Document 206173

Vol 41, No. 19
Sydney, Monday, May 10, 1937
Itegistered at the General Post
Once, Sydney, for transmission
by Post as a Newspaper
How to Maintain a Growing Experience
HE Week of Prayer has brought to
many of us a deeper realisation of the
goodness of God, and
our need of divof
ine strength. To others this special season has meant a renewal of consecration
vows, and to yet others it has marked the
beginning of service under the banner of
Christ. All feel the need of permanently
holding the advances thus made in Christian living. However, as the mistakes
and failures of the past are reviewed, some
hearts face the coming days with misgiving, lest again promises and resolutions
be broken.
This need not be so with any one, as
the Father's admonition, "Be strong
and of good courage," is still supported
by His power to sustain all who will go
forward with Him. Four steps to successful Christian living here outlined, based
on instruction given by the Lord's servant, together with the daily study of
the Scriptures, if carefully followed, will
make victory certain and enable us to
hold our gains in spiritual riches.
If our surrender to the claims of Christ
is to be complete and effective, we must
yield all to Him—thoughts, impulses, affections, and, most important of all, the
will. Doing this, we, as did Paul, may die
daily to self, and live anew each day in
The question then is, "How am I to
surrender myself to God?"
The answer is clearly stated: "What
you need to understand is the true force
of the will. This is the governing power
in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. 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.
"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
live the new life, even the life of faith."
—Ib., p. 52.
Consideration of the experience of men
"subject to like passions as we are,"
who have built strongly for God, emphasises the importance of regular and constant prayer in the Christian's life. All
can readily recall the strength found in
the regulated prayer life of David (Ps.
55:17), and Daniel (Dan. 6:10), and a
host of others too numerous to mention
here. Even as Daniel "kneeled upon his
knees three times a day, and prayed,"
so will the Christian today, who desires
to be strong in Christ be regular and constant in prayer.
In "Steps to Christ," page 74, we have
excellent guidance in this matter:
"Consecrate yourself to God in the
morning; make this your 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."
"Abide in Me," is the Master's instruction to His servants.
"Do you ask, 'How am I to abide in
Christ?'—In the same way as you received
Him at first. 'As ye therefore received
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.'
`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 not yourself
atone for your sins or change your heart;
but having given yourself to God, you
believed that He for Christ's sake did all
this for you. By faith you became Christ's,
and by faith you are to grow up in Him,—
by giving and taking. You are to give
all,—your heart, your will, your service,—
give yourself to Him to obey all His re-
quirements; 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."—Ib., p. 74.
As we "abide in Him," there will come
to us rest, stability, and confidence. This
experience is not found in inactivity; for
in the Saviour's invitation, the promise
of rest is linked with the call to labour:
"Take My yoke upon you, . . . and ye
shall find rest." "The heart that rests
most fully upon Christ, will be most earnest and active in labour for Him."
"His servants shall serve Him," says
the apostle John. It is the design of
Christ that His followers shall serve mankind even as He did in His earthly life;
for it is written, "He went about doing
good." Following in the Master's steps in
service, brings to the disciple incalculable
blessing. "The only way to grow in grace
is to be disinterestedly doing the very
work which Christ has enjoined upon us,—
to engage, to the extent of our ability, in
helping and blessing those who need the
help we can give them. Strength comes
by exercise; activity is the very condition
of life. Those who endeavour to maintain
Christian life by passively accepting the
blessings that come through the means of
grace, and doing nothing for Christ, are
simply trying to live by eating without
working." "The Christian who will not
exercise his God-given powers, not only
fails to grow up into Christ, but he loses
the strength that he already had."—Ib.,
Would you be strong in Christ, and
lovely in character? Then follow in the
path of service, for therein alone can such
things be found. " The spirit of unselfish labour for others gives DEPTH,
STABILITY, and Christlike LOVELINESS to the character, and brings peace
and happiness to its possessor." — Ib.,
As the disciple thus learns of the ways
of God and His purposes for His children, he becomes more and more alive to
God's perplexity concerning sin and the
sinner. Sin must be destroyed; the sinner
must be either pardoned or punished with
eternal death. There is no other course
open to God. Herein is found the reason
for God's horror of sin. "He that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul:
all they that hate Me love death." Prov.
"Every act of transgression, every neglect or rejection of the grace of Christ,
is reacting upon yourself; it is hardening
the heart, depraving the will, benumbing
the understanding, and not only making
you less inclined to yield, but less capable
of yielding, to the tender pleading of
God's Holy Spirit."
Having found that freedom from sin and
its dominion, which is Christ's gift to the
believer, let us grow in grace and in the
knowledge of the Lord, possessing in Him
rest, stability, and confidence.
Hindrances to Spiritual Power
Soma Christians lose spiritual power by
imperceptible degrees ; then, when it is
needed the most, wake up to the fact that
it is gone. They take it for granted that
they are all right until some crisis comes,
then they find that they are not equal
to the occasion.
There are a number of things which thus
hinder divine power. I shall mention a
OTHERS. This is one of the most dangerous enemies. No one can keep that divine
anointing and indulge in critical thoughts
or feelings toward another, however culpable he may be.
One should hold a disdain for sin but a
solemn pity for the sinner. In fact, he
should feel toward the offender as he would
want others to feel toward him, were he in
the wrong. "Restore such an one in the
spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest
thou also be tempted," is tne wholesome
advice of the Scriptures. "Take heed lest
He spare not thee," is another. "Let him
that thinketh he standeth take heed lest
he fall." We should "rejoice with
trembling" over our own success in living
for God and in winning others, for Jesus
said, "I saw Satan as lightning fall from
2. FAULT-FINDING is another hindrance to spiritual power. The habit of
mentioning the inconveniences and the inconsiderations that come our way only
makes matters worse. It would often affect a cure merely to mention our difficulties to the kind heavenly Father. If
He cannot remedy things, no one else can;
so let us trust Him, for ''He is able."
3. Another enemy to spiritual power is
SPEAKING TOO MUCH OF OURSELVES. As it is not wise to talk much
of our troubles, so it is also unwise to
draw attention to our success. "He shall
not speak of Himself" was prophesied of
the Divine One, and His followers find
that they are much safer from the wiles
of Satan when they keep self in the background and magnify Jesus instead. This
does not, however, preclude personal testimony which honours God.
4. Spiritual power is sadly lacking when
one so busies himself with legitimate things
Church work — even revival work — may
so crowd out intercession that the very
cause we are trying to promote will be
hindered. Home duties, as important as
they may be, may get in the way of prayer.
This situation may be remedied by asking
special guidance of God, who will reveal to
the busy housewife how she may obtain
time for communion with Him.
5. TALKING too much hinders divine
communion and spiritual power. "God is
always waiting to speak to us," said John
Wesley, "if we will only be quiet enough
to listen." The sad thing is that generally
those who are guilty of loquacity cannot
see it. Only the Holy Spirit can convince
them of this fault.
6. SELF-INDULGENCE is a great
hindrance to spiritual power. Self-indulgence in little things will have more effect
upon one than he would think. As the little attentions of a lover tend to make him
appreciated, so obedience to the slightest
wishes of our God makes us appreciated
with Him. As Paul felt that he must keep
his body under lest he himself should become a castaway, so we must resist every
impulse that is not for the honour of Christ.
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or
whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of
It is a joy to deny ourselves of a pleasure in order to obtain a greater one, and
Christ always rewards proper self-denial.
7. Spiritual power leaves as soon as
EVIL-SPEAKING begins. Simply to mention the faults of others renders one powerless. It is strange but true that a grain
of sand will stop the wheels of a watch,
and a spider's web will keep a message
from flashing over the wires. So one word
dropped against another's reputation will
hinder that divine current from passing
through one's being to a lost world.
8. ANY KNOWN SIN will divest one
of spiritual power. A gentleman labourea
long and earnestly for the salvation of his
interesting Sunday school class, but those
big boys did not seem to show the slightest
desire to become Christians. Their teacher
could not comprehend the situation.
Finally, hearing of a special meeting
where Christian workers might seek for
deeper things in Christ, he went and laid
his heart open to the searchlight of the
Holy Spirit, who revealed to him several
little inconsistencies in his back life that
had never been made right. He confessed
and was forgiven by God; then he went
to those he had wronged and made restitution. When Sunday came he stood before
his class of boys and told them all that had
transpired the past week, how he had lived
an inconsistent life, had sought God, and
made his wrongs right. They listened and
WITH INTEREST. The message gripped
them. They FELT it, were brought under
conviction for sin and were soon converted.
If for any reason you feel that you have
lost spiritual power, seek to regain it now.
Humbly confess to God (and to others if
needful) your shortcomings, and He will
forgive and restore the joy and the blessing of former days.
"The Scriptures are the great agency in
the transformation of character."
"Christ's Object Lessons," p. 100.
"The Lord is nigh unto them that are of
a broken heart; and saveth such as be
of a contrite spirit."
From Sydney to Papua
This morning (April 8) we are steaming
along the north coast of New South Wales
in a very calm sea, with a soft breeze
blowing from the shore, which is but a
short distance off. We left Sydney yesterday at 11 a.m., and are due in Brisbane
about noon tomorrow, Friday. We expect
to sail again in the afternoon for other
Queensland ports en route to Port Moresby, Papua, in which field we are to spend
about three weeks.
Also on board the "Montoro" are Dr.
Frances Harding and her brother-in-law,
Brother Charles Harding, who are taking
this opportunity of seeing the territory
and visiting our mission stations. Our
workers are very pleased at the prospect
of having a visit from our doctor and
seeking her skilled help and advice.
Already we have made the acquaintance
of some fine people on board, and in conversation have learned that they are well
acquainted with our workers in the Mandated Territory and have a very high
opinion of them and the kind of work they
are doing. Some of these men are acquainted with our new training school establishment, and commend us on the very
fine property secured for this purpose.
Later. — The good old "Montoro" is
certainly a steady ship. She seldom averages eleven knots an hour, and she took
over two days to reach Brisbane. We were
pleased to see Brother L. A. Butler awaiting our arrival, and in a few minutes
he was joined by Brother N. A. Faulkner
and others who conveyed us to the Vegetarian Cafe, where we were soon happy
around a table spread with the good things
our cafes supply.
At 6 p.m. we sailed again for Townsville under very favourable travelling
conditions. We berthed early in the morning, two and a half days out from Brisbane, and in a little while we were being
warmly received by Pastor Bird, the
Superintendent of the North Queensland
Mission. Upon arrival at his home, part
of which is used as the head office for the
mission, we met Brother J. Dever, who
has recently joined the staff in this northern mission, also Miss Cherrett and Miss
Levett, who care for the secretarial and
departmental part of the mission work.
We listened with interest as Pastor
Bird told us of the progress of the work
in this widely scattered field, and of the
very bright prospects for a fine camp
meeting soon to be held at Mackay.
While awaiting the hour of departure,
we were taken to a prominent hill site
within the town area, and had a wonderful
panoramic view of the town with its
32,000 inhabitants. It is good to know
that we have a nice company of believers
in this northern centre.
In less than a day's steam we reached
Cairns, where our steamer awaited the arrival of the mail by express from the
southern states.
A number of the passengers took this
opportunity to visit the famous Barron
Falls on the mountain side beyond the
town. Here in Cairns Pastor T. R. Kent
and family reside, but at the time of our
visit Pastor Kent was away visiting believers and interested ones on the tablelands.
About forty-one hours' steaming from
Cairns brought us to Port Moresby. While
the weather was good throughout, this
stretch of water disturbed the feelings of
a number of the passengers, who were more
than pleased when they could see the
friendly outline of the ranges of Papua
in the distance.
Passing through the passage in the reef,
we came into the placid waters of the
harbour, with their wonderful shades of
colour. The hills around the port are
eautiful and green, and the little townip looked very pretty nestling on the
hillside. Dr. Bonney from Brisbane is now
the port doctor, and he soon gave our ship
the necessary pratique.
At the wharf we were greeted by Pastor
Lock, who with his cleanly dressed boys
soon conveyed us to the mission house
and to the ship "Diari," which is lying
here, all ready to convey us on our itin-•
erary around the stations to the east and
west from this central port.
We are glad to be here, and trust that
we may be made a blessing as well as
being blessed ourselves as we minister to
these needy peoples.
Advertised by Opposition
We had just begun the publication of
our resurrected "Talafekau Mo'oni," when
we learned of a bitter attack on the truth
made by a minister here, the principal of
the Wesleyan college, which has almost if
not quite 400 students. He used ridicule
quite freely, and said that William Miller was mad, and Mrs. White was mad. He
attacked us in the form of typewritten
lessons for his ministerial class, but these
lessons were circulated among others also.
They are for sale at one shilling a copy.
There are nine closely typed foolscap pages
against us, nine against the Mormors, and
three against the Catholics. We can see
the hand of the Lord in the fact that we
had received permission from the Union
Conference to begin republishing our little
paper just in time to meet this attack.
Without naming our opponent, we have
answered several of his attacks in No. 2
I wrote to him, challenging several of
s statements: 1. That Seventh-day Adkentists make the following pledge: "I,
Blank, certify that I believe God helps
Mrs. White, and that the Bible must be interpreted to agree with her writings." 2.
That we collect from the public under
false pretences, our name not appearing on
any of our papers. 3. That we never enter
heathen territory and work for the raw
heathen, but wait till other churches convert them, when we go in and upset their
I told him I did not want to argue doctrine with him. I intended to state our
doctrines in our paper, for the public to
judge for themselves. All I wanted was
the privilege of meeting him and convincing him that the statements he had made
were not according to fact. I enclosed a
copy of our 1933 Appeal for Missions
magazine, with the name, "Seventh-day
Adventist," underlined by me in red ten
times. I also sent a 1928 collecting card
I found here, having underlined in red the
name on the front of it.
In his reply, he acknowledged that he
was the author of the lessons referred to,
also that he had perused the enclosures
and was returning them. He said he could
not see that any good would result from
meeting me to discuss religious matters
with me or any other representative of our
mission. So there you have his position.
In the second issue of our paper, we
have refuted the first three statements referred to above. We have also published
quotations from the catechism of his church
regarding the law of God and its perpetuity, also an excerpt from a sermon on
the law by John Wesley, which states
that those who think they honour Christ
by abolishing His law, honour Him as
Judas did when he said, "Hail, Master,"
and kissed Him.
This man is leaving Tonga on the same
boat as this letter. He left his attacks on
other missions till he was about to leave.
What a splendid advertisement he has
given us. Our trouble here all through the
history of our work in Tonga has been the
indifference of the people to our message.
Now he has stirred up an interest for us,
and people are anxious to read our paper.
Subscriptions are coming in every day, and
the interest is only in its infancy. We
printed an extra thousand of this second
edition, and I believe it is the cheapest advertisement for the truth we have ever had.
Hundreds will read it and pass it on to
their friends. We are posting a copy to
every one of the ministers of his church.
One of his European members advised me
that it is my duty to inform the Tongan
members of his church that their leaders
do not believe the Bible. The very man
who attacks the truth, said to his European congregation in a Sunday night sermon, "Of course, we no longer believe that
God wrote the ten commandments with
His own finger on two tables of stone."
The Adventist church must uphold the inspiration of God's Word against Modernism that is white-anting the older churches.
Itinerating in Central New
Guinea—Part 2
On reaching the timbered ridge, we pass
along the mountain-top trail through thick
bush, and suddenly come out into the open,
and there is revealed a breath-taking view
of the whole country to the north, south,
and west. Below us lies the Bena Bena
Valley with its river winding through
rich flats. Many village groups can be
seen, and also large areas under intense
cultivation. It is a pretty sight. Across
the valley can be seen the Government
police post, and to one side the Bena Bena
landing-ground. Beyond lies the larger
Gafuka Valley, while much farther to the
west are Chimbu and Mount Hagan, where
this message must yet go. As we rest in
this charming spot, many of these highland natives gather about us. They are
a different type from those of the Ramu.
Slower progress is made along several
miles of razor-backs, then we pass many
villages and large fertile gardens. These
people live at an altitude of over 7,000
Our camping site at last is reached. It
is one where Government patrols have
camped; and little wonder! From this
mountain top the views in every direction
are enthralling. We are agreed that we
have never before camped in surroundings'
to equal this. What a grand site this
would make for a mountain resort or a
The gathering of a severe storm over
all this mountain region just before the
setting of the sun, provides us with some
of the finest cloud effects imaginable. We
are reminded of what Mr. Jack Hides says
in his book, "Through Wildest Papua:"
"And when you look up to the tops of
the high mountains around you, and feel
their immensity, you realise that God
Himself created the place." The cloud
effects this evening in the van of the coming storm, combined -with the grand
mountain scenery, create awe-inspiring
surroundings. For three hours torrential
rain descends, accompanied by fierce lightning. Leaks develop all through the grass
roofs, and tent flys are spread underneath.
Later in the evening the rivers are heard
roaring, but soon we drop off to sleep.
FIFTH DAY. — The morning of the
fifth day we arise to greet a dense mountain fog. Our small flat area of ground
at the mountain top seems to be suspended
in the clouds; and it is cold! Worship
is held, and after breakfast we are glad
to be on the move again, and a long descent brings us to the floor of the Dunantine Valley. It is little wonder that we
heard the river's roar last night, for as
we proceed up the river there are many
evidences of the flood — gardens and
houses washed out and fences gone, and
pigs, too!
Many people inhabit this valley. They
are a good type and very friendly. We
choose to make our camp for two nights
at its head. Two other narrow valleys
branch away from here. Crowds of natives
begin to gather, and before Sabbath
abundance of food has been brought to us.
A razor-blade has just been traded for
some sweet potatoes, and now the recipient is seen giving to his friend a shave
which appears to be the first he has ever
had. His long matted mass of hair remains intact, and now he seems to have
the appearance of being half-primitive and
half-civilised. A strange and interested
audience joins us in our Sabbath evening
worship. Last night our camp was on the
mountain top; this evening it seems to be
in the depths.
SABBATH.— The surroundings are ideal
for spending this Sabbath. Natives come
and go all day, and our meetings are well
attended. Further large supplies of food
are brought, but we cannot buy as it is
the Sabbath, and these people of the bush
wonder why. We explain as best we can,
and this experience becomes their first
practical lesson on Sabbath-keeping. After
the Sabbath has been closed we have the
natives form into a long line with their
food, and secure the supplies for very
reasonable rates. They depart quite happy
with their small mirrors, shell, and other
things given instead of money, but probably they are still not quite clear as to
why we kept them till the sun went down.
For the last two days we continue in the
homeward direction, beholding many fine
views, and passing through an area with
a large population. The Barola tribe,
gathered before their specially constructed
booths, are in festive mood. After recovery from surprise at seeing us, they take
our presence as an opportunity to demonstrate their dancing capabilities, accompanied by the weirdest singing. The men
are gaily decorated with shells and bird
feathers, and beat their drums in unison
with their movements. With their grass
skirts swishing, and with screeching "soprano," the women join in what appears
to us to be a medley indeed.
A few more hours bring us to home and
civilisation once again. We have received
a deeper impression of the fact that this
land of grand scenery is soaked with
heathenism. May many of its inhabitants
be led to worship their Creator, and to
realise the love of their Saviour.
MARCH, 1937
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Bible Pictures & Stories
C.P. Southwell 101
R. Craigie
Home Physician
J. H. Burton
J. Ivey
Miss I. Parker
H. Thompson
W. Waterhouse 18
Hrs. Ord.
Home Physician
Bible Readings
F. Fleming
Home Physician
Mr. and Mrs.
T. A. Chick 134
Bible Readings
H. Thompson
Hrs. Ord. Total Deliveries
Ladies' Handbook
Mrs. M.E. James 5
B. F. Bernard
Mrs. Devine
Hrs. Ord.
Hrs. Ord.
Bible Pictures & Stories
£42 7
F. E. Baker
42 3
Miss E.G.Butt 1051
A. P. Cook
9 8
A. Fitzgerald
3 15
M. Guthrie
19 15
Miss I. Parker 741 10
9 9
J. F. Rubie
1 14
H. Thompson
J. E. Wain10
23 8
L. S. Wood
Our Day
H. Thompson
North New South Wales
North New Zealand
Ladies' Handbook
Miss M. Brown 24
Colporteurs' Summary
7 0
5 4 6- 2 4 6
1417 226 £511. 2 9 £118 0 0
A. Blake
C. King
13 £29 14 0 £81 8 0
2 6 0
4 11 0
22 6 0 19 19 i
Bible Pictures & Stories
H. G. Bone
C. King
Mrs. C. King
G. L. Walker
H. Hooper
75 19
33 11
15 18
1 19
9 16
Home Guide
H. G. Bone
W. Leppard
J. Hanbury
E. V. Hanbury 144;
W. G. Hanbury 141
0. Hanbury
44 2
2 8
9 5
10 8
7 9
6 7
Bible Readings
P.M. Secretary
Miss B. Mills
5 14 0
2 0
9 6
9 0
15 0
10 0
1 6 6
1 15 0
3 0 0
553 140 £278 13 0 £112 19 0
South New Zealand
Hrs. Ord.
While There Is Opportunity
Total Deliveries
Home Physician
A.W. Macaulay 127
51 £123
N. A. Brehaut 68
85 1
G. IL Wishart 143
85 18
C. B. Summerfield
82 0
Bible Pictures & Stories
L. Bennington 44
3 0
Ladies' Handbook
A. M. Gould
9 2
Home Guide
A. G. Ratcliffe 98
25 3
M. Hossack
25 10
G. L. Jackson
A. M. Gould
1 12
G. B. Wishart
1 0
A. W. Macaulay
C. E. Summerfield
A. G. Ratcliffe
M. Hessack
N. A. Brehaut
2 13
6 £17 11 6
6 28 11 (1
6 132 8 6
32 6 6
3 5 6
22 6 6
24 18 3
16 16 6
1 (1
2 13
176 £447 17 11 £285 18 9
Hrs. Ord.
Great Controversy
W. F. Reid
Contest for a Kingdom
J. W. Nixon
This Mighty Hour
W. H. Turner 724
B, F. Gihlett 12
Home Guide
1). Bathgate
164+ 30
J. W. Nixon
W. R. Barritt 1544- 16
F. Bevan
Home Physician
C. M. Lee
R. A. Spoor
C. L. Rowland 80
W. F. Reid
F. Bevan
.T. W. Nixon
Joy Barritt
Total Deliveries
£11 12 6
1 7 0
12 0
2 15 3
1 13
£2 15 3
16 0
ea 2 9
5(3 11 0
39 8 9
41 18 3
12 16
9 10
4 13
24 9
34 4
19 12
13 18 0
13 18 0
157 £371 16 6 £138 2 3
Totals for March, 1937
Col. Hrs. Ord.
Nth. N.Z. 17 1299i1 287 £519 ,9 9 £491 11 3
S.2.5.W. 19 1417 216 511 42 9 118 0 0
Sth. N.Z. 9 749 176 447 17 11 285 18 9
11 10851 157 371 16 6 138 2 5
N. N.S.W. 9 525 134 323 16 0 200 19 6
W. Aust. 13 553 140 278 13 0 112 19 0
Victoria 13 8571 117 272 17 11 204 13 0
S. Aust. 9 782
57 147 18 3
96 11 6
4 2634 64 143 17 0
86 8 6
106 7,5311 £3,019 9 1 £1,733 5 11
99 hours per colporteur.
Most Orders
A. W. Macaulay, £124 3s. 6d.
Longest hours:
G. L. Armitage, 202
Our readers will be glad to learn that
the literature evangelists have had another
successful month. Six conferences exceeded their summary value aim, bringing
the Union attainment to £3,019.
For the three months of this year it is
gratifying to know that our figures are
£452 above the aim for the quarter, and,
better still, are £1,723 above the corresponding three months of last year.
Our periodical, "Health," is appreciated
ny the leading business people. A number
of firms have ordered and paid in advance
for a four years' subscription, others have
subscribed for three years, and a number
for two years.
This is a message from "Testimonies,"
Volume 9, page 127: "Among the members of our churches there should be more
house-to-house labour in giving Bible readings and distributing literature." How
important it is for every Christian to do
everything possible to spread the message
while we have the opportunity, and while
there is left to us a short time of peace
and liberty.
After the West Australian camp meeting, four brothers, fine young men, decided
to leave the work of the world and enter
the service of God. Today they are engaged in the grand and noble work of
spreading the truth -filled literature. In
this conference the field missionary secretary reported approximately twenty names
of interested people handed over to the
Bible workers. Five of these people have
already been baptised, five others definitely
keeping the Sabbath, and many more interested.
Let us all do our part in the good work.
Sabbath School in a Holiday
It was 10.30 on Sabbath morning, March
27, — time to begin Sabbath school. The
morning was beautiful, and our camp overlooked the lovely expanse of water of
Western Port Bay, its surface sparkling
in the bright sunlight which warmed the
autumn atmosphere with its health-giving
rays. As each one silently surveyed this
beautiful picture of nature, our minds were
impressed by the greatness of the Eternal
God and His goodness to His children in
giving us the day of rest. Surely God
"hath made His wonderful works to be
And so our Sabbath school opened at
San Remo, Victoria. Brother H. Rowell.
of the Elsternwick church, was the superintendent. "Jesus is all the world to
me," was the opening hymn. Our only
musical instrument was a concertina, but
as the various parts were sung by the
members of our camp we were able to make
very creditable melody. The prayer offered
by Sister E. M. Rigby besought that God,
through His Spirit, would be with us and
bless our efforts to glorify His name.
The missionary exercise consisted of a
story read from the current week's
"Record," "How the Message Found a
Planter." The offering was taken up by
Sister Ruby Rowell and totalled five shillings. A very interesting feature in the
programme was the review, and the lesson
on sanctification even more so, when we
were brought face to face with the fact
that God would have us put out of our
experience everything that is contradictory
to His divine plan and purpose for us.
We should not allow the pleasures and interests of the world to allure us away from
Him; for in these holiday periods we are
apt to forget God and our duty to Him
and follow the inclination of the human
Another good period of singing with the
acompanying concertina, followed by the
benediction offered by Brother Albert Rose,
closed one of the most pleasant hours of
our stay in holiday camp.
"Happy Valley"
To provide opportunity for spiritual instruction in such a way that it would come
spontaneously and attractively during close
contact with the girls and their leader,
and to furnish healthful recreation, our
Easter camp was held at "Happy Valley,"
Moggill, nine miles from Brisbane.
Out of sight and sound of human habitation, our tents were pitched among the
leafy trees on the bank of the creek. Behind us rose a gentle bush-covered slope,
and in front, across the creek, rolling paddocks spread their green carpets. A winding bush track led to the swinuning pool,
a delightful spot shut in by gently rising
hills and green bush. At night, the sight
of the camp fire, the girls sitting around
on the grass, the full moon rising through
the tall trees near by, made a picture not
easily forgotten. In the early morning the
dew-covered grass, the herds winding their
way across the ridge of the hills, and the
delightful sunshine over all created a fit
atmosphere for morning praise and prayer.
At our periods of rest and recreation we
had many helpful discussions, brought up
mostly by the girls themselves. We had
no tables, but spread our meals on the
ground under a tent fly, much to the girls'
Not one word or action can be remembered as spoiling the happiness of our
camp, and joy seemed the note of the
gathering. No other name but "Happy
Valley" seemed to fit. The discussions
were the most prominent feature. One
evening at camp fire we read them a most
uplifting love story, and the effect was
wonderful in its uplifting of ideals. One
girl said she had read many novels, but
never anything so beautiful as that. For
our M.V. meeting we made notes on a
previous hike of all the things we saw that
reminded us of texts or helpful thoughts.
Dozens were given.
Perfect weather was experienced. The
girls are anxiously waiting for next Easter,
and are putting in a request for another
camp. A number of them expressed themselves as having learned many things, and
of feeling much more physically fit than
North N.S.W. Conference
Bravo to the teachers and students of
the A.M. College! They came in on the
run. We were waiting for them on the
Appeal to put the lid of the coffer on
North New South Wales' yearly Ingathering aim. There was some to put in to fill
up that coffer, too, and they did that.
Yes, they did it so well that we could not
get the lid on. It was an overflow. Thank
you, students and faculty! Brother Ulrich
and College Health Food staff, you are in
it, too. Thank you all!
There is another. It is the old Avondale church and its faithful missionary
leader, Brother Miller. All obstacles encountered by any church came the way of
this one. They lacked territory in which
to gather funds. Brother Miller and his
willing helpers went as far afield as Gosford, Erina, and Wiseman's Ferry, and
even beyond Newcastle to Tea Gardens.
Under dripping umbrellas, and precariously
perched on boxes in the back of a lorry,
these enthusiastic collectors passed us on
their way back home, singing their mission
songs. The helpful spirit in which they
did their work shines like a brave deed
over Avondale. God bless the old church,
its big-hearted missionary leader, its
faithful pastor, W. H. Pascoe, and its
elders. On behalf of its members your
conference says thank you!
And what shall we say for the others
scattered through the conference here and
there, the companies and the lonely isolated folk who bravely carry on for God?
We thank Him for the spirit of service
which He has put within you.
The Youngest Church in
Queensland Goes Appealing
Sunday, April 18, dawned bright and
clear, and light were the hearts of all our
people as they set out by car for the
neighbouring districts of Howard and
"I wonder who they are, and why they
have come?" Surely these were the
thoughts of the residents of these towns
at the moment; but short was their time
for curiosity, as one by one these "labourers in the vineyard" approached each
house in turn, eagerly participating in the
soul-winning possibilities of this Appeal
for Missions campaign.
Hearts were made glad as at times we
were greeted with such words as, "Oh,
here you are at last! We do look forward
to your annual visits, and are so pleased
to be able to have a part in this humane
work." Then, on leaving, one would hear
such sweet words as, "Good-bye, we shall
be waiting for you next year, God
One kind friend who had decided to
have a part in this work for suffering
humanity, was able to present our pastor
with a big box of pennies, saved during
the intervening twelve months.
Surely, the Spirit of God is working
mightily upon the hearts of these people,
and may some of the words spoken, or
some tract delivered during the Appeal
campaign be the means of bringing some
soul nearer to Christ.
After a pleasant day spent in service
for the Master, we turned homeward, glad
in the knowledge that opportunities had
been improved, and that the balance of
the Maryborough church aim had been
lessened by many pounds.
Each Bring One
Is it too much for any member of our
churches to win one person to Christ each
year? In the closing chapter of the Bible
(Rev. 22:17) we are admonished, "Let
him that heareth say, Come." Every one
who has heard and embraced the gospel
message is under bonds to pass on the good
word to others.
Think of what it would mean if every
Seventh-day Adventist brought in one
soul a year! The membership of every
church would be doubled yearly. And
that experience is evidently in store for
us; for the Spirit of Prophecy assures us
that the time is coming when thousands
will be converted in a day. At present we
are bringing souls to the truth at the rate
of 110 a day, which is encouraging, but
still far short of what it is our privilege
to experience. Even the children may
have a part in this laudable aim. Our
church schools might profitably set this
plan before the children. The Scripture
says, "A little child shall lead them."
But our older members should happily
respond to a call of this character, especially when it is evident that it is in
full harmony with God's plan. To assume
such a responsibility is to yoke up with
Christ in the most satisfactory work ever
committed to mankind. It is a work that
succeeds in proportion as we pray for help
from God to carry it forward aright.
We have such a wide range of facilities
for bringing this result to fruition, in the
fine leaflets, periodicals, and books, which
may be loaned to our friends and neighbours. However, when you lend literature, lend it for only a limited time, so
you can with good grace call for it at the
Dr. Edward Finkle and Family
end of a week, a fortnight, or a month,
as the case may be. Otherwise no attention may be paid to what you have loaned.
When they know you are coming for it
at such and such a date, they are far
more likely to read it.
Visiting and praying for the sick, holding Bible studies, and cottage meetings,
are other means of reaching the lost.
Then there is the plan of praying for individuals now in darkness. Many have
been prayed into the truth. The writes.
is one such case. But by one means or
another, let us bring a soul to Christ each
year and thus experience the joy that
thrills the hearts of the angels.
Baptism at Avondale
Nearly the whole student body and many
visitors and friends surrounded the baptistry on the beautiful green lawn at the
A.M. College on Sabbath afternoon, April
10, to witness the baptism of three candidates from Woy Woy. Brother and Sister
W. Thompson, who had been instrumental
in bringing these souls into the truth,
drove them by car from Woy Woy.
The necessary preparations had been
carefully made, and Pastor Norman Ferris
by request officiated. The- writer, in a
short study and address, presented the
candidates as ready for baptism. The two
elderly sisters who now rejoice in the truth,
have both had rather chequered experiences in life, the tyrant alcohol having
entered both their homes and subjected
them and their children to inhuman treatment from the hands of one-time good and
true husbands. These sisters appreciate
greatly the comfort that the message has
brought to them.
The other candidate is from Norfolk
Island. He has been through the Great
War, was both wounded and gassed, and
has lost several fingers. He had heard
something of the message when a little
boy on Norfolk. The writer nursed his
father when on his deathbed, and the boy
listened to the studies given. The seed
was sown which, after many years, Sister
Thompson watered, until he now rejoices
in the truth. It was at his request that
Brother Norman Ferris baptised him. They
had been playmates together when little
boys on Norfolk. To see the one baptising
the other after years of experiences, and each esteeming it an
honour, was one of those romantic little incidents in the
third angel's message which endear it to our hearts.
The soft and sweet music of
the college band lent solemnity
and beauty to the service, and,
like the Ethiopian of old, theie
dear souls went on their way
The Lord is blessing Sister
Thompson in her labour of love.
This lay sister has many souls
to her account, rejoicing in the
message. Shall we remember
these dear souls in prayer ?
" The Bible is God's voice
speaking to us, just as surely as
though we could hear it with
our ears."—Mrs. E. G. White.
Farewell from Queensland
On Tuesday evening, April 20, the doors
of the Sanitarium Health Food Company's
Depot in Brisbane, Queensland, were
thrown open to welcome a large number
of friends who had gathered to express
their appreciation of and esteem for one
who, for eight years, has given faithful,
untiring, and unselfish labour in the conference office, and various branches of
church activity.
Miss D. G. Adrian, who, with her mother,
was the guest of the evening, has been
called to wider service, having been appointed to assist Miss Lewin in the Sabbath school work at the Union Conference
office, Wahroonga. Appreciation of Miss
Adrian's work here was expressed by our
Conference President, Pastor Rampton, before Brother L. A. Butler, the secretary,
presented her with a well-bound and initialled hymn book, a gift from the office
staff. In reply Miss Adrian spoke her
thanks, but disowned any credit, referring
all praise to God, the Giver of every good.
From the Red Hill church, where Miss
Adrian and her mother were members,
came the gifts of a Bible and a hand bag
respectively. The members of the Girls'
Club, of which Miss Adrian was chaperon,
expressed in song their love and prayers
for her future by the words of the hymn,
"All the Future Years Are Held Within
the Father's Keeping," afterward laying
in her hand a dainty inkstand of Queensland wood. After suitable response and a
little social enjoyment, the hymn, "Blest
Be the Tie That Binds," closed the
We pray that God will bless Miss Adrian
and the many who will come directly or
indirectly in touch with her and her work
at Wahroonga.
"Platform Lecture-Sermons,"
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The subjects are all in striking newspaper style, as published in a city daily,
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the message of truth. Over half the edition
sold in the first six months. It has already
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Write today for your supplies from
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"Indifference in the Christian life is a
manifest denial of the Saviour."—"Testimonies," Vol. 8, p. 45.
WATSON - JONES. — On Feb. 17, 1937,
in the Mont Albert church, Victoria, Walter Raymond Watson and Vera Clarice
Jones were united in the holy bonds of
matrimony in the presence of a large company of friends. Befitting this occasion,
loving hands had decorated the church.
Many were the hearty congratulations
and best wishes for a future happy life as
they walk life's pathway together.
CHASEY - NORRIS — A quiet wedding
was celebrated in the Auburn (Victoria)
church, on March 3, when Harold William
Chasey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chasey of
Wattle Flat, was united in marriage with
Elsie Norris, younger daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Norris of Ballarat. We wish them
every happiness as they face life's problems together.
STOCKEN - FEARN. — The first wedding to be held in the new church at
Woollahra, Sydney, was conducted on
March 23, 1937, at 7 p.m. The celebrants
were Brother William Stocken and Miss
Marjorie Fearn. The church was tastefully decorated for the happy occasion,
and a large number of relatives and
friends gathered to witness the ceremony
and to wish the young folk every happiness. The bride was presented by the
church members with a Bible, suitably inscribed. They are both engaged in the
activities of the church, and we wish them
every blessing and a larger sphere of usefulness in their united lives.
WISE - HILL. — In the presence of a
large number of relatives and friends
gathered together in the Auburn church,
Victoria, on March 25, Brother Ronald
Wise and Sister Vera Hill entered the
bonds of holy wedlock. In their united
lives we believe they will continue their
activities in the various church meetings.
We wish them much of God's blessing.
ROBB - POTTER. — The Presbyterian
church, Merbein, Victoria, kindly lent for
the occasion, was the scene of a happy
wedding when, on March 29, Robert Robb,
second son of Brother and Sister Robb,
and Sylvia Potter, daughter of Brother
and Sister J. H. Potter, Junior, of Merbein,
were united in marriage. Brother and
Sister Robb will make their home in Merbein, where they are active members of
the local church. They have the best
wishes of a large circle of friends for their
future happiness.
GOSLING - IRVINE. — A popular wedding that filled Lismore church to capacity
took place on the evening of April 7,
when Brother J. C. Gosling and Sister Ivy
M. Irvine were united in marriage. Both
are graduate nurses of the Sydney Sanitarium, and both have been employed on
the staff of the Hydro at Warburton,
whither they have since returned. The
church was tastefully decorated, and everything was carried out in perfect accord
with the message to which these young
people have consecrated their lives. We
trust that Heaven's benediction may seal
this union, and bless their labour of love.
WILLIAMS. — Mrs. Elizabeth Jane
Williams, late of South Melbourne, Victoria, passed away on April 11, at the age
of sixty-nine years, after a painful illness.
We laid her to rest in the Springvale cemetery on April 13, to await the call of the
Life-giver. Words of sympathy were
spoken to the mourners by the writer.
BROWN. — Dear little Kelvin, son of
Brother and Sister Arthur Brown, of
Brighton, Victoria, fell asleep in Jesus on
April 1, at the home of his parents. Only
"an infant of days," three weeks and five
days old, he slept quietly away. We laid
him to rest on Sabbath afternoon, April
3, in the New Cheltenham cemetery, till
the angels gather the little children and
place them in their mothers' arms.
"Hasten on, glad day eternal."
DURHAM. — After fifty - one years'
membership with the second Seventh-day
Adventist church in Australia, Sister Lily
Durham peacefully fell asleep on March
18 at her home in Ballarat, Victoria, at
the age of eighty-six years. For many
months she had been a patient sufferer,
and as we visited her from week to week
she expressed her confidence in Christ as
her personal Saviour. Having accepted
present truth under the labours of Pastor
J. 0. Corliss in 1886, Sister Durham became a charter member of the Ballarat
church, and throughout all these years
was most exemplary in her attendance and
support of all church meetings and activities. She was also a regular attendant at
camp meetings. A most consistent worker
with the "Signs of the Times," she delivered the paper right up to the time of her
last illness. We laid hex to rest in the
Ballarat New Cemetery to await the voice
of the Life-giver on the morning of the
first resurrection. " Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord."
Mrs. T. Duffy and family of Kurrajong
sincerely thank their many kind friends
for the expressions of loving sympathy in
the recent sad loss of their beloved daughter and sister Netta.
CLOSING. — Miss Thomson's guest
house at Katoomba will be permanently
closed from May 5. Circumstances other
than failure make this a necessity. She
takes this opportunity to thank the friends
who have given their patronage during
the past three years. All correspondence
for her, also for Miss A. S. Higgins, may
be addressed, after May 17, to "Beaucourt," Waratah St., Katoomba, N.S.W.
NOTICE. — Will "RM." please communicate with the M.V. Department at
Wahroonga, giving her name and address,
so that a personal reply may be sent to
her letter.
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Pastor A. H. Piper left Wahroonga on
April 29 to spend the Week of Prayer
at Warburton.
Pastors Robt. Hare and E. E. Roenfelt
will lead out in the Week of Prayer at
The North Queensland camp meeting,
which is to convene in Mackay from May
13 to 23, will be attended by the following
general workers: Pastors E. B. Rudge and
E. E. Roenfelt and Miss H. K. Lewin.
Brother G. W. Richardson, lately returned from the Solomon Islands, has been
appointed woodwork instructor at the
Australasian Missionary College.
Pastor C. H. Parker, who gave thirtysix years of service in the South Pacific
and returned to America three years ago,
has written a letter to his large circle of
Australasian friends. This is given in
another column.
Pastor E. L. Minchin sailed for New
Zealand by the "Awatea" on April 30.
He plans to spend the Week of Prayer at
the N.Z. Missionary College, and to hold
conventions and revivial meetings for the
young people in both the North and the
South Island during, his two months' stay
in the Dominion.
Further reports in the Appeal for Missions have reached us from three conferences. We are glad to announce that
West Australia has received the small
amount lacking to complete its aim, namely £37. Queensland, for its third official
week, reports £118, and now has twothirds of its goal. We await with much
interest further reports from this northern
field. When Queensland can report £356
more, the ninth and last conference will
have completed the campaign for 1937.
From the island fields, Appeal reports
are beginning to reach us. Pastor Reye
writes from Samoa that £36 has been
collected there. Norfolk Island, Pitcairn,
and Tonga, are also at work, and no
doubt others. The North Queensland
Mission field conducts its effort after the
cane-crushing season, later in the year.
We have excellent grounds for believing
that the total aim for the Australasian
Division, — £12,510, — will finally be realised, with a good overflow.
Writing on board the "Malaita" on the
way to the Solomon Islands, Pastor N. A.
Ferris posted his letter at the last Queensland part, saying: "We have had a very
pleasant trip thus far. Dr. Finkle enjoyed
the visit to both Brisbane and Townsville,
and tomorrow we expect to spend a few
hours at Cairns. At Brisbane we met with
the workers in the Sanitarium Health Food
Depot for morning worship, and later
visited the cafe and the conference office.
. . Today it was a real pleasure to meet
Pastor and Mrs. Bird and family at Townsville, and to spend a few hours with them.
We are glad to be on our way, and are
looking forward to taking up our work in
the Solomons."
The Sydney Cafe mission, conducted in
its own dining room every Tuesday night,
continues to enjoy an encouraging attendance on the part of patrons, friends, and
visitors. A number of people who attended
the first meeting ten weeks, ago have never
missed once since. Next Tuesday evening
(May 4) the subject will be presented,
"Why These Business Premises Are
Closed on Saturdays." This should be of
special interest to a large number who
have been more or less familiar with our
Vegetarian Cafe.
Letter from a Veteran
My Dear Australian Brothers and Sisters,
You will think by my long silence of
that old adage, "Out of sight, out of
mind." But this is not true in my case,
for you are the same to me as when I was
associated with you in the labours of that
field. Separation and distance do not affect my feelings toward you. Not a morning passes but in my private devotions to
God your names and the great work that
you are doing for Him are placed before
His face, for His blessing and His Holy
Spirit to clothe you with His all-power
and victory over every trial and temptation: that you may finish your course in
triumph, being clothed with the spotless
robe of the righteousness of Jesus.
How happy my dear wife and I would
have been, if the Lord had allowed us
to finish our ministry in your midst. But
God knows why He willed otherwise. What
a glorious thought it is to know that when
the clouds have passed away, we shall
know the "why;" for then we shall know
as we are known. Here we know it only
in part; but there we shall know it all,
just as God knows.
Tme marches on, and the great consummation is very near. What we had to
take by faith in the past is sight today.
Nearly every one of the prophecies is
marching before us in living characters.
And the servant of the Lord has said
that the last movements of this message
will be rapid ones. This we are beholding
with our own eyes, and not another's.
How quickly this message is filling in the
vacant spaces of our great commission,
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature."
My daughter and I rejoice with you in
what we see being done throughout Australia and New Zealand, and the large advance which is oeing made in the great
island mission field. This is what we have
looked forward to for years, and now we
hear it with our own ears and see it with
our own eyes.
The same blessing and power are resting upon the, work here in America and
in the far-flung mission fields. How we do
praise the Lord for the privilege of seeing
all this, and for the way that He is opening doors for this great message to be
heard where it was forbidden ground only
a few years ago.
It cannot be long now, my dear brothers
and sisters, before this great work will
close in triumph; and may we each triumph with it. If we fail now, we shall
lose all. On the other hand, if we prove
loyal and true to our dear loving Saviour
and our kind and merciful heavenly Father, we will gain all. May we not disappoint them in the wonderful provision
they have made for our complete salvation
and deliverance from all .sin.
Your brother and fellow worker in this
blessed hope,
5730 Priory Street,
Bell Gardens, Bell, California.
Advent Radio Church
The following are a few of many letters
recently received by the pastor of the Advent Radio Church, which serve to show
that the blessing of God is attending the
effort to broadcast a knowledge of His
"There seems to be more power in the
services than ever. You just have a way
of speaking that gets right down into one's
very heart and soul, so much so that I
long to be with you in your faith. I am
interested more and more each Sunday,
and look forward to your services more
than anything else in the week. My mother
is also much interested. It is to her home
that we go to listen to the services."
A listener living in one of the outer
suburbs of Sydney writes:
"I do not like asking you to come right
to Bankstown. We are some distance from
the station, but would like to join your
Advent Radio Church. Please send me
particulars for doing so. It was by accident, or shall I say, God's guiding hand,
that I tuned in the Sunday you were being
introduced over the air, and I was impressed by the address and the singing.
I did not listen-in to the services last
year. I fear I am a great sinner. I was
brought up to attend the Church of England fairly regularly, but since living in
Bankstown the last twenty years I have
got right away from church. But I wish
to try again."
This letter is from a Seventh-day Adventist:
"My sister is not a Seventh-day Adventist, but she reads the 'Signs' and
listens-in regularly. She wrote to me saying that if the study on 'The Wonderful
Father' could be secured in book form
she would like me to get it for her. It was
the best study she had ever heard. Every
word meant a good deal to her because of
circumstances in her own home at the time.
She appreciated it very much and woulJ,
like to have it to keep."
A Methodist lay preacher rang up a few
days ago to urge that we be sure to send
his copy of the address each week, as he
uses the material. Sometimes he gives the
whole study, word for word, in his lay
Last Sunday evening one of the staff at
the radio studio said he was much interested in the study of the state of the
dead, and would be glad of any literature
on the subject. He said, "I want to
know what is right."