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FROM THE LIBRARY OF 

DR. ALVA J. McCLAIN, 

FOUNDER AND FIRST PRESIDENT OF 

GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 



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Vol. 14, No. 1— Jan. 5, 1952 



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An Ambassador Called Home 

Because of the sweetness of our fellowship together, 
we were all saddened by the homegoing of Dr. Clarence 
L. Sickel on December 10. And yet we "sorrow not, 
even as others which have no hope," for our brother was 
an ambassador here from the court of heaven and, after 
32 years of ambassadorship in the land of Argentina, our 
heavenly Father called His ambassador home. No honor 
given to an earthly ambassador upon his return to the 
homeland could in any way equal the honor and bless- 
ing our dear Brother Sickel has been enjoying for about 
a month now in the court of heaven. 

We recognize our loss in that our brother was a wise 
counselor, with a heart as big as all Argentina, or all the 
world for that matter. A great part of Dr. Sickel's min- 
istry in Argentina was in difficult years. At times the 
Sickels stood with but few North American missionary 
associates. But Dr. Sickel demonstrated that even 
though standing almost alone he could stand faithful. 

Brother Conard Sandy so graciously gave us space in 
last week's Herald for some messages in memorial. An- 
other will appear in this issue, and perhaps some from 
Argentina in future issues. But all these words are but 
a slight token of what might be said in all truthfulness 
concerning our brother, Dr. Clarence L. Sickel. I am 
sure you will join with us in prayer for Dr. Sickel's im- 
mediate family, many relatives and friends, as well as 
for the work in Argentina. Pray, too, that others, prob- 
ably now in their years of preparation, will step in and 
carry on from the time when Dr. Sickel was called home. 



Your New Year's Question 

We are indebted to Bro. Foye B. Miller for another 
beautiful design on this issue. You and I face a question. 
No Christian has a right to make a New Year's resolu- 
tion until he has asked this New Year's question: "Lord, 
what wilt thou have me to do?" The Lord gave the 
answer, "GO YE." 

For believers the new year will not be a time of be- 
ginning again, but of continuing on in the ministry of 
our blessed Lord. It should be a time when we will 
determine to intensify our attack on the strongholds of 
evil, and multiply our activities in the business of getting 
the Gospel out to the ends of the earth. 



A Challenge 

Forty-five thousand dollars this year will care for all 
needs of Grace Seminary, both in retiring the building 
indebtedness and in current operation. That is not an 



unreasonable amount for our fellowship of churches. 

If the Brethren Home Missions Council should receive 
$100,000 more than last year every dollar could be used 
to the glory of the Lord. You have heard Brother Grubb 
and others tell of the many large cities in the United 
States where there are units of Brethren believers, or 
great opportunities to have strong self-supporting Breth- 
ren churches quickly. Well, the Council is only a home 
mission hand for every member of the Brethren Church. 

Let's be sure we exceed last year's gift just as much as 
the Lord directs. As he directs. He will enable. The 
challenge is to walk by faith and give large offerings to 
these worthy institutions. 



Congratulations, Graduates! 

Missionaries may need to be my interpreters, but I 
desire in the pages of the Herald to congratulate every 
graduate from our Bible institutes in Africa and Argen- 
tina. The end of November saw the completion of the 
school year in both fields, and goodly groups graduated. 
I do not know the total number, but on behalf of every 
member of the Brethren Church I want to congratulate 
each graduate. It has been our part to carry the blessed 
Gospel to you and arrange for your Christian training. 
Now it is your part, and the part of the Brethren Church 
in your country, to assume the responsibilities of going 
out to give the Gospel to every town and village in your 
land. May God's blessings attend you. 



Write Your Congressman 

January is the month in which President Truman, ac- 
cording to his former announcement, expects to renew 
his attempt to appoint an official representative to the 
Vatican. We have paid a great price in this country for 
religious freedom and as an American, especially as a 
Protestant American, I want to protest this proposed 
action. I urge every reader to pray that all plans for 
this political affiliation shall be frustrated. It will be 
very worth while for you to write immediately to your 
Congressman, expressing your protest. A letter to the 
President would also help greatly. 



Summer Activities This Winter 

Winter is summertime in Argentina. Daily Vacation 
Bible schools, youth camps, conferences, and conven- 
tions are in progress or rapidly approaching. Tent meet- 
ings have been in progress at Rio Cuarto, and will prob- 
ably be continued in other cities. Miss Bertha Abel, 
who arrived in Buenos Aires on December 17, 'will have 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD : Entered as second class matter April 16, 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind.. under 
the act of March 3. 1879 Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price, $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches, S1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of D lr ectors: Arnold Kriegbaum. President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
Secretary, Ord Gehman Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles. 
Robert Miller. William H. Schaffer. 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



this finest of all seasons in which to become acquainted 
with general field activities. 



Living at the Border 

Several have asked: "What is your plan for Baja Cal- 
ifornia?" The article by Bro. Walter Haag in this issue 
will help to explain, but may we offer a few further 
words of explanation. A great deal of investigation of 
the peninsula of Baja California has revealed several 
things: 

1. The need for evangelization and Christian testi- 
mony is great. There are between 200,000 and 300,000 
people without Christ as personal Saviour. 

2. The common people are favorable to the Gospel 
and will listen. Of course the priesthood so opposes the 
Gospel that the masses are often blinded. 

. 3. Those who are pastors of churches in Mexico or 
who lead in Christian activity must be Mexican citizens 
born in Mexico. United States citizens have difficulty 
in living in Mexico for more than 6 months unless large 
investments are made in the country, or a large deposit 
made with the government. 

4. Our desire eventually is to work about 500 to 700 
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miles south of the U. S. A.-Mexican border, but even 
there we will need trained national workers to carry the 
burden of the work, with the missionary helping in an 
evangelistic and Bible-teaching ministry. 

Considering all problems, it has been judged best for 
our missionaries to locate at a gate of entry into Baja 
California, on the United States side, where there is 
complete freedom to teach and preach and there to 
establish a Mexican Bible institute or Bible school for 
the training of interested Mexicans who have been and 
will be won to Christ. These trained workers, then, will 
become the message-bearers to their own people. In 
addition to this present teaching ministry, the missionary 
families will make extended trips into Baja — trips for 
evangelization and spiritual encouragement. They will 
at the same time work among the concentrated groups of 
Mexican people along the border on both the United 
States and Mexican sides. 

For the present at least, and probably permanently, 
the missionaries will live in San Ysidro, Calif., just 2 
miles from the gate of entry into Tijuana, Mexico. Both 
the Walter Haag and Roy Howard families are now liv- 
ing at 439 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro. 



Dr. Clarence L. Sickel— Servant of the Lord 

By Miss Ruth E. Reddick 

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his 
saints. O Lord, truly I am thy servant . . ." (Psa. 116: 
15-16). 

The words of the Psalmist express a true sentiment 
concerning Dr. Clarence L. Sickel — he was a servant of 
the Lord! His service was not only given in the land of 
Argentina, but also in his homeland as well. On two 
different occasions at least, when home on furlough, the 
Lord opened the way and used him in the pastorate. He 
successfully served as pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Whittier, Calif., for approximately 2 years 
before returning to Argentina in 1928. On a subsequent 
furlough he enjoyed a very fruitful ministry as pastor 
of the Second Brethren Church of Long Beach, Calif. 

During my childhood and "growing-up" days I was a 
member of the Whittier church; hence Brother Sickel 
was my pastor. It was a joy to become acquainted with 
the Sickel family, and it has been a joy to follow them 
on through their years of service for the Lord. My 
youthful mind listened eagerly to the stories of mission- 
ary life in Argentina. Brother Sickel's speaking voice 
was of a quality which held his hearers' rapt attention, 
and his message honored the Lord Jesus Christ at all 
times. 

The thought and prospect of missionary service in 
Argentina became, as a result of his ministry, a goal 
toward which I aimed during the years which followed. 
However, I did not realize that I had been unconsciously 
striving for such a goal until long after the Sickels re- 
turned to the field. Brother Sickel encouraged me to 
make the most of my opportunities and to secure as 
much education as possible. In the course of years the 
door closed to me for missionary service in that land, 
but the Lord opened another door of service for Him. 

The homegoing of a loved one or a beloved friend 
always brings to one's mind the years of acquaintance- 
ship. Since the news of Dr. Sickel's passing came to our 




Dr. and Mrs. Sickel as they appeared on last furlough. 

foreign mission office, I have been thinking in retrospect 
concerning his influence upon my life. I can truly say 
that I believe my service in the office of the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren Church has come 
about through the direction and encouragement of this 
servant of the Lord during the days of my childhood. 

One of the very first letters I received after taking 
over the work of financial secretary on November 1 was 
from Dr. Sickel. Again he gave me words of encour- 
agement and assured me that there was no joy com- 
parable to that of serving the Lord in the place which 
He appointed. 

Many others can say with me that they are serving the 
Lord today because a faithful servant of the Lord— Dr. 
Clarence L. Sickel — showed them the way. 



January 5, 1952 



Brother Sickel Laid to Rest in Rio Cuarto, Argentina 



(Editor's Note — Just shortly before this issue of the 
Herald was ready to go to press, our foreign mission 
office received a letter from Bro. Jack Churchill in 
Argentina, giving us word concerning the homegoing of 
Brother Sickel. We are sharing this letter with you.) 

Almafuerte, Argentina, 
December 14, 1951. 
Dear Brother Barnard: 

Realizing that you will be awaiting further word con- 
cerning the homegoing of Brother Sickel, I will try to 
put in writing that which still seems unreal. 

I was present for the operation on December 5; 
Brother Sickel came out from it feeling quite good and 
in apparent good spirits. Mrs. Sickel was with him there 
in Cordoba all the time, of course, and we talked to her 
by telephone from here in Almafuerte each day. On 
Sunday, when we called by phone, he was feeling much 
better; on Monday afternoon, not so well. Then about 
9:30 Monday evening, one of the neighbors came to tell 
us that a call had come requesting us to get to the city 
as quickly as possible. We reached Cordoba at 11:45 
p.m. (December 10). The doctor was standing in the 
street door and his words were: "He has just gone." 

I am afraid that I was not the one on whom Mother 
Sickel and Miriam could lean in those first hours because 
I, too, felt the loss so keenly. He had been a second 



father and a wonderful inspiration to me in these few 
years that I had known him. 

We had made arrangements for burial in Cordoba, 
where there is a Protestant cemetery, but when the folks 
arrived from Rio Cuarto with the plea that he be taken 
down there to rest among those who knew him best and 
where he had served the most years, it seemed best to 
us, too. It was possible to make the change, and on 
December 12 the funeral service was held in Rio Cuarto. 
The esteem in which he was held was made evident by 
the presence of many men from the business and profes- 
sional world who came to pay their respects, along with 
those who knew him as a brother in Christ and as a 
pastor. An announcement was made over the new radio 
station and an article appeared in El Pueblo, one of the 
local papers, the following day. 

We are deeply grateful to our fellow workers here on 
the field who, while feeling the loss keenly, have helped 
in so many ways so that the blow should not fall so 
heavily on those of the immediate family. We deeply 
appreciate the prayers and the sympathy of the Brother- 
hood at home. Pray now that His grace may sustain us 
in these first weeks and months when the separation is 
so sharply felt. 

Sincerely in the Saviour's name, 

Jack B. Churchill. 



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GO YE THEREFORE . . . 



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By Miss Bertha Abel 

(Editor's Note — Miss Abel sailed from New York on 
December 3 for Argentina, where she arrived shortly 
before Christmas. She graduated from Grace Seminary 
in the class of 1949. She is also well trained in business 
and in music. Her home is in Columbus, Ind., but she is 
a member of the Winona Lake Brethren Church.) 

My sailing day is almost at hand, and at times I feel 
like pinching myself to make sure it isn't all a dream. It 
isn't a dream, though; it's a wonderful reality. 

During the summer of 1945, almost 5 years after I was 
saved at a rescue mission in Indianapolis, I felt the need 
to consecrate my life wholly to the 
Lord and did so several weeks later. 
After that the Lord started speaking to 
my heart through missionary speakers 
concerning foreign missionary work. 
After the first time, I told the Lord I 
wanted to do His will and would be a 
missionary if that was what I was sup- 
posed to do, but I would rather do 
something else. My heart was touched 
a little more the second time, which 
was about 9 months later. Then I told 
the Lord that it didn't make any difference to me what 
He would have me to do. The third time, however, He 
spoke to me through the biography of a missionary, and 
from that moment on I have had no desire to be any- 
thing else than a foreign missionary. The only trouble 
was that I wanted to go to the field right away, and that 
was impossible. I didn't believe I could even wait the 
2 or 3 years necessary for Bible study, and those few 




Miss Abel 



years of waiting were to stretch to 5 years. But how 
marvelous is His merciful and loving leading in our lives! 

These past 5 years have been ones of learning great 
spiritual lessons from His hand, which have been worth 
many times the years of waiting, besides the abundant 
blessings He has so graciously bestowed upon me. It 
was during those years that I feasted on God's Word at 
Grace Seminary and was convinced of the truths of the 
Brethren Church and was led to place my membership 
in it. 

In contrast, however, the permanent visa came through 
rapidly, for which I praise the Lord. The hands are 
busy packing and taking care of the many last-minute 
details, but the heart is set toward Argentina — a land 
now foreign to me. It seems to be a very appropriate 
place for me to be because I have always been in close 
contact with Roman Catholic people. For the first 23 
years of my life I lived in a neighborhood made up al- 
most entirely of Roman Catholics, and my early child- 
hood playmates were children of that religion. Then, 
too, my interest in the people of that church has deep- 
ened with the passing of time, due to the fact that my 
sister, a nonbeliever, married a Roman Catholic man 
and is now a member of that church. 

I thank the people of the Brethren Church for sending 
me forth as a missionary to the people of Argentina, and 
I am anxiously looking forward to serving Him in that 
field. Please pray for me as I sail, begin my new work, 
and endeavor to learn the new language, that this weak 
vessel might somehow be used of the Lord in reaching 
the lost of Argentina for Him, for "faith cometh by hear- 
ing, and hearing by the word of God." 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Life of a Missionary's Wife 



By Mrs. Solon Hoyt 




A dear friend came to me the other day with a long 
list of questions about our life on the mission field and 
it made me realize how much you here at home are in- 
terested in what we do every day. Things that have 
become commonplace to us, to you are strange. These 
are the answers to some of her ques- 
tions and I hope they will answer some 
in your mind. 

What is our daily routine? 

About 7 o'clock we get up, dress in a 
hurry (if it's winter) to be ready to get 
our milk from the milkman about 7:30. 
He comes with his horse and wagon, 
measures out our milk from his large 
milk can and goes on his way through Mrs - Hoyt 

the pueblo. We then put our milk on the stove to boil, 
and before long we have our breakfast of coffee made 
with milk, and bread and jelly. Most of the mission- 
aries have adopted this custom of eating such breakfasts 
for convenience sake and because of the fact that we 
are unable to buy cold cereals. 

After the dishes are washed the work begins. All the 
floors must be mopped and everything dusted. The wind 
has literally covered the floors with dust and dirt and if 
we are to live like human beings we must forever be 
behind the broom and dust rag. I have seen days in La 
Carlota when 5 minutes after I had dusted, the floors 
and furniture would be white with a fine dust. 

The rush to get dinner begins after the house has been 
cleaned and dusted. I say dinner because we generally 
have the larger meal at noon. By that time the veg- 
etable man with his wagon has come and gone and all 
the vegetables are waiting to be cleaned. We have little 
use for a can opener. The meat was bought earlier in 
the morning at the market for 15 cents a pound. We 
buy every day except Sunday to be able to keep the 
meat. This term, the Lord willing, we hope to take back 
a refrigerator and thus save time and energy. 

We try to snatch a few minutes' rest after dinner in 
the "sitesta" hour, but many times it is the only time 
that we have to write letters, mend, read, etc. At 3 
o'clock we must be on our way either visiting or off to a 
neighboring town with the loudspeaker. We go up and 
down the streets of the town for about 2 hours playing 
gospel records, reading portions of the Scripture, or giv- 
ing short Gospel messages. As we go we hand out tracts 
and invite them to the evening meeting. Back in our 
meeting hall again we eat a little lunch we have pre- 
pared and at 9:30 in the summer and 8:30 in the winter 
our services begin. About 10:30 or 11:00 we gather up 
our equipment, pile into our car (not a '51 Buick — most 
likely a Model A Ford) and bump over the mud roads 
to our home. 

The first thing we do when we get home is to run for 
the water. It's not hot, but we don't mind; we're only 
too glad to get clean. This reminds me that we do want 
to express our appreciation to the ladies of the WMC for 
making it possible for us on this term to take back a 

January 5, 7952 



kerosene hot-water heater. Every time we turn on the 
hot water we'll think of you. 

At about 12 o'clock we're ready for bed, weary in body 
but happy in soul. 

Do we have help in the home? 

Almost everybody up till recently has had help in the 
home. Most of the missionaries now, however, are with- 
out help. Government regulations make it compulsory 
that every servant be paid what is called the "aguinaldo." 
It simply means that the last month of the year they are 
paid double their normal wage. This, together with 
other regulations, has made it almost above our reach 
in price. Most of the servant girls have gone to the 
large cities where wages are much higher. 

Do we send our children to school? 

From my own experience I have found that Argentine 
schools are not very satisfactory. I sent Rita to a native 
school for about 2 weeks but saw she was getting no- 
where. The teachers are not allowed to punish the chil- 
dren and as a result one can always tell an Argentine 
teacher because their voices are so hoarse. It was al- 
ways amusing to me to pass a schoolhouse and hear the 
teachers shouting above the noise of the classroom 
trying to make themselves heard. Rita came home one 
day saying that one little boy threatened to kick the 
teacher that day. Seeing that the noise and confusion in 
the classroom was such that she couldn't learn, we sent 
her to a private teacher. This proved to be very satis- 
factory. 

Her first grade in English I taught as I could with the 
use of a set of first-grade books, workbooks, etc., which 
my first-grade teacher gave me when she knew I would 
have to teach Rita. When we return we expect to con- 
tinue with the third grade in the Calvert course. 

What are our stores like? 

So many times we've thought of the self-service 
supermarkets and wished that the Argentines would in- 
troduce such stores. In the morning we set out to buy 
our groceries: our bread we buy at the bakery, our but- 
ter at another store, our meat at the market, our baking 
soda, cream of tartar, etc., at the drug store, and our 
vegetables at the vegetable store — that is, if we have no 
vegetable man who comes to the door. Instead of going 
to one store we go to five. 

Does it get cold? 

The temperature in winter hovers around freezing, 
not making it quite cold enough for snow but plenty 
cold to make us want to hang around our wood or kero- 
sene stoves. Our homes are the Spanish-style homes 
with one room after another in a long line, all opening 
up into the yard or patio. With such an arrangement it 
makes it impossible to heat every room, so we only at- 
tempt to heat the living room and the kitchen. We ap- 
preciate every blanket we can put on when we go to bed 
in our cold, cold bedrooms. Central heating and North 
American types of house arrangement is just now begins 
ning to come into the larger cities. 



Ambassadors for Christ in France 



(Editor's Note — Rev. and Mrs. P. F. Fogle are now 
located in France and are busily engaged in language 
study. Their address is 32 Route de Montesson, Le 
Vesinet, Seine et Oise, France.) 



GOING 



STRANGERS 




P. F. Fogle 



Jesus said: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature." The greatest work of the 
Church of Jesus Christ and of every genuine believer in 
Christ is just that. It is because of this that my family 
and I are: 

1. Going to France. God has called us to France to 
work for Him. France today is a na- 
tion that needs Christ. It is made up 
of millions who need Christ, and yet 
the majority of them have never heard 
His message. It is part of the vast world 
that the Lord has given to us as His 
ambassadors to which we must tell the 
story of Jesus. It has been over 2 years 
now since we first thought of going to 
France, and now the realization of that 
thought and the answer to many pray- 

ers has finally come. We are now: 

2. Going to Preach the Gospel. Our work will not be 
mainly to study the language and the people, although it 
will include that. It will not be just a trip of investiga- 
tion. It will not be at all to show France the American 
way of life. It is to preach the Gospel of the saving 
power of Christ in any way and in as many ways as we 
can. In going to give out this wonderful message, we 
are: 

3. Going as Those on God's Side. This task that God 
has given is too difficult for us; we have many limita- 
tions; there are many adversaries. Yet, because we are 
Christ's, and Christ is God's, we are on God's side, and 
"if God be for us, who can be against us?" We know 
that the Lord will bless the work in France because He 
has promised. 

In going, we wish to thank all those who have so gra- 
ciously shown an interest in God's future work in 
France, and we wish to ask that all the Brethren pray 
for us continuously. — P. Fredrick Fogle. 



SEND! PRAY! GIVE! 

"Go send to your little black brothers 
And sisters, too, over the sea, 

The story of Jesus in heaven, 

Who wants them His children to be. 

"Go pray for your little brown brothers 
And sisters, too, over the sea, 

Go pray they hear the sweet story 
And learn His children to be. 

"Go give what to you has been given; 

Give cheerfully, this is His word; 
Go send the glad story of Jesus 

To children who never have heard." 




"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart 
trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart 
greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him." 
Truly the Lord has been and ever shall be my strength 
and my shield, for I have trusted and do trust Him, and 
praise His precious name for all His grace and mercy 
to me. 

As I look back over past years, I can 
see how the Lord has had His directing 
hand in every major step of my life. 
He allowed me to be born into a Chris- 
tian home, led me to a fundamental 
church, chose for me a Christian hus- 
band, and now has led us to France to 
labor for Him. 

Since folks have heard of our inten- 
tion of going to France to live, many 
have said to me: "Are you going to like 
it?" "Aren't you afraid to take your 
there?" To the first I'm glad that I can say: "Yes, of 
course, we are going to like it because it is the Lord's 
will for our lives, and nothing could be better or even 
compare to His will." To the second: "No, thank God, 
I'm not afraid to go nor to take my children anywhere 
that the Lord leads, for He will go with us — just one 
step ahead." 

By the time you read this we will be on the other side 
of the "pond," strangers in a strange land, and alienated 
from home and loved ones, but, thank God, not strangers 
to Him, nor alienated from His love and care. 

Pray for us that we will be faithful to live, love, and 
serve Him as would please Him until He either calls or 
comes for us. — Maurita Fogle. 



Mrs. Fogle 



children over 



WHO SHOULD GIVE NOTHING TO MISSIONS? 

1. Those who believe that Jesus made a mistake when 
He said, "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations." 

2. Those who do not believe that the "Gospel is the 
power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, 
Jew or Greek." 

3. Those who wish that no missionary had come to 
our forefathers and would prefer to be heathen. 

4. Those who believe that everyone in the world 
should shift for himself and ask with Cain, "Am I my 
brother's keeper?" 

5. Those who do not care to have part in Christ's 
final victory. 

6. Those who believe that God will not call them to 
account because of the way they spend their (?) money. 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Wishing We Did Understand 



By Rev. William ,). Samarin 




Rev. W. J. Samarin 



Comprenez vous? That is what we have continually 
been asked since we got to France: "Do you under- 
stand?" Most of the time we had to say, "Non" (no), 
when we wished that we really did understand. And 
sometimes we said, "Oui" (yes), when we did not un- 
derstand all. We have said, "Non," when we should 
have said, "Oui," and vice versa. So we work on this 
language day after day with the 
hope that by summertime, when 
we leave for Africa, we shall be 
able to handle the language with 
ease. 

This is how we go at it. Two 
hours each day are spent at 
school, the Alliance Francaise, 
where we treat conversation, 
grammar, reading, and composi- 
tion. All teaching is in French, so 
you can imagine what difficulty 
the beginners have. English is 
not used, for there are Norwe- 
gians, Danes, Chinese, Egyptians, and many others in 
the school. The rest of the day must be spent in trying 
to assimilate all that was said or assigned. Sometimes 
over a hundred words a day must be memorized. More 
important than this is the need for conversation, for it 
is one thing to know that object pronouns go before 
the verbs but it is another thing to get them correctly. 
Sometimes the sentences come out like a mixed green 
salad. For example, the day I called up to reserve a 
hotel room for the Fogies I wanted to say that I did not 
know how old the children were for "I have never seen 
them," "Je ne les ai jamais vus, but that is not how it 
came out! 

One has to look for opportunities where he can get 
into conversations. In fact, one has to make them. This 



A MIRACLE IN AFRICA 

The days of miracles are not past! Recently a young 
heathen mother took her dying baby to the witch doctor 
who smeared black pomade over its body and assured 
the mother the child would live. Instead, it grew worse. 
Then the mother took the baby to her husband's Mo- 
hammedan teacher, who wrote some characters on a 
piece of paper, put it into water, and made the baby 
swallow it. Again the baby grew worse. In desperation 
the mother went to the pastor in the village and told him 
to take the child; it would die anyway, she said, and she 
wanted it to die in God's hands. 

The young pastor, a man of faith, told her that if she 
would give the child to God He would heal it. He took 
the baby in his arms and in front of the curious crowd 
prayed in the name of Jesus that the child would be de- 
livered from its paralysis. The child opened its eyes, 
ate, and 3 days later was completely well. Pray that the 
parents will accept the living Christ as their Saviour. — 
Rev. S. T. Burns, in the Alliance Weekly. 



is not too easily done when one's vocabulary is still lim- 
ited. How often have I plunged into a conversation only 
to hit the cement bottom, that is, being "stumped" by 
the lack of a crucial word. In situations like that we 
stop and say, "Vne minute," and search for the word 




The Alliance Francaise in Paris, where the Samarins, 
the Don Millers, and the Fogies study French. 



while our friends wait in suspense. There are times, too, 
when we blissfully sail along until we hit a rock — we 
have made a mistake! I once asked for du boeuj coupe 
(stew) and almost got hamburger instead! 

While all of this is going on, people look at us with 
that look that one only gives to etrangers (foreigners). 
And sometimes they laugh at us. Some boys who passed 
my wife talking English with another missionary were 
heard to mumble in imitation. All of this we experience 
for the sake of learning French, the official language of 
the African colony in which our mission is located. 



A VENERABLE COLORED MINISTER who had been 
pleading earnestly for foreign missions, closed with these 
words: "Bredren, I've heard of churches dat's dyin' of 
'spectability, I've heard of churches where de souls of de 
people is all shriveled up with selfishness, and I've heard 
of lots of churches like a barren desert, with no livin' 
waters, no waters of 'freshment runnin' in 'em 'cause 
dey refuse to do de Lord's will. But, bredren, whoever 
heard of a church dat was killed 'cause it gave money 
to foreign missions? Whoever heard of a church dat 
died 'cause it did what de Lord said? Neber, neber, 
bredren! Ef anybody would tell me of such a church 
in all dis wide universe, I'd make a pilgrimage to dat 
church. I would climb up its ivy-mantled walls, and to 
de top of de steeple, and lay dis great black hand on de 
topmost stone of dat temple and say, 'Blessed are de 
dead dat die in de Lord.' " — King's Business. 



January 5, 7952 



FINDING A HOME 



By Mrs. Walter Haag 



We emerged from the last month with two facts im- 
printed upon our minds. They not only comforted us, 
but actually got behind and pushed us along, so to 
speak. Many times each day we reminded ourselves of 
the advice given by Dr. Barnard: "Time spent in investi- 
gation is time well spent." It was mostly as we saw the 
sun go down on another day of no definite progress that 
we would praise the Lord that "He creates every day 
anew." It gave us an assurance of the morrow. 

Every day except the Sundays in the past month found 
the Haags driving the streets of San Ysidro and area 
looking for those small squares on or near a house which 
say, "For Rent" or "For Sale." They are rare here due 
to the establishment of new military airfields in the 
vicinity, as well as increased employment of factory 
workers. When one could be found, then we would 
start the door-knocking, telephone-ringing, and so on. 
After exhausting every possible clue, we would then 
exhaust the real estate men as well. We were always 
the last to be exhausted — the Lord was behind us. When 




Young people of Baja California who need the Gospel. 



we were, we would go home to have another prayer 
meeting, and restock the car with sandwiches, lemonade 
(the water is horrible here), and fruit, and be ready for 
a new start. 

Sharon and Doug enjoyed more picnics, box lunches, 
and tossed -together meals during this short time than 
in all their lifetime before. It became quite unusual for 
them to take their naps in their beds. They are still 
amazingly healthy, for which we praise His name. I say 
"amazingly," for at times I came to the end of the day 
tired to the marrow of my bones and the two children 
still had energy to spare. 

But that is all background material. I'm really burst- 
ing at the seams to tell the climax. One day we found 
just what we thought we should have in the way of a 
home base. Before doing anything definite about it, we 
prayed that the Lord would make it possible, if it was 
His will, or make it impossible to obtain if out of His 
will for us. Do you know what? Someone came to the 
owner's rescue financially and he didn't have to sell. I 



wish I could honestly say I was elated right at the 
moment with the way the Lord led. 

Thus, scratch was our starting point again the next 
day — that is, scratch one's head as to what to do next. 
The street driving yielded nothing. By noon we found 
the real estate man in his office. While we ate sand- 
wiches and oranges in the car, Walt went over his list- 
ings with him. Nothing available was at all suitable. 
Upon terminating the list, the secretary spoke up to 

inform him that Mrs. had just called and wanted 

to sell her property. It seemed to be just what we had 
been praying for. We certainly walked into that office 
at just the right moment. It is continually wonderful to 
us how the Lord controls each and every situation. 

Later we were to learn that the other real estate 
office in town, with which we had chosen not to deal 
because of the agent's frequent intoxication, had listed 
that property for a week and couldn't understand why it 
didn't sell. It is very unusual to have a reasonably 
priced, three-bedroom house only one-half block from 
a new grammar school, and not be able to sell it in a 
day or two in this vicinity. 

Perhaps it takes a month of trying and failing to get 
my emotions simmered down so that when the Lord 
does something so wonderful (and He always does), I 
won't blow up with elation, like "Old Faithful" geyser, 
because of His goodness. "His grace is sufficient for all." 



ETERNITY WITHIN MY HEART 

The One who made earth perfect at the start 
Has set eternity within my heart. 
The harmonies of heaven oft I hear 
As signs of age and frailties appear. 

So many undertakings scarce begun; 
Because of tasks that I must leave undone 
Make me to know assuredly that He 
Ordained that I should live eternally. 

Life He has imparted deep within; 

His life, that has no end, no origin. 

I shall outlive the ages yet to be; 

As timeless as the Christ who lives in me. 

— Leona Dawson Cole. 



DECAY ASSURED 

"Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he him- 
self said, it is more blessed to give than to receive." An 
artist was once asked to paint a picture of a decaying 
church. To the astonishment of many, instead of put- 
ting on the canvas an old, tottering ruin, the artist 
painted a stately edifice of modern grandeur, with carved 
pulpit, magnificent organ, and colored windows. But 
suspended from a nail in the wall hung a square box, 
very simply painted, bearing the legend, "Collection for 
Foreign Missions," and over the slot was painted a 
cobweb! 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



AT THE GATE OF ENTRY 



By Rev. Walter Haag 



As yet, it is still a time of anticipating the blessing of 
the Lord on the work in Baja California. Yes, we have 
seen His hand working and guiding day by day in the 
past few months to the end that He has given us a place 
to call home and a base from which to work into Tijuana 
and then into Baja California. The response of the Mex- 
ican people to the Gospel and the beginning of an indig- 
enous work to be carried on by the Mexicans themselves, 
however, is something future for which we are trusting 
the Lord. We could hope it might be accomplished very 
quickly, but we well know that there is a proper time in 
His work and wish to fit into His perfect plan here in 
Baja California. 

The wicked city of Tijuana, catering to the lust of the 
flesh and the lust of the eye of thousands of U. S. citi- 
zens daily and tens of thousands on week ends and holi- 
days, presents a great challenge to us. The few sound 
testimonies there now are barely scratching the surface 
of the some 70,000 people who live there. The life and 




A common 

means of 

transportation 

in Baja 

California. 



actions of the loose-living, betting and gambling U. S. 
person who makes Tijuana what it is, doesn't help the 
native people to readily accept our testimony concerning 
the power of our Saviour to save. There is the barrier, 
too, of the general attitude of the people toward a for- 
eigner, and especially one who has considerable of the 
American accent in his speech as yet. 

New houses in Tijuana are spreading over the sur- 
rounding hillsides and in some areas there are no 
churches or Christian meetings as far as we know. In 
these areas we wish to work, so as not to interfere with 
churches already in other parts. It is our prayer that we 
can reach some young men for the Lord who will conse- 
crate themselves to carry on the most of the work of 
evangelism and preaching to their own people. This 
avoids difficulties with the Mexican law and eliminates 
the barriers we experience as foreigners. 

Several times we have thought we had a contact that 
might open the way into a few homes where there was 



an interest in the Gospel, but as yet we haven't suc- 
ceeded in doing much but give a testimony here and 
there, and we have given out some Spanish tracts telling 
the reader of his need of salvation. One such contact 
was a Mexican who was laboring at odd jobs and at the 
time we met him was, with his partner, digging a septic 
tank and cesspool for the trailer court 'where we were 
staying. Our first meeting was merely a salutation and 
the giving of a tract to each of the fellows. A couple of 
days later as I walked near, the one called to me to ask 
if I had more tracts, for he wanted to read more and was 
interested in the Bible. I gave him some other tracts 
and a New Testament which he promised to read. Dur- 
ing the week I was called several times by the court 
owner to translate his desires of work to be done by the 
Mexican, and had opportunity one day to question the 
Mexican about his relationship to God. He seemed to 
know the Lord in a personal way, for he told me how the 
Holy Spirit lived within him. He then told me of what 
he had read in the New Testament, and especially of the 
miracles that Jesus performed. This fellow has no direct 
relationship with any of the churches in Tijuana. His 
wife, however, attends one of the cults. We are in hopes 
our acquaintance with him may be one of the ways by 
which we may be invited into the homes of some of his 
friends and thus speak to them concerning the Lord. He 
went with us last week and directed us to most all of the 
churches of the city in order that we might know then- 
location. 

We thank the Lord for this small evidence of Mexi- 
cans who are interested in helping us carry the Gospel 
to their own people that "whosoever will" may come to 
know our Saviour, too. 



DOES A MISSIONARY SACRIFICE? 

For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that 
God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of 
the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life 
in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply 
paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our 
God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice 
which brings its own best reward in healthful activity, 
the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and the 
bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? 

Away with such a word, in such a view, and with such 
a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say, rather, 
that it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or 
danger now and then, with a foregoing of the common 
convenience and charities of this life, may make us 
pause and cause the spirit to waver and sink; but let 
this only be for a moment. 

All of these are nothing when compared with the glory 
which will hereafter be revealed in and for us. I never 
made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk, when we 
remember the great sacrifice made by Him who left His 
Father's throne on high to give Himself for us.— David 
Livingstone. 



January 5, 1952 



9 



Aids for Prayer Warriors in January 1952 



FOREIGN MISSIONARY 
SOCIETY— 

Pray for: 

1. Mrs. Loree Sickel in these days 
following the death of Dr. Sickel. 
Also remember their daughters — 
Mrs. Clifford Yocky, of Long Beach, 
and Mrs. Jack Churchill, of Argen- 
tina, as well as Dr. Sickel's aged 
parents in La Verne, Calif. 

2. The Churchill family in Ar- 
gentina, that permanent visas may 
be granted for their residence. The 
situation may become acute if they 
have to leave within a short time. 

3. Miss Bertha Abel, who has re- 
cently arrived in Argentina, that she 
may be speedily enabled to grasp the 
language and assume the duties for 
which she is so greatly needed. 

4. The Paul Miller family as the 
time draws near for them to leave 
for Brazil. Brother Miller will fin- 
ish his seminary training late in 
January and they are making prep- 
arations to leave for Brazil around 
March 1. 

5. Miss Marie Mishler as s h e 
"mothers" the missionary children at 
school in Africa, and for Miss Ruth 
Kent, their teacher. 

6. Permanent visas for the Car- 
son Rottler family. They are making 
plans to leave for Argentina just as 
soon as these are reecived. 

7. The Board of Trustees of the 
Foreign Missionary Society as plans 
are made for their midyear meeting 
in February. 

8. The Bellevue-Bossangoa dis- 
trict of our field in Africa, that cer- 
tain opposing forces at work in that 
area may be overcome and that the 
native believers may be strengthened 
in their stand for their Lord and 
Saviour. 

9. The missionaries in Africa, 
who have now returned to their var- 
ious stations following their annual 
Field Council meeting and who, in 
many cases, will assume new respon- 
sibilities. 

10. The missionaries in Argentina, 
that they may be strengthened and 
enabled to carry the added responsi- 
bilities which will be theirs since the 
homegoing of Dr. Sickel. 

11. The missionares in Brazil — 
their building program — the growth 
and establishment of the Brethren 
Church in Brazil. 

12. Those in language study — 
the Fogies, Millers, and Samarins in 



their study of French; the Haags and 
the Howards as they endeavor to 
grasp Spanish. 

HOME MISSION COUNCIL— 

1. Pray for the. 'young men of 
Taos, N. Mex., as they do house-to- 
house visitation work in that com- 
munity. 

2. Pray for the new Spanish mis- 
sion at Cordillera, and especially for 
Tony Luna as he helps in that work. 

3. Pray for a new Bible class 
started at Talpa, N. Mex., by a lay- 
man from Cordillera. 

4. Pray for the distribution of 
1,000 Gospel packets at Chico, Calif., 
that they might be used as a means 
of getting into the homes of that 
community. 

5. Praise God for making it pos- 
sible for the Grace Brethren Church, 




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Fremont, Ohio, to become self-sup- 
porting in 1952. Also pray that the 
Lord will supply every financial need 
of the church during the coming year. 
6. Pray for a number of people 
attending the First Brethren Church, 
Cheyenne, Wyo., that they might 
make a decision to join that work. 

GRACE SEMINARY— 

1. Praise God for the way He has 
so wonderfully cared for the needs 
of Grace Seminary since its begin- 
ning. Pray definitely for the annual 
offering as it is now being received 
throughout our National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches. The need is 
approximately $50,000. 

2. Praise the Lord for the strength 
and wisdom given to Dr. Alva J. Mc- 
Clain in guiding the building pro- 
gram to its completion. Pray for 
him as he takes several months of 
needed rest as advised by his phy- 
sician. 

3. Praise God for the way He has 
cared for the financial and physical 
needs of our student body. Pray 
earnestly for Rodney Wysong, a 
Junior in the seminary, who lies 



dangerously ill at his home in Day- 
ton, Ohio. 

BRETHREN MISSIONARY 
HERALD COMPANY— 

1. Pray that the message of this 
paper in 1952 may always be God- 
honoring, Christ-centered, and Spir- 
it-dictated. 

2. Pray that the message of the 
paper might be received with profit 
by all who read it; that it might be 
used to point some to Christ Jesus 
for salvation; and that it might be 
used to help the saints to grow in 
grace. 

3. Pray that every writer might, 
work for the glory of the Lord Jesus. 

WOMEN'S MISSIONARY 
COUNCIL— 

1. Pray that the year 1952 will be 
one of spiritual victory in the lives of 
the members of the WMC. 

2. Pray that there will be an in- 
crease in interest and diligence in 
prayer on the part of the prayer 
bands this year. 

3. Pray for a liberal offering for 
our Grace Seminary project this 
year. 

SISTERHOOD OF MARY 
AND MARTHA— 

1. Pray for our general offering 
that it may be sufficient to meet the 
needs of our national organization. 

2. Pray that each SMM girl may 
be strengthened in Christ, that she 
may be able to withstand the daily 
temptations of the world. 

3. Pray for each patroness that 
she will walk worthy of the leader- 
ship of SMM girls. 

BRETHREN YOUTH 
FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray for the youth director as 
he works among the churches in 
Virginia in January. Pray especially 
for the youth rally at Buena Vista 
January 4-5. 

2. Pray for the development and 
use of the new BYF lessons and pro- 
gram ideas we are now sending out 
monthly. Pray especially for the 
writers of this material. 

3. Pray for the young people who 
want to enter college or Bible school 
this second semester, that funds and 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClain 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



The Tracy, Calif., church reports 
92 in Bible school on December 9, 
with 3 decisions for the Saviour 
during the day. The pastor, Rev. 
William Clough, preached the union 
Thanksgiving sermon. Rev. R. I. 
Humberd will hold a prophetic Bible 
conference at this church January 
10-13. 

The Altoona, Pa., First Church had 
a week of special meetings, Decem- 
ber 9-16, with the pastor, Rev. Mark 
Malles, as the speaker. There were 
13 reaffirmations of faith, 1 conver- 
sion, and 1 baptism. The attendance 
averages at all services have been 
upward since Brother Malles ar- 
rived on the field. The congregation 
had been without a pastor for sev- 
eral months. 

The California District sponsored 
a Young People's Retreat in the 
mountains of southern California, at 
Forest Home, during the first week 
of January. 

The Leamersville, Pa., church will 
begin a Brethren Boys Club for the 
boys of the congregation on Jan- 
uary 7. 

The Jenners, Pa., brethren have 
now put the roof on their new build- 
ing. Pray for this church, that the 
building may soon be completed, for 
it is needed to care for the growth of 
the work. 

The Harrisburg, Pa., church had 
100 present for the morning service 
on December 9, when Rev. L. L. 
Grubb was the speaker. There were 
131 present at the evening service 
when Rev. Nathan Meyer spoke. On 
December 16 there were 6 decisions 
for Christ and 9 persons were bap- 
tized. This was the closing day of 
the midwinter Bible conference con- 
ducted by Rev. Conard Sandy. Dur- 



ing the first three Sundays of De- 
cember 10 persons were received in- 
to the church membership, and 1, 
Mrs. Donald C. Byers, was lost to 
the membership through death. 

Rev. Robert Ashman will be the 
evangelist for a series of meetings 
at the San Diego, Calif., church Jan- 
uary 6-20. Rev. Gilbert Engelman 
is the pastor of the church. 

Praise the Lord for the ministry of 
this paper — The Brethren Missionary 
Herald. The copy you hold in your 
hands is the first number of the 14th 
year. For 13 years the paper has 
been used of the Lord to carry forth 
a part of His work. Pray that the 
copies yet to be issued will be used 
to even greater advantage in the 
work of the Lord. 

The Los Angeles, Calif., First 
Church heard Rev. Roy McKeown 
on December 23 at the morning 
service and a Christmas cantata in 
the evening service. 

The Clay City, Ind., church re- 
ceived an electric clock as a gift 
from Mr. A. P. Megenhardt, and the 
installation work was a gift of Mr. 




Eddie Killion. A new master console 
40-inch Gulbransen piano was given 
to the church by Mr. and Mrs. J. J. 
Luther, in memory of their son, Ma- 
jor John J. Luther, Jr. 

Rev. George Gardiner preached 
to the congregation of the First 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, on December 
23. 

New address for Rev. and Mrs. 
Walter Haag and Rev. and Mrs. A. 
L. Howard and their families is 439 
Sunset Road, San Ysidro, Calif. 
(Change Annual, pp. 73 and 74.) 

New address for Rev. Leo Polman 
and family is 120 North Pine, San 
Gabriel, Calif. (Change Annual, p. 
69.) 

A Men's Brotherhood was organ- 
ized at the Son Diego, Calif., church 
with a dinner meeting on December 
11. Rev. Grant McDonald, pastor of 
the Grace Community Church, Ro- 
mona, Calif., was the speaker. Mis- 
sionaries Walter Haag and Roy 
Howard also helped with the meet- 
ing. 



Rev. Sylvester Lowman has 
preached the Gospel in the Brethren 
Church for almost 35 years and has 
helped to organize three Brethren 
churches. But now he must retire 
from the active ministry. He has 
some dispensational and prophetic 
charts, 12 feet to 16 feet long, and 
some oriental robes and tapestry he 
secured in Palestine that he can no 
longer use. These he would like to 
sell. If interested, write direct to 
him at Camden, Ohio. 

On December 13, Miss Alyce Ann 
Schaffer, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. 
William Schaffer, Spokane, Wash., 
was married to Mr. James A. Quig- 
ley. The bride's father performed a 
double duty — he gave away the bride 
and also performed the ceremony, 
assisted by the bridegroom's uncle, 
Rev. Fenton Duval. 

Rev. William Schaffer was recent- 
ly elected vice president of the In- 
land Empire Association of Evangel- 
icals. This Association sponsors the 
Northwest Christian High School and 
the Spokane School of the Bible. 

At the watchnight services at the 
North Riverdale Church, Dayton, 
Ohio, Rev. John Balyo, of Kokomo, 
Ind., preached the sermon. Rev. 
John Balyo is the brother of Rev. 
Clyde Balyo, pastor of the North 
Riverdale, church. 

The Canton, Ohio, church will hold 
i t s annual conference on Jewish 
evangelism beginning January 6. The 
speaker will be Rev. Harry Flum- 
baum, of Louisville, Ky. 

The months of December and Jan- 
uary are set aside in the calendar of 
the Brethren churches as the time to 
place special emphasis in our pray- 
ing and giving for Grace Theological 
Seminary. Remember, the ministry 
of this school is carried forth by God 
as His people pray and give. By 
these two means every member of 
the denomination can have a definite 
part in the training of the future 
leaders of the church. 

The Ashland, Ohio, church will 
hear Rev. and Mrs. Solon Hoyt and 
Dr. and Mrs. Orville Jobson during 
January. 

An extension class of the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles now meets 
in the new church building at Beau- 
mont, Calif. The work is progress- 
ing rapidly on the building. 

Rev. and Mrs. Glenn O'Neal and 
family spent the holiday season with 
their families in the Yakima Valley 
in the State of Washington. 



January 5, 1952 



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THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



One Day in Heaven 

The Amalgamated Meat Cutters 
and Butcher Workmen of North 
America issued a letter on Decem- 
ber 3, 1951, in which an appeal was 
made for blood donations for our 
fighting forces. The letter was en- 
titled, "The Miracle of One Day in 
Heaven." 

The letter continued: "On Wed- 
nesday, November 28, the people of 
the world spent one day in Heaven. 
There were happy hearts extending 
completely around the earth. An 
easy quietness enveloped every hu- 
man soul because it was announced 
to the world that the shedding of 
human blood had stopped in Korea. 
Death-dealing weapons were silent." 

Though the fighting on the Korean 
battlefield was at a standstill, yet it 
was not "one day in Heaven." In 
other parts of the world people did 
not love one another any more than 
before, jealousy was still rampant, 
people were still telling lies and kill- 
ing people over the least provoca- 
tions, and other people were dying 
from all kinds of diseases. 

When we have "one day in Heav- 
en" we will see universal peace, love, 
and brotherly kindness with all men. 
Heaven will never know anything of 
our diseases and deaths. Friend, this 
one day proved to be a false armis- 
tice — it was not "The Miracle of One 
Day in Heaven." However, for the 
saints the dawning of "The Miracle 
of Eternity in Heaven" is not far 
distant. 



Haircuts Again 

Under the title "Haircuts" there 
apeared on this page in the Decem- 
ber 8 issue of this magazine these 
words: "The sheriff of El Paso Coun- 
ty, Tex., Jimmy Hicks, believes that 
a short haircut for all long-haired 
juveniles arrested will 'take the con- 
ceit out of the juvenile gang mem- 
bers.' " 

Today (December 21) Rev. Blaine 
Snyder, assistant business manager, 
received a letter from Rev. William 
Schaffer, Spokane, Wash., concern- 
ing some matters of business. In 
the letter is this paragraph: 

"You may relay the following to 
the editor. In a recent issue on his 
editorial comment page he quoted 
the decision of a sheriff by ordering 



some young sports to get haircuts. 
Well, I was sitting (as a visitor) in a 
juvenile court last Friday morning 
when a young fellow came swagger- 
ing in with one of these hairdos. He 
was caught stealing cars, etc. The 
judge ordered a haircut right off in 
an effort to take some of the swag- 
ger out of him." 

Again, let the reader turn to 
Judges 16:20 and read it carefully in 
this connection. 



Now Is the Time 

In an editorial the New York 
Times (December 13, 1951) declared: 
"In a busy world when a busy per- 
son searches for a word that would 
impart the feeling of urgency, of im- 
portance and of the need for action, 
immediate and decisive, he usually 
resorts to the simple order: 'Now.' 
It is a three-letter word that best 
tells all involved that there is no 
time to be lost if results are to be 
achieved. ... It is a three-letter word 
the coach uses to spur his team when 
victory is so near. It is a three- 
letter word a mother uses to let her 
child know she wants actions. It is 
a three-letter word the whole world 
can understand." 

The Holy Spirit has used this same 
word to illustrate the present work 
of the Lord Jesus Christ and of His 
saints. He wrote: "But now hath he 
[Christ] obtained a more excellent 
ministry, by how much also he is the 
mediator of a better covenant, which 
was established upon better prom- 
ises. . . . Now then we are ambas- 
sadors for Christ, as though God did 
beseech you by us: we pray you in 
Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to 
God" (Heb. 8:6; II Cor. 5:20). Christ's 
present work is to represent us be- 
fore God and it is our work to repre- 
sent Him before men. Now is the 
time for both of these. 



after spending 17 years there. His 
release came about on this wise: 

While in prison Davis attended 
classes and won a high school diplo- 
ma. He then subscribed to several 
law journals, and from them he 
learned that on a technicality the 
three robberies he committed in 
Philadelphia were not considered as 
felonies in New York. He pleaded 
his case before the New York Court 
of Appeals, which ruled in his favor. 
Thus he was released from prison. 

But, friend, this release did not 
absolve him from the four crimes 
he admitted having committed. This 
the Court of Appeals could not do. 
His freedom was from jail, not from 
the stain of having committed the 
crimes. 

Christ Jesus alone can forgive sins 
and He is anxious to do so for every 
sinner (Mark 2:5; I John 1:9). He 
not only restores citizenship, He also 
gives sonship and its blessing to all 
who receive Him (John 1:11-13; 
Acts 4:12). 



Study Led to Release 

In December 1934 Abraham Davis 
was sentenced by a Brooklyn, N. Y., 
court to sp end a 30-years-to-life 
term in the Clinton Prison, Danne- 
mora, N. Y. He was found guilty as 
a fourth offender in the crime of 
robbery. 

In December 1951, at the age of 40 
years, he walked out of the prison 



Hungry for Righteousness 

Mr. Walter Hoving, president of 
the Salvation Army Association of 
New York, in presenting to General 
of the Army Douglas MacArthur the 
Association's "annual citation for dis- 
tinguished service," said: 

"The people of this country are 
hungry for righteousness. They are 
tired of the sort of conduct in high 
office and low office that tears down 
the ideals upon which this country 
was founded." 

We hope Mr. Hoving is correct — 
that the people do want genuine 
righteousness to prevail in this coun- 
try. If so, then the Lord Jesus 
Christ has a message for the people, 
for while on earth He declared: 
"Blessed are they which do hunger 
and thirst after righteousness: for 
they shall be filled" (Matt. 5:6). 



HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE CLUBS 

The Moody Student (December 
14, 1951) carries this item: "You 
ought to know that high school Bible 
clubs are coming into existence all 
across the country. Already there 
are more than 700 clubs. A goal has 
been set for 2,500 by June of 1952." 



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2<D§3 



By Rev. Ord Gchman, Berne, Ind. 



It has been well said that time and 
tide wait for no man. Today we 
stand on the threshold of a new year. 
It stretches before us, untried and 
empty as of this present moment. 
What 1952 holds within its confines 
no one of us knows. 

Man is by nature an inquisitive 
being. Fortunes have been spent as 
men have tried to unlock the fu- 
ture's secrets. They have sometimes 
tried to profit by their past mistakes, 
but the very best are none too adept 
at that sort of thing. We try to cor- 
rect our present and prepare for the 
future in the light of past experi- 
ences, whether they be good or bad. 
But we can do nothing about the 
past — it is forever a closed book as 
far as alterations are concerned. The 
future is locked against us. 

A Sure Fact 

But— here we are in 1952! That 
fact we can neither deny nor reject. 
We are a part of this new year as 
surely as anything in the world. 
Many times have we heard the state- 
ment: "If I could only have another 
hour's sleep!" or "Six o'clock came 
too soon this morning!" But if the 
previous day and night were wasted 
in unprofitable experiences, we were 
thrust into the new day, whether of 
our choosing or not. Wouldn't it be 
a handy gadget if we could just press 
a button and alter the situation as 
regards time? Or would it? The 
poet has expressed this longing of 
the human heart something like this: 

"Backward, turn backward, O Time 

in your flight, 
And make me a child again just for 
tonight!" 

It is the writer's sincere conviction 
that if God so chose He could flash a 
panoramic scroll before us in a mo- 
ment of time with every scene de- 
picting some future act in our lives. 
I wonder how many of us would 
profit by the experience? The joy- 
ous experiences we would rush into 
headlong, perhaps unprepared to en- 
joy them to their very fullest extent. 
Then there would be those trying 
times and experiences which test the 
very mettle of a person's makeup. 
Such we might foolishly try to avoid. 
Yet those very experiences might be 



the ones God, in His infinite wisdom, 
has ordained should be for our good 
and His eternal glory. How many 
blessings of His sovereign grace 
would we miss had we the oppor- 
tunity to choose in the matter? No, 
beloved, I do not care to know all 
the intimate details of my life ahead, 
for there are too many blessings I 
might not receive if I had the power 
to do the choosing. How we do 
praise God that we walk by faith 
and not by sight! 

A Sublime Fact 

Well, here we are in 1952! What 
are we going to do about it? I think 
the Apostle Paul must have faced a 
like situation in the resume of his 
own life as we find the record in 
Philippians 3. Paul had every right 
to be justly proud of his human past. 
Every possible advantage had been 
his from the human standpoint. But 
hear him say, by the Spirit: "What 
things were gain to me, those I 
counted loss for Christ" (vs. 7). 
There was no doubt in Paul's mind 
as to his future with Christ. There 
was a definite attitude, however, 
which he manifested toward the fu- 
ture. He summed it up in these 
words: "Brethren, I count not my- 
self to have apprehended: but this 
one thing I do, forgetting those 
things which are behind, and reach- 
ing forth unto those things which 
are before, I press toward the mark 
for the prize of the high calling of 
God in Christ Jesus" (vss. 13-14). 
Small wonder Paul could say, as he 
faced execution at the hands of Ro- 
man authority: "I have fought a good 
fight, I have finished my course, I 
have kept the faith: henceforth there 
is laid up for me a crown of riaht- 
eousness, which the Lord, the right- 
eous judge, shall give me at that 
day: and not to me only, but unto all 
them also that love his appearing" 
(II Tim. 4:7-8). Paul had confidence 
in the One who holds the key to 
1952! 

A Solemn Fact 

Yes, we are here in 1952! It is a 
solemn fact. What lies ahead we do 
not know, but we know Him who 
holds it in the hollow of His hand! 
To know Him aright is life eternal. 
In this day of uncertainty and un- 



rest it is often said: "It is not what 
you know that counts, but who you 
know!" How true that becomes from 
a spiritual standpoint! Again Paul 
said: '"For the which cause [the 
cause of the Gospel] I also suffer 
these things: nevertheless I am not 
ashamed: 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" (II Tim. 1:12). Yes, to know 
Him who holds the key to the bless- 
ings of the experiences ahead for us 
is worth more than all this world 
offers. 

A Sobering Fact 

So, here we are in 1952! It is a 
sobering fact. We welcome and face 
this new year with sobriety and 
calmness. The world sees it in with 
hilarity and frivolity. Yet their hi- 
larity would be turned into sobriety 
as in the case of Belshazzar if they 
would pause for a moment's reflec- 
tion and read the handwriting on the 
wall concerning this hour in which 
we live. The world resolves to do 
better, and makes resolutions, only 
to break them shortly. I need no 
resolutions as a child of God. All I 
need is a wholehearted desire to do 
His will in my life as He leads me in 
every small detail in the working out 
of His own will through me. In the 
words of that little chorus let us say: 

"Only to be what He wants me to be, 
Ev'ry moment of ev'ry day; 

Yielded completely to Jesus alone, 
Ev'ry step of this pilgrim way; 

Just to be clay in the Potter's hands, 

Ready to do what His word com- 
mands, 

Only to be what He wants me to be, 
Ev'ry moment of ev'ry day. 

If the sentiment of that little cho- 
rus becomes the guiding factor in 
our lives in 1952 only the Lord of 
Glory Himself knows how much we 
shall be able to accomplish for Him 
as we await His coming. But one 
thing is reasonably certain: we shall 
be able to accomplish more for Him 
in 1952 than we have accomplished 
in 1951! 

Here we are in 1952! Let's make 
the very best of it for Him for His 
eternal glory! 



January 5, 7952 



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The Brook in the Way 



By Rev. Russell H. Weber, Harrisburg, Pa. 



The 110th Psalm tells of the glory 
of the Lord Jesus Christ, but ere He 
comes into His glory, He must share 
our humanity, and taste death. The 
seventh verse of this Psalm speaks of 
the life and ministry of God's anoint- 
ed One: "He shall drink of the brook 
in the way: therefore shall he lift up 
the head." 

In this article we are dealing with 
application rather than interpreta- 
tion. To discover the mind of God 
in "the brook in the way," we offer 
three thoughts. First, it tells of — 

Christ Being Made a Curse for Us 

The wrath of God running in the 
channel of the curse of the law was 
"the brook in the way," of which the 
Lord Jesus Christ drank, and con- 
cerning which He said: "The cup 
which my Father hath given me, 
shall I not drink it?" (John 18:11). 
Paul, in Romans 3:19-20, said: "Now 
we know that what things soever 
the law saith, it saith . . . that every 
mouth may be stopped, and . . . be- 
come guilty before God . . . For by 
the law is the knowledge of sin." 
All of us are guilty before God, and 
the law, which is holy and just, con- 
demns every one of us because we 
have transgressed — broken the law. 
The unchangeable justice of God 
stands in plain view of our unright- 
eousness and disobedience, and we 
are hopelessly lost. The law per- 
forms a distinctive work in the lives 
of all of us — it condemns us; and it 
is not possible for us to claim in- 
justice, for it is holy; we are failures 
in respect to the law, and our con- 
demnation is just. In our awful 
plight we hear the words: "Christ 
hath redeemed us from the curse of 
the law, being made a curse for us" 
(Gal. 3:13). 

Our Lord had to drink of "the 
brook in the way" which runs in the 
channel of the curse of the law. It 
took His self-emptying and death 
for God to be able to bring us to 
glory. The text says: "Therefore 
shall he lift up the head." 

How can the drinking of the curse 
bring the lifting up of the head? His 
experience did not end with being 
made a curse; Calvary was not the 
end, it was only the beginning of the 



victory. In His death He destroyed 
him that had the power of death; in 
His burial He removed our sins far 
from us; in His resurrection He is 
become the firstfruits of those that 
slept; in His ascension He is the 
everlasting Intercessor. His is the 
uplifted head! He drank from "the 
brook in the way"! He was made a 
curse for us! 

Secondly, we suggest to you that 
Christ drank from "the brook in the 
way," and the brook contains the 
waters of death. In death — 

Christ Destroyed the Works of 
the Devil 

Hebrews 2:14 tells us: "That 
through death he might destroy him 
that had the power of death, that is, 
the devil." From this purpose our 
Lord would not be deterred. His 




Rev. Russell Weber 

mind was continually on this great 
task. "I have a baptism to be bap- 
tized with; and how am I straitened 
until it be accomplished" (Luke 12: 
50). He remembered the words spo- 
ken by God to the Devil in the gar- 
den of Eden: "I will put enmity be- 
tween thee and the woman, and 
between thy seed and her seed; it 
shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt 
bruise his heel" (Gen. 3:15). It was 
this eternal purpose that carried our 
Lord to the cross where the works 
of the Devil were fully and com- 
pletely destroyed. In this task we 
see the Lord Jesus Christ drinking 
from "the brook in the way." 

Gideon's men, in the seventh chap- 
ter of Judges, were qualified for the 
battle only if they drank water from 
the brook by lapping it out of their 
hands. This enabled them to keep 



their eyes on the enemy; there was 
no defeat for these men. Our Lord 
never took His eyes from the enemy; 
He had no rest until the enemy was 
completely defeated. 

Finally, we consider that "the 
brook in the way" speaks of — 

The Humiliation of Christ 

Was it not humiliation for the Son 
of God to stoop to the need of men? 
The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the 
eternal One, spoke the word and the 
worlds came into existence; He does 
not need to rely upon anyone, nor 
upon anything for His strength. 
However, in the text, we see Him 
drinking from "the brook." It speaks 
of the humiliation which He chose 
that He might become our deliverer. 
His humiliation was brought to the 
full at Calvary (Phil. 2:5-8). 

As Philip spoke to the eunuch he 
quoted an Old Testament passage: 
"In his humiliation his judgment was 
taken away: and who shall declare 
his generation? for his life is taken 
from the earth" (Acts 8:33). He 
drank from "the brook in the way" 
that He might accomplish the eter- 
nal redemption of mankind. He is 
become the victor over sin, the Devil, 
and all the combined forces of the 
demons. 

The "brook" for you and me is not 
death. It was death for our Saviour, 
therefore, we may drink of the water 
of life. In the shedding of His blood 
He "obtained eternal redemption for 
us." "He that believeth on me as the 
scripture hath said, out of his belly 
shall flow rivers of living water" 
(John 7:38). "He shall drink of the 
brook in the way: therefore shall he 
lift up the head." 



DAY OF PRAYER 

Dr. Robert A. Cook, president of 
Youth for Christ International, has 
announced that "Youth for Christ 
leaders and groups in 76 countries 
will mark Saturday, January 5, as 
an international day of prayer. . . . 
Special prayer will be requested in 
behalf of the Billy Graham evange- 
listic crusade in Washington, D. C, 
starting on January 13." 



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Forty-Five Years in Revelation 



By Rev. R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. 



"Flood." Just one word, but ut- 
tered by a little lad who was thump- 
ing about on the floor behind the 
stove. 

There was a revival at the little 
church 3 miles away, and my father 
was attending, but my mother was 
unable to go, so to keep me awake 
until his return she would read 
"Swiss Family Robinson" to me. But 
this evening I had to wait until my 
father read the 12th chapter of Rev- 
elation. My father was in front of 
the stove, my mother on the north 
side, and I was on the floor behind. 

"And the serpent cast out of his 
mouth water as 'blood' after the 
woman." I let him continue a mo- 
ment and then I uttered just the one 
word, "flood." How surprised my 
father was when he learned that the 
little fellow thumping about behind 
the stove, who seemed not to hear a 
word, really knew more about that 
mysterious book than he did with 
his eyes on the page. 

It seems that God had given me a 
special love for the book as I would 
shut myself in my room and read it 
through and through, wondering at 
the fearful beasts, fairly trembling 
at the awful judgments, and hoping 
for a place in that beautiful city de- 
scribed in the last two chapters. 

Years have passed, and my love 
for the book has led me to read it 
countless times and memorize sev- 
eral of its chapters, and as the years 
passed, its mysteries began to take 
form and I found that it was indeed 
a most wonderful book with a most 
wonderful message. 

It Is a Revelation 

"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, 
which God gave unto him, to shew 
unto his servants things which must 
shortly come to pass; and he sent 
and signified it by his angel unto his 
servant John" (Rev. 1:1). 

"The concealation of Jesus Christ, 
which God gave to hide . . ." No, 
not that, although many people take 
it that way. It is a revealing, it is 
an unveiling. The Old Testament 
presents our Lord in covenant, in 
symbol, in type, and in prophecy, 
but this is His unveiling. 



In January 1946 Collier's magazine 
presented a picture of Eisenhower. 
My son worked in the printing shop 
and brought me a sample of the way 
the picture was made. First they 
printed a yellow picture of Eisen- 
hower, then a red, and on top of that 
a blue, and on top of that a black, 
but the picture you saw was Eisen- 
hower in all his glory. 

Matthew presents our Lord as 
King, Mark adds his testimony as 
Servant, Luke sets Him forth as Son 




R. I. Humberd 

of man, and John adds his angle as 
Son of God; but the last book of the 
Bible is His unveiling. It presents 
Him as the great Head of the Church, 
as Lamb of God, as Lion of the tribe 
of Judah, as Kinsman-Redeemer, as 
the great Bridegroom, as the Hero of 
Armageddon, as source of illumina- 
tion for the New Jerusalem — verily, 
it is His unveiling. 

"To shew unto his servants." Ver- 
ily, there is no comfort to an unsaved 
person to read the Book of Revela- 



Signified 

"Signified." This is a key word. 
Many complain that the book is so 
full of pictures and symbols, but that 
is exactly it. It is written in picture 
language. Find the meaning of the 
picture and you have the message. 
I have seen people work on a cross- 
word puzzle for hours, but here is a 
puzzle that promises rich reward for 
him who has the interest and the de- 
termination to learn the meaning of 
its pictures and fit them into its 
message. 

This is being written in December. 
Soon the newspapers will present the 



cartoon of an old man with a scythe 
and a little fellow with an hourglass 
tripping in behind. We need no word 
to solve this "signified" cartoon, but 
immediately recognize Father Time 
and the New Year taking his place. 

A friend of mine gave me a picture 
of statuary that was erected in San 
Francisco when the nations met 
there a few years ago. There was a 
dragon, a bear, a lion, and a flying 
eagle, all hitched to a chariot, and in 
the chariot was an angelic creature 
holding high a torch. We need not 
a word to know that China, Russia, 
England, and the United States are 
bringing in the New Freedom. 

And so with Revelation, it is writ- 
ten in picture or signified language. 
Find the meaning of the picture and 
we have the message. Most of the 
Revelation is on Old Testament 
ground, thus a thorough understand- 
ing of the Old Testament is neces- 
sary to its understanding. 

Illustration 

We find one illustration in the 12th 
verse. "And being turned, I saw 
seven golden candlesticks." Let us 
remember that we must get the true 
meaning of the picture. Some ap- 
proach this book in this way. "Can- 
dlesticks give light; automobiles give 
light. Isn't it wonderful how the 
Bible predicts automobiles?" But 
such is not the way to get the mes- 
sage of Revelation. 

The answer is usually found some- 
where in the Bible. This is an easy 
one, for in verse 20 we read, "The 
seven candlesticks which thou saw- 
est are the seven churches." It is 
impossible in this brief article to 
give more, but anyone interested can 
secure my book on "The Revelation" 
at the Herald Company for $1. 

An Outline 

We have space to give but a brief 
outline of the Revelation from the 
fourth chapter on. Let us say that 
a man buys a farm and pays for it, 
but cannot take possession until the 
1st of next April. On April 1 the old 
renter refuses to give possession. 
The new owner goes to the court- 
house and gets his title deed and, in 



January 5, 1952 



15 



PRAYER POINTERS 



company with the sheriff, goes to his 
farm, enters the front gate, and de- 
clares possession. 

But there is a fight. They break a 
few windows, kill a few chickens, 
and destroy some property. Finally 
the old renter is handcuffed and led 
off to prison and the real owner takes 
possession. 

This is the story of Revelation. 
Our Lord redeemed the world at the 
cross, but will not take possession 
until "the day of redemption," or 
April 1. At that time, Satan will re- 
fuse to give possession, so there will 
be a fight. Christ will go into the 
court in heaven to get His title deed 
(chapter 4 is a description of the 
court and in chapter 5 He receives 
His deed). He then opens the seals 
(chapter 6 speaks of certain judg- 
ments that follow along in the line 
of natural consequences), and begins 
to force possession. Chapters 8 and 
9 tell of supernatural judgments. 
Then in chapter 10 He walks in the 
front gate and, with title deed in 
hand, He declares possession. 

But there will be a fight and the 
next few chapters give us various 
angles of society as they gravitate 
toward the last showdown. Things 
will get so bad that if God is to have 
any testimony at all, He must keep it 



CONVERSIONS IN FORMOSA 

According to a recent report from 
the headquarters of the Youth for 
Christ International, more than 34,- 
300 Formosans, Nationalist soldiers 
from China, and aboriginal people 
on Formosa came to Christ Jesus for 
salvation during the 12-month period 
that ended with October 1951. At 
least 10,000 of these converts have 
enrolled in follow-up Bible study 
courses. 

Rev. Richard Hillis, one of the 
leaders in this movement, returned 
to Formosa in the first week of De- 
cember with his wife and family. 
Also he took with him the "Billy 
Sunday Unit." This is a Chevrolet 
carryall complete with loudspeaker 
and sound projector, given, to the 
work by Mrs. W. A. (Ma) Sunday. 



by supernatural power, so He meas- 
ures off a portion in Jerusalem and 
sends two men as witnesses, and 
keeps them for the next 3V2 years. 
This is chapter 11. 

In chapter 12 we have the Jewish 
angle of society for the same period 
of time. In chapter 13 we have the 
political situation for the last 3V2 
years of this age; in chapter 17 it is 
the religious angle, while in chapter 
18 it is the commercial angle for the 
same period of time. 

Chapter 14 gives us certain admo- 
nitions and foreviews; chapters 15 
and 16 give us the vial judgments, 
which ripen the grapes of earth and 
gets them ready for the winepress of 
the Lord. Chapter 19 gives us the 
final clash of Armageddon; chapter 
20 is the clearing away of the rub- 
bish of this age gone mad against its 
Creator; chapters 21 and 22 are a 
description of the new Jerusalem. 

Verily, "Blessed is he that read- 
eth" the Book of Revelation (Rev. 
1:3). 



(Continued From Page 10) 

so on may be worked out. Pray also 
for a few who are finishing in Jan- 
uary, that they may have the lead- 
ing of the Lord, too. 

MISCELLANEOUS— 

Let us "enlarge the place of our 
tent, and let them stretch forth the 
curtains of our habitations, and 
spare not," but remember all of our 
Brethren who are working full time 
for the Master in various parts of His 
vineyard, not directly under our 
boards. Remember them with our 
prayers and our gifts. Some of them 
are: 

Pearson's Sailor Work, 386 W. 5th 
St., San Pedro, Calif. 

Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Goodman, Sr.,. 
2 Jubilee Rd., Poona 1, B. P. India 

Miss Grace Allshouse, Seeley Lake, 
Mont. 

Rev. Paul Eiselstein, Golden, Colo. 

Mr. Arthur Nickels, British Isles. 

Chaplains Donald Carter and Floyd 
Shiery in Korea. 



SILENT WITNESSES 

With samples of heaven to wave at my feet, 
Where yellow and red and other shades meet, 
They witness in silence of something more grand 
Than much-learned man ever can understand. 

Oh! Maker of flowers, whose beauties excell, 

Unstop our ears lest we miss what they tell! 

For they have a message that should be received; 

It would soften each sorrow with hope, when believed. 

What is now this message in flowers that bloom? 
They last but one season, then comes winter gloom; 
The frost overcomes them and the fairest one dies — 
But wait until spring, and again they arise! 

You may visaulize heaven by the flowers if you can — 
Yet God terms them as grass when comparing with men. 
We're made for eternity, not for the tomb. 
We shall rise in His likeness beyond death's dark gloom. 

But flowers are sinless; they're perfect; they're pure; 

While we are all sinful, defiled. 
Is there such a hope; how may we be sure? 

The answer is "by faith, as a child." 

Believe God today that He said, "Look and live!" 

Then look to the cross where Christ died. 
Receive Him as your Saviour; your sins He'll forgive; 

And you'll awake in His likeness, at last satisfied. 

— Mrs. Ida Lowery, Spokane, Wash. 



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January 5, 7952 




)LUME 14, NUMBER 2 



WMC NUMBER 



JANUARY 12, 1952 



A prayer far 1052 



Jesus, Saviour, pilot me 
Over life's tempestuous sea; 
Unknown waves around me roll. 
Hiding rocks and treach'rous shoal; 
Chart and compass come from Thee, 
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me. 

As a mother stills her child. 
Thou canst hush the ocean wild. 
Boist'rous waves obey Thy will 
When Thou say'st to them, "Be still!' 
Wondrous Sov' reign of the sea; 
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me. 

When at last I near the shore, 
And the fearful breakers roar, 
Twixt me and the peaceful rest, 
Then, while leaning on Thy breast, 
May I hear Thee say to me: 
"Fear not, I will pilot thee." 

— Edward Hopper. 





EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Alva J. McClatn 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



A son, Dennis Lee, was born to 
Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Myers, of Mar- 
tinsburg, W. Va., on December 22. 

The date for the evangelistic meet- 
ings at the San Diego, Calif., church 
have been changed to February 4-17. 
Rev. Robert Ashman will be the 
evangelist. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman, executive 
vice president of Grace Theological 
Seminary, will visit some of the Cal- 
ifornia churches, beginning January 
13. These visits will be in behalf of 
the school. 

At the Clayhole, Ky., church 235 
people heard and saw the Christmas 
program presented by the children 
on December 23. This was a new 
high for recent months. In the eve- 
ning of the same day the young peo- 
ple presented a play. Six baskets, 
filled with food, were distributed by 
the church to needy families in the 
community. 

Rev. William Clough, of the Tracy, 
Calif., church, wrote: "Praise the 
Lord, we had 152 present for the 
Christmas program presented by the 
Sunday school" the evening of De- 
cember 23. 

Because of housing difficulties in 
Philadelphia, Rev. John Aeby will 
continue as pastor of the Fort Wayne, 
Ind., church during the month of 
January. 

The Beaumont, Calif., church will 
hold its midwinter evangelistic cam- 
paign in the new building, beginning 
January 13. Evangelist Robert Ash- 
man will be the preacher for these 
meetings. 

The New Troy, Mich., church 
watch night services lasted 4 hours: 
1 hour in charge of adults, 1 hour for 



a picture, 1 hour of social fellowship, 
and 1 hour of meditation and prayer 
in charge of the young people. 

The executive committee of the 
board of directors and the editor of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald are 
happy to announce that Bro. Jesse 
Deloe, who had resigned as linotype 
operator of the company, will con- 
tinue his work there. For 7 years 
Brother Deloe has served in this ca- 
pacity and much credit must be 
given to him for the general charac- 
ter of our denominational literature. 

The Ghent Church, Roanoke, Va., 
will hold a youth rally January 13-15 
under the leadership of Rev. Ralph 
Colburn, national youth director. He 
will also speak to the men and boys 
meeting January 18. 

Grace Theological Seminary should 
have a very definite place in the 




praying and giving of every member 
of the denomination during the 
months of December and January 
especially. 

Dr. Billy Graham and his evange- 
listic party begin special meetings in 
Washington, D. C, on January 13. 
See, elsewhere in this paper, a time- 
ly article by Mr. Graham. 

The First Church, L on g Beach, 
Calif., will entertain some of the ses- 
sions of the Torrey Memorial Bible 
Conference during the week of Jan- 
uary 13-20. This conference is spon- 
sored by the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. Speakers include Dr. Clar- 
ence Roddy, Dr. Herbert Lockyer, 
Dr. Vance Havner, Dr. Jack Mitchell, 
and Dr. Walter Montano. 

Rev. Glenn O'Neal, while on a 
brief vacation from his pastorate in 
Los Angeles, visited and preached at 
his home church, Sunnyside, Wash., 
on December 23. 

The Washington Heights Church, 
Roanoke, Va., had 43 people in Bible 
school, 31 in morning worship, 27 in 
Junior BYF, and 67 for the evening 
Christmas program on December 23. 
The congregation has bought and 
paid for lots costing $2,000 and is 



beginning a building fund. The of- 
fering from this group for home mis- 
sions was $166.01. 

The new address of William Carl 
Miller, acting pastor of the Washing- 
ton Heights Church, is R. R. 2, Box 
108, Roanoke, Va. 

The people at the Bethany Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, request that the mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church remem- 
ber their pastor, Rev. Rodney Wy- 
song, in prayer. Brother Wysong 
lies seriously ill in the St. Elizabeth 
Hospital, Dayton. Bro. Homer Lutz 
is caring for the pastoral work of the 
congregation at this time. 

Rev. R. I. Humberd, of Flora, Ind., 
spoke recently at Grace Theological 
Seminary, the Evangelistic Center, 
Huntington, W. Va., and Grace 
Brethren Church, Flora. During 
January he is scheduled to speak at 
the Brethren churches at Cedar Rap- 
ids, Iowa; Manteca, Modesto, Tracy, 
Los Angeles (Second), and Fillmore, 
Calif. Also he spoke at the monthly 
meeting of the American Prophetic 
League, in Los Angeles. 

Rev. Robert Dell, with several 
families from the Glendale church, 
began the new year by starting a 
fundamental testimony in La Cre- 
scenta, Calif. At the same time 
Brother Dell terminated his work as 
youth director for the Glendale 
church. 

The Waynesboro, Pa., church is 
sponsoring a Bible school attendance 
contest during the first quarter of 
1952. 

Dr. and Mrs. Orville Jobson are 
ministering to several of the churches 
in northeastern Ohio during Jan- 
uary. 

The Kittanning, Pa., church gave 
more than $1,300 to home missions 
this year, and at Christmas time a 
gift of $50 was given to their pastor, 
Rev. Gordon Bracker, and family. 

Mr. Irvin Miller, Junior at Grace 
Seminary, preached at the Harris- 
burg, Pa., church the last Sunday 
evening of 1951. There were 98 
people present at the service. 

The Harrisburg, Pa., church is 100 
percent in Missionary Herald sub- 
scriptions. To this list have been 
added the names of 12 people who 
are prospects, but not members of 
the church. (A suggestion for other 
churches.) 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16, 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price, $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches, $1.50: foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum, President; Robert D. Crees, Vice President; Walter A. Lepp. 
Secretary; Ord Gehman, Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, 
Robert Miller, William H. Schaffer. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



February BBC Books Deal With Testings 



For the members of the Brethren 
Book Club a choice is offered this 
month between an exposition of First 
Peter and a novel about Richard 
Baxter, both of which deal at length 
with the problem of the testings of 
the saints. 

First Peter 

Under the title, "Tried by Fire" 
($2.50), Dr. F. B. Meyer has written 
an exceptionally fine, easy-to-read 
book based upon Peter's first epistle 
to the saints. This is our first-choice 
book. 

Richard Baxter 

The second - choice book, "No 
Darker Rooms," by A. Morgan Der- 
ham ($2.25), centers around the life 
of the Rev. Richard Baxter, one of 
England's greatest preachers and 
spiritual writers. 

Members 

Members of the club, if you want 
the first-choice book for February, 
you need do nothing until the book 
arrives in your home. It will be 
mailed early in February. But if 
you want the second-choice book or 
no book in February you must notify 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company of your desires before Feb- 
ruary 1. 

New Members 

Anyone may become a member by 
sending for either of the above two 
books and sending remittance for the 
same. The only agreement the new 
member makes is to remain in the 
club until he has purchased at least 
four books. For joining, the new 
member may have a choice of the 
following as a gift from the club: Dr. 
Florence Gribble's "Stranger Than 
Fiction," or Andrew Bonar's "The 
Biography of Robert Murray Mc- 
Cheyne," or Lewis S. Chafer's "Ma- 
jor Bible Themes," or O. E. Phillips' 
"Out of the Night," or Elise Fraser's 
novel, "The Emerald Necklace." 

After the member buys four books 
another book is given as a premium. 



This procedure continues as long as 
one is a member of the club. 



tance in this book, "Tried by Fire," 
for such a time as this. — Reviewed 
by Dr. Homer A. Kent. 




TRIED BY FIRE 

By F. B. Meyer 

Where is there a believer who at 
times does not have to pass through 
the experience of trial? Many of 
God's choicest believers have had to 
pass through the most severe trials. 
In them God has refined His serv- 
ants and made them more useful 
than they could possibly have been 




±>re~rr\rer\ 

BOOK. 

CLUB 



before. In the book before us, Dr. 
F. B. Meyer deals with the subject of 
suffering and trial as they relate to 
the child of God. It is an exposition 
of the First Epistle of Peter, which 
book is mainly concerned with the 
sufferings and sorrows of the saints. 

Dr. Meyer, in a very simple and 
devotional manner, deals with God's 
purposes in allowing His children to 
pass through the fiery furnace. 
Though presented in a style that can 
readily be appreciated by both 
preacher and layman, it is neverthe- 
less a work that deals carefully with 
all the problems of the book. It is 
very satisfying in that it treats every 
verse in the epistle. Some commen- 
tators skip over many of the difficult 
passages in their treatment of cer- 
tain portions of God's Word. This is 
not the method of Dr. Meyer. He 
seeks to give the clear meaning and 
application of each passage. Espe- 
cially careful is he to bring out the 
secret as to how the Christian can 
live triumphantly and gloriously in 
spite of experiences that bring him 
into the "refiner's fire." 

This book of 192 pages deserves to 
be read by a host of God's people in 
these trying days through which we 
are passing. In some respects the 
days and conditions of Peter's time 
were parallel to ours. Therefore, 
there is a message of special impor- 



NO DARKER ROOMS 
By A. Morgan Derham 

Here is an interesting novel that is 
both different and worth while. The 
author did much research before 
writing it, but his finished product is 
by no means dull factual reading. 

The Rev. Richard Baxter, one of 
the greatest of English preachers in 
his day, or any day, is the hero of the 
book. By his life and ministry he 
led a city — Kidderminster — to be 
known throughout England as a city 
of men and women who were differ- 
ent. 

Mr. Baxter did not stand alone in 
his work; he was ably assisted by 
others, especially by Mrs. Charlton 
and her daughter, Margaret. These 
two people had a very important 
place, in fact, in the life, the work, 
and the thoughts of the preacher of 
Kidderminster. 

There is plenty of political plotting 
and personal planning to hold the 
reader's attention to the end of the 
story. 

If you want an exceptionally fine 
novel, then do not miss this one. — 
Reviewed by Conard Sandy. 



SUNDAY SCHOOL CONVENTION 

"Christian Teachers — In Every 
Community — In Every Nation," has 
been selected as the theme for "the 
world's largest denominational Sun- 
day school convention" which will 
convene on March 25-28, 1952. The 
10th national — first international — 
Sunday school convention of the As- 
semblies of God will be held in 
Springfield, Mo., and is expected to 
attract 10,000 delegates. 

Rev. Paul Copeland, director of 
the national Sunday school depart- 
ment of that denomination, in calling 
the convention, said: "The decision 
to make the 10th Sunday school con- 
vention an international convention 
comes because we see a new interest 
in Sunday schools on the mission 
field and in many foreign countries. 
There is no surer way of combating 
Communism than by providing 
Christian teachers in every commu- 
nity of every nation of the world." 



January 12, 1952 



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THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



Communist Ratings 

The daily newspapers have re- 
cently brought to the attention of the 
public the classification of the people 
of China, according to their useful- 
ness. These ratings were made by 
the "People's Republic of China," 
which is both Communistic and athe- 
istic; and these ratings are based 
upon the usefulness or importance of 
the people in relation to the godless 
government and society they are in- 
troducing into that land. Here is 
their list in the order of importance: 

1. Soldiers. 

2. Laborers. 

3. Fanners. 

4. Government workers. 

5. Artisans. 

6. Intellectuals, teachers, and stu- 
dents. 

7. Craftsmen. 

8. Business. 

9. Prostitutes. 
10. Missionaries. 

One is compelled to wonder, in the 
light of facts like these, how any cit- 
izen of this country could ever want 
to be under Communistic rulers, 
whether they be from Russia, China, 
or the United States of America. 
Communism is godless and therefore 
has no place for those who do the 
work of God. (Note that the prosti- 
tutes are of more value and impor- 
tance than the missionaries.) 



A Refreshing Testimony 

Dick Kazmaier, a resident of Mau- 
mee, Ohio, and a student at Prince- 
ton University, is the most honored 
college football player in this coun- 
try at the present time. He has been 
selected as the "back of the year" 
and as the "outstanding" athlete of 
the year. Yet Mr. Kazmaier seems 
to have no further ambitions in the 
realm of football. 

"Money doesn't interest me at all 
right now," said the 21-year-old All- 
American. "I probably could sign a 
pro contract and make a lot of quick 
cash. That's not for me. I don't 
want to live a fast life. I want a 
quiet, normal life." 

In a day when so much corruption 
has crept into sports it is refreshing 
to learn of one outstanding athlete, 
as reported through the daily press, 
who has not been unduly turned by 



the glamour of this world and the 
enticement of an "easy dollar." 

Paul wrote to young Timothy 
along this same line of thought: "But 
they that will be rich fall into temp- 
tation and a snare, and into many 
foolish and hurtful lusts, which 
drown men in destruction and per- 
dition" (I Tim. 6:9). 



Out of This World 

A communication from England 
by International News Service indi- 
cates that "at least a thousand peo- 
ple want to take a trip to the moon." 

Arthur Clark, secretary of the 
British Interplanetary Society, said 
this urge "to get out of the world is 
undoubtedly due in part to national 
and international conditions today. 

"People in Britain are obviously 
fed up with rationing, insecurity, 
regimentation, and red tape. The 
membership of our society has in- 
creased by leaps and bounds since 
the war. It now numbers more than 
a thousand — most of whom would 
like to make that first trip to the 
moon or Mars." 

The Christian, because he is not 
a part of this world, also would like 
to leave it, though his desired goal 
is not the moon or Mars. Christ 
Jesus said concerning the saints: 
"They are not of the world, even as 
I am not of the world" (John 17:16). 

Our Lord is now preparing homes 
in heaven — not on the moon or Mars 
— for His own (see John 14:1-6). 
Knowing this the Apostle Paul de- 
clared: "I am in a strait betwixt two, 
having a desire to depart, and to be 
with Christ; which is far better: 
nevertheless to abide in the flesh is 
more needful for you" (Phil. 1:23- 
24). 



Double Standard Wanted (?) 

Gilbert Highet, a professor at Co- 
lumbia University, New York, said 
recently: "It's rather unfair to ask a 
professional lawyer to present the 
whole truth and nothing but the 
truth, because that isn't what he is 
supposed to do." 

What kind of reasoning is this? 
When a witness is called before the 
court he is compelled to swear or 
affirm that he will tell "the whole 
truth and nothing but the truth." 
That is expected of him, but accord- 



ing to Mr. Highet it should not be 
expected of the lawyer who is plead- 
ing the case. It is no wonder that 
we have so much injustice in the 
courts of our land. 

At Sinai God gave 10 command- 
ments to govern the life of His peo- 
ple under law. The ninth of these 
commands is: "Thou shalt not bear 
false witness against thy neighbor" 
(Ex. 20:16). This command, or its 
equivalent, is repeated many times 
in the New Testament — yet never 
once does it make an exception for 
lawyers, or for any other group or 
class of people. 

Suppose some particular group 
were given immunity from telling 
the truth at all times, where would 
that place our society? Resting upon 
such immunity these people could 
tell lies to their loved ones, to their 
business associates, to anyone, and 
the hearers would never know when 
the truth was being told and when it 
was being withheld. This writer is 
not able to imagine what the out- 
come would be if such a policy were 
followed. 



Proper Dress 

Some excitement was created at 
the close of the year 1951, as at the 
end of previous years, over the an- 
nouncement of the names of the 
women who were reckoned as the 
best-dressed during 1951. 

The headlines in the daily news- 
papers stated: "Those Who Know 
Name World's 14 Best-Dressed." 
This is followed by the 14 names of 
the women selected as having been 
the best-dressed during the year. 
We are not told by what standards 
the selections were made. 

We do know, however, of a day in 
the future — not too far distant, it 
seems — when dresses of wool, silk, 
or nylon will be of little value. In 
that day it will be "smart" to be 
dressed according to God's stand- 
ards. The Apostle John wrote of 
this in these words: 

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and 
give honour to him: for the marriage 
of the Lamb is come, and his wife 
hath made herself ready. And to 
her was granted that she should be 
arrayed in fine linen, clean and 
white: for the fine linen is the right- 
eousness of the saints" (Rev. 19:7-8). 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Story of Nathan and Mary Meyer 



By Conard Sandy, Editor 



On Sunday, December 16, Mr. and 
Mrs. Nathan M. Meyer united with 
the Melrose Gardens Brethren 
Church, Harrisburg, Pa. However, 
there is more to their story than 
those few words indicate. 

Brother Meyer had been for some 
time an elder in the Big Swatara 
congregation of the Church of the 
Brethren. On the evening of Octo- 
ber 8 he and his convalescing wife 
were given a "surprise visit" by a 
committee of elders from the denom- 
ination of which he was then a mem- 
ber. Certain charges were placed 
against him and certain questions 
were directed to him. He was asked 
to write the answers to the ques- 
tions, which he did on the night of 
October 15-16, and then had them 
printed in an open letter to the pre- 
siding elder of his local congregation. 
After expressing some general ob- 
servations he continued thus: 

"In essence I have been charged 
with disloyalty to the program of the 
Church of the Brethren. This charge 
is correct. I have never, to my knowl- 
edge, been accused of disloyalty to 
Christ. I have been charged with 
doing 'damage' to the Church of the 
Brethren and its program. This 
charge may or may not be true, but 
I do deny doing any harm to the 
church of which Jesus spoke when 
He said, 'Upon this rock [Himself] 
I will build my church.' The true 
church is the body of Christ. The 
body of Christ is composed of all 
true believers regardless of their 
denominational affiliations. 

". . . Man's organization is not in- 
fallible and therefore the church as 
an organization is capable of com- 
mitting sin just as are individuals. 
To deny this is to advocate 'Popery.' 
I am not condemning the Church of 
the Brethren for being fallible, a 
characteristic of all churches. I am 
condemning her for refusing to re- 
pent of her sins and for 'stoning the 
prophets' who call her sins to her 
attention." 

This is followed by an argument 
for the Scriptures as the final au- 
thority, as given and interpreted by 
the Holy Spirit. Also, he pointed 
out how the leaders and the official 
paper of the Church of the Brethren 
have a tendency to deify man and 



humanize God, how they speak much 
of the universal fatherhood of God 
and the universal brotherhood of 
man. Then he asks some very per- 
tinent questions: 

"Why do we attempt to have spir- 
itual fellowship with groups that ex- 
alt Christ-denying modernists and 
elevate them to the highest positions 
of honor? 

"Why are Bible teachers in our 
church camp taken to trial for giving 
campers the greatest invitation in 
the world — to accept Jesus as their 
own personal Saviour? Why have 
our church colleges strayed away 
from a real Bible-centered curric- 
ulum taught by a faculty composed 
of spiritual, consecrated Chris- 
tians? . . . 

"Why do most of our younger 
members attend movies and fail to 




see the harm involved? Why does 
the Messenger change the Biblical 
meaning of the word 'lost' (from that 
of a soul eternally separated from 
God and headed for hell) to social 
bewilderment, tension, and frustra- 
tion?" After raising these and other 
questions, he proposes some answers 
as to why these things are true in 
that denomination. 

"O u r un-Biblical, man-exalting 
preaching has resulted in adding 
many names to the church roll that 
have never been born again. It is 
true, we may not judge individuals 
on this subject, but by their fruits 
ye shall know them. A dead man 
bears no fruit; he needs to be born 
spiritually. . . . 

"Satan is trying in every way to 
get rid of the powerful Word of 
God. . . . 



"Spiritual illiteracy is another 
cause. When people study their 
Bibles prayerfully, regularly, and 
diligently, something is bound to 
happen. The Lord pours out His 
blessing, the Spirit produces spir- 
itual illumination and the babe in 
Christ grows spiritually." 

This is followed by a section in 
which Mr. Meyer says that he is not 
accusing every member of the de- 
nomination, nor does he claim that 
there is not some good being done 
by the denomination. Then he adds: 

"Finally, I have been charged with 
arousing strife and contention and 
disturbing the peace in the Hanover- 
dale Church (another name for Big 
Swatara). If this be true it is only 
because the Word of God is sharper 
than a two-edged sword when it 
comes to the subject of good and 
evil. People are either saved or lost. 
Either they belong to Christ or to 
Satan. Everyone is either for Christ 
or against Him. There is no middle 
road. When preaching the Word 
produces strife, it is only strife be- 
tween the forces of Christ and the 
forces of Satan. 

"In effect the committee of elders 
has given me, unofficially, the choice 
of being loyal to the program of the 
Church of the Brethren or finding a 
church where I can be loyal. Actu- 
ally this is giving me no choice at all. 
I could never preach again and hope 
to deliver a message from the Lord if 
I should fail Him by sacrificing my 
convictions, which are based on His 
Word and many hours alone with 
Him. We are dealing with time and 
eternity — issues that concern the 
destiny of men's souls. These we 
cannot treat lightly. I am therefore 
forced to part company with the de- 
nomination of my forefathers which 
until now I had hoped and prayed 
would be spared the awful tragedy 
of being found in the great apostasy 
when Jesus comes. If the church 
would only pause in her feverish 
activity to recognize the direction in 
which she is traveling, there would 
be hope; but when those who are 
the leaders desire the 'critics' to 
leave them in 'peace,' the low ebb of 
spirituality can only get worse. (See 
Laodicean church, Rev. 3:14-19.) 

"Let no one say that I made other 



January 12, 7952 



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plans before this decision was made. 
I have no plans from here on except 
to teach at the Harrisburg School of 
the Bible as I have promised. But I 
have a Book that I enjoy taking lit- 
erally. It says, 'The steps of a right- 
eous man are ordered of the Lord.' 
I have sought His will and waited 
for His answer. It has come, very 
definitely. In tears I said, "All right, 
Lord. My blood and sweat and tears 
are in Hanoverdale, but I am happy 
to do your bidding.' I also sought 
His will concerning the proper time. 
It too came quickly, clearly, defi- 
nitely. It was not my choice — it was 
His. . . . 

"One thing more: My wife and I 
and the Lord are the only ones until 
now who have any knowledge what- 
soever of the contents of this letter 
or the circumstances that necessi- 
tated writing it. I thank the Lord 
that Mary and I are one in Him and 
with Him. All that I have said may 
be considered as coming from her 
too. No decisions were made hastily. 

1 know that I shall be misunderstood 
but I shall leave that to the Lord. . . . 
At 11 o'clock last night I sat down to 
write an answer; it is now 4 o'clock 
in the morning. . . . 

"Finally, Brethren, farewell." 
Beloved, this is not written to 
"take a shot" at any person or de- 
nomination. Rather, it is written to 
urge the members of the Brethren 
Church to pray for those believers 
who are still affiliated with those 
churches and denominations that are 
a part of the National and World 
Council of Churches — two bodies 
that have grown big, but which have 
strayed from the pure Word of God. 
Brother and Sister Meyer re- 
mained without a church home for 

2 months. On December 16, after 
much counsel with Rev. L. L. Grubb, 
Pastor Russel Weber and the editor, 
this young couple entered into the 
membership of the Melrose Gardens 
Brethren Church. 



PROTESTANT PILGRIMAGE 

The American Council of Chris- 
tian Churches, under the supervision 
of its general secretary, Dr. William 
Harllee Bordeaux, has planned a 
Protestant Pilgrimage to "march" on 
Washington, D. C, January 24, 1952, 
to sponsor a rally of protest against 
the appointment of an ambassador to 
the Vatican. The rally will be held 
in Constitution Hall, with delega- 
tions expected from every State in 
the Union. 



FEAR! 



Whether you will admit it or not 
there are few of us who do not ex- 
perience fear in one way or another. 
Man is the only creature on earth 
whose existence is passed in a state 
of dread, who is prey to constant fear 
of one sort or another. Some people 
are possessed of physical fears; they 
live in constant dread of the loss of 
health and go to great lengths to 
keep themselves in the best possible 
physical trim. Some have social 
fears; they are afraid of contact with 
other people, or they are fearful lest 
they will not receive due recognition. 

Many a man doing business on 
Main Street operates his business 
with fear surging through his heart; 
he has fears concerning his competi- 
tor, the loss of business or money. 
Still others are possessed of political 
fears; politicians fear their constitu- 
ents and only too often trim their 
principles to suit the opinions of the 
voters. There are others who have 
fears regarding their appearance; 
they are afraid of being kept out of 
fashion and because of this they will 
almost bankrupt themselves to keep 
up with the latest fads and fancies 
and literally sell every virtue to 
keep themselves in style; to them, 
"keeping up with the Joneses" is the 
biggest thing in life. There are 
thousands of people who are afraid 
of death; to them death is completely 
a mystery and an unknown. They 
shudder and break out in beads of 
perspiration at the very thought of 
dying. 

A doctor said some time ago: 
"Fears are the most disruptive thing 
we can have." I know a lady who is 
in mortal dread of germs. She stays 
inside the house, the prisoner of her 
own fear, lest she meet one. She 
doesn't realize that fear itself is 10 
times more deadly than the germ. I 
know a school teacher who had a 
basic fear which brought on a stom- 
ach ulcer; when she got rid of the 
fear, she got rid of the ulcer. 

A former psychologist says, "Fear 
is not natural, but faith is. I am so 
made and constructed that worry 
and anxiety are sand in the machin- 
ery of life. Faith is oil. I live better 



:- By Billy Graham 

by faith and confidence than by fear, 
doubt, and anxiety." 

A Johns Hopkins doctor says that 
we do not know why it is that the 
worriers die sooner than the non- 
worriers. But that is a fact. We are 
inwardly constructed in nerve and 
tissue and brain cell and soul for 
faith, and not for fear. God has 
made us that way. Therefore, the 
need of faith is not something im- 
posed on us dogmatically, but it is 
written in us intrinsically. We can- 
not live without it. To live by worry 
means ultimate destruction of body 
as well as of soul. 

Jesus said we are not to fear; we 
are not to be anxious; we are not to 
fret; we are not to worry. The Bible 
teaches that this type of fear is sin. 

The greatest fears are those of 
death, judgment, and eternity. And 
these are indeed well-grounded 
fears, but confidence in the finished 
work of Jesus Christ on the cross of 
Calvary and in His Word will con- 
quer all such fears. If we trust Him 
we do not need to fear judgment, for 
He shows us that the believer shall 
not come into condemnation. 

The Bible declares that for those 
in Christ there is no judgment. The 
Bible declares that the sting of death 
is gone for those who are in Christ. 
Your fears are banished, your frus- 
trations quieted. Your worries can 
flee if today you give your heart and 
life to Jesus Christ. Right where 
you are now you can say "yes" to 
Christ. You say, "What do I have 
to do?" All you have to do is at this 
instant submit your will to Christ 
and accept Jesus Christ as personal 
Saviour. You must acknowledge 
that you are a sinner and then by 
faith let Christ come into your heart. 
— From a tract published by the 
American Tract Society, 21 W. 46th 
St., New York 19, N. Y. 




FUNDAMENTALS ASSOCIATION 

Dr. Claude A. Watson has an- 
nounced the dissolution of the World 
Christian Fundamentals Association 
and the discontinuance of the publi- 
cation of the Fundamentalist, the 
official paper of the association. 

Dr. Paul W. Rood, who has been 
president of the association since 
1929, suffered two strokes recently 
and no one has been found to carry 
on his work. Therefore, the board 
of directors took this action. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



NEWS 





CHURCHES 



Kittanning, Pa. 

We praise God for His blessings in 
our Home Mission Revival meetings 
conducted November 5-18 at the 
First Brethren Church, Kittanning, 
Pa. 

Home Mission Season. Since the 
meetings came just before Thanks- 
giving it was decided to have the 
meetings emphasize home missions 
along with the soul-winning effort. 

Home Mission Evangelist. Rev. 
Phillip J. Simmons, pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Juniata, Al- 
toona, was the evangelist. His mes- 
sages were greatly appreciated. 
There were nine decisions, with 
three more the Sunday following the 
special meetings. 

Home Mission Letters. During the 
meetings letters from home mission 
pastors were read that told of God's 
blessings in other places. 

Home Mission Prayer Partners. 
During these meetings a local system 
of prayer partners with home mis- 
sion workers was revised and en- 
larged. There are now 61 persons in 
the congregation who have prayer 
partners on the home mission fields. 

Home Mission Offering. Our 
church voted by faith to increase our 
home mission offering 30 percent 
over last year's offering. 

Home Mission Pictures. Pictures 
and snapshots of home mission fields 
and workers were displayed during 
the meetings. These encouraged 
more intelligent praying. — Gordon 
W. Bracker, pastor. 

San Bernardino, Calif. 

Greetings from the Arrowhead 
Avenue Brethren Church. So that 
those who have prayed and given for 
this work might rejoice with us we 
give this report. 

On December 23 we used our 
chartered bus for the seventh Sun- 
day, bringing 26 people to Sunday 
school. Only 9 used the bus the 
first time it was used, though invita- 
tions were given to 500 homes. 

We had another record attendance 
in Sunday school last Sunday — 120. 
One year ago there were 66 in Sun- 
day school, and 37 the year before. 



In the morning worship service (De- 
cember 23) there were 89 people 
present and 6 came forward at the 
invitation — 3 young ladies to accept 
the Saviour, a father to confess his 
backsliding, and a couple who had 
held the offices of deacon and dea- 
coness in another church came for 
membership. Four of the last five 
Sundays someone has come to the 
Lord. 

Our auditorium seats 110 people 
comfortably, yet there were 120 in 
Sunday school and 137 at the Sunday 
night Christmas program. To help 
alleviate this condition the congre- 
gation is purchasing the lot next to 
the present church building, which 
will give us a piece of ground 150 
feet by 135 feet. Some rearranging 
in the present building is being made 
to help the situation for the present 
time. — Lyle W. Marvin, pastor. 

North Buffalo, Kittanning, Pa. 

"The Lord hath done great things 
for us; whereof we are glad" (Psa. 
126:3). We can also say of the work 
of the North Buffalo church what 
the Psalmist said of the people of Is- 
rael in possessing the land of Ca- 
naan: "For they got not the land in 
possession by their own sword, nei- 
ther did their own arm save them: 
but by thy right hand, and thine 
arm, and the light of thy counte- 
nance, because thou hadst a favour 
unto them" (Psa. 44:3). 

We came to this field 11 months 
ago at the unanimous invitation of 
the group meeting at North Buffalo. 
During these months of service we 
have continually sought the mind of 
the Lord regarding the organization 
of a Brethren church here. There 
are conditions, peculiar to the com- 
munity, which caused us to move 
slowly. But we were led definitely 
to plan for and execute the organ- 
ization on December 11. 

There were 18 names presented 
for membership in this original or- 
ganization, and we are fully per- 
suaded that this was the Lord's time 
"to go forward." He placed in this 
group those of His own choice. 

We were happy to have the assist- 
ance of Rev. Clyde Landrum, of 
Uniontown, and Rev. Gordon Brack- 
er, of Kittanning, in framing our 
constitution and in the actual work 
of organization. 

At the time of the organization the 
church voted to pay the rent on the 
pastor's home, to give him a vacation 
of 2 weeks duration, and to aid fi- 
nancially in attending the denomina- 



tional conferences. Further evidence 
of the generosity of the people was 
shown on December 23 at the close 
of the Christmas program, when they 
gave to the pastor the money that 
was used to decorate the Christmas 
tree. This amounted to $53.72 — a 
very pleasant surprise for the pastor 
and his family. 

A week ago one of the friends of 
our group, though not a member, 
won a contest sponsored by a local 
furniture establishment. He was 
given the privilege of designating 
some church or charitable organiza- 
tion as the beneficiary of a $100 do- 
nation. He named our church and 
we received the check. 

Since the organization another 
person has joined our membership. 

As the pastor of this recently or- 
ganized Brethren church I am prais- 
ing God for the spirit and vision of 
this small nucleus of believers. They 
are faithful to the Lord and to their 
pastor, and have increased their of- 
fering to home missions 64 percent 
over the amount given last year. 

Satan has been busy. He has at- 
tacked the pastor, his family, and the 
believers in the community. He has 
sought to frustrate the work from 
every angle. But we praise the Lord 
for the victory He has wrought in 
North Buffalo. We covet your 
prayers for yet greater victories for 
Christ's glory in this part of His 
vineyard. — Ulysses L. Gingrich, pas- 
tor. 

Martinsburg, W. Va. 

Greetings in Jesus' precious name. 

Prior to the semiannual commun- 
ion service at the Rosemont Breth- 
ren Church the pastor preached a 
sermon on "The Value of Self-Ex- 
amination," from I Corinthians 11. 
At the invitation 28 people respond- 
ed in public confession, several being 
first-time decisions. 

November 18-25 the church held a 
youth revival under the leadership 
of Evangelist Bill Smith, now a Sen- 
ior in Grace Seminary. The attend- 
ance was good, requiring extra chairs 
at one of the services. Brother Smith 
expounded the deeper things of the 
Word in a manner that all could un- 
derstand and everyone was blessed. 

This meeting was followed by a 
prophetic conference under the di- 
rection of Dr. O. E. Phillips, who re- 
cently returned from Palestine, 
where he had been a guest of the 
Israeli government. Most of his mes- 
sages dealt with the prophecies that 
center in the Jews. These meetings 



January 12, 7952 



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did much to make the church known 
in the community, and many people 
came for many miles to hear this 
teacher of the prophetic Word, and 
no one was disappointed in his min- 
istry. — Pastor M. L. Myers. 

Berrien Springs, Mich. 

Revival services of 1 week dura- 
tion, ending December 9, were con- 
ducted in the Berrien Springs, Mich., 
Grace Brethren Tabernacle, under 
the leadership of Rev. Ward Miller, 
of Osceola, Ind. There were no 
public decisions, yet the meetings 
produced results in the church. 

The theme of our meeting was, 
"Do You Know?" or "Answers to 
Vital Questions." The verse for this 
theme was II Timothy 1:12, and the 
theme chorus was, "In My Heart 
There Rings a Melody." 

Believers from both the Bethel 
Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind. (Bro. 
Miller's church), and the New Troy 
(Mich.) Brethren Church, under the 
leadership of Rev. Leslie Moore, 
aided much during the week with 
testimonies and music. 

The attendance averaged 47, with 
a high of 72 people present at the 
closing service. The interest was 
keen and the people were greatly 
blessed. — Arthur F. Collins, pastor. 



OPPOSE TIE-UP WITH VATICAN 

The opposition to President Tru- 
man's appointment of an ambassador 
to the Vatican goes deeper than the 
differences that exist between Prot- 
estants and the Roman Catholics. 
The Jews of this country also see the 
danger in such representation. 

Recently the American Jewish 
Congress, at its biennial convention 
in New York City, voted to oppose 
President Truman's "nomination of 
an ambassador to the Vatican. An 
adopted resolution urged the Presi- 
dent to recall the appointment 'in the 
interests of fundamental American 
democratic principles and interreli- 
gious harmony and accord within 
this country.' " 

Pray, brethren, that the Senate 
will refuse to confirm the appoint- 
ment of a political representative to 
a religious body with headquarters 
in the Vatican at Rome, Italy. 



CHURCH LETTERS 

We would never want to be so 
narrow as to refuse to give church 
letters for people to go to some other 
denomination. We have never 
claimed that the Brethren Church 
was the only church teaching salva- 
tion or the deep truths of the spirit- 
ual life. The fact that the Brethren 
have been known as cooperative and 
friendly to great men of God, re- 
gardless of their denomination, 
should make this clear. In most 
Brethren churches, fundamental 
teachers and preachers from other 
denominations are not only welcome, 
but are invited to come in. 

The Danger oj Sleep 

Our very fairness and cooperation 
may sometimes become an anesthetic 
to put us to sleep. Let us not forget 
that modernism still exists among 
churches, even though it may be 
compelled to parade under a differ- 
ent banner. When our people find it 
necessary to join some other church, 
they should by all means search out 
a congregation which is not in any 
way affiliated with the modernistic 
National Council of Christian 
Churches (formerly the Federal 
Council) or the World Council. We 
realize that the heads of most people 
swim when they try to figure out the 
councils of our modern day. Per- 
haps this may be used by the enemy 
to confuse as many as possible. Those 
who want to stand for the faith and 
obey the Scripture should look more 
deeply into a church than the pres- 
ent preacher, the entertainment, or 
the social life. Congregations affil- 
iated directly or indirectly with these 
modernistic, un-Scriptural move- 
ments are certain to be influenced 
thereby. Representatives of these 
superorganizations have a way of 
infiltrating a local congregation. Be- 
sides, churches affiliated with the 
modernistic National Council make 
certain financial contributions to 
these organizations, which money 
goes ultimately to the destruction of 
the faith. Besides, those who give 
their money to foreign missions 
should be very careful to see that 
the missionaries who are supported 
are not only true to the Word but 
free from these modernistic entan- 
glements. 

Just last week a godly man who 
regrets that his denomination is affil- 
iated with the modernistic National 
Council made a sizeable contribution 



By Dr. Charles W. Mayes 



to Brethren foreign missions to be 
sure that his money is used in a 
work separated from modernistic in- 
fluences. 

Investigate 

On a number of occasions some of 
our people from Fifth and Cherry 
have moved to locations where there 
are no Brethren churches. Feeling 
they should be affiliated with some 
local work, they have contacted the 
pastor relative to a church which 
stands separated from worldly alli- 
ances. In many cases these people 
have found churches in their re- 
spective cities which are set up for 
the defense of the Gospel and are 
free from modernistic superorgani- 
zations. 

One of our members unknowingly 
joined a church tied up with the 
Federal Council, but as soon as the 
facts were learned, found another 
church home immediately. This is 
what we call conviction and it is the 
kind of conviction for which Breth- 
ren should be noted. 

Some People Are Fickle 

Too many people choose a church 
by looking only at the outside, the 
immediate activity, or the entertain- 
ing features. Yet, who would judge 
a restaurant by the beautiful awning 
on the outside, or who would judge 
the quality of an automobile by the 
paint? The Brethren may sincerely 
thank God that our national organ- 
ization and all our organizations are 
not members of any modernistic 
councils. These superorganizations 
are not an answer to the prayer of 
our Lord for Christian unity, but 
rather they are the fulfillment of the 
dark prophecies of the New Testa- 
ment that in the latter days some 
will depart from the faith, eventually 
ending in Satan's false church. Read 
about this in Revelation, chapter 17. 
— Editorial in Fifth and Cherry Light, 
December 14, 1951. 



A REMINDER 



In making your summer vacation 
plans remember to plan some time 
for attending the National Confer- 
ence of Brethren Churches at Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., August 18-24 (one 
week earlier than last year). 



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"Occupy" 

IN PREACHING 



By Rev. Arnold R. Kriegbaum, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 



Intensely a townsman, Paul was not a stranger when 
he found himself walking the crowded streets of Corinth. 
To stand in its prosaic theaters, to read the Grecian in- 
scriptions, to tread the mosaic floors of imperial villas, 
or to visit the forum where Gallio sat in the judgment 
seat, were not new things to Paul. 

Corinth was the capital of Greece, therefore it was 
the seat of the proconsul, and was the source of local 
and imperial authority. Corinth was the hub of Grecian 
Jewry, for the chief synagogue of the province was lo- 
cated there. Corinth was the center of wealth. In fact, 
Corinth was so rich that Roman nobility obtained their 
marble, paintings, and statues there for the adornment 
of their villas. The wealth of Corinth was revealed 
when the Roman consul, Mummius, destroyed Corinth 
with fire and later exploited it of its wealth. There was 
so much gold, silver, and bronze in Corinth that after 
that great fire an amalgam was retrieved which became 
known as "Corinthian brass." 

The Apostle Paul was only too well aware of the 
wealth, luxury, lust, licentiousness, and lasciviousness 
of Corinth. Paul was only too well aware that Corinth 
was a synonym for profligacy and vice, even from the 
days of Homer. 

Knowing these facts, Paul was dismayed to learn that 
the church at Corinth was being invaded by the sinful 
spirit of the city. This disturbed Paul to no small de- 
gree, for whenever the church of Jesus Christ turns to 
the world for wisdom and adheres to the philosophies 
of men, the message of the cross of Christ is rendered 
powerless. Such a church is not "occupying" for Christ 
in preaching. 

The Purpose of Gospel Preaching (I Cor. 1:18-20). 

The supreme purpose of Gospel preaching is to present 
Jesus Christ as God's answer to the sin problem in the 
human heart. Any teaching or program that smothers 
this purpose is satanic in origin. 

The secondary purpose of Gospel preaching is to re- 
veal those who are saved and those who are lost. "For 
the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolish- 
ness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of 

January 12, 1952 



God." The verbs "perish" and "saved" are both in the 
present tense. Thus we must conclude that every ser- 
mon preached is used by the Holy Spirit of God to deter- 
mine those who are saved and those who are lost. 

There is still a third purpose of Gospel preaching. 
Fundamental Gospel preaching reveals the foolishness 
of human wisdom without God. The patience of the 
Lord is not soon exhausted, therefore God Almighty lets 
human wisdom run its natural course. But in the end 
God "will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring 
to nothing the understanding of the prudent." Thus 
God declares that He will some day set aside the un- 
derstanding of the judicious ones, whose wisdom is 
restricted to the age in which they live. All worldly 
wisdom is of a temporary nature. Such wisdom is in 
constant flux. "And the world passeth away, and the 
lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth 
for ever" (I John 2:17). 

The Theme of Gospel Preaching (1 Cor. 1:23). 

Paul proceeds to explain how it is that the Gospel has 
made the world's wisdom appear foolish. In the all-wise 
providence of God, allowance has been made for worldly 
wise men to seek a way of life, but their seeking always 
ends in a blind alley, for they bar God out of their 
thinking. 

As an antidote to such thinking God proceeds to use 
preaching as the means of giving to man the only answer 
to his quest for the real way of life. The supreme theme 
of genuine preaching is the cross. The cross was and is 
the expression of the very wisdom of God; and it was 
the cross that revealed the foolishness of human philos- 
ophies. "Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this 
world?" (I Cor. 1:20). 

The People God Uses in Gospel Preaching (1 Cor. 1: 
27-30). 

God, in His manifold wisdom, does not choose those 
He purposes to use in the same way the world would 
choose men to places of responsibility. The wisdom of 
the world seeks out the shrewd, clever politicians "who 

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have a pull," or who have distinction. God declares that 
such are not the essential constituents of His program. 
God's work does not depend upon some silver-tongued 
orator to be His mouthpiece. To the contrary, God often 
selects the supposedly sick ones ("weak things") and the 
low-born ("base things") to perform the ministry of 
preaching. 

Many are the saints that have been mightily used of 
God whom the world considered handicapped. The 
name of Fanny Crosby stands out like an "old Gibral- 
tar" in the army of believers whom God has used. 
Though blind, from the pen of this "sick one" came 
many of the hymns that God has used to preach the 
Gospel into thousands of souls. 

Indeed, there must be a reason why the Lord selects 
the despised things of the world (vs. 28), and the beg- 
garly things in preference to the wise and mighty. I 
Corinthians 1:29 affords the answer: "That no flesh 
should glory in his presence." God can only use men 
and women who are boasting in the Lord to proclaim 
His message. To the genuinely born-again child of God, 
Jesus Christ is everything. A true knowledge of God's 
grace will cause the true child of God to shout: 

"In the cross of Christ I glory, 

Tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time; 
All the light of sacred story 

Gathers 'round its head sublime. 

"When the woes of life o'er-take me, 
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, 
Never shall the cross forsake me: 
Lo! it glows with peace and joy." 

Someone asked Mr. George Mueller the secret of his 
great service for God. In reply, Mr. Mueller said: 
"There was a day when I died, utterly died," and as he 
spoke Mr. Mueller bent lower and lower until he almost 
touched the floor, and then continued: "died to George 
Mueller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will, died 
to the world, its approval or censure, died to the ap- 
proval or blame even of my brethren and friends, and 
since then I have studied only to show myself approved 
of God." This is the secret of "occupying in preaching" 
as a regenerated saint of God. 



FAREWELL 

By Althea S. Miller 

Farewell, dear old year, thy days are yet few; 
The record is written; we cannot renew. 

We weep over failures, and pray from our heart: 

Dear Lord make this new year Thine own from the start. 

Let each project and effort, dear Lord, we implore, 
Reap vict'ries unnumbered and souls by the score. 

We are Thy servants. Thy good news to give 
To men, by sin blinded, so they, too, might live. 

Farewell then, dear old year, and welcome thou new; 
We enter with gladness, thou are fresh as the dew 
With challenge and blessing 'til He break through the 
blue. 



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A new year is upon us. Many a resolution lightly 
made has by this time been lightly cast aside. And 
many a resolution born out of the need of the hour and 
in all seriousness, has been washed away under the im- 
pact of temptation pin-pointed on the weakness of the 
human will. The days ahead are freighted with infinite 
possibilities for the performance of good and evil. The 
trackless course must be charted by the believer's Com- 
mander if the potentialities to evil are to be avoided. If 
you and I ignore or resent the guidance of our Father 
as He seeks to lead through His Word and prayer we 
will assure defeat unto ourselves. I challenge you as my 
own heart is challenged to take your hands off the reins 
of your life that He may perform in and through you His 
good pleasure. 

Our 8-year-old daughter asked me one day why I cry 
sometimes after I've disciplined one of the children. 
How could I explain to her, or if I could explain ade- 
quately, how could she possibly understand that my 
grief as the administrator of the discipline is greater than 
the grief of the one disciplined? God takes no pleasure 
in having to discipline me, His child. His grief over the 
folly of my willful disobedience is greater than I can 
understand or experience. His pleasure does come, 
however, when He sees the result of His teaching and 
disciplining in my life. "No chastening for the present 
seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless after- 
ward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto 
them which are exercised thereby" (Heb. 12:11). 

This new year through whose doors we have just en- 
tered can become a pean of praise unto Him daily as we 
allow God's strong hand and mighty arm to chart the 
course of our lives. And this is in spite of tumult, strife, 
and uncertainty without; this in spite of the burnings of 
lust and passion within. "For it is God which worketh 
in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do 
all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye 
may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without 
rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, 
among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Phil. 2: 
13-15). 

This new year, dear Lord, be it Thine to work in me 
and in WMC Thine own pleasure. By Thy grace, may 
my home, my church, my WMC, my nation be helped 
and blessed because I have responded to Thy leading, 
Thy disciplining, and Thy hand of love upon me. Hear 
Thou my prayer. 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President — Mrs. Edward Bowman, Route 1. Garwin. Iowa. 

Vice President — Mrs. Henry Rempel. 1539 E. 80th St.. Los Angeles 1, 

Calif. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Robert Ashman, Winona Lake. Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Chester McCall. 3421 W 82d PL. 

Inglewood. Calif. 
Literature Secretary — Mrs. Conard Sandy, Box 373, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Editor— Mrs. Robert Miller, 1511 Maiden Lane, S.W., Roanoke 15, Va- 
Prayer Chairman — Miss Mary Emmert, Dallas Center, Iowa. 
Patroness of SMM — Mrs. Herman Koontz, Box 164, Winona Lake. Ind. 



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A LAYWOMAN LOOKS AT PREACHERS' WIVES AND THEIR CHILDREN 



When a laywoman starts holding the mirror for the 
preacher's wife and youngsters, the view is apt to be 
distorted by the angle of personal prejudice. So it 
seemed a good idea to listen carefully to the present 
comments of others and dig into memory for the past 
ones, in the hope that this article might be as unbiased 
as any individual work can be. 

Since the positive approach has always seemed twice 
as profitable as the negative, let's consider a few attri- 
butes which people most desire in a pastor's wife. 

On the practical down-to-earth side, they want her to 
be a good housekeeper and manager. As a speaker once 
put it: "Cleanliness is not next to godliness; it is godli- 
ness." So people appreciate a tidy, well-run parsonage 
on the grounds that it is a good testmony in the com- 
munity. Good management avoids a lot of unpaid bills 
on the same basis. 

They want her to be a good mother. While she is 
being faithful in giving her children spiritual instruction, 
they want her to remember that her offspring is the 
same sort of clay that constitutes theirs. Pastor's chil- 
dren who can avoid any attitude of superiority because 
of their position are to be commended. 

Manners are the oil that keeps every-day machinery 
running smoothly. Their presence or absence seems to 
be especially noticed in ministers' children mainly be- 
cause they are more in the public eye. Like all vicious 
circles, this in turn makes their mother's task all the 
harder. 

In the church, folk expect the pastor's helpmate to be 
a spiritual leader. They are delighted if she possesses 
outstanding talents like singing, playing an instrument, 
or speaking in public. But they are ready to forgive a 
lack of this if her daily life is spiritually strong enough 
to be leading in its example. 

Ability to mix with everyone in the church is a quality 
that rates high. The lady of the parsonage should be 
above small cliques. Church members are just human 
beings and human beings like to be noticed. 

Hospitality that starts at the parsonage will soon 
spread through a congregation. It's amazing how people 
react to example. While the members of the church 
have no right to treat the parsonage with all the freedom 
of Grand Central Station, they do like to feel that a 
warm welcome awaits them there, especially if they have 
a real need on their hearts. 

What a wonderful virtue is tactfulness! Tactless re- 
marks about clothing, furniture, education, speech, etc., 
though often unintentional, seem to drive a harder blow 
when they come from a minister's wife. 

To be a good listener is second to only one other vir- 
tue — the ability to keep to herself what she hears. Re- 
peated tales can ruin the effectiveness of her testimony 
for those involved. If she has a criticism to make, most 
people would rather hear it from her in a spirit of love. 
If she herself needs a confidant, and most human beings 
do at some time or other, she should be sure that the 
tongue of that individual is as willing to stay still as the 
ears are to be active. 

January 12, 1952 



But perhaps what people want most of all from the 
pastor's wife is warmth and understanding. They want 
her to love them even when they don't deserve it, en- 
courage them in their undertakings whether large or 
small. She must be interested in Sister's music lessons, 
Johnny's runny nose, Dad's sick cow, Mother's prize 
recipe, and Grandma's rheumatism. 

In short, what most of us want from our pastor's wife 
is that she be a paragon of all the virtues we are finding 
it hard to develop in ourselves. 

But it is up to us to help her be that kind of a person. 
We should pay her husband enough that being a good 
housekeeper and manager will not wear her to a frazzle. 
We need to show her the same love and understanding 
which we expect from her. Often this could mean lend- 
ing a practical helping hand. 

Praying for her is no small help. We pray long and 
loud for our missionaries, and that is commendable. But 
how long is it since you prayed for not only your pastor 
and his wife but all those throughout our Brethren 
churches? "But the missionaries have gone so far away 
and given up so much, while my pastor's wife has all the 
conveniences and comforts that I do," I hear someone 
say. Perhaps, but the same Devil is operating here as 
anywhere else in the world. Wherever God's servants 
are battling the forces of evil (even where it dons so- 
called respectability), they need our prayers. 

So let's help this lady from whom we expect so much. 
Some of the most effective Christians I have ever known 
have been pastors' wives. God bless them every one! 



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Africa — 

Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

Mrs. Chauncey B. Sheldon March 21 

Argentina — 
Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Missionaries' Children (Africa) — 

Verna Marie Dunning March 10, 1945 

Paul Marvin Goodman March 25, 1951 

Missionaries' Children (Argentina) — 
Kenneth Paul Churchill March 5, 1947 

Missionaries' Children (France) — 

Beckie Maurita Fogle March 17, 1948 

(32 Route de Montesson, Le Vesinet, Seine et Oise) 

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Dear Mrs. Miller: 

I received a letter from Brother Etling today thanking 
us for our gift for the National Sunday School Board. 
Here is part of it: "We want to express our appreciation 
for the very fine gift of $152.77 for the work of Sunday 
schools in the Brethren Church. It is hard to fully ex- 
press our gratitude for the lift you have given us in this 
■work. Will you convey our thanks to your executive 
committee and the ladies of the WMC? Pray with us and 
for us that we shall spend the money wisely in the ex- 
pansion of Sunday school work." 
In His name, 

Mrs. Chester McCall. 



Findlay, Ohio. 
Dear WMC Coworkers: 

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus. This is our 
first news item. The Women's Missionary Council of 
the new Findlay Brethren Church, assisted by 11 women 
from the Fremont Brethren WMC, was organized Mon- 
day evening, September 21, 1951. Mrs. Jason Thomas 
was elected president; Mrs. Ethel MofHtt, vice president; 
Mrs. Marion Thomas, secretary; Mrs. Jessie Cornwell, 
treasurer. An offering of $5.84 was received. 

The first regular all-day meeting was held in the home 
of our president on October 22. The day was spent in 
rolling bandages to send to Africa, mending clothing, and 
filling gift purses to send to Taos. Two boxes of clothing 
were sent to Clayhole, Ky. 

An evening meeting was held November 16. We 
praise the Lord for His mercies upon us at Findlay. 
In His service, 

Mrs. Marion Thomas, Sec. 



Dear Mrs. Miller: 

We thought that you would like to hear about a proj- 
ect that our Senior council is working on here in Canton. 
Mrs. Sarah Rice, our tract chairman, obtained a list of 
the names and addresses of prospects from the pastor. 
Each lady has been given a name. She is to pray for 
this person every day and also send a selected Gospel 
tract to her in the mail each week for 8 weeks and is 
requested to call on this person and endeavor to get her 
to come to church. She is to witness for the Lord and 
try to get her to accept Christ as Saviour. The Lord has 
already blessed this program and several of these people 
have come to our church services. Our ladies are quite 
enthusiastic about this method of personal evangelism. 
In His service, 

Mrs. Jesse Hall, Cor. Sec. 



WMC DEVOTIONAL TOPICS FOR FEBRUARY 

Bible Study— "Consecration . . . and Then What?" 
Mission Study — "Occupation of the Field — the Cen- 
ter." 




January, and we are in the second month of the of- 
fering for Grace Seminary. How are YOU and your 
own WMC helping to contribute so as to help meet the 
national goal of $2,000? If you pray sincerely that this 
goal will be met you will give to please Christ. 

Pray each day for our missionaries, but don't forget 
the 15th of each month in uniting your prayers with the 
entire brotherhood on behalf of foreign missions of the 
Brethren Church. 

Are you praying for Sisterhood? What are YOU, per- 
sonally, doing to help both the individual girls of Sister- 
hood as well as the national organization? 

ADDITIONAL SISTERHOOD ITEMS 

ABANDONMENT 

Just a thistle-down for Jesus, 

Nothing here to call my own. 
At the Spirit's inclination 

Willing to be held or blown. 

Just a thistle-down for Jesus, 

Simply that and nothing more. 
Perhaps to drift along the wayside; 

Perhaps to rest . . . perhaps to soar. 

Just a thistle-down for Jesus, 

Empowered by the living air 
Passing through, and all around me; 

Sometimes here . . . sometimes there. 

Just a thistle-down for Jesus, 

Lifted from the rigid pod. 
Unearthed from the things that held me — 

Just abandoned unto God. 

— Leona Dawson Cole. 



PRAYER SUGGESTIONS 

1. Pray for home mission points — for the pastors 
and their churches; for the unsaved in each city. 

2. Pray for fellow SMM girls that they will be 
vessels for the Master's use. 

3. Pray for the girls that your SMM group can 
reach for Christ. 

4. Pray for your own pastor and church. 



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S/ST/E/ZSZOOD OF 

MARY and MARTHA 

FOR. WE ARE LABOURERS TOGETHER WITH GOD./i ICok39a 




Lot's Wife, Noah's Ark, and a Crowded World 



By Rev. Ralph Colburn 

There are a lot of stories in the Bible that people used 
to laugh at, and there are some who still scoff at the 
Book. But the more we discover about science and his- 
tory, the less we find of ridicule concerning God's Word. 
For instance, they used to laugh at the story of Lot's 
wife turning into a pillar of salt. "How did that fable 
ever get into the Bible?" they said. 

The whole story of the destruction of Sodom and 
Gomorrah seemed incredulous enough, without the 
pillar of salt part. But you know, God uses natural 
means in a supernatural way many times. And in mod- 
ern times it has been discovered that there is much 
evidence in the area of the Dead Sea, where Sodom and 
Gomorrah were situated, of volcanic eruptions. And it 
is perfectly plausible that those two cities were entirely 
wiped out by a rain of fire and sulphuric ash, which cer- 
tainly seemed to come from heaven! And it is equally 
plausible that Lot's wife, because of her yearning for the 
things of the cities which were being destroyed, was 
fully encased in what seemed to be a freak falling of 
volcanic salt from the eruption. Jesus believed the 
story, for He referred to it in the New Testament (Luke 
17:28-32), and if He trusted it, certainly you and I can. 

They used to laugh at the story of the flood, too. 
"Imagine, a flood that covered the whole earth — that 
even rose above the highest mountains," they ridiculed. 
"Impossible," they said. "Ridiculous," others answered. 
But they're not laughing any more. Every ancient civi- 
lization has a story, legend, or record of a universal 
flood, and the details and date are remarkably like the 
Bible story. In the Chinese language even the word for 
"flood" is made up of a combination of characters signi- 
fying eight people in a boat! 

Then there is plenty of geological evidence for the 
flood, especially in Bible lands, which may have been 
the only place it was needed to wipe out human life on 
the earth. And there is plenty of other evidence con- 
cerning the changes that the flood brought on the topog- 
raphy and life on the earth, all of which are beautifully 
timed with the Biblical account. We may never know 
for sure, this side of heaven, how much change the flood 
did bring on the earth, but it did shorten man's life span. 
And there is much evidence that it tremendously changed 
the climate of the earth, and possibly even altered the 
shapes of continents. 

But one of the most remarkable proofs of the flood is 
from the field of mathematics. The estimated population 
of the world now is about 2,000,000,000 (two billion). 
And allowing for local catastrophes, wars, high death 
rates, etc., the population of the world doubles about 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY 

SING TIME— "For God So Loved the World,"* "Love 

Lifted Me," and other songs and choruses on '"love." 
OPENING PRAYER. 
SCRIPTURE— II Peter 2:1-9. 
SHARPENING YOUR TOOLS— "Lot's Wife, Noah's 

Ark, and a Crowded World." 
SPECIAL MUSIC— "The Love of God." 
AFRICAN VINEYARD— "Stranger Than Fiction." 

Senior — "First Term and Home Again." 

Junior — "Answers to Prayer." 
THEME CHORUS— "Missionary Prayer." 
AMERICAN VINEYARD— "Our Vast U. S. in Great 

Need." 
AMERICAN VINEYARD REVIEW.** 
CIRCLE PRAYER AND BENEDICTION. 
BUSINESS MEETING. 

*Sing the following as the second verse of "For God 
So Loved the World." 

Since God so loved the world. 

Then we must love it too. 

And strive to live like Him; 

Lost sinners seek to win 

So they'll be ready when 

The Saviour comes again. 

Happy will that meeting be. 
**Tell the girls that you are going to have this review 
so that they will have an opportunity to become familiar 
with the pictures of our colaborers in the home vineyard. 
Have the girls check each other's papers and give 2Vz 
points for each correct name and 2% points for each cor- 
rectly named place. 



every 140 years. Now if population increase had been 
normal since Adam's time, the world would now have 
about 3,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (three octillion) peo- 
ple! That would make it a little crowded, wouldn't it? 
And if it were dated back when most evolutionists 
wanted the beginning of man, the figures would be ridic- 
ulously astronomical! Mathematics points to the fact 
that there was a new beginning of the human race about 
4,400 years ago, which was just about the time of the 
flood! 

Yes, the evidence keeps stacking up in favor of the 
accuracy of the Bible. And if it is accurate in these 
historical and scientific matters, then it is accurate in 
spiritual matters, and you and I had better read and 
heed what it says! 



January 12, 7952 



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THE GRAPEVINE 



SMM BOOK CORNER 



By Mrs. Conard Sandy 



ARE YOU GROWING SPIRITUALLY? There's a 
little chorus tells us how; it goes, "Read your Bible, pray 
every day ... if you want to grow." The best proof of 
a "yes" reply is the faithful keeping of Mary goals No. 2 
(Bible reading) and No. 3 (quiet time observed daily). 

ADVENTURE! BLESSINGS! CHALLENGES! If 
that is what the girls in your SMM have found in the 
reading of the Christian literature, whether fiction, mis- 
sionary, or devotional, have them share it with the other 
girls by telling a little about the book they have read in 
Sisterhood. Of course, don't tell everything. Just 
enough to whet their appetites and cause them to read 
it too. 

DON'T DELAY. Send that post card item about the 
activities in your Sisterhood to the general secretary, 
Helen Small, right away. 

NEXT TIME your SMM has a bandage rolling, send 
each bandage with a prayer. Place a box in another 
room than the one in which you are working. Then as 
each roll is completed, it is placed in the box with a 
word of prayer that it may be used of God to reach the 
natives of Africa for Him. 

BEGINNING WITH OUR MARCH PROGRAM the 
events in "Stranger Than Fiction" will take place on our 
own African mission field. Maps of the field and pic- 
tures of the missionaries as they appear will make your 
study more interesting. Some material on our African 
field can be secured from the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety, Winona Lake, Ind. 



"STRANGER THAN FICTION" 

Senior- — 

VI. "First Term and Home Again (Chapters 12-15). 

A. Chapter 12 — "Uganda and Kenya." 

1. God's Provision (99-100). 

2. Doctor's Orders (100-102). 

B. Chapter 13— "First Visit to South Africa." 

1. God's Purpose (103). 

2. "Hand to Mouth" (104-106). 

C. Chapter 14— "A War Voyage." 

1. Sea Voyage (107-108). 

2. The Studds (108). 

3. Second Class (109). 

D. Chapter 15 — "In America Together." 

1. Reunion (110-112). 

2. Newcomer (112). 

3. New Mission (114-115). 

4. Departure (115-117). 

Junior — "Answer to Prayer." 

The Kenya Colony in Africa was the first place that 
Dr. Newberry served the Lord in Africa. She not only 
helped the sick at the mission station but visited the 
surrounding villages helping the sick there. On these 
trips her method of transportation was a mule. Her 
first mule, named Teddy, was a stubborn animal and 
threw Dr. Newberry so many times that he had to be 
destroyed. Her next mule was very gentle and because 
of her coal-black coat was called "Koli." 

The Africa Inland Mission decided to take the Gospel 
to the people of the Belgian Congo. Dr. Newberry was 
one of the members of the first group of missionaries to 



RECOIL, by Henry W. Coray, $1.50. 

This is a most unusual book woven around a fascinating 
theme — football. The hero, a young football coach in a 
mining town, is faced with some real problems as the 
school board demands that he use the sons of two prom- 
inent citizens on his first team — not because of their 
ability, but because of the influence wielded by their 
fathers in the city's government. 

Other problems arise as the coach, because of his 
Christian principles, refuses to show favor to the "Amer- 
ican" players on his team while at the same time giving 
the boys of foreign parentage the "raw deals." 

To the horror of the town's "socially elite," Coach 
Standish accepts the privilege and responsibility of 
teaching a Sunday school class in a small church where 
"foreigners" attended and were cordially welcomed. 
Joy fills the heart of the coach as "his" boys accept 
Christ as their Saviour, and as he watches them grow 
in the faith. 

It seems that all hopes are blasted as the school board 
at a specially called meeting requests the resignation of 
the athletic director. 

What shall he do? Where can he go? To whom may 
he turn? Even the "special" girl does not seem to be 
his! Is it possible for him to stand more adversity? 

You will not want to lay this book aside, once you 
have started to read it, until you have read the last word. 

TEDDY AND THE "WITCH'S" LAMP, by Edith Snyder 
Pederson, 75e. 

This is a story that the Junior Sisterhood girls will find 
most interesting. 

Teddy is a little girl who loves both of her parents, and 
she realizes that they are facing a crisis in their lives 
about which she seemingly can do nothing. Teddy prays 
that she might have a "real" home, and that she may not 
be just a burden to her mother and father. 

The many lives that are changed because of the mov- 
ing of Teddy and her parents into the suburbs is really 
amazing. One precious find for Teddy is a friend, Tommy. 

The mystery of the "witch" and the knowledge that 
she will not harm children leads to many mysterious 
circumstances for Teddy and Tommy. 

Oh yes, Teddy's prayer is answered in a wonderful 
way and we hear her say: "I'm so glad that He had the 
power to make my mother a stay-at-home mother and 
to make my father a believing father." 



help start this new work. When they first arrived in the 
Belgian Congo all of the missionaries themselves were 
sick, but soon they were able to build houses in which 
to live. 

Now read pages 93 to 97 and tell about the following 
things that happened in the work in the Belgian Congo. 

1. How the missionaries tried to learn the African 
language (pp. 93-94). 

2. How a little boy helped them to learn the language 
(P- 94). 

3. Why Dr. Newberry was not happy to have Mr. 
Gribble at the mission (pp. 94-95). 

4. How God answered Mr. Gribble's prayer (p. 95). 

5. What was wrong with Dr. Newberry's wedding 
clothes (p. 96). 

6. What happened to Mr. Gribble's wedding outfit 
(p. 97). 



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THE TOOL CHEST 



OUR VAST U. S. IN GREAT NEED 

By Cashel Heckman 

Why home missions? Why build more churches? 
Aren't there enough? There's a church in every block! 

Maybe so, but if there are enough churches, why are 
there 70,000,000 unchurched people, nearly half of the 
total population of the United States? Someone is fail- 
ing to reach them. Shall we do nothing about it either? 

A radio pastor told of a sign he had seen hanging in 
front of a church. It read: "The Way to Heaven." Be- 
neath this sign was hung another: "Closed for the Sum- 
mer." Recently a slide was sent to the Home Missions 
Council office which was the picture of an outside bulle- 
tin board of a church. On the board were posted these 
words: "Sunday is our last service until Sept. 9th." What 
kind of a Gospel is preached in these places? These 
churches could take John 5:24 and make it read: "He 
that heareth my word in the fall, winter, and spring . . ." 
And what do they do with Hebrews 10:25: "Not forsak- 
ing the assembling of ourselves together"? 

Should not we who believe "The Bible, the Whole 
Bible, and Nothing but the Bible" go forth and establish 
churches where the message of salvation is proclaimed 
continually. How many of the 70,000,000 unchurched 
people do you think the two above-mentioned churches 
and their kind (and there are many such churches here 
in the United States) will reach? Think, if you will, of 
the 50,000,000 who are members of cults and those who 
attend such churches who "entereth not by the door into 
the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way," who 
are not redeemed "with the precious blood of Christ," 
and you will have a vision of the need of proclaiming the 
Gospel and establishing churches right here in the 
United States. 

And this field is one in which you can each share a 
part in three ways. You can pray that the Lord will 
guide in the establishment of each new church. You can 
give that funds will be available to enter into new areas 
with the Gospel. Are you going to sit back and let the 
churches that preach not salvation by grace through 
Christ enter into vast new sections of our cities? And 
in the third place, how many of your friends at school, 
neighbors, and other acquaintances are included in these 
figures? Why not allow the Lord to use you to reach 
them and make home missions home missions! 



ANSWERS TO AMERICAN VINEYARD REVIEW 



10. 



Angie Garber 

Navaho Mission, New Mexico 

Rev. Russell Williams 

Pastor, Yakima, Wash. 

Grace Grauel 

Kentucky — Clayhole 

Rev. Lowell Hoyt 

Pastor. Denver, Colo. 

Rev. John Burns 

Pastor, Johnson City, Term. 

Evelyn Fuqua 

Kentucky — Hell for Certain 

Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum 

Pastor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Celina Mares 

Spanish — Taos, N. Mex. 

Rev. Bruce Button 

Jewish — Los Angeles, Calif. 

Rev. Adam Rager 

Pastor, Artesia, Calif. 



11. Rev. Ray Martindale 
Navaho — New Mexico 

12. Rev. Russell Weber 
Pastor, Harrisburg, Pa. 

13. Rev. Sam Horney 
Spanish — Taos, N. Mex. 

14. Rev. Kenneth Teague 
Pastor, Alexandria, Va. 

15. Rev. Sewell Landrum 
Kentucky — Clayhole 

16. Rev. Vernon Harris 
Pastor, Portland, Oreg. 

17. Rev. Clarence Gutierrez 
Spanish — Albuquerque, N. M. 

18. Rev. Glen Welborn 
Pastor, Albany, Oreg. 

19. Isobel Fraser 

Jewish — Los Angeles, Calif. 

20. Rev. J. Lincoln Oliver 
Negro — Los Angeles, Calif. 



BEAN BAG TOY: Easy-to-throw toy (cat) that is 
easy to make. 

Materials needed: V2 yard of 36-inch-wide felt will 
make two toys, chalk, saucer, and teacup for patterns, 
beans, pinking scissors. (Suggested in Every woman's 
magazine.) 

What to do: Saucer is used as a pattern for the body 
of cat and teacup for head. Chalk out pattern on felt 
(four of each for two toys) and cut out with pinking 
scissors. Make your own pattern for tail, feet, and ears 
in proportion to body and head. Chalk on felt, making 
four each of ears and feet and two of tail; cut out. 
Sketch and then stitch faces on two of small circles. Now 
put two pieces of each size circle together, and pin ears, 
feet, and tail in proper place between thicknesses. Stitch 
around the circles about V2 inch from pinked edge, leav- 
ing 2-inch opening for filling with beans. Sew head to 
body by overlapping the two circles. Fill each bag with 
beans — not too full. Sew up 2-inch openings. 

BUTTONS, BUTTONS: Some simple and novel things 
that can be made with buttons (suggested in Family 
Circle magazine). 

Materials needed: buttons, wire, screw backs, glue, 
small hatpins, felt, gift cord. 

What can be done: 

1. An effective necklace is made of jewel-like buttons 
sewed on a double row of gilt cord. Use the loop end of 
the cord as a simple fastener. 

2. For a belt, use a strip of colored felt any width 
desired. Pink edges. Cut out medallions of contrasting 
felt; pink edges; sew on jet buttons to make a simple 
design. Glue to belt. 

3. Beautiful buttons make beautiful scarfpins. To 
make, slide a short hatpin through the shank of the 
button, flatten shank, secure with glue. 

4. Make your blouse look dressy or tailored with a 
change of buttons. Glue corkscrew pins to buttons and 
use as studs. 



LETTER FROM MRS. KOONTZ 

Dear Sisterhood Girls: 

As I write this note to you it is the Christmas season, 
and I have been enjoying the Christmas greetings sent 
to me by several Sisterhoods and 
districts. I appreciate this 
thoughtfulness more than I can 
say, and I want to thank each one 
for remembering me. I hope that 
the Sisterhood work and the na- 
tional officers are also in the 
prayers of each girl, not only at 
Christmas, but all the time. 

Now another year is before us, 
a year that may be gladdened by 
the coming of our Lord and Mas- 
ter, Jesus Christ. While there is 
still time, let us be faithful to Him 
in our personal lives, in our service to others, and in our 
Sisterhood work. Then we shall not be ashamed at His 
coming, but shall rejoice to see His face. 
Yours in Christian love, 

Myra Koontz. 

ADDITIONAL SISTERHOOD ITEMS ON PAGE 28 




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EDITORIALS 

Alva J. McClain and Paul R. Bauman, Editors 



What We Owe on the New Building 

The new building has been completed and officially 
accepted by the local building committee. What a won- 
derful blessing it has already proved to be! Now all we 
have to do is enjoy it — and finish paying for it. 

As stated before, we now have a property worth close 
to half a million dollars. Upon this we have secured a 
loan of $140,000. This loan is to be paid off in 10 years or 
120 months. The payments will be $1,435 each month 
and the first payment will be due January 26. 

The monthly payments of $1,435 will not seem very 
large if we recall that during the construction period our 
friends in the churches supplied from $4,000 to $8,000 
each month. And if we had to lease the space we have 
in the new building today, it would cost about $30,000 
per year. 

According to arrangement with the bank, we can pay 
all or any part of the loan at any time. Every dollar 
given to the seminary above the regular operating needs 
will be applied on the building loan. Let us pray ear- 
nestly that God will enable us to clear the property in 
much less than 10 years. — A. J. M. 



"And Rest a While" 

Our Lord once said to His disciples, "Come ye your- 
selves apart into a desert place, and rest a while" (Mark 
6:31). Following the good counsel of this text, and also 
the advice of my physician, I am planning to be away 
from the seminary for several months. Mrs. McClain 
and I are ready (January 3) to leave for the South and 
Southwest, pulling a 26-foot house trailer, unless we are 
delayed by snow and ice. A "desert place" would be 
welcome after the cold weather we have had here in 
Indiana. I want to express sincere appreciation to my 
colleagues for undertaking added responsibilities so as 
to make my absence possible. 

Our address will be published later when we know 
what it is. For the present, personal mail will be for- 
warded if sent to us at Winona Lake, Ind. It is impor- 
tant that all mail for the school be addressed to Grace 
Theological Seminary and not to me personally, as is 
sometimes done. — A. J. M. 

Our Coyer Picture 

Through the doors of Grace Seminary and out into a 
dark world in need of Christ through the past 14 years 
has passed a steady stream of students. The total num- 
ber of students registered in the school during that 
period is 541. This number does not include the new 
students now enrolled in the school. As careful a com- 
putation as possible shows that Grace Theological Sem- 
inary has had some part in the training of (1) 73 Breth- 
ren pastors or pastors' wives; (2) 31 Brethren home 




Dr. McClain 



mission workers (including wives); (3) 48 Brethren for- 
eign mission workers; (4) 46 Brethren in other minis- 
tries, such as teachers in seminaries, Bible schools, and 
colleges, foreign missionaries working under other 
boards, workers in the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company, etc. This makes a total of 198 graduates or 
former students of the seminary who, during the 14- 
year period of the school's existence, have gone forth 
to places of service in the Brethren Church. In addi- 
tion 146 are serving the Lord in other church groups, as 
accurately as it has been possible to compute the num- 
ber. The total number of the five groups represented is 
344. This number is less than the total number regis- 
tered, inasmuch as some are still in school elsewhere, 
some have not yet gone into some specific Christian 
ministry, and the school has lost contact with some who 
are working in other church groups. 

It is certainly evident that Grace Theological Seminary 
has wielded a mighty influence, not only upon the work 
of the Brethren Church, but upon the church of Jesus 
Christ in general. We ought to praise God that He has 
blessed us with such an institution. We ought to real- 
ize that many denominations, much larger than our own, 
have been denied the privilege of possessing such a 
school. We ought to remember that "to whomsoever 
much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 
12:48). Let us not be slack in our responsibility at this 
time.— P. R. B. 



A Thrilling Story 

It will thrill you to the very depths of your soul to 
read this issue of the Herald through. Most of the con- 
tributions have been made by the students themselves. 
Their testimonies have been spontaneous and from the 
heart. You will be amazed to learn how much these 
students, many of whom are married and have families, 
and most of whom are working their way through school, 
have contributed to the building program and the fur- 
nishing of the school. Have you done as well as they? 

—P. R. B. 

Dr. McClain's series on Law and Grace will be continued 
in next week's Herald. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches. $1.50; foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum, President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp. 
Secretary; Ord Gehman. Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt. S. W. Link, Mark Malles. 
Robert Miller. William H. Schaffer. 



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FrOm Wheels tO Foundations By Rev. W. A. Ogden, President of the Board of Trustees 




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Rev. W. A. Ogden 



Soon after Grace Seminary was brought to Winona 
Lake it was described, by one not too friendly with its 
aims and program, as a seminary on wheels. Well, it is 
not "on wheels" today! It cannot 
be called a "one-horse school" 
either, for we have passed that 
stage long ago. God has been 
good to us. In the days when we 
were "on wheels" we had two 
professors, and some little rent, to 
pay. We also had a small student 
body — but there was great vision 
and a great faith. 

That God's hand has been upon 
this school is a fact that has 
stamped itself upon me most con- 
vincingly. Because God was honored and His wonder- 
ful Son was exalted as the only Saviour, and because 
the foundations were laid deep within His Word, He has 
placed His stamp of approval upon our school. And He 
has builded for us a school, literally and spiritually, upon 
firm foundations, with walls high and strong. 

Today we have our own beautiful plant. It is a build- 
ing adequate to meet our needs for the present. We 
have a staff of teachers who love the Word, and who 
love the souls of men. These are capable instructors in 
their several fields. Our student body has been multi- 
plied by 10 since the days of the "wheels." Throughout 
the Christian world Grace Seminary is known as a 
school where scholarship is properly blended with a 
sincere and simple faith, and where the English Bible is 
the heart of all that is taught. Today this school is 
sending young men and women out through the chan- 
nels of the church into the missionary fields at home, 
and to the regions beyond. Their devotion and zeal is 
honored of God and blessed to the saving of souls and 
the building of that Church which is His body. A gift 



to Grace Seminary is a gift to every missionary interest 
of the church. Let us not forget this. 

This is the first year for us to receive our annual sem- 
inary offering in our new building. We believe that the 
running expenses of the school will be but little higher 
than they were in rented quarters — and we have many 
times more room. However, we are faced with the 
necessity of reducing our building debt by some $14,000 
each year. This amount must be added to our income 
for running expenses, which means that we must receive 
$45,000 to $50,000 this year- — not too much, surely, for a 
people blessed of God as we have been. 

"Our churches," said Robert W. Youngs, "are like our 
children — when we love them they are reasonable at any 
price." Grace Seminary is reasonable at any price. It 
is surely reasonable at the price we are asked to pay 
for its support. If you love the Word of God; if you 
love the souls of men; if you love young men and women 
who go forth with the Gospel of saving grace; if you love 
God — then you should love Grace Seminary, for God has 
manifested His love and grace upon it, and upon its 
ministry. Because we love it, we will support it with 
our prayers and our gifts. 

I want to close with a note of praise to God for the fine 
spirit that prevails on our campus. All reports indicate 
that the students are happy and grateful for the oppor- 
tunities offered them at Grace. The instructors are 
doing good work in the classrooms, and there is harmony 
and peace among them. The courses offered are being 
expanded to meet the demands that are constantly aris- 
ing to properly train men for their work today and to- 
morrow. We have a good school, but it will continue to 
grow better as we have time and means to devote to its 
development. We ask, then, for your hearty and gen- 
erous support of Grace Seminary as we gather in our 
annual offering. 



Making — Breaking — Forsaking — Taking 

By Dr. Charles H. Ashman, Vice President of the Board of Trustees 



The Bible teaches that a covenant is most sacred. It 
declares that it is better never to make a covenant than 
to make it and break it. Some break their covenants 
about as soon as they make them. 
Others soon forsake them, ignore 
them, forget them, bury them 
under other things. But the Lord 
intends that we shall take our 
covenants as sacred and serious. 
So we have the making, the 
breaking, the forsaking, and the 
taking seriously of covenants. 

Some years ago in a home in 
Ashland. Ohio, a group of Breth- 
ren made a sacred covenant with 
the Lord, with each other, and 
with the ministry of the Brethren 
Church. I was one of that group. We covenanted to- 
gether to provide a seminary for the teaching and train- 
ing of the Brethren ministry. It was a covenant of faith! 




Dr. Ashman 



The blessing of the Lord was upon it from the very 
beginning. 

Some years later the Brethren Church made a solemn 
covenant before the Lord to provide an adequate build- 
ing and equipment and teaching staff for the perform- 
ance of and fulfillment of this original covenant. This 
has been fulfilled, as to the building, in the structure 
which was dedicated last August. 

Involved in all this is the covenant to provide the 
money to pay for this building and to properly care for 
the operating cost of the seminary. We are responsible 
before the Lord for the fulfillment of this present part 
of our covenant. By the "we" I mean every minister 
and member of the Brethren Church. 

"Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there 
was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance 
also out of that which ye have" (II Cor. 8:11). Brethren, 
let us not break, nor forsake our covenant, but let us 
take our covenant seriously and perform the doing of it. 
It is a covenant of prayer and pay! 



January 19, 7952 



35 




The Field Is the World 




PREPARING FOR THE MISSION FIELD AT GRACE 

By J. Paul Miller 

Note — Mr. Miller is a member of the First Brethren 
Church oj Whittier, Calif. He will finish his work at 
the seminary this month. 



Within 2 or 3 months from the time that I am writing 
this, my family and I hope to take up our work on the 
Brethren mission field in Brazil. We anticipate this ven- 
ture for Christ with joy and thanksgiving, treasuring in 
our hearts many confirmations from Him that this is His 
will concerning us. 

In preparation for this work, I am just now finishing 
my final semester of study at Grace Seminary. By these 
words I would like to give expression to my feeling 
about the training I have received here. In short, I feel 
that God has been particularly good to me. I came here 
with some reservations regarding the value of such 
training. With each passing semester, however, these 
reservations have been overruled, and now, in writing 
as honestly as I know how, I feel sure that in my own 
case the Lord, in leading my life, made sure that my path 
to the mission field was to lead through seminary train- 
ing. I am equally confident that no school would have 
been better able to offer the training I needed than 
Grace. 

I do not hesitate to say if there are among God's peo- 
ple those who have means with which they wish to help 
advance Christian education, that they can apply this 
effort through Grace Seminary without fear that what 
they give will be misused, or find application in any 
channel that does not fully honor God and His infallible 
Word. 




PREPARING FOR A BRETHREN PASTORATE 

By Richard P. DeArmey 

Note — Mr. DeArmey came to Winona Lake from the 
First Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa., and has 
been serving as pastor of the Brethren church in Sid- 
ney, Ind. He is a Middler in the seminary. 




Serving a Brethren pastorate while preparing for a 
Brethren pastorate at Grace Seminary is an experience 
I could wish for every Brethren student in the seminary. 
This unique experience has helped me 
to appreciate more and more the 
down-to-earth practicability of the 
entire seminary course. It would be 
impossible for the faculty to anticipate 
every peculiar problem that might 
arise in the pastorate or on the mis- 
sion field, but I thank God that we 
have a staff of men who are capable 
of teaching the Word of God so that 
the students might be thoroughly furnished in the Word 
and thus prepared to meet the problems that do arise. 

The classroom lecture, that to some is just more infor- 
mation to be stored up for future use, is many times just 
the thing I need to help me with some phase of my pas- 
toral work. However, problems have no respect for 
classroom schedules, and very often arise before we get 
to discuss them; this is no real difficulty because the 
office and home of every professor is open to the student 
who needs some particular help. It is hard to express in 
a few words what a real help Grace Seminary has been 
to me, but to sum it up briefly, I am thankful that the 
spiritual training we are receiving is with all else prac- 
tical. 



J. Paul Miller examines a Foreign Missions Fellowship display in 
the seminary library. 



THE CHURCH'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR 1952 . 

As you study the front cover of this issue of the Her- 
ald and the statistics given on the editorial page, you 
will find real occasion for thanksgiving to God. He has 
graciously blessed our school and has provided for its 
needs. We cannot be content, however, to rest on the 
laurels of the past. Let us remember that 176 students 
have been enrolled at Grace Theological Seminary dur- 
ing the first semester of this year; 137 of these are in 
the seminary proper, and 39 are in the collegiate divi- 
sion. These are our present responsibility. Many of 
these have turned their backs upon the tempting offers 
of other occupations. Some have left business success 
to prepare for service which offers very little monetary 
remuneration. We dare not fail them at this time. — Ed. 



$50,000— THE SEMINARY'S NEED FOR 1952— $50,000 I 

36 The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Medical Training and Christian Service 







Dr. Harold A. -Mason in his office in Winona Lake. 

SHOULD AN M.D. ATTEND A THEOLOGICAL 
SCHOOL? 

By Harold A. Mason, M. D. 

Note — Dr. Mason came to the seminary this year 
from the First Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, Ind. 
He and his wife are approved candidates for the field 
in French Equatorial Africa. In addition to his work 
as a theological student, he is a practicing physician in 
Winona Lake. 



The answer to this question depends upon the aims of 
the physician. If he plans only to practice medicine, the 
answer is "No." If he wants to present an effective tes- 
timony for Christ, the answer is "Yes." Of course it is 
not necessary for any Christian to complete a course of 
formal training in order to witness to the truth and 
power of Jesus Christ; it is rather the privilege and the 
duty of each believer to do so. But on the other hand, 
some well-arranged, efficiently taught, Bible-based 
courses of study help the believer to understand and 
recognize many truths from God's Word which other- 
wise might be overlooked or misunderstood. 

I have been a Christian for 8 years and have during 
that time sat under the ministry of some very good 
Bible-teaching pastors, but there are many things during 
those 8 years which either were not mentioned or else I 
did not fully understand; many of these things have 
become much clearer in the few weeks so far spent at 
Grace Seminary. I am certainly thankful for the recom- 
mendation of the mission board to take some training at 
Grace Seminary before going to Africa. In my opinion, 
any M. D. planning to present Christ to his patients will 
derive great benefit from training received in a sound 
theological school. 



WHY A NURSE SHOULD ATTEND SEMINARY 

By Mary Ann Habegger, R. N. 

Note — Miss Habegger, a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Fort Wayne, Ind., is an approved candi- 
date for the field in French Equatorial Africa. 



If a person desires to become a lawyer he studies law, 
or if he desires to become a teacher he studies in the 
field of education. One must prepare to do the task the 
Lord has called him or her to fill. 

The Lord saved me when I was 8 years old. He also 
gave me the privilege of being reared in a Christian 
home. As my parents entertained friends and relatives 
who were foreign missionaries, many were the times 
when I was brought face to face with the need of more 
missionaries to reach the people across the ocean with 
the Gospel. Finally, at the age of 13, I presented my life 
to the Lord for full-time service. 

The need for more medical missionaries had been 
stressed often in my presence and the Lord led me into 
nurses training. Someone might think that after finish- 
ing 3 years of training and passing state board examina- 
tions, the preparation for service as a medical missionary 
is completed. But we must not forget that the chief 
work of the missionary is to give out the Gospel. The 
medical angle of the work is just the wedge one uses to 
befriend herself to the natives. The nurse is the for- 
eigner on the field, so medical aid administered to those 
in need makes them more willing to listen to God's Word. 

The Lord has very graciously led me to Grace Sem- 
inary, where I do not spend my time studying about 
the Word, but actually studying the Word of God. My 
own soul has been feasting, as I study for classes in His 
Word, and I find His mercies are new every morning. I 
truly thank the Lord for permitting me to study at Grace 
Seminary. 




Miss Hab;gger at work in the McDonald Hospital. Warsaw, Ind. 



IF YOU WANT THE BEST, YOU MUST GIVE THE BEST 



January 19, 7952 



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Pictures from left to right show (1) the large hole just northeast of seminary building (this is a "front view" of the school never shown 
till now for obvious reasons) ; (2) students in front of building, looking across hole to hill at front of campus; (3) heavy machinery at work 
loading dirt from hill; (4) "putting hill into hole." 



We Are Trying to Do Our Part 



By William W. Smith, President of the Student Body 



Note — A member of the First Brethren Church of 
Washington, D. C, "Bill" Smith is now a Senior in the 
seminary. 



The Lord has led to Grace Theological Seminary a 
consecrated group of students who are willing to do 
their part financially for the Lord's work even though 
they are struggling to work their way through school. 
In almost every case sacrifices have been made by the 
student in the first place to attend seminary. Soon after 
their arrival they come to feel a bond of responsibility 
for each other and for the school. 

It has been my experience to witness the way the stu- 
dent body is quick to respond to a need. When, for ex- 
ample, a student is in dire need of finances, an offering 
is taken; when a student is ill, every opportunity to assist 
him is taken. When the local Red Cross organization 
appealed for blood to be sent to Korea, the seminary stu- 
dent body offered a capacity group of volunteers. 

The same spirit has been shown by the student body 
in regard to our new school building. For example, as 
this is being written there are large earth-moving ma- 
chines leveling off the campus in front of the building. 
We have been told that the operation cost of each one 




of these great machines will be $16 an hour, and as I 
look out front I see three machines at work. The stu- 
dent body is paying to have this work done. We already 
have more than $900 in cash, which is approximately half 
of the amount necessary to do the work. The students 
are expecting to pay this. 

Our student body realizes the great importance of a 
well-equipped school. We are praising God daily that a 
dream has become a reality. As a member of this won- 
derful student body I can say that we are trying to do 
our part. 



WHAT I HAVE APPRECIATED MOST ABOUT 
GRACE SEMINARY 

By Glenn E. Smouse 

IVote — A Senior in the seminary, Mr. Smouse is a 
member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Altoona, Pa. 




Members of Student Council, left to right: Richard Grant (Akron), 
Clair Brickel (Rittman). R. Paul Miller. Jr. (Berne). "Bill" 
Short (Long Beach), and "Bill" Smith (Washington. D. C). 



As I look back over the past few years I see so many 
good things that it is indeed difficult for me to pick out 
any one and say: "This is what I have appreciated most." 
There is one, however, which stands 
out above the rest. The way in which 
the Bible has been faithfully upheld 
throughout the curriculum as the in- 
spired Word of God has been a con- 
stant source of joy to me. I came here 
with this truth firmly implanted in my 
thinking from my childhood and am 
glad to be able to say that its roots 
have gone deeper since then. This 
emphasis upon God's Word as God's Word has helped 
me to clear away many prejudices which I used to hold 
dear. 

The truths taught have usually not been new to me, 
but the sound, scholarly teaching has enabled me to un- 
derstand them more clearly and has as well cleared up 
many of the problems of interpretation. Such a school 
as this well merits the faithful support of God's people, 
not only among the Brethren churches, but also from 
other groups who believe in God's eternal truth. May 
God grant always that His people may rise to the chal- 
lenge to support, by their prayers and gifts, the ministry 
of Grace Theological Seminary. 



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Pictures from left to right show how hill hides building, which may be seen (1) in background beneath boom of shovel: (2) removing gravel 
for school drives; (3) grading gravel on enlarged parking lot; (4) cam.jus as it now appears completely across front. 



STUDENT NEWS 



By Richard Jackson, Reporter 



Note — Mr. Jackson is a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church oj Cleveland, Ohio. 

At noon on December 21 the great Christmas exodus 
began with students leaving for many parts of this na- 
tion. The cloakrooms were cleared out, the halls quieted 
down, the sound of automobile motors faded away, and 
for this page news became as nonexistent as the prover- 
bial dodo bird. However, before we left school there 
were three or four events that merit reporting, so — 

VITAL STATISTICS— Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Dalke 
became the parents of a fine baby boy, Daniel Ray. 
Congratulations. 

CHAPEL SPEAKERS— On December 11 Rev. R. I. 
Humberd, well-known speaker and author, was the 
chapel speaker and brought another of his fine messages 
in conjunction with a graphic chart. . . . Though we sit in 
his classes every day it is always considered a genuine 
treat when we have Dr. McClain as our chapel speaker 
and the week before Christmas we received a double 
blessing when the president spoke to the chapel twice. 
On Tuesday, the 18th, Dr. McClain brought the Christmas 
message. Then on Friday, the 21st, at the last chapel of 
the year, Dr. McClain again addressed the student body. 
It was upon this occasion that he took formal leave of 
the rest of the faculty and the student body in anticipa- 
tion of his departure for a much-needed rest. For the 




Seniors, who will not again have the privilege of sitting 
under the spiritual teaching of Dr. McClain, this was a 
farewell message. As one of those Seniors, I believe I 
speak the sentiments of the entire class when I say, 
"Thank you, Dr. McClain, for the years you have given 
us and may God bless you with rest and strength and 
health and a blessed future in his service." . . . And for 
all of the readers of this page, may you have a victorious 
and soul-winning year in 1952. 



THE BLESSINGS OF SEMINARY CONFERENCES 

By Alvin Showalter 

Note — Mr. Showalter is a member of the Church of 
the Brethren in Hutchinson, Kans.. and is a Middler 
in the seminary. 




Dr. and Mrs. McClain prepared to leave for "parts south and west.' 



In reviewing the years since the Lord saved me, cer- 
tain phases of special blessings are imprinted upon my 
mind. I recall how God spoke concerning the decision 
to train at Moody by reading about 
Abraham and Lot; and again through 
Old Testament prophecy, and the 11th 
chapter of Romans, He revealed the 
need and my call to the Jews. 

Then through the providence of God 
and assurance of His Word, I was led 
to come to Grace Seminary through 
contacts with Rev. Conard Sandy and 
Rev. R. I. Humberd. Since then, these 
2 years at the seminary have been a revelation in broad- 
ening my understanding of God's precious Word, and out- 
study has revealed the depth of His true inspired rev- 
elation. 

Ephesians 2:20 states that we as fellow citizens "are 
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, 
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." 
Truly, our prophetic conference last December has been 
an enlightening education concerning Christ and the 
prophetic Word. The challenge of the Jews, the coming 
of Christ, and our responsibility of prayer lives on in 
our hearts. 

My desire is to be in God's will, so I rejoice that His 
will has included this seminary. Certainly in these days 
of apostasy, God's hand of approval on this work is being 
manifested all around us. 



January 19, 7952 



39 



"SOUND" BUSINESS AND STUDENT ENTHUSIASM 

By James D. Hammer, Student Sound Engineer 




James Hammer at recording machine. 

Note — Coming to the seminary 2 years ago from the 
First Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa., Mr. Hammer 
was one of the organizers of the new Riverside Breth- 
ren Church at Johnstown, where he now holds his 
membership. 



Grace Theological Seminary is a "sound" institution, 
not only theologically but also physically. Since occupy- 
ing the new building, we have been using sound ampli- 
fying and recording equipment to great advantage in the 
many and varied activities of the school. 

For sound amplification we operate a paging system 
and two public address systems, one in the chapel and 
one in the large ground floor auditorium. The paging 
system, operated from the administrative office, is used 
to call persons wanted in any part of the building and 
to make general announcements to the entire faculty and 
student body. The chapel and auditorium systems, each 
equipped with three microphones, provide adequate am- 
plification for all services. They also transmit the serv- 
ices to any other part of the building either by direct 
hook-up or through the paging system. Thus we are 
equipped to serve any size overflow crowd we may ever 
have by simply tying the three systems together in any 
desired combination. 

The other side of our "sound" picture is the use of 
magnetic tape recording. Here we are limited by a lack 
of proper equipment. But with that available, we reg- 
ularly record the chapel messages of the faculty and 
visiting speakers. We recently recorded the entire mid- 
winter Bible conference and are now transcribing and 
editing the messages preparatory to mimeographing 
them for the students and other interested persons. One 
of our important weekly assignments is the recording of 
the seminar messages of members of the Middler Class 
who then listen to their sermons, in company with a 
faculty member, and discover that some of the speaking 



faults which their wives have been cautioning them 
about really exist. 

As soon as funds are available, we hope to install a 
broadcast-type high-fidelity magnetic tape-recording 
system in our sound room above the chapel. This will 
enable us to greatly expand our activities and outside 
influence. With the wealth of talent now present in our 
student body we should even now be broadcasting a 
weekly program over a local radio station and producing 
records for albums which can be profitably used in gos- 
pel team work and in advertising the school. The de- 
sired equipment could also serve as the heart of a tower 
chime system, and would make possible the recording of 
radio programs right here on the campus. From an 
educational standpoint, the recording system and allied 
equipment would provide facilities for voice and speech 
training for the entire student body and would give them 
an opportunity to learn the operation of these modern 
facilities which many of them will be using as pastors, 
missionaries, and Christian workers after they are grad- 
uated from the seminary. 

Thus it can be seen that your Brethren training insti- 
tution is aware of and making use of these many new 
facilities which are proving to be of great value in 
Christian work. Your continued, generous financial 
support of the seminary will enable us to install the ad- 
ditional equipment needed to expand our educational 
and promotional facilities. 




"Bill' Short, of Long Beach. Calif., First Church, listens in upper 
hall as Miss Magnuson (inset) operates paging system in office. 
Students paid a large portion of cost of both paging system and 
interoffice communication system. 



$50,000— FOR BUILDING AND RUNNING EXPENSES— $50,000 



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THE SEMINARY "HAM SHACK" 



By BILL A. BURK 



Wore — Mr. Burk, a Junior in the seminary, is a 
member of the Third Brethren Church of Los Angeles. 
He and Mrs. Burk are both licensed amateur short- 
wave radio operators and have used this means of 
keeping in touch with their home in California. 

"Hello CQ CQ CQ— W90CO calling CQ— W-9-Ocean- 
Charlie-Ocean — Winona Lake, Indiana, calling any 75- 
meter phone station — What say someone, please?" 

The above is neither Greek nor Hebrew, but the com- 
mon vernacular emanating from the "ham shack" lo- 
cated under the eves of Grace Theological Seminary. 
The equipment housed in the shack and used by mem- 
bers of the seminary radio club consists primarily of 
war surplus radio equipment constructed for use in mil- 
itary aircraft. This equipment is that which has been 
found most satisfactory by the Wycliffe Bible Transla- 
tors in their jungle work in Peru. 

It is the hope of many here that in the near future 
short-wave radio may be used as a means of quick, de- 
pendable communication between our missionaries on 
the field. For example, in Africa, with a set at each 
station, there could be a regular daily schedule when 
each station in turn could call in to the central station, 
report any problems, illness, or special needs. Mission- 
ary parents could also talk with their children at school, 
etc. 

However, for this to be possible there must be, besides 
the equipment, men with the technical knowledge and 
training to set up and maintain such stations. With this 
in mind, several of the students at the beginning of the 
school year began studying the necessary code and radio 
theory to pass the examination of the Federal Commu- 




Operator Bill Burk at seminary transmitter. 

nications Commission which would give them a license 
to operate on the short-wave amateur bands. Three of 
the fellows have taken the exam and are awaiting an an- 
swer, and a fourth is ready to take it when the oppor- 
tunity presents itself. 

Altogether there are nine students (three of whom 
already have their licenses and are the present members 
of the seminary radio club) representing four foreign 
mission fields including Africa, Argentina, Brazil, and 
India. Six of these are now engaged in a technical study 
of radio theory under the direction of one of the "hams." 
This is not a course in radio engineering, but has as its 
aim the teaching of sufficient radio theory and the prac- 
tical application of that theory to the end that these men 
can build and maintain their own stations. 

"Well, thanks for the QSO (contact), my friend. We'll 
be seeing you on the air again. Good afternoon and 73's 
(best regards) from W9QCO." 



What Grace Theological Seminary Means to My Spiritual Life 



By Cornelius Dalke 



Note — Mr. Dalke is a Middler in the seminary and a 
member of the First Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
Calif. Mrs. Dalke was formerly Miss Wanda Goodall. 



I believe that I am one of the newer members of the 
Brethren Church. I became a member of the Long 
Beach First Brethren Church in August of 1950. The 
following month my wife and I left 
Long Beach, sunny California, for Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., and Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary. At present I am in my 
second year of seminary, and although 
the scholastic standards of Grace The- 
ological Seminary are very high, I 
have enjoyed each semester so much, 
including the periods of examination. 

In the years to come I may forget 
some of the details learned in class, 
lessons of perseverance and learning 
Word of God profitably in His service will never leave 
me. I am beginning to learn the importance of search- 
ing more deeply into the hidden truths that are to be 
found in God's Word. Grace Seminary has been a 






yet 
ho\ 



the spiritual 
■ to use the 



means of making the Bible, God's holy Word, much more 
precious and meaningful to my spiritual life. 

The strong Christian atmosphere here at Grace Sem- 
inary is very conducive to living daily the Christian life. 
I shall always thank God for the Christian fellowship 
both with the students and faculty members. Each time 
that I have had occasion to consult with any one of the 
professors I have left his office feeling that I have been 
in the presence of one who is walking in close fellowship 
with God the Father and His holy Son, the Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

Truly the Holy Spirit is guiding Grace Theological 
Seminary in training men and women to be used in 
God's service for His utmost glory. 



IMPORTANT NOTICE 

All gifts for the seminary, whether by church or in 
other form, should be made and addressed to Grace 
Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana, and 
not to individual officers of the administration. In 
this way, gifts can be acknowledged without delay. 



January 79, 7952 



41 



FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS SPEAK 

The three young men who speak on this page are members of other denominations. What they have to say about 
the seminary is, in some respects, more significant than similar testimonies from our own Brethren students. — Editor. 



MY FIRST YEAR IN THE COLLEGIATE DIVISION 

By Lawrence Lawlor 

Note — Mr. Lawlor is a second-generation student. 
His father, Rev. Lawrence Lawlor, graduated from the 
seminary in 1944 and is now pastor of the Calvary 
Baptist Church of Buck's Run, Pa. 




"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the 
word of truth" (II Tim. 2:15). 

I thank God for the privilege that 
he has given me to attend the colle- 
giate division of Grace Theological 
Seminary. One need not be present 
long before he realizes that the college, 
though small in comparison to others, 
is Christ-centered. It provides for its 
students the wonderful privilege of 
studying about Christ's greatness and 
glory. It helps a student to attain and achieve a higher 
standard, like that of the Apostle Paul's — constantly 
moving forward or "pressing toward the mark." It pro- 
vides the realization of close Christian fellowship with 
other students, and its chapel services, prayer meetings, 
and studies in the classroom ever tend to help a student 
have a closer fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Its 
program of personal witnessing and evangelism puts to 
use what you learn in the classroom. 

Studying the Word of God and things related to it is 
a great privilege. I thank God that through the shed 
blood of Jesus Christ He saved me, and that He sent me 
to this institution to study His Word. I highly recom- 
mend it to any Christian young person contemplating 
future training in God's Word for His service. 

"I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may 
know thy testimonies" (Psa. 119:125). 



WHY I CHOSE GRACE SEMINARY 

By Leonard Meznar 

Note — Mr. Meznar, a Junior in the Seminary, be- 
longs to a Baptist church in Cleveland, Ohio. 



It was only 2 months after I learned of salvation 
through faith in Christ that I learned of Grace Seminary. 
Saved in July 1947, I entered William Jennings Bryan 
University at Dayton, Tenn., that September. There, in 
that fine Christian college, I heard students speaking of 
Grace Seminary, and several were laying plans to attend 
that school. The Bible message had won my heart, and 
it was an early and supreme aim of mine to give my life 
to its study. 

My introduction to Grace Seminary, in this manner, 
was augmented as my pastor, a man of God, counseled 



me on the choice of a graduate school. He had never 
attended Grace, but through acquaintance with faculty 
members and graduates had been won to its support. 
Several evangelical seminaries lay before me for con- 
sideration, but he, with a background of knowledge, laid 
claim for Grace. Spirituality was not submerged by 
scholarship; there was a God-honoring balance, he said. 
I have been here for 3 months. The Word of God has 
been central. It has been impressed upon my mind and 
heart. I do not question that other men find such bless- 
ing in other seminaries, but I am completely glad and 
thankful I was led to this particular place. 



MY FIRST YEAR IN GRACE SEMINARY 

By John Strom 

Note — Mr. Strom is a member of the United Presby- 
terian Church of Elyria, Ohio. 




When one emerges from a degree of darkness into 
sudden light, he is dazzled by the change, the very 
contrast adding to the brilliance of his new surroundings. 
Thus it has been in my intellectual 
and spiritual life. College years were 
spent in a very liberal church school. 
There, definite and extensive effort 
was made to remove the so-called su- 
pernatural element from Christianity, 
to discredit God's Word and the basic 
doctrines of our faith. With both 
mother and father unsaved, home life 
was also barren of true Christian 
warmth. 

However, the past has swallowed these shadows of 
darkness. God has wonderfully changed the picture by 
bringing my wife, myself, and our two children to Grace 
Seminary. The very fact that for the first time we are 
acutely aware of our complete dependence on Him for 
material well-being, has deepened our Christian expe- 
rience immeasurably. The privilege of watching God 
work out the minutest details of everyday life is worth 
any worldly sacrifice we might have made. 

Such a blessing, though, is only the beginning of God's 
goodness to us. The structure and capstone of our pres- 
ent joy is in the ministry of Grace Seminary. How fully 
God is using it to supply our intellectual and spiritual 
needs! The thirst for accurate and intensive Bible study 
is being satisfied. The desires of my logical and philo- 
sophical self are being amply met by a Bible-based study 
of theology in which the eternal truths are presented 
with keen perspicacity. The unique, distinguishing mark 
of the seminary, however, is the high tone of its spiritual 
life in every aspect of its function. Christ and He alone 
is the ultimate subject of study, praise, prayer, and 
witness. 



OTHERS REALIZE THE VALUE OF OUR SCHOOL! DO WE? 

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Center: the Gosnel Team, with Chairman Siblev Edmiston linset). L ft and rieht: scenes at Alfran Nursing Home. n:ar Warsaw. Indiana. 



Opportunities for Personal 
Work at Grace 



Why I Am Thankful for Your 
Gifts 



By Sibley M. Edmiston, Gospel Team Chairman 

Note — A Middler in the seminary, Mr. Edmiston 
comes from the Second Brethren Church oj Long 
Beach, Calif. 



I praise the Lord for Grace Seminary and its sound 
Biblical training, and as well for the open door it pro- 
vides for practical Christian work through the gospel 
team. Most of the students are so busily engaged in 
classes, work, and study through the week that the 
activities of the gospel team in the winter is limited to 
Sunday afternoons. But each Sunday a group of stu- 
dents go to the Alfran Nursing Home and minister to the 
aged folk. A number of souls have turned to the Lord, 
and the hearts of many Christians have been comforted 
and strengthened through this ministry. Also, a large 
new county hospital with transient patients has wel- 
comed us to come each Sunday to visit the sick. Several 
of the men (and sometimes women) work in the jail at 
Warsaw and at Columbia City. We praise Him for eight 
decisions thus far this school year from these two jails. 

In the past several weeks the gospel team has been 
engaged in a personal house-to-house visitation pro- 
gram in order to reach the entire community of Winona 
Lake and Warsaw with the Gospel. This has provided 
an example of what can be done in any pastor's com- 
munity. Although a preliminary census of the com- 
munity has occupied most of the time, four have pro- 
fessed faith in Christ, and many prospects have been 
found. Some of these have said they realize their need 
of the Saviour and we trust shall make the step of faith. 
Pray especially for them. 

During the summer and warmer months the gospel 
team has had a fruitful ministry in street meetings, and 
among migrant farm and railroad workers. At least 25 
are known to have professed faith in Christ from last 
summer's activities. Most of them were Mexican Cath- 
olics (see picture on page 44). Pray that these will take 
an all-out stand for Christ and be effective witnesses as 
they move from place to place. 



By Maynard G. Tittle 

Note — Mr. Tittle is a member oj the Evangelical and 
Reformed Church of Penn's Creek. Pa. He is a Senior 
in the seminary. 



Someone has said that the best things in life are free. 
As the last semester of my Senior year at Grace Sem- 
inary approaches, I am more than ever aware of that 
fact. Foremost, of course, is the gift of eternal life which 
I have through the vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ. 

In connection with the gift of eternal life, I am think- 
ing of the tuition-free theological training which I have 
received. Words cannot adequately express my appre- 
ciation for the sacrifices on the part of God's people 
which have made this training possible. Even though I 
am a member of another denomination, I have had all 
the privileges and advantages open to Brethren students. 
I am more acutely aware of the fine work being done 
here when I observe other schools, including all those 
in my own denomination, where men are given "stones 
for bread." Grace Seminary merits your fullest support. 




Miynard Tittle ~nd patient ~t mrsing home. 



176 STUDENTS— OUR 1952 RESPONSIBILITY-176 STUDENTS 



January 19, 1952 



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YOUNG WOMEN ALSO BENEFIT FROM SEMINARY WORK 

By Mary E. Dukeshire, M. A. 



Note — Miss Dukeshire, whose picture appears below 
as a member oj the jail team, is a graduate of Hough- 
ton College. She received her M. A. degree jrom Yale 
University. She has an additional year's work toward 
a Ph. D. For 3 years she was instructor in English at 
the New Jersey College jor Women. She is a member 
of the New Brunswick (N. J.) Bible Church. 



"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter 
than honey to my mouth" (Psa. 119:103). As I attend 
classes here and rejoice in learning more of the Scrip- 
tures day by day, it is hard to realize that a year ago 
I had never heard of Grace Seminary. In the spring 
when I told my pastor (George Boyajian, of the New 
Brunswick Bible Church, New Brunswick, N. J.) that 



FAR-REACHING GOSPEL TEAM ACTIVITIES 



the Lord was definitely leading me to seminary, he 
strongly recommended Grace as a school where I would 
learn much of the Bible itself, taught by Bible-believing 
men. Through correspondence with the school I became 
convinced that this was the place where the Lord would 
have me, and have enjoyed rich blessings in this decision. 

Nothing has been more thrilling than Dr. McClain's 
class in Romans. The consideration of our great salva- 
tion, of the marvels of justification and sanctification, 
has made these truths more precious than ever. In fact, 
the study of the sixth chapter has revolutionized my 
Christian life. No course has been without blessing; 
every one opens up the Word in a new way, and in- 
creases my love for Christ. Although I do not yet know 
the specific work to which God has called me, I cannot 
think of better preparation for doing His will than 
knowing His Word. 




THE .TAIL TEAM 

Left to right — J. Paul Miller, Gilbert Hawkins. Mary Dukeshire (who 
has written the article above), and Sharon Gunn. 




VISITING A MEXICAN HOME 

The Vasquez family, Mexican Catholics who are tomato pickers near 
South Whitley, Ind. Instructor John Whitcomb is pictured with 
the group. The Gospel Team of Grace Seminary has been deal- 
ing with this family for months. They have received Christ as 
Saviour and are now making the decision as to whether they 
should abandon Rome completely. Pray for them. 



WHAT THE NEW BUILDING HAS MEANT TO ME 

By Evan Adams 

Note — A member of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Mansfield, Ohio, Mr. Adams is a Senior in the sem- 
inary. 





Every renter looks forward to the day when he will 
move into that new home which he c or i c^l' his own. 
We students at Grace Seminary have had the joy of 
realizing the reality of this during the 
present school year. 

School buildings are usually taken 
for granted by those who occupy them 
day by day. But our new home on 
Seminary Hill is not just another 
school building, it is a standing monu- 
ment to faithful friends and a faithful 
God — friends who have offered prayer 
and financial support, and a God who 
has heard and answered those prayers and honored that 
giving. 

This new building has meant much to me as one of 
the family of occupants. Included within the building 
are the ideal surroundings for seminary life, spiritual 
and academic. The two end wings on the building house 
the centers for these two aspects, the chapel and the 
library. The chapel is the center of our daily fellowship 
in worship, and the library is the storehouse of informa- 
tion for the daily assignments. 

Three things I have noticed about our new building 
which have meant much to me as a student. The func- 
tional simplicity of the classrooms is conducive to good 
study, the good heating system keeps the building at 
fairly constant temperatures for comfortable conditions, 
and the large library, with its well-arranged lighting 
system, has meant better hours spent in lesson prepara- 
tion. All this makes the new building "a home away 
from home" where we students spend most of our day. 



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Edited by Rev. Harold H. Etling, President of Grace Seminary Alumni Association 




We are told that "old men shall dream dreams, and 
young men shall see visions," and the Word of God re- 
minds us that "where there is no vision the people per- 
ish." Whether this was the dream of a group of old men 
or the vision of some younger men we will let you de- 
cide, but now it is to become a reality! 

You say, "What?" Just this: the first annual Grace 
Seminary Reunion, Tuesday through Friday, February 
26 through 29 — four glorious days of renewed fellowship, 
plus real inspiration and blessing through the teaching 
of the Word of God. We are happy to announce that Dr. 
Ralph Stoll, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Altoona, 
Pa., has accepted the invitation to become the Bible 
teacher for the reunion. Dr. Stoll, as many of you will 
recall, was given the degree Doctor of Divinity by our 
school with the class of 1949. He is well known to most 
of our alumni and nothing more need be added, but to 
those of you who do not know him, suffice it to say that 
he is in constant demand all across our nation as a Bible 
teacher. He is the pastor of a large congregation in 
Altoona, and always sends his audience away with a 
feeling that they have had a rare privilege. In addition 
to the Bible teaching of Dr. Stoll, other features already 
in prospect include some real inspirational challenges by 
members of the Alumni Association, some fine music by 
the present student body, and real times of fellowship, 
definitely planned to send us back to our work with new 
enthusiasm. 

There will be a banquet! What would a reunion be 
without a banquet? There will be some time for just 
plain old-time visiting. Business will be kept at a min- 
imum so that all of us may enjoy the reunion. Now 
come along; fix those dates in your date books; take a 
few days off from the routine. Come meet with us at 
"Grace" in Winona for our first reunion. 



From other items which we know will appear in this 
number you just will not forget it, but we believe the 
alumni ought to be the most thankful for what the school 
has done. We know most about the fine work that has 



been done, and the preparation the school has given us. 
But so often, I fear, we are like a group of folk men- 
tioned in the New Testament. After they had received 
their healing, they were so happy about it, so anxious to 
get out and show others what had happened to them, 
that they forgot to come back to say, "Thank you!" So 
it is with many of us after- we completed the work. We 
were so happy to be finished with school, so anxious to 
go out and tell others what we had learned, that we 
haven't even slowed up enough to really come back and 
say, "Thank you." But here is our opportunity: just 
slip an extra gift into the offering envelope on Seminary 
Day, and let's make it a large "alumni" thank you to 
the Lord for our school. 



Seems to us that a lot of you alumni have really 
changed — or is it just because you are so busy you 
haven't even time to tell us what's going on in your part 
of the world? Actually, we want to keep this Alumni 
Page an up-to-the-minute report on happenings of those 
who have walked the halls of "Grace," but we have had 
such a little bit of information. Are you just bashful? 
If so, get your wife to write the note, and let's "swamp" 
the editor with "newsy news" from the alumni for next 
month's page. 



Mark Malles and family are now settled in the parson- 
age of First Church, Altoona, Pa., and report that they 
are rapidly becoming acquainted with the new field of 
labor. 

Wesley Holler and family are now well established in 
Ankenytown, Ohio, and report things are shaping up in 
fine fashion, and they are looking forward to a real time 
of blessing. 

Kenneth Ashman, graduate of the first class of Grace 
Seminary, and pastor of First Brethren Church, Wooster, 
Ohio, is well-known throughout northern Ohio because 
of a daily radio broadcast which features musical num- 
bers from his church, and the message by the pastor. 




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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

-Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



The Sterling, Ohio, congregation 
heard Rev. Wayne Weber on No- 
vember 11, and Rev. and Mrs. Or- 
ville Jobson on December 16 at the 
homecoming services. Rev. Dingman 
Teuling begins a 2-weeks meeting 
there on January 27. 

The new address of Prof. Robert 
D. Culver and family is Box 266, 
Palatine, 111. Brother Culver teaches 
at the Trinity Seminary and Bible 
College, Chicago. (Change Annual, 
p. 72.) 

Earl Poysti spoke to the Men's 
Brotherhood at the Whittier, Calif., 
church at the first meeting of the 
men in the new year. 

The Grace Theological Seminary 
Foreign Missions Fellowship held a 
memorial service for Dr. Clarence 
Sickel on January 9, with tributes by 
Lynn Schrock and Solon Hoyt, mis- 
sionaries, and Dr. Russell Barnard, 
general secretary of the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church. 

During the last 6 months of 1951 
•there were 21 persons who attended 
the Bible school of the Winona Lake 
church without missing a Sunday. 

A suggestion for other readers of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald. A 
lady in Ohio, in renewing her sub- 
scription, wrote: "I enjoy reading it 
very much. After I'm through read- 
ing it I send it to shut-ins and hos- 
pitals." 

At the Grafton, W. Va., church 25 
persons were honored at the end of 
the year for having perfect attend- 
ance records in Bible school for a 
period of 3 months. 

The Fillmore, Calif., church heard 
Rev. Meredith Halpin preach for 
them on December 30. The pastor, 
Rev. Foster Tresise, was one of the 
speakers at the Ventura -Santa Bar- 

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bara-Kern Counties Christian En- 
deavor Retreat, December 29-31. 
Rev. R. I. Humberd will be the Bible 
lecturer at this church January 28 to 
February 10. 

Bro. Joseph Dombek, chalk artist 
of Winona Lake, will draw and speak 
at the Middlebranch, Ohio, church 
January 19-20. Dr. and Mrs. Orville 
Jobson will be at the church January 
23-24. 

Rev. Leslie Moore, pastor of the 
New Troy, Mich, church, had an 
accident on January 8 when his sta- 
tion wagon upset after hitting an icy 
place in the highway near Berne, 
Ind., where he had attended a meet- 
ing of ministers of the Central Dis- 
trict. Brother Moore was able to 
continue the journey home, though 
the station wagon was not. X-rays 
showed no serious injury to Brother 
Moore. 

The Meyersdale, Pa., church had a 
goal of $450 for an offering received 




at Christmas time for the building 
fund. The offering amounted to 
$1,000. 

Recent speakers at the Flora, Ind., 
church have been Mr. Clair Brickel, 
Rev. Charles Turner, Dr. Herman A. 
Hoyt, and Mr. Dean Fetterhoff. 

There were 214 people in attend- 
ance at the watchnight service of the 
Waynesboro, Pa., church. Last year 
76 attended a similar service. The 
program this year was presented by 
the EpDley Sisters, a Gospel quin- 
tette. The home mission offering of 
the church exceeded $2,500. or more 
than $400 over last year's offering. 

The Northern Ohio District Youth 
Rally will be held January 25 at the 
Middlebranch, Ohio, church with Dr. 
Orville Jobson as the special speaker. 

The Dallas Center, Iowa, church 
held a 2-week evangelistic campaign 
beginning January 1, with Rev. Wal- 
ter Leprj, of Hagerstown, Md., as the 
evangelist Speakers at Hagerstown 
during this time were Rev. Dennis 
Holliday and Rev. Edgar Beckley. 

The Canton, Ohio, church holds 
services at the Stark County Home 
on scheduled Sunday afternoons. 



Mrs. Roy Snyder is again re- 
ported as ill and will require 
special medical treatment, and 
possibly surgery. Immediately 
after the first of the year, she 
and Brother Snyder, accompa- 
nied by Miss Elizabeth Tyson as 
nurse, were to have left our 
field in Africa for the American 
Presbyterian Hospital at Elat 
for this necessary treatment. 
Please pray for healing for Mrs. 
Snyder. — R. D. Barnard. 



The Uniontown, Pa., church will 
hold a Sunday school rally on Jan- 
uary 11, with Rev. Harold Etling, 
of Akron, Ohio, president of the Na- 
tional Sunday School Board of the 
Brethren Church, as the special 
speaker. 

The young people of the Harrah, 
Wash., church attended and helped 
with the services in the Yakima 
church on December 9. On Decem- 
ber 23 Rev. Glenn O'Neal, of Los 
Angeles, preached at Harrah. 

Special notice! Due to an over- 
sight on the editor's part the Index 
for the Brethren Missionary Herald 
for 1951 was not prepared in time to 
be included in the last number of the 
year. The Index is now ready, hav- 
ing been printed separately. The 
company will be glad to send free of 
charge to anyone requesting a copy 
of this Index. Send in your request 
at once and the Index will be sent to 
you by return mail. It is especially 
valuable for those who keep or bind 
their Heralds each year. 

Mr. Charles Jones, father of Miss 
Gail Jones, student in Grace Sem- 
inary and an approved candidate for 
missionary service on our field in 
Africa, died of coronary occlusion on 
December 30 at a hospital in Akron, 
Ohio. The memorial service was 
conducted from the Henderson Fu- 
neral Home, Johnstown, Pa., by Rev. 
John Neely. 

Married: Mr. John Samuel Teeter, 
of the Mundy's Corner, Pa., church, 
and Miss Maurine Eleanor Bucklein, 
of the South Pasadena, Calif., church, 
on December 28 at the Mundy's Cor- 
ner church. The honeymoon was 
spent at Accident, Md., where 
Brother Teeter served a summer 
pastorate, and at Dayton, Term. The 
Teeters now live in Winona Lake, 
where Brother Teeter continues his 
studies in the seminary. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 






THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



Homes tor DP's 

Joseph Grillo, a florist of Meriden, 
Conn., has offered displaced persons 
an opportunity to build their own 
homes in this country. He has prom- 
ised to give 20 acres of ground to 
any group of displaced persons who 
will build their own cooperative 
housing project. That is fine as far 
as it goes — but then it is of the 
earth earthy. 

Every child of God is a displaced 
person, in that while he is still on 
the earth he is not in his final, glori- 
ous home. But it is not required of 
any child of God, nor any group of 
them, to build their home or homes 
in the place of their final destination. 
This is being done now by the Mas- 
ter Architect and Builder who de- 
clared just before He entered upon 
that work: 

"In my Father's house are many 
mansions [homes]: if it were not so, 
I would have told you. I go to pre- 
pare a place for you. And if I go 
and prepare a place for you, I will 
come again, and receive you unto 
myself; that where I am, there ye 
may be also" (John 14:2-3). 

For the believers in Christ, there- 
fore, there are homes in heaven 
heavenly, in contrast to the homes 
here which are of the earth earthy. 



Hour of Sharing 

The National Council of the 
Churches of Christ in the United 
States of America is sponsoring 
again this year its "One Great Hour 
of Sharing." The purpose of this 
"hour" is to collect money, in the 
name of the council, to be used in 
helping to alleviate the physical and 
| mental needs of the people of other 
lands. 

We do not favor the program, 
however, because it places too little 
emphasis upon the spiritual needs of 
the people of the world. The pur- 
pose of the church is to share the 
Bread of Life and not just physical 
bread. We do not oppose Christian 
giving, in fact we encourage it. But 
we maintain that God's people 
should give their money where it 
will accomplish spiritual results, un- 
der the direction of the Holy Spirit. 

Another thing! Where does one 
get the idea that this matter of shar- 
ing should be for "one great hour" 

January 19, 7952 



only? The command of the Word of 
God is for believers to "present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, ac- 
ceptable unto God" (Rom. 12:1). 
This is not for just one hour. 

The Christians in Macedonia sent 
a gift to the Apostle Paul. He 
thanked them for the gift and then 
commended them to the whole 
church in these words: "And this 
they did, not as we hoped, but first 
gave their own selves to the Lord, 
and unto us by the will of God" (II 
Cor. 8:5). Giving and sharing are 
easy, joyous, and continuous for 
those who have first given them- 
selves. 



great treasure and trouble there- 
with. . . . Better is a little with right- 
eousness than great revenues with- 
out right" (Prov. 15:16; 16:8). 



Death for Dope Sellers 

Students at the Modesto, Calif., 
high school demand that the death 
penalty be meted out to all people 
found guilty of inducing young peo- 
ple to Use narcotics. 

These students, according to the 
National Voice (December 20, 1951). 
drew up a petition that was signed 
by 2,200 of their number, and then 
they sent copies to the governor, to 
their state senator, and to their as- 
semblyman. 

A portion of this petition stated: 
"We believe that inducing minors to 
become narcotic addicts is equiva- 
lent to first-degree murder. We urge 
the State Legislature to make the 
sale of narcotics to minors punish- 
able by death." 

Jesus Christ, in talking about older 
people causing children to stumble 
in matters of the faith, said: "Woe 
unto the world because of offences! 
for it must needs be that offences 
come; but woe to that man by whom 
the offence cometh! . . . Even so it is 
not the will of your Father which is 
in heaven, that one of these little 
ones should perish" (Matt. 18:7, 14). 



Communism or Garbage? 

Matthew Cvetic, who as an under- 
cover agent for the FBI in the Com- 
munist Party for 9 years had ample 
opportunity to study the teachings 
and ways of Communism, said: "I'd 
rather sit in the city dump, picking 
garbage, than live under Commu- 
nism." 

About 29 centuries ago the wise 
man, Solomon, wrote: "Better is lit- 
tle with the fear of the Lord than 



"I'm Gonna Get Mine!" 

Mr. Charles E. Wilson, Director of 
Defense Mobilization, at the dedica- 
tion of the Kaiser Aluminum and 
Chemical Corporation's new $150,- 
000,000 plant near New Orleans, La., 
declared that if any segment of the 
country's economy should adopt in 
this critical period a philosophy of 
"I'm gonna get mine," it would im- 
pair national security and "bring joy 
to the hearts of the Communists." 

The Lord Jesus, in a parable, told 
of a man who set out to get and to 
keep all that was "his own." He de- 
termined to build bigger barns to 
have adequate space in which to 
store away that which was "his 
own," and this decision brought joy 
to the Devil and his demons. 

In that very night God spoke to 
that man: "Thou fool, this night thy 
soul shall be required of thee: then 
whose shall those things be, which 
thou hast provided?" To this Jesus 
made this observation: "So is he that 
layeth up treasure for himself, and is 
not rich toward God" (Luke 12:16- 
21; esp. vss. 20-21). 



Moslem Zeal 

According to word received in our 
country, the members of an organ- 
ization of Moslem women in Paki- 
stan are giving their jewelry to 
provide funds for the building of 
mosques in Europe. A very mod- 
ern mosque was built recently in 
Finland and one is now under con- 
struction in Washington, D. C. Mo- 
hammedanism is on the march 
because of the sacrifices of its ad- 
herents, yet it is false religion. 

Brethren, what are we doing to 
make the Lord Jesus Christ and His 
Gospel known to the people of Eu- 
rope? The Mohammedans are reach- 
ing toward Europe from Asia; we 
should be reaching from North 
America in the same direction, and 
we should get there first with the 
Gospel. 

There are two things each mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church can do 



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CHRISTIANITY IN JAPAN 



Absent Jffrnm tfj£ Itofcy— Present 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyr, Dean 
Grace Theological Seminary 

Rodney Wysong, a Junior in the 
seminary, went home to be with the 
Lord Friday, January 4, at 9:30 a.m. 
His funeral was held in the First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, 
Tuesday, January 8, at 2 p.m., Rev. 
William Sterner, his pastor, bringing 
the message. 

This is the first student of Grace 
Seminary to pass away during the 
school year. Many have come very 
near to departing, but God in His 
grace and wisdom saw fit to raise 
them up. In His wise and good prov- 
idence He took Rodney to be with 
Himself after weeks of prolonged ill- 
ness. 

Without doubt the Lord is count- 
ing the zeal and ardor of Rodney, in 
what would have been a long, fruit- 
ful, and earnest ministry, as though 
it had already been realized, but de- 
cided that He wanted this choice 
saint for Himself and in His very 
own presence. After weeks of suf- 
fering, he was loosed away upward 
into the presence of the One whom 
he loved so dearly and served so un- 
tiringly, never losing an opportunity 
to witness for the Lord even while 
upon his bed of illness. Doctors, 
nurses, friends, relatives all testify 
to the consuming passion of this 
young man to make every moment 
count for the Lord. 

It was the privilege of Dr. Paul R. 
Bauman and the writer to visit him 
in his hospital room on the Sunday 
before he died. Though he had 
wasted away to a mere shadow of 
his former self, and his strength was 
failing, the joy of the Lord radiated 
in his face. He was confident that 
he would live, and he was making 
plans how he would give himself 
more unstintingly to study and wit- 
nessing. He related upon his bed of 
illness how he had reflected upon his 
past efforts and regretted that they 
were so feeble. He firmly resolved 
to put himself into the work for 




Rodney Wysong 

which the Lord in sovereign grace 
had saved and called him. 

Before graduating from Bob Jones 
University, he corresponded with the 
writer about coming to Grace Sem- 
inary, and then again talked to me 
personally about entering in the fall 
of "51." When registration day ar- 
rived he was on hand. It became 
quite evident that he was in sem- 
inary for all it could give him. Early 
in the fall he became the student 
pastor of the Bethany Brethren 
Church in west Dayton, and contin- 
ued until his death. He did not re- 
turn from Thanksgiving vacation. We 
soon learned that he was ill, but the 
seriousness of his condition did not 
become evident until he was oper- 
ated upon and a cancer in its final 
stages was discovered behind the 
upper bowel. The surgeon, unable 
to do anything for him, closed the 
incision and provided such medical 
attention that might prolong life for 
a brief period. 

Death came more quickly than 
medical authorities predicted. We 
are certain that his blessed Lord put 
him to sleep until the resurrection, 
and by means of an angel guard 
carried his spirit into the presence 
of Christ. 



Dr. L. Nelson Bell, who had spent 
25 years in China as a medical mis- 
sionary, recently visited again For- 
mosa and Japan. Upon his return to 
the United States he wrote in the 
Southern Presbyterian Journal, of 
which he is an associate editor, that 
Christian missions are paying big 
dividends in Japan. He saw many 
things that caused him to rejoice 
over the progress of Christianity in 
that land. 

Dr. Bell also pointed out some 
things that still cause alarm for the 
missionaries of the Gospel. Said he: 

"The funeral of the Emperor's 
mother divulged a latent reverence 
for the throne which could well de- 
velop into a swing back to pagan 
emperor deification and its symbolic 
shrine worship. This issue, unmet, 
proved a snare to the Japanese 
church and such may be the case 
again, as few Japanese Christian 
leaders are willing to make an issue 
of idolatry. One pastor frankly said: 
'Shall I make myself a marked man?' 

"For more than half a century the 
inherent weakness of the Japanese 
church has been its lack of a strong 
doctrinal basis. Those in the west- 
ern world who would relegate doc- 
trine to a place of secondary impor- 
tance in church matters can get 
wisdom — if they will — by studying 
the history of the Japanese church. 

"We have all been impressed by 
the stories of the open door for the 
Gospel which has eventuated in 
Japan since the close of the war. 
The openness of the door, the will- 
ingness of the people to listen, and 
the response of thousands, has not 
been exaggerated. But Japan is still 
a pagan land and we Christians in 
America have come woefully short 
of meeting the opportunity which is 
ours for reaching the Japanese fully 
and effectively with the Gospel. The 
door is still open and therein lies a 
great challenge." 



THOUGHTS FOR . . . PILGRIMS 

(Continued From Page 47) 

right now: pray for the Fogies, who 
are our representatives now in 
France, and then give that they and 
many other young people may be 
supported in sharing the Good News 
with the people of the needy conti- 
nent of Europe. 



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January 19, 1952 




As the Editor Sees It 



By L. L. GRUBB 




SUPPORT GRACE SEMINARY FOR A 
FUTURE BRETHREN CHURCH 

The growth of the Church of Jesus Christ very largely 
depends upon its leadership. What is true of the church 
at large is true of any denomination. Strong future 
leadership in the NFBC will mean a strong church. We 
look to Grace Theological Seminary to produce this 
leadership as our Lord leads young men and women into 
its halls for Christian preparation. 

For any church to endure, its leadership must be 
strong, unswerving, and very vocal doctrinally. If we 
fail in proclaiming our Biblical system of doctrine, we 
have swept away our power and effectiveness at the 
very foundation of things. Grace Seminary certainly 
boasts teachers who not only know the Word of God, 
but who teach it fully. Thus this school deserves our 
sacrificial support at this season set aside for an offering. 

One semester in our splendid new building has proved 
its overall worth and effectiveness in the seminary pro- 
gram. In addition, the offices of home and foreign mis- 
sions have been comfortably and efficiently housed for 
the first time here. The indebtedness on the building is 
an obligation of all Brethren people so long as our sem- 
inary remains true to the Word of God. 

Let this seminary offering season produce a generous 
response among our churches to insure the future of our 
denominational work until Christ returns. 

AMERICANS WASTING MILLIONS 
OF DOLLARS DAILY 

Mrs. D. Leigh Colvin, president of the National Wom- 
an's Christian Temperance Union, recently astounded 
America by making the statement that Americans spend 
a million dollars an hour for beer, wine, and liquor. 

She said that in 1950 Americans spent $8,760,000,000 
for alcoholic beverages, an increase of $210,000,000 over 
1949. 

This fact, together with the increased use of tobacco, 
especially among younger Americans, has been respon- 
sible for a large percentage of the increase in the na- 
tional crime rate. Senator Kefauver has solemnly re- 
minded America that its crime rate will continue to 
increase unless something is done to decrease the use 
of these detrimental agents by the human body. 

The work and emphasis of such organizations as the 
WCTU, the Anti-Saloon League, etc., are constructive in 
most instances and useful. However, we must face the 
unalterable fact that the appetites for these drugs can 
only be conquered by the power of Christ's grace oper- 
ating in a man's heart. Paul said, "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13). 
Here is the key to victory over the unholy desires of the 
flesh. Such victory can only be obtained through re- 



ceiving the source of this grace, our Lord Jesus Christ, 
into the heart by faith (Acts 16:31). 

Such heartbreaking facts as above relative to the sin 
and degradation of our beloved nation should serve to 
further emphasize the tremendous spiritual need of the 
American people who have forgotten God. 

We are debtors to them and we must hasten to pay 
this debt in evangelizing the lost else the Lord may 
appear and find us idly wasting our time. 

PRAY FOR BILLY GRAHAM'S MEETINGS 
IN WASHINGTON: D. C. 

What could easily produce a turning point in American 
history is taking place in a great evangelistic effort in 
our nation's capital as the Billy Graham evangelistic 
party continues a great revival effort begun there on 
January 13. 

Each child of God in this nation and all around the 
world should be daily on his knees before the Lord pray- 



OUR COVER PAGE 

Fremont home mission church joins the self-sup- 
porting churches. The camera depicts for you on the 
cover page Rev. Lester E. Pifer and family, Mr. Carl 
Reidling at the organ, the present church, the boys 
club in action, the parsonage at 526 Howland Street, 
the choir loft with the baptistry painting in the back- 
ground, and Brother Pifer delivering a message from 
God's Word to his congregation. 



ing for the working of the Holy Spirit as Billy preaches 
the Word. Prayer for the conviction of sin and a need 
for Christ in the life of each government employee from 
the top on down should be presented to God over and 
over during these days. 

If our country becomes Christ-conscious at its fount 
there is then some hope for a sweeping, national revival 
which will inevitably spread across the earth. 

Pray! Pray! Pray! 

CHRIST— JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR 

Recently a brochure from another denominational 
church came to our desk. In it were outlined extensive 
meetings, programs, and financial plans for the coming 
year. Launched at the beginning of the new year, this 
brochure was to epitomize the program of this church 
for the months to come. 

After carefully reading it we suddenly came to the 
realization that the name of Christ was not to be found 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second clas; matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under 
the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year: 100- 
o?rcent churches. S1.50; foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum, President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A Leop, 
Secretary: Ord Gehman. Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters, Member at Larje to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt. S. W. Link. Mark Malies, 
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in the entire breadth of the document. This came as 
something of a shock, even though we knew that this 
particular denomination has departed far from the 
Scripture. Apparently the only potential power these 
people have for accomplishing their extensive plans this 
year is the energy of human flesh and wisdom. Christ 
is just outside the door! (Rev. 3:20). 

This church is typical of thousands of others where 
there will be increased activity this year but Christ will 
be even farther from the door than last year. Thus the 
church is opening the door to the world and Satan and 
is a completely powerless instrument in meeting the 
spiritual needs of men. 

The year 1952 should produce new resolutions on the 
part of Brethren everywhere to dedicate and pledge 
ourselves anew to make the message of Christ, crucified, 
risen, ascended, and coming again, known to the millions 
lost in sin. 

LISTEN TO "UNSHACKLED" 

One of the finest Christian radio programs ever to hit 
the air waves is the program "Unshackled," produced 
weekly by the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, 111. 
This program is aired each Saturday night at 7:30 CST 
over WGN, one of Chicago's powerful radio stations. 

Actual conversions at this great mission, which has 
produced such men as Billy Sunday and Mel Trotter, 
are dramatized with telling effect and almost technical 
perfection. Christ is preached with power as He is man- 
ifested in the conversion of "down-and-outers." 

Each believer who can possibly do so should listen to 
this program and encourage unbelieving friends to listen 
in as well. 



HARRISBURG HOME MISSION CHURCH GROWING 



NEWS Of Home Mission NEEDS 

Write the Home Mission Office for Further Information 

Taos, N. Mex — 

1. Piano for Arroyo Hondo ($40). 

2. Large cast bell for new church at Cordillera ($40). 

3. Good serviceable used sedan. 

Martinsburg, W. Va. — 
1. Two pianos. 

Albany, Oreg. — 

1. 100 new hymnbooks. 

Portland, Oreg. — 

1. 25 more songbooks, "Hymns of the Christian Life." 

2. Lettering guides and styluses for making stencils. 

Jewish Mission — 

1. $100 for partitioning garage to make a children's 
club room. 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. — 

1. English and Spanish Bibles. 

2. English and Spanish hymnals. 

3. Flannelboard lessons and backgrounds. 

4. Used clothing. 




The pictures shown here were taken by the local pho- 
tographer, Allen Zook, of the Harrisburg church, and 
show (4) Mr. and Mrs. Donald Moore being baptized by 
Pastor Weber; (3) one of the youngest members of the 
Sunday school, Douglas Jean Knepper, with his parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. James Knepper; (6) young people's Sun- 
day school class preparing a dramatization under the 
direction of Mrs. Eugene Miller; (unnumbered) Pastor 
Weber with a new Sunday school register at his left; 
(2) Nathtn Myers teaching the Word of God to the adult 
Sunday school class; and (lower picture) the Melrose 
Gardens Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa. 



January 26, 1952 



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Home Missions Travelog 



BY THE SECRETARY 




FORT WAYNE STRONG FOR HOME MISSIONS 

We recently had the privilege of showing pictures in 
our Fort Wayne church depicting the widespread work 
of the Brethren Home Missions Council, and as always 
received an enthusiastic response from both pastor and 
pecpie. 

It is both significant and also a fine illustration of what 
can be done by every Brethren church to realize that 
this church has four home missionaries in the field: 
Brother and Sister Martindale and Sister Kerns on the 
Indian reservation, and Isobel Fraser among the Jews 
in Los Angeles. For the support of these missionaries 
and general home mission needs this church will have 
raised almost $4,000 this year. This is for home missions 
alone. Considering the fact that the membership is ap- 
proximately 210 this is indeed remarkable. 

Bro. John Aeby, the pastor, and his people are to be 
congratulated on this fine record. 

We feel much like saying to all Brethren churches, 
"Go thou and do likewise." 

NEW CHURCH ORGANIZED IN FINDLAY, OHIO 

In Findlay, Ohio, a fine, staunch group of the Lord's 
people have taken a stand against apostasy and are now 
organized as a Brethren church. 

Recently it was our privilege to meet with these folks 
and assist in the organization of this new church which 
has been under the leadership of Bro. Russell Ogden, 
one of our students in Grace Seminary. 

There is a great future ahead for this group in a needy 
community where there is plenty of room and work for 
a fundamental testimony. 

Pray that God will provide lots and a building for this 
group of His own as they plan for the future. 

PLANS COMPLETE FOR NEW 
CHURCH 7N DAYTON 

The Lord willing, the hammer and the trowel will be 
sounding on a new Brethren church building in the 
Patterson Park section of the city of Dayton, Ohio, just 
as soon as spring comes. 

Plans and specifications are complete for the new 
building and all are anxiously awaiting the time when 
construction can be started on this fine, new structure. 
What a blessing it will be for this congregation to get 
into its own facilities! 

Bro. Tom Bailey, one of our own Brethren men, will 
be construction foreman and builder on this job. 

VISIT TO FIRST BRETHREN IN DAYTON 

During our visit to this great church we were able to 
see that God's hand of blessing has been resting upon 
the ministry of Bro. William Steffler and this congrega- 
tion. A fine, large group greeted us on the Lord's Day 
morning and received the home mission challenge with 
interest. 



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This church has always been a strong missionary 
church. Its home mission activities have had wide rami- 
fications. Beyond giving generously to the offering it 
has provided families for nuclei for two new Brethren 
churches in the area: North Riverdale and Patterson 
Park. 

It is this spirit of willingness to reach out beyond our 
borders which is the genius of growth and evangeliza- 
uon. 

NORTH RIVERDALE CHURCH GROWING 

Pictures were shown in this former home mission 
church to a fine group on the Lord's Day evening. 

It is always a joy to visit a former home mission 
church and see substantial growth with new faces in 
the congregation and new interest and vision for mis- 
sions. 

The pastor, Bro. Clyde Balyo, has led these Brethren 
through to many spiritual victories. 

This church is among those giving large amounts to 
home missions each year and has also contributed some 
families to the new Patterson Park work. 

FELLOWSHIP AT LAKE ODESSA 

Recently it was our privilege to bring a home mission 
message to our Brethren at Lake Odessa, Mich., where 
Bro. Lee Jenkins is pastor. The house was filled and 
even though our time here was short we were able to 
sense the good spirit and fine fellowship. 

Brother Jenkins has recently led in the construction 
of a new addition to the church which will run about 
$5,000-plus. Souls have been saved and members added 
to the local church under his ministry. 

BRIEF VISIT AT ALTO : MICH. 

Because of bad weather and being a bit lost on those 
northern Michigan roads, we arrived at Alto just in time 
to meet with the folks at the close of the service. 

Bro. Earl Funderburg, the pastor, was ill. His work 
has been very effective in leading these folks who have 
just recently joined our fellowship. The basement 
church is being used at present for a meeting place, and 
all bills have been paid for this construction. They hope 
to complete the upper structure this year. 

Praise the Lord for the expansion of the Brethren 
Church in Michigan. We will be reporting something 
later about a new work in the city of Jackson. 

NEW TROY CHURCH GROWING 

This former home mission church is experiencing 
growth under God as the people and pastor, Bro. Leslie 
Moore, have faithfully proclaimed the Gospel to their 
community. 

Even though the evening was an inclement one and 

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A-L-L A-B-O-A-R-D! 



By EVELYN FUQUA 




A-L-L A-B-O-A-R-D! The Joy Boat— also known 
as the Eternal Life Boat — is filled with passengers bound 
for Sunday school. How would you like to go to Sunday 
school in a boat? (Picture No. 1.) 

We have bought jeeps, trucks, automobiles, and sta- 
tion wagons for our mission works in various places, but 
perhaps this is the first time that we've purchased a boat 
to be used in mission work. 

On February 1, 1951, the swinging bridge at Hell for 
Certain, Ky., was washed away in the flood. As the little 
schoolhouse is on "yon" side of the Middlefork River, 
there was no way to get across to Sunday school. What 
was there for us to do? Out went the SOS call! Re- 
sult: this fine bunch of boys and girls from the Junior 
Department of the First Brethren Church, South Gate, 
Calif., came to our rescue! (Picture No. 2.) 

Many must have gone without ice cream, some without 
bubble gum, others without pop, because in just a few 
weeks $45 was brought as an offering to the Lord to pay 
for a boat to be used in Kentucky. 

Mrs. Loren Staudenmeir, superintendent of the Junior 
Department, put hours of work into the contest that en- 
couraged the boys and girls to give. (Picture No. 3.) 

January 26, 1952 



Little plastic boats were given to each class in which 
their offering was put each Sunday. On the large bulle- 
tin board across the side of the department building was 
a scene of Miss Evelyn's house, the Sunday school, with 
the river in between. 

Take a good look at the fine class of 5th-grade boys 
who gave the largest offering, which amounted to $12. 
Their teacher is Bob Marshall, a fine Christian fellow 
who has his hands full taking care of these livewires! 
(Picture No. 4.) 

Many names were submitted by the children for the 
boat. Miss Glenda Davis is the young lady whose name 
won first place. (Picture No. 5). She chose the name 
''Joy" to stand for "Jesus first, Others second, Yourself 
last." It is spoken of as the Joy Boat. Although you do 
not see the name in the picture, it is now on the boat in 
large white letters. Surely there is "Joy" when you 
know you are safe in the "Eternal Life Boat." 

The boys and girls chose to have the boat painted red 
and white — red to stand for the blood of Christ and white 
to stand for our hearts after they have been washed in 
the blood. 

We believe our boat bears a real testimony for the 



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Lord not only on Sunday but each day as it stays tied 
at the river bank. 

The Great Captain of our boat is Jesus Christ. How- 
ever, we have another captain, Mr. Kenneth Begley, one 
of our men who has not missed a Sunday since Sunday 
school began in October 1950. He has not only been 
faithful in Sunday school but is faithfully ready each 
Sunday morning at 9 to take us all across the river to 
Sunday school. This is such a help and greatly appre- 
ciated. 

All of us from our new Sunday school send a big 
"thank you" to Mrs. Staudenmeir and all of the Junior 
Department — boys and girls and teachers! (Picture 
No. 6.) 

Join with us as we all sing: 

"Throw out the Life-Line across the dark wave, 
There is a brother whom some one should save; 
Somebody's brother! oh, who then, will dare 
To throw out the Life-Line, his peril to share? 

"Soon will the season of rescue be o'er, 
Soon will they drift to eternity's shore, 
Haste then, my brother, no time for delay, 

But throw out the Life-Line and save them today. 

"Throw out the Life-Line! Throw out the Life-Line! 

Some one is drifting away; 
Throw out the Life-Line! Throw out the Life-Line! 
Some one is sinking today." 




HOME MISSIONS TRAVELOG 

(Continued From Page 52) 

the roads were icy, a fine congregation was present to 
see home mission pictures. 

JUNIATA PAYING BIG DIVIDENDS 

Each visit to our Juniata, Pa., church further con- 
vinces us of the worth-whileness of home mission ex- 
penditures there. 

On a recent Lord's Day we heard Dr. Taber, our mis- 
sionary, speak to a large congregation and were able to 
see signs of great growth in this group so ably led by 
Bro. Phillip Simmons. 

If only there was some way to transfer these actual 
sights to our Brethren people, no proof would be better 
that it pays to support Brethren home missions. 

HARRISBURG PROVING THE LORD 

Each contact at the Harrisburg, Pa., church further 
convinces us that these folks and their pastor, Bro. Rus- 
sell Weber, know how to trust the Lord and lay hold 
upon His promises. 

It was a blessing to minister to this congregation and 
to further inspect our new building. Further work is 
being done in plastering the basement. 

Eight new members have been added recently and we 
know that this number has been increased during the 
past three weeks. 

While in this area it was our privilege upon invitation 
to meet with a group of the Lord's people who severed 
connections with the Church of the Brethren and to ex- 
plain the doctrinal position and church government of 
our fellowship. Bro. Nathan Meyer, former pastor of 
this group, and his family are now members of our 
Harrisburg church. 



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KEYS 

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BOOKS of ttie 

BIBLE 



All Rights Reserved 



C. S. Zimmerman 



This is the first of a new series of articles which will be 
appearing in the home mission numbers of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald. The series begins with Matthew, the 
first book of the New Testament, and will continue using 
all the books of the Bible. This new feature is edited by 
C. S. Zimmerman, pastor of the Patterson Park Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, and all rights regarding the use 
of the material are reserved by the editor. We recom- 
mend the use of these outlines in studying your Bible. 



THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW 



I. 

II. 



III. 



IV. 



Presents Jesus as King. 
Key Words. 

A. King. 

1. 2:2 — The Magi inquire about the king. 

2. 2:6 — Prophecy that He shall rule. 

3. 2:13 — Rival king seeks to kill Him. 

4. 3:2 — John the Baptist takes the place of the 
herald. 

5. 19:28; 25:31— The King on the throne. 

6. 25:34, 40— "And the King shall answer." 

7. 27:50-53 — Heaven, earth, and hell acknowl- 
edge the King. 

B. Kingdom of heaven — appears 28 times in the 
book. 

C. Kingdom — found 50 times in the book. 
Key verses. 

A. 28:18 cf. 11:27— "All power is given unto me." 

B. 11:28-30— Attitude of King to subjects. 
Key outline. 

A. The King is coming (1:1 to 4:16). 

Family tree, birthplace, birth, official prepara- 
tion. 

B. The King is here (4:17 to 16:20). 

1. The words of the King (5:1 to 7:29). 

2. The works of the King (8:1 to 9:36). 

3. Witness for the King (9:37 to 11:30). 

4. Opposition to the King (12:1-50). 

5. The secrets of the King (13:1-52). 

6. Increased criticism of the King (14:1 to 16:20). 

C. The King rejected (16:21 to 28:20). 

1. Presentation to disciples (16:21 to 20:34). 

2. Presentation to the nation (21:1 to 23:39). 

3. His words concerning consummation of His 
purposes (24:1 to 25:46). 

4. His passion (26:1 to 27:66). 

5. His resurrection and provision for His absence 
(28:1-20). 

V. Key thoughts for today. 

A. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. 

B. We are to pray for its coming (Matt. 6:9-13). 

C. Nations are to be told of the coming kingdom 

(Matt. 28:19-20). 

D. Continual presence of Christ the portion of the 
commissioned (Matt. 28:20b). 

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SEATTLE- 

New Gospel Beachhead for Brethren Church in Northwest 



Would you like to see a new Brethren church started 
among the half-million needy souls in the city of Seattle, 
Washington? 

Did you know there are at least five staunch Brethren 
families in that great city who have been holding a Bible 
class for 2 years and praying daily for the establishment 
of a Brethren church? 

Do you realize that Seattle is a spiritual "beachhead" 
for all the great Puget Sound area? That scores of thou- 
sands of souls dwell in the densely populated areas sur- 
rounding Seattle? 

Have you heard that growth in this area exceeds prac- 
tically every other area in the U. S. A.? 

The importance of "striking" in this fertile field NOW 
is shown by these statements of Brethren pastors who 
live in the great Northwest and know its potentialities. 

Read what these men have to say! 

Russell L. Williams, Yakima: "Seattle is the beach- 
head for the Brethren Church in the Puget Sound area 
in the Pacific Northwest. It is the center- of a series of 
cities which extend southward through Tacoma to Olym- 
pia and northward through Everett toward the Canadian 
border in an almost unbroken chain. This is one of the 
most fertile fie]ds for the Gospel in America today. The 
possibilities are as great as they were in southern Cali- 
fornia in former years. The possibilities are great, not 
only because it is one of the most rapidly growing sec- 
tions in America today but also because the Pacific 
Northwest, according to statistics, stands at the top in 
educational advance, in child delinquency, and in crime 
proportion; but stands at the bottom of the list in num- 
ber of churches, in percentage of church population, and 
in spiritual emphasis. (With a national average of 52 
percent of the population claiming religious interest, the 
State of Washington stands at 22 percent and only Ore- 
gon is lower. Figures for crime and child delinquency 
are from the records of the FBI.) But remember, Seattle 
is the beachhead. Today there are capable, consecrated 
Christians in Seattle who can become the center of the 
FIRST church and the door is open. Next year may be 
and probably will be TOO LATE." 

(Brother Williams has been driving the long distance 
from Yakima to Seattle regularly for many months hold- 
ing this Bible class and encouraging the people.) 

William H. Schaffer, Spokane: "Will you pray with us 
that our invasion of Seattle will not be 'too late with too 
little'? This great seaport of a half -million people looks 
down from the northwest corner of the United States 
like the man of Macedonia crying, 'Come over . . . and 
help us.' Must that cry go still unheeded?" 

Glen Welborn, Albany: "There should be no less than 
two thriving, soul -winning Brethren churches in the 
great northwest city of Seattle. But since there is none 
we should not lose one more minute in getting at least 



one started with the Brethren who are already there. 
This calls for pastor, lots, and building." 

Harry Sturz, Harrah: "There are several members of 
the Harrah church who are now located in the Seattle 
area and we join with them in the desire to see a Breth- 
ren church established there. The Northwest is expand- 
ing so rapidly that it seems foolish not to be establishing 
many new churches here. Seattle is one of the strategic 
centers where we certainly need a Brethren church. 
Its mushrooming growth is giving it many 'gospel vac- 
uums.' Let us fill at least one!" 

H. E. Collingridge, Sunnyside: "Seattle is growing, and 
we must grow with it. Now is the opportunity for an 
invasion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The 
Brethren Church must never be guilty of 'too little — ■ 
too late.' " 

Vernon J. Harris, Portland: "Seattle is a strategic 
town here in the Northwest which should have had a 
Brethren church years ago. Let us not miss this 'now- 
or-never' opportunity." 

These are the sincere evaluations of experienced 
Brethren pastors, and they mean that we must enter 
Seattle at once or lose our opportunity! 

The proof that the Seattle Brethren deserve our sup- 
port is found in the fact that in spite of their own great 
need the small group has given $232.10 to start new 
Brethren churches elsewhere. Praise God for such a 
missionary vision. 

How can we enter Seattle? 

WE MUST HAVE THE HELP OF EVERY BRETH- 
REN HOME MISSION MINUTE-MAN NOW! 

God has effectively used the Brethren Minute-Men to 
start a Navaho mission, to help establish new churches 
in Johnson City, Tenn., and in Denver, Colo. As a re- 
sult the Word of Life is being proclaimed in these places 
where otherwise we might not have a Brethren testi- 
mony today. 

Did you seriously miss those dollars you sent to help 
establish these Gospel testimonies, or did you rather 
receive a rich blessing from the Lord and a thrill in 
knowing you had a vital part in making each one pos- 
sible? 

In a few days you will be receiving a Minute-Man 
letter requesting your immediate support for Seattle. 

PLEASE do not lay this letter aside but place your 
offering in it immediately so that we can send a pastor 
who is ready to enter this field as soon as possible. Make 
it possible for us to assure the faithful Seattle Brethren 
that our entire Brethren membership is behind them! 

NOTICE: If you are not a Brethren Minute-Man you 
are losing a blessing. Send your name and address to 
the Brethren Home Missions Council, Box 395, Winona 
Lake, Ind., at once. 



January 26, 7952 



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II S R A IE IL C A IL IL S ! 



I VISIT THE SYNAGOGUE 



By Bruce L. Button 




Several weeks ago I had the opportunity of attending 
Sabbath morning service at the Olympic Jewish Temple 
and Center. The service started at 9 a.m. and continued 
until noon. I was surprised by the confusion and noise 
attending the service and by the lack of the understand- 
ing of the service evident in the conduct of the people. 
While the service was in progress several children were 
running up and down the aisles and their parents did not 
attempt to restrain them. The adults themselves did not 
maintain a reverent attitude, but rather, in low voices, 
discussed various matters which came to mind. When- 
ever it was necessary to stand or participate in the sing- 
ing of a psalm or to assist in the service in any way, the 
people did so, but other than that their attitude was one 
of placid indifference. I was impressed in this manner — 
each one seemed to feel his part in the service was all 
God required of him and if he performed this part then 
God would be favorable toward him. The fact that he 
did not pay attention to the other parts of the service 
did not seem to bother him at all. 

I believe the reason for this attitude was due to the 
fact that the majority of the service was in Hebrew and 
the vast majority of the people present did not under- 
stand this language. In this respect it made one think 
of the Catholic worship in Latin. The cantor (the one 
who chants the order of service and the psalms) used 
Hebrew exclusively except in one or two instances when 
he led the entire group in the singing of a sacred song 
in English. The reading of the Torah (the Law) was 
also performed in Hebrew and some of those who made 
up the minian (the 10 male Jews necessary in order to 
hold a worship service) could barely read the short He- 
brew blessing after the reading of a portion of the Torah. 
The only portion of the service which was understand- 
able to all present was the message of the rabbi. It was 
in English. This message consisted of tolerance, broth- 
erhood, and how the Jewish people have learned to ap- 
preciate these by the persecutions they have suffered. 
In all this long service there was not one attempt to ex- 
pound the Word of God so that it might be understood. 
This, I believe, is the fountainhead of Jewish bewilder- 
ment in matters pertaining to the Old Testament. 

Our Jewish friend is misinformed because he is un- 
taught in the Word. He is depending on his spiritual 
leader, the rabbi, to point out to him the correct worship 
of God. And the rabbi is pointing out, not those neces- 
sary truths as contained in the Word of God, but rather 
the man-made interpretations of those truths as set forth 
by previous rabbis and Jewish spiritual leaders. The 
rabbi is not content to stop here, but he further seeks to 
bind the mental "hands" of his people, for when they 
give evidence of throwing off their mental lassitude to- 
ward the Old Testament, they are warned by the rabbi 
to never read this Book without the aid oj the commen- 
taries. And the commentaries to which the rabbi refers 
are the same writings he refers to for his understanding 
of the Word. In other words the seeking layman is di- 



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rected to the man-made interpretations of the Jewish 
spiritual leaders of the past. 

A prominent rabbi of this city stated to me that it is 
impossible to otherwise understand the Old Testament. 
He rejects any consideration of the Holy Spirit directing 
and guiding one into an understanding of the truth. 
This, together with the fact that the average Jewish lay- 
man does not have a copy of the Old Testament (much 
less does he read it), places the Jew in a position where 
it is almost impossible for him to comprehend anything 
of the revelation God has given to him. Thus it is that 
the Jewish leaders are able to maintain Judaism in its 
present perverted form. Under their system of research 
and teaching it would be impossible to arrive at the 
true meaning and teaching of God's Word. Messiah 
Jesus named such "blind leaders of the blind" (Matt. 
15:14). 

In attempting to deal with Jewish people regarding the 
teaching of God's Word, one is immediately struck by 
the amount of damage done to the spiritual welfare of 
the Jewish people. First, they have been impressed with 
the idea that only their leaders can direct them to God. 
Should they follow any other they are considered apos- 
tate. Secondly, they are impervious to the clear teach- 
ing of the Word of God. Sin is a nonentity, or at the 
most something which God "winks" at and understands 
because we are only erring humans. Punishment for 
sin is not that which was foretold by Moses and the 
prophets, but rather an indeterminable something which 
will not cause too much discomfort. As to salvation — 
all Israel shall be saved; not even one Jew will ever I 
suffer separation from God. Sacrifice for sin? — that 
was for the age of Moses, David, and the prophets. Now 
God demands only prayer, repentance, and good deeds. 

Such teaching leads us to ask the question: "How may 
we combat such erroneous teaching?" Our answer: by 
constantly contacting these people with the truth, both 
through personal testimony and the printed Word. That 
is just what we are doing in the Fairfax District of Los 
Angeles. Such work is paying dividends, for we have 
not a few Jewish people who are interested in hearing 
of these matters, and some are interested enough to come 
to the mission home once a week and participate in a 
discussion regarding the true teaching of God's Word. 
But let me stress once more the part you play in this 
vital work of giving the Gospel to the Jew. The Jewish 
work needs your prayer support. Do not fail in this new 
year to daily hold up God's chosen people before him. 
In that way He will prosper His work to the glory of I 
Jesus the Messiah. 




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BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS SCORES AGAIN! 



Next to the thrill of seeing a new church established 
comes the thrill of seeing a church become a self-sup- 
porting, mature institution. Both of these joys are fre- 
quently experienced in Brethren home mission work 
because the Lord of all grace has bountifully blessed His 
people. 

As the directors of the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil rejoice to present to our National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches another self-supporting church in 
Fremont, Ohio, so do we give acclaim and due praise to 
the Saviour who has made this victory possible. 

The various pastors and the people of this church 
through the years have given themselves, often very 
sacrificially, to the task of reaching men for Christ, and 
have not only contributed many hours in physical labor 



to the church construction, but have generously laid 
dedicated gifts on the altar. 

The present pastor, Rev. Lester Pifer, has adminis- 
tered and concentrated the potential of this fine congre- 
gation, and has been so greatly used by the Lord in 
reaching the community for Christ that the church has 
experienced very rapid growth in recent years. 

Both the pastor and the people of the present mem- 
bership are to be commended for their vision in launch- 
ing out on their own by willingly assuming the large 
obligation for the building together with all current ex- 
penses plus a weekly radio program. This is the sort 
of intelligent faith that God always abundantly blesses. 
As a result, home mission funds are released to enter 
into new areas where other Brethren people are re- 
questing help in establishing new churches. 



What God Hath Wrought at Fremont 



By Pastor Lester E. Pifer 



"The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we 
are glad" (Psa. 126:3). 

The history of the Fremont church has been one of 
continued blessing and progress wherein the Lord has 
manifested His grace in providing the needs for a build- 
ing program and glorification of Himself through His 
people. The progress has been hindered by many 
things, but in spite of this the arm of the Lord has not 
been shortened that He has not been able to accomplish 
His will. 

The church was organized with the help of R. Paul 
Miller, then secretary of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. Under the ministry of the first pastor, Rev. 
Phillip Simmons, lots were purchased and plans started 
for a basement structure at 300 S. Collinwood Blvd. 
During the ministry of Rev. Robert Culver in 1942-43 a 

IN THE BEGINNING— 1939 




Here we see the first pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Fremont, Ohio, Phillip J. Simmons; the first 
meeting place, the Presbyterian Chapel; and one of the 
first pictures of the group who pioneered the work. 



basement church (52 x 64 feet) was built on this loca- 
tion. Following the call of Brother Culver to Grace 
Theological Seminary, Rev. Raymond Blood came to 
minister to this people. The completion of the building 
at that time was greatly hindered by orders of the Gov- 
ernment curtailing civilian construction. However, 30,000 
bricks were bought at a tremendous saving and placed 
on the property; some additional plans were made, and 
a decision to lengthen the building by 16 feet was made. 
Brother Blood was called to glory in January of 1947. 
We came to the field the first Sunday of April 1947. 

The wise counsel of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council to the people of this church has certainly been 
evident in its growth and progress. It was felt for a long 
time that the church should be located on the north side 
of the city. Lots were even considered there, but after 
much prayer and consideration on the part of the sec- 
retary of the council it was decided that the east side was 
the proper location. Today I am very grateful for this 
decision, as this is the fastest growing section of the city 
as well as one of the nicest residential sections. In the 
decision which was made to lengthen the building 16 feet, 
much prayer was answered and wise judgment rendered. 
The need for that additional amount has already come 
upon us and we are very grateful for adequate facilities. 

Today we have a new modern brick building, 52 by 80 
feet in size, and which will seat 500 people in the main 
auditorium and balcony. The building is simply dec- 
orated and furnished but is as pleasant and modern as 
anyone could want. There are 15 permanent classrooms 
along with the two main auditoriums, both of which can 
wisely be used for class spaces. The acoustic qualities 
are excellent, making it very feasible to broadcast direct 
from the church. Our new Hammond organ, a gift of 
the Carl Reidling family, is much appreciated for its 
great help in producing the music for our services. 

The building cost $60,000 in its construction and pur- 



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chase of lots. It is now appraised at $80,000. Our in- 
debtedness stands at approximately $40,000. We ear- 
nestly ask the prayers of Christian people everywhere 
to continually hold us before the throne of grace that we 
may, by His grace, see this figure whittled down rapidly 
in the next few years. 

Along with the expense of building a church edifice 
the congregation was forced to purchase a parsonage for 
their pastor. A comfortable 6-room house was pur- 
chased about 5 blocks from the church and has been 
serving the need. This property is almost two-thirds 
paid for. 

But progress has not only been in the form of struc- 
tures of brick, wood, and stone. In the Sunday school 
we have seen a constant increase year after year. In the 
last 5 years our average in attendance at the Sunday 
school and morning services has gone from a low of 70 
to over 200 at the present time. Last Lord's Day there 
were 249 in attendance at the morning service. The 
membership has grown from 90 to 215. Missionary gifts, 
too, have increased. Last year these totaled nearly 
$3,000. 

The spirituality of our people has made a marked in- 
crease. It has been a real joy to see family after family 
be saved and then grow in grace and love in the Lord. 
Class meetings, laymen meetings, WMC meetings, as 
well as all other organization meetings, are not merely 
social times of gathering but rather times of spiritual 
refreshing and even soul winning in some cases. Serv- 
ices are conducted by the laymen of the church reg- 
ularly in a prison farm near Fremont, in the county jail, 
and monthly at the Green Springs Sanatorium. Many 
souls have been won through these efforts. It has been 
thrilling to see things which are evidences of their love 
and devotion to Christ. 

The Gospel Truth radio program, which is supported 
by the church and its friends through free-will offerings, 
has been a real means of reaching this community of 
21,000 people. You will read a testimony of a young man 
on these pages who is one of the souls that have been 
saved through this ministry. Many other families have 



WHY WE CAME TO THE GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH 

By Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fremion 

We are grateful and happy to be a part of a church 
where the Word of God is preached in all of our services, 
where His command to "go ye" is obeyed literally, and 
where there is vision and a definite goal. 

Although living in another community, we were in- 
terested and concerned about the Grace Brethren almost 
from its beginning in a small schoolhouse at the edge of 
town. Visiting it whenever the opportunity offered, we 
left it always with a feeling of having been drawn closer 
to God, with a glow of warmth that the fellowship there 
gave us. As it grew in numbers its zeal for God's work 
and love for Him did not lag. Finally we moved into 
this community and it has been a joy to have a small 
part in the- work which, under the able leadership of 
our pastor, Rev. Lester E. Pifer, is drawing many who 
long for a church home where separation from the world 
and guidance of the Holy Spirit is sought, where God is 
honored, where His work is given preeminence, and 
where He truly meets with His people. 

May our church continue to grow in grace and in 
favor with God and man. 



SECOND BIG EVENT IN THE FREMONT HISTORY 




The construction of the basement church at the pres- 
ent location was started in 1942. The pastor at that time 
was Robert D. Culver, shown here in the carpenter's 
uniform. This is one of the extracurricular activities of 
a home mission pastor, and besides being a carpenter, 
many times they work as plumbers, electricians, drafts- 
men, bricklayers, engineers, bus drivers, janitors, etc. 
The basement church shown here served the purpose 
until the present spacious new building was completed. 



come to our church and Sunday school after hearing this 
program. It has been an effective means in letting the 
community know what we stand for and why we believe 
the Word teaches these doctrines and ordinances. It has 
done more than any other advertising means of inform- 
ing people where we are and what we are doing. We 
do want to praise God that week after week He has al- 
ways sent in through His people the money needed to 
keep the Gospel on the air. 

There is a deep sense of gratitude in my heart and in 
the heart of every person in our church to the Brethren 
Home Missions Council and the host of donors which 
make up that organization. Without their help in coun- 
sel, support, building appropriations, and other assistance 
this church could not have been built as quickly and 
wisely as it was. We are deeply appreciative of the 
gifts given by missionary-minded members of Brethren 
churches from coast to coast through the Brethren home 
mission offering which have helped us in carrying the 
burden. I want to express my personal appreciation to 
Rev. L. L. Grubb for his fine cooperation and wisdom 
given during these 5 years at Fremont. This church has 
always enjoyed a fine relationship and cooperation with 
the Brethren Home Missions Council. We praise God 
for this organization. 

Time and eternity will reveal what God has wrought 
in this church. For the many answers to prayer, the 
souls that have been saved, the lives that have been 
dedicated to Him, the chastening and lessons which He, 
through the Holy Spirit, has given, and for His constant 
patience with us we want to say, "Praise Him from 
whom all blessings flow." "Now unto him that is able 
to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or 
think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto 
him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout 
all ages, world without end. Amen." 



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Some Experiences in Five Years at Fremont 



By Pastor Lester E. Pifer 



A home mission pastor has some rare experiences 
which certainly teach him many things. One of my first 
experiences that came soon after our arrival at Fremont 
was the construction of a new building. I shall never 
forget the many answers to prayer that came during the 
building program. Also there was the almost unending 
willingness of our people to share in the work to be 
done. This was amazing to me and certainly did much 
to encourage a new pastor. 

Then one day, one of our young men came to see us 
and told of his father's illness and his desire to see him 
saved. My first reaction was: "Let's go over and talk 
with him now." But the young man said: "No; Dad 
doesn't like preachers; in fact, he almost threw one man 
out!" A few days later I stopped and visited the home 
and, much to my surprise, received a very cordial wel- 
come. I did not feel led to deal with the father that day, 
but did ask if I might have a word of prayer. Later the 
man was taken to the hospital with a serious case of 
pneumonia. After several visits at the hospital, one day 
I was greeted thus: "You are just the one I was looking 
for. I want to be saved." There, on that hospital bed, 
with draining tubes hanging from his back, he confessed 
Christ as Saviour. Today this man is one of our trustees. 
"With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with 
God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27). 

One Sunday morning as we were broadcasting the 
morning service the Spirit led me to ask in the invita- 



OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL HAS GROWN 

By Carl H. Brooks, Sunday School Superintendent 

It is a joy to my heart to see how Fremont has grown 
from a small group of 33 to an attendance of well over 
200. We praise God for His grace and blessings show- 
ered upon us during these years. 

The Sunday school started in 1939 with two classes. 
Today there are 22 strong active classes with the need 
for even more. It has thrilled our hearts to see boys and 
girls become born-again Christians in our Sunday school 
classes and then take their places as stewards of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. We have seen these along with men 
and women grow in the grace and knowledge of our 
Lord with victories that could only be accomplished by 
the love and grace of our Saviour. 

We can well remember the old rented schoolhouse, 
known as "The Prairie Chapel," where we originally 
met, and the joys and hopes which were manifested 
there Today we are able to meet in a fine new brick 
building which we are all proud of. However, this was 
only made possible by the Lord's blessing upon saints 
who loved Him, prayed, and gave money through home 
missions. 

We thank God for the work of Home Missions — not 
just for the building, but for making it possible to have 
a full-time pastor on the field and for his wise and 
much-needed counsel. Again we want to say, God has 
supplied our needs and praise His holy name! 



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tion if there were any listening who might be bedfast 
and wanted to be saved. If so, I asked them to call and 
we would gladly come to the home. The next day we 
were making some repairs on the parsonage roof when 
a call came from a young man. He asked that we come 
immediately as his mother was very ill. I went to this 
home and found his mother lying on a bed which had 
a .great many ugly holes burnt in the bedclothing by the 
ashes from her cigarettes. She was dying of cancer. 
She had been a Christian Scientist and had finally called 
a doctor, but too late. She then turned to a modernistic 
church in her community. The pastor had called regu- 
larly on her but never pointed her to salvation in Christ. 
She asked, "Isn't there something I need to know? . . . 
I am scared. . . . I'm afraid to die!" I began with the 
passages dealing with salvation and led her to Christ. 
Her son said later that she smiled that afternoon for the 
first time in weeks. One week from that day she lay 
unconscious until her death, but not before she had 
called in a large number of friends, neighbors, and rel- 
atives and told them her testimony. 

One night I was sitting in my study when a new man 
in our church called. He said that he wanted to see me 
immediately. He came into the study and told me of a 
young man who was in serious trouble. The next eve- 
ning we sat in that home, saw the young man come to 
Christ, and his wife come back into real fellowship with 
the Lord again. The next day we talked with the mem- 
bers of the board of the organization with which he was 
employed and they had agreed not to prosecute if the 
matter could be cleared. It was. Then we went to the 
newspaper editor and the radio news editor and had the 
story removed from the news. Later, after repeated 
attempts to obtain work and failure in each case, I took 
the matter to the head of a large corporation in Fremont. 
I related the whole story to him, and with tears in his 
eyes he said that the next opening that they had would 
be .given to this new Christian. Praise the Lord, the 
young man now has a much better position than he had 
before and both he and his wife are active in the work 
of the church. The words of II Corinthians 5:17 can 
certainly be seen here: "Therefore if any man be in 
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; 
behold, all things are become new." 

Walking down the hall of the Memorial Hospital one 
day a lady came out of a room and asked, "Aren't you 
Rev. Pifer?" She then asked if I wouldn't come in and 
visit her niece. I walked into the room and faced a very 
young mother who was cold and hard and very ill. She 
told me very bluntly, with a forbidden cigarette in her 
hand, that she didn't need any preacher and she didn't 
want to hear the Bible or prayer. Very graciously I left 
the rocm and told her I would stop again. Later on I 
stopped to find her much worse. She in her weakness 
reluctantly permitted me to pray. Several days later 
she agreed to allow me to read the Scriptures and pray. 
This time I was able to impart to her from the Word 
of God the passages dealing with salvation. She still did 
not want to receive Christ as her Saviour. In our prayer 

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meeting we prayed that the Lord would open that girl's 
heart to the Gospel. The next morning at 7 o'clock a 
nurse called me and told me, "Wanda is dying; come 
right away." A short time later I walked into that room 
to see this young mother gasping for breath, white as she 
could be, and having been in a coma for several hours. 
My heart sank as I felt that she had missed her last 
opportunity to accept Christ. But God still answers 
prayer. I knelt by that bed and pleaded with the Lord 
to give me another opportunity to lead her to Christ. 
When I finished praying, much to the astonishment of 
the nurse and husband who looked on, she closed her 
mouth and opened her eyes and Said weakly, "Hello." I 
asked her, "Wanda, don't you want to accept Jesus as 
your personal Saviour?" She answered in the affirma- 
tive with the motion of her head and quickly I read from 
the Gospel of John. She indicated before all of us in 
the room that she was accepting Christ as her Saviour 
as the Word indicated she should. A few minutes later 
she had passed away. No one can ever tell me that God 
does not answer prayer. "And it shall come to pass, that 



I WAS SAVED AT FREMONT, OHIO 

By Robert Gahris 

In June 1946, I came to Fremont to take a position as 
an accountant in a local firm and, not being married, I 
was forced to room out. Not knowing the Gospel nor 
about God's plan of salvation, I was one of the worst 
types of sinners. I was under the impression that the 
only way one could get ahead in the world was to do all 
that everyone else did. As a result my life became pol- 
luted with sin of every description. 

In early 1948 I married a wonderful girl whom I met 
at a meeting of accountants and office managers of asso- 
ciated companies. But even marriage did not change my 
life. I continued in rain. 

In 1949 the Lord presented my wife and me with a 
very sweet daughter, and at the time I decided to give 
up drinking and smoking as I was of the opinion that a 
father should not do those things. I thought I was sit- 
ting on top of the world at this time, as I had all these 
possessions: a wonderful wife, a sweet daughter, a new 
home. All this bolstered ray ego, which I feel started 
some very sinful liberties while at my work. 

Then late in 1949 the "roof" fell in on my dream 
home, which I thought was a happy one, even without 
the Lord. I became involved in some very dire trouble, 
which cost me my new home and other personal belong- 
ings. At this time things certainly looked dark and I 
didn't know which way to turn until one of the laymen 
from the Grace Brethren Church brought Rev. Lester 
Pifer to talk to me about the Lord. On that night, Octo- 
ber 5, 1949, I was led to the Lord and accepted Him as 
my personal Saviour. From that night on, things began 
to look up. We found true Christian friends and happi- 
ness that made us glad that we lived in Fremont. 

After being saved I entered the waters of baptism and 
joined the Grace Brethren Church. My wife and I are 
enjoying wonderful Christian fellowship there and with 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are happy that 
the Lord has given us some work in His vineyard. We 
are both actively engaged in the work at the church and 
I now have a better job than ever before. I give him all 
the praise for giving me a new life and happiness. 



befcre they call, I will answer; and while they are yet 
speaking, I will hear" (Isa. 65:24). 

These experiences and others, such as the man who 
came and presented me with the bullets from a revolver 
before bowing in repentance; or the young couple who 
came and gave me eight pills of poison which they were 
going to take to end it all, have proved over and over 
that God is able. There never is a problem or need that 
He is not able to supply. If men and women would turn 
to Christ we would not have so many suicides, untimely 
deaths, broken homes, and divorces. These 5 years have 
certainly enriched my prayer life and taught me to de- 
pend UDon Him. He never fails. 



WHAT THE GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH MEANS 
TOME 

By Fred Hague 

Twelve years ago, on the last Sunday in December 
1939, a small group of people who loved the Lord and 
were interested in winning souls, after much prayer 
started a Sunday school. This group later became known 
officially as the Grace Brethren Church of Fremont. I 
was one of the first Sunday school teachers. 

Under the leadership of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council and our pastors, Rev. Phillip Simmons, Rev. 
Robert Culver, Rev. Raymond Blood, and Rev. Lester 
E. Pifer, this group has grown from a mere 30-plus to 
over 230 in enrollment. 

During this time I have become an invalid and am not 
able to walk, having been paralyzed from the hips down. 
For a long time I was confined to my bed and was denied 
the privilege of attendance at the services. Then the 
church put on the radio program, the Gospel Truth, 
which certainly proved a blessing to my heart. The 
doctor did not give much hope for me to live since there 
is no known cure for my disease. But the Brethren 
prayed and did not give up hope. While I have not been 
cured, yet I have been raised up to the point that I am 
able to attend the services of the church with the help 
of those who come after me and carry me into the build- 
ing. I want to praise Him for this and give Him all the 
glory. 

What does the Grace Brethren Church mean to me? 
Everything! They preach the Word, they teach the 
Word and they live the Word. In closing I want to 
praise the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed upon 
the church in Fremont and may we ever be found faith- 
ful in winning precious souls for Him. 



GOD'S FINANCIAL BLESSINGS AT FREMONT 

By John Comeskey, Treasurer 

Surely God has blessed us here at Fremont in many 
ways. As a member of this church since August 4, 1940, 
I can recall each lesson that God taught us in faith, and 
how dear they are to me now. 

Looking back to the time of the first home mission 
pastor, I remember our share of his salary was $10 per 
week. How great even this seemed to those few who 
gathered there in faith to worship our Lord. But God 
gave even tenfold to us in comparison to what we gave 
to Him. Our Lord's teaching in His Word about tithing 



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and offerings drew us closer to each other in the love 
of Christ and His work. 

The financial step of buying lots, the building of a 
basement church, the increased share of the pastor's sal- 
ary, all were done with many prayers and much faith in 
our blessed Lord. Then new plans for erecting the 
upper part of the building were discussed and even an 
additional 16 feet to be added to the length of the 
church; all this costing more money than our small 
group could actually see in the realm of incoming dollars 
and cents. But praise God for the faith of pastors and 
each one in our church as we prayed for guidance from 
God. God was faithful and did answer our prayers as 
He has promised in His Word. Even as the church grew 
so also did the Lord's people meet their needs. 

Now as we leave the Home Missions Council and go 
self-supporting we still look to our precious Lord in 
faith to help us meet our needs. 

I became treasurer of the church July 22, 1946, and I 
would like to state some of the actual figures of our 
average weekly offerings since that time. 

1947 $114.69 

1948 169.28 

1949 225.26 

1950 248.92 

1951 288.72 

As you can see, in 5 years' time we have increased our 
average weekly offering over 2V2 times. Cannot the 
Lord do even more through His people in the next 5 
years as our faith grows stronger in Him? 

Along with the regular finances of the church, a radio 
program was started over 2 years ago on faith. We 
planned to operate the program from week to week just 
as the Lord supplied the need. The Lord has answered 
prayer in this, for we have never missed one week. 
Souls have been saved and our church has been added 
to in membership and attendance as a result of the 
Gospel Truth radio program. 

We of the Grace Brethren Church at Fremont, Ohio, 
do praise His name for teaching us to have faith in Him 
and always to go forward. "I can do all things through 
Christ which strengthened me" (Phil. 4:13). Can we 
not apply this to His church? 



I WAS SAVED BY MY RADIO 

By Ralph Laney 

I thank God for the Grace Brethren Church and for its 
radio ministry, for it was through this means that I was 
brought to Christ. 

It was one Sunday morning in 1949 that I was sitting 
by my radio listening to the Gospel Truth program. 
Rev. Lester Pifer was giving the message and then he 
said, "If you want to accept Christ, do it right there by 
your radio and come out to the church and tell us about 
it." That is just what I did and I told my mother that I 
was going to that church and confess Christ as my Sav- 
iour. 

I have never been sorry for this stand. Christ deliv- 
ered me from the filthy habits of tobacco, profanity, and 
blasphemy. Now I am serving Him in witnessing and 
as an usher and steward in the church. Praise His 



GOD'S GUIDING HAND AT FREMONT 

By Mrs. Gordon Gonawein 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not 
unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways ac- 
knowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 
3:5-6). 

In the year 1939 God began to speak to a small group 
of Christian people at Fremont. At that time it became 
apparent that it was His will that a new work be started 
for the salvation of souls. About 6 months before the 
work was established the group met weekly for prayer 
and guidance. In December 1939 the answer came clear 
and definite and on Christmas Sunday morning a group 
of eight adults and four children met at the home of 
Fred Hague and 18 young people with their teacher met 
at the Gonawein home. This was the beginning of our 
Sunday school. Many of these same young people today 
hold responsible positions in our church. 

With only the promises of God in the above verse, 
which were all-sufficient, the Lord directed us to the 
Presbyterian Chapel which was formerly a two-room 
schooihouse on the outskirts of the city limits. The next 
Sunday our church services were held in this building 
with 39 present. The Lord was good to us in giving us 
three trained Sunday school teachers. Our services that 
day consisted of prayer, praise, and testimony. How 
well we remember the songs that were used — "Trust and 
Obey" and "Jesus Never Fails." How many times the 
Lord has proved that He never fails and can even do 
more when we trust and obey. 

The following week Bro. Jack Simmons from Grace 
Seminary preached for us and in February we came 
under the guidance of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. We worshiped 4 weeks in this location and 
then again we followed His guiding hand in the selection 
of lots. We now see how that two former locations 
selected would have been very undesirable. Most of 
our congregation lived on the west side of town but the 
Lord finally located us on the east side. Now we can 
understand: three new housing projects are being built 
in the immediate vicinity and a new grade school 2 
blocks away. Our new church was completed 3 years 
ago, for which we praise the Lord and truly thank the 
Home Missions Council for its financial help, encourage- 
ment, guidance, and prayers through these 11 years. 

Some of the lessons that the Lord taught us were: 
early we learned to become "door knockers" and do 
much personal visitation and to fill our cars with chil- 
dren and adults and bring them to the services. Then, 
too. that raastors and teachers must preach and teach the 
Word without compromise and that Christian friend- 
liness and warmth must be exercised by the members. 
More recently He is using the evangelization of children 
and the radio ministry to bring many new people into 
our =prvices. For all of these things we say, "Praise the 
Lord." 



WHAT SHALL I DO? 

1. look unto Me (Isa. 45:22)— Revelation. 

2. Come unto me (Matt. 11:28)— Salvation. 

3. Learn of Me (Matt 11:291— Instruction. 

4. Follow thou Me (John 21:22)— Consecration. 

5. Abide in Me (John 15:4)— Association. 

6 Turn ye unto Me (Zech. 1:3)— Transformation. 

(Elias C. Goehle) 



January 26, 1952 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

loll Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



The mother of Rev. Jack Green is 
seriously ill at their home at 2939 
Sussex Lane, Los Angeles. Brother 
Green is the director of the Young 
Russian Christian Association. 

Rev. James D. Hammer will be in- 
terim pastor for 3 months, beginning 
February 1, of the Fort Wayne, Ind., 
church. He will continue as a stu- 
dent in Grace Seminary. 

The Dayton, Ohio, First Church 
witnessed 17 decisions for Christ on 
January 6, and 41 decisions the fol- 
lowing Sunday. 

The Listie, Pa., church has a new 
organization: "The Fearless Faithful 
Front Pew Few." 

The Jackson, Mich., church under 
the leadership of Pastor Robert Bates 
has inaugurated a 15-minute radio 
program over WIBM each Sunday at 
10:30 a.m. 

Rev. John Aeby and family should 
be addressed at 1234 Van Kirk, Phil- 
adelphia 24, Pa., after February 1. 
(Change Annual, p. 66.) 

Average attendances at the Beau- 
mont, Calif., church for 1951 were: 
Bible school, 107; morning worship, 
75; evening service, 75; midweek 
service, 32. All of these were in- 
creases over the preceding year. 
During the year 35 people were bap- 
tized. 

At the Can£o?i, Ohio, church four 
people were baptized and received 
into membership on January 6. 

The Ohio District WMC will meet 
at the Ashland church on January 
28. Miss Bertha Kuhn, chairman of 
child evangelism work in Akron, is 
the scheduled speaker. The minis- 
ters and mission board of the dis- 
trict will meet at the same time and 
place. 

There were three first-time deci- 
sions for Christ and one reaffirma- 



tion of faith on January 6 at the 
Wooster, Ohio, church. At the fol- 
lowing midweek service another peT- 
son received the Lord as Saviour. 

On January 13 there were six de- 
cisions for Christ, six baptisms, and 
six people received into the mem- 
bership of the church at Leesburg, 
Ind. It was not the same six in each 
case. 

The Kittanning, Pa., church began 
its fourth year of radio broadcasting 
on January 14. The church is spon- 
soring an Evangelical Teacher Train- 
ing Class, in conjunction with the 
Old Union Baptist Church. Rev. 
Gordon Bracker is one of the teach- 
ers. 

The Winona Lake, Ind., church has 
voted to investigate the possibility of 
establishing new churches in north- 
eastern Indiana, within a radius of 
50 or 60 miles of "home base." Eld- 
ers Russell Barnard. Arthur Cash- 
man, and Conard Sandy were ap- 




pointed to be the investigating com- 
mittee. Anyone knowing of a nu- 
cleus of people in this area who 
would be interested in such a work 
please communicate that information 
or any suggestions on this matter to 
any one of these men in Winona 
Lake. Do it now. 

Bro. Lester Kennedy was elected 
to the office of Elder, in preparation 
for his ministry in Africa, and Bro. 
John Whitcomb was approved for li- 
censure by the Winona Lake, Ind., 
church. 

The Roanoke (Ghent), Va., church 
held its 16th Annual Jewish Missions 
Conference January 6-9, with J. 
Hoffman Cohn and Rev. Emil Gruen 
as speakers. 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Miller, of 
Roanoke, Va., participated in the 
Bible conference at the American 
Board of Missions to the Jews in 
New York City the week of January 
14-19. 

The Southeast District Laymen's 
meeting will be held at the Radford, 
Va., church on February 1. 

Rev. James Hsmmer, of Winona 
Lake, spoke at the South Bend, Ind., 
church on January 20 and helped to 
reorganize the Sunday school. He is 



a member of the National Sunday 
School Board. He will conduct a 
teacher-training class at the Sidney, 
Ind., church beginning January 30. 

The Leamersville, Pa., church re- 
ceived the church letters of the Rev. 
Robert Crees family on December 23 
and then followed this with a sur- 
prise shower upon the family. 

Rev. Paul Rogosin was the special 
speaker at the "Ham and Yam" din- 
ner sponsored by the men of the 
South Gate, Calif., church in con- 
nection with the annual watch night 
service. 

Rev. Miles Taber spoke each morn- 
ing, January 7-12, over radio station 
WATG, Ashland, Ohio. 

Pastors and treasurers, please re- 
member that all Thanksgiving offer- 
ing reports should be in the offices of 
the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil, Winona Lake, Ind., by February 
15. 

The Denver, Colo., church was or- 
ganized on January 6 under the 
leadership of Rev. Lowell Hoyt. 
Others assisting in the program of 
the afternoon, attended by 40 peo- 
ple, were Rev. Paul Eiselstein, Rev. 
Hilland Stuart, Rev. Wayne Croker, 
Rev. Leslie Hutchinson, and Rev. 
W. C. Vetters. There were 20 peo- 
ple present in the morning service 
and 28 in the evening, with 18 people 
signing the covenant of organization. 

At the new Portland, Oreg., church 
173 people attended the Christmas 
program on December 23. The Sun- 
day school record attendance is 117. 
During the last 2 weeks of the old 
year three people received Christ as 
Saviour. 

The Harrisburg, Pa., church re- 
ceived 14 new members into its fel- 
lowship on January 6. 

The mother of Bro. Eugene Burns 
fell recently and broke her hip and 
is in serious condition at her home 
in Dayton, Ohio. Brother Burns is 
an employee of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company. 

The Martinsburg, Pa., church ob- 
served January 6 as Jewish Missions 
Sunday with Mrs. Ruth Chanuk, of 
Philadelphia, as speaker. The church 
began a Brethren Boys Club in De- 
cember. Rev. Bernard Schneider 
began evangelistic meetings there on 
January 21. 

Mr. Frank Kindig, long-time mem- 
ber of the Long Beach First Church, 
died in December. He was the step- 
father of Rev. Richard Burch, of 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 



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Roy A . Patterson Called Home 



"As for me, I will behold thy face 
in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, 
when I awake, with thy likeness" 
(Psa. 17:15). 

When God crowns, let no man un- 
crown. When God calls man, man 
must answer that call. Sitting in his 
chair Friday night, January 11, 1952, 
Bro. Roy A. Patterson heard the 
voice of God calling. Without taking 
time to say good-by to loved ones 
and friends, our brother went out to 
meet his God. 

Brother Patterson has been an im- 
portant pillar in the First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, for over 35 
years. At the time of his homegoing 
he held the office of deacon, the 
highest office a layman can hold in 
the church. He served in this office 
for many years and served well, be- 
ing faithful to all the duties which 
came with this office. Also at the 
time of his departure he was serving 
as vice moderator, and as late as 
January 2 of this year he moderated 
at the annual business meeting of 
the church. All matters of business 
were handled with his usual skill 
and love. 

At our annual business meeting 
we have a memorial service for those 
members who have departed to be 
with Christ during the previous year. 
At the close of this particular me- 
morial service Brother Patterson re- 
marked: "Some of us may be re- 
membered at the close of this year." 
Then there was a pause. Of one 
thing we are certain: Brother Pat- 
terson was ready to meet his Creator. 
He was a faithful Sunday school 
teacher, having taught the Golden 
Rule Class for many years. During 
one of these years the average at- 
tendance was 99 per Sunday in the 
class. At the time of his departure 
he was the teacher of the Young 
Married People's Class. For many 
years Brother Patterson served as 
Sunday school superintendent and 
on one Easter Day there were over 
1,000 in attendance. 

His sound counsel, his loving words 
of advice were appreciated by all. 
He always had time to talk problems 
over with those who would seek his 
prayers and advice and his direc- 
tions would be found right when fol- 
lowed. 

Not only was Brother Patterson a 
valuable member of the First Breth- 



ren Church of Dayton, but his work 
nationally was highly acclaimed. He 
was one of the few laymen -to be 
elected to the highest national church 
office. In 1943 he served as modera- 
tor of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches. Brother Pat- 
terson was a very important member 
of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, serving on the board of di- 




Mr. Roy A. Patterson 

Born May 22, 1890 
Died January 11, 1952 



rectors and at one time was the pres- 
ident of the board. He was also a 
valuable member of the board of 
trustees of Grace Theological Sem- 
inary. For a number of years he 
served as the legal representative of 
ihp Ohio corooration of the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church. 

Brother Patterson was a promi- 
nent attorney in the city of Dayton, 
Ohio, and even though a very busy 
man in his own profession, he was 
always faithful to his Lord and his 
duties in the local church and na- 
tionally in the denomination. 

Brother Patterson went with the 
hope of all true believers. He ac- 
cepted Christ as his Saviour when a 
lad and fully trusted the Lord for 
salvation, and as opportunities pre- 
sented themselves he witnessed for 
his Lord. 

Brother Patterson is going to be 
missed in the Brethren Church, na- 
tionally and locally, and in the home. 
He leaves to mourn his departure his 
wife, Ivah C. Patterson, to whom he 
was married for over 39 years; two 
daughters, three grandchildren, one 
sister, and two nephews. 

May the God of all comfort be 
with us until that glorious resurrec- 
tion day when there shall be that 



grand reunion with those we loved 
so well. 

The family appreciated, at the time 
of the service, the presence of those 
who represented denominational in- 
terests, namely: Dr. R. D. Barnard, 
Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Dr. and Mrs. 
Homer A. Kent, Rev. Ord Gehman, 
Rev. and Mrs. John Aeby, Mr. and 
Mrs. F. B. Miller, and Mr. and Mrs. 
Frank Poland.— Pastor William A 
Steffler. 



HE WAS A BLESSING TO ME! 

God granted me a friendship, back 
in 1929, in the person of Bro. Roy A. 
Patterson. That friendship proved a 
blessing through the 15 years of my 
pastorate in Dayton, Ohio, and has 
continued to the time of Brother 
Patterson's passing. 

I shall remember Brother Patter- 
son chiefly as a friend. He never 
monopolized one's time or friend- 
ship; it was a joy just to visit with 
him. True to his Christian and legal 
training, he heard sympathetically 
every word one had to say and re- 
vealed nothing of it to others. He 
had a sense of humor that could 
usually relieve the tension of a crit- 
ical situation, yet it was a humor al- 
ways well-chosen and appropriate. 

I appreciated Brother Patterson as 
a counselor, always cautious and yet 
courageous. He saved me from many 
difficult and embarrassing situations. 
His familiar words were, "I don't 
believe I would do that," or, "I be- 
lieve I'd do it this way." He was 
fair, even in dealing with those who 
opposed him. During the years when 
I served as pastor and he as Sunday 
school superintendent, it was a joy 
to see him care for administrative 
situations, always in consultation 
with the pastor but never burdening 
him. 

I was closely associated with 
Brother Patterson during the years 
when the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches and its auxil- 
iaries came into distinct being. I be- 
lieve I can say truthfully that no 
layman had a greater influence in all 
these organizations than he. Char- 
ters, articles of incorporation, con- 
stitutions, sets of by-laws — most of 
these were discussed and planned 
and reviewed in his home or in his 

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January 26, 1952 



63 



Thoughts for Christian Pilgrims 



— 3y Conard Sandy 



"Why Should I Live?" 

Here in Indiana is a 15-year-old 
boy who has already come to the 
place where he believes there is no 
reason why he should continue to 
jive. 

This boy has admitted that he stole 
$11,000 worth of checks and that he 
had cashed some of them. For this 
crime he was sent to jail. There he 
broke an arm of the turnkey and 
then set fire to the mattress in his 
cell, hoping to commit suicide in the 
burning building. In this he failed, 
for the fire was discovered and ex- 
tinguished. 

The sheriff found a note the would- 
be suicide had written to his parents 
in which were these words: "I have 
nothing to live for, so why should I 
jive?" 

Only 15 years old and yet he was 
disgusted with life; he had never 
found the source of real life. 

On the road from Jerusalem to 
Damascus one day Saul of Tarsus 
met the One who is the life, and im- 
mediately he was transformed into a 
new person. Later from a prison in 
Rome, where he had been cast be- 
cause of his testimony about the 
Lord Jesus, he declared: "For to me 
to live is Christ" (Phil. 1:21). 

Christ Jesus made the difference 
between these two: the boy with no 
purpose in life, and the Apostle Paul 
with an eternal purpose centered in 
his Saviour and Lord. 



All of us are related to the first 
Adam by natural birth. We can be 
related to the last Adam by the new 
birth. Are you, dear reader, thus 
related to the last Adam? 



The First Man 

A story has been told in Europe 
that the Russians, who like to claim 
they had everything first, are now 
claiming there was a man on the 
earth before Adam. According to 
this account Adam was walking 
through the Garden of Eden and in- 
vestigating it one day when he met 
a man older than himself. "Who are 
you?" Adam asked, somewhat sur- 
prised. "I am a Russian." replied 
the other man. 

God, who was there before any 
man, said: "The first man Adam was 
made a living soul; the last Adam 
was made a quickening spirit" (I 
Cor. 15:45). 

In the sight of God there are only 
two Adams: the first and the last. 



Christ-Minded 

Leaders in the Protestant churches 
have been warned against becoming 
more "constituency-minded" than 
"community-minded." This warn- 
ing was issued by Dr. Sigfried Eng- 
strom, executive director of the 
Board of American Missions of the 
Augustana Lutheran Church. 

Now where does the gentleman get 
the idea that Christian leaders are to 
be either constituency-minded or 
community-minded? The Spirit of 
God exhorts His servants to be 
Christ-minded. To the church at 
Philippi He wrote: "Let this mind be 
in you, which was also in Christ 
Jesus" (2:5). 

When Christians, leaders and lay- 
men, become Christ-minded rII other 
things will be put in their proper 
places. But it will not come to pass 
until Christ Jesus is given His right- 
ful place. 



The Moral Decline 

Mr. Dechard A. Hulcy, president 
of the Chamber of Commerce of the 
United States, speaking in Milwau- 
kee, said: "America is desperately 
yearning for a moral lift — a moral 
resurgence. . . . People everywhere 
are disillusioned with flimsy values 
— broken trust and the lack of moral 
leadership from some high men in 
public life." 

He also spoke concerning business 
relations in these words: "We who 
are ensaged in the struggle to pre- 
serve the free American business 
system must be just as quick to con- 
demn immoral practices by business- 
men in their relations with the Gov- 
ernment as we are to condemn those 
in Government who take the busi- 
nessmen's bribes." 

The Milwaukee Journal, in an ed- 
itorial on this statement, said that 
this is just the "thing we have been 
waiting for. The country is dis- 
turbed by the bribe takers and in- 
fluence sellers in Government. There 
is no excuse for their activities. But 



the country is also conscious of the 
fact that there could be no bribe 
takers if there were no bribe givers." 
The Spirit of God, by the wise man 
Solomon, wrote for our admonition: 
"Devise not evil against thy neigh- 
bour, seeing he dwelleth securely by 
thee" (Prov. 3:29). 



Frontiers for the Church 

Dr. William G. Mather, professor 
of Rural Sociology at Pennsylvania 
State College, has reminded Chris- 
tians that there are frontiers in this 
country that confront the Protestant 
churches today. These frontiers are 
not geographical, but racial, econom- 
ic, and social. 

This indictment from the sociol- 
ogist is all too true. The Christians 
of this nation have been looking for 
new areas to enter with the Gospel 
while often failing to dispatch their 
duties at home. No diminishing of 
work elsewhere should be contem- 
plated or tolerated, but the efforts of 
the children of God ought to be re- 
doubled to give the Gospel to all 
who live in their local communities. 

The command of the Lord Jesus to 
His church is: "Go ye into all the 
world, and preach the gospel to 
every creature" (Mark 16:15). This 
is a commission for both foreign and 
home missions. 



Doing One's Part 

Dr. Angelo Patri, writer on chil- 
dren's problems and suggestions, re- 
cently wrote: "To teach a child that 
a day in which he has not done 
something worth while for somebody 
else is a wasted day, is to alert him 
to his part in the scheme of life. . . . 

"Usefulness is a tonic to body and 
spirit. As long as we feel useful to 
somebody we can live with head up 
and spirit high. When usefulness is 
over life is over too, its savor gone." 

To the churches in Galatia the 
Apostle Paul, in order to show 
Christians their responsibility and 
need for usefulness for one another, 
wrote: "Bear ye one another's bur- 
dens, and so fulfil the law of Christ" 
(Gal. 6:2). Indeed, the Spirit of God 
desires that the children of God be 
useful to one another. 



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YOUTH DIRECTOR VISITS B. J. U. 

A pleasant week end was recently 
enjoyed by your youth director on 
the spacious campus of Bob Jones 
University, where about 50 Brethren 
young people are enjoying their col- 
lege work. We didn't get to meet and 
visit with quite all of these young 
people — that's such a busy place — 
but we were privileged to have con- 
ferences with many of them, and to 
meet many others at the Brethren 
Sunday school class and the Breth- 
ren party which was held on Monday 
evening. The accompanying picture 
shows the fine group which was 
present for this party. 

We have some mighty fine young 
people in this group, from Califor- 
nia, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsyl- 
vania, and Virginia, and we're happy 
that some of them are real leaders 
in campus life. One of our boys, 
Dean Fetterhoff, from Flora, Ind., 
will graduate in January. He plans 
to engage in evangelistic work until 
next fall, when he will enter Grace 
Seminary. He's a talented and ag- 
gressive young man, and we recom- 
mend him to you for special evan- 
gelistic services. 

Our Brethren group at this school 
is the largest ever, and there are a 
number of fine candidates for our 
mission fields, for pastoral work, and 
for evangelistic ministry among 
them. 



MORE BOYS CLUBS BEGIN 

Two California churches must now 
be added to the growing list of those 
which are starting Brethren Boys 
Clubs. Compton has begun a club 
with a very fine group of boys, and 
Temple City has also begun a club to 
meet a long-felt need there. 

The new club at Martinsburg, Pa., 
grew from 6 at their first meeting to 
over 15 in subsequent meetings, tax- 
ing the capacity of Club Chief Eddie 
Burns' basement. Some of the boys 
in this club are from our nearby 
Vicksburg church. 

A BBC seminar was held recently 
at Martinsburg, Pa., for the clubs 
and churches of that area. Repre- 
sentatives of six churches in the Al- 
toona area were present, and in ad- 
dition, Pastor Russell Weber, district 
boys advisor, and Club Chief Allen 
Zook came from Harrisburg. Dis- 
plays, discussion, and demonstration 
occupied the evening, which was 
considered very profitable by the 
men present. Youth Director Ralph 
Colburn led the seminar. 




Brethren Students at Bob Jones University 



^Aefi&tesz 




CHRISTMAS IS OVER, BUT— 

We'd like to know what you did 
for your Christmas program at your 
church. If you had a good play or 
program of some sort let's exchange 
ideas for next Christmas! We're es- 
pecially interested in plays and un- 
usual Christmas scenes. So if yours 
was good, please send us a complete 
description and, if possible, a copy 
of the play or program. Or tell us 
the publisher, price, title of the play 
you used. Then next year, perhaps, 
we can recommend a program or 
play for your group that is really 
good — that really has a message. 

Let's have your reports right away, 
please! Send them to Ralph Col- 
burn, Box 617, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Thanks so much. 



BYF SENCS SOS 

We're broke. Or practically so! 
National BYF began the year with 
less than S100 in the treasury, and 
missionary obligations of $60 for 
Jewish literature for our Brethren 
Messianic Witness and tracts for our 
Spanish American missions due right 
away. In addition, supplies are 
needed for the publishing of BYF 
programs on which we're getting 
good response. And we'd like to 
pay some of our pledge to the Youth 
Council, which is also broke! 

S-o-o-o-o, if you have some extra 
B\'F or CE funds looking for a place 
to work, send them to Gerald Pol- 
man, 112 Beachley St., Meyersdale, 
Pa., and be sure to indicate that they 
are for National BYF. 

Our ideal is that every BYF and 
CE send in regular offerings to the 
National BYF, preferably one offer- 
ing a month, mailed in quarterly or 
semiannually. 

Thanks for your help! 




BBC Seminar at Martin-burg. Pa. (Photo by Allen Zook) 



January 26, 7952 



65 





NEWS 



CHURCHES 

Camden, Ohio 

Rev. Mark Malles, then pastor of 
our church in Flora, Ind., conducted 
a meeting for us November 5-11. 
The Lord blessed with 30 decisions, 
2 of which were first-time. 

At our Christmas program on De- 
cember 23 we had an attendance of 
114 people. Our church building 
looked full. We now have an aver- 
age of about 70 for Sunday school 
and church services, which is an in- 
crease of about 20 since we came 
here. 

On the last Thursday evening of 
the old year we held our communion 
service with 41 people at the tables. 
I helped to prepare for the service 
and was happy for the instruction I 
received in the Seminary Women's 
Fellowship while we were in Winona 
Lake. 

Last Sunday (December 30) there 
were five people who accepted Christ 
Jesus as personal Saviour and one 
had received Him 2 weeks before. 
Since coming here we have received 
two into the membership of the 
church by baptism. — Mrs. Robert 
Betz. 

Alto, Mich. 

The members of the Calvary 
Brethren Church are grateful to the 
Lord for His blessings and to the 
Brethren across the nation for their 
prayers. 

Our attendance, in spite of the 
weather and some whooping cough 
in the community, has been more 
than holding its own, with 65 people 
present at the morning service De- 
cember 30, and 54 present the fol- 
lowing Sunday. 

The congregation has now begun 
work on the top part of the church 
building. At present we meet in the 
basement section of the building. 

Bro. Russell Sarver, superintend- 
ent of the Sunday school and teacher 
of the young people's Bible class, has 
sold his farm equipment here and 
bought a house in Claypool, Ind., so 
that he can enter Grace Seminary to 
begin definite preparation for the 
ministry of the Gospel. A surprise 
farewell shower was held for the 



Sarvers on New Year's Eve. This 
meeting ended as a watch night 
service, with Rev. Lee Jenkins, of 
Lake Odessa, bringing the message. 
The congregation had a surprise 
shower of food and $25 in money for 
the pastor and his family at Christ- 
mas time. — Earl Funderburg, pastor. 



IN MEMORIAM 



January 4 was a sad day for the 
Bethany Brethren Church, Dayton, 
Ohio. On that day our pastor, Bro. 
Rodney E. Wysong, died. He was 
not with us very long in the work 
here, but while he did serve the 
church he was eager to help us carry 
on the Lord's work even though he 
had to remain faithful to his studies 
at Grace Seminary. In the few 
months we were together he en- 
riched our lives by his fellowship 
and encouraged us in the faith by 
his sermons. 

Let us remember his family and 
relatives in our prayers that God 
may comfort them. We share this 
great loss, but we know that he that 
dieth in the Lord is not dead, he is 
with his wonderful Lord. 

Pray that from this point we may 
carry on holding high the name of 
the Lord Jesus and sharing His Gos- 
pel with others. — Mrs. Doris Hapner, 
church secretary. 



ROY PATTERSON CALLED HOME 

(Continued From Page 63) 

office. The years following have con- 
firmed the wisdom of his counsel. 

Brother Patterson would not want 
me to write without giving all praise 
to the Lord Jesus Christ. • These 
things which I have said in apprecia- 
tion of Brother Patterson were true 
only because he had learned the se- 
cret of dwelling "in the secret place 
of the most High" (Psa. 91:1). He 
knew intimately the Lord Jesus 
Christ as personal Saviour. It was 
because of this that his witness 
counted for God and for good. 

May the God of all comfort bless 
Mrs. Patterson and the immediate 
family, and may all of us thank God 
for the blessing Brother Patterson 
has been to us. — Russell D. Barnard. 



Browsing Among 
The Books 

It is ths purpose of this column to bring to 
the reader's attention some of the books that 
are being presented to the reading public to- 
day. Each book reviewed here will present 
a message of some merit and worthy of con- 
sideration, though a review of a book does, 
not necessarily mean that the reviewer ap- 
proves everything in it. 

Any book mentioned in this column may 
be purchased from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company. Winona Lake, Ind. 



ARNOLD'S COMMENTARY FOR 
1952, by Benjamin L. Olmstead. 
285 pp. Cloth. Light and Life 
Press, Winona Lake, Ind. (1951). 
$2.00. 

One evidence of the worth of this 
book is the fact that this is the 58th 
annual edition of it. For 57 years 
the comments in Arnold's Commen- 
taries have helped thousands of 
teachers, and the influence of the 
work is increasing in the English- 
speaking world. 

Dr. Olmstead is ably equipped, 
mentally and spiritually, for this 
work. His comments are true to the 
Word; they are clearly stated and 
timely in application. 

This volume, moreover, is not the 
work of one man alone, for there 
are articles and comments from 
eight other writers. 

If you want usable help on the In- 
ternational Lessons you can find it in 
this book. 



The churches of the Northwest 
District are sponsoring among them- 
selves a Bible school contest for a 
period of 6 months, beginning Jan- 
uary 1. 



HIGLEY'S COMMENTARY FOR 
1952, by Robert D. Higley, editor. 
320 pp. Cloth. The Higley 
Press, Butler, Ind. (1951). $2.00. 

The first Higley's Sunday School 
Lesson Commentary was issued 19 
years ago under the directorship of 
L. H. Higley. The managing editor 
of this work, which is rapidly gaining 
in favor, is now Robert D. Higley. 

This work is the result of the com- 
posite work of Rev. Loyal Ringen- 
berg, who wrote the exposition, and 
of Dr. John Paul and Dr. Jasper A. 
Huffman, who wrote the helps and 
suggestions with each lesson. 

The book is full of seed thoughts 
and helps for all students of the 
Word. There are also fine sugges- 
tions offered to the teachers of the 
various classes in the Sunday school. 

The discerning student of the Bi- 
ble will find much in this volume to 
repay his efforts for reading it. 



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THE LAW AND THE CHRISTIAN BELIEVER IN RELATION TO 

THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE 



By Dr. Alva J. McClain 
President of Grace Theological Seminary 

WHAT WAS GOD'S PURPOSE IN GIVING THE LAW? 



(Continued From December 29 Herald) 

In the first three installments of this monograph, three 
questions were discussed and answered: First, What is 
the law? Second, Under what conditions could this law 
give life? Third, Why was this law unable to save men? 
This brings us to a fourth question — 

IV. WHAT, THEN, WAS THE DIVINE PURPOSE IN 
GIVING THE LAW? 

This is an important question. It is sometimes put like 
this: If the law can neither save us nor help to save us, 
why should we concern ourselves with it at all? And, 
why was it given? The Apostle Paul, who had most to 
say about law in the New Testament writings, recog- 
nized the legitimacy of this question when he wrote, 
"Wherefore then serveth the law?" (Gal. 3:19a). A lit- 
eral translation of the question would be simply, "Why 
then the law?" And the Apostle Paul has fully answered 
his own question. 

1. The law was added because oj transgressions (Gal. 
3:19). The verb "added" indicates that the law was not 
primary in God's dealings with sinners. The "covenant" 
and promises of God were first. The law was added. 
And the divine reason here is found in man's "transgres- 
sions." This general statement will be amplified in other 
more specific statements. But the heart of the matter is 
that the giving of the law is somehow related to man's 
sin. And there is a time element in the matter — the law 
was given because of transgressions until "the seed 
should come to whom the promise was made." Thus the 
giving of the law was neither first nor is it final with God 
in the matter of saving sinners or dealing with the prob- 
lem of sin. It was "added" and "until." This indicates a 
dispensational aspect of the matter. 

2. The law was enacted for the lawless and ungodly 
(I Tim. 1:9-10). The idea in this important passage 
seems to be primarily that of restraint. This, viewing 
the matter from the social standpoint, is a highly benefi- 
cent purpose. The laws of nations are all imperfect re- 
flections of the divine law, and they are intended to re- 
strain evil and protect society. And in the administra- 
tion of law and its penalties, the government is a "min- 
ister of God" (Rom. 13:4). 

3. Another purpose of law is to give men "the knowl- 
edge oj sin" (Rom. 3:20). The Greek term is epignosis, 
suggesting not merely knowledge, but a full knowledge 
of sin. It is true, I think, that men totally without any 
positive law-codes are nevertheless conscious in some 
degree of the fact that they are sinful. And the law was 
given to increase and heighten this knowledge. Thus, 



man becomes more fully conscious of his sin and the 
need of some help which is outside and beyond the law. 
In this sense alone, law may be said to prepare lost men 
for the Gospel of Christ by making them more conscious 
of their need. But no preacher should ever be guilty of 
preaching law to produce conviction without also at the 
same time preaching the Good News of salvation in 
Christ "without the law." It is well enough to show men 
their need of the Bread of Life, but let us beware of 
sending them away unfed. And the law by itself does 
not give bread; it only gives a recipe for making bread, 
a work which is totally beyond the ability of sinners. 

4. Another purpose served by the law is to show the 
terrible nature of sin (Rom. 7:8-13). In this remarkable 
passage the Holy Spirit shows us that although the law 
was something wholly good, nevertheless the sin of man 
is of such a terrible character that it actually works 
through the law, so that the good and holy command- 
ment of the law not only fails to eliminate sin but actu- 
ally stimulates sin! Quoting the commandment, "Thou 
shalt not covet," the Apostle Paul affirms that the effect 
of this command was actually to revive sin instead of 
killing it — "When the commandment came, sin revived," 
he cries (Rom. 7:9). This is the damnable thing about 
human sin, in that it can take a holy commandment of 
God and work that which is evil through the command- 
ment — "Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, 
wrought in me all manner of concupiscence," Paul writes 
(Rom. 7:8). Who is there among the saved, enlightened 
by the Spirit of God, that has not found in his own ex- 
perience this terrible truth? The injunctions of law 
actually stimulate sin instead of putting an end to it. 
That is why Paul speaks of the law as "the strength of 
sin" (I Cor. 15:56). 

(Note: To some who have read thus far it may seem 
that there is a contradiction between paragraphs 2 and 4 
above. How can the law both restrain sin and also at the 
same time stimulate sin? The answer is that the law 
contains two elements and it has two effects. The two 
elements are the command and the penalty, and the two 
effects are internal and external. The command in- 
wardly stimulates the attitude of rebellion in men with 
sinful natures. On the other hand, the penalty exter- 
nally restrains the outward act of rebellion. Thus the 
contradiction is only apparent.) 

5. Looking at the matter now from a slightly differ- 
ent standpoint, we find that the law was given to reveal 
how vast is the number of our sins. "Moreover the law 
entered, that the offence might abound" (Rom. 5:20). 
The term "offence" here refers not to sin in general, but 
rather to "every particular act of sin committed under 



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the law" (so Godet). Thus the law by multiplying the 
requirements of law reveals to men the multitude of 
their offenses. In this sense, the law does not make men 
worse than they are, but rather shows more clearly how 
bad they are already. When Paul writes, "The law en- 
tered," he employs a Greek verb which "applies to an 
actor who does not occupy the front of the stage, but 
who appears there only to play an accessory part" (so 
Godet). How true! In dealing with sin, it is the grace 
of God in Christ which occupies the center of the stage 
in the divine drama of the ages. 

6. The law was given to shut every mouth and estab- 
lish the guilt of all the world. This is an important func- 
tion of divine law — "that every mouth may be stopped, 
and all the world may become guilty before God" (Rom. 
3:19). The English word "guilty" has unfortunately 
been weakened in popular usage. To say that a man is 
guilty of a specific crime means only, in popular thought, 
that he committed the crime. But in the Bible ( as well 
as in the terminology of our courts) to say that a man is 
"guilty" means not only that he has broken the law but 
also that he is under an obligation to suffer the penalty 
for what he has done. The Greek word is upodikos, 
which may be rendered "under judicial sentence." Thus 
it is the function of divine law, in whatever form it may 
be revealed, to bring all the world under the judicial 
sentence of God. And from this judicial sentence there 
can be no appeal — every mouth is stopped. It is not 
difficult to get men to admit they have sinned. It is not 
so easy to get them to admit that they deserve to be 
punished for their deeds. This is the real meaning of 
"guilt," and until we acknowledge our guilt God can do 
nothing for us. 

7. The law was given to set a restraining guard upon 
men until they find true freedom in Christ by faith (Gal. 
3:23-24). "But before faith came, we were kept under 
the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards 
be revealed" (23). Both verbs carry the idea of re- 
straint; we were "kept" and "shut up" as if in a prison 
or under a military guard. The 24th verse in the com- 
mon version has been the source of considerable misun- 
derstanding. The apostle certainly did not write, "The 
law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ." The 
italicized words "to bring us" do not occur in the original 
text. This whole idea of the law serving as a school- 
master conducting the sinner to Christ, as Lightfoot has 
declared, ought to be "abandoned." The paidagogos 
(schoolmaster) of ancient times was a slave who exer- 
cised restraint over the child until he was made a son. 
So the law was the "paidagogos" until Christ came and 
sonship was acquired by faith in Him. The law does not 
bring men to Christ, therefore, but rather imposes a 
necessary restraint upon them until they find true moral 
freedom by faith in Christ. (For an excellent discussion 
of this passage, see Denny's article on Law in Hasting's 
Dictionary of the Bible.) This does not mean that the 
law has no useful function in the work of bringing men 
to Christ. The law reveals to men their sin and their 
doom, and in this sense makes the sinner conscious of 
his need. But this is not the idea taught in Galatians 3:24. 



8. The law was given to bear witness prophetically 
and typically of salvation by grace in Christ (Rom. 3:21). 
In this passage, after showing that the whole world is 
sinful, guilty before God, and that by deeds of law no 
flesh can be justified in His sight, the apostle proceeds 
to outline the true way of salvation. He writes, "But 
now the righteousness of God without the law is mani- 
fested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets" 
(21). The first thing to notice here is that God's right- 
eousness which saves sinners is "without the law." The 
Greek preposition is choris, meaning "apart from" in the 
most absolute sense. It is used in Hebrews 4:15 where 
our Lord is said to have been tempted in all points as we 
are, yet "without sin." Thus, the salvation of the be- 
liever is as absolutely apart from the law as the charac- 
ter of the Son of God is apart from sin. Just as sin had 
nothing to do with Christ, even so the law has nothing 
to do with the righteousness we receive through Christ. 

But on the other hand, if the law could make abso- 
lutely no contribution to our salvation in Christ, never- 
theless this same law did function as a witness to that 
righteousness — "being witnessed by the law and the 
prophets." How did the law bear this "witness"? First, 
the law bore this witness prophetically. The first great 
prophecy of salvation in a coming Redeemer is found in 
the Book of the Law — "And I will put enmity between 
thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; 
it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" 
(Gen. 3:15). Second, the law witnessed to our great 
salvation in Christ through types. The entire sacrificial 
system of the Mosaic Law pointed forward to the Lamb 
of God who taketh away the sin of the world. Thus the 
law spoke clearly and unmistakably of a divine right- 
eousness bestowed by the grace of God on those who 
simply believe, while at the same time the law could 
make not the slightest contribution to that righteousness. 
The correct formula, therefore, is divine righteousness 
apart from law but witnessed by the law. As the Book of 
Hebrews puts it, the law had only the "shadow of good 
things to come," but "not the very image" of those 
things (10:1). Let us recognize the value of the shadow, 
but let us beware even of seeming to put one iota of the 
shadow in the place of the substance. 

(To Be Continued Next Month) 



THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS 

A French statistician calculates that the average man 
of 70 years has spent 23 years in bed, 19 years at work, 
9 years in amusement, 2 years shaving, and 1 year in 
church. Evidently man is not overworked. But the 
whiskers take a terrific toll, comparatively speaking. 
Most men will feel that the 2 years spent shaving should 
be included under the head of work. 

The ancient Hebrew did not have such troubles, being 
forbidden to "mar the corners" of his beard. But shav- 
ing was the custom in Egypt. When an Egyptian comic 
artist, in the days of Abraham, wanted to ridicule a man, 
he would draw him with a beard! The priests shaved 
the entire body, using a razor of bronze. Joseph, called 
out of prison by the king, was shaved before coming into 
the royal presence. And that, by the way, is one of 
the many internal evidences that the Book of Genesis 
was written by someone who knew Egyptian customs 
first hand, and is not a forgery by some late Jew who 
never saw early Egypt. — Alva J. McClain. 



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By Russell D. Barnard 
Editor, Foreign Mission Number 



Period of Special Emphasis 

By mutual arrangement in our Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches, the period for special emphasis in foreign 
missions is during the 4 months, February, March, April, 
and May. Of course, foreign missionaries visit among 
the churches during any season of the year as the pastors 
and churches desire. It is at the Easter season when we 
present to all Brethren people the needs and challenges 
in relation to foreign mission giving. We believe you 
want our foreign mission program to continue to grow. 
There are many new candidates presenting themselves, 
and it follows naturally that if there is to be this desired 
growth there must be the increased offerings to care for 
such. It seems that it is safe to assume that an increase 
of 10 percent per year in our missionary giving will care 
for our natural increase in personnel, unless inflation 
lifts its ugly head and then we can only move step by 
step. 



Supplies Available 

Supplies have been sent and are being sent to all pas- 
tors who have ordered them. Further orders will be 
filled as soon as we receive them. It's Biblical to gather 
an offering together before the day of presenting it (II 
Cor. 16:2). We feel we can count on the full cooperation 
of every pastor and church, since the Brethren Church 
has demonstrated that she is interested in foreign mis- 
sions. If you live away from your church, or supplies 
are not available through your church, we shall be glad 
to send such to you — just write us. Money barrels and 
unique little dime collectors are available now. 



Foreign Board to Meet 

February 12 has been set as the date of meeting, and 
Winona Lake, Ind., as the place. We all covet your 
prayers for wisdom during this meeting. We have never 
had a more important meeting. With so rapidly an ex- 
panding work we all need great faith to claim the prom- 
ises of God. Field Council minutes from both Africa and 
Argentina have arrived, and the letters from the other 
fields indicate that a tremendous "going concern" is the 
character of our foreign mission program today. 



From ihs Field 

Actual contact work is beginning in Baja California. 
This is being done through child evangelism and house- 
to-house visitation. Bible classes will begin soon. Our 



plan for that field, in a word, is to "train national Mex- 
icans that they in turn may teach others." 

In France the missionary families are making great 
strides in language study — the men attend two different 
schools in the forenoons, and the ladies attend the same 
schools in the afternoons. When we were in France, an 
hour of pure French a day fatigued me. I don't see how 
they endure it, but the Lord enables. 

In Brazil the Altigs report excellent attendance at all 
services, and the Millers have probably moved into their 
new home in Macapa by this time. 

This is Argentina's busiest season of the year — camps, 
conferences, tent meetings are the order of the day, in 
addition to all regular work. 

In Africa missionaries have returned from Field Coun- 
cil, made those moves authorized by the Field Council, 



THE COVER PICTURE 

On the cover we present a typical Mexican farmer 
with a packload of produce. He is from the region of 
Xochemeleo and is en route to Mexico City to sell his 
produce in the market places of the capital. (Photo 
by H. Armstrong Roberts.) 



and during the next few precious months of the dry 
season will be out in the "bush" reaching new areas or 
revisiting those only available once a year. Pray for all 
this tremendous missionary activity. 



Many Changes of Address 

A Foreign Missionary Directory is published elsewhere 
in this issue. Please disregard all former directory lists. 
Changes are especially to be noted in relation to the four 
stations in Africa — Bassai, Bekoro, Yaloke, and Nzoro. 
These four are not postal addresses; therefore, note the 
line in the address illustrated as in the case of Bassai — 
"Mission a Bassai." Mail not so addressed will probably 
reach the missionary, but will be unnecessarily delayed. 
French authorities are requesting this change. 



Good to Hear and Know 

"I like Argentina very much," is a quotation from the 
most recent letter from Miss Bertha Abel. She arrived 
in Argentina on December 20. Soon after March 1 the 
J. Paid Miller family will leave the States for Belem, 
Brazil, and on or about March 23 the Lynn Schrock and 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind.. under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription orice, :J2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches. SI. 50; foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors; Arnold K iegbaum. President; Robert D. Crees, Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
Secretary; Ord Gehman. Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Larje to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hovt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, 
Robert Miller. William H. Schaffer. 



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Carson Rottler families will sail for Argentina. Passage 
is also now being arranged for the Jobsons, Takers, and 
Williamses, who will be -returning to Africa. Plans are 
now being completed for all the missionary candidates 
who will go to the field during the year ahead. Pray for 
wisdom and successful arrangements in all cases. 



"May We Support a Missionary Family?" 

This question has come to us from several different in- 
quirers recently. Possibly we should answer the ques- 
tion so that all may know. Certainly you may support 
missionaries or missionary families personally or as 
church or Sunday school groups. We prayerfully en- 
courage such support. We have always considered that 
an individual or group may have the honor of supporting 
a missionary if the personal allowance of the missionary 
is paid. Of course you will all know this is not full sup- 
port. But from general funds given, the Lord has always 
cared for all additional amounts needed. Quite a num- 
ber of our adult missionaries have no definite sponsors, 
and many of the missionary children are without special 
support. We shall be most happy to correspond with 
any interested people. There are some individuals in 
our Fellowship today who are so dividing their family 
income as to support a missionary family on the field as 
they support themselves. I don't understand God's 
arithmetic, but He makes this possible! 



Projects 

During this foreign missionary season we will have 
many requests concerning "projects." So many want to 
"do" things for missionaries. We have projects large 
and small to suggest for each of our five fields. We wel- 
come your correspondence about such, or suggest that 
you talk with missionaries as they visit your church. 



Do You Want a Missionary Visitor? 

It is very difficult to have missionary visitors for your 
church just when you desire such, but we will do our 
best to help. Within 200 miles of Winona Lake we can 
usually supply such visitors about when desired, even 
in addition to regular deputation work in the area. For 
those districts farther from Winona Lake, we suggest 
that you arrange such invitations by districts, through 
your district officers. We very greatly desire that our 
missionaries and missionary candidates visit in your 
churches at every opportunity. Again, in this matter, 
we welcome your correspondence. 



A MISSIONARY'S IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA 

Here are some of the things that struck a missionary 
after coming back from India to the United States: To 
see miles of glaring advertising imploring us to drink, 
smoke, or visit roadhouses. To see men, women, and 
girls smoking, drinking, carousing in saloons and at 
cocktail bars. To hear oaths and vulgar expressions on 
the lips of high-school and college girls of good families. 
... To find the nastiness of the modern literature that 
was sampled. To find America running more and more 
to nudity, license, and pagan painting, while heathen 
people, when converted, tend to stop such practices and 
move toward modesty, chastity, and restraint. — From the 
Missionary Review of the World. 



Foreign Missionary Directory 

LATIN AMERICA 
ARGENTINA, SOUTH AMERICA— 

Abel. Miss Bertha. Rivadavia 433. Rio Cuarto. F.C.N.G B M Prov 

Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 
Churchill. Rev. and Mrs. Jack B.. Casilla de Correo, No 7 Alma- 

fuerte. F.C.N. G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argentina, S A 
Dowdy. Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul. Jorge Ross 631. La Carlota, F C N G 

B.M.. Prov; Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 
Maconaghy. Rev. and Mrs. Hill. Rivadavia 433. Rio Cuarto, F C N G 

B.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 
Marshall. Rev. and Mrs. James. Calle Reconquista. Corral de Bustos 

F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 
Nielsen. Miss Johanna, Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto, F C N G B M 

Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 
Sickel. Mrs. Loree. Casilla de Correo. No. 7. Almafuerte. F.C N G 

B.M.. Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 

National Workers — 

Nunez. Miss Nelida. Rivadavia 433. Rio Cuarto. F.C.N.G B M Prov 

Cordoba. Argentina, S. A. 
Siccardi, Mr. and Mrs. Luis, Int. Fenoglio No. 71. Laboulaye, F C N 

G.S.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 
Wagner. Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo E.. 599 Belgrano. Gral. Cabrera F C 

N.G.B.M.. Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 

BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA— 

Altig, Rev. and Mrs. J. Keith. Caixa Postal 861. Belem, Para, Brazil 
Miller. Rev. and Mrs. Edward D.. Maeapa. Terr. Federal do Amapa 
Brazil. 

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO— 

Haag, Rev. and Mrs. Walter E.. 439 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, Calif 

J. 3. A. 
Howard. Rev. and Mrs. A. L., 439 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, Calif.. 

AFRICA 

Balzer. Mr. and Mrs. Albert. Mission a Nzoro. Bocaranga via Bozoum 
via Bangui. Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Beaver. Rev. and Mrs. S. Wayne. Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa 

Cripe. Miss Mary. Mission a Bekoro. Paoua via Bozoum. via Bangui, 
Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Dunning, Rev. and Mrs. Harold L., M'Baiki. via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Goodman. Rev. and Mrs. Marvin L., Jr.. Mission a Nzoro. Bocaranga 
via Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial 
Africa. 

Hill. Rev. and Mrs. Robsrt W., Bossembele. via Bangui. Oub ngui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Kent. Miss Ruth. Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari. French 
Equatorial Africa. 

Kliever, Rev. and Mrs. J. P., Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari. 
French Equatorial Africa. 

Mishler. Miss Marie. Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari. French 
Equatorial Africa. 

Munn, Miss Mary Elizabeth. Mission a Bekoro. Paoua via Bozoum. 
via Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Schwartz, Miss Clara, Bellevue. via Bossangoa, via Bangui. Ouban- 
gui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Sheldon. Rev. and Mrs. C. B.. Bellevue. via Bossangoa. via Bangui. 
Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Snyder. Rev. and Mrs. Roy, Bouca, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari. 
French Equatorial Africa. 

Snyder, Miss Ruth, Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari. French 
Equatorial Africa. 

Sumey. Rev. and Mrs. Charles. Mission a Bassai, Bozoum via Bangui, 
Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Tyson, Miss Elizabeth. Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via Bangui, 
Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

FRANCE 

Fogle, Rev. and Mrs. P. Fredrick. 32, Route de Montesson. Le Vesinet. 

Seine et Oise, France. 
Miller. Rev. and Mrs. Donald. 32. Route de Montesson, Le Vesinet. 

Seine et Oise, France. 
Samarin. Rev. and Mrs. William. 38. Avenue du Marechal Foch. 

Villennes-sur-Seine. France. 

MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH 

Bickel. Miss Florence. P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Byron, Miss Grace. P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Emmert. Miss Mary, Dallas Center. Iowa. 

Foster, Mrs. Rose, c/o Westminster Hotel, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Hoyt. Rev. and Mrs. Solon, P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Jobson, Dr. and Mrs. Orville D.. P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Kennedy. Mrs. Minnie. P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Myers. Miss Estella. P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Schrock. Rev. and Mrs. Lynn D., 620 W. Ninth St.. Waterloo. Iowa. 

Taber. Dr. and Mrs. Floyd. P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Williams, Rev. and Mrs. Robert S.. P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake. Ind. 



One Sunday, when the collection was taken for for- 
eign missions, the collection bag was taken to Mr. Dives, 
who shook his head and whispered, "I never give to 
missions." "Then take something out of the bag," the 
elder whispered in reply, "the money is for the heathen." 
— Presbyterian Record. 



February 2, 7952 



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Baja California-a Land of Drought-I 



By Walter E. Haag 



(Editor's Note — This is the first in a series of articles 
describing the trip of exploration and investigation made 
by Brethren Walter Haag and Roy Howard for the For- 
eign Missionary Society during the summer of 1951.) 

After several weeks of planning and preparation with 
the aid of Jack Green, Roy Howard and I were ready to 
leave for Baja California the last of June. This termi- 
nated the months of anticipation and less intensive 
thinking that must needs go into one's plans for enter- 
ing a land that is not too well known. Reading the books 
available and hearing the stories of the difficulties to be 
encountered only challenged us in a greater way, so we 
loaded our GMC Carryall with food, camping equipment, 
gasoline, and water to be self-sufficient for many days 
should any misfortune of travel overtake us. Thus with 
a prayer that the Lord would go with us, protect us, and 
help us to obtain all the information possible for our 
foreign mission board, we went to the Mexican Consul- 
ate in Los Angeles to obtain our 6-months tourist per- 
mit. This was easily accomplished by answering a few 
questions, showing a birth certificate to prove citizen- 
ship, and paying the $3. It was then "good-by" to our 
families and away for Baja California — a land of drought. 

Tijuana 

Crossing the border at Tijuana was a mere formality — 
just a nod of the Mexican official's head and a motion of 
the hand to move on. We parked the car and went back 
to the immigration officer to present our tourist permits 
in order to have them stamped and initialed, indicating 
that we were legally entered tourists. The officer asked 
our destination and we said, "Santa Rosalia." "You are 
traveling by plane?" he asked. "No," we responded, 
"We are driving down by car." The officer's eyes then 
opened wide and a smile was exchanged between him 
and another officer in the room, which perhaps indicated 
their understanding that here were a couple of foolish 
gringos who were going to meet misfortune somewhere 
between Tijuana and Santa Rosalia, about 450 air miles 
to the south, but about 600 miles over poor roads — if they 
may be called roads. 

Before traveling farther, we went to get insurance for 
the car. As the agent was out and wouldn't be back for 



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One of the typical roads traveled by Brethren Haag 
and Howard. 



a couple of hours, we looked around the city of Tijuana. 
The main street is surely suited to catch the eye of the 
tourist and bring him into the many shops displaying 
handmade leather goods, jewelry, baskets, rugs, and in- 
numerable other items. These are innocent enough and 
make interesting shopping for any tourist at reasonable 
prices, but it pains a Christian to see the way in which 
sin is advocated and advertised. The racetracks with 
their betting, large gaming rooms, etc., are the attrac- 
tions for many visitors. It makes one shudder at the 
way in which these dealers in sin advertise their wares. 
Surely there is definite spiritual drought in this great 
city of about 70,000 people, only a pitiful few of whom 
are now being reached by the Gospel. 

Ensenada 

Obtaining our car insurance, we drove out of Tijuana 
and, as darkness was upon us, we found a place to park 
off the road where we unfolded our cots, rolled out our 
sleeping bags and were soon fast asleep. As daylight 
awakened us, we could hear the roar of the breakers 
and looked out to see the ocean not so very far away. 
We hadn't realized that it was so near when we stopped 
in the darkness. After eating our breakfast we had our 
morning devotions as was our custom on the trip. 

A pleasant drive over a good paved highway soon 
brought us to the Bay of Ensenada, which still lay blan- 
keted in light fog. Most of the fishing boats had already 
put out, but there was considerable activity around the 
wharves. Ensenada, a tourist city also, has a population 
of about 8,000. It is more quiet than Tijuana, without 
the display that is put on by the border city. It has 
many sport fishermen as guests, and people who wish to 
see Mexico and her people in their more natural way of 
life. Here, sin doesn't flaunt itself in one's face in such 
a careless manner, though the curse of intoxicating 
drinks makes its presence known. There are several 
small Gospel witnesses which are carrying on mission 
work in the surrounding villages. 

We viewed the shops, purchased some groceries and 
also some post cards to send back home. We made in- 
quiry at the police station and elsewhere for rules and 
regulations which one should know, cautions to observe, 
and the condition of the road to Santa Rosalia. We then 
went to the bank to exchange a quantity of our U. S. 
money into Mexican money, so that we would be able 
to make purchases along the way. With an exchange 
rate of 8.60 to 1, we didn't want all of our dollars changed 
as our pockets would have bulged. Of course they have 
bills of larger denomination, but there probably wasn't 
a place in the next 500 miles where such could have 
been changed. 

To El Rosario 

About noon we left Ensenada and proceeded south. 
As we were leaving town, we remembered that we had 
forgotten to purchase some bread, so we stopped at a 
little store and bought a loaf. It didn't feel very soft but, 
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bread, we went on. About 8 miles out of town is the 
checking station, beyond which a visitor is not to pass 
without a tourist permit. The officer looked at our per- 
mits, glanced in the car at our equipment, and then 
wished us a pleasant trip. Now we felt we were really 
on our way. 

Soon we were in some hills with a growth of live oak 
trees on the higher land and sycamores along the dry 
stream bed. Too, there were various kinds of smaller 
trees and brush growing here and there. Hunger was 
beginning to make us realize that the sun was already 
well past the zenith. We found a spot where we could 
get off the road and set up our stove and table in the 
shade of a large live oak tree. Here was the first real 
test of our culinary abilities. It was a grand feast of 
steak, fresh vegetables, and fruit — it was the last of fresh 
foods for most of the trip, as we had to make use of our 
can opener from then on. At this meal we discovered 
that our bread was stale. Here and there through the 
loaf was even a spot of mold, but we kept it and used it 
toasted. It was well that we did, for we saw no bakery 
for the next week, and our pancake and Bisquick flour 
wouldn't have lasted without rationing. 

Shortly, we passed through several small villages 
where a variety of crops such as oranges, olives, figs, 
grapes, and corn are grown with irrigation. The great- 
est acreage was in grapes which are used for the making 
of wine. The ruins of an old mission are still visible at 
the little village and valley of Santo Tomas. The re- 
mains of thick adobe walls, now only a few feet high, 
mark the site of the buildings and around them the an- 
cient, gnarled olive trees, grapes, and the majestic palms 
speak of the passing of many years. The paved road 
ends about 50 miles below Ensenada and a graded but 
rough dirt road continues on. Going south the vegeta- 
tion begins to change from such similar to that in south- 
ern California to include more of the prickly, spiny 
shrubs and cactus, which indicates that one is coming 
into a more desert region. 

End of Good Road 

The villages become smaller and each one seems to be 
only existing rather than prospering. In these villages 
are no churches, though some of God's people from En- 
senada are working these as mission points. Suddenly, 
without warning, at kilometer post 300, or about 186 
miles below the border, the graded road vanishes and 
one is confronted with making a decision as to which of 
the three trails angling off will take him to his destina- 
tion, for there is no sign. We followed a California car 
straight ahead as the driver seemed to know where he 
was going. He left us in the dust, and that is really lit- 
eral, but soon returned and told us that the road went 
only to a farm house. The road to the left appeared to 
go up to the nearby hills, so we went to the right. Soon 
we were following two ruts which wound in and out 
around the cactus and went sometimes through sand so 
deep that only by shifting to low gear and gunning 
through could we keep on the move and not get stuck. 
After about 8 miles of this, we found a little farm house 
and inquired about our road. We should have taken 
the road up along the hill to keep out of the deep sand. 
We were directed up through the edge of some corn, 
tomato, and pepper fields to the main road. Several 
hundred acres had recently been developed for agricul- 
ture in that area of San Quintin and Santa Maria by 
pumping water from wells in order to irrigate. 




Bro. Roy Howard and a roadside camp. 



We arrived on the main road again and, a few hundred 
yards past the last house of the settlement of Santa 
Maria, we pulled off the road to make camp for the 
night. We were to have our plans delayed some, how- 
ever, for we had no more than stopped when six chil- 
dren, ranging in age from about 4 to 12, came down to 
greet us. They were, of course, very curious to see two 
tall foreigners, but they surely weren't bashful, for they 
asked if we had any candy for them. They told us that 
travelers always carried candy along to give to the chil- 
dren. That was news to us and something for which we 
were unprepared, so we took out our little phonograph 
and Spanish records from Gospel Recordings and played 
them until it was so dark and so cool that we were all 
standing around shivering. The approaching darkness 
had brought two mothers, looking for their children, so 
we talked to them concerning the Lord Jesus who 
wanted to be their Saviour. They thanked us for stop- 
ping and said some others had passed through a few 
weeks before with records, too. We gave them some 
tracts and bade them good night. Then in the darkness 
we heated some soup and made coffee to warm our 
chilled bodies. We spread out our beds, had evening 
devotions, and were quickly in dreamland. During the 
night several cars, trucks, and donkeys passed on the 
road right by our beds. We hadn't counted on much 
travel over these roads at night, but we came to find out 
that was the preferred time to travel, especially over the 
hot desert stretches. 

We had inquired the night before regarding the dis- 
stance to El Rosario, the next village of any size. They 
said it was about a 3- to 4-hour trip, and we could 
hardly believe it, as the map showed just a little way. 
We were soon to learn that they knew what they were 
talking about, for in that day's driving of about 10 hours 
— not hard driving but moving cautiously along over 
rough and rocky mountain roads — we made only 59 
miles. From the end of the graded road on, distances 
are measured in hours or days of travel rather than 
in miles. 

As we passed through the little village of El Rosario, 
we stopped and refilled all of our cans with gasoline. 
We thought the price was high, but because we weren't 
sure what gasoline might be available ahead, we asked 
no questions. Actually we paid about 35c per gallon. 
We had to pay that price only one other time for gaso- 
line which had been hauled about 230 miles farther. 
Because a big sign says, "English is spoken here," the 
woman proprietor probably makes such a charge reg- 
ularly. We made sure we didn't need any of her gas- 
oline as we came back. 

(To Be Continued in the Next Foreign Mission Number) 



February 2, 1952 



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Graduation Week at the Institute Biblique 



By Rev. S. Wayne Beaver, Bozoum, Africa 




The last week in November was graduation week here 
at our Bible Institute in Africa. The week was filled 
with the usual close-of-school activities; I will try to 
tell you a little about each. 

Baccalaureate 

The week began with our baccalaureate service. The 
message was given by the student who has acted as our 
native pastor at the Bible Institute chapel for the past 2 
years. He is an excellent preacher. We 
wish you could have heard him address 
his fellow graduates on the ministry 
that lies before them. He used I Co- 
rinthians 1:17-18 as his text, admonish- 
ing the men to go forth and preach only 
the single Gospel message of the Cross 
and not to be ensnared with trying to 
preach the wisdom of men. He told 
them that they would no doubt meet 

scoffing and ridicule, as the preaching 
Wayne Beaver of ^ Cross . g ^ them ^^ perigh foo j_ 

ishness, but that the suffering of this present time is not 
to be compared with the glory which lies ahead. He 
then went on to describe the "glory" displayed when the 
governor makes an official visit, picturing with graphic 
detail the display of flags, handsome uniforms, and shin- 
ing metals. You could just see the dignified governor 
making his inspection with great pomp and ceremony; 
these black men can really dramatize their messages. 
He then said, "But, brothers, this glory is nothing com- 
pared to the glory we shall behold." 

He went on to describe the call of a soldier, how thor- 
oughly he is examined to see if he is fit, then, if called, he 
lays aside his old garments and takes up the uniform 
and weapons of a soldier to fight for the glory of the one 
who has called him and sent him forth. If he fights well, 
when the battle is over he returns home and one day the 
governor sends for all the old soldiers and rewards them 
handsomely. Then what a good time they have; the 
grimness of the battle is forgotten in the joy of their re- 
ward. Then he said, "Men, when our battle is over and 
we receive the reward in glory, won't we be happy, 
though!" He called some of his classmates by name and 
said, "We'll hug each other and say, 'Isn't it wonderful!' " 
It was really a good message and the men were stirred. 

Examinations 

The first 3 days of the week were taken up with final 
examinations. The men here moan as much as they do 
at home. They call it bira (war), and after each exam 
they declare that they have been "killed" for sure. You 
should have heard the shouting from the seniors when 
their last exam was finished. They carried on through a 
good part of the night singing and playing games. 

The Fete 

Our fete, or picnic, was not a feast in the true sense 
of the word this year, for there was no meat. The men 
tried in vain to get an animal, but the grass is just too 



tall at this time of the year— they heard animals twice, 
but couldn't see them. The students were disappointed, 
but said they understood. The afternoon was spent in 
games and various contests. This is the time when the 
missionaries dig down in their missionary barrels. It is 
the ladies' task to get the prizes, and the old-clothes bag, 
button boxes, notions, etc., are thoroughly raided. 

There were races and relay races, an arrow-shooting 
contest, spear throwing, sling shots, and a greased pole. 
The women had a race carrying a brick on their heads — 
you should see how fast these women can run balancing 
a load on their heads and not touching it with their 
hands. Their prize was a bright-colored dress, so com- 
petition was keen. The greased pole affords a lot of 
laughter for all of us. The men send the little boys up 
first, then when the grease is rubbed off somewhat, they 
try it. You should see them rub their hands and arms 
across their woolly heads as they proceed up the pole. 
Hung from two soccer goals were a lot of little prizes on 
strings for the women and children to cut while blind- 




A front view of the Institut Biblique 



folded. In this way most everyone gets a little some- 
thing. There was a tug of war between the two classes 
which was a real battle; the seniors won, and how they 
did gloat! Then the afternoon's events were closed with 
a hockey game between the two classes, which also 
proved to be a heated battle. 

In the evening they all reassembled up by the house 
for moving pictures. Bro. Jake Kliever had several in- 
teresting reels of animals, etc. — one showed a man wres- 
tling with a lion. That really got them — oh, the grunts 
and groans and oh's and ah's! — every one of them 
wrestled right along with him. The evening was closed 
with singing and prayer, and a good time was had by all. 

Graduation 

The service was held at 9 o'clock in the morning in our 
Bible Institute chapel. The interior of the chapel looks 
very nice now. We have a nice new pulpit, a painting 
of a cross and crown on the whitewashed wall behind 
the chancel, and the women gave enough in their WMC 



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meetings to buy the draping for the chancel railing — 
they are very proud of their gift. 

Bro. Chauncey Sheldon was the graduation speaker 
and Brother Kliever brought greetings as acting field 
superintendent. Bro. Charles Sumey was also present 
and gave the invocation. Three of our native pastors 
also had a small part in the service. The message was a 
real challenge to the men. There were three special 
numbers from the students, as they sang in a four-part 
choir. This was the first four-part singing in our mis- 
sion. Miss Ruth Snyder trained the men and they have 
enjoyed it very much. 

There were 26 graduates; each was dressed in his best 
and they made a handsome group. The graduates are 
listed as follows by name, mission station, and 2-year 
grade average: 

Bengabedje Jean (Bekoro) 98.7 

Molepo Maurice (Bossembele) 98.7 

Yamboundou Richard (Bassai) 97. 

Namboujina Simon (Bellevue) 96.1 

Rakani Paul (Bassai) 95.6 

Houi Pierre (Nzoro) 93.5 

Miabe Luc (Bekoro) 93.1 

Kouihoul Andre (Bassai) 92.7 

Laban Marc (Bekoro) 92.5 

Mbairagoussou (Bekoro) 92.4 

Yakesse Joseph (Nzoro) 92.3 

Mbailao Andre (Bekoro) 91.3 

Mbomoa Jean (Bekoro) 90.2 

Ouanahili Joseph (Nzoro) 90. 

Baguene Noe (Bassai) 89.8 

Djendole Simon (Bekoro) 89.8 

Bodila Jean (Bekoro) 89.3 

Manaine Simon (Bekoro) 88.6 

Kouibia Jean (Bassai) 88.3 

Yatere Andre (Bassai) 87. 

Bingba Marc (Bossembele) 86.8 

Dolao Philippe (Bekoro) 86.5 

Lakounda Andre (Bekoro) 84.2 

Toldjim David (Bekoro) 83.7 

Ndcmbai Paul (Bekoro) 82.1 

Kangmi David (Bassai) 81.5 

The entire service, from processional to recessional, 
was very dignified; it is somewhat surprising how digni- 
fied our folks can be. They were very proud of their 
diplomas, which were run off on the mission press and 
embossed with a gold seal and red ribbon (the gold 
paper for seals was gathered from your Christmas and 
birthday cards), and covered with celophane and jack- 
eted in a nice blue cover. 

Aftermath 
Now the men with their families and loads are on the 
roads leading throughout our mission — walking home. 
Some will have over 200 miles to walk, a weary journey 
with small children and loads. Won't you pray for them 
each one as they take up their work in their various vil- 
lages, that they may be real soldiers of the cross as they 
battle the enemy in this stronghold of darkness. They 
will meet scoffing and ridicule from the "intelligentsia" 
and disbelief and hardness of heart from those steeped 
in the heathen practices of the village. But they do not 
battle alone — He who sends them forth has also prom- 
ised to be with them. They have the sword of His Word 
in which they are better trained now. Pray for them 
that they will preach His Word in the power of His 
Spirit and be filled with His love for their lost brethren. 



Friends in Language Study 




Bruno and Monique, after enjoying an American 
dinner at the Samarin home. 

By William J. Samarin, Paris, France 

It started on the boat! No, it started long ago when 
God saved us and kept us by His power until the time 
we got on the boat. And yet our blessings with respect 
to France began on the boat. 

After a search of 2 days, we met Bruno, a French stu- 
dent. I was trying to find some French person with 
whom I could study French. After I introduced myself 
we got acquainted enough for me to ask him if he would 
help me with French. The result was that he was a 
great help to me then, and will be now, for he has prom- 
ised to devote an hour a week to conversation in French. 
These lessons with Bruno would be expensive under a 
tutor. 

We spent an enjoyable Christmas at the chateau of 
Bruno. His family mansion, over 100 years old, is near 
Nantes in Bretagne. We had a very interesting time. 
Fortunately there was one sunny day that gave us op- 
portunity to see the cathedral of Nantes and a number 
of chateaux in that area. The valley of the Loire River 
is called the "Valley of Chateaux" because there are so 
many of them along its banks. This time with Bruno's 
family was profitable, because it gave us opportunity to 
see more deeply into French culture and to understand 
more of its ways. 

When we landed in Paris we found another most ami- 
able friendship. As a result of an exchange correspond- 
ence, we had been writing to a French girl for about 6 
months before leaving the States. Just a few days after 
we were in Paris she came out to see us at the hotel 
and took us on a tour of the Place de la Concorde and 
neighboring sights. Her name is Monique, and she has 
proved to be a hospitable, intelligent, helpful person 
eager to make our stay in France a pleasant one. Since 
our meeting we have been as welcome in her home as 
we might be in one of yours. We have eaten there a 
few times — one of them was the occasion of a real French 
dinner. And now the Proust family (Monique's family) 
have invited us to eat dinner with them every Thursday 
evening so that we might improve our French. As I 
write, we are waiting to go to their house. It is much 
past our dinner time, for they, like most French people, 
will not eat until about 7:30 or 8 o'clock. 

Bruno and Monique have been a great help to us, and 
their friendship is making our stay in France more en- 
joyable because it has opened the door to French culture 
so that we might understand it and the French people 
a little more. 



February 2, 1952 



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El Instituto Biblico (The Bible Institute) 



(Editor's Note — This article was first published in De- 
cember 1951 in the Heraldo Evangelico Argentino. It 
has been translated jrom the Spanish by John Whitcomb 
for use in this issue of the Herald.) 

By Miss Johanna Nielsen, Rio Cuarto, Argentina 

It had long been recognized that there was a need for 
a Bible institute especially for the instruction of as many 
as might desire to be better instructed in the things of 
the Lord, better prepared to serve Him, and most of all 
for the preparation of pastors and workers. But the 
number of pastors prepared for this was so small that, 
apart from giving a correspondence course, it seemed 
impossible. 

In the year 1949 the Youth Camp came as usual. But 
there was a group of 20 young people there who ex- 
pressed their desire to attend a Bible institute if it were 
possible. Who could deny such an eagerness? 

The matter was very seriously considered, and finally 
it was decided to form an institute in two groups — the 
girls in Rio Cuarto and the young men in Almafuerte — 
although many disadvantages were presented. But when 
the time arrived it was found that of the volunteers, nine 
were girls and only two were boys. Then it was decided 
to arrange things in such a way that these two could also 
be in Rio Cuarto. 

The property was not very adequate, but the Schrocks 
were willing to sacrifice the privacy of family life for 
such a worthy cause. The young people were willing to 
endure many inconveniences. The teachers were ready 
to take on this work in addition to their pastoral work, 
already heavy — some of them traveling much. Thus the 
first year passed with much blessing and in true fellow- 
ship among all. 

By the second year the two rooms over the garage had 
already been completed, and the four young men who 
attended in 1950 were sufficiently comfortable; the girls 
not so much, because they were all in a single dormitory. 
The program of the institute was indeed making prog- 
ress. 

In the year 1951 the opportunity came to rent a much 
more spacious property in La Carlota and, after much 
prayer and consideration, it was decided to move the 
institute there. In this quiet atmosphere, with pretty 
lodgings, a large court with the luxuriant shade of many 
large trees, and with room for all, have grown the friend- 
ships, cemented by 3 years of fellowship during which 
they were busy not only in studies but also in helping in 
domestic duties, in personal work, in work among chil- 
dren, and, we sincerely believe, in the development of 
true Christian character. A very evident thing has been 
the spirit of brotherhood among all the students. I be- 
lieve that there have never been quarrels among them. 
Never has one shown an unpleasant expression toward 
another. In 3 years of daily living together, with the 
occasions that would take place in any dwelling, it is 
truly exemplary. 

Of the first group of students, Misses Francisca and 
Carlota Diedrich, Esther Di Nardo, Luisa Bettinalio, 
Leonor Gallardo, Lucia Molina, Eunice and Sara Sic- 
cardi, Nelida Zanetti, and the young men, Horacio Bet- 
tinalio and Hugo Di Nardo, only one, Leonor Gallardo, 
had to cease studies for health reasons. 



Graduates of El Instituto Biblico in November 1951 








Francisca Diedrich Hugo Di Nardo 



Nelida Zanetti 




Eunice Siccardi 



Carlota Diedrich 



Esther Di Nardo 



In the first year Americo Majul, of Santa Fe, entered 
in the second semester. In the second year Alena Wag- 
ner and Norma Stoller, of Cabrera, entered. In the 
third year two entered — Ofelio Nunez, of Huinca Re- 
nanco, and Miguel Pereyra, of Corral de Bustos. 

Those who finished the course and graduated in No- 
vember 1951 are: 

Luisa Bettinalio Segunda Usina 

Horacio Bettinalio Segunda Usina 

Francisca Diedrich Rio Cuarto 

Carlota Diedrich Rio Cuarto 

Esther Di Nardo Tancacha 

Hugo Di Nardo Tancacha 

Nelida Zanetti Tancacha 

Eunice Siccardi Laboulaye 

Sara Siccardi Laboulaye 

The director of the institute in 1949 and 1950 was Rev. 
Lynn D. Schrock, and the director in 1951 was Rev. J. 
Paul Dowdy. The instructors have been Lynn D. 
Schrock, J. Paul Dowdy, Solon W. Hoyt, Hill Macon- 
aghy, Luis Siccardi, Clarence L. Sickel, Jack B. Church- 
ill, James B. Marshall, and Miss Johanna Nielsen. 

Each year there have been child evangelism classes, 
directed by Misses Theda Krieger and Roberta Fay, of 
Buenos Aires. 

Thus ends the first chapter of the history of the Bible 
Institute. 



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Chosen for Service in Baja California 



(Editor's Note— Rev. and Mrs. A. L. (Roy) Howard 
and two children, John and Kathy, are working with the 
Haag family in Baja California. . Brother Howard grad- 
uated from Grace Seminary in the class of 1951. The 
Howards are members of the Second Brethren Church 
of Los Angeles, but they have been adopted by the First 
Brethren Church of Los Angeles in matters relating to 
prayer and support. Their address is 439 Sunset Lane, 
San Ysidro, Calif.) 

THANKFUL 

"O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his 
mercy endureth for ever." 

We are very thankful that now we are located in San 
Ysidro, Calif., just about a mile and one-half from the 
Mexican border, where we have an excellent opportu- 
nity to study the Spanish language. God has provided 
us with a comfortable home in which to live, near the 
school which is an added blessing. 

We also praise the Lord for those who have joined us 
in prayer concerning a location near the border of Mex- 
ico. The housing condition here is very acute. There is 
a great need for the Gospel in this community. Many 
of the people are connected with horse and dog racing 
in Tijuana and are little concerned with spiritual mat- 
ters. 

Continue to pray that God will use our testimony to 
the salvation of souls, as we prepare and make plans to 
take the Gospel into Baja California. — Roy Howard. 

CHOSEN 

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and 
ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, 




Rev. and Mrs. A. L. Howard, John, and Kathy 

and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye 
shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." 

To my mind as a young Christian the question often 
came as to how God could use me in His service. I was 
comforted and assured then to know that He had chosen 
me and therefore must have a purpose for me. 

How much more assuring to know now that He has not 
only chosen me, but He has chosen us as a family, and 
ordained us, and has now even sent us forth. 

Pray now that we might be faithful in bringing forth 
fruit, and that it will remain. We desire that each of us 
— John 5%, Kathy 3V2, Roy, and I — might, with the Haag 
family, work out God's plan for getting the Gospel to 
Baja California. — Dorothy Y. Howard. 



WBLL THEY BE ABLE TO GO? 



By Lynn D. Schrock 



God generally, if not always, leads His children 
through what seem to be very ordinary circumstances. 
This applies also to missionaries who go to foreign lands. 
This truth was impressed upon my thinking about a 
week ago in a meeting of those here at 
the seminary who are definitely looking 
forward to service for Christ in Argen- 
tina. 

Since the start of the seminary year 
we have had three meetings with these 
interested students. Counting the Solon 
Hoyts, the Rottlers (now waiting for 
their visa to go to Argentina) and us, 
we have had as many as 10 couples in 
these meetings. This is most encour- 
aging! Many of you will recall that the 
Sickels stayed for 10 years in one of their terms. Why? 
Simply because there were not any recruits to replace 
them. 

But now there are some seven couples here in the 
seminary who are definitely looking forward to service 
in Argentina. Why this remarkable increase in interest? 
First, we would say, because we are seeing the results 




Lynn D. Schrock 



of God's blessing. He has led in these lives. But now 
the question: How? 

It was this question that led to having a brief word of 
testimony from three or four of the couples present at 
our last meeting. These folks told how they had become 
interested in Argentina and, believe it or not, not a one 
had seen the heavens open or heard a voice telling him 
that Argentina should be his field of labor. No, each had 
a very natural testimony. Some had had contact with 
the Dowdys, others with the Sickels, others with the 
Hoyts, others with the Maconaghys; and so it went. You 
see, within recent years we've had someone home on 
furlough from Argentina almost every year, whereas, 
during the Sickels' 10-year term there had been no mis- 
sionary going among the churches representing Argen- 
tina — thus no volunteers. 

But now there are about seven couples looking for- 
ward to Argentina! It costs to send and support mis- 
sionaries. Will they be able to go? As many or more 
are looking forward to service in Africa. Will they be 
able to go? Others are doubtless considering Brazil, 
Lower California, and France. Will they be able to go? 

It depends upon you. 



February 2, 7952 



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Join in Prayer for These February Requests 



FOREIGN MISSIONARY 
SOCIETY— 

Pray for: 

1. A great foreign mission offer- 
ing sufficient to meet every need and 
to care for expansion in our various 
fields. 

2. Mrs. Roy Snyder, who, accord- 
ing to our latest information, is un- 
dergoing treatment at the American 
Presbyterian Hospital in Elat, Africa. 

3. The Schrock family and the 
Rottler family as they make prepa- 
rations to leave for Argentina during 
the month of March. The Schrocks 
will be returning for their second 
term, and the Rottlers will be begin- 
ning their first term of service in 
that land. 

4. Our entire missionary family, 
that each one may be kept and 
strengthened physically to care for 
their responsibilities. 

5. Special wisdom for our mis- 
sionaries in all fields as they face the 
many problems which come to their 
attention. 

6. The general secretary and the 
board of trustees of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society as they meet this 
month in Winona Lake, Ind. 

7. Misses Florence Bickel, Grace 
Byron, and Estella Myers, who will 
be leaving Africa on furlough in 
February. It is their plan to join 
the Wheaton Bible Lands Cruise in 
Naples, Italy, on February 29 and 
visit the Holy Land before coming to 
the States. 

8. The deputation work of the 
general secretary and the mission- 
aries on furlough — Rev. and Mrs. 
Solon Hoyt, Dr. and Mrs. Orville 
Jobson, Mrs. Minnie Kennedy, Dr. 
and Mrs. Floyd Taber, and Rev. and 
Mrs. Robert Williams — during the 
next several months. 

HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL— 

1. Pray for the new teacher train- 
ing class at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that 
all who are enrolled will apply them- 
selves to the training, and labor to 
prepare themselves to be better 
workmen for the Lord Jesus Christ. 

2. Pray that the bridge at Hell 
for Certain might be rebuilt soon, as 
it has been out for over a year and is 
badly needed in the work. 

3. Pray for the pastor, J. Lincoln 
Oliver, and the first Brethren work 



among the colored people at Los 
Angeles, Calif. 

4. Pray that the plans for the new 
Patterson Park church, Dayton, 
Ohio, will be carefully prepared and 
that Christian people will loan money 
for the construction of the church. 

5. Pray for guidance in planning 
an evangelistic meeting at Riverside, 
Johnstown, Pa., that it might be one 
to reach the entire Riverside com- 
munity. 

6. Pray that Bro. Lowell Hoyt 
will be able to find a home in the 
vicinity of the new Denver lots and 
also that a meeting place be found 
near the new lots. 

GRACE THEOLOGICAL 
SEMINARY— 

1. Praise God for the rich spirit- 
ual blessings which rested upon the 
school during the first semester. Pray 




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for the students as they are now 
becoming fully settled in the work of 
the second semester. 

2. Praise God for the self-sacri- 
ficing ministry of Dr. and Mrs. Mc- 
Clain through the 14 years of the 
seminary's existence. Pray for them 
as they seek needed rest of body 
during the next few months. 

3. Praise God for the missionary 
enthusiasm of the students at the 
seminary. Pray for Mr. and Mrs. J. 
Paul Miller, who will be leaving 
shortly for Brazil, and Mr. and Mrs. 
Carson Rottler, who expect to leave 
in the near future for Argentina. 

BRETHREN MISSIONARY 
HERALD COMPANY— 

1. Pray that the Holy Spirit will 
determine every word published by 
this company. 

2. Pray that the Holy Spirit will 
use our literature to accomplish the 
purpose of Christ Jesus in this age. 

3. Pray that the Holy Spirit will 
give us an enlarged reading audience. 



WOMEN'S MISSIONARY 
COUNCIL— 

1. Pray that every Brethren. 
woman will receive a new vision of 
service to the Lord in the local 
church. 

2. Pray that our national financial 
secretary -treasurer will have wis- 
dom and strength for her work. 

3. Pray God's blessing on t he- 
members of the WMC in Africa and 
Argentina. Ask God to help them, 
learn more of His Word. 



.. 



NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF 
BRETHREN LAYMEN— 

1. Pray for Holy-Spirit-filled lay 
men. 

2. Pray for those laymen who 
know the blessings of salvation that 
they will give out the Gospel. 

3. Pray that the laymen will help- 
one of the gospel teams financially 
that the Word may be given out and 
souls saved. 

SISTERHOOD OF MARY 
AND MARTHA— 

1. Pray for our national project — 
the chapel for Dryhill, work and 
gifts. 

2. Pray for the Lord's will and 
guidance for a building site. 

3. Pray for Miss Evelyn. 

4. Continue to pray for all SMM 
officers as they lead the Sisterhood 
in the Lord's plans. 

BRETHREN YOUTH 
FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray for the youth director as 
he visits Atlantic District churches 
and East District churches in Feb- 
ruary. 

2. Pray for five new boys clubs 
recently begun at Philadelphia, Mar- 
tinsburg, and Leamersville, Pa., and 
at Temple City and Compton, Calif. 

3. Pray for Brethren Boys Clubs 
as they seek to raise $1,000 to liq- 
uidate all indebtedness for the mis- 
sionary project (Jeep station wagon 
at Albuquerque) and for the boys 
club supplies. Deadline for this is 
National Conference time. 

4. Pray for Brethren students 
who right now are facing difficult 
decisions concerning their life work. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



"Residence granted." These two 
words formed the contents of a cable 
received Monday morning, January 
21, by the foreign mission office from 
Bro. Jack Churchill in Argentina. 
Praise the Lord with us for answered 
prayer — after months of waiting, the 
Churchills now have their perma- 
nent visas. 

According to our most recent infor- 
mation, Mrs. Roy Snyder was to have 
undergone surgery on January 21 at 
the American Presbyterian Hospital 
at Elat, where Dr. Thorne, the mis- 
sionary surgeon in charge, gives very 
encouraging prospects for her com- 
plete and immediate recovery. 
Brother Snyder and Miss Elizabeth 
Tyson are with her. Continue to 
pray for Mrs. Snyder, and the others 
as well. 

The Yellow Creek, Pa., church 
held a 2-night Bible conference Jan- 
uary 24-25 with Rev. Mark Malles, 
of Altoona, as the speaker. 

New address for Dr. Raymond E. 
Gingrich and family is 180 White 
Pond Dr., Akron 13, Ohio. Tele- 
phone UN 43848. (Change Annual, 
p. 73.) 

The Grace Brethren Church, Al- 
toona, Pa., is building its evangelistic 
program around its regular services, 
with a calling program promoted 
through the midweek service. This 
has resulted in the confession of 
Christ on the part of four adults and 
one boy in recent weeks. 

The Clayhole, Ky., Sunday school 
has designated the first Sunday of 
each month as the day to receive a 
special offering toward paying off 
the indebtedness on their bus. On 
January 6 the offering was $25. 

Rev. Bernard Schneider, of Mans- 
field, Ohio, spoke at the Men's Fel- 
lowship Guest Night at the Fort 
Wayne, Ind., church on January 15. 



Rev. Phillip J. Simmons, pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Altoona, 
Pa., is chairman of the Fundamental 
Ministers Association of Central 
Pennsylvania. 

Rev. Emil Gruen, of the American 
Board of Missions to the Jews, spoke 
the first Sunday of the new year at 
the Johnson City, Tenn., church. 

The San Diego, Calif., church will 
hold evangelistic meetings February 
4-17 under the leadership of Rev. 
Robert Ashman. 

The East District Youth Rally will 
be held at the Martinsburg, Pa., 
church February 8-9. Special invi- 
tation is being given to young mar- 
ried couples to attend. 

A Sunday school rally will be held 
at the Second Brethren Church of 
Los Angeles, Calif., February 5-7. 
The cooperating churches are Bell, 
Compton, Fillmore, South Gate, and 




Los Angeles First, in addition to 
the host church. Rev. Harold Etling 
and Dr. Henrietta Mears are the 
speakers. 

The Buena Vista, Va., church had 
169 people present at the prayer 
meeting service on January 9. There 
were 222 in the Sunday evening 
service January 6, and 265 in Sunday 
school. 

A Conference on Prophecy and the 
Jew was held at the Osceola, Ind., 
church January 13-16. Rev. Sanford 
C. Mills was the speaker. 

At the Kittanning, Pa., church Mrs. 
Victor Claypool had a perfect Sun- 
day school attendance for 7 years. 
Also there were five with perfect at- 
tendance records for 6 years, and 
three for 5 years. 

News for this column is gathered 
here, there, and elsewhere. Perhaps 
the reason your church is not men- 
tioned here is because we have no 
way of getting the news of what is 
happening in your church. It would 
be appreciated if the news or the 
bulletins of each church were sent to 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company regularly. Please do not 
address mail to any individual here 
unless it is personal mail. If it is 
addressed to the company it will get 
into the right channels. 



Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Hall now 
have a telephone. It is 34-1915 at 
Johnstown, Pa. (Add to Annual, p. 
67.) 

Something new! A Brethren work 
has been started in Lo Crescenta, 
Calif., known as the Mountain Breth- 
ren Church. In their first Bible 
school service, January 13, there 
were 21 people present. La Cre- 
scenta is in the vicinity of Glendale. 

Special notice: The San Juan Basin 
Lines, Inc., will no longer deliver 
used clothing free of charge to our 
Brethren Navaho Mission. Keep this 
in mind when sending clothing to 
that mission station. 

Bible readers: Many church bulle- 
tins contain the names of people who 
read through their Bibles during 
1951, but there are too many to print 
here. The Lord knows who they 
are. 

A memorial service for Dr. Clar- 
ence Sickel was held December 30 at 
the La Verne, Calif., church (his 
home church). Those taking part 
were Rev. Orville Lorenz, pastor at 
La Verne; Dr. Elias White, pastor at 
South Gate; Rev. George Peek and 
Dr. Charles Mayes, pastors in Long 
Beach. 

The North Riverdale Church, Day- 
ton, Ohio, will hold a Young People's 
Crusade February 3-10 under the 
direction of Magician - Evangelist 
Robert Pollock. 

Mrs. William Niles, a long-time 
member of the Long Beach Second 
Church, died on January 7. 

The La Verne, Calif., church heard 
Dr. Paul Bauman on January 20 and 
held a Sunday school workers' con- 
ference on February 1-2 under the 
direction of Rev. Harold Etling. Rev. 
R. I. Humberd will be at the church 
February 19-24. 

Dr. Percy Crawford, in his Youth 
on the March Magazine (January 10, 
1952), quoted liberally from Prof. 
John Whitcomb's article, "An Im- 
portant Biblical Discovery," which 
appeared in the Brethren Missionary 
Herald (November 24, 1951). 

Rev. Paul Eiselstein, missionary of 
the American Sunday School Union 
in Colorado, supervised 53 Sunday 
schools, 74 daily vacation Bible 
schools, and 7 camps during 1951. 
He was helped in this work by 173 
teachers. The Sunday school enroll- 
ment was 1,830 and the vacation 
school enrollment 2,548. Brother 
Eiselstein made 1,138 home visits and 
traveled 31,824 miles to accomplish 
his work. 



February 2, 1952 



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NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN LAYMEN 



Editor, Ted Henning 



WHICH WAY, LAYMEN? 

The year 1951 has come and passed 
into oblivion; 1952 is now on the 
scene. What does it hold for us as 
Christian laymen? From the reports 
of the last year, we laymen should 
hang our heads in shame. 

Laymen at Conference 

I have attended National Confer- 
ence now for 8 years and have had 
some blessed times with other lay- 
men from all over the United States. 
You laymen could have had the same 
experiences. Time after time we 
have come together as brethren in 
Christ, and rightly so. But there are 
many men who never show their 
faces at a laymen's meeting. Some 
say, "I have come for a vacation." 
So did I. Some are too big to be 
seen with ordinary men. There are 
no such men as far as Christ is con- 
cerned. There are other men who 
do come and make all kinds of prom- 
ises and then fall down on the job. 
That type of layman is probably like 
that back home in his own church. 
Dependable? No! What is wrong 
with such individuals? One thing: 
they are not Spirit-filled men. If 
they could see themselves as God 
sees them, they would be more than 
willing to do something for Christ. 

Last year at conference we had as 
high as 65 men at our laymen's 
meetings. This was splendid. But 
our room could have held three 
times that many. The speaker 
brought excellent messages that 
would have thrilled your heart. 
Prayer? Oh yes, we had maybe a 
dozen men in the afternoon in the 
prayer meetings. You ask what is 
wrong with Brethren laymen? The 
lack of prayer tells in anyone's life. 
Men, results prove that it is the lack 
of prayer and being zealous for the 
Lord that has hindered the work of 
Christ. 

We Need a Revival 

Last year 106 churches showed a 
total increase of 635. Do we need a 
revival? Some laymen think that all 
we need is a Bible conference once a 
year. I believe in Bible conferences, 
but this type- of meeting is mainly 
for believers and not for the purpose 



of winning souls to Christ. We have 
too many people in the Brethren 
Church so filled with Bible knowl- 
edge that it never gets outside of 
their lips. Bible knowledge never 
saved a soul unless you put some of 
the simpler things to work. 

Laymen, with our nation as low in 
morals as it can go, and with condi- 
tions in our country so upset, it is 
time that we arise from our slumber 
and go to work for Jesus' sake. Do 
you pray daily? Do you attend your 
midweek prayer meetings? No won- 
der the church does not go forward. 
Some men never show their faces at 
prayer meetings. This, I sincerely 
believe, is the place where we, as 
laymen, receive our power. When 
men become interested in prayer we 
will see things begin to move for 
Christ's work. 

Laymen, God has set a job for us, 
just as He did for the early church 
laymen. "They went everywhere 
preaching the gospel." Let us do it 
again before Jesus comes. Support 
your evangelistic teams that are out 
on the fields, white unto harvest. 
Pray — pray and give. 



NEWS 



We received a letter from Bro. W. 
V. Findley, of Roanoke, Va. His re- 
port had to do with the Southeast 



District. These men have been do- 
ing a splendid work for the Lord. 
The district meeting was held in No- 
vember at Johnson City, Tenn. Most 
of the good brothers had to travel 
175 miles. These men are doing 
more than just holding meetings and 
taking offerings. Last year 51 per- 
sons gave public testimony that they 
were accepting the Lord as their 
Saviour. Several hundred prayer 
requests were noted. Several thou- 
sand tracts were given out and a 
goodly number of Gospels or New 
Testaments were also distributed. 

One of the outstanding results of 
the work of the Southeast men last 
year was the starting of the Wash- 
ington Heights Brethren Church at 
Roanoke. These men held a tent 
meeting with the Miller-Clark evan- 
gelistic party. Bro. Carl Miller is 
the new pastor at this time. They 
are having a splendid attendance and 
their quarters are being crowded 
out. Four lots have been purchased 
and all are paid for. This group of 
people have been directed with the 
Home Mission Council's help. 

We want to praise the Lord for 
men with such vision and determi- 
nation. 

May we have more good news 
from other districts. Send all news 
to Ted Henning, Box 85, Middle- 
branch, Ohio. 



WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 

Friday, February 29, 1952, has 
been designated as the World Day 
of Prayer. Two programs are avail- 
able to churches to help in observing 
this day, and may be secured free of 
charge, though a free-will offering to 
help pay for the production and the 
postage would be appreciated. The 
supplies are limited, so do not ask 
for more than are absolutely needed. 
If interested in either of these pro- 
grams write direct to the source of 
the program desired: 

"A Seldom Used Power," National 
Association of Evangelicals, 542 S. 
Dearborn St., Chicago 5, 111. 

"Christ Is the Victory," American 
Council of Christian Churches, 15 
Park Row, New York 38, N. Y. 



SCRIPTURES FOR KOREA 

Syngman Rhee, President of Ko- 
rea, in a plea to the Pocket Testa- 
ment League for more Scriptures 
for Korea, said: "Realizing the power 
of the inspired Word of God as I do, 
I eagerly welcome the plan of the 
Pocket Testament League to distrib- 
ute millions of copies of the Holy 
Scriptures in our country. . . . Dur- 
ing this war, the citadel of faith has 
been our strongest protection against 
despair. . . . The widespread distri- 
bution of portions of the Scriptures 
. . . will help us to carry forward the 
mission of deepening and strength- 
ening our spiritual resources." 

That is a very remarkable testi- 
mony from one of the political lead- 
ers of our day. 



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The Believer and His Resurrected Lord 



JOHN 21 



By Prof. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

The present-day Christian is some- 
times envious of those believers who 
lived during the period of the Gos- 
pels. Jesus was physically present 
with them. They could go to Him 
directly with every problem, and re- 
ceive a personal interview. How 
many of us have not at some time 
wished for a recurrence of those con- 
ditions in our own day! 

But there is one chapter in John's 
Gospel which most clearly presents 
the Lord Jesus in the relation which 
He bears to all believers today. John 
21 is sometimes referred to as the 
epilogue of the book. It is evident 
that this last chapter was written as 
an appendix or addition to his Gos- 
pel, coming after the formal conclu- 
sion in 20:30-31. The style of the 
writing, however, is the same as the 
rest of the book, and evidence that 
the book was never circulated in the 
early church without chapter 21 
points to the fact that John wrote the 
epilogue also. 

The purpose of this chapter is not 
to offer proof of the resurrection, for 
this had been done in chapter 20. If 
this were the author's aim, the con- 
clusion of 20:30-31 would no doubt 
have been placed at the end of the 
added section. Rather, John's pur- 
pose was to present the relation 
which the risen Christ bears to the 
society of believers. As such, it is 
of special interest and application to 
all the church. 

The Resurrected Lord: Supplier of 
Their Needs (vss. 1-14). 

The incident of the miraculous 
catch of fish reveals the resurrected 
Lord as the supplier of need. When 
the events of Calvary had taken 
Jesus from them, we discover a 
group of needy disciples. Even the 
resurrection and subsequent appear- 
ances did not restore exactly the 
conditions which the disciples had 
learned to love. 

On this occasion the disciples were 
discouraged in heart. Seven of the 
group in Galilee submitted to Peter's 
suggestion to "go a fishing." This 
may not indicate a permanent return 
to the old life, but it did reveal a 
lack of understanding of Christ's 
purposes for them. They believed 
the resurrection but were confused 
about the future. 



They were tired in body. No wea- 
riness seems so great as that which 
follows fruitless toil. "That night 
they caught nothing." 

Moreover, they were dulled in 
spirit. When Jesus stood on shore 
in the morning, they "knew not that 
it was Jesus." How needy are hearts 
when they fail to recognize the pres- 
ence of the Master. 

But the risen Lord was the answer 
to their lack. He was sympathetic 
to their need. His question, "Lads, 
you don't have anything to eat, do 
you?" (literal), indicates his knowl- 
edge of their fruitless effort. 

He brought success to their failure. 
The direction of Jesus to cast "on 
the right side of the ship" brought 
immediate success in place of useless 




Professor Kent 

toil. The disciples were so impressed 
with the miraculous catch of fish 
that they counted every one. 

The risen Lord supplied spiritual 
discernment in place of dullness. The 
activity of Jesus among the group 
brought John's recognition, "It is the 
Lord." Peter, with characteristic 
aggressiveness, headed straight for 
the shore. To hearts that are spir- 
itually dull, the risen Christ brings 
discernment and light. 

The truest sympathy in Christian 
life is found in Christ. The truest 
success in Christian service is found- 
ed upon Him. The only true spir- 
ituality for the child of God comes 
from the One who is the "Light of 
the world." 

In supplying their need, Jesus is 
shown serving the disciples the 
bread and the fish. His invitation, 
"Ccme and dine," is an invitation to 
fellowship with Himself. The mere 
mechanical supply of needs is not 
sufficient; the human soul craves fel- 
lowship with its God and Supplier. 
The believer is here reminded of the 



feast to come when Christ will come 
and serve the redeemed (Luke 
12:37). 

The Resurrected Lord: Object of 
Their Love (vss. 15-17) 

This Scripture next reveals that 
Christ must be the supreme object 
of the believer's devotion. Every 
New Testament reader is familiar 
with the accounts of Peter's denial of 
his Lord. Since the resurrection 
Peter had already been privately re- 
stored to useful service (Luke 24: 
34), but on this remarkable occasion- 
there is presented a public reinstate- 
ment. Here in unmistakable lan- 
guage is given the greatest motive of 
Christian service — complete devotion 
to the risen Lord. 

Love for Christ is essential for 
feeding his lambs, the most helpless 
of the flock. Love for Christ is es- 
sential for shepherding his sheep r 
those who need all pastoral ministra- 
tions. Love for Christ is essential 
for feeding his sheep, the mature 
members of the flock who need sup- 
port and nourishment. 

Peter's own words give the inter- 
pretation of Jesus' charge to him r 
when he wrote in later years to con- 
gregational leaders: "Feed [shep- 
herd] the flock of God which is 
among you . . . being ensamples to 
the flock" (I Pet. 5:2-4). Only a 
complete love for Christ would be 
sufficient to carry him and his fellow 
disciples through the careers which 
awaited them. 

The Resurrected Lord: Director 
of Their Destiny (vss. 18-25) 

In closing his epilogue, John ex- 
plains and corrects a report which 
had spread among the churches con- 
cerning the future of himself and 
Peter. In presenting the facts which 
led to the statement of Jesus, "If I 
will that he tarry till I come, what is 
that to thee?" he reveals the com- 
forting truth that the destiny of the 
believer, both ultimately and imme- 
diately, is in the control of the res- 
urrected Lord. 

The child of God need not fret be- 
cause he cannot consult Jesus in the 
flesh. The believer has set forth for 
him in this portion of the Word the 
promises, encouragements, and re- 
lationship which he bears to the res- 
urrected Christ. Now the responsi- 
bility is, "Follow thou me." 



February 2, 1952 



8T 



THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



When Life Begins 

"Life begins when we realize how 
little there is left," said Dr. Howard 
M. Wells, pastor of the First Presby- 
terian Church, East Cleveland, Ohio, 
in an address before the Fort Wayne, 
Ind., Social Planning Council. 

That is an illustration of how 
wrong a preacher can be when he 
turns away from the Word of God 
to get material for his messages. 
There are many people in this old 
world who know they are near the 
end of their earthly pilgrimages and 
yet they have never begun to live. 
One can never know life until he 
realizes it in the Prince of Life, who 
said: 

"The thief cometh not, but for to 
steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I 
am come that they might have life, 
and that they might have it more 
abundantly. I am the good shep- 
herd: the good shepherd giveth his 
life for the sheep" (John 10:10-11). 



Source of Long Life 

Charles (Rolling Bear) Johnstone, 
of Cleveland, Ohio, reported to the 
police that some thief stole 26 bottles 
of his "secret preparation" which, he 
claimed, had been keeping him 
young. Rolling Bear, who is 81 years 
old, and who claims he "can run as 
fast as a man of 20," speculated that 
if the thief drinks any of the liquid 
in the bottles "he will be difficult to 
find." The Indian believes that this 
potion will have unusual results in 
the body of one who drinks it. 

It is very questionable whether 
the solution of the medicine man will 
do all that he claimed for it, but 
there is a drink that will do more for 
those who receive it than the Indian 
dare claim for his potion. 

The Lord Jesus spoke of this drink 
on this wise: "Whosoever drinketh of 
this water [from the well at Sychar 
in Samaria] shall thirst again: but 
whosoever drinketh of the water that 
I shall give him shall never thirst; 
but the water that I shall give him 
shall be in him a well of water 
springing up into everlasting life" 
(John 4:13-14). 

Drink from this well that Jesus 
offers you, dear friend, and you will 
live forever, not just for a span of 
years on the earth. 



Increasing Our Span of Life 

Dr. Charles Alexander, a professor 
of sociology, said that the average 
citizen of this country "now lives 66.7 
years due to medical advancement 
and extensive health education." 
This, he claimed, is an average of 
"four months added life expectancy 
for each year of the last three dec- 
ades." 

This fact ought to bring two things 
to the mind of the reader: first, this 
is still short of the span of life set by 
the eternal God, and second, this 
ought to challenge each one of us to 
use these extra days to the glory of 
the God who gave them. Many cen- 
turies ago the leader Moses put it 
this way: 

"The days of our years are three- 
score years and ten; and if by reason 
of strength they be fourscore years, 
yet is their strength labour and sor- 
row; for it is soon cut off, and we fly 
away. Who knoweth the power of 
thine anger? even according to thy 
fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us 
to number our days, that we may 
apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psa. 
90:10-12). 



Life and Happiness 

Dr. Albert E. Wiggam, in his news- 
paper column — "Let's Explore Your 
Mind" — claims that long life is not 
necessarily a guarantee of harjpiness. 
In answer to the question, "Has the 
prolongation of life increased happi- 
ness?" he answered: 

"My opinion is yes, with some oeo- 
ple; no with thousands of others. 
First, because of increasing burden 
on the decreasing number of young 
people; second, because thousands 
who retire at 65 have no useful work, 
are unhappy and often unwanted by 
relatives." 

Happiness is the desire of all peo- 
ple, but length of days on earth does 




not determine one's happiness. Gen- 
uine lasting happiness is available to 
all people in the eternal God. Con- 
cerning this the Psalmist wrote: 
"Happy is that people, whose God is 
the Lord [Jehovah, or Jesus Christ]" 
(Psa. 144:15). 



"In Him was Life" 

In 1949 Warner Sallman, widely 
known Christian artist, wrote his 
testimony in these words: "Scripture 
states about Christ that, 'In him was 
life; and the life was the light of 
men. And the light shineth in dark- 
ness; and the darkness comprehend- 
ed it not' (John 1:4-5). 

"I thank God for His marvelous 
grace which brought lije and light to 
my sin-sick soul. It is a wonderful 
thing to be a Christian and live a 
life of complete trust and depend- 
ence on Christ. 

"Thirty-two years ago, when I was 
twenty-five, the best of medical sci- 
ence gave me but one month to live. 
In definite answer to prayer I have 
been restored to health and have 
lived these years on borrowed time — 
thanking and praising God for the 
gift of eternal life and light to glorify 
Him." — Christian Life. 



This Life and Then Judgment 

A few years ago a carpenter, while 
working at his trade, died at his own 
hand. He was busily engaged at the 
innocent work of placing a ceiling on 
a building he was helping to erect 
when accidentally he dropped a nail 
into his throat. He swallowed the 
nail and it resulted in his death. 

No, he did not commit suicide, in 
the usual sense of the word, yet he 
did die at his own hand. He had not 
planned it that way, and possibly he 
had not thought of death at that par- 
ticular time. He was working at a 
legitimate occupation, yet he died at 
his own hand. 

This incident ought to remind ev- 
ery person that "it is appointed unto 
men once to die, but after this the 
judgment" (Heb. 9:27). Are you, 
dear reader, ready for the judgment 
that inevitably follows death? The 
days you have before death over- 
takes you are the only days you will 
ever have in which you can prepare 
for the judgment to follow. 



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HOW IS YOUR THERMOMETER? 



As I opened my eyes this morning 
I heard the voice of a radio an- 
nouncer say, "Better button up your 
overcoat a bit closer, for the ther- 
mometer is down there close to the 
bottom this morning." I quickly 
looked out of the window, and it 
didn't look as cold as it really was — 
but it caused me to think a bit. Of 
course, I was thinking about Sunday 
school, and our Sunday school ther- 
mometers. Have you heard that lit- 
tle Sunday school chorus, "I've got 
the Sunday school enthusiasm"? It 
goes like this: "I have the Sunday 
school enthusiasm down in my heart; 
up in my head . . . down in my feet; 
I have the Sunday school enthusiasm 
all over me, and I'll be there next 
week!" 

You see, if you have the Sunday 
school enthusiasm in such quantity 
that it bubbles over to those round 
about .you, it won't make much dif- 
ference about the weather, for you 
will really be all "steamed up" about 
Sunday school. That's exactly the 
way every Christian ought to be for 
his own Sunday school. 

The Brethren Need a Revival 

The Brethren Church needs re- 
vival now, and the best way for re- 
vival is revival through our Sunday 
schools. We need to send the spirit- 
ual thermometers of our commu- 
nities up beyond the boiling point, 
and to do it we need to kindle some 
revival fires under our Sunday 
schools. How shall we do it? How 
did they do it in other days? 

Remember the word of Ezekiel: 
"And I sought for a man among 
them, that should make up the 
hedge, and stand in the gap before 
me for the land, that I should not 
destroy it: but I found none" (Ezek. 
22:30). Let's remind ourselves today 
that God has chosen that men should 
spread the Gospel. The Old Testa- 
ment is full of the story — men like 
Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, 
Samuel, Isaiah, who said, "Here am 
I, Lord; send me." 

God did not send angels to be pas- 
tors of churches; He sent men. God 
did not send angels to be superin- 
tendents of Sunday schools; He 
called you and you. God did not 
send cherubim and seraphim to build 
better Sunday schools; He is calling 
to you and me. The job will never 
get done if we sit idly by expecting 



God to send a few choice angelic 
beings, some seraphim or cherubim, 
as the workers for our Sunday 
schools. 

Responsibility Is Individual Matter 
Mr. Pastor, let's begin with you. 
Without a doubt you are the key. 
What about your own Sunday school 
thermometer? Are you satisfied with 
your Sunday school as it is? Are 
you satisfied that you have reached 
the last possible person in your com- 
munity that you can possibly win? 
Remember, the Bible says, "Where 
there is no vision, the people perish." 
And where the pastor has no vision 
for his Sunday school, the Sunday 
school will perish. The lay members 
of your church will not catch enthu- 



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siasm for Sunday school until you 
catch it yourself. And just to have 
enthusiasm — just to preach it from 
the pulpit — will not do it alone. We 
must be willing to do our share of 
the work. We must go out and 
gather in some fresh kindling wood 
ourselves — to keep the revival fires 
burning. Do you give as much time 
to the planning of your Sunday 
school as you do to the planning for 
a sermon, a funeral, a wedding? 
Remember, your best place for re- 
vival is the Sunday school. 

Mr. or Mrs. Sunday School Super- 
intendent, how is your thermometer? 
Remember, the immediate leader- 
ship of the Sunday school is yours. 
Would you like to see your Sunday 
school grow, and become a real pow- 
er for God? Then remember, you 
are the responsible one. Never al- 
low yourself to fall into the rut of 
"the regular Sunday school" next 
Sunday. Make every Sunday a spe- 
cial Sunday. Plan your work so that 
there will be something special every 
Sunday. 

Last night my Sunday school su- 
perintendent called me and said: 
"Preacher, next Sunday we are go- 
ing to have the 'Tater Family' with 
us in Sunday school." Who are they? 
I don't know yet, but I will find out, 



and I will tell you about them on 
another page. 

Keep your Sunday school wonder- 
ing just what will happen next, and 
always have something new to hap- 
pen. Special music, singers, orches- 
tras, soloists, instrumentalists, chalk 
talk, object lessons, flannelgraph 
stories — sure the old folks will like 
them, too! Advertise these special 
features weeks in advance, send out 
post cards inviting all to come for 
the special service. 

One more word: when you get 
some new folks into your school, 
don't let them get out until you have 
them signed up — until you know who 
they are, where they live, and what 
their spiritual condition is. Your 
job is big! Encourage and enthuse 
your workers as you go along. 

Mr. or Mrs. Teacher, yours is the 
key position of the whole lot of us — 
greater than the superintendent, 
greater than the pastor — for you have 
a closer contact with the pupil than 
anyone else in all the world. Re- 
member, a Sunday school revival 
cannot come without good teachers. 
I wish I could sit down with you and 
just chat about your problems, and 
how you can overcome many of 
them, but let me sum up what I 
would like to say in five words to 
you. 

First, you must have a real gen- 
uine love for every member of your 
class. This is not a job for which 
you will receive dollars and cents in 
pay. As a matter of fact, it will cost 
you time, energy, and money to 
teach. Pray that God will give you 
that love. 

Second, you must prepare to teach. 
Join a teacher training class. (If 
your church does not have one, ask 
your pastor to begin one at once.) 
Study your Bible, your pupils, your 
lesson helps, human nature, your 
job. Prepare yourself to teach. 

Third, be enthusiastic. Eat, sleep, 
walk, talk Sunday school. Do it un- 
til you just can't wait until Sunday 
comes around to teach that next les- 
son. 

Fourth, be an example. Remem- 
ber, what you are speaks more loud- 
ly than what you say! 

Fifth, win every pupil for Christ. 
This is our only purpose in teaching, 
that we might win our pupils for 
Jesus Christ, and then train them in 
the Christian life. 



February 2, 1952 



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NEWS 





CHURCHES 



Wooster, Ohio 

The First Brethren Church of 
Wooster, Ohio, has just completed a 
blessed year in the ministry of the 
Gospel. At the annual business 
meeting, January 8, reports from all 
organizations indicated that $24,500 
was given for the various local and 
denominational interests. During 
the year, 14 souls were saved and 
added to the church through bap- 
tism. The present membership is 
185. Average attendances for the 
year were: morning worship, 189; 
evening worship, 123; Bible school, 
360; prayer meeting, 55. 

During the year, the congregation 
made regular monthly payments on 
the building debt, the over-all ex- 
penditure through this fund being 
$13,137. A local radio expenditure 
of $2,567 was listed as one of the 
missionary projects of the congrega- 
tion. 

"Your Morning Devotions," the 
daily radio broadcast presented from 
WWST, Am and Fm, is sponsored by 
the Wooster Brethren in cooperation 
with the Rittman and West Homer 
Brethren churches. The congrega- 
tion approved the continuation of 
the radio ministry, which began No- 
vember 6, 1947. A large volume of 
mail comes to the church as a result 
of the radio ministry, and many vis- 
itors appear in the services for the 
same reason. 

Pastor Kenneth Ashman was called 
to serve his sixth year as leader of 
this growing congregation. 

An indication of what the Lord has 
in store for 1952, should He tarry, 
was manifest in the first services of 
the new year: four souls have ac- 
cepted the Lord as personal Saviour 
(one at prayer meeting), one recon- 
secration was received, and two have 
been baptized. All of these are 
adults. On the second Sunday of the 
new year, the Bible school attend- 



ance reached 204. All departments 
of the church are progressing appre- 
ciably and are actively engaged in 
spiritual service for Christ and His 
church. 

A weekly newspaper ad, going 
into 16,000 homes, keeps the com- 
munity informed of the Bible-cen- 
tered ministry of the First Brethren 
Church of Wooster, Ohio. — Kenneth 
Ashman, pastor. 

Young Russian Christian Association 

Many of the Brethren, especially 
in California, have given for this 
work and helped to get it started. 
Therefore we thought you would be 
interested in a brief report of what 
we are doing. 

Among recent speakers have been 
Dr. Wallace Emerson, Dr. Charles 
Feinberg, Miss Leona Soubirou, and 
Dr. Ijian. The first three named are 
teachers at the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. 

The old shack that stood deserted 
in back of the building in which the 
association holds its meetings has 
been converted into a library con- 
taining over 900 volumes. Some re- 
cent additions include complete sets 
of Lange's Commentaries, the Ex- 
positor's Bible, the Intel-national 
Standard Bible Encyclopedia, etc. 
The young people use the library 
constantly. 

The average attendance at the 
evening church service is about 70. 
On Monday evenings the juniors 
meet, with an average attendance of 
25 to 30. Tuesday evenings is the 
time for the meetings of the seniors, 
with an average of about 35. On 
Wednesday evening the junior highs 
meet, with an average of 40. The 
high school group meets on Thurs- 
day evening, with an attendance 
never below 50 and often as high as 
80. Each night different workers 
and teachers are in charge. I teach 
a class on Tuesday evenings and 
supervise only on the other nights. 

There are five of the young people 
now attending the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles, and two of our young 
people, Bill and Ruth Samarin, with 
little Manya, are now in France 
studying preparatory to missionary 
work in Africa. — Jack Green, direc- 
tor. 



QUALITY OF CHAPLAINS 
NEEDED 

Secretary of the Army Frank Pace, 
Jr., in addressing a luncheon meet- 
ing of the supervisory chaplains from 
all continental armies and overseas 
commands, maintained that the mil- 
itary chaplains not only have a vital 
role in maintaining a "good, sound 
and spiritual army," but also per- 
form a distinct service to the entire 
nation by indoctrinating the military 
personnel with "the orderliness and 
cleanliness of mind and spirit re- 
quired for world leadership in the 
years ahead." He also said that spir- 
itual leadership "is the essence of 
good leadership and goes hand-in- 
hand with command leadership." 

Mr. Pace then spoke directly to 
the representatives of the various 
denominations who were guests at 
the luncheon and said that "the 
civilian churchmen" have the "task 
of supplying qualified clergymen for 
the chaplaincy" as a "grave respon- 
sibility as well as a great opportu- 
nity." 



LOOK AT IT THIS WAY 

A St. Louis restaurant discovered 
that 57 percent of its customers were 
recommended by friends. The rest 
of the business came as follows: 14 
percent through recommendation by 
Duncan Hines, 9 percent through 
AAA, 9 percent by newspaper ads, 8 
percent by appearance of the build- 
ing, and 3 percent by billboards. 

What about our church and Bible 
school classes? We have the Bread 
of Life to offer. Are you a recom- 
mendation that will bring others to 
Christ and this church? No other 
advertising is as strong as the "rec- 
ommendation by friends." — Bulletin, 
Ghent church, Roanoke, Va. 



REV. LORIN HAZLETT DIES 

From a Santa Barbara, Calif., 
newspaper: "The Rev. Lorin A. Haz- 
lett, a retired minister of the Breth- 
ren Church, died yesterday after- 
noon [date not given, though early 
in January] after a short illness in 
the home of his grandson and grand- 
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shank. 
He was born February 16, 1868, near 
Frankfort, Ind. After graduating 
from Ashland College in Ohio he en- 
tered the ministry of the Brethren 
Church." He retired in 1941, after 
preaching for 48 years. Brother Haz- 
lett was a member of the Long 
Beach First Church. 



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February 2, 1952 



LUME 14, NUMBER 6 



WMC NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 9, 1952 



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(Photo by Allen Zook, Hershey, Pa.) 



SNOW IS FROM THE LORD 

'He sendeth out his commandment upon earth; He casteth forth his ice like morsels: 

His word runneth very swiftly. Who can stand before his cold? 

He giveth snow like wool; He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: 

He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes. He causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.' 

(Psalms 147:15-18, ASV) 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R- D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



The Whittier, Calif., church held a 
Sunday school conference under the 
leadership of Rev. Harold Etling 
February 3-4. There were 24 mem- 
bers of this church who read through 
the Bible in 1951. Six persons were 
received into membership on Jan- 
uary 20. 

The Taos, N. Mex., church began 
a Bible institute on January 15 with 
16 enrolled students. The teachers 
are Rev. Sam Horney (Homiletics), 
Mrs. Sam Horney (Synthesis), and 
Miss Celina Mares (Teacher Train- 
ing). The classes meet each Tues- 
day, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The students 
carry out their practical assignments 
in the nearby towns — one of which 
is Talpa, where a Bible class has re- 
cently been started, there being 35 
people present at the second meeting 
of this class. 

The Modesto (La Loma), Calif., 
church received nine new members 
during the last quarter of 1951. 

At the Ashland, Ohio, church 335 
people attended the morning service 
and 205 the evening service on Jan- 
uary 13. Six new members were re- 
ceived into the church. 

"Melodies of Grace" is Grace Sem- 
inary's radio program over WKAM, 
Warsaw, Ind., at 1220 on the dial. 
This program began on February 3 
and will be presented each Sunday, 
1:00-1:30 p.m. The Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company is one of 
the sponsors of the program. 

Mr. E. L, Gartland, father of Rev. 
Clair Gartland, died recently. 

Again we remind all Brethren that 
the next National Conference will be 
held at Winona Lake, Ind., August 



18-24. Set your plans in order so 
you can attend this week of fellow- 
ship. 

The Everett, Pa., church had 72 
people in attendance on the evening 
of January 6. This is a record for 
this new work. 

Four people were received into 
the membership of the San Ber- 
nardino, Calif., church on January 
13. 

A Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 
rally was held January 20 at the 
Long Beach Second Church with 
Mrs. Stuart Hamblen as the speaker. 

Mr. Harold Lovejoy, member of 
the Long Beach First Church, was 
recently elected president of Long 
Beach Christian Business Men's 
Committee. 

Rev. Gerald Polman, for more than 
6 years pastor of the Meyersdale and 
Summit Mills (Pa.) churches, re- 
signed effective on or about April 
20, 1952. 




A daughter, Miriam Sue, was born 
to Rev. and Mrs. Neil Beery on Jan- 
uary 12 at Danville, Ohio. 

The Danville, Ohio, church heard 
Dr. and Mrs. Orville Jobson Jan- 
uary 9-10. While there the Jobsons 
stayed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. 
F. G. Workman, cousins of Mrs. Job- 
son. On January 6 Rev. Neil Beery 
performed the marriage ceremony of 
Mr. Robert J. Magers and Miss 
Phyllis Ann Gullett. 

The Patterson Park church, Day- 
ton, Ohio, had one member who read 
through the Bible in 1951, one per- 
son read it through twice, and an- 
other person accomplished it three 
times. On December 2 there were 
61 people present in Sunday school 
— a record — with 70 in the worship 
service. 

"Church Letters," an article writ- 
ten by Dr. Charles Mayes for the 
December 14, 1951, issue of the Fifth 
and Cherry Light, and which ap- 
peared in the Brethren Missionary 
Herald on January 12, also appeared 



in Christian Beacon on January 17, 
1952. 

Dr. Paul Bauman will conduct a 
prophetic Bible conference at the 
Uniontown, Pa., church February 
13-17. This church is effectively 
using the newspapers and billboards 
of the community to present itself 
and its message. 

The Bible school of the Listie, Pa., 
church had 47 people, out of an en- 
rollment of 225, who had perfect at- 
tendance records during 1951. Some 
extended perfect attendance records 
of this group are: Jack Shaffer, 15 
years; George Shaffer, 12 years; 
Mrs. A. G. Beech, 11 years, and Ray 
and Eunice Hottle, each 9 years. 
Russel Beach has been elected su- 
perintendent of the Bible school for 
the 13th year. 

Rev. Lee Jenkins, of Lake Odessa, 
Mich., will be the evangelist at the 
Ankenytown, Ohio, church begin- 
ning February 10. 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Williams, 
missionaries to Africa, spoke at the 
morning and evening services of the 
Osceola, Ind., church on January 27. 
Brother Williams was pastor of this 
church before going to Africa. 

The Roanoke (Ghent), Va., church 
elected Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Catron 
to the office of deacon and deaconess 
on January 23. 

The Troy, Ohio, church reports 40 
at the watch night services. The 
average Sunday school attendance 
was 54 in 1951. The Sunday school 
pupils read a total of 13,500 chapters 
of the Bible, an average of 250 chap- 
ters per person. Two of the group 
read through the Bible during the 
year. 

A Troy Hill, Pa., Sunday school 
has been organized under the super- 
vision of the Kittanning church. 
Wayne Stover is the superintendent 
and Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Bracker 
are among the teachers. 

At its recent quarterly business 
meeting the Ankenytown, Ohio, 
church came forth with another 
"sign of the times." A motion was 
adopted to the effect that "the 
church approves the dismantling of 
the barn and shed on church prop- 
erty, the lumber from these build- 
ings to be used in the construction 
of a one-car garage and coal shed. 
This work will begin as soon as the 
weather permits." 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Irid. Subscription price, $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches, $1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum, President; Robert D. Crees, Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
Secretary: Ord Gehman. Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, 
Robert Miller. William H. Schaffer. 



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March Books Feature Christian Experience 



The Brethren Book Club is spon- 
sored to call attention to and make 
available the best in Christian liter- 
ature. To do this work of book- 
reviewing a committee of three men 
were appointed: Dr. Homer A. Kent, 
Rev. Blaine Snyder, and Editor Con- 
ard Sandy. 

Policy of Book Committee 

Each month two or three books 
are reviewed on this page in the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. The 
first-choice is always a nonfiction 
book, and sometimes a second non- 
fiction choice is presented. Also, a 
book of worth-while fiction is re- 
viewed and made available as an 
alternate choice. The reviewers are 
always mindful of the fact that the 
majority of the members of the club 
are lay people and hence books are 
chosen accordingly. 

Membership in the Club 

Any person may become a mem- 
ber of the club by buying one of the 
books presented to the members. 
At the time of joining the new mem- 
ber is given a premium book. At 
present the premium book may be 
one of the following: Dr. Florence 
Gribble's "Stranger Than Fiction," 
Andrew Bonar's "The Biography of 
Robert Murray McCheyne," Lewis 
S. Chafer's "Major Bible Themes," 
O. E. Phillips' "Out of the Night." 

One who joins the club agrees to 
remain a member until he has 
bought at least four books through 
the club. After buying the four an- 
other premium or dividend book is 
given free to the member. Mem- 
bership can be started with the pur- 
chase of either of the two books 
listed on this page. 

Choice of Books 

It is important to remember that 
the first-choice book is always sent 
to the member unless he notifies the 
company of his desire to have the 
second-choice book or no book for 
any particular month. The notice of 
any alternate choice -must be in the 
company's office by the first of the 
month and the book will be sent out 
about the 10th of the month. 



Books for March 

The first-choice book is James R. 
Adair's "Saints Alive" ($2.00). 'This 
is a book of 22 modern-day saints 
who live for God in a world of sin. 

The second-choice book is Sallie 
Lee Bell's "Through Golden Mead- 
ows" ($2.50). Read Brother Snyder's 
review of the book and you will see 
that this is a worth-while novel. 

After reading these reviews decide 
which of the two books you want. If 
it is the first-choice book you need 
do nothing until the book arrives in 
your home. If it is the second- 




ly re4kren 

BOOK. 

CLUB 



choice book you desire this month 
then notify the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company before March 1. 



SAINTS ALIVE 
By James R. Adair 

Too often in our modern times 
people, even Christians, have gotten 
a false idea of what a saint is. This 
has come about because many who 
should have known better have 
loosely used the word in speech and 
literature. 

This book will help the reader to 
understand the word as it is used in 
the Scriptures. Nowhere in the 
book will one find a long treatise on 
the meaning of the term, but the 
reader will find here 22 brief 
sketches of modern saints, all but 
two of whom still live. Each sketch 
is a combination of biography and 
testimony, with not a dull line in the 
book. 

Each person whose story is pre- 
sented here in brief is known for 
two things: the ability to do some- 
thing that is recognized by the world 
as being out of the ordinary, and a 
clear and definite testimony con- 
cerning salvation and the Saviour. 

These sketches first appeared in 
Power magazine, but the author and 



publishers have done a service to 
the reader in presenting these stories 
in this more permanent form. 

Every Christian will find much 
help and comfort in reading these 
pages. Every parent ought to see to 
it that the children in the home read 
and reread these sketches. The mes- 
sage of the book will help young 
Christians to a fuller Christian life 
and it will aid in bringing other 
young people to know the Lord as 
Redeemer and Friend. 

By all means read this book and 
learn of the "Boss of WHR," "The 
Real Doctor Christian," "Life With 
Banker Smith," "He Led the Pearl 
Harbor Raid," and "I Die at Mid- 
night." — Conard Sandy. 



THROUGH GOLDEN MEADOWS 
By Sallie Lee Bell 

Against the pleading of her father 
and the tears of her mother, Joy 
Grayson left her quiet home for a 
try at what was supposed to lead her 
to fame and fortune in Hollywood. 
When she arrived in the movie city 
she soon learned that her application 
papers were only fakes. After much 
misfortune she returned to her home 
only to learn that her mother had 
died of a broken heart soon after 
she had gone away. "I never want 
to lay eyes on you again. Get out of 
here," were the bitter words hurled 
at Joy by her father. 

One reverse after another haunted 
her young life and many were the 
nights that she cried herself to sleep. 
But where could she go? To whom 
could she go in her quest for peace 
of mind and heart? Even after Joy 
found the Lord she learned that the 
true follower of Christ faces many 
trials. Her greatest shock was when 
she heard that her fiance had been 
killed in a plane crash. You will 
have to read the story to learn the 
surprise ending. 

This is one of the best novels 
which we have read recently. From 
beginning to end your attention will 
not waver as you follow Joy from a 
self - willed, narrow - minded indi- 
vidual to a fully consecrated mis- 
sionary on her way to Africa. This 
story should encourage many who 
are battling with the trials of life. — 
Blaine Snyder. 



February 9, 1952 



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The whole gang at East District winter boys' camp. Gerald Polraan leading in Saturday morning devotions. 



Buena Vista Draws Biggest S. E. Rally 



Ninety registered and attended the 
Saturday banquet, and 63 were en- 
tertained overnight in what proved 
to be the largest Southeast District 
Overnight Youth Rally, held at 
Buena Vista, Va., January 4 and 5. 
Splendid congregational singing, led 
by John Burns, trombone solos by 




New Southeast youth officers and 
advisors, left to right: John Burns, 
Buddy, Margaret, Myra, Lynwood, 
Galen Lingenjelter. 



Lynwood Catron and Jimmie Smals, 
and messages by Youth Director 
Ralph Colburn and Missionary Can- 
didate Audrey Byers helped fill the 
schedule. 

The host church young people did 
a wonderful job of entertaining, and 
the WMC prepared a delicious tur- 
key dinner. Five young people pub- 
licly indicated their desire to give 
their lives fully to the Lord, which 
certainly made the work worth while! 

Officers elected at the rally were: 
Myra Conner, president; Buddy 
Smals, vice president; Margaret Sur- 
face, secretary; and Lynwood Ca- 
tron, treasurer. The young people 
indicated their desire to have Pastors 
Galen Lingenfelter and John Burns 
continue as advisors. 

Next rally is scheduled for John- 
son City, Tenn., in April. 




Pennsylvania Boys 
Enjoy Winter Camp 

For 3 days, shortly after Christ- 
mas, 24 East District boys, 3 of their 
pastors, and your youth director, met 
at Blue Knob, near Altoona, Pa., for 
a real winter camp. It was really 
fun, roughing it together. There is 
no electricity, no running water, no 
heat except for a fireplace in each 
cabin, and no mattresses on the 
bunks, but with plenty of snow on 




GbJfeurr^ 



the ground and plenty of ice on the 
roads, we had some wonderful sled- 
ding, snowballing, and hiking. 

Devotions were held each morn- 
ing and evening, with Ralph Colburn 
in charge, and different pastors 
speaking to the boys. Cooking was 
supervised by Gerald Polman, and 
we had plenty of good food — nothing 
fancy, but plenty of it! Boys from at 
least seven churches were present, 
and a wonderful time of fun, fellow- 
ship, and spiritual refreshment was 
enjoyed. A similar outing is planned 
for next year. 



Saturday morning's crowd around steps of Buena Vista church. 



LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSE 

The Youth for Christ leadership 
training course will be held at the 
Northwestern Schools, Minneapolis, 
Minn., April 14-18. Staff members 
include Dr. Robert Cook, Dr. Frank 
Phillips, George Wilson, Ted Eng- 
strom, Jack Hamilton, and Mel Lar- 
son. 



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NEWS 




CHURCHES 



Lake Odessa, Mich. 

On Sunday, January 13, 1952, the 
'Grace Brethren Church of Lake 
Odessa, Mich., marked publicly the 
results of the blessings of the Lord. 
On this day the new addition to the 
original building was dedicated by 
its people and pastor. 

The addition was built at a cost of 
$5,000 and was paid for at the time 
of the dedication. The people of the 
church are to be congratulated for 
the fine way that they undertook 
this debt. It was by Christian giving 
that they were able to complete the 
"building debt-free. 

This addition, which is 30 x 30 
feet, and includes a full basement 
and first floor was built to help take 
care of the crowded condition which 
existed in the Sunday school. With 
this new part the Sunday school has 
been departmentalized, thus increas- 
ing the efficiency of the school. 

The speaker for the dedication 
service was Rev. Ord Gehman, pas- 
tor of the Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Ind. Also, Dr. Russell D. 
Barnard, Rev. Arthur Carey, and 
Rev. Leslie Moore were with us for 
the day. 

At this service flowers were pre- 
sented to members of the church 
who had been present at the dedi- 
cation of the original building in 
1890. They were Mrs. Renny Groff, 






The church at Lake Odessa, Mich., showing new addition. 



Ordination of Pastor Lee Jenkins — 
Standing (left to right): Rev. Ord 
Gehman, Rev. Leslie Moore, Rev. 
Arthur Carey, Dr. R. D. Barnard. 



Mrs. Phoebe Mote, Mr. Charles Dar- 
by, and Mrs. Lewis Clum. Unable 
to be present were Mrs. Dessie Le- 
pard, Mrs. Alive Henney, and Mrs. 
Mary Lou Henney. 

A new pulpit was given to the 
church at this service by Mr. Lyle 
Hayes. The pulpit was made by Mr. 
Hayes and he gave it in the name of 
the servicemen and veterans of the 
church. Also there was given to the 
church at the same time a large il- 
luminated picture of Christ in the 
Garden. This picture was given by 
the Brovonts and Hullibergers. 

In the afternoon the pastor of the 
church, Lee Jenkins, was ordained 
to the ministry. Dr. R. D. Barnard 
was the ordination speaker. Those 
assisting in the service were Rev. 
Ord Gehman, Rev. Arthur Carey, 
and Rev. Leslie Moore. 

The attendance for the morning 
service set a new record, with 180 
persons present. The afternoon ses- 
sion was attended by 193 persons. — 
Lee Jenkins, pastor. 

Riverside, Johnstown, Pa. 

Dr. Floyd Taber gave us a won- 
derful message on December 7. 
While the world was remembering 
Pearl Harbor we were remembering 
Jesus Christ and hearing of His 
work in the heart of Africa. 

The Riverside Brethren take this 
opportunity to praise the Lord for 
the pastor He has sent to us and for 
his expository preaching of the Word 
of God, which is gaining attention in 
the community for our church. He 



and his zealous wife, Rev. and Mrs. 
Ralph Hall, are earnest and indus- 
trious in their work for the Lord. 

We had 71 people present in Bible 
school on January 6 and 81 the fol- 
lowing Sunday. Thus we are using 
the new room we have added to our 
church building. 

The young people have organized 
and elected officers as a youth fel- 
lowship group. — Don K. Rager, cor- 
respondent. 

Dallas Center, Iowa 

"We are living in critical days. It 
is high time that pleasure-seeking, 
beer-drinking Sunday desecration 
be given up for Christ-seeking re- 
vival meeting attending and Sunday 
church-going. 

"Your presence and support will 
be appreciated at the old-fashioned 
revival preaching that is now going 
on at the First Brethren Church, 
where the Rev. Walter A. Lepp is 
preaching. (Signed) Rev. Samuel 
Lady, Chairman Ministerial Assoc." 

The preceding article appeared in 
the Dallas Center newspaper during 
our campaign there the first 2 weeks 
of January. 

God is faithful, who will not test 
us above that which we are able to 
bear. Though Mrs. Lepp was at 
death's door God, the Author of Life, 
undertook and through her illness 
glorified Himself in many ways. 

In all, 59 decisions were made for 
Christ. Of this number there were 
11 conversions, and 48 stepped out 
for Christ to really do business for 
Him. — Walter A. Lepp, evangelist. 



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notes oh Tiekemiah: lite oecipiHina ok a Ttli 



ISSIOH 



By Prof. John Whitcomb, Grace Theological Seminary 



It was in the month of December 
445 B. C. that a small group of weary 
and discouraged men arrived at 
Susa, capital city of the great Per- 
sian Empire, after a 700-mile jour- 
ney from the little province of Judah. 
Making their way through the 
crowded streets of the city, they fi- 
nally reached the palace of King 
Artaxerxes and found there a man 
who would hear their sad account 
with sympathy and concern. This 
man was Nehemiah, the cupbearer 
to the king, yet a Jew like them- 
selves, and one in whose breast 
stirred the heartthrob of the Psalm- 
ist, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, 
let my right hand forget her cun- 
ning ... if I prefer not Jerusalem 
above my chief joy." 

The Remnant in Exile 

There had been men of like mind 
during those 140 long years of exile 
and reproach since the city of David 
and the magnificent temple of Sol- 
omon had been crushed under the 
heel of Nebuchadnezzar, king of 
Babylon. Even during the lifetime 
of that Babylonian monarch, it was 
Daniel's thrice-daily habit to open 
his window toward Jerusalem for 
prayer; and shortly after his time 
had come Zerubbabel and Joshua 
the high priest with a small rem- 
nant to reestablish the temple-wor- 
ship in the face of bitter opposition. 

And 60 years after their time, we 
find Ezra, "the ready scribe in the 
law of Moses," burning with zeal for 
the spiritual welfare of his country- 
men, bringing revival and repent- 
ance in Jerusalem. But Ezra's great 
work there was now 13 years in the 
past when Nehemiah's friends came 
to tell him of Jerusalem's tragic 
plight: "The remnant that are left 
of the captivity there in the province 
are in great affliction and reproach: 
the wall of Jerusalem also is broken 
down, and the gates thereof are 
burned with fire." 

A Heart for God 

Do you know what most of us 
would have done if we had been in 
Nehemiah's place? We would have 
told those men, "I am certainly sorry 
to hear this, but you know those 
people back in Jerusalem deserve to 

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be in their present condition. Ezra 
warned them 13 years ago about 
mixing with heathen neighbors — and 
now look at them! Even if I could 
help, it's too late to do anything 
now." 

If Nehemiah had been like most 
of the Pharisees of Christ's day, or 
even like some Christians in our 
own day, such an answer might have 
been expected. But Nehemiah said 
no such thing! Notice his response: 
"I sat down and wept, and mourned 
certain days, and fasted, and prayed 
before the God of heaven." Fortu- 
nately the main content of his prayer 
has been recorded for us by the 
Spirit of God in the first chapter of 





Prof. Whitcomb 

Nehemiah's book. Here are some of 
the elements of this outstanding 
prayer: 

1. Complete trust in the glory 
and faithfulness of God (vs. 5). 

2. Full self-identification with 
the sins of his people (6-7). 

3. Pleading and claiming the 
promises of God's written Word 
(8-9). 

4. Confident expectancy that his 
prayer would be answered (10-11). 

The Opportunity Comes 

Is there any wonder that God not 
only heard this prayer, but answered 
in a most remarkable manner, using 
Nehemiah himself as His instrument 
for the building of Jerusalem's 
walls? God delights to do the im- 
possible, and to do it through impos- 
sibly weak vessels that are wholly 
yielded to Him. What a rebuke to 
an apostate, unbelieving people! One 
man of faith, plus God, and the 
whole life-course of a nation began 
to move in another direction! 

Four months had passed since that 



winter day when "certain men out 
of Judah" came to visit Nehemiah, 
and now, in the springtime of the 
year, the hand of God began to move 
events and circumstances to the ac- 
complishment of His purposes, in 
answer to Nehemiah's prayer. How 
naturally it all came about! And 
yet, how clearly can the providence 
of God be traced through it all! For 
it came to pass that on a certain day 
King Artaxerxes noticed that Nehe- 
miah, his cupbearer, was not as joy- 
ful as he formerly had been. "Why 
is thy countenance sad, seeing thou 
art not sick? this is nothing else but 
sorrow of heart." And so Nehemiah 
poured out his heart to the king, re- 
vealing to him his concern for the 
city of his fathers. 

A King's Question 

What difference would it make to 
the great Artaxerxes that a city in a 
distant and impoverished province 
of Persia "lieth waste, and the gates 
thereof are consumed with fire"? 
Could the king possibly have real- 
ized what Jerusalem meant in the 
plan of God, or in the spiritual his- 
tory of the world, or even in the 
heart of Nehemiah? Hardly so, and 
yet he answered in a way that far 
exceeded the fondest hopes of Nehe- 
miah: "For what dost thou make re- 
quest?" 

For Such a Time as This 

Like Queen Esther 35 years be-» 
fore, Nehemiah had "come to the 
kingdom for such a time as this." 
King Artaxerxes was waiting for his 
request, and Nehemiah, over- 
whelmed by the significance of the 
occasion, breathed a quick, yet ear- 
nest, prayer to God: "So I prayed to 
the God of heaven." God's interests 
were Nehemiah's interests, and so 
the bold request was voiced: "that 
thou wouldest send me unto Judah, 
unto the city of my fathers' sepul- 
chres, that I may build it." And so, 
with the king's permission, and with 
official letters in his hand, Nehemi- 
ah started out for Jerusalem on his 
life work. A mission had begun. 

(Watch for the sequel to this ar- 
ticle in an early issue of the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald, entitled "The 
Completion of a Mission.") 

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THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



Whipping Post for Guilty Officials 

Mr. Charles W. Tobey, United 
States Senator from New Hamp- 
shire, is advocating that the whip- 
ping post be used to punish all "pub- 
lic officials who betray their trust." 
He claims that men who have been 
elected to public office and then use 
the office for personal advantage, 
even to the betrayal of the trust 
placed in them, have no honor left 
to protect. 

The Senator's suggestion concern- 
ing such criminals is: "Let's revive 
the whipping post. They'd fear that. 
No punishment really can be ade- 
quate, but this practice of accepting 
resignations of those who are caught 
in wrongdoing is childishly inade- 
quate." 

The whipping post would not be 
sufficient to deter some men from 
taking advantage of other people, 
nor would it be adequate punish- 
ment in many of the cases. There is, 
however, a punishment ahead that 
will be adequate and just for every 
crime committed. Jude, under the 
direction of the Holy Spirit, stated 
it thus: 

"And Enoch also, the seventh from 
Adam, prophesied of these, saying, 
Behold, the Lord cometh with ten 
thousands of his saints, to execute 
judgment upon all, and to convince 
all that are ungodly among them of 
all their ungodly deeds which they 
have ungodly committed, and of all 
their hard speeches which ungodly 
sinners have spoken against him" 
(Jude 14-15). 



very desolate, saith the Lord. For 
my people have committed two 
evils; they have forsaken me the 
fountain of living waters, and hewed 
them out cisterns, broken cisterns, 
that can hold no water" (Jer. 2: 
12-13). 



Living Water Is Needed 

The Permutit Company, engaged 
in the manufacture of water-condi- 
tioning equipment, makes the claim 
that "good water is still hard to 
find." Furthermore, the company 
claims: "The American Indian knew 
the worth of good water. He avoid- 
ed stagnant pools to drink from 
clear, running brooks and streams." 

Concerning water for the physical 
body the Indian revealed far more 
wisdom than most people show con- 
cerning the water needed for one's 
spiritual welfare. In the days of 
Jeremiah this became so very evi- 
dent that the prophet cried out to 
all who would hear: 

"Be astonished, O ye heavens, at 
this, and be horribly afraid, be ye 



It Is Natural to Complain 

The Pittsburgh Chronicle tells the 
story of a tourist in Mexico seeing 
women wash their clothes in hot 
water that came from a boiling 
spring and rinse them in cool water 
taken from a cold spring near at 
hand. 

Turning to one of the women the 
tourist said: "I suppose your people 
are very grateful to nature for such 
convenience — hot and cold water in 
great abundance and close together." 

"No," came the quick reply from 
the native, "there is a great deal of 
grumbling because no soap is sup- 
plied." 

During the time of the wanderings 
in the wilderness the children of 
Israel complained many times. Of 
this Moses wrote: "And when the 
people complained, it displeased the 
Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his 
anger was kindled; and the fire of 
the Lord burnt among them, and 
consumed them that were in the ut- 
termost parts of the camp" (Num. 
11:1). 

Jeremiah asked a very pointed 
question: "Wherefore doth a living 
man complain?" (Lam. 3:39); and 
Jude asserts that "complainers" are 
among those who shall be judged at 
the end of the age (Jude 16). 



The Gospel Is Dynamite 

Dr. William Lyon Phelps, one- 
time professor at Yale University, 
once said that the Bible should have 
written across its covers these words: 
"Highly Explosive. Handle With 
Care." 

Truer words than these were never 
spoken concerning this Book. It is 
indeed "highly explosive," for it is 
the dynamite of God entrusted to 
the church in this age. 

The Apostle Paul wrote to the 
church at Rome in these words: "For 
I am not ashamed of the gospel of 
Christ: for it is the power of God 
unto salvation to every one that be- 
lieveth; to the Jew first, and also to 
the Greek" (1:16). 



The word in the Greek language 
that is here translated "power" is 
dunamis, which means "power" or 
"dynamite." This word appears 116 
times in the New Testament and is 
translated "power" 77 times in the 
Authorized Version of the Bible. 

Upon another occasion Paul wrote, 
"For the preaching of the cross is to 
them that perish foolishness; but 
unto us which are saved it is the 
power [dynamite] of God" (I Cor. 
1:18). 



Uncertainties of Mrs. Roosevelt 

Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of 
the late President of the United 
States, is very uncertain about the 
future life. 

On a radio program last December 
over the Columbia Broadcasting 
System, she spoke on the subject, 
"This I Believe." Among other 
things she is reported to have said: 

"I don't know whether I believe in 
a future life. ... I came to feel that 
it didn't really matter very much 
because whatever the future held 
you'd have to face it when you come 
to it, just as whatever life holds you 
have to face it exactly the same way. 
I think I am pretty much of a fatal- 
ist." 

Later, when asked to clarify her 
statement, she said: 

"I do believe in immortality, but I 
haven't been able to decide exactly 
what form it might take. There are 
so many possibilities. ... It seems 
unnecessary to try to decide the ex- 
act form that immortality will take. 
We won't be able to change it and 
we must accept it. And we must 
meet it with courage and do our 
best." 

The Apostle Paul did not share 
this uncertainty concerning the fu- 
ture. He had a confident hope and 
expressed it thus in writing to the 
Corinthians: 

"Therefore we are always confi- 
dent, knowing that, whilst we are at 
home in the body, we are absent 
from the Lord: (for we walk by 
faith, not by sight:) we are confi- 
dent, I say, and willing rather to be 
absent from the body, and to be 
present with the Lord. Wherefore 
we labour, that, whether present or 
absent, we may be accepted of him" 
(II Cor. 5:6-9). 



February 9, 7952 



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>J>oMee. 




-TILL I 

COME" 



LUKE l9W3b 



"Occupy" 

IN PRAYER 



By Dr. Orville D. Jobsort, Missionary to Africa 



From what one is able to observe, prayer occupies a 
very small percentage of time in our 24-hour day. From 
what one is able to observe, prayer is the one thing that 
the church does the least of in public worship. More 
time is taken up in either singing, preaching, or taking 
the offering and making the announcements alone, than 
is spent for the invocation, public prayer, and benedic- 
tion all together. From what one is able to observe, 
even in the midweek service, which is intended for 
prayer, more time is spent in the opening service than 
in actual prayer and supplication. From what one is 
able to observe, a day of prayer has the poorest attended 
meetings of any gathering of Christian people. 

If these observations are correct, and I feel reasonably 
certain that they are, then we are doing a pretty poor 
job of "occupying in prayer." Therefore the subject is 
timely. Prayer is so necessary, first for our spiritual 
life, and second for the advance of the church and its 
mission in the world. I believe it is in this second sense 
that our Women's Missionary Council has chosen this 
theme. The very word "occupy" signifies that there is 
a work to do for the Lord while He is in the Father's 
house. 

There is one question that we might ask ourselves that 
would bring us face to face with our responsibility to 
"occupy in prayer." This is the question: If the evange- 
lization of the world, or any given part of it, were de- 
pendent on my prayers and supplication to God for it, 
how much progress might I reasonably expect God's 
work in that area to make? Someone may say there are 
more factors that enter into the picture. Maybe so, but 
I would remind you that in answer to the prayers of one 
godly woman in England, who had a burden for a re- 
vival in her own country, God led Dwight L. Moody to 
England, and with him a great revival. If the evange- 
lization of any given part of the world were to weigh 
heavily on our hearts, God would hear our supplication 
and send forth workers into that area. Or, if the need 
is revival, He will answer with conviction and salvation 
from on high. 

It has been written concerning the century just passed 
that "this century of missions bears no mark of the 
wonder-work of God more conspicuous than the rnulti- 



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plied and marvelous answers to prayer." Dr. A. T. Pier- 
son, writer of these lines, continues: "Every conspicuous 
step and stage of progress is directly traceable to pre- 
vailing, believing, expectant supplication." And what a 
century! Carey, Livingstone, Judson, Morrison, and 
Taylor! What victories! What martyrs! 

It is of intense interest to learn from Dr. Pierson that 
in response to a call by Jonathan Edwards to united 
prayer for a new and world-wide Pentecost, there was 
established a stated monthly season of united organized 
pleading with God for a lost world. This burden of the 
I9th century is echoed in our African day of prayer on 
the 15th of every month. How happy we are that the 
challenge of a monthly day of prayer is being taken up 
by so many of our churches and groups in the homeland. 
When we take this day as a challenge from God and act 
upon it in earnest, I believe God will hear and answer. 
He has already blessed our African field, and, we be- 
lieve, in response to our united prayer. He is supplying 
workers, funds, and opening new doors. There is no 
limit with God. If we would see great things done for 
His name's sake, then we must supplicate in prayer, be- 
lieving His promise to answer. If this brief article is 
blessed of God to stir up a more universal acceptance of 
and wholehearted participation in our monthly day of 
prayer it will indeed result in great glory to His name. 

Never was there more talk about the value and effi- 
cacy of prayer. Never was there more agreement and 
mental assent to the power and potency of prayer. 
Never did the church possess more excellent volumes on 
the subject of how to pray. But of all the generations of 
Christians since our Lord returned to glory we have 
the distinction of being the most prayerless. Satan has 
made us so busy about material things that we have very 
little time left for prayer and supplication. In neglect- 
ing prayer we have been obliged to go in our own 
strength and wisdom, and how heavy the load! 

It is not exhortation to prayer that we need! It is 
prayer itself. "Lord teach us to pray." "We know not 
what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit 
himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which 
cannot be uttered." God help us to pray, to spend time 
in prayer, to supplicate in prayer! 



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Guest Editorial by Helen Beach 

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with 
them that weep" (Rom. 12:15). 

On first observation it would seem that the rejoicing 
end of this verse would be the easier. But let's look a 
little closer. 

Recently a lady, when told of a tragedy affecting a 
woman for whom she never had any particular liking, 
expressed a deep and genuine sympathy for the other's 
sorrow. But the same lady nearly shed tears when a 
member of her own family got a new car. 

She really is not unusual, either. Most of us are 
easily touched by another's grief. Sometimes, when 
reading of disaster in our newspapers, we are moved 
with compassion for those involved, even if they are 
strangers to us. 

But who has not experienced at some time or other 
that old green-eyed monster raising its ugly head un- 
bidden? We might weep with our neighbors if Junior 
has a fractured skull, but it is a lot harder to rejoice 
with them when he makes a "straight-A" average in 
school, especially if our child is a "B" student. 

It applies in the talent field, too. A certain woman 
was given church work at which she was particularly 
adept. Strangers were lavish in their praise. But it was 
the old story of the prophet in his own country. Those 
who should have been her greatest morale-builders ac- 
tually took steps to have her removed from the position. 
Though they were unsuccessful, the incident was to her 
pleasure in the work what a pin is to a balloon. 

How often we have heard these expressions: "He 
must have some pull somewhere or he would not have 
that job," or "People fuss too much over Sally," or "How 
do they do it on his salary?" or "Why do some people 
get everything?" 

But the picture does not have to be negative. If we 
■truly rejoice in another's good fortune we can tell him 
so. What a wonderful blessing are those who are quick 
with a sincere word of praise and encouragement for 
"their fellow Christians. 

One group of Sunday school teachers have a warm 
spot in their hearts for a lady in their church who never 
fails to commend their efforts following special programs 
hy their department. 

Remember the friend who said, "I'm so glad for you"? 
Or the encouraging pat on the back and "That was a 
good job. Keep it up!" 

It is wonderful to comfort the sorrowing, but it is far 
more unselfish to be sincerely happy in another's tri- 
umphs. This is not a human virtue. It requires a type 



WMC DEVOTIONAL TOPICS FOR MARCH 

Bible Study — The Centrality of Missions. 
Mission Study — Occupation of the Field to the North- 
east and South. 






Africa — 
David G. Goodman April 21, 1947 

Argentina — 
Robert Luis Dowdy April 26, 1948 

Brazil — 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

In United States — 

Rev. Solon Hoy t April 2 

Miss Janice Altig April 9 

(In school; send in care of Foreign Missionary Society, 
Winona Lake, Ind.) 

Miss Marguerite Taber April 11 

(In school; send in care of Foreign Missionary Society, 
Winona Lake, Ind.) 
Mrs. Robert S. Williams April 15 



HE FREELY GIVES 

By Ida Baker, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Perfect peace — when I am born anew; 

Beautiful supply of faith beyond all measure. 
Strength for each day — a precious promise true, 

Abounding joy in Him, my new-found Treasure. 

Abiding love — amidst the storms of life; 

Enduring care in paths I cannot see. 
Lasting faith, to conquer sin and strife, 

Blessed hope, He's coming back for me! 



February 9, 1952 



PRAISE THE LORD! 

The national WMC offering for HOME MISSIONS 
totaled $2,226.23. Over the goal. Thank you, ladies, 
and praise the Lord. Isn't He wonderful? 



of generosity with which we are not naturally endowed. 
Only God can give us the grace. 

It all stems back to Christ's commandment that we 
"love one another as I have loved you." When we truly 
love someone his joys are ours too. 

So prone my heart to envy, 

My tongue to follow suit. 
Whence comes this dry bitterness 

At sight of others' fruit? 

Take first my wilful heart, O Lord, 

Fill it with love like Thine, 
That the joys of those I love through Thee, 

Might then be truly mine. 

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Boys Are Made of . . . 



Our Responsibility to Our 
Sons in Our Churches 



By Paul L. Mohler, Pastor, Listie (Pa.) Brethren Church 



We are extravagant people! We throw enough food 
into our garbage cans to feed millions of starving people. 
Enough power is going to waste in the United States, 
experts tell us, to turn every wheel of every industry, 
to electrify every home, and to lift the bulk of the phys- 
ical burden of every man, woman, and child, if it were 
only utilized and applied. 

That waste, to a large degree, carries over into our 
churches. There is, in our churches, enough missionary 
power going to waste to save every man, woman, and 
child, not only in the U. S. A., but around the world, if 
it would be utilized and applied. That power is in our 
boys. 

Someone once said that girls are made of sugar and 
spice and everything nice. I think we can more truth- 
fully say that boys are made of energy, eagerness, en- 
thusiasm, and endless exertion. With the world in its 
present low spiritual state, it is half -past high time that 
we harness this power which, to a large degree, lies 
dormant in our churches in our boys. Let us capture 
that energy for the Lord Jesus Christ! We have an 
excellent mold in which to make our boys into power- 




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ful agents of the cross. In this day of secret Satanic 
agents, we need to build our boys into bold, open-and- 
aboveboard agents for Christ. It is our responsibility 
as members of the Body of Christ to use every legitimate 
means, in our homes, in our schools, and in our churches, 
to make Christ-honoring Christian citizens and men 
missionaries out of our boys. 

This is an hour of godless religion, Christless Chris- 
tianity, lifeless churchianity, spiritless Protestantism, 
meaningless Catholicism, and a bloodless Gospel! We 
need to awaken out of our spiritual lethargy and stupor! 

Through the spiritual indifference of dads, the spir- 
itual laziness of big brothers, and spiritual deadness of 
uncles, we have bred a generation of drunks, morons, 
imbeciles, introverts, extroverts, and perverts. J. Edgar 
Hoover and FBI statistics paint a dark, dark picture of 
our moral state. Two-bit politicians, tinhorn gamblers, 
tommy-gun bandits, God-defying Communists, govern- 
ment grafters, thieves, and swindlers are at an all-time 
high, while morality, spirituality, and godliness are at an 
all-time low. May God help us to lead our nation's sons 
to Jesus Christ the only Saviour, and our own Christian 
sons to a place of full surrender and service for the 
Lord! Let us get busy now, doing something for, and 
with, our boys. 

One of the finest instruments for training boys for 
Christ in the church is the boys club. (In our church 
we have Sky Pilots of America.) And the only way a 
boys club can really be successful is under the super- 
vision and direction of the adult men of the church. 
And, believe me, it works! The boys club method has 
had heartening results wherever it has been patiently, 
persistently, consistently, and faithfully tried. One 
dear older pastor was heard remarking: "We should 
have had such a thing 150 years ago!" 

The boys club is the place where men with any 
amount of talent, much or little, can be used effectively 
and successfully for the Lord Jesus Christ. For too long 
we have let the women of the church lead our boys. 
Sound logic demands that the boys are the responsibil- 
ity of the men in the church. It takes a man to lead a 
boy! A well-known story lends support to this fact. 

One day a man started walking across a field in the 
snow. After going several rods, he heard a noise behind 
him and, turning around, he saw his young son stretch- 
ing his legs just as far as he possibly could. The lad 
shouted: "Hey, Dad, I'm following right in your tracks!" 

Sons do follow in the footsteps of their dads. Boys do 
naturally follow men. Men exert a tremendous influ- 
ence over boys. Therefore, every red-blooded Christian 
man is responsible to lead boys to and for the Son of 

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God. Every Christian man is duty-bound to raise up, 
train, and make men missionaries for Jesus out of the 
boys in and out of the church! 

The Lord needs men today. He needs godly men. 
Great men of God have been slipping away in death one 
by one. Dr. William Evans, Dr. William B. Riley, Dr. 
G. Campbell Morgan, that great medical doctor and man 
of God, Dr. Arthur I. Brown, and Dr. Arno Gabelein, 
Dr. William Pettingill, Dr. Louis Bauman, and Dr. Harry 
Ironside have all gone to be with the Lord. His gain is 
our loss! Who will take their place? God's work will 
go on. It must go on! But He needs spiritual men, good 
men, big men, great men to do His work. God can, and 




will, use our boys to fill these empty shoes and vacant 
ministrations, if we men of the church will accept the 
challenge before us to lead and train our boys to use 
their endless energies for Him. 

A boy once asked his mother: "Mom, am I going to 
be with Jesus in heaven when I die?" "Yes, son," she 
said. "And will you be there, Mommy?" he asked. 
"Yes, Mother will be there, too." "And Grandpa?" he 
continued. "Yes, if Grandpa has accepted Jesus Christ 
as his Saviour." "Well, how about Dad; will he be 
there, too?" again queried the boy. "No, son," said that 
dear mother, her heart aching within her breast, "Your 
daddy couldn't leave the store." 

Too many dads are like that man. They are too busy 
with the store, or too busy with the farm, or too busy 
with trucks, television, or some other trivial, transient 
thing to attend to the most important thing — their own 
soul's salvation and the salvation of their sons. Con- 
sequently our jails, our penitentiaries, reformatories, 
and asylums — yes, and hell, too — are full of men and 



boys whose dads didn't take the time necessary to lead 
them to Christ and to God's heaven. "What shall it 
profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own 
soul?" 

The first duty of every Christian man, the big obliga- 
tion of every man in the church, is to make good stanch 
Christian American citizens and missionaries for Christ 
out of our boys. We are hearing a lot about American- 
ism and patriotism today, and that is good, but we need 
to be forcefully reminded that the best Americans this 
country ever had, or ever will have, are the close-living, 
Christ-honoring, Bible-reading, God-fearing Christian 
citizens. Those are the kind of Christian citizens we 
need. Those are the kind of missionaries we need. The 
men in the church have the potential in the boys to give 
this country the kind of men it so desperately needs — - 
loyal Christian men — and the kind of men God wants — 
fearless, Gospel-preaching, zealous missionaries of the 
cross. 

God needs men today! He needs he-men! He needs 
brave men! He needs God-fearing men! He needs 
working men! He needs every dad in the church! He 
needs every big brother! He will use every man who is 
big enough, brave enough, he-man enough, Christian 
enough to stand up and to stand out for Jesus Christ and 
train our boys to spend their eagerness, enthusiasm, and 
energy for the Son of God! Will we meet the challenge 
and tap the unlimited spiritual power and missionary 
resources that lie within our grasp? If our men will, we 
will, and God will. 





Sorry, SORRY, but there is NO NEWS! Isn't any- 
body doing ANYTHING? We're weeping! NOBODY 
IS DOING ANYTHING. We're at the half-way point 
in our WMC year. What will our report be if we are 
failing to do our best NOW? Isn't ANYBODY DOING 
ANYTHING NOW? We want some news NOW! 



February, and the final month of giving to Grace 
Seminary through WMC. We went over the top for 
home missions. We'll NOT do less for our beloved 
seminary. 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President — Mrs. Edward Bowman, Route 1, Garwin, Iowa. 

Vice President— Mrs. Henry Rempel. 1539 E. 80th St.. Los Angeles 1. 

Recording Secretary — Mrs. Robert Ashman. Winona Lake. Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Chester McCall, 3421 W 82d PI.. 

Inglewood. Calif. _ ,. 

Literature Secretary — Mrs. Conard Sandy. Box 373. Winona Lake, Ind. 
Editor— Mrs. Robert Miller. 1511 Maiden Lane. S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 
Prayer Chairman— Miss Mary Emmert. Dallas Center. Iowa. 
Patroness of SMM— Mrs. Herman Koontz. Box 164. Winona Lake. Bid. 



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In His Vineyard 

S/ST^jRA/OOD OF 

MARY and MARTHA 

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THANK OFFERING! To help build up our fund for 
the higher education of our missionaries' children, in 
April, our SMM birthday month, we are giving a birth- 
day thank offering. There are various ways of doing 
this. One is to have a birthday party and invite the 
members of the church. Some groups have had a cake 
for each month of the year and decorated each to repre- 
sent that month. Or, if desired, tables could be dec- 
orated for the 12 months and have the people sit at the 
table decorated for their month. Plan an interesting 
program. Individuals in the church would undoubtedly 
donate the cakes, and then an offering taken at the party 
goes to the education fund. Another method is for each 
SMM girl to bring an offering, at least a penny for as 
many years as she is old. Why not have a birthday 
cake for SMM? Offerings could be placed in a bank 
made like a cake or a box wrapped as a gift with a slot 
in it. Remember that this offering must be sent to the 
treasurer before April 30. 

KEEP WORKING on those Mary and Martha goals so 
that you can earn the emerald or diamond awards. 
Check up on your goals so that in the few months that 
lie ahead you can complete the goals that are necessary 
to earn the award. To earn the emerald award you 
must meet all the starred goals and at least three of the 
unstarred Mary goals (three of goals 6, 7, 8, and 9) and 
three projects from any three of the unstarred Martha 
goals (one project each from three of goals 4 to 6). To 
earn the diamond award you must meet all the starred 
goals and all the unstarred Mary goals (goals 6 to 9) and 
at least five projects from any three of the unstarred 
Martha goals (five projects done, but in doing so, three 
■of goals 4 to 10 must be participated in). 

PLANS for out-of-doors projects in order to meet 
goal 10 should be made immediately. 

SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR MARCH 

SING TIME — Use songs and choruses with a missionary 

theme. 
OPENING PRAYER. 
SCRIPTURE— Job 38:1-18; 40:1-14. 
SHARPENING YOUR TOOLS— "Only God Would Have 

Thought of That!" 
TESTIMONY TIME. 
AFRICAN VINEYARD— "Stranger Than Fiction." 

Senior — "Pioneering in Africa." 

Junior — "The Missionaries' Daughter." 
SPECIAL MUSIC. 
OTHER VINEYARDS— "France." 
CIRCLE PRAYER AND BENEDICTION. 
BUSINESS MEETING. 



SPRING CABINET MEETING should be held now. 
Check over the local goals, and also the Mary-Martha 
goals, and lay plans that will make possible your SMM 
meeting all the requirements so that yours will be an 
Honor Sisterhood this year. 

HOW ARE YOU COMING with your project offering? 
As you give for the SMM chapel in Kentucky, pray that 
the Lord will lead in the problems regarding site, mate- 
rials, and building plans. To stimulate interest in giving, 
choose a certain portion of the building as that which 
your SMM is paying for. 




out of sleep 
we believed 



INTRODUCING YOUR OFFICERS 

HELEN SMALL 

National Secretary 

"Awake to righteousness, and 
sin not; for some have not the 
knowledge of God: I speak this 
to your shame" (I Cor. 15:34). 

We are living in the day when 
we easily hear God's "alarm- 
warning" that, "knowing the time, 
that now it is high time to awake 
for now is our salvation nearer than when 
Surely we must give ear to the "ringing 
alarm," and awake before it is any later and little can be 
accomplished. Surely an SMM girl must arise, live a 
pure, clean, Christlike life because — "some have not the 
knowledge of God"! 

I have always been thankful for the many, many 
blessings of the meetings and the service of SMM. 
Through the years of "growing up" in SMM, from the 
Junior, through the Intermediate, into the Senior, I 
found and learned the many great spiritual lessons that 
were needed to answer the above call of God. Together 
we learned the blackness of sin, the sweetness of Christ, 
the vastness of a world lost without Jesus, and the 
shamefulness of our own failure to be redeeming the 
time for Him. 

Indeed, it is a great privilege to serve SMM as an 
officer. I praise the Lord that I can have this way to do 
something to somewhat "repay" for all the blessings that 
I have taken out of SMM; but even in this service the 
Lord returns many more blessings. I am glad to be one 
of your officers, but I am even more glad just to be an 
SMM girl. 

In Christ Jesus, 

Helen Small. 



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Only God Would Have Thought of That! 



By Rev. Ralph Colburn 



It hasn't been so very many years ago that color film 
was developed, and cameras perfected that took good, 
colored motion pictures. Sometimes we marvel at the 
mechanisms that make color photography possible, but 
those of us who have tried a little of it, know that good 
color photography is fairly complicated. You have to 
possess the right kind of a camera, and a light meter, 
and you must use the right lens, shutter speed, lens 
opening, distance focus, and sometimes other gadgets, 
to get a good reproduction of what you see. 

But did you ever stop to think that thousands of years 
ago God equipped man with a built-in, stereo-movie 
camera better than man has ever been able to duplicate? 
Yes, your eyes are just that! They focus and adjust to 
the light automatically, in an instant of time, and many 
of the important pictures that they take are filed per- 
manently in the galleries of the mind. 

Yes, our eyes are wonderful cameras, and we scarcely 
appreciate them while we have them. But here's some- 
thing strange! Man, who is supposed to be at the top of 
the evolutionary scale, does not have nearly as good 
eyes as some of the lower creatures. Many birds and 
animals have far sharper vision than we, and some of 
the lowly insects have a far more complicated vision 
apparatus than we. The common house fly, for instance, 
has two eyes, each of which is composed of 4,000 sep- 
arate eyes which enable it to see above, below, front, 
side, and back, all at the same time. And the dragon 
fly has 13,500 facets in each eye! God has equipped 
every living creature with the kind of eye he most needs, 
without regard to the biological level of its existence. 
Only God would have thought of that! 

Evolution tells us that all existing life has adapted it- 
self to its existence, and has developed its peculiar traits 
according to its environment. But there is very little 
evidence of any such development in process. As far as 
history, archeology, and geology are able to discover, the 
forms of life we know today always had the same char- 
acteristics, habits, instincts, etc., with only minor changes 
taking place within species. All of which points to the 
fact that from the lowest forms of life to the highest, we 
are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psa. 139:14). 

It was God, not chance, that gave the bat his "radar" 
| system of blind flying. It was God who designed the 
bird different from all other creatures, in bone and body 
| structure, in heartbeat and temperature ratio, so that he 
could fly. It was God who designed the insects, and the 
fish, and the animals, and ordained that some should 
feed on dead matter, to purify the earth and the sea; 



PRAYER SUGGESTIONS 

1. Pray for the work beginning in France; for the 
workers, Rev. and Mrs. P. Fredrick Fogle. 

2. Pray for the foreign missionary offering that it 
will be great to meet the increased foreign mission 
needs. 

3. Pray that souls will be won to Christ Jesus 
through SMM. 



February 9, 1952 



others should feed on vegetation, and still others should 
feed on each other, to keep them from overpopulating 
the earth. 

And it was God who gave man dominion over all other 
creatures— a dominion into which man is still coming. 
That's why insects, or animals, could never rise to the 
heights some imaginative science fictionists have written 
of and dominate the earth. God is a God of order, and 
He has established an order of life upon the earth that 
will not be greatly changed. You and I can be thankful 
that God thought of that. And God has thought of 
everything— yes, even the minutest details of your life. 
So you can safely and wisely commit all that you are 
and have to Him. 

(Seniors, if you would like a further discussion of this 
subject, I would suggest that you dig into the passages 
in Job 38 through 42 when the Lord answers Job.) 



THE TOOL CHEST 

COLOR BOOKS: Make your own to give to children 
who are shut-ins or in hospitals; use as awards in Sun- 
day school or D. V. B. S. or mission points. 

Materials needed: plain white paper (8% x 11),. 
smudge -proof carbon paper, pen and ink or indelible 
pencil, pictures to be traced, construction paper for 
covers (8M> x 11), gummed letters, brass paper fasteners 
and punch. 

What to do: Trace outlines of pictures that are good 
for coloring oh plain white paper. To make outline 
more permanent we suggest going over the carbon out- 
line with ink or indelible pencil. Use two sheets of 
construction paper for back and front covers. On front 
cover make title ("Color Book," etc.) of gummed letters. 
Punch two holes in white sheets and covers Vz inch in 
from left edge and 3 inches from top and bottom. As- 
semble outlines between covers and fasten together with 
brass fasteners. 

BOOK COVER AND MARKER: These make dandy 
gifts and awards. 

Material needed: suede. 

What to do: The cover is made of a piece of suede 13 
inches wide and 8% inches long. Cut two other pieces 
of suede 2 inches wide and 8% inches long for the pock- 
ets into which the book fits. Cut another piece of suede 
IV2 inches wide and 8% inches long for the book marker. 
Place the pocket strips at each end of the cover, back 
wrong sides together; place the book marker about 3 
inches in from the right-hand side. Now stitch all the 
way around the cover, thus sewing the pockets and book 
marker to the cover. Be sure to leave the bottom end 
of the book marker free when you stitch. To give the 
book marker a more finished appearance, the free end 
may be fringed by cutting up 2% inches from the bottom 
every Vi inch. 

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FRANCE 



By Ruth E. Reddick 



STRANGER THAN FICTION 



Missionaries to France? Why should the Brethren 
Church send missionaries to France? Why should that 
country need missionaries? No doubt many of you have 
asked yourselves these questions or similar ones. I, too, 
took the same attitude until my eyes were opened to the 
need in that country. 

France has a population of 42 million. The Roman 
Catholic Church claims a membership of 7 million, but 
millions in France know nothing of Jesus Christ, the 
living Saviour. It has been estimated that there are less 
than 50,000 born-again believers in the nation, and over 
30,000 cities and villages are without a testimony for 
Christ — without one Protestant church. The vast ma- 
jority of the people of France, and other European 
countries as well, are without hope — they have been 
given no opportunity to choose Jesus Christ as personal 
Saviour. 

France is going through dark days. This is recognized 
by various leaders, and one French author asserts the 
following: "Men are thirsty. The militant Communist 
possesses a faith which others envy, but we will not 
agree to the purchase of happiness by giving up our free 
will. To avoid war, to quench the thirst of men, we must 
restore to our young people what totalitarian systems 
have taken away — confidence in mankind." Is this a 
sufficient weapon to deal with the problem? Shall it be 
Christ or Communism for France? France needs some- 
one to cope with the problem of sin, and there is only 
One who can do this — the Lord Jesus Christ. At pres- 
ent the doors are wide open to the Gospel, but for 
how long? 

The continent of Europe gave birth to the Brethren 
Church. Due to trials and persecution Brethren families 
came from Europe to America, and after the year 1733 
no organized Brethren work was left in Europe. In 
opening a work in France we can give back a Brethren 
Gospel testimony to Europe. Not only is there this 
aspect to our work in France, but France is a strategic 
point of focus in connection with our mission in French 
Equatorial Africa. A work in France will enable us to 
grasp a better understanding of the French people — 
their language, their customs, their culture, and we are 
praying that the time will come when we may send 
missionaries to Africa from France as a result of our 
Gospel testimony there. 

Prayers have been answered. Our first missionaries 
to France, Rev. and Mrs. P. Fredrick Fogle and their 
family, arrived in that land in November 1951. They 
are now diligently studying the French language and 
making other preparations for the establishment of a 
brethren church. The continued prayers and gifts of 
God's people are needed to make this work a complete 
reality. 

Will you help them establish this Brethren church in 
Trance? 



NORTHWEST DISTRICT REPORT 

The Northwest District SMM was held in Spokane, 
Wash., November 24. The following officers were elect- 
ed: patroness, Mrs. Glen Welborn; assistant patroness, 
Mrs. Vernon Harris; president, Carol Blair; vice presi- 
dent, Carol Lund; secretary -treasurer, Dolores Mac- 
Mahon.— Dolores MacMahon, district secretary. 



Senior — 

VII. "Pioneering in Africa" (chapters 16-18). 

A. Chapter- 16— "Another War Voyage." 

1. "The City of Cairo" (pp. 118-119), 

2. The "Wall" (119-120). 

3. Dr. Sims (120-121). 

B. Chapter 17— "Brazzaville." 

1. Housing Problems (122-125). 

2. Two Called "Home" (125-126). 

3. Going to Carnot (126-128). 

C. Chapter 18— "Carnot." 

1. Thanksgiving Day (129-130). 

2. Man-Eating Leopard (130-131). 

3. Opposition to the Gospel (131-132). 

4. Vision— Fulfillment (133-135). 

5. The Silence (135-136). 

6. The Decision (136). 

Junior — "The Missionaries' Daughter." 

Girls, again we must change Florence's name, for since 
she married James Gribble, her name is now Dr. Flor- 
ence Gribble. From now on we will call her Dr. Gribble. 

Soon after their marriage the young couple left to ex- 
plore and give out the Gospel in some of the outlying 
villages. On this trp Dr. Gribble became very ill — an 
illness that required an operation — but the nearest hos- 
pital was 300 miles away. The Lord answered prayer 
for her and provided boatmen and porters to take her 
safely to the hospital. After two operations the doctor 
advised James Gribble to take his wife back to America. 
They did not have enough money then to pay for the 
fare, but when the time came for them to leave Africa, 
the Lord supplied it. It was a real joy for them to be 
back and to see their loved ones after 7 years in Africa. 

While in America a new joy comes into the life of 
James and Florence Gribble. After reading pages 112 
and 113 tell about — 

1. The birth of the daughter of the missionaries (112- 
113). 

2. The answer to prayer that God gave Dr. Gribble 
after her little girl came (113). 

Now it is time for the Gribbles to return to Africa. 
This time they are going to open a new mission field for 
the Brethren Church. Read pages 119 and 120. 

3. Now tell how little girls had to be taken care of on 
the boat called the Wall. 

After coming to Africa, Marguerite had many new 
and interesting experiences. Page 127 tells about one 
of these. Read it and tell — 

4. About the African natives' concern for Marguerite 
when a leopard was around. 

Marguerite lived with her parents in Africa for about 
3 years. They did not have schools in Africa, and so 
her parents decided to take her back to America so that 
she could go to school. Now read pages 142 to 144 and i 
tell— 

5. About Marguerite's return trip to America (142). 

6. About Marguerite and the policeman in New York 
(143). 

7. How God gave Marguerite just the gifts she 
wanted for her birthday (143-144). 



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LEGEND 

fN>MISSION STATION ©GOV'T DOCTOR 
©CHAPEL ©NATIVE NURSE 

f PREACHING POINT ©LANDING FIELD 
©GOV'T POST OSIMPLE VILLAGE 
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POST OFFICE ^TRIBES 
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TO CAMCROUN 



AFRICAN MISSION FIELD OF 
THE BR€THR€N C+IURC-H 

BANGUI (capital) 250 MILES 

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BOZOUM TO- BELLEVUE 65 MILES 

(HEAD STATON) BQ[JCA 1 SO MILES 

BASSAI 20 MILES 

YALOKE lOO MILES 



Girls, keep this map in a handy place so that you can follow the progress of our mission stations and work in 

Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 



February 9, 7952 



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SUGGESTED BOOKS FOR GIRLS— By Mrs. Conard Sandy 



NEWS OF THE SISTERHOODS 

Dayton, Ohio — The girls are having good meetings 
with good attendance. They sent boxes to the students 
away at college, and in November they held a candle- 
light service for their whole church. 

Waterloo, Iowa, Jr. — Twelve girls have earned their 
pennants already. They had 3 days of canning and ended 
up with 35 quarts of canned goods for the Missionary 
Residence at Winona Lake. 

Portis, Kans., Sr. — At their Christmas party with the 
Senior and Junior WMC's they collected toys for the 
Taos, N. Mex., mission. 

Los Angeles, Calif., Jr. — These girls meet twice a 
month, one night for a devotional meeting, and the other 
night to "work." A bag of baby clothes was given to 
the Howards to use in their work in Baja California. 

Winona Lake, Ind., Jr. — They are still thinking about 
the wonderful time they had at a "slumber party" some 
time ago. Even though it was a night of much play, they 
rolled bandages. At one meeting they packed boxes of 
cookies for several of our home missionaries. They met 
for an extra day and made mittens for the Navaho chil- 
dren. 

Meyersdale, Pa., Sr. — They have completed the cook- 
ing project and now are working on the Mary goals. 

Buena Vista, Va., Sr. — Surprise packages were sent 
by the girls to the students from their church. They 
also helped prepare for the district youth rally that was 
held in their church. Best news — they gained four new 
members. 

Covington, Va., Sr. — The girls gave gifts for a layette 
to be used by missionaries in their work. They have 
"penny partners" and are saving pennies for the chapel 
for Dryhill. 

Limestone, Tenn. — Good news comes that this SMM 
has reorganized and has been growing since their first 
meeting. They have already had a bandage-rolling 
meeting and all enjoyed it. We are glad for their prog- 
ress and pray that their desire to be an out-and-out 
SMM for Christ will be fully met. 



OUR NATIONAL PROJECT 



HAVE 

YOU 

THOUGHT 

OF A 

NAME 

FOR IT? 




TWENTIETH-CENTURY ONESIPHORUS. by Harry J. 
Albus. $2.00. 

A presentation is here given of the heroic Christian 
life of Leslie Anglin, founder of the Home of Onesipho- 
rus for China's destitutes. God was tested by Mr. and 
Mrs. Anglin as they opened their home to the homeless 
Chinese children. Never once did He fail to supply 
their every need, although in 10 years their family in- 
creased from 1 child to over 500. Supplying food, shel- 
ter, and love to these needy people provides a back- 
ground for this 20th-century "Good Samaritan" story. 

Girls, this book is one of the reading circle books for 
WMC, so you may be able to borrow it from their li- 
brary. If not, you can order it from the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company. 

HIDDEN VALLEY, by Douglas C. Percy. $2.00. 

This book is an African mystery novel that is filled 
with suspense and thrills that seem to be matters of life 
or death to those concerned. 

The author portrays the life and customs of the Af- 
ricans from authentic knowledge, having worked as a 
missionary among them for many years. The hero of 
our story is a young man who is willing to be used by 
the Lord as a witness for Him among those lost in the 
darkness of heathen Africa. Peter, our hero, has two 
friends who visit him in this dark land, and while here 
they find life is indeed anything but monotonous, and 
that the thrill that they seek is ever present. 

Hidden Valley is a prize winner in Zondervan's Sec- 
ond International Christian Fiction Contest, and as your 
attention is held by the unfolding of the plot you will 
undoubtedly feel that the judges were justified in choos- 
ing this book as a winner. 



EAST DISTRICT SISTERHOOD 






SMM CHAPEL 



Send your suggestions with your news items to the 
general secretary. 



We elected our new officers before the district confer- 
ence. The officers for this new year are: president, Amy 
Lou Bracker; vice president, Lois Ringler; secretary- 
treasurer, Janet Weber; assistant secretary-treasurer, 
Nancy Buckel; patroness, Mrs. John Neely; assistant 
patroness, Mrs. Fred Walter. 

At the district conference these officers who were 
present were installed. When we were discussing a 
project we were really in a fix until one of the girls 
asked Brother Jobson for an idea of what we could take 
as our project. We took his suggestion and for our dis- 
trict project we are buying record machines for Africa. 

We have not received anything for this, but we know 
the Lord will provide the needs. 

We held our first youth rally since we elected officers 
on November 9-10 at Conemaugh. At our Sisterhood 
meeting we had as special music a duet from Mundy's 
Corner Senior Sisterhood and a solo from the same 
church's Junior Sisterhood. The speaker was our new 
patroness, Mrs. John Neely, wife of the pastor at the 
Conemaugh church. She spoke on who should witness, 
when they should witness, where they should witness, 
what they should witness, and why they should witness. 
We all enjoyed the talk very much and at the close of 
the rally we went home rejoicing in the things of the 
Lord. — Janet Weber, East District secretary. 



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By L. L. GRUBB 




BRETHREN WARRIOR PROMOTED 

Bro. Roy A. Patterson, who was recently promoted 
into the Saviour's presence, was one of the most influen- 
tial and faithful laymen the church has ever known. 

We knew him in a special way as a member of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, and he was for a 
number of years the president of that organization. His 
wise counsel and wisdom, as well as wide experience in 
the work of home missions, made him an extremely val- 
uable member of the board. Many times board policies 
were settled through some suggestion made by Brother 
Patterson. The Home Missions Council deeply mourns 
the loss of this man of God. 

However, especially were we thankful for the close 
personal friendship of Brother Patterson. He was one 
to whom any problem could be taken in complete confi- 
dence and he was always ready with some splendid sug- 
gestion. Good business, faith, courage, and vision were 
all basic characteristics of this effective servant of God. 

Our sympathy is sincerely extended to those of his 
immediate family as we look forward to further fellow- 
ship with him at the coming of our Lord. 

WMC ASSISTS NEW BRETHREN CHURCH 

Many have been the times when we have had substan- 
tial cause to thank God for the work of the Women's 
Missionary Council of our Fellowship. 

Just recently they have proved their missionary vision 
again by helping to establish the new Brethren church 
in Denver, Colo. A check for $2,330.21 was sent to the 
home mission office for this purpose and this money is 
already at work in developing the Brethren church in 
Denver. 

Praise the Lord for the vision of the WMC! 

IS THIS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY? 

Recently a member of a Philadelphia Brethren church 
sent us a clipping taken from the Philadelphia Inquirer 
regarding this pertinent matter. 

A federal district court in Sacramento, Calif., ruled 
that a group meeting in a home in Chico, Calif., holding 
prayer meetings, was violating the city zoning ordinance 
for that section. 

We seem to have come to the place in our highly spe- 
cialized age where even a small group of the Lord's peo- 



OUR COVER PAGE 

The two pictures of the city of Denver, Colo., used 
on the cover are Hopwood photos used by courtesy 
of the Denver Chamber of Commerce. The upper 
picture was taken from the dome of the state capitol 
and shows the city and county building in the fore- 
ground. The lower picture is an air view of the city. 
In the center is inserted a picture of the group pres- 
ent on January 6, 1952, for the organization of the 
new Brethren church in Denver. 



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pie cannot get together in a home and pray and sing 
songs of praise to God. This group was simply awaiting 
the time when they could construct their own church 
building in another area and move into it. 

Fundamental denominations are facing increasing 
problems in the starting and locating of churches be- 
cause there are so many arms of the law which may 
reach them and which often respond to political or re- 
ligious pressure. 

It certainly is a breach of the Constitution for any 
court to deny the children of God the right to meet in 
any home and have fellowship in the Lord when they 
desire. 

We could wish that such a case as this might be tested 
in the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Such instances serve to emphasize the fact that our 
American nation needs the Gospel of Christ and should 
be evangelized with all speed before the forces of Satan 
make church expansion practically impossible. 

NATIONAL BUDGET ACCURATE 
SPIRITUAL BAROMETER 

Our national budget for coming months will approx- 
imate 85 billions. The plan is to collect about 71 billions 
of this by taxes and borrow the other 14 billions, thus 
plunging our already poverty-stricken nation into deep- 
er debt. The number of government employees will be 
increased to 2,650,000. The U. S. Government is about 
the biggest business in the world. 

The thing that amazes and staggers one is the fact that 
fully 90 percent of this budget goes for war — past, pres- 
ent, and future. Of course the future is called "defense." 

If it were not for war our tax burden would have to be 
only one-tenth of what it is now. 

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars" 
(Matt. 24:6). This prophecy seems to be abundantly ful- 
filled already and great preparation is being made by all 
nations on the earth to keep things moving in the same 
direction. 

When nations spend 90 percent of their income for 
making machines of war and using them to kill others; 
to devastate and bring carnage to great areas of the 
earth, it seems that we have at the same time an indica- 
tion of man's great spiritual need and also the finest plea 
for mission support. 

BRETHREN CHURCH NEEDED IN 
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. 

A city of 40,000 people is calling for a Brethren church! 

Already a group of 18 people have met and are plan- 
ning another meeting with a larger group in prospect. 

The southern section of this great city is being rapidly 
developed and will afford an opportunity for some de- 
nomination with a vision and the means to enter the 
field. 

Parkersburg is a solid, southern community with 
many fine and diversified industries and it has a great 
future. 

Our Grafton pastor, Bro. Stanley Hauser, has been 

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driving more than 200 miles on the round trip to Park- 
ersburg in an effort to help the Brethren set up a Bible 
class. 

We solicit the prayers and help of our Brethren people 
everywhere that this fine new opportunity for the 
Brethren Church might be grasped before it is too late. 

LOANS NEEDED TO BUILD 
BRETHREN CHURCHES 

In these days of inflation and increasing hostility and 
activity against the church and the true Gospel of Christ, 
it becomes more and more difficult to finance the build- 
ing of new church structures. 

If a church does secure money from a bank for build- 
ing it is usually because of some concession. At the 
same time the small amount of money percentagewise 
which may be given on a first mortgage is almost useless 
because usually not enough funds are available at the 
beginning of construction. 

Other loan institutions are just as cold toward loaning 
money for the construction of churches because they 
feel it is not good business. 



So, Satan has gained a major victory against the 
church in a day when the Word of God is needed more 
than ever. It seems that in the realm of law, local ordi- 
nances, financing, securing materials and labor we find 
increasing and at times almost insurmountable obstacles. 

In spite of all these problems and a gathering intensity 
in each one the Lord has given us new Brethren churches 
in substantial numbers. 

However, His own people could increase this number 
of church buildings and do much to ease the financial 
problem if they would invest in Brethren church con- 
struction. Instead of leaving their savings in a bank or 
safe-deposit box or in stocks, or bonds, etc., this money 
could be invested with good security and higher interest 
through the Brethren Home Missions Council in the 
construction of Brethren churches. This means that in 
addition to earning a higher interest on the investment, 
there will be the earning in eternal dividends through 
the winning of souls to Christ. 

We need more than $100,000 in such funds NOW! 

If you can help us and have seen the vision of build- 
ing new Brethren churches, please write us for more 
information at Box 395, Winona Lake, Ind. 



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BY THE SECRETARY 




JEWISH MISSION SERVICE IN BERNE 

Responding to a call for a Jewish emphasis meeting 
in Berne, Ind., we enjoyed a time of real fellowship with 
the pastor, Bro. Ord Gehman, and the fine group at 
Beme. 

In answer to the challenge $210 was given for Jewish 
missions. 

Many improvements have been made in the Berne 
building during recent months. Facilities for Sunday 
school have been greatly improved. 

ARTESIA CHURCH PLANNING BUILDING 

After a flying trip to California we were privileged to 

fellowship first with our home mission group at Artesia. 
Plans are now being made to complete the church 

building as soon as possible. Bro. Adam Rager, the 

pastor, reports that several souls have been saved and 

that the Lord's blessing is upon the work. 

MODESTO CHURCH GROWING 

A large congregation saw our home mission pictures 
in the Modesto church. 

Bro. Harold Painter, the pastor, is leading the church 
in a strong, aggressive program to reach the community 
for Christ. Many souls are being saved. 

CHICO A GREAT CHALLENGE 

In spite of high water and floods in California we were 
able to enjoy a meeting with the Chico Brethren. This 
is one of our newer churches and is located in a new 



section of the city, thus providing one of our finest fields 
of endeavor. The pastor, Bro. Ward Tressler, has been 
diligent and earnest in representing the Lord and our 
church in the area, and in leading the congregation spir- 
itually. 

HOME MISSIONS FRUITFUL IN ALBANY 

After some very difficult traveling we finally arrived 
at Albany, Oreg., for the evening service with Bro. Glen 
Welborn and the church. 

These folks know something of the trials and heart- 
aches of home mission work and have given a good ac- 
count of themselves in Christian service and sacrifice. 

A gift of all needed lumber for the building of a par- 
sonage has been made to this church by a local layman. 
The men in the church will do much of the construction 
and so we praise the Lord for His goodness. 

PORTLAND CHURCH BEAUTIFUL 

What a thrill it was to see the new Brethren home 
mission church in Portland, Oreg. As the pastor, Bro. 
Vernon Harris, showed us through the building our 
hearts were lifted in praise to God for the mercies of 
His grace in making this advance possible. The upstairs 
auditorium is not complete, but the lower auditorium 
has been completed and is now used for services. The 
exterior and shell of the building are finished and as 
soon as funds are available the main auditorium will be 
finished. 

Some of the most remarkable conversions we have 



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ever seen in a home mission church have taken place ities that it will be very difficult to determine where to 

here. locate. 

We are still in need of financing for the Portland Pray much that we might see this church established 

church. and growing. 



MEETING AT SPOKANE, WASH. 

We were accorded a fine reception by Bro. William 
Schaffer and the members of the Spokane church as we 
presented the needs and challenges of home missions. 
This was the largest congregation we have ever seen in 
the Spokane church. 

Many improvements have been made in the building 
including the laying of beautiful carpet in the main au- 
ditorium. 

THE LORD IS BLESSING IN YAKIMA 

A meeting with Brother Williams and the Yakima 
Brethren proved to us conclusively that the Lord's 
blessing is upon that church. 

There were 128 in attendance Sunday. The previous 
Sunday the attendance was 136. Many new faces were 
seen in the congregation. The church seems to be grow- 
ing in every way. 

A beautiful job of landscaping has been done, setting 
off the entire building. 

FINE MEETING IN HARRAH 

Bro. Harry Sturz and the Harrah Brethren were kind 
in allowing us to present the challenge of home missions 
during the Bible school hour to a packed house. We 
greatly appreciated this and were well gratified with 
the fine response. 

Evangelistic meetings were in progress and quite a 
few decisions were made for Christ. 

SUNDAY EVENING MEETING AT SUNNYSIDE 

A large group of people greeted us in the Sunnyside, 
Wash., church to see the home mission pictures. We en- 
joyed the hospitality of the pastor, Brother Collingridge. 
Souls have been saved recently in this church. 

Not far away is the huge U. S. Government project at 
Hanford, Wash., where millions are being spent and 
where there is a fine opportunity to start a Brethren 
church. This is just another on the growing list of pros- 
pects for new Brethren churches. 

MEETING WITH THE SEATTLE BRETHREN 

It was indeed a special privilege and a great blessing 
to meet with the Brethren folks in Seattle, Wash., who 
have been praying long that a Brethren church might 
be started in their community. 

Meeting in the downtown "Y" chapel there was a fine 
group of representative families present. The prospects 
for a church were thoroughly discussed and basic plans 
made to accept this great opportunity laid before us by 
our Lord. 

One of the encouraging aspects of this work is the 
great enthusiasm of the people and their willingness to 
work and sacrifice in this effort. The families are scat- 
tered across the city and must drive long distances to a 
central point. This will also be true in the development 
of the church. How we must praise God for people who 
are willing to pioneer in this way. 

We looked over several sections of this great city for 
prospective locations. There are so many fine possibil- 



FELLOWSHIP IN TRACY, CALIF. 

Coming down the Pacific coast again we stopped in at 
our former home mission church in Tracy to find things 
moving along well and the Lord's blessing resting richly 
on the ministry of Bro. William Clough and the Tracy 
folks. 

New families have been added to the church. We 
were greeted by some of these in the evening meeting. 
A fine young people's choir has been organized and is 
presenting music at each service. 

BRETHREN JEWISH MISSION 
BEEHIVE OF ACTIVITY 

Great activity characterizes our Jewish mission in the 
Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Brother and Sister 
Button and Isobel Fraser are making hundreds of calls 
at Jewish homes and spreading the Gospel of Christ in 
a very effective manner. The reports we received were 
most encouraging for this type of mission work, con- 
sidering its difficulties and problems. 

Brother Button is now converting half of the garage 
on the mission property into a work space for boys and 
girls and plans to start regular children's meetings soon. 

These missionaries are very ably representing the 
NFBC and certainly deserve the support of each Breth- 
ren church. We cannot ask others to support our Jew- 
ish mission work, whereas independent Jewish missions 
find a fertile field of income in all denominations. 

There is great need in this work and we trust that 
each Brethren church will have a share in it. 

TEMPLE CITY ALMOST WASHED AWAY 

The recent floods in California came very close to our 
home mission church in Temple City, where Bro. Leo 
Polman is the pastor. However, the Lord cared for His 
property and the flood assuaged before damage was 
done to the buildings. 

The church there is moving forward, with new folks 
coming in under the ministry of Brother Polman. And 
the San Gabriel Academy, a Christian day school oper- 
ating in our buildings, is contributing its share in inter- 
est and activity to the work. 

MORE HOME MISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

Recently, while in conversation with a Christian man 
who is a real estate developer, he offered to give us lots 
for Brethren churches in three cities where he has sub- 
divisions under way. This, of course, is with the under- 
standing that we put churches on these lots in a reason- 
able length of time. The communities are all fairly large 
cities. 

The growth of the Brethren Church is limited only by 
the means available to grasp new opportunities. 

COLORED WORK NEEDS OUR PRAYERS 

Bro. Lincoln Oliver, our Negro worker in Los Angeles, 
near the Second Los Angeles Church, reports that vic- 
tories are being won but that the work is extremely dif- 
ficult. The Second L. A. Church has provided the Ne- 
groes with a place to meet and Brother Rempel, the 
pastor, is contributing much in assistance. Pray for 
this new work. 



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A LETTER TO YOU FROM 
OUR DENVER PASTOR 

4111 S. Cherokee St., Englewood, Colo. 

January 23, 1952. 
Dear Brethren: 

Greetings in Christ from the Rockies! 

"Ebenezer" would be a good watchword for us in 
beginning the year 1952 as a Brethren church, the first 
in Denver and in Colorado, for surely the Lord has been 
helping us. One very noticeable way in which the 
Lord's hand has been shown is that in almost every 
transaction concerning the beginning of the work here, 
He has worked with dispatch. There are so many ways, 
as many of you know, in which the Lord's work can be 
delayed, but it has not been so with us. 

When, as prospective pastor, I came here to "spy out 
the land," there were two very necessary things to get- 
ting on the field immediately — one was employment, and 
the other was a place of residence. Both of these the 
Lord enabled us to settle in one day. 

After arriving on the field, our immediate task was the 
location of lots for the church. An excellent location 
was found almost at once at Exposition and Federal, and 
the transactions (the ground was in the hands of two 
parties) are now closed, although $5,500 remains to be 
cared for in connection with one piece. The Devil tried 
hard to cheat us out of this location — but that is a story 
all its own. 

Organization day, January 6, was filled with blessed 
experiences. We began regular Sunday services on that 
day. Up to that time we had been meeting only as a 
Bible class and prayer group. What a thrill to know 
that "our own" church had actually begun! 

There was a good attendance at the organization 
service, the figure of 40 including 7 from Cheyenne and 
4 from Portis. Speaker for the service was Rev. Paul 
Eiselstein, American Sunday School Union missionary 
and member of the Fillmore, Calif., Brethren church. 
The Eiselsteins are moving their letters to Denver. At 
the close of this service, there were 19 who signed under 
the covenant for charter membership, not including 2 
who were not able to be present. 

On the following Sunday there was one confession of 
faith in Christ, and the next Sunday another. Both of 
these will be charter members. How we praise God for 
the evidence of His favor. 

The offering given at the close of the organization 
service included a gift from the Portis, Kans., Brethren 
church of $600. The total offering was about $800. In 
the other offerings of the day a home mission offering of 
about $50 was given. 

Personal work is one of the foremost emphases with 
our members. A hospital workers group has been oper- 
ating for some time, visiting bed-to-bed one Sunday out 
of the month in the Denver General Hospital. Often we 
have cause for rejoicing in the salvation of souls. 

By the time this is in print, we hope to have a large 
sign erected on the lots to inform all passers-by: "This is 
the future home of the Grace Brethren Church." This 
will be as good advertisement as can be had. 

We thank God for a group of faithful, dedicated, soul- 
winning Christians with which to start the Brethren 
church in Denver. 

Yours in His grace, 

(Signed) Lowell Hoyt, Pastor. 



PICTURES TAKEN AT ORGANIZATION OF DENVER 
CHURCH, JANUARY 6, 1952 




Upper photo (I. to r.) — Rev. Paul Eiselstein, Rev. H. 
H. Stewart, Rev. W. C. Vetters, Mr. Russell West, Mr. 
Maurice Davis, Mr. Donely, Mr. David Allen, Rev. 
Wayne Croker, Rev. Leslie Hutchinson, Rev. Lowell 
Hoyt. Lower photo — Rev. Lowell Hoyt, the first pas- 
tor of the new Denver church, is speaking to the group. 



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Beaumont, Calif. — 

God continues to give precious unity in the work at 
Cherry Valley. Our annual report for the calendar year 
1951 revealed that $13,500 came in during the year and 
our building debt now stands at only $800. Upstairs 
three classrooms have been completed and are being 
used for Sunday school. A public-address system, com- 
plete with records, amplifier, and speakers, was given to 
our church, and it has been installed in the belfry. — 
Gene Farrell. 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. — 

A BYF meeting is being held each Sunday prior to 
our evening service. After only a few weeks we have 
about 25 young people attending, but, of course, not all 
are Christians. Pray that we will be able to reach all 
of them for Christ. One girl has already accepted Christ 
and has been baptized. Some of our members are mov- 

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Seattle Brethren Ready to Start a Church 



By L. L Grubb 

After our recent meeting with the Seattle Brethren 
we are more convinced than ever that they deserve the 
complete support of all our Brethren churches. 

Three men in this faithful group have done a most 
efficient job of investigating three different sections of 
the city seeking a location for a new Brethren church. 
The evidence is that rather than starting one church we 
could easily start three churches in the north, south, and 
east sections of this tremendous city. 

The Seattle Brethren are ready to pray, work, and 
sacrifice, and have so pledged themselves in starting a 
new Brethren church. 

Is the Brethren Church ready to support them through 
the Minute-Man appeal? Here is the deciding factor! 
If our Minute-Men will send each letter back with a gift 
for Seattle the new Brethren church will be started. 
However, if these letters are laid aside our opportunity 
to enter this great field will be gone. 

The Seattle Brethren and the Brethren Home Missions 
Council are depending on every loyal Brethren man and 
woman, boy and girl, to help meet this great challenge. 



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ing away but we have three adults who will soon be 
making decisions, and we trust they will make up for 
the loss of the others. — Clarence Gutierrez. 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) — 

We are rejoicing now that several of our young people 
are coming to prayer meeting and have resolved to be 
more in prayer this coming year. Many have also re- 
solved to read the Word more and have adopted a motto, 
"To read the Bible through in 1952." We praise the 
Lord for this group of young people and pray that 
through the reading of the Word some will find Christ 
as Saviour. — Ralvh C. Hall. 

Clayhole, Ky. — 

This is my work report from October 1 to December 
31, 1951. During this period I lost 5 weeks due to sick- 
ness and my vacation. One week Rev. Ralph Colburn, 
national youth director, visited the schools and con- 
ducted the classes. A total of 44 Bible classes were held 
in Leatherwood, Caney Consolidated, and Buckhorn 
schools. In addition, I was in charge of six Bible pro- 
grams at Jackson High School. Brother Landrum was 
in charge of the Bible programs at Breathitt High School 
and Robinson High School every other Wednesday. 
While he conducted the progrrm in the Robinson High 
School, I conducted a program for the grades. We praise 
the Lord for the open door of the schools in Kentucky 
and the opportunities to witness to these young people. — 
Grace Grauel. 

Brethren Navaho Mission — 

The last two Sundays we have had a good adult at- 
tendance at the mission, with four definite decisions for 



There are homes in different sections oj Seattle, Wash., 
where a future home mission church may be located. 



salvation. As soon as the weather permits (possibly 4 or 
5 weeks) a class will be started for instructing as many 
as possible of the 46 who came forward in the past year. 
A baptismal service will be planned after the instruction 
period. In the last week we have taken eight seriously 
ill Navahos to the hospital. The mud is making the 
work difficult and causes an extra amount of labor for 
our mission staff. — Ray Martindale. 

Portland, Greg. — 

We have much to praise the Lord for because of His 
blessings upon the work. Decisions are starting to come 
again in the services. Now that the initial thrill of the 
new building is over, we are settling down to getting 
seme real work accomplished. A new lady cams last 
Sunday for the first time and she accepted the Lord 
when I called on her today. Pray that the Lord will 
give us many mere decisions for His glory. Our aver- 
age Sunday school attendance for the last quarter was 
93, with a record of 117. — Vernon J. Harris. 



SPECIAL NOTICE 

It is no longer necessary to use the words "Coun- 
selor Post" in connection with the Brethren Navaho 
Mission. Just use the address Brethren Navaho 
Mission, Cuba, New Mexico. 

San Juan Basin Lines will no longer deliver used 
clothing free to the Brethren Navaho Mission. This 
became effective November 1, 1951. Please send fu- 
ture shipments prepaid whenever possible. 

— Brethren Home Missions Council. 



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Los Angeles Brethren Minister to Colored Race 



For some time the Second Brethren Church of Los 
Angeles and its pastor, Bro. Henry Rempel, have had a 
vision for the evangelization of the colored race in Los 
Angeles with the hope that a work there might expand 
and develop in a greater circle to other colored folks 
across the nation. 

To this end the Brethren Home Missions Council and 
the Los Angeles church have been collaborating for 
some time while plans were made for entering this new 
field. 

The Los Angeles church has purchased a piece of 
property including a small house and a chapel where 
regular Lord's Day services are held. The pastor, Bro. 
Lincoln Oliver, has the distinction of being the first fully 
licensed colored Brethren minister in this country. He 
is working part time at this task of reaching his people 
in the immediate area of the chapel and has a great 
passion for souls. 



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THE GOSPEL OF MARK 

Presents Jesus as Servant (cf. Zech. 3:8). 
Key words. 

A. Straightway (1:10, 18, 20, 21; 2:2; 3:6; 5:29, 42; 
6:25, 45, 54; 7:35; 8:10; 9:15, 24; 11:3; 14:45; 15;1 
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17, 29; 5:2, 30; 6:27, 50; 10:52; 14:43 (17 times). 

C. Straitly (1:43; 3:12; 5:43). 

D. Forthwith (1:43). 

There was power in all His actions because He 
was God's Servant. It is a book of action. It is 
"The Gospel of Deeds." "Mark's Gospel is a 
swift narrative of divine doings." 
Key Verses. 

A. 10:45 — "For even the Son of man came not to be 
ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his 
life a ransom for many." 

B. 2:10 — "But that ye may know that the Son of 
man hath power on earth to forgive sins." 

Key outline. 

A. Preparation (1:1-13). 

B. Ministry in Galilee (1:14-9:50). 

C. Ministry en route to Jerusalem (10:1-52). 

D. The ransom period (11:1-15:47). 

E. The consummation 16:1-20). 
Key thought for the day. 

A. 16:20 — "And they went forth, and preached 
every where, the Lord working with them, and 
confirming the word with signs following." 

B. I Sam. 21:8 — "The king's business required 
haste." 



The accompanying pictures tell a part of this story. 

The prayers of all Brethren people are solicited for 
this new work as we endeavor to plumb the possibilities 
and seek our Lord's blessing upon it for this coming year 
in reaching the more than 200 colored families in our 
area. 




(Upper picture) The boys and girls of the Brethren 
Chapel Sunday school, with the workers and pastor. 
(Center picture) The Brethren Chapel, made available 
for the colored work by the Second Brethren Church, 
Los Angeles, Calif. (Lower picture) The workers at 
the Brethren Chapel are, from left to right, Naomi 
Fankewich, Geraldine Puttman, Dorothy Oliver, J. 
Lincoln Oliver. 



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II S IP A IE IL C ALLS X 



A MORNING IN JANUARY 



By Leanore Button 



The telephone is always busy at the mission. As I 
dropped my work to answer it I felt a surge of annoy- 
ance. When I recognized the voice at the other end I 
sighed and resigned myself to spending the rest of the 
morning at the telephone. There are some of our Jewish 
friends with whom it is a pleasure to speak and others 
who go on and on about their children, their home, their 
animals without really saying anything of importance. 

This time it was my evolutionist friend, Frieda. For 
the past 6 months I had had little opportunity to talk 
with her concerning the things of Christ. In fact, I felt 
that she was so set in her belief of evolution that it was 
an impossibility to do anything with her until she came 
to the point of accepting God's Word as truth. How- 
ever, we had been praying for her daily, knowing that 
the Spirit of God could accomplish much. The usual 
conversation took place concerning her two lovely chil- 
dren — Melanie and Susan, her wonderful husband, how 
much the cat ate, etc., etc. I settled down comfortably 
to listen, wishing I could get at the dust I could see in 
the hall corner. 

Usually I try to discourage telephone conversations on 
religion because I feel that I have a much better advan- 
tage in speaking face to face. However, for some un- 
explained reason (Frieda is so careful to give me no 
opening of any kind) we were in God's Word without 
either of us knowing it. 

"I should hate to spend my life feeling I was a sinner," 
she was saying. "It seems to me that it would be a life 
of fear." 

I explained that when one realized he was a sinner 
and then accepted the proper sacrifice provided for sin, 
the Lord Jesus Christ, then it was not fear but love 
that filled his heart and a never-ceasing praise to the 
wonderful grace of God in providing for his sins and in 
the security found only in Him. 

She said she believed in living a good life and keeping 
the law; therefore she did not sin. I told her God's 
Word said ALL have sinned. She said the Bible was 
written for people living in a different age and therefore 
did not apply to us. In other words, if it didn't sound 
right, then she didn't believe it. I quoted, "The heart is 
deceitful and desperately wicked . . ." to which she re- 
plied, "Interpretation." I asked her what she thought I 
interpreted when I only read the exact words and made 
no comment of my own. 

We argued on that for a time until she told me of the 
ministers and rabbis who could get together in the spirit 
of brotherhood, and wasn't that so much nicer than my 
intolerance of any other way to heaven. After all, didn't 
I know that all roads lead there? And didn't I know 
that she certainly intended to be there also? (Remem- 
ber, she believes in evolution!) I told her I could not 
afford to be tolerant when the Word of God said there 
was only one way to salvation — through the Lord Jesus 
Christ — and though she thought it a fine, upright thing, 
this brotherhood, I had no time for such men who were 
sending people to an eternity in hell by telling them to 



lead good lives and treat all men as brothers. I finished 
by quoting Revelation 20:15 and told her that whether 
she believed it or not, God's Word is true. I stressed 
the fact that the responsibility for her children's belief 
and whether they were bound for heaven or hell lay at 
her door even if she didn't care about herself. 

The conversation lasted 2 hours. She wasn't angry, 
but reminded me she had been very tolerant. 

Several days later I was in her home for coffee and 
she brought out her college text book on evolution. She 
asked why I was different from other gentiles and I an- 
swered by explaining the dynamic, Jesus the Messiah, 
which operated in a Christian's life. Then, very simply, 
I told her the plan of salvation once again. 

"Jerry," she said, "I think I am giving my children the 
best possible religious training in maintaining a happy 
home, giving them normal lives, etc., etc." 

I was glad to hear her say this and it gave me hope. 
She was trying to justify herself to me and I believe that 
for the first time she was really afraid I might be right. 

I took home the book on evolution and read it, want- 
ing to prove to her that I was not too narrow-minded to 
read anything (she refused to read a book on the refu- 
tation of evolution) and then compare it with my belief. 
I have looked into it carefully and I have prepared to 
show her why I cannot accept evolution and then, if the 
Holy Spirit of God will guide, I am going to try to show 
her why I can accept the absolute truth of the Word 
of God. 

You know, it is desperately hard to hold these Jewish 
people in such a way as to present a logical argument to 
them when using the Word of God. They interrupt and 
talk so incessantly that it is hard to stay on the line of 
logic. However, I believe God can direct this contact 
in such a way as to accomplish His purpose. 

I cannot ask you to pray for this contact because it 
will be over when you read this, but I can ask you to 
pray for this fine, intellectual woman and her family. 
Sometimes I feel that these are hopeless cases but the 
Lord is able to save in spite of everything. 

Please pray hard for her, for her husband, Max, and 
for her two darling little girls who will most certainly 
spend an eternity in hell unless the Lord saves their 
parents. May they realize that Revelation 20:15 is true, 
but may they learn that John 3:16 is the evidence of 
God's love for us all, the realization of which can put 
their names in the safety of the Lamb's Book of Life! 

P. S— This contact was completed January 24. For 
6 hours Scripture was given out. She was visibly dis- 
turbed by Isaiah 53 and Zechariah 13 and 14. Again I 
say — pray! 




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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



Rev. Oscar Stern, a refugee from 
Hitler's Gestapo, spoke to the men's 
fellowship of the Whittier, Calif., 
church on February 12. 

The Waterloo, Ioioa, church has 
added a nursery to the church build- 
ing. 

The Harrisburg, Pa., church has 
gained 32 new members since July 
1, 1951. The membership of this 
home mission church is now 83. 

Bro. E. F. Shaffer, Bible school 
superintendent and holder of sev- 
eral other offices in the Altoona, Pa., 
First Church, died on January 31. 

At the Cheyenne, Wyo., church 11 
people confessed Christ the last two 
Sundays of January. A projector 
was presented to the church by the 
laymen's group of the local church. 

Rev. R. I. Humberd held a 4-night 
Bible conference at the Modesto, 
Calif. (La Loma), church closing 
January 20 with 20 people making 
public decisions for Christ. Rev. L. 
L. Grubb was there in behalf of 
home missions January 14. A teach- 
er training class is conducted in the 
church building each Tuesday by 
Mrs. Blanche Gallagher, of Berkeley. 

Bro. Antone LeRoy Howard, mis- 
sionary to Baja California, was or- 
dained to the ministry of the Gospel 
at the Los Angeles, Calif., Second 
Church, his home church, on Janu- 
ary 27. The following elders par- 
ticipated in the service: George 
Richardson, Henry G. Rempel, Adam 
R a g e r, Joseph Hoffman, Glenn 
O'Neal and Paul R. Bauman. 

Rev. R. I. Humberd held a week's 
Bible conference at the Los Angeles 
Second Church ending January 27. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lingenfelter 
and son, Wesley, of the Leamersville, 
Pa., church, were in an automobile 
accident, their car being hit broad- 



side by another car. Brother Ling- 
enfelter was seriously injured. (He 
is the brother of Galen, pastor at 
Buena Vista, Va.) 

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Clifford Yocky in January at Long 
Beach, Calif. Mrs. Yocky is a daugh- 
ter of Mrs. Loree Sickel, of Argen- 
tina. 

Frank Guy Coleman IV was born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Coleman at 
Long Beach. Calif., in January. 

Bro. Mel S t one r, former book- 
keeper in the office of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company, is in 
the Methodist Hospital, Los Angeles, 
Calif., suffering with back trouble. 

The Los Angeles, Calif., First 
Church has started a branch Sunday 
school in Imperial Village, under the 
superintendency of Bro. Harold 
Jones. 




Dr. Charles H. Ashman will de- 
liver a series of lectures at Grace 
Seminary April 17-18 and 22-23. He 
is available for services at some 
church near Winona Lake Saturday 
and Sunday, April 19-20. Address 
him at 1051 West 81st PI., Los An- 
geles 44, Calif. 

The Fort Wayne, Ind., church re- 
ceived into its membership 21 new 
members during January 1952, the 
closing month of Rev. John Aeby's 
ministry at the church before mov- 
ing to Philadelphia. 

A Bible class has been started in 
Hollidaysburg , Pa., under the super- 
vision of the East District Mission 
Board. Teacher of the class is Rev. 
Phillip J. Simmons, of Altoona. 

Rev. Raymond Kettell's new ad- 
dress is Portis, Kans. (Change An- 
nual, p. 68.) 

Repairs are being made to the 
Everett, Pa., church building, and 
new pews are being installed. 

The new building of the Jenners, 
Pa., church is now under roof and 
the building program continues. 

Visas for the Carson Rottlers have 
been granted for residence in Ar- 
gentina. They plan to sail with the 
Lynn Schrocks on March 23. 

New officers of the Southeast Dis- 
trict Men's Fellowship are: T. S. 



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A letter was just received (Feb- 
ruary 5) from Miss Elizabeth Ty- 
son, who is nurse for Mrs. Roy 
Snyder. The operation which Mrs. 
Snyder underwent on January 21 
was a success. One week later, 
when Miss Tyson wrote, Mrs. Sny- 
der was sitting out on the porch of 
the white ward of the hospital at 
Elat enjoying the beauty of the 
Cameroun hills. 



Taylor, president; C. C. Guinn, vice 
president; W. V. Findley, secretary- 
treasurer; and W. C. Fisher, assist- 
ant secretary-treasurer. 

At the Kittanning, Pa., church 
Omer Shankle has 7 years of perfect 
Sunday school attendance. 

The Kittanning Bible Institute be- 
gan its second semester on January 
17. The teachers are Rev. Gordon 
Bracker and Rev. H. F. Miller. 

The Leamersville, Pa., church has 
designated February as Literature 
Month. During the month the read- 
ing of the Bible, Christian books and 
tracts, and the Brethren Missionary 
Herald is being featured. 

The Dayton, Ohio, First Church 
has just given the largest home mis- 
sion offering in its history. The total 
gifts amounted to $6,262. 

At the Sidney, Ind., church five 
children accepted the Saviour on 
February 3. 

The Berean Sunday School Class 
of the Winona Lake, Ind., church re- 
cently elected the following officers: 
Joseph Dombek, president; Mrs. Ho- 
mer Kent, Sr., vice president; Mrs. 
Benjamin Hamilton, secretary-treas- 
urer; and Rev. Arthur Cashman, 
teacher. One of the projects of this 
class is the furnishing of teaching 
material for Miss Angie Garber at 
the Brethren Navaho Mission, Cuba, 
N. Mex. 

Rev. Paul Mohler, pastor of the 
Listie, Pa., church, spoke to the "Y j 
Boys" at the Somerset Township 
High School on February 1 on the 
theme, "Who's Boss." 

The Philadelphia, Pa., First Church 
had a reception for Rev. John Aeby 
and his family on January 31. After 
a short program the congregation 
presented the Aebys with a food 
shower. 

The alumni of Grace Theological 
Seminary are sponsoring an 'Alumni 
Reunion" at the school February 
26-29. The featured speaker is Dr. j 
Ralph Stoll. 

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JAe SiiBle in the Qfodtticm £if,e 



By Rev. Mark Malles, Altoona, Pa. 



I want to talk to you about a very 
important and personal matter. Let 
me begin by asking a question; will 
you answer honestly? Concerning 
that Bible there in your home — 
when did you last read from it? Do 
you read it regularly. 

The Bible — w hat an important 
place it should have in the life of 
every child of God! When you read 
your Bible God is able to talk to 
you, but I am wondering how often 
and how regularly you hear the 
voice of God through His Word. 

The Bible Increases Faith 

How many sincere people I have 
heard make the statement, "Oh, I 
wish I had more faith!" Have you 
ever said that? Listen, the Bible 
says, in Romans 10:17, "So then 
faith cometh by hearing, and hear- 
ing by the word of God." Do you 
want more faith? Then read the 
Word of God more and your faith 
will increase. Perhaps you are not 
using the faith you already have, so 
God won't waste any more on you 
until you start using it. 

Faith, with the Christian, is sim- 
ply taking God at His word. In 
those times of perplexity, when all 
seems to go wrong, faith takes God 
at His word, for He has said: "We 
know that all things work together 
for good to them that love God, to 
them who are the called according 
to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28). 

In a time of need, physical or 
spiritual, faith takes God at His 
Word when He says, "But my God 
shall supply all your need according 
to his riches in glory by Christ Je- 
sus" (Phil. 4:19). 

When victory over sin is desired 
and the heart hungers after right- 
eousness, faith takes God at His word 
when He says that our old self has 
been crucified with Christ. "Reckon 
ye also yourselves to be dead indeed 
unto sin, but alive unto God through 
Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rem. 6:11). 

The Bible Reveals Sin 
These and other messages of good 
news and encouragement are not 
known apart from the Bible. How 
can you trust God for something you 
don't know anything about? And 
how can you know His promises and 
provisions apart from the Bible? 



Do you read the Bible in your 
home, husband and wife? Do you 
two read the Bible and pray to- 
gether? Do the children in your 
home have the Bible read to them? 
Or is the Bible a book unknown to 
them in the home? When we con- 
sider the neglect of the Bible in 
many Christian homes there is little 
wonder that parents have heavy 
hearts over their children's lack of 
interest in spiritual things! 

What will the Bible do for you 
and your family if you read it? 
Well, if you read with an open heart, 




Rev. Mark Malles 

applying the message to yourself, 
THE BIBLE WILL REVEAL TO 
YOU THE SIN THAT IS IN YOUR 
LIFE. This is of great importance! 
There is only one thing that causes 
God to withhold His richest bless- 
ings from us: there is only one thing 
that keeps Christians from having 
the overflowing joy of the Lord in 
their lives constantly. That one 
thing is sin. "Behold, the Lord's 
hand is not shortened, that it cannot 
save; neither his ear heavy, that it 
cannot hear: but your iniquities have 
separated between you and your 
God, and your sins have hid his face 
from you. that he will not hear" (Isa. 
59:1-2). The Psalmist has said. "If 
I regard iniquity in my heart, the 
Lord wiU not hear me" (66:18). 
Now the Bible is a mirror (Jas. 1: 
23-24) which shows us what we are. 
By the way, this is just why some 
people won't read the Bible — it 
speaks too plainly about their sin, 
and they don't like that. 

But if you are really sincere and 
w?.nt the Lord to show you the im- 



perfection and sin of which you are 
guilty, then give Him a chance by 
daily reading the Word. It will do 
the work. You will see yourself in 
a new light. 

The Bible Provides Cleansing 
That is not all that the Bible will 
do for you. You would be hopeless- 
ly depressed if you were to have 
your sin pointed out to you and then 
not be shown any means of getting 
rid of it, wouldn't you? The Bible 
not only shows us our sin, but THE 
BIBLE POINTS US TO THE WAY 
OF CLEANSING FROM SIN. 

Only in the Bible do we see the 
blood of Christ flowing for our 
cleansing. On the basis of the Cal- 
vary sacrifice the Bible points the 
Christian to I John 1:9 — "If we con- 
fess our sins, he is faithful and just 
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse 
us from all unrighteousness." As 
the Bible points out your sin, recog- 
nize it, acknowledge it, and confess 
it to God. Then claim His promise 
of forgiveness and cleansing. 

The Bible Merits a Try 
Of course there is much more for 
you in the Bible than these things I 
have mentioned. Why not give it a 
try? Here is a word of caution. 
Don't read the Scriptures simply to 
gain an intellectual knowledge of 
them. Remember, the Devil can 
quote Scripture. Even he knows the 
facts of the Book. David said: "Thy 
word have I hid in my heart, that I 
might not sin against thee" (Psa. 
119:11). Get the Word down into 
your heart — accept it, believe it, 
practice it, and oh, what a blessing 
it will be to you. 

Right now, why don't you get 
down that Bible of yours, dust it off 
and take the relics out of it and get 
it in reading shape. Then open it to 
John or Remans, and begin today a 
reading habit. Call in the children, 
too, and read a chapter aloud, each 
one reading a few verses. Set up 
that family altar there in your home 
around the Bible and see how much 
happier all of you will be and how 
much closer to the Lord you will 
live. 

(Watch for a sequel to this article, 
"Prayer in the Christian Life," to 
appear in this magazine soon.) 



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Love and Justice 
Found a Way 



By Leona Dawson Cole 




PART I 
(Human Reasoning) 

As natural as for a man to think, 

It must be for the God of Love to skim 

Over our sins, the world would have us think. 1 
But can our acts and thoughts off-color, dim, 
Be concealed behind the love of Him 

Whose truth and mercy meet in righteousness; 

To whom nothing impure may have access? 2 

This may sound strange, but nothing justifies 
That stands opposed to moral law's decree; 

Transgression left unjudged would nullify 3 
The holiness of God. Our Judge must see 
That those condemned, pay all the penalty. 

Should He forgive our sins just for love's sake, 

The universe He governs would be at stake. 



PART III 
(Dual Sacrifice, Cosmic and Messianic) 

O, for grace to search the soul and see, 
That unrenewed it remains a lifeless clod: 

To deeper go into Gethsemane 

And look upon the spotless Lamb of God, 9 
Prostrate there beneath the Father's rod 10 

Of Judgment; to feel the love, the tears, the sweat, 

And learn how justice, once for all, was met: 

That we might feel the thorn-pricks pressing down 
Into our hearts, and know God's Sacrifice 

Not only died for us, but wore the crown n 
Of thorns; restoring nature's paradise. 
Thus, the Life of life paid all the price! 12 

Dying on the cross 'twixt earth and heaven, 

God's Sacrifice outweighed all sins, forgiven. 



PART II 
(Forgiveness) 

Forgiveness is as lovely as the morning; 
Joined to love, their beauty stands alone; 

Each the other's graciousness adorning, 

Fulfilling His command, thus making known 4 
His love and mercy flowing from the throne. 

But love is powerless to vindicate. 

Forgiveness does not change the obstinate. 5 

God can forgive, but how, and justify? 6 

Will He make void the faultless law He made? 

"The soul that sinneth, it shall surely die"; 7 
To cancel this would make Him sin's co-aid. 
The penalty by someone MUST be paid! 

Faithful to Himself . . . faithful to us, 

Christ paid it all through death, vicarious. 8 



PART IV 
(Love and Justice Found a Way) 

"Why weepest thou?" He said when He arose. 

"Why weepest thou?" The first words that He spoke. 13 
"He is risen." Victorious words to those 

That put their trust in God's great master stroke. 14 
The chains of bondage our Redeemer broke. 
The Son redeemed His Father's great and small! 15 
Our Elder Brother redeemed to us, God's all! 16 

Time may ravish all our lustrous dreams; 
Take away the things we hold most dear; 

But nought can stay the power that redeems 
And sanctifies, until He shall appear 17 
In clouds of glory . . . Look up and have no fear, 

The God of Love and Justice found a way 

All heaven, and earth, and hell, could not gainsay. 18 



(1) 


Rom. 10:3-4. 


(7) Ezek. 18:4. 


(13) 


(2) 


Hab. 1:13; Prov. 20:9; Matt. 5:8. 


(8) Isa. 53:5-8; I John 2:2. 


(14) 


(3) 


Isa. 53:5, 8. 12; Rom. 8:1-3. 


(9) John 1:29; I Pet. 1:19; Rev. 5:6; 22:1. 


(15) 


(4) 


John 13:34-35. 


(10) Isa. 53:4. 


(16) 


(5) 


II Cor. 5:17, 21. 


(11) Gen. 3:17-19; Gal. 3:13. 


(17) 


(6) 


Rom. 3:23-24; 4:5, 25; 5:1, 9. 


(12) John 1:4; 11:25; 14:6. 


(18) 



John 20:15; Mark 16:6. 

Heb. 7:27; 9:12, 26-28; 10:10, 14. 

Lev. 25:49; Ruth 3:12. 

Heb. 3:9-13; Rom. 8:29. 

I Thess. 4:14-18; Col. 3:4. 

Phil. 2:10; Rev. 5:13. 



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Ardyth Lois Joins the Parsonage Family 



November 26 — After more than 2 
weeks of patient (?) waiting our 
fourth daughter and eighth baby 
made her belated debut. Fattest 
baby we ever had. Sweetest one 
yet. Daddy says Mother told all her 
babies the same thing! We stand in 
awe again at the miracle of birth 
and life as it comes fresh from the 
hand of our Creator. God "breathed 
into his nostrils the breath of life; 
and man became a living soul." The 
baby will experience another birth 
some day, please God, when she be- 
comes a member of the family of 
God through the redemption which 
is in Christ. 

November 27 — Daddy came hus- 
tling into Mother's room after look- 
ing through the nursery window at 
his new daughter. "Such fat cheeks," 
he exclaimed. "Where did she get 
them?" "Did you ever look in the 
mirror?" Mother countered. "Tel 
■pere, tel filles" — Mother remem- 
bered the French proverb. Daddy's 
pleasure showed in his smile. Our 
Father God has pleasure in us as we 
bear His image in our lives. 

November 28 — We named our 
baby. 'Twasn't hard to do. We al- 
ways have more names chosen than 
we can ever have babies. We were 
ready to name twins, but Mother 
fears twins are just wishful thinking 
on her part. Such a thrilling warmth 
has enveloped Mother each time she 
has named a baby loaned to her by 
her Father. "Ardyth Lois," she sol- 
emnly told the recorder. And as the 
baby snuggled close to her breast 
Mother wondered why she ever 
wished for a boy. This girl baby is a 
choice jewel! And one day her 
name will be written in the Lamb's 
Book of Life. "There's a new name 
written down in glory, and it's mine, 
oh, yes, it's mine," will be Ardyth's 
song. 

December 3 — Home, and a tumul- 
tuous welcome. "Where is she?" 



"Can I hold her?" "She's awful lit- 
tle." "I can't see why you think 
she's so beautiful." "Does she 'cry?" 
Hardly was this spoken when the 
baby answered! "She don't got no 
teeth," was Kent's rather scornful 
comment. "She doesn't have any 
teeth," corrected Big Sister. "Well, 
she don't got none," the lad insisted. 
"Never mind," Mother soothed her 
daughter, "he'll not say that in a 
few years." 



•By- 




PABSONAGE 'd 
"ROOF 



Mrs. £o&er/M///er 



This is Sharon's sixth birthday. 
How the years roll on! Kent was 4 
November 29. Ardyth was born 
November 26. Sharon is 6 Decem- 
ber 3. For the next few years the 
week from November 26 to Decem- 
ber 3 will be one of much work, 
what with three cakes to bake and 
decorate and three youngsters to 
honor on their natal days. Precious 
Lord, may Kent and Sharon and 
Ardyth and all the children "grow 
in grace, and in the knowledge of 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" 
(II Pet. 3:18) as they grow phys- 
ically. 

December 5 — The baby had such 
a bad case of colic. 'Twas a worse 
bout than Mother ever experienced 
with any of Ardyth's brothers. Colic 
is an indication of indigestion. Must 
be that her food is too rich. How 
Mother stands in need of wisdom in 
caring for this new life entrusted to 
her care. And most of all she needs 
wisdom as to her children's spiritual 
diet. Dear Father, help me to feed 




each child with spiritual milk to 
meet his need for today. Then let 
him grow and mature so he can eat 
the strong meat of the Word. 

December 9 — The baby laughed 
aloud! And she's just 2 weeks old. 
Mother was so glad for witnesses 
because no one would have believed 
her. Two weeks is very young for 
a baby to laugh aloud. The laugh- 
ter was most beautiful music to 
Mother's ears. Here indeed was a 
gift from God which can't be pur- 
chased with money. "What hast 
thou that thou didst not receive?" 
(I Cor. 4:7). 

December 12 — The baby is 16 days 
old. Mother is permitted to be up a 
little today. Solon Hoyts arrived 
this afternoon. What a pleasure to 
fellowship with these ambassadors 
for Christ. And such a thrill to pre- 
sent the latest Miller! 

December 15 — Mother is slowly 
getting back into the "groove" again. 
Ardyth is more of a pleasure each 
day. She's been her mother's 
"Waterloo" because more time is 
spent loving her, playing with her, 
and coaxing smiles from the wee 
lassie than is spent on work. Even 
Mother's desk work has suffered. 
Here is the answer to all the letters 
and inquiries: "Where is the Par- 
sonage Roof column? We miss it." 
"We know you are busy, but please 
write that column." Mother appre- 
ciates all the kind expressions and 
she promises to do better from here 
on. Just lay the blame for this "si- 
lent period" at the doorstep of our 
newest baby. She's a doll baby we 
wish you could all enjoy. "Breth- 
ren, pray for us" (I Thess. 5:25). 
"The effectual fervent prayer of a 
righteous man availeth much" (Jas. 
5:16). 



S. S. MATERIAL APPRECIATED 

"As the new year gets under way, 
may I take this means of thanking 
the staff at the Herald Company for 
the fine materials made available for 
the Bible school. We are looking 
forward to the day when we can use 
all Brethren materials from the cra- 
dle roll up." So writes Russel Beech, 
superintendent for 12 years of the 
Bible school of the Listie, Pa., 
church. 



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Thoughts for Christian Pilgrims 



By Conard Sandy 



No Time for Idleness 

Dr. Worthington Ford, in writing a 
biographical sketch of John Quincy 
Adams, said: "He never had an idle 
moment " The whole life of Mr. 
Adams was one of industry and ac- 
tivity; no one ever accused him of 
idleness. 

The life of constant activity ought 
to characterize the children of God. 
The Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to 
the people of His day, said: "My time 
is not yet come: but your time is 
alway ready." Later He warned of 
the urgency of being busy during 
this lifetime, for He declared: "The 
night cometh, when no man can 
work" (John 7:6; 9:4). Indeed, every 
child of God ought to be busy "re- 
deeming the time, because the days 
are evil" (Eph. 5:16). 



The End of This Life 

Pica Chatter, a small trade mag- 
azine, in its January 1952 issue, 
claims that "science should spend 
less time studying the origin of man, 
and more time on what his finish is 
to be." 

David, long before our day, wrote 
of the consideration each one should 
give concerning the end of this life. 
He put it in these words: "Lord, 
make me to know mine end, and the 
measure of my days, what it is; that 
I may know how frail I am. Behold, 
thou hast made my days as an hand- 
breadth; and mine age is as nothing 
before thee" (Psa. 39:4-5). 



Hope in Christ's Return 

Jacob Abbott, in his history of 
Alexander the Great, has related an 
incident that has interest to the stu- 
dent of the Word of God. 

As Alexander was about ready to 
leave on one of his military expedi- 
tions he called together his generals 
and officers and divided his estates 
and revenues among them. His 
friends became concerned and asked 
him what he had reserved for him- 
self. "Hope," was his reply. 

It was the hope of selfish ambition, 
of arrogant pride, and of the spirit of 
conquest. Yet this hope had no 
place in controlling his behavior or 



of improving his morals. He died at 
an early age the victim of his own 
drunkenness and riotous living. 

In contrast to this the child of God 
has a hope of an entirely different 
nature. It is the hope of the soon 
return of the Lord Jesus Christ from 
heaven to receive his bride unto 
Himself. Of this hope the Apostle 
John wrote: "And every man that 
hath this hope in him purifieth him- 
self, even as he is pure" (I John 3:3). 



A Motive for One's Actions 

Oberlin, the German philanthro- 
pist, once became lost in a snow- 
storm near Strassburg. He became 
exhausted and finally fell into a drift 
by the side of the road where he was 
later found by a wagoner who took 
him to his home and revived him. 

The wagoner refused any reward 
from the traveler. Thereupon Ober- 
lin asked him his name and received 
in reply this answer: "Tell me the 
name of the Good Samaritan." To 
this Oberlin replied: "His name is 
not recorded." "Then let me with- 
hold mine," said the humble wag- 
oner. 

That is a refreshing incident for 
the saints in this day when so many 
people want their names printed in 
public places and often for matters 
less than saving men from dying in 
the storm. The believer's aim ought 
to be, as summed up by the Apostle 
Paul: "Whatsoever ye do, do it 
heartily, as to the Lord, and not to 
men" (Col. 3:23). Indeed, seek the 
favor of God rather than any com- 
pliment the world can offer. 



"Fishermen Are Born That Way" 

Under this title Robert E. Pinker- 
ton has written a four-page article 
that appeared in the February 1952 
issue of Nation's Business. Among 
other things he wrote: "Last year 
anglers spent $2,000,000,000 on a 
sport that's also a hobby and a reli- 
gion." Throughout the article the 
author tells of the thrills, the pa- 
tience, and the perseverance mani- 
fested by the fishermen while fish- 
ing. 

Beloved, those who are fishing for 
men are also "born that way." Men 



cannot become fishers of men of 
their own will nor by their own ef- 
forts. The art of fishing for men 
must come from another source. 

The Lord Jesus Christ put it this 
way: "Follow me, and I will make 
you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19). 
Once a man has been fashioned thus 
by the Lord he will be willing to 
spend and to be spent in the work 
of bringing others to the Saviour for 
salvation. It will not happen until 
one is "born that way" by the new 
birth. 



Born Unto Trouble 

The story is making its rounds 
these days of a father looking 
through the window in the baby 
ward at the hospital to see his new 
baby. It seemed to him that every 
baby in the ward was crying, so he 
turned to a nurse and asked: "Why 
are they bawling?" 

"Listen," said the nurse rather se- 
verely, "if you were only a few days 
old, without any clothes, out of a 
job, and owed the government al- 
most $1,700 on the national debt, 
you'd be bawling too!" 

Indeed, Eliphaz the Temanite was 
right when he answered Job: "Al- 
though affliction cometh not forth of 
the dust, neither doth trouble spring 
out of the ground; yet man is born 
unto trouble, as the sparks fly up- 
ward" (Job 5:6-7). 



ELTON ROTH DIES 

Elton Menno Roth, writer of many 
Gospel hymns and songs, died on 
December 31, 1951, at his home in 
Los Angeles, Calif. He was born 
November 27, 1891, at Berne, Ind. 

Mr. Roth was best known among 
Christians for his hymn, "In My 
Heart There Rings a Melody." He 
wrote the words and music of this 
hymn one day while he was singing 
with an evangelistic team in Texas, 
and the next evening he had it sung 
by more than 400 boys and girls. 
Immediately it became a favorite 
with many people and has continued 
to be a much-loved and much-used 
hymn of the church. 



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THE GRAHAM MEETINGS 

There is little one can write on 
these meetings in Washington that 
will be news, for the daily newspa- 
pers are keeping these meetings be- 
fore the reading public. However, 
here is a testimony from Rev. James 
Dixon, pastor of the Brethren church 
in Washington, D. C. 

"The Lord has blessed us immeas- 
urably and we rejoice in the won- 
derful meetings we have had with 
the Billy Graham team. Truly Billy 
Graham is the man for the hour. I 
rejoice in the fellowship we have 
had together. His humility is a 
sweet, refreshing tonic in these days 
of arrogance and selfishness. The 
meetings have been well attended, 
with an average of around 8,000 for 
the first two weeks. . . . 

"I have been greatly impressed 
with the depth of Brother Graham's 
ministry — a relief from the superfi- 
cial evangelism that has been char- 
acteristic of recent years. The team 
works as a wonderful unit, with Cliff 
Barrows conducting the service and 
leading the 1,000-voice choir. Bev- 
erly Shea has brought us special 
music every night." 



Browsing Among the Books 

It is the purpose of this column to bring to the reader's attention some of the books 
that are being presented to the reading public today. Each book reviewed here will present 
a message of some merit and worthy of consideration, though a review of a book does not 
necessarily mean that the reviewer approves everything in it. 

Any book mentioned in this column may be purchased from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, Winona Lake, Ind. 



FORMOSA GOSPEL CRUSADE 

The blessing of the Lord is upon 
the preaching of the Gospel on the 
island of Formosa. Two recent ca- 
ble messages from Rev. Dick Hillis, 
Formosa Gospel Crusade missionary 
to the people of that island, indicate 
this very thing. 

On January 28 he cabled: "The 
biggest Bunnan chieftain on the 
island has been led to Christ. It is 
real — though he is only a babe. He 
is going around the island telling his 
tribe about the Saviour. This may 
mean the entire Bunnan tribe turn- 
ing to Christ. Rejoice, and then 
pray for nothing less than that." 

On January 30 he cabled: "In one 
high school 603 responded to the in- 
vitation. One of the students later 
wrote: 'The students express their 
appreciation because you told them 
so clearly about God's love and sal- 
vation. . . . We understand and mean 
to be good Christians.' 

"Prior to another meeting near an 
army base the officer addressed his 
men: 'If you go to that meeting to- 
night you will have to miss supper. 
(They have only two meals a day.) 
What is your wish?' Three hundred 
men chose to go without supper and 
walked 7 miles to the meeting. Two 



CONTRARY WINDS, by Edith Sny- 
der Pederson. 185 pp. Cloth. 
Zondervan Publishing House 
(1951). $2.00. 
This bit of romance is the story of 
an abandoned child who grew up in 
a children's home located in the 
Montana mountains. Because of her 
unknown background she always felt 
unwanted and unloved by those 
around her. Upon graduation from 
high school she ran away from the 
home and drifted into New York 
City. But her troubles were not left 
behind, for many contrary winds 
buffeted her pathway before she 
found the Lord and returned to her 
Montana homeland. She learned 
the hard way that peace of mind and 
heart does not come by fame and 
fortune, but only by Christ. The 
style is good and there is a definite 
Christian testimony borne. You will 
enjoy following this girl through her 
troubles into contented Christian 
service. — Blaine Snyder. 

THE HEADHUNTER'S BRIDE, by 
B. H. Pearson. 223 pp. Cloth. 
Cowman Publications (1951). 
$2.00. 
This novel combines fact and fic- 
tion from the island of Formosa. 
O'Chosan, tiring of life in a Japanese 
palace, went to Formosa and there 
joined the Taiyal tribe. The pages 
of the book unfold in a realistic 
manner the nature of jungle life on 
this island. It took many crises be- 
fore the natives began to accept the 
message of the Great Chief of whom 
O'Chosan told them. Many of those 
who did accept the true God were 
persecuted for their faith, even unto 
death, by the invading forces of 
ruthless Japanese. The trials of 
these people for their faith will grip 
you as you see them lay down their 
lives rather than give up their faith. 
Perhaps more specific Christian 
terms at places could have been used 
by the author. — Blaine Snyder. 



hundred forty -three indicated their 
desire to know Christ as their Sav- 
iour. The 7 miles didn't seem so 
long even though they were hun- 
gry." 



HIDDEN VALLEY, by Douglas C. 
Percy. 155 pp. Cloth. Zonder- 
van Publishing House (1951). 
$2.00. 
Trees that burst into flame by un- 
seen hands, witch doctors, leopard 
men, are all part of this African 
mystery thriller. The story is that 
of the "Prof" and a former student 
of his and their venture into Africa 
to find another former student of 
the prof's and there have a time of 
pleasure together. They arrived just 
at the time when the forces of evil 
were doing their utmost to destroy 
the work of young Dunning, a pio- 
neer missionary in this dark land. 
The story of his rescue and recovery, 
the victory over the forces of evil, 
and the decisions of the prof and 
friend to establish a medical work 
make this a most interesting novel. 
This work deserves its distinction as 
a prize winner in a recent Christian 
fiction contest. — Blaine Snyder. 

ALLEGED BIBLE CONTRADIC- 
TIONS, by George W. DeHoff. 
303 pp. Cloth. Baker Book 
House (1950). $3.25. 
The position of the author is that 
most Bible contradictions really are 
alleged; that with proper study they 
vanish like the darkness before the 
rising sun. The first three chapters 
deal with the problem of the inspira- 
tion of the Scriptures. While not 
technical they are good and are per- 
haps the best chapters in the book. 
The writer does not claim to set 
forth every possible solution to the 
problems dealt with, but one that is 
reasonable. A valuable part of the 
work is the Scripture index which 
lists the passages treated. Lay read- 
ers will find this of value as a source 
book when faced with many of the 
problems about the so-called con- 
tradictions of the Bible. However, 
we do not endorse some of the posi- 
tions taken by the author. — Blaine 
Snyder. 



DR. RIMMER AFFLICTED 

Dr. Harry Rimmer, well-known 
Bible student, lecturer, and writer, 
is reported as being afflicted with 
cancer. 



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NEWS 





CHURCHES 



Long Beach, Calif. (First) 

One unit of the Torrey Memorial 
Conference, under the direction of 
the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 
was held at Fifth and Cherry Jan- 
uary 13-21, with three services on 
each Sunday and an evening service 
each evening of the week. 

The speakers were Dr. Vance Hav- 
ner, Dr. Herbert Lockyer, Dr. Clar- 
ence Roddy, Dr. John Mitchell, 
Gordon H. Smith, missionary to In- 
dochina; Dr. Walter Montano and 
Angelo Lovallo, former Catholic 
priests. 

Students from the Bible Institute 
assisted with special musical num- 
bers. 

God truly used His servants to 
bring joy and blessing to our hearts 
as we sat under the teaching of His 
wonderful Word. It was a time of 
feasting, and a challenge to live the 
Spirit-controlled life. 

Mr. Smith showed sound colored 
film of the jungle blood hunters in 
Indochina depicting the degradation 
and suffering because of spiritual 
darkness, and then, in contrast, the 
emancipation from the bonds of 
darkness to those who have accepted 
Jesus as their Saviour. 

Dr. Montano and Mr. Lovallo gave 
revealing facts concerning the be- 
liefs of the Catholic Church and her 
ambitions. 

The conference was well attended 
except for two evenings when heavy 
rains descended. Many friends from 
other churches took advantage of 
the meetings and we were most 
thankful for the opportunity to be 
host to this splendid conference. — 
Gladys Lantz, church news reporter, 

Hagerstown, Md. 

The members of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Hagerstown, Md., 



consider themselves the most blessed 
people in the whole world, for 69 
people confessed Christ as Saviour 
and 40 were added to the church 
membership during 1951. 

It is the strong conviction of the 
congregation that God thus blessed 
spiritually because of the total re- 
ceipts of $34,013.96 over $10,000 was 
spent for others, such as missions, 
seminary, publications, and radio. 
Average attendances for the year 
1951 were: Bible school, 338; morn- 
ing worship, 246; evening service, 
173; and prayer service, 100. 

The Bible school building, con- 
sisting of four floors, fully depart- 
mentalized, was built at the amaz- 
ingly low cost of $66,265.26. During 
the year the congregation has paid 
$12,915.26 of this amount. Some of 
the departments are already over- 
flowing back into the church build- 
ing. 

The "Family Altar" radio broad- 
cast, heard daily over WJEJ, AM 
and FM, was blessed far beyond any 
previous year, with several people 
saved and added to the church 
through its ministry. The broadcast 
is now in its 10th year and practi- 
cally self-supporting: it cost $3,355.27 
for the year, with the listening au- 
dience sending in $2,862.15 of this 
amount. 

Four souls have acknowledged 
Christ as Saviour already in this 



new year and 15 will enter the 
waters of baptism in the coming 2 
weeks. — Walter A. Lepp, pastor. 

Alexandria, Va. 

On January 16 a very memorable 
service was held in the new building 
at Alexandria. It was the first com- 
munion service ever held in this 
building, the first for the Alexandria 
group as a congregation, and the 
first ever conducted by the pastor. 
The service proved to be a great 
blessing to the church and was at- 
tended by 50 people. 

On the following Sunday 12 peo- 
ple were baptized and received into 
the membership of the church. The 
attendance is gradually increasing at 
all services, the Sunday school aver- 
aging 123 during January of 1952. 
There is a growing interest in the 
work. 

Recently the congregation voted 
to cooperate with the National Sun- 
day School Board in its program. — 
Kenneth, Teague, pastor. 



HARTFORD TO FLY FOR YFC 

Rev. Paul Hartford, of Winona 
Lake, Ind., has been officially desig- 
nated as the first full-time flying 
evangelist for the Youth for Christ 
International. Mr. Hartford will fly 
his own Cessna plane and for the 
present will work in the Caribbean' 
area, dropping Gospel literature and 
invitations to the people and then 
going into the cities and towns to 
hold Gospel meetings in the eve- 
nings. 



DISCOUNT POLICY 



A new discount policy has been put into effect by the 
Board of Directors of the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company, effective February 1, 1952. It is: 

1. That we grant a 10% discount to our churches, 
except for Bible school supplies and material marked 
"net," when cash accompanies the order. 

2. That we grant a 20% discount to pastors, ministers, 
licensed men, and seminary students, except for items 
marked "net," when cash accompanies the order. 



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DLUME 14, NUMBER 8 



EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 23, 1952 



SWANS AT WINONA LAKE 



Photo by Blosser, Warsaw. Ind. 





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EDITORIALS 

Alva J. McClain and Paul R. Bauman, Editors 




Your Seminary Offering 

Have you had a share in the annual offering for Grace 
Seminary? Have you remembered that this offering is 
intended to care for BOTH the running expenses of the 
school and its payments on the building fund? If you 
have not made your gift, do so immediately. The school 
and its young men and women need your help. Churches 
are urged to send in their offerings as soon as possible, 
for this is the season of the year when expenses are at 
their maximum. — P. R. B. 



The Blue Envelopes 

Do you remember them? The reference is to the little 
packets of building fund envelopes which were used 
during the 10-months building campaign. Repeatedly, 
in his travels from coast to coast during the past few 
months, your editor has been asked by pastors and lay- 
men if churches or individuals can continue to use this 
system of giving to the school. Many have felt they 
could give more to train young men and women for 
Christian service if they could do so from month to 
month. Of course, in each case, the answer was, "Yes, 
certainly. You may use any method you desire, and if 
this method is the best, we will be glad to work with 
you." For those who have asked, may we say that there 
is still a good-sized supply of the packages of envelopes. 
The seminary will be glad to supply any church or indi- 
vidual with these upon request. The gifts can be made 
each month through the local church. — P. R. B. 



Want a Project? 

Several churches have inquired about special projects, 
connected with the seminary's need for equipment. Some 
have already given for such needs. For instance, before 
the building was even erected, the Women's Missionary 
Council undertook to furnish the new chapel, and its 
beauty today is largely the result of their consecrated 
gifts. This year the WMC has taken as its project the 
equipping of the school kitchen. 

Not long ago the missionaries in Africa requested per- 
mission to furnish the tower prayer room of the school, 
and they immediately backed up their request with gifts 
amounting to $284. What a magnificent contribution 
this was in view of the size of missionary salaries! What 
a splendid example for the rest of us! It has been de- 
cided to extend the privilege to the missionaries serving 
on all our fields so that the room can be equipped with 
carpet, draperies, chairs, and such other equipment as 
necessary to make this room a quiet place to which stu- 
dents, teachers, visiting missionaries, and others can 
resort for quiet meditation and prayer. This room, even 
with its bare concrete floor, is already being used daily. 

Now, since others have inquired, we are glad to an- 
nounce that the seminary is prepared to name projects 



that range in cost from a few dollars all the way up to 
the thousands. For example, there is a real need just 
now for three projection screens: one for the chapel, 
another for one of the classrooms, and a third for our 
large auditorium. These will range in price from $30 to 
more than $100. Shades to darken the above-mentioned 
rooms are needed, so pictures can be shown in the day- 
time. All this equipment is vitally necessary to our 
work, not only as presented by the members of our own 
teaching staff but for visiting speakers. Recently, Dr. 
Jobson wanted to present pictures of our work in Africa 
to the student body, but it was not possible because 
there is no way to darken our chapel. 

The library is in need of help, now that there is plenty 
of room for expansion. Our churches have responded 
well to the request for National Geographic magazines, 
and we now have a file, almost complete, running from 
1916 to 1951. These magazines, however, should be 
bound into volumes, but the school cannot undertake 
this in view of all the other needs for library expansion 
at the present time. 

We are praying that the Lord will lay it upon the heart 
of someone to give us an organ for the chapel, perhaps 
as a memorial. This again represents a need rather than 
a luxury. In addition to its use in the regular chapel 
services it would be used in connection with the music 
now being offered by the school. 

There are many other projects, such as equipment for 
our sound-recording room, permanent seating for the 
rear of the chapel, etc. The equipment listed is intended 
to show the wide range in the equipment so far as its 
cost is concerned. Projects may be undertaken by en- 
tire churches, Sunday schools, individual classes, broth- 
erhoods, youth groups, or by individuals. The seminary 
will be glad to suggest such projects upon request. Write 
and let us know about how large a project you desire to 
undertake.— P. R. B. 



The Creed Scoffers 

It is the popular thing to sneer at religious creeds. A 
certain writer, who grinds out a daily screed of dubious 
poetry for a newspaper syndicate, joins the ranks of the 
creed scoffers. To "love thy neighbor as thyself" was 
Christ's only creed and no other is needed, he thinks. 

One cannot help but wonder whether such writers 
ever read the New Testament to find out what Christ 
really said and thought. The first and great command- 
ment, according to the Son of God, concerns our relation 
to God rather than to our neighbor. But what Christ 
really taught does not greatly interest the creed scoffers. 
To them, man is much more important than God, and 
popularity is more profitable than spirituality. 

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; 
and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but 
the wrath of God abideth on him." Let the creed scoff- 
ers ponder that saying. It is the Word of Christ. — A. J. M. 



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Saved Through The Bible Verse 

That Wasn't There! 

A TRUE INCIDENT OF SALVATION AS RELATED BY S. HERBERT BESS 




Bob Cowden was a boyhood chum of mine. We were 
classmates through the 8 years of grammar school and 4 
years of high school, and many of the hours outside the 
classroom we spent together. Bob had a good home and 
a godly mother who manifested a keen interest in the 
Word of God and sought to in- 
struct her boy in the way of truth. 
He became a church member 
when he was 12 years of age. 

World War II broke out when 
Bob was 23, and he had already 
been inducted into the army 
through the Selective Service Act. 
God was especially good to him 
all through his war experiences, 
and he came home from the war 
in Europe without having been 
seriously wounded. Shortly after s - Herbert Bess 

having returned home he married Maureen. 

Long before this time I had left home, and eventually 
had entered upon my ministry as a preacher of the Gos- 
pel. Occasionally I made short visits back to Kansas 
City to see my mother, and on these occasions I usually 
met with the Cowdens. They always gave me oppor- 
tunity to speak of spiritual things and often encouraged 
me to explain certain portions of the Bible. I welcomed 
these opportunities, for I felt that Bob was not living for 
Christ as he ought to live and that the additional in- 
struction and encouragement might be of some help to 
him. As for Maureen, I knew that her church back- 
ground was from a modernistic church under an unbe- 
lieving pastor, and I doubted that she really knew the 
Saviour. 

These infrequent visits continued over a space of 5 
years. About 2 years ago on one of these occasions I 
directed their attention to Ephesians 2:8-9 and gave a 
short and simple explanation of this passage, emphasiz- 
ing that salvation is the gift of God's grace, and is not 
acquired by the works of men. Maureen wrote to me a 
few weeks later and told me that she used the substance 
of my remarks in a talk which she was obliged to give 
at a ladies' meeting in the modernistic church of which 
she was a member. This is remarkable in light of the 
fact that she herself did not understand the things of 
which she spoke, as later events were to prove. 

In April of 1951 I made a quick journey home to visit 
my mother, who had just experienced a major operation. 
I knew that I would doubtless see the Cowdens again, 
and decided to take with me some literature which I 
might leave in their home. Just as I had anticipated, 
opportunity was again afforded me to explain the Scrip- 
tures to them, and before leaving I gave them two of 
J. F. Strombeck's books, one of which was entitled, 
"Shall Never Perish." 

Very shortly after returning to the seminary I received 



a letter from the two of them. Maureen had begun to 
read "Shall Never Perish," and before she had read very 
many pages the truth of salvation by God's grace was 
revealed unto her and she was joyously saved. It is sig- 
nificant that the passage which enlightened her under- 
standing was Ephesians 2:8-9, sown in her heart 2 years 
previously. 

Bob also began to read the books which I had left, and 
at about the same time he heard a study given on John 
5:24 in a church which I had recommended to him. The 
books put heavy emphasis on salvation by the grace of 
God, and the lesson which he heard only reinforced that 
which he was reading. Bob was a self-righteous sinner 
and did not like to accept the doctrine that man is a 
helpless, condemned sinner who must accept salvation as 
a gift from God, based upon the merits of Christ's sub- 
stitutionary death at Calvary. In the above-mentioned 
letter Bob described the mental resistance which he 
made against that truth. 

As he read those pages which insisted that salvation 
is the gift of God's grace, and as he reasoned on the 
things which he had been told, he argued within himself 
that a person ought to do something to be worthy of sal- 
vation. The process of reading and arguing within him- 
self continued, and Bob in writing later of this struggle 
said that the verse which kept coming to his mind and 
the one on which he based his argument was, "God helps 
those who help themselves"! This, he said, was "his 
creed, his inspiration." 

The argument became more intense as he studied on, 
and finally it occurred to Bob to look up in the Bible his 
favorite verse, "God helps those who help themselves." 
Providentially he had in his home a copy of James 
Strong's "Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible." He had 
a lot of confidence in this big book, for was it not guar- 
anteed to list every word in the Bible and tell every 
place where the word is used? He decided to look first 
under the word "themselves," but he did not find his 
verse listed under this word. Next he turned to the 
word "help," for surely the verse would be listed there. 
Slowly he traced out every verse in the Bible employing 
the word "help," but was perplexed not to be able to 
find his verse anywhere. Suddenly the light dawned 
upon him, and Bob realized that that verse was not in 
the Bible at all! And at the same time he began to see 
that our God not only "helps those who help them- 
selves," but that He also graciously helps those who 
cannot help themselves. Humbly Bob took his place as 
a guilty sinner, unable to help himself, and received sal- 
vation as the gift of God's grace through our Lord Jesus 
Christ — saved by the verse that wasn't there! 

This ought to be the end of our story, but there is an 
interesting sequel. I have a brother a few years older 
than myself whose life has been one series of tragedies 



February 23, 7952 



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HOUSE-TO-HOUSE VISITATION 



By Gilbert Hawkins 

Note — Mr. Hawkins is a second-year student in the 
collegiate division. He came into the Brethren Church 
at Albany, Oreg., but is now a member of the Portland 
church. 



Among the many and varied activities of Grace Sem- 
inary, the privileges and opportunities of working with 
the Gospel Team are second to none. While we are only 
students in preparation, we find real joy and blessing 
in serving our Lord now. He has loosed us from our 
sins and has called us to be His witnesses. Our desire is 
to be obedient to Him and begin to be missionaries of 
the cross now. 

One type of work in which we have engaged recently 
is that of house-to-house visitation. This is one of the 
more neglected types of service, and we find it to be a 
fruitful work. 

As many of you know, Warsaw is a town of approx- 
imately 10,000 population adjoining Winona Lake, which 
is one of the greatest Bible conference grounds in the 
world. Yet the spiritual needs of this vicinity are equal 
to most other areas of similar size throughout the nation. 

We have found it to be a real joy indeed to have op- 
portunity to open the Word of God and show the "good 
news" (that Christ died for our sins) to folks who have 
not known good news before. A man in whose home 
two of us called recently told us that our visit was the 
first time that anyone had spoken to him personally in 
about 22 years concerning his own salvation. We wit- 
nessed to him concerning Christ, the Scriptures, eternal 




life, and judgment to come. He made no decision, but 
promised to read the Testament we left with him, and 
he invited us back. 

Another family on whom we called were very antag- 
onistic at first, but were very friendly and open to the 
Gospel after we explained to them that we were only 
sinners saved by grace. 

Surely the Lord will honor this type of service, and 
this is not unreasonable. He said, "Ye shall be wit- 
nesses" and the joy and blessing He has for us always 
come as a result of our being obedient to Him. May He 
grant us obedient hearts. 



and heartbreaks after another. He had graduated from 
West Point, and at the time World War II broke out 
he was stationed in the Philippine Islands. Early in the 
war he was captured on Bataan by the Japanese and 
spent several years in a prison camp. A few months 
ago he came back home to live for awhile, discouraged, 
heartbroken, and in the clutches of a soul-destroying 
habit. Very desperately he needed to know the Lord 
Jesus Christ as his own Saviour. God put the burden 
of this man's soul on Bob Cowden. Bob gave him just 
the kind of a testimony he needed to hear. He called on 
my brother two or three times, each time bearing his 
witness and giving helpful Scripture passages. One 
Sunday afternoon not so long ago Bob called again, this 
time to find a heart well prepared for his testimony. In 
a very brief time the two of them were on their knees 
before God, and my brother voiced his acceptance of 
Jesus Christ. 

I got the news by means of a long-distance telephone 
call. As soon as possible I arranged my affairs to hasten 
home and confirm the good news. How grateful I am to 
God for the salvation of my brother! And how thankful 
I am that God put it in my heart to be interested in Bob 
Cowden. I'll never cease to thank God for the man who 
was saved through the verse that wasn't there! 



MERRILY GOING TO HELL 

Today you will not often hear a preacher courageous 
enough to tell his people the truth about the moving 
picture industry. Too many of them attend. It is rather 
remarkable that the severest published criticism quite 
often comes not from the pulpit but from those whose 
own work is linked up with the stage. 

A well-known theatrical writer several years ago went 
on the warpath regarding the "filth" of the theater. He 
said, "Filth helped to kill burlesque. It has done incal- 
culable damage to vaudeville. It has shamed the legiti- 
mate stage. And the movies merrily go to (the same) 
hell without studying the lessons the stage was taught." 

It is the considered opinion of some thoughtful men 
that the movies are doing more spiritual and moral dam- 
age than even the old saloon did in its worst days. It is 
very doubtful whether any boy or girl ever took as their 
great ideal either the drunkard or the bartender that 
sold him liquor. But thousands of boys and girls are 
taking for their ideal certain persons of the screen whose 
marital adventures proclaim their morals to be of such 
a character as would have brought a blush to the cheek 
of the average old-time bartender. And he did not 
blush easily. — Alva J. McClain. 



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the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches, $1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum, President; Robert D. Crees, Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
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A MODERN JEW WRITES ABOUT JESUS 



(Reprinted From "Salvation," January 1952) 



By Alva J. McClain, D. D., President 




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There is now being issued a monthly magazine named 
"Commentary" under the sponsorship of "The Amer- 
ican Jewish Committee," which has for its objective the 
presentation of "thought and opinion on Jewish affairs 
and contemporary issues," with its pages open to "di- 
verse points of view and belief." 
The editors certainly hew to the 
line in the matter of "liberality." 
One can find among its articles 
almost every conceivable view- 
point, from Jewish agnosticism to 
the most fanatical Jewish ortho- 
doxy. 

In a comparatively recent issue 
I found a very remarkable article 
entitled "A Religious Bridge Be- 
tween Jew and Christian." The 
writer, Hans Joachim Schoeps, is Dr - McClain 

a distinguished Jewish theologian who teaches in the 
University of Marburg, Germany. Dr. Schoeps begins 
by pointing out that "It is impossible to forget that the 
founder of Christianity was, in flesh and blood, a Jew, 
that the first apostles who brought His teachings to the 
gentiles were Jews." Then he points out that today both 
"Judaism and Christianity have a common enemy, the 
general godlessness which denies the existence of a 
transcendental realm." Thus, he argues, at least some 
understanding between the two faiths would be timely. 

How far can this mutual understanding extend? Here 
Dr. Schoeps concedes nothing as a Jew. "Every Jew 
today, as in the past," he declares, "must reject Jesus as 
Messiah of Israel." "We Jews," he writes, "can in no 
event accept the idea that the Messiah has already 
come." 

Does God "Stop Along the Way"? 

If we ask why the Jew cannot accept the idea that the 
Messianic Redeemer has come, Dr. Schoeps replies, "A 
redeemed world would have to look different. We can- 
not admit that the prophetic promises concerning the 
character of the 'last days' have been fulfilled. We pro- 
foundly jeel the unredeemed condition of the world." 
And then he quotes with approval the utterance of an- 
other great Jew, Martin Buber: "A partial anticipation 
of world redemption, as for example a redemption of the 
soul, is something we cannot comprehend. . . . We know 
in history no middle, but only an end. The end of the 
path of God, who does not stop along the way." 

Now if I understand Dr. Schoeps, he feels that a re- 
demption which redeems only the soul, leaving the 
world unredeemed in its social and political order, is not 
in harmony with the great Messianic promises of the Old 
Testament prophets. On this point Dr. Schoeps is on 
solid ground. But the answer to the problem is found 
in what Paul wrote in Romans 9 through 11. God in 
Christ has redeemed the souls of all believers through 
Calvary, and at His second coming He will usher in a 
. completely new social and political order. If there is 
such a thing as the regeneration of the soul, a very pres- 
ent reality, there is also coming a regeneration of the 
world system (see Matt. 19:28). The delay of the latter 



has been due to the unbelief of the Jewish nation, not to 
any partial redemption on the part of God. The very 
history of the chosen nation, as recorded in the Old Tes- 
tament, should have taught Dr. Schoeps that the God of 
[srael does sometimes "stop along the way." Dr. Schoeps 
has been getting his ideas of Christian redemption from 
a theology unduly colored by the dualism of Platonic 
philosophy. He should have gone directly to the New 
Testament which, by the way, is in absolute harmony 
with the Old Testament prophets. God's redemption in 
the Messiah is complete, not partial, just as Dr. Schoeps 
has rightly affirmed. The time element of its various 
phases is another matter, something which has puzzled 
many thoughtful men, even the prophets themselves. It 
is not surprising, therefore, that Dr. Schoeps finds the 
problem somewhat difficult. 

An Astonishing Admission 

Popularly, it is supposed that to all orthodox Jews we 
Christians are flagrant idolaters because we worship 
Jesus as the second person of the Triune God. Dr. 
Schoeps argues differently. He says that according to 
Jewish religious law, non-Jews are divided into two 
classes — idolaters and "Noachides." The Noachides are 
those gentiles who have taken upon themselves the 
seven injunctions already known to Noah before the 
birth of the nation of Israel. These injunctions forbade 
idolatry, blasphemy, unchastity, bloodshed, robbery, eat- 
ing the flesh of living animals; and laid upon men the 
necessity of seeking justice. In the Talmud such were 
called "sons of Noah" and enjoyed equal rank with Is- 
raelites. While Dr. Schoeps thinks that the whole num- 
ber of "true Christians" is very small (which is true), 
he concedes that from the Jewish standpoint each one of 
such must be recognized as a true "Noachide"; and to 
these is permitted "shittuf," which Dr. Schoeps defines 
as "the worship of a second divine being." Thus he 
argues that true Jewish tradition has always distin- 
guished sharply between gentile idolatry and the Chris- 
tian worship of Christ. "Hence it cannot be a matter of 
indifference to Jews," he writes, "whether a man is a 
Christian or a non-Christian." Dr. Schoeps is even will- 
ing to "go so far as to declare that perhaps no gentile can 
come to God the Father otherwise than through Jesus 
Christ." 

But the tragic confusion in Dr. Schoeps' thinking ap- 
pears when, having made the above amazing assertion 
concerning gentiles, he argues that the Jew is "ex- 
cepted" from the necessity of coming to the Father 
through Christ because of his (the Jew's) "direct elec- 
tion by the Father!" And so, to Dr. Schoeps, the rule 
of no approach to the Father except through Christ is 
valid to gentiles, but not to Jews! This is the limit to 
which a Jew may go in seeking an understanding with 
Christians, according to Dr. Schoeps: "We cannot rec- 
ognize Yeshuah ha-Nozri as the Christ, i. e., as the 
Messiah for Israel." To do so, he thinks, would be to 
admit that the "old covenant" of God with Israel has 
been annulled. Here again, I suggest, Dr. Schoeps has 
been reading too much exclusively in the theologians 
who argue that God is done with the nation of Israel 



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RICHARD JACKSON, Jr., Reporter 



A new semester, new classes, and a few new faces, but 
for this page it's the same old thing, a deadline passed, 
an editor frettin' and a reporter sweatin' over the news 
of the Grace Theological Seminary student body. 

VITAL STATISTICS— Lots of new pre-sem candi- 
dates this past month. A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Roy Allison. The rest were all boys: to Mr. and Mrs. 
Louis Sprowls, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ogden, Mr. and 
Mrs. Russell Ogden, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lauster. 

CHAPEL SPEAKERS— Hearts were saddened this 
past year when the news of the homegoing of Charles 
Boehr, a student, reached the school. At the time of his 
death his mother and father, who had been imprisoned 
by the Reds in China, were on their way home. This 
past month the student body was thrilled by the testi- 
mony of this father, Rev. Peter Boehr, as he spoke con- 
cerning his son and as he pleaded for the cause of China. 
. . . Prof. Whitcomb brought the faculty message from 
the second chapter of Revelation on January 11. . . . Rev. 
Lynn Schrock, who has been in the school for the past 
semester and who will be returning soon to Argentina, 
spoke to the chapel on January 15. . . . Dr. O. D. Jobson 
brought a series of two wonderful messages on the Great 
Commission. Dr. Jobson is now on furlough from Africa. 

CONVOCATION CHAPEL— The student body stood 
as the faculty, clad in academic regalia, marched down 
the aisle and up to the platform to open another convo- 
cation chapel, which is always an impressive service. 
Rev. W. A. Ogden, chairman of the board of trustees of 
the seminary, delivered the convocation address. 



DAY OF PRAYER— Always a time of great spiritual 
rejuvenation, the day of prayer this year again became 
a real time of blessing and inspiration as periods of con- 
fession and prayer and praise blended together to make 
up a day which will long be remembered by the faculty 
and student body of this school. Rev. W. A. Ogden 
brought the messages from God's Word. 

ORDAINED — Senior Glen Smouse was ordained to 
the Christian ministry in the Calvary Baptist Church 
of Altoona, Pa., on December 28. Dr. Ralph H. Stoll 
was the speaker. Congratulations, Rev. Smouse. 

M-O-M— Rev. A. W. Mendenhall, of the Mt. Vernon 
Foundation, visited the school for the purpose of dem- 
onstrating the Memory-O-Matic filing system to the 
students. So many students purchased the system that 
a new club was founded to which all loyal M-O-M'ers 
should belong. (See Richard Muntz.) 

STUDENT PASTORS' FELLOWSHIP— The meeting 
of the SPF was held again at the noon hour with Dr. R. 
D. Barnard speaking to the group on the subject of 
"Finances in the Church." Questions were asked, and 
much help was gained by the students who attended. 

ATHLETICS — Grace Seminary's basketeers are now 
holding up a .500 record for the season, winning two 
games and losing two. Four more games remain on the 
schedule and the team hopes to end up with at least a 
.750 average (ihope). 

FAREWELL — Our prayers and best wishes go with 
Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Miller as they make preparation 
for their soon departure for Brazil and service for Him. 



and all the divine promises have been transferred to the 
church. He should study more carefully the Apostle 
Paul's argument in Romans, chapters 9 through 11, 
where the immutability of God's covenants are affirmed. 
What this Jewish writer needs to see is that the cove- 
nants with Israel have not been "annulled" in Jesus of 
Nazareth; rather they have been, and will continue to 
be, fulfilled in Him. Sooner or later, the Jew must (like 
the gentile) deal with this same Jesus. The real differ- 
ence, if there is any, between Jew and gentile, is that 
the gentile in coming to God through Christ must turn 
his back upon all his former religion, if any. But the 
Jew needs only to recognize in Christ the ancient God 
of his fathers. To borrow the words of the Book of 
Hebrews, the Jew needs only to "go on to perfection," 
i. e., full growth or maturity (6:1). To reject Jesus of 
Nazareth is to reject his own Covenant-God. 

Did Dr. Schoeps Leave the Door Open? 

While this Jewish writer seems to have shut the door 
absolutely to any reconciliation of Jewish and Christian 
viewpoints, he closes his article with the amazing con- 
cession that this irreconcilability may apply only to the 
present. Both Jews and Christians, he argues, must go 



their separate ways living according to their respective 
covenants, one made at Sinai, the other at Golgotha; 
"both absolutely valid." But there will come a time "in 
the future where the parallels intersect." 

Here I can do nothing better than to let Dr. Schoeps 
state his wistful conclusion in his own words: "The Mes- 
sianism of Israel aims at that which is to come; the es- 
chatology of the gentile church at the return of him who 
has come. . . . The church of Jesus Christ has preserved 
no portrait of its lord and savior. If Jesus were to come 
tomorrow, no Christian would know his face. But it 
might well be that he who is coming at the end of days, 
he who is awaited by the synagogue as by the church, is 
one, with one and the same face." 

Surely, the days of the coming Son of Man must be 
very near, when, as the prophet declares, "And I will 
pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants 
of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplication; and 
they shall look unto me whom they have pierced; and 
they shall mourn for him" (Zech. 12:10). 

The face of the eternal God is indeed one: "And the 
throne of God and the Lamb shall be therein; and his 
servants shall serve him; and they shall see his face' 
(Rev. 22:3-4). 



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Edited by Rev. Harold H. Etling, President of Grace Seminary Alumni Association 




SEMINARY REUNION— ALL ABOARD 

By the time this issue of the Herald reaches you it will 
be time for you to be "getting on board" that Alumni 
Train for the first annual reunion. Hop a train or bus, 
fill up your automobile, or hitch-hike if you must, but 
get to Winona Lake for the reunion. The program has 
been arranged as follows: 

Tuesday, February 26 

7:30 pm.— Dr. Ralph Stoll, of Altoona, Pa. 

Wednesday, February 21 

10:00 a.m. — Rev. Harold Etling. A practical-work 
course on the Sunday school. 

11:00 a.m.— Rev. Lester Pifer. Subject: "This Busi- 
ness of Soul -Winning." 

2:00 p.m.— Dr. Ralph Stoll. 

3:00 p.m. — Alumni discussion. A period when we just 
"talk things over between ourselves." 

7:30 p.m.— Dr. Ralph Stoll. 

Thursday, February 28 



Rev. Harold Etling: "The Sunday School." 
-Dr. Paul Bauman: "A School and Her 



10:00 a.m, 

11:00 a.m 
Alumni." 

2:00 p m.— Dr. Ralph Stoll. 

3:00 p.m. — Alumni discussion. Seminar in reverse — the 
former students talk to the teachers. 

7:30 p.m.— Dr. Ralph Stoll. 

• Friday, February 29 

10:00 a.m.— Rev. Harold Etling: "The Sunday School." 
11:00 a.m.— Dr. Ralph Stoll. 

NEWS FROM OUR ALUMNI 

Angle Garber, of the class of '51, writes: "Out here in 
the West, where loneliness is a constant companion, let- 
ters and news are always appreciated. In fact, in our 
weak moments we are sometimes tempted to believe 
those we thought were our dearest friends have failed 
us and maybe they have. . . . Two months of school is 
history in the first Brethren Navaho Mission School and 
the boys and girls are learning to read, write, and work 
problems. They are beginning to speak a little English." 
Angie's address is Brethren Navaho Mission, Cuba, N. 
Mex. Why not drop Miss Garber a card or a letter and 
let her know that we are thinking of her and praying 
for her'' 

Henry Rempel, of the class of '40, is the busy pastor 
of our Second Brethren Church of Los Angeles, Calif. 
In addition to his work as a pastor he is serving as a 
member of the National Sunday School Board and is 
likewise the chairman of the committee on curriculum 



of the released time program for the schools of Greater 
Los Angeles. 

James Dixon, secretary of our alumni association and 
the pastor of our church in Washington, D. C, was one 
of the workers in the great Billy Graham evangelistic 
campaign in Washington. In addition he is teaching a 
course in the Washington Bible Institute. 

Lyle Marvin, pastor of our church in San Bernardino, 
is likewise teaching in a Bible institute — none less than 
the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. The class is a part 
of an extension work being conducted in our church in 
Cherry Valley, Beaumont, Calif. Brother Marvin re- 
ports that the new church is progressing nicely. They 
have just purchased an additional bit of property, giving 
the church ample room for expansion. 

Fred Fogle, of the class of '49, writes a brief word to 
tell us that the family is situated in France, that they 
had a fine trip, and are beginning in earnest to learn the 
language. Blessings to you and your loved ones. 

Your alumni editor is at present engaged in a series of 
Sunday school rallies in southern California, and we are 
gathering news "first hand" which we believe will be of 
real inspiration to all of you. We will send it along to 
you in the next letter. 

A LITTLE HELP, PLEASE 

You who are the alumni of Grace — why don't you take 
your pen or pencil or ye olde typewriter in hand, and 
jot down a few of the interesting items from your own 
busy life and pass them along. Others like to read about 
you and your work just as you like to read about them. 
If you have some good pictures of yourself, your family, 
your church, and the like, send them along. They make 
interesting looking. Thanks a lot for your help. 



INSANITY AND CIVILIZATION 

There are said to be about one-half million of insane 
people in the United States. This does not include that 
large class who are called "idiotic" and "feeble-minded," 
forms of abnormality which are different from "insan- 
ity." 

Certain experts in this field of research do not think 
insanity is the result of heredity to any large extent. 
They point out that children are rarely insane, and that 
this affliction is not prevalent among savages. Insanity, 
they claim, is the product of a complex civilization. 

The cure for this situation is not to abandon civiliza- 
tion, for we cannot do that, but rather to introduce into 
our modern civilization some new power which will 
safeguard the mind from its perils. "Thou wilt keep 
him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee." 
This is the only successful antidote to the insanity of 
civilization. — Alva J. McClain. 



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Holy, Holy, Holy, Is Jehovah of Hosts 



(ISAIAH 6:1-3 RV) 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Dean 



This study takes us into that class of attributes known 
as the goodness of God. As can be very readily seen this 
deals with the moral nature of God. In this respect it is 
possible to note a twofold division of attributes. On the 
one hand God possesses attributes which describe what 
He is in Himself. These are three in number, that is, 
God is holy, true, and love. While on the other hand 
God possesses attributes which describe what He is in 
relation to others, that is, because God is holy, in Him- 
self, He is righteous in relation to others; because He is 
true in Himself, He is faithful in relation to others; be- 
cause God is love in Himself, He is merciful in His re- 
lation to others. 

It is impossible to treat all of these attributes ade- 
quately in one article, so I have selected the first of the 
six for this study. While in many respects it is impos- 
sible to evaluate the six in terms of one another, there is 
a sense in which the first of the six is the most important. 
It is the one attribute which gives value to all the others 
and without which the others could not exist. 

This is the one attribute without which God could not 
be God, and which in the fullest sense differentiates the 
true God from all other gods. It is therefore not sur- 
prising that this attribute has been the object of attack 
from Satan from the very beginning. The seeds of doubt 
were planted in the garden. Four milleniums later 
Satan tried to barter the pure soul of Christ for this 
paltry world. In the end time Satan will make one final 
effort to establish a man of sin in the place of the sinless 
Son of God. 

Of all the attributes of God, this one is the least in the 
concern of mankind, saved and unsaved people alike. It 
is the one attribute which man is most ready to forget, 
to distort, or to deny. It is the one attribute in the 
nature of God which makes salvation necessary, and the 
one attribute which God bestows in moral fullness when 
He saves men. It is the one quality without which no 
man shall see God, nor have the privilege to enjoy the 
courts of heaven. 

So vital in importance is this attribute to a true under- 
standing of God that this one message should be care- 
fully considered by every reader. It is not only the 
key to the nature of God, but it is the doorway to the 
dealings of God in His methods and movements among 
men. 



with His separateness from the standpoint of His great- 
ness. In this sense He was high, mighty, great, above 
the entire universe which He created. The Psalmist 
had this in mind when he wrote these words of Psalm 
99: "The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth 
between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. The 
Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. 
Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is 
holy" (1-3). 

Isaiah too wrote similar words in the course of his 
prophecy. In the midst of words of sore denunciation 
upon the people of Israel for their sins, there come these 
words of encouragement: "For thus saith the high and 
lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; 
I will dwell in the high and holy place, with him also 
that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit 
of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite 
ones" (Isa. 57:15). 

But perhaps the classic passage intended to convey to 
the mind of the reader the high dignity and majesty of 
God is recorded in Isaiah 6. It comes at a time in Israel 
when Isaiah the prophet is most inclined to depression, 
for the greatest person in his experience has been 
claimed by that king of terrors, death. Uzziah had been 
king for 55 years. His reign was marked by prosperity 
and prestige and power. And Isaiah, closely associated 
with the royal household, had been impressed and awed 
by this king. Then one day that long, glorious reign 
came to an end. For the moment the sun went down 
below the horizon of this young prophet, and darkness 
spread abroad with all its fears. In the midst of this 
depression, a vision came to Isaiah in the temple. Note 
the description of what he saw (Isa. 6:1-3). The nearest 
thing to the experience of this prophet that I know is the 
death of President Roosevelt in 1945. At the time I was 
in Altoona, Pa. On the day following I entered a book- 
shop just at the moment the proprietor was placing a 
sign in the window stating that his store would be closed 
during the funeral. He shook his head in despair, and 
with tones as measured as he could make them he said, 
"He was a friend of the laboring man." I replied, "Yes, 
that is what they all felt." I was quite sincere, but he 
took the wrong meaning, and snapped back, "Well, he 
was." But for the despair of this man there was no 
vision like God gave Isaiah. 



I. THE HOLINESS OF GOD APPLIES FIRST OF 
ALL TO HIS DIVINE MAJESTY. 

It will be discovered that the Hebrew and Greek terms 
for holiness bear the sense of separateness. One use of 
the word will confirm this. In Genesis 38:21 it is re- 
corded, "Then he asked the men of that place, saying, 
Where is the harlot, that was openly by the wayside? 
And they said, There was no harlot in this place." The 
word for harlot is the word elsewhere translated "holy." 
It thus can be seen that a harlot was one who stood in a 
separate relation to all society. Such then is the mean- 
ing of the word. 

When the word was first used of God it had first to do 



II. EVENTUALLY HOLINESS CAME TO REFER TO 
THE MORAL PURITY OF GOD. 

There is not a great step from majestic greatness to 
moral purity. If God is above His creation in greatness, 
then reason requires that God also be good. Therefore 
the word "holy" came to refer to God's moral purity. 
And in this sense the word "holy" is used almost ex- 
clusively throughout the Bible. After ascribing praise 
to the majestic greatness of God in the first three verses 
of Psalm 99, the Psalmist passes over to the fact of moral 
purity in the remainder of the Psalm (4-9). In an earlier 
Psalm he asks the question, "Who shall ascend into the 
hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? 



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He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath 
not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully" 
(24:3-4). 

It appears then that holiness is the fundamental moral 
attribute of God, and the thing that makes Him God. As 
Isaiah views the vision in the temple, with Jehovah high 
and lifted up, and His train filling the temple, he sees 
some of the spirit creatures that have been in the pres- 
ence of God from the beginning. The seraphim indicate 
their modesty in the presence of God by covering them- 
selves with their wings. And when they cry out it is, 
"Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth 
is full of his glory" (3, RV). This ministering choir does 
not cry out, "Love, love, love, is Jehovah of hosts." God 
is not holy because He loves, but He loves because He 
is holy. 

The basic nature of the kingdom of God is holiness. 
That is the meaning of the Psalmist, "For God is the 
king of all the earth . . . God reign eth over the heathen: 
God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness (47:7-8). 
The king who sits on the throne some day shall wield a 
scepter of righteousness; He is anointed to this place 
because He loves righteousness and hates iniquity (Heb. 
1:8-9). During His reign, "they shall not hurt nor de- 
stroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full 
of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the 
sea" (Isa. 11:9). 

III. THE PRACTICAL VALUES FROM THE FACT 
OF GOD'S HOLINESS ARE MANY. 

Perhaps the first experience of the sinner who gets a 
vision of God's holiness is a revelation of his own sinful- 
ness. That was Isaiah's experience, and it has been the 
experience of every soul who ever came to the Lord. 
Isaiah cried out, "Woe is me! for I am undone; because 
I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a 
people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, 
the Lord of hosts" (5). It was Socrates who said, "Know 
thyself." And as wonderful as that may be, no man 
ever knew himself until he first caught a vision of a 
holy God. 

It is also evident from the Scripture that God's holi- 
ness is definitely responsible for the salvation of the be- 
liever. In every respect it corresponds to holiness. 
Again the Psalmist said, "Oh sing unto Jehovah a new 
song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, 
and his holy arm, hath wrought salvation for him" (98:1 
RV). That event at Calvary where sin was done away 
forever was followed by the resurrection where Christ 
was "declared to be the Son of God with power, accord- 
ing to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the 
dead" (Rom. 1:4). 

Once the believer has entered into the camp of the 
saints, he then learns that an obligation for holiness rests 
upon him. In fact, he is called saint, or holy one. This 
is by no means true of his state. But it is true of his 
standing. And he is therefore obligated to bring his 
state up to his standing. But there comes the call of the 
Lord which is basic, "But as he which hath called you 
is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; be- 
cause it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy" (I Pet. 
1:15-16). And the command is not mere idle talk, for 
without holiness "no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 
12:14). 

The practical value of the holiness of God is further 
enhanced by the encouragement to humility and contri- 
tion. Though we have cited the passage before from 



Isaiah, it is in order again. "For thus saith the high and 
lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; 
I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is 
of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the 
humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones" 
(Isa. 57:15). What a stimulus to virtues that are so- 
wanting. 

There is no matter of greater concern to the saints 
than that because of the holiness of God His promises 
and covenant are unchangeable. "My covenant will I 
not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto 
David. His seed shall endure for ever and his throne as 
the sun before me" (Psa. 89:34-36). "For he remem- 
bered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant" (Psa. 
105:42). This was the intent of Christ's high priestly 
prayer, "And now I am no more in the world, but these 
are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep 
through thine own name those whom thou hast given 
me, that they may be one, as we are" (John 17:11). 

As a warning to saints and sinners alike, let all re- 
member that holiness provides the awful background for 
divine judgment. Believers must come before the Bema 
seat someday, but Paul reminds them that "knowing 
therefore the terror of the Lord" (II Cor. 5:11), he per- 
suades men. Someday all the wicked shall come before 
a great white throne. Its awful whiteness unrelieved by 
any color whatsoever, symbolical of the holiness of God, 
causes even the earth and the heaven to flee away (Rev. 
20:llff.). This alone ought to act as a solemn warning 
to men to flee from the wrath to come. 

IV. THE HOLINESS OF GOD PROVIDES THE 
PROPER BACKGROUND FOR THE CALL TO 
PERSONAL SERVICE. 

It is highly questionable whether anything short of 
the absolute holiness of God provides sufficient back- 
ground for an effective call to ministry. 

It was on the background of a vision of God's holiness 
and Isaiah's sin and the sin of his people, that the call 
came, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then 
said I, Here am I; send me" (Isa. 6:8). 

It was out of a background of the majesty and moral 
purity of God that caused Job to abhor himself and re- 
pent in dust and ashes. Then there came his commis- 
sioning for priestly ministry in behalf of those miserable 
comforters (Job 42:8). 

Daniel's vision of the Lord's holiness left him sick and 
without strength. But it was here that Daniel wrote 
the vision and sealed the words of the book until the 
time of the end for the generations yet unborn (Dan. 
12:4, 9, 13). 

It was on a similar background of holiness that John 
fell at the feet of the Lord as dead. And then when 
touched by His gracious hand he was then commissioned 
to write the things he had heard and seen (Rev. 1:17-19). 

It was Peter who beheld the majesty of Christ when 
the miraculous draft of fishes came from the sea. His 
first response was to get away from the Lord. "Depart 
from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord." But his sin- 
fulness and the sinfulness of people only put him in a 
position to be used of the Lord. It was then that the 
call came. "And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from 
henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had 
brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and fol- 
lowed him" (Luke 5:10-11). 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

TSditor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



The Tracy, Calif., church recently 
organized "The Friendly Girls," a 
club for girls from 7 to 12 years of 
age. Average attendance at meet- 
ings has been 13. A nursery was 
organized in the Sunday school. The 
"WMC meetings have more than 
doubled in attendance in recent 
months. 

The San Bernardino, Calif., church 
had a Bible conference under the 
leadership of Rev. R. I. Humberd 
February 15-18, and began evange- 
listic services on February 19 with 
Rev. Norville Rich as the evangelist. 

The women of the Washington 
Heights Church, Roanoke, Va., have 
•organized a WMC with Mrs. O. R. 
Keith as president. 

Rev. Arthur Collins, pastor of the 
Berrien Springs, Mich., church, has 
enrolled as a student in Bethel Col- 
lege, Mishawaka, Ind. He will con- 
tinue as pastor of the church. 

The Central District WMC groups 
are supplying straw ticks for the 
young people's Camp Indisinewa. 
The Lake Odessa WMC has already 
reached its goal of five. 

The Jackson, Mich., church now 
meets in the Masonic Hall in nearby 
Michigan Center. The Thursday 
night Bible class meets in the Ken- 
neth Janz home. 

From the Clayhole, Ky., church: 
"Yesterday was the first Sunday of 
the month. That means a special 
bus offering. With a goal of $30, we 
received $36.09. The Sunday school 
superintendent got my pocketbook 
and emptied every penny into the 
offering. He used his own money, 
too. (Signed) Sewell S. Landrum." 

The First Church, Los Angeles, 
Calif., received five new members 
■during January. 

There were 240 people in morning 
worship, 261 in evening service, 258 

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in Sunday school, and 121 in the 
midweek service of the Winona Lake, 
Ind., church the week of February 3. 

The La Verne, Calif., church is 
holding a Bible conference under 
the leadership of Rev. R. I. Hum- 
berd February 19-24, and an evan- 
gelistic campaign under the leader- 
ship of Rev. Robert Ashman Feb- 
ruary 24-March 9. 

Dr. Mickey Walsh, of Philadelphia, 
was the speaker at the East District 
Youth Rally at the Martinsburg, Pa., 
church February 8-9. 

The Sampleville, Ohio, church had 
48 in Sunday school on February 3 
and 24 in the midweek meeting the 
week before. 

The South Bend, Ind., church is 
holding a brief conference entitled, 
"Trophies of God's Grace," February 
21-24. Speakers include Peter Tanis, 
Joseph Kurp, and Arnold Vander 
Muller, all from the Pacific Garden 
Mission in Chicago. 




From bulletin of the First Church, 
Dayton, Ohio: "The Advisory Board 
voted unanimously! Dr. Orville D. 
Jobson, missionary serving the Lord 
in French Equatorial Africa, told of 
the great need of a microscope to be 
used in connection with the medical 
work in Africa. Our church will 
accept this project. It will cost close 
to $500. It will be dedicated to this 
great work in memory of Bro. Roy 
A. Patterson. The special offering 
will be received Sunday, March 9, 
when Dr. Jobson will be preaching 
in our church at both services." 

The Community Brethren Church, 
Whittier, Calif., had an all-time high 
in Sunday school attendance on Feb- 
ruary 3 with 206 people present. A 
young people's Christian Endeavor 
Society was formed at the beginning 
of the year and average attendance 
has been 10. 

Bro. Joseph Dombek, chalk artist, 
will be at the Canton, Ohio, church 
March 1-2. 

Rev. Charles Turner, a graduate 
of Grace Seminary in the class of 
1951, has accepted the pastorate of 
the Flora, Ind., Grace Brethren 



Church, his ministry to begin about 
April 1. 

Dr. Charles Ashman spoke at the 
Glendale, Calif., church on February 
17, and Mrs. A. B. Shaw, of India, 
spoke to the WMC of the church on 
February 12. 

Foreign Missions should have the 
interest, the prayers, and the gifts 
of every member of the Brethren 
Church. During the months of Feb- 
ruary, March, April, and May the 
denomination places special empha- 
sis upon this phase of the work of 
the church. Be sure to have your 
part in proclaiming the good news 
to all men. 

Mr. Robert Walters, a radio an- 
nouncer, who formerly studied for 
the Roman Catholic priesthood, 
spoke at the Yellow Creek, Pa., 
church on February 10. 

The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, church 
voted "that this church should go 
self-supporting as of February 1st." 

At the Cheyenne, Wyo., church 
there were seven decisions on Feb- 
ruary 3, four of which were first- 
time confessions of Christ. This is a 
total of 18 decisions in 3 weeks, of 
which 10 were first-time. 

Rev. Paul Eiselstein, one of the 
charter members of the new church 
in Denver, Colo., working for the 
American Sunday School Union, has 
20 Sunday schools under his super- 
vision. During January the average 
attendance in these schools was 760 
per Sunday. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman is speaking 
at the Erieside Midwinter Bible Con- 
ference, Cleveland, Ohio, February 
21-24. 

Three of the Miami Valley (Ohio) 
churches have joined together for a 
missionary conference February 29 
through March 2. Services will be 
held simultaneously in the three 
churches: Camden, Clayton, and 
Covington. The speakers — Dr. Rus- 
sell D. Barnard, Dr. Floyd Taber, 
and Rev. Solon Hoyt — will rotate 
from place to place, thus each 
speaker will be at each of the three 
churches. 

The Martinsburg, Pa., church had 
an all-time high in the Sunday school 
attendance on January 27. The at- 
tendance was 201. 

There were 49 people present at 
the prayer meeting of the Altoona, 
Pa., First Church on February 6. 
This is the highest prayer meeting 
attendance in the history of the 
church. 



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*JLot&6 an iJLvricmian: <Jric Completion ol a «JlliMtan 



By Prof. John C. Whitcomb, Grace Theological Seminary 



(This article is a sequel to "Notes 
on Nehemiah: The Beginning of a 
Mission," which appeared in the 
February 9 issue.) 

Just 90 years before King Arta- 
xerxes sent Nehemiah back to Jeru- 
salem to rebuild the city and its wall, 
God had sent the angel Gabriel to 
announce to Daniel that such per- 
mission would be granted. This was 
to be the beginning date for the fa- 
mous 70-weeks period of God's deal- 
ing with Israel, as found in the Book 
of Daniel, chapter 9. "Know there- 
fore and understand, that from the 
going forth of the commandment to 
restore and to build Jerusalem unto 
the Messiah the Prince shall be 
seven weeks, and threescore and two 
weeks . . ." How majestic and un- 
hurried are God's movements in his- 
tory, and yet how precise and per- 
fect! When Nehemiah began his 
long journey to the Holy City with 
royal letters in his hand, God's time- 
piece of prophecy began to tick off 
the years, to be interrupted by the 
official rejection of His Son, re- 
sumed at the beginning of the 70th 
week, yet future, and completed 
with the glorious second coming of 
Christ. 

The Gigantic Task 

But surely no such thoughts came 
into the mind of Nehemiah as he 
came to the city of his fathers to 
begin his life work of governor and 
wall-builder. Instead, he was im- 
mediately faced with the staggering 
task of rebuilding a ruined city in- 
habited by a discouraged people. The 
question might well have been asked 
— and probably was, in the mind 
of Nehemiah — what could one man 
do to help in such a situation, even 
if he did have letters from the king? 
The answer to this question is re- 
corded for us in the Scriptures, and 
deserves to be counted as one of the 
greatest achievements in the annals 
of human history. 

A Moonlight Ride 

For 3 days following his arrival in 
Jerusalem, Nehemiah rested from 
his long journey, seeking, no doubt, 
the will of God for the days ahead. 
Then, without so much as suggesting 

February 23, 7952 



his plans to Israel's leaders, he arose 
in the night, mounted his horse, and 
with a few companions examined 
the ruins of Jerusalem's walls in the 
light of a brilliant moon, while the 
population of the city was wrapped 
in slumber and unconcern. The 
next morning, with great tact and a 
delicacy of approach that deserves 
to be studied, Nehemiah challenged 
the rulers of Israel to begin the work 
of rebuilding: "Come, and let us 
build up the wall of Jerusalem, that 
we be no more a reproach." How 
easy it would have been to denounce 
them for their sloth and to command 





Prof. Whitcomb 

them to rebuild their city. But Ne- 
hemiah had long since identified 
himself completely with the failures 
of his people, and his contagious en- 
thusiasm brought an immediate and 
joyous response: "Let us rise up and 
build!" 

The Attacks of Satanic Enemies 

The work had begun! The people 
of God were on the march, under 
the flaming enthusiasm of a man 
who was sold out to the God of Is- 
rael! What a wonderful combina- 
tion, and yet — as in every similar 
case in the history of God's people — 
Satan, that archenemy of every work 
of faith, was not dead. Stung into a 
frenzy of wrath by the success of 
Nehemiah, Satan and his servants 
began to hamper and to hinder on 
every side. Even before his arrival 
in Jerusalem, Nehemiah's enemies 
had sensed the beginning of trouble 
for their cause, and "it grieved them 
exceedingly that there was come a 
man to seek the welfare of the chil- 
dren of Israel." With the work on 
the wall actually begun, however, 



inner thoughts were turned into 
open words of ridicule and rage: 
"They laughed us to scorn, and de- 
spised us, and said, What is this 
thing that ye do? will ye rebel 
against the king? . . . What do these 
feeble Jews? ... if a fox go up, he 
shall even break down their stone 
wall." How subtle are the methods 
of our Enemy! 

In the ease of some Christians, 
Satan's fiery dart of ridicule would 
be sufficient to put to silence the 
word of testimony — so why should 
he bother to use greater weapons? 
But Nehemiah was made of different 
material, so mockery was now ex- 
changed for military attack and fifth- 
column infiltration: "Then they were 
very wroth, and conspired all of 
them together to come and fight 
against Jerusalem, and to hinder it." 
But even as the first attack, ridicule, 
was met by prayer and determina- 
tion, so now the second attack, phys- 
ical interference, was met by prep- 
aration and watchfulness. It was 
now clear to the enemy that Nehe- 
miah was no ordinary leader, so 
their three greatest weapons were 
now brought to bear upon him: 
compromise, false accusation, and 
finally, treachery. The subtlety of 
these Satanic attacks, and the re- 
markable answers of Nehemiah to 
each one of them is recorded for us 
with realistic vividness in the sixth 
chapter, and reminds us of that 
greater conflict nearly 500 years 
later: Christ and Satan in the wil- 
derness of Judea. 

A Precious Book 

How many a pastor, wearied by 
daily conflicts with this same enemy 
that Nehemiah faced, could receive 
encouragement to carry on, by a 
study of this precious book! The 
same problems and discouragements 
must be faced, but the same God is 
mighty to bring victory through 
humble instruments that are wholly 
yielded to Him! "So the wall was 
finished . . . And it came to pass, that 
when all our enemies heard thereof, 
and all the heathen that were about 
us saw these things, they were much 
cast down in their own eyes: for 
they perceived that this work was 
wrought of our God." 

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KEEP THE FIRE BURNING 



Yesterday we viewed for the first 
time the great Coliseum of Los An- 
geles in which the Olympic games 
were held in 1932. As we stood 
looking at the entrance to the sta- 
dium, through which more than a 
million people passed during the last 
year, we saw a great cement pillar 
formed like a torch. During the 
Olympic games there burned a con- 
tinual fire in that torch, a symbol of 
the games themselves and of the 
men and women who participated. 
The stadium was empty now and the 
fire in the torch has long since gone 
out, but I came away with a question 
in my heart, a question about Breth- 
ren Sunday schools and Brethren 
teachers across the land. 

Our forefathers have erected some 
wonderful buildings; they had a 
vision of the future, and they built 
well and large. They had a passion 
to carry the Gospel unto the utter- 
most parts of the earth. Is the torch 
still burning? God still has a method 
of reaching men. Jesus said, "Ye 
are the light of the world." In the 
days of the apostles, men turned 
aside to hear the message, because 
the men who gave it were burning 
with a passion to deliver it. Teacher, 
preacher, superintendent: has your 
light gone out? 

It Is Time to Prepare 

I know that it is still February, 
but it is time to prepare for your 
summer daily vacation Bible school. 
Whether you live in a crowded city 
district or in a scattered rural com- 
munity, you ought to have a daily 
vacation Bible school. Perhaps you 
have had one before; if so, then plan 
for an even better school this sum- 
mer. To do this, you ought to begin 
to plan now. The first secret of an 
outstanding D. V. B. S. is to begin 
early. 

The Sunday school superintendent 
and the pastor ought to meet to- 
gether and choose the person who is 
to direct the school. This will give 
your director plenty of time to 
choose the rest of the staff, and to 
begin work on the courses to be 
taught. Choose a director (if the 
pastor does not desire to do the work 
himself) who will shoulder the re- 
sponsibility and stay with the job 
until it is done. The director ought 
to be one with real administrative 
ability, imagination, initiative, pa- 



tience, and above all else, a person 
of spiritual maturity, able to enlist 
the support of the men and women 
on the staff. 

Our Children Are Working 

How we ought to thank God for 
the boys and girls of our Brethren 
Sunday schools. In the current 
Junior-Intermediate Quarterly it is 
suggested that the boys and girls 
should attempt an acrostic and send 
it to the author of the quarterly. A 



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SUNDAY SCHOOLS 




number responded and we have 
chosen two that represented some 
real thinking. 

First, an acrostic from G e r r i e 
Makinster, age 10, a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. The acrostic is on the 
word "Jesus": 

J — ustification 
E — ternity 
S — alvation 
U — nearned 
S — anctification 

The other one we have chosen 
came from Sarah Jane Quartz, of 
the First Brethren Church of Akron, 
Ohio, the acrostic being on the word 
"love": 

L — ife with Christ 
O — ccupy with Christ 
V — ictory with Christ 
E — ternity with Christ 

Keep them coming, boys and girls, 
and perhaps yours, too, will be 
printed. 




From Our Churches 

Donald McMichael, superintend- 
ent of the Bible school of the First 
Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio, led 
the cabinet-choir in singing two 
special selections during the morn- 
ing worship service Sunday, Janu- 
ary 20. Brother McMichael had 
promised the congregation that such 
a choir would appear upon the at- 
tainment of an attendance of 200 in 
a regular Bible school session. That 
occurred on January 13. The first 
selection was a medley of Bible 
school songs obtained from the Na- 
tional Sunday School Board. The 
second number was an old familiar 
Gospel hymn. There were 24 in the 
choir, including teachers, officers, 
and assistants. The choir was well 
received. Superintendent McMi- 
chael and his colaborers are meeting 
once each month for study and plan- 
ning to increase the efficiency of the 
Bible school. 

From Uniontown, Pa. 

We received a copy of a very fine 
program of a Sunday evening serv- 
ice at our Uniontown church. The 
program was built around a pageant 
depicting the books of I and II Kings 
(our present lesson study). It is 
written in an interesting fashion, 
and would be a fine way of present- 
ing the story of this quarter to your 
school. If you are interested in a 
copy of this, write to us, and we 
will mail it to you. It was given 
the first night of the quarter, but 
could be used even yet in your 
school. The pageant used the entire 
time of the Sunday evening service, 
and carries with it the real challenge 
to yield our lives to Christ. Con- 
gratulations to Rev. Clyde Landrum 
and this up-and-coming Sunday 
school. 

With Your Editor 

Your Sunday school editor at the 
present moment is in southern Cal- 
ifornia conducting a series of Sun- 
day school rallies. All the churches 
of the area are cooperating in this 
series of rallies, and in those already 
held a fine response was given and 
a new enthusiasm seems to have 
taken hold on our Sunday school 
workers. Continue to pray for your 
National Sunday School Board. 



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THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



"The King Is Dead" 

On Wednesday, February 6, 1952, 
the world was startled by the an- 
nouncement of the death of George 
VI, King of England and of the Brit- 
ish Commonwealth of Nations. He 
was a very popular king, or, as one 
editor declared, "the common man's 
king." 

King George had been in poor 
health for some years, but in recent 
days he seemed to be recovering 
very acceptably from a major oper- 
ation. He and his family were plan- 
ning a vacation and good -will tour 
in the early spring of this year, and 
his daughter and her husband were 
already on a tour that was to take 
them to most of the nations that 
comprise the British Commonwealth 
of Nations. The death of the King, 
however, changed all of these plans; 
the king will not make the proposed 
trip and his daughter had to return 
at once to England as Queen Eliza- 
beth II. 

The death of George VI reminds 
one and all again that the kings 
whom men choose are subject to 
limitations and human frailties. Here 
is further evidence of the universal- 
ity of God's declaration: "It is ap- 
pointed unto men once to die, but 
after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27). 

God Has an Eternal King 

God has chosen a King for Him- 
self, one who is eternal and whose 
kingdom shall never know an end. 
This truth was revealed to David al- 
most 3,000 years ago. David, after 
he had brought a certain amount of 
peace to Israel and had built a pal- 
ace for himself, wanted to build a 
temple — a permanent abode — for his 
God to replace the Tabernacle that 
had been used since the beginning 
of the exodus from Egypt. He de- 
sired to build this temple at Jerusa- 
lem, the center of the nation's life, 
but God had other plans — He re- 
served the building of the Temple 
for Solomon, and to David He said: 

"And when thy days be fulfilled, 
and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, 
I will set up thy seed after thee, 
which shall proceed out of thy bow- 
els, and I will establish his kingdom. 
He shall build an house for my name, 
and I will establish the throne of his 



kingdom for ever" (II Sam. 1:12-13). 
Note that this throne shall have an 
eternal establishment because it is 
the throne of the eternal Son. 

The Understanding of the Psalmist 

How did the saints of God down 
through the years understand this 
promise of God? It is impossible to 
know how all of the saints under- 
stood this truth, but it is possible to 
read the testimony of some of them. 
Here it must suffice to note the wit- 
ness of the psalmist, as he wrote un- 
der the direction of the Holy Spirit. 
In writing one of the Psalms he 
quoted words of God to this fact: 

"I have made a covenant with my 
chosen, I have sworn unto David my 
servant, thy seed will I establish for 
ever, and build up thy throne to all 
generations. . . . Also I will make 
him my firstborn, higher than the 
kings of the earth. My mercy will 
I keep for him for evermore, and my 
covenant shall stand fast with him. 
. . . My covenant will I not break, 
nor alter the thing that is gone out 
of my lips. Once have I sworn by 
my holiness that I will not lie unto 
David. His seed shall endure for 
ever, and his throne as the sun be- 
fore me. It shall be established for 
ever as the moon, and as a faithful 
witness in heaven" (Psa. 89:3-4, 27- 
28, 34-37). 

The Character of God's King 

It is evident, therefore, that God 
has a King of His own choosing, one 
subject to His will in all things. The 
question that must be considered 
next is: What kind of a king is this 
one whom God has chosen? What 
kind of a character does He have? 
There are many passages in the 
Word of God that might be consid- 
ered here, but one given by Isaiah 
must suffice at this time. 

"And there shall come forth a rod 
out of the stem of Jesse, and a 
Branch shall grow out of his roots 
Tthis is a reference to one of the 
Davidic line who shall be king]: and 
the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon 
him, the spirit of wisdom and under- 
standing, the spirit of counsel and 
might, the spirit of knowledge and 
of the fear of the Lord; and shall 
make him of quick understanding in 



the fear of the Lord: and he shall not 
judge after the sight of his eyes, 
neither reprove after the hearing of 
his ears: but with righteousness shall 
he judge the poor, and reprove with 
equity for the meek of the earth: 
and he shall smite the earth with the 
rod of his mouth, and with the breath 
of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 
And righteousness shall be the girdle 
of his loins, and faithfulness the 
girdle of his reins" (Isa. 11:1-5). 

This old world surely needs, right 
now, the King who has all those 
qualifications and qualities of char- 
acter. It may not be very much 
longer before He does take control 
and before He puts everything in its 
rightful place. 

The Scope of This King's Rule 

No other king in all the world has 
ruled over more territory than that 
over which the King of England 
rules, yet this rule cannot be com- 
pared to the rule to be exercised by 
God's King. John saw Him riding 
forth on his white horse and He 
"hath on his vesture and on his 
thigh a name written, KING OF 
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." 
John also saw the day when "the 
kingdoms of this world are become 
the kingdoms of our Lord, and of 
his Christ; and he shall reign for 
ever and ever" (Rev. 19:16; 11:15). 
Indeed, this King shall have a rule 
that is universal over all the earth. 



WHAT IS YOUR DEVOTION? 

Commenting on the devotion of 
British young people to Christ, a 
young German doctor says, "They do 
not give to Christ anything like the 
devotion we gave to Hitler." The 
word "consecration" has become so 
unmeaning to us that we almost 
have to go to devotees of Commu- 
nism to relearn true devotion. If we 
will not learn from Christ, Solomon 
might say to us: "Go to Stalin, thou 
sluggard; consider his ways, and be 
wise" (see Prov. 6:6). — The Prairie 
Overcomer. 



"It is so much easier to admire the 
grace of God in others than to pant 
after the same degree of grace for 
ourselves." — Selected. 



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BOYS CLUBS ARE GOING FORWARD 



ROANOKE BOYS ORGANIZE 
BASKETBALL TEAM 

Boys from our Ghent Brethren 
Church in Roanoke, Va., have or- 
ganized a basketball team and en- 
tered into a local "Y" league. Using 
Brethren Boys Club T-shirts and 
white gym trunks, also lettered 
"BBC," they present a snappy ap- 
pearance on the floor. Although 
they lost their first two games to 
superior teams, the boys show prom- 
ise of developing into a good, work- 
ing and winning club. 

They were encouraged some in 
entering the league by some of the 
men of the church, but most of the 
initiative came from the boys them- 
selves, and they begin each game 
with a prayer huddle. The accom- 
panying picture shows a jump-ball 
scene in a recent game. 



YOUTH BRIEFS 

Some of our young people at Roa- 
noke have been spark-plugging a 
new Bible club at Jefferson High 
School. Meetings are held before 
school every morning, and attend- 
ance varies between 10 and 20. Sing- 
ing, testimonies, prayer, and occa- 
sional special speakers vary the pro- 
gram. 

Some of our young people at Taos, 
N. Mex., have been witnessing for 
the Lord and distributing tracts at 
the nearby Indian pueblo — which 
has been forbidden territory as far 
as the Gospel is concerned. Pray 
that a good nucleus of these Pueblo 
Indians might be really saved, and a 
real work done for the Lord through 
them. About 1,200 Indians live at 
the pueblo, and no Protestant mis- 
sion has yet been able to reach them. 

Our Washington, D. C, BYF has 
taken to meeting after church on 
Sunday nights, and has seen interest 
and enthusiasm grow greatly. Meet- 
ings are usually held in homes, and 
the attendance has grown from a 
handful to a real houseful — over 20 
on occasions. They've recently been 
enjoying a series of discussions, led 
by different young people, on the 
general theme, "Is Christianity Prac- 
tical?" Leaders have pointed out 
that it is — on the university campus, 
in the office, in the armed services, 
etc. 




Basketball at Roanoke 




BBC BRIEFS 

Our new club at Martinsburg, Pa., 
has grown from 6 boys, at the first 
meeting, to 36 at recent meetings! 
Some of these boys come from the 
nearby church at Vicksburg, Pa. 

Another new club has begun at 
Alexandria, Va., with a nucleus of 
8 or 10 boys. Wilbur Hess is the 
club chief, and he has several able 
assistants. At a recent meeting with 
the youth director, the boys were 
really enthused about the club. 

Martinsburg, W. Va., is another 
church ready to start a BBC with 
excellent prospects for a fine, live 
club. 

Has your club figured out a prac- 
tical way to have a real share in the 
$1,000 offering goal to clear the decks 
of all indebtedness on our mission- 
ary and other projects? Let's all get 
busy on this! 



HELL FOR CERTAIN BBC 
SHOWS PROGRESS 

Our only boys club with a woman 
chief, down in Kentucky, is coming 
along fine, and recently were the 
recipients of a fine box of new tools 
— mostly woodworking tools — sent 
from the fellows in the office where 
Miss Evelyn used to work in Cali- 
fornia. 

Also, recently they had a special 
meeting — but we'll let Miss Evelyn 
tell about that: 

"On January 19 our boys club in- 
vited Evangelist Coy Turner to come 
and speak to us. We told him to 
wear old shoes and old clothes. Our 
trip was all planned, and 10 of us 
hiked clear to the top of the moun- 
tain — in the head of a holler — to our 
meeting place. 

"Here we found a small log cabin 
which our boys had built. Over the 
door was a sign with a cross which 
read, 'Jesus Saves.' Underneath was 
printed, 'Jesus Is Good to Us.' 

"All 10 of us could just fit in, and 
we sat on the floor. In one corner 
the boys had a large can, rigged 
with a smoke pipe, and a good fire 
kept us nice and warm. We wish 
you could have looked in on the lit- 
tle scene — the boys will never forget 
it. After Brother Turner had spo- 
ken to us, we removed the top from 
our stove, and roasted wieners and 
marshmallows. 

"A good time was surely enjoyed 
by all, even if the boys did nearly 
wear the 'chief,' — I mean the 'squaw' 
—out!" 



"Do not take up your time so 
much with studying your own heart 
as studying Christ's heart. For one 
look at yourself, take 10 looks at 
Christ." — Robert Murray McCheyne. 



PASTORS, CHURCHES 
ATTENTION! 

If you need help in the form of 
workers for your D. V. B. S., or a 
young evangelist, or team for 
summer youth revivals, please 
contact Youth Director Ralph 
Colburn as soon as possible. We 
have Brethren young people anx- 
ious to do this type of work to 
serve the Lord. Let us know how 
many you want, when you want 
them, etc., and we'll try to help 
you get the finest Brethren youth 
available. 



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NEWS 





They Built Better Than They Knew 

By T. A. Eisenbise, La Verne, Calif. 



CHURCHES 



Compton, Calif. 

It is with deep regret that we of 
the First Brethren Church, Comp- 
ton, have complied with the request 
of our pastor, Rev. Forest Lance, and 
have accepted his letter of resigna- 
tion. 

The Lord has been so very good to 
us during the 3 ¥2 years that Brother 
Lance has been our pastor. Much 
has been accomplished for the glory 
of the Lord, both spiritually and ma- 
terially, in this short time. Many 
have come to know Christ as per- 
sonal Saviour and have been added 
to the membership. Our auditorium 
has been remodeled, and a new 
Hammond electric organ has been 
purchased. 

As our friend and pastor we shall 
miss him greatly, but we are thank- 
ful for his faithful and fruitful min- 
istry in this place. We ask the Lord 
to bless him and his family as they 
enter into a new work to which he 
feels God is calling them. 

For the congregation: 

Mrs. Helen McCaU, 
Recording secretary. 

Beaumont, Calif. 

We — the entire congregation — are 
thankful for the ministry of our 
Bro. Robert Ashman, who minis- 
tered in our midst January 13-27. 
The meetings were hindered by the 
heaviest rainfall this area has had in 
8 years, and by an epidemic of colds, 
flu, and virus pneumonia; yet God 
richly blessed us. 

During the last week of the meet- 
ings there were decisions at every 
service except one. There were 28 
decisions, 14 of which were first-time 
confessions of Christ as Saviour dur- 
ing the 2 weeks. Some of the deci- 
sions were made in the Happy Hour 
program for the children. Four of 
these people have been baptized and 
received into the membership of the 
church. One person has accepted 
the Lord since the meetings. 

Brother Ashman truly works with 
the pastor for the good of the church 
itself. His pastoral experience of 14 
years at the Peru, Ind., church 
makes it possible for him to under - 



From time to time leaders in the 
Brethren Church come to La Verne 
and show pictures of the many 
church edifices that are springing up 
over the brotherhood. These build- 
ings are in turn suggestive of the 
work that has been going on and the 
effort being put forth by these de- 
termined people. I say "determined 
people" because of their zeal to raise 
high the banner of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

Some of us have been very deeply 
impressed because of the knowledge 
that has come to us by virtue of the 
messages and facts that have been 
brought to us in this way. Especially 
is this true to those of us who are 
familiar with the work of the leaders 
who were instrumental in launching 
this great movement. 

Right in line with all this was the 
coming into our midst of Bro. Paul 
R. Bauman quite recently. He 
showed us pictures of the new sem- 
inary building, which is certainly a 
remarkable accomplishment when 
all the facts are taken into consider- 
ation. Brother Bauman stressed the 
fact that is well known and believed 
by all Bible readers who are faithful 
to the Word: that the holy men of 
old who prophesied centuries before 
the things came to pass spoke far 
beyond their knowledge at the time 
of their prophesying and writing. 

Just so, the success of this Breth- 
ren movement, under God, has far 
exceeded the hopes and dreams of 
such leaders as H. R. Holsinger and 
William Bauman. They built better 
than they knew. Imagine these two 
leaders coming back and taking a 
trip together with William Bauman's 
grandson, Paul, in visiting these va- 
rious Brethren churches — 125 of 
them. Can you imagine their be- 
wilderment, and the depth of joy in 
their hearts, as they would visit 
these churches? 



In the stirring days of those men, 
which seem as but yesterday, noth- 
ing could have induced us to follow 
their leadership. We were governed 
at the time by the best that we 
knew; we could see such a short way 
into the future. Even those leaders 
had little conception of the far- 
reaching and eternal consequences 
of their efforts. Yet God has won- 
derfully led His people down through 
the years. God help us, in this gen- 
eration, to have an ear to the voice 
of the Spirit. 

Some years ago the chief of police 
of Los Angeles invited the ministers 
of the Church of the Brethren to 
have lunch with him. I was among 
them. We met before the hour set 
for the lunch and spent the time in 
a sort of little "council meeting." It 
happened at the time when the 
Church of the Brethren in San Diego 
was thinking of selling the church 
plant. This matter was up for dis- 
cussion. The Brethren Church was 
interested in buying the building. 

One of the elders, then living in 
Los Angeles, now called up higher, 
speaking of the Brethren Church, 
said something like this: "These 
Brethren people are making a suc- 
cess of every place where they have 
started churches. Whether we like 
it or not, these Brethren are suc- 
ceeding because they are preaching 
the Word." 

It is logical to conclude that the 
cause of the difference between 
churches that succeed and the lib- 
eral ones that are on the standstill 
or going backward is to be found 
right at this point. One group 
preaches the Word and the other 
does not. 

May God be merciful to us and 
help us who have professed His 
name, especially that we may be 
kept true to His Word. 



stand the position of the pastor in 
the church. Furthermore, he is a 
"wizard" with children— always be- 
ing a step ahead of them. — Gene 
Farrell, pastor. 

Portis, Kans. 

On Sunday, December 30, the First 
Brethren Church of Portis had a 



basket dinner in honor of our in- 
coming pastor, Rev. Raymond Ket- 
tell, and family, and an appreciation 
for the services of the retiring pas- 
tor, Rev. Hilland Stewart, and fam- 
ily. 

The chairman of the arrangement 
committee was Mrs. Hud Turner. 
The Stewarts were presented with a 
platform rocker, and the Kettells 



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were given a "pound shower" of 
food. 

Several spoke in behalf of the 
faithful ministry of Mr. and Mrs. 
Stewart. Mrs. Walter Bodge rep- 
resented the Sunday school; Mrs. T. 
N. Garner, Mrs. Bertha Disney, and 
Mrs. Dan Brumbaugh spoke for the 
women and girls of the church; 
Wendell Cram represented the boys; 
Albert Hill spoke on behalf of the 
Crystal Plains people; and Paul 
Brumbaugh spoke on behalf of the 
Solomon Valley Christian Laymen's 
Association, which Brother Stewart 
helped to organize. 

The parsonage has been complete- 
ly redecorated, and 12 new tables 
have been secured for the church. 

There has been a definite increase 
in the attendance at our Bible school 
and church services in recent 
months. 

Tribute to a Brethren Pastor 

Betty Burkhart, who writes a col- 
umn, "Happenings Out Our Way," 
for the Nanty-Glo (Pa.) Journal, 
wrote in her column for January 17, 
1952, these words: " 'What has the 
church got?' asked someone the other 
day of the Pike Brethren Church, 
'that fills the parking lot with cars, 
regardless of weather, that makes one 
have to be present a half hour before 
the services in order to find a seat?' 

"What does it have? It has a pas- 
tor who is sincere, who knows the 
problems of his people, who helps 
them learn how to overcome those 
problems, who lives what he 
preaches." 

The pastor of the Pike Brethren 
Church is Rev. Clair W. Gartland. 



TESTIMONY FROM HAWAII 

Mrs. E. J. Jones, of 204 Red Hill 
Ave., Honolulu 17, Hawaii, wrote: 
"The Brethren Missionary Herald is 
truly our oasis in a spiritual desert 
over here where a true testimony for 
Christ is sadly lacking." Mrs. Jones 
is a member of the Brethren Book 
Club, thus she is keeping up with the 
best in Christian literature to help 
her spiritual life in that desert. 



DATES SET FOR 1952 SESSION OF 
WINONA SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY 

The 33rd annual session of the 
Winona Lake School of Theology 
will be held June 18 through July 25. 
Among the teachers for this year's 
session are the following: Dr. J. A. 
Huffman, president; Dr. Carl F. H. 
Henry, Prof. Norman A. Baxter, Dr. 
L. R. Marston, Dr. Harold G. Mason, 
Dr. Edwin Young, Dr. Arnold C. 
Schultz, Prof. Robert Walker, Dr. 
Warren C. Young, and Prof. John 
A. Huffman, dean. 

As previously announced, this 
school is conducting a flying seminar 
to Palestine and other places in the 
Near East, beginning late in July. 
For any additional information re- 
garding either of these write direct 
to the school, Winona Lake, Ind. 



REVISED STANDARD VERSION 

The Revised Standard Version of 
the Bible will be published late this 
summer and made available to the 
reading public on September 30, 
1952. This translation is the result 
of 16 years of work on the part of 
outstanding Bible scholars. The New 
Testament in this version appeared 
in 1946, and now the whole Bible is 
about ready for publication. This 
work is heralded as the "greatest 
Bible news in 341 years." 



MOODY INSTITUTE LITERATURE 

Moody Bible Institute's colpor- 
tage department distributed 12,000,- 
000 pieces of Gospel literature in 110 
countries in 28 languages during 
1951. In the United States 240,000 
pupils in 9,227 schoolrooms received 
free copies of the Gospel of John. 
In addition, literature was sent to 
hospitals and jails for free distribu- 
tion. 



The royal road to success would 
have more travelers if so many 
weren't lost attempting to find short 
cuts. — Calvin. 

Many Christians are tempted with 
things of this world because they 
are tampering with them. — Bulletin, 
Modesto, ("La Loma) church. 



Editorial in the Moody Monthly for 
July 1951 

Disregard for law, the throwing 
off of restraint, lack of reverence for 
authority — these are signs of the 
times. Increasingly the spirit of an- 
archy is stalking abroad. Against 
this the Christian must be on his 
guard, saturated with the Word of 
God, and filled with the Holy Spirit. 

. . . We may well remind ourselves 
as Christians of our duty to our gov- 
ernment. This is a danger point, for 
it is one place where personal con- 
victions and prejudices may cause 
us to miss the mark. 

The Word of God teaches us to 
honor, to reverence those in author- 
ity (Rom. 13:7; I Pet. 2:17). Per- 
haps such authorities are personally 
as evil as Nero, but that does not 
excuse our speaking disrespectfully 
of them in their position. We should 
oppose wrong and do all in our pow- 
er to put down oppression. But we 
should never stoop so low as to 
speak in such a way as to lower 
men's opinion of authority. 

Again, the holy Scriptures teach 
us to obey the powers that be (Rom. 
13:1, 5; I Pet. 2:13). Though we 
must allow for the voicing of oppo- 
sition, even for revolution against 
tyrannical and totalitarian powers, 
aside from such rights we are to be 
in subjection. No one who has been 
born again, no one who is filled with 
the Holy Spirit will habitually break 
the law. 

The child of God will also pay his 
taxes (Matt. 22:21; Rom. 13:6-7). It 
is our judgment that the general 
tenor of the teaching of the Bible 
allows for protest and even revolt 
against unjust and exorbitant taxa- 
tion. Beyond these considerations, 
however, the Lord's servant will not 
try to evade the payment of tribute. 

At least one more duty is ours. 
We are to pray for those in author- 
ity (I Tim. 2:1-2). Perhaps more 
fervent supplication for our nation 
will result in remedying the situa- 
tion about which we may complain 
so vehemently. Perhaps the heart 
of the ruler may be touched of God 
in answer to prayer. Let us not fail, 
let us not sin against our nation, 
against our rulers in failing to pray 
for them. 



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gOLUME 14, NUMBER 9 



FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



MARCH 1, 1952 




"I WANT A 
TEACHER" 



Suffer the little children 
to come unto me, and 
forbid them not: for of 
such is the kingdom of 
God" (Mark 10:14). 




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By Russell D. Barnard 
Editor, Foreign Mission Number 



Busy Days 

These editorials are being written and the material 
for this issue of the Herald is being assembled during the 
midyear meeting of the foreign board. Our foreign mis- 
sion activities now touch four continents with our five 
fields. This alone indicates the extent of our efforts and 
opportunities. Reports just received from the different 
fields are most encouraging; board actions have been 
courageous. No attempt will be made to mention spe- 
cific actions of the board in this issue, but you can be 
assured that there are actions which will thrill you and 
challenge you when the full report is given. 



Stretching to the Limit 

Your foreign board is stretching to the limit the funds 
at hand, and is walking by faith in this serious business 
of sending forth new missionary candidates. Caring for 
the regular work and sending forth the new workers will 
mean that we will spend about $25,000 more than our 
income this current year. We can do this only because 
of your faithful giving during the years when we had 
but few new recruits. The Brethren Church is growing. 
All offerings are increasing. Family incomes and church 
incomes are much larger. We are going forward by 
faith, trusting that foreign mission offerings will also 
greatly increase. 



/ Believe! 

I do believe when the Lord thrusts forth laborers He 
will care for all their needs. I do believe He has thrust 
forth SEVENTY missionaries into our various mission 
fields. I do believe it is His will that many of the FIFTY 
other candidates knocking at our doors should be sent 
out. I do believe that a valiant army will follow in their 
train throughout the years of the future until our blessed 
Lord comes again. I do believe that the evangelization 
of the ONE MILLION to TWO MILLION people in our 
foreign mission fields is our responsibility as the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren Church. I do know 
Brethren people have been loyal to our foreign mission- 
ary program. I do know that funds sufficient have al- 
ways been provided for every missionary project in 
which we have engaged. I do know that not one foreign 
mission candidate has ever been withheld from service 
because of lack of funds. I thank God for these "be- 
lieves" and "knows." 

When I see the tremendous scope of our foreign mis- 
sion program today — a continually expanding program; 



when I interview the candidates — 15 or more to go to 
the fields this year, and like numbers for future years; 
when checks are placed before me for signature in the 
amounts of $1,000, $3,000, $5,000, $10,000, and in varieties 
of smaller amounts, until funds seem to just melt before 
me, I am made to cry in the words of the one of long 
ago, "Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief." The 
waves frightened that one so long ago, and these waves 
frighten me. Then I remember my "believes" and 
"knows" and take heart. Believe with us that our God 
will supply every need for all the valiant souls out on 
the battle line for Christ. Pray for the harvest and the 
harvesters. 



A Faith Mission 

Many people want to support and serve only with a 
"faith" mission. I, too, have that conviction. The For- 
eign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church is a 
"faith" mission. James Gribble and those who began the 
testimony in French Equatorial Africa stepped out 
wholly on faith. Our missionaries in all fields are 
schooled in the experience of trusting God for every- 
thing. I wouldn't want to serve in anything except a 
"faith" mission. And it is faith — whether every indi- 
vidual or every family unit looks to the Lord for per- 
sonal transportation and support for the 4 to 6 years out 
of the United States, or whether they and the members 
of the sponsoring society and all the officers entrusted 
with the work look to the Lord for the supplying of the 
needs for the whole mission. Ours is a faith mission of 
this latter type, and God has honored our testimony and 
this plan of operation through the 40 years of our active 
history. It is so easy to make an empty boast of faith, 
but we know how challenging it is to trust God for 
everything, and look to Him as the supplier of every 
need. Especially do those missionaries out in the hard 
places of the earth rejoice in the privilege of walking 
daily in a "faith" walk. Pray for us — pray with us — 
let's all pray together "that our faith fail not." 



"We Wont a Teacher!" 

Who of you, having seen the beautiful color motion 
picture filmed by Dr. Jobson in Africa and shown by him 
in so many of our churches, has not been moved by the 
one scene where little children are holding up a slate 
and on it are the words written, "We want a teacher"? 
And they do want teachers! I well remember the words 
spoken to me in Africa so often — "Mbi ye na dico" (I 
want to read). 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16, 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under 
the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price, $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches, $1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum, President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
Secretary; Ord Gehman, Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters, Member at Large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, 
Robert Miller, William H. Schaffer. 



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Only 1 out of 100 of the native boys and girls will ever 
learn to read in the government schools. Many of the 
99 are the children of our native Christians. We have 
a large native church in Africa — there are over 10,000 
actual members and about 20,000 who have accepted 
Christ and give evidence of salvation. An overwhelming 
number of these are illiterate. Usually they are people 
with keen minds, anxious to learn, but there are so few 
schools and fewer teachers. Africa has many needs 
today but none is greater than the need for capable 
young lady missionaries who will be willing to do the 
rather glamorless task of teaching the boys and girls and 
women in the trade and tribal languages (there are at 
least 15 of these), or in French. We should be most 
happy to correspond with those who would be interested 
in knowing more of this great opportunity for fruitful 
Christian service. 



Missionaries En Route 

Miss Estella Myers and Miss Grace Byron, as you read 
this, will be with the Wheaton Bible Lands Cruise some- 
where in Bible lands. They will arrive in the United 
States sometime in the early spring. Miss Florence 
Bickel will probably be sailing to the United States dur- 
ing the early part of March, but we have not received 
full details as yet. Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Miller and fam- 
ily will fly to Belem, Brazil, on or about March 10. Rev. 
and Mrs. Lynn Schrock and Rev. and Mrs. Carson Rott- 
ler and their families will sail from New York for Bue- 
nos Aires, Argentina, on or about March 23. Be praying 
for these folks as they make their long journeys. 



"Attend Your Church or Synagogue!" 

Have you heard this statement as much in the last few 
months as I have? If so, do you believe it? The un- 
discerning will say, "That's fine!" But is it? If it's true 
that "church" and "synagogue" can be said in the same 



breath by a Christian and seem to have the same place 
and value, then Christ died in vain, St. Paul was a fool 
to have suffered as he did, and our whole Christian pro- 
gram is a mistake, a whim, a sin! The general import of 
every broadcast and every newspaper advertisement 
which I have heard or seen back of this "attend your 
church or synagogue movement" is that church and 
synagogue, Christ and Moses, grace and law are on the 
same basis and have the same value and produce the 
same standing before God. I don't believe it! 

Acts 4:12 says, ". . . there is none other name under 
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." 
Christian faith, foreign missions, and all Christian serv- 
ice have lost their value and meaning if Moses is equal 
to Christ, synagogue has the position of the church, or 
law is in any way comparable to grace in the souls of 
men. I love the Jewish people and have no sympathy 
whatever with the anti-Semitism of our day. I yearn 
for my Jewish friends to know the Lord Jesus Christ as 
their Messiah-Christ, but I'm convinced that this end 
will never be accomplished by any watered-down mes- 
sage of the Christ. I urge all true believers to be on the 
alert for this compromise appeal — "Attend your church 
or synagogue." 



Reporting Your Easter Offering 

Your Easter offering report should arrive in our office 
at Winona Lake, Ind., by June 1, 1952, and will not be 
counted as a part of the offering of this fiscal year if it 
arrives later than June 15, 1952. Report blanks will be 
included with one of the final shipments of Easter offer- 
ing supplies to your church. Send us one and keep a 
duplicate for your records. Names and addresses of 
donors should be listed on the report blanks. 

Please make all checks, money orders, etc., payable to 
THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF THE 
BRETHREN CHURCH, and send them to Miss Ruth E. 
Reddick, the financial secretary, at Winona Lake, Ind. 




#o*eifrt AiUdtOHoAy \^\€dito& Mad Box, 



On February 2 the following interesting letter was re- 
ceived from Miss Marybeth Munn, Bekoro, Africa. "The 
work happily goes on here at Bekoro and the sick peo- 
ple, it seems, are coming from the ends of the earth to 
get well. Some are such pitiful and hopeless cases that 
I have no idea what to do for them. Others we can help, 
and many have gone home thanking the Lord for 
strengthened bodies once again. We always ask the ones 
getting pay medicine to put down a deposit to assure us 
that they will come until the treatment is over, other- 
wise it would be rather a waste of medicine in some 
cases. One day I was refunding to all those who had 
come faithfully and everyone that was on the receiving 
end went on his happy way — that is, all except one lady. 
When I handed her 30 francs back as her refund she 
acted quite upset. I couldn't understand what it was all 
about so I explained that her shots were so much, some 
pills were so much, and this was what was left. She 



kept talking excitedly to the nurse in Kabba, so I asked 
what could be troubling her. She just had no more 
coming back! The nurse told me that she wasn't angry; 
she just couldn't understand. Hadn't she come with a 
game leg, runny ear, and hardly strength to get here, 
and now her leg was well, she could hear again, and she 
had strength to do all her work — how could she have 30 
francs left over? I told her that if she wanted to really 
show her appreciation for what the Lord had done for 
her, she could give that 30 francs to Him on Sunday. 
She seemed really happy then and went on her way 
rejoicing. 

"The leper work is something fantastic. We just don't 
know what to do. Of course we are keeping Beandje 
(the leper colony) for the Christians of our field, where 
they may come for their treatments. But the local lepers 

(Continued on Page 141) 



March 1, 1952 



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Baja California-a Land of Drought-II 



By Walter E. Haag 



From El Rosario the road climbed up a brushy canyon 
which was full of quail. Steeply it then climbed up a 
mountain where the narrow roads would have required 
a long back before passing could have been done. For- 
tunately the Lord didn't let any such necessity occur the 
whole trip. On top of this coastal range of mountains 
we spent the night. We had worn our sweaters all day 
and, as the fog started rolling in about dark, we went to 
bed early and slept late, even though we were cool in 
our sleeping bags. Having prepared ourselves for a hot 
trip, we were uncomfortably cool on that mountain top. 

As we traveled along the next day (our fourth), we 
began to descend the mountain ridges. Along one 
cactus-covered and brushy hillside we saw a thin, hun- 
gry coyote watching us. He wasn't much over 50 feet 
away when we drove up alongside of him, and even 
when we stopped he stood watching, but started off and 
away before we thought to get our cameras out. 

The map we were using didn't even show the next 
little junction, San Agustin. Perhaps it should not have 
been listed, but there were two houses, a windmill, and 
a shed where gasoline was kept. We found it a valuable 
stopping place. We purchased gasoline each time we 
passed by and refilled our water bottle from the windmill 
as we returned. The main road goes straight ahead to 
the little village of El Marmol, which we visited on our 
return trip. It is the result of an American who went 
there many years ago and started surface mining of 
the onyx. The several hundred people living there 
seemed to be some of the best fed and clothed of any 
of the working class that we saw. This is probably due 
to the steady employment of the men by the mine owner 
who ships his onyx by truck to California. 

To El Arco 

From San Agustin we took the short cut across to 
where it joins the main road from El Marmol. We trav- 
eled south over mountains and through valleys, with 
very few houses along the way. Through this desolate 
region was a little Catholic shrine with its virgins, saints, 
candles, and offering plate. A flat-backed headlamp 
from an old-model car, prior to the days of streamlining, 
served as the offering plate. A slot in the lens was suffi- 
ciently large to accommodate the most generous gift. 
The shrine was in a hole that had been carved out of the 
side of a giant soft granite boulder — a hole perhaps 3 
feet deep and 4 feet high. It was evidently a shrine for 
travelers of the road as there was no house within miles 
as far as we could determine. Somewhat later we did 
pass by an old-time ranch where several families lived. 
They had a garden and fruit trees along a little trickle 
of water. Here, too, were palms growing, which resem- 
bled those found in the canyon at Palm Springs, Calif. 
Evening was soon upon us and we made camp for an- 
other night. Though we hadn't met another car all day, 
two trucks passed by during the night. 

The next day (our fifth) we traveled down the middle 
of the peninsula through mountains at an elevation of 
about 2,000 feet. We passed some dry lakes with smooth, 
hard, flat bottoms, but at other times we came to places 



where roads would branch out like the fingers of one's 
hand as they attempted to find a passage around or 
through a dust hole. It was as we were stopped and try- 
ing to decide which road to take that another car came 
up behind us. We exchanged greetings and while the 
driver decided on a course to follow, his companion 
asked our destination, and we asked theirs. We found 
they were going to Santa Rosalia, too. He was a priest 
there and was now returning with the car which he had 
purchased in the States. He then asked if we would 
like to travel along together so that if one car had trou- 
ble the other could help. We decided against that as 
they were driving a lighter car and could travel so much 
faster. We didn't reveal our identity and purpose for 
going to Santa Rosalia at that time, but I am sure we 
weren't in Santa Rosalia long until he knew our mission, 




Operations at the onyx mine at El Marmol. 

(The rough blocks are loosened with crowbars, 
swung into position for shaping into rectangular 
blocks, given a number, and shipped to California by 
truck.) 

for the nickname the young boys had for us was "Halle- 
luiahs." We thought it quite a coincidence for the priest 
of Santa Rosalia to offer to help us along the way. 

Stuck in a Dust Hole 

In the same general area on our return trip the Lord 
allowed us to become stuck in one of the dust holes so 
that we were delayed long enough that two Mexican 
fellows could walk from their car a mile away to come 
to us for aid. Their Model A Ford had gotten out of 
time and there they had been stalled for over a day. 
Roy went to work on it and, thanks to his mechanical 
ability, in short order had it running for them. Thus we 
were able to witness to these men. They seemed deeply 
interested in the Gospel and asked for tracts and a Bible. 
We had no Bible to give, but gave them a New Testa- 
ment which they promised to read. The man and his 
son worked in Tijuana at the radio-telegraph office, so 
we hope to see them again some day. 

We crossed a large dry lake bed, which would be 



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suitable for car races or a landing field for planes of any 
size. As the road started to climb into the hills again 
we stopped and used some of our precious water for 
taking a bath — one of the most refreshing of the whole 
trip. For after several days of dust which seeped into 
the car and over everything, we were filthy! 

The next day (our sixth) brought us out nearer the 
Pacific coast again where the cool sea breezes were wel- 
comed. We stopped to take pictures at the little village 
of Rosalito with its six or eight houses. We were most 
interested in the man and his burro in front of the best 



house and the general store. Packed among the leaves 
from a certain kind of tree were delicious fresh black 
mission figs. We bought some of them but none of the 
tree leaves which the man said he sold as greens to be 
cooked. We weren't that hungry for greens. 

Our travels that day took us through El Arco, a little 
mining village sitting on the 28th parallel. This parallel 
divides Baja California into northern and southern dis- 
tricts. It also is the place of time change from Pacific to 
Mountain time, as one travels south but always eastward. 

(To Be Continued in the Next Foreign Mission Number) 



I DEDICATION OF THE NEW RESIDENCE IN MACAPA 




Part of the Dedication Day Crowd, Sunday, January 20. 



By Rev. Edward D. Miller, Macapa, Brazil 

Sunday, January 20, 1952, is a day long to be remem- 
bered in connection with our work in Brazil. That was 
the day of our first public service in Macapa in our own 
residence. God was gracious in giving us a very beauti- 
ful day, and thus many people turned out for our first 
service on Sunday afternoon. Counting those on the 
outside, there were more than 200 in attendance. The 
governor of the Territory of Amapa, Major Janary Gentil 
Nunes, was among those attending. (The man holding 
hat in hand — almost in the middle of the picture — is the 
governor.) 

We had been planning for this day ever since we began 
construction on our house here in Macapa in November. 
The house, which is now complete, suits our needs for a 
church and a home. We live in one side and the back, 
and have one large room and a porch for our services. 
This room will seat around 60 very comfortably. Of 
course, many more can hear and see from the porch. 

Bro. Keith Altig came over from Belem on Friday be- 



fore the dedication, and we spent all day Saturday using 
the pickup truck and loudspeaker to announce our serv- 
ices. On the whole, the people seemed very interested in 
our work and our message. Many had already expressed 
a desire to come to our services prior to this time. Of 
course, many came out of curiosity the first Sunday, but 
since our opening service we have had seven people 
publicly confess Christ as their Saviour. 

Our first series of meetings lasted through Tuesday 
night, January 22. .Besides the regular preaching serv- 
ice, Brother Altig showed colored slides of the Life of 
Christ, and then on the last night we served refresh- 
ments following the service. All in all we can say that 
we were more than satisfied with the results from these 
first few meetings in Macapa. Of course, our numbers 
are much smaller since the first day, but many new ones 
continue to come every day. Our prayer is that we 
might see many turn from the darkness into the light of 
the glorious Gospel of Christ in the days that lie ahead. 
Brethren, pray for us! 



March 7, 1952 



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Building for Time and Eternity 



By Rev. J. Keith Altig, Icoaraci, Brazil 



There are always interesting things to be seen in every 
foreign country, especially in relation to the people and 
the homes in which they live. A few days ago we were 
visiting in a home far out in the country. It is a place 
where a few weeks ago there was only the untouched 
forest. A man with a large family, who had been forced 
out of his home in another state by the drought, had 
come to this place where he began to carve a home out 
of the jungle. He cut down the trees and, selecting such 
poles and branches as would serve his purpose, erected 
the most elemental kind of dwelling. There isn't a 
sawed or planed board in the house, and the walls and 
roof consist only of dried palm branches arranged so that 
they keep out at least some of the rain. 

Another type of dwelling is made principally of mud. 
A framework is erected first of poles set about 6 inches 
apart upright in the ground. Then other poles are nailed 
or tied with vines at right angles to the first so that it 
looks like the bars of a jail with 6-inch squares. Then 
the mud is packed into the openings and smeared on the 
outside and inside to cover the poles. If the builder has 
been careful to make the walls straight and smooth they 
can be finished with plaster and the house looks very 
good, but before long the plaster begins to fall off, the 
mud falls out, the poles fall in, and the house falls down. 

There is an abundance of good wood in this part of 
Brazil, however, and many of the houses are built of 
wood and look much like any frame house in the States. 
The usual custom is to put the boards on up and down 
and cover the crack with another little board like the 



The best type of building is made of hollow tile. The 
clay to make tile is found in abundance along any river 
bank and there is a great industry in making tiles, bricks, 
and pottery things of all kinds. The building being used 
as a church in Icoaraci is of this type of construction and, 




Erecting a mud house. 



early California houses. The house the Edward Millers 
are building in Macapa is being made of finished lumber 
and will look much like the usual American frame 
dwelling. 




A house of jungle material. 

although it is many years old, it still stands straight and 
true, not sagging or cracking anywhere. The foundation 
is broad and firm and only the best materials were used. 
A beautiful, rare type of dark hardwood was used for 
the doors, door frames, and window frames — these are 
as sound today as they ever were. The floors are made 
of alternate strips of light and dark hardwood which, 
when sanded and polished, are simply beautiful. 

Human lives are much like buildings. There are the 
lives consisting of cheap and easy things, the things 
of very little value, the things easy to acquire, but 
at the same time transitory and fragile. These lives, 
like houses made of jungle materials, will soon fall into 
ruin. There are lives built of sordid and earthly things 
which, though they might appear to be good, will be 
revealed by the passage of time as to their true worth 
or, rather, worthlessness. The cultured, educated, and 
refined people of the world who are without Christ and 
the salvation He provides could be an illustration of the 
nicely built, attractive houses built of impermanent ma- 
terials. The passage of time will destroy and bring to 
an end their useful existence. 

The finest type of life, of course, is that which is built 
on the solid foundation of Christ. The materials are the 
great doctrines of Christianity. The character and 
morality of true Christianity are desperately needed in 
the world today. The world needs well-built houses, 
and they are a blessing to humanity, but more than 
this the world needs well-built lives — Christian lives, 
people with a knowledge of Christ, of God and His will. 



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African Christian Homes 



By Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 



Looking back to the first years of our work in French 
Equatorial Africa, there is one impression that remains 
with me, and that is the joy in redeemed faces as these 
souls came to know Christ as Saviour and Lord. The 
transformation is nothing short of a miracle — Christ's 
transforming grace in Africa's darkened souls. At first 
only the men and boys made the step, and we were 
thankful to God for them. However, we knew that the 
African Christian home would be the formation of a 
real Christian community. It was not long before some 
of the women came, but these were timid and none of 
them made an effort to read the Word or lead in private 
or public prayer. They were received into the church 
without learning to read because we were anxious for 
the men to have believing wives. When one remembers 
the position of woman in the African economy, it is not 
surprising that it has taken such a long time to have 
truly Christian homes, and leaders from among the 
women. But when Christ comes into a life, He makes 
it new, and when these dear African women really un- 
derstood that the message of salvation was for them, we 
began to see wonderful changes. Truly Christian homes 
are now to be found all over our field, among each tribe, 
and in every district. 

One of the outstanding homes is that of Gaiwaka Noel 
at Bozoum. Here the family gathers for Bible reading 
and prayer every evening. They gather around the 
little kerosene lamp placed on the home-made table, 
and Pastor Noel and his wife take turns reading the 
portion of the Word for that day. Such a home reflects 
the Spirit of Christ. The mother and father are leaders 
in the church. The children are growing up in the 
church with a beautiful testimony. The oldest of the 
children, John, looks forward to the ministry when he 
can fulfill his obligations to the state for the education 
he has received. Of course such a home would be chal- 
lenged by the enemy of the Lord. He found an entrance 
in the mother's behavior, but the faithful father and chil- 
dren have prayed the mother back into fellowship. 

Another home is that of Yanji Etienne, the first to re- 
ceive the Lord in our established work in Africa and be 
admitted to baptism. Yanji married in 1925, and he and 
Bassawene have remained faithful for over a quarter of 
a century. Prayer in the home has kept them faithful, 
and while they have not been blessed with children, yet 




they have been a testimony of God's power to save and 
keep. At a recent meeting in the Bozoum church, Yanji 
gave a sterling testimony of what the Lord had done for 
them throughout the years. Such witnesses are a real 
blessing to the believers who may be going through 
severe testings. 

Each of our stations in Africa has a caretaker or guard, 
as he is sometimes called. He cares for the tools, work 
equipment, and is on hand when the missionaries need 
help. At Bozoum we have been blessed with a good, 
faithful man of God for this work. It is none other than 
Ouamalanji Isaac. All of our missionaries know this man. 




Yanji Etienne and his wife, Bassawene. 



Ouamalanji Isaac and his wife, Semeni. 

He is faithful, honest, a good worker, and does his work 
as unto the Lord. He has been with us for many years, 
in fact, long before he was married. Here is another 
Christian home. He is married to Semeni, and they 
have one son who is named for our own son, Roger. The 
evil one tried to break this home many years ago, but 
good advice on the part of a missionary led to a perfect 
reconciliation, and now the home is a real challenge and 
testimony to all of our Christian homes. These people 
live just a short distance from the missionary's home, 
and we can hear their conversations, so not much is hid- 
den. Of course, they do have their little misunderstand- 
ings, but at evening prayers wrongs are made right and 
they go on living happily together. 

You have gathered from these three testimonies that 
a Christian home is a possibility in Africa, but that such 
are always open to attack from Satan. May this constant 
temptation of our Christian homes be a challenge to you 
to pray for them, and especially for the homes of the 
leaders, such as the elders and the deacons. How Satan 
tries them to the utmost! Some of their homes have 
been threatened so many times, and yet God's grace has 
been appropriated and the victory won. There is no di- 
vorce in the African Brethren Church, and our dear 
folks must appropriate God's grace for victory or else 
their testimony is ruined. Knowing this, many of our 
people make a more serious effort to live together for 
the sake of the Lord who bought them. Pray for the 
Christian homes — the source of all blessing in the Chris- 
tian community in Africa. 



March 1,1952 



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A Normal Day in the Life of an Argentine Pastor 

By Rev. and Mrs. James B. Marshall, Corral de Bustos, Argentina 



Just how do the missionary pastors conduct themselves 
in Argentina? That is more or less what most people 
ask when they write for the first time. Well, for the first 
9 months I couldn't answer that question, for I wasn't a 
pastor, but after serving in Corral de Bustos for 7 months 
as the pastor evangelico, I might be able to partially an- 
swer that question. I say "might" because there is the 
danger of over- or underestimating the task of a mis- 
sionary in Argentina. What may be my normal day 
would be completely abnormal for another man, and 
vice versa. Therefore, what I write is my day and not 
that of someone else. 

Properly speaking, one has to begin the night before, 
because one's day begins as a result of the previous 
night. Let's start with Sunday night. Since this is the 
springtime, folks just can't possibly get to meetings be- 
fore 9:30 p.m. For a "Yankee" fresh from the States 
that is impossible to understand, but something to which 
he resigns himself. About 10:30 the meeting closes but 
the people don't go home. If you have ever noticed that 
"settling-down look" that comes over people after they 
have eaten a big meal you have some idea of what I 
mean. The tenseness is gone; they feel satisfied; the 
time has come to just sit back and talk. And that is 
what they do! No, we aren't complaining, for it is one of 
the things that binds our folks together. They don't 
have much Christian fellowship during the week and so 
on Sunday night they try to fill up the empty spaces. 
We rather enjoy it now, too, since we understand the 
language better. At first the babble of voices sounded 
like a cheering section at a Chinese football game played 
backwards on a tape recorder, but now we can pick out 
the conversation that suits us and enter into it. Before 
midnight, usually, the hall is cleared of people, the 
chairs stacked away, and the dust settled for the night. 

Monday morning is nearly always market day. Our 
well-laid plans to get up at 6 o'clock didn't materialize, 
and so Margaret has to hurry to get the baby bathed and 
fed before he gets too fussy. At 8:15 the market is quite 
crowded and so once again I get some practice in pa- 
tience. Don Ricci, the vegetable man, who is a believer, 
is trying to convince a sehora that one tomato costs 50 
centavos. She just can't see it because 3 years ago she 
could buy several tomatoes for 50 centavos and maybe a 
little parsley to go with them. Finally, Don Ricci shrugs 
his shoulders, raises his eyebrows, and says, "Very well, 
40 centavos." The senora turns in triumph and walks 
away. These folks buy enough for one meal at a time. 
In the morning they buy for dinner and in the afternoon 
for supper. But when we buy, we buy for several days. 
As I walk out of the market with my basket laden with 
vegetables, fruit, and meat, the folks turn and stare. I 
never have figured out if it is because of my North 
American necktie or the big basket of groceries. Any- 
way, I have begun the day feeling like an exhibition 
piece in a curiosity shop. But according to the Word, 
"all things work together for good," and it makes me 
think. Well, maybe I have been feeling rather proud 
lately, but those penetrating stares rubbed the finish off 



my pride. Would that they might take as much interest 
in our message as they do in our actions! 

The rest of the morning passes quietly in study and 
meditation — that is, not counting the baby's fussing, fill- 
ing the stove with kerosene, answering the doorbell sev- 
eral times, and the time lost trying to find some Spanish 
words for English words that probably aren't in the dic- 
tionary yet. I have found that the hardest part about 
learning Spanish is forgetting some very poor English 
that we North Americans speak. 

Dinner at last! Once again we determine to speak 
only Spanish at the table, but half way through the meal 
our resolution is forgotten. We justify ourselves by 
saying that Michael has to learn English some way, or 
his grandparents won't like it. 

After dinner we can think of so many things to do, 
but all the stores are closed, the post office is closed, and 




Rev. and Mrs. James B. Marshall and Michael Stevhen. 



the people are taking their siesta. Until 3 or 3:30 p.m. 
we just can't accomplish much outside. There are be- 
lievers whom we should visit, but they don't like visits 
during siesta time. Invariably we want to do something 
and can't. How about the patio? Maybe I can rake up 
those old bricks and sticks. But no, the sun is like an 
oven and after 10 minutes of work I decide that the Ar- 
gentines are right — a fellow ought to rest during the 
heat of the day. 

Some of the most interesting hours of the day are the 
hours we spend visiting in the homes of the believers 
and others who have shown some interest in the Gospel. 
The first question they ask is, "How is Michael?" A 
baby surely provides a subject for conversation. We 
like to leave him in the car in his big basket, for he 
behaves better that way and doesn't get quite so many 
kisses. 

Sometimes we discover problems that call for tact and 
wisdom in order to solve them. For example, our neigh- 
bor, a believer who owns a little grocery store, was tell- 



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ing me that his wife was sick. In the course of the con- 
versation he remarked that she was going to visit a 
curandero (a quack doctor), and that he was sure he 
could heal her. He told me that he had gone to one 
when he was sick and the curandero healed him. I asked 
him how, and he told me the curandero put his mouth 
against his chest and spoke some mysterious words. 
Then shortly afterwards the sickness left him. Carefully 
I tried to show him the fallacy of such methods, and the 
danger of it inasmuch as he is a believer. He and his 
wife are young believers but firm in what they know, 
and they are anxious to learn. They both agreed to 
pray and trust the Lord for strength and health instead 
of going to the curandero. However, such customs are 
firmly rooted in the lives of these people and it is difficult 
to get them to change. Ordinarily we never mention a 
better or more modern way of doing something, but 
when it touches the spiritual life of the people then it is 
necessary. 

Finally evening arrives. The air becomes cooler. The 
municipal public-address system begins to blare out 
Argentine jazz; children race up and down the streets 
shouting in raucous voices; the smell of garlic and onions 
frying, or the smoke of an asado (meat roasted over an 
open fire) drifts over the patio wall, and the whistle of 
the departing evening train warns us that the day is 
almost over. The natural darkness settles once again 
over the town, but we know that in a few hours the 
light of morning will come and another day will begin. 

But what of the spiritual darkness? It is night in 
Argentina. Here and there a light burns brightly in the 
life of a believer, but there are so few. Yes, we have 
dim lights down here, too — believers whose lives are 
coated with the dust of worldliness. Sometimes I think a 
dim light is worse than none at all — at least I don't get 
a headache trying to see by it. 

We're waiting for the morning to come when the "Light 
of the World" will shine forth as the Bright and Morn- 
ing Star, but while we wait we long to see the light of 
the Gospel shine forth in the lives of many souls. Pray 
with us that our days here might be to His glory and to 
the end that sinners may accept Christ as their Saviour. 



EDITOR'S MAIL BOX 

(Continued From Page 135) 



— local, if you can call 100 to 150 kilometers in all direc- 
tions local — are many. Last year we just gave them the 
oil, but now if we can get enough of the sulphones they 
will be able to buy that when they can afford it. Be- 
andje is the answer for some of the leper work, but it 
doesn't nearly answer the big leper question. Some 
people will never be able to come here from the villages. 
On my local list I've found that about one-fifth are bap- 
tized believers. The same is probably true at each of 
the other stations. So we've thought that each dispen- 
sary should have some of the sulphones and have the 
privilege of treating those near them. As I've treated 
these who come every week to Bekoro, I've seen that 
walking so far each week for a year has torn down any- 
thing that the medicine we gave them could have done. 
So I told Brother Kliever and the others that I'd like to 
go out once a week and meet some of these half way. If 
I went over near the Pende, many of the Laka people 
could get in on this. So, Lord willing, when the pickup 



comes and enough of the medicine comes, I'm going on 
Mondays to give medicine to those who can come to 
Yini, the village near the Pende, and also to a village 
:iear Paoua. 

"Mary (Cripe) is now here, too, and she helps a lot 
in every way. The day that I go to Beandje she stays 
here at the dispensary and cares for the work. On the 
day that I admit (examine the new lepers) she comes 
with me to help. Some days we've seen lepers from 
morning until night, taking just enough time off to eat 
lunch. The sulphone drugs really do help wonderfully. 
The word is out far and wide that lepers are being 
'healed' at Bekoro. So they are coming and coming, and 
the fact that they have to pay doesn't seem to stop them 
at all. But wouldn't we pay most any money if we were 
lepers and saw our bodies decaying and falling apart? I 
just have an awful struggle to turn any away, but I have 
to sometimes, as Beandje just can't hold everyone, and 
if they can't find a place to live they can't stay. The 
story of the wonders happening at Beandje have evi- 
dently been greatly exaggerated, however. Some poor 
people without any hands or feet thought that their toes 
and fingers would grow back on. Pray much that this 
continuous contact that we have with this class of peo- 
ple might pay rich dividends for Christ." 



From France comes a bit of news from the Don Miller 
family, in a letter written on February 1. "We have a 
new address now. We have moved from where we were 
and Fogies are moving next week end. We were very 
thankful for the house that we had at first because we 
needed a place to live so badly and it was God's way 
for us for a while. We were so very fortunate in finding 
the place that we now have. We were very concerned 
about finding a place in this same town where Nancy is 
going to school, and we asked the Lord to definitely lead 
in that direction if He saw fit. Believe it or not, we are 
living in the very house where the school is held. This 
lady runs a private school here in the daytime for about 
15 students and then rents the rest of the house to some 
family. The family that was here moved out and she 
told us we could move in. The lady is a widow and she 
lives here also. She is a wonderful Christian lady, and 
she wants to try to help us with our French. We are 
very grateful to the Lord for working all of this out for 
us. Our new address is: Donald F. Miller, 81 Boulevard 
des Etats-Unis, Le Vesinet, Seine et Oise, France." 



A recent letter from Bro. Jack Churchill, Almafuerte, 
Argentina, expresses praise and thanksgiving for an- 
swered prayer. "The Lord has answered prayer not 
only in the matter of our permanent residence, but in 
another matter also. The building in Rio Tercero, after 
several months of being stopped because cement was 
not available, is now going ahead. The cement is still 
scarce, but the constructors have finally been able to 
scrape enough together to finish roofing the second story. 
One of the believers here in Almafuerte received 42 
bags of cement which he had been waiting for, but since 
he is not now in a position to use them, he turned them 
over to the Galli Brothers, who are doing the building 
in Rio Tercero. We are trusting now that the house will 
be in shape to at least hold meetings by the end of March 
when we will finish our tent meetings." When the house 
in Rio Tercero is finished, it is planned that the Church- 
ills and Mrs. Sickel will move from Almafuerte to live 
in the new house. 



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PRAYER STARTERS FOR MARCH 



FOREIGN MISSIONARY 
SOCIETY— 

Pray for — 

1. The foreign mission offering, 
that the amount received will be 
sufficient to care for an increased 
missionary personnel and an in- 
creased sphere of missionary respon- 
sibility. 

2. Brother and Sister Roy Snyder, 
who are still at the hospital at Elat, 
where she is recuperating. 

3. Bro. Ricardo Wagner in Ar- 
gentina, who is taking a complete 
rest under doctor's orders. 

4. Mrs. Edward D. Miller and two 
children in Macapa, Brazil, who have 
had recent health problems. 

5. Miss Grace Byron and Miss 
Estella Myers, who joined the Whea- 
ton Bible Lands Cruise in Italy on 
February 29, and for Miss Florence 
Bickel, who accompanied them to 
Italy on her way to the States. 

6. Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Miller 
and family, as they fly to Brazil 
around March 10. 

7. The Lynn Schrock and Carson 
Rottler families, who expect to sail 
from New York on March 23 for 
Argentina. 

8. The new missionaries under 
appointment and the many mission- 
ary candidates. 

9. Our various fields of activity — 
Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Baja Cal- 
ifornia, and France. 

BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS 
COUNCIL— 

1. Pray for the organized calling 
being done through the prayer meet- 
ing group, that souls may be won to 
Christ, and that folks will be added 
to the Juniata, Pa., church. 

2. Pray for the BYF recently or- 
ganized at Albuquerque, N. Mex., 
that many of the unsaved young peo- 
ple attending will come to know 
Christ as their Saviour. As many 
as 25 young people have been at- 
tending these BYF services. 

3. Pray that the Yakima, Wash., 
church will be able to reach the 
parents of the children now attend- 
ing the Sunday school. 

4. Pray for the Brethren in Seat- 
tle, Wash., that the Lord might give 
wisdom in organizing and locating a 
church. 



5. Pray for the executive com- 
mittee meeting of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council as it meets on 
March 20, 21, and 22 to make final 
plans for the year ahead in home 
missions. 

GRACE THEOLOGICAL 
SEMINARY— 

1. Praise God for the increasing 
interest on the part of our Brethren 
people for the work of the seminary. 
Pray that the financial needs of the 
school may be met completely in the 
offering now being sent in by the 
churches. 

2. Praise the Lord for the way 
He has continually cared for the fi- 
nancial needs of the students. Pray 







/ 



for some who have families and are 
in need of work. 

3. Praise the Lord for the bless- 
ings of Dr. McClain's life and min- 
istry. Pray that he may receive rest, 
strength, and renewed vigor during 
the next few months. 

BRETHREN MISSIONARY 
HERALD COMPANY— 

1. Pray that the Lord will lead 
every writer of Brethren material to 
always present a message that will 
bring conviction to the sinner and 
spiritual strength to the saint. 

2. Pray that all Brethren people 
will be led to use their own Breth- 
ren publications in every way pos- 
sible. 

WOMEN'S MISSIONARY 
COUNCIL— 

1. Praise the Lord for the large 
WMC offering for home missions 
(the Denver lots). 

2. Pray that the WMC will be of 
greater help and encouragement to 
the Sisterhood girls. 

3. Pray for your district WMC 
president as she leads in the district 
work and serves on the national 
board. 



SISTERHOOD OF MARY 
AND MARTHA— 

1. Pray that the lesson material 
may be blessed and used of the Lord 
in the lives of our girls. 

2. Pray that the girls may get a 
vision of what their united efforts 
are doing in missionary work. 

3. Pray that the officers and pa- 
tronesses may be Spirit-filled and 
directed for this important work. 

BRETHREN YOUTH 
FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray for the youth director as 
he works among western Pennsyl- 
vania churches at this time. 

2. Pray for our Brethren summer 
camps which are now being planned. 

3. Pray that our new BYF pro- 
grams will continue to be effectively 
written and used of God among our 
youth. 

4. Pray for the dozen recently 
organized Brethren boys clubs, that 
the leaders might be able to take 
time to keep the clubs successful, 
and that the boys may respond well 
to the challenge of the Gospel. 

BRETHREN LAYMEN— 

1. Pray that every church may 
hold regular laymen's meetings, and 
that their programs may be well 
adapted to their needs. 

2. Pray that the laymen in each 
church may assume the responsibil- 
ity for the boys' work. 

3. Pray for every evangelistic 
meeting held this spring. Let us 
fan the revival flames with our pray- 
ers. 

GLEANINGS FROM 
THE FIELDS— 

1. Pray that the national Chris- 
tians on our mission fields may be 
strong enough to resist the false 
teaching of Jehovah's Witnesses, 
Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists, 
Communists, and others. 

2. Pray for this year's classes in 
our Bible institutes in Argentina and 
in Africa. The new terms are likely 
under way by this time. 

3. Pray for the "Life of Christ" 
lessons being translated in the child 
evangelism work in India, where the 
Goodmans are laboring. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



A boys club was organized at the 
Cheyenne, Wyo., church with 40 men 
and boys at the first meeting (per- 
haps the wild-meat feast had some- 
thing to do with this number being 
present). The speakers were the 
police chief and the night chief of 
Cheyenne. This church had 18 more 
decisions for Christ during the first 
2 weeks of February. 

Rev. R. I. Humberd held a 4-day 
Bible conference at the Tracy, Calif., 
church. The Sunday school attend- 
ance at this church was 101 on Feb- 
ruary 10 and five people made pub- 
lic confession of Christ recently. 

Rev. Carl Miller, of Roanoke, Va., 
spoke at the meeting of the South- 
east District Men's Fellowship. He 
declared: "Many people are so busy 
doing church work they have no 
time to do the work of the church 
— winning souls." 

The Compton, Calif., church is 
holding an evangelistic campaign, 
beginning February 19. The evan- 
gelist is Rev. Donald Rood. 

The Kittanning, Pa., church on 
February 3 reached a worthy goal. 
This congregation had gotten into 
debt with Rev. Robert Crees when 
he served as pastor there years ago. 
He forgave the debt; nevertheless 
the congregation under the ministry 
of Rev. Gordon Bracker completely 
paid it on February 3. 

The Leamersville, Pa., church will 
hold its spring evangelistic meetings 
March 2-16 with the pastor, Rev. 
Robert Crees, doing the preaching. 
The Eureka Jubilee Singers will help 
with the last week of the meetings. 

Rev. Anthony Zeoli spoke at the 
Allentown, Pa., church February 
20-22. 

The Ashland, Ohio, church during 
January had an average attendance 



of 314 in morning unified service, 192 
in evening service, and 58 in prayer 
meeting. Average weekly offering 
for all purposes was $443.64. Dr. 
Charles Mayes spoke at this church 
on February 17. 

Announcements of future engage- 
ments to be included in this column 
must reach this office at least 15 
days before the event if they are to 
be printed in time to be of advance 
notice to the readers. Please be sure 
to include the five fundamental news 
elements — "Who," "What," "Why," 
"Where," and When." At least two 
items printed on this page were sent 
to us without mentioning the all- 
important "When." 

Rev. and Mrs. Ward Miller, of 
Osceola, Ind., are spending last year's 
vacation now at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 

Mr. Tommy Thompson, brother of 
Mrs. Dallas Martin, who resides in 
Los Angeles, is a victim of one of 
the worst forms of polio. He is in a 
Santa Monica hospital. 




A son was born to Rev. and Mrs. 
Meredith Halpin at Los Angeles on 
February 14, and he was given the 
name of Dareld Dean. 

A Sunday school rally was held at 
the South Bend, Ind., church Feb- 
ruary 8, sponsored by the Brethren 
National Sunday School Board. 
Speakers included the following eld- 
ers: Caleb Zimmerman, James Ham- 
mer, John Zielasko, Leslie Moore, 
Richard DeArmey, and Ward Mil- 
ler. Cooperating churches were 
South Bend, Osceola, Winona Lake, 
Sidney, Fort Wayne, and Leesburg, 
all of Indiana, and New Troy, Mich. 

Six decisions were made for Christ, 
three for the first time, at the Cov- 
ington, Ohio, church on February 17. 

There were nine decisions at the 
San Bernardino, Calif., church on 
February 10. Three were to accept 
Christ as Saviour and five were to 
unite with the congregation. 

When 56 people attended the 
prayer meeting service on February 
13 at the Altoona, Pa., First Church, 
a record for the regular midweek 
service was established. 

Bro. Thomas Inman will speak at 
the Leesburg, Ind., church the morn- 



ing of March 2, and the picture, 
"Hidden Treasures," will be shown 
in the evening. On March 9 in the 
morning Bro. Richard Jackson will 
preach, and in the evening Bro. Jo- 
seph Dombek, chalk artist, will draw 
and speak. The midweek service on 
March 6 will be cared for by Bro. 
Donald Bishop. 

Mrs. Helen Weishaupt, member of 
the Los Angeles First Church, has 
joined the teaching staff of the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles. She has 
done postgraduate work at both 
UCLA and USC and is now teach- 
ing Kindergarten Methods. 

The Buena Vista, Va., church will 
hold its winter Bible conference 
March 2-9, with Bro. Conard Sandy 
as the teacher. 

The Whittier, Calif., church re- 
ceived three new members on Feb- 
ruary 10. Rev. Earl Poysti preached 
at the church on February 17. 

Mr. Samuel Wilson, aged 76 years, 
and faithful member of the Coving- 
ton, Va., church, died on January 16. 

The Roanoke, Va., Ghent church 
held a Bible conference February 
10-15 with Dr. Norman B. Harrison 
as the leader. He spoke also at the 
YWCA each day at 1 p.m., spon- 
sored by the Roanoke Bible Institute. 

Two people were received into the 
membership of the Bellflower, Calif., 
church on January 27, and 192 were 
in Sunday school on February 3. 

There were two public decisions 
for Christ as Saviour at the Berrien 
Springs, Mich., church on February 
10. 

A correction: In the report of the 
Young Russian Christian Association 
in the Herald for February 2 this 
statement appeared: "There are five 
of the young people now attending 
the Bible Institute of Los Angeles." 
Bro. Jack Green has written to say 
that five have graduated already and 
that there are now 25 of the young 
Russians from his association in that 
school. 

Young people from Winona Lake, 
Ind., journeyed to New Troy, Mich., 
on February 16 and were featured 
in a "Youth With the Truth" pro- 
gram. Testimonies, musical num- 
bers, and a message by Jesse Deloe, 
Jr., were heard by an enthusiastic 
Saturday-night audience. 

The Hagerstown, Md., church will 
hold a Bible conference March 6-9 
with Dr. O. E. Phillips as speaker. 
This church received six new mem- 
bers on February 10. 



March J, 1952 



143 



The Protest in Protestantism 



By Rev. W. A. Ogden, Johnstown, Pa. 



"Knowing that I am set for the de- 
fence of the gospel" (Phil. 1:17). 

Was it only a dream, or is it legend 
without a firm basis in fact, that on 
the night of October 30, 1517, Fred- 
erick, elector of Saxony, saw a monk 
writing on the old wooden doors of 
the Castle Church of Wittenberg in 
characters large enough to be read 
by the elector at Schweinitz, 6 
leagues off (in his own town some 18 
miles away), with a pen which ap- 
peared to reach as far as Rome and 
to loosen the papal crown. 

Theses Nailed to Door 

However the story got started, it 
was on the following night, October 
31, 1517, that Luther affixed his 
memorable theses regarding indul- 
gences to those same old wooden 
doors. Those doors of wood have 
given way to magnificent portals of 
bronze, but they still thrill the hearts 
of Protestant Christians around the 
world, for they bear a long Latin 
inscription of Luther's famous 95 
theses which, when published, raised 
a standard whose scroll was read by 
Christendom, and set in motion a 
great movement which shook the 
foundations of papal Rome. 

In 1876 James Cardinal Gibbons, 
archbishop of Baltimore, wrote a 
book, "Faith of Our Fathers." He 
seeks to solicit the confidence of 
his non-Catholic readers by inform- 
ing them that in this book the "doc- 
trines of the Catholic Church are 
expounded by one of her own sons," 
and therefore are free from the false- 
hood and misrepresentations of her 
enemies — the Protestant clergy and 
church. 

Meaning oj "Indulgence" 

Since, therefore, Protestantism 
traces its roots to Martin Luther and 
the old wooden door of the Castle 
Church of Wittenberg where we find 
his 95 theses nailed, and since these 
said theses are a protest against the 
papal indulgences granted in his day, 
we will, in all fairness, turn to James 
Cardinal Gibbons' book both for a 
definition of "indulgences" and an 
answer to the protest of Luther. 

"The word indulgence," says Gib- 
bons, "originally signified favor, re- 



mission, or forgiveness. Now it is 
commonly used in the sense of un- 
lawful gratification, and of free 
scope to the passions. Hence, when 
some ignorant or prejudiced person 
hears of the church granting an in- 
dulgence, the idea of license to sin 
is at once presented to their minds. 

Punishment as Expiation 

"An indulgence is simply a re- 
mission in whole or in part, through 
the superabundant merits of Jesus 
Christ and His saints, of the tem- 
poral punishment due to God on ac- 
count of sin, after the guilt and eter- 
nal punishment have been remitted." 

In other words, the person has 
been forgiven, and the guilt of eter- 
nal punishment has been remitted, 
but (Gibbons), "There often remains 




W. A. Ogden 

some temporal punishment to be un- 
dergone, either in this life or in the 
next, as an expiation to divine sanc- 
tity and justice." 

The punishment indicated has been 
determined and pronounced by the 
priest who has heard the confession 
and imposes "canonical penances on 
grievous criminals, who were sub- 
jected to long fasts, severe absti- 
nences, and other mortifications for 
a period extending from a few days 
to 5 or 10 years, and even to a life- 
time, according to the gravity of the 
offense." 

Errors in Doctrine 

These penalties were sometimes 
canceled, it being held that "a soci- 
ety that can inflict a punishment can 
also remit it." This doctrine of in- 
dulgences is said to "be necessary 
now ... at least as a mild and mer- 



ciful payment of the temporal debt 
due to God." 

Note these errors in the doctrine 
as here stated: (1) There is no place 
in the Word of God where the 
"abundant merit of the saints" can 
be invoked as a release from the 
guilt of another's sins. (2) The 
church has never been given author- 
ity to "inflict punishment for debts 
due to God. (3) Scripture knows 
nothing of expiation for sin in the 
life to come (purgatory). (4) In no 
instance does the Scripture teach 
that a sinning Christian can expiate 
or make payments for his debt due 
to God. 

God Is Faithjul 

The Word teaches that in Christ 
alone is final and full forgiveness of 
our sins; that God forgives us freely 
for His sake, and that the believer 
who has sinned, in true repentance 
turns from his sin, confesses it, and 
throws himself upon the mercies of 
God who has said, "If we confess 
our sins, he is faithful and just to 
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us 
from all unrighteousness" (I John 
1:9). 

With these things in mind, we turn 
now to Gibbons' account of the mat- 
ter of Luther: 

"This is a proper place to refer 
briefly to the bull of Pope Leo X 
proclaiming the indulgence which 
afforded Luther a pretext for his 
apostasy. Leo determined to bring 
to completion the magnificent church 
of St. Peter, commenced by his pred- 
ecessor, Julius II. With that view he 
issued a bull promulgating an in- 
dulgence to such as would contribute 
some voluntary offering toward the 
erection of the grand cathedral. 
Those, however, who contributed 
nothing, shared equally in the treas- 
ury of the church, provided they 
complied with the essential condi- 
tions for gaining the indulgence. The 
only indispensable condition enjoined 
by the papal bull, were sincere re- 
pentance and confession of sins." 

Indulgences Granted 

We see here that members of the 
church who were under penalties for 
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the proposition of making some mon- 
etary contribution toward the build- 
ing of St. Peter's Cathedral. In re- 
turn for this gift, if they also pro- 
fessed repentance of their sins, they 
were granted indulgence. That is, 
the bans were lifted, fasts were bro- 
ken, "severe abstinences, and other 
mortifications," even though they 
may have been enjoined for life, 
were lifted, and the person was free 
to return to the normal routine of 
the offices of the church (it being 
understood that the most generous 
offerings would avail them nothing 
without true contrition of heart). 

This simple and proper matter, 
says Gibbons, was the occasion of 
Luther's violent antagonism to the 
church, and of his "apostasy." 

Now, there is yet another word of 
history on this matter. In 1511, while 
he was a theological professor at 
Wittenberg, Luther visited Rome. 
His heart was strangely and fer- 
vently moved, and as he approached 
the city he exclaimed, "Hail, holy 
Rome! thrice holy for the blood of 
the martyrs shed there." 

Conscience Revolts 

He approached the Holy Stairs — 
the stairs which were declared then 
to be the stairs the Saviour's feet had 
trodden in Pilate's judgment hall in 
Jerusalem — and began to ascend 
them on bended knees. But in this 
his conscience revolted. "Not by 
such works can men be justified or 
sanctified, but that 'the just shall live 
by faith.' " This was to become his 
watchword, and the new birth of 
Christian faith and liberty. The 
works and the forms, inherited 
largely from paganism from the days 
of Constantine, were to be dropped 
and a return to simple faith in a 
Sufficient Saviour was to be the life- 
blood of the restored church. 

Moreover, while in Rome, the his- 
torian tells us, Luther was shocked 
by the secular ity of the pope (Julius 
II) and of his court, as well as by the 
levity, licentiousness, and even infi- 
delity common among the priest- 
hood. He returned home with the 
impression that "Rome, once the ho- 
liest, was now the worst of cities." 
He did not renounce the ecclesiasti- 
cal system of Romanism, but his sen- 
timental enthusiasm for the Roman 
church as it then existed was gone. 

It is at this juncture that we join 
the historian's account with that of 
Cardinal Gibbons, in regard to the 
sale of indulgences: 

It was in 1517 that Tetzel, a Do- 



minican preacher and papal agent, 
who was raising money for the new 
St. Peter's Church, came in contact 
with Luther. Tetzel's "scandalous 
sale of papal pardons without prop- 
er explanation of the need of re- 
pentance as a condition of absolu- 
tion, and the purchase of these in- 
dulgences by multitudes under the 
impression that they were obtaining 
passports to heaven," roused the in- 
dignation of one who had found the 
only pathway to pardon and peace. 
"God willing," said Luther, "I will 
beat a hole in his (Tetzel's) drum." 
This he did when he nailed his theses 
to the door of the church. 

Pope on His Side? 

At this time Luther did not con- 
sider himself in conflict with the 
church, but alone with Tetzel. He 
was certain in his mind that Pope 
Leo himself would repudiate Tetzel 
and his loose and un-Christian man- 
ner of granting indulgence. But he 
was due for a rude awakening. Pope 
Leo X had said of Luther that, "Friar 
Martin is a man of fine genius," and 
the cry against him, "a squabble of 
envious monks." 

But in August of 1518 Leo had 
decidedly altered his views, and Lu- 
ther was branded as a heretic and 
ordered to Augsburg to meet the 
papal representative and answer the 
charges lodged against him. It is 
here that the historian reveals the 
basic weakness of the papal system, 
and the supremacy of the way of 
faith in the Word of God. Luther 
proposed that the discussions be 
carried on on the basis of the Word 
of God. This was rejected. Remem- 
ber, friend, that the papal system 
boasts an infallible church and an 
infallible pope — but not an infallible 
Book. Two things so far apart could 
not both be infallible! The word of 
the church — the system of the pa- 




pacy — must endure. Let the Bible 
teach what it may! 

Stands on Word 

In this situation, Luther was con- 
strained to appeal from the Pope to 
the general council, and thus ceased 
to be a high papist, however still a 
Romanist. A year later, at Leipsic, 
he was compelled to again choose, 
and this time his choice was a step 
further, for he repudiated the su- 
preme authority of the councils and 
took his stand upon the Holy Scrip- 
tures as the sole ultimate standard 
of truth, and thus ceased to be a 
Romanist! 

Luther was again served a papal 
bull, demanding that within 60 days 
he repent and retract, or suffer a 
papal ban. In answer he publicly 
burned the papal decree in token of 
defiance of the pope, and also burned 
a copy of canon law in token of his 
renunciation of the Roman church. 
The church answered by summoning 
him to an imperial diet at the city of 
Worms. 

"I am resolved," he said, "to enter 
Worms, although as many devils 
should set at me as there are tiles 
upon the housetop." A brilliant as- 
semblage met him — princes and no- 
bles, prelates and doctors, and the 
youthful Emperor Charles V was 
the presiding officer; and, of course, 
the demand was for Luther to re- 
cant. Here he speaks his bravest 
words — words that still ring around 
the Protestant Evangelical Christian 
world today — his watchword and 
ours: 

"Unless I am convinced by Scrip- 
ture and reason, I cannot, I dare not 
retract anything. Here I take my 
stand: I can do none otherwise: so 
help me God." 

His Protest — Our Protest 

This is the protest that resulted in 
a new birth of freedom for the faith 
once for all delivered unto the saints 
— a faith and a hope and a liberty 
that has endured for four and one- 
third centuries, and has sent the true 
Gospel of God's love and grace, un- 
fettered by papal bans, restrictions, 
forms, indulgences, worship of saints, 
and superstition and fear, to the ends 
of the world. 

If the spirit of protest that was in 
Luther dies, our Protestant liberty 
will die with it. 

Our protest must be (1) for an in- 
fallible Bible; (2) for a Sufficient 
Saviour; (3) for a separation of 
church and state. 



March 1, 1952 



145 



Thoughts for Christian Pilgrims 



By Conard Sandy 



Fire Prevention Brings Results 

The city of Fort Wayne, Ind., is 
planning for a great celebration in 
the near future. The occasion will 
be the presentation to the city of 
"the grand award in the United 
States for the best 1951 municipal 
Fire Prevention Week program." 

Through a number of years this 
city has been working toward this 
goal, having been third in the stand- 
ings in 1950. Now the city has 
reached the highest goal in this 
phase of its life and leaders from 
over the nation will come to the city 
for the celebration. 

There is another realm in which 
"fire prevention" pays big dividends. 
The Spirit of God wants every saint 
to engage in this work. Through the 
pen of Jude He wrote to the church: 

"And of some have compassion, 
making a difference: and others save 
with fear, pulling them out of the 
fire; hating even the garment spotted 
by the flesh" (Jude 22-23). 

The kind of "celebration" that will 
be held in some future day will be 
determined by your part, my part, 
in pulling others "out of the fire." 
This work demands haste; in many 
cases tomorrow will be too late. 



He Was a Man 

The Chicago Tribune paid tribute 
to the late King George VI in words 
that ought to be an inspiration and a 
challenge to every man. Said the 
Tribune: 

"George VI will be remembered 
as a man of simple piety, a good man, 
a kindly man, and a model of what 
a constitutional monarch ought to 
be 

"George was not responsible for 
any of the policies of the British 
government in his time, and, accord- 
ingly, history will not credit him 
with any successes in war or states- 
manship, nor will it charge him with 
any failures. Rather, he will be hon- 
ored as one who accepted responsi- 
bility manfully, bore himself with 
simple dignity through all his years, 
and, in the end, suffering from grave 
illness, looked death in the face 
without fear." 

Mr. Clifford B. Ward, writing in 
the News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, 



Ind., said of the late king: "Whether 
he was a success as a king, he was a 
success as a human being." 

God wants His own to behave 
themselves like men. He has not 
asked most of us to reign over em- 
pires, nor to do great deeds, or to 
write important books; but He has 
asked everyone of us to be men in 
every sense of that word. 

In writing to the believers at Cor- 
inth the Apostle Paul stated it thus: 
"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, 
quit you like men, be strong. Let all 
things be done with charity" (I Cor. 
16:13-14). 



He Does Not Know My Christ 

The newspapers report Mr. Edgar 
Eisenhower, brother of General of 
the Army Dwight Eisenhower, as 
having said: "I'm sincerely opposed 
to Dwight's running [for the Presi- 
dency of the United States]. I ques- 
tion whether Christ Himself could 
do the job that has to be done. . . . 
I'd hate to see Dwight get in a 
wringer." 

Without arguing the political im- 
plications of that statement, let it be 
said that the Christ of whom Mr. 
Eisenhower speaks is not the same 
Christ I know. The One I know can 
and will set not only the United 
States but the whole world in order 
in the fullness of God's time. The 
Spirit of God has assured the saints 
of this in these words: 

"For as in Adam all die, even so in 
Christ shall all be made alive. . . . 
For he must reign, till he hath put all 
enemies under his feet. The last 
enemy that shall be destroyed is 
death. . . . And when all things shall 
be subdued unto him, then shall the 
Son also himself be subject unto him 
that put all things under him, that 
God may be all in all" (I Cor. 15: 
21-28). 



Warning Against Deception 

According to Pathfinder (Febru- 
ary 20, 1952), "Waggish Bob Lealess, 
17, carefully trimmed the paint- 
daubed cardboard and sent it to Syd- 
ney J. Key, Toronto art gallery cu- 
rator. Back to Vancouver came a 
letter praising his 'accidental effects' 
and 'experimental use' of his mate- 



rials. They really were accidental: 
the abstract painting had been made 
by artists in an engraving plant 
where Lealess worked — cleaning 
their brushes." 

The curator was deceived over 
what he thought was a "piece of art." 
It is easy to deceive most of the 
people, at least some of the time. 
Knowing this, the Lord Jesus warned 
His followers: 

"Take heed that no man deceive 
you. For many shall come in my 
name, saying, I am Christ; and shall 
deceive many" (Matt. 24:4-5). 

The Apostle John, the beloved di- 
sciple, added this warning in his let- 
ter to the Christian family of believ- 
ers: "Little children, let no man de- 
ceive you: he that doeth righteous- 
ness is righteous. He that commit- 
teth sin is of the devil" (I John 3: 
7-8). 



Trust Is Important in All of Life 

Muriel Lawrence, a newspaper 
columnist, wrote recently in her col- 
umn an article entitled, "It's Big Day 
When Child Shows Trust in Our 
Rule." 

This is very true; however, it is 
not only true of the child in the 
physical realm, but it is equally true 
of the child of God in the spiritual 
realm. Many centuries ago the 
psalmist expressed this same truth 
in these words: 

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; 
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and 
verily thou shalt be fed. . . . Commit 
thy way unto the Lord; trust also in 
him; and he shall bring it to pass" 
(Psa. 37:3, 5). 



STATION LEAVES NETWORK ON 
ACCOUNT OF BEER ADVERTISING 

Radio station KOME, of Tulsa, 
Okla., owned and operated by John 
Brown University, will go independ- 
ent on March 1. For some time the 
station has been affiliated with the 
Mutual Broadcasting System. In- 
sistence, however, that KOME carry 
beer advertisements caused the sev- 
erance of the working agreement 
between the system and the local 
station. 



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Prayer in the Christian Life 



By Rev. Mark Malles, Alroona, Pa. 



(This article is a sequel to "The 
Bible in the Christian Life," which 
appeared in the February 16 issue.) 

In a recent article we considered 
a few things about the importance 
of the Bible in the life of the child 
of God. Reading it will build and 
strengthen your faith. The mirror 
of the Word will show you the sin 
and uncleanness in your life. Then 
it will show you the way of cleans- 
ing by the blood of Christ. 

Prayer goes hand in hand with the 
Bible in importance in your life. 
God speaks to you through the 
Bible; you speak to Him through 
prayer. 

Be honest with yourself. How 
often do you pray? And when you 
pray, how long do you stay with the 
Lord? Have you prayed today? 
yesterday? If not, how long since 
you prayed? 

Wrong Attitude About Prayer 
You know, some people look upon 
prayer as an emergency measure, a 
handy thing to have around in case 
something goes wrong. Did you ever 
see the fire extinguishers that hang 
in public buildings? Most of these 
things have never been used, though 
they've been hanging in place for 
years. Why not? Because there 
has never been a fire in that build- 
ing. So it is with many Christians 
and prayer. They realize they have 
this privilege, but they hang it up on 
a wall, so to speak, and wait for a 
fire, for some emergency, and then 
they'll get it down and pray ever so 
hard! Is that your experience? 

That's a very wrong attitude to- 
ward prayer. Prayer is you talking 
to God. It should be just as natural, 
just as regular, just as joyous as any 
conversation with your dearest 
friend. Then, on the other hand, 
intercessory prayer is work, and it 
should be engaged in in an attitude 
of perseverance and determination. 
Prayer is necessary for the Chris- 
tian — necessary for fellowship, for 
cleansing, and for victorious living. 

Prayer Necessary for Fellowship 
While we were sinful and rebel- 
lious, God loved us and sent His Son 
into the world to die for us. God 
caused the iniquity of us all to strike 



upon Him when He died on Calvary 
for us. Then God sent the Holy 
Spirit into the world to tell us of His 
love and to lead us to believe on His 
risen Son. When we came to Jesus 
by faith and received Him as our 
Saviour He delivered us from judg- 
ment and made us the children of 
God, heirs of God and joint heirs 
with Jesus Christ. Words cannot 
fitly describe this great thing that 
God has done for us. 

Now, having so wonderfully saved 
us, He wants us to fellowship with 
Him in prayer. He wants us to con- 
fide in Him our heartaches, to tell 
Him about our needs and the needs 




Rev. Mark Malles 

of others — just to get down on our 
knees and talk to Him as we would 
talk to a close friend. Christian, do 
you do it? Now that He has saved 
you have you come to know Him as 
your close friend? Do you have 
this prayer fellowship with Him? 
You'll not know the full joy of the 
Christian life until Jesus Christ be- 
comes a real, living, ever-present 
friend. And you won't appreciate 
Him in this way until you learn to 
spend time with Him in prayer. 

Prayer Necessary for Cleansing 
Prayer is necessary for cleansing. 
The Bible reading you do will show 
you your sins, but then those sins 
must be confessed before God will 
forgive them. Now confession is 
made through prayer. Confession is 
to be made to God through the only 
mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ (I 
Tim. 2:5). In prayer, then, there 
must be a time for heart-searching 
and confession. The praying, con- 



fessing Christian is in position to 
know the fullness of joy. 

Prayer Necessary for Victory 

Prayer is also necessary for clean, 
victorious living. You won't live a 
life that is Christ-centered, self and 
sin put out of the way by God's 
power, if you do not have a prayer 
life. Show me a Christian separated 
away from sin and separated to the 
Lord, and I will show you a Chris- 
tian who knows something about the 
experience of prayer. Power and 
prayer are inseparable. Martin 
Luther said: "I judge that my prayer 
is more than the Devil himself; if it 
were otherwise, Luther would have 
fared differently long before this. . . . 
If I should neglect prayer but a sin- 
gle day, I should lose a great deal of 
the fire of faith." 

E. M. Bounds has said: "What the 
church needs today is not more ma- 
chinery or better, not new organiza- 
tions or more and novel methods, 
but men whom the Holy Ghost can 
use — men of prayer, men mighty in 
prayer. The Holy Ghost does not 
flow through methods, but through 
men. He does not come on machin- 
ery, but on men. He does not anoint 
plans, but men — men of prayer." 

Personal Suggestion 

Set aside a time each day to fel- 
lowship with God in prayer. Have 
a time alone with Him, behind the 
closet doors. Have a time of family 
prayers, when mother and dad and 
the children kneel together and talk 
with God. Oh, what God would do 
today in America, and in the world, 
if His own people would turn again 
to the Bible and submit their lives to 
it and then begin to pray, really to 
pray, calling on the Lord for them- 
selves and interceding for others. 
God is ready to bless. Are we, His 
people, ready to receive? 

My prayer is that God will give to 
His own people in these days a real 
hungering and thirsting after right- 
eousness. May He give us a renew- 
ing of Bible reading and earnest 
prayer that will result in a great 
sweeping revival that will draw 
multitudes into the fold of salvation 
before Jesus calls the church out of 
the world. 



March 1, 1952 



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LESTER W. KENNEDY IS ORDAINED 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent 

The ordination service for Lester 
W. Kennedy, who in January com- 
pleted his classroom work in Grace 
Seminary, was held in the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church Sunday eve- 
ning, February 11. The entire eve- 
ning service was devoted to this 
notable event and a splendid crowd 
was present to witness the impres- 
sive ceremony. 

The congregational singing was 
led by Dean Risser, a member of the 
Middler class in the seminary. The 
seminary quartet, composed of Roy 
Clark, Gene Witzky, Dean Risser, 
and Russell Irwin, sang an appropri- 
ate number, following which the or- 
dination sermon was preached by Dr. 
Herman A. Hoyt, dean of the sem- 
inary. The authorizations for the 
service were read by the pastor of 
the church, Rev. Herman W. Koontz. 
Rev. W. A. Ogden, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Johnstown, 
Pa., read from the Scriptures appro- 
priate passages which provide the 
basis for such a service. The ques- 
tions and vows were presented by 
Dr. Homer A. Kent, registrar of the 
seminary. 

In the service of laying on of hands 
it was altogether fitting that Pastor 
Koontz should offer the prayer of 
dedication. Brother Kennedy came 
into the membership of the Winona 
church under his leadership. The 
charge to the candidate was given by 
Dr. Russell D. Barnard, general sec- 
retary of the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety of the Brethren Church, as all 
the ordained elders in the congrega- 
tion stood to their feet. 

The closing hymn, "O For a Thou- 
sand Tongues," was sung at the re- 
quest of Brother Kennedy, inasmuch 
as this was the favorite hymn of his 
father, who many years ago laid 
down his life on our mission field in 
Africa. It was a special joy to the 
candidate to have his mother, Mrs. 
Minnie Kennedy, present for the oc- 
casion. She is now home on furlough 
and has served on the African field 
for 26 years. The closing prayer and 
benediction was offered by Rev. Les- 
ter W. Kennedy, his first public act 




Rev. Lester Kennedy 

of service following his induction 
into the eldership. 

Brother Kennedy and his wife, 
Lois, are under appointment by the 
Foreign Missionary Society to go as 
missionaries to French Equatorial 
Africa. Shortly after the Grace 
Seminary commencement next May, 
Brother and Sister Kennedy will go 
to France to spend some time in 
language study and upon completion 
of this study will go directly to 
Africa to begin their missionary 



CONVENTION PLANNED FOR 
UNION OF GOSPEL MISSIONS 

The International Union of Gospel 
Missions has planned to hold its 39th 
annual convention in Trenton, N. J., 
May 17-21. Pulpits of more than 100 
of the Trenton churches will be oc- 
cupied by delegates to the conven- 
tion on May 18. 

Rev. George L. Bolton, pastor of 
the Bowery Mission of New York 
City, is president of this organiza- 
tion. The speakers at the convention 
include Mrs. William A. Sunday and 
Homer Rodeheaver, both of Winona 
Lake, Ind. 

This organization has also planned 
for the annual Rescue Mission Train- 
ing Conference to be held at Winona 
Lake the week of July 22-27. 



Browsing Among 
The Books 



It is the purpose of this column to bring to 
the reader's attention some of the books that 
are being presented to the reading public to- 
day. Each book reviewed here will present 
a message of some merit and worthy of con- 
sideration, though a review of a book does 
not necessarily mean that the reviewer ap- 
proves everything in it. 

Any book mentioned in this column may 
be purchased from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, Winona Lake, Ind. 




THE APPROACHING E N D OF 
THIS AGE, by Louis S. Bauman, 
D. D. 64 pp. Paper. Zonder- 
van Publishing House, Grand 
Rapids, Mich. 1952. 50c. 

In this volume is collected seven 
of the last messages written by Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman, so 
well known and loved 
in the Brethren 
Church. 

These articles first 
appeared in the King's 
Business, the last ar- 
ticle appearing in the 
December 1950 issue, a 
month after Dr. Bau- 
man went to meet his 
Lord. 

The subjects of the various chap- 
ters are: 

1. Does the Hydrogen Bomb Mean 
the End? 

2. Apostasy: The Death Rattle of 
the Age. 

3. The Russian Bear Prowls Forth 
to His Doom. 

4. Israel Lives Again! Part 1. 

5. Israel Lives Again! Part 2. 

6. What Nations Will Be Included 
in the Impending World State? 

7. The Nations Marshalling for 
Armageddon. 

Just to say these chapters were 
written by Brother Bauman ought to 
be sufficient to call this volume to 
the attention of all Brethren people 
and it ought to create a desire by all 
to have this last book from his pen. 
Here he wrote in his usual clear and 
characteristic style, and through 
these words "he being dead yet 
speaketh." 



No one has ever been kept from 
God because he had too much to do; 
but because he permitted his work 
to become a care and burden. 



MRS. BOB MUNRO DIES 

Mrs. Bob Munro, wife of Evan- 
gelist Bob Munro, died on January 
15 in their hotel room while her 
husband was holding evangelistic 
meetings in Canadian jails. 



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WMC NUMBER 



MARCH 8, 1952 



A SIGN OF SPRING: CROCUSES RAISING THEIR HEADS THROUGH THE SNOW 

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (Eccl. 3:1). 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy- 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



Rev. Edward Lewis, of Middle- 
branch, Ohio, preached at the Ak- 
ron, Ohio, church on February 10. 

Rev. John Aeby, Philadelphia, Pa., 
held special meetings for the Grabill 
Mennonite Church, Grabill, Ind., 
February 18-25. 

The South Bend, Ind., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. John Zielasko, will 
hold evangelistic services March 10- 
23 under the direction of Rev. M. L. 
Myers, of Martinsburg, W. Va. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman, of Winona 
Lake, Ind., will hold a prophetic and 
missionary conference March 9-16 at 
the First Christian Church, Misha- 
waka, Ind. 

The Uniontown, Pa., church, of 
which Rev. Clyde Landrum is the 
pastor, will hold evangelistic meet- 
ings March 10-23 under the leader- 
ship of Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, of 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

The Covington, Va., church heard 
Mrs. Minnie Kennedy on February 
20 and Rev. Guelich, vice president 
of Appalachia Bible School, White- 
field, W. Va., in special meetings 
February 24-March 2. On February 
10 the congregation voted to assume 
the support of Rev. J. Keith Altig, 
pioneer missionary of the Brethren 
Church in Brazil. The church is 
constructing a parking lot next to 
the church building. 

Rev. Jerry Yerian, secretary of the 
California Christian Endeavor Union, 
spoke at the La Verne, Calif., church 
on February 17. 

The remodeled building of the 
Long Beach, Calif., Second Church 
was dedicated on February 24. 

The Roanoke, Va., Washington 
Heights Church had 57 people in 
Sunday school, 44 in morning wor- 
ship, 12 in BYF, and 24 in evening 
service on February 10. The total 
offering for the day was $57.85. This 



new congregation gave $262.01 to 
home missions this year. 

Sally Jean, the daughter of Rev. 
and Mrs. George Richardson, of Bell- 
flower, Calif., was married to Russell 
Clyde Adkins on February 2. 

The Waynesboro, Pa., church will 
hold its evangelistic meetings March 
17-April 6 under the leadership of 
Rev. Robert A. Ashman, of Winona 
Lake, Ind. Rev. Dennis Holliday is 
pastor of this church. 

Rev. Robert Dell now lives at 2716 
Sycamore Ave., Montrose, Calif, 
(change Annual, p. 72). 

The Chico, Calif., church heard 
Rev. Theodore Miller, of Covina, 
Calif., on February 10. Brother Mil- 
ler was pastor of some of the mem- 
bers of the Chico church when they 
were all members of another de- 
nomination in Chico. 




The Alexandria, Va., church set a 
new record with 48 people present 
in prayer meeting on February 20, 
and a new Bible school record with 
147 present on February 17. 

Evangelistic meetings at the Al- 
toona, Pa., First Church begin on 
March 16 with the pastor, Rev. Mark 
Malles, doing the preaching. 

Five people were baptized and re- 
ceived into the membership of the 
Ashland, Ohio, church on February 
10. 

The Berne, Ind., church will hold 
evangelistic meetings March 16-30 
under the leadership of Rev. Ward 
Miller, of Osceola, Ind. 

There were 67 people in Bible 
school at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
church on February 3. This is the 
record for this congregation. Dr. 
David L. Cooper, of Los Angeles, 
spoke at this church February 25-26. 

Rev. Alan Pearce and Rev. Oran 
Smith preached at the Long Beach, 
Calif., First Church on February 17. 

Dr. Harry M. Shaffer, member of 
the Long Beach, Calif., First Church 
since 1917, died on February 5. 

At the Cheyenne, Wyo., church 
there were 11 decisions for Christ 
on February 10, and two decisions on 
February 17. 



BANDAGES NEEDED NOW 

Bandages are needed for pack- 
ing with medical equipment which 
should be shipped from Winona 
Lake in March. Bandage secre- 
taries, please note. 

—Dr. Floyd Taber. 



Dr. Mark Fakkema spoke at the 
Roanoke, Va., Ghent Church on 
February 17. He conducted Chris- 
tian schools workshops in the G. T. 
Hitch home February 21-March 2. 

Rev. Gerald Polraan, who recently 
resigned his pastorates at Meyers- 
dale and Summit Mills, Pa., will be- 
come the first pastor of the new work 
in York, Pa., about May 1. 

Rev. Forest Lance, who recently 
resigned his pastorate of the Comp- 
ton, Calif., church, will become pas- 
tor of the new work in Findlay, Ohio 
about May 1. 

Rev. Wesley Haller, pastor of the 
church at Ankenytown, Ohio, was 
taken to the hospital for an appen- 
dectomy on February 20. This was 
in the middle of special meetings 
being conducted at Ankenytown by 
Rev. Lee Jenkins. 

Rev. John Neely submitted his 
resignation to the congregation of 
the Conemaugh, Pa., church on Feb- 
ruary 24. 

The Uniontown, Pa., church voted 
to help pay the weekly traveling ex- 
penses of its pastor, Rev. Clyde 
Landrum. 

During the absence of Rev. W. A. 
Ogden, who was attending the mid- 
year session of the foreign board, the 
Johnstown, Pa., church heard Rev. 
W. B. Metzler, Rev. W. A. Moyer, 
Rev. W. L. Faas, and Mr. Carl Up- 
house. 

A Sunday school rally will be held 
at the Fort Wayne, Ind., church on 
March 10 at 7:30 p.m. This rally is 
sponsored by the Brethren National 
Sunday School Board, and speakers 
include Rev. C. S. Zimmerman, Rev. 
Richard DeArmey, Rev. Ord Geh- 
man, and Rev. James Hammer. 

The Dayton, Ohio, North River- 
dale Church elected and set aside 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hautt and Mr. 
and Mrs. Elmer Radcliffe to the office 
of deacon and deaconess. A new 
member was received into the church 
membership on February 17. 

Mrs. W. A. Sunday, of Winona 
Lake, Ind., spoke at the Waynesboro, 
Pa., church on February 14. 



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April Books Feature Eastertime Reading 



By Conard Sandy 

The Brethren Book Club presents 
to its members the choice of two 
books for April, either of which is 
most worth while and will bring a 
great blessing to the reader. 

Books Offered This Month 

The first-choice book for the 
month is Frank J. Powell's "The 
Trial of Jesus Christ" ($2.00). The 
one who reads this book will have a 
greater appreciation of the events 
that led up to the crucifixion of the 
Lord Jesus. 

The second-choice book is Lon 
Woodrum's "Of Men and of Angels" 
($2.50). This is a heart-warming 
novel, showing the happiness that 
comes in the end to those who love 
and serve the Saviour. 

Membership in the Club 

Each month two books are pre- 
sented for consideration by the mem- 
bers. One may become a member at 
any time, and upon joining, a free or 
premium book is given, in addition 
to the first book purchased. In 
other words, one can join by order- 
ing and paying for either of the 
books mentioned on this page. When 
one does this the club will send also 
to that person, free of charge, any 
one of the following books: Dr. 
Florence Gribble's "Stranger Than 
Fiction," or Andrew Bonar's "The 
Biography of Robert Murray Mc- 
Cheyne," or O. E. Phillips' "Out of 
the Night." It is just that simple. 

When one joins the club he agrees 
to remain in membership until he 
has secured four books and paid for 
them, though they need not be books 
offered consecutively — they may be 
any four books offered in the course 
of 1 year. 

Selection of Books 

After the member reads the re- 
views of the books offered he chooses 
the one he wants. If it is the first- 
choice book he need do nothing until 
the book arrives at his home. If it is 
the second-choice book, or if he 
wants no book for the month, he 
simply notifies the club of his de- 



sires. The member pays only for 
those books he receives, but the 
members of the review committee 
cannot know one's desires until no- 
tified of them. 

Note This 

If you do not want the first-choice 
book for April you must notify the 
Brethren Book Club at the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company before 
April 1. 



THE TRIAL OF JESUS CHRIST 

By Frank J. Powell 

First a word about the author. Mr. 
Powell was admitted to the bar in 
England in 1921, and has practiced 




JJreTkrer\ 

BOOK. 

CLUB 



law extensively throughout his na- 
tion. He became famous as a law- 
yer and finally was promoted to be 
the metropolitan magistrate and a 
member of the Middle Temple, Lon- 
don. He is also a devout and fervent 
Christian, therefore twice prepared 
to write this book. 

His legal mind turned him to give 
very careful consideration of "The 
Trial of Jesus Christ." The logic of 
the book is clear and easy to follow, 
being divided into four parts: "Pre- 
Trial Days," "The Hebrew Trial," 
"The Roman Trial," and "The Se- 
quel." 

The author has dealt with the 
Scripture passages that in any way 
throw light on the trial of the Sav- 
iour. He has indicated wherein the 
trial was legitimate and wherein it 
was not, both according to the writ- 
ten and the unwritten laws and reg- 
ulations of the Jews of Christ's time. 

Dear reader, do not let the fact 
that this author is a lawyer scare you 
away from this volume. The book is 



well-written, easily understood, and 
will prove very profitable reading to 
all believers, especially at this time 
of the year when we remember in a 
special way the death of the Lord 
Jesus in our behalf. Here is the ex- 
planation that will cause you to un- 
derstand in a new way why Jesus 
appeared before the Sanhedrin, be- 
fore Pilate, before Herod, and again 
before Pilate. Here is the explana- 
tion why there were two high priests 
at the time — Annas and Caiaphas. 
Here is the explanation of the rea- 
son why the trial was by night and 
why there was difficulty in getting 
witnesses against Christ. 

In fact, here are many things that 
the reader must read for himself to 
really understand "The Trial of Je- 
sus Christ." 



OF MEN AND OF ANGELS 
By Lon Woodrum 

"There's no place like home," but 
Steve Glen had to travel the world, 
both on his own and in the armed 
service, and then return to Gold 
Springs before he learned how true 
the saying is. As a young fellow he 
had notions like the Prodigal Son, so 
set out to see what he could find 
elsewhere in the world. 

After many years with no appar- 
ent purpose in mind, he decided to 
go back home for a visit. It was this 
return which set him on the road to 
adventure and romance. Young 
Glen had tried just about everything 
there is in an effort to find himself 
and happiness. That is, all but two 
things: the Lord and a home of his 
own. How he found these is the 
heart of the story. 

With his acceptance of the Lord 
came a call to the ministry. His 
struggle through seminary, his fight 
for the cause of righteousness in his 
community, his tragic loss in the 
death of his wife make this a grip- 
ping novel. You will laugh and cry 
as you follow this gallant man 
around the world and into the pulpit. 
"Of Men and of Angels" is a real 
romance, but also the story of real 
spiritual achievement. — Blaine Sny- 
der. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under 
the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price, $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches. $1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum, President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp. 
Secretary; Ord Gehman. Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters, Member at Large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, 
Robert Miller, William H. Schaffer. 



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God's Hand in Palestine ana \JLmeh.lca 

By W. R. Wallace 
Judge of the United States District Court, Oklahoma City, Okla. 



(Reprinted Courtesy Salvation Magazine) 



Those of us who believe the Bible 
are convinced that the Jewish nation, 
Israel, was a divine product. The 
Bible, as I understand it, teaches that 
the people of Israel were a divinely 
called-out, divinely developed, and 
a divinely located people for a spe- 
cial purpose. 

The story of God's call to Abraham 
and of Abraham's unquestioning 
obedience, as told in the 12th chap- 
ter of Genesis, is one of the most in- 
teresting episodes of the whole Bible 
and of all history. How strange and 
mysterious this call to get out of his 
country and away from his kindred 
and his father's house must have 
seemed to Abraham and his friends! 
How perplexed and disturbed he 
must have been as he contemplated 
its meaning! What courage it must 
have required to obey such a call — 
a call to leave all that a man holds 
most dear, to cast away all that is 
commonly called security and all of 
his deep-rooted moorings and go out 
into the unknown and the unseen, 
relying solely on the inward sense 
of a call from God! 

What pressure his relatives, neigh- 
bors, and friends must have exerted 
upon him to persuade him not to 
enter upon what seemed to them a 
mad adventure! But the inner voice, 
unheard by others, bade him take 
the step. So Abraham, the man of 
faith that he was, unaffected by the 
arguments of those who sought to 
hinder him, unhesitatingly gathered 
his family and goods together and 
set out across the barren and un- 
charted desert. 

Father of Believers 

The secret of this unusual action 
was, of course, his unbounded faith 
in God. In this he has become for 
all time an example to all who really 
and truly serve God. Thus Abraham 
is for all time the father of believers 
and the exemplar of that faith with- 
out which it is impossible to please 
God. He heard God's voice and did 
that which so many people today are 
afraid to do. He risked everything 



upon the assumption that he was not 
being deceived. Abraham, leaving 
his country, could not even see the 
immediate future, much less the 
great nation that was to come from 
him, and still less the glorious des- 
tiny of all his spiritual descendants. 
This act on the part of Abraham not 
only made him an example to the 
true children of God for all time but 
it earned for him the title, "Friend of 
God" (Jas. 2:23). 




W. R. Wallace 

Those who respond to God in 
ready and unquestioning obedience 
enter into a new relationship with 
Him and become the real builders of 
history. There is a very fine set of 
books called "The Makers of His- 
tory." Among them are listed the 
names of such monsters as Alexan- 
der the Great, Nero, and others like 
them. Of course, they are truly 
among the "makers of history," for 
everything done by man, good or 
bad, must be included in the history 
of man. But there is a distinction 
between "The Makers of History" 
and "The Builders of History." The 
Huns, Vandals, Hitler's Nazis, and 
the godless Kremlin leaders were 
and are "makers of history," but not 
"builders of history." They laid 
waste in a single day, so to speak, 
that which took the "builders of his- 
tory" thousands of years to erect. 

Builder of History 

By yielding ready obedience to the 
call of God, Abraham became a 
"builder of history." In Canaan he 
built an altar unto the Lord, contin- 



ued to cultivate the God-conscious- 
ness he already had and to enjoy 
fellowship with God. What has the 
building of that crude altar of stones 
meant to the world? It has meant 
far more than the building of the 
Pyramids of Egypt, or the Hanging 
Gardens of Babylon, or the Temple 
of Diana of the Ephesians. Yes, it 
has meant more to the world than 
everything ever accomplished by the 
mere "makers of history." 

The building of that crude altar by 
Abraham was the beginning of that 
worship of the God of Israel which 
Moses, Jesus, and Paul emphasized 
and expanded. Of course, Jesus, 
God's Son, is the greatest of all and 
should hardly be spoken of in the 
same breath in which we speak of 
mortal men, but each of these three 
towered like mountain peaks above 
the men of his day, and all of them 
tower above the whole mass of man- 
kind. The Jewish nation, people, 
and institutions are but the length- 
ening shadows of Moses; human re- 
demption came through our Lord 
Jesus Christ, and Christian civiliza- 
tion through Paul. Thus Abraham, 
the ancient ancestor of them all, by 
building an altar unto the Lord 
rather than a material fortune, gave 
rise and direction to those peculiar 
spiritual forces which have built the 
church of God. 

Divinely Selected Location 

Not only did the Jewish nation 
have a divine origin in Abraham, 
but it had a divinely selected loca- 
tion. The word "Palestine" is from 
the Greek word for Philistine, the 
name of the old and powerful en- 
emies of Israel. It is also called the 
Land of Canaan from the Canaanites 
who dwelt in it. It is also called the 
Holy Land, because it was there that 
the holy God made Himself known 
to Israel. We sometimes refer to it 
as the Land of Promise, or Promised 
Land, recalling God's promises to 
Abraham. It is also called Imman- 
uel's Land, showing that it belongs 
to God. 



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So far as we know no surveyor has 
ever run a line and driven down 
stakes or set up markers to mark an 
exact boundary line of Palestine. 
But God has denned its boundary 
in the 15th chapter of Genesis — from 
the river Egypt on the south to the 
great River Euphrates on the north. 
In general this land lies in southwest 
Asia, bounded on the north by Syria, 
on the east by the Syrian desert, on 
the south by the desert of Arabia 
and on the west by the Great Sea — 
the Mediterranean. The place that 
God selected was at the center of the 
civilized world. If you use Jerusa- 
lem as the center and draw a circle, 
a radius of 1,600 miles will embrace 
all the great cities of ancient times — 
Rome, Athens, Ephesus, Nineveh, 
Babylon, Thebes, Memphis, Alexan- 
dria, etc. Its inhabitants were shut 
in by the mountains on the north, by 
the desert on the east and south, and 
by the sea in the west. By the same 
means the enemies were shut out. 
Through it lay the best and shortest 
roads between Babylon and Egypt, 
and across it passed the caravans 
with goods from the East and the 
West. It is clear, from its sheltered 
location, that here God intended to 
preserve a knowledge of the true 
God and the true religion, and from 
this sheltered location to scatter the 
true religion and a knowledge of the 
true God in all directions. 

This land gave us our Bible, in it 
lived the inspired men whom God 
used to write the Bible. This land 
gave us the patriarchs, prophets, 
priests, and kings of the Old Testa- 
ment. This land gave us the 12 
apostles. This land gave us the Sav- 
iour of the world. It is no wonder, 
then, that this land has a warm place 
in the hearts of all the peoples of the 
world, and that the Jews and all the 
spiritual descendants of Abraham 
have such an undying and reverent 
devotion to it. The greatness and 
sacredness of this land is not meas- 
ured in square miles, nor in its stra- 
tegic importance, but in the fact that 
our blessed Lord lived there, died 
there, rose from the dead there, as- 
cended back to the Father from it, 
and that some day He is coming back 
to this very land in order that we, 
the spiritual descendants of Abra- 
ham, may have an inheritance that 
is incorruptible and undefiled and 
that fadeth not away. 

U. S. Is Divine Product 

With all my heart I believe that our 
nation is as truly a divine product as 



was the Jewish nation. I do not see 
how any one can read American his- 
tory with spiritual perception and 
fail to see the hand of God as clearly 
in it as in the history of the Jews in 
the Old Testament. The same loving 
God, the same divine hand that built 
the unique little country of Palestine 
built this marvelous country of ours. 
He threw up her . mountains, spread 
out her vales, dug the channels for 
her rivers, selected this spot, mirac- 
ulously kept others from her shores, 
as we shall see later, until the in- 
habitants He had selected were pre- 
pared in the fires of persecution and 
ready for the place that God had 
selected for them and the work that 
He had for them to do. He then 
erected our homes and set us among 
the nations of the earth for a specifi- 
cally divine purpose, the unfolding 
of which is becoming apparent as the 
years go by. All of that stands out 
on the pages of American history so 
clearly that he who has the slightest 
bit of spiritual perception cannot 
miss it. Even in our lifetime we 
have seen America emerge as a 
powerful and determining entity in 
world affairs. Today America is the 
one beacon light inspiring a new and 
vibrant hope in the hearts of the 
downtrodden people of all the world. 

Hand of God in U. S. History 

As we have seen the hand of God 
in Israel, let us look for the same 
guiding hand in American history. 
If I had the time and you had the 
patience, we could take up each and 
every movement in American his- 
tory and see God's guiding hand just 
as clearly as in the movements of 
Jewish history. For instance, when 
Columbus started out from Spain he 
had no idea of discovering a new 
country. He was simply trying to 
reach the eastern coast of Asia and 
his dominating motive was to spread 
the faith of his religion. His expedi- 
tion was begun in prayer and he in- 
sisted upon the worship of God on 
board ship as one of the duties of the 
ship's crew. When he started out, 
his sails were set straight for the 
coast of New Jersey, but the winds 
kept tugging and tugging southward. 
The sailors said, "Admiral, see the 
wind; why not follow the wind?" 
Columbus reset his sails and instead 
of landing on the cosat of what is 
now New Jersey, he landed in the 
West Indies. Thus South America 
was settled by the Latins. 

During the 100 years following Co- 
lumbus' discovery of America, 19 ex- 



peditions set out from Spain to make 
America a Spanish colony, and not 
one of them landed north of St. Au- 
gustine, Fla. During that same 100 
years, 17 expeditions set out from 
France to make America a French 
colony, but not one of them landed 
south of the mouth of the St. Law- 
rence River. Thus through inter- 
vention of the hand of God, France's 
ambitions were frozen in the ice of 
the North, while Spain's hopes per- 
ished under the tropical sun of the 
South. During that 100 years, 36 
expeditions, every one of them try- 
ing to reach these shores of ours, 
were turned aside by the hand of 
God while the shores of what is now 
the United States remained un- 
touched and unclaimed awaiting the 
Anglo-Saxon settlers that God was 
trying out and preparing in the fires 
of religious persecution in the Old 
World. 

Pioneers Believed God 

Hardly had the first permanent 
English colony been planted at 
Jamestown and the old church built 
on the island, than the Mayflower 
landed the Pilgrims at Plymouth, 
men ready and willing to face the 
perils, hardships, and dangers of 
wilderness life in the New World 
with their open Bibles and freedom 
to read it and follow its teachings 
rather than to enjoy the ease of civ- 
ilization in the Old World without 
freedom to follow the teachings of 
the Bible. They believed the Bible 
to be the foundation of faith, the 
source of wisdom, and the charter of 
liberty. They believed the promises 
of God in the Bible meant what they 
say, and say exactly what they mean. 
From that day to this the Bible has 
been the teacher of our best men, the 
rebuke of our worst, and the con- 
stant companion of us all. 

Let us look at the opening words 
of the Mayflower compact, the first 
document ever drawn up for the 
government of a colony in the New 
World: "In the name of God, amen, 
having undertaken for the glory of 
God and the advancement of the 
Christian faith, to establish a colony 
in the northern part of Virginia, do 
constitute ourselves," etc. Then 
come on down and take a look at the 
Declaration of Independence: "Ap- 
pealing to the Supreme Judge of the 
world for the rectitude of our inten- 
tions," etc. Even the rugged old pio- 
neers, who took their lives in their 
hands to blaze out a path for civili- 
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to feel that God was directing them. 
Daniel Boone, standing yonder at 
Cumberland Gap, looking out over 
the "dark and bloody ground," said 
of himself: "Often scorched by the 
summer's sun and pinched by the 
winter's cold, I'm only an instrument 
in the hands of God ordained to 
settle the wilderness." 

The Constitutional Convention 

The Colonies, being severed from 
Great Britain, a call was sent out 
from every village and hamlet for 
our fathers to set up a government 
for their common weal and mutual 
protection. But something was 
wrong. The government became 
progressively weaker and weaker. 
A call was then issued for delegates 
from all the colonies to assemble in 
Philadelphia for the purpose of re- 
vising the Articles of Confederation. 

In that convention was assembled 
a body of strong men, the giants of 
their day. But they met day after 
day for 4 weeks and had not agreed 
upon a single word or sentence. On 
the last morning of the fourth week, 
in the midst of a heated discussion, 
when it looked as if they were going 
to break up in confusion and aban- 
don the whole project, Benjamin 
Franklin arose and addressed George 
Washington, who was presiding, and 
said: 

"Mr. President, the small progress 
we have made after 4 weeks of close 
attention and continual reasoning 
with one another, I have reached the 
conclusion that our different senti- 
ments on almost every question is a 
melancholy proof of the imperfec- 
tions of the human understanding. 
We indeed seem to feel our great 
need of wisdom, political wisdom. 
Since we have been running all 
around in search of it, how has it 
happened that we have not once 
thought of appealing to the Father of 
Lights to illumine our understand- 
ing? I have lived, Sir, a long time 
and the longer I live, the more con- 
vincing proof I see that God governs 
in the affairs of men, and if a spar- 
row cannot fall to the ground with- 
out His notice, is it possible that an 
empire can rise without His aid? 
The Sacred Writings assure us that 
'Except the Lord build the house, 
they labour in vain that build it.' I 
firmly believe this and I also believe 
that without His help we shall suc- 
ceed in this political building no 
better than the builders of Babel. 
We shall continue to be divided by 
our own little, partial, local interests, 



our projects will be confounded, and 
we ourselves will become a reproach 
and a byword down through future 
ages. And what is worse, mankind 
may hereafter, because of this unfor- 
tunate incident, despair of establish- 
ing a government by human wisdom, 
and leave it to chance, war, and con- 
quest. I, therefore, beg leave to 
move that hereafter prayers implor- 
ing the assistance of the God of 
heaven and His blessings upon our 
deliberations be held in this assem- 
bly every morning before we pro- 
ceed to business, and that one or 
more of the clergy of this city be re- 
quested to officiate in this service." 

Birth oj Constitution 

' George Washington put that mo- 
tion, which was carried. From that 
moment they began to make progress 
and the result was, as you know, the 
Constitution of these United States, 
the most marvelous piece of gov- 



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ernmental machinery, outside of the 
Bible, on this earth. A document 
that caused England's William Pitt 
to exclaim, "It will be the wonder 
and admiration of all future genera- 
tions." George Washington wrote 
to Governor Trumbull of Connecti- 
cut: "I can almost trace the finger of 
Divine Providence through all these 
dark and mysterious days which first 
caused the colonists to assemble in 
convention, thereby laying the foun- 
dations for peace and prosperity at 
the very time when we felt that only 
misery and confusion were coming 
too rapidly upon us." 

Just about 3.300 years before these 
events were taking place in America, 
a group of slaves, the lineal descend- 
ants of Abraham, hurriedly left 
Egypt one spring night. From every 
house of their Egyptian masters 
came wails and lamentations over 
the death of the first-born. Phar- 
aoh, the king, thrust them out, bid- 
ding them to go free. They were no 



longer slaves, but free men — a na- 
tion on the march to a new land, 
promised to them by their God. 
There was one towering, stalwart 
figure among them — Moses. 

Washington Is Outstanding 

Likewise in that constitutional 
convention at Philadelphia there was 
one outstanding figure that towered 
head and shoulders above all the 
great men of that day — the victorious 
general, George Washington, who 
had conquered the oppressor and 
made liberty and freedom possible 
for the colonies. They wanted him 
to be king, but he refused. When 
he was offered the Presidency, he 
shrank from the responsibility and 
begged to be permitted to retire from 
public life. But upon the insistence 
of his fellow citizens, he relinquished 
his personal preferences and became 
the first President of these United 
States. 

Likewise, when God first called 
Moses from the burning bush to de- 
liver his people and lead them from 
bondage to liberty, Moses shrank 
from the responsibility and tried to 
beg off. But upon the insistence of 
God he acceded and returned to 
Egypt to do God's bidding. When 
God called Moses to his task, he had 
to face the greatest tyrant of his day, 
Pharaoh, and demand that he let 
God's people go. Likewise, when 
George Washington accepted the 
leadership of the struggling colonies, 
he had to face the greatest tyrant of 
his day, George III, and demand that 
his people be freed. 

There is a striking similarity be- 
tween the government set up by 
Moses and that set up by the found- 
ers of this Republic. Upon the banks 
of the Jordan the Children of Israel 
voted upon their constitution. That 
was the first constitution ever sub- 
mitted to the people for ratification 
in the history of the world. Ours 
was the second. Both constitutions 
provide for the naturalization of for- 
eigners and both prohibit a foreign- 
born person from becoming ruler. 

Fires of Persecution 

The nation of Israel was born out 
of the fires of persecution in Egyp- 
tian bondage; this nation came out of 
the fires of religious persecution in 
the Old World. Both set up national 
holidays to commemorate their de- 
liverance — the Jewish Passover and 
our Fourth of July, and our Thanks- 
giving Days commemorate the good- 
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ity goes — George Washington down 
on his knees in the snows of Valley 
Forge and Moses standing before the 
burning bush, with hat in hand and 
shoes off his feet, the humblest and 
the meekest man in all the world. 

The handwriting of God is all over 
the walls of America as in Israel. It 
is written in our state papers; it is 
found in the speeches and addresses 
of American statesmen; it is in the 
literature we read, the songs we sing, 
in the aspirations of our people, and 
on the coins we circulate. It is no 
accident nor incident that the brief, 
significant phrase, "In God We 
Trust," appears on the coins of our 
circulating medium. 

God promised Israel His favor and 
blessings if she would hearken to His 
voice and obey Him. How marvel - 
ously God kept that promise! Sinai's 
mob became a great nation. Canaan 
was conquered, and Israel grew in 
power and wealth until, in the reigns 
of David and Solomon she roes to the 
zenith of her power and glory — per- 
haps the most glorious nation of all 
history up to that time and until the 
rise of America. 

Glory Was Widespread 

A glorious temple crowned the 
summit of Moriah and the worship 
of God was placed at the very center 
of the nation's soul. Her wealth and 
glory were so great that kings and 
queens came from afar just to see it 
and returned saying, "The half has 
not been told." Israel prospered, 
grew fat, lived in luxury, and for- 
got God. God was forced time and 
time again to raise up and strength- 
en heathen nations against His 
chosen people. Isaiah tells us that 
Assyria was the rod of God's anger 
and the staff of His indigation against 
Israel. Jeremiah tells us that Neb- 
uchadnezzar, the old heathen king 
of Babylon, was God's agent in the 
subjugation of Judah. No nation 
has ever risen to true greatness and 
remained strong that did not obey 
God and live in His favor, and no 
nation has ever fallen with God in 
His proper place in the affections and 
conduct of the people. 

How bountifully God has blessed 
America! We cannot appreciate that 
fact until we face these startling 
facts: America occupies only 6 per- 
cent of the land area of the world 
and has only 7 percent of the world's 
population. Keep these two figures 
in mind as we count our blessings. 
America possesses one-third of all 
the railroads of the world, two-thirds 



of the world's automobiles, one-half 
of the world's radio receiving sets, 
more than one-half of the world's 
telephones. America produces 60 
percent of the world's oil, 48 percent 
of the world's copper, 43 percent of 
the world's iron, 47 percent of the 
world's steel, 58 percent of the 
world's corn, and 56 percent of the 
world's cotton. This 7 percent of the 
world's population lives in such lux- 
ury that we consume one-half of the 
world's coffee, one-fourth of the 
world's sugar, and three-fourths of 
the world's silk, or products which 
have taken the place of silk. 

Prosperity Unparalleled Here 

America's unparalleled prosperity 
and power, under the blessings of 
God, are producing the same results 
here that they produced in Palestine 
in the days of the Children of Israel. 

No people in all the world have 
greater cause for love of country 
than Americans. No nation has a 
history of which its people may be 
more justly proud than ours. No 
government has ever risen to a place 
of eminence and power upon more 
just and righteous principles than 
ours. No land has ever been more 
blessed in the ideals that have in- 
spired its people and the wisdom that 
has guided its course than this land 
of ours. But God will not continue 
to bless and protect America simply 
because she was founded upon these 
Christian principles and because of 
the sacrifices of our forefathers. That 
is exactly what the Jews thought. 
They believed they had God in a 
corner, that He had to take care of 
them because they were His chosen 
people. They thought that since 
they were the seed of Abraham 
nothing could happen to them. Is 
God teaching us a lesson, and are 
we refusing to learn? Is He using 
Godless Joe Stalin and Christless 
Communism to harrass us? America 
will never fall because of her outside 
enemies but if she ever falls it will 
be on account of her own sins. But 
let us pray that America may yet 
turn to God in true repentance of 
her sins. It is conceded that Great 
Britain did not get involved in the 
wars of Europe in the days of the 
Wesleys because of the great revival 
of religion in her borders at that time. 

Gospel Preaching Needed 

The political leaders are not alto- 
gether to blame for our godlessness 
and for His judgments that are rest- 
ing upon us. It may ill become a 



layman to speak critically of the 
preachers (and when I make this 
statement I want to say that the 
greatest calling in the world is that 
of being a true minister of Jesus 
Christ), but I do believe that the 
right sort of preaching in the past 
would have gone a long way in sav- 
ing us from the predicament that we 
are in today. We do have many 
faithful men of God preaching, but 
the drivel and rot and insipid preach- 
ing that have come from many pul- 
pits the past few decades have only 
added to the confusion of the people. 
There is no Gospel if the vicarious 
atonement is eliminated. There is 
no Gospel if the virgin birth is not a 
fact. There is no Gospel if the lit- 
eral resurrection of Jesus did not 
take place. There is no Gospel if 
Jesus Christ is not at the right hand 
of the Father today. There is no 
Gospel if His personal, literal return 
to the earth is not an assured fact. 
There is no Gospel if the Bible is not 
the infallible Word of God. There 
is no Gospel if justification is not by 
faith. There is no Gospel if regen- 
eration is not the result of the shed 
blood of Jesus Christ applied to re- 
penting, believing hearts by the Holy 
Spirit. 

God Is Our Only Hope 

That kind of preaching in the dem- 
onstration and power of the Holy 
Spirit will save America, as it saved 
Israel when the people turned from 
their sins when they listened to their 
true prophets and preachers. Noth- 
ing can save us if God is against us, 
and nothing can destroy us if God is 
for us. I believe in God as our only 
hope. Our day of testing is here. 
America is at the crossroads. The 
galaxy of the heroic dead gone on 
ahead of us, the living, struggling, 
needy masses all about us, the un- 
born generations coming on behind 
us are depending upon us to hold 
this priceless heritage which has 
been handed down to us, under God, 
at such tremendous sacrifices. 

Our immediate need is not more 
national development but more 
character development, not more in- 
tellectual power but more spiritual 
power, not more knowledge but more 
morals, not more laws but more 
Christianity. 




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IN PERSONAL WORK 



By Rev. Arthur D. Cashman, Winona Lake, Ind. 



"Only one life, 'twill soon be past; only what's done for 
Christ will last." There never was a more true state- 
ment made and we need to give more thought to it. 
Personal work offers an outlet for every Christian to do 
something for Christ that will last for eternity. It is true 
that we have an enemy who will hinder and oppose our 
best resolutions and determinations to engage in this 
important work. But we have access to a power greater 
than his and it is a thrill to use this power to win souls 
to Jesus Christ. 

One of the Devil's methods of curtailing our efforts in 
occupying in personal work is to get us to assume many 
things concerning the lost that are not true. Remember 
that he is a liar and the father of lies, and if you will 
heed the will of God and launch out into this work, the 
greatest imagined barriers will not be found. For ex- 
ample, never take it for granted that everyone has been 
dealt with by others and would resent your coming. 
Just last Sunday a young woman, upon invitation, came 
to the services at our local church and she testified that 
she had never before been asked to attend Sunday serv- 
ices. Again, do not assume that nonchurchgoers are all 
hard, indifferent, and resentful toward spiritual things. 
Rather believe that there is a conscious void and hunger 
in all unregenerate hearts for something that will satisfy 
and that you have what they need. 

Never believe that personal work is for others and not 
for you. There are too many Scriptures against you on 
this. If you think that you do not have any methods, 
believe the words of Charles Cowman, of Oriental Mis- 
sions fame, who said, "Just begin and do it, and the 
methods will unfold themselves." Do not use the same 
methods time after time. Depend on the Holy Spirit to 
give you the methods that will be blessed of Him. Some 
of the best methods come on the spur of the moment as 
the needs arise. Greet people with a smile, backed by 
genuine Christian character and prayer, and your great- 
est fears will be straw men. Don't imitate others. Per- 
sonal workers are as different as the people they meet. 
Be yourself. 

In making the approach, the best method is to honestly 
state the purpose of your call by saying, "I am Mrs. 
Blank from the Brethren Church and I have come to 
call on you for a few minutes. May I come in?" or "I 



am from the Brethren Church and am calling to read a 
portion of the Scriptures and have prayer in a number 
of homes. May I have this pleasure with you?" or "I 
wonder if you would be offended if I came in and talked 
to you about the Bible for a few minutes?" A great per- 
centage of the people will treat you with courtesy and 
invite you in. 

When inside, be prepared to read and discuss certain 
portions from John's Gospel. John 1:1-14 is a good 
section and affords an opportunity to talk about the pre- 
existence of Christ, that He was God, and that the world 
was made by Him. The writer finds Ephesians 3:9, Co- 
lossians 1:12-18, and Hebrews 1:1-3 very revealing to 
most people. It might be well to be able to show in his 
other writings that John speaks of Jesus as the Word (I 
John 1:1; 5:7; Rev. 19:11-13). John 3:1-18 has been 
used of the Lord to bring conviction to more people 
than any other portion. Then, too, there are effective 
sections in John 8, 10, and 14. 

To be sure, some will offer excuses at the door, but 
most of them are not valid and can often be overcome. 
It was Charles Finney who said, "Most people are hiding 
behind a refuge of lies, and it is the responsibility of the 
Christian worker to get them out from their hiding 
place." You can do this if you will be prayerful and 
tactful. Be careful not to make a nuisance of yourself 
by staying too long. It is much better for your host to 
be sorry to have you go than to be extremely happy. 
If you happen to be treated discourteously, or are rudely 
dismissed, know this: that if every person who ever lived 
had to suffer his entire life to save one soul, that soul 
would be worth it. 

If you are too timid to use the above methods of ap- 
proach, then begin by passing out tracts. The Devil will 
tell you that this method has been overworked, but do 
not believe him. One more printed message may be all 
that is needed to bring salvation, just as another sermon 
often does the work. In repeatedly passing out tracts in 
a given neighborhood, some will ask questions not too 
hard to answer and an opportunity will be opened to ex- 
tend the conversation. This will lead to experiences that 
will make more difficult contacts easier. 

Buy yourself a good book on personal work, such as 
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too much about the qualifications of a successful worker 
and the many tried and proved techniques. But remem- 
ber that you can meet all the requirements of soul win- 
ning manuals and never get to the work itself. It mat- 
ters not how thoroughly one may be saved, how deeply 
spiritual he may be, how well he may know how to 
handle the Scriptures, or how like Christ he may be in 
conduct and tact, if he does not "OCCUPY" in personal 
work, it will not get done. And do not expect to see all 
of the results during your earthly existence. Trust God 
to handle your labor of love in His own way, but above 
all, get started and keep at it and He will bless. 







This 3-month period, March, April, and May, has been 
set aside by WMC for giving to the foreign mission in- 
terests of the Brethren Church. Start this first month, 
March, to give your very BEST to the Lord so that 
Brethren missions can extend their ministry. 

At this point we are at the half-way point in our WMC 
year. Have you checked on the goals recently to learn 
how you are coming along? Are the reading circle books 
being well circulated? Are your members attending 
faithfully each monthly meeting? Are you emphasizing 
personal evangelism, family worship, and personal par- 
ticipation in the monthly meetings? There's no time like 
the present to check. "A word to the wise is sufficient." 




"Life is easy if you know how . . ." The woman's 
voice shattered my own train of thinking at the moment 
as I rode home on the city bus. With a wistfulness born 
of genuine desire the woman's companion asked, "But 
where and when do you learn how?" Before the ques- 
tion could be answered the women realized it was time 
for them to get off the bus. I saw two well-dressed, in- 
telligent Jewesses alight and go to their homes with their 
problem unsolved. My heart went out to them as I 
prayed for an opportunity to meet the women and point 
them to the One who alone can solve all of mankind's 
problems. 

It seems to me that these women voiced the desire of 
all humanity — a life of ease. I pondered my own heart's 
desire at the moment and knew the answer before I 
asked the question, Where would I be if Jesus Christ 
had taken the easy way? Where would the world's be- 
nighted people be had every missionary chosen the easy 
life? How could the missionaries have gone to proclaim 
God's Good News if those at home all chose the easy 
way, the selfish way, and withheld their gifts? 

We have entered the season of the year in which the 
Brethren Church gives her offering for the spread of the 
Gospel on foreign soil. Some 80 missionaries depend on 
us at home to "hold the ropes" while they go down to 
tell how "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sin- 
ners" (I Tim. 1:15). The women of the Brethren Church 
will not fail their Lord or the ambassadors who have 
gone in their stead. 

March, April, and May are the months designated for 
the WMC offering for the five fields in which God has 
sent us to minister. This may be the last year we'll be 
privileged to give so that others may live. We look daily 
for His return. When we go, either in the clouds with 
Him or through the gates of death into His presence, we 
cannot take our earthly goods with us. May we be 
willing to give willingly, generously, to spread the glad 
news to those who have never heard. God helping us 
we WILL occupy NOW on the foreign field. 

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the na- 
tions . . ." (Matt. 28:19, A.S.V.). 



THOSE WE LOVE 

Author Unknown 

They say the world is round — and yet 

I often think it square, 
So many little hurts we get 

From corners here and there. 

But there's one truth in life I've found 
While journeying east and west; 

The only folk we really wound 
Are those we love the best. 

We flatter those we scarcely know, 
We please the fleeting guest, 

And deal full many a thoughtless blow 
To those we love the best. 



WMC OFFICIARY 



President— Mrs. Edward Bowman. Route 1, Garwin. Iowa. 

Vice President— Mrs. Henry Rempel, 1539 E. 80th St.. Los Angeles 1. 

Recording Secretary— Mrs. Robert Ashman. Winona Lake, Ind 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Chester McCall. 3421 W 82d PI.. 

Inglewood. Calif. _ „ T . _ , T . 

Literature Secretary— Mrs. Conard Sandy. Box 373. Winona Lake, Ind. 
Editor— Mrs. Robert Miller. 1511 Maiden Lane, S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 
Prayer Chairman— Miss Mary Emmert. Dallas Center, Iowa. 
Patroness of SMM— Mrs. Herman Koontz. Box 164. Winona Lake. Ind. 



WMC DEVOTIONAL TOPICS FOR APRIL 

Bible Study— "Calvary's Afterglow." 
Mission Study — "Occupation of the Field — to the 
North and Southeast." 



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Our Responsibility to Our Girls Through SMM 
and Other Avenues 



By Mrs. Arthur Carey, Troy, Ohio 



As a mother of five boys it seems quite ironical for me 
to be writing on this subject. But I suppose I am meet- 
ing a certain responsibility toward our girls by providing 
five potential husbands. Seriously, however, it has been 
my experience that most women feel that unless they 
have some definite connection with a group of girls they 
have no responsibility toward them. 

Some of the most influential women in my girlhood 
were those who through ill health or certain responsibil- 
ities were unable to take an active part with the girls. 
They, through their sweet spirit and quiet testimony, 
exerted a real evidence of the living Christ to me. We 
who attempt leadership in SMM, Sunday school, or other 
avenues must not "reprove, rebuke, and exhort" inso- 
much that the girls come to resent us and take a critical 
attitude even when we are earnestly trying to lead them 
rightly. Every patroness knows what this problem is. 
But it is always easier to sit in the shade than to be out 
in the field pitching hay. 

There are all kinds of excuses given for not working 
with our girls. I wish each of you would list your rea- 
sons and then get down on your knees and pray about 
them. Not all of us have the proper qualifications, but 
we should be willing to use what we have and are as 
God directs. One reason, or excuse, is lack of ability — 
remember Moses and ask God for an Aaron. Another 
is carelessness — God knows that, too, and can make you 
a better manager, or make it possible to have help in 
the home. What are some other excuses? Your job? 
No car? An unsaved husband? Make it your job 
through prayer to find your place of service. 

Next comes the question, What can I do even if all my 
obstructions and objections are removed? Remember, 
besides the young people, your pastor has to be inter- 
ested in the adults, the aged, the young children, the sick, 
and the unsaved sinner. Here are some of the things 
you can do to ease his load: 

1. You and your husband offer to take complete 
charge of some young people's group. 

2. You organize a younger or older Sisterhood. 

3. You make your home a place where the girls and 
boys will feel welcome. 

4. You make yourself so sympathetic and under- 
standing that a young girl will want to ask your help 
when a problem arises for her. 

5. You offer to have a meeting or a party at your 
house occasionally. Many other ways can be found, too, 
if you are really in earnest about this. 

A Christian girl has several basic needs. 

1. She needs the Lord Jesus. When earthly standards 
are crumbling she needs to realize she is a sinner and 
must have the Saviour. Would you be able to point her 
to the WAY? 

2. She needs a Bible-believing church where her 
spiritual and social life may flourish. Are you helping 
to maintain such a church? 

3. She needs an adult friend or friends who have 
wisdom and tolerance, those who realize that today 



youth makes the very same mistakes we did. Are you 
willing to be such a friend? 

4. She needs Christian girl friends — some who are 
stronger, who will lead and inspire, and some who are 
weaker, whom she will lead and inspire. 

5. She needs contact with Christian boys not only for 
dates and plans for the future, but just for plain com- 
panionship and fun. 

6. She needs to feel secure in her circle of Christian 
friends, but she also needs some responsibility toward 
the group and the unsaved around her. So try to give 
her a definite job and teach her that the Christian may 
frequently be lonely if true to Christ. 

Perhaps as you read this you may think it too ideal- 
istic. But we must have ideals. However, what shall I 
do when Jane marries that handsome, unsaved young 
man? What happens to my labor of love when Jean and 
Sally get into each other's hair and refuse to speak? 
What is to be done when Laura forgets all about her 
hard -won decisions and vows and begins to neglect the 
prayer meeting only to frequent the dance and movie? 
What about when Janet whispers, giggles, and spreads 
all the pictures in her billfold on the table when I am 
trying to make an important point in the lesson? She 
gets such a stubborn look when I try to admonish her! 
What shall I do? 

My heart will break, the tears will fall, and the 
tempter will whisper, "You're just wasting your time 
with these kids. Just give it all up. You can be a 
Christian and go to church, but it's better to let other 
people alone. That's all God expects of you." Is this 
what I shall do? Oh, no! I shall fall upon my knees 
and pray: "Lord Jesus, You died for these girls and You 
died for me. You were faithful unto death, and by Your 
help I will be, too." Then I will go at it again! I will 
help Jane when she has family troubles. I will try to 
help reconcile Jean and Sally. I will invite Laura to my 
home and to the next young people's party. I will try 
to be extra friendly with Janet and perhaps give her a 
task that will tide her over the thoughtless stage and 
lessen her chance to cause trouble in the class. Then I 
will pray and pray and thank God for those grand, faith- 
ful girls who count all but loss for Christ and who stand 
by Him and me. Then I will commit each problem and 
girl to Him, leaving them there with the resolve that 
only a happy Christian has a testimony. I will trust Him 
whether success or failure be mine. 

These problems have been very real to me, and 
through preparing this paper some of them have become 
clarified. I pray as we work together for our girls we 
shall realize anew that all the results of our work are in 
His hands. All God asks of us is faithfulness. So "press 
on, faint not," for thy God is faithful. 



Dear Mrs. Miller, 

The total to date for home missions is $2,437.86. 
Praise the Lord. Mrs. Chester McCall. 



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Oh joy, some news came in this month. Now how 
about word from YOUR council????? 

Everett, Pa. 
Dear Mrs. Miller, 

The mission church called Grace Brethren of Everett, 
Pa., announce their officers for the newly formed Wom- 
en's Missionary Council. They are: president, Arlene 
Holland; secretary, Helen Feight; treasurer, Bessie Lin- 
genfelter. 

Thank you for this note. May the Lord be your por- 
tion as you unitedly serve Him is our prayer. — Ed. 

Alexandria, Va. 
Dear WMC Friends, 

Greetings in the name of our blessed Saviour. The 
Lord has blessed our WMC and we'd like to share some 
of these blessings with you. 

We have recently added five new members to our 
council, making a total of 23. We are confident there 
■will soon be more new members. Plans are being made 
to organize a Junior WMC in March. 

We sent over 100 pounds of good used clothing to the 
Navaho Indians. Quite a bit of time was spent mending 
and getting these garments ready to send. We have the 
same amount ready to send to Clayhole, Ky. A gift box 
was sent to a sister of one of our members who is in a 
sanitorium. Some time ago Mrs. Foster visited us and 
we gave her a small love gift. When the Sisterhood rally 
was held the ladies of the WMC furnished food for the 
evening refreshments and the noon meal. When Brother 
Colburn visited here the ladies furnished food for the 
BYF banquet. 

At present we have two local projects. Twenty-five 
dollars was given to buy towels for communion services. 
Each lady has six names of Jews to whom she sends 
Christian literature once a month. 

Each month we take an anniversary and birthday 
offering. This offering is put into a bank to go toward 
helping to support a WMC missionary. [Amen — Ed.] 
Each member made or bought her own thank-offering 
bank. These banks are brought to each meeting and 
exchanged with some other lady. One of our WMC 
members purchased the four reading circle books for the 
council and gave them as a gift. A food shower was 
given to one of our WMC members. At Thanksgiving 
a food shower was given to our pastor and family. 

We are looking forward to greater blessings in the 
remainder of '52 as we trust the One who loved us and 
gave Himself for us. 

Occupying till He comes, 

The Alexandria Brethren WMC, 

Mrs. Neva Huffman, Pres. 

Martinsburg, Pa. 
Dear Mrs. Miller, 

I am writing for the Senior WMC of Martinsburg. We 
have had good attendance and have kept up with the 

March 8, 1952 






Africa — 

Miss Grace Byron May 7 

Mary Hope Beaver May 7, 1946 

Alberta Mae Dunning May 11, 1949 

Argentina — 

Mrs. James B. Marshall May 25 

Rev. James B. Marshall May 28 

Victor Wagner May 2, 1937 

Mildred Wagner May 11, 1936 

Baja California — 

Sharon Haag May 9, 1948 

Kathryn Sue Howard May 29, 1948 

France — 
Victor Fogle May 1, 1949 

In United States — 

Lois Irene Taber May 8, 1940 

Donna Marie Kliever May 9, 1940 

(c/o Rev. W. A. Ogden, Johnstown, Pa.) 
Rita Dorene Hoyt May 18, 1944 



goals. We just completed a woolen comfort for the In- 
dians. We served the noonday meal to the district youth 
rally, which was the largest ever held for this district. 
Our offerings for the past 2 years have been very good. 
The ladies really make a big effort to take part in each 
meeting. We are happy for the privilege of serving the 
Lord through WMC. Brethren, pray for us. 
In His grace, 

Betty Leidy, Secretary. 

News about another "baby." The newly organized 
Washington Heights (Roanoke, Va.) Brethren Church 
has a WMC! The ladies of that church met on January 
29 with Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, of Ghent church, and 
organized a council. As Mrs. Miller outlined the pur- 
pose and goals of WMC it was a pleasure to see and feel 
the enthusiasm of the ladies. We have had a cabinet 
meeting and the officers are going "full steam." The 
very organization of this council has been a blessing 
already to the church. We covet your prayers for our 
individual growth in grace and for the far-reaching 
testimony of our church. 

May we present our officers: Mrs. Beatrice Keith, 
president; Mrs. Dorothy Bridsky, vice president; Mrs. 
Dorothy Hale, secretary; Mrs. Margaret Kidd, assistant 
secretary; Mrs. Frances Wright, treasurer; Mrs. Ruby 
Lofland, assistant treasurer. Our meetings will be held 
the first Tuesday evening of each month. You'll be 
hearing from us again. 

Yours because His, 

Mrs. Dorothy Hale, Sec. 



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LETTER FROM MARYBETH MUNN 



LETTER FROM RUTH DUNNING 



Bekoro via Paoua via Bangui, 

January 14, 1952. 
Dear WMC'ers: 

It is so nice to have a birthday and a Christmas here 
in Africa, for we receive so many cards and letters. We 
appreciate the cards very much, but those who write a 
little bit of news are even more welcome. Some of you 
seem to find it hard to write to us if you don't know us, 
but we're interested in any and everything you can tell 
us. Who gave the message in church last Sunday? What 
was the text? How many came to Christ? Tell us about 
the projects that the ladies are working on, and tell us 
about your own selves. We get to know you that way. 

I'm going to tell you what happened to us the other 
night. One evening after a "rushed" day at the dispen- 
saries, I just couldn't think what to have for supper. 
The Klievers were here over the week end, so we had 
guests. I went into the pantry and looked around for an 
inspiration. There I found a box of split-pea minute 
soup that the ladies of Conemaugh had given us. So 
much for the soup. I had fresh lettuce and tomatoes for 
a salad, but what for dessert? I found a box of butter- 
scotch pudding powder that Mother had sent and I de- 
cided to make that up in a hurry. So I called the cook 
and told him that all he had to do to the split-pea soup 
was to add two cups of milk. The same for the pudding. 
Then I thought of the few left-over string beans and 
told him to mash them and add them to the soup. Just 
then they called me to come quickly to see a woman who 
had been bitten by a snake. They said her legs were 
swelling. So I ran down to see her for a minute. As I 
returned I thought I'd see how things were going on in 
the kitchen. There on the stove were two pans of green 
stuff. You've guessed it. The string beans had found 
their way into the butterscotch pudding. We had cold 
dumplings and canned peaches for supper. 

The medical work is so very interesting. The Lord 
has given us several consecrated young men to train as 
nurses. We try to speak to everyone about the Lord. 
Why else reach so many people if they just get a little 
medicine, but nothing for their souls? The nurses take 
turns preaching a Gospel message before we start the 
treatments. On the day we left for the field conference 
a man came in very sick with pneumonia. I left the 
medicine for him, but he just seemed on the brink of 
death as we left. When we returned I asked how he 
was. The head nurse said, "Something wonderful hap- 
pened to him. He was dying and we all knew it. We 
nurses went to his side and asked him if he knew Jesus 
as his Saviour. He said that he did not, but that he 
wanted to; so we called the preacher and we led him to 
the Lord. He said that he wanted to be washed from 
his sins and to believe in Jesus Christ. Just before he 
died we prayed with him; he smiled and said that ,he 
could see his Saviour calling him. Then he closed his 
eyes and went." How I do praise God for Christian 
nurses. Pray that each one might be very faithful and 
that they will walk forward in their life of service for 
Him. 

Thank you all again for your greetings and letters, and 
for your prayers for the Lord's work here. 

Marybeth Munn. 



M'Baiki, par Bangui, French Equatorial Africa, 

January 15, 1952. 
Dear Friends: 

I have received many pretty birthday cards, and I 
thought I would like to write and thank you for all 
of them. 

We are having school at Bozoum. (When I say Bo- 
zoum I mean Bible Institute. That is what we call the 
station where we live.) Miss Kent is our teacher and 
Aunt Marie is our house mother. Aunt Dorothy Beaver 
is our nurse. We have a lot of fun there because we 
have a lot of children. Also because we have picnics a 
lot and celebrate almost all the birthdays. 

My sister Verna is at school now, too. It is nice to 
have some of my family here too. I mean it is nice for 
us both. But Caroline and I are pals because we are 
almost twins. 

I want to thank you for praying for us, because when 
we are protected in time of danger I know that it is 
because someone was praying for us. 
Love in Christ Jesus, 

Ruth Dunning. 



ADDITIONAL SISTERHOOD NEWS 



SOUTHEAST REPORTS 

The Southeast District Sisterhood held a very success- 
ful meeting at Buena Vista, Va., on January 5, during an 
overnight youth rally. There were around 50 girls 
present. 

The meeting opened with a song service led by Myra 
Conner. After the song service the Scripture, which 
was a Bible drill, was enjoyed by all the girls. A won- 
derful poem was read at the close of the devotional part 
of our meeting. Presiding at the meeting was the pres- 
ident, Myra Conner. 

We had a short business meeting in which we selected 
our district project. It is to send an offering to the Nav- 
aho Indian work to help support one of the children. We 
also decided to send an offering to the National Brethren 
Youth Council. 

We had a time of getting acquainted in which we had 
the recognition of our district officers, local officers, and 
each local SMM group. 

At the front of the church there was a beautiful table 
display of the SMM awards and materials. 

Our district is growing and we praise the Lord for 
seeing fit to bless us as well as use us in His vineyard. 
We need your prayers as we try, with His help, to "Do 
His Will."— Geraldine Taylor, Secretary. 



OFFICIARY 

President — Isobel Fraser. 527 N. Harper. Los Angeles 48. Calif. 

Vice President — Patricia Griffith, Bob Jones University. Greenville. 

S. C. 
General Secretary — Helen Small, Box 168. Winona Lake, Ind. 
Treasurer — Betty Armstrong. E. D. 2, Wooster, Ohio. 
Literature Secretary— Mary Anne Briner. 816 Jackson, Fort Wayne. 

Ind. 
Bandage Secretary — Mary Bauman. Winona Lake, Ind. 
Patroness — Mrs. H. W. Koontz. Box 164, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Assistant Patroness— Mrs. Lewis C. Hohenstein, 1315 Randolph St.. 

Waterloo. Iowa. 



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In His Vineyard 

MftRVand MARTHA 

* FOR WE ARE LABOURERS TOGETHER WITH GOD..". 10*39* 



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Even the Water Speaks of God's Wisdom 



By Rev. Ralph Colburn 



Take a nice, cool drink of water. Refreshing, isn't it? 
Did you ever stop to think about that stuff, without 
which life would be impossible, yet which we take so 
much for granted? Let's talk about it for a while. 

We know that it is made of two gases — hydrogen, the 
most inflammable gas known, and oxygen, without which 
combustion is impossible. Yet in their right proportions 
they make water, the most common fire extinguisher 
known to man! 

We also know that approximately three-fourths of the 
surface of the earth is covered with water. This is ex- 
actly the right proportion for life on the earth. If the 
waters were increased one-tenth, most of the earth 
would be submerged. If the waters were decreased 
substantially, most of the earth would be a desert. God 
knew the right proportions, and arranged the earth ac- 
cordingly. Truly, "he commanded, and they were cre- 
ated" (Psa. 148:5); "he weigheth the waters by measure" 
(Job 28:25). 

Water has been called "the seat of life." And that's 
true, in several ways. There is life in every drop of 
water — microscopic life in abundance. But don't worry, 
most of it is harmless! The seas, which God made, teem 
with life in greater abundance and more numerous forms 
than the land. Even the depths of the sea are constantly 
revealing new and strange forms of life hitherto un- 
known. And then, of course, water is necessary to life. 
You can live quite a while without eating, but you can't 
last long without a drink of water, or fluid that is mostly 
water! Even the vegetable world cannot exist without 
it. A common cabbage head uses as much as 200 quarts 
of water in the process of its growth and life. 

There are so many ways in which water reveals the 
wisdom and power of the Creator. Water, for instance, 
like everything else, expands with the heat and contracts 
with the cold — up to a certain point, that is. Water con- 
tracts with cold down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Then 
it begins to freeze. But when it freezes it expands, in- 
stead of contracting further! That's why ice floats on 
the surface instead of sinking to the bottom, where it 
might soon fill up the seas, and make the earth a frozen 
waste. These great seas regulate the temperature of 
the earth, and the currents that dominate parts of the 
oceans make much of our land more habitable. The Gulf 
Stream on the east coast, and the Japanese current on 
the west, moderate the temperatures on much of our 
land surface. These currents were discovered only in 
modern times, and are still not understood or explained 
satisfactorily. The Gulf Stream, for instance, is a gigan- 

March 8, 7952 



tic thing — 70 miles wide, 3,000 feet deep, flows up hill, 
and the center is higher than its sides. After 3,000 miles 
of travel it preserves a summer heat in winter. 

The Bible speaks of "deep places" in the sea, and 
"storehouses" (Psa. 42:7; 107:24; 33:7), but it remained 
for modern man to discover them. The floor of the ocean 
is very irregular and has great mountains and valleys, 
and depths have been sounded over 44,000 feet deep! 
That's more than 8 miles down, and still greater depths 
remain to be explored! 

Water takes many forms. The oceans are salty, and 
it is obvious that this salt is not derived from the earth. 
It is estimated that all the salt in the oceans would cover 
7,000,000 square miles with a layer 1 mile thick! The 
sea has already deposited great layers of salt upon the 
earth in spots submerged ages ago. Rivers, streams, and 
lakes are fresh water. Yet from ocean and streams the 
sun evaporates only fresh water, to deposit it again on 
the earth in rain, sleet, snow, or hail, and in some places, 
fog! When water becomes snow, every snow crystal is 
six-sided, yet no two have ever been discovered alike! 

Genesis 7:11 and Job 38:16 both speak of "springs in 
the deep." Yet neither Moses nor Job could have 
learned by experience that there are just that — great 
fresh-water springs in the ocean, where salt water is 
crowded away by great fresh-water fountains from 
which one may safely drink. Nor did Solomon, Job, or 
Jeremiah naturally understand the return of water to 
land by evaporation and rain — yet they all wrote of it 
in unmistakable terms (Eccl. 7:1; Job 26:8; Jer. 10:13; 
51:16)! 

Yes, certainly the structure, the arrangement, and the 
peculiarities of water speak of the wisdom and power of 
God. He uses it as a symbol of His Spirit, His Word, and 
His life. Next time you take a drink, thank God for 
such a simple, yet wonderful thing as water, and give 
praise to a Creator'who does all things well. 



PRAYER SUGGESTIONS 

1. Pray for the foreign missionary offering that it 
will be greatly increased that more will hear of Jesus. 

2. Pray for the missionaries that will be returning 
to their fields. 

3. Pray for the many candidates for the foreign 
fields, that their needs will be met as they further 
their education and preparation. 



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SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR APRIL 

SING TIME — Have your song leader pick out a new 

chorus for your girls to learn this month. 
SCRIPTURE. 
OPENING PRAYER. 
SHARPENING YOUR TOOLS— "Even the Water Speaks 

of God's Wisdom!" 
POEM— "Separation" (p. 137, "Stranger Than Fiction"). 
AFRICAN VINEYARD— "Stranger Than Fiction." 

Senior — "Heartaches." 

Junior — "Two Sorrows." 
SPECIAL NUMBER. 
OTHER VINEYARDS— "Brazil." 
CIRCLE PRAYER AND BENEDICTION. ■ 
BUSINESS MEETING— Feature our birthday month; 

birthday offering. 



THE TOOL CHEST 



STATIONERY: Here are several simple ways to make 
gift stationery. 

Materials needed: Tablet or box of plain writing paper 
and envelopes, old greeting cards, scissors, glue or paste. 
Other variations can be made by using gummed letters, 
pinking shears, or potato printing. 

What to do: From the greeting cards cut out the flow- 
ers, pictures, etc., that you want to use and paste them 
attractively on the writing paper. By using Christmas 
or Easter cards seasonal note paper can be made. 
(Scripture-text paper can also be made by using the 
Scriptures that come in booklet form. These are avail- 
able at Christian book stores.) 

By pinking the edges of the stationery with the pink- 
ing shears a plain paper can be dressed up. Personal- 
ized stationery is made with gummed letters — use per- 
son's initials or spell out first name. 

Many interesting designs can be made by means of 
potato printing. Draw your design first on a piece of 
paper. Cut the potato in half and with carbon paper 
trace the design on it; keep your design simple. Now 
with a paring knife cut out the parts that you want to 
remain white. The raised portion of your design should 
be about 1/16 of an inch high. Blot the potato with 
white blotter to remove the excess moisture before be- 
ginning your printing. If you do not have a stamp pad in 
the color you desire, make your own by soaking a piece 
of felt or flannel in colored ink. Potato prints can be 
kept overnight if the printing end is placed in water. Be 
sure to blot before using again. 

Note: Why not make your own SMM note paper with 
the potato printing? 



STRANGER THAN FICTION 

Senior — 

VII. Heartaches (Chapters 19 and 20). 

A. Chapter 19— "Separation." 

1. Hardships Going Home (pp. 137-141). 

2. Answer to Prayer in America (143-144). 

3. Home for Marguerite (146-148). 

4. Recruits for Africa (148-149). 

5. Return to Africa (149-152). 

B. Chapter 20— "Bereavement." 

1. Sad Homecoming (153-154). 

2. "Home Call" (155-156). 

Junior — "Two Sorrows." 

Marguerite and Dr. Gribble came to America to find 
a home for Marguerite so that she could go to school. 
Read pages 145 to 148 and tell: 

1. About Marguerite's visit to her father's family (pp. 
145-146). 

2. About their visit with Rev. Alva McClain in Long 
Beach (146). 

3. About Marguerite's coming to Sunnyside and her 
meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Weed (147). 

4. About the parting of Marguerite and her mother at 
the train (147-148). 

After leaving Marguerite, Dr. Gribble visited among 
the churches telling about the work in Africa. She also 
met the others who were planning to go as missionaries 
to Africa. Several of these missionaries returned to 
Africa with her. When she did arrive she found that 
James Gribble had been hurt, but it was a happy re- 
union after being apart for 18 months. Now read pages 
153 to 156. 

1. What happened to Allen Bennett, one of the new 
missionaries (p. 153)? 

2. Tell about the sickness that came upon the others 
(154). 

3. What did Yama, Mr. Gribble's right-hand man, do 
(155)? 

4. Tell about the death of James Gribble (155-156). 



OUR NATIONAL PROJECT 



Making it pos- 
sible for the 
people of Dry- 
hill, Ky., to say, 
"I was glad 
when they said 
unto me, Let us 
go into the 
house of the 
Lord" (Psa. 
122:1). 



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THE GRAPEVINE 

The birthday offering for the higher education of our 
missionaries' children should be sent in to the national 
treasurer by April 30. When you send in your money, 
be sure to indicate which offering it is for; also tell 
whether yours is a junior, intermediate, combined, or 
senior Sisterhood. 

Scripture cards for memorization work are no longer 
available. A suggestion would be for you to type up 
your own cards to give to new members. Or if some of 
your SMM girls have learned their verses, perhaps they 
would be willing to loan their cards to others. Holders 
are still available from the literature secretary for 4c 
each. 

Christian literature, help toward Camp Bethany or 
SMM sweater — these are the awards available for mem- 
orizing the Book of Philippians. The entire book must 
be quoted at one time, and both your patroness and 
pastor must approve your memorization. Fill out the 
personal project blank and send it to the general secre- 
tary. Awards will be given at conference time. 



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APRIL-SISTERHOOD BIRTHDAY MONTH 



GROWING OLD? 

Thirty-nine years old this April! Sisterhood doesn't 
look it, does she? And she never will, because her life 
is composed of the sparkle, vim, and youth of Christian 
girlhood. Yes, each year she grows stronger, larger, 
more active, and mare useful — but never old. 

As a national organization the Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha began in 1913 with 21 Sisterhoods. Today the 
Mary -Martha band is over 125 Sisterhoods strong. Some 
of the groups are small, others large, but all are united 
in one purpose — "Do God's Will." 

In the lives of two women who were beloved by our 
Lord, Mary and Martha, have been found the two essen- 
tials upon which Sisterhood is built: worship and serv- 
ice. These are the fundamental principles of all Chris- 
tian living. Worship is the most difficult of the two to 
exhibit, for "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him 
must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). 
However, the monthly program and many of her goals 
are planned to help us in our worship and growth in 
"the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

In these 39 years, great has been the joy of the Sister- 
hood in serving the Lord through national projects that 
have helped in the spreading of the "tidings of great 
joy." Several of these projects have been the Bethany 
Mission Home in Ashland, Ohio, baby hospital for Africa, 
gift fund for national pastors' children in South America, 
bus for Clayhole, Ky., camp equipment for Argentina, 
Jeep for Kentucky, missionary ladies' home in Africa, 
well for the Navaho work, and a public-address and 
broadcasting system for Brazil. Now this year a chapel 
for our new work in Kentucky! Through His grace and 
blessing SMM has prospered in His service. 

Also, from the ranks of Sisterhood many girls have 
heard His call to carry the Gospel personally to foreign 
lands. Many others are serving Him in home missions 
and as pastors' wives. 

Yes, SMM in 39 years has grown, but not old. May 
she have many more years! 

THE ORIGINAL 

One day a group of Christian girls met at the home 
of Mrs. Mary Bauman. In unison they read the story of 
Mary and Martha in Luke and then discussed the ac- 
count. That day a new organization was founded with 
the purpose of deepening the spiritual lives of the girls 
and of spreading the Gospel to the women and girls of 
other lands. 

This quotation from an early record best illustrates 
their desire (and ours today): "Not great numbers do we 
seek to join our ranks, but those who can conscientiously 
take our pledge, those who want to know and do more 
things that He would have us do, we gladly welcome. 
Every member has an opportunity of doing something." 
The first meetings were held at 10 o'clock each Sunday 
morning before the church service at our Philadelphia 
First Church. There were 35 charter members. 

Mrs. Mary Lou Best, one of the charter members, still 
has precious memories of her Sisterhood days. Her own 
life was greatly challenged by that of Mrs. Bauman. 
Sisterhood itself played a very important part in all 
phases of her Christian life — Bible study, prayer, and 
testimony. 



This was the actual beginning of the Sisterhood, which 
in 1913 developed into a national organization. 

BIRTHDAY OFFERING 

April was chosen as our birthday month in honor of 
the first Sisterhood organized. But could a more appro- 
priate month be found? For, as a general rule, Easter 
comes in April, and all Christian hope and purpose re- 
volve around the death and resurrection of our Lord. 
By the way, whose home did our Lord last visit previous 
to the events leading up to the crucifixion? The home 
of Mary and Martha! 

As we remember again His great sacrifice for us, let 
us express our thankfulness by giving to Him through 
the SMM birthday offering. This offering is used to help 
build up the fund for the higher education of our foreign 
missionaries' children. Each year we give a gift to those 
in schools of higher learning. The gift has been in the 
amount of $100, and to continue this in the future our 
fund must be increased. This year there are four who 
are receiving this gift. In fact, just before Christmas (a 
most appropriate time) half of this gift was given to 
each one. 

GIFT RECIPIENTS 




Lester Kennedy 



Kenneth Sheldon 



Charles Taber — He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Floyd 
Taber, missionaries to Africa. He is a first-year student 
in Grace Seminary and also a teacher of French in the 
collegiate division of the school. He is married, and he 
and his wife are looking forward to service in Africa. 

Marguerite Taber — She is now a second-year student 
at Bryan University. She is the daughter of Dr. and 
Mrs. Floyd Taber. She is deeply considering becoming 
a medical doctor, to work especially with children. 

Kenneth Sheldon — A son of missionaries to Africa, 
Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Sheldon, he also is looking for- 
ward to service in that land. He is married and has two 
little boys. He is now a student in Grace Seminary. 

Lester Kennedy — He is the son of Mrs. Minnie Ken- 



Mmrch 8, 1952 



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BRAZIL 



By Ruth E. Reddick 



nedy, missionary to Africa. He and his wife are ap- 
proved as missionaries to Africa and expect to leave for 
France this fall. He graduated from Grace Seminary in 
January and was ordained to the Christian ministry on 
February 17, 1952. 

Dear Miss Fraser, 

I am very sorry that this letter is so delayed. I fully 
intended to write it much sooner. But, belatedly, my 
wife and I wish to thank you, the Sisterhood, for the 
very welcome gift. As always, in the love of the Lord 
and in His care of His children, it met a very definite 
need and met it adequately. Thank you very much for 
being His instruments in helping us. We appreciate it 
more than we can tell. 

Yours in Christ, 

Charles Taber. 

Dear Isobel, 

Thank you so much for the $50 from the Sisterhood. 
As students we certainly can find a lot of places to spend 
money when it is so close to a new semester. 

It has been so nice being at Grace Seminary this year. 
Especially since we are among the Brethren people and 
really getting acquainted. . . . 

Our boys are really getting big now, which makes it a 
little hard to study at times. 

May the Lord bless and keep you — 
Lovingly in Him, 

Marjorie (and Ken) Sheldon. 



SUGGESTED BOOKS FOR GIRLS— By Mrs. Conard Sandy 

DESIRES OF THE HEART, by LeRoy Allen. 166 pp. 
Cloth. Zondervan Publishing House. 1952. $2.00. 

In this story the author presents a very realistic pic- 
ture of the life of some of the men in "Uncle Sam's 
Navy." This he was able to do with accuracy for he had 
spent several years on board ship during World War II. 
Therefore, the author knew something of the ambitions 
and aims of the sailors. 

Tom Wilson was one of these sailors, just an ordinary 
fellow, content to follow the crowd. When given shore 
liberty he spent the time with his "buddies" along the 
"Main Street of the U. S. A." in darkened taverns and 
dance halls, trying to forget the war. 

Yes, Tom was an ordinary fellow until he met Jean 
who presented a whole new way of life to him. Can one 
acquire new habits and a different outlook on life in a 
matter of a few hours? Tom admitted to his "buddies" 
that he enjoyed going to church, and Mickey was quite 
sure he had "gone religious" when he spent a shore leave 
at a church party and not with the old gang along "Main 
Street." Tom found that in the Pacific when there was 
no other help one can pray, even though he was only a 
young Christian. 

This book is interesting and will be thoroughly en- 
joyed by every reader, even to the last word. Also, this 
book will help answer some questions about the Chris- 
tian life. 

ADDITIONAL SISTERHOOD NEWS ON PAGE 160 



Do you know that Brazil is the third largest country in 
the world? 

This vast country has an area of no less than 3,350,000 
square miles, with a coast line of 3,600 miles, and its 
greatest breadth from east to west is 2,500 miles. It is 
divided up into 22 provinces or states which vary con- 
siderably in size, population, and prosperity. Brazil has 
a population of over 40 million, made up of people of a 
mixed character — resulting from the intermingling of 
the Indian, African, and white races. The official lan- 
guage of the country is Portuguese, and the religion of 
the country is nominally Roman Catholic. It has been 
estimated that there are one-half million Protestants in 
Brazil. 

Do you know that today is God's day of grace for the 
millions in Brazil? 

A recent article in Eternity magazine states the fol- 
lowing: "There is great liberty in Brazil to preach the 
Gospel. The church is growing on every hand. In the 
recent elections it is surprising to note the number of 
Protestants who are elected to the city, state, and fed- 
eral legislatures. The Vice President of Brazil, Cafe 
Filo, was reared in a Christian home and had evangelical 
training in his youth. As the Lord closes doors in some 
countries, He opens them in others." 

Reports from other sources indicate the wide-open 
door in Brazil for the preaching of the Gospel. No one 
can answer the question as to how long the door will 
remain open. The Word says, "I must work the works 
of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, 
when no man can work." 

Do you know that the Brethren Church has gone to 
work for the Lord in Brazil? 

For some time the Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church considered opening a third field of 
missionary endeavor, and after much prayerful consid- 
eration and investigation the decision was made to enter 
Brazil. Our first missionaries to Brazil, Rev. and Mrs. 
J. Keith Altig and family, arrived in Belem in February 
1949. After study and investigation they located in 
Icoaraci, not far from Belem, where a thriving Brethren 
Gospel testimony is now established. This area is near 
the mouth of the Amazon River. 

One year later, in February 1950, Rev. and Mrs. Ed- 
ward D. Miller and family joined the Altigs in Icoaraci. 
The Lord has led in our missionary endeavor in Brazil, 
and in the latter part of 1951 the Miller family moved to 
Macapa, across the Amazon River from Belem, to estab- 
lish our second testimony in Brazil. 

In March of this present year, 1952, our third mission- 
ary family, Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Miller and daughters, 
will arrive in Icoaraci. The greater part of their first 
year will be spent in language study and in preparation 
to take responsibility when the Altigs come home on 
furlough in 1953. 

Do you know that the Brethren Church plans to con- 
tinue to work for the Lord in Brazil? 

There is unlimited opportunity for work among the 
Indian tribes in the interior, as well as for a program of 
evangelism along the river. Missionary volunteers are 
offering themselves for service in Brazil. 

The Lord has given a harvest field into our keeping 
and He has given and is giving us the harvesters. Pray 
that we may be able to maintain the field and reap a 
harvest of born-again believers for the Lord Jesus Christ. 



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March 8, 1952 




JME 14, NUMBER 11 



HOME MISSION NUMBER 



MARCH 15, 1952 



THE SPANISH-AMERICAN BIBLE INSTITUTE 

The center picture shows the teachers, Miss Celina Mares, Mrs. Sam Horney, and Rev. Sam Horney, along with 
the students of the institute. Upper left, Arroyo Hondo; upper right, D. V. B. S. work; lower left, Taos; lower 
right, the new Cordillera mission. These pictures show where there is a need and opportunity for Bible-trained 

students to serve Christ and their own people. 













As the Editor Sees It 



By L. L. GRUBB 




BIBLE SHOWS WAY TO 
ULTRASONIC SCIENTISTS 

That God knew something about ultrasonic science 
back in the days of Joshua has recently been demon- 
strated to the satisfaction of scientists. 

In Joshua 6:20 we read of the fall of' Jericho. "So the 
people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: 
and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of 
the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, 
that the wall fell down flat . . . and they took the city." 

Joshua probably didn't realize what might have been 
happening nor did he dream that he might have been 
presaging the modern death ray which scientists are 
even now trying to perfect. 

Ultrasonic workers have found that sound waves so 
high-pitched that they cannot be heard by the human 
ear can shake matter apart, tear living tissues, and create 
intense heat. 

At Penn State College recently Army scientists ex- 
posed mice to lethal sounds and killed them with a min- 
ute of exposure. Roaches and other insects were killed 
instantly. After a half-minute of exposure the ears 
dropped off a mouse. 

So dangerous are these sound waves that men cannot 
put objects into the sound field without burning fingers 
and hands. Although protected by earplugs and avoid- 
ing direct exposure to the ultrasonic beam, scientists 
have suffered effects ranging from loss of a sense of 
equilibrium to dizziness. 

The average man can hear sound vibrations as high as 
14,000 cycles per second. Anything above that is in- 
audible. A 25,000-cycle beam can start a fire and scien- 
tists have produced sound at several million cycles, 
which, when focused, can shatter steel. 

One research team was caught in a sound beam and 
held paralyzed until an outsider saw them and cut off 
the switch. 

It seems that scientists who just now are discovering 
laws of nature established by God millenniums ago 
would be the strongest of all Christians. Yet there are 
relatively few who have accepted the Bible as the in- 
fallible Word of God and a much smaller group who 
have become Christians. 

What God did at Jericho was a supernatural miracle. 
But this does not forbid Deity combining and using ex- 
isting laws of nature at the right time to bring about 
His will. 

The infinity of God and the finiteness of man are here 
well defined. Men are limited in every sense even 
though they seem to have made tremendous strides in 
various realms. God simply allows men, through His 
permissive will, to discover certain things about them- 
selves and about the universe, which contribute to the 



accomplishment of His over-all sovereign plan for eter- 
nity. 

There may be a time soon when wars will be fought, 
not with bombs but without the sound of cannon, rock- 
ets, high explosives, bullets, etc. A million-cycle death 
ray, a silent sound beam, may end the lives of millions. 
U. S. Intelligence officers reported that in the last war 
the Germans had been testing an ultrasonic weapon 
which they never completed. The weapon was a mobile 
sound projector and was designed to send a beam of 
silent sound into apertures of a pillbox, killing those 
inside. 

In spite of this it is assuring to know that this same 
God, by whose hand the world was created, is our ten- 
der, loving Father, who holds us in the hollow of that 
beneficent hand. 

It seems that in such terrible and amazing days those 
who are not the children of God would flee to Christ for 
life, assurance, safety, and security. 

FULFILLMENT OF GENESIS 12:1-3 

God's methods of dealing with men and nations who 
vent their wrath against the Jews have never been 
changed since Moses penned those memorable words in 
Genesis. 

A recent paragraph in The Jews in the News substan- 
tiates this fact. 

It seems that there is now one car traveling Israel's 
roads which has no right to feel at home. It is a large, 
eight-cylinder black Horch, which Hitler gave to his 
sweetheart, Eva Braun, as a birthday present. After 
the Nazis' collapse it was confiscated by U. S. military 
authorities and put into the hands of a British general. 
Later it was sold as army surplus. It was then pur- 
chased by a foreign diplomat stationed in Bulgaria who 
was moved to Israel. Later the diplomat was transferred 
and sold the car to a local resident. 

So Hitler's car is now traveling along the streets of 
Israel. How ironic and significant! Hitler met a ter- 
rible end. The nation was devastated. Millions of Jews 
were murdered. Yet today there is a nation in Israel 
which is growing phenomenally. 

This is a lesson for all men, especially Christians, to 
learn. Antisemitism is contrary to the Word and will of 
God. Those who practice it will feel the heavy hand of 
God's wrath whether nationally or individually. 

On the other hand there is a promised blessing for 
those who give the Gospel of Christ to Israel. 

NEW JERSEY MAKES IMPORTANT DECISION 

A recent fracas in New Jersey over Bible reading in 
the schools was met by a decision of the State supreme 



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court to the effect that the State's Bible reading law was 
constitutional. 

A part of the decision statement is especially worth 
our attention. "It is not necessary that the state should 
be stripped of religious sentiment." 

We often have cause to wonder about these short- 
sighted individuals who would bar the Bible from the 
public schools. Their thinking must be caged within 



the limits of an infidelic mind which is rebellious against 
God and His Word. 

Realizing the need of certain restrictions in the extent 
of doctrinal teaching or the teaching of distinctive beliefs 
of a particular church, there is still a place for the read- 
ing of the Bible in every school, even if without any 
comment added. Folks who are averse to this ought to 
build their own schools if they desire to make infidels of 
their children. 




Home Missions Travelog 



BY THE SECRETARY 




LA CRESCENT A, CALIF., GREAT 
NEW CHALLENGE 

Another fine, new mission field beckons in the com- 
munity of La Crescenta, Calif., where several fine Breth- 
ren families are meeting. Bro. Robert Dell is minister- 
ing to this group and leading in the development of 
the work. 

We visited this fine community recently and again 
were impressed by the possibilities for a new Brethren 
church. A former club building is available for pur- 
chase and already the local group has placed the account 
in escrow. It is large and well located to reach this new 
field. 

Sufficient funds are needed for its purchase. Again 
we meet the tremendous need for church loans so that 
such opportunities may be grasped. 

Pray for this new Brethren church in La Crescenta. 

WASHINGTON BOULEVARD CHURCH GROWING 

Close to Whittier and in the northeast section of the 
Los Angeles area is a rapidly growing church and school. 
We had the privilege of visiting here for a few minutes 
in the Sunday school period. 

A group of Brethren laymen have been largely in- 
strumental in starting and developing this church which 
is now being pastored by Bro. Wayne Flory. The Lord 
is blessing this pastor's ministry. Indeed, the potential 
for growth is great. 

A Christian day school is to be operated in conjunc- 
tion with this new work. The buildings are not quite 
complete but will be finished soon. 

FELLOWSHIP IN WHITTIER, CALIF. 

It is always a great blessing to have fellowship with 
the Whittier brethren. The welcome is complete and it 
is a joy to minister to these folks. 

The pastor, Bro. Kenneth Drennon, has been used to 
lead quite a few souls to Christ and into the church re- 
cently and the Lord has richly blessed the testimony of 
this congregation. 

The Whittier church has a long and splendid record in 
the work of Brethren home missions. Record offerings 
have come from this church, while some of its members 
have given us much-needed financial help for church 
construction. It has also given some of its families to 
start other churches. 



PICTURES AT THE FIRST 
LOS ANGELES CHURCH 

Our home mission pictures were well received in this 
great church, of which Bro. Glenn O'Neal is pastor. A 
fine congregation saw something of the work of home 
missions. They had already demonstrated their tangible 
interest in this missionary endeavor by giving a splendid 
offering. The members of this church have also been a 
great asset to our work. 

A new Sunday school in a needy section of the city is 
being planned by this church and is to be started as soon 
as meeting quarters can be obtained. 

CHERRY VALLEY BUILDING ALMOST FINISHED 

The home mission folks in the Cherry Valley church 
near Beaumont, Calif., are in the act of completing their 
building. Accompanying pictures in this magazine show 
that the exterior is ready for stucco. Only $800 is still 
owed on this structure so far. 

For some time the basement has been completed and 
worship services have been held there. The pastor, Bro. 
Gene Farrell, reports a fine revival recently with Bro. 
Robert Ashman, when 30 decisions were made for Christ. 

These hard-working, sacrificing brethren need your 
prayers. 

ALBUQUERQUE DOING WELL 

Our Spanish work among these people in Albuquerque 
is progressing with Bro. Clarence Gutierrez as the 
leader-pastor. The Lord is giving souls. 

Used clothing is still needed here. Don't forget the 
Albuquerque brethren. 

DENVER WORK DEVELOPING 

A short stop at the Denver airport and fellowship with 
Bro. Lowell Hoyt, our home mission pastor, reveals 
God's blessing upon this work. 

Even though Brother Hoyt has been occupied with 
secular employment since being on the field, he has been 
able to develop and organize the work into an efficient 
working unit. 

Another look at our fine new lots in the southwest sec- 
tion of this great city further convinced us that this 
location is ideal for future growth. 

After paying for the lots we face the financial need for 



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a new building. The prayers of all God's children are 
solicited in this matter. 

SOULS BEING SAVED IN CHEYENNE 

Our Cheyenne pastor, Bro. Wayne Croker, met us in 
Denver and we rejoiced to hear of the salvation of souls 
recently in this work. A recent letter from Brother 
Croker tells of eight more souls who found Christ in the 
little church at Cheyenne. 

We need a new building in Cheyenne as soon as pos- 
sible. Here is another point of need for our prayer 
warriors. 

CLEVELAND CHURCH PROGRESSING 

The Lord is blessing our new work in the Lyndhurst 
community of the Cleveland, Ohio, area. 

On a recent Lord's Day, while visiting there, we saw 
54 in Bible school and a larger number in the church 
service. 

God has given us a beautiful building in this great city. 
The shell of the building is complete, but only the lower 
auditorium is finished inside. The upstairs is incomplete 
and we face the need of more funds to finish this task. 

Bro. Russell Ward, the pastor, solicits your prayers for 
guidance in reaching the tremendous new area all about 
this new building. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? 

We trust that these brief travelog notes give you a 
slightly better insight concerning the work of Brethren 
home missions. Only a brief note can be given concern- 
ing each church visited and many of our contacts are 
unrecorded. 

This is about the only way your home mission secre- 
tary can report to our thousands of home mission friends 
scattered across the nation. 

If you have any comments or suggestions we will 
be happy to hear from you. 



CHERRY VALLEY CHURCH, BEAUMONT, CALIF. 








This is a recent picture of the Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church of Beaumont, Calif. The building is ready for 
the stucco which it is the goal to have finished by Easter 
Sunday. If you will recall, it was just last Easter that 
the basement was dedicated. Three classrooms have 
been finished in the upper auditorium and the stairway 
that leads from the basement to the new classrooms. 
The Lord is not only blessing in the building program, 
but souls are being saved regularly. Ten new members 
have been added recently with a like number expected 
to be added soon. The average Sunday school attend- 
ance is running at 125, with 150 as a record. This church 
has five Christian Endeavor groups at the present time 
and a junior high organization is to be added. For this 
Pastor Farrell remarks, "The Lord is great and greatly 
to be praised." 



TO BREAK GROUND FOR HOME MISSION CHURCH 

The Patterson Park Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, 
has chosen Sunday, March 30, 1952, as the day to break 
ground for their new home mission church. Rev. Wil- 
liam A. StefHer, pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Dayton, will be the speaker for the special occasion. The 
service will be held at the location of the new lots on 
Patterson Road at Clark Street. — C. S. Zimmerman, 
■pastor. 

(Ed. Note. — This is the first groundbreaking service of 
the year 1952 and indicates the beginning of activity in 
home mission church building which has been somewhat 
dormant due to weather conditions in the major portion 
of the U. S. A. Elsewhere in this issue you will notice 
the new home mission church under construction at 
Beaumont, Calif., the new home mission church com- 
pleted at Portland, Oreg., and the home mission church 
of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, joining the self-supporting 
churches. Here you see home mission churches in the 
different stages from alpha to omega. Here you see your 
home mission gifts at work.) 



These pictures of the Bethel Brethren Church and the 
congregation, with their pastor, Rev. Ord Gehman in the 
foreground, were taken by the home mission secretary 
on a recent visit to Berne, Ind. 



SOME NAMES DAVID USED FOR THE LORD 

(Psalms 18:1-2) 

1. My Strength — He upholds me. 

2. My Rock — He shelters me. 

3. My Fortress — He surrounds me. 

4. My Deliverer — He rescues me. 

5. My God — He possesses me. 

6. My Buckler — He shields me. 

7. My High Tower — He defends me. 

8. The Horn of My Salvation — He saves me. 

(E. G. Aldridge) 



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Cuyahoga Falls Home Mission Church Now Is Self-Supporting 



As of February 1, 1952, a new Brethren church at 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has joined the growing ranks of 
self-supporting Brethren churches. 

This decision was voluntarily made by the members 
of the congregation at a recent business meeting under 
the leadership of the pastor, Bro. Richard Burch. 

It is with great joy that the Brethren Home Missions 
Council presents another Brethren church to our Na- 
tional Fellowship, and especially to all those who have 



supported this great missionary arm of the church in any 
way. Most of all do we praise the Lord for making this 
step possible through the provisions of His grace. 

Without further financial help from the Brethren 
Home Missions Council the Cuyahoga Falls church plans 
to construct its own church building on well-located lots 
which are already paid for. 

Pray for this new church as its members launch out on 
faith in the ministry of the Word. 



II 



PLANTED . . . WATERED . . . INCREASED 



// 



By Rev. Richard L. Burch, Pastor 




Pastor Burch 



"I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the 
increase" (I Cor. 3:6). This statement from the lips of 
the Apostle Paul accurately summarizes the origin and 
growth of the Grace Brethren Church of Cuyahoga Falls, 
Ohio. 

The seed was planted in the fall of 1940 with the for- 
mation of the North Hill Bible Class under the guidance 
of Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich, who 
was at that time pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Akron. 
During the years which followed, 
meetings were held weekly at 
Waters Park Auditorium in north 
Akron, and the "seedling" began 
to grow. 

In November of 1942 the nu- 
cleus of this Bible class moved to 
the American Legion Hall in 
Cuyahoga Falls, a suburb of Ak- 
ron, for a series of Sunday eve- 
ning prophetic conferences under the ministry of Dr. 
Charles W. Mayes, then pastor of the West Tenth Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. Thus the growing 
plant was watered. 

The following year — 1943 — is an important period in 
the history of the Cuyahoga Falls work, for it was in 
January of that year that this expanding group moved 
to its new location at the corner of Third Street and 
Chestnut Boulevard. In February Rev. Russell M. Ward, 
then a student at Grace Theological Seminary, was called 
as student pastor. During the same year, the building 
was purchased, the church was formally organized, and 
the congregation was received into the Northern Ohio 
District and National Fellowship of Brethren Churches. 
God gave abundant increase during the 7 years of 
Brother Ward's able ministry, until in the spring of 1950 
he was called to the pastorate of the First Brethren 
Church of Cleveland. 

In spite of the fact that the congregation then re- 
mained without a full-time pastor for over a year, there 
was little loss in interest, attendance, or membership. 
Well-founded in the Word of God, the people were 
united in a love for the Lord Jesus Christ and in an 
utter dependence upon almighty God for guidance and 
strength. 

In October of 1950 the Lord graciously led us to the 
field as part-time supply pastor, while completing our 



course of study at Grace Theological Seminary, and in 
June of 1951 we became full-time pastor. We shall 
never cease to thank and praise our Lord and Saviour 
for guiding us to this place of service for Him. We 
could never begin to count the blessings already received 
during less than a year of full-time ministry among the 
people of Cuyahoga Falls. 

During this time God has given further increase. We 
have had the joy of seeing six first-time decisions for 
Christ, plus a great many rededications of life. We have 




The Grace Brethren Church, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 

baptized four, and a total of 12 have been received into 
the membership of the church. 

During the past 6 months there has been a goodly in- 
crease in attendance and interest at all our church func- 
tions. For example, the Sunday school attendance has 
grown 16 percent; the Sunday morning attendance, 4 
percent; Sunday evening, 13 percent; and midweek 
prayer service, 31 percent. We praise God for this in- 
crease, and feel confident that through our newly organ- 
ized visitation and mailing programs He will give us 
greater increase during the next 6 months, if He tarries. 

A great deal of the credit for what has been accom- 
plished in Cuyahoga Falls goes to the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, which has given guidance and en- 
couragement, and contributed approximately $10,000 to 
the work. 

At our third quarterly business meeting, and after 
much careful thought and prayer, the congregation 
voted unanimously to go self-supporting as of February 
1. This was a big step for a relatively small congrega- 
tion, but we know that this is God's will. We are now 



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clear of all indebtedness, and have a sizeable sum in our 
building fund. Our present building is attractive, but 
small, and we are outgrowing it. If the Lord tarries, 
and if He so directs, we plan to erect in the not-too- 
distant future a newer, larger building on lots which we 
have already purchased and paid for at a strategic loca- 
tion in Cuyahoga Falls. 

Brethren, please pray for us, that we may reach this 
area for Christ! 



WHAT DOES THE GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH OF 
CUYAHOGA FALLS MEAN TO ME? 

By D. L. Koplin 

Much! More than can be put in writing! 

The peace of mind and the heart happiness that comes 
when one really knows what the Lord Jesus Christ has 
done for him, is doing, and will do for His own; the real- 
ization of the greatness of the privilege I have of being 
permitted to go to an all-powerful God in prayer; and 
the rich fellowship I have with Christian brothers and 
sisters are things the value of which cannot be fully ex- 
pressed in writing. 

That I possess and enjoy these rich blessings is due to 
the fact that the Grace Brethren Church of Cuyahoga 
Falls has been pastored by men who believe and teach 
the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible. 

For such a church and such a ministry I shall never 
cease to give thanks. 



I FOUND CHRIST AS SAVIOUR BY ASSOCIATING 
WITH BRETHREN PEOPLE 

By E. R. Cole, Church Treasurer 

Often, when testifying to men and women in "telling 
forth" Jesus and Him crucified and risen, I rejoice in that 
our blessed Lord has set apart a Bible-studying people 
known as the Brethren Church. It is with enthusiasm 
and without reservation that I recommend to any and all 
that they come and worship, and learn to know Jesus as 
Saviour and Lord in our fellowship. 

As a boy, my mother and my church taught me to 



worship the Lord, but it was only in the fellowship about 
His Word among Brethren that I was brought to know 
Jesus, my Saviour, my Lord. "Blessed Assurance, Jesus 
Is Mine," is my greatest joy today. 

Association with Brethren began for me in the First 
Brethren Church of Akron (Ellet), Ohio, under Dr. Ray- 
mond Gingrich's ministry. He helped us start the North 
Hill Brethren Sunday School when those of us from 
the north end and the Falls desired a closer place of 
worship. The Coles' fellowship with the Falls was in- 
terrupted for 2V2 years at the time of the church's organ- 
ization. Economic circumstances, namely housing, took 
us to south Akron, where prayer meetings were held in 
our living room that led to what is now the Firestone 
Park Brethren Church. 

The fellowship and oneness of the Cuyahoga Falls 
Brethren in the Lord is cause for rejoicing. When the 
Lord wills it, a new church building will be added to the 
Falls work. 



THE JOY IN CHRIST AND SERVING HIM IN THE 
GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH 

By Mr. and Mrs. George Kaugher 

Thirty-seven years ago Mrs. Kaugher and I accepted 
the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour. We praise Him 
for His faithfulness to us and for the joy we have had 
since we have known Him. 

In 1927 we moved to Akron, Ohio. After visiting many 
churches we found that we could not have fellowship 
with them because the Gospel was not preached and 
they were not interested in bringing the lost to Christ. 
We then started to work in the City Rescue Mission. We 
praise Him for the many souls we saw come to Him. 

After many years of service in the mission its doors 
were closed and we again looked for a work that we 
could support. We found a church that we were blessed 
in for 6 years. Then we moved to Cuyahoga Falls and 
decided we should find a church in the Falls where the 
Word was preached. One Sunday night we attended the 
Grace Brethren Church and were blessed through the 
preaching of the Word by Rev. Russell Ward. We en- 
joyed the fellowship of the people and the pastor 4 years 



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A Brief Historical Review of Grace Brethren Church 



By Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich 



No church just "grew," as Harriet Beecher Stowe's 
Topsy in "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Each had been planned 
in the drawing room of the Chief Architect and erected 
by the Divine Masterbuilder through human agencies. 
Thus it was with Grace Brethren Church in Cuyahoga 
Falls. 

In the summer of 1940 the writer, while serving as 
pastor of the First Brethren Church of Akron, felt con- 
strained to begin teaching a Friday night Bible class in 
the North Hill section of Akron, bordering the Akron- 
Cuyahoga Falls corporation lines. During the first few 
months the class met in the Builder's Exchange Build- 
ing, 640 North Main Street. Prophetical studies in the 
Book of Daniel were offered. Then, through the sug- 
gestion of a member of the class, the recreation building 
in Waters Park, recently given to the city of Akron, was 
rented for the Bible class and used for the next 2 or 3 
years. 

Early in 1943 the Northern Ohio District Mission 
Board was asked to assist in organizing a Brethren 
church in Cuyahoga Falls as an outgrowth of the North 
Hill Bible Class. A majority of the members of the class 
were people living in the Falls area. Consequently, the 
board asked Rev. Arthur D. Cashman to survey the 



Cuyahoga Falls area to determine what interest and 
prospect existed for such a church. Upon the favorable 
report from Brother Cashman, the mission board asked 
Rev. Charles Mayes, then pastor of the West Tenth 
Street Brethren Church of Ashland, to conduct a series 
of meetings in the Falls area. Securing a temporary 
leave of absence from the Ashland church, Brother 
Mayes conducted such a meeting in the American Legion 
Hall on Front Street, near the present location of Grace 
Brethren Church. 

On July 8, 1943, 14 charter members, under the guid- 
ance of Brother Mayes, organized the Grace Brethren 
Church. The initial meeting was held in the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Rupert, who lived in the country 
between Cuyahoga Falls and Hudson. 

As a means of encouraging and assisting in a concrete 
way the Northern Ohio District Mission Board pur- 
chased and made a down payment of $1,500 on the prop- 
erty now owned by the Falls congregation. It had for- 
merly been used as a gospel mission, and had to be ren- 
ovated both physically and psychologically, since the 
former mission had not too desirable a reputation in 
the area. Both were successfully done, resulting in one 
of the finest and strongest young churches with which 
the writer has ever had the privilege of fellowshiping. 



before we decided to make the Grace Brethren Church 
our home. 

We thank God for the Christian people of this church 
and rejoice to say that we are now one of them. We are 
thankful for the privilege to support the proclaiming of 
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through the Grace 
Brethren Church, Cuyahoga Falls. 



CUYAHOGA FALLS BRETHREN UNITED FOR CHRIST 

By Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Braucher 

The Brethren in Cuyahoga Falls have a genuine con- 
cern for each other's welfare. At no time in our expe- 
rience has this spirit of cooperation been so outstanding 
in quantity and quality. 

Our first meeting place was a hall, then a store build- 
ing occupied in the rear by a family. We later purchased 
this building with the aid of the District mission board 
and remodeled it into a rather nice meeting place. . . 

We owe our beginning to Dr. Raymond Gingrich, Dr. 
Charles Mayes, and Rev. Arthur Cashman. Then a little 
later Rev. Russell Ward became full-time pastor and 
served faithfully 7 years. 

When Brother Ward was called to the Cleveland work, 
the real mettle of our people was displayed in keeping 
the work going without any trouble for over a year 
while we were without a pastor. 

The church continues to progress under the leadership 
of Rev. Richard Burch. 

We thank God for a people whose eyes are on the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 



OUR SON WAS ONE OF THE FIRSTFRUITS 

By Mr. and Mrs. Venard Holsinger 

We as a family have many things for which we thank 
the Lord. High on our list is the Grace Brethren Church 
of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. It was here that our oldest son, 
Dennis, accepted the Lord Jesus as his Saviour under the 
ministry of Bro. Charles Mayes. He was the first person 
to be converted in our church. Later our younger son, 
Terrell, accepted the Lord under the pastorate of Rev. 
Russell Ward. 

As charter members we have seen the church grow in 
membership to a good-sized congregation. We have seen 
it grow from a mission church to a self-supporting 
church now under the leadership of Rev. Richard Burch. 
We have plans for the future which include a new church 
building. Lots have been purchased in a fast-growing 
section of our city, and if the Lord so leads, we want to 
continue growing both spiritually and in numbers. 



PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA 

Pastors, are any of your members living in Parkers- 
burg? 

Herald readers, do you have any Brethren friends 
or relatives in Parkersburg? 

If you can help us, please send the names and ad- 
dresses to the Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc., 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



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NEW SPANISH BRETHREN BIBLE INSTITUTE 

The first Spanish-American Bible institute in this 
nation is now a reality in Taos, N. Mex. 

Seventeen young men and women are taking system- 
atic training under three capable teachers. Our mission- 
ary superintendent, Bro. Samuel Horney, Mrs. Horney, 
and Miss Celina Mares are well qualified to teach the 
Word in this school which is already producing young 
preachers and missionaries. 

Several of the boys have written their own testimonies 
and had them printed in tract form and are now distrib- 
uting hundreds of copies in the area. These boys and 
girls are also going into the various communities and 
holding meetings. 

The new little mission at Cordillera, which will be ded- 
icated soon, is being staffed by these young people. 

Thus Brother Horney, our other missionaries, and the 
Spanish people have been successful in achieving a con- 
tinually widening testimony in the indigenous church. 
Much support and labor for the construction of new 
buildings and the support for local missionaries comes 
from the local people. 

The extent to which this work may spread is limited 
only by the provision of the Lord in saving souls and 
preparing workers for the ministry. 



GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH, PORTLAND, OREG. 




This is a recent picture of the new church since it has 
been finished on the outside. At the time of dedication 
the brickwork was not finished. New people are coming 
to the services and showing an interest in the Portland 
work. A new record was set for the Sunday school on 
February 24, 1952, when the attendance reached 132. 
The average for the month of February was 121. 



ANALYSIS OF THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL 

SON 



Going from 


Coming back 


Home 


Home 


Home 


Again 


Restless 


Reflecting 


Recognized 


Roving 


Reasoning 


Received 


Riotous 


Repenting 


Robed 


Reckless 


Resolving 


Ringed 


Ruined! 


Returning! 


Rejoicing! 




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THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 
(Zech. 6:12) 
I. Presents Jesus as the Son of Man — Universal Man. 

II. Key Words. 

A. Son of man— at least 25 times: 5:24; 6:5, 22 
7:34; 9:22, 26, 44, 56, 58; 11:30; 12:8, 10, 40 
17:22, 24, 26, 30; 18:8, 31; 19:10; 21:27, 36 
22:48, 69; 24:7. 

B. Lost — appears at least 7 times. 

1. Lost sheep, 15:3-4. 

2. Lost coin, 15:8. 

3. Lost son, 15:11. 

4. Shows universal lostness of man (Rom. 
3:23) and is the Gospel showing the univer- 
sal Saviour, Luke 19:10. 

C. Joy — not only the Gospel of lostness, but a 

Gospel of Joy, 10:21; 15:20-24, 32; 24:52-53. 

III. Key Verse. 

A. 19:10 — "For the Son of man is come to seek 
and to save that which was lost." 

IV. Key Outline. 

A. The Prologue, 1:1-4. 

The Son of Man, 1:5 to 4:13. 

His Herald, Birth, Genealogy, Testing. 

Is Come to Seek, 4:14 to 14:11. 

In the synagogue, His disciples, the needy, by 

means of parables, miracles, lesson, event, 

and the seventy. 

And to Save, 14:12 to 17:19. 

Unexpected, undeserving, poor, and hopeless. 

That Which Was Lost, 17:20 to 19:28. 

His Work for the Lost, 19:29 to 24:12— 

Passion. 



B. 



C. 



D. 

E. 
F. 



(E. H. Sharpe in Moody Monthly) 



G. After the Resurrection, 24:13-53. 

The first Adam lived a long time upon the 
earth, but he died; the last Adam lived on the 
earth but a short time, but He was raised up 
to live forever. 

V. Key Thoughts for Today. 

A. The last chapter begins with an open tomb, 
and ends with an open heaven. 

1. An open tomb, 1-4. 

2. An open home, 28-31. 

3. An open Bible, 27, 44-45. 

4. An open understanding, 45. 

5. An open heaven, 51. 

B. 24-48 — "And ye are witnesses of these 
things." 

C. 24:49— Compare Acts 1:8. 



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II S IP A IE IL CALLS! 



MERELY CHANCE? 

The past few months there have been several contacts 
made in the door-to-door calling that have both rejoiced 
and encouraged my heart. I would like to share some 
of these with you that you might join us in prayer for 
the Lord's guidance and blessing in our future contacts. 

On the first contact with a certain Jewess she had said 
that she could believe that Jesus was the Messiah but 
could not accept Him as God. Scriptures from the Old 
Testament were given to prove His deity; although she 
was not convinced by them, she evidenced a genuine in- 
terest. Two calls were made later, in the evenings, and 
wonderful discussions were had. She does not accept 
the Bible as the Word of God, and believes in evolution. 
However, regardless of her own views, she wants her 
two boys to know the Bible and have an opportunity to 
make their own decisions. (We are praying that she 
will permit her sons to attend our children's meetings.) 
One evening she even allowed me to tell the story of 
Adam and Eve to her boys. 

At Christmastime I sent the family a card. Arriving 
home from calling the day before Christmas, I found a 
card from them that had been left for me. Later that 
afternoon, on my way to the store, I met the boys and 
they asked me if I had found the card that they had 
brought to my house. I acknowledged it and thanked 
them. Then they told me that their mother would like 
to talk to me. Feeling that this was not the appropriate 
time, I told them to tell her I would come over after the 
holidays. 

But God's times are often not our times! For the 
mother was out in the yard when I returned from my 
shopping. She invited me to come in and see their 
Christmas tree. Explaining the reason for the tree, she 
said that although this was not her personal holiday, it 
was a time of good will and this she did believe in. I 
remarked that I hoped some day it would be her personal 
holiday and had an opportunity to tell her the true 
meaning of Christmas. She asked then what Unitarians 
believed, for she had planned to listen to a TV program 
sponsored by them but had become ill and had been 
unable to do so. She showed me the ad, and the title 
was, "The Danger of Worshiping Jesus." Was this illness 
just a matter of chance? Or did the Lord undertake? I 
did explain briefly some of the Unitarian views but 
pointed out to her that they were contrary to the Bible. 
I did not have my Bible with me and so told her that I 
would like to show her these things from the very Word 
of God. She invited me to come back after the holidays 
and to come in the evening so that her husband also 
could look into these things with her. Pray for them. 



Upon response to my knock at the door an elderly man 
opened it. Handing him the Mediator, I explained that 
we were interested in Messiah and believed from the 
teaching of the Bible that with Israel back in the land 
the coming of Messiah would be very soon. He invited 
me to come in, saying that he had plenty of time and 
would like to know what I believed about Messiah. 
Opening the Bible, I showed him from the Old Testa- 



By Isobel Fraser 

ment Scriptures what God had to say about sin and the 
requirement for a sin sacrifice. After reading Isaiah 53, 
I turned to Zechariah 12, in which it speaks of the re- 
establishing of the Jewish nation by the Lord and that 
He said, "They shall look upon me whom they pierced." 
He questioned the fact that Jesus claimed to be God, and 
so John 8 and 10 were read, which seemed to satisfy 
him. He told me that he had just a few months ago 
come to Los Angeles from Chicago. He has always liked 
to read and has read many books about religion. Sholem 
Asch's books are among the many that he has read. I 
therefore offered him one of our prophecy editions of the 
New Testament, which he accepted and promised to read. 
He also accepted a booklet containing the testimony of 
three Hebrew Christians. Since he evidenced a real 
interest, I told him about our discussion meetings and he 
has promised to attend. Just as I was leaving, he said, 
"If I could believe your dream, I would be very happy." 
Pray for him that this might become a reality in his own 
experience. 

Another day as I was calling I noticed that the mail- 
man was just ahead of me. From past experience I had 
found that it isn't advantageous to talk when others are 
around. Then, too, when it is the mailman, people are 
interested in knowing what he is bringing for them. 
Therefore, this morning I decided to walk around the 
end of the block to give him time to finish. As I was 
leaving, I noticed two ladies sitting in a car talking. 
When I returned, one of the ladies got out and the other 
drove away. As I came up to this lady I merely intended 
to say hello, for I thought that she undoubtedly lived in 
the neighborhood. But just as I came abreast of her she 
made a remark about my coat. She liked the color and 
style, and so we talked about it for a few minutes. Then 
she asked if I were a teacher, to which I replied that I 
did not teach in a school but that I was interested in the 
Bible and talking about it. She was quite interested. 
The basic problem, I told her, was sin and that God as a 
holy God required a payment for it. I mentioned the 
life after death, and she asked if I believed in the res- 
urrection. I pointed out that I did because the Bible 
taught it. She was especially interested because of her 
love for her father who had died several years ago. She 
is not an orthodox Jewess but does have high moral 
standards and ideals. She told me that she did pray 
and asked God to help her do His will. I replied that 
that was probably the reason that we had met that day. 

We must have stood there in the street for over half 
an hour talking. Thus far I had not opened my Bible, 
and I told her that I would like to show her these truths 
that we had been discussing from the Word of God. It 
was not my opinion or hers that counted, but what did 
God say? She gave me her name, address, and phone 
number and invited me to call some evening to discuss 
it further. This is the wonderful thing: the address at 
which she lives is not one that we contact in our present 
door-to-door calling. Some time in the distant future 
we might reach her neighborhood, but would she be 
there then? Was this just chance? No; I believe that 
the Lord definitely led in this contact! 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions K. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



The fifth anniversary of the dedi- 
cation of the Kittanning, Pa., church 
building will be marked March 21-31 
with the following features: Ralph 
Colburn (3 days), Eureka Jubilee 
Singers (7 days), and Phil Saint's 
color missionary film, "Invading Ori- 
ental Night" (1 night). 

A father and son banquet was held 
at Waynesboro, Pa., February 28. 
Rev. M. L. Myers, of Martinsburg, 
W. Va., was the speaker. 

From the Cherry Valley, Beau- 
mont, Calif., bulletin: "Brother Lu- 
cero has been 'giving out the Word' 
in Coachella to a needy group there. 
Pray for Rubel and Ruth as they do 
this. . . . Praise God for the salvation 
of a precious soul after the service 
last Sunday evening (Feb. 17)." 

Joe Dombek, chalk artist of Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., was featured in five 
services at Canton, Ohio, March 1 
and 2. Pastor Jesse Hall, Mrs. Hall, 
and daughter Ruth will lead in an 
evangelistic campaign at Covington, 
Ohio, May 25 to June 8. 

Gleaned from the bulletin of the 
Fremont Avenue Brethren Church, 
South Pasadena, Calif.: Rev. Armin 
Guesswein is leading the church in 
special meetings beginning April 20. 
Dr. Charles H. Ashman began spe- 
cial meetings February 24 at the 
Coachella Migrant Camp, not far 
from Indio, Calif. Rev. Bob Ash- 
man began a 2-week meeting at the 
same time in La Verne, Calif. Chap- 
lain Donald Carter, back from Korea, 
spoke March 2 at the South Pasadena 
church. 

At Waterloo, Iowa, March 9 the 
church marked its Homecoming Day. 
Dr. R. D. Barnard was the speaker 
and Lynn and Lois Schrock, mis- 
sionaries to Argentina, were hon- 
ored. A potluck dinner at noon was 
followed by dedication of the church 
annex at 2:30. 



Rev. Robert Ashman was guest 
speaker February 24 at both morn- 
ing and evening services in the Glen- 
dale, Calif., church. Pastor Archie 
Lynn began a series of messages on 
the Book of Daniel at the evening 
service March 2, his first subject 
being "What a Dream!" Plans for 
a Boys' Brigade are being made by 
local youth director Ted Franchino. 

At Roanoke, Va., men from the 
Ghent and Washington Heights 
churches joined together in clearing 
underbrush and about 50 trees from 
the lots owned by the Washington 
Heights church. 

Friends of Rev. and Mrs. M. L. 
Goodman Sr., will be interested to 
learn that they recently visited the 
Mukti Mission (known to all readers 
of the book, "Pandita Ramabai"). 
They talked to the Christian young 
women and teachers about child 
evangelism and held a children's 
meeting. The Goodmans report the 
blessing of God on their work in 
child evangelism in India. 




Attendance at Fort Wayne, Ind., 
on February 24 was: Bible school, 
161; morning worship, 159; evening 
service, 170. 

Six boys accepted Christ in the 
boys club at Learner sville, Pa., on a 
recent Monday night. 

Plans are being made for 2 weeks 
of meetings at the Pond Bank Breth- 
ren Church, Chambersburg, Pa., with 
pastors of the district doing the 
preaching. 

The Second Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., held its dedication service 
February 24. Pastor George O. Peek 
was the speaker. Due to the num- 
ber of candidates for baptism on 
September 17 it was necessary to 
divide the group, those whose last 
names begin with the letters A to L 
being baptized at that time and the 
rest on the following Sunday night. 

On Sunday, February 24, two per- 
sons were baptized and one person 
accepted the Lord as personal Sav- 
iour at our church in Harrisburg, 
Pa. Applications are being refused 
for membership in the boys club 
until more men volunteer as coun- 
selors. 



Mrs. Rose Foster was the speaker 
at Berne, Ind., on March 8. 

A limited number of copies of the 
1952 Year Book of Grace Theological 
Seminary are available for general 
distribution. The price is $3.00. 
Address Mr. Bernard Ward, business 
manager, or Grace Theological Sem- 
inary, Winona Lake, Ind. 

From the bulletin of the First 
Church, Los Angeles Calif., Febru- 
ary 24: "According to the Sunday 
school records, 167 went home after 
Sunday school last Sunday. When 
you do this, you are saying in es- 
sence, 'I can neglect the one service 
in the week designed specifically for 
the worship of the Lord without 
hurting my spiritual life.' Sunday 
school serves a wonderful purpose, 
but our organization is still entitled 
First Brethren CHURCH. We are 
glad for the 235 in morning worship, 
but if all those in Sunday school had 
stayed for church, our morning wor- 
ship attendance would have been 
402." 

An opportunity was given on Feb- 
ruary 24 at the Camden, Ohio, church 
for members to bring gifts for Rev. 
Sylvester Lowman, former pastor, 
who was celebrating his 82nd birth- 
day. 

All records were broken at Alex- 
andria, Va., March 2 when Sunday 
school attendance was 163. At the 
morning worship, attended by 166, a 
confession of Christ was made. More 
chairs and hymnals are needed be- 
cause of the rapid growth. 

The Grace Brethren Church, Al- 
toona, Pa., was the place of meeting 
for the Blair and Bedford laymen 
February 28. Rev. Gerald Teeter 
was the speaker. Thanks were ex- 
tended in the church bulletin of 
February 24 to Bro. Buckel, who 
completed the covering for the win- 
dow sills in the auditorium, to Bro. 
Ralph Diehl for resetting the posts 
in the parsonage basement, and to 
Bro. Earle Summers who did more 
work on the heating plant. 

The death of Mrs. Jennie Markey 
Stoner, a member of the Los An- 
geles First Church, was announced 
in the February 24 bulletin of that 
church. She was the mother of Bro. 
Mel Stoner, former bookkeeper at 
the Missionary Herald Company. 

News Briefs this week are com- 
piled by Bro. Jesse Deloe in the 
absence of Editor Conard Sandy, 
who is holding a Bible conference 
in Buena Vista, Va. 



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IREMEMIBEIP JESUS CHRIST 



By Dr. Russell D. Barnard 



You tie a string around your finger. 
Why do you do it? Oh, it's to help 
you to remember. I'd like to tie a 
string around your finger and to do 
it with a few words of Scripture. 
"Consider what I say; and the Lord 
give thee understanding in all things. 
Remember that Jesus Christ of the 
seed of David was raised from the 
dead according to my Gospel" (II 
Tim. 2:7-8). These words were 
written by St. Paul while he was a 
prisoner in Rome. He wrote them to 
his spiritual son, Timothy, and they 
are written concerning Jesus Christ. 
The string around your finger is 
in three words taken from this 
Scripture lesson, "Remember Jesus 
Christ." 

WHO HE IS 

Remember Jesus Christ because of 
who He is. He is the eternal, ever- 
existent Son of God. St. John speaks 
of Jesus, calling Him "the Word." 
Read what he says: "In the begin- 
ning was the Word, and the Word 
was with God, and the Word was 
God. The same was in the begin- 
ning with God." He is the perfect 
God, unlimited and holy. He said, "I 
and my Father are one." None less 
than God could do what Jesus did. 
He healed the sick, renewed the pal- 
sied, rebuked the fever, cleansed the 
leper, made the blind to see, the deaf 
to hear, the dumb to speak. He 
raised the dead. Above all, when He 
Himself had died and had been bur- 
ied, on the third day He arose again; 
He appeared to different groups, at 
one time to above 500 men. Our text 
says, "Remember that Jesus Christ 
. . . was raised from the dead." I 
challenge you that none but the 
eternal God Himself could do these 
things which Jesus did. 

Not only is Jesus perfect God, but 
He is perfect Man as well. Read the 
Scripture as John recorded it, "And 
the Word was made flesh, and dwelt 
among us, (and we beheld his glory, 
the glory as of the only begotten of 
the Father,) full of grace and truth." 
This Scripture says but one out- 
standing thing: Jesus became as 
truly Man as He was before truly 
God. He remained truly God when 
He added humanity to His nature. 
He walked in a world but was un- 



tarnished by the things of this world. 
He was like stainless steel. He could 
say, "Which of you convicteth me of 
sin?" I present Him to you: the 
God-Man, Christ Jesus. 

WHAT HE BECAME 

Remember Jesus Christ again be- 
cause of what He became. We have 
anticipated here, but repetition will 
only help us to remember. He be- 
came flesh and dwelt among us. In 
so doing He left the ivory palaces 
and came into this world of woe. He 
was rich in His eternal glory, yet He 




Dr. Barnard 

laid aside some of that glory for a 
while when He came to the earth 
and became poor. The purpose of it, 
of course, was for us, that we bank- 
rupt sinners might become rich 
through His righteousness and glory. 
He humbled Himself, He who had 
before been the highly exalted Son 
of God. Scripture says, "But made 
himself of no reputation, and took 
upon him the form of a servant, and 
was made in the likeness of men: 
and being found in fashion as a man, 
he humbled himself, and became 
obedient unto death, even the death 
of the cross." I stand amazed and 
dumb in the presence of such con- 
descension on the part of the Son of 
God. He became not as the best of 
men but went down to the level of 
the worst of men, that in His suffer- 
ing He might be able to save the 
lowest of men and exalt them to the 
place and position of sons of God. 
The worst criminal knows that when 
he has once paid the price exacted 
by the court for his crime, he will 
never need to suffer for that crime 
again. Christ suffered, therefore, 



that I might go free from the penalty 
of sin. 

WHAT HE DID 

I want you to remember Jesus 
Christ because of what He did. I 
quote from the Book of Isaiah, chap- 
ter 53, and it says, "But he was 
wounded for our transgressions, he 
was bruised for our iniquities: the 
chastisement of our peace was upon 
him; and with his stripes we are 
healed." Don't you see the lovely 
Jesus who suffered for us? "Who 
his own self bare our sins in his own 
body on the tree," said Simon Peter. 
St. Paul adds something so fitting in 
the words, "I am crucified with 
Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, 
but Christ liveth in me: and 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." 
"Loved me and gave himself for me" 
— could anything be more like the 
ideal of sacrificing love than this? 
Jesus did that for me — yes, and for 
you. 

WHAT HE SAID 

I want you to remember Jesus 
Christ because of what He said. Re- 
member what He said about salva- 
tion: "I come that ye might have life, 
and that ye might have it more 
abundantly." "Come unto me, all ye 
that labour and are heavy laden, and 
I will give you rest." "He that hear- 
eth my word, and believeth on him 
that sent me, hath everlasting life." 
"I am the resurrection and the life: 
he that believeth on me, though he 
were dead, yet shall he live." "I am 
the good shepherd: the good shep- 
herd giveth his life for the sheep." 
"I am come that they might have 
life, and that they might have it 
more abundantly." Jesus was the 
great Teacher. The multitudes fol- 
lowed Him for days, forgetting their 
hunger in the majesty of His mes- 
sage. Of His own teachings Jesus 
said, "The words I speak unto you, 
they are spirit, and they are life." 
For one only human to say such, the 
cry of "Blasphemy, blasphemy," 
would be entirely justifiable. Jesus 
is a man, but He is more than mere 

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PREACHING BY TAPE 



By Herman H. Hein, Jr., Student, Grace Seminary 



Laymen, pastors, students! Here 
is a challenge to all of us to throw 
out the lifeline to all those who are 
not able to attend the regular churck 
services. Among these are the lame, 
the crippled, the sick, and those too 
old to venture out except on the best 
of days. These afflicted ones need 
the Gospel and fellowship of the 
saints. It is true that they can listen 
to the radio, but how much better it 
would be if they could hear their 
own pastor preach, their own con- 
gregation sing, and to have their fel- 
low church members to visit with 
them. Here is your great opportu- 
nity to serve our blessed Lord Jesus 
Christ, and at the same time bring 
joy into many lives. 

Last December the Holy Spirit di- 
rected the writer of this article to 
purchase a tape recorder. Naturally, 
knowing there were many uses for 
such a machine to a student, it was 
purchased. Almost immediately 
there was a prompting of the Spirit 
to record the whole church service 
of the Sidney (Indiana) Brethren 
Church every Sunday morning, and 
to take it out to the homes of the 
"shut-ins" in the afternoon. Several 
homes now have regular services on 
Sunday afternoon, taken to them by 
the writer and one member of the 
congregation, changing companions 
each Sunday. 

In one home there is a blessed 
saint who is afflicted of body and 
unable to venture beyond the front 
door. She loves the Lord and the 
fellowship of the other members of 
the church, and what a blessing it is 
to visit her home, taking the message 
of the morning to her. Many times 
she has visitors that listen to the 
message also, even some who are 
unsaved that she has invited in to 
hear it. Leaving here there is an- 
other home where an elderly sister 
is. unable to get around alone and 
unable to get out at all when the 
weather is bad. It is a real joy to 
see the happiness in the faces of both 
her and her husband as the service 
proceeds. In another home there is 
a young man confined to his wheel- 
chair. He is a born-again Christian 
who loves the Lord. Speaking of 
blessings, it is more than a blessing 



to be able to serve such a one and 
partake of the fellowship of this 
home. Every Sunday afternoon two 
or three homes are contacted in this 
manner. 

Is there a prison or jail near your 
home or church? Need anyone be 
told of the need in such a place? If 
those confined in such places did not 
need the Gospel no doubt they would 
not be there. Should they be left to 




Herman H. Hein, Jr. 

do the best they can and eventually 
end up by dying and going to a 
Christless eternity? It is not the 
Lord's will that we neglect them, for 
He says in II Peter 3:9, "The Lord is 
not slack concerning his promise, as 
some men count slackness; but is 
long-suffering to us-ward, not willing 
that any should perish, but that all 
should come to repentance." Since 
the Lord is not slack in His promise, 
should we be slack in getting the 
Gospel to those lost souls? You 
don't have to be a preacher to do 
this work. All you need is a zeal 
for the things of the Lord, a burden 
for lost souls, a life of prayer, and 
two feet that are guided by the Lord. 
Of course you need a tape recorder. 

Many uses can be found for this 
type of ministry. How about that 
brother or sister down there in the 
hospital? How long has it been since 
they have heard the pastor of your 
church preach the Word? Laymen, 
what can you do about it? You 
guessed it the first try. Get a re- 
corder and get that message down 
there as soon as you can. 

How many disabled folks are there 
in your town that never get to 
church? Do you want a real bless- 
ing? Search them out and take the 



message to them. Think of it, may- 
be you will be the one to lead them 
to the Lord Jesus Christ so that they 
need never to be lonely again. You 
may be the one that the Lord is 
waiting upon to take this joy to 
them. 

Throughout our land are many 
homes for the aged, the blind, the 
poor, and nursing homes where there 
are people who never hear a real 
Gospel message, or have anyone to 
visit with them. In these places 
there is a great need, and a service 
to be performed. The Lord will rich- 
ly bless you if you go out and work 
for Him on Sunday afternoon, and 
in the week-day evenings, instead of 
going for that joy ride, watching the 
television, or reading the paper or 
magazine. Here is the opportunity 
that many laymen are looking for, 
who want to serve that altogether 
lovelj' One that gave His life for us. 
Brethren, buy up the opportunity 
while there is still time; pray about 
it, and be sure to move when the 
Holy Spirit speaks to you. 

Some other uses for the tape re- 
corder are as a public-address sys- 
tem in street meetings. What can 
you do in street meetings? You can 
give your testimony, pass out tracts, 
do personal work, or perhaps sing a 
solo as your testimony for the Lord. 
Try it, it is a real thrill; but without 
a recorder to use as a public-address 
system, much of the power of the 
meeting is lost. Then there is the 
midweek service where you can play 
back the pastor's Sunday message 
and ask questions about things that 
you didn't understand. You can use 
the recorder for choir rehearsals, 
vocal solos, organ and piano arrange- 
ments, and many other ways. 

This is a challenge that should not 
go unheeded. Think about it, pray 
about it, then do something about it. 
Put yourself in the place of those 
who need and want the Gospel, and 
then let the Spirit guide you and di- 
rect you to the many blessings that 
are yours for the taking. Mark 16:15 
says, "Go ye into all the world, and 
preach the gospel to every creature." 
You go and let the tape do the 
preaching for you. 



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SCENES AT EAST DISTRICT YOUTH RALLY, MARTINSBURG, PA., FEBRUARY 8-9 




— Photos by Allen Zook, Hershey, Pa. 

The picture at the top left shows part oj the crowd 
of 250 at the banquet. Top right shows a session of the 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha. The picture at the 
right was taken at a meeting of the Boys Club and 
the camera caught them as they were singing. 




What Can I Do About Public Morals? ( S^e2%&&z 



Americans are generally disgusted 
and sickened by the numerous stories 
of tax scandals, racketeering, and 
profiteering in governmental circles. 
But the U. S. News and World Re- 
port points out that "all scandals 
aren't in government. That's shown 
by the steady increase in bank em- 
bezzlements coming to light. More 
than 600 'inside jobs' were detected 
in 1951 alone. Lootings range from 
a few dollars to spectacular sums. 
Case histories show a sign of the 
times: a tendency to walk off with 
other people's money." 

Most of us, however, just shrug 
our shoulders in the attitude, "What 
can we do?" There doesn't seem to 
be much we can do in the light of 
such widespread dishonesty and lack 
of integrity. 

What we fail to realize, however, 
is that we are the government, we 
are the public, and as such, especial- 
ly as Christians, we have an obliga- 
tion to be honest, to be above re- 
proach, in every part of our private 
lives. Corruption of public morals 
does not begin with big things, it 
begins in little things: in attitudes, in 
carelessness, in the idea that "every- 
body is doing it. I might as well get 
my share, too." 

Honesty and integrity in big things 
begin with the same in little things — 
in refusing to cheat at school, in re- 
turning lost articles, even if nobody 
will know, in paying for admission to 



the ball game even when you have 
a chance to sneak in, in refusing to 
condone or aid in another's cheating. 
Weakness in these little things paves 
the way to an easy attitude which 
will lead to big cheating later. 

As Christians we are to remember 
several things. "Let your light so 
shine before men, that they may see 
your good works, and glorify your 
Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 
5:16). "Abstain from all appearance 
of evil" (I Thess. 5:22). "In all 
things shewing thyself a pattern of 
good works" (Tit. 2:7). "Finally, 
brethren, whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, what- 
soever things are just, whatsoever 
things are pure, whatsoever things 
are lovely, whatsoever things are of 
good report; if there be any virtue, 
and if there be any praise, think on 
these things. Those things, which ye 
have both learned, and received, and 
heard, and seen in me, do: and the 
God of peace shall be with you" 
(Phil. 4:8-9). These Scriptural ad- 
monitions leave no room for dishon- 
esty or greed, petty or large. 

If each one of us would practice 
the Biblical principles of righteous 
living, we would find that we all 
have a small sphere of influence. 
Somebody is patterning his life after 
yours. You're the best Christian 
somebody knows. Our influence may 
be small, but if we use what influ- 
ence we have for Christ, we'll be 




slowing the progress of corruption, 
rather than speeding or condoning it. 

And, of course, if we're witnessing 
for Christ as we should, we'll have a 
share in some folk finding Christ. 
The best way for any person's life to 
be made right with the world is for 
that person to be first made right 
with God through Jesus Christ. 

We do have a responsibility to up- 
hold and promote righteousness in 
this dark world of which we're a 
part — a threefold responsibility: liv- 
ing it, teaching it, and, through 
Christ, sharing His righteousness. 
Before we condemn others for cheat- 
ing in any way, we better check up 
on ourselves — are we doing our part 
to promote righteousness? Let's do it! 



YOUTH NOTES 

The East District Youth Rally in 
Martinsburg, Pa., last month was the 
largest one in the memory of most 
of the workers. (See pictures on this 
page.) Over 160 were entertained 
overnight, and more than 250 at- 
tended the banquet. Mickey Walsh 
was the speaker, and brought won- 

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March 15, 7952 



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THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



Poor Grammar, But Good Theology 

Sometime ago a mother was heard 
to call to her two children this ques- 
tion: "What are you kids doing?" As 
quick as a flash the older of the two, 
a little girl of 4 years, replied: 
"Mother, I ain't no kid, I'm a chil- 
dren." 

The little girl's understanding of 
the importance of human life was 
higher than that of the mother, if we 
are to judge by this question and 
answer. This mother, and every 
mother of children, ought to remem- 
ber that the Lord Jesus Christ is 
very interested in children. Upon 
one occasion he pleaded: "Suffer the 
little children to come unto me, and 
forbid them not: for of such is the 
kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14). 



A Displeased God 

The Holy Spirit has recorded for 
our admonition and warning, con- 
cerning the Israelites in the wilder- 
ness wanderings, that "with many of 
them God was not well pleased" (I 
Cor. 10:5). God had delivered them 
from Egyptian bondage and had 
brought them through the Red Sea. 
He had given them manna and quail, 
and had kept their clothing and 
shoes from wearing away. He had 
been with them all the way and had 
protected them from all their en- 
emies. God had done all this for 
a people that deserved judgment and 
death. 

Yet the majority of them were not 
well pleasing to the God who had 
done all these things for them. We 
are almost compelled to cry out 
against such a possibility, but then 
we are stopped by thoughts of our 
own attitude at times toward the 
God who saved us and who keeps us 
protected within His everlasting 
arms. Let us honestly ask our- 
selves: Is God pleased or displeased 
with us — with me, with you? 



We Ought to Keep Busy 

"The Devil tempts most men, but 
idlers tempt the Devil," declares an 
old proverb. This may be true, and 
it is also true that Christians who 
are idle are miserable Christians. 
They are "open" to so many of Sa- 
tan's enticements, and they are un- 
able to resist them, for they have 



not developed Christian stamina and 
fortitude. 

The words of the Apostle Paul on 
this subject were: "Walk in wisdom 
toward them that are without, re- 
deeming the time" (Col. 4:5). 

One day some young men found 
Ashbel Green, at the age of 80 years, 
busy writing. They asked him this 
question: "Why do you keep busy? 
It is time for you to rest." He an- 
swered in words every young person 
ought to read: "I keep busy to keep 
out of mischief." 

No one is strong enough to be idle. 



The Measure of a Man 

The best way to learn the worth 
of a man is to learn of his attitude 
toward and concerning the Lord 
Jesus Christ. John the Baptist de- 
clared of Jesus: "He must increase, 
but I must decrease" (John 3:30). 
Of this John the Lord said: "Among 
them that are born of women there 
hath not risen a greater than John 
the Baptist" (Matt. 11:11). 



To Retreat Is a Crime 

During World War II the Russian 
soldiers on the front fighting against 
Hitler received a decree from those 
who determined Russian policy to 
this effect: "To retreat for more than 
one step is a crime that none shall 
forgive." 

To those who follow Him the Lord 
Jesus Christ said: "No man, having 
put his hand to the plow, and look- 
ing back, is fit for the kingdom of 
God" (Luke 9:62). Indeed, follow- 
ing Christ is serious business and 
should never be regarded lightly by 
anyone. 




The Battle for Men's Souls 

Writing in the Inland Printer, the 
editor, Wayne V. Harsha, has pointed 
out that "in France, regarded by 
Western democratic leaders as a key 
country to hold back Communism in 
Europe, the Communist party spends 
$4 million a year on printed propa- 
ganda material which includes 17 
daily papers, 83 weeklies, and 18 
monthlies or quarterlies." 

That is the story of but one Euro- 
pean country — the one in which the 
Brethren Church has a new interest 
in that the Fogle family is now there 
to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

In this battle for the souls of the 
people of France, which will win — 
the Christian church or the Com- 
munist hordes; the Gospel of the 
Lord Jesus or the teaching of Karl 
Marx? Beloved, to this question we 
hold the answer. Definite action to- 
day by the Christian church can 
bring the victory of Christ to France, 
but a few more days of delay may 
permit the battle to turn the other 
way. 



The Judge Paid the Fine 

A recent news item stated that 
"Police Court Judge John J. Bren- 
nan today not only levied a fine but 
paid it so that a sailor would not 
have to stay overnight in the county 
jail (San Diego, Calif.). When Rich- 
ard E. Blakemore, Naval Air Sta- 
tion sailor, found guilty of a minor 
traffic violation, was fined $1, he 
said he didn't have the money. He 
was being taken to jail in the same 
car in which Judge Brennan was 
riding after the court session. Just 
before Blakemore was to get off at 
the jail the judge pulled out a dollar 
and told the sailor to pay his fine 
with it." 

Friend, that is just what the Lord 
Jesus Christ did for every one of us, 
only in a more real sense. He came 
into the world, after the death- 
penalty had been imposed upon us, 
went to the spot called Calvary, and 
there gave His life to pay that death- 
penalty, so that all who receive it 
might go free. Read in this connec- 
tion Matthew 20:28 and Romans 5: 
6-10. 



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II 



NOW THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST WAS ON THIS WISE" 



By Rev. Robert W. Berz, Camden, Ohio 



All who know the meaning of the 
B. C. and A. D. of our present dating 
system know that Jesus Christ was 
an extraordinary person. Anyone 
whose influence upon mankind would 
cause time to be hinged on His entry 
into the world is worthy of our con- 
sideration. Let us pause to marvel 
at His birth. 

His Birth was Supernatural 

It was a supernatural birth in its 
prediction. He was promised to our 
first parents after their sin, as the 
seed of the woman. He was to be a 
virgin-born child, the Son to be 
given, as predicted by the Prophet 
Isaiah. 

The birth was supernatural in its 
conception. Dr. William C. Robin- 
son says, "As our Lord's divine na- 
ture had no mother, so His human 
nature has no father." 

It was supernatural in its an- 
nouncement. There was an angelic 
announcement to the lowly shep- 
herds and a celestial announcement 
to the scholarly wise men. 

It was a supernatural birth in its 
character. This was not the origin 
of a human personality, but it was 



the manifestation of the invisible 
God in human flesh. Though Christ 
was "existing in the form of God, 
[He] counted not the being on an 
equality with God a thing to be 
grasped, but emptied himself, taking 
the form of a servant, being made in 
the likeness of men" (Phil. 2:5-7, 
A.S.V.). 

His Birth Was a Holy One 

It was not only supernatural; it 
was a holy birth. Those who deny 
the supernatural must accept the 
awful alternative that it was an un- 
holy birth as well. There are mul- 
tiplied dilemmas facing those who 
choose to regard this birth as one 
that was natural. If Jesus had only 
been the natural offspring of Joseph 
and Mary, Joseph stands condemned 
by the law for having brought an 
evil name upon a virgin of Israel 
(Deut. 22:13-19), when he denied 
being the father. The fine: 100 
shekels of silver. 

It must have been a holy birth or 
Mary stands condemned by the law 
for having played the harlot in Israel 
(Deut. 22:20-22). The penalty: death 
by stoning. 



If Mary had not been a virgin, she 
not only stands condemned, but Je- 
sus would have been an illegitimate 
child. The law says of such, he 
"shall not enter into the congrega- 
tion of the Lord, even to his tenth 
generation" (Deut. 23:2). It was a 
holy birth or He was not a holy child. 

His Birth on This Wise Was 
Necessary 

Speaking of the Virgin Mary, the 
angel said, "She shall bring forth a 
son, and thou shalt call his name 
JESUS: for he shall save his people 
from their sins" (Matt. 1:21). It 
takes the sinless, spotless Son of God 
to take the sinner's place to pay the 
penalty for sin we deserved and 
God demanded. Only such a one as 
Jesus Christ — whose birth was on 
this wise, supernatural and holy, 
and who came not to destroy but to 
fulfill the law — could fill the great 
need we have. 

For those of us who have seen our 
desperate need for a divine Saviour, 
the holy child of Bethlehem, born of 
a virgin, is the logical One to meet 
our need. He is able and willing to 
meet your needs, too. 



NEWS 





FfPl fTIJPI 

CHURCHES 



Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 

Rev. R. I. Humberd, of Flora, Ind., 
conducted a wonderful Bible confer- 
ence for us January 15-20, which re- 
sulted in 20 public decisions for 
Christ. 

Evangelist Edmont Hains, of Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., conducted an evan- 
gelistic campaign for us February 
10-17. Dr. Hains used a large model 
of the wilderness Tabernacle, set up 
on the platform, to illustrate his 
messages. He also used some of the 
young people dressed in elaborate 
costumes to portray the Gospel in 
pageant. These meetings resulted in 
23 public decisions for Christ, of 
which 6 were for salvation. 



A number of improvements have 
been made to the church property — 
putting crushed stone on the parking 
lot, grading the lawn, and erecting 
new floodlights. One of the flood- 
light poles is used also as a flagpole 
to display a large flag given to the 
church by a neighbor in the com- 
munity. 

The Central Valley Christian 
Academy, grades 1 through 10, meets 
in our building. 

During the month of January the 
Sunday school attendance reached 
142 one Sunday. — Harold D. Painter, 
pastor. 



YOUTH PAGE 

(Continued From Page 177) 

derful messages geared to the young 
people's needs. Two young people 
accepted Christ as Saviour, and the 
hearts of many others were stirred. 



Next rally will be May 9 and 10 at 
Listie. 

Cheyenne, Wyo., has begun a 
strong boys club program, and has a 
companion weekly program for girls, 
both of which are doing swell, and 
reaching a number of young people 
in their area. In addition, they've 
begun a Sunday afternoon film pro- 
gram for children, to reach them for 
Christ. A number of decisions for 
Christ have been recorded already 
this year among the children and 
young people of this church. 

Allentown, Pa., has a "Christian 
Youth Cinema," or "Reel Pulpit," in 
the church every Saturday night, 
operated by Elmer Fehnel, a young 
man in the church. Christian films 
are shown, and sometimes outstand- 
ing speakers are brought in. Almost 
every Saturday the church is filled, 
and in the summer time the "Reel 
Pulpit" is moved to the park pavil- 
ion, where the crowd usually ex- 
ceeds 1,000. Many decisions have 
been made for Christ. 



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REMEMBER JESUS CHRIST 



Browsing Among the Books 

It is the purpose of this column to bring to the reader's attention some of the books 
that are being presented to the reading public today. Each book reviewed here will present 
a message of some merit and worthy of consideration, though a review of a book does not 
necessarily mean that the reviewer approves everything in it. 

Any book mentioned in this column may be purchased from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, Winona Lake, Ind. 




ehich she sought so 



THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT, by 
Argye M. Briggs. 314 pp. Cloth. 
Zondervan Publishing House. 
1951. $3.00. 
There were two Sharons: the real 
Sharon whom everybody could see, 
and Strange 
Sharon, the in- 
ner soul of the 
girl, whom 
Sharon alone 
knew. The story 
is that of the 
continual 
struggle within 
the life of Shar- 
on until like 
the woman of 
old she touched 
the hem of His 
garment and 
found the peace 
and healing for ' 
long. The author's ability to por- 
tray the inner workings of the hu- 
man soul make this a great novel. — 
Blaine Snyder. 

AFTER THIS MANNER, by J. C. 
Macaulay. 86 pp. Cloth. Wm. 
B. Eerdmans Publishing Com- 
pany, Grand Rapids, Mich. 1952. 
$1.50. 
The title of this book is taken from 
the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
who said to His disciples upon one 
occasion: "After this manner there- 
fore pray ye" (Matt. 6:9). The sub- 
title to the volume is: "Thoughts on 
the Lord's Prayer." 

The author has presented a thor- 
ough and reverent treatment of the 
"Lord's Prayer," or as some call it, 
the "Model Prayer." The reviewer 
found the book so refreshing and de- 
votional that he read it through 
twice within a week. It is highly 
recommended to every student of 
the Word. 

Not every reader will agree with 
the author's dispensational, or rather 



lack of dispensational treatment of 
this section of Scripture. This, how- 
ever, will not detract from much of 
the valuable devotional material 
herein presented. 

THINE IS THE KINGDOM, by J. H. 
Hunter. 288 pp. Cloth. Zon- 
dervan Publishing House. 1951. 
$3.00. 

A Christian novel with all the ac- 
tion of a western thriller. A grip- 
ping story of the subtle workings of 
Communism in its attempt to take 
over the world. Action, mystery, 
and romance make this one of the 
most outstanding current novels. 
Readers of the "Mystery of Mar 
Saba" need no further inducement 
to read this great story. — Blaine 
Snyder. 



(Continued From Page 175) 

man, therefore the majesty of His 
words and teaching. Jesus never 
revised His teachings. He made no 
mistakes. 

A Jewish merchant came to a 
Christian home, as I have often seen 
them come to my home when I was 
a boy. Over chairs, sofa, and table 
he spread out his wares — linen and 
art work of various kinds. While 
the Christian lady looked at his 
wares, he became fascinated with a 
wonderful picture hanging on the 
wall. It was a picture of Christ. He 
asked the woman, "And who is the 
picture?" It was the opportunity 
for which the lady had waited. She 
told him the story of the Christ, Rose 
of Sharon, Lily of the Valley. After 
she had told the story most beauti- 
fully, the Jewish merchant turned 
and said, "What a wonderful Saviour 
you gentiles have." Then it was the 
lady's privilege to say what I want 
to say, "Yes, gentiles have Him, be- 
cause He was given them of the 
Jews, and now Jew and gentile can 
share and share alike in the blessed 
Lord." 

Please remember Jesus Christ 
personally as your Saviour. He is a 
wonderful Saviour to all who will 
believe Him and receive Him as 
Lord of life. 



PRAY WITHOUT CEASING 

By Bernice Carlson Flynn 



Have you ever promised to pray 
for a friend — then awakened later to 
the startled realization that you have 
forgotten to pray? 

James Bennet, Christian lawyer, 
said he would never be able to re- 
member all the people and things he 
was asked to pray about if he didn't 
pray on the spot. When he receives 
a letter asking for prayer, he does 
not put it in a pile but prays that 
instant for the person or need. 

One prayer warrior was asked how 
she ever found time to pray for so 
many people. Her answer: "When 
an absent loved one comes to mind, 
or a person I haven't thought of in 
years, I pause a moment in my re- 
flections to pray." 

Instead of frittering away odd mo- 
ments, we could be putting them to 
good use. One man said he always 
prayed as the ink was drying on a 



letter instead of using a blotter. A 
mother makes it a practice to pray a 
moment for her child every time she 
bends over the crib. 

When you are reading the evening 
paper and come across some event 
that shakes your soul, don't pass it 
over with a shiver or shrug, but pray 
that God will overrule. 

Take inventory of your own life 
and see what moments can be used 
effectively for prayer. While you 
are shaving or giving your hair a 
good brushing, you can be in prayer. 
Ironing dainty dresses for your 
daughter can remind you to pray 
for her future, or giving a sweat shirt 
an extra stroke can recall how good 
God has been to give you a healthy 
ron. 

Do you have a spare minute after 
reading this article? Then pray! — 
Christian Life. 



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March 15, 1952 



EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



VOL. 14, NO. 12— MARCH 22, 1952 




A SALUTE 

TO FIFTY-TWO ALUMNI AND FORMER STUDENTS 
OF GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

WHO ARE A PART OF THE 
BRETHREN FOREIGN MISSION FAMILY 



EDITORIALS 

Alva J. McClain and Paul R. Bauman, Editors . 




The Seminary Offering 

It is too early to give any kind of a report of the annual 
offering for the seminary, for the offerings are just now 
beginning to arrive from the churches. Up until the 
first week of March 38 churches have sent in their offer- 
ings. Some of these have made a splendid advance in 
their giving to the school. Others, however, while they 
have not decreased their offerings to the general fund, 
have apparently failed to take into account this year the 
combining of the general fund and building fund offer- 
ings. 

Now and then the mails bring in offerings that thrill 
us greatly for one reason or another. Among these were 
the contributions from two of our newest Brethren 
groups: the York, Pa., Bible Class, with an offering of 
$50, and the Alto, Mich., church, with an offering of $67. 
These were among the earliest offerings to arrive. In a 
letter from Bro. Miles Taber, pastor at Ashland, Ohio, 
dated February 25, he writes: "We have about $650 to 
date for the seminary (about $75 last year)." Short, 
but sweet was a letter which arrived from the Evangel 
Baptist Church of Newark, N. J. It reads: "Gentlemen: 
You will find enclosed a check in the amount of $50 
designated for your school by Evangel Church. Yours 
in Christ, Emil K. Jensen, Mission Treasurer." 

If your church has not yet mailed in its offering and 
its accompanying report, please see that this is done as 
soon as possible. Next month we hope to have for you 
a fairly complete report of the offering and school 
needs. — B. 



Foreign Mission Season 

With this issue Grace Theological Seminary salutes 52 
foreign mission workers (see front cover) who received 
all or part of their training at Grace Theological Sem- 
inary. Of this number 25 are serving in Africa, 11 are 
in Argentina, 5 are in Brazil, 4 are in Baja California, 3 
are in France studying language preparatory to going on 
to Africa, 2 are permanently stationed in France, and 2 
are working in the office of the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety at Winona Lake. Grace Seminary is justifiably 
proud of its record as a training institution for mission- 
aries. We are also grateful to the Lord for all those 
whose consecrated gifts have made the training of these 
young men and women possible. Pray for your mission- 
aries and give in order that they and others who have 
been trained for such service may be sent forth soon.- — B. 



Word From Dr. McClain 

In a letter from our president, Dr. McClain, he tells 
some of his experiences since leaving Winona Lake. He 
says that for the first 5 weeks he had "rather a rough 
time," physically, and was near to a state of nervous col- 
lapse, but is now feeling much better after these weeks 
of rest and relaxation. From Biloxi, Miss., he and Mrs. 
McClain went to Houston, Tex. In describing the trip 



further he says, "We settled in a nice park for about 10 
days. I really began to feel much better at Houston, and 
we decided to carry out our original plan of visiting 
southern Texas on the Rio Grande. We settled in 
McAllen, where we have the trailer parked in a lovely 
spot on the edge of the city among the beautiful flowers 
and with a citrus orchard behind us. We enjoy trailer 
life very much, especially in this climate. Last night 
we had a frost, but today was a perfect sunny day. Last 
week we took a 3-day trip to Mexico, leaving the trailer 
in McAllen. My brother-in-law did all the driving. We 
went to Monterrey first, remaining there overnight, then 
to Ciudad Victoria, then through Brownsville back to 
McAllen. . . . We shall be leaving shortly for El Paso, 
possibly Tucson, and then Phoenix, where we expect to 
settle until hot weather." Let us continue to pray for 
Dr. and Mrs. McClain, that both may be strengthened in 
body, and that they may return to Winona Lake re- 
freshed for the work God has committed to them at 
Grace Seminary. — B. 



"That Good Part Which Shall Not Be Taken Away" 

The recent conference at the seminary sponsored by 
the alumni was one of rich inspiration and blessing to all 
who laid aside other pressing duties long enough to at- 
tend it. There was much heart -searching; there was 
exceedingly valuable instruction in the Word and in 
the problems every pastor faces. Best of all, there was 
time just to sit at the feet of Jesus and worship. Some 
of the pastors who attended came from a distance and 
at a considerable financial cost to themselves. None 
who made the sacrifice would say that what he received 
was not worth the price he paid, not only in money but 
also in the time he had felt he could hardly afford to take. 

Christian workers sometimes need to learn a lesson 
they endeavor to press home to other people, a lesson 
that was taught a long time ago by the Lord Himself. 
Jesus spent much time in the home of Mary and Martha 
and their brother, Lazarus. Martha, we are told, "was 
cumbered about much serving," but "Mary . . . sat at 
Jesus' feet, and heard his word" (Luke 10:30-40). 
Now, both were needed, but when it became necessary 
to choose between the two, and when Martha com- 
plained of being too busy because of her service for the 
Lord, Jesus administered a mild rebuke and told her 
very plainly that one thing was more important even 
than her service. Let none forget His words on that 
occasion: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and trou- 
bled about many things: but one thing is needful: and 
Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be 
taken away from her" (vss. 41-42). Every one who 
would serve the Lord must deliberately plan to take 
time for "that good part" if his own life and service is 
to be all he wants it to be. It is not too early for every 
pastor to begin his plans to be present at the second 
conference to be sponsored by the alumni. Such a de- 
cision will pay rich dividends. — B. 



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THE LAW AND THE CHRISTIAN BELIEVER IN RELATION TO 

THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE 

By Dr. Alva J. McClain 
President of Grace Theological Seminary 

WHAT IS THE RELATION OF THE WRITTEN LAW TO JEWS AND GENTILES? 



(Continued From January 26 Issue) 

In the first four installments of this monograph, four 
questions have been discussed and answered: First, What 
is the law? Second, Under what conditions could this 
law give life? Third, Why was this law unable to save 
men? Fourth, What was God's purpose in giving the 
law? This brings us to a fifth question: 

V. WHAT IS THE RELATION OF GOD'S WRITTEN 
LAW TO ISRAEL? 

1. As a written law, it was given in the form of a cov- 
enant to Israel alone. As a preface to the giving of the 
"Ten Words" on Sinai, the Lord speaks thus through 
Moses to Israel: "Thus shalt thou say to the house of 
Jacob, and tell the children of Israel . . . Now therefore, 
if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, 
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all 
people" (Ex. 19:l-8ff.). Then after the giving of the 
law at Sinai, we read that Moses "took the book of the 
covenant, and read in the audience of the people" (Ex. 
24:1-8). As the giving of the law proceeded, the divine 
Voice enjoins upon Moses the making of a written rec- 
ord: "Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these 
words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel." 
(Ex. 34:27). After the completion of the written record, 
the Levites were commanded to "take this book of the 
law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of 
the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness 
against thee" (Deut. 31:24-26). In his article on the 
Decalogue, the late Dr. Sampey writes, "It was to Israel 
that the Decalogue was primarily addressed, and not to 
all mankind" (I. S. B. E., p. 2944). 

2. This divine covenant set forth in the Pentateuch is 
clearly described as a legal matter. Thus the Ten Com- 
mandments are spoken of as "the tables of the covenant 
which the Lord made with you" (Deut. 9:9). And the 
legal record is referred to variously as "the book of the 
covenant" (Ex. 24:7) and "the words of the covenant" 
(Deut. 29:1). Furthermore, the penalties of the divine 
law are called "the curses of the covenant" (Deut. 29:21). 
Finally, the blood of the animals sacrificed in obedience 
to the law is characterized as "the blood of the covenant" 
(Ex. 24:8). And the ark, which stands as a symbol of 
both moral and ceremonial law, is named "the ark of the 
covenant" (Num. 10:33). 

3. Regarded as a covenant, the blessings of the law 



were conditional, dependent on Israel's obedience. "If 
ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant 
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all 
people ... a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation" (Ex. 
19:5-6). See also Deuteronomy 28:1-14, which reads in 
part, "If thou shalt hearken diligently ... to observe and 
to do all his commandments ... all these blessings shall 
come on thee." On the other hand, if the people of 
Israel find themselves groaning under the judgments of 
God, they must understand that all this is come upon 
them because "they kept not the covenant of God, and 
refused to walk in his law" (Psa. 78:10). 

4. Viewed as a law-code, it was given to Israel be- 
cause of sin. In replying to the question, Wherefore 
then the law? the Apostle Paul declares that "it was 
added because of transgressions" (Gal. 3:19). When the 
children of Israel went out of the bondage of Egypt, 
their deliverance and exodus was accomplished in ac- 
cordance with the gracious promise of a sovereign God. 
But how did they react to this undeserved deliverance? 
Read the sorry record in the Book of Exodus: their fear- 
ful wish to be back under the bondage of Egypt rather 
than face the perils of Pharaoh's host; their petulant 
murmuring against Moses because of the bitter waters 
at Marah; their lusting after the fleshpots of Egypt; their 
readiness to stone Moses because of their thirst in the 
desert — all this in the face of the Lord's mighty working 
of miracles in delivering them over and over. It was 
the transgressions of Israel that brought them to the 
foot of Sinai, their continual failure to walk by faith 
under the gracious promises of a soverign God. The 
warning of Hebrews 12:15 is strongly reminiscent of 
their failure — "Looking diligently lest any man fail of 
the grace of God." No failure can be so disastrous as this 
in the moral and spiritual realm. 

5. The giving of this legal covenant to Israel, how- 
ever, did not abrogate the earlier Abrahamic covenant 
which was unconditional. In its initial and original form, 
this covenant with Abraham is found in Genesis 12:1-3. 
Its sevenfold blessing is not conditioned upon any legal 
perfection of Abraham. God simply announces what He 
will do for the patriarch and his seed. It might be ar- 
gued that there is, after all, one condition laid down in 
verse 1, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy 
kindred . . . unto a land that I will shew thee." But 
compliance with this injunction was only Abraham's 
response of faith to the sovereign promises of God — "By 



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faith Abraham . . . went out, not knowing whither he 
went" (Heb. 11:8). (Even so, in our own case today, we 
respond by faith to the call of God when we leave the 
world and enter that blessed realm designated "in 
Christ") Now this covenant with Abraham was made 
430 yeai's before the law was given at Sinai, and Paul 
argues that this law cannot disannul the covenant, that 
it should make the promise of none effect (Gal. 3:16-18). 
Even the Mosaic law itself witnesses to the supremacy of 
the former covenant — "My covenant with Abraham will 
I remember," the Lord declares in Leviticus 26. In spite 
of Israel's iniquities and the certainty of divine judgment 
upon the nation, "Yet for all that, when they be in the 
land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither 
will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break 
my covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God" — 
so the Mosaic law witnesses (Lev. 26:42-44). 

6. The Israelite is "under" this Mosaic written law 
until he finds forgiveness and freedom in the "neio cov- 
enant" under grace in Christ. "Know ye not, brethren, 
(for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the 
law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?" 
(Rom. 7:1). Freedom from the law's bondage comes only 
as the Jew becomes "dead to the law by the body of 
Christ" (vs. 4). The same general idea is asserted in 
Galatians 5:3 — "For I testify again to every man that is 
circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law." 
The reference is not merely to the physical operation, 
but to submission to the rite with the notion that it will 
either save or help to save the soul. Such a one is bound 
by the entire law, to do it all or suffer the penalty for 
failure. 

VI. WHAT IS THE RELATION OF THIS WRITTEN 
MOSAIC LAW TO GENTILES? 

This is an important question, and one upon which 
there has been some sharp disagreement. Some assert 



that the written Mosaic law was not only given ta Israel 
alone, but also that it has no relation whatsoever to 
gentiles. Others argue that this law is for all men, uni- 
versal in its obligations. There is some truth on both 
sides. 

1. The law of Moses, in a certain sense, made provi- 
sion for gentiles to enter into its benefits and restraints. 
This provision, under the historical theocratic kingdom, 
is a well -attested fact. Thus, in the law concerning the 
Passover, provision was made for "the stranger" who 
might sojourn with Israel; and there was to be one law 
for "homeborn" and "stranger" (Ex. 12:48-49). Also, in 
the case of freewill offerings unto the Lord for burnt 
offerings, the laws concerning perfect and imperfect ani- 
mals applied to both Israel and the strangers in Israel 
alike (Lev. 22:18-22). Regulations dealing with the 
blood from animal sacrifices were imposed upon the 
stranger — "Whatsoever man there be of the house of 
Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that 
offereth a burnt-offering or sacrifice . . . that eateth any 
manner of blood ; I will even set my face against that soul 
that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his 
people" (Lev. 17:8-10). Quite evidently the "stranger," 
under some circumstances, must have been permitted to 
join in the sacrificial rites. Furthermore, from Deuter- 
onomy 23:1-7 it appears that certain restrictions sur- 
rounded the reception of outsiders "into the congrega- 
tion of the Lord," showing that such a reception was 
possible. The Prophet Isaiah seems to level whatever 
distinction there remained between the Israelite and 
the "son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the 
Lord." The latter is not to say, "The Lord hath utterly 
separated me from his people" (see 56:1-7). The chief 
point under consideration in the passage is the keeping 
of the legal sabbath (vs. 2). With these many clear 
provisions for "the stranger" written in the Jewish 
Scriptures, it is difficult to understand how such a vio- 



RECRUITS FOR MISSION FIELDS FROM SEMINARY 




The Don Miller Family 

God sometimes calls members of the same family to 
serve Him in places that mean a separation of thousands 
of miles. Such is the case with the Don and Paul Miller 
families. The lives of these two brothers have been 
closely knit together through the years, and they have 
had much in common, including two daughters in each 
home. Don was graduated from the seminary last May. 
He and Mrs. Miller left in November to serve in French 
Equatorial Africa. Mrs. Miller was enrolled in the sem- 




The Paul Miller Family 

inary from 1948 to 1950. The family are now in Paris, 
where Don and Lois are studying French preparatory to 
going on to the field. Paul Miller finished his work at 
the seminary in January of this year. His wife, Ellen, 
attended school as much as family duties would permit. 
The two left New York by plane for Brazil on the 11th 
of this month and are stationed at Belem on the mouth 
of the Amazon. 



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lent antigentileism could develop as it appeared in the 
days of Christ. 

(Note: Some interpreters, on the basis of Ephesians 
2:11-19, have regarded the law as something which 
raised an insuperable barrier between Jew and gentile. 
The misleading translation of verse 14 in the Common 
Version has doubtless contributed to this wrong idea. 
The "middle wall of partition" is not "between us," that 
is, between Jew and gentile, as the italicized words sug- 
gest. This "middle wall" is certainly "the law of com- 
mandments" mentioned in verse 15, which was "abol- 
ished" by the death of Christ. But this "middle wall" of 
"law" did not merely separate one kind of sinners (Jews) 
from another kind of sinners (gentiles). It was rather 
a barrier which separated all sinners, both Jew and gen- 
tile, from a holy God. That is why the "law of com- 
mandments" had to be abolished in order to reconcile 
"both [Jew and gentile] unto God in one body.") 

2. But even entirely apart from any provision made 
by the law for "strangers" to sojourn with Israel, the 
great underlying -principles of the Mosaic written law 
were found reflected in some degree in gentile morality 
and religion. As an introduction to the discussion of this 
point, we should recall that the Mosaic law had three 
elements: the moral, the ceremonial, and the civil. Now 
the Apostle Paul, discussing the case of the gentiles in 
the second chapter of Romans, declares that sometimes 
"the Gentiles, which have not the law [that is, the 
written law], do by nature the things contained in the 
law" (vs. 14). In so acting, Paul argues, the gentiles 
"shew the work of the law written in their hearts" (vs. 
15). Thus whatever of good that has ever appeared in 
the gentile world, Paul claims as a reflection (however 
faint) of the one original divine law recorded in Scrip- 
ture. Now it is a fact that among the pagan gentile 



nations there is found occasionally a fairly hi^h knowl- 
edge of morality — a reflection of the moral element which 
appears perfectly in the law written in Scripture. It is 
also a fact that the urge to offer sacrifice is universal, 
found among all nations — a reflection of the ceremonial 
law in Scripture. Finally, it is a fact that in the civil 
codes of various nations may be seen reflections of the 
written law of God (cf. the remarkable code of Ham- 
murabi). All this points back to the unity of the divine 
law, both as to its content and its original source. In the 
one case it is written perfectly in Scripture. In the 
other it is written imperfectly in the hearts of men. 
There is one divine law, not two. 

3. Therefore, we must conclude that even the gen- 
tiles were and are "under law," but in a somewhat dif- 
ferent sense from the Jew. At this point it is suggested 
that the student should carefully study the material in 
Romans 2:11-15. Here both Jews and gentiles are being 
considered as sinners apart from Christ. The Jew had 
the perfect divine law written in Scripture, and by that 
law he will be judged (12b). The gentile did not have 
such a law, but he will perish for his sins nevertheless 
(12a). To the objection that this does not seem fair to 
the gentile, Paul answers that although the gentiles were 
without the written law of Scripture, they nonetheless 
had a law, the law written in their hearts — an inner law 
which reflected imperfectly the written law of God. And 
by this law he will be judged, and condemned; because 
he violated the inner law of which the conscience within 
him bore witness (14-16). Thus there is no respect of 
persons with God. Judged by the light they had (one 
in its original source), all men must perish, whether 
Jew or gentile. The only hope for sinners is not in the 
law, but in the grace of God in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

(To Be Continued) 



FROM HALLS OF "GRACE" TO FIELDS OF WORLD 





The Fogies 



The Rottler Family 




The Samarins 



Rev. and Mrs. Carson Rottler will sail for Buenos 
Aires, Argentina, on the 23rd of this month. Both at- 
tended the seminary, and Brother Rottler graduated 
last May. The two will accompany the Schrocks, who 
are returning to the South American field. Brother 
Schrock graduated with the Class of 1945. During the 
first semester of this year Brother Schrock taught Span- 
ish in the collegiate division of the seminary. 

Rev. and Mrs. Fred Fogle left last November for Paris. 
Since their arrival they have been busy learning the 
language and making a survey in preparation toward 
getting our new work in France under way. Brother 



Fogle was a member of the Class of 1949, and his wife, 
Maurita, was enrolled as a part-time student in the 
seminary. 

Rev. William Samarin attended the seminary in 1950- 
1951. The family left last October for Paris, where the 
Samarins are studying French before going on to the 
field in Africa. 

Pray for these new and returning missionaries. Their 
"thrusting forth" was made possible through your 
prayers and faithful giving to the work of Grace Sem- 
inary. 



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Edited by Rev. Harold H. Etling, President of Grace Seminary Alumni Association 



GRACE SEMINARY ALUMNI HOLD FIRST REUNION 




The Alumni Association of Grace Seminary made his- 
tory February 26-29 as we met in the first annual mid- 
winter Bible conference and reunion. Rather than write 
a resume of the conference ourselves, we asked a num- 
ber of the members of the alumni association to give us 
a brief word of their reaction; you judge for yourself 
the kind of a conference we enjoyed. 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, graduate of the school and now 
teaching at Grace, said: "This alumni conference and 
reunion was the initial experience in the realization of a 
vision which I have had for Grace Seminary and the 
alumni for some years. It was a token of that reunion 
we shall have some day in that meeting of the Lord in 
the air." 

John C. Whitcomb, of the Class of 1951, and now also 
teaching at Grace Seminary, reported: "The first alumni 
conference and reunion has brought a great blessing to 




An enjoyable feature of the alumni reunion at Wi- 
nona Lake was the banquet, with an attendance of 60. 
There was much time at the conference for an ex- 
change of ideas and experiences in addition to the 
usual reminiscing. 



me, and a renewed desire to see great things accom- 
plished for the Lord and for Grace Seminary through 
our alumni." 

Rev. Lester E. Pifer, pastor of our fast-growing church 
in Fremont, Ohio, and one of the speakers for the con- 
ference, writes: "It was a real joy to sit under the min- 
istry of Dr. Ralph Stoll and to be fed from the Word of 
God. The rich blessing of fellowship with my fellow 
alumni and the students of Grace was marvelous and 
good for my soul. I am looking forward to this alumni 
conference again next year." 

Miss Iris Heckman, now serving with the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company, said: "This alumni reunion 
has been a time of real blessing from the Lord. It has 
given opportunity to see some of the immediate needs of 
the seminary. It has provided a time to discuss these 
needs and to plan a way for the alumni organization to 
serve the seminary and the Lord in helping to fill these 
needs. My prayer is that the next reunion may be even 
a better one!" 

Rev. John Neely, pastor of our church at Conemaugh, 
Pa., served very efficiently as our alumni conference 
song leader and brought many inspiring trumpet solos 
during the reunion. He was a real blessing to both the 
student body and the alumni, and John writes: "It was 
well worth the time I took away from a busy pastorate to 
come back to the scenes of former 'labors' to renew fel- 
lowship, and to receive glorious blessing from the 
preaching of the Word. I am looking forward to the 
next reunion and trust that you are too." 

Rev. Charles Bergerson, ever efficient and popular 
pianist of the Brethren Church, who is now pastor of our 
district mission church at Wadsworth, Ohio, reports: "I 
was greatly strengthened in the Lord, in the knowledge 
of God's Word, in the burden of my local charge in the 
First Brethren Church of Wadsworth, Ohio, and in the 
fellowship of fellow alumni of our beloved Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary." 

Pastor Edward Lewis, of our church at Middlebranch, 
Ohio, writes: "The blessings of the Lord were 'exceeding 
abundant' to me at the seminary alumni conference. 
We were thrilled by the messages of Dr. Stoll, while the 
Sunday school emphasis of Brother Etling gave added 
zeal and enthusiasm to all of us. We are anxiously 
looking forward to next year's meeting." 

And now just a bit of a report from your Alumni Ed- 
itor. It is true that the first annual alumni conference 
was a blessing. The Bible messages brought by Dr. 
Ralph Stoll, of Altoona, Pa., were real challenges. Dr. 
Stoll spoke five times from the first chapter of II Peter. 

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RICHARD JACKSON, Jr., Reporter 



Time and tide wait for no man and neither does the 
editor of this publication when there is a deadline to 
meet. And so, in the words of the immortal someone, 
"Tempus fugits all over the place; let's get busy." 

VITAL STATISTICS— Two new voices were added to 
the symphony of baby sounds this past month. A girl 
was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Burk and a boy was born 
to Mr. and Mrs. David Radcliffe. Our congratulations 
and best wishes. 

WE DID IT — Two by two the shadowy figures moved 
through the crisp darkness of the early dawn in the little 
"hamlet" of Winona Lake. Silently and stealthily they 
made their way to the rendezvous. Tensely they waited 
as the moments ticked by till all had arrived and the 
company was complete. Then with a roar of the motor 
the big bus pulled onto the highway and a cheer of tri- 
umph shattered the early-morning quiet. The Seniors 
had made a successful secret "sneak." The bus carried 
the Senior Class on a happy and gay trip to Dearborn, 
Mich., where they spent several hours visiting the fa- 
mous Greenfield Village. Following a delicious dinner 
of chicken, duck, or turkey (we had our choice), we re- 
turned to Winona Lake after a wonderful day of fun 
and fellowship, tired, but oh so happy. The "sneak" 
caused a ringing sensation at school (in the form of an 
alarm clock hidden in the chapel piano bench) and was 
the topic of conversation for some time afterward. And 
what do the Middlers have to say to all this? Well, to 
coin a phrase, "No comment." 

CHAPEL SPEAKERS— The students have enjoyed 
several fine chapel speakers this past month. Rev. W. A. 
Ogden spoke on ministerial ethics. Dr. Charles W. 
Mayes brought four messages on pastoral work, and Rev. 
Harold Etling spoke on the subject of the Sunday school. 
We are now enjoying the ministry of Rev. Bernard 
Schneider, who is speaking on the subject of personal 
soul winning. We praise and thank God for the ministry 
of these men. 

ALUMNI BIBLE CONFERENCE AND REUNION— 
We students of the present were happy to have the past 




Speakers at the alumni conference included (left to 
right) Dr. Ralph Stoll, Rev. Lester Pifer, and Rev. 
Harold Etling. 



students of this school here for a Bible conference and 
reunion during which several wonderful speakers were 
heard. I direct your attention to the Alumni page, 
where a full report of this conference will be found. 

SYMPATHY — We wish to extend our deepest sym- 
pathy to Prof. John Whitcomb upon the death of his 
grandmother and to Bro. Hugh Coombs upon the death 
of his father. 

PRAYER REQUEST— A number of students and stu- 
dents' wives and children are ill, some at home and some 
in hospitals, and we seek the prayers of our friends in 
their behalf. Those hospitalized are Bro. Scott Weaver, 
Mrs. Lester Smitley, Mrs. Walter Smetana, and Mrs. 
David Radcliffe. Will you remember them? 

STUDENT PASTORS' FELLOWSHIP— The S. P. F. 
held their regular monthly luncheon meeting with Dr. 
Charles Mayes as speaker and had another splendid time 
of fellowship and inspiration. This group meets twice a 
month, once for a luncheon meeting and again for a full 
session of prayer. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS FELLOWSHIP— Upon the de- 
parture of Bro. J. Paul Miller it was necessary to elect a 
new F. M. F. chairman and the student body chose Bro. 
Martin Garber for that position. In the first rally under 
Brother Garber's direction the fine missionary film, 
"Hope for China," was shown. Other rallies are being 
planned for the rest of this school year. 

ANNUAL — The Annual staff is busy these days (and 
nights) preparing the pictures and copy for the 1952 edi- 
tion of the Charis. There will be pictures of all the stu- 
dents, pictures of the faculty, of the school, of school life, 
and even a full page of pictures of seminary children. 
We are confident that many of the friends of our school 
will want a copy of this fine yearbook. You should send 
your order to Bernard Ward, Annual business manager, 
Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. The 
price is $3.00. 

ATHLETICS — Grace Seminary has two basketball 
games to play and must win them both to maintain a .500 
average for the season. There are some fine pictures of 
the team in action in the Annual. Be sure to get yours. 
... A table tennis tournament has gotten under way 
with both singles and doubles games. The elimination 
process is still going on, with the championship games 
expected to be played sometime this coming month. The 
champions will be listed on this page. 

GOSPEL TEAM— Some thrilling incidents are being 
written into the record of the gospel team. Every Sun- 
day the jails and nursing home and other needy institu- 
tions are visited by the men and women of Grace who 
make up this fine evangelistic organization. Almost 
every week wonderful testimonies of victories for Christ 
are heard. This fine work is directed by the gospel team 
chairman, Bro. "Sib" Edmiston. 

(Continued on Page 189) 



March 22, 7952 



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A Call to Repentance 



By S. Herbert Bess, Instructor in Hebrew 



The Prophet Zechariah arose, to minister in the days 
when Israel had just returned to the land of promise 
after spending 70 years in captivity in Babylon. One 
of his purposes was to encourage the people in the task 
of rebuilding the temple and reestablishing the worship 
as it had been in former days. But he also had a word 
for the people respecting their moral and spiritual con- 
dition. In short, this word was a call to repentance. It 
is clearly set forth in Zechariah 1:1-6, wherein the 
appeal is summed up in the word "turn," or "return." 
(The two words translate the same Hebrew word, shubh.) 

Zechariah makes no claim to originality for this mes- 
sage. In verse 4 it is made plain that the same cry was 
upon the lips of the former prophets, whom we must 
understand to be the prophets before the period of the 
exile (cf. 7:7). When we compare these former prophets 
we see that the call to turn or return to Jehovah was 
prominent in every one of them. Let the reader see 
Jeremiah 3:12-14, Joel 2:12-13, Hosea 14:1-2, Isaiah 55:7, 
and many other passages. 

Zechariah's message was therefore a continuation of 
that of the former prophets, who called the people from 
their sins to turn back to the living God. In the proph- 
et's cry as we see it in Zechariah 1:1-6 there are some 
spiritual lessons applicable to our own needs. 

Sin Is a Turning From God 

The prophet called Israel to turn because the people 
had fallen into sin. One cannot read the prophets with- 
out being aware that the nation was guilty both of reli- 
gious sins (mixing with the idolatrous practices of the 
gentiles) and of moral sins. To determine upon a course 
of sin is to turn one's back upon God. This is inevitably 
true because of the very nature of God. When Isaiah 
was permitted his vision of Jehovah, the most impres- 
sive lesson he learned was that God is holy. The Apostle 
John came to the same understanding after his experi- 
ences with our Lord, for he wrote: "This then is the 
message which we have heard of him, and declare unto 
you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in 
darkness, we lie, and do not the truth" (I John 1:5-6). 
It is not possible to tolerate sin in the life and continue 
at the same time to maintain relations with God. 

We Are Commanded to Turn Toward God 

There are two aspects to the command to turn. In 
verse 3 the call is to turn unto the Lord: "Turn ye unto 
me, saith the Lord of hosts." In verse 4 the command 
is to turn from sin: "Turn ye now from your evil ways, 
and from your evil doings." Any genuine turning to 
God will result in a turning away from the sin which 
has offended His holiness and grieved His heart of love. 

This call to turn, which word is in other places trans- 
lated "to repent," did not cease with the Old Testament 
prophets. John the Baptist began his ministry with the 
same imperative, and our Lord Jesus Christ did like- 



wise. (See Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Luke 13:1-5.) Furthermore, 
the servants of Christ are instructed to sound the same 
message to men and women of our day. In the Great 
Commission, as it is recorded in Luke 24:46-47, Jesus 
declared that "repentance and remission of sins should 
be preached in his name among all nations." In obedi- 
ence to this command the Apostle Paul is found preach- 
ing repentance to the gentiles of Athens (Acts 17:30). 
The call is quite appropriate to our own age. 

God Promises to Turn Toward Us 

"Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will 
turn unto you." This is truly marvelous to contemplate 
that God will turn toward the sinner on the mere con- 
dition that the sinner turn toward God. The sinner is 
not told to do anything about his sins except to turn 
away from them. The penalty for those sins God has 
taken upon Himself to pay, and this He did fully when 
He gave His Son to die on Calvary. Jesus paid the debt 
in full, and God is thus at liberty to turn with favor 
toward anyone who should turn to Him. 

What a blessing there is in the knowledge that God's 
face is turned toward us in grace. What peace there is 
when we know that there is no offense, no sin between 
ourselves and God. The unrepentant cannot know this 
blessing, "for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, 
and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of 
the Lord is against them that do evil" (I Pet. 3:12). 

A story has been told of a father who went on a camp- 
ing trip with his son. The two of them spent the night 
in a lonely mountain cabin. It was very dark, and the 
father noticed that the boy was restless and that he was 
a long time in going to sleep. Finally in the darkness the 
boy spoke out, "Daddy, is your face turned toward me?" 
"Yes, son," the father replied, "my face is turned toward 
you." With that there was a quietness broken only by 
a sigh of contentment, and then there was rest in sleep. 

Many people today are restless and fearful in the 
darkness of this world, yet they do not realize that what 
their disquieted spirits need is the peace which comes 
from the assurance that God is turned toward them. 
"Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will 
turn unto you." 

God Warns Against Indifference 

It is sheer folly to persist in our own way in the face 
of God's call to repentance. The nation of Israel illus- 
trates this fact. The former prophets had cried unto 
them: "Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your 
evil doings" (vs. 4). The people ignored the prophet's 
voice — "but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, 
saith the Lord." 

Because of this lack of response God was sore dis- 
pleased with the nation (vs. 2), and he brought them 
into deep distress. The matter is summed up for us in 
II Chronicles 36:15-16: "And the Lord God of their 
fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up be- 



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times, and sending; because he had compassion on his 
people, and on his dwelling place: but they mocked the 
messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused 
his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against 
his people, till there was no remedy." (Compare the 
context of this passage.) 

God is not mocked. He inquires in verse 6: "But my 
words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants 
the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?" 
The expression "take hold" is translated "overtake" in 
Deuteronomy 28:15 and 45, and the same thought is in- 
tended here. The warnings and . the threats of God 
finally overtook the rebellious and unrepentant. "Be 
sure your sin will find you out," says the well-known 
but frequently misapplied passage in Numbers 32:23. 
The verse does not say that people will find you out — 
they may or they may not — but be sure your sins will 
find you. God does not speak for nought, and His word 
is sure of accomplishment. Therefore, turn ye unto 
the Lord. 



FATHER AND SON AT ALUMNI REUNION 



NEWS FROM OUR ALUMNI 

(Continued From Page 186) 

The sixth and closing message on "Sins of the Christian 
That Grieve the Holy Spirit," caused all of us to search 
out our own lives. The concensus of opinion was just 
this: "We will never be the same again." To put Charles 
Bergerson at the piano and John Neely on the trumpet 
is to say that we had excellent music. Rev. Lester Pifer 
stirred our hearts with a message on the subject of per- 
sonal soul winning, and this business of evangelism. We 
had a very practical demonstration of evangelism by 
mail as Karl Pretcher, a member of the alumni associa- 
tion, made contact and had present some equipment for 
a program of mailing a weekly message to the church 
constituency. Sixty-five persons enjoyed the banquet at 
the Eskimo Inn in weather that almost reminded us of 
the good old summer time. At least for the days of the 
conference the weather was perfect. 

Overheard at the Alumni Conference 

First Alumnus (speaking to a fellow alumnus) : "What 
did you use as the text for your critical?" 
Second Alumnus: "Swear Not." 
First Alumnus: "What was your conclusion?" 
Second Alumnus: "Nobody should swear!" 
First Alumnus: "What was in between?" 
Second Alumnus: "About 63 pages." 

Here's One for the Books 

While at the seminary we alumni learned of a Breth- 
ren student, now at the seminary, pastoring a Congrega- 
tional Christian church, who recently baptized by trine 
immersion a Methodist pastor whose father was a Baptist 
preacher! 

They really get things done in a big way at Grace! 

Alumni Action 

The alumni association took action to sponsor an an- 
nual alumni reunion and instructed the executive com- 
mittee to begin plans immediately for the second alumni 
reunion for 1953. 




Featured speaker at the recent alumni conference was 
Dr. Ralph Stoll, of Altoona, Pa., who is pictured above 
with his son, Rev. John Stoll, who was a member of the 
graduating class of 1949. He is now a professor at the 
Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Never has 
Grace Seminary had a more loyal alumnus than John. 
In every respect his support of the school since the day 
of his graduation has been an example which every 
Brethren alumnus could well follow. He has not for- 
gotten the debt of appreciation in view of the training 
which Grace Seminary and the Brethren Church pro- 
vided for him. 



ROMAN CATHOLIC TOLERANCE 

The Roman Catholics of this country talk much of 
what they call "religious tolerance," but for a true pic- 
ture one must go to countries where Catholic power is 
in the majority. A recent example of this is to be seen 
in a pastoral letter published in Spain by Pedro Cardinal 
Segura y Saenz, Roman Catholic archbishop of Sevilla, 
in which he warned against tolerance of Protestantism 
and other "heretical religions" in that country. A new 
campaign against Protestants is expected in the wake of 
the pastoral letter. Already a group of youths invaded 
a Protestant chapel, insulted the pastor, and burned a 
number of hymn books and pews. Speaking of the 
declaration of the United States for greater religious 
liberty in Spain, the Cardinal said: "Very grave is this 
declaration which explains perfectly the greater liberty 
in our country for Protestant proselytizing which, once 
the dikes of tolerance have broken, does not hesitate to 
advance toward religious liberty in our country." It is 
evident that the Catholic concept of tolerance means 
that they will tolerate only Roman Catholics! — B. 



STUDENT NEWS 

(Continued From Page 187) 

CQ-CQ-CQ— There are quite a few (you should ex- 
cuse the expression) "hams" around the seminary now. 
By this I mean that several of the students are now the 
proud possessors of amateur radio licenses. Those who 
have recently passed their tests are Frank Brill WN9- 
QQE, Roy Glass WN9QWG, Russ Irwin, WN9QWO. 
The other licensed members of amateur radio station 
W90CO, Grace Seminary, are Bill Burk, W90CS, Imo- 
gene Burk, W9RCT, and Sib Edmiston, W6QHG. A fine 
beginning for missionary radio at Grace and more com- 
ing up. 

FAMOUS LAST WORDS— "I forgot to put it in my 
Memory-O-Matic!" 



March 22, 7952 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



There have been seven first-time 
confessions and three rededications 
of faith since the first of January at 
Lake Odessa, Mich. A new record 
for attendance at a regular service 
was set on March 2 when 143 were 
at morning worship and 134 were in 
Sunday school. 

Anyone knowing of Brethren peo- 
ple interested in starting a church 
in Walla Walla, Wash., are asked to 
contact Pastor Russell Williams, 910 
S. 26th Ave., Yakima, Wash. 

Mr. and Mrs. Victor H. Meyers had 
charge of the evening service March 
9 at Berrien Springs, Mich. Follow- 
ing the service they led a singspira- 
tion held in cooperation with the 
Baptist church. 

In the first week of meetings with 
Rev. Don B. Rood, the Compton, 
Calif., church had crowds averaging 
108. The services began on Feb- 
ruary 19. 

The bulletin of the First Church, 
Los Angeles, Calif., dated March 2, 
announces that Bro. Howard Vulga- 
more, who graduates from Grace 
Seminary this spring, has accepted a 
call to become assistant pastor and 
day school teacher at this church. 
On March 16, Pastor Glenn O'Neal 
began a 4-week class for those in- 
terested in coming into the member- 
ship of the church. 

Rev. Ralph Colburn, national youth 
director, spoke at Conemaugh, Pa., 
March 9. 

Rev. L. L. Grubb will speak at 
the Easter sunrise service in Water- 
loo, Iowa, April 13, and will begin a 
2 -weeks meeting at the church the 
same day. 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt will minister 
in a spring Bible conference March 
23-30 at the North Riverdale church, 
Dayton, Ohio. 



The church at Long Beach, Calif., 
and the Brethren High School enter- 
tained the Christian Teachers' Insti- 
tute, March 14. The church has ex- 
tended sympathy to Rev. Alan S. 
Pearce in the loss of a brother, Stan- 
ley, of Montreal, who died while vis- 
iting him. They had not seen each 
other for 30 years. 

At South Gate, Calif., the congre- 
gation heard Rev. Dalton Crosby, of 
the India Mission, on February 17. 

At Fort Wayne, Ind., 49 persons 
publicly dedicated their lives in win- 
ning souls at the services on March 
2. The congregation has voted to 
support Dr. and Mrs. Harold Mason 
and family on the foreign field and 
to provide the cost of their outfit. 
The pastor's car expense has also 
been raised. A food shower was 
given to Pastor and Mrs. Hammer on 
March 6 




The young married people's class 
at Yakima, Wash., is renovating the 
study and office as a special project. 

Dr. Charles H. Ashman began a 
series of Good News Meetings at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Portland, 
Oreg., March 16. They were sched- 
uled to run for 2 weeks. 

Dr. Orville Jobson spoke at the 
First Church, Dayton, Ohio, March 
9. In the evening he showed pic- 
tures of the work in Africa. 

Rev. Ralph Colburn spoke March 
2 at the church in Jenners, Pa. 

At Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) a father 
and son banquet was attended by 
over 90 on February 22. William 
Lotz was the speaker. Mrs. Rose 
Foster will be at the church on 
Easter morning. Dr. Herman Hoyt 
begins maetings on April 27. 

During February Rev. R. I. Hum- 
herd, of Flora, Ind., spoke at the fol- 
lowing places: Fillmore, Artesia, San 
Bernardino, and La Verne, Calif., 
all Brethren, and the Montecita Park 
Union Church, Los Angeles; Com- 
munity Church of Hawthorne; the 
Hollywood Christian Group ("stars" 
in the entertainment realm who meet 
together for Bible study); Califor- 
nia Baptist Seminary of Covina; the 
Los Angeles Rescue Mission; the 



Centinella Bible Church; and the 
Mid South Bible Institute, Memphis, 
Tenn. He also spoke over station 
KGER of Long Beach. 

Communion services at Cherry 
Valley, Beaumont, Calif., February 
28 were attended by nearly 50 peo- 
ple. 

The church at Hagerstown, Md., 
has assumed support of Rev. and 
Mrs. Carson Rottler, missionaries. 
Dr. O. E. Phillips held a Bible con- 
ference March 6-9 at this church. 

Fifty-five were present at a dinner 
in honor of the teaching staff at the 
Long Beach, Calif., Second Church 
on February 26. 

Enrollment in the Sky Pilots at 
Spokane, Wash., has stopped until 
more men helpers volunteer. 

At Ashland, Ohio, nine children 
accepted Christ in the children's 
service, and a rededication of life 
was made at the evening service on 
February 17. Pastor Miles Taber 
has been asked to conduct special 
services during the week before 
Easter, closing with the communion 
service, April 12. 

Rev. Paul Mohler, of the Listie 
Brethren Church, spoke at Meyers- 
dale, Pa., March 2. 

The Youth Rally of the Northern 
Ohio District will be held April 4-5. 
Dr. Paul Bauman is the speaker, fi- 
nals of the basketball tournament 
will be played, and the picture, "Re- 
gions Beyond," will be shown. 

Richard DeArmey, pastor of the 
Sidney Brethren Church, will lead 
an evangelistic meeting at the Mer- 
riam, Ind., Christian Church March 
23-30. Ed Smith will be song leader 
and Miss Iris Heckman, pianist. Rev. 
F. F. Orr, former student at Grace 
Seminary, is pastor at Merriam. 

Born: To Rev. and Mrs. Edward 
Bowman, a boy, Philip Edward, on 
March 8. Brother Bowman is pastor 
at Garwin, Iowa. 

February 25 was the date of the 
anniversary program of the Sky 
Pilots at Listie, Pa. Bro. Ralph Col- 
burn spoke at the program and also 
at the evening service the night 
before. 

Plans for the first D. V. B. S. ever 
held by the Winona Lake, Ind., Sun- 
day school are going forward at this 
time. Frank Poland, superintendent 
of the school, announced committees 
on March 9. A Sunday school library 
is to be started soon under the di- 
rection of Rev. and Mrs. Ben Ham- 
ilton. 



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Brethren Sunday Schools on the March 



At the beginning of this conference 
year (September 1, 1951) your Na- 
tional Sunday School Board suggest- 
ed a slogan for the Sunday schools of 
the Brethren Church, "Brethren 
Sunday Schools on the March." We 
are seeing that slogan put into real- 
ity across the nation as one after an- 
other our Sunday schools are begin- 
ning to catch the vision of what can 
be done to have real spiritual revival 
now through our Sunday schools. 
Here are just a few samples of re- 
newed interest: 

"More than 30 interested people 
met together at the church in Cam- 
den, Ohio, on December 13, 1951, to 
consider the important matter of a 
teacher training class for the church. 
Pastor Robert Betz believes that 
such a class will help to develop the 
church and Sunday school, and has 
been working diligently to that end. 
The subject of teacher training was 
presented to the group by C. S. Zim- 
merman, vice president of the Na- 
tional Sunday School Board, which 
was followed by an open-forum pe- 
riod in which many questions were 
raised and much interest shown. 
Since the rally the class has been 
organized and the work begun. There 
are 20 enrolled in the class. Twenty 
people interested in the welfare of 
the Camden church, trained and fit- 
ted for the work of the church, 
should turn the town upside down 
for Christ. Many souls will be 
brought to the Lord and many saints 
revived. They are off to a right start 
in a big way." — C. S. Zimmerman, 
reporter. 

Second Brethren Church, Los An- 
geles, Calif. (Henry Rempel, re- 
porter) — "We hereby praise our gra- 
cious Lord for the blessings He 
showered upon us in a recent Sunday 
school convention, conducted in our 
church February 5 through 7. The 
conference was scheduled on a com- 
munity basis, with five Brethren 
churches and 16 other denominations 
cooperating. Since the work of the 
Bible school is interdenominational, 
and since we were primarily inter- 
ested in methods by which to do the 
job correctly and more efficiently, 
this cooperating plan worked out 
very satisfactorily. Bro. Harold Et- 
ling, president of our National Sun- 
day School Board, was our principle 
speaker, and to assist him we had 
engaged Miss Esther Ellinghusen and 



Mrs. Alvira Roth, both Sunday school 
authorities of our city. During the 
second and third nights one session 
was given over to departmental 
group discussions. The group lead- 
ers led teachers and superintendents 
of their respective groups in meth- 
ods and programs of how to do the 
work for that age level. A very fine 
spirit prevailed and much valuable 
Sunday school material was present- 
ed. Sessions were held each night 
from 7:15 to 9:30, the last 20-minute 
period of which was given to the 
showing of a film depicting various 
phases of Sunday school activities, 
with special stress on leading the 
pupils to Christ. A total of 151 
Sunday school workers were reg- 
istered for the convention. 



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SUNDAY 

HAROLD H. ETUNG 



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SCHOOLS 




"It is our prayer that the inspira- 
tion and instruction received shall 
be converted into action that will 
build larger and stronger Bible 
schools where youth and adults will 
be taught the words of eternal life. 
We thank Brother Etling and the 
other speakers for giving us their 
best to make this convention pos- 
sible." 

More news of recent conventions 
and happenings across our nation 
next month. 



Our Next Quarter of Sunday School 
Lessons 

In keeping with the request of 
many churches, we are suggesting 
for each quarter a brief bibliography 
of materials for the help of teachers 
who are using Brethren literature. 
Did you know that the Brethren 
Church is producing literature for 
the use of Sunday schools from the 
Junior department through the 
Adult department? The faster our 
Sunday schools move to use our own 
literature the faster we will be able 
to develop and print other materials 



and divide the quarterlies we are 
now producing. The entire matter 
of publishing our own quarterlies 
rests in your hands. Will you help 
us to help you by suggesting that 
your school use Brethren literature? 
If you do not have copies at hand, 
write to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Now as to the bibliography: Next 
quarter we will study the books of 
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 
and Philemon. These books and 
helps may all be secured from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Com- 
pany through your pastor, or di- 
rectly from the company. 

In the Heavenlies — Ironside $1.25 

Commentary on the Epistle to the 

Ephesians — Hodge 4.00 

His Very Own — Harrison 1.50 

Epistle to the Ephesians — Erdman 1.25 

The Glory of God in the Christian 

Calling— W. O. Carver 3.75 

Galatians-Ephesians — Calvin 3.00 

Colossians-Thessalonians — Calvin .... 3.00 

The Fulness of God— John H. Cable . . 1.50 

Ephesian Studies— H. G. Moule 4.25 

Faithful in Christ Jesus — Ockenga . . . 3.00 

Ephesians, Colossians — Barnes 3.00 

Galatians. Colossians — Lange 3.95 

Ephesians— Talbot 2.00 

St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians — 

Westcott 5.00 

Galatians-Ephesians — Simpson 2.00 

Colossians— E. Schuyler English 2.00 

Galatians, Ephesians. Colossians — Len- 

ski 4.50 

Romans-Revelation — Gray and Adams 4.95 
Corinthians-Thessalonians — Hovey 

( American Commentary) 3.50 

Philippians in the Greek New Testa- 
ment — Wuest 1.50 

Philippians and Colossians — Simpson. . 2.00 

Thessalonians-Philemon — Barnes 3.00 

Thessalonians-Hebrews — Lange 3.95 

Especially for Children's Teachers 

The Bible Way of Salvation— Ruth 
Overholtzer. 

Manual $-60 

Flannelgraph figures 2.50 

(Some of these lessons and figures 
will be adaptable to your lesson.) 

The Christian's Walk and Talk 2.25 

(Lesson 8 of this could be used with 
your Lesson 3 on the "Christian's 
Walk.") 
The Christian Soldier (by Visuals).. 2.95 
For your Lesson 4. (Large flannel 
soldier with flannelblot armor.) 
The Christian Soldier— Helen Stephens 

Leonard .75 

Flannelblot soldier and armor. 
Published by Christian Publica- 
tions. 

Christian Living 1-50 

This could be adapted to several 
lessons. 



Some Essentials for a Teacher 

1. Every teacher of the Bible 
should be a Christian. If he does 
not know Christ he is unprepared to 
help others to find Christ; if he 
knows Christ but fails to walk in the 
light, he is unworthy to lead others 
to Christ. 

2. Every teacher should have a 

(Continued on Page 196) 



March 22, 1952 



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ECHOES 



From the Billy Graham Crusade in Washington 



By Rev. James Dixon, Washington, D. C. 



More than 15,000 persons crowded 
into the National Guard Armory on 
the last day of the Billy Graham cru- 
sade to hear this man of God. Cli- 
maxing 5 weeks of intense, heart- 
searching messages, he challenged 
America by speaking on the theme, 
"Prepare to Meet Thy God." The 
462 professions of faith brought the 
total to 6,115 for the 31 meetings. 

Preparation for the Crusade 

For several weeks prior to the be- 
ginning of the crusade over 500 per- 
sonal workers from many different 
churches in Washington met together 
for instruction on "How to Lead a 
Soul to Christ." Rev. Don Rosen- 
berger, of the Navigators, taught this 
class and did excellent work in pre- 
paring others to deal with the con- 
verts. 

Balance in the Crusade 

We had wonderful balance in the 
campaign — mass evangelism with 
personal emphasis. Dr. Graham de- 
clared: "Mass evangelism is not the 
answer; but in every generation it is 
necessary to have a crusade such as 
this to arouse and stimulate Chris- 
tians to the great job of evangelism." 
The personal workers were so well 
trained that they knew what to do 
and they knew how to do it. No one 
made a public decision without re- 
ceiving private and personal atten- 
tion afterwards. 

Music in the Crusade 

Music had a very important place 
in the meetings. The singing of 
George Beverly Shea transcended 
anything we had ever heard, and the 
1,000-voice choir, made up of choir 
members from the local churches (25 
from our own church), under the 
talented leadership of Cliff Barrows, 
gave special numbers and provided 



musical background for the singing 
of Mr. Shea. 

The Follow-Up Work 

Dawson Trotman and his Naviga- 
tors directed the personal work and 
the follow-up work. The method 
was to have one man deal with one 
man, encouraging him in his Bible 
study, prayer, and memory work. 
The Navigators conducted follow-up 
classes which were held at 6:30 a.m. 
and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 
Thursdays. Over 400 would meet in 




Rev. James Dixon 

each of the early -morning classes to 
learn how they might best help those 
who made decisions. 

Auxiliary Meetings 

In connection with this crusade 
there were several auxiliary meet- 
ings that ought to be mentioned. 
There were the ministers' breakfasts 
held each Monday morning, with one 
exception. Over 200 pastors at- 
tended these breakfasts and heard 
Dr. Harold Ockenga, Prebendary 
Colin Kerr, of London; Rev. James 
Graham, Rev. Dawson Trotman, and 
Dr. Graham. 

Also there were the businessmen's 
luncheons, with more than 300 men 
at each meeting. Speakers at these 
meetings included Hon. John Hen- 
derson, of the British Parliament; 
Arnold Grunigen, president of Chris- 



tian Businessmen's Committee In- 
ternational; and Judge Luther 
Youngdahl, of the District Court in 
Washington. 

"Uncle" Cliff Barrows conducted 
two children's meetings, attended by 
about 12,000 children. 

There were meetings at the Pen- 
tagon, in university centers, and in 
hotels. Mr. Graham gave of himself 
unstintingly to all of these services. 

The Finances of the Crusade 

Bro. F. E. Simmons, of our church, 
was the treasurer of the campaign, 
and was one of the busiest men on 
the executive committee. Through 
his able leadership more than $35,- 
000 was raised prior to the crusade, 
and the $110,000 budget was met by 
the fourth Sunday, so that no offer- 
ings were received after that time. 
Billy Graham himself received no 
financial remuneration from the 
Washington crusade. 

The Work of Dr. Graham 

Not once did Billy Graham malign 
or belittle the ministry. In every- 
thing he and every member of his 
party manifested a spirit of love and 
complete consecration to the task. 
Everyone who made a profession was 
urged to get into some local church 
and to support it and its pastor. Our 
own people were very active in 
the crusade and every one of them 
was greatly and richly blessed. The 
work of Mr. Graham was Biblical 
and solid, with no emotionalism used 
to gain any goals. 

All of Washington is now aware 
that there are many believers in our 
Nation's Capital who still believe 
that God is on His throne, that Christ 
Jesus died for them, and that He is 
coming again. The testimony of 
Christ in Washington has received a 
great impetus through these meet- 
ings. 



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A WEEK'S HAPPENINGS IN ONE PARSONAGE 



Sunday — "I'm so glad Robbie 
'cepted the Lord today. He's my boy 
friend and I'm going to marry him 
when I grow up." It was bedtime 
when Sharon made this world-shak- 
ing statement. After a gulp or two, 
Mother answered as calmly as pos- 
sible, "I'm glad, too, that Robbie 
made his public confession today. 
Robert and Jerry confessed the Lord 
Jesus publicly last week, remember? 
Everyone is so happy when they see 
little boys and girls accept Christ." 

"Why are people happy when chil- 
dren 'cept Christ?" 

"Because Jesus is the only way to 
heaven. And Jesus is the only One 
who can make our hearts white and 
help us to live to please the heavenly 
Father." 

"Can I marry Robbie when I grow 
up?" 

"You'd better wait until you are 
grown before you worry about whom 
you'll marry. Besides, it's always 
polite for the lady to wait 'til she is 
asked. Let's pray now and then off 
to sleep. Did you have a good meet- 
ing at BYF this evening?" 

"Yes, but some of the boys and 
girls were not there because they are 
sick. I'm glad I'm not sick now. 
Jesus is good to me . . ." The little 
voice trailed and Mother's girl quiet- 
ly slept. For a few moments Mother 
stood by her daughter's bed and felt 
anew the high and holy calling which 
is hers. She knew she is not worthy 
of the charge, nor equal to it, but "I 
will go in the strength of the Lord 
God: I will make mention of thy 
righteousness, even of thine only" 
(Psa. 71:16). 

Monday — Family worship and Paul 
Kent was praying in sing-song: 
"Dear Jesus, bless Daddy, Mama, 
the girls, the boys — help me be a 
good boy, obey Mama, blah, blah, 
blah." A startled Daddy never came 
so near to "exploding," and the eas- 
ily tickled youngsters giggled au- 
dibly. As the parents talked to- 
gether later in the day about the 
most "unorthodox" praying of their 
young son, Daddy confided, "I've 
heard some adults pray with about 
the same fervor as Kent displayed 
today. They may as well have said, 
'Blah,' for all the heart or desire 
they seemed to have in their prayer." 
How often we learn from a child! 
May we say with the Psalmist, "But 
I give myself unto prayer." 



Dorotheann and Sharon were set 
at the task of peeling potatoes for 
dinner. They decided to race and 
see who would peel the most. Shar- 
on started with a handicap, being the 
younger and smaller, but she did a 
fine job. Suddenly Dorotheann 
asked: "How many is that for you, 
Sharon?" "This is my 'twoth,' " she 
answered with a sparkling smile. 
"You mean your second, Sharon 
Martha." "Well, it's two anyway. 
Are you proud of me, Mama?" "Yes 
I am, dear, though you certainly do 
murder the king's English. But 
you'll learn as you grow." And as 
she worked she remembered the 
promise of His Word: "Train up a 




Ustc/er Me 

-PARSONAGE 
•ROOF 

A//?. KaberfMV/er 



child in the way he should go: and 
when he is old, he will not depart 
from it." 

Tuesday — "Sharon Martha," Da- 
vid literally shouted, "that's unsan- 
itary." Mother turned from the 
stove to see what was causing her 
son's indignation. She was in time 
to see Sharon pull a grimy finger 
from the bowl of macaroni and 
cheese. She stood amused before 
her son's fury even as she shooed 
Sharon to the bathroom to wash. To 
be sure, Sharon had been naughty 
and had to be corrected. But Mother 
was reminded of the proverb: "O 
consistency, thou art a jewel." If 
ever a child has to be exhorted and 
threatened to scrub himself and be 
careful about his appearance, it is 
David. This was one time when he 
was in the position to shout his dis- 
approval because he had remem- 
bered to clean up. Oh child of God, 
Mother mused, "first cast out the 
beam out of thine own eye; and 
then shalt thou see clearly to cast 
out the mote out of thy brother's 
eye" (Matt. 7:5). 

Wednesday — "May I go to prayer 
meeting tonight?" 

"Yes, you may go, Dorotheann, but 
will you help me first to get the 
babies to bed?" 



"Why can't I go to prayer meet- 
ing?" Sharon asked petulantly. 

"Me too," chimed Kent. "I'm a 
big boy." 

"When you get a little bigger and 
have learned to sit with fewer wig- 
gles, Mother will let you go." 

"Mothers and preachers' wives get 
to do everything. They sure have it 
soft." Mother's spontaneous giggle 
at this ridiculous statement by her 
daughter rather cleared the stormy 
atmosphere. Taking a reluctant 
girlie in her arms. Mother soothed 
the hurt and told Sharon her day is 
ahead for going "everywhere" and 
getting "everything." And someday 
when your spreading wings have 
taken you from Mother's arms and 
roof, may you ever remember the 
admonition of Scripture, "Not for- 
saking the assembling of yourselves 
together, as the manner of some is . . . 
(Heb. 10:25). 

Thursday: A beautiful symphony 
over the radio and Bob with his ear 
glued. "Did you hear that French 
horn?" he inquired. "Boy, that was 
pretty." "Mother, listen to that harp. 
I think I understand why you'd like 
to play one. I wish you could have a 
harp." The boy drank in the beau- 
ties of music and arose refreshed in 
body, cleansed in mind, and chal- 
lenged in spirit. His comment at the 
close of the symphony, "That music 
just does something for a fellow," 
spoke volumes. Mother was so 
grateful for his appreciation of real 
music and for his recognition of the 
instruments. His heart seemed to be 
in tune with the symphony. Mother 
prayed as he went to bed, "May he 
ever be sensitive to the call of God 
through His Spirit. Let all who 
know him 'hear' God's symphony of 
love for a lost world by his life kept 
in 'tune' through God's Word." 

Friday — "The man at Kroger's 
calls me the 'apple boy' because I 
buy so many Delicious apples from 
him. He asked me if I eat these all 
myself. I told him that you and 
Daddy help me out. He told me he'd 
rather see me buy apples than some 
of the things he sees other kids buy." 

"The apples are good for you, Bill, 
and will not damage your health as 
candy and other nicknacks could do. 
At least you get real attention at the 
store by being a good 'apple' cus- 
tomer," Mother laughed. 

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March 22, 7952 



193 



I AM RICH AND I KNOW IT 



By Rev. Galen M. Lingenfelter, Buena Vista, Va. 



I have often heard people say, "It 
is no disgrace to be poor, but it is 
mighty unhandy." Well, it is no dis- 
grace to be rich, either, and it is 
usually very convenient; but when 
people are rich and do not know it, 
that is unusual. Yet there are many 
Christians who are heirs to a great 
inheritance and seemingly know 
very little about it. They do not 
realize what they have because of 
their relationship to God. 

The story is told of a boy who had 
run away from home, and while he 
was gone his father died and the 
boy became heir to thousands of dol- 
lars. When the boy was found he 
was on the streets begging for 
money. He was rich — an heir — and 
did not know it. This seems to be 
true of some Christians, too — they 
are begging for things from the 
world when they have everything in 
Christ Jesus. 

Why 1 Am Rich 

I am rich because I am a Christian. 
The Apostle Paul spoke of our riches 
in Christ in these words: "For as 
many as are led by the Spirit of God, 
they are the sons of God. For ye 
have not received the spirit of bond- 
age again to fear; but ye have re- 
ceived the Spirit of adoption, where- 
by we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit 
itself beareth witness with our spirit, 
that we are the children of God: and 
if children, then heirs; heirs of God, 
and joint-heirs of Christ; if so be 
that we suffer with him, that we may 
be also glorified together" (Rom. 8: 
14-17). 

This text declares that we are heirs 
because we are children of God; 
children by birth — the new birth. 
We are not heirs because of creation, 
for it is not written, if creatures, then 
heirs, but "if children, then heirs." 
This inheritance does not come by 
natural descent, "nor by works of 
righteousness which we have done" 
(Tit. 3:5). Nor is this an inheritance 
we receive because we observe the 
ordinances. All of these things are 
good in their place, but not as a 
means of becoming heirs of the 
riches of God. 

This passage in Romans mentions 
only one great qualification — "if chil- 
dren, then heirs." Being a child of 
God makes one an heir of God; we 
receive the inheritance because we 



are His children. If you are a child 
of God you are therefore an heir of 
His, as I am. 

Some Christians are more faithful 
than others and they will be reward- 
ed for their faithfulness, but all of 
God's children are heirs and will re- 
ceive the inheritance. Rewards are 
given for good works, but the inher- 
itance is obtained by and at the new 
birth, and it comes to us through our 
identification with the Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

What My Inheritance Is 

All Christians, I included, are rich 
in Christ Jesus in the following 
ways: 

1. We are heirs of salvation. The 
Spirit of God said, "But to which of 
the angels said he at any time, Sit on 




Rev. G. M. Lingenfelter 

my right hand, until I make thine 
enemies thy footstool? Are they not 
ministering spirits, sent forth to min- 
ister for them who shall be heirs of 
salvation?" (Heb. 1:13-14). Salva- 
tion is complete deliverance from sin 
and damnation through the atone- 
ment of Christ. Because we are 
children of God we have experienced 
this deliverance. We have not earned 
it, but as children of God it is ours. 
2. We are heirs of eternal life. 
Paul wrote to a young preacher: 
"But after that the kindness and love 
of God our Saviour toward man ap- 
peared, not by works of righteous- 
ness which we have done, but ac- 
cording to his mercy he saved us, by 
the washing of regeneration, and re- 
newing of the Holy Ghost; which he 
shed on us abundantly through Jesus 
Christ our Saviour; that being justi- 
fied by his grace, we should be made 
heirs according to the hope of eternal 
life" (Tit. 3:4-7). 



We are not heirs because of what 
we have done, but by His marvelous 
grace and love — "heirs according to 
the hope of eternal life." 

3. We are heirs of God's promises. 
All of the wonderful promises which 
God gave to His children are ours — 
are mine. We can and should claim 
every one of them. Think of some of 
them. "I give unto them eternal life; 
and they shall never perish" (John 
10:28). "Come unto me, all ye that 
labour and are heavy laden, and I 
will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). 
"All that the Father giveth me shall 
come to me; and him that cometh to 
me I will in no wise cast out" (John 
6:37). "I go to prepare a place for 
you. And if I go and prepare a place 
for you, I will come again, and re- 
ceive you unto myself; that where I 
am, there ye may be also" (John 14: 
2-3). These are just a few of His 
promises to His children. 

4. We are heirs of the righteous- 
ness of God. Paul declared: "For he 
hath made him to be sin for us, who 
knew no sin; that we might be made 
the righteousness of God in him" (II 
Cor. 5:21). Again, "now the right- 
eousness of God without the law is 
manifested, being witnessed by the 
law and the prophets; even the right- 
eousness of God which is by faith of 
Jesus Christ unto all and upon all 
them that believe: for there is no 
difference" (Rom. 3:21-22). As chil- 
dren of God we stand before Him in 
Christ Jesus, and therefore heirs of 
His righteousness. 

5. We are also heirs "to an inher- 
itance incorruptible, and undefiled, 
and that fadeth not away, reserved 
in heaven for you" (I Pet. 1:4). 
Christian, these words are more 
wonderful than we can imagine. 
Think of it — "an inheritance incor- 
ruptible, and undefiled . . . reserved 
in heaven" for us. This guarantees 
it to us, for Christ will not lose it. It 
is ours because it is His and we are 
in Him. 

Yes, as a Christian I am rich. 
These riches are not mine just for 
this earthly life, but forever. The 
same is true for every believer in 
Christ Jesus. Let us rejoice, there- 
fore, because we "know the grace of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though 
he was rich, yet for your sakes he 
became poor, that ye through his 
poverty might be rich" (II Cor. 8:9). 



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THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



Common Interest Needed 

Dorothy M. Peper, newspaper col- 
lumnist, writing on the theme, "Com- 
mon Interest Draws Families Close 
Together," said: "Every family 
should have at least one common 
ground of interest and activity, for 
the development of that feeling of 
'togetherness' so important to a fam- 
ily's life." 

She then related how her "family 
sings while taking motor trips." It 
all began when her first child came 
home from Sunday school and urged 
the parents to join her in singing 
"Jesus Loves Me." The number of 
singers and the number of songs and 
hymns grew as the family increased. 

Mrs. Peper urges all families to 
find the one thing that will help to 
hold them together. Her words are: 
"The important thing is to find a 
common interest in , some enjoyed 
activity, and build it into a thing of 
traditional importance to your fam- 
ily life." 

The one thing that has bound 
Christian families together more than 
any other one thing through the 
years has been the family altar, in- 
cluding Bible reading, prayer, and 
the singing of the hymns of the 
church. No other one thing so binds 
the family together nor holds its 
members longer and happier than 
this — the putting of God and His 
Word first in the heart of the family. 



"ready to go" we should do nothing 
to mar our testimony while traveling 
this earthly pilgrimage. 



"Lead Us Not Into Temptation" 

In the model prayer the Lord Jesus 
taught His disciples to pray, "Lead 
us not into temptation, but deliver 
us from evil" (Matt. 6:13). 

Police Sergeant Martin Maher, of 
Toledo, Ohio, illustrated this truth 
when he asked his superiors to get 
him off a keg of dynamite. He offi- 
cially reported that a case of dyna- 
mite had been stored directly be- 
neath his post in the police head- 
quarters. He is afraid some slight 
jar might cause an explosion. Said he: 

"I believe this condition should be 
checked before some desk sergeants 
and reporters take a ride into obliv- 
ion. I am not ready to go." 

He wants the explosive removed 
so that it will not continue to threat- 
en his life. Even so, beloved, we 
should shun "all appearance of evil" 
(I Thess. 5:22). Though we may be 



God's Gifts Must Be Appropriated 

The story is told of a conversation 
between a master and his servant 
concerning the things of the Lord. 

The master said, "Sam, I have 
been seeking the Lord for years, but 
I have never found what you say 
you have got, and I don't under- 
stand it." 

"Well, Massa," came the reply 
from the slave, "I explain de differ- 
ence in de case. S'pose you order a 
great dinner. De servants bring on 
de roasted turkey and all de good 
things, and when de dinnerbell rings 
you goes to de door of de dining 
room and look in and talks about de 
great feast, I goes right in and eat 
him. So, Massa, de difference is dat 
I has got de dinner inside and you 
has got de dinner outside." 

Jesus taught appropriation in 
these words: "As the living Father 
hath sent me, and I live by the Fath- 
er: so he that eateth me, even he 
shall live by me. This is that bread 
which came down from heaven: not 
as your fathers did eat manna, and 
are dead: he that eateth of this bread 
shall live for ever" (John 6:57-58). 



Faithfulness Is Required of All 

Miss Marie Therrien, 73-year-old 
lady of Southbridge, Mass., claims 




one of the longest working records 
for women in industry. She has been 
employed for 60 years by the Amer- 
ican Optical Company. This is sure- 
ly a picture of faithfulness to one's 
task. 

God requires the same of us, that 
is, faithfulness. He does not require 
that we be great or important or that 
we rise to the top, but "it is required 
in stewards, that a man be found 
faithful" (I Cor. 4:2). There is no 
place or time where the steward 
(servant) of God can quit. 

Faithfulness to the Lord of the 
church has its reward. The Lord 
Jesus said, "After a long time the 
lord of those servants cometh, and 
reckoneth with them. And so he 
that had received five talents came 
and brought other five talents, say- 
ing, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me 
five talents: behold, I have gained 
beside them five talents more. His 
lord said unto him, Well done, thou 
good and faithful servant: thou hast 
been faithful over a few things, I 
will make thee ruler over many 
things: enter thou into the joy of thy 
lord" (Matt. 25:19-21). 



Are We Worthy of Imitation? 

The editor of the Gainesville, Ga., 
News wrote in his paper some words 
that ought to be given very careful 
consideration by all adults. Said he: 
"A leading educator has said that in 
one respect good citizenship and 
character resemble measles and 
mumps: they can only be caught by 
close contact with those who have 
them. And it is true that children, 
from the cradle up, imitate the ex- 
amples of adults. One of the most 
vitally important things an adult 
should do today is to look closely at 
his every-day life to see if the things 
he does are those he would like a 
young person to imitate." 

These are timely words from the 
secular press. They are further evi- 
dence that the wise man, Solomon, 
was right when he wrote: "Train up 
a child in the way he should go: and 
when he is old, he will not depart 
from it" (Prov. 22:6). 

The lessons learned by imitation 
are learned easiest and stay longest 
with the pupil. This is true in every 
realm of life, especially in the realm 
of the spiritual. 



March 22, 7952 



195 



UNDER THE PARSONAGE ROOF 



THE HOLLYWOOD CHRISTIAN GROUP 

By Rev. R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. 



"Look! Here comes Rachel on the 
run!" 

There was a sudden hush in the 
crowd about the "poolroom" as every 
eye was focused upon Rachel. 

Rachel (we will call her that) was 
the belle of Sychar; she was attrac- 
tive; she was smart; she was popular. 
Every man in Sychar knew Rachel; 
every husband thrilled at her smile 
(when his wife was not looking); 
every wife feared and hated her; 
every daughter was warned to keep 
far away from her. 

Rachel had a way with men. When 
she set her stakes for any certain 
man, she usually got him. She had 
already had five husbands, and now 
she was living with the sixth. Verily, 
she was the "star" of Sychar. 

A few moments ago she had gone 
out to the well with a pitcher on her 
head, but here she comes — there is 
no pitcher on her head, but there is 
a glow on that face those men had 
never seen before. 

"Come, see a man, which told me 
all things that ever I did: is not this 
the Christ?" (John 4:29). 

The city of Sychar worshiped in 
that mountain. Every man and 
woman stood with back to the God 
of Israel and with face toward that 
mountain. Rachel was the key to 
that city — convert Rachel and the 
whole city was open to the Gospel. 

The Movie Realm 

So it is today. The saloon has lost 
first place as a corrupting element in 
the lives of our youth. Now it is the 
movie. There is no sign over the 
theater to keep the minor out. Even 
the babe in the mother's arms is 
welcome here. 

On the screen the youth of our 
land are taught every vile thing. 
Every sin, every vice, every crime is 
made pleasant; while every virtue is 
trampled under foot. The sex film is 
given first place. The "stars" can 
marry and remarry and all is well. 




Rev. R. I. Humberd 

Let a woman like Rachel have five 
husbands and she is a heroine. Ver- 
ily, the name "Hollywood" reeks 
with filth like Babylon — it has be- 
come "a cage of every unclean and 
hateful bird" (Rev. 18:2). 

The youth of our land worship at 
the Hollywood shrine; their backs 
are toward the church and their 
faces toward the screen. The "star" 
is the idol of their heart; his face is 
familiar on the screen; his voice vi- 
brates the very marrow of their 
bones. Like Rachel, the "star" is 
the key to their hearts, and let that 
same face appear with the joy of the 
Lord radiating from the soul, and let 
him cry, "Come! Come! Come! I 
have found the Christ!" This would 
be the key that would unlock the 
hearts of countless thousands of our 
youth and turn them to the Lord. 

This is no idle dream, for even now 
it is taking place. There is a Chris- 
tian group in Hollywood and recent- 
ly it was my privilege to speak to 
their Monday night Bible class. 

It was the first time I had ever 
stood among the "stars"; it was the 
first time I had ever spoken to those 
whose whole life had been in the 
realm of entertainment. I was 
thrilled as Red Harper told of the 
hundreds being won to Christ 
through the picture, "Mr. Texas." 

Verily, the same God who saved 
Rachel and used her to unlock a 
city, can save the "stars" and use 
them to unlock the hearts of the 
youth of today. 



(Continued From Page 193) 

"Honestly, Mother, I don't see how 
some boys have any kind of health. 
They don't eat decent lunches and 
they smoke like a chimney. I don't 
think most of their parents care 
what their children do." 

"Many of the parents don't care, 
son. The great juvenile delinquency 
problem is largely the fault »f par- 
ents who don't know the Lord and 
to whom their children are a distinct 
annoyance. My prayer for you is 
that you'll ever discern the 'right' 
of things as you use God's Word as 
the yardstick. If you'll ever obey 
the Book which says, 'Children, obey 
your parents,' as you obey His will 
for your life, you'll bear a pleasing 
testimony to God." 

Saturday — Preparation for the 
Lord's Day is the order of this day. 
Everything and everyone gets 
scrubbed. Mother cleans or super- 
vises the cleaning of 16 ears, 8 heads 
of hair, 80 toenails and 80 fingernails. 
Meal preparation for Sunday takes 
some time and thought. By the end 
of a long, hard day — whew! Mother 
has to be almost lifted into bed. But 
is it worth all that strain, someone 
asks? Yea, a thousandfold. When 
this Mother is tempted to complain 
about the work of keeping 10 people 
and their "trappings" clean, she 
quickly thinks how awful it would 
be to have to live dirty. And she 
straightway sings a song of thanks 
for soap and warm water. Sunday's 
spiritual "bath" is refreshing, too, 
though sometimes the "scales" of sin 
come off quite hard. "Keep thy 
heart with all diligence; for out of 
it are the issues of life" (Prov. 4:23). 



BRETHREN SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

(Continued From Page 191) 

definite purpose in his teaching other 
than just a mere satisfaction of being 
a teacher. 

3. Every teacher must know the 
tremendous responsibility that has 
been given to him in the privilege 
of handling the Word of God, for the 
souls of men and women are at stake. 

4. Every teacher must be willing 
to prepare carefully every week of 
the year. This will demand time, 
effort, money. The rewards will be 
in direct proportion to the effort 
spent. 



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March 22, 7952 



Volume u, number 13 



MARCH 29, 1952 




— Silhouette by Allen Zook. 



EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



While Pastor Kenneth Ashman was 
preaching in Mansfield, Ohio, recent- 
ly, his pulpit at Wooster, Ohio, was 
filled by Rev. William Freeman, and 
Dave Knight was in charge of the 
service. An "African Recruit Team," 
composed of two new missionary 
couples, the Lester Kennedys and 
the Charles Tabers, will be at the 
Wooster church April 6. April 9 is 
the date set for the spring com- 
munion. 

Rev. Leslie Moore has resigned as 
pastor at New Troy, Mich. 

The new address of Rev. Richard 
L. Burch is Box 50, Cuyahoga Falls, 
Ohio. (Change Annual, p. 66.) 

Mrs. Altha B. Paul, Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa, member of the Huntington, 
Ind., church, died on February 16, 
the burial being in Huntington 
County, Ind. Rev. Lewis Hohen- 
stein, of Waterloo, Iowa, ministered 
to her during her last days. 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert L. Bates, 
Jackson, Mich., became the parents 
of a son, Jonathan Lee, on March 13. 

Rev. James Dixon, of Washington, 
D. C, conducted several Sunday 
school rallies for the National Sun- 
day School Board in the East Fel- 
lowship and one at Clearbrook, Va., 
for the Southeast District during 
March. 

Rev. Robert E. McKinney, of Den- 
ver, Colo., will present "The Com- 
plete Bible Story in Continuous Se- 
ries" of films at the Chico, Calif., 
church April 1-6. Rev. Bob Finley 
spoke at this church on March 9. 

Remember the groundbreaking 
service at Patterson Park Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. 



The Martinsburg, W. Va., church 
has finished several more of the 
classrooms in its new building and 
has added shrubbery to the grounds. 

Rev. Marion D. Gates has been 
called to the Leon, Iowa, church. 

The La Verne, Calif., church re- 
ceived six members by baptism on 
February 24. 

Mr. George Hay, member of the 
La Verne church and father of Mrs. 
Marvin Goodman, Jr., is very ill at 
his home in Claremont, Calif. 

One person was baptized and 
united with the Roanoke, Va., Wash- 
ington Heights Church on February 
24. 




A letter from Miss Marybeth Munn 
arrived in the office of the Foreign 
Missionary Society on March 19 ad- 
vising that surgery was not neces- 
sary. The letter was written on 
March 10 from Elat, West Africa, 
where Miss Munn was undergoing 
treatment. Miss Tyson accompanied 
her to Elat, and after a tour of the 
American Presbyterian Leper Col- 
ony the two expected to return to 
their respective stations on March 13. 

The latest news from Rev. and Mrs. 
Roy Snyder was to the effect that 
they expected to return to Bozoum 
about March 7. 

Rev. J. Paul Miller and family ar- 
rived in Belem, Brazil, at 11:30 p.m. 
on March 12. 

Miss Florence Bickel arrived in 
New York from Africa by way of 
Southampton, England, on March 18. 

The new address of Rev. Charles 
Turner, as of April 1, is 204 W. Wal- 
nut St., Flora, Ind. (Add to Annual, 
p. 70.) Brother Turner is the new 
pastor of the Flora church. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company will be closed Friday and 
Saturday, April 11-12. 

Correction: B. H. Pearson's book, 
"The Headhunter's Bride," reviewed 
in the February 16 issue of this mag- 



azine (p. 115), should have been 
quoted at $2.75 per copy. The flan- 
nelgraph lesson, "Christian Living," 
cited in the March 22 issue (p. 191), 
should have been quoted at $1.25 per 
set. 

Preachers and churches, in order 
to take advantage of the discount 
policy as given in the February 16 
issue (p. 116), must send cash with 
the orders. 

Rev. J. C. McKillen resigned his 
pastorate at Covington, Ohio, on 
March 16. On March 2 four people 
were baptized and received into the 
church. 

Dr. and Mrs. John G. Brexman, of 
the American Gospel Mission of In- 
donesia, spoke at the Yellow Creek, 
Pa., church on March 12. 

The Alexandria, Va., church had 
an average attendance of 133 in Sun- 
day school during February, with 153 
people present on March 2. Average 
attendance in morning services for 
February was 113, with 166 present 
on March 2. 

The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, church 
will hold a spring Bible conference 
March 30 through April 4. Rev. 
Miles Taber, of Ashland, will be the 
speaker. 

Rev. Kenneth Ashman, of Wooster, 
Ohio, is holding evangelistic meet- 
ings at the Dayton, Ohio, First 
Church March 23-April 6. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman will speak at 
the Johnstown, Pa., First Church 
March 30-April 5, and Dr. William 
Mierop will speak there April 6-13. 

Rev. Charles Ashman, Jr., was 
elected president of the Rittman, 
Ohio, Ministerial Association at its 
February meeting. 

Bro. Scott Weaver, student in 
Grace Seminary and pastor of the 
Sharpsville, Ind., church, has been 
very ill, but is now slowly recover- 
ing. On March 9 William Wiles and 
John Mitchell, also of the seminary, 
preached for the Sharpsville church. 

Bro. Paul Miller preached for his 
brother, Rev. Ward Miller, at the 
Osceola, Ind., church on March 2. 

On March 2 the Hagerstown, Md., 
church received six new members 
following baptism. Rev. and Mrs. 
Carson Rottler, members of this 
church, spoke there on March 16, 
just one week before the date sched- 
uled for their sailing for Argentina. 



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THOUGHTS FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS 



By Conard Sandy 



The Contents of This Issue 

On the following pages are 10 art- 
icles, one article per page, each one 
lealing with some phase of the aton- 
ng death of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Each one of these messages was 
written by a Brethren man who is a 
nember of the present Senior class 
n Grace Theological Seminary, 
tfore information will be given con- 
erning these men at graduation time 
n May. These articles, however, 
ire sufficient to introduce their au- 
hors and to reveal that the Brethren 
Church has a bright future in the 
lands of young men of their kind. 

One of the writers said to the ed- 
tor: "In writing this article I have 
een greatly influenced by the teach- 
ng of Dr. Alva J. McClain in his 
lass in Theology. I now realize how 
iractical and worth while is the ma- 
erial he has taught us in his class." 
lonor to whom honor is due — for 
/ithout a doubt every student of Dr. 
IcClain's Theology classes has at 
ome time had similar feelings. 

roper to Consider Christ's Death 

It is quite proper to give one num- 
er of this magazine to the consider- 
tion of the death of the Lord Jesus 
'hrist. True, we must never forget 
lat He is a living Saviour and a 
uthful and merciful High Priest — 
ut He is not our Saviour nor our 
riest if He did not die for our sins, 
herefore we ought ever to give 
ireful consideration to His death on 
blgotha's brow. If our Saviour did 
ot die to redeem us from our sins, 
len we are still in our sins, and that 
leans we are yet dead and without 
od or hope in this old world and 
lat we are on the road that leads 
. heU. 

hrist Was Introduced as a Lamb 

When the Saviour began His 
irthly ministry on the shores of the 
>rdan River, the forerunner called 
tention to His death in his first 
traduction of Him to the world. 
)hn did not speak of the mighty 
orks He would perform, nor the 
onderful truths and teachings He 
ould share with men, but rather to 
ie fact that He had come to be cru- 
fied on Calvary's cross. Said he: 
Jehold the Lamb of God, which ■ 



taketh away the sin of the world. . . . 
Again the next day John stood, and 
two of his disciples; and looking 
upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, 
Behold the Lamb of God!" (John 
1:29, 35-36). John the Baptist un- 
derstood the purpose of the ministry 
of the Lord Jesus — therefore he in- 
troduced Him as the "Lamb of God." 
To the Jewish mind the lamb always 
spoke of sacrifice and substitution. 
The challenge of these words was so 




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convincing that immediately John's 
two disciples forsook him and 
straightway they became followers 
of the "Lamb of God." 

Identification of the Lamb 

Every Jew who had any acquaint- 
ance whatsoever with his Scriptures 
— the Old Testament — had some 
hope that some day God would pro- 
vide a Lamb for Himself. This hope 
was intensified in the minds of the 
Jews through an experience in the 
person of the founder of their race, 
even Abraham. For, when the patri- 
arch was on his way to the mount to 
offer his son in answer to the call of 
God, he said to Isaac: "My son, God 
will provide himself a lamb for a 
burnt offering" (Gen. 22:8). This 
was in answer to Isaac's question. 
As the two of them trudged along 
the way to the place of the offering 
the son noticed the preparation that 
had been made — there was wood, 
there was fire, and there was a knife, 
but no lamb. This disturbed the 
younger of the two who had not yet 
entered into the same quality of 
faith as manifested by his father. 
Therefore he asked: "My father . . . 
Behold the fire and the wood: but 



where is the lamb for a burnt offer- 
ing?" It was then that Abraham 
spoke, perhaps truer words than he 
realized, and said: "My son, God will 
provide himself a lamb for a burnt 
offering." This was miraculously 
done, as all students of the Word 
know. 

When John the Baptist, therefore, 
introduced Jesus as the "Lamb of 
God" there must have been a certain 
sudden sense of God's interest in 
their welfare on the part of the two 
disciples. They were ready to follow 
Him without further delay and with- 
out further explanation. 

Appropriation of the Truth 

Beloved, this truth is not for the 
Jews alone. When John the Baptist 
introduced the Lord Jesus he intro- 
duced Him as "the Lamb of God, 
which taketh away the sin of the 
world." Notice, it was His purpose 
to deal with the problem of the 
world's sin, not just the problem of 
sin as it related itself to the Jews, 
or to any other class or race of peo- 
ple. He came to suffer and die as 
the one offering for sin — the sin of 
the whole world. The Apostle John 
testified of Him in these words: "He 
is the propitiation for our sins: and 
not for ours only, but also for the 
sins of the whole world" (I John 
2:2). There is only one limit placed 
on the scope of His work — the ends 
of the world were the limits of His 
dealing with sin. 

Beloved, the work of Christ as the 
"Lamb of God" becomes effective for 
sinners only as they appropriate it 
unto themselves. Jesus, looking for- 
ward to His death for sinners, said 
concerning this matter of appropria- 
tion: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
Except ye eat of the flesh of the Son 
of man, and drink his blood, ye have 
no life in you. Whoso eateth my 
flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath 
eternal life; and I will raise him up 
at the last day. For my flesh is meat 
indeed, and my blood is drink in- 
deed. He that eateth my flesh, and 
drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, 
and I in him" (John 6:53-56). By 
faith the sinner must receive the 
Lord Jesus and accept His death in 
his behalf. The cross is God's one 
and only answer to the problem of 
sin. 



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THE CROSS — THE THEME OF THE SCRIPTURES 



When a novelist sits down to pen a 
novel there is within his mind a def- 
inite idea which he hopes to set forth 
within his book. This is borne early 
in the novel and is carried to its cli- 
max as the book closes. The Book 
that we have from God is no differ- 
ent in this respect from other books. 
Although its critics would like to 
make of it a conglomeration of ideas 
which have no unity or central 
theme, the testimony of the Word 
from Genesis to Revelation cries 
loudly with one main all-important 
theme — that being the death and 
cross of our Saviour which brings 
salvation to all who believe. 

Found in Old Testament 

The first shadow that is seen of the 
cross is found in Genesis 3:15: "And 
I will put enmity between thee and 
the woman, and between thy seed 
and her seed; it shall bruise thy 
head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." 
The seed of the woman was brought 
forth in the person of Jesus Christ, 
born of a woman, and his bruising 
was accomplished on the cross of 
Christ. As the pages pass, glimpses, 
hints, and plain statements become 
clearer and more abundant, so that 
by the time the end of the Old Tes- 
tament is reached there will be 
drawn a fairly complete picture of 
the coming and suffering of man's 
Redeemer. 

The Psalms are rich with prophecy 
which relates to the coming Messiah 
and His death on the cross. The 22d 
Psalm testifies as clearly and fully 
as anywhere in all the Old Testa- 
ment the "sufferings of Christ, and 
the glory that should follow" (I Pet. 
1:11). In this Psalm the Psalmist is 
describing experiences of his inner 
life or events of his career which 
were already typical in themselves. 
But he goes further and is raised 
above the limits of his own individ- 
uality and time, and uses concern- 
ing himself expressions which are 
hyperbolical, and these expressions 
were not to become full historical 
truth until they became so in the 
Messiah. 

In the 69th Psalm the cross again 
is foretold. Here the Psalmist gives 
lyrical expression to certain events 
in his own life which are typical of 
events in the career of the Messiah. 
These are completely true of the 

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Psalmist. Thus these personal traits 
and critical experiences of the re- 
deemed actually become typical of 
events and personal traits in the life 
of the Redeemer. Therefore in al- 
most every phase of the first 21 
verses of the Psalm, the Lord Jesus 
can be seen hanging upon the cross. 
The prophetic gem in which the 
cross of Christ is revealed is Isaiah 
52:13-53:12. This prophetic Scrip- 
ture is sometimes called the "Fifth 
Gospel." This portion of Scripture 
and its context is the highest and 




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richest portion of Old Testament 
revelation. As Deuteronomy is to 
the Pentateuch and the Gospel of 
John to the four Gospels, so is Isaiah 
53 to all prophetic Scripture of the 
Old Testament. Verse 5 contains 
the doctrine of substitution, the 
theme of the chapter, the theme of 
the whole Bible, and key to the 
problem of how Israel's iniquity is 
to be pardoned — not only Israel's but 
all gentiles who will put their trust 
and faith in Him. 

The sacrificial system of the old 
covenant which was performed by 
the priests was a signpost pointing 
to the death of Christ. Once a year 
the high priest went into the most 
holy place with the blood of bulls 
and goats to make an offering for the 
sins of the people. This was only a 
temporary affair set up by God, 
waiting for the time when Christ 
would be offered up once for all, "by 
the which will we are sanctified 
through the offering of the body of 
Jesus Christ once for all" (Heb. 
10:10). 

Frequent Subject in New Testament 

The cross of Christ is the subject 
of over 100 passages of Scripture in 
the New Testament alone. 



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The question has been raised con- 
cerning Christ's own teaching on thej 
subject of the cross as it is found in 
the Gospels. The objection is made 
that Jesus said very little about His 
death and this would be at variances 
with the theme of the rest of the! 
Scripture. The answer is found in- 
the fact that Jesus came to offer aJ 
kingdom to Israel. He came not soil 
much to preach the Gospel of His I 
own death, but in order that therel 
might be such a Gospel to preach! 

But Jesus did speak of the cross. 
The first 16 chapters of Matthewj 
contain Jesus' teaching and preach-J 
ing of the kingdom. In verse 21 ol j 
chapter 16 his objective changes from! 
the kingdom to the cross. "Fromj 
that time forth began Jesus to shew! 
unto his disciples how that he must^ 
go unto Jerusalem, and suffer manyj 
things of the elders and chief priests! 
and scribes, and be killed, and bef 
raised again the third day." (Seei 
also John 3:14-15.) 

References by Paul 

References to the cross of Christ 
in the epistles and especially in! 
Paul's writings are numerous. Ro- 
mans and Hebrews may be taken as 
examples which are full of the 
preaching of the cross — "while we 
were yet sinners, Christ died for us' ! 
(Rom. 5:8). The doctrine of salva- 
tion brought about by the death ol, 
Christ is the very heart of the Book: 
of Romans. Hebrews also presents.! 
Christ as the perfect sacrifice fori 
sins. "Neither by the blood of goats 
and calves, but by his own blood he! 
entered in once into the holy place.! 
having obtained eternal redemption 
for us" (Heb. 9:12). 

As the first book of the Bible gave 
the first glimpse of the cross, so 
does the last book give the great 
finality of this atoning act. In chap- 
ter 5 of Revelation the scene is sel 
around the One sitting upon the 
throne with a book in His hand. 
There is a great weeping, for nc' 
one can be found who is worthy tc' 
open the book. Finally there appears' 
One in the midst of the elders, aj 
Lamb as it had been slain, who takes 
the book and brings to pass the clos- 1 
ing events of the age. It is with! 
great joy because of the ministry aj 
the cross that we can sing with the' 
throng gathered around the throne 

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THE LIFE OF THE SACRAMENTS 



j As the blood began its drip, drip, 
drip from the Man on the center 
Icross, men could not see the most 
incredulous witness of all. Four 
thousand years before there had 
been, perhaps, some reason in his 
words, "Ye shall not surely die" 
i(Gen. 3:4), for never in all eternity 
had a living creature of God died. 
Since then, of course, death had be- 
icome man's common lot; these two 
(thieves, writhing, bleeding, cursing 
fan their crosses meant little to the 
iunseen witness. Only to the Occu- 
ipant of the central cross must he 
have hissed again, "Ye shall not 
surely die!" No one there knew 
better than he that this was no ordi- 
nary man. 

This was God — bleeding to death — 
and, if God should actually die, what 
would happen to the whole creation 
held together by Him? Mighty in- 
tellect though Satan is, yet he could 
formulate no answer. Therefore 
God would not surely die. Surely, 
at the last minute, God would as- 
sert Himself, and either come down 
bodily from the cross, or dissociate 
Himself from His union with the 
flesh suspended there on the crude 
scaffold. 

Christ Actually Died 

But the sun moved ever nearer its 
zenith. The ruddy twin stalagmites 
slowly grew down there on the 
ground below the pinioned hands of 
God — the hands which just last night 
had broken the bread which He 
called His body. From those hands 
which had stretched forth a chalice 
of wine, with the challenge "Drink 
ye all of it, for this is my blood of 
the new testament, which is shed 
for many for the remission of sins" 
(Matt. 26:27-28)— from those hands 
now there welled forth, drop by 
drop, the fulfillment of His words. 

The red-brown streaks widened 
on the forearms pointing mutely out- 
ward and upward. They lengthened 
until they ran past the armpits and 
began to delineate the ribs on the 
body of God. Surely now the Man 
on the cross would cry out, "Enough 
of this bloody nonsense." Still the 
sun climbed and the blood spurted 
ever more slowly, as the contrast be- 
tween blood streaks and whitening 
flesh became more ghastly. Life 



By J. C. McKillen 

was ebbing from the body which 
would not take itself down. 

Ever so slowly there dawned upon 
the Devil's mind the realization that 
God had meant what God had said, 
"to give his life a ransom for many" 
(Matt. 20:28). Perhaps it was here 
that Judas stole away to self-de- 
struction. Perhaps, as the sun sud- 
denly was blackened out, Satan took 
heart in anticipation that God would 
now act to abate the cross. But the 
chalk-like whiteness was only inten- 
sified. 

God's lips would not frame indig- 
nation. They framed provision for 
a distraught mother. They framed 
paradise for a worshiping thief. They 




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framed forgiveness for the violators 
of God's person. They framed hor- 
ror, as the sin of all mankind broke 
for an instant the eternal fellowship 
of the Godhead. They framed sub- 
mission, as the thorn-tortured head 
bowed itself in death. 

Christ Became Our Surety 

Most of all, and through it all, He 
framed His memorials with their 
eternally intended meaning. "The 
Lamb slain from the foundation of 
the world" (Rev. 13:8) was now the 
Lamb slain for the foundation of His 
Word. Had there been less than 
death, it would be mockery to say, 
"As often as ye eat this bread, and 
drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's 
death" (I Cor. 11:26). Without His 
death, your baptism could not really 
mean that you "are buried with him 
by baptism into death . . . [and] shall 
be also in the likeness of his resur- 
rection" (Rom. 6:4-5). 

"He is the mediator of the new 
testament by means of death. . . . 
Where a testament is, there must 



also of necessity be brought forth 
the death of the testator, for a testa- 
ment is of force after men are dead 
... it is of no strength at all while 
the testator liveth" (Heb. 9:15-18, 
marg.). 

Somewhere in the Greek world, 
someone had coined a word. Per- 
haps a merchant had endorsed a 
friend's note, and then had to pay it. 
Cynically, perhaps, he referred to 
himself as en guon, (out on a limb). 
The phrase grew into a word and it 
came to mean a "surety." Not by 
accident did the Holy Spirit choose 
this word when He recorded "Jesus 
[was] made surety of a better tes- 
tament" (Heb. 7:22). Nowhere else 
in Scripture does the word occur. 

Significance of Ordinances 

It may have been wryly humorous 
when the word was coined — someone 
"out on a limb" for someone else's 
debt. But the significance of the cross 
in relationship to our baptism, to 
our communion service, to our New 
Testament, is etched like Christ's 
cross against Calvary's skyline in 
that simple Greek word. My Lord 
went "out on a limb" for me. As He 
gallantly wrote off my debt in His 
blood, there was no grumbling about 
it. The lips that had framed provi- 
sion for Mary, paradise for a thief, 
forgiveness for a mob, horror for 
sin's contact, and submission unto 
death — those lips framed a cry of 
exultation for me and my debt of 
sin. We translate that cry, "It is 
finished!" (John 19:30). But today 
we know that that cry of triumph — 
for me— was the everyday word for 
"paid in full." 

The next time you witness a bap- 
tism, remember it would be an empty 
gesture without the death of Christ. 
The next time you partake of the 
communion, think how meaningless 
it would be without the actual back- 
ground of the Man of Calvary. The 
next time you turn to your New 
Testament — why not do it now? — do 
you dare to forget for a moment that 
these words actually took effect only 
as the life-blood drained away from 
your Saviour? Read those blood- 
wrought words with love in your 
eyes. Bow your head, Christian, 
with tearful gratitude for the God 
who for your sake — chose to die — 
for your love — on the cross. 



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CHRIST'S DEATH IN THE PROGRAM OF GOD 



If there is a God, why doesn't He 
do something about this confused, 
wicked world? Such has been the 
sentiment of many misguided per- 
sons as they view the world situa- 
tion. The answer is: God is doing 
something! God has a perfect plan 
for this universe of His, and all 
events are headed toward that glori- 
ous consummation. 

In spite of what some may be say- 
ing, God has a program, and at the 
heart of that program is the plan by 
which He is reconciling sinful men 
unto His holy self for His great 
glory. In the eternal program of 
God the substitutionary death of 
Jesus Christ stands directly in the 
center. Redemption is not only the 
entire theme of the Scriptures, but 
it is that which is nearest the very 
heart of God. 

The Historical Development of 
the Plan of God 

As this redemptive line is traced 
through the Bible, it is discovered 
that no sooner did sin enter through 
man than God began His program of 
redemption through the human race 
by the seed of the woman (Gen. 
3:15). Throughout the entire Old 
Testament period God was prepar- 
ing the background for the entrance 
of the Saviour into the world. Then 
in the fullness of time God sent His 
Son who was declared by John the 
Baptist to be the Lamb of God which 
taketh away the sin of the world. 
Christ Himself said that He must 
die. He set His face toward Jerusa- 
lem where on the cross He shed His 
blood; and God in His grace used the 
greatest display of wickedness and 
injustice to bring eternal blessing to 
mankind in accordance with the pre- 
determined program of God. 

Yes, the death of Christ stands at 
the center of God's dealing with man, 
anticipated in the Old Testament, 
clearly revealed in the New Testa- 
ment, and will be the great theme of 
the eternal song of the redeemed in 
glory. 

Planned Because of God's Love 

The program of redemption grows 
out of the loving heart of God. It 
was because "Go so loved the 
world, that he gave his only begot- 
ten Son, that whosoever believeth in 
him should not perish, but have 

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everlasting life" (John 3:16). God 
so loved, and because He loved, He 
planned redemption for the sinner 
and sent His Son to give His life a 



Oh, the love that drew salvation's 

plan! 
Oh, the grace that brought it down 

to man! 
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did 

span 
At Calvary! 




Martin Garber 

It is true that one of God's basic 
attributes is holiness. God is holy 
and in Him is no darkness at all. 
While this is true, it is also true that 
God is love. Because of His holiness 
He must judge sin; because of His 
love He decreed a program by which 
He Himself paid the price of sin's 
penalty which His own righteous law 
demanded. At the cross mercy and 
truth met together, righteousness 
and peace kissed each other. Be- 
cause of Calvary God is both just 
and the justifier of him who believes 
on Jesus (Rom. 3:26). When the 
Son of God died on that dreadful day 
God poured out His love to the limit 
on behalf of sinful man. 

Why doesn't God do something? 
What more could He do? He has 
given Himself in death to save us 
from our sins and to empower us 
with His abundant life, but men still 
refuse God's love and choose to re- 
main in their own sin and misery. 

Planned While We Were Yet Sinners 

Not only was the love of God 
manifested in the divine program 
through the cross, but the Scrip- 
tures tell us that while we were yet 
sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 
5:8). The Lord Jesus Christ died 
for the sins of the very men who put 



Him to death. Caiaphas, Pilate, and 
Herod could all have experienced 
forgiveness for their sins if they 
would have only believed in the One 
they crucified. As our Lord was 
dying on that old rugged cross, He 
was procuring possible divine for- 
giveness for the men who drove the 
nails through His spotless hands and 
feet when they placed him on the 
cross. 

Oh how His words ring out: I 
"Father, forgive them; for they know . 
not what they do" (Luke 23:34).; 
Christ came not to save the right- 
eous, but to bring sinners to repent- 
ance. There was nothing in man- 
kind which could commend them to 
God as worthy creatures for re- 
demption. No, there is none good, 
no, not one; but it was for such a 
world of lost men that Christ died. 

It was when man was at enmity 
with God that He planned salvation 
so that those who were at war with 
Him might be brought into complete 
rest and peace through the cross. 

Planned Before the Foundation 
of the World 

In Revelation 13:8 is found that 
glorious truth that Christ is the 
Lamb slain from the very foundation 
of the world. God's program has 
never been frustrated. The death of 
Jesus Christ was not a mistake or an 
afterthought, but was in full accord- 
ance with the eternal program of the 
great sovereign God. Nothing has 
ever happened outside God's control. 
God, foreseeing the entrance of sin 
when He laid the foundation of the 
universe, decreed its overthrow and 
complete defeat in the offering of the 
Lamb of God. Not only would sin 
then be abolished, but out of the 
wreckage of what sin would produce 
He would salvage many brands from 
the burning unto the praise of His 
glory through the sacrifice of Him- 
self. 

Long before the dawn of time, this 
wonderful plan of redemption was 
formed in the mind of our great God. 
The mysteries of God's grace will 
never be fathomed, but one thing we 
know and that is that God has done 
something for this lost world, and 
all that He will ever do for it in the 
future will be based upon the great 
event when God bore the sin of the 
world in redeeming love. 

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THE PROGRAM OF THE SAVIOUR 



"From that time Jesus began to 
preach, and to say, Repent: for the 
kingdom of heaven it at hand" (Matt. 
4:17). "That time" was when Jesus 
heard that John the Baptist was cast 
into prison. He then departed into 
Galilee and came and dwelt in Ca- 
pernaum "that it might be fulfilled 
which was spoken by Esaias the 
prophet." Jesus was the Light and 
many of the people that walked in 
darkness saw this Great Light. 

In the beginning of His ministry 
He began to preach and His initial 
message was, "Repent: for the king- 
dom of heaven is at hand." The 
kingdom was indeed "at hand" and 
in the sense that no known or pre- 
dicted event must intervene in the 
setting up of the Davidic kingdom. 
But of course we know that the 
kingdom was rejected a short time 
thereafter. In reference to this mes- 
sage of Christ, so far as we are able 
to tell from the Scriptural records, 
He did not change it until very late 
in His public ministry. 

Jesus Announces a Change in Plans 

About 2V2 years have elapsed since 
Christ began His public ministry. 
During this time the tide of opposi- 
tion has been rising and it has now 
reached such an extreme that His 
death is constantly being plotted by 
the Jews, thus the shadow of the 
cross was falling across His path. 
After Peter's remarkable confession, 
revealed to him by God the Father, 
when Peter said, "Thou art the 
Christ, the Son of the living God," 
Jesus announces a change in plans 
within 8 months of the close of His 
ministry on earth. 

Christ shifted to the new theme 
when He said, "I will build my 
church." Notice, first of all, that He 
didn't say, "I am building my 
church" or "I have been building my 
church," but He puts this in the fu- 
ture by saying, "I will build my 
church." Secondly, note that Jesus 
points to Himself as the builder — 
not Peter, not any man, nor even 
angels, but Jesus Himself. Thirdly, 
we see that the true church is never 
to be defeated — "the gates of hell 
shall not prevail against it." Jesus 
tells us to "be of good cheer; I have 
overcome the world." We as indi- 
vidual believers have the power 
given to us to overcome because 



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"greater is he that is in you, than he 
that is in the world" (I John 4:4). 

Jesus Points to His Death 

"From that time forth began Jesus 
to show unto His disciples, how that 
he must go unto Jerusalem, and suf- 
fer many things of the elders and 
chief priests and scribes, and be 
killed, and be raised again the third 
day" (Matt. 16:21). In almost the 
same breath Jesus justifies this an- 
nouncement by prophesying the end 




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to which He is to come at the hands 
of the Jews. Peter responded in a 
natural way, for he did not fathom 
the depth of the meaning of such a 
statement. Even within the 40 days 
following the resurrection of our 
Lord, we see the apostles still not 
clear concerning the swift-moving 
events; and so they asked a ques- 
tion that relates to this whole mat- 
ter, "Lord, wilt thou at this time 
restore again the kingdom to Israel?" 
(Acts 1:6). 

The question gave evidence that 
they were confused concerning this 
part of that which they had been 
taught. But we know that upon the 
coming of the Holy Spirit, He would 
teach them all things and bring all 
things to remembrance, whatsoever 
Jesus had taught them (John 14:26). 
They had already been given this 
promise and were now assembled in 
Jerusalem for the promise of the 
Father when they asked this ques- 
tion. Our Lord did not rebuke them 
for their confusion nor for their curi- 
osity. He only gave to their natural 
question a natural answer: "It is not 
for you to know the times or the sea- 
sons, which the Father hath put in 
his own power" (Acts 1:7). In the 
parable of the 10 pounds, Jesus had 
carefully prepared His disciples for 



the long delay in the setting up of 
the kingdom by answering a thought 
of theirs, which was equivalent to 
their question (Luke 19:11-27). Fur- 
thermore, He had already told His 
disciples in the clearest terms that 
they would share in the kingdom 
when manifested on earth (Luke 19: 
27-28). 

The World Is to Receive the Gospel 

Jesus then outlined this alterna- 
tive plan for them, a plan which 
should begin following the coming 
of the Holy Spirit upon them in 
Jerusalem. The first place in which 
they were to be witnesses was in 
the very place where they were. 
Then they were to reach unto their 
neighbors in Samaria and from there 
unto the uttermost parts of the earth 
until the Gospel reached all the gen- 
tile nations (Acts 1:8). Peter fol- 
lowed this command by beginning in 
Jerusalem (Acts 2:31-38). The 
Christians that were scattered by 
persecution preached this message in 
Judea (Acts 8:1-4); Philip reached 
into Samaria (Acts 8:5-12); Peter 
was the first to evangelize the gen- 
tiles (Acts 10:39-43), a task which 
Paul was to pursue. A study of the 
Scriptures reveals that this wonder- 
ful message never changed from that 
which came at the birth of the 
church. 

In conclusion, let us look at a few 
sayings of our Lord Himself which, 
in the plainest language, assert the 
sacrificial meaning of His death. 
"For the Son of man is come to seek 
and to save that which was lost" 
(Luke 19:10). Every man and wom- 
an is a sinner and deserves to be 
punished forever, and no one knew 
this as did the Son of God. That is 
why He left the glory of heaven and 
came to earth, because He knew we 
were lost and unable to do anything 
about our lost condition. Truly "He 
was pierced through for our trans- 
gressions, He was bruised for our 
iniquities," only because He took on 
Himself our sins. He paid the wages 
of our sins which is death; and if we 
will accept His payment, we will be 
healed by His stripes so that we can 
receive the gift of eternal life. God 
didn't purchase us with the blood of 
His only Son because of what He 
found in us, but He saved us for 
what He is going to do for us. 



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THE TWOFOLD DEATH OF CHRIST 



For nearly 20 centuries, Christen- 
dom has been looking back to the 
cross as the greatest event in history. 
As a result volumes have been writ- 
ten emphasizing the various aspects 
related to the event. As we ap- 
proach the cross, and its message, 
consider with us the character of the 
death, for quite naturally the ques- 
tion arises as to what kind of death 
Christ experienced upon the cross. 
The Scriptures reply that He experi- 
enced a twofold death: Christ died 
both physically and spiritually as He 
hung between heaven and earth for 



By Richard E. Grant 

incurred; He was made sin for us; 
Christ went outside the gate of the 
city to die on Golgotha's hill as our 
scapegoat, as our Passover Lamb. 

3. The Darkness of Separation. 
During those last 3 hours upon the 
cross, from noon till 3 o'clock, dark- 
ness fell upon the earth. Many have 
tried to give a natural explanation 
for this darkness. There isn't any 
satisfactory natural explanation for 
it. It certainly was not an eclipse. 
The Easter season coincided with the 
full moon, and when there is a full 
moon an eclipse is said to be impos- 
sible; the moon is then directly op- 



The Spiritual Death of Christ 

1. The Crisis of Separation. The 
spiritual death of Christ took place 
when He uttered His fourth cry from 
the cross. When our Lord cried out, 
"My God, my God, why hast thou 
forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46), He died 
a spiritual death. The meaning of 
death is separation. It does not mean 
annihilation. God spoke to Adam, 
"But of the tree of the knowledge of 
good and evil, thou shalt not eat of 
it: for in the day that thou eatest 
thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. 
2:17). Adam died a spiritual death 
at the time that he partook of the 
fruit; he was separated from God; 
he died a spiritual death. 

2. The Curse of Separation. There 
was the awfulness of realizing that 
God was against Him. Christ was 
being progressively fed on to that 
awful state of absolute separation 
from God. Christ regarded those 
who stood about the cross and cursed 
Him, as instruments of the wrath of 
God. Jesus knew that "thou could- 
est have no power at all against me, 
except it were given thee from 
above" (John 19:11). 

In the last analysis, or rather in 
the first analysis as far as Christ 
was concerned, God was permitting 
all that was happening to Him. 
Christ was cognizant of the fact that 
the Scriptures said: "For he that is 
hanged is accursed of God" (Deut. 
21:23). As He hung upon the tree 
Jesus had to apply this Scriptural 
utterance to Himself — He was a 
curse, an outcast before God. In the 
moments of death, He had to apply 
this revealed word to Himself. Christ 
had to pay the debt which His people 





Richard E. Grant 

posite to the sun, a circumstance 
which cannot make an eclipse. This 
darkness was judgment upon Christ, 
who was bearing our sins. The 
darkness aggravated His sorrow un- 
til He cried out, "My God, my God, 
why hast thou forsaken me?" He 
was suffering the pains of hell. This 
darkness was the experience of hell 
known as "outer darkness." Jesus 
had previously taught this very truth 
about hell, and now He was experi- 
encing it in our behalf. 

4. The Absoluteness of Separa- 
tion. The darkness which engulfed 
Christ caused Him to fully realize 
His absolute separation from God. 
He was not only separated from God 
but also from the benefits of God. 
The very gifts and graces with which 
God comforts and sustains His crea- 
tures were withdrawn. An unutter- 
able picture of forsakenness was 
Christ as He hung in utter darkness 
without God and without the bless- 
ings of God. A picture that too few 
meditate upon. It is a picture that 
stimulates soul winning. 

Consider what absolute separation 
from God meant to Jesus dying on 
the cross. The sun was taken away; 



all was black and for boding; spirit- 
ual fellowship was withdrawn; no 
angels to support Him. The Holy 
Spirit did not give His usual comfort 
and strength. This is the negative 
side. On the positive side, we find 
God actively sending and permitting 
the torments of hell. The devils 
were released to do vengeance upon 
Him as He hung helplessly in the 
dark. This was the spiritual death, 
the spiritual separation from God 
that Christ experienced on the cross. 

The Physical Death of Christ 

1. The Crisis of Death. The phys- 
ical death took place when He ut- 
tered His sixth cry from the cross. 
In Matthew 27:50 we find recorded: 
"Jesus, when he had cried again with 
a loud voice, yielded up the ghost." 
This experience involved the sepa- 
ration of the spirit from the body, 
which is physical death. The Apos- 
tle James informs us about the na- 
ture of physical death in these 
words: "The body without the spirit 
is dead" (Jas. 2:26). When the spirit 
leaves the body, the body is dead. 
Therefore when Christ yielded up 
the ghost He died physically. 

2. Voluntary Death. The words 
"yielded up the ghost" in Matthew 
27:50 can be literally translated "dis- 
missed His spirit." The Greek im- 
plies an act of the will. It was done 
voluntarily. Life was not taken 
from Christ, but rather He died by 
His own volition. Christ died for 
our sins voluntarily. In another 
place He said, "No man taketh it 
from me, but I lay it down of myself" 
(John 10:18). The physical death 
took place after Christ had already 
died spiritually. Both physical and 
spiritual death took place as Christ 
hung on the cross. 

Result of Twofold Death of Christ 

Jesus Christ, who was both man 
and God, died physically and spirit- 
ually upon the cross in order to fully 
satisfy the just demands of a holy 
God in respect to our sins. He al- 
lowed Himself to become our scape- 
goat, our Passover Lamb, in order 
to save us from the wrath that is our 
just desert. We are saved by the 
blood of the crucified one. Hallelu- 
jah, what a Saviour! 



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THE FINALITY OF THE CROSS 



Once a year every year for hun- 
dreds of years the high priest of 
Israel entered the holy of holies, 
there to sprinkle blood upon the 
mercy seat for an atonement for his 
sins and the sins of his people. This 
ritual formed a picture of that which 
the great high priest would do in 
atoning for not only the sins of Israel 
but of the whole world. But the 
question is put, "Must He, too, as did 
the high priest of old, enter the holy 
of holies and offer Himself many 
times?" This question was pointedly 
and clearly answered by the Apostle 
Paul when he wrote his wonderful 
epistle to the Romans, "For in that 
he died, he died unto sin once for 
all" (Rom. 6:10, A.S.V. marg.). On 
the basis of this we have the Bib- 
lical teaching of the finality of the 
death of Christ or, as the title of 
this article puts it, the finality of the 



Final For Christ 

That the cross was final for our 
Lord Himself is clearly seen in 
Scripture. There will be no repeti- 
tion of that experience for Him. 
Concerning the offering of a sacri- 
fice for sin and speaking for the 
death of Christ on Calvary's cross, 
Hebrews 7:27 says, "This he did 
once for all, when he offered up 
himself" (A.S.V.) . Equally expres- 
sive are the words of Hebrews 
9:28, "So Christ also, having been 
once offered to bear the sins of 
many." Never again will the path 
that leads to Golgotha's brow feel 
the tread of His feet. Never again 
will the cruel nails feel the warmth 
of His flesh. Never again will the 
rough cross feel the weight of His 
body. When our blessed Lord cried 
out, "It is finished," and bowed His 
head in death, that death was final 
for Him, for He was soon to rise tri- 
umphantly from the grave as proof 
of His victory over death, never 
again to experience it. 

How empty and meaningless, then, 
becomes the central and supreme 
act of worship of the Catholic 
Church in which the priest, by dele- 
gated authority, claims to change the 
bread and wine into the body and 
blood of Jesus Christ whose sacrifice 
on Calvary is then repeated by the 
breaking of that bread. What a trav- 
esty of the grace and mercy of God 



By Richard Jackson, Jr. 

is this in the face of the words of 
Peter, "For Christ also hath once 
suffered for sins" (I Pet. 3:18). 
The cross was final for Christ. 

Final for the Saved 

When Jesus Christ died on the 
cross He accomplished forever a 
complete and perfect redemption. 
Nothing can ever be added to it, 
nothing can ever be taken away. 
The cross provided a salvation for 
the believer which is full, finished, 
and secure. "But Christ being come 
an high priest of good things to come, 




Richard Jackson, Jr. 

by a greater and more perfect taber- 
nacle, not made with hands, that is 
to say, not of this building; neither 
by the blood of goats and calves, but 
by his own blood he entered in 
once into the holy place, having ob- 
tained eternal redemption for us" 
(Heb. 9:11-12). 

The full meaning of this Scrip- 
ture is beyond our comprehension. 
We cannot understand fully all that 
is entailed, but this much God's 
Word has made clear: what God has 
done in the past to provide salvation 
for man flows from Calvary. 

What God is doing now in the 
matter of our present sanctification, 
"through the washing of water by 
the word," flows from Calvary, "by 
the which will we are sanctified 
through the offering of the body of 
Jesus Christ once for all" (Heb. 
10:10). 

What God will do in the future as 
regards our glorification when we 
shall become like him, "for we shall 
see him as he is," flows from Calvary 
where full and final redemption was 
perfected forever, "for by one offer- 
ing he hath perfected for ever them 
that are sanctified" (Heb. 10:14). 

A final salvation must include the 



settlement of one's past sin, security 
for one's present life, and the sure 
hope for one's future. That is just 
what our salvation, wrought out for 
us once and for all time on the cross 
of Calvary, has done, is doing, and 
will always do for all believers. It is 
difficult to see that any more is need- 
ed or that any more could have been 
provided. 

The crisis of the ages, which oc- 
curred at Calvary, provided for those 
who would believe an infinite and 
eternal redemption. The cross is 
final for the saved. 

Final for the Lost 

That beloved passage, John 3:16, 
epitomizes the work done at Calvary. 
For the believing a full, perfect, and 
final salvation is provided. But what 
of the unbelievers? What of the 
lost? John 3:18 answers this ques- 
tion: "He that believeth not is con- 
demned already, because he hath not 
believed in the name of the only be- 
gotten Son of God." At the cross 
there was redeeming love for a lost 
world, but beyond the cross there is 
nothing but wrath and judgment. 
Note the words of Hebrews 10:12-13, 
"But this man, after he had offered 
one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat 
down on the right hand of God; from 
henceforth expecting . . ." Expecting 
what? To forgive? To redeem? To 
restore? See the clearness and fi- 
nality of the remainder of verse 13: 
"Henceforth expecting till his en- 
emies be made his footstool." 

God is not willing that one should 
perish, but He is clear and firm in 
telling us that if a lost world goes on 
sinning willfully in spurning the 
blood that was shed, scorning the 
love that was demonstrated, and re- 
jecting the salvation that was pro- 
vided, all at Calvary, then "there 
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 
but a certain fearful looking for of 
judgment and fiery indignation, 
which shall devour the adversaries" 
(Heb. 10:26b-27). 

Examine carefully, oh lost world, 
study fully, think clearly, for the 
mighty God has declared that for 
you, too, the cross is final. 

"When Jesus therefore had re- 
ceived the vinegar, he said, It is fin- 
ished: and he bowed his head, and 
gave up the ghost" (John 19:30). 
That was final! 



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THE SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SINNER 



One of the beauties of our Bible 
is the vividness with which New 
Testament truth is taught in the Old 
Testament. Many O 1 d Testament 
characters are types of New Testa- 
ment personages; many Old Testa- 
ment narratives are illustrations of 
New Testament doctrines. Such an 
illustration is found in the narrative 
of Abraham and Isaac on the mount 
of sacrifice, as recorded in Genesis 
22:1-14. 

Our salvation is based upon "sub- 
stitutionary atonement." The un- 
derstanding of this doctrine is a joy 
to every believer. Christ died for 
us, in our behalf, and in our stead. 
We need never die. "Herein is love, 
not that we loved God, but that he 
loved us, and sent his Son to be the 
propitiation for our sins" (I John 
4:10). 

Abraham's Sacrifice 

In Abraham's willingness to obey 
God, he undertook to do that which 
he could not in the least understand. 
To us who live on this side of the 
cross, that which Abraham could not 
understand has great meaning and 
blessing. God's command came to 
Abraham that he should take his 
only son, Isaac, and offer him as a 
sacrifice to God at the place God 
would make known. Abraham in 
obedience took Isaac, the wood, and 
the fire and began what to him must 
have seemed an endless journey. He 
must have pondered the promise of 
God, "In Isaac shall thy seed be 
called," and wondered how this sac- 
crifice could lead to the fulfillment 
of that promise. But Abraham trust- 
ed God's word and knew that God 
would even raise his son Isaac from 
the dead if necessary to carry into 
fulfillment His promise. 

As this father and son neared the 
place of sacrifice, Isaac questioned 
concerning that which was to be of- 
fered as a sacrifice, for he was of 
sufficient age to understand more of 
this than we often think. The an- 
swer of Abraham came back to him 
in wonderful words which touch our 
hearts as we understand the substi- 
tutionary death of Christ. "God will 
provide himself a lamb." Isaac will- 
ingly submitted to the sacrifice and 
Abraham made necessary and care- 

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By John W. Mayes 

ful preparations, each of which 
measured his love and devotion to 
his God. As he was ready to take 
the life of Isaac and to make to God 
his supreme sacrifice, God in mirac- 
ulous power stayed his hand, speak- 
ing to him the comforting words, 
"Lay not thine hand upon the lad, 
neither do thou any thing unto him: 
for now I know that thou fearest 
God, seeing that thou hast not with- 
held thy son, thine only son from 




John W. Mayes 

me." Abraham turned to see a ram 
caught in the thicket and rejoiced in 
the salvation brought to Isaac, and 
he offered the ram for a burnt-offer- 
ing "in the stead of his son." 

Our Need Greater Than Isaac's 

Isaac needed a reprieve from 
death. This we all would count of 
great importance if we were in 
Isaac's place. Sometimes life seems 
of such great importance to us. We 
must stop to realize that our need 
was greater than Isaac's need. We 
needed payment for sin. We needed 
one to die in our stead in order that 
death, because of our own sinful 
guilt, might never be our portion. 
Thus our need was magnified by our 
own inability to work out any sat- 
isfactory solution which a holy God 
could ever receive. 

God Did More 

Our God has done more for us 
than Abraham could ever have done 
for God, so much more that even a 
comparison is inadequate. We may 
only state how much more God has 
done for us. 

Even if Abraham would have sac- 
rificed Isaac in completeness, it could 
never have paid for even Isaac's sin, 



much less our sins. The death of 
any human individual cannot atone 
for sin. The death of the sinner at 
the second death is not sufficient to 
pay for sin and he must spend his 
eternity in separation from God. 
How much God has done for us to 
give the supreme sacrifice for our 
sins! 

God's answer to our question about 
a sacrifice is greater than Abraham's 
answer ot Isaac. To Isaac the an- 
swer was a ram caught in the thicket. 
To us the answer to our need for a 
sacrifice is Jesus Christ, the eternal 
Son of God, the Lamb. Abraham 
told Isaac that God would provide 
Himself a lamb. For us God did that 
to the fullest. He provided Himself 
a lamb in the person of His "only be- 
gotten Son," the only One of His 
kind, the Son of His promise. This 
gives us an insight into the reason 
beneath the providence of God which 
demanded the driving out of Ishmael 
from the house of Abraham. Abra- 
ham almost spoiled God's picture of 
His only Son when he ran ahead of 
God and brought Ishmael into the 
world, but by God's overruling of 
the impatience of Abraham, the com- 
mand still came to him, "Take now 
thy son, thine only son." God did 
much more than Abraham when He 
gave His "only begotten Son" for us. 

No Penalty for Us 

For us this means that God has 
paid our due penalty for sin in the 
sacrifice of His Son. We who other- 
wise must die in punishment for sin 
are now alive in Jesus Christ. Our 
debt is paid. It is all finished be- 
cause Christ died in our stead as our 
substitute. 

In the face of this wonderful truth, 
the Word of God has a solemn warn- 
ing to all who would discount the 
sacrifice so dear to God's own heart. 
Hebrews 2:3 says, "How shall we 
escape, if we neglect so great salva- 
tion?" The answer is clear and firm. 
None can ever escape. There is 
escape from the penalty of sin only 
in the substitute who died in our 
stead. 

He bore my sins upon Himself, 
And I my sins won't bear. 

He gave to me God's life so free 
And I His glory share. 

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A CROSS OR A CRUCIFIX? 



By Evan Adams 



The universally recognized symbol 
for Christianity is the cross. How- 
ever, the cross as the sign of Chris- 
tendom did not begin with the first 
followers of Christ nor with the first 
members of the church. The cata- 
combs of Rome, subterranean burial 
chambers for the early Christians, 
contain the finest "galleries" of early 
Christian art, but they are lacking in 
representations of the cross. Only 
those chambers which have been 
dated later in history (cir. 400 A.D.) 
contain any crucifix markings. These 
inscriptions begin to appear as the 
more Biblical frescoes and paintings 
begin to be replaced by saints and 
other pagan imagery. Thus the use 
of the cross as a symbol came after 
the time of Constantine, the first 
Christian emperor of Rome (325 
A.D.). It was then that the arms of 
the church were thrown open to 
embrace the world, to hug its super- 
stitions and paganism to her bosom. 
Since that period the crucifix has be- 
come more and more a mark of "pa- 
gan Christianity." 

The Crucifix 

Unrighteous men have always 
tended to change the glory of God 
into a corruptible image (Rom. 1:23), 
and to worship and venerate objects 
and symbols on an equality with or 
above God. Such worship is not to 
be credited to so-called "pagan peo- 
ples" alone. In the days of Heze- 
kiah, king of Judah, the children of 
Israel had begun to worship the 
brazen serpent made by Moses in the 
wilderness (II Ki. 18:4). This ob- 
ject which was to represent God's 
mercy and power to deliver from 
death, came to be worshiped above 
the God who had shown the mercy. 
The depraved mind of sinful man 
makes no distinction between the 
symbol and spiritual reality. He at- 
tributes power to wood and stone. 
When unregenerate men came into 
the church this same idolatry came 
with them. The external association 
could not change the man. 

This attitude toward the cross as 
a crucifix lives in the Roman Cath- 
olic Church today. Though her 
leaders disclaim such idolatry by 
saying, "He [the Catholic] merely 
venerates or reverences the crucifix" 
(Father J. A. O'Brien, "Faith of Mil- 
lions," p. 395), yet practice is the 



only criterion for determining the 
true attitude of the church. This 
same author says the Roman Cath- 
olic Church "has for ages held this 
symbol [the crucifix] as the most 
sacred object in the world (ibid., p. 
398). Again he says persons who are 
unable "to go to church may gain 
the indulgences by holding in the 
hand a crucifix specially blessed for 
this devotion" (ibid., pp. 413-414). 
One of the prayers offered by a 
Catholic in worship of the cross says, 
"Hail, O Cross, our only hope. We 
adore thy cross" (M. W. Foye, "Rom- 
ish Rites," pp. 130-135). Oh that 
men would be so blind as to worship 
the "tree" and not the Saviour! 




Evan Adams 

The Fruits of the Crucifix 

This "inherent-value theory" of 
the cross as a crucifix is but one of 
the many distortions of truth garbed 
in the black robe of Rome. This 
crucifix stands as the symbol of a 
system which permits