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Publications Day 
January 18, 1959 


January 3, 1959 


Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 


Items of general Interest 

BETHLEHEM, VIRGINIA. Pastor John F. Locke 
notes that "Brother Timothy D. Swartz was made Presi- 
dent Emeritus of the Board of Christian Education of 
the Southeastern District Conference by an unanimous 


ELDER J. L. GILLIN passed away on December 8, 
1958, at Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Gillin was born 
October 12, 1871, and was 87 years of age at the time 
of his passing. He was ordained a Brethren minister in 
1888 at the Brethren Church in Hudson, Iowa. Brethren 
S. H. Bashor and Henry Wise were the officiating cler- 
gymen. He served as pastor of the Enon Brethren Church, 
near Waterloo, Iowa, around the turn of the century. He 
was instrumental in establishing the Waterloo Brethren 
Church; the Enon Church then uniting with the Water- 
loo Church. 

While taking work at Union Theological Seminary 
and Columbia, in New York, Brother Gillin did some 
preaching for the Brethren at Sergeantsville, N. J., and 
Philadelphia, Penna. Later, in 1905, he became pastor of 
the Ashland Brethren Church, serving also as a profes- 
sor at Ashland College. He also served a number of years 
as president of Ashland College. He was Moderator of 
the National Conference of the Brethren Church in 1913. 

He also served as a professor in the University of 
Iowa, and for more than 30 years as Professor of So- 
ciology at the University of Wisconsin. He has been re- 
tired for the past 16 years, devoting his time to writing. 
Our prayers and assurance of life everlasting, in Christ 
Jesus our Lord, are conveyed to the loved ones who sur- 
vive. (WSB). 


vote," adding, "This is a well-deserved honor to a j 

Brother Claude Stogsdill was the evening speake; 
the Bethlehem Church on November 9th. 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Mrs. C. Hesson, of the j 

wood Church, writes as follows: "A Youth Choir 
eighteen voices has been organized at the Linwood Br 
ren Church with, Miss Joan Hesson as Director and J 
Jane Wantz as Accompanist. They made their first 
pearance in October at Homecoming, sang one nigh" 
our Revival Meetings, and are now preparing t 
Christmas cantata." (The Cantata was given the nigh 
December 21st.) 

The W. M. S. Public Service was held on Decen 
28th, with Nigerian missionaries, Glenn and Jean Sh 
as speakers. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Brother John Terrell reports | 
reception of five new members on the last Sunday j 

AKRON, OHIO. Brother J. G. Dodds notes that 
Official Board Public Service jis scheduled to be hield; 
evening of January 4th. [ 

A special song service and program built around !' 
Havergal hymns is scheduled for the Akron Church f 
second Sunday evening of January. 

patient in the LaGrange, Indiana, hospital. Let us 
member our brother at the throne of grace, that Gi 
richest blessings and healing might be upon him. 

WARSAW, INDIANA. Brother C. Y. Gilmer rep. 
the reception of three new members on December 4tl 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Ashland Seminarian Ray 
pinall was the scheduled speaker for the New Ye 
Eve banquet held in the Lanark Church. 

Brother Aspinall is scheduled to assume the Lan 
pastorate following his graduation from Ashland Tl 
logical Seminary this coming June. 

SPECIAL. Brother C. C. Grisso writes: "We are nit 
located in Sarasota, Florida, for the winter. Our i 
address: 1342 4th St., Sarasota, Florida." 


SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Homecoming Sunday— Ja 
ary 11th — Rev. Lyle Lichtenberger, Pastor. 




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A.NUARY 3, 1959 




The Editor's Pulpit 


^^Gome, Lord Jesus 


PHIS COULD BE THE YEAR— in fact, this 
»• could be the day — when the Lord shall come, 
he fact of His promised coming is attested to m 
le scriptures. Jesus speaks of it Himself. Thib 
^mmg to which we refer, at the beginning of thii. 
ew year, is commonly referred to as "The Rap- 
ire," or His coming to take the Church (Chris- 
ans), His bride, out of this world. 
Yes, dear friends, it is a most sure and certain 
romise from the Lord that one generation of 
hristians, shall not taste of death, but shall be 
lught up (translated) with Him in the air. 
As we enter this new year, as we plan our 
fork and as we anticipate a great year of ad- 
ancement in the work of our Church, we must 
jever lose sight of the fact that His coming for 
lis Church could occur at any moment. 
There are certain scriptures which are out- 
;anding in their emphasis on this forthcoming 
/ent. As Jesus ascended into the heavens from 
i[t. Olivet, with the disciples watching from the 
jround, a cloud received the Lord and He was 
jid from them. Then the angel told them that 
3SUS would return in exactly the same way 
Acts 1:9-11). Jesus had told the disciples in the 
pper room that He was going to go to heaven 
ad prepare a place for them; that He would 
!so return for them. (John 14:1-6). Paul refers 
) the coming of the Lord when he reveals that 
1 Christians shall not die a natural death, but 
ill, in a moment, hear the trumpet of the Lord, 
ad, with the dead in Christ also being" raised, 
lall be changed as we ascend to meet our Lord 
I the air. (I Corinthians 15:51-57). 
The doctrine of the Second Coming of the Lord 
as been much abused by self-styled theologians 
id post-millennialists. Publicity seekers have 
one so far as to set the exact time of Christ's 
iturn for His own, when in reality Christ Him- 
"M said He didn't know when it would be. Others 
;ek to do away with the Rapture altogether and 
5sert that Christ's return will gradually be re- 
ized as more men and women learn to know 
)out Him. 

The plain facts are that Christ will come for 
His own — the Rapture. Here is the "thief" com- 
ing in the night — stealing away the most pre- 
cious possession — the Christians. The Christians 
will hear the trumpet sound, and will arise to 
meet Him. The world will go on into a period of 
war, famine and destruction never visioned by 
anyone so completely as by St. John in the Rev- 
elation. Following this period of seven years, 
Christ will come in great glory; will defeat the 
armies of the earth and set up His kingdom — 
the 1,000 years of peace — on the earth. It is not 
within the scope of this Editorial to go into the 
finer points of this great doctrine. Our concern 
is that the knowledge of His promised coming 
might keep us alert and useful in getting the 
Gospel message to those who are not ready to 
meet Him in the air. 

It should be noted that Christ shall appear for 
those who are looking for Him. Who, as they go 
about the strenuous duties of daily living, are 
strengthened and inspired by the knowledge 
that He has promised to come and receive them 
unto Himself. It is not for those who feel they 
can go about their daily duties, pleasures and 
selfish activities with no responsibility to watch 
for Him nor to be prepared for His coming. Such 
could be classified as little children playing in 
the yard and suddenly to be picked up by the 
mother and carried indoors. No, the promise of 
His coming is for those, hard at vrork "from 
dawn to setting sun," who eagerly anticipate His 
coming. It is for those who work side by side 
with Him, in fellowship with Him, knowing that 
soon this working fellowship and presence which 
is now felt, shall become a fellowship of sight. 

Don't stand gazing into the heavens, Brethren, 
but don't get so involved in doing each day's 
work that the promise of His coming is lost on 
us, either. This may be the year, and, if it is, our 
prayer is that we may all be ready to meet Him 
in the air. "Then shall we ever be with the Lord." 
Are you now ready to meet Him? W. S. B. 



Come Ye Yourselves 

Mark 6=31 

IT IS NOT STRANGE that some of the greatest 
religious experiences were born in the 
desert regions of the earth. Deserts have al- 
ways been places of contemplation, apartness, 
reverie and introspection. The wisdom of the 
greatest Scribe, spoken centuries ago in a sacred 
desert region is SO applicable today to the hur- 
ried and perplexed frenzy of the 20th century 
living. Jesus said, "Come ye yourselves apart 
into a desert place and rest awhile, for there 
were many coming and going, and they had no 
desire so much as to eat." (Mark 6:31). 

If you are not acquainted with our desert as 
we who live upon it you can never fathom the 
uncanny beauty and glory that it radiates in May 
when in full bloom, A friend of mine, a Presby- 
terian Missionary's wife in nearby Scottsdale 
has pictured it thus: 


Have you seen the desert in spring-time 
Just after the lifegiving showers? 
Have you seen the cactus and paint brush 
And thousands of other bright flowers? 

Have you seen the mountains like cardboard 
Stand out against the blue sky? 
Have you seen the greasewood and sagebrush 
And beargrass that's only so high? 

Have you seen the prairie dog village, 
And sands that are never quite still? 
Have you seen the glowing ocotilla 
In the valley beyond the low hill? 

My friend, there's nothing quite like it, 
This desert we dare call ours. 
We may search the wide world over 
And see famous gardens and flowers 

Rev. Vernon D. Grisst 

But there's something one can never fathom 
There's plenty we don't understand 
When we look at the desert about us, 
And see the work of God's hand. 

Inez Morton. 

Come ye apart into a desert place, Jesus beck 
oned. A long time before Jesus proclaimed this 
a forerunner for God's people — a man namec 
Moses, "Led the flocks to the backside of th( 
desert and came to the mountain of God." (Ex 
3:1). "And Moses said, I will now turn asidi 
and see this great sight why the bush is no 
burned. And when the Lord saw that he turneo 
aside to see, he called unto him . . . and he said 
Here am I" (Ex. 3:3, 4). 

Now there are two impulses in man. One is t( 
accept and take for granted; the other is to lool 
with inquiry and wonder. From the latter, relig 
ious impulse is born — the impulse born is to b 
born again! In God! Moses, instead of simpl; 
saying, "I see a tree on fire," turned aside t 
examine it. He found from his inquiry that 
"The place whereon thou standest is hoi;; 
ground." (Ex. 3:5). "Put off thy shoes fronj 
thy feet!" Begin with yourself, Moses, — here i;{ 
this desert place consider the sorrows and afflict 
tions of God's people. When the Lord saw that la. 
turned aside because of the wonders he saw,- 
he called him. Moses answered, "Here am I." 

The backside of the desert turned out to be th 
mountain of God. Our times "aside" — in 
plain place — wherever our desert might b( 
brings us a new hope and expectation to the ca 
God extends to us. 

"Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to loo 
upon God." (Ex. 3:6b). Tears MUST have flowe 
down his cheeks then ! We cannot come apart int 
a lonely place with God — see ourselves and offe 

JANUARY 3, 1959 


Apart Into A 

Desert Place 

ourselves except honest tears flow hot, from our 
souls at the image of what we are in our own 
isight, and what we can be in God's presence. 
ILET THEM FLOW— thank God your emotions 
|()f love and reverence are not dried up! "But in 
jmy penitence and shame I am weak" — but — 
f'God hath chosen the weak things of this world 
'bo confound the things which are mighty." (I 
ICor. 1:27). When the Lord sees us turn aside 
;He calls us out of the midst. We turn aside to see 
jthe wonders of Arizona, the desert places, the 
|3anyons, the mountains and the endless skies; 
[refreshed, we turn regularly aside to God's 
(house, to miracles of mercy; we say, "Lord, here 
am I," and God says, "Come now therefore and 
[ will send thee unto Pharaoh (the world) that 
thou mayest bring forth my people. (Ex, 3:10). 

Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place. 
Again, in another place, do you remember the 
magnificent outcome of the contest on Carmel 
after Elijah had challenged King Ahab? Elijah 
challenged: "How long halt ye between two opin- 
ions, if the Lord be God, follow him, if Baal then 
follow him." You DO remember the victory! 

No one rises so high but that he's more than 
3ne step from despair! Many times after a tir- 
ing week and a burdened sermon I have pro- 
claimed, "That's my last sermon!" Something 
lias always happened then ... it has always been 
aod speaking in one way or another saying — 
'Come ye apart ..." 

Well, look at Elijah . . . "he went a day's jour- 
ley into the desert and came and sat under a 
iuniper tree" . . . "Come ye apart into a desert 

Elijah slept under the juniper tree . . . and God 
et him sleep! The cold type of the Old Testament 
)rinted story cannot tell the strain, the tension 
Elijah was under; would God answer his chal- 

lenge? Would Jehovah's followers turn out to 
see the results? 

Have you ever said, "I've aged fifty years," 
after a trying test? Elijah ran seventeen miles 
before the chariot, imagine the reaction, the 
physical tension after such a spiritual test. We 
say WE'RE all run down. No, really WE'RE all 
wound up! How wise God was to just let Elijah 
sleep. How differently things look after a rest 
apart in a desert place, 

God clianged Elijah's environment, "Go forth 
and stand upon the mountain of the Lord." 
Sometimes after resting upon the desert floor 
God quietly calls us to a higher place up where 
we can peer over the plains. 

His mental and moral content needed rebuild- 
ing. You have said in the midst of the heat of 
life's combat, "I'm through — washed up — no 
good — any way, nobody else cares, why should 
I, I'm all alone anyway!" Elijah said, "I, even I 
only am left," and God said, "Come over and 
stand on the mountain before the Lord — come up 
higher." He needed to go up and get the environ- 
ment of God. That is why our church — our wor- 
ship — our prayers are so important ... to catch 
the new vista vision of the worth of it all from 
the environment of God. God shows us from 
the heights where to place our faith; he takes 
us from our common haunts to new scenes of 

If you have read on in the story you have 
been introduced to the fantastic happenings in 
the mountain of God. The winds, the crashing 
rocks, the earthquake and fire — but God was in 
none of these — God was simply in the echo that 
followed — "The still small voice . . . What doest 
thou here Elijah?" 

That's all! That did it! It was as if God, in 
a burst of confidence said, "Talk about yourself 



Elijah, tell me, WHY?" . . . "Well, I'm jealous, 
I'm alone, I'm a failure !" He had been all bottled 
up — but here, separated — alone with God he 
could talk, he simply uncorked and confessed. 

Come aside into a desert place and rest awhile. 
When the Lord showed him how many (seven- 
thousand) had not bowed the knee to Baal, he 
went on his way, cured, casting his mantle where 
good could and should be done. The treatment 
had been complete. He was God's man again! 

Jesus poured out his heart in a desert place 
for days and nights. 

Paul went into a desert place before he could 
find that inner peace that filled him with the 
power of the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus called His Disciples apart into a desert 
place to rest. 

Moses, in the desert, came to the mountain of 
God, "Here Am I." 

Elijah, with battle fatigue, was rehabilitated 
when he went into a desert place to find himself 

Isaiah described the healing of the desert re- 
treat : 

"Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, 
then shall the ears of the deaf be unstopped, 
then shall the lame man leap as a hart, 
then shall the tongue of the dumb sing 
for in the desert shall the waters break out as 
streams in the desert. (Isaiah 35:5, 6). 
"Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make 
straight in the desert a Highway for our God." 
(Isaiah 40:3) — Come ye yourselves apart into a 
desert place and rest awhile! 

Tucson, Arizona. 



Sadie Louise Miller 

Each new year that we meet in life 
Comes as an entrance to a field 

Which is as yet unseen. 
We know not whether we shall find 
Deep valleys, rugged paths, steep hills. 

Or rolling pastures green. 

We enter through an open gate. 

And though the last field pleased our eye, 

It must be left behind. 
The gate is locked and we go forth. 
Knowing that as we journey on. 

Strange ways our feet may find. 

The opening to this new year 
Reveals a dim and darksome path; 

Brave hearts are filled with dread. 
The scream of bomb is heard; grim war 
Is lowering round us like a pall; 

We fear to look ahead. 

"Yea, though they walk the lonely vale 
Where dismal shadows near them creep. 

My rod shall drive away 
All danger; and through mountain pass 
Or rocky steep My staff shall be 

Their comfort and their stay. 

"Their head I will anoint with oil, 
Their cup shall overflow; and I 

Shall food for them prepare 
In presence of their enemies; 
And they within My sheltering fold 

Shall know no anxious care." 

Great Shepherd, Thou dost go before 
To make for us rough places smooth. 

And crooked paths make straight; 
But should dense gloom our path enshroud. 
Thy voice shall be our constant guide 

Until thy storm abate. 

But as we enter, grave with awe, 
This untried field of life, we hear 

A faithful, loving voice: 
"I am the Shepherd of My sheep; 
I know each name, they need not fear, 

But in My care rejoice. 

So even though, this year, war clouds 
Hang black above us, we forbode 

No terror or dismay; 
If we but follow at Thy call. 
All darkness shall become as light 

And night shall be as day. 

JANUARY 3, 1959 



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Coatribating Editen: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, G«a. See t 


Bob Bischof 

I am sitting in the school office at Vilegwa. The 
United Nations Deputation is here in Nigeria, and at the 
moment should be inspecting the Lassa Hospital. They 
will come along this road from Lassa to Mitchika past 
the Vilegwa School and may stop. Hence I came up this 
morning to stay here in case they do stop to inspect 
the school. 

I have really been on the go during October and 
also so far for November. In October I rode the motor- 
cycle 260 miles, and so far this month, 210 miles. Most 
of the time on bush paths, visiting outvillages. I'd be 
lost without it. 

On October 26 Pastor Karbam and I went to Wamdeo- 
Dvu, 12 miles west of Uba on the Uba-Lassa dry-season 
road. Work had been going on in this village for a num- 
ber of years; however, until recently there hasn't been 
any results to speak of. But now, a few of their young 
folks who went to school have returned as teachers, and 
the work is really on fire. Fifty-nine were baptized and 
ninety-five took the covenant and are now preparing for 
baptism. We started baptizing at 10:30 and were finished 
about noon. 

I have learned always to go prepared to baptize in 
any type pool of water. Some of them have sandy bot- 
toms; the water is nice and clear; others have muddy 
bottoms and the water is very dirty. Well, this pool 
wasn't too clean. I asked them before going to bap- 
tize, if there were any leeches in the water, and they re- 
plied that there were a few. Therefore I wore long trous- 
ers; however, the pastor wore only shorts; consequently 
he had quite a few leeches to pull off before we finished. 

We had communion in this village, with 116 taking 
part. It was the first time that communion had been held 
in the village. It was really a joyous day for the pastor 
and me. I finally returned to Uba at about 5 in the eve- 

On November 5 I went to the village of Jalingo, six 
miles south on main road to Mubi, and then 4 miles 
back in the bush. It was really a bush footpath — tall 
grass on each side, bushes and trees. There were also a 
number of cross paths and no road signs; so I became 
lost several times. I asked occasionally and received di- 
rections. Finally I persuaded a young boy to get on the 
motorcycle with me and direct me to the village. There 
I examined 8 for baptism and 7 for covenant. Then we 
walked about 3 miles to the Yedseram River and bap- 

This is a village of almost all Higis who have moved 
down from the Bazza area. The CRI here has been 
opened only about a year. Five of the 8 that were bap- 
tized were young married men; a number of those who 
took the covenant were wives of these men; so here is 
a good start for a village. They seemed really very much 
interested in the Christian way of life. 

On November 8 I went to Kubur Shosho, a village 
about 3 miles from Lassa on the Lassa-Mitchika road, 
right along a little stream. Here 14 were baptized and 
7 took the covenant. 

November 9 I came up here to Vilegwa for Commun- 
ion. Christians from the CRI's Kubur, Shosho, Moda, 
Kankila, Kwalia, Kwadzale, Vileg^va and Bazza came 
for the communion. All of these villages are Higi. One 
hundred sixty-nine took communion. It was another busy, 
but joyous, day. This area is to be organized into a 
church of their own in the next month. The area of Uba 
will be organized into another church. Thus we shall 
cut down the membership in the Lassa Church. 


-For our new missionaries on the field (Rowseys and 
Solomons); they have many adjustments to make — a 
new language and an entirely different culture; 

-For the evangelical work in Argentina, where political 
changes have affected lives of people and will ulti- 
mately influence the work; 

-For more mission funds with which to complete the 
buildings at Mbororo in Nigeria and at Buenos Aires, 

-For the new work at Phoenix — the pastor, the people 
and funds with which to support their program. 


WATCH the missionary page every week, 
LEARN more about this vital program, 
JOIN US in prayer for this new and vital 




ren homes, through the mail, a magazine 
called "The Brethren Evangelist." It is received 
and handled. In many cases it is read, sometimes 
in part, sometimes in its entirety, not only by the 
recipient but by other members of the family. 
It often times lies in view upon a desk or table 
for days; often a number of weekly issues can 
be seen lying in a place where members of the 
home can pick them up and read them. 

As this family goes to Sunday School, they re- 
ceive Brethren Quarterlies and leaflets. These 
they use in class, and in many cases take them 
home for use in studying the next Sunday's les- 
son. Often times in the services the family will 
receive pieces of literature from the various 
agencies of the Church, telling of their work in 
the program of the Church. 

Yes, this is, in part, the picture of the min- 
istry of Brethren Publications. But it is only 
part. For before the Evangelist can reach your 
home; before your Quarterlies and leaflets can 
be handed to you, there is a tremendous amount 
of planning, ground work, preparation, man- 
hours, materials and cooperation. But it is a pic- 
ture of a ministry which the Church cannot do 
without. How nearly the Church comes to doing 
without its literature can best be shown by 
stating that, economically, because of the in- 
creased cost of labor and materials, your Pub- 
lishing Company at Ashland is now on a hand- 
to-mouth operating basis. Years ago the Com- 
pany was beset by constant debt. Conditions im- 
proved until in 1954 we were able to announce 
that the Company was free of debt. The building 
was paid for, and there was money in the bank. 
Your offerings for the annual Publishing Day 
each January, continued, and in fact, increased. 

Our long range planning then decreed an in- 
creased literature program (giving your offer- 
ings back to you in the form of improved Breth- 

ren publications). In this we have been con- 
stantly mindful of the many years of sacrifice 
given by godly men who labored under the great 
burden of debt to give the Brethren a first class 
literature. Their efforts to establish and main-t 
tain good, sound Brethren literature are ever re- 
membered, and form the basis for the present 

Forward steps were taken, and both the Adult ij 
and Youth Quarterlies were enlarged as was your 
weekly Church Organ, The Brethren Evangelist. 
The results were good, and subscriptions and 
circulation in all areas increased. But something 
else happened, too. Larger magazines, larger 
Quarterlies decreed more hours of labor all the 
way through. Increased circulation added to the 
number of hours of labor needed to care for the 
work. Men and women can do just so much work 
in a day, which meant the hiring of more em- 
ployees. Higher wages plus constant increases ia 
the cost of materials and services in getting youri 
publications to you have produced a problem 
which you have already guessed. 

Yes, dear friends, our expanding literature 
program has caught up with our existing facili- 
ties and resources. Men, women and machinery 
all have their limits, and right now in your Pub- 
lishing Company, that limit has been reached.! 
Modest rate increases on our literature have 
been made, but by and far, the Brethren will 
need to, at this time, rally to the cause of the: 
Publishing Company by an increased Publica- 
tion Day offering. Survival of the present liter! 
ature program decrees thusly. 1 

We are certain the Brethren do not want us 
to retreat. In fact, if the general tone of th( 
1958 General Conference is any indication. Breth- 
ren are looking forward regarding their Churcl: 
literature. General Conference has asked th( 
Publication Board to look into the possibility oJ 
a unified Church paper. A program of Trad 

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JANUARY 3, 1959 



publication is greatly needed. (We have more to 
say about that on another page of this Evan- 
gelist.) Improvements and advancements relat- 
ing to present publications are in the minds and 
vision of those responsible, and await only the 
needed support. We have gone about as far as 
we can under the present circumstances. 

Basically, the Publishing Company is a stock- 
holder's Corporation. You, Brethren, through the 
General Conference, are the stockholders. It is 
your Company, and we believe the purpose of 
said Company is to serve the Church through 
the production of the Church's literature. 

Here's what your Company does for you. Fur- 
nishes you with a weekly magazine containing 
the news, program, doctrinal materials for spir- 
itual growth, and the advancement of the Church 
and its program. Comprehensive Sunday School 
Quarterlies designed to unify the thought and 
teachings of the Brethren in their study of the 
Word. We also produce various auxiliary Organs, 
informational materials, etc., for the Boards and 
organizations of the Church. We stand as the 
promotional center of the Church. It has truly 
been said that "Brethren Publications are the 
life-blood of the Church." It is almost impos- 
sible to think what the work, the worship and 
the welfare of the Brethren Church would be like 
were it not for the work of the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company in the dissemination of printed 

For this reason, we do not hesitate in coming 
to you at this Publication Day offering time 
with this plain appraisal of the situation in your 
Publishing Company. Your help, Brethren, is 
needed now as never before; it is needed in a 
greater way than ever before. 

With your liberal help, and the support of 
your prayers, likewise, the future of your Pub- 
lishing Company will be brighter. At a time 
when the program of the Church is growing, 
when Church expansion is on the increase, the 

welfare of Brethren Publications must be of ut- 
most concern on the part of the Brethren. 

YOUR CHURCH PAPER, when it comes to 
you each week, is more than another magazine, 
or another piece of printed material. It is your 
tie-in with your local Church, and with the pro- 
gram of the great Church of Jesus Christ upon 
earth. Devotional materials are presented for 
your study and inspiration. Doctrinal materials 
come from time to time to proclaim the great 
spiritual truths of the Word of God for daily 
living. News of your Church and of other 
Churches are brought to you to inspire you to 
greater service for Him. The outreach progi-am 
of the Brethren Church is presented. Your 
Church paper represents your badge of loyalty 
in your Christian profession to the Church which 
gives you spiritual nourishment, challenge and 

This is just one of the many phases of Church 
publications which are represented by your Pub- 
lishing Company. How do we here at the Pub- 
lishing Company look at this matter of Brethren 
publications? "The Company is challenged with 
the fact that it is the dissemination center for 
church news, plans, programs, spiritual help for 
the Brethren Church. To this end, the Editor, the 
writers, the printers, are dedicated to efficient 
operation in a way which shall continue to as- 
sure the Brethren a literature second to none in 
Christianity's printed word." 

It is our earnest hope and prayer that every 
Brethren will consider seriously the pressing 
need for an extra liberal Publication Day offer- 
ing this year. An offering equal to, or better, 
than last year is imperative if the Company is 
to produce a Brethren literature equal to that 
now being produced. With your help, we shall 
continue to serve the Church and the Lord to 
the best of ability and capacity in the production 
of Christian literature for a growing Brethren 

Publications — January 18, 1959 



erature is not the picture for Christian pub- 
lications in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. It is the total spent by Communism in 
their world-wide propaganda program. What they 
are using this literature for is to fill a void in 
the souls of men. People who have nothing, and 
no hope of ever getting anything, are wide open 
for the reception of some doctrine or teaching 
which promises them a better, more abundant 
life. This, the Communists are doing through 
their literature program. They have realized the 
power of the printed page. We well know that 
the Communists cannot live up to their prom- 
ises — in fact, they never intend to. Yet their lit- 
erature program continues at the grass roots 

Christian Literature Programs, the product of 
our witnessing for Jesus Christ, are the most 
potent factors in the spread of the Gospel. The 
programs are reaching out, and are effective as 
far as they go. One cannot estimate the value of 
tracts, leaflets. Church magazines, Bible study 
outlines, quarterlies, etc., in their continual min- 
istry of reaching men and women for Christ. 
Truly this is the Food for a Perishing World. 
« « « 

If we are inclined to water down our estimate 
of the value of the printed page; if we are 
tempted to discount the effect of a piece of 
Christian literature sent or given to a family or 
person, let us not forget that the opponents of 
the Protestant Christian faith really know the 
value of the printed page in influencing the minds 
of people. 

t: * t 

Note these few excerpts from an article ap- 
pearing in "The Evangel." 

"The Roman Catholics distributed, house to 
house, in a community in the East, a small well 
written tract entitled 'Come On In,' with the re- 
sult that 528 Protestants voluntarily requested 
Roman Catholic instruction. 

"The Jehovah's Witnesses baptized 1,100 new 
converts one Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. 

"What had preceded such an amazing display? 
A campaign by a powerful nationally-known pub- 
lic speaker ? No ! A relentless literature campaign 
was bearing fruit. 

"The Communists' key weapon in the capture 
of 800 million people was literature. They spend 
over three billion dollars annually on printed 

Literacy (the ability to read — and write) is ir 
creasing throughout the world. Though we hav 
in the United States, unfortunately, produced 
segment of our population sadly lacking in goo 
reading comprehension, due to a brand of poo 
reading-teaching methods, yet the over-all litei 
acy rate in the world is increasing. Sources es 
timate that the world's reading population i 
gaining by about a million a week. But what ar 
they getting to read? These are the spirituall 
hungry and they are begging for good, Christia 
reading materials. 

JANUARY 3, 1959 


We must provide through the Christian press, 
ood Gospel reading materials for these spirit- 
ally hungry, Tliese people are right around us — 
1 our Churches, our families and our neighbor- 
oods. They are across the land and around the 
'orld. We must give them the vi^ord of the Lord, 
esus, many times used the M^ritten Word when 
[e said, "It is written." Yet consider the plight 
f one native of India, a highly educated man, 
le product of missionary effort. He said: "The 
lissionaries taught my people how to read, but 
ley have let the Communists give my people 
hat they read. Tragedy is the result." 

Quoting again from "The Evangel"': "If the 
Church had spent on literature what it spent on 
hospitals, orphanages, schools and rest homes, 
the Bamboo curtain would not exist today. 

"China was conquered, not by the point of 
swords, but by the point of communistic pens." 

Yes, it is true that the false cults and Com- 
munism have made great gains through the use 
of the printed page. Yet let us never forget that 
the Pen of the Lord through the written word is 
more powerful. The Apostle Paul is perhaps the 
greatest example of this. He has reached far 
more people through his writings and the printed 
page than by his spoken word. 

We must approach the whole matter of Chris- 
tian literature for a hungry people by seeing it 
as the life-giving ministry of the Gospel for peo- 
ple Christ died to save. Where people will shut 
their ears and hearts to the spoken word, they 
can take Gospel literature into the privacy of 
their own home, and there read it and study it. 
There the message of the printed page is most 
potent, for it is there to tell its message over 
and over again. 

Your own Publishing Company at Ashland is 
happy to be participating in this great program 
of spreading the Gospel through the printed 
page. But we have our problems just like any 
other Christian witnessing establishment today. 
We need your prayers and your support. In giv- 
ing financially at this time you will be aiding 
in the continuation of this great progi'am. 

The Lord has told us to "Publish glad tid- 
ings," and to "go into all the world with the Gos- 
pel." The printed page represents the most eco- 
nomical method of getting the message of salva- 
tion out to a spiritually hungry world. 

Put the spiritual food into the mouths and 
hearts of the hungry through your support of 
the Brethren Publication Day offering this 
month. Pray for those who are engaged in this 
work. Pray that God's continual blessing shall 
be upon them. 

We rejoice in the gains and victories in the 
past and are counting on your liberal help at this 
time to aid us in establishing an increased min- 
istry of the printed word in the Church. There 
has never been a successful era of the life of the 
Church apart from the ministry of the written 
word; today is no exception, and we are certain 
you know this, too, and willgive your full sup- 
port to the Publication Day Offering this month. 



fOO% S^^^^^^^^i ^^a%c^e^ 

JS YOUR CHURCH among the group of Breth- 
ren Churches listed on the opposite page? 
These are the Churches, which in sending in 
their list of Brethren Evangelist subscriptions, 
have signified that they are 100% Churches. 
That is, that they are sending the Evangelist to 
every family in their Church. 

The plan is very simple, for it is necessary 
only to supply The Publishing Company with an 
accurate list of names and addresses of the head 
of each household, or home. This list should be 
so compiled that a copy of the Evangelist will go 
to each home represented in the membership of 
your Church. Upon receiving this list, we will 

"process" it, allowing full credit for subscrip- 
tions already in force, and bill your Church at 
$2.00 per subscription, less allowance for sub- 
scriptions already in force. Single subscriptions, 
and Church hsts not qualified for the 100% 
status, are now $2.50 per year. For more infor- 
mation on becoming a 100% Evangelist Church, 
write the Editor of Publications, 524 College Ave., 
Ashland, Ohio. You owe it to yourself, your 
Church and your Denomination to get the in- 
spiration, the challenge, the program, the news 
of your Church at work, into the homes of your 
members. Qualify for the 100% Evangelist pro- 
gram today. 

A CHURCH SPEAKS through her people, her 
preachers, her periodicals. The expressions 
of the first two must usually be vocal, local, and 
somewhat limited as to the number of potential 
hearers. The expressions of the latter are by the 
enduring medium of paper and print, they are 
reflections that are Church-wide, and their po- 
tential outreach is world-wide. Particularly is 
this true of a Church's official periodical, such 
widest possible sense, the Church's Voice. 

It is the voice of a soldier issuing a com- 
munique from the front lines of battle. Here 
are found reports of minor skirmishes and major 
wars being waged in the conquest of which we 
are all a part. As to the soldier, this information 
is valuable for immediate encouragement and in 
fighting future conquests. 

It is the voice of a statesman speaking for the 
Church between the stentorian issuances of the 
General Conference. It utters official pronounce- 
ments. Its words are vital to each loyal local 
member of the Church. 

It is the voice of a prophet sounding out the 
challenge of a high and holy calling, warning of 
the dangers of upper and nether extremism and 

calling preachers and people alike to a walk of 
holiness, simplicity, and separation. 

It is the voice of a family, a letter from home, 
bringing news of interest to every other family 
member. A birth, a death, a marriage, an obitu- 
ary, a success, a failure — all information that is 
trivia to the passing world, but of unusual in- 
terest to other members of the big Church fam- 

It is the voice of an organization, a house or- 
gan dedicated to the promotion of the interests 
and causes which it may espouse from time to 

It is the voice of a commentator bringing 
sober reflection on current events in the relig- 
ious world, helping to mold opinion and motivate 
action in the never ending conflict with evil. 

Every BRETHREN should subscribe to THE 
REN who believes in the Church's message 
in the hands of at least one other family. Every 
BRETHREN can help in this ministry by sup- 
porting the 1959 Brethren Publication Day Of- 
fering. — Adapted from the Wesleyan Methodist. 

J^UARY 3, 1959 




North Manchester, Indiana Rev. Henry Bates 

Akron, Ohio (Firestone Park) Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Ashland, Ohio (Park Street) Rev. Clarence S. Fairbanks 

Lanark, Illinois Pastorate vacant 

Loree, Indiana Rev. Horace Huse 

New Lebanon, Ohio Rev. John T. Byler 

Waynesboro, Penna. (Wayne Heights) Rev. N. Victor Leatherman 

North Georgetown, Ohio Rev. Richard Allison 

College Corner (Wabash, Indiana) Rev. G. Bright Hanna 

Johnstown, Penna. (Third) Rev. Clarence Stogsdill 

Waterloo, Iowa Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

Vinco (Mineral Point, Penna.) Pastorate vacant 

Glenf ord, Ohio Rev. Ray Aspinall 

Tucson, Arizona Rev. Vernon D. Grisso 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio Rev. William H. Anderson 

Bethlehem (Harrisonburg, Virginia) Dr. John F. Locke 

Gratis Ohio Rev. Arthur J. Tinkel 

North Liberty, Indiana Rev. W. E. Thomas 

Louisville, Ohio Rev. L. V. King 

Peru, Indiana Rev. John R. Turley 

Denver, Indiana Rev. Austin Gable 

Masontown, Pennsylvania Rev. David L. Rambsel 

New Paris, Indiana Rev. E. M. Riddle 

Manteca, California Rev. Milton M. Robinson 

Berlin, Pennsylvania Rev. Ralph E. Mills 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois Rev. Duane Sholly 

Milford, Indiana Rev. Glenn Grumbling 

Corinth, Indiana Rev. William E. Boyer 

Udell, Iowa Pastorate vacant 

Brush Valley (Adrian, Penna.) Rev. Paul D. Tinkel 

Smithville, Ohio Rev. Donald Rowser 

County Line (Lakeville, Indiana) Pastorate vacant 

Mulvane, Kansas Rev. Robert Blaine 

Oakville, Indiana Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel 

Sarasota, Florida Rev. Lyle I. Lichtenberger 

Oak Hill, West Virginia Rev. Robert Madoski 

Center Chapel, Indiana Rev. Austin R. Gable 

Calvary, New Jersey Rev. Wilbur Thomas 

Akron, Indiana Rev. Walter H. Blough 

Leon, Iowa Pastorate vacant 

Caileton, Nebraska Pastorate vacant 

Pleasant View (Vandergrift, Penna.) Rev. James I. Naff 

McLouth, Kansas Rev. John L. Bower 

Highland (Marianna, Penna.) Rev. Arthur L. Rummel 

Washington, D. C Dr. Joseph R. Shultz 

Warsaw, Indiana Rev. Clarence Y. Gilmer 



SPROUTING ITS WINGS is a new program of 
Brethren Tract printing- and distribution sys- 
tem. Known unofficially as the "Brethren Revolv- 
ing Tract Fund Plan," it operates in the follow- 
ing manner: 

Selected materials on the doctrines, teachings, 
practices and program of the Brethren Church 
will be printed and advertised for sale. As rev- 
enue is received from the sale of these items, it 
will be used in printing additional tracts and 
leaflets appropriate to the needs of the Denomi- 

This program must necessarily have a slow 
start, but should eventually develop into a pro- 
gram of printed materials for the Church which 
will fill a need apparent for many years. Such a 
program, late in getting started, from the stand- 
point of the expansion of the Church, was seem- 

ingly impossible due to a lack of financing, 
future rests with the Brethren. 

Impetus has been given to starting this I 
by the National Laymen's Organization of 
Brethren Church by their gift of $100.00 at ] 
Conference time. Interested individuals and 
ganizations can spur the progress of this I 
through gifts which they may wish to give 
record of all gifts will be made. At present 
Plan is being operated out of the office of 
Editor of Publications and the Business Office 
the Brethren Publishing Company. Oiir d 
thanks to the National Laymen's Organizat 
for their "kick-off" gift. The first of the i 
tracts, in the form of a booklet on the teachi: 
of the Brethren Church, is soon to come from 
press. We will make definite announceni 

"What church paper," asked the pastor, 
"do you take?" 

"None," the casual communicant rep,lied. 
"Haven't time to read. Take more papers 
now than I can read." 

"When and where is our next Denomi- 
national conference?" 

"Don't know." 

"What is our mission board doing?" 

"Don't know." 

"Have we a mission board at all?" 

"Think we have, but don't know for cer- 

"Is it doing anything?" 

"Suppose it is. Don't really know." 
"How much money did it raise last year?" 
"Don't know." 

"Where is home mission work most 

"Don't know." 

"What goiod are you to the church any- 



'Don't kn — ; that is — well, you see — ." 

— Selected 


rUARY 3, 1959 


What About the Future ? 

S ALWAYS, in the working out of the pres- 
^ ent program, we are looking to, and planning 

the future. Your response to the 1959 Pub- 
tions Day Offering, will in a large measure, 
ermine the rapidity and type of progress to 
made in the future of Brethren Publications 
[ in our service to the Church. 
Ls noted elsewhere in this issue, a tract pub- 
tion program is in its infant stages. We hope 
jxpand this considerably in the future. Gener- 
Jonference this past August gave thought to 
lerged Church paper. Parties involved in this 
'e, and are giving thought and consideration 
the matter. Sometime between now and sum- 
r we plan to, as authorized by the Publication 
ird, present to you a "sample issue" of the 
ingelist, showing what could be done under 

merged plan of publications. It will be of- 
3d merely as a suggestion by the Publication 
ird from which more definite planning and 
elopment can spring. 

Your reception and acceptance of all Brethren 
Literature in your Sunday School and Church, 
your continuance as 100% Evangelist Churches, 
and your joining the 100% group if you are not 
now a 100% Church, plus your considerate and 
liberal support of the present offering appeal, 
will do much to set the course of future planning 
and realization in the field of Brethren Publica- 



Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 

Make checks payable to The Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, and address The Brethren Publishing Company, 

524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 


Rate is now: $2.50 for single subscriptions 

$2.00 per year for 100% Church lists 

its August 1958 meeting, considered the 
:e structure of The Brethren Evangelist, and 

in the view of rising costs of publication, a 
scription rate increase was imperative. 
t has been the desire and policy of the Pub- 
tion Board to keep the price of Brethren Lit- 
ture as low as possible in order to encourage 
lore complete usage throughout the Denomi- 
ion. The established price had been set in 1941 
in the Evangelist was a 16 page paper. For 

same money. Churches in the 100% class, 
e, for several years been receiving the pres- 

20 page magazine. 

11 things considered, the Board felt that if 

Evangelist was to continue to be published. 

it would be necessary to increase the subscrip- 
tion rate. So the new rate of $2.50 per subscrip- 
tion was established, with a favorable rate of 
$2.00 per year per subscription for Churches 
which send the Evangelist into every home of 
their membership. 

Renewal and new subscriptions which are not 
accompanied with the full remittance are being 
processed on a pro rated basis. This applies to 
single subscriptions and Church lists which do 
not qualify for 100% status. 

Comparing 1941 living costs with those of the 
present year, everyone will agree, we are sure, 
that the rate increase on Evangelist subscrip- 
tions was fully justified. 





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It's a mighty good thing, while you are running the race, 
Just to pause as you go and come face to face 
With your conscience, and ask it a thing or two — 
For it's right you should know what life means to you. 

Have you given your hand to some fellow in need? 
Have you sneered at the man who was not of your creed ? 
Have you been open-hearted and ready to do? 
Have you tried to be just, have you tried to be true? 

In your judgment of men, have you always been fair? 
Have you learned to forgive in the face of despair? 
Have you fought against greed, or succumbed to its lust? 
Have you learned what it means to protect and to trust? 

Oh it's easy to preach and it's easy to tell 
Of the other chap's faults — but our own faults — oh well! 
We are cowards at times, and the truth you will find, 
Is a thing we dislike, for it's rather unkind. 

— Selected. 

PRIDE prevents our taking our full share of blame 
for conditions that arise (Jer. 1-3:15). If some one 
will take the blame in a given situation God will work in 
a marvelous way (1 Peter 5:5). It is the humble and con- 
trite ones that God revives (Isaiah 57:15). Instead of 
finding fault, humiliating others, and being critical and 
scornful, God says His people are to humble themselves, 
pray and seek His face (2 Chron. 7:14). Our Saviour 
had no sins of His own to bear, but he did bear our sins 
(1 Peter 2:24). 

It is interesting to note that Jesus as the Son of Man 
came through the tribe of Judah (Heb. 7:14; Rom. 5:9). 
Hence, He is called "The Lion of the tribe of Juda" (Rev. 
5:5; 22:16). Judah became surety to Jacob for Benja- 
min's return from Egypt (Gen. 43:8, 9). When the cup 
was found in Benjamin's sack Judah promptly took the 
blame (Gen. 44:32-34). When Judah did this then was 
Joseph reconciled to his brethi-en (Gen. 45:1-5). 

In our misunderstandings with our brethren let us re- 
member that the Devil is the accuser of the brethren 
(Rev. 12:9, 10). Let us not follow after Mother Eve in 
yielding to the Devil's suggestions and accusations (Gen. 
3:1-4). In all our human relationships, God must be first 
(Eph. 6:1; Matt. 22:37-39). Instead of blame we are to 
have love (Col. 3:19). The husband as head of the home 
is more responsible than the help-meet (Gen. 2:18-24). 
Being critical is a serious habit lest we be found guilty 
of even murmuring against God (Exod. 16:2, 3)! Re- 
member that Job became overzealous in his own defense 
(Job 40:6-8). How often the criticised have been more 
sinned against than sinning (John 8:7). Are we first 
doing OUR part (1 Tim. 2:1; Mark 16:9-15)? 


My life shall touch a dozen lives before this day is done 
Leave countless marks for good or ill ere sets this e^ 

ning sun. 
Shall fair or foul its imprint prove, on those my life sh 

hail ? 
Shall benison my impress be, or shall a blight prevail? 

When to the last great reckoning the lives I met must j 
Shall this wee, fleeting touch of mine have added joy 

Shall He who looks their records o'er — of name and tii 

and place — 
Say "Here a blessed influence came" or "here is evi 


From out each point of contact of my life with otl 

Flows ever that which helps the one who for the sunui 

strives ? 
The troubled souls encountered — does it sweeten w: 

its touch. 
Or does it more embitter those embittered overmuch?! 

Does love in every hand clasp flow in sympathy's cares] 
Do those that I have greeted know a newborn hopef 

Are tolerance and charity the keynote of my song 
As I go plodding onward with earth's eager, anxic 

throng ? 

My life shall touch a million lives in some way ere I \ 
From this drear world of struggle to the land I do i 

So this the wish I always wish, the prayer I ever prj^ 
Let my life help the other lives it passes by the way, 

— Strickland Gillilan, 

Sunday School Suggestion 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 


LEAKS." Last week we talked about some of the co 
mon "leaks" that we may find in our Sunday schoc 
We mentioned ineffective teaching, poor organizatii 
crowded conditions, inadequate records, lack of equ 
ment, improper grouping, poor worship services, faih 
to win pupils to Christ, and no follow-up. These are soi 
of the "leaks." This week let's look at some of i 
"plugs" available for these "leaks." 


For ineffective teaching try regular training cour; 
and conferences. The Sunday School Board is now maki 
a training manual that will help to "plug" this leak 

For poor organization reorganize by charting the 
ganization, defining responsibility, and adopting a cij 
stitution. ! 

NUARY 3, 1959 


^'or crowded conditions add facilities, a new education- 
unit, a house next door. 

?or lack of equipment appoint a committee, survey the 
;ds, set up a butdget and proceed gradually to acquire 
litional equipment. 

ii'or inadequate records get samples of available ree- 
ls; pick the best and in some cases tailormake your 
n. Study the records to know your school and manifest 
3wledge about what the records show. Nothing will 
more to encourage the secretary to keep adequate 

[^ox improper grouping plan new facilities to allow for 
litional grouping, divide classes and organize depart- 

^'or poor worship services handpick and then train the 
dership, and attend conferences and conventions where 
p can be secured. Subscribe to periodicals and maga- 
es providing help for leaders of opening services, 
li'or failure to win schedule decision days, bring the 
tter to the attention of the workers and train them 
overcome it, consult personally with unsaved pupils — 


^'or no follow-up visit, contact, write cards and letters. 

t absentees know they are missed and are needed and 

it they need the Sunday school. Organize the contact' 

•gram and report on accomplishments to the school 

i to the workers! 






(Reprinted from "Link") 




j^^j Sltt4y!K§ the Bbk CessoH ^^^ 


H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 4, 1959 


Lesson: Mark 9:14-29 

I OB HAMMOND, in The Voice of China, comments on 
I the necessity of a living faith for today: 

"The darker grows the storm clouds; the louder be- 
:omes the howling of the winds; the greater FAITH 
nust be exercised for. one to know that above the sun 
s always shining. We are living in tremendous days 

. . Everything within our nature is being challenged. 

n every time of stress, sickness, suffering, or sor- 
7, there is need of FAITH in God! 


/[any times great trial must come into our lives be- 
e we are willing and able to exercise faith in our 
1. Such was the case of the father in our lesson this 
ik. How great was his son's physical need! Notice 
sad plight of the boy: "He has a dumb spirit. 

Wherever it seizes him, it convulses him, and he foams 
at the mouth and grinds his teeth; and is wasting away" 
(vs. 18— Wms.). 

Evidently the son suffered fits of epilepsy. There was 
nothing they could do for him. 

So concerned was the father for his son that he went 
in search of Jesus. Was not this an indication of some 
faith on the father's part? Many, in their hour of need, 
will not even look to God for help. 


But when the father sought Jesus, He could not be 
found. The Master was on the Mount of Transfigura- 
tion with three of His disciples. 

There are times when we search for God and cannot 
find Him; when we pray and do not receive. God is not 
indifferent to us! Sometimes spiritual lessons can only 
be learned through disappointment and failure. 

Afterwards the father told Jesus: "I spoke to Thy dis- 
ciples that they should cast him out; and they could not." 

Jesus knew that His disciples, the father, and the mul- 
titude needed to learn the lesson of Faith. He chose 
this method to teach them. 

"O faithless generation,'" said Jesus, "how long shall 
I be with you ? how long shall I suffer you ? bring him 
unto Me." 

These words, says Dean Alford, were "not addressed 
to the man, as unbelieving, — nor to the disciples, — but 
generally, to the race and generation among whom the 
Lord's ministry was fulfilled." 

Then the father spoke to Christ: "If Thou canst do 
any thing, have compassion on us, and help us." The 
father's faith was far from perfect, for he inserted the 
"if" of doubt. Nonetheless, he spoke from his heart in 
truth and sincerity. 


"Jesus said to him, 'If there is anything I can do! 
Everything is possible for him who has faith!'" (Wms.). 

The only condition for help from God is man's faith, 
not God's power! Our faith is finite and defective and 
weak; but God's power is infinite! 


"And straightway the father of the child cried out, 
and saith with tears. Lord, I believe; help Thou mine 

"In the struggle of (the father's) anxiety, the strength 
of Faith is born, by the aid of Christ, in the soul empty 
of it before" (Olshausen). 

"Jesus . . . rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, 
Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of 
him, and enter no more into him." 

Later on the disciples asked Jesus why they had failed 
in their attempt to heal the lad. "And He said unto them, 
This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and 

"Is it any wonder that, when we stagger at any 
promise of God through unbelief we do not receive? 
Not that faith merits an answer, or in any way earns 
it, or works it out; But God has made BELIEVING 
a condition of RECEIVING, and the Giver has a sover- 
eign right to choose His own terms of "giving" 
(author unknown). 

In order to RECEIVE from God's hand, we must BE- 




Phil Lersch, Youth Director 

PIC of the WEEl 

.*• '^ .-SI 

Rev. and Mrs. Spencer Gentle 

Goshen "Gay Nineties" Banquet 

On October 18th our Senior B. Y. C. had a "Gay Nine- 
ties" Banquet at our Goshen Brethren Church. Approxi- 
mately 100 young people from surrounding Brethren 
churches enjoyed a fried chicken supper. 

The invocation was given by Phil Self and the toast- 
master was Dick Ecklebarger. 

The Ambassador Quartet provided us with a fine pro- 
gram, along with specials by Mr, Dorman Ronk and Mrs. 
Phil Lersch. 

— Judy Kerlin, vice-president. 

rrs NEWS! 

Tom Dooley may not have to hang after all; Washing- 
ton High School pupils have been circulating a petition 
to save the fictional mountaineer hero of the popular 

Among the 300 signatures on the petition is "Mrs. 
Dooley." No one is sure just how that got there. 

— Indianapolis "Teen Star" 

Goals Gab 
Goal Number Six (part one) 







Although Brethren Youth does regulate the total sub- 
jects that should be discussed during the year, we do 
feel that cei'tain topics should be considered by every 
youth group at a time suitable to its program. The five 
areas of study for this year are listed above. It is felt 
that all of our youth will grow in understanding these 
areas of Christian faith and experience when they have 
studied them within the same year. 

Room does not permit an explanation or discussion of 
each here; nor is that necessary. Suggestions for these 
topics can be found in the BRETHREN YOUTH HAND- 
BOOK (either in a regular section or under "Special 

Did you read these suggested topics carefully? or just 
skip over them? Much is covered here; personal evangel- 
ism, stewardship, outreach, service, and giving. It is 
hoped that each B. Y. C. will give ample preparation andi 
devotion to these studies that each person attending 
might be better able to serve our Lord, Jesus Christ. 



The church does not consist of one member 
but many. If a youth should say, "Because I an 
not an adult I do not belong to the Church," tha' 
would not make him any less a member of tht 

And if a member should say, "Because I an 
not an officer it is not necessary to attend," tha 
would not make him any less a part of the fel 
lowship. If the whole fellowship were leader; 
where would the leaders be? But, as it is, Go( 
gave each of us talents to work together to ful 
fill His plan. 

If all wanted to be president, what would th 
fellowship be? As it is, there are many members 
yet one fellowship. The Faith Commission canj 
not say to the Witness Commission, "I have ni 
need of you," nor again the Outreach Commis 
sion to the Citizenship Commission, "I have n^ 
need of you." On the contrary, the members wit] 
fewer talents are indispensable, and the unsun; 
heroes of the fellowship should receive more rec 
ognition, and the followers should be treated wit 
more respect, which our leaders do not requirt 

But God directed the fellowship giving greate 
honor to the more willing followers, that ther| 
may be no discord in the fellowship, but the 
the members may have the same respect for on 

If one member suffers, all suffer together; i 
one member is honored, all rejoice together. No' 
the youth of the fellowship are part of the Churc 
and individually members of it. 

ANUARY 3, 1959 


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^he Tl/omen'5 fc>orner\ 

'S'OS^' OQC^ 


by Helen Jordan 


rAKE TWELVE FINE, full grown months, so that 
they are thoroughly free from old memories of bit- 
jmess, hate, and jealousy. Cleanse them completely from 
TOry clinging spite, pick off all specks of pettiness and 
ttleness; and in short, see that these months are freed 
rom all the past — ^have them as fresh and clean as when 
ley first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut 
ach month into thirty (or thirty-one) equal parts. This 
atch will keep for just one year. Do not attempt to 
lake up the whole batch at one time (so many persons 
joil the whole lot by so doing), but prepare one day at 

time as follows: 

Into each day put faith, courage, work(some persons omit 
lis ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, 
delity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like 
laving the dressing out of the salad — don't do it), 
rayer, meditation and Bibfe reading. Be sure to include 

generous quantity of consideration, patience and long- 
iffering. Don't forget a pinch of the salt of candor, 
sason well with grace, not forgetting a sprinkling of 
ood humor. Pour into the whole, love without measure 
ad mix with vim. Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat, 
amish with smiles of thankfulness and sprigs of joy, 
len serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness 
-and a HAPPY NEW YEAR is yours. 

Jtewardship Thoughts 

by John T. Byler 

come from "whosoever is of a willing heart." The sec- 
ond verse suggests that the offering should come from 
"everyone whose heart stirred him up." In other words, 
the offerings came from an inner impulse — not from 
outward pressures. These individuals of ancient Israel 
had a desire — even a strong urge — to help in the con- 
struction and furnishing and operation of their .taber- 
nacle, and their offerings were expressions of their wor- 
ship and their attitudes toward God. 

When a Christian contributes to his church and its 
program in order to reduce his tax obligations, or be- 
cause of the social pressures in his community, rather 
than from a wilUng heart — the offering that he brings 
may bring blessing and benefit to someone — but the con- 
tributor will definitely lose the blessing of the spiritual 
enrichment that might have been his had he given out 
of an enthusiastically generous heart, in an eager an- 
ticipation of promoting the cause of his Lord. 

What sort of attitude is yours in the matter of giving 
to the church? If you give grudgingly it can only be 
because you are lacking in vision of the importance of 
God's plan in your life. If your contributions are of the 
type that cause you to get no satisfaction from them, 
you have really never learned to make an offering unto 
the Lord. What is really needed in circumstances of this 
kind is a complete rededication of self to God. 

Have you ever thought about the fact that the atti- 
tude that you possess in your giving is an ideal measure 
of the spiritual life that either exists or fails to exist 
within you? When your giving is difficult because you 
dislike to give, a danger signal is being flashed at you, 
as a warning that your spiritual life is not what it should 
be. One of the greatest satisfactions of any real con- 
secrated Christian is the privilege of giving all that he 
possibly can to promote the cause for which Christ died. 
What is your attitude toward the offerings you bring 
unto God? 



"Take ye ... an offering unto the Lord: whosoever 
of a willing heart, let him bring it ... " Exodus 35:5. 

"AND THEY CAME, every one whose heart stirred 
m up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and 
ley brought the Lord's offering to the work of the ta- 
irnacle ..." Exodus 35:21. 

The outstanding thought in this Old Testament pas- 

tge is that the offerings that were brought to God 

ere strictly voluntary. There was no idea of compulsion; 

lere was no requirement to give in order to hold church 

embership. These worshippers did not have to bring an 

^fering "to keep up with the Joneses." Their offering 

IS not brought because it would diminish the amount 

money that would be extracted from them for taxes 

the close of the tax year. How often God gets a year- 

.d "contribution" (not an offering) so that the money 

m't have to be given to "Uncle Sam!" 

The attitude of the givers in each of these verses is 

utmost importance. In the first, the offering was to 








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Vol. LXXXl 

January 10, 1959 

No. 2 

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meml Interest 


SARASOTA, FLORIDA. One new member was re- 
ceived on November 23rd. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Baptismal services for four new 
members were held on December 14th. 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. Eight were baptized 
on December 14th and received into membership on De- 
cember 21st. 

Brother George W. Solomon notes that two Christmas 
services were conducted on December 23rd for the 532 
students enrolled in the Antetiam Street Elementary 

MEYERSDALE, PENNA. Brother Guy F. Ludwig, who 
has been pastoring the Pittsburgh Church, has resigned 
to accept the call of the Main Street Brethren Church, 
in Meyersdale. The change in pastorates was scheduled 
for around the first of January. 

BERLIN, PENNA. Our sympathies and prayers to the 
family of Hannah Piatt who passed away Thanksgiving 
week at Berlin. She was buried on Thanksgiving Day. 
Brother J. Wesley Piatt, Pastor of otir Lathro}), Califor- 
nia, Church, is a son. 

Barnett conducted the Community Carol Sing in the 
Conemaugh Calvary E. U. B. Church the evening of De- 
cember 16 th. 

D. Tinkel v/as elected as the Radio Secretary of the 
Armstrong County Ministerial Association at a recent 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Reception into membership of 
eight new members on December 21st is reported. 

CANTON, OHIO (TRINITY). Baptismal services for 
eight new members were held on December 14th. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother John T. Byler's 
brother, Rev. S. E. Byier, of Sevierville, Tennessee, was 
guest speaker in the New Lebanon Church on December 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. A P. A. amplifier, record 
changer, and speakers in the main auditorium and the 
dining room, have recently been installed. 

A recording of special music by the adult choir a 
the men's chorus was made and was aired on WK.^ 
Sunday morning, December 21st. . 

Riley, of the Bible Bleditation League, was the gu 
speaker in the Ardmore Church the evening of Deceml 

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82, who since his retirement from the Pastorate 
the Mt. Olive Brethren church, had resided in Orai 
County, Virginia, died Wednesday, December 17, 1958, 
the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesvi 
Brother Chambers had been in failing health for so 
years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nora Qiu 
Chambers; his daughter. Miss Bessie Chambers; and sc 
D. S. Chambers, William H. Chambers, J. Lynw 
Chambers, all of Roadsviile, Virginia; Elbert E. Chs 
bers, of Union ville; and Clarence C. Chambers, of Orar 

Two funeral services were held on Saturday, Deci 
ber 20th. At 11 A. M., a service was held at Loc 
Grove near his late home in Orange county, with 
Rev. George Watson in charge. In the afternoon, at 2 
a service was held at the Mt. Olive Brethren Church 
charge of the undersigned. Interment v/as made in 
family plot in the church cemetery. 

Besides serving the Mt. Olive Church, Brother Ch; 
bers hald also previously served a number of the ot 
churches of the Southeastern District. He was a faitl 
man of God who taught the word of God and showed 
love for the Word by the way he translated it into 1 
Truly he was one of God's noble men. 

John F. Locki 




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'The Hew nrochure 


FN THE HANDS of every Pastor, and Church 
Secretary of Churches presently without Pas- 
tors, is a copy of the new Brethren Brochure, 
'The Brethren Church in Faith and Action." 
Prepared by the Central Planning and Co- 
Drdinating Committee of General Conference, it 
portrays the work and program of the Brethren. 

If the process of distribution, as suggested by 
the Brochure Committee, is follov/ed, each family 
)f the Brethren Church will, before too long, re- 
ceive a copy of this Brochure. 

A few words concerning this much needed 
Diece of literature follow: It is a 16 page, two- 
jolor booklet the size of the Evangelist. It con- 
tains pictures and information about the various 
joards and agencies of the Brethren Church. It 
contains a brief historical background, and in- 
formation on beliefs, doctrines and practices of 
;he Brethren. 

It is designed to bring information to these 
groups of people: "Present members of the 
Brethren Church; New members received into 
nembership of the Brethren Church; and Pros- 
pective members of the Brethren Church." In 
short, it will bring to each family of the Breth- 
ren Church more information on the working 
arogram of the Denomination which receives its 
financial support from them. It will help each 
family to answer questions raised by their neigh- 
3ors and friends about "What is the Brethren 
Church?" etc. 

New members received into the Brethren 
Church, given one of these Brochures, will at 
3nce have a concise, accurate source of informa- 
tion about the Brethren Church. Prospective 
members can also be helped in their understand- 
ing of the Denomination called "The Brethren 
Church." Members of local Official Boards can 
and should spend sufficient time as a group 
studying the materials contained therein. This 
lovild also be said of Men's and Ladies groups, 
and young people. 


The need for a Brochure of this type has been 
felt for a long time; now it is available, and will 
be available locally as Pastor and/or Secretaries 
order the number which they can use effectively. 

The Brochure Committee has suggested in a 
letter to Pastors that a systematic distribution 
of the Brochures be made in each Church, giv- 
ing the following guides consideration: 

1. That at least one copy be placed in the 
hands of each family (non-residents included) ; 

2. That Churches plan a mid-year, every- 
member visitation, at which time the Brochures 
can be handed out in the homes; 

3. That Church Officials, under the direction 
of Pastors, study the deeper aspects of the De- 
nominational program ; 

4. That Churches launch out with educational 
programs, studying monthly the vrork of the De- 
nominational Boards scheduled for emphasis dur- 
ing the specified months. 

In reality, this Brochure is a product of Gen- 
eral Conference tlirough its created agency, "The 
Central Planning and Co-Ordinating Committee," 
and is designed to serve the Church on the local 
level. Its value is not in its format, its appear- 
ance, or even its contents; its value rests in the 
use made of it by every Brethren family. Church 
Board, and Pastor. We urge a continued and per- 
sistent use of it. In your homes, make it a mat- 
ter of study by all members of the family. Give 
it a prominent place where neighbors and friends 
may see it, pick it up and read in it. You are a 
member of the Brethren Church ; here is the 
story of your Church; let it be told! 

Further comments on the work of the Cen- 
tral Planning and Co-ordinating Committee ap- 
pear on another page of this Evangelist. The 
work of the Brethren has been given a big boost, 
let's capitalize on it by a deeper, more conse- 
crated devotion of ourselves and substance to the 
furthering of the work of Christ among men. 
W. S. B. 



The "Deep Things 

1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 12 — 14. 

of God" 

Rev. H. William Fells 

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"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither 
have entered into the heart of man, the things 
which God hath prepared for themi that love him. 
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit : 
for the Spirit searcheth ail things, yea, the deep 
things of God." I Corinthians 2:9, 10. 

■'■ ninth verse of this second chapter of First 
Corinthians as a direct quote from Isaiah 64:4. 
Paul is continuing his thought from tlie seventli 
verse, and the words, "we speak," are under- 
stood. We do not speak nor preach the wisdom 
of this world, but that mysterious wisdom of God 
of which the prophet said, "Eye hath not seen, 
nor ear heard, neither have entered into the 
heart of man, the things which God hath pre- 
pared for them that love him." 

Many men have interpreted these words to be 
applied to the state of glory in a future world, 
but it is my firm conviction that both the prophet 
and apostle were speaking of the present state 
of the believer. It is the wonderful experience 
of being raised from death unto life, of being ac- 
counted a child of God. The apostle emphasizes 
this in the opening phrase of the tenth verse — 
"But God hath revealed them unto us." That 
"HATH" speaks of the many things God has al- 

ready shown, or revealed, unto us. And it is on 
as we are directed by the Spirit of God, wl 
searcheth all things, YEA, the deep things 
God, that we come to appreciate and understan 
(and even then only in a small, human way), tl 
deep things that have happened to us when '\ 
have accepted the salvation of Jesus Christ. 

To digress from I Corinthians just briefly 
we know the full meaning of these words fouj 
in Romans 5: 1. Justification, 2. Reconciliatic 
3. Atonement, 4. Condemnation, 5. Judgmen 
These five words, along with Regeneration a; 
Salvation, are a part of the deeper things of G 
which the Spirit has searched. If we have t 
mind of Christ, as the sixteenth verse indicat< 
they shall be revealed unto us by the Spirit 
God. A greater understanding of them should 
a part of every Christian's life. 

But as we turn to look at this book of Fii 
Corinthians, we see that St. Paul had many 
the same difficulties to face in his day that " 
have in ours. There were many problems in t 
Church at Corinth: Church Factions, Gnosticis 
Attacks on the Apostle's Life, Immorality, La 
suits, Marriage Problems, Things Offered 
Idols, Recompense for Ministers, Idolatry, Ru 
for Divine Worship, Spiritual Gifts, The Gre 
est Gift, The Resurrection, and finally, Perso] 

JANUARY 10, 1959 


Out of all these things we would like to choose 
;hree which apparently come under the title, or 
leading, of "Deep Things of God." These are 
bund at the conclusion of the discussion of Spir- 
tual Gifts. The thirteenth verse of the thir- 
eenth chapter of First Corinthians, will be our 
)oint of emphasis for the remainder of our think- 
ng on this subject. (In this connection one 
ihould really read the twelfth, thirteenth, and 
ourteenth chapters of First Corinthians without 
leadings or interruptions of any kind.) 

These three thoughts or experiences are 
imong the "Deep Things of God." Faith, Hope 
ind Charity (Love), "and the greatest of these 
s Charity." Let your mind and heart be led in 
neditation upon these; let the Spirit direct you 
md lead you to consider the "Deep Things of 
}od," not the other, lighter and seemingly world- 
y experiences through which we must pass. Con- 
lider these three and possibly some of the others 

The "Deep Thing" known as FAITH 

As the Spirit searcheth the deep things of God, 
.0 let us search now the "Deep Thing" of Faith, 
t is my prayer that you think on this word 
'Faith." Read carefully from the eleventh chap- 
er of Hebrews for many examples of what faith 
iccomplished in the lives of some men who were 
nen such as you and L 

George Mueller has written that "Faith is the 
lye by which we look to Jesus." A dimlighted 
lye is still an eye; A weeping eye is still an eye. 
''aith is the hand with which we lay hold of 
^esus. A trembling hand is still a hand. And he 
s a believer whose heart within him trembles 
vhen he touches the hem of the Savior's gar- 
nent, that he may be healed. Faith is the tongue 
)y which we taste how good the Lord is. A 
'everish tongue is nevertheless, a tongue. Even 
hen we may believe when we are without the 
mallest portion of comfort; for our faith is 
'ounded not upon feelings, but upon the prom- 
ses of God. Faith is the foot by which we go to 
Fesus. A lame foot is still a foot. He who comes 
■lowly, nevertheless, comes. 

When we survey these definitions of Faith, we 
iee that the entire body is to be used in this 
)usiness of acquiring Faith. 

There is just one more example of what Faith 
s to me. Out on a road near Ashland there is an 
electrical installation maintained by the Com- 
pany which delivers electricity to the city and 
learby areas. At this r^ant there are huge trans- 

formers. Those transformers are my example 
of Faith this day. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, 
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in 
earth." Just as somewhere there is a great dy- 
namo providing all the electrical power that Ash- 
land and several other communities can use, with 
much left over, even so Jesus has more than 
enough power for all the world. Faith is the 
transformer by which we are supplied that 

As you search the eleventh chapter of He- 
brews, and see what these humble servants of 
God accomplished, you see that in their own 
strength and power they would have been able 
to accomplish little or nothing. 

Would Abel's offering have been better than 
Cain's, without his faith that he was doing what 
God commanded him to do? Would Abraham 
have left his home and gone out, not knowing 
whither he went if he had not had faith that 
God was with him ? And so on tlirough the Chap- 
ter, with Enoch, Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, 
Moses, Joshua; the Israelites at Jericho; Rahab, 
and the many, many others. 

I hear someone say, "How can I have more 
faith ?" This is similar to the man in Mark the 
ninth chapter, where Jesus is healing the man's 
son. Jesus says, "All things are possible to him 
that believeth," or has faith. And the man says:, 
"Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief." That is 
our cry today, "Lord, strengthen my faith." 

St. Paul, in Romans 10:17, says, "Faith cometh 
by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." 
Have you availed yourself of every opportunity 
to hear the Word? Have you used all the faith 
you have had made available to you? The electric 
wires run into the house (The Word of God 
goes into the ears) ; the current is carried di- 
rectly to the appliance (The message is carried 
directly to your heart) ; but if YOU don't turn on 
the switch, the power is never used. 

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, 
the evidence of things not seen." That comes to 
us from Hebrews 1:1. How much substance do 
you have? What do you hope for? Does the world 
know that you have this evidence in your life? 
Is the substance there? How much of the power 
of Christ have you allowed to flow through your 
life by your faith? As you search this "Deep 
Thing" of God called "Faith"; as you plow, ha- 
row, plant, and cultivate this area of your life, 
may there be much fruit bearing. 

(To be Continued Next Week) 




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Or should it be "Others and Ourselves"? Sometimes 
the order in which those two pronouns occur can be quite 
revealing — particularly in relation to Christian giving. 

If we put ourselves first, frequently others come up 
short; we have little or nothing remaining after caring 
for our own needs — or wants. In other words, our own 
needs may be generously supplied, like a Thanks- 
giving dinner table, but with only chicken necks and 
i-emnants left for others. Some of our church mission 
giving reflects this same "we'U-give-to-others-what-we- 
don't-need-for-ourselves" attitude. 

Let it be understood from the very first: Some churches 
and individuals are giving liberally for missions; but 
this is not the rule. A number of church offerings for 
missions are pitifully small. What can be the thinking of 
such groups — even though small — that give only $25, $35, 
$50, or $60 for a whole year for missions" 

Too often building programs or other local projects 
come between a church and its mission-giving responsi- 
bility. These churches with their individual projects seem 
to think, "Of course, mission funds are necessary and 
badly needed; but our situation is unique; others can 
supply the necessary funds." The fallacy in this reason- 
ing is that too many others are taking the same atti- 
tude and that those reasoning thus are losing the bless- 
ing of sharing with others. Some churches plan that as 
soon as their own debt is paid — or reduced — they will do 
better. (Meanwhile, is the missionary program to remain 
in a state of suspended animation?) 

This bit of analysis is the result of some recent re- 
search into records of home-mission giving to date. Out 
of 27 churches that have sent in their mission offerings 
thus far, 17 have sent smaller offerings — some consid- 
erably smaller — than last year. WHY? 

Our program continues to grow; prices continue to 
rise; the need continues to be great. Will you continue 
to be faithful and more faithful? Remember, the Lord 
said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, 
pressed down, and shaken together, and running over 
shall men give into your bosom. For with the same 
measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you 

His work will succeed and be blessed. Shall it be 
through others, thereby losing to us the blessing ? Or 
shall we be His instruments and receive His blessing? 


Sara C. Shisler 

Twenty-six students will be in the class entering 
Teacher Training this year. Thirty-four women and sixty 
men took the entrance examination. They represented 
twenty-four different tribes. The twenty-six which were 
accepted represent nine different tribes. Seven of the 
twenty-six are girls. Only two of the men are married. 

We are gradually getting a younger student grouj 
There are both advantages and disadvantages in the si 
nation. There are fewer complications in school admi 
istration with single students; but on the other hand, 
a student comes with a wife, the wife is required 
be in school also, and that is a great asset not on 
to the student but also to the work in which the hn 
band will be engaged after he finishes his training. 

Some of them marry girls who have finished thr 
years in Waka Girls' School. Others marry girls w! 
have had some elementary school training and a f( 
marry just plain "bush" girls who have had no traini 
of any kind, are not even literate. Such a marriage ca 
for great patience on the part of the husband becai; 
he must teach her how to manage the household a 
how to make the home Christian. 

(To be Continued) 


As a result of the appeal on this page from time 
time, a number of excellent contacts have been made e 
new people have been added to the Brethren group 
Phoenix. Do you know of any of our people in the Ph 
nix-Scottsdale-Tempe area M^ho would be interested in 
tablishing a Brethren Church ? If so, please get in toi 
with Reverend Francis Berkshire, 2102 N. 68th Pla 
Scottsdale, Arizona. 



A — A resolution adopted by the Missionary Boan 
of the Brethren Church to establish the B. B 
M. Revolving Fund makes the following state 
ment: "The purpose of the Revolving Fund i 
to make monies available, as loans, to quali 
fied, needy church congregations and groups i 
the establishment of new church congregation 
within the denomination known as the Br-ethre 


JANUARY 10, 1959 









I. E 

1. The school shall be positively evangelistic. 

2. The teachers shall earnestly seek to lead their i)upils who are- not Christians to a 
personal acceptance of Christ as Saviour and Lord. 

3. A definite visitation program, with visitation chairman, to contact and encourage 
both prospective members and absentees. 


1. Every member of the Sunday School should be encouraged to bring a Bible, with 
the teachers and officers required to do so. 

2. The Officers and teachers shall provide opportunities for the pupils to use their 
Bibles in the school. 


1. The school shall be graded as follows: Cradle Roll, birth through one; Nursery, 
2-3; Beginners, 4-5; Primaries, 6-8; Juniors, 9-12; Intermediates, 13-16; Young 
People, 17-21; Adults, 21 and above; and an Extension department for those who 
cannot attend. 

2. An approved record system kept and an annual statistical report sent to the Na- 
tional Sunday School Board. 

3. At least 10 new books a year added to the Sunday School Library. 


1. A minimum of two training classes registered with the Sunday School Board 
each year. 

2. Seventy-five percent of the current teaching staff completing tlie teacher ti'aining 


1. The school shall support the church program and promote tlie general missionary, 
educational, and benevolent causes fostered by the denomination. 


1. Each Department shall give systematic missionary instruction throughout the 


1. The church shall elect or approve the officers and teachers. 

2. The school shall make monthly or quarterly i-eports to the church. 

3. An average of at least 70 pei'cent of the officers, teachers, and pupils shall re- 
main for the preaching services. 


1. The Sunday School shall use all available Brethren publications. 

2. An annual White Gift Offering for the work of the National Sunday School 


1. Workers' conferences held regularly; ten recommended, six required. 

2. Delegates to some convention, denominational and/or interdenominational. 


1. Each age group below Adults shall be separated fi'om the remainder of the school 
at least for the class sessions by walls, movable partitions screens, or curtains. 

2. All classes be provided with equipment such as proper height tables and chairs, 
blackboards, bulletin boards, maps, charts, and other visual aids. 





Keport of (December ffleeting 

•yHE CENTRAL PLANNING and Co-Ordinat- 
-*■ ing Committee of the General Conference met 
Monday Evening, December 8th, for its first ses- 
sion since General Conference. All but four of tlie 
members were present in spite of the big snow 
and cold. (The Committee had been reorganized 
and sub-committees appointed in a brief session 
at close of Conference in August.) 

The Chairman would like to take this oppor- 
tunity to thank the entire Committee for its un- 
tiring efforts and its thoughtful and careful 
planning. This meeting brought to fruition the 
results of long and prayerful, and what seemed 
sometimes to be, slow progress. 

The Sub-Cornmittee on the Brethren road 
signs has done a splendid work, and with the 
Church's continued support with orders, will 
soon have a surprise announcement to make to 
the Brotherhood. If you can at all use any of 
these signs, you should send in your order now. 

The Brochure Sub-Committee presented to the 
gi'oup the first printing of the new and attractive 
Brochure which shows the Brethren Church in 
Faith and Action. By the time this article appears. 
Pastors will have received a copy with an order 
form attached on which they may state the num- 
ber they desire for their Church. The letter ac- 
companying the Brochure will give details. I am 
sure the Churches will find these a very useful 
method of presenting the Church as a whole; es- 
pecially to new prospects. 

The Sub-Committee selected to search for a 
General Executive Secretary, presented the name 
of a person they felt met the requirements of 
the Board and General Conference standards. If 
and when final arrangements can be made with 

this person, announcement will be made public 
ally. I am sure every member of the Brethre 
Church will be looking forward to this announct 

The Sub-Committee formed to study the fie- 
of Evangelism also presented some far reachir 
plans. The Committee was asked to continue r 
study untn the next meeting of the entire Cor 

The Central Planning and Co-Ordinating Cor 
mittee met also on Tuesday morning, and tl 
time was spent in discussing from every ang 
the suggestion of working with the General Co: 
ference Executive Committee in planning 
Theme for the year's work; this Theme to I 
selected a year ahead, so that thought can 
given to working out the programs, relating tl 
Theme also to the work and programs of tl 
Districts and local Churches. A Sub-Committ 
to study this proposal was formed. 

Your Chairman is much encouraged with t 
progress and harmony which has prevailed in t 
Committee's work. We are now moving in t 
right direction with big goals in mind for t 
future. Continue to pray for the work of t 

Every Church ought now to support the pi 
gram with their appropriations sent in at let 
quarterly. These should be sent to Rev. Spencr 
Gentle, 213 W. CHnton St., Goshen, Indiana.i 

The next meeting of the Central Planning a 
Co-Ordinating Committee is scheduled for t 
evening of April 6th, just prior to the Brethrei 
Pastor's Conference on Faith and Order. 

L. V. King, Chairman 

ANUAEY 10, 1959 


The Sunday School Looks at the World 

Message given by Dr. Clate A. Risley, executive 
lecretary of the National Sunday School Asso- 
iation at the 13th annual National Sunday 
Ichool Convention October 8-10, 1958 at Des 
iloines, Iowa. 


From Coast to coast within and without the 
hurch we witness a stampede away from respon- 

Americans no longer want to do what they are 
)aid to do and they want more money for that. 

"More pay — less work" has been the slogan of 
American labor for years. 

•The counterpart of that in many a local church 
s "no pay, no work." 

Let the preacher do it, he gets paid. If he can't 
lo it all we will hire a director of Christian edu- 
lation, a church visitor, a music director, an or- 
ganist. We have set up a professional class in the 
;hurch to do our religious acts for us. 

In many of our churches we have a growing 
lumber who have joined the PWA — Pew Warm- 
;rs Association. 

In many of our churches 10% of the people are 
loing 90% of the work. One of our greatest tasks 
!s to get our people to work. We have a sad sit- 
lation when we have many church members that 
jit and soak and sour. 

Don't misunderstand, I am in favor of paid 
staff. Begin by paying the pastor and pay what 
a pastor ought to get. The pastor is worthy of 
liis hire, our churches need a lot of education at 
this point. We have too often put into practice 
the deacon's prayer for the new pastor "Lord, you 
keep him humble — we will keep him poor." 

I believe we ought to have directors of Chris- 
tian education but we miss the point entirely if 
we hire them to do the work. We hire a staff 
to be able to guide and direct more people at 
work. You directors of Christian education — if 
y^ou are not getting other people to work — are 
not a director of Christian education. You are not 
directing anybody. 

America was founded on democratic principles. 

Today we want better government but multi- 
tudes of Christians fail to vote. We want better 
schools but we don't take any interest in our 
schools to find out "w^hat is going on. 

We want better churches but the majority are 
not anxious to do anything about it. 

We will criticize the government in the schools 
and the churches. We think we know what is 
wrong with all of them, but few lift a finger to 
bring about any change. 

Hudson says there are three kinds of people 

1. Those who make things happen 

2. Those who watch things happen 

3. Those who do not know what's happening. 
Today fewer and fewer people are doing the 

thinking and acting for more and more people. 

This is the road to dictatorship, for when you 
give up your responsibilities you give up your 

Freedom is not free. A lazy, leisure, rich Amer- 
ica is fast giving up her freedoms. 

It may be fun to take a ride on a merry go 
round or a roily coaster, but if you live on one 
you will lose your perspective. 

Paul speaks to the church today when he says, 
"Awake thou that sleepeth, arise from the dead 
and Christ shall give them light." Eph, 5:14. 

Do we want to awaken? 

Do we want to arise? 

Do we want the light? 

I believe there are hundreds here who do want 
to redeem the time because the days are evil, 
and who want to understand what the will of the 
Lord is. 

We have a job to do. 

We must face it honestly. In Christ we can 
do it. The world is saying to the church, "Don't 
just stand there, say something." 

Christ has given us our marching orders: 
Go preach, teach 
all nations 
every creature 
make disciples. 

That is the task. It is clear today. What are we 
going to do about it? 

In the early church the early disciples did not 
have a Bible, they had no buildings, they had no 
literature, and they had no printing presses; but 
they had a burning desire to reach their fellow 
men for Christ, and with that burning desire 
they turned the world upside down. 

If they did what they did without what we 
have, think what we could do with what we have 
if we had what they had. 

(To be Continued) 




National Goals Program 

of The Brethren Church 

A SHORT TIME after the General Conference of the 
Brethren Church last August there appeared on the 
pages of The Brethren Evangelist a copy of the revised 
Goals Program of the church. At that time it was prom- 
ised that from time to time the various members of the 
National Goals Committee would write articles dealing 
with the various areas included in this Goals Progi-am, 
and give suggestions relative to those goals. 

The first section of the National Goals Program deals 
with Denominational Goals, and includes several revisions 

and modifications this year. Brother E. J. Black, paste 
of the Muncie Brethren Church, has written an articl 
for us stressing the importance of this phase of the Goal 
Program. He presents several worthy suggestions to hel 
the local churches attain these goals. We are happy t 
present herewith the first of our National Goals Prograij 

Henry Bates, Chairman, 



HENRY DAVID THOREAU, friend of Emerson, 
American naturalist, and philosopher once said, 
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his 
dreams, and endeavours to live the life \vhich he has 
imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in 
common hours." 

The Goals Program for this year is not one that was 
conceived in the minds of idle dreamers, or based on any 
wishful thinking that it might work, nor yet, with the 
attitude, "We've ti-ied everything else, now let us try 
this." But long hours were spent by the men on the 
Committee to formulate goals that were practical, sen- 
sible, and workable. With proper planning and any rea- 
sonable degree of co-operation any pastor will be able to 
meet most or all of the forty-five goals, that after care- 
ful and prayerful consideration, we have presented as a 
challenge to the Brethren Church for 1958-'59. 

GOAL NO. 1: One new member added to church 
for each ten members now on roll. 

A recent jjoll of 10,000 churches of all denominations 
brought this startling report. Five thousand reported an 
increase of three new members for the year. About two 
thousand rejDorted seven additions; fifteen hundred 
claimed over twenty-five and the rest — no additions at 
all. These churches were claiming over 150 members each. 

Since 1941 the Brethren Church can boast of slightly 
more than a gain of about 3,000 to her total member- 
ship. I am sure no Brethren is proud of this record. 
We can fold our hands and say, "Well, we haven't gone 
behind," "We're holding our own," and other such epi- 
logues that would cause our forbearers, the martyrs to 
blush with shame to let such thoughts as these to even 
enter their minds. 

If the Brethren Church is to continue as an aggressi'\ 
force for righteousness, WE MUST GROW NUMERU 
ALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. To do this, every actr 
member MUST BE ACTIVE. It will take concert, 
action. A few suggestions are offered from experien 
and observation. These may be summed up in the follo\ 
ing manner. 

First, a re-birth of the Prayer Meeting where Chri 
tians really pray and expect God to answer. 

Secondly, revival in every church AT LEAST TWIC 
A YEAR, (this works; I have never seen it fail). 

Thirdly, A visitation program where every member 
called on once a year (at least) by the laity and often 
by the Pastor. This program has been tried with gre 
success in Goshen and we are planning for the sar 
type of visitation campaign here in the Spring of 19i 

GOAL NO. 2: Every member an active member. 

The Constitutions of churches vary in their definiti 
of an active member. Here in Muncie an active memt 
is one who attends regularly and does not miss mc 
than one of the Semi-annual Communion services a ye 
and contributes regularly to the church for current e 
penses and our Missionary, Benevolent and other offt 

The average inactive member is one who seldom cc 
tributes his time or tithe to the local church. He 
usually one who has moved away but still insists o 
retaining his membership back home, or who has divid 
interests and finds little time to attend, or give of \ 
time or money to his church. Two years ago we report 
a membership of 292; after going over our records ve 
carefully, we were compoUed to relegate 100 to the 
active list. The best way to keep active members act: 

FANUARY 10, 1959 


is to have an interesting and varied program, AND PUT 
to create a job for them. 

GOAL NO. 3: Every member tithing his income into 
ind through the church. 

During one of our recent meetings I asked a very 
simple question, "What makes us distinctively The 
Brethren Church?" The answers were about the same 
as you would find in the average Brethren congregation. 
'We believe and practice Triune Immersion"; "Three- 
fold Communion"; "The Anointing Service"; and so on. 
OF OUR GREAT DOCTRINES. We are distinctively 
Brethren when we practice All these and nothing less. 

My 1958 Statistical Analysis is before me and I read 
that per capita giving ranges all the way from $252.21 to 
fl,251.51 in our nine Districts. This is proof that we 
are not nearly all tithing Brethren. Greater demands 
are going to be made on the local church as our College 
Expansion Program will show you; the Brethren Home 
at Flora; B. Y. C; our Summer Camps; Missionary Pro- 
^I'am; Publishing Company, and others of our responsi- 
bility. This, plus a growing need in the local church 
makes it imperative that EVERY MEMBER BE A 
TITHING MEMBER. Pastors would be wise to get busy 
preaching, teaching, and practicing tithing more than 
ever before. 

GOAL NO. 4: Promote and subscribe to the suggested 
budget of the Central Planning and Coordinating Com- 
mittee ($1.00 per member). 

Over 60% of our churches have supported this pro- 
gram and others who have, signified a willingness to sub- 
scribe to it will probably bring the total to at least 90% 
of all churches. For any program to work smoothly it is 
necessary to have 100% cooperation if that is possible. 

GOAL NO. 5: Full quota of delegates to District Con- 

To meet this goal you need the cooperation of the Ex- 
ecutive Committee, the Pastor and of course the dele- 
gates. The Executive Committee becomes responsible for 
arranging a program that will make it worth the while 
of those who attend. Good speakers, good singing, spe- 
cial numbers, well planned programs for EVERY AGE 
GROUP, so that everyone will begin to look forward to 
next year even before the Conference ends. Pastors will 
find it profitable to impress the importance of a full dele- 
gation to Conference by stressing the need of the voice 
of OUR CHURCH being heard in matters of business 
relative to our own, and the good of our District. The 
Delegates will find that the days spent at Conference 
will not only be relaxing but you will learn about the 
inward workings of the Brethi'en Church which you would 
not know in any other way. Since the Delegate is I'epre- 
senting the whole Church, ALL EXPENSES SHOULD 
BE PAID BY THE CHURCH. More and more of our 
churches are following this plan. 

GOAL NO. 6: Full quota of delegates to National Con- 

All that was said in the preceding paragraph may ap- 
ply to our National Conference. Since Conference is held 
in August, many of our people use this week as part of 

their vacation. Reservations for banquets, rooms or any 
other part of the program that needs prior notice should 
be attended to early enough so that there will not be 
any unpleasant experiences by any who attend. Trans- 
portation should be well planned in advance of Confei-- 

GOAL NO. 7: Semi-annual Communion with lOOVc of 
resident membership present. 

Paul in writing to Titus (Ch. 2:10b), speaks of "adorn- 
ing the doctrine of God our Saviour in ALL things." A 
good place to "adorn" is as we take the utmost care to 
make this service more impressive and spiritually uplift- 
ing. Too many times we have a set form, a pattern from 
which if we fail to deviate, we find many Christians ab- 
senting themselves from the Communion Table. Pastors 
should stress the importance of this blessed service, use 
every means to make it more appealing and spiritual 
by using a candlelight service occasionally, never permit 
a moment to pass during footwashing service without 
something being presented by way of special music, solos, 
group singing, etc. This can make the difference between 
success or failure of the entire service. We have a pro- 
gram for all age groups; thus we have a goodly number 
of boys and girls and young people at Communion. Ten 
days before the service it is very profitable to notify 
every member by a special Communion card, announcing 
the time and place of the service. The preparation for 
this service is made a lot simpler by appointing Com- 
munion Stewards who assist the Deacons and Deacon- 
esses to get the tables set and all in readiness during 
the afternoon preceding Communion in the evening. Make 
your Communion more attractive and you will not have 
too much difficulty in meeting this iniportrmt goal for 
4 points. 

Your Goals Chairman, Rev. Henry Bates, has made 
an exhaustive study of all the goals v.-e have presented 
this year and is bending every effort to help you, the 
Brethren people, to make them work. May we depend on 
you, and you, and you, to do your best ? I believe you 
will do your best! 

E. J. Black. 


The growing tendency of families to make their homes 
in trailers has opened a new avenue of Scripture dis- 
tribution to the American Bible Society. These trailer 
homes seem to be particularly prevalent west of the 
Mississippi River, where trailer settlements liberally dot 
the landscape. In California the American Bible Society 
has equipped a Volkswagen Micro Bus with Scriptures, 
that is manned by a young Christian couple, to sei-ve the 
Scripture needs of trailer dwellers in that part of the 
country; in the Rocky Mountains, by means of distribu- 
tion through a trailer, the Society's office is now serv- 
ing the many new communities that have sprung up and 
along the St. Lawrence; the Society's office in Syracuse 
arranged a visitation in the 5,000 trailer homes occupied 
by the transient construction workers engaged in the 
Seaway Project. 




We have been in Teegarden, Indiana, for about four- 
teen months. The Lord has blessed our work here. I will 
give you a brief report on the work here. 

Thirteen have been received into the Church; twelve 
by baptism, one by letter. Fifty-live were at communion 
on November 23i-d. 

A public address system has been installed in the 
Church, so that gives us a nursery in the basement. We 
also have added a Hi Fi record changer, and a speaker 
in the belfrey. We play hymns before the services, so all 
can enjoy sacred music, when they are passing by, or 
entering the house of Vv'orshii:). An outside bulletin board 
has been erected on the Church lawn, beside the Church. 
A lectern has been bought, and placed in the vestibule 
on which a guest book for visitors to register has been 
placed. The basement of the Church has been redecorated. 

A visit was made by the pastor and some of the mem- 
bers of the Church to the Brethren's Home at Flora, 
Indiana, on December 5th. A Christmas gift was pre- 
sented to the residents there; we gave the home canned 
fruit, vegetables and jelly. We conducted a brief wor- 
ship service in the afternoon. This certainly is a beau- 
tiful home for the aged. We wish to thank Mr. and Mrs. 
Kuns for the hosj^itality shown us in the home. 

Hays K. Logan, Pastor. 

m M M 


I wish to share the experiences I had with the Flora 
Brethren in the revival November 10 to 23. When I ar- 
rived at the parsonage on Monday evening. Rev. Stewart 
told me of the passing of Mrs. Sink, a staunch member 
of the church. She was returning to Flora from Monti- 
cello on Sunday evening when a deer ran in front of 
her car. She could not avoid hitting the deer. She drove 
home after the accident but the incident proved too much 
for her. She was able to get into the house but she suf- 
fered a heart attack which proved to be fatal. I am re- 
lating this incident because she was a faithful member 
of the church and to stress what the Bible says about 
the brevity of life. She had intended to be present on 
Monday evening, the first night of the revival meeting, 
but God deemed it wise to call her to a better world. 
O, how we need to be ready! Death so often comes sud- 
denly! The Bible says Jesus is coming in the rapture 
"quickly." Rev. 22:12. In I Cor. 15:52, "In a moment, 
in the twinkling of an eye." Matthew 25:12, "Watch 
therefore for ye know neither the day nor the hour 

wherein the Son of Man cometh." Death comes in the 
same way many times; but death to the Christian is the 
gateway to a more abundant life through Christ! How 
consoling to those who are left, to know their loved one 
is safe with Jesus. 

I enjoyed my home with Brother and Sister Stewarl 
more than words can tell. Brother Stewart has served thf 
Lord 44 years! God has certainly blessed him in all his 
pastorates and revival meetings. It was profitable fo: 
me to work with him. The progress in Flora has in- 
creased much in the past eight years under the leader- 
ship of the Stewarts. 

1 was pleased to see a large number of young peopli 
working there. The interest and prayers of all were ver; 
commendable. The special music and choir numbers wer 
wonderful. 1 enjoyed the Christian fellowship in eacl 
of the meetings and in all the homes where we called 
The Flora Brethren have a nice sanctuary and have don 
much to keep it that way. It is commendable to se 
Christian people who want to keep God's house as nic 
or better than their own home. 

I was much encouraged in preaching the Word of Go 
at Flora. I could see a great interest and concern i 
the audience at each service. It was wonderful to knoA 
that parents were speaking to their own children aboij 
accepting Christ as their own personal Saviour. Throug 
the earnest prayei's of a devoted pastor and wife, parent 
and fellow Christians, nine young people confessed Chrij 
as Saviour. How precious these souls are to God and th 
Chuixh! I was much encouraged for I could see hearl 
tender and God answering the prayers of many. 

The filmstrips, "Tamsa" and "The Stolen Watermelor 
were shown to the children on Monday, Tuesday an 
Wednesday nights. On Thursday and Friday nights < 
both weeks, after the message of the evening, I show( 
colored slides of my trip through Europe and the Mi< 
die-east. I have thanked God many times that I had tl 
privilege of taking this tour with the Ashland Semina] 

Brother Stewart did a wonderful job of advertising tl 
services and we were well pleased with the attendancj 
I gave Bible-graphs as awards to the families who hs 
perfect attendance or had missed just one service. Tl 
Burlington Brethren were very faithful in attendanc 
They had 49 present on the last Sunday evening. Del 
gations from other churches in Flora were present qui 
frequently. Brother Floyd Sibert, pastor at Mexico, w. 
present one evening with Carl Fisher. The Brethren fro 
the Home at Flora attended faithfully with Mr. and Mi 

I showed the filmstrip, "Why Do We Live?" and ga 
the message, "How to be Popular," to the youth on Su 
day evenings before the message. The youth choir sai 
on Monday nights. 

I deeply appreciated the encouragement and friend 
ness of the Flora Brethren; also the fine love gift th 
gave me at the close of the meeting. I shall always ha 
a warm spot in my heart for the Stewarts and the cc 
gregation at Flora. This church has the opportunity 
becoming the outstanding church of the com.munity. G 
bless their efforts as they strive to do the will of t 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

Herbert Gilmer 

[ANUARY 10, 1959 




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HOATSON-WARD. Before the altar decorated with 
)ronze and yellow mums, and two seven-branch cande- 
abra. Miss Claye Ann Hoatson, daughter of Mr. and 
\l[rs. A. W. Hoatson, was united in marriage with Mr. 
\IobIe L. Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Noble Ward, of Som- 
jrville, W. Va. The ceremony was performed in the 
;;;arleton, Nebraska, Brethren Church, on Sunday after- 
loon, November 30, 1958, by Rev. Lloyd Mohnkern. The 
luditorium was filled with many of their friends and 
■elatives. A reception followed in the basement of the 
]hurch where many lovely gifts were given to the newly 
narried couple. The bride is employed in Lincoln, Ne- 
)raska, and the groom is stationed at Lincoln Air Force 
Base. The bride was very active in the work of the Carle- 
;on Church prior to moving to Lincoln. 

MILLER-BELL. At 7:30 P. M. on December 6, 1958, 
Vliss Ethel Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Miller, 
vas married to Mr. Robert S. Bell, Jr., son of Mr. and 
VIrs. Robert Bell, Sr., of Capolis, Michigan. Rev. William 
ybright performed the double ring ceremony in the 
^arleton, Nebraska, Brethren Church. The altar was dec- 
)rated with many beautiful flowers, and two seven- 
jranch candelabra. The bride is employed in Lincoln, 
S'ebraska; the groom is employed at the Lincoln Air 
Force Base. A reception was held in the Church base- 
nent following the ceremony. The bride was active in 
;he work of the Carleton Church until moving to Lincoln. 

R. A. Lichty. 

^aih t0 lRp0t 

RISHEL. John A. Rishel departed to be with his Lord, 
Oct. 7, 1958, in the Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, 
Penna. Brother Rishel was a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Pittsburgh, since 1916. Served on boards, 
on committees, member of the Choir, treasurer, and 
president of the Board of Trustees, and as treasurer of 
the Laymen's Organization. He was a graduate of Ash- 
land College and was a member of the Ashland College 
Board of Trustees. Funeral services by the undersigned, 
assisted by Rev. Virgil Meyer, Rev. Ralph Mills, and 
Rev. D. C. White. 

KEMENA. Edward D. Kemena, Jr., departed this life, 
Oct. 8, 1958. "Buddie" was a member of the Pittsburgh, 
Penna., Brethren Church for a number of years, and was 
one of our youth group, a good camper, and for years, 
faithful in Sunday School until the Lord had need for 
him. Funeral services by the undersigned. 

MACKALL. Lewis P. Mackall was called home, Nov. 
27, 1958. Brother Mackall came to the Pittsburgh, Penna., 
Brethren Church by letter, Jan. 1931. Has served faith- 
fully until his passing; active on boards and committees. 

Board of trustees and Laymen's Organization. Funeral 
sei"vices by the undersigned. 

Guy F. Ludwig, Pastor. 
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LOWERY. Otho B. Lowery, Williamsport, Maryland, 
died Oct. 3, 1958, after a lingering illness. He was 90 
years of age. Was the son of Benjamin and Mary Cath- 
erine Lowery, and was a member of the St. James Breth- 
ren Church. Survived by his wife, four sons, four daugh- 
ters, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Miss 
Margaret E. Loweiy, missionary to Krypton, Kentucky, 
is a daughter. Funeral services were conducted by the 
undersigned, assisted by Rev. Freeman Ankrum. Inter- 
ment, Mountain View cemetery. 

D. C. White. 

HEILMAN. Mrs. Grace Heilman, almost 82 years of 
age, was called home, Nov. 17, 1958, after a brief ill- 
ness. Faithful and active member of the Johnstown First 
Brethren Church, the Loyal Women and Dorcas Bible 
Class. Sui-vived by one daughter. Sadly missed by her 
family and many friends who knew her as "Grandma 










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In one of her inimitable books of Scottish village life, 
Isabel Cameron gives a delightful pen-picture of Angus 
the percentor who, with his tuning fork and ringing 
tenor voice, led the praise of a small congregation in a 
highland kirk. He was a shoemaker, but in "raising the 
tune" and leading the unaccompanied singing of the met- 
rical psalms — for musical instruments are eschewed in 
the highland glens — he dominated the assembled group, 
a man appointed of God to direct the praises of His peo- 
ple. He indeed had a high conception of his office — and 
so was able to inspire a like spirit of reverent yet re- 
joicing worship among all present. 

Herbert F. Stevenson, A GALAXY OF SAINTS 
(The Fleming H. Revell Company). 










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"Lo, I am with you always," 

Softly the promise steals 
Like sunlight into my shadows, 

And brightens and warms and heals: 
Heals my anguish of spirit 

And horror of loneliness. 
Flooding my heart's dark chambers, — 

Words that comfort and bless. 

"Lo, I am with you always," 

He, my Saviour and King, ' 
Making my heart His palace! 

I, though a broken thing. 
Am housing my blessed Master; 

Together we sup and dine. 
Together we hold sweet converse 

Over the bread and wine. 

And always He goes before me 

On my thorn-streviTi path of pain; 
Never will He forsake me 

Nor leave me alone again. 
Sweet is His voice in the twilight 

As the evening shadows blend, 
"Lo, I am with you always. 

Even unto the end!" 

- — Martha Snell Nicholson. 

"BE CONTENT with such things as ye have," for 
God, your Provider, is with you, and you need have no 
fear (Heb. 13:5, 6). 

"If the wren can cling to a spray a-swing 
In the mad May wind, and sing and sing. 
As if she'd burst of joy — why cannot I 
Contented lie in His quiet arms, 
Beneath His sky, unmoved by life's annoy?" 

— Author Unknown. 

The promised Presence is based upon our carrying out 
the Great Commission of Christ (Matt. 28:19-20). The 
hymn, "Nearer My God, to Thee," is based on Jacob's 
experience at Bethel (Gen. 28:10-16). God's Presence to 
the wilful and wayward is an obstruction to their stray- 
ing designs (Num. 22:21-34). After a "mountain-top 
experience" the wearied Elijah sought to elude the pres- 
ence of man and God (1 Kings 19:1-4). But God revived 
him from his "nervous" exhaustion (vs. 5-8). Neverthe- 
less, Elijah was still "down in the dumps" (vs. 9, 10). 
So God convinced Elijah that He was still with him 
and that his work was not done (vs. 11-18). Then it was 
that he would have likely appreciated the gospel chorus, 
"Down In the Dumps:" 

"Down in the dumps I'll never go. 
That's where the Devil keeps me low, 
So, I'll sing with all my might. 
And I'll keep my armor bright. 
But, down in the dumps I'll never go." 

Recovery for some of God's exhausted ones has to b( 
more gradual than it was for Elijah — For One Who Is 

Dear Child, God does not say today, "Be strong"; j 

He knows your strength is spent. He knows how lonj 

The road has been, how weary you have grown, 

For He who walked the earthly roads alone, 

Each bogging lowland, and each rugged hill. 

Can understand, and so He says, "Be still 

And know that I am God." The hour is late 

And you must rest awhile, and you must wait 

Until Life's empty reservoirs fill up 

As slow rain fills an empty, upturned cup. 

Hold up your cup, dear child, for God to fill. 

He only asks today that you be still. 

For further study 
used: Psalm 139:7-12; 
John 14:17. 

— Grace Noll Crowell 

the following citations may b 
1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Rom. 8:9, 31-39 

Sunday School Suggestiom 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Roiusey 


ESTED in having a growing Sunday school in hi 
church. Several years ago sheets were mailed to supei 
intendents containing tips for Sunday school attendant 
We thought these "21 Tips for Attendance" might I 
of interest to you. 






Appoint committees such as visitation, publicit; 

special programs, transportation, and so forth. 

Make a survey of neighborhood for prospects. 

Use doorknob hangers in neighborhood as a r( 

minder after your visit. 

Send a letter or postcard to church members. 

Sponsor poster contest and use the best ones . 

community stores. 

Offer awards to the pupils in each department < 

age level who bring new pupils. 

Write or visit each new pupil during the followir 


Provide transportation where needed. 

Advertise by newspaper, radio spot announcement 

and so forth. 

Appoint a Welcome Committee to meet visitoi 

register and take them to their proper classes. 

Present special programs in Sunday School. 

JANUARY 10, 1959 








Give children's and young people's parties and in- 
vite groups from nearby public schools or neighbor- 
hood residents. 

Plan special days in Sunday School — Baby Day, 
Family Day, Neighbor Day. 

Stimulate enthusiasm by dividing the group into 
competing teams. 

Contact the unchurched family members of pupils. 
Sponsor a missionary project. 

Ask all teachers and pupils to take a loyalty pledge 
to be present every Sunday for two months. 
Plan a dedication service for teachers and officers. 
Enlist the help of all teachers and encourage them 

Give banners to classes which have 100% attendance 
plus visitors. 

Begin teacher-training classes to train new workers 
needed for larger classes. 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 11, 1959 


Lesson: Mark 10:17-27 

"Pve heard a lot of people say. 

When they were at the top: 
They gave up everything for Christ, 

Their income took a drop: 
Some gave up fame, and men's applause, 

And big careers beside: 
I wonder what the Lord gave up, 

When He was crucified. 

I'll tell you friend what I gave up, 

A black heart full of sin: 
I'm just a very fortunate guy. 

That Jesus took me in: 
I never was a shining star, 

A big executive: 
I gave up nothing but my sin. 

That's all I had to give. 

There's only one who gave up all, 

He gave His life as well: 
In agony He gave His blood. 

Gave heaven up for hell: 
That sinners' whether up or down, 

On Him they might believe: 
You don't give up, you gain the world, 

When Jesus you receive." 

—Walt Huntley. 

THE PRICE OF Discipleship— whatever it may cost- 
is never too high when we consider what we gain! 

What are the requirements for being a true disciple 
of the Lord Jesus Christ? 


"Good Master," inquired the Rich Young Ruler, "what 
shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" Here was a 
man, who, like so many others, erroneously thought sal- 
vation could be gained by doing something. Undoubtedly 
he felt salvation could be earned. 

It is proper and correct to stress the important truth 
that salvation is of grace and not of works. In doing so, 
however, we are apt to leave the impression that the 
sinner needs do nothing to obtain eternal life. This is not 

On the day of Pentecost the convicted crowd cried out 
to Peter and the disciples: "Men and brethren, what shall 
we do?" Peter, in no uncertain terms, made it clear that 
they had to do something to gain favor with God: "Re- 
pent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of 
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall re- 
ceive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). 

Notice that Jesus referred the young man to the com- 
mandments. Certainly the Waster did not mean to im- 
ply that merely keeping the law was enough to satisfy 
God. However, Jesus did mean that the sinner must 
be willing to accept God"s Word and act upon it! 

No man will ever gain access unto God the Father until 
he has been willing to comply with the provisions of Cal- 
vary. Only the acceptance of God's plan of atonement 
through the Lord Jesus Christ v.ill suffice. 


The Rich Young Ruler was not ready for the Kingdom 
of God. "One thing thou lackest," said Jesus with love 
in His every word: "Go thy way, sell whatsoever thou 
hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure 
in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me." 

"This story is not a diatribe against wealth and 
wealthy men. Jesus was no enemy of the rich . . . He 
was an enemy of the overwhelming lust and love of 
riches which destroys the spiritual strength of men, 
which was the 'one great lack' in this case of the rich 
young man who loved money and possessions more 
than he loved Christ. Wealth was a high wall between 
him and God, and he could not bring himself to tear 
down the wall." (Fi-ank E. Mead). 

Jesus Christ would make plain to all men that riches 
must not stand between them and God. Man's love for 
riches — or anything — must never supersede his love for 

Make no mistake about it, here was a man who wanted 
eternal life. But he did not desire the Kingdom enough 
to be willing to pay the price! 

How many down through the centuries have followed 
in this man's footsteps! Their hearts long for something 
better out of life. Their souls hunger and thirst for that 
which will satisfy. But they are unwilling to pay the 

Genuine discipleship requires a total commitment to 
the divine Will of God. What is it in your life that is 
keeping you from the Kingdom ? In the Rich Young Ruler 
it was his love for riches and possessions. In your life 



it may be family ties; or, the lust for "things"; perhaps 
the desire for riches; or, maybe the love of ease. What- 
ever it may be, if it stands between you and God it will 
keep you from the Kingdom! 

'Count well the cost! Then decide! But remember, the 
price is too high if it means the loss of your eternal 

Round 'Up of 


How much Bible knowledge can young people acquire 
in thirteen or fourteen years ? We have no specific in- 
formation on this point insofar as all teen-agers are 
concerned, but we do know, says a feature writer in 
the Bible Society Record, that Agnes Lindemulder, Judy 
Rooze and Gary Garehan, all three of the church school 
of the Chi-istian Reformed church of Prospect Park, New 
Jersey, answered correctly on "The Living Bible" radio 
quiz program sponsored by the American Bible Society 
every one of the 15 questions asked on each regular 
broadcast, and on a "Winner's Broadcast"; and also cor- 
rectly answered 13 questions out of 15 asked on a "Super- 
Winner's broadcast" (special feature). In addition they 
answered correctly 42 extra questions which were asked 
in breaking "ties" on these different broadcasts. 

This was, according to the writer, a history-making 
accomplishment! That these three young people should 
have answered correctly 85 Bible questions out of a total 
of 87 asked is not only a r-Rve accomplishment, but an 

achievement which has never been attained before in th( 
history of the program by three participants, all fron 
the same church school. They all attend Eastern Chris 
tian High School. ("The Living Bible" radio quiz pro 
gram is heard Sundays at 7:35 A. M. over Statioi 
WNEW (1130 on the dial) New York City.) 


The untouchables of India have been reported to b 
embracing Christianity in large numbers to escape socis 
and economic disabilities imposed on them by the rigi 
Hindu caste system. The Andhra State Depressed Classe 
Convention, meeting in Hyderabad, adopted a resolutio 
expressing grave concern at the "mass conversion" o 
Harijans into Christianity. 

The resolution appealed to the central and state gOA 
ernments to take prompt measures to improve the ec( 
nomic and social conditions of about 60,000,000 untoucl 
ables who constitute almost a sixth of India's population 
The Harijans have also been embracing Buddhism i 
large numbers. According to official figures more tha 
a million have become Buddhists in the past ten years. 

Harijans, meaning the children of God, was a woi 
coined by Mohandas K. Gandhi to describe the untoucl 
ables. They fall beyond the pale of Hinduism's four broa 
social categories. These are in order, the Brahmins; tl: 
Khshatriyas, or warrior class; the Vaisyas, or tradir 
class; and the Sudras or working class. 

Jagjivan Ram, India's Minister of Railways, said i 
the Hyderabad convention that the large-scale conve 
sion of Harijans to Christianity has become a serioi 
matter and that the Government should do somethii 
about it urgently. Mr. Ram, who belongs to the Harij. 
community, did not blame the Christian missionaries f< 
the conversion but asked his followers to realize that 
mere change of faith was not going to better their lot. 

The minister said that even after conversion to anoth 
faith the Harijans stuck to their old ways of living ai 
old forms of worship. This, he said, has created soci 

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livisions even among Indian Christians, since the Chris- 
ians, with a superior caste background, treat the new 
ilarijan converts exactly as they were treated under 

Conversion actually places an untouchable in a far 
nore difficult and disadvantageous position than in the 
)ast. As an untouchable he is entitled to numerous facil- 
ties, such as special grants for education and reserva- 
ion of places in Government services and in Parliament 
md state legislatures. All these concessions are guaran- 
teed by the Constitution for ten years, a period expiring 
n 1960. The moment an untouchable joins another faith 
le loses all these concessions. 

There is another aspect to the conversion issue. Indian 
md foreign Christian missionaries have been accused by 
•esponsible political leaders and social reformers of 
'tempting" the Harijans to join Christianity. The Minis- 
ry of Home Affairs, which keeps close watch for such 
levelopments, is of the opinion that most allegations of 
nass conversions made against Christian missionaries 
ire much exaggerated. On the other hand, there have 
)een real mass conversions into Buddhism carried out 
)ublicly and widely reported. At one ceremony in Nagpur 
wo years ago, nearly 200,000 Harijans embraced Bud- 


Soviet restrictive measures are applied more broadly 
the Jewish faith than to other religious faiths in the 
soviet Union, according to data gathered by Jewish 
ources in New York City. The information is based on 
he observations of travelers in the Soviet Union as well 
is official material from Soviet. The study says that 
tiembers of the Baptist and Evangelical denominations 
luffer the least discrimination. Members of the Russian 
)rthodox faith, the largest denomination in the Soviet 
Jnion, occupy a middle position. The Jews are at the 

The Jews are 21 times worse off in regard to facilities 
'or worship than the Baptists and 13 times more poorly 
)rovided for than Russian Orthodox believers. 

The tendency to discrimination appears in printing and 
mblishing facilities. The Russian Orthodox Church and 
he Baptists have been permitted to print Bibles in the 
ast year. Moslems have brought out a new edition of 
he Koran. No Hebrew Bible has been permitted since 

In the field of religious training, discrimination is 
narked. The Russian Orthodox Church has ten semi- 
laries and academies, which last year had a total of 
)15 pupils. Several Moslem seminaries and one Baptist 
seminary exist. The Jews have one seminary, opened 
ess than two years ago. It has only 19 pupils. 

Discrimination is also evident in the number of places 
)f worship restored. Whereas large numbers of Russian 
Orthodox churches that were confiscated by the state in 
;arly revolutionary days have been returned to the 
;hurch in recent years, no confiscated synagogues have 
)een restored. In Kishinev, where 40 synagogues existed 
n 1940, only one is now open. 


Here is a questionnaire to help you check up 
on your way of celebrating the birth of your 
Saviour. If you do not have a perfect score, now 
is a good time to make resolutions for a Christ- 
mas next year that will glorify Him. 

1. According to your small children's belief, 
who brought their gifts? 

2. Did every member of the family present to 
the Lord some gift from his own pocketbook, be 
it ever so small? 

3. Did you, as a family, do anything for any 
missionaries at Christmas — such as sending 
them cards or gifts? 

4. Did you have in your home on Christmas 
a lonely or poor person who you know needed 
Christian fellowship and cheer? 

5. Did you stress very strongly the giving 
rather than the receiving end of Christmas? 

6. Did your family leam any Scripture pas- 
sages dealing with the nativity? 

7. Did you have any times of carol singing 
as a family? 

8. Did your children help in Christmas prep- 
arations — making decorations, place cards, nut 
cups, Christmas cards, gifts, etc.? 

9. Did you all remember to write promptly 
sincere notes of thanks to those who remembered 
you at Christmas? 

10. Did your own and your children's greet- 
ing cards have a distinctly Christian message 
rather than a comic or pagan season's greetings? 

11. Did you make it a point to speak to your 
children during the Christmas season about 
God's best gift to us and about the best gift we 
can give to Him? 

—The Witness. 



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BILLY BOOTH, the Brethren Youth, appears again 
this week to invite you all to subscribe to the 
BRETHREN YOUTH MAGAZINE during this January 
Subscription Drive. 

You've heard about all the "big" features of this 
"little" magazine l)efore. It's time to act. Just send $1.00 
to Brethren Youth, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 


January 18, 19.59 Mansfield, Ohio 

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REGISTRATION AND MEAL— $1.00 Includes any- 
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We knowa-while that this rally will be different-a- 
wliile, so we hope than many will come-a-while. 

Mansfield Brethren Youth. 

Goal Number 6 — Part II 




Youth gi'oups which are located closely enough geo 
graphically should fellowship together and share idea 
more often than district youth rallies permit. Youth Ral 
lies within the district should certainly be supported an 
attended, but the wonderful fellowship of just twi 
churches getting together should also be felt dui'ing th 

The values are unlimited. It will give the host grou 
an opportunity to work on something special. They wil 
learn liow to be good hosts. Several committees will havi 
opportunity to work carrying out their various tasks! 
publicity, program, decorating, refreshments. Then thj 
guests will probably return the invitation in the futur 
and they will share the spotlight as hosts. 

Everyone is just waiting for someone to start the ba 
rolling. Will it be your B. Y. C. ? 

The second part of these group projects actually neec 
little explanation, for visitation should always be a pai 
of a youth group's activities. But maybe yours hasn 
thought about it much lately. Maybe you've even woi 
dered why you meet every week. 

A visitation program can aid in shaking you out ( 
such lethargy. It will make you realize the purpose ( 
any church organization is really to reach others and i 
so doing will enrich the lives of the present member 
Such a visitation program cannot be done haphazardl 
Therefore ask your pastor's advice; both relating to tl 
mechanics and the message you will carry. Condu 
training sessions on several evenings so you are we 
prepared to handle the work laid before you. The r 
wards are not soon discarded from your life. 

Dates to Remember 


18 at Elkhart, Indiana. 

Ashland College. 

SEMINARY SUNDAY— March 8 in every Brethr 

Spot Report— MIAMI VALLEY 

Good reports have returned from the Miami Vail 
Youth Rally held at Dayton on December 14th. Outsi 
program help was given by a Men's Gospel Team frc 
Ashland College which led discussion groups and assist 
with the devotions. One member of the team was Mia: 
Valley President, Dick Thatcher, a Freshman at Ashla 
from the Gretna Brethren Church. 

The Dayton Crusaders also did a fine job of hosti 
tlie rally and presented a play entitled, "A Candle in t 
Window." "The next Miami Valley Rally is scheduled i 
March 8, 1959, at Pleasant Hill. 

JANUARY 10, 1959 






by Helen Jordan 

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT you were of very little 
importance to God? Gazing at the milky way which 
is composed of millions of stars and knowing it is only a 
small part of God's universe we sometimes wonder how 
30 Almighty a God could notice us. Or thinking of what 
3ome people like Billy Graham, Albert Sweitzer and many 
Dthers have accomplished we feel very insignificant. But 
Dur Lord valued little things: the widow's mite, the chil- 
iren the disciples would have sent away, the tiny mus- 
bard seed, the cup of cold water given in His name. 

We live in a day when people tend to think and talk 
ibout big things, big businesses, big colleges, large cities 
md to measure success by size. But our Christian relig- 
ion is based on the importance of little things. Most of 
;he great sayings of Jesus which give us so much com- 
fort today were delivered to individuals. The text which 
s often quoted and so well loved, "For God so loved the 
ivorld that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever 
aelieveth in Him might not perish but have everlasting 
ife" was given to Nicodemus. And another one, "I am 
;he resurrection and the life, he that believeth on me, 
;hough he were dead yet shall he live; and whosoever 
Iveth and believeth on me shall never die," was spoken 
;o Mary and Martha whose brother had died. And again, 
'God is a spirit and they that worship Him must wor- 
ship Him in spirit and truth," was spoken to a woman 
it Jacob's well. 

We often think of the onward march of the Church 
n mass revivals when actually hundreds of dedicated 
3unday School teachers may be doing more to build the 
iingdom of God. 

In fact Jesus based real Christianity on how we do the 
ittle things, the cup of cold water, sharing our food 
ffith the hungry or visiting the sick and discouraged, 
lesus said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it to the least of 
these, my brethren, you have done it unto me." The peo- 
ple who get the most out of life are the ones who enjoy 
md appreciate the little things. 

"In this day that's just beginning, 

I must walk a different way. 

I must put more warmth and humor 

In the words I have to say. 

I must stop to pick some roses 

And enjoy the fragrance there. 

For those friends with pain and heartache 

I must breathe an earnest prayer. 

Oh! Some days I am so hurried 

With my selfish aims and plans, 

I let many golden chances 

Slip unnoticed through my hands." 

Lura Cox Brand. 

Mrs. Mae Mausf, 

Waterloo, Iowa. 

Attention, Brethren! 


The Girl's Gospel Team of Ashland College 
would like to serve you. We are preparing team 
members to present various types of Christian 
services to be presented in churches in the Ash- 
land area and in the Brotherhood as requested. 
We can seiTe you with an all-girl team, or can 
form a mixed team in cooperation with the Men's 
Gospel Team. Our only request is that you help 
us defray our travel expenses. 

To make arrangements for a team, write three 
to four weeks in advance and give a choice of 
dates, since our number limits us in the number 
of teams we send out. Contact Carol Berkshire, 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 

Carol Berkshire, President. 

JANUARY n-18. 1959 
Theme: "Church Order" 


(Continued from Page 2) 

SHIPSHEWANA, INDIANA. Latest word from H. D. 
"Bud" Hunter is that he is home from the hospital, and 
is now under doctor's orders to "take it easy." We pray 
for a continued recovery for him. 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. The Falls City Church 
was scheduled to conduct a service at the Sunnenbei-g 
Nursing Home the afternoon of December 21st. 

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One Vay At 7V:"Time 

)NE DAY at a time, with its failures and fears, 
l^ith its hurts and mistakes, its weakness and 

\^ith its portion of pain and its burden of care; 
)ne day at a time we must meet and must bear. 

)ne day at a time to be patient and strong: 
'o be calm under trial and sweet under wrong; 
'hen its toiling shall pass, its sorrow shall cease; 
fc shall darken and die — the night shall bring 

>ne day at a time — but the day is so long. 
i.nd the heart is not brave, the soul is not strong ; 
) Thou pitiful Christ, be Tliou near all the way; 
live courage and patience and strength for the 

Swift cometh His answer so clear and so sweet; 
"Yea, I will be with thee, thy troubles to meet; 
I will not forget thee, nor fail thee, nor grieve; 
I will not forsake thee; I never will leave." 

Not yesterday's load we are called on to bear. 
Nor tomorrow's uncertain and shadowy care; 
Whj^ should we look fonvard or back with dis- 
may ? 
Our needs, as our mercies, are but for the day. 

One day at a time, and the day is His day; 

He hath numbered its hours, though they haste 

or delay. 
His grace is sufficient; we v/alk not alone; 
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— Annie Johnson Flint. 


January 17, 1959 

No. 3 

Proclarmins the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



terns of general Interest 

RECENT APPEARANCES of Missionaries on Fur- 
lough from Nigeria, "Doc" and Jean Shank, include: 
December 28th, Linwood, Maryland for the W. M. S. Pub- 
lic Service; January 4th through 7th, Washington, D. C; 
and St. James, Maryland, January 11th. 

CAMERON, W. VA. Mr. Kenneth Marks was the 
speaker at the New Year's Eve Watch Night service in 
the Cameron Church. 



New Lebanon, Ohio — January 19, 1959 

Rev. John Terrel, speaker 


Garber Memorial Brethren Church , 

Sherman Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 

January 20, 1959 

Food, fellowship, program, business 

Martin Luther film will be shown 


71st General Conference of 

The Brethren Church 

will be held at Ashland, Ohio, 

August 17-24, 1959. 

Barnett was the WARD TV and Radio speaker on 
"Clergyman's Study" program the evening of Janus 


M. Keck notes that a new W. M. S. has been organiij 
at the Valley Church. It is known as W. M. S. No. 

Valley Brethren were hosts to the Kregar- Valley Yoi 
Rally on January 2nd. Rev. Chauncey Ickes, of Somen 
was the speaker. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. The January 4th service of 
Union Week of Prayer services was held in the Lov 
ville Brethren Church. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Brother J. D. Haniel v 
devotional speaker the week of January 11th on WNl 
Radio and TV. 

Four new members were baptized and received i 
the Church recently. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Brother Virgil Ingraham v 
speaker at the Monday evening Week of Prayer Serv 
in the Pilgrim Holiness Church, January 5th. Nappai 
Brethren hosted the service the evening of January 4th 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Brother J. Milton Bown 
writes concerning the new parsonage: "The new pars 
age is really taking shape nicely. Today (January 5 
they started plastering the various bedrooms. Last \\-< 
they installed the furnace. The brick layers are busy 
the final finishing outside. It is very modern and lo 
ly, with a recreation room in the basement, two car g 
age, a large fireplace in the living room, another in 
basement, picture window, etc." 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. "Hawaii Night" was held 
January 4th. This program, which featured pictui'es 
Rev. Donald Olson of Savanna, on Hawaii, inusic h] 
men's choir, and participation by the Lanark B. Y 
groups, was designed to accent the W. M. S. Book 
view on North American Neighbors. 

STOCKTON, CALIF. Brother Alvin H. Grumbling c 
ducted services at the County Hospital on December 1' 
A number of the Stockton Brethren were scheduled 
help in this service. 

Brother Grumbling notes also that he was schedii 
to speak at the State Hospital on December 28th. 

From Brother Gi'umbling's news letter we learn i 
that the Northern California District Conference is sch 
uled to be held at Stockton, January 22nd to 25th. 





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£oT Your Gonsideration 

Y 7HAT DO YOU consider to be your Most 
^ Valued Possession? 

"In his childish mind, a seven year old boy in 
enver, Colorado, decided that he was being un- 
lirly treated at home. He approached his moth- 
;% told her of his feelings, and of his decision 
) leave home. With parental love and wisdom 
is mother observed the boy go to his room, 
here he packed his little bag and walked from 
le house. She watched the boy as he walked 
Dwn the street until he came to the home of 

friend of his mother, where he paused hesi- 
mtly, then turned into the gateway. The friend 
iiswered his knock and listened to the boy's tale 
f woe. 

"Understandingly, she said, "You must be 
red and hungry. I have just baked some cook- 
:s. Would you like some, and a glass of milk?" 
/hile he was eating, the woman called the moth- 
; and told her what had happened. The mother 

replied, "I was watching. Would you mind letting 
the boy stay, and see what happens?" 

"By dusk, of course, there was no place like 
home. The mother greeted the boy upon his re- 
turn, fed him and lovingly put him to bed. Then 
curiously she opened the boy's bag to see what 
he had taken with him, keeping in mind that the 
boy, with the finality of youth intended to leave 
home permanently, and therefore had packed his 
most valued possessions. The mother found a 
Davy Crocket hat, a Roy Rogers pistol, a bag of 
marbles, a jack knife — and the boy's envelopes 
for the payment of his Church Building Fund 
Pledge !" 

This incident, related by Curtis R. Schumach- 
er, Director, Church Finance, of the Congrega- 
tional-Christian Churches, in "Stewardship 
Facts," indicates an important facet of this little 
boy's life. He was conscious of his obligation to 
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The "Deep Things 

1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 12--14. 

of God' 

Rev. H. William Fells 

» ^ *m I 

(Continued from last week) 

The "Deep Thing" known as HOPE 

"Faith is the substance of things HOPED for, 
the evidence of things not seen." As we search, 
by the direction of the Spirit, this "Deep Thing 
of God" called "HOPE," we will not be able to 
exhaust all of our thought, or yours, though we 
were to speak of it until breath left the body. 
We can, though, express these few thoughts re- 
garding it. In I Corinthians 13:13, it is said that 
Hope abides. Have you ever thought what this 
world would be like if HOPE v/ould suddenly 
stop abiding? We have heard of people who gave 
up hope of one kind or another; that was the 
end of all things in that particular area of life 
for that person. The one who gives up hope of 
ever getting well after an illness, will not very 
Hkely get well, no matter what the doctors do 
for him. 

The one who gives up hope of owning a home, 
or giving their children things they had to do 
without (and we should say here that it is not 
always wise to hope to give your children all the 
things you were deprived of) it is very likely 
that those children will have to do without a 
great many things. 

That person who gives up hope of salvation 
chrough Jesus Christ will never receive salva- 

tion, nor any of the wonderful promises that 
with it. 

What is HOPE? In Hebrews 11:1, it is the i\ 
fillment of faith. One man has said that fai 
is the foundation, hope is the superstructur 
and love (which we are to consider next) is t 
crown. HOPE, in my own definition, is anticip 
tion — that which has not yet been made knoM 
It is that which has not yet been acquired. 
is that which we desire a great deal, but canr 
yet attain. 

You see, the penitent sinner hopes for sah 
tion, and then, when he has believed, has cc 
fessed, and has received the Holy Spirit a 
Christ, and is following the commands of Jesi 
letting the world know he has received that 
ward cleansing and baptism of the Holy Spii 
by i-eceiving the rite of water baptism (whi 
is an outward sign of an inward cleansing), 
KNOWS that he has acquired the salvation 
hoped for. Then his thought of salvation is 
longer hope, but knowledge. He Knows. And th 
he goes on to greater hopes. Even with the str 
within his soul, there is the hope that his v 
may be God's will ; that the Holy Spirit may 
consume his very being that self will be lost co 
pletely and his will may be given just as co 
pletely to God. As he grows in the grace a 
knowledge of Christ; as he goes a little fartl 
and falls on his face and prays, "Not my will 1 

VNUARY 17, 1959 


line be done," he comes to know this hope re- 
dzed more each day. And as the sanctifying 
3wers of God's work, the knowledge grows that 
hen he stands in the presence of Christ he 
lall be Hke Him, and he shall be completely 
^st to self. • 

This thought brings the HOPE of the future 
orld into focus. This is the HOPE that acts as 
n anchor for the soul of a Christian. That longed 
)r, that anticipation of the eternal home, with 
le many rooms Jesus speaks of in John 14, with 
16 resurrected, glorified body Paul speaks of in 

Corinthians 15, that place where there will be 

more sorrow, no more death, neither crying 
or pain, where all will be beauty and happiness 
-this is the hope of the Christian. This is the 
mchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure 
hile the billows roll. Yes, now abides HOPE, 
ideed, it springs eternal in the breast of God's 
eople. May the hope of eternity keep you this 
ay, and always. 

The "Deep Thing" known as LOVE 

As we search the "Deep Thing" called LOVE, 
e realize that we are treading where the saints 
ave trod. Paul says, "Now abides love." (We 
ill leave the last part of the verse for the final 
art of this message.) Peter says, in his first 
pistle, chapter four, verse eight, "Above all 
lings have fervent love among yourselves." St. 
ohn, as you will note in I John 4:7-21, says 
vice in the few verses, "God is love." 

This word, LOVE, is of utmost importance. It 
lUst be, for St. John to use it twenty-nine times 

1 these fifteen verses referred to. As he tells all 
lis about love in this place, our minds go back 
) another scene where John speaks of LOVE. It 
i in the twenty-first chapter of the gospel of 
ohn where Jesus appears to the disciples after 
[is resurrection, and He is speaking to Peter. 
ifter He has fed him — after they have broken 
read together — once again the Lord looks at 
eter and He asks three times: "Peter, lovest 
iiou me?" And of course we must draw back a 
ttle further into the life of Christ to a scene 
'here Peter has said that he loved Him enough 
3 die for Him. In Luke twenty-two, verse thirty- 
tiree, Peter said, "Lord, I am ready to go with 
^lee, both to prison and to death." This is before 
^le crucifixion and resurrection. Now, at this 
cene by the seashore, it is the desire of the 
Titer that you see the importance of the words 
'hich mean "Love." 

The scholars, through commentaries and other 
means, have indicated that there was a differ- 
ence in the words spoken by Jesus, our Lord, and 
the disciple, Peter, there that day. Jesus started 
the conversation by using the word, "Agapas," 
and Peter answered with the word, "Philo." 
Again the Lord enquires, using "Agapas," and 
the second time Peter responds with "Philo." 
The third time the Master uses Peter's word, 
"Philo," and again Peter answered with "Philo." 

Let us examine the two words. "Agapas" 
means to love, to love with devotedness, to love 
with concern, generosity. A deep, devoted, gen- 
erous love, filled with concern or dedication. 
"Phileo" means to manifest some act of kind- 
ness, to be fond of, to delight in, to love, to re- 
gard with affection. 

We can see from this bit of study that on that 
day, Peter wanted to be friends with the Christ, 
but there was not that devoted, generous con- 
cern and dedication that Jesus was seeking. 

As we search this word, "LOVE," and en- 
deavor to plumb the depths of its meaning, this 
fact must be pointed out, that in I Corinthians 
13:13, and I Peter 4:8, and throughout the 
fourth chapter of the First Epistle of John, the 
"LOVE" spoken of is not the friendly, brotherly 
affection type of love. No "Phileo" here. It is 
ALL a devoted, generous concern. Always it is 
different forms of the verb, "Agapeo." 

Let us continue our search of this one more 
of the "Deep Things of God," with one more ref- 
erence, and that is Matthew twenty-two, verses 
thirty-seven and thirty-eight. Here Jesus speaks 
of the greatest and second commandments, 
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 




heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy 
mind; and the second is like unto it, thou shalt 
love thy neighbor as thyself." No brotherly af- 
fection and friendship, but deep, devoted, gen- 
erous concern and dedication. That is what God 
is, and that is what is shown towards us in all 
the New Testament, and especially in those por- 
tions that we have examined together here. 

Having the Mind of Christ 

"Now abideth Faith, Hope, Love — These 
Three" of the "Deep Things of God." We seek 
here to add some additional thoughts that will 
inspire you to continue your studying and search- 
ing the "Deep Things of God." 

The first requirement for this is to have the 
mind of Christ as Paul expresses in I Corinthians 
2:16. How do we acquire the mind of Christ? The 
answer is very simple. Practice being Christ-like, 
living as you think Christ would live if He were 
here today. Practice the presence of Christ. How 
often do you entertain the Chi'ist in your 
thoughts each day? Is it those fifteen minutes 
you spend in devotion each morning and eve- 
ning; or the three times you return thanks for 
your meal each day? 

The Holy Spirit can never consume your be- 
ing in order that you may be Christ-like until He 
is asked to take complete charge, during every 
M^aking moment, and in every hour spent in rest- 
ful sleep that your body and soul may be re- 
stored. Incidentally, this is the only way to have 
restful sleep these days without the use of some 
modern drug or other aid. If people would just 
remember St. Peter's words in First Peter five, 
verse seven: "Casting all your care upon Him; 
for He careth for you," they would find restful 
sleep and an invigorated, useful waking life, 
also. They would acquire the mind of Christ. 
They would become fully connected to that trans- 
former which we have called "Faith." Power 
would flow into their lives from Him. 

Remember, He said, "ALL POWER is given 
unto me." They would not have to quibble over 
small decisions like whether the dime extra the 
clerk in the drug store gave in the change from 
that small purchase should be returned. There is 
no decision when we have the mind of Christ; 
that dime does not belong to the one making the 
purchase. It is the drug store's dime, and that 
clerk will appreciate the return of it so he does 
not have to make it up. Nor are there decisions 
of much larger proportion to be made. Christ, 

through the Holy Spirit, directs us as to what i 
right, and the right is done — if we have the mini 
of Christ. 

And what this increase in FAITH and powe 
for daily living really does to our HOPE ! Indeec 
eye hath not seen no|i' ear heard the things tha 
God has prepared for them that LOVE Him. Bu 
God hath revealed them unto us by His Spiri 
The things that we have hoped for begin to aj 
pear. We have hoped to prosper, and God hs 
promised that the Godly shall prosper. Psah 
1:1 and 122:6, "They shall prosper that lo\ 
Thee. " Then we hope our children will live riglj 
and bring honor to the family name. The man ( 
God said, "Train up a child in the way he shoul 
go and when he is old he will not depart fro] 

Then, just a glance at the future. What is oi 
HOPE of the future. We can expect a mansic 
in heaven. Jesus said it would be there. We ca 
expect to be received into the presence of Go 
Read Matthew twenty-four and twenty-fiv 
Jesus says to the faithful, "Come, ye blessed i 
my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared f< 
you from the foundation of the world." Matthe 
twenty-five, verse thirty-four. Indeed, now abi 
eth FAITH, HOPE and LOVE, these three, bi 
the greatest of these is LOVE. 

You say how is it the greatest when faith ai 
hope can mean so much to me? Here is the a 
swer. First, it was love that prompted God 
create our world and us. He wanted someone sp 
cial to shower His love upon and someone wl 
would love Him in return. And then when t 
creature fell, and it was impossible for him 
come before God, it was LOVE that furth 
prompted God to purchase, redeem and leconc: 
that creature to Himself. He had no further i 
sponsibility to man. Man had betrayed Him 1 
disobedience, but He loved us so much that I 
gave His only begotten Son that we might li^ 
And we cannot have FAITH, nor HOPE witho 
LOVE. We must return that LOVE that God h 
for us. Ai;id it is not just a friendly, affections 
love, but it must be a deep, devoted, dedicat 
and consecrated concern for God and His cr( 

These three, but the greatest of these is LOV 
And may that LOVE of God the Father, God t 
Son, and God the Holy Spirit continue to abi 
with you as you search THE DEEP THINGS ( 

Ashland, Ohio. 

iNUARY 17, 1959 



30 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. Phone 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistant 


Miss Veda Liskey returned to the United States from 
igeria, Africa, arriving at her home in Harrisonburg, 
irginia, on December 23. 

Miss Liskey, for reasons of health, will not be return- 
ig to Nigeria. The medical staff on the field and the 
ield Committee, after prayer and consideration, rec- 
nmended that she should not plan to return, inasmuch 
3 illness had plagued her so much during her tours of 

We deeply regret the loss of Miss Liskey to the Ni- 
srian work, but we commend her for the conscientious 
anner in which she has discharged her responsibilities; 
tid we want to express our sincere thanks for the eight 
ad a half years which she has given in sei^vice in Ni- 
eria as a nurse. We are certain that her presence with 
3 here in the States will prove to be most valuable to 
16 cause of missions. 


■^ROM THE TIME when George Drushal, together with 
Mrs. Drushal, set out for Lost Creek, Kentucky, more 
lan fifty-three years ago, until December 4, 1958, he was 
otivated by an overwhelming desire: to bring Christ to 
16 mountain people of Kentucky and Christian education 
I the young people, thereby enabling them to live produc- 
ve Christian lives. 

The manner in which he worked to achieve this goal in 
le face of obstacles and sometimes opposition is a matter 
f histoi-y known to many Brethren people; but one trait 
f character stands out unmistakably in the record of this 
jalous servant of God: He would not take no for an an- 
iver, when he was impelled to carry out an undertaking 
1 behalf of the work. 

An examination of Reverend Drushal's correspondence 
'ith the Missionary Board over a period of years reveals 
n almost child-like expectancy of those things the work 
eeded and a corresponding gratitude when these needs 
'ere provided. Occasionally, in his eagerness for the suc- 
ess of the work, his requests were difficult, or even im- 
ossible to supply; in which case, he sometimes became 
npatient — feeling that the program was being neglected, 
iut, through it all — whether he was patient or impatient, 
ractical or impractical — one was always aware that his 
equests were made entirely in the intei'est of others — 
ever for himself. Understanding this zeal for the work 
dear to his heart has helped the Missionary Board to 
laintain a good relationship through the years and to 
^PPly the work with all that it possibly could out of 
le resources at its disposal. 

George Drushal's entire life and purpose centered around 
iost Creek — the program of Riverside Christian Training 
chool, that of the Church, and the welfare of those in 
atlying areas. Scores of Christian people — young and old 
like — in widely varied activities and in numerous loca- 

tions have testified to the blessing in their lives, received 
through the teaching and counsel of this man of God. The 
benefit to others through his ministry cannot be calculated 
except in the Lord's inventory. 

Because of the unselfish service provided by his teach- 
ing and preaching ministry, many people have found 
Christ and will pass along the torch of Christian educa- 
tion to others around the world. We have all benefitted 
by his pioneering work and spirit, and we rejoice in his 
promotion into a higher level in God's University. 

He took a child from out a wretched cot, 
Who on the state dishonor might have brought. 
And reared him to the Christian's hope and trust. 
The boy, to manhood grown, became a light 
To many souls, and preached for human need 
The wondrous love of the Omnipotent. 
The work has multiplied like stars at night 
When darkness deepens; every noble deed 
Lasts longer than a granite monument. 

(Ray M. Johnson, contemporary American) 



A — The administrator of the fund. Dale J. Long, 
Associate Secretary, is charged v.'ith the re- 
sponsibility of publicizing the fund throughout 
the denomination and keeping accurate records 
of all monies received, loaned, and expended. 
An annual audit of the records will be made, 
and a financial report will be given along with 
the regular report of the Missionary Board at 
General Conference. The loaning of funds to 
qualified churches will be handled by the ad- 
ministrator and a loan committee appointed by 
the Missionary Board. The administrator and 
loan committee will serve only as servants for 
the Missionary Board to carry out the program, 
according to terms and policies determined by 
the Board and developed through much prayer 
and study. 







lise o\ Tke 

Official Brethren Seal 

TN THE SPRING of 1958, the May 10th issue of 
The Brethren Evangelist carried a temporar\- 
ruling about the use of the Official Brethren Seal. 
By action of the 1958 GENERAL CONFERENCE 
the ruling has become definite and should be 
clearly understood by the entire Brotherhood. 

Following is the recommendation from the min- 
utes of the CENTRAL PLANNING and CO-OR- 
DINATING COMMITTEE which General Confer- 
ence passed on Thursday mornijig, August 21, 

"After some discussion, Delbert Flora made a 
motion that this committee recommend to Gen- 
eral Conference that General Conference retain 
the copyright of the insignia. Also, that this 

committee recommend to General Conferenc 
that the sole point of distribution of this ii 
signia be the Brethren Publishing Compan;; 
subject to review annually by the General Cor 
ference. Motion was carried. It was decide 
that by way of an article in the Evangelist thj 
the Church should be made aware of the cop: 
right regulations of this insignia and that it I 
understood that any permission to use this se 
must be given by the Brethren Publishing Con 

All committees and individuals at all involve 
in the distribution of the seal are very anxioi 
that more churches and organizations do mal 
use of the seal. Consequently, the Brethren Pu 
lishing Company has been very cooperative ai 
quite lenient when requests for such use ha'' 
been made. The important thing for all to I'emer 
ber is that you must contact the Publishing Cor 
pany and receive such permission before using tl 
seal. Otherwise, you are violating the copyrigii 

The Official Brethren Seal appeared frequent 
during our 250th Anniversary Year. You saw 
often in the Evangelist, on National Boards' st 
tionery, on Conference publicity and progran 
and on bulletins for special local church event 
It is hoped that even greater use of this zeal w 
be realized during the coming years. Consequent] 
Editor W. St. Clair Benshoff is adding some e 
planatory remarks about the securing of perm; 
sion for the seal's use and also he is suggestii 
ways that all of us might use the Brethren Se 
more effectively. 

Rev. Phil Lersch, chairman 
Seal Committee. 

ANUARY 17, 1959 


Suggested ways of using 

the Official "Brethren Seal 

HOLLOWING are some of the suggested uses 
^ which can be made of the new Brethren Seal. 

Church Bulletins and Programs for special ser- 

Church Stationery and Envelopes 

Youth Rally Programs 

Note Paper — sold by church, like that with 
:hurch's picture on it 

Church Banquet and social programs — mime- 

On "favors" at Church Banquets 

On inside bulletin boards, S. S. Class bulletin 
(oards — as permanent headings 

Official Church documents. 
* * * 

In order to use the seal, write to the Editor of 
Publications, W. St. Clair Benshoff, The Breth- 
en Publishing Company, 524 College Ave., Ash- 
and, Ohio. 

State the name of the organization, or church 
desiring the use of it. 

State the use to be made of the seal. 

State the reproduction method — mimeograph, 
offset, engi-aving, etc. 

Upon receipt of your letter as outlined above, 
we will send you a letter of permission for use 
of the seal for the purpose stated in your letter. 

Stock engravings are available in sizes of one 
inch, three inches and six inches. These can be 
rented from the Publishing Company. We can 
arrange to secure for you, for your purchase, an 
engraving in any size. 

We would also like to put in a plug for one of 
the nicest and best uses you can make of the 
Brethren Seal in your locality, and that is to 
make arrangements to erect a number of the new 
Brethren Road Signs. Order yours now. For road 
signs, send your order to Rev. Phil Lersch, Ash- 
land College, Ashland, Ohio. (WSB) 

Spiritual flDebttations 

Rev. Dyoll Belot« 


"Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but 
orgat him." Gen. 40:23. 

[" NEVER DID HAVE MUCH regard for the chief but- 
ler, down in Pharaoh's court, who forgot Joseph's 
cindness in interpreting the butler's dream, and so saving 
lis neck from the executioner's axe. The excuse that 
'ellow offered for not mentioning Joseph's kindness 
iooner was one of the lamest excuses for failure to show 
gratitude that can be imagined. Some one has called it 
I guilty forgetting. Said another: "I've heard of hearts 
inkind, kind deeds with coldness still returning." 

Why did he forget? Was it because he was so busied 
vith the obligations of his office with the king, and the 
iffections of his home ? It was not surprising that the 
measures he so nearly lost should engage his attention 
vhen once they were restored to him. But home and busi- 
less are at their best when we remember the "Joseph" 

who rescued us from the prison-house of sin. Should we 
not remember Him ? 

Or was he afraid, in Pharaoh's court, to mention his 
obligation to a Hebrew slave? No question but that the 
slave had bestowed a fathomless boon on the butler, but 
among the lords and ladies of the court it required more 
than ordinary courage to tell out frankly his indebted- 
ness to an alien prisoner. And in many circles it is al- 
most forbidden to speak of Jesus. By many He is passed 
contemptously by, this by persons of culture and lead- 
ers of "so-called" society. Are we as timid to confess our 
Saviour ? 

Maybe it was because of tlie recognition in his own 
heart of the difference between his own character and 
that of Joseph. It may have been a relief to forget and 
banish tlioughts of Joseph from his thought and memory. 
And so our "Joseph" is separate from us in holiness and 
He demands righteousness in us. I am glad of His bene- 
fits, but I may not like His injunctions. But the better 
I know Him the more willing shall I be to do His bidding. 

If he was thoughtless and heedless, he had not been 
so when he was in the prison. It is no commendation of 
him that he could so soon become oblivious of his bene- 
factor. And how greatly am I to be blamed if I fail to 
keep afresh the memory of the mighty things which 
Christ has done for me! No ingratitude so base as for- 
getting Him Who redeemed me. Be ye thankful. 






Given by MRS. U. J. SHIVELY at Nappanee Brethren's 
Anniversary Year Commemoration services 

AFTER THE 1882 Annual Meeting of the Church of 
the Brethren or "Dunkard Brethren," many congre- 
gations were divided. In most places the Brethren were 
small groups and without places of worship. School 
houses, halls and homes were used for preaching services. 
Often as few as six or a dozen were in attendance, but 
what they lacked in numbers they made up in enthusiasm 
and determination. 

A Committee was appointed by those who met in the 
Arnold's Grove School House, located a few rods east of 
Turkey Ci'eek on Road No. 6, to make plans for a gen- 
eral meeting. 

A Conference of the Brethren Church was called to 
meet June 29-30, 1882 in Ashland, Ohio. There were many 
questions to be solved and plans made for the future. 
A number of groups were represented and the meeting 
was very harmonious throughout, for a fraternal feeling 
was manifest in all the discussions. 

Another Conference of the Church was again held in 
Ashland September 21-23, 1887, and at this time it was 
decided to hold a General Conference every five years 
unless the various districts demanded otherwise. 

It was also recommended that each state or district 
should organize a mission board to report to the Gen- 
eral Mission Board each year. Thus early the Church 
was interested in and supported missions. 

The Sister's Society, later the Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety, was organized at this time. The object of the so- 
ciety was the defraying of the expenses of an evangelist. 
Evidently the women had very little or no voice in the 
Annual Meeting for "it was decided that this conference 
extend to the sisters all privileges which the brethren 
claim for themselves." 

H. R. Holsinger, in his history of the Tunkers and 
Brethren Churches printed in 1901, lists 44 congregations 
in Indiana. Practically all of them were organized be- 
tween the years 1882 and 1900, each with from six to 35 
or 40 charter members. Before too many years all had 
built church houses, costing from $2,100.00 to $3,750.00. 
All held revival meetings with increases of membership 
then totaling 3,200. Twenty-two, or half of these congre- 
gations were in the country. Today only seven of these 
rural churches are active. The others have disbanded or 
moved their membership to nearby urban churches. 

A few congregations left the Brethren Church in th( 
division of 1939. The report in the 1957 Annual gives In 
diana 32 congregations, including Matteson, Michigai 
and Bryan, Ohio, with a membership of 7,734. Elkhart 
Indiana with a membership of 1,035 is not only the larges' 
in the state but the largest in the Brothei'hood. Matte 
son is a mission church and with the help of the District 
we trust will grow rapidly. 

Records are meager, but we find in a year book o 
Indiana, published in 1904, that the first Conference wa 
held in 1888 at North Manchester. It was the procedur 
of the Indiana conference to go where they were invitee 
Since the invitation was issued a year in advance, thi 
gave the entertaining church time for making any im 
provements or redecorating, and a reason to beautify th 
church where the Conference would soon convene. Dele 
gates were entertained in the homes and meals provide 
by the host church, usually in the basement. Nappane 
has entertained the Conference three or more times. 


Although there had been some discussion about incoi 
porating churches of the state, nothing definite was don 
until, according to instructions of the 1909 Conferenct 
steps were taken to file for incorporation in 1910. In 
weekly newspaper, published at Eaton, Indiana, th 
"notice of meeting of Conference of Brethren Churche 
for the purpose of incorporation" was printed and circi: 
lated. The conference of 1910 was held in Oakville, Ii 

At the proper time this matter was considered, an 
the following is the i-ecord, and I quote: "This Confei 
ence jjroceeded to the selection of name and trustees i 
accordance with the Acts of the General Assembly of th 
State of Indiana, in force since March 6, 1889, and b( 
ing set out in Acts of 1889 on page 147, with a view c 
perfecting an incorporation of this Conference. 

The name declared and selected is: The Brethren Cor 
ference of Indiana. 

It was then determined to select a Board of five Truj 
tees, and the following persons were unanimously chose 
as such Trustees, to-wit: A. S. Menaugh, George C. Ca] 
penter, G. W. Rench, P. M. Fisher and R. R. Teeter." 

ANUARY 17, 1959 


This was certified to by G. W. Rench, Moderator, and 
.. W. Evans, Clerk, and filed in office of Secretary of 
le State of Indiana on December 15, 1910. Thus, the 
irethren Conference of Indiana became a corporate body 
ceording to the laws of the State of Indiana, and a seal 
'as issued. 

During the years, at least the following churches have 
een assisted by the State Mission Board: Huntington, 
'eru, Muncie, Brethren Retreat at Shipshewana Lake, and 
latteson, Michigan. Some of our people have wondered 
fhy the Mission Board seemed to do so little. The local 
lurches have tied their hands by not giving adequate 
apport. The Board asks for 50c a member, ))ut many con- 
regations either ignore or forget. 

Bible Conferences 

Some of the ministers had a vision of a camp meeting 
rounds. Mr. Tom Eash owned property on the south side 
f Shipshewana Lake and offered to donate ground for 

Tabernacle and for parking. Later some ground was 
urchased from Mr. Eash, extending from the lake to the 
ailroad and west to beyond the canal. 

During the 1920 Conference, a resolution was presented 
y the ministerium as follows: "That the Indiana Confer- 
nce endorse the movement to build up a religious center 
t Shipshewana Lake, and we urge our churches to con- 
•ibute toward material for a Tabernacle, and that this 
onference appoint a committee to solicit funds for said 
abernacie. Committee to consist of J. A. Mclnturff, the 
oshen pastor; A. E. Thomas, the Warsaw Pastor; and E. 
. Miller, pastor at Nappanee." The resolution was adopted 
3 presented. 

The committee proceeded with plans and the work was 
tarted. It was a building 46 x 85 feet, facing north, with 
vo rooms and a large platform at the south end. There 
as a sawdust floor which was replaced with a cement 
oor when funds permitted. The committee asked each 
lurch for 50c per member. Some gave, some did not. The 
abernacie was dedicated Sunday, July 9, 1922, at 8:30 
. M., with the sermon by Dr. G. W. Rench. 

At this time the deed for this property was presented 
) the Trustees. 

Mr. and Mrs. U. J. Shively, 
on Anniversary Day 

Bell at the Shipshewana Tabernacle 

A Bible Conference and a Camp Meeting followed the 
dedication. For two weeks the pastors of Indiana, with 
some visiting brethren, brought wonderful messages, fore- 
noon, afternoon and evening. Bible expositions and studies, 
evangelistic messages, praise and testimony services with 
Sunday School and Christian Endeavor programs, filled 
the days. Dr. Florence Gribble, missionary to Africa, was 
thei'e and her messages were informative and interesting. 

Many Brethren were in attendance, some for a day or 
two, others for the entire two weeks. They were so im- 
pressed with the beauty and advantages of Shipshewana, 
tliat many purchased lots and built cottages. The next 
year another Bible Conference and Camp Meeting were 

It soon became evident that rooms were needed and the 
"Lodge" was the answer. Money from churches and indi- 
viduals was given, and a three-story building was erected. 
The building used all the money available and nothing was 
left for furnitux'e. The Woman's Missionary Society and 
friends came to the rescue, providing the furnishings. 
Nappanee was responsible for three rooms. 

The first Youth Camp held at Shipshewana was 1925 
or 26. Camps have been held every year since. These camps 
are pai'tly sponsored by the National Sunday School Board 
of the Brethren Cliurch and the White Gift Offerings. For 
many years the Ohio young people joined with Indiana, 
but now they have their own camp. No one will ever know 
how much these camps, with Bible classes, the morning" 
watch, the vespers, etc., have influenced the youth of the 
Brethren Church. 

Not too many years ago, the Sisterhood of ]\Iary and 
Martha bought a large house to be used for the girls, 
and the trustees had already built a shelter house for the 

The first year the Indiana Conference was held at Breth- 
ren Retreat was in October 1933, and October was chilly 




that year. The delegates decided to return to Shipshewana 
every third year in June and not October. Before too 
many years no church would invite the Conference, so the 
Lake is now the permanent Conference grounds. 

Soon a hotel became a necessity. The trustees pur 
chased the Webb property just a stone's throw west of 
the Tabernacle and the house was moved to the lake front 
property and the hotel was erected. It has been remodeled 
and added to several times. This hotel is a very vital asset 
to the Brethren Retreat. 

West of the hotel was a marsh which was an eyesore, 
growing weeds and willows, and was a mosquito nest. 
When most of the lots owned by the Indiana Conference 
were sold, the trustees, with Chas. A. Colip as chairman, 
decided to dredge a canal through this marsh, going to the 
south 500 feet or more from the lake and throwing the 
dirt on the east side. Sand from the hill was used for fill- 
ing and more lots were made. These were all sold and 
there was a demand for more. Well, the trustees solved 
that. There is a small lake a mile or more to the south, 
whose outlet runs into the outlet of Lake Shipshewana. 
In 1949 the trustees with Lagrange County officers, who 
were in authority, decided to dig a channel from this 
little stream west to join the south end of the canal. By 
using the sand hill again for filling, more lots were a\ail- 
able. Many of these have been sold so that the project 
paid for itself. 

For many years Tod Bontrager was the caretaker of 
buildings and grounds. Each year brought more responsi- 
bilities and with his advancing age, the work became too 
heavy, so Tod resigned. For several years the trustees 
have employed a year-round caretaker, who has charge 
of the church property, and in the summer, the hotel. 

At a very conservative estimate this property is valued 
at $100,000.00 and it is yours, for it belongs to the Breth- 
ren Conference of Indiana. The Board of Trustees are al- 
ways chosen by the District Conference. Since 1931, 
twenty-six persons ha\e been elected who have served 

Lakeside Scene at Shipshewana 

Front Row, l.-r.: Mrs. John Gulp, Miss Grayce Miller 

Mrs. May Gessinger, Mrs. Jesse Stuckman. 

Back Row, l.-r.: Rev. Virgil Ingraham (Pastor), Me 

Jackson, Robert Spicher, and Max Miller, (Chairman o 

the Anniversary Committee). 

from one to twenty-one years. All have served without an 
remuneration and have given of their time and substanc 

The Flora Brethren Home belongs to the General Cor, 
ference and is located in Indiana. 

Let us hope and pray that the Brethren Church occupic 
the place God has for it. 

Editor's Note: The preceding report on the history ( 
the Indiana Disti'ict of the Bi-ethren Church, was presente 
by Mrs. U. J. Shively at the Nappanee Brethren Churc 
as a part of their 250th Anniversary of the founding ( 
the Brethren Church celebration, on April 27, 1958. 

An anniversary dinner following the morning worsh 
hour, included the traditional birthday cake. The honor > 
cutting the cake was shared by six of the Nappan( 
Church's oldest members; all of whom are in ages rani 
ing from 75 to 92 years of age. 

Pastor Virgil Ingi-aham comments: "The commemor 
tion gave occasion to re-acquaint people of the Churn 
with the history, development and present work of tl 
Brethren Church. The program, both interesting and i 
formative, emphasized anew the great heritage provid' 
by our forefathers, and the great opportunity for servi 
which is ours today." 

Other informative talks throughout the day, in additi' 
to Mrs. Shively's report of the history of the Indiana D: 
trict, included, "Birth of the Brethren Church," by M: 
George Sheets, at the Sunday School hour; Messai 
"The Brethren Church in Early America," by Pastor V 
gil Ingraham, at the morning worship hour, and "T 
Brethren Church Today." by Max Miller, at the afterno 
service. Mrs. Shively also at the afternoon service, gave 
brief history of the Nappanee Brethren Church. 

ANUARY 17, 1959 


The Sunday School Looks at the World 

Message given by Dr. Clate A. Risley, executive 
lecretary of the National Sunday School Asso- 
iation at the 13th annual National Sunday 
ichool Convention October 8-10, 1958 at Des 
ioines, Iowa. 


Communication-wise our world is shrinking. 
)ur world population is growing. Our responsibil- 
ty is greater than ever before. 

It is more important than ever that we 
Lwaken, that we get our directions straight, that 
ve determine our goals, that we get our feet on 
he ground and keep moving. 

We must redeem the time. 

It is now or never! 

There are approximately 40 million enrolled in 
he Sunday Schools of America. 

Tonight I would like to challenge you as mem- 
)ers and friends of the National Sunday School 
Association to take steps to reach another 40 
nillion in the next ten years — to make our Sun- 
lay School enrollment 80 million by convention 
ime in 1968. 

That is really a mediocre goal. Can we do it? 
iVe can if we want to. Here is how we can do it. 

Our basic problem is a spiritual one. It is easy 
'or us to say that it is finance, its leadership, 
)r its people: but basically our problem is spir- 

Three million Sunday School teachers could set 
;he world on fire for God. We don't have 3 mil- 
ion, but we do have 3 thousand. What are the 3 
:housand here going to do? God says, "If my peo- 
3le, which are called by my name, shall humble 
themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn 
'rem their wicked ways then will I hear from 
leaven and will forgive their sin and will heal 
:heir land." (II Chron. 7:14). 

Revival must take place in the heart and mind 
)f each of us. There is a price to be paid. 

It means our all must be laid on the altar of 

The next steps are simple by-products of spir- 
tual revival. 

A unity of spirit 

A oneness of purpose. 

No church alone — no Sunday School alone is 
roing to reach the unreached millions in America. 
A^hatever inroads we make into the unreached 

millions will be the result of our efforts together. 
If the job is done we must do it together. 

Together we advance 

Divided we fail. 
Unity of spirit — oneness of purpose does not 
mean a supra-ecumenical church but it does 
mean cooperation without compromise. 

It does mean that those of us in places of lead- 
ership in churches and denominational publishing 
houses are going to have to examine anew our 

What are we trying to do? 

Why are we trying to do it? 

I must confess my own heart is disturbed 
sometimes with the commercialism, the spirit of 
competition that we sometimes find in many of 
our churches, our denominations, and our pub- 
lishing houses. Such is not the spirit of coopera- 
tion that will give us unity and oneness in re- 

Our next step toward accomplishment is a 
training program that will enable every member 
of the local church to be trained and working. 

Training is the key to more workers. 

Training is the key to efficiency, and more 
efi'icient workers we must have if we double in 
ten years. 

The denominations that have made the great- 
est progress, and the greatest growth have 
placed the greatest emphasis on training. Again 
leaders in local churches and the denominations 
are going to have to make up their minds to 

The last step I mention is a natural by-product 
of spiritual revival, cooperation, and training, and 
that is the financial undergirding that such an 
effort will take on the local and national level 
for the local church, the denomination, the Sun- 
day School Association and the NSSA. More 
church buildings, more training schools, more 
materials, equipment, literature — all of these are 
important and necessary today, even if the early 
church was without them. 

Should Christ tarry, a doubled Sunday School 
enrollment in America would make an impact felt 
around the world, for there would be more work- 
ers and more money to reach the unreached mil- 
lions of other lands. 

(To Be Concluded) 




Vrayer meetmg 

hy S. X S^^'^^^T. 


I sing a song at seventy years, 
O'erf lowing with thanksgiving; 
My soul its Ebenezer rears, 
For life is worth the living — 
A joyful heart, my fellow men, 
Beats on at threescore years and ten. 

The transient blossoms of the spring 

Have now their golden fruitage; 

The tree whose boughs the tempests fling, 

Has deep and firmer rootage^ — 

A ripened joy, my fellow men, 

Abides at threescore years and ten. 

By wear and waste, through wise design, 
The granite gets its luster; 
And pruning of the fruitful vine 
Brings grapes in richer cluster — 
The gain of loss, mourning men, 
Appears at threescore years and ten. 

With hope triumphant over fear, 

And faith's provision stronger. 

And love sincere, I tarry here 

To toil a little longer — 

In Christian service, fellow men, 

There's joy at threescore years and ten. 

— Selected. 

"THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS are threescore years 
and ten ..." (Psalm 90:10). Old age is venerable, sea- 
soned with wisdom and understanding (Job 12:12). The 
glory of youth is strength, but the beauty of age is 
snowy hair (Pro v. 20:29). "A good old age" is promised 
to the faithful (Gen. 15:15; Job 5:26). In the millennium 
there shall be no "old man that hath not filled his days" 
(Isa. 65:20). 

One's arrival at a happy and useful old age is pre- 
conditioned by the way his youth is spent (Eccl. 12:1). 
In youth there must be a wholesome and cheerful dis- 
position (Eccl. 11:9), mindful of the sure consequences 
of every thought, word, and deed (Gal. 6:7). Youth is a 
time for proper restraint and right choices (Gal.6:8), 
— a time for satisfying the soul (Psalm 90:14). The 
way to eliminate the harvest of "wild oats" is to "abstain 
from fleshly lusts" (Eccl.: 11:10; 1 Peter 2:11). One 
can only be fortified against the evils of life by becom- 
ing a child of God, a partaker of the divine nature 
(2 Peter 1:4). The way to eliminate sorrow is to "over- 
come evil with good" (Rom. 12:21), repent (Luke 13:3), 
forsake the wicked world (1 John 5:19), "be born from 
above" (John 3:7), become "a new creatui-e" (2 Cor. 
5:17). And youth is the time in which to do this (Prov. 

8:17). Youth is a time for finding God (Isa. 55:6). 
There is only one example of death-bed repentance in 
the Bible (Luke 23:42). And in this case "the evil days" 
had already come for he was a thief (Eccl. 12:1). 

The human body must soon give way to deterioration 
(Isa. 38:12a). We live in a house of clay (Job 4:19; 
Gen. 2:7). Our "treasure" is in "earthen vessels" (2 Cor. 
4:7). The saved are promised a glorified body, "eternal 
in the heavens" (2 Cor. 5:1). 

Decrepit old age is pictured in Eccl. 12: "The keepers 
of the house shall ti'emble" (shaking palsy); "strong 
men shall bow" (become stooped); "the grinders cease' 
(no teeth); "those that look out of the windows be dark- 
ened' (eyes failing) (v. 3); "doors . . . shut" (hard oi 
hearing); "rise up at the voice of the bird" (old follf 
get up when the rooster crows); "daughters of music 
. . . brought low" (vocal chords fail) (v. 4); "afraid" of 
height or of falling; "fears" of uncertainty; "almoncj 
tree blossoms" (white hair); "grasshopper . . . burden'i 
(little things worry one); "desire shall fail" (interes" 
and effort wane); "long home" (eternity); "mourners' 
(the bereft) (v. 5); "silver cord" and "golden bowl' 
(spinal cord and brain); "pitcher broken at the fountain' 
(heart ceases); "wheel broken at the cistern (respiratory 
powers gone) (v. 6). So, death comes (v. 7). How good o: 
God to put eternity in the heart of man (Eccl. 3:11, sei 
marginal wording)! To those who are ready death ii 
precious (Psalm 116:15), and the prospect bright (Phil 
1:21). Otherwise, it is to face the judgment (Heb. 9:27 
10:31). Christians, keep your sins confessed (1 Johi 
1:9, 10)! 

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Sunday School Suggestiom 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 

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lONED VISITATION." Many visitation experts insis 
on a uniform calling procedure. They say that a standar 
plan prevents unfortunate occurrences. Here is one suj 
gested formula which may help you. 

1. Before reaching the door, pray. No formula wi 
work without prayer. 

2. Introduce yourself as soon as the households 
comes to the door. Do not enter at the call of a child. 

3. Find a point of contact. Be kind to their childrei 
Compliment the home or furnishings. Don't overdo tal 
about the weather. 

4. Get to your reason for calling as soon as possibl 
Don't let time drag. 

5. Avoid controversial subjects. Avoid criticism ' 
church or persons. Keep confidential information sacre 
Don't gossip. 

6. Be alert for additional information about the fami 
or the mention of names of other prospects. 

ANUARY 17, 1959 


7. Be enthusiastic and wholehearted in speaking of 
our pastor and work of the church. 

8. Don't be afraid to give a testimony if opportunity 
rises. But give it briefly, sincerely. 

9. Mention special features of your Sunday School — 
lursery for babies, cradle roll, adult classes, home de- 
lartment. Invite their participation. 

10. Make arrangements for transportation to church 
f the family lives at a distance. 

11. Leave some literature, if possible, giving more in- 
ormation on church and Sunday School. This will serve 
s a reminder. 

12. Leave before the convei'sation lags or the people 
^et tired of you. 

13. As soon as possible after leaving, jot down ac- 
uired information on the visitation card. 

14. Return the card to the proper person. 

15. Keep in contact with those you have visited. It is 
he continual caller who gets response. 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 18, 1959 


Lesson: Mark 10:35-45 

A TIMELY REBUKE to religious pomp and pride 
r\, comes from the pen of G. F. Hedstrand in the Cove- 
lant Weekly: 

"It might be a good thing to shorten our garments of 
pride so that they no longer drag or show when we at- 
tend church services. Let our honors, degrees, or diplo- 
mas be stored away in the closets. But let us adorn our- 
selves in humility of mind, and esteem othei-s better 
than ourselves." 
Perhaps this is what Longfellow meant when he wrote: 

"Pride goeth forth on horseback 

Grand and gay, 
But cometh back on foot, 

And begs its way." 


"And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto 
iim, saying. Master, we would that Thou shouldest do 
or us whatsoever we shall desire." 

Apparently these two brothei's were unwilling at first 
put their request into words. And no wonder! They 
)robably were ashamed! 

But Jesus, although knowing their hearts' desiie even 
)efoi'e it was uttered, i-equired them to speak. "Grant unto 
IS that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other 
<n Thy left hand, in Thy glory." 

Well, what was so wrong with this ? Is it evil to de- 
sire to be close to the Master? Is it wrong to want to. 
share in the glory of the Lord's Everlasting Kingdom ? 
No, not at all. 

Let's examine their request. The seating places on the 
right and left of the host were always the places of honor 
in the royal court or at a public dinner. James and John, 
therefore, not only wanted to be with Christ in His King- 
dom, but they wanted the positions of honor! 

"But Jesus said unto them. Ye know not what ye ask: 
can ye (have ye the fortitude and power of endurance) 
drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with 
the baptism that I am baptized with?" 

"The cup itself is a scriptural figure for one's pro- 
vidential portion or the lot assigned to him by God, 
whether this be good or evil" (J. A. Alexander). 
In Psalm 11:6 we have an example of the cup of evil: 
"Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, 
and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their 
cup." In Psalm 16:5 there is mentioned the cup of bless- 
ing: "The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of 
my cup." 

Greatness is not given to those who desire it, but to 
those who deserve it; not to those who seek it, but to 
those who merit it! To share the Master's glory we must 
be willing to share His shame. His sorrow. His suffer- 
ings, and, if need be, His death! 

"Can we pay the pi"ice of pain as we give oursehes 
to Christian service — the pain of sacrifice, of misunder- 
standing, of abuse ? Will we accept the baptism of fire 
that comes when, in the name of Christ, we set ourselves 
against evil and dangerous men and powers ? The Chris- 
tian life is no bed of roses. We must do more than just 
'consider the lilies'; we must drink the dregs of the bit- 
ter cup" (Frank S. Mead). 

To His two aspiring disciples Jesus had this to say: 
"Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of ... " 
Yea, how true were His words. James was the very first 
of the Apostles to die for the Gospel (Acts 12:2); and 
John was the last. They both shared their Master's cup and 

"You know," said Jesus to the disciples, "that the so- 
called rulers in the heathen world lord it over them, and 
their great men have absolute power" (Phillips). 

"The essential idea heie expressed is, that in worldly 
governments superiority of rank can only be maintained 
by force and by coercing or restraining those below" 

"But it must not be so among you. No, whoever among 
you wants to be great must become the servant of you 
all, and if he wants to be first among you he must be the 
slave of all men!" (Phillips). 

How different ai-e the ways of God from the ways of 
men! The truly great in God's Kingdom pi'ove their great- 
ness by willingly taking the lowly place. 

CHRIST was the very personification of ti"ue greatness. 
"He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, 
even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath 
highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above 
every name ..." (Phil. 2:8-9). 



Round -Up of 

I News Reports 4 


Sponsors of the first college course in Bible study over 
television in the nation's capital said they were "as- 
tounded" by the tremendous response it had received. 
More than 1,000 persons have sent in registration fees 
of $2.00 to the department of religion of American Uni- 
\ersity for study guides and other supplemental mate- 
rial with which to follow the hour-long Saturday morn- 
ing telecasts. More than 100 others have paid a $20 
I'ee in order to receive two hours of college credit for 
taking the course. They will come to the campus for final 
examinations and will write term papers. 

The National Capital Area Council of Churches, which 
is co-operating with Station WMAL-TV and Amei'ican 
University in offering the course, expected that per- 
haps 200 listeners might send for the study guides. When 
twice that number signed up after the first telecast, 
extra secretarial help was recruited. More than 200 reg- 
istrations were received following the next telecast and 
even more after the third and fourth weeks. American 
University, a Methodist institution, had to discontinue 
taking registrations for college credit when the number 
passed 100 because facilities were inadequate to handle 

The college course on "The Life and Teachings of 
Jesus" is being conducted by Dr. Edward W. Bauman, 
chaplain at American University. A former pastor of 
Methodist churches in Ohio, Dr. Bauman has 12 students 
from the university in the studio with him each Saturday 
to give a classroom atmosphere. 


One cannot travel many miles over the ancient network 
of roads linking the myriad villages of Bavaria without 
coming upon a gentle reminder that life's journey is short 
and precarious. At a treacherous curve or in a natural 
bower in a patch of woods are places for the wayfarer 
to rest and ask God's blessing for a happy end of the 
journey. They were built by devout peasants, some now 
long departed. 

Tiny chapels, sometimes placed squarely in the middle 
of the road, stand in permanent danger of being smashed 
to bits by thundering motor cars such as the builders oi 
Bavaria's country lanes never dreamed of. Until recentlj 
no such opportunity for restful contemplation was avail 
able to voyagers on West Germany's sweeping Autobahr 
system, where every day several lives come to an abrupt 

Upon the initiative of an Augsburg industrialist' 
George Haindl, who conceived the idea during one of hi; 
countless Autobahn trips, the superhighway traveler nov 
has his own reminder of man's mortality. 

Recently, the Bishop of Augsburg dedicated the Auto 
bahn Church, a simple structure that looks down fron 
a little hilltop on to the ribbon of concrete lying 20i 
yards away. 

The wood-and-concrete chapel is a modern variatio; 
on the style of Swabian chapels built before the Thirt; 
Years' war of 1618 to 1648. The eaves of the red til 
shed roof droop so low that an 8-year-old could bump hi 
head on them. The 50-foot tower thrusts high enough t 
catch the attention of the motorist half a mile away. 

Inside, two wooden benches run the length of eac 
wall. When the chapel is filled to its 200 capacity thre 
out of four churchgoers must stand or kneel on th 
masonry floor. 

An Augsburg architect. Baron Dobelhoff, so placed th 
building that the solid glass front and rear walls bot 
look out on the Autobahn. At night bursts of light froi 
automobiles passing at 80 miles an hour cast quici 
weird shadows on a life-size crucifix that is the onl 
adornment in the austere interior. 

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ANUARY 17, 1959 



The National Association of Evangelicals has asked 
he Federal Communications Commission to subject to 
special scrutiny" all applications for renewal of licenses 
rom radio and television stations which adopt a policy 
if accepting hard liquor advertising. The NAE took the 
,ction in a letter to the commission after radio station 
VOMT, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, announced it would start 
■roadcasting spot commercials in November advertising 
/hiskey, gin, rum, and other liquors. Although beer and 
/ine have been advertised with increasing frequency on 
adio and TV, the Wisconsin station was the first (fol- 
3wed by WCRB Boston) to break with the voluntary 
adio industry code against advertising hard liquor. 

Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, NAE Secretary for Public Af- 
airs, told the FCC that the widely-publicized decision 
f the Wisconsin station to break the code "represents 
lothing less than a conspiracy to open all radio and tele- 
ision to a general practice of advertising hard liquor. 
Ve also believe," he said, "that to permit this practice 
develop would be to invite great damage to public 
lealth, morals and safety." 

In his letter Dr. Taylor recalled that the Federal Radio 
'ommission formerly took the position that any station 
ifhich carried liquor ads would have to defend its license 
,t renewal time. He predicted advertisers would "glam- 
rize" liquor and omit references to its harmful effects, 
lis letter quoted the radio commission's 1934 statement, 
I'hich reminded broadcasters and advertisers that "mil- 
ions of listeners do not use intoxicating liquors, and 
aany children of both users and non-users are part of 
he listening public." 

(The Commission's 1934 statement: "The commission 
nil designate for hearing the renewal application of all 
tations unmindful of the foregoing, and they will be re- 
(uired to make a showing that their continued operation 
i^ill serve the public interest, convenience and necessity.") 

Radio industry leaders were quick to point out that 
ictions of the Federal Radio Commission are not bind- 
ng on the FCC, which came into existence in June, 1934. 
''CC's attitude on liquor ads was summarized in August, 
.949, in a letter to Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D., Colo.), 
hen chairman of the Senate committee on interstate and 
breign commerce. It noted that liquor advertising is not 
)rohibited by law, and that the commission is not author- 
zed to censor individual programs or advertisements. 
t said acceptance of liquor ads by stations serving dry 
ireas would be regarded as action contrary to the public 
nterest, but that liquor ads elsewhere would not be sig- 
lificantly different from any other program of limited 

However, some of the older men in the liquor industry 
'eel that magazines and radio stations are sticking their 
leck 'way out and that they are "asking for trouble." 
rhis may be expected to come from the Women's Chris- 
ian Temperance Union and other dry organizations, 
vhich are likely to bi'ing pressure to bear on congress- 
nen and lead to committee investigations and attempts 
it restrictive legislation. 

Moreover, many executives in the liquor industry do 
lot feel that broadcast advertising can be particularly 




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helpful at this time. The basic economics are against it, 
one industry executive said. The brewers have been using 
radio and TV for several years and haven't increased 
their sales commensui'ately with their investment, he 
pointed out. 

Meanwhile, Clayton M. Wallace, executive direc- 
tor. National Temperance League, commenting on the 
announcement that two radio stations, WOMT, and 
WCRB (Boston), have decided to broadcast hard liquor 

"This action should be a direct challenge to the 86th 
Congress to enact a law to ban all forms of alcoholic 
beverage advertising in interstate commerce. 

"Previous congresses have refrained from such action, 
depending on the voluntary codes of the National Assn. 
of Broadcasters and the Distilled Spirits Institute, both 
of which oppose hard liquor advertising on radio or tele- 

"The decision of the two stations to carry hard liquor 
ads on the air completely refutes the claim that self- 
regulation is adequate." 

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MINNESOTA— The Danish Baptist Geneial Conference 
of America has decided to disband. Its 83 churches have 
been welcomed into the American Baptist Convention. In 
1856, Baptists began their work among immigrants from 
Denmark. In recent years, however, the need for services 
in the Danish language had almost disappeared and many 
local churches had pi'eviously joined the American conven- 



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Phil Lersch, Youth Director 

Goal Number Seven 


Since the inception in 1949 of yearly NATIONAL PRO- 
JECTS, Brethren Youth have contributed nearly $40,000 
to world-wide missionary endeavors. This year we will 
raise $5,050.50 to assist with the establishment of a 
Brethren Church in Phoenix, Arizona. A pastor, Rev. 
Francis Berkshire, is already on the field and the nu- 
cleus of a chui-ch is meeting regularly. 

When looking at tiie amount of money raised through 
the years and remembering the progress accomplished 
by the recipients of this money, nothing more needs be 
said about the financial value of a National P'roject. 

But there is )nore to these projects than dollars and 
cents. Notice that this is a GROUP PARTICIPATION, 
both in the local B. Y. C. and aci-oss the United States. 
Many of our Brethren Youth groups are widely scattered 
and, consequently, lack a close fellowshiji with other 
youth, causing a feeling of existing very much alone. 

Working together on a project year after year heli)s 
to give everyone a sense of unity and continuing fel- 
lowship. It's not a case of the Hagerstown B. Y. C. try- 
ing to raise $5,050.50 alone. But Hagerstown knows that 
Goshen, Manteca, Mt. Olive, Brush Valley, Pleasant Hill 
and many others are helping too. 

And we're all working together to help build a Church 
— a Church in which others might hear the Gospel 
preached, worship and serve. That's Home Missions! and 
Brethren Youth is proud to have a part in it. 

Is your "Group" participating??? 


Lanark, Illinois. 
Their goal of $550.50 for the NATIONyVL YOUTH 
PKO.IECT has nearly been met by the Lanark young 
l)eopIe. Counting two generous gifts from members of 
the congregation they have $450 to date. Other money 
has been raised with a public service, corn pick-up, and 
bake sales. 

B. C. D. is planned as an invitation for Brethren hig 
school juniors and seniors to visit their college for 
weekend of activities arranged just for them. The pui 
pose is to acquaint these students with the availabl 
courses of study offered, job opportunities, scholarship 
entrance requii'ements, housing, and traditions. 

In addition, our guests will enjoy a "progressiA 
party," basketball game, banquet and ^ arious worshi 
features. Plan now to be on the Ashland Campus f( 

PIC of the WEEK 

*f '■;.« 

North Manchester, Indiana 

On Saturday, October 25th, 1958, a number of the 1 
termediate Brethren Youth Crusaders from the Noi 
Manchester Brethren Church met to rake leaves. Th 
were accompanied by their ad^•isors: Mrs Smith, M 
tlrschei, and Kev. and Mrs. Bates. 

They raked several lawns and had to make seve: 
trips out to the dump in a pick-up truck to dispose of t 
leaves. They earned $25.00 — all of which will go tows 
the National Bi'ethren Youth Project for Phoenix. 

Maxine Bates, Secretary 

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ANUARY 17, 1959 


^he "^^omens 

fdorner \ 




h-j Helen Jordan 


rHE IMPORTANT PART that the church bell has 
played in people's lives is best shown by the number 
■ ways the bell was formerly used. Just suppose that 
e could turn back the time a few hundred years and 
sit a little town i)i Old England. The bell in the village 
luare would ring so often that it might bewilder any- 
16 who did not understand the different signals. 
If you listened carefully it would go something like 
lis — 

The Gabriel Bell awakened the people of the parish 
irly in the morning. This bell also announced all church 
srvices during the day. Then the laborers were started 
:f to work every day by the Harvest Bell. Again at the 
id of the work day about seven o'clock in the evening, 
rang to stop all work. 

When the town crier passed through the town, the 
jople hearing his bell assembled in the town square to 
;ar the news that he would read from a long scroll. The 
ier performed the same services that the radio and 
iwspaper do today. 

When a bad storm was approaching the town, the Storm 
;11 signalled the community to be prepared. 
When the ovens of the Lord Manor house were ready 
id at the right heat, the Oven Bell told his tenants that 
e time for bread-baking had started. 
On certain days of the week there was a time set for 
I selling and bargaining to begin. This time was reg- 
ated by law, and the Market Bell rang to open the 
arket officially. Heavy fines and penalties were im- 
)sed on all those who disregarded the starting and 
opping time. This was supposed to give all a fair 
ance to bargain. 

One of the most important bell signals to ring every 
ty was the Curfew Bell. Houses in those days were 
!ated by open fires in winter. The dwellings were made 
' wood covered with straw, which of course made them 
fire hazard. The curfew bell was a warning signal for 
1 people to cover their fires for the night. This bell 
lied at eight p. m. in winter and nine p. m. in summer. 
I some communities the curfew bell was used to keep 
e inhabitants confined to their home after a certain 

Back in those times the church was an important in- 
irence in the lives of the people. Everyone was expected 

observe the services of the church during the day, 
id there were many. One useful and very welcome bell 
as the Angelus. The Angelus bell tolled three times 
ich day. At six a. m., at noon and at six p. m. All 
ho heard it were supposed to stop all work, bowing 
eir heads in meditation and prayer. 
We in our time could well listen to the ringing of a 
H similar to the historic Angelus. It would remind us 

pause and reflect each day, enough perhaps to break 
e tension and strife so jnevalent in modern life. — Sun- 
y Digest. 



(Continued from Page 3) 

his Church. Even though, as stated in the inci- 
dent, the boy was "leaving home for good," he 
was mindful that his Church needed his contin- 
ued support. 

Early training does much to instill in the 
hearts of boys and girls the blessing of faithful 
and liberal support of the Church and its pro- 
gram. It is training which pays off through the 
years, and should be encouraged by the home and 
the Church. 

liight now. Christians are faced wath the 
greatest challenge ever to confront a generation 
of people Christ died to save. That challenge, put 
in so many words, means that sui'vival of civ- 
ilization rests with the immediate and rapid pusli 
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the hearts of 
men everywhere. To do this, we must take our 
Church financial obligations seriously. 

However, let us not look at it from the stand- 
point of dollars and cents; rather from the 
standpoint of dedication to Christian service. 
Where your heart is, there will be your treasure, 
your devotion, your support. Therefore, put your 
heart into the work of the Lord in dedication, 
and your time, talent and financial support will 
flow into the work. Multiply your devotion and 
dedication by ten, or by a hundred, as others 
join you, and see how much can be done. 

Yes, the lad had his box of Church Building 
Fund Envelopes. They meant something to him. 
To us our responsibility for the support of our 
Church, should bear, in our adult maturity, the 
same measure of faith and dedication as ex- 
pressed by the child. 

Your dedication of life to the cause of Christ, 
is the Bible — the Gospel of Christ, in action. It 
is our living faith. This unreserved acceptance of 
responsibility, and the .ioys derived therefrom, 
can be our most valued possession. W. S. B. 

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Christ's H 



My Hands 


' hands weie filled with many things 
at I did precious hold, 
any treasure of a king's — 
ver, or gems of gold, 
e Master came and touched my hands, 
tie Scars were in His own) 
d at His feet my treasures sweet 
II shattered, one by one. 
must have empty hands," said He, 
^herewith to work my works through thee." 

' hands were stained with marks of toil, 

filed with dust of earth; 

d I my work did ofttimes soil, 

d render little worth. 

e Master came and touched my hands, 

nd crimson were His own) 

t when, amazed, on mine I gazed, 

! every stain was gone. 

must have cleansed hands," said He, 

^herewith to work my works through thee." 

My hands were growing feverish 

And cumbered with much care, 

Trembling with haste and eagerness. 

Nor folded oft in prayer. 

The Master came and touched my hands, 

(With healing in His own) 

And calm and still to do His will 

They grew — the fever gone. 

"I must have quiet hands," said He, 

"Wherewith to work my works through thee." 

My hands were strong in fancied strength. 

But not in power divine. 

And bold to take up tasks at length. 

That were not His but mine. 

The Master came and touched my hands, 

(And might was in His own!) 

But mine since then have powerless been. 

Save His are laid thereon. 

"And it is only thus," said He, 

"That I can work my works through thee." 

— Author Unknown. 


January 24, 1959 

No. 4 

Proclaiming tKe WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



ems of general Interest 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. A Missionary Confer- 
ence wag conducted in the Hagerstown Church the week 
of January 12th through 18th. Pastor George Solomon 
notes that Brother W. Clayton Berkshire, General Secre- 
tary of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 
was the speaker on Monday and Tuesday evenings and 
showed slides of Missions and Missionaries at work, on 
Wednesday evening, following a pot-luck supper. 

Thursday evening, World traveler and missionary, Miss 
Hattie Hammond, was the speaker; on Friday evening, 
Rev. G. Barstow Harris, former missionary to India, was 
the speaker. 

Brethren Missionaries, Glenn and Jean Shank, on fur- 
lough from Nigeria, told of their work at morning and 
evening services on Sunday, the 18th. 

MATHIAS, W. VA. Brother Claude Stogsdill writes: 
"One first-time confession, the six year old daughter 
of the pastor, was made recently at the Sunday morning 

"Rev. Glenn Shank showed slides and spoke of the 
mission work in Nigeria, at the W. M. S. public service 
on December 14th." 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. Brother David Rambsel notes 
that time of service changes have been voted in the 

Masontown Church, with the worship service now begin 
ning at 9:30 A. M., followed by the Sunday School a 

A Teacher Training Class, is now meeting on Wednes 
day evenings, in the Masontown Church. The first clasi 
was held on January 7th. 

Arthur L. Rummel we have received the first severa 
monthly issues of their new parish magazine. Sharet 
with the Ten Mile Church of the Brethren, also pastored b; 
Brother Rummel, each issue contains news of events 
people and services, plus financial repoi'ts and othe 
news of interest to the members. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Brother L. V. King reports th 
reception of two new members into the Church at thei 
New Year's Eve service. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Simultaneously from the Louis' 
ville Church and the Smithville Church came announce 
ments that these Churches are engaging in a Sunda 
School attendance contest to run from February h 
through March 8th. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Brother John Terrell was speal 
er at a recent Saturday evening Youth For Chriii 
iTieeting in Dayton, Ohio. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. The Layinen presented Da; 
ton Youth For Christ Director, John Wheeler, as the 
speaker at their public service held Sunday mornin 
January 11th. 

(Continued on Page 19) 

n^eefs af Stockton — Ja^yeir/ 22-25, 1959 

Editor's Note: The complete program of the Northern 
California District Conference arrived too late for pub- 
lication prior to the Conference, so we are here giving 
some of the highlights from the program. 

Brother Alvin H. Grumbling is the Moderator of the 
Conference; his Address was scheduled for 11:30 A. M., 
on the opening day of Conference, following the first 
business session. 

Brother Clarence Fairbanks, of Ashland, Ohio, appears 
on the program in a series of messages, Thursday and 
Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings, and 
Sunday evening. 

Other speakers include: Brethren J. W. Piatt, Rogi 
Darling and Jerry Flora. 

A fellowship hour Thursday evening in charge ' 
Brother Grumbling, colored slides by Brother Fairbanl 
on Friday evening, and a testimonial service by Broth 
Cecil Johnson on Sunday afternoon, are other featur 
of the program. 

Denominational and District interests of the Chur 
received place on the program for consideration, as W( 
as District Auxiliaries. Music was provided througho 
the days of Conference, with a special one hour music 
progi'am on Sunday afternoon. 





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^mdincj Time for §od 

rVENTY-FOUR HOURS a day for each of us 
from God. Each one has as much time as his 
:' her neighbor. Yet what a difference in the 
>sults as each day passes. Some say they can't 
id time to read the Bible, or to pray. Others 
ly they don't have time to come to Sunday 
2hool, or stay for Church. 

This thought has been paraphrased by a person 
ho quoted people who said they had no time 
)r God, no time for Church, no time for devo- 
ons, nor time for doing His will — yet every one 
f them found time to die. How true. The busy, 
isy, much-ado-about-nothing people with nary 

thought or concern for things spiritual, have a 
loment coming when their frail, mortal bodies 
ill no longer draw the breath of life; when the 
sart will have taken its last beat, and stopped, 
) beat no more. 

We are not much impressed by people who as- 
jrt they have no time for God. We cannot im- 
?ine anybody's day being so full of the caring 
)r the necessary duties of life, that there is no 
me to lift the heart and head to God. We are 
ss impressed by people who claim that the 
eek's mad pace in earning a living, and keep- 
\g a family and a home in liveable condition, 
leans that Sunday must be used for sleeping or 
^creation. Some adjustment needs to be made 
Dmewhere if parents and/or children say they 

not have time to honor God and worship Him 

1 His house on His day. 

How dull, uninteresting and useless lives must 
5em to be which are lived week after week 
ithout the blessing and inspiration of daily 
jmmunion with God, and being in the house of 
le Lord on His Day. One must feel like a mole 
rawling around underground. Always in dark- 
ess, no specific aim or goal in life, always claw- 
ig, always digging, no future and not much 

We say, "How dull such a life must be," be- 
ause we can only presume, since our life finds us 
agerly looking forward to each Lord's Day and 
lie services of His House. We find much joy and 

satisfaction each week in thinking back over the 
Sunday previous and in anticipation of the com- 
ing Sunday, when again, we plan to wend our 
way to the accustomed place of worship. 

Finding time for God is easy once the habit is 
formed. Time spent in communion and worship 
comes naturally, with the rest of life being 
moulded around it. Needless to say, a life which 
places time for God in first place priority, has 
infinitely less trouble fitting the rest of life, with 
its problems, needs and longings, into the twenty- 
four hours. It is a secret blessing from God for 
those who find time for Him^ — in the same classi- 
fication of special blessings as for those who find 
their nine-tenths of income going further because 
the first tenth has gone in offerings unto the 

Perhaps the words of Thomas R. Kelly in "A 
Testament of Devotion," best expresses the 
thought of finding time for God. "Do you want 
to live in such an amazing divine Presence that 
life is transformed and transfigured and trans- 
inuted into peace and power and glory and mir- 
acle ? If you do, then you can. But if you say you 
haven't the time to go down into the recreating 
silences, I can only say to you, Then you don't 
really want to, you don't yet love God above all 
else in the world, with all your heart and soul and 
mind and strength.' For, except for spells of 
sickness in the family and when the children are 
small, when terrific pressure comes upon us, we 
find time for what we really want to do." 

Twenty-four hours a day for each of us. Lives 
with time for God, are spiritually rich lives. Joy 
fills the heart in the midst of troubles. Strength, 
there is, to do the labors of the day. Tliere is 
understanding to enlighten the soul for the deci- 
sions which must be made. We covet for all, a 
deeper dedication of time and self and substance 
to Him. Somehow, for all who do this, life has a 
way of becoming a beautiful symphony of highs 
and lows, majors and minors, all with a beauti- 
ful response toward God and a Christian witness 
toward our fellowmen. W. S. B. 




by Rea J. D. Hamel 

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A Call to 

Mobilization I 

THE VISITATION PROGRAM of the local church is 
one of the most important means available in building 
up any church! This program is needed right now by our 
churches throughout the land. Preaching will not evan- 
gelize the sinners unless they are present to hear it. With 
the exception of prayer in the evangelistic services, visi- 
tation is of the utmost importance. Perhaps we need to re- 
alize that Jesus was the first one who brought forth the fact 
that visitation was essential. Great multitudes followed 
Him because His was a PERSONALIZED MINISTRY. 
Each individual of those multitudes felt himself appraised 
in terms of infinite value . . . the individual was immeas- 
urably important. When we stop to think that Jesus made 
it His business to go wherever there was a need, whether 
it was sorrowing in death, or a critical need in illness, or 
a soul that was blighted by sin, or a person who was 
needing encouragement, we are made to see our respon- 
sibility better as visitors. 

There is no other method of exerting influence that 
gets more satisfactory results than through personality. 
There is no other way to reach the unevangelized in this 
new day, unless we can get the individuals of our congre- 
gations, in both city and country, to do visitation evan- 
gelism. So long as our people refuse to do this the great 
masses of men, women, and children will remain without 
the pale of the church. If sinners are to be brought to 
Christ they must be reached as individuals by individuals. 
As servants of the Master, Christians must "go out into 
the highways and hedges and compel them to come in ... " 
Compel them by the tactful, earnest, and sympathetic 

Christlike touch. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is still "t 
power of God unto salvation to everyone that believetl 
It is a changeless Gospel, but the conditions are changii 
If we are to bring men to Christ, imder the blessing 
God, in this new day we must use those methods b 
suited to our age. This has been called the new evangelis 
but it is the old evangelism. It was Christ's method, 
was the method of His disciples. Andrew brought Pet 
John brought James. Philip brought Nathanael. One 
one the church g^ew. 

It is pleasing to a preacher to feel that he is the S' 
agent in bringing people into the church, but that is i 
the best way. Members brought into the church by 1 
pastor alone do not become so cemented into the chui 
as they da when brought in by the members. Too ma 
join the preacher rather than the church. If a preacher 
to widen his influence and make it permanent he mi 
act through his church members. He should act as 1 
head of his congregation, not in its stead. "He is to pre£ 
to the church from the Gospel so that the church m 
preach the Gospel to the world." Every properly cons 
tuted church is an evangelizing agency. It is a life-savj 
station and its members a life-saving crew. "It is Go 
ordained missionary society, and every member a 1 

Every pastor should be an evangelist — but through 
church rather than apart from it. Jesus Christ gathei 
about Him a few men, taught, trained, and sent th 
forth to tell other men. "They went everywhere preai 
ing the gospel." The Grecian-Roman world was not Chi 

INUARY 24, 1959 


Church is one of the most Important means 
available in building up any Church! 

anized merely by twelve Apostles but by twelve Apostles 
itively assisted by ALL the followers of Christ. The mar- 
;lous propagation of the Christian faith was traceable, 
ider the grace of God, to the unfaltei"ing courage and 
reless zeal with which the early Christians, men and 
omen, threw themselves into the gigantic task of pi'each- 
g Christ and His truths to all the peoples of the then 
lown world. It is precisely that Apostolic zeal of the first 
liristians that our Brethren Laity must recapture. They 
ust become vibrant with Christ's message; they must 
•ing it tactfully and prudently but nevertheless cour- 
teously and tirelessly to their fellow workers in the fac- 
iry, on the farm, in the office and on the highways. They 
ust, as the Master said in the parable of the supper, 
jo out into the highways and byways and compel them 
I come in that my house may be filled." 
They must be "instant in season and out of season," 
reclaiming Christ's gospel to everyone with whom they 
>me in contact. They must outdo the Communist in zeal 
id fervor; they must surpass the Witnesses of Jehovah 
, initiative and resourcefulness, and the followers of 
ary Baker Eddy in their eagerness to testify for Christ; 
ley must, in the words of St. Paul, "be all things to all 
en" to win souls for Christ. Only by recapturing that lost 
idiance of the first Christians will their faces shine with 
burning zeal to bring Christ and His saving truths into 
le minds and hearts of their friends and neighboi's. Only 
1^ throwing themselves like their spiritual forebears, the 
rst disciples, into extending Christ's kingdom in the souls 
f men, shall we win America for Christ. 
Since the number of ministers in the beginning Church 
as very small, it is evident that the majority of converts 
ere won by zealous lay men and women. They were not 
fraid to proclaim Christ's saving truths to their pagan 
'lends; neither were they afraid to die for Christ. Indeed 
16 vast majority of Christians martyred for their faith 
ere lay men and women; even in death they proclaimed 
hrist. Hence arose the saying current in those days: 
rhe blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians." 

A NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN: The first step in the 
lobilization of our laity is the arousal within them of a 
liming zeal for souls, a clear realization that they are 
illed by God to extend His kingdom on earth and a will- 
igness to labor, sacrifice and, if needs be, to die to win 

single soul for Christ. That means a nationwide cam- 
aign of education and preaching; for until that consum- 
ig zeal for souls takes possession of our laity and kin- 
les them to action, the discussion of plans of action. 

techniques and types of organizaton is utterly futile. 
If zeal for souls be lacking, the best laid plans will crum- 
ble; if it be present, even poor techniques will yield a 
copious draft of souls. 

"Joe," I asked at a meeting of Christians, "will you 
demonstrate an effective method of approaching a non- 
church member and invite him to our church?" "Pastor," 
he replied, "I'm startled at the request. I'm a salesman 
. . . sold insurance, refrigerators . . . now selling autos . . . 
have studied the technique of selling . . . but frankly I've 
never tried to sell a person religion. I've never even in- 
vited a non-church member to my church. I always thought 
we were to keep out of religious discussion and leave it 
to the preachers." "You mean then," I observed, "that 
you've never lifted so much as a finger to win a soul for 
Christ . . . never even thought you were supposed to try." 

Therein is mirrored the mind of the over- whelming ma- 
jority of our laity. What's the use of talking to them 
about techniques and organizations until we have first dis- 
pelled the false notion that they are to use their sales- 
manship to sell everything under the sun except Christ's 
saving truths? In the course of time, beloved, I have 
reached the conclusion that the greatest menace to the 
Church today is not the opposition or antagonism of those 
who attack it from the outside; it is the laxity and indif- 
ference of so many of its members. 

It is one of the strangest and most ironic facts of con- 
temporary life, certain to mystify the historian of future 
ages, that the Witnesses of Jehovah members of a relig- 
ious organization with the weirdest concoction of error 
and falsehood, display the most aggressive zeal in winning 
adherents to their cult, while members of the Church 
founded by Christ, and in possession of the fullness of di- 
vine truth for more than nineteen centuries, display such 
crass indifference and apathy. We must struggle by might 
and main to replace that apathy with BURNING ZEAL: 
we must make clear the divinely appointed duty of all 
the followers of Christ to spread His Gospel of truth and 
mercy and love. We must hold before them the words of 

CHRIST SPEAKS: To all His followers, Christ ad- 
dressed the command: "Go ye therefore, teach ye all 
nations." Beloved, these words might well be placed over 
the portals of all our churches so that every Sunday they 
would echo Christ's mandate in the ears of all our laity. 
Shortly before His death Christ prayed for the entrance 
of the other sheep into His fold so that there would be 
but "one fold and one shepherd." He set the example for 



all His followers by leaving His own flock to search for 
the one sheep that had strayed from the fold — and He 
searched until He found it. His ceaseless and unwearying 
concern was for the lost. Aptly did He describe His fol- 
lowers when He called them "fishers of men." How can a 
lay man claim to be a disciple of Christ when he fulfills 
none of these duties ? The Apostle James reflects the mind 
of Christ when he says: "He who causeth a sinner to be 
converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul 
from death and shall cover a multitude of sins." 

THE LAYMAN'S CALL: All Christians are told to feed 
the lambs and the sheep in the words spoken to Peter 
and to preach the Gospel in the charge given the Apostles 
at the outset of their ministry. More or less clearly most 
Brethren admit this in principle. In a general sort of way, 
if pushed on the point, every Brethren would agree that 
our worship of God is not confined to one service a week. 
Casually all would agree that there exists a duty to "prop- 
agate the Faith." If this conviction were carried to its 
logical conclusion much of the world, I think, would be 
Brethren in the morning. Faith in Jesus Christ is the com- 
plete and absolute answer to everything: it solves all the 
problems that perplex the weary world today. It is definite 
and changeless! 

The sad fact is, however, that Bi'ethren in general do 
not perform this apostolic work. Where, then, is the weak 
link in the chain ? Where is the leak in the dyke ? Why do 
thousands of non-church members go to their graves, never 
having been influenced by the Brethren neighbors near 
whom they have lived their entire lives? 

NAME YOUR PROSPECT NOW: Beloved, I think that 
the answer is that too many people are overlooking the 
obvious. Convinced in general that they should spread the 
Gospel, they have never PARTICULARIZED the convic- 
tion. They have never pictured their prospective converts 
in terms of living individuals whose names they know and 
whose faces they recognize. Nor do they realize that this 
convert-making is not the project of some future oppor- 
tunity perhaps in some other place or context. They fail 
to see that they are in the vineyard HERE and NOW. As 
the Brethren youth say: "THIS IS IT!" 

I ask the reader of this article to pause at this moment 
for a prayer for divine direction and light, and then to 
pick out by name the person or persons so within his 
sphere of influence as to be possible "prospects" for con- 
version. The greatest instrument of convert-making, of 
course, is not mere talk, however religious, however sound 
and sane it may be. People nowadays want RESULTS! 
The so-called "glories" of the Gospel leave people cold if 
Brethren or Christians themselves in their living are not 
gloriously faithful to it. Words are a thin whisper com- 
pared to the clamorous eloquence of good example. Words 
are mere signposts; example is a "lift" along the road. 
When we come to judgment, as each man must and as 
each Brethren or Christian must in a very special way, 
little attention will be given to what we have SAID about 
the Gospel; what we have DONE about it is what will be 
up for severest scrutiny. We must be prepared to render 
an account of our personal stewardship: whether we have 
increased our talents or buried them in the ground as 
useless. God grant that it be not the latter! Such are the 
words that I want to address to every Brethren man and 

iR"GO Ye in'JO fill 3T\t (JJORLD, ftfjD PaMCH; Tfte QOSPSt'''" 
' ^.^ "GO" 

A DREAM COME TRUE. It is surely high time thi 
the winning of the churchless people in every communal 
be made the object of the enlightened zeal and fervei 
prayers of ministers and laity. In this way every chun 
becomes a vital link in the chain of missionary units whi( 
fulfill the command of Christ: "Preach the Gospel to evei 
creature." We must not merely keep the faith; we mu 
share it with others. 

How then can we make clear to our laity and minist 
the divine obligation of winning souls for Christ? Firs 
by preaching it from the pulpit in season and out of se 
son. Rarely, if ever, have many congregations heard 
sermon on this subject in many churches across Americ 
Somewhere along the line, perhaps in the midst of the e 
grossing work of building churches, many Christian co 
gregations have allowed the consciousness of this oblig 
tion to become blurred, if not completely obscured. B 
loved, we Brethren must make up for lost time; we mu 
preach it often and refer to it repeatedly. 

Secondly, our Sunday School must inculcate this duty 
the minds of our children. They must be trained frc 
childhood to regard the winning of a soul as one of t 
most important duties resting upon every soldier of Chri 
Hitler was able to inoculate the youth of Germany wi 
the doctrines of the Nazis and build them into regimer 
of power to support his tyranny. We must lodge in t 
minds of our youth the beautiful teachings of Christ cc 
cerning the infinite worth of the human soul and the J 
preme duty of winning souls for the divine Master. 

And thirdly, by sermons, class-room instruction, pamp 
lets, books and example we must drive home to our cc 
gregations their divine and inescapable duty of cooper; 
ing with Christ in the fulfillment of the work of the I 
demption through the winning of Souls. 

When we accomplish that, we shall then have taken t 
first and most important step in the winning of the m 
lions of non-churchgoing people in our land for Chr: 
We shall have plugged the greatest loss which the Chui 
in America has been suffering for generations — the 1< 

A.NUARY 24, 1959 


I the potential zeal and the missionary activity of the 
lity. Beloved, the Brethren have as loyal and devoted a 
dty as is to be found in all Christendom. With those 
mgregations mobilized solidly behind their spiritual 
laders in the systematic and well organized effort to 
ring the fullness of Christ's truths to the churchless peo- 
ie of our land, the annual number of converts will rap- 
lly climb, and the winning of our beloved country for 
hrist will be a solid and enduring reality. 

Dr. George W. Truett once said: "We are at the dawn 
r the world's greatest tomorrow." That can be made pos- 
ble only if America becomes Christian. I do not know 
ny way to make it Christian, other than by a widespread, 
mtinuous visitation evangelism in city, town, and coun- 

Can you really call yourselves Christians if you do 
othing to extend Christ's kingdom among men? 

What the Brethren Church needs today are Christian 
len and women, boys and girls, who will prove their loy- 
Ity and devotion to Christ by winning their friends for 

It is Christ or chaos, brotherhood or enmity, world peace 
r global war and the destruction of civilization. The call 
)r the mobilization of our Brethren laity for such a cru- 
ide can no longer be delayed. 

— South Bend, Indiana. 

Read your 

Brethren Evangelist 

every week. 


Has someone seen Christ in you today? 
Christian, look to your heart, I pray. 
The little things you have done or said. 
Did they accord with the way you prayed? 
Have your thoughts been pure and your words 

been kind? 
Have you thought to have the Saviour's mind? 
The world, with a criticizing view, has watched 

— but did it see Christ in you? 

Has someone seen Christ in you today? 

Christian, look to your life, I pray. 

Look ! There are aching and blighted souls 

Being lost on sin's destructive shoals. 

And, perhaps of Christ their only view 

May be what of Him they see in you. 

Will they see enough to bring hope or cheer? 

Look to your light — does it shine out clear? 





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THIS TRACT has recently been printed through 
the "Brethren Revolving Tract Fund Plan," 
and is available from your Publishing Company, 
at the rate of 10c per copy, or $1.00 per dozen, plus 

This tract, a 16 page booklet, is a brief treatise 
on the teachings, beliefs and practices of the Breth- 
ren. It covers very comprehensively the basic 

teachings and practices of our Church, in a lan- 
guage easily understood by all. Will serve well as 
a booklet of information for prospective and new 
members of your Church, and as a "refresher les- 
son" on what we believe and practice as Brethren. 

Order yours today, while the supply lasts. 

Address: The Brethren Revolving Tract Fund, 
524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 




530 College Ave., Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39 58 2 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Secy 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistan 


We have been receiving more frequently than before 
extra mission gifts from individuals across the brother- 
hood. Many of these people are regular contributors to 
missions, but make additional gifts because they have 
caught a vision of the unlimited demands for mission- 
ary work and because the Lord has blessed them and 
they want to be good stewards of the things entrusted 
to their care. 

We commend this kind of giving whether it comes di- 
rectly to our board or is given through the local church 
to be sent to our board. Furthermore, we appreciate, the 
spirit and understanding of these individuals in their 
giving, inasmuch as they generally suggest that their 
money be used where it is needed most. This certainly 
is an expression of confidence on their part as well as 
an acknowledgment of their growing understanding of 
the principles involved in operating an expanding mis- 
sionary program. We herald this type of giving, and the 
thinking that prompts it, as the beginning of a new day 
in missionary giving in the Brethren Church. 

Now let me explain what happens to contributions of 
this nature. First, the time of the year may have some 
influence upon how the gift is used. If the regular offer- 
ings fi"om the local churches have not been sent in 
promptly, then the extra gifts may be used to help meet 
our monthly and/or quarterly obligations to the home 
mission or world mission program — whichever the case 
may be. If the churches have sent in their regular offer- 
ings on time and if these are adequate to fulfill our pro- 
gram's obligations as expressed in the annual budget (a 
guide for spending and not a guide for giving), then 
these extra contributions may be used for some part of 
the advance program. The advance program is simply 
projected expansion in some areas of the work which 
has been approved by the board, but for which funds 
are not yet available. 

Sometimes these gifts are used to meet emergency 
needs on, the! fields which, because of inflation and other 
unforseen circumstances, were not provided for in the 
regular budget planning. 

For those of us who administer the missionary work 
as planned by the board, these extra gifts throjughout 
the year bring real rejoicing. They do so pi'imarily be- 
cause they have no strings attached to them and there- 
fore are readily usable to meet the most urgent demands 
that weigh heavily upon us. In these gifts we see the 
ultimate fulfillment of projected outreach and in the 
donors we see those to whom God is speaking that His 
will may be done more completely. 

TEN DOLLAR CLUB . . . building for Christ. 
Are you a member?? If not— JOIN TODAY. 

The missionary work of the Brethren Church wil 
grow more consistently and more rapidly if you will kee] 
your giving to missions up to date. Give as frequentl; 
as possible and be assured that every gift of every natur 
is appreciated and will be used where needed most, ex 
cept when we are instructed otherwise by the donor.- 
W. C. B. 


Thank you. Brethren, for your support in the past yeai 

Now that we have arrived on the field and hav 
started our work here, we realize more than ever th 
need for the prayers and interest of the brethren i 
Home. We thank you for your letters and cards; fc 
the prayer support which we have received; also for th 
financial support shown in your reaction at National Coi 
ference this past year. 

We are looking forward prayerfully to the new ye; 
with three couples on the field and with our governmei 
recognition obtained. We ask that you continue to r 
member the woi'k here in your prayers and that y( 
continue the fine support of the budget of the Missio 
ary Board which you began this past August. May tl 
Lord bless you during this new year as we continue o 
work together for Christ. — John D. Rowsey, Sec'y 
Argentine Council. 

(Note: Anyone wishing to write to the Bylers, Ro 
seys or Solomons may address them at O'Higgins 316 
Buenos Aires. This address will reach all three familiee 


aSjout . ... 


A — No! Anything designated for this fund is re- 
ceived in trust, and will be used by your Mis- 
sionary Board to accomplish the purpose as set 
forth in the resolution adopted. 


[ANUARY 24, 1959 





■«r«iri ««««-* 'S 

THE CONGREGATION of the First Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown,' Maryland, pastored by the Moderator 
of the General Conference of the Brethren Church, 
Brother George W. Solomon, has voted overwhelmingly 
to proceed with a building program that will add a three- 
story brick structure to the church property and renovate 
the church proper. 

The brick addition will be known as a Sunday School 
or educational building, and will be 42 by 85 feet in size, 
and of a full three stories, and will adjoin the church on 
the east, fronting on East Antietam. It will replace the 
row of former dwellings now used for Sunday School 

The entire program is expected to cost around $150,- 
000.00, and present plans call for starting the work on 
or about March 1st. 

The first floor of the proposed educational building 
will consist of a fellowship hall and an adult assembly 
auditorium, a baptism pool and robing areas. It will also 
provide a church office, a Sunday School secretarial 
office and rest rooms. The present church kitchen will 
be made accessible to this auditorium. 

The second floor of the building will allow for a nur- 
sery department and crib area, beginner's department, 
primary department and for rest rooms and choir gown 
and robing area. 

Pictured above is an architect's conception of the pro- 
posed educational or Sunday School building to be erected 
this spring by the congregation of the First Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, Maryland. The drawing shows the 
present church and the addition which will adjoin the 
church on the east and front of East Antietam Street. 
The church fronts on South Mulberry and extends back 
along East Antietam. The building program will cost 
about $150,000. 

The third floor will accommodate the junior and inter- 
mediate departments of the Sunday School along with 
rest rooms. Each department will have its own worship 
center. Class rooms will be divided by modern fold doors. 

The building will be brick-cased; the design will be 
such as to blend with the present church structure. 

The program for renovating the church proper will 
provide for a 50 percent increase in seating capacity by 
moving the choir and altar back into the new addition. 
The entire nave will be redecorated. 

The building committee of the congregation is made 
up of Amos Alger, chairman; Andrew Amos, Fred Monga, 
Clarence Smeak and Roland Stoddard. 




hold firsi- service in New Building, 

December 21, 1958. 

of the completion of the New Mt. Olivet Brethren 
Church. Brother Christiansen says he feels that this an- 
nouncement is new to the Brotherhood. He says, "The 
members have volunteered on their own initiative to 
build this Church. There was no question as how or 
where they may get all the money, but, they got to the 
doing of it, and it was built, and, as you see, the build- 
ing is free of debt." 

A financial report enclosed with Bi'other Christiansen's 
communication indicates that contributions of $27,018.09 
were received; the cost of the new building was right 
around $27,000.00, according to the report. 

Brother Christiansen continues: "I thought that you 
would be interested, and it may spur others on to do 
likewise. If so, I am sure that it will be a great bless- 
ing to the Brethren Church as a whole. As for myself, 
I had no share in it, beside the joy of seeing it going 

"The plan of the members is to dedicate the building 
in the month of March if the weather condition is per- 
missible. I, with many others, thank God for this fine and 
well-fitted Church and Sunday School building." 

Brother Christiansen has promised pictures of the new 
Church later. 

The Sunday School Looks at the World 

Message given by Dr. Clate A. Risley, executive 
secretary of the National Sunday School Asso- 
ciation at the 13th annual National Sunday 
School Convention October 8-10, 1958 at Des 
Moines, Iowa. 


Stop and think a moment. Are you seeing to it 
there will be more workers ten years from now? 

Ten years from now every junior boy and girl 
will be 19-21 years old. Are you making mission- 
aries out of those juniors? And insuring money 
to send more workers? 

There are young people today waiting to go to 
the field but they lack the funds. 

In the next ten years let us begin a teaching 
and training program that will give us a gen- 
eration of Christians that understand the New 
Testament principles of giving. 

First let's discover for ourselves, and second 
let's teach our boys and girls and young people 
what the Bible says about stewardship responsi- 
bilities. You can teach the adults, too, but you 
won't teach them much. 

God has no financial problems. There is plenty 
of money in the pockets of Christians to support 
His work and do what He wants to do. Whenever 

we are short at this point — either we are doini 
something God does not want done or we ar* 
failing to give as God wants us to give. 

It is just that simple. 

Sunday School is important? 

If we believe it is, we must make others be 
lieve it: 

our churches believe it, 
our community believe it, 
and the world believe it. 

They must know that we believe it is impor 
tant. Individually we must seek revival in ou 
hearts. Cooperatively we must seek unity, one 
ness in Christ. Together, in Christ we can d 
what God wants us to do. 

Wherefore he saith, "Awake thou that sleep 
est, and arise from the dead, and Christ sha! 
give thee light. See then that ye walk circun: 
spectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming th 
time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be y 
not unwise, but understanding what the will o 
the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, where 
in is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speak 
ing to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spii 
itual songs, singing and making melody in you^ 
heart to the Lord ; Giving thanks always for a 
things unto God and the Father in the name c 
our Lord Jesus Christ ; Submitting yourselves on 
to another in the fear of God." Eph. 5:14-21 

ANUARY 24, 1959 


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On New Year's Eve, December 31, 1958, the First 
Jrethren Church of South Bend, Indiana, had a recep- 
ion honoring all new members who have been received 
nto the Church the last five years. During the ministry 
f Rev. J. D. Hamel, we have received 191 members 
nto our Church. 

Beginning at 8:00 P. M., we had a one-hour film en- 
itled, "The Second Chance," followed by brief messages 
rem our Moderator, Mr. Harley Firestone, and Pastor, 
. D. Hamel. Refreshments were served at elaboiately 
ecorated tables. 

At 11:30 P. M., the entire congregation reverently en- 
ered the main sanctuary for a sacred Candlelight Ser- 
ies entitled, "The Land of Beginning Again." 

This entire Watch Night Service was under the direc- 
ion of Mrs. Donald KoUar, chairman of the Special Ser- 
ices Committee. Her Committee was: Mr. and Mrs. John 
'orte, Mr. and Mrs. David Stickler, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 
ichrader, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Willis 

Lillie Garwood, Sec'y. to the Pastor, 
South Bend First Brethren Church. 


This church enjoyed a season of special blessing with 
ur esteemed friend and brother. Rev. and Mrs. Harry 
i. Richer, of Peru, Indiana. This was our fourth time 
have them in meetings, but the other three times the 
lichers provided the music and he freely quoted appro- 
iriate poetry in his devotions and I did the preaching, 
•ut this time he also did the preaching. 

We can truthfully say that the stormy weather re- 
luced our attendance but we had a good meeting, fine 
inging and preaching. We had guests from other 
hurches, but the outside people, who are not Christians, 
lid not attend, which is the usual trend these days. 

Three were baptized and received into the church and 
bur are waiting our next baptism. That seems small to 
o this preacher who has held more than sixty revival 
neetings in his regular pastoral work and outside meet- 
ngs, when we had packed houses and always a good 
lumber of confessions of faith. 

Our greatest number was at one of five meetings at 
jeon, Iowa, when we had one hundred and twenty-three 
irst confessions of faith in a three weeks meeting; 

sixty-five of these were baptized and received into the 
church, forty-one being heads of families. This meet- 
ing was in 1924. The change is very evident. 

We did have a good meeting with the Richers and 
they are such delightful people to labor with; we great- 
ly enjoyed the meeting. 

Our local program continues with a full program of 
morning and evening services, midweek Prayer and Bible 
study and constant visitation. We have not been able to 
keep our young people organized and at work. We have 
redecorated the church, repaired the art windows and 
converted the parsonage furnace to oil, and have made 
various smaller improvements. 

Faithful work always produces results and the task is 
big enough and important enough and the reward is 
great enough to command all any preacher has to give. 

Our prayers go out to every church and pastor. 

Claud Studebaker. 


This is Sunday, Janary 4, 1959; Friday I thought if I 
felt as well all year as I did that day it would be won- 
derful. But today my report is not so "hot." After you 
get to be fifty ( ? ) you are bound to have "Up and 
Down" days. 

However, Mom and I have been quite well for most all 
fall. Think I have had two sick days since summer time. 

October 11, 12, we were privileged to attend the Mid- 
west District Conference at Ft. Scott, with an extra op- 
portunity to give the Sunday morning Conference mes- 
sage. That was thrilling to be in the pulpit again from 
several standpoints. We had been guest speaker there a 
number of times in the past, and to renew old friendships 
from the various churches in the District. 

We were happy to visit and have a little sei-vice with 
Mrs. L. G. Wood, and also Mrs. E. E. Otto, whom we 
have kno\vn for a half-century. Praise the Lord for 
sainted mothers of Israel. We also met many former 
parishioners. Among the friends were Mr. and Mrs. Bud 
Hunter of Indiana. Say folks, Mr. "Bud" can sure put it 
out when it comes to doing solo work — the best I ever 
heard — "How Great Thou Art." 

My twin brother, who lives in "Harry's town," had a 
stroke not long ago. We hired our grandson to drive us 
down to see him, and found him some improved. At pres- 
ent he is able tQ sit up in a chair twice a day. We talked 
"reminiscently," read scripture and had prayer; also 
sang him my new chorus song I invented last October. 
He requested I sing it the second time so he could re- 
member the tune. 

We try to attend Sunday School and Church every 
Sunday, but do not get out much of nights any more. 
Others of the family do most of our driving when we 
go. Best regards to all of God's people. 

Rev. & Mrs. W. R. Deeter, 
Rt. 5, Topeka, Kansas. 




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LOUISVILLE BRETHREN met Monday evening, No- 
vember 10, 1958 for a brief but impressive outdoor 
service. The occasion was a "groundbreaking" cei'emony 
for the erection of the Educational addition to the east 
of the present edifice. 

After singing, "Praise God From Whom All Blessings 
Flow," Rev. L. V. King, the pastor, read scripture and 
led in a responsive litany. 

As the spiritual leader. Rev. King, took his place at 
the foot of the cross which had been placed upon the 
ground, the church moderator, Mr. A. E. Schwab, took 
his place at the right arm. Mr. Bill Williams as general 
superintendent of the Sunday School, stood at the left 
arm. Mrs. Glenn O. Miller, chairman of the Building 
Committee, was at the head of the cross. Each spoke 

Pictured in the foreground, 1 to r.: Rev. L. V. King 
Sunday School Superintendent, Bill Williams; Buildin 
Committee Chairman, Glenn Miller and Church Modei 
ator, Albert E. Schwab. 

briefly of the significance of the occasion, and the S( 
rious responsibility of each group represented. 

The service concluded with the singing of a hymn an 
prayer by Mrs. A. E. Schwab, secretary of the Buildin 

Constmction is now in progress, and dedication 
planned for June 1959. 

— Herald Story and Photo. 


Round -Up of 

I News Reports 


Forecasts that the King James version of the Bible is 
rapidly going out of style are wishful propagandizing, 
spokesmen for the International Council of Christian 

Churches declared recently. Referring to a Novemb< 
10th United Press International story by Claire Co: 
ICCC officials said they thought attempts to "dooir 
the King James Bible are not only early, they are ui 
warranted in the face of facts not revealed in the Ul 
story. The statement also blamed failure of RSV pr 
motional programs to produce increased sales, for tl 
optimistic statements in newspapers cheering the r 
placement of the earlier translation by the RSV. 

Criticized was the National Council of Churches, hold* 
of the RSV copyright, for attempting to mislead tl 
public as to the increasing desirability of the new tran 
lation, when, in reality, the King James Bible is still fi 
ahead in total sales and distribution. ICCC men base 
their statement on a comparison with RSV Bibles so 
from 1952 to 1957. Up to that time, some six and 
half million RSV Bibles were distributed. According 

JANUARY 24, 1959 


iistribution figures given the International Council by 
the Philadelphia branch of a national Bible distributor, 
eight to 10 million King James Bibles are distributed 
yearly in the U. S. by this one retail agency. There are 
approximately 10 major Bible distributors in this coun- 

Accurate figures on the sale of the King James Bible 
are not available, Dr. Carl Mclntire, ICCC president 
pointed out, because publishers of the Bible do not re- 
lease them. The only evidence of the Bible's popularity 
comes from the number sold by book stores throughout 
the country. On the basis of the Philadelphia source, Dr. 
Mclntire declared, the RSV still has a long way to go to 
2atch up. 

The ICCC executive called the effoi't to replace the 
King James with the RSV the most controversial issue 
in English-speaking Protestantism on the grass roots 
level. Dr. Mclntire commented, "Despite the greatest pro- 
motional program ever given a new translation of the 
Bible, the NCC has not been successful in getting the 
rank and file to accept it." International Council mem- 
bers do not approve the new translation and say it con- 
;radicts the divinity of Christ. 

Official church channels related to the National Coun- 
cil, Dr. Mclntire continued, have introduced the RSV into 
Sunday school literature and sought to secure its ac- 
ceptance from the top, but encountered resistance in the 
churches. He cited instances in which officers, Sunday 
school teachers, and superintendents across the country 
lave refused to touch it (the RSV Bible). Where pres- 
sure has been induced, Sunday school teachers "have 
resigned, and churches split." "The separatist move- 
nent, growing in the country," Dr. Mclntire claimed, 
'has been clearly aided." 

Contrary to the UPI source. Dr. Mclntire emphasized, 
conflict over the new Bible cannot be compared with 
;he introduction of the King James. "The 'doctrinal issue' 
Afas not involved." He accused RSV translators of hav- 
ng refused to heed the objections of responsible schol- 
irs in the elimination of "virgin" from Isaiah 7:14. In 
ts present form he declared, the RSV makes the Bible 
md the quotations of the Apostles ridiculous, even to 
small children. Slow acceptance to the King James trans- 
ation is blamed to the expense, primitive printing con- 
iitions and distribution of the time. 

ICCC men see a growing resistance to the RSV and no 
prospect of it replacing the King James. The beauty and 
3ower of the King James' English gives the older trans- 
ition a lasting appeal, and it is continually commended 
3y English professors and reputable educators, they say. 



When the Rev. Bennie Morris starts a new church in 
A.rizona, he won't be leaving his flock behind. The Wis- 
consin congregation has voted to sell its church and 
nove to Phoenix with the pastor. "We're all thrilled 
ibout it," said Mrs. Florence Cornish, who has sold her 
lome and plans to leave later for Phoenix. "It's like one 

big family," she said. "Mr. Morris has been like a shep- 
herd to us. I have the greatest faith in him." 

Some of the 90 parishioners already have left for 
Phoenix. Most of them hoped to be there for the open- 
ing service on Thanksgiving Day. They were to be 
guests at an existing church there. 

Mr. Morris said that by January 1st all 90 probably 
would be in Phoenix. He said he knew of only one par- 
ishioner who was staying in Milwaukee, a woman whose 
husband is not a member of the congregation. 

The pastor has been pastor of the Gospel Chapel Con- 
gregation for the last 15 years. Several months ago he 
received a call to start a new church in Phoenix. His con- 
gregation, faced with finding a successor, decided to sell 
the church, sell their homes, give up their jobs and 
move to Arizona with Mr. Morris. 


WASHINGTON, D. C— The United States Court of 
Appeals upheld the awarding of a television station to 
Loyola University in New Orleans by the Federal Com- 
munications Commission. The right of Loyala to hold a 
broadcast license was challenged by an unsuccessful ap- 
plicant for the television channel. He based his appeal 
on the contention that a Jesuit educational institution is 
ineligible to hold a broadcast license on the grounds that 
it is controlled by alien powers — in this case, the Vatican. 
He was supported in his suit by the organization "Protes- 
tants and Other Americans United for Separation of 
Church and State" which filed a friend-of-the-court brief 
in the case. 

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Dr. Watson Kirkconnell, 
president of Acadia University, told 200 delegates to the 
national convention of the Canadian Women's Christian 
Temperance Union that Canada is rapidly becoming "one 
of the most alcoholic of nations." He said the number of 
drinkers had risen to 75 per cent of the population, as 
compared with 59 per cent in 1943. On the other hand, 
he said, the drinking population in the United States has 
declined from 67 per cent in 1945 to only 55 percent last 

WASHINGTON— More than 100,000 foreign nationals 
are now temporarily residing in the United States accord- 
ing to figures compiled by International Students, Inc. 
"Thus one of the greatest foreign missionary opportuni- 
ties of all time" according to ISI, "is here on our door- 
step." This total does not include transients and tem- 
porary visitors such as tourists or business men. It is 
only those who have established residence for a specific 
purpose, who plan to stay for a definite period, and then 
return to their homelands. 

MALAYA — British paratroopers, on the trail of com- 
munist terrorists, have discovered a tribe in the Malay- 
an jungle that has never had contact by white men. The 
tribesmen, Jahai Negrito aborigines, have been known to 
exist for many years but contact had never been made 
with them until the paratroopers stumbled on their 
tracks. The tribesmen were reported very frightened of 
the soldiers but the troops gave them food and calmed 
them down. 




Vrayer Weeting 


So he died for his faith. That's fine — 

More than most of us do. 
But say, can you add to that line 

That he lived for it, too? 

In his death he bore witness at last 

As a martyr to truth. 
Did his life do the same in the past 

From the days of his youth? 

It is easy to die. Men have died 

For a wish or a whim — 
From bravado or passion or pride: 

Was it harder for him? 

But to live — every day to live out 

All the truth that he dreamt. 
While his friends met his conduct with doubt 

And the world with contempt. 

Was it thus that he plodded ahead, 

Never turning aside? 
Then we'll talk of the life that he led; 

Never mind how he died. 

— Selected. 

GOD IS BEGGING for a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1). 
Paul gave his body as a "living sacrifice" (2 Cor. 
6:4, 5) by a daily "dying" (1 Cor. 15:31), He "cruci- 
fied" himself in order that Christ might be living in him 
(Gal. 2:20). He was always subjecting his body to the 
rigors of Christian service (1 Cor. 9:27; 2 Cor. 6:9). His 
daily dying meant life to the dead (2 Cor. 5:9-12). True 
living is in sharing "the afflictions of Christ in my 
flesh" (Col. 1:24). Thus is "Christ magnified" in the 
bodies of the saints (Phil. 2:20). True values were dearer 
to Paul than life (Acts 20:24). It is a Christ-honoring 
life that honors Christ in death (Phil. 2:21). He who 
puts up a good fight in the Christian life is prepared 
for physical death (2 Timothy 4:6-8). 

Paul was a fearless, powerful, loving, intelligent 
Christian (2 Tim. 1:7). He was not afraid of life or of 
death (2 Tim. 1:12). He was fully aware that men are 
to be judged according to the deeds done in their bodies 
(2 Cor. 5:10). He expected the Lord to return while he 
was yet living (1 Thess. 4:16, 17; I Cor. 15:52). Such 
a hope always purifies the life (1 John 3:3). The com- 
mandment to live for Christ's return applies to all Chris- 
tians (Matt. 24:42). 

All are living in the face of death (2 Peter 1:13), and 
should therefore live, not foolishly for the lusts of the 
flesh (Luke 12:19, 20), but run the race of life vigor- 
ously, objectively (1 Cor. 9:26) and sacrificially (Heb. 
12:1, 2). For life is a "charge" (2 Tim. 4:1). It is a 

charge to a good warfare of faith and conscience (1 
Tim. 1:18, 19; 6:12). It is a solemn life-long charge (1 
Tim. 6:13, 14). It is a life of serious singleness of pur- 
pose (2 Tim. 2:3, 4). If our loved ones object to this, we 
must let Christ be paramount (Matt. 10:34-36). The 
price may be the hatred of all men (Matt. 24:9), and 
our becoming the "off scouring" of the earth (1 Cor. 

The Christian life is a continual fight against one's 
own carnal nature (Rom. 7:15-25). It is a struggle 
against conformity to this world (Rom. 12:2; 2 Tim. 
4:10, 11) Some preach Christ to forward their own in- 
terests, while we should be "set for the defense of the 
gospel" (Phil. 1:15-17). We are even arrayed against 
the powers of darkness (Eph. 6:12). The Christian life 
requires effort for growth and achievement (Phil 3:10- 
14). The Christian life is not easy (Acts 20:22-24). It is 
a debt we owe that we can never pay (Rom. 1:14). 

"When on the cross those cruel nails 
Gave me a Christ that never fails. 
And from His wounds there came a flow 
That saves from sin — ^how much I owe! 

"When I shall reach that golden shore 
To dwell with Him for ever more: 
Ten million years may come and go, 
I cannot tell how much I owe. 

"How much I owe for Love Divine! 
How much I owe that Christ is mine! 
But what He did for me, I know, 
I cannot tell how much I owe." 

'W 'm ww w wwwwvww' 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jin) Rowsey 


"I am building a church," said a small boy playing 
with a set of blocks, "And we must be very quiet." His 
father, eager to encourage this unexpected reverence 
asked: "Why are we to be quiet in church?" "Becaust 
the people are asleep," was the boy's response. 


In spite of TV's popularity and radio's bounce back 
American people are setting new reading records. News 
paper sales are riding sales crest of nearly 59 million' 
U. S. Office of Education reports circulation of library 
books at nearly 225 million copies per year, — an increas< 
of 18% since 1952. Magazine Advertising Bureau says 
domestic magazine circulation of 186 million is increas- 
ing aC a more rapid rate than our population. 

One wonders how much time the American peoplt 
spend in the reading of God's Word. Another observatioi 
indicates the reading taste of the American people. "Ac 
cording to a University of California survey, about 10( 

ANUARY 24, 1959 


lillion dollars is spent for comic books in the U. S. each 
ear; this is more than is spent for textbooks for all the 
lation's elementary and secondary schools. 

* * * 

God sometimes puts us in the dark to prove that He 

5 light. 

* * * 

A Sunday School worker without compassion for the 
osfc is like a watch without a spring. 

* * * 


"I am one who dropped out of your Sunday School. 

walk past the building once in a while now and recall 
hat I used to go to Sunday School there. I meet some 
riends from time to time and find that they also have 
eased to attend. Occasionally I meet people who contin- 
e to go but never seem able to get from them any 
eason why I should return. 

You who continue to guide the school do not know 
rhat caused me to drop out. Perhaps I needed a friend 
-and found none. Or maybe I wanted help to live my 
ife, and did not find it. At any rate, I dropped out of 
our Sunday School. AND YOU DID NOT EVEN TRY 

* * * 

One hundred years ago, we are told, it took an aver- 
ge of five Christians to lead a new convert to Christ, 
n 1900 it required 14 Christians to get one new convert. 
Lnd during a typical year today only one soul is led to 
Ihrist for each 33 Christians in our country. 

* * * 

PLAN NOW to attend one of the three 1959 National 
unday School Conventions: 
an Jose, California — October 7-8-9 

Atlanta, Georgia — October 21-22-23 

Columbus, Ohio — November 11-12-13 

• iiiih'/^gr 


William H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 25, 1959 


Lesson: Matthew 21:12-13, 23-27 

"ALL POWER (authority) is given unto Me in heaven 
nd in earth," said Jesus to His disciples just prior to 
[is ascension (Matt. 28:18). The Apostle John on the Isle 
f Patmos had a vision of Christ after His ascension, 
hrist spoke to him and said: "I am Alpha and Omega . . . 
'hich is, and which was, and which is to come, the Al- 
lighty" (Rev. 1:8). These verses should settle all doubt 
s to Christ's power and authority! 

Christ demonstrated His divine authority over His House 
hen He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem. 

When Solomon built the original temple this was his 
desire and purpose: "I have built an house of habitation 
for Thee, and a place for Thy dwelling for ever" (II 
Chron. 6:2). God was pleased with this, for He spoke to 
Solomon and said: "I have heard thy prayer, and have 
chosen this place to Myself for an house of sacrifice . . . 
For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that My 
name may be there for ever: and Mine eyes and Mine 
heart shall be there perpetually" (II Chron. 7:12, 16). 

How far I'emoved this was from the scene which Jesus 
beheld when He entered the temple! Men buying and sell- 
ing! Moneychangers! Animals! 

But even worse than all these things was the profiteer- 
ing which accompanied the necessary selling of sacrificial 
animals. By cleansing the temple, Jesus was not neces- 
sarily condemning those who engaged in this business, 
but rather, the place in which it was done. 

God's House is ever to be a place of worship! A place 
where men can meet God! A resting place for tired and 
depressed souls! 

Should there be a cleansing of our churches today? If 
the Master should come, what would He discard in our 
religious systems ? Could He possibly be pleased with what 
He sees ? What about the fleshly, carnal leadership that 
dominates the scene? The religious rituals that have lost 
their spiritual significance? The man-made schemes to 
raise money? The dead orthodoxy that robs our churches 
of all spiritual life? 

We must not wait for the Master to come and cleanse 
our churches! This is our task; But if we won't. He will! 
Remember what God said through Peter: "For the time is 
come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and 
if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that 
obey not the gospel of God?" (I Peter 4:17). 

Christ demonstrated His divine authority over all crea- 
ted things when He cursed the fig tree. Actually this event 
is not in our lesson, but it was the reason for His clash 
with the religious leaders. 

Christ demonstrated His divine authority over His earth- 
ly subjects when He refused to answer the question asked 
by the religious leaders, "By what authority dost Thou 
these things? and who gave Thee this authority?" 

What did they want Him to say? Did they expect Him 
to proclaim His Lordship, Sonship, and Messiahship so 
that they might accuse Him of blasphemy? 

Who is man that he dares to defy Almighty God! The 

psalmist had an altogether different opinion of himself: 
"What is man, that Thou art mindful of him ? and the 
son of man, that Thou visitest him?" (Ps. 8:4). 

Jesus would not be trapped. He countered with His own 
question, and when His accusers were unable to answer 
He said: "Neither tell I you by what authority I do these 

Man has ever tried to resist the authority of God! Re- 
bellion against divine authority will always be condemned 
and judged by God. "For rebellion is as the sin of witch- 
craft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry," said 
God to King Saul through His servant Samuel (I Samuel 

But God and Christ have the final authority! "Then 
Cometh the end, when (Christ) shall have delivered up the 



kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have 
put down all rule and all authority and power. For He 
must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet" 
(I Cor. 15:24-25). 




Lesson for February 1, 1959 


Lesson: Luke 20:19-26 

FROM THE PAGES of the Grit comes this noteworthy 
gem of wisdom: "It's hard to remember these days 
that our country was founded partly to avoid taxation." 
Many people tend to resent taxes. Such an attitude is 
easy to understand when we think of the strange and 
varied ways our tax money is employed these days. But, 
as has been so often said, death and taxes are inevitable! 
It was the problem of taxes which confronted .Jesus in 
this week's lesson. 


"Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?" 
This question, asked by the Pharisees, seemed innocent 
enough. But just a glance at the context will show us the 
spirit in which the inquiry was made. 

"And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour 
sought to lay hands on Him . . . And they watched Him, 
and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just 
men, that they might take hold of His words, that so they 
might deliver Him unto the power and authority of the 

So it is clear to see the question asked Jesus was not 
spoken in all honesty! They wanted to trap Him! 

How silly men are to think they can foo! God. They do 
not stop to consider that nothing can be hidden from the 
All-Knowing, All-Seeing God. Jesus knew who the Phari- 
sees were, and what they were trying to do. "He knew 
them all. He did not need anyone to tell Him what people 
were like: He understood human nature" (John 2:24-25 — 

What was their question ? "Is it lawful for us to give 
tribute unto Caesar, or no?" 

"The Christian has a two-fold citizenship. He has an 
earthly citizenship, but he is also a citizen of the King- 
dom of God. Paul declares 'Our citizenship is in heaven,' 
yet he always proclaimed his Roman citizenship, boast- 
ing that Tarsus, his native city, was 'no mean city.' 

"Because of this two-fold citizenship, the earnest 
Christian often finds himself in the midst of a conflict 
as the Kingdom is in abeyance, we find ourselves often 
in mental quandary and in moral conflict" (Dr. Wm. 
Ward Ayer). 

How did Jesus answer? "Shew Me a penny. Whose im- 
age and superscription hath it? They answered and said, 
Caesar's. And He said unto them, Render therefore unto 
Caesar the things which be Caesar's ..." 

"Says Christ in effect, 'My brother, the penny itself 
has settled that question. It has, stamped upon it, an 
image or medallion which is Caesar's likeness. It is 
current here because this is Caesar's country; and you 
use it, whether you choose to own the fact or not, be- 
cause you are Caesar's subjects. Give Caesar, therefore, 
his due. Pay your taxes, obey the laws, honor the civil 
authorities'" (Bishop H. C. Potter). 


Our responsibilities do not cease, however, when we have 
rendered the government its due! When Jesus said, "Ren- 
der therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's," 
He also went on to say, "And (render) unto God the 
things which be God's." 

The world is only too ready to give unto man his just 
due. But oh how slack we have been in giving unto Al- 
mighty God the things which rightfully belong to Him! 
"The penny bears an image; so do you. The penny! 
bears the mint of the emperor; you are from the mint 
of God. You are God's child. You bear His image. Ren- 
der to Him your supreme and unceasing tribute; and in 
doing that, all other and minor questions will settle 
themselves" (Potter). 

Perhaps many of us are not the kind of earthly citi 
zens that we should be. Undoubtedly we could exhibit i 
greater zeal and interest in our government and country 
But what kind of HEAVENLY CITIZENS have we been? 
We pay our taxes to Uncle Sam because he demands 
them, and forcibly extracts them from us if necessary 
Do we cheerfully render unto God our tithes and offer 

We obey the law of the land, knowing full well the pen 
alty if we do not. Do we obey the law of our Heaven!: 
King out of love for Him? 



ROHDE-DUNHAM. Jerry Rohde and Judy Dunhar 
were united in marriage at the Ardmore, Indiana, Breth 
ren Church, on November 26, 1958, at 6:30 P. M., in i 
quiet wedding ceremony. Parents of both were presen'i 
Robert and Lou Ann Armour were their attendants. 

Miss Frances Dale, Corr., Sec'y., 
Ardmore Brethren Church. 

HINEGARDNER-HAUCK. Miss Elaine Hinegardne 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Hinegardner, exchange 
vows with Will Rogers Hauck, son of Mr. and Mr, 
Charles Hauck, at 2:00 P. M., December 21, 1958. T? 
marriage was performed by the bride's pastor, the ui 
dersigned, in the Mathias Brethren Church, before 
large audience. Miss Hinegardner is the church pianis 
and attends Potomac State College; her husband attenc 
West Virginia University. She will transfer to the Un 
versity after the first semester. A reception was he 
following the ceremony. 

Claude Stogsdill. 

A.NUARY 24, 1959 


ICaUt t0 %?Bt 

HOOKS. Mrs. M. Grace Hooks, life-time member of 
le Brush Valley Brethren Church, who was loved by all, 
assed away to be with her Lord, Nov. 17, 1958. Her 
eath was unexpected and her help and faithful assis- 
).nce is, and will be missed very greatly at the Church, 
uneral services conducted at the Church by the under- 
igned, assisted by a former pastor, Rev. David Rambsel. 

JOHNS. Wayne Cleveland Johns, 16 day old infant son 
f Mr. and Mrs. Russell Johns, was taken back to be 
■ith his Giver, Nov. 22, 1958. The father is a member 
f the Brush Valley Brethren Church. Services conducted 
y the undersigned. 

Paul D. Tinkel, Pastor. 

SINK. Mrs. Amy Sink was called home to be with her 
ord, Nov. 9th. Life-long resident of the Flora community; 
lithful member of the First Brethren Church for many 
ears. Died after reaching her home following an accident 
1 which her car had the misfortune to hit a deer. Husband 
receded her in death, 1952. Survived by one daughter, 
ervice in the Flora Church, conducted by the under- 

GRUME. Mrs. George Grume, resident of the Brethren's 
[ome. Flora, Ind., passed away very suddenly, Dec. 10th, 
hile sitting in her chair. Services conducted by the 
ndersigned in the Brethren's Home, Dec. 12th. Further 
jrvices in Elkhart by Rev. J. Milton Bowman, on Dec. 
3th. Was a member of the First Brethren Church, Elk- 

FETTERS. Mrs. Charles Fetters passed away in the 
ome of her daughter, near Galveston, Ind., Nov. 17th. 
lemorial services held in Galveston, Nov. 19th, conducted 
y the undersigned. Member of long standing in the Loree, 
nd.. Church. 

C. A. Stewart. 

Spirttual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Relote 


"In my Father's house are many mansions ..." 
John 14:2a. 

WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE in heaven? Again and 
again that question is raised. In answer we can 
only say that there is no detailed description of life after 
death. But there is comfort in the fact that Jesus coun- 
sels His followers not to be troubled about it nor to be 
afraid. From the words in this fourteenth of John's gos- 
pel we gather the assurance that whatever it is like, it 
is good. 

I think I am safe in saying that any who have loved 
ones "gone before" have sometime indulged in imaginary 
dreams of what it is like where their "dear departed" are 
in the unseen hereafter. Jesus assured the thief on the 
cross (the repentant one) that he should be with the 
Lord in Paradise, that very day. And wherever and how- 
ever it will be in "Paradise," it will be "glory" if He is 

A Christian doctor sat at the bedside of a patient in 
his last illness. The sick man was questioning his physi- 
cian what he thought the future would be like. The 
doctor looked in the direction of the door where his dog 
could be heard scratching and begging to come in. "That 
dog," said the doctor, "doesn't know what is going on in 
this room. What he wants is to be near his master. So it 
is with the future life. I cannot tell what it will be like, 
but just to be with the Master of life will be satisfaction 

Jesus did not give us a preview of life after death. He 
did something infinitely better. He declared that where 
He is, they would be also. 

"Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go, 

Anywhere He leads me, in this world below. 

Anywhere without Him dearest joys would fade, 
Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid." 

Keep your Publishing Company 
Solvent Support the 1959 
Publications Day Offering/ 

Goal^ — Not less than $5,000.00 





Phli Lersch. Youth Direcf-er 

Workers are needed now! This is open to high school 
juniors and older. 

Many have served as B. Y. Summer Workers in the 
past. For example, 


Though wintry winds and stinging snow may still be 
pushing you in the face every time you venture outside, 
our hearts must turn to thoughts of summer — and Breth- 
ren Youth SUMMER WORK. 

LAST YEAR'S National Project was to "X-pand 
Summer Crusading" and that is just what is being done 
— not just Crusading, but every phase of B. Y. Summer 
Work . . . even including some new fields. The money 
given for this project last year is being put to good use 
as every possible area of service is being explored. 

This means that more volunteers are needed. Would 
you be interested in any of the following projects ? 

a. Manual Labor around a church 

b. Church visitation or Community survey 

c. Study Conferences 

d. Pastor's Helper 

e. Slum Clearance 

f. Sunday School Emphasis Work 

g. Migrant Work 

h. Teaching Bible School 
Write to National Brethren Youth, Ashland College, 
Ashland, Ohio, for more details and an application blank. 


Only one-half ( V2 ) of our Brethren Churches ( 50 to be 
exact) are using the BRETHREN YOUTH COVENANT 
BANNERS at their B. Y. C. meetings. In addition to be- 
ing the requirement to meeting "Goal Number 12" the 
Covenant Banners are important because of the promises 
made by those who repeat it. 

If your church is not among those listed below, be sure 
to order your banner soon. Send 25c to Brethren Youth, 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 

Camp Berea, California 

Byron "Bill" Hildreth, a Brethren Youth Ambassador 
is seen teaching a class at the California Camp Berei 
last summer. This Brethren Youth team traveled fror 
Ohio to California and back, holding church services 
teaching at a Bible School, and assisting at camp. 

Here is what the California pastors say about thei 
work : 

"I think the Ambassadors did a wonderful job 
in our camp. They conducted themselves at all 
times as Chrstian gentlemen should. They did 
whatsoever was asked of them willingly and 

Rev. Milton Robinson, 
Manteca, California. 

"1 feel that this program is an excellent oppor- 
tunity for those participating and for our Church 
. . . for those participating, a chance to serve and 
know our Church; for our Church, a service ren- 
dered and a need met." 

Rev. Alvin Grumbling, 
Stockton, California. 


Cumberland, Maryland 

Hagerstown, Maryland (Int. & Sr.) 

Linwood, Maryland 

Lost Creek, Kentucky 

Maurertown, Virginia 

Mt. Olive, Virginia 

Oak Hill, W. Virginia 

St. James, Maryland (Jr. & Sr.) 

Washington, D. C. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania 

Brush Valley, Pennsylvania 

Calvary, New Jersey 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

Masontown, Pennsylvania 

Vinco, Pennsylvania 

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 

Akron, Ohio 

Ashland, Ohio 

(Park Street— Jr., Int. & Sr.) 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Garber Memorial) 
Canton, Ohio 
Dayton, Ohio 
Fremont, Ohio 
Gretna, Ohio 

Louisville, Ohio (Jr. & Sr.) 
Newark, Ohio 

Smithville, Ohio (Jr. & Sr.) 
West Alexandria, Ohio 


Ardmore, Indiana 
Brighton, Indiana 
Bryan, Ohio (Jr., Int. & Sr.) 
Center Chapel, Indiana 
County Line, Indiana 
Elkhart, Indiana (Int. & Sr.) 

Goshen, Indiana (Int. & Sr.) 

Loree, Indiana 

Milford, Indiana 

Muncie, Indiana 

Nappanee, Indiana (Jr., Int. & Si 

New Paris, Indiana 

N. Manchester, Indiana 

Peru, Indiana 

South Bend, Indiana 

Teegarden, Indiana 

Warsaw, Indiana 


Cerro Gordo, Illinois 
Lanark, Illinois (Jr. & Sr.) 
Milledgeville, Illinois (Jr. & Sr.) 
Waterloo, Iowa 


Falls City, Nebraska 
Mulvane, Kansas 

ANUARY 24, 1959 







hy Helen Jordan 

■ WOULD LIKE to share with you an article I read en- 

■ titled "Ask Yourself This Other Question." I pray it 
/ill be food for thought for you as it was for me. 

"If Christ came to our city today? is often asked, and 
tie things He would find wrong in our churches and in 
ur homes are all too many, and yet, because there are 
lany pessimistic souls — or unbelieving ones — inclined to 
ake too low a view of the progress Christianity has 
lade, it is well to ponder the other question that was 

What would happen if His spirit and His teachings 
rere utterly withdrawn? Every church would close, 
very free hospital would shut its doors, every benevo- 
3nt and philanthropic enterprise would come to a stand- 
till, half of our literature would be barred, business 
;ould undergo swift change and deterioration. It would 
e as if a blighting frost had swept over the land laying 
5w everything fair and beautiful in its course. We too 
eldom pause to think how much of the comforts, the 
afety and the sweetness of our everyday life we owe 
the fact that Christ has lived, and that He still lives, 
nd is the controlling power in our world today. Millions 
iiere are who, more or less perfectly, are shaping their 
ves according to His teachings. Countless enterprises 
all be begun because of faith in Him, unnumbered 
.^rongs will be forgiven because of love of Him today, 
'here will be uncounted deeds of heroism for His sake 
etween the sunrise and the sunset, and many a soul will 
e forgiven because of love of Him today. We should 
iray with a new and exultant faith: "Thy kingdom come — 

t is coming!' 

Mrs. Russeli Rodkey, 

Burlington, Indiana. 


(Continued from Page 2) 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Scheduled for a concert in the 
ilkhart Church the evening of January 23rd, was the 
Vheaton College Women's Glee Club. 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Rev. Ellis Hargraves, Superin- 
endent of Indiana Temperance League, was the sched- 
iled speaker in the Muncie Church on January 11th. 

SHIPSHEWANA, INDIANA. A recent note from 
5rother H. D. "Bud" Hunter indicates that he is able to 
e up and around a little. He says he is feeling fine, is 
t home, and is waiting the time when the Doctor will 
ermit him to be out. 

"Bud" says, "I've received cards from about all over 
le Brotherhood, and my thanks to them for their in- 
Jrest and prayers. I have every reason now to believe 

I shall have a very good repair job with some curtailed 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Brother Albert T. Ronk notes 
that nine Circles of the King's Daughters of Waterloo, 
worshipped as a group with the Waterloo Brethren on 
January 18th. 

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA. Brother Alvin H. Grum- 
bling reports the reception of six new members into the 
Church on December 21st, five by baptism and one by 









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It looks as though the COUNT-UP has stopped "up- 
ping" (or is it "uping"). The same figures confront us 
again this week. Those of you who are holding-back, 
are holding-up the orders of all the rest, for we must 
have orders for 200 signs before production can fully 
begin. Send your order in now. 

EXPLANATION: In the December 20th issue of the 
"Brethren Evangelist" the churches and their orders 
were listed. The number of "signs" ordered is actually 
detei-mined by the number of "sides" you are having 
painted. For example, if your church ordered both sides 
of one piece of metal painted, that was counted as "two 
signs" because the seal impression had to be made twice. 
This should clear up some misunderstanding at this point. 

Phil Lersch, president 

Brethren Sign Putter Uppers Association. 



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also please note: 

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January 31, 1959 

No„ 5 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Dr. William S. Bell called Home January 21st 



kteneral IMsresi 

MAURERTOWN, VIRGINIA. Brother Robert L. Hoff- 
man writes: "The annual Christmas program was pre- 
sented by the Sunday School on the evening of Decem- 
ber 21st, with approximately 130 in attendance. 

"About 60 people were present the following Sunday 
evening for a candlelighting service and program by the 

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In reply to a number of inquiries as to when Rob and 
Jane Byler will be returning on furlough, here is the 
latest word on the subject: 

The Bylers' furlough is really due this year — February 
1959; however, they have decided to remain in Argen- 
tina until the end of this year or the beginning of 1960. 

The Field Council in Argentina has been eager to have 
Rob and Jane remain a while beyond the time for their 
furlough, until our new missionaries (the Rowseys and 
the Solomons), who so recently arrived on the field, be- 
come more adept with the Spanish language and until 
they are properly oriented to their new situation. 

The Missionary Board has permitted the Bylers to 
make the decision, and they have agreed to remain for 
this additional interval. They are certainly to be com- 
mended for their loyalty and concern for the work as well 
as for their spirit of helpfulness to the new missionaries. 

OUR COVER PICTURE: "Winter at Grand Canyon's 
South Rim brings an occasional snowfall, adding a touch 
of beauty that most visitors never see." Nature is at the 
height of its splendor during late fall, winter or early 
spring, according to the Fred Harvey Company, of Chi- 
cago, which has supplied us with this picture. 

Illinois, passed to the greater life with his Loi 
on January 21, 1959, at Sterling, Illinois, Hospital, whe 
he had been a patient. No further details on his passii 
are available at publication deadline time. 

Dr. Bell served the Brethren Church as no other m 
has done, giving his whole life and talent to its cau; 
Only in recent years, when failing health decreed his i 
tirement, did he relent from his strenuous activities 
behalf of the Church and the work of the Lord. Ev 
in retirement he maintained a keen interest in the wo 
of the brotherhood. 

Dr. Bell was a Life Member of the Ashland Colle 
Board of Trustees, and of the Missionary Board of f| 
Brethren Church. He was a former member of the Brefj 
ren Publication Board, and served as its President 1 
three years. Served four years as Endowment Secreta 
for Ashland College. Served also as General Conferei 
Moderator, and in the same capacity in a number of t 
districts. Pastored many of our Churches, conduct 
many revival meetings, and served the Church in mai 
other ways. 

Dr. W. S. Bell was born, July 27, 1876, at Phelps, N 
York. He was baptized and received into the Brethi 
Church by the late Dr. Charles F. Yoder in 1900 at 
Chicago Brethren Mission. 

Our sympathies, prayers and words of comfort i 
hope to his widow, Mrs. Fannie Bell, his children, j 
other loved ones who survive. (W. S. B.) 



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^verij Wlan Ms H^ IPurposeth 

tian Stewardship, but the most mysterious 
)f these appears in the words of St. Paul in II 
Corinthians 9 :8, "And God is able to make all grace 
ibound toward you; that ye, always having all 
iufficiency in all things, may abound to every 
rood work." There is more to this thought of 
'aul's, as can be found by referring to this pas- 
>age of scripture, but we are interested for the 
noment in this phrase, "to make all grace abound 
oward you." 

The phenomena of Christian Giving is one of 
he most amazing things, yet one on which 
;hurches, colleges, mission stations, publications, 
;unday schools and benevolences have been built, 
^ook around the land today; in your mind scan 
;he pages of Christian history. What do you 
ind? The Church of Jesus Christ supported by 
he free-will gifts of her members. Gifts have 
ipread the gospel from generation to generation 
)n the simple formula of "Every man according 
is he purposeth in his heart, so let him give ..." 
;il Corinthians 9:7). 

There is another amazing phenomena in refer- 
ence to Christian Giving which is not always 
coked at as such, and that is that most of this 
;remendous Stewardship of Substance comes, and 
las always come, from a very small portion of 
;hose who claim to be followers of Christ. One 
;an but imagine what the results would be if 
ill followers of Christ gave according to the 
/erses we have quoted. 

Still another phenomena in Christian Giving 
s the mysterious results coming from a person's 
leep dedication to the scriptural formula for 
giving. What Paul has to say in the sixth verse 
)f II Corinthians 9, can apply to churches as well 
IS individuals. Too long have we operated on the 
5asis of ten cents return for every nickel given 
;o the Lord. Consider the plight of the farmer 
vho went out to sow wheat in a field. He thought 
;o save on his seed grain by sowing only half as 
nuch grain as the field really should have had. 

Well, you can imagine what kind of a crop he re- 
ceived. You can't fool the formula — sparse sow- 
ing means sparse reaping. All in all, he had to 
prepare the ground, he had to harvest — for all 
his work, he could have doubled his crop if he 
had not sown so stingily. 

We are told to "Give until it hurts," and we 
are told to "Give until it doesn't hurt," or "Give 
to get richer." Many other formulas are advanced 
to ease the so-called pain of giving to the Lord. 
One need only to be in any assembly of Chris- 
tians when the question of raising money is 
brought up to realize the painfulness that accom- 
panies the action. Yet it need not be that. "En- 
tire Consecration," is the secret formula for joy- 
ous Christian Giving. First the heart and soul, 
then the life, the talents, and likewise all sub- 
stance and possession. Cannot we remember that 
all we have is a gift from God. We own noth- 
ing — we are told, legally, that we never really 
own the house or land we say we own — we just 
have a deed to it. We must remember that the 
rightful owner of all things is Jesus Christ. We 
are but the stewards of what we have. 

So, in the interests of getting more and more 
Christians to enter into the "joyous circle" of 
Christian Giving, these few thoughts are given. 
There is a mystery to giving, and it is found in 
the multiplied blessings which come to us for 
liberal giving, percentage-wise, to the Lord, Read 
verses six, seven and eight of II Corinthians 9, and 
study them. God blesses our giving, and rewards 
us many times over, so that we might give our- 
selves more fully to Him in service. 

In other words, what is the purpose and intent 
of our Stewardship? Is it just to get by the em- 
barrassment of the offering plate ? Is it an effort 
to satisfy a conscience which says we should give 
and a heart which desires not to give? Or is it 
with a wonderful desire in our heart to see the 
Lord's work prosper and the gospel proclaimed 
in word and truth? We establish our own cate- 
gory, and the results are in accordance with our 
choice. W. S. B, 




for 1959 
and HDW TO DD 11 

THERE ARE MANY BOOKS and booklets for 
sale today entitled, "How To Win Souls." 
Most of them are very good, but the Bible gives 
us all the answers. In Acts 2:42-47, the first 
church carried out God's plan perfectly for win- 
ning souls. We read that they continued sted- 
fastly in teaching, fellowship, worship, prayer 
and working together for the spiritual and phys- 
ical good of others. They gave their testimony 
of Christ DAILY, not occasionally. They praised 
God in their homes and in the temple, daily, not 
just one hour on Sunday as some today would 
advocate to be sufficient. Isn't it strange how 
we can only spend one hour, out of the week's 
168 hours, in God's house? We have all the mod- 
em, automatic gadgets and speedy means of 
transportation to save time today, and yet some 
Christians feel they have done God a real favor 
by spending one of their busy hours in God's 
house! They seem to think that God should be 
real thankful for such consecrated Christians. 
There is no time today for family altars in our 
homes. Little wonder that people are starving 
to death spiritually. 

Thinking again of the first church, we find 
they continued daily in worship, prayer and 

Rev. Herbert Gilmer 

praise, and as a result they found favour witl 
ALL the people. "And the Lord added to th 
church daily such as should be saved." The; 
were not busy attending club and lodge meet 
ings. They had plenty to take care of in thi 
church, and so it is today if we will do it. Theri 
is a lot of work for our youth ; also for the mei 
as well as the women. 

There are so very few souls saved today fror 
the eternal fires of Hell because too many preach 
ers have to run around with the milk botble 
trying to keep the professing Christian "babies' 
living in harmony. By the time he gets aroun( 
to all of the absentee church members, and hear 
the excuses why they aren't coming to churchj 
his time is all taken up and he is unable to con 
tact the unsaved. 

The unsaved look at the carnal Christians o 
unborn people in the church today and saj 
"That's not for me. I'm just as good as the; 
are!" And so it takes more hours to explain t 
the unsaved what a change takes place when w 
experience the new birth and that we are all re 
sponsible for ourselves as well as others. Oh, i 
the churches of today would be like the firs 
church! They were "praising God, and havin 
favour with ALL people, (living truly Godli^ 
lives) and the Lord added daily to the churc" 
such as should be saved!" 

Many people today are confused on the quefi 
tion, "What is church work?" Our younger get 

JANUARY 31, 1959 


eration would, in many cases, answer, "Having a 
bake sale, rummage sale, annual fish fry, turkey 
supper, etc." Many churches in America are 
known as good restaurants, but the true church 
is supposed to be a soul saving station. 

A bom again person is not only concerned 
about his own salvation but the salvation of 
others. The story is told of an artist painting a 
picture which showed a person clinging to the 
cross. Underneath were the rolling roaring wa- 
ters. The picture portrayed salvation by the way 
of the cross of Christ. When he had finished the 
picture he asked one of his friends his opinion 
of it. The friend said, "One thing is missing. 
Paint the picture with one hand clinging to the 
cross and the other hand clinging onto another 
person. Thus both will be saved." 

I always love to read the account of Andrew 
bringing his brother, Peter, to Jesus. John 1:41, 
42, "He first findeth his own brother Simon and 
saith unto him, we have found the Messias, 
which is being interpreted, the Christ. And he 
brought him to Jesus and when Jesus beheld him, 
lie said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: Thou 
shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpreta- 
tion, a stone." 

How many parents do we have today who fail 
to bring their own sons and daughters to Jesus? 
Many people say to the minister, "I Mash you 
would speak to my children, or my brother, or 
my husband, relative or friend." It is a privilege 
to bring our loved ones to Christ as Andrew 
brought his brother. Andrew did not say to John 
the Baptist, "I wish you would speak to Simon 
Peter about Jesus." WANTED: MORE AN- 
DREWS! Andrew stood in the background while 
liis brother made the headlines. There are at 
least four things to remember about Andrew. (1) 
He discovered Jesus, which is the most important 
discovery anyone can experience. (2) He saw the 
Lamb of God and abode with him. (3) He 
brought his brother and others to Jesus. (4) He 
followed Jesus with his brother and thus both 
were saved. 

John 12:20-22, reveals that Andrew may have 
been one of the first foreign missionaries, for it 
was he who introduced the Greeks to Jesus when 
Philip seemingly would not. Andrew had no prej- 
udice against class or nationality. He may have 
lacked public speaking ability, but he could say, 
"Come, I have found the Messias." He didn't wait 
for an opportunity, he went after the opportun- 

Personal Evangehsm is what I believe to be 
true church work. Sometimes it takes more than 
one to bring another to Christ. Turn to Mark 
2:1-12. In verse 3 we read, "And they came unto 
him, bringing one sick of the palsy which was 
borne of four." The press (or crowd) kept them 
from getting this needy man to Christ. (There is 
a press of excuses keeping people away from 
Jesus today.) They went on top of the house and 
"raised the roof" and let him down to Jesus. The 
church of today needs the same compassion to- 
ward the needy. This man was spiritually sick 
and Jesus cleansed him of sin before he healed 
his body. The soul is far more important. The 
body is secondary but we humans so often have 
it in the reverse. 

God help us to see the perishing souls in the 
world and may the church of today do more to 
feed the souls of men than the bodies. The 
church must live in the world but it is wrong for 
the world to be in the church! In 2 Timothy 3, 
Paul said to Timothy, "This know also, that in 
the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. Men 
shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, 
boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to 
parents, unthankful, unholy . . . lovers of pleas- 
ure (the satisfying of the body) more than lovers 
of God. Having a form of Godliness, but denying 
the power thereof; from such turn away . . . 
ever learning, and never able to come to the 
knowledge of truth." 

While the church (a sleeping giant) is making 
strides in new buildings and being a financial 
success, it is losing out, in too many cases, spir- 
itually. I believe it is the business of the minis- 
ters and the laity to WIN THE LOST FIRST. 
Communists are making great strides toward 
sending thousands to hell. Let the church awake 
and pray for God to send a Spirit-filled revival. 

Let the church be revived, and evangelism will 
thrive with Spirit-filled messengers of God being 
sent to the millions of lost souls over the world. 
The lost, upon seeing and hearing the joyful 
courageous witnessing of possessing Christians, 
will respond to the glorious Gospel of Jesus 
Christ and will walk in the light with the Light 
of Life for eternity! 

We may work for a living, but our business, 
as ministers and laity, is to win the lost. Prov- 
erbs 11 :30, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree 
of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." 

Roann, Indiana. 



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Why I Believe In The Sunday 

By Dr. A. S. London 
National Sunday School Evangelist 

MY MOTHER started me to Sunday School 
when I was three weeks old. I did not miss 
more than a dozen Sundays in attendance in 49 
years. I was a teacher in the school when I was 
14 years of age. I was a superintendent when I 
was 15 years old. I do not strain a point when I 
say that the Sunday School is one of the greatest 
forces on earth for the saving and training of 
youth. As Roger Babson, the great statistician, 
says, "I appreciate the time and efforts of teach- 
ers and Sunday School workers. They are a noble 
lot. Next to mothers — America owes them an un- 
told debt." 

I believe in the Sunday School because it 
brought me to a saving knowledge of the grace of 
Christ when I was only nine years of age. As a 
result of that saving gi-ace, I have never used a 
cigarette, or a curse word in my life. I have been 
kept clean in my moral life, and have never used 
a word in public or private that I would be 
ashamed to use in a mixed audience. 

Senator Capper of Kansas says: "For genera- 
tions the Sunday School has been the cornerstone 
in the foundation of American character-building. 
There is no substitute for it that I can see. There 
is a greater need for it today than ever before." 

I believe in the Sunday School because it has 
helped me to find a place of Christian service in 
the world. It brought me in touch with leading 
men of church and state. I have now traveled in 
every state in the union, and Canada in Christian 
work. The Sunday School helped me to have a 
working knowledge of the Bible, and made life 
richer and burdens lighter. As an ex-governor of 
Florida says, "I often think of the Sunday School 
as the laboratory of the church where we learn to 
apply our religion in everyday life, and at the 
same time get an intelligent vision of the life to 
come." I see the Sunday School as Mr. Carlton 
states it. 

I believe in the Sunday School because it has 
helped me to answer three of the major questions 

of life. First, Where did I come from? Second 
Why am I here? Third, Where am I going? ] 
came from the hands of God. I was taught this ir 
my earliest formative years in the Sunday School 
class. I am here to make preparation for the lif( 
to come, I am going to a place that Christ has 
gone to prepare for His children. This is the onlj 
satisfactory answer I have ever found to these 
three profound questions. 

I believe in the Sunday School because it hai 
helped me to be an asset rather than a liability t( 
my country. There are 6,000,000 criminals listec 
in the Department of Justice in Washington 
They cost the taxpayers $16,000,000,000 annually 
This equals $120 per head for every man, woman 
and child in the nation. The average age of 
criminal is 18 years. John Dillinger, the notei 
gangster of a few years back, cost the govern 
ment $1,750,000. Pretty Boy Floyd, of gangste 
fame, cost the taxpayers $700,000. He lived with 
in 200 miles of where I was reared. As a result o 
my early training in the home and school, and ai 
early conversion to the Christian religion, I hav 
never cost the nation a single dollar for wrong 
doing. The Sunday School helped to give me th 
right conception of the values of life, and save* 
me through the wobbling, formative years of life 

I believe in the Sunday School because it ha 
helped me to have a horror for evil. It has show: 
me through the study of the Bible the sinfulnes 
of sin. I was taught to shun bad company, an 
associate with those who would lift rather tha: 
drag me down. Sin has dug every grave, fille 
every penitentiary, and crowded every brothel. 1 
has broken one home out of every six in our cour 
try and sent them to the divorce courts. The Sur 
day School helped me to escape the many pitfall 
for youth. A former editor of a great daily say! 
"It has been my experience that youth of bot 
sexes, men and women in adult life, are almo^ 
in every instance better citizens because of th! 
influence of the Sunday School." It is a fact th£ 

ANUARY 31, 1959 


•nly about 2% of the criminals listed in our na- 
ion came out of Sunday School classes. 

I beheve in the Sunday School because it helped 
ne to find the right kind of a companion in life. 
■ married a girl out of a Sunday School class. Her 
ather was a Sunday School superintendent for 25 
^ears. Statistics show that where both parents 
ire Christians, 66% of the children become Chris- 
ians. Where only one parent is a Christian, 33% 
inly of the children become Christians. Where 
leither of the parents are Christians, only one 
;hild out of 10,000 becomes a Christian. 

For 39 years our home has been blessed with 
he choice I made out of a Sunday School class, 
[he Book of Ezekiel says, "as is the mother so is 
ler daughter." A great divine once said that 
;here is not a man who has gone down in history 
vithout great qualities back in the life of the 
nother. "Like produces like." Abraham Lincoln 
laid, "What I am today I owe to my angel moth- 
jr." Parents transmit as Christians, tendencies 
n that direction. 

The president of a great manufacturing con- 
iem says, "1 feel that a child who has not been a 
nember of a Sunday School class during his for- 
native years has not had a square deal nor a fair 
ihance for normal development." I was given a 
square deal. The mother of my children was also 
?iven a square deal. My children have been given 
;hat same opportunity to make useful Christian 

I believe in the Sunday School because it has 
lelped me to stand for right living and clean citi- 
zenship. The late Judge Fawcett of New York 
iays, "Out of 4,000 boys who were sent to state 
nstitutions from my court, only three of them 
vere regular Sunday School pupils." He further 
jays, "The growing tendency of an increase of 
uvenile delinquency is proof of a deterioration 
)f character and an indictment against the home, 
ihe parents, and the schools. It is a breakdown 
In the moral and religious education of the 
Koung." Thirty-six million youth out of Sunday 
|5chool is the blackest cloud on our national hori- 
j:on today. 

I believe in the Sunday School because it has 
)rought me to a place where the religious life 
nakes my life worth living. I am as happy as a 
nan can be in a war-stricken, suffering, sorrow- 
ing world. It has taught me the noble way of 
iving. I have been able to make a contribution to 
he age in which I live. 

I As ex-President Herbert Hoover says, "The 
1 Sunday School, I believe, is at the very root of 

the religious life, with all its benefits to the indi- 
vidual and to the nation." I believe through my 
early teaching in the school that God lives and 
reigns and that His purpose for mankind cannot 
ultimately be defeated. As our Chief Executive 
says, "We are fighting today for security, for 
peace, for progress, not for ourselves but for all 
men, not for one generation but for all genera- 
tions. We are fighting to cleanse the world of an- 
cient evils, ancient ills." This is my desire, my 
goal, my ambition.— Pilgrim Holiness Advocate, 
via Herald of Light. 

Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art 
my God, I will exalt thee." Psalm 118:28. 

THE THOUGHT of this verse is most beautifully set 
forth by the Psalmist in Psalm 23, but it occurred 
to me to see if we might discover some added truth and 
beauty in the text of our study. It is the Psalmist again 
who is making his declaration of relationship to God in 
the text. 

"Thou" — thou — None other. To the writer there is no 
other God in his consideration. He has heard of other 
gods, the gods of the heathen round about. But these 
other gods are not to be compared with, nor considered 
as in any way approaching the Psalmist's God. "Know 
ye that the Lordi he is God; it is he that hath made us, 
and not we ourselves; we az-e his people, and the sheep 
of his pasture?" Here the Psalmist again declares his 
estimate of God in Psalm 100:3. And it is this God whom 
the Psalmist refers to in our text: "Thou art my God." 
And he uses the personal designation "Thou." 

"Thou art." And David suggests simple faith in the 
declaration "Thou art." His God has existence, being, 
life — "art." He is a being and holds a place in David's 
life. "Thou art My God." No matter how many people 
may or may not claim and appropriate the Lord God, 
He is to David a personal possession. He is MY God; He 
is mine, with all the prerogatives and powers that belong 
to deity. God may be — and would be — to each soul an 
individual possession. And each soul may claim posses- 
sion to all that God is; all that God gave to the world in 
Jesus Christ He offers to each soul. Christ died for MY 
sins, all the salvation He provided through His death 
is MINE (for the taking, the appropriating.) All the 
blessings of assurance, of confidence, are mine for "I 
know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that 
He is able to keep that which I have committed unto 
Him against that day." My utter faith I have committed 
to Him, and He has promised me complete and final sal- 
vation for that committal. "How do you think of God?" 
Is He yours, Yours, YOURS? Why not? 




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Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Sec'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Assistant 

Kenneth L. Solomon 

Dear Evangelist Readers: 

We have been kept quite busy since our arrival here 
on October 30; so you have not read much from our 
typewriter. However, we do hope the first form letter has 
reached many of you by now — either directly or through 
your pastor. 

First of all, we wish to express our prayei's and de- 
sires that God grant to each of you a very prosperous 
and happy 1959, especially in the realm of the Spirit. 
Then we wish to request that you join us right now in 
a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the many blessings 
we as a church and as individuals have received during 
this past year. We are especially grateful for your 
prayers and your very fine response at Conference this 
past fall that made possible the financing of our trip 
here. We are confident that we are here by Divine Call 
and Divine Guidance, and we rejoice that it is so. We 
appreciate very much your willingness to be used of God 
to make possible the fulfillment of God's plan for our 

We also wish you would join us in thanksgiving to 
God for our two missionaries here — the Bylers. Few of 
us really know the struggles, hardships, problems, and 
discouragements that they have faced alone in these past 
ten years. I personally am only beginning to see and 
appreciate all they had to endure for the cause of the 
Brethren Church in this difficult area of the world. Let 
us thank God for His sufficiency in their behalf and for 
their faithfulness through it all. A word of appreciation 
to them by mail would help tremendously, I am sure. 

Last, we would like you to join us in praise to God 
for the tremendous opportunities that the Brethren 
Church faces in this great Republic of 20 million people. 
Just to mention one area — in the realm of broadcasting, 
we Brethren are going to have one of the few radio stu- 
dios for religious purposes in all of Argentina, and one 
of the best radio technicians in all of Latin America, in 
the person of John Rowsey. These are going to be in- 
struments in the hands of God for the salvation of 
thousands, of this we can be confident. 

Also, in the realm of praise to God, but likewise in 
the realm of information, I will now briefly share with 
you a rich experience I wish you all could have had with 
me. On November 26, 1958, Rob Byler and I left Buenos 
Aires in the Mercedes Benz station-wagon to make my 
first visit to the churches scattered in the northern part 
of Argentina. This 1953 vehicle operates quite eco- 
nomically on a very inexpensive fuel called gas-oil, since 
it has a diesel engine. The Pan American highway on 

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which we travelled was rough and under repair in a few 
areas, but overall it was quite smooth and in good repair. 
Once a person gets out of the province of Buenos Aires, 
in which nearly 8 of the 20 million people live, he finds 
the homes few and far between. The land is quite flat, 
like parts of Indiana. These vast, unoccupied areas are 
used for grazing large herds of beef cattle, for which 
Argentina is noted. 

We arrived at our first stop — Villa Constitucion (some 
300 miles north of Buenos Aires) about 3 o'clock in the 
afternoon. We had a nice visit with the pastor, his wife, 
and two sweet children, plus some other faithful brethren 
before the evening service. The pastor hex-e at present 
is Ricardo Rivera, who also serves our church at Colon 
quite some distance from Villa. He and his wife are doing 
a very good piece of work with the cooperation of th(i 
consecrated brethren that we have in these two areas. 
We enjoyed the fellowship and service of inspiratioi 
with these people before going on yet that first nigh 
to Rosario, the second-largest city of the Republic. 

We arrived about midnight, quite tired, but eagerl; 
anticipating the two services planned for the church ill 
Rosario. After a good rest we visited with Pastor Vareli 
and his wife, talked over problems and plans for the fu 
ture with the official board of the church, and had tw( 
evening services. Pastor Varela also serves four annexe 
(mission points) some distance fi'om his home, and h 
has no car. The names of these annexes are Bombal 
Mugueta, Bigand, and Maria Teresa. Thus you can se 
the burden of responsibility that is his and the grea 
need for more workers to lighten this load and to mak 
possible a more effective ministry in each of these need; 

(to be continued) 

My Share 

I Promise to assist in the building of new Brethren 
churches by giving $10.00 or more for each new 
church project. It is my understanding that I will 
be called upon for this contribution not more than 
twice in any one year. I further understand that if 
I am unable to contribute when called, I will be re- 
lieved of my obligation. 




rANUARY 31, 1959 



y ^addy ^oes If 

Freddie's words seemed to put a damper on 
:he whole lesson. Miss Norris almost had the 
Primary Department convinced that drinking 
iquor was wholly un-Christian, because it was 
larmful to the body. A drunkard, she said, could 
:iot go to heaven. 

"But a bottle once in a while does not hurt 
mything," insisted Freddie. 

And then Miss Norris had patiently explained 
;hat the trouble lay in the fact that so few could 
stop at one bottle. One bottle led to two; and 
:hen two called for three, she told the children, 
juccessfully overcoming Freddie's objection, 
rhen the bombshell of finality had exploded: 

"My Daddy does it! My Daddy takes maybe 
two bottles a year!" 

That settled it. Drinking could not possibly be 
Nrong — his daddy did it, said Freddie. 

The heart-breaking part of this story is that 
Freddie is not unique. He is just one of the 
jountless thousands of boys to whom Daddy's 
laily life is the pattern to live by, regardless of 
;he Bible or Sunday school teachers. 

Johnnie, another Primary lad, was tearfully 
confessing to his mother that he wanted to learn 
;o pray. "But I can't, Mommie ; I try to hear what 
Daddy says when he prays at the table, but he 
:alks so fast I can't get it." And if he could not 
pray like Daddy, there just was no use praying! 

And soon, teen-age Davie will announce to his 
nother: "Aw, I'm not going to Sunday school any 
more. Daddy doesn't go, and I'm gettin' big 
mough so I don't need to go, either." 

It is no wonder that God has delegated to the 
father the responsibility of acting as high priest 
for the home — of leading the family in the right 
ivay. Joshua decided for his family that "as for 
me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Many 
a father has decided that by his action, and has 

led a godly family to the house of the Lord, and 
into His service. On the contrary, many a man 
has, by his example, led his children away from 
the house of God, away from God and into the 
world, down the broad way that leads to destruc- 

Two Bible fathers, in glaring contrast, were 
Noah and Lot, with eight in each family, both 
living in wicked places. 

Noah built the ark at God's command, brought 
up his family in the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord, maintained a family altar, and was re- 
spected by his sons when the rest of the world 
scoffed at him. Every member of Noah's family 
was saved! 

Lot left God and went into Sodom to get gold, 
and lost every member of his family. To his chil- 
dren he was "as one that mocked," and even his 
wife had her heart so much back in Sodom that 
she looked back when they were fleeing from 
the burning city, and was turned into a pillar of 

Father, there are a lot of mistakes which can 
be corrected, but one mistake can never be made 
right : There is only one opportunity to mold the 
characters and lives of your children. When it is 
done, it is done. When the clay is hardened, it is 
then too late to start over and re-mold it. 

Sad and bitter was the cry of an aged father 
who was saved in a revival meeting: "Oh, if I 
only had not wasted my life and allowed my boys 
to grow up without God ! Now every one of them 
is unsaved and out in sin!" 

"Behold, now is the accepted time." If you will 
seek the help of Him who said, "All power is 
given unto me," and, "Lo I am with you alway," 
you can have boys and girls who will be proud 
when they say, "My Daddy does it!" 

Attend Church 


every Sunday of 

the year 






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A RECENT WEEK found the pastor and his family 
moving into the newly acquired parsonage. This 
modern and redecorated building was recently dedicated 
along with a new outside Bulletin Board. 

The new parsonage right next to the church has eight 
rooms. The living room stretches the length of the front 
of the house. Also downstairs is the dining room, kitchen, 
bathroom, a small closed in porch, and utility room. Up- 
stairs are two big bedrooms, one small bedroom, and 
another small room to be used as the study. A garage is 
attached to the house. 

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On the rear of the property is a cement block building 
After a few repairs have been made, this building wil 
be used for the youth meetings, and as a temporary hel] 
to the crowded Sunday School condition in the presen 
church building. In the meantime plans are being madi 
for a new Sunday School addition. 

This is a great step forward for the church here. I 
will be an advantage to the church and to the paste; 
and his family. We are looking forward to great thing 
for the Lord in 1959. 

For all Brethren concerned: 

Since his accident in October Simeon Stogsdill has imi 
proved remarkably. He has been home from the hospita 
now for some weeks. The skin grafting on his head ani 
back was successful. Simeon stands as a blazing ensig 
to the miraculous healing power of faith in God ani 
prayer in our modem age. 

Duane Shelly, Pastor. 

The Bulletin Board was a gift to the church in memory 
of the late Edwin McDonald who was a very active mem- 
ber of the church here. Rev. Phil Lersch delivered the 
dedicatory address. 

The Cerro Gordo Church and the 
recently acquired parsonage 

ANUARY 31, 1959 



(Continued from Page 2) 

"Increased interest is evident in both our Sunday 
Ichool and worship services." 

MEYERSDALE, PENNA. A note of correction is in 
rder relative to the arrival of Brother Guy F. Ludwig 
s pastor of the Meyersdale Church. The Editor's in- 
ormant was correct in that Brother Ludwig is going to 
leyersdale, but was incorrect on the date. Instead of 
anuary 1st, as previously announced in this column, 
brother Ludwig will make his transfer from the Pitts- 
urgh Church in March. Brother D. C. White will con- 
inue as Meyersdale pastor until then. We apologize to 
he parties concerned for passing on the incorrect in- 

CANTON, OHIO (TRINITY). Our sympathies and 
irayers for Brother Robert L. Keplinger, pastor of Trin- 
:y Brethren, his family, and Everett Keplinger, of 
)ayton, in the passing of Brother Keplinger's mother, 
Irs. Everett Keplinger, on January 3rd. Services were 
eld at Dayton, with burial at West Alexandria, Ohio. 
/lay the God of peace and eternal life, through Christ, 
ring comfort and assurance to sorrowing hearts. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. The Men's Gospel Team of 
Ashland College, was in charge of services the morning 
f January 18th. 

The Pleasant Hill B. Y. C. was in charge of the eve- 
ling service on the I8th, presenting a film. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Brother William S. Crick conducted 
Moments of Devotion" programs over WCLT, Monday 
hrough Wednesday, January 12th through 14th. 

NEW PARIS, INDIANA. Brother E. M. Riddle writes: 
Four were received into the fellowship of the First 
brethren Church of New Paris, on Sunday, January 
1th; three by baptism, and one by relation. 

"The new sanctuary is now being used. The work on 
he old church, preparing it for class rooms, will con- 

"The first of a series of 'Week of Prayer' services was 
>eld in our church the evening of January 11th. The 
lew church was crowded to the very last seat; between 
iO and 70 people were cared for in the old church. No 
late is set yet for the dedicatory service." 

Brother Riddle brought the message at the Tuesday 
ivening service of the Week of Prayer; the service be- 
ng held in the Methodist Church. 

LOREE, INDIANA. The Loree bulletin carries the 
lote to the effect that plans are in the making for a 
)uilding addition, 40 by 60 feet, to be erected north of 
he present edifice; and connected to the church by hall- 
vays. It will contain a full basement, plus class rooms on 
he main floor. Estimated cost is between $35,000 and 

lay meeting was held by the W. M. S. on January 15th, 
nth Mrs. G. B. Hanna reviewing the mission study book 
n the afternoon. Rev. Shields, of the Somerset Metho- 

dist Church, was the guest speaker at the morning prayer 

Brother G. B. Hanna notes they were in Sarasota, Flor- 
ida, over the holidays, and attended services in the Sar- 
asota Brethren Church on December 28th. 

Brother Hanna was the speaker at the Sunday eve- 
ning, January 4th, Week of Prayer service, held in the 
Wabash Methodist Church. 

ary Conference between the Oakville and Muncie 
Churches was held the week-end of January 17th and 
18th. W. Clayton Berkshire and Dale Long, of the Mis- 
sion office in Ashland, were in charge. The Sunday morn- 
ing service at Muncie was the W. M. S. public service, 
with Brother Berkshire as speaker. Brother Dale Long 
spoke at Oakville for that service. Other services were 
held at Oakville Saturday evening, and at Muncie, Sun- 
day evening. 

ulations to Rev. and Mrs. John Mills, of our Brighton 
Chapel Church, on the arrival of John Curtis Mills, on 
January 13th. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Statistics reported from 
the South Bend Church, comparing December 1958 with 
December 1957, shows a membership increase of 4%%, 
Sunday morning worship attendance increase of 13%, 
Evening worship attendance increase of 62%, and a 
Wednesday Prayer Meeting attendance increase of 200%. 
These figures were supplied by Miss Lillie Garwood, 
Secretary to the Pastor. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. The B. Y. C. Public service 
was held the evening of January 11th. Pictures of the 
1958 Anniversary Pageant were shown. 

WATERLOO-UDELL, IOWA. Brother A. T. Ronk, 
Waterloo Pastor, writes: "I will go to the Udell Church 
for a few sermons, baptism and communion services, 
January 22nd through the 25th. The Laymen will have 
charge of our services at home. This visit will be in my 
capacity as District Evangelist." 










2 Blocks 
619 Park Street 






Sisterhoods, Brotherhoods, Laymen's groups, 
W. M. S. groups, Youth groups — if you are col- 
lecting money, or planning for any project at 
Camp (Blank), Ohio, please tell us immediately 
of your plans by card, letter, or phone. We need 
to know how many of you are planning to help 
in a special way. 

Building plans are complete, and are in the 
hands of Ohio State Officials for approval. 

Check with your Sunday School Treasurer to 
see if your Sunday School answered the 1958 call 
for development funds. This call is to be made 
each year over a five year period, and is to be 
paid on the basis of $1.35 per Sunday School 
member. If this has been paid for 1958, see 
what plans are being made for 1959. Remember, 
you can pay ahead, if you want to do so. 

Drilling for gas on the camp site has now bet 
started as of January 20th, after unavoidable d 

Two week-end retreats at the camp have be( 
planned for college students under the directic 
of Phil Lersch, National Brethren Youth Dire 
tor. Since the house has been winterized, su( 
meetings are possible. If you are interested 
using the camp house for such a meeting, wri 
for details. 

Camp begins on July 19th, and will run f« 
four weeks. 

We need a name for Camp (Blank) , Ohio. Ke< 
thinking ! 

On above matters, write to: Charles Munso 
616 Park St., Ashland, Ohio. 



Florence Crumpacker 

As the snow falls, imperceptibly, Lightly, 
Covering the filth and muck of the city. 
So come the years, unnoticeably, surely, 
Covering the failures and faults of our lives. 

As the spring sun will melt the snow, deftly 
Exposing the dirt — and the gay crocuses. 
So in the end God removes the years, gently 
Exposing the bad — and the good things we've 

Two men were walking along a crowded sidewalk 
a downtown business area. Suddenly one of the men e 
claimed, "Listen to the lovely sound of that cricket 
But the other could not hear. He asked his compani( 
how he could detect the sound of a cricket amid t 
din of people and traffic. The first man, who was a zoc 
ogist, had trained himself to hear the marvelous voic 
of nature. But he didn't explain. He simply took a co 
from his pocket and dropped it to the sidewalk, wher 
upon a dozen people began to look about them. "V 
hear," he said, "what we listen for." 

Kermit L. Long in STREAMS OF 
HEALING compiled by Lester R. 
(Fleming H. Revell Company). 

LNUARY 31, 1959 


Bws Reports 


A 400-year-old book of Anabaptist writings formerly 
lavailable to scholars has been found among the Hut- 
irian Brethren of Western Canada and has been brought 
1 Goshen, Indiana, where it is being microfilmed by the 
:ennonite Historical Library. It contains about 1,250 
iges of letters and writings of some 40 early Anabap- 
st and Hutterian leaders. After being microfilmed the 
md-written 1566 volume will be returned to its owners 
I Manitoba. 

The book will be extremely valuable for Anabaptist 
'search. The term "Anabaptists" means "re-baptizers." 
; was given as a nickname to various Protestant groups 
I Europe in the 16th century who refused to admit that 
if ant baptism was valid; they baptized only believers, 
ne of the Anabaptist leaders was Jacob Hutter, who 
ved in Moravia and died in 1536. His followers, known 
3 Hutterites, are still following a form of Christian 
)mmunal living which he developed four centuries ago. 
hey now have about 100 colonies in the United States 
id Canada, with a total membership of nearly 10,000 


In an unprecedented archaeological "moratoriimi," the 
Igyptian Antiquities Department has suspended for the 
ext three to five years all excavations elsewhere to 
lobilize international scientific forces in ancient Nubia 
efore the area is flooded by storage waters of the pro- 
osed Aswnan High Dam. 

Though the $1,300,000,000 high dam is currently sty- 
lied by a political wrangle with Sudan and Ethiopia 
ver who gets how much Nile water, Egyptian engineers 
re confident the huge hydroelectric and irrigation project 
all be started "shortly." 

To archaeologists, that means the temples and ceme- 
eries of historic Nubia will be doomed to a watery grave 
fter withstanding time, tempest and tourism for cen- 
aries. The Nile River waters that will back up behind 
lie proposed 400-foot-high barrier 550 miles upstream 
rom Cairo will create the world's largest artificial lake, 
Imost three times the size of the one formed by Amer- 
;a's Boulder Dam. 

In the path of these storage waters as they turn back 
ito the upper Nile valley along the Egyptian-Sudanese 
rentier will be many of the monuments of the ancient 
'haraohs, with their unrevealed secrets of a civilization 
ating back to the dawn of history, 5,000 years ago. 

How to save them, or at least preserve this great 
mine of historical wealth, has become a burning issue in 
history-conscious Egypt. 

After an exhaustive study of possible preservation 
plans, the antiquities department declared the suspen- 
sion on all other excavations and rushed out invitations 
to archaeological societies around the world to join in 
saving at least some of the Nubian treasures. Archaeolo- 
gists in Italy, Poland, Germany and the Soviet Union 
already have answered the appeal. 

The department itself has given "urgent priority" to 
new Nubian excavations. Since it is impossible to remove 
all the great monuments, the Egyptian plans call for 
salvaging what can be moved and photographing the rest. 


In Los Angeles, California, a new kind of religious 
broadcasting endeavor became officially incorporated re- 
cently. Directed by the Eev. David V. Benson, the non- 
profit organization will be known as "Russia for Christ." 
Its purpose is to broadcast the Christian message to the 
people of Russia. Each week, five half-hour programs 
are now being broadcast via the Voice of Tangier into the 
heart of Russia. 

Sermons are painstakingly drafted by Benson, a Pres- 
byterian minister who has spent ten years studying the 
Russian language and culture. The messages are then 
expertly translated by a skilled Russian-born linguist. 
The translator carefully studies each sermon, using the 
best possible Russian phrasing and idiom to make them 
as perfect as possible. 

Enthusiastic participation in the "Russia for Christ" 
program is also being offered by a number of Russian 
evangelicals in the Los Angeles area, who sing and read 
scripture for the transcribed broadcasts. 

Already many letters have been received by the organ- 
ization from Moscow and as far north as Archangel, near 
the Arctic Circle. All confirm that the Russian people 
have radios and are listening, and that the program is 
not being jammed. The aim of "Russia for Christ" is to 
present the Gospel clearly, intelligently and concisely. 
Nothing of a political nature is mentioned on the pro- 


Accepting the challenge to meet the urgent need for 
missionary literature, students at the Moody Bible Insti- 
tute, Chicago, have pledged to raise $11,500 for mission- 
ary literature projects during the coming school year. 
This project, called "Operation Printed Page," is a joint 
venture with Moody Literature Mission which will match 
the students' giving dollar-for-doUar. These funds will 
be applied toward printing a French Bible dictionary in 
Switzerland and other special literature needs in Italy, 
Spain, Greece, Germany and North Africa. 

Last year the students at MBI raised more than $7,000 
to furnish "portable missionary" radio sets for the Far 

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Vmyer Wleeting 





Jesus, and shall it ever be, 
. . A mortal man ashamed of Thee ? 

Ashamed of Thee, whom angels praise, 
Whose glories shine through endless days! 

Ashamed of Jesus! that dear Friend 
On whom my hopes of Heaven depend? 
No; when I blush, be this my shame, 
That I no more revere His name. 

Ashamed of Jesus! yes, I may. 
When I've no guilt to wash away; 
No tear to wipe, no good to crave. 
No fears to quell, no soul to save. 

Till then — nor is my boasting vain— 
Till then, I boast a Saviour slain! 
And oh, may this my gloiy be. 
That Christ is not ashamed of me! 

— Joseph Grigg. 

men, so He said (Matt. 10:32, 33). However, there 
were some in His day who believed but made no con- 
fession (John 11:42). Such persons loved themselves more 
than they did the Son of God (John 11:43). It is not easy 
to confess Christ openly before all men (Matt. 26:31). 
Through a bitter test Peter found this to be true when 
he shamefully denied his Lord three times (Matt. 26:69- 
75), and this despite Christ's forewarning (26:33-35). Not 
only Peter, but all of the disciples, were offended because 
of Christ (26:31, 35). Peter discovered that it takes a 
lot of heeding to be true under trial (1 Cor. 10:11-13). 
What Peter lacked he later obtained (Luke 22:32). For 
on the day of Pentecost he boldly convicted the enemies 
of Christ (Acts 2:23, 36, 37). A ten day prayer meeting 
(Acts 1:12-14) is more conducive to holy boldness than 
following "afar off" (Matt. 26:58), and warming one's 
self by the enemy's fire (Mark 14:54). 

We are to gladly confess Christ with the "mouth" 
(Rom. 10:9, 10) "before men" (Luke 12:8, 9). A so-called 
"good life" without a verbal witness amounts to a denial 
(Psalm 107:2). Some are not only ashamed of Christ 
but also of His words (Mark 8:38). Of His life and works 
He said, "Blessed is he who shall not be offended in me" 
(Matt. 11:6). As soul winners we are to faithfully con- 
fess him before prospective converts in personal work 
(John 1:40, 41, 42). Continual confession is valued as an 
expression of our loving gratitude to Christ (Mark 5:18- 
20). The secret disciples, Joseph of Arimathaea and Nico- 
demus, by implication of the Scriptures (John 19:38, 39), 
made their confession of Christ when they took the body 
of Jesus, prepared it for burial, and laid it in Joseph's 
new tomb (Matt. 27:59, 60). Though this Joseph was 

"a good man, and a just," and had not consented to the 
condemnation of Christ (Luke 23:50, 51), the time came 
when he had to take a positive and bold stand (Mark 
15:43). He had to take a clear-cut position to separate 
himself from the enemies of Christ and the world (5 
Cor. 6:17). The light refuses to shine under a bushel 
(Matt. 5:15, 16). Our confession of Christ may mear 
suffering as well as acceptance with Him (2 Tim. 2:12) 
Confession means open allegiance with Christ and His 
Church and is the proof of a converted life (1 Cor. 12:3) 
The Christian confession is a sign of the indwelling Holj 
Spirit (1 John 4:2). Thus the Spirit led Peter to make 
the good confession of Christ as the Son of God (Matt 
16:16, 17). 

We confess Christ by accurate and loving obedience 
(Matt. 7:21). Water baptism is a confession of going al: 
of the way with Christ, turning from sin and putting or 
Christ (Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:27). Baptism shows that we 
are dead to sin as Christ died for sin, that our sinful 
past is buried, and that we arise to walk in newness ol 
life (Rom. 6:1-5). "If we have been planted together 
(buried, baptized) in the likeness of His death (Johr 
19:30), we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrec 
tion" (Rom. 6:5). Baptism is the desired rite of everj 
genuine convert (Acts 10:47. 48; 16:33; 8:26-39). Reac 
Acts 2:41. 

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Sunday School Suggestiom 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 

■ A A A A.<>_ 


GATED AS DOLLARS! Why is so much said abou' 
tithing income and so little about consecrating time? 

Although millions of citizens in our land are paid foj 
their time, so much an hour, no such value is placed or 
those "leisure" hours that belong to nobody but our 
selves. There are the hours where we improve time 
where we improve ourselves, and improve others to( 
when we have a spiritual ministry to them. 

If we follow the revealed will of God we will alwayi 
have time to do the work of the Lord. Many of us hav( 
learned that God can stretch dedicated dollars, but s( 
few of us have found He will also s-t-r-e-t-c-h dedicatee 

The time we spend in devotions is as well spent ai 
other periods when we study our lesson for the class 
for seed will not take root in unprepared soil, nor souls 
People who know why God has given them time, wil 
not begrudge the time they give back to Him. 

Time that is not dedicated is wasted time! This doei 
not mean that all waking moments must be devoted t< 
that which is altogether spiritual. One must have rec 
reation, and God is not opposed to rest and relaxation 
If some pastors would learn this they would livi 
longer and preach better. 

Has God given us time simply to make friends, to hok 
two jobs and make more money so we can pay mop 
taxes, to entertain and be entertained? , 

^NUARY 31, 1959 


Habits of prayer and study, of concentrated thought 
id consecrated meditation are difficult to form in this 
ilter-skelter world; but we will never develop into men 
id women of God, able to teach others who will in turn 
come dedicated, in any other way. 

We are not consecrated until we have consecrated our 
)ck as well as our purse. After all, having the time to 
I the Lord's work whether it be teaching or painting 
e parsonage is simply a matter of putting first things 
•st; it is just a matter of what we really want to do. 
:.ere is time to do everything that the Lord wants us 

If we do not give "spare" time to praying for that tow- 
aded wiggler in our class, who will? Who will pray 
r, and visit, that elderly, gray-haired member who is 
laring the Celestial City ? Such grand ministries are 
anted to those who have purposefully set aside the 
ne for it, and allow no lesser things to enter. "I am 
ing a great work, so that I cannot come down" — 
shemiah 6:3. 

Don't be ashamed of being clock-conscious. Unless we 
e time purposefully and prayerfully it will be lost for- 

— Reprinted from "Link" 




William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 8, 1959 


Lesson: Luke 20:27-38 

"JOHN BAILLIE relates how a man in his last illness 
ked his doctor what the future life would be like. Just 
en the physician heard his dog, which had followed 
n to the house, scratching on the door. So he told the 
m that his dog knew nothing of what was happening 
hind the door but merely wanted to be with his mas- 
r. 'Is it not the same with you?' he asked. 'You do not 
low what lies behind the door, but you know your Mas- 
r is there.' " 

"But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is 
irist not risen: . . . Your faith is vain; ye are yet in 
ur sins . . . But now is Christ risen from the dead, and 
come the firstfruits of them that slept" (I Cor. 15:13, 
, 20). 

The Sadducees, in an attempt to trap Jesus, asked a 
ly and involved question concerning the resurrection 
s. 28-33). According to Dr. Charles R. Erdman, the Sad- 
cees of Jesus' day "were the priestly and most power- 
1 party among the Jews. They denied the immortality 
the soul and believed neither in angels nor in spirits; 
sy represented the modem materialists." 
Josephus, the famous Jewish Historian of that period, 
ys the Sadducees denied the resurrection of the body, 
i immortality of the soul, and all retribution after 

If they did not believe there would be a resurrection, 
why did they ask Jesus this question relative to the 

"They hoped that Jesus would either deny the ortho- 
dox belief as to the resurrection or would make some 
statement which would contradict the Law of Moses in 
accordance with which the successive marriages were 
made. They implied that this accepted Law was in- 
consistent with the belief in a resurrection" (Erdman). 
In the answer which Jesus gave to these men we have 
a number of important doctrinal truths set forth. 

1. There will be a resurrection! Jesus did not even 
bother to refute their unbelief in this. He had made it 
clear, on another occasion, what He believed about this 

"Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming, in the 
which all that are in the grave shall hear His voice, 
and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto 
the resurrection of life; and they that have done 
evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5: 

2. Life in the resurrection day will be far different 
from this present life in that marriage will no longer 
exist. Glorified, resurrected men are "equal unto the 
angels," in two respects: no death, and no marriage. 
"The object of marriage," says F. Godet, "is to preserve 
the human species, to which otherwise death would soon 
put an end." 

3. Having put on incorruption and immortality, the 
righteous man in the resurrection will be a true son of 
God. In reality he will become a partaker of God's divine 

Then Jesus proved from the words of Moses, which the 
Sadducees accepted unreservedly, "that the dead are 
raised." God had made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, 
and Jacob while each lived. But even after they had died, 
God considered the covenant valid and in force. For these 
men, though physically dead, were nevertheless spirit- 
ually alive, and would one day be resurrected. 

"If He is truly our God and we are His people, the 

triumph of death is not real and permanent but will 

be ended by the glorious immortality of the body and 

of the soul" (Erdman). 

No, death is not the end! Thank Gad for this assur- 
ance ! 


We close our chapel prayer period in the Linner Chapel 
each night by asking all to be very still. A huge plate- 
glass window above the altar permits us to look out 
across the still lake to the spruce-spired hill beyond. As 
this period begins, I ask the children to form a mental 
image of Jesus. "Picture Him," I say, "as if He stood 
right there, as big as life, beckoning to you from over 
yonder on the hill." Again and again after this period 
they have come to me, saying, "Pastor, I really saw Jesus 
out there on the hill." I believe they truly did, for I 
know that I could not endure a single day without the 
reality of His promise, " . . . lo, I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world." 

Reuben K. Youngdahl in TURBULENT 
(Fleming H. Revell Company). 




(Continued from Page 13) 

Eastern Broadcasting Company in the Philippines. Pre- 
viously they furnished an operations base for the Mis- 
sionary Aviation Fellowship in Brazil and a dormitory 
for a Bible institute in British East Africa. 


In the United States, over a five year period the aver- 
age Protestant's contribution to his church has increased 
by 40 per cent according to the National Council of 
Churches' latest report on giving. Total contributions to 
52 Protestant denominations reached an all-time high of 
more than two billion dollars in 1957. This total, how- 
ever, is not as meaningful as the average contribution 
per church member, which rose last year to $63.27. That 
is an increase of 40 per cent over 1953. This percentage 
increase, however, cannot be attributed to inflation. The 
increase in giving is nearly eight times as high as the 
rise in the cost-of-living index. It is nearly four times 
as great as the rise in personal incomes over the same 
five year period. Mainly the increase is attributed to the 
response of church people to the "stewardship education 
programs" underway in nearly every major denomination. 

An ancient Christian concept, Stewardship means that 
each person is in effect a "stewai'd" or trustee of what- 
ever material wealth God has given him the ability to 
acquire. Rather than having a "right" to spend his money 
according to whims and fancies, the steward feels obli- 
gated to use it as he believes God would have it used. 

Some churches leave it up to the individual's con- 
science to apply this principle. But a growing number 
now recommend the Biblical standard of tithing — giving 
10 per cent of the family income to church and charity 
— as a sort of minimum yardstick for stewardship. 


As many as 100 letters a day are received from Ger- 
mans living in Siberia, according to Bishop Theodor 
Meckel of Munich, director of Evangelisches Hilfswerk 
for Internees and Prisoners of War. In a recent address 
to Germany's 45 full-time army chaplains. Bishop Heckel 
spoke of the strong religious attachment and love of 
country which the exiles' letters indicate. "God looks 
into our need, and everything is changed," he quoted 
one of the letters as saying. Another, written by a child, 
said: "Mum got a parcel today. She had us come, then 
opened it, tears in her eyes. We all cried as it was opened. 
It contained three kinds of cloth and a pair of stockings. 
Mum gave the stockings to me. If God doesn't want us 
to be reunited, they shall be a souvenir for life." 

Postal services to Siberia function perfectly, it was 
reported, allowing for such gift parcels to be sent and 
for letters to be received. Despite the separation, which 
for some has been for as many as 40 years of war and 

illness. Bishop Heckel believes that the Germans ha 
been able to endure, in part due to their pietistic hei 
tage. Included in the group are a large number of Lut 
erans and Baptists, as well as some Mennonites. 

Although Germans in Siberia are no longer listed 
Soviet statistics. Bishop Heckel reports that due to rece 
Russo-German negotiations, many of them may so; 
have a' chance to return to Germany. He adds that the 
homecoming and re-integration will pose some peculiar! 
difficult problems. i 


The Mohammedan Mission to Scandinavia plans 
erect a mosque in Norway's capital city of Oslo, it w 
announced last November. The temple would serve as 
center for Moslems in the northern countries of Euro] 
Earlier plans had called for its construction in Stoc 
holm, but it was switched to Norway for reasons 
currency exchange. 

Moslem missions in the Scandinavian lands have be 
"most encouraging," reported Kamal Yousuf of Pakistj' 
missionary of the Ahmadiyya Movement. He said sev 
Swedes and one Norwegian had been converted to IsIe 
in two years. 

Norway's Christian newspaper Vart Land express 
dismay over the Moslem invasion. Christian people shoi 
not be satisfied with protests, but should take up t 
challenge with "the pure weapons of the Spirit,'" t 
paper urged. Moslems weren't likely to make much hej 
way in Lutheran Scandinavia, the paper said, "but 
the other hand one must be careful of prophesying ar 
thing. The religiously different masses may be stiri 
and then will constitute a sadly great mission field 
so-called Christian Europe." 


French archaeologists, digging near Jerusalem, hai 
discovered treasures of cave dwellers who lived ne 
Beersheba 5,000 years ago. The objects, sacred bowls 
blue basalt and figures in ivory of men and women, s 
among the most valuable yet uncovered near this ancle 
crossroads. They may shed light on the shadowy peo| 
who dwelt in subterranean caves 2,000 years bef< 
the age of the patriarchs. 

The Book of Genesis mentions the Horites (or caH 
dwellers) who lived "beside the wilderness" and w(! 
smitten by the King of Elam. Just south of BeersheV 
archaeologists already have found several chalcolit 
cave dwellings which may have been of the Horites, a 
which contained jewelry, vessels and carved figures. I 
new find in the same area contains some of the fin' 
figures yet brought to light. For the first time a laiji 
number of them were found together. i 

In a small well under one of the caves, diggers foii|l 
a strongbox filled with ivory figures about 10 inclji 
high, boxes, and an ancient scythe. Despite their grjt 

.NUARY 31, 1959 


e, the figures were clearly detailed — the work of a 
illed artisan. 

The objects appeared to have been owned by a wealthy 
ve-dweller who hid them in the wall and pulled them 
t only on special occasions. The vessels probably were 
ed in worship. The figures, which were evidently fer- 
ity symbols, may have been used at weddings and at 
aes of planting or harvesting. 

The Tel Aviv newspaper Maariv says the new finds 
ove that the ivory carvers of the wilderness of 5,000 
ars ago surpassed even the Egyptians of that period. 


Pastors of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod have 
eralized their traditional stand that social dancing 

immoral. The St. Louis Lutheran Pastoral Confer- 
ee last week adopted a statement declaring that such 
ncing is permissible for young Lutherans "if properly 

The conference, representing about 80 Lutheran con- 
egations in the St. Louis area, put limits on times and 
ices whei'e social dancing is permissible. It frowned 

dancing in parish houses but said that dancing in 
lools and private homes, if approved by parents, is not 
jectionable. The statement said that social dancing 
ould not be allowed under conditions "which provide 
sy opportunity for engaging in immoral acts" and 
ged that each congregation face the question openly 
d frankly. 

ther Late News 

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — During the past year the Luth- 
an Hour gospel broadcast has been sent to 11 new 
ids in five new languages. These include Thailand, To- 
land, Nigeria and several other African countries. Al- 
a^ether the Lutheran Hour is released by 1,044 radio 
itions around the world. It is broadcast in 68 countries 
,d in 59 languages, at a cost of $1,545,000 annually. 

WASHINGTON — Postal officials expressed concern 
er the number of obscene and indecent Christmas cards 
ing sent through the United States mails. The cards 
jre described as "extoling drunkenness and sexual li- 
nse" as a means of celebrating the Christmas holiday, 
;d "otherwise mocking the observance." It is illegal to 
lil such cards, but when they are mailed first class the 
)st Office is powerless to open the envelopes for inspec- 
in. Publishers and vendors have been avoiding persecu- 
in by transporting the cards to dealers by means other 
an the mails. 

NEW YORK— If it were possible to add 129,600 people 
the Church every 24 hours, there still would be as 
my unchurched people in the world as ever. The latest 
timate from the United Nations tells us there is a net 
in of 129,600 in the world population during every 24- 
ur period. 

WASHINGTON— The Methodist Board of Temperance 
irked the 25th anniversary of repeal of the prohibition 
[lendment by publishing a 20-page boooklet entitled. 

"Here We Stand ..." It compiles for the first time the 
official statements of 18 major Protestant denominations 
condemning alcoholism and urging that alcoholic bever- 
age advertising be curbed. At the same time the board 
announced that there are now 437,933 places where beer 
or liquor is sold in the U. S., compared to only 306,893 
places of worship. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Christian Stewardship programs 
using dinners, car washes, and other commercial schemes 
were opposed by the Luther League of America's execu- 
tive committee at its annual meeting The youth organiza- 
tion, an auxiliary of the United Lutheran Church, unani- 
mously adopted a statement declaring that commercialism 
"has no place" in any Christian program to raise funds 
for churches. 

PHILADELPHIA— Dr. Luther A. Weigle, dean em- 
eritus of Yale Divinity School, testified before three fed- 
eral judges hearing an injunction suit over the practice 
of reading the Bible and repeating the Lord's Prayer in 
public schools. The suit was brought by Unitarian par- 
ents who contend the practice is unconstitutional. Dr. 
Weigle defended the practice, saying that in addition to 
helping to perpetuate high ideals that have become a 
part of the American way of life. Scripture reading has 
educational value in that it relates to "the experience of 
people who discovered the nature of God." The 78-year- 
old Bible scholar said there is "nothing sectarian" in the 
Lord's Prayer. "Everything in the prayer has parallels 
in the Jewish Scriptures," he said. 

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Eighty-four percent of Minne- 
sota's public school systems participate with local 
churches in weekday religious education programs, ac- 
cording to a recent survey. Nearly all of these programs 
are conducted on a released-time basis, one hour a week. 
The survey also revealed that distribution of Gideon 
Bibles is allowed in 42 per cent of the state's school sys- 
tems, and 74 per cent of the systems permit school ob- 
servances of religious holidays such as Christmas and 


On the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia the famous 
scupltor Gutzon Borglum carved out a great Confederate 
Memorial. It is cut into an eight-hundi-ed-foot wall of 
granite, and in order to start his work Borglum needed 
to throw on the face of that rock the outline of the 
figures of the marching men of the Confederate army. 
He tried one experiment after another, with no success. 
Then he constructed an enormous projection machine 
that weighed a ton. He anchored it eight hundred feet 
from the mountain, and from a slide three inches high 
threw on the rock a clear picture two hundred feet 
high. No other machine like this has ever been made; 
with it the stone-cutters had a scale and a plan . . . 

It is a parable of the church at work in the world. 
The piercing flame of the Spirit sends through the church 
a pattern of the Kingdom of God on the hard, granite 
face of the world. 

Frank S. Mead in TARBELL'S 
(Fleming H. Revell Company). 




Phii Lerseh, Youth Director 

PIC of the WEEK 


Jerry Flora leads singing at a previous BRETH- 
REN COLLEGE DAYS' gathering in the Student 
Union. Good times, such as this, are only a part of 
the B. C. D. activities. Read on! 


The 3rd Annual BRETHREN COLLEGE DAYS will 
be held at Ashland College on February 20, 21, 22, 1959. 
This year, as before, high school juniors and seniors are 
being invited from our Churches to visit the campus for 
the weekend. 

The three-day program is being arranged to provide 
Christian fellowship, fun, and a close look at the oppor- 
tunities for Brethren young people here at their school. 
Here are some of the special events: 

Friday morning and afternoon — Visit college classes in 

Friday evening — Progressive Party. See the Music De- 
partment, Seminary Building, and Little Theater. 

Saturday morning — a tour of the campus and visits 
with college officials about entrance requirements, costs, 
and courses of study available. 

Saturday afternoon — a session with department heads 
and recreation in the gymnasium. 

Saturday evening — Brethren Youth Banquet and Ash- 
land College-Defiance Basketball game. 

Sunday morning — Church services at Park Street 
Brethren Church. 

Housing and breakfasts will be arranged without 
charge. Consequently, our guests' only expenses will be 
their other meals and transportation. The local church 
can help here. 

Pastors and some high school students, whose names 
and addresses the college has, have received letters of 
information about B. C. D. Will you come? Will you 
help someone else to? 


Saturday, February 28 Berlin Brethren Churcl 

THEME: "Launching Out" 

Time: 1:30 

Banquet : In the evening 

Goal Number Eight 

TWO TIMES A YEAR (Include pictures if possible). 

We can only grow in ideas when we are willing t 
share our ideas with others and accept the ideas thef 
are willing to share with us. This is best possible i 
Brethren Youth work when each local B. Y. C. meet 

The received reports are published in the BRETHREI 
YOUTH MAGAZINE and on Page 18 in The Brethre 
Evangelist. This pooling of ideas from East and Wes 
about programs, projects, parties, and special feature 
should give everyone who reads about them new insight 
into what can be done to keep the B. Y. C. active. 

Don't be selfish with the good times you have had an. 
the things for Jesus Christ that you have done. Send i 
a report. And then read what other Brethren Youth ai 
doing. You're not in this work alone. There are counties 
others across the country active in the Brethren Yout 
programs. Read and learn. It will be a source of strengt 
and unity for us all. 


NINETY-FIVE snow blown ralliers plowed to Mam 
field on January 18th for a well-prepared B. Y. RALL"! 
A few highlights were Rev. William Allen, speaker; fir 
banquet of creamed chicken; and the film, "Goir 
Steady." Ten young people rededicated their lives to tJ 
Lord after Rev. Allen's message. 

The following officers were elected and will be instalh 
at the April Rally, at which time the District Speech coi 
test will be held. 

President — Bradley Weidenhamer (Ashland) 
Vice-Pres. — Paul Steiner ( Smith ville) i 

Secretary — Ann Miller (Smithville) 
Asst. Sec. — Marjorie Van Horn (Louisville) 
Treasurer — Mike Drushal (Smithville) 
Asst. Treas. — Daren Sheets (Louisville) 
Advisors — Rev. Don Rowser (Smithville) 
Rev. John Terrell (Mansfield) 


NEW LEBANON, OHIO— February 5, 6 (Thursday 


(Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 
NEW PARIS, INDIANA— March 8, 9 (Sunday & Mo 

WATERLOO, IOWA— March 11, 12 (Wednesday 


& Monday) 

JANUARY 31, 1959 



omen s (t^orner \ 

By Edwin Raymond Anderson 




by Helen Jordan 


A PARTY talked with Mrs. Thomas A. Edison about 
her husband's view of the after-life. The famous 
inventor believed profoundly that the soul is an actual 
Bntity that leaves the body at death. 

When Edison was close to the moment of death, his 
physician saw that he was attempting to say something. 
He bent over him and distinctly heard the dying man 
say, "It is very beautiful over there." 

The obsei-ved experience of men and women as they 
pass into the so-called valley of the shadow indicates 
;hat on the other side there is both life and beauty. In 
3t. John 14:2, 3, we read, "In my Father's house are many 
mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go 
bo prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a 
place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto 
nyself, that where I am there ye may be also." 

It is a marvelous feeling to know we will see our loved 
)nes again. 

Clearly, God's answer to death is life. In fact, the Bible 
jeaches a faith based on life, not death. It tells us that 
ivhat appears to be death only seems so, that the real 
'act is life eternal. 

Mrs. Harold Lynch, 

Warsaw, Indiana. 

KEPLINGER. Mrs. Everett (Charma) Keplinger, 320 
iVitherby Drive, Dayton 29, Ohio, died suddenly, Satur- 
iay evening, January 3rd. Survivors include her husband, 
Everett, a son, Rev. Robert L. Keplinger, pastor of the 
Frinity Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio, and one grand- 
son; also by one sister and three brothers. Services con- 
iucted by Rev. Richard Miller, pastor of the Prince of 
Peace Church, Kettering. Burial, Sugar Grove Cemetery, 
West Alexandria, Ohio. 


THE ROAD FROM ALASKA to Washington has long 
been paved with the increased intention of adding the 
49th to the high field of "Old Glory," but just as quickly 
someone or something has driven across from the politi- 
cal sidelines to send star-studded hope o'er the disap- 
pointing precipice. But just as quickly the pieces are 
picked up and put together, and now at last! at last! 

Investigation and research has uncovered bursting de- 
posits of wealth "just crying" for the release into value 
and production and industry. Oils, minerals, timber, low- 
cost elective power have marked Alaska as a market with 
a world of meaning. As the anchor of the far-north de- 
fense line, as a vital bridge to Asia, as a significant 
doorway at the northwestern frontier of Canada . . . well, 
it all adds up to tremendous total! 

As Alaska becomes personally linked with the other 
States, there will be development of large significance 
and magnitude. Let that sentence stand by itself as a 
sinking into the thoughts, in order that spiritual appli- 
cation may be more closely realized. 

"Personally linked" ... no man can ever "operate" at 
his best, nor employ his possibilities and capabilities 
to full measure unless and until there is that personal 
linkage with the Lord of life. In final count, underscored 
by all the bitterness of hard personal experience, life 
without the Lord Jesus Christ is really not life after 
all, for life at high-level, new-hope, top-peak comes along 
from Himself (John 17:3). A mirage rather than a mir- 
acle; a groping rather than grounding; a nagging sense 
of something wrong, off-center, out-of -focus — such verily 
is "lifeless" living ne'er closed in tight with delivering 

The best of all comes to a man, a woman, a boy, a 
girl, when by faith, there is the personal entrance into 
the precious experience, "for to me to live is Christ" 
(Philippians 1:21) rejoicing in, "the life which I now live 
in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God Who 
loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). 
Better than State-Hood — here is "Son-hood" in all of the 
glory of the grace of God Himself.— (Copr. ERA, 1958) 



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SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Four new members were re- 
ceived into the fellowship of the Church on December 21st. 

OAK HILL, W. VA. Morning Worship Services of the 
Oak Hill Church are scheduled to be broadcast over 
WOAY during the month of March. 

Brother Robert Madoski notes that there was a total 
of sixteen received into the Church during 1958, four- 
teen of these were by baptism, and two by letter. He 
notes also that there were eleven who rededicated their 
lives to Christ during the year. 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. The Sisterhood study 
book, "The Moffat," was scheduled to be reviewed by 
Mrs. Carl Stouffer at the Sisterhood public service the 
evening of February 1st. 


Evangelistic Services — Mar. 2-15 — Rev. Virgil Ingraham, 
Evangelist; Rev. Henry Bates, Pastor. 


evening messages on January 25th were brought 
Deacon Hays Stahl. 

Brother Harold Barnett indicates that he has resig 
the pastorate of the Second Brethren Church, in ordei 
accept the call to the pastorate of the Lost Creek, K 
tucky, Brethren Church. Brother Barnett, a native 
Lost Creek, will succeed the late Rev. George E. Drua 
pioneer missionary to the Kentucky field. Tho chang( 
scheduled to take place the latter part of August. 

Missionary Conference, with Missionary Glenr Shank, 
speaker, is scheduled for this week-end, February 6, 7 
in the Pleasant View Church. 

terly Rally of the Northeastern Ohio Laymen's Organ; 
tion was held in the Garber Memorial Church on one of 
"worst weather nights" of the winter, January 20th. A 
result the attendance was down a little. Following a 
licious supper served by the ladies of the Church, a t 
iness session was held. The film, "Martin Luther," ^ 
shown as the program of the evening. 

February 14th and 15th, a Men's Gospel Team from A 
land College is scheduled to conduct services ir. the M 
cie and Oakville Brethren Churches. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Revival Meetings— Mar. 8-15— 
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The principal speaker will be L. Ernest Otter, 
of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky. The 
music will be in Charge of Mr. and Mrs. Derel 
Owens, of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. 

Free board and room will be given guests liv- 
ing at a distance, if they inform us ahead of 
time of their coming. 

Mrs. G. E. Drushal. 


^ the annual appeal of the Brethren's Ho 
and Benevolent Board for funds with which 
operate through the coming year. We dare i 
break faith with those who have served us w 
— lOur retired ministers, their wives or wido) 
and other faithful servants of the Church 
years past. The need is veiy great this ye 
Through prayer and liberal giving on the part 
all Brethren, the need will be met. Read ca 
fully, pages eight through sixteen, pray mui 
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'7 Sfia/l Hot ©ie, ISwf Live' 

PHE CLOSING SONG of the Jewish Passover 
L observance, the 118th Psalm, gave to the peo- 
e of God a note of eternal triumph. It is no 
ss true for us today — "I shall not die, but live." 
^s. 17). This is in direct contrast to the state- 
lent of God to Adam and Eve in the Garden of 
den, when He told them that they could eat of 
ly tree in the Garden of Eden except the tree 
: the knowledge of good and evil. He told them 
lat in the day they would eat of it, they would 
irely die. At the moment they were living phys- 
ally and spiritually. Thus the condemnation 
as for both physical and spiritual death. 

Well, we know what happened. They ate, and 
[ so doing, sinned. They disobeyed God and 
•ansgressed His Law. Vividly is pictured their 
ijection from Paradise. For thousands of years 
le human race has walked in sin, pain, sorrow, 
id death. For thousands of years, human souls 
ave been going the dark journey to eternal 
ell, and torment. For them, eternal torment, 
/entually in the Lake of Fire, is the end result 
I their spiritual death. Anyone inclined to doubt 
lis should avail themselves of the same source 
I information which tells of eternal joy in 
eaven for the righteous — the Bible. Read Reve- 
-tion 20:11-15. 

How is it, then, that there could be a psalmist, 
ke David, who could rise up and compose the 
ords, "I shall not die, but live."? Did he have 
)mething special? Was he immune to the sins 
hich beset others of the human race? Not at 
!1, for we know that as a sinner, David was no 
3tter than his fellowman. What then, happened 
etween the ejection of Adam and Eve from the 
arden of Eden, and the joyous song of David 
t the Passover? When our first parents sinned, 
od invoked His Law, and said that they must 
ie for their sin. Then He at once offered the 
edeemer, the One through whom they could be 
ived — even His only begotten Son. By faith, 
len, in the coming Redeemer, and by obedience 
I sacrifices and righteousness, Adam and Eve, 
lus a great host of others through the centur- 

ies, were able to be freed from the curse of eter- 
nal death. 

Yes, these are words of triumph, sealed for us 
when Christ, the Son of God, died upon the cross 
of Calvary. No wonder then that this psalm of 
praise opens with admonitions for all people to 
give thanks unto the Lord — for His mercy en- 
dureth forever. That we shall not die, but shall 
live eternally because of our faith in Jesus Christ, 
is an established fact. Believers in Christ can lay 
hold of all the precious promises in His Holy 
Word relative to forgiveness from sin and the 
hope of everlasting life. 

Yet, that is not all. We are redeemed for a 
purpose — let's not miss the fact that "Faith 
without works, is dead." The Psalmist says, "I 
shall not die, but live, and declare the works of 
the Lord." Our purpose after being redeemed 
from sin, is to declare the works of the Lord. 
We do this in word, deed and service. As we older 
grow, as the flesh takes its toll on mind and body, 
let us be thankful that death does not end all for 
the Christian, but that it is but the gateway into 
eternal fellowship with God. 

At this Pre-Easter season, in looking forward 
to the joyous triumph of resurrection, let us 
meditate upon the deeper meaning of the words, 
"I shall not die, but live, and declare the works 
of the Lord." W. S. B. 


Our life is like the dial of a clock. The hands 
are God's hands, passing over and over again. 
The short hand, the hand of discipline; the long 
hand, the hand of mercy. Slowly and surely the 
hand of discipline must pass, and God speaks at 
each stroke. But over and over passes the hand 
of mercy, showering down twelvefold of blessings 
for each stroke of discipline and trial; and both 
hands are fastened to one secure pivot, the gi*eat, 
unchanging heart of a God of love. — Southern 





Exodus 34:1-3 

PjAILY devotions are very important in the 
■L-' life of a Christian. It is important that the 
Christian find time each day to speak with the 
Lord. One of the scriptures that I like gives in- 
structions for meeting God. This passage is 
found in Exodus 34:1-3. In these few verses God 
is giving instructions to Moses, instructions 
which could be used today. Let's look at them. 

In the second verse God says, "be ready." I 
think that it is significant that God should tell 
Moses to be ready. Surely, many of us today 
could heed these words. How often do we call on 
God without taking the time to get ready? Isn't 
it strange that we Christians expect so much 
of God? Without taking time to prepare, we 
simply put our petitions before God and expect 
Him to answer us. If we were to meet and talk 
with the President of the United States or some 
king, we would do some preparing in advance. 
We would be concerned with our appearance, our 
clothing, our manners. We would be nervous and 
try to watch our every word. Yet we dare to call 
on God at any time without taking the time to 

Rev. Alvin H. Grumbling 

It is true that God is not concerned with ou 
appearance or our clothing. God is concerne 
with what is inside — our heart and mind. Bi 
did you ever stop to think that the heart an 
mind might need some preparing? In our churc 
services, we usually sing a hymn or read som 
scripture before we pray. Now just as the hym 
or scripture prepares us for prayer, we ought t 
prepare ourselves daily before calling on God, ] 
is true also that there are times when we mus 
call on God "on the run." And as Jeremiah an 
others called to God in hurried situations, we to| 
can know that God will hear us. But is this a 
excuse to call on Him day after day in a hurr 
and without preparing? How much sweete* 
would be our communion with God, if we too 
the time to first clear our minds of othe 
thoughts. Then if we began to count our blef 
sings, and tried to realize how much He has don 
for us, we would be in a better frame of mind t 
call on Him and praise His name. 

Next God told Moses to be ready "in th 
morning." When Moses went to meet God, h 
had an appointed time to do so. Do we today ca 
on God at an appointed time, or just any tim 
that it happens to suit us? One of the values o 
daily devotions is to have a set time to spea 
with God. Each day at that set time we can loo' 
forward to being with Him. At the appoints 
time we can put our praise and petitions befor 
Him. And soon it becomes a regular habit to b 

FEBRUARY 7, 1959 


dth God at the set time. It should be that we 
ook forward to that time of being with God each 


Moses was called to be with God in the morn- 
ng. Many Christians can think of nothing better 
han to take time early in the morning to be 
vith God in devotions. Others find a more suit- 
ible time elsewhere in the day's schedule. Per- 
;onally, I feel that the time of day is not as im- 
)ortant as it is to make sure there is a time. The 
ime can usually be fitted into our schedule of 
ivents. In fact, our life dare not become so 
;rowded that there is no time for God. Whether 
t be morning, noon or night, we should have a 
ime set in which we call on God through our 
[aily devotions. 

Third, God told Moses to come up onto Mount 
)inai. He says even to the "top of the mount." 
lere is the importance of being alone with God. 
fou will notice that no one was to come with 
lim, and no one was to be seen throughout the 
nount. Moses was to be alone with God. Prob- 
ibly it would be nice if we could climb to the top 
if a mountain every day for our meditation. In 
he top of the mountain we would be alone and 
ibove the noises of the world. There we would 
>e close to God and alone with Him. But the fact 
s that few of us could find a mountain to climb 
ach day. However, we read in Matthew 6 where 
Christ says that when we pray we are to go into 
L closet. Then, when the door is shut, and we are 
ilone with God, we are to pray. The point is to 
)e alone with God. 

Being alone with God does not exclude any 
►ther types of prayer. The Bible gives promises 
or two or three praying together. Prayer in our 
worship services is very essential. And the prayer 
neeting, although forgotten by many Christians, 
s still a powerful force for God. Indeed, it is 
:ood to pray together. But prayer must come 
rom within our heart, and by being alone with 
•rod each day we can learn much about the se- 
rets and power of prayer. 

Finally, Moses is told to present himself there 
)efore God. Do we simply call on God expecting 
lim to give us things like some Santa Claus, or 
lo we present ourselves to Him in order that we 
night have communion? We are told that in 
klount Sinai Moses and God talked together, 
ntiey had fellowship and communion. However, 
nany times we call on God and never give Him 
t chance to talk with us. It should be our prac- 
ice each day to present ourselves to God. Take 

time to listen. Give yourself anew to Him and 
His work. 

Thus, here are instructions for meeting God. 
They were given to Moses, but we can profit by 
them also. In fact, if we followed them our fel- 
lowship with God would be much sweeter. Take 
the time to get ready. Have a set time for your 
devotions. Take the time to be alone with God. 
And present yourself to Him each day. Our daily 
devotions should be such that we look forward 
to being with God each day. 

Stockton, California. 

By Edwin Raymond Anderson 


AN AUTOMOBILE can be "all things more" than a 
vehicle for transportation; it can also serve, after a 
fashion, as a vehicle for the travel of spiritual truth. 

Such might be indicated by a recent remark of the re- 
nowned automotive genius, Charles F. Kettering: "If we 
drove an automobile like we try to inin the world, we 
would have the steering wheel looking out the back win- 
dow to see where we came fi"om. The only thing that is 
important is where you are going." 

The lines of an old gospel reminder come in at this 
junction: "where will you spend eternity?" Here now is 
a question to clear-cut across all lines of living! Many 
a man behind the wheel of his car has the knowledge of a 
clear course and an acknowledged destination, and sets 
himself accordingly . . . but the soul within is lost on a 
crazy-course, driving blind because of the gathered dust 
of sin, not knowing aught of whither-bound. And the 
same man will lovingly care for his car, but brutally 
slight the sighings of his eternal soul which has the far 
more decisive destiny. 

Much is made of progress these days, and that which 
cannot be pictured as progress is pushed out of the pic- 
ture and pathway. The material world will prepare and 
spend itself for the turnings of tomorrow, employing 
every manner of expert to act as positive prophet. "The 
children of this world are in their generation wiser . . ." 
(Luke 16:8); he who looks not at tomorrow, will not 
launch out today and such a tomorrow will be a tragedy. 

And yet, why should men not be as "punctuated by 
progress" where things of eternal import are concerned, 
making adequate provision for the day when time shall 
be no more, and the soul shall have shuffled off the body 
to fit the farther realm ? "The only thing that is impor- 
tant is where you are going," is the remark that must 
reach into the spiritual vitals and lick up the measure 
of repentance-response. 

"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this 
. . . " (Hebrews 9:27); alas! that this comes as after- 
thought for too many. A sense of true value would in- 
dicate that eternity must find "thinking place" on the 
personal appointment pad; "date with destiny" indeed! 
(Copr. ERA, 1958) 




530 College Ave., Ashland. Ohio. Phone 395S2 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Secy. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistant 



From Rosario we travelled quite a few miles by high- 
way, then by ferryboat across two waterways to arrive 
at our church in Victoria. In spite of an early morning 
start we arrived, covered with the dust of travel and 
quite weary, a few minutes late for the evening service, 
which had begun at 8:30 P. M. We immediately entered 
into the service, Rob playing his accordion and leading 
the singing, I preaching the message in English through 
him as my interpreter. Rob usually sang a solo at most 
of the services, and his wonderful voice added much to 
the inspiration of the program. I especially enjoyed 
hearing him sing, "How Great Thou Art," in Spanish, and 
teaching the chorus to the people. 

The church was full for each of the two evening ser- 
vices that we held, and some children listened in at the 
windows. There were at least 70 at the Sunday evening 
service at which time 12 made public confessions of faith 
in the Lord. We were quite thrilled with the response — 
I particularly, since this was my first opportunity to 
share in the ministry of harvesting souls in Argentina. 
Others had planted, and we had the privilege of join- 
ing in the reaping of the harvest. 

Nine of those who came forward were adults past mid- 
dle age. We praise God for this rich experience. We re- 
alize that the results came because of the faithful min- 
istry of Brother Ponce and his wife who sei-ve our 
church here in Victoria. In spite of the fact that he 
works at another job full time to support his family, he 
still finds a lot of time to make the necessary calls to 
build up the work in that area and to reach the unsaved. 
We praise God for the faithful workers we do have and 
pray that we may soon have others to help in this mar- 
velous and needy ministry. We also held a Lord's Supper 
in this church, my first communion service with our 
Spanish brethren. It was a great privilege and blessing 
for me. 

From here we travelled north to our church in Cor- 
doba. Pastor Hector Labanca and wife gave us a warm 
welcome and had planned a pleasant get-together after 
the first evening service at which we became acquainted 
with the members there. We enjoyed a fine fellowship 
here in this church. We also enjoyed talking with Mrs. 
Eleanor (Yoder) Romanenghi and her doctor son, Nor- 
man, who is Jan's age. Mrs. Romanenghi went to college 
at Ashland and had as one of her professors Jeannette's 
father, the late Professor A. L. DeLozier, Professor of 

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Romance Languages from 1920 to 1940. Of course many 
of you know her as the daughter of our faithful, pioneer 
missionary to Argentina, the late Dr. Charles F. Yoder. 

While in Cordoba we enjoyed a trip to the mountains 
near by to visit our camp site and to talk over details 
of our coming camping program the last two weeks in 
January. The mountains of Cordoba are rugged and beau- 
tiful, and our camp site there has great possibilities. 
With the two new cabins, the large house, and some 
tents, we shall be able to accommodate about 60 youth 
this year. I must soon get back to the preparing in Spanish 
of thirteen 40-minutes Bible lectures on the book of 
Romans to be given at the camp. It is a tremendous un- 
dertaking, but a wonderful opportunity and a good way 
to learn the language. Please pi'ay for our camp. 

From Cordoba we travelled south to our church at 
Colon where we had a fine fellowship with the Brethren, 
but only one service. Rob, who has been under the care 
of a physician for amoebas, had been having quite a bit 
of discomfort during most of the trip; therefore I in- 
sisted that we head back to Buenos Aires and to his doc- 
tor. His dedication to his ministry here has caused him 
to ignore his own needs for the cause of Christ and the 
needs of others. He consented, and we left. This was the 
last scheduled stop anyway, and the people were quite 
understanding. Pastor Rivera remained to take charge of 
the second scheduled meeting, as we began the long jour- 

HAVE you been following our series of questions 
and answers about the new long-range PROGRAM 
FOR PROGRESS? If not, start this week and re- 
solve to become an informed Brethren by reading 
the missionary page of your Evangelist every week. 

WANTED: More inquiries about the R. H. M. Re- 
volving Fund. An eight-page booklet entitled "Ques- 
tions and Answers about ..." will be sent to any- 
one, without obligation, by simply mailing a card 
to Dale J. Long, Associate Secretary, Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio. Don't put off until tomorrow, what 
you can do today; send for your booklet today. 

EBRUARY 7, 1959 


2y back to the capital city. We arrived safely; and Rob, 
fter receiving some medical treatment from his doctor, 
IS yielded to the doctor's orders and is taking a much- 
jeded vacation from his work. Pray for his health. 
So ended my first trip — my first missionary journey 
I the Brethren churches scattered throughout the Re- 
iiblic of Argentina, north of Buenos Aires. The trip 
as. quite inspiring, and I am impressed with the work, 
ith the workers we have and with the possibilities for 
le future. They are unlimited, and only the shortage of 
borers and/or the shortage of funds will prevent us 
■om taking advantage of the great opportunites that 
od has given us here in Argentina. 
Some important prayer reminders: 

1. For more workers from the States and from here 
I join our ranks that are yet too small to fulfill the 

2. For wisdom to know the will of the Lord and ex- 
;tly where and how He would have each of us use our 
lents and time to the best advantage; 

3. For a greater mission vision on the part of all 
rethren, including your missionaries; 

4. For the Lord's blessing upon our pastors here and 
)0n the Mission Board at home; they are all doing a 
!ry difficult, but commendable, piece of work. 

May our Lord I'ichly bless each of you for your faith- 
il suppoit. 

In His service, 
Kenneth L. Solomon. 


Reverend and Mrs. Glenn Shank have been visiting 
lurches in the Maryland, Virginia, Washington and 
jnnsylvania area since about December 1. They expect 

return to Ashland about February 8. 
Many requests for services by them have been coming 

the office. These requests are promptly fonvarded to 
le Shanks, who are attempting to set up another itin- 
'ary into Indiana and Illinois, beginning in March. In 
any cases a reply from one church must be received 
ifore dates can be offered to another; often replies from 
lurches must await decisions of official boards — it is 
slow process at best. 

The Shanks will accept as many of your invitations as 
)ssible and notify you accordingly; but it is possible 
at they may not be able to accept all of them. We 
ust you will be understanding and will make an effort 

adjust your schedules to accept the dates offered. If 
e Shanks are unable to appear in your church, per- 
ips your people can visit a church near by, when the 
lanks are there. The missionary inspiration received 
U be well worth the effort. 








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Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Beiote 


"As thy servant was busy here and there, he was 
gone." 1 Kings 20:10. 

THIS VERSE is the explanation offered by a soldier 
for allowing a prisoner to escape, whom he had been 
commissioned to watch. Even in a prison camp there 
are duties to perform. But no soldier can be both "here" 
and "there" at the same time, and "here" is the place 
for him to be. It is easy to become so engrossed with 
the little things of life to neglect or forget the more 
important duties. And prisoners do not stand around and 
take it easy if escape is made easy. 

It is easy to let the bank deposit of time dwindle until 
all the things we have meant to do pile up against us 
and we find we have not enough time to do them all. 
We may have inany and splendid opportunities, but if 
we lack moral earnestness, it is all in vain. Jesus' con- 
demnations ai-e all for the ones who failed to do right — 
"Inasmuch as ye did it not." Perfection does not come 
dressed in negatives, but in positives. 

We need to determine what are the really important 
things, and to learn to do those things first. Then if time 
permits we can do the less important duties. 

The poet has given us a very vivid picture of the 
thought of this study: 

"I never cut my neighbor's throat; 

My neighbor's gold I never stole; 
I never spoiled his house and land; 

But God have mercy on my soul! 
For I am haunted night and day 

By all the deeds I have not done; 
Of unattempted loveliness! 

Of costly valor never won I" 



The Brethren's Home 

and Benevolent Board . . . 

Its Origin and Functions 

JOHN R. JOHNSTON, President, 
Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 

FROM TIME TO TIME questions have been 
asked concerning the functions of The Breth- 
ren's Home and Benevolent Board regarding ad- 
mission to the Home at Flora, Indiana, and the 
administration of the Superannuated Ministers 

Before reviewing the functions of the Board, a 
brief history of the Board seems proper. 

Early after the turn of the century, five Breth- 
ren from Montgomery County, Ohio, banded to- 
gether to form a nucleus to further the idea of 
a home for the aged Saints. This group was rec- 
ognized by the Ohio District Conference and in 
turn was authorized to incorporate and organize. 
This organization was completed and the Ar- 
ticles of Incorporation were filed on the 10th day 
of December 1901. 

As the need for a Home became more appar- 
ent. The Brethren Home Board, as the group was 
then known, with the approval of the Ohio Dis- 
trict Conference, applied to the National or Gen- 
eral Conference for admission as an auxiliary. 

Some years later. General Conference deemed 
it advisable to combine the Brethren Home Board 
with the Benevolent Board thus forming a new 
group to become known as The Brethren's Home 
and Benevolent Board, which was to perform the 
functions previously administered by the two 
different boards. The new Board was to consist 
of nine members. Five of the members to be 
from the State of Ohio, one from Indiana and 
three at large. 

Let us now briefly review the rules which gov- 
ern the Board in administrating its dual func- 

The Brethren's Home: 

The rules for the operation of The Brethren's 
Home and entrance requirements, were estab- 
lished by those people on the Board about the 
time operations were started at the Home. The 

rules for admission as drafted by these early 
members have remained with little or no change, 
Tliese rules are: \ 

a. Applicant must be 65 years of age. 

b. Applicant must have been a member oi 
The Brethren Church and in good standing 
for at least one year prior to date of appli- 

c. Applicant must submit an application ir 
triplicate. Application must be accompan 
ied by a medical report from a physiciar 
stating the true physical and mental con 
dition of applicant. Also a letter of recom 
mendation from the local minister ami 

deacon board must be submitted with ap 


An early ruling requiring an applicant to givi 
all personal and real property to the Home ha; 
been modified. The practice of writing boardinji 
contracts has been discontinued. The lattej 
change became necessary due to new legislatioj 
enacted by the General Assembly of the State o 
Indiana. The new legislation made it mandator} 
that such contracts be discontinued or the Horn 
would be classified as a private home and would 
be subject to taxation and be required to secun 
a yearly license at a sizeable fee. This woulu 
mean the end to the exempt status we have s 
long enjoyed, and which has been a great asse 

Many times an applicant is not permitted t 
enter the home due to their physical or mentil 
condition. The State Board of Health require 
certain facilities to care for various physical an 
mental conditions. Such facilities at the Horn' 
are limited, therefore it is necessary that admii 
sion be limited to those which existing equipmem 
will properly care for. At the present time a 
members who become ill, and requiring hospital 
ization, as determined by the local doctor, mu{ 
be taken to a near-by hospital. 

5BRUARY 7, 1959 


It is the desire of this Board that all appli- 
nts could be received and cared for. However, 
itil additional facilities are provided, it will be 
icessary to maintain the present limitations on 
lysical and mental conditions as a factor in de- 
rmining admission. 

The various rules and regulations governing 
leration and admission at The Brethren's Home 
e the responsibility of The Brethren's Home 
id Benevolent Board and may be revised by a 
ite of a majority of the members of the Board, 
lis function must remain invested in trust 
ith the Board that proper action may be taken 
cope with ever-changing requirements imposed 
'■legislation and Department of Health decrees. 

le Superannuated Ministers Fund: 

The dispersion of the Superannuated Ministers 
nd is to be carried out according to the rules 
tablished by General Conference. 
In 1928 General Conference deemed it neces- 
ry to establish certain rules governing pay- 
ents of obligations from the Superannuated 
inisters fund. These rules are as follows: 

A. "Now therefore be it resolved, by the Gen- 
eral Conference of the Brethren Church 
that from and after the 1st day of Sep- 
tember, 1927, no minister of said church 
shall be placed on the pension list nor shall 
receive any pension from the Board of 
Benevolence who has not held a pastorate 
of some church or churches in this denom- 
ination for a period of at least five (5) 

B. "Be it further resolved, that any minister 
who has faithfully served this denomina- 
tion in preaching the gospel in any of its 
churches for a period of five (5) years 
who shall be incapacitated for services by 
reason of some mental or physical infirm- 
ity, shall receive from the Board of Benev- 
olence of the Brethren Church, a pension 
in the sum of Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) 
per month during the continuance of his 

C. "Be it further resolved that any and all 
ministers who have served the church 
faithfully for a period of fifteen (15) 
years or more, and who shall not have 
from any source other than the church, 
sufficient income from which tc live, and 
who shall be incapacitated for service, 
shall receive in addition to the twenty-five 
dollars ($25.00) per month hereinabove 

provided for, one dollar ($1.00) per month 
for each and every year they have served 
beyond the fifteen (15) year period. 

These rules have been followed over the past 
several years. The only deviation from these 
rules has been the fact that due to ever increas- 
ing cost the amount paid recipients has been in- 
creased as funds permitted. Also the rules as es- 
tablished do not make any provisions for the 
widows of deceased ministers who were recipi- 
ents of payments from the Superannuated fund. 
However, for years this board has practiced the 
policy of paying a portion of the pension received 
by a minister to his widow. It is the conviction 
of the board that General Conference would in- 
dorse this policy. 

The second phase in administering the Super- 
annuated Ministers fund was brought about by 
the adoption of a pension plan. This plan, as 
adopted by General Conference, placed an added 
burden on the Superannuated Ministers fund 
without making additional provisions for funds. 

When the pension plan was adopted, provisions 
were made for that group of ministers within a 
certain age limit which could be included in the 
pension plan, but which would not be eligible to 
full retirement aid from the pension plan. This 
group of ministers are to receive the difference 
between the sum they will receive in monthly 
pension and the amount paid by the Benevolent 
Board. Thus it would appear that General Con- 
ference realized that payments from the Super- 
annuated Ministers fund had been increased over 
the sum established by the 1928 General Confer- 
ence and sanctioned the same. 

The Board stands ready to correct errors that 
it has made and requests that if anyone finds 
anything in the General Conference minutes 
which would supercede the minutes of 1928 that 
they please advise the board. 

Unless rules other than what we have been 
governed by are found or General Conference 
deems it necessary to revise the directives now 
standing, payments from the Superannuated 
Ministers fund will be continued according to 
the rules of 1928 as long as sufficient funds are 

The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 
requests your continued support of these two 
worthy obligations, and prays that each of you 
may in gratitude for the blessings you have re- 
ceived, increase your gifts to these funds. 

Covington, Ohio. 



The Brethren's Home 

and the Local Minister 

REV. C. A. STEWART. Pastor, 
The Brethren Church at Flora 

UPON ASSUMING the responsibility as pastor 
of the Flora, Indiana, Church, there comes 
with it the responsibility of caring for the spir- 
itual need of the residents of the Brethren's 
Home. All these people are members of the 
Brethren Church somewhere. Some are members 
of the local church and others of their home 
church. But they all have spiritual need and it 
is the pastor's duty to supply that need. There 
are a few that are able to attend the services in 
the local church, but many of them cannot. 

It would be unkind and unchristian to forget 
those who are not able to attend the regular 
church services. They have all left their own 
homes and the fellowship of their church and 
Christian friends. Their physical needs are well 
cared for, but to feed and clothe and keep the 
body warm and comfortable is not enough. There 
is that hungering and thirsting for spiritual food 
and drink for the soul. Who is better prepared 
to fill that need than the pastor? It is true they 
have their devotions and a service one evening 

each week. But one meal a week is not enoug 
for the body, neither can their souls be satisfie 
with one feed. 

The local minister must take into consideratio 
all the facts surrounding the circumstances c 
these good people and seek to bring comfort an 
spiritual help to them. They have problems whio 
may seem trivial to others and yet of utmost in 
portance to them, and they will confide in thei 
pastor. They welcome a call from him, and fin 
comfort in his presence and prayers. These pe<i 
pie are no different from others who need an 
seek the help of the pastor who can give thi 
which no other person can. More and more the 
feel their great need of spiritual assistance i 
their declining years. They have served the 
days of usefulness in their home church and the 
need to be surrounded with warm Christian a 
mosphere. There is no person more fitted f( 
that service than the local pastor. They nee 
guidance and spiritual assistance which the pa 
tor of the local church can give them. 

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The Secretary Writes . . . 

DORMAN RONK. Secretary. 
Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 

•"pO UNDERSTAND the program of a denom- 
■■■ inational board, one must actively work on 
a Board. To be sure, information is gained by 
reading, but by discussing, visiting, praying and 
planning with other Board members, one can 
gain experience and insight. This year my inter- 
est in the Brethren's Home and Benevolent 

Board has greatly increased because at the gel 
eral conference in 1958, I was elected to serve (| 
this Board. I count it a privilege to assist othe' 
in their golden years. The blessings which r| 
tired ministers, their wives, and lay members m 
our denomination have heaped upon the rest <[ 
us, prove to me that they are deserving of tlj 

3BRUARY 7, 1959 


3st. When many of them have given most of 
leir lives to serving their Church, should not 
le Church return the service? 
Generally speaking, at our Brethren's Home 
le residents enjoy the same pleasures, com- 
I'rts, and conveniences that were theirs in their 
vn Jiomes. Many of them even have their own 
irnishings. Yet, they do not have the worry or 
jsponsibility of a home. That is where we come 
I. Through our love-gifts we can supply a home 
)r these faithful servants, free from worry. 
The Benevolent Board is not limited to aiding 
ily those in the Brethren's Home. Retired min- 
ters or their widows, who are not residents 
: the Home, receive a small monthly check. The 
nount is never large, never sufficient to cover 

expenses for one month. Yet it is a love-gift of 
appreciation from those who have profited by 
their service. 

During this month the annual offering is 
gathered to carry the financial work for the 
Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board. The 
Board wishes to make further improvements at 
the Home for the comfort of its residents. The 
Board desires to increase the monthly check to 
its non-resident retired ministers and widows. 
Only a substantial increase in the offering this 
month can make such possibilities realities. 

I am happy to be a member of this Board, and 
to come to you in behalf of those who have given 
their best to the Master. 

Goshen, Indiana. 

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)uties of a Christian 

Toward Our Aged 


N EXODUS 20:12 we read, "Honour thy 
father and thy mother: that thy days may be 
ng upon the land which the Lord thy God 
iveth thee." I realize that the Brethren in the 
lora Home may not be our physical parents, but 
definitely feel they are our spiritual parents, 
aul speaks of Timothy as his son but we know 
e meant in a spiritual way. 

I have been in the Brethren's Home quite 
ften this past year and I definitely feel the 
hristian atmosphere there. Most of these folk 
ave children serving in our denomination at 
resent. I look upon each of them as those who 
ave kept up the great heritage of the Christian 
lith and the teachings of Alexander Mack, the 
3under of our Brethren beliefs. I am as grateful 
3 each one for holding Christ high in our de- 
omination as I am to my parents who nourished 
18 in a physical way. I feel that we owe each 
ne of them our admiration, our love, our prayers 
nd our encouragement. 

Since our older Brethren served the Lord in 
the days of free ministry and before the days of 
social security, I feel that we Brethren of today 
owe a helping hand to this fine Home. 

As a member of the Board, I am happy to say 
we have a very fine Home. Mr. and Mrs. Kuns 
are running it in a very commendable way. I ap- 
preciate the helpers in the Home also. The build- 
ings are in good condition; repairs and improve- 
ments are being made. This takes money. Anyone 
who owns a home of their own will agree; there- 
fore I want to urge everyone to give liberally to 
the Flora Brethren's Home. It is a land mark of 
one of the many things the Christian Church 
stands for. In Genesis 4:9 Cain asked, "Am I my 
brother's keeper?" The answer is, "Yes, both 
physically and spiritually." 

Let every pastor urge his people to give that 
OUR BRETHREN'S HOME may be a home that 
all of us will continue to be proud of and a place 
of refuge for those who have given their lives 
in service for the Master. 

Roann, Indiana. 



The Brethren's Home from a 

Resident's ViewpointI 


JT HAS BEEN SAID that it makes a world of 

difference whether you view a proposition as 
one who stands on the outside looking in, or as 
one who stands on the inside looking out. Well, 
in this case I am one standing within looking 

The Brethren's Home is a Church-owned, 
Church managed institution, established to pro- 
vide a place where, under home-like surround- 
ings, older people, with no home of their own, 
or who are unable to maintain a home, may have 
a place where they may dwell in home-like condi- 
tions, and may enjoy their declining years in 
comfort, where they can be among those who 
are in like situations, and can sympathize with 
them. If any enter the Home who are "itchy," 
"touchy," "grouchy," "selfish," "with a chip on 
their shoulder," they are left to grow into the 
"spirit of the institution," and in time their 
"aloofness" disappears and they become a part 
of the group. It cannot be expected that when 
people come to an institution of this sort that 
they will leave all their failings and weaknesses 
where they come from, and become angelic. Old 
aches and pains, with their accompanying moans 
and complaints, come with them, and manifest 
themselves here as at their former homes. 

I believe the accommodations and conditions 
here are comparable to those in other like insti- 
tutions. Of a necessity the rooms at the Home 
are not too large; they could not be and keep 
down the cost of upkeep of the institution. And 
by the time the residents are of an age to war- 
rant their residence here they do not require so 
much space in which to "throw their weight 
around." The rooms are all comfortably fur- 
nished, and the occupants are allowed to furnish 
any small conveniences which they may desire, 
or which their individual needs may require. 

It should be noted that the state of Indiana 
has strict laws concerning the conditions under 
which such institutions are conducted, and in- 
spections of the Home are conducted annually — 

or oftener, if such need is felt by the inspector. 
Fire risks, purity of the water supply, and gen- 
eral health conditions must come up to state re- 
quirements, or the institution under inspection 
will be closed. A qualified registered nurse is in 
constant service at the Home, and no resident 
is neglected when in need of such service. There 
are two excellent physicians in the town of 
Flora, and either one of them can be secured on 
short notice if needed, and the services of both 
are utilized according to the preferences of the 

No one can say that we are not well fed here 
at the Home. Good food, well cooked and sea- 
soned, and abundant in quantity, is served at; 
each meal. And there is variety enough that each 
can find food according to his or her liking. And 
there need be no vitamin deficiency if folks will 
eat what is provided. And much of the food is 
provided right here on the farm. Beef, pork, and 
chicken, and about all varieties of garden vege- 
tables are served, and "Friday fish," the latter 
of necessity coming from without the institution.' 

Spiritual care is given to all of us here at the 
Home. Rev. C. A. Stewart, pastor of the local 
Brethren church, conducts service each Thursday 
afternoon, and on Tuesday evening the writer! 
has services. Then, too, quite often some one of 
the Brethren Ministers of the state visit us here, 
and always they are invited to bring us a mes- 
sage. And God's blessing is invoked on every 
meal, so it is never forgotten that this is a Chris- 
tian institution. 

Christmas is quite a gala season here at the 
Home. A beautiful tree is secured by the super- 
intendent several days prior to Christmas and 
this is set up in the large assembly room, and is 
beautifully decorated with Christmas ornaments. ^ 
Under its boughs the fine total of gifts that are 
sent to the residents by many congregations, as 
well as the personal gifts from their friends "at 
home," are piled. On the afternoon preceding 
"Christmas Eve," the "Home Family" gathers in 

JBRUARY 7, 1959 


e "Assembly Room." Following brief services 
mmemorating the "Advent Season" the gifts 
e distributed to the individual members of the 
iome Family." There is also the large bulk of 
essages and Greetings which come through the 
ail for several weeks prior to Christmas. On 
e average we are all well remembered at the 
oliday Season. 

There is a custom at the Home that works to 
eate good will and friendship, and that is the 
fservance of the birthdays of all who reside in 
e Home. As each birthday rolls around the 
anagement prepares ice cream and cake for all, 
id the happy celebrant is remembered by 
e singing of the well-known birthday song, 
lappy Birthday to You." There is also a greet- 
g that is not set to music, but which, never- 
eless, is entirely Christian and appropriate. The 
rse runs like this: 

lany happy returns of the day of your birth, 
May sunshine and gladness be given; 
nd may the dear Father prepare you on earth. 
For a beautiful birthday in heaven." 

The facilities of the Home are not taxed at 
present. There are a few rooms available at the 
main Building, and one Apartment at Cottage 
number one. These Cottages are located directly 
West of the Main Building, and are arranged to 
accommodate a man and wife at home-making 
if they so desire, or they can take their meals 
at the "family" dining room. The cottages are 
four-room apartments — living- room, bedroom, 
kitchenette, and wash-room, with bowl, stool, and 
shower-bath. At present there is but one of these 
cottage apartments vacant. The present force of 
helpers could help to care for the fev/ more for 
whom there is room without adding in any large 
way to the labor required. 

Most of the feed required for feeding the stock 
kept on the farm is raised on the farm, and re- 
quires only "processing" to prepare it for use. A 
barn, a chicken-house, hog-house and garage pro- 
vide shelted for animals and machinery. So all 
the needs of both residents and animals are cared 
for, and we should be a "Happy Family." Happy 
New Year to all of "You'ns" out there from all 
"We'uns" here at the Brethren's Home. 

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Report by the 

Superintendent and Matron 

Mr. and Mrs. RUSSELL KUNS. 
Superintendent' and Matron of the Home 

j, T THE BEGINNING of this, another New 
Year, in behalf of the Members of the Breth- 
n's Home, we want to thank all our good peo- 
e, of the Brethren Churches for making Christ- 
as possible here at the Brethren's Home, with 
•ur cards and gifts. 

God gave His only Son to the world, whose 
rth we celebrate at this time. Wise men 
ought gifts to Jesus, and we like to give gifts 

those we love. The gifts were placed under a 
rge Christmas tree in the big living room as 
ey were sent in. 
Christmas eve, a short program was presented 

song and a talk by Richard and Sue, who were 
)me for Christmas. We also want to thank the 
rethren Youth for sponsoring the Food for the 
iithful program this past year. We received 

a nice amount of food and money. Many, many 
thanks. Brethren Youth. 

We have taken in four new members. Rev. and 
Mrs. A. E. Whitted and Mr. and Mrs. Merle 
Walker, this past year. Also lost five by death, 
leaving only eighteen members at present. We 
could accommodate six to eight more members. 
We were asked to give the Superintendent's 
viewpoint of the Home. We feel that it needs 
more publicity and more interest of the whole 
Brotherhood. That the Brethren's Home should 
come along with our "Mission Work." For it 
really is Missionary Work for our Brethren 
Churches to take care of our elderly people. 

We have to go forward or backward, we can- 
not stand still. We pray folks will think seriously 
of their Home in Flora, Indiana. We wish all of 
you could visit the Home this coming year. 




A Brief History of 

The Brethren's Horn 


T HAVE BEEN ASKED to write for this issue 

of the Evangelist a brief history of the Breth- 
ren's Home, and the work of the Benevolent 
Board. Since I had printed in the Evangelist sev- 
eral years ago, such an article; since Rev. Percy 
Miller had an article in the Evangelist leading up 
to the observance of the 250 Anniversary, and 
since a brief history was included in the Pageant 
itself, this article must of necessity be a repeti- 
tion of such facts. 

The Brethren Home Board was started as an 
Ohio organization in 1901 at a State Conference 
at Bryan, Ohio. Trustees were elected and the 
Board was chartered as "The Brethren's Home" 
Board, immediately. The first largest gift was 
made by Mrs. Lydia Fox of Miamisburg, Ohio. 
Funds were gathered each year and although 
not large, during the years it added up to a nice 
sum with which to erect a Home. Finally, Henry 
Rinehart, Flora, Indiana, offered a large sum of 
Annuities IF the Home would be erected just 
west of Flora. It was at this time that the Breth- 
ren's Home Board became a project of the Na- 
tional Conference. 

In the year 1923, the Home was erected and 
dedicated by Dr. Charles A. Bame. In a very 
short time the building and farm was cleared of 
indebtedness. Life members were immediately re- 
ceived. Of this list we have on record just a few 

Since that time the building" has been kept up 
in splendid shape. A new barn was added and 
three double cottages for six families. Some of 
this money was donated by ag'ed couples who en- 
tered the Home as life members. 

When the Superannuated Fund was organized, 
I do not know. But around the year 1932, when I 
became a member of the Board, the Brethren 
Home Board and the Superannuated Board were 
united by Conference into one Board known as 
the Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board of 
the Brethren Church. However, the Board is still 
chartered as the "Brethren's Home." 

As a member of the Board I have helped sii 
then to pass on all applications for aid from t 
Minister's Fund. Throughout these years we he 
accepted for help only those people v/ho neec 
such assistance. We have not knowingly recei^ 
any who have had sufficient money to care : 
their needs. And there has been no Conferei 
action taken to change this pi'ocedure. 

Some two or three years ago I prepared a < 
tailed history of the Home. I listed a,ll the 1 
members of the home with amounts they o 
tributed upon entrance, the years they entei 
and years they passed away, as far as we coi 
gather this information. Also all who have 
ceived aid and the amounts contributed up 
that time, receiving help from the Superannual 
Fund. I have listed the Superintendents of 1 
Home and the years they have served. I hi 
also listed the Trustees and Officers of the Bo£ 
and the years they have served. I have also lis! 
separately the larger gifts, annuities and wi 
etc. This information may be secured by eitl 
writing the Secretary or the Treasurer of 1 

In closing, inay I say, frankly, that the wc 
of the combined Boards, the Superannual 
Board and the Brethren's Home Board, desei 
your best support. 

Louisville, Ohio. 




(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund, 

Give through your local Church, or if this is not p 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasure 
also please note: 

Make checks paj^able to Clarence Stogsdill, Treasui 
and address: Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, 186 Spring 
Johnstown, Penna. 


BRUARY 7, 1959 



of Good Works*' 

Brethren's Home and Benevoienf- Board 

3 title of the Sunday School lesson a few weeks 
ck. Appropriately, the Rich Young- Ruler was 
e subject of discussion. He thought doing g-ood 
irks for Christ too expensive, so while he was 
t looking for an alternative, perhaps even 
■ticizing the costly methods of Christ and His 
[lowers, he lost a hold on Christ himself. He 
ve neither his money nor himself. And since 
irist doesn't receive one without the other, 
is man lost BOTH. 

GIVING TO THE NEEDY was the challenge 
that young man, a test, even a means of re- 
ising him from himself so that he could be 
iind worthy of taking another step, "take up 
y cross, and follow" Christ. But he was halt, 
ne in spirit and weak. He never found the joy 
following Christ to new places and into new 

SOME OF OUR BRETHREN constantly count 
st. They count it and talk about it and "other" 
Jthods— MEANWHILE the opportunities are 
pping by, and while they are figuring, those 
10 GIVE, enter into new experiences with 
irist. It is wise to COUNT THE COST OF DO- 
IG, but it is wiser to COUNT THE COST OF 
3T DOING. Does Christ, and His service, cost 
3 much? 

BENEVOLENCE has, and will, cost a great 
al. But the cost must be calculated on the basis 
what it is attempting to do. Institutions can- 
t be operated and kept in repair as cheaply as 
private home — per person or per squaire foot 
space. Occupants of the Brethren's Home can- 
t be crowded together as children sometimes 
ti be for reasons of health, dignity and happi- 
ss. There are multitudinous laws on health 
mdards, private facilities and many other re- 
irements which send costs soaring for benevo- 
it institutions. 

Few Brethren understand that the Benevolent 
ard is in reality a combination of two boards: 

Benevolent Board operates with a treasury that 
is replenished annually by only ONE OFFERING. 
Cost of living and materials for repairs, etc., 
continues to rise. Between the two functions the 
Board supports or assists in supporting about 
thirty-five (35) people, besides paying salaries 
and wages of helpers at the Home. When one 
thinks of it in this way the cost per capita seems 
much lower. Most people simply count the noses 
of persons staying at the Home, note the TOTAL 
BUDGET of the Benevolent Board, divide the 
numbers, and behold! the cost of "keeping ONE 
person" at the Home! There is much more to it 
than that! One could figure the same way with 
the budget of ANY OTHER BOARD and come 
to similar conclusions! 

I suggest one way of reducing costs: PLAN 
OF FOOD. This is a large item on the Home 

I suggest to you, too, that our people certainly 
aren't being hurt, nor is it too expensive if the 
denomination give AT LEAST ONE DOLLAR 
($1.00) PER MEMBER to support the Hom.e and 
all benevolent work. I noted some time ago that 
the Lutherans in the city of Johnstown slice out 
of their entire budgets (local churches) from one- 
fourth to one-half strictly for the cause of benev- 
olent work. Even taking in missions, this would 
put us to shame! 

Brethren, please assist your Brethren's Home, 
its occupants and superannuated ministers and 
widows of deceased ministers. As the Rich Young 
Ruler failed to do, you will qualify to take up 
the cross and follow Christ to greater heights of 





btj (P. T. QilifwV' 


CHRIST, ON WHOM RESTED no obligation to suf- 
fer for our sins, suffered our sin penalty vicariously 
(1 Peter 2:24, 25). As our sacrifice Christ suffered for 
our sins in our stead (Isaiah 53:5, 6). The great truth 
of the atonement by substitution was understood in the Old 
Testament by animal sacrifices symbolical of the person 
and work of Christ (Gen. 22:13). They understood God's 
plan of forgiveness and non-imputation of sin (Psalm 
32:1, 2). Christ preached Himself as our substitute for 
redemption (Matt. 20:28). He brought out again and 
again the thought of His giving His life for us (Matt. 
10:11). Paul repeatedly taught the same thing (Gal. 
3:13). Christ is the propitiation for our sins "through 
faith in His blood" (Rom. 3:25). Our sin was imputed to 
Him, and His righteousness was imputed to us (2 Cor. 
5:21). Without this ministry we shall be forever ban- 
ished from the Lord (2 Thess. 1:9). 

God not only gave His Son to take away our guilt but 
also to change our lives (1 Peter 2:24). So we are to 
count ourselves dead unto sin, but alive unto God (Rom. 
6:11). Through Christ we are no longer under sin's con- 
demnation (Rom. 8:1), neither are we under its domin- 
ion (Rom. 6:14). We have been liberated (Rom. 6:7) 
from sin, and are no longer the servants of sin (Rom. 
6:10-13) but now are we the servants of righteousness 
(6:16-18). We now bear an entirely different fruit (6:19- 
22). The power of sin over us must be broken (1 John 
1:8) so that we are dead to sin in our nature and to 
sins in our everyday living. If we are united with Christ 
in the likeness of His death we shall also be in the like- 
ness of His resurrection (Rom. 6:3-6). The good work 
which God has thus begun in us grows toward perfec- 
tion until the day of .Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6). 

"My sins laid open to the rod 

The back which from the law was free; 

And the eternal Son of God 

Received the stripes once due to me. 

"No beam was in His eye, nor mote; 
Nor laid to Him was any blame: 
And yet His cheeks for me were smote — 
The cheeks that never blushed for shame. 

"I ]jierced those sacred hands and feet 
That never touched nor walked in sin; 
I broke the heart that only beat 
The souls of sinful men to win. 

"That sponge of vinegar and gall 
Was placed by me upon His tongue; 
And when derision mocked His call 
I stood that mocking crowd among. 

And yet His blood was shed for me, 
To be of sin the double cure; 
And balm there flows from Calvary's tree 
That heals by guilt and makes me pure." 

As for us, astray from God there could be no pe£ 
(Isaiah 57:20, 21). We were worse than a domestic a: 
mal gone astray (Isaiah 1:3, 4). The world is getting fi 
ther and farther from God (2 Tim. 3:1-5). Out of Chr 
we cannot hope to turn to God (Jer. 13:23, 25). Unc 
free-will man failed (Gen. 2:17). Let him now surrenc 
his will to the Divine Will to be saved from himself i\ 
service unto God (Rom. 12:1, 2). Man's need is met! 
Jesus (Matt. 11:28, 29). Man cannot trust himself, 1 
he can commit his all in safety unto Christ against 1 
day of reckoning (2 Tim. 1:12). All we like sheep m 
the Good Shepherd Who can keep us fully surrendei 
(John 10:1-14). 

Sunday School Suggestior 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 


ary education in the Sunday School. We dare 
study missions in Sunday School simply because some( 
in the past has included it in the curriculum. Missions 
of great importance to the Sunday School because 
hope of the future missionary task lies with the childi 
Mavis Anderson has written "One generation of child 
with a missionary vision would solve the problem of i 
thering the cause of world missions." The church 
missed its greatest opportunity if it waits until ac 
years to begin a program of missionary education. M; 
a fulltime missionary got his first missionary impi 
sion and even his call to service during childhood. 


Missionary education for children is a learning proc 
Children gain their insights through doing. Designat 
one Sunday per month or quarter as missionary day 
not missionary education. These are times of special i 
phasis, but missionary education per se must be conti 
ous. Stories, songs, projects, handcraft, and even praj 
all contribute to missionary education. 


There are specific persons who must feel this resi 
sibility. First, and most important, is the pastor. Un 
he intends that his Sunday School shall be strong 
missionary emphasis, it is likely that missionary edi 
tion for children will be fragmentary. Second, the S 
day School superintendent and officers must feel its 
sponsibility. They must not think of missionery edi 
tion as an appendage, but as part of the warp and v, 
of the total Sunday School program. Third, departn 
leaders must be made to feel responsible for missior 
education. They may aid the children to understand i 


'EBRUARY 7, 1959 


ions in the total departments. Fourth, the teacher is 
he final key; for the teacher Sunday by Sunday, has op- 
lortunities to aid the children in a better understanding 
f the purpose and need of missionary service. 


The best missionary source book is the Bible. Nearly 
vei-y story in the Acts of the Apostles can be used as 

missionary illustration. The missionary method of Paul 
hould be explained and illustrated in modern day termin- 
logy. The hindrances overcome by the early church can 
e dramatically presented. Be sure the children memorize 
ome of the key references on missions in the New Tes- 
ament, particularly Acts 1:8. 

There are missionary stories galore. Never in the his- 
ory of the Christian church have there been so many 
;ell-written and genuinely interesting missionary stories 
or boys and girls as there are now on the market. 

Be alert to our own Brethren missions program. Much 
iformation is available to you through the Mission 
Soard. Get your children interested by locating the mis- 
ion points, learning the names of missionary children, 
nd writing to these children. — Adapted from Sunday 
chool Encyclopedia, Vol. 9. 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 15, 1959 


Lesson: Mark 12:28-34 


\| these days! We dislike being told that there are some 

flings a person "ought" to do. Some would have us be- 

ieve that children should never be told they "have to" 

anything. "Free expression" is the byword of the age! 
Well and good! But what are we going to do with the 

lible? How are we going to ignore the Scriptures that 
jail us what GOD expects of us? Whether we like it or 
ot, there are certain things that God EXPECTS and 
•EMANDS from each of us! 


1 "Which is the first commandment of all?" asked a 
jnibe of Jesus one day. Prior to this some of the relig- 
)us leaders had tried to trap Jesus with tricky ques- 
ons. Knowing their true purpose and intent, our Lord 

pfused to be led into a snare. 

; Was this scribe sincere in his question ? Evidently so, 
)r the Master answered him forthright. 
It was no wonder the scribe was confused as to the 
■w! The Pharisees not only accepted all the law of 
OSes, but in addition, they added countless laws of their 
vn. Which, then, asked the scribe, was the most im- 
)rtant of all the Jewish laws? 

Men are always trying to add to, or take away from, 
God's Holy Word. The warning of Scripture is plain and 
clear: "If any man shall add unto these things, God 
shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this 
book: and if any man shall take away from the words 
of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his 
part out of the book of life" (Rev. 22:18-19). 


"And Jesus answered him . . . thou shalt love the Lord 
thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and 
with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the 
first commandment." 

"The expression, 'with all thy heart' means true- 
hearted, and stands in contrast with mere pretension, 
hypocrisy and divided affection. The expression 'with 
all thy soul' means with the entire personality . . . 
To love God with all the soul, therefore, means that 
He be loved with warmth, glow and feeling. The ex- 
pression 'with all thy mind' implies a love that is 
guided by intelligence. The expression 'with all thy 
strength' means with all the energies and powers of 
the entire being . . . Israel was therefore commanded to 
love God supremely, and without any compromise of 
affection" (W. S. Hottel). 

Jesus had not finished His statement. He continued: 
"And the second is like, namely this. Thou shalt love thy 
neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment 
greater than these." 

"Love of a neighbor is proof of love of God. The 
engineer who wishes to know how much water there is 
in the boiler does not go into the engine room and look 
into the boiler itself, but he looks at the gauge, the 
small glass tube on the outside of the boiler, and he 
knows that the water is just as high within the boiler 
as it is within the tube. If the tube is empty, the boiler 
is empty. Our treatment of our neighbor is the gauge 
which shows how our love of God stands. If there is 
no love shown toward our neighbor, there is no real 
love for God" (quoted by Frank S. Mead from source 


When the scribe heard Jesus utter these words, he said: 
"Well, Master, Thou hast said the truth." For to love 
God and one's neighbor, said the scribe, "is more than all 
whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 

"And when Jesus saw that lie answered discreetly. He 
said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of 

Here was one scribe who saw in the law more than 
mere ritual and form. Yea, no wonder Jesus said he was 
close to the kingdom. But did he ever come into the king- 
dom ? Whether he ever forsook his sin and entered in, 
we know not. But he had, intellectually at least a concept 
of the requirements of the kingdom that many people 
of our day lack. The scribe acknowledged with his lips 
the truth that God requires of every man right relation- 
ship with God and others! 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


National Youth Conference Speaker 
August 17-23, 1959 

SEE current issue of THE BRETH- 

God Number Nine 


Just as the "Ohio Farmer" is a magazine for farmers 
in Ohio, and the gi'ocers' magazines are for grocers, and 
the medical journals are for doctors — the "Brethren 
Youth Magazine" is published for Brethren Youth and 
their families. 

GOAL 9 has been established to help promote sales in 
order to justify the time, finances and combined efforts 
of the staff in compiling and printing the magazine. But 
even more important than this reason is that we feel the 
information contained in the magazine should be in every 
home where Brethren Youth live. Helpful features in- 
clude: meditations. Brotherhood and Sisterhood Reports, 
pictures and news items from local churches and district 
organizations, a Children's Page, and countless other 
items of interesting reading. Three features of the cur- 
rent .January-February issue are: 

"A Look at Smoking" 

"Billy Visits College" 

"Effective Witnessing," discussed by a youth panel. 

January and February are the annual Subscription 
Drive months, so there is no better time to help your 
B. Y. C. meet GOAL 9. Just send $1.00 with your name 
and address to National Brethren Youth, Ashland College, 
Ashland, Ohio. If anyone should read the BRETHREN 
YOUTH MAGAZINE, Brethren Youth should— and we 
feel that "anyone" should read it! 


The commuter next to the window was heard to say, 
"If I were Mao Tse-tung I'd invite Chiang to come back." 
"Back where," queried his companion. 
"Back to the mainland." 
"Crazy idea that. Maybe if you were Mao you'd want 

to abdicate. But I haven't the foggiest notion that 
has any such notion." 

"I don't think it would be an act of abdication. I tl 
such an act might demonstrate Chiang's strength." 

"I suppose you would give him an office too." 

"Now that you mention it, maybe I would." 

"I don't get it." 

"It's simple. When I was in fifth grade I was the c 
bully. I'm not boasting — just stating a fact. I took 
self very sei'iously. I tried to run all the younger i 
dren's games, decided in what sports kids my own 
should engage and dictated the rules by which i 
should be governed. Then one fine day a new princ 
came to our school. He recognized me for what I 
One day he called me into his office and said, 'Jei 
am going to make you responsible for the playgrc 
equipment. I expect you to see that the slides usee 
the smaller children are in good order: that the bas 
ball goals are always ready for use: that no wine 
are broken in the building. I shall explain your pos: 
to the other children in assembly in the morning. A 
that it's up to you'." 

"What happened?" 

"The kids whom I had harrassed for months kepi 
so busy unwinding strips of paper from thr baske 
hoops, rearranging the bases on the baseball field 
sweeping sand off the slides that I had no time tc 
gage in games myself nor to boss them in their ; 
The day came when I went to the principle's office 
asked to be relieved of my responsibilities. 

"Were you?" 

"Not until Mr. Abercombie talked to me suffici* 
to be sure that I had learned my lesson." 

"And this experience makes you think that inv 
Chiang to return to Peiping or some other Chinese 
might take the wind out of his sails as it were?' 

"It might be worth a try." 

"It's too simple: it wouldn't work." 

"It isn't so simple as it sounds. All kinds of comj 
tions are imjDlied. But they are no more involved 
the risk of war. And if I were Mao I'd think aboui 

-1 — from Peace Acti . 

Coming Events 

TREAT— Next Week on PAGE 18! 

both Second and Third Churches) 

BRETHREN COLLEGE DAYS— February 20, 21, 
Ashland College 

lin, Penn. 


ery Brethren Church 

Hill Church 

College Speaker: Rev. Claude Garrison 

FEBRUARY 7, 1959 


/omens (Corner] 




by Helen Jordan I 


Our Father Who Art in Heaven 

Help me to believe this day that there is a power to 
lift me up which is stronger than all things that hold 
me down. 
Hallowed Be Thy Name 

Help me to be sensitive to what is beautiful and re- 
sponsive to what is good, so that day by day I may grow 
more sure of the holiness of life in which I trust. 
Thy Kingdom Come 

Help me to be quick to see and ready to encourage 
whatever brings the better meaning of God into that 
which otherwise might be the common round of the un- 
inspired day. 
Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven 

Help me to believe that the ideals of the spirit are not 
far-off dreams, but a power to command my loyalty and 
direct my life here on our real earth. 
Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread 

Open the way for me to earn an honest living without 
anxiety, but let me never forget the needs of others and 
make me want only that benefit for myself which vdll 
also be their gain. 
And Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors 

Make me patient and sympathetic with the shortcom- 
ings of others, especially those I love, and keep me stern- 
ly watchful only of my own. Let me never grow hard 
with the unconscious cruelty of those who measure them- 
selves by mean standards, and so think they have ex- 
celled. Keep my eyes lifted to the highest so that I may 
be humbled and, seeing the failure of others, be forgiving 

because I know how much there is of which I need to 

be forgiven. 

And Lead Us Not into Temptation But Deliver Us from 


Let me not go carelessly this day within the reach of 
any evil I cannot resist, but if in the path of duty I 
must go where temptation is, give me strength of spirit 
to meet it without fear. 
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory 


And in my heart may I carry the knowledge that Thy 
greatness is above me and around me and that Thy 
Grace through Jesus Christ is sufficient for all my needs. 


Lord, who am I to teach the way 
To little children day by day, 
So prone myself to go astray? 

I teach them knowledge, but I know 
How faint they flicker and how low 
The candles of my knowledge glow. 

I teach them power to will and do. 

But only now to learn anew 

My own great weakness through and through. 

I teach them love for all mankind 
And all God's creatures; but I find 
My love comes lagging far behind. 

Lord, if their guide I still must be, 

Oh, let the little children see 

The teacher leaning hard on Thee. 

— Leslie Pickney Hill. 

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^^flm I IfJfly 13rothers Keeper?^^ 

rHE WEEK OF February 15-22 is being ob- 
served as "Brothel hood Week." Sponsored by 
he National Conference of Christians and Jews, 
t is designed to bring attention to the fact that 
nen must learn to live together if civilization is 

Anyone knows that peace is gone when dis- 
ord, selfishness, strife or hate are present. This 
s true, whether it be in the home, school, a busi- 
less, or among nations. Doubt, fear, lack of un- 
lerstanding, etc., are major factors causing dis- 
uption of peaceful ways of living together. 

Our own nation has been distressed for some 
'ears because of the race riots and integration 
iroblems between Negroes and whites. Up to 
low, the record is not one to be too proud of, and 
leither Negroes nor whites are blameless. It is 
lur conviction, though, that most of the trouble 
las come because of the causes listed above. And 
ur praise is for any and all who are working 
or peaceful relationships between the two races. 
>uly here is a great opportunity for Christian 
brotherhood to operate, in daily living, and in 
irayers for peaceful relations between the peo- 
iles of different races. 

Little Rock, Arkansas, was certainly nothing 
be proud of a year or so ago, and the Commun- 
stic world made much of it, and other incidents 
ikewise in its propaganda mill, in seeking to 
how so-called weaknesses of Western Democ- 
acy. And one cannot help but feel that if such 
ncidents were allowed to continue unchecked, 
Western Democracy" did have some very defi- 
lite weaknesses. 

The great State of Virginia has not been with- 
ut its troubles, either, and even though we are 
-ware that we have loyal "pro-segregationists" 
mong our readers, it must be said to the credit 
f many Virginians that they have been endeav- 
oring to work out the problem to the best inter- 
sts of all. As this is being written, it is still 
resh in the news of the peaceful integration of 
Negroes and whites in the schools of Arlington 

and Norfolk, Virginia. Coming on the eve of 
Brotherhood Week, it seems to speak well for the 

Without doubt, peaceful integi-ation has been 
possible in these sections of Virginia at this 
time, because in our opinion, parents were begin- 
ning to realize that those who could afford to be 
hurt the least — their children — v/ere being hurt 
the most. Closed schools do not educate chil- 
dren to be citizens of a democracy. 

The road ahead will still have its rough places. 
Members of both races still have much to learn 
about living together. The opportunity for the 
exercise of Christian Brotherhood is big enough 
to call forth from members of both races the 
very best of Christian teaching and example. 
There is evidence that Divine leadership and 
guidance is being brought to pass in this nation- 
al problem, and whereas there are points favor- 
ing both sides, yet the best thing which can be 
said about the whole matter is that there is 
effort being made to come to a peaceable solu- 

We are truly "our brother's" keeper. In the 
name of Christian Brotherhood, his spiritual, so- 
cial, economic and physical needs become ours. 
"Our brother," (of whatever race or color) is 
here, and his existence here will parallel our 
existence. If he does not know Christ, we must 
witness to him; if he does not know how to live 
peaceable in a democracy, we must teach him, etc. 
Our practice of Christian Brotherhood will cure 
a multitude of racial ills. The peace of the world 
in which we live depends on what we do in this 
respect. W. S. B. 






Rev. A. T. Ronk 

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE for this Conference, 
meeting in an early session a year ago, had thrown 
into its lap by the inexorable hand of time, the problem of 
preparing a program for this, the 250th anniversary of 
the founding of our Brethren Cause, and the 75th anni- 
versary of this corporate branch. Nineteen fifty-eight is 
the year; the present committee, the creation of the Dis- 
trict Conferences; the program in hand, the answer. 
You will be the judge of its merit. 

Why this preacher was chosen to present the second 
of three messages of historic reference, he does not know, 
unless the committeeman making the suggestion thought 
him to be of about the same vintage. He might be sur- 
prised. However, the message is the thing and not the 
messenger; the ministry of the hour and not the man. 
The responsibility, therefore, falls upon this person to 
speak relative to the Brethren Church period, 1883 to 
1958. These 75 years cover the corporate life of the Breth- 
ren organization, 75 years, lacking one month. May we 
all become lost in the magnitude and solemnity of the 
theme, and rise to the challenge of the cause. 

In a letter to the other members of this triad of 
speakers, last November, this preacher said in part, "I 
am quite convinced that the Executive Committee, nor the 
Conference Delegates would be satisfied or edified with 
just a recounting of the history of the Brethren. It seems 
to me that, if our efforts are to be useful and inspiring, 
we must try to catch up the spirit and genius of Breth- 

This week, we present the first half of Brother Honk's 
message which he presented to General Conference last 
August. The Heritage of the Brethren is rich, and we 
urge your filing this copy of the EVANGELIST for fu- 
ture reference. The second half of this message will ap- 
pear shortly. W. S. B. 

renism; to comprehend the essence of that which h 
made us what we are, and might have made us great 
service and extent; not that largeness necessarily spe 
acceptance with God, but I can't help thinking, that, wi 
our Apostolic Faith and Practices, and a burning m 
sionary zeal, we might have swept this America wi 
Brethrenism." Your speaker is still of those same sen 
ments and it is in that spirit that he wishes, prayerful 
to make some observations relative to the 75 years 
our Brethren Fellowship. May he do so under the then 

Brother Fairbanks introduced our Anniversary Lectu' 
theme yesterday morning, a theme which might be stat 
as Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in Brethren thoug] 
He treated, according to assignment, the initial days 
Germany and the establishing era in America, the peri 
of The Brethren, from 1708 until 1883, a span of a hu 
dred and seventy five years. Although ours today is 
shorter span, the 75 years bringing us up to 1958 are 
less significant than those that went before. 

But why look back, some one may ask. Why distu 
the musty years that are agone? One might even fac 
tiously quote the warning to Lot's wife, NOT TO LOC 
BACK. Well, if the warning was to us from God, le 
WE turn to a pillar of salt, our faces should be to t 
front. However, we cannot discover our HERITAGE 
looking forward. Its origin may only be seen in the pa; 
yea not only in the immediate past of 250 years, b 
beyond the probing fingers of time, as they reach ba 
into the shadowy dust and ashes of antiquity. For, w< 
beyond those shadows from of old, stands the essen 
of our Heritage, since "God chose us in Christ befo 
the foundation of the world . . . having foreordained 
unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto Himseh 
In the fullness of time, these hallowed purposes of G 
were revealed to the sons of men, and the cross w 

'EBRUARY 14, 1959 


■aised as the altar and emblem of our hope. There- 
:'ore, as Brethren, we must envision our heritage, not 
mly in the light of 250 years of history, nor in 75 years 
)f separate effort, but in the truths and mysteries of the 
lineteen century old "FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE FOR 

So to the past let us look, FOR — 


It seems apropos to the general theme of our Anni- 
rersary celebration, to probe a question which has dis- 
;urbed many minds and has oft found voice of late. It 
rhe query has been leveled at this preacher and doubt- 
ess has to other pastors and college personnel. The 
inswer is not simple and cannot be stated in a sentence. 
t can only be found in the heart of the Brethren Heri- 
age, and an examination of that heritage, will answer 
he disturbing question. 

What, then, is This Brethren Heritage? May we seek 
comprehend it by analysis? 

It was just stated that the ESSENCE of this heritage 
s grounded in the fact that "God has fore-ordained us 
into adoption as SONS through Jesus Christ UNTO 
IIMSELF." This sonship comes to "as many as receive 
lim" and "to them gave He the right to become Chil- 
Iren of God, even to them that believe on His name." 
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are 
ons of God." Here is a family relationship — sons of 
Jod. Sons of a common Father, therefore, the scope of 
he heritage is BROTHERHOOD, a brotherhood not here 
onceived as popularly stated, THE BROTHERHOOD 
f which Jesus spoke, "All ye are brethren." 

The Heritage of Believers is a PATRIMONY. It is 
rem THE FATHER, but it is administered by the SON, 
eeause "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given 
.11 things into His hand." The Son assumed the respon- 
ibility and was faithful to the work that had been as- 
igned to Him "Before the foundation of the world." 
n His great High Priestly prayer the night before He 
ras crucified, Jesus the Son, quietly said to His Father, 
n the presence of His disciples, "I glorified Thee on 
he earth, having accomplished the work which Thou 
ast given Me to do," then with the shout of victory 
rom the cross, "It is finished," He signed, in His own 
ilood the document, the covenant, the will which es- 
ablished our heritage. There only waited then, His res- 
irrection, to probate the WILL, and Pentecost to seal it. 

Then, what is the nature of this priceless HERITAGE ? 
t is not church history, although it has stood the rav- 
ges of time and is historic; It is not materialistic, 
Ithough it finds expression in the materials of its Rites; 
t is not primarily cultural, yet it must engender a cul- 
ure of the highest order; It is essentially spiritual, 
lecause it finds its environment in the realm of the spirit. 
)urs is a mystic heritage, yet most realistic, for it has 
harted the course of numerous lives throughout the 

Let Us tune our ear to the voice of Him who signed 
or us the will. "Ye are My friends, if ye do the things 

which I command you. No longer do I call you servants; 
for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth; but 
I have called you finends; for all things that I heard 
from my Father, I have made known unto you. Ye did 
not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that 
ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should 
abide." This He said just before His death and resur- 
rection. Then on the mountain in Galilee shortly after 
He arose, Jesus said to the disciples, "AH authority hath 
been given unto Me in heaven and on earth. Go ye there- 
fore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing 
them . . . teaching them TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS 
whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with 
you always ..." Finally, at the end of the forty days, 
Luke records of Jesus, first in his gospel, quote, "Then 
opened He their mind, that they might understand the 
scriptures; and He said unto them, Thus it is written, 
that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the 
dead the third day; and that I'epentance and remission 
of sins should be preached in His name unto all the 
nations . . . Then He charged His disciples, "YE ARE 

Luke continues the same thought in the Acts where 
he says "until the day in which he was received up, 
after that He had given commandment through The 
Holy Spirit unto the Apostles whom He had chosen . . . 
and speaking the things concerning the Kingdom of God": 
Then follows Jesus' last and most challenging words to 
the disciples, "BUT YE SHALL RECEIVE POWER, 

Here is the Believer's Heritage. He is a son of the 
Father, through His Son Jesus, who made the will, signed 
it with His blood, and sealed it on Pentecost. Instructed 
by the testator in the will, the Believer is chosen to be 
a friend, to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, to receive 
power, to be His witness, to baptize, to teach observance 
of all things commanded by the testator in the will. 
Moreover, Peter, on the day of Pentecost, set forth the 
continuity of the heritage when he said "For to you is 
the promise, and to your children, and to all that are 



afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call 
unto Him." 

This is the heritage with which the young church in 
Jerusalem went to work. Faithful application to the 
charge of witnessing the pure gospel led multitudes to 
believe, in the first century, and the Lord built them 
into His church. 

Let us look, now, at the pages of church history. See 
what came to pass throughout the years, even as warned 
against by Paul and Peter. "False teachers who privily 
brought in destructive heresies, denying even the Mas- 
ter that bought them." Gnosticism led away many from 
the true faith by claiming revelations and wisdom beyond 
the teachings of Jesus. Legalism of the Judaizers dulled 
the teaching of faith and trust in grace, by the "DO IT 
YOURSELF" through the works of the law. Unitarian- 
ism found its first doctrines in the teaching of Alius and 
Eunomius and called forth the first great Ecumenical 
Council of the church. Not only the inroads of false 
doctrine, but the corroding effect of Ecclesiasticism so 
bedimmed the vision and clouded the heritage that by 
the sixteenth century it was nigh unto vanishing away. 

Came then the great Protestant movement. Multitudes 
followed the leadership of men like Luther, Molanthon, 
Zwingli, Calvin, Knox, in protesting against the author- 
ity of Rome, her indulgences, her laxity in morals and 
legalistic theology. As a result there arose various state 
churches, whose leaders spent more time debating the 
fine points of doctrine than in teaching the peoples that 
"The faith once for all delivered unto the Saints" must 
carry a way of life in harmony with the teachings of 
Jesus and THE HERITAGE OF HIS WILL. Moreover, 
the State churches fell into the practice of persecuting 
any and all who would not conform to their particular 
authority. While these various protesting groups with- 
drew from the Church of Rome, they continued to teach 
and practice some of the things Rome had claimed the 
authority to change. As a result of the dissolute life 
often prevalent in the state churches, there arose in 
many quarters in Germany a movement which found its 
origin in the teaching and efforts of Philip Jacob Spener. 
He correctly believed and taught that the Christian 

Faith should produce a spiritual way of life which woi 
show itself in a Godly Piety. Many of these so call 
Pietists worked within the state churches for refoi 
while others became Separatists. 

The condition of the protestant churches in Germa 
in the seventeenth century and the heart hunger of 
few heroic souls for the true, the inspired, the Ap' 
tolic, led to a reactuation of the Brethren Herita, 
The use of the word Reactuate is purposeful, for 1 
heritage which we call Brethren today, was the herits 
of the Brethren of the early church. Alexander Mj 
and his friends of Schwarzenau could find no group j 
protestantism that was Apostolic in faith and practii 
and being satisfied with nothing less, formed a new i\ 
lowship based on the teachings of the New Testamcj 
and early church practice. This year we celebrate ij 
250th anniversary of that momentous event. It v 
then, according to a letter written by A. H. Cassel 
J. H. Moore in 1886, that our church fathers adopi 
the name of BRETHREN. Those eight souls in 1^ 
returned to the BRETHREN HERITAGE and bequeati 
that heritage to us. Here we have the answer to tl 
question which we raised a few moments af; 
"Why is there a Brethren Church?" 

Spelling out the reasons for the origin 
our Brethren Heritage, poses another most seric 
question, and one that must certainly give us par 
GLORIOUS HERITAGE ? If there were none to be foi 
in 1708 who believed and practiced Apostolic Christii 
ity; and Mack and seven others felt impelled to be 
Mack wrote, "Sincerely desirous of finding the foot sti 
of the primitive Christianity and following the exam 
of the Saviour, being fully convinced of the necessity 
faith and obedience in order to obtain salvation," 
"To enter into a covenant with each other, by the h: 
of God to endeavor to attain to the answer of a g( 
conscience by rendering obedience to all the commai 
of the Lord Jesus." If their findings drove them to thi 
convictions, then the words of Jesus to "witness, baptt 
and teach observance of all things" must have weigl 
heavily on their hearts. They, indeed began to witn 

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and teach with such fervor that the young church 
grew rapidly in those first years. But here is the potent 
question. Have the Brethren in these 250 years been 
faithful to their heritage? What might have been done 
in America if they had always been spiritually evange- 
listic, zealously missionary and constantly instructive, 
and not so oft side-tracked by whims, fetishes and per- 
sonal aggrandizement. Is it possible that the church has 
never properly understood her mission? 

Dr. Mackay of Princeton, Theological Seminary has 
made this very pungent observation: "A sense of heri- 
tage is the chief determinant of destiny." Note it care- 
fully! A SENSE OF HERITAGE! Have we failed to feel 
1 SENSE OF OUR HERITAGE and find our destiny? 
If in the past we have been totally right in our approach 
and our methods, we have either a limited destiny as a 
people, or our horizons are obscured or eclipsed by eyes 
that see not, hearts that comprehend not or wills that 
abey not. Are these heart searching questions? 

Up to this point, the general thought has been directed 
to the entire 250 years of history. It is necessary now to 
narrow this discussion down to the 75 years of our own 
Brethren communion. Let us raise the question of "What 
lave we wrought?" Have we failed in anything? Then 
wherein ? 

It is not the purpose of this speaker, to set himself as 
a critic of the past 75 years or point the finger of accusa- 
tion at anyone, for so many, have done so much more, 
to establish the Brethren Heritage in this world than he. 
Moreover, what is said here is directed first, at himself 
as "chief among sinners" in the short comings of our 
75 years' existence. 

What, then, is the main issue in our Brethren Heritage ? 
From the words of Jesus, it is to WITNESS, to tell the 
story of saving grace; it is to BAPTIZE believers; it is 
to TEACH THEM to observe all things He commanded. 
He never once said, "Go and build a church house," and 
for two hundred years the early Christians did not; He 
never said, "Build hospitals"; nor "establish a college or 
university"; nor "a children's, or old folks home." These 
things are all good, but only as secondary to the WIT- 
ever put the cart before the horse? Have we been like 
the man in the woods who couldn't "see the forest for 
the trees?" I stood recently before the giant Sequoia in 
the Mariposa Red Woods of California and gazed en- 
tranced at the grandpa of them all. It was some 30 feet 
in diameter at the base and arose to a height of al- 
most 300 feet. There were 90 feet of trunk to the first 
limb. Those beautiful mountains about me were full of 
Redwood trees but I couldn't see them for the giant in 
my path. Oh, how things become magnified in our eyes 
Sometimes and obscure the main issues of life. We are so 
prone to be like the spies of Israel in the promised land. 
They could not see the grapes, the pomegranate or the 
honey dripping from the rock, because there were giants 
in the land. And the Anakim obscured the vine and fig 
tree under which they could dwell, and the hills, lush 
with provender for their cattle. 

Yes, for 75 years we have had giants in our path, but 
a PROPHET LIKE UNTO MOSES hath been raised up 
to save and to lead us, and He said, "Go and witness 
and baptize and teach." This is our Brethren Heritage. 

We must become increasingly aware of this heritage, and 
in it find and fulfill our destiny as a fellowship. 

Then I wonder, too, if we may have become discour- 
aged at times when about us have fallen our founding 
and veteran fathers. They had a vision that 75 years ago 
was called progressive. They advocated Sunday schools 
for "The teaching observance of all things commanded." 
They promoted evangelism to call sinners to repentance 
and extended themselves in witnessing under adverse 
circumstances. Stephan Bashor led more people into the 
church through evangelistic preaching than any other 
man, and so burned himself out in the work, that while 
yet a comparatively young man, he could not deliver a 
sermon without weeping and over it spend sleepless 

Moreover, these founders gave their witness through 
the pi-ess. Henry Holsinger printed the Evangelist in 
those early years for awhile in Waterloo, la., with the 
old hand press, short of type and paper and often had 
little to eat in his house, in order to carry on and give 
to the church its paper. 

He was urged by many to write a history of the 
church, which he did under the most tiying circum- 
stances. He had no income in those days. His body was 
broken and feeble. He could scarcely see to read his cor- 
respondence of years, to refresh his memory. Much of 
it was written in Pennsylvania Gemian and he had to 
translate it. He often could not speak above a whisper 
and dictated much of the book lying in bed or on a couch. 
(I know, for I was there as a boy as was brother George.) 
Had it not been for the help of Joseph Beer, who also 
lived in Lathrop, California, at the time, and Martin 
Shively, who was the pastor there, he could never have 
completed the work. Joseph Beer had been through much 
with Holsinger in the troublous times of the 80's, but 
he had become afflicted with epilepsy so he could not 
preach, yet he helped materially. Martin Shively was 
pastor of a circle of a half dozen preaching points, 
Lathrop, East Union, Ripon, Turlock, Atwater, but gave 
liberally of his energy to see the book in circulation. 
Those were hard and trying times at the turn of the 
century. Moreover our press has continued always in- 
sufficiently financed, but manned by Editors and Man- 
agers no less dedicated than Holsinger. All honor to our 
pioneers of the press. E. L. Yoder, A. L. Garber, S. J. 
Harrison, A. D. Gnagy, C. F. Yoder, R. R. Teeter, George 
S. Baer, and all those who have followed in their train. 

These men, together with many Associate Editors, have 
witnessed to our own people through the media of the 
Evangelist, The Sunday School Literature, The Woman's 
Outlook, The Brethren Missionary, the Brethren Witness 
and various other publications. 

(To be continued) 


71st General Conference of 

The Brethren Church 

will be held at Ashland. Ohio, 

August 17-23, 1959. 




5 30 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. Phone 3 9 582 

Contributing Editors; W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Assists 


We are glad to report that the average attendance for 
December is better than that of November. The atten- 
dance for the Sundays of December are as follows: 

Children: 10 10 4 11 Average— 8 plus 

Adults: 13 14 7 13 Average — 11 plus 

Combined: 23 24 11 24 Average— 20y2 
(November's average was 16 per Sunday) 

The congregation is pleased to know that the land 
for the church property at 68th and Roosevelt is pur- 
chased and that the title is now in the name of the Mis- 
sionary Board. 

Guests at the pastor's home have been friends from 
Lanark, Illinois, and Waterloo, Iowa. We are always 
happy to have Brethren and friends stop in to see us. 
(If you are coming through Phoenix, stop and see us.) 

Dorothy has been reading letters from our missionaries 
to the group each Sunday morning. Already, I believe, 
they have caught the missionary spirit. The children are 
especially interested in the way the missionaries live 
in Nigeria and Argentina. 

By the time of our next report, we hope to have a 
place in which to meet in Scottsdale. It is possible that 
we may be meeting in the Scottsdale Community Center 
after January. 

Tlie weather continues to be warm and sunny. Although 
it is almost unthinkable to have a picnic in January, we 
went up to South Mountain two Sundays ago and grilled 
hamburgers. It has rained just twice since we arrived in 
September. We had our second rain last week. 

Young people who want to be adventurous and "go 
west" may well consider the Southwest, especially the 


building for Christ. 

Phoenix and Tucson areas. Teaching opportunities 
well as positions in business — particularly the electror 
industry — are good. Of course, we are thinking of ai 
help they may be in establishing more Brethren church 
in the Southwest too. 

The next report^ which I hope to write will be on "B 
ing nice to people." When things happen here, they ha 
pen in a big way. God can open doors for His Chur 
in very unusual ways. — H. Francis Berkshire. 

(Bob Bischof) 

. . . We had a very wonderful Christmas day as we ; 
participated in enjoying the Christmas story told an( 
by our African Christians as they dramatized it. Wq h 
the play at Uba Vango, about three miles from he 
The Christians from four small villages marched into t 
village, singing their Christian songs and carrying Chr 
tian flags high on a pole. These flags carried the nai 
of each village on them. It was a thrill to see these p( 
pie marching from the East, from the West, from t 
North and from the South, proclaiming in song the bii 
of Christ. We began to realize that truly the gospel 
Jesus Christ is reaching all parts of the earth. M( 




A. — No! Contributions received by this Board from 
churches and individuals for home missions or 
world missions are used to carry out the over- 
all program of missions, including support of 
missionaries, candidate training, mission pas- 
tors' support, promotion, administration, etc. 
Thus, any contributions to specific funds should 
be clearly designated; such as, Ten Dollar Club 
or B. H. M. Revolving Fund. 

Are you a member?? If not— JOIN TODAY. 

'EBRUARY 14, 1959 


han 300 people came. We sang songs in four different 
anguages; for there were four different tribes repre- 
lented. Each village led in a song. 

This past Sunday at 8 A. M., the second Higi church 
vas organized in the mission area. Christians came from 
1 Higi villages to be organized into a church. More 
han 300 people attended the* service, and 12] out of 174 
)aptized Christians were there to sign the church charter. 
;'astor Karbam of the Lassa Church, chairman of the Dis- 
rict Council, and Mr. Ira Petry, chairman of the min- 
sters, were in charge of the service. Elections for the 
lifferent church offices were held. 

At Uba that same afternoon another Margi church was 
)rganized, consisting of Christians from 7 villages. The 
'arthest village was 12 miles away. Out of 286 baptized 
Christians, 165 signed the church charter here, but there 
vere many old people who couldn't walk that far. 

Since Christmas was filled with services, we didn't 
lave Barbara open her gifts that day. She opened them 
;he Sunday before Christmas; our boys were off work 
hen, and we had more privacy. She really enjoyed her 
Christmas. All we missionaries in this area had our 
Christmas dinner on the Monday evening before Christ- 
nas. We sang carols and the children dramatized the 
Christmas story. We had a fine fellowship together . . . 



We always feel a deep concern for our students when 
;hey are at home on holiday. Many of them live in pagan 
lomes and nearly all of them in a more or less pagan 
mvironment and they need real conviction on what is 
right and what is wrong in order to be strong in temp- 
;ation. Some of the students again planned a program 
)f witnessing to their families and to the people living 
iround them. Some spent part of the vacation doing 
jvangelistic work in the villages surrounding Waka. 

One young man who spent one week of his school 
tioliday in village evangelistic work around Waka is an 
interesting person. He is always going to the next vil- 
lage. He comes with good reports of a certain village 
and after some weeks he says that there is another vil- 
lage to which he would like to go every Sunday; and so 
we assign that village to several other students in the 
group, and he goes on to a new village. Some of the 
students get scared when the Moslems break up a meet- 
ing, but he refuses to run. 

(Shared by Gospel Messenger) 

When Robert Louis Stevenson, as a youth, took his 
Srst book of poems to the publisher, the book was re- 
fused. The publisher said that those poems were written 
by one who knew only the sunny side of life, and not 
reality. The poems did not reveal that the author was 
bedfast, and a sufferer all the while he was writing 
them. Stevenson had so triumphed over his pain that 
the readers of his poems could see only beauty. 
John H. Blough in STREAMS OF 
HEALING compiled by Lester R. Liles 
(Fleming H. Revell Company). 



W-ttbint, ^nnxtnnti^mtixt 



SIPES-GREENE. Grace Ann Sipes and Richard Wayne 
Greene, both of New Windsor, Maryland, were joined to- 
gether in the bonds of Holy Matrimony in The Brethren 
Church of Linwood, Maryland, on November 23, 1958. The 
marriage was solemnized by the undersigned in a private 
service with the immediate members of the families. 

Bruce C. Shanholtz, Pastor. 

By Edwin Raymond Anderson 


Fadiman, placed this striking sentence in the course 
of an essay: "One of the marks identifying a revolution- 
ary period is the speed with which a shockin^r statement 
changes to a boring one." Are we in such a period today? 
But, then, times are always out-of-joint when sin has 
fractured the main-stream, and we do quite desperately 
need a "reverse revolution" to drive back to God Him- 
self — and to Calvary. 

This remark furnishes spiritual food-for-thought. A 
blight of boredom has burdened our times where spiritual 
issues are concerned. There is simply no interest in the 
eternal, for the trifling and the temporary has assumed the 
larger place. The sophisticated life, so vaunted and almost 
worshipped, is deemed the pinnacle. Truth which is meant 
to create the yearning in the heart, merely brings the 
yawn to the lips. All has been heard before in this fa- 
vored land where Bibles blossom everywhere; "familiar- 
ity breeds contempt" and the cutting edge of divine re- 
ality has become blunted, and there is no sense of the 
cutting. A highly dangerous state and that which is bor- 
ing today shall become bitter burning without relief, 
without release in the realm from whence there is no 

Here too, is the view of the awesome patience of the 
Almighty. Of a mystery, He is, "long suffering . . . not 
willing that any should perish but that all should come 
to repentance" (II Peter 3:9), whispering along time's 
channels the same word from the Same Old Book, with- 
out variation and without let-up. Obviously man is of 
high moment to His compassionate sight, even though 
he be knocked into a number among numbers by the 
mechanical melange of today. 

The Old Book continues, and what a wonder when a 
verse so familiar that it almost comes to mean nothing, 
is read just once more . . . and miracle! The light breaks 
and boredom is smashed before breaking before His Pres- 
ence. "My Word . . . shall not return unto me void" 
(Isaiah 55:11) is the guarantee of its power for this 
power-mad, yet power-less hour. He has Hib own ways 
of breaking through the boredom and leaving a blessing 
when the life is caused to turn and be touched with 
the basics of eternal import. (Copr. ERA, 1959) 



National Goals Program 

of The Brethren Church 

Last month the National Goals Program Committee, 
through one of its membei-s, Rev. E. J. Black, presented 
an article of challenge and suggestions dealing with the 
"Denominational Goals" portion of the Goals Program. 
This month, in keeping with the fact that February is 
Benevolent Board month in the Brethren Church, the 
Goals Committee presents the following article dealing 
with the "Benevolent Goals" portion of the National 
Goals Program. This challenging and helpful message is 

written by Brother Dorman Ronk, a member of the ] 
tional Goals Program Committee, and also secretary 
the Benevolent Board of the Brethren Church. ' 
National Goals Program Committee appreciates the 
operation of our Editor of Publications, Rev. W. St. C 
Benshoff, in making available space for these artic 

Henry Bates, Chairman, 

National Goals Program Committei 


THE BENEVOLENT BOARD has a distinct mission 
in the Brethren Church. Constantly the lonely, the 
aged, and the poor must be given a home and care. They 
may be of the laity or a minister or his widow. Hence, 
in giving care to such people, the Brethren's Home ren- 
ders a lovely service. 

We all have talents that God has given us and we use 
these talents each day. Some have the privilege of serv- 
ing daily in direct chui'ch work. Some selected few have 
the high honor of going out in mission work of some 
kind. But the most of us do not have this opportunity of 
special full-time service. Our daily work keeps us so 
busy we have very little time left for the activities 
at the Church, such as choir rehearsals or even teach- 
ing a class. So for us the easiest help we can give our 
church program is through our church attendance and 
our giving. Do we all do our part? Do we all know of 
the need of our Church, so we give our share and more ? 
Do we even know of the blessings that come fi'om cheer- 
ful giving? 

Many of us, I am afraid, fail to realize that part of 
our duty as Christians is to care for the aged. Let us all 
become more conscious of our entire Church program. 

The four points of the Benevolent Boai'd goals, which 
is one section of the national goals for the Brethren 
Church this year, need to be stressed now. 

(1) Participation in the Retirement Fund and/or So- 
cial Security. The Retirement Fund has been in opera- 
tion for a few years in our Church, and its advantages 
are offered to all ministers, who are not disqualified 

due to age. Since Social Security was opened to mi 
ters of the Gospel, this provides some assistance w 
earning power ceases. Either amount per month will 
a tremendous help in case one must enter the Brethr 
Home or any other retirement. 

(2) Receiving the Benevolent Day offering. This sh< 
be a real privilege of service in every Brethren Chu 
Those, who for years, have helped to carry the load i 
not be slighted in their reclining years. 

(3) The local Church should strive to increase its 
fering, otherwise the inflated wages and commod: 
cannot be met. Pastors should stress this point in c 

(4) "Food for the Faithful." For several years Br 
ren Youth has been urging people to bring canned i 
and vegetables to General Conference. Some individ 
and churches have taken their gifts directly to the H< 
A very fine response has been made, but more pe 
should have a share. This small effort vdll save h' 
of time, labor, and expense for those who operate 
Bi'ethren's Home. This goal deserves our whole-hea 

When the opportunity comes this year, let all oi 
labor to one end — that of serving those who have 
years gone by served the Church. "Inasmuch as ye i 
done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye ] 

done it unto me." 


Dorman L. Ronk, Secreta 
The Benevolent Board. 

EBRUARY 14, 1959 




Our new Pastor, Rev. Herbert Gilmer, and family ar- 
ived in Roann, December 9th. Saturday evening, Decem- 
ler 20th, the Church and Sunday School gave a welcome 
,nd food shower for the Gilmers, with the Homebuilders 
'lass members serving as hostesses. The Loyal Workers 
Jlass gave them a picture, and the Church and Sunday 
ichool also gave Rev. and Mrs. Gilmer an electric blank- 
t for Christmas. 

The Sunday School gave a Christmas party Saturday, 
)ecember 20th, for all the Youth Classes, with Rev. 
Crosby, of the Methodist Church, as speaker and magi- 
ian. There was a treat for all. December 21st, nineteen 
!arolers sang to the aged and ill. Refreshments were 
erved at the parsonage afterward. 

A new Choir has been started, presently 20 are in the 
Jhoir. Other talent is being used in evening worship ser- 

Mary Haupert, Corr. Sec. 


Greetings to the Brotherhood from "deep in the heart 
f Texas," specifically, Texas University, at Austin, with 
ver 18,000 students. I was selected by the Air Force to 
18 in a class of 30 chaplains to come here for a special 
>eminar under the leadership of the Hogg Foundation in 
Cental Health. 

Since about 60% of the chaplain's work is in the field 
•f personal counseling, it is important that we learn 
aental health and family relations. A chaplain finds him- 
elf counseling needy people either in his chapel office 
<T over a cup of coffee, or while visiting the mechanics 
•n the line or in conversation either before or after a 
light. Here spiritual and mental and emotional guidance 
3 important. Life and property are at stake. Therefore, 

am glad for this opportunity to study eight hours a day 
nth some of the leaders in this field of human rela- 

Interpersonal therapy and intensive Psychotherapy pro- 
edure is not easily learned nor easily applied, but in 
ur present space age, more emphasis should be applied 
the heart, mind and soul of man, and as chaplains, 
'Q find men leaning upon us for guidance, and this can- 
ot be treated lightly or just with promises or allusions. 

I'm sure that after .this seminar, when I return to my 
amily and work at Plattsburgh AFB, New York, that I 
^ill be better prepared to understand and possibly help 
dose who come with problems of living. 

Peggy is attending New York University State Teach- 
ers College at Plattsburgh, and will graduate this Spring. 
Barring a crisis, like Lebanon last year, we will attend 
General Conference next summer. 

Eugene J. Beekley, Chap (Capt) USAF 
Wing Chaplain, Plattsburgh AFB, New York. 

n n s 


The year of 1959 is well under way, but not too far to 
count the blessings of 1958, and to aim for new heights 
in 1959. In 1958 we received four members into the 
church. The average attendance in Sunday School in 1957 
was 50, and in 1958, it was 60. A teacher training class 
was instituted. 

There has been a large increase in denominational 
financial support. Our ov^m church has continued to oper- 
ate in the black. A boys' brotherhood was begun. The 
youth organizations are still on the march. The Senior 
B. Y. C, especially, has shown increased activity. The 
first father and son banquet was held, sponsored by the 
Junior S. M. M. — a complete success. 

In the area of church building improvements, 50 new 
folding chairs were purchased. The basement was re- 
painted. A new electric organ was presented to the 
church under the Claud Foster plan. Blowers were in- 
stalled on both church and parsonage furnaces. Curtains 
were replaced in all the windows of the church. A new 
water line was laid. A railing was installed on the front 
steps of the church. Surely God has blessed our feeble 

Our Communion on January 19th was attended by 34 

Carl H. Phillips, Pastor. 


It has been several years since I have sent in a re- 
port, but that does not mean that we have not been in 
the Lord's work. We have been busy in His field at 
Gratis for just six months. Prior to that wc spent five 
and one half years in Ardmore. We found a wonderful 
group of the Lord's people there in the Church and saw 
them take hold and grow for the Lord. The Loi'd worked 
in great and wonderful ways before our eyes with in- 
crease in attendance of all the services and the need for 
the addition that grew out of the increase. It was won- 
derful to watch the people work for the $15,000 that 
was needed for the building. Cooperative work brings 
results as can be seen when we consider the fact that 
at the time we left it was nearly all paid for. We are 
looking forward to the dedication of this fine new addi- 

Needless to say, it was hard to make the decision to 
leave Ardmore. I guess that is the case with us all when 
we find ourselves vdth the vote of nine tenths and the 
cooperation of all. Since coming to Gratis, five of the 
Ardmore Church families have visited us and we have 
had the privilege of having one family of our Catholic 
friends make the trip to visit us. We thank the Lord for 



sending Rev. Cole to carry on the work that the Lord 
has for them in that field. Rev. and Mrs. Cole are very 
capable and sincere servants of the Lord! 

We have found that God's people are the same here 
in Gratis as any other place. The "church" folk have 
shown us every kindness that they could think of. We 
are at a loss to know how to thank them, other than 
to pray that the Lord will show us the right way to 
lead them. They moved the kitchen into the old dining 
room and have installed cupboards all around the north 
and west walls. They purchased an electric range and 
helped much in the appearance of the house, as well as 
doing much unseen work, electrical heating, etc. 

When we arrived we found that we had a wonderful 
assortment of food awaiting us. Again at Christmas we 
found a very large assortment of food under the Church 
Christmas Tree. At our Christmas program, held on Sun- 
day night, we had over 150 present with most of them 
staying for the fellowship hour in the basement which 
followed. I might add that there has been a steady flow 
of things that have come in along the way, from the 
"Pounding" to the present time! Again we thank the 
fine group of friends we have already made here in 

We have had the privilege of speaking to the Gi'atis 
School assembly three times as well as finding ourselves 
busy with a great many community meetings. Mrs. 
Tinkel is teaching in the Elementary School here and 
works hard with the Church Work. She has again started 
the Junior Church and finds it both interesting, and a 
fine asset to both the child and the parent. 

The services have received a fine "lift" by the purchase 
of a Conn organ. The organ was purchased with dona- 
tions from the congregation, and Sunday School and 
Church groups. We also have two new bulletin boards 
installed outside the Church, on the north and east walls 
of the Church. Dedication of these, as well as other new 
items, is set for March 1st. 

We are to start a Sunday School Contest this Sunday, 
February 1st, which we hope will add to the numbers 
and to the spiritual welfare of the Church. God has al- 
ready blessed with an increase in numbers and we pray 
that He will be able to use us to help others to see their 
need of the Savior and the Church of Jesus Christ. We 
covet your continued prayers for us and the Gratis 
Brethren Church. 

Rev. and Mrs. Arthur J. Tinkel. 


It was the writer's privilege to minister to the Roann 
Brethren for three months before the arrival of their 
new pastor, Brother Herbert Gilmer. It has always been 
a joy and delight to serve the Roann Church. While I 
have never been their "regular" pastor, this is the third 
time I have served as a supply varying in length of 
term from a few months to a year. In addition, have 
conducted one evangelistic meeting for this good people. 
We commended them for their selection of a new pastor 
and we are looking forward to hearing good news from 
this church through the days ahead. We want to take 
this opportunity to thank them for every kindness and 

consideration that they gave us while among them, a 
we hope and trust and pray that the Lord will bless th 
greatly in their new relationship of pastor and peoi 
At this writing, Mrs. Grisso and myself are enjoy: 
the fellowship and hospitality of the Brethren in Sa 
sota. I am regaining my strength slowly from an ac 
dent last October which ended in three fractured r 
and a crushed shoulder. The work of the church h 
seems to be in a flourishing condition. I do not have 
least criticism to offer. The pastor is loved by all al 
and he is giving gospel messages to a well filled chu 
each Sunday. Sarasota is well on the way to becom 
one of our best churches. 

C. C. Grissc 

iCati t0 SpBt 

HALE. Ephraim Hale, one of the last three Cha: 
Members of the Oakville Brethren Church, passed ax 
very suddenly in the home of his daughter in Pont 
Michigan, Oct. 15, 1958, at the age of 84. Had atten 
the annual homecoming of the Oakville Church just 
days before. Had been a faithful member when his h^ 
was here. Funeral services by the Pastor in the Oak'^ 

OCKER. Graveside services for William Owen Oc 
infant son of Francis and Beverly Ocker, born premat 
ly in Ashland, Ohio, and living only about s day, \ 
held at Oakville, Dec. 5, 1958. The parents had rece 
moved to Ashland in anticipation of entering pre-S( 
nary work at Ashland. Rev. William Fells, of Ashl 
assisted in the services. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, Paste 









2 Blocks 
619 Park Street 

Hey! We're Half Way! 


EBRUARY 14, 1959 



at OHIO 



T TAKES a heap o' livin' to make a place a home. 

And it takes a heap of work to make our Ohio Camp 
ite a Camp. Thousands of years ago, the Great Glacier 
;gan the job when it pushed and inched ito way along 
I the exact spot where our camp now is. Before the ice 
luld smoothe out the land, however, it was stopped in 
3 tracks, and left a pile of dirt and rocks called a ter- 
inal moraine. Centuries later, some people called the 
ound builders, lived and built their earth works — some 
ist of our campsite and some north, and a great many 
luthwest of us. Then for a time the Erie Tribe or the 
at Tribe of Indians lived in Ohio. When they succumbed 

the Iroquois, Ohio began to take on a more modem 
ok, and the Six Tribes proceeded to develop our fair 
nd with trails and towns, businesses and homes. 
All this looked mighty good to the white settlers just 
me from Europe, so wars and threats of wars filled 

the next few years. Finally, came a man called Mad An- 
thony Wayne. He finally convinced the Indians that they 
should negotiate. Our camp lies on the boundary set up 
by this agreement, the Greenville Treaty. 

Recently, during the last 160 years, settlerb have gone 
on with the job of getting the land ready for our Camp. 
Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees, pioneer families 
have cleared the land, and others have builL roads and 
invented modem conveniences so we can enjoy the hills 
and history willed to us by others. 

This year, we have the job of completing a camp. We 
have the beautiful land, the roads, the beginnings. All 
we need is inventiveness to build on our legacy from the 
past, and we'll have our camp. In other words, we need 
your money and your time, to build as well as to popu- 
late the camp this summer, from July 19th to August 


Spiritual fIDebitatione 

Rev. Dyoll Be]ot« 


"But Jonah rose up to flee from the presence of the 
the Lord." Jonah 1 :3. 

PHE STORY OF JONAH and the ("Whale")— which 
I isn't the name used to describe the occupant of the 
a concerning which the story is told — but rather a 
eature concerning which the stoi-y tells is named a 
;reat fish"; is one of the best known stories in the Old 
Jstament, and the subject of much controversy. Many 
ive been so busy with the "fish" that they have made 
ore of a "fish" than of the real import and the beauty 
the story. 

When men look at Jonah and foi-get. about the "fish," 
ey can begin to see themselves and their neighbors as 
unterparts to Jonah. Jonah had the same trouble that 
3n of all ages have had who tried to run away from 

God. Jonah had been called of God to a service to his 
fellowmen, and he ran into the same trouble that men 
always experience who try to escape service in God's 
kingdom. Jonah decided that God was calling him to a 
task that would involve him in much trouble — so he de- 
cided that the easiest way to escape the trouble was to 
run from it. Which was only to run into more and worse 
trouble. And so the "Fish story" began. 

Choosing to escape by boat, Jonah took ship for an- 
other port. But God can stir up a storm at sea at any 
point on the waters, and he did for Jonah. But He also 
provided a way of escape for Jonah in the form of a fish 
that was capable of keeping Jonah alive in the storm 
until he "came to himself" and accepted God's challenge. 
When Jonah began to heed God's will his troubles ended. 
Men have always been headstrong individualists who 
would rather go their own way than God's. 

And the catastrophe which harasses the world today 
is just the predicament which Jonah found himself in 
as an individual. The nations are trying to run away 
from the will of God. And when a nation — or the world, 
tries to run away from God — it may expect to run into 
trouble and calamity. It is still true that "Blessed is the 
nation — or individual — whose God is the Lord," and 
which obeys Him. 



yrayer umting 

hy (5. T. Qilnwv 


Man-like is it to fall in sin, 
Fiend-like is it to dwell therein, 
Christ-like is it for sin to grieve, 
God-like is it all sin to leave. 

— Friedrich von Logan. 

Sin is transgression (1 John 3:4), disobedience (Rom. 
10:21), trespass, falling from duty (2 Chron. 19:10), 
error or ignorance (1 Tim. 1:13), defect or partial dis- 
obedience (1 Sam. 15:20-23), lawlessness or iniquity 
(Psalm 66:18), discord (Prov. 6:14), impiety (Rom. 

Sin originated with the Devil (1 John 3:8). The Devil 
is a liar and a murderer (John 8:44). He was created 
perfect, sinless and innocent (Ezek. 28:15). Christ laid 
the responsibility for the origin of sin upon Satan and the 
angels that kept not their first estate (Matt. 25:41). The 
beauty and the brightness of Lucifer occasioned pride and 
self-exaltation which led to his insubordination of God 
and his subsequent downfall (Isa. 14:13, 14). Humans 
will do well to remember that all sin is selfishness and 
puts the human above the Divine Will — a spirit not 
manifested by Christ (Matt. 26:39; Phil. 2:6-8). 

There are sins of commission, and omission (James 
4:17). There is the sin of unbelief (Rom. 14:23), of fool- 
ish thinking (Prov. 24:9), of the imaginations of unre- 
newed hearts (Gen. 6:5; 8:21). Sin comes from the heart 
(Matt. 15:19). Lust precedes the manifestation of sin 
(James 1:15). Sin is defiling (Prov. 30:12), deceitful 
(Heb. 3:13), disgraceful (Prov. 13:34). Not only "works 
of darkness" (Eph. 5:11), but also dead works (works 
that glorify man and not God) are sin (Heb. 6:1; 9:11). 
Sin is often very great (1 Sam. 2:17), manifold (Amos 
5:12), presumptuous (Psalm 19:13). It is sometimes open, 
and sometimes secret (1 Tim. 5:24). Unless sin is con- 
quered through Christ (Rom. 7:24, 25) it is quite as- 
sailing or besetting (Heb. 12:1). The end of sin is spir- 
itual death (Rom. 6:23). 

Man became and remains a sinner by choice (Gen. 
3:6, 7; Rom. 5:12). All men are conceived and bom in 
sin (Psalm 51:5). All are concluded under sin (Gal. 
3:22). Even "good moral men" are sinners (Eccl. 7:20). 
Only Christ was without sin (2 Cor. 5:21). 

The following lines carved on a tombstone in old St. 
Andrews Churchyard in Scotland answer the question of 
infant salvation: — 
"Behold infidelity, turn pale and die! 
Beneath this stone four sleeping infants lie. 
Say, are they lost or saved? 

If death's by sin, they sinned, for they are here. 
If Heaven's by works, in Heaven they can't appear. 
Reason, ah, how depraved! 

Turn to the Bible's sacred page — the knot's untied. 
They died, for Adam sinned; they live, for Jesus died."l 

The proof of God's love for the sinner is that Chr 
was manifested to take away our sins (John 3:16). G 
has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 18:3; 
God hates sin because of its injury to man (Prov. 6:: 
19). Because He is a just God He marks iniquity (J 
10:14), remembers it (Rev. 18:5), recompenses (18: 
and punishes all sin (Isaiah 13:11). All sins are agaii 
God, but there is forgiveness with God (Dan. 9:9). 

The Law is transgressed by every one (James 2: 
11), and gives the knowledge of sin (Rom. 7:7). It she 
the exceeding sinfulness of sin (Rom. 7:13), and curi 
all who come short of its fulfillment (Gal. 3:10). It 1 
been designed to be a restraint to sinning (1 Tim. 1 
10), but there is no salvation in the law for its violate 
(Gal. 3:11). No man can cleanse himself from sin (J 
2:22; Prov. 20:9) nor atone for his sin (Micah 6: 
Thei'efore God has opened up a fountain for sin (Ze 

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Sunday School Suggestior 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 

■ A ^4hMA.A^>.. 


executive head of one of the most important agem 
in Christian education. Some characteristics of a succ( 
ful superintendent are (1) spiritually alive and growi 
(2) unrivaled in dedication to his work; (3) cooperat 
but not devoid of convictions; (4) able to get along v 
people and generate confidence; (5) farsighted and r 
istic; (6) alert and progressive; (7) determined, but ' 
inflexible; and (8) willing to learn. Below is a stand 
for the Sunday school superintendent. Why not check 
on yourself and see ht)w you would rate as the supe 

As Sunday school superintendent, I . . . 

1. Pray daily that my own life might reflect Chris 
all times and that I might be wholly yielded to Hin 

2. Pray daily for my Sunday school that unsaved pu 
may find Christ and saved pupils may grow in Him. 

3. Visit each department every Sunday, being car 
not to disturb. 

4. Know the names of all the workers and wha' 
expected of them. 

5. Keep several months ahead of the school in 
planning, thinking about fall activities in June, Christ 
in October, and so on, and appointing committees es 

6. Work closely with the pastor, youth leaders, 
departmental superintendents. 

7. Be enthusiastic about the work and strive fo 
proper balance in pushing people aggressively, and so 
ing people tactfully. 

8. Have a worthwhile workers' meeting each month 
some time allowed for departmental groups to met 

ilBRUARY 14, 1959 


9. Study attendance, punctuality, and visitation ree- 
ds, striving always to bring absentees back and enroll 
w members. 

10. Plan and push an annual Sunday school contest 
lenever possible. 

11. Attend training classes and Sunday school conven- 
ins whenever I can and urge my staff to do likewise. 

12. Send an annual letter of thanks to all the workers 
my school, thanking them for past efforts and chal- 

iging them to even greater victories for Him. 
10 to 12 — you're tops 

8 to 10— good 

6 to 8— fair 

below 6 — better ask yourself, "Am I doing my best 
for my Lord?" 

um /^-* 


William H. Anderson 

Ltesson for February 22, 1959 


Lesson: Mark 13:1-7, 32-37 

)R. A. B. SIMPSON, in speaking of the Old Testament 
Saints, says: 
"Lighthouses indeed they were, these men of faith 
that illuminated the darkest periods of Old Testament 
history . . . But the lighthouse is not kindled for placid 
seas and sunlit skies, but for starless nights and raging 
storms. And so these troublous times brought out the 
highest and noblest types of faith and character in all 
the story of the past. In like manner it will be found 
that in our own experience faith is born not of favor- 
able circumstances and comfortable surroundings, but 
of deep afflictions, temptations, and sorrows." 
Yes, FAITH is born amidst the storm, because FAITH 
needed to endure the storm! Those who are to stand 
3 tests of trial and tribulation must possess a stead- 
3t faith in the Living God! 


"And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these 
eat buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon 
other, that shall not be thrown down." 
Dne of the disciples had expressed wonder and amaze- 
mt at the magnificent Temple. But Jesus said a time 
s coming when it would be completely destroyed, 
me have thought He was referring to 70 A. D. when 
;us marched into Jerusalem and left behind nothing 
t rubble. At best 70 A. D. was simply a partial ful- 
ment, since all the events of which Jesus spoke were 
t fulfilled at that time. 

Che end times will be characterized not only by the 
itruction of God's House of Worship, but by a time 
great deception. "Take heed," warned Jesus, "lest any 
n deceive you: For many shall come in My name, say- 
I I am Christ; and shall deceive many." 

Surely we are headed toward such a time! P'alse cults, 
false prophets, liberal clergymen, and modernistic 
churches are abounding more and more in our day! In 
such an hour we need to "Take heed"! 

Perilous times will also come in the last days. "And 
when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye 
not troubled: for such things must needs be." 

Never, in all the history of mankind, has there been 
such unrest in the world! Nations are threatening each 
other! Fighting is breaking out on every hand! All these 
things tell us we are approaching the end. 


When will the end come? "But of that day and that 
hour," said Jesus, "knoweth no man, no, not the angels 
which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." 

It matters little the exact time of the end of the world. 
The Christian's concern should be adherance to God's 
command: "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know 
not when the time is." 

Watch! Pray! This will be man's only defense as the 
end days approach. Needless to say, only those who ex- 
ercise faith in God's Word and God's Son will be able to 
escape the awful destraction that is coming. 

Since the hour of Christ's Coming is unknown, the Be- 
liever should be WATCHING, and WAITING, and SPIR- 
ITUALLY PREPARED at all times, "Lest coming sud- 
denly He find you sleeping." 

Shall He come— and find me WATCHING, 

As the watchers watch for morn. 
As the hour of midnight passes. 

And the coming day is born? 

Shall He come— and find me WAITING, 

With my loins well girt about. 
Staff in hand, the more to welcome — 

Waiting without fear or doubt ? 

Shall He come— and find me WORKING 

In His vanguard, full of love. 
Laboring only till the glory 

Breaks upon me from above? 

Jesus, let me be thus waiting, 

Full of hope and love and zeal; 
Let Thy Coming, to my spirit 

Be a hope. Divine and real." 

Of course God answers prayer — but just a moment, 
please. Prayer is far more than petition, request and ii- 
tercession. It is first and foremost adoration, thanksgiv- 
ing and praise. Render therefore unto the Lord His due. 
Let your heart be filled with worship, even as you ap- 
proach God's throne with your petitions. The God who 
answers prayer loves to hear His children pray. Let us 
then be about this heavenly business, the first thing in 
the morning, the last thing at night, and often in be- 
tween. Let us maintain our prayer contact with our Fa- 
ther who loves us and who doeth all things well. 

Charles J. Woodbridge, TELL US, PLEASE 
(The Fleming H. Revell Company). 




Round 'Up of 

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A granite pillar of the Ten Commandments, offered to 
Portland, Oregon, by the Eagles Lodge, has provoked a 
mild controversy over religious freedom. The controversy 
lies between City Commissioner Ormond R. Bean and 
Rabbi Julius J. Nodel of a local Jewish Temple. 
Mr. Bean recommended that the City Council accept the 
gift and place it in the city's Plaza Block, while Rabbi 
Nodel protested its acceptance. 

The Rabbi pointed out that Protestants, Catholics and 
Jews have their own versions of the Ten Commandments. 
He said that the City Council should not, by installing 
the Decalogue on public premises, make it appear that 
any jiarticular version "is endowed with an official status 
superior to the versions accepted at home and in the 
family or church or synagogue." 

He stated that merely placing the inscription of a 
noble teaching before the eyes of the public would not 
lead miraculously to its adoption. Engraving God's Law 
on granite monuments throughout the nation "will achieve 
no good purpose," he said. "The Ten Commandments, to 
be effective, must be engraved on our hearts." 


Religion in Russia still is a problem to the communists. 
While belief in God and church attendance are not on 
the rise, neither are they dying out as rapidly as Com- 
munist Party leaders wish they would. The Russian Or- 
thodox Church still is trying to win new members and 
hold the ones it already has. 

The magazine Party Life which twice monthly airs 
the oiiinions of the Communist Party Central Committee 
before the public, recently explained the communist atti- 
tude toward religion on grounds that some Soviet citi- 
zens do not understand the party line. "There still are 
many people under the influence of religion in our coun- 
try and it would be wrong to ignore this," the magazine 

Religion, according to the official paper, is still what 
it always has been, "a reactionary ideology which only 
obscures the consciousness of the working people." The 
fact that the orthodox clergy has stopped trying to 
sabotage the party and now more or less loyally supports 
its policy does not mean religion has gone communist, 
as some politically naive Russians think, the magazine 
said. It is just as hostile to communism as ever, Party 
Life stressed. 

Traditionally, the official ideology in Moscow has 
tended to regard religion as rather "like the dirty old 
habit of storing coal in the bathtub. Install the poor 

ignorant people in a modem apartment and they ^ 
begin to use the bathtub for taking baths," the reas 
ing goes. Likewise, the communists have said, impr 
man's physical surroundings on a larger, national sc 
and he will start using his head for thinking instead 
praying, for contemplating this world instead of 
next. But, as experience often proves, it takes an 
ergetic educational campaign to make the people fit i 
their new environment. Forty years in powei have c 
vinced the Soviet communists it is not enough to sit b 
and let religion live out its days in peace. Foi the co 
try can be electrified, industry developed, agricult 
mechanized, new apartments built — and still many pe( 
go on believing in God. The need continues, theref 
according to the paper, for an imaginative, militant str 
egy to draw the believers away from religion and i 
the ai-ms of atheism, the Soviets contend. 


An International Synagogue for air travelers and 
port personnel will be built at Idlewild Airport, I 
York City, near Our Lady of the Skies Roman Cath 
Chapel and a site reserved for a Protestant church. 
$250,000 classical modern structure will be built of Isr 
limestone and marble. Construction is to start this spr 
and is to be completed by the end of the year. (Const 
tion of a Protestant Chapel still awaits financial s] 

The synagogue is the first ever to be built at an 
port, according to the New York Board of Rabbis, w! 
signed a lease with the Port of New York Authoritj 
is to go up on a one-acre site, part of a three-acre pa 
reserved for houses of worship of the three major fa 
when the airport was planned. 

Rabbi Steinbach, president of the Board of Rabbis, 
the presence of the synagogue "at the gateway to Ar 
ica, together with the chapels of other faiths" s 
bolized America's great tradition of religious freedoi 


The chaplain of Madame Chaing Kai Shek's Chi: 
Christian Women's Prayer Group on Taipei, recently|i 
beled the National Council of Church World Order Sp 
Conference call for recognition of Red China a ( t 
promise "with Communism prepared by men who ij? 
no understanding of the world-vdde implications of ai 
ity in the Far East. The statement, declared Rev. John E 
Hsieh, pastor of the China Presbyterian Church of Chri 
Taipei, but currently a graduate student at Faith T 
logical Seminary, denies the Bible. "Communism,'' 
said, "denies the existence of God and any recogn: 
of a communist-dominated country by the free worl 
a compromise contrary to the specific teachings of 
Holy Scriptures." 

A first hand mtness of what happens when comr 
ism overruns a country, Rev. Hsieh told how his mo 
was starved to death and his brother-in-law murd 
by communists during the early days of the revolu 
A hospital owned and operated by his doctor father 
brothers was also confiscated by the new governn 
In his statement he emphasized that fellowship witl; 

3BRUARY 14, 1959 


lied Christian leaders in Red China would be similar 

sheep playing with wolves. 

"The leaders of the churches on the mainland," accord- 
5 to Mr. Hsieh, "appear outwardly to be dedicated 
iristians. The Western world cannot see the other face 
ey present — the face of men dedicated to the further- 
ce of the communist party, not only in China, but 
roughout the Asiatic world." 

National Council leaders should understand, before 
ey advocate recognition of Red China as the solution 

ease Far East tensions, he commented, that on the 
linland of China, the only force deemed worthy of honor 
the communist party and that force controls the Chris- 
m churches. 

Mr. Hsieh further charged that the Study Conference 
itement drafted recently in Cleveland, defeats the pur- 
se of Protestant Christians on Formosa, and through- 
t the Far East, as it gives comfort and support to the 
mmunist cause. "It makes useless," he underscored, 
le very fight of these Christians against the evil of 

Concluding his remarks. Pastor Hsieh suggested that 
itional Council officials adopt a more realistic atti- 
ie toward the Red China question and view the whole 
;uation in the light of Biblical admonition not to com- 
omise with evil. "Only by opposing evil, and fighting 
with every possible means, through prayer, through 
idy, through work, can the true, historic Christian 
ith hope to survive." 

:her late news items 

JARGLA, Africa — This city, frequently referred to as 
i future "petroleum capital of the Sahara," is to have 
Protestant chapel. Situated in the center of the grow- 
j town, the church will be erected under the auspices 

the French Reformed Church through its military 
aplaincy, which also serves the expanding population 
the Sahara desert. Money for the new project is being 
ised. A young chaplain is already working in a mili- 
*y hut on the building site and fans out from his base 

serve an enormous surrounding area. A house will be 
lit for him next to the church, and probably also a 
;ial center. 

'LAND, Indiana — Coach Don Odle of Taylor Univer- 
y says he will take another "Venture for Victory" 
sketball squad to the Orient next summer. Four mem- 
's of the 1959 squad have already been named: Paul 
uman, captain of the Stanford University team; Bill 
rig, captain of Wheaton College; Bob Whitehead, Wheat- 
: forward who has been named to Little All-American 
ms; and Roger Jenkinson of Taylor. Four additional 
yers are yet to be selected. The project is sponsored 
i churches, civic clubs, and individuals. In addition to 
[jnng basketball with top teams in Asia the team will 
[iduct evangelistic sei"vices. The squad was given a ci- 
ion in Congress last year for its contribution to in- 
I national good will. 

OOKLYN — The African Inland Mission has been or- 

ed to end all its medical missionary work in the Sudan. 

p Sudanese government says all AIM doctors must 

ndon their work immediately. The ouster affect a mis- 

sion hospital and the medical work of several other sta- 
tions. AIM is a Protestant interdenominational mission 
having 530 missionaries in six major areas of Africa. 

HERZLIA, Israel — Millions of soldiers have set out to 
dig foxholes and trenches, but very few find buried treas- 
ure along the way. Recently, an Israel army unit on 
an exercise near this Mediterranean seaside resort was 
ordered to dig in. A soldier's spade unearthed a granite 
statue of a mother and child that had been buried some 
2,100 years ago. The army unit quickly vacated the area 
and called in the experts. Further exploration of the site 
by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv 
museum revealed the existence of a Phoenician temple, 
many statuettes and necklaces of semi-precious stones. 

TOKYO— The Japanese affiliate of Church World Service 
recently parachuted more than nine tons of U. S. emer- 
gency supplies to victims of a disastrous fir(> which left 
some 7,000 persons homeless in Koniya, Japan. The drop 
included food, blankets, and clothing. The Japanese gov- 
ernment loaned four planes and their crews for the op- 
eration. CWS also gave $25,000 for other emergency 
supplies for the ravaged city, particularly medicines. 

LONDON — Influential laymen in the Church of England 
are spearheading a drive for a new law which would per- 
mit the selling of empty and unwanted Anglican churches 
to other denominations. The number of Roman Catholic 
churches in England and Wales has nearly doubled in the 
past ten years and it is believed the Catholics would buy 
some of the unused Anglican church buildings but under 
present law the Anglican Church is forbidden to sell any 
of its buildings. 

NEW YORK — For the first time in 75 years, more Prot- 
estants have immigrated to New York City than mem- 
bers of other faiths. The Protestant Council of the city 
has announced that there are now 960,000 active members 
of Protestant churches in the five counties of the metrop- 
olis, more than 55 per cent of whom are non-whites. The 
figure includes 90,000 Spanish-speaking people, most of 
whom are Puerto Ricans, and 440,000 Negroes. The city 
census shows that 48.6 per cent of Nev/ Yorkei's are 
Roman Catholic, 26.6 per cent Jewish, 22.6 per cent 
Protestant, and the remainder Buddhist, Old Catholic, 
Eastern Orthodox and Polish Catholic. 

HOUSTON, Texas— A small group of West Texans, be- 
lieving the end of the world is near, is preparing to mi- 
grate to Israel "to prepare for the restoration of God's 
Kingdom." The group, made up of 27 families from the 
Odessa-Kermit-Fort Davis, Texas, area, plans to estab- 
lish an agriculture and religious colony near Jerusalem 
to await the millennium. A spokesman said that an ad- 
vance party was in Israel, arranging with the Ministry 
of Interior for land for a settlement near Mount Zion. 
The 25-member advance party left the United States last 

The group of families assembling here is headed by 
Mrs. Ben L. Roden of Odessa, a mother of six, and V. W. 
Johnson of Kermit. Mrs. Roden's husband, a former 
trucking contractor, and two sons, are in the advance 
party. The families have been cast out by the Seventh 
Day Adventist Church, Mrs. Roden said, for their belief 
that "the world is nearing the end of 6,000 years of pro- 
bationary time in which people can be saved." 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 
PIC of the WEEK 

A Summer Crusader in Action 

SUMMER CRUSADING offers you an opportunity to 
use your summer vacation time wisely. Teaching in 
a Bible School, laboring at a Work Camp, or traveling 
for Brethren Youth are excellent ways to: 

1. Use your talents very definitely in the Lord's work, 

2. Gain valuable experience and training yourself. 
The PIC above shows one of the past Brethren Youth 

CRUSADERS in action, as she teaches God's Word to 
small children. For service like this in the Lord's name. 
Brethren Youth offers a scholarship of $15.00 per week 
toward the student's woi'k at Ashland College. Summer 
Work of any kind is open to high school juniors and 

If you az"e interested in more information about SUM- 
MER CRUSADING and an application blank, write Na- 
tional Brethren Youth, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 


February 20, 21, 22 

THE DEADLINE for reservations to BRETHREN COL- 

Tuesday, February 17, 1959 
YOU KNOW what B. C. D. means! 

YOU'VE HEARD about the program this year! 
YOU'RE PROMISED a good time! 



Registration— 1 :30 P. M. 
Dismissal — After Evening Banquet 

Goal Number Ten 


The Brethren Youth Membership Card sei-ves two pij 

1. It helps every young person realize that he is 
member of a "National" youth organization, and not ji 
a local church group. 

2. The Covenant-side of the card reminds him of I 
committment to Jesus Christ. 

Belonging to a nation-wide young people's organizati 
is important when working on big projects — projei 
that no local church could complete by themselves. B 
by working together with other youth across the Stat 
much is accomplished. And there is a feeling of streng, 
and unity in the process. This is especially true in S' 
tions of the country where our Brethren Churches ■< 
more sparcely located. 

The Membership Card should be issued at a speci 
ser^'ice — at which time these things are pointed out s 
explained to the new members. 

Then, too, the B. Y. Covenant is printed on the b{ 
of each card. This Covenant is to be read from a spec 
banner at each meeting, but it is also well for each yoi 
person to have his own personal copy to which he 
asked to sign his name. Living by the principles of 
Covenant will definitely strengthen and increase 
spiritual life of each carrier. 

Enlarging the Brethren Youth Booster Club is sim 
seeking a donation from all those in the church who 
willing to "BOOST" Brethren Youth work. A spe^ 
card is prepared and given to each contributor. Th 
"boosting funds" are used to further every phase 
National youth work. 



Church, March 8 

March 8 

Speaker: Rev. Claude Garrison 

YOUTH CLINICS: New Paris, March 8, 9 
Waterloo, March 11, 12 
Milledgeville, March 15, 16 

SPRING CAMP— Waterloo, March 13-15 


"The Insidious Nature of Social Drinking" b> H. B. 

Reader's Digest— February, 1959 (p. 53) 
"What's Wrong With TV?" by E. R. M. 

Reader's Digest — February, 1959 (p. 55) 

"Smoking! Will You?" by E. P. L. 

Brethren Youth Magazine — February, 1959 (p. ■ 

'EBRUARY 14, 1959 


omen s 




b)? Helen Jordan 


(Continued from Page 2) 

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man 
ear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, 
ad will sup with him, and he with me." (Rev. 3:20) 

rHE ABOVE REFERENCE presents one of the most 
beautiful pictures of Jesus that we have in the Bible, 
n many homes and nearly every Church we may see 
le lovely picture of Sallman's, Christ knocking at the 
oor. Jesus is knocking, patiently, seeking admission into 
ur hearts and homes. When we look at the picture care- 
ally, we see that the artist has painted for us a door 
'hich has no latch on the outside. The door must be 
pened from within. 

There are three things we may learn from this picture. 

First, we see Jesus as a friend who is always waiting 
nd ready to come into our lives. He is always there no 
latter who we are. Christ is our Friend, knocking at our 
earts' door. 

Second, we learn that Christ would have us open the 
oor that He might come into our lives. Christ does not 
reak down the door. He will not force Himself upon us. 
i^'e must say yes by opening the door of our hearts. 

Third, When we open the door for Christ, there is the 
romise of daily friendship with Him through prayer. 

He saith imto them, How many loaves have 
e? go and see. And When they knew, they say, 
'ive, and two fishes (Mark 6:38). You can't 
:uess how much good the Lord may do with even 
our dime or nickel in these days, especially if 
hat dime or nickel you give Him to use for oth- 
rs is something you really take from yourself. 
)ne time a poor little boy saw all the big people 
utting money into the offering plate. He didn't 
ave anything to give but five marbles in his 
ocket. He put them into the plate! People 
round must have smiled as they saw the strange 
ffering drop in. After the meeting, one of the 
eacons asked the child if he wanted his mar- 
les back. "Oh, no, I gave them to the Lord 
esus." As the story was told from one to an- 
ther, a rich man said, "I'll give a hundred dol- 
trs for that boy's marbles." That was another 
ind of miracle change, from 5 cents to $100. 
ou may never know just how much your little 
ift is worth in God's eyes, but be sure if you 
ially give with love to help, the Lord will use 
and it will look big in Heaven. — The Sunday 
3hool Times. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Brother Donald Rowser writes 
in "Cross-beams," Smithville Brethren's weekly news let- 
ter: "Sunday afternoon (January 25th), tv/enty-one Jun- 
ior Brethren Youth and seventeen adults presented the 
worship service for the people at the Wayne County 
Home. The children gave a very fine program and the 
old folks at the home appreciated it very much." 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. One new member was received 
by letter recently. 

DAYTON, OHIO (HILLCREST). The Hillcrest bulletin 
notes the exchange of pulpits the evening of February 
1st between Dayton Hillcrest's Pastor, Brother Percy C. 
Miller, and West Alexandria Brethren's Pastor, Brother 
Harold Garland. 

scheduled to present their public service the evening of 
March 1st, with Missionary on Furlough, Glenn Shank, 
as speaker. 

OAKVILLE, INDIANA. Indiana Temperance League 
Staff Member, Rev. L. P. Green, brought the morning 
message in the Oakville Church on January 18th. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. The various Sunday School 
classes are taking charge of the evening services in the 
South Bend Church. On February 1st, the Acme Class 
presented as guest speaker, Mrs. C. William Cole, wife 
of the Ardmore Brethren Pastor. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. The evening service on Janu- 
ary 18th was in charge of W. M. S. Group I. A Scene-o- 
felt message was presented by Mrs. J. Milton Bowman. 

One new member was received by letter recently. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. The W. M. S. public service was 
held the morning of January 25th, with Milledgeville 
Pastor, Brother H. H. Rowsey, bringing a missionary 
message at the service. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Brother A. T. Ronk's trip to 
Udell, as announced a few weeks ago in this column, was 
postponed due to the weather. Brother Ronk notes that 
the new dates set were February 5th through 8th. The 
Waterloo Laymen were scheduled to care for the service 
at Waterloo during their pastor's absence. 




(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 

Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 

Make checks payable to Clarence Stogsdill, Treasurer, 
and address: Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, 186 Spring St., 
Johnstown, Penna. 


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/ol. LXXXI 

February 21, 1959 

No. 8 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL/ for the WHOLE WORLD 


Items of -^zteneral htterest 

called to your atLvjiition; 

Brother Woodrow B. Brant, who is pastoring the Penn- 
sylvania District Jlission Board-sponsored work at Levit- 
town, Pennsylvania, indicates his temporary address is: 
240 Olds Blvd., Fairless Hills, Penna., c/o Guy Smith. 
Brother Brant indicates that he will have a more perma- 
nent address in another month or so. 

Mojt people move from one house to another and thu.s 
have a new address. Not so, in the case of Brother Alvin 
H. Grumbling, pastor of our Stockton, California, Church. 
Brother Grumbling notes that he is not changing houses, 
but that the government is establishing a new post office 
and rural route in his area. His new address is: Rt. 1, 
Box 783, French Camp, California. 

Brother D. C. White's new address is: 410 Main Street, 
Berlin, Penna. Bi'other White will continue to pastor the 
Meyersdale Church until the arrival of Brother Guy F. 
Ludwig, from Pittsburgh, at a later date. 

There are some other pastoral address changes in the 
offing, but then, we don't dare "jump the gun," until 
they are made official. 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Brother Freeman Ankrum 
reports a recent Sunday School attendance of 166, and 
indicates that more room is badly needed if they are to 
continue to grow. 

OAK HILL, W. VA. Brother Robert Madoski notes 
that: "Januai'y 27th we had an all-Chuz-ch Skating party, 
with 53 present, and all had a good time." 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Brother Bruce C. Shanholtz 
was on radio WTTR as devotional speaker on February 

■JONES MILLS, PENNA. (VALLEY). Valley Brethren 
hosted the Kreager and Valley Youth Rally, January 
30th. Rev. Sid Fenton of Connellsville, was the speaker. 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA. (THIRD). The Boys' Broth- 
erhood Winter Camp was held at Camp Smokey, Janu- 
ary 30th to February 1st. 

Brother Clarence Stogsdill notes that a ga^ conversion 
burner has been installed in the parsonage furnace. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. A "Show Your Faith" Sun- 
day School Contest is scheduled for the Pleasant Hill 


Church for March 8th through 29th. Brother William 
Anderson notes that it will begin the first Sunday 
their Revival and close on Easter Sunday. 

(Continued on Page 19) 


SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, Ardmore Bretluen. Ev 
gelistic Services— Mar. 12-22 — Rev. C. William Cole, I 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Revival Services— Mar. 2 
—Rev. Percy C. Miller, Evangelist; Rev. William H. 
derson. Pastor. 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival and Evangelistic Serv 
Mar. 9-22 — Rev. Herbert Gilmer, Pastor and Evangel 

Evangelistic Services — Mar. 2-15 — Rev. Virgil Ingrah 
Evangelist; Rev. Henry Bates, Pastor. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Revival Meetings— Mar. 8-1 
Rev. Harold Barnett, Evangelist; Rev. L. V. King, Pas 

GRATIS, OHIO. Re^'ival Services— Mar. 9-22—1 
Claude Stogsdill, Evangelist; Rev. A. J. Tinkel, Pasto: 

OAKVILLE, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— Mar. 2 
— Rev. John T. Byler, Evangelist; Rev. Arthur H. Tin 


Quarterly Meeting — March 2, 1959 
Elkhart Brethren Church 

Dinner will be served between 6:00 and 8 
P. M., E. S. T. 

A blind musician and evangelist, Mr. Hon 
Schauer, has been engaged as the speaker, 
has a wonderful testimony for the Lord. 

Send reservations to: W. E. Lichtenberg 
101.') Middlebury St., Elkhart, Indiana, by Feb 
ary 23rd. 

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The Editor's Pulpit 

The Gkief Gorner Stone 

pHE BUILDING of Solomon's temple is said 
A to be one of the great engineering and con- 
truction feats of all time, in that the timbers 
nd stone were hewn and cut to exact dimen- 
ions away from the site of the temple. This was 
one, so that, according to the scripture, "there 
^as neither hammer or axe nor any tool of iron 
eard in the house, while it was in building." (I 
jngs 6:7). It is said that as the stone and tim- 
ers were delivered to the site, and laid in the 
rass around it, that there was one odd shaped 
tone which seemed to have no proper place in 
16 construction. As tier upon tier of stone were 
lid, this odd-shaped stone was constantly re- 
acted. That is, until one day when a certain 
laped stone was needed, and none could be found 
ntil someone remembered this rejected stone, 
/hen it was brought forth, it fit — perfectly, 
3 the cap-stone, or chief head-stone. 

Peter, before the rulers of Israel, in speaking 
) them of Christ, says in reference to Christ 
horn they had rejected and crucified, "This is 
le stone which was set at nought of you build- 
rs, which is become the head of the corner." 
Acts 4:11). Christ speaks of Himself as the 
lief cornerstone. (Matt. 21:42; Mark 9:12). 

Mankind, today, appears to be little wiser than 
le forefathers. We still insist on building our 
ves according to our own plans, without con- 
alting the Master Builder, even Christ. Is it not 
>o true that we seem to desire to work and live 
^cording to our own specifications and desires, 
sing Christ, the Church, and our faith, as more 
f less an accessory? Christ-centered, Christ- 
leasing lives, with Him as the Chief Corner- 
;one are needed today in a very great way. 

With Russia attempting to prove through their 
robing of "outer space," that there is no divine 
eing — no God, with many national leaders living 
3 if there is no God, and with many Church 
len living as if God were an accessory, it is 
me that we rise up to the banner of the Christ 
id proclaim Him for what He is — the Son of 

the living God, the Savior and the coming King 
of kings, and Lord of lords — the Chief Corner- 

The best way to do this is to make sure as in- 
dividuals that as we go about doing His will, we 
do not become so busy and engrossed that we 
fail to ascribe and give to Him the adoration, 
reverence and worship He should have. We must 
never feel that this business of Church work is 
our business exclusively; rather we must realize 
that it is a partnership program with Christ at 
the center, and we who serve, working with 

How often Pastors have sat in Official Board 
meetings for hours while endless details and 
plans for improvements, purchases, etc., were 
discussed pro and con. How often have plans for 
the social, the scheduling of events, and activities 
received careful and minute consideration, only 
to find that suggestions for the spiritual devel- 
opment, Bible Study and soul-winning facets 
were brushed off, or at the most, given token 
interest and attention. 

Think about it. Brethren. We do need to keep 
our buildings and equipment in good repair. We do 
need good programs of services and activities. 
But what good will be buildings and equipment, 
or programs, or even Church services, if the spirit 
of Christ is lost? What good will all these things 
be if the main business of the Church is ignored 
— that of winning souls to Christ? Paul speaks 
of it in I Corinthians 13: "Though I speak with 
the tongues of men and of angels, and have not 
charity (love and compassion for those lost in 
sin), I am become as sounding brass, or a tink- 
ling cymbal." To build a Church program apart 
from being centered on the chief purpose of the 
Church — soul-winning — is to reject the Chief 
Corner-stone, even Christ Himself. With Christ 
and His soul-winning program at the center of 
our lives and our Church, that which we build 
for Him will shine eternally, for "they shall shine 
as the stars of the morning." (Dan. 12:3; Matt. 
13:43.) W. S. B, 






words of the title as the first three words 
of the first verse of the great faith chapter, 
namely Hebrews, chapter eleven. In this incom- 
parable passage on faith in the Bible, the writer 
describes faith for us and also illustrates faith 
in action. Let us meditate on this great theme 
of faith together under two guiding thoughts of 
(1) Faith in words, and (2) Faith hi action. 


When one attempts to define such a great word 
as "faith," he is bankrupt for words. The writer 
of this chapter probably felt much the same be- 
cause he gave a description or definition of faith, 
and then he hastened on to picture faith in ac- 
tion. If we have trouble understanding the con- 
cept of faith, as most of us do, we certainly can 
not misunderstand it in flesh and blood; that is, 
in the living examples that he gives us to aid in 
our conception. 

Rev. Robert L Hoffman 



In trying to perceive and make real the id( 
of faith we need to put handles on the wor 
Handles that will allow us to pick up and look ; 
its many facets because faith is like a diamoi 
with many brilliant hues. Thoughtful men of tl 
ages will help us to see its many facets. We w 
stand back and let the sunlight of their wisdo 
play on the different facets as we seek a hand 
or an approach to faith. 

"Now faith is the substance of things hop< 
for, the evidence of things not seen." Holy Bibli 
Hebrews 11:1. 

"Faith is to believe, on the word of God, wh. 
we do not see, and its reward is to see and enj( 
what we believe." — Augustine. 

"Faith affirms many things respecting whi( 
the senses are silent, but nothing which th( 
deny. It is superior to their testimony, but nev 
opposed to it."— Blaise Pascal (1623-62). 

"Faith is the pencil of the soul tliat pictur 
heavenly things." — ^Thomas Burbridge, Englii 
poet (b.l817). 

"Belief is the acceptance of a map. Faith is tl 
taking of the voyage." — Rev, J. H. Jowett. 

"Strike from mankind the principle of fait 
and men would have no more history than a flo( 

'EBRUARY 21, 1959 


if sheep." — Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, English 
lovelist (1803-73). 

"Faith goes in where finances cannot enter." 
-Bahn, "Sentence Sermons." 

"Faith is the root of all good works; a root 
hat produces nothing is dead." — Bishop Daniel 
Vilson, English theologian (1778-1858). 

We have looked at the concept of faith through 
he eyes of the Divine Word, the theologian, the 
)oet, the novelist, and the preacher. It is so ex- 
remely difficult to delimit faith because of its 
fiany beautiful facets. Each time the diamond of 
aith is turned just a bit one catches a deeper 
nsight into the concept of faith. 


As Bishop Wilson said, "Faith is the root of 
,11 good works; a root that produces nothing is 
ead." Faith in action can be seen! It can be in- 
erpreted by us! Behold, now the Old Testament 
xamples that the writer of Hebrews marches 
cross the stage for us to see. What made Abel 
ny different than his brother, Cain? They both 
ffered sacrifices. The difference is that in Abel 
aith was present, therefore, it produced good 
/orks, i. e., the acceptable sacrifice (vs. 4). 



v«ik,. -<jT>.^ 



Exhibit number two is Enoch. Faith so com- 
•letely motivated this man that God desired his 
•resence with Him, therefore God took him 
vss. 5, 6). 

Faith made Noah unusual! He actually took 
Jod at His Word! He believed what God said 
van though he, himself, had not been able to 
ee as yet (vs.7). We understand Noah by read- 
ng again Augustine's expression quoted above. 
Faith is to believe, on the word of God, what 

we do not see, and its reward is to see and enjoy 
what we believe." 

The classic example of faith, of course, is 
Abraham. Faith certainly was "the root of all 
good works" as far as his life was concerned. 
Look at this spiritual giant. Sometimes we mis- 
understand the greatest expression of Abraham's 
faith — that of the soul-shaking experience of 
nearly offering his son, Isaac, as a human sac- 
rifice (Vss. 17-19). See Genesis 22 for the full 
account. The key to understanding this unusual 
experience is the same principle that made Abra- 
ham unusual, that is, the exercise of his faith. 
Abraham really believed that if God commanded 
him to take the life of his son — that God would 
bring Isaac back to life! (See Hebrews 11:9). 
Keep in mind that this happened long before the 
Bible gives us any account of bringing anyone 
back to life. Abraham believed firmly that God 
would restore Isaac; therefore, he was willing to 
do this since God commanded it. 

To help us further, there is still a deeper 
meaning underlying this unusual storj of Abra- 
ham about to offer Isaac, his son, as a sacrifice. 
God was trying to teach His people that one day 
a sacrifice would have to be made for the redemp- 
tion of the world and that this sacrifice would 
only become efficacious as He gave His only Son ! 
Sometimes we mortals gasp at what Abraham 
was about to do in offering his son and at the 
same time fail to realize fully what God did in 
offering His Son as a Sacrifice! (John 3:16). Is 
it any wonder that Abraham stands alone, hav- 
ing no human peers, as the father of faith? To 
him, "Faith was the substance (reality) of 
things hoped for, the evidence (conviction) of 
things not seen." 

Another prime example of faith is Moses. He 
had a wonderful heritage in that his parents were 
motivated by faith. Note verse 23, "By faith 
Moses, when he was born, was hid three months 
of his parents ..." Somehow they believed 
great things for their son; we say somehow— 
actually the Bible tells us how, it was by faith. 
His parents believed with the English poet. 
Thomas Burbridge, that "Faith is the pencil of 
the soul that pictures heavenly things." Through 
the principle of faith they pictured some heaven- 
ly things through their son, who was to become 
world famous. Little did they dream that Moses 
would become the great leader of the Hebrew 
nation and the law-giver of God's chosen people, 
but they did make it possible in a sense, because 



they did have enough faith to hide their son and 
thus saved his hfe. 

Moses did not betray this unusual trust by his 
parents because wlien he grew up he "refused to 
be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter (Vs. 
24). "He preferred sharing the burden of God's 
people to enjoying the temporary advantages 
of alliance with a sinful nation. He considered 
the 'reproach of Christ' more precious than all 
the wealth of Egypt, for he looked steadily at 
the ultimate, not the immediate reward." (vss. 
25, 26 Phillips). 

There are not many of us who would have 
walked where Moses walked in this instance. 
Most of us would have been more than content 
to become the next Pharaoh of Egypt, as Moses 
probably would have become, instead of identi- 
fying oneself with the slaves (God's people) in 
their suffering, agony, and servitude. Moses 
knew that all of this pomp and power was tem- 
porary, thus faith enabled him to look steadily 
at the ultimate, not the immediate reward. If 
Moses had failed the faith of his parents the Jew- 
ish nation might not have had any more "history 
than a flock of sheep." 

"By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the 
wrath of the king" (vs. 27). Who was Moses to 
stand before one of the mightiest monarchs of 
the earth and say, "Free your slaves!" Moses, 
alone before this lord of Egypt? No, he was not 

alone — God was with him! Here "faith goes ii 
where finances cannot enter," as the Hebrew, 
could not have bought their freedom at any price 
But Moses' faith brought into play the power o 
God, and after the ten miracles (plagues) wer 
demonstrated, the Egyptians freed God's peopk 

There is much more to be said concerning fait] 
in this chapter, in fact, we have only introduce 
the subject. "And what shall I more say? for th 
time (and space) would fail me to tell of Gideor 
and of Barak, and of Sampson, and of Jepthae 
of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophet 
..." (Vs. 32). 

This long list of the faithful is not complet 
without you. Will the eternal Scribe be able t 
include your name in the list of the faithful? 

"Surrounded then as we are by these serrie 
ranks of witnesses, let us strip off everythin 
that hinders, as well as the sin which dogs ou- 
feet, and let us run the race that we have to ru 
with patience, our eyes fixed on Jesus the Sourc 
and the Goal of our faith. For He Himself er 
dured a cross and thought nothing of its sham: 
because of the joy He had in doing His Father 
Will; and He is now seated at the right hand c 
God's Throne. Think constantly of Him endurin 
all that sinful men could say against Him, an 
you will not lose your purpose or your courage. 
Hebrews 12:1-3 (Phillips). 

Maurertown, Virginia 




NO MAN CAN BREAK AWAY from the church and its worship of 
God without feeling the effects of it in his own soul. If you see a 
man begin to serve the god of pleasure, or money, or of fame, you will 
observe that very soon there begins a moral as well as a spiritual decline. 

When a man begins to absent himself from church worship some- 
thing bad is taking place in his heart. Church attendance is optional as 
far as choice is concerned, but is obligatory as far as moral and spiritual 
welfare is concerned. 

When Adam and Eve sinned, they failed to meet God at the appointed 
hour of worship. God was there but Adam and Eve were elsewhere. We, 
the sons and daughters of these first parents, are not at all different. If 
there is sin in our souls, it robs us of any desire to meet God. 

— Selected. 








FEBRUARY 21, 1959 


Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to 
lis destruction." 2 Chron. 26:16. 

THE ACCOUNT in this chapter from which our text 
is taken tells how Uzziah was called to be the king 
if the Jews, and how he did that which was right in the 
ight of God, and how God prospered him. But there is 
I warning in the fifth verse of the chapter, where it 
eads "And as long as he sought the Lord, God made 
lim to prosper." But then comes our text, and the ac- 
ount tells how he broke the laws of the temple service 
n attempting to officiate at the altar of incense, against 
he warnings of the priests, and was smitten with lep- 
osy, and was a leper until his death. 

And there was Nebuchadnezzar, who one day looked 
.t the city and proclaimed boastfully and arrogantly, 
Ig not this great Babylon, that I have built ... by the 
(light of my power, and for the honour of my majesty ? " 
^nd many a modern "Self-made" ( ? ) man has made the 
ame mistake. 

Well, there was leprosy for Uzziah and Insanity for 
'Jebuchadnezzar, and there is frequently disaster of one 
ort or another for men of our day who forget their 
'bligation to parents, friends, and loved ones, to say 
Lothing of their obligation to Almighty God. No man 
ives or dies to himself. No man rises to power and place 
»ut that along the way he has been helped. 

"Beware of too sublime a sense 
Of your own worth and consequence. 
The man who deems himself so great, 
And his importance of such weight 
That all around, and all that's done, 
Must move and act for him alone, 
Will learn in school of tribulation 
The folly of his expectation." 

9 » » » 

Our Poets Corner 

I watcih you, eagle, 
Climb the air 
Without a stair. 
And, though my feet 
Were clumsy there, 
My thoughts go higher — 
Higher where 
You may not dare. 

Annabelle Merrifield. 



There are few things more painful to an hon- 
est and conscientious man than the recollection 
of a wrong which he has committed, and which 
cannot be recalled or corrected. If we can correct 
a wrong and make it right, or confess a wrong 
and obtain forgiveness, that may end it; but to 
know that we have done wrong and it is forever 
beyond our power to make it right, is, to an hon- 
est and right-thinking person, an occasion of the 
keenest regret. 

One of the newspaper associates of the late 
William C. Bryant, the poet editor, tells the fol- 
lowing story: 

"One morning, many years ago, after reaching 
his office, and trying in vain to begin work, he 
turned to me and remarked: 

" 'I cannot get along at all this morning.' 

'"Why not?' I asked. 

" '0,' he replied, 'I have done wrong. When 
on my way here, a little boy flying a kite passed 
me. The string of the kite having rubbed against 
my face, I seized it and broke it. The boy lost 
his kite, but I did not stop to pay him for it. I 
did wrong. I ought to have paid him.' " 

This tenderness of conscience went far toward 
making the poet the kindly, noble, honorable, 
and honored man that he was, whose death was 
felt as a loss throughout the land. 

It was perhaps beyond the power of Bryant, 
with his wealth and influence, to find that little 
boy and correct the wrong which he had done 
him, and which made his mind uneasy and un- 
fitted him for true work. But how many there 
are who have wronged others and who know 
that they have wronged them, and know when, 
and where, and how they did it, and know that 
it is within their power to correct their wrongs 
and make them right, and yet neglect to do it. By 
and by will come a time when the opportunity 
which they have neglected will have gone; the 
wrongs will remain, but there will be no way of 
making them right. Happy are they who, before 
that day comes, right every wrong in the fear of 
God, and thus prepare to stand guiltless and ac- 
cepted in the presence of the great King, who 
shall bring every work into judgment, with every 
secret thing, whether it be good or whether it 
be evil. — The Christian. 





530 College Ave.. Ashland, Ohio. Phone 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec' 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Asslstai 

(From Bob Bischof's letters) 

TWELVE MILES WEST of Uba, up alongside and 
even on top of some of the mountains is located the 
village of Wamdeo. Two miles south of Wamdeo, also 
among the mountains, is the village of Uvu. Both of 
these villages are quite large; both cooperate in the 
Wamdeo-Uvu Junior-Primary School and in the work of 
the church. 

When I was stationed at Lassa in 1953 and 1954, I 
often visited this village to talk with the chief and to 
greet the people and try to help the school teachers. The 
work at that time was very discouraging. There were 
very few pupils in the school and very few people were 
attending the church services. The work has been going 
on for about ten years or more, but there were very few 
signs that the people would take an interest in the 
church or come to accept the Christian way of life. Most 
of the teachers assigned there, after two years, would 
ask for a transfer because the work was so discourag- 

Thus, when I was assigned to Uba and again visited 
Wamdeo-Uvu, I was very much surprised to find that a 
revival had taken place; more than 400 people were reg- 
ularly attending the church services in the morning. In 
the evening, services were being held in the surrounding 
villages, but even so, 200 people were attending them. 
To them, Sunday is a full day of worship to God. Sunday 
school is at 10; church service at 11. Twelve o'clock finds 
the group dividing into three sections: one section for 
those who are baptized; one for the group preparing for 
baptism; the other group for those who are interested 
in becoming Christians and who want to prepare to make 
a confession of faith. 

At one o'clock the people go back to their compounds 
or villages; some of the Christians walk to the surround- 
ing villages of Giwi, Wadafa, Uda and others where they 
conduct afternoon services. At four, services are again 
held at the church and also in the village of Uvu. I was 
surprised to find that the people had built a church for 
themselves. It is about 60 feet long, 18 feet wide and 
seats about 400 people. Seats ai"e made of mud and the 
roof is of grass. All but $28.00 was raised by the people 
in the two villages and all of the work except the mak- 
ing of the rafters was done by them. I was even more 
surprised when they told me that 59 people were ready 
for baptism and 95 were ready for the covenant. 

Now and then, here on the mission field, we have days 
when so many are baptized, but I was just thrilled to 

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baptize this group. Seventeen of the number wei 
women; a goodly number of them were wives of youn 
Christian men. One of the village elders and his wii 
were baptized, and three fourths of those baptized we] 
above 19 years of age; thus they will provide a go( 
Christian group who will continue to live in the con 
munity and establish Christian compounds. 

Again and again in this land we are reminded < 
Paul's words in I Cor. 3:6, "I have planted, Apollos wii 
tered: but God gave the increase." How true this is. Tl 
seed was planted by the first missionaries to live at Lass 
and to work among the people of Wamdeo-Uvu. Tl 
various CRI teachers and Christians who lived in the vi 
lage area watered the seed; then God gave the increas 

The average attendance at this village for the la 
three months has been moi'e than 500. The people a 
full of zeal for the things of God. May we continue 
pray that they will not lose their zeal, but that the r 
vival may continue. 

(From Chuck Kraft's letter to Dole Lon^ 

... If you could get out into the bush as we've bei 
doing today and the day before yesterday, you wou 
really be able to appreciate the import of the job y 
folks are doing in the office there. 

Saturday I took a load of our church leaders over 
abominable road in our jeep to a village named Sina 



A — Again we quote from the resolution adopted by 
your Missionary Board: "To solicit, borrow and 
otherwise acquire by any means available from 
individual persons, churches or organizations 
within the Brethren denomination, or from in- 
terested friends or organizations thereof, such 
sums of money sufficient to accomplish the 
purpose of said Brethren Home Mission Revolv- 
ing Fund." 

FEBRUARY 21, 1959 


he French border. A few weeks back we had stayed 
[lere over night and made plans to start a C. R. I. 
Class in Religious Instruction). Saturday we introduced 
hem to the man who will live and teach among them; 
^e made definite arrangements for him to live there. The 
eople are very eager for the work to begin and will start 
ext week — the new year. 

Today we drove 3 or 4 miles over a footpath (no road 
t all) to reach a village named Hudjikwi to approach 
ae people about starting a C. R. I. Having heard we 
^ere coming they had already met with the heads of 
amilies of the village and agreed to have a C. R. I. 
'hey had selected a place to build the church-school; 
we made final plans with them also to begin next 

After leaving Hudjikwi we went to Kamale, rather 
oubtfully, because a previous offer to start work had 
ot been too successful; however, this time their response 
'as quite heartening. Next week we begin there too. 
lesides this another will begin at Himiki, on top of a 
irge mountain. These together with two new works 
Iready going will make six new villages being reached 
ar the Saviour this new year (since October). I'm sure 
ou will rejoice with us over these indications of progress. 

Family-wise we are doing well. Little Ricky is the joy 
f our lives, and the twins really love him too. Meg is 
uite well too, for which we are very thankful. We are 
sjoicing in the prospect of soon having another family 
ere and of having one to look after the building work. 

hope then to be able to get to work on this language . . . 









2 Blocks 
619 Park Street 

Additional Orders Since January 1, 1959: 

Flora, Indiana 

Quiet Dell, Pennsylvania 

Oak Hill, West Virginia 

Garber Memorial, Ashland, Ohio 

South Bend, Indiana 
Things are looking up! 


\shland College Chapel Choir 

To Take Spring Concert Tour 

-' Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of 
Columbia, will be visited the first week of March 
>y the Chapel Choir of Ashland College. Making 
he trip will be the "Touring Section" of the 
'hoir, composed of 40 voices. Under the direc- 
ion of Professor Calvin Y. Rogers, the choir will 
-Iso present concerts at various High Schools and 
ervice clubs enroute. 

Brethren Churches where concerts will be 
:iven, and the dates, are as follows: 

Sunday, March 1st 

Monday, March 2nd 

Tuesday, March 3rd 

Wednesday, Maich 4th 

Thursday, March 5th 


Friday, March 6th 

Sunday Morning, March 8th 

All are evening concerts, except at Washing- 
ton. Interested persons in each area should con- 
tact the sponsoring Church as to the exact time 
of the concert. If you are living within driving 
distance of any of these Churches, it will be well 
worth your while to attend, for you will be privi- 
leged to hear one of the best singing groups in 
the country. 








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Missionary in the Brethren Church for over 50 years 
at Lost Creek, Kentucky 


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DRUSHAL. George Emory Drushal was born in Ho- 
merville, Ohio on August 23, 1874, and died at Lost 
Creek, Kentucky, December 4, 1958, at the age of 84. For 
more than 65 years he taught in elementary and secon- 
dary schools. In 1903 he was ordained into the ministry 
of the Brethren Church by Dr. J. Allen Miller, in which 
service he preached until two weeks prior to his death. 
He was the founder of the Riverside Christian Training 
School in Lost Creek in 1905, remaining there as pastor 
and teacher for 53 years. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ada Garber Drushal, 

and three children: J. Garber, of Wooster, Ohio; Ada 
Irene, of Lost Creek; and Mrs. Amos Walters, of Clev( 
land, Ohio. Two sons, Milyard White and Jacob Gordoi 
preceded him in death. 

Services were held in the Riverside Chapel with Re 
John Heycoop in charge, assisted by Rev. William Jacl 
son and Rev. Winfred Taylor. Former students who spol 
in tribute were Rev. Sewell Landrum, of Clayhole, Kj 
and Elbert Strong and Clarence Noble, both attorney; 
at-law of Hazard, Kentucky. Interment was in the Smil 
Cemetery at Lost Creek. 




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BEFORE MY HUSBAND LEFT US, he had considered 
an article to the Evangelist entitled "THE PAST, 
article was not written, I will give a summary of the 
PRESENT, perhaps later writing on the other phases. 

A couple months before he passed away, he resigned 
as pastor of the church here, feeling the work was too 
strenuous for him. At a meeting of the church, after 

his resignation, it was decided that he should contini 
to act as pastor until another could be gotten and th 
he should preach whenever he was able. When he Wi 
not, for him to ask another to occupy the pulpit. 

A few weeks later he said to me, "Mother, I do n 
think I shall be with you long." From that time on 1 
seemed to be planning and working with that in mil 
and left things in such a condition that we have goi 

EBRUARY 21, 1959 


ght on without interruption. He left things in good 
lape, financially, with all bills paid to date. He always 
ent out to the chapel half an hour before services, on 
unday morning. He made arrangements with Brother 
36 Barnett to be there early to greet folks as they came 

H© had often expressed a desire that one of our River- 
de boys take his place, and so had written to Harold 
arnett, of Johnstown, Pa., asking him, were he called, 
ould he consider being his successor. He also expressed 

desire that one of our local churchmen. Brother Jack- 
)n, preach for him whenever he was not able. After 
e left us, the church called Harold Barnett, and asked 
rother Jackson to fill the pulpit until he came. Both 
:cepted. The Vice President of Riverside Christian 
raining School, Inc., Mr. Heykoop, called a meeting 
[. the Executive Committee and appointed our daugh- 
ir, Adah, to be Acting Director until our annual Board 
leeting in the spring. 

My husband preached his last sermon November 23, and 
ad charge of the Wednesday night prayer meeting that 
eek, just a little over a week before he went Home. 
. few weeks before, he had a baptismal service. I was 

little uneasy about his being strong enough for that, 
tid upon returning home, I asked, "How do you feel?" 
is cheery i"eply was "Fine, why shouldn't I?" There 

only one explanation as to why he was able to carry 
16 load he carried for so long and why Riverside is in 
ich a condition as it is, so that things can be carried 
1 with no interruption. He was a man of prayer. He 

always arose early in the morning before the rest of us 
were up, for his devotions. The morning of the day we 
took him to the hospital, he was up in his den praying 
when I got up, even though he had had a restless night 
and was not feeling well. I do not know how long he 
had been there. When money was needed and we had 
none, he would call the staff together to ask the Lord 
for money and it always came, most of the time from 
unexjjected sources. This explains why he was able to 
leave with the bills paid when we never knew where 
money was coming from for the next day's expenses. 

He refused to worry when things looked dark to the 
natural eye. Not long before he went to the hospital, 
we were discussing a problem. I remax-ked, "The only 
thing that worries me ig . . . " He did not let me finish 
the sentence. "Don't say 'worry,' Mother, say "I am 
wondering about it'." When problems would arise he 
would say, "Don't talk, just pray." 

Ordinarily he was a man of few words, but when any- 
thing unjust or unrighteous was being planned, his stem 
words were full of fire and he stood like a rock so firm 
that those who did the planning thought his insistence 
was stubborness. He "died in the harness," as he often 
expi'essed a wish he might do. A few minutes before he 
went, when I asked him how he felt, he replied "I haven't 
an ache or pain anywhere." We who are left here and 
the one who will take his place can only go forward as 
he did, on our knees, backed by the same praying friends 
as before, with no immediate change of policy. 

Lost Creek, Ky. 



Clara R. Jackson 

rHE COMMUNITY of Lost Creek, The County of 
Breathitt, and the entire area of Eastern Kentucky, 
iffered a tragic loss, Thursday, December 4th, when the 
)ld hand of death reached forth and touched the stricken 
ody of Brother G. E. Drushal, and sent his immortal 
3ul winging into paradise to take its place around the 
irone of God. 

Fifty-three years ago this great man of God came to 
astern Kentucky. Fifty-three years he spent in labor 
)r others. He bore his earthly trials and tribulations 
pen his shoulders without a word of complaint and 
ever faltered in the darkest hour when the faith of 
lOst any man would have wavered. 

He came to Breathitt County at the age of 31 and 
lught in the grade school at Lost Creek; later he estab- 
shed a four-year high school known as the Riverside 
hristian Training School. He organized the first Breth- 
m Church in Eastern Kentucky. Througli the work of 
16 school and the church, he enabled thousands of boys 
id girls to receive a Christian Education. 
The results of his struggles to educate the youth of 
astern Kentucky can only be comprehended with the 
ialization of the nuniber of graduates of Riverside that 
'6 holding important positions in this country and for- 
gn lands. 

In addition to pastoring the Lost Creek Brethren 
Church, he also organized Brethren Churches at Haddix 
and Rowdy Communities which took much of his time 
as he continued to preach at these churches and main- 
tained a keen interest in the spiritual welfare until the 

Civic leader. Pastor, Educator, Teacher, Comforter and 
Friend, are the titles that Brother Drushal earned dur- 
ing his earthly sojourn, and we are sure that as he enters 
the presence of the Almighty, he will stand shoulder to 
shoulder with all the great servants of God who have 
preceded him. His work here shall live on. 

Lost Creek, Kentucky. 





(Inasmuch as one of the National 
Goals urges an increase in each local 
church's White Gift Offering-, we are 
marking * the churches showing an in- 
crease over last year's offering.) 

*Leon, Iowa $ 20.00 

Oakville, Ind 75.00 

*=■ Williamstown, Ohio 179.15 

*Peru, Ind 41.12 

*Firestone Park, Ohio 26.59 

*College Corner, Ind 73.89 

New Paris, Ind 108.47 

^Pleasant Hill, Ohio 150.00 

*White Dale, W. Va 98.75 

North Georgetown, Ohio . . 75.00 

Loree, Ind 50.00 

*Maurertown, Va 69.00 

Fail-haven, Ohio 54.20 

*Fremont, Ohio 36.50 

*St. James, Md 156.21 

*Morrill, Kansas 30.00 

*Waynesboro, Pa 62.45 

Johnstown First, Pa 74.50 

*Milford, Ind. 228.91 

*Hagerstown, Md 200.35 

*Ardmore, Ind 155.45 

Mexico, Ind 52.40 

Bryan, Ohio 300.00 

*Calvary, N. J 13.65 

*Phoenix, Arizona 34.00 

*Glenford, Ohio 43.81 

Mulvane, Kansas 52.29 

*Cameron, W. Va 26.35 

*Lost Creek, Ky 26.28 

*North Manchester, Ind. . . 308.95 

Smithville, Ohio 290.35 

*Corinth, Ind 72.36 

County Line, Ind 52.00 

Nappanee, Ind 300.00 

*Oak Hill, W. Va 27.50 

*Flora, Ind 136.56 

Gratis, Ohio 45.00 

■"Center Chapel, Ind 180.21 

*Roann, Ind 119.66 

*Matteson, Mich 21.80 

*Eurlington, Ind 102.00 

Mt. Olivet, Del 27.10 

* Stockton, Calif 20.00 

Denver, Ind 43.10 

Valley, Pa 31.05 

*Teegarden, Ind 66.00 

* Sarasota, Fla 82.39 

Carleton, Nebraska 31.86 

*Mt. Pleasant, Pa 22.00 

Canton, Ohio 75.00 

South Bend, Ind 100.00 

*Warsaw, Ind 223.00 

*SergeantsviIle, N. J 29.60 

*Garber Memorial, Ohio . . . 25.69 

Roanoke, Ind 15.00 

*Tiosa, Ind 78.00 

*Milledgeville, 111 500.05 

*Berlin, Pa 379.75 

*West Alexandria, Ohio . . . 50.00 

*Quiet Dell, Pa 10.00 

Muncie, Ind 102.15 

Pleasant View, Pa 35.00 

Mt. Olive, Va 52.61 

*Conemaugh, Pa 108.C 

Fort Scott, Kansas 11.'; 

^Washington, D. C lOO.C 

* Falls City, Nebraska 107.( 

■* Tucson, Arizona 150.( 

*Newark, Ohio 

* Brighton Chapel, Ind. 

* Brush Valley, Pa. . . . , 

Gatewood, W. Va 

Raystown, Pa 


Total $5,063.1 

Total Same Churches 

1957-1958 $4,375.; 

(**Represents two year's offering) 
The following three churches sei 
in their offerings on a quarterly b 
sis, hence no comparison can be ma« 
with their total offering of last yea 

Goshen, Ind $ 384. 

Meyersdale, Pa 37. 

Elkhart, Ind 66. 

Other Gifts 


Glenford W. M. S 

Carleton W. M. S 

INGS, 2/4/59 



Henry Bates, Treasurer, 
Sunday School Board of 
Brethren Church. 





We of the Brethren Church of Linwood, Maryland, 
have experienced a number of spiritual blessings in re- 
cent weeks and months. Among which was cur fall Re- 
vival Services, held the week of November 9 through 16. 
Our guest minister for this occasion was Rev. George 
Solomon, pastor of the First Brethren Church of Hagers- 
town, Md. We were happy to have him with us and ap- 
preciate the messages that he gave us. We want to thank 
him that he could take time from his busy schedule to 

be with us. We also want to thank his church for sh; 
ing their pastor with us. 

The pastor and evangelist called in many homes duri 
the week. Our services were reasonably well attend 
considering the age in which we are living; but th 
was always room for more. We appreciate the coope 
tion and interest that was shown by other churches 
the community. We had delegations with special mu 
each night from the various churches of our comm'|' 
ity, among which were; The Edgewood Church of 
Brethren, The Union Bridge Church of the Brethr 
The Beaver Dam Church of the Brethren, The Pipe Cn 
Church of the Brethren, along with their pastor, Bi- 
ll. Austin Cooper and twenty-three of his members; ^(2 
Uniontown Church of God, The Wakefield Church of G L 
The Lutheran Church and the Baptist church. Th b 
were delegations two nights from our evangelist, II'. 
Solomon's, Church with special music. We appreciate [e 
moral support given us by our Christian friends. A Ja 
direct visible result there was one first time confess b 
and many who were led to a more dedicated life in je 
things of the Lord. Our regular program of the chii|h 
is one of keeping the field pretty well gleaned as we ' 

CBRUARY 21, 1959 


lere were three families brought together ii. our church, 
lich represented at that time, a total of eleven, just 
evious to our Revival. 

The Christmas message was brought by our Pastor the 
mday before Christmas, December 21, at which time 
ere was also a dedication service for babies and small 
ildren, at which two families each brought their baby 
be presented to the Lord. The Christmas program 

15 given by the Sunday School, Sunday night, Decem- 
r 21. 

Our Woman's Missionary Society held their public 
)rship service, Sunday, December 28 at the morning 
)rship. Our special missionary guests for the occasion 
ire Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Shank and children, mission- 
ies to Nigeria, Africa, on furlough. Rev. Shank brought 
e morning message and then showed slides and told us 
)re of the mission program in Nigeria, at the evening 
fvice. We enjoyed having them with us and appreciate 
eir work as missionaries. 

Our annual business meeting was held Wednesday 
?ht, January 14, which was very well attended consid- 
ing a severe winter evening. Various reports were 
ren, which showed a progress in our church work and 
; concern for the things of the Lord. Our church 
;cted new officers for the coming year and at the same 
ne renewed our pastor's call. Other matters of business 
:luded plans for the installation of a new heating plant 
the parsonage, a cross-country conference on church 
ier to be held March 22, 25, 26 and a Good Friday 
^ening Service. We also acted on the calling of a man 
d his wife to the office of Deacon and Deaconness. 
lis call was taken Sunday, February 1st, at the morn- 
j worship service at which time our pastor spoke on 

16 Qualifications and Duties of New Testament Deacons, 
iter instructions of procedure by our pastor the call was 
ken by secret ballot, which resulted in the election of 
'other and Sister Clay Hough. Brother Hough is also 
r church Moderator. The pastor announced that on the 
st Sunday in March, an ordination service for the 
wly elected Deacon and Deaconness would be held. It is 
r earnest prayer that as a church we might continue 

grow and serve our community to the honoi and glory 
our Lord. 

Ruthanna Green, sec'y. to the pastor. 



KEARNS-WILLIAMS. In the Burlington, Indiana, 
Brethren Church, Sunday afternoon, December 14th, 
1958, the undersigned, an uncle of the bride, united in 
marriage Marcia Jane Williams, daughter of Mr. and 
Mi's. Lloyd Williams, and Robert William Kearns, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kearns. The bride and her par- 
ents are active in the Burlington Brethren Church. Mr. 
Kearns is a senior in Purdue University, majoring in 
Fai-m Management. 

William S. Crick. 

ma Rosensteely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David J. Rosen- 
steel, of Apollo, and George Ellis Heffelfinger, son of 
Guy Heffelfinger, Cowansville, were married, January 
17th. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. 
James I. Naff, pastor of the Pleasant View Brethren 
Church. The ceremony took place in the Apollo First 
Presbyterian Church since the Pleasant View Brethren 
Church is under construction at the present time. A re- 
ception for 150 guests was held in the church social rooms 
following the ceremony. The newly-weds wil] reside in 


I saw a human life ablaze with God, 

I felt a power divine 
As through an empty vessel of frail clay 

I saw God's glory shine. 
Then woke I from a dream, and cried aloud : 

"My Father give to me 
The blessing of a life consumed by God 

That I may live for Thee." 

— Selected. 

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their Faithful Servants' Needs in 1959? 

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Give generously f o the support of the Benevolent offering, 
hose who have served us in the post deserve to be served by 
s. Your liberal giving will insure a continuing ministry to those 
*ho have served us well Support the Benevolent offering 




THERE ARE THREE THINGS which the true Chris- 
tian desires in respect to sin: Justification, that it 
may not condemn; sanctification, that it may not reign; 
and glorification, that it may not be. — Cecil. 

The blood of Jesus not only redeems (Eph. 1:7) but 
also cleanses from sin (1 John 1:7). "We are saved from 
nothing if we are not saved from sin" (Matt. 1:21). The 
saints (the sanctified) through their yieldedness to Christ 
(Rom. 12:1) have been freed from sin (Rbm. 6:18). The 
saint is dead (Rom. 6:2, 11; 1 Peter 2:24) to the hateful, 
horrible, abominable thing which God hates (Prov. 15:9; 
Jer. 44:4, 11). Sin has insulted God's holy majesty 
(Psalm 74:18): and has bereaved God of His beloved 
children (Num. 15:30): sin has crucified the Son of God's 
infinite love (Isa. 53:10): sin has vexed His gracious 
Spirit (Isa. 63:10): sin has defied His power (Gen. 3:4): 
sin has despised His grace and trodden under foot the 
body and blood of Jesus (Heb. 10:29). Guthrie has stated, 
"Surely, brethren, the wonder of wonders is, that sin 
is not that abominable thing which we also hate" (Psalm 
97:10). As Christ has died for sin in the flesh let us die 
to sin in the flesh (1 Peter 4:1, 2). 

"Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will 
not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of 
the world: use it, therefore, as a murderer should be 
used. Kill it before it kills you. You love not death; love 
not the cause of death." — Baxter. The saint is one who 
has ceased from sinning (1 Peter 4:1). He does not 
make sin a practice (1 John 3:9; 5:18). "There is a vast 
difference between the sins of infirmity and those of 
presumption, as vast as between inadvertency and delib- 
eration" (Psalm 19:13). The saint should be dead set 
against sin (Job 34:32). He is ashamed of having com- 
mitted sin (Rom. 6:21). When Job realized he was guilty 
of self -righteousness he abhorred himself (Job 42:6). 
Let those who think they "are sanctified and therefore 
cannot sin" read 1 John 1:8, 10. Carlyle said, "The dead- 
liest sin is the consciousness of no sin." Owen said, 
"He that hath slight thoughts of sin never had great 
thoughts of God" (Isa. 6:5). 

As long as we are in the flesh we are in the battle 
ground against temptation (Rom. 7:17, 23; Gal. 5:17). 
"If thou wouldst conquer thy weakness thou must never 
gratify it. No man is compelled to evil; only his consent 
makes it his. It is no sin to be tempted; it is to yield 
and be overcome." It is by the fear of the Lord that men 
are restrained from and depart from evil (Psalm 4:4; 
Prov. 16:6). God's Word will keep the saints from sin- 
ning (Psalm 17:4; 119:11). The Holy Spirit convinces 
men of sin (John 16:8, 9). Confusion of face belongs 
to those convicted of transgression of God's law (Dan. 
9:7, 8). "Good men hate sin through their love of vir- 

Simon thought he was so much better than the won 
who was a pronounced "sinner" (Luke 7:39). But Sin 
did not measure up, and sq he, too, was a sinner (Li 
7:44-46). God's forgiveness is only for those who res 
want it and will appreciate it (vss. 47, 48). 

"When bringing every balmy sweet 

Her day of luxury stored. 
She o'er her Savior's hallowed feet 

The precious perfume pour'd; 

"And wiped them with that golden hair 

Where once the diamonds shone: 
Though now those gems of grief were there 

Which shine for God alone. 

"Were not those sweets, though humbly shed — 

That hair — ^those weeping eyes — 
And the sunk heart that inly bled — 

Heaven's noblest sacrifice?" 

All sins are to be confessed (Prov. 28:13). There she 
be a godly sorrow for them (Psalm 38:18) if the c(i 
fort of God's forgiveness is to be experienced (Mi 

Sunday School Suggestioi 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 


means of helping to clarify a topic and cement 
ideas clearly in our minds. Statistics show us that we 
member only about ten percent of what we hear but 
remember better than fifty percent of what we see. Th< 
fore, we know that filmstrips would be helpful in tez 
ing certain subjects. In presenting a filmstrip there 
several things to keep in mind. 

1. Introduction . . . Introduce the filmstrip witli 
few remarks about the nature of the medium its 
Explain that the filmstrip is being shown to highli 
and clarify the major aspects of the topic, NOT P 
ENTERTAINMENT. Point out the area covered 
make it clear that discussion will follow. 

2. Narration . . . The narrator should read the sc 
S-L-0-W-L-Y and informally, extemporizing when ] 
sible. Pause long enough after each picture is throwr 
the screen for the audience to grasp the picture i'l 
and then read the accompanying text. Be sure that I 
projector operator doesn't turn to the next picture u 
a few seconds after the narrator has finished his read 

3. Reading Lights — Signals . . . The script may 
read in a dark room with the aid of a pencil flashli' 
or a speaker's stand light shaded sufficiently to prev 
light from being thrown on the screen. The light she 
never be placed where it would detract audience at 
tion from the picture. In a small group the leader i 
be able to both operate the projector and read the sc 

3BRUARY 21, 1959 


aultaneously, using the "spill light" from the filmstrip 
jjector to illuminate the narration. If the script reader 
not operating the projector, jsignals should be arranged 
th the projectionist so that he will know when to 
ange the picture. The signal should not be apparent to 
; audience. 

L Discussion . . . What happens AFTER the showing 
the most important. Don't rely on the filmstrip to do 
; whole job! Try to bridge the gap between what has 
m seen and the discussion by relating the filmstrip 
itents to your own local problems. Then ask some 
od questions to get the discussion started. 
5. Review ... A second projection of a part or the 
ole of the filmstrip is often helpful. This may take 
ice immediately or even during the discussion provid- 
f there is enough light in the room for the speakers to 

William H. Anderson 

Lesson for Marcl\ 1, 1959 


Lesson: Matthew 21:33-43 

"WHAT WOULD HAPPEN if Christ came to earth 
today? Can you imagine the joyous excitement and the 
;hrilling anticipation ... if the newspapers would 
:arry screaming headlines — Jesus Christ !.« coming to 
N^ew York next week! From London, PariSj Belgrade, 
Moscow, Tokyo, Morocco, Washington and from all 
points of the globe, great airliners would carry kings, 
presidents and dictators, all bringing precious gifts and 
documents of homage to present to the King of Glory! 
Or would they? Has the world's attitude toward God 
;hanged?" (Bible Expositor & Ilhiminator). 
No, the world has not changed! When Christ came to 
3 earth 1900 years ago He was rejected. Men and 
imen are still rejecting Him! 


Read the parable in, its entirety. Now notice its mean- 

The householder, of course, was God. The vine which 
■ carefully and lovingly planted was Israel. But in a 
ger sense it may be truthfully said the vine repre- 
its not only Israel, but the Kingdom of God. 
iVhat relation did the householder bear to the vine- 
fd? He was the sole owner and proprietor of it, be- 
ise he had planted it. You see, it is of utmost impor- 
ice that we realize GOD is the owner, the proprietor, 
I originator of His Kingdom! 

jod's love was manifested toward His vineyard by the 
ing care He gave to it. He "hedged it round about." 
also "built a tower" in the midst of the vineyard as 
Dlace of shelter for the watchman whose duty it was 
guard the precious fruit. This denotes the protection 

God renders to His own. No wonder the Psalmist could 
say: "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them 
that fear Him, and delivereth them" (34:7). 


"And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent 
his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive 
the fruits of it." 

Who were these husbandmen, and what were their 
duties? They were to cultivate and protect the vineyard; 
gather the fruit thereof, and put it to its intended use. 
Clearly the husbandmen were the spiritual leaders of the 
Nation of Israel — the priests, scribes, and elders. Their 
responsibility was great! But oh how they failed! 

And the servants sent by the owner? Were they not 
the prophets whom God had rejieatedly sent unto His 
people? God only knows what they had to suffer at the 
hands of the religious leaders! One by one they were 
maligned, mistreated, rejected, stoned — yea, and even 

"But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They 
will reverence my son." Says Bishop Trench, this was 
"the last and crowning effort of divine mercy." 

We know what they did to God's Son! "When the chief 
priests therefore and officers saw Him, they cried out, 
saying. Crucify Him, cracify Him" (John 19:6). 

We cry out in righteous indignation against the blind, 
foolish religious leaders for their dastardly act! But 
WAIT— what have WE done with the Son of God? Are 
we, too, guilty of spurning God's love, and rejecting His 
Son? If so, we are guilty of crucifying Jesus Christ ane|w 
and afresh! 

Thank God there are some who have not rejected 
God's offer of love and salvation! Many have found in 
Him a constant source of life, and love, and hope! 

ICath tn Srat 

WAHL. Mrs. Gwen Mae Wahl of Meyersdale, Penna., 
passed to her heavenly rest on Nov. 11, 1958. She was 
born, Nov. 11, 1891, so her passing was on her birth date. 
She was a patient sufferer, for her illness had covered 
several years. A member of the Brethren Church since 

D. C. White. 
* * * 

COLLINS. William Arthur Collins, infant son of Ar- 
thur F. and Bemeal (Robinson) Collins died Dec. 28th, 
in Wabash Co. (Indiana) Hospital. The infant was born 
Nov. 13, 1958. Survived by his parents, maternal grand- 
parents, three sisters and one brother. Funeral services 
were conducted by Rev. G. B. Hanna. 

A marble cutter, with chisel and hammer, was 
changing a stone into a statue. A preacher, look- 
ing on, said, "I wish I could deal such clanging 
blows on stony hearts." The workman made an- 
swer, "Maybe you could, if you worked like me, 
upon your knees." — Selected. 



Round- Up of 


Danish archaeologists working in the British protec- 
torate of Bahrein in the Middle East say they have found 
the site of the biblical Garden of Eden. A Copenhagen 
radio broadcast said the explorers believed that Bahrein 
itself was the legendary city of Dilmun, which is men- 
tioned in the Gilgamesh Epic as the abode of Adam and 

According to the broadcast, the archaeologists main- 
tain that Dilmun was a desert spot made fertile by God. 
It quoted them as having said their discoveries confirmed 
that Bahrein became fertile several thousands of years 
ago following a period of desert-like conditions. 
* * * 


Because Soviet satellites and rockets have neither en- 
countered angels nor discovered a Supreme Being, a Rus- 
sian scientist claims that man now has grounds for his 
doubts about the existence of God and can successfully 
refute religious dogma. This conclusion was announced 
by Y. T. Fadeyev, head of the Journal Science and Life, 
in a talk broadcast by the Moscow radio. 

Mr. Fadeyev said religious dogma holds that it is pos- 
sible to ascend to heaven only through divine interven- 
tion. "But," he went on, "in the age of jet aircraft and 
high-altitude rockets, artificial earth satellites and inter- 
planetary ships, it is comical to argue that man can- 
not reach the heavens. The religious legend about the 
impossibility of flying in the air and the cosmos at will, 
has suffered a complete fiasco. 

"To find a way out of this situation some religious 
preachers claim that the development of aviation and 
rocketry is taking place, not at the will of man, but by 
divine will, although this view is in direct contradiction 
to all so-called sacred scriptures and religious sermons 
which have been preached through the centuries. 

"If one assumes that the divine will has undergone a 
change, the following question arises: 'Why, if formerly 
human conquest of outer space was not agreeable to God, 
is it agreeable now?' On the other hand, if after all the 
All-Highest has altered His designs, it shows that He 
overlooked something at the very beginning. Therefore 
the All-Highest is not fitted with absolute wisdom and 
knowledge, as religion teaches. 

"If, on the other hand, God is compelled to reconcile 
Himself to the impudent feats of human beings who are 
penetrating farther and farther into outer space, He is 
not almighty and that also runs counter to religious 
dogma. To sum up, the very fact of the launching of 

artificial earth satellites and space rockets casts dou 
on the existence of God. 

"Churchmen maintain tl\at the world of the beyond ai 
the spirits inhabiting it are disembodied and non-mat 
rial, and that therefore they cannot be seen or sensi 
by human beings. But human beings use satellites ai 
rockets to study phenomena, the greater part of whii 
we cannot perceive with our sensory organs, such as co 
mic rays, X-rays emitted by the sun, or magnetic fielc 
If supernatural beings really existed they would loi 
since have been detected by powerful means of scienti 
research. The fact that satellites and rockets have n 
detected the All-Highest, angels and so on, bears te 
timony against religious convictions and strengthens d 
belief in God." 

* * * 


A total of 38,606 Protestant missionaries are servi; 
in countries around the world, it was reported at t 
ninth annual assembly of the National Council 
Churches' Division of Foreign Missions. This figure 
three times as great as the number of missionar; 
serving in 1903, and is 50 per cent higher than 1936. 
survey shows the largest missionary force is still 
southern, southeast and east Asia, including India, P? 
istan and Ceylon. 

The report says that 97 missionary societies are n 
active in Japan and 95 in India, while there are 46 m 
sion organizations working in the tiny area of Ho 
Kong. There are now 52 agencies active in Formosa co 
pared to two before the war. 

Protestant foreign missionary agencies in North Am 
ica received in 1957 nearly 150 million dollars in supp 
of their work. This was 11 per cent more than was 
ceived in 1955. 

The report points out that the pattern of mission; 
work is rapidly changing. The trend is to turn chu: 
leadership in foreign lands over to the nationals, and 
American missionaries to serve merely as helpers < 
advisers of the national church leaders. This trend 
resulting in the growth of indigenous Christian cc 
munities, both self-governing and self-propagating, 
many lands. The rise of nationalism and racial feelii 
makes this trend of paramount importance. 
* * • 


The Brookdale Baptist Church in Bloomfield, New J 
sey, has installed closed-circuit television in its basemi 
The purpose is to defer construction of a large adjoin 
building. Members who overflow the 700-seat main ai 
torium can see and hear the pastor preaching his serr 
on three 21-inch screens. 

"When we fill the downstairs, we'll put a tent ou1 
the lot — that's the cheapest," the pastor, the Rev. |^" 
Charles W. Anderson, told his congregation. "I d^ 
want to put a half-million dollars into bricks. I'd ral 
put that money into Christian lives — to go out and i 
a harvest of Christians around the world." (Brooki 
Baptist, he pointed out, helps to support 41 missionajiS 
overseas.) I 

HBRUARY 21, 1959 


The Broad Street church, a red brick and white-col- 
med building that can be seen from the Garden 
ate Parkway, is affiliated with the Conservative Bap- 
it Association of America. Its attendance has tripled 
ice Dr. Anderson became pastor 20 years ago. 
When the Sunday worshippers began spilling over into 
te-rooms equipped with loud-speakers, the members de- 
led the house of worship they had completed in 1946 
IS inadequate. They had plans drawn for an adjoining 
ifice that would dwarf the present church When the 
jt of the project was tabulated, someone suggested 
)sed-circuit TV. 

"Now our plans have changed," Dr. Anderson reports. 
i''e've put off the idea of building for a while. We've 
ded 250 seats in the basement, where the people who 
e last to come can sit and still feel the presence of the 


Drastic changes are taking place among Chinese Prot- 
;ants under communist control. Reports to this effect 

2 becoming more frequent and more alarming. One of 

3 most revealing reports comes from Leslie T. Lyall, 
filiated with the China Inland Mission Overseas Mis- 
mary Fellowship. 

In his report (The Millions, February) Mr. Lyall says: 
he current organization of all China into communes is 
signed to destroy the last vestiges of private property, 
iluding the family. People are living, working, sleep- 
j and eating in a collective, disciplined, semi-military 
shion. Children are being brought up in the commune, 
t in the family, and so, in the case of Christian fami- 
s, are deprived of the last possibility of a religious up- 

'On reaching high school every boy and girl must now 
end half the day in manual work and half in studies. 
Christian children cling to their 'outmoded' beliefs 
d customs, there is no future for them. A Christian 
:1 who insisted on thanking God for her meals and 
tnessing for Christ was dismissed from her school and 
now working in a factory. 

'Christians who have managed to reach graduation 
d that there is no place for them: they are sent to the 
rdest and most out-of-the-way places to work. The 
ristian son of a prominent scientific worker is a prom- 
ng physicist but expects to be sent as a carpenter or 
electrician to Inner Mongolia or the Tibetan steppes! 
other Christian, trained as a doctor, is now farming 
lause, as a Christian, he is considered unfit for any 
ler work. After 1958 no child of bourgeois parents will 
permitted higher education: all places in government 
i the professions will be resei-ved for members of the 

'Christian witness within the universities has now been 
mped out. The last remaining Christian Union in one 
sat city, which used to meet off the campus, has been 
ced to disband. One of the Christians in this college 
j covered that the girl in the bunk below her had once 
|n a true believer but, under pressure from her school- 
jtes in high school, had given up her faith. On entering 
ege she had joined the communist youth organization. 

The witness of the Christian girl later brought her back 
to the faith in Christ and this led to her prompt expul- 
sion from the organization. The Christian girl, too, earned 
the displeasure of the college authorities and when it be- 
came clear that she would not be permitted to graduate, 
she escaped to Hong Kong. Left alone, the other girl 
succumbed once more to the attacks that were continu- 
ally made upon her faith." 


A dusty mass of untouched information about Ameri- 
can colonial church history prior to the War of Inde- 
pendence (1775-81) has been newly-discovered by librar- 
ians at Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the 
Archbishop of Canterbury. In 40 large cardboard boxes 
there are 2,000 to 3,000 letters and documents relating 
to the time when the Anglican Church in the original 
13 colonies was without a Bishop of its own and was 
under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London. 

The dusty papers contain almost unused sources for a 
completely new history of the Episcopal Church in Amer- 
ica. They show what the early missionaries thought about 
social and political problems at a time when, as a minor- 
ity church, they faced much opposition from the Presby- 
terian and Quaker dissenters. 

One missionary wrote to the Bishop of London in 1698 
that he had gone to Philadelphia from Jamaica in the 
hope of finding "ye same wholesome laws" as "in other 
of His Majesty's plantations." But the people were "in 
brangle among themselves, imprisoning one another for 
religion." He accused Quaker justices of being "violent 
against all that are not Quakers, even to death." 

Samuel Johnson, a well-known American Clergyman of 
the period, wrote in 1728 that he had been preaching at 
New Haven (Connecticut), "where the college is." "I 
hope," he added, "that in a few years there will be a 
large congregation there." 

In 1765, Mr. Johnson, summing up for the Bishop of 
London "the trae state of religion in America," said 
that "the independents, or congregationalists as they call 
themselves here in New England, especially in Massa- 
chusetts and Connecticut, have established themselves by 
law, without any regard to the King's supremacy in mat- 
ters of religion." 




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Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
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and address: Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, 186 Spring St., 
Johnstown, Penna. 






Lersch, Youth Director 
PIC of the WEEK 


I Y. C. 

Muncie, Indiana, held services at the homes of four 
different families on December 21, 1958. 

Their arrival was announced by the singing of the 
chorus, "Gospel Bells," accompanied by those who played 
the triangles and bells. This was followed by the read- 
ing of scripture and prayer, plus the singing of other 
Christmas Carols. 

A small presentation of a candle holder was made in 
each home. It was a blessing and a surprise for the group 
to find that the gifts given to some one year ago, Christ- 
mas Bells made by the children, were a part of the dec- 
orations in one of the homes this year. 

Mrs. E. J. Black, director 
Mrs. Jean Hartzell, assistant 


A Report 

"Hey! Pass the catsup." "Who has my shoes?" "Let's 
take a hike." "0. K., knock it off and go to sleep." 
"Did anyone bake this cake yet, or are we eatin' it 
raw?" "Save some bacon for the leaders." "Who stole 
the last two pieces of the picture puzzle?" 

These are some of the things you might have heard 
emerging from the newly-acquired Ohio Camp Site on 
the weekends of January 30th and February Cth. Groups 
of Brethren Youth attending Ashland College, numbering 
12 and 20 respectively, left the campus on Friday after- 
noon and returned by Sunday noon. What took place in 
between was both enjoyable and also beneficial in many 

The opening remarks at the top paragraph are just a 
few indications of the good times and fun we had. But 

more important were the talks and discussions that w 
held on such subjects as these: 
"The place of prayer in a Christian's life.'' 
"How to study the Bible meaningfully." 
"What are some effective ways of witnessing?" 
"What does Temperance mean to the Christian?" 
"What do we believe about Jesus Christ? Why?" 
"What does pacifism and non-violence really mean^ 
"Does the church say anything to the social issues t( 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith and Rev. John Terrell ( 
January 30th; and Rev. Charles Munson and Miss Don 
thy Carpenter on February 6th, the resource leaders, vei 
capably led the discussions and offered very respecti 
advice. The young people themselves did the cookin 
selected the subjects for discussion, chose the leaders, k 
in devotions, cleaned up, and helped in the answerii 
of questions. 

It is hoped that the winterized farm house on the can 
site can be put to even more use yet this spring. F 
example, another Campus Retreat is being planned f 
other Brethren Youth on the weekend of February 271 
These Campus Retreats are planned and arranged und 
the direction of National Brethren Y'outh. 


Berlin, Pennsylvania 

ant Hill, Ohio 

15 — Waterloo, Iowa 

HOLY WEEK— March 22-29— Keep this week clear 
other activities. Go to Church. 

YOUTH SUNDAY— May 17, 1959 

God Number 11 


Anyway you look at it, this is personal evangelis 
And it should be a part of the Brethren Youth Crusa( 
program in your church! 

Time after time Jesus Christ showed us by His > 
ample and His teachings that we must have a conci 
for the spiritual welfare of other people — eveji those tl 
may seem undesirable to us at a first glance. 

There must be a group effort by your B. Y. C. JJl 
also an individual effort by you to interest others ' 
knowing about Jesus. A youth visitation i^Ian is wond • 
ful — and very rewarding, too. This type of activity il 
be the life-blood of your organization and bring b 
greatest thrills of having a youth group. 

Then, too, as you learn to invite others to your chu 
and introduce them to their Lord, you are preparing 
greater service of personal witnessing when you becc 
adult leaders in the church. Such a concern for lost sc 
does not come like a rain-cloud. It is a growing cone 
as you grow in years. GOAL 11 will help you re 
these greater goals of life. 

EBRUAEY 21, 1959 




omen s 

mner ■ 




b)? Helen Jordan 

■^ BACK WITH ME in your thoughts to a hill out- 
,_J side Jerusalem. This hill bears the name of Gol- 
otha, or a place of a skull. Such a terrible name for a 
ill, but today it is aptly named because upon that hill 
re three crosses. Imagine yourself as one of the women 
rouped about the foot of the center cross. You have 
;en the man you thought to be the Messiah stretched 
it upon that cross, nails driven in hands and feet, and 
len the cross dropped with a sickening thud into a hole, 
ou have heard Jesus speak seven times and then bow 
is head in death as a wail goes up from His mother 
id disciples. Can this poor broken body be the gentle 
saler, the kindly teacher, the lover of little children, the 
jliverer of the Jews? 

It is now later in the day and you again gather with 
le other women about the cross. You have heard that 
)seph of Arimathea, a prominent Jew, has been given 
jrmission to lay the body of Jesus in his own new tomb, 
ou watch as His chosen friends draw the spikes from 
is hands and feet and so gently lower His bruised body 
I the ground. The tears of the woman who gave Him 
rth bathe His face as it rests briefly in her lap. In the 
iding light of day you assist in the embalming of His 
)dy with spices and the wrapping of it in clean linen. 
[le body of your beloved Master is laid in the tomb and 
ith sinking heart you watch as the great stone is rolled 
to its place. You turn your back upon this sight, trudge 

wearily to your home to observe the Sabbath Day as a 
Roman guard seals the tomb and prepares for his all 
night vigil. 

The bleak, lonely. Sabbath Day passes and as the first 
day of the week begins to dawn you again join the 
women as they make their way through the beautiful 
garden toward the tomb. Each of you bear spices for 
the purpose of anointing the body of Christ. The garden 
seems strange — different somehow — because it glows 
with a new light. As you approach the tomb you are 
stunned into silence for the great stone is no longer in 
its place but rolled back from the entrance. You bow your 
head quickly and shade your eyes with youi hands be- 
cause the radiance of an angel sitting upor the stone 
is too great to behold. His voice, like a trumpet, reaches 
you, "Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which 
was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen as He said. 
Come, see the place where the Lord lay, and go quickly, 
and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; 
and behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall 
ye see Him: lo, I have told you." 

What glorious news! Never before has your heart been 
so full of joy as you turn from the tomb with the other 
women. Only as you see Jesus before you and He com- 
mands, "Go tell my brethren," do you realize what this 
I'eally means. You have been given a message to go and 
tell to all that Christ has been raised from the dead. 
What a wonderful message! 

Yes, the Lord mightly blessed women that day when 
He said, "Go and tell." This Easter season, will you, with 
gladness in your heart, declare to all the world that 
Christ is truly risen from the grave and is victorious over 
death ? 

Mrs. Donald Rowser, 

Smithville, Ohio. 


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CANTON, OHIO (TRINITY). The W. M. S. will pre- 
!nt missionary on furlough, Mrs. Jean Shank, as speaker 
. the public service on February 22nd. 
Both Glenn and Jean Shank will join in a School of 
issions to be conducted the afternoon of February 22nd 
the First Church of the Brethren, in Canton. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Brother W. Clayton Berkshire was 
e guest speaker in the Newark Chapel on February 1st. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Brother Smith F. Rose has supplied 
with the first copy of the Bryan Brethren parish 
per, "Brethren Comments." It will appear monthly and 
designed to inform the entire membership of the Bryan 
lurch of the activities of the coming months, and to 
port on important happenings in the various organiza- 
)ns within the Church. 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Three new members were received 
:o the Church by baptism recently. 

rUCSON, ARIZONA. Approximately 30 members of 
} Tucson Church joined in a Visitation-Migration Sun- 

day on February 1st when they traveled to worship with 
the Scottsdale-Phoenix Brethren by way of encourage- 
ment to the new congregation being established there. 
A representative of the Gideons brought the message 
in the Tucson Church on February 1st. 



Lost Creek, Kentucky 

Thursday evening, Februaiy 26th, and all day 
Friday, Febiiiary 27th, with the closing service, 
Friday evening. 

The principal speaker will be L. Ernest Otter, 
of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky. The 
music will be in charge of Mr. and Mrs. Derel 
Owens, of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. 

Free board and room will be given guests liv- 
ing at a distance, if they inform us ahead of 
time of their coming. 

Mrs. G. E. Drushal. 

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March 8, 1959 

ol. LXXXI 

February 28, 1959 

No. 9 

f roclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

MAURERTOWN, VIRGINIA. Brother Robert L. Hoff- 
man writes: "Chuck Huff, who pastored this Church dur- 
ing the summer of 1958, visited in Maurertown several 
days between semesters at Seminary. He conducted de- 
votions at the morning service of February 1st. In the 
evening he showed slides that he had taken locally to an 
appreciative group. 

"The Laymen and the Sunday School combined their 
efforts to install aluminum storm windows and screens 
at the parsonage." 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. Saturday, February 
14th, was a busy day at the Hagerstown Church, with 
the meeting of the Southeastern District Executive 
Committee to formulate the June Conference program in 
the afternoon, and a meeting in the evening of the min- 
isters of the District with Brethren Delbert B. Flora, 
Edwin Boardman, V. E. Meyer and W. S. Benshoff, of 
Ashland, Ohio, in the interests of Ministerial Recruit- 
ment. Delicious meals were served at noon and evening 
by the ladies of the Church. 

In progress at Hagerstown is the razing of the old 
Sunday School buildings and sexton's home at the rear 
of the present church building, in preparation for the erec- 
tion of the new Educational Building. 

During the construction activities, Sunday School 
classes are meeting in the Antietam Street School just 
across the street from the Church. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The Washington bulletin notes 
Sunday School attendance of 160 as against 121 a year 
ago. The Sunday was February 1st. There were 15 vis- 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Elected to the office of dea- 
con and deaconess recently were Mr. and Mrs. Clay 
Hough. Ordination services are scheduled for March 1st. 

plorer Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were guests 
of the Wayne Heights Church on Boy Scout Sunday, 
February 8th. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. Word' from Masontown is as 
follows: "Mrs. David Rambsel underwent surgery at 

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MIL'FORD, INDIANA. Revival Services— Mar. 8-1. 
Rev. E. J. Black, Evangelist; Rev. Glenn Grurabli 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Ardmore Brethren. Ev 

gelistic Services — Mar. 12-22 — Rev. Harry E. Ricl 
Evangelist; Rev. C. William Cole, Pastor. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Evangelistic Services— Mar. 2-1 
Rev. Don Rowser, Evangelist; Rev. Smith P. Rose, Pas 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Revival Services— Mar. 2 
— Rev. Percy C. Miller, Evangelist; Rev. William H. 
derson. Pastor. 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival and Evangelistic Serv 
Mar. 9-22 — Rev. Herbert Gilmer, Pastor and Evange 

GRATIS, OHIO. Revival Services— Mar. 9-22—1 
Claude Stogsdill, Evangelist; Rev. A. J. Tinkel, Paste 

OAKVILLE, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— Mar. 
— Rev. John T. Byler, Evangelist; Rev. Arthur H. Tin 


Quarterly Meeting— March 2, 1959 
Elkhart Brethren Church 

Dinner will be served between 6:00 and 8 
P. M., E. S. T. 

A blind musician and evangelist, Mr. Hoi 
Schauer, has been engaged as the speaker, 
has a wonderful testimony for the Lord. 

Everett L. Norris, Sec-Treas 




April 7, 8, 9, 1959 

Ashland, Ohio 

Program details to be announced soon 




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Tlie Vroblem Still Cxists, 

13ut There Is fl Solution 

/ES, THE PROBLEM of a sufficient supply of 
Ministers and Workers in the Brethren 
Lurch still exists. This problem has been real 
d apparent for many years; it is one which 
ould claim the attention of the minds and 
arts of every Brethren, every parent, and 
ery young man and woman. 
Seminary and Ministerial Recruitment Sunday 

designed to bring this problem into proper 
cus for each Brethren Church member. 
A prime consideration is that of the question, 
Yom where do our Ministers and other Chris- 
m Workers in our Denomination come?" Per- 
ips your Church has never had to be without a 
inister. Perhaps when one Minister moved on, 
other was right there to take his place. We 
ed only to talk to members of our Churches 
lich have had to go many months without a 
istor to learn of the difficulties experienced, 
ipplying the pulpit, conducting communions and 
■ptisms, ministering in the time of death, are 
st a few of the problems experienced in a pas- 
rless Church. And, without a shepherd, the 
ick has a tendency to scatter. Even though your 
lurch may have, up to now, been fortunate 
ough to always have a Minister, it is well to 
ink, along with members of Churches which 
ive been pastorless, on the source of Ministers. 
"When we need a Pastor, we call one," is a 
atement we have heard. "From where?" we 
k. "Well, from the Seminary, or from another 
lurch in our Brotherhood," is the answer we 
ceive. First of all, though, we must remember 
at in order to have young men to come out of 
e Seminary, or even to have a Pastor "come 
3m another Church," there must be a constant 
pply of new men to replace those who retire, 
10 are called by death, or who, for some reason 

other, drop out of the Ministry, 

There is no magical source for these new re- 
cruits. If they do not come from the local Church 
as candidates for the Ministry, there will be none 
to fill the pulpits in future years. 

That is the problem of the moment. That is the 
challenge of the hour. The Brethren Church is 
designating March 8th for this special obser- 
vance; we are devoting a major portion of this 
Evangelist through the cooperation of those 
whose names appear herein, to this cause, be- 
cause we believe that the future of our Church is 
dependent upon a rich and continued supply of 
young men and women willing to devote their 
lives to the Ministry. 

We need qualified, talented, dedicated young 
men and women for this work. Even though 
other Denominations face the same problem in 
this respect which we do, it does not make the 
problem any less acute for us. Here is the great- 
est opportunity any young person has ever had 
to serve the Lord. Young people cannot do it 
alone. Adults must be willing to encourage, to 
recognize talent and quality, and to provide the 
wherewithal whereby such young people can an- 
swer the call of the Lord. 

The answer and the solution is in the confi- 
dence of the knowledge that God does not sanc- 
tion a work without there being a sufficient 
supply of workers. The workers are at hand — in 
our local Churches. Your young people in your 
Church — God has His hand upon them. Are they 
receiving the proper encouragement from you? 
Are they being challenged to give themselves 
to Christian service? The answer is at hand. 
Pray constantly for specific young people you 
know, so that they might hear and answer the 
call of God. A man of God in your pulpit this 
year, and in years to come depends upon what 
YOU do NOW. W. S, B, 





Rev. Glenn Grumbling 

I ■«■ » 

Read II Kings 5:1-14 

* I 'HE WORLD has always had an abundance of 
•■• people who are quick to give out orders and 
advice, but not nearly so quick to accept the 
same. Such a man was Naaman, the leper. There 
is little doubt that Naaman was a great captain. 
The Lord had used him to deliver the Syrians 
from the hands of their enemies. The fact that 
he was a leper in no way diminished his valor, 
but his inability to obey almost cost him the op- 
portunity to be healed of his leprosy. Let us ex- 
amine Naaman's mistakes to> see if v.^e are mak- 
ing similar ones. 

He made his first mistake when he thought he 
was capable of paying God's servant to heal him. 
He took about 960 pounds of silver, 6,000 pieces 
of gold, and ten changes of costly clothing as 
payment for God's work. It wasn't enough. 
Elisha had to tell him that he couldn't buy the 
blessing which God freely gave. No amount of 
money, regardless how large, would have been 
sufficient to pay for God's healing power. 

The first Naaman tried to pay God for physical 
healing but there are Naamans today who think 
they can buy spiritual healing from God. Even 
professing Christian people have fallen into this 
erroneous belief. In spite of the fact that Christ 
offers salvation to mankind as a free gift, many 
misguided souls are striving to earn their salva- 
tion via good works. Naturally, when these peo- 
ple take inventory of their lives thej discover 

that they are very deep in debt to God (as ' 
all are) and then, because of their lack of fai 
in Christ's atoning sacrifice, they begin to don 
their salvation. The apostle Paul said, "The] 
fore, being justified by faith, we have peace wi 
God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Roma 
5:1), but they try to make this read, "Theref( 
being justified by our good works ..." 

Certainly Christians ought to strive to live li 
Christ — they ought to do good works and absti 
from evil works. "How shall we that are dead 
sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:! 
But the Christian must never believe that in < 
ing good works he is earning, or even partia 
earning his salvation, which God gives only a; 
free gift. That we in any way earn our salvatiji 
is a false theory which Satan is still using a; 
tool to destroy our faith in Christ and to depr 
God of His glory. 

The next mistake Naaman made was in goi 
to the King of Israel instead of the prophet 
Samaria, as his wife's maid had instructed. T 
help that Naaman was seeking was not the kin 
to give. God had not given the power of heal: 
to the king, a political leader, but to the proplit 
Elisha, a spiritual leader. Well, again we |e 
many Naamans in our world today. Instead |f 
seeking God's help by going to a humble serv; t 
of God, they will take their spiritual problem 
someone who has made a great name for himf 
in the field of science, politics, etc. — even if tjs 
so-called source of spiritual help has never loolid' 


CBRUARY 28, 1959 


side the covers of the Bible. It's like trying- to 
tch fish on the desert. 

Many professing Christians in the United 
;ates are trusting in our scientific abihty, rather 
an God, to save our nation from destruction. 
16 Bible, and any honest historian, will inform 
ich people that they have misplaced their faith, 
aaman discovered he had gone to the wrong 
an. People today who are seeking salvation 
ust go to the only one who is able to give this 
ee gift — Jesus Christ. 

Even after Naaman did find the right man he 
ill made some mistakes. He had his own ideas 

to how Elisha would cure him of his leprosy, 
aaman thought that Elisha would come to him, 
11 on the Lord, lay his hand on his sores and 
ereby cure the dreadful disease. But, as is too 
ten the case, man's thoughts (ideas) are in- 
mpatible with the plans of God. God's prophet 
id been given other plans to bring about the 
lahng — plans which would test Naaman's faith. 
Elisha told him he must go and wash seven 
nes in the Jordan River and his leprosy would 

cured. Naaman didn't take too well to this 
an, for after all, he was a man of some position 
d had to keep a certain dignity about him- 
If. And what made it even more humiliat- 
g, this prophet Elisha had designated the 
uddiest river known as the river in 
lich he should wash himself. That was just 
much for the proud captain to take. But, 
sre too, we see Naaman in our own age. There 
e a lot of people who would like to have the 
ime Christian, but they work out their own 
ans as to how they're going to accomplish this 
sk, instead of simply accepting God's plan, 
ley claim the plan which the Bible presents 
as all right for the time in which it was writ- 
n, but that our civilization has outgrown it; 
, the Bible plan might be all right for the 
wer classes of people but certainly not for 
em. Tlie sad fact is unless they get down off 
eir high horse and accept the one plan of sal- 
ition that God has always used, they never will 
low Christ as their personal Savior, nor realize 

the blessings He bestows on them who love 

The final mistake that Naaman made during 
is experience was almost fatal. He decided that 

would not accept the prophet's plan for cur- 
? his leprosy so he left Elisha and went away 

anger. And still again, we have Naamans liv- 
? in our midst today who become very angry 
d try to run from the truth when they hear 

that God's way is the only way for spiritual 
cleansing. Fortunately for Naaman, God had pro- 
vided him with a servant who was able to see 
Naaman's mistake and then convince him that 
he should heed the prophet's instruction. 
Naaman turned again, went back to the muddy 
Jordan, washed himself seven times, and after 
the seventh time his leprosy was gone. He was 
made whole because he had finally followed the 
simple instruction of the prophet of God. 

How we rejoice today when God provides a 
humble servant who can convince the runaway 
that he must turn back and have faith in Christ. 
And how much more we rejoice when God calls 
us to be that servant and thereby v/e have the 
blessing of helping in some small way to wash 
the leprous scales from some sin-sick soul. 

Milford, Indiana. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

R«>v. DyoII Belote 


"Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found 
wanting . . . Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the 
Medes and Persians." Daniel 5:27, 28. 

BELSHAZZAR was not the only king, or individual, 
whose kingdom and life were blasted and forfeited to 
strong drink. Everywhere the Bible condemns and warns 
against the use of liquor. A young man was up for con- 
sideration as an employee, by the Board of Directors of 
a large corporation. Said one of the members of the 
Board, "He won't do. Drinks a lot. I've got his num- 
ber, and he's through." 

And even so are the kingdoms of manhood and wom- 
anhood lost today through intemperance. A single cock- 
tail in a sparkling glass seems such a trifling thing, but 
little things can have great and harmful results. It is 
the first glass of liquor that starts the habit that in 
countless cases is the wrecker of manhood and woman- 
hood. "Wine is a mocker, and strong drink is raging; 
and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise," is the 
verdict of the Bible. 

The story goes that in 1840 a Mediterranean emigrant 
carried to Australia in a flower-pot as a souvenir of his 
old home, a plant of the Prickly Pear. Since then that 
one plant has become a menace to the agricultural well- 
being of the country. In spite of all that the Australian 
government can do the pest has been making gains every 
year, spreading to more square miles of territory. Do 
you suppose if they had known the danger wrapped up 
in that emigrant's flower-pot they would have ever al- 
lowed it to reach Australia? That flower would have 
landed in the ocean. 

"At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like 
an adder." Beware! BEWARE! BEWARE I 




530 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39 582 

Contribnting Editors; W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Sec 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assista 


The first Homecoming Day of the Sarasota First Breth- 
ren Church is now a grand memory. The Christian fel- 
lowship of the day with one hundred eighty-six present 
for the morning worship was a joy; approximately 120 
remained for the fellowship dinner. At 1:15 the General 
Conference pageant pictures were shown, after which fol- 
lowed a service of worship in song. The men's quartet 
from the Bayshore Mennonite Church assisted our choir. 
It was a wonderful day. 

The overall picture of the Sarasota work is a healthy 
one, with membership progressing steadily and a con- 
stant growth spiritually. Here are the attendance record 
figures for the month of December: 

1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 

20 59 84 126 135 

19 49 94 116 133 

22 49 98 151 173 

30 66 108 138 163 

Twenty-three people attended and completed the study 
of the Book of Mark in the fall session of our Advanced 
Pastor's Class. This spring will show a new addition to 
our Christian Education Program. Our Pastor's classes 
are going to be meeting as smaller groups in the homes 
in various sections of the city; it is our prayer that these 
will be acting as small evangelistic units. There will be 
no organized units, but each unit will be meeting in- 
formally for Bible study and fellowship. New members 
will be invited to attend each week; in this way new 
families will be reached. Later the Advanced Pastor's 
Class will be started again for those desiring a deeper 
study of God's Word than can be had in the meetings 
in the homes. 

On January 21 the congregation voted to begin paying 
a portion of the pastor's salary — $600.00 per year. The con- 
gregation also voted to pay off the second mortgage on 
the parsonage. Both of these actions show the strides 
forward being made each year. Our indebtedness is still 
quite heavy, but it is being cared for quite well. The 
new budget for 1959 passed by the congregation totals 
$10,040.00 — no small amount for a congregation of 83 
members, many of which are on pensions. An every-mem- 
ber canvass will be held this winter, and it is the prayer 
of the Finance Committee that at least 4/5 of this amount 
will be met on our "Declaration of Intention" cards. 

The city of Sarasota is still growing by leaps and 
bounds and the work of the Brethren Church looks bright- 
er than ever. Y'all come down and see us! 

Lyle Lichtenberger. 

TEN DOLLAR CLUB . . . building for Christ. 
Are you a member?? If not— JOIN TODAY. 


THAT IS A SILLY question, isn't it? Well, I'm 
going to begin at the very end of the question 
to unravel its meaning. The what represents mis- 
sions, and you can't find a better what in the whole 
church; and even there, it is the chief end — to reach 
others across the world for Christ. 

The next important part of the question (still 
going in reverse) is the predicate, is dioing some- 
thing. This in its simple meaning might be signifi- 
cant enough in some churches, but here it refers to 
teaching and educating about missions and mission- 
ary work. 

Now, finally, the first word in the question is one 
that is quite easily understood. Who, always refers 
to a person or to persons. This is no exception; 
although in too many of our churches it is an ex- 
ception rather than the rule to have some person 
or persons especially responsible for missionary ed- 
ucation and cultivation. We are discovering, how- 
ever, that where a person or a committee author- 
ized by the church, is directing a missionary edu- 
cation program, there one can see new life, new 
vision, new concern and new action. 

What person or persons in your church are re- 
sponsible to execute a program of missionary edu- 
cation and cultivation? If no one is assigned this 
very important task in your church, won't you make 
provision now for a missionary secretary or a mis- 
sionary committee to do this work? Who in your: 
church is doing something about what? 

My Share 

I Promise to assist in the building of new Brethren 
churches by giving $10.00 or more for each new 
church project. It is my understanding that I will 
be called upon for this contribution not more than 
twice in any one year. I further understand that if 
I am unable to contribute when called, I will be re- 
lieved of my obligation. 




3BRUARY 28, 1959 


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Seminary Day 


Recruitment Sunday 

I ■»■ I 

March 8 is the day in 1959 when the Brethren Church 
will observe the annual Ashland Theological Seminary and 
Ministerial Recruitment Sunday. 

Every church in the denomination, should, without fail, 
make a special effort to observe the day. There can be no 
future of the Brethren Church without recruitment and 
training of ministers and workers. 

By all means the day should be recognized in such 
ways as: 

1. A special sermon by the Pastor. 

2. Presentation of the need, and the call of God 
in Sunday school and youth fellowship. 

3. At least one mid-week prayer meeting for the 
call for ministers and their training. 

Let us become aware! 

Delbert B. Flora, Dean, 
Ashland Theological Seminary 

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This is The Brethren Church 

Conference Organizational Structure of the Brethren Churchf 




Conference Membership 
Spiritual State 
Rules & Organization 
Central Planning 


Boards & Committees 


Executive Committee 

District Conference 








Fraternal Relations 

Ways & Means 




Co-ordinating Finance 

Co-operating Boards 

Publishing Co. 


Woman's Missionary Society 


Home & Benevolent 
Sunday School 


Boy's Brotherhood 

Ashland College and Seminary and the National Brethren Ministerial 
Association are not structurally a part of the conference organization, 
but are vitally related to the working program of the Brethren Church. 

IBRUARY 28, 1959 


'90hat will Tfie "Brethren Bhurck ne 
Without fUimsters and Workers? 

Professor J. Ray Klingensmith 

> mtm t 

"Whom shall we send? Who will go for us?" 
lis has been God's problem for ages. Previously 
i have applied it to Foreign Missions and used 
as an appeal to our children. But now in a rap- 
ly changing America and rapidly changing 
'ethren Denomination the Call has become al- 
ost personal to every one of us. 
Every intelligent person recognizes the fact 
at Americans are going through a revolution 
every phase of life: the home, the school, the 
ctory, the Government, and also the Church. 
) face the future and minister to human needs 
Jesus' Name with the Gospel that saves men 
id women from themselves and from becoming 
)thing but world-things. Ministers, workers 
ust be trained. None of us are very permanent, 
inisters and Missionaries get old too. Death 
)es takes us too. But Jesus' Church must go on. 
is Word must be taught and applied. It is an 
ternal thing. 

Heretofore we have said: "Let them get men in 
e Seminary." Now it is the question of "Let 
ho get them ?" Jesus Christ was always seeking 
orkers with His "follow me" call. But have we, 
is people in Brethren homes and Brethren 
lurches, even thought about it yet? The num- 
sr of young men and women coming out of 
cethren homes testify to what need not be writ- 
n. The lack of burden for God and His Church 
id His Gospel is too plainly evident. The big job, 
e "success" of the world, the refusal to train 
ir own children in the Faith are just plain facts 
vealed by the scarcity of young lives coming 
rth to serve God in His Church. 
And now what will be the end of a denomina- 
m when Churches stand vacant and are forced 

to call a pastor of another viewpoint to preach 
and teach them and their children? What will be 
that pastor's interest in our Brethren Institu- 
tions — College, Publishing House, Mission Board, 
Seminary, Brethren's Home, etc. ? His loyalty will 
probably be to his own parent denomination or 
school where he was trained. Thus more of our 
Brethren youth will be turned in those directions. 
Thus our denomination will suffer again. 

Brethren this is not a future problem only. It 
is a very present problem right now. Our College 
and Seminary stand waiting. Our churches stand 
waiting. Perhaps it was your son, just as many 
other sons have been so directed, who should 
have been long ago turned to the Eternal work. 
God was in Christ reconciling the world unto 
Himself and has committed unto us this Word 
of reconciliation. Was it committed to your fam- 
ily? to your son? By whom? How? When? Your 
prayers for your child were for what? Now that 
he has not so much as considered a life given to 
God in service as millions of sons have given 
theirs raises the question about what his father 
and mother, his own pastor, his Sunday School 
teacher and all those supposedly spiritual teach- 
ers have taught him. 

To think of carrying on a Brethren Denomina- 
tion without Brethren trained ministers is just 
folly. God needs men. And God needs women. The 
old call of the Spirit of God burns deeply into us 
to follow HIM and not the world. Do not merely 
pray for God to send other workers. Pray for 
Him to use you to produce a son for Him and for 
His great work. Train up the child in the way he 
should go — and he will. 



Questions of a Young Person 


This is the biggest question you will ever have 
to answer! 

) — And there is no escaping an answer. 
—Whatever you do will be your answer. 
You can make a thoughtful, well planned, con- 
scious choice. 
— Or you can drift, 

and let circumstances of the moment de- 
cide for you. 
Your own Christian Faith gives you a starting 
point, by making you know that your life is not 
just your own. 

.You have been bom and grown out of the 

love, dreams, efforts, hopes and sacrifices 
of others. 

— You draw upon the character, labor, pur 

pose, of others every day of your life. 

— The lives of others, in turn, will be al 

' ■ fected by your life. 

Your Christian Faith teaches you that God an 

His Purpose is the beginning and goal of a 

these lives. | 

— Life itself is the gift of God, no matte 

what you do with it. 
— You can see order and creative purpos 

in the physical universe. 
— You can see potential order and creativ 
purpose in human lives. 
Jesus said, "My father works, and I work." 
— You must answer the question, 
"What shall I do with my life?" 


Living requires doing something with the pow- 
ers and potentialities of your life. 

— For most of us living requires doing some- 
thing that "earns us a living." 
— For all of us living requires doing some- 
thing to fulfill God's purpose for us. 
To "earn a living only," is to have a job. 

— To have a part in fulfilling God's purpose 
is to have a vocation. 
To make one's daily work a means of fulfilling 
God's purpose is to have both a job and a Chris- 
tian vocation. 

— To choose a Christian vocation that is a 

part of the organized work of the chure 
is to have a church vocation. 
To do any job well requires a knowledge of th 
skills required, and the ability and desire 1 
achieve those skills. 

— To fulfill a Christian vocational "calling 
requires a concern for knowing as muc 
as you can of God's will for your own lif 
and a knowledge of the skills required ar 
your ability to achieve them. : 
You must answer the question, 

— "Shall it be a job, or a Christian vocfi 


The Pastoral Ministry in the local church is the 
foundation of all the organized Christian relig- 
ion in the world. 

If the leadership in our local congregations is of 
a high order, every phase of Christian living 
at home and abroad is strengthened. 

What the family doctor is to medicine, the minis- 

; ter of the local church is to the organized 
Christian religion. 

—As a leader in worship. 
:;. ;-— As E preacher of the Word. 

• :: ---^As a leader in Christian Education. 
— As pastor and counsellor. 

— As administrator and organizational guid 
— In the life of the denomination, the con 
munity, and all churchly interests, tl 
minister leads the local church in servir 
the purposes of God throughout the worl 
For the person of broad talents, deep love of Gc 
and man, and a great concern for the chun 
of Jesus Christ. 
— The Pastoral Ministry offers large oppo 
tunities and abiding satisfactions. 
Will you answer in favor of the Pastoral Mini 

' (Selected and Adapted). 

3BRUARY 28, 1959 


A New Seminary Student Looks At The Seminory 

Richard Allison 

I'm in. I do not refer to membership in any cultural 
que for the establishment of intellectual, sophisticated 
obbery, nor do I refer to a brotherhood for the propa- 
tion of the exclusive "us." 

I'm in seminary. This is something for which I have 
iged the past several years. I'm in a seminary that 
lieves and teaches that the Bible is God's supreme rev- 
ition of redemption to fallen mankind. This is some- 
ing when many of the theological institutions of our 
id present only an eviscerated Gospel. I'm in a semi- 
ry where facilities are adequate, surroundings are con- 
cive to study and meditation, and a graduate level of 
irk is required. 

I'm in classes where I learn to feed the multitudes of 
3 Lord (Matt. 15:16). The original languages are stud- 

I as well as the historical setting. A knowledge of 
eek and Hebrew will enable me to discern with greater 
ftainty the exact meaning of the text. The knowledge 

the historical setting will increase my understanding 
d guard me from former deviations. The Holy Spirit 

II guide me in all truth (John 16:13). Also I am thank- 
l for the intellectual freedom which is present at Ash- 
id. This freedom allows me to develop a meaningful, 
stematic understanding of God's revelation. I'm not 
ured into a stagnant intellectual mould. From study 

Scripture, encouragement of teachers, and guidance 
the Holy Spirit I can arrive at a theology which speaks 
me and through me. 

I'm in fellowship with some of the finest young men 
and women that I have ever knovvTi. From among these 
young people will come the future leaders of the Breth- 
ren Church. We have learned how greatly we need each 
other; as confidant, as a fellow burden bearer, as a 
prayer partner, as a friend. As Christians we must all 
stand together or we shall all fall apart. Among friends, 
pet theories are attacked and discarded if faulty or im- 
practical. Thus the church is saved much grief in the fu- 

I'm in association with teachers. These are dedicated 
men who freely give of their time, intellectual capacity, 
and their very lives to afford us with every educational 
advantage. When faced with problems, I have always 
found a sympathetic ear and usually a practical solution. 

I'm in "real" situation. Lest in my youthful enthusi- 
asm you should come to believe that I have painted a 
picture akin to the Kingdom Age, let me dispel such 
ideas. Ashland Theological Seminary consists of real peo- 
ple, with real problems, with real frailties, but with real 
hope in a living Savior. This serves to remind me of my 
own station as a pilgrim, a sojourner, in a weary land, 
looking for a city not made with hands whose builder 
and maker is God. 

Yes, I'm in, in a seminary that is vitally interested in 
training young men to be ambassadors of the reconcilia- 
tion (II Cor. 5:20). 



A Departing Student Looks At Tiie Seminary 

Ray Aspinall 

I S I ENTER my last semester of seminary training 
\ I am able to look back at three full years. I never 
d any doubts about attending seminary; but neither 
1 I realize that there was so much to be gained, so 
my areas of life that would be affected. Ashland The- 
gical Seminary proved to be more than a school. It 
3 touched and moulded the main areas of my life: the 
ritual, the scholastic, and the social. 
Che friendships that have been made at Ashland are 
3s that will be lasting. We have good times together, 
; it goes deeper than that. We share our problems, 

rely upon each other, we even laugh at each others 
:es. The social contacts are vital ones which will affect 
■ whole lives. 

)n the scholarship level, Ashland Theological Seminary 
'Uld rank high. The instructors are all conscientiously 
iving to give the best in training and knowledge. The 

ses are small enough to allow for discussion and 

taking time to answer any problem which may arise. 
Courses are offered in all fields of pastoral work, so the 
graduate has some background as he enters each phase 
of his task; in preaching, teaching, counseling, or in ad- 
ministrative work. 

But as wonderful as the social and scholastic levels 
may be, the most impressive thing to me about Ashland 
Seminary is the spiritual atmosphere. The central pur- 
pose of our being in school is never lost. The Person of 
Jesus Christ stands in first place in every social func- 
tion and every classroom experience. The sense of His 
presence is never neglected. This attitude and atmosphere 
has played a strong part in my development for Christ. 

Now* as I look forward to beginning my first year in a 
full time pastorate I can also look backward and thank 
God for the strong training and the solid foundation 
given me through Ashland Theological Seminary. 



Ashland Theological Seminary 

ASHLAND Theological Seminary is a 
graduate Division of Ashland College. 
The constitution of the College specifies that 
"the training of suitable men for the minis- 
try of the Gospel shall always be sacredly 
regai'ded as one of the main objects of this 

A separate Department of Theology was 
established in 1906 with Professor John 
Allen Miller as its head. The scholastic stan- 
dards of the department were advanced from 
time to time, until in 1930 it was reorgan- 
ized as a Graduate School of Ashland Col- 
lege. Since then the regular course of study 
has comprised three years of resident work 
in strictly Biblical and Theological subjects 
leading to the degree of Bachelor of Divin- 


Complete and uncompromising 
Christian Faith. 

loyalty to the Biblical and historical 

The inculcation of competent Christian Scholarship. 

The nurture of a deeper spirituality in the Christian Life. 

All directed toward the goal of a practical Christian Ministry. 

\ f"^ 

« I 


THE BIBLE is at the center of the curricij 
lum as the one indispensable textbook of tl 

Christian minister. Around this Book si 
other courses are built, with a view towai 
making some contribution to its better uii 
derstanding and more efficient use. i 

The important technical disciplines ai 

taught always with a practical purpos 
Each course is brought to the test of th 
question: — How can this be used in tl 
practical work of the Christian ministry? 

The Seminary Course is built upon this coherent 
and comprehensive plan: 

(1) Biblical courses 

(2) Doctrinal courses 

(3) Historical courses 

(4) Practical courses 

Improve the existing curriculum. 
Increase the number of offerings to allow f 
more fields of major concentrations. 
Establish a department of Christian Educations 

IBRUARY 28, 1959 


W&enc 7<fe Siet^ftCH^ (^u^cA 

^%am4> ^t4^ '7Hc9U4te'l4^ 

Professor Charles R. Munson 

» **» I 

^ is the campus of the Ashland Theological 
minary. The building, the grounds and the at- 
jsphere of this setting comprise the finest pos- 
)le facilities for the training of men for the 
nistry of Jesus Christ. It is in this kind of set- 
\% that men are trained to preach of Jesus 
irist for the Brethren Church. On the opposite 
ge you see the building and one classroom of 
e Seminary, reproduced from the pages of the 
ochure prepared by the Central Planning and 
'ordinating Committee. Little is left to be de- 
•ed by way of facilities in the Seminary of the 
ethren Church. The classrooms are adequate 
f present needs, the library serves well as a re- 
arch center, while the snack-bar provides the 
cessary materials for the coffee-break. 

Of more importance, however, than the physi- 

1 facilities is the heart and core of the Semi- 

ry — the Bible. Men who are planning for the 

nistry in the Brethren Church find that at 

hland they must learn the Bible. The Ashland 

eological Seminary feels that no man is trained 

'• the ministry until he has learned to study the 

[Die faithfully. Likewise a man is trained to 

iiach from the Bible faithfully. The Seminary 

Ikes no apologies for this stand. While many 

ninaries are teaching many things aside from 

)le content, Ashland has increased its Bible- 

litered courses. The measure of a minister is his 

lity to preach and teach the Bible. This con- 

ues to be a growing concept at the Seminary, 

Tefore, courses are built around this book. It 

under these circumstances that men train for 

ministry in the Brethren Church. 

Here then is where the ministers for our 
church train, in pleasant surroundings, with ade- 
quate facilities, and with the Bible as the center 
of the curriculum. This makes a rather pretty pic- 
ture, but there is one blur in it and that is that 
we need more young men in training to serve as 
ministers. Young men and women must be helped 
to hear the call of God for service, then as this 
happens the Seminary can be an effective instru- 
ment in God's hand. The Seminai'y stands ready 
and able to train all the ministers the church 
needs — if the church will assume its responsibil- 
ity of laying the call to the ministry before its 
young people. God always works through human 
instruments, therefore we need to understand 
that all of us can be used to help some young 
person see his place in active service. It is not an 
accident that some Brethren churches have a 
fine record of ministerial recruits. There are 
churches that have as many as three and four 
men sei"ving the church now. Actually we need to 
take more seriously the responsibility of recruit- 

Ashland Theological Seminary is a fine gradu- 
ate school with recognition and friends in many 
parts of the world. God has blessed the school 
and continues to do so, but He has not done it 
without the prayers and devotion of Brethren 
people everywhere. We must all, therefore, share 
in the training program of the Seminary by pray- 
ing for laborers, and by guiding young people to 
the seminary of the Brethren Church — The Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. 


Seminary Student Brainstorming 


Recruitment of Minister 

» m» m I 

In a recent assembly of the Seminary students a ten minute "brainstorming session." The fo 
and faculty, Professor Charles Munson conducted lowing suggestions were the result: 

1. Study the qualities and qualifications of 10. Make personal contact with those who see 
our young people, to have the qualification. 

* * 

2. Every pastor recruit one person each year, 11, Do not confine efforts and attention to tho 

* * * who seem interested, but reach out 

3. Ministers be enthusiastic about their own other young people; they may hear tl 

calling. the call. 

4, "Talk up" the college and seminary instead 12. More and better preaching which will ii 

of criticising, press those who are interested with t 

* * * position to which they have attained 

5, Show the need of recruitment by means of the Lord's will, 

charts, statistics, etc. List the needs of * * * 

the church and mission fields for 13. Program of summer pastorates for sen 

workers. nary students so they may come ir 

* * * contact with young people who may I 
6. Establish more contact between our churches come impressed. 

and young people on one hand and sem- * * * 

inary students on the other; communi- 14. List the needs of the church and missiji 

cate the enthusiasm of the students, fields for workers, 

* * * * * * 

7. Have conferences in the church districts by 15. Ministers and others present and uphold t 

pastors and laymen who are interested in dignity of the ministerial calling, 

ministerial recruitment and work, * * * 

* * * 16. Pray for workers — weekly, definitely, s} 

8. Make a study of churches who are success- cifically by name, 

ful in recruitment, * * * 

* * * 17, Re-examine and preach the qualifications! 

9. Organize gospel teams in local churches; presented in I Timothy. 

work in hospitals, county homes, etc, * * * 

and engender live interest in the work of 18, Ministers work for dedicated families 

the ministry, their churches. 

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The Brotherhood has heard little of the activities of 
e First Brethren Church in Pittsburgh during our pas- 
rate here. Let me make haste to declare that it is not 
cause of any lack of worthy accomplishments of the 
•ethren here, but rather a matter of modesty and hu- 
ility on the part of our correspondent. 
We do feel, however, that the time has arrived that 
3 should chronicle a few of the worthy achievements 
r the benefit of our other Brethren who might be in- 
rested in the doings of the Pittsburgh Church. 
After sixteen years of service in the rui-al areas of 
est Virginia, we came at the call of the Pittsburgh 
■ethren, beginning our pastorate here in the fall of 
56, entering into our pastoral duties with fear and 
;mbling. The transition from a rural community where 
erybody knows everybody else to a church in the large 
;y is not the easiest thing in the world, as many of 
r fellow ministers can readily appreciate. Still we feel our 
nistry here has been blessed by God, and our experi- 
ces have been rich and satisfying. We have shared with 
B Brethren many great and varied blessings, with a 
eat number of worthwhile improvements and advance- 
snts in the church. Included in these can be named 
s complete redecorating of the parsonage and church 
)m attic to basement, new wall to wall carpet in the 
nctuary, new P. A. system, flags, a beautiful new com- 
mion table, as well as new and renewed office equip- 
mt; thus our physical plant is at present in excellent 

We feel also that God has blessed our ministry in a 
iritual way; adding to the church a number of new 
imbers, most of whom are in active service in the 
lurch or Sunday School. Our denominational offerings 
ve increased, and the per-capita giving remains at a 
ry gratifying level. In fact, at times one is made to 
inder how, and where it all comes from, but we praise 
2 Lord for their generosity. 

It has been our privilege to have a part in the District 
mp work, serving on the teaching staff two years; as- 
ting in the organization of the Laymen, conducting 
r own Bible school, a teacher training course, Sunday 
iming devotions on Radio Station W W S W on several 
;asions, and many other blessed experiences which be- 
ase of time and space cannot be enumerated. 
As in every pastorate, our experiences have not all 
'5n happy ones. It has been our duty to perform the 
t sad office for a number of our greatly loved, and 
st useful members which we consider a great personal 

loss. But again we console ourselves with the fact that 
the great creator of the universe knows what is best for 
His people, and will surely raise up others who will take 
their place in His Vineyard. 

We are closing our pastorate here the last of Febru- 
ary to accept the call from the Brethren at Meyersdale, 
Pa., and we approach the hour with a feeling of mingled 
anticipation and regret. Ours is a genuine sorrow and 
regret to part with the Brethren here, whom we have 
leai'ned to love, and who have been so wonderful in their 
ministering to our needs during our sojourn in their 
midst. It is our prayer that God will continue to bless 
them each and every one, and use them mightily to His 
glory. Pray for us. Brethren, as we enter our new work. 

Guy F. Ludwig. 




By the Editor 


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"Prayer Weeting 

by G. T. §ilmer 


ARCHBISHOP LEIGHTON once said, "Were the vis- 
age of sin seen at full light, undressed and un- 
painted, it were impossible, while it so appeared, that 
any one sou! could be in love with it, but would rather 
flee from it, as hideous and abominable" (Prov. 8:13). 
So sin is to be abhorred (Romans 12:9), put away (Job 
11:14), departed from (2 Tim. 2:19), not even looked upon 
(1 Thess. 5:22), guarded (Psalm .39:1) and striven 
against (Heb. 12:4). 

Earnest toil and strong endeavour 

Of a spirit which within 
Wrestles with familiar evil 

And besetting sin. 

— Whittier. 

Sin in the life is to be mortified (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5) 
and wholly destroyed (Rom. 6:6). "The sin that now 
rises to memory as your bosom sin, let this first of all 
be withstood and mastered. Oppose it instantly by a de- 
testation of it, by a firm will to conquer it, by reflection, 
by reason, and by prayer," wrote W. E. Channing. The 
sin of neglect and omission entails terrible consequences 
(Luke 12:47; John 15:22). To conceal sin is only to add 
guilt to guilt (Job 31:33). "... since therefore thou 
canst not escape thy sin, let not thy sin escape thy ob- 
sei'vation," said Quarlea (Num. 32:23). 

"Come, now again, thy woes impart. 
Tell all thy sorrows, all thy sin, 

We cannot heal the throbbing heart 
Till we discern the wounds within 

(Prov. 28:13). 

"Sin is to be overcome, not so much by direct oppo- 
sition to it as by cultivating opposite principles. Would 
you kill the weeds in your garden, plant it with good 
seed; if the ground be well occupied there will be less 
need of the hoe" (Rom. 12:21). "If I grapple with sin 
in my own strength, the devil knows he may go to 
sleep." Therefore, we should pray to God to search out 
the sin in our hearts (Psalm 139:23, 24), to make us 
know our sin (Job 13:23), to forgive our sin (Luke 11:4), 
to keep us from our sin (Psalm 19:13). "Besides the guilt 
of sin and the power of sin, there is the stain of sin" 
(Isa. 1:18). So we not only need deliverance from sin 
(Matt. 6:13), but we also need cleansing from its stain 
(Psalm 51:2, 7). 

"Sin is the insurrection and the rebellion of the heart 
against God; it turns from Him, and turns against Him; 
it takes up arms against God." Therefore God does not 
answer the prayer of sinners (Isa. 59:2) nor bless 
them (Jer. 5:25). For the wicked are the slaves of sin 

(John 8:34), are dead in sin (Eph. 2:1), and are guil 
of sin in everything they do (Prov. 21:4). "Pride ai 
conceit were the original sin of man." To the wicked s 
is a necessity (1 Sam. 13:11, 12), and they encouraj 
themselves in it (Psalm 64:5), making all manner of e 
cuse (Gen. 3:12,13). Talmage said, "No man becom 
fully evil at once; but suggestion bringeth on indulgenc 
indulgence, delight; delight, consent; consent, endeavc 
endeavor, practice; practice, custom; custom, excuse; e 
cuse, defense; defense, obstinacy; obstinacy, boastin 
boasting a seared conscience and a reprobate mind." M 
defy God in committing sin (Isa. 5:18, 19), boast of £ 
(Isa. 3:9), "mock at sin" (Prov. 14:9), and think th 
will not be punished (Psalm 10:11; 94:7). 

Like the alcoholic, those steeped in sin cannot cea 
from it (2 Peter 2:14), and are led by despair to cc 
tinue in sin (Jer. 2:25; 18:12). Some blame God for thi 
sin (Gen. 3:12; Jer. 7:10) or throw the blame on oth( 
(Ex. 32:22-24). Prosperity encourages some to sin (Pre 
10:16). Others think they can hide their sin (Gen. 3:8, ] 
Job 31:33). Sinners tempt others to sin (1 Kings 16 
21:25), and delight in those who sin (Psalm 10:3). E 
sin, if persisted in, never fails to lead its dupes to shaii 
(Rom. 6:21), to uneasiness (Psalm 38:8), disease (i 
20:11), physical and spiritual death (Rom. 6:23), a 
exclusion from Heaven (1 Cor. 6:9, 10); Rev. 21:27). 

God's people are to warn the wicked to forsake th 
sin (Ezek. 33:9). 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 8, 1959 


Lesson: Mark 14:32-42 

SOME PEOPLE have perverted ideas of the Will f 
God. Time Magazine reported the following: 

"In Aiken, S. C, police looked for the thief who br 
into the Church of God, stole twelve folding chairs 
Sunday school bell, a blackboard, an oil heater 
several hymnals, left a note: 'To Whom It May C 
cem: The chairs and items are not taken without , 
cause, but were taken as a loan and will be retur 
soon. This is the will of God'." 

Needless to say, such conduct could never be in 
cordance with God's Holy Will! As we study this wei 
lesson we are brought face to face with the Will of • 
the Father as it was related to God the Son and the i 
of redemption. i 


The earthly life of Christ was rapidly coming t( a 
close. The experiences of the Upper Room and the 1 3t 
Supper have past. 

"Sit ye here, while I shall pray," were the words rf 
Jesus to nine of the disciples as they were left just It- 

5BRUARY 28, 1959 


ie of the Garden of Gethsemane. But the "Inner Three," 
iter, James, and John, were permitted to follow Christ 
to the garden. There He said to them, "My soul is ex- 
eding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch." 
The Master did not ask His disciples to pray for Him, 
t how He must have longed for that support! Rather, 
ey were told to be on their guard to protect themselves 
om possible danger by maintaining a constant spirit of 

What does our Savior think of His Bride, the Church, 
len she fails to maintain that spiritual vigilance which 
so necessary for those who desire to remain pure and 
otless? He knows of the constant dangers that sur- 
und His own; and He knows that to keep true and 
ithful to Him we must WATCH! 


"And He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, 
d prayed ..." 

We read that Jesus "began to be sore amazed and to 
very heavy." Dr. J. A. Alexander says the expression 
ore amazed" is 

"A very strong Greek word denoting both surprise 
and consternation, and here used in its strongest sense 
to signify the preternatural depression and alarm, of 
which our Savior condescended to partake, as the rep- 
resentative and surety of His people." 

Likewise, the words "very heavy" denote "extreme 
xiety and anguish." 

What was His request of the Father? "Take away this 
p from Me." To what cup did Jesus refer? The cup of 
ysical suffering and death? Perhaps in part — but He 
3ant more than that. Many have had the courage to 
ce physical torture and a martyr's death! 
Jesus suffered anguish of soul when He felt the im- 
ensity of His task of bearing the sin of the world. In 
ing this. He had to bear the disgrace and shame of 
at sin. He had to bear the utter aloneness of it all, for 
en the Father must needs turn His back upon the Son! 


"And He cometh, and findeth them sleeping." Three 
nes this happened! Jesus had warned them to watch 
d pray. But they did not! 

We can readily excuse them — especially in light 
our own experience! We glibly say, "The spirit truly 
ready, but the flesh is weak." Jesus did not say this 
excuse them. He was saying to them that by sleeping 
d not watching they had yielded to the desires of the 

Have we failed the Master in the hour of testing? Do 
: steadfastly stand when vital moral and spiritual issues 
8 at stake, or da we yield to the demands of our lower 


'Nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt." 
r Jesus this meant an utter abandonment of self, and 
;ompIete surrender to the Will of God the Father! 

"The complete submission ... to the Father's will, 
without regard to His own human wishes, is a glorious 
(Continued on Page 19) 

Sundaif School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 


make the difference between an effective and a 
slipshod showing. A filmstrip can be shown so smoothly 
that the audience is hardly aware of the mechanical de- 
tails. The following instructions suggest how such a per- 
formance can be achieved. 

You will need a 35 mm filmstrip projector with a 500 
watt bulb. For a small group in a dark room, a projector 
using a 300 watt bulb will prove satisfactory. 

Place the machine on a sturdy table or stand, and wind 
the cord of the machine around a table leg before plug- 
ging it into the outlet. This will protect the machine 
from falling should anyone accidentally trip over the 
cord. If at all possible, plug into an outlet suspended 
from the ceiling above the projector, or into one in the 
floor directly beneath the projector. Check the outlet and 
the room lights to be sure that both are not on the same 
circuit. You do not want your machine bulb to go out 
when your room lights are turned off. 

Place your screen in position at right angles to the 
line of projection. Otherwise it will be impossible to 
focus the image uniformly over the screen area. Be cer- 
tain that the surface of the screen material is without 
wrinkles or bulges to avoid distortion of the image. Make 
chalk marks around the three leg positions of the tripod 
if it is necessary to remove it during the worship period. 
Then it can be quickly replaced when needed. Seat every- 
one as close to the light beam as possible. No one should 
sit at a wider angle than 45 degrees. 

Set the projector on a rigid stand high enough to pro- 
ject over the heads of the class or congregation. Place 
the filmstrip in the machine and focus the first picture to 
be shown on the screen so that you will be ready when 
it is time for the filmstrip to be shown. If the script read- 
er is not operating the projector, signals should be ar- 
ranged with the projectionist so that he will know when 
to change the picture. The signal should not be apparent 
to the audience. 

Have someone ready to switch the room lights off and 
on, upon signal. Turn on the projector a fraction of a 
second before the room lights are turned out. At the end 
of the showing switch off the projector after the room 
lights are on. Clear the blank film from the projector 
after the lights have been turned on. 

When you are hand-winding the film do not start with 
a large loop and later pull the film tight into a small roll. 
This "cinches" or scratches the film beyond remedy. Keep 
the glass and optical parts of the projector clean at all 
times, for dust, hair and grit will not only be seen on 
the screen, but will also damage the film sui'face. Remem- 
ber — to insure the life of the film, handle it with care. 
Always place your fingers on the outside edges so as not 
to scratch or dirty the surface. 





Phil Lersch. Youth Director 

With the following discussion "GOALS GAB" (1958- 
59 edition) will come to a close. All twelve of the Na- 
tional Brethren Youth Goals have been discussed in de- 
tail with the hope that better understanding of these 
GOALS and what they teach will result in more diligent 
efforts to meet them on the part of every local B. Y. C. 

Those groups that meet 10 out of 12 Goals are "BAN- 

Those groups that meet all 12 Goals are "HONOR 

These awards are given in certificate form at the 
Youth Banquet next August in Ashland during National 
Youth Conference. Plan now to come. 

Goal Number Twelve 



The Brethren Youth "Covenant" is not new this year. 
For two years it has been printed on the back of the 
B. Y. Membership Card. But, because these membership 
cards were usually tucked away in a purse or billfold 
and never examined, the Covenant was not as well known 
as it should be. 

Consequently, the Covenant has now been placed on 
a large banner which is to be hung in each youth meeting 
room and read at every meeting. After a few readings 
your entire group will know the Covenant from memory. 
Then the challenge comes to live by the promises you 
make when repeating the Covenant. Notice especially 
the words in bold type: 

Brethren Youth Covenant 

Believing in .Jesus Christ as the Son of God and 
Savior of the world, I will earnestly strive for a 
more personal relationship with Him. I promise to 
study diligently God's Word as the guide of my 
life. I accept Brethren Youth as a channel through 
which I can grow spiritually and serve faithfully 
my Lord and the Brethren Chui'ch. I enter into this 
covenant and yield myself in the name of the 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 


Covenant Banners may be ordered from National Breth- 
ren Youth for 25c each. You must have one. 

Next Week 

Complete Report of BRETHREN COLLEGE DAYS in 
Action ! 

PIC of the WEEK 

^t", , ^J> 

yWli^i "^ 

s^ '• .. 

"Muscles Mailoy" 

The human dynamo, "Muscles Mailoy," visited t) 
N. E. Ohio Rally held in Mansfield on January 18th. H 
great feats of strength were astounding, although ] 
does seem to be having some difficulty with this set 
bar-bells at the moment. 

Funny thing though — that puny announcer had no tro 
ble at all carrying those weights with one hand aft 
the demonstration was over. Maybe "Mailoy" left 1 
"muscles" at home that day! 


A Report 

I just returned last night (February 15th) from soi 
wonderful Youth Clinic sessions in Johnstown, Penns 
vania, with both the Second and Third Brethren Churcl 
cooperating. The willingness to learn and understand 
the part of all was fine and much appreciated. 

Friday evening the adults met in the Second Chui 
for a discussion-type meeting dealing with approaches 
youth and better ways to serve as leaders. Saturday e 
ning both youth and adults attended a banquet at Thl 
Church. Singing and devotions were cared for by loj 
youth and then the Youth Director stressed the Breth;|i 
Youth program on the local, district and national Ievi|. 
This meeting concluded with the showing of slide pictu') 
to demonstrate the features just talked about. The o ' 
disturbing interruption was when "an old man with i 
sow" wandered in. j 

Sunday, the courtesy of the pulpit was extended to 'J 
in both churches to round out this fruitful weekend ex - 
rience of Christian fellowship and thinking about r 
young people. Here are other Churches where sim 
Youth Clinics will be held in the near future: 

New Paris, Indiana — March 8, 9 
Waterloo, Iowa — March 11, 12 
Milledgeville, Illinois — March 15, 16 

EBRUARY 28, 1959 


^he "^^ omens /Corner 

6-00.* <>OG^ =13S^ 

% Helen Jordan 


ONG AGO, in Germany, a Minister went to an artist's 
_j studio to engage him to paint a picture of the cruci- 
xion for his church. The arrangements were quickly 
lade and the artist began his picture. A spirit of unrest 
ime upon the painter after he had worked at it for 
ionths. He laid aside his brushes and walked out through 
le valleys. He saw there a gypsy girl making baskets, 
he made such a beautiful picture that the artist wanted 
I paint her. So, he made arrangements for her to come 
) his studio. When she came, she looked all around the 
)om delighted with everything. Suddenly she saw the 
linting of the crucifixion. In an awed voice, she asked, 
iVho is that?" 

"The Christ," answered the artist carelessly. 
"What are they doing to him?" 
"Crucifying him," replied the artist. 
"Who are those people with the bad faces?" 
"What is that to you; how am I to get my work done, 
you keep talking all the time?" 

The next day, she asked, "Why did they crucify him? 
'as he very bad?" 

"No, He was good," replied the artist. 
"If He was good, why did they do it?" 
In despair the artist threw down his brushes and said, 
''11 tell you the story and then don't ask me any more 
lestions." Then he told her the story that will never 
row old, the story of the Cross of Calvary. 
She listened intently and said, "You must love him 
;tter than anything else on earth, when he has done all 
at for you." 

The artist was ashamed and seemed to see himself as 
pretender. As the days went by he could not forget her 
ords, "You must love him better than anything else in 
e world." One night he went to a little church in the 
ty and there he gave his heart to the Lord Jesus. He 
cided to use his talents for the Lord. So he worked 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 

(Continued from Page 17) 

I triumph of our Lord's obedience, even over the severest 
trial that can be conceived of. Though He really de- 
sired, as a man, to be delivered from the wrath of 
God, yet, even as a man. He finally consented to en- 
dure it, as the only means by which to save His people 
from their sins. (Matt. 1:21)" (Alexander). 


'And shall I pray, Oh, change Thy will, my Father, 
Until it be according unto mine? 
*Ui, no. Lord, no, that never could be, rather 
I pray Thee, Blend my human will with Thine." 

again on the picture of the crucifixion and it was beau- 
tiful, the eyes of the Christ were so full of tender love, 
they held the onlooker spellbound. He would not sell the 
picture but gave it to an art gallery in the city. Under 
the painting were these words: "AH this I did for thee, 
What has thou done for me?" 

He wanted God to speak to the people through the pic- 
ture. One day, he saw a girl come and stand before it. 
It was the gypsy girl who had posed for him. She said, 
"I wish he had loved me like that, but I'm only a gypsy 

"Forgive me," said the artist, "that I did not tell you 
before, Christ died for all people." The gypsy girl then 
gave her heart to the Lord. 

One day, a young nobleman entered the gallery and 
stood weeping before the picture; he laid his life and 
fortune at the feet of the Son of God, and later estab- 
lished the Moravian Missions. The painting's influence 
will live on forever. 

Only what's done for Christ will last. 

Mrs. George A. Leidy, 

Conemaugh, Pa. 


(Continued from Page 2) 

Uniontown Hospital on February 6th. Two lymph glands 
were removed from her neck. She also required two blood 
transfusions. She is now recovering nicely at her home." 
(Let us continue to remember her in prayer. Ed.) 

"The World's Day of Prayer was observed in the form 
of a Family Night on February 13th. The W. M. S. 
served supper after which a fine spiritual program was 

"The Senior S. M. M. held their public service the 
morning of February 15th. Carol Berkshire and Sue 
Miller of Ashland College had charge." 

NEWARK, OHIO. Brother William S. Crick has an- 
nounced his resignation as Pastor of the Newark Church. 
Some time after Easter, Brother Crick will take up the 
pastorate of the Pittsburgh, Penna., Church, which Church 
he had formerly pastored, from 1942 to 1948, 

MEXICO, INDIANA. Word from the Mexico Church is 
as follows: "The Mexico Brethren Church was host to 
thirty or thirty-five Scouts and their leaders February 
8th. We had a good service. The house was about two- 
thirds full. 

"The Sunday School attendance has been more than 
the total enrolment twice since the middle of November. 
We have had some of the worst weather and icy roads 
but still the Brethren came. Our quiet little Eel River 
became a mighty river during the recent flood." 

Brother Floyd Sibert notes that his new address is: 
R. D. 3, Peru, Indiana. The change should be made in 
your copy of the Brethren Annual. 

Bates has announced his resignation as Pastor of the 
North Manchester Church in order to take up the pas- 
torate of the Vinco, Penna., Brethren Church. The change 
is scheduled for early in June. 

Brethren Historiaal 
Manchester Colleg®' 
N. Manchester, Ind. 




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Official Organ of ^hc "Brethren Church 


fo\. LXXXI 

March 7, 1959 

No. 10 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Brother Freeman Ankrum 
notes that the Laymen's public service scheduled for Feb- 
ruary 18th featured Rev. Gordon Clews of the Williams- 
port Methodist Church as speaker. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Dr. J. Garber Drushal was the 
scheduled guest speaker at the February 20th "Sweetheart 
Banquet" held at the Max-low Heights Shopping Center 
in Washington. 

Washington Brethren's Sunday School attendance goal 
for 1959 is "Up to 199 in 59." 

Brother Elmer M. Keck will close his work with the Val- 
ley Brethren and will take up the pastorate of the Bur- 
lington, Indiana, Brethren Church this coming June. 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA. (THIRD). Third Brethren 
hosted the Tenth District Sunday School Convention Feb- 
ruary 13th to 15th. A banquet was held Friday evening. 
Afternoon and evening speaker on the 15th was Dr. Gor- 
don Jackson, of Pittsburgh Xenia Theological Seminary. 

Brother Clarence Stogsdill writes: "The Ministers and 
their wives, of the Pennsylvania District met in our 
Church for a dinner meeting and afternoon business-de- 
votional service on February 6th. We were privileged to 
hear Missionary Glenn Shank during the fellowship din- 
ner. Discussions were led by Rev. White and Rev. Leath- 
erman on 'The Bi-ethren and Peace and War.' " 

Missionaries Glenn and Jean Shank were guests of the 
Third Brethren on February 4th, at which time they pi'e- 
sented the story of their work. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Brother L. V. King notes the 
passing of Mrs. Arvilla King, his step-mother, at the age 
of 86, on February 18th. She had made her home with the 
Kings. She was a charter member, Sunday School Super- 
intendent for many years, and a deaconess in the Zion 
Hill Brethren Church. More recently she was a member 
of the Smithville Brethren Church. A step-daughter and 
another step-son also survive. Brother Don Rowser of the 
Smithville Church, conducted final rites. Our prayers of 
comfort and assurance to the bereaved. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother Charles R. Munson 
of Ashland Seminary is the guest speaker scheduled for 
the New Lebanon Church on March 8th. 

Laymen's Sunday will be observed at New Lebanoi 
March 15th. 

FREMONT, OHIO. Brother Carl H. Phillips notes 
Missionaries, Glenn and Jean Shank were scheduled 
the Fremont Church the evenings of February 17th 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Three new members were 
ceived into the membership of the Nappanee Churcl 
February 8th. 

ville Brethren Youth were guests of the Ardmore Br 
ren Youth on February 15th. 

FLORA, INDIANA. Brother C. A. Stewart was r 
devotional speaker over WSAL the week of February 
Brother Stewart notes that he missed the first sev 
days due to high water, but that he was able to mal 
the rest of the week. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. The Laymen were guests 
the Senior Sisterhood at a "Sweetheart Box Social' 
the parsonage on February 24th. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. Brother Floyd Sibert wr 
"Well over a hundred enthusiastic persons attendedi 
Brethren Youth Rally, February 14th, at the Me 
(Continued on Page 9) 


MILIFORD, INDIANA. Revival Services— Mar. 8-i 
Rev. E. J. Black, Evangelist; Rev. Glenn Grumb 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Ardmore Brethren. E! 

gelistic Services — Mar. 12-22 — Rev, Harry E. Ri( 
Evangelist; Rev. C. William Cole, Pastor. 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA. Evangelistic Services— 1 
22-29 — Evangelist, Albert 0. Curtright, of Cheyenne, 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival and Evangelistic Ser-^ 
Mar. 9-22 — Rev. Herbert Gilmer, Pastor and Evangt 

GRATIS, OHIO. Revival Services— Mar. 9-22— 
Claude Stogsdill, Evangelist; Rev. A. J. Tinkel, Past( 

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Grand Canyon, Colorado. Picture courtesy of the ' 
Harvey Associates, of Chicago. 





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The Editor's Pulpit 

Wkat^s Tour flnswer? 

'HRISTIANS ARE constantly besieged with 
" questions, "pertinent points," thought-pro- 
king statements and admonitions. It seems that 
sir number is legion, and it seems that many 
■called helpful points go unheeded. At least one 
luld think that with all the wonderful axioms, 
olden nuggets" and practical points of Chris- 
,n hving showered upon us, that our religious 
il and activity would be much greater. 

For instance, the following clipping from one of 
L- exchange magazines, contains enough 
)ught-provoking dynamite to transform the 
rid. We may consider it just another list of 
estions to be glanced at and laid aside. Or, it 
ly become the turning point in someone's life 
someone, caught with the sudden realization 
their own lack of attention to their Christian 
iponsibilities who will literally say, "I am not 
ing my part — my best," and will start a chain 
iction with world shaking results. The Editor 
.0 clipped it from another paper and used it in 
1 own, probably hoped and prayed such a thing 
uld happen, and so do we in clipping it from 
; paper and using it in ours. 

A.t any rate, for your consideration, here it is: 

* * * 

"1. How long would it take to make my com- 
mity really Christian if every follower of 
rist worked at it and prayed about it just as 

'2. How long would it take to make my whole 
fcion really Christian if all Christians gave their 
lyers and efforts and money toward it just as 
m doing? 

'3. How long would it take to make disciples 
all the nations if all other Christians were to 
^e to this great program of Christ the place in 
sir lives that it has in mine ? 

'4. Have I any moral right to expect or de- 
-nd of other Christians, or even of preachers 
i missionaries, any service or sacrifice for 
rist that I am unwilling to demand of myself? 

"The work of winning the world to Christ is 
my work as really and as fully as it is the work 
of anyone else. Let me not avoid it nor shirk it." 

There it is, dear friends, and the future of our 
Church and of the work of Christ depends upon 
our answer. Truly, our personal responsibility 
is pointed up. The work of witnessing does belong 
to our fellow Christians. We are exactly right 
when we say that other people are to be active 
in the work of the Lord. But if that is as far as 
we go, we have missed the main point of the 
Great Cominission. 

The last day Jesus was with the disciples be- 
fore His ascension into heaven. He gathered them 
together and told them that they were, person- 
ally, to go as witnesses of the message of the 
Gospel. The "Go ye," is a commission, not from 
the Church, not from the Church officials, nor 
from your Church Polity, nor even from your 
Pastor — it is a direct, unavoidable, inescapable 
commission from God ! The moment we accept sal- 
vation through Christ and lay claim to being 
one of His disciples, we accept the full responsi- 
bility of the "Go ye!" 

The main point of the Great Commission is its 
personal nature. Each individual, looking to the 
Savior for redemption from sin, hears Him say, 
"Now, you go tell others !" 

Time will be well spent in analyzing the ques- 
tions raised in the quoted clipping. To shrug off 
the salient points therein, is to temporarily brush 
off our responsibility to the "Go ye," of Christ. 
But such an attitude and action is deathly — to 
the work of the Church, and likewise to the in- 
dividual, Christ said, "Every branch in me 
which beareth not fruit . . . taken away . . . cast 
forth . . . burned." The Father is glorified, 
through our fruit bearing, in answer to the call 
of Christ. This comes, as we "go" ourselves, 
through our gifts, our prayers, our words of en- 
couragement and personal testimony. What is 
your answer? W. S. B. 







Rev. A. T. Ronk 

ASIDE FROM THE WORKING of the Holy Spirit, 
there is no more powerful influence in the church 
than the pen and without the press the outreach of the 
pen would be limited. Then, may we raise the question, 
"Have we used the pen, and the press to our fullest 
capacity in these 75 years?" 

One can count on his fingers the books which Brethren 
have written in this period: Holsinger's "History"; Yo- 
der's "God's Means of Grace"; Gillin's "The Social Aspect 
of the Tunkers"; Wampler's "Biblical and Historical Re- 
searches"; Ankrum's "Alexander Mack The Tunker and 
Descendents"; Miller's "Christian Doctrine"; together with 
some booklets by Bauman, Bowman, Bashor, McCIain, 
McCartneysmith, Studebaker, Bates and others. 

Then why have the Brethren not written more ? Various 
elements have been responsible. Our men have been over 
burdened with the demands of their jobs. College and 
Seminary teachers carrying heavy schedules; Editors 
doing the work of two or three men; Pastors serving 
large churches without secretarial or Assistant pastoral 
aid; and the rest of us, I guess just too lazy. It requires 
library outlay, to have books for research, and time and 
energy to read, and think, and write. 

Then the problem of publishing looms large. In a small 
denominational fellowship the distribution of books is 
small. To print under 5,000 copies makes the cost ex- 
cessive and 5,000 copies would last indefinitely unless 
they could find outlet beyond our Brethren confines. 

Three weeks ago we presented the first half of Broth- 
er Ronk's message which he presented to General Confer- 
ence last August. This week we present the second half 
of this message on "Our Brethren Heritage." As with the 
first half, we suggest your filing this copy of the EVAN- 
GELIST for future reference. W. S. B. 

Further, the Brethren church is losing the propagi 
izing influence of tracts and booklets about our Bretl 
Heritage. Note the effect of the literature of the 
hovah's Witness press, or the Mormon program. Tl 
comes to this pastor's desk continuously, a flow 
printed matter, much of it containing false doctrine, 
have we, with our Apostolic teaching and Rites, fa 
to use more adequately, this most powerful medii 
With the proper vision, and a diligent purpose, we c< 
have sown the country with this vehicle of truth, 
God only knows the results in the lives of men. 

This leads us to a very great need in our Bretl 
economy. There should be established an Archive F( 
dation, with sufficient funds to provide for the publ 
tion of meritorious writings, to carry the inventoi 
and maintain a fire-proof repository for all of the I 
lications, past and future. Thus they could be presei 
for posterity, as long as the Lord tarries. 

Further, our able men should be encouraged to a 
on research and write their findings. Our Seminary ] 
fessors should have Sabbatical leaves on salary for 1 
purpose. Our larger churches should provide their ] 
tors with help and encourage them to devote a speci 
portion of their time in serious study and creative writ 
Then we would have, coming from their pens, the th: 
ing of each generation of our leaders. Furthermore, 
ministry of our church would be enriched and our ( 
gregations would benefit in ways beyond number. 

Hand in hand with the pen and the press walks 
school room. One of the first things done at the org 
ization of the Brethren was the acquiring of Ashl 
College. It was at once acknowledged that the new 
lowship must have a trained ministry and a schoo 
which to train it. The experiences of the early year.' 
the college can be writ large with the word STRUGG 
Its very beginning was sobered by the spectre of < 

lARCH 7, 1959 


Make Disciples, 

observance of 
all things He 

anging over its head like the sword of Damocles. Teach- 
rs, properly prepared and sufficiently dedicated to work 
)r the pittance the school could pay, were scarce in the 
ew fraternity. Yet the young folks came to prepare for 
le ministry in those early days and their personal strug- 
les were oft as heroic as that of the institution. They 
jlt that they were called to preach and they set their 
ices to the work. 

There seemed to have beer an overwhelming sense of 
rgency in the eighties and nineties and first decade of 
ais century, and although this speaker does not have 
le data at hand, he will venture the statement that by 
906-10, there were as many men in Ashland preparing 
)r the ministry as at any time in the 75 years. All 
onor to the men and women who, throughout the years, 
ut the cause before self and gave us our college and our 
eminary. Time, here forbids a mention of them all, but 
ome of the outstanding names have become household 
'ords in the homes of the Ministers and Missionaries 
'ho came up under their teaching. J. Allen Miller, J. L. 
illin, W. D. Furry, E. E. Jacobs, L. L. Garber, Clara 
/"orst Miller, A. J. McClain, Willis Ronk, M. A. Stuckey 
nd others. 

These and many others who taught in both the col- 
ige and Seminary have enriched the lives of the ministry 
nd through them the church at large. 

The Brethren may well view with justifiable pride the 
rowth of her educational institutions and pledge her 
eartfelt gratitude to all who have made its present state 
ossible, from Elder S. Z. Sharpe to our beloved Dr. 
lenn Clayton, President today. 

Now, let us consider another basic and powerful field 
P endeavor — the calling of Evangelism. Said Paul, 
Some are called to be evangelists." In the Brethren Fel- 
'wship, there have always been men who heard that 
oecial call, yet no Evangelist has ever been able to find 

continuous employment in the brotherhood. This speaker, 
at one time, felt called to that particular ministry and 
because of necessity, turned to Union Tabernacle Evan- 
gelism. Maybe that was a mistake, God knows; But we 
have had other men who were dedicated to Evangelism; 
And we have them now. They fret in a work, other than 
their leading and the church languishes for want of that 
kind of ministry. Has Brethrenism ever been strongly 
enough evangelistic? Again, what is our Heritage? Let's 
repeat it, "go ye, witness, make disciples, baptize, teach 
observance of all things He commanded." The field is all 
about us. Approximately one third of America makes no 
profession of faith. Why, in a land of church organiza- 
tions multiplied, should there be so many unbelievers? 
May it be that they have not been evangelized? 

What is an Evangelist? A dictionary definition says, 
"In the primitive church, one who brought the first news 
of the gospel message, paving the way for more system- 
atic work of settled church officers." Webster knew his 
church histoi-y. Can it be that we Brethren have fallen 
short at this point? Seldom have we gone out into fields 
new to the Brethren teaching, but have been content to 
establish congregations in Tunker communities. Often 
when we went into new territory, like Chicago, Montreal, 
San Francisco, we failed to follow up with a broadcast 
of "teaching observance of all things that Jesus com- 
manded," and the project failed. Signal evidences of what 
can be done is seen in Tucson. Southern California has 
several outstanding examples and if there had been men 
available to follow the work of the Wolfe brethren, 
Shively and Darling in central California, the San Joaquin 
Valley could have been dotted with congregations of 
Brethren and a stronghold of the Faith. 

Oh yes! There have been strong Evangelists and pow- 
erful outpourings in the 75 years of our organization. 
One needs only to hark back to the fervency of such 



men as Stephen Bashor, E. E. Smith, I. D. Bowman, Ed. 
Haskins, L. S. Bauman, W. A. Garber, George Ronk, A. 
T. Wirick, Charles Bame, W. S. Bell, Frank Coleman, N. 
W. Jennings, Roger Darling, Charles Ashman, J. F. Wat- 
son, C. C. Grisso, A. E. Thomas, A. V. Kimmel, L. 0. 
McCartneysmith and on to our later men, Klingensmith, 
Hamel and many other pastoi's who have helped fellow 
pastors in seasons of spiritual refreshing. Yea, these 
men, through the years, kindled a flame of evangelism, 
the Holy Spirit using them to revive churches and point 
the lost to the Cross, but what of a large program of 
church extension which might have been fostered by the 
wise use of Evangelists in new fields, and a follow up 
with teachers and organizers to conserve the gains and 
establish congregations. That was the system of Paul, 
with follow up of Timothy, Titus, Priscilla and Aquila, 
etc. Some one may ask, "But where are the men?" Let 
us not forget, that God has a mystei'ious way of raising 
up men in necessity, and at the challenge of faith. 

Now this line of thought thrusts us squarely into the 
midst of one of our most disquieting problems, a prob- 
lem of our entire 75 years, and one especially acute at 
this hour. This is the problem of dedicated men and 
women for our ministry. Why is there such a dearth of 
young lives who have heard the call? I am quite per- 
suaded that THIS is not a simple question. 

I would like to quote here from Chapter seventeen of 
the autobiography of Stephan Bashor, written in 1890. 
This is from a typewritten copy given to me by his 
daughter Wilma, who now resides in Beverly Hills, Cali- 
fornia. This story of his life, written before he was forty, 
is a treasure of information and inspiration. 

"While preaching in Meyersdale, and other points in 

Pennsylvania I was unavoidably, but not unwillingly. 

forced to prepare and preach a series of doctrinal ser- 
mons covering the ground embraced in the entire cere- 
monial service of the church. I had previously acted 
upon the assumption that the denomination was old 
and well established among the people and that its 
practice was well understood . . . and that the parents | 
had been wise in rearing their children to reverence 
respect and to defend the faith. One by one I came ir 
contact with young people, intelligent and wide awake 
who had scarcely ever attended the services of the 
church and who were as ignorant of the reasons for its I 
practice as though they had been raised entirely with-| 
out religious instruction. There were those, too, whc 
had united with the church without an adequate knowlj 
edge of its teachings and were perpetually at sea as tc| 
a proper defense of its claims when questions arose i 
with their religious neighbors . . . The result was th([ 
whole community knew what was practiced, but many! 
including the children of the membership, were left v:\ 
ignorance as to why such practices were deemed a nec- 
essary part of religious worship. Members who were 
in good standing in the Church, and frequently leader; 
in the local organization, would often express doubfc 
as to the essential nature of such or such practices^ 
and request a sermon on the subject." 

Stephan Bashor thus wrote, seventy years ago, abou 
an experience in the church. Can it be that a like condi 
tion has continued, to a greater or less degree, evei 
unto this anniversary date ? Why do our sons choos( 
their life's work in the fields of commerce, engineering 
education, law, medicine, agriculture, instead of the min 
istry of the gospel? Has our heritage borne such littL 
weight in our own faith, that a strong tradition of Breth 
ren necessity has failed to pervade the home training o 


MY CHURCH IS THE PLACE where the Word of God is preached, the 
power of God is felt, the Spirit of God is manifested and the love 
of God is revealed. It is the home of my soul, the altar of my devotion, 
the hearth of my faith, and the center of my affections. 











I have united with it in solemn covenant, pledging myself to attend 
services, to pray for its welfare, to give to its support, and to obey 


Hence, I owe it my zeal, my energy, and my power. When I neglect 
services I injure its good name. I lessen its power and discourage its 


I have solemnly promised in the sight of God to advance its interests 
by my life. It claims first place in my activities and highest place in my 
mind. I am delighted to be in its service and I this day gladly renew my 
sacred covenant before God, with Christ as my Redeemer and the Holy 
Spirit as my Comforter. — Selected. 







































MARCH 7, 1959 


our children? Have we failed to instill into their very 
consciousness the idea that Brethren beliefs must be wit- 
tiessed before the world? 

And what of our congregational emphasis in Sunday 
School, Vacation Bible School and pulpit? Have we, as 
pastors, approached these matters half apologetically, 
leaving the impression that it mattered not what one 
believed, just that he had a faith? 

Furthermore, our church has sustained a great loss in 
membership through inter-marriage. Do our young people 
know — have they been so steeped in Brethren doctrine 
that they will lead their mates to the truth of our apos- 
tolic faith and gain them for the church, or do they be- 
come lost to us because we have let them grow up think- 
ing that one is as good as another? 

Hark back to our recent question. "WHY IS THERE 
CONTINUE TO EXIST?" Why indeed? Because we have 
2ver held to the primitive Rites and Faith — and to them 
we must hold. This is the only reason by which we can 
defend our existance and justify our continuance. We 
must NEVER consider for one moment, the acceptance 
of any one into our church, on any kind of membership, 
without their acceptance of our Rites. This means — Bap- 
tized By Triune Immersion. It is being done, authori- 
tatively by a sister Brethren fellowship but such prac- 
tice appears to this preacher to violate the Brethren 
Heritage and cancel the 250 year plea for a separate and 
distinctive fraternity. 

Pick up your Conference Minutes for 1954 and 56. 
Read again what moderator Virgil Meyer said relative 
;o departure from our historic practices. Read what 
Moderator Lester King said in '56 in furtherance of the 
same question. Read also in the Minutes of '56, the re- 
port of the Committee on Rules and Organization. Note 
its statement in clarification of Section 1, Article I of 
the Manual of Procedure as to the requirements for mem- 
bership in the Brethren Church. Then let us ask our- 
selves in all sincerity if we have so grounded our chil- 
dren in the fundamentals of our faith, that they will 
hear the call, ringing strong and clear, "Go ye, witness, 
disciple, baptize and TEACH OBSERVANCE OF ALL 

Finally, it occurs to me that there is another obser- 
vation which demands attention as we contemplate our 
75 years of existence. May not the outward Rites, which 
were dynamic in the origin and establishing of the Breth- 
ren, and to which we have tenaciously held for 250 
years, have become in a measure, a snare to us? Can it 
be that our guerdon of strength has become an occasion 
of weakness? Is it possible, in putting strong emphasis 
on observance of Rites, we may have been prone to rest 
in them, and somewhat neglect the inner life of the 
spirit? We must not forget that the same Lord who said, 
"Go, witness, disciple, baptize and teach," also said, 
" . . . the true worshipers shall worship the Father in 
spirit and truth." What a maximum of import reside in 
those words of Jesus to the woman at the well, and 
more noteworthy because He prefaced them with 

May we raise a question for all of us to consider? 
Just how spiritual has the Brethren Church been for 75 
years and how spiritual are we today? Important as 
are The Apostolic Rites to which we hold, and the grace 

by which we are saved, they do not replace or preclude 
the fuller life of devotion and growth that we term 
THE SPIRITUAL. This also is a most vital part of our 
Brethren Heritage. 

Campbell Morgan pointed to this very danger when he 

"There is a zeal for orthodoxy which is most unor- 
thodox. There is a spirit that contends for faith, which 
is in conflict with faith. If men have lost their love, 
they will do more harm than good by their defense of 
the faith. Behind the denunciation of sin there must 
always be the tenderness of love if that denunciation is 
not to become evil in its bitterness. Behind the zeal 
for ti-uth, there must always be the spaciousness of 
love if that zeal is not to become narrowed into hate. 
There have been men who have become so self-cen- 
tered in a narrowness that they are pleased to call hold- 
ing the truth, that the very principle for which they 
contend has been excluded from their life and service. 
All zeal for the Master that is not the outcome of 
love to Him is worthless." 

Paul, in correcting the church of Colossae for legalism 
and false mysticism, in his letter, made an enlighten- 
ing statement that we all might heed, (Col. 1:9) 

"For this cause we also, ... do not cease to pray and 
make request for you, that ye may be filled with the 
knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and 
understanding, to walk worthily of the Lord unto all 
pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and in- 
creasing in the knowledge of God." 
The average concept of spiritual life appears to be 
vague and illusive. The extreme runs to the bizarre and 
demonstrative, while the lack of any concept of spirit- 
uality may show, either a completely carnal religious 
experience, or a soul so finely attuned to the heart of God 
that the highest order of spirituality is in evidence. I 
like what Leslie B. Flynn has recently written: 

"Humility saturates true spirituality, which doesn't 
permit its possessors to boast of their converts, books, 
education, religious achievement, nor fidelity to spirit- 
ual duties. Rather than give himself a good grade in 
the Christian life and look down on others who don't 
conform to his ways, a spiritual person will see how 
far short of God's perfection he falls. We can never 
be proud of our spirituality, nor will we know it if we 
possess it. Like illusive humility, the moment we think 
we have spirituality, we can be sure it has slipped 

There is food for thought. How spiritual has the Breth- 
ren fellowship been and how spiritual is it today? Only 
God knows because He only "looketh upon the heart," 
but me-thinks we all might find here an occasion for 
serious thought and fervent prayer. 

Brethren, we have a holy heritage — a heritage out of the 
heart of God — a heritage most ancient, most sacred, 
most challenging. May this 75th mile post in our fellow- 
ship be the high point in its experience thus far. May 
we bare our arm, search our hearts and humble our 
spirits. We have looked back and viewed our heritage. 
Let us look forward and fulfill our destiny. Then we 
can be assured of triumph here and acclaim up there 
when He will say to us, "Well done, thou good and 
faithful servant." 

Waterloo, Iowa. 




5 30 College Ave.. Ashland, Ohio. Phone 39582 

Contribating Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Set j 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWBR, Adm. Asiiitai 

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WE HAVE BEEN REFERRING to our new church development project in Ar 
zona as "the Phoenix project." From the time we began to investigate thi 
general area as a possible place for a new Brethren Chui'ch, we have used the ten 
"Phoenix." Inasmuch as the Missionary Board has now purchased a three-acre pk 
for a church site, an explanation should be made for the purpose of clarifying th 
actual location. 

The diagram of the greater-Phoenix area, shown on this page, gives the locatic 
of the new church site in relation to Phoenix proper, Scottsdale and Tempe. 

Actually, the site is in Tempe, just inside the boundary line which separate 
Tempe from Scottsdale. Strangely enough, however, Tempe has not at all develop* 
the northern part of its corporation area; while, on the other hand, Scottsdale contii 
ues to expand southward to the Tempe city limits. The immediate community 
the vicinity of the church, called Papago Parkway, will have about 2,000 homes whe 
the present development is completed; the majority of these will be in Scottsdal 
There are also plans to build approximately 1,000 homes in another new develoj 
ment adjacent to Papago Parkway. Here is a tremendous opportunity for our chur< 
to minister to a large number of people. 

Reverend and Mrs. Francis Berkshire, who are in charge of the cultivation woi 
there, live at 2102 North 68th Place, Scottsdale, Arizona. This is approximately oi 
mile north of the new church site. 

Those planning to travel in the Arizona area will fin.d this information helpf 
in locating the community where our church is to be established. Those who ha'' 

ARCH 7, 1959 


lends in greater Phoenix may want to forward their 
unes and addresses to Reverend Berkshire so that he 
in call on them. 

May we suggest that from now on we refer to this 
;w church project as Scottsdale-Tempe ? This may be 
ore consistent relative to the church's location and the 
immunity which it will serve. 

he Missionary Board will NOT be sending bulletins this 
;ar at Easter time in connection with world mission 
jblicity. Most pastors prefer to use their own series of 
illetins without interruption. Offering envelopes and 
her world mission publicity will be sent to your church, 
)wever. Please distribute them as effectively as possible. 


(Continued from Page 2) 

rethren Church. Mexico's fine group of young people 
d a splendid job of preparation for the rally at the 
)me base. Most of the Churches of the Southern Dis- 
ict were represented, and each group took part in the 
•ogram. It was a very enjoyable and profitable occa- 

Brother Sibert was the speaker at the World's Day of 
[■ayer Union Service at Mexico on February 13th. 

iblic service was held March 1st. Glenn and Jean Shank, 
issionaries from Nigeria, were scheduled guests. 

)tes that the men of the Church have painted the base- 
ent Sunday school rooms and lower auditorium under 
le supervision of the Laymen's Organization. Painting 
' other classrooms is also scheduled. 
The W. M. S. public service, on January 25th, featured 
lest speaker, Rev. Merle Hawbecker, of the Lanark 
hurch. This was in the form of an exchange of pulpits 
jtween Brethren Rowsey and Hawbecker. 
One new member was received into the Milledgeville 
hurch by baptism on February 11th. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. "Puerto Rico Night," sponsored 
y the W. M. S., was held on February 15th. Following 

pot-luck supper. Miss Juanita Detweiler, formerly a 
lissionary to Puerto Rico, brought the message and pre- 
mted slides of her work. 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. Brother Robert G. Hol- 
singer notes that the Falls City Church joined with 
others in the week of Visitation Emphasis recently. Haz- 
ardous condition of the streets and sidewalks kept many 
of the callers at home, but those who were able to get 
out, were able to report successful visits. 

MORRILL, KANSAS. The Morrill Church is joining 
with the Baptist Church in a Sunday School Workers 
Institute the first part of March. 

Cash Day, for funds for repairing and redecorating the 
Church was held on February 8th. 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. Mrs. Juanita Reger, of the Tuc- 
son Church has been recently listed in "Who's Who 
Among American Women." The citation is for the com- 
mendable work she is doing with Visual Aids among the 
Churches of Arizona. She is Director of Audi-Visual Aids, 
in the Tucson Brethren Church, the Tucson Council of 
Churches, and Arizona State Council of Churches. The 
Brethren Evangelist featured Mrs. Reger in a special ar- 
ticle, March 9, 1957. 








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619 Park Street 



April 7, 8, 9, 1959 

Ashland, Ohio 


MXTEEN ACRES near the corporation line on King 
J Road in Ashland, Ohio, have been purchased by Ash- 
md College from Myco Inc., President Glenn L. Clayton 
anounced recently. 

Acquired for use by the athletic department, the acre- 
ge will be used as practice fields for varsity and intra- 
mral teams. Two football practice areas, a varsity track 

and a varsity baseball field will replace facilities former- 
ly used by the collegians at the Fairgrounds and the "Y" 

Redwood stadium and the gymnasium will continue to 
be used since plans do not include any major structures 
to be built on the 16 acres. Temporary type bleachers and 
dressing rooms will be erected when the need arises. 




March 15fh set for World Day of Prayer 

for persecuted Protestants in Spain 

» ■ »* I 

An urgent call to prayer has been issued by 
Spanish and American Protestant leaders who 
are alarmed at the renewed persecution of Chris- 
tians throughout Spain. March 15th has been 
set for a united World Day of Prayer for Protes- 
tants in Spain in a statement \vhich is being cir- 
culated in the U. S., Britain, Australia, India, 
Pakistan, Ceylon, Western Europe and the Far 
East. The statement was initiated by Dr. Clyde 
W. Taylor, Secretary of Public Affairs of the Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals, and the Rev. 
Fred Ferris, Co-Secretary of the World Evangel- 
ical Fellowship, 

The statement: 

"During 1958 Spain has renewed its suppres- 
sion of Protestants. Local governments per- 
mitted a number of new church buildings to be 
built to accommodate growing Protestant 
churches and then after they were built prohib- 
ited their use. Six churches were closed in one 
year. The largest is the Baptist Church of Calle 
Verdi in Barcelona. This church seating over 600 
was usually filled when first occupied. Then came 
the order from Madrid prohibiting its use. Hun- 
dreds of Protestants have no church in which to 
worship. The Third Baptist Church of Madrid 
was closed. The Methodist Church of Pueblo 
Nuevo and the Baptist Church of Turode la Peira 
were closed as were the Baptist churches in 
Malaga and Seville. Tliese, added to over 20 oth- 
ers previously closed, leave hosts of Protestants 
churchless. Meetings in private homes are pro- 

"The United Evangelical Seminary in Madrid 
is still closed after three years. The Spanish Bible 
Society of Madrid had its Bibles and New Testa- 
ments confiscated three years ago and today has 
no legal right to import, print or distribute the 
Scriptures. Protestants have no legal right to print 
their own papers and books. All Spanish Protes- 
tant schools are prohibited. 

"At least 100 Protestant couples will want to 
get married during 1959. They have no choice 
but a civil wedding and this means they must 

prove they have 'apostatized' from the Cathol 
Church according to its definition. The gover; 
ment has recently passed a new regulation gran 
ing full power to all officials in charge of tlj 
Civil register to examine both parties separata j 
and secretly to determine if they are 'apostates 
It is almost impossible to prove apostasy to | 
biased official who at his own whim may reje( 
all evidence. The only recourse for the Protestai 
couple seeking marriage is court action at £ 
average cost of between $100 and $150. A nun 
ber of couples now waiting could take such actic 
but cannot afford it. 

"Families applying to public housing develoj 
ments in Spain usually must produce a marriag 
certificate or approval of the local Cathol 
Church. This restriction automatically keej 
Protestants out of these developments. This 
but one of the many economic pressures brougl 
to bear on Spanish Protestants. 

"While there exists a very limited toleram 
of Protestants in Spain, the trend is to slow! 
suffocate them with the least possible publicity, 

"In the meantime our United States goveri 
ment has poured billions of dollars into Spain t 
indirectly support a regime that denies its cit 
zens the very freedoms we seek to defend. Toda 
the average man on the street in Spain hates tl; 
U. S. government for what it has done in su] 
porting this dictatorial government. There is r 
visible evidence that the U. S. government he 
manifested any interest in the freedoms of th 
Spanish people. 

"Because of this desperate condition the Pro 
estant churches of Spain have called for a Worl 
Day of Prayer to be observed by Christians th 
world around on Sunday, March 15th, for Divir 
intervention on behalf of God's people in Spain 
It is further suggested that Christians through 
out the U. S. give expression of their convictiorji 
by protesting, both to our Government throug 
the White House, Washington, D. C, and to th 
Spanish Embassy, 2700 15th St., N. W., Wasl: 
ington, D. C." 

LRCH 7, 1959 


April 15th is new Social Security Deadline for 
Pastors; Action necessary now if SS bene 
are to be realized by Ministers 

. NOTHER IN A SERIES of deadlines designed to 
\ give preachers the benefits of the U. S. Social Se- 
•ity program is fast approaching. Ordained, commis- 
ned or licensed ministers performing services in the 
jrcise of their ministry, can secure social security cov- 
ige by filing with the Internal Revenue Service a cer- 
cate on Form 2031 indicating their desire to be covered 
self-employed persons. 

n general, the certificate must be filed by the due 
e of the clergyman's income tax return for his second 
able year ending after 1954 in which he has net earn- 
s from self-employment of at least $400, some part 
which was derived from the exercise of his ministry, 
iwever, clergymen who have not asked to be covered 
;hin the 2-year period may file a certificate as late as 
I due date of their income tax return for their second 
[able year after 1956. For clergymen who file their 
urns on a calendar year basis this special deadline is 
iril 15, 1959, and their election is effective for 19o(; 
i all later years. 

Chose clergymen who filed waivers effective with 1957 
i could have elected to be covered for 1956, may now 
! a supplemental certificate electing to be covei'ed for 
)6 provided they do so by April 15, 1959. 

After April 15, waiver certificates may be filed by new 
clergymen and by any clergyman who, as of April 15, 
1959, has less than two taxable years (ending after 
1954) in which he has net earnings from self-employ- 
ment of $400 or more. Waiver certificates filed after 
April 15, 1959, are effective for the year preceding the 
year for which certificate is filed and for years there- 

For taxable years ending on or after December 31, 
1957, a clergyman must report as self-employment in- 
come the rental value of a parsonage (or rental allow- 
ance) and the value of meals and lodging furnished him 
for the convenience of his employer. 

A new free jjamphlet, entitled "Social Security for 
Clergymen," has been released by the Social Security 
Administration. This pamphlet which can be obtained 
from the nearest Social Security Office gives information 
on the following items: 1) How to elect coverage as a 
minister. 2) The effective date of a waiver certificate. 
3) What are taxable earnings for clergymen? 4) What 
is the tax I'ate for ministers? 5) The probable amount 
of benefits. 


Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

"Behold Your King." John 19:14. 

/lONARCHS are sometimes fearsome to their fellows. 
1 And yet they are but human beings. But on the 
er hand they have been set aside for special honor 
1 acclaim. And there are few who do not seize an op- 
•tunity to come into the presence of a ruler, if the 
nee occurs. Now those who approach a king upon his 
one must observe certain customs and formalities, 
ich are required to maintain the dignity of the office 
ich the ruler holds. There are certain days on which 
itors may be received and business which should come 
ore the king may be presented. And no one may ap- 
ach the monarch until permission is accorded, and 
n only in company of a guard or accredited repre- 
tative of the court. 

)ne tells of having audience with king Christian X 
Denmark. King Christian was a very tall man and 

the visitor was fully conscious of the difference in their 
stature, and feared he would be embarrassed, but was 
pleasantly surprised to find the monarch friendly and 
kindly. And despite being a king he was able to put his 
visitor at ease, and make the twenty-minute audience a 
pleasant and memorable occasion for the visitor. 

The visitor, and recounter of the above experience, 
declared that in his youth he had always been afraid of 
kings. And the narrator concludes his account by declar- 
ing that he has lost his fear of meeting King Jesus since 
his audience with King Christian. "The next king I meet 
will be the King of kings," and if the King of kings is 
like that I can look longingly for the time when I shall 
see my Heavenly King in His beauty." 

There is a beautiful song which runs like this: 

"I shall see the King where the angels sing, 
I shall see the King some day. 
In the better land, on the golden strand. 
And with Him shall ever stay." 

"In His glory, I shall see the King, 
And forever endless praises sing; 
'Twas on Calvary Jesus died for me; 
I shall see the King some day." 




HAVING BEEN AT ROANN four years as of last 
September, we would like to bring a brief summary 
of the work there during those years. So many things 
transpired that it is difficult to bring a full summariza- 
tion in such a short space. 

We came onto the scene at Roann with a building 
program under way. The original building had been re- 
modelled and the excavation for a new Sunday School 
addition made. The task of completing the plans, and 
erecting the building was a part of the challenge and 
oi^portunity which lay before us. A four point plan was 
mapped out with the Official Board for the completing 
of the building program. Three of these we rejoice in 
having had the privilege of seeing completed. The final 
one, that of securing new pews for the sanctuary remains 
to be done. 

Several eventful days at the culmination of the build- 
ing program will be long remembered. On Sunday, June 
16, 1957, the Dedication Service was held, with Rev. 
Charles Munson bringing the Dedicatory Address. On 
this day gifts and six months pledges were received to- 
ward the building indebtedness. On November 24th of 
the same year a Day of Ingathering was held for the 
payment of the pledges. We rejoiced that the offerings 
received were sufficient to pay off the indebtedness. 
Early this year on a Sunday morning members of the 
Official Board, and Officers of the Sunday School gath- 
ered at the front of the church in a note burning service. 
Everyone worked together in a wonderful way through- 
out the i^rogram. Much credit rightfully goes to Mr. Wil- 
lard Mouser, for his untiring efforts, and hours of labor 
as overseer of the construction. Without his leadership 
the building program would not have gone as rapidly, or 
as smoothly, and the church owes to him a great deal 
of appreciation. 

When we first went to Roann the basement of th 
church had only one inside wall and the classes wer 
divided by curtains. Permanent partitions were adde 
making three class rooms. Later, when more rooms wer 
needed, more partitions were added, giving us a total of fiv 
class rooms, and still allowing ample room for the openin 
assembly. The converting of a storage room into a clas 
room gave a sixth. The rooms were equipped with bu 
letin boards, blackboards, and cabinets for the storing c 
supplies. Within the past year a Cradle Roll Nursery wj 
completed for two year olds and under, which mear 
that there are now adequate facilities to provide f( 
every age. 

Apart from the building program, there were man 
things to be done in building the spiritual life of tl: 
church, and promoting the cause of Christ in the con 

During the four years the Sunday School grew steadil; 
The Sunday School organization was developed from tv| 
into four departments. The departments being the Pr 
School, the Primary- Junior, the Youth, and the Adul; 



The most rapid growth was realized in the Primary-Ju 
ior Department, as it more than doubled in size. We we 
able to see the results, as a fine group of some 20 you: 
people was more and more taking an active interest 
the work of the church. 

Our efforts were just beginning to turn more towal 
the youth with the expectation of doing a great d< 
more with them had we remained in Roann for a lonii 
period of time. 

Roann is in the midst of a Mission Field, as I am si, 
most of our Brethren Churches are, when we becoii 
aware of it. A good sized prospect file was develop 
Many of those contacted expressed a real interest in 1i 
church. Several new families became a part of the chun 
and are taking an active place in it. 

Each spring. Revival Services were held, and thi| 
were times of wonderful blessing to the people, and i! 
church. The people of Roann appreciate these servi 
and attend very faithfully. A fine Vacation Bible Sclii 
was conducted each summer. The church entered int« 

RCH 7, 1959 


iber of Union Church Services such as the Good Fri- 
and Easter Sunrise Service. 

'ithin the past year, a second Missionary Society was 
aed and a number of the women who had not been in 
M. S. before, have become active and very much in- 

le Eoann church has had for several years as a mis- 
ary project the salary support of our missionary to 
sria, Robert Bischof. This has been one of the most 
ificial programs the Roann church has undertaken, 
it has given them a much greater interest in missions, 
lallenge any church to try it, and find the rewards 
6 gained in doing so. 

tie four years at Roann have been a blessing to us, 
we feel that they have helped us in many ways. We 
thankful for the privilege which was ours of work- 
in the Lord's harvest field at Roann. It was hard 
;ave our work there, and while distance now separates 
there are bonds of love and appreciation which have 
L formed that nothing can sever. We have a sincere 
and appreciation for the folks and the church at 
m. We miss them greatly. 

e pray God's richest blessing upon the church under 
leadership of their new shepherd. 

Thomas Shannon. 

ictured with this article are two views of the new 
lie Roll Nursery Room at the Roann Church. 

tist conference which will be one mile west of Flora. 
Our people have a mind to work which always indicates 
growth. We thank the Lord for victories won and want 
to push on to greater things in His service. 

C. A. Stewart. 

m M M 


Rev. and Mrs. Arthur H. Tinkel, and Mr. Tinkel's 
mother, had a narrow escape on Tuesday, February 3rd, 
near Wabash, when their car slid sideways down a hill 
and turned over on its side. They escaped with only a 
few scratches. The car was damaged considerably. They 
know that the Lord was with them. Church members are 
loaning him cars to do his calling. 

We feel at times we are standing still at Oakville, but 
we have a Junior Sisterhood now. We have organized a 
Junior Choir. A new oil furnace was installed at the par- 
sonage last fall. Two oil furnaces put in the church two 
years ago were installed this past summer. Storm win- 
dows were installed also. 

There will be more news from Oakville following our 
Revival with Rev. John Byler of New Lebanon, Ohio. 
We are praying for many souls to be saved during our 
Revival. Our prayers go out to every Church and pas- 
tor, and we covet the same for the work at Oakville. 

Mrs. Oris Collins, Cor. Sec'y. 
(Continued on Page 19) 


e are happy to report that our church is moving 
rard, and in spite of the ice and floods, our attendance 
been very good. 

'e have had quite a siege of bad weather which made 
ery difficult to get around. The heavy rain on the 
en ground and ice has hampered the farmers who 

to put forth every effort to save their live stock. 
1 conditions take their toll on Church attendance. The 
and high water kept us from broadcasting the devo- 
3 for the Carroll County Ministerial Association on 
day and Tuesday, February 9th and 10th. But we 
through on Wednesday and the rest of the week, 
le new eighty gallon electric water heater which the 
rs class installed, is working perfectly and we used 
)r the first time to heat water for the baptistry Sun- 
evening, February 15th, when one young man was 
ized and received into membership. The trustees are 
ching a campaign to do some much needed work. 

art glass windows needed some work done on them. 
|t week, the decorators are going to decorate the 
'ch upstairs and in the basement. New lights will be 
illed and some new hymnals are being bought. When 
weather gets warmer, the windows and door will be 
ted on the outside. 

le various departments are active in their respective 
3. The W. M. S. will have their public service on 
2h 8th. The Senior and Junior Sisterhood girls are 

active in their work. The entire church is looking 
ard to serving meals in June for the German Bap- 

iCati t0 SphI 

PROVANCE. Mrs. Grace Gardner Provance, wife of 
Charles A. Provance, passed on to her reward, Dec. 13, 
1958 at Masontown Pa. Was born September 25, 1889. 
Member of the Masontown Brethren Church; was organ- 
izer of the Dorcas S. S. Class and helped in Evangelistic 
Meetings through her musical abilities. Survived by her 
husband, one son, two grandchildren, one sister and two 
brothers. Services at Masontown, with Rev. David Ramb- 
sel officiating, assisted by Revs. William Keeling, Free- 
man Ankrum and Paul Roth. Interment, Masontown Cem- 

David L. Rambsel, Pastor. 

METZ. Victor M. Metz died Feb. 8, 1959 at the Wash- 
ington Co. Hospital, Hagerstown, Md. Was nearly 83 
years of age. Had been a member of the St. James Breth- 
ren Church for nearly 35 years and was very faithful 
in attendance. Survived by four daughters, five sons, one 
sister, and 19 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services in the Manor Church of the Brethren 
with the writer in charge, assisted by Rev. George W. 
Solomon of the First Brethren Church, Hagerstown, and 
Rev. Rowland Reichard, of the Manor Church. Burial, 
Manor Cemetery. 

Freeman Ankrum. 





hj (y. "1. ijthner 


Our Savior knew how soon that He would die; 
How soon that faithful Peter would deny 
His Lord; how soon that Judas' greed for gold 
Would drive him mad, the price of blood to hold. 
Christ knew how soon that He must leave His outi; 
How soon the loved ones He loved would leave Him lone; 
And though He knew what future days would bring 
In that last precious hour, our Lord could sing. 

Our Savior knew beyond Gethsemane, 
Beyond the court, and poor weak Pilate's plea, 
Beyond the thorns, the scourge, the mocking throng, 
Beyond Golgotha's shame, the cross, the wrong. 
Beyond the earthquake, storm, and Calvary's gloom, 
That resurrection life would burst death's tomb. 
Our Lord knew all the future hours would bring 
Beyond the cross, the tomb, and He could sing. 

Does time seem long between the cross and thorn 
Till Easter's joyous resurrection morn? 
In memory of Thee, our risen Lord and King, 
Help us to see beyond death's tomb, and sing. 

—Mary Stoner Wine. 

TN LIEU of what lay ahead is it not amazing that our 
Lord and His disciples could sing a hymn before leav- 
ing the upper room (Matt. 16:30) ? There are times when 
from sheer delight we cannot contain ourselves (1 Chron. 
13:8). There are other times v/hen life has jilunged us 
into such depths of sorrow and bewilderment that we feel 
that the last thing we could be capable of doing would 
be to sing (Psalm 137:3, 4). Since that which had gone 
before, and that which lay before the disciples, had 
taken the heart out of them, it must have been Jesus 
Himself Who began to sing (Psalm 57:7). Some things 
out of the background of the evening of the Last Supper 
may help us to understand how our blessed Lord came to 
sing His triumph song before His passion (1 Cor. 14:15). 
Christ had been determined to come to Jerusalem 
(Luke 9:51). In this His disciples did their utmost to 
dissuade Him (John 11:8). They knew it meant death 
(John 11:16). Jesus knew that "the hour" was drawing 
near (John 12:23); the purpose of His incarnation was 
at hand (John 12:27, 32, 33). And yet, the word, "king- 
dom," frequently used by Jesus meant one thing to Him 
and another to the disciples (Luke 19:11). It had been 
the cause of occasional disputing (Mark 9:33, 34), and 
even parental ambition (Matt. 20:20, 21). Unable to con- 
nect "the kingdom" with His approaching death (Matt. 
16:21, 22) the disciples made our Savior's "hour" harder 
for Him to bear (Isa. 63:3a). 

The crowds were gathering for the Passover feast 
(John 11:55). His enemies were prepared to take Him 
(John 11:56, 57). On Palm Sunday, as Prince of Peace, 

He entered the city amid great applause (John 12:12, 1 
At the sight of the city He burst into a flood of te; 
(Luke 19:41-44). He entered the city with great popul 
ity (John 12:17-19), and a shout of triumph (Luke 
39, 40). The King was passing to His Cross — to take ] 
throne (John 18:36, 37; Heb. 8:1). 

Having entered the city He challenged the pries 
class, who plotted against Him; cleansed the temj 
taught the people; and became all men's theme (Li 
19:45-48). The "hour" had come for Him to eat ■« 
them the Last Supper (John 13:1). He instituted 
symbol of the believer's cleansing (John 13:8, 15); 
Lord's Supper, which speaks of "the marriage sup 
of the Lamb" (Rev. 19:6-9); and the eucharist (L 
22:19, 20). Before the eucharist He announced the 
trayal (Matt. 26:21, 22), and drove Judas out into 
night (John 13:26, 27, 30). 

After the bread and the cup the hymn was sung (M 
26:29, 30; Mark 14:25, 26). With the solemn symbols 
His death having been announced, only Jesus must h 
felt like singing (Psalm 32:7). They sang the "ha 
psalms," Psalms 116-118, whose themes fit us w 
we are at our best where God is concerned. After 
resurrection the disciples were given a new song (1 P( 

■▼^^▼^▼^v^^ ▼ w ^ w ^ • 

Sunday School Suggestioi 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 


battle for the hearts and minds of little child [i 
and the church isn't winning it. The Russians have seij: 
the futility of trying to win adults and even older yc 
to the standards and ideals of their so-called "comn 
ist" order. They are concentrating their attention on \- 
tie children, and they are winning them. \ 

In this battle for the hearts and minds of little ([' 
dren the church's greatest untapped opportunity lieiji 
the summer months — that long annual vacuum in if 
life of the child when schools are closed, and, uri'- 
tunately, churches too. Here is our golden opportuiii 
but if we do not grasp it, secular agencies will. We r^t 
abandon the comfortable pattern of making the sun)|ii 
a time for religious loafing. No factory or store sjS 
down in the summer, why should the church ? 

The church can and has to some degree grasped is 
great opportunity, through two important and effeij'c 
means — the summer church camp and the Vacation ],le 
School. Why is VBS important? How effective is V ■ 
Consider the following facts. 

1. VBS reaches not only stand-bys, but previously "■• 
reached teachers, pupils, and parents. ; 

2. VBS attracts children of all nationalities and s 

3. VBS makes profitable a portion of leisure ^;*' 
tion time, thus helping to prevent "juvenile delinquei 

4. VBS presents more intensive and concentrated 1 


study than any other Christian organization. In ten (" 

CH 7, 1959 


is get 25 to 30 hours training — as much as in six 
;hs of Sunday School. 

VBS gives the pupils balanced instruction through 
ing, seeing, studying, and doing. 
VBS affords pupils their greatest opportunity to 
; out things for themselves. 

VBS gives a missionary vision — a desire to win oth- 
:o Christ. 
VBS makes the Bible a more familiar and loved 

VBS makes the Lord real to children; builds up 
• confidence in Him; strengthens and cements their 
•e to serve Him. 
. VBS wins a greater percentage of children to Christ 

the Sunday school, church, S. M. M., Brotherhood, 
i. Y. C. 


5Sson __:d!'y^i2i 

William H. Anderson 

Liesson for March 15, 1959 


Lesson: Mark 15:1-15 

. SCOTTISH botanist lay flat on his back in a 
low. He was looking through his microscope at a 
non heather bell. He seemed to be oblivious to the 
herd approaching him until his shadow announced his 
3nce. Looking up, the botanist said to the shepherd, 
3 this and look into it!' The rugged shepherd, for 
first time, saw the heather bell magnified in all its 
cate beauty and marvelous design! He continued to 

at it and tears began to trickle down his weather- 
3n face. Regaining his composure, he said to the bot- 
;, 'Just think, I have been trampling these beneath 
rough feet over the years!'" 
lose who reject Jesus as Saviour little realize that 

trample under feet the Pearl of great price! 
'ery person, some time or another in his life, must an- 

the question of questions: "What Will I do With 


JS? "And straightway in the morning the chief 

ts held a consultation with the elders and scribes 

the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried Him 

', and delivered Him to Pilate." 

was a cold, deliberate attack upon Jesus! Matthew 

-s gospel states their sole aim was "to put Him to 

\\" (27:1). 

it only did the religious leaders have Jesus arrested, 

;hey were His chief accusers at the so-called "trial." 

esus stood before Pilate we read, "And the chief 

ts accused Him of many things." 

'Wicked priests are generally the worst of men. 

e better anything is, the worse it is when it is cor- 

ited. Lay persecutors have been generally found 

■re compassionate than ecclesiastics" (Matthew Hen- 

Make no mistake about it — religion that is void of the 
Spirit of God is vicious, cruel, and heartless! No wonder 
Jesus condemned the Pharisees by quoting these words 
from Isaiah: "This people draweth nigh unto Me with 
their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their 
heart is far from Me" (Mt. 15:8). 

By falsely accusing Christ, and inciting the crowd 
against Him, the religious leaders were responsible for 
the death of the Son of God! 

Pilate again said to them (the crowd), 'What then do 
you want me to do to the man whom you call king of 
the Jews?' They shouted back, 'Crucify Him!' Then Pilate 
again asked, 'Why, what has He done that is wrong?' 
But they shouted at the top of their voices, 'Crucify 
Him!'" (Wms.) 

It is true "the chief priests moved the people" against 
Jesus. But the people cannot be excused for being so 
fickle and vacillating. Less than a week before this time 
they were willing to make Christ their King; now they 
wanted to take His life! 

The crowd is still following its leaders. And, sadly 
enough, few within the crowd are willing to break the 
ranks and step out against the tide. Within the crowd 
are those who know they ought to decide for Jesus 
Christ. But public opinion is so strong that they are not 
willing to take the risk of associating with One so un- 

Because the crowd followed the religious leaders they 
must share the responsibility of putting to death God's 
Holy Son! 

Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd, he set Barabbas free 
for them, but after having Jesus flogged, turned Him 
over to be crucified" (Wms.) 

"Pilate released Barabbas unto them, who was the 

scandal and plague of their nation, and delivered 

Jesus to be crucified, who was the glory and blessing 

of their nation" (Matthew Henry). 

Pilate knew Jesus was innocent of the charges brought 
against Him. Yet he did not have the moral courage to 
do his duty. He became the victim of public opinion and 

"Pilate did not condemn Jesus; Pilate condemned 

Pilate. So do we condemn ourselves to life's shallows 

and miseries when we turn our backs on Jesus Christ. 

We do not have to crucify Him; we need only turn 

away" (Frank S. Mead.) 

Pilate cannot escape blame. When he refused to re- 
lease Jesus, he thereby became an accessory to His 

most important question of all. It matters little — now — 
what others did with Jesus 1900 years ago. What have 
you done with Him now? 

"When asked this question at the close of a soul- 
stirring message based on Pilate's question to the Jews, 
an old Scotch woman rose from her seat, and with 
tears streaming down her cheeks and her right hand 
uplifted, cried out before the entire audience, "I'll just 
take Him home with me, I'll just take Him home with 
me! That's what I'll do with Jesus, I'll just take Him 
home with me.' " 



Round -Up of 


Roman Catholics are more numerous in the 86th Con- 
gress than members of any other religious denomination, 
according to a survey of chui-ch affiliations made by the 
Libi-ary of Congress. Of the 534 members of Congress, 
103 list themselves as Roman Catholic, Twelve of these 
are in the Senate, 91 in the House. 

Methodists are second in number, with 98. Presbyte- 
rians have 68 members in the Congress, Baptists 64 and 
Episcopalians 63. Lutherans have 21. 

Only five of the 534 members of the Congress said 
they have no church affiliation or did not care to list 
one. Twenty-four, however, gave their affiliation only as 
"Protestant." The Library commented that the Protes- 
tant-Roman Catholic balance in the Congress was in pro- 
portion to that of the U. S. population. 

Meanwhile, another survey reported in the religious 
affiliation of members of the U. S. Supreme Court. The 
Court consists of three Presbyterians and two Baptists, 
as well as one Episcopalian, one Methodist, one Jew and 
one Roman Catholic. A survey of the religious affiliation 
of members of the high court disclosed that Chief Jus- 
tice Earl Warren comes from a Methodist family back- 
ground but attends a Baptist Church in Washington. 
Justices William O. Douglas, John Marshall Harlan and 
Tom C. Clark are Presbyterians. Justice Hugo L. Black 
retains membership in a Baptist church in his home state 
of Alabama, although he frequently attends a Unitarian 
church in Washington. Justice Felix Frankfurter is Jew- 
ish, and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., is a Roman Cath- 
olic. Justice Charles Evans Whittaker is a Methodist. The 
newest member of the court, 4o-year-old Justice Potter 
Stewart, is an Episcopalian. 

* * * 


Two U. S. Senators, reviving a controversy which has 
become perennial, have introduced a new Senate Bill af- 
fecting the selection of chaplains at West Point. Accord- 
ing to Senators Warren G. Magnuson and Henry M. Jack- 
son, both from the state of Washington, and co-sponsors 
of the bill, the measui'e would enable future chaplains 
at the U. S. Military Academy to be selected in the same 
manner as those serving the Naval Academy at Annap- 
olis and the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, 

Since Congress passed legislation in 1896 for civilian 
chaplains at West Point, clergymen who have served 
there have been drawn from only two Protestant denom- 
inations — Episcopal and Presbyterian. Jewish and Roman 
Catholic cadets attend divine services conducted by civil- 

ian clergy of their respective denominations. In contra 
the Chief of Navy Chaplains picks the chaplains at A 
napolis on a rotating basis from various denominatio 
and midshipmen may either attend chapel at the Acs 
emy or join a church party each Sunday to attend do-w 
town worship. At Colorado Springs, both Roman Catho 
and Protestant services are held regularly and provisi 
is being made for a Jewish service. Here, the Chief 
Air Force Chaplains selects a chaplain for the Acadei 
on a rotating basis. 

The Senators said the change proposed in their bill 1 
been endorsed by the Military Chaplains Association 
the United States, the General Commission on Chapla 
and Armed Forces personnel, the National Lutheran Coi 
cil, and the Armed Services Commission of the Luth 
an Church — Missouri Synod. 


Large congregations hinder the Lutheran Church 
Finland from reaching all its members with the Gos 
according to a leading article in a recent issue of Fc! 
amiingsbladet, a weekly periodical in Swedish. "It 
the sin of our Church that at the moment there 
approximately 75 congregations with 10,000 to 15) 
members, some 30 with 15,000 to 20,000 members, 
about 25 with more than 20,000 members," the art 
stated, adding that in a few instances parish meml 
ship even exceeds 50,000." "More than half o^" the po 
lation lives in these large congregations which are tc 
found predominantly in towns and industrial centers, 1 
is, in just those places where the demoralizing fo: 
are particularly active," the paper commented. 

The article drew attention to church statistics f 
Finland and other countries which it stressed cle; i 
show that the downward trend in church life and atr 
dance begins when the number of members in a con,' • 
gation exceeds 2,000. "It must be acknowledged in e 
name of truth," it said, "that a congregation consis 
of more than 10,000 members cannot act as a Chris 
congregation, but in practice becomes a national regi 

The paper warned that the problem will not be sojd 
by appointing youth ministers and other special wor's 
or by dividing a parish into districts served by sev il 
clergymen from the same church. The "only proper sji- 
tion," it said, is to make the parishes smaller so th;'8 
personal contact between a pastor and his congrega 
may be established. 


An ambitious Speed the Light project sponsored by 
semblies of God young people is now in its 16th j 
Designed to help missionaries secure much-needed ec 
ment for which funds were not otherwise available 
project has provided equipment being used in 68 c 
tries of the world. Almost three million dollars '. 
been raised in the unique project. 

Assemblies of God young people contributed $■ 
583.06 for missionary equipment during 1958, the 

ECH 7, 1959 


•t Webb, executive director of the youth department, 
3ntly announced. The 1958 total brings to $2,945,000 
en to Speed-the-Light, the youth project, since it was 
■un 15 years ago. The program is one of few such 
Lvities in the world. Investments have included $104,- 

for radio equipment, $102,692 for printing equip- 
at and $1,803,775 for vehicles, 
'ransportation equipment has included 24 airplanes, 

bicycles, 31 boats, 24 buses, 353 cars, 67 jeeps, 100 
tor-bikes, cycles, scooters, 292 station wagons, 32 
ilers, 106 trucks, and assorted carts, mules, horses 
[ other smaller equipment. 

lince the Speed-the-Light project was begun, a por- 
1 of the funds has reverted to districts from which 
y came to provide buildings for new church groups. 
)ates to districts have totaled more than $290,000. 
ring a brief period, Speed-the-Light funds were used 
purchase buildings for evangelistic centers in strategic 
iign locations. One was built in Tokyo, Japan, and 

in Calcutta, India. Funds allotted to these centers 
lied $40,000. 


L feature-length movie on the plight of Christians 
ler Communism in East Germany may be the next 
it film venture of the Lutheran church groups that 
duced the highly successful "Martin Luther" picture, 
s was reported to the National Lutheran Council at 
recent 41st annual meeting by Robert E. A. Lee of 
ff York, executive secretary of Lutheran Film Asso- 
;es. Lee said that a screenplay based on documented 
idents involving both pastors and laymen behind the 
a Curtain has been approved by the board of direc- 
3 of Lutheran Film Associates. A decision regarding 
ticipation and financing of the project is now being 
ght from each of LFA's member groups, he added, 
the project is undertaken, it is likely that the picture 
I be filmed somewhere in Western Germany in the 
> spring or summer of this year with release sched- 
i early in 1960, Cost of the film is estimated at $400,- 
or about the same as the original investment in 
artin Luther." 

leanwhile, Mr. Lee announced, the Luther film has 
joyed a significant initial exposure on television," by 
ig scheduled on more than 50 TV outlets in some 22 
ies, Hawaii and Canada. He estimated that at least 
r million people have viewed the movie on their home 
!ens. "Almost without exception, response has ranged 
n favorable to enthusiastic," he said. "Stations and 
nsors have noted that the Luther film on TV has 
duced a good 'mail pull' from viewers." 
-Ccording to Mr. Lee's report, the Spanish version of 
film, titled "Martin Lutero," is being presented to 
:ma audiences in Uruguay and Argentina following re- 
1; premieres in major cities of those countries. Audi- 
ts in other Latin American countries, including Ven- 
5la and Colombia, he added, have been reached by 
nm screenings conducted by missionaries. In Peru, 
ire cinema performances are still banned by the cen- 
ihip office of the Ministry of Education, one print of the 

Luther film has been screened 127 times and a second 
some 75 times within the past 18 months, he said, includ- 
ing showings at San Marcos University and a Roman 
Catholic college in Lima. 

* * * 


Arithmetic teachers say you can't add cows, sheep, 
pigs, and goats. But Heifer Project, Inc. does Together, 
they represented 38,663 "living gifts" sent to refugees, 
schools, orphanages, hospitals and rural families around 
the world in 1958. "A living gift has a unique quality," 
Thurl Metzger said in making the agency's report on the 
past year's distribution. "First it has value in itself and 
then it increases this value through its offspring." Mr. 
Metzger directs the Heifer Project office in North Man- 
chester, Indiana. 

In one shipment alone, he reported, six cattle, 16 goats, 
35 chickens, eight sheep, 23 pigs, a horse and 24 rabbits 
were all successfully loaded into one freighter plane in 
a "flying ark" bound for Bolivia. In addition, he said, 
six goats are at last at a mission hospital in Angola, 
Africa. "But it took three years," Mr. Metzger com- 
mented, "to find the proper combination of weather, ship, 
goats and caretaker." 

One of the most difficult shipments, he said, was get- 
ting 20 calves, 56 sheep and five pigs from farms in Ohio 
to the hills of Katmandu, Nepal. The animals traveled 
safely 11,000 miles by truck and plane, the longest trip 
in Heifer Project records. 

Bees, turkeys, and hatching eggs are included in total 
Heifer Project shipments which have gone to 54 coun- 
tries. In addition, 26 cattle and 49 rabbits were given 
last year to low income fai-m families in Southern states 
in this country. "These farmers' only income was from 
small cotton farms," Mr. Metzger said, "and they are 
now trying to change to general farming." 

Heifer Project shipments are the gifts of U. S. farmers, 
church groups and private sources. Much of the agency's 
work is carried on with the cooperation of Church World 

* * * 

TORONTO, Canada— Dr. Oswald J. Smith's world-wide 
ministry of evangelism and Christian journalism has ex- 
panded to such an extent that he has resigned as pastor 
of The Peoples Church. The church managers have ap- 
pointed his son, the Rev. Paul B. Smith, as his successor 
and have made the older Smith, who founded the church, 
Pastor Emeritus and Vice-President. The church, which 
has grown continually under Dr. Smith's leadership in 
the past 30 years, raised huge sums of money each year 
for foreign missionary work. 

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey— The Board of American 
Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America, at 
its quarterly meeting, announced that 76 new congrega- 
tions were established during 1958 and made plans for 
organizing 70 new congregations in 1959. The board 
adopted a record budget of $4,300,000 for the coming 
year. Almost half of this money will be used to subsidize 
700 mission congregations in the U. S., Canada, Alaska, 
Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Virgin Islands. 




Phil Lersch, Y©yth DIrectPr 
FIC of th© WEE! 

This is a "DO-IT-YOURSELF" Age 

76 Regisf'er for Bret'hren CoSlege Days 

[ORE BRETHREN YOUTH came from more places 
than ever before to make the Third Annual BRETH- 
REN COLLEGE DAYS a huge success. The representa- 
tion was quite naturally centered around Ohio, but very 
evenly divided in the following manner: 

Ohio 29 

Indiana 27 

Pennsylvania 17 

Illinois 3 

Virginia 1 

Those arriving on Friday, February 20th, were regis- 
tered by Ashland College students in Memorial Chapel 
and then were escorted by Mr. Arthur Petit, Director of 
Admissions, to visit classes in progress. The value here 
was to see college as it is from the academic or work- 
ing side. 

Friday evening the Progressive party began in the Lit- 
tle Theater with a radio play presented by one of Miss 
Virginia Jenkins' play production classes. Leaving the 
drama field, the group progressed to a brief musical 
program by three student members of the college Music 
Department. Performing were Lavaughn Kindley, Sue 
Miller and Ann Lindower. Following this, the progress 
was to the Seminary House for a tour of the building, 
singing, special music, greetings and devotions by Dean 
Delbert Flora, and refreshments. 

Saturday morning's program began in Memorial Chapel 
with the listening to the Kettering Memorial Organ 
played by Darlene Myers. Representatives of the Men's 
and Women's Gospel Teams — Lois Berkshire, Judy 
Chepes, Judy Sachs, Elizabeth Isgrig, Jim Sluss and Gary 
Bargerhuff — led in devotions and special music and then 
Rev. Virgil Meyer brought a short message. 

Following a tour of the campus, everyone gathered i 
the Little Theater for a panel discussion of college pei 
sonnel on such items as admission requirements, scholar 
ships, job opportunities, student activities, tuition cost 
and special questions the guests had. 

Saturday afternoon a film was shown about the vain 
of attending a church-related college and then an ope 
discussion about the many possibilities at A. C. to obtai 
a Liberal Arts education was held. This laid before th 
students the ways in which they could take not only tli 
subjects in the major field they were choosing, but als 
other subjects that interested them. Recreation in t\ 
Gym included basketball and other active sports to hel 
get the kinks out of our legs and brains from all tl: 
information that had been given. 

The Park Street Brethren Church hosted the Banqui 
Saturday evening and a program that was definitely c 
the lighter side. Seminarian Gene Caskey ran the toasti 
and called upon such noteworthy performers as Di( 
Winfield, Barb Stahly, Carolyn Tate and other unmentioi 
ables for the program contributions each could make. ! 
was good fun and gave a good start to an evening thi 
didn't end too well. Ashland College lost the basketbj 
game to Defiance — "but wait 'til next year." 

Sunday morning the College Class at Park Stre 
Church was more than full and so was the entire chun 
for the worship hour, as many of the B.C.D. guests endi 
the weekend's activities with worship and Christian f( 
lowship in God's House. 

Housing for the guests was divided between Pa 
Street families and the college dorms, and meals wCi 
served in the college cafeteria. It v/as a big weekei 
and only one thing could make next year's BRETHRE ' 
COLLEGE DAYS better— that is to have you join us! l 

Coming Dates f& Remember 

CENTRAL DISTRICT "Spring Camp"— Waterloo, lowaf 
March 13-15 

PASTOR'S CONFERENCE— Ashland, Ohio— April 7-9f 


April 14 

KENTUCKY RALLY— Krypton, Kentucky— May 2 

Do You Want Summer Workers? I 

Several Brethren Youth are applying for a position 
the Summer Workers' teams that will be sent out amc 
the churches. But not many churches have indicated tl 
they need workers to help them. 

Summer workers will be available for teaching in Bii 
Schools, community surveys, pastor's helpers and gene 
manual labor. Write immediately to National Brethi 
Youth, Ashland, Ohio, if you desire to know more ab.( 
this work of service Brethren Youth is offering. 



Are You Helping To Meet The Goal? 

VECH 7, 1959 


l^he Yl/o wen's /dorner 


e-tSS^ fDCJS* 

by Helen Jordnri 


J THINKING OF EASTER, as it draws nigh, our 
thoughts are turned to newness of life. Nature verifies 
i fact that the old fades away, but again the earth 
1 break forth anew in blade and blossom and will 
ir fruit. Year in and year out the seasons, which are 
lained of God, come and go, each in its own cycle of 
16. So it is in the realm of nature. 

!^bout this time of year we begin to think of the Eas- 
•-time. Always in expectation, and we soon will see the 
'th begin to come into new beauty. In this changing 
)cess there is the fact that back of it all is God. He 
a great God. It is He that had the power (and did) 
se Jesus from the dead. 

lust as surely as He provides us with a sure hope 
grass, flower, fruit and sustenance for our physical 
i, just so surely do we have the hope of an after life. 
His word we have the assurance that we shall live 
lin. "God so loved the world that he gave his only 
gotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should 
t perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16. 
Yes, God sent His son, Jesus, to earth. He lived among 
n, taught, healed and performed His earthly ministry 
t He was rejected and nailed to the cross to be cruci- 
i. He was placed in a borrowed tomb, but the third 
Y He arose; He came forth a glorified, resurrected 
viour! Now He sits on the right hand of God inter- 
ling for us. 

We recall the many promises Jesus gives in the Word, 
i told His disciples that, "Because I live, ye shall live 
0." Again He said in John 11:25, "I am the resurrec- 
n, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he 
re dead, yet shall he live." These are only a few of 
; many promises that give us the sure hope of Eternal 
i with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven. There He 
1 reign as King and we shall serve Him ai-ound the 
;at white throne and sing His praises throughout 

ceaseless ages of eternity. 
iow worthwhile is the Hope of Easter! Some time 

will exchange the old for the new. We will put off 
rtality and put on immortality and we will be like 
n when we see Him as He is. Nothing should per- 
ide us to barter away our blessed hope of Easter. 
Jut this serious thought comes to us that this hope is 
y for those who will accept, love and follow the Lord. 
ire are many who have not laid hold on these prom- 
3, and God's word holds no hope for those who do not 
iow its teachings. 

Inhere is only one way. That is by the way of the cross. 
I'ough the atoning blood that was shed on this cross, 
;he only way for redemption. "He is the way, the truth 
I the life." We have all of the necessary guide posts 
His word that will lead us to life eternal. But the 
:ld lures so many away, for our modern day living is 

not conducive to Christian living. The world would detour 
the Christian, hence we need to cling to the straight and 
narrow path which leads at last to the light. Oh! that 
the world might know of the loving Saviour who will 
restore lost souls. May this Easter season renew our zeal 
and enthusiasm to consecrate our lives more fully to Him 
who gave His life on Calvary that we might be redeemed 
and have the joyous hope that 

"Face to face shall I behold him. 
Far beyond the starry skies. 
Face to face in all his glory, 
I shall see him by and by!" 

Mrs. Walter Gable, 

Peru, Ind. 


(Continued from Page 13) 


A notice appeared in the Evangelist of January 31st 
stating that I would be in Udell on January 22nd to 25th. 
A change was necessary because of a storm which swept 
the southern part of Iowa at that time. 

Mrs. Ronk and I were at Udell, however, from Feb- 
ruary 5th to 8th. We closed the 4-day session with Com- 
munion Service on Sunday evening, and were to have 
come home on Monday, but the second Iowa storm of the 
winter began on Sunday evening and kept us in Udell 
until Wednesday. 

We enjoyed the fellowship of the Udell Brethren and 
pray that we may have been a blessing to them in our 
ministry. They are greatly in need of pastoral care. All 
of the other churches of the community except the Church 
of the Brethren — three miles east, have closed their doors. 
The Brethren should have a pastor, not only to look after 
the present flock, but to claim the community for the 
church. The Udell people have a comfortable building 
and parsonage awaiting a resident pastor. They would 
like to enter into an arrangement whereby their pastor 
could look after the folks at Leon which is some 60 miles 
further west. Prayers of the brotherhood are asked for 
the supply of such a man. 

Albert Ronk. 


We have been without a Pastor since November 1, 
1958. We have had guest ministers frequently, which we 
appreciate very much. Among those helping out were 
William Boyer of Corinth, and C. A. Stewart of Flora. 

Rev. Elmer M. Keck and wife, of Pennsylvania, have 
accepted a call from us and will start their pastorate 
June 9, 1959. We are hoping for a very happy and re- 
storative year together. 

Mrs. Alice Bailey, Cor. Sec'y- 

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March 14, 1959 

No. I I 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for tke WHOLE WORLD 



terns of general Interest 

:-. ._J 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. The Father and Son ban- 
quet was a scheduled event of March 11th. 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. Ground Breaking Ser- 
vices for the new Educational building, were scheduled 
for March 1st, in the afternoon. 

has received the first of the bulletins to be turned out 
under the pastorate of Brother Woodrow B. Brant. 

Reported is the account of the installation service on 
February 15th, of Brother Brant as Pastor. Brother N. V. 
Leatherman conducted the service and brought the mes- 
sage of the hour. Pictures have been taken of the work 
at Levittown-Fairless Hills, and a report is promised for 
the Evangelist soon. The work is under the sponsorship 
of the Pennsylvania District Mission Board. 

Sistei^hood gave their public service the evening of Feb- 
ruary 15th, with Mrs. Carl Stouffer of Hagerstown, as 

Brother N. V. Leatherman notes Holy Week Services 
with speakers. Rev. Lester Myers, Wednesday evening; 
Rev. John Rowland, Thursday evening, with the Friday 
evening message by Brother Leatherman. 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA. (THIRD). Cash Days, with 
emphasis upon the Building Extension Fund, are sched- 
uled to be held on the first Sunday of March, June, Sep- 
tember and December. 

The Father and Son banquet was a scheduled event of 
February 23rd. 

We note that Brother Clarence Stogsdill is rendering 
assistance to the Vinco Brethren on the matter of hos- 
pital visitation during the interim between pastors. 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA. (SECOND). One new member 
was received by letter recently. 

Guest of the Second Brethren on February 11th, was 
Miss Verna Laughlin, who spoke on her work as Director 
of Cambria County Child Evangelism Fellowship. 

Brother Harold Barnett was the scheduled speaker at 
the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, at the early 
morning hour on March 8th. 

BRUSH VALLEY, PENNA. Brother Paul D. Tin 
has announced pre-Easter services beginning Palm Si 
day, with Brush Valley Brethren hosting the Good F 
day service. 

JONES MILLS, PENNA. Valley Brethren was host 
the Kreager-Valley Youth Rally on February 27th, w 
Brother Harold Barnett as the speaker. 

New pews are on order for the Valley Church, and ; 
to be installed about May 1st. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Pastor John T. Byler no 
Holy Week services, with speakers. Rev. Percy C. Mill 
Monday evening; Rev. Harold Garland, Tuesday evenii 
and Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel, Wednesday evening. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Brother Percy C. Miller was 
radio devotional speaker on WONE, March 1st. Brotl 
Miller's ministry on the station continues for two we( 
as he opens each day's broadcast with prayer. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Two new members were recei-\ 
by baptism on February 22nd. 

(Continued on Page 7) 


TIOSA, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— Mar. 30-Apr 
—Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel, Evangelist; Rev. J. Edf 
Berkshire, Pastor. 

GRETNA, OHIO. Evangelistic Services— Mar. 30-A 
5 — Professor Charles R. Munson, Evangelist; R 
Charles Lowmaster, Pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. Holy Week Sei-vice; 
Mar. 22-29 — Professor Charles Munson, Speaker, R 
George W. Solomon, Pastor. 

HOWE, INDIANA, Brighton Chapel. Easter Service: 
Mar. 26-29— Professor W. H. Miley, Speaker; Rev. Jc 
Mills, Pastor. 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA. Evangelistic Services— M 
22-29— Evangelist, Albert 0. Curtright, of Cheyenne, V 

COVER PICTURE: Upper left— Baptismal scene, C 
doba, Argentina. Lower right — Pastor Mai Sule witne 
ing to village people in Nigeria. Photos by W. Clayi i 
Berkshire, and by J. Henry Long. 




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Tlie Wofld IfUission Goncept of Tlie Ghurch Vrogram 

J7HAT HAS YOUR CHURCH accomplished 
'» in the field of World Missions? 
What percentage of your entire Church Budget 
>es for World Missions support? 
Our Lord and Master has sent us forth, by di- 
et commission, into a spiritually sick world. He 
IS given us the directive to make our program 

Christian witnessing a world-wide program. It 
especially important that we give consideration 

to how well we are fulfilling this charge inas- 
uch as domination of world mission areas by 
e spirit of nationalism and/or communistic 
iwer is increasing. If we do not become increas- 
gly active in World Missions, we may find such 
tivity exceedingly curtailed within the next 
w years. 

The stymying of potential World Mission pro- 
ams through lack of financial support has al- 
lys been one of the Church's major problems, 
mditions existing in the lives of American 
lurch members which cause mission support to 
; but a small portion of the entire local Church 
idget seem hard to understand. Perhaps local 
lurch activities seem "more at hand," and the 
;e of our dollars seems more realistic when 
led for the local program. Perhaps we are con- 
nt to let someone else "Support missions." Can- 
►t we realize that in the mind of Christ, the 
cal Church and its program is but a means to 
I end ? That end being the evangelization of the 
Drld. As local Churches, we do not exist as an 
itity unto ourselves. We exist to spread the 
ispel unto the ends of the earth. This is the 
orld Mission concept of the Church, and it is 
e only one which will guarantee the success 

the whole Church program. 
Perhaps we are afraid of the results. Perhaps 
i are afraid of the changes it would make in 
e life of our local Church if suddenly we were 

become imbued with the import of the World- 
de missionary program of the Church. Testi- 
3nies of Churches which became fully mission- 
y-conscious, thrill us. We say, how can they 

it. But they do it, and do it well. It is a com- 
iiation of vision, sacrificial prayer, and giving. 

The amazing tiling about it is that when a 
Church accepts the challenge of missions, it 
thrives locally. There is more spiritual life, a joy 
and happiness unknown before. If you want your 
local Church to grow, and are not afraid to see 
new life, new vigor and new faces in your 
Church, then go "all out" in accepting Christ's 
great commission to go into all the world. 

Tlie alternative is tragic. Life is only beautiful 
when we are living for others. The introverted, 
self-interested Church cares well for its own ex- 
penses. But there is always a slow cutting back 
on the number of dollars which go from that 
Cliurch to help the outreach program. Carried to 
its miserable end, such a Church becomes less in- 
spiring to its members. Interest and support 
dvv'indle, the more zealous begin going some- 
where else, and soon there is the agonizing de- 
mise of a Church which failed to enlarge its 
vision to include in its prayers and gifts the 
souls of the teeming millions of the earth's pop- 
ulation beyond their own door-step. 

What has your Church accomplished in the 
field of World Missions? Americans, generally, 
take great pride in accomplishments. We point 
with pride to our inventions, our communica- 
tions, our farms, our cities. Churchwise, we point 
with pride to our fine buildings, the improve- 
ments we have made; we rejoice as we look at 
our records of increased attendance. Can we, 
though, feel just as good as we note our response 
to the World Mission program of the Church ? Or 
must we hang our heads in shame as we realize 
that even though there have been many who 
have done excellently, and many who have done 
very well, many, many more have given but a 
mere pittance of what they were able to give to 
the program of saving souls throughout the 
world ? 

God never sells His faithful short. A fired-up 
missionary emphasis by the local Church is the 
best insurance of God's blessing on the local 
Church, for when we are "missionary-active" we 
are doing the work God wants us to do, and thus 
He blesses, W. S. B. 



The Spiritual Valu 

of the 


Dr. Claud Stiidebaker 


ARCH 14, 1959 


"THIS DO in remembrance of me," are the 
;ry plain words of Christ referring to the Holy 
Licharist. "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part 
ith me," was pointedly spoken to Peter when 
; told the Lord, "Thou shalt never wash my 
et." Of course a deeper washing was involved, 
it the washing of Peter's feet was the question 
rectly at hand. "If I then your Lord and mas- 
r have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash 
le another's feet." 

These are very definite commands of Christ; 
ey are spoken in the upper room just before 
e is on His way to the garden of Gethsemane. 
3 He leaves the garden, He is taken prisoner 
id the next day He pays the price of our re- 
mption on Calvary's cross. The holy scripture 
forms us, Jesus knowing that the Father had 
ven all things into His hands, and that He was 
me from God, and went to God : He riseth from 
pper and began to wash the disciples feet. 
One thing is conclusively evident, the feet were 
•t washed to cleanse the feet any more than 
iptism is to cleanse the body. Jesus said, "What 
do, thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know 
sreafter." He washed the feet of Judas Iscariot, 
it Judas was still unclean, if the washing had 
len for cleansing of the feet, Judas would have 
en as clean as the others. 

Christ is giving a sacrament for His church to 
How, which embodies the fundamentally essen- 
il doctrines of the church: cleansing from sin, 
llowship which involves forgiveness, and com- 
union with God. The central thought is the 
oss; we need to be brought back to the cross. 
Vithout the shedding of blood there is no re- 
ission." The bloodless gospel is not the gospel 
Christ. It may have good things in it but it 
IS no redemption from sin and no heaven at the 
d of life. 


As we walk life's pathway we are in a world 
at is material and sinful and we need daily 
Jansing from the defilement of sin. When we 
oop to wash our brother's feet and he to wash 
'Y&, we sacramentally confess our need of 
iansing and are looking to the cross and the 
ood of Christ for that cleansing. While we do 
it imply that those who do not observe these 
craments are lost, yet we take seriously every 
mmand of Christ, for He warned us by saying, 
leaven and earth shall pass away, but my words 
all not pass away." And again in His great ser- 
m on the mount to His disciples, He said "Not 

everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall 
enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth 
the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many 
shall say to me in that day. Lord, Lord, have we 
not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name 
have done many wonderful works, and in thy 
name have cast out devils? And then will I pro- 
fess unto them, I never knew you; depart from 
me, ye that work iniquity." (Matt. 7:21-23). 

I have no disposition to say who these many 
are, but our Lord said they were many and they 
had a wonderful testimony and believed in the 
Lord. I do know that the most conclusive evi- 
dence of your faith is your obedience to the 
words of Christ. It was He who said, "If ye love 
me keep my commandments." Salvation is of the 
Lord and when He speaks there is but one thing 
left for us and that is to obey. "To obey is bet- 
ter than sacrifice and to liearken than the fat of 

Tliere is no amount of pretended piety which 
can ignore the plain commands of Christ. When 
our Lord says, "Ye ought to wash one another's 
feet," He means "For I have given you an ex- 
ample, that ye should do as I have done to you." 
To say He washed their feet to teach them hu- 
mility and service is beside the point, for He did 
not wash the feet to cleanse them. He commanded 
to wash feet in very plain words that are easily 
understood. I can testify to the joy of obedience, 
as our Lord said, "If ye know these things happy 
are ye if ye do them." 


If we have observed the sacrament of cleans- 
ing in true faith, every sin has been forgiven and 
washed away in the blood of Christ. And if this 
is true the next step is to forgive those who have 
sinned against us. Eating together is that great 
symbol of love and true friendship. It is the 
Lord's table, it is not to gratify hunger; it is to 
manifest our forgiveness one to another. Tlie 
Holy Scripture teaches us. If any man is hungry, 
let him eat at home. This is a sacrament of love 
and fellowship. 

Our Lord has made it very plain that if He 
forgives us then we are to forgive one another. 
This is not optional on our part, it is an absolute 
must, for if we forgive not our brother his tress- 
pass neither will our heavenly Father forgive us. 
If this great truth were strictly observed, how 
much greater would be the influence of the 
church and how much sweeter would be the lives 
of the members of that church. The message in 



the gospel of Christ is one of love and forg-ive- 
ness. We are all sinners and must be cleansed of 
our sins. That is the first great basic truth we 
must ever keep in mind and the washing of feet 
is the sacrament that reminds us of our need of 
continual cleansing. 

The Lord's Supper reminds us of our great 
need of fellowship and forgiveness to those who 
have offended us. As we sit at the table of the 
Lord, we are God's children who have been 
cleansed and forgiven of their sins and are now 
in the true spirit of love and forgiveness eating 
together as the spiritual children of God. For 
God removes our sin as far from us as the east 
is from the west and remembers it against us no 
more, so we too are to forgive our brethren and 
love them as though they had never offended. 
That is the lesson of the Lord's table. 


"Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man and 
drink His blood, ye have no life in you." God has 
made possible our approach unto Him. We may 
enter boldly into the holiest by the blood of 
Jesus, in a new and living way, which He hath 
consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to 
say. His flesh, and having an high priest over 
the house of God, we may draw nigh with a true 
heart, and full assurance of faith, having our 
hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our 
bodies washed with pure water. We can only come 
into communion with God in His way, not our 
own. When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have 
ought against any, that your heavenly Father 
may forgive you. 

God teaches us that we must be cleansed from 
sin, and in sweet fellowship with our brethren 


My Father's way may twist and turn, 
My heart may throb and ache. 

But in my soul I'm glad to know, 
He maketh no mistake. 

My cherished plans may go astray, 

My hopes may fade away. 
But still I'll trust my Lord to lead 

For He doth know the way. 

Though night be dark and it may seem 
That day will never break, 

if we are to have communion with him. The f 
damental lessons of salvation are symbolized 
our triune communion service. The objective i 
climax is, of course, communion with our G 
but this is only possible when we come to 1- 
in the way he has provided for us. 

The first great truth is, we must be clean 
and kept cleansed. He has provided for t 
cleansing by offering His only begotten Son 
a sacrifice for our sins on Calvary's cross, B 
tism being the great sacrament of cleansi 
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gos 
to every creature." "He that believeth and is b 
tized shall be saved." "He that is washed need 
not save to wash his feet, but is clean every w 
and ye are clean but not all. For he knew v 
should betray him, therefore said he, ye are 
all clean." (John 13:10, 11). 

After we are cleansed, forgiveness, love 
fellowship are the essential steps that must 
low. Then we may enter into a sweet commun 
with God. It is His good will that all come 
Him and abide in Him continually. "If ye k 
my commandments ye shall abide in my k 
even as I kept my Father's commandments ; 
abide in his love." God knows the need of 
heart and when He gave us the sacraments 
His church. He knew they would bless us. ' 
observing of these ordinances is the very esse 
of the Brethren church. If you cast them a"\ 
by neglect or purpose you defeat the good fi 
and sacrificial labor of our forebears. Let us 
serve them in true faith and spirit. "Blessed 
they that do his commandments that they r 
have right to the tree of life and enter 
through the gates into the city." 

Huntington, Indian? 

I'll pin my faith, my all in Him, 
He maketh no mistake. 

There's so much now I cannot see 
My eyesight's far too dim, 

But come what may I'll simply trust 
And leave it all to Him. 

For by and by the mist will lift 
And plain it all He'll make. 

Through all the way tho' dark to me. 
He made not one mistake. 

A. M. Overtosc 

/^ECH 14, 1959 



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ce Fairbanks notes the following in his bulletin: "We 
'Xe very happy with our attendance in Sunday School 
d Church (February 22nd). There were 274 in Sunday 
hool and 282 in Church." It was the Sunday of "Breth- 
:i College Days," and it indicates that many of those 

10 came from over the Brotherhood found their way to 
rk Street's services. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. A Missionary Conference is 
leduled for March 18th through the 22nd, with Mis- 
maries Glenn and Jean Shank as speakers. Mrs. Bar- 
ra Youderian, widow of one of the five missionai'ies 
tin by the Acua Indians in South America, will also ap- 
ar as speaker. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Pastor J. D. Hamel has 
en appointed as Protestant Chaplain of the South Bend 
re Department. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. Union pre-Easter services began 
nday evening February 22nd in the Mexico Brethren 

CORINTH, INDIANA. Pastor William E. Boyer notes 
at his new address is: Rt. 1, Twelve Mile, Indiana. We 
ggest you make the correction in your copy of the 
ethren Annual. 

LOREE, INDIANA. Brother Horace Huse notes that 
sir Missionary Conference is scheduled for March 15th 
rough 17th. Missionaries Glenn and Jean Shank will be 
ive on the 15th, and the afternoon of the 16th. Rev. 
Paul Weaver, who served as Missionary-Evangelist in 
geria, is leader of the Conference on the 16th and 17th. 

ived the first issue of "Chapel News," the parish paper 
ing published by the Brighton Chapel Brethren. It is 

11 of news of the various local organizations and of 
e program of the Church. 

an is the scheduled guest speaker for the morning of 
arch 15th. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. TJve Laymen's Father and Son 
nquet was held on February 19th. 

The combined B. Y. C. groups presented Mr. Bill Pow- 
s, of Mt. Morris, as their stewardship spealver at theii- 
blic service on March 1st. 

MORRILL, KANSAS. The Union Good Friday service 
scheduled for the Morrill Brethren Church, 

I s 


1>> thf Editor 


Editor's Note: We have endeavored to list the Holy 
eek services of Churches which are having outside 
sakers one or more nights, as we were able to learn 
them through cards and bulletins received. If we have 
ssed yours, a card to the Editor, will insure our call- 
l attention to vour services in a forthcoming- issue. 

W-tititmt, ^nnxtnttti^xxxj^ttt 



SIPRESS-LOBLER. Thomas Sipress and Shirley Loli- 
ler were united in marriage on January 21, 1959, at 6:00 
P. M., in a candlelight service. 

Miss Frances Dale, Cor. Sec'y., 
Ardniore Brethren Church. 

Slatb to iRpat 

SUMAN. Atwell Suman, member of the St. James 
Brethi-en Church for 50 years, died in his sleep at Monte- 
bello Hospital, Baltimore, at the age of 61, on Feb. 15th. 
Survived by one brother, and his father and mother. 
Funeral services conducted by the writer. Burial in Rose 
Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown. 

Freeman Ankrum. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Uvoll Relote 

"I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that 
He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him 
against that day." 2 Timothy 1:12. 

T BELIEVE that one weakness of the Christian world 
today is the lack of Christian assurance. Too many 
Christians, if asked as to their confidence as to their 
standing in the Kingdom, if they ai-e saved, are apt to 
say "I hope so." This sort of reply smacks to me of a 
weak faith. Those who cannot accept the assurances of 
the Lord Jesus — accept them without reservations — 
simply cannot know the joy of complete surrender. 

Michael Faraday, was a world-famous scientist, and 
also a great Christian. One of the most profound in 
scholarship, and also one of the most learned of his day, 
he was simple in his faith. 

Doctor Faraday did not come to his simple faith until 
after years of scientific investigation. But when he real- 
ized the truth as it is in Christ Jesus he committed him- 
self to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and openly con- 
fessed his faith and testified of his Christiaa assurance. 

Near the end of his life he was asked concerning his 
speculations concerning the future, he replied that he had 
no speculations, and he is reported to havr- added, "I 
know whom I have believed. My soul rests upon certain- 
ties." In this age of bewilderment we need to anchor our 
souls in the certainties of our Christian faith. 

"0 for a faith that will not shrink 
From any earthly foe; 
That will not stagger at the brink 
Of any earthly woe." 



The Strategic 


in Nigeria 

Ivan Eicheiibsrry 

The Christian home is presendnj^ a strong 
witness for Christ in Nigeria. 

LITTLE JOSEPH is in the first grade. He is Nigerian, 
but he thinks of himself as a Bura, a member of a 
tribe, not a citizen of a nation. He counts himself a 
Christian, not a pagan or Muslim. He does not plan to 
be a farmer, for his father is a salaried man. Joseph was 
born in a hospital; he knows and trusts the nurses, and 
he does not think of living away from them and the 

Most of Joseph's playmates attend school; there he 
plays with little Christian girls. Most of the children in 
the area where he lives are not in school; they come 
from pagan or Muslim homes. Many are children of 
parents who farm; many of them do not have easy access 
to a doctor or nurse or hospital. Most of them are not 
taught to care about religion and to them Sunday is just 
a day of the week. These are Joseph's tribe. They are 
the forces that surround him. He must meet them, earn 
a living among them, establish and maintain his home 
and educate his children among them. He must follow the 
way of his religion among them. 

Joseph is a real boy, but because he was born at this 
particular time, in this particular part of Nigeria, he is 
a symbol of the questions and the possibilities of the 
future for the Church of Christ in the Brethren tradi- 
tion in independent Nigeria. We can hope that Joseph 
will become an educated, staunchly Christian Nigerian; 
that he will be successful in the occupation of his choice, 
but not superior in his attitude toward those of other 
occupations; that he will remain healthy, but compas- 
sionate toward others who do not have the opportunity 
for health; that he will have a Christian wife and home, 
but be concerned for the many boys for whom there are 
not enough Christian girls; that he will be an evange- 
listic, leading power in the church. This we can hope. 

Joseph's father accepted Jesus Christ and lived un( 
the guidance of the mission. Joseph will live in fellc 
ship of Christ and under the guidance of the Church 
Nigeria, for Nigerians, by Nigerians, of Nigerians, un( 
the Lordship of Christ. The church is the difference. 
is cause for faith. 

Preparing Leaders 

In the Church of the Brethren Ministers' retreat 
Waka Teacher Training Center, both Nigerian and Am 
ican ministers share joys, concerns, i^roblems, doul 
hopes, faith, testimony to the reality of Jesus Chr: 
while they share sleeping rooms and dining table. Amf 
can Bi'ethren sit in district meeting under the moderat 
ship of a Nigerian much younger in experience t? 
they. The church and the mission cooperate in the 
sponsibility for evangelistic, educational, medical, £ 
rural life witness. In the Education Committee, Ameri< 
teachers listen to Nigerian judgment in regard to beg 
ning new types of education, hiring teachers, openi 
new schools, financing new buildings. The principal oJ 
Christian school, a deacon in the church, presents 
plans for the new year in his school, while an Americ 
teacher observes. The young Nigerian principal of 
Waka girls' school, daughter of a Christian minister, a 
her entirely American staff to assign them their dut 
and to discuss plans for the year. An American doe 
asks for the judgment of a Nigerian practical nurse, 
fellow member of the Medical Committee. An Ameri( 
agriculturist and a Nigerian farmer sweat and plan 
gether for better Christian living for his family in 
rural village. The Nigerian pastor-elder work togetl 
for the church in which both are brothers, equal me 

ARCH 14, 1959 


Strengthening the Church 
Plans are for the strengthening, the developing, the out- 
;aching, the deepening of the Church of Christ in the 
rethren tradition in Nigeria, in which some members 
re from America and are supported by tlie Bretliren 
I America. 

The church Icnows it needs additional leadership. There 
re seven Nigerian ministers. Many school teachers are 
so lay pastors and evangelists. Other ardent lay work- 
rs are less trained. The church in district meeting 
rayerfuUy sought the answer. An immediate answer is 
le rural Christian leadership training progi-am. One 
tiase of this is the work of mobile teams; they conduct 
lort-course extension programs in fifteen different 
)mmunities, teach Bible and Bible-teaching methods, and 
enerally develop the leadership potential of the village 
lurches. Classes, discussions, worship experiences, mass 
leetings, and literature are used. A long-term answer is 
L cooperation with other churches in the newly begin- 
ing theological seminary to supply more thoroughly 
•ained ministers to pastor the increasing number of 
lurches, each with its own outreach program. 

The church knows it has a Great Commission. Fifteen 
f the sixteen organized churches have their own home 
lission projects. There ai-e more distant untouched com- 
lunities to which the church feels called to witness, 
hani is the land of a different tribe who speak of a 
ifferent language, but the love of Christ constrains the 
[arama Brethren to send Nigerian missionaries to live 
mong them and to witness to salvation in Christ Jesus, 
[arama Christians are already carrying on a program in 
hich they i^ay thirty-one Christian education teachers 
nd lay evangelists in as many surrounding villages, 
lach Sunday these teachers, assisted by other laymen, 
jnduct Christian services in thirty-six villages outside 
[arama. Now they will reach out in faith still farther. 

Following the receiving of 1,043 new members through 
aptism in 1957-58, the Church of the Brethren in Ni- 
eria received 250 additional new members by baptism 
1 the month of October. The church knows the thrilling 
)y of carrying out the Great Commission. Plans include 

stepped-up and extended outreach, using Nigerian per- 
onnel assisted by American advisers, using Nigerian re- 
ources assisted by American Brethren. 

Preparing for Independence 

The church knows that its young people must be edu- 
ated and prepared for Christian living and witness in 

independent Nigei'ia, which is to become a nation in 1960. 
They cultivate the communities for a Christian school 
and then lead out in village contributive participation in 
the construction of the building. These elementary 
schools are evangelistic arms of the church. With repre- 
sentatives on the faculty of Waka Teacher Training Cen- 
ter and schools and with elected representatives on the 
board of trustees, the church guides plans for use of 
govei'nment contributions and the American-Nigerian 
staff, in changing and developing to meet new demands 
and needs. 

Needs for Nigeria 

Through elected representation in the Education Com- 
mittee, the church guides in the development of the agri- 
cultural vocational school, to give know-how assistance 
to the young men who will become the Christian farmers, 
farm agents, and experimental farm supervisors. With 
joy the church looks forward to the Waka secondary 
school to begin in 1959 to prepare Christian young men 
and women for university entrance. The church is con- 
cerned in the area of occupational training for youth 
who will not go to college. Youth programs need ex- 
panding. Marriage preparation classes are conducted by 
representatives of the church, to prepare for Christian 

The church knows responsibility for better Christian 
homes and communities. Rur'al life must be given a high- 
er standard of living and opportunity. Rural extension 
and cooperative development must prepare for better 
farming, which is the basis for better living. Christian 
living must include moi'e healthful homes and communi- 
ties. A public health program must assist present med- 
ical witness to lead toward this and to make improve- 
ment possible. 

The influence of the church on independent Nigeria, 
outside the immediate circle of the cliurch, dare not be 
neglected. The church must find sti'ength and ways to 
safeguard its own supply of leadership, but it must just 
as certainly contribute Christians to the trades, the 
commercial enterprises, the government services, and the 
social agencies of the nation. This latter can be the 
leavening of the church in the new nation. 

The Brethren in Nigeria know that they have reached 
the present situation of opi:)ortunity because Brethren in 
America sent missionaries and money. They know that in 
Christ they are one with the Brethren in America. They 
have faith in the Brethren in America. 

(From the Gospel Messenger.) 

H. Stover Kulp, field secretary of the mission in Nigeria, with six Nigerian pastors. 




Rev. and Mrs. Robert Byler 

EASTER FOR THE BELIEVER is the glorious season 
of SHARING! God in mercy has SHARED His Son 
with us, and His Son lias SHARED His Resurrection 
power with us. He asks us to SHARE in His Suffering 
that we may SHARE in His Glory. He has promised to 
share all things with us in Him, 

"He that spared not his own son, but delivered Him 
up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give 
us all things?" (Romans 8:16-17). 

"The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our Spirit, that 
we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs; 
heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we 
suffer with Him that we may be also glorified together." 

Easter for believers in the Brethren Church has long- 
been a time of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with 
those who have never heard; sharing with our foreign 
neighbors our blessings in Him; sharing our material 
goods with those who are needing help and assistance — 
to the extent that we share the Gospel with others, we 
shall also share in the joy of sinners repenting. To the 
extent that we suffer for the sake of the Gospel we shall 
also see many glorified with Him. 

All here are grateful for your sharing in the past years. 
Within a few months our headquarters studio project 
should be finished and dedicated to the sharing of the 
Gospel by a fuller radio ministry in southern South Amer- 
ica. Pastors and workers who are partially supported by 
your offerings are asked to work in two or three churches 

or annexes. Congregations are asked to share their past( 
or worker with some other group who has no leader. Yoi 
missionaries are attempting to share the bui'den of tl 
preaching ministry for the time being. But we all long f( 
the future moment when we shall have young men ar 
women going forth from each congregation to shaj 
the Gospel with their fellows here. But we have no Bretl 
ren training school and we haven't staff enough to trai 
our Brethren youth who are desiring to prepare then 
selves. Until the situation changes, we will not be able 1 
supply the pastors that are needed for the work alread 
begun, much less move into new areas. 

We come asking you to SHARE YOUR BEST with yoi 
Argentine Brethren. Will you share with us some of yon 
trained young ministers ? Will you help them get to lai 
guage school for a year so that their services may begi 
immediately upon their arrival here ? Will you share tl: 
blessings of your college and seminary for the work hei 
that we may begin a training school ? Will you shaj 
your mission-minded youth with us that we may do a rei 
job of evangelizing this vast country ? Will you contini 
to share sufficient funds for the radio work to expand wit 
more programs and more gospel recordings? 

At this Easter time of sharing, will you remember i 
special prayer the work here and plead for the guidanc 
of the Holy Spii'it in our program ? 

We are praying that you will Share your Best. God ga\ 
us His best! 

Missionary Robert O. Byler with Argentine pastors and church leaders: From left to right — Ricardo Rivero, 
Bernardo Ponce, Jose Varela, Hector LaBanca, Ruth Martin, Dr. Norman Romanenghi, Robert O. Byler, 

Miguel Franco. 

A.RCH 14, 1959 



W. Clayton Berkshire 


)UK PRESENT WORK in Argentina lends itself to 
endless expansion. All of the Brethren churches 
d mission jDoints, eleven places altogether, are small, 
lese can enlarge their ministries to their surrounding 
tnmunities through ways in which they are already sei-- 
ig and also in new ways. For example, the open-air 
rvices conducted on the squares of towns and cities by 
me of our church groups have tremendous possibili- 
is. The number of those services can be increased great- 

and the services themselves can be made more attrac- 
'e and more effective by using projected and non-pro- 
;ted visual aids, well-prepared music and by using a 
blic address system. 

Christian Education 
There is both need and opportunity within the local 
arches for a Christian education program. The work 

indoctrinating the membership and training the people 
r effective Christian service lends itself for impera- 
'e development. 

Literature Distribution 
The open-air meetings offer a splendid opportunity to 

distribute free gospel literature and also to sell Bibles 
and carefully-selected books. This whole matter of pro- 
viding Christian literature is imperative. Colportage work 
and the establishment of a small bookstore for distribu- 
tion of Christian literature would be effective means in 
helping to close the gap created by the demands of a 
literature-conscious people. 

Radio — Adelante Juventud 

The radio work, Adelante Juventud, is proving that 
"radio reaches beyond all barriers" in Argentina. It is a 
most effective means of getting into thousands of homes 
to tell the good news about Jesus Christ. (An article 
on the radio work will appear in the Brethren Evangelist 

Seminary Facilities 

We have a gentleman's agreement to cooperate with 
the Mennonite Church in their new seminary which will 
be located in Buenos Aires. This will be most convenient 
in providing additional training for our national pastors 
and training for new Argentine workers. It is an impor- 
tant phase of the church-mission program there. 




icar Montes: (A Methodist youth of about 17 years who 
es in the Province of Buenos Aires — He and his Meth- 
ist friend expressed their desire to be re-baptized the 
ble way by immersion; so we gladly obliged after se- 
)us study with them on the subject.) 
He wrote: "The camp (experience) has been for me the 
Imination of the happiest hours that I have spent in this 
ar. In camp my spiritual life, tottering and without 
wer, found the nourishment that gave me courage to 
ce my daily fight against sin with a smile." 

a Esther Loguzzo: (A young and personable school 
icher from Villa Constitucion who served as a teacher 

our camp as well as a camper.) 
She wrote: "It has been for me a beautiful experience 

have been able to attend camp. God has spoken, to my 

heart in the fellowship of love among the Brethren, and 
He has manifested His love in the wonders of His crea- 
tion, in such a way that it has caused me to ask as did 
the Psalmist — 'What am I that thou art mindful of me?' 
He caused me to hear His voice in the Bible studies and 
messages. Everything has left in me an impression never 
to be erased. 

Azucena Martin De Simari: (A dedicated young mother 
and member at the Villa Constitucion Church. She served 
as one of the camp teachers along with her husband.) 

She wrote: "The camp amply fulfilled its objectives of 
physical, recreational and spiritual edification. There we 
received the marvelous blessings that the Lord gives to 
those who love Him." 

Tip in Argentina is a time of concen- 
ted Bible study, spiritual fellowship and 
)lesome recreation. Swimming area 
wn in Photo. 




Glenn H. Shank 

TN CHRISTIAN WORK of any sort there are always 
needs that must be met, if the work is to be success- 
ful and profitable. This is also true of our work in Ni- 
geria. Perhaps there have been times when we have felt 
that our needs were greater than elsewhere and that 
they were not being t^en care of or met properly. 

The following classifications constitute our needs: 
Mission ■ 


You might be surprised to see that personal needs are 
in this list, fori sometimes these needs seem of little im- 
portance in the face of seemingly greater and more far- 
reaching needs found in the other two groups. There is 
a tendency to underestimate the urgency of some of these 
personal needs. 

You may have heard these expressions — "A mechanic's 
car is always in need of repair;" or "There are many 
leaky faucets in a plumber's house." A missionary can 
get so busy, so wrapped up in his work that there is little 
time left for him to tap the perennial springs of strength, 
courage and spiritual nurture — the springs that satisfy 
and refresh — "The pause that refreshes." 

A constant need is for a missionary to come apart 
from his work to find some diversion that will satisfy 
and refresh his mind and soul. Time must be found for 
reading, listening to music if possible, for fellowship 
and for personal meditation. As one takes advantage of 
these things he will remain alert to his task. Ofttimes 
Jesus found it necessary to tap His spring of strength 
and renewal; for we read of occasions when, in the early 
morning hours, Jesus went apart — apart from His work 

and friends. This, too, must be done by the missiona 
this is an urgent need. 

Another category which I have listed is the missio 
needs. There is always a great need for more and t 
ter-trained staff. This becomes very evident to us, 
when we left Wandali there was no one available to 
place us. Even now, people should be training for vac 
cies on the field — doctors, nurses, accountants, agriculti 
alists, educators, and ministers. 

The mission also needs more financial assistance. Li 
face it — it takes money to do the Lord's work. Progi 
and extension are governed to some extent by the amoj 
of money that i^ available for this phase of the worlj 

More and better means of transportation are nee 
by the mission to carry out this very vital work. Recei 
a missionary, who had always used a bicycle in his ev 
gelistic work, purchased a motorcycle. After usingi 
for several weeks, he remarked, "I don't know wh; 
never bought one of these before. I can do so much m; 
work and don't feel nearly so tired when the day| is 

The last category includes those needs of the indig 
ous church. There is an urgent need for some sys 
by which more of the native Christians can be trai 
to become able leaders, for there is a lack of well-trai 
leadership in the various churches. Some of our cap; 
students need to take advantage of advanced educatic 
opportunities and return to their home areas to 1 
their own people. Within the church there is a need 
Christian growth. The members must assume more of 
financial responsibilities of the church. 

Certainly all the needs have not been touched. Otl 
may stress different needs than these. Perhaps the b. 
need in all these categories is for each individual to 
emplify Christ in his living. 

The Nigerian Church has assumed much 
of the responsibility for the extension 
of the church and the outreach of evan- 
gelism in that country. 



Jean Shank 

3nly that day dawns to which we are awake." — Thoreau 

rHRUSTING THEMSELVES upward through the 
black, charred embers of yesterday's fire, the flash 
^ fragile yellow flowers reminds us of our claim to im- 
ortality. In Nigeria the earth awakens in the spring, 
:"ter the barrenness and drought of the dusty dry sea- 
m. Just as the brilliant waxy blossoms contrast with 
le scorched earth, so do our immortal spirits triumph 
/er death. 

Nigeria is awakening. The chorus of the redeemed is 
;afening the wail of the lost. At the present rate of 
iree converts daily, this year may make geometric 
;rides — IF we put all we have behind the work — all of 
II of you praying, giving and working with our Nige- 
an brothers to awaken Nigeria to the new day of sal- 
ition. I 

What if. . . 

No one had answered God's call to go into all the 

world ? 
What if . . . 

No funds were available to send forth workers ? 

What if . . . 

No one had gone to dark Nigeria with the Light of 
the World? 

What if . . . 

No Nigerian had ever heard of Jesus ? 

What if . . . 

You were a Nigerian ? 

aka Training Center provides Christian leaders for 


Some information sent by our missionaries in Argen- 
la did not arrive in time to meet the deadline for this 
sue. This material will be published in the succeeding 

Confuscius said, "Men do not stumble over mountains 
— but over molehills." The task ahead of us is mountain- 
ous. Let us not trip over the molehills of small projects 
and miss the vastness of the whole foreign program. 

•' . . . now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for 
now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The 
night is far spent, the day is at hand ..." 

Woe be unto us if we fail Him. 


(Quotation from a letter to the Missionary Board of- 
hce from Clarence W. Jones, i)resident of Radio Station 
HCJB, Quito. Ecuador) 

"... a few days ago, I had the privilege of visiting 
the new recording studio which your mission board is 
erecting in Buenos Aires, in collaboration with Mr. Harold 
Stacey. I was very well impressed with this whole project, 
especially the well-designed technical aspects. It will ade- 
quately serve a great need in this important center and 
will greatly stimulate Gospel broadcasting, I feel. 

"The various members of the studio personnel are en- 
thusiastically carrying on their work. Mr. Byler is doing 
excellent work from a musical standpoint — a great essen- 
tial for such work if it is to have a good balance ..." 




Regina Rowsey 

THE STREET O'HIGGINS runs parallel with the com- 
muter train that goes into the city. Any commuter 
riding to or from the center of the city passes by our 
property and anyone looking out of the windows can see 
the sign over the front of an old house reading, "La 
Iglesia de Los Hermanos" (The Brethren Church). 

At present there are a wire fence and a pile of sand 
and bricks and a cement mixer in the small front yard, 
but as there is a tremendous amount of construction going 
on in Buenos Aires, it is not an uncommon sight. This is 
the present Nunez Brethren Church, a converted house. 
The property is 44^/^ feet in width and 176% feet in length. 
As the church grows there is only one way to build and 
that is UP. 

Now, let's go in through the gate. Here in the yard are 
materials on all sides, but we will walk by them and up 
the walk two steps and in through the tall double doors 
of the building. To the right of the hallway as we enter 
are two offices; to the left are the double doors to the 
sanctuary through which we enter. Let's sit down on the 
varnished wooden benches facing toward the front of the 
building and meditate a moment. Here in this small room 
the message of salvation is presented each week; gospel 
hymns ai"e sung and prayer abounds. Sunday school begins 
at 10:00 A. M. and the evening preaching service at 8:00. 
Saturday evenings at 7:00 the young people have a meet- 
ing, and on Thursdays at 7:30 there is an evening prayer 

Departing now and proceeding back the hall we go 
through a door leading into the future church kitchen and 
the beginning of the new construction. To the left and 
up winding stairs to a room directly over the kitchen is 
the control room with windows looking down into the re- 
cording studio. In this room the equipment will be located 

to record the radio programs. Back downstairs once mo] 
and through the kitchen we step into a small antei'ooi 
and passageway. All of the floors have been poured, bi 
they have rubble and dust on them, because of plasterir 
and chiseling in the walls for the placing of electrical coi 

Your shoes will become a bit dusty now, but I'm su: 
you won't mind because just to the left of this room 
the entrance to the recording studio. The scaffolding 
up now and the electricians have almost completed the 
work in the walls and ceiling, after which it will be nece 
sary to place acoustical tile on the ceiling for sound proo 
ing. The urban trains which pass outside are very di 
tracting and impossible to have in the background of 
radio program. 

Through the doors again and into the anteroom into 
long outside hallway. From here we can see the stre(> 
and, of course, the almost constant trains. Toward tl 
front of the building leading from this hallway is a stai 
way leading to the upstairs apartment, but we turn towa 
the back of the building and pass the doors to the t\ 
public restrooms and the front door of the downstai 
apartment at the end of the hall. We look out on a rath 
large yard with more construction materials stacked he 
and there, but in the future it is the hope to have a love 
terrace with shrubs and flowers and farther back a V( 
leyball court for the young people. 

We are grateful to the W. M. S. and the Missiona 
Board for making such a building possible. We wish ea 
of you would be able to see for yourselves the buildi 
and the potential that is here. Continue to pray for t 
church in Argentina that we may give of our substar 
and ourselves to the spreading of the gospel and in 
doing reach out to the unsaved. God bless you. 

The new headquarters building in Buenos Aires is still under construction. When completed, it will provide hous 
ing for two missionary families and a radio studio. The old section provides office space and facilities for churcl 

services. Photo taken in April 19.58. 

[ARCH 14, 1959 



Ida Lindower 

k^TOBODY NEEDS TO PERSUADE US as to the value 
\| of missions in the Christian ministry of our church; 
either does anyone need persuade us regarding the ne- 
L'ssity of upholding the men and women who carry on 
le work. As a denomination we are becoming increas- 
igly aware of the importance of this ministry, both to 
le church and to the entire world. The question most 
f us want to have answered is this: How can we help 
ir missionaries ? 

Expressions from these workers themselves and expe- 
ience with promotion of missions prompt us to main- 
lin that we best help our missionaries in a three-fold 

by PRAYING for them; 
by WRITING to them; 
by GIVING to support the missionary program. 

By Praying — When we pray for our 
missionaries we put them in God's 
hands. He understands our concern for 
them and honors our requests in their 
behalf. Although God is not necessarily 
influenced by "much speaking," yet we 
believe He is moved by the united pleas 
of His people for blessings on those 
serving Him. He can and will provide 
protection, health, food, patience, under- 
standing, fortitude — all those things, 
Dth material and spiritual which we ask for them, and 
ven those blessings which we do not have wisdom to 

In addition to praying for our missionaries, it is help- 
il to let them know we are praying for them. To be 
ire, God can answer our prayers in their behalf with- 
at their knowing we have prayed; but if they realize 
e are praying for them, they are doubly blessed: they 
jceive God's gifts; they are also made aware of our love 
ad nearness to them. Without doubt, our prayers for 
lese Christian messengers take us the first step along 
le road to a successful missionary work. 

By Writing — Everybody 
likes to receive letters, and 
the farther we get from 
home and loved ones the 
more letters mean to us. 
They become bright spots in 
our working routine, some- 
thing to which we look for- 
ard eagerly. Letters make one feel a warm, friendly 
ow, almost as satisfying as a personal visit; they make 
le realize that he is remembered — that concern is felt 
r him. 

In addition to this assurance, letters provide news 
)out home and friends, about events of interest and im- 
•rtance to him who receives them. Letters can make 

the difference between a missionary's feeling isolated 
and forgotten or remembered and loved — with a resulting 
sense of well-being. 

By Giving — Is it conceivable 

that we would sincerely pray 
for our missionaries and that 
we would take time to write to 
them faithfully, without imple- 
^- menting our prayers and good 

wishes by giving also ? It isn't likely. Hence, a logical 
sequel to our praying and corresponding with these peo- 
ple will be our giving to support the work of which they 
are a part. We all agree that missions is God's work 
and therefore a part of our Christian stewardship; hence 
our support of the entire missionary program is what 
our missionaries want and need. This support is needed 
regularly and continuously, not just once a year. 

Sometimes in our zeal for a certain phase of the work 
or in our enthusiasm for the efforts of a particular mis- 
sionary, we designate definite areas of the work which 
are to receive all of our support. For example, one might 
say, "I'm concerned primarily with the ministry of radio 
evangelism or the CRI's; the other things do not interest 
me." He might accordingly designate all of his funds for 
this work. But if everyone did this where would the 
salaries, transportation, medical fees, publicity, overhead 
expense, etc., come from? Someone must supply them, 
you know. These needs are so interwoven in the program 
that radio evangelism and the CRI's cannot be carried 
on unless they are provided; if one part is neglected, the 
whole program suffers. 

Our missionary work cannot be done with designated 
gifts alone any more than a church can be maintained 
by payment of only the gas bill or janitor's salary; it 
takes adequate support of the complete budget and over- 
all program. The better informed we become about our 
missionary work and the more mature in our thinking, 
the clearer this picture appears. 

Our missionaries realize the significance of our entire 
program; they are in hearty accord with it. Even though 
we are eager to help them individually, they will agree 
that the best way to help them is to support the overall 
program, which includes the specific things in their 
proper order. Every particular area in which one may 
be especially interested bears a definite relationship to 
the whole effort; this is to win men to Christ and to es- 
tablish His Church, which will, in turn, continue to herald 
His gospel message to every people, tongue, and nation. 
If we sincerely desire to help our missionaries, we can 
do so by 

PRAYING for them, 

WRITING to them, and 

GIVING to support the missionary program. 






hy R J> [jiluwr 


I came alone to my Calvary; 

The load I bore was too great for me; 

The stones were sharp and pierced my feet; 

My heart was faint with toil that day, 

So I sat to think of an easy way. 

Loomed sharply before me the tortuous trail . . . 

No use to try, I would only fail. 

I turned back in sorrow, clothed with defeat. 

To easier highways with scenery more fair. 

Yet a moment I lingered watching there. 

As I held my gaze on the flinty side 

A MAN came up to be crucified. 

He toiled all the way of that painful road; 

The cross He bore far surpassed my load; 

His brow with thorns was pierced and torn, 

His face had a look of pain and was worn. 

He stopped . . . for a moment . . . and looked at me . 

I followed in rapture to Calvary. 

—Matthew Biller. 

TO KNOW THE ART of cross bearing, look to Jesus 
(Heb. 12:2). The worthies of old time did not shun 
their crosses (v. 1). Has any follower of Jesus yet en- 
dured what He was called to endure (v. 3) ? Have we yet 
paid the supreme price for following Him (v. 4)? Fellow 
Christians of every generation have faced the "baptism 
of suffering" (Matt. 20:22, 23). Did we not volunteer 
to bear the cross "even unto death" in our baptismal 
vows (Rev. 2:10)? 

Accidental, or shall we say, providential crosses, are 
sometimes forced upon us even for life (2 Sam. 4:4; 9:14). 
If unconverted people endure such crosses without com- 
plaining, and they do, what should be expected of us 
Christians when we are drafted with burdens (Matt. 
5:47)? Have we forgotten that hymn, "The Cross Is 
Not Greater Than His Grace" (2 Cor. 12:9). The king's 
grace covered the lame feet of Mephibosheth as he sat 
with his feet under the king's table (2 Sam. 9:7, 8). Love 
covered the lame boy's feet and nobody, not even the 
boy said anything about what a pity it was that he was 
lame (Rom. 8:28). Christ bore His cross in love without 
co)nplaining because He had our salvation in mind (Heb. 
12:2). People who are full of themselves are not Chris- 
tian cross bearers (Matt. 16:24, 25). Cross bearing is the 
way to fruitfulness (John 12:24, 25). Christ took His cru- 
cifixion without a word (Isa. 53:7). What are our little 
calvaries compared to His Calvary (Isa. 53; 6c)? After 
Saul of Tarsus was converted he spent the rest of his 
life trying to fill up what I'emained of Christ's suffering 
for His Church (Col. 1:24). In our supporting the weak 
we are given strength for ourselves (Acts 20:35). 

Once seeing the inevitable way 

My feet must tread, through difficult places lay, 

I cannot go alone, I cry dismayed. 

I faint, I fall, I perish, without aid. 

Yet, when I looked to see if help was nigh, 
A creature weaker, wretcheder than I, 
One, whose head life's fiercest storm had beat. 
Clung to my garments, falling at my feet. 

I saw; I paused no more, my courage found, 
I stooped and raised her gently from the ground; 
Through every peril safe I passed at length, 
. For she who leaned upon me gave me strength. 

Phoebe Gary. 

^ ^ ^ y V I 

Sunday School Suggestior) 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 


ask at the breakfast taL,le, "Daddy, is this tome 
row?" The confusion in the mind of a youngster over t 
sudden transformation of tomorrow into today is ami: 
ing. The discouragement in the mind of an adult wh' 
tomorrow suddenly thrusts itself upon him when 
hasn't finished off today, is often tragic. 

In the too soon tomorrow, thousands of churches w 
be sorting out the vacation school supplies, putting ■ 
posters, and turning over the whole church to the ch 
dren for a few weeks. But if that tomorrow is going 
be the kind of an ex,perience you really want, then y 
should begin planning for it today. The really good vac 
tion school that does the maximum job requires Ion 
time planning, and effort. Here are fifteen steps to a si 
cessful VBS that may help to organize your planni 
and effort. 
Step 1 — 16 weeks before VBS: Appoint or elect the VI 

Director. I 

Step 2 — The Director orders sample books from VI 
publishers such as: Scripture Press, Standard Publii 
ing Company, or Zondervan Publishing House. 

Step 3 — 15 weeks before VBS: Choose the foUowi 
workers — departmental superintendents, secretaric 
pianist, teachers, helpers, committee chairmen, reg 
trar, treasurer, handcraft leaders, and recreational let 

Step 4 — Decide the dates on which the school shall 
held and the hours each day. 

Step 5 — 13 weeks before VBS: Pass out the sample boc 
from the various publishers. 

Step 6 — 12 weeks before VBS: Call the first meeting 
the entii'e staff. Each departmental superintend! 
presents his curriculum choice. Choose the curriculi 

Step 7 — 10 weeks before VBS: Second staff meeting h( 
Pass out the books that have arrived. Have a good s^ 
son of prayer. Assign specific tasks to the workers 

[ARCH 14, 1959 


tep 8 — 8 weeks before VBS: Third meeting. Assign de- 
partment locations and equipment. Send for attendance 
contest material. 

tep 9 — 6 weeks before VBS: Get out printed publicity, 
tep 10 — 4 weeks before VBS: Announce VBS in mid- 
week prayer meetings and Sunday services. Appoint a 
VBS photographer. Snapshots will record the high 
points of your school. 

tep 11 — 2 weeks before VBS: Pre-register Sunday 
School pupils and neighborhood prospects. Promote 
VBS by mail. 

tep 12 — 1 week before VBS: Last meeting of the entire 
staff is held. Review over-all aims. Decide where the 
offering is to go. Form plans for closing Demonstra- 
tion Program. 

tep 13 — the Sunday before VBS: The pastor conducts 
a dedication sei-vice for the VBS staff in the Sunday 
church service. 

;ep 15 — Immediately after VBS closes follow-up begins. 



WillJam H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 22, 1959 


Lesson: Luke 23:33-46 

TNREGENERATE MAN never will be able to fully 
^ understand the deep significance of the Cross of 

"The unfortunate thing is that He (Christ) left us 
alone, to carry on, whatever happens . . . knowing in 
turn what He knew, but incapable of doing what He 
did and of dying like Him. People naturally tried to 
get some help from his death. After all, it was a stroke 
of genius to tell us: 'You're not a very pretty sight, 
that's certain! Well, we won't go into the details! 
We'll just liquidate it all at once, on the cross!'" (Al- 
bert Camus, in The Fall). 

It is appalling that one so intelligent and worldly-wise 
i Mr. Camus should so completely misunderstand the 
eaning of the Cross! 


"And when they were come to the place, which is called 

ilvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, 

le on the right hand, and the other on the left." 

We believe in the substitutionary atonement of Jesus 

irist. Christ died for our sins. He died in order that 

e would not have to die! 

There are many verses in the Bible which substantiate 

is truth. In I Peter 2:24 we read: "Who His own self 

ire our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being 

ad to sins, should live unto righteousness." 

Perhaps one of the clearest statements was that of 

lul's in Titus 2:14: "Who gave Himself for us." Dana 

& Mantey in their book, A Manual Grammar of the 
Greek New Testament, suggests that this word "for," 
in Titus 2:14, has the meaning "for the sake of," or, "in 
behalf of." 

How thankful we Christians should be that Jesus Christ 
became our substitute for sin! 


We realize this term "example" has been misused by 
those who would limit Christ to that. But in a strict 
sense He is our Perfect Example! 

In the Upper Room Jesus said to His disciples: "1 
have given you an example ..." (John 13:15). In his 
first epistle Peter says: "Christ also suffered for us, 
leaving us an example . . . (2:21). 

What example does the cross suggest? Christ on the 
cross gave us an example of forgiveness: "Then said Je- 
sus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they 
do." Yea, this was more than an example of true for- 
giveness — it was a demonstration! 

Think back to the beginning of Christ's ministry on 
earth. We see Him gathering His disciples together; we 
hear Him speak: "But I say unto you. Love your 
enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that 
hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, 
and persecute you" (Mt. 5:44). 

These were not mere words! Christ practiced what He 
preached! The sinless Son of God patiently bore the abuse 
of ungodly men without harboring any malice in His 
heart. In the midst of His suffering and pain — brought 
on by wicked men — He could say, "Father, forgive them!" 

Christ's example of divine love and forgiveness was not 
in vain. A few years later a man by the name of Stephen 
was inspired to follow in the footsteps of his Master. 
As Stephen was being stoned by his persecutors we read, 
"And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, 
Lord, lay not this sin to their charge" (Acts 7:60). 


But a Substitute and Example are not sufficient for 
lost men. They need a SAVIOUR! The thief on the cross 
must have realized this when he said, "Lord, remember 
me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom." 

The angel, who announced the bii-th of Jesus, knew He 
was not just another child: "For unto you is born this 
day ... a Saviour which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11). 

"Christ does not save men by His life, 

Though that was holy, sinless, pure; 
Not even by His tender love. 

Though that forever shall endure; 
He does not save them by His words. 

Though they shall never pass away; 
Nor by His vast creative power 

That holds the elements in sway. 

He does not save them by His works, 

Though He was ever doing good; 
The awful need was greater still. 

It took His death. His cross. His blood. 
Men preach today a crossless Christ, 

A strengthless Saviour, vague and dim; 
They will not see their sinful state. 

They will not own their need of Him." 

Annie Johnson Flint. 




Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


(Recently Brethren Youth mailed some slide pictures 
of Brethren Camps to Rev. Kenneth Solomon, missionary 
in Argentina, to give the young people there some vis- 
ual ideas about our church camping programs. The fol- 
lowing remarks are excerpts from Rev. Solomon's return 
letter of thanks.) 

"At a recent retreat I had the opportunity to show the 
colored slides, and the people were quite intei'ested, espe- 
cially since the audience was composed of quite a few 
youth who had been in our Argentinian camp this year. 
Before the showing of the slides, a choir of 18 voices, 
most of them between the ages of 15 and 30, sang two 
beautiful numbers. This choir is from our church in Villa 
Constitucion. The youth here really have a great dedi- 
cation and testimony, and I think it is because it costs 
more here (in sacrifice) to be a Christian than in the 

"In our camp this year we had around 65 campers and 
workers. These represent otlier denominations as well as 
our own. Five were baptized in the river at this camp. 
Then at the Retreat at Villa, three more young men 
around the age of 17 were bai^tized. We realize that there 
are many fruits of camp that are not visible, but we re- 
joice and take heart in that which is visible, tangible, and 
concrete evidence of the working of the Spirit of God in 
our midst. 

"I am sending a more complete report of the camp to 
the Mission Board and so you and the other i-eaders can 
discover more of the details on the Missionary Page of 
the Brethren Evangelist." 

Yours in His Service, 
Ken Solomon 


The first semester is over at Ashland College for 
1958, 59; the reports are in; and the grades are out. 
Those students acquiring an average of 3.5 (B-plus) or 
more receive the honor of being placed on the Dean's 

Of the fifty-one students attaining this honor, ten 
were Brethren Youth. Congratulations to the following 
for their academic achievements: 

Nancy Ann Clark — Canton, Ohio 

.John H. Flora — Ashland, Ohio 

Byron W. Hiklreth — Akron, Ohio 

Janet Klingensmith — Ashland, Ohio 

Ann Lindower — Ashland, Ohio 

Betty L. Meyers — Berlin, Pennsylvania 

Susan Miller — Elkhart, Indiana 

James I. Naff — Vandergrift, Pennsylvania 

Lois Shanholtz — Linwood, Maryland 

Nancy Walker — Berlin, Pennsylvania 


BILLY BOOTH, the Brethren Youth returns to PA( 
18 again this week to remind all B. Y. Crusader groi 
the year is over half way gone and the B. Y. Goals shoi 
be well on their way to being met. 

"If you haven't done much with the Goals in yc 
church, better start real soon," says Billy, "for a Go 
meeting youth group is an active group." Will yours 
a banner society this year? 


MAY 17th is "Brethren Y'outh Sunday" in every Bre 
ren Church. Begin planning now for a special public s 
vice on that date. 

SHELDON CLEMENTS of Stockton, California, \ 
be the National Youth Conference Speaker next Aug 
in Ashland, Ohio. Come from August 17-23 to hear t 
exciting speaker. 

SUMMER CRUSADERS are still needed by Brethi 
Youth for this coming summer. If interested, write for 
application blank. 


Joe Hanna, News Editor of National Boys' Broth 
hood, just sent in a report he had received from Broth 
hood activities in Burlington, Indiana. This is fine '< 
that report with its picture will appear in the next Bre 
ren Youth Magazine. 

Joe would like to receive more such reports so t 
more Brotherhoods might be completing this goal. S( 
all Brothei'hood news items to .Toe Hanna, Rt. 3, Waba 



ARCH 14, 1959 


he '^^omens f^orner 

e/QS» o/DO^ e-Oe* 

b)? Helen Jordan 

\S I SIT IN THE WARMTH of my living room and 
look out upon our snow blanketed back yard this 
lb-zero morning, I wonder that there can be any kind 
' plant life there. Yet within a few weeks the first cro- 
ises will push up their brave little blue and yellow heads 
I make the first spring survey. Then as if they had 
aved a hand to the rest of the garden, the tulips, daf- 
idils, and narcissus quickly follow in a glorious array 
' color and beauty. 

How and why God protects and preserves life in His 
)wers is a mystery to us. Yet we see and enjoy His 
mdiwork. A much greater mystery is that of the res- 
-rection. Why should God love us so much as to give 
is only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him 
lould not perish but have evei-lasting life ? What have 
e done to deserve such a magnificent gift? I plant, cul- 
v^ate, and nourish the flowers of my garden. They have 
it one duty, that is to grow and give their best of 
!auty for the pleasure of my family and those who pass 


God plants the breath of life in our body and places 
ere-in our immortal soul. He asks only that we live for 
im and return the life we owe. Can I give any less to 
y Lord for His gift of love to me ? He speaks through 
e hymn writer: 

"I gave My life for thee. 

My precious blood I shed. 
That thou might'st ransomed be, 

And quickened from the dead; 
I gave, I gave My life for thee. 

What hast thou given for Me ? 

My Father's house of light, 

My glory circled throne 
I left for earthly night, 

For wanderings sad and lone; 
I left, I left it all for thee, 

Hast thou left aught for Me? 

I suffered much for thee, 

More than thy tongue can tell, 
Of bitterest agony. 

To rescue thee from hell; 
I've borne, I've borne it all for thee, 

What hast thou borne for Me? 

And I have brought to thee, 

Down from My home above, 
Salvation full and free, 

My pardon and My love; 
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, 

What hast thou brought to Me?" 

Mrs. H. H. Rowsey, 

Milledgeville, 111. 

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It is time again to write and tell what is being done 
here at the Lanark church. 

We have a retired minister. Rev. Merle Hawbecker, 
who is filling our pulpit since Rev. Francis Berkshire re- 
signed to go to Phoenix, Arizona. 

Our church has been redecorated on the inside and has 
been painted on the outside. We have purchased curtains 
to replace the large doors in the sanctuary. The young 
people held their annual New Year's Eve banquet and 
watch night service. Their theme was "Ice Fantasys." 
Rev. Ray Aspinall, who will be our new minister after 
.June, was their guest speaker. A movie, "Going Steady," 
was shown. At midnight a verj' impressive candlelight 
service was held. 

We have three very active B. Y. C. Groups. They are 
striving to make $550.50 as their goal for the new church 
at Phoenix, Arizona. 

We are planning for our annual Easter Sunrise service 
and breakfast on Easter morning. 

Mrs. Haven Noser, Corres. Sec. 








2 Blocks 
H19 Park Street 


ROBERT PAUL BISCHOF arrived to gladden the 
hearts of Missionaries Bob and Bea Bischof, on Febru- 
ary 21st, in Nigeria. The new arrival weighed 6 pounds, 
7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. We send our congrat- 
ulations, and prayers for a long and happy life for all. 
W. S. B. 


Brethren Historical 
Manchester College' 
N, Manchester, Ind. 




Mahatma Ghandi's grandson recently said, "The missionaries taiught 
us to read, but Communists gave us books." 

A missionary to Mexico said, "If you forget to give, we may be able 
to get along without money; but if you forget to pray, we shall be left 

Argentine President Arturo Frondizi, in a warning to Americans not 
to ignore the economic poverty of miUions of Latin Americans said, "A 
stagnant and impoverished country cannot uphold democratic institu- 
tions. On the contrary, it is fertile soil for anarchy and dictatorship." 

Baker J. Canthen said in a recent editorial in The Commission, "We 
are constantly impressed by the fact that the population of the world is 
increasing so explosively as to exceed our total Christian effort. This 
means that annually a larger percentage of the world's people are non- 
Christian than before. Tlie answer to this situation must lie in greater 
emphasis upon evangelism and church development." 

A Guatamalian Indian who had no part of the Holy Scriptures in his 
native language, upon receiving a Spanish Bible which he could not read, 
remarked, "If your God is so smart, why hasn't He learned our lan- 

"This is our time; this is our world. There are a hundred thousand 
churches in America, and far from its shores a thousand tribes without 
a missionary. There are more preachers in Los Angeles than there are 
missionaries in all of Japan. There are millions of dusty Bibles in attics 
and trunks; yet there are 1,700 languages and dialects without one word 
of Scripture." — (From Stewardship Bulletin) 

"To accept Christ is to enlist under a missionary banner. It is quite 
impossible to be (in the Pauline phrase) 'in Christ' and not participate in 
Christ's mission in the world. In fact, here is the surest test whether we 
have tiiily grasped what Christ was doing by his life and death and res- 
uiTection, or whether we hav« failed to begin to understand the Gospel 
that He brought. 

"James Denny heard a distinguished missionary say : 'Some people 
do not believe in Missions. They have no right to believe in Missions: 
they do not believe in Christ.' That stringent comment is a salutary re- 
minder that a missionary outlook is a direct, inevitable deduction from 
a saving knowledge of Jesus. The sole ground of missionary endeavor is 
Christ." (J. A. Stewart, "Thine is the Kingdom"— The Christian Mission). 

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^ r-sTER. INDIAN AK/1 arch 21,1 959 

No. 12 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL; for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

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WASHINGTON, D. C. V/ashington Brethren, on Feb- 
ruary 15th, had a Sunday School attendance of 175, 
which, according to their bulletin, is a new record. 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. .The Choir of the St. James 
Church has recently placed an order for eighteen new. 
robes, according to the St. James bulletin. 

Solomon writes: "We had a fine group out for the 
Ground Breaking Services on March 1st. Work was be- 
gun immediately, as the excavators began on Monday 
morning to excavate the ground." 

Barnett was speaker on the Vinco Brethren Church ser- 
vice over the local radio stations, on Sundays, March 1st 
and 15th. Time of the broadcasts was 9:30. 

QUIET DELL, PENNA. Brother Cecil Bolton, Jr., 
notes Post Easter services in the Quiet Dell Church, the 
week following Easter. 

CANTON, OHIO (TRINITY). Ground Breaking Servi-" 
ces for the new Church, to be located at 455 55th St., 
N. W., in Canton, were scheduled for Sunday morning, 
March 15th. 

GRETNA, OHIO. The Sisterhood public service is to 
be held on March 22nd, with the group presenting a 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Gene Caskey, Ashland Seminar- 
ian, was the guest speaker in the Smithville Church on 
March 8th. 

WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. Brother Harold Garland 
notes that the West Alexandria Church was engaged in 
a Prophetic Conference from March 8th through 18th, 
with Rev. Jerome Fleischer, of Winona Lake, Indiana, as 

Brother Garland announces that he has resigned his 
pastorate of the West Alexandria Church. He will close 
his work there as of the middle of June, or the first of 
July, to take up the pastorate of the Cumberland, Mary- 
land, Brethren Church. 

OUR COVER PICTURE: E/P-Lambert Photo. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Sunday morning, March I 
Missionaries Glenn and Jean Shank were guests of 
Goshen Brethren at which time they told of their work 
Missionaries in Nigeria. 

Bates notes that their February average attendance 
Sunday School was 250 per week. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. The Father and Son 
quet was a scheduled event of March 20th. 
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April 7, 8, 9, 1959 
Ashland, Ohio 

TIOSA, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— Mar. 30-Api 
— ^Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel, Evangelist; Rev. J. Ed 
Berkshire, Pastor. 

GRETNA, OHIO. Evangelistic Services--Mar. 30-i^ 
5 — Professor Charles R. Munson, Evangelist; I 
Charles Lowmaster, Pastor. 

Mar. 22-29 — Professor Charles Munson, Speaker, B 
George W. Solomon, Pastor. 

HOWE, INDIANA. Brighton Chapel. Easter Service 
Mar. 26-29— Professor W. H. Miley, Speaker; Rev. J( 
Mills, Pastor. 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA. Evangelistic Services— ft; 
22-29— Evangelist, Albert 0. Curtright, of Cheyenne, 'V 

AKRON, OHIO. Firestone Park Brethren. Holy W 

Services— Mar. 23-27— Rev. W. S. Benshoff, Speal 
Rev. J. G. Dodds, Pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Hillcrest Brethren. Revival Serv: 
— Apr. 13-22 — Rev. William H. Anderson, Evangel 
Rev. Percy C. Miller, Pastor. 





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-HE AVENUE OF APPROACH to a correct 
analysis of the great sacrifice made by Christ 
ion the cross is one of a feeling of deep need, 
d of acute helplessness. 

For the person who feels he has everything 
d feels able to provide all his personal needs, 
w and forever, there can be no real under- 
mding of Christ's death. 

Christ died for the ungodly. He did not die for 
e "righteous." He died for those vv^ho need Him. 
lis means everybody, for God said, "There is 
ne righteous, no, not one." Therefore, any who 

not feel their need of Christ, are only fooling 

Calvary, and its infamous scene on the day of 
e Jewish Passover, has, by many, been stripped 

its real meaning. Not seeing their need of an 
ming death for their sin, men have fabricated 
story of "martyrdom, example and a devotion 

a cause" complex on the part of Christ. They 

ve labeled Calvary a great big hero act. 

The facts do not bear out such an explanation 

the death of Christ. Why should Christ, the 
n of God, permit Himself to be man-handled by 
s enemies, if His death were just an example 
r a cause ? Surely, under the circumstances. He 
aid do His people more good by staying alive, 
iding them and relieving them of sickness and 
rdens. As it was, if He did die as an "example" 

"hero," He didn't win many friends or follow- 
; by so doing. 

As you bow your head on Good Friday; as you 
raid His resurrection on Easter, consider care- 
ly the "why" of it all. Sinful, eternally lost 
mkind — under the curse of God — without hope 
salvation. To cover sin, man must have a blood 
;rifice. "Without the shedding of blood there is 
remission of sin." It must be the blood of an 

innocent person. "There was none other good 
enough." Christ, the Son of God, became that sac- 
rifice, because He was the only one worthy. He 
was without sin, and thus His blood was capable 
of washing away from the hearts of men, sin and 
its curse. Good Friday brought to pass that 
atonement; Easter, the resurrection. He who 
made the sacrifice for sin, also rose to assure His 
followers eternal life. 

It is often difficult for a person to actually and 
humbly feel their need of Christ regarding salva- 
tion from sin. The natural man has a built-in 
feeling of pride, self-esteem, and capability. That 
he is dependent on submission to Another for sal- 
vation from sin, is foreign to the feeling of nat- 
ural man. Even when there comes a feeling of re- 
morse, guilt or fear, action often takes the form 
of penance, works, self-inflicted injuries or sac- 
rifices. This is universally true of all peoples. 

Men will follow everything but the "one thing 
needful" — submission to Jesus Christ. Man will 
even join a Church, give to it, attend it and work 
in it — to appease his feeling of guilt. He will do 
everything except recognize his own unworthi- 
ness, and come to Christ. 

Calvary can only be understood in the light of 
a soul which feels its utter dependence on the 
sacrifice Christ made there for sin. Expressing it 
another way, "From a destiny in Hell to a des- 
tiny in Heaven, in one step — Calvary." 

Calvary was brutal, so is sin. Calvary was nec- 
essary, so is faith in Christ. Calvary is God's 
only answer to sin. Christ surely would not have 
died there if heaven could have been attained in 
any other way. 

Therefore, to properly understand and appre- 
ciate the Calvarian sacrifice, we must see it in 
the light of a voluntary, willful laying down of 
the sinless life of God's Son, that all men, under 
the curse of sin, might benefit by having a cover- 
ing for their sin. This operates for each one only 
as each see themselves in the true light — a lost 
soul apart from God, redeemable only by person- 
al faith in and acceptance of Christ as Lord and 
Savior. A proper perspective will make Calvary 
and Easter more meaningful ; it will make Heaven 
more blessed because you will be there, W. S. B. 




Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Total Wi 

COULD IT BE that to this privileged generation of 
which you and I are a part there has been entrusted 
the final assault on the powers of darkness in the heath- 
en world? These are days of battle; Satan is fighting 
against Almighty God. He boasts of millions and millions 
of souls still held captive by the chains of heathen 
darkness. More than half of the world remains unevan- 
gelized. The devil is working desperately to block the 
penetration of the gospel into the strongholds of sin in 
all parts of the world. 

It is no small thing to send missionaries into the field. 
We can easily attend missionary farewell gatherings and 
be very enthusiastic about them, but those people to 
whom you bid farewell are going to stand against the 
powers of darkness. If we say farewell to them and fail 
to back them with believing prayer, we are verily guilty 
before God of serious spiritual failure. 

As we look back in the history of the early Church, 
we notice the devil's methods used then. When persecu- 
tion had failed to subdue the zeal of the infant Church, 
he incited the Judaizers so that they might come and 
take the edge off the message, that they might bring in 
divisions; and he uses that same method still. Then we 
remember that when the gospel overthrew paganism 
in Rome, he brought to birth that Roman and Greek church 
with a mixture of truth and error; both truth and error 
so that the issue might be confused. When Africa ap- 
peared to be well on the way to being evangelized, he 
interposed the Moslem belt across Africa between the 
advancing Church and the unreached heathen. Today we 
find false religions abounding on every side. Nationalism 
is sweeping the earth. Communism, the most powerful 
weapon ever forged by satanic ingenuity, threatens to 
wipe out Christianity. Atomic energy holds civilization 
at its mercy. THE ONLY HOPE OF OUR DAY IS A 

It is a total warfare in which we are engaged, and it 
is a war from which there are no exemptions. The home 

front is as much a part of the battlefield as is the 
eign mission field. Each of us, whether at homei 
abroad, has a significant part to play. Yet there i 
single thing so lacking in contemporary ChristiJ 
as the element of sacrifice. Is that not true? Is 
not true in your life? What element of sacrifice is t 
for Christ? And yet, did not the Lord Jesus say, ' 
cept a corn of wheat fall into the ground and di< 
abideth alone?" The only way to spiritual harvest i 
way of sacrifice — falling into the ground and dying. 

Do we realize that there are not two standards in 
New Testament, one a standard for the missionary 
one a standard for the person at home? Where die 
get the idea that there were two standards — that a 
sionary should sacrifice more than we should? I'll 
you where it came from: it came from Satan; it n 
came from heaven. Every one of us without excep 
in God's sight, is equally responsible, and we should 
ask or expect from a single missionary any greater 
gree of sacrifice than we exercise in our own lives, 
less there is, on the part of the Christian at hom 
willingness to match the sacrifice of those who go tc 
field, we will make little impression upon the powei 
darkness in this world. 

Satan has been so clever that today, amazingly eno 
we find few Christians alarmed or even concerne( 
his great success in keeping millions from the sa 
knowledge of Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ i 
be put on a WAR-FOOTING! The devil's monopoh 
the heathen must be broken. His awful, malignant < 
onstrations and devices must be met with a mighty i 
play of spiritual power and aggressive warfare. 

pel to every creature must be our motto. Nothing 
absolve us from this eternal obligation. Christ was 
willing that any should perish. Are we willing? 
spirit of missions is the spirit of Christ. Our respi 
bility never ceases as long as one soul remains un 

ARCH 21, 1959 



e must mobilize every Christian in order to evangelize 
ery creature. The Church must be brought to its knees 
prayer — and then to its feet in evangelism. We must 
it the "Go" back into the Gospel! We must mean bus- 
ess about God's business. Recruits must respond. Men 
id means must be provided. 

any demands on the Church to contribute to the press- 
g needs of the hour, but she must not offer her burnt 
ferings on every wayside altar. We Christians must 
it walk in byways and leave the highways unoccupied, 
e must spend our enthusiasms upon things of prime 
iportance. We must reserve our energies for the high- 
t service. There must be no dissipation of fine powers 
)on unworthy objects. We must be guided, not by the 
issing whim of the-man-in-the-street, but by the Eter- 
il Word of the Christ-on-the-Throne. Our motives must 
atch the splendor of our commission. Our activities 
ust harmonize with the glory of our mission and com- 
ission. We need to recover the sense of mission in our 
urches. Where there is no clear objective, holy ener- 
es are wasted. We have movement without progress; 
3 have activity without achievement. 
It seems we are too busy about little things. We need 
march in larger orbits. In many things we are shore- 
iggers and Christ is saying to us, "Launch out into the 
ep." We touch sinners without gripping them. We 
cit their patronage, instead of challenging them to 
rrender to Christ. 

Missions is the one justification for Christians remain- 
? in this world. Otherwise it would be much safer for 
ople to be taken to glory as soon as they are con- 
rted. Disciples are left in the world mainly that 
rough them the world may believe in our life-giving 
viour. Chi-ist in me must be followed by Christ through 
!. Salvation is not a terminus, but a thoroughfare. The 
spel must be preached. 

ready slipped through our fingers and down into a lost 
condition for eternity. Ours is not a duty but a debt. 
The Great Commission is not optional but mandatory; 
not a maybe, but a must. The supreme task of the church 
is evangelization. Missions must be pulled out of the bud- 
get and put into the pulpit. What God has made His fore- 
thought we have made our afterthought; what He has 
made His first intent, we have made our last resort. 

If we love Christ we will keep His commandments. 
(John 14:23). Where we are not missionary minded to 
that extent, we are not Christians. All our Bible knowl- 
edge, orthodoxy, and spirituality are but make-believe, 
unless we put first things first and seek to give the Gos- 
pel to the whole world. The early Church did just that. 
(Acts 19:10) "So that all they that dwelt in Asia heard 
the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks." 
(I Thess. 1:8). "They sounded out the word of the Lord." 
(Acts 17:6). "They turned the world upside down." All 
the apostles were missionaries except Judas, and he was 
a ti'aitor. Paul said, "I strived to preach the gospel, not 
where Christ was named, lest I should build upon an- 
other man's foundation." (Romans 15:20). 

This same pioneer spirit must grip the Brethren 
Church today. We must speed the victory, spread the 
light, and carry the battle to the farthest outposts of the 
world. If we are to have spiritual power there must be 
missionary zeal. The only way to preach the Gospel to 
every creature is to go to every creature. Either we are 
missionaries or we need them. A missionary and a Chris- 
tian ought to be one and the same. 

more souls are being born than are being re-born. We 
are going backward rather than forward. It has been es- 
timated that there are 400 million more unevangelized 
souls now than there were a generation ago. This past 
generation has seen more than one million souls go into 
eternity, lost; whereas, it is estimated that the church 



touched no more than 250 million of these. At every 
breath we draw, four perish, never having heard of 

The Church of Jesus Christ must cease losing the 
race against time and opportunity; we must cease wor- 
rying about lands closed to the gospel and begin to pos- 
sess lands that are open. In America we have approxi- 
mately 294,000 churches, often competing with one an- 
other in their vicious circle of evangelizing the evan- 
gelized, telling the told, reaching the reached, and 
preaching to the gospel hardened instead of to the gos- 
pel hungry. I wonder if it is consistent with Christ's com- 
mand for 94% of the ordained preachers to minister to 
9% of the people of the world and for only 6% to minis- 
ter to the remaining 91% who are mostly non-English 
speaking. Is it right for us to spend 96% of our finances 
on the 9% of the population, and to use only 4% to reach 
the remaining 91%. Where is our conscience? 

Our missionaries are saying, "Give us the literature, 
the man power, the equipment, and we will do the job." 
Those who love the gospel are fighting for it as though 
for their very lives. Our vision to do great things in the 
days ahead depends upon the response of Brethren in 
receiving from God all possible grace and love to continue 
to give and give sacrificially so that out of their abun- 
dance the world's need of Christ will be met. Christ 
taught, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are 
few (which cannot be said of the United States . . . they 
are not few, but many); Pray ye therefore the Lord of 
the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His 

Now it is granted that we cannot do more than pray 
until we have prayed, but we can do more than pray 
after we have prayed! We can give! The same interces- 
sion which recruits harvesters will also free hoarded and 
frozen assets to send them where the laborers are few 
and make it possible for missionary enterprises to flour- 
ish on an unprecedented, unheard-of scale! It is unthink- 
able that during one recent fiscal year, with our nation- 
al income topping three hundred billion dollars, only 
one seven-thousandth of one percent found its way into 
foreign missionary service. Imagine trying to free the 
world from its tyrannical isms, and bringing Christ to 
the nations by an investment of seven cents per person 
per week! This is a crime against humanity which should 
cause us immediately to recognize that as a Christian 
nation we have been recreant to a sacred trust. 

As for the Christian Church and its members in partic- 
ular, we have been derelict in our duty to God and man 
in failing to make it possible for His messengers to 
cross oceans and continents at will, to penetrate the 
darkest corners of the earth with gospel light. When 
our hearts get as big as our pocketbooks there is going 
to be a greater mission program in our churches. There 
is only one thing we cannot do for missions; that is to 
get rid of our responsibility. 

Have we robbed God by robbing our missionaires ? If 
our money could talk, it would say, "Hold me and I will 
dry out the foundations of sympathy and benevolences 
in your soul and leave you barren and desolate. Grasp 
me tightly and I will change your eyes that they will 
care to look upon nothing that does not contain my 

image, and so transform your ears that my soft meta 
ring will sound louder than the cries of the heath 
Keep me; clutch me, and I will destroy y( 
sympathy for the race, your respect for the right, £i 
your love and reverence for God. Give me away i 
I will return in streams of spiritual benefit and revei 
to your soul. I will bless the one that receives and t! 
gives me. I will supply food for the hungry, raiment 
the naked, medicine for the sick; I will send the gos 
to the benighted in lands which now in heathen darkn 
lie, and o'er deserts where no cross is lifted high." 

A. T. Pierson once made this observation: "There' 
enough jewelry, gold and silver plate buried in Christ 
homes to build a fleet of fifty thousand vessels, ball 
them with Bibles, crowd them with missionaries, and si 
ply every living soul with theji gospel in a score of y&i 

God's people will do well to heed the admonition 
Dr. A. J. Gordon, who thundered, "I warn you, it \ 
go hard with you if He finds your wealth hoarded up 
needless accumulations instead of being sacredly devo 
to giving the gospel to the lost." Let it be said that 
the fulfillment of the Great Commission there is no b 
rier in the way which unselfishness, obedience and i 
vent prayer will not overcome. IS GOD SPEAKING . 

South Bend, Indiana 


A conviction that the work of the church 
important. In fact, it is important to man and 

The consecration of the individual members 
the Lord and His work. 

The concentration of effort on the major wc 
of the church. 

The co-operation of the members in the wc 
of the church. There should be no factions 
divisions, but a working- together. 

— Austin Crouch, 

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MARCH 21, 1959 


"But God forbid that I should glory, save in 
« cross) of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the 
arid is crucified unto Me, and I unto the world." 

—Gal. 6:14 

"TIIS TEXT readily divides itself into three 
parts, which we may call three crucifixions, 
imely: Christ crucified; the world crucified; self 

I. Christ Crucified. To crucify means to put 
death by a specific method. Thus the cross 
ire is the emblem of such a death, but it re- 
ives its real value from the fact that it was 
I a cross that the Prince of Life was crucified, 
hile Roman history records the fact that a 
ry great number met their death in this man- 
ir, yet none of them nor all of them combined 
ive any value to the cross. But when Jesus 
ed on a Roman cross, it was for the sins of a 
Drld, making possible the salvation of all who 
3uld believe on Him and accept Him as their 

Because Paul had experienced the power of 
e cross within, he expressed both his right and 
irpose to glory in it. It is human nature to 
ory in something: A child glories in his toys; 
miser glories in his money ; some glory in their 
mily tree and in many other things, but Paul 
ose to glory in the cross of Christ. On the one 
nd, the cross reveals the wrath of God against 
1, while on the other it pix)ves God's great love 
|r a fallen world. It was the objective of Old 
istament prophets, the center of New Testa- 
|3nt history; it is the sinner's hope and the 
int's glory. When Christ was crucified, men 
igged their heads, Pharisees mocked, lights of 
rth went out, mountains rumbled their cold 
tnpathy, hell rejoiced, and God was silent. But 
t from this dark background there arose a cry 


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By E. A. Keaton 

which has proved to be the triumph of eternity 
for a perishing world, when our Lord bowed His 
head and cried, "... It is finished ..." Penitent 
sinners can now be delivered from their sins and 
believing saints can be fully sanctified because 
Christ was crucified without the gate, that is, 
outside of human ecclesiasticism in order that 
He might sanctify the people with His own blood. 

n. The World Crucified. Now the Apostle 
looks upon the world through the light of the 
cix)ss and sees it wither into a mere insignificance 
and as unattractive as death. The glory of the 
cross so completely separates the believer from 
the world that he can sing with the poet, "Fade, 
fade, each earthly joy, Jesus is mine; Break ev- 
ery tender tie Jesus is mine." So completely does 
the spirit of the world pass from him that he 
thinks no more of calling the world into the pro- 
gram of his life than to invite a dead man to take 
dinner with him. The world can march out the 
best it has and this believer can turn on his heel 
and say, "I don't see a thing I want." What is it? 
The world is crucified. 

in. Self Crucified; so completely so that the 
world has given you up and marked you off its 
list. And so far as inviting you to its follies is 
concerned, it would go to a cemetery with note 
book in hand and take down names from the 
markers there just as quickly and with as much 
hope of getting a patron as from you. The world 
has concluded you are dead, that you died when 
the cross of Christ became your glory, and the 
world is right in that conclusion. The Apostle 
wrote it down like this: "I am crucified with 
Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ 
liveth in me ... " Best of all, the experience of 
which I speak is for every Christian believer who 
will meet the conditions. — Church of Christ Ad- 




530 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 3 9 582 

Contributing Editors; W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gtn. S« 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Asiijta 

RADIO WORK — Adelanfe Juventud 

(The following report from Argentina gives current information on the coopera- 
tive radio work, Adelante Juventud.) 

Number of Stations Carrying the Program 

Location in relation to 

Coverage or potential 

Station name 

Buenos Aires 



Radio Colonia 

Montevideo, Uruguay 

All of Uruguay, 
Argentina, part of 
Paraguay, Brazil — 


23 million 



600 miles north 

300 thousand 



700 miles north 

150 thousand 



850 miles north 

150 thousand 


La Rioja 

800 miles northwest 

100 thousand 


Neuguen (Rio Negro) 

700 miles west 

18 thousand 


Rio Gallego (Santa Cruz) 

1200 miles south 

80 thousand 

Number of Programs per week 

One program per week on each station. The programs, 
recorded on magnetic recording tape, are rotated until 
all stations have broadcast each one. 

Length of Programs — 30 minutes 

Number of people involved in preparing programs — 
approximately 132 

This number includes the quartet and one of the Buenos 
Aires church choirs which is very good and which we use 
quite often as well as other administrative and technical 

Number of letter responses received each week 

We receive an average of 50 letters per week from the 
program over Radio Colonia, Uruguay alone, which pro- 
gram is sponsored by money from the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church. The other programs are spon- 
sored by other groups in Argentina on their own local 
stations, using the same programs that we make for 
Radio Colonia, and the same letter system of the listen- 
ers, with letters going to the nearest evangelical church 
cooperating in the radio work for follow-up after the 
Testament is sent. Up until this year the letters have 
been received by the local stations so that we have had 
no accurate letter response for these stations; but start- 
ing from the first of the year, all letters will come first 
directly to Buenos Aires and then returned to the nearest 
churches allowing us to tabulate our letter responses 
from each station. 

New Testaments 
New Testaments are sent free to all who write to t 
program requesting copies. Included with the Testame 
is a slip of paper recommending certain key passages 
salvation with which to begin their reading; also i 
eluded with the Testaments is a leaflet on the greatnt 
of the Bible and on the back the times of our progran 

Estimated number of listeners 

We have a potential audience of the stations whi 
carry our program at this time of 24 million people, 
has been calculated that about 20% have radios. We ha 
calculated that about 1% of the 24 million are listens 
or that we have approximately 240,000 listeners ea 
week or rather regularly. 

Key Personnel 

Programming and recording — Harold E. Stacey (fou 
der of the evangelical radio work in Argentina with t 
first broadcast on March of 1926, and founder of t 
present studio and programs with the first progK 
broadcast on July 6, 1951). 

Assistant programming and recording — Joseph Rome 

Technician — John Rowsey 

Music programming — Robert O. Byler (our senior m. 
sionary in Argentina) 

Accompanist — David Palaci 

Quartet — membership changes from time to time 

Messages — George W. Baker 

A.ECH 21, 1959 


Central clearing of correspondence — Mrs. Harold Sta- 

y (Our trouble shooter for all paper work and for the 

uting of letters from listeners) 

Distribution of Testaments — Osvaldo Paretto 

Note: Of course there are many others behind the 

,rious phases of the work, but these are the people that 

e the key personnel in the program. 

Adelante Juventud Commission 
The following men form the commission which is re- 
onsible for the progress as a whole. They represent the 
cups that cooperate in the production of the program: 
r. Harold E. Stacey, Reverend Robert O. Byler, Mr. 
larles S. Kennedy, Mr. Jose Guzzo, and Reverend An- 
ew Semenchuk. 



/TANY FRIENDS of the American Bible Society have 
/I been distressed by the claim that the works of 
)mmunist writers have outstripped the Bible as a best 
Her. The Bible Society has learned, through the Li- 
ary of Congress, that according to Russian sources, 
3re than 1,000 editions of the Communist Manifesto 
sually of about 25 pages) had been published from 
48 to 1952 in 77 languages. Also that the works of 
arx and Engels, Lenin and Stalin over a billion copies 

101 languages were published from 1917 to 1954. 
What about the Bible? From 1917 to 1957 the Amer- 
m Bible Society distributed 393,246,474 volumes. To this 
ould be added the distribution of the British and For- 
jn Bible Society, which was somewhat larger than 
at of the American Bible Society, and of other Bible 
cieties. In addition, there are the commercial Bible 
iblishers, who do not make public their figures. While 
ere is little Bible publishing by such concerns in lan- 
lages other than English, French, German, Greek and 
Bbrew, the number of Bibles issued each year by the Ox- 
rd and Cambridge University Presses and the Bible print- 
s in this country and Great Britain is very considerable, 
le total would certainly be a billion and a half. So that 
en for a period from 1917 to 1957 it would still ap- 
sar to be true that the Bible "out-published" Commun- 
tic literature. 

Furthermore, the Bible was being printed nearly 500 
sars before 1917, and parts of it had already appeared in 
ore than 750 languages and dialects. In addition to the 
;tual Bible text must be added the vast volume of Chris- 
in literature. The fact, however, that the Communists 
it out a gfreat deal of printed matter, often very at- 
actively produced and priced, in many languages and 

many parts of the world, continues to be a great chal- 
tige which must be met by the Christian community 
rough the worldwide program of the great Bible So- 
fties of the world. 

Some published statements referring to yearly publica- 
)ns so far inaccurately reflect the actual situation for 
e "Index Translationum," issued annually by UNESCO, 
its publications only that are reported to it by national 
bliographical services. Such publications by the Bible 
)cieties have not hitherto been adequately reported, so 
at future editions of the "Index" will more accurately 
fleet the true picture. So far, the Bible Society knows 

no other book that has been published, even in part, 

more than 1,100 languages and dialects. 



MORRIS-CRAFT. On February 27th, at 4:30 P. M., 
Mr. Thomas Morris and Miss Margaret Craft were united 
in marriage at the parsonage of the First Brethren 
Church in Flora. Mr. Morris recently was baptized and 
came into the church. They are residents of Flora where 
Mr. Morris is employed. They are a fine asset to the 

LOCKHART-STARK. Mr. John Theron Lockliart and 
Miss Virginia L. Stark exchanged vows in the First 
Brethren Chuixh in Bryan, Ohio, on March 8th, in the 
presence of a large audience, with the undersigned, an 
uncle of the groom, officiating, and Rev. Smith Rose 
assisting. They are at home to their many friends at 
Bryan, Ohio. 

C. A. Stewart. 

Spiritual ffDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only." 
James 1:22. 

TOO MANY CHRISTIANS think of themselves as 
being meant to be listeners: They listen to sermons, 
receive a spiritual thrill, and feel that this is religion. 
Let's get a picture here: "A farmer does not pay his 
hired man for the amount he eats at the table but for 
the amount of work he does with the strength he gains 
from the food he eats." It is not the tongue but the 
foot that proves the reality of the creed. 

You profess to have a creed, you believe this and that? 
Show us your footprints as you have walked along that 
way yourself. Jesus taught us that we can stand against 
the temptations of Satan, and we have His footprints 
in the paths and roads of Galilee and Judea that show 
where He stood. 

Our Christian influence depends upon doing what we 
know to be ours to do. What we have done to show 
the sincerity of our belief speaks louder than all the 
declarations we may make to prove our honest confi- 
dence in our faith. 

Again the poet has put the truth in verse as follows: 

"The smallest bark on life's tumultous ocean 

Will leave a track behind forevermore; 
The lightest weight of influence, set in motion, 

Extends and widens to the eternal shore. 
We should be wary, then, who go before 

A myriad yet to be, and we should take 
Our bearing carefully, when breakers roar 

And fearful tempests gather; one mistake 
May wreck unnumbered barks that follow in our wake." 





December 1958: 

Meyersdale $ 25.00 

Chapman, M. M 1.50 

Louisville 39.20 

Peck, Lester .50 

January 1959: 

Hazlett, Mrs. Mary 5.00 

Corner, Mrs. Thomas 1.00 

Deeter, Rev. & Mrs. W. R.. 5.00 

Goshen 84.45 

Juillerat, Mrs. E. A 2.50 

Shannon, Scott A 2.00 

Lemon, Rev. Dell G 5.00 

Gossard, H. A 5.00 

Dague, Mr. & Mrs. H. E. . . 20.00 
Mackall, Mr. & Mrs. 

James Jr 5.00 

Detrick, Mrs. Emery 2.22 

Flora, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry . . 2.00 

Bishop, Mrs. Nina 10.00 

Lanark (quarterly) 21.87 

Swihart, C. R 8.00 

Gretna 77.37 

Boone, Carl E 1.00 

Aboud, Miss Emma M 1.00 

Raystown : 

Clawson, Mrs. Pearl 1.00 

Eaglen, Mrs. Mary J. . . . 1.25 

Johnson, Jacob 1.25 

Lanehart, Mrs. Mabel ... .50 

Watson, Mrs. Doris .... .50 

Hines, Mr. & Mrs. Elvin. . 5.00 

Pittsburgh 5.19 

Waterloo 200.00 

Wilson, Margaret H 3.00 

Hunter, H. D 10.00 


Fisher, Mr. & Mrs. Carl. . 5.00 

Sibert, Rev. & Mrs. Floyd 10.00 
Berkheiser, Mr. & Mrs. 

Joseph 2,00 

Balsbaugh, Mr. & 

Mrs. Charles 2.00 

Balsbaugh, Mr. & Mrs. 

C. W 2.00 

Lesley, Mr. Walter 1.00 

Miscellaneous 10.00 

Lonero, Mrs. Frank 25.00 

Puterbaugh, Mrs. Isabel . . . 2.00 

Columbus 10.00 

Park Street, Ashland 75.00 

Myles, Miss Etta 1.00 

Corinth 39.08 

Oak Hill: 

Duncan, Dr. H. A 10.00 

Miscellaneous 14.25 

Falls City: 

Church Budget 36.00 

Hunker, Sr., George .50 

Lape, Mrs. Emma 1.00 

Robertson, Mrs. Hattie . . 1.00 

Williamstown 95.48 

County Line 23.00 

Phoenix 23.50 


Thomas, Rev. and Mrs. 

W. L 5.00 

Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. J. E. 5.00 

Zdepski, Mrs. Leona .... 5.00 

Miscellaneous 5.00 

Mt. Olivet 26.50 

Merrifield, Annabelle 3.00 

Logan, Donald H 5.00 

Terra Alta, White Dale . . . 41.40 

New Paris 58.87 

Elkhart (quarterly) 47,49 

February 1959: 

Denver 30.49 

Hillcrest, Dayton 150.00 

Fair Haven 39.00 

Oakville 50.00 

Center Chapel 55.14 

Peru 28.86 

Beachler, Mrs. Mabel C. . . 5.00 

Vinco 268.74 

Burlington 40.50 

College Corner 29.08 

New Lebanon 200.00 


Scott, Mr. & Mrs. Oscar. . 3.00 

Kath, Mrs. Carmen 5.00 

Weidner, Mr. & 

Mrs. George 2.00 

Lutz, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur 1.00 

Lewis, Mr. & Mrs. Richard 10.00 

Long, Mr. & Mrs. Orval . 2.00 
Van Duyne, Mr. & 

Mrs. Frederick 5.00 

Alber, Mr. & Mrs. John . . 2.00 
Riddle, Mr. & Mrs. 

Chas. E 5.00 

Berkshire, Rev. & 

Mrs. Edgar 15.00 

Osbom, Mrs. Edna 2.00 

Lewis, Mr. & Mrs. Robert 5.00 

Miscellaneous 10.00 

Gratis 30.00 

Highland IJ 

Miller, Miss Katherine .... 

Leon 2(1 

Fair Haven ] 

Fremont 35 

Cameron 1 

Firestone Park, Akron .... 2.' 

St. James li 

Milford 104 

Conemaugh : 

Knavel, Mr. & Mrs. W. G. 1( 

Leckey, Mrs. Donald J. . . I 

Stormer, Mrs. Arthur W. i 

Wertz, Mrs. Julia 1] 

Wertz, Miss Lois Jean . . IE 
Wertz, Mr. & Mrs. 

Walter C If 

Glenford 4 


Davenport, Foster 1( 

Zumbaugh, Marvin D. . . IJ 

Newark 2( 

Ardmore 71 

Warsaw 101 

Muncie 3( 

South Bend 15J 

Nappanee 13.' 

Roanoke 1£ 

West Alexandria 2( 

Mackey, Mr. & Mrs. Burl . . c 

North GeorgetoviTi 5( 

Sarasota 4f 

Carleton I 

Corner, Mrs. Thomas ] 

Johnstown Second 8] 

North Liberty 7£ 

Maurertown 2£ 

Milledgeville Hi 

Bryan 22( 

Werner, Mrs. Ada 1 

Valley, Jones Mills i 

Glenford 2( 

Sergeantsville i. 

Louisville 3' 

Pleasant View Ic 

Brush Valley i 

Whetstone, Mrs. S. M IC 


December, 1958: $ 66 

January '59: $1,07"; 

February '59 $2,69? 


ARCH 21, 1959 



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The Rev. D. C. White, who served for over two years 
! interim pastor of the Main Street Brethren Church, 
eyersdale, Pennsylvania, and his wife, were honored at 
farewell dinner held at the church Wednesday evening, 
ebruary 18th. One hundred members and friends were 
resent to pay tribute to the Whites for their years of 

Miss Miriam M. Bird was the toastmistress. In tribute 
I the Rev. White, she read appropriate poems by Geof- 
ey Chaucer and Oliver Goldsmith. The newly organ- 
ed junior choir, under the direction of Mrs. Irvin Scha- 
T, church organist and choir director, assisted by Mrs. 
arl M. Walker, made its first public appearance. The 
roup sang a medley of choruses. The senior choir of 
le church sang two numbers. 

John H. Blocher, church moderator, spoke on behalf 
' the congregation and presented the Whites with a 
ish gift from the congregation. Both Rev. and Mrs. 
'hite spoke in appreciation for the cooperation they re- 
iived in their work. 

Group singing was led by George Fisher, Sunday 
;hool superintendent, with Mrs. Helen Engel as accom- 
mist. Mrs. Harry T. Staub was chairman of the dinner 

The Rev. and Mrs. Guy F. Ludwig have moved to 
eyersdale, where he began his pastoral duties on Sun- 
ly, March 1st. Rev. White who is now residing in Berlin, 
ill supply the pulpit of the First Brethren Church at 
ttsburgh, recently vacated by Rev. Ludwig, during the 
onth of March. 

Miss Miriam M. Bird. 


The Center Chapel Church has been going for^vard in 
e work of the Loi'd. The young people have been espe- 
illy active. 

Sunday night, March 8th, the Senior Sisterhood had 
eir public service meeting with Mrs. J. Milton Bow- 
in showing pictures and telling of the mission work 
i Nigeria. 

A few weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, several of 
r members went to the Denver Church to hear the 
anks speak. 

Recently a choir of High School age young people was 
yanized, and 25 or more are singing in the group. 

A young married couple sponsor the Youth Fellowship 
group of the Church. They meet every other Sunday eve- 
ning, when we don't have preaching. A large number at- 
tend this group and are doing a good work. 

The other organizations of the Church continue active, 
although our attendance has been down due to icy roads 
and so much sickness. We hope good weather will soon 
change this. 

Four new members were added to the Church by bap- 
tism the latter part of the year. They are all from one 

Mrs. Ray R. Miller, Cor. Sec'y. 


(Continued from Page 2) 

and Jean Shank were speakers in the Brighton Chapel 
Church on March 3rd and 4th, telling of their work and 
showing pictures. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Guest speakers on March 8th 
were: Rev. John E. Zercher at the morning service, and 
Rev. Jesse Hoover at the evening hour. 

CENTER CHAPEL, INDIANA. We note that the Cen- 
ter Chapel Church has been engaged in a week of Re- 
vival Services, March 15th through 22nd, with Rev. 
(Mrs.) Goldie Killion as Evangelist. 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS. The sanctuary of the 
Milledgeville Church has recently been redecorated. Vol- 
unteer workers from the Church have been engaged in 
painting the class rooms throughout the building. 


It is not always best to know the answer 
To even things of our concera; 
For ofttimes we'll find we may uncover 
Matters it were best we did not learn. 

Love that's real should never need to question; 
Doubt alone can bring no ease of pain, 
And after all is brought out in the open, 
What is there anyone can hope to gain? 

Why stir the liquid up that's clear and quiet? 
Why bring the murky matter to the top? 
How much better if we cease our prying? 
Simply trust and let the matter drop. 

Lord, help me not to need to have an answer; 
Give confidence and trust, and buoyant hope, 
For other worthy matters need our effort — 
So many other things with which to cope! 

— Genevieve Perrine Cheney. 





THE DRILLING RIG pictured on these pages once 
stood on the new Ohio camijsite. Tlie rig was in op- 
eration approximately 35 days, drilling for gas. On Fri- 
day, February 27th, the drillers stated that they had 
struck gas and possibly oil. In recent conversations with 
the men in charge they have indicated that they expect 
the well to produce both oil and gas, but they don't know 
what the production will be. It is too early yet to state 
where we stand, but it appears as though there will be 
some production. Perhaps two months will be necessary 
to complete the work; at that time we can state definitely 
whether there is production, and how much. 

In the picture you will note young people walking 
toward the rig — these are Ashland College students at 
the camp for a week-end retreat. Thanks to the fine gift 
of a furnace by the New Lebanon Church, the camp 
house has been winterized and can now be used for such 
activities. Brethren Youth, under the direction of Phil 
Lerscli, sponsored these retreats, which have proved to 
be popular and spiritually beneficial. 

While we have high hopes of receiving an income from 
the gas well we must face reality. We ask you not to 
succumb to the thinking that might lead you to hold up 
on your camp appoi'tionment. There is no income from 
the well as yet, there might not be for some time, and it 
might be slight. The Ohio Camp Board is continuing to 
develop its summer work, knowing that the Ohio 
Churches will continue their fine support. 

The chapel and dining room pictured is the Vv'ork of 
artist Jack Smith of Ashland, Ohio. He has taken this 
conception from the actual plans which are drawn up 
and in the hands of the state officials. The top section 

Drilling rig at the Ohio Camp 

will be the chapel, or the present barn floor — since th 
will be a converted barn. The lower section will 
kitchen and eating quarters with a lai'ge fireplace at oi 
end. Note the kitchen extension of the lower part of tl 
barn. By building this extension more room was gain* 
in the dining room, and it allowed for making the chap 
larger, if this ever becomes necessary. The work i 


Marjorie Whitted 

KNOW ANYONE who might fit these names? Tarhe 
the Crane (he must have been tall and slim); Pon- 
tiac, a leader extra-ordinary; Logan, an orator; Little 
Turtle, or Tecumseh ? They were famous Indian Chiefs 
in Ohio. These men signed the Greenville Treaty which 
established one of the boundaries of our Ohio Campsite. 
Cornstalk, Captain White Eyes, Blue Jacket, Red Pole, 
Little Beaver, New Corn, and Long Shanks, along with 
Bad Bird, Young Ox, Little Thunder, Black Hoof, White 
Pigeon, Little Fox, and White Loon, were among the 
ninety who accepted the treaty which would keep the 
white settlers away from the rest of their lands (they 

Of course they didn't know that the land near Naa 
ville would be invaded this summer by Indian Tribt 
When you Brethren Campers set up camp there, yd 
"Tribes" can have a pow-wowing good time using all tl 
Indian names and lore and legends of the six Indi; 
Tribes that were in Ohio 164 years ago. Find out whe 
they lived and what they did in your part of Ohio. Brii 
all that lore to camp and really celebrate 164 years ai 
the start of your own camp. Get together and decid^ wl 
should be honored with an Indian name and find out wh 
your tribe can do to make this the best camp ever. 

ARCH 21, 1959 


Artist's conception of the proposed chapel and dining room at the Ohio Camp 
For details read the accompanying! article. 

msforming this present barn into the above beautiful 
fucture will begin as soon as the weather permits. 
You will want to visit the camp this summer. When 
u are making your plans, include some idea of work, 
r. and Mrs. Elmer Frank will be living at the camp 
3m April through October approximately, and will be 
ad to arrange for your group to assist in some work 

God has truly blessed the purchase and development 
the Ohio Camp. In your private devotions make sure 
at you thank Him for His goodness* 

Ohio Brethren Camp Board 


Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
»le, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
10 please note: 


Make checks payable to The Missionary Board of the 
ethren Church, and address the Missionary Board of 
i Brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 








2 Blocks 
619 Park Street 

Isn't anyone else besides the printer getting tired of see- 
ing these same numbers week after week? You churches 
that haven't placed your order yet are the only ones who 
can give us new totals. Dig out the order blank, make a 
decision, and send it in. We thank you! 




myer I'tleetinq 



e. r Siini. 


They call Him King, and I would have no King; 

Let all be equal, aye, let none be best. 
Why should the weakling John be ever pressed 
Against His bosom, Peter urged to fling 
His clumsy zeal about, while I must bring 
Forsooth the bag behind, and feed the rest 
Never be praised or flattered or caressed, 
Although so watchful in my stewarding? 

They call Him Son of God. In rage I saw 
This vain idolatry. Was I not wise. 
Not honest, not in truth administering 

The holy precepts of our sacred law? — 

Oh, God! Those pleading, tender, earnest eyes! 

Oh, God, Oh, God! why did I do this thing? 

Gamaliel Bradford in Dearborn Independent. 

SOME HAVE THOUGHT that Judas was ambitious to 
make his Master an earthly king as others had en- 
deavored to do (John 6:15). Since all other measures 
had failed in this, Judas decided to compel Christ to 
make Himself King in order to extricate Himself from a 
trap that Judas would devise (John 18:4-6). But if this 
were the case why did Judas say to the officers, "Hold 
him fast" (Matt. 26:48), and "lead him away safely" 
(Mark 14:44)? Evidently, Judas knew how the Christ 
had escaped arrest heretofore (John 8:20; Luke 4:28-30). 
And then some one says that Jesus deliberately wanted 
"a devil in the ministry" (John 6:64, 70, 71) in order 
to fulfill prophecy (John 13:18). It was toward the close 
of His Galilean ministry that Christ announced that one 
of the twelve would betray Him (John 6:64-71). If Judas 
was a devil why did prophecy call him Christ's "own 
familiar friend in whom I trusted" (Psalm 41: 9)? The 
"devil" is an enemy, but prophecy denies that Judas 
was an enemy (Psalm 55:12-14). If Judas was a devil, 
then Satan must have cast out Satan (Matt. 10:8). Such 
a scheme did not work in other instances (Acts 19:13-18). 
Christ taught that Satan does not cast out demons 
(Matt. 12:22; Luke 11:14-23). Judas fell by 
wilful "transgression" (Acts 1:16, 17, 25) If 
his motive was greed, Christ gave him sermons of 
warning (Luke 12:15). Christ warned him of the com- 
ing betrayal, but of his own free-will he sold his soul for 
thirty pieces of silver (John 17:21). Judas yielded to 
Satan, and Satan became his master (Rom. 6:16); Luke 
22:3, 4). Even after his diabolical bargain had been ex- 
posed he wilfully went out to consummate his nefarious 
plan (John 13:21, 26, 27). 

"And he went out; and it was night" indeed — 
Night in the city of the heavenly King, 
The slopes where olive trees are whispering, 
The hill whereon the Son of Man must bleed; 

And in the shadows crafty footsteps speed 

On to the target of rare bargaining, 

Cloaked by the darkness as an evil wing 

That waits with patience for the fruits of greed. 

But such an hour as this can reach like sin 
Through bone and muscle of that treacherous guise 
Until it makes itself as one of kin 
With sound and breath and) sense of touch and eyes . 
Judas, whose very heart was night within, 
What dawn you missed, not knowing Christ would rise 

—Ruth Margaret Gibbs. 

Judas repented himself, but not to Christ (Matt. 27:3] 
His was not a godly sorrow, but the worldly sorrow ths 
"worketh death" (2 Cor. 7:10). 


Wliliam H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 29, 1959 


Lesson: Luke 24:33-48 

"ABOUT THE YEAR 125 A. D. a Greek by the nam 
of Aristeides was writing to one of his friends about th 
new religion, Christianity. He was trying to explain th 
reasons for its extraordinary success. Here is a sentenc 
from one of his letters: 

'If any righteous man among the Christians passe 
from this world, they rejoice and offer thanks to Go( 
and they escort his body with songs and thanksgiving a 
if he were setting out from one place to another neai 
by.' " 

This is the significance of Easter. Those who are gon 
before are not lost, nor separated from us permanently 
they are only waiting in another place nearby for us t 
join them again! 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reality! Jesu 
Christ LIVES! A great weight of evidence testifies to th 
authenticity of this important event. Let's examine som 
of this evidence. 


"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in th 
morning, they came unto the sepulchre . . .and they foun 
the stone rolled away . . . and they entered in, and foun 
not the body of the Lord Jesus" (Luke 24:1-3). 

The tomb was empty! Unwittingly, the Pharisees adde 
to the strength of this evidence. To make sure the dis 
ciples would not be able to steal the body of their Ma; 
ter, the religious leaders petitioned Pilate to have th 
tomb sealed and guarded. "So they went, and made th 
sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch 
(Matt. 27:66). 

But all the forces of hell and darkness could not hoi 


ARCH 21, 1959 



But to the skeptical the empty tomb may not be suffi- 
mt proof. Does the empty tomb in itself mean Christ 
iS alive? Did anyone really see Him? 
Yes, His disciples did! Christ appeared to the two dis- 
Dles on the way to Emmaus. At first they did not rec- 
nize Him, for "their eyes were holden that they should 
t know Him." Christ walked, talked, and ate with 
em. Then "their eyes were opened, and they knew Him." 

Matthew's gospel reports that Jesus also appeared to 
ary Magdalene and the other Mary (28:9). Both Luke 
4:34), and Paul (I Cor. 15:5), state that Christ re- 
aled Himself to the Apostle Peter. John, in his gospel, 
ves two accounts of Christ appearing to the group of 
sciples. The first time Thomas was absent. Eight days 
;er Christ appeared again, and this time Thomas was 

As if these were not sufficient, Paul states that Christ 
?as seen of above five hundred brethren at^ once" 
Cor. 15:6). 


The Old Testament also bears witness to the Risen 


"Then opened He their understanding, that they might 

.derstand the scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is 

itten, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to 

>e from the dead the third day" (Luke 24:45-46). 

Peter, on the Day of Pentecost, preached to the peo- 
5 concerning Christ's resurrection. To prove that the 
d Testament foretold this event, he quoted Psalm 
:10: "For Thou wilt not leave My soul in hell; neither 
It Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption." 

Then Peter went on to state that David was referring 
Christ: "He (David) seeing this before spake of the 
surrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, 
ither His flesh did see corruption" (Acts 2:31). 

Speaking of the importance of the resurrection of 
irist, F. Godet says: 

"This event is not merely intended to mark out, Jesus 
as the Saviour; it is salvation itself, condemnation re- 
moved, death vanquished. We were perishing, con- 
demned: Jesus dies. His death saves us; He is the first 
who enjoys salvation. He rises again; then in Him we 
are made to live again. Such an event is everything, 
includes everything, or it has no existence." 

" 'Tis Easter mom. Again we see 
The garden path where women tread; 

The open tomb. We hear the words: 
'Lo, He is risen as He said.' 

Rejoice, be glad, praise and adore: 
He lives, Christ lives forevermore." 

Frank P. Fletcher. 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jim Rowsey 


intensive and concentrated Bible study and the out- 
reach of VBS are only two items which show its im- 
portance. However, like all meetings, VBS must be pub- 
licized if it is to be truly effective. Here are some sug- 
gestions to help you in your VBS publicity campaign. 

Begin Early. Intensify your advertising as the time 
draws near. Plan your publicity activity so there will be 
some VBS emphasis for the community to see all the 

The Church Bulletin. As soon as your dates are set, 
start announcements and vary them each week. Suggest 
that those who read them tell prospective families. If 
you have a monthly church newspaper, give vacation 
Bible school the headlines. 

Announcements In Services. Be sure to have announce- 
ments made in all the departments of the Sunday school 
and in church. If a vacation Bible school was held last 
year, have the children who attended make the announce- 

Radio or TV Advertising. Many stations will make spot 
announcements free of charge. Check with your local sta- 
tion about this. 

Posters, Dodgers, Post Cards, Buttons. Display posters 
in the church, public buildings, store windows, and other 
places. Give the children headbands and buttons or tags 
to wear. These will interest other boys and girls. Dis- 
tribute dodgers to all the homes in the community. If 
the school is held soon after public school closes, hand 
dodgers to the children as they come out of the school 
building some afternoon but be sure to secure the per- 
mission from school authorities first. Send cards or let- 
ters to the church mailing list and to all prospects. 

The Community Newspaper. If you can afford it, buy 
space for an ad. At any rate, use all the free publicity 
the paper will give you. Send news releases and photos, 
if available. 

Photos. Post photos or snapshots of last year's VBS 
on the church bulletin boards or paste them on posters 
to be displayed in public places. 

Use The Telephone. Call all the families whose children 
attended last year's school and invite them to enroll their 
children again. Call parents on your prospect list and 
encourage them to send their youngsters. These are only 
a few ideas. You will think of many more. Remember — 
publicize your vacation Bible School. It is important. 


Round -Up of 


Detailed plans for the construction of a Protestant 
chapel at New York's Idlewild International Airport 
were revealed recently at the annual meeting of the gen- 
eral assembly of the Protestant Council of the City of 
New York. A model of the proposed chapel, unveiled 
at the meeting, was later put on display in Broadway 
Congregational Church. 

The $250,000 contemporary edifice will be adjacent to 
a Roman Catholic chapel already in use at Idlewild and 
a synagogue now under construction. Building and main- 
tenance costs will be met by a $400,000 fund raising 
drive to be conducted among the council's 1,700 member 
chuixhes of all denominations. (Our Lady of the Skies, 
the Roman Catholic chapel, is used often by airport per- 
sonnel, priests in transit and by travelers. Daily mass is 
celebrated at 12:15 P. M. and on Sundays there are five 

Plans for the Protestant chapel provide for a full- 
time staff headed by a minister. There will be oppor- 
tunity for private meditation at all hours, and refular 
services will be scheduled for Sunday and holy daysi. 

Designed by Edgar Tafel, the structure will empha- 
size a cross motif with the crossing and transept wings 
housing reception rooms, offices and counseling areas. 
The tent-like chapel itself will form the nave. Its steep 
walls, reminiscent of hands in prayer, will be constructed 
from A-shaped frames rising to a height of 35 feet. 

Mr. Tafel, who has designed more than a score of 
churches in the New York area, commented that no mat- 
ter how "contemporary" modern church building might 
become, the end result must still have recognizable 
qualities as a house of worship. Be noted that at Idle- 
wild the Port of New York Authority has insisted on 
contemporary design to confoi'm with the general motif 
of Terminal City, as the remodeled airport is referred 
to in New York City. 

* * * 


The Board of Directors of the American Scripture 
Gift Mission, Philadelphia, has announced that the Mis- 
sion has entered into formal agreement with its sister 
organization the Scripture Gift Mission of London, Eng- 
land, whereby the mutual purpose of world-wide distribu- 
tion of the Scriptures will be intensified, enlarged and 
expanded by their Mission, in cooperation with the Lon- 
don affiliate. 

ASGM is now being listed as one of the affiliates of 
the London organization and has begun to offer Scrip- 
ture portions in many languages for an increasing num- 


ber of new missionaries from the United States, inforn 

ing new recruits that they can look to ASGM to suppl 

them with available Scriptures when they reach the 


The American Mission — established in 1915 — is takir 

immediate steps to publicize the vast ministry of its sist( 

Mission, including in such steps the planning for tl 

early publication of a printed News Bulletin which wi 

contain challenging world-wide news and stories of Scri] 

ture distribution, as carried on by the entire SGM fe 


» • ♦ 


Application has been made to government officials 
Lund, Sweden, for permission to set up the first Rom; 
Catholic convent in Sweden since the Reformation. P 
tition for the convent, made with the recommendation > 
the Roman Catholic bishop by the Theresia Found 
tion, is opposed by the Advisory Council to the gover 
ment. The Council points out that the convent would 1 
occupied primarily by foreign sisters. At the prese; 
time there is just one Swedish nun in the Carmeli 
order, in addition to six nuns who have been living 
Gent since 1956. 

Should the government grant permission for the e 
tablishment of the convent, the Council advises that ce 
tain conditions should be imposed. These conditio: 
would insure that most of the members of the conve; 
would become Swedish citizens after some years. In a 
dition, it should be stipulated that after the women ha" 
taken their vows if they later wish to leave the ord 
they must not be prevented from doing so for fear ■ 
punishment of a religious nature, the Council said. Al. 
it said the government should insist that women be ' 
years of age when entering the convent and 25 yea 
old before taking the vows. 

The Theresia Foundation has declared itself willii 
to accept the proposed conditions, if permission to e 
tablish the order is granted. The convent would be 1 
cated at Glumslov in Skone. 


Finnish Lutheran congregations in the Helsinki ar 
report some 37,000 visits made by 557 callers in a rece 
evangelism visitation program. The figures were a 
nounced at a clergymen's meeting by the secretary ge 
eral of the drive, the Rev. Samuel Lehtonen. In the lari 
majority of cases, callers were well received, Mr. Le 
tonen said. 

Although there had been some apprehension concer 
ing the reception of the visitors prior to the campaig 
he pointed out that some of the callers were even greet 
with "coffee and cakes." One congregation reported th 
out of 5,500 calls made, only two definitely rejected, 
another parish, an estimated one per cent of the horn 
visited took an unsympathetic stand. 

The report said that in hundreds of cases real discu 
sions had been started. Many of those visited ask 
their callers why no one from the church had come 
see them before. 

[ARCH 21, 1959 


As part of the working method of the campaign, 184 
nail discussion groups were held in 13 of the parishes. 
Positive results" from most of these gatherings were 
sported. Church attendance during the campaign was 
ot as great as had been hoped for, however. As atten- 
ance fell off particularly during the second week of the 
jecial program, it was indicated that future campaigns 
ill probably be held in one week instead of two. 


The so-called "oath of the Knights of Columbus," a 
ibject of heated controversy for many years, has been 
belled a fraud by the executive director of Protestants 
id Other Americans United. The Protestant leader said 
!s organization has done careful research and is con- 
need that the so-called "oath" is a hoax. The widely 
rculated "oath" — couched in fantastic language — is 
ipposed to bind Knights of Columbus to "wage war" 
1 their opponents and to "spare neither sex or condi- 
on" and even "to use the poison cup." 
Said Mr. Archer: "It seems strange that credence 
Lould be given to a manifest fabrication of this sort, 
it the 'oath' is being more widely circulated than ever 
id is gaining acceptance in some quarters." He said 

is true that the "oath" is published in The Congres- 
onal Record back in 1913, but the reason for its inser- 
on there was to cite it as a sample of bigotry. He traced 
e document back to a political campaign in Pennsyl- 
mia in 1912 when the "oath" was circulated as a weapon 

defeat a Catholic candidate. In several instances 
merien courts have punished misguided citizens who 
rculated this fake "oath." 

* * * 


United Protestant protests have been successful in halt- 
g the adoption of patron saints at camps and bases of 
e U. S. Army. The Rev. Engebret 0. Midboe of Wash- 
gton, D. C., reported recently that non-Catholics were 
) longer being "coerced" by their superiors to accept 
;. Barbara and St. Maurice as patron saints of their 
lits. Mr. Midboe, who is executive secretary of the 
ational Lutheran Council's Bureau of Service to Mili- 
ry Personnel, said the adjutant general of the U. S. 
rmy has notified all major command headquarters that 
ictivities of this type or a related nature will be lim- 
;d to unofficial and voluntary participation of those in- 
rested." Although this might seem to end the matter, 
! added, "we have taken a more realistic point of view." 
He said it was "inevitable that from time to time St. 
irbara and St. Maurice will pop up again on installa- 
)ns where a particular commander or a zealous Roman 
itholic chaplain seeks to pursue it." "At such a time 
^ will meet it and attempt to get a proper orientation 

that none of our own constituents will be misled into 
inking that this has the blessing of the churches or 

the government," he pledged. 

At Fort Penning, Georgia, according to Mr. Midboe, 
.. Maurice was established as patron saint of the in- 
ntry "by almost a decree," and public funds were used 

set up a statue and a program for initiation of the 

order. At Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he said a large 
painting of St. Maurice was hung at headquarters and 
scrolls appeared on barracks' walls bearing the inscrip- 
tion: "We live, fight and die for God, Country and St. 

Another example cited by Mr. Midboe was the "baptiz- 
ing into the order of St. Barbara of all second lieuten- 
ants who joined their units in the past year. These men, 
he said, were awarded certificates of the order which 
were decorated with a picture of the saint holding a 
tower and crossed cannons, the symbol of the artillery. 

He said that in Korea an army camp was named St. 
Barbara and artillery men called themselves "St. Bar- 
bara's Own." 

One Army chaplain wrote, "you can see that the indi- 
vidual officer, enlisted man and even the chaplain has 
trouble standing in the way without being called a bigot." 

♦ » * 

TALLIAHASSEE, Florida— After a year-long test the 
State Department of Education's special committee rec- 
ommended that moral and spiritual values should be 
taught as part of regular classroom work. During |the 
test year, no objections to the program had been raised 
by students, parents or teachers, the committee said. 
Religious teaching was integrated into regular class- 
room work, to show the influence of religion and relig- 
ious leaders on the "moral and spiritual foundations of 
American democracy." 

SEOUL, Korea — The Rev. Victor I. Alfsen, formerly pas- 
tor of the Presbyterian Church at Fairbanks, Alaska, is 
now pastor of a Protestant community church in the 
capital city of South Korea. His congregation consists of 
Americans. His church and one in New Delhi, India, are 
the latest in a string of churches that extends around 
the wox'ld, all of which are composed of Americans. 
There are a million Americans living overseas, not 
counting the men and women in the armed forces or 
the American tourists, and the trend is to organize 
community churches with an American pastor to serve 
them. There are 87 such churches in foreign lands at the 
present time. 

HERRICK, New York — The constitutionality of using 
prayer at the opening of the state's public schools, will 
be tested in the courts. In 1951 the state board of regents 
accepted a non-denominational prayer as permissible for 
use at the opening of the school day. Now the New York 
Civil Liberties Union contends that the use of the prayer 
violates the principle of separation of church and state 
set forth in the First and Fourteenth Amendments of 
the U. S. Constitution. The i^rayer itself sounds inno- 
cent enough. This is it: "Almighty God, we acknowledge 
our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings 
upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country." 

BELGRADE— The British and Foreign Bible Society is 
still unable to work freely in Yugoslavia. No Bibles have 
been printed in that country since the communists took 
over and the government will not permit the importa- 
tion and distribution of large quantities of Scriptures. 
The government permits the society to import about 
200 copies of the Bible a month, by registered mail. 
Prior to September 1956 the society imported about 
60,000 copies annually. 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 

TIVES— Park Street Church in Ashland at 1:15 I 
M.— April 9 

KENTUCKY RALLY— Krypton— May 2 

Spotlight on Alternative Service 

"The Alternative Service Man" is an article appear- 
ing in the March issue of the International Journal of Re- 
ligious Education, written by Ed Crill, Youth Director of 
the Church of the Brethi'en and a good friend of mine. 
In laying out the position of the Alternative Service man, 
and the ways he does serve his country, Mr. Crill says, 

"The desire of the Alternative Service man is not 
for peace and the kingdom of God at any price, but 
to express the love of Christ at all costs. And there 
is a real difference between these desires. The logic 
runs something like this: The way you defend your 
way of life becomes your way of life. You do not pre- 
serve truth by lying. You cannot maintain the value 
of human life by taking human life. You cannot pre- 
serve peace by going to war." 

These words should give us all something to think 
about, especially as it relates to the time when our sons 
and daughters are called by our govermnent to serve in 
the armed forces. There is another way — an alternative 
service — which is just as honorable, recognized by the 
Selective Service System. 

Two films are available by which you can leani more 
about Alternative Service : 

(1) "Alternatives" is a 16 mm color film of 24 min- 
utes just produced by the National Service Board for 
Religious Objectors. It rents for $7.50 and may be or- 
dered from Visual Education Department, 22 S. State 
Street, Elgin, Illinois. 

(2) "They Also Serve" is a sound filmstrip which de- 
scribes the Volunteer Service Projects sponsored by the 
Chui'ch of the Brethren for those in Alternative Service. 
It may be ordered either from their headquarters in El- 
gin, Illinois, or from National Brethren Youth, Ashland 
College, Ashland, Ohio, for we also have one copy in 

Use these means available to better acquaint your 
young people and their parents with the Ijetter way of 
settling the world's problems. 


2:00 P. M.— April 4 

1:00 P. M.— April 6 

JOINT MEETING (representatives of all boards con- 
nected with youth work of the 
church: Sisterhood, Brotherhood, 
Sunday School, and Youth Boards) 
— Park Street Church in Ashland 
at 8:45 A. M.— April 7. 

pre of the WEEK 

Youth Clinic in Johnstown 

Rev. Clarence Stogsdill barters with the waitresses fc 
his third piece of apple pie as Mrs. Stogsdill and Re' 
and Mrs. Harold Harnett look on with covetous eyes — bi 
very full stomachs after such a fine meal. 

It all took place at the Youth Banquet for the your 
people and advisors of both the Johnstown Second an 
Johnstown Third Brethren Churches, held in mid-Febn 
ary as the second session of a three-day Youth Clinic 
a cooperative effort of the two churches. 

On this night, after the supper, some of the youl 
from the Johnstown III Church led in singing and dev 
tions and then the Youth Director reviewed the total pn 
gram of Brethren Youth on the local, district and n; 
tional levels. The evening closed with slide pictures < 
activities covering the past year. 


Yes, WHAT IF WE DON'T RAISE THE $5,050.50 fc 
our "Funds for Foenix" Project this year? I know whi 
you'll say. It will sound something like this, "We ecu; 
have given more if we would just have started earlier 
Sound familiar? 

Well, I'm not anticipating that we'll fall short of tl 
mark. But if we do — that will be the reason. We didn 
take the slogan, "Funds F'or Foenix," seriously enoug 
until it was too late to raise the amount necessary fro) 
each church and district. 

Let's throw this phrase "What if?" out of our vocal 
ulary by starting yet this spring to gather the money ti 
gether that your B. Y. C. will want to give to help bui 
a Brethren Church in Phoenix (oops, I mean the Scott 
dale-Tempe area). 

Do you hove your B. Y. Covenant yet? 

[ARCH 21, 1959 



he ^^7 omens fdorner \ 




b>' Helen Jordan 


E"EYES are the windows of the soul." Let us think 
of the EYES of the people who gathered together 
at the Trial, Crucifixion and Resurrection of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. The remorseful EYES of Peter 
when, upon hearing the cock crow thrice, he looked 
into the face of Jesus; the hostile EYES of the 
Scribes and Pharisees as they see the completion 
of the dastardly act of getting rid of Jesus; the 
indifferent EYES of the soldiers as they do the 
work assigned them to do and as they cast lots for 
the coat of Jesus; the penitent EYES of the thief 
on the cross who said "Lord, remember me when 
thou comest into thy kingdom;" the scornful EYES 
of the thief who railed on Him, saying, "If thou be 
Christ, save thyself and us;" the sorrowful EYES 
of Mary as she trudged wearily up the hill to Cal- 
vary; the fearful EYES of the disciples who did 
not know what might happen next; the pitying 
EYES of our Lord and Master as he said, "Father 
forgive them for they know not what they do;" the 
joyful EYES of Mary Magdalene when she said, 
"Rabboni, which is to say. Master." We see these 
different expressions in the EYES of the people to- 
day as they accept or reject Jesus. 

B ALONE as Jesus was when He prayed in dark 
\ Gethsemane; when He stood ALONE in Pilate's 
judgment Hall and as He wore the crown of thorns; 
forsaken by the disciples, friends and even God as 
He bore the sins of the world when He said "My 
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Many 
times Christians stand ALONE when they accept 
Jesus and are rejected by families and friends. 

^ STEPS; hear them as they trudge up Calvary's 
S Hill. The weary STEPS of Mary; the slow STEPS 
of Jesus as He bears the burden of the cross; the 
impatient STEPS of His enemies. STEPS vary to- 
day as they come to Jesus — eager STEPS as if 
they could not reach Jesus soon enough; reluctant 
STEPS, as if by compulsion, come slowly; then the 
sad STEPS of those who turn away from the call 
of Jesus. 

r THIRST— What a terrible feeling is the feeling of 
THIRST! Jesus experienced the feeling as He hung 
upon the Cross. Yet Jesus tells us "Blessed are 
they which do hunger and THIRST after righteous- 
ness: for they shall be filled." 

■ EVERLASTING— Jesus died that we might have 
\ EVERLASTING Life and Joy. 

I RESURRECTION— Triumph over sin and death! 
r What a happiness when the followers of Jesus be- 
I" held the risen Lord, their friend! What a joy and 

hope for us today! "Because He lives we too shall 
live." Christmas gives us beautiful music but there 
is nothing more challenging than the victorious 
music of EASTER as we sing: 

"Up from the grave He arose. 

With a mighty trivmiph o'er His foes; 

He arose a Victor from the dark domain, 

And He lives forever with His saints to reign, 

He arose! He arose! 

Hallelujah! Christ arose!" 

Miss Catherine Benshoff, 

Johnstown, Pa. 

By Edwin Raymond Anderson 


FOR ABOUT A CENTURY and a half, a certain 
European engineering project has been blowing "hot 
and cold." At times it almost . . . almost — But then, at 
other times, it became as distant as the moon. At pres- 
ent a "warm wind" is blowing favorably. 

It is the old plan of building a tunnel under the English 
Channel to connect England and France by land trans- 
portation. Recently, the prospects of a common European 
market, and the value thereof, has turned the favorable 
tide, and there may be, at long last, the sights set for 
such a linking. 

But for 1900 years, men have been seeking to con- 
struct another tunnel under a deeper dredging and to 
connect to a greater goal-port. Ever since Calvary, men 
have rejected the council of God, the rigid rules of the 
Gospel, and sought for other means to "tunnel through" 
the bed of condemnation and make connection with 
peace and soul's eternal harbor. The Gospel's "yea" has 
been nulled into man's "nay" as he has sought the by- 
pass and short-cut. 

Concerning the European project, it is estimated that 
over $280 million would be required; that is a lot of cur- 
rency, and nothing has been estimated of the required 
time for actual construction. Transfer that onto the 
spiritual stage. How much of empty effort, precious time, 
mis-directed sincerity is pressed into "Operation Impos- 
sible" — seeking to gain salvation favor of the Almighty 
with the tokens of human make (Ephesians 2:9)! Such 
indeed are treacherous tunnels which shall cave in at 
life's last. On the other, and saving, hand, it takes such 
little effort to "right track" and look away to the pre- 
pared pathway (I Corinthians 3:11). 

The single eye and the faintest whisper God-ward is 
enough for the marvelous motions of "so great salvation" 
and in a day when all things seem to be underscored of 
push-and-fury-and-motion, it is well to be reminded of 
these blessed elementals. "Jesus paid it all" may appear 
simple, but modern life has tragically complicated it 
and thus missed out on the best. God's way, after all, 
is "the best way" into life indeed (John 17:3). (Copr. 
ERA, 1959) 

Brethren Historical library 

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N» Manchester, Ind. 



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ol. LXXXI 

March 28. 1959 

No. 13 

ProcUiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 




the Bethlehem Brethren Church, Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, passed to the Life beyond the morning of March 
11th. Funeral services were held at the Bethlehem Brethren 
Church on Friday, March 13th, at 2:30 P. M. His Pas- 
tor, Dr. John F. Locke, gives this testimony to the life 
and work of Brother Svi^artz: "He faithfully served the 
Bethlehem Church as Sunday School Superintendent, and 
in every way a good man can. He was a great saint 
with many friends throughout this district. His work in 
Young Peoples' camps endeared him to many." May the 
assurance of life everlasting in the presence of the heav- 
enly Father and of Christ the Lord, bring peace and com- 
fort to loved ones who remain. (WSB) 

Items of general Interest 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Dr. J. Garber Drushal was 
guest speaker in the Washington Church on March 15th. 

OAK HILL, W. VA. The Oak Hill and Gatewood Breth- 
ren Churches joined in an "All Church Skating Party" on 
March 17th. 

from Pastor Woodrow B. Brant indicates that he now 
has his permanent Levittown address. They expected to 
move into their home on Monday, March 16th. Brother 
Brant's address is: 6 Thistle Road, Levittown, Pennsyl- 
vania. Note the change in your copy of the Brethren 

M. Keck writes: "The interior of the church is being 

painted. We expect to have the new pews installed 
May 1st." 

ASHLAND, OHIO. Congratulations to Mr. and M 
Jim Rowsey on the arrival of Timothy James Rowsey 
Samaritan Hospital in Ashland, on Sunday afterno 
March 8th. Jim is a student at Ashland Seminary, £ 
is Office Secretary of the National Sunday School Boi 
of the Brethren Church. In this capacity, he prepa 
the copy for the Evangelist which appears each w« 
under the heading, "Sunday School Suggestions." 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. The Sisterhood girls presen 
their public service the evening of March 15th. A plj, 
let and candlelight service were featured. 
(Continued on Page 19) 

OUR COVER PICTURE: Don Knight Photo. 



April 7, 8, 9, 1959 
Ashland, Ohio 

TIOSA, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— Mar. 30-Apr 
— Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel, Evangelist; Rev. J. Ed; 
Berkshire, Pastor. 

GRETNA, OHIO. Evangelistic Services— Mar. SO-A 
5 — Professor Charles R. Munson, Evangelist; 
Charles Lowmaster, Pastor. 

HOWE, INDIANA. Brighton Chapel. Easter Service 
Mar. 26-29— Professor W. H. Miley, Speaker; Rev. J 
Mills, Pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Hillcrest Brethren. Revival Serv; 
— Apr. 13-22 — Rev. William H. Anderson, Evangel 
Rev. Percy C. Miller, Pastor. 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. Revival Services — beginning I 

19 — Rev. Woodrow B. Brant, Evangelist; Rev. E. 
Black, Pastor. 





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[••I'*I**I**I**I**I*''r *» ** 

Today Is Ours 

^ ASTER HERALDS the day of opportunity 
-* for all Christians. The days prior to theresur- 
ction were days of mystery, sadness and de- 
air. At least these days seemed so to the dis- 
Dles. Their Lord was hunted by His enemies; 
i was taken captive, brutally treated and finally 
[ng upon a cross where He died between two 
mmon criminals. Not a very happy picture for 
small group of men who had pinned their hopes 
new life, a better way, upon the One who now 
mg upon that cross. 

It seemed to them that all the promises their 
aster had made were but the idle dreams of 
le who, at the last, was at the mercy of those 
10 hated Him. They, like us, have trouble see- 
? the end from the beginning. Often times the 
st cloud of despair or doubt Avhich crosses the 
y of life serves but to discourage us and cause 
to faint by the way-side. 

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ty/f^ ::\^%T 

Yet what a different picture was painted when 
the news of His resurrection was heralded forth. 
Doubt still doubted, but hope entered in, and the 
doubt was dispelled as hope became surrounded 
by reality. As the brightness of that resurrection 
day filled the sky, so the amazing revelation of 
the news that Christ was risen from the dead, 
filled the hearts of the followers of the Lord. 
Sometimes we have had days which worked out 
that way. Brightness comes into the soul through 
our fellowship with the Lord and His abiding 

But was there just the resurrection that day? 
No, there was more than that, and in the days 
which followed, even more. From the angel's 
"Behold, he goeth before you into Galilee," to 
Christ's own "Go ye into all the world," our Lord 
was endeavoring to tell His followers that there 
was more to Christian living than just marking 
time, or reveling in the knowledge that heaven 
was the promised goal for the Christian. 

As the road of life opened up before the serv- 
ing disciples they became more and more aware 
that each day was the day of opportunity in 
God's work. Missionary activity, personal soul 
winning, breaking of bread, ministering to the 
poor and needy, establishing churches, teaching 
the doctrines and ordinances, and setting a Chris- 
tian example in daily life — these effectively 
demonstrated that God had given them each day 
in which to serve Him. 

With all the definite assurance of renewed life 
and purpose as exemplified in the resurrection of 
the Lord, so we today, must be every bit as ac- 
tive and diligent in these matters relating to our 
Christian experience — for today is ours. Not yes- 
terday, nor tomorrow — today is ours. Let no task 
of Christian service remain undone if today of- 
fers time, talent and opportunity to do it. The 
best testimony we can give that we believe in 
the resurrection of our Lord from the grave is 
to demonstrate it each day by a positive Chris- 
tian witness and service. Easter is our challenge 
to do well today's assigned duties in Christian 
service. W. S. B. 






Rev. Charles Lowmaster 

HTHE CRUNCHING of shattered potsherds 
■'■ mingles with the dust raised from the city 
dump by the trampling feet of people milling 
about three wooden crosses just outside the city 
wall of Jerusalem. Jeers and taunts are hurled 
upwards at those upon the crosses. The prevail- 
ing wind from the west whips the dust upward 
around the crosses and torments the already 
parched throats. It feels like rain. 

From up here it is possible to see for a long 
distance because of the advantage of height. But 
there remains no beauty in the hills and valleys 
because of the terrible pain! There is no way to 
ease the pressure on these piercing fetters, and 
the pegs under the arms and crotch only inten- 
sify the unbearable pain rather than relieve the 
tug on the hands and feet. "Oh Father, fiorgive 
them for they know not what they do." 

Just a few days ago they were crying, "H 
sanna to the Son of David: blessed is he th 
Cometh in the name of the Lord." How easi 
they are turned by their evil rulers. They sj 
the signs and miracles. As sheep without a shf 
herd, they followed, ever searching for the w 
of truth but fearful to commit themselves who') 
to that which the signs revealed. Oh, if their e 
rulers who present themselves as representativ 
of the Father only knew the Father! But Sat 
has captured their hearts and defiled their i 
cred office. The people have become corrupt 
by customs and traditions made powerful by t 
selfish deception of their leaders; afraid to qu( 
tion the blindness of their leaders. Satan h 
done his work well, but it shall not stand I 

The Enemy shall not have his way! Throu 
this death which has been contrived, he shall 

lRCH 28, 1959 


rever defeated ; for despite the terrible anguish 
d the tempting- cry of this mortal body to 
)me down from the cross," the stinging fear of 
ath which lies in the hearts of those who stand 
wn there, mocking, shall be revealed for the 
seption it is. Oh that they might all see the 
ith of a blessed eternal life with the Father! 
'en those soldiers, enslaved by the state, divide 
I few earthly possessions with hilarious jesting 
d casting of lots. Soon they will see the truth 
eternal life. If it were not for the thoughts 
at abide of the heavenly home and the place 
jerved at the side of the Father, the pain of 
:s fleshly body would be too much to bear. How 
tan has corrupted this which the Father once 
led "good"! But it shall be good again when 
;ough this present suffering the Father will 
ild His Kingdom that even those who mock 
1 be restored as they see the truth of this suf- 
•ing and have the love and forgiveness of the 
ther revealed in them. 

Why do the people rage and mock so? All the 
in of this fleshly body cannot compare to the 
Baking of a heart which cares for them. Must 
3n these robbers who suffer a like fate taunt 
d rage? Would that their time were not so 
ar so that they too might have opportunity 
realize their salvation by a loving faith. But 
jre is one who does not mock. He does believe! 
! sees! He comes to the defense! "This day 
u shall be with me in Paradise." 

That group of neighbor women from Nazareth, 
only their tears were flowing for joy because 
3y knew the truth of this cross and the love 
the Father for them. Mary seems some- 
tat bewildered and very hurt that her son 
Duld be crucified as a common, profane crim- 
il. She knows that there is no wrong here. 
ey are drawing near. John, the beloved, is 
-h a comfort to Mary. What will become of 
r? "Woman, behold thy son; son behold thy 

ft is getting very dark. Are these fleshly eyes 
ling? But no, it is a dark day. The clouds ob- 
'.re the sun as though it would shut off this 
me from the face of the Father. How heavy 
s burden of sin! There seems no friend here 
comfort. It is bitterly lonely. In times past 
! Father has always been close by — where is 
now? He seems so far away! This sin which 
st be borne has separated this cross from the 
:her and there is no appeal ! "My God, my God, 
\y have you forsaken me?" 

Has it been hours or days since this cross 
bumped into its hole, tearing and searing with 
pain the bleeding hands and feet? It is grow- 
ing darker. Is that rumbling the voice of the 
Father, angered against sin? "I thirst." This 
swirling dust torments a body already tormented 
to the death. Have you no water? Must it be 
that stupifying sour drink? Away with it — the 
torment of a parched throat will add but little to 
a body numbed wih pain. "I will ransom them 
from the power of the grave ; I will redeem them 
from death: death, I will be thy plagues; 
grave I will be thy destruction:" (Hos, 13:14a). 
"Death is swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor. 

It is very dark and the feel of rain is in the 
refreshing wind that promises a purifying of the 
earth. "It is finished." "Father, into thy hands 
I commend my spirit." 

Could these have been some of the thoughts of 
Jesus that dark day in history? He hung in the 
place of cursing without a curse upon His lips; 
only words of kind forgiveness. "When Jesus 
knew that His hour was come that He should de- 
part out of this world unto the Father, having 
loved His own which were in the world, He loved 
them unto the end." (John 13:16), 

Like the drops of rain which may have fallen 
that day to wash away the filth of the world, 
Jesus' life blood dripped slowly away — a cover- 
ing for the sins of all who will accept the aton- 
ing work of this "Passover Lamb," the sinless 
Son of God. This life was not taken, but rather 
it was given: "No man taketh it from me, but I 
lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down 
and I have power to take it again" (John 10:18). 

In these words is the message of Easter. Here 
is the illustration of perfect love. God, the Fath- 
er, loved us so much that He would give us His 



Son that we might be saved and not perish. Jesus 
"set His face steadfastly toward Jerusalem," 
knowing the terrible suffering awaiting Him 
there. This is perfect love and the secret of sal- 
vation. "Greater love hath no man than this, that 

Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

"Why seek ye the living among the dead." Luke 24:5b. 

LET YOUR IMAGINATION create for you the picture 
of the two disciples on their way to Emmaus follow- 
ing the crucifixion. Down cast, disheartened, beset with 
the sense of disillusionment, they pursue their way along 
the weary miles, more weary with their sorrow and doubt 
than with the fatigue of walking. Faces marked with 
sorrow, they plodded on. Then quietly they were joined 
by a stranger who began conversation by enquiring the 
cause of their apparent despondency. 

Piqued by the stranger's apparent ignorance of the 
happenings of the day in their community they outlined 
for him the story of the crucifixion at Jerusalem, and 
assert their dampened faith that the one who had been 
executed had been the Messiah of their Scriptures. In 
Him they had looked for the fulfillment of the manifold 
prophecies of their sacred writings. 

And then the stranger began to talk with them and 
remind them of many things concerning the trial and cru- 
cifixion and "did not our hearts burn within us as we 
walked by the way," they declared afterward as they 
recalled the stranger's conversation. 

In a brief while, they were at their home, and evening 
drawing on, they extended the common courtesy of the 
country that the stranger should share their hospitality 
for the night. Seated, later, at the table for the meal, the 
stranger took the bread and gave thanks for the same, 
and in that moment their eyes were opened and they rec- 
ognized that they had walked with no stranger but with 
the object of their wavering faith. 

And joyous in the assurance of their renewed faith 
they hastened to spread abroad the glad tidings that 
"We have seen the Lord." And when the Lord had with- 
drawn Himself from their presence they hastened back 
to Jerusalem. One can imagine them recounting to each 
other again how the Master had talked with them and 
what joy had flooded their souls as they listened to the 
beloved voice reveal to them how all that had happened 
at Jerusalem was only God's plan. 

And to us may be offered the suggestion to "ask Him 
to walk with you." Grief will be changed to joy in the 
assurance of the resurrection, and the words of the old 
hymn will come to us with new comfort and peace: 

"Come ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish; 

Come to the mercy-seat, fervently kneel; 

Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; 

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal." 

a man lay down his life for a friend" (Jol 
15:13). "Beloved, let us love one another: f( 
love is of God and every one that loveth is bo] 
of God and knoweth God" (I John 4:7). "If y 
love one another, God dwelleth in us and H 
love is perfected in us" (I John 4:12). Do y( 
want to be born again? Look to Jesus, the pe 
feet example of love, and try to attain to H 
sacrificial love to all men who will believe Hii 
It is the quality of love, reflecting the love 
Jesus, springing up inside us like "wells of li 
ing water," which tell us that we are childri 
of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. 

When Jesus' head bowed in death upon t 
cross there must have been great rejoicing 
the strongholds of Satan that day. With wh 
Satanic chorales of evil glee the angels of dar 
ness must have sung the praises of their seei 
ingly victorious master, Satan. But their victo 
song was cut short by the victory song of t 
angels as Christ arose that first day of the we 
to present, for forty days before the eyes of m( 
the truth of the grave; that those who love G 
and believe in His Son need not fear death, i^ 
the sting is removed. 

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 
Hallelujah for the cross; 
Hallelujah ! Hallelujah ! 
It shall never suffer loss! 

Bellefontaine, Ohioi 

.RCH 28, 1959 


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Je in Tucson are busy as usual with the many activi- 

of a growing church. We are especially proud of 

youth, which consists of four big and very active 

ups. Due to the transportation difficulties, they are 

;ed to meet at the same hour on Sunday evening as 

regular adult evening service. On Sunday evenings, 

total youth average is usually 70 to 75, with our adult 

up averaging a constant 35. In view of our active 

th, we can look into the future and envision a strong 

spiritual church for tomorrow. 

n the evenings of January 11th, 14th and 18th, we 
ticipated in the Brethren Church Cross Country Con- 
snce. Rev. Francis Berkshire from our Scottsdale- 
ipe church brought an inspiring message on Wednes- 
, January 14th. A question and answer period, re- 
ihments and fellowship, were enjoyed by the large 
iber present. 

he Church Officers for the new year were installed 
January 25th. 

n February 1st, a group from our church went to 
enix to worship with our Brethren in the first ser- 
i to be held in the Scottsdale Community Center. The 
ding was interesting, historically, in view of the fact 
k it was at one time an old stagecoach stop, 
iter the services, we were treated with a wonderful 
'y-in dinner with barbecued hamburgers provided by 
Phoenix Brethren. Lunch was served on the patio in 
lovely warm February sun. There were 55 present, 
we enjoyed the wonderful fellowship with our Phoenix 
thren I couldn't help but think about how often we 
often take for granted our fellow Brethren until 
are separated by many miles from other churches 
)ur denomination. We, in Tucson, are eagerly looking 
vard to seeing an established church so close. (One 
dred and twenty miles seems very close to us here.) 
y with us and the Phoenix (Scottsdale-Tempe) Breth- 
as they strive to organize their church, that their 
lusiasm might never die but spread courageously 
igh their community. 

efore returning home, some of us drove to the site 
the new church. It is situated with a lovely orange 
grapefruit grove along one side, with the mountains 
•ing majestically in the background. When we started 
le, we left these friendly people with a warm feeling 
)ur hearts of a closeness and mutual love that can 
' be received in our blessed Savior, 
n January 29th, we were saddened by the sudden 
ih of little EUery Strunk, 19 day old son of Mr. and 
. Crordon Strunk, Jr. The family has started a won- 

derful living memorial, "The Ellery Strunk Memorial 
Children's Library." Many will receive an inspiration from 
the books already being placed in the library. A fund has 
been established to assure a continued growth in our li- 

On February 6th, a surpi-ise party was held in honor 
of Rev. Grisso's birthday. A delicious ham dinner was 
served for the occasion, and two birthday cakes were 
presented. A new office chair was presented to Rev. 

The Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John 
Pittinger was the occasion for open house at their son's 
home on February 15th. Special recognition was given 
the couple during the morning worship service. 

We are happy to have our pastor and wife home again 
from cold and snowy Ohio. They flew home due to the 
serious illness of Mrs. Grisso's father. We rejoice with 
them in that he has greatly improved; proving to us 
again that our Lord does work miracles. During Rev. 
Grisso's absence, the pulpit was very ably filled by Dr. 
Lawrence Ford. 

On JMarch 1st, we were happy to have four people 
make their confession, for the Lord Jesus Christ, and on 
March 8th, one more joined our fellowship. They will 
be baptized into the fellowship of the church on Palm 

On the evenings of March 1st, 8th and 15th, the W. 
M. S. is holding a series of Mission studies. The Junior 
Youth had charge of the devotions for the evening of 
the 8th. 

As the Easter season nears, we prepare our hearts and 
minds for the events ahead which are highlighted by 
our Holy Communion and Easter Suni-ise services. This 
year we are looking forward to having six Ashland Col- 
lege students with us over Easter to assist, and join us 
in our Sunrise Service, and to conduct an Ashland Col- 
lege inspiration service on Easter Sunday night. 

We in Tucson wish all of you could stand in the desert 
with us and wait as the sun rises from behind the lovely 
mountains, signifying the beginning of the day we have 
set aside to commemorate the resurrection of our Lord 
and Savior Jesus Chi-ist. As we stand in the desert we 
cannot help but feel that somehow we are a little closer 
to our Lord who spent most of His earthly life in a land 
similar to this. We in Tucson join all Christians every- 
where in rejoicing because we know HE HAS RISEN. 

Helen Dickson, Corr. Sec'y. 



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WILLIAMS-ROWE. Miss Norma Lee Williams, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Williams, of Teegarden, Indi- 
ana, was united in marriage to Mr. David E. Rowe, on 
Saturday, February 28th, at the Brethren parsonage. The 
bride is a member of the Teegarden Brethren Church. 
The bridegroom is a member of the Church of the Breth- 

Hays K. Logan. 




530 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 3 9 582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Sei 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Asiiit 


Robert P. Bischof 

(This report covers the time since Bea and I were 
transferred to Uba. During- this time I have also been in 
charge of the evangelistic work of the Lassa Church; 
hence it is a report of the evangelistic work of two sta- 

The eight months that we have been stationed at Uba 
have been full of much work. It has seemed that there 
weren't enough hours in the day or enough days in the 
week in which to get everything done. 

Uba is one of the newest mission stations. Although it 
was opened only about January, 1956, the program there 
is a full one. There are eight CRI's in the station area; 
one of them among the Kilba people; two among the 
Higi people; and five among the Margi people. Besides 
this, there are two junior-primary schools which are also 
centers of evangelistic work, as well as more than 10 
outvillage preaching points where services are held every 

During the past year more than 200 have been bap- 
tized in the station area and 200 or more have made the 
confession of faith and are now in classes which are pre- 
paring them for baptism. The largest number to be bap- 
tized was at the village area of Wamdiu-Uvu. This is 
quite a thickly-populated area as well as a very pagan 
territory. For more than ten years Christian work has 
been going on in the village area. In 1952 a junior-pri- 
mary school of classes one and two was opened. 

Not having had an opportunity of visiting this village 
since the time we were stationed in Lassa 
in early 1954, until we were assigned to 
Uba, I was very much surprised to find that 
the village had had a revival. The regular 
attendance on Sunday was above 500, and 
many people were requesting baptism and 
covenant. On October 26, 1958, Pastor Kar- 
bam (African pastor of Lassa Church) and 
I went to this village for baptismal and 
covenant sei'vices. Sixty-two people were 
baptized and 96 took the covenant. Also on 
the same day the first communion sei-vice 
was held in this village, with 116 partaking 
of the threefold communion. The people in 
this village area have likewise constructed a 
nice, large church building which they 
financed themselves, except for a $28 gift 
from the Lassa Church. Work is steadily 
moving forward in this village, and pagan- 
ism is gradually fading out, being overcome 
by the light of Christianity. 

New Churches 

In three other villages, the Christians have built m< 
size churches without any financial aid. I have been v( 
well impressed that the Africans are interested in cc 
structing their buildings and cai-rying on their own wo 

Two new churches were organized in the Lassa ai 
dui-ing the past eight months. The Lassa Church h 
reached a membership of 971 baptized Christians; hei 
it was necessary to cut down the size of the church 1 
order that more people could become active in many; 
the functions of the church, for the Lassa Church a] 
is approximately 600 piiles square, and many of the p 
pie have a distance of as much as twenty miles to wi 
to communion and business meetings. The area has bf 
divided into three churches: Lassa Church, with 10 CE 
and many outvillage preaching points at the nor 
Ekklesiya Kwaka (Higi Church), from the river 
Lassa eastward to the village of Vilegwa, with 6 CE 
in this area and 7 outvillage preaching points; Ekk 
siya South Margi, south of the Lassa and Ekklesi 
Kwaka, with the Uba Station as its center and 8 CRI's. L 
sa church still has more than 500 baptized Christians, £ 
we hope that within this year perhaps another chur 
will be organized. 

Ekklesiya Kwaka (Higi Church) has 174 baptis 
Christians as well as the new junior-primary school 
Vilegwa, which was opened in January, 1958. Ekklesi 
South Margi has 286 baptized Christians, the largest nu 

LECH 28, 1959 


• being in the Wamdiu-Uvu area. It is hoped that with- 
2 years the Wamdiu-Uvu area will have a church of 
ir own. 

Workers Needed 
rhere is still much work to be done. Many are turning 
Christ, but much additional staff is necessary to carry 
the work of training these new Christians. The organ- 
tion of two new churches is a great joy to the hearts 
the African Christian as well as to the missionary; 
A^ever, it brings with it more responsibility for the 
ssionary-evangelist and advisor of these churches to 
in the church committees and church leadership in 
I work they must do. 

Several steps are being made to train the CRI teachers 
well as church leaders. First, a Christian leadership 
ining program is being started as a mobile unit which 
1 visit various centers for a period of from ten days 
two weeks. During the days there will be classes for 
: evangelists and church leaders and for any Christian 

cares to attend. In the evenings there will be evan- 
istic preaching services for the people of the village 
:a. We hope to have at least ten of these a year. The 
,m is to be composed of a missionary and four Africans 
om the missionary has trained to teach the classes, 
'orts are being made to use flannelgraph and slides 
ipted to the African's use. 

second, a missionary has been set aside to organize 

dy courses for the Christians to follow in the home, to 

used in the various outvillages as Bible courses. 

ird, it is hoped that within the next two years money 

1 be secured from the home churches for the building 
a Bible school where those who have attended the 

ristian leadership classes and who want to continue 
;h Bible study may receive more training. 
Fourth, more and more the missionary is turning over 
the African the responsibilties of the church work, 
r instance, in the two newly-organized churches a 
nmittee has been elected; from their midst they chose 
ihairman, who presides at all meetings of the commit- 
I. The missionary elder or advisor sits in just to coun- 
; whereas, in the past the missionary has acted as the 
lirman of the committee. 

Forward Steps 

rhe African Church is moving forward. The door is 
jn. The Africans are supporting most of the outreach 
rk; they are paying the salaries of the African team 
imbers on the Christian training program. It would be 
possible to describe the way in which the Word of God 
spreading out in this land. Perhaps you might get some 
a of it when you learn that in the total mission terri- 
fy for the second straight year there were more than 
00 baptisms and the figures for the last five months 
■ the mission area are at least 250 baptized each month, 
t even with all this progress, there is still much help 
ich must come from the home church. 

Appeal for Help 

During this World-Mission season, I would like to 
je the continuing support of the work here in Nigeria 
follows : 

1. By your prayers and interest; 

2. By your gifts of money to continue the support 
f the missionaries on the field as well as to give the 
lission Board funds to send additional help; 

3. By sending more missionaries. Missionaries are 
still needed. Krafts will soon be going on furlough. 
Will there be someone to take their places while they 
are on leave? After Krafts come back, we go on fur- 
lough. If another couple does not come to fill in when 
Krafts and Bischofs go home, a mission station may 
have to be left without workers for a year, as happened 
at Wandali where the Shanks were stationed — there 
just wasn't any staff with which to replace them. I 
wouldn't like to see that happen at Mbororo. 

The missionaries in their Annual Meeting put in re- 
quest for the following additional staff: 1 doctor, 1 busi- 
ness manager-treasurer, 2 church workers, 2 nurses, as 
well as a number of teachers. Surely we have others in 
our church who will answer God's call to go out into 
the fields that are white unto the harvest. 

By Edwin Raymond Anderson 


AMERICA appears to be worshipping before the altar 
of aspirin. A great deal of faith must be placed in 
its properties for the National Institute has reported 
that the annual consumption is some 12 billion, the 
equivalent of 6,000 tons of the drug. 

"By far the most widely used and cheapest drug on 
earth" says the report and adds this significant note: 
"comparatively little is known of the way it acts on the 

Blind faith? At least, when this Report is considered 
against the background of spiritual veritie.s, it sharply 
points up a tragedy for today. Men are so prone to lay 
frantic hold upon things which are in the realm of spec- 
ulation and mystery, as if the hidden were honored with 
some form of holiness. Thinking in terms of religion, he 
takes on the "dream world" approach. How tragic is the 
clear and positive light of the Gospel! There are no 
shadows, no mystic clouds eddying about the Cross of 
Calvary whereupon the Lamb of God (John 1:29), bore 
our sins in His own body on the tree" (I Peter 2:24). 
Even it is clearly written, "none of these things are 
hidden . . . for this thing was not done in a corner" 
(Acts 26:26). 

Men know so very little, after all, in the physical 
realm. We are quite conscious of that these days. New 
revelations only reveal deeper mysteries. But it is folly 
when men transfer the pattern over to spiritual affairs, 
desiring a religion which is vague and nebulous, without 
clear lines. God however, will not stay in the shadows, 
and the clear searchlight of Calvary would search out 
the sin and drag the sinner to the healing font (I Peter 
1:19), and into the fullness of life indeed (John 17:3). 
"So great salvation" is a glory, not a ghost! 

God has spoken and none need miss nor misunderstand. 
There is no uncertain tone in the healing of heaven for 
the wounds of earth: "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son 
cleanseth us from all sin" (I John 1:9). How disastrous 
to place faith in earthly mystery and thus miss the 
heavenly miracle (II Corinthians 5:17)! 

(Copr. ERA, 1959) 



VObat Caster 



(A guest Editorial for the Warsaw Times-Union) 

Rev. (5. T §ilmef 

"What does Easter mean to you? 
Stately church with cushioned pew, 
Where Lenten season gone at last 
And days of self-denial past, 
Richly clad devoted throngs 
Of worshippers unite in songs 
Of pi*aise in lily-scented air? 
Is that what makes your Easter fair?" 

EASTER TOGGERY does not make Easter! 
Neither do anthems and pageants. Only 
Christ in the heart makes a real Easter. "... If 
thou shalt believe in thine heart that God hath 
raised him (the Lord Jesus) from the dead, thou 
shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9b). Otherwise, the 
Resurrection Day would mean fear rather than a 
thoughtless celebration. "Because he hath ap- 
pointed a day, in the which he will judge the 
world in righteousness by that man whom he 
hath ordained; v/hereof he hath given assurance 
unto all men, in that he hath raised him (the 
man Christ Jesus) from the dead" (Acts 17:31). 
That means that the resurrection of Christ is a 
solemn guarantee of the coming judgment. The 
Judge has been resurrected from the dead. For 
any who fear the coming judgment, finery on 
Easter would be unappropriate. 

There is no meaning in Easter celebration at 
all except that Christ paid for our sins in His 
death and that His resurrection means the res- 
urrection of all the dead. It means the ac- 
complishment of a perfect atonement for sin. 
Christ "was delivered for our offenses, and was 
raised again for our justification" (Rom. 4:25). 
To the believing it means sorrow converted into 
joy. Jesus said: "Because I live, ye shall live 
also." It means victory over the grave. "0 death, 
where is thy sting? grave, where is thy vic- 

tory ? The sting of death is sin ; and the strengt 
of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, whic 
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesu 
Christ" (1 Cor. 15:55-57). Paul said, "Wh 
should it be thought a thing incredible with yoi 
that God should raise the dead?" (Acts 26:8} 

Christ's resurrection assures us of His deitj 
He is "declared to be the Son of God with powei 
according to the spirit of holiness, by the resui 
rection from the dead" (Rom. 1:4). The Bibl 
tells us that Jesus still lives: "Knowing tha 
Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more 
death hath no more dominion over him" (Ro'ii 
6:9). Because Christ is raised from the dead, ou 
faith is not in vain, and we are rescued froi 
sin's power (1 Cor. 15:17). Christ's resurrectio 
means that we can live new lives. For Christ i 
our life (Col. 3:4), and by His indwelling ov 
hearts He is our hope of glory (Col. 1:27^ 
Christ indwells us by the Person of His Spiri' 
the guarantee of the resurrection of our bodie 
in the resurrection of the blessed (Rom. 8:ir 
Easter means that we have a home in Heaven, a 
unfading, undefiled, and incorruptible inheritanc 
(1 Peter 1:3, 4), and that we shall meet the r( 
deemed of all ages (1 Thess. 4:16). Glorifie( 
resurrected bodies shall clothe our spirits in tb 
rapture (Phil. 3:21), and we shall be made 1 
conform to His blessed image (1 John 3:2). I 

Without the resurrection the cross would spei 
defeat (1 Cor. 15:19). The cross speaks of tl:! 
cost of victory; the resurrection is the victor; 
Without the resurrection the crucifixion woulj 
have been a victory for Satan. The coming reij 
urrection means that all shall have to give a 
account for the deeds done in the body (2 Co 
5:10). Unbelief has no incentive for right livinj 
Belief in the resurrection gives motivation fd 

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jhteous living (Daniel 12:2, 3). Christians will 
ve an account of the stewardship of this life 
Cor. 3:13-15). Man, as a creature of choice, 
ooses his own resurrection (John 5:28, 29). No 
le else can make our choice for us. 

The doctrine of the resurrection of the human 
dy comes neither from nature nor from 
ience but from the Bible, The bodily resun-ec- 
m is not an absurdity, but a mystery, for it 
volves the agency of infinite power to accom- 
ish it. We have the evidence of the resurrection 
the human body in the resurrection of Christ's 
dy (Luke 24:39, 40). It was necessary for 
irist to complete the plan of salvation by His 
ra resurrection (1 Cor. 15:17). Redemption's 
an involves the resurrection of man (1 Cor. 15: 
.). This plan embraces the resurrection of the 
inian body because both body and soul are 
)d's (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). Both have been pur- 
ased by the blood of Christ, and the body as 
e sanctified temple of the Holy Ghost cannot 
rish forever (Rom. 8:23). 


He Who bled on Calvary, 
From my sin to set me free. 
Rose triumphant from the grave, 
All mankind in power to save. 

Bridegi'oom of my soul is He, 
And some day with Him I'll be, 
There with Him His glory share, 
If for Him the cross I bear. 

Rejoicing then forevermore, 
Sorr'wing ne'er on yonder shore, 
Tears forever wiped away, 
Lovely land "of glorious day! 

Him, my choicest gifts I bring, 
Him, my sweetest praises sing. 
Him, the worthy One Who came, 
Glory to His matchless name. 

— Isabel Zehr. 

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H. A. Gossard 


Had Christ not risen from his grave, 
And gone from earth to heaven, 

Would we have faith that God could save 
Us through whom He had given? 

He lived to show us how to live; 

He died that by His Death 
And Resurrection He could give 

More than a Floral Wreath. 

If through His Life we live and die 
To sin, and love like Him on earth, 

Some day we'll rise from where we lie, 
With an Eternal Birth. 

To live on earth a Christian life 
Through Him who died to save, 

Is God's Assurance that all strife 
Ends when we leave the grave. 

EASTER is not a time to dress 

In gay attire for show. 
It is a day that should impress 

The SOUL with Heaven's Glow. 



THe44^c^ 0^ *7^e ^e^A(n^tccti<^M> 

By Rev. H. J. Olsen 

JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, was in His own 
right Prophet, Priest and King. In His resur- 
rection from the dead we like to think of Him 
as taking one of those ascending steps leading to 
the throne where He will one day rule as Lord 
of lords, and King of kings (Rev. 17:14). The 
reign of Jesus as King was foreshadowed by Sol- 
omon as he sat on a throne of ivory overlaid 
with pure gold. "The throne had six steps . . . 
and there were stays on either side ... of the 
seat, and two lions stood beside the stays" (I 
Kings 10:19). In harmony with the six steps 
leading to the throne seat where Solomon reigned 
as king, we find six definite steps in the ministry 
of Jesus leading to the throne seat where He will 
finally rule the world in power. These steps are: 

1) His incarnation, 2) His life, 3) His deatl' 
4) His resurrection, 5) His ascension, and 6 
His place at the right hand of the Father as Ii 
tercessor. The seventh step Jesus will take 1 
enter the throne-room when He returns in tl; 
power of His Second Coming following the Ra] 

At this Eastertide we are celebrating agai 
that great miracle that occurred on the mornin 
of Christ's resurrection, the third day after Hi 
crucifixion and death on the cross. His resurre* 
tion was the self-verification of His claims whe 
speaking of His life. He said, "No man taketh 
from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I haA 
power to lay it down, and I have power to tal 
it again. This commandment have I received < 
My Father" (John 10:18). Consequently we mal 
the claim that THE FIRST MESSAGE 

When Adam and Eve left the Garden of Ed( 
they knew that the death sentence had been suf 
pended temporarily (until the Seed should come 
for their coats of skin were still warm with tlf 
forfeited life of the animal sacrifices that tli 
Lord had provided for them. At the first alt; 
outside of Eden, Abel knew that he had foui 
acceptance with God, for "the Lord had i; 
spect unto Abel and to his offering" (Gen. 4:4' 
On Mount Moriah, Abraham and Isaac learnv 
that substituting a ram in sacrifice had saved tl 
"child of promise" from a premature death. C 
fering animal sacrifices, however, even wh; 
faith looked forward to the supreme sacrifice i 
Calvary, was merely keeping up the interest <t; 
an unpaid debt until Divine justice found fi' 
satisfaction through the death of the incarnai 
Son of God, who only, and alone, could atone f 
the broken law. His unf alien nature made ator' 
ment for our sinful nature. He died for the trar 
gressions that were under the first testamer 
He arose to become the Executor of the new co 
enant. In the full assurance of faith, we thei< 

ARCH 28, 1959 


.re claim that THE SECOND MESSAGE OF 

In that great sermon preached by St. Paul on 
ars Hill, he declared that the resurrection of 
isus from the dead had furnished a basis of 
dth for all mankind. It seems that some Divine 
terposition had occurred in their communitj^ 
lat could not be ascribed to any of their known 
;ities; hence their shrine to "The unknown 
)d." His whole discourse was most courteous, 
it he did tell of the true God as the Creator 
id Upholder of all things. He declared that they 
ere the "offspring of God," and that the Lord 
as very near to them, and by seeking after God, 
ho already was the center of all living beings, 
Ley could know Him in a heart-felt relationship, 
^hen interrupted by scoffers, he only had time 
► say that a new light had burst upon the world 
ith such force and clearness that repentance 
as demanded of all mankind, and righteousness 
ould be the plumb line used in the judgment 
' the world. The empty tomb shines with super- 
itural light. 

Just before the feast period began the first 

onth of the Jewish year, all highways leading 

Jerusalem would be thronged with pilgrims. 

The head of each house would be seen carrying 
a sheaf of barley, freshly cut from his fields of 
grain at home. On reaching Jerusalem, these 
bundles of grain were delivered to the priest. On 
the third day after the Passover, these sheaves 
of firstfruits were waved by the priest before 
the Lord, which was a guarantee to the fanner 
that neither rain nor hail would destroy his 
grainfields at home, but that the entire crop 
would be safely garnered. St. Paul was think- 
ing of the feast of firstfruits when he wrote to 
the Corinthian church declaring that "Now is 
Christ risen from the dead, and become the first- 
fruits of them that slept." 

So it is that the resurrection of Jesus from 
the dead is both the type and pledge that all the 
dead shall be brought out of their graves, some 
to everlasting righteousness and others to ever- 
lasting punishment. This present life is but a 
small part of what God has planned for those 
redeemed through faith in Jesus Christ. While 
sorely afflicted in body. Job rejoiced in the hope 
of resurrection. He said, "For I know that my 
redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the 
latter day upon the earth: and though after my 
skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh 
shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, 
and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; 
though my reins be consumed within me." Pil- 
grim Holiness Advocate. 




pvURING THE FIRST CENTURIES of the Christian era and in some [ 

■'--' areas of the world even in modern times, the Church has received [ 

from the world the attitude of hostility. Hostility toward the Church [ 

may be a compliment to the Chuix;h in that the Church is treated as suffi- [ 

ciently important to be withstood. [ 

The attitude of indifference is far more detrimental than that even [ 

of hostility, for when people are indifferent and apathetic toward the [ 

Church it is an indication that, at least in their attitude, religion is irrele- [ 

vant. Many in the Christian Church are neither strongly religious nor c 

definitely anti-religious but, rather, neutral — unconcerned. Truly, has it [ 

been said that, "Listless consent is more deadly than doubt." [ 

A third and most desired attitude, which we may assume, is that of t 

loyal acceptance and adherence. Those who accept Christ as Lord and [ 

Savior and the rule and guide to their lives, and who give themselves in [ 

loyal and devoted service through the medium of the Church, are the [ 

salt of the earth and the light of the world. — Selected. f 



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The last loud trumpet's wondrous sound, 
Shall thro' the rending tombs resound, 
And wake the nations under ground. 

— Wentworth Dillon. 

THE GREAT THEME of Apostolic preaching, in con- 
trast to modern preaching, was the message of the 
resurrection (Acts 4:33). To be an apostle one had to 
be a witness of the resurrection (Acts 1:22). Even "David 
spoke of the resurrection of Christ" (Acts 2:29-31). The 
rulers were grieved at Peter and John for preaching 
"through Christ the resuri'ection from the dead (Acts 
4:2). Paul preached unto the Athenians "Jesus and the 
resurrection of the dead" (Acts 17:18). This theme never 
failed to arouse a great interest (Acts 17:32-34). It 
was the theme of a bodily resurrec