through this
phase of the message that opportunity had
to be given to several companies simultaneously under different leaders. Some
spoke from over forty years' experience.
At the close of this meeting, Brother A.
M. Cott, a graduate dietitian from Loma
Linda, told why it is that some people have
a craving for meat. Brother Cott's health
talks, given later, were greatly enjoyed.
We are pleased to announce that some of
the valuable matter that he has to present
will be given in the "Record."
The great majority of the young people
entered into the spirit of the camp meeting in a whole-hearted way. On the first
Friday night, after the evening service,
some of the young men returned to the
prayer fellowship tent and continued their
supplications till nearly midnight, seeking
for God's special blessing on the meetings
of the morrow. In the Sabbath morning revival service almost 200 youth went forward, a number for the first time. One
young man who had been reared in a
Roman Catholic orphanage, was invited to
the camp by the family for whom he is
now working. They travelled hundreds of
miles to the meeting. On the first Sabbath he felt impressed to take his stand
for Cod and His truth, and "after that,"
he said, "everything seemed different."
Other young people gained definite victories.
There was an unusually large number
of children camping on the ground this
year. In the daily meetings in the primary
tent there were just double last year's number. On the last Thursday afternoon the
children came in full force to the large
pavilion and sang their hymns and action
songs. Then Miss Clarice Piper gave a
demonstration of the full programme of
a kindergarten Sabbath school, which was
of practical interest to the delegates who
were Sabbath school workers.
Just here we might mention a splendid
series of meetings that were little heard
of by the adult population of the camp
ground. Could they have been unseen listeners at the 6.30 a.m. devotional meetings
in the Junior Missionary Volunteers' pavilion, it would have rejoiced their hearts to
hear the children engage in their "chain
prayer" every morning. As many as sixty
children between the ages of ten and fourteen attended some mornings.
The eleven o'clock service on Sabbath
morning was held simultaneously in four
pavilions, and the helpful sermons met with
a ready response. The one in the Juniors'
tent was a memorable meeting. More than
a hundred children went forward in consecration. Many of them were so deeply
moved by the Spirit of God that they wept
over their wrong-doings, and some later
made confessions to their leaders.
Some came to the camp who had not attended one for twelve and fifteen years.
The colporteurs' experience meeting was,
as usual, greatly enjoyed, and some of these
testimonies are promised to "Record"
The book tent had a very beautiful display of books, and sold more than £350
worth of literature. The secretary, Brother
F. L. Taylor, was particularly pleased
that the sales included thirty full sets of the
"Testimonies" and seven "Conflict of the
Ages" series.
Nearly £700 was given and pledged for
missions in a few minutes on the last Sabbath afternoon.
Just on 2,000 attended camp Sabbath
school. The membership of the five divisions was as follows : Senior, 995; youth's,
500; junior, 220; primary, 160; kindergarten, 115; total, 1990.
Last year the camp Sabbath school offering aim was 100 guineas (£105). This time
it was £110, and the amount given was
£133 19s. 10d.
One of the happiest camp meetings ever
held closed on Sunday, October 17.
Each Day a Day of Good
At the ringing of the six o'clock rising
bell each morning, the ministers on the
Parramatta camp ground met together to
seek God, the colporteurs assembled in their
pavilion, and young people gathered in
prayer bands for special intercession.
Six-thirty, and in three pavilions
"sweetly the holy hymn breaks on the
morning air." Seniors, youth, and brightfaced J.M.V's fed upon the manna from
Nine o'clock: Meetings in six pavilions,
besides the little district meetings among
the dwelling tents. At this hour the youth
met in classes to follow a series of studies
on the talents, while the J.M.V's, the
primary, and the kindergarten children
were grouped in classes in their respective
pavilions. The colporteurs received good
help from Brethren T. A. Mitchell and E.
A. Turner, their Union and local field missionary secretaries, and from Brother A.
M. Cott, the capable leader of the magazine
and periodical work. At the same time, the
baptismal class met in one part of the large
Ten o'clock: Putting the Bible before
business, this hour was devoted to studying
the Scriptures. Among the speakers at this
time were Pastors Watson, Fulton, Anderson, Piper, and Stewart.
Eleven-thirty and two-thirty : The two
conference sessions daily were crammed
with interesting reports from evangelists
and pastors, conference officials, colportours, and committees.
Three o'clock was hailed with joy by
children of all ages as they assembled in
their three pavilions, — between sixty and
seventy in each.
Four o'clock was young people's hour in
their tent.
Four-thirty: Bible study or health lecture.
Seven o'clock: Members of the Young
People's Prayer Fellowship were glad to
have these get-together meetings on the
camp ground every night.
Seven-fifteen : Song service.
Seven-forty-five: Preaching service. If
we give you the subjects and speakers,
they will suggest many thoughts to your
minds. The president's address on the
opening night: "The World's Great Need;
the Privileges of the Christian."— H. E.
Piper. "Mussolini's Dream of a Resurrected Empire! Will It Materialise?" — A.
W. Anderson. "How Near Are We to the
Climax of Earth's History?" — G. G.
Stewart. "What Does the World Expect?
Will Its Hopes Be Realised ?" — Robt.
Hare. "Remarkable Transformations among
Primitive People of the South Seas." —
Lantern lecture by A. G. Stewart. "Will
the Conflict between Facism and Communism Crush Democracy?" — A. W. Anderson. "Which Day Should Christians Observe as the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday?" — B. E. Roenfelt. (A familiar subject, but presented in a way that was
greatly enjoyed by every Adventist.) "The
Advent People and Their Prophetic Gift."
—A. H. Piper. (A tall column of books
written by God's messenger gave a most
realistic touch to this subject, and the
paragraphs read from some of them
charmed the large audience.) "The Crisis
Hour and Its Message." — L. C. Naden.
(One of the most impressive talks on the
camp ground.) "Elijah the Prophet Coming Back! When Will He Come? What Will
He Do?" — E. E. Roenfelt. "That Blessed
ope; Its Saving Power."—A. G. Stewart.
On the final Saturday night the young
people and Juniors presented the programme. At the last meeting of the camp,
Pastor W. E. Battye answered the question, "Are the Eastern Nations Preparing for Armageddon?" Part 'way through
his address the lights suddenly dimmed, and
his audience witnessed a most graphic fulfilment of Isaiah's prophecy of what men
will "say" concerning peace, as they beheld the representatives of sixty nations
sitting in their council room discussing
peace and affixing their signatures and
seals to peace pacts. They saw also Joel's
prophecy being fulfilled in the preparation
of great implements of warfare, the turning
of "ploughshares" (old iron) into ammunition. They saw a world ablaze, the con-
flagration centring in the land of Palestine, where Armageddon will be fought. The
congregation audibly caught its breath
when silently upon the screen came a beautiful picture of the Son of Gad praying
in Gethsemane for the peace of the world.
In that same little land, the Peace of
the World was crucified. Later we saw
pictures of our Saviour coming with His
holy angels. But the most vivid impressions which the campers will carry away
from this last meeting were the final ones.
A singer with a rich contralto voice stood
in the semi-darkness, and sang with a
beauty and pathos seldom heard, the
"Stranger of Galilee.'• Each verse was
accompanied by attractively coloured pictures illustrating His loving ministry, His
life and labours, His sufferings, His death
upon the cross. Hearts were deeply stirred,
and we believe that in each one the words
of the singer awakened an answering chord,
"Oh, my friend, won't you love Him for.
So gracious and tender is He !
Accept Him today as your Saviour,
This Stranger of Galilee."
After the congregational singing of the
evening prayer which had followed the benediction every night, quietly and reverently
the audience, for the last time in 1937, filed
out of the large marquee that had been to
many as "the gate of heaven."
Feeding an Encampment
It is a stupendous task to feed a family
of twelve hundred every day, and nearly
2,000 on Sundays. Who on the camp ground
at Parramatta could have been busier than
Brother and Sister S. J. Ward and their
staff of kitchen helpers ? They made one
thousand rissoles every day, besides another entree. Their family drank ninety
gallons of milk in one day and consumed
360 eggs. They ate one and a half tons
of potatoes, three hundredweight of onions,
a thousand dozen lettuce, and fifty dozen
bunches of spinach during the camp, besides three or four thousand loaves of
bread purchased from the camp store, of
which Pastor Parsons was in charge.
But with all their busy activities the
kitchen workers were able to hear every
talk in the large pavilion, commencing with
the early morning devotional study and
continuing throughout the day. How were
they able to both work and listen ?—The
microphone in the meeting tent had amplifiers in the kitchen.
Brother Ward drew us aside and asked
that we specially mention in the "Record"
the thanks of the kitchen staff for this
privilege. These amplifiers have been in
use in Victoria the last two or three years,
where Sister Ward was in charge, as
well as in South New South Wales, and t
hearty appreciation of these worke
prompts them to express here and now thei
Letter from Pastor Foster
Through the "Record" I wish to express
my sincere appreciation to the many friends
for their very kindly interest during my
illness. Had it not been for the prayers
of God's people on my behalf, surely I
would not be here today.
It is now eight weeks since I came to
Melbourne. Two of_ these were spent at
the Warburton Hydro, where I picked up
wonderfully after my first operation. As
I look back, I can truly say that it was
only the goodness of the Lord that kept
His humble servant among the living, for
I had a close call on one occasion. I have
not failed to thank the Lord for answering
the many prayers offered on my behalf. I
received dozens, yes, dozens, of letters and
telegrams just prior to and immediately
after my operation. These came from every
State in Australia and. New Zealand. Do
you blame me for not trying to keep the
tear gates shut as I have thought of these
things and gazed upon the beautiful flowers
which have decked the two long shelves at
the end of my two-bed ward, directly in
front of my eyes ? How true are those
words of dear Pastor Spice; "This is a
good family to belong to."
I am making good progress. Three weeks
yesterday I had my major operation, which
I approached with confidence because of the
urance of prayers on my behalf. Yestermy surgeon told me I could get up
half an hour. Today I was up for two
and a half hours. The doctor tells me that
I have come on wonderfully well. How
happy I shall be when the time comes for
me to return to my "beautiful flock."
Are Seventh-day Adventists good propagators ? Some think so. One popular cleric
in America, Dr. Emerson Fosdick, has
neatly hit us off in a short paragraph that
is pregnant with vital meaning. Our publishing houses should feel proud of the distinction conferred upon them. This note is
culled from the "Reader's Digest" of
October 19, 1937, as follows:
"Some one has said, `If we could get
religion like a Baptist, experience it like
a Methodist, be positive about it like a
Disciple, be proud of it like an Episcopalian, pay for it like a Presbyterian,
propagate it like an Adventist, and enjoy
it like a Negro — that would be some religion.' "
Certainly ours is "the Old Time Religion," and God has surely prospered the
propagators in their divinely laid down programme of taking it to every nation, and
kindred, and tongue and people.
"The Hour of Destiny"
Don't miss reading, and also lending
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Rapidlyfulfilling Bible prophecies give
elusive evidence that we are living in
last hour of this world's history. Deopments in CHINA, INDIA, JAPAN,
and RUSSIA alarm the leaders of the
Western nations. What is coming ? What
does the awakening of the Orient mean ?
"The Hour of Destiny" gives the historical setting of these countries, and explains their development in the light of
prophecy. Surely the way of the "Kings
of the East" is being prepared for Armageddon. The Christian's hope, the second
coming of Christ, is appealingly presented.
96 Pages. — Illustrated.
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home of the bride's parents, Hubert Reginald Marshall and Mabel Akehurst were
united in the sacred bonds of matrimony on
September 21. Brother Marshall was for
some time a student, at the A.M. College.
As these young people walk life's journey
together, we wish them every success, and
pray that the Lord will richly bless them
in their union.
BOOTH - WINTER. — On the afternoon
of October 3, at the home of Madame Sawle
of Waverley, Myra Anne Winter and Nathaniel Edmund Booth were united in holy
wedlock. At the invitation of the kind
hostess, many friends gathered at this home
to celebrate the happy occasion and tender
their good wishes. May the Lord bless
this couple as they unite their lives in the
message which they have learnt to love.
ADAMS - WILLIAMS. — On October
12, as the sun was setting, Brother James
Adams and Sister Grace Williams pledged
their troths to God and to each other as
they were joined in the sacred bonds of
wedlock. Kind and loving hands tastefully
decorated the church for the occasion, and
it was filled with friends and well-wishers
of the' happy couple. Both these young
people are members of good Adventist
families, and as they face the future they
do so in the fear and the courage of the
BOWHEY. — On September 2 at Bairnsdale, Victoria, Mrs. S. Bowhey passed
peacefully to her rest after an illness lasting nearly three months. She was aged 82
years and 10 months. Sister Bowhey accepted the truth as the result of a layman's
mission in charge of J. E. Steed in 1897,
and her hope remained firm to the last.
Her husband, who was a colporteur for
many years and well known at the South
Australian camps, predeceased her in 1922.
After a service at the church, the cortege
left for the Bairnsdale general cemetery,
where she was laid to rest in the sure and
certain hope of the resurrection. Pastor
Grolimund officiated at both the church and
cemetery services.
J. S. H.
— Walter James Pullin of
Weston, N.S.W., a member of the Kurri
Kurri church, passed away in the district
hospital on October 11, aged 75 years. He
died as he had lived, in the hope of eternal
life. About six years ago Mr. and Mrs.
Pullin embraced the Advent message
through a mission conducted by Evangelist
R. Brandstater and R. Bullas in Weston.
He became a good witness for the truth,
and delighted to supply a number of regular customers with the "Signs of the
Times." He loved his God, his Bible, and
his fellow men. Now, free from pain and
suffering, he rests in peace, awaiting the
call of the great Life-giver. Mrs. Pullin,
his life companion for fifty-three years, a
son, a grandson, and a granddaughter
mourn the loss of one dearly beloved, but
not, thank God, as those who have no hope.
We laid our beloved brother to rest in the
Seventh-day Adventist section of the Kurri
Kuril cemetery, on October 13, "Precious
in the sight of the Lord is the death of
His saints." Services were conducted at
the home and graveside by the writer
KENDALL. — At the home of her son,
Brother Les Kendall, in Ivanhoe, Victoria,
Sister Lavinia Kendall passed to her rest
on October 12 at the age of 79 years. Sister Kendall made her first contact with
Seventh-day Adventists in Broken Hill,
where she met Pastors Daniells and Hickox
and Dr. Kellogg. Later she was baptised
by the late Pastor J. H. Woods at Moonta
Bay, South Australia. Three sons, one
daughter, and eleven grandchildren mourn.
In the Diamond Creek cemetery she awaits
the call to meet her Saviour.
McCOY. — One of Pitcairn's oldest inhabitants, "Aunt" Mary Ann McCoy, passed to her rest on Aug. 19, at the age of 86.
Her mother was a grandchild of Fletcher
Christian, the leader of the mutiny of the
"Bounty," and her father was a grandson of William McCoy, also of the
"Bounty." Our late sister was a little
girl of five when all the people of Pitcairn
migrated to Norfolk, and later she was in
the company that returned from Norfolk to reinhabit Pitcairn. With her passing, only one survivor of those early days
remains on Pitcairn, Brother Vieder Young.
Sister McCoy's one desire was to live to
see Pastor and Sister W. D. Smith return
to labour for the church on Pitcairn, but
with calm resignation she would say, "Not
my will, but Thine be done." She had
a broad memory, having given much time
to reading and studying in her younger
days, and when her eyesight failed she
greatly appreciated any one who would
read to her. Of Aunt Ann it can truly
be said, "Her life is hid with Christ in
McCOY. — Died on Pitcairn Island, September 15, Sister Harriett McCoy, widow
of the late Brother M. E. McCoy, school
teacher, church leader, magistrate for
years on Pitcairn. Our sister had passed
life's allotted span; and although bedridden
for nearly three years, her light shone
brightly. Four days before death, she suddenly collapsed and did not regain consciousness. Her voice was always heard in
the prayer meeting, and she rejoiced in all
the religious services. Sister Harriett will
be missed from the home, the community,
and the church. She was a helper to all in
need. In the sleep of perfect silence she
now waits the call of the Life-giver. She
was laid to rest in the little cemetery down
by the shore, where the song of the wild
waves is always heard. Some time that
song will be superseded by the sweeter
song, "0 death, where is thy sting? 0
grave where is thy victory?" Services at
the grave were conducted by the church
elder, Brother Fred Christian.
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At the time of the recent Council Brother
A. M. Cott was appointed field missionary
secretary for South New South Wales, but
it was later decided to leave him in the
work which he is carrying so successfully
as leader of the periodical distribution.
Brother E. A. Turner from Queensland
has been called to the South N.S.W, Conference to fill the office of field missionary
secretary, left vacant by the recent departure of Brother H. White for New
Brother J. T. Young has been called to
the leadership of the book work in the
Queensland Conference, as the successor of
Brother E. A, Turner.
On their way to Fiji, Brother and Sister
H. W. Adrian and their three little children sailed for New Zealand on October 23
by the "Wanganella." Sister Adrian and
the children will break their journey at
Wellington to visit her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Peacock, while Brother Adrian goes
on to serve as secretary-treasurer of the
Fijian Mission.
As there is no shipping direct to Tahiti
in these days, Brother and Sister P. J.
Wright sailed from Sydney for New Zealand by the "Awatea" on October 22, and
after eight days' visit with Brother
Wright's people they will continue their
journey to Fiji by the "Niagara," and
there tranship to the "Limerick." Brother
Wright goes out to serve as superintendent
of the Eastern Polynesian field.
In the middle of October very heavy
rains fell in the State of Victoria with consequent flooding of the creeks and rivers.
Considerable anxiety was felt at Warburton over the rapid rise of the Yarra; but,
fortunately, though the river overflowed
its banks near the publishing house, it did
not rise to the factory level. Lower down
the river between Warburton and Melbourne the Yarra spread out and provided
a thirty-mile lake.
Pastor G. L. Sterling writes from Tahiti:
"We received letters recently telling of the
arrival of Brother and Sister Doom on the
island of Tubuai. The entry of this island
is our advance step for 1937. I feel sure
that with the blessing of God upon their
efforts there, a company of believers will
be gathered out on this island, 360 miles
south of Tahiti."
Sister Sterling wrote by the same boat:
"A steamer is to arrive tomorrow with
250 bags of mail. There surely ought to
be something for us ! My husband has been
away nearly a month visiting other islands.
We shall be glad to welcome him back in
a few days. . . . If only we had a school
here for our young people ! I have several
girls with me in the home now, and more
want to come, but I cannot undertake any
additional work. There are some fine youth
out here with European mentality." Will
those who are helping this mission field by
intercession, pray that the Lord will open
the way for a school to be established
in the Society Islands, that our young
people may not be lost to the message as
they grow up.
"The Prayer of Faith Shall
Save the Sick"
OD the Friday afternoon of the Week
of Prayer in 1936, Sister Gardiner of
Huntley, New Zealand, came to a realisation that she was at a terminal point of
ten years of continued ill-health. During
the previous nine years of her married life,
our sister had spent the greater part of
the time in bed. There was nothing in
this life for her but a continual and apparently ever-losing battle against failing
health and repeated submission to the surgeon's knife.
She had explored every avenue humanly
possible to regain her health, but all was
in vain. This day the doctor had stood
by her bed and kindly told her that she was
out of his hand, and to prepare for the
worst. Human skill had been taxed to the
uttermost. Life had almost reached vanishing point — the pulse was hardly detectable. No injection could be administered
now to relieve the cruel asthma. It was
not a matter of whether her vitality would
eventually win out, but how long could her
heart continue to bear the load.
Truly this was the hour of human extremity, but it was also the hour of divine
opportunity. Had not God said, "The
prayer of faith shall save the sick," and
admonished the sick to call for the elders of
the church that they pray and anoint with
oil in the name of the Lord ? The Lord
gave Sister Gardiner faith to claim this
promise. Accordingly, on Friday afternoon
when the writer visited her the promise of
James 5 : 14, 15, was claimed.
It was my privilege, in company with
Brother Sutton, co-elder of the Hamilton
church, to anoint Sister Gardiner at 2 p.m.
on the last Sabbath afternoon of the Week
of Prayer. Special prayers were also offered by the brethren at Huntly and Hamilton that it might please the Lord to demonstrate His power to heal as an endorsement
of faith.
From that hour the sweet peace of God
rested upon her. The Lord began a work
of re-creation that was not halted until
complete health and strength had been given
her. Not once since has that suffocating
asthma been present, and those severe kidney pains are gone. From a human shadow
of four stone nine pounds, the Lord has
added to her weight until our sister's
weight is normal today.
God did more than take away those afflictions. He enabled an organic miracle to
be performed within her body that was to
fill her attending physician with wonder
and. amazement. Could it be possible that
this hitherto frail woman, who even though
in the prime of life was vitally spent, who.
furthermore, for ten years had been told
that motherhood would never be her lot, —
could it be that she could be an expectant
mother ? A heart specialist from Auckland
was called. He pronounced her heart
normal and healthy. The doctor was compelled to admit that Sister Gardiner's condition was indeed an achievement. He has
several times stated that the case was
taken out of his hand completely.
Some five weeks ago a healthy little
baby boy came to the Gardiner home to
seal the miracle which the Lord fourteen
months before had performed. Little Graham Gardiner will ever be a living witness
among this earth's last generation to the
fulfilment of the promise, "And the prayer
of faith shall save the sick."
Distribution of Labour
At the close of the South New South
Wales camp meeting, the allocation
pastors, evangelists, and colporteurs
read by the conference president. The
workers have been assigned as follow :
Wyborn, Miss E. Moran. CAMPSIE: W.
Morris, R. Brandstater, HURSTVILLE :
E. R. Whitehead. MANLY: C. J. Reynolds,
J. E. Cormack. WOLLONGONG: E. H.
Parsons, H. Kingston. ALBURY, WAGGA:
R. Bullas, Alfred Parker. HARDEN,
Behrens. BOWR AL : G. Branster for
the present, later G. J. Parker. BROKEN
HILL: G. J. Parker for the present. DUBBO: T. Brash, E. B. Ibbott. TEMORA
Brother and Sister C. D. Baron, self-supporting. CITY PASTORAL WORK: G. G.
Stewart, A. H. White, C. H. Pretyman.
In the Providence of God
A young tailor sat with his needle in a
little town in old Hungary. A colporteur
entered and sold him a book. Then on
leaving him he-said: "You are young. God
has a message for the world. You must
keep God's Sabbath and be a missionary to
all the houses and towns around here."
He embraced him and disappeared.
The tailor was deeply impressed. He
knew not what the word. "missionary"
meant, but somehow the thought gripped
his heart. It was Friday morning. That
evening he told his employer, "I will not
work any more on Sabbath.'' The
ployer thought him crazy, but he
lowed him the Sabbath free. The ne
morning the young tailor went into the
forest alone. The birds were singing to
him in his new cathedral, -and he felt an
urge to preach. He preached to the trees,
and spent there the first Sabbath in his
life — no other Sabbath-keepers were in
the town.
He got in touch with the mission, and the
following year he was a colporteur. Today,
Brother Kradjalic is the efficient union field
secretary of Jugoslavia, inspiring with enthusiasm almost one hundred colporteurs
in this hard field of fifteen languages.