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FROM THE LIBRARY OF 

DR. ALVA J. McCLAIN, 

FOUNDER AND FIRST PRESI JENT OF 

GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

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6, No. 1— January 2, 1954 




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By Rev. Bernard N. Schneider, Vice President 
The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church 



IS CHRISTIANITY A FAILURE? 

It was in December 1951. "Pearl Harbor" had just 
become history. I was Uving in Washington, D. C, at 
the time— in a Washington, D. C, that was full of con- 
fusion and all-out war effort. Some of the members of 
our congregation were going downtown one day just 
before Christmas in a streetcar. As the streetcar went 
past the largest department store, a large Christmas 
decoration made out of pine boughs was hanging clear 
across the front of the store. It quoted this verse: "On 
earth peace, good will toward men." Our friends noticed 
people in the streetcar looking at it. Some laughed, 
some talked about it, and some said, "On earth peace — 
that's a joke." 

When those friends related the incident to me I had 
to admit that, after almost 20 centuries, the saying of 
the angels certainly seemed a joke — "on earth peace, 
good will toward men." There was everything but peace, 
everything but good will toward men. As I thought 
about it, this occurred to me — is Christianity a failure? 
Then I determined to make that the subject of my mes- 
sage the following Sunday night. The next day I went 
outside to the front of the church to place that sub- 
ject on the bulletin board. As I stood there in the cold 
weather putting in the letters until they finally spelled 
out this question, "Is Christianity a Failure?" a man 
stopped by. He was a Jew to whom I had often spoken 
and who had become sort of a friend. He chuckled as 
he read the sign. He said, "You know, I have been 
thinking lately — is Christianity a failure? Christians 
dropping bombs on Christians surely looks like a failure, 
doesn't it? I'll be there Sunday night to hear that 
message." 

Twelve years have rolled by since that day. The great 
Second World War has been fought and won. Another 
war has since been fought. We don't know how soon 
things may break loose again. The world is bristling 
with armaments and inore deadly weapons than ever, 
and certainly the question, "Is Christianity a Failure," is 
just as pertinent today as it was 12 years ago. As we 
face the year of 1954, not knowing what it will bring 
forth, let us consider the question — "Is Christianity a 
Failure?" 

Certainly Christianity is a failure if it was supposed 
to bring peace upon the earth during this age. This is 
generally understood to be the meaning of Christianity, 
that gradually the world is to become Christian and 
peace will come upon the earth. But such is not the 
teaching of the Bible at all. The Word of God very 
plainly tells us that alongside spiritual things, which will 



grow, wickedness will grow also in the world until 
toward the close of this age. Christ said conditions on 
the earth would be as they were in the days before the 
flood when "God saw that the wickedness of mian was 
great in the earth, and that every imagination of the 
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Again 
Jesus said that it would be as it was in the days of 
Sodoin with all its wickedness. Furthermore, our Lord 
plainly foretold that toward the close of this age wars 
and rumors of wars, famines, and earthquakes would 
increase, ending in judgment and the great tribulation. 
No one needs to be in confusion or have any doubts 
about the success of Christianity if he reads carefully 
the Word of God. Of course, if one takes the stand of 
postmillennialism that the church is to Christianize the 
world and the church is to bring in the kingdom, then 
certainly it looks like a dismal failure. 

There is Nothing Wrong With the Ideals of Christianity 

This is generally accepted, even by those who refuse 
to accept Christianity itself. Christ advocated absolute 
righteousness and justness among men. A summary of 
the ideal is given us in the so-called golden rule of 
Christ as recorded in Matthew 7:12, "Therefore all things 
whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye 
even so unto them: for this is the law and the prophets." 
This is the perfect ideal of behavior for men everywhere. 
If it were followed there would be peace in the home, 
peace in the neighborhood, peace on the labor front, 
peace among the nations instantly. But this principle of 
righteousness proposed by Christ has not at all become 
the principle of the world. In fact, the world practices 
the very opposite and the result is the kind of world we 
are having. So then, if the golden rule was to become 
the rule of the world in this age, Christianity is a failure. 

Christ also advocated a spirit of love and forgiveness 
between men everywhere. Indeed, the motto of Chris- 
tianity regarding this is well stated by the Holy Spirit 
in Philippians 2:3-4, "Let nothing be done through strife 
or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem 
other better than themselves. Look not every man on 
his own things, but every man also on the things of 
others." But this certainly has not become the motto 
of the world. The world's motto seems to be that "might 
is right." 

Why Is Christianity a Failure? 

The answer to this question is simple and very reveal- 
ing. It is given to us by Christ Himself and in that 



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: Walter L3pp, president; Robert D. Crees. vice president; Clyde Balyo. secre- 
tary; Ord Gehman. treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt. S. W. Link, Mark Malles. William 
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chapter which speaks so wonderfully of the love of God. 
After giving us the words of John 3:16, "For God so 
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life," Jesus continued speaking. Then He 
said in verse 19, "And this is the condemnation, that 
light is come into the world, and men loved darkness 
rather than light, because their deeds were evil." 

There is the answer. Christ had come, but man did 
not want Him. They nailed Him to the cross instead. 
Light had come, but they rejected the light of God and 
chose the darkness of their own vain reasoning instead. 
Since then the world has not changed. The Gospel of 
grace is being preached but men turn away from it. The 
Bible is printed in over a thousand languages today, but 
men reject the truth and rather believe their own fan- 
tastic philosophies. Well applied today would be the 
words of Jesus when He spoke of inen who "strain at a 
gnat, and swallow a camel." Only we might substitute 
monkey for camel today. 



A NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE 
By Martha Snell Nicholson 

Sickened with slaughter and weary of war. 

Torn by bereavement and pain. 
Daily our eyes are searching the skies 

For signs of His coming again. 
Longing, we pray at dawning of day, 

"Lord, wilt Thou come before noon?" 
Imploring Him yet in the fading sunset, 

"O, blessed Lord Jesus, come soon!" 
Precious the word the ear of faith heard; 

"Lo, I come quickly, my bride. 
This longing of thine is not greater than mine 

To have thee at last by my side!" 



Christianity Is Never a Failure When Applied 

Jesus Christ never fails; in fact He cannot fail. Wher- 
ever He is given the opportunity He completely saves 
and changes men. Millions of transformed lives today 
are the best proof that the Gospel is wonderfully suc- 
cessful. Those who come to Christ, receive Him as 
Saviour and Lord, find Him to be all that He promised. 
To them He brings peace of heart and spiritual happi- 
ness. But the trouble is that not enough people are 
willing to give Him a chance. Water cannot quench 
thirst unless one drinks it; the best meal will not satisfy 
unless it is eaten; blood plasma in the bottle will not 
help the dying man unless he receives it into his veins; 
so Christ, the Saviour of the world, is of no help unless 
He is received into a man's life by faith. 

Where Do We Come in? 

Ours is the privilege of demonstrating to the world 
that Christianity works. Nothing is more important in 
the Brethren Church today. All our preaching and 
teaching will be mostly in vain unless our lives demon- 
strate that it works. The pastor and his family often 
feel that they must be careful because their lives are 
on display, but every Christian is on display and some 
of us are not being careful. 

In this year of our Lord 1954 we need Christians who 
are friendly, cheerful, and honest without, and kind one 
toward another within the church. We need to demon- 
strate that the Gospel is the greatest success to all who 
believe, for it is indeed "the power of God unto salva- 
tion to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and 
also to the Greek [gentile]." 



opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and 
thanks to you. Brother Schneider. — R. E. R. 



One for One 



OUR APPRECIATION, BROTHER SCHNEIDER 

Bro. Bernard Schneider, the vice president of our For- 
eign Missionary Society, prepared the foregoing edi- 
torials for use in this issue of the Herald. As we begin 
the year 1954 these editorials give us much food for 
thought and challenge us to make this year the most 
effective one of our lives for Christ. May we take this 



A foreign missionary for every pastor at home! 



DID YOU REMEMBER GRACE SEMINARY? 

Did you remember Grace Seminary in your giving this 
Christmas? It is not too late! Our school is doing a 
work for the Lord in training young men and women for 
Christian service in the homeland or in foreign lands. 
If you could have the privilege, as some of us have, of 
coming in daily contact with many of the students and 
hearing reports of how their training is enabling them 
to be more effective witnesses for Him, you would thank 
the Lord for such a school. Personally, I cannot thank 
the Lord enough for the three years which He permitted 
me to have as a student in Grace Seminary. 

Although the months of December and January are 
set aside as the special time for emphasis concerning the 
needs of our college and seminary, you may give at any 
time. Continue to pray much for our school, and give 
that others may be fully prepared to go forth in the 
Lord's service. — R. E. R. 



One for One 



MISSIONARY OUTFIT CLUB REPORT 

At this writing we are pleased to report that the 
amount of $1,656.47 has come in for the outfit of Mr. and 
Mrs. Don Bishop through the efforts of the various Mis- 
sionary Outfit Clubs. Thank you, club chairmen, club 
members, and friends! This is quite an increase over 
previous giving through the outfit clubs. May the Lord 
bless each of you in a very special way. 

We have another cause for praise and rejoicing — the 
Bishops have been granted their visa for entrance into 
Argentina! Truly our God is good. Now that they have 
the "go" sign from the Government, we are trusting the 
Lord to supply the additional needs for full speed ahead 
in outfit preparation and plans for leaving for Argentina 
early in March. Yes, if you have not already done so, 
there is still time for you to send in your outfit club 
offerings and reports. — R. E. R. 



A foreign missionary for every pastor at home! 



January 2, 1954 




FIELD 




FLASHES 



AFRICA— 

— Missionaries just completed annual Field Council Meeting, held this year at 
Bozoum. They urge: 

1. Prayer for four additional missionary pastors. 

2. Development of African Brethren churches into strong evangelistic 
centers. 

3. Evangelization of western Oubangui-Chari while the door is open. 

— Dr. and Mrs. Harold A. Mason and family joined our missionary force in Africa 
on December 30, after months of study in France. 



ARGENTINA— 

— Don Bishops receive visas for entrance to Argentina. Praise the Lord! This 
visa was granted in record time. The Bishops are planning to sail about March 12. 

— Field Council Meeting and get-together of all missionaries with Dr. and Mrs. 
Russell D. Barnard is in session at Rio Cuarto as this issue of the Herald is being 
mailed. 

— The Barnai'ds plan to leave Buenos Aires by plane on January 11 for Brazil. 



BAJA CALIFORNIA— 

— Property (three lots) has been purchased for our work in Calexico, Calif., with 
living quarters for the Howard family. Much remodeling must be done. 



BRAZIL— 

— Missionaries eagerly await the arrival of the Barnards around the middle of 
January. 

— The Edward Millers are preparing for furlough — they probably will leave for 
the States around the end of February or first of March. 



FRANCE— 

— Rev. and Mi-s. Marvin L. Goodman, Jr., and fainily expect to leave for France 
on January 15. They will join the Fogies in the Lyon area. 



HONOLULU— 

— Attendances have increased and are now being held at a steady high. Souls 
are being saved regularly. Many adults from the community are faithful in both 
services. Parents from two families have not missed a service in the past four weeks. 

— On November 22 a mother publicly confessed Christ in the morning worship 
service. 

— On November 29 an intermediate confessed Christ as her Saviour before her 
Sunday-school class. 

— Fifty-four attended Sunday school on November 22, equaling the previous high 
mark. Nineteen parents and young people attended the special Thanksgiving service. 

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OUR GOAL— ONE FOR ONE 



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AIFICIICAN IDAN€liN<6 CIIJIPIES 



By William J. Samarin, M'Baiki, Africa 



There was a dance not too far from the station, so I 
went to see what was happening. I had not yet had the 
chance to observe the Isungu in their dances. It took me 
a little while to get there, for the path wound in and 
around the manioc gardens. Buried in the midst of 
these gardens was this little Isungu village. People were 
gathered near the only tree in the heart of the village. 
(Because they do not like to go far for firewood, the 
Africans begin by chopping down all the trees within 
and around the village.) Some were sitting on chairs, 
but most were on the ground. Everybody looked re- 
laxed. They reminded me of the crowd of curious on- 
lookers that surround a sidewalk gadget-hawker. 

I was surprised to see so many Pygmies. It was not 
the number which surprised me so much as seeing so 
many mixing with the ordinary natives. As one moves 
away from the government post, the Pygmies get more 



treated for the most part as if they were only goats, but 
they are respected for their medicine. 

It may seem rather queer to talk about medicine hav- 
ing the power to kill people, but the African uses only 
one woi-d for two types of medicine, one to kill and one 






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Two Pygmies Sninuj im a Drum 

shy. Here they seemed to be masters of the show, or at 
least important participants in it. This is understand- 
able when one realizes that the medicine of the Pygmies 
is supposed to be more powerful than anyone else can 
make. Why, with his medicine he can kill somebody 
who is 100 miles away! The Pygmies are owned and 





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An African Medicine Man or 



Doctor 



to heal. The medicine itself has many forms. Some of 
it the people themselves gather— leaves, fruits, roots, 
bsrks, and so on. These they use for various bodily 
aches and pains and wounds. When the trouble gets 
rather serious, the African goes for a doctor, the mon- 
ganga. Perhaps it is a man with a bad earache, who is 
in real pain and who has not been able to sleep well for 
weeks. The doctor— for the Africans call him by the 
same name they call a European doctor— looks at the 
ear with many" h-m-m-m's. After a few minutes of 
serious (or pretended) investigation, he will sell his 
patient some herbs from which he is to make a poultice. 
Then comes the fee, of course. The fee is scaled to the 
seriousness of the illness and the wealth of the patient. 

An illness which is causing death requires strong med- 
icine, for death is usually caused by someone else's evil 



January 2, 1954 



medicine. In this case the doctoi- will have to use his 
own strong medicine. In addition to giving various 
medicaments, he will dance and chant. This is all part 
of his medicine. If the person recovers, he pays dearly — 
sometimes as much as $24. He may think that the price 
is too high and refuse to pay. In such a case the matter 
is taken before the village elders. In the end he invari- 
ably pays what was first asked. If he should die, well, 
the doctor just slips away. Nobody seems to blame him 
too much, for it is understood that the death-dealing 
medicine in this case was stronger than his own. 

Now when there is too much illness in a village, let 
us say a terrible siege of "flu," or a series of deaths, the 
people can only attribute such to some evil medicine. 
The African has practically no understanding of certain 
causes and effects that seem so obvious to us. One of 
our workmen, after returning with me from a bush trip, 
complained about a terrible pain in his arm. He wanted 
to draw blood. (Suction cups, made of small horns, are 
used extensively, especially for sore throats, stomach- 
aches and backaches. An opening of the skin is made, 
over which is put the cup. This invariably leaves an 
ugly scar.) It was his right arm, so I asked him how he 
held on to the truck to keep from being bounced around. 
He had held on to an overhead support, just as I had 
imagined. He had nothing more than a strained arm! 
(But I understand that there are Americans who believe 
that touching frogs is the cause for having warts.) 

They usually do the wrong thing to cure themselves. 
When they have the "flu" they will keep away from heat, 
either from a fire or the warmth of the sun. And while 
they have the strength, they work, for they know that if 
they lie down, they get weak. They lie down, they say, 
only to die! 

Well, in this village of Bokomba there had been too 
many deaths and the chief had called upon the doctors 
to do something about it. What they were doing was 
destroying the medicine which had been hidden in and 
around the village. They never produced it, but they 
pretended to see it. The medicine is supposed to be as 
small as one eyelash. 

The inedicine of these doctors consisted mostly of 
dancing. There were about six of them, mostly young 
married men. They were nude except for loincloths of 
European cloth, but wrapped between the legs like they 
used to do long ago. They wore anklets which rattled 
with each step. Around and around the fire they danced. 
There was not very much of a system in their dancing. 
For the most part they danced as they pleased. Most of 
the motion was with their feet and abdomens. Occa- 
sionally one would stop to blow a whistle to keep the 
rain away from ruining the dance. One of the doctors 
kept staring into the fire. He was watching the evil 
medicine get burned. Every now and then one of the 
doctors would stop and stare off into the distance. He 
saw something. Then he would dance more energet- 
ically and, finally, with a flourish of his hands, he would 
destroy the evil medicine. With a look of great pleasure 
on his face he would resume his dancing. 

They performed all kinds of little things that seemed 
to have little relation to each other. It was as if they 
did whatever came to them at the moment, although I 
imagine that it was all a part of their repertoire. 

One would imagine that the dance would be a very 
serious matter. It was not. The spectators were not at 
all tense. Many of the villagers kept to their houses 
where the women were engaged in preparing the eve- 



MASONS MOVE 




Dr. and Mrs. Harold Mason, 
Stephen, Gloria, and Naomi 

The tropical -medicine course in Paris finished just 
before Christmas. Visas had already been received for 
Africa, so the Mason family expected to leave Paris by 
plane on December 29, arriving in Bangui the following 
day. Thus, they will begin the year 1954 in the land of 
Africa — the land to which the Lord has called them to 
serve Him. 



One for One 



MOODY'S CREED 

Dwight L. Moody was asked up to London to meet a 
group of clergymen there. Sorne 400 had gathered. In 
his quiet, quick, keen-witted fashion, Moody answered 
questions for about an hour. Then someone asked the 
question always asked, "What's your creed, Mr. Moody?" 
Quickly came back the answer, "My creed's in print." 

Oh, in print! Nobody knew of Mr. Moody's having 
written anything. And the question came at once: 
"Where'? What's the title of the book?" And 400 
hands reached for 400 pencils to write down the un- 
known title. Very quietly, Mr. Moody said, "Isaiah 
53:5."— Moody Monthly. 



ning meal. Between acts the doctors laughed and joked 
among themselves and with those who were playing the 
musical instruments, that is, the drums and rattles. 

It all struck me as being part entertainment and part 
business. It is hard to imagine that the villagers really 
believe that these doctors can help them. But they do! 
They firmly believe in their doctors and the power of 
their medicines. An African might take up the Euro- 
pean's clothes, language, or employment, but he keeps 
his faith in his doctors. They mean to him good health 
and long life. 

All of this activity, of course, is on the part of the 
non-Christian. The real African Christian, whose faith 
and trust are in the Lord himself, looks upon death as 
the beginning of eternal life. 



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DISTRICT BIBLE CONFERENCES 



By Mrs. Orville Jobson, Bozoum, Africa 

The month o£ October was mostly spent in holding 
Bible conferences for the different Christian workers 
and their wives in the Bozoum-Bassai District. Our 
first conference was held among the Gbaya workers, 
with the missionaries and Pastor Noel holding classes 
both morning and afternoon. Truly our hearts have 
been encouraged to see these people growing in the 
Lord. Just a few short years ago there was inerely a 
handful of Gbaya workers among the Bozoum Gbaya; 
now they number 40 in all. This seems to be the Lord's 
day for these people, and many souls are now coming 
to know the Lord as their personal Saviour. Some of 
these Christian workers attended the Junior Bible 
School at Bassai, others attended Bible classes here on 
the Bozoum station, and this year there are a few eli- 
gible to enroll in the Bible Institute for further training. 

The closing day of this conference was the Lord's Day 
and Pastor Noel presented these men and their wives to 
the church, telling the Christians of their desire to serve 
the Lord in new fields and their need of financial aid to 
send them forth. One young Christian man, who is em- 
ployed by the government, gave $1,000 francs (approx- 
imately $6) to help in the support of these men. The 
Bozoum WMC also gave 1,000 francs, then a special 
offering was taken to help get these African missionaries 
started in their work for the Lord. Dear friends, pray 
for these men and their wives, that they may have a real 
burden to win their brothers and sisters to the Lord and 
that they may have more of a hunger to read God's Word 
and hide it in their hearts. These are difficult days for 
the native Christian workers. Temptations beset them 
on every side and the enemy is working in many subtle 
ways to destroy their testimonies, but, praise God, 
"greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the 
world.'' May their look be unto Him is our prayer. 

The following week the Garbers and Jobsons went to 
Bassai station to meet with the workers among the 
Karre people. Classes for men, women, and children 
were held by the missionaries, including Bro. Charles 
Taber and Miss Byron. There was a good spirit among 
all the people and their desire was to know more of 
God's Word and have a closer walk with Him. The 
Lord is answering prayer in strengthening these lead- 
ers in that section. There are several young men who 
have graduated from the Bible Institute who seem to 
have a burden for the salvation of their people. One 
outstanding feature of the conference was that the 
preachers felt their need of giving their tithe to the 
Lord, which many of them did not do very systemat- 
ically. They have now asked to be given tithing en- 
velopes so that as they harvest their peanuts and cotton 
they will take out the tenth of this income before selling 
it at the market. The Lord spoke to them concerning 
their lack of giving to Him, and their desire is to bring 
the tithes into the storehouse and seek God's blessing. 
In many ways this was the best workers' conference we 
have attended among this people, and we praise the Lord 
for the growth in their lives. 

Following the Bassai conference we returned to Bo- 
zoum for a day to pack our food boxes, and then we 




Dr. and Mrs. Orville U- Jubsuii 
(Picture Taken at Bassai) 

traveled north to the Tali tribe. This tribe has never 
had a resident missionary among them; however, the 
different missionaries have spent considerable time 
among them teaching the Word of God and holding con- 
ferences. There are now over 100 Christian workers, 20 
of whom have completed their work at the Bible Insti- 
tute and are real leaders among their people. Our 
classes for men, women, and children were large and 
well-attended. These leaders chose one of their num- 
ber for ordination — Samuel, the first to be baptized from 
their tribe. Since his baptism in 1933 he and his wife 
have been faithful workers for the Lord. Each of these 
workers' conferences appointed the 1953 Bible Institute 
graduates from their section to needy villages where 
they may serve the Lord. They also chose those from 
their number who are eligible to attend the Bible Insti- 
tute in 1953-54. Others were chosen to attend the ele- 
mentary Bible schools which will be directed by differ- 
ent missionaries. 

Truly our responsibility is great, but our Father is 
with us to strengthen and guide. We always count on 
your prayers and rejoice to know that we are laborers 
together in this. His blessed service. 



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When my Lord Christ became a living and unutterably 
necessary reality to me, I remembered that one of my 
first sensations of profound relief was. He absolutely 
trusted the Bible, and, though there are in it things in- 
explicable and intricate that have puzzled me so much, 
I am going, not in a blind sense, but reverently, to trust 
the Book because of Him. — H. C. S. Moule. 



January 2, 1954 



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The 



The Book of Hope 



When Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples to 
go into all the world and preach the Gospel He also 
gave them their message: they were to be witnesses 
of the things they had seen and heard from theii- 
Lord. And wherever men have gone with this mes- 
sage — the message of hope and pardon and peace and 
joy — lives have been changed. For, said Jesus, "The 
words that I speak tinto you, they are spirit, and they 
are LIFE." 





This Word brings the same message to every heart 
— the educated Westerner or the stone-age Kapauku. 
The language may be different; the people who hear 
may be pagan or cultured, their backgrounds varied 
and strange. But to each one comes the Word of 
hope: "I [Jestts] am the way, the truth, and the life." 
"Come unto me . . . and ye shall find rest.'' 

Because of the power of this Word every true 
missionary seeks to give it to every man: a portion, a 
Gospel, the New Testament, or the entire Bible. It is 
eagerly received and earnestly read . . . "Faith com- 
eth ... by the word of God" . . . 



Mark Volongozi, native pastor at Bossembele. Africa, 
reading his Bible. 



In Africa a Pana tribesman approached the missionary who was touring the district. He was not much to look 
at; his hair was tightly braided into little spikes; he wore practically no clothing; a hunting club hung at his side. 
He was a new convert. "I have lost my book," he said. "Please give me another." The missionary wondered if he 
could read, but in answer to his question the young man replied, "Yes: Musa [the local teacher] taught me." Giv- 
ing him a copy of the Gospel of John the missionary said, "Read." 

Eagerly the black man grasped the Book and read those wonderful words: "In the beginniiig was the Word . . . 
the Word was God . . ." His appearance was transformed by understanding and love, and he read on: "The Word 
was made ft.esh, and dwelt among us . . ." The missionary saw not the black man but the One of whom he read. 
"We beheld his glory . . . full of grace and truth." And the missionary knew that the Glorious One was Himself 
pouring His grace and truth upon these simple-hearted people through the medium of His own Word — the Book 
of Hope! 

(Editor's Note — We are indebted to The Alliance Weekly for this e.xcellent article. The picture, however, is one of cur own — Mark 
Volongou, the grand old man of our mtive church in Africa. I 



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B.M.. Prov. Cordoba. Argentina, S. A. 
Hoyt. Rev. and Mrs. Solon W.. Calle 31. No. 33. Don Bosco. F.C.GR.. 

Argentina. S. A. 
Maconaghy. Rev. and Mrs. Hill. Bdo. de Irigoyen 564. Jose Marmol. 

F.C.N.G.R.. Argentina. S. A. 
Marshall. Rev. and Mrs. Jame:;. 178 Calle Reconquista. Corral de 

Bustos. F.C.N.G.B-M.. Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 
Rottler. Rev. and Mrs. Carson. San Martin 254. Huinca Renanco. 

F.C.N.G. S.M.. Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 

Schrock. Rev. and Mrs. Lynn. Rivadavia 433. Rio Cuarto. F.C.N.G. 

B.M.. Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 
Sickel. Mrs. Loree. Remedios de Escalada 74. Rio Tercero. F.C.B.M . 

Prov. Cordoba. Argentina. S. A. 

BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA— 

Miller. Rev. and Mrs. Edward D,. Macapa, Terr. Federal do Amapa. 

Brazil. 
Teeter. Rev. and Mrs. John S.. Macapa. Terr. Federal do Amapa. 

Brazil. 
Zielasko. Rev. and Mrs. John W., Caixa Postal 861. Belem. Para. 

Brazil. 

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO— 

Haag. Rev. and Mrs. Walter E.. 439 Sunset Lane. San Ysidro. Calif.. 

U. S. A. 
Howard. Rev. and Mrs, A. L.. General Delivery. Calexico. Calif,. 
U. S. A. 

AFRICA 

Balzer. Mr. and Mrs, Albert. Bozoum via Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. 
French Equatorial Africa. 

Bickel. Miss Florence. Bellevue via Bossangoa. via Bangui. Ouban- 
gui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Byron, Miss Grace. Mission a Bassai. Bozoum via Bangui. Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Dunning. Rev. and Mrs. Harold L.. Bozoum via Bangui. Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Garber, Rev. and Mrs. Martin M.. Bozoum via Bangui. Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Geske. Miss Edith. Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via Bangui. Ouban- 
gui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Habegger. Miss Mary Ann, Bozoum via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, 
French Equatorial Africa. 

Hill, Rev. and Mrs. Robert W.. Bossembele via Bangui. Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatoiial Africa. 

Jobson. Dr. and Mrs. Orville D.. Bozoum via Bangui. Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Jones. Miss Gail. Mission a Bassai. Bozoum via Bangui. Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Kennedy. Rev, and Mrs. Lester W.. Bellevue via Bossangoa via 
Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Kennedy. Mrs. Minnie. Mission a Bekoro. Paoua via Bozoum. via 
Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Kent, Miss Ruth, Mission a Yaloke, Bossembele via Bangui, Ouban- 
gui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Kliever. Rev, and Mrs, J, P.. Mission a Bekoro. Paoua via Bozoum. 
via Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Mason. Dr. and Mrs, Harold A.. Bozoum via Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. 
French Equatorial Africa. 

Miller. Rev. and Mrs. Donald F., Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via 
Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Mishler. Miss Marie. Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via Bangui, Ou- 
bangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Myers, Miss Estella. Mission a Nzoro. Bocaranga via Bozoum. via 
Bangui. Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Samarin. Rev. and Mrs. William, M'Baiki via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Sheldon. Rev. and Mrs. C. B,. Bellevue via Bossangoa. via Bangui. 
Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Snyder. Miss Ruth. Bozoum vi^i Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. French 
Equatorial Africa. .> 

Taber. Rev. and Mrs. Charles R.. Mission a Bassai. Bozoum via Ban- 
gui. Ouljangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Taber. Dr. and Mrs Floyd W.. Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via 
Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Thurston. Miss Marian. Mission a Bekoro. Paoua via Bozoum via 
Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Tyson. Miss Elizabeth. Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via Bangui. 
Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Williams. Rev. and Mrs. Robert. Batangafo via Bangui. Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

FRANCE 

Fogle. Rev. and Mrs. P. Fredrick. 86 Chemin de Vassieux, Caluire et 
Cuire, Rhone, France. 

oodman. Rev. and Mrs. M. L,. Jr.. c/o Rev. P. Fredrick Fogle, at 
address given above. 

HAWAII 

Tresise, Rev. and Mrs. Foster. 1589 E. So. Beretania St., Honolulu. 
T. H. 



MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH 

Altig. Rev. and Mrs. J. Keith. 8838 S, Nogal. Whittier. Calif. 

Beaver. Rev. and Mrs. S, Wayne. P, O, Box 588. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Cripe. Miss Mary. 1520 Teres'a. Modesto. Calif. 

Emmert. Miss Mary. Dallas Center. Iowa. 

Foster. Mrs. Rose. P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Munn. Miss Marybeth. Leland. Wash. 

Nielsen. Miss Johanna. 1823 Pine Ave.. Long Beach 6. Calif, 

Schwartz. Miss Clara, c/o Mrs. Ada Schwartz. 4685 Adams Ave., 

Philadelphia 24, Pa. 
Snyder. Rev. and Mrs. Roy. 715 Chandler St.. Philadelphia 11. Pa, 
Sumey. Rev, and Mrs. Charles, c o Miss Margaret Lucas, 162 Bailey 

Ave,, Uniontown, Pa. 



A foreign missionary for every pastor at home! 



A STRAIGHT FURROW 



He was a good farmer; the furrows in the field he was 
plowing stretched like railway tracks to the fence a 
quarter of a mile away. 

"How do you make such straight furrows?" I asked. 

"You see that slender pole with a white rag tied to the 
top of it?" he said in reply. "Well, I set that pole at the 
point where I want my furrow to end. If I keep my eyes 
on it all the way across, I can make the furrow almost 
as straight as a crow can fly; if you get a crook in the 
first one, the rest have to follow it. for the guiding wheel 
of the plow runs in the old furrow." 

I reflected that as much depends on the first furrow 
in one's life as on the first furrow in the field. As I 
looked back over my life and saw in it the many 
stretches of crooked plowing and remembered that they 
all began with a crooked furrow, I despaired of making 
it like the field of the plowman. 

I remembered the slender pole with its fluttering white 
flag and again heard the plowman saying, "I keep my 
eyes on it all the way across." Now I understand. The 
crooked furrow had come when my eyes were not on 
Christ. I resolved that, God helping me, I would do it 
looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith. 
— Sunday School Times. 



One for One 



HOW ABOUT IT? 

People who do not believe in missions should occa- 
sionally turn in the pages of history and read of the lives 
lived iDy their ancestors before missionaries reached 
them. 



By what right do you choose your King's last com- 
mand, "Go ye," as the one thing to be crowded out of 
your life? 



God uses five classes to win souls; the foolish to con- 
found the wise, the weak to confound the mighty, the 
base things, the despised things, the nothings and no- 
bodies. 



If God could speak through Balaam's ass, He could 
speak through you. 



"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be 
lueak, jar your work shall be rewarded" (II Chron. 15;7). 
— Chinese Native Evangelistic Crusade. 



lanuary 2, 1954 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



Ashland, Ohio. Rev. Miles Taber, 
pastor of the West 10th Street Breth- 
ren Church, was recently elected 
vice president of the Ashland Min- 
isterial Association. 

Winona Lake. Ind. Anyone desir- 
ing to have their 1953 Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald issues put into a 
bound volume should forward them 
to the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company at once, as the copies will 
be sent to the bindery in January, 
Price for binding and return mailing 
is $4.75. 

Norioalk, Calij. There were 365 
present at the ground-breaking cer- 
emony of the Norwalk Brethren 
Church. Of this number 16 were 
ordained ministers. Henry G. Rem- 
pel is pastor, and you are requested 
to list his new address as 10906 Bel- 
cher St., Norwalk, Calif. 

Dayton, Ohio. Rev. Clyde Balyo, 
pastor of North Riverdale Brethren 
Church, entered Good Samaritan 
Hospital Dec. 14 for treatment on his 
throat. He was confined but a few 
days. 

Los Angeles, Calif. Directors of 
the Philharmonic Auditorium here 
denied use of the auditorium to 
Methodist Bishop G. Bromley Ox- 
nam, of Washington, D. C, on the 
grounds that he "is too controversial 
a figure." Evangelicals in southern 
California hailed the action as justi- 
fied. 

Woodstock, III. Attorneys for Mrs. 
Dorothy Larson filed an amended 
complaint in McHenry County Cir- 
cuit Court charging that 30 accred- 
ited public schools in the State were 
listed as parochial schools in the 
Official Catholic Directory for 1953, 
The complaint of Mrs. Larson, a 
Lutheran, has thus broadened her 
original complaint which challenged 
the legality of permitting nuns to 
teach in Illinois public schools. 



St. Louis, Mo. More than 12,000 
persons crowded Kiel Auditorium 
here to hear Dr, Harry Emerson 
Fosdick. He urged his audience to 
cooperate "in every area where co- 
operation is possible" with Roman 
Catholics, (Editor: This is but an- 
other evidence of the inconsistency 
of liberal Protestantism. One time 
they plead for "Reformation Sun- 
day," which is a reminder of the 
price paid to break away from Ro- 
manism, and next they plead for co- 
operation with them.) 

Winona Lake, Ind. John Phillip 
Peer was born to Rev, and Mrs, 
Earle Peer, Dec. 13, Brother Peer is 
pastor of the Sidney (Ind,) Brethren 
Church, 

Downey, Calif. The Los Angeles 
presbytery, at its recent meeting, 
again denied membership to three 
Fuller Theological Seminary faculty 
members. The three are Dr, Glea- 
son L, Archer, Jr,, from the pi'esby- 
tery of Monmouth, N. J,; Dr, William 
Sanford LaSor, presbytery of Le- 
high, Pa,; and Dr, Everett F, Har- 
rison, presbytery of Philadelphia. 



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L o 71 d o n, England. Harringway 
Arena in North London is to be the 
scene of Billy Graham's Greater 
London Crusade, beginning about 
March 1. The arena will seat up- 
wards of 11,000 people, 

Wheaton, III. Plans for the eighth 
Wheaton College Bible Lands Cruise 
have been announced by Dr, Joseph 
Free, professor of archeology at 
Wheaton College, The group will 
sail from New York the middle of 
February 1954, The trip will last six 
weeks and is open to Christian peo- 
ple of all ages throughout the coun- 
try, 

Trenton, N. J. (RNS), New Jersey 
voters have approved by 2V4 to 1 a 
constitutional amendment to legalize 
bingo and raffles sponsored by reli- 
gious, charitable, veteran, and sim- 
ilar organizations. The overwhelin- 
ing vote climaxed a hard -fought 
battle in which opposing sides were 
spearheaded by Roman Catholics 
and Protestant church forces, 

Harrisburg, Pa. Rev, Conard San- 
dy, pastor of the Melrose Gardens 



Brethren Church, conducted his own 
12-day meeting. There were seven 
additions to the church, 

Beaumont, Calif. Due to the rap- 
id growth of the Cherry Valley 
Brethren Church, an additional Bible 
class is being taught by the pastor on 
Monday nights at his home. Gene 
Farrell is pastor, 

Cuyahoga, Falls, Ohio. Rev, Rich- 
ard L. Burch, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, was reelected sec- 
retary-treasurer of the Akron Area 
Ministers' Fellowship. 

Roanoke, Va. Mark Fremont Mil- 
ler, 8 lb., 3 oz., arrived Dec, 11 to 
take his place "under the parsonage 
roof" in the home of Rev, and Mrs, 
Robert Miller, 

Jerusalem. An active group in 
Israel at the present time is one 
known as "Messianic Jews," This 
group accepts the New Testament 
just as they do the Tenach, They 
keep the Sabbath and all the Jewish 
holy days. In general, they practice 
Judaism and at the saine time be- 
lieve in Jesus as the Messiah, The 
leader of the movement lectured re- 
cently in the Hebrew University in 
Jerusalem, 

Special. Junior-Intermediate and 
Teen-Age teachers are urged to look 
at Parts II and III in the back of 
the Brethren Teacher for special 
helps. 

Winona Lake, Ind. Pastors are 
requested to send in the weekly 
church bulletin, or drop a card to 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company with news items. All news 
of genei'al interest to the church will 
be included in the News Briefs. 



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Fearful Sights in 
Heaven= 



The surest, most certain thing in 
all the world is that the Lord Jesus 
Christ is coming again. Why do I 
say that? Because (1) the same 
prophets who told of His first coming 
also tell us of His second literal 
coming; (2) the same Holy Spirit 
who told of His first coming also tells 
of His second coming. 

First Coming Literal 

The first coming of our Saviour 
was literal. He became a literal man, 
born of a literal mother, in a literal 
stable, and was visited by literal 
shepherds and wise men. No one is 
foolish enough to deny the literal 
fulfillment of the events connected 
with His first coming. Yet people 
will argue against and deny the spir- 
itual truths concerning His second 
coming. They want to do away with 
this teaching. Why? It has a cleans- 
ing effect. 

Let us see in Scripture some of the 
characteristics of the times when our 
Lord shall come again. 

Fearful Sights and Signs 

1. Luke 21:11. Fearful Sights. 

Jesus said that the end time would 
be characterized by fearful sights 
and signs in the heavens. I think we 
can see evidenced on all sides some 
of these things today. Is it not a 
fearful sight to see the heavens lit 
up and cities 400 miles away aglow 




By H. Leslie Moore 
Meyersdale, Pa. 



with the light from the explosion of 
an atom bomb. Is it not a fearful 
thing to hear folks talking about fly- 
ing boxcars, and about trips to other 
planets. Wondrous signs! 

2. Luke 21:25. Distress of Na- 
tions. 

Our nations today are distressed. 
How do I know? We would not 
have the UN organization if it were 
not so. 

Christ adds the words "with per- 
plexity." To be perplexed is to be 
without a solution or an answer. 
What could better describe the di- 
lemma of our diplomats, or the prob- 
lems in Korea, and in other places. 

Storms and Floods 

Even the sea and the waves are on 
the rampage. You may laugh at 
this, but let me remind you that we 
have had some terrible storms and 
floods in the recent past. 

These signs inay refer to the close 
of the Tribulation period, but that is 
the very reason why these signs 
should inean more to us. Someone 
has said that signs are for Israel, not 
for the church (I Cor. 1:22). This 
is true. But that does not prevent 
our reading them. 

As I ride along the road I read a 
sign: "Boilermakers Picnic — Turn 
Here." I'm not a boilermaker — I'm 
not going to their picnic. But this 
does not prevent me from knowing 
where and when they are going to 
have their picnic. The same thing 
applies here. I don't plan to go 
through the tribulation period. I 
have troubles enough now. I'm go- 
ing to be taken befoi-e these things 
occur. But thank God I can read 
the signs. I can know the seasons 
in which I live. 

No Excuse for Ignorance 

There is no excuse for ignorance 
on the part of Christians. May the 
Lord lead us to heed the words of 
Scripture: "Seeing that all these 
things shall be dissolved, what man- 
ner of persons ought ye to be in all 




1 1 lanuary 2, 1954 



holy conversation and godliness" (II 
Pet. 3:11). 

For those outside of Christ there 
will be judgment. The more one 
hears, the greater is his responsibil- 
ity, according to Luke 12:47-48. 

Conclusion 

There are two things that ought 
to be stressed in conclusion. 

1. If you are a Christian, know- 
ing that the season of the Lord's re- 
turn is upon us, you should be 
spending your time and talents serv- 
ing Him. 

2. If you are unsaved, you should 
be making preparation for that day. 
Learn the ABC's of salvation. 

A. Acknowledge that you are a 
sinner. Accept what Christ has said 
about you. 

B. Believe on the Lord Jesus 
Christ. Don't trust on feeling or 
emotion or works. 

C. Confess Him with your mouth. 
Do it now. It is later than you 

think! 



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THE CHRISTIAN AND HIS MONEY 



By K. E. Richardson, Radford, Va. 



Under the law God's people were 
commanded to give a tenth of their 
income to the Lord, which, for a 
Christian, should be only the be- 
ginning of our giving unto the Lord. 
For until after we have given more 
than a tenth we have given nothing 
of our own, but in giving the tenth 
we are just depositing into the treas- 
ury of the Lord's work that which 
belongs to Him. If we fail to return 
to Him this tenth we are spending 
for ourselves money that really does 
not belong to us at all. Many of us 
would not think of spending for our- 
selves something that belongs to our 
neighbor, yet week after week we 
use for ourselves money that belongs 
to our God. 

Psalm 50:10-12 teaches us that all 
we have belongs to God. Also I 
Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us that 
we are bought with a price, therefore 
we are not our own. All we are and 
all we have belongs to Him. Let us 
remember the price that He was 
willing to pay when He died in our 
stead that we might have His great 
salvation. Many think that if they 
work for their money it belongs to 
them and they are under no obliga- 
tions to anyone else. Had it not 
been for Jesus' love to us we would 
still be in our sins and with no hope 
of eternal life. How are others to 
hear of this great love if we are not 
willing to help spread the Gospel by 
our lives and with our gifts. What 
we give we have and what we keep 
we lose, spiritually speaking. 

When we give, we are laying up 
treasures in heaven (Luke 12:33), 
and where our treasures are there 
will our heart be also. If we are 
really concerned with spiritual 
things we will not only want to lay 
aside the tenth, but we will joyfully 
give more. We should not think of 
how little we can get by with, but 
how much more can we give than 
God comanded under the law. To 
illustrate, if one has invested a sum 
of money in a business venture, he 
will be concerned. The greater the 
amount invested the more concern 
he will have. The same applies to 



the Lord's work. If we have just a 
little invested we shall have just a 
little interest, but the more invested 
the more interest we will have. How 
can we expect to be used of the Lord 
if we keep back what rightfully be- 
longs to Him? 

Recently a dear Christian brother 
said that he had only a small income 
and it took all he could possibly get 
to live on. He would like to help fi- 
nancially, but just could not afford 
it. I reminded him of Mark 1242-44, 
where Jesus saw the poor widow de- 
posit her gift in the treasury and 
what He had to say of her. She had 
given more than any of the others 
because she had given all she had. 
Christians cannot afford not to tithe. 
Experience has taught us that the 
nine-tenths will go farther if the 
one-tenth has first been taken out 
and deposited in the Lord's treasury 
or work. What rewards await the 
poor widow who was glad to give all 
she had! Certainly God would bless 
such a one by providing for her 
every need. 

I am by no means rich in this 
world's goods, but I have many times 
made the proposition to my people 
that if they will try tithing for six 
months and if after that time they 
are not satisfied that it pays to tithe, 
I will make up what they have de- 
posited in the church treasury my- 
self. Several have started tithing as 
a result of this offer, and so far no 
one has come asking me to make up 
for what he has given. Being poor 
is no excuse for not giving back His 
part. Malachi 3:10 reminds us that 
it is possible to rob God. Very few 
of us like to be called robbers, yet 
we may be robbing God when we 
certainly would not rob our fellow 
man, nor want to do anything dis- 
honest. Think this over as you read 
these passages and let God's Holy 
Spirit guide you in your financial 
giving. 

First Corinthians 16:2 gives us a 
good system to follow in our giving. 
Read it and put it into practice. The 
first day of the week suggests several 
things to us. (1) Put God and His 




work first. The Christian should put 
nothing before his Lord. The reason 
there are so many weak and sickly 
Christians today is that they are giv- 
ing to some thing the place that some 
One should have. By sickly Chris- 
tians I do not mean sickly in body, 
but spiritually sick or weak and de- 
feated. (2) We begin the week 
rightly by putting God's part aside 
before thinking of spending any for 
ourselves. Too many of us pay up 
all our bills, keep out some for 
worldly amusements, put a little in 
the bank or buy a bond, all of which 
are all right, but where the sad part 
comes in, if there is any left over 
after this maybe we put that in the 
church offering. In other words we 
are giving Him the leftovers. If 
nothing is left over, then He just ; 
doesn't get anything that week. 

The early church believed in help- 
ing others with their gifts. Maybe 
that is one of the secrets of God's 
blessings on them. They were in- i 
forested not only in themselves but 
in others. Isn't it just a little selfish 
when we know something of the joy j 
of being saved not to share it with 
others? I can think of nothing more 
glorious than when I get to heaven 
to see someone there thai will say 
they are there because of my gift or 
influence. After all, we were left here 
for just one purpose after God saved 
us and that was to carry on His work 
for Him. As we are nearing the end 
of the age, certainly we have the 
greatest privilege of any generation 
of believers. Let's redeem the time 
by living for Him and by beginning 
with giving inore than the tenth of 
our income. 



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The Brethren M'ss'sonary Herald 




INTO THE HEIGHTS 




One of the attributes of our God is 
faithfulness. Because He is faithful. 
He commends faithfulness in His 
people, and condemns unfaithfulness. 
The message to Thyatira is primarily 
one of reproof for unfaithfulness in 
the saints in that place. 

On the human level it is possible 
for one to move from a condition of 
faithfulness to a state of unfaithful- 
ness. This happens many times in 
the relationship between husband 
and wife, particularly when one mate 
manifests a love for and a turning 
toward another person. This in- 
volves, in many instances, fornica- 
tion. 

The church at Thyatira had com- 
mitted spiritual foi-nication in that 
she had imbibed so freely of false 
doctrine that she became unfaithful 
to her God, and pledged her alle- 




Clyde K. Landrum 



price that the saints pay for spiritual 
fornication. 

In order that we might see some- 
thing of the subtlety and at the same 
time the deadly accuracy with which 
such false teachings work, let us 
look briefly at the parable of the 



system, the faithful and loving rela- 
tionship between Christ and His 
church was greatly harmed. As these 
false doctrines were brought in and 
mingled with the true teaching of 
God's Word, the evil so permeated 
the good that the good was nullified. 
Even the works that they did be- 
came a system of dead works. Such 
was the low ebb of affairs in the 
church as Martin Luther came on 
the scene. 

The message to Thyatira also 
reaches across the centuries and be- 
comes applicable to us today. We 
have in the church — the body of 
Christ — the truth. Jesus' prayer in 
John 17:17, "Sanctify them through 
thy truth: thy word is truth," should 
be our prayer today. For the leaven 
is at work, seeking to leaven the 
whole. So many are being carried 



THE MESSAGE TO 




By Clyde K. Landrum 
(Revelation 2:18-29) 



giance to false leaders. Jezebel, the 
personification not only of fornica- 
tion but also of all that is evil, is 
used as the figure of this sad spirit- 
ual state in the church at Thyatira. 

There is a broader application of 
the Thyatirian message. It was in- 
deed for that local church in what is 
now Asia Minor, but it prefigured a 
period in the history of the church 
which our Lord knew must surely 
come. It covered the aproximate 
1,000-year period from 500 A. D. to 
1500 A. D. False doctrine was in- 
troduced to such a point that the 
church actually was involved in spir- 
itual fornication. The Jezebel of this 
illicit spiritual love affair was the 
Roman Catholic Church. As one 
studies carefully this period in the 
history of the church, a time in 
which the light of God seemingly 
almost went out. he sees the awful 



leaven in Matthew 13:33. This par- 
able does not picture the working of 
the Gospel in this world of sin, even- 
tually resulting in the conversion of 
the whole world. Leaven in the 
Bible always speaks of an evil in- 
fluence, particularly false doctrine. 
Christ himself so speaks of it in 
Matthew 16:11-12: "How is it that 
ye do not understand that I spake 
it not to you concerning bread, that 
ye should beware of the leaven of 
the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 
Then understood they how that tie 
bade them not beware of the leaven 
of bread, but of the doctrine of the 
Pharisees and of the Sadducees." 

In this dark period of church his- 
tory the Roman Catholic Church had 
become dominant. By bringing in 
such false doctrines as justification 
by works, image worship, Mariol- 
atry, confession, and the hierarchial 



away with the false doctrines of 
Catholicism, the faith healers, the 
quacks, and the setters-forth of false 
cults and isms that one's heart aches 
as he beholds the resultant spiritual 
pandemonium. Fornication and un- 
faithfulness are almost received to- 
day as unavoidable conditions. And 
following in the wake of these are 
lax morals and ungodly living. The 
church — the body of Christ — is today 
in such a state of compromise with 
these godless forces that one feels 
compelled to cry out, "Sanctify them 
through thy truthi" 

Beloved, ours is a holy calling. Let 
us walk in the light of God's Word. 
Let us store up and guard the truth 
in our hearts, and then manifest the 
truth in a holy walk. So shall we be 
found faithful at His coming. "He 
that hath an ear, let him hear what 
the Spirit saith unto the churches." 



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MOMENTS 




•the MOUNT 




PATIENCE 



(PSALM 40) 



By Clarence Lackey, North English, Iowa 



"I waited patiently for the Lord; 
and he incHned unto me, and heard 
my cry. He brought me up also out 
of the miry clay, and set my feet 
upon a rock, and established my go- 
ings. And he hath put a new song 
in my mouth, even praise unto our 
God: many shall see it, and fear, and 
shall trust in the Lord" (Psa. 40:1-3). 

In all probability these words came 
from the heart of David and perhaps, 
as he penned them by divine inspira- 
tion, he surely must have had in 
mind some particular trial or afflic- 
tion which he had undergone. He 
had experienced numerous testings 
and trials during his lifetime in the 
service of the Lord. He may have 
had in mind some outstanding diffl- 
culty which he had endured at the 
hand of King Saul. This, however, 
we are not told. But, at any rate, we 
do know that whatever it was, he 
sought the Lord in earnest, perse- 
vering prayer. And in God's own 
good time He answered his cry and 
thus delivered him from the pit of 
seeming despair. 

Impatience 

Patience is a virtue that should 
possess the heart and life of every 
believer. For without it, be assured, 
there can be no real victory and tri- 
umph in the service of our Lord and 
Saviour. Certainly it can be said 
that patience is a necessary "fruit of 
the spirit" (Gal. 5:22, Williams 
trans.). Let it be pondered well, 
impatience is a deadly poison to the 
believer's spiritual life! It is a "kill- 
joy" and thus hinders spiritual 
growth. If we allow impatience to 
rule our lives, then we automatically 
put ourselves in a position to yield 
to Satan's temptations. Impatience 
is a trick of the Devil and thus is one 
of his deadly weapons against you 
and me. If, by God's grace, we do 
not conquer it then we should not be 
surprised if we find ourselves in a 
complaining, fault-finding, and criti- 
cizing attitude. Furthermore, im- 
patience will lead to unwise deci- 
sions and thus deviate us from the 
path of God's will. Impatience is 



akin to doubt and unbelief and that 
which produces an occasional out- 
burst of uncontrollable temper. Im- 
patience "spells" a defeated Chris- 
tian life — that is, if it is continually 
practiced. 

We find recorded in the Scriptures 
many examples of impatience. For 
instance, the children of Israel surely 
must have allowed impatience to 
take possession of their hearts, for 
when they were put in the place of 
waiting and testing they began to 
complain and murmur against God 
and His servants (Num. 14:2-3). As 







Clarence Lackey 

a result, God's hand of judgment 
struck and they were left to wander 
in the wilderness for 40 years (Num. 
14:25-35), except those of Israel who 
waited patiently upon God in faith. 
This impatience can be traced back 
to unbelief, and, therefore, God's 
blessings were withdrawn from 
them. Impatience is a deadly thing! 

Perject Example oj Patience 

In the First Epistle of Peter it is 
written that our Lord "suffered for 
us, leaving us [believers] an exam- 
ple, that ye should follow his steps: 
. . . Who, when he was reviled, re- 
viled not again; when he suffered, he 
threatened not; but committed him- 
self to him that judgeth righteously" 
(I Pet. 2:21, 23). 

Surely it can be emphatically said 
that our Lord was altogether the 
perfectly patient One from the cra- 
dle on through the ignominy of His 
cross. What He endured during His 
earthly ministry is, without doubt, 
beyond our comprehension. Think 



of His agony in the Garden of Geth- 
seinane which was caused by the 
enormous weight of our sins press- 
ing down upon His spotless charac- 
ter. Think of that cruel and heart- 
less mob that laid its hands upon 
Him and led Him to Caiaphas, the 
high priest, and the Sanhedrin. 

Think of the false accusations and 
how they spit upon Him and struck 
that blessed face with their blood- 
thirsty hands. Think also upon all 
the mockery, scourging, spit, slaps 
in the face, the crown of thorns 
which He endured at the hands of 
Pilate, Herod, and their cold-hearted 
soldiers. And, above all, outside of 
Pilate"s judgment hall were His own 
people (Israel) crying for His pre- 
cious blood. Even His disciples for- 
sook Him. And, worst of all, He was 
nailed to a shameful cross, the ag- 
onies of which no human tongue can 
ever tell. Yes, and around the cross 
in His dying hours they mocked Him 
and challenged Him to come down 
from the cross. 

But, in the face of all this, "when 
he was reviled, he reviled not again; 
when he suffered, he threatened not" 
(I Pet. 2:23). In all of this, never did 
He entertain an impatient thought 
nor did one murmur or complaint 
ever escape His holy lips. 

It is easy to talk about patience 
when things are going well and es- 
pecially when we can have our own 
way. But ah, beloved, just let ad- 
versity come, let the millstones of 
affliction start grinding, let false ac- 
cusations be hurled at us; let some- 
one strike with the cold shoulder, 
and let disappointments and failure 
come, what then? Then we can talk 
about patience. We will never know 
genuine patience until God allows us 
to experience some of these things. 
But, thank God, when trials do come 
to us we know that we have One 
who has passed through the acid test, 
as it were, thus setting before us a 
perfect pattern of a patient life. 

Results of Patient Waiting 
Many are the results of patient 
waiting upon the Lord. In our 
verses (Psa. 40:1-3) we notice that 



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WHO IS A PROTESTANT? 



By Marion Gates, Leon, Iowa 



The term "Protestant" was first 
used in 1529. The Catholic party 
which was in the majority was em- 
boldened by the Pope to proclaim an 
edict which forbade the progress of 
the Reformation in the states which 
had not accepted it, while giving full 
liberty in the states that adhered to 
Rome. The Elector of Saxony and 
several other princes, together with 
14 cities decried the decree. There- 
fore the name "Protestant" was giv- 
en to the followers of Luther or those 
who had come out of Catholicism. 
They protested that that which 
would take away religious freedom 
from the people would keep them in 
bondage to Rome. 

Today the term is used very loose- 
ly. In fact, anyone who is not a 
Roman Catholic is considered to be 
a Protestant. Many who are not 
even members of any church con- 
sider themselves to be Protestants, 
even though they have never pro- 
tested Romanism or modernism. 

Today in America there are three 
groups which call themselves Prot- 
estant. We will deal with each of 
these three groups and seek to de- 
termine who is a Protestant. 

There is a group call "fundamen- 
talists." This group of believers 
contend that the following doctrines 
are taught in the Word of God: The 
verbal inspiration of the Scriptures 
(II Tim. 3:14-17; II Pet. 1:21); the 
deity of Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:8); the 
virgin birth of Christ (Isa. 7:14; 



Matt. 1:18); tha vicarious atonement 
on Calvary's tree (Heb. 9:22; I Pet. 
1:18-19; Eph. 1:7); the bodily resur- 
rection of Christ (I Cor. 15:20-25; I 
Cor. 15:3-4); that He is now seated 
at the right hand of the Father mak- 
ing intercession for the saints; and, 
finally, in the Father's time, Christ 
will return for His saints. Later, He 
will return to rule and to reign on 
the earth. 

This group also believes in sep- 
aration from all apostasy (II Cor. 
6:14-18; Eph. 5:11; II John 6-11: 
Rev. 18:4). This group of believers 
are protesting Roman Catholicism 
and modernism, and are admonish- 
ing believers who are in the apostasy 
to come out and be separate as the 
Word of God teaches. 

The second group of Protestants 
believe all the doctrines as taught 
in the Word but they do not believe 
in separation from the apostasy. 
They will go along with union cam- 
paigns in which modernistic preach- 
ers are in charge of important com- 
mittees. Some go to the extent of 
allowing modernists in their pulpits. 
This group will protest against Ro- 
manism, mildly against modernism, 
but refuse to affiliate with the "fun- 
damentalists." 

The third group is called "mod- 
ernists." They deny all the major 
doctrines in the Word of God. In 
fact, some go as far as to say we do 
not have a written revelation from 
God. This group of so-called Prot- 




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estants are busy teaching a "social 
gospel" and protesting the work of 
the "fundamentalist." They do not 
protest Catholicism because it is not 
giving them any trouble. 

The true Protestant of today is the 
"fundamentalist." He is protesting 
against Catholicism and modernism 
because both of these groups would 
take away the religious freedom of 
the people. One is as dangerous as 
the other because "modernism is 
simply a whistle stop on the way to 
Rome." For a believer to compro- 
mise the Biblical position on separa- 
tion by helping in union campaigns 
or permitting modernistic teachers 
in the pulpit is to help build the 
church of Rome and eventually the 
world superchurch. 

Beloved, we need to awake to the 
task before us. The lines are drawn 
and we need to stand firm on the 
Word of God and not on the figments 
of our imaginations. We are saved 
to be witnesses who are to please 
God and not man. We please God 
by obeying His precious Word. Will 
you take your stand for Him? 



the psalmist mentions several out- 
standing ones. First, answer to 
prayer. "He [God] inclined unto 
me, and heard my cry." Though the 
psalmist waited long for the answer, 
thank God he did not wait in vain. 
Neither do we, but oh, how many 
times we have patiently waited up 
to the very threshhold of the answer, 
as it were, and then gave up in de- 
spair. No doubt many answers to 
our prayers and blessings have been 
thwarted because we failed to wait. 
God help us to wait! Second, deliv- 



erance. "He brought me up also out 
of an horrible pit, out of the miry 
clay" (vs. 2a). Sometimes God per- 
mits us to be cast into the pit of 
ti'ial, temptation, or affliction, but let 
us remember, beloved, that whatever 
comes to us, by the way of trials, it 
is always for our profit and the 
Lord's glory (Rom. 8:28). Yes, we 
may pass through the dark valley of 
tribulation, but, praise God, when 
we have been brought through by 
His sustaining grace, to the other 
side, we just shine brighter than 



ever before. Third, our spiritual feet 
are placed upon solid ground and 
we are thus given a firm footing — 
"and set my feet upon a rock, and 
established my goings" (vs. 2b). 

Fourth, this leads to a new occa- 
sion for extraordinary praise and 
thanksgiving to our God for victory 
— "and he hath put a new song in my 
mouth, even praise to our God" (vs. 
3a). The great Apostle Paul said, 
"Thanks be to God, which giveth us 
the victory through our Lord Jesus 
Christ," 



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Annuities — Investment's for Eternity 

WHAT IS AN ANNUITY? 

Here is an example of an annuity. In the good providence of the Lord a man 
has $1,000 he would like to give to some worthy cause. However, his need for an 
income makes it impossible to give this money before his death. He finally decides 
to purchase an annuity bond from some institution. The contract drawn up states 
that the principal is a gift to this institution and also that the giver shall receive a 
fixed rate of interest during the remainder of his life. The principal is safeguarded 
during the lifetime of the giver by being invested in protected property rights. At 
his death the principal is fully released for the use of the institution. 

WHY INVEST IN BRETHREN ANNUITY BONDS? 

1. They provide a regular income similar to income from other types of bonds. 

2. They provide a secure income because the principal is invested in protected 
property rights as long as the donor lives. 

3. They pay a higher rate of interest than most other investments because there are 
no paid field representatives. 

4. They provide a definite means of making Jesus Christ known as the only Saviour 
and Lord of life. 

5. They give a sense of satisfaction to the giver in that he has promoted the Brethren 
faith which blessed his own soul. 

WHAT IS THE RATE OF ANNUAL RETURNS? 

The rate of interest is computed on the basis of the age when the annuity bond 
is purchased. 

65-69—61/2% 

Up to age 54— 5% 70-74— 7% 

55-59—51/2% 75-79—71/2% 

60-64— 6%, 80 or above— 8% 

WHAT ARE THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE BRETHREN CORPORATIONS? 

Brethren Missionary Herald Co. Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 

P. 0. Box 544 Church 

Winona Lake, Indiana f,°r^^^, , ,.■ 

Wmona Lake, Indiana 

Grace Theological Seminary Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc. 

Box 397 Box 395 

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COME YE APART FOR STRENGTH 



By Mrs. Rose Foster, Missionary 



In the word "come" we have an invitation. In all of 
the invitations that we receive, the word "come" or its 
equivalent is used. So here, as we read the words, 
"Come ye apart for strength." We have an invitation; 
we have a place; we also have a purpose. "Come apart." 
Don't stay where there are a number of persons, where 
there is confusion; but rather "apart," where there is 
quietness and an atmosphere of peace. "Apart" suggests 
a place of separation as to time and place. 

But there is also the purpose for which we are to come 
apart: "For strength." How important it is to have 
strength. The world tries to gain physical strength in 
athletics, exercise, and other methods. These are good 
in themselves, though sometimes they incapacitate the 
body instead of strengthening it. We believe that the 
source of strength for the Christian is found in the Word 
of God. In it a better way is recommended and always 
proves sufficient for every need. 

Perhaps the testimony of some of God's servants, when 
they needed strength and experienced victories, would 
encourage us to seek the same source and enjoy the 
same blessings. 

If we turn to Exodus 15:2 we hear Israel singing a song 
of praise to God, for the safe crossing of the Red Sea. 
That experience demanded strength, and God had sup- 
plied it. They were delivered from the hands of their 
persecutors, and safely on the way to the promised land. 
Their song gave praise to the One who had supplied the 
strength for this deliverance and hazardous crossing. 

OUR COVER PICTURE 

We are midway in our Grace Seminary project period. 
The cover is a composite, showing some of the things at 
Grace Seminary that have been the gift of National 
WMC — chapel furnishings and carpet, bookshelves and 
books for the library, sidewalks around the building, and 
a very popular snack shop. This year the snack shop is 
operated by an active WMC member who has a son in 
the college. Mrs. Byers has become famous among stu- 
dents and teachers alike for her delicious homemade 
soups and "melt-in-your-mouth" pies. No place in the 
school fills a greater need than this snack shop. 

And our present project? It is under way. The walls 
have been painted and the draperies have been hung, 
and before many weeks the furniture will be arriving 
and the students will then have a beautiful "homelike" 
lounge, thanks to the generosity of WMC. 



If we turn to the Book of Psalms and hear David, we 
realize that his source of strength was the same as Is- 
rael's. In Psalm 18:2 we can almost hear David shout: 
"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliv- 
erer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust." And 
again in Psalm 28:7, "The Lord is my strength and my 
shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped." Be- 
cause David went to the God of heaven and earth for 
strength, he was helped and was able to give his testi- 
mony to the world to the faithfulness of God. 

As Christians, we recognize that there are at least two 
kinds of strength that are needed daily, yea hourly, as 
we travel the pilgrim pathway. Like Israel and David, 
we have the same source to rely upon and to draw from. 
We can truly say: "The Lord is the strength of my life, 
of whom shall I be afraid?" Dangers are constantly 
about us. Those in the homeland are apt to think that 
most of the trials and dangers are to be found on the 
mission fields. Perhaps that is true. Yet with some ex- 
ceptions, we feel that the most dangerous life is lived 
right here in America. This fast and furious age calls 
for a strength that is more than ordinary or human. 

As we recall some of the difficulties of the mission 
field we remember the many times we had to call on the 
Lord for strength. In pioneering a new field, our home 
was one room without a ceiling of any kind, when noth- 
ing but a none-too-heavy grass roof was all that shel- 
tered us from the blazing tropical sun. The heat in that 
room was so intense that the evenings until midnight 
were spent under the stars, waiting for the room to cool 
sufficiently to be able to rest. How tired and limp we ■ 
felt in the morning. Yet the daily duties were before us, . 
and strength to care for them was needed. Never fail- i 
ing to meet with the Loi'd each morning before we met 
with anyone else, the Lord never failed to meet our need 
and fit us for the tasks of the day. 

Then again when bush trips were made by tepoi and 
pousse-pousse, we needed strength to get the Gospel to 
the people. On one such trip the terrain was rough and 
mountainous and high hills were in evidence every- 
where. It was inhuman to ask or expect the natives to 
carry us, and too difficult to walk — or should I say, climb 
— those hills. Yet we chose the latter. One place was 
particularly steep, with just a nairow path, a high em- 
bankment to the right and a deep descent into a valley 
on the left. No shelter from the sun and no place to 
rest, except to occasionally lean against the embankment. 
It seemed impossible to go on. We prayed as we put one 



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foot forward and dragged the other one on behind. The 
Lord enabled us to finally reach the summit and to de- 
scend the steep incline on the other side onto a more 
favorable road. When we reached a village, a large 
crowd was waiting for us and, before we had time to rest, 
we were asked to tell them the "Good News" that was 
inside of us. 

On that same trip, one day as we drew near to a vil- 
lage we heard the furious beating of drums. Our native 
pastor, Volongou, who was with us, said: "There is a 
sorcerer in this village." Sure enough, as we entered 
the village we saw the people gathered in front of one 
of the huts of a couple that had no children. A small 
altar had been built in front of the doorway. A chicken 
had been sacrificed, some of the chicken feathers had 
been placed on the altar, and some of the blood had also 
been dabbed on it and on the woman, who sat in the 
doorway. Beneath the altar in a bowl was the chicken 
boiling, and not far away sat the husband and the sor- 
cerer waiting for the sacrificial morsel to satisfy their 
appetites. There they were, with an altar, a sacrifice, 
and blood, but without the knowledge of the true God, 
the Lord Jesus, "who once in the end of the world hath 
. . . appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." 

We needed spiritual strength to quiet them so as to be 
able to impart to them the wonderful words of life, that 
bring salvation to all who will hear. How we prayed 
that they would surrender to the Lord and be delivered 
from the power of the deceiver and to know the Lord 
Jesus as their Saviour. Volongou gave the message, 
speaking in their own language, but they did not seem 
to hear. We had to leave without so much as a smile 
from any of them. How great is the darkness of the 
heart where the light of the Gospel has not penetrated. 

You may not have need of strength for experiences 
like these. But we do know that our strength is not suf- 
ficient for the tasks and emergencies of each day. Some- 
times it may be physical strength that is lacking and 
other times spiritual. But whatever the need the invi- 
tation is all-inclusive and for all: "Come ye apart for 
strength." When we do, then we can claim the promise 
God has given us: "As thy days, so shall thy strength 
be." 



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BIBLE READING AND 
TRACT CORNER 



Bible reading for January — Matthew, chapters 1-28; 
Mark, chapters 1-3. 

Bible reading for February — Mark, chapters 4-16: 
Luke, chapters 1-15. 

Tracts oj the Month 

1. For OURSELVES— "Getting the Best of Mar- 
riage," written by Clarence E. Macartney and published 
by American Tract Society. 

2. For OTHERS— A little tract for those who have 
lost a loved one, "In Time of Sorrow," written by George 
Arms and published by the American Tract Society. 

Both of these tracts can be obtained through the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Company. 




One of the fine projects of the Waterloo, Iowa, council 
this fall was the sending of "thanksgiving goodies" to 
those away at school and those confined at home. 

The November meeting of the Mundy's Corner, Pa., 
council was "big sister" night with eight visitors present. 

The council at Paramount, Calif., is just one year old. 
They have 14 members, with an average attendance of 
10 at their meetings. During this first year they have 
had thi'ee all-day sewing meetings in addition to their 
devotional meetings. 

The Akron, Ohio, council is combining the national 
program theme with their local theme, "The Woman 
Others Look at— How Do We Look to God?" One 
month they had "The Career Woman — The Missionary," 
and another month "The Masked Woman," with a lesson 
on deception in the spiritual life. 

The one-year-old council at York, Pa., is active for 
the Lord. One of their responsibilities is the cleaning 
and decorating of their local church. 

Two other councils that take full responsibility for 
cleaning their church are those at Peru, hid. Just be- 
fore Thanksgiving the Peru Juniors had a birthday 
party with 12 beautifully decorated tables. The pro- 
gram was given by the husbands. 

The two councils at Winona Lake, Ind., had a joint 
meeting in December built around the theme, "A Ha- 
waiian Christmas." The Sisterhood girls were guests 
of the women. Each girl was presented with a crepe- 
paper lei and the girls pretended to be the Hawaiian 
Sunday school described in Mrs. Jones' mission study. 
The program was climaxed with the showing of a film 
on Hawaii borrowed from the public schools. After a 
time of games, enjoyed by girls and women alike, re- 
freshments of Hawaiian punch and Chi-istmas cookies 
were served to the 46 WMC women and 25 SMM girls. 

The Sr. WMC at Mansfield, Ohio, reports that in addi- 
tion to making gowns, sheets, and other things for the 
Navaho school, they sent a Christmas gift and candy for 
each child in the school. 

A recent report from Roanoke, Va., tells us that the 
"Parsonage Roof has had to be expanded just a little 
bit to make room for Baby Brother Mark. Our best 
wishes go out to our former editor, Althea MUler, along 
with our prayers that God will richly bless this one more 
little life that He has sent into that home. 

Our financial secretary recently received the first 
amount for the "thank offering" together with this 
message: 

"The penny a day is a good idea. My 86 years prompts 
me to send mine early. I pray there is a good response 
from our women." That offering for the "perfect" 
amount of $3.65 should challenge us younger women to 
"go and do likewise." 



DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY 

Bible Study — "Come Ye Apart for Guidance." 
Mission Study — "Japan's Needy Throngs." 



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AROUND THE WORLD 



In our 'round-the-world mission studies we stop this 
month in the country of India. While it is true that the 
Brethren Church does not have a denominational mis- 
sion in India, yet there have been a number of Brethren 
who have felt the Lord's leading to that needy land. 
The writer of our mission study is an outstanding Breth- 
ren woman. She is not only a missionary herself, but 
her two children are missionaries under our Brethren 
board — Marvin GoodiTian, Jr., to Africa and now to 
France, and Mrs. Edward Miller to Brazil. 

Before going to India, Mrs. Goochnan was active in 
WMC. She lived in Winona Lake, Ind., for several 
years and during part of that time was national literature 



secretary. In 1948-49 she was national vice president, 
fi-om which position she resigned to go to India. 

Mrs. Goodman began working in California in 1938 
in child evangelism and took an ever-increasing role in 
that imijortant work in various States until she and her 
husband went to India as superintendents for India, Cey- 
lon, and Pakistan. Their work in India is threefold: the 
teaching of children's classes, the training of teachers for 
child evangelism classes, and the printing of lessons and 
literature in the Indian vernaculars. They have litera- 
ture in five languages now and some raady in a .-^ixth. 

Mr. and Mrs. Goodman are now on furlough in Cali- 
lornia. 





JVI7-S. Goodman With Children Near Madras, India 



Mrs. Goodman With Indian Child Evangelism Teachers 



ANNUAL REPORTS FROM THE WMC DISTRICTS 



NORTHWEST DISTRICT REPORT 

Sincere greetings from the Northwest District. It has 
been a joy to work together for our Lord this past year, 
as always. He has blessed us beyond our expectation. 

We enjoyed two rallies, one in November at Albany, 
Oreg., and the other in March at Yakima, Wash. Our 
district conference was held at the new Portland church 
in July. Our speakers during the year included Mrs. 
Rose Foster, Mrs. Keith Altig, Mrs. Harold Etling, and 
several of the pastors of the district. 

Our projects included the purchase of 75 place settings 
in unbreakable plastic for the tables at Camp Clear 
Lake, Wash. We also contributed toward a gas stove for 
Don and Hazel Bishop, who are foreign missionary can- 
didates from our district. At present we are giving $100 
to help buy children's chairs, which are much needed in 
our Seattle work. The various local groups have con- 
tributed to the four national offerings, the Jewish thank 



offering, the birthday fund, the missionary residence, 
and many others. We have sent clothing to Counselor 
Post, Albuquerque, and Taos. We have made a number 
of quilts, canned for a local mission, purchased church 
silverware, and helped with child evangelism and with 
our SMM groups. 

We would like to be more used for His glory, and we 
are praying for both spiritual and numerical growth 
next year. — Mrs. Ernest Morrell, president. 



EAST DISTRICT 

It is with exceeding great joy, as this material is 
gathered, to note the East Fellowship WMC has 30 
councils and more than 600 active members 1 We praise 
our Heavenly Father for this blessing and humbly pray 
that each member will be in the center of His will at 
all times. 

Upon looking over the work projects for the district 



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for the past year, we find a diversified list, some of whiicli 
follow : 

1. Washed, cleaned, and mended used clothing which 
was sent to Kentucky and New Mexico. 

2. Linens and household equipment furnished mis- 
sionaries from "hope chest." 

3. Layettes made and sent to Africa, South America, 
and New Mexico. 

4. Leper jackets made and sent to Africa. 

5. Many personal gifts to missionaries, such as wrist 
watches, dishes, silverware, and quilts, together with 
money gifts. 

6. Clothing sent to Korea. 

7. Special money gifts toward Jewish work. 

8. Food and furnishings for missionary home at Wi- 
nona Lake. 

9. Special gifts made and bought for shut-ins and 
veterans at Christmastime. 

10. Special boxes prepared for the servicemen. 

11. Cleaned church, made baptismal robes, and sup- 
plied church with nursery equipment. 

12. Sent flannelgraph material, scrap, and workbooks 
to missionaries for children's work. 

13. Entertained SMM girls in WMC homes, helped to 
roll bandages, and had parties at church in their honor. 

14. Sent Christian literature and gifts to home for 
delinquent girls. 

15. Supplied tape to pastor for recording machine. 

16. Saved all dimes for work projects. 

17. Several members are full-time child evangelism 
teachers. 

18. Special shower for pastors and wives were held 
by several groups. 

19. Stuffed toys sent to Kentucky. 

20. Many needy families were well taken care of by 
several groups of the WMC last year. 

We are grateful to our Lord for this privilege to be 
able to do these things in His name, when we recall that 
He loved us first and put His love in our hearts. 

Our great desire for our district is that we may do 
many more things in love, for Him who gave His all for 
all of us. — Mrs. Raymond Anthony, president. 



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HOME MISSION OFFERING OVER THE TOP 

A note received from Mrs. McCall just as the paper 
goes to press is as follows: "Praise is due our wonderful 
Lord. At this writing our home-mission offering is 
$2,520.67. Isn't He wonderful? I know there will be 
some more come in before the end of the month." 

I know we all join our financial secretary in praise to 
our Lord for making it possible to meet this home- 
mission goal. May this victory encourage each of us 
to do as well in our other major offerings, not forgetting 
our "penny a day" for our thank offering. 



SPECIAL NOTICE 

Before this Herald reaches you the program pack- 
ets for the last six months of the year will be in the 
mail. We are doing our best to get them to the proper 
officers. If your council does not receive yours, write 
to Mrs. Jesse Deloe, literature secretary, and she will 
send them to you immediately. 



NOTICE FROM PROJECT CHAIRMAN 

A card from the Project Chairman suggests that we 
try to be more careful about the condition of clothing 
we contribute for our mission boxes. Perhaps a few 
"don'ts" would be in order: 

Do not cut buttons off the clothing. 

Do not give soiled clothing. Take time to launder 
them. 

Do not give ragged, useless clothing. 



t>,. 




Mr. and Mrs. Charles Croker 



January 9, 7954 



Mrs. Charles (Marion L.) Croker, 60, has gone to be 
with the Lord. The First Brethren Church of Philadel- 
phia has .sustained a reil loss in the sudden hoinecalling 

of Sister Croker, who 
suffered a severe stroke 
at work Tuesday morn- 
ing, December 1. and 
passed into His presence 
in the afternoon Vv-ithout 
rallying. 

She was born May 16. 
1893, at Wilmington. Del, 
and lived all her life in 
Philadelphia. At the age 
of 5 she was brought to 
the Sunday school in the 
little frame church at 
10th and Dauphin by one 
who is still an active 
member here, Mrs. Bur- 
roughs (Florence) Live- 
zey. Under the ministry 
of Dr. Louis S. Bauman 
she accepted the Lord 
and came into the church in the year 1903. She became 
Mrs. Charlie Croker on June 21, 1916, after persuading 
him to attend church with her and seeing him come to 
Christ during their courtship. 

From that time they have both been active members 
of thi5 congregation. Their children — Ruth (Mrs. Roy 
Snyder) and Wayne — serving the Lord respectively in 
foreign- and home-missionary work reflect the generous 
hospitality which they have always shown to the Lord's 
servants. Since they established their home, they have 
always had a room for missionaries and many are the 
memories of Chi-istian workers at home and abroad who 
have been refreshed by them in this way. 

As a fitting climax to such a life, Mrs. Croker's last 
labors the morning of her departure were to prepare 
beds and a full meal for the Wayne Beaver family, who 
arrived from Africa that evening. Feeling that she had 
no gift for teaching, she served the Lord faithfully in 
the church through visitation, and brought many into 
the Bible school and helped many through the ministry 
in the home department. In addition to those mentioned 
above, she is survived by her only sister. Mrs. Harry 
(Elsie) Eckes. 

Services in her memory were held Saturday morning, 
December 5, with the pastor in charge, assisted by Rev. 
Luther L. Grubb and Pastor Sheldon Snyder, of Yellow 
Creek, Pa., church, the father of Roy. "Precious in the 
sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Psa. 116:15). 
— John M. Aeby, pastor. 

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ATTENTION, PRAYER WARRIORS! By Mary Emmert, National Prayer chairman 



Who are the Prayer Warriors? Those who make it the 
rule and practice of their life to pray daily for the 
church, its various departments, and particularly for 
the missionaries and their work. These intercessors, at 
any one place, comprise a Prayer Band. 

Why should they enlist? Because there is strength in 
unity, and because God honors the "concerted faithful 
prayers of His children." Those who engage definitely 
to intercede daily for the work which the Lord has given 
us to do mutually strengthen one another's courage and 
resolution. We all need to remember that united be- 
lieving prayer will move mountains, but that the battle 
is a long one and that we need to persevere. 

What if one jails some one day to keep the pledge? 
The pledge is so worded so as not to put us under law 
but under grace. We promise to "make it the rule of our 
life to pray daily for the church," and we "rely on Him 
for His enabling power." It will soon become a habit 
with us if we sincerely set ourselves to be faithful in 
this service to our Mastei-. 

How does one enlist? Usually the Prayer Chairman 
gives occasional opportunities to enroll to all who wish 
to do so, both men and women. This may be done 
through the WMC, men's fellowship, and youth groups, 
or in a prayer meeting or worship service. The chair- 
man may simply make a list of all who wish to be active 
members of the Prayer Band, or may give out Prayer 
Warrior pledge cards to each to sign. 

What is the purpose oj the Prayer Warrior pledge 
cards? They are to serve as a reminder for those sign- 
ing them to be faithful in daily intercession. Each mem- 
ber of the Prayer Band is urged to sign a card in order 
to strengthen his purpose by making this covenant with 
the Loi'd. 

What is done with the cards ajter they are signed? 
After the Prayer Chairman has a copy of the names of 
those who have signed, he or she may wish to let each 
one keep his own card as a constant reminder to be 
faithful in intercession. The cards should be renewed 
yearly by affixing a star to the card until all five places 
are filled. 

Where can the cards he obtained? Write to the Lit- 
erature Secretary, Mrs. Jesse Deloe, Winona Lake, Ind., 
and tell her how many you need. They will be sent to 
you free of charge. 

What connection does the Prayer Band have with the 
special day oj prayer on the 15th oj the month? Nat- 
urally every Prayer Warrior will attend all the prayer 
services of the church, if possible, including that of the 
15th. But his chief obligation, as a member of the 
Prayer Band, will be daily intercession in his own prayer 
closet. He will do this, and not let the other undone. 

What is the idea in having a special day on the 15th? 
It started as a day set aside to pray especially for the 
missionary work of the church. In fact, it began on the 
mission field. Both foreign- and home-mission requests 
should be systematically and faithfully remembered in 
prayer, together with any other special requests for 
which the Spirit has burdened those present. Remem- 
ber that intercession is one way in which every Chris- 
tian may serve the Lord. 

What are the duties oj the Prayer Chairman? She 
should explain the purpose and value of the Prayer 



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Band at some worship service or at a prayer meeting, 
in auxiliary meetings, and by the church bulletin. Then 
she should enlist Prayer Warriors, not just once, but 
from time to time, not neglecting the renewing of the 
covenant or pledge cards once each year, as explained 
above. She should also keep a record of those who have 
signed. She should send special requests from her group 
to her District Prayer Chairman; for exainple. prayers 
for revival meetings, a change of pastors, or some sudden 
emergency. 

The chairman also should be faithful in keeping the 
vision of united intercession before the group, seeing to 
it that they are informed quickly of every new need. 
A chain-telephone call list is practical in most com- 
munities. In many cases the Prayer Chairman will be 
asked to present the requests for the regular WMC 
prayer circle, and in some cases she may be in charge 
of the prayer services on the 15th. 

What about reports? The questions concerning the 
work of the Prayer Band and the 15th are answered by 
the local WMC pi'esident on the annual report blank. 
She will doubtless consult the Prayer Chairman when 
she needs the information to make out this report. 

"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree 
on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it 
shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." 



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Ajrica — 

Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

Verna Marie Dunning March 10, 1945 

Judith Lynn Kennedy March 16, 1953 

Barbara Jean Miller March 18, 1951 

Mrs. Chauncey B. Sheldon March 21 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 

Argentina — 

Kenneth Paul Churchill March 5, 1947 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Baja Calijornia — 

Thomas Alden Howard March 17, 1953 

John Leroy Howard March 20, 1946 

France — 

Beckie Maurita Fogle March 17, 1948 

Paul Marvin Goodman March 25, 1951 

Hawaii — 
Rev. Foster Tresise March 20 

On Furlough — 
Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

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^ SIST€R4-IOOD of MARV and MART4-^A 



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S^^^IChnon. 16-29i 



BEAUTY OF PURPOSE 



By Althea S. Miller 



There is a genuine attractiveness, a beauty if you 
please, about the girl who has a purpose she wants to 
fulfill in her life. Several years ago I knew a young 
man who had been dating a very attractive girl. Their 
friends thought this was a real "match." But suddenly 
thej' were not going together. The young man later 
told me that the girl's lack of purpose, her indifference 
to all that is worth while dimmed his interest in her. 
When he would ask the girl where she would like to go 
or what she'd like to do, her usual answer was; "I don't 
know; I don't care. Whatever you'd like to do." Such 
an attitude became boring to the young man. He wanted 
a girl with some initiative and purpose. 

There is a prophetic passage of Chi'ist in Isaiah 50; 7 
which speaks of His setting His face like a flint. Jesus 
Christ came to earth for a definite purpose, and that was 
to pay the penalty of man's sin. Hebrews 12:2 says of 
Him, "Who for the joy that was set before him endured 
the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the 
right hand of the throne of God." There was joy in His 
purpose even though the end of His purpose was the 
agony and ignominy of death on the cross. A purpose- 
less life simply cannot be happy, though it be lined with 
diamonds and all this world can offer. 

Turn in your Bibles now to the first chapter of the 
Book of Daniel. You remember the story of Daniel, 
don't you? He, along with some Jewish friends, were 
taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, 
when he beseiged and took Jerusalem. The king com- 
manded his servants to pick choice youths from among 
the Jews and set them aside for training as future lead- 
ers of the Jews under their captive masters. Daniel was 



PROGRAM GROOMING FOR FEBRUARY 

PRAISING VOICES— Singing unto the Lord. Open by 
singing theme song, "Let the Beauty of Jesus," and 
repeating the year verse, I Chronicles 16;29. 

SWEET SAVOR— Spend prayer time in the "Perfume 
Corner." 

CLEANSED HEARTS— Read Scripture, Romans 12; 
1-2: 13:8-14. 

GLOWING LIVING— Seniors study "Beauty of Pur- 
pose." Middlers study, "A Beautiful Decision." (You 
might include here a time of short testimonies.) 

SPARKLING TALENTS— Give special number. 

BEAUTIFUL FEET— Consider "Adventures With the 
Bible in Brazil." Close by singing SMM song, "We 
Are a Sisterhood of Girls," and repeating year verse 
for the devotional benediction, Jude 24-25. 

BUSINESS MEETING. 

SMM BENEDICTION (Psa. 145:1-2). 



among these choice youths who were "well favoured" 
and intelligent. 

These boys had the best of everything including the 
rich foods of the king's household. Many a boy would 
have been happy to exchange places with Daniel. But 
Daniel was made of sterner stuff. He had been brought 
up to know and love the God of the Israelites and to 
live simply, even in the matter of foods, as God had 
taught His people in the law. He recognized in the food 
and general setup of living in the king's house that he 
would come out "soft," and less a man by yielding to the 
pampering of his body. Read verse 8 together. What 
is it that stands out so plainly in that verse? Of course, 
it is that Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile him- 
self. The purpose started first in his heart before it be- 
caiTie an outward act. Purity of mind and body is no 
accident. These come by purposeful effort. Daniel 
proved this by the result of his purposeful effort. He 
and his three friends stood out head and shoulders above 
all the others in training with them at the same time. 
Because of their purpose and desire to live God's way, 
the Lord Jehovah honored them. When the days of 
their training period had come to an end these four 
young men were brought before the king. The passage 
tells us that "among them all was found none like Daniel, 
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego" (1:19). In all mat- 
ters of wisdom and understanding the king found them 
10 times better than all the wise men, so called, in his 
kingdom. What a reward was theirs! 

Is there any purpose in your life? What is it? Now 
would be a good time to stop and take stock of the life 
God has loaned you. Does He see any beauty in your 
life from the standpoint of purpose? What are some of 
the purposes which should be part and parcel of your 
life as a Christian girl? 

The Book of Acts is the history of the early church. 
It is filled with fascinating accounts of God's dealings 
with and through men who believed on Christ. The 
11th chapter tells us that many believers who were per- 
secuted and scattered as far as Antioch preached the 
Word to the Jews wherever they settled to live. Verse 
21 says; "And the hand of the Lord was with them; and 
a great number believed and turned unto the Lord." 
Now when this good news reached Jerusalem they re- 
joiced and decided to send Barnabas to teach the new 
converts and help in the establishment of the new 
church. When Barnabas arrived "and had seen the 
grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with 
purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord" (vs. 
23). Are you easily led away from the things you know 
are right and good for a Christian girl? Or have you a 
purpose of heart to cleave unto the Lord regardless of 



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all the baubles this world can offer? God give you a 
purpose to cleave only to Him. 

Learning a lesson from the young inan, Daniel, an- 
other purpose of your life should be that of purity of 
mind and body. This purity doesn't come by accident. 
You can't read off-color stories, listen to dirty jokes, or 
look at suggestive pictures and expect to keep your mind 
pure so that God can use it for His honor. Neither can 
you defile your body with wrong food, or drink, or with 
the filthy habit of smoking, and expect it to be a temple 
fit for the Lord Jesus to dwell in. No girl who recdJy 
loves the Lord will ever defile her body, by undue famil- 
iarity in her associations with young men. The Chris- 
tian girl's delight will be to keep her lips and body pure 
and clean, reserved for the young man she will some 
day marry "in the Lord." This will not always be an 
easy battle to win. Even though you are a Christian you 
still have a human body which is subject to all the 
teinptations of the flesh. And Satan will work hard on 
you as a believer in order to mar your testimony for 
Christ. Don't ever think jor one moment that because 
you are saved you are automatically immune jrom temp- 
tations to defile your body. But you can and should 
have victory over these temptations because "I can do 
all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. 
4:13). Let's live according to this truth! 

The last purpose which we have space to mention is 
that of cheerful giving. Look at II Corinthians 9:7. 
"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so 
let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God 
loveth a cheerful giver." God wants you to piirpose to 
be generous in your life's service to Christ and in the 
giving of whatever money He may entrust to your stew- 
ardship. If you don't give your life, prayer, and Bible- 
study time, and money gifts to Him cheerfully (hilari- 
ously), don't give to Him at all. Learn now in your 
youth the thrill of being generous with all of yourself. 
Many of you can say you don't have much money at 
your disposal now. Perhaps this is true. But whatever 
you do have either by small jobs here or there, or by 
what your parents give you as "spending money," learn 
to give "out of your poverty," or small amount. You'll 
never regret learning to tithe (give one-tenth) as t'no 
basis of all your giving. If you have but 50 cents, 5 cents 
of that should go to the Lord. Try it and learn from ex- 
perience that you can never outgive God either in life 
or possessions. Let's have beauty of purpose glowing in 
the life of every Sisterhood girl! 



JOAN ADAMS WRITES: 

Dear SMM girls. 

Perhaps when you all read this we will be living in at 
least two rooms of the new missionary home at the 
Navaho mission. 

My husband and I want to thank each and every one 
of you for your interest in helping with the furnishings 
for our new home. So far we have purchased a very 
nice used refrigerator, a new gas stove, and bunk beds 
and a dresser for our boys; also a rug for the livingroom. 
So with a few things of our own, until the other rooms 
are finished, we will get along fine. 

May the Lord bless each girl as you live for Him and 
serve Him. May He use this home and furnishings for 
His glory. 

Love in Jesus, 

Joan Adams. 




Hint 1. It's time to start thinking about having a 
spring cabinet meeting. This is the time to take inven- 
tory on what you have done so far. See if you are 
getting all your goals done so you can be an honor SMM. 

Hint 2. One easy way to get a Martha goal worked off 
is to enlist a new girl for SMM. Let's put on a drive for 
new members this month and see how many we can get. 

Hint 3. Are you teaching a Sunday-school class or 
singing in the church choir? These also count for the 
Martha goal. SMM girls should be ready and willing to 
help in the church whenever they are needed. 

Hint 4. What is your Sisterhood doing to boost your 
national offering? Why not have a penny contest and 
see which girl can fill a small jar with pennies first. 



FASHION NEWS OF SISTERHOOD 

FROM THE WATERLOO, IOWA, JR. SMM: 

We got started in September and some have many 
goals completed. Two new members have earned their 
pennants. In October, both Sr. and Jr. SMM groups 
presented the program to the WMC, which consisted of 
devotions, special music, and the SMM goals in skits 
and talks. A table display described each local, district, 
and national project. The patronesses were the host- 
esses, using SMM colors in the lunch and decorations. A 
Thanksgiving basket was prepared and delivered to our 
pastor and family. In our workshop we have prepared 
pictures for the Schrocks to use in children's work in 
Argentina. At our December meeting we brought gifts 
for the Navaho Indians in our Brethren mission school. 
One girl accepted Christ through the witnessing of a 
Jr. SMM girl. — Naomi Hocker. 

FROM THE SR. SMM IN ARTESIA, CALIF.: 

Our SMM girls are very active — each week something 
different is planned. Ainong these are "cookie bake," 
pot-luck and bandage-rolling meeting, mending and 
classifying books for the Sunday-school library. 

FROM THE JR. AND SR. SMM'S IN 
COVINGTON, VA.: 

The girls in Covington had a joint candlelight service 
on September 24. Mrs. Mohler was in charge and the 



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mothers were invited. Afterwards the regular meetings 
were held with the mothers attending. A pajama party 
was enjoyed by all recently. 

FROM THE WINONA LAKE, IND., JR. SMM: 

A good year has begun for this Sisterhood also. They 
have an enrollment of 13 and at the time this newsletter 
was received, there were two other girls who are almost 
on the roll. After their October meeting, the girls went 
"Halloweening." We're sure these girls are receiving a 
blessing through their Sisterhood meetings. 

FROM THE MIDDLERS OF AKRON, OHIO: 

Coloring books were sent to the Navaho work: boxes 
of personal items were sent to Miss Evelyn Fuqua and 
Miss Celina Mares: figures were backed for missionary 
work in child evangelism. 

GIRLS, ISN'T IT TRUE? 

As the fashions of clothing become outdated, so does 
the SMM news from last year become outdated also. 
Why not send a few lines of interesting news your Sis- 
terhood has experienced or is planning? The general 
secretary will look for a card or letter from your Sister- 
hood! 



NATIONAL OFFICERS 

President — Patty Griffith. Bob Jones University, Greenville, S. C. 

Vice President — Cora Luna, Box 711, Taos. N. Mex. 

General Secretary — Nancy Weber, 835 Spruce St., Hagerstown, Md. 

Treasurer — Mary Hooks, Box 262, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Literature Secretary — Myra Joy Conner, Bryan University, Dayton, 
Term. 

Bandage Secretary— Marie Sackett. 1010 Randolph St., Waterloo, Iowa. 

Patroness — Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum, Box 14. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Assistant Patroness — Mrs. H. Leslie Moore. 112 Beachley St., Meyers- 
dale. Pa. 




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"Let my prayer be set jorth before thee as in- 
cense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening 
sacrifice" (Psa. 141:2). 



Pray that our goal for the national project will be 
met and each Sisterhood girl will do her part. Also 
remember the Adamses in that field. 

Continue to pray for the national officers; some 
are burdened with college work and having the re- 
sponsibilities of being national officers. 

Begin praying for the birthday ofrering which 
will be taken in April. 

Pray for each Brethren church where a Sister- 
hood has broken, that someone will have an interest 
in the girls there. 

Pray for the missionaries, home and foreign. 

Pray for each student attending Grace College, as 
well as other schools where Brethren young people 
are attending. 




ADVENTURES WITH THE BIBLE IN BRAZIL 



By Frederick C. Glass 

lA. Chapter 19— In the Most Central City of South 
America, 
lb. Four months' travel, 1.000 miles on horseback. 
Ic. August 29 (p. 117). 
2c. August 30 (p. 117). 
3c. August 21 (p. 117; p. 118. par. 1). 
4c. September 1 (p. 118). 
5c. September 2 (p. 118). 
6c. September 3 (p. 118). 
7c. September 4 (p. 119). 
8c. September 5 (p. 119). 

Id. Bible sold (p. 119, par. 2). 

2d. A call on the President of the State (p. 119, 

par. 3). 
3d. A visit with a Catholic priest (pp. 119-120). 

IIA. Chapter 20 — A Greasy but Glorious Transaction, 
lb. The Feast of the Holy Ghost (p. 121). 
2b. A meeting in competition with the priest (p. 122^ 

pars. 1-2). 
3b. A visit with a Catholic woman. 
Ic. A bargain finally made (p. 123). 
2c. A Bible despised, then loved (p. 124). 
3c. Mr. Glass finds a transformation (p. 12.5). 

IIIA. Chapter 21— A Forgotten People, 
lb. The Indian population (p. 126, par. 2). 

January 9, 1954 



LESSON 6 

2b. The districts they inhabit (p. 126, par. 3). 
3b. The government expedition (p. 127, par. 1). 
4b. A less ferocious tribe, the Carajas (p. 127, par. 2). 
Ic. Their food (p. 128. par. 1). 

2c. The Indians visit the capital (p. 128, pars. 2-3). 
3c. Their distinguishing mark (p. 128, par. 4). 
4c. A baby is named (p. 128, par. 6; p. 129, par. 1). 
5c. Unwritten laws (p. 129, par. 2). 
6c. Marriage (p. 129, par. 3). 
7c. How to reach these Indians. 

Id. The site for a mission station (p. 130, par. 1). 
2d. The qualities needed by the missionaries (p. 

130. par. 2). 
3d. Their social condition should be improved (p. 
130, par. 3). 



IVA. Chapter 22 — Among the Redskins. 



lb. The difficulty of this work (p. 132, pars. 1-2). 
2b. Mr. Glass visits the Indians. 

Ic. His pilot (p. 133, pars. 3-4). 

2c. How he was received (p. 134; p. 135, par. 1). 

3c. An evening in a redskin village (pp. 135-137). 

4c. An Indian raid (pp. 138-139). 

5c. How much longer will they be without the Gos- 



pel? (p. 140). 



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A BEAUTIFUL DECISION 



By Mrs. H. Leslie Moore 



"Dare to be a Daniel, 

Dare to stand alone: 
Dare to have a purpose firm, 
Dare to make it known!" 

Why should we sing such a childish song? We sang 
that in the primary department! Maybe these thoughts 
are running through your heart and you think that the 
song quoted above is too juvenile for teen-agers. Did 
you ever stop to think that you need to sing these words 
and believe them in your heart more now than you did 
when you were a primary girl? Our life today is filled 
with decisions that must be made and surely we need 
to be firm in our decisions. 

You remember the story of Daniel and his three 
friends who were taken captive into the court of Baby- 
lon. They were taken there because they were brilliant, 
cultured, healthy, and good-looking. There they were 
given a "probation" period of three years, during which 
time they were to be "groomed" to come before the king. 
They were given the same things to eat that the king 
was given. Think of it! Here were four boys who had 
eaten a diet of peas or beans all their lives and now they 
were to have all the rich meats and desserts that a king's 
chef could concoct. To many of us it would be a real 
thrill to be able to eat what was fit to set before the 
king. 

But what about Daniel? The Bible tells us in Daniel 
1:8, "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would 
not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat." 
Daniel made a decision that was well pleasing to the 
Lord. Instead of his head being turned he was steadfast 
in his decision, insomuch that he made a friend of the 
prince of the eunuchs and persuaded him to give them 
a simple diet, the kind they were used to. We need not 
tell you that their decision was the right one, for after 
the time was up and they came before the king they 
were found to be 10 times better than all the other boys. 
Daniel's decision paid ofT. 

Now what about you? Do you have decisions that 
must be made? Is there an attractive fellow that wants 
you to go out with him? How nice! But — is he a Chris- 
tian? Does he want to go places where you would be 
ashamed for anyone to see you? Does he think we are 
fanatical or does he make fun of our going to church? 
This is a big decision. But, you say, I'm only going on 
a date with him. I understand that, but it may be the 
turning point of your life and who wants to make the 
wrong turn, even for a few short hours? Remember, 
Daniel did not swerve in His deteimination, not even 
once. 

It is a good thing foi- Christian girls to want to be 
friendly and perhaps even popular, but let us not com- 
promise with the world or its crowd to attain these goals. 
I know a wonderful Christian girl, who all through her 
high-school days had to stand against the crowd, alone. 
She was well-liked by all, for her pleasant personality 
won her friends wherever she went. Just as she was 
ready to graduate from high school, one of the most in- 
fluential young men in her class took the time to tell 
her how he admired her for the stand she took for her 
Lord. He also told her he wished that he had the 
"nerve," as he called it, to stand up for his convictions. 
Her life had been a testimony for four years and many 
times she became discouraged, but to know that there 



were some who had let her life be an encouragement to 
them meant much to her. 

Making decisions is not an easy job, to be sure, but 
making the right ones is harder still. Of course, when 
we are relying on the Lord Jesus Christ to help us the 
burden is lighter. We can certainly rely on Philippians 
4:13 in this respect for we know that He not only gives 
the strength to make the decision, but to carry out the 
decision. Will you "dare to be a Daniel"? Will you 
"dare to stand alone"? Will you "dare to have a pur- 
pose firm"? Will you "dare to make it know"? If you 
will do these four things I am sure you will have made 
a beautiful decision, and that the following ones will 
follow in its example. 

SPECIAL! DIRECT FROM HAWAII! 




(In the pictui'e. the officers are standing in the front 
row. The one with the flower lei is the president. The 
picture was taken by Mrs. Tresise, the patroness.) 

We have a group of fine girls, and have been having 
some very good meetings. The topics, "You," "Prayer 
Time," and "It," have proved interesting as well as help- 
ful. Also the girls have enjoyed the missionary story, 
"Pondo Sees the Light." We are making some notebooks 
from Sunday-school papers (beginners and primaries) to 
give to children's hospitals at Christmastime. We are 
praising the Lord for all the blessings and for the priv- 
ilege He has given us of giving out the Gospel here on 
this needy island. 

As we visited in a home a few weeks ago and talked 
with the father and mother of one of our girls concern- 
ing salvation, the mother said she had seen such a 
change in her daughter since she accepted the Lord that 
she wanted to accept Him also. The father and mother 
have been faithful in Sunday school and church attend- 
ance since that time. The girl, by the way, is one of our 
SMM Girls.— Mnrguerite Tresise. 



DON'T FORGET THE NATIONAL PROJECT! 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbauni 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Han-iilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



Tracy, Calif. The First Brethren 
Church recently burned the mort- 
gage on their building. William 
Clough is beginning his fourth year 
as pastor, 

Kittanning, Pa. An attendance 
contest was recently conducted here 
with the First Brethren Church 
showing a 29% increase and the 
Free Methodist Church a 41% in- 
crease. Rev. Gordon Bracker is the 
pastor of the First Brethren Church. 

Leesburg, Ind. Three new records 
were recently established at the 
Leesburg Brethren Church with 145 
in Sunday school, 123 at the morning 
service, and 162 at the evening serv- 
ice. Nathan Meyer is pastor. Dur- 
ing the last two months there have 
been 29 decisions for Christ. 

JVcto York, N. Y. A quarter of a 
million Gospels of John in the Ko- 
rean language were distributed to 
Republic of Korea soldiers in a 
front-line invasion by two Pocket 
Testament League gospel teams in 
November. 

Listie, Pa. The Listie Brethren 
Church gave a surprise reception to 
their new pastor. Rev. John Burns. 
Gifts totaling $110, plus personal 
gifts and food items were received. 
The Christmas program was attend- 
ed by 225 persons. 

Dayton, Ohio. The First Brethren 
Church has engaged architects to 
draw up the plans for their new 
building. A ground-breaking serv- 
ice is planned for the middle of Jan- 
uary. Rev. Archie Lynn recently 
completed a two-week evangelistic 
campaign and 15 have been baptized 
and received into the church. Wil- 
liam Steffler is pastor. 

New York, N. Y. Dr. Walter M. 
Montano, editor of the Converted 
Catholic, recently declared that 
"Communism has found a strategic 
base of operations inside the Roman 
Catholic fortress." Dr. Montano has 



written a series of carefully docu- 
mented reports in which he points 
out the inconsistency of the Catholic 
Church in its attitude toward com- 
munism. He asserts that the Roman 
Catholic clergy and laymen are be- 
coming increasingly involved with 
communism. 

Conemaugh, Pa. The Conemaugh 
Brethren Sunday School recently 
reached 150 in attendance. The 
community carol songfest conducted 
in the Conemaugh church was at- 
tended by 294. Stanley Hauser is 
pastor. 

Osceoia, Ind. Rev. Sanford Mills 
will conduct a Bible conference here 
Jan. 10-13. Scott Weaver is pastor. 

Glendale, Calif. Rev. Charles 
Underwood has resigned as pastor of 
the First Brethren Church, effective 
Feb. 28, and will pioneer the new^ 
home-mission field in the Los Altos 
area of Long Beach, Calif. 

Winona Lake, Ind. The executive 
committee of the Board of Evange- 
lism met here Tuesday, Dec. 29. 




Sterling, Ohio. The new baptistry 
of the First Brethren Church was 
dedicated recently. Joseph Gingrich 
is pastor. 

Dayton, Ohio. Phil Saint, chalk 
artist, conducted services at the Pat- 
terson Park Bretkren Church Dec. 
27. Caleb Zimmerman is pastor. 

Los A7igeles, Calif. Fundamental 
churches of the Los Angeles area 
conducted a Faith and Freedom 
Rally in the Hollywood Legion Sta- 
dium Dec. 17 with Dr. Carl Mc- 
Intire as the speaker. This meeting 
was a direct challenge from the fun- 
damental churches to Bishop G. 
Bromley Oxnam, who was scheduled 
to hold a mass meeting the following 
night. 

South Gate, Calif. The First Breth- 
ren Church has shown an average 
increase in all services over last 
year. Alfred Dodds is pastor. 

Los Angeles, Calif. Before the 
death of Margaret D. Allen, she 
wrote a will leaving three-fourths of 
her estate ($28,319) "to reach souls 
for God." Now a Los Angeles court 
is seeking to determine the meaning 
of the will. It is possible that certain 



January 9, 1954 



evangelicals may benefit from the 
estate, such as the Billy Graham 
Evangelistic Association, the Navi- 
gators, the International Gospel 
League, the Crew of the Good Ship 
Grace, Inc., Westmont College, and 
others. Mrs. Ruth Kerr, wife of an 
industrialist, was named executor. 

Mansfield, Ohio. The ministeriunr 
of the Northern Ohio District hon- 
ored three pastors who are leaving 
the district, nainely. Rev. Harold Et- 
ling, of Akron; Rev. Edward Lewis, 
of Middlebranch; and Rev. Lester 
Pifer, of Fremont. The festive din- 
ner was given here in the Leland 
Hotel Dec. 28. Following dinner the 
entire group assembled at the recre- 
ation center owned by Mr. Howard 
Bolesky, a member of the Mansfield 
church. 

Fremont, Ohio. Rev. Gordon 
Bracker, formerly pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa., 
will assume the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church here on Jan. 
31. 

Biggsville, Pa. Rev. John Osburn, 
pastor of the Methodist Church here, 
has coinpiled and published a state- 
ment on "Why I Do Not Recommend 
the Revised Standard Version." He 
also admonishes his denomination by 
suggesting, "Let's put the pulpits 
back in the center where they be- 
long, thus helping to reverse the 
trend toward Ronranism in our 
churches, open up our churches on 
Sunday night for gospel preaching, 
discard the use of the RSV, or quit 
talking about evangelism." 

London, England. Home Secre- 
tary Sir David Maxwell told Parlia- 
ment that the number of cases in- 
volving male perversions brought 
before British courts has increased 
fourfold since 1939 when World War 
II began. The Moral Welfare Coun- 
cil of the Church of England has for- 
mally requested the government to 
institute an inquiry into homosex- 
uality. (Editor — God's Word pro- 
nounces wrath upon this sin of 
Sodom.) 

Lima, Peru. It is reported that 
agreement has been reached between 
Mr. Robert G. LeTourneau and the 
President of Peru, whereby a million 
acres of jungles will be cleared east 
of the Andes. Roman Catholics in 
the area have opposed the enterprise. 

Chicago, III. (AP). Membership 
in the Methodist Church in the Unit- 
ed States and its possessions has 
dropped off 28,904 to 9,151,524 in 
1953, official figures disclosed. 

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National Fellowship Wli\j ^tanc) Ije He^e . . . {lael" 



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Brethren Laymen 

Jesse B. Deloe, Editor 



SALUTE TO FRANK CRAWFORD 




— Pho'.o courtesy Bo;trd of Evay^gelis^n. 

Picture above (1. to r.) are Bro. 
Frank Crawford, a layman, who 
started the work at Berrien Springs, 
Mich.; Mrs. Crawford: daughter Car- 
olyn; Evangelist R. Paul Miller. 



NOTES OF INTEREST 

We see that Bro. Jesse Gingrich, 
layman from York, Pa., has joined 
Team One as pianist. ... A new type 
of district rally was inaugurated by 
the N. Ohio laymen at Wooster Dec. 
13. A Sunday afternoon meeting 
was followed with a fellowship hour 
and then an evening rally. Speakers 
were Rev. John Dilling, of Canton, 
and Dr. L. L. Grubb, home-mission 
secretary. . . . Summit Mills, Pa., 
men met Nov. 24 and enjoyed a 
covered-dish supper. . . . Men at 
Washington, D. C, heard Robert C. 
Jackson, manufacturing executive, 
describe his tour to Korea recently, 
at their Dec. ineeting. ... A Father 
and Son banquet at Portland, Oreg., 
Nov. 20 featured testimonies from 
men converted at the John 3:16 Res- 
cue Mission. 



TREASURER'S NOVEMBER REPORT 

(Send all offerings to Bro. Walter Hoyt. 
409 Leland Ave.. Dayton, Ohio.) 

Board of Evangelism ($3.000) $0.00 

Student Aid ( $1 .000 ) 0.00 

Brethren Boys Club IS250) 0.00 

General Expsrse Fund ($.500) 34.00 

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By Mason Cooper 

President, National Fellowship of Brethren Laymen 

[The following article was written at our request in order to emphasize 
the fact that our national goals are not being -rnet. It should be read by 
everyone of our laymen and acted upon as the Lord leads. Acknowledgment 
is hereby made of the several laymen's organizations that are really doing 
their part iii achieving our objectives and goals. — J. B. D.] 

"And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing 
idle, and saith unto thern, Why stand ye here all the day idle?" (Matt. 20:6). 

As Jesus spoke to his followers in His day by the parable of the laborers 
in the vineyard, I believe it still has a challenge for you who are endeavoring 
to follow Him today. We as Brethren have been 
taught in the Word that our opportunities are the 
only things that we can buy up for eternity. Yet 
when we consider the opportunities that the Lord has 
given to the Brethren laymen and compare them 
alongside what we are now doing, I believe were 
Jesus walking among men today He would surely sav 
to our Brethren laymen the same thing that He asked 
the laborers in that day, "Why stand ye here all the 
day idle?" 

Yes, four months have now passed and it seems 
as though our laymen have laid aside the goals that 
were made at National Conference. How can we as '"'"°" '^°°''" 

Christian men become so idle while it is yet morning, knowing there is much 
to be done for the Master. 

Idleness is most harmful to the Christian's daily life, but one can become 
idle in his giving as well as his living. If we are to receive God's blessings 
upon our laymen's organization then I am certain that it is time that we 
awake, arise, and go forth to accomplish our national goals. 

We have been presenting and receiving gifts at this season of the year. 
Soinehow I cannot help but wonder just how many have presented a gift 
that is pleasing to our Lord. I believe at this time of the year it would be 
most appropriate for each of the Brethren laymen to remember our national 
goals for a contribution, since we are so short in our giving. 

May the Lord richly bless and use us as we go forth in the laymen's 
work in the coming year. 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT LAYMEN MEET AT MOUNTAIN VIEW 




(Gleaned fi-om a report from Sec- 
retary-Treasurer Frank Campbell.) 

Men of the Southeast District met 
at the Mountain View church for 
their November meeting. A song 
service, special music by a men's 
trio from the Ghent church. Scrip- 
ture reading, and devotions were 
enjoyed by 40 men. 

Brother S. M. CofTey reported that 
he had presented to the National 
Laymen's meeting the recommenda- 
tion of a full-time layman on the 
field. This was put aside until next 
yeai'. Reports from various churches 
showed an active interest in lay- 
men's work, many services held, 
with numerous confessions and many 



miles traveled to jails, prison camps, 
and other churches. The laymen 
also sponsored cottage prayer meet- 
ings preceding the meetings with 
Rev. Bill Smith at Clearbrook in 
October. 

Men from Buena Vista, Clear- 
brook, HoUins, Ghent, Washington 
Heights, and Covington gave testi- 
monies of the work in those places. 

An offering of $29 was taken, 
which, by unanimous vote, was sent 
to the General Fund of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Laymen. 

Bro. Mason Cooper, national lay- 
men's president, spoke to the men 
and urged cooperation in the work 
toward the national goals. 

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GRACE SEMINARY— 

1. Give thanks to God for His 
good presence and guidance through 
times of testing, and pray for both 
students and teachers that we may 
learn the lessons that the Lord has 
for us all in these experiences. 

2. Praise God for the friends who 
give regularly each month to the 
support of the school, and pray that 
we may have at least 6,000 regular 
monthly givers to sponsor our dol- 
lar-a-month plan. 

3. Pray for the annual offerings 
still being taken during the month 
of January. 

4. Pray very definitely for the 
Grace Bible Conference, sponsored 
by the Grace Seminary Alumni As- 
sociation, to be held during the last 
week of January. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for the missionaries in 
Africa and Argentina as they en- 
deavor to carry out the decisions 
made at their recent respective field 
council meetings, and especially that 
the Gospel may be taken to new 
areas in both fields. 

2. Pray for Dr. and Mrs. Barnard 
as their visit in Argentina comes to a 
close and as they go to Brazil about 
the middle of January. 

3. Pray that the Lord will defi- 
nitely lead in the matter of a location 
and meeting place for our work in 
Honolulu; the quarters which have 
been used were to be vacated by the 
first of the year. 

4. Pray for the Mason family now 
in Africa. Dr. Mason will have a bit 
more study — in the Camerouns at 
the American Presbyterian Hospital 
— befoi-e getting into the work in our 
field. 

5. Pray for the Goodman family 
as they join forces with the Fogies in 
France. This field is a difficult one 
and these two families deserve our 
utmost in prayer. 

6. Continue to pray for the Lord's 
will in relation to the French school 
in Africa. As far as we know, the 



government permit has not yet been 
granted, 

7. Pray for trained national lead- 
ership in the fields of Brazil and 
Baja California. 

8. Pray for the missionaries hoine 
on furlough, that they may be 
blessed physically and spiritually. 
Also pray for them as they will be 
engaged in deputation work among 
our districts and churches in the 
coming months. 

9. Pray for the foreign board as 
the midyear meeting is scheduled to 
begin March 1. Many items must be 
considered, especially in relation to 
the fields of Argentina and Brazil, 
which are now being visited by the 
general secretary. 

10. Pray for our entire missionary 
personnel, the members of the board, 
and the office staff, that the Lord will 
lead all in a special way in giving 
forth the Gospel in foreign lands in 
1954. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray that Denver will soon be 
able to complete the upper audito- 
riuin to meet the need of their rap- 
idly growing Sunday school. 

2. Pray that the Lord will bless 
the newly organized men's group at 
Chico, and that it might be used to 
reach the lost in that growing field. 

3. Pray that the Lord will be able 
to use some of the Navaho inission 
and boarding school young people 
for gospel team work. 

4. Praise the Lord for the revival 
at the Johnstown Riverside church, 
started by Evangelistic Crusade 
Team No. 2. And pray for wisdom 
and guidance in the consideration of 
the right time to begin a building 
prograin. 

5. Praise the Lord for making it 
possible for David ToUardo to give 
his full time to the ministry at Ar- 
royo Hondo, and pray that he will be 
used to reach his own people of that 
area. 

6. Pray that God's program for 
Brethren home missions will be ful- 
filled in 1954 by the missionary, by 
the administrative personnel, and by 
everyone who makes up the organ- 
ization. 

HERALD COMPANY— 

1. Pray that the officers in our 
local churches will assist the office 
staff of the Herald Company by 
sending their Sunday-school orders 
in as early as possible. 

2. Pray for three new employees 



that are soon to join the Herald staff, 
j-eplacing present members who have 
found it necessary to resign. This 
involves breaking-in, and we urge 
you to pray that these new members 
of our Herald staff might rapidly 
grasp their responsibilities. 

WMC (East District)— 

1. Pray that we may be a real joy 
and inspiration to every SMM girl to 
live for Christ. (They are the WMC 
of tomorrow.) 

2. Pray for our program commit- 
tee as we meet to plan the programs 
for 1955, that we may be in the very 
center of His will. 

3. Pray for our executive com- 
mittee that our leadership will al- 
ways be pleasing to Him. 

4. Pray that we will live so close 
to Him that we will be constrained 
to reach out to the lost and bring 
them to our wonderful Lord. 

BYF— 

1. Pray for the youth director as 
he works among the churches of 
southern California in January and 
February. 

2. Pray that our BYF's will really 
back our foreign-mission project 
(the support of Bekoro Station in 
Africa) and also our national BYF 
work with their offerings. 

3. Pray for our Boys Club lead- 
ers, that they may have the wisdom 
and courage to keep going in the 
work. 

4. Pray especially 'o'- some of our 
young people in secular colleges 
where their faith and life are often 
severely tested. 



THIS IS VICTORY 

By R. E. Neighbour, D. D. 

To feel the tempter's mighty power 

Without appeal. 
To know the pull that money has 

And never kneel, 
To be entranced by honor's glare 

And have no ui'ge. 
To hear the voice of passing pomp 

And not submerge. 
To be uplifted, lauded high 

And sense no pride, 
To gain an oi'ator's great fame 

And never stride. 
To be exalted to the skies 

Yet self disdain. 
To be contemned and set aside 
And not complain. 

All this is victory! 



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SUNDAY 

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SCHOOLS 




A NEW YEAR 



The familiar phrase, "Happy New- 
Year," has been upon the Ups of men 
and women everywhere. It is a 
wonderful opportunity to catch up 
on the greetings that we have been 
neglecting all year. There is some- 
thing about turning over the last 
page of the old calendar and looking 
on a clean white page that indicates 
a new year that is different from all 
the othei- days of the year. Surely 
it is only another day and is just like 
all the rest of the days, and yet it is 
completely different. 

For your Sunday-school editor 
this New Year's Day is completely 
different, for it means that he enters 
a new phase of the ministry of the 
Lord Jesus. Yes, January 1, 1954, is 
the day on which we begin our new 
duties as director of Sunday-school 
work among the Brethren churches 
of the United States. We covet your 
prayers as we attempt to do the 
work which God has given us to do 
together with everyone of you. 

For you in your Sunday schools, 
this new year ought to mean much. 
For many of you January 1 was the 
beginning of a new Sunday-school 
year. Many new officers and teach- 
ers took their places in the leader- 
ship of your Sunday school. To 
those of us who have already been 
a part of the Sunday school it ought 
to give real opportunity, as we en- 
courage, inspire, and help these new- 
comers in the ranks of Sunday- 
school workers. 

One of the finest ways to begin a 
new year for Sunday school is to 
observe "Installation Sunday." Most 
of our Sunday schools appoint or re- 
appoint teachers annually. This is a 
good procedure and will prove sound 
in the administration of your school. 
The proper recognition of our teach- 
ers and officers is the least we can 
do for them. Plan now for a service 
of recognition. Have all your teach- 
ers and officers seated together in 
the morning worship service of your 
church. Make much of the impor- 



tance of teaching the Word of God. 
Close the service with a fitting in- 
stallation service which will publicly 
dedicate your teachers to the task 
for the year 1954. 

Some Inventory Questions 

New Year's Day is often used by 
industry to check up on its inven- 
tory. Why not use the time to check 
up on our Sunday-school program 
for the year 1954? How much will 
you attempt to do this year? 

Will you set a goal of at least a 
10-percent increase in your average 
attendance for Sunday school? If 
every Sunday school in the Brethren 
Church would adopt this goal it 
would mean more than 2,000 mem- 
bers and more than 2,000 more in 
Sunday school every Sunday in 1954. 
Is this worth while? 

Will you set a goal of every teach- 
er trained to do the work? If you 
will, this means that you will have a 
teacher-training program in your 
church during this winter season. 
Trained teachers will pay dividends 
for eternity. No church can afford 
to be without a teacher-training pro- 
gram. For every training class there 
will be increased enthusiasm among 
your pupils. Is this worth while? 

Will you set a goal of at least a 
new Sunday-school class in your 
school in 1954? New classes give 
new opportunities for additional 
workers. New classes give new op- 
portunities for additional people to 
be in attendance. New classes stim- 



ulate old classes to get busy for the 
Lord. New classes reach out to those 
that the old classes have been unable 
to reach. It is a new year; why not 
a new class? 

Will you set a goal of monthly 
teachers' and officers' meetings for 
the year 1954? This is not just an- 
other meeting at which we waste 
time of men and women. It is a time 
when the workers of your Sunday 
school meet together to pray, plan, 
and discuss ways and means of mak- 
ing your school a better school. The 
conference of workers should be 
planned just as definitely as the 
Sunday-school lesson is planned for 
Sunday morning. Eacfi month can 
be given a different emphasis, and 
the meetings can be planned ;n dif- 
ferent ways, using discussion, lec- 
ture, pictures, etc., all of which will 
stimulate your workers. It works! 
It pays dividends! Will you give it 
a try? 

In Our Sunday Schools 

Recent woi'kers' conferences have 
been held in Canton, Ohio, Middle- 
branch, and Findlay churches with 
new enthusiasm being shown for the 
work of Sunday school and your Na- 
tional Sunday School Board. Each 
of these churches have voted to sup- 
port the National Sunday School 
Board financially with 50c per mem- 
ber this year. Many of our churches 
have said they would follow this 
procedure with the coming of the 
new year. What about your church? 



FIRST MICHIGAN DISTRICT YOUTH RALLY 



The new Michigan District has had 
its first district youth rally and what 
a success it was! With only five 
churches in the district, yet there 
were 87 young people registered for 
the rally and banquet, and there 
were several visitors who did not 
register. Rev. Earl Funderburg, of 
Alto, Mich., was in charge of fun 
night on Friday evening and then 
came registration and billeting. All 
of the girls stayed at the parsonage 
and bunked themselves on the floor 
of the big enclosed porch, while the 
boys spread themselves on the floor 
of the home of Brother and Sister 
Personett. There was not much 
sleeping at either place. 

Saturday morning found the group 
back at the Berrien Springs church 
for prayer under the direction of 
Rev. W. Paul Lovegrove, of Ozark, 
Mich., and then the Bible hour with 
Rev. Richard Jackson, of New Troy, 



Mich., who brought a message on 
the Book of Jonah. Following this 
the young people took a singing hike 
through Berrien Springs and re- 
turned with a good appetite with 
which to care for the fine banquet 
provided by the host church, Berrien 
Springs. 

At the banquet a contest to name 
the new Michigan District youth 
camp was closed and the names sub- 
mitted were judged, with the win- 
ing name being suggested by Vaughn 
Augst, of Lake Odessa. His prize- 
winning name was "Camp Christi- 
gan," and he will receive as a prize 
a free week at the camp this coming 
year. 

The rally was climaxed by a stir- 
ring message from Bill Smith on the 
theme, "Whiter Than Snow." 

The next rally is to be held at Alto 
in February. 



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ROANOKE YOUTH FOR CHRIST SPARKED BY BRETHREN YOUTH 




BRETHREN YOUTH IS Gl 
MISSIONARY IN KOREA 

Arthur Martinez, former BBC 
president, from Taos, N. Mex., has 
really been on the job for the Lord 
in Korea. He has been witnessing 
and working among both American 
and South Korean troops, and has 
had the privilege of helping many to 
Christ. Virtually all of his army pay 
checks have been spent for Korean 
tracts and gospels, and for Bibles. 

Recently he had his own tract, a 
personal testimony, printed in Ko- 
rean (5,000 printed at his own ex- 
pense, $65!). He asks us to pray 
that the Lord may use these greatly 
as he gives them out. 

Some of us are making up a gift of 
money to send to Arthur, to help him 
in his tract and gospel ministry 
there. If you have a dollar or five 
that you'd like to invest in Korea's 
spiirtual welfare in this way, send it 
to the youth director clearly marked, 
and we'll include it as we send the 
gift along. Arthur tells us that the 
physical and spiritual needs of the 
Koreans are great, and that they 
have a real hunger for the Word. 
Pray for those who declare the Gos- 
pel. 



YOUTH DIRECTOR HEADS WEST 

From Christmas until February 20, 
Youth Director Ralph Colburn will 
be working among our Brethren 
churches in southern California, and 
can be reached by mail at his moth- 
er's home, 2267 E. 6th St., Long 
Beach, Calif. Then he'll be spend- 
ing additional weeks in northern 
California and in Oregon and Wash- 
ington, before heading East, about 
Eastertime. 



"The test of the reality of our de- 
sire to know the truth is our willing- 
ness to do it." — Hean Brooks. 





Youth for Christ in Roanoke, Va., 
is really run by the youth, with a 
committee of Christian business men 
counseling with them. They have 
meetings every other week and at- 
tendance is average about 160. They 
also sponsored a float in the Roanoke 
Christmas parade, and have a City 
Rescue Mission meeting monthly. 

Five of the ten officers are active 
youth in the Ghent Brethren Church, 
and the other five come from four 
different churches. The Brethren of- 



ficers are pictui-ed here, and include 
Bob Miller (left) and Albert Hutton 
(standing), cochairmen; Betty Paul 
(center), vice chairman; Carole Kin- 
gery, assistant corresponding secre- 
tary; and Lynwood Catron (right), 
song leader. 

These young people are "on the 
ball" for the Lord, and with more 
discouragement than help from com- 
munity religious leaders, are never- 
theless carrying on a real work for 
Christ. 



ATLANTIC YOUTH MEET AT WASHINGTON 




SMM session in church aiiditoriuni, Phyllis Mason presiding. 



About 80 young people registered 
for the overnight rally of Atlantic 
District youth, held at our church in 
the Nation's Capital last Thanksgiv- 
ing weekend. New officers elected 
were James Custer, Janet Weber, 
and Phyllis Mason, from Martins- 
burg, Hagerstown, and Winchester, 
respectively. 

Chuck Harwood, director of Vir- 



ginia Youth for Christ, and also a 
member of the National Gospel 
Quartet, which supplied much of the 
music, was the featured speaker. 
Splendid sessions were enjoyed 
throughout the rally. The young 
people also toured spots of interest 
around the capital. The rally was 
climaxed by a turkey dinner with all 
the trimmings. 



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Kent had cut up some valued pa- 
per dolls of Doiotheann's. His sis- 
ter's heart was broken when she saw 
the devastation. With Mother as 
judge, the court convened. 

"Kent, you know you were naugh- 
ty to get Dorothean"s paper dolls 
and ruin them, don't you?" 

"Yes ma'am, Mother." 

"Why did you do it when you 
knew she would be very unhappy, 
and the Lord Jesus would be grieved 
by your act of unkindness?" 

"Well, I-I-I was just looking at 
them and Althea told me to cut 
them. She did, too," the lad con- 
cluded in the half-triumph of what 
he hoped would be a plausible ex- 
cuse for his act. 

"The woman . . . thou gavest me," 
Mother thought with a sigh (Gen. 
3:12). 

"But Althea is only 4 and you are 
6. If she did tell you to cut them, 
which I seriously doubt, you knew 
better than to listen to her. No sin 
of ours is ever excused just because 
we have obeyed the wrong voice. 
Althea doesn't realize how much 
those dolls mean to Big Sister. You 
sinned when you listened to Satan's 
voice, for he was the one who urged 
you to do this wrong. He is the 
source of all sin and wrongdoing. 
Don't you think you owe Dorotheann 
an apology? Then we must confess 
the wrong to the Lord Jesus and 
ask His forgiveness." 

A trembling voice said: "I'm sorry, 
Dorotheann. I'll try to remember 
never to do anything like this again. 
I'll ask Jesus to forgive me, too." 

The prayer time was precious as 
the slate was wiped clean of disobe- 
dience, lies, and bitterness. How 
sweet the knowledge that Christ 
does forgive their sins, whether 
great or small in our sight, as His 
children look to Him in confession. 

Mother suddenly felt overwhelmed 
with the realization that mankind is 
ever quick to blame someone or 
something for its sins. Adam does 
not stand alone. Now Sharon was 
in the house screaming at the top 
of her voice. The cry was more of 
anger and frustration than of phys- 
ical injury. 



"What in all this world has hap- 
pened?" harried Mother inquired. 
"David hit me. He punched hard." 
"What did you do to him?" 
"Nothing. I didn't do a thing. I 
was just standing out there ready to 
throw the ball when he came up and 
punched me." 

"Here we go again," Mother 
moaned. "I'm sure David didn't hit 



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you for no reason at all. Not that he 
had any right to hit you for any I'ea- 
son because he is older and larger 
than you, but are you sure you did 
nothing?" 

"Yes I am. Mother. Just ask the 
other kids." 

"She was nasty, Mother. We all 
saw her and heard her refuse to play 
the right way. She defied David and 
he finally hit her," one of the chil- 
dren testified. 

Of course, David had to be dealt 
with regarding hitting, but, as usual. 
Mother discovered that his attempt 
at disciplining Sharon was an un- 
successful effort to keep the game 
going according to rule. His act was 
not entirely without provocation. 
Sharon had done wrong, but tried to 
lay all the blame on the shoulders of 
another. 

Was it not Aaron who said, "So 
they gave it [gold] me: then I cast 
it into the fire, and there came out 
this calf" (Ex. 32:24)? From where 
you are sitting Aaron's excuse for 
making the golden calf for the Is- 
raelites to worship is certainly most 
ridiculous. More especially, per- 
haps, because it came from a man of 
Aaron's standing and caliber as a 
spiritual leader of the people. But 
"why beholdest thou the mote that 
is in thy brother's eye, but consider- 
est not the beam that is in thine own 



eye?" (Matt. 7:3). O child of God. 
have you ever honestly examined 
some of your own excuses? Satan 
designs for you to use a "scapegoat" 
as the excuse for your sinning. A 
defeated Christian who blames all 
else for his lack of victory over sin 
is Satan's delight and God's despair. 

Is there no way for the believer to 
honestly assume the rightful blame 
for his own sinning and spiritual im- 
maturity? Will we never be honest 
with God and ourselves, or really 
grow up? Yes, there is a way. We 
will grow up, we will become honest 
in shouldering responsibility for sin 
both in our own lives and in the 
church life, if we hearken to the 
teaching o'- the Word. "Likewise 
reckon ye also yourselves to be dead 
indeed unto sin, but alive unto God 
through Jesus Christ our Lord" 
(Rom. 6:11). 

We stand on the threshold of a 
new year. Only God the Father 
knows what lies ahead both for His 
own and for the world. How great 
would be His delight, how terrific 
would be the impact of His love and 
sacrifice upon the world, if each one 
of His redeemed would honestly ap- 
praise his own flimsy excuses for 
giving God halfhearted service. Oh 
to honestly count ourselves dead to 
sin but vitally alive in testimony for 
Christ! May God keep us from 
using "scapegoats" as the excuse for 
impotence both inside and out. 

Whose DELIGHT will ijou be as 
our blessed Lord delays His coming 
through this year? 



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SECRETARIES . . 




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January 9, 1954 



S, No. 3— Jan. 16, 1954 




Home Mission Number 



MODESTO, CALIF., JOINS SELF-SUPPORTING CHURCHES 

The present La Loma Grace Brethren Church of Modesto, CaUf., as it looks 
today, and in the upper right-hand corner as it looked before the last remodeling 
program completed in 1950. Rev. Harold D. Painter and his family, shown below, 
served eight years in Modesto, and in addition to seeing the church increased in size, 
saw the membership increase to 200. 





Editorials 



By L L 6rubb 




Should Jews Celebrate Christmas? 

Christmas is pretty much a nationwide and ahnost a 
worldwide celebration. Yet in our own nation there are 
religious groups which frown on any celebration of 
Christ's birthday. 

Dr. Henry E. Kagan, Reformed Rabbi of Sinai Temple, 
Mount Vernon, N. Y., gives us some very plain talk 
about what the Jewish attitude should be toward Christ- 
mas. 

Should all Americans, regardless of religious faith, 
celebrate Christmas? Says Dr. Kagan very astutely, 
"Christmas is the most important Christian holy day, 
but cannot come within the area of Jewish celebration." 
He indicates that Christmas trees should be taboo in the 
Jewish home. Jews should observe only their own hol- 
idays. Jewish children may visit their Christian friends 
and observe the trees, presents, etc. Schools should be 
nondenominational, not even using Christmas carols, but 
he doubts whether this will ever happen, for the carols 
are too much a traditional part of Christmas. What we 
need is songs which contain "dogma" which can be ac- 
cepted by any religious persuasion. The Jewish parent 
should say to his children, "You are Jewish . . . this 
means that you must give up Christmas trees and pres- 
ents on December 25," and then the child will learn to 
accept this as discipline. 

The veil of unbelief over Jewish eyes is thick and dif- 
ficult to penetrate. The tremendous impact made by 
the first coming of Christ in almost every realm of life is 
not sufficient to prove His divine appointment by God. 
The manifested supernatural power of Christ while on 
earth, and subsequent manifestations of spiritual trans- 
forming power in thousands of God's saints leave the 
Jewish conscience unmoved. The fact that the whole 
world reckons time from the birth of Christ seems to 
make little difference. The weight of Bible prophecy 
and the exact fulfillments of scores of such prophecies 
leave the Jewish mind undisturbed. This very blind- 
ness so prevalent in Israel is a fulfillment of prophecy. 

Dr. Kagan's attitude toward Christmas would no doubt 
indicate the general position of Jewry. 

Evangelize the Jew! 

The above information furnishes further basis and 
impetus for the great challenge in evangelizing Amer- 
ica's more than 5,000,000 Jews. It is the will of God that 
they should hear clearly again and again the blessed 
message of redemption through Christ. There is no 
greater opportunity among the seed of Israel anywhere. 

The Brethren Church has one Jewish mission strate- 
gically located in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles 
among a Jewish population approaching 100,000. We 
have only three missionaries. Rev. and Mrs. Bruce But- 
ton and Miss Isobel Fraser. Although many thousands 



of contacts have been made in Jewish homes and many 
pieces of literature have been distributed to these needy 
people, not even the edges of this harvest field have been 
reaped. More Brethren missionaries to the Jews are 
needed. More missions should be established in other 
large Jewish population areas. 

Jewish offerings come to the Brethren home-mission 
office all through the year. Yet some churches prefer 
to make a special appeal for Jewish missions at this 
season. No funds are taken from the Thanksgiving 
offering to support this work. 

Do not forget the Jew in your missionary plan of 
evangelization! 



Smoking Causes Lung Cancer 

A recent report released by Dr. Irving S. Wright, of 
Cornell University Medical College, and three col- 
leagues, all experts in the effects of tobacco on the 
human body, gives some astonishing revelations. With- 
out qualification cigarette smoking was established as a 
cause for lung cancer. It was stated also that the use 
of tobacco may mean the difference between life and 
death for persons with diseases of circulation. Signifi- 
cantly enough, most outstanding experts in this field 
today agree that smoking is the major cause for the 
greatly increased cases of lung cancer in both sexes. One 
doctor expressed grave concern that the male popula- 
tion will be decimated by lung cancer in another 50 years 
if cigarette smoking increases. 

It is also agreed that nicotine is a major cause behind 
many heart ailments. Causing high blood pressure, nic- 
otine tends to weaken the heart. One of the experts 
stated that smoking may have one virtue. By smoking 
heavily a man may have a heart attack, and thus he 
would not live long enough to develop lung cancer. 

The recent wave of fear among smokers caused by 
much of this authentic publicity apparently has aroused 
some tobacco users to the place where they have either 
stopped smoking or decreased their use of tobacco. It is 
so noticeable that tobacco companies have felt the pinch 
and are spending thousands of dollars in new advertising 
to prove that their brands are less irritating than others. 
Practically every cigarette commercial on TV or radio 
is a direct admission that tobacco is a killer. 

As we travel across the nation we feel sometimes that 
the case against tobacco is a hopeless one. The great 
majority of Americans are tobacco users. On trains, 
planes and buses, a nonsmoker faces certain misery and 
almost asphyxiation. 

Tragedy lies in the fact that in spite of evidence that 
tobacco weakens and poisons the body, some Christians 
still insist upon using it. Thus they violate the temple 
of the Holy Spirit and liinit their testimony for Christ. 
Tobacco has no place in the life of a Christian. 



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: Walter Lepp. president; Robert D. Crees, vice president; Clyde Balyo. secre- 
tary; Ord Gehman, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles. William 
SchafEer. Robert E. A. Miller. 



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Modesto Church Becomes Self-Supporting 



January 1, 1954, marked a new birthday in the experience of the La Loma Grace Brethren Church of Modesto, 
Cahf. As of this date the church assumed full financial responsibility for its operation and maintenance, joining 
the ranks of other established Brethren churches across our nation. 

During recent years under the ministry of Rev. Harold Painter the church has expe- 
rienced splendid and substantial growth in each department. The building is admirably 
suited for continued growth, with fine Sunday-school facilities and a beautiful auditorium 
adapted to worship. 

The people and pastor of the church have applied themselves with zeal to the task of 
reaching lost men and building up the flock of God so that now^ this assembly is one of 
our strong witnesses for Christ on the west coast. 

Rev. J. Paul Miller has been called by the church to become its new pastor, due to the 
resignation of Rev. Harold Painter and his moving to a new field. 

Brethren people should be in prayer for this church as it launches out by faith in as- 
suming these new responsibilities. Rev. J. Paul Miller 





MILESTONES, EBENEZER! 



By Rev. Harold D. Painter 



"Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh 
and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, 
Hitherto hath the Lord helped us" (I Sam. 7:12). 

"Ebenezer," the stone of help! As we look back over 
the past eight years in Modesto and see the milestones 
that have been passed, we can only say with Samuel 
of old, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us!" 

"Come Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing. 
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; 
Streams of mercy, never ceasing. 
Call for songs of loudest praise. 

* ^ ^ * 

Here I raise mine Ebenezer; 

Hither by Thy help I'm come. . . ." 

Many milestones have been passed and each one 
"Ebenezer!" 

August 1945. We came to Modesto for a short Bible 
conference in the La Loma Grace Brethren Church, and 
received a call to come as the pastor. The church had 
been organized under the Brethren Home Missions 
Council and was also receiving support from the Cali- 
fornia District Mission Board. 

October 1945. We sold our house in Los Angeles and 
moved to Modesto to a small but thriving congregation 
of believers. Since that time over 200 names have been 
added to the membership roll of the church. 

That the work of God is manifest in the congregation 
is evident. Missionaries who have gone from this church 
to foreign fields include Rev. and Mrs. Marvin Goodman, 
Sr., directors of child evangelism in India: Rev. Marvin 
Goodman, Jr., Rev. and Mrs. Martin Garber, Miss Mary 
Cripe, and Miss Marybeth Munn, serving in French 
Equatorial Africa, and Rev. George Cripe, with the 
Navigators in France. 

July 1947. Support from district missions was no 
longer necessary. 



April 2, 1950. The new sanctuary was dedicated with 
appropriate services. The new building provides seat- 
ing capacity of around 350 and includes nine new class- 
rooms, which makes a total of 17 large-size rooms for the 
Sunday school, not including the old auditorium. The 
building also includes a nursery, pastor's study, choir 
room, and a balcony with the main auditorium and a 
social hall. The appointments of the building are mod- 
ern in every detail, with a radiant heating system, an 
automatic cooling system, and indirect lighting. Asphalt 
tile and carpets cover all the floors. Individual uphol- 
stered opera-type seats provide seating. 

August 1950. Shortly after the dedication of the new 
building, several families withdrew from the church 
and organized the Brethren Ckristian Center, near 
Escalon, Calif., under the leadership of Rev. Ralph 
Rambo. 

July 1953. The church treasurer, Bro. James Bristow, 
presented a new budget to the church which would en- 
able the church to be self-supporting. It was adopted 
by unanimous vote. A motion carried that we relieve 
the Brethren Home Missions Council of further support 
to us, starting January 1, 1954. 

September 1953. We received the call to become the 
pastor of the First Brethren Church of Sunnyside, Wash., 
and presented our resignation to the Modesto church. 

Since our resignation was accepted by the local church 
and the Brethren Home Missions Council, there have 
been many other, perhaps smaller, milestones passed as 
we prepared to close our ministry in Modesto. 

"Hitherto hath the Lord helped" and His grace is still 
sufficient. At a recent farewell dinner the church pre- 
sented us with a Christmas tree, decorated with rolled 
one-dollar and five-dollar bills. Other gifts included a 
friendship quilt, made by the ladies of the WMC, with 
50 autographed blocks, neatly set together with cloth of 
harmonizing colors and all very closely quilted; also a 
picture album which has a picture of everjr family in 



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the church with a note of appreciation from each one. 
Many folks in parting pressed generous gifts of money 
in our hands and one couple, only recently saved and 
added to the church, presented us with a new Wilcox- 
Gray Recordio. 

"Oh to grace how great a debtor 
Daily I'm constrained to be!" 

Our cup was full to overflowing on our last Sunday 
in Modesto. The auditorium was nearly full to capacity 
for the morning worship service and several people re- 
sponded to the invitation and the front of the church 
was standing full as the benediction was pronounced. 
Among the highlights of the day was the dedication of 
the new baby of Brother and Sister Bill Hurst. Little 
Donna Kay came into this world weighing less than five 
pounds and lost until she weighed only slightly over 
four. The depths of despondency were reached when 
the doctor said little Donna would not live. A prayer 
band was quickly formed by telephone and the crisis 
was passed. That morning, as I held that precious little 
bundle and showed her tiny little face, there were many 
happy faces in the audience, but the happiest of all were 
Bill and Ethel, hei- parents. 

At the close of the service the deacons assisted the 
pastor in an anointing service for Sister Hannah Larson, 
mother of Laura Wagner, our missionary in South 
America. 

The evening service was begun with the baptism of 
Henry Howard, Jr. The film, "Each in His Own Tongue," 
was shown in cooperation with the Wycliffe Bible Trans- 
lators, to complete the day. 

The church was first organized in Modesto in 1938 
under the ministry of Rev. Earl Studebaker, and in 1942 
the old KTRB radio studio was purchased and moved to 
the present location. After remodeling and addition it 
was first used on Easter Sunday, 1943. Other pastors 
have included Rev. Ralph Rambo, Rev. Peter Bury, and 
the present pastor. 

Rev. J. Paul Miller has been called to be the new 
pastor of the church and will take up his new work 
with the people of Modesto on Sunday, January 17. 

"Here's my heart, O take and seal it; 
Seal it for Thy courts above." 



THE LORD ADDED DAILY TO THE CHURCH 

By Miss Mary Cripe, Missionary to Africa 

I do thank the Lord for what the La Loma Grace 
Brethren Church has meant to me. As a young person it 
was here that I was led to see the need of accepting 
Chi-ist as my personal Saviour. Here too I came to see 
the need of reaching others for Christ. I realized that 
I must have more training for this, and so spent one year 
in Bible school at Tacoma, Wash. 

At that time my thoughts were only to get a little 
training for myself and then come back to Modesto to 
settle down, but the Lord's ways are not our ways, and 
as He called me further into His service I could but 
follow Him. I have always appreciated the prayers and 
interest of the members of the Brethren church in 
Modesto. 

Now after having spent tour years in France and 



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APPRECIATION 

The pastor and members of the La Loma Grace 
Brethren Church wish to acknowledge with deep 
gratitude the help and support of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council and especially to Dr. L. L. 
Grubb for his interest and prayers, since the start 
of the work here in Modesto. 

The gifts of God's people across the nation have 
made possible this witness and testimony to the 
grace of God in the heart of California. The name 
"La Loma" means "The Hill," and we desire that 
the church might truly be a light on a hill with a 
foundation of righteousness. May God's richest 
blessing be yours. 

Harold D. Painter, Pastor, 
Mrs. Loren Zook, Clerk, 
Members of the Board, 
(In Behalf of the Congregation). 



Africa in preparation for the Lord's work, and then of 
actual service on the field, it is a privilege to be back 
home and have fellowship with those of like precious 
faith. 

I rejoice to see new faces and know that the Lord has 
been blessing with many souls. Truly the harvest is 
white; many there are who know not Christ. May La 
Loina Grace Brethren Church always stand as a light- 
house to point a lost world to the Saviour. 



MODESTO IS HOME TO US 

By Loana Painter 

It has been said that young people are more attached 
to the town in which they grow up than to any other 
place they may ever live. Joel and I will always have a 
very fond feeling for Modesto. When our folks decided 
to move, a definite decision confronted us. Although 
the decision was difficult, it obviously had only one 
solution. Joel is a senior in high school and felt that 
it would be impossible to leave so near to the time of 
graduation. I graduate as a sophomore from Modesto 
Junior College and, as I have a scholarship, I felt I 
could not leave either. We prayed that the Lord would 
guide in showing us where He would have us stay. Mr. 
and Mrs. Ray Beldon invited Joel into their home. I 
found an apartment conveniently located near the col- 
lege, the store where I work, and the church. A girl 
friend from the college and I plan to share expenses 
and housework there. 

Some people look forward to telling their grandchil- 
dren that they left home at a certain age. Joel and I will 
be able to tell how that home left us when we were 17 
and 18! However, we still feel that Modesto is our home 
and that the La Loma Grace Brethren Church is our 
home church. The church and church people have 
meant a great deal to us, and we count it a great privi- 
lege to serve the Lord here with whatever talents Ho 
has given us. We both look forward to added service | 
for a time here in Modesto and wherever the Lord mayj 

call us in the future. i 

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"THE BIBLE, THE WHOLE BIBLE, AND NOTHING BUT 
THE BIBLE" 

By Mrs. R. R. Beach 

How wonderful to be a member of a church that has 
such a motto, that really preaches all the Bible and 
encourages its members to live according to its teachings. 

From early childhood I have been a Brethren, but 
after I married and moved to Ohio I lived too far from 
a Brethren church to attend, so worshiped and worked 
in another denomination. In 1947 we moved to Modesto 
and attended a church where my cousin was the min- 
ister. We helped them with their relief program and 
even with starting a community church, but we heard 
so little of God's Word that we realized we were not 
where God would have us serve, so we began stopping 
by to hear Brother Painter. Folk carry their Bibles at 
La Loma Grace Brethren — they search the Scripture, as 
did the Bereans of old, to see it these things are true, 
and, praise the Lord, the teachings of the Grace Breth- 
ren are according to the Record. 

I was very happy to be back with Brethren people, but 
miy cup really overflowed when on Sunday morning, 
February 11, 1951, our son and I went forward to unite 
with the church by letter; Mr. Beach went too — to ac- 
cept Christ as his personal Saviour, coming out of the 
darkness of Catholicism into the glorious light of the 
Gospel of Christ. 

How we do enjoy the fellowship of the La Loma Grace 
Brethren. Brother Painter and his family mean so much 
to us, as they do to the entire church. We are all sad 
to have them leave, but God has this promotion for them 
and He has so graciously given us Bro. J. Paul Miller 
and family to supply our need. May the Lord richly 
bless the Painters as they enter their new field of service 
and the Millers as they come to serve in this part of His 
vineyard. 



MODESTO TEACHERS NOW MISSIONARIES 




?**','.^S! 



In looking through the file of Modesto pictures, we 
discovered the one above, dated 1947. The notation on 
the back revealed it was the junior boys and junior girls 
classes, and the teachers were Mr. and Mrs. Martin 
Garber. Of course, those are only two of the foreign 
missionaries coming from this home-mission church. 
Miss Mary Cripe, also serving in Africa, has a testimony 
elsewhere, and Rev. Painter names the others in his 
article. 



many other ways. Here we have a place where we can 
invite our friends to hear the way of salvation. 

We have been with our church since the first prayer 
meeting was held. We have seen the hand of the Lord 
move in many ways His wonders to perform. Many 
have come for salvation, some to rededicate their lives, 
and others that have dedicated themselves for full-time 
service. 

We are looking forward to even greater blessings from 
God upon each member of our church in the future. We 
are thankful that we can start the first of January, 1954, 
by going self-supporting with our new pastor. Rev. J. 
Paul Miller. 



WHAT OUR CHURCH MEANS TO US 

By Kenneth Holgate 

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath 
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day 
of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6). 

We. the Holgate family, one of the many families of 
the La Loma Grace Brethi'en Church in Modesto, be- 
lieve this verse with all our hearts. We are confident 
toward God that He is going to complete a great work 
for himself and for His glory here in Modesto. 

We thank God for the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil and for the help that has been furnished by them, for 
all the dear folks throughout this great Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches, who have made churches like ours 
possible by their gifts. We would never have been able 
to accomplish what we have here in Modesto without the 
support of the Home Missions CouncU. 

We praise God for our church because it gives us a 
place to gather to study God's Word. It gives us a place 
where we can pray together, to pray for one another, as 
He has told us to do, to pray for ourselves, and for those 
who are serving as missionaiies in foreign lands. 

Our church also offers us a place of service. Here we 
are able to be teachers of the Word and serve Him in 



LA LOMA PASTOR PREACHES THE WORD 

By Mr. Henry H. Howard 

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God. and his righteous- 
ness; and all these things shall be added unto you" 
(Matt. 6:33). 

How true that has been in my life. God has not with- 
held anything good from me. He has given me a Chris- 
tian v/ife, four boys, and a good livelihood, and I owe it 
all to Him. Above all things He gave me Jesus, upon 
whom I can call at any time, the One who is ever at the 
right hand of the Father to intercede for me. He is with 
me daily and is ever there for me to reach out and put 
my hand in His to help me over the rough places in life. 

You have heard it said so many times that "God helps 
those who help themselves," but I thank God today that 
God helps those who rely on Him for help. It is true 
that I must rely on Him for my all, because I know that 
in myself I am nothing. 

Only recently we were baptized and came into the 
Brethren Church. We came seeking spiritual help and 
guidance and we thank God for the La Loma Grace 
Brethren Church and for Brother Painter, our pastor, 
because through him we have been richly blessed. He 
has taught us to clearly discern between Christianity 
and religion. 



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BRETHREN TESTIMONY EXTENDED IN MANSFIELD, OHIO 




Top — An average Sunday -morning congregation at 
Mansfield Grace Brethren Church. Center (I. to r.) — 
Mrs. James Cook, Rev. James Cook, associate pastor: 
Rev. Bernard Sclineider. pastor; Mrs. Schneider; and 
Miss Lucie Schneider. Bottom — The Grace Brethren 
Church, Mansfield, Ohio. 



Top — Congregation wit7iessing the dedication of the 
Second Grace Brethren Church of Mansfield, Ohio. 
Center — Rev. and Mrs. Gene Witzky. Bottom — The 
new Second Grace Brethren Church. 



By Bernard N. Schneider 



One of our great hopes has recently been fulfilled. 
Another of our earnest prayers has been answered here 
in Mansfield. 

For almost two years the inembers of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Mansfield had been concerned about see- 
ing a second Grace Brethren testimony in the city of 
Mansfield. We have been struggling against crowded 
conditions in our own building. More and more visitors 
are attending our services. People across town need 
the Gospel, too. Several separate cominittees were 
appointed by our church to investigate possibilities, 
needs, locations, etc., for a second church. Then the 
Lord suddenly thrust a great opportunity into our hands 
which seemed almost too good to be true, like so many of 
the Lord's answers to our prayers. 

The new Second Grace Brethren Church of Mansfield 
has been organized. They have bought and remodeled 
their own church building, which was recently dedicated 
to the service of God — all this without actually costing 
us a cent, for the Lord sent a group of people from 
across town our way who knew our beliefs and who, 
having left a church where the full Gospel was no longer 
being preached, were looking for an opportunity to serve 
the Lord. We had conferences and Bible classes to- 
gether. The Message of the Brethren Ministry was 
cai-efully explained point by point. A period of waiting 
followed. These people asked to be baptized by triune 
immei'sion. A few of our own members joined them, 
and we saw our dream fulfilled, a Second Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Mansfield, where the Gospel will be 
preached and Christ be honored. 



I predict great things for this new work. The people 
are almost all young married people with small children. 
Along with their pastor they are demonstrating a pas- 
sion for souls and an earnest desire to serve the Loi-d 
that will surely bring great blessings from above. They 
have demonstrated the very finest spirit of sacrifice in 
that they have asked for no help but have simply given 
all they could unto the Lord. 

Brethren, I have been inspired by the example of these 
people who have not waited for outside help, but who 
plainly did all they could and gave all they could, asking 
for nothing but our prayers and a little guidance. God 
has blessed that spirit. He always blesses that spirit. 
Brethren, my prayer just now is that we may hear of 
many new centers of Brethren testimonies for God in 
this year of 1954. We can do it if we want to strongly 
enough. With God nothing is iinpossible. 

Gene Witzky, the pastor of this new church, is one of 
our boys froin the Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield. 
He is a senior in Grace Seminary, anxiously waiting for 
graduation so that he can spend all his time with his 
enthusiastic flock, serving the Lord in the salvation of 
others. 



SECOND GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH DEDICATED 

By Gene Witzky 

On Sunday, December 20, 1953, at 2:30 p. m., a capac- 
ity crowd gathered to witness the dedication of the 
Second Grace Brethren Church in Mansfield, Ohio. Dr. 



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L. L. Grubb, secretary of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, of Winona Lake. Ind., arrived by plane just in 
time to bring a challenging dedication message. 

It seems almost unbelievable that in such a short 
period of time a dedication service like this one was 
possible. However, as you may observe from the ac- 
companying picture, the church is just a regular dwell- 
ing that has been converted for church services. It 
serves our immediate need very adequately by provid- 
ing an auditorium seating approximately 100 people, 
with a nursery and additional rooins for Sunday-school 
classes. 

Rev. Bernard Schneider, pastor, and Rev. James Cook, 
associate pastor, of the first Grace Brethren Church, 
assisted in the dedication service. A number of other 
members from that church joined in making the dedica- 
tion a day filled with many blessing's. 



BANKS PAY IN LOS ANGELES 



STARTING THE NEW YEAR ON NEW FIELDS 




Rev. Galen Lmgenfelter and family, Elyria. Ohio. 




Rev. Kenneth Teagiie and javiily, Wheaton, III. 

Two pastors are starting the new year on two of the 
newer home-mission fields. Rev. Galen Lingenfelter 
is making his initial start in home-mission work at 
Elyria, Ohio. He and his family arrived on the Elyria 
field Deceinber 20, 1953, coming from Buena Vista, Va., 
where they had just closed a successful ministry. The 
fine cooperation of the church, district, and Brethren 
Minute-Man, with the Brethren Home Missions Council, 
is making possible a full-time pastor for this newest of 
home-mission churches. 

Also in December, Rev. Kenneth L. Teague, the home- 
mission pastor of Alexandria, Va., was transferred to the 
new home-mission work in Wheaton, 111. Rev. Teague 
will be the first full-time pastor for the Wheaton group. 
They have been meeting regularly for the past year, and 
now have lots in one of the new housing developments 
of that city. 





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Depitrtment, First Brethren Siinday School. 
Los Angeles, Calif. 



HoiTie-inission banks in the junior department of the 
First Brethren Sunday School of Los Angeles yielded 
$100 for the Thanksgiving offering. The department 
superintendent, Miss Dorothy Rowland, upon receipt of 
the home-mission banks, distributed them to her pupils, 
about 10 weeks prior to Thanksgiving. She then re- 
minded the children each Sunday of the great need in 
home missions. 

November 22 was designated as the Sunday when all 
banks would be opened and the inoney counted. The 
above picture was taken just previous to the "bank- 
opening event." And when all the pennies, nickels, and 
dimes were placed in one pile, it was over four feet long 
and several inches high. It actually took five men of 
the church 45 minutes to count the $100, which was 
mostly pennies. The entire amount was given by the 
children and did not include any help from the teachers. 

When the amount of the offering was ascertained, the 
entire group sang "Praise God From Whom All Bless- 
ings Flow." It was really a joyful event for the children 
to know they had given $100 to help other boys and girls 
learn about Christ. 



HARRAH CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY 




On Sunday, November 22, 1953, the Harrah (Wash.) 
Brethren Church celebrated its 25th anniversary. The 
six people in the above picture were charter members.' 
Dr. L. L. Grubb, home-missions secretary, was present 
to share in the blessings of the occasion. Rev. Jesse 
Hall is the pastor. 



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II S IK A IE IL C aV L IL S ! 



AN ORDINARY MORNING 



By Bruce L. Button 



Thursday niorning: 10 o'clock; I'm on Sweetzer Ave- 
nue. It's a perfect morning for calling — sun shining, 
warm, no wind. The contacts have not been too bad. 
Ten houses contacted so far. Only one refusal when I 
offered the woman the Mediator. Even then there was a 
fine chance to give a real testimony. Just finished the 
600 block. Ready to start on the 500 block. I check iny 
cards. The first two houses are gentile, I have con- 
tacted these houses before. This morning I am only in- 
terested in Jewish homes. The third house is Jewish, I 
ring the bell. The door opens a crack, safety chain in 
place. I say, "Good morning! Just stopped by to leave 
a copy " and before I can go any further a woman's 



JEWISH MISSION REMINDER 




This is a photo of a poster used at the First Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, Pa., to remind the folk to pray and 
give for the work of Brethren Jewish missions. The 
poster has the pictures attached of our three mission- 
aries. Rev. and Mrs. Bruce Button, and Miss Isobel 
Fraser, and contains a pocket for Jewish mission offering 
envelopes. The poster was designed by the pastor. 
Rev. Gordon Bracker, and we pass the idea along to 
you lest you forget the Brethren Jewish mission work 
depends on your prayers and gifts. 



voice, dripping with sarcasm, replies, "GOODBY!" and 
the dooi' shuts with a "BANG!" As I leave the house a 
question runs through my mind: "How in the world did 
that lady slam that door so hard when it was only open 
two or three inches?" 

I reach the sidewalk and make a note on the card for 
that house to the effect that contact is not to be made on 
the next time around: only the Mediator is to be left. 
Then I start for the next house — and stop. Two elderly 
men are at the front. It's difficult to talk to two persons. 
They will probably send me away without a hearing. 
And thus excuse after excuse pops into my mind as to 
why I should not contact these two Jewish men, and still 
I'm walking up to them. I open the conversation with 
the words, "Shalom alachem." This draws the reply 
from one of the men: "Look who is saying, 'Shalovi ala- 
chem,' a vieshumed." And thus our conversation gets 
under way. 

"I am not a meshuiyied.' I reply, "I am a gentile who 
believes the Tenach, and the Messiah of the Tenach." 

"Why do you continue to come here?" says the shorter 
of the two. "You can't convert me!" 

I reply: "I know I cannot convert you. Only the Eter- 
nal can cause you to see the truth concerning Messiah: 
that He has come and died for the sin of men, that He 
arose from the dead in fulfillment of the prophecies of 
the Tenach. It is for this reason I come, to tell you of 
these truths," 

"A good reason," says the taller of the two. He is re- 
buked by his friend, "Be quiet. I will speak to this man 
in my home — you speak to him in yours." Then, ad- 
dressing me, he says: "I read the Tenach. I know the 
Tenach. I know the Torah. What truth can you tell 
me? Come inside and I will show you truth." 

I accept his invitation. Upon entering the livingroom 
the man of the house takes a book from a small table. 
"Here," he says, "is truth. This is the Torah (law). 
Only in the Torah does one find truth," 

"Do you mean the prophets and writings are not 
truth?" I ask, 

"No," he replies. "I do not mean that, but Torah is 
truth for living." 

"I will not ai'gue the point, although I believe you to 
be wrong in making such distinction between the Torah 
and the rest of the Tenach (Old Testament), But let me 
ask you to explain your truth. What is the meaning of 
the last portion of Wayikera (Leviticus) 17:11, which 
reads: ". . . for it is the blood that maketh an atonement 
for the soul." 

"It means what it says," he answers. 

"But why does the soul need an atonement or cover- 
ing," I ask. "Is it not because of the person's sins?" 

"Jews do not sin," comes the answer, "Why do you 
say we sin? If you want an example for sin. look to the 
actions of the gentiles," 

I answer: "I do not minimize the fact of the gentiles 
sinning, I admit it. But let us keep on the subject. The 



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reason I say Jews are sinners just like other folks is be- 
cause of Goluth (the dispersion), because of Yom Kip- 
pur (Day of Atonement), because of the admission in the 
prayer book that Jews are sinners. What is the reason 
for Goluth? Why do you observe Yom Kippur? Why 
the day-long prayers for forgiveness of sins committed 
if Jewish people do not sin?" 

"So we sin," admits my friend. "But we atone for it 
through repentance, prayer, and charity. Any rabbi will 
tell you that is all that is necessary." 

"But according to Torah, what is it that is necessary?" 
I ask. "Does it not den:iand a sacrifice? If repentance, 
prayer, and charity is enough, why do some Jews add to 
this the killing of a chicken? Tell me, please, why do 
you no longer have the sacrifice as demanded in Torah?" 

"You see," he says to his friend, "here we have an 
ignorant man. He does not know the reason sacrifice is 
no longer necessary." 

"His friend replies, "Then you should tell him the rea- 
son." But only silence comes from my opponent. 

I seize the opportunity. "I am not ignorant. And 
neither am I blind. I know the reason you would give. 
You say since there is no temple there is no place for 
sacrifice and thus no need for sacrifice. Your temple was 
destroyed as foretold in Daniel 9:26. The reason for its 
destruction, the reason for Goluth, is found in Devarim 
(Deuteronomy) 28:37-65 and in Wayikera (Leviticus) 
26:27-28." And, amid many interruptions, I read these 
passages. 

"An ignorant man! An ignorant man!" is the reply. 
"You do not understand. You should be instructed " 

"To call a man ignorant," I interrupt, "is a poor way 
of refutation in debate. If I am wrong, correct me. In- 
struct me, if you please. Show me in the Torah where I 
am in error. Do not take me to the Talmud. That is 
tradition. Take me to 'Thus saith the Lord' and theie 
instruct me." 

"I have no time. I shall ask you to leave. Yes, you 
can come again, but just now I have something I must 
do." And so I am ushered out of the house. 

I'll go back to that home in a week or two. I'll try 
again to point out Scripture truth to him. I'll pray for 
the Lord's guidance and for the working of the Holy 
Spirit. Will you, too, pray? 



WASHINGTON HEIGHTS COMPLETES BASEMENT 



FINDLAY, OHIO, FINISHING NEW CHURCH 



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Although it is not indicated by the above picture, the 
new First Brethren Church, Findlay, Ohio, is now en- 
closed. The plumbers, electricians, carpenters, heating 
engineers, and other workmen are busy working on the 
inside to have the building ready for occupancy early in 
1954. At times the progress was impeded for lack of 
materials, but it will still be finished in record time. 
The ground was just broken for the building on June 
11, 1953. 




The Washington Heights Brethren Church of Roanoke, 
Va., will soon be able to occupy the basement of their 
new unit. Mr. Tom Bailey, of the Brethren Construc- 
tion Company, who sent us the above pictures, writes 
that the heating plant is installed, the wiring completed, 
the basement windows glazed, and the rough back filling 
almost completed. The upper portion of the building 
will get under way as soon as the bricklayers return to 
the job. 



VIEW RIDGE BRETHREN MEET HERE 




This is the home of Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Ham- 
mers and family, and it also serves as the meeting place 
for the new View Ridge Brethren Church, Seattle, Wash. 
It is located near the new location upon which the future 
church will be erected. The formal organization of the 
church was held on Sunday, November 29, 1953, with 13 
charter members. Others have indicated their desire to 
join in the work, and will be added to the membership. 
A record attendance of 54 was recorded in November. 
The Thanksgiving home-mission offering has now sur- 
passed last year's figure of $542. 



January 16, 1954 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC IWrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



Altoona, Pa. Rev. Roy Snyder, 
missionary on furlough from French 
Equatorial Africa, was guest speaker 
at the New Year's Eve service at the 
Grace Brethren Church (Juniata). 
Rev. J. Ward Tressler is pastor. 

Special. A word is hereby ex- 
pressed in behalf of all those pastors 
who were "surprised" by the won- 
derful Christmas gifts from their 
congregations. The number of pas- 
tors who received special remem- 
brance at Christmas is such that we 
will simply say, "Thank you, breth- 
ren, for your kindness to your pas- 
tor." God will bless the church that 
seeks to encourage its pastor in the 
work he is doing. 

Winona Lake, Ind. Please do not 
send orders, etc., addressed to staff 
members of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company. Address all mail, 
other than that intended for the ed- 
itor, to the company. Otherwise, the 
mail is placed in the post-office box 
of the staff member, which causes 
confusion, delay, and inconvenience. 
Thank you. 

Altoona, Pa. Two missionaries of 
the Wisconsin Rural Bible Crusade, 
Miss LaRue Malles (1948 graduate of 
Grace Seminary) and Miss Evelyn 
Bachman assisted in the New Year's 
Eve fellowship at the First Brethren 
Church. Mark Malles is pastor. 

Dayton, Ohio. Rev. Lon Karns 
was guest speaker at the New Year's 
Eve fellowship at the North River- 
dale Brethren Church. Clyde G. 
Balyo is pastor. 

Los Angeles, Calif. The name of 
the Third Brethren Church of Los 
Angeles has been changed to the 
Community Brethren Church of East 
Los Angeles. James Beatty is pastor. 

Portland, Oreg. The Grace Breth- 
ren Church, a home-mission church, 
has had a 140% increase in their 
home-mission offering over last year. 
Vernon J. Harris is pastor. 



Winona Lake, Ind. The Indiana 
District overnight youth rally was 
held here Jan. 8-9. A banquet was 
held at the Eskimo Inn at 1 p. m. 
Saturday. Rev. Herman Koontz was 
host pastor. 

Waj/Tiesboro, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. 
Raymond Edwards, of Frederick, 
Md., provided a gospel service at the 
New Year's Eve gathering at the 
First Brethren Church. Dennis Hol- 
liday is pastor. 

Whittier, Calij. Rev. Ralph Col- 
burn and Rev. Sam Horney were 
special guests at the New Year's Eve 
service at the First Brethren Church. 
Lewis Hohenstein is pastor. 

Accident, Md. One hundred peo- 
ple were in attendance at the special 
Christmas service at the First Grace 
Brethren Church. 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Each Mon- 
day night has been set aside for 
visitation by the Grace Brethren 
Church. Richard Grant is pastor. 




Listie, Pa. Rev. John J. Burns, 
new pastor of the Listie Brethren 
Church, was formally and informally 
welcomed at a surprise service re- 
cently held at the church in his 
honor. 

Winona Lake, Ind. Feb. 28 has 
been designated by our National 
Fellowship as Board of Evangelism 
Sunday, and a special offering will 
be raised on that day in all our 
churches for the Brethren Evange- 
listic Crusade. This offering will as- 
sist the teams of the Crusade to go 
into sinall churches and carry on a 
full program for Christ. 

Long Beach, Calif. Mr. Dick Mc- 
Neely, student at Dallas Theological 
Seminary, preached at the First 
Brethren Church on Dec. 27. Dr. 
Charles Mayes is pastor. 

Wiiiona Lake, Ind. Pastors, Sun- 
day-school superintendents or sec- 
retaries should return the Sundaj'- 
school order blank immediately for 
the next quarter. This will assist 
the Herald Company staff and assure 
your church the best service pos- 
sible. 



Uiiiontown, Pa. The Brethren 
Missionary Herald is on the regular 
budget of the First Brethren Church, 
and one-half of all the missionary 
offering for three months of the year 
is given as a missionary offering to 
the Brethren Missionary Herald to 
assist in the printing of the Gospel. 
Clyde Landruin is pastor. 

Washington, D. C. Vice President 
Richard M. Nixon on his recent tour 
refused to visit the Shinto shrine 
which is to the honor of Japanese 
soldiers who died in battle. The 
shrine is the place where adherents 
to Shintoism pray to spirits of the 
dead. Christians in Japan hailed his 
act as a courageous testimony for 
Christianity. 

Dallas, Tex. An article, "The 
Meaning of the Term 'Law,' " by Dr. 
Alva J. McClain, appeared in Bibli- 
otheca Sacra, Oct. 1953, quarterly 
publication of Dallas Theological 
Seminary. 

Rutherford, N. J. The Gideon So- 
ciety's program for placing Bibles in 
the public schools of New Jersey re- 
ceived a setback when the supreme 
court of the State announced a 
unanimous decision on Dec. 7 that 
the Bible program was a violation of 
the constitutional provision of sep- 
aration of church and state. 

Cairo. Egypt. A German plan 
drawn up during Hitler's regime to 
turn 5,000,000 acres of Africa's west- 
ern desert into a garden may yet be 
adopted. The leaders of Egypt are 
studying the plan of George Borg, 
which calls for a novel plan to irri- 
gate the desert with an intricate 
chain of water and power plants. 
The program would cost $280,000,000 
and take 10 years to complete. 

Cfticago, III. Another reason for 
not using the International Uniform 
Lessons in a fundainental Sunday 
school is the fact that at a recent 
meeting of the cominittee of the Na- 
tional Council of Churches, it was 
voted that the new Revised Standard 
Version of the Bible should be used 
in the Uniform Lessons as a regular 
practice beginning in 1955. 

Whittier, Calif. A Sunday-school 
annex building, 30 by 90 feet, is 
being completed for the Christian 
day school of the Community Breth- 
ren Church. There are 49 children 
in the elenrentary grades, and the 
fifth and sixth grades will be added 
next year. Any elementary teacher 
interested in teaching in a Christian 
day school should contact Pastor 
Ward Miller. 



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INTO THE HEIGHTS 



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PROPHECY 



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Let Us Awake! ! ! 



■By REV. A. D. CASHMAN- 



-Winona Lake, Ind. 



The prophetic Word tells of four 
great confederacies of nations that 
will be in existence as we approach 
the end of the "times of the Gen- 
tiles."' In relation to the land of 
Palestine, these are spoken of as the 
king of the North, the king of the 
South, the kings of the East, and 
Daniel's 10 - kingdom confederacy 
from counti'ies making up the terri- 
tory- under the old Roman Empire. 

The reader is invited to read Dan- 
iel chapters 2 and 7 and discover the 
fact that Daniel saw the Medes and 
Persians overthrow Babylon (also 
see Dan. 5:28 and 8:20-21); Grecia 
conquered them only to be succeeded 
by a fourth world power which we 
know to be Rome. The Roman Em- 
pire was divided in A. D. 364 into 
the eastern and western parts, but 
never existed as 10 kingdoms. Since 
Daniel saw the fourth world power 
in existence when the Lord Jesus 
Christ returns (Dan. 2:44-45) it is 
evident that there will be something 
startling develop in this area around 
the Mediterranean Sea, and in west- 
ern Europe. 

The king of the South is already 
in evidence. A few months ago the 
western world was surprised to see 
Egypt stand up against Great Britain 
over something they did not like. 
There has been a great awakening in 
Egypt and Ethiopia in recent years 
and a powerful army is in the mak- 
ing. No one is in doubt about the 
reality of the northern power de- 
scribed in Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 
39. Daniel saw that in the endtime 
the king of the South would push at 
the willful king of the revived Ro- 
man Empire. This will arouse the 
king of the North, who will descend 
on the king of the South as a whirl- 
wind, pass over into his land, and 
overthrow many countries. Edom 



and Moab will escape, but not Egypt 
(Dan. 11:39-42). 

In the Book of Revelation, John 
tells how the kings of the east will 
march upon the dried-up river bed 
of the Euphrates during the last half 
of the tribulation period to engage 
in a great battle (Rev. 16:12). ^The 
world was ainazed at the power of 
the Japanese in World War II. And 
we know only too well of the devel- 
opments in China, especially since it 
has gone Communistic. 




Rev. A. D. Cashman 

Yes, three of the great confeder- 
acies are in evidence today, but what 
of the 10-kingdom confederacy of 
the revived Roman Empire foretold 
by Daniel? In the November issue 
of the U. S. News and World Report, 
there is displayed on the front cover 
these words: -'COMING— A UNITED 
STATES OF EUROPE." In this mag- 
azine there is recorded an exclusive 
interview with Paul Reynaud, vice 
premier of France, discussing the 
European Defense Community or the 
United States of Europe. Reynaud 
says that a constitution has been 
drafted and is now being examined 
by six governments. These are 
named as France. (Western) Ger- 
many, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and 
Luxembourg. When he was asked if 



he thought the "United States of Eu- 
rope" would be a reality by the end 
of 1954, he said, "I hope it will not 
come far from the beginning of next 
year." Then there follow five pages 
of the most enlightening information 
from this interview. 

Until now. the prospects of a 10- 
kingdom confederacy making up the 
territory of the old Roman Empire 
seemed remote. There seemed to be 
a possibility under Mussolini, but we 
know that his plans did not material- 
ize. But God's plans never fail. 
Should the United States of Europe 
materialize, how quickly could the 
little horn of Daniel's beast, the 
coming Antichrist, present himself to 
these European countries and con- 
trol their armies and fulfill the un- 
erring Word of God. 

If the church is to be raptured 
seven years before the Battle of 
Armageddon, we may have only a 
short time to do business for our 
Lord in this dispensation. Let us 
awake out of sleep, invest heavily in 
the soul-saving work God has en- 
trusted to the Brethren Church. Let 
us get the Gospel out and save as 
many as possible from the terrible 
judgments of the tribulation period 
we have been studying about in our 
Sunday-school lessons. Let us not 
permit the demands of the flesh and 
the comforts of this life to curtail our 
investments for eternity. Let us not 
fail to warn those who are still out 
of the fold of safety. 



FOUR 



'P's" THAT WILL BLESS THE 
CHURCH 



1. Prayers — that the work prosper. 

2. Personal interest in all her work. 

3. Presence at all her services. 

4. Purse — providing for all her needs. 
— Selected. 



January 16, 7954 



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THE PASTOR AND 
DOOR-TO-DOOR EVANGELISM 



It may be a trite saying that the 
homegoing pastor makes a church- 
going people, but the fact remains 
that it is a true saying. No pastor is 
a true pastor who does very Httle 
homegoing among those who Hve in 
the community of his church. 

There are several ways of doing 
pastoral door-to-door evangelism. 
The first way is to provide yourself 
with literature consisting of an at- 
tractive church advertiseinent giving 
the location of the church and the 
tiines of the regular services, and a 
gospel tract or pamphlet. Supplied 
with these, the pastor goes forth to 
knock at the doors of the people 
living in his cominunity. It is not 
his purpose to enter the home, but to 
knock at the door, give the litei'ature 
to the one answering the door, find 
out if they have church affiliations, 
and give them an invitation to visit 
your church. Many times this is a 
means of engaging the one at the 
door in conversation concerning his 
relation to the Lord. Even if we 
only push the literature under the 
door of the house and go on, we have 
done much to inake the occupants of 
the house think of their responsibil- 
ity. 

Now you can be sure that some of 
these people will at some time enter 
your church to visit, and an instruct- 
ed usher band will get the name and 
address of the visitor. This list of 
visitors will become a precious call- 
ing list to the pastor. If a person 
has been interested enough to visit 
your church you should be inter- 
ested enough to call in the home. 
This visit to the church constitutes 
an invitation for your visit in the 
home. You will always get in, and 
when inside there is always the op- 
portunity for evangelism first-hand, 
face to face without interruption. 

A second method of door-to-door 
evangelism takes the form of a com- 



munity canvass in which you enter 
the home with the expressed purpose 
of finding out the spu-itual status of 
the family, and also to find out who 
all live under the roof of the home. 
With this method you will secure the 
names of the parents, and the names 
and ages of the children. Taking 
this information back to the Sunday- 



By REV. C. S. ZIMMERMAN 




Pastor, Patterson Park Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio 



school organization for their follow- 
up will set in motion a chain of 
evangelistic effort that is bound to 
produce results for our Lord. In 
this canvass you have opportunity of 
spending time with the occupants of 
the house, finding out their habits, 
their employment, and many times 
on the first contact you will find out 
their problems and heartaches. This 
is a inuch slower method than the 
first, but surely ought to follow the 
first. 

The third method is the pastor go- 
ing into the homes of those who are 
regular attenders of his church. 
There is nothing that binds a con- 



gregation to its pastor more securely 
than his calling in the home. This 
should not be a three-minute call, 
but the length of time being deter- 
mined by the circumstances. You 
have the opportunity of becoming 
more intimately acquainted with 
your congregation, knowing their 
joys, their sorrows, their problems. 
You find out where the breadwinner 
works, how the children are getting 
on in school. You learn their habits 
as well as their hobbies. Out of 
these visits arise the circumstances 
in which the pastor can deal with 
the members of the household about 
their relation to Christ, both in the 
matter of salvation and then in the 
matter of their Christian living in 
the home and outside the home. 

Right now we here in Patterson 
Park, Dayton, Ohio, are carrying on 
an intense "invitation" campaign re- 
sulting in many of the community 
visiting our services. The names of 
these people have been secured, and 
the follow-up work is going on. We 
have added many names to our Sun- 
day-school list, and the door will 
now be open for the pastor or an- 
other worker to enter the homes of 
these visitors with the Gospel. They 
will be glad for our interest in them. 
Not all of these families will be 
reached for our church, but we will 
have had a part in helping them 
along in life and in preparation for 
entrance into the full joy of the Lord. 

Evangelisin is more than just giv- 
ing the good news about salvation. 
That is the first part, but the second 
part is giving the good news about 
living this life in preparation for that 
bountiful life in the presence of 
Christ. No pastor who is truly a 
pastor will ever forget that his task j 
and that of the chui-ch is to shape 
the eternal destiny of souls accord- 
ing to the Word of God, and hence 
will evangelize door to door. 



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Did you ever attend a daily vaca- 
tion Bible school in November? I 
doubt it, because there in the States 
most of you boys and girls are at- 
tending school again in November, 
aren't you? Well, here in Brazil the 
boys and girls have vacation from 
October to February, and so in Ma- 
capa we have our vacation Bible 
school for them in November. We 
call it Escola Bihlica in Portuguese. 

We told all of the boys and girls 
in our Sunday school about this 
special school that we were going to 
have and then they told all of their 
friends to come. This was to be a 
school where you didn't have to 
study any books and it didn't cost 
anything to attend. You know why? 
Well, we use the Bible for all of our 
lessons and then give away papers 
to be colored, on which are Bible 
verses to be memorized. Then the 
last day they received little bags of 
candy. 

Our Bible school started every aft- 
ernoon at 3 o'clock and lasted till 5. 
The first afternoon we had about 50 
boys and girls and most of them 
were new to us. But it didn't take 
us long to get acquainted and soon 
they ■were learning some of the same 
choruses that you know. One that 



they learned real well was "A Porta 
e uma So." You know what that is? 
It's "One Door and Only One." This 
chorus is talking about the door to 
salvation, and those who are saved 
are on the inside and those who 
haven't accepted Christ as their Sav- 
iour are still on the outside. Of 




Daily vacation Bihle school, Ma- 
capa, Brazil, Noveviher 1953. 

course we invited all of the children 
to accept Christ as their Saviour, as 
this was the purpose of our Bible 
school. 

After singing choruses we divided 
the children into two classes. One 
class was for the older ones and the 
other class for the younger children. 
Two young Brazilian girls taught the 



classes for us. They studied stories 
from the Bible about Daniel in the 
lions' den and also about the Apostle 
Paul when he was saved on the road 
to Damascus. Then too we had the 
story about the wordless book. Did 
you ever hear about this book with- 
out any words? That ought to be 
easy to read, don't you think? I'm 
sure that all of you know about this 
book. Each page is a different color 
and these different colors tell the 
wonderful story about Jesus and 
how He came to die for us on the 
cross. And everyone that accepts 
Jesus as his Saviour gets a new clean 
heart to take the place of the one 
that was full of sin. Everyone likes 
this story. If you have never heard 
it, ask your teacher to tell you about 
this wonderful book without words. 
On Friday night we had a special 
meeting and invited all of the chil- 
dren to bring their mothers and 
fathers to attend. We had over 100 
at this meeting and the boys and 
girls sang choruses with motions and 
said the verses that they had mem- 
orized. Afterward we showed pic- 
tures (slides) and then each child 
that attended regularly received a 
certificate. Wouldn't you like to at- 
tend a Bible school in our church? 



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NEWS 





CHURCHES 



(Items in this column are compiled from re- 
ports of pastors and evangelists.) 



Allentown, Pa. 

We wish to first praise our won- 
derful Lord for His blessings upon 
the work here at Allentown. Rev. 
Clyde Landrum, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Uniontown. Pa., 
was the evangelist for our meeting 
Nov. 1-8. Two weeks of prayer and 
visitation were held leading up to 
the meeting. 

A very fine spirit prevailed during 
the meeting, and the work was 
greatly helped and strengthened. 
Ten public decisions were made, five 
of them being first-time confessions. 
Three have been baptized and taken 
into the membership of the church. — 
WilUain Gray, pastor. 



There was a real spirit of expect- 
ancy among the Allentown people 
during this meeting, the result of 
prayer and visitation which pre- 
ceded the meeting. Praise the Lord 
for the fine spirit of cooperation and 
fellowship among the congregation. 
Praise the Lord for real revival. — 
Clyde K. Landrum, evangelist. 

Uniontown, Pa. 

Rev. R. I. Humberd conducted a 
four-day Bible conference here Dec. 
6-9. The messages of Brother Huin- 
berd were well-received and greatly 
blessed our people. There were two 
first-time decisions for Christ. There 
were new people from the commu- 
nity at every service. — Clyde K. 
Landrum, pastor. 

Berrien Springs, Mich. 

The most outstanding thing ac- 
complished in this meeting was the 
uniting of the people and the pastor 
in the work of winning souls. Our 
evangelist, Bro. R. Paul Miller, left 
me with a corps of workers (Cru- 
saders) who are willing to sacrifice 
their time and comfort to go out and 
win the lost for Christ. 

God moved in a wonderful way to 
bring three complete families to him- 
self. A total of nine confessions of 
Christ as Saviour were made, and 



these were baptized Dec. 6. Besides 
this, nearly the whole membership 
(active) of our church renewed their 
faith in Christ in a public way. These 
numbered 12 in all. In another year, 
if this team can return, we should 
have a real harvest of souls. — Robert 
W. Markley, pastor. 



Berrien Springs, Mich., will know 
that there is one group of Christians 
in town who care about the souls of 
men. The pastor. Bob Markley, is a 
humble, capable, sacrificing pastor 
and soul -winner. The church has 
been paying his rent, but he has 
earned the rest of his income in 
other ways. God is honoring his 
spirit. Bei-rien Springs is definitely 
growing today under the blessing of 
God. — R. Paid Miller, evangelist. 

New Troy, Mich. 

Team One of the Evangelistic Cru- 
sade finished a two-week campaign 
with a real manifestation of the 
moving of His Spirit in both His 
people and in the community among 
the lost. We can never represent in 
figures the victories that were won 
for Christ and His work in this field. 
The prayer rooin was filled every 
night with inen and women praying 
for themselves, each other, and the 
lost. As a result there were 58 reg- 
istered decisions for Christ, many of 
w h i c h were first-time decisions. 
There were 11 baptized and 16 taken 
into the membership of the church, 
the majority of which were young 
married couples. — Richard Jackson, 
pastor. 



This is the fourth campaign the 
Lord has permitted me to hold in 
New Troy. In many ways it was the 
best. An excellent group of "Cru- 
saders" was formed who are dedi- 
cated to reaching this entire com- 
munity in visitation. Bro. Richard 
Jackson, the pastor, is doing an un- 
usual work of unifying and building 
up the congregation. One high spot 
in this campaign is the way this 
church not only paid all their cost of 
revival, but gave $250 toward help- 
ing other struggling churches in the 
Michigan District to have effective 
revival such as this. — R. Paul Miller. 
eva7igelist. 

Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Only one week of meetings with 
Team One is hardly time to experi- 
ence any results, but we felt that it 
would be a time of revival for the 



church and get them ready for a 
great meeting in April. We have 
had real spiritual blessing in this 
short meeting and feel that it was of 
the Lord that we were able to have 
Team One. 

We did not have many outward 
decisions, but the time being so short 
we feel that the ones we had made 
the ineeting worth while. It has 
done our hearts good to see some of 
our own members get behind the 
work with their whole hearts. We 
had four come out for rededication 
and three accepted the Lord for the 
first time. 

We are praying for a great harvest 
of souls in April, the Lord tarrying, 
when the team will return for two 
weeks. — Robert Griffith, pastor. 

Spokane, Wash. 

The Sunday night of December 13 
concluded a special emphasis on 
evangelism and revival in the First 
Brethren Church, Spokane, Wash., 
with Evangelist "Bob" Ashman. 

The visible results of the two- 
week meeting were 28 first-time de- 
cisions from the Happy Hour chil- 
dren, many of whom attend other 
Sunday schools. Sixteen adults re- 
dedicated their lives and three adults 
are entering our membership from 
other churches, two by transfer from 
the Melrose Gardens Brethren 
Church, Harrisburg, Pa., and one 
from a local Baptist church. 

We hope to realize no less than a 
dozen new members from the results 
of this meeting. 

Brother Ashman was faithful in 
preaching the Word and very effec- 
tively by his "gospel illustrations" 
which he presented in three high 
schools and twice as a guest over a 
local TV station. This was Brother 
Ashman's second meeting in less 
than nine months in this church. — 
Wm. H. Schaffer, pastor. 

Jenners, Pa. 

The Jenners Brethren Church is 
moving ahead for the Loi-d. In No- 
vember the church took on a new 
face with a beautiful variegated 
shade of brick veneer. This new 
mission church is paying for the 
project, and at the present time is 
rejoicing in the fact that only a small 
amount is owed on the total job. 

At the Christmas program a tree 
was decorated with gifts toward the 
brick veneer. A total of $351 was 
received. Other large offerings have 
been raised during the fall which 



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have made possible the great vic- 
tory of the completion of the brick 
work. 

Pray vi/ith us that God will con- 
tinue to bless and that soon we will 
be able to begin on our upper audi- 
torium and finish it for the glory of 
our Lord. — Victor S. Rogers, pastor. 

Clayton, Ohio . 

Our most recent meeting was con- 
ducted at Clayton, Ohio, December 
6-13. This campaign was packed 
with the power of God at every 
service. The average attendance for 
the eight days was 117, with 194 at 
the Sunday-night service (this broke 
the previous high attendance rec- 
ord). 

Bro. Clair Brickel, the pastor of 
the church, led the singing and ar- 
ranged for excellent special music at 
each service. At one service the 
Gospel Mariners, a featured tele- 
vision quartet, gave a 20-minute 
program of gospel music. 

There were five public decisions 
made: four for salvation and one for 
rededication. 

We praise God for the testimony 
of this church. — Bill Sviith, evange- 
list. 

North English, Iowa 

The Pleasant Grove Church has 
experienced a genuine revival. It 
was our privilege to have Crusade 
Team Two to conduct a two-week 
meeting in our midst. God used all 
three members of the team in a 
mighty way in song, music, and 
preaching. The convicting power of 
the Holy Spirit was evidenced in 
every service. There were 29 deci- 
sions for Christ, 9 of which were 
first-time confessions of faith. Then, 
too, we believe that many victories 
were won in the hearts of many, 
though they were not made known 
publicly. Praise God, both pastor 
and people have had an awakening 
here at Pleasant Grove. — Clarence 
H. Lackey, pastor. 

Buena Vista, Va. 

We thank the Lord for the blessed 
revival meeting at Buena Vista No- 
vember 3-15. The interest during 
the two weeks proved that God was 
working at every service. We shall 
never forget the prayer meetings 
prior to each service — the men, the 
ladies, and the boys' club all met in 
separate groups each evening. 

Bro. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor of 

January 16, 1954 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 


Church 


Date 


Pastor 


Speaker 


Dallas Center, la. 


Jan. 3-17 


. True Hunt 


■ Crusade No. 2. 


York, Pa 


Jan. 3-17 


. Gerald Polman 


. Crusade No. 1. 


Altoona, Pa 


Jan. 10-15 


. Mark Malles. . 


. Miles Taber. 


Covington, Ohio.. 


Jan. 17-31 


. James Young. 


. Bill Smith. 


Chambersb'rg, Pa 








(Pond Bank) . . . 


Jan. 18-31 


. William Wiles. 


. Crusade No. 1. 


Cedar Rapids. la. . 


Jan. 19-31 


. Richard Grant 


. Crusade No. 2. 


Seattle, Wash 


Jan. 20 


. Tom Hammers 


. R. I. Humberd. 


Sunnyside, Wash. 


Jan. 24-29 


. Harold Painter 


. R. L Humberd. 


Portland, Oreg. .. 


Jan. 31-Feb. 3.. 


. Vernon Harris 


. R. I. Humberd. 


Taos, N. Mex 


Feb. 7-14 


. Sara Horney . . 


. Bill Smith. 


Dayton, Ohio 


Feb. 14-28.... 


. C. S. Zimmerm 


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Berne, Ind 


Feb. 2-21 


. Ord Gehman. . 


. Crusade No. 2. 


Roanoke, Va 


Feb. 7-21 


. R. E. A. Miller 


. Crusade No. 1. 


Tracy, Calif 


Feb. 14-17.... 


. Wm. Clough. . 


. R. I. Humberd. 


Portland, Oreg... 


Feb. 15-28.... 


. Vernon Harris 


. Michael Walsh. 


Glendale, Calif... 


Feb. 21 


. Chas. Und'rwood R. I. Humberd. 


San Bernardino, 








Calif 


Feb. 23-26.... 


. Lyle Marvin . . 


. R. I. Humberd. 



the church, led the singing, and Mrs. 
Lingenfelter played the piano, both 
of which added greatly to the meet- 
ings. 

It was a pleasant surprise at one 
service to have nine carloads from 
Roanoke, Va., Clearbrook church, 
which is almost 60 miles away. 

There were 10 public decisions 
during the campaign — 1 fii'st-time 
confession and 9 rededications. 

We praise God for this meeting 
and for the spirit of revival in the 
church. — Bill Smith, evangelist. 

Alexandria, Va. 

From November 16 to 29 the Com- 
monwealth Avenue Brethren Church 
experienced a revival long to be re- 
membered. The keen interest from 
the beginning was an evidence that 
the Lord was going to bless. 

There were 19 decisions made dur- 
ing the two weeks — 7 for salvation 
and 8 for rededication — 4 of whom 
joined the church. There was a 
baptismal service the last night of 
the campaign, with five candidates 
being baptized. — Bill Smith, evan- 
gelist. 

Dayton, Ohio 

Oct. 25 -Nov. 8 were very precious 
weeks as we were engaged in an 
evangelistic campaign in the First 
Brethi-en Church. It was a real joy 
to team up with Rev. Wm. Steffler, 
who is greatly beloved by his people. 

Thorough preparation had been 



made for the meetings. The church 
was united for the task. The Holy 
Spirit was present in power. There 
were public decisions made in every 
service but one. There were 41 first- 
time confessions and 100 reaffirma- 
tions. We give thanks to the Lord 
for the many who came in tears. 

This was the writer's fifth meeting 
in this church. We are expecting 
greater victories at Dayton when the 
church is moved to the new location. 
— Archie L. Lynn, evangelist. 



WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS 

One cold winter afternoon the 
philosopher, Thomas Carlyle, was 
sitting before the open fireplace in 
his library. The door opened and 
the new pastor of the local church 
entered the room. After Carlyle and 
the young minister had visited for a 
few minutes, the young man asked 
the great philosopher, "What do you 
think the parish needs most?" Car- 
lyle, without any hesitancy, replied, 
"What this parish needs is a man 
who knows God otherwise than by 
hearsay?" And that is a pressing 
need in the whole world today! — 
Long Beach Bulletin. 



ANOTHER SWITCH NEEDED 

Everything in the modern home 
is controlled by switches except the 
children. — Siinday School Times. 

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MRS. ROSA CAPRON, 65, was 
called home to her Lord Monday, 
December 7, 1953. Mrs. Capron and 
her husband, Harvey Capron, were 
faithful members of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Whittier, Calif., for 
many years, while rearing their fam- 
ily in that city. She with her hus- 
band moved to Escalon, Calif., near 
the home of their daughter, Mrs. 
Mildred Vaughn, in April 1953 and 
were received into the membership 
of the Brethren Christian Center, 
Modesto, Calif., where her fellowship 
was enjoyed until the time of her 
homegoing. — Raymond W. Thomp- 
son, pastor. 

MRS. ROBERT (NELLIE) SIGG 
died at her home Nov. 29. Mrs. Sigg 
had served for many years as a dea- 
coness in the First Brethren Church 
of Johnstown, Pa., and will be great- 
ly missed. — Dr. W. A. Ogden, pastor. 

MRS. MOLLIE COY, 82, died at 
the home of her son near Greens- 
burg, Pa., Dec. 3. Sister Coy was a 
member of the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pa., for many 
years. One daughter, Mrs. Fred 
Thomas, is a member of this church. 
— Dr. W. A. Ogden, pastor. 

MRS. MINNIE KREITER depart- 
ed to be with the Lord on Dec. 7. 
She was a charter member of the 
First Brethren Church of Whittier, 
Calif., and was a deaconess for many 
years. — Lewis Hohenstein, pastor. 



Names appear in this column only when 
sent in by pastor. 



MR. CRAWFORD A. PARKS was 
called home to be with the Lord on 
Dec. 13. Having attended the morn- 
ning worship service, he returned 
home and died at 3:20 p. m. — Dr. W. 
A. Ogden, pastor. 

MR. JAMES PERRY accepted 
Christ as his Saviour just a few days 
before his death on Dec. 10. — Paul E. 
Dick, pastor. 

ELAINE SCOTT, five-year-old 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, 
went to be with the Lord on Dec. 20. 
Rev. John Neely officiated. — John M. 
Aeby pastor. 

MR. MAURICE THOMPSON de- 
parted to be with the Lord Dec. 15. 
He had had a very serious heart ail- 
ment for some years and died while 
being treated at the Veterans Ad- 
ministration Hospital. 

Brother Thompson had been a 
faithful member of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Long Beach from 1937 
to 1946, when he transferred his 
membership to another Brethren 
church. But in 1948 he returned his 
membership to Fifth and Cherry. 

His fervent testimony as to his 
love for Christ will stand out in the 
memory of his many friends. He 
was a veteran of the Spanish-Amer- 
ican War and of World War I. While 
in the hospital he was free to let 
other men know of his confidence 
and faith in Christ as his Saviour 
and Lord. — Dr. C. W. Mayes, pastor. 



SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT 



"THE CROSS is not a compromise, 
but a substitution; not a cancellation, 
but a satisfaction; not a wiping of?, 
but a wiping out in blood and agony 
and death." — Dr. W. C. Robinson. 



that does the most kicking is usually 
the fellow that "hasn't a leg to stand 
on"? — Long Beach Bulletin. 



TIME to me is so precious that 
with great difficulty can I steal one 
hour in eight days, either to satisfy 
myself or to gratify my friends. — 
John Knox. 



ISN'T it strange that the fellow 



THE BIBLE is a corridor between 
two eternities down which walks the 
Christ of God. His invisible steps 
echo through the Old Testament, but 
we meet Him face to face in the 
throne room of the New; and it is 
through Chi'ist alone, crucified for 
me, that I have found forgiveness of 
sins and life eternal. — The Dawn. 

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EDITORIALS 



By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President 



Are You Cultured? 

Dr. Albert Edward Wiggam, well-known psychologist 
and columnist, quotes John Powys as saying that you 
are "not cultured unless you treat every human being 
as of deep and startling interest." Dr. Wiggam goes on 
to comment, "You may think of him merely as a bellboy, 
or executive, or bishop, but that doesn't tell you what he 
really is. You must look deeper." Yes, Dr. Wiggam, 
that is an interesting statement! But, if there is anyone 
in this world who should be interested above all others 
in what men about him really are — if there is anyone 
who should "treat every human being as of deep and 
startling interest" — that man is the Christian. He should 
be vitally concerned for the welfare and eternal destiny 
of every soul about him. Yet, how many are? If the 
number of Christian people who are really bearing their 
testimony to those about them is any indication, few are 
concerned. If the number of unsaved people who are 
being brought out to the services to hear the Gospel each 
week is any indication, few are interested. Considering 
the indifference on the pai't of so many Christian people 
today toward the matter of personal soul-winning, we 
may do well on the basis of Mr. Powys' statement to ask 
how many are even cultured! 



Those Who Tarry by the Stuff 

Did your church set a goal for offerings to be received 
during Decembei- and January for the ministry of Grace 
Theological Seminary and College? Is it greater than 
last year? Our school has been growing and every year 
is preparing a larger number of young people to serve 
Christ throughout the world. The school's need for 
funds this year is greater than ever before. If you have 
not made your gift to the annual offering, do so immedi- 
ately. It will be an investment in the life of one who can 
go into the ministry or the mission field for you. Then 
in the day of Christ's appearing you will share equally 
in the reward, for the principle was divinely set forth 
many centuries ago: "As his part is that goeth clown to 
the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: 
they shall part alike" (I Sam. 30:24). 



The Relation of Little Gifts to Large Ones 

The seminary editor's family has for many years been 
intimately acquainted with one of America's best-known 
radio preachers. The cost of his broadcast runs into 
thousands of dollars each week. Once in my presence 
this man of God was asked if the financial burden of his 
broadcast was carried by several who were contributing 
large gifts regularly to the work. I was somewhat sur- 
prised to learn that the overwhelming majority of the 
gifts that paid for the broadcast amounted to a dollar or 



a little more. Many little gifts have a way of becoming 
large amounts, and it is upon this principle that the 
seminary's Monthly Finance Plan has been established. 
Do you have a set of the envelopes for 1954? Will you 
plan this year to give something each month, even 
though the amount of your monthly gift may be small? 
Gcd has blessed the Monthly Finance Plan, and He will 
continue to supply the needs at Grace through your 
faithfulness. 



The Price of an Ordinary Sandwich 

Recently -your editor served as a chaperon for three 
couples from the college division of the school who went 
to see a game of ice hockey. The game and the task of 
being chaperon were both a pleasant experience, but it 
is not iny purpose here to elaborate upon either. I was 
inore impressed by something that followed the game. 
On the way home the group stopped for a bite to eat, 
and in conforinity with the usual college custom of the 
day I ordered a hamburger sandwich and a malted milk. 
Both proved to be VERY ordinary. The so-called malt 
was little more than some sort of a inixture of tiny 
bubbles, most of which vanished in the mouth before 
they could be swallowed. The hamburger was but a 
mere speck of meat carefully hidden between the two 
slices of a bun. Those who know the editor can prob- 
ably best imagine the measure of his disappointment. 
But, strange as it may seem, as I left the place my 
thoughts were not so much upon either the malted milk 
or the sandwich as they were upon something else. Each 
had cost the young people who paid for my check the 
sum of 25c. As I rode on to Winona Lake, the thought 
occurred to me: "Twenty-five cents! The price of an 
ordinary sandwich! This is the amount we are asking 
the people of the Brethren Church to give each week for 
the entire educational program of our National Fellow- 
ship." Yes, because many are not giving this much (25c 
a week or $1 a month), inany have been obliged to give 
more, and how we do praise God for them! Are you 
willing to give the price of an ordinary sandwich each 
week to prepare young men and women for Christian 
service? Think it over. Pray about it. 



Notice to Pastors, Financial Secretaries, or Treasurers 

If your church has failed to receive any of the sup- 
plies you ordered, whether annual offering envelopes, 
monthly plan packets of envelopes, bulletin covers, or 
letters, please notify us immediately. The mails during 
December were extremely heavy, and we have already 
learned that a shipment to one of our larger churches 
became lost, and another bundle was torn to pieces by 
accident. Let us know if you need more supplies; they 
will be on their way to you by return mail. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind.. under 
th= act or 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: Walter'Lepp. president; Robert D. Crees, vice president; Clyde Balyo, secre- 
tary: Ord Gehman, treasurer; Brvson Fetters, member-at-large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt. S. W. Link. Mark Malles. William 
Sehaffer, Robert E. A. Miller. 



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Jail Visitation 
Bears Fruit 

By Eva Godfrey and Rosella Cochran 



Again we have seen the wonderful work of our infi- 
nite God in reaching out to men and women and saving 
them by His grace. 

Last November the men in charge of the visitation 
work at the Warsaw County Jail asked us to visit a 
woman who was being detained in connection with the 
death of her husband. As we talked with her, she told 
us she was a Christian and had been a church member 
since she was 15 years of age. We left some tracts and 
a booklet with her and promised to visit again. How- 
ever, we did not feel certain of her salvation, and many 
of our friends continued to pray with us concerning this. 
During that week God spoke to her through His Word, 
convicting her of the necessity for a personal relation- 
ship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and Mrs. Mildred Miller 
became a "new creature" in Him. 

Realizing her own inability to cope with her present 
situation, she allowed the Lord to have control of her 
life and God, in His faithfulness, fully met her need. 
She studied the Word diligently, and God gave her 
understanding concerning His great truths. In order 
that her experiences might be based on fact as well as 
feeling, we made use of our excellent course in Romans, 
and taught her the basic truths of sin, justification, and 
sanctification. 

Since our God is able to help at all times, she received 
strength through the grueling days of the trial, even to 
the point of going to the witness stand and undergoing 
cross-examination which is not required by law. Through 
it all, God gave her assurance that His way was best, 
and she accepted the verdict of guilty of voluntary 
manslaughter, with the sentence of 2-21 years in prison. 



I FOUND FREEDOM IN PRISON 

By Mildred Miller 

I had always believed in God and believed that Jesus 
was crucified on the cross. But it wasn't until I came to 
know Jesus as my own personal Saviour that I under- 
stood why He was crucified. It took a sudden and un- 
believable tragedy in my life to make me realize the 
true meaning of the grace of God — to know we are saved 
by that grace, and that salvation is dependent upon 
nothing we do but is rather a gift of God. 

I had reached the point of utter despair and knew no 
one nor anything could help me. In the agony of my 
soul I cried out, "My God, my God, I am lost, and I can 
no longer go on! Come now and take me just as I am." 

That is when I met Jesus Chi'ist for the fii-st time as 
a personal living friend — One who could take my trou- 
bles and sorrow and give me a new mind and a new life. 
I know now that there can be no fear in the future for 
me because I am in Christ Jesus. 




Miss Cochran (left) and Miss Godfrey (right) study 
the Bible with Mrs. Miller in the Warsaiu jail. 

as God's will for her life, realizing that all things work 
together for good. 

We learned many lessons from this experience, but the 
main one was this — God, in mercy, will save the one who 
comes to Him recognizing his need of a Saviour when 
the Word is given forth and supported by prayer. But 
we who give forth must recognize our dependence on 
Him. 

Romans 8:28 is true, for some of Mrs. Miller's family 
were also saved through this experience and all will 
testify that the Lord seems inore real than ever before. 
We believe that God has much in store for her in the 
study of His Word and witnessing to those in need about 
her. Pray that she will continue to rest upon God's 
sustaining power and guidance. 




OUR COVER PICTURE 

Several months ago pictures of the students eni-olling 
in the college division of Grace Seminary appeared in 
the Herald. This inonth we present the pictures of 40 
students who last September en- 
rolled in the seminary division as 
members of the Junior (i. e., first- 
year) Class. Three should be 
added to the group: Randall May- 
cumber and Raymond Thoman, 
whose pictures were not available, 
and Walter McCoy, whose picture 
you see here. The 40 whose pic- 
tures appear on the cover are, 
from left to right: First row — 
Arlie Andrews, Bruce Baker, 
Robert Brackett, Perry Britton, 
Edward Clark. Second row — Richard Coe, Brooks Daw- 
son, John Evans, Max Fluke, David Frettinger. Third 
row — William Frettinger, John Gallagher, Eva Godfrey, 
Roy Hendershot, Dale Henry. Fourth row — Adrian 
Jeflers. Charles Johnson, Nickolas Kurtaneck, Lois Lee, 
Donald Locke. Fifth row — Raymond Lucas. Gerald 
Manuel, Donald Matheny, Norman McVey, Genevieve 
Miner. Sixth row — Charles Noffsinger, Godfrey Parker, 
Richard Placeway, James Quigley, William Ritchey. 
Seventh row — Robert Robinson, Samuel Rochester, Nor- 
man Rohrer, George Rupp, Russell Schelling. Eighth 
row — Forrest Schuhs, Evelyn Schumacher, Grant Shat- 
tuck, Arnold Stover, Robert Zimmer. 

These young men and women are just a part of an 
investment in lives which is being made by the members 
of the Brethren Church. Pray for them. 



Walter McCoy 



January 23, 1954 



51 



A COMPARATIVE STUDY IN STATISTICS 



By Cr. Alva J. McClain 



About 15 years ago the Brethren churches in this 
country divided into two separate national conferences 
over issues of naodernism, worldliness, legalism, and 
interference with congregational government. One group 
of churches took their conference to Ashland, Ohio, the 
location of Ashland College, which they supported. The 
other group of churches, composed largely of supporters 
of Grace Theological Seminary, continued their confer- 
ence at Winona Lake, Ind., where they had been meeting 
for nearly 50 years. The Ashland conference uses the 
name, "General Conference oj the Brethren Church." 



The Winona Lake conference, desiring to avoid confusion 
in the public mind, adopted the name, "National Fellow- 
ship oj Brethren Churches." Hereafter in this article I 
shall use the shortened names, "General Conference" 
and "National Fellowship." 

While reading recently the annual statistical reports 
issued and published by these respective conferences, it 
occurred to me that a comparison of the figures might 
be of interest to our readers. And since the statistician 
of the Ashland General Conference has reviewed the 
progress of his group for the 11 years from 1942 to 1953, I 
shall do the same for the Winona National Fellowship. 



FOR THE YEAR 1953 



CHURCHES AND ATTENDANCE 


GENERAL CONFERENCE 


NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 




109 
18,610 
7,658 
3,240 
8,797 
4,609 
included above 
1,236 


137 




20,828 




14,479 




9,489 




17,667 




9,264 




4,696 




4,646 






EXPENDITURES 


GENERAL CONFERENCE 


NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 




$507,645 

14,790 

73,073 

638,959 

35.50 


$1,279,000 


TT-vrancffil ictir- anrl Rifilpi ponferenpes 


44,838 




370,029 




1,780,029 




85.46 






MINISTERS AND MISSIONARIES 


GENERAL CONFERENCE 


NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 




85 

7 

74 


135 




84 




120 







"''Among the 109 churches reported by the Ashland Genei'al Conference there are included three which are 
affiliated with our own National Fellowship and pastored by our ministers. These are Johnstown First, Cone- 
mauoh, and Summit Mills — all in Pennsylvania. Our report of 137 churches includes only those affiliated with 
the National Fellowship. 



PROGRESS IN 11 YEARS 



From 1942 to 1953 the Ashland General Conference 
had a net gain of 12 churches and 740 members. In the 
same time the Winona National Fellowship reported a 
net gain of 60 churches and 5,071 members. All 60 
churches have been founded since the division. 

From 1942 to 1953 the Ashland General Conference 
reported an increase in total expenditures from $208,291 
to $638,959, an increase per member from $12.55 to $35.50. 



In the saine time the Winona National Fellowship re- 
ported an increase in total expenditures from $459,262 to 
$1,780,029, an increase per member from $29.10 to $85.46. 

Perhaps the most fitting comment on all these figures 
is that, although we have many reasons to thank God 
for His undeserved blessings, there is little here for any- 
one to boast about. Let us determine by the grace of 
God to do better next year. 



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As the Pastor Sees 7 




By Herman W. Koontz, Pastor, Winona Lake Brethren Church 



Grace Students Worship 

The second class period of the morning is over. Two 
hundred college and seminary students enter the beau- 
tiful chapel for the daily worship service. As all take 
their places a reverent attitude prevails. One never 
ceases to get a thrill as the students sing with feeling 
and enthusiasm such hymns as "Amazing Grace" and 
"To God Be the Glory." Every chapel period has its 
special spiritual blessings. Here the middler preaches 
his first sermon in a reverent church atmosphere. Out- 
standing church leaders present the missionary chal- 
lenge or some other phase of the work of the church. 
The faculty members take turns in presenting timely 
messages. Then there is the weekly chapel period for 
praise and prayer, and many are the testimonies of both 
student body and faculty to the fact that God does 
answer prayer. The Lord Jesus Christ is ever exalted 
in these services and the students are drawn day by daj' 
closer to Him. Grace students receive in the chapel 
services those spiritual needs and blessings that no sec- 
ular or liberal denominational school can ever give. 

Grace Students Study 

At the other end of the building from the chapel is the 
spacious library which stands for the intellectual re- 
quirements for Grace students even as the chapel stands 
for the spiritual needs and requirements. The future 
church leader must be mentally as well as spiritually 
equipped to hold his own before a well-trained but God- 
less world. Throughout the day and during evening 
hours students are in the library poring over their les- 
son assignments. The freshmen in the college are begin- 
ning to realize the demands that a school of this kind 
makes upon its students. Alongside of the fu'st-year 
students are the seminary seniors who are diligently 
working to complete the first draft of their critical mon- 
ographs before the deadline date. It is a critical time 
about the school when the seniors are writing their 
criticals. But this major piece of research into a portion 
of the Scripture to ascertain its true meaning, and to 
prove that this interpretation is the true one, is of great 
value to the students as one graduate of last spring tes- 
tified to the writer after he had been in the active min- 
istry for about six months. He said: "It would be good 
for every preacher, if he had the time, to prepare and 
write one critical every six months." His brief experi- 
ence in the ministry had shown him the value of such 
exacting and painstaking study of the Word of God. 
Grace Seminary is training men to defend and proclaim 
the "faith which was once delivered unto the saints." 

Grace Students Do Practical V/ork 

Over a period of more than four years the writer has 
seen a great expansion in the practical works department 
of the school. This putting into practice immediately 
what is learned in the school is as varied as the com- 
munity will permit. Nearly 30 students are pastors of 
churches. More and more the churches of this part of 
the State are recognizing the spiritual worth of Grace 



men and are calling them as student pastors. Work is 
being done weekly in Warsaw and Columbia City jails. 
Other jails are reached from time to time. Three hos- 
pitals and a nursing home have students visit them every 
week to do personal work from room to room. Street 
meetings are held when weather permits. Such a weekly 
meeting at a nearby town has developed into a church 
that will probably be organized into a Brethren church 




Pastor Koontz in his study just off the seminary chapel 
talks with Roy Clark, of Buffalo, N. Y. 

in the near future. Students are making door-to-door 
visitation efforts in Warsaw. Many have been reached 
in the same way in Winona Lake. In addition, students 
are teaching classes, leading singing in different churches, 
aiding in boys' clubs, teaching child evangelism classes, 
and working with churches in visitation programs. Hun- 
dreds of gospel tracts are given out in all of these efforts 
to reach people for Christ. 

By combining in its program the spiritual, the intel- 
lectual, and the practical, this Brethren institution is 
training for the church a leadership that will keep the 
denomination true to the Bible and lead it in a program 
of growth both at home and in the foreign field. Grace 
Seminary and College, therefore, should have your daily 
prayers and sacrificial gifts. 



THE CHURCH NEEDS A PURIFYING HOPE 

"The church, turning away from the blessed and puri- 
fying hope of the Lord's coming, is fast becoming the 
nexus of a confederation of social and dramatic clubs, a 
house of merchandise, and a bureau of ecclesiastical 
amusements, in competition with the playhouse. The 
oyster, the strawberry, and ice cream are employed as 
indispensable to the life of the church. Gay and giddy 
butterfly saints seem to join it as a purveyor of Juvenal 
drainatics and vaudeville. They seem to expect the 
church to be a merry-go-round, and want Christianity 
set to music and dancing. Many a church is celebrating 
and boasting that should be fasting, confessing, and 
praying." — E. P. Marvin. 



January 23, 1954 



53 



Christ's Decisive Knock 



By Benjamin A. Hamilton 



One rainy night an insurance agent called at a certain 
house. The man of the house was hesitant to answer. 
When he responded and found out who was calling, he 
angrily slammed the door. Foolish act, indeed, for the 
insurance representative simply wished to advise the 
man that an old, forgotten endowment policy had ma- 
tured. The agent called to present a sum of $1,000! Yet 
the man who ungraciously denied admission to the in- 
surance agent was not as foolish as the men and women 
and children who ignore Christ's knock at their heart. 

What About Christ's Knock? 

According to Jesus' words in Revelation 3:20, if any 
person will open his heart's door to Christ that man or 
woman can have complete and full fellowship with the 
Son of God. Not only that, whoever acknowledges 
Christ's knock can have communion with God, unmarred 
and unbroken. 

Men have a longing to know God. This yearning is 
sometimes expressed by means of idols — crude pictures 
of sinful man's conceptions of God. Sometimes this 
longing seeks gratification by giving huge sums of 
money to build libraries, hospitals, or help charities. 
Yet when Christ knocks at the heart of those people, 
they refuse to open their hearts to the only true Way to 
God — Jesus Christ. 

What Answering Christ's Knock Means 

As the insurance agent, mentioned before, would have 
given something greatly desired had he received a 



favorable response, so Christ will give what the human 
heart really desires when Jesus' knock is answered. 
What Christ will give is abiding fellowship with himself 
and God the Father. Eating is one of the most intimate 
manifestations of real fellowship known. Enemies will 
not sup together. 

If Christ's knock is answered, by swinging open the 
heart's door, you can have eternal life. This is obtained 
by belief in Jesus Christ who then cleanses with the 
blood shed at Calvary. For only Christ's blood takes 
away sin and its stain of guilt. Then supping with Jesus 
and feasting on the Word of God, you can have com- 
munion with God indeed. For then your fellowship is 
with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

Tlie Alternative to Answering Christ's Knock 

— is set forth in II Thessalonians 1:8-9. In verse 8 those 
"that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" are 
literally those who do not come in response to the knock 
of the Gospel on the heart's door. Then verse 9 states 
that such people will be punished by suffering a sentence 
of condemnation: "Everlasting destruction from the 
presence of the Lord." This is not a present prospect. 
But it is an absolute promise of what is the alternative 
for those who stubbornly ignore Christ's knock at their 
heart's door. Whether the Gospel of our Lord Jesus 
Christ comes to you by preaching or personal testimony, 
it is assuredly Christ knocking at your heart. Don't 
forever lose out! Answer Christ's decisive knock now. 
Swing open your heart's door! 



OUTLOOK FOR SECOND SEMESTER 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Registrar 



A look into the files of the registrar indicates that 
there will be a small increase in the enrollment at the 
seminary as the second semester begins on January 22. 
There are not usually very many students who desire 
to begin their work in the school in the middle of the 
year. It is not considered the best time in most cases 
because many of the courses that are taught are largely 
a continuation of that which has been taught the first 
semester. It is just a bit difRcult to break into the cur- 
riculum in the second semester. But it is by no means 
impossible, and some find it advantageous to do so. 

It appears at this writing that there will be 10 new 
students when the new semester opens, 7 in the college 
division and 3 in the seminary. If these come, it will 
enable us to maintain, and probably slightly increase, the 
record enrollment of 217 of the fall semester. As is 
usual, several of those who enrolled last fall had to 
leave school for reasons of health and otherwise, and 
one or two will be completing their work at the end of 
the first semester. So it is probable that we will have 
about the same enrollment the second semester as the 
first. Be watching these pages for a definite report after 
registration day. At any rate, we are assured of a won- 
derful student body for the spring semester. A tremen- 
dous responsibility rests upon the staff of the school to 



guide these young lives aright. We need the earnest 
prayers of all our readers that this responsibility inay 
be faithfully discharged. 



SEMINARY GIFTS FOR DECEMBER 1953 



Akron. Ohio 


$717.72 


Middlebranch, Ohio . . . 


$10.00 


Aleppo, Pa 


8.00 Mundy's Corner, Pa ... 


15.00 


Alto. Mich 


le.OOiNew Trov. Mich 


17.00 


Altoona. Pa. (Grace) . . 


7.00 
15.00 


Peru. Ind. 


21 00 


Ankenytown, Ohio . . . 


Portland. Oreg 


11.00 


Beaver Citv, Nebr 


24.00 
2.00 


Rittnian, Ohio 


27 00 


Berne. Ind 


San Diego, Calif 


40 05 




6.00 
73.00 


13.00 




South Bend. Ind 


42.00 


Cedar Rapids. Iowa. . . . 


20.00ISterling. Ohio 


28.00 


Clay Cily. Ind 


119.00 Temple City. Calif 


25.00 


Clayton, Ohio 


Sl.OOIUniontown, Pa 


14.00 


Covington. Va 


37.00|Washington, D. C. 




Dallas Center, Iowa . . . 


2.00 
15.00 


(Special) 


17.40 


Danville. Ohio 


Waterloo, Iowa 


138.15 


Dayton. Ohio (First) .. 


232.00, Waynesboro. Pa 


71.00 


Dayton, Ohio (Beth.) 


32.00 Whittier, Calif. (1st) ... 


5.00 


Dayton. Ohio (N. Riv.) 


129.25 Winchester, Va 


44.50 


Everett, Pa 


10.00 Winona Lake. Ind 


815,35 




46.00 


Winona Lake, Ind, (Spe- 
cial) 




Fort Wayne, Ind 


165.50 
96.00 


31.07 


Hagerstown, iVId 






Harrah, Wash 


16.00 Miscellaneous — 




Harrisbm-g, Pa 


14.05|Isolated Brethren 


175.00 




20.00 
11.00 




573.60 


Leon, Iowa 


Home Missions Council 


500.00 


Limestone. Tenn 


4.00 Winona Lake Brethren 




Los Angeles, Calif. (1) 


45.00 Church (bldg. maint.) 


500.00 


Martinsburg, Pa 

Meyersdale, Pa 






81.00 


Total 


$5,191.64 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



LUTHER ON THE LORD'S COMING 



GRACE ALUMNUS NOW A CHAPLAIN 



"Ah! loving God, defer not thy coming. I wait im- 
patiently the day when the spring shall return, when 
day and night shall be of equal length, and when Aurora 
shall be clear and bright. One day will come a thick 
black cloud out of which will issue three flashes of 
lightning, and a clap of thunder will be heard, and, in a 
moment, heaven and earth will be covered with confu- 
sion. The Lord be praised, who has taught us to sigh 
and yearn after that day. ... I hope that day is not far 
off. Christ says: 'At that time, ye shall scarcely find 
faith on the earth.' If we inake an account, we shall 
find that we have the Gospel now only in a corner. Asia 
and Africa have it not, the Gospel is not preached in 
Europe, in Greece, Italy, Hungary, Spain, France, Eng- 
land, or in Poland. And this little corner where it is. 
Saxony, will not hinder the coming of the last day of 
judgment. The predictions of the apocalypse are accom- 
plished already, as far as the white horse. The world 
cannot stand long, perhaps a hundred years at the out- 
side. 

"When the Turk begins to decline, then the last day 
will be at hand, for then the testimony of the Scripture 
must be verified. The loving Lord will come, as the 
Scripture says: 'For thus saith the Lord of Hosts, yet a 
little while and I will shake the heavens and the earth, 
and the sea and the dry land: and I will shake all na- 
tions, and the desire of all nations shall come.' At the 
last there will be great alteration and commotion; and 
already there are great commotions among men. Never 
had the man of law so much occupation as now. There 
are vehement dissensions in our families, and discord in 
the church." — Selected hy Dr. Homer A. Kent from 
Luther's Table-Talk, Sectmn 803. 






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Grace Seminary alumni enter varied fields of service 
around the world. After his graduation in May of 1950, 
Lee Jenkins served as pastor of the Lake Odessa, Mich., 
Brethren Church. Lee had served in the United States 
Marine Corps during World War II, and largely as a 
result of a burden upon his heart for souls of untouched 
men in the service, he felt led to enter the chaplaincy. 
Upon his acceptance, he once more entered the service 
of his country, this time, however, to bind up the hearts 
of men. The above picture was taken last spring and 
shows a group of chaplain students on a field trip con- 
ducted at the U. S. Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, 
Rhode Island. Brother Jenkins stands at the extreme 
riaiht. 



ROMAN CATHOLIC BLASPHEMY 

The Pope has declared the beginning of a Marianna 
year. This means that the year is intended particularly 
for the worship of the Virgin Mary. Along with this 
the Catholic Church has reemphasized its belief in the 
sinlessness of Mary notwithstanding Mary's own state- 
ment in the Magnificat, to which the Catholics claim 
such devotion; "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my 
spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour" (Luke 1:46-47). 
Why did she call Him "my Saviour" if she was sinless? 
A sinless person does not need a Saviour! Such Roman 
Catholic doctrine is nothing less than pagan blasphemy! 
Little wonder it is that where Rome holds sway, the 
people are kept in abject poverty and ignorance. — P. B. 



Which Version? 

A critical evaluation of the Revised 
Standard Version, by 11 members of 
the faculty of Grace Theological Sem- 
inary. Forty pages of valuable infor- 
mation concerning the new translation 
of the Bible. Price, 15c a copy; 8 
copies for $1.00. 





RABBI SAYS RSV IS NOT THE BIBLE 

Rabbi Israel Bettan, professor of homiletics at Hebrew 
Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio, was recently asked his 
opinion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. 
In reply. Dr. Bettan said: "The Revised Standard Ver- 
sion is not a faithful translation, and in some places the 
revisers do violence to the original Hebrew. It is a good 
book on the Bible, but it is not the Bible." 

When asked to compare the King James Version with 
various other translations, the rabbi said that of the 
English versions mentioned the King James Version 
was, in his opinion, the most faithful to the original. He 
stated further that his opinion had to do with the He- 
brew text as a whole and not those passages causing 
the doctrinal controversies which have arisen between 
some Christian churches since the introduction of the 
Revised Standard Version. — The Good Samaritan, Octo- 
ber 1353. 



STARTLING FACTS! 

One-half of the world's population of two bUlion four 
hundred million souls have never heard the name of 
Jesus. Each day 170,000 people die, more than 100.000 
of whom know nothing whatsoever of Christ. 

There are more than 2,000 languages spoken in the 
world, but the Bible has only been translated into 200 of 
them — India's Challenge. 



January 23, 1954 



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^ ^m^ 




lip Simmons ('411. 
President 






Tressler ('48) 




larles Ashman ('50) 




lenn Smouse ( '52) 



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Wesley Haller ('51 ), 
Vice President 



Edward Lewis ("47) 
Secretary 



Paul Mohler ('45) 
Treasurer 



JANUARY 25-28 

Many weeks of prayer and careful planning have been directed toward making 
the third annual Grace Bible Conference the best yet. Sponsored by the Grace Sem- 
inary Alumni Association, the annual four-day conference will last from Monday, 
January 25. through Thursday, January 28, with all sessions being held in the Sem- 
inary building. A great feast of spiritual blessings and fellowship in the Lord has 
been planned for all those who attend; and already many have written to indicate 
their plans to come for one or more days of the conference. More than 600 confer- 
ence programs have been sent forth, accompanied by an urgent appeal for prayer 
support from those who cannot possibly be with us during those days. 

Each morning of the conference week, except Monday, will begin with a season 
of special prayer at 8:30 o'clock in the Prayer Tower, followed by the opening service 
at 9 o'clock. The daily program is outlined as follows — MONDAY, January 25: Key- 
note Address by Reese A. Johnson, '51 (1:30 p. m.); Evening Message by Ivan H. 
French, '53 (7:30 p. m ). TUESDAY, January 26: Devotional Message by Kenneth R. 
Marken. '50 (9:30 a. m.); Expository Message by Russell M. Ward., '46 (10:30 a. m); 
Paper on "Home Missions" by Lester E. Pijer, '47 (1:30 p. m.), followed by an Open 
Forum discussion of the paper led by Dr. Alva J. McClain. Evening Message by 
Charles H. Ashman, Jr., '50 (7:30 p. m.). The song leader for the day will be Gerald 
Pohnan. '46. 

WEDNESDAY, January 27, will begin with a Devotional Message by J. Ward 
Tressler, '48 (9 a. m.), followed by an Expository Message by S. Wayne Beaver, '43 
(10:30 a. m ). At the afternoon session, a Paper on "The Army Chaplain" will be 
I'ead by Gordon F. Cook, '44 (1:30 p. m.), with the Open Forum being led by Dr. Pom! 
R. Bauman, '34. At 5:30 p. m., an Alumni Fellowship Supper will be held in the 
seminary cafeteria and lower auditorium, followed by a color-slide lecture on the 
Holy Land by R. Wayne Snider, '53, in the newly decorated lounge. The graduate 
division of the seminary has been invited to participate in this supper, and tickets 
are on sale for $1. The day's activities will conclude with the Evening Message by 
Ord Gehman. '35 (7:30 p. m.). The song leader for Wednesday is to be Russell 
Ward. '46. 

THURSDAY, January 28— Devotional Me.ssage by Clair E. Brickel, '52 (9 a. m) 
and an Expository Message by Glenn E. Smouse, '52 (10:30 a. m,). In the afternoon, 
a Paper on "The Sunday School" will be read by James G. Dixon, Jr., '47 (1:30 p. m.), 
with the Open Forum led by Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, '35. The Evening Message will be 
brought by Wesley Haller, '51, with Robert Ashman, '36, as song leader for the day. 

Each afternoon from 3 to 4, an Alumni Business Meeting will be held in the rear 
of the chapel. These meetings will be open for all regular and associate members of 
the Alumni Association. All alumni and friends are encouraged to stay for the 
Annual Day of Prayer, which has been scheduled for Friday, January 29. We feel 

(Continiied on Page 57) 







Lestei Pitei ('47 




Clair Brickel ('5 




Ivan French ('5: 




Servants and FeBlowseryanfs 

By Leonard Meznar, Seminary Senior 

"And he called ten servants, and delivered them ten 
jounds, and said nnto them, Occupy till I come" (Luke 
9:13). 
Grace Seniiiiaiy is a servant-training school; the Lord 
of the servants is Jesus Christ. 
But the fact that we are in train- 
ing does not mean that service is 
yet a future thing. 

Five servants set out to do bus- 
iness for their Lord on a Sunday 
in November. Under the direc- 
tion of the Practical Works De- 
partment of Grace Seminary these 
young men were evangelizing the 
nearby town of Warsaw. Like 
the 70 of old, these went from 
door to door with tract and testi- 
nony proclaiming Christ. When the afternoon's work 
vas done they had many interesting things to tell of 
bersons who had been reached: for example, one fine 
oung girl who had made a first-time public profession 
f Christ. Other Sundays have seen other decisions 
or the Lord; besides, Christian residents have been 
)lessed and stirred. 
Yes, Grace Seminary is a training school for Jesus 
hrist, but it is more. God has made it a fruitful branch 
hrough the soul-winning it encourages the students to 
lo. Inspired and filled in the classrooins during the 
veek, the students go out to bear fruit on the week ends. 
At this time of the annual seminary offering we look 
o you friends of Grace Seminary, our fellow servants, 
o pray and give that our servant-training may go on, 
hat we may do great business till He comes. 



STUDENT CHORUS AT GRACE 




Leonard Meznar 



LIBRARIAN KEEPS BUSY 




Few people realize the tremendous amount of work 
hat is required for the building and maintenance of a 
ibrary. In the picture above we see Mrs. Ben Hamil- 
on, librarian at Grace Theological Seminary, using an 
lectric pencil to mark the catalog number on a new 
'olume. She and Mr. Hamilton have recently cataloged 
:,000 volumes. 

anuary 23, 1954 




On December 18, just before the beginning of the 
vacation period, a lovely program of Christmas music 
was presented in the seminary chapel by the student 
chorus-choir, under the direction of Donald Ogden, in- 
structor in music. The top picture shows Mr. Ogden 
directing the choir. Center — The entire group taking 
part, including instrumentalists Dick and Robert Mess- 
ner. Lower — The quartet, composed of Wan-en Jacobs, 
Robert Zimmer, Vernon Bullei-, and Robert Robinson. 
Grace Seminary and College now has the finest array of 
musical talent in its history and looks forward to the 
expansion of its music department next year. 



GRACE BIBLE CONFERENCE 

(Continued From Page 56) 

that the Grace Bible Conference will be a wonderful 
preparation for that tremendously important time of 
heart-searching, praise, and intercession. GOD alone 
knows our desperate spiritual need, and only HE can 
meet it, as we open our hearts to Him. 

Accommodations for those who attend the conference 
will be provided, as far as possible, by members of the 
faculty, student body, and local church. If you have not 
done so already, then plan now to attend this spiritual 
feast of good things, and let us know of your approx- 
imate time of arrival; but above all, hold us up faithfully 
before the throne of grace, that God's richest blessings in 
Christ Jesus might be poured out upon this conference, 
for the glory of His name! 

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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



HOPEWELL, PA. Recent speak- 
ers at the Grace Brethren Church 
(Yellow Creek) were Mr. Irwin 
Miller, senior at Grace Theological 
Seininary; Rev. Roy Snyder, mis- 
sionary on furlough from French 
Equatorial Africa and son of Rev. 
Sheldon Snyder, pastor of the 
church; and Mr. John Ritchey, who 
plans to enter Grace Seminary next 
semestei'. 

CHEYENNE, WYO. Rev. Sam 
Horney, fonner pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, will conduct a 
week of meetings here beginning 
January 24. Rev. Tom Inman is 
interim pastor. 

DENVER, COLO. A new attend- 
ance record was set Dec. I'O at the 
Grace Brethren Church v.ith 133 
present, when the Sunday-school 
Christmas program was presented. 
Each class gave a special offering to 
be used to "improve the Lord's 
house" and the offering amounted to 
about SlOO. 

SOUTH GATE, CALIF. The new 
auditorium being built at the First 
Brethren Church is expected to be 
finished by the last of March. Alfred 
Dodds is pastor. Rev. Sam Horney 
was recently guest speaker here. 

BEAUMONT, CALIF. Mr. George 
Myers, of the Cherry Valley Breth- 
ren Church, left Jan. 17, via plane, 
for Lima, Peru, to work with the R. 
G. LeTourneau missionary party at 
the headwaters of the Amazon. Gene 
Farrell is pastor of the Cherry Valley 
church. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. The Sun- 
day school of the First Brethren 
Church showed a ll.SSc gain in 1953 
over 1952, and a 51% gain over the 
first year the church was located 
at their new site. John M. Aeby is 
pastor. 

NEW YORK, N. Y. March 5 has 
been set by the American Council 



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of Christian Churches as the World 
Day of Prayer. Special programs 
may be secured by writing 15 Park 
Row. New York 38, N. Y. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. The Grace 
Brethren Church recently had 249 
present for the communion service. 
Bernard Schneider is the pastor. 
(Editor — From a membership of 300 
this is a commendable record. We 
will have reason to praise God when 
5/6 of the members of the Brethren 
denomination attend the communion 
service.) 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald this week 
salutes Rev. Kenneth B. Ashman, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church 
of Wooster, Ohio, for forwarding to 
the office at Winona Lake the neat- 
est church bulletins of the inonth. 
Second recognition goes to Rev. 
Richard L. Burch, pastor of the 
Grace Bi'ethren Church of Cuyahoga 
Falls, Ohio. 




NEW YORK, N. Y. Rev. and Mrs. 
Don Bishop are scheduled to leave 
here on Maixh 12 for Argentina. 
Their visas have been granted. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. One dozen 
Christmas baskets were distributed 
to families in the coinmunity of the 
First Brethren Church. Dr. W. A. 
Ogden is the pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The order 
blanks for the next quarter have 
been inailed to all churches, and 
secretaries are sincerely requested 
to return them as early as possible. 
This actually means a saving of 
money to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, and better service 
to the churches. With your co- 
operation, orders will reach your 
churches by March 15 or before. 
Thank you. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. The 
Sunday school of the Grace Brethren 
Church had the highest average of 
her history the last quarter of 1953. 
Richard L. Burch is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The third 
annual Grace Bible Conference will 
be sponsored by the Grace Seininarj' 
Alumni Association and conducted 
at Grace Seminary January 25-28. 



LA VERNE, CALIF. According i 
to word received by Rev. Marvin [ 
Goodman, Jr., the French govern- 
ment has denied visas to Rev. and 
Mrs. Goodman. Prayer is requested 
that the Lord's will might be done 
in this regard. 

M'BAIKI, F. E. AFRICA. Rev. 
William (Bill) Samarin is seriously 
ill, and doctors have ordered him to 
take a six-weeks rest. The actual 
cause of the illness is unknown. 

BOZOUM, F. E. AFRICA. Dr. 
and Mrs. Harold Mason arrived here 
on Jan. 7 to take up their medical 
work. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 
Torrey Memorial Bible Conference 
will be conducted Jan. 17-24 in the 
First Brethren Church. Dr. Charles 
Mayes is the pastor. 

BERNE, IND. A combined WMC- 
Laymen family night fellowship was 
held Jan. 5. Miss Martha Burk- 
halter, 36 years a missionary in In- 
dia, showed pictures. A three-act 
skit on the Family Devotional Period 
was presented. Copies of skit may 
be secured from Rev. Ord Gehman, 
Berne, Ind. 

ROANOKE, VA. The Ghent 
Brethren Church was host to the 
Southeast District .youth rally Jan. 
1-2. Fifty-five young people regis- 
tered for the rally. Coadvisors for 
the youth program of the district are 
Rev. Paul Mohler, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Covington, Va., 
and Rev. Carl Miller, pastor of the 
Washington Heights Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Va. Rev. Robert 
Miller was host pastor. 

PORTIS, KANS. The First Breth- 
ren Church and cominunity honored 
Rev. and Mrs. R. H. Kettell on their 
silver wedding anniversary. Their 
wedding was solemnized 25 years 
ago in Roanoke, Va., following grad- 
uation from Moody Bible Institute. 
Rev. Kettell became pastor of the 
Portis church in Dec. 1951. 

CHICAGO, ILL. The Evangel- 
ical Press Association convention 
will be held here January 26-28 at 
the Midland Hotel. Most of the 
contributing editors of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald will be in attend- 
ance at this convention. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA. There 
have been 48 decisions the first week 
of the meetings under the leadership 
of Crusade Team No. 2. Twenty of 
these have been first-time confes- 
sions. Rev. True Hunt is pastor. 

The Brethren M'ss'onary Herald 



^ioe. Minuted. With yaun. Jte^ald C^dita^ 



C-Bomb 

Near that geographic point where 
the Columbia and Yakima rivers 
converge at Hanover, Wash., Ues a 
600-square-mile tract of ground in 
the center of which is dwarfed a 
giant factory building. That factory 
is the heart of the atomic program of 
America, for there is "born" the plu- 
tonium used to manufacture the A- 
bomb and the H-bomb. 

Of the dreadful A-bomb and the 
so-called H-(hell) bomb we have 
read much. But now there echoes 
from the scientific research labora- 
tory the theory of a C-bomb. This 
bomb would be the most dreaded of 
the three. 

Dr. Louis N. Ridenour, University 
of Illinois physicist and special as- 
sistant to the Secretary of the Air 
Force, theorizes that the cobalt bomb 
would be the most dangerous of all. 
In theory, the hydrogen weapon 
would be encased in a cobalt shell, 
and after detonation the cobalt would 
form a radioactive dust which would 
be carried by the wind or water from 
place to place. This cobalt dust loses 
only half its radioactive potential in 
from five to fifty years. Such dust 
could prove to be national suicide to 
the nation that develops it. 

What a conundrum! In one lab- 
oratory scientists employ radioactive 
atoms in the treatment of cancer that 
man might live; while in another 
laboratory scientists study the atom 
as a potential killer. 

With all our scientific progression, 
man continues to retrogress spirit- 
ually. This has been man's course 
since that day when our first parents 
turned from the grace of God. In- 
deed — worse things are ahead! Man 
will kill and continue to kill; but 
praise God, before the devastation 
reaches its zenith, God shall inter- 
vene and begin His judgment of man 
and sin. Thank God, the believer 
has the promise that before that 
judgment begins our Lord will cry, 
"Come up hither, and I will shew 
thee things which must be hereafter" 
(Rev. 4:1). 



JAaI^ ^l^^ /pU/M/^^ 



LeCoque, a Catholic, claimed that 
the King James Version of the Bible 
was contrary to the tenets of their 
religion. An injunction was there- 
fore filed against the Gideons, Inter- 
national, to prohibit them the privi- 
lege of distributing Bibles in the 
public schools of Rutherford, N. J. 

Last month the New Jersey su- 
preme court reached a unanimous 
decision and ruled that the King 
Jaines Version of the Bible is a sec- 
tarian book and dare not be distrib- 
uted in the public schools of New 
Jersey. 

Little did our Christian forefathers 
speculate that after braving the dan- 
gers of oceans and entering an un- 
civilized country, the day would 
come when it would be unlawful to 
read or distribute the Bible in the 
public schools of this nation. The 
first schools in this land were estab- 
lished by God-fearing, God-loving 
men and women who believed the 
Bible to be the very Word of God. 
This nation was founded upon the 
Bible. 

The fact is that the ruling is not 
against a version, but against God's 
Word. Man in his carnal state hates 
God and His Word. This hatred is 
ingrained in the hearts of men. The 
fruit of such hatred is death — eternal 
death. 



New Jersey Court Rules on Bible 

Early in 1952, two men, Mr. Ber- 
nard Tudor, a Jew, and Mr. Ralph 



Evangelistic Methods Perturb 
Catholics 

Rev. Julius Armijo Suares, profes- 
sor of philosophy at the Catholic 
University in Quito, Ecuador, de- 
clared recently at Loyola University 
in New Orleans that a Protestant- 
owned radio station in Quito has the 
strongest wavelength there and that 
radios are being given to the Indians 
so they might listen. This Catholic 
priest declared that the station 
broadcasts Protestant propaganda all 
day long without interruption for 
commercial advertising because 
enough money is sent from the 
United States to finance the project. 



In addition to this, the priest was 
perturbed that schools and colleges 
were being established, and tuition 
of the students is being paid by 
"various sects" in the United States. 
This, declared the priest, is a great 
temptation to poor Catholic parents. 

The very fact that the priest is 
perturbed is evidence that this evan- 
gelistic effort is accomplishing its 
purpose. One never complains ex- 
cept when the shoe is tight. 



Heart Trouble 

Ainerica's No. 1 killer is heart dis- 
ease. In the United States there are 
10,000,000 men and women suffering 
from some form of heart trouble. 
According to Newsweek, 771,000 
deaths during 1952 were the result 
of heart or blood disorders. 

Dr. Jackson A. Smith, psychiatrist 
of Baylor University College of Med- 
icine, Houston, Tex., affirms that 
more than half of the people who 
consult their doctors for cardiac 
symptoms have no sign of heart 
trouble at all, but are merely suffer- 
ing from what doctors call "Anxi- 
ety Heart Disease." An anxious 
heart is but the result of fear and 
develops an imaginary heart disease. 
Acute tension in business, social or 
marital relationships gives the pa- 
tient the symptoms of heart trouble. 
Frightening sensations such as rapid 
heartbeat and chest discomfort, pul- 
sation of the head and throat, breath- 
lessness, deep sighing, and other 
symptoms are usually nothing more 
than an anxious heart. 

It would be well for every Chris- 
tian suffering from an "anxious 
heart" to read and reread Philip- 
pians 4;6-7 (ASV). "In nothing be 
anxious; but in everything by prayer 
and supplication with thanksgiving 
let your requests be made known 
unto God. And the peace of God, 
which passeth all understanding, 
shall guard your hearts and your 
thoughts in Christ Jesus." 



January 23, 1954 



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ISi^li^ 




Wayward 
Feet 



"Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. 
Prone to leave the God I love." This 
testimony of the hymnwriter could 
be the testimony of all who, though 
having dedicated their lives to the 
Lord and His service, find a tendency 
to wander from the pathway of 
blessing and usefulness. 

The Lord recognized our weakness 
as He sat at supper with the 12 di- 
sciples and during the supper He 
"laid aside his garments; and took a 
towel, and girded himself. After 
that he poureth water into a bason, 
and began to wash the disciples' feet, 
and to wipe them with the towel 
wherewith he was girded" (John 13: 
4b-5). 

Thus He provides an object lesson 
of God's method of remedying the 
problem of wayward, soiled feet. 

I. An Object Lesson in Our Need 
for Cleansing. 

The feet, which are daily in con- 
tact with the world, are constantly 
in need of cleansing. It is true that 




By Rev. Glenn O'Neal, Pastor, First Brethren Church, Los Angeles, Calif. 



we have been cleansed once and for 
all by the blood of Christ, but who 
will not admit that since we are still 
living in the world we are subject 
to the defilements of it. We are ex- 
posed to filthy language, obscene 
pictures, irksome people, and dis- 
tracting pursuits. Each of us, as we 
come to the end of the day, surely 
need to recognize the privilege and 
duty of coming to the Lord and say- 
ing, "Lord, cleanse this defiled life 
that I might be pure and sweet for 
Thy glory." 

The purpose of this cleansing is 
clearly defined by the Lord when He 
said to Peter, "If I wash thee not, 
thou hast no part with me" (John 
13:8). Except for this cleansing, we 
can have no part with Him as far as 
fellowship is concerned. A dark 
cloud of unconfessed, uncleansed sin 
can hide the smile of God and pro- 
duce only the gloom of estrangement 
and defeat. 

Except for this cleansing, there 
can be no "part" with Christ in His 
great program of reaching a lost 
world for himself. Christ can only 




Glenn O'Neal 



use pure vessels to most effectively 
pour out the water of life to thirsty 
souls. 

II. An Object Lesson in the Method 
of Cleansing. 

The method is simply — we submit 
and He cleanses. How many of us 
are like Peter, who held back, re- 
fusing to permit the Lord to cleanse 
his soiled life. 

Our excuses are: "I'm too ashamed 
of my sin to go to the Lord with it." 
"I've confessed it so many times be- 
fore that it's time I work it out for 
myself." But the Lord is pleased 
when we cast our helpless, soiled 
lives into His hands for cleansing, 
admitting our inability to do it our- 
selves. In spite of all our excuses, 
His promise still remains, "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). 

The Lord, knowing our tendency 
to forget, commanded us to "wash 
one another's feet" (John 13:14). 
Every time we obey this command, 
we are not only submitting for the 
cleansing, but recognizing the re- 
sponsibility to help one another in 
the purifying of our daily lives. As 
we recognize and take advantage of 
the symbol as well as the reality of 
God's method of cleansing, it should 
be our testimony that the departures 
from the path of pleasing God have 
been less frequent and more tem- 
porary. "Lord, keep my feet today 
on the path of pleasing Thee." 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 




STORMING THE KINGDOM 




J Paul Miller 



i "And from the days of John the 
Baptist until now the kingdom of 
heaven sufTereth violence, and the 
{violent take it by force" (Matt. 11: 

This bold announcement of vio- 
ence. with the kingdom of heaven 
as its object, has drawn many expos- 
itors' attention to this passage of 
Scripture. As might 
well be expected, in 
the search for its exact 
meaning, a wide vari- 
ety of opinions have 
been expressed. Some 
have gone far afield 
and have suggested 
that subtle implica- 
tions are contained 
herein, but it seems 
:;ertain that the correct meaning is a 
simple one and can be seen by a 
dear understanding of the context 
md by catching the spirit of the 
Events which so characterized the 
iays in which the words of this verse 
were written. Almost always the 
'orce of argument concerning difii- 
:ult passages of Scripture increases 
Dr diminishes in accordance with 
now nearly the context surrounding 
t supports or rejects a chosen view. 
This case is no exception. 

In order to briefly set forth what 

;he various interpretations of this 

passage consists of, it may be said 

hat there are about three main 

Schools of thought. Two groups are 

composed of those who regard the 

preek verb biazetai (translated "suf- 

[ereth violence" in the AV) as be- 

[ng a passive form. The third group 

lolds that it is a middle form. Greek 

grammar would allow either. The 

[irst of the above-mentioned views 

Will be called the "hostile reception 

i/iew" and those who az-e of this mind 

mderstand the English translation 

'suffereth violence" to be in a hostile 

;ense, and view our Lord as meaning 

hat the kingdom is assailed violent- 

y by unbelieving, disaffected men 

vho do what they can to prevent its 

n'ogress. The second view will be 

'!' ;alled the "friendly reception view." 

'anuary 23, 7954 



A larger number lean toward this 
idea and they see the kingdom of 
heaven being stormed by masses of 
enthusiastic applicants for entry, the 
extraordinary energy exhibited be- 
ing of a friendly or favorable nature. 
A third group have taken what 
might be called the "forcible intro- 
duction view" and they contend that 
the kingdom in some way forcibly 
introduces itself. 

It is believed that the correct in- 
terpretation is not to be found with- 
in the restricted limits of any one of 
the above ideas, but that each of 
them contribute elements to a well- 
balanced view. Consider for a mo- 
ment the important background of 
the problem. Jesus had presided 
over the dispersion of the Twelve 
and they were pursuing their desig- 
nated ministry. John, because of his 
fearless preaching, was cast into a 
dungeon. Bewildered, he sent a 
message of doubt to Jesus, who an- 
swered him effectively with Old Tes- 
tament prophecy. Jesus also vigor- 
ously defended John and tenderly 
admonished him. Think of the whirl- 
pool of confusion which caused even 
the great John to stumble. There 
was the bona fide offer of the king- 
dom with Christ as its head. On the 
one hand there was a powerful 
movement of human souls toward 
God; on the other, evil and blinded 
men resisted and fought against it. 
Publicans, sinners, harlots, the scum 
of society — this was the kind who in 
greatest numbers were pressing into 
the kingdom, and it was to the aston- 
ishment and disgust of the "respect- 
able," "religious" people. Precon- 
ceived notions of what the kingdom 
of heaven would consist were being 
shattered. Jewish expectation had 
molded specifications that were bril- 
liant and idealistic. What was ex- 
pected could not be reconciled with 
what actually appeared. This was 
source of John's doubt. Indica- 
tions were already present of Satanic 
hatred that was soon to resolve itself 
into the crucifixion of the "King of 
the Jews." It is extremely likely 



By Rev. J. Paul Miller 

Pastor, La Loma Grace Brethren 

Church, Modesto, Calif. 



that Jesus had such conditions as 
these in mind when He spoke the 
words of our text. 

Jonathan Edwards once wrote, "A 
great deal of noise and tumult, con- 
fusion and uproar, darkness mixed 
with light and evil with good, is al- 
ways to be expected in the begin- 
ning of something very glorious in 
the state of things in human society 
or the church of God." 

In the seventh chapter of Luke we 
find the same story being related as 
in Matthew 11. Beginning with verse 
29, at the same place in the story 
that Matthew refers to the violence 
in connection with the kingdom, 
these words appear. Note them care- 
fully. "And all the people that heard 
him, and the publicans, justified God, 
being baptized with the baptism of 
John, but the Pharisees and lawyers 
rejected the counsel of God against 
themselves, being not baptized of 
him" (Luke 7:29-30). In Matthew 
Jesus says "the kingdom of heaven 
suffereth violence." In the same 
setting, Luke sets up a scene depict- 
ing the low class in society justifying 
God by heeding the ministry of John, 
while the ruling class, whose pre- 
rogative it was to accept or reject 
the offered kingdom, were rejecting 
the counsel of God. 

It was therefore appropriate to re- 
fer to the kingdom of heaven as 
having experienced violence. It re- 
sulted froin the manner in which the 
men of Israel responded to the teach- 
ing about this kingdom which was 
being offered to them. Enthusiastic, 
eager acceptance was the attitude of 
many, while haughty, high-minded 
rejection was that of others. Para- 
doxically, the low sinner classes were 
receiving the attention of the King. 
Preconceived notions of the kingdom 
were being shattered. Because of 
these circumstances of energy and 
violence, those entering the kingdom 
appeared to be doing so by force. 

Could it be said that the kingdom 
of heaven still "suffereth violence"? 



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By Rev. Lyle W. Marvin j 

Pastor, Arrowhead Avenue Brethren! 
Church, San Bernardino, Calif. 



PSALM 1:1 



As long as a Christian is in this 
world, he must be constantly on his 
guard. The saved and the wicked 
are together in this life, and unless 
the Christian has a definite plan of 
conduct — a set standard of life — he 
will find himself influenced by "the 
way of the ungodly." God pictures 
for us the progressive encroachment 
"the way of the ungodly" can make 
in our lives through an innocent be- 
ginning. He points out in Psahn 1:1 
the three steps that can culminate in 
a Christian's undoing. 

We should not "walk in the coun- 
sel of the ungodly." Literally, these 
"ungodly" are those that are "loosed 
from God." Not necessarily a per- 
son branded by society as an evil 
person. This one may be accepted 
in the best of the local community's 
circles. This "ungodly" person is 
one who hates the discipline of God's 
Word. He is one who scorns the 
correction he knows God's standard 
would make on his manner of life. 
Saved people are not to "walk" with 
this sort. We are not to be asso- 
ciated with them day by day in a 
chosen fellowship. We are not to 
put our shoulder to theirs and make 
their program ours. Right heie is 
the fertile source of transgressions 
that become our undoing. 

How harmless is the effect of af- 
filiation in programs with those who 
are not of godly convictions? Of 
course we do not put our stamp of 
approval on their moral life when 
we work with them for community 
betterment. One hastens to say that 
the project we work together on is in 
keeping with the teaching of the 
Scriptures. Perhaps you may be 
able to satisfy your slight qualms of 
conscience by such an interpretation, 



but if you do, you are in conflict with 
Psalm 1:1. We know that there is 
no such thing as one Scripture con- 
flicting with another. Anything ap- 
pearing as a conflict merely suggests 
that we had better back-check. Per- 
haps some personal feeling has en- 
tered into our knowledge — is it not 
possible that we could have been 
biased? The conflict will have to be 
accounted for in us — no part of God's 
Word conflicts with any other part. 

It is the seemingly innocent thing 
that yokes us with "the ungodly" in 
our walk and lays the foundation for 
the sin that can be our undoing. In 




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such a walk there will be offered 
free "counsel." God says to beware 
of this counsel that comes from the 
logic of a civilization whose morality 
is easily discernible because of its 
degraded level. This logic reeks of 
the pit. It says that a lie is bad 
only when caught. Stealing is not 
evil if not apprehended. Immorality 
is only bad when the disgrace comes. 
How well in keeping with this logic 
is the Kinsey report on the "Sexual 
Behavior of the Female." Girls are 
reporting to their spiritual counsel- 
ors that from this report they were 
led to believe that science had cared 
for all the former danger involved 
in promiscuity — only to their regret. 
We are told that to be opposed to 
the former standard of morals is to 



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be old-fashioned. The price God 
exacts for sin is old-fashioned, too. 
but we must admit that "the way ol 
the transgressor is hard." 

The next step is to "stand in the 
way of sinners." These "sinners'! 
have as their mode of life coarse sin. 
Here we find people whose lusts 
were desires of the flesh which have 
passed into action. This is the place 
we might find ourselves if we begin 
by taking counsel from the "ungod 
ly." Surely now we should see the 
downward progression. It should be 
evident that we are no longer in tune 
with our heavenly Father. This is 
the place where a Christian finds 
satisfaction in the place where he is 
"standing." 

The final level is to "sit in the 
seat of the scornful." The scornful 
are those who openly deride Chris- 
tian obligations. They argue foi 
wickedness. Because it is common 
they feel vindicated, for everybody 
is supposedly doing it! The begin- 
nings of the Christian's undoing were 
modest, but here the issues are plain 
The way is full of wickedness, and i1 
is chosen regardless. 

Only the new birth gives one 
power to withdraw from such soci 
ety. No turned leaf, no skillful use 
of one's own power, will help here 
The very first steps of walking with 
the ungodly were in opposition tc 
the will of God for Hi^ children 
Ever since then, the way has beer 
away from God. The only way bacl* 
is through the power of God's in- 
dwelling Spirit. The Christian mus 
confess and forsake his sinful walk 
and then stand and sit by the mean; 
of the grace God has pr.jvided. The 
one who is unconcerned about hi; 
walk as a Christian will not be 
victorious child of God, and migh' 
even be just a professor. Remem 
ber Christian, God says the undoing 
began with the innocent ties while 
still on the higher level. 



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AKRON, OHIO, DEDICATiON 



ALIBIS 



By Pastor Harold H. Etiing 

Sunday, December 20, 1953 saw 
another milestone passed in the his- 
ory of the First Brethren Church of 
^A.kron, Ohio, when the new $80,000 
kddition was dedicated. Large 
rowds were present in each of the 
^hree services during the day. The 
lew addition enlarged the audito- 
ium of the church to a seating ca- 
pacity of more than 500. Painted in 

light green, with a gray carpet 
;overing the floor and scarlet red 
Iraperies the auditorium is a beau- 
liful place of worship. The building 
vas made even more beautiful for 
'he dedication by the 15 poinsettias 
vhich were used for decorations. 

In addition to the auditorium there 

s a large basement room which will 

'lie used for the junior department of 

jhe Sunday school which now num- 

jers 80 in enrollment, a new class- 

oom for the young married people 

/hich has more than 50 enrolled, 

( nd the third floor which will house 

fhe intermediate department with 

|, ive classes and an auditorium that 

jN'ill seat 100. Large Sunday-school 

ffice, and a pastor's study, in addi- 

^on to the Charles Turner Memorial 

iibrary occupy the north wing of 

le main floor. All in all it is a spa- 

' ^ous building that will house the 

Sunday school and church with pro- 

iision for many newcomers who are 

■ lOW movmg into the community. 

' The dedication services were held 
" luring the afternoon with Dr. Her- 
'lan A. Hoyt as the speaker. In ad- 
ition. Brethren Kenneth Ashman, 
If p'ooster, Ohio; E. M. Lewis, Middle- 
i- ranch, Ohio; Richard Burch, Cuy- 
ii loga Falls, Ohio; Lester Pifer, 
e ^presenting the Brethren Home 
lllissions Council; R. E, Gingrich, 
ti j)rmer pastor and president of the 
lUkron Bible Institute; David Pluck, 
;t id Milo Williams shared the pro- 
i^am. The Honorable R. M. Bird, 
1- ihristian mayor of the city of Akron, 
islEfered the afternoon prayer and 
irought a personal testimony to the 
niiving power of Christ in his own 
biffe. 

At the conclusion of the day, the 
jstor baptized 11 persons, including 
family of 5. 

"; The building indebtedness is ap- 

I'-oximately $35,000 on this dedica- 

3n day, but our God, who has 

li* nuary 23, 1954 




Iimiinr of Auditorium 




Rev. Harold Ef.ing and Dr. Ray- 
viond Gingrich 




Dr. Hoyt Preaching 
Seated (I. to r.) — Rev. Richard 
Burch, Hon. R. M. Bird, Rev. Ken- 
neth Ashman. 




Exterior oj Akron Church, 'With 
New Addition Seen at Rear 

already supplied our needs to the 
present moment, has given us the 
promise to continue to supply every 
need. Praise His holy name! 



A writer in the Chicago Daily 
News recently showed the ridiculous 
reasons some people give for not 
going to church by merely substi- 
tuting the word "movies" for the 
word "church" in their excuses. 

I'm out of the habit of going to 
the movies. I'd better not go tonight. 

I have not been to the movies for 
so long the walls would fall in if I 
should go. 

I know a man who has gone to the 
movies for years and he is no better 
than I am. 

There are as many good people 
outside the movies as inside. 

Too many hypocrites attend the 
movies. 

I stay away from the movies be- 
cause of the kind of folk who sup- 
port them. I wouldn't sit in the 
same room with Mr. So-and-So. 

I don't like the people in charge 
of the movies. 

I stay away from the inovies be- 
cause I went when I was a child. 

I need new clothes before I can go 
to the movies. 

I liave a friend visiting me and I 
don't know whether he likes the 
movies or not, and I never meddle 
with a man's private opinions. 

I don't go to the movies because 
the directors never call on me. 

I don't go to the movies because 
when I went the last time not a soul 
spoke to me. — Selected. 



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NORTHERN OHIO MEN MEET FOR AFTERNOON RALLY 




Men who attended the 
Northern Ohio District 

Layn\en's meeting in 
Wooster are shown at 

the top. At the right 
the men are shown en- 
joying a "snack" pre- 

jiared by the ladies. 



The Northern Ohio District lay- 
men met at the Wooster, Ohio, First 
Brethren Church on Sunday, De- 
cember 13, for an afternoon rally. 
Rev. John Dilling, pastor of the 
Canton church, was the speaker for 
the 2:30 service. The ladies of the 
Wooster church provided a lunch in 




the evening, and Dr. L. L. Grubb, 
secretary of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, was the speaker, 
following the lunch. There were 78 
men from the district present, and 
they remained for the evening serv- 
ice, at which Dr. Grubb also was the 
speaker. 



This 3s An Editorial? 



I'm thinking out loud again! I'ln interested in the page for laymen that 
is published once a inonth in the Herald. You are now reading it. I 
would like to know who else besides you will read it. If I am to judge by 
the response that has been received to appeals for articles of interest, news 
items, and notes of praise from laymen — I repeat, if I am to judge how many 
readers we have by the response to these appeals, well, they are mighty few. 
Last month we delayed publication of our page because we wanted to print 
an appeal from President Cooper to the laymen about our projects and goals. 
The resultant delay has caused the interval of time between publication of 
the last page and this one to be narrowed to two weeks. The thing that is 
bothering me is that only one communication has come to us in that time 
concerning the work of the laymen. Were it not for the pictures and story 
of the rally at Wooster, Ohio, which were furnished by Dr. L. L. Grubb, we 
would have precious little material for a page. Well ... I started out with 
an idea as to how to cure this problem, but now I've reached the end of 
the page and as I don't want to continue on another page, I'll have to stop. 



Nafional Fellowship 



OF 



Brethren Laymen 

Jesse B. Deloe, Edifor 



Men of the First Brethren Church, 
LONG BEACH, CALIF., held their 
Brotherhood Christmas Banquet in 
December and heard Dr. Harold 
Lindsell, dean of Fuller Seminary,!,, 
and the Old Fashioned Revival Hour 
Choir. At the January meeting oi 
the Brotherhood the speaker was 
Elgar A. Rubright, of Syracuse, N. 
Y., a Christian business man asso- 
ciated with the Easy Washing Ma 
chine Company. Music was fur 
nished by the Brethren High School 
Male Quartet. . . . CONEMAUGH 
PA., men met on January 5 at the 
home of "Bud" Anthony. "Cy" Huni 
is president. . . . Men at FREMONTl 
OHIO, helped the boys club to gath- 
er toys, repair them, and send therr 
to Winona Lake, Ind., at Christmas- 
time for distribution to the childrer 
of seminary students. . . . EAST 
DISTRICT men met at Altoona, Pa. 
December 17. . . . NEW TROY 
MICH.. Men's Fellowship had charg« 
of "ihe Watch Night service this year 
. . . The annual banquet of the Chris- 
tian Business Men was held in tht 
WASHINGTON, D. C, church Jan 
uary 8. Dr. James Bennett, the laW' 
yer who defended Harry Rimmer ir 
his famous trial, was the speaker. , 
WHITTIER, CALIF., men met or 
January 12 and heard Gillette Van 
degrift, missionary on furlough from 
India, speak. A ham dinner wa; 
served. . . . From the bulletin of th( 
LONG BEACH, CALIF., Seconc 
Church: "Men's Fellowship Thurs 
day Nite (Jan. 7) with Dr. BQ (Bibltt 
Quiz) answering your questions am ^ 
Dr. Sweeton singing and playing hi '^ 
violin." . . . Treasurer Walter Hoy 
tells us that several laymen fron "^ 
First Brethren, DAYTON, OHIO, ar 
going to Troy, Ohio, on January 2i 
to help start a laymen's fellowship 



TREASURER'S DECEMBER REPOR 

(Send all offerings to Bro. Walter Hoy 
409 Leland Ave.. Dayton. Ohio.) 



Board of Evangelism ($3,000). 

Student Aid ($1,000) 

Boys Club ($250) 

General Expense Fund ($500) . 



$142.3 
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LUME 16, NUMBER 5 



JANUARY 30, 1954 




- — Photo by Alien Zuuk. 



''Hast thou entered into the treasures 

of the snow?'' 



"WALK TO PLEASE GOD 



// 



By REV. JOHN BURNS 



Summary of Moderator's Address, Southeast Fellowship of Brethren Churches, Roanoke, Va. 




Rev. John Burns 



The theme for the Ninth Annual Conference of the 
Southeast Fellowship of Brethren Churches is "Walk 
to Please God." These words are found in I Thessalo- 
nians 4:1, where the Apostle Paul exhorts the faithful 
group of Christians at Thessalonica to please God in 
their daily walk; "Furthermore then we beseech you, 
brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye 
have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please 
God, so ye would abound more and more." 

In almost every instance in the Word of God where 
we find a reference to the coming of our Lord Jesus 
Christ to take us out of the sin and darkness of this 
world, we find also an exhorta- 
tion for the Christian to walk to 
please God. As the Apostle John 
puts it in I John 2:28, we are to 
"abide in him; that, when he shall 
appear, we may have confidence, 
and not be ashamed before him at 
his coming." In I Thessalonians 
4, Paul is leading up to the truth 
concerning the doctrine of the 
glorious appearing of our Sav- 
iour, and he does so by first of 
all giving the exhortation to prac- 
tical Christian living, exhorting 
the Thessalonians to "walk to please God." 

I believe the Apostle Paul has here outlined for us 
various ways in which we Ckristians should "walk to 
please God." 

I. A SEPARATED WALK. 

The walk that is pleasing to God is a walk of separa- 
tion. In verses 3 to 5 the apostle is speaking of God's 
will that believers should walk in separation from all 
that is vile and immoral, from the lasciviousness and 
licentiousness which had characterized many of them 
while still unsaved. It is God's will that believers 
should walk in purity; that they should look upon the 
body as devoted to Him. "That everyone of you should 
know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and 
honour; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the 
Gentiles which know not God." 

And even though we are removed in time 1,900 years, 
this exhortation is still of great importance. In this day 
in which we live there is always the temptation to lower 
the Christian standard in regard to things that are im- 
moral and unclean. The filth and immorality which we 
once objected to on the movie house screen, and there- 
fore as Chi'istians refrained from attending the theater; 
are now flashed into our homes by the way of television. 
The newspapers and magazines of today are constantly 
appealing to the sinful nature in man. The old "adver- 
sary, the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking 
whom he may devour," but the child of God is exhorted 
by the Apostle Paul to "walk to please God." 

Not only are we to be a separated people in regard 
to the sins of immorality; not only are we to be separated 
from the vile and degrading conditions which are about 
us on every hand; but the true believer is to separate 



himself from the sinful conditions found within the 
organized church of our day. 

Modernism within the church is no longer subtle but 
biazenly open. No longer does it weave like a snake, 
but as a prancing horse it comes boldly before the 
Christian. Fence-straddling is a thing of the past. To- 
day a man must be on the side of the conservative, fun- 
damental teachings of the Word of God. else he is on the 
side of those who would tear from our very hands the 
true teachings of God's Word. 

But not only is modernism within the churches. It is 
found within most of the theological seminaries and col- 
leges of our day. A paper which comes to my desk 
regularly gave the following results of a survey of a 
theological seminary serving a Protestant denomination 
which counts its members in the millions. The survey 
disclosed that 6 percent of the theological students do 
not believe in God, 34 percent believe death forever 
terminates all existence, less than 50 percent believe in 
Christ as Saviour, 30 percent regard Him merely as a 
great ethical teachei-, 49 percent do not believe Christi- 
anity is superior to other religions, 54 percent believe 
God is synonymous with all that exists. While this is 
the result of a survey of one theological seminary, it 
bespeaks the truth about many. How thankful we of 
the Brethren Church should be that we have our own 
Grace Theological Seminary, and our own Grace Col- 
lege, which this year branches out into a full four-year 
liberal arts college. 

Is the Brethren Church glad for such institutions as 
these? Do we of the Southeast Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches really appreciate our educational institutions? 
I think not — if our giving is any indication of our appre- 
ciation. In our district statistician's report for the year 
1952 it is revealed that $2,000 was contributed to our 
educational facilities. Less than $1.20 per member was 
given Grace Seminary to carry on her great work of 
training our future workers in the Brethren Church. 
If we do not support our own schools with our prayers 
and our gifts, we have no right to expect others to 
support them. 

Not only should we pray and give for the support of 
Grace College and Seminary, but we of the Brethren 
Church should urge our own young people to attend 
these institutions which we know are not infested with 
the hornets of modernism. Recently, speaking with one 
of the field secretaries of one of the large independent 
faith missions, I was asked where I had received my 
tehological training. As I told him I was a graduate of 
Grace Theological Seminary at Winona Lake, Ind., it 
brought a feeling of real joy to my heart to hear him say, 
"Brother, that is one of the few fundamental seminaries 
in this country today." Beloved, if you are walking 
separate from the apostate conditions in this land today 
you have no choice but to give full support to our Grace 
Brethren schools. 

II. A LOVING WALK. 

Further, Paul says, the walk which is pleasing to God 
is a loving walk. Verses 6 through 10 speak of the love 



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we are to have one for another, especially verses 9 and 
10. "But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I 
write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to 
love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the 
brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech 
you, brethren, that ye increase more and more" (I Thess. 
4:9-10). 

The church at Thessalonica must have had much in- 
terest in district and home missions of its day. Notice 
Paul commends them for what they have done "toward 
all the brethren which are in all Macedonia." I don't 
know what all was included in their efforts to help their 
brethren in Macedonia, but I do believe the Thessa- 
lonian church had a part in establishing new churches 
in that area. 

Home missions, which is the grown brother of district 
missions, was forced to cut their operating budget this 
year because the members of the Brethren Church did 
not meet the financial goal. The Southeast Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches contributed $6,346, or $3.96 per 
member to home missions during the past year. When 
we realize the vast importance of the district and home 
missions to the future of the Brethren Church we won- 
der why it is so many of us are sleeping on the job. God 
has given to the Southeast Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches and to the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches some of the greatest opportunities of all time. 
From every corner of these United States there comes 
the call for Brethren churches. 

Concerning the Jew, Paul said, "Brethren, my heart's 
desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might 
be saved." The Word of God teaches that we Christians 
have a responsibility of sending the Gospel to Israel, and 
even promises blessings no end for so doing. During 
the year 1952 the Southeast Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches spent $2,455, or $1.53 per member to reach 
the Jew for Christ. 

Our Foreign Missionary Society informs us that in 
order for them to maintain the present missionary force 
of 87 missionaries on the five fields — Africa, Argentina, 
France, Brazil, and Baja California, Mexico — it is nec- 
essary that every member of the Brethren Church give 
$12 per year. To increase our missionary family by 
sending out candidates who are already approved for the 
field, $15 per member is needed. According to the report 
of the statistician for the Southeast Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches for the past year, only $7,564 was given 
for foreign missions, or a per-member contribution 
of $4.72. 

Up in the city of Toronto, Canada, is a church known 
as the People's Church, pastored by Dr. Oswald J. Smith. 
For the year 1953 this one church has a missionary 
budget of $200,000. When I think of this one church I 
wonder if we of the Brethren Church are not losing our 
missionary vision. One church giving more to missions 
than the entire Brethren Church together. An evan- 
gelist who reecntly held a meeting in the Johnson City 
Brethren Church came to us directly from a meeting in 
the People's Church. We were talking about that church 
and their missionary program, and he said, "Brother 
Burns, they think more of missions they they do of 
their own sanctuary. The pews are old and dilapidated, 
the church rug is worn in places. Dr. Smith's office is far 
from modern, and the entu-e church building could stand 
renovating." Imagine giving upwards of $200,000 to 
foreign missions when their own church could stand 

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renovating. No wonder God has so signally blessed the 
People's Church of Toronto, Canada. I believe the Lord 
has the same blessing in store for every church of the 
Southeast Fellowship of Brethren Churches if we are 
willing to follow His bidding and go "into all the world, 
and preach the gospel to every creature." 

III. AN HONEST WALK. 

And finally, the apostle points to the third and last 
walk which is pleasing to God. This is an honest walk, 
as we read in verse 12: "That ye may walk honestly 
toward them that are without." If the Christian is to 
"walk to please God," then his walk must be an honest 
walk, or, as we have it in the American Standard Ver- 
sion, he must "walk becomingly toward them that are 
without." Are we of the Southeast Fellowship walking 
as becometh Christians? This means to walk (and live) 
as a child of God, not just on Sunday, but also on the 
other six days of the week. Hypocrisy is that which 
weakens the testimony of the church of Jesus Christ 
and if there are such in the churches of our Fellowship, 
we can be sure that our testimony will be impaired. 

Paul says that the walk which pleases God is an 
honest walk which is becoming to the Christian. 

In I Corinthians 7:17 we read: "But as God hath dis- 
tributed to every man, as the Lord hath called everyone, 
so let him walk." Beloved, God has called you and me 
into the Brethren Church, therefore we should walk 
accordingly. 

In this matter of "walking becomingly" there is a 
certain amount of loyalty which should be expressed to 
the Brethren Church. I am not unmindful that our 
loyalty should be to Christ, neither am I speaking of a 
loyalty which would put the church before our blessed 
Lord and Master. But if the Brethren Church is the 
instrument through which we serve our Saviour, then 
we should be loyal to the Brethren Church. 

If you are a member of the Brethren Church you are 
expected to attend the services of your church regu- 
larly. This is the least which can be asked of a member. 
But as I look at the report of our statistician for the past 
year I find that our attendance at the morning worship 
service was only 71 percent of our reported member- 
ship. Attendance at the evening service was only 51 
percent. The midweek prayer service, which should be 
the powerhouse of the church, was attended by only 26 
percent of our membership, and the communion service 
by only 30 percent. Beloved, where are the members 
of the Brethren Church at service time? Could it be 
that we are carrying too many deadheads on our church 
rolls? If so, we are due for either a good housecleaning 
or, better still, a good visitation program to win back 
those straying members. 

When a church member is found at home on Sunday 
morning, reading the paper, cooking the dinner, or 
whatever the excuse might be, he is not "walking be- 
comingly" to those who are without. When the com- 
pany, or the television, or the school PTA, or other 
activities keep the church member from the worship 
services on Sunday and Wednesday evening, that indi- 
vidual is not "walking as becometh" a Christian. He is 
not "walking to please God." 

Further, regarding the honest walk of the believer, 
the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 4:1: "I therefore, the 
prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy 

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WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE BRETHREN CHURCH? 

By REV. RUSSELL WILLIAMS 
Summary of Moderator's Address, Northwest Fellowship of Brethren Churches, Portland, Oreg., July 9, 1953 





Rev. Russell Williams 



"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All 
power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye 
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever 
I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world" (Matt. 28:18-20). 

Jesus said, "If ye love me, ye will keep my word." 
We are not saved by obedience nor kept saved by obe- 
dience, but the only way to a ^. . .... ...^ . .- , 

joyous, overflowing, victorious 
Christian life is by doing the full 
will of Christ. 

Jesus did not say, "Go ye, until 
it becomes unpopular." If it were 
true that we could grow faster if 
we ignored these commands we 
are still obligated to obey, for, 
after all, which is more important, 
obedience or growth? 

The Brethren Church may have 
been hindered by lack of vision, 
by lack of aggressive propagation 

of the Lord's work, by failure to obey all of Christ's 
commands, but it has never been hindered by triune 
immersion or feet washing or doing anything else that 
Christ has specifically commanded. In fact, just the 
opposite would be true. 

I have always believed this, but this year I decided to 
back up my knowledge with facts. I sent out a ques- 
tionnaire. As a result, I have information from all but 
20 churches. 

I. WHAT ARE THE FACTS? 

For a good many years we have been worse than the 
proverbial Rip Van Winkle. Today we have 139 Breth- 
ren churches. At least 79 of our 139 churches have 
either started or completely reorganized in the past 25 
years and there has been at least one new church started 
each year since 1938. If our present trend continues 
through the '50s we ought to have at least 60 new 
churches starting in the decade of the '50s. If we do 
not have at least that many we are still asleep. 

According to the best information I have at present, 
there were only five new churches started in the 25 
years before 1928. Of those started in the past 25 years, 
10 have been started or completely reorganized without 
any mission help, and one which was orginally started 
as a mission church during that period was reorganized 
without mission help. Of these 11 churches, only 3 had 
a mission offering which totaled over $1,000 for the year 
1952 and 1 gave as little as $26 for missions. Except for 
the 3 churches mentioned, $10 was high per-capita 
mission giving. 



On the other hand, only three of the churches which 
started as mission churches gave a mission offering of 
less than $10 per member, and in most cases, regardless 
of how small the church, their total mission offering 
went well over the $1,000 mark. Even so, we have not 
begun to reach the liinits of our giving. 

Another rather interesting observation in this respect 
is that for the most part the older, established churches 
which have no building debt are not giving proportion- 
ally for missions as much as the new churches. It is my 
observation from Scripture and from history that these 
churches would be blessed numerically and spiritually 
by bringing forth a new work as a part of the old. For 
the Scripture, read the first four verses of Acts, chapter 
8. As for the other, there are many incidents on record 
where a church has inothered a new work out of their 
own, and as far as I know in every case the older work 
was blessed. 

The new churches are not only missionary churches, 
they are growing churches. Some of our larger churches 
such as Mansfield, Ohio; Hagerstown, Md.; North River- 
dale, Dayton, Ohio; are among these new churches. 

One evidence of interest in a field is the average age 
of those who are in the field. Generally the older the 
average age, the less interest in the field. In Washing- 
ton State the average age of schoolteachers at the pres- 
ent time is 45. In the Brethren Church, the average age 
of pastors is 33, and there is only one pastor over 60. 
Many of these pastors have come from other denom- 
inations into the Brethren Church. 

From all of the evidence, our Brethren doctrines need 
not and are not hindering our growth. 

II. WHAT IS TO BE DONE? 

Jesus said, "The field is white unto the harvest." If it 
was true in His day, it is even more true today. 

The Brethren Church is faced with white harvest 
fields in other lands. Our fields in Africa, Argentina, 
Brazil, Baja California, France, and Honolulu all are in 
need of more workers. Then there is Germany and 
Japan as well as other fields into which we might enter 
today. Tomorrow may be too late. 

Here in our own Northv/est we have a harvest field 
which is dead ripe unto the harvest. In the past 10 years 
the Lutheran Church has started 13 new churches in 
the city of Seattle alone. About a year ago the Catholic 
Church set aside two million dollars and the Presby- 
terian Church is expecting to spend a million dollars in 
missionary expansion in Seattle. 

The View Ridge Brethren Church is what we hope 
may be the first of several Brethren churches in Seattle. 
Yet even this is only a beginning. Unless we want to 
find ourselves with too little too late right now we also 



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ought to be starting churches in Tacoma, Everett, Brem- 
erton, Olympia, Ephrata, the Columbia basin, and the 
tri-cities in Washington as well as such cities as Salem. 
Eugene, and The Dalles, in Oregon. 

Today it is possible to enter these fields even though 
the cost may be great. Tomorrow may be too late. 

II. WHAT OF THE OBSTACLES? 

As far as the foreign field is concerned, the Brethren 
Church is held back by just one thing. That one thing 
is money. For the past two years, even with an ex- 
panded offering, the foreign missionary society has been 
spending more than they have received. There are 
fields to enter, there are workers to go, but unless we 
enlarge our vision of foreign-mission giving, many of 
these fields may be closed to the Gospel forever. 

The work in America is also held back by the same 
cause. There is almost no limit to the cities the Breth- 
ren Church could enter today if there were funds avail- 
able. 

Actually, there are just two reasons for a lack of funds 
in the Brethren Church. The first is that many in the 
church are failing to honor the Lord by returning at 
least a tithe of their income to Him. The time to begin 
tithing is when you are young. 

Basically the reason people do not tithe is lack of faith 
and selfishness. I challenge anyone to find one place 
where we are counseled to make ours while we can or 
even lay up for a rainy day. Our Lord's command is 
that we are never to put the making of a living in a 
place of such importance that we crowd out Jesus Christ 
from first place in our plans. 

The second reason for this lack is the dissipation of 
our giving. Independent and (so-called) faith groups 
are always anxious to enter Brethren pulpits and solicit 
funds from Brethren people. Some of these are spiritual 
frauds and we ought to make a very careful check on 
any cause before we support it. 

Even those who preach the Word do not give the 
Brethren Church the same consideration they like to 
receive from the Brethi-en Church, While they are 
anxious to enter Brethren churches and solicit funds 
from Brethren people, they in no wise strengthen the 
Brethren work nor are Brethren missionaries welcome 
in their pulpits. A church which sponsored a mission- 
ary conference wanted to put missionaries in every 
church in the area, but would not permit Brethren 
missionaries to speak at their conference; and a certain 
school which draws heavily from Brethren funds spent 
a week ridiculing the practice of feet washing in radio 
broadcasts while going through the Gospel of John. 

If an orphan is in need you may help it, but if it is 
your own child you are under obligation to care for it. 
"He that careth not for his own house is worse than an 
infidel." Might we not apply this in the Brethren Church? 
Our own missionary enterprises are our children. These 
outside interests are orphans. Brethren people cannot 
afford to support other works at the expense of their 
own or give to outside interests and leave their own 
languishing and in need. 

This dissipation in our giving will lead to a dissipation 
of our workers. Unless the funds are available to send 
out workers in preparation they are going to be forced 
to turn to other organizations. They in turn will draw 
support from Brethren people and that will lead to an 
even greater dissipation of our giving. 

Strangely enough, while there are many in prepara- 



tion for missionary work in other lands, there is an 
actual shortage of pastors in the homeland. We must 
confess that we become just a little weary with men who 
profess to be Brethren and train for the Brethren min- 
istry, then go out to teach in this school or that sem- 
inary or some other work simply because it seems to 
have a little more glamour or outward results. 

Perhaps one reason for this condition is the indiffer- 
ence within the church. Let us put it this way. If 
every member were present in every service, it would 
not be long until we would have a continuous revival 
and souls would be saved. We recognize there are 
things which are unavoidable, but we wonder if Chris- 
tian people only stayed at home when it was unavoid- 
able: if they were as faithful to their Lord as they are 
to their business or their job, if we would not have many 
more in every service than we do. If the Christians 
were always there, it would not be long until the un- 
saved would be interested and souls would be saved. 
Your presence or absence may make the difference be- 
tween eternal life and eternal death for someone else. 

CONCLUSION. 

We are in big business, important business, and we 
must give it the place of importance it deserves in our 
plans. 

May God give each of us a vision of what he would 
do through the Brethren Church and lay a burden upon 
our hearts to put the work of Jesus Christ through the 
Brethren Church first in our plans, our prayers, our 
time, and our gifts. As we do, Christ will be exalted 
and we will know the full blessing of the Lord. 



—CORRECTION— 
Naf-ional Conference Dates 

1954— August 23-29 

WINONA LAKE, INDIANA 

1955— August 10-17 

PORTLAND, OREGON 

1956— August 20-26 

WINONA LAKE, INDIANA 

Correction — Change Annual 

Page 27 — Under "Fifth Business Session," the 
fourth paragraph should read: 

"Motion prevailed that conference dates for 1956 
be set at August 20-26." 



CLYDE K. LANDRUM, Secretarij, 
National Felloiuship oj Brethren Churches. 



January 30, 1954 



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WITNESSES FOR CHRIST 



By REV. EDWARD LEWIS 



Summary of Moderator's Address, Northern Ohio District Fellowship of Brethren Churches, 

Rittman, Ohio, April 21, 1953 





Rev. Edward Lewis 



As we turn back the pages of history to the day of 
Pentecost, perhaps we may become puffed up and 
elated over the apparent prosperity of the church in 
our day. However, on the basis of the number of peo- 
ple now populating the world in comparison with the 
figures of that day, the church has not gained, but lost! 
And that statement is made, not on the basis of organ- 
ization, but organism which is contained in the true bodj' 

of Christ. Of course if we were 

to consider the number of people 
that have their names upon the 
rollbooks of various denomina- 
tions, the picture would be dif- 
ferent. But we are speaking of 
the true church, the body of 
Christ, or the bride. Now the 
reason for this is the failure to 
comply with the Scriptural com- 
mand given by our Lord in Acts 
1:8. "But ye shall receive power, 
after that the Holy Ghost is come 
upon you: and ye shall be wit- 
nesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and 
in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." 

The theme for our district conference this year is 
"Witnesses for Christ." We like to think of the last 
words spoken by friends and relatives before they de- 
part from this life, as precious words. Furthermore, we 
like to comply with any suggestion or request implied in 
those final words. What then should command our at- 
tention and obedience more than the last words of our 
precious Lord before He departed fronn this earth. In 
Acts 1:8 we have the command. 

L The first word that meets our eye is "Ye." 

First of all, the primary interest would naturally be to 
those individuals located geographically at that very 
place. They received it as such, for the apostles were 
looking forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit. Each 
one received it as being for himself. However, I am in- 
clined to believe that some of them did more about it 
than others. 

In the second place, it was also to the group. There 
is power where all are gathered together with one 
thought and one mind. This was proved on the day of 
Pentecost. 

Then, too, this was specifically for them in many re- 
spects, for that day and age. A new church was starting 
and power was needed. But it is also needed for this 
day and age. We need power and strength. If it could 
be said of the church of Ephesus, "I have somewhat 
against thee, because thou hast left thy first love," and 
we know the zeal of those living in that day, what about 
us today? 

II. Notice the next two words, "shall be." 

The Lord Jesus said, "Ye shall be." Perhaps you have 
only associated this verse with missionaries, preachers, 
and so-called full-time workers. Perhaps you have said, 
as did Moses, "I am slow of speech." It may be that 



you have used other excuses, but this verse says, "Ye 
shall be." When Jesus spoke to a poor fisherman with 
little or perhaps no formal education. He didn't say, 
"Follow me and get all the education necessary first, and 
then I will make you a fisher of men." He said, "Follow 
me, and I will make you fishers of men." When Jeho- 
vah spoke to Moses, God said, "I will be with your 
mouth." "Ye shall be." Now the only condition I can 
see is when the Holy Ghost is come upon you. Romans 
8:9 makes it very clear that every born-again believer 
has the Holy Ghost. 

III. What "shall ye be?" 

The next word is "witnesses." That word is extremely 
interesting. In the original language, the word viartures 
is used. You will recognize it as the root from which 
we get our word for "martyr." So then a witness is 
more than one who merely attests to the fact of the hap- 
pening. He or she is a martyr for Christ. With the 
exception of the Apostle John, tradition tells us that all 
the apostles died as martyrs. Even in the case of the 
beloved Apostle John, he was said to have been thrown 
into a vat of oil, but miraculously escaped death. I re- 
cently read an article which stated that the Mau Maus, a 
fanatical group in Africa, were persecuting the native 
Christians and many have now become martyrs. This 
account went on to say that in spite of persecution, the 
Christian church was growing faster there than in most 
places. Do we need to be literally persecuted again? 
Are we witnesses? I believe the Brethren Church is 
the most Biblical church on the face of the globe, else I 
would not be a preacher in one of its churches, yet why 
has our growth been stunted? May I suggest failure 
to comply with this verse. 

IV. This part is extremely iviportant — "unto me." 

The Greek puts it, "Ye shall be to me, witnesses." We 
may be loyal and believe in the Brethren Church and its 
doctrines and tenets, but He didn't say we were to be 
witnesses to the Brethren Church, but "unto me." The 
reason we find so many people in the Brethren Church 
that are seemingly tmsaved, is due to the fact that many 
have witnessed unto the church and not unto Christ. 
We are not seeking to populate our churches with peo- 
ple, but with Christians. Let us be witnesses unto Him. 
It was said some years ago a certain preacher in pre- 
paring his message went to prayer, and somehow or 
another the Lord asked him, "Whom are you preach- 
ing?" He started to answer by saying, "The Bible," but 
the question came back, "Not what, but whom?" It is 
said that he wept bitterly and went into the pulpit that 
week and preached Christ and souls were saved. You 
can witness to the Bible, but omit Jesus Christ. Let us 
determine to be "witnesses unto Christ." 

V. And the witnessing is to be first of all in Jerusalem. 

Or within the confines of our own homes. Strange, 
how we can be willing to go to some stranger or some 

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PROGRESS— PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE 



By REV. LYLE W. MARVIN 



Summary of Moderator's Address, Forty-Third Annual California District Conference of Brethren Churches, 

Long Beach, Calif., August 1, 1953 




Rev Lyle Marvin 



It is a distinct honor and privilege to fulfill my duty 
to you as moderator in directing your attention to the 
work of our district as we meet to do business for the 
Lord. For several weeks now we have been reviewing 
the progress of our California District churches during 
the past year, and can sum up our past, present, and fu- 
ture as follows: 

We Can Praise God jor Progress in the Past. 

The past year in the California District of Brethren 
Churches reveals that we have cause to rejoice. There 
are two new churches in this year's list 
of cooperating churches. Our hearts are 
always gladdened when another church •< 

has survived the dangers of infancy and 
is recognized as a new cooperating unit. 
Several of the established churches have 
shown lively signs of progress in the 
things of God. One Sunday school won 
an outstanding award in a contest with 
other Sunday schools from all over the 
nation. Another church secured land 
for the establishment of a new church and day school. 
A former pastor in this district pioneered a new field in 
an adjoining State, and the work has all indications of 
being a recognized outpost in the district. Our National 
Board of Evangelism successfully proved a field near 
Los Angeles. 

We do humbly give honor and praise to our Lord for 
these victories, and no doubt there are many more, but 
perhaps it would be more profitable for us to look upon 
some of our failures. One such failure is our small 
growth in attendance. The average attendance at the 
Sunday-morning services showed an increase of only 
345. Dividing this by the 27 churches in the district, 
We find that each church gained only 13 in its average. 
With the steady influx of people in our communities 
that are potential attendants, this gain is woefully short 
of what it should have been. We must occupy till our 
Lord comes. This calls for an earnest endeavor on the 
part of each one, from the pastor on down. Our average 
increase over 1952 was less than 2 for the Sunday-eve- 
ning services, which was still worse. 

Our Sunday schools increased only 600 in all 27 
churches. Over a year's time the midweek prayer serv- 
ice increased only 40. Fourteen of these 27 churches 
changed pastors during the past year. One cannot help 
but wonder as to whether this is the will of God. Has 
man relegated the seeking of the Lord's will above 
all else? 

We Should Earnestly Pray jor Progress in the Preseyit. 

The work and program of our Lord must progress. 
There are many opportunities which will assure that 
progress. Obedience to the commands of Scripture is 
ample ground to expect the blessing of God on any 
labor for Him. Note that it is the individual Christian 
that is admonished in Mark 16:15, II Corinthians 6:17, 
and Galatians 6:2 to earnestly endeavor to obey the 



Lord. God judges the individual — He rewards the indi- 
vidual — hence we are thinking of individual obedience. 
A church obeys only as the individual obeys. No evil 
can be smothered with an avalanche of legislation any 
more than we can perpetuate virtue by embalming it in 
a well-worded statute. There is no such thing as mass 
production of morals, and by the same token, we can 
never produce better spiritual conditions on a legislative 
assembly line. The means of providing a better record 
for next year's conference is not a sheaf of motions 
threshed out and passed upon the 1953 conference floor, 
but an unselfish obedience to the Word of God on the 
part of the individual members of the Brethren Church. 

In the estimation of your moderator, no district effort 
is in as sad a state of affairs as our district missions pro- 
gram. Each year now, and for several years, we have 
witnessed an action similar to this: a budget is presented 
for conference action which entails a per-capita gift from 
all churches in the district, and receives a unanimous 
vote of approval. Then, at the close of the year, the 
mission board's books show that a mere one-third to 
one-half of the churches manifested any inclination to 
stand behind their vote on that budget. One would con- 
clude from the voting last year that all were favorable, 
but at the finish of the year the records reveal that this 
eft'ort seems to be in disfavor with about half of the 
churches. I do not believe that this is the true picture, 
but there is something in back of this reluctance to sup- 
port the program of this board. It may be that the rec- 
ommendation of the district mission board will solve 
this problem. 

Together with new churches we need praying churches 
to earnestly endeavor for progress. Every moderator in 
the last 15 years has made such a plea as this. This 
year's plea may not accomplish any more than those of 
the past, but it is my duty to make it. None can say 
that the apostolic church was not successful, so we turn 
to it for an example. In Acts 2:42 we are told that the 
first church continued steadfastly in the apostles's doc- 
trine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in 
prayers. Need we stress the point that here is the for- 
mula for a thriving church? The increased wisdom of 
today tempts us to use that wisdom instead of using the 
arm of God. When we really believe that a burdened 
heart crying out to Almighty God moves the arm of God, 
then, and not till then, will we see the power of God 
through prayer. 

We Can Stand on God's Promises 
jor Progress in the Fufwre. 

We praised God for progress in the past. We said to 
obey God is needful for progress in the present. And 
lastly, we must trust God and His promises for progress 
in the future. Your moderator makes the following 
recommendations : 

1. The establishment of a Brethren lay leaders' train- 
ing school. We are in dire need of trained Sunday- 
school superintendents, trained counselors, and trained 



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young people's leaders. This need is growing in propor- 
tion to the increasing number of young people attending 
our churches. How often the church finds a man willing 
to take a position in church leadership but is unable to 
do a good job because of lack of training. Our pi-esent 
summer camp arrangement, of a three-weeks period, 
offers this following program, which will allow for such 
a school: during the first week of camp, by restricting 
campers to the 10th grade and up, we could care for 
approximately 75 lay leaders and prospective lay lead- 
ers. There are ample facilties to include a leaders' 
training school during this opening week of camp at the 
regular camp rate, which is nominal. The impetus of 
having trained leaders would be felt throughout every 
department of our church. No stretch of imagination is 
needed to conceive what this would mean to the pastors, 
and the lasting results that could be garnered. 

2. The establishment of a Grace Seminary and Grace 
College on the west coast. In recent years several good 
seminaries have been opened here on the west coast. 
This is no attempt to belittle them in any way. I have 
several friends who have gone to these schools, and 
through their acquaintance I have come to respect these 
schools for their sound teaching. I know of no modern- 
istic taint or any other heresy among theni. Now when 
a choice between a school nearby and one 2,500 miles 
away is to be made, the expense involved, and the un- 
certainties, often are the deciding factors in choosing 
a local school. Having a seminary as the Brethren 
Church does have in Grace Seminary — one that is sec- 
ond to none — it is highly beneficial to our church that 
our pastors be trained there. For there is no better 
school for a prospective Brethren pastor to attend than 
a Brethren seminary. It may be readily noted that other 
denominations have their seminaries and colleges stra- 
tegically located throughout the land. They saw the 
advantage of such a plan and we should too. 

3. A concerted effort by oui- pastors to train our 
people in Brethrenism. This year at cainp a course in 
Brethren beliefs and practices was taught to the seniors 
and the junior-high campers. The reaction to this 
course was a revelation. Because of these responses, 
several adults were contacted. In the ensuing discus- 
sions, it was forcibly brought out that the teaching re- 
ceived by these young people was unknown by many 
adults. Our Brethren doctrines afford a most fertile 
ground for practical Christian training. We must not 
lose sight of the fact that although salvation is a gift, and 
comes to us by grace, there is also the life of obedience 
that must follow. "Whoso keepeth his word, in him 
verily is the love of God perfected: hereby we know 
that we are in him" (I John 2:5). Obedience to the 
ordinances laid down by our Lord is a basic ineans of 
furthering obedience to the remainder of the Word. 
Such an attitude of obedience could well produce one 
who would attend the Sunday and midweek services 
faithfully. 

Let me remind you, in closing, that we need not be 
downhearted nor forlorn. There is ample reason to 
rejoice. It is true we have failed in the past — perhaps 
we are not as obedient as we might be — but this we can 
change if we so purpose. In our future is God. He said 
He was going to prepare a place for us and then come 
again to receive us, that where He is, there we might be 
also. Until that day arrives, we have vineyards to keep. 
Let us be about the King's business. 



WITNESSES FOR CHRIST 

( Contimied From Page 70) 

other town or some other country, but miss Jerusalem? 
The story is told of a young man that wanted to go to 
Africa as a missionary and the Lord never seemed to 
open the door. One day he began to work in his home 
and to deal with his family and it was then that all the 
doors opened. We should not expect to expand until we 
are witnesses "in Jerusalem" or at home. 

And then in "all Judea." I would like to think of this 
as our State if I might. I am told that our district mis- 
sion work in Northern Ohio is the smallest of any dis- 
trict in the country. Why? Failure to comply with 
Acts 1:8, "witnesses in Judea." The Word declares: 
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." God help 
us to have a vision of the State of Ohio, which I believe 
is white unto harvest. 

And then in "Samaria." Samaria we could liken to 
the whole of the United States. Let's not feel too proud 
of our home-mission giving. Some of you are to be 
commended. But beloved, we haven't touched the 
"Solid South," and the big cities of New York and Chi- 
cago have no Brethren churches. If we are to be "wit- 
nesses in Samaria," we must evangelize these cities for 
Christ. 

And then, unto "the uttermost parts of the earth." 
Africa, Argentina, Brazil, France, Mexico, yes, but let's 
not stop there, with Japan beckoning and India with its 
millions perishing, and last year alone in China over a 
million lives went out into a Christless eternity. 

May I recommend as modei-ator of the 1953 confer- 
ence for Northern Ohio, that we determine, by the grace 
of God, to do something about our failure to comply 
with Acts 1:8. 



"WALK TO PLEASE GOD" 

(Continued From Page 67) 



of the vocation wherewith ye are called." The vocation 
spoken of here is our calling to a life of Christian serv- 
ice. Many times we speak of the calling of a man to 
the ministry, or to the evangelistic field, or of one who 
has received a call from God to full-time service on the 
mission field. Too often we get the erroneous idea that 
God only calls men and women to full-time Christian 
service as a pastor, evangelist, or as a missionary. Be- 
loved, every one of us who has named the name of 
Christ, has been called into "full-time Christian service." 
We have all been called into the service of the King of 
kings and therefore we should all be faithful servants 
of Christ. 

When Christ spoke the words of Acts 1:8, He was not 
only speaking to the 12 apostles, but also to the others 
who were present at that time. And these words come 
down to us today from the lips of Christ: "Ye shall be 
witnesses unto me." It is just as much the business of 
the laymen and laywomen in the church to witness to 
the lost as it is for the pastor. We must be willing to 
let the world see that it is the desire and determination 
of the members of the Southeast Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches to "walk to please God." 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



NORTH ENGLISH, IOWA— A 
daughter, Joan Marie, was born to 
Rev. and Mrs. Clarence Lackey Dec. 
29. She weighed 6 lb.. 14 oz. Rev. 
Lackey is the pastor of the Pleasant 
Grove Brethren Church. 

WOOSTER, OHIO — The First 
Brethren Church not only maintains 
a lOO'^r subscription list to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald, but also in- 
cludes the local libraries. (Go thou 
and do likewise. — Editor.) Rev. 
Kenneth Ashman is pastor. 

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA— The 
Grace Brethren Church has estab- 
lished a "parsonage fund" with the 
intent of purchasing a parsonage in 
the near future. Rev. Richard Grant 
is pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD.— Mr. Phil 
Saint, gospel artist, conducted a serv- 
ice in the Grace Brethren Church on 
Jan. 7. Russell Weber is pastor. 

BEAUMONT, CALIF.— Mr. Art 
Attwell, well-known Christian trum- 
peter, was guest speaker at the 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church. 
Rev. Gene Farrell is pastor. 

ELKHART, IND.— The Grace 
Brethren Church has voted to pur- 
chase property for their new church. 
Lowell Hoyt is the pastor. 

LATHROP, CALIF.— Rev. Wm. 
Clough, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Tracy, Calif., was guest 
speaker at the California District of 
! Brethren Churches (Ashland) on 
Jan. 6. 

WATERLOO, IOWA— Eighty-five 
attended the midweek prayer service 
at the Grace Brethren Church on 
the last Wednesday of the old year. 
Rev. Richard DeArmey is the pastor. 

ROANOKE, VA.— The Southeast 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
held its first overnight youth rally for 
1954 at the Ghent Brethren Church 
Jan. 1-2. Rev. Edward Bowman, 
pastor of the Mountain View Breth- 
ren Church, HoUins, Va., was the 



speaker. Rev. Robert Miller is pas- 
to.r of the host church. 
,^CAMP LEJEUNE, N. C— Chaplain 
'Lee Jenkins (USN) is now minis- 
tering to some 1,000 officers and men 
at this Marine base. Prayer for this 
needy ministry is requested. 

LA VERNE, CALIF.— Rev. Mar- 
vin Goodman, Sr., director of child 
evangelism in India, was the guest 
s p e a ke r at the First Brethi-en 
Church. Victor Meyers is the pastor. 

UNIONTOWN, PA. — The "Bob" 
Wells Evangelistic Party conducted 
a service at the First Brethren 
Church on Jan. 10. Clyde Landrum 
is the pastor. 

NORTH ENGLISH, IOWA.— The 
Pleasant Grove Brethren Church 
gave their pastor. Rev. and Mrs. 
Clarence Lackey, the amount for the 
down payment on a new 1954 Chev- 
rolet automobile. A new baby girl 
arrived one day; the next day a new 
car was parked in front of the par- 
sonage. "Quite an exciting time," 
writes Rev. Lackey. 




SPECIAL— Attention, pastors. 
Many deaths recorded in church 
bulletins do not give sufficient in- 
formation to place in the "In Memo- 
riam" column of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald. Unless the item is 
properly circled, and sufficient ma- 
terial is given, the death will not be 
reported in the Herald. We try to 
report only those who are members 
of the Brethren Church. Full in- 
formation will be much appreciated. 

SPECIAL.— Rev. R. I. Humberd 
will speak at the following places; 
Feb. 23, the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles; Mar. 14, Arizona Bible In- 
stitute; Mar. 12, American Prophetic 
League. 

SPOKANE, WASH.— Rev. Wm. 
Schaffer, pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church, has resigned. 

KITTANNING, PA.— The Sunday 
school of the First Brethren Church 
has made such progress that the 
Sunday-school superintendent has 
suggested that the church consider 
the building of a Sunday-school an- 
nex. Walter Jordan is the superin- 
tendent. Rev. Gordon Bracker has 
recently resigned as pastor, and will 



January 30, 1954 



become pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church at Fremont, Ohio, on Jan. 
31. The WMC honored Mrs. Bracker 
with a personal shower. 

LISTIE, PA.— The Listie Brethren 
Church has voted to organize a Sun- 
day school near Stoystown, Pa. At 
the present time a children's class is 
being conducted on Tuesday nights 
and there has been an average at- 
tendance of 60. A tape recorder has 
been purchased to be used in con- 
nection with the church radio pro- 
gram, "The Voice of Victory." John 
Burns is the pastor. 

LEESBURG, IND.— Another Sun- 
day-school record was broken at the 
Leesburg Brethren Church on Jan. 3 
when 155 wei'e present. There were 
11 decisions for the two Sundays, 
Jan. 3 and 10. Nathan Meyer is the 
pastor. 

LEAMERSVILLE, PA.— A Jewish 
Bible conference was held Jan. 17- 
20 at the Leamersville Brethren 
Church, with Rev. Lester Pifer, as- 
sistant field secretary of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council as the 
speaker. Rev. Robert Crees is the 
pastor. 

CHICO, CALIF.— A home-mission 
workshop for all home-mission pas- 
tors on the west coast will be con- 
ducted here Feb. 23-25. The work- 
shop is being conducted by the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. 

NEW TROY, MICH.— The minis- 
ters of the Michigan District Con- 
ference of Brethren Churches met 
here Monday, Jan. 11. An evening 
service for the public was conducted 
by the ministers with Rev. Earl 
Funderburg, pastor of the Calvary 
Brethren Church, Alto, Mich., deliv- 
ering the message. Richard Jack- 
son was host pastor. 

SPECIAL— Remember that Feb- 
ruary 28 is offering day in our 
brotherhood for the Board of Evan- 
gelism and the work of the Evange- 
listic Crusade. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA— With 
three nights yet to go, there have 
been 79 decisions for Christ. Of 
these, 39 were first-time confessions. 
Crusade Team No. 2 is conducting 
the campaign. True Hunt is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND.— At a bus- 
iness meeting on Jan. 13, the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church called Bro. 
Don Ogden to be music director, and 
authorized the trustees to investigate 
the availabilty of property, looking 
toward the building of a church. 
Herman Koontz is pastor. 

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OUR MODERATOR SPEAKS 



By Rev. J. L. Gingrich, Sterling, Ohio 
Moderator, National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 



CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 

It is a well-established fact that 
God is the creator, sustainer, and 
sovereign of the earth; thus, logic 
demands that the earth belongs to 
Him. God's ownership extends, how- 
ever, not only to things, but also to 
US. We, as human beings endowed 
with personality, are the choicest 
part of His creation. To possess us 
is His greatest satisfaction. We are 
endowed with personality, and per- 
sonality does not really belong to 
any other being apart from free 
and voluntary self-giving yield- 
edness. Paul by letters and by his 
example challenged Christians to 
hold their lives available to God. 

In Romans 12:1-8 Paul is inspired 
to exhort Christians to yield their 
selves to God. The "therefore" in 
verse 1 is a very important word. 
It directly connects the reader to all 
the facts of preceding chapters. In 
view of the departure of humanity 
from the worship of their Creator 
(chapter 1); in view of the universal 
guilt resting upon all men (chapters 
2 and 3); in view of the capacity of 
faith (chapter 4); in view of the 
abundance of God's grace (chapter 
5); in view of the new life resulting 
from separation from sin and through 
following Christ (chapter 6); in view 
of the life of victory over sin made 
possible through Christ (chapters 
7-8) ; in view of the application of 
the Gospel to all who believe, re- 
gardless of race (chapters 9-11) ; and 
in view of the redeeming "mercies of 
God," brethren are exhorted to pre- 
sent their lives (bodies) a living sac- 
rifice to God. It seems to me that 
in Christian stewardship the most 
essential sacrifice is surrender of our 
bodies to the Lord Jesus. Every 
preacher much prefers to see bodies 
in the pews. God also needs our 
bodies in His program. 

Stewardship in Giving 

In II Corinthians 8:3-5, Paul wrote 
of Christian stewardship as it in- 
volves "substance." Paul was re- 
ceiving gifts for the needy Chris- 
tians at Jerusalem. The response of 



the Macedonians was a willingness 
to go beyond ability. A TRUE Chris- 
tian is grieved if he is denied the 
privilege of giving to the Lord's 
work and His needy saints. The im- 
plication of their plea was that if 
they did not give they would lose a 
measure of fellowship. After all, 
there is a very close connection be- 
tween one's giving and his spiritual 
life or health. "And this they did, 
not as we hoped, but first GAVE 




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THEIR OWN SELVES TO THE 
LORD." Here is the crux of the 
whole program of Christian steward- 
ship. Christian giving begins with 
giving one's self to Christ the Lord. 
The Lord, however, is giving himself 
for men, and the logical consequence 
is that we who devote ourselves to 
Him are directed to minister to our 
fellow men according to His will. 

Stewardship in Service 

In Christian stewardship an essen- 
tial element to consider is that of 
SERVICE. In Philippians 2:25-30 
we have the record of one "Epaph- 
roditus, my brother and companion 
in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your 
messenger, and he that ministered to 
my wants" (vs. 25). In verse 26 we 



read that probably through over- 
work in caring for Paul, Epaphro- 
ditus was sick. Here is a young man 
who LOVED and therefore served 
and longed for his fellow Christians. 
Epaphroditus had come to comfort 
Paul during his imprisonment. You 
will also note in verse 30 that per- 
haps the greatest reason that Epaph- 
roditus was sick "nigh unto death" 
(i. e., half killed himself) was to 
try "to supply your lack of service 
toward me" (Paul). Perhaps never 
in the history of the church has it 
been more true that every church 
is composed of 100% willing stew- 
ards — 50% (and that's high) may be 
willing to work, and the other 50% 
(and that's low) are willing to let 
others do all the work. These latter 
are the ones who complain that a 
select few want to "run everything." 
Just why is it that so many YOUNG 
PEOPLE are so slow and reluctant 
to follow the example of Epaphro- 
ditus? Read his story again and 
apply those details to your service. 
How do you rate? 

Stewardship in 1954 

Now that we have stepped across 
the threshold of a new year, may 
we not launch out into the deep in 
giving first of all ourselves, our sub- 
stance (tithes), and our service 
through the church to Him. A good 
many years before our present trend, 
the Greeks produced a coin on which 
instead of stamping the face of a 
ruler they produced the likeness of 
a submissive ox. On one side of the 
ox was an altar, symbolic of worship 
and sacrifice. On the other side of 
the ox was a plow, suggestive of the 
fact that if the master of the ox chose 
to put him to work he could hitch 
him to the plow, but if it were his 
will to let the ox be a sacrifice he 
would be found standing near the 
altar. The above spirit of dedica- 
tion should be the standard for 
every Christian in his relationship 
toward stewardship. We wUl give 
ourselves this year to God and His 
church to be used as it pleaseth Him. 

Yours for a great year in steward- 
ship within our favored denomina- 
tion in 1954. 



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IT IS THE REAL 
THING THAT 
COUNTS! 

By Evangelist R. Paul Miller 
Crusade Team No. 1 



In the Hagerstown campaign, one 
■night during the invitation, a man 
walked dehberately down the aisle. 
After I had taken his confession, he 
asked, "May I speak a word to the 
people?" I said, ."Yes." 

He began: "I have been a church 
member all my life. I have lived 
deeply in sin all that time. Yet in 
all that time no one ever spoke to 
me about my sinful life. No sermon 
I ever heard brought any conviction 
to my heart. Five nights ago I 
heard about this meeting and camt; 
here. That first night I knew that 
God was here and was speaking to 
my heart. I knew I was a sinner. I 
Jcnew right then I needed Christ as 
my Saviour. The next day at work 
I stopped and lifted my heart to God 
and received Christ into my heart. 

"I was swept with joy at once. I 



CRUSADE TEAM NO. 2 FACES BUSY SCHEDULE 




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Evangeli.st Walter Lepp, Pianist Charles Bergerson, and Song Leader 
Frank Coffin, face the following schedule in the next few weeks: Febi'uary 
23-March 7— Camden, Ohio; March 9-21— Osceola, Ind.; March 28- April 11 
—Philadelphia (Third) Pa.: April 13-25— Philadelphia (First), Pa. 



Evangelist R. Paid Miller 



could hardly wait to get home to tell 
my wife what I had done. My home 
life had been sad. My little girl 
used to run away when I would 
come home from work. Now she 
watches for me to turn the corner 
and runs to jump into my arms. My 
wife meets me with a new light in 
her eyes. We read the Bible and 
pray every day now." 

Three nights later, at the invita- 
tion, another fine-looking man and 
wife came forward among others. I 
said to him, "What have you come 
for, friend?" He said, "I want what 
that fellow right over there has. He 
said he has accepted Christ. I want 
God to do for me what He did for 
Him. That's what I need." And. 
folks, God did just that! 

The transformed life of the Chris- 



tian is the most powerful appeal to 
the sinner in this world. The world 
needs to see transformed lives — lives 
with the evidence of the Spirit of 
God in them — more than it needs 
education, or money, or great ser- 



REMEMBER THE BOARD OF 

EVANGELISM SPECIAL 

OFFERING ON 

FEB. 28 

Offering Envelopes Will Be 
Supplied to the Churches 



lanuary 30, 1954 



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fe4 INTO THE HEIGHTS 



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PROPHECY 




The Message to 
Sardis 



(REVELATION 3:1-6) 



We turn our attention to the mes- 
sage by the Spirit of God to the fifth 
of these churches so addressed in the 
book before us. A marked decHne 
in spiritual sensitivity has been no- 
ticed in the messages before us. The 
deadening effect of sin and compro- 
mise with the world has been taking 
its toll among the membership of the 
professing church. 

Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia, 
was a thriving city about 30 miles 
southeast of Thyatira. It had lost 
most of its former glory but was still 
noted throughout the entire region 
for its wealth and wickedness. 
Wealth and wickedness seem to go 
hand in hand in every age, and the 
visible church is in no way exempt 
from the ravages of this combination. 
Wealth and a virile spiritual life 
generally make poor companions. 

The church at Sardis seems to 
have been very definitely affected by 
the surroundings in which it found 
itself. Instead of using this as an 
opportunity for a vital testimony for 
Christ, they had fallen victim to the 
situation. 

Sardis was an exceedingly active 
church. They were engaged in a 
great religious program. But the 
tragedy of their activity lay in the 
fact that they were dead spiritually 
— so dead that they received the 
Lord's stern rebuke: "I have not 
found thy works perfect before God" 
(vs. 2b). Along with this rebuke 
comes a stirring appeal: "Remeinber 
therefore how thou hast received 
and heard, and hold fast, and repent" 
(vs. 3a). God has always sought to 
encourage His children to greater 
spiritual accomplishments by ap- 
pealing to that which is ahead in the 
glory. He also alludes to the joys 
they had once known. The church 



at Sardis had evidently known bet- 
ter days spiritually. The messenger 
suggests that they "strengthen the 
things which remain, that are ready 
to die" (vs. 2a). This is not a warn- 
ing to the individual believer, but is 
a warning to the body of professing 
believers, adherents to the church at 
Sardis. Some have suggested this 
message as a definite proof of the 
loss of an individual's salvation. But 
just the opposite is true. Even in 
the realm of the visible church there 
are those who are not born again. It 
is they who fall prey to the environ- 
ment in which they dwell, and seri- 
ously endanger the testimony of 
those who are truly God's children. 
This great truth is illustrated in 
the teaching of Christ regarding the 
"treasure hid in a field" (vs. 44) in 
the parables of Matthew 13. The 
church is that treasure hidden away 
in the world (the field) and the man 
(Christ) sold everything He had to 
buy that field. Christ loved the 
world to such an extent that He was 
willing to purchase redemption for 
the whole world in order that those 
of His choice might be saved. I John 
2:2 tells us that Christ's blood is the 



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By Rev. Ord Gehman 

Pastor, Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Ind. 



propitiation for the sins of the whole 
world, yet we know that all men are 
not going to be saved because of 
their refusal to accept Christ as 
Saviour. 

The warning to the church at 
Sardis, "Be watchful," seems to come 
as a result of a serious character de- 
ficiency in the inhabitants of Sardis. 
Twice in their history the stronghold 
of the city had fallen into enemy 
hands as a result of the lack of care- 
ful watchfulness on the part of its 
defenders. The city had been con- 
quered and pillaged in 549 B. C. by 
Croesus, and again in 218 B. C. un- 
der the conquests of Antiochus the 
Great. Its citizens had had first- 
hand experience as a result of the 
lack of vigilance. If that be true 
politically and economically, how 
much more solemn is the truth as 
far as spiritual things are concerned! 

From the dispensational stand- 
point, the church at Sardis stands as 
representative of the period of the 
Reformation activity. The church 
was busy in a great religious pro- 
gram and had wealth aplenty, but 
was dead spiritually. Out of this 
spiritual decadence comes the cry 
to the God of heaven for a pure 
church which shall have power with 
the world of unsaved men. Only the 
testimony of a vital Christian expe- 
rience will be able to do anything as 
far as reaching a lost sinner for the 
glory of God. 

There is one bright spot of hope in 
the midst of this situation. There 
are a few, even in the midst of this 
spiritual adultery, which have not 
defiled their garments of righteous- 
ness with the commonly accepted 
worldly practices even in the church. 
Such as those are worthy of the 
Lord, and they ai'e promised that 
they shall walk with Him in white, 
for time and eternity (cf. Tit. 2:10b- 
13; I John 3:1-3). 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 




WHAT MAKES A GREAT CHURCH? 

By Rev. Edward D. Bowman, Pastor, Mountain View Brethren Church, Hollins, Va. 



It seems to me there are many 
people in the world today who do 
not understand God's purpose in the 
church. Some are of the opinion 
that a great church is one where 
membership is large or where there 
may be a good deal of social activity. 
But this does not make a great 
church. 

The Word of God, in Acts, pictures 
to us God's estimation of a great 
church. Here is found God's pro- 
gram and pattern for His church. If 
any group of believers in this day 
will follow God's pattern, they will 
have a great church. They will have 
a continuous spirit of revival in their 
midst. This will result in the salva- 
tion of lost souls, for a revived 
church is a soul-winning church. 

There are several things which 
make a great church. 

I. A great church is one where 
all are saved. 

The church had its birth on the 
Day of Pentecost. On that day the 
Holy Spirit came upon every be- 
liever who was assembled in the 
upper room in Jerusalem. Accord- 
ing to the account given in Acts 1: 
12-15, the 120 were men and women 
who not only believed in Christ, but 
they were also living holy lives. 
Surely every one of them had ex- 
perienced the regenerating power of 
the Holy Spirit through faith in 
Jesus Christ. Upon the Day of 
Pentecost, Peter preached a sermon 
which centered around the death 
and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As 
a result of his flaming message, de- 
livered in the power of the Holy 
Ghost, about 3,000 souls were saved. 
These were baptized and added to 
the church (Acts 2:41). 

Again, in Acts 2:47 we read, "And 
the Lord added to the church daily 
such as should be [were being] 
saved." This was the work of the 
Holy Spirit convicting men of sin 
and bringing them to repentance. 
Only as they experienced the new 



birth, were they inducted or re- 
ceived into the church. No wonder 
there was such power in the church 
in her early days. Later, as some 
unsaved people gained entrance into 
the membership of the church there 
was the loss of power and blessing. 

II. A great church is one where 
oil are praying. 

"These all continued with one ac- 
cord in prayer" (Acts 1:14). "And 
when they had prayed . . ." (Acts 
4:31. The early church moved for- 
ward on her knees. No wonder the 
spirit of revival burned in the hearts 




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of God's people. They were praying 
Christians who knew how to release 
God's power and move His mighty 
arm. No church today can be great 
unless it is a praying church. The 
same God who heard the cry of His 
children in the first century hears 
the cry of His people today. 

Today, our entire denomination 
needs a revival of prayer fellowship. 
We need to be of one accord, of one 
mind, of one spirit, of one heart in 
prayer, seeking the guidance and 
blessing of the Lord upon His work. 
We will never see great and mighty 
things done through the power of 
the Spirit until our hearts are bur- 
dened in prayer for the Lord's work. 
Cold, indifferent, lukewarm prayers 
from the lips of God's people accom- 
plish nothing. But where every child 
of God in the church is pouring his 



or her heart out in fervent prayer, 
the Lord is bound to do great things 
for His own glory and praise, A 
great church is a praying church, 

III. A great church is one where 
all are filled with the Holy Spirit. 

In Acts 2:4 we read: "And they 
were all filled with the Holy Ghost." 
"And they were all filled with the 
Holy Ghost, and they spake the 
word of God with boldness" (Acts 
4:31b), Men who were chosen to do 
the work of the Lord in the church 
were Spirit-filled men (Acts 6:3), 
Today, the only person God can use 
to do His work with power and 
effectiveness is a Spirit-filled be- 
liever. Fleshly, carnal church mem- 
bers are a weight and hindrance to 
the Lord's work. Oh, how the church 
needs Spirit-filled members whose 
lives are unconditionally surren- 
dered to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Christian friend, are you filled 
with the Spirit of God? If not, why 
not? It is God's plan for your life 
that you be filled with the Spirit, If 
you are not filled with Him, then 
you are filled with self. Your un- 
confessed sin robs you of God's 
power and blessing. Read Ephesians 
4:25-32; 5:18. 

IV. A great church is one where 
all are of one accord. 

"These all continued with one ac- 
cord" (Acts 1:14). "They were all 
with one accord in one place" (Acts 
2:1). Here is the great secret of re- 
vival. Where God's people are liv- 
ing in perfect harmony with God 
and each other there will be rich 
blessings flowing upon them from 
the Lord. Where there is genuine 
revival there cannot be friction and 
confusion ainong believers. Jeal- 
ousy, backbiting, criticism of one 
another, and the absence of love will 
hinder the Holy Spirit from sending 
revival. D. L. Moody once said, "I 
never knew a church with discord 
to have revival," 



January 30, 1954 



77 



OUR RESPONSIBILITY? 



In a recent national conference of 
educators it was generally agreed 
that "religion is an important part 
of the American way of life, but that 
religion cannot be taught in the pub- 
lic schools of our country." They 
therefore are recommending that 
"the churches and homes accept the 
responsibility to give to the boys and 
girls of our country an adequate re- 
ligious background that will make 
them good citizens of a world of 
neighbors." 

As I read this report, which came 
to my desk onjy a few days ago, I 
could not help but ask the question, 
"Are •we accepting our responsibil- 
ity?" Long before secular educators 
came to this conclusion, God gave to 
the home and church the responsi- 
bility of giving to our children an 
adequate and abiding knowledge of 
God and His plan of salvation. To a 
large degree the homes of America 
have left God out of the picture. 
This makes it more imperative than 
ever that our Sunday schools accept 
the challenge and the responsibility. 



DIRECTOR ASSUMES DUTIES 



Harold H. Etling, former pastor of 
the Akron church, assumed his new 
duties in relation to the National 
Sunday School Board as of January 
1, 1954. He will be traveling among 
the churches of our fellowship, as- 
sisting in the work of the Sunday 
schools, and directing in conferences, 
workshops, and conventions in local 
churches and district conferences. 
Your National Sunday School Board 
is now urging you to help us by 
your prayers, your gifts, and your 
cooperation. 

Remember, we stand ready at any 
and all times to do our best to help 
you with your local Sunday-school 
problems. 

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We are at the very beginning of 
another ne^w year. This is our year 
of opportunity. This is the year to 
enlarge, to evangelize, to train more 
Christian workers to be obedient to 
Christ's last great commission. 

Remember there will be no growth; 
there will be no evangelism; thei'e 
will be no success in Sunday school 
unless we pray about our responsi- 
bility, we plan to meet our respon- 
sibility, we prepare to act upon our 
responsibility, we put our plans and 
preparation into action! 



THAT SIX -POINT SYSTEM 

Many of our churches have al- 
ready adopted the six-point system 
for their Sunday schools, and are 
finding it pays dividends. Others are 
asking questions about it, in order 
that they may be fully informed. 
The advantages of the six-point sys- 
tem are: 

First, it provides the teacher with 
the information necessary to follow 
up absentees, visitors, and prospec- 
tive members of the class. 

Second, it provides the teacher a 
record of his pupil's habits in regard 
to the things of the Lord and of His 
church, thus helping the teacher to 
know the needs of the pupil. For- 
example, whether the pupil needs 
help in his devotional life may be 
indicated by his regularity or irreg- 
ularity of Bible reading. 

Third, it provides a check for the 
pupil upon his own life. Every time 
the pupil fills out his individual rec- 
ord slip, he is reminded of the im- 
portance of the six points. The sys- 
tem calls attention to tardiness to 
Sunday school and irregularity in 
attendance. 

Fourth, it shows up the strong 
points of the class and school as well 
as the weak spots. Officers and 
teachers are made aware of the needs 




and are compelled to correct the 
weaknesses and build for a stronger, 
more efficient Sunday school. 

If your church and school have not 
yet tried the six-point plan, we urge 
you to give it consideration and trial. 
We believe it will transform your 
school as well as individual lives in 
their Sunday-school habits. 
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS 

The executive committee of the 
National Sunday School Board met 
in session at Akron, Ohio, January 
6-7 to make plans for the future of 
the work of Sunday schools in our 
Brethren churches. Uppermost in 
the planning was the matter of our 
Second National Sunday School 
Convention which will convene at 
Winona Lake, Ind., for a two-day 
session, August 22-23, 1954; and the 
national program for the year 1954- 
55. 

* * * 

NOW IS THE HOUR— 

To set the dates and make all 
plans necessary for a spring session 
of the teacher training program in 
your church and Sunday school; 

To begin planning for your daily 
vacation Bible school; 

To make final plans for your Easter 

program. 

* * * 

REMEMBER OUR SLOGAN— 
"Build Brethren Churches Through 
Better Brethren Sunday Schools!" 




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NEWS 





Fff rnjin 
CHURCHES 



Wooster, Ohio 

The annual meeting of the First 
Brethren Church was held on Jan. 
12. Reports disclosed that the aver- 
age attendance for the morning serv- 
ices was 238 and for the evening 
service 149. The present member- 
ship is 223, or 29 new members. 

Rev. Kenneth Ashman was ex- 
tended a call for another year. 

The income for the year 1953 was 
$32,045.18, of which amount $6,468.76 
was given to missions. — Rev. Ken- 
neth Ashman, pastor. 

Martinsburg, W. Va. 

For the past four and one-half 
years God has given me the privi- 
lege of ministering the Word in Mar- 
tinsburg, W. Va. What a unique 
blessing it has been to see the Rose- 
mont Brethi'en Church become es- 
tablished as a potent testimony 
among the people of this city. 

We stand amazed at the grace of 
our Lord. During the past four and 
one-half years God has erected a 
building, beautiful in its simplicity, 
for less than 70 percent of its esti- 
mated value; increased the member- 
ship of the church by 200 percent; 
increased the attendances and offer- 
ings nearly 300 percent; added ap- 
proximately 155 souls to "the body 
of Christ" through first-time public 
decisions in the church services; es- 
tablished a weekly radio broadcast; 
and wrought many other wonderful 
works for the glory of His dear Son. 
All of these blessings, I believe, have 
come in answer to the earnest pray- 
ers of God's people here. 

But now the present pastor and 
his family feel called of God to new 
fields of service. Hence, it is neces- 
sary that I resign as pastor of the 
Rosemont Brethren Church, effective 
April 1, 1954, in order to assume the 
pastorate of the First Brethren 
Church of Akron, Ohio.— Reu. M. L. 
Myers, pastor. 

Tracy, Calif. 

The annual treasurer's report 
shows that about $12,000 passed 
through the treasury of the First 
Brethren Church during 1953 for the 
spread of the Gospel. This exceeded 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 




Church 


Date 


Pastor 


Speaker 


Waynesboro, Pa . . Jan. 


24-Feb. 7.. 


. Dennis Holliday. 


Hal Webb. 


Portland, Oreg 


. . Jan. 


31-Feb. 3.. 


. Vernon Harris. . 


R. I. Humberd. 


Berne, Ind 


.. Feb. 


2-21 


. Ord Gehman .... 


Crusade No. 2. 


Taos, N. Mex. 


.. Feb. 


7-14 


. Sam Horney .... 


Bill Smith. 


Roanoke, Va . . 


.. Feb. 


7-21 


. R. E. A. Miller. . 


Crusade No. 1. 


Tracy, Calif. . . 


.. Feb. 


14-17 


. Wm. Clough.... 


R. I. Humberd. 


Dayton, Ohio. . 


.. Feb. 


14-28 


. C. S. Zimmerm'n 




Portland, Oreg 


.. Feb. 


15-28 


. Vernon Harris . . 


Michael Walsh. 


Glendale, Calif 


.. Feb. 


21 


. Chas. Und'rwood R. I. Humberd. 


San Bernardino, 








Calif 


.. Feb. 


23-26 


. Lyle Marvin .... 


R. I. Humberd. 


Conemaugh, Pa.. Feb. 


24-27.... 


. Stanley Hauser. 


A. R. Kriegbaum. 



all previous records. A Hammond Colburn will hold conferences for us 

organ was purchased and dedicated, during February. 

and the mortgage on the church was The Tracy Ministerial Association 
paid. A Sunday-school attendance elected me president for the year 
goal has been set at "204 for '54." 195i.—Rev. Wm. (Bill) Clough, pas- 
Rev. R. I. Humberd and Rev. Ralph tor. 



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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD 



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By Rev. Jack Green, Director, Young Russian Christian Association 



"The Lord is my shepherd." Where 
was it found? "Where is it?" wept 
Mary R o g o f f . "Surely someone 
knows where it is." This heart- 
rending longing came from the lips 
and heart of a 50-year-old grand- 
mother as she looked down at a few- 
weeks-old granddaughter that had 
just departed from an exeeding cold 
and unfriendly world. 

Mary Rogoff lives in Guadalupe, 
the Russian colony in Me.xico where 
we of the Young Russian Christian 
Association are starting to build a 
work. For years Mary alone has 
defied the Russian Molokan culture 
and church to minister to the needs 
of the poor Indians and Mexican 
people around her who come to her 
one-room adobe hospital for help, 
physical and material. Mary has 
been friendless and an outcast sinr- 
ply because she dares to befriend 
those outside the "chosen Molokan 
people." The racial, linguistic, and 
religious superiority has been so 
accentuated in these people that 
even one of their own who dares 
to break the unwritten law of "min- 
gling" is taboo. 

Mary has worked alone for years, 
getting little to compensate for her 
work of love. One son was a heavy 
drinker; a favorite son was killed; 
two daughters are living with Mexi- 
can men in the hills having mere 
hovels for hoines. Even Mary's hus- 
band chooses the blessings of the 
Russian church rather than sympa- 
thize too much with his wife. 

Not only has Mary served her 
fellow man but has practically made 
a livelihood for the entire family by 
operating a little gas station and 
cafe. Besides, she helps to plow the 
fields. All this with the help of 
only Pancho, an old Mexican who 
gets his board for what little service 
he can render, and Juanito, Mr. Ro- 
goff's 15-year-old orphaned nephew. 
When Juanito was three years old 
his father sold him to an Indian for 
a bottle of wine. Were it not for 
Mary Rogoff, who rescued him a 
year later, Juanito would have grown 
as one of the wild deer or goats that 
flee the mountain lions through the 



ragged San Pedro Martir Mountains. 
Mary has been both father and 
mother to Juantio for these 12 years. 

About a week before Christmas 
Mary rode horseback through the 
night to an adobe hut to deliver 
a baby that should have been de- 
livered three days before. The birth 
was a successful one and Mary was 
indeed happy, but there was noth- 
ing in which to wrap the baby or to 
make padding for the mother. Mary 
removed one of her few dresses and 
tore it into usable sizes and rode 
back to her little hospital just in time 
to deliver her own granddaughter. 
When I was there to take supplies a 
week before Christmas, Mary told 
me; "She is a beautiful baby, with 
smooth olive Mexican skin, but blond 
hair and blue eyes of his Russian 
mother." 

I had gone only a few days when 
the grandchild died. Mary had tried 
hard to save the infant, but they had 
called her too late. The daughter 
stood by in helpless desperation 
while the father, typical of Mexican 
Catholics, called in his friends and 
started to drink. Mary was beside 
herself in spite of her many experi- 
ences in sadness and frustrations. A 
funeral! Who would care for the 
funeral? The Russian elders only 
recently had refused to allow her 
daughters to participate in the Molo- 
kan form prayer in the church and 
they would not come to say a prayer 
over the tiny body that lay cold in 
the lamplight, because the child was 
half Mexican. Mary's great mother 
heart was rent. Who then would 
pray? Women are nothing in the 
Molokan culture, and besides, who 
was she — an outcast! 

As her large, calloused hands 
tacked an old satin slip in the apple- 
crate coffin her inind was busy at 
work. Where to turn — the Scrip- 
tures, of course. But Mary knew no 
Scripture — yes, there was one, how 
did it go? "The Lord is my shep- 
herd . . ." Yes, but what was the 
rest of it, and where was it found? 
Try though she would, Mary could 
not remember, or perhaps she had 
never known and there was none to 



ask. So beside a lonely little grave 
stood a lonely little group of people, 
a drunken young Mexican father, a 
hysterical wayward Russian girl, but 
more alone than they all — valiant 
Mary Rogoff. 

But Mary had been alone before; 
in fact, she was alone three years 
ago when, with tender, loving hands, 
she tried to piece together the man- 
gled body of her son in a coffin. That 
was her sorrow of sorrows. Mary 
doesn't know the Scripture, but her 
heart must cry with the prophet, "Is 
it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? 
behold, and see if there be any sor- 
row like unto my sorrow." 

So as Mary shoveled in the earth 
she paused, kneeled, and simply 
prayed, "The Lord is my shepherd." 

Will you pray with me for Mary? 
Does she know the Lord? It is diffi- 
cult to say. I personally believe she 
does. But she has had no opportu- 
nity to learn of the Lord. She does 
not know Him as a burden bearer 
and as a Friend that sticketh closei- 
than a brother. 

Pray too that the work we have 
started may not suffer because of 
insufficient funds to build and to 
support the workers for the field. 



MRS. WILLETTA IRENE SMITH, 
now with the Lord whom she loved 
and served, was born at Bloomfield, 
Ohio, March 8, 1898, the daughter of 
Cyrus and Mary Wilson Hogsett. 
She chose nursing as an early life 
work, being a graduate of Akron 
City Hospital. On January 19, 1935, 
she became the beloved wife of Bro. 
John Smith. Dee Sinith was her 
only child. 

Due to extended illness in the 
home. Sister Smith had opportunity 
to listen to several broadcasts of the 
Gospel. It was through this minis- 
try that she learned to know Christ 
as her Saviour. Her conversion was 
blessed and vitalizing. She became 
a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Wooster, where she joy- 
fully worshiped and served. Her 
baptism was on March 31, 1946. 

On Christmas Day 1953 she was 
"loosed away upward." We have 
confidence to believe that she is now 
with the blessed Saviour whom she 
loved and adored. Our sister will be 
much inissed at her church and 
among her many loved ones. May 
the Holy Spirit bring comfort to our 
hearts. — Pastor Kenneth Ashman. 



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-No. 6— Feb. 6, 1954 




Foreign Mission Number 




— Courtesy Ministere de la France d' Outre-Mer. 



Women of Oubongui-Chari - Vicfims of Pagan Supersfition 




SPEAK IN G 




By Rev. Kenneth B. Ashman, Recording Secretary 
The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church 



"O HOW LOVE I THY LAW!" (PSA. T 19:97) 

Those who have handled the Bible used by the late 
C. H. Spurgeon, gospel preacher extraordinary, have 
read these notations which indicate the secret of his 
successful preaching: 

"C. H. Spurgeon, 1856. 

"The lamp of my study — 

"The light is bright as ever, 1861. 

"Oh, that mine eyes were more open, 1864. 

"Being worn to pieces, rebound 1870 — the lantern 
mended and the light as joyous to mine eyes as ever." 

May every pastor find in the Word of God a "study 
lamp" and a "light joyous." 



One for One 



"DESTRUCTIVISM" 

One of the nation's leading law enforcement agents 
recently coined a new word to describe the current wave 
of teen-age vandalism — "destructivism." He declared 
that for no reason at all the youth have a mania to see 
things destroyed, dismantled, disrupted. They pull 
plumbing out of unfinished homes, start driverless cars 
down busy streets, make gasoline torches out of ex- 
pensive shrubbery. In Chicago alone the annual school 
budget calls for $400,000 to repair student vandalism. 

The term "destructivism" may well describe the result 
of this growing mania, but a better word to reveal its 
cause would be "Satanism." This same law officer, 
noting the extensive damage being done, confessed that 
he was "greatly amazed." He needn't be so shocked. 
The Apostle Paul wrote long ago that these conditions 
would exist. He declared that those who refuse to retain 
God in their knowledge are given over to a reprobate 
mind, being filled with maliciousness, insolence, diso- 
bedience, all of which causes them to be inventors of 
evil things with destruction and misery in their ways. 
"Destructivism" is simply the manifestation of uncon- 
trolled Satanic natures. 



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"PEACE OF MIND" 

These are the days of peace offensives, peace work- 
shops, peace declamations. Obviously, people are seek- 
ing security and peace. Our President has reflected 



enlarged social security benefits, price supports for 
farmers and small business, increased governmental as- 
Tistance in medical and hospital expense. 

Recently, Wanamaker's store in Philadelphia adver- 
tised a book entitled, "Peace of Mind" (Lippman). 
Within one and one-half hours after the opening of the 
doors the next morning all of their supply, 800 copies, 
was exhausted. It is reported that many of the pur- 
chasers were Jewish people. Jew and gentile alike are 
seeking for stability and security. Peter wasn't writing 
a "peace declamation" when he penned his first epistle. 
However, in his concluding statement he revealed the 
true way of such peace of soul and mind — "Peace be 
with you all that are in Christ Jesus." 



One for One 



WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH IT? 

The humorous story told recently in our church by 
the lawyer, James Bennett, has a good point. While 
riding with a friend, they observed a dog chasing the 
engine of a train, barking lustily and even nipping at 
the speeding wheels. Mr. Bennett's friend asked, "Now 
what do you suppose that fool dog would do with that 
engine if he did catch it?" 

Before we laugh at the dog we would do well to con- 
sider "what fools we mortals be." With the dog it's a 
pastime, but with us this chasing of the uncontrollable^ 
the undesirable, the unnecessary, has become a passion. 
It appears to this writer that we are spending a great 
deal of time chasing engines — time better spent in bury- 
ing spiritual bones for future use in time of need, 
scratching away spiritual fleas to make us purer and 
more holy, routing out spiritual thieves who would rob 
us and our own of the treasures of a Spirit-filled life of 
faith and trust. 



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"THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND" 

The lately produced new version of the Bible (RSV) 
is now being supported with commentaries, prayer- 
books, quarterlies, and hymnals. The whole situation 
reminds us of the telephone operator who set the office 
clock each noon by the sounding of the town whistle, 
only to discover that the man who was calling her each 
morning at 11:50, asking the time, was the man who 



this desire in recent recommendations to the Congress — blew the whistle — he wanted to be sure and have the 

THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind.. und&r 
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: Walter Lepp. president; Robert D. Crees. vice president; Clyde Balyo, secre- 
tary; Ord Gehman. treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, William 
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right time. Truer words were never written — "The 
Wind leading the bUnd." 



One for One 



"ON OUR KNEES— ON THEIR FEET" 

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Gideons has a unique 
slogan that we might do well to apply to our foreign 
missionary endeavors. They say: "The Auxiliaries on 
their knees to keep the Gideons on their feet." We have 
never talked to a missionary yet who failed to ask for 
definite prayer support. Prayer is our most effective 
arm of support for them. We might adopt a similar 
slogan — "The home church on her knees to keep the 
foreign church on her feet." The wave of hat and ker- 
chief to the missionary and his wife as they sail from 
these shores could well be interpreted to say, "Brethren, 
pray for us." 



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A MISSIONARY MEMORIAL 

When Sister Irene Smith, of our congregation, was 
"loosed away upward" the family requested no flowers. 
One simple basket presented by husband and son graced 
the service. Those who desired to presenc floral tributes 
were invited to place the money in a missionary memo- 
rial fund instead. As a result, a gift of $100 is being 
presented to the African mission field. How fitting to 
know that souls will blossom in newness of life in glory, 
grafted by faith into the "Living Vine." Indeed, this is 
better than the expenditure of funds in the purchase of 
flowers, cut from the stock of life, but to wither and die. 



One for One 



THANK YOU, BROTHER ASHMAN 

The recording secretary of our Foreign Missionary 
Society, Bro. Kenneth Ashman, has submitted the edi- 
torials for this issue. "Thank you, and may the Lord 
continue to bless your ministry for Him." R. E. R. 



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WILL IT BE "MISSIONS" OR "MUNITIONS"? 

This month of February begins the four-months period 
of special emphasis on Brethren foreign missions. Praise 
the Lord for what has been accomplished. As for the 
future, the needs are staggering and the opportunities 
are unlimited. 

The following editorial, quoted from The Voice, 
should speak volumes to each reader and cause us all 
to pray and give as never before. 

"MISSIONS VS. MUNITIONS— The race for world 
supremacy is undoubtedly between MUNITIONS, the 
fruit of hate, and MISSIONS, the fruit of love. Billions 
are being fed to MUNITIONS, yet the hope of the world 
is undoubtedly in MISSIONS, to which scant attention 
is being paid. 

"The mad hate race of the nations puts shame upon 
the Christian church of its lethargy and indifference in 
winning men to Christ by the preaching of the Gospel in 



YOUR REPRESENTATIVES 

IN 

FRANCE 




Rev. and Mrs. P. Fredrick Fogle, 
Victor, Neal, and Beckie 



all the world. The aggressor nations are those which 
have repudiated true Christianity and which are wor- 
shiping the gods of force and hate. 

"The church faces right now one of the greatest chal- 
lenges of her cpj-eer. Her mission is missions. The 
open door of unprecedented opportunity bids her leave 
her contentment and ease and strike out upon the high- 
way of worldwide evangelism. Missionai-y giving must 
no longer be the "beggar's portion," We cannot evan- 
gelize the world on "leftovers." Missions must be put 
foremost and no longer remain an afterthought. Our 
chief responsibility is to bear witness for Christ out to 
the ends of the earth." 



One for One 



CHRISTIANITY IN EGYPT'S SCHOOLS 

Courses in Christianity will be introduced soon in the 
government-run schools of staunchly Moslem Egypt. 
Bible lessons and Christian ethics will be taught to 
Christian students by regular government-paid instruc- 
tors. The move is the latest of several steps taken by 
President Mohammed Naguib's mJlitary regime to elim- 
inate religious discrimination. In the past, only Islam 
has been taught in the government schools. Under the 
new policy, all Christian students will receive Christian 
instruction during the same periods when Moslem pupils 
are studying their own religion. — The Alliance Weekly. 



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FIELD 



NEWS 



FLASHES 



AFRICA— 

— Field Council report indicates unlimited challenges and opportunities. A 
report will be given after consideration by the board of trustees at the midyear 
meeting. 

— Miss Edith Geske is now located at Bozoum, where she is serving as secretary 
to the field superintendent. Praise the Lord for her physical improvement. 

— The Lester Kennedy family moves to M'Baiki, and the Samarin family moves 
to Bellevue. 

— The C. B. Sheldon family plans for furlough in April. 



ARGENTINA— 

— Don Bishops expect to sail March 12 from New York for Argentina. They will 
be located at Rio Cuarto. 

— The Carson Rottler family moves to Villa Mercedes. 

— National believers accept full responsibility for much of the work. 

— Missionaries plan for expansion. 



BRAZIL— 

— The Barnards arrived at Belem, Brazil, on January 16, for a visit with the 
missionaries and a survey of the field. 



BAJA CALIFORNIA— 

— The Roy Howard family is now located at the new property in Calexico, Calif., 
and caring for improvement of the property. 

— The Walter Haag family remains at San Ysidro, Calif., working out from there. 
— National leadership is needed desperately for the Baja California work. 



FRANCE- 



— This field is most difficult. The Fogle family deserves your utmost in prayer. 
— Visas for the Goodman family refused. 



HONOLULU— 

— Grace Chapel sent S115.83 as a home-mission offering. Praise the Lord! 

— Record attendance in Sunday school on January 3 — 58. 

— Began evening church services on January 10 with 19 present. 

— Permission granted by authorities for location of Grace Chapel. 



OUR GOAL— ONE FOR ONE— A FOREIGN MISSIONARY FOR 
EVERY PASTOR AT HOME 



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(jieeiinas j'iom Ulacaba Once Clcaini 



I 



We are all fine here except for a few minor colds and 
so on. We have been plenty busy here for the last few 
weeks. First we had a week of vacation Bible school 
for the children here in Macapa and then we had a week 
over in Mazagao. It was lots of work but well worth the 
effort in the end. We had about 50 children the first day 
here in Macapa and the average attendance was approx- 
imately 35. The two girls who teach regularly in our 
Sunday school were teachers for the vacation Bible 
school, too. We used the child evangelism material in 
Portuguese. The older children studied the series, 
"Growing the Bible Way," and the younger ones had the 
"Wordless Book" series. The children really liked the 
stories with flannelgraph and then we had verses of 
Scripture in Portuguese for them to color. We were 
able to reach many new children in the community and 
we trust that it will mean many born-again believers in 
the future. 

On Friday night we had a special service for the par- 
ents and over 100 came out. The children sang choruses 
and recited verses Vv'hich they had learned. Then, after 
a short message by one of the young men, I showed 
colored slides. Needless to say, we had a good time and 
the Lord blessed. 

The following week we made the trip to Mazagao by 
motorboat. The tv.'o girls went along to teach and one 
of the oldei- men went to help out in the meetings. We 
had children's meetings in the afternoon and preaching 
at night. The attendance was excellent, over 100 each 
night. In all we had eight first-time confessions of faith 
— all of these decisions were made by men. We would 
appreciate prayer for the work here in Macapa as well 
as Mazagao. We need trained national workers to carry- 
on the work. Should the Lord tarry, I am sure we will 
have a fine group of churches here in this country. 

—The Edward Millers. 







3|tte«4^|.j, 





Rev. a7id Mrs. Edward Miller, Jeanette, Carol Ann, 
and ''Eddie Boy." 



THE INFLUENCE OF A TRACT 

A young Frenchman who had been wounded at the 
siege of St. Quentin was languishing on a pallet in the 
hospital, when a tract that lay on the coverlet caught 
his eye. He read it and was converted to God by it. 
You inay see the monument of that man standing with 
a Bible in his hand before the Church of the Consistory 
in Paris. He is known in history as Admiral Coligny, 
the leader of the Reformation in France. 

But the tract had not finished its work. It was read 
by Coligny's nurse, a "Sister of Mercy," who penitently 
placed it in the hands of the lady abbess, and she, too, 
was converted by it. She fled from France to the Palati- 
nate, where she met a young Hollander and became his 
wife. The influence which she had upon that man 
reached out into the reformation of the entire continent 
of Europe, for he was William of Orange. "How far 
yon candle threw its beam!" Who knows what the 
power of a tract may be? — The Evangel. 



One for One 



DVBS at Macapa, Brazil, November 1953. 



What are churches for, but to make missionaries? 

What is education for, but to train them? 

What is commerce for, but to send them? 

What is life itself for, but to fulfill the purpose of mis- 
sions, the enthroning of Jesus Christ in the hearts of 
men? — A. H. Strong. 



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CHANGES IN 
AFRICA, T 



By Lester W. Kennedy, M'Boiki, Africa 



%I% 




Lester Kennedy 



As you see from the address above, there have been 
some changing of pastorates this side of the ocean also. 
The change for us will take place sometime around the 
last of January and the first of February. (The Lester 
Kennedy family is moving from Bellevue to M'Baiki ) 
Having never seen M'Baiki we are looking forward with 
great enthusiasm to our work there in jungle land. 
Circumstances centering around this move are many, 
but we feel we are solely led of the Lord and He is lead- 
ing us very definitely to the green paradise of M'Baiki. 
Next to the Lord's leading and presence in sending us 
forth to Africa, this move has been of like inward peace 
and confidence, crowned with real joy in going on 
with Him. 

The climate here in Africa is changing from being 
rainy and cool to the so-called dry and hot season. As 
of now, we see how it is in dry-season time, for we 
haven't had rain for months. Consequently the lawns 
are drying up and are just brown patches. The grass- 
lands are but fields of rolling, dry, tall, coarse grass. 
Here and there fires have been made so as to protect 
the villages from the great forest fires that will be started 
soon, thus giving the land a black, brown, and dull-white 
blanket — hard on the eyesight. 

Hot in Africa? If you could peek into our rooin one 
of these nights soon, you would find most of the shutters 
closed and the Kennedy family huddling under one or 
two blankets. Cold? Why, I thought it would frost. 
They say to give it time and it will be fs hot as an oven. 

The climate in the church some places is dry and cold 
and in others green with fruits for Christ. The dryness 
is very sparsely placed — in going through most of the 
Bellevue district I have found a real note of praise and 
thanksgiving unto God. The leaders and lay are eager 
to know the Word of God more fully and to go on with 
Christ unto a deeper walk with their Lord, who has 
truly bought them out of the slave market of all kinds 
of heathen vices and superstition. 

At one conference (native), after I had spoken, a few 
of the leaders came and inquired concerning verses I 
had not touched upon fully in the sermon. They have a 
deep yearning to know more fully the true Word, be- 
cause many "words" are entering into the Dark Con- 
tinent only to deepen it blacker into sin. 

I wish you could have been with me New Year's Eve 
as we had our watch-night service from 6 to 8 p. m. We 
started the service with songs of praise and rejoicing, 
after which there was a word of prayer and a portion of 
Scripture read. Then came the time of joy to my heart 
— for more than an hour and a half I listened to one 
after another of the brethren in Christ stand to their 
feet, in a dimly lighted church; and tell of the goodness 
of God to them in the past year. I could not see their 



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facial expressions, neither could I understand all of 
them, for they spoke in their native village tongue, but 
I could understand their notes of sorrow and sadness 
because of circumstances of the past. Always, however, 
they began and ended on the glorious major note of 
praise to the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Oh, how your hearts would bend in sorrow with them 
but not to stay there, for they, like us, have found their 
confidence in the God of their salvation. As they would 
express that confidence and thankfulness in words, your 
heart, like mine, would vibrate loudly and enthusias- 
tically — praise be unto God who has called these souls 
out of darkness into His glorious liberty in Christ Jesus. 

But, friend, what share have you had in helping God 
bring such joy to these dear benighted souls? Would 
your heart beat faintly, so faintly, that even you could 
hardly detect its throb? Why? Is it that you have not 
helped until it hurt in prayers, in gifts, in life; or is your 
heart even now throbbing with major notes of praise 
because of the share you were able to have in sending 
the "Good News" to this thirsty land of Africa? 



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THE VALUE OF A SOUL 

Think of the value of just one soul. For one may be 
many. Andrew brought Simon — just one. But that one 
was many, for, under God. Simon brought 3,000 in one 
day. Joel Stratton, a waiter in a restaurant, brought 
John Gough to Christ. Ezra Kimball, a Sunday-school 
teacher, brought Moody to Christ — just one man. But 
that one was many, for Moody rocked two continents 
toward God. 

But why say more? Just one digit is valuable in the 
multiplication table and one letter in the alphabet; far 
more valuable is the conviction of the value of just one 
soul in God's sight. — R. G. Lee. 



One for One 



CHRISTMAS AT BELLEVUE 

The natives had a nice program at Christmas, with 
shepherds, wise men, and so on. Folks from all the 
nearby little chapels came in and each of them had 
some part in the service. We began to think we wouldn't 
even get through in time for dinner. But it surely did 
seem good to us who remember when we first came here 
and not a soul knew about Chi'istmas because they 
didn't know Christ had come. We praise Him that there 
are now many redeemed ones here. 

—Mrs. C. B. Sheldon. 

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REPORT OF GIFTS 

To the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church— July 1, 1953, to December 31, 1953 



ATLANTIC DISTRICT 



Baltimore. Md 

Chambersburg, Pa 

Hagerstown. Md 

Harrisburg. Pa 


S4.00 

12.00 

146.00 

111 50 




50.35 


Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 

Seven Fountains. Va- 


100.00 
3 50 


Washington. D. C. . . 


164 50 


Waynesboro. Pa 


43 00 


York, Pa 


46.85 







681.70 
B?b!e Brethren Church, Baltimore, Md. 

Bishop Funds S4.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Chambersburg, Pa. 

Bishop Funds S12.00 

Grace Brethreii Church, Hagerstown, Md. 



General Fund . 
Bishop Funds . 
Rottler Funds 



SIO.OO 
41.00 
95.00 



S146.00 



Melrose Gardens Brethren Church, 
Harrisburg, Pa. 



Bishop Funds 



Sill. 50 



Rosemont Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, W. Va. 



General Fund 
Bishop Funds 



S40.35 
10.00 



S50.35 

First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

General Fund $100.00 

Trinity Brethren Church, 
Seven Fountains, Va. 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Project $3.50 

First Brethren Church, Washington, D. C. 



General Fund 
Geske Funds . . 



First Brethren Church 

Bishop Funds 

Grace Brethren Chiirch, York 



S64.50 
100.00 
S164.50 

Waynesboro, Pa. 

S43.00 



General Fund 

Ruth Snyder Funds 



S33.45 
13.40 



CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Artesia. Calif 

Bellflower. Calif 

Compton, Calif 

Fillmore. Calif 

Glendale. Calif 

La Verne. Calif 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 

Los Angeles, Calif. (First) 

Los Angeles, Calif. (Second) 

Los Angeles, Calif. (Third) 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 

Paramount, Calif 

Phoenix, Ariz 

San Bernardino, Calif 

San Diego, Calif 

Seal Beach, Calif 

South Gate, Calif 

South Pasadena, Calif 

South San Gabriel, Calif 

Temple City, Calif 

Tracy, Calif 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 

California District 



Pa. 



S46.85 



S56.35 
18.00 
12.00 
30.50 
57.03 

217.50 

3,321.28 

50.00 

40.67 

435.60 
33.59 
19.00 
16.00 
15.00 
5.00 
10.00 
10.00 
17.00 
10.00 
14 00 
33.50 

188.61 

369.00 



5,043.63 



Carson Avenue Brethren Church, 
Artesia, Calif. 



Africa Leper Fund 

Bishop Funds . . 


$14.35 
17 00 


Goodman Funds 

Teeter Funds 


10.00 
15.00 



S56.35 



First Brethren Church, Bellftower, Calif. 
Bishop Funds 518.00 

First Brethren Church, Compton, Calif. 

Balzer Funds SI2.00 

First Brethren Church, Fillmore, Calif. 

Altig Funds S15.00 

Bishop Funds 15.50 

S30.50 

First Brethren Church, Glendale, Calif. 

Balzer Funds $32.78 

Bishop Funds 15.75 

Teeter Funds 8.50 

$57.03 

First Bre(lirc7i Church. La Verne. Calif. 

General Fund SIO.OO 

Africa Special Fund . . . 124.50 

Bishop Funds 58.00 

E. Miller Funds 25.00 

S217.50 

First Brethren Church. Long Beach. Calif. 

General Fund S2.527.79 

Africa General Fund . . . 42.00 

Africa Leper Fund 37.25 

Africa Special Fund . . . 10.00 

Argentina General Fund 5.00 

Brazil Special Fund . . . 185.29 

Altig Funds 5.00 

Balzer Funds 15 00 

Bishop Funds 58.35 

Goodman Funds 5.00 , 

Haag Funds 60.00 

Samarin Funds 75.00 

Zielasko Funds 295.60 

S3. 321. 28 

First Brethren Chltrch, Los Angeles, Calif. 

General Fund S30.00 

Altig Funds 15.00 

Balzer Funds 5.00 

$50.00 

Second Brethren Church. Los Angeles, Calif 

Brazil Special Fund . . . $19.67 

Balzer Funds 10.00 

Bishop Funds 4.00 

Teeter Funds 7.00 

$40.67 

Third Brethren Church, Los Angeles, Calif. 

General Fund S27.80 

Brazil General Fund . . . 380.00 

Burk Funds 27.80 

$435.60 

La Loma Grace Brethren Church, 
Modesto, Calif. 

Bishop Funds S18.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 15.59 

$33,59 

Paramount Brethren Church, 
Pararnount, Calif. 

Bishop Funds $9.00 

Goodman Funds 10.00 

$19.00 

First Brethren Church, Phoenix, Ariz. 
Bishop Funds $16.00 

Arrowhead Avenu? Brethren Chiirch. 
San B2rnardino. Calif. 

Bishop Funds $15.00 

First Brethren Church, San Diego, Calif. 

Baja California General Fund .... $5.00 

First Brethren Church, Seal Beach, Calif. 

Balzer Funds $10.00 

First Brethren Church, South Gate, Calif. 

General Fund S30.00 

Altig Funds 3.50 

Bishop Funds 40.50 

$74.00 



Fremont Avenue Brethren Church, 
So^ith Pasadena, Calif. 

BishojD Funds $17.00 

Grace Brethren Church, 
South San Gabriel, Calif. 

Altig Funds $10.00 

Temple City Brethren Church, 
Teinple City, Calif. 

Bishop Funds S14.00 

First Brethren Church, Tracy, Calif. 

Bishop Funds $33.50 

First Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

General Fund 588.61 

Baja Calif. General Fund 100.00 

$188.61 

California District 

General Fund $210.00 

Baja Calif. General Fund 26.00 

Baja Calif. Special Fund 10.00 

Balzer Funds 23.00 

Garber Funds 30.00 

Goodman Funds 10.00 

Kliever Funds 20.00 

Samarin Funds 40.00 

53S9.00 

EAST DISTRICT 

Aleppo, Pa $11.00 

Altoona, Pa. (First) 37.32 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Mundy's Corner) 29.00 

Conemauph, Pa. (Singer Hilli 10.00 

Everett, Pa 32.90 

Grafton. W. Va 21.00 

Hopewell, Pa 20.50 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 99.00 

Leamersville. Pa 81.25 

Listie, Pa 30.00 

Martinsburg. Pa 770.00 

Meyersdale. Pa 7.00 

Summit Mills. Pa 27.55 

Uniontown, Pa 56.84 

East District 158.00 

1.391.36 
Aleppo Brethren Church, Aleppo, Pa- 
Teeter Funds $11.00 

First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 

Bishop Funds 528.00 

Nielsen Funds 9.32 

$37.32 

Pike Brethren Church (Mundy's Corner), 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

Bishop Funds $19.00 

Teeter Funds 10.00 

$29.00 

Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

Dunning Funds SIO.OO 

Everett Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. 

Rov Snyder Funds $10.20 

Ruth Snyder Funds .... 17.70 

Teeter Funds 5.00 

S32.90 

First Brethren Church, Grafton, W. Va. 

Ruth Snyder Funds .$21.00 

Grace Brethren Church (Yellow Creek), 
Hopewell, Pa. 

Special for Missionary 

Residence $5.00 

Nielsen Funds 15.50 

$20.50 

First Brethren Church, Johnstown. Pa. 

General Fund $15.00 

Bishop Funds 44.00 

Teeter Funds 40.00 

$99.00 



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Leamersville Brethren Church, 
Duncansville, Pa. 

Special for Missionary 

Residence $7.00 

Bishop Funds 53.00 

Nielsen Funds 21.25 

S81.25 

Listie Brethren Church, Listie, Pa- 
Bishop Funds $30.00 

First Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

E. Miller Funds $50.00 

Sumey Funds 720.00 

$770.00 

Meyersdale Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa- 
General Fund $5.00 

Ruth Snyder Funds 2.00 

$7.00 

Summit Mills Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

Ruth Snyder Funds .... $15.80 

Sumey Funds 11.75 

S27.55 

First Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa- 
Bishop Funds $24.50 

Ruth Snyder Funds . . . 5.55 

Sumey Funds 26.79 

$56.84 

East District 

General Fund $25,00 

Rov Snyder Funds 50.00 

Ruth Snyder Funds 83.00 

$158.00 

INDIANA DISTRICT 

Berne. Ind 323.00 

Clay City, Ind 310.00 

Claypool. Ind 11.74 

Flora. Ind 33.00 

Fort Wayne. Ind 20.00 

Leesburg. Ind 10.00 

Osceola. Ind 1.062.17 

Peru, Ind 45.10 

Sharpsville, Ind 7.00 

Sidney, Ind 20.00 

South Bend. Ind 86.09 

Wheaton, 111 15.00 

Winona Lake, Ind 62,00 

Indiana District 250,21 

1,955,31 

Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Ind. 

Bishop Funds $23.00 

First Brethren Church, Clay City, Ind- 

General Fund $300.00 

Churchill Funds 5.00 

Munn Munds 5.00 

$310.00 

Claypool Brethren Mission, Claypool, Ind- 

General Fund $1.74 

Foster Funds 10.00 

$11.74 

Grace Brethren Church, Flora, Ind. 

Bishop Funds $33.00 

First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

General Fund $20.00 

Leeshurg Brethren Church, Leesburg, Ind-. 

Bishop Funds $10.00 

Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind. 

General Fund $1,000,00 

Brazil General Fund , , . 62,17 

$1,062.17 

Per^l Brethren Church, Peru, Ind. 

General Fund $3,08 

Bishop Funds 27,50 

Foster Funds 14,52 

$45,10 

Grace Brethren Chiirch, Sharpsville, Ind. 
Foster Funds $7,00 

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Sidney Brethren Church, Sidney, Ind. 

General Fund $10,00 

Sumey Funds 10,00 

$20,00 

Sunnt/niede Brethren Church, 
South Bend, Ind. 

General Fund $48,00 

Bishop Funds 12.00 

Burk P'unds 19.50 

Zielasko Funds 6.59 

$86.09 

Grace Brethren Chtirch, Wh?aton, III. 

Bishop Funds $15.00 

Winona Lake Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, 7?td. 

General Fund $40.00 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF 

Proiect 20.00 

Bishop Funds 2.00 

$62.00 

Indiana District 

General Fund $50.(10 

Burk FunJs 9.00 

Foster Funds 143.42 

Munn Funds 3.00 

Nielsen Funds 43.79 

Rov Snyder Funds 1.00 

$250.21 

IOWA DISTRICT 

Cedar Rapids $14,00 

Dallas Center 23,00 

Garvfin 9,64 

Leon ■ 26.78 

North English 9.10 

Waterloo 18.50 

Iowa District 29.00 

130.02 

Grac3 Brethren Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Roy Snyder Funds $14,00 

First Brethreii Church, Dallas Center, Iowa 

Bishop Funds $23.00 

Carlton Brethren Church, Garwin, Iowa 

Roy Snyder Funds $3,64 

Leon Brethren Church, Leon, Iowa 

General Fund $10.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 16,78 

$26.78 

Pleasant Grove Brethren Church. 
North English, Iowa 

Roy Snyder Funds $9.10 

Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa 

Nielsen Funds $18.50 

Iowa District 

E. Myers Funds $25.00 

Zielasko Funds 4.00 

$29.00 

MICHIGAN DISTRICT 

Alto $30.00 

Berrien Springs 11.50 

Lake Odessa 22.00 

New Troy 10.50 

Michigan District 49.05 

123.05 

Calvary Brethren Church, Alto, Mich. 

Foster Funds $30,00 

Grace Brethren- Church, 
Berrien Springs, Mich. 

General Fund $10,00 

Bishop Funds 1,50 

$11,50 

Grace Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Bishop Funds $22 00 

New Troy Brethren Church, New Troy, Mich. 

Foster Funds $10,50 



Michigan District 

General Fund $40,00 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF 

Pro,iect 6.05 

Teeter Funds 3,00 

$49,T> 

MIDWEST DISTRICT 

Beaver City, Nebr $49,17 

Cheyenne, Wyo 13,23 

Cordillera, N, Mex 3,30 

Denver, Colo 29,^0 

Portis. K-ns 73,11 

Taos, N. Mex ■ 4, On 

Midwest District 75,19 

247,00 

Grace Br3thren Church. Beaver City, A'-^br, 

Roy Snyder Funds $49,17 

First Brethren Church. Cheyenne, Wyo. 

Roy Snyder Funds $13,23 

Cordillern, Brethren Church, 
Cordillera, N. Mex. 

Bishop Funds $3.30 

Grnce Brethren Church, Denver, Colo. 

Altig Funds $29,00 

Fir.1t Brethren Church. Portis, Kans 

Cons Funds $29,54 

Nielsen Funds 43,47 

$73,11 

Canon Brethren Church. Taos, N MeX- 

Bishop Funds $4 00 

Midwest District 

Africa General Fund , , , $26,00 

Argentina General Fund 27,19 

Bain Calif, General Fund 7,00 

Rottler Funds 15,00 

$75 19 

NORTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Akron S22,00 

Ankenytown 75,00 

Ashland 271,90 

Canton 13,00 

Cleveland 37,06 

Fremont 109,00 

Homerville 5,00 

Middlebranch 31,00 

Rittman 54,60 

Wooster 175,36 

Northern Ohio District 190,04 

983 -S6 

First Brethren Church, Akron, Ollio 

Teeter Funds $22.00 

First Brethren Church, Ankenytown, Ohio 

General Fund $75.00 

West Tenth Street Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio 

Bishop Funds $233,40 

Teeter Funds 38,50 

$271,90 

First Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio 

Teeter Funds $13.00 

First Brethren Ch^trch. Cleveland, Ohio 

General Fund $7,02 

Bishop Funds 8,00 

C, Taber Funds 22,04 

$37,06 

Grace Brethren Church. Fremont, Ohio 

General Fund $25,00 

Bishop Funds 34,00 

Roy Snyder Funds .50,00 

$109.00 

West Homer Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio 

Bishop Funds $5,00 

First Brethren Church, Middlebranch, Ohio 
Bishop Funds $31,00 

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First Brethren Church, Rittinan, Ohio 

Bishop Funds $54.60 

First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF 

Project $5.00 

Africa Special Fund . . . 16.86 

Argentina Special Fund 2.00 

Altig Funds 54.25 

Roy Snyder Funds •J7.25 

$175.36 

Northern Ohio District 

Africa Special Fund . . . $58.00 

Special for Missionary 
Residence 132.04 

$190.04 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Albany. Oreg $61.91 

Harrah, Wash 10.00 

Portland. Oreg 25.00 

Salem, Oreg 26.00 

Seattle. Wash 47.48 

Sunnyside. Wash '. 629.25 

Yakima. Wash 47.50 

Northwest District 113.00 

960.14 

Grace Brethren Church, Albany, Oreg. 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF 

Project S7.00 

Africa Leper Fund 7.00 

Bishop Funds 31.45 

Roy Snyder Funds 16.46 

$61.91 

Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, Wash. 
Bishop Funds $10.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Portland, Oreg. 

Altig Funds -. $25.00 

Salern Bible Class, Salem, Oreg. 

Bishop Funds $16.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 10.00 

$26.00 

View Ridge Brethren Church, Seattle, Wash. 

Altig Funds $13.40 

Bishop Funds 34.08 

$47.48 

First Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. 

General Fund $288.64 

Brazil Special Fund ... 18.35 

Altig Funds 75.07 

Bishop Funds 180.51 

Dunning Funds 10.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 56.68 

$629.25 

Grace Brethren Church, Yakima, Wash. 

Bishop Funds $47.50 

Northwest District 

Altig Funds S3.00 

Bishop Funds ICO.OO 

Roy Snyder Funds 10.00 

$113.00 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

HoUins. Va $9.38 

Johnson City. Term 8.59 

Limestone, Term 81.60 

Radford, Va 16.00 

Roanoke. Va. (Ghent) 110.13 

Southeast District 151.29 

376.99 

Mountain View Brethren Church, Hollins, Va. 

Ruth Snyder Funds $9.38 

Johnson City Brethren Church, 
Johnson City, Tenn. 

Ruth Snyder Funds $8.59 

Vernon Brethren Church, Limestone, Tenn. 

General Fund S36.00 

Bishop Funds 35.00 

Ruth Snyder Funds .... 10.60 

$81.60 

Fairlawn Brethren Church, Radford, Va. 

General Fund S5.00 

Ruth Snyder Funds ... 11.00 

$16.00 

Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

Africa Special Fund . . . $75.00 

Ruth Snyder Runds . . . 35.13 

$110.13 

Southeast District 

General Fund $25.00 

L. Kennedy Funds 71.99 

Ruth Snvder Funds 54.30 

$151.29 

SOUTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Camden. Ohio $0.75 

Clayhole, Ky 10.61 

Clayton. Ohio 125.67 

Covington, Ohio 38.02 

Dayton, Ohio ( Bethany ) 54.30 

Dayton, Ohio ( First ) 25.00 

Dayton, Ohio IN. Riverdale) 146.74 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) ... 10.00 

Sidney, Ohio 6.00 

Troy, Ohio 22.00 

West Alexandria. Ohio 27.54 

Southern Ohio District 38.46 

505.09 

First Brethren Church, Ca-tnden, Ohio 

Africa Special Fund $0.75 

Clayhole Brethren Church, Clayhole, Ky. 

General Fund $10.61 

First Brethren Church, Clayton, Ohio 

General Fund $24.00 

Africa Leper Fund .... 59.07 

Bishop Funds 19.00 

Nielsen Funds 23.60 

$125.67 

First Brethren Church, Covington, Ohio 

General Fund $18.82 

Geske Funds 14.20 

Nielsen Funds 5.00 

$38.02 



Betliany Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 

General Fund $34.84 

Foster Funds 19.46 

$54.30 

First Brethren Chtirch, Dayton, Ohio 

General Fund $25.00 

North Riverdale Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio 

General Fund $60.39 

Bishop Funds 67.07 

Foster Funds 19 28 

$146.74 

Patterson Park Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio 

Bishop Funds $10.00 

First Brethren Church, Sidney, Ohio 

Bishop Funds $6.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Troy, Ohio 

Bishop Funds $22.00 

Sampleville Brethren Missio7i, 
West Alexandria, Ohio 

Foster Funds $11.00 

Nielsen Funds 16.54 

S27.54 

Southern Ohio District 

Foster Funds S38.46 

MISCELLANEOUS 

National Miscellaneous $136.50 

National SMM 2.157.84 

National WMC 2,633.91 

4,928 25 

National Miscellaneous 

General Fund $85.00 

Africa Special Fund . . . 4.50 

Argentina General Fund 10.00 

Baja Calif. General Fund 4.00 

Bishop Funds 15.00 

M. Kennedy Funds 3.00 

Mason Funds 10.00 

Ruth Snvder Funds . . . 5.00 

$136.50 

National Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

Education of Missionary 

Children $458.01 

Munn Funds 1.699.83 

$2,157.84 

iVational Women's Missionary Council 

Africa Leper Fund $111.82 

Argentina Special Fund 1,246.30 
France Special Fund . . . 1,246.29 

Wagner Funds 29.50 

$2,633.91 

17,326.50 
Gifts Outside the F. M. S 150.00 

Total Gifts 17,476.50 

Homer A. Kent, treasurer. 

Ruth E. Reddick, financial secretary. 



THE LADDER 

Roger W. Babson, the famous financier and statistician, 
tells of a visit to the President of the Argentine Repub- 
lic. Says he: 

"One day we sat in his sun parlor looking out over 
the river. Suddenly he turned to me and said: 'Mr. 
Babson, I have been wondering why it is that South 
America, with all its great natural advantages, is so far 
behind North America, notwithstanding that South 
America was settled before North America.' 

"Then he went on to tell how the forests of South 
America had 286 trees that could be found in no book 
of botany. He told me about many ranches that had 
thousands of acres of alfalfa in one block. He men- 
tioned the mines of iron, coal, copper, silver, gold; all 



those great rivers with waterpower which rivals Ni- 
agara's. 

" 'Why is it, with all these natural resources, South 
America is so far behind North America?' he repeated. 

"Those of you who have been there know the reason. 
But being a guest, I said: 'Mr. President, what do you 
think is the reason?' 

"He replied thoughtfully, 'I have come to this con- 
clusion. South America was settled by the Spanish who 
came in search of gold, but North America was settled 
by the Pilgrim Fathers who went there in search of God.' 

"Then," concluded Mr. Babson, applying the lesson, 
"let us as American citizens never kick down the ladder 
by which we climb up. Let us never forget the founda- 
tion upon which all permanent prosperity is based." — 
Moody Monthhj. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalte. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



WINONA LAKE, IND,— Pastors 
and Sunday-school superintendents 
are requested to check as to whether 
your Sunday-school order for the 
next quarter has been mailed to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co. If 
not, send it at once, please! 

LONG BEACH, CALIF,— A dis- 
trict Brethren youth rally was held 
at the First Brethren Church on Fri- 
day, Jan. 15, with Rev. Ralph Col- 
burn as the speaker. Dr. Charles W, 
Mayes is the pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF.— T u e s d a y 
night has been set aside for "visita- 
tion" by the men of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Lewis Hohenstein is 
the pastor. 

LA VERNE, CALIF,— Miss Nancy 
Mae arrived in the home of Rev, and 
Mrs. Victor Meyers on Jan. 7, weigh- 
ing 5 lb,, 15 oz. Congratulations. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF.— The new 
building of the Temple City Breth- 
ren Church will be dedicated on 
Sunday. Feb, 28, Leo Polman is the 
pastor. 

CRESTLINE, CALIF.— A snow 
conference was held here Jan, 29-30 
by the young people of the Temple 
City Brethren Church, Rev, Ralph 
Colburn was the speaker, 

AKRON, OHIO— Rev, Leon Myers 
has accepted the call to become the 
pastor of the First Brethren Church 
here. Full details in Jan, 30 issue of 
Herald. 

SOUTH BEND, IND,— Evangelist 
Ted Place, of Detroit, Mich., was 
guest speaker at the Sunnymede 
Brethren Church on Jan, 17, W, 
Russell Ogden is the pastor. 

GLENDALE, CALIF,— A snow 
conference was held at Tahquitz 
Pines Jan, 22-24, Charles Under- 
wood is the pastor, 

DAYTON, OHIO— Rev. James 
Hammer, pastor of the First Breth- 



ren Church of Fort Wayne. Ind., will 
be the evangelist at the Patterson 
Park Brethren Church Feb, 14-28, 
C, S, Zimmerman is the pastor, 

YORK, PA,— Rev. Gerald Polman, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, 
was guest speaker at the Red Lion 
Youth for Christ on Jan. 23. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO— The build- 
ing permit has been granted to the 
First Brethren Church and construc- 
tion of the first-floor auditoriuin is to 
begin at at early date, R, M. Ward 
is the pastor, 

HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA, — T h e 
new building of the Vicksburg 
Brethren Church has been complet- 
ed. The former building was de- 
stroyed by fire. Dean I, Walter is 
the pastor. 

MARTINSBURG, PA,— An over- 
night district youth rally will be 
held here on Feb, 12-13. Gerald W. 
Teetei- will be the host pastor, 

KITTANNING, PA.— A new pub- 
lic-address system and remote radio 
equipment was dedicated at the First 
Brethren Church recently. 




FREMONT, OHIO— Rev, Gordon 
Bracker began his ministry at the 
Grace Brethren Church here on Jan. 
31. Rev. Bracker's new address is 
526 Howland St. 

CONEMAUGH, PA. — Rev, Ed- 
ward Lewis conducted a Bible con- 
ference at the Coneinaugh Brethren 
Church Jan, 20-24, Stanley Hauser 
is the pastor. 

KITTANNING. PA,— The Daily 
Leader-Times, in a story published 
Jan, 23, reports the acceptance of 
a call to the First Brethren Church 
by Rev. William H, Schaffer, who 
plans to leave Spokane. Wash., on 
March 22. 

DAYTON, OHIO — Mr, Harry 
Saulnier, director of the Pacific Gar- 
den Mission in Chicago, was guest 
speaker at the North Riverdale 
Biethren Church Jan, 27, Mason 
Cooper, pi'esident of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Laymen, will 
be the guest speaker on Feb. 28. 
Clyde Balyo is the pastor. 



HAGERSTOWN, MD,— The Ha- 
gerstown Bible Institute begins its 
spring term on Feb. 11, The faculty 
includes Rev, M. Leon Myers, Rev, 
William Wiles, and Rev, Russell H, 
Weber, 

CANTON, OHIO— Mr, Robert 
Schultz, of Altoona, Pa., was guest 
speaker at the First Brethren 
Church. John Dilling is the pastor, 
Mr, Schultz is going as a missionary 
to the Indians of the Union of South 
Africa. 

LOS ANGELES. CALIF. — Mr. 
Howard Vulgamore, principal of the 
Christian Day School and assistant 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
was ordained to the Christian min- 
istry on Jan, 3. Dr. C. W, Mayes, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church 
of Long Beach, Calif., was speaker. 
Rev, Glenn O'Neal, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church here, was 
assisted by other pastors of the dis- 
trict in the ordination service. 

WOOSTER, OHIO— Dr. Frank 
Torrey, of Lancaster, Pa,, will be the 
speaker at a Jewish inission rally on 
May 7, in the First Brethren Church. 
Rev, Kenneth B, Ashman is the pas- 
tor. 

ASHLAND, OHIO — Additional 
property has been purchased by the 
West Tenth Street Brethren Church. 
The new property is a lot on the 
southeast corner of the present 
church property. Rev, Miles Taber 
is the pastor. 

YAKIMA, WASH,— A meeting of 
the Brethren ministers of Washing- 
ton and Oregon was held here Jan. 
7-8, Rev. Russell Williams was the 
host pastor, 

ALTOONA, PA,— There were nine 
decisions of surrender to the Lord 
during the Bible conference con- 
ducted by Rev, Miles Taber in the 
First Brethren Church. Rev. Mark 
Malles is the pastor, 

TIPP CITY, OHIO— Mrs, Walter 
J. Barnhart went to be with the Lord 
on Jan, 25 at the age of 77. Her 
husband is a retired Brethren min- 
ister. They were married 52 years, 

ROANOKE. VA.— Anyone desir- 
ing to book meetings with Rev, 
Archie Lynn should contact him by 
writing 1822 Windsor Ave., Raleigh 
Court, Roanoke, Va, 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF, — The 
Brethren Day School of the First 
Brethren Church will be needing 
teachers this fall. Those interested 
please contact Rev, Glenn O'Neal, 
2400 West 85th St., Inglewood, Calif. 



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Come Up Hither 



"Come up hither ... a throne was 
set in heaven . . . and out of the 
throne proceeded lightnings and 
thunderings" (Rev. 4:1-10). 

All through the Bible the clear 
teaching is that there will come an 
end to this present age in which we 
are living. There will follow an age 
in which God's kingdom will be on 
earth, and His will be done here as 
it is in heaven. This complete change 
will take place at the second coming 
of Christ. 

In between this present and the 
new age there will come a short 
period of terrible judgments upon 
this God-defying and God-forsaking 
world which will clear the earth for 
the Lord to take over. The very 
first thing that will happen when 
that day of judgment comes will be 
the "come up hither" into the Lord's 
presence, of all believers, either out 
of their graves or out of this world 
if they are then alive. Then will 
come the storm of judgment as sig- 
nified by the "lightnings and thun- 
derings" which were the first thing 
John saw coming from the throne in 
heaven. 

Of course, the world does not be- 
lieve that anything like that will 
ever happen. People are saying: "All 
things continue as they were . . ." 
{II Pet. 3:4). They reason, "Nothing 
has happened yet, and nothing will 
happen." 

A certain cartoon appeared some 
time ago in one of our magazines. A 
man had fallen out of the 64th-story 
window in one of the skyscrapers in 
New York. A man on the 24th floor 
happened to see the falling man as 
he passed his open window on the 
way down. The falling and doomed 
man waved at the amazed onlooker 
and smilingly called: "Nothing has 
happened yet." But, something was 
certainly going to happen. Just as 
certain will something happen to 
this world one of these days when 
the end of this age has come and 
Christ returns. 



It may start as a day like any 
other day. The sun will rise on time. 
Men will get out of bed as usual, 
shave, drink their coffee as on other 
mornings. They will drive their cars 
or ride the bus to work as on other 
days. Some will get up with a 
grouch, some with a hangover. 
Farmers will get out their tractors 
to work in the field. Businessmen 
wUl hurry on to their stores. Kids 
will be walking to school with a book 
undei- one arm and a baseball in the 
gloved hand. Trains will start their 
runs on schedule. Buses will de- 
part for distant cities. Ships will be 
crossing the oceans filled with ex- 
pectant travelers. Planes and 
stratocruisers will shoot across the 
heavens. Lawyers will cross over 
to the courthouses to plead their 
cases. Fashionable women will hurry 
downtown to try on fashionable 
clothes. 

Speculators will scheme on how to 
double their money without honest 
work. Well-di-essed crooks will plan 
to sell some gullible people some 
nonexistent oil wells. Some people 
will be starting on their long-looked- 
for vacations. Telephone lines will 
tingle with morning gossip and hot 
business deals. Some men will use 
the phone to arrange for a secret 
meeting with a secret woman. The 
banks will be open for business. 
Racehorses will be groomed for the 
afternoon races. Bookies will mark 
down bets from the usual suckers. 
The bars in drinking houses will be 
polished and ready for their willing 
victims. Doctors will prescribe an- 
other dose of pills. Television shows 
will be on, radios will give forth the 
latest hits and the last-minute news. 
Scientists will be looking through 
their microscopes, preparing some 
new means of destruction or some 
new way of saving a life. College 
professors will leave for their class- 
rooms to teach the latest theories of 
the universe. Some people will start 
the day with prayer. Some will 



By Rev. Bernard N. Schneider, 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, 
Mansfield, Ohio 



start the day with cursing. In some 
homes there will be a fight before 
breakfast is over. 

Yes, it will seem a day like any 
other day of the thousands of days 
that are past. And yet, it will be a 
day of days, like unto that seemingly 
ordinary day long ago when the 
angels announced: "Unto you is born 
this day ... a Saviour, which is 
Christ the Lord." That was seem- 
ingly an ordinary day when the God 
of the universe hung on a cross and 
shouted: "It is finished." 

Suddenly it will happen! It may 
be that some great earthquake will 
shake the earth! It may be that 
some fiend will suddenly set off the 
pent-up powers man is supposed to 
be storing up for destructive pur- 
poses, in the A-bomb, or H-bomb, 
or C-bomb! I do not know whether 
some great outside phenomenon will 
accompany it, but I do know that 
such a day is coming. The Lord's 
trump will sound, and His own will 
hear His voice, and they will answer 
the summons of the Lord to "come 
up hither." The church will meet 
the Lord in the air. The Holy Spirit, 
too, will go back to heaven. The 
day of grace will be over. The day 
of the Lord will have begun. Anti- 
christ will start his conquests, and 
the judgments of the great tribula- 
tion will be on for those who remain 
upon the earth. 

Dear reader, what would happen 
to you if that day should come now? 
Would you be with those who will 
go to meet their Lord because they 
are ready for His coming? Only 
those who have been washed in the 
blood of the Lamb will meet Him 
then. Christian friend, keep ever 
before you the promise of His com- 
ing. Do not be led away from His 
fellowship by anything that the world 
or the Devil may offer you. 



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The Futility of Opposing God's Anointed 



A STUDY OF THE SECOND PSALM 



The occasion out of which the Sec- 
ond Psalm arose is uncertain. Vari- 
ous conjectures have been given, 
such as David's conquest of the con- 
federacy of the Philistines, Syrians, 
Phoenicians, and others as recorded 
in II Samuel 5 (Clarke, Lange, et 
al.). But the uncertainty still re- 
mains. The authorship is also in 
question among the various schools 
of commentators. Some attribute it 
to the pen of Solomon (Ewald), 
others to Isaiah or Hezekiah (De- 
litzsch), while others insist that Da- 
vid is its author. The weight of 
evidence seems to favor the latter, 
especially in view of the fact that it 
is so attributed in Acts 4:25-26. 

Psalm 2 may be thought of as a 
historical -prophetical psalm. We 
may first read from the historical 
viewpoint, with an eye to the literal 
David. Many of the expressions take 
on color and significance against the 
background of David's accession to 
the throne of Israel amidst the re- 
bellion and conspiracies that swirled 
around him. As God's anointed, 
however, he ascended the throne and 
wielded the scepter of power for 40 
illustrious years, overcoming opposi- 
tion and consolidating the 12 tribes 
into a unified kingdom. Neverthe- 
less, the diction is too high and ex- 
aggerated to be limited to the his- 
torical Davidic kingdom. Hence, we 
must reread the psalm from the pro- 
phetical viewpoint, with an eye to 
the spiritual David. Immediately a 
throb of expectancy pulsates through 
our soul as our attention is directed 
from the type (David) to the great 
Antitype (Jesus Christ). The color- 
ing which appeared too bold and 
glaring for the historical king of 
Israel no longer appears so against 
the background of the ultimate tri- 
umph of God's Anointed over the tu- 



multuous nations conspiring against 
Him. 

The Second Psalm has for its 
theme "The Futility of Opposing 
God's Anointed" (Acts 4:25-26)^. 
Even while the nations rush about in 
riotous rage, taking counsel against 
God's Son. God, in calm serenity, 
enthrones His Messiah according to 
predetermined decree. 

The literary structure of the psalm 
is beautiful. It consists of four 
strophes of three stanzas each. Our 
outline below follows this poetical 
construction. 

I. THE CONSPIRACY OF THE 
NATIONS (vss. 1-3). 

Three primary scenes unfold in 
this connection. We observe: 

1. The agitation prodxiced by the 
conspirators (vs. 1). Here the psalm- 
ist declares in graphic terms the 
tumultuous resentment (rage) smol- 
dering in the collective breast of the 
peoples. Jew and gentile (Acts 4: 
27), as they meditate and devise 
(imagine) evil and riotous conspir- 
acies against the Lord and against 
His Anointed. "Why" suggests the 
futile (vai7i) purpose of these agi- 
tations. 

2. The aggression plotted by the 
conspirators (vs. 2). Here we see 
the determined (set themselves) de- 
liberation (take counsel) going on 
in the council chambers of the kings 
and rulers of the earth. This con- 




Dr R. E. Gingrich 



By Dr. Raymond Gingrich, President, 
Akron Bible Institute, Akron, Ohio 



spiracy is carried out with crafty 
planning, not with foolish haste. 

3. The anarchy proposed by the 
conspirators (vs. 3). Taking their 
cue from their father, the Devil, who 
rebelled against the authority of 
God, these conspirators announced 
their intention of overthrov/ing di- 
vine restraint and authority like "re- 
fractory bulls" (break their bands 
. . . cast away their cords). Like the 
Israelites in the days of His flesh de- 
clared, "We will not have this man 
to rule over us" 'Luke 19:14) and 
"We have no king but Caesar" (John 
19:15), so e:e the divine kingdom is 
set up, a violent struggle will ensue 
by the combined might of Israelite 
and gentile rebels who are deter- 
mined to assert their own wills over 
that of the Son of God. 

II. THE CONTEMPT OF T H E 
LORD (vss. 4-6). 

Three primary scenes appear in 
this act. We observe: 

1. The provocation of the Lord 
(vs. 4). From the tumultuous roar- 
ing of the multitude and the delib- 
erative meditation in the council 
chambers of the conspirators to the 
inajestic serenity of the throne room 
of heaven we are now led! Here we 
see Him who sits upon the throne, 
beholding these earth scenes, looking 
with utter contempt (laitgh) upon 
their vain imaginations, and holds 
them in scorn (derision). 

2. The vexatioji oj the rebels (vs. 
5). After a time (then), without 
even rising from His seat, even 
though sorely provoked and angry 
(wrath . . . sore displeasure), God 
strikes terror and dismay (vex) into 
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ble words, but with an accomplished 
fact, namely, 

3. The exaltation of the King (vs. 
6). What a grand exclamation! God 
has already done what the nations 
were attempting to prevent! How 
futile to attempt to prevent what 
God had determined to do before 
time began, 

"Thy foes in vain designs engage; 
Against His thi-one in vain they rage, 
Like rising waves, with angry roar. 
That dash and die upon the shore." 

III. THE COVENANT WITH THE 
SON (vss. 7-9). 
Having been led by the psalmist 
into the council chambers of the 
conspirators to observe their con- 
spiracies, and thence into the throne 
room of God to witness His contempt 
for their devises, with its accom- 
panying vexation and triumph, we 
now are presented to the Lord's 
Anointed, to observe His assumption 
of the throne of the kingdom de- 
creed before time began. 

1. The resolution oj the Son (vs. 
7a). The Son of God resolved to de- 
clare the basis upon which his royal 
investiture rested. .It was by a di- 
vine decree covenanted between 
Father and Son in the eternal coun- 
cils before the world began. Upon 
it rested Messiah's claim to the 
scepter of power. 

2. The revelation of the covenant 
(vss. 7b-9). The Son's right to the 
kingdom rests upon two titles, name- 
ly: (1) His position, "Thou art my 
Son; this day have I begotten thee" 
(vs. 7b). The primary meaning here 
relates to the resurrection of Jesus 
Christ from the dead, by which He 
was declared to be the Son of God 
with power, and by which His right 
to the throne was established (Rom. 
1:4; Acts 13:33ff.). (2) His petition 
(vss. 8-9). The primary thought 
here is that of His subordination to 
the Father, and of receiving the 
kingdom from Him by petition (ask 
of me). This kingdom is universal in 
extent (uttermost parts of the earth), 
and powerful in its expression (break 
them with a rod of iron . . . dash 
them in pieces). Even in the King- 
dom Age there will be attempted re- 
bellion against the Lord, and against 
the Lord's Anointed, but it will come 
to naught (Zech. 14:16-19). 

IV. THE COUNSEL TO THE 
RULERS (vss. 10-12). 

The fourth strophe of the psalm 
presents a fitting conclusion to the 
foregoing action. The counsel em- 



bodies three important principles, 
namely: 

1. The reflection enjoined upon 
the rulers (vs. 10). In view of the 
futility of opposing God. and of the 
certain destruction of all who do. 
the rulers are admonished to reflect 
(now — argumentative, not temporal) 
upon these realities, and plan their 
program wisely, in harmony with 
the plan of God (be instructed). 

2. The reverence entreated from 
the rulers (vs. 11). Rather than be 
broken as a piece of pottery, the 
rulers, setting the example, are to 
submit joyfully, and serve with rev- 
erent fear Him whom God has en- 
throned as His Messiah. 

3. The reconciliation encouraged 
for the rulers (vs. 12). Before ac- 
ceptable service can be offered to the 
King, the kiss of reconciliation (kiss 
the Son) must be offered. A great 
deal of discussion concerning the 
meaning of this passage has arisen. 
We believe that, together with any 
and all other ideas it may embody, 
the primary one is that of reconcil- 
iation. With the Father already an- 
gry at the nations (vs. 5), and the 
Son invested with power and au- 
thority to destroy the rebellious 
subjects (vs. 9), a state of reconcil- 
iation is needed to restore the rulers 
(and their subjects) to the divine 
favor. Hence they are counseled to 
"Kiss the Son, lest he be angry," 
and they too perish, like those of 
former days, from the earth. 

The psalmist closes with an appeal 
to trust in the Lord as the assurance 
of a blessed state, and an insurance 
against the wrath of an angry God. 



NEWS 





LITTLE THINGS 

Shaingar had an ox-goad. 

Rahab had a string, 
Gideon had a trumpet, 

David had a sling, 
Samson had a jaw bone. 

Moses had a rod: 
Dorcas had a needle — 

All were used for God. 
— Sunday School Ti7nes. 



TIME to me is so precious that 
with great difficulty can I steal one 
hour in eight days, either to satisfy 
myself or to gratify my friends. — 
John Knox. 



SEATTLE, WAS H.— "Operation 
Doorbell" is the name applied to the 
visitation program of the View Ridge 
Brethren Church. Thomas E. Ham- 
mers is the pastor. 



CHURCHES 



(Items in this column are compiled from re- 
ports of pastors and evangelists.) 



York, Pa. 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
York, Pa., has been greatly blessed 
by the ministry of the Brethren 
Evangelistic Crusade Team One. The 
meetings, which began Sunday, Jan- 
uary 3, and closed Sunday, January 
17, were used of God to revive Chris- 
tians, save souls, and bring many to 
a reconsecration of life to the Lord, 

The meetings were well attended, 
with an average attendance of 54, 
The weatherman did his best to 
snow out several meetings during 
the second week. 

Statistics of the meetings include 
2 first-time decisions for the Lord, 
17 rededications, and on the second 
Sunday about 35 Christians publicly 
dedicated themselves to the work of 
soul-winning. Four special chil- 
dren's meetings were held the first 
week, with an average attendance of 
49. There were six decisions for 
Christ in these meetings with the 
children. 

We of the York church certainly 
appreciate the ministry of Evangelist 
R. Paul Miller, Song Leader Max 
Williams, and Pianist Jesse Gingrich. 
— Gerald Polnian, pastor. 

Certainly there is no faster-grow- 
ing community than the city of York, 
Pa. Industries are springing up on 
every side. Schools seem unable to 
keep up with the increase of chil- 
dren. In the midst of this situation 
our new York congregation is now 
established. In the short time since 
the coming of Pastor Gerald Pol- 
man, the church has grown swiftly 
and they are now ready to build 
their new structure. 

Our meeting really lasted but one 
week. The second week was almost 
a total loss due to the general storm 
conditions that swept the eastern 
seaboard. But in spite of it, the 
Lord added several families to the 
work at this time. Other and greater 
harvests will follow here in York. 
God is surely in this work. — R. Paul 
Miller, evangelist. 



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The Lord's Supper, or Love Feast 



By James Cook, Associate Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio 



The Lord's Supper was a separate 
institution from the bread and the 
wine of Holy Communion and yet 
was celebrated in connection with 
it. In the primitive church, the 
Lord's Supper (the agape) was the 
first celebrated, being followed by 
the breaking of bread and drinking 
of the wine of the Holy Communion 
(Eucharist). All three of these or- 
dinances (the Washing of the Saints' 
Feet, the Lord's Supper, and the 
Eucharist) were instituted in the 
same place and at the same time — 
when "his hour was come." It was 
"during supper" (John 13:12 ASV) 
that Jesus arose and washed the 
disciples' feet. It was "as they were 
eating" supper (Matt. 26:26) that 
Jesus took bread and blessed and 
brake it and gave it to the disciples 
and said, "Take eat: this is my body." 
It was "after supper" that He took 
the cup, saying, "This cup is the 
new testament in my blood" (Luke 
22:20). 

John tells us this supper Christ 
ate with His disciples was before the 
(Jewish) Passover (John 13:1) and 
that it was 24 hours before. As He 
sat down with His disciples that last 
night He said unto them, "With de- 
sire I have desired to eat this pass- 
over (the Jewish Passover) with you 
before I suffer: for I say unto you, 
I will not anymore eat thereof, until 
it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God" 
(Luke 22:15-16). Notice, "I will not 
anymore eat." That should settle 
all doubts. What He did eat was 
the Christian Passover or Love Feast 
designated in the New Testament 
(John 13:7; I Cor. 5:7-8). Since the 
Scriptures record no other occasion 
where a supper was eaten previously 
like this supper, and nowhere is it 
recorded that the apostles instituted 
any ordinances, it is only sane to 
conclude that the Lord authorized 



this meal and the apostles carried it 
on (I Cor. 11:17-34; II Pet. 2:13; 
Jude 12). 

These terms, "the Lord's Supper," 
and "Love Feast" used in the New 
Testament designate the meal which 
the Lord ate with His disciples in 
the upper room and have these sym- 




Rev. James Cook 

bolical meanings. The Love Feast 
certainly symbolizes the oneness of 
the children of God, sitting together 
in love as God's great family. Not 
as the Corinthian church, where 
Paul is correcting the abuse, saying 
it was impossible to eat the Lord's 
Supper with these "divisions" among 
the people (I Cor. 11:18). Such a 
love feast was a mockery and a lie. 
Later in the evening Jesus said, "A 
new commandinent I give unto you. 
That ye love one another; even as I 
have loved you, that ye also love 
one another. By this shall all men 
know that ye are my disciples, if ye 
have love one for another" (John 13: 
34-35). Jesus alone knew the last- 
ing benefits of His children sitting at 
such a Christian love feast. The 
term "Lord's Supper" symbolizes 
more fully the "future ministry" of 
Christ. While there are many sym- 
bols set forth here of special value 
through this meal, the outstanding 
one is the marriage feast of the 



Lamb with the bride in heaven (Rev. 
19:7-9; Eph. 5:25-33). Toward this 
blessed hope this feast points and 
warms the hearts of the saints. Christ 
at this supper is the central figure 
and will be through the ages. He 
promises "that where I am, there ye 
may be also" (John 14:3); "that they 
may behold my glory" (John 17:24); 
"azid so shall we ever be with the 
Lord" (I Thess. 4:17). 

Clirist, the perfect Servant, will 
continue to serve the saints through 
all eternity, as symbolized by this 
meal. "For the Lamb which is in 
the midst of the throne shall feed 
them, and shall lead them unto liv- 
ing fountains of waters; and God 
shall wipe away all tears from their 
eyes" (Rev. 7:17); and "he shall gird 
himself . . . and will come forth and 
serve them" (Luke 12:37). "Blessed 
are they that do his commandments, 
that they inay have right to the tree 
of life, and inay enter in through the 
gates into the city" (Rev. 22:14). 



WHY CHRISTIANS SUFFER 

I bear my willing witness that I 
owe inore to the fire, and the ham- 
mer, and the file, than to anything in 
my Lord's workshop. I sometimes 
question whether I have ever learned 
anything except thi'ough the rod. 
When my schoolroom is darkened, I 
see most. — C. H. Spiirgeon. 



PARENTAL EXAMPLE 

Johnny was watching the traffic 
froin the window. "Oh, Mother, a 
truck went by as big as a housel" 

"Johnnie, why do you exaggerate 
so terribly? I've told you 40 million 
times about that habit of yours, and 
it doesn't do a bit of good!" — O. I. 
Baptist. 



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The Way to Get What You Want From God 



By William Clough, Pastor 
First Brethren Church, Tracy, Calif. 



"If ye abide in me. and my words 
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye 
will, and it shall be done unto you" 
(John 15:7). Our Lord spoke these 
words to believers. He speaks to 
those whose hands, eyes, ears, hearts, 
minds, and lives are dedicated to 
Christ. 

What Christ is to be to us, and do 
for us, certainly depends on what we 
are willing to be and do for Him. 
Some have difficulty in knowing 
God's will. The one great secret to 
knowing God's will is a willingness 
to do God's will. The motive must 
be right. James declares; "Draw 
nigh to God, and he will draw nigh 
to you." Through faith and believ- 
ing prayer we have the key that un- 
locks heaven's wonderful door. But, 
understand the unlimited promise, 
"Ask what ye will" or "the way to 
get what you want from God" has its 
one simple and natural condition 
which is found in our text. 

It is Christ whom the Father al- 
ways hears. God is in Christ, and 
can be reached by our being in Him. 
To abide in Him is the way to have 
our prayers heard. John said, "If 
we know that he hear us . . . we 
know that we have the petitions that 
we desire of him" (I John 5:15). To 
be completely yielded to Christ, and 
wholly abiding in Him, we have the 
right to "ask what ye will" and the 
promise is, "It shall be done unto 
you." 

Three great facts to recognize are 
(1) that we are a needy people: (2) 
that God owns all and has more than 
enough for all; and (3) that God has 
promised that He will supply every 
need and even give His children the 
very desires of their heart. We can 
be siu'e that God is no respecter of 
persons and He is not going to fail 
in His promise now. 

The past must be clear. By the 
past, we mean the record since the 



time of conversion. Every sin must 
be confessed and put away. The 
psalmist declared, "No good thing 
will he withhold from them that 
walk uprightly." Sin must be put 
away. David concluded, "If I regard 
iniquity in my heart, the Lord will 
not hear me." David knew from ex- 
perience the truth about sin in his 
life. 




Rev. William Clough 



Doubtful things must be removed. 
To know God's best, God must have 
our best. We have a wonderful lib- 
erty, but this liberty is never to be 
taken for license to sin. God's di- 
rective will is the will for your life. 
He speaks, "This is the way, walk ye 
in it." Things allowed under the 
permissive will of God must go if 
you want victory. Every known and 
doubtful thing must be removed once 
and for all. I like the way Jesus 
said it in Matthew 21:21 and Mark 
11:23-24. 

Often, many come with question- 
able things, desiring to know the 
answer. To doubt is to sin. The 
rule is: When you doubt — abstain. 
(Study Colossians 3:17.) 

The Bible teaches that "to obey is 
better than sacrifice." Obedience 
means being willing to go all the 
way and do God's will in everything 
(Matt. 9:9; John 7:17; Jas. 1:22). 



Christians are indwelt bv the Holy 
Spirit (John 14:17; I Cor. 6:19). The 
Lord Jesus is praying for us (John 
17:9); the Holy Spirit prays for us 
(Rom. 8:26): and we can be sure 
that the Father always honors His 
Son's request and the Spirit's re- 
quests for us. Our prayer requests 
should be in the Spirit, guided by 
the Spirit, and when they are, we 
simply come to God and get what 
\^'e v/ant thi-ough prayer. 

Finally, the one thing God honors 
is faith — the kind of faith that is 
proved by obedience to God's will 
with praise and thanksgiving. One 
of the sweetest words I know is 
"But thanks be to God, which giveth 
us the victory through our Lord 
Jesus Christ" (I Cor. 15:57). The 
victory is ours and God wants us to 
claim it today. God wants to see 
your faith and obedience. Shall we 
manifest both of these in these most 
difficult yet wonderful days in praise 
and thanksgiving to God? 



A GOOD MEMBER 

There are church members and 
church members. The story is told 
that when Henry Ward Beecher was 
about to take a ride behind a horse 
hired at a livery stable, he regarded 
the horse admiringly and said, "That 
is a fine-looking animal. Is he as 
good as he looks?" 

The owner replied: "Mr. Beecher, 
that horse will work in any place 
you put him, and do all that any 
horse can do." 

The preacher eyed the horse still 
more admiringly and then humor- 
ously remarked: "I wish to goodness 
he was a member of my church." 

Jesus asks: "How much better 
then is a man than a sheep?" Surely 
every church member ought to be as 
good as that living horse. — The Ser- 
monizer. 



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GRACE SEMZiVARY— 

1. Praise God for the faithful 
friends that He has given the sem- 
inary, and pray that He will bless in 
the months ahead that they may be 
able to continue the svipport of the 
school. 

2. Praise God for those church 
groups and individuals who have 
been led to give for special needs 
and projects of the school not cov- 
ered by general running expenses. 

3. Recent layoffs in the area have 
affected many students. Pray that 
God will meet their needs and sup- 
ply them with the woi-k necessary to 
stay in school and to care for their 
families. 

4. Pray for students and teachers 
alike as they are beginning the sec- 
ond semester. 

5. Pray for high-school and col- 
lege seniors who are planning for 
further schooling, that God may lead 
to Gi'ace just those He would have 
in our student body next year. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for the missionaries in 
Africa and Argentina who are mov- 
ing to new stations. Changes always 
bring adjustments. 

2. Pray for Bro. William Samarin 
in Africa, that the Lord will enable 
the doctors to diagnose his physical 
difficulty and prescribe the neces- 
sary care and treatment. 

3. Pray for definite guidance in 
relation to the work in France. The 
field is most difficult and another 
family should join the Fogies as soon 
as possible. 

4. Pray that the Lord will clearly 
show the next step to be taken by 
the Goodman family in relation to 
future missionary service. 

5. Pray for four additional mis- 



sionary pastors for the field in Africa 
and for the funds to send them. 

6. Pray for the missionaries and 
the field in Brazil, as the Edward 
Miller family makes plans for fur- 
lough. 

7. Pray for national leadership 
for our fields in Baja California and 
Brazil. They hold the key to ex- 
pansion and the building up of a 
strong national church. 

8. Pray for the work in Honolulu, 
that the necessary items and work- 
manship will be provided to care 
for building remodeling for Grace 
Chapel. Praise the Lord for the 
salvation of souls and increased at- 
tendance. 

9. Pray for Dr. and Mrs. Russell 
D. Barnard as their South American 
trip comes to a close. They expect 
to return to Winona Lake before 
March 1. 

10. Pray that the Lord will give 
a new vision of the needs in foreign 
lands to the congregations through- 
out the brotherhood as the foreign- 
mission offering period opens. The 
estimated need is $250,000. 

11. Pray for the members of the 
foreign board as they come to Wi- 
nona Lake for the midyear meeting 
of the board, which is due to begin 
on the evening of March 1. 

HOME MISSIONS-- 

1. Pray for York, Pa., that the 
Lord might lead in a building pro- 
gram which they need, and hope to 
get under way in 1954. 

2. Pray that every financial need 
of the Cherry Valley Brethren will 
be met since they have joined the 
self-supporting churches on January 
1, 1954. Their financial burden this 
year will be the heaviest in their 
history. 

3. Pray that the subcontractors 
working on the Washington Heights 
Church will keep their promises and 
complete their work on schedule, so 
that the Brethren Construction Com- 
pany will not be hindered in their 
progress. 

4. Pray that the Phoenix Breth- 
ren Church might be able to sell 
approximately six acres of property 
not needed in the work. 

5. Pray for a number of new 
groups interested in the Brethren 



Church, that the Lord will direct 
their decisions. Also pray that fi- 
nances will be available to assist a 
number of these groups not included 
in our 1954 budget. 

WMC~ 

(Supplied by the Indiana District.) 

1. Pray that our women will have 
greater interest in the prayer pro- 
gram, the family altar, and the 15th 
of the month special prayer meet- 
ings. 

2. Pray that the district will have 
wisdom in choosing their projects. 
We praise the Lord for the interest 
they have had in the Missionary 
Residence and its upkeep. 

3. Pray that this year many new 
members will be added, and that we 
will live so as to glorify our Saviour 
and Lord in all that we do in His 
name. 

SMM— 

1. Pray that more of our girls 
may be willing to "Do God's Will." 

2. Pray that our general fund of- 
fering may be sufficient to meet the 
need. 

EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE— 

1. Pray for a great movement to- 
ward evangelism this year. Feb- 
ruary 28 is Evangelism Sunday. Pray 
for a real moving of the Spirit to 
bring real revival to our churches. 

2. Pray for the members of both 
teams that they will be led daily by 
the Holy Spirit. Pray for their 
physical health. 



For Your Sunday School 

1. Brethren Quarterly for Adults. 

2. Brethren Teen-Ager Quarterly. 

(AGES 13 to 19) 

3. Brethren Junior Quaterly. 

(AGES 8 to 13) 

4. Brethren Teacher. 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



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By Mrs. Adam Rager 



"He leadeth me, O blessed tho't! 
O words with heav'nly comfort fraught! 
Whate'er I do, where'er I be. 
Still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me." 

"Do you believe what you are singing?" 

"Why certainly I believe it." 

"Do you mean that God can lead, and guide you in 
your everyday life?" 

This conversation occurred in the parsonage as the 
pastor's wife and a young lady were working together 
one afternoon on a local WMC project. And as a Spirit- 
led, Spirit-guided child of God the pastor's wife sent an 
SOS prayer for wisdom to help this young Christian to 
see her need. 

"You know that guidance is proinised to the child of 
God in the Bible, don't you, Mrs. Smith?" 

"Well, Mrs. White, I'm not too certain. You see. I 
have so many other things to do — keeping my house 
clean, caring for the children, helping my hubby — that 
I haven't the time to read the Bible like I know I should, 
but I would like to know if I can have this guidance and 
be led of the Lord as you claim to be." 

"Let's look at a few verses of Scripture. Psalm 32:8 
tells us what God will do: 'I will instruct thee and teach 
thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee 
with mine eye.' And in Proverbs 3:5-6: 'Trust in the 
Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own 
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and 
he shall direct thy paths.' It is enough to the trusting 
heart to know that God has promised to guide the life, 
and if this promise is to be of any practical value, it 
must hold good in the stress and strain of life and apply 
to every single emergency that may arise. It is our part 
to go in simjjle faith to God for guidance; it is His part 
to make His promise good and to guide us aright. He 
cannot fail. A study of the Bible reveals that God has 
guided His people in various ways in addition to the 
general revelation of the written Word. He did this in 
the earliest times before there was a written Word. He 
continues to do so. In giving this guidance God directed 
individuals as well as groups, and even a whole nation. 
The record of the life of every Bible character who had 
the blessing of God upon him, where that record is given 
with sufficient fullness that we can tell, shows without 
question that it is God's plan to guide in this way. 

"You remember that Noah was guided as to the build- 
ing of the ark. God gave him explicit directions with 



exact dimensions and told him how many and what kind 
of animals, food, etc., to bring into the ark (Gen. 6:13- 
22). This was wonderful guidance! 

"From God's call of Moses at the burning bush to his 
death, his life was a God-guided life. God instructed 
Moses as to the deliverance of Israel." 

"Mrs. White, didn't God use a cloud to lead those 
people?" 

"Yes, He did, for as soon as the journey from Egypt 
began, God displayed a pillar of cloud by day and a 
pillar of fire by night. When this pillar rested they were 
to camp, when it moved they were to march. This 
guidance lasted continuously for 40 years. But this did 
not take the place of direct instruction to Moses because 
in every emergency until his death God guided him 
again and again. After his death, Joshua assumed the 
leadership and was guided in the same way. 

"Thus it was with Samuel, Gideon, David, Solomon, 
Elisha, and a host of other Old-Testament saints. We 
can look into the New Testament and find that the 
apostles, as well as other Christians whose experiences 
are recorded, were led in the same marvelous way. 

"Cornelius was told by an angel to send to Joppa for 
Peter. Through a vision God led Peter to be open to 
the appeal of Cornelius (Acts 10:20). 

"An angel instructed Philip to leave his ministry at 
Samaria and go into the desert toward Gaza. Why? So 
that an Ethiopian might receive Christ (Acts 8:29). We 
could go on citing other instances also but we must re- 
member that 'God's ways are not our ways,' and unless 
there is utter abandonment to His will we will not get 
far in guidance." 

"Yes, Mrs. White, all that and perhaps more is found 
in the Bible as you state, BUT can we have it? Is the 
God-guided life within our reach, within my reach?" 

"Yes, Mrs. Smith, it is ours for the asking. Jesus 
promised that when the Holy Spirit should come that He 
would indwell the believer and guide him into all truth 
(John 16:13). The Holy Spirit has come and is indwell- 
ing every believer and it is our Lord's own plan that 
this blessing be ours. Holy Spirit guidance is the high- 
est type of guidance. It may come immediately and is 
always at hand. This guidance must be sought in faith 
and we must follow it when it comes." 

"How can you be sure that this guidance is from God 
and not from Satan?" 

"Mrs. Smith, if the life, yours or mine, is consecrated 
to God and guidance is sought from Him, it is God's 



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responsibility to protect us from deception and we can 
trust Him to do it. No guidance of the Holy Spirit will 
be contrary to God's Word, for He is the author of the 
Word. Guidance must be learned a step at a time. 
When the Holy Spirit illumines some verse or phi'ase of 
Scripture as we read it, this is guidance. Thus God 
guides through His Word, and through the character and 
person of Christ. God also guides some through the 
advice of godly people and then again He guides by 
providential circumstances, by opening and closing doors. 
We must remember that God will probably guide in 
more than one way; not only through the direct voice of 
the Holy Spiirt within us. God cannot guide us unless 
we are willing to be guided. 

"You stated that you wanted this guidance; then take 
time and 'come apart,' seeking the guidance and fellow- 
ship from the Father. 

"Do not friends seek each other's companionship? And 
can we claim to be in love with God when we allow the 
pursuits of this life, however justifiable, to crowd out 
our time for the Lord? Our willingness to sacrifice other 
things in order to make time for God is the true measure 
of our pleasure and delight in His presence. We make 
time for those we love. Truly, Mrs. Smith, as I read 
and study the Bible, I desire more than ever to set aside 
time to seek the face of the Almighty. My busy life as 
a pastor's wife must crowd out nonessentials in order to 
let God enter and lead, for in the light of God's amazing 
sacrifice at Calvary there is no valid excuse for not 
meeting God in our busy lives. 'Come apart' and seek 
God's guidance, for His promise is, 'I will guide thee with 
mine eye.' " 



Just One Penny a Day ior Thank Offering 




Africa — 

Miss Edith Geske April 6 

Mrs. Robert S. Williams April 15 

Argentina — 

Rev. Solon Hoyt April 2 

Peter Phihp Marshall April 23, 1953 

Robert Luis Dowdy April 26, 1948 

Brazil — 
John Robert Zielasko April 10, 1948 

On Furlough — 

Suzan Marie Goodman April 1, 1952 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

David George Goodman April 21, 1947 

In School in United States — 

Miss Janice Altig April 9 

Miss Marguerite Taber April 11 



MRS. BARNARD WRITES 
FROM ARGENTINA 

Some weeks ago your editor received a personal let- 
ter from Feme Bariiard who, with her husbanA, the 
general secretary of our Foreign Missionary Society, is 
visiting Brethren mission fields in South America. We 
loish to share a part of that interesting letter with you. 
Mrs. Barnard writes as follows: 

"Right now we are with Mrs. Sickel and the Church- 
ills. They have a lovely home. The house is less than 
two years old. It is the newest house owned by the 
mission, so it naturally is the most modern. Argentina 
is more like southern California than any other part of 
the United States. Russell says they have the California 
sunshine with the Florida rain. [We Californians like 
that sentence. — ^Ed.] Speaking of rain, for the last week 
it really has been raining. Jack (Churchill) had to 
recall two meetings, out of town, because the dirt roads 
are impassable. The countryside around here ij quite 
different from that where the Rottlers are living. Less 
cattle here and the farms are smaller. Growing peanuts 
seems to be the chief crop. We are not too far from the 
mountains, or hills as they are called. 

"We have had many unique experiences with the lan- 
guage. The language is a much greater barrier here 
than it was in Africa. I remember you used English 
almost entirely in Africa — that is, in the home — but here 
their close association with the believers makes a dif- 
ference. Each congregation does something special for 
us. Some have special programs with refreshments. 
Yesterday afternoon this congregation had a get-together 
along a river. The children went swimming, the older 
ones played games. Following a devotional period we 
had tea. Our picnic ended in a hurry, for a real Indiana 
thunderstorm came up, so it was ended several hours 
earlier than was planned. The Almafuerte congregation 
wanted to be different, so they presented us with a mate 
cup and bombilla. The card with it read, 'El mate, un 
recuerdo tipico de la Argentina de los Hermanos de 
Almafuerte.' 

"We have learned a few greetings and their flow of 
words seems to sound more familiar than it did at first. 
You no doubt remember the name of Siccardi? He is 
the pastor at Almafuerte. We travel mostly by train or 
bus and often alone. The day we went to Almafuerte 
we left Rio Cuarto at 5:30 and ari-ived at 8:30 in time for 
breakfast. Jack and Mrs. Sickel were on hand to inter- 
pret for us, so we got along O. K. all day. After services 
they went home and we stayed in the home for the night. 
Brother Siccardi and two daughters read English, and 
the younger girl, Sara, can speak when necessary, so 
after Jack and Mrs. Sickel left, she was the interpreter 
and we had a good time. So many of the believers are 
Italian and are clean housekeepers and good cooks. It 
is rather hard for two women in the same house not able 
to speak to one another. Mrs. Siccardi was so worried 
about cooking for us but she felt better when Mrs. 
Schrock told her that we liked Argentine food. I was 
glad for our weeks in Europe, since these people are 
European in customs, so things are not too strange. In. 
fact, I enjoy it, especially afternoon tea. When it is 
mate ... it is a bit different, although it is not too bad 
when it is sweetened." 



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AROUND THE WORLD 



Our mission study for the month of February takes us still farther across the Pacific 
Ocean to the Japanese islands. Japan, just a few years ago our bitter enemy, has become 
one of the greatest mission fields of this generation. Thousands of Christians have an- 
swered God's call to carry the Gospel to our recent enemies, steeped in heathen idolatry. 
Among those who have gone to Japan with the Gospel we find some members of our 
Brethren Church, even though our own Foreign Missionary Society has no work in Japan. 

Some of our Brethren boys stationed in Japan and Korea are being used of the Lord 
in witnessing and tract distribution. Other Brethren have gone out as full-time mis- 
sionaries under interdenominational boards. The writer of our mission study for Feb- 
ruary is one of these. Miss Wanda Lautzenheiser went to Japan in November 1952 un- 
der the Far-Eastern Gospel Crusade. Wanda is the youngest of a family of eight child]'en, 
was raised in a Christian home, and became a member of the Bethel Brethren Church at 
Berne, Ind. She is a graduate of Bryan University and attended Grace Seminary befoi-e 
going to Japan. Her life verse is Romans 15:30 — "Now I beseech you . . . that ye strive 
together with me in your prayers to God for me." Let us be faithful in praying for her 
as she studies the language and prepares herself for increasing service to the needy 
people of that land. 




Wsnda Lr.utzenheiser 



By Kenneth G. McVety 



Japan is one of the most literate, and one of the most 
book-conscious nations of the world today. 

The people have an insatiable thirst for reading mate- 
rial, buying millions of newspapers every day, patroniz- 
ing an endless array of cheap magazines, and reading 
books of every type and description. Bookstores do a 
booming business in everything from Reader's Digest to 
French novels, from German philosophy to English 
classical literature — all translated into Japanese. 

One agency which God has raised up to meet the tre- 
mendous challenge of Christian literature in Japan is the 
Word of Life Press in Tokyo. This ministry . . . had its 
beginning in the late months of 1950. Within the short 
space of two years over 5,000,000 tracts have been 
printed, and over 225,000 books and booklets were pro- 
duced. These vital supplies have been used freely by 
missionaries and Japanese workers of over 50 evangel- 
ical societies working in Japan. 

Although five full-time Japanese workers are em- 
ployed in this publishing department, a great deal of the 
work is done by our Bible school students, many of 
whom are able to earn their school expenses through 
the work they do here. 

From remote country areas and from bustling urban 
centers, from pastors and missionaries, from hospitals 



and prisons, have come a multitude of testimonies to 
the effectiveness of this ministry of "the silent witness," 
the printed page. Many Japanese have been led into 
contact with churches and Bible classes, and many 
others have begun to study the Bible by correspondence 
as a result of the tracts which have been distributed. 
The Good News Bible Correspondence School, now an 
active and flourishing work for God, has been a result 
of this widespread tract distribution. 

One very important part of the ministry of the Word 
of Life Press is a monthly magazine in Japanese, which 
presents messages on practical, victorious Christian liv- 
ing. One Japanese church alone sells 170 copies each 
month among its members. 

Recently our Japan Literature Committee printed 
three small editions of Braille tracts for blind people in 
Japan. From the first 600 copies of John R. Rice's "What 
Must I Do To Be Saved?" over 70 decision cards were 
received within a few weeks — about 30 from Japanese 
blind people in Okinawa and Formosa, and the rest from 
various parts of Japan. There are over 100,000 blind 
people in Japan, and many more in Okinawa, Formosa, 
and Korea, who can be reached quickly and effectively 
with Braille literature in Japan. 

Word of Life Press recently published a new book. 



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entitled "The Bible and Science," bringing to 24 the 
number of titles it has produced in Japanese since No- 
vember 1950. This new publication is written by S. 
Maxwell Coder, and the English edition is printed as the 
first part of Moody Bible Institute's correspondence 
course, "Youth Triumphant." . . . 

A call has been received by our Japan Literature 
Committee to place good evangelical books in many of 
the prisons, hospitals TB sanatoriums, and leper hospi- 
tals throughout Japan. A small selection is being sent 
immediately to about 100 of these institutions, and more 
will be sent later as the Lord supplies funds. 

A growing church needs vital Christian literature. 
For the winning of souls, for the strengthening of be- 
lievers, and for the training of its leaders, the Japanese 
church needs the help of deep spiritual books. 

Besides the deficiency of tracts and books on practical 
and devotional subjects, there is pressing need for a 
Scripturally sound Bible commentary in Japanese. An- 
other great need is that of books written by Japanese 
men who are sound in the faith. Good textbooks for 
Bible schools are still almost nonexistent. 

God's people are asked to pray that necessary funds 
and consecrated. Spirit-anointed Japanese writers may 
be provided. "Call unto me," the Lord says, "and I will 
answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, 
which thou knowest not" (Jer. 33:3). — Reprinted from 
the Missionary Broadcaster by permission. 



BIBLE READING AND 
TRACT CORNER 



"I've found the Bible has the answer to every ques- 
tion. If I know it well enough, I will know the answer. 
It's just that simple, and that profound. 

"My thinking now is different. Instead of being 
founded on the shifting sands of man's opinions, it rests 
on God's Word. Today I find myself with firm convic- 
tions about all sorts of things that used to be confusing. 
My Bible reading helps me to think as God thinks and 
see as He sees. 

"I can no longer fool myself as to what God thinks 
about flattery; about foolish, vicious talk; boasting hy- 
pocrisy; careless, indifferent Christian living; and a 
thousand other things. He has revealed His will on all 
these things as I have tarried with His Word." — Willo- 
dene Hunter in Moody Monthly. 



Bible reading for February — Mark, chapters 4-16; 
Luke, chapters 1-15. 

Bible reading for March — Luke, chapters 16-24; John, 
chapters 1-22. 

Tracts of the Month 

1. For OURSELVES— "Tax, Tip, or Tithe" is a short 
little tract on stewardship written by Esther Sorensen 
and published by the Evangelical Alliance Mission. 

2. For OTHERS— "Your Baby" is another very lovely 
tract suitable for sending to both Christian and non- 
Christian parents when a new baby arrives. It is writ- 
ten by Mary L. Miles and published by the American 
Tract Society. 

Both of these tracts may be obtained through the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co. in quantities of 50 or 
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He who sat on Jacob's well. 

Suffering thirst for you. 
Wore upon His sacred face 

The likeness of a Jew. 

He who in Gethsemane ■ - 

Sweat blood drops for you, , ' ' • ■ : • 

Had within His loving heart ; ■" ; 

The feelings of a Jew. . ■ • '..''■- 

He who on red Calvary bore ■: ,.• 

The wrath of God for you, ■.,.-.; 

Had in throbbing heart and veins 
The life-blood of a Jew. 

Can the child whom Jesus loves 

With careless coldness view ■ ' ' . ' 

The homeless, weary wanderer. 

The dying, Chi-istless Jew? 

When life's flickering flame is low 

You'll ne'er forget that you 
Helped on the cause He loved so well 

To save and bless the Jew. 

— G. Paulin in Salvation Magazine. 

In recent years the Lord has blessed the Brethren 
Church by giving to us the privilege of having a definite 
ministry to His brethren in the flesh through the Breth- 
ren Messianic Witness in Los Angeles under the direc- 
tion of Bro. Bruce Button. This testimony is supported 
wholly by designated gifts from God's people. National 
WMC feels that we could find no more appropriate 
recipient of our annual THANK OFFERING than this 
work dedicated to presenting Christ's claims to His own 
misguided brethren. 

Just one penny a day from every WMC member 
would result in the greatest offering WMC has ever had 
for any project. Can we count on YOU? 



How Thankful Have I been This Month? 



DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR MARCH 

Bible Study— "Come Ye Apart for Comfort." 

Mission Study — "An African Woman Goes to Bible 

School." 



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The month of February is the third and last month in 
this quarter which we have set aside for our seminary 
project. This year it is our plan to furnish for the stu- 
dents of the college and seminary a beautiful, nicely 
furnished lounge room in which they can visit, entertain 
their friends, and relax when their school activities allow 
them a few moments of leisure. Knowing that the WMC 
always ineets its goals and can always be depended upon 
to fulfill any promises it makes, the school authorities 
have gone ahead, before receiving the money, with the 
purchase of the furniture and the decorating of the room 
so that the students may have the benefit of the room 
during the second semester of this school year. 

At National Fellowship in August a committee of 
WMC members living here at Winona Lake were ap- 
pointed to consult with the school authorities in the 
planning of the lounge. This committee met and decided 
upon a color scheme and the type of furniture to be 
purchased. The school then went ahead with the paint- 
ing of the walls. Since the tile floor is in brown and 
green, a color scheme was chosen to harmonize. Three 
walls were painted a medium green and one wall was 
painted coral. 

Draperies are in harmonizing shades of brown, green, 
coral, and yellow in a striking leaf pattern. The furni- 
ture is in blond finish with stainproof formica tops on 
the tables, upholstered mainly in plastic materials with 
chartreuse and coral the predominating colors with a 
few pieces in pine green, yellow, and brown to provide 
color contrast and to carry the drapery colors to other 
parts of the room. 

The furniture was chosen with a view to making the 
room homelike and adaptable to several small intimate 
groups at one time. It includes two game tables, a desk, 
comfortable chairs, davenports and sectionals which 
permit a varied arrangement and will care for varied 
needs of the students. 

We here at the school were thrilled (and that word is 
used advisedly) last Friday morning to see a large fur- 
niture van pull up to the door and to realize that our 
dream was becoming an actuality. The most of the 
furniture arrived in that shipment, but we are still 
waiting for two large mohair davenports and the eight 
chairs for the game tables. Table and floor lamps have 
not yet been chosen by the committee, but that will 
probably be done soon. 

The reaction of the student body has been gratifying. 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President— Mrs. Kenneth Ashman, 205 Ihrig Ave.. Wooster Ohio 
Vice President— Mrs. Miles Taber. 314 Dorchester St., Ashland Ohio 
Recording Secretary— Mrs. Lester Pifer. Box 195. Winona Lake Ind 
Assistant Secretary— Mrs. Adam Rager. 21715 S. Norwallt Blvd., 

Artesia. Calif. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Chester McCall. 3421 W 82d PI 

Inglewood, Calif. 
Literature Secretary— Mrs. Jesse Deloe. Box 251, Winona Lake, Ind 
Editor— Mrs. Ben Hamilton. Box 701. Winona Lake, Ind 
Prayer Chairman— Miss Mary Emmert. Dallas Center. Iowa. 
Patroness of SMM— Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum. Box 14. Winona Lake 

Ind. 




Walls of the Lounge Room Being Painted 

The students all think the room is beautiful and are 
extremely grateful to the WMC for making it possible. 
We hope that many of you may be able to visit us here 
at Winona Lake and see for yourselves the beautiful 
lounge your gifts have made possible. 



Just One Penny a Day for Thank Offering 



NEWSNATCHES 

A card from Covington, Va., informs us that the Jr. 
WMC has a growing council and that they are active in 
helping needy persons in the church and local rest 
homes. Their local project this year is the purchase of 
a bulletin board for the lawn of the church. 

Word comes to us from Temple City, Calij., that the 
WMC accepted an invitation from Mrs. Lenore Button 
to hold one of its meetings in the Button home, which is 
the headquarters of our Brethren Jewish work in Los 
Angeles. About 10 women drove the 15 to 20 miles to 
the Button home. After the meeting Jewish refresh- 
ments were served by Lenore Button and Isobel Fraser. 
The ladies went home with a new realization of our re- 
sponsibility to the Jews. That is where our Thank Offer- 
ing goes! Are you giving a penny a day? 

The projects this year of the Mansfield, Ohio, Jr. WMC 
have included such things as monthly support of a Nav- 
aho child in school, candy and cookies sent to 20 young 
people away at school, grocery boxes at Chi-istmas to 
several couples attending Grace Seminary, gifts for a 
missionary chest, and a pressure cooker for the Navaho 
mission. 



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(PSALM 111:10; PROVERBS 1:7) 



By Althea S. Miller 



Do you know the difference between knowledge and 
wisdom? From the attitude of some young folk, more 
especially those who have had some college work, there 
is very little, if any, difference. But don't you be mis- 
taken because others are. There is a world of difference . 
between the two. Knowledge is primarily an acciimida- 
tion of an extensive body of fact and theory. Wisdom is 
the know-how in applying the knowledge possessed. 

Some years ago I knew a young man who had man- 
aged somehow to graduate from college. But to hear 
him speak one would never guess he had gone beyond 
second grade. Perhaps he got through college without 
any courses in grammar or English literature! No mat- 
ter what happened, this fellow literally "murdered the 
king's English" both in speech and writing. The main 
trouble with this chap was he did not apply to his every- 
day speech and writing the facts he had learned along 
that line. 

A few years ago when we lived in another State I had 
a young girl working for me. I asked her to set the table 
the first meal she was with us. She just threw the cut- 
lery on the table in haphazard manner. I stopped what 
I was doing to show her how to arrange the knives, 
forks, and spoons. When I had finished I explained that 
I always wanted the table set properly. She looked at 
me in utter amazement and said: "I learned to set the 
table this way in home economics at school, but I didn't 
think anybody ever really did it!" I couldn't help but 
marvel at the way people divorce what they actually 
know from what they do. How I pray that no Sisterhood 
girl will ever be guilty of such careless foolishness. 

Let's turn our attention now for a few moments to 
Proverbs 1:7. The word "fear" in this passage does not 
mean a cringing shrinking from God but rather a trust- 
ful reverence for Him. It is this reverence and trust 
which is the very start of knowledge. Regardless of 
what your highly educated teachers may tell you, they 
do not have knowledge in very truth if they do not love 
and trust the God of all creation who is the source of all 
knowledge. No person is ever truly educated unless he 
first knows God through Christ. You want to be edu- 
cated, I know. Then don't neglect to learn of Him 
through His Word since you are a believer in Christ. 

The body of great scientific fact will all fit together in 
its proper pattern if you know Him first. History is far 
more understandable when one knows God's plan for 
the ages as revealed through His Word. This then is 
what is meant in the passage before us. True knowledge 
comes only to the person who loves and knows God and 
then studies about His great universe. 

If a "fear" of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, 



this same fear, or reverential trust, is the beginning of 
wisdom. In other words, the proper foundation for 
applying knowledge so that one lives wisely is a gen- 
uine love for God through Christ and a trust in Him for 
all matters pertaining to your life. Having come to 
know Christ as your personal Saviour early in your life 
you will not have to face a multitude of regrets later in 
life because of having wasted yourself on sinful foolish- 
nesses. Wisdom and courage will be yours to live ac- 
cording to His plan and will for your life. I cannot begin 
to count the times I have heard people weepingly tell of 
all their wasted years. Youth doesn't think much of 
waste. But when the sunset years envelop a life the 
thought of wasted years brings untold regret. God alone 
can give wisdom to properly apply knowledge which will 
redound to His honor and be for your good. 

Have you known any people who seem to have very 
little of what we call "common sense"? They may have 
a fine education yet most of their lives seem to toss 
around in a sea of indecision and the results of poor 
judgment. They lack "understanding" which is the basis 
of fruitful living. God promises in the passage before 
us. Psalm 111:10, a good understanding to all that "do 
his commandments." You can't do His commandments 
if you don't first know them. Most young people go 
through a rather "rattle-brained" period in the process 
of their physical and mental development. But where 
the youth knows the Lord as Saviour this "affliction" is 
not as intense or painful, either to himself or to others, 
as it is with those who do not know Christ. 

There is beauty in wisdom, dear Sisterhood girl. How 
beautiful are you in this respect? Review the steps with 
me: First a knowledge of and love for Jesus Christ, then 
a learning of the great body of fact which becomes 
knowledge to you, and after this, a wisdom for living to 
the full according to God's leading. What more could 
one ask? Get this wisdom and hang on to it, girls. This 
is the key to a life full of choice fruit. BEAUTY OF 
WISDOM is yours for the accepting. "Give unto the 
Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and 
come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of 
holiness" (I Chron. 16:29). 



NOTE THIS! 

Any PICTURES that show what your group has been 
doing recently that would be clear and printable will be 
greatly appreciated for some "specials" for the Herald 
SMM section. Send them along with your newsletters 
to the general secretary. 



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THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF WISDOM 



By Mrs. H, Lesi e Moore 



If the Lord should suddenly appear to you and tell you 
He would give you one thing that you ask of Him, I 
wonder what your request would be. Many would ask 
for fame, many for physical beauty, some for money, and 
the list could go on and on. This really happened to a 
young man many years ago in the land of Gibeon. God 
appeared to Solomon and asked him what he would like 
to have as a gift from the Lord. Solomon did not ask 
for fame or riches, but for wisdom and understanding. 
The Lord was well pleased with his choice and as a re- 
sult not only gave him wisdom but honor and riches as 
well because his request was not a purely selfish one. 
We know that Solomon has been remembered for his 
wise counsel and sound judgment. In his own day he 
was so famous that the Queen of Sheba herself came 
to see if all things she had heard about him were true. 

Solomon loved the Lord with all his heart, and I am 
sure that all his decisions were bathed in prayer and 
seeking God's will. Because he was willing to seek 
God's counsel, the Lord was willing to give him the wis- 
dom and understanding he desired. 

In Proverbs 1:7 we read, "The fear of the Lord is the 
beginning of knowledge." Here is the secret of wisdom 
— the fear of the Lord — not that we are to be "scared 
to death" of Him, but rather regard Him in respect and 
awe. This wisdom we obtain by fearing God will sur- 
pass any book-learning we might receive. 

Education is a wonderful thing and a "must" for all 
young people of today who want to be of use in the 
world. We should all take advantage of the educational 
facilities in our land today — this is a God-given privilege 
to us as Americans. Let us not despise our schooldays. 





BfeSfOTBNES 



"Let my prayer he set jorth before thee as in- 
cense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening 
sacrifice'' (Psa. 141:2). 



Continue to pray for the national, district, and 
local SMM ofTicers. 

Pray that the girls will put forth an effort to meet 
their goals, both personal and otherwise. 

Begin praying for the new program and for the 
ones who are writing the topics for the coming 
Sisterhood year. 
Pray for all the missionaries, home and foreign, 
and those foreign missionaries who are home on 
furlough. 

Pray for the Brethren students in colleges 
thi-oughout our land. 




but rather buy up all opportunities to receive the in- 
struction provided for us. In the last part of Proverbs 
1:7 it says, ". . . but fools despise wisdom and instruc- 
tion." I trust there will not be a Sisterhood girl who 
might be classified in this group. 

Many times when young people go on to higher educa- 
tion there is a tendency to stray from the teachings of 
God's Word. Some educators teach that the Word of 
God is a book of fables and myths and they belittle 
everything a Christian holds dear. The tragedy is that 
many young people are frequently gullible, feeling it is 
the acceptable thing to follow the teachings of these so- 
called educators. But we must never forget: "The fear 
of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Psa. 111:10). 
In Proverbs 2:5-6 we find that in the words of God are 
wisdom and understanding and His wisdom is the wis- 
dom of all ages past and all ages to come. Let us not 
be hasty to rid ourselves of such wisdoin. 

God is able to give this wisdom to you. All you have 
to do to receive it is to ask for it. I do not mean that 
only when a great problem presents itself are you to 
ask for wisdom. Our Lord is interested in the sinatl 
matters of life as well. Yes, even your difficulties in 
school are important to Him. I heard of a young girl 
who makes a practice of asking the Lord to help her 
through her schoolday each morning before she leaves 
home. There is no need to worry about exams or other 
problems when we have asked the Lord to help us. 
Applying ourselves daily to the task, it will not become 
necessary to cram or expect a iniracle from the Lord to 
"pull us out." Wisdom is not that which one crams into 
his head overnight but it is the knowledge one learns 
through everyday life that helps you to do and say the 
right thing at the right time. 

Wisdom is a possession to be prized, for in Proverbs 
8:11 we read, "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all 
the things that may be desired are not to be compared 
to it." Let us be sure this jewel of great price is ours 
and may we use it to attract others, not only to our- 
selves, but to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 



Just One Penny a Day for Thank Ottering 



PROGRAM GROOMING FOR MARCH 

PRAISING VOICES— Sing unto the Lord. Open with 
"Let the Beauty of Jesus"; continue by singing favor- 
ites of the girls. Repeat the year verse, I Chronicles 
16:29. 

SWEET SAVOR— Gather around the throne of grace by 
referring to the "Perfume Corner." 

CLEANSED HEARTS— Read the Scripture, Psalm 119: 
97-104. 

GLOWING LIVING— Seniors Study "Beauty of Wis- 
dom." Middlers study "The Attractiveness of Wis- 
dom." 

SPARKLING TALENTS— Give a special number in 
song. 

BEAUTIFUL FEET— Consider "Adventures With the 

Bible in Brazil." Close the meeting with the second 
stanza of theme song, "Let Compassion for Sinners," 
and repeat the year devotional benediction, Jude 24-25. 

BUSINESS MEETING. 

SMM BENEDICTION. 



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ADVENTURES WITH THE BIBLE IN BRAZIL 



By Frederick C. Glass 

I 

lA. Chapter 23 — Through the Land of the Carajas. 

lb. The home of the Carajas (p. 141, pars. 1-2). 

2b. Their customs and culture (p. 141, par. 3). 

3b. Mr. Glass prepares for the trip (p. 142). 

4b. The first Caraja village (p. 142, par. 3). 

5b. A storm (p. 143, par. 4). 

6b. The character of an Indian village (p. 144, par 

7b. The boat is visited by Indians (p. 145). 

8b. An Indian graveyard (p. 145, par. 6; p. 146). 

9b. The experience of Mr. Glass in fishing (p. 
par. 1). 

10b. Their religion (p. 147, par. 2). 

lib. How to use a camera (p. 147, par 3). 

12b. Mr. Glass and an Indian chief barter (p. 148). 

13b. A chief drinks camphor (p. 149, par. 1). 

14b. Gifts for'Odidi (p. 149, par. 2). 



GIRLS! . . . YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! 



2). 



147, 




Time waits for NO man! The year 1953 is already 
history so far as we are concerned, and we are now in 
1954. Do you know that we have a little more than five 
months in which to meet our goal in the national proj- 
ect? Let's all put our shoulder to the wheel and do our 
best to furnish the house in New Mexico. Here are a 
few sugestions for the local Sisterhoods to try: 

1. Ask the people in your church to help. , This can 
be done by making an attractive poster and a box (this 
could be in the form of a house). This poster could be 
placed in the vestibule of the church where members of 
the congregation may drop a few cents. 

2. Each girl can have a penny jar in which to put a 
penny for each shoe size times two (because we have 
two feet), for each inch of waist, each inch of your 
height, or a penny for each blessing received' from the 
Lord. The jars can be traded at the meetings and thus 
the jars will finally become full. You may have some 
other ideas, too, but let's all get to work and exceed 
the goal! ' 



LESSON 7 

15b. Birds for pets (p. 149, par. 3). 

16b. Two Testaments for two monks (p. 150, par. 

17b. The cataracts are passed (p. 150). 

IIA. Chapter 24— Two Brave Colporteurs. 



1). 



lb. An ex-soldier and an ex-sailor sell Gospels (p. 

151). 
2b. They canvass a town (p. 151, par. 5). 

Ic. The priest incites the mob against the colpor- 
teur (p. 152). 
2c. Saved by a shopkeeper (p. 153. par. 1). 
3c. Protected by soldiers (p. 153, pars. 2-3). 
4c. The Gospel is preached (p. 153, pars. 4-5). 
3b. The town with the notorious priest (p. 153, par. 7). 
Ic. They are warned against going there (p. 154, 

par. 1). 
2c. They are protected by a Turk (p. 154, pars. 5-7). 
3c. The priest defeats most of their efforts to give 
the Gospel (p. 155, par. 2). 

IIIA. Chapter 25~"Out of the Fire." 

lb. Mr. Glass ministers to a North American. 
Ic. His situation (p. 156). 
2c. His salvation (p. 157). 
3c. The reality of his salvation (p. 157, par. 8). 



IVA, 
lb 



Chapter 26 — Sowing and Reaping. 



Missionaries sow the Gospel in Parahybuna. 
Ic. The first missionaries driven out (p. 159, par. 3). 
2c. The next colporteurs sold Bibles (p. 159, par. 3). 
2b. What happens to the colporteur on the next visit. 
Ic. The priest opposes him (p. 160, pars. 4-6). 
Many Bibles are sold (p. 160, par. 7). 
A movie house closes (p. 161). 
A mission hall where once was a Catholic 
chapel (p. 162). 



2c. 
3c. 

4c. 



WHAT OUR SMM MEANS TO ME 

The first Sisterhood meeting I attended was dry and 
dull (I thought), but of course someone who does not 
know the Lord does not see the spiritual and physical 
need of other souls. After I gave my heart to the Lord 
and took Him as my personal Saviour, I realized that 
other girls needed to know Him, too. I also saw the 
needs of the missionaries, both home and foreign. The 
meetings are now real blessings to me and being an 
officer helps me to understand better the true meaning 
of Sisterhood. It's a thrill to know that you are doing 
something to help other girls come to a saving knowl- 
edge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. — Marie Ben- 
ning, Meyersdale, Pa. 



A WORD OF THANKS! The general secretary ap- 
preciates very much the response of newsletters from all 
you girls. We would like to hear from more of the 
senior Sisterhoods, however. And may the Lord bless 
all of you in the wonderful things you are doing for Him 
in this year of Sisterhood. 



February 13, 1954 



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Fashion News of Sisterhood 

From the Jr. SMM of Winchester, Va.: 

A covered-dish Christmas supper was enjoyed by all 
the girls. Following the supper they sang Christmas 
carols and had a story about girls and their homes. There 
were nearly 20 present, 4 who were visitors, and 4 new 
meinbers. 

From the Middler SMM of Elkhart, Ind.: 

These girls also enjoyed going tracting on Halloween 
night. In December they sent a box of mirrors, coloring 
books, pocket combs, ribbons, etc., to all the children at 
our Brethren Navaho school. They have set a goal of 
five bandages a month from each girl. 

Frovi the Indiana District: 

This district has taken as their project the purchasing 
of a bell for the mission in Cordillera, N. Mex. A large 
offering was received at the November rally. A bank 
was made by Bobbette Osborn, representing the mission. 








Evelyn With Cake 



Bohhette Holds Bank 



and Evelyn Vnasdale and Gwen Rider baked a cake, 
also representing the mission. Their aim for this year 
is for all of the local SMM's to be Honor Sisterhoods. 
There are 10 local Sisterhoods and the newly organized 
South Bend SMM. 

From the Jr. SMM of Mundy's Corner, Pa.: 

Among their activities are collecting linens for the 
linen chest, working to be an Honor Sisterhood, and 
collecting pennies for the national project. Each girl 
has a penny partner and they are also rolling bandages 
at their meetings. 

From the SMM of Limestone, Tenn.: 

They have rolled 80 bandages, have had 8 girls present 
at their meetings held each month, 3 girls have won the 
Emerald and Diamond Awards, and 6 girls have won 
the SMM pennant. 

From the Middler SMM of Bethel Brethren Church in 
Osceola, Ind.: 

"With Mrs. Peak, our leader, we've found many in- 
teresting things in Sisterhood. In October, she took us 
NOT 'trick-or-treating,' 'but 'tracting'! Many were 




Hint 1. April is SMM birthday month. A birthday 
thank offering is to be taken by the local SMM's for the 
higher education of missionaries' children. This offering 
is to be sent to the national treasurer by May 10. The 
goal is $500 — let's do our best to reach it. 

Hint 2. Have you had your spring cabinet meeting 
yet? Be sure to check your goals so that you will be 
an Honor Sisterhood. Remember — this is also one of 
\,our local organization goals. 

Hint 3. Are you still learning James or I John? You 
have only until June 30 to complete it. Be sure to send 
in your report on time to the general secretary specify- 
ing what you want. 



puzzled, but all received our tracts with thanks and of 
course we were dressed as traditional spooks. In No- 
vember we called at a ladies' nursing home, and returned 
in December to give them a Christmas program. We 
also prepared a Christmas box for a needy family. 

From the SMM of Clay City, Ind.: 

The girls presented a play in church on November 29 
to tell the people about the project and to ask them to 
help. A doll house has been placed in the back of the 
church with a little box by it. For each dime that's 
dropped in it, a piece of furniture is added to the house. 
They are all anxious to see the house completed! Aren't 
the Adamses also? 



WHAT SISTERHOOD MEANS TO ME 

Sisterhood to.ms means a time to study God's Word, 
not just a place to spend Saturday afternoon. It is a 
place where we girls learn how to take responsibilities 
and leadership. We also learn how to face our many 
problems as Christian girls. We learn of Christ's love 
for each and every one of us. Sisterhood is a place 
where each girl is set to thinking about what she has 
done for the Lord in the past week. When a girl leaves 
Sisterhood she has a new ambition for herself. This is 
to "let the beauty of Jesus be seen in her." — Corol Ash- 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF.— 
Rev. and Mrs. Clarence R. Betts, of 
Jackson, Mich., were in charge of the 
services at the Arrowhead Avenue 
Brethren Church on Feb. 7. Lyle W. 
Marvin is pastor. 

CHICO, CALIF.— A "workshop" 
for home-mission pastors will be 
conducted here Feb. 23-25 by Dr. L. 
L. Grubb and Rev. Lester Pifer. 

ALHAMBRA, CALIF.— Rev. John 
Hathaway, who served for many 
years in French Equatorial Africa 
under the Foreign Missionary Soci- 
ety of the Brethi-en Church, is antic- 
ipating meeting his Master in the 
not---30-far-distant future. Brother 
Hathaway is suffering from cancer 
of the spine. Cards should be ad- 
dressed 118 Marengo St., Alhambra, 
Calif. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, O H I O— 
Statistics reveal that the Grace 
Brethren Church has had growth in 
all departments of the work. The 
Sunday school has increased 13%, 
the morning service 11%, the eve- 
ning service 26 %, and the prayer 
service 100% over the last year. 
Richard Burch is pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO — The district 
youth rally was held at the North 
Riverdale Brethren Church on Fri- 
day, Feb. 12. Clyde Balyo was host 
pastor. 

NORWALK, CALIF.— Anyone in- 
terested in "A History of the Second 
Brethren Church" (of Los Angeles) 
should contact Rev. Henry G. Rem- 
pel, 10906 Belcher St. Price, $2. 

ANKENYTOWN, OHIO — Rev. 
Wesley Haller, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, resigned on Jan. 
24 to accept a call from the First 
Brethren Church in Middlebranch, 
Ohio. Resignation becomes effective 
April 24. 

TROY, OHIO— A 24-inch bell, a 
gift of a young couple in the church, 
was first used to announce services 



of the Grace Brethren Church on 
Jan. 24. The church basement is 
being redecorated, and the comple- 
tion of the upper auditorium is pro- 
ceeding as fast as funds are avail- 
able. Richard Mcintosh is pastor. 

KITTANNING, PA.— On Jan. 25 
225 were present in Sunday school 
and 251 in the morning worship 
service. 

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA— There 
were 37 decisions for Christ during 
the two-weeks meeting with Cru- 
sade Team No. 2, which closed on 
Jan. 31. Richard Grant is pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF.— The Sec- 
ond Brethren Church won first place 
in the Class B division in the Chris- 
tian Life Sunday School Contest. 
George Peek is pastor. Congratula- 
tions! 

KITTANNING, PA.— A new fluo- 
rescent pulpit lamp was presented to 
the North Buffalo Brethren Church 
by Rev. and Mrs. Donald Rossman 
as an anniversary gift. The Wom- 
en's Missionary Council purchased 
a new coffee maker. 




SPECIAL— The Southeast Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches an- 
nounces the appointment of the fol- 
lowing officers to fill the unexpired 
terms until the next conference con- 
venes June 28-30 at Johnson City. 
Term.: Moderator, Rev. Robert E. A. 
Miller; vice moderator. Rev. Paul 
Mohler; and secretary, Mrs. J. H. 
Putt, 1822 Windsor Ave. SW., Roa- 
noke, Va. Rev. William E. Howard 
is secretary-treasurer. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. — The 
Sunday-school record was broken 
when 156 were present at the Tem- 
ple City Brethren Church on Jan. 10. 
Leo Polman is pastor. Feb. 28 the 
new building will be dedicated. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. —The 
Northwestern National Life Insur- 
ance Company reports that during 
1953 the American people spent 
$17,000 a minute for alcoholic bev- 
erages. 

CHICAGO, ILL.— The Gideons In- 
ternational, an organization of Chris- 
tian businessmen, has decided to ap- 
peal to the U. S. Supreme Court the 
recent decision of the New Jersey 



supreme court which would prohibit 
the distribution of King James Bi- 
bles in the public schools. 

LONDON, ENGLAND (E/P).— 
The Billy Graham Greater London 
Crusade has announced that the final 
agreement has been reached toward 
the securing of the famed Harring- 
way Arena. The campaign begins 
on March 1. The auditorium will 
seat 11,800 people. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. — Many 
churches have already received some 
of their Sunday-school material for 
the next quarter beginning in April. 
This is the kind of service the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Company 
gives to those churches that get their 
orders in early. The Brethren quar- 
terlies will be in the mail within an- 
other couple weeks. All churches 
that have sent in early orders should 
have their material by March 1. 
Check and see if your order has been 
sent in. Please fill in the order 
blanks carefully, with full name of 
publisher, catalog, and full code 
number, so you will be guaranteed 
prompt delivery. Thank you. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF.— An ex- 
cellent program in the high-school 
C. E. on Jan. 10 was produced in the 
form of a telecast of "This Is Your 
Life." Bill Coon, Jr., was the sur- 
prised subject of the evening. The 
physician who brought him into the 
world, the Sunday-school teacher 
who led him to the Lord, his baseball 
coach, Cub Scout den mother, Rev. 
Albert Flory, his teacher for six 
years, and his parents were intro- 
duced on the program. 



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THIS CONFUSED AGE 




Rev. Lee Crist 



By REV. LEE CRIST 
Pastor, First Brethren Church, Grafton, W. Vo. 



Israel as a nation was often in a 
confused state. The reason for the 
confusion was sin. Israel was in 
grave peril at the time of Daniel. 
This man of God tells why the dis- 
astrous conditions existed (Dan. 9: 
7-14). Daniel said, "We have sinned 
against thee" (vs. 8 ); "we have re- 
belled against him" (vs. 9); "neither 
have we obeyed the voice of the 
Lord our God" (vs. 10); and "we 
have obeyed not his voice" (vs. 14). 

There is much confusion the world 
over. Wherever such a condition 
exists it is because God is not at the 
helm. God is not consulted and the 
Devil is running the show. The 
Devil is the author of confusion and 
violence. The Lord is the author of 
wisdom. 

This confusion is due to the fact 
that the Lord is being disobeyed in 
the lives of the individuals in the 
home, church, and nation. The rea- 
son for the indecision and confusion 
of today is that men are too sinful 
and too proud to seek wisdom from 
God. 

Many of our national leaders, 



godly or ungodly, admit we are in 
grave danger today. Our country 
has the greatest problems to solve 
that any men of state have ever had 
to face. 

In trying to solve a problem of any 
kind one has to get to the bottom of 
the trouble in order to correct it. A 
man who is ill goes to a physician in 
whom he has confidence. The doc- 
tor diagnoses his case, then pre- 
scribes medicine for his malady. All 
things being equal, the sick man be- 
gins to recover after the correct 
diagnosis is made and the proper 
medicine is prescribed. The same 
thing is done in the solution of prob- 
lems of any kind. 

The cause for all our national and 
international problems is sin. Only 
as this sin is confessed to God, and 
His wisdom is sought, can we ever 
hope to solve the tremendous prob- 
lems of this generation. We must 
look to the Lord for guidance. Ours 
is a rich Christian heritage, and how 
grateful we ought to be for those 
brave, courageous forefathers who 
gave us such a godly background. 



3in iJJrmortam 



MISS GRACE MILLER, 73, was 
killed when a jet plane struck the 
earth in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 12. 
The crash started many fires in the 
area, bringing the death toll to seven. 
Her home was burned, but death to 
Miss Miller was caused by falling 
debris. 

Miss Miller, daughter of Rev. John 
Miller, a Baptist minister, was born 
in Storm Lake, Iowa. Following 
graduation from Iowa State Univer- 
sity she taught school for many 
years, finally retiring in Long Beach. 

She became a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach on 
June 21. 1922. Although quiet and 



Names appear in this column only when 
sent in by pastor. 



unassuming, and unknown to many. 
Miss Miller proved her faithfulness 
to the Lord especially by her burden 
for prayer for the missionaries, her 
devotion to the reading and study of 
the Word and memorizing great por- 
tions of it. — Dr. C. W. Mayes, pastor. 

MRS. MAYRE E. LUTHER, 57, 
departed from this life on Wednes- 
day, Jan. 20, in Terre Haute, Ind. — 
Ralph Burns, pastor. Clay City, Ind. 

MRS. EMMA GRACE PROBST, 
74, died on Jan. 25. Sister Probst 
had been confined to her bed for al- 
most 11 years. She was a patient 
sufferer during the years of her ill- 
ness. — Dr. W. A. Ogden, pastor. 



Men in perilous times of our history 
wei-e called upon to make grave de- 
cisions and they made them with 
God's help. During the early years 
of our country while the Constitu- 
tional Convention was being held, 
Benjamin Franklin prepared and 
I'ead a speech as follows: "When we 
were in great peril we had daily 
prayers in this room for the protec- 
tion and guidance of Almighty God. 
I have lived a long time and the 
longer I live the more convincing 
proof I have that God governs in the 
affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot 
fall to the earth without His knowl- 
edge, is it possible for a nation to 
rise without His aid." Have we for- 
gotten God or have we no longer 
need of His assistance? 

Let us ever remember that God is 
wisdom. He is abundantly able to 
bring order out of confusion and 
chaos. His admonition to us today 
is found in James 1:5, "If any of you 
lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that 
giveth to all men liberally, and up- 
braideth not; and it shall be given 
him." Therefore rnay the Lord God 
of heaven continue to be merciful 
to us and that we as a people, and 
our leaders included, will truly re- 
pent of our sins and turn unto God 
for wisdom that we might find the 
proper solution to the great national 
and international problems which 
confront us in these last days. 



COVER 

The Brethren Missionary Herald is 
deeply indebted to Mr. Allen Zook. 
of Hershey, Pa., for the many fine 
pictures that appear on the front of 
our Heralds from time to time. Mr. 
Zook is a member of the Melrose 
Gardens Brethren Church, Harris- 
burg, Pa. 



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Jonah Ran From the Will of God 

In chapter 1, verses 1 and 2, we 
find that God revealed His will to 
Jonah through His Word. God said 
that Jonah was to go to Nineveh and 
cry against it. Instead of obeying 
the Word of the Lord and walking 
in this revealed will, Jonah immedi- 
ately began to flee jrom God's will. 
Oh what heartache, what suffering 
it causes to be running from the will 
of God! May we remind ourselves 
that God uses the Word as the same 
agent today to lead us into His will. 

In verse 3 we find Jonah becoming 
very busy with other plans, such as 
boarding a ship for Tarshish. Those 
plans that are apart from God's will 
shall not be blessed or prospered. 
May we today who become so busy 
with other plans, seek to determine 
if they are according to God's re- 
vealed Word and will. 

In verses 12-17 we find the catas- 
trophe of a life out of God's will. 
Jonah was miserable and caused 
others (the mariners) to be miserable 
to the extent that they cast this life 
that was out of God's will overboard. 
God had a will for Jonah and He has 
a will for the life of the child of God 
todaj'. Are you located and running 
in the center of that blessed, re- 
vealed will of God? If not, you too 
can expect rough sailing ahead even 
as Jonah experienced. 

Jonah Ran to the Will of God 

In chapter 2 God brought Jonah 
to the end of self, for we read, "I 
fainted within myself"; also that 
Jonah prayed and cried unto the 
Lord. In verse 7 we read, "I re- 
membered the Lord." Have you 
forgotten the Lord? His will? His 
work? If you have, you too may 
have to be brought to the depths of 
the sea of affliction and heartache. 
Would you notice that not even run- 
ning to the will of God is enough. It 
is not until we are running in the 
will of God that there is blessing, 
victory, souls saved, cities moved 
toward God. 

Jonah Running in the Will of God 

In chapter 3 we see Jonah running 
in the will of God. The man in the 




Rev. Robert Holmes 



will of God is given his message from 
God and that message honors the 
God who gave it. This message was 
not a soothing oration that did noth- 
ing for those who heard it, but a 
message of judgment unless the peo- 
ple turned back to God. 

We have been given a message to- 
day that speaks of the same judg- 
ment ahead. May we be warning 
men and women of the judgment 
that is ahead for those apart from 
Christ. 

Verses 5-8 reveal the result of a 
man in God's will, giving God's mes- 
sage, God's way, and at God's time. 
The result was a whole city turned 
to God from the greatest to the least, 
as they believed God's message. 

The people cried unto God and 
turned from their wicked ways. 
Many people are crying unto God 
but few are turning from their 



wicked ways today. Some think 
they can live as they please — out of 
the Lord's will — and no one knows 
anything about it, but may we re- 
mind you that the Loi-d said in Rev- 
elation 2:13a, "I know thy works 
and where thou dwellest." "Be not 
deceived"; nothing is hid from the 
eye of divine scrutiny. He knows 
whether you are in His will or not. 

Jonah Running Ahead of the Will 
of God 

We rejoice today to see men turn- 
ing to God, but not so with Jonah. 
He came to announce their doom 
and not to seek their repentance. 
We read that God was pleased with 
their repentance, but Jonah was 
angry and wanted to die. A man in 
this condition is not ready to die and 
meet His Maker. Here was Jonah 
outside the city, outside the will of 
God. What a terrible condition! 
God tried to show Jonah that he had 
the wrong perspective about the 
people of Nineveh. God had six- 
score thousand persons who yet 
needed the message. 

Think of the multitudes of souls 
that need the message of salvation 
today. God spoke once, yea twice, 
to Jonah to get him to do His will. 
How many times will He need speak 
to or chasten us in order that we 
shall bear the message to souls un- 
der judgment? 



IN ^^^ OUT 



OF GOD'S WILL 



By REV. ROBERT HOLMES 

Pastor West Homer Brethren Church 

Homerville, Ohio 



February 13, 1954 



109 



A 

Personal 
Testimony 



In 1938 Rev. Paul R. Bauman was 
conducting evangelistic services in 
the First Brethren Church in Long 
Beach, Calif. While attending these 
meetings, I accepted Christ as my 
Saviour. Having attended that 
church for about a month our busi- 
ness caused us to move to Los An- 
geles. This made it necessary to 
move our inembership to the Second 
Brethren Church where we enjoyed 
the preaching and teaching of God's 
precious Word. Mrs. Sachs and I 
sang in the choir and I joined a 
quartet that traveled throughout 
southern California singing in many 
churches. 

In my early life I used to smoke 
cigarettes quite a bit and I will never 
forget how my feelings were hurt 
when somebody detected smoke on 




By REV. ELMER SACHS 
San Jose, Calif. 

my clothing. Once while witnessing 
for the Lord with a very dear friend 
of mine, I must have used a slang or 
swear word, and this friend of mine 
called my attention to it, suggesting 
that I could better testify by not 
using swear words. 

When I think of these things I 
chuckle, because when the Lord 
saved me He really had a dismangled 
piece of flesh and bone that was full 
of all the cori-uption of the world. I 
guess many folks had misgivings as 
to how the Lord could use such a 
wretched sinner as Elmer Sachs! 

We praise God that He is no re- 
specter of persons, for from then on, 
the Lord called me to go to the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles, where I 
studied for four years. In my sec- 
ond year I accepted the call of a 



pastorate of a small interdenomina- 
tional community church. Here I 
pastored for seven years. That small 
church had $200 assets, $1,500 liabU- 
ities, with about $40 a week receipts. 
There was an attendance of 8 people 
for church service and 18 for Sun- 
day school. 

When we started, they could only 
pay me $25 a month salary, but the 
Lord caused the work to grow to 
where we had the privilege of lead- 
ing some 900 souls to accept Ckrist 
as Saviour; some 12 to 14 young peo- 
ple in the Bible training schools: 
with a Sunday school averaging 
around 265, and 200 for church; and 3 
foreign missionaries being supported 
by the church. The church grew, 
necessitating the enlarging of the 
building to a $30,000 plant, and pay- 
ing the pastor around $350 a month. 
It was at this church that the Lord 
caused the birth and growth of Sky 
Pilots of America, which is now a 
national and international work that 
has around 7,000 members who are 
averaging 1,400 souls won to Christ 
per year. 

Recently Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida. 
who led the air raid against Pearl 
Harbor, accepted the position of 
Chief Sky Pilot of Japan. He and I 
were privileged to travel 35,000 miles 
within the U. S. A. and Hawaii. 



(Editor: Rev. Elmer Sachs has been mightily used of God in the organizing of Sky 
Pilots of America, a ministry dedicated to the training of boys for Christian service 
and soul-winning. Several of our Brethren churches have active Sky Pilot groups. 
Rev. Sachs is a member of the Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk, California.) 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 



Date 



Berne, Ind 


Feb. 


2-21 


Ord Gehman .... 


Crusade No. 2. 


Roanoke, Va 


Feb. 


7-21 


R. E. A. Miller. . 


Crusade No. 1. 


Tracy, Calif 


Feb. 


14-17 


Wm. Clough.... 


R. I. Humberd. 


Dayton, Ohio 


Feb. 


14-28 


C. S. Zimmerm'n 


James Hammer. 


Portland, Oreg. . . 


Feb. 


15-28 


Vernon Harris. . 


Michael Walsh. 


Glendale, Calif... 


Feb. 


21 


Chas. Und'rwood R. I. Humberd. 


Long Beach, Calif 










(First) 


Feb. 


21-28 


C. W. Mayes 


Jim Vaus. 


San Bernardino, 










Calif 


Feb. 


23-26 


Lyle Marvin .... 


R. I. Humberd. 


Findlay, Ohio. . . . 


Feb. 


23-Mar. 7. 


Forest Lance. . . . 


Crusade Team 2. 


Jenners, Pa 


Feb. 


23-Mar. 14. 


Victor Rogers. . . 


Crusade Team 1. 


Conemaugh, Pa. . 


Feb. 


24-27 


Stanley Hauser. 


A. R. Kriegbaum. 


Osceola, Ind 


Mar. 


9-21 


Scott Weaver . . . 


Crusade Team 2. 


Wooster, Ohio . . . . 


Mar. 


14-28 


Kenneth Ashman A. L. Lynn. 


Conemaugh, Pa . . 


Mar. 


16-28 


Stanley Hauser. . 


"Ding" Teuling. 


Tahquitz Pines, 










Calif 


Mar. 


19-21 




Bill Smith. 


Clayton, Ohio 


Mar. 


21-29 


Clair Brickel 


James Boyer. 



THAT QUESTIONABLE PLEASURE 

Eight Practical Tests 

1. Would you like Christ to catch 
you in the act? Luke 12:37. 

2. Are you WILLING to see any 
harm in it? John 7:17. 

3. Is it lawful, is it becoming, is it 
profitable? I Corinthians 10:30, 
33. 

4. Can you look up to God for a 
blessing in the midst of it? Ro- 
mans 14:23. 

5. Can you commune with God after 
it as freely as before? I John 1:7. 

6. Do the best Christians you know 
see any harm in it? Hebrews 5:14. 

7. Is it consistent with your profes- 
sion that by the cross of Christ the 
world is crucified unto you and 
you unto the world? Galatians 
6:14. 

8. Will you see any harm in it on a 
dying bed? — Selected. 



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CALIFORNIA YOUTH 



By REV. RALPH COLBURN, NATIONAL YOUTH DIRECTOR 





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Buffet Line 



Lyle Marvin, Jr., did a fine job 
with the songleading. Special music 
was brought by a number of the 
churches. Rev. Norman Nelson, of 
Compton, climaxed the musical pro- 
gram with a short "singing sermon," 
after which Youth Director Ralph 
Colburn brought the message. 




"Ninettes," Long Beach Brethren 
High School 




<^*^ tin + • 




Lyle Marvin, Jr., Songleader 



At about 9 p. m. the young people 
e.djourned to the church social hall, 
where tables were set, and a boun- 
tiful buffet lunch was served. The 
tables were decorated with 16 at- 
tractive centerpieces, each one num- 
bered and depicting some familiar 
gospel song. Young people could 
guess the songs and compete for a 
prize ofiered for the most correct 
answers. Music was enjoyed during 
the buffet lunch. 



The First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach was host Friday, January 15, 
to nearly 250 Brethi-en young people 
representing 20 of the California 
churches. At fu-st it did not look 
like the crowd would be great, so the 
meeting was scheduled for the beau- 
tifuUj' appointed prayer - meeting 
room, which seats 200. But they 
kept coming until all the extra space 
was filled with chairs, and everyone 
was accommodated. Yes, even the 
front rows were full! 





Long Beach Brethren. High School 
Quartet. (R.) Rev. Jerry Yerian. 



Calif. District Youth Committee 
(Pictured at Lejt) 
I. to r.— 

Rev. James Beatty, Program 

Rev. Jerry Yerian, Publicity 

Eva Suiter, Social 

Rev. Lyle Marvin, Camp Dean 

Rev. Norman Nelson, Bus. Mgr. 

Rev. Nelson Hall, Chairman 




CHOW LINE 
Rev. Ward Miller, No. 1 



February 13, 1954 



111 



s,ev. 3J3d tii-3. iJlaioe Sn/der 
finona Lake, Ind. 



TOO OLD 




A shiny lollipop rested on the 
windowsill over the kitchen sink. 
Sharon, the current dishwasher, was 
finding her hated job a bit more tol- 
erable by carefully watching the 
treasure and tasting of its sweetness. 

Mother stepped over to the sink 
and lifted the lollipop from the sill 
to a saucer. 

"Don't take that," Sharon com- 
manded with excitement. "That's 
mine." 

"I know it is, Honey. I only want- 
ed to put it on a saucer. I don't want 
it." 

"Don't you like lollipops?" the 
eight-year-old questioned incredu- 
lously. 

"No, I don't." 

Sharon stood sudsing and resuds- 
ing a plate, deep in thought. Sud- 
denly, with a sparkle of understand- 
ing in her eye, the little miss said. 
"Oh well, you ai'e too old to eat 
lollipops." 

To her little girl's mind there 
could be no other explanation for 
Mother's lack of interest in and lik- 
ing for such a delicacy as a lollipop 
except on the basis of age. And, as 
a matter of fact, Sharon was correct 
in her conclusion. Mother well re- 
members her childhood delight in 
lollipops, and her first taste of one at 
the age of 10 years. But one day. 
Mother doesn't remember when, the 
charm of lollipops seemed to dissolve 
into the mists. She no longer thought 
they were a delicacy dropped from 
heaven. The little girl was grow- 
ing up. 

Childhood with all its charms and 
dreams and delights is a time of im- 
maturity, of imperfection. It is a 
time of building, of learning, of 
growth. It is always yearning for 
tomorrow; for a tomorrow of greater 
privileges and new worlds con- 
quered. 

Just yesterday Kent stood beside 
Sharon at the kitchen sink. He was 
reluctantly drying dishes. He has 
"graduated" to this job, for which he 
is definitely not thankful. He will 
never beat any world record for 
speed in drying dishes at the rate he 
is now going. Leaning against the 



sink, Mother heard him say to Shar- 
on, "I wish I wasn't Paul Kent." 
"Why?" 

"Because I have to dry dishes." 
"Who do you wish you were?" 
"David. He has it soft. He does- 
n't have to do dishes." 

"I wish I could be Dorotheann," 
Sharon sighed. "She doesn't have to 
do dishes either." Misery loves com- 
pany. 

"Both David and Dorotheann did 
the dishes when they were your 
ages," Mother reminded the small 
fry. "In fact, they still step in when 
an emergency arises and do the 
dishes for us. Last Friday when the 
Sumeys were here Dorotheann was 
hard at work washing dishes when 



PAl^SONAGE^T 
"ROOF ^.^^ 

BY -4|fe^ 



A^/-s. J?aker/My/et 



Mother went to the kitchen. And 
last Sunday, when Sharon was in- 
vited to Dotty Lou's for dinner, Da- 
vid washed the dishes here at home." 

"Well, that's not often," com- 
plained Sharon. "I have to do them 
all the time when I'm home." 

"Mother has to cook meals three 
times a day, seven days a week. And 
for her this is not easy nor always 
pleasant. Dorotheann and David do 
other things to help Mother while 
you two work on dishes. Now how 
about a smile? You want to do all 
the things as unto the Lord, don't 
you? He will be pleased with even 
the small tasks if we do them be- 
cause we love Him and each other. 
When you are older you'll , have 
other jobs and your younger sisters 
will do the dishes." 

"Uh huh. I still wish I was David." 
A time of yearning, of wishing, of 
dreaming. 

Then one day the wishes become 
a reality, the dreams a fact. "When 
I was a child, I spake as a child, I 



CHURCHES 



Wheaton, III. 

Some two years ago a small num- 
ber of us took our stand with the 
Brethren Church. Out of a hunger 
for a Bible-believing fellowship we 
began to lay plans for an organiza- 
tion in this area. This could have 
been done a dozen years before had 
we only known of the Brethren 
Church and its wonderful home- 
mission program. 

Meeting in the homes, we started 
with a small Bible class. Later, we 
decided to meet for Sunday school. 
Shortly afterward we announced 
regular preaching services. The 
preaching was done by local breth- 
ren, Wheaton College students, and 
visiting Brethren froin Winona Lake. 

We have long awaited the answer 
to our prayers, but God never fails. 
Our beloved pastor, Rev. Kenneth 
Teague, and his lovely family ar- 
rived the second week in December. 
We are now thankfully worshiping 
in the wonderful quarters of the 
Christian Grammar School. Our 
next greatly needed step is the first 
unit of our new church. A fine 
Christian architect has been secured 
and his suggestions will soon be sub- 
mitted for approval. Pray for our 
church in Wheaton. — B. C. W/iit- 
more. 



understood [felt] as a child, I 
thought as a child: but when I be- 
canre a man, I put away childish 
things" (I Cor. 13:11). I was "too 
old" for lollipops. 

Dear little dark-haired Sharon, 
how very right you are. Mother is 
too old to be in the lollipop stage 
of spiritual living. Dear Father God, 
I want to "grow up into him in all 
things" (Eph. 4:15). Help me to 
daily throw off every vestige of spir- 
itual childhood, and by Thy grace 
may I grow and mature in spiritual 
stature. 

How about YOU, dear reader? 
You can't put away childish things 
unless you become a man. Your 
grov.-th depends on your spiritual 
diet, which in turn is regulated by 
your love for Christ. 



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February 13, 1954 



EBRUARY 20, 1954 




HOME MISSION NUMBER 



The Miracle Home-Mission Church 



Cherry 

Valley 

Brethren 

Organized 

1949 





First 

Meeting 

Place a 

Grange 

Hall 













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Self. 

>upporting 

January 

1954 





9nm 



v_-. 



$55,000 

Building 

$1,500 

Debt 




Ediiorials 



By L L Grubb 




The Golden Key 

Religion is a curse in America today! Parading under 
the guise of true Christianity, thousands of churches 
and clergymen are only religious. The true message of 
God's Holy Word finds no place in the preaching or pro- 
gram of these unorthodox professors. 

According to current standards a clergyman may 
qualify as a Christian minister by simply graduating 
from any seminary and receiving a certificate of ordina- 
tion. This is ti'ue regardless of his doctrinal or theolog- 
ical position. Often he does not believe in the verbal 
inspiration of the Bible. He may refuse, as biologically 
impossible, the virgin birth and deity of Christ. Salva- 
tion, if this word means anything, is secured by human 
works. These and many other meaningless human phi- 
losophies, he propagates through a lifetime of ministry 
as a "Chi'istian" preacher. With such men standing at 
the helm of many American churches we must certainly 
realize that the great majority of our nation's churches 
operate under the same false banner. 

The Unitarian Church is only one segment of this 
colossal group of pretenders preaching doctrines un- 
known to the Word of God, yet classified by the National 
Council of Churches of Christ in the U. S. A. as "Chris- 
tian." 

A special edition of the Unity tract, "The Golden Key," 
printed in 1953, presents a fair picture of "religion" as it 
operates currently. 

The author of this tract, Emmet Fox, says, "Scientific 
prayer will enable you, sooner or later, to get yourself, 
or anyone else, out of any difficulty on the face of the 
earth. It is the Golden Key to harmony and happiness." 
This is quite a statement. In regard to prayer there is 
no mention of Christ, who is the one mediator between 
God and man. "For there is one God, and one mediator 
between God and man, the man Christ Jesus" (I Tim. 
2:5), There is no reference to the divinely ordered plan 
of the Word of God for Christian prayer (John 14:13-14; 
Roin. 8:26). Apparently Mr. Fox completely ignores the 
revelation of God and arrogates to himself the authority 
to define prayer. When man forsakes the standard of 
God as set forth in His Word he has no other authority 
beyond himself. What he concludes and does is just as 
finite and limited as he. 

Mr. Fox further guarantees; "All that you have to do 
is this: Stop thinking about the difficult, whatever it is, 
and think about God instead ... if you will do this . . . 
the trouble will presently disappear." 

It really sounds too easy to be true. We have heard 
such claims at county fairs from quack doctors who 
claim to cure everything from a stomach ache to cancer. 

According to Mr. Fox, thinking about God is scientific 
prayer. This is all that is necessary to solve your prob- 



lem, whether financial, physical, vocational, personal, 
etc. 

It is this sort of un-Biblical, blasphemous religion that 
82,340 Unitarians are widely preaching in America today. 

One of the marks of religion in contrast to Christian- 
ity is its failure to give Jesus Christ His place of equality 
with God as well as His rightful place as the divinely 
appointed intermediary between God and man. 

God will solve man's problems according to His will 
through prayer, but only after man has received Christ 
as personal Saviour can he even pray, much less have 
at his disposal the remedial power of God. 

How urgent is this need of real Bible teaching in 
America today! We need to repeat the definitions of sin, 
salvation, eternal life, prayer, and other great doctrines 
of the Scripture. 

Gospel Radio Expanding 

In spite of the fact that America bristles with TV 
aerials most homes still have their radios and those 
radios remain a very potent factor for gospel preaching. 

The Assemblies of God believe this, for they have just 
expanded their Revivaltime broadcast to the entire ABC 
network. A full-time speaker and director have been 
employed. This church sends the Gospel around the 
world weekly through this effective channel. 

Gospel radio has never been excelled in effectively 
evangelizing lost souls who would not listen to a per- 
sonal worker or attend any church. 

Brainwashing — Satan's Psychiatry 

Brainwashing as practiced by the Soviets today is 
nothing new, at least in principle. In the days of the 
Reformation religious prelates tried to "wash" the brains 
of men like Luther, Zwingli, et al., who stood staunchly 
for the faith. Many of these men died for their convic- 
tions. 

However, we wonder if men ever before in history 
have been subjected to such a "third degree" as that 
used by the Reds. It is a horrible concentration of every 
known torture device to bring about complete submis- 
sion in the victim's mind and body. 

The Communist examiner of Robert A. Vogeler, an 
American engineer, said: "If God himself were sitting 
in that chair, we would make him say what we wanted 
him to say." Those who know the omnipotent God of 
heaven through Jesus Christ realize the blasphemy of 
this statement. However, the Communists make no idle 
boast regarding men. Angus Ward, American diplomat, 
seized by the Reds, said: "If the Chinese examiners had 
worked on me two weeks more, I would have confessed 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



VOLUME 16. NUMBER 8 



Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind-. under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weeltly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. S2,00 a year; 100-percent churches. $1.50; foreign. $3.00. Board 
of Directors: Walter Lepp, president; Robert D. Crees. vice president; Clyde Balyo. secretary; brd Gehman, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, mem- 
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anything, and believed it, too." Bolshevik heroes such 
as Beria, who after losing favor proclaim themselves as 
absolute traitors and worthy of nothing but death, show 
how effective the treatment. 

This is indeed Satan's psychiatry. 

Jeremiah 17:9 fits into this picture. It seems that 
Russia has achieved about the lowest point in the scale 
of immorality and Gcd-defiance. Yet there is probably 



something worse ahead, so unplumbed is human de- 
pravity. 

These evil, terroristic activities of Russia internation- 
ally serve to further accentuate the need of this dying 
world for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the measure 
that God makes it possible, it is our privilege and re- 
sponsibility to make Christ known. Only He can meet 
the needs of such polluted, sinful minds and bodies. 





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Meeting in Inbody Community Church 

Near Goshen, Ind., is a small community church build- 
ing and a changing group of people who have had a 
varied witness for Christ throughout the long years of 
this church's existence. Different denominational per- 
suasions have used these facilities. Currently a group 
with a Brethren background has been meeting here 
under the ministry of a senior student in Grace Sem- 
inary, Bro. Herman Hein. It was a privilege to hold a 
week of meetings with these friends and to see souls 
saved and believers rejoicing in the truth of God's Word. 

This group has now voted unanimously to become a 
Brethren church affiliating with the NFBC. Praise the 
Lord for this decision. 

Findlay Church Growing 

Now worshiping in the new first unit of the Findlay, 
Ohio, church, the Lord's people are seeing His blessings 
in a marvelous manner. The salvation of souls, gifts of 
furnishings for the new church, and intense new inter- 
est in the community all tell the story of substantial 
growth. During a recent visit we were thi-illed to hear 
the story of spiritual victories from the pastor, Bro. 
Forest Lance. Here are some home-misison dividends 
for your gifts and prayers. 

Wheaton Group Meeting in Christian Grammar School 

While visiting with the new Brethren group in Whoa- 
ton, 111 , recently, we found them meeting in the attrac- 
tive Christian Grammar School building. The author- 
ities have been very kind to us in affording this meeting 
place. About 50 people were gathered for Sunday school 
and church services. The pastor, Bro. Kenneth Teague, 
and his building committee are planning for the first 
unit of a new building to be placed on our well-located 
lots. 

Brethren students in Wheaton College have expressed 
great appreciation for this new Brethren church and art- 
giving an effective ministry in its development. 

New Lots Purchased in York 

After much prayer and seeking of God's will for the 
location of the new church in York, Pa., lots have been 
purchased in what is believed to be one of the best loca- 
tions in this growing city. In the new area where the 
group has been meeting in a former grocery store, the 
Brethren Construction Company will this spring be 
constructing its third new Brethren church bui'ding. 



Our meeting with the York group, which is pastored by 
Bro. Gerald Polman, revealed a strong, virile movement 
for Christ including a group of people with a sacrificial 
spirit and a willingness to work for Christ. 

Brethren Minute-Men, by giving $2,676.15 for York, 
have immeasurably helped in making possible the pur- 
chase of these new lots free of debt. Those dollars, when 
placed in one sum, enable us to establish new churches 
which otherwise may not have come into existence. 

While in the area, a brief visit with Bro. Conard 
Sandy, pastor of the Harrisburg, Pa., church, and a 
survey of the building, convinced us again that here is 
another strong hcme-mission testimony for the NFBC. 

EPA Conference in Chicago 

As other evangelical forces are doing, the evangelical 
writers, publishers, and printers have united in a group 
known as the Evangelical Press Association. Meeting 
in Chicago recently at the Midland Hotel, we heard 
practically all angles of Christian writing and publishing 
discussed. A very stirring and informative message on 
Communism by Mrs. Helen Segrist, impressed us again 
with the imminent danger of this Red menace. 

Out of this conference came new ideas, approaches, 
and methods which should serve to increase the effec- 
tiveness of all Christian publications. 



CORDILLERA'S NEW ADDITION 



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The former and present building are shown. The new 
addition to the Cordillera church, near Taos, N. Mex., 
will more than double the church's capacity when it is 
finished. It is 24 x 40 feet in size and is constructed of 
adobe brick, made by hand by members and friends of 
the church. The labor cost is eliminated in this manner 
of construction and it makes possible the financing of 
the expansion program v/ithin the local church. 



February 20. 1954 



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NEW BRETHREN CHURCH BECOMES SELF-SUPPORTING 

ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING ILLUSTRATIONS OF GOD'S BLESSING IN BRETHREN HOME MISSION 
WORK IS NOW HISTORY IN BEAUMONT, CALIF. 

JUST THREE YEARS OLD, THIS HOME MISSION GROUP NOW BECOMES COMPLETELY SELF-SUP- 
PORTING. THIS BEATS THE HOME-MISSION FIVE-YEAR PLAN BY TWO YEARS AND SETS A PACE 
FOR HOME-MISSION GROWTH WHICH WE HOPE OTHER CHURCHES WILL EMULATE. 

THE HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL HAS EXPENDED ABOUT $6,500 TO PRODUCE A CONGREGATION 
OF APPROXIMATELY 75 MEMBERS AND PROVIDE A BUILDING WORTH AT LEAST $55,000. THE BUILD- 
ING WHEN DEDICATED WAS ALMOST FREE OF DEBT. 

BY FAR THE OUTSTANDING REASONS BEHIND THE GROWTH ARE THE STRONG PERSONAL MIN- 
ISTRY OF THE PASTOR, GENE FARRELL, AND THE SACRIFICIAL WORK AND GIVING OF THE FAITH- 
FUL MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION. 

WE HEARTILY COMMEND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE HAD ANY PART IN THIS NEW CHURCH AND 
PRAISE THE LORD FOR EVERY BLESSING. OUR BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL IS HAPPY 
TO PRESENT THIS NEW ESTABLISHED CHURCH TO THE NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN 
CHURCHES. 



By REV. GENE FARRELL 




Rev. Gene Farrell 



This is being written about six months after the dedi- 
cation of our building, which was July 19 of last year. 
Now we cross another milestone in the history of the 
work. As the pastor, I rejoiced greatly in the victories 
given us at dedication time. And I rejoice now that the 
brethren are willing to meet this 
new challenge, namely, that of 
assuming full financial responsi- 
bility. I truly believe that the 
Lord's blessing will follow this 
decision. He blessed before when 
the church assumed burdens be- 
yond their ability to bear. And I 
know that He will bless now, for 
He says in His Word: "Bear ye 
one another's burdens, and so ful- 
fil the law of Christ" (Gal. 6:2). 
Funds will thus be released into 
other more needy fields, and the 
Lord's supply for Cherry Valley brethren will be the 
inevitable result, for "them that honour me, I will hon- 
our" (I Sam. 2:30). 

. We are so happy to be able to inform our home-mis- 
sion friends that these past six months have had their 
share of victories, too. After the supreme effort of 
readying the building for dedication, there was a danger, 
of course, of a "letdown." But God .... He graciously 
kept us from this as His Spirit laid the burden upon our 
hearts to concentrate upon the "living stones" which 
make up that invisible building which will never pass 
away. Let us share a few of these triumphs of grace 
with you as they come to mind. 

SOULS FOR THE LORD and real evidence of new 
consecration in the lives of the believers has, of course, 
been our greatest joy. Ever since dedication morning, 
when three young people came to the front to make 
first-time confesisons of Christ, God has been rewarding 
with similar fi'uit. A few of these testimonies will be 



included in these pages, also those of others who were 
saved or built up by our Lord through the work. An 
exceptional victory occurred the other night at the close 
of our evangelistic service when the head basketball 
coach at the local high school gave his heart to Christ. 
He has been coming on Sunday evenings, and attends a 
week-night Bible-study class. Still another thrill was 
ours when a young mother of four children stepped to 
the front — "in spite of herself," she said later — and made 
her first confession. Other confessions have been made, 
too, which will not appear within these pages. Our 
Bible-school teachers keep reporting souls for the Lord 
from time to time. Recently eight were baptized. And 
then there have been a number at the altar, during these 
past si.x months, desiring earnestly to make Christ the 
Lord of their lives, which means as much to a pastor and 
to a work as anything can. As John said: "I have no 
greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth'' 
(III John 4). 

THE ATTENDANCE INCREASE is another thing for 
which we have been most thankful. Every function of 
the church is feeling this upsurge. The Sunday school, 
morning worship, and evening evangelistic services are 
averaging 175, 130, and between 90 and 100, respectively. 
Over 100 new scholars were registered in our fall Bible- 
school contest, and never before in the history of this 
work have we had so many new people coming out. A 
goodly number are unsaved, and some are Christian 
people who were not getting fed in some of the down- 
town churches. 

OUR FIRST MISSIONARIES— the George Meyer 
family — are on their way, via Long View, Tex., to Lima. 
Peru. Only the Lord knows the marvelous victories 
that were accomplished in this family during the past 
four years or so as a backslidden wife was reclaimed, 
and a husband gloriously saved with their two children. 
Past the age to be sent out by the average mission board, 
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CHERRY VALLEY STUDENTS IN CHRISTIAN COLLEGES 










These five students are enrolled in Christian colleges from the Cherry Valley Brethren Church, with others 
planning to attend such colleges when they finish high school. They are. from left to right: Jim Hunter, Bob Jones 
Academy: Coleen Hamilton, Bob Jones University; Janis Hamilton, John Brown University: Nancy Bridges, West- 
mont College; and Fred McClelland, Bob Jones University. 



vision to go to South America. Following a summer 
with Wycliffe Translators they returned to Cherry Val- 
ley, where they waited patiently upon the Lord for 
several months. Then, to make a long story short, the 
door suddenly opened for them through R. G. LeTour- 
neau, and they will fly to Lima on January 17 with 12 
other families. A farewell service was held for them 
on Sunday, January 3, at which time, after the pattern 
set forth in Acts 13, we sent them forth with His bene- 
diction. At the close of the service we retired to the 
basement for fellowship and refreshments, and there 
were few dry eyes when we joined hands in a big circle 
and sang, "Blest Be the Tie That Binds." The Riverside 
Enterprise, a California newspaper, featured this inci- 
dent. 

FIVE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE are now attending 
Christian schools. Others, who are seniors in high 
school this year, are making definite plans to go next 
fall. We know that the group who made the decision 
last fall are proving a constant challenge to the others, 
and what joy it is to our hearts to know that those who 
have gone are daily receiving such good things from 
the Lord. 

OUR LARGEST SINGLE GIFT has come in during 
the past six months since dedication. The Lord bur- 
dened the hearts of two families who come to our church 
to purchase a beautiful new $1,170 Knabe spinet piano 
for our auditorium. This fine instrument was dedicated 
to the Lord, and now graces the right side of our plat- 
form, where it lends much to the musical aspect of our 
services. 

MORE PRAYER is being ofifered, we believe, than 
ever befoi-e. We say this to the glory of God, not in any 
self-righteous, pharisaical way. We were tempted not 
to mention it, but we sincerely believe that it is this fea- 
ture that accounts for the results which are following. 
Beside the regular Wednesday-night prayer meeting, 
we have thi-ee other periods of prayer weekly, one for 
ladies and two for men. And at all the committee and 
board meetings, the people pray all the way around be- 
fore the business is transacted. We know this is re- 
sponsible for the blessed unity God has given us. Please 
pray with us that it will continue, and that Satan may 
not be allowed to get in. Nothing is so important where 
a work is evangelical and fundamental as to have that 
unity of which David spoke in the 133d Psalm. "It is 
like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down 
upon the beard, even Aaron's beard" (vs. 2). 



LAST OF ALL, we believe it will thrill our home- 
mission readers' hearts to hear of His continued Ephe- 
sians 3:20 supply of our material needs. At our annual 
business meeting held last week, our church treasurer 
reported (among other things) that $15,342.88 had been 
received locally in '53. Of this amount $7,287.96 was 
given to the building fund, $4,186.59 to the general fund, 
$1,698.90 to missions, and $1,198.75 to the Sunday school. 
Our building and equipment is now valued at $55,000, 
upon which there is an indebtedness of $1,500. As soon 
as this is liquidated, we expect to partition part of our 
full-size basement for a Christian day school, to be 
started, the Lord willing, next fall. Then, too, we have 
an urgent need for these extra rooms for our expanding 
Sunday school, which now has 15 classes and a cradle- 
roll department. 

Certainly, as we go self-supporting this year, we can 
gladly say again that we thank God for the wholesome 
and helpful relationship which we have enjoj'ed at all 
times with the Brethren Home Missions Council and you 
home-mission friends. We praise the Lord for your 
interest in this corner of the Lord's vineyard, and we 
shall always have pleasant memories and thanksgiving 
in our hearts for all of you. Please keep us on your 
prayer list, and pray, too, that the great burden of this 
church may always be to fulfill the Great Commission of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 



BUILDING UPON THE RIGHT FOUNDATION 

By Miss Anne Gerhart, High-School Senior 

I thank the Lord for saving me and leading me to the 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church where the Word of God 
is really given out, and where I can have wonderful 
Chi'istian fellowship. It was about four years ago that 
I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour 
and now my life is being built upon Him as the founda- 
tion (I Cor. 3:11). I have learned that you cannot de- 
pend on men or build your life on earthly things. Like 
the foolish man who built his house upon the sand, such 
a life will surely crash. 

Many people think a Christian life is dull and without 
excitement, but it certainly is not true. The things that 
seemed exciting when in the world mean nothing to me 
now. What could be more thrilling than serving the 
Lord and seeing souls being won for Him? I haven't 
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have wanted to go my own way. Satan is always "in 
there pitching" against me, but I Corinthians 10:13 has 
always been a big help at such times. Philippians 4:13 
is another verse that has helped me and I have made it 
my life verse. 

I will graduate this year from high school and I don't 
know what the Lord would have ine do, but I am pray- 
ing about going to a Christian college. And, if this is 
His will I know He will direct me to the right one. 



MISSIONARIES TO PERU FROM CHERRY VALLEY 



THE V/RONG IDEA OF GOD FOR 19 YEARS 

By Mr. Roy McCullum 

I was an average family man and believed in whole- 
some living. Christian? I claimed to be one. I believed 
in some supreme spiritual Being that had control over 
the universe and that He contributed to our civilization. 
I thought it was a good thing for the rest of the family 
to go to church and Sunday school, but it wasn't for me. 
At least twice each year Mrs. McCulluin would persuade 
me to go, but I never felt comfortable when the invita- 
tion was given. It seemed I was not worthy and that my 
heart was not right. This life went on for 19 years, until 
one year ago when I went to the Cherry Valley Breth- 
ren Church. There the Word of God really spoke to my 
heart and after attending a few services I responded to 
the invitation, and opened my heart to receive Christ as 
my personal Saviour. My decision united our entire 
family of six children as one in Christ. Prior to my 
salvation all the other members of my family were pray- 
ing for me and thus proof that God hears and answers 
prayer. 



BLESSINGS AT CHERRY VALLEY BRETHREN 

By Pat Hanneman, High School Senior 



I can neither remember the day nor the year it hap- 
pened but I know I am saved. I do remember the first 
question I asked was, "How can my parents be saved?" 
Soon after taking this step I began to have doubts in my 
mind about God and His Son. The more I tried to figure 
it out the more confused I became. I started going to 
Sunday school and church because I thought it was my 
duty, but through the hearing of the Word of God I 
learned that the Bible was actually God's Word, and 
that Christ really died for my sins. I was not attending 
the Cherry Valley Brethren Church at the time, but the 
Lord seemed to be telling me I should. I was stubborn 
at first, but finally just said, "All right. Lord, I will go 
over for one Sunday." That one Sunday was such a 
blessing that I am attending regidarly now. 



SOPHOMORE FEELS THE CALL TO SOUTH AMERICA 

By Emily Rodberg, High School Sophomore 

Though a staunch Catholic, I came to know Jesus 
Christ as my Saviour on February 5, 1947. These seven 
years have been so wonderful because that is when I 
really began to live. I have been going to the Cherry 
Valley Brethren Church for over a year, and one re- 
ceives spiritual food because they preach the whole 




Mr. and Mrs. George Meyer and their two children, 
Jimmy and Julie, from the Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church, are now in the jungles of Peru, near the head- 
waters of the Amazon River. They are 1 of 13 families 
who will build a missionary community in this South 
American jungle under a program backed by R. G. Le- 
Tcurneau. (Read 'Another Milestone," by Gene Far- 
rell, for seine other interesting facts about this family.) 



Bible. A Christian's life depends so much on the kind 
of church and I am so happy He led me to this one. 

I feel the Lord has called me to be a missionary to 
South America and I am willing to go anywhere He 
sends me. When missionaries visit our church they 
make me wish I were old enough to go right now. But 
the Lord will have something better for me if I wait 
on Him. 

I would never trade places with any unbeliever for 
the worldly pleasures and so-called good times they 
have because I am waiting for the day when my Lord 
sends me to South America to be a missionary and serve 
Him there. Will you pray for me? 



BROUGHT INTO FELLOWSHIP BY A BUDDY 

By Bill Shoufler, High-School Sophomore 

When I was about eight years old I began attending 
the Sunday school of the Second Brethren Church in 
Long Beach, Calif. The bus caine around every Sunday 
morning, picked up my brother and me, and took us to 
Sunday school. For three years we went to the Breth- 
ren summer camp at Idyllwild, Calif., where I accepted 
the Lord. 

Then I began sliding into sin. I thought I was too big 
for Sunday school and church. Although my parents 
were not saved, they tried to encourage ine to go. I 
started running with the wrong crowd, smoking, ditch- 
ing school, and inaking my folks a lot of trouble. 

Finally I got into so inuch trouble my parents decided 
I might be better off on a ranch away from the city. 
That was in June 1952. When I was almost 14 years old 
I came to Cherry Valley to live with my uncle on a small 
ranch. I began attending the Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church with him and his family, and learned much of 



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the Lord. Then on Chiistnias night. 1951, Jim Hunter, 
a close buddy of mine, talked to me about the things of 
the Lord. I realized I wasn't where I should be, so the 
next Sunday I went forward and took a new stand for 
Christ. It was two or three months before I gave up 
worldly habits and friends, and only recently I fully 
yielded myself to the Lord to serve Him wherever He 
leads me. Now, to His glory, I have an inward peace 
and joy that only He can give. 

I am very grateful to the pastor and the friends of the 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church for their spiritual en- 
couragement and help. 



CHERRY VALLEY'S ONE BIG EVENT 



RESULT OF PREACHING THE WORD 

By Dolores Sharp, High-School Senior 

My parents were not Christians, but as a child I did 
hear about Christ from other sources. At the age of 12 
I came face to face with the need of my own personal 
salvation and made a decision for Christ. The church I 
was attending at the time did not emphasize the sep- 
arated life and naturally I continued living in the same 
manner for about two years more. By this time my 
folks started attending the Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church, and I saw my mother brought into fellowship 
with God and my father saved out of a life of drunken- 
ness. This started me to become concerned about my 
own life for I was not right with God because I felt I 
would have to give up so much. I didn't want to yield 
to Him. 

Finally after a few weeks the conviction by the Holy 
Spirit became so great I confessed my sin and started 
living a victorious life in Christ. I found that I didn't 
give up anything but that Christ gave me much more to 
take the place of my former desires. As I attended the 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church I was taught to read 
and memorize Scripture, to pray daily, and witness. 
When I started doing these things a real battle was 
started by the adversary, but Christ was victorious. In 
the midst of the trials He gave me my life verse, "But 
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; 
and all tkese things shall be added unto you." 



GOD ANSWERS PRAYER IN THE MORNING 

By Carl and Edith Hitsch 

Because of ill health, we felt a need to get away from 
the city with its rush and turmoil, but hesitated to leave 
our home church where we had been in regular attend- 
ance in Sunday school and the morning service for a 
number of years. Our wonderful Lord opened the way 
for us to come to Beaumont, and we found that He had 
moved other Brethi-en here also. They were meeting in 
the Grange Hall at that time, and it wasn't long until we 
wanted to unite with them. This involved much prayer, 
consecration, and faith for us, for the membership here 
is by written covenant. But the Lord showed us that 
He would supply all of our needs, and by His grace we 
were able to separate ourselves wholly unto the Lord 
and come in. 

A home was needed where the Tuesday morning 
prayer meeting could be held, and we offered ours. This 
has been such a blessing to us, to our church, and to our 
community. Men have been saved. Great spiritual 







March 25, 1951, was a momentous day in the history 
of the Cherry Valley Brethren Church. This was Easter 
Sunday and the first service was held in the basement 
(shown above) of what is now the present building. 
There were 151 present for Sunday school and 109 for 
the worship service (shown above) on that day, making 
it one of the big events in a series leading up to the 
present self-supporting status. 



victories have been won between the 9- and 12-o'clock 
hours. 

Here in Cherry Valley we became interested in ALL 
of the services of the church — communion, Christian 
Endeavor, business ineetings, evangelistic services on 
Sunday evening, and the Wednesday-night prayer meet- 
ing. Our material church has been built, but more than 
this, Christ's church is being built. And though we have 
had only a small part in this [Pastor's note: Small part? 
She is our Bible-school secretary, handling duties ad 
infinitum for this pastor, and he is our head usher, finan- 
cial secretary, and general all-around helper] He has 
showered us with blessings. As we yield ourselves to 
Him, He has used us in the work of the church where 
His people work in love and unity. Truly, the past three 
years have been the most joyous of our lives. This we 
say to the glory of God. 



DRIFTING IN A CULT, NOW ANCHORED IN CHRIST 

By Mrs. Kenneth Boland, Sunday-School Teacher 

Praise and glory be unto God, for while I was yet a 
sinner He loved me, and sent His Son to die for me. 
Since July 23, 1951, at 5 p. m. I have been a born-again 
Christian. That was a wonderful, unforgettable day 
when, through one of the witnesses in Cherry Valley 
Brethren Church, the Lord gave me the free gift of sal- 
vation. And I hold to John 6:37, among other promises, 
for my assurance. 

Looking back now I thank God that confusion and 
doubt are all in the past. I am anchored, and no longer 
tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. He took me 
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known as a redeeming Saviour. I praise my Lord for 
leading my family to Cherry Valley. The church was 
just a basement at the time, but this only strengthened 
my faith as His house went on to completion. 

My Lord has given me many blessings as a teacher 
in the Sunday school, a joy that cannot be described 
such as when a child, understanding the ABC of salva- 
tion, bright-eyed, says, "I want Jesus to come into my 
heart." I'm thankful my Lord can use even me. I also 
thank God for making me willing to attend all the serv- 
ices of His house, for this has kept me closer to Him, 
correcting, comforting, keeping me from temptation. I 
know He is with me always (Matt. 28:20b). My prayer 
by the grace of God is that at that day of His appearing, 
in the twinkling of an eye, we may be ready, we three, to 
meet Him, my husband, my son, and myself. 



CLASS CHOOSES SPANISH-AMERICAN PROJECT 



BLESSINGS OF OBEDIENCE IN BAPTISM 

By Mrs. Jack Hargrove 

I grew to womanhood and the Lord gave me four sons 
before I learned the blessing of an obedient faith in 
Christ. The Lord, whom I had known as my Saviour 
for years, definitely spoke to me about baptism by im- 
mersion. I obeyed, only to find my sons desired the 
same rite. When I was willing to make public confession 
of my backsliding in the morning service. I found that 
three of my sons wanted to confess Him as Saviour that 
very night! Praise the Lord! The next Sunday eve- 
ning, January 3, 1954, we were baptized together. I was 
formerly sick in body, but He has wonderfully touched 
me. I do praise the Lord for the Cherry Valley Breth- 
ren Church and for the Christians who are still bur- 
dened for lost souls and prayed for me until I came 
thi-ough victoriously for Christ. Now I want my life to 
be a living witness for Him. 



IT PAID TO ADVERTISE 

By Mrs. L. A. Daggett, WMC President 

I find it hard to express my feelings and that of my 
family concerning the Brethren church in Cherry Valley. 
When we came to Beaumont about eight years ago, we 
were nominal church members, holding a membership 
in a church in New York State where we lived before 
coming to California in '39. I attended church where 
"good works" and a belief that "a church" would save 
me was taught. But because we had not lived near a 
Brethren church, in which my husband was raised, he 
went seldom to any church. Our two dear granddaugh- 
ters, who made their home with us, were sent to Sunday 
school. 

Then caine the day that we have been praising the Lord 
for ever since. We saw an ad in our local newspaper say- 
ing simply that we should "Come to the Brethren Church 
in Cherry Valley." There we found our "church home" 
again. As the years have passed, how we thank God 
for the many blessings he has bestowed on us as a fam- 
ily. We learned to walk with Him as our personal Sav- 
iour, and to take Ephesians 2:8-9 as our own. Our dear 
girls, Janis and Coleen, were saved in February of '49. 
At that time my husband and I rededicated our lives, 
and the fainily came into the church together. 

What a joy has been ours to have had even a small 
part in the building of our new church. [Pastor's note: 




The junior boys' class of the Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church has chosen to help with the financial support of 
David Tollardo at Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex. This class of 
boys, along with some others, are making it possible for 
Mr. Tollardo to devote his full time to the ministry 
among his own people. Previously he worked full time 
in a grocery store. In the picture above are Mr. Al 
Weirbachs, teacher, the boys, and Cecil Miller, assistant 
teacher. 



Again, as in the case of the Hitsches and others, only the 
Lord knows what an understatement this is!] The 
wonderful answers to prayer have built up our faith in 
our Lord's precious promises. His promise to "supply all 
your needs" He has kept over and above both in the 
church and in our personal lives. 

Through the preaching and teaching of the Word my 
life was completely changed. Hebrews 7:24-28 became 
real to me. Our girls are both in Christian colleges, and 
the Holy Spirit is drawing us into a closer walk day by 
day. 



FAMILY'S SALVATION BEGAN WITH SON 

By Mrs. Emil Rasmus 

In 1948 my son, Roland, accepted the Lord while at- 
tending Long Beach City College and studying to be a 
mechanical engineer. In the summer of 1949 my hus- 
band had a very bad spell of asthma, and Roland prom- 
ised the Lord, while holding his daddy in his arms at 
the point of death, that he would give up his training at 
City College and study for the ministry. This he did, 
and prayed for our salvation while back at Bob Jones 
University. In the fall of 1949 I took Christ as Saviour 
in a church in Wickenburg, Ariz., after which we moved 
to Banning, Calif. 

Roland wrote us that there was a church in Cherry 
Valley where they preached the Word of God. I started 
coming right away, and my husband soon followed. One 
day, when we were alone, my husband accepted Christ 
as Saviour. We went to the home of the pastor and told 
him about it. Later he made a public confession with- 
out urging, and was baptized. It wasn't long until the 
other member of our family, our daughter, went forward 
and took Christ, too. 

The Lord really led us to Cherry Valley. Since here 
we have seen my husband get well enough to carry on 
his work, something we didn't think he would ever be 
able to do again. God has deepened my Christian life, 
permitting me to be a Bible-school teacher of junior 
boys, and the recording secretary of the church for the 
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University last spring, and is teaching there this year 
while studying for his master's degree. God has given 
him just recently a fine Christian wife. All these things 
are "the Lord's doing." They are "'marvellous" in my 
eyes! 



GRATITUDE FOR CHERRY VALLEY BRETHREN 

By Mrs. Calvin S. Doney, Jr. 

There is no earthly way to express the gratitude in my 
heart for a church which teaches the fundamentals of 
Christian living, namely, getting into God's Word, hiding 
it away in the heart, coming before the throne of grace 
in prayer, and reinaining in an attitude of prayer 
throughout the day. I thank God for leading me to 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church, which teaches these 
things. As a born-again Christian I have found that 
when temptations and trials beset me, unless I am get- 
ting into the Word and have it hidden away in my heart, 
that I have nothing to rely upon. 

I have many other things to be thankful for. Next to 
my Lord, I thank God for a fine Christian husband, and 
a baby boy 10 months old, whom the Lord saw fit to 
spai'e from almost certain death at two months of age. 
This, and some other things, have been great trials to 
us, and I am not deceived into believing that our trials 
and temptations are ended. But with His help and His 
Word we will go "not under, but through." 

Although being born of the flesh about 20 years ago, 
the only period of this time which really counts is the 
last two, in which I have been born of the Spirit. I cer- 
tainly praise God for leading me to a church which has 
fed me on the sincere milk of the Word. I can truly 
say with Jeremiah, "Thy words were found, and I did 
eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and re- 
joicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O 
Lord God of hosts" (Jer. 15:16). 



BORN AGAIN AND BEARING A TESTIMONY 

By Robert Berg, Junior, Beaumont High School 

One day in October of 1953, in a service at the Cherry 
Valley Brethren Church, I was born. Oh, I don't mean 
a physical birth, I mean a spiritual one. My old self was 
crucified and I was a new man — a man that believed in 
Jesus Christ as Saviour. I was ready to dedicate my life 
to witnessing to other souls and living a good Christian 
life. This life has been such a blessing to me, and will 
be a greater one in time to come. 

In this life I can look back to my old self and be so 
glad that I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Sav- 
iour. I look around me at other poor souls who have 
not found Jesus, and right away I want to do something 
about it. How about you who read this — are you saved? 
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour? If 
not. you had better do so, because tomorrow may be too 
late. You never can tell when the Saviour may come 
to take all His children with Him back to that glorious 
heaven. And then, too, you may die before you know it, 
and when your soul is brought before the Lord you will 
not know how to answer the questions He puts before 
you, and you will be doomed to eternal damnation! 
Think about this, and what God has said in John 3:16. 
If you take time to really think about it, I am sure you 
will want to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, too. 




CHICO, CALIF. (Phillip J. Simmons, pastor)— 

The Lord is blessing here. We have a number of 
things for which to praise the Lord, but one especially 
is the Boys Club work. Six men are sponsoring the club 
and it has reached a total of 40 boys since October 1. 
The largest attendance was 22 for a single night. Each 
meeting is closed with an opportunity for public deci- 
sions for Christ. And our hearts have been flooded with 
joy as we have seen 18 of the boys step out for Christ. 

WASHINGTON, HEIGHTS, ROANOKE, VA. (W. Carl 
Miller, ^MStor) — 

We had our first regular services in the basement of 
the new church last Sunday, January 10, 1954. The 
Lord granted us a trophy of His grace by saving a 12- 
year-old boy in the very first service. We pray this is 
an earnest of a continuing soul-saving ministry here at 
Washington Heights. We had 77 in Bible school, 61 in 
the morning service, and 53 for the evening, in spite of 
a pouring rain. My secular work will be finished Janu- 
ary 15, and then my full time will be given to the min- 
istry. This is the day I have been looking forward to 
and I praise the Lord for it. 

DRYHILL, KY. (Miss Evelyn Fiiqua, missionary) — 

Four from the Dryhill Sunday school had perfect at- 
tendance during 1953, and were awarded their one-year 
pin. Congratulations to Mr. Kenneth Bigley, Mary Ruth 
Colwell, Nadine Bigley, and Evelyn Fuqua. 

The ladies of the Dryhill Chapel have started a weekly 
WMC meeting and one of the features will be a time 
for making quilts. 

Sunday-evening services wei-e started recently, and 
with an already heavy schedule, your prayers would be 
appreciated as we try to carry on a full church program. 

FINDLAY, OHIO (Forest F. Lance, pastor)— 

WE HAVE SET OUR DEDICATION DATE FOR 
MARCH 21, 1954. Our plans are tentative as to speak- 
ers, etc , but just as soon .as they are definite we will 
send the information to you. We are having Team Two 
of the Brethren Evangelistic Crusade with us beginning 
February 23. The date was a cancellation on their 
schedule but will work very nicely for us. We have had 
four public decisions recently by adults, two of which 
were first-time decisions. Our attendance has been very 
good, with Sunday school going over the 100 mark twice 
during January. 

JENNERS, PA. (Victor Rogers, pastor)— 

The men of the church have begun regular biweekly 



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MODESTO, CALIFORNIA, SUNDAY SCHOOL IN PICTURES 




These pictures of the La Loma Grace Brethren Sunday school, Modesto, Calif., arrived too late to be included 
with the January issue, in which the church was featured as a self-suisporting church. Two additional classes, the 
Nursery and Young Adult Builders, are not included in the above group because photographs were not available. 



prayer and Bible-study meetings. They are praying 
definitely for souls in the community and the meetings 
are proving a blessing to the men. 

The brick veneer work has been completed with a 
great portion of the work being done by our own men. 



Thirteen thousand bricks, plus lumber, steel, and blocks 
were used at a cost of only $1,900, for which we praise 
the Lord. After our evangelistic meetings close in 
March, we want to begin immediately to finish our upper 
auditorium. 



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Pointers on Prospects 



By LESTER E PIFER 



Kditor's Note: Beginning loith this Home Missioii 
Number oj the Herald, a neiv page will appear each 
month prepared by Reii. Lester E. Pijer, assistant sec- 
retary oj the Brethren Home Missions Council. This 
page will carry practical pointers for all realms oj Chris- 
tian service and activity. Material will be prepared and 
presented jor both pastors and laymen. You are invited 
to send in new ideas and suggestions jor the page so that 
your ideas may be shared with others. We reserve the 
right to use materials as we deem wise. 



A NEW PLAN FOR PROSPECTS 

In most of our larger towns and cities there is an 
agency called the Credit Bureau. This bureau will mail 
out every two weeks a report to all of the business 
houses belonging to the organization. In most cases 
churches are able to get these reports biweekly for the 
nominal sum of $5 or $10 per year. 

The report will bear a list of names of all new busi- 
nesses, new families, and births among the other credit 
material. The three sections mentioned above provide 
an excellent source for new prospects in your com- 
munity. 



DENVER'S GROWING SUNDAY SCHOOL 





All the services of the Grace Brethren Church are 
held in the lower auditorium, and Pastor Tom Inman 
reports that even the hallway has to be used to care for 
their growing Sunday school. A new record attendance 
was reached December 20, when 133 were present. With 
such a growing Sunday school the need becomes greater 
each week for the finished upper auditorium. Pray for 
funds to meet this need in Denver. 



The pastor should make it a rule to visit these new 
business houses and get acquainted with those in charge. 
He can welcome them to the community, wish them suc- 
cess, and then invite them to attend his church and 
Sunday school. This is good public relations and will 
help to establish himself in the community and will win 
a host of friends. 

The list of new families will be visited by the Welcome 
Wagon in the week following their arrival. What an 
excellent opportunity for the pastor or a calling com- 
mittee to reach a new family! In this call a friendly 
greeting should be given, an cffer to help them in any 
way that you can, some literature about the location of 
your church, its time of services, its radio program, its 
prayer meeting, etc. Also it is well to leave a gospel 
tract or perhaps some piece of literature telling briefly 
what your church stands for. Sometimes a letter intro- 
ducing the church, telling of its services, its facilities for 
Sunday school — especially of the tiny children and 
adults — its stand for the Gospel of the grace of God, etc., 
can be given. But never let this take the place of a per- 
sonal call. The personal call at the home is the strongest 
influence that you can exercise to get people to attend 
your church and Sunday school. 

The new birth list will provide an excellent list for 
the calling committee of the Sunday school. The nursery 
department should be intensely interested in this list. A 
call at the home where a child has been born may add 
another name to the cradle roll and perhaps a whole 
family to the Sunday school and ultimately a whole 
family won for Christ. A neat card of congratulations 
and best wishes in the Lord can be printed to give to 
the family, a cradle roll enrollment card can be included, 
and here again some literature about your church should 
be included. This can be sent to the family and followed 
up with a personal call by the committee or the commit- 
tee can give it to the family at the time of the call.. Do 
not neglect the personal call. Some churches have fol- 
lowed the above designated work with a mother's study 
club which meets monthly in the home or church. This 
is an additional help. If followed consistently, this plan 
will bring niany new prospects to the Sunday school and 
church. 

PRAYER FOR PROSPECTS 

Another excellent means to obtain prospects is a con- 
sistent plan of prayer. Beginning this new year in the 
church, the challenge of reaching our community should 
be one of our greatest burdens for prayer. Immediately 
cards or sheets of paper should be distributed in the 
church, Sunday school, and in all organizations to obtain 
names. An announcement should be made that a prayer 
list is being prepared for the church and Sunday school. 
Where names and addresses can be given it will help 
greatly in cataloging the list. The prayer committee or 
other designated person or committee can then compile 
the list for the church and Sunday school. An individual 
card index system should be developed out of this list 



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for the church and Sunday school for future reference 
and calling committees. 

The church prayer list can be made up and mimeo- 
graphed. Copies should be distributed to those who 
want them for their prayer sessions at home. Copies 
should be available at every prayer meeting of the 
church. A good plan to follow is to take the list and cut 
it up in sections of five names each and then distribute 
it at prayer meeting time so that every person on the 
prospect list will be prayed for weekly. 

The effects of this plan will amaze you. The great 
amount of prayer going up weekly for your prospects 
will do inuch in bringing them to your church and under 
conviction. Praying for these folks regularly will keep 
thein before your people and will build up a great con- 
cern for them in the hearts of your people. This will in 
turn bring out a greater number of interested persons for 
the calling committee and more interest in soul winning. 

The Sunday-school prayer list can be made up in sec- 
tions or departments. These prayer lists should be in 
the hands of all the teachers, helpers, and staff members. 
Here again the prospects should be prayed for weekly. 
They can be remembered privately by the teachers and 
then publicly in the preprayer service of the Sunday 
school. Sometimes a special prayer meeting will be de- 
voted to the Sunday school in the church. This will 
help to encourage the whole church to pray foi- the 
prospects of the Sunday school. The cabinet meeting 
can begin with a circle of prayer when these lists are 
used. It is always available for calling and for mailing, 
and should be taken into consideration in the planning 
of the Sunday-school program for the year. 

WELCOMING OUR PROSPECTS 

Here is one of the great failures of our churches. 
Every effort is made to contact prospects and yet when 
they arrive they are not welcomed to our services. Keep 



HOME MISSION WORKSHOP 

The Brethren Home Missions Council will conduct 
two identical workshops for all of its missionaries this 
spring. All of the missionaries west of the Mississippi 
River will attend the workshop at Chico, Calif., being 
held on February 23, 24, and 25. The men of the east- 
ern States will attend the workshop at Winona Lake, 
held March 2, 3, and 4. 

The personnel will include L. L. Grubb, Lester E. 
Pifer, and Harold Etling; Bernard Schneider will assist 
in the Winona Lake meeting. The purpose will be for 
inspiration, fellowship, new ideas for home mission 
churches, and instruction on some of the important 
issues and practical things of Brethren home missions. 
Discussion periods will be held on such subjects as 
the pastor, his family, and the ministry; location, con- 
struction, organization, administration, public rela- 
tions, and personal evangelism in the home mission 
churches. Problems of current interest will be dis- 
cussed in an open forum each day. 

The workshops are being designed specifically for 
home mission personnel to increase our effectiveness 
in building the home mission church, and to speed up 
the progress of evangelizing America. 



in mind that your prospect, even though he has been 
contacted and encouraged to come by a calling commit- 
tee, is still a stranger when he arrives at the church. He 
must be made "at home" in the church. How sad it is, 
that he expected to find a "friendly church" and not one 
person greeted him at the door or shook hands with him 
in his first visit. 

A welcoming committee should be on the job in the 
Sunday school and in the church services. At least 15 
minutes before time of the services (30 minutes is bet- 
ter), this committee should be posted to be at the en- 
trances of the church. The prospect should be greeted 
with a friendly handshake, shown where to put his 
cloaks, where he .should go, and introduced to an usher 
who will assist him to a seat. If there are small children 
the mother can be informed where the restrooms are, 
the nursery, and where the individual department of 
the Sunday school will assemble. Keep in mind this is 
their first visit, and the first impression must be good. 
Introductions to the pastor, the other officials in the 
church, and members will help to break down the 
barrier for the newcomer. This job well done by the 
committee will almost insure that they will return again. 

This welcoming committee can be of any size desir- 
able. It should be changed from time to time. Folks 
who cannot teach often make good "welcomers." It will 
put more folks to work and will engender a better spirit 
of friendliness among your congregation. 



DAYTON BUS ARRIVES AT CLAYHOLE 





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The North Riverdale Brethren Church bus, shown 
above, recently arrived at Clayhole, Ky., its destination, 
for it was a one-way trip. It was delivered by Mr. Wil- 
liam Mitchell and his son as a gift to the Clayhole work. 
The Berean and Grace Sunday School Classes of the 
Dayton church were largely responsible for the bus 
being a gift. However, two other friends of the Clayhole 
work, Mr. and Mrs. Dalta Myers, of Cutler, Ind., helped 
with the project. 

Mr. Mitchell, who delivered the bus, had the honor of 
making the first run for the Clayhole Brethren Sunday 
School, and as a result 79 were added to the attendance 
record for the day. Using Mr. Mitchell's words, "That 
was the most fun I ever had." 

The bus will be a great help in the Clayhole work, 
where a lot depends on transportation. Rev. Landrum 
writes: "We are enjoying the bus and it really will carry 
a load. The Chevy, almost slowed to a standstill, will 
be junked." 



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II S IP A IE IL CALLS! 



BIGOTS! DON'T BE ONE! 

I have before me on my desk two publications: one a 
sporadically published two-page news sheet titled "Com- 
mon Sense," the other a 275-page book titled "The 
Christianity of Sholem Asch." The news sheet i-s writ- 
ten by Conde McGinley, of Union, N. J., and is an unfair, 
unwarranted attack upon the Jews. A casual reading 
of this news sheet will show McGinley for what he is: a 
rabid, gentile anti-Semite. The book is written by Chaim 
Leibc-vman, of New York, and is an unfair, unwarranted 
attack upon the Jew, Sholem Asch. A casual reading of 
this book will show Leiberman for what he is: a rabid, 
Jewish anti-Christian. Both men have been "tarred 
with the same stick." The strange part of all this is each 
man claims to be defending the Biblical way of life and 
he does so by condemning the other's theory. The truth 
of the matter is neither has the remotest idea of the 
teaching of the Old Testament and the New Testament. 
Both use the tactics of the "Apostles of Hate" in that 
they misrepresent facts and distort the true reading of 
Scripture (when they rely on Scripture to support their 
position) or they extract passages from their context, 
causing such passages to carry an entirely different 
meaning than was intended. Such actions are not the 
actions of men of high moral character! 

In "Cominon Sense" Conde McGinley attacks the Jew 
because he is a Jew. His cry is, "Can anything good 
come from Jews?" To McGinley the very fact a person 
is a Jew means he is a Communist and is plotting to 
enslave the gentile world. As proof of this he waves a 
bogus, trumped-up "Protocols of the Learned Elders of 
Zion," together with a series pf lies and character assas- 
sination against Jewish people of note. McGinley is a 
noted repeater of "smear charges." What he fails to tell 
his readers is these "smear charges" have been more 
than adequately met and refuted in most cases. And in 
those few cases where charges have been substantiated, 
the Jewish community has been the first to demand 
action against the culprit. 

"Common Sense" is an easy and effective way to re- 
fute the misrepresentations of McGinley and others of 
his kind. In one breath he claims the Jew has founded 
communism in order to destroy capitalism, and in the 
next breath he claims the Jew is a capitalist, which 
means that he is against everything, including labor 
unions, which interferes with his money-making. He is 
a Karl Marx on the one hand and a J. P. Morgan on the 
other. He owns all the railroads and he is the leader of 
all the labor unions which keep the feet of the railroads 
to the fire. He owns the mines and he is behind John L. 
Lewis and his miners' union. He is trying to cart every- 
thing off to Jerusalem and he is telling Jews what fools 
they are for even wanting to go to Jerusalem. He wants 
the Jew to be king of the earth, and yet he is so ashamed 
of his Jewishness that he is running to the plastic sur- 
geon to have his nose gentilized, and to the law court to 
have his name gentilized. What's wrong with this Mc- 
Ginley and his anti-Semitic friends that he even re- 
inotely thinks he can shove such unreasonable idiotic 
drivel down the throats of thinking Christians? 

McGinley would have you to believe that since com- 



By Bruce L. Button 

munism is the philosophy of the Jew, Karl Marx, it is a 
product of Judaism. But again he fails to tell all the 
facts. He does not tell you that Karl Marx, who was 
born in Prussia on May 5, 1818, had a Jewish father who 
professed to be a believer in Christ and Christianity. 
This man was subsequently "baptized" into the Evan- 
gelical Established Church of the Kingdom of Prussia, a 
closed corporation of gentile Protestants. And Karl 
Marx was "baptized" as a youth and received spiritual 
training in this same organization. This indicates how 
much Jewish people or Judaism had to do with Karl 
Marx and the foundation of communism. 

But Karl Marx did not get his ideas concerning com- 
munism from Christianity. He got them from a group of 
Jew-hating, God-hating, Bible-dishonoring gentiles by 
the names of Bauer and Hegel and Strauss. And the 
worst offender was Fredrich Engels, a German. This 
man not only inspired Karl Marx with his ideas but he 
even provided the necessary funds that Marx might 
devote all his time to outlining the philosophy of com- 
munism. Strange, is it not, that from the same national- 
ity, German, springs the anti-God philosophy of com- 
munism, and the God-honoring doctrines of our Brethren 
Church. 

With this short expose one should be able to discern 
the policy of Conde McGinley. It is the half-truth and 
untruth to gain his point. Not much else could be ex- 
pected from one associated with anti-Semites of the 
stripe of Merwin K, Hart, Allen Zoll, Benjamin Freed- 
man, Joseph Kamp, Robert Williams, and Gerald L. K. 
Smith. These men hide behind the cloak of Christianity 
and strike at the blood-brothers of the One who is the 
center of Christianity. Someday the Lord of Glory, 
Jesus the Messiah, will strip them of their cloak and they 
will stand naked for judgment. Can it be possible they 
do not realize that the curse of God rests upon those who 
molest or torment "The Chosen People"? Are they 
ignorant of the Bible truth that the blessing of the 
Christian is entirely conditional upon God's "Chosen 
People" receiving blessing also? I do not believe so. 
They are doing this for the same reason that Pharaoh 
did what he did. They hate the Jew with a Satanic hate. 

The reason I have no time for the anti-Semite is be- 
cause he is an empty-headed clown without a sense of 
humor (unless you can call the diabolical glee with 
which such men beheld the Jewish sufferings at the 
concentration camps of Buchenwald and Dachau and 
the gas chambers of Oswiecim, by the name of humor). 
If the anti-Semite had a sense of sane humor he would 
realize the ridiculous position his reasoning places him 
in, and he would laugh himself back to a normal human 
being. He should realize God's Word says: 

"They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, 
and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, 
Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that 
the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For 
they have consulted together with one consent; THEY 
ARE CONFEDERATE AGAINST THEE [God]" (Psa. 
83:3-5). 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC IWrs. Banjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L, Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



CORRECTION. Crusade Team 
Two is scheduled to be in Findlay, 
Ohio, Feb. 23-Mar. 7, and not in 
Camden, Ohio. Due to a misunder- 
standing this change was necessary. 
Please change your Annual to read 
Randall L. Rossman, P. O. Box 35, 
Camden, Ohio. 

DAYTON, OHIO— Rev. Clyde 
Balyo resumed his active preaching 
on Feb. 7. A recent operation on his 
throat accounted for his absence. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF.— A winter 
retreat was conducted at Acorn 
Lodge beginning Feb. 5. Many 
young people from the First Breth- 
ren Church attended. Glenn O'Neal 
is pastor. 

WASHINGTON, D. C— Miss Janet 
Merrick, of the First Brethren 
Church, received the National Honor 
Society award granted to high-school 
seniors for extraordinary scholarship 
and leadership. Congratulations! 

DAYTON, OHIO— Rev. Roy Sny- 
der, missionary on furlough from 
French Equatorial Africa, was guest 
speaker at the Patterson Park Breth- 
ren Church on Jan. 31. C. S. Zim- 
merman is pastor. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO— Dr. Her- 
man A. Hoyt was Bible conference 
speaker at the First Brethren Church 
Feb. 14-20. R. M. Ward is pastor. 

OSCEOLA, IND.— Dr. Paul R. 
Bauman conducted a four-day Bible 
conference here Feb. 7-10. Scott 
Weaver is pastor. 

LA VERNE, CALIF. — Chaplain 
Wayne Flory (USA) was guest 
speaker at the First Brethren Church 
Jan. 31. Victor Meyers is pastor. 

UNIONTOWN, PA.— Rev. Gordon 
J. Leininger, national field secretary 
for American Evangelistic Associa- 
tion, was the guest speaker on Feb. 
7 at the First Brethren Church. 
Clyde K. Landrum is pastor. 



WINCHESTER, VA.— The Atlan- 
tic District young people's rally will 
be conducted here Mar. 5-6. Rev. 
Paul Dick will be host pastor. 

DAYTON. TENN.— Rev. Garner 
Hoyt, associate professor in linguis- 
tics at Bryan University, left New 
Yoi'k by plane for Algeria on his 
way to Pakistan. Mr. Hoyt is lin- 
guistic advisor to Mr. Frank C. Dau- 
bach, the world's leading literacy ex- 
pert, and the originator of the "each 
one teach one" method of instruction. 
Mr. Hoyt will return to Dayton 
sometime in May. 

WINONA LAKE, IND —The 
American Red Cross Bloodmobile set 
up to care for donors of blood at 
Grace Theological Seminary on Feb- 
ruary 19. Dr. Paul R. Bauman rep- 
resented the seminary in making the 
arrangeinents. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX.— Miss 
Iris Heckman is confined in the Pres- 
byterian Hospital with a broken 
pelvis, the result of an automobile 
accident on Feb. 3. Miss Heckman 
is associated with our missionary 
work to the Navaho Indians. 




FINDLAY, OHIO — The Grace 
Brethren Church is now worshiping 
in their new auditorium. A new 
Wurlitzer organ and a Lester studio 
piano were presented to the church 
by a family who are not members of 
the church. They have also ordered 
a set of wall chimes. All services 
are showing marked increase in at- 
tendance. This is one of our grow- 
ing home-mission churches. Forest 
Lance is pastor. 

GARWIN, IOWA— The Carleton 
Brethren Church extended their pas- 
tor, Rev. R. Paul Miller, Jr., a $400- 
a-year raise in salary and a $50 
bonus. 

SOUTH GATE, CALIF.— The First 
Brethren Church has their own news 
correspondent for the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald. Mr. Bruce Derwing 
is the correspondent. This is a sug- 
gestion for other churches. These 
correspondents could send in all 
news that is of general interest to 
the entire brotherhood. Fifty young 



people attended the Acorn Lodge 
Snow Conference Jan. 29-31. 

SEATTLE, WASH.— The View 
Ridge Brethren Church is joining 
the ranks of 100-percent churches 
subscribing to the Missionary Her- 
ald. Rev. Thoinas Hammers is pas- 
tor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF.— Dr. Duff- 
Forbes conducted a two-night Bible 
conference at the First Brethren 
Church Feb. 3-4, Lewis Hohenstein 
is pastor, 

MODESTO, CALIF.— A teacher- 
training program has been intro- 
duced by Rev. Raymond Thompson, 
pastor of the Brethren Christian 
Center. Two courses are studied 
each Tuesday night under the Evan- 
gelical Teacher Training Association 
of Chicago. Rev. Ralph Colburn 
conducted a youth conference here 
Feb. 21-24. 

UNIONTOWN, PA.— The First 
Brethren Church considered the 
Grace Bible Conference, conducted 
at Grace Seminary Jan. 25-28, of 
such value that they paid the ex- 
penses of their pastor so he might 
attend. A very fine gesture! 

WINONA LAKE, IND.— Dr. and 
Mrs. Russell Barnard arrived back 
in the States on Feb. 6, arriving by 
plane in Miami, Fla. They spent one 
week with their daughter in Waco. 
Tex., and arrived at Winona Lake on 
Feb. 15. We praise God for his 
blessing upon them during the thou- 
sands of miles of travel in South 
America in the interest of our for- 
eign-missionary work. 

CONEMAUGH, PA.— The Smger 
Hill Brethren Church presented a 
dedicatory organ recital on Thurs- 
day, Feb. 11. Kenneth E. Wilt is 
pastor. 

FREMONT, OHIO— The Northern 
Ohio District Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches will convene here April 
2C-23. 

CHAPEL HILL, N. C— Head foot- 
ball coach at the University of North 
Carolina, George Barclay does more 
than coach football. He urges the 
members of his team to faithfully at- 
tend church each Sunday. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Eternity 
magazine, edited by Dr. Donald 
Barnhouse, has named Secretary of 
State John Foster Dulles as the "man 
of the year for 1953." Dr. Barnhouse 
writes, "Mr. Dulles has boldly en- 
tered the world situation with strong 
statements for moral leadership on 
general Christian principles." 



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HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE? 



BOARD of EVANGELISM 





Mr. William Fisher 
Secretary 




Mr. Owen Hacker 




Mr Mason Cooper 




Rev. A. R. Kriegbaum 



By Mr. H. J. Schumacher, Elkhart, Ind. 
Treasurer, Board of Evangelism 

Hebrews 2:3 has been used times without number as 
a text for messages on salvation. Rightly so! However, 
I believe we can find an even deeper application for the 
child of God. 

"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salva- 
tion." The Apostle Paul begins the book by pointing 
out a striking fact. In times past God had made His will 
known to His people by sending to them His prophets, 
but (glory to His name!) now He has spoken by His 
Son. In clear and unmistakable language the Son takes 
up where the prophets have left off. 

In John 3:18 Jesus tells Nicodemus., "He that believ- 
eth on him is not condemned: but he that belie veth not 
is condemned already, because he hath not believed in 
the name of the only begotten Son of God." We who 
have believed have obtained salvation by simply believ- 
ing in His name. How about those who have not yet 
believed? How shall we escape if we neglect to take 
the message of life to thein? 

When the Lord Jesus Christ gave the Great Com- 
mission (Matt. 28:19) I am sure He wasn't speaking just 
to preachers. He was talking to His followers, and that 
includes you and me. He was giving a great and glori- 
ous task to all who are His. Someday each one shall 
stand in His presence. Then we shall have to give an 
account of the deeds done in the flesh, after we were 
saved. Will we hear Him say, "Well done," or will we 
have to hang our heads in shame because we have failed 
to carry our portion of the load? 

Our blessed Lord commands believers to do all pos- 
sible to get the message of life to those who have not 
yet heard. We may not be blessed with the ability to 
preach or teach, nevertheless we can have a part in 
proclaiming the blessed gospel of reconciliation. 

God has been unmistakably and wonderfully blessing 
the ministry of your Brethren Board oj Evangelism. 
Report after report has been received of many souls 
saved and many restorations of fellowship with the Lord. 
Pastors have been thrilled with real revival in their 
churches. 



EVANGELISM 
SUNDAY 




BOARD of EVANGELISM 




Mr. Heniidii otLuinacher 
Treasurer 



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Rev. Walter Lepp 




Rev. Glenn O'Neal 




'^M^M 



Rev. Bernard Schneider 

FEBRUARY 

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Mr. Joe Dombek 



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REVIVAL and EVANGEUSM 



By Rev. Clyde Landrum 




R2V- Clyde L"ndrum 
Pres., Board of Evangelism 



Revival fires are burning in the 
Brethren Church today! Not only is 
this encouraging, but it is vital to the 
survival of the Brethren Church. As 
revival sweeps over our beloved 
church a resulting wave of evange- 
lism will bring many precious souls 
to know our Christ as their Saviour. 
Thereby, the church will grow and 
its usefulness will be expanded. Your 
Board of Evangelism, through the 
Brethren Evangelistic Crusade, is 
praying, preaching, and working in 
an effort to stir our people to REAL 
REVIVAL! 

THE HISTORY OF THE CRUSADE 

The Crusade was conceived in the 
hearts of men in the Brethi-en Church 
who had a love for the souls of men 
and women. Over a period of years 
they visualized "such a time as this." 
The actual birth came in the 1948 
National Fellowship when the fol- 
lowing resolution from the Central 
District was unanimously adopted: 

"We petition the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches to estab- 
lish at once a distinct and separate 
Department of Evangelism for the 
purpose of promoting a passion for 
the lost souls of men in the hearts of 
our people, and for the administrat- 
ing of an efficient and permanent 
evangelistic program on a nation- 
wide scale." 

THE PURPOSE OF THE CRUSADE 

We need go no further to fiiid the 
purpose which will guide in this 
evangelistic ministry. It is to thrill 
the hearts of all our people with a 
passion for souls! This will be 
achieved through revival; THIS 
WILL BE REVIVAL! The result of 



this will be a united nationwide ef- 
fort to win the lost to Christ! THIS 
IS EVANGELISM! REVIVAL and 
EVANGELISM must ever go hand 
in hand. This is the purpose of the 
Brethi-en Evangelistic Crusade. In 
order to achieve our purpose we 
must keep two aims in mind: (1) Our 
endeavor must be efficient and (2) 
it must be a permanent movement. 

AN EFFICIENT PROGRAM 

The scope of the Crusade work is 
nationwide, therefore the Crusade 
ministry must be available to every 
church in our brotherhood. So it 
has been and so it will be. We have 
conducted meetings in home-mission 
churches as well as fully established, 
self-supporting churches. No church 
is too small, too poor, or too inacces- 
sible for the ministry of the Crusade. 
It is a privilege to serve all of our 
churches. The Crusade functions on 
the "free-will offering" basis, just as 
other evangelists would do. Our 
workers are on salary so they can 
go to any church. Furthermore, in 
this nationwide ministry no church 
is asked to pay traveling expense 
from one meeting to another, but 
simply deal with its own campaign. 
The Crusade teams are available to 
churches in all districts as we are 
able to cover the United States. 



EVANGELISM 

SUNDAY 

FEB. 28 





EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— BO.'\RD OF 
EVANGELISM 

(Left to right) R. Paul Miller, evangelist; 
Herman Schumacher, treasurer; Arnold 
Kriegbaum. vice president; (seated) Clyde 
Landrum. president; Walter Lepp. evange- 
list; William Fisher, secretary. 



To carry out the aim of efficiency 
the Board of Evangelism has been 
increased to 12 members, each of 
whom serves as an integral part of 
the evangelistic movement. To fur- 
ther facilitate this evangelistic en- 
deavor, a Crusade representative has 
been appointed in each of our dis- 
tricts, and these assist in making up 
schedules and promoting the work 
in general. 

A PERMANENT PROGRAM 

The pervfianence of any movement 
is in the hands of the movement's 
constituency. As the Crusade is 
faithful to serve the Brethren 
Church, God will move to give us 
meetings and to supply our needs. 

The Brethren Church has not 
achieved its goal as far as evangelism 
is concerned. We have* just.begun. 
We have come a "right smart piece," 
but there is still a "fur piece" to go! 
Will you pray that God will so stir 
and revive the Brethren Church that 
we shall all be so burdened for souls 
that we will go out and bring them 
to Christ? Evangelism is the key to 
success in every department of our 
church. As the Crusade is success- 
ful in stirring the church to soul- 
winning, more people will be brought 
into the churches. As more and 
more people coine into our churches, 
more funds will be available to our 
other boards, more young people will 
be available for training, and thus 
more laborers put into the great 
harvest field! 



WE NEED YOUR 



PRAYERS 



AND 



GIFTS 



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CRUSADING 




FOR CHRIST 



TEAM TWO 

(Left to right) Charles Ber^erson, Walter 
Lepp, Frank Coffin. 



CRUSADE EVANGELIST 
By Rev. Walter Lepp 

After years of hesitation and wait- 
ing upon the Lord for His marching 
orders, it has become my great priv- 
ilege to lead Crusade Team 2 into 
the whitened harvest fields of our 
great nation. 

Our carefully laid plans to start 
out with a little cash reserve back- 
fired, and if ever a missionary went 
out by faith, we were those mission- 
aries. But God is faithful, and how 
thrilling it is to walk by faith. Since 
our initial meeting in Uniontown, 
Pa., on September 6 of last year un- 
til this present time, our every need 
has been bountifully supplied. Per- 
sonal misgivings, as well as those 
doubts of many friends, have been 
rebuked and God has been glorified 
in so many ways that we cannot be- 
gin to tell the story here. 

It has been our great joy to see 460 
decisions for Christ to date. Of this 
number 142 have confessed Christ 
as their personal Saviour. That the 
great majority of these decisions are 
genuine is evidenced by the fact that 
revival is continuing in the churches 
where we have been privileged to 
serve. Prayer-meeting attendance 
in most instances has doubled and in 
some churches it has tripled. The 
churches have taken on the new look 
from the old Book and therefore 
souls are still coming to Christ. Re- 
vived members have become soul 
winners and prayer warriors. 



CRUSADE PIANIST 
By Rev. Charles Bergerson 

I am the pianist and organist for 
Crusade Team Two. It is a joy and 
a blessing to have this part in the 
crusade of winning souls to the Lord 
Jesus. It is my delight to arrange 
gospel songs, hymns, spirituals, a 
few anthems, and other sacred clas- 
sics for the team, which also func- 
tions as a Crusade vocal trio. Nightly 
we express our joy by beginning 
each service with our theme song, "I 
Have the Joy." 

With an ever-growing repertoire 
the trio is able to offer two to four 
selections each night, along with 
solos, duets, and piano interpreta- 
tions of hymns and gospel songs. 
Since we all believe that good music 
makes for a good service, we ask 
wisdom from the Lord daily that our 
music will be arranged and sung in 
the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and to 
the glory of our Lord. My ministry 
in the Crusade also involves per- 
sonal visitation, mainly in the homes 
of unsaved church members and 
friends. It is a joy to see the Holy 
Spirit turn many from death unto 
life in these homes and then lead 
them to confess Christ publicly as 
they respond to the nightly invita- 
tion. 

My constant prayer is that God 
will honor and reward His own 
Word in music and message, and will 
keep me true to Him, ever desirous 
of seeing souls saved. 



EVANGELISM 

SUNDAY 

FEB. 28 



CRUSADE SONGLEADER 
By Frank S. Coffin 

I am songleader for Crusade Team 
Two and what a rich blessing it has 
been for me! It is a real joy to see 
lost souls making their way to Christ, 
and to know that I have had a small 
part in showing them the way. 

Along with leading singing for the 
services, I direct a Crusade Band for 





Crusade Band. North English, Iowa 

the boys and girls between the ages 
of 6 and 14. This consists of from 
5 to 10 minutes of Bible quizzes, 
Scripture verses and choruses. It is 
a thrill to see how these young peo- 
ple work and witness for the Lord 
Jesus Christ. Many times I have 
heard parents say they would not 
have come had it not been for the 
fact that their children had wanted 
to come to the Crusade Band. In a 
recent meeting one girl, of about 14 
years of age, was instrumental in 
winning her mother, father, and 
brother to Christ. This is just one 
incident among many showing how 
important it is to teach our young 
people the wonderful plan of salva- 
tion and to see them in turn point 
others to Christ. 

My prayer is that we as a team 
might be used of God to stir men 
and women in these last days to do 
a greater work for our Saviour, 
Jesus Christ. 



February 20, 7954 



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Crusade Flashes! ^HY AN OFFERING — 



BERNE, IND. 
Crusade Team Two closed a two- 
weeks campaign at Berne, Ind., on 
Sunday, Feb. 21. As this Herald 
goes to press the campaign is in the 
first week, and Rev. Lepp reports 
that the attendance has been fine. 
Rev. Ord Gehman, pastor of the 
Bethel Brethren Church, reports that 
the team is doing a wonderful piece 
of work. 

Evangelism Sunday — Feb. 28 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. 
A laymen's rally was conducted by 
Crusade Team One in the Grace 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown on 
Feb. 1. The laymen voted to apply 
for membership in the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Laymen. A 
definite soul -winning program has 
been planned under the leadership 
of Rev. Russell Weber, pastor. 

Evangelism Sunday — Feb. 28 

HOLLINS, VA. 
Tuesday night, Feb. 2, Crusade 
Team One conducted a rally in the 
Mountain View Brethren Church, of 
which Rev. Edward Bowman is pas- 
tor. God blessed the rally and a 
wonderful spirit was prevalent in the 
service. 

Evangelism Sunday — Feb. 28 

SPIRIT OF CHRIST! 
In order to assist with the evan- 
gelistic meeting recently conducted 
in the Grace Brethren Church of Ce- 
dar Rapids, Iowa, which is a home- 
mission church, the First Brethren 
Church of Dallas Center, Iowa (Rev. 
True Hunt, pastor), and the Pleasant 
Grove Brethren Church (Rev. Clar- 
ence Lackey, pastor) contributed 
extra to the Crusade treasury. This 
is the Spirit of Christ. God will bless 
such a spirit as this! Here is the 
reason for Evangelism Sunday, Feb. 
28. An offering will assist and make 
it possible for the Crusade Teams to 
go into small fields that need such 
ministry. 

Evangelism Sunday — Feb. 28 

ROANOKE. VA. 

Crusade Team One held rallies in 
the Ghent Brethren Church (Rev. 
Robert E. A. Miller, pastor) and in 
the Clearbrook Brethren Church 
(Rev. William Howard, pastor). God 
blessed in both rallies, and the men 
were challenged to soul winning. 



FOR THE BOARD OF EVANGELISM? 



By Mr. Bryson Fetters 
Member, Board of Evangelism 



1. It has been the privilege of the 
Crusade Teams to minister the Word 
of God in several of our fine new 
home-mission churches that are be- 
ing established under the capable 
leadership of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council. To do this it is 
frequently necessary to secure funds 
from other sources inasmuch as the 
young church cannot afford such an 
extensive program of evangelism. 
And yet it is the very type of evan- 
gelism such a church frequently 
needs. 

2. The Crusade Teams need equip- 
ment. When the Crusade Teams go 
into a field they take with them all 
the equipment necessary to put on a 
real campaign. This means the pur- 
chase of public-address systems, 
tracts. Gospels of John, Crusade 
Band materials, and other literature. 

3. The inovement of the Cruiads 
Teams throughout the United States 
is no small matter. To do this we 
need some type of transportation. 
The Board of Evangelism is consid- 
ering the purchase of station wagons 
for the Teams. These would enable 
them to carry the luggage, equip- 
ment, and supplies. 

4. Team Two must be supplied 
with a large tent and seats for suin- 
mer campaigns. These tents have 
proved very valuable as they are 
used in connection with well-estab- 
lished churches. Frequently, people 
who would never attend a campaign 
being conducted in a church build- 
ing will go to a tent meeting. 



DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE CRUSADE 



Atlantic— Russell H. Weber 
California — Glenn O'Neal 
East — Clyde K. Landrum 
Indiano — Scott Weaver 
Iowa — Richard P. DeArmey 

Southern Ohio- 



Michigan — Richard Jackson, Jr. 
Midwest — Sam Homey 
Northern Ohio — Miles Taber 
Northwest — William Schaffer 
Southeast— Robert E. A. Miller 
-William Steffler 



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CRUSADE VICTORIES 



DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 




,1 




THE I. W. HERR FAMILY 
(Mrs. Herr Was Confined in Home by Illness) 



DOES EVANGELISM PAY 

By Rev. True Hunt, Pastor 

First Brethren Church, Dallas Center, 
Iowa 

Our revival with the Crusade 
team was indeed a mountaintop ex- 
perience fcr both the pastor and 
people. The Lord used the members 
of the team in a marvelous way, re- 
sulting in a genuine revival among 
our members, the salvation of many 
souls, and a general awakening of 
the town to the power of the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. The Lord blessed 
and encouraged with many visible 
results. There were a total of 90 
definite decisions — 46 for salvation 
and 44 for restored fellowship and 
dedication of life! The Lord be 
praised! This series of meetings was 
by far one of the richest of blessings 
bestowed upon this flock since this 
pastor has been on the field, and 
many members indicating they had 
no remembrance of the working of 
the Holy Spirit among them as He 
worked during these two weeks. 

There is a genuine interest in souls 
and great joy being manifest by 




Rsv LepD Presents Family Altar Picture to 
1. W. Herr, Who Had Largest Family Present. 

members at the victories in the lives 
of so many for whom they had been 
praying. One fine feature of these 
meetings was that families as a whole 
came unto the Lord or families were 
completed in the Lord, yet no one 
family as a whole came to the Lord 
on one night. Another outstanding 
encouragement to the pastor is the 
acceptance of the Lord by many 
young people and the organization 
of a new young people's group. The 
interest of the meeting spread to 
other churches of the town and was 
attended by many of their members, 
a number of which responded to the 
invitation of the Gospel. 



CHAMBERSBURG, PA. 
By R. Paul Miller 

The Chambers burg (Pond Bank), 
Pa. meeting is over! What a meeting 
it has been. It reminded me of the 
kind of meetings we had years ago. 
We were called out in the night after 
the service was over to deal with 
troubled souls. There were three 
definite decisions that came to Christ 
in this way. 

The closing night there were 27 
decisions for Christ. What a sight 
to see men breaking with sin and 
taking their stand for Christ along 
with their wives. Some literally ran 
down the aisle to join their wives 
and embrace them in Christ Jesus. 
This whole community has been 
stin-ed for Christ. There were 81 
decisions for Chi'ist, of which 75 
were first-time confessions. Of this 
number 12 were children. Nearly 
20 families were added to the work. 



CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA 
By Walter Lepp 

The Lord blessed in the Grace 
Brethren Church of Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa, with 16 first-time decisions for 
Christ and 21 restorations and dedi- 
cations, making a total of 37. The 
Monday-night calling program, in- 
stituted by the pastor before the spe- 
cial meetings began, pi'oved a great 
blessing. The special challenge which 
was presented by the Crusade team 
during the meetings resulted in a 
zeal for bringing new people to the 
services. 

The Bible-school superintendent 
was responsible for bringing 45 new 
people to the services and his un- 
tiring effort challenged others to do 
likewise. It is little wonder that the 
Bible school set a new record for 
attendance on the last Sunday. 

It is thi-illing to see a young home- 
mission church with such zeal and 
passion for the lost. The present 
church building already is inade- 
quate to care for the growing Bible 
school, and extra chairs were used 
frequently during the special meet- 
ings. 



WARRANT YOUR SUPPORT 



February 20, 1954 



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Winona I^Ake, Ind. 



REAL REVIVAL 



By R. Paul Miller 



The idea that revival starts when 
the evangelist arrives and stops 
when he leaves is all too prevalent, 
and sometimes too true. But with 
Crusade teams it isn't that way. 
Read this jrom New Troy after Cru- 
sade Team One had been there in a 
campaign: 

"The Crusaders group of soul 
winners formed during the recent 
campaign in our church is going fine. 
The testimonies and reports that 
came out of the harvest meeting the 
other night were inspiring, and new 
prospects for Christ came out of it. 
We are keeping right after it and 
we see the Lord working in our 
midst again. It would have done 
your heart good to hear those re- 
ports. 

"The folks are still burdened for 
the lost of this section and are pray- 
ing and getting out and visiting. 
They are not only calling on those to 
whom they are assigned, but on 
strangers. These are being brought 
out to church. It is doing wonders 
for our own people, and the Lord 
will surely bless our efforts and an- 
swer our prayers." 
. . Read this from Berrien Springs 
after their meeting closed a month 
ago: 

"The crusaders group here had a 
fine meeting with Bro. Richard Jack- 
son coming over from New Troy to 
speak to ws. It was W07iderful. The 
Crusaders here are out in the com- 
munity seeking souls for Christ. 
Some of the new converts are among 
the best workers, and doing a tre- 
mendous job of witnessing for Christ 
among their friends and neighbors. 
There are seven teams of crusaders 



here and that means real growth 
ahead." 

That is real revival. It is still go- 
ing on. Real revival does not end 
when the special meetings close. 
Real revival means to stir and equip 
the church to go on winning souls all 
year, or continuous revival. 

Mr. X. lives in Martinsburg, W. 
Va. He was far from God. He was 
drinking hard. His life was full of 
sin. His home was unhappy. He 
and his wife needed the Lord in the 
worst way. A Christian foreman, a 
member of the church, brought Mr. 
X. to the revival. God's Spirit melt- 
ed his heart and made him long for 
freedom from it all. He was saved 
that night. He made a clean-cut 
decision for Christ. Three nights 
later his wife came to the meeting 
and was saved. The home was trans- 
formed. That Saturday night when 
X. came from work he had his arms 
full of good things for the family. 
His wife met him at the door and 
started to cry. He said, "What is 
the matter, Honey? Aren't you glad 
to see me?" "Yes," she replied, "but 
this is the first Saturday night you 
ever came home without a sack of 
liquor in your arm. Oh, I'm so hap- 
py. Jesus is a wonderful Saviour." 
Today X. and his wife are pillars in 
the church and their children are 
following Dad and Mother to heaven. 

All year long such things are hap- 
pening in Brethren churches all over 
the land where Crusade teams are 
working — in large churches or in 
little groups of only a dozen mem- 
bers. It is all the same to the Cru- 
sade workers. Souls are souls. The 
harder the field, the more they need 



What Is fhe Value of a Soul? 

Give on February 28 That an Aggressive Evangelistic Program 
Might Be Advanced in the Brethren Church 









TEAM ONE 

(Left to right) Jesse Gingrich, R. Paul 
Miller, Max Williams. 



real help. Team One will have been 
in nine small fields by summer in this 
one season, fields that could never 
have had the help of an evangelistic 
team but for the Crusade. To make 
it possible to go into these small 
fields the Crusade needs a real of- 
fering on Evangelism Sunday, Feb- 
ruary 28. 

Evangelism Sunday — Feb. 28 

CRUSADE SONGLEADER 

By Max Williams 

I have been with the Crusade for 
only a few campaigns, but it has 
been long enough for me to realize 
why God is blessing the Crusade. I 
have seen how a crusade team not 
only seeks unsaved for Christ, but 
also gets under a pastor's burdens 
and difficulties and leaves him with 
many of his problems solved and 
with new courage in his heart to go 
on and fight the good fight for Christ. 
It leaves a revived congregation that 
is a real implement in the pastor's 
work. 

Evangelism Sunday — Feb. 28 

CRUSADE PIANIST 

By Jesse L. Gingrich 

I have just joined the Crusade as 
pianist. I have been in only one 
campaign with the Crusade, but it is 
enough to cause me to say that I am 
not sorry I gave up my job to have a 
part in this most wonderful move- 
ment that is now getting under way 
in the Brethren Church. I am glad 
that God called me to have a part in 
winning souls of children and young 
people. 



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EDITORIALS 

By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President 



The Treasures of the Snow 

Winter has at last come to Winona Lake, and the 
beauties of the snow are enjoyed by all, but especially 
by those who experience its loveliness for the first time. 
The scene on the front cover shows one of the porches 
of the Winona Hotel, the largest of the three in Winona 
Lake which teem with life and activity during the sum- 
mer conference season. Snow is a wonderful manifesta- 
tion of the forethought, providence, and handiwork of 
God. Long ago God said to Job: "Hast thou considered 
the treasures of the snow?" We have come to under- 
stand more about the meaning of the divine words, for 
in recent years scientists have learned something about 
the tremendous value of snow. For example, during 
the cold winter m.onths it forms a warm blanket to pro- 
tect seeds and tender herbage from freezing and destruc- 
tion. Snow also helps to bring precious nitrogen to the 
soil. This element is so very necessary for the major 
items of our diet. Apart from its commercial value, 
snow is a remarkable manifestation of the handiwork 
of God. Examined under the microscope its octagonal 
-crystals reveal lacy patterns of indescribable symmetry 
and beauty. They also speak of the infinite wisdom of 
God, for of all the billions of snowflakes that fall, no two 
are exactly alike. 

Snow is also adinired because of its whiteness, and 
many a person has been amazed to see how gray the 
whitest washing appears when seen hanging on a line 
after a fresh snowfall. It is said that the great British 
preacher, Spurgeon, once visited a poor washerwoman 
who was a member of his congregation. She took real 
pride in her work, and Spurgeon often admired the 
whiteness of the clothes she had hung on the line. Dur- 
ing this visit, however, fresh snow fell and mantled the 
ground and the roofs of the houses. As Mr. Spurgeon 
was about to leave, he commented upon the fact that 
her clothes did not look as white as they had appeared 
when he had entered her home. The saint replied: "Ah, 
Mr. Spurgeon, but what kin compare with God Al- 
mighty's white?" Is it any wonder that David, as he 
sought complete cleansing from the awful sin which he 
had committed, should pray, "Wash me, and I shall be 
whiter than snow" (Psa. 51:7)? Praise God, there is 
such a cleansing, even for the most defiled sinner! For 
it is written in His Word: "Come now, and let us rea- 
son together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as 
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (Isa. 1:18). 



Important Announcements Next Month! 

On February 14 the executive committee of the sem- 
inary board of trustees met with the administrative com- 
mittee of the faculty and approved important plans as 



the school already prepares for another year. These 
plans will be announced in detail in the next Educa- 
tional Number of the Herald. Seme of these plans con- 
cern the growth and expansion of the college division 
of the school, and we are sure they will bring a thrill 
to the heart of every person who is interested in the 
educational program of the Brethren Church. Watch 
for this issue! 



Send Us Names of Graduating Seniors 

Do you know Christian young men and women who 
expect to graduate from high school next June who you 
have reason to believe may be led to consider the pos- 
sibility of enrolling in Grace College next September? 
A recent letter to the pastors of our National Fellowship 
has requested the names of all such young people in 
their congregations. You also can help by sending us 
the names of other young people who know the Lord 
and who should seek further training in a Christian 
school. If you will so request we will send the Educa- 
tional Number of the Brethren Missionary Herald from 
now until next September free to all such young people 
who are not already getting the magazine sent to their 
homes. The Herald will contain much information 
about the school and will include a large number of 
pictures also. In order that they may receive the im- 
portant March issue, names should reach the school not 
later than the 10th of the month. They may be sent 
directly to Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Ind., or your pastor will be glad to include them in the 
names he is sending to the school. The latter course 
may be the wiser in that it will probably save some 
duplication of names. Remember this: your interest and 
help at this time may change the entire course of a life! 



A Guest Editorial 

This article is written in the hope that it will relieve 
the minds of parents and other loved ones who have 
students preparing for the Lord's work at Grace College 
and Theological Seminary. 

Wednesday, January 27, about noon (Dayton, Ohio, 
time) the parsonage telephone rang. On the other end 
was Miss Rosella Cochran, who is the nurse at the 
school and who at the same time is preparing for work 
as a missionary. Miss Cochran advised me that my son, 
Alva (a college student at Grace Seminary), had an 
attack of appendicitis and an immediate operation was 
being suggested by the doctors. Dayton is approxi- 
mately 175 miles from Winona Lake, and it was rather 
difficult to make a decision immediately. Being advised 

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THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



VOLUME 16. NUMBER 9 



Entered f s 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, S2.00 a year; lOO-percent churches. $1.50; foreign, ,"83.00. Board 
of Directors: W.olter Lepo, president; Robert D. Crees. vice president; Clyde Balyo, secretary; Ord Gehm=n, treasurer: Bryson Fetters, mem- 
ber-at-large to Executive Committee: Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, William SchafEer, Robert E. A. Miller. 



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IS - - - What Is That? 



Perhaps you have seen a copy of Grace Seminary's 
yearbook, and have paused at its title. Maybe you have 
bravely attempted pronouncing it. and came out with 
"Ex-apis — what is that?" Students and alumni of Gi-ace 
Seminary are well acquainted with the word, but an 
explanation is due our many other friends. 

XAPIS is the Greek word which means "grace" or 
"favor." Since Greek is the original language of the 
New Testament, students of Grace Seminary and College 
spend a large part of their time learning its intricacies. 
It doesn't take long until the word XAPIS appears in 
the vocabulary. From that time on, students of New 
Testament literature are never very far from the study 
of "grace." 

Since the letters of the Greek alphabet differ from 
English, the pronunciation must be derived by translit- 
erating the Greek letters to their English equivalents. 
XAPIS transliterates to the English "CHARIS" (pro- 
nounced kah'riss). The word appears 156 times in the 
Greek New Testament, and is translated usually "grace." 
Other translations used are "favor," "thanks," "pleas- 
ure," "benefit," and "gift." 

This word "grace," so rich with meaning, was chosen 
in 1937 as the name for our seminary. The very exist- 
ence of the school is an evidence of the grace and favor 
of God who arranged the circumstances which brought 
it into being. Each day since its beginning, Grace Sem- 
inary has had reason to praise the God of grace who has 
continued to supply the needs, and produce the growth 
which is now obvious to all. The faculty of Grace Sem- 
inary has been faithful in giving the grace of God a 
prominent place in the classroom, chapel programs, and 
in every prayer meeting. Since Grace students are 
constantly reminded of the grace of God, it is not sur- 
prising that this name was chosen by them as the name 
for their yearbook. 

But the greatest significance of the word "grace," 
which gives meaning to the name of the school and of 
the yearbook, is its use in Scripture to denote the bless- 
ings of God in salvation. Grace is the favor which God 
bestows upon men in providing salvation for those who 
are sinners (Rom. 3:24, 5:28). It is grace which enables 
us to perform our ministries for Him (Eph. 3:8). It is in 
the realm of grace that we experience spiritual growth 
(II Pet. 3:18). 

Hence a number of years ago, the student body chose 
this name XAPIS as the symbol of their education at 
Grace Seminary, and the proper title of the book which 
memorializes the school year, for the docti-ine of the 
grace of God is a very precious thing to the instructed 
child of God. 

February 27, 1954 



By Homer A. Kent, Jr. 




GRACE SEMINARY GIFTS FOR JANUARY 1954 



'Modesto. Calif. (La 

Loma) 52.50 

Munday's Coi-njr. Pa. . . 9.00 

New Troy. Mich 21.00 

Norwalk, Calif 59.00 

Osceola. Ind 165.75 

Philadelphia, Pa. (1) .. 267.88 

Portland. Oreg 8.00 

Radford, Va g.OO 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash. 

Heights) 40.00 

san Diego, Calif 15.00 

Sidney, Ind 20.50 

South Bsnd, Ind 15 00 

South Pasadena. Calif.. 47.50 

Summit Mills, Pa 4.00 

Sunnyside, Wash 550 50 

Temple City, Calif 25 00 

Tracy, Calif 15.50 

Troy, Ohio 24.00 

Uniontown. Pa 10 00 

Washington, D. C i5'oo 

Whittier, Calif. (Com- 
munity) 42.06 

Whittier. Calif. (1) 127.00 

Winchester, Va 43.75 

Winona Lake, Ind 442.15 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

(Special) 22.04 

Wooster, Ohio 42.50 

Yellow Creek, Pa 34^50 

Miscsllansous — 

Isolated Brethren 132.00 

Non-Brethren 281.00 

Total 4,366.34 



Altoona, Pa. (Grace).. 


3.00 


Ankenytown, Ohio 




23.00 


Ashland. Ohio 




227.75 


Beaumont, Calif. . . 




4.00 


Bellflower. Calif. . . 




19.00 

5.00 

23.00 


Camden, Ohio .... 




Clay City. Ind 




Conemaugh, Pa. . . 




71.00 


Covington. Ohio . . 




17.16 


Dallas Center, Iowa 




4.00 






2.00 


Dayton, Ohio (N. R 


iv. } 


489.50 


Dayton, Ohio IP. Pk.) 


142.00 


Everett. Pa 




9.00 


Flora. Ind 




5.00 


Glendale, Calif. ... 




52.00 


Harrah. Wash 




28.00 






58.25 


Hollidrysburg. Pa. 




1.00 


Homerville. Ohio 




5 00 






10.00 






17.00 


Johnstown, Pa. (1) 




124.00 


Kittanning. Pa. (1) 




22.00 


Lake Odessa. Mich. 




1.00 


La Verne, Calif. . . . 




70.00* 


Leon. Iowa 




l.OOi 


Limestone, Tenn. . . 




3.00 


Listie, Pa 




40.05 


Long Beach, Calif. 


(1) 


10.00 


Long Beach. Calif. 


(2) 


192.50 


Los Angeles. Calif. 


(1) 


14.00 


Los Angeles. Calif. 


(3) 


12.00 


Mansfield. Ohio . . . 




10.00 


Martinsburg, Pa. . . 




105 00 


Middlebranch, Ohio 




8.00 



135 



The closing address of the seminary's Grace Bihle Conference, sponsored hy the Alumni Association, was 
brought hy Rev. Wesley HaUer ('51). Brother Haller recently assumed the pastorate of the First Brethren 
Church in Middlebranch, Ohio. His interesting ynessage, at our request, has been condensed and prepared for 
publication. Tychjcus is a little-known character of the New Testament, and his biography must he pieced 
together from scattered references. The article shows once again how eloquently the Bible is able to speak of 
a mail's character, even though the words be few in number. — P. R. B. 



The Example of Tychicus 



By Rev. Wesley Haller ('51) 



Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The greatest geniuses 
have the shortest biographies." If this be true, Tychicus 
is a genius. Mention of him in God's Word is very brief. 
In the Book of Acts we learn that he was a traveling 
companion of the Apostle Paul. The mention of him in 
Ephesians 6:21-22 leads us to believe that here was a 
man who won the highest confidence of Paul. This is 
the one personal name besides Paul's in this letter to 
the church at Ephesus. 

In Colossians 4:7-8 Paul writes that Tychicus was "a 
beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellowservant 
in the Lord." 

A Beloved Brother 

This speaks to us of his relationship to other Chris- 
tians. 

John was an intimate disciple of the Lord. To him is 
given the privilege of writing on the love of God. In his 
first epistle, he presents the love of God as being recip- 
rocal. God is the source of all love. The love that 
comes from Him must be returned to Him. A reading 
of this epistle will bear out that the best test for loving 
God is to love the brethren, and we can only know that 
we love God if we love the brethren. 

Fellowship with God and with His Son involves fel- 
lowship with one another (read I John 3:23). Love for 
our fellow children of God is the evidence of our faith. 
Notice also in I John 4:7-11 five circles of facts centering 
on love: (1) Love is from God, as its one fountain and 
source (7b). (2) If you love, you are born again (7c). 
(3) One that lacks this love cannot claim that he knows 
(has a heart knowledge) of God (8a). (4) God is love 
(8b), and has given evidence of His love by sending His 
Son (9-10). (5) After having shed all this light, John' 
returns to the original admonition with which he began. 

Do you love your fellow Christians? The tragedy of 
the church today is a lack of genuine love for brothers 
and sisters in the Lord. God grant that we may be con- 
sidered "beloved in the Lord," even as Tychicus many 
years ago. 

A Faithful Minister 

This was Tychicus' relationship to the world. 

Our relationship to the world, according to I John 2: 
15-17, is to love it not, that is, love not its pleasures, but 
rather, love the souls of men. The word "minister" car- 
ries the meaning, "one who executes a commission." 



The Great Commission of Christ (Matt. 28:19-20) was 
to go into all the world. That includes not only Africa, 
but the city, town, or hamlet in which you live. 

God expects his ministers to be faithful. Not only 
should this be true of elders in the local church, for, in 
a sense, all children of God are ministers of Jesus Christ 
(I Cor. 4:1; cf. I Cor. 1:2, destination of this epistle, to 
all who call on the Lord). Although the word used here 
in 4:1 is not the same, yet this word for "minister," and 
the one in the Colossians passage are synonymous, and 
one can be substituted for the other without changing 
the meaning of either passage. 

All of us, then, are ambassadors for the Lord Jesus 
Christ (II Cor. 5:20). An ambassador, according to 
Webster's Dictionary is "a minister of the highest rank 
accredited to a foreign government, as the official rep- 
resentative of his own government or sovereign." We 
are Christ's representatives in this old sin-sick world. 

How are you getting along with your ministry? 

A Fellowservant in the Lord 

This speaks to us of Tychicus' relationship to the Lord. 

The word "fellowservant" contains within it the word 
"bondslave." What is a bondslave? Read Exodus 21: 
1-6. A bondslave was one who gave himself up wholly 
to another's will; one who had lost control of himself; 
one who served another even to the disregard of his own 
interests. 

Tychicus was bound to Jesus by the bands of love. 
Tychicus was born into slavery to sin by his first birth, 
and into the position of a loving bondage of Christ by 
his new birth. 

Such should be our relationship to the Lord. What 
can we do but surrender to Him when His will is re- 
vealed to us! 

Tychicus, Beloi^ed, Faithfxd, Fellowservajit 

The Apostle Paul found him to be what every Chris- 
tian should be to his fellow Christian — "a beloved 
brother." He found him to be what every officer and 
member of the church must strive to be, whether in 
high or low capacity — "a faithful minister, and a fellow- 
servant in the Lord." 

If God were to write j'our biography for inclusion in 
His Word, would He be able to write these things of 
your life? Or do you fail to meet this standard? God 
help us to quit holding out on Him, and make these 
things a part of our Chi'istian life. 



136 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Grace Bible Conference 



By John C. Whitcomb, Jr., Alumni Secretary 

"The best alumni conference yet!" This is the general 
consensus of opinion on the part of those who attended 
the Third Annual Grace Bible Conference, sponsored 
by the alumni association, and held at Grace Seminary 
January 25-28. We have much to thank the Lord for as 
we look back upon this time of rich spiritual refresh- 
ment and Christian fellowship, and we wish to express 
our deep appreciation to all of you who could not attend, 
but who faithfully remembered us in your prayers. 

The conference got off to a good start on Monday, with 
stirring messages by Reese Johnson ('51), of Wavvaka. 
Ind., and Ivan French ('53), of Elkhart, Ind. We were 
happy to see the chapel filled on Monday night as Ivan 
French spoke on "Elijah Under the Juniper Tree," 
bringing spiritual encouragement to all of us. Also that 
night we heard testimonies of God's blessings in the 
Osceola-Elkhart area by Scotf Weaver ('53) and Loioell 
Hoyt ("45). 

On Tuesday morning, the entire student body of the 
college and seminary received the blessing of devotional 
messages from Kenneth Marken ('50), of Albion, Ind., 
and Russell Ward ('45), of Cleveland, Ohio. Testimonies 
were given by Gerald Pohnan ('46), from York, Pa., 
Clyde Landrutn ("48), from Uniontown, Pa., Ralph Burns 
('52), from Clay City, Ind., and Chaplain Harold Morr 
('53), from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. 
Chaplain Morr gave a remarkable report of his work 
among the servicemen of his base. 

In the afternoon session, Lester Pijer ('47) read an im- 
portant paper on home missions which he and Dr. L. L. 
Grubb ('37) had prepared for the conference. Dr. Mc- 
Clain led the discussion period which followed. The day 
closed with a challenging message by Charles Ashman, 
Jr. ('50), of Rittman, Ohio, and testimonies by Maynard 
Tittle ('52), of Culver, Ind., and Robert Griffith ('53), of 
Lake Odessa. Mich. 

Wednesday morning began with an excellent devo- 
tional message on "The Potter's Vessel," by J. Ward 
Tressler ('48), of Juniata, Pa., and an interesting survey 
of missionary work in French Equatorial Africa by S. 
Wayne Beaver ('43). Testimonies were given by Rus- 
sell Ogden ('53), of South Bend. Ind., John Stoll ('49). 
of Cedarville Baptist College, Cedarville, Ohio, John 
Burns ('49), of Listie, Pa., and Roy Snyder ('49), mis- 
sionary to French Equatorial Africa. 

A very profitable afternoon session began with a tes- 
timony by Kenneth Teague ('51), of Wheaton, 111., and 
a paper on "The Army Chaplain," by Gordon Cook ('44), 
at present a postgraduate student in the seminary. Dr. 
Paul Bauman ('34) led the discussion period which fol- 
lowed. At 5:30 over 60 alumni and friends gathered at 
the seminary chapel for a color-slide lecture on Pal- 
estine by R. Woyne Snider ('53). This was followed by 
a delicious supper for alumni in the lower auditorium. 
At the evening service, a very helpful message on 
"Christian Giving" was delivered by Ord Gehman ('35), 
Berne, Ind., after testimonies by Jack Mellick ('41), of 
Jeromesville, Ohio, and John Schaich, of Flint, Mich. 
On Thursday morning Clair Brickel ('52), Clayton, 




Alumni association officers jor 1954 are, lejt to right, 
John Whitcomb, alumni secretary; Gerald Polman, treas- 
urer; Clyde Landrum, president; and John Stoll, vice 
president. Russell Ogden was elected recording secre- 
tary, but was not present jor the picture. 



Ohio, spoke on "The Christian's Armor," and Glenn 
Smouse ('52) gave an expository message on Genesis 39, 
concerning Joseph in the house of Potiphar. Mrs. Roy 
Snyder ('47), a missionary to French Equatorial Africa, 
and Russell Weber, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church 
in Hagerstown, Md., gave the testimonies of the morn- 
ing. In the afternoon, Harold Etling ('39), gave a chal- 
lenging message on the Sunday school, with the discus- 
sion period being led by Dr. Herman Hoyt ('35). In the 
evening session, Angie Garber ('51) gave a brief testi- 
mony of her work among the Navaho Indians, and then 
Wesley Haller ('51), Ankenytown, Ohio, retiring vice 
president of the alumni association, gave the final mes- 
sage of the confei'ence on "Tychicus" (Col. 4:7). Robert 
Ashman ('36) led the singing during the day. 

In addition to nearly 300 students and local friends, 
e.xactly 47 alumni attended the various conference ses- 
sions, some traveling from as far as Texas and Mary- 
land to be here. Fifteen chapel services, three special 
prayer meetings, two business meetings, and a banquet 
were held during the four-day conference, making use 
of the newly furnished social lounge and the new organ 
in the chapel. 

At the business sessions it was decided that the 1954 
alumni project would be $1,500 for desperately needed 
sidewalks from the seminary to King's Highway and 
Wooster Road. Officers for the coming year are: presi- 
dent, Clyde Landrum ('48); vice president, John Stoll 
('49); recording secretary, Russell Ogden ('53); treas- 
urer, Gerald Polman ('46); and alumni secretary, John 
C. Whitcomb, Jr. ('51). Sixteen regional representa- 
tives of the association were appointed to assist in the 
raising of funds for the alumni project. As all will agree 
who have visited the seminary this winter, the alumni 
motto is still very appropriate: "Let's Get Grace Semi- 
nary Out of the Mud!" May God lay upon the heart of 
each alumnus and friend of Grace Seminary a vital con- 
cern for the continued testimony of a school which is 
close not only to our hearts, but above all, to the heart 
of God himself! 



February 27, 1954 



137 



Greeting the New Staff Members 



Grace Seminary and College is pleased to announce 
at the beginning of the second semester the addition of 
three members to its staff. Mrs. Lester Pifer is now 
serving part time as assistant office secretary due to the 
inability of Mrs. William Male to continue her work at 
the school. Mi's. Pifer has had considei'able experience 
for the tasks she will be performing, having worked in 
the office of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
while her husband, Rev. Lester Pifer, was in school, 
and again since the family moved to Winona Lake. 
Among her responsibilities is that of caring for the rec- 
ords of contributions to the Monthly Finance Plan. It 
is hoped that the people of our National Fellowship will 
keep her so busy that she will soon need a second 
assistant! 




Mrs. Lester Pifer at Her Desk 



Mr. Wayne Snider will serve as director of practical 
Christian work and is teaching a course in practical 
work in the college this semester. Brother Snider's 
home is in Roaring Spring, Pa., and he 
is a member of the Brethren church in 
Martinsburg. He I'eceived his A. B. 
degree from Bryan University in 1950 
and his B. D. cuvi laude from Grace 
Theological Seminary in 1953. This 
year he has been at work on his Th. M. 
degree. During his coUege and sem- 
inary years, Wayne was active in vari- 
ous fields of practical Chiistian en- 
deavor. While in seminary he worked 
as a film representative for the Moody Bible Institute 
and during the summer of 1951 served as interim pastor 
at the First Brethren Church, Martinsburg. Pa. In the 
summer of 1953 he went to Europe and the Holy Land as 
a member of the Flying Seminar and now brings to the 
college something of the wealth of his practical Christian 
experience in the various fields of practical Christian 
work, including audio-visual education. 




Wayne Snider 



Miss Eva Godfrey began her new work as dean of 
women early this month. She has taken the place of 
Miss Evelyn Schumacher, who was obliged to leave be- 
cause of ill health. Miss Godfrey's . ^- 
home is in Millville, N. J. She received 
her B. S. degree from Purdue Univer- 
sity, and in addition has taken work at 
Wheaton College and New York Bib- 
lical Seminary. She came to Grace 
Seminary a year ago and is one of the 
few young women who, since the or- 
ganization of the seminary, has been 
enrolled for the B. D. degree. She has 
had a considerable amount of experi- 
ence in various kinds of practical Chris- 
tian work, including home-mission work in Library, Pa., 
child evangelism and youth work, adult Bible classes, 
and community visitation. Since coming to Grace she 
has been active in jail visitation. 




Eva Godfrey- 




Rev, and Mrs. Harold Etling 



GRACE SEMINARY GREETS SUNDAY-SCHOOL 
DIRECTOR 

On January 1 another office was officially installed in 
the seminary building. It was that of Rev. Harold 
Etling, the new national Sunday school director. The 
members of the student 
body and faculty join in 
welcoming Brother and 
Sister Etling and family to 
Winona Lake. One of their 
daughters. Miss Janet Et- 
ling, preceded them by a 
few months, having en- 
rolled last September as a 
freshman in the college di- 
vision. 

Brother Etling graduated 
from Gi'ace Seminary in 
1939 and has for several 
years served as pastor of 
the Akron, Ohio, church. Mrs. Etling also graduated in 
1939, and has the distinction of being the first woman 
to graduate from Grace Seminary with the B. D. degree. 
She has been an able helper to her husband, and we are 
glad foi- her presence near the school. 

Brother Etling is already busy in his new work, which 
consists of aiding our Sunday schools to effect a more 
efficient organization, assisting in the organization of 
new Sunday schools, preparing and introducing new 
materials, and acquainting our churches with new and 
up-to-date methods of Sunday-school work. He will 
also assist churches in setting up teacher-training pro- 
grams, and it is the intention of the board to organize 
a national teacher-training program. 

Brother Etling knows Sunday-school work, having 
enjoyed the rich blessing of the Lord upon his program 
in Akron, where the church recently dedicated a lovely 
new Sunday-school building, consisting of two stories 
and a basement. Grace Seminary is proud to salute 
another of its alumni who is helping to enlarge our 
borders, and we trust all our churches will enjoy the 
privilege of his ministry. 



138 



The Brethren Misshnary Herald 



Grace Seminary Spring Semester Opens 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Registrar 

The spring semester at Grace Theological Seminary 
was officially opened Monday, February 1, with a con- 
vocation service at which the faculty appeared in full 
academic regalia. Dr. Paul Bauman, vice president, was 
the speaker for the occasion, bringing a fitting inessage 
on the subject, "What Makes a Man Great?" Dr. Her- 
man A. Hoyt, dean of the school, was in charge of the 
service in the absence of the president. Dr. Alva J. 
McClain. The music was in charge of Mr. Donald 
Ogden, instructor of music. The convocation prayer 
was offered by Dr. Jamas Boyer, instructor in Greek 
and the New Testament. 

Registrations for the new semester total 212, there 
being 141 students registered in the seminary and 71 in 
the college. Since there are 4 students taking work in 
both divisions, it means that there are actually 208 indi- 
vidual students in the school. This represents a gain 
of 24 over the same semester a year ago, there being 
184 registered at that time. It is a slight loss, however, 
from the first semester of this year, due largely to health 
and economic reasons. 

There are 174 men in the school and 34 women. There 
are 16 new students who had not been present the pre- 
vious semester. One of the outstanding new enrollees 
is Rev. Wayne Beaver, a missionary on furlough from 
the Brethren mission field in French Equatorial Africa. 
He graduated from the seminary in 1943, and is now 
working on his master's degree during a part of his 
furlough year. 

Students in the school this semester come from over 
15 different denominational groups, the Brethren hold- 
ing a sizable lead over any other group, the Baptists 
being second in number, followed in order by Independ- 
ents. Mennonites, Methodists, Presbyterians, Evangel- 
ical United Brethren, Evangelical and Reformed, Chris- 
tian, United Presbyterian, and the New Dunkard Church 
of God. Five groups are represented by one student 
only. 

The students have come from widely scattered areas, 
there being representatives from 27 of the States and 
the District of Columbia, Canada, and Africa. Pennsyl- 
vania has the most representatives, 47, followed closely 
by Ohio and Indiana with 44 and 38, respectively. States 
having five or more representatives in addition to those 
above mentioned, are Michigan, Virginia, Iowa, Califor- 
ni:i, and New York. 




Miss Schumacher 



MISS SCHUMACHER RESIGNS 

It was with genuine regret that stu- 
dents and faculty were obliged to say 
good-by for at least awhile to Miss 
Evelyn Schumacher, of Osceola, Ind., 
who this year enrolled as a student in 
the seminary division. Miss Schu- 
macher was also serving as dean of 
women at the dormitory. It has been 
necessary for her to leave school, at 
least temporarily, because of ill health. 
Let us join in praying for her complete 
restoration and that God's perfect will may be worked 
out for this life which has been deaicatad to His service. 



EDITORIALS 

(Contumed From Page 13i) 

that it would be impossible to go and bring our boy 
home for the needed operation, we gave instructions to 
operate immediately in the McDonald Hospital, Warsaw. 
Ind. 

The main part of this article is to express personal 
appreciation for the many Brethren young ladies who 
are nurses at the McDonald Hospital. Alva had con- 
stant attention not only by the resident nurses, but Miss 
Cochran also stayed at his bedside at least eight hours. 

Another thing which made both Mrs. Steffler and me 
feel good was that before the operation. Dr. McClain 
and Bro, Herman Koontz, pastor of the Winona Lake 
church, ministered in prayer, and after the operation 
many of the professors and students visited the patient, 
giving words of encouragement and offering prayer. 
The visits of Bro. F. B. Miller, treasurer of Grace Sem- 
inary, also were greatly appreciated. The doctors of 
the McDonald Hospital are excellent and know their 
work well. Our son, Alva, is now back in school, rap- 
idly recovering from the experience. 

The article should relieve the minds of others who 
might be faced with the same emergency sometime in 
the near future. Your son or your daughter will have 
excellent care, — Rev. William A. Steffler. 

[Brother Steffler is a member of the executive com- 
mittee of the board of trustees. This expression of grat- 
itude is deeply appreciated by the school. — P. R. B.] 



MODERN SPEECH TRANSLATIONS NEEDED 

In order that the seminary students may be able to 
do research work in Bible interpretation it is necessary 
that we include in our Bible section as varied a collec- 
tion of modern speech translations as possible. Anyone 
having copies of such English translations as Moffat, 
Weymouth, Williams, or others which they would like 
to give to the seminary library should contact Mrs. Ben 
Hamilton, librarian. Anything available in the less- 
known translations will fill a real need in the library. 
To purchase all of them would involve a sizable sum 
which we do not have available at the present time. 




Which Version? 

A critical evaluation of the Revised 
Standard Version, by 11 members of 
the faculty of Grace Theological Sem- 
inary. Forty pages of valuable infor- 
mation concerning the new translation 
of the Bible. Price, 15c a copy; 8 
copies for $1.00. 



Fsbruary 27, 1954 



139 




Dr. Hoyt Registers Roland Crosby 




Registration Day Is an Event! 



Studying Is a Privilege in the Spacious Library 



Visii'ma ike ^^mma^i 




:[][j| KOST.UMp^ 



ROBING ROOM ROBING ROOM 



Many of oui 
College. Some h sir 
the various picti 
make this easier 
representative pi lis 
and the April iss k 
these. 



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i?e never visited the campus of Grace Seminary and 
s tried to visualize its interior as they have looked at 
:uilding which have appeared from time to time. To 
mting this month a plan of the fii'st floor together with 
March issue will carry pictures of the ground floor, 
iiin the plan and views of the second floor. Watch for 



a^'(\t)kP^'! 






Chorus-Choir Sings at Chapel 




Students Wait Their Turn in Center Corrida 



ifessor Homer Kent, Jr. 



The Daily Chapel Services Are an Inspiration 






EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbauni 

Winona Lake. InJ. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winom Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Ben.iamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake. Ind, 
Grace Seminar,y Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



SPECIAL— On Feb. 28, Evange- 
lism Sunday, a three-way pulpit ex- 
change will be made in Pennsylvania 
between Rev. Clyde Landrum, Rev. 
John Burns, and Rev. Leslie Moore. 
The same day a two-way exchange 
will be made in California between 
Rev. Lewis Hohenstein and Rev. 
Ward Miller. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. — The new 
Sunday-schol building of the Csm- 
munity Brethren Church will be 
dedicated on April 11. Rev. Ward 
Miller is pastor. Dr. Irvin Ahlquist, 
professor of sociology at Long Beach 
State College, was the guest speaker 
Feb. 26 at the first annual banquet 
for the parents of children in the 
Christian Day School. 

FREMONT, OHIO— Rev. Gordon 
Bracker was given a royal welcome 
Feb. 12 by the congregation of the 
Grace Brethren Church. A miscel- 
laneous shower plus a cash gift of 
$118.50 was a "surprise" to Pastor 
and Mrs. Bracker. 

FILLMORE, CALIF.— A reception 
in honor of Pastor and Mrs. Max 
Brenneman of the First Brethren 
Church, was given Jan. 29. Rev. 
Brenneman only recently became 
the pastor of this church. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.— It's au- 
thentic on the word of Rev. Ralph 
Colburn himself. On April 10, Miss 
Julia Rowland and Rev. Ralph Col- 
burn, national youth director for the 
Brethren denomination, will be unit- 
ed in holy wedlock. The wedding 
will be performed in the First Breth- 
ren Church, Inglewood, Calif. 

BEAUMONT, CALIF.— Mr. and 
Mrs. George Meyer and family, 
members of the Cherry Valley 
Brethren Church, arrived in Peru. 
South America. They are members 
of the LeTourneau missionary party. 

SEATTLE, WASH.— Eight persons 
of View Ridge Brethren Church 
completed 255 calls on a recent Sat- 



urday. In this program of "opera- 
tion doorbell" 78 percent of the calls 
resulted in personal contact. Rev. 
Thomas Hammers is pastor. 

WASHINGTON, D. C— Rev. 
James Dixon, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, is teaching several 
courses in the Washington Bible In- 
stitute. 

WAYNESBORO, PA.— The Atlan- 
tic Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
will convene here May 5-8. Rev. 
Dennis Holliday is pastor. 

MODESTO, CALIF.— A large new 
neon sign in the shape of a shield has 
been placed above the La Loma 
Grace Brethren Church. The sign 
flashes the words, "Jesus died jor 
you." Rev. J. Paul Miller is pastor. 

MEYERSDALE, PA.— A Sunday- 
school workshop will be conducted 
by Rev. Harold Etling Mar, 21-24 in 
the Meyersdale and Summit Mills 
Brethren Churches. Rev. H. Leslie 
Moore is pastor. 




MARTINSBURG, PA.— The East 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
youth rally was held here on Feb. 
12-13. Nearly 300 young people at- 
tended. Rev. Gerald Teeter was 
host pastor. 

LEAMERSVILLE, PA.— The Lea- 
mersville Brethren Church recently 
refinished the floor in the main audi- 
torium and the Junior WMC pur- 
chased new carpets. Rev. Robert 
Crees is pastor. 

WATERLOO, IOWA— Rev. Rich- 
ard DeArmey, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, recently com- 
mented that he "doubted if TV was 
keeping anyone from the prayer 
service." He concluded it was heart 
trouble. Rev. DeArmey suggests 
that any suffering frorn this malady 
should read Jeremiah 17:10. 

ELYRIA, OHIO— The new address 
of Rev. Galen Lingenfelter is 338 
10th St. Please change your annual. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. — The 
California District Conference of 
Brethren Churches youth rally con- 
vened at the First Brethren Church 
on Friday, Jan. 15. Rev. Ralph Col- 
burn was the speaker. Dr. Charles 
Mayes was host pastor. 



BUENA VISTA, VA.— Mr. and 
Mrs. Erskine Groah, deacon and 
deaconess in the First Brethren 
Church here, are the proud parents 
of the first set of triplets ever to be 
born in this city. 

GLENDALE, CALIF.— Guest 

speakers at the First Brethren 
Church for Mar. 7 will be Rev. 
George Richardson; and for Mar. 14, 
21, 28, Rev. Keith Altig. Rev. R. I. 
Humberd was guest speaker on Feb. 
21. 

WINCHESTER, VA.— The Atlan- 
tic Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
youth rally will be held here on Mar. 
5-6. Rev. Paul Dick will be host 
pastor. 

CORRECTION— Mr. Mason Coo- 
per, president of the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Laymen, will 
speak at the First Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, on Feb. 28. He is not 
scheduled to speak at the North Riv- 
erdale Brethren Church. 

HARRISBURG, PA.— Miss Bever- 
ly Lee Sanfley has been elected 
church reporter for the Melrose 
Gardens Brethren Church. Rev. 
Conard Sandy is the pastor. This is 
the second church to elect such an 
officer to supply news of national 
interest to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. 

ROANOKE, VA.— The cornerstone 
laying for the new Washington 
Heights Brethren Church was held 
on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7. Rev. 
Carl Miller is pastor. 

ALTO, MICH.— The district youth 
rally will be held here Mar. 12-13. 
Earl Funderburg will be host pastor. 

ALTOONA, PA.— A foreign-mis- 
sionary conference is to be conduct- 
ed in the First Brethren Church, 
Apr. 11-18. Rev. Mark Malles is 
pastor. The laymen will participate 
in the services Feb. 28, Evangelism 
Sunday. 

BELLE VUE, FRENCH EQUA- 
TORIAL AFRICA — Rev. William 
Samarin has improved physically, 
and has now moved here to take 
over this station. The Lord be 
praised for His answer to prayer in 
behalf of Rev. Samarin's physical 
need. 

SPECIAL— P a s t o r s, attention 1 
When sending pictures to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald for cuts, 
please send glossy prints. Others 
cannot be used. 

WINONA LAKE, IND.— Plan now 
to attend the National Fellowship 
convening here Aug. 23-29. 



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God's Appointed Methods 

Summary of Moderator's Address by Rev. True Hunt, Dallas Center, Iowa 



The clock of God has ticked 
away another year since we last met 
as the Iowa District Fellowship. 
What can we lay at the feet of our 
Lord as trophies of His grace for the 
past year? Most certainly none of 
us has any right to boast, save in the 
death and resurrection of our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is evi- 
dent that God has blessed each of us. 
No doubt we have failed Him in 
many instances, but He has re- 
mained true and faithful. We have 
been the recipients of abundant 
blessings from His hand. But with 
every blessing comes responsibility. 
With every privilege there comes 
duty. Jesus spoke to His disciples 
in the role of a soul winner and in 
the tone of rebuke when He said, 
■'Say not ye, There are yet four 
months, and then cometh the har- 
vest? behold, I say unto you. Lift up 
your eyes, and look on the fields; for 
they are white already to harvest." 
Surely this affirmation is directed 
by the Holy Spirit unto us of the 
Iowa District Conference of Breth- 
ren Churches. The great need of the 
hour is the proclamation of the Gos- 
pel. This is a Brethren Conference. 
The Brethren Church has the whole 
Gospel to preach, to teach, and to 
practice. Her responsibilities are as 
large as the Bible. The job ahead of 
us in 1954, if the Lord tarry, chal- 
lenges the highest scholarship, the 
most efficient leaders, the most pro- 
found spirituality, and the deepest 
consecration. Certainly the field of 
souls before us is indeed "white al- 
ready to harvest." 

In the face of these facts and op- 
portunities let us look to the Lord 
for strength and wisdom to accom- 
plish His will in this district. In the 
Word of God we discover at least 
four of God's appointed ways or 
methods to be employed for this ac- 
complishment. We shall consider 
them in this order: Christian faith, 
prayer, service, and revival. One 
glance at the daily newspaper should 
challenge us anew with the urgency 
of the task, and if the Lord could 
speak to our conference in this re- 
gard, I believe He would say, "That 
thou doest, do quickly." 



Christian Faith 

Paul writes to the Christians of 
Colosse (Col. 2:6-7). "As ye have 
therefore received Christ Jesus the 
Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and 
built up in him, and stablished in the 
faith, as ye have been taught, 
abounding therein with thanksgiv- 
ing." Now notice that it is the 
abounding in the faith as we "have 
been taught." We know the funda- 
mentals of the faith. We have been 
taught the Word of God aright. We 
have the responsibility to abound in 
the faith. Necessity is laid upon us. 





Rev, True Hunt 



Oh, that we realized as did Paul, 
"Woe is unto me, if I preach not the 
gospel!" (I Cor. 9:16b). It is very 
clear from the Scripture as to the 
channel of faith, "So then faith com- 
eth by hearing, and hearing by the 
word of God" (Rom. 10:17). 

Consequently then, every Chris- 
tian is responsible for Christian faith. 
There are, however, some marked 
instructions in the Word concerning 
this matter. The place which God 
requires His people to give His Word 
has not changed from century to 
century. He has made it the duty 
to have within the family life of 
each generation a place for worship 
together. God has always held the 
parents of the home responsible for 
the teaching of the Word to the chil- 
dren. Really, God's plan is that 
every Christian father is to be the 
spiritual leader in the home. The 
paramount need of the Christian 
home today is the daily family wor- 
ship around the Word of God and 



the circle of prayer. If our families 
fail in this important effort it is of 
little use to expect strong and virile 
Christians in the church of tomor- 
row. This type of family Bible study 
and devotion is the strongest possible 
kind to be exerted to produce living 
Christian faith that will fit our chil- 
dren for the uncertain days ahead. 
Faith is the victory! 

Prayer 

Regular and definite praying is 
essential, and not a choice in our 
living for Christ. The fact is that the 
church does not pray as it ought. 
First, secret prayer is needed for 
close communion with the Lord; and 
second, the midweek prayer service 
is needed for united fellowship. The 
statistics of our church will show 
that the prayer service is neglected 
by vast numbers of people. Has God 
ordained that the membership of His 
church be divided — a praying mem- 
bership and a nonpraying member- 
ship? Certainly not! It takes time 
to be holy. It takes time to walk 
with God. It takes time to know 
God. He says to us, "Be still, and 
know that I am God." 

Prayer is necessary. Prayer gives 
opportunity for confession of sin and 
a searching of the heart. It is clear 
in the Bible that sins must be ac- 
knowledged and confessed ere God 
will forgive them. Prayer dare not 
be iTiinimized in our lives. The Word 
of God and prayer go hand in hand 
in importance in the life of God's 
servant. 

Christian Service 

It is a true statement that "we are 
saved to serve." For this reason the 
Lord does not take us to be with 
Him upon our being born again. We 
belong to a working order. While 
here on earth Jesus declared that He 
worked even as did His Father. He 
said unto His Father, "I have fin- 
ished the work which thou gavest 
me to do." He immediately stated 
that He was sending His own into 
the world to serve. This is an all- 
inclusive command; pastors and lay- 
men alike are expected to be wit- 



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nesses of His love and grace. A wit- 
ness is one who is to make a decla- 
ration of personal knowledge to the 
truth of a stated fact or event. The 
volume and extent of a testimony 
may vary, but the genuineness of it 
dare not. Every born-again one can 
at least give the testimony of the boy 
born blind, "Whereas I was blind, 
now I see" (John 9:25). 

We greatly rejoice in the way God 
has blessed the testimony of our for- 
eign missionary work and the new 
fields that have been entered; for His 
blessing upon our hoine-mission pro- 
gram, especially as we have seen it 
in our own district at Cedar Rapids 
and now at Davenport; for His bless- 
ing upon Grace Theological Senii- 
nary and the new collegiate division; 
for His blessing upon the Brethren 
Missionary Herald and its important 
place in our church; and for all His 
blessings on all the auxiliary organ- 
izations that are faithfully perform- 
ing, such as WMC, the Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha, the Brethren Boys 
Clubs, the National Sunday School 
Board, and the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Laymen. 

However, as a body of believers 
we are moving at a snail's pace when 
we should be advancing more vic- 
toriously. This is often impossible 
because Brethren dollars, Brethren 
talents, and Brethren energies are 
being diverted into independent and 
interdenominational channels. 

Spiritual Revival 

If we are to accomplish God's per- 
fect will among us, we must be in 
the position to know and do that 
will! There would be few who would 
doubt the statement that this dis- 
trict, including its pastors, church 
officers, Sunday-school teachers and 
officers, and all lay members need a 
genuine revival. The first thing as 
to revival means and methods is to 
have our own heart right. A work 
of grace often commences with a 
single individual, seldom with a 
whole church. The writer of Psalm 
85:6 realized the need of revival, for 
he cried unto the Lord, "Wilt thou 
not revive us again: that thy people 
may rejoice in thee?" 

Oh, that we might realize this need 
in our own lives. Revival means to 
aw/aken to life, to reanimate, to cause 
to stir about. So revival is not get- 
ting souls saved but the provoking to 
action of the Christian himself. For 
revival to be lasting it must be ac- 
complished by the work of the Holy 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 



Date 



Findlay, Ohio.. 


. Feb. 


23-Mar 


7.. 


Jenners, Pa ... . 


. Feb. 


23-Mar 


14. 


Conemaugh, Pa 


. Feb. 


24-27.. 




Fremont, Ohio . 


. Feb. 


28-Mar 


14.. 


Chico, Calif.... 


. Feb. 


28-Mar 


14.. 


Uniontown, Pa. 


. Mar. 


8-12... 




Kittanning, Pa. 








(North Buffalo) Mar. 


8-21... 




Osceola, Ind... 


. Mar. 


9-21... 




Wooster, Ohio . . 


. Mar. 


14-28.. 




Conemaugh, Pa 


. Mar. 


16-28.. 




Tahquitz Pines, 








Calif 


. Mar. 
. Mar. 


19-21.. 
21-28.. 




Troy, Ohio 




Camden, Ohio. . 


. Mar 


28-Apr 


11. 


Philadelphia, Pa 








(Third) 


. Mar 


28-Apr 


11. 


South Gate, Calif. Apr. 


4-16... 




Sterling, Ohio. . 


. Apr. 


4-18... 




Meyersdale, Pa. 


. Apr. 


11-18.. 




Clayton, Ohio. . 


. Apr. 


11-18.. 




Philadelphia, Pa 








(First) 


. Apr. 


13-25. 





Pastor 

Forest Lance . . . . 
Victor Rogers. . . 
Stanley Hauser . . 
Gordon Bracker . 
Phillip Simmons. 
Clyde Landrum . 



Speaker 

Crusade Team 2. 
Crusade Team 1. 
A. R. Kriegbaum. 
Gordon Bracker. 
Ralph Colburn. 
Mickey Walsh. 



Donald Rossman. . Samuel Heinb'ger. 

Scott Weaver Crusade Team 2. 

Kenneth Ashman. A. L. Lynn. 

Stanley Hauser... "Ding" Teuling. 

BUI Smith. 

Richard Mcintosh Crusade Team 1. 

Randall Rossman . Randall Rossman. 

Robert Cessna.... Crusade Team 2. 

Alfred Dodds Bill Smith. 

J. L. Gingrich. ... A. R. Kriegbaum. 

H. Leslie Moore. . A. L. Lynn. 

Clair Brickel James Boyer. 

John Aeby Crusade Team 2. 



Spirit. It is as He works in the 
hearts and lives of the individuals 
that His will becomes evident in the 
church and the denomination. It is 
all-important that the individual be- 
liever be in the position of cominu- 
nion, fellowship, and blessing. He 
must allow the Holy Spirit to control 
him as a day-by-day experience. 

We are disturbed by the apparent 
"apostasy of life" that is so evident 
today. It is with regret that we ad- 
mit it is in some Brethren churches. 
Holiness of life for God's child is set 
forth in His Word. The time has 
come, beloved, if we want to win and 
keep men for our Lord, we must live 
the orthodoxy that we preach! We 
need to be awakened from our 
snoozing in the beds of self-interests, 
personal whiinseys, and claims of 
orthodoxy. God's call to us is to 
"walk worthy of the vocation where- 
with ye are called" (Eph. 4:1b). 
Only then will we know joy and 
satisfaction in service for our King. 
Only then will men and women cry 
out against sin not only by word, but 
by deed. Only then will we recog- 
nize and follow God's established 
standards of righteousness. It is only 
as we are revived that we will re- 
joice in the Lord and accomplish 
His will here in the Iowa District. 



WHERE DO I BELONG IN THE 
CHURCH? 

1. Pillars . . . worship regularly, 
giving time and money. 

2. Supporters . . . give time and 
money if they life the minister 
and treasurer. 

3. Leaners . . . use the church for 
funerals, baptisms, and mar- 
riages, but give no time or money 
to support the church. 

4. Working Leaners . . . work, but 
do not give money. 

5. Specials . . . help and give occa- 
sionally for something that ap- 
peals to them. 

6. Annuals ... or Easter Birds . . . 
dress up, look serious, and go to 
church on Easter. 

7. Sponges . . . take all blessings 
and benefits, even the sacra- 
ments, but give no money to 
support the church. 

8. Tramps ... go from church to 
church, but support none. 

9. Gossips . . . talk freely about 
everyone except the Lord Jesus. 

10. Scrappers . . . take offense, criti- 
cize, and fight. 

11. Orphans . . . are children sent by 
parents who do not set them an 
example. 

— The Watchman Exaviiner. 



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Without the Body . " . 



-Critical Study of I Corinthians 6:18 



This critical examination is published with 
the permission of Grace Theological Sem- 
inary and is a condensation of a critical 
monograph. 



Historical and Biblical Backgroxind 

Corinth, in the time of St. Paul, 
was a Roman colony situated on the 
isthmus which connects the Pelo- 
ponnesus with the rest of Greece, 
and separates the Aegean from the 
Ionian Sea. Because of her favor- 
able location Corinth became the 
mart of Asia and Europe. She cov- 
ered the sea with ships of merchan- 
dise and built a navy for the protec- 
tion of this flourishing trade. The 
population and wealth of the city 
was greatly increased by the inflvix 
of foreigners. Corinth became dis- 
tinguished for her wealth, naval 
force, and commerce, rather than by 
military achievements. 

The population was increased and 
its character somewhat influenced 
from another source. In the neigh- 
borhood of the city the Isthmian 
games were held, attracting great 
attention, and drawing many stran- 
gers from distant parts of the world. 
The Apostle Paul frequently refers 
to those games when recommending 
Christian energy and activity. 

It was primarily from these causes 
that the city of Corinth became a 
leader among ancient cities for 
wealth, luxury, and debauchery. 

There was, however, still another 
cause which attributed to its dis- 
solute character: its religion. It was 
infamous for its licentiousness. Its 
gods were the gods of sensual pleas- 
ure and self-indulgence. Venus was 
the favorite goddess; and sensuality 
took the form of a religious rite. The 
city was enriched by multitudes who 
accommodated the 1,000 temple pros- 
titutes consecrated to the service of 
this most popular goddess. Accord- 
ing to Die Chrysostom it is qualified 
as "a city the most licentious of all 
that are or ever have been." Impur- 
ity reigned to such an extent that "to 
live like a Corinthian" was equiva- 
lent to "to commit fornication." This 
is an essential factor which has to 

February 27, 1954 



be borne in mind when we read 
Paul's Corinthian letters. 

When the abominations of hea- 
thenism as practiced in Corinth are 
considered, it is hardly to be expect- 
ed that the Christian converts could 
suddenly divorce themselves from 
these abominations; the old nature 
was not so easily destroyed. 

Paul visited Corinth during his 
second missionary journey, unac- 
companied by any of his fellow 
workers. After being expelled from 
the synagogue, a vision from the 
Lord encouraged him to continue his 
ministry which covered a period of 
18 months. His labors resulted in 
the forming of a flourishing church 
composed of Jews and gentiles. 

At the time when the fii'st epistle 
was written, not more than four 
years had elapsed since the Gospel 
was first preached in Corinth. There 
had already been correspondence be- 
tween Paul and his friends. In fact, 
a letter from Corinth is the immedi- 
ate occasion of this epistle. In addi- 
tion to this, Paul had heard reports 
of disorders which had arisen in the 
church and which required his per- 
sonal attention and correction. 

In the portion of this letter which 
is pertinent to the subject to be han- 
dled in this paper, Paul deals with 
the mistaken views and erroneous 
practices which had been introduced 
on the subject of temperance and 
chastity. The vices of intemperance, 
licentiousness, and gluttony had been 
judged harmless, and had been ex- 
cessively indulged in. It became 
necessary to correct their views and 
to set forth the true nature of the 
Christian requireinents. 

The Major Problera 

What is the meaning of "without 
the body" (ektos tou somatos)? 

The word "without" (ektos) is 
used only nine times in the entire 
New Testament. It is translated in 
the following ways: other than, out 
of, without, excepted, the outside; 
and with "except" (ei vie) as, but, 
and unless. It is found in Matthew 
23:28, which reads, "Thou blind 
Pharisee, cleanse first that which is 
within the cup and platter, that the 



By Rev. R. Paul Miller, Jr, 

Pastor, Carlton Brethren Church 
Garwin, Iowa 



outside of them may be clean also." 
The same word appears also in II 
Corinthians 12:2, "I knew a man in 
Christ above fourteen years ago, 
(whether in the body, I cannot tell; 
or whether out of the body, I cannot 
tell: God knoweth;) such an one 
caught up to the third heaven." 

In the Matthew passage it is used 
with the possessive genitive and de- 
notes the outside or exterior of an 
object. In the Corinthian passage it 
has the force of a preposition mean- 
ing "outside of." However, in II 
Corinthians 12:3 Wescott and Hort 
and others read "apart from" (cho- 
ris) for "without" (ektos). Thayer 
cites I Corinthians 6:18 in his treat- 
ment of "without" (ektos) and gives 
as its meaning, "does not pertain to 
the body." 

With one exception, all of the com- 
mentaries consulted by the author of 
this paper referred "body" (somatos) 
to man in all his composite parts. 
Only once was "body" (soviatos) 
taken to mean the body of a man as 
distinguished from the soul and spir- 
it. The view of the writer of this 
paper along with substantiating ar- 
guments will be set forth in a later 
section. 

It should be noted further, that 
most of the commentaries deal with 
the phrase "without the body" as re- 
feiring to every sin, with the excep- 
tion of fornication. For this reason, 
the writers of the commentaries 
often insert "other" after "every" 
(pan) even though it does not ap- 
pear in the Greek text. There are 
some variations within this widely 
accepted interpretation, but the same 
general line of thought is prevalent. 

Writer s Interpretation 

It is the view of this writer that 
Paul is setting forth the source of 
every sin of man. If "every" (pan) 

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is taken in the absolute sense, in- 
cluding fornication, the only possi- 
ble conclusion that can be drawn is 
that Paul is referring to the soul of 
man. Every sin whatever a man 
might commit finds its source in the 
soul. The body is only the instru- 
ment of sin. Therefore, a sin couid 
be outside of the body as to its 
source, but against the body as to 
its effect. 

The writer of this paper will sub- 
stantiate the above view with the 
following ai-guments. 

Lingiiistical Argument 

What is the meaning of "but" (de) 
in this passage? 

It is the opinion of this writer that 
upon this seemingly unimportant 
word the interpretation of this pas- 
sage is largely determined. If it is at 
all possible, the basic meaning of this 
word will be employed. If, however, 
the context or other factors prohibit 
such a usage, a secondary meaning 
will be used. 

Scholars of the Greek language 
generally rank this conjunction 
wholly as an adversative particle. 
Robertson believes otherwise. Ac- 
cording to this eminent Greek schol- 
ar, the ordinary narrative or con- 
tinuative use was the original use, 
whereas the adversative is a devel- 
oped and later constructions. The 
etymology confirms this explanation. 
There is in the word no essential 
idea of antithesis or contrast. That 
which follows, as an addition, is 
something new. 

The mere copulative force of "but" 
(de) is in the genealogy in Matthew 
1:2-16, for there is no idea of oppo- 
sition at all. The contrast is made 
by repetition of the names and not 
by "but" (de). A new topic may be 
introduced by "but" (de) in com- 
plete harmony with the foregoing 
discussion, as the birth of Jesus in 
Matthew 1:18. 

In John 3:1, it is not clear whether 
"but" (de) is copulative or adversa- 
tive. Is Nicodemus an illustration 
or an exception? But it is generally 
true that "but" (de) introduces 
something new and is not primarily 
employed for contrast. 

Doctrinal Arginnent 

The Scriptures clearly recognize 
the seat of sin as being in the soul 
itself, not in its physical organism. 
In passages such as Romans 7:18, 
"flesh" (sar) refers not to man's 
body, but to man's entire being when 
lacking the Spirit of God. In Mat- 



thew 15:17-20a we read, "Do not ye 
yet understand, that whatsoever en- 
tereth in at the mouth goeth into the 
belly, and is cast into the draught? 
But those things which proceed out 
of the mouth come forth from the 
heart; and they defile the man. For 
out of the heart proceed evil 
thoughts, murders, adulteries, for- 
nications, thefts, false witness, blas- 
phemies: these are the things which 
defile a man: . . ." And in I Peter 
2:11b, "abstain from fleshly lusts, 
which war against the soul." The 
idea present in these passages could 
be found in many other places in 
Scriptui'e. The fact is so widely ac- 
cepted that further references are 
not deemed advantageous. Let it be 
said, however, that the Apostle Paul 
did not believe sin to consist in the 




possession of a body is quite evident 
from his doctrine of a bodily resur- 
rection (I Cor. 15:38-49). The res- 
urrection of the body is an integral 
part of immortality. 

Contextrial Argument 

In this sixth chapter of I Corin- 
thians, beginning at verse 12, Paul is 
correcting an abuse of the teaching 
concerning Christian freedom, Soine 
of them had concluded that if meats 
were indifferent so was fornication 
(vss. 12-17). In the last three verses 
he strongly commands that this filthy 
sin be stopped and gives convincing 
reasons for his statements. 

In verse 12, the true doctrine of 
Christian freedom is stated; all 
things are lawful, but all things are 
not expedient, profitable, or advan- 
tageous. It is, therefore, necessary 
to refrain from indulging in any 
practice which would make one to 
be under authority, instead of exer- 
cising it. 

Paul's argument in verses 13 and 
14 is that meats are created for the 
belly, and the belly for meats; and 



both are of a transitory nature, for 
God will do away with both. Con- 
sequently meats are not corrupt. 
But in the case of the body, it is 
neither created for fornication, nor 
is it transitory. The body is for the 
Lord and the Lord (in His media- 
torial work) for the body. Since the 
body is not perishable and fornica- 
tion is against one's own body, Paul 
concludes that fornication is corrupt. 
The belly and meats serve each 
other and therefore they exist to- 
gether and perish together, but when 
illicit sexual intercourse forever 
ceases, the body shall be fulfilling 
its real use — that of being wholly 
used as an instrument for the Lord. 
The resurrection of the body incor- 
ruptible is the real essence which 
underlies the present organization 
of the body. Therefore, the Lord's 
coming, rather than death, is the 
Christian's expectation. 

In verse 15 the argument is con- 
nected with verse 13. For they can- 
not be at the same time "the mem- 
bers of an harlot" and "of Christ." 
There must of necessity be some 
kind or degree of severance of the 
mystical union that every believer 
has with Christ. For fornicators are 
"members of an harlot"; cemented 
by carnal intercourse. The idea 
runs through the Bible that there is 
something mysterious in the com- 
merce of the sexes, and in the effects 
which flow from it. 

Paul, being well aware of their at- 
titude toward the fleshly parts of 
man, emphasizes his point by carry- 
ing the argument beyond, to a higher 
level. The believer becomes not 
only a "member of Christ," but also 
"one Spirit" with Him. Therefore, 
it is imperative that the Christian 
flee from fornication, for it, like 
other sins, though outside the body 
as to its source and guilt, is never- 
theless against the body, because in- 
compatible with the design of its 
creation, and with its immortal des- 
tiny. 

English Paraphrase 

Put yourself to flight from illicit 
sexual relationships. Even though 
every sin whatever a man might 
commit finds its source in the soul, 
nevertheless the Christian who sur- 
renders his body for the purpose of 
carnal intercourse, professes to be 
united with that which is incompat- 
ible with Christ and thus directly 
sins against the present connection 
of his body with Christ and against 
its future destiny in Him. 



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HI THIRL! 



Winona Lake, Ind. 
Dear Brother Layman: 

It seems a long time since we have fellowshiped together, but I guess it's 
because our last two Laymen's pages came so close together. There ought to 
be a lot of accumulated news, so I'll pitch into it now and let you in on what's 
going on around the country for and by laymen. 

A laymen's fellowship was organized in HAGERSTOWN. MD., on Feb- 
ruary 1, with Frank Tewalt being elected president. . . . Rev. Earl Rosen- 
berger was the speaker at the men's meeting at the First Church, WHIT- 
TIER, CALIF., on Feb. 9. . . . The February meeting of the Men's Fel- 
lowship at OSCEOLA, IND., was held at the home of Bro. Don Charles on 
the 13th. . . . Laymen's President Mason Cooper was to be the speaker at 
the First Church, DAYTON, OHIO, on February 28 at both services. An 
afternoon rally was also planned for all churches of the district. . . . Froin 
the WATERLOO, IOWA, bulletin: "National Evangelism Month" will be 
our theme during the month of February. The third week of the month will 
be "Laymen's Evangelism Week." During that v.-eek the laymen will have 
charge of the prayer service, a Father and Son Banquet will be held on Fri- 
day evening, Feb. 19, and the following Sunday will be observed as Lay- 
men's Sunday. . . . On February 23 the combined Laymen's Fellowship of 
MEYERSDALE and SUMMIT MILLS, PA., churches met in the social rooms 
of the Meyersdale church. . . . Irwin Linton, well-known Christian lawyer, 
spoke to the men at WASHINGTON. D. C, February 12. . . . Men and boys 
of the CLEVELAND, OHIO, church met at a dinner Feb. 6 to get better 
acquainted with each other. Handcraft made in the Boys Club was demon- 
strated, and the speaker was Rev. Charles Thomas, superintendent of the 
Haven of Rest Mission, Akron, Ohio. . . . Attendance at the Men's Fellow- 
ship meeting at Community Brethren Church. WHITTIER, CALIF., was 58. 
Speaker was Mr. E. Rubright, superintendent of Easy Washing Machine 
Corporation. Two decisions for Christ were indicated by uplifted hands. . . . 
Bro. Owen Hacker tells me that the "men of the First Church of DAYTON, 
OHIO, have increased frcm 10 to 31 in just a few months — this is a definite 
answer to prayer. ... At NORTH RIVERDALE, Dayton, Ohio, the men 
were host to the Christian Business Men's group on Jan. 25. Following 
dinner. Earl C. Helfreck, director of C. B. M. C. International, spoke. ... At 
RITTMAN, OHIO on Jan. 14 there were 17 present for the monthly meet- 
ing at which a ham supper was served by the Junior WMC. Rev. Kenneth 
Ashman, Wooster, Ohio, was the speaker. . . . Don McCrossen and Bob 
Johnson, of the Union Rescue Mission, were speaker and singer respec- 
tively at the Men's Fellowship Jan. 22 at INGLEWOOD, CALIF. . . . Laymen 
of the Southeast District met Feb. 5 in the Ghent Brethren Church, ROA- 
NOKE, VA. . . . Both the ALTOONA, PA. First Brethren Church and the 
Grace Brethren Church announced in their bulletins that there was to be a 
laymen's meeting at Vicksburg on Jan. 28. (Hope they met!) . . . Your 
editor was privileged to speak recently to the newly organized Men's Fel- 
lowship of Elkhart, Ind. I. W. Miller is the president, and Glenn Cripe acted 
as secretary-treasurer in the absence of Ross Ritter, who has moved to 
Arizona. The men voted to sponsor a boys' club under the direction of 
Bro. Ed Kluth. There were 17 present. ... At BEAUMONT, CALIF., the 
Cherry Valley church was host to a team of men from the Community 
Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif., on Jan. 24. These men are Christian 
business men. I have a confession to make, in closing. I was invited to 
speak before the ministers of the Indiana District at their February meet- 
ing. I declined. I'm sorry. But I honestly feel that I could add nothing 
to what these men already know about laymen, nor could I add anything to 
the facts of our projects, goals, etc., that they do not have access to in the 
Annual Number of the Herald, pp. 58-59. Add to that the fact that I am 
a member of a congregation that has approximately 23 ministers ainong its 
members and the laymen can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and you 
certainly have before you a layman who does not have the abihty, the 
courage, the boldness . . . whoops! all this is another way of saying I was 
too scared to attempt the task. Talk to laymen? Yes! Talk to preacher? 
Unh Unh! I expect a host of letters now; how about it? 

May our heavenly Father prosper the work of laymen is my prayer. 

Jesse. 



National Fellowship 

OF 

Bret-hren Laymen 

Jesse B. Deloe, Editor 

A TESTIMONY 

Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 21. 
Greetings. 

As this is my first year as presi- 
dent of the laymen of the First 
Brethren Church, I have wondered 
whether I should be in the office. 

At our Dec. meeting we had 19 
present and on Jan. 18 we had 31 
men, and the older boys' club came 
to the meeting. . . . 

I thank the Lord that our men are 
awakening to the opportunities that 
we have in spreading the Gospel 
and contacting men that we work 
with who might not ever hear of 
God's plan of salvation. I am sorry 
that I wasted so many years before 
my eyes were opened. 

On Feb. 10, 1950, during our re- 
vival meetings Gcd spoke to me dur- 
ing the invitation song. I stepped 
out of my pew and v/ent forward. 
I knew that something had hap- 
pened because I had gone forward 
before, but it didn't mean anything. 
This night I knew was different from 
the others. As I left the church that 
night with my wife I knew that 
something had taken place. After 
that night I could read my Bible 
and understand more of it. Worldly 
things just passed out of my life in 
the days to come and the weeks that 
followed — things and opportunities 
began to open up and my timid dis- 
position began to leave. 

I have brought messages at the 
detention home and other things for 
the Lord that until that night I 
could not have tried. I praise the 
Lord that if you seek Him He will 
supply all your needs and prepare 
you for the job He has for you. 

Yours for active laymen, 

Herbert L. Edwards. 



On Jan. 26 seven men from Dayton 
First Church went to Troy, Ohio, 
and helped to organize a laymen's 
group. Officers elected were: Ed 
Jackson, president; Pat King, vice 
president; Bill Kindell, secretary; 
John Martin, treasurer. 



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MEET THE EDITOR 

Rev. A.R. Ki'iegbaum will be in 
many of our churches between 
now and August 1, introducing to 
our denomination the missionary 
aspects of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald. Take advantage of 
the meetings listed below, and see 
the story of your Missionary Her- 
ald as portrayed in pictures. Other 
dates will be listed later. 

Feb. 28 — Conemaugh. Pa. 
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Mar. 21— Peru. Ind. 
Mar. 28 — Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Apr. 4-18— Sterling. Ohio. 
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May 2 — Wooster. Ohio. 
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Cheyenne, Wyo. 

Rev. Sam Horney, from the Span- 
ish mission at Taos, N. Mex., con- 
ducted a Bible conference in the 
First Brethren Church Jan. 24-30. 

There were three reaffirmations. 
Each service was well-attended and 
the offering was adequate. The peo- 
ple of the church praise the Lord for 
the ministry of Rev. Horney, and 
also for the ministry of our interim 
pastor, Rev. Tom Inman, of Denver, 
Colo. — Mrs. Leon C. Davis. 

Massillon, Ohio 

Rev. Phil Ward conducted meet- 
ings in our church recently. There 
were six decisions for Christ and 
five reaffirmations of faith. 

We praise the Lord for these tro- 
phies of His grace. — Milo D. Wil- 
liams. 

Waynesboro, Pa. 

Rev. Hal Webb, evangelist, con- 
cluded meetings here on Feb. 7. 
There were 31 confessions of faith 
in Christ as Saviour up to Feb. 2. 
Many additional decisions for reded- 
ication were made for Christ. We 
pray that the revival fires will not go 
out but will continue to burn bright- 
ly, and souls continue to come to 
Christ. — D. I. Holiday, pastor. 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

An organ recital and musical pro- 
gram was presented at the Singer 
Hill Grace Brethren Church Thurs- 
day evening, Feb. 11. Mrs. Kenneth 
Wilt, wife of our pastor, was guest 
organist. The new Baldwin organ 
was dedicated for service unto the 
Lord at the morning worship service 
on Feb. 7. The Esther Bible Class 
is purchasing this organ as a project 
for the ne.xt year. Mrs. Walter Gil- 
lin is the regular church organist. — 
Mrs. John Stennett, secretary. 



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FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 




MARCH 6, 1954 



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SPEAKING 



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By Russell D. Barnard 
Editor, Foreign Mission Number 



HOME AGAIN! 

Trite? Yes, but never spoken with greater meaning 
than by the Barnards. We're back again in Winona 
Lake. Our hearts are so full of praise to God for His 
goodness in caring for us over land and sea. By the 
way, we traveled in at least 10 different types of trans- 
portation — surrey to super-constellation. We appre- 
ciate so very much Argentina, Brazil, and the other 
countries we visited. We received only the very great- 
est of courtesy and extreme kindness from civilian and 
official, from acquaintance and stranger. Leaving from 
New Orleans, our trip took us to Panama City; to Lima, 
Peru; to Santiago, Chile; to Argentina; to Brazil; to 
Port of Spain, Trinidad; to San Juan, Puerto Rico; and 
then back to the United States, arriving at Miami, Fla. 



One for One 



FRIENDS EVERYWHERE! 

Naturally we expected to have friends in Argentina 
and Brazil, for our faithful missionaries serve there. But 
we knew almost no one in the other places. Well, 
through mutual friends, we met Rev. and Mrs. Paul 
Pretiz and Rev. Kenneth Bassett in Panama City. 
Brother Pretiz came to our hotel and took us by car for 
almost two hours of sightseeing in the city and at the 
canal. Later we learned that the car belonged to Rev. 
Beeby, of the Southern Baptist Church there and, after 
meeting him and enjoying his hospitality, he also took us 
to see beautiful sights in the Canal Zone. Mrs. Christo- 
pher, secretary to Rev. Beeby, is a close personal friend 
of the McKillens at Phoenix, Ariz. 

Through Prof. Jack Whitcomb, of Grace Seminary, 
we were led to write to Rev. and Mrs. R. B. Clai'k and 
Rev. and Mrs. C. W. Cook, who are engaged in institute 
and missionary work in Lima, Peru. We arrived at 
Lima at 1:30 in the morning, but even at that unearthly 
hour we were scarcely on the ground when our naine 
was called and we were given a note from Brother Cook 
saying that the two families were waiting for us when 
we were through customs. It was also a joy to fellow- 
ship with the parents of Prof. Whitcomb. Col. and Mrs. 
John C. Whitcomb. They live in Lima. Between these 
three families every moment of our 48 hours in Lima 
was most profitably occupied. 

While talking with Brother Cook a name was men- 
tioned which sounded familiar. I asked and found that 
the person referred to was the same Antonio Gamarra 
who some years ago served with us in our mission in 
Argentina. He now lives in Lima and is pastor of a 
church there. We met Brother and Sister Gamarra — in 
fact, they were at the airport to see us off for Argentina. 



On the return trip we had just 25 minutes at Sao 
Paulo, Brazil. By earlier appointment, Rev. Don Hare, 
a graduate of Grace Seminary, was at the airport to 
meet us — again at the unearthly hour of 1:30 a. m. We 
should have arrived at about 5 p. m. the night before, 
but motor trouble just as we were leaving Montevideo, 
Uruguay, delayed our leaving for almost eight hours. 



A foregn missionary for every pastor at home! 



ARGENTINA 

For many years we had dreamed of and planned for 
this visit and we were not disappointed. Usually in ttie 
season of our visit, in their midsummer, it is dry and 
dusty. Well, the Lord prepared a flower garden for us. 
There had been, and during our visit there was abun- 
dance of rain; sometimes the rain was in flood propor- 
tions. But, to say the least, it made town and field alike 
to be places of beauty. Our missionaries were gracious- 
ness itself, even though at times we caused them terrible 
inconvenience. We so appreciated their kindness. We 
were especially impressed by the courtesy, the friendli- 
ness, and the helpfulness of people in general. Business 
men, governmental officials — yes. even policemen — all 
were so helpful to us. We can only have thankful hearts 
for all these blessings. 

PROSPECTS 

We have bright prospects in Argentina. The national 
church is a group to be proud of. Many show great 
leadership talent, almost all seem to feel faithfulness and 
loyalty to the Lord's work, and the great increase in the 
tithes and offerings which they are giving to the Lord's 
work in their own land speaks loudly to their credit. I 
was especially impressed by the larger groups of young 
people in various of the local congregations and some in 
almost every congregation. They love the Lord; it is 
evidenced by their regular and systematic witnessing for 
Christ. The national church is very anxious to assume 
greater responsibilities in their own work and we are 
encouraging them in this in every reasonable way. 



One for One 



BRAZIL 

I've been fascinated with the thought of visiting Brazil 
since our work began there five years ago. I think I 
have never seen so much accomplished in foreign-mis- 
sionary work in so short a time, considering that we 

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NEWS 



FLASHES 



AFRICA— 

— Praise the Lord for the measure of health and strength restored to Bro. Bill 
Samarin. 

— On Feb. 6 the Samarins moved to the Bellevue station and the Lester Ken- 
nedys moved to the M'Baiki station. 



ARGENTINA— 

— This is the season for the annual conference, young people's camps, children's 
camps, D. V. B. S., and tent campaigns. 

— The Don Bishop family expects to sail from New York on March 12. arriving 
in Buenos Aires on March 31. 



BAJA CALIFORNIA— 

— Bro. Walter Haag just completed a month's trip down the peninsula. He was 
accompanied by Dr. Alberto Morales, of Tucson, Ariz., and two Mexican laymen 
from San Diego. 

— The Roy Howard family is now living in the house at 406 Mary Ave.. Calexico, 
Calif. They are continuing the remodeling process in anticipation of services and 
classes as soon as possible. 



BRAZIL— 

■ — Praise the Lord for undertaking in behalf of Mrs. John Zielasko, who recently 
underwent an appendectomy and is recovering rapidly. 

— The Teeters are preparing to assume full responsibility at Macapa during the 
furlough of the Edward Millers, beginning about April 1. 



FRANCE— 

— The Fogies expected to begin regular Sunday services in the Lj'on area the 
latter part of February. 

— Brother Fogle is cooperating in a Saturday-afternoon class for university 
students. 

— Two accepted the Lord as Saviour at a recent Friday-night Bible class. 



HONOLULU— 

— Brother Tresise held his first baptismal service in Honolulu on Feb. 14. 



GENERAL— 

— The board of trustees of the FMS is now in session at Winona Lake for the 
regular midyear meeting. 

— To date the amount of $2,337.15 has been received for the outfit fund of the 
Don Bishops. They need up to $3,700. 

OUR GOAL— ONE FOR ONE 
A FOREIGN MISSIONARY FOR EVERY PASTOR AT HOME 



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BACK TO EARTH 



By Miss Ruth Snyder, Bozoum, Africa 

Would you be interested in an account of a recent trip 
to Africa? Here in resume is that trip. Above the 
clouds one day; sitting on the ground the next day. A 
dainty tray full of delicious, well-prepared food one day: 
eating from a tin can with a nail file for a spoon the next 
day. Perhaps such contrasts seem to make your head 
spin. What do you think happened to the missionary 
involved in this drama? Her head spun, too. Here are 
some of the details of that trip. 

After a drought of unprecedented duration, rain was 
pouring when it was time to board the S. S. Queen Eliz- 
abeth in New York. But this was to be a trip of con- 
trasts! The eastward crossing of the Atlantic is usually 
calm. Once again there was a contrast. A tempest 
tossed the ship about for two days, but the port was 
reached on a clear and calm day. 

France, too, presented her contrasts. In a strange 
land there were friends to greet the storm-weary trav- 
eler. Although the usual winter fog and rain of Paris 
were evident, there was also that rare thing — a bright 
and sunny sky on a winter day. 

The next lap of the journey was by plane. Those who 
have traveled by air know that this is the latest word in 
luxury. Across mountains of France flew this modern 
monster of the air. The bumpy flight but reminded one 
that underneath are the everlasting arms. Then there 
was a glowing sunset over the Mediterranean to bathe 
the shores of France with gold for a final glowing fare- 
well to that interesting land. After a long night and half 
a day of flying, the plane landed at Bangui. Here were 
fellow missionaries to meet the returning one and to 
conduct her back to the bush. 

The rough roads with their bumps reminded one con- 
stantly that this was Africa. The heat seemed oppres- 
sive after the chilly dampness of Europe. However, one 
never cares much about such trivial circumstances when 
i-eturning to the place of labor for the Lord. 

Alas! Abruptly one learns that Africa as yet insists 
upon being Africa, although airships fly through her 
skies and land upon her sandy soil. The rough roads 
left their inark on the car — a spring was broken. Not 
being a break which completely stopped the car, it was 
decided to limp the remaining 40 kilometers to Bozouin. 

It was near dinnertiine. The heat of the day, as well 
as the hour, reminded the ti'avelers of the kind hostess 
awaiting them at Bozoum. Each one waxed eloquent in 
a lively discussion of what would be prepared for them. 
Africa is yet Africa. How quickly one forgets! That 
delicious meal was never eaten. 

Have you heard of white ants? They, too, insist upon 
eating. For some time previous to this journey they 
had been secretly feasting on a wooden bridge. Their 
activities were well hidden until one day a heavy truck 
attempted to cross the bridge. Soon the remains of the 




Rose Snyder and Ruth Reddick bid jareivell to Ruth 
Snyder on the top deck oj the S. S. Queen Elizabeth. 



secret feast, as well as the loaded truck, were resting 
in the stream. Not too far away was Bozoum, but it was 
now impossible to cross the stream with the truck. Soon 
a native was on his way, trotting to Bozoum to call for 
a car on the other side of the stream. 

Instead of a well-planned lunch in Bozoum at a clean 
table, your missionaries heated a can of food in a pot of 
water. Two nail files, a pocketknife, and the car keys 
served as spoons. (Will someone please design folding 
spoons to carry in the bush!) As thus they dined, while 
seated on a few things removed from the truck, their feet 
deep in the dust of Africa, they thought of the luxurious 
travel of the day before. One day above the clouds; the 
next day back to earth! 

The heat of the day dragged by. It was long dark bj' 
the time help came from Bozoum. All the novelty of the 
situation had worn of?, all the wit that was wasted on the 
desert air was getting threadbare, and sleep was claiming 
its victims when the welcome sound of rescue came. In 
a coinparatively short time the loads and the passengers 
were on the other side of the stream. Did you ever cross 
a stream by flashlight or car light? Perhaps, but have 
you carried your trunk at the same time? The fact that 
the natives had to carry the trunks just serves to prove 
the superiority of the white man! Or does it question it? 
One never knows! 

Before midnight all were safe in Bozoum. That night 
the missionary slept in her own bed after only two weeks 
from the time she had left Pennsylvania — two v/eeks of 
trains, ships, planes, trucks, and broken bridges, but 
home at last! 

Perhaps this trip is a picture of the days ahead during 
this term of service. Always there will be hindrances, 
the breakdown, the unexpected, the disappointinent of 
hope. Pray for all your missionaries as they face these 
realities. Pray that this term might be fruitful for the 
Lord. Pray that at all times we might have the will 
power to put first things first. 



One for One 



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RAIN ON DRY DUST 



By Jack B. Churchill, Rio Tercero, Argentina 



This afternoon, over roads inches deep in powdery 
dry dust, six of us make our way to the town of Villa 
Ascasubi. There never has been a permanent, contin- 
uous gospel testimony here, although literature has been 
sent to a number of people at regular intervals, and on 
occasions tracts have been distributed personally in the 
town. It is one of those small rural centers without a 
railroad that has been pretty much the private domain 
of the local priest. 

In the luggage compartment of the car we carry an 
amplifying system, trusting that we will be able to 
secure permission to use it. We also have a supply of 
tracts and a gift of some gospel art calendars for the 
local pharmacist whose acquaintance we made on a 
previous occasion and who seemed rather friendly and 
sympathetic to the Gospel. 

Our fu'st stop is at the police station. Two of us go in 
and present a note of introduction to the officer in 
charge. At first there is a decided reserve and almost 
hostility evident. Then the conversation warms up and 
it is not long before we find the man asking if we do not 
know a certain "Antonio . . . Antonio . . ." He can't 
seem to remember his last name. He did his military 
training with him. This Antonio was a firm evangelico, 
and used to stand up to all the arguments and pressure 
put on him. "Gamarra, that's his name — Antonio Ga- 
marra." 

"Why yes, we have word fi'om him frequently. He 
was converted over there in Tancacha, about three 
leagues from here. Now he is pastor of a thriving 
church in Lima, Peru." (Dr. and Mrs. Barnard visited 
Antonio Gamarra and his wife when they passed through 
Lima.) And now, here in Villa Ascasubi, his faithful 
testimony is bearing its fruit years later in putting us on 
friendly terms with the man whose permission we need 
this afternoon. 

Now we are parking at the corner of the central plaza, 
the loudspeaking equipment is hooked up and a gospel 
record is playing. One of our group stays in the car 
and gives out a message over the microphone. The rest 
of us distribute tracts all around the plaza and make the 
rounds of the nearer blocks. What reactions are there? 
Some take the tracts blankly. One man says that he 
used to receive such in the mail and likes them. An- 
other says, "No, I don't want any of that. I'm a Com- 
munist." Others take them rather uneasily. The Cath- 
olic church frowns at us from just across the plaza where 
it has been for years, and yet the simple but glorious 
Gospel of free grace is not known in this place. 

As the last record is played and we take down the 
speaker from the car, several men sit down on a nearby 
bench. One questions us as to who we are, then lets us 
know in no uncertain terms that he is Catolico-Apostol- 
ico-Roman." We ask him to read the literature with an 
open mind and tell him that we expect to be back within 
a few weeks. 

As we drive home, a summer thunderstorm breaks and 
the dry, loose dust changes into moist, fresh earth, bring- 
ing to mind several spiritual facts. The Gospel has this 



s?me effect on human hearts. The Gospel sown today 
needs to be watered with prayer. It will be necessary 
to go again soon to Villa Ascasubi with the message just 
as it will be necessary that we keep on having rain so 
that there will be crops to harvest this year. 




This vehicle was donated by a believer in Tancacha to the Tan- 
cacha congregation for the purpose of evangelization work such as 
the accompanying article tells about. Such work is carried on reg- 
ularly by the Tancacha folks, especially during the summer months, 
ss they go out with tracts to neighboring communities. 



A foreign missionary for every pastor at home! 



DO YOU REALIZE . 



That there are 2,500,000,000 people in the world, and 
over half of them have never heard the naine of Jesus? 

That the population of the world is growing faster 
than the church of the Lord Jesus? 

That by 1980 there will be 3,523,000,000 people living 
on the earth, according to a United Nations estimate? 

That every day 230,000 babies are born into the world, 
while only 170,000 people die, leaving a new population 
increase of 60,000 souls a day? 

That considerably less than 60,000 souls are being led 
to Christ every day at the present time? 

That among the 170,000 who die daily, over 100,000 die 
without any knowledge of Christ whatsoever? 

That there are 200 million people in Europe alone who 
have never laid their eyes on a Bible? 

That the U. S. has 250,000 ministers, whereas only 
18,000 American Protestant missionaries are in the rest 
of the world? 

That world evangelization is the main job of the 
church and ought to be the prime concern of every 
Christian? — Christian Victory. 



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ALL ABOARD f- - thp 



Where in all the world would you like to go? Have 
you dreamed of going to Paris or taking a lazy swim on 
a Hawaiian beach? Perhaps you've always wanted to 
hunt elephants in the wilds of Africa. Come with me 
and perhaps we can see some of the things you have 
always dreamed about. 

Let us start at the southern tip of our Brethren work 
in Africa. M'BAIKI is a pretty place. As your car goes 
between towering trees and drooping vines you almost 
expect Tarzan to come swinging across your path. If 
you stop in a village toward evening you will hear the 
chatter of monkeys above the squeal of babies and the 
clucking of chickens. There v/ill be two or three long 
rectangular houses, each divided into two or three sep- 
arate rooms covered by one long roof. The roof is made 
of palm shingles and the walls are made by literally 
throwing mud at a framework. Out of the jungle come 
several old women. Strapped to their heads are bur- 
dens of enormous weight. One carries fu-ewood, another 
carries bananas and a flat stone for pounding manioc. 
All talk happily, seeming oblivious of their burdens. 
Several men emerge from behind a large elephant ear 
plant, carrying long nets and spears. Two men display 
the day's catch. One has a sama, a long squirrel-like 
animal with a ringed tail, and a large ten-pound rat-like 
animal. 

At the rear of the village we see small houses of piled 
straw. In front of the houses sit the Pygmies fixing 
their own evening meal. These small people are slaves 
of the bigger natives, but they are careful how they treat 
the Pygmy. Thy are afraid of his "magic." 

We leave this village with heavy hearts. The work 
at M'Baiki is new. There are no Pygmy Christians and 
only a fewscore tribesfolk ai'e walking in God's way. 
Pray that God will give us these tribes for His kingdom. 

We turn our car toward the city of BANGUI. There 
we will stay with our friends, the Mid-Missions (Baptist) 
people. But Bangui is a familiar sight to all our Breth- 
ren missionaries. It is here the plane lands which brings 
us to Africa, and it is here we buy our supplies for the 
bush. With us is our "boy," who has never seen a city. 
Watch his face as he sees the two-story buildings and 
paved streets. He watches with wonder as we pass a 
modern school, a movie theater, and a modern garage. 
The streets are full of sophisticated natives wearing 
European clothes. They are not only different from 
their bush brothers in their mode of dress but in their 
way of talking and their actions. They are a part of 
modern Africa. 

The next morning we start north. A half hour out of 
Bangui the landscape begins to change. We see large 
areas of tall grass. The air is less humid and we feel a 
breeze. Before noon we reach the BOSSEMBELE sta- 
tion which is located on a slight rise. The tall grass that 
spreads for miles in all directions seems always to be 
blowing in the wind. For lunch we'll have buffalo, for 
this is a good hunting area. What a treat for a meat- 
hungry missionary! 

YALOKE is just an hour and a half further north. 
Are you wondering who those tall natives are we are 
passing on the road? They are Mohammedan Hausas, 



who travel with their wares throughout this area. They 
bring their longhorn cattle for the Europeans to eat and 
their beads and cloth to sell to the natives. Now up the 
hill we go to find the rambling Yaloke station — first the 
church, then the missionary children's dormitoi-y and 
schoolhouse on the right, and the missionary residences 
on the left. Down in a gully we see the dispensary that 
has helped cure the ills of natives for so many years. 
Watch out for lions! No, this is no idle threat. Lions 
have been all about lately, eating goats and attacking 
natives. If something scratches at your window tonight, 
better not investigate. 

In the morning we drive to BOZOUM. You will no- 
tice the houses here are different. They are made of 
mud bricks which will stand neat and strong for many 
years. 

Let us take the road west to NZORO. This area was 
the last to be surrendered to the incoming white man 
and today is the most primitive part of our area. Those 
trinkets you see on the arms and necks of the natives 
are charms and medicine. On a hill above a large vil- 
lage stands the Nzoro station. Notice that the windows 
have real glass. Nzoro is at a high altitude and so the 
windows must be closed against the continual wind. 

We retrace our way south to BASSAI. Bassai is the 
land of the peanut — there are peanuts foi' oil, peanuts for 
the missionaries, peanut butter and chopped peanuts to 
sprinkle on rice for breakfast. I see you smiling — yes, 
the girls of this area seem to wear an extraordinary 
amount of leaves. As you travel north you will see less 
and less leaves in the native costume. 

On north we go to BEKORO. The land becomes flat- 
ter and drier and the people become taller, and if you'd 
like to explore a little we might find an elephant or two. 
Perhaps you have heard of the leprosarium at Bekoro. 
Have you ever seen the toeless foot of a leper or his 
noseless face? If so, you will not soon forget. Bekoro 
is not just a leper work, for the Word of God is going 
out to all these northern people. 

We will go south again to Bozoum and out the eastern 
road. Just a 15-minute drive and we see the sign which 
says, "Institut Bihlique" (B. I.). Here is a pleasant stop. 
Here the cream of our young men from all areas of our 
work come to study God's Word. Let us walk through 
their village and see how they live. Each family has a 
mud-brick house. In front of the house stands a pou (a 
wooden bowl and mortar to pound manioc). Small chil- 
dren play, shouting in Sango or in their tribal language 
or in the tongue of their neighbor. Classtime comes 
and the men grab papers, books, and briefcases and 
hurry to the schoolbuilding. These are happy months 
and these men will never forget the two years of train- 
ing here at the Bible Institute. 

Traveling east again we must cross a river. But there 
is no bridge. We drive on a raft (that is, we honk until 
the raft keeper comes across the river to get us!) If the 
rains have not swollen the river it is a pleasant enough 
experience. There are good fish in this river. The sweet 
white meat of the capitan rivals any fresh-water fish I 

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Through Our African Mission With 

Mrs. William Samarin 



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HE HATH PUT FORTH 



By Rev. Foster Tresise, Honolulu, Hawai 



"When he hath put foi'th all his own, he goeth before 
them . . ." (John 10:4, ASV). 

What a glorious truth this is, indeed, contained in a 
verse of Scripture which, I'm sure, many have mem- 
orized and believed. But what a vast difference there is 
in merely believing this promise to be true because it 
is contained in the volume of God's Word, and having 
experienced the wealth and depth of its meaning by the 
leading of the Holy Spirit in the wonderful Person and 
sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

There was a day when I heard the voice of the Lord 
speaking to my heart and calling me into His family, 
into His fold, but then there was another call, just as 
personal, just as individual, and just as urgent as the 
former. In this it was the calling of his own sheep by 
name to lead them out into a life of service for and with 
Him. How my wife and I do praise Him for leading us 
into the field of His choice for us. However, it is my 
intention at this time to bear witness to the promise in 
our text, that "he goeth before them," particularly as it 
pertains to our work in Honolulu, Hawaii. We experi- 
ence the faithfulness of our God daily, but space will 
permit only the mentioning of a few of these. 

There was a thrill in our hearts in taking God at His 
word and stepping out on faith, but soon after arriving 
here God replaced the thi-ill with the thrill of knowing^ 
loving, and serving the people of His choice for us. In 
calling in the homes and teaching the Word of God in 
the services, God has given the greatest joy possible. We 
can truthfully say that there is nothing else in the world 
we would rather do, or anywhere else that we wouM 
rather be. 

"He went before us" in securing teachers for the Sun- 
day school. It was early in our ministry here that we 
met a couple who are acquainted with several of our 
Brethren pastors, having been their instructor in Bryan 
University. After visiting the chapel here at Red Hill 
and learning of our need, they immediately volunteered 
their services and have been with us since. For them 
we are very grateful. There is not only perfect unity 
in the things of God, but they feel called of God to the 
work, even as we. 

Again "He went before us" in permitting us the use 
of our present quarters even to this present time. It 
was, I believe, in August that I received a call from the 
chaplain of the 14th Naval District, advising me that we 
were to vacate the premises that were allotted to us. 
Needless to say, this caused quite a bit of consternation, 
but, after calling our group together in prayer, I went to 
see the chaplain. Instead of having to give up the build- 
mg we were given permission to remain until the first of 
the year. At this writing we are still housed in the same 
quarters and we are looking for the Lord to go before 
us in even greater things. 

But I would yet like to speak of how "He went before 
us" in leading a soul into a real knowledge of Christ as 
Saviour. At the close of my Sunday-school-class period 
one Lord's Day morning, I extended an invitation for 
any present to receive Christ as Saviour. One fine 
Filipino young lady responded and was gloriously con- 
verted. Her life was changed and she became a real joy 
to our hearts. Unknown to us, her mother had also seen 
the change in her life and a real desire was born in her 



heart to know the same Christ and to experience the 
same salvation. 

After having been hindered on several occasions in 
visiting in the home, one evening the Lord definitely led 
my wife and me to call, and we were welcomed in. After 
a little while the plan of salvation was presented and an 
invitation was extended to the mother and father to re- 
ceive Christ as their Saviour. Without hesitation the 
mcther responded and said, "I will." It was so easy 
and quick one would almost be led to doubt the sincer- 
ity of her confesssion. But, thanks be to God, the evi- 
dence of her life has proved otherwise. Since the initial 
experience of salvation, we have seen two of her elder 
daughters saved and now all four are a real testimony 
for the Lord. 

Yes, "when he hath put forth all his own, he goeth 
before them" This is the faithfulness of the One who 
has called and it will ever be so. It will not be long 
until we shall hear His voice call once inore, from that 
place where "He went before" to prepare mansions in 
glory. Then we shall be with Him forevermore. Oh, 
that will be glory for . . . all. 

MY BURCEN IS GONE! 




Mrs. Dionesia Taylor and her three daughters. (Mrs. Taylor is the 
mother referred to in th; foregoing article.) 

It was in November of 1953 that I had found Christ as 
my Saviour, and my heavy load of burden in heart and 
mind was cast out. When I learned that Christ still 
loved a sinner as I was for all these years, I was very 
happy, for I thought that God, our Father, no longer 
cared for me. So that very day God sent Mr. Tresise as 
His messenger. 

Then, like a starving child, I accepted the Word of God 
and Christ as my Saviour. Since that very day to the 
present I find peace and rest in my soul. His words 
touched my heart so deeply that when trials and tempta- 
tions come my way I go to Him for help and I don't let 
them trouble me. I've learned to claim His promises, 
but most of all I'm thankful to the Lord for my three 
daughters who are taking the same steps with me. I 
hope and pray that some wonderful day my whole fam- 
ily will accept Christ as their Saviour too. If only every- 
one could see what a wonderful person He is to confide 
in, I'm sure they'll find an easier way to happiness and 
contentment. — Dionesia Taylor. 



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ALL ABOARD 



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began with absolutely nothing when our first missionary 
family entered the field just five years ago. After lan- 
guage study the first actual missionary work was done 
only four years ago. We now have the two centers, 
each with encouraging outposts, one on each side of the 
Amazon River system some 100 miles in from the mouth 
of the river. Of course the two centers, Icoraci and 
Macapa, are about 200 miles apart, although just across 
the river. What a riverl I know, for we were bounced 
around on it, with Brethren Miller and Teeter, for some 
two or three hours in a boat with a dead outboard motor. 
It was a beautiful experience when I looked toward the 
riverside a half mile or mile away, but not so beautiful 
when I looked at those waves and whitecaps. I just 
couldn't decide as to their friendliness. 

The Amazon valley is a tropical paradise — I just can't 
express the beauty of it. It was interesting to cross the 
equator frequently. The Millers and the Teeters live 
about four miles from the equator. By the way, they 
moved the equator recently. Did you know that? Yes, 
the markings were at the wrong place, so now they have 
beautiful markings a mile distant. 

Our conclusion again is, "Foreign-mission money is 
money well spent." 



A foreign missionary for every pastor at home! 



OTHER FIELDS 

I am not unmindful of our other three mission fields — 
French Equatorial Africa, Baja California, and Hawaii — 
nor of those engaged in establishing and maintaining a 
Brethren testimony in France. Since returning to Wi- 
nona Lake I have been carefully reviewing each field, 
preparatory to our midyear meeting of the board of trus- 
tees. I am thrilled with what is being accomplished. 
Until there is board approval of the many plans and 
propects in the different fields, however, I do not feel 
at liberty to itemize the many challenging opportunities. 
A report will be given following board meeting. 



One for One 



TRUSTEES MEET 

As you read these items the board of trustees of our 
society will be meeting at Winona Lake. Probably no 
board meeting has ever had greater decisions to make — 
some almost breathtaking. And all that we can do will, 
to a large extent, be made possible, or delayed, or hin- 
dered by the matter of funds available for the task. 
These funds are controlled very largely by our spiritual 
relationship to Jesus Christ. 



A foreign missionary for every pastor at home! 



THE EASTER OFFERING 

February, March, April, and May are the months 
thought of as foreign-mission months. We do not think 
of them as exclusively "foreign-mission." Our interest 
is in every activity of the Brethren Church, but it is 
during this season, especially during the Easter or Res- 



have ever eaten. Look sharply — you might see a hippo. 
We know they are there, for they love to eat the new 
green plants in the missionaries' gardens. Just beyond 
the river is the BELLEVUE station. We drive under 
the huge mango trees and arrive at the two residences. 
Here I'll express a personal opinion, but don't tell the 
other missionaries, for I'm sure they will disagree with 
me 1 believe the natives of this area are the best- 
looking in our section of Africa. Bronze of color and soft 
of feature, they are nice-looking people. See them with 
their huge baskets of cotton on their heads. This is truly 
the "land of cotton." 

On east we go to BOUCA — across another raft and on 
to a neat little station. Perhaps you feel the humidity 
again. These river stations, though in a dry land, are 
often humid because of the nearby river. Around us 
still is the tall grass. Hidden in that grass is a hunter's 
paradise. When the dry season comes the natives will 
burn the grass, and with nets and spears they will go 
after the highly prized meat. 

North we go to the BATANGAFO station. Is the dry 
air parching your skin? During certain times of the 
year water is a very rare quantity in this area. The 
missionaries have built a pleasant house among the trees 
and at Batangafo is one of our largest churches. 

All this traveling has tired you. You're sore from 
bumps and one arm is sunburned where you leaned 
against the window. If you'll look in a mirror you will 
see you are covered from head to toe with a fine red 
dust, but a warm shower and a couple of good nights' 
sleep will cure all these ills. Then we can send you 
home better acquainted with this section of Africa which 
is the responsibility of the Brethren Church. 



One for One 



THE WATCHWORD 



Give us a watchword for the hour, 
A thrilling word, a word of power. 
A battle cry — a flaming breath 
That calls to conquest or to death. 
A word to rouse the church from rest 
To hear the Master's high behest. 
The call is given — ye hosts arise. 
The watchword is— EVANGELIZE! 

— The Evangelical Christian. 



urrection season, that we present our needs and oppor- 
tunities in a more intense way. 

Pray with us that the annual foreign-mission offering 
will be sufficient for every need. When our estimated 
expenditures for the year of 1954 were announced it was 
thought that $250,000 would care for our needs. It would 
for the needs in evidence at that time, but more oppor- 
tunities and greater and very urgent needs have pre- 
sented themselves until $275,000 or $300,000 will not be 
too much. Knowing the need, please pray, then give 
as you are able. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



CHICAGO, ILL.— May 2-9 has 
been designated as National Family 
Week by the National Sunday School 
Association. The purpose of this 
special emphasis is to coordinate the 
responsibility between the Christian 
home and Sunday school. 

ASHLAND, OHIO— Don Bishop, a 
member of the West Tenth Street 
Brethren Church, will be ordained to 
the Christian ministry on Mar. 7. 
Dr. Charles Mayes, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, Calif,, will deliver the ordi- 
nation sermon. 

WASHINGTON, D. C — Sixteen 
new members were baptized and re- 
ceived into the church on Sunday, 
Feb. 14. Rev. Jaines Dixon is pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF.— A teach- 
ers-and-officers banquet was held 
on Feb. 22 at the Second Brethren 
Church. Dr. William Orr was the 
speaker. Rev. George Peek is pastor. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO— A 
winter Bible conference was con- 
ducted at the Grace Brethren Church 
Feb. 21-28, with Rev. Conard Sandy 
as the speaker. Richard L. Burch is 
pastoi'. 

GLENDALE, CALIF.— Rev. R. I. 
Humberd was guest speaker at the 
First Brethren Church on Feb. 21. 
Charles Underwood is pastor. 

BUENA VISTA, VA.— Rev. and 
Mrs. Edward Lewis were given a 
reception on Feb. 5, the day the 
new pastor and family arrived. 

HOMERVILLE, OHIO— The Ho- 
merville Brethren Church is one of 
our many loyal churches subscribing 
100 percent to the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald. Robert Holmes is pastor. 

CHICAGO, ILL.— Construction has 
begun on a new auditorium for the 
Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. 
The new building will be erected on 
the basement which has been used as 
a temporary auditorium since 1939. 



The new structure, named Torrey- 
Gray Auditorium, in honor of two of 
the early leaders of the institute, will 
seat 2,200 persons, and will be com- 
pleted in Dec. 1954. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD.— Rev. Den- 
nis Holliday and Rev. Russell Weber 
wil conduct pre-Easter services Apr. 
12-14 (Waynesboro, Pa.) and Apr. 
15-17 (Hagerstown, Md.). 

YORK, PA.— A family fellowship 
was enjoyed on Friday, Feb. 19, at 
the Grace Brethren Church. Mr. 
and Mrs. Floyd Smith, of Kittanning, 
Pa., who recently spent their vaca- 
tion at our Navaho Indian Mission, 
showed pictures of the trip. Gerald 
Polman is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. — Fifty 
churches have not yet sent in their 
Sunday-school order for the next 
quarter, and we cannot now guaran- 
tee prompt delivery on late orders. 
Many churches received their Breth- 
ren quarterlies for the April-June 
quarter by Feb. 20. Please check 
to see if your order has been sent 
to the Herald office. Your orders 
will be given prompt attention. 







FORT WAYNE, IND.— Rev. S. 
Wayne Beaver, missionary on fur- 
lough from French Equatorial Af- 
rica, and a member of the Fort 
Wayne church, was guest speaker 
on Sunday morning, Feb. 14. James 
Hammer is pastor. 

ASHEBORO, N. C— Parent-teach- 
er groups have circulated a petition 
and presented it to the Randolph 
County Board of Education, protest- 
ing the discontinuance of the weekly 
Bible -teaching program. 

CORRAL DE BUSTOS, S. A.— 
Mrs. James Marshall has recovered 
from an illness diagnosed as a type 
of typhoid fever. Rev. and Mrs. 
James Marshall are missionaries in 
Argentina. 

WINONA LAKE, IND.— Approx- 
imately 130 donors responded to the 
appeal of the American Red Cross 
Bloodmobile which set up at Grace 
Seminary on Feb. 19. 

MODESTO, CALIF.— The Modes- 
to Area Youth for Christ, Inc., is 
launching an evangelistic effort with 



Evangelist Jack Shuler doing the 
preaching. These meetings will be- 
gin on Mar. 22 and extend for three 
weeks, and possibly four. Rev. J. 
Paul Miller is pastor of the La Loma 
Grace Brethren Church here. 

FILLMORE, CALIF.— The Mason 
Swiss Bell Ringers were in charge 
of the morning service at the First 
Brethren Church on Feb. 14. Rev. 
Maxwell Brenneman is pastor. 

SPECIAL.— It is not too early to 
order your summer vacation Bible 
school material. Order early and 
thus assist your teachers by supply- 
ing them their material two or three 
months in advance, thus giving them 
adequate time to prepare. Send your 
order in soon to the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company. Please be 
specific in ordering, giving name of 
company, catalog number, exact title, 
etc. 

GREENVILLE, S. C— Approxi- 
mately 1,200 of the 3,000 students at 
Bob Jones University are training 
for the Christian ministry. 

WINONA LAKE, IND.— The larg- 
est Bible conference program in 15 
years is being planned by the Wi- 
nona Lake Christian Assembly for 
the 1954 season. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO— The 12th 
annual convention of the National 
Association of Evangelicals will con- 
vene here in the Hollenden Hotel, 
Apr. 27-30. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.— Dr. Alva 
J. McClain and Dr. Paul R. Bauman 
were speakers here Feb. 22-26 at an 
area Bible conference for pastors and 
Christian workers. Some of the 
sessions were conducted in Memorial 
Hall Auditorium of Northwestern 
Schools, and other sessions were 
conducted in St. Paul, Minn. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA.— Christ for 
America, under the direction of Hor- 
ace F. Dean, has announced plans 
for the launching of a new program 
with accent on personal soul winning 
and visitation. 

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.— Four re- 
tail chains and 181 independent gro- 
ceries have agreed to close Sundays 
beginning Feb. 7. The purpose of 
this action was to make it possible 
for the personnel to attend church 
services. 

WINONA LAKE, IND.— A choir 
has been organized at the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church and an or- 
chestra is being formed by Music Di- 
rector Don Ogden. Rev. Herman 
Koontz is the pastor. 



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These Things May Be- 



NEW TO YOU 

on the Subject- of Baptism 



The Prince of Wales, when riding 
with a companion, was discussing the 
subject of baptism. "My church is 
in the midst of a warm controversy 
over the subject of baptism," said 
the prince. "The one side says we 
must be baptized 'in' the name; the 
other, that we must be baptized 'into' 
the name. I feel very strongly about 
this issue. I would defend our posi- 
tion with my life. But I am not cer- 
tain which view my side holds." 

Whatever view you happen to hold 
on baptism, additional light cannot 
hurt it, if it is worth holding. Even 
those who agree with the position of 
this writer may find some interest- 
ing truth that will strengthen their 
understanding. And if you don't 
agree, well, you will want a chance 
to find an answer for these argu- 
ments. So, don't turn the page — 
read on. 

There are, in general, three meth- 
ods of avoiding the plain teaching 
of Matthew 28:19. The fii'st ignores 
the text, solving all the problems in 
a single sweep, bj' relegating it to 
the Kingdom Age. The second, seek- 
ing to evade the meaning of haptidzo, 
ignores the lexicons. The third, in 
order to maintain single action as 
against triune action, ignores the 
simple grammar of the text and the 
testimony of history. 

IGNORING THE TEXT 

Ignoring the text as a means of 
evading its teaching, one group as- 
signs the Great Commission to the 
Kingdom Age because it appears in 
the Matthew record. Granting for 
the moment that Matthew presents 
Christ as the King, does it follow 
that there is nothing for the church 
in Matthew? 

We are inclined to think not. 
Christ spoke of the church in this 
book alone by name, "Upon this rock 
I will build my church." Many con- 
servative scholars confidently point 
out the church in one of the parables 
of Matthew 13 — the pearl of great 
price. And we find instituted in this 
book the symbols of the bread and 



the cup, which definitely are for the 
church. What reason is there, then, 
for not taking Matthew 28:19 for the 
church? 

The apostles seemed to think it 
was for the church. At any rate they 
obeyed it as such. Its three com- 
mands are (1) to make disciples (by 
teaching), (2) to baptize, and (3) to 
teach them to observe all that Christ 
commanded. We see the apostles 
carrying out these three things in the 
rest of the New Testament. 

Acts 5:42, 6:1, 14:21 show that the 
teaching of the Word of God resulted 
in many disciples being added to the 
number. The record is equally clear 
that they baptized these new disci- 
ples. And the very existence of the 
epistles of the New Testament is 
proof that they then taught them to 
observe all that Christ commanded. 

We can hardly ignore the Great 
Commission if the apostles them- 
selves believed it to be for the 
church. 

IGNORING THE LEXICONS 

Ignoring the lexicons to avoid the 
meaning of "immersion for haptidzo, 
is a method equally as effective as 
the first, though pei-haps less accept- 
able intellectually. The position is 
that "dictionaries (lexicons) are not 
the highest authority as to the mean- 
ings of words; there is always an ap- 
peal to actual usage as the court of 
final resort." On the face of it, this 
is a correct statement. The first, 
last, and only resort for the mean- 
ing of words is to actual usage. Lex- 
icons are made by assembling the re- 
sults of such study into a single vol- 
ume. And if any person feels that 
he can make a better lexicon than 
has been made, he is always at lib- 
erty to do so. 

However, the fact remains that 
many lexicons have been made by 
men of great abUity and industry, 
and every one of them covering the 
fields of New Testament and classical 
Greek says that the primary mean- 
ing of haptidzo is "immerse." The 
best that men could do to avoid this 





By Rev. Lowell Hoy*- 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, 
Elkhart, Ind. 



evidence has been to select from 
those already studied by lexicog- 
raphers, several cases which would 
lend themselves easily to miscon- 
struction, and base their views on 
them. But even the cases cited can 
be shown to support the lexicons. 

IGNORING GRAMMAR, AND 
HISTORY 

Ignoring grammar and history is 
the method that has been used to 
avoid the teaching of triune action 
in the passage under consideration. 
Though the grammar of Matthew 28: 
19 is very simple, it has been argued 
that it teaches single action because 
the word "name" is singular. On 
this point, hear Dr. Heinrich Meyer's 
answer. "Had Jesus used the words 
'the names' instead of 'the name,' 
then, however much He may have 
intended the names of three distinct 
persons to be understood. He would 
still have been liable to be misap- 
prehended, for it might have been 
supposed that the plural was meant 
to refer to the various names of 
each person. The singular points to 
the specific naine assigned in the 
text to each of the three respectively, 
so that 'into the name' is, of course, 
to be understood both before the 
Son and before the Holy Spirit." 

It is argued also that the record 
of baptisms in the Acts points to a 

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—PSALM 19— 
MORE TO BE DESIRED THAN GOLD- 



SWIEIETIEIP TIHaVN IUCNIET 



What is more to be desired than 
gold and sweeter than honey? 
Sounds Hke a riddle or a joke, does- 
n't it? However, it is a serious 
question prompted by two verses of 
the Nineteenth Psalm. This psalm 
deals with the revelation of God in 
nature, in His Word, and in the life 
and experiences of His people. In 
the second section, verses 7-11, Da- 
vid speaks in glowing terms of the 
Word of God. He says that the 
Word is perfect, converting the soul; 
it is sure, making wise the simple; it 
is right, rejoicing the heart; it is 
pure, enlightening the eyes; it is 
clean, endui'ing forever; it is true 
and I'ighteous altogether. Then, in 
verse 10, David gives his own heart 
attitude toward the Word. To him it 
is "more to be desired than gold, 
yea, than much fine gold: sweeter 
also than honey and the honey- 
comb." This is more than a mere 
statement for the record. These 
words record the result of David's 
actual experience. 

He is a man who has seen life 
from many different sides. He has 
been a shepherd who tenderly cared 
for newborn lainbs even as he sav- 
agely slew wild, marauding beasts. 
He has been acclaimed a hero for 
rising to the challenge of the giant 
Goliath and slaying him, thus pro- 
viding strength and courage and in- 
centive to the fear-weakened ariny 
of Israel. He has been the darling 
of the court who alone could soothe 
the fevered spirit of King Saul. He 
has been a highly successful general 
in the ai'my, of whom the maidens of 
Israel sang, "Saul hath slain his 
thousands, and David his ten thou- 
sands." 

He has known the life of a fugi- 
tive — running and hiding, always 
running and hiding from the wrath 
of the king. He is the mightiest 
king of Israel — the one who brought 
the kingdom to its greatest length 
and breadth, and the one to whom 
all succeeding kings of Israel were 
to be compared. He is the sweet 
singer of Israel, the psalmist extra- 
ordinary, a man through whom God 
speaks with clarity, force, simplicity, 
and beauty. And yet, even in the 



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light of this diversified life experi- 
ence, he says that the most precious, 
the sweetest thing in life to him is 
the Word of God. 

Remember, David has seen both 
sides of life. He knows what it is to 
be poor, to be a "have-not," to have 
no power, position, or authority. He 
knows what it is to be atop the very 
upper strata of society, to have great 
wealth, power, position, and author- 
ity. And he says that the thing that 
really matters to him is the Word of 
God. It is more to be desired than 
all the benefits and things obtainable 
by money, and it satisfies the hunger 
and desires of the heart more com- 
pletely than physical hunger is sat- 
isfied by honey and the honeycomb. 

Not only is the Word precious and 
sweet to the heart, but it exercises a 
definitely practical ministry in the 
life. "Moreover by them (the pre- 
cepts of the Word) is thy servant 
warned: and in keeping of them there 
is great reward." The pages of the 
Word are replete with words of in- 
struction and warning. There is 
warning to the one who is proceed- 
ing down life's pathway oblivious to 
and careless of the claiins of Christ 
upon his life — warning that the 
yawning pit of hell awaits at the 
end of the road. There is warning 
to the Christian who takes his obli- 
gations and responsibilities too light- 
ly. Warning which compasses every 
realm of life — mental, physical, and 
spiritual. No inatter what spiritual 
heights have been attained, there is 
yet instruction and warning to keep 
the eyes ever fi.xed upon Jesus, ever 
pressing toward the mark for the 
prize of the upward calling of God 
in Christ Jesus, lest those who think 
they stand, should fall. 

There is also the promise of re- 
ward to those who keep the Word of 
God. It seems to us that the greatest 
reward, and the one which encom- 
passes all others, is that promised by 
the Lord himself. "He that hath my 



commandments, and keepeth them, 
he it is that loveth me: and he that 
loveth me shall be loved of my 
Father, and I will love him, and will 
manifest myself to him." If we keep 
the words of our Lord, it is evidence 
that we love Him. All who love Him 
are loved by the Father and the Son. 
And not only so, but think of it! 
Jesus Christ, in whom dwells all the 
fullness of the Godhead in bodily 
form; who is the express image of 
God and the forthshining of the 
glory of the Father; in whom are hid 
all the treasures of wisdom and 
knowledge; who is God over all, 
blessed forever. He will manifest 
hiviself to us. Comparing Scripture 
with Scripture, we believe this to 
refer to the work of the Holy Spirit, 
who takes the Word and makes 
known, or manifests Christ to us. 
There is the external part, in which 
the applied Word works a change in 
the life, for as we behold the glory 
of the Lord in it, we are changed 
into the same image, from glory to 
glory, even as by the Spirit of the 
Lord. 

All this is contingent on our keep- 
ing His words. How will we do that 
if we do not know what His words 
are? How will we discern His way 
and His will if we do not read, study, 
and digest God's Word? What an 
incentive to become a people-of-the- 
Book! Only thus will we know the 
love of the Father and of the Son in 
its fullness and reality, and only thus 
will the Lord of Glory, and blessed 
Chi'ist, reveal himself to us. 

Have you desired to know Him, 
and the power of His resurrection, 
and the fellowship of His sufferings, 
and yet have wondered how it could 
be done? Let the Word of God be- 
come more precious than gold, and 
sweeter than honey to you. Let it 
take the place of prominence in your 
life. Let it become more important 
in your thinking than earning a liv- 
ing, and of more urgency than eat- 
ing. He will keep His promise, He 
will manifest himself to you, and 
your life will become the more full 
and blessed, and greater blessing will 
flow from your life to thirsty souls 
about you. 



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Toto balanced the yellow basket 
on her head as she ran along the 
jungle trail. Dodging wet branches 
and skipping over the nobby roots 
in the trail was fun today. Other 
days it was not fun, for the trail only 
led to the garden where she had to 
pull weeds. Those days she went in 
the afternoons when the sun was hot 
and the monkeys were still. But 
now it was early morning and all the 
world seemed damp and gray. The 
monkeys scolded loudly. 

Bing, bing, bing came a familiar 
sound. Toto stopped and listened. 
Yes, that was the schoolbell. Every 
morning the schoolbell rang and ev- 
ery morning Toto went to school; 
every morning except this morning, 
that is. This was a special day and 
she didn't want to go to school. To- 
day there were caterpillars in the 
jungle. Her mouth watered as she 
thought of those beautiful, juicy 
caterpillars. She would look all day 
and fill her basket. Her mother 
would boil them and they would 
have a feast. Or maybe she'd fry 
them in palm oil — that was even 
better. 

Bing, bing, bing rang the school- 
bell again. Sara and Marie and all 
her friends would be sitting on their 
benches now to hear the stories of 
Jesus and to learn to read. She 
would not be there, she thought, but 
she didn't care. "It's better to have 
a stomach full of caterpillars than to 
go to school," she said out loud. 

She started down the trail again, 
but somehow it wasn't so much fun. 
The trail to the place of the cater- 
pillars was longer than the trail to 
the gardens. The sun was higher 
and the monkeys had stopped scold- 
ing her. The way was narrow now 
and branches switched at her skirt. 
Then she heard it — the gentle thump 
of the caterpillars as they fell from 
the high trees. It sounded like drops 
of rain on her thatch-roof house. 
She dropped to the ground and 
snatched up the wiggling black-and- 
orange morsels that she would eat 
for supper. 

The sun rose high and began to 
drop again before her basket was 




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full. The basket seemed alive. The 
caterpillars squirmed and wiggled in 
an attempt to escape from their pris- 
on. With a giggle, Toto put the 
basket on her head and started down 
the jungle trail for home. Now the 
sun was hot and the flies buzzed 
around her head, making angry 
noises. As she vainly swatted at 
them something stung her toe, then 
another toe. Oh! she had walked 
right into a line of "pincher ants." 
The basket full of caterpillars tee- 
tered and fell to the ground. Toto 
brushed at her feet 'til all the ants 
were gone. Quickly as she could, 
she gathered up her precious supper 
and hurried home. The sun was 
getting lower and she did not want 
to be on the trail when a shadow 
might be a leopard. 

She saw the smoke from the vil- 
lage and she wondered where her 
friends were. "Sara! Marie!" she 
called. Someone answered, "Toto, 
where have you been?" Her two 
friends came closer and admired the 
caterpillars. "But, Toto," Sara said, 
"you missed the story of the plagues 
of Egypt. Now how will you be able 
to tell the life of Moses for the 
teacher at the end of the week?" 



Toto hadn't thought of that. She was 
very good at Bible stories and she 
liked to review the stories for the 
teacher every Friday. 

Marie gleefully added, "You'll 
never guess what we had today! The 
teacher cleaned her refrigerator and 
at recess she gave us all a piece of 
ice. It was the strangest stuff. It 
burned our tongues when we ate it 
and it turned to water in the sun." 
Toto's eyes widened. She had never 
heard of such a thing. "We're going 
caterpillar hunting on Saturday 
when we won't miss school," chided 
Marie. Toto hadn't thought of that 
either. She was so eager to get cat- 
erpillars that she hadn't thought at 
all. Now she'd missed part of Moses' 
story and she hadn't gotten any of 
that strange thing called "ice." 

That night Toto ate her caterpillar 
dinner but her heart was sad. She 
wondered if she'd feel better if she'd 
take some to her teacher, but then 
she wasn't sure missionaries ate cat- 
erpillars. Well, she'd tell her teacher 
she wouldn't miss again and maybe 
Marie or Sai'a would tell her the 
story she missed. Then Saturday 
she would hunt caterpillars with a 
happy heart. 



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REVELATION 3:7-13 



"He that hath an ear, let him hear 
what the Spirit saith unto the 
churches." Thus the Spirit of God 
apphes the message of each of the 
seven churches to the individual life 
of the believer. God is speaking; it 
would profit us to lend an ear to His 
message and then apply it to our 
own hearts and lives. The message 
written to the church of Philadel- 
phia, Asia Minor, is a message for 
each of us today. 

Favored Church 

Of the seven churches, Philadel- 
phia was the favored church. Only 
one other church escaped the words, 
"I have a few things against thee," 
and that was the persecuted church 
of Smyrna. All that is said concern- 
ing this church of "brotherly love" is 
commendation and promise. The 
fact that this church found favor in 
the eyes of God may be the reason 
why it is the only one of the seven 
historical towns that is yet standing 
with churches in her midst. God has 
blessed this church, according to the 
message in Revelation until this 
present day. The same God rules in 
the life of the individual and in the 
church today. He continues to be- 
stow favor and to keep promises to 
those who meet the requirements. 
Let us consider the message of this 
church in light of this fact, seeking 
something for ourselves today. 

The salutation of this letter intro- 
duces the one bestowing favor upon 
the church. The recorded charac- 
teristics of this One (vs. 7) are those 
that would be of greatest help to this 
church. To a people living in a city 
whose god was Bacchus, the god of 
wine, one of the greatest challenges 
to their spiiitual life was God's holi- 
ness. All the immorality and evil 
connected with the worship of the 
wine god was present to draw this 
church from purity and holiness; yet 
a message comes to them from the 
One who in His very essence is pur- 
ity and righteousness. He who said, 
"Be ye holy; for I am holy," was re- 
assuring the church that they were 
still serving such a God. 

The picture is strangely familiar 
today. The world is madly rushing 



after the god of drink and iininoral- 
ity, seeking satisfaction and peace in 
that which can only bring sorrow 
and unrest. Therefore, the Spirit of 
God says to His children, "These 
things saith he that is holy." 

In the midst of a people who claim 
to be Jews, "and are not, but do lie," 
the Philadelphians rejoiced to re- 
ceive the message from "he that is 
true." The opposition of the ones in 
the synagogue of Satan were Juda- 
izers who sought to deceive the be- 
lievers and bind them to the law, 
but the God of this church is the 
God who is "the way, the truth, and 
the life." To this church of weak- 
ness comes strength tkrough the 
truth which is always able to drive 
out error and falsehood, "because 
greater is he that is in you, than he 
that is in the world." 

Amid the cries of peace and safety 
there comes ringing into our ears to- 
day the sad wail of those nations 
who have made peace and agreement 
with other nations only to find that 
truth has fled and falsehood has re- 
placed it. In our schools today the 
message of truth has been replaced 
by theories and hypotheses, while in 
our churches the One who is the true 
God has been lowered until men 
claim to be on the same level with 
Him who is the source of all truth. 
"He that hath an ear to hear, let him 
hear what the Spirit saith." 

Absolute Authority 

The authority of this One speaking 
to the church is absolute. He is the 
One "that openeth, and no man 
shutteth; and shutteth, and no man 
openeth." To a city located in an 
area plagued by earthquakes, a place 
where the tremor might at any time 
close the door upon them so they 
could not flee to the open fields, or 
block the door open so they were not 
able to shut it again, this message 
was strength to a church with "a 
little strength." 

The body of the letter begins with 
favor bestowed upon the church. 
First, the one having the key of Da- 
vid opens a door before these peo- 
ple. This may refer to the door of 
salvation as seen in Acts 16:14, when 




By Prof. George Cone, Jr. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



God opened the heart of Lydia to 
understand the message and be 
saved. "Whose heart the Lord 
opened, that she attended unto the 
things which were spoken of Paul." 
The power that regenerates is the 
power of God, and even though we 
sing of opening our own hearts to 
Him, yet He must do the opening. 
So God's power acts upon the sinner 
to open the heart for salvation. 

Understanding Enlightened 

Following salvation our under- 
standing is enlightened by His Spirit. 
"Then opened he their understand- 
ing, that they might understand the 
scriptures" (Luke 24:45). Spiritual 
truths are spiritually discerned, so 
for growth in a knowledge of God's 
Word, an open door of understand- 
ing must be given by God unto men. 

Probably the primary inference of 
the open door, however, refers to 
service. The Apostle Paul wrote in 
I Corinthians 16:9, "For a great door 
and effectual is opened unto me, and 
there are many adversaries." God 
opened the doors for Paul just as 
God opened the door for the Phila- 
delphia church. In Acts 16:6-10 is 
recorded the shutting of doors for 
Paul when he was forbidden to 
preach in Asia and also in Bithynia, 
but the Macedonian door opened and 
Paul entered to serve. 

The open doors of service which 
God has for us today are real favors 
bestowed upon His church. Yet how 
few are entering, how small are the 
gifts for those willing to enter, how 
few the prayers for those already 
entered. Truly there are many ad- 
versaries to the open door of service 
today, and they are not all on the 
outside of the church. 

Second, the One who is holy causes 
the ones who are unholy to su^Dmit 
to worship at the feet of the church 
and to know of His love for the 
church. What a blessed favor from 
the hand of God! Someday, "saith 



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the Lord, every knee shall bow to 
me and every tongue shall confess to 
God" (Rom. 14:11). This will take 
place in the presence of His saints, 
the church. At that time the en- 
emies of Christ and His church shall 
know of the love that He had for His 
church. 

Synagogue of Satan 

The synagogue of Satan is about 
us today, consisting of those who 
claim to be Christian, but lie, for 
they do not know Christ. In this age 
or in the age to come they shall 
know that the Christ of the church 
is the Christ of love for those who 
accept Him, but the Christ of judg- 
ment for those who reject. 

Third comes a promise from Him 
that is true that the "hour of tempta- 
tion which shall come upon all the 
world" shall be escaped. To the 
Philadelphians, this promise was a 
reality, for in the terrible persecu- 
tion of the church by the Caesars, 
this little town of earthquakes was 
neglected by those who feared the 
power of the Almighty more than 
they desired to see the Christians 
blotted from the earth. 

God has promised to us an escape 

NEW TO YOU 

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single action. These accounts re- 
cord only that they were baptized 
"in the name of Jesus." Seldom, 
however, do the men who argue 
from this, use the phrase "in the 
name of Jesus" alone when baptiz- 
ing; that is only for argument. They 
use the formula of Matthew 28:19. 
But if it is good enough to argue by, 
it should be good enough to prac- 
tice, and they should leave out the 
mention of the Father and the Spirit 
when performing baptism. Why do 
such men continue to pronounce the 
full formula of Matthew 28:19 over 
the candidate? For one reason: they 
recognize it as the basic authority for 
baptism. Logically, they should 
abandon one of the two positions; 
either stop using Matthew 28:19, or 
stop arguing that the apostles did 
not use it. 

As a matter of fact, the evidence 
of history should be sufficient to 
convince anyone that the apostles 
did use it, taught their disciples to 
use it, and so effectively established 
it that it continued to be used for 
several hundred years before the 
Arian heresy brought in single ac- 
tion. 



from the tribulation yet to come. \ye 
are His bride and He "has not given 
to us a spirit of fear, but of power, 
and of love, and of a sound mind." 
Not only has He promised escape 
from tribulation, but also an escape 
from the fear of such. 

The final favor bestowed upon this 
church is the promise of eternity in 
the temple of God as a pillar that 
shall never go out, containing memo- 
rial inscriptions of the name of God, 
the city of God, and the new name 
of Christ. This church, so accus- 
tomed to flee from the falling pillars 
caused by the tremors of the earth, 
was promised the blessing of never 
having to go out again. Possibly the 
new name written on the fleshly pil- 
lars of their hearts will be "Hus- 
band," for then Christ will have His 
bride with Him eternally. 

Why did God bestow such favor on 
these people? The basis for such 
favor is found in three short phrases. 
These phrases explain the character 
of the people of this church, a char- 
acter giving ample basis for God's 
blessing upon them. 

Had Little Strength 

First, they had little strength. Is 
it not strange that this should be a 
basis for favor? Yet, when we read 
the words of the Apostle Paul in II 
Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is suffi- 
cient for thee for my strength is 
made perfect in weakness," could it 
not be that this church in it weak- 
ness was willing to let the strength 
of Christ be made perfect in them? 
God has chosen the weak things of 
this world to confound the mighty. 
Even a little faith is all that is re- 
quired. Just a little strength in 
prayer can move the mountains. "If 
ye have faith as a grain of mustard 
seed, ye shall say unto this moun- 
tain. Remove hence to yonder place; 
and it shall remove; and nothing 
shall be impossible unto you" (Matt. 
17:20). 

Second, these people kept His 
word. This probably refers to both 
the spoken and written Word, for 
through both they learned of the 
Living Word. This church was a 
church which did "earnestly contend 
for the faith which was once deliv- 
ered unto the saints" (Jude 3). They 
followed not the doctrine of men, but 
that of God. Their lives were con- 
trolled by the Living Word dwelling 
within and were cleansed and ener- 
gized by the written Word which 
they had in their hearts. The word 
here used for "keep" is in the tense 



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of the verb indicating that they got 
hold of the word once and then kept 
it continually. 

Third, these people did not deny 
His name. The commandment of 
God is "that we should believe on 
the name of his Son Jesus Chi'ist" (I 
John 3:23), and these people obeyed 
this commandment. This church 
tested the spirits to see whether they 
were of God or of Antichrist (I John 
4:2-3), then they only accepted those 
that confessed "that Jesus Christ is 
come in the flesh." The factor de- 
termining the spiritual condition of 
this church was their attitude toward 
Christ. They did not deny His name, 
hence they were a godly church in 
opposition to the spirit of Antichrist. 

Basis for Favor 

Three small phrases which give to 
us a picture of the basis for such 
great favor upon this church — hu- 
mility before God and submission to 
Him, steadfastness in the Word, and 
firm belief in His name. It seems 
small to require of a church in order 
for such great blessing, yet the same 
God today will give the same bless- 
ings to the church that will meet the 
requirements. Is your church pros- 
pering today with such great favor? 
If not, possibly each individual of 
the church should take to heart the 
admonition of the Word: "He that 
hath an ear, let him hear what the 
Spirit saith unto the churches." 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS^ 

1. Continue to pray for the leading 
of the Lord in foreign-mission giving 
— the minimum need for present 
commitments is $250,000, with un- 
precedented open doors inviting us. 

2. Pray for the general secretary 
and the missionaries on furlough as 
they undertake a heavy schedule of 
deputation work during this foreign- 
mission season. 

3. Pray for the national church in 
Argentina as it organizes and plans 
to assume responsibility for most of 
our present work, releasing our mis- 
sionaries for new and larger en- 
deavor. 

4. Pray for the Fogies in France. 
They expected to begin Sunday serv- 
ices in Villerubanne (Lyon) during 
February. Pray especially for the 
15-year-old girl and her mother who 
recently found the Lord through the 
Friday-night Bible class in the Fogle 
home. 

5. Praise the Lord for the first 
baptismal service conducted by Bro. 
Tresise in Honolulu. Pray that this 
work may continue to grow and that 
many may come to know and accept 
the Lord Jesus as personal Saviour. 

6. Pray for the missionaries in 
Brazil — Mrs. Zielasko is recuperat- 
ing from an appendectomy. The Ed- 
ward Miller family is preparing to 
come to the States for their first fur- 
lough. The Teeters will assume the 
responsibility at Macapa during the 
furlough of the Millers. 

7. Pray for an increased number 
of national leaders in our various 
fields — this is one of our greatest 
needs. 

8. Pray that the Lord will re- 
store complete physical health and 



strength to Bro. Samarin in Africa 
just as at present He has given re- 
markable healing. 

9. Pray for the Donald Bishop 
family. They expect to sail for Ar- 
gentina on March 12, arriving at 
Buenos Aires on March 31. They 
will be located at Rio Cuarto. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray that holding the Seattle 
services in the pastor's home will 
not be a barrier to new people com- 
ing, and that the Lord will give wis- 
dom in plans for a church building. 

2. Pray for the Christian day 
school in connection with the Temple 
City Brethren Church, that students 
and parents may be reached for 
Christ. Also pray that Brethren 
teachers will be available for the 
school as a missionary service for 
the Lord. 

3. Pray for the work at Dryhill, 
Ky., under the direction of Evelyn 
Fuqua, especially for the Sunday- 
evening services and the WMC meet- 
ings which have just been started. 

4. Pray that the Lord will pro- 
vide a capable youth leader for the 
Albany, Oreg., church. 

5. Pray that pastors will be pro- 
vided for the home-mission churches 
that are without pastors at the pres- 
ent time. 

6. Pray for the board of directors 
meeting of the Home Missions Coun- 
cil, which will convene on March 16 
to make the final plans in home mis- 
sions for 1954. 

GRACE SEMINARY— 

1. Give thanks for a number of 
special gifts which are providing for 
certain important needs, such as 
lounge furniture, chapel organ, class- 
room chairs, etc. 

2. Continue to pray for the 
monthly offering plan that more of 
our people will adopt this method of 
giving. 

3. Pray very definitely for stu- 
dents who are having difficulty find- 



ing work, that the Lord will provide 
so that their preparation for His 
service may not be interrupted. 

EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE— 

1. Pray for a nationwide prayer 
burden for revival for our church. 

2. Pray that February's evange- 
lism blessings will stir us all to 
greater blessings in soul winning. 

3. Pray for Team One in the 
March 29-April 11 meeting in the 
Peru Brethren Church. 

4. Pray for Team Two in the 
Osceola meeting, March 9-21, and in 
the Philadelphia Third Church, 
March 28-April 11. 

WMC (Froin the Iowa District)— 

1. Pray that the love for God's 
Word and the prayer life of our 
WMC women may grow mightily. 

2. Pray for a good representation 
froin each local council at our dis- 
trict rallies. 

3. Pray that the Lord might sup- 
ply a pastor for the new work at 
Davenport, Iowa, and at Carrollton, 
Mo. 

4. Pray for all the decisions that 
are made as the Crusade Teams visit 
the various churches. 

SMM— 

1. Pray that many local SMM's 
may aim at being honor societies. 

2. Pray for junior girls. 

3. Pray for all local patronesses 
that they might be true spiritual ad- 
visors to each girl. 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray that our youth may take 
their responsibilities seriously and 
train for Christian leadership. 

2. Pray for the adult sponsors of 
the youth work in every church. 

3. Pray that the young people 
may catch a vision of what the Lord 
v^dshes to accomplish through them. 

MISSIONARY HERALD— 

1. Pray that the Lord will use the 
itinerary of the editor in his contact 
with the churches. 

2. Pray that the new Teen-Agei- 
Quarterly will be used of the Lord to 
touch the lives of many young peo- 
ple for Christ. 



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In a special way God has given to mothers unusual 
opportunities to comfort others. How often they are 
asked by their little children to "kiss the place and make 
it well" after some minor mishap in their children's 
affairs. Older children, husbands, 
sick people, friends, all have ex- 
periences of sorrow, disappoint- 
mient, pain, and loss in which they 
need the ease of heart which a 
friend knows how to give when 
she herself has gone through the 
"School of Comfort." Of course 
this ministry is not limited to 
mothers: all wonien, especially 
Christian women, have been giv- 
en a sympathetic nature, a quick 
understanding of another's need 
which God can use when He has 
educated it in His school. 

The secret of knowing how to bring comfort to those 
who need it is found in II Corinthians 1:3-4: "Blessed 
be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the 
Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who coin- 
forteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to 
comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort 
wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." These 
verses show us that tribulation is the basis of all the 
lessons we must learn in this school. When we can say, 
"This has happened to me, too, and the Lord comforted 
me," a bond will be formed between us and the suf- 
ferer which can be possible in no other way. 

There are many courses in the "School of Comfort" 
and not one is easy. God has not promised us easy les- 
sons with no tests. Instead He will make them as hard 
as we can bear that we may be fitted the sooner to be 
used in His work. 

One course is that of pain. Perhaps He sends an ill- 
ness that forces the Christian to lay aside her regular 
work. That takes money she can ill afford to spend. 
That drains physical strength and lowers spiritual vital- 
ity. When she finds through this experience that God 
does not fail her, but rather supplies her needs, both 
temporal and spiritual, she has passed one test He has 
placed before her. 

Perhaps the lesson is disappointment. The Chi-istian 
may have cherished some dream for years — a dream that 
was good and did not violate God's Word in any way — 



only to have it ruthlessly torn away from her. Some 
have longed to go to the mission field. They were sure 
they were called to go. They have planned, worked, 
studied, and prayed toward that end. Then some cir- 
cumstance — loss of health, perhaps — has closed the door, 
and their dreams have become dust and ashes. But in 
the depths of their despair the Lord Jesus Christ has 
come to them with comfort, and as time goes on they 
learn to find happiness, in His will for their lives. They, 
too, have passed a test in God's school. 

Perhaps the lessons are those of chastisement, or sor- 
row for the loss of a loved one, or lack of money for the 
necessities of life. God sends them all that, among 
other reasons, the Christian may be a willing, sharpened 
tool in the Master Builder's hands. 

There are also rules to be used in learning these les- 
sons from our Lord's hands, if we are to extract the 
greatest good from them, and if we are to become a 
blessing to others through them. 

The first is that we should not rebel against trouble 
when it comes, but accept it as from God who sends it 
in love. This is the hardest rule to follow because the 
human heart continually wishes to ask why such things 
should have to happen instead of trusting everything to 
Him. Rebellion also builds a wall between the Chris- 
tian and God which shuts ofif communion with Him just 
when it is most needed. 

Again, we must realize that there is a gift hidden in 
every trial and that it is our duty to seek for it. Some- 
times a valuable gift is placed in a small box, and then 
in box after box, each one a little larger, until the 
package is very large. It would be very sad if the recip- 
ient should grow impatient and throw the gift away 
before it is disclosed. God's gift to us in time of trouble 
is usually just as hard to find, but it is there and it is 
well for us to hunt until we find it. 

Another rule is to pray for God's will rather than for 
alleviation of the trial, for strength to bear the load 
rather than to have it taken away. God gave Paul 
strength to bear his thorn in the flesh instead of taking 
it away. He even taught Paul to glory in his weakness 
for Christ's sake, and He can do the same for us. 

Yet another rule is to be faithful in time of trouble, to 
continue to carry the tasks God has given us to the 
greatest possible extent. A family lost a child by death. 
The funeral was on Saturday, but on Sunday all the 
members of that family were in their usual places in 



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church. Though their hearts were full of sorrow, they 
honored God with their faithful, usual service. 

The last rule is to learn that God's nature can give 
comfort. It is easy to be satisfied with God's gifts and 
so forget to go on to find God himself behind the gift. 
When He takes away the gift it is in order that He may 
make possible a personal revealing of himself through 
communion with Him. 

When we have had experience in applying these rules 
in the school of suffering, we are ready to be used in 
comforting others. With love and sympathy in our 
hearts, we can go to the suffering Christian and as we 
read God's Word and pray, God himself will bring the 
needed comfort through us. To the unsaved we can 
take the message of salvation more effectively because 
the Lord Jesus himself has permitted us to learn of Him 
in the "School of Comfort." 



OUR COVER PICTURE 



Our cover picture this month has been prepared by 
the Foreign Missionary Society to indicate the beginning 
of the quarter during which we of the WMC give our 
national foreign-mission offering. The various pictures 
represent a few of the projects on our foreign-mission 
fields that have been made possible through the sacrifi- 
cial giving of our WMC members. 

The upper panel of the cover pictures the Bible Insti- 
tute at Bozoum, Africa, showing the entrance to the 
campus and the school building built with WMC funds. 

The second panel depicts water heaters supplied for 
the missionary residences in Argentina and also tracts 
and pamphlets sent to our missionaries in France and 
Baja California, with Mrs. Fogle dropping a tract into a 
mailbox in France. 

The third panel presents two more large projects: the 
property purchased as a missionary resident at Icoraci, 
Brazil, and at present the home of Rev. and Mrs. John 
Zielasko; and the automobile purchased for our mis- 
sionaries in France as a part of last year's project. 

Our project for this year is represented by the bottom 
panel of the cover. With the exception of $300, to be 
used for native church expansion in Hawaii, our entire 
foreign-mission offering is to be used for the purchasing 
of aluminum roofing for missionary residences in Africa. 
The word "fire" brings terror to the heart of many mis- 
sionaries as they've seen time and time again many fine 
buildings destroyed because of their vulnerable grass 
roofs. This year we ladies are seeking to remove this 
ever-present threat from our missionaries. Can we 
count on you to help change these flaming grass roofs 
to shining metal ones? 



APPRECIATION FROM HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL 

"We, of the Brethi-en Home Missions Council, want to 
take this opportunity to express our appreciation to you, 
the other national officers, and every local council, who 
had a part in reaching the goal for home missions. Cer- 
tainly the Lord honored your faith and answered your 
prayers. 

"Your project offering will go a long way toward pro- 
viding some needed buildings at our Navaho mission. 
It is our prayer that every dollar you have given will be 
used as a means to an end, for winning the Navahos for 
Christ. May every WMC member back every increased 
gift with an increased amount of prayer for that work." 



BIBLE READING AND 
TRACT CORNER 



"The Bible pays great dividends to anyone who, stem- 
ming the tide of popular opinion with lesser things, takes 
a little time daily to read this Word of God. It is tre- 
mendously worth while. Furthermore, it may be under- 
stood. But there are conditions for understanding it. 
Patience, persistence, and attention are needed, and, 
above all, a heart purpose of obedience." — Rev. James H. 
Taylor. 



Bihle reading for March — Luke, chapters 16-24; John, 
chapters 1-21. 

Bible reading for April — The Acts of the Apostles. 

Tracts of the Month 

1. For OURSELVES— "The Fruit of the Spirit," by 
R. A. Laidlaw, published by the Good News Publishers. 

2. For OTHERS— "Why Some Good People Don't Go 
to Heaven," by J. E. Conant, D. D., published by Moody 
Press. 

Both of these tracts may be obtained through the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Company in quantities of 
50 or more. 




Africa — 

Miss Grace Byron. . May 7 

Lois Irene Taber May 8, 1940 

Alberta Mae Dunning May 11, 1949 

Naomi Ruth Mason May 28, 1948 

Argentina — 

Victor Ricardo Wagner May 2, 1937 

Mildred Isabel Wagner May 11, 1936 

Rita Dorene Hoyt May 18, 1944 

Mrs. James Marshall May 25 

Rev. James B. Marshall May 28 

Baja California — 

Sharon Rachel Haag May 9, 1948 

Kathi-yn Sue Howard May 29, 1948 

Brazil — 
Rev. John Zielasko May 7 

France — 
Victor Fredrick Fogle May 1, 1949 

On Furlough — 
Mary Hope Beaver May 7, 1946 

hi School in the United States — 
Donna Marie Kliever May 29, 1940 



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Our mission study for March brings us ba ;k once again to a Brethren mission field, with 
the spotlight turned upon a little group of African Christian women — the wives of the Chris- 
tian men who are being trained for places of leadership in the growing African church. 

The material for our study was prepared by Miss Ruth Snyder, who is one of the full- 
time teachers in the Bible Institute. Miss Snyder is a member of the Conemaugh Brethren 
Church and is now beginning her third term on the African mission field. Rev. and Mrs. 
Wayne Beaver are the other regular teachers at the school. The Beavers are now on fur- 
lough, and Mrs. Beaver has given us, in the following article, a further glimpse of these 
"Women of the Gospel" as they grow in grace, in the Word, and in qualifications for Chris- 
tian leadership. 



Miss Ruth Snyder 



OUR AFRICAN BIBLE INSTITUTE 



When Pierre, Andre, Jacob, et al., pack up their 
baskets and net bags to go the many miles away to our 
Bible Institute in Bozoum, French Equatorial Africa, 
there to make their homes for two years, naturally 
Rachel, Marie, Rebecca, et al., their wives, go along 
with them. But what are these women going to do for 
two years in a strange village while their husbands are 
in school? The first thing they will do, of course, is set 
up housekeeping and make the mud-block houses that 
have been assigned to their family's "home" — for their 
husbands and little ones. Next they must scout for 
garden sites or locate the ones their husbands may have 
purchased from former students. 

But housekeeping and gardening are not to be their 
sole occupations for the two years. No, they are to 
attend daily classes also. In fact, most of their mornings 
will be given over to classes. How difficult these classes 
are for them, as "book learning" is not for women — so 
says "old Africa." But as they study The Book how 
their eyes are opened as they behold wondrous things 
out of God's Word! It is a thrill to witness the growth 
in many of them, as they feed on the Word daily. 

But there are extracurricular activities too. Once a 
month they meet with the local Christian women for 
their WMC meetings. They call themselves "Women of 
the Gospel." They enjoy the fellowship with the Lord 
and with one another in these meetings and are pleased 
with what their offerings have been able to do. Our 
Bible Institute "Women of the Gospel" have purchased 
nice dark blue draperies for the chancel railing in our 
chapel and several aluminum basins to be used in the 
communion services. Occasionally the women accom- 



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pany their husbands to village meetings and there give 
their testimonies also. And so the years slip quickly by. 
This last year, for the first time, the women marched 
with their husbands in the graduation processional. We 
pray that this might be symbolical of their lives and 
witness together from now on; that they will walk and 
work side by side as they labor for the Lord in their 
villages. Pray for our Bible Institute graduates and 
their wives. 

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ECHOES 



We who have the opportunity of attending the national 
conference sessions of WMC in August are greatly 
blessed by forums, messages, and discussion groups pre- 
sented by representatives of the different district organ- 
izations. It is the desire of your editor to make some of 
these helpful suggestions available to a greater number 
of women from time to time as space permits in the pages 
of the Herald. This month we would like to present an 
outline resume of a very helpful message presented by 
Mrs. Gladys Lindower, president of the Northern Ohio 
District, entitled — 

HOW TO KEEP THE OLD MEMBERS AND 
WIN NEW ONES 

1. Friendliness. Proverbs 16:24 (paraphrase); "A 
woman that hath friends must show herself friendly." 
A spirit of true Christian friendliness and mutual in- 
terest in one another's problems and pleasures has a 
great effect upon the regular attendance at the meetings. 

2. Avoid cliques. Nothing can so quickly break the 
unity of a WMC group and make members or visitors 
feel they are ignored or unwanted as to have some 
members of the group so deeply engrossed in the inter- 
ests of a select few that others in the group feel excluded. 

3. Secret Sisters or Prayer Partners. The fact that 
each woman in the group has a specific link with one 
other individual in the group will often be the fact that 
will make certain women hesitate to miss a meeting 
where the other member of the twosome will be present. 

4. Provide transportation. In every council there 
are times when it is impossible for a woman to be pres- 
ent unless transportation is provided. There are usually 
some women in a council who feel incapable of active 
part in the programs but who would enjoy being made 
responsible for solving some of the transportation diffi- 
culties of other members. Mrs. Lindower read us an 
interesting poem along this line entitled — 

THE V/OMAN WITH THE CONSECRATED CAR 

She couldn't speak before a crowd: she couldn't teach a 
class. 

But when she came to WMC she brought the ladies en 
masse. 

And altho' she couldn't sing, nor teach, nor lead in 
prayer, 

But always her "jalopy" was just crammed on mission- 
ary day. 

And altho' she could sing, nor teach, nor lead in prayer. 

She listened well; she had a smile, and she was always 
there 

With all the others whom she brought who lived both 
near and far. 

And God's work prospered, for she had a CONSE- 
CRATED CAR. 

5. Vary programs. Try to make women curious 
enough to feel that they dare not miss a program. Avoid 
reading program parts. We can only warm another's 



heart when first our own heart has been warmed through 
study and prayer. 

6. Give all members something definite to do. We 
are just "little girls" grown up and we never quite out- 
grow the desire to DO things. 

7. Appoint a Lookout Co7nmittee. Watch for new 
members in the church and Sunday school and for girls 
who have married or outgrown SMM. 

8. Have a Get-Acquainted Party or Tea. There is 
something stimulating and intriguing to a group of 
women in the fellowship of an informal time of visiting 
and eating together. 

9. Form "afternoon councils" for women who cannot 
attend evening meetings, and vice versa. In a good-sized 
church there may be two circles of one council, one 
meeting in the afternoon, the other at night, to cai-e for 
the schedules of different women. 

10. Provide "baby sitters." A number of councils 
are now paying SMM girls to attend the WMC meetings 
and care for the children while the mothers are free to 
enjoy the program. 



A MOTHER'S SECRET 

Someone asked a mother whose children had turned 
out very well the secret by which she had prepared them 
for usefulness and for the Christian life. Without hesi- 
tation she said: 

"When in the morning I washed my children, I prayed 
that they might be cleansed by the Saviour's precious 
blood. When I put on their garments, I prayed that they 
might be arrayed in the garments of salvation and in 
the robe of God's righteousness. When I gave them 
food, I prayed that they might be fed with the Bread of 
Life. When I started them on the road to school, I 
prayed that their faith might be as the shining light, 
brighter and brighter to the perfect day. When I put 
them to sleep, I prayed that they might be enfolded in 
the Saviour's everlasting arms." 

No wonder her children were early led to a saving 
knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and became adorn- 
ments to the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things! 
What a joy to that mother's heart when her children rise 
up and call her blessed! Now that her secret is an open 
one, may hosts of other mothers follow it. — Prophetic 
Voice. 



DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR APRIL 

Bible Study — "Come Ye Apart for Fellowship." 
Mission Study — "Problems and Needs in France." 



COME YE APART 

Come ye apart awhile from selfish striving 
For earthly pleasures and for worldly praise. 

Forget the struggling and the tii-ed contriving 
And all the little cares that crowd your days. 

Come ye apart, your own sore need confessing, 
And know the peace our Lord alone can give. 

Be still till you receive His wondrous blessing; 
Then in His strength go out again to live. 

Come ye apart, and then go out in gladness. 

With strength renewed for problems you must face. 

With balm to give to those who sit in sadness, 
The wondrous message of our Saviour's grace. 

—Lucile H. Smith, Ashland, Ohio, WMC. 



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Since the month of January was Family Altar Month 
the WMC groups sponsored a special Sunday service on 
January 24 at the Winojia Lake Brethren Church with a 
special message by the pastor, Rev. Herman Koontz. 
Over 100 copies of the tract, "Let's Have a Family 
Altar," were distributed, one to a family. 

The councils of the Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, 
Va., entertained the Washington Heights council at a 
delicious potluck supper. Mrs. Charles Sumey, mission- 
ary to Africa, was the featured speaker. An additional 
treat was a typical family altar scene presented by the 
pastor, Robert Miller, and his family. 

Word comes to us from Los Angeles, Calif., First 
Church that a third council has been organized, called 
the "Business Women's Missionary Fellowship," to meet 
in the evening, since many ladies cannot attend daytime 
meetings. They have an average attendance of 20. The 
senior council of the same church has been busy packing 
boxes of clothing for New Mexico. The ladies also made 
beautiful robes for the youth choir. 

The newly organized Michigan District held their first 
rally at New Troy. Their offering, amounting to $63.50, 
was used to buy a clock and to help furnish the new 
church at Ozark, Mich. The project for their April rally 
will be to help the Berrien Springs work. This new 
growing district needs our faithful prayers. 

The Spokane, Wash., council summarizes its activities 
as follows: "We have taken part in the district projects 
for Don and Hazel Bishop, who are our new missionaries 
to Argentina, and also for needed materials in our new 
church at Seattle. Each inonth we set aside 10 percent 
of the offering for Jewish mission work. We are also 
continuing the missionary birthday project this year. It 
is a real privilege to have a part in the support of our 
WMC missionary. We contribute regularly to the na- 
tional offerings and do pi'aise the Lord for the general 
response. There are some members who meet daytimes 
to sew for the Taos and Counselor inissions. We are 
still sending used clothing also. For a local project the 
council has decided to supply the inaterials for cleaning 
and redecorating of the church auditorium." 

We have been receiving letters from a number of our 
newer Brethren churches and praise the Lord for our 
ever-increasing WMC fellowship. The new home-mis- 
sion church in Washington Heights, Roanoke, Va., is now 
worshiping in the basement of its new building. The 
WMC members there are anxious to be a real testimony 
in that community where there are so many unsaved. 

Another council that remembers the shut-ins of the 
local rest homes with gifts and food is the WMC of 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. They recently held a joint meet- 
ing with the ladies of Akron, Ohio. One of their local 
projects this year is the making of choir robes for the 
members of their junior choir. 

The ladies of the North Riverdale, Dayton, Ohio, WMC 
held an all-day meeting in January. The program was 
given in the morning, followed by a covered-dish lunch- 



eon and an afternoon spent rolling bandages for the 
lepers in Africa. A fruit cake and a copy of the devo- 
tional book, "Daily Light on the Daily Path," was mailed 
at Christmas to each boy from the church in the service. 

The ladies of the Glendale, Calif., WMC enjoyed a 
special treat at their December meeting. Some of the 
members of the junior council gave the Christmas story 
in tableau, under the direction of Mrs. Charles Under- 
wood. A trio, also from the junior group, sang "Christ- 
mas Lullaby" in keeping with the Christmas season. 

From the secretary of the Canton, Ohio, Sr. WMC we 
have received an interesting account of their combined 
meeting and Christmas party. She writes in part as fol- 
lows: "Our leader for the meeting. Miss Margaret Sutek, 
had gathered in members from all the various groups of 
our church and they in turn gave us a most wonderful 
program. We were privileged to have with us our own 
Ruth Bergert, who is home on furlough from South 
America. She led us in choruses, carols, and songs, and 
favored us with a flute solo and a number on the musical 
saw. Her mother accompanied her on the piano and 
also sang with her. We had with us David Garaux and 
Don Heaston, from the boys' group. David sang, "In 
the Stillness of the Night," which he dedicated to his 
mother, and Don played Christmas carols on the trum- 
pet. Becky Jo Suflecol, from the junior SMM, gave us 
a beautiful piano solo. Ruth Robinson, from junior WMC, 
gave a reading, "The Place Where the Young Child Lay." 
The Bible study was brought by Beverly Forrester from 
the senior SMM. It was a great joy and blessing to 
have our young people with us, and a real inspiration 
to see their willingness to serve." 

At the regular meeting of the Leesburg, Ind., WMC, 
held January 6 at the home of Mrs. Paul Gingrich, one of 
its members, Mrs. Don Bishop was honored with a sur- 
prise shower of personal items for herself and baby 
daughter, Gail. Mrs. Bishop and daughter, along with 
her husband, are sailing for the Argentine mission field 
early in March. 

A feature of the December meeting of the Berne, Ind., 
WMC was a shower of baby clothes for the Baja Califor- 
nia mission. In January the WMC and Laymen's Fel- 
lowship held "Family Night" with a missionary speaker 
from India and special emphasis on family devotions. 

A report from Artesia, Calif., states that their WMC 
is working toward their national goals and planning for 
their local projects. 

The Everett, Pa., WMC was planning to send an extra 
gift to the Navaho folk. They are finding their monthly 
meetings a real blessing. 

Your editor had the privilege of attending the North- 
ern Ohio District rally at Akron, Ohio, on January 25. 
More than 100 women were in attendance. A prayer 
session was held in the forenoon, after which we went to 
the dining room where the tables were beautifully dec- 
orated in pink and green. The district project for the 
quarter was the raising of $200 to help Marguerite 
Taber finish her college work at Bryan University. At 
each place was a program in either pink or green, on the 
cover of which was a picture of Marguerite inside a 
heart. The project offering for Marguerite was a little 
more than the goal of $200. It was a blessing and inspi- 
ration to your editor to meet with those ladies and to 
hear their testimonies of what the Lord was doing in 
their individual councils. 



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BEAUTY OF PRAISE 



By Althea S. Miller 



"I don't have time to clean my room." 

"Oh, Mother, you know I don't like that vegetable. 
Why do you insist that I eat it?" 

"I wish we had a more up-to-date house. Cheryl's 
folks have everything in their house. And is her bed- 
room ever gorgeous! Just look at mine." 

"Why can't I have a fur coat like Joan? And why 
must you insist that I be home from every date by 11 
o'clock? Joan's mother doesn't care when she gets 
home. Mercy, Mother, why? why?" 

"Why do I have to go to that stuffy meeting down at 
the church?" 

Do you know any girl who fusses, complains, and is 
generally unpleasant at home? Is it possible that you 
may be one of this number? Yes, even Sisterhood girls 
have been known to be guilty of such actions. Rather 
than praise being their watchword, they are known by 
their fussing and complaints. May it not be that anyone 
can ever say you dishonor your Lord by such behavior. 

There are many passages in the Bible which speak of 
praise. Psalm 33:1 is one of my favorites. "Rejoice in 

THE ORIGIN OF THE YEAR'S THEME 



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Did you ever stop to think where this year's theme 
came from? Well, wouldn't you like to know? 

Mrs. Robert Miller was walking down the street in 
Roanoke, Va., one day and happened to see this sign. 
Right then it came to her that it would be a good theme 
for Sisterhood, so she went hoine and wrote up some 
articles on it. This sign is the sign of a beauty shop. I 
think it was a good idea, don't you? Thank you, Mrs. 
Miller! 



the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the 
upright." The word "comely" is from the old English 
and means "becoming," "attractive," "lovely." Now let's 
read this verse with those words inserted: "... praise 
is becoming to the upright [Christian] girl." Praise 
makes the Sisterhood girl attractive; praise gives the 
Sisterhood girl a lovely glow. Is this a description of 
your life and character? What seems to be more natural 
for you to do: praise or complain? 

Keeping in mind the fact that "praise is comely [be- 
coming] for the upright [righteous]" shall we notice to 
whom and for what we should show praise and thanks? 
Always remember, thanksgiving goes hand in hand with 
praise. You cannot be praising the Lord without being 
thankful for your parents and all the disciplines of your 
life. 

Our fii'st praise belongs to God the Father. There is 
no sweeter music to His ear than the praise of His chil- 
dren. Such praise includes gratitude for all His works 
and Word as it affects your life. Please notice that when 
we give to God the praise due Him, our relationship to 
others will be right. For example, on the basis of the 
complaints mentioned at the fii'st of this lesson, a Chris- 
tian girl will not tell her Mother with an unkind pout 
that she doesn't have time to clean her room. She'll plan 
to take time in helping to bear the burdens of the home 
of which she is a pai't. 

The chief matter for which we should praise our won- 
derful heavenly Father is our salvation. Do you really 
appreciate what God has done for you through Chi'ist? 
Your salvation is not only a 'blessing to you now, but 
gives wonderful hope for an eternity with Christ. Be- 
cause you are saved your life is far more profitable and 
satisfying now with a promise of an eternity unspeakably 
glorious. In view of this wonderful truth your life 
should abound with PRAISE. Are you beautiful with 
PRAISE? If not, why are you lacking this ornament? 

The psalmist said: "My praise shall be of thee in the 
great congregation" (Psa. 22:25). "Enter into his gates 
with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise" (Psa. 
100:4). We praise God, or should praise Him, in His 
"courts" — where His people gather. Praise is one of the 
reasons why we should go to His house. Why do you 
attend church? To gossip with the young people? To 
whisper and cause small commotion during the preach- 
ing service? What would your honest answer be? 

At some time or other every human soul experiences 
a "midnight hour." Young folks are not immune to such 
times. And human nature being what it is, very few of 
us are able to sing praises to God in these hours of trial 
and stress. But "songs in the night" to our wonderful 
Lord are music indeed to His heart. The Bible tells us 
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hour as to the time of day, but at a dark time in their 
lives. These men had been witnessing for the Lord 
Jesus Christ whom they dearly loved. And because of 
their boldness in testimony they were cast into prison. 
But "at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises 
unto God: and the prisoners heard them" (Acts 16:25). 
What a testimony their praise was in that dank prison 
where men languished in despair! When the dark times 
of trial come on you do you witness to His grace operat- 
ing in your heart by praising God? God help you to 
sing songs in the night as continued proof of your love 
for Him and desire that His will be accomplished in 
your life. 

Your response and reaction to the hour of trial reveals 
your true Christian character. When you can rejoice 
though the way is dark and you can't understand the 
why of your trial you will be able to obey the admoni- 
tion and challenge of Ephesians 5:19: "Speaking to your- 
selves [one to another] in psalms and hymns and spir- 
itual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to 
the Lord." (You notice that nothing is said of discord 
of music which marks present-day so-called music.) 
The music talked about here encourages others as well 
as yourselves and constitutes an offering of praise unto 
God. Is your life beautiful with PRAISE? May it be so. 









"Let my prayer he set forth before thee as in- 
cense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening 
sacrifice" (Psa. 141:2). 



Pray that we will meet our goal for the Birthday 
Offering. We need all the support from you girls. 

Pray for all the local SMM's, that each girl will 
really strive to be a living testimony for her Lord. 

Continue praying for each national officer, for 
her work is not an easy one by far. 




ADVENTURES WITH THE BIBLE IN BRAZIL 



By Frederick C. Glass 



LESSON 8 



lA. Chapter 27 — The Converted Usurer. 

lb. Mr. Glass deals with a spiritist. 

Ic. Mr. Glass hopes for his salvation (p. 163, pars. 



3-4). 



2c, 
3c 



He does not believe in hell (p. 164, par. 4). 
After he remains away from the meetings there 
is much success (p. 164, par. 7). 
The conversion of Samuel Mello (p. 164, par. 8: 
p. 165). 

He renounces his business and sins (p. 165, par. 4). 
He became a preacher (p. 166, pars. 1-2). 
He preaches in Paranagua. 
Ic. Great success (p. 166, par. 4). 
2c. Opposition of the priests (p. 16, par. 5). 
3c. The colporteurs press the battle (p. 167, par. 5). 
4c. The result (pp. 168-169). 

IIA. Chapter 28— The Leper. 



2b. 

3b. 
4b. 
5b. 



lb. 



Ic 
2c 
3c 
2b. 

3b. 
4b. 

5b. 
6b. 
7b. 
8b. 



Camillo Roig as a Catholic. 

A faithful son of the church (p. 170, par. 1). 

His saints (p. 170, par. 2). 

His attitude toward the Gospel (p. 170, par. 3). 
Camillo receives a Gospel of John (p. 171, pars. 
1-4). 

His conversion (p. 171, par. 4). 
Camillo gives up his rum selling and is baptized 
(p. 172, par. 1). 

His leprosy is healed (p. 172, pars. 2-3). 
His many testings (p. 172, par. 4). 
He becomes a colporteur (p. 172, par. 4). 
His success (p. 172, par. 6). 



IIIA. Chapter 29 — Three "Impossible" Cases. 

lb. The case of Manoel. 

Ic. He hated the Gospel (p. 174, par. 2). 
2c. The plague comes (p. 174, par. 3). 

Id. Mr. Glass ministers to the sufferers (p. 174, 

par. 4: p. 175, par. 1). 
2d. Manoel hinders him in giving the Gospel to 

Manoel's wife (p. 175, pars. 2-4). 
3d. Manoel takes the plague (p. 175, par. 4). 
le. Conditions in his home (p. 175, pars. 5-6). 
2e. Manoel refuses the Gospel (p. 175, par. 6). 
4d. Manoel calls for Mr. Glass and receives the 

Saviour (p. 176, par. 4). 
5d. Manoel's funeral (p. 176, pars. 5-6). 
2b. The case of Blind John. 

Ic. Before he was converted (p. 177, pars. 1-2). 
2c. After he was converted (p. 177, pars. 3-6). 
Id. The woman with the bone in her throat (p. 
178, pars. 2-3). 
3b. The case of Maria, the Woodpecker. 

Ic. A description of her home (p. 178. pars. 4-5). 
2c. Her conversion and changed life (p. 179). 



NATIONAL OFFICERS 

President — Patty Griffith, Bob Jones University. Greenville, S. C. 

Vice President — Cora Luna. Box 711, Taos. N. Mex. 

General Secretary — Nancy Weber, 835 Spruce St., Hagerstown, Md. 

Treasurer — Mary Hooks. Box 262, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Literature Secretary — Myra Joy Conner, Bryan University, Dayton, 
Term. 

Bandage Secretary— Marie Sackett. 1010 Randolph St., Waterloo, Iowa. 

Patroness — Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum, Box 14. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Assistant Patroness— Mrs. H. Leslie Moore. 112 Beachley St., Meyers- 
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PROGRAM GROOMING FOR APRIL 

PRAISING VOICES— Begin by singing theme song, 
"Let the Beauty of Jesus," and repeat the year verse, 
I Chronicles 16:29. But don't stop there! Brush up 
on some favorite choruses. 

SWEET SAVOR — Spend time in a prayer circle. If def- 
inite requests are given to a specific girl, much better 
results will be yours. 

CLEANSED HEARTS— Read the Scripture, Psalm 150. 

GLOWING LIVING— Seniors study, "Beauty of Praise": 
Middlers study, "Devotion of Praise." 

SPARKLING TALENTS— Give a special number. 

BEAUTIFUL FEET— Consider "Adventures With the 
Bible in Brazil." Close with the second stanza of 
theme song and repeat year's devotional benediction, 
Jude 24-25. 

BUSINESS MEETING. 

SMM BENEDICTION. 



TWO SISTERS 

In the little town of Bethany, 

When Jesus here did dwell, 
There lived a happy family, 

And Jesus knew them well. 

'Twas here He often came to rest 

From wandering to and fro; 
To seek sweet fellowship and peace 

'Mong those who loved Him so. 

'Twas here lived gentle Mary, 

Who at His feet did sit, 
And listen to His words of life, 

And never tire of it. 

That she might have more time with Him 

She laid her work aside. 
And the busy sister, Martha. 

Would often pause to chide 

Her for her seeming lethargy, 

But Jesus made it clear 
That Mary acted wisely. 

For He'd not long be here. 

Yes, Martha, too, loved Jesus, 

But she preferred to serve 
Choice viands to her Master 

From off her sumptuous board. 

And Jesus loved the ministry 

Of Martha's able hands— 
The motives of our work for Him 

He always understands. 

Let's strive to be like Mary, 

And love to hear His Word. 
Let's strive to be like Martha, too, 

And ever seek to serve 

The One who died on Calvary's tree 

One dark and dreary day. 
That we might have eternal life 

And reign with Him for aye. 

— Eva Kool, New Troy, Mich. 



FASHIONS IN SISTERHOOD NEWS 

From BUENA VISTA, VA.: 

"Our Sisterhood in Buena Vista has an enrollment of 
15 girls. We started a sunshine bank in September. On 
rainy days we put five cents in our bank and when it is 
sunny we put a penny in the bank. We are also sending 
invitations to the new girls each month. At our Decem- 
ber meeting we had a Christmas party in which we 
exchanged gifts and played games. In March we are 
planning to roll bandages." — Bonnie Miller, secretary. 

From MARTINSBURG, PA., SR. SMM.: 

"We have been having our meetings on schedule. For 
our November project we prepared a sunshine basket 
for one of the church members. We also conductd a 
church service in which the film "Betrayed" was shown. 
A food basket was sent to Marybeth Munn." — Kaye 
Griffith, secretary. 

From the WATERLOO, IOWA, SR. SMM.: 

The girls started in October by passing out tracts at 
the Dairy Cattle Congress. In November a box of food 
was sent to the missionary home in Winona Lake. A 
program was presented to the WMC ladies in which we 
presented the goals of Sisterhood. 

Froin the JR. SMM. in MEYERSDALE, PA.: 

"Our Sisterhood programs are enjoyed by all and we 
are getting new meinbers continually. One of our proj- 
ects is to give an offering to our new home-mission pas- 
tor's family in Cumberland, Md. We are planning to 
make the birthday month a big one by inviting our 
mothers to a covered-dish supper. Also, we are plan- 
ning to give a program in the church soon." — Carol Pur- 
haugh, secretary. 

From the Jr. SMM. in PHILADELPHIA, PA.: 

"Miss Clara Schwartz spoke at our meeting recently. 
During the meeting she also showed us many of her pic- 
tures from Africa. A Christmas party followed in which 
the girls exchanged gifts." — Janet Aeby, secretary. 

From the SUMMIT MILLS, PA., SR. SMM.: 

"We have enjoyed the prepared topics very much. As 
a local project we shared our Christmas with a little girl 
by giving her a small gift. We also packed a Christmas 
box for a family of children. Their mother went to be 
with the Lord a few weeks ago and their father is in the 
hospital. Another one of our projects is helping to buy 
emblems and rewards that are needed in the teaching of 
a child evangelism class which one of our Sisterhood 
girls teaches." — Catheriiie Lindeman, secretary. 

From the PARAMOUNT, CALIF., MIDDLER SMM.: 

"Our highest attendance was in November, with 19 
present. Most of our meetings have been dinner meet- 
ings (the girls come at 5 o'clock bringing a covered dish). 
We do handwork, enjoy the fellowship around the table, 
and continue with our devotional and business meeting 
at 7. We truly enjoyed Miss Isobel Eraser being with us 
in December. She brought us such a timely message 
with Christmas-tree lights, showing how each of us is 
like unto one of these lights, all making us societies and 
units across the country." — Mrs. Wesley Williams, pa- 
troness. 



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Devotion of Praise 



By MRS. H. LESLIE MOORE 



"Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is 
comely for the upright" (Psa. 33:1). In the Psalms we 
read many passages that exhort us to praise the Lord. 
We are told to praise the Lord for His goodness, mercy, 
handiwork, protection, blessings, power, etc. This list 
could go on and on. In our modern life we are quick to 
praise the famous athlete, our favorite car, or food, but 
do we take time to praise the One who has made all 
things possible? If we only stop to think what all the 
Lord has done for us, we would begin to praise Him 
immediately, for our very existence would be impossible 
"without Him. 

Many times you as young girls inight have thought, as 
you were asked to give a testimony, "I haven't lived long 
enough to give a glowing testimony like some of the 
older folks." You feel you haven't had any thrilling ex- 
perience that you can relate, but let me say this, God 
is well pleased when any of His children give voice to 
His praise. You are His child, are you not? Tell others 
how glad you are! Most of us have enough to eat and 
clothes to wear. Tell others how glad you are that the 
Lord has supplied your need. In Psalm 150:6 it tells us, 
"Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord." 
Each one of us is stiU breathing (I think) and so we 
"owe it" to God to praise Him for the very breath He 
has given us. Are you glad you are alive? Tell it! 

Each time we quote our Sisterhood benediction we 
. promise our Lord something. Do we fulfill that prom- 
ise? Let us all quote it now (Psa. 145:1-2). Each time 
we say these verses we promise our Lord that we will 
praise Him every day. You might say, "There isn't a 
testimony meeting every day." Maybe not, but we not 
only have to praise with our mouth but we can live our 
praise day by day. It has been said many times, "Many 
folks wUI never read the Bible bound in leather, but they 
read the Bible according to you each day." What kind 
of a Bible do they read in your life and mine. Is it a 
life of praise or are we spiritual "grumps"? 

When I was a little girl in Bible school I was taught to 
answer the question, "Why did God make you?" by 
saying, "For His own glory." This has been with me 
over the years. I hope the truth of this statement will 
remain with you as well. Remember, whatever we do 
must be to glorify our Lord and Saviour and not our- 
selves. This includes our talents, our thoughts, and our 
actions. Be sure that in everything we do or say that 
the Lord gets the glory for it. We can daily praise Him 
by doing only those things that are pleasing to Him. 

Let us come back to our fu-st Scripture verse, Psalm 
33:1. We also find practically the same words in Psalm 
147:1b, where it says that "praise is comely." What do 
we mean by "comely"? The dictionary says it means 
"graceful," "handsome," or "beautiful." You see how 
easy it is to be beautiful for our Lord. Many girls take 
lessons and practice at being graceful, but we as Chris- 
tians only need to read the Psalms to really find out 
how to live a gracious Christian life — that is by praising 
God. Is your life a praise to your Lord? Do you do 
things every day that bring praise to His name? Does 




Hint 1. April is birthday month. This is the time 
when a birthday thank offering is given by the local 
SMM for the higher education of missionaries' children. 
We have set $500 as our goal for this year. Do you think 
we can make it? Send your offering to the national 
treasurer before May 10. 



Hint 2. Have you finished learning James or I John? 
If not, let's keep at it until you've finished it. Remem- 
ber, the deadline for it is June 30. You will receive a 
great personal blessing from hiding away God's Word 
in your heart. 



Hint 3. By this time most of you patronesses have 
received your new handbook. However, we do not have 
all of your names for various reasons, so if you have not 
received yours yet, please write to the literature secre- 
tary, Myra Joy Conner, and she will send you your copy. 
Please do not ask for more than one copy unless it is for 
another patroness. Thank you. 



Hint 4. Juniors, here is an effective way for your 
monthly memory work. Example: print the verse on 
various pieces of paper. Have them all on the flannel- 
graph board at first, and then removing one section at 
a time let them read it. They will have learned it by 
the time it is all removed. 



Hint 5. A few have been writing to the general sec- 
retary for project books. These can be obtained by 
simply writing to the literature secretary. What's the 
cost? Nothing! 



your manner of dress or speech or habits show that you 
are a child of His? Or do your friends have to wonder 
if you mean business with the Lord? I pray that each 
girl may sincerely pray the Sisterhood benediction and 
as it is prayed promise God that they will not be just 
empty words, but each life will indeed be a life of devo- 
tion to our lovely Lord to whom all praise belongs. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



WOOSTER, OHIO— The home of 
Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Ashman was 
a beehive of activity on Mar. 1. 
March came in like a Hon in northern 
Ohio, and the result was the heaviest 
snowstorm of the winter. Roads 
were blocked in every direction, and 
a number of our ministers, on their 
way to Winona Lake, reached Woos- 
ter but found it impossible to con- 
tinue their journey. First to retreat 
to the Ashman home were Dr. Her- 
man Hoyt and Prof. Herbert Bess. 
Later Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum ar- 
rived seeking shelter from the storm 
(plus something to eat). Then came 
Dr. and Mrs. W. A. Ogden and 
grandson Jimmy Ogden, followed by 
Rev. Ralph Hall, Rev. Ward Tress- 
ler, and Miss Clara Schwartz, mis- 
sionary on furlough from Africa. 
Just as it was nearly dark, there was 
another knock, and this time it was 
Rev. Conard Sandy. To say the 
least, it was a housefull! Thanks to 
the Ashmans, all were well fed and 
housed for the night. All were fol- 
lowing Route 30 toward Winona 
Lake. Needless to say, the caravan 
arrived at Winona Lake Mar. 2. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA.— Eighty-seven 
attended the Father and Son Ban- 
quet Feb. 15. Miss Clara Schwartz, 
missionary on furlough, was guest 
speaker on Feb. 28. Dr. W. A. Og- 
den is pastor. 

ARTESIA, CALIF. — Evangelist 
Bill Smith closes a two-weeks evan- 
gelistic meeting at the Carson Ave. 
Brethren Church on Mar. 14. Rev. 
Adam Rager is pastor. 

GOSHEN, IND.— A new Brethren 
church was organized here on Feb. 
14 under the direction of Dr. L. L. 
Grubb. Mr. Hei-man Hein, senior in 
the seminary, is pastor. 

RITTMAN, OHIO— Recent speak- 
ers at the First Brethren Church, 
during the vacation of the pastor, 
were Dr. Paul Bauman, Dr. James 
Boyer, and Mr. Homer Miller, senior 



in the seminary. One Sunday was.in 
charge of the seminary quartet. Rev. 
Charles Ashman, Jr., is pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF.— A citywide 
singspiration was conducted in the 
Community Brethren Church on 
Jan. 31. Rev. Ward Miller is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. — Seven- 
teen home-mission pastors attended 
the "workshop" conducted at Wi- 
nona Lake Mar. 2-4 by the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. 

CANTON, OHIO— Rev. John Dill- 
ing was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on Feb. 28 at the First 
Brethren Church. Dr. Herman A. 
Hoyt was the guest speaker for the 
day. 

DENVER, COLO.— The new ad- 
dress of Rev. Thomas Inman is 590 S. 
Dale Court. Please change your an- 
nual. 




TIFFIN, OHIO — Rev. Gordon 
Bracker, pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Fremont, Ohio, is 
conducting a Bible class here every 
Thursday night. If you know of 
anyone living in this area, write 
them of the class conducted at 202 
S. Sandusky St. Twenty-two were 
present Feb. 18. 

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.— As a di- 
rect result of the evangelistic meet- 
ing conducted by Team One of the 
Brethren Evangelistic Crusade, a 
large group of believers were bap- 
tized on Feb. 21. Forty-four be- 
lievers were taken into the baptismal 
waters by Rev. William Wiles. Thirty 
of these were adults. The baptistry 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, Md., was used for the 
service. 

LISTIE, PA.— The young people 
of the Listie Brethren Church sur- 
prised their pastor, Rev. John Burns, 
with a birthday party on Feb. 21. A 
leather brief case was presented to 
Brother Burns, together with other 
gifts. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF.— Mr. Don 
Sterrenburg, a member of the Sec- 
ond Brethren Church, has been 
awarded the annual trophy present- 
ed by the Long Beach Press-Tele- 
gram. The award is presented in 



recognition of the student who prac- 
tices good business, good citizenship, 
and maintains a high scholastic rec- 
ord. 

COVINGTON, VA.— Rev. Paul 
Mohler, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, was assembly speaker at 
the Dunlap High School on Feb. 10. 

LA VERNE, CALIF.— Rev. Glenn 
O'Neal, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Inglewood, Calif., con- 
ducted a week of meetings here Mar. 
7-14. Rev. Victor Meyers is pastor. 

WINCHESTER, VA.— Rev. Robert 
Cessna was speaker at the Atlantic 
District youth rally Mar. 5-6. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF.— The new 
address of Rev. Charles Underwood 
is 2008 Ostrom, Long Beach 15, Calif. 
Please change annual. 

COMPTON, CALIF.— Rev. C. H. 
Ashman, Jr., pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio, 
was guest speaker at the First Breth- 
ren Church on Feb. 7. 

SPECIAL— Rev. Robert Markley, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Berrien Springs, Mich., and Rev. 
Richard Jackson, pastor of the New 
Troy Brethren Church, exchanged 
pulpits on Feb. 28. 

MASSILLON, OHIO— Rev. Milo 
D. Williams, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, has received notice 
froin the Stark County coinmission- 
ers of his appointinent as chaplain of 
the Stark County Home, Canton, 
Ohio. 

WHITTIER, C A L I F.— Approxi- 
mately 30 young people and a stafi 
of 10 from the First Brethren Church 
attended the two-day spiritual re- 
treat at Forest Home Feb. 5-6. Louis 
Zamperini was the guest speaker. 
Rev. Lewis Hohenstein is pastor. 

MT. VERNON, OHIO— Rev. and 
Mrs. Wesley HaUer are the proud 
parents of a 7-lb. 15-oz. son, John 
Edward, born Feb. 24. Rev. Haller 
is pastor-elect of the First Brethi-en 
Church of Middlebranch, Ohio. 

SEATTLE, WASH. — The young, 
people of the View Ridge Brethren 
Church made a "snow trip" to Sno- 
qualmie on Mar. 6. Rev. Thomas 
Hammers is pastor. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA.— Rev. John 
Neely, youth director of the First 
Brethi-en Church, is in charge of the 
Lawndale Christian Youth Center, 
sponsored by the aforementioned 
church. Youth services are con- 
ducted each Saturday evening. Al- 
ready there have been several deci- 
sions for Christ. 



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I HE fifth chapter of Daniel pre- 
sents five contributions to a wicked, 
God-dishonoring feast. In order to 
properly appreciate the events of 
this chapter one must be acquainted 
with the historical setting. The an- 
cient city of Babylon was highly for- 
tified. The walls surrounding this 
city, we are told, were 300 feet high 
and 85 feet wide. It is easily under- 
stood why there was the feeling of 
false security. It was within the 
seemingly absolute safety of this city 
that the impious feast was in prog- 
ress. But on the very night of the 
feast, Gobryas, the general of Cyrus, 
was at the gates of the city secretly 
completing the project of diverting 
the course of the river that ran 
through the heart of the city. With 
the river diverted, his army could 
easily march up the dry river bed 
under the massive city gates. 

With this setting in mind, let us 
consider the five contributions to the 
ungodly feast. 

1. Belshazzar's Contribution to the 
Feast (1-4). 

Belshazzar, king of Babylon, com- 
pletely ignored the truth: "Whether 
therefore ye eat, or drink, or what- 
soever ye do, do all to the glory of 
God." Instead he "made a great 
feast to a thousand of his lords, and 
drank wine before the thousand." 
Belshazzar's contribution to the feast 
was food, wine, and reveling. He 
acted as if he were master of his 
destiny. He was mocking the very 
God into whose hands he would fall 
that same night. He was unaware 
that God at that very moment was 
going to interrupt the devilish feast. 

2. God's Contribution to the Feast 
(5-6). 

During the height of the hilarity 
and revelry. God presented His con- 
tribution to the impious feast. The 
Lord, looking down upon that blas- 
phemous scene, could restrain him- 
self no longer. He wrote a message 
upon the palace wall with the fin- 
gers of a man's hand. An ominous 
silence fell upon the feast. The feast 
was ended. The king who had been 



laughing and pointing a finger of 
mockery at God was now silent. The 
king who had desecrated the temple 
silver and had been praising the gods 
of silver and gold, was speechless. 
The king who only moments before 
was intoxicated with wine is now 
dead sober and afraid. He is so 
frightened that Daniel says "his 
knees smote one against another." 
His knees began to beat out a tune 
of fear. Upon the wall he saw God's 
warning of impending doom. In or- 
der that he might learn what the 
message contained, he called for his 
wise men. 



kingdom and finished it," or, Bel- 
shazzar, your number is up. TEKEL 
— "Thou art weighed in the balances, 
and art found wanting." PERES — 
"Thy kingdom is divided, and given 
to the Medes and Persians." If only 
Belshazzar would have permitted 
Daniel to preach to him sooner he 
would have escaped this tragic hour. 
Those awful words — too late. 

5. Darius' Contribution to the Feast 
(29-31). 

The final hour had come. God's 
longsuffering with Belshazzar had 
run its course. The last night upon 



Contributions to an 

UNGODLY FEAST 

DANIEL FIVE 

By Rev. Richard Grant 

GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH, CEDAR RAPIDS. IOWA 




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3. The Wise Men's Contrihutioyi to 
the Feast (7-9). 

The wise men of Belshazzar's 
kingdom were wholly inadequate for 
the task of deciphering the message. 
Without exception, men of the world 
are incapable of helping in time of 
real spiritual need. The only con- 
tribution these wise men could make 
was astonishment. 

4. Daniel's Contribution to the Feast 
(10-28). 

As a last resort, and when it was 
too late for Daniel to give beneficial 
assistance, he was called to contrib- 
ute to the feast. It is like permitting 
the minister to preach only the fu- 
neral service. Daniel preached the 
funeral service when he interpreted 
the writing on the wall. The writing 
was: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, 
UPHARSIN. The interpretation was: 
MENE— "God hath numbered thy 



the earth had arrived. There would 
be no more opportunities for making 
a right decision for the Lord. How 
solemn that truth is for our hearts. 
The day is coming and may be upon 
us already, when our opportunities 
are ended. The verdict for Belshaz- 
zar was announced, and the sentence 
carried out. "In that night was Bel- 
shazzar the king of the Chaldeans 
slain, and Darius the Median took 
the kingdom." Judgment came sud- 
denly and unexpectedly. 

Conclusion: We have absolutely 
no assurance of tomorrow. Today is 
the day of salvation. Let us be busy 
in doing our Father's work. Win 
that precious soul for Christ before 
the Lord removes the opportunity. 
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heart- 
itly, as to the Lord, and not unto 
men; knowing that of the Lord ye 
shall receive the reward of the in- 
heritance: for ye serve the Lord 
Christ. 



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THE 



Students of industry study the 
"signs of the times" in the business 
world; students of poUtical economy 
study the "signs of the times" in 
present world governmental condi- 
tions; but it is the task of the Chris- 
tian to study "the signs of the times" 
in the light of God's Word. The 
spirit of the Antichrist, who is called 
the Mystery of Iniquity, is at work 
all around us today. The full light 
will fall upon Antichrist after the 
rapture of the church. Thank God, 
we shall not be living on earth when 
he appears on the scene. One thing 
seems certain from the many refer- 
ences to him — he will be a COUN- 
TERFEIT indeed, a clever imitation 
of the true Christ. There are many 
signs predicted in God's Word rel- 
ative to the coming of Christ, but we 
have only time and space to empha- 
size the following. 

THE JEWISH SIGN 

It is evident that God, in His pro- 
gram for this earth, has primarily 
but ONE nation before His eyes. 
Gathered about Israel are all the 
eternal purposes of God for this 
earth, and other nations are consid- 
ered only as they are related to Is- 
rael. The church, on the other hand, 
is heavenly: her people are said to 
be "strangers and pilgrims" in the 
earth, "ambassadors" in the enemy's 
land, "citizens of heaven." Approx- 
imately five-sixths of the Bible is 
written concerning the nation Israel. 
We cannot understand God's Word 
aright if we do not give Israel her 
God-appointed place — past, present, 
and future. This nation is to abide 
for all time and she is to possess her 
own land forever (Gen. 13:15; 17: 
6-8). It was also predicted that this 
nation should be dispossessed of her 
land three times and be restored to 
the land three times (Gen. 15:13, 14, 
16: Jer. 25:11-12; Deut. 28:62-65; 
30:1-10). Bible history tells us that 
Israel has now been dispossessed of 
her land three times, and is in the 
process of her third repossession. 

Every prophecy concerning Israel 
that has been fulfilled up to this hour 
has been fulfilled literally. The na- 
tion was "plucked off from the land" 
and "scattered through all the na- 
tions." Now look at this same nation 
today — established in the land prom- 
ised her by God (although not occu- 



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pying all of it as yet); acknowledged 
by the nations of the world, and her 
governmental headquarters now in 
Jerusalem. To this end the Jews 
have been iniraculously preserved 
by God as a separate people; even 
the skeptic must acknowledge this 
fact. What other nation could be so 
scattered among the peoples of the 
world and still maintain their na- 
tional identity through the centuries. 
God is LITERALLY placing them 
back in the land which He has given 
them for an everlasting possession. 

There have been many great 
purges by military machines through 
the centuries seeking the destruction 
of this people Israel, but God has 
wonderfully protected and prospered 
them. Through the various perse- 
cutions God has been forcing His 
people back to the land (Palestine), 
even though they have been return- 
ing in unbelief; God's program is 
steadily working itself out. For cen- 
turies the Jews were mostly of the 
poor and suffering peoples of Eu- 
rope, yet as a nation today they are 
fast becoming the people of greatest 
influence in the world. Out of all 
proportion, they have become the fi- 
nanciers, statesmen, scientists, art- 
ists, and leaders. Way back in World 
War I England needed formulas for 
high explosives, and a prominent 
Jewish scientist provided them. 
When asked to name his reward, he 
requested only that Palestine be 
given back to the Jew. 

Within the past generation the 
Zionist movement started, and its 
purpose was the restoration of Israel 
in Palestine. This moveinent made 
feeble progress until the convulsions 
of the world wars, and the aftermath 
of the second. We have not space 
to pass through the various steps of 
its developinent, but today, behold 
ISRAELI "IN THE LAND," and a 
recognized world power. 

THE JERUSALEM SIGN 

Looking at the world ii;i the light 
of the Scriptures we see that JERU- 
SALEM is the abiding city. She is 
to be the center of governmental au- 



APOSTASY 



and 



SIGNS OF CHRIST'S COMING 



By Rev. Alfred Dodds, Pastor 

First Brethren Church 

South Gate, Calif. 



thority when Jehovah establishes 
His everlasting kingdom in the earth. 
Jerusalem is the city of David. It is 
the seat of His throne, which is to 
continue forever (II Sain. 7:16; Psa. 
89:34-37). There has been a real 
transformation of this city since Is- 
raeli became a recognized nation 
(i. e., the portion occupied by the 
Jews); the most modern structures 
have been built, modern machinery 
and industry is now flooding the 
land. We believe that even greater 
developments will follow the moving 
of the capital of Israeli from Tel 
Aviv to Jerusalem. The Palestinian 
desert has taken on a "new look" in 
recent years, for through much toil 
and stress, against opposition of both 
elements and mankind, "the desert" 
is beginning to "blossom like the 
rose." 

Israeli today stands out before the 
world as a thriving nation. New 
modern machinery and plants are 
being installed in and around the 
Dead Sea area just as fast as money 
can buy them. Modern methods will 
soon make this the wealthiest mining 
area in the world. The vegetable 
areas over the whole country have 
been tripled, and production is al- 
most nearing demand. The sad part 
of the picture, however, is that Is- 
raeli has come thus far in unbelief. 
Yet she stands out as handwriting on 
the wall to every child of God; she 
is God's "timepiece" — indeed "when 
ihese things begin to come to pass, 
then look up, and lift up your heads: 
for your redemption draweth nigh." 



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NEWS 





Fiw nritn 
CHURCHES 



(Items in this column are compiled from re- 
ports of pastors and evangelists.) 



Elkharfr, Ind. 

For the sake of those who have 
prayed for the work here in Elkhart 
we would like to note a few of the 
Lord's blessings. 

Since the beginning of the work 
in June 1953 the membership has 
almost doubled. It was then 30 and 
now it is 53. The Lord has blessed 
us with a group of fine Christian 
families and earnest workers. We 
have as many as eight people out in 
visitation work on Tuesdays and 
Saturdays. Others have done much 
calling independently. Our prayer 
service reached 51 last week, and 
it thrills us to see the faith of these 
people. 

In a recent Sunday-school contest 
with the Osceola church our average 
was 102 and our highest attendance 
was 113. At the conclusion of the 
contest our Sunday school was pre- 
sented with four maps for use in the 
classes. 

We request the continued prayers 
of God's people. — Lowell Hoyt, pas- 
tor. 

Covington, Ohio 

We would like to report a blessed 
time of revival at Covington, Ohio, 
January 17-31. 

We were confident from the very 
outset of the meeting that the Lord 
was going to work. Our faith was 
encouraged by the interest, attend- 
ance, and decisions made. There 
were 22 public decisions made dur- 
ing the two weeks — 5 first-time and 
17 rededications. 

It was a pleasure to work with 
Bro. James Young, pastor of the 
church, and to have a share in his 
untiring labors for the Lord. 

As we look back upon this meet- 
ing, we are forced to declared: our 
blessed Lord Jesus Christ has done 
this work. — Bill Smith, evangelist. 



were happy to have five who fol- 
lowed the Lord's command in the 
rite of Christian baptism by triune 
immersion. 

May the Spirit of God be with our 
Brother Smith as he continues his 
service for his Lord in the field of 
evangelism. — James O. Young, pas- 
tor. 

Clayton, Ohio 

The first Sunday in June 1953 was 
the date for our ground-breaking 
service with Dr. Bauman and the 
Grace Trumpeters, which started us 
in our Sunday-school annex build- 
ing program. In July the actual 
work was started and the bricks and 
blocks began to take their place in 
an orderly fashion to compose the 
30-by-60-foot addition which shall 
serve several purposes for the Clay- 
ton Brethi'en. The main auditorium 
will be enlarged to seat approxi- 
mately 75 more. A new baptistry 
will be installed, six Sunday-school 




We are happy to report that the 
spirit of revival still remains with 
us and that God has given an in- 
crease of five to the church roll. We 



rooms, and a pastor's study will all 
be found on the second floor. The 
basement, more correctly the first 
floor, since it is mostly above ground, 
will have modern rest rooms, furnace 
room, and a large auditorium for 
junior Sunday school. 

All this has been done by the men 
of the church and their pastor. All 
of this has been paid for by the 
members of the church by their sac- 
rificial giving. All work is expected 
to be completed by late summer or 
early fall and dedicated to the glory 
of the Lord. All this has been a 
testimony as to what God can do 
when the people have a mind to 
work and give. It's true — all things 
can be done when Christ is in the 
work and supplying the strength. — 
Clair Brickel, pastor. 

Harrah, Wash. 

It has been some time since any 
news has been sent in to the Herald 
concerning the church at Harrah. 
We are still carrying on in every 
good work of the church. There 



have been disappointments, but our 
victories have been many. 

Rev. Jesse Hall is our pastor. He 
and Mrs. Hall have been with us for 
a little more than a year. We do 
appreciate their unselfish devotion 
to the affairs of our church. 

Reports show that 562 pastoral 
calls were made and 17 have been 
added to the church during the year. 
Our Lord's Day offerings have been 
sufficient to meet all current ex- 
penses. The offering for foreign 
missions amounted to $1,302, and for 
home miissions, $665. 

Just recently our church building 
has been redecorated both inside and 
out; we have also added new rugSy 
drapes, and other improvements; this 
was at a cost of $1,200. We are re- 
joicing and are truly thankful that 
it has been possible for us to make 
these improvements. 

On Noveinber 22, 1953, our church 
celebrated its 25th anniversary. Be- 
sides the special music, a very in- 
teresting part of the day's program 
was from several of our charter 
members who spoke reminiscently 
of the early days of the church. Dr. 
L. L. Grubb was the morning speak- 
er, after which a potluck dinner was 
served. Rev. F. V. Kinzie, who was 
pastor here for five years, spoke in 
the afternoon. His message, too, was 
of early experiences and brought to 
our minds interesting and sometimes 
humorous incidents many of us had 
forgotten. The day closed with the 
regular evening service. 

Due to bad road conditions and 
much sickness, our Sunday-school 
attendance has been down, but ab- 
sentees are coming back and we are 
confident all will be with us again 
soon. One adult class and thi'ee 
BYF groups meet before the Sun- 
day-evening service. Other auxil- 
iary groups are the WMC, SMM, and 
Jr. SMM. The Sky Pilots organi- 
zation have an average attendance 
of 23. These boys have adult help 
in building their planes, but conduct 
their own devotional programs. One 
of these groups assists in each Sun- 
day-evening church service. 

We are looking forward to the fall 
campaign with Crusade Team Two. 
Our pastor's evening naessages for 
the month of January were of re- 
vival emphasis and for the month of 
February were evangelistic. Sun- 
day-school teachers and members 
met last Sunday for the purpose of 
inaugurating a visitation and trans- 
portation program to cover as large 

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Had lea WitL ike Wi^e 
ci ike Hiime Ulinidek 



(FIRST OF A SERIES) 



(Editor: Recent retirement of Israel's first 
Prime Minister and iiis wife to a Jewish co- 
operative settlement in Negev, makes this 
article by Rev. Nathan Meyer very timely.) 



It was 10 p. m. on top of Mt. Car- 
mel and all was quiet in our small 
hotel. I would have been preparing 
for bed, too, had it not been for my 
roommate. Dr. Salstrand, from Chat- 
tanooga. He needed some writing 
paper and prevailed upon me to go 
down to the clerk in the lobby to 
secure hotel stationery. 

It was the least I could do for him 
— or was it? The man at the desk 
answered in German and I retorted 
in Pennsylvania Dutch, but the best 
I could get out of him was a news- 
paper. Suddenly, "May I help you?" 
spoke a pleasant voice in very un- 
derstandable English. I looked 
around to find the voice belonged to 
a young lady who. upon learning of 
my request, said, "There is no more 
in the desk, but I'll go get you some." 

Meanwhile an older lady entered 
the small hotel lobby and with a 
wistful smile began to question me 
concerning my reactions and obser- 
vations in Israel. Presently she in- 
troduced herself: "I am Mrs. Ben- 
Gurion, wife of the Prime Minister — 

and this is Mrs. , wife of the 

manager of this hotel. The young 
lady had returned with my station- 
ery. For a brief moment I was 
speechless. I think my brain sent 
an S O S to my backbone. Should I 
bow, curtsey, or just shake hands? 

Quickly I decided the best thing 
to do was to look pleased as possible 
and say, "I'm certainly glad to meet 
you." From then on it was easy. 

"Won't you sit down and have a 
cup of tea?" she asked as she mo- 
tioned me toward the furniture in 
the lobby. 

I suggested that it was getting late 
and perhaps I should be retiring, but 
she insisted and I consented. 

I said it was easy. It was. AH I 
had to do was to listen and ask a 
question now and then. Being of an 
inquisitive nature I didn't need to 
force myself to show an interest. 



For the first half hour she told me 
of her family, her husband — "He's a 
great man," she said. She was proud 
of her son, too. "I wish you could 
meet him, but that's impossible. He's 
on secret duty right now — head of 
the police, you know!" She told me 
of her native New York and how she 
came to Palestine some 30 years ago 
when the modern city of Tel Aviv 
was only barren sand. 

At this point a very ordinary- 
looking man strolled through the 
otherwise deserted lounge. "That's 
my bodyguard," said the wife of the 
Prime Minister. "I get so tired of 
him." 

Then we got to the subject of reli- 
gion and I did most of the talking in 
answer to her questions. She said 
she believes everybody has a right 
to think the way he pleases and "I 

respect them all. Now Mrs. 

here is Catholic and she's a very fine 
girl." The manager's wife began 
telling her history, and wound up by 
saying: "I went to mass regularly 
and they taught us that Jesus was 
born of a virgin. Later on I found 
out he had brothers and sisters. Then 
I quit going. Now can you explain 
how that could be?" 

Both ladies were very attentive 
when I said very calmly, "Why cer- 
tainly; that's easy." 

But Mrs. Ben-Gurion interrupted 
with a question of her own: "Per- 
haps you can explain to me why 
Jesus had to die if He was as power- 
ful as they say He was." Now my 
time had come. With supreme con- 
fidence I smiled and said, "That's 
easy, too; I'll be happy to explain 
both of these problems. But permit 
me to begin at the beginning." (I 
breathed a prayed for divine wisdom 
and Spirit-given words.) Then, as 
the ladies listened with such rapt at- 
tention that I almost felt uncomfort- 
able, I began: 

"You know how your Scriptures 
(I looked at Mrs. Ben-Gurion) tell 
the account of creation. God made 
two perfect people and placed them 
in a perfect world." 

"Yes," she said. 

"But they sinned against God, as 




By Rev. Nathan M. Meyer, Pastor 
Leesburg (Ind.) Brethren Church 



every human being ever since them 
has done." 

Again she seemed to agree with 
me. 

"In so doing they brought upon 
themselves the death penalty, for 
God had issued an irrevocable de- 
cree: 'The soul that sinneth it shall 
die!' The same is true of us today, 
for we are all sinners and that pen- 
alty still stands." 

"Yes, yes?" She simply drew it 
out of me. 

"But God loved men and women 
so much He didn't want them to die. 
So He devised a plan whereby His 
decree could stand and yet the peo- 
ple He had created did not need to 
die." (No time for theological com- 
plications like foreknowledge, etc.; I 
was teaching first grade.) 

I continued: "There was only one 
thing God could do." The attention 
had become so intense that I almost 
wiihed something funny would hap- 
pen so I could laugh and relieve the 
pressure. But this was no time for 
laughter. This was serious business. 
God was using me to give the Gospel 
to perhaps the most influential mein- 
ber of His chosen people alive today. 

Mrs. Ben-Gurion couldn't wait for 
the answer. "Yes, yes," she urged 
me on. "What did He do?" 

Naturally I took advantage of the 
suspense and restated the problem 
before I went on with the solution. 

"God sent His own Son, Jesus 
Christ, who was without sin, to pay 
the penalty for sin. Thus He died 
in our place and God has promised 
to let all those go free who accept 
Him as their substitute." 

"But what about the virgin birth?" 
one of them reminded me. 

"That's the method God used to 
bring His Son into the world as a 
man. Jesus' mother was Mary, but 
He had no human father. He was 



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.iev. aijid i-li's. iSladne Snyder 
Winona Lake, lad. 



the divine Son of God. His brothers 
and sisters were only half brothers 
and half sisters because they were 
the children of Joseph and Mary. 
Jesus was not. Jesus was born first; 
they were born later." 

The Catholic lady said, "I under- 
stand." 

But Mrs. Ben-Gurion said, "Mr. 
Meyer, now you are being illogical. 
I'm surprised that an intellectual 
man like you (she said that, I didn't) 
would believe in something that 
wasn't rational." 

'"Don't you believe in miracles, 
Mrs. Ben-Gurion?" I asked. 

"No," she said. "I believe in sci- 
ence, in reason and logic." 

"Do you know, Mrs. Ben-Gurion, 
that the reason I am in Israel tonight 
is because I believe in miracles?" 

"What do you mean?" 

"For over 2,000 years your people, 
the Jews, have been scattered all 
over the world. They have been 
terribly persecuted and killed al- 
most everywhere they went. They 
have had nothing to keep them to- 
gether and no one to help them." 

"That is true," she agreed. 

"They had no country, no king, 
no flag, no organization of any kind, 
and by all the laws of science, rea- 
son, and logic (I emphasized these 
words — her words) the Jewish peo- 
ple should have gone the way of the 
Amorites, the Hittites, and the Phil- 
istines." 

She seemed fascinated, and a smile 
broke across her face that revealed 
a deep-seated Hebrew pride. I con- 
tinued. 

"But God worked a miracle. In 
fact, more than one." I rehearsed 
the promises God made to Abraham. 
And then I said: "More than 1,500 
years ago God told Ezekiel to write 
the prophecy telling how He would 
eventually bring back His people 
from every nation and cause them to 
return to Israel, the state which did- 
n't exist for nearly two millenniums 
until May 15, 1948. 

She was much impressed, but she 
had her own explanation, "Yes, but 
my husband did that." I smiled and 
she continued, "You know, Mr. Mey- 
er, you are like my husband. You 
have a strong faith; he has a strong 
faith." She went on: "I wouldn't 



try to get you to change your reli- 
gion." 

I hastened to assure her: "There is 
no danger of that; it could never be 
done." She seemed pleased, and 
then she added: "My husband be- 
lieves in the Bible." 

How I wished I could talk with 
him, but I didn't dare ask for the 
privilege. By this time it was after 
midnight. (My roommate never got 
his stationery.) I went to my room 
thanking the Lord for the privilege 
of telling the story of the true Mes- 
siah to one of the daughters of Jeru- 
salem. 

NOTE: To my recollection the tea 
was very good. I remember there 
was sugar and milk. 

(Next week: "A Talk With the 
Prime Minister Himself.) 



NEWS FROM THE CHURCHES 

(Continued From Page 178) 

a portion of this community as pos- 
sible and to begin as soon as assign- 
ments can be made. We ask for the 
Lord's leading and for a great har- 
vest of souls. Pray with us. — Mrs. 
S. C. Culver. 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

It is the consensus of opinion that 
the Grace Brethren Church experi- 
enced its most stirring evangelistic 
service in the past weeks with Evan- 
gelistic Crusade Team Two. We had 
an average attendance of 85 in all of 
the services. There were 16 first- 
time confessions and 21 rededications 
of life. The people are still rejoicing 
in the blessings received from God's 
bountiful supply. May God continue 
to bless these Spirit-filled men, and 
may God continue to bless the 
Brethren Church with the much- 
needed revival. — Richard E. Grant, 
pastor. 



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MARCH 20, 1954 




HOME MISSION NUMBI 




Washington Heights, Roanoke, Virginia, Lays Cornerstone 




he cornerstone-laying service was held on February 7 for the new Washington Heights Brethren Church, shown above. In 
18 lower left picture. Rev. W. Carl Miller, pastor, and Mr. O. R. Keith, Mr. John Wright, and Mr. B. H. Conner, the building 
Jmmittee, insert the cornerstone in place. At the right is a portion of the crowd and a view of the immediate neighborhood. 




Editorials 



By I. L 6rubb 




Foreign-Mission Season 

At this time of the year Brethren people the world 
around think especially of supporting and expanding the 
great foreign-mission program God has given into our 
care. 

The Easter season is the time set aside for a special 
foreign-mission offering. But the weeks preceding are 
times of prayer, foreign-mission emphasis, systematic 
giving, and missionary education. 

Through the Foreign Missionary Society the Lord has 
given us a wide and ever-expanding gospel testimony 
in several sections of the globe. Our present mission- 
aries are sacrificially representing us in South America, 
Africa, France, Hawaii, and Mexico. We know that 
where there are Brethren missionaries there is the full 
testimony of the Word of God. 

Every missionary on the field or home on furlough 
deserves our support. Those now awaiting the time 
when they can enter into foreign service find themselves 
praying that a larger offering may be given this year 
that they may be about the King's business. God will 
certainly hold us responsible for the service of these 
missionaries who cannot go to the field because funds 
are not available. 

YOU MUST EITHER GO OR SEND A SUBSTI- 
TUTE! Our Lord will settle for nothing less. Not many 
can go to Africa, South America, or other fields of the 
world. Not many are called. But each child of God 
who cannot go faces the responsibility of sending some- 
one in his place. 

Let us remember this challenge as we approach the 
Easter season and give a faithful account of our stew- 
ardship in supporting this strong and growing mission- 
ary arm of our church. 

Crime in Business 

AH the crime in America is not in a skid row or in 
the brothels or other houses of sin. Some of the clever- 
est and most difficult to solve crimes are committed 
against American big business. Subversives in indus- 
trial plants and offices, pilferage and embezzlement by 
employees, passing of bad checks, and other misde- 
meanors constantly harass business leaders. 

There are 5,000 detective agencies in the United States 
which constantly thrive on this kind of business. A 
business executive said recently, "Every big corporation 
in the United States employs a private detective at one 
time or another during the year." Revenue to these 
agencies exceeds $150 million a year. The vice president 
of Pinkerton's recently said, "Our volume of activity has 
more than doubled in the last four years, and this year 
it is 20 percent ahead of 1952." 

Some of this increasing crime wave in big business is 
due to the activities of Communist subversives. Infil- 



tration into such key plants as General Electric makes 
available military secrets and information on many new 
inventions. A Senate investigation recently revealed 
that four Communist cells are still operating in G. E. 
Fraudulent insurance claims constitute a large section 
of this "private-eye" business. 

The story of crime in America constantly becomes a 
more sordid and tragic picture which has been squarely 
faced by very few Christians. These statistics should 
startle every American to attention and action. 

America's Red Shroud 

If you share the sentiments of this editor during the 
past 10 years, and especially during the past several 
months, you have been shocked, sickened, and stunned 
by the repeated revelations that a well-organized group 
of Soviet agents have been working inside our Govern- 
ment and even inside the White House. In order to see 
this picture through unprejudiced eyes politics must be 
blotted from the picture. 

The Reds took advantage of the late thirties and the 
war years of the forties to infiltrate key positions in our 
Government. Take Lauchlin Currie, for instance, who 
for years with his office in the White House was the eyes 
and ears of the President. He was a Communist sym- 
pathizer and responsible for the appointment of Michael 
Greenberg to the Board of Economic Welfare, who in 
turn was well known as strongly pro-Communist. Alger 
Hiss, whose address is now the Federal Penitentiary, 
Lewisburg, Pa.; Harry Dexter White, whose dubious 
career recently received nationwide publicity; Gregory 
Silvermaster, named by the FBI as a top Red agent; 
and others of the same class, all were friends of Lauch- 
lin Currie. Strangely enough, when things became warm 
for him several years ago he left the country in a hurry 
and now works for the Government of Colombia. This 
puts him beyond the power of Senate subpoenas. 

Is it any wonder that the Kremlin knew about the 
atom boinb while it was being perfected. They also 
knew about D-Day when it was still a top-echelon 
secret. They knew where the Allied armies would 
strike in Europe and so were enabled to take over the 
Balkans, East Germany, and Poland. They knew of 
the atom-bomb test in New Mexico and when a bomb 
was to be dropped on Hiroshima. This advance infor- 
mation enabled them to be ready to declare war on 
Japan August 8, when she was already beaten. In re- 
turn for her "aid" at Yalta, Russia received Manchuria 
and an opening into Korea which has already cost many 
thousands of American casualties and deaths. 

We ce]-tainly have nothing good to say of men who 
will use their high office to betray the American people. 
Our son's sons will still be paying the bill incurred by 

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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS LAYS CORNERSTONE 




By W. Carl Miller, Pastor 

The Washington Heights Brethren Church, Roanoke, 
Va., held its cornerstone-laying service on Sunday after- 
noon, February 7, 1954, with the building nearly 75 
percent completed. The Lord blessed 
with a beautiful springlike day, although 
the weather forecast predicted bad 
weather. Over 150 from the local and 
neighboring churches gathered to wit- 
ness the event. 

Another blessing we enjoyed was hav- 
ing the Brethren Evangelistic Crusade 
Team One with us for the occasion. The 
team had just begun a series of meetings 
at the Ghent church, and so they were 
present to assist in the service. Bro. Max Williams, of 
the team, led in the singing and provided special music 
on his trombone. Rev. R. Paul Miller, team evangelist 
and father of the pastor, Carl Miller, brought the special 
message for the cornerstone service. Rev. Edward 
Bowman. Rev. Robert Miller, and Rev. Edward Lewis 
also participated in the service. 

Bro. B. H. Conner, the church secretary, read a con- 
cise and interesting history of the church. It was started 
in June 1951 as the result of a four-week tent meeting 
held by the speaker, R. Paul Miller. The laymen of the 



sMrm */. 



Carl Miller 



southeast district were instrumental in carrying on the 
work after the tent meeting, and the church was organ- 
ized in the fall of the same year. The following year the 
Brethren Home Missions Council was asked to help in 
administration and financing, looking toward the erec- 
tion of a building. On September 6, 1953, ground was 
broken and the Brethren Construction Company moved 
in from Dayton, Ohio, to begin the building in which 
the cornerstone was placed today. 

The cornerstone was placed in the church by the 
building committee composed of O. R. Keith, John 
Wright, and B. H. Conner, chairman. Just six months 
previous these same men were breaking ground, which 
gives an idea of the fine progress made on the buUding. 
It was an occasion for the community and district to 
see the marvelous way in which the Lord blessed their 
faithful praying and giving. 

The Brethren Construction Company crew has done 
a fine job in keeping the building going up. When 
subcontractors failed to carry out their work these men 
took over and avoided many delays that would have 
been necessary otherwise. The Lord willing, this crew 
will be on their way to build another home-mission 
church by April 1. For the help of these and all others 
who have made this blessed milestone a reality, we 
thank God. 



DAYTON GROUP JOINING NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES 




Even though the Dayton, Ohio, area has a generous number of Brethren churches already, the Lord has led 
in the organization of another new Brethi-en church northwest of the city, near Englewood, Ohio. This group 
consists mostly of those who have come out of a denomination which is a part of the National Council of Churches 
of Christ in the United States of America. They fully hold our doctrinal position and plan to apply for member- 
ship in the Southern Ohio District at the next conference. 

They are now meeting in the community hall near Brookville, Ohio, and need the prayers of all Brethi-en peo- 
ple. They need lots, a building, and furnishings. We praise the Loi-d for this additional group of God's children 
coming into our fellowship because they refuse to bow the knee to Modernism. 



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INTERS ON THE MISSIONARY EMPHASIS 



By Lester E. Pifer 



Cur Lord gave to His church a worldwide commission 
for missionary enterprise (Matt. 28:19). He promised 
that power would be given so that all those comprising 
the church would become witnesses unto Him in this 
sinful world (Acts 1:8). The early church received 
these words and went about everywhere preaching the 
Word without fear. The Book of Acts bears the in- 
fallible record of this missionary boldness. We believe 
that the Great Commission, the example of the early 
church, the spirituality of the early church, and the evi- 
dent blessing of God are sufficient reasons to declare 
that God's will for the church today is missionary serv- 
ice on a worldwide program. The church which limits 
its vision of the missionary field will certainly forfeit a 
portion of God's blessings. 

In the Sunday School 

The Sunday-school superintendent, along with the 
pastor, is the key to a missionary spirit in the Sunday 
school. Certainly in the light of this fact every church 
should consider at its annual election this qualification 
in choosing the superintendent. He will have splendid 
opportunities to promote missionary emphasis at the 
cabinet meetings and at all departmental meetings. 
Urging the Sunday school as a whole and the classes as 
separate units to support missionaries should be one of 
happy tasks. Each teacher should be encouraged to be 
missionary-minded. 

It is not out of the range of possibility that a good 
many of our Sunday schools could support a missionary 
full time. In some of the larger schools some of the 
adult classes could assume this privilege. In order to 
prepare for this program, education must come fu'st. 
The teacher will be the key in the class. If she will 
insert little illustrations along with the lesson, pray 
regularly for the missionaries, and urge them to give 
to missions she will be well on the road to the full sup- 
port of one at a later time. 

The six-point system with its encouraged systematic 



CAUGHT HIDING GOD'S WORD 




The three boys pictured here, Fred Colwell, Daniel 
Begley, and Grant Huff, were caught with the camera 
by Miss Evelyn Fuqua. They are members of the Dry- 
hill Boys Club and they were in Miss Evelyn's yard 
learning their memory verses assigned in the club. "Thy 
word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin 
against thee" (Psa. 119:11). 



plan of giving will help greatly in missionary offerings. 
Every church should have missionary offerings from 
every class in the Sunday school. The dime cards, pot- 
tery banks, and other means stimulate such giving. 
Even a little friendly competition between classes will 
help them to give more. In any event, it must be said 
of Brethren Sunday schools, we are missionary-minded. 

In the Church Program 

If God has given a worldwide commission to each 
member of the church, then certainly the church pro- 
gram should be in direct harmony with it. Its program 
in detail should reflect and tell of the concern for lost 
souls. No church can be called a true missionary church 
that does not have a burden for lost souls in its own 
community. Such a burden will be based upon a knowl- 
edge of the fact that God's Word declares that men 
everywhere are lost and need a Saviour. This church 
will preach that Christ is the Saviour from sin (Acts 
4:12; I Pet. 2:24). These truths then will have a definite 
part in the ministry of the Word in its application to the 
lives of believers in that congregation. The members 
will in turn demonstrate in practical personal soul win- 
ning and giving both in their lives and material goods 
that men will be saved at home and abroad. 

Every church should welcome into its pulpit as many 
missionaries from the various fields as they can wisely 
use. These servants of Christ will build a worldwide 
vision of missionary endeavor in the minds of our peo- 
ple. The various fields and their peculiar needs pre- 
sented will produce a burden for prayer, a need for more 
workei-s and missionaries, and even a greater generosity 
in the over-all inissionary offering. 

Sonne have felt that too much missionary emphasis 
will rob the local church of needed funds. This is not 
true! Recently I read of an outstanding missionary- 
minded church which made it a practice to always re- 
ceive a missionary offering when they met a financial 
crisis in the local finance program. This was in addition 
to their regular missionary offerings. The result was 
always encouraging because they gave sacrificially to 
meet God's needs in those fields close to His heart, and 
He in turn supplied their needs (Phil. 4:19). 

Letters from missionaries stating special needs which 
they may have or victories which they may have experi- 
enced, even defeats, will be of tremendous interest to 
Christian folk. These items presented in public services, 
printed in the church calendar, or prayed for in the 
prayer meeting will increase missionary zeal and in- 
terest. 

Encouraging your prayer groups to remember the 
missionaries by name and their respective field will help 
to create interest. Some churches have made it a prac- 
tice to remember these servants of Christ on their birth- 
days. Others encourage their folk to write personal 
letters regularly. All of these ideas help to build the 
missionary emphasis. 

The missionary map placed in a conspicuous place will 
be a constant reminder of our missionary fields. These 
can easily be obtained from your missionary boards or 
constructed by the local church. I have never forgotten 
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on the west coast. In the early part of the service the 
church was darkened and a huge missionary map came 
into full view. In each place where a missionary was 
being supported by the church a red light appeared. It 
became a vivid reminder of the believer's responsibility 
here at home to pray and give. Special prayer followed 
for these missionaries. If you are interested in con- 
structing such a map some good ideas can be gathered 
from the prominent airline offices in their wall map 
displays. But above all, keep your people informed on 
missionary activity if you want your church to becoine 
missionary -minded. 

In the Auxiliary Organizations 

A number of the above suggestions will apply in these 
organizations of the church. A special missionary prayer 
meeting can be held. A meeting devoted to the various 
missionary organizations of your denomination will 
prove very interesting. Each organization should keep 
its members well informed on how missionary work is 
accomplished, who the missionaries are, and where they 
are serving. It may be possible that your organization 
will be enabled by God's blessing to assume the support 
of a missionary on the field. If this is not possible, then 
perhaps valuable needs in equipment may be supplied. 
Each group ought to have a missionary spirit in its work. 
May God help us in this season to remember our foreign 
missionaries, pray for them, give for their support, and 
most of all that we at home may realize the great re- 
sponsibility to win souls whether at home or abroad. 



HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL HOLDS WORKSHOPS 

The first home-mission workshops, held in Chico, 
Calif., and Winona Lake, Ind., are now history. Twenty- 
five men from the western States assembled in the main 
auditorium of our beautiful home-mission church at 
Chico, Calif., on February 23, 24. and 25. Twenty men 
from the eastern States attended the workshop which 
followed on March 2, 3, and 4, in Grace Seminary at 
Winona Lake, Ind. These days of instruction, discus- 
sion, and precious fellowship were a dream come true 
of home-mission planning for a number of years. 

Instruction classes on practical material such as: "The 
Preacher, His Ministry, and His Family," "Organizing, 
Locating, and Building the Church," "Administering the 
Church," "Public Relations," "Publicity and Personal 
Evangelism," were held throughout the day and evening 
hours. In each section time was spent in very valuable 
discussion of new ideas and problems in these fields. 
Some open-forum discussions were held on the current 
problems of the pastorate, the home-mission constitu- 
tion, the home-mission reports, and the general working 
plan of the Home Missions CouncU. Joint prayer meet- 
ings and inspirational services added zest and blessing 
to the program. 

These first workshops were unanimously acclaimed by 
the missionaries as a tremendous help to their ministry. 
It is the plan of the council that this will become an 
annual event, to be held in the month of February. We 
believe that each home-mission church will greatly 
profit and enjoy added blessing and growth as a result 
of the effort. It is our earnest desire that this might be 
another step in efficiency in making your home-mission 
dollars count more to evangelize lost America and win 
many more souls to Jesus Christ. 




TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. fLeo Pohnan, pastor)— 

Our dedication yesterday was a great day. We broke 
our Sunday-school record with 158 present. We had a 
decision for Christ in the morning and another in the 
evening service. Over 325 were present for the dedica- 
tion of the building and the "Dedication to Service" in 
the afternoon. I believe the people are sold on the new 
building, for the reaction has been wonderful. It re- 
mains to be seen what the rest of the week will bring 
in our continued dedication services. 

ROANOKE, VA. (Carl Miller, ^Mstor)— 

We have been enjoying good attendance at our serv- 
ices since moving into the basement of our new church. 
We had 92 in Bible school last Sunday and we are aim- 
ing for 125 on Easter Sunday. The roof is now on and 
the church is rapidly nearing completion. This month 
will about finish the work by the Brethren Construction 
Company. Some of the crew have already moved into 
York, Pa., to start the next project. 

NAVAHO MISSION (Evan Adams, missionury)— 

The mission started a weekly Bible class on December 
31, and the attendance has varied from five to nine. We 
are handicapped at present for lack of an interpreter, 
but there is evidence of growth in some. At a recent 
session the discussion centered around the baptism of 
the believer. We are glad that five are ready to obey the 
Lord in baptism as soon as warm weather permits us to 
hold the service. We realize this is a small number con- 
sidering the confessions made, but some are too weak to 
stand in the face of trials, and others do not understand 
enough about the Christian life to see the need for obe- 
dience in baptism. 

YORK, PA. (Gerald Polman, pastor)— 

I know we are not deserving of all the blessings com- 
ing our way, but we do praise Him for them. We had 
a wonderful meeting last month with Team One of the 
Evangelistic Crusade. And since that meeting 16 new 
members have been received into our membership. This 
brings our total to 49. Then another blessing was the 
granting of a loan by a local bank for construction of 
our new church. With this news our people are looking 
forward to the arrival of the Brethren Construction 
Company. 

FINDLAY, OHIO (Forest F. Lance, pastor)— 

Our meetings with Team One of the Evangelistic Cru- 
sade just ended with excellent results. The attendance 
was good, running between 60 and 115. Twenty-five 



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decisions were registered, of which five were first-time 
decisions. One ol' the direct blessings of the meeting 
was the manner in which the Holy Spirit gave our 
church leaders a new sense of spiritual responsibility to 
the Lord and His church. Several of the new Christians 
made victorious decisions over some of their bad habits. 
The men of the team did a fine job for us. 

TAOS, N. MEX. (Sam Homey, missionary superintend- 
ent) — 
David Tollardo is now giving his full time to the min- 
isti'y at Arroyo Hondo. Many of the people are leaving 
the town to look for work elsewhere, which means we 
must keep getting new people to take their places. David 
is calling four days a week and in spite of the dark side, 
things look bright for the future of Arroyo Hondo. 

TIFFIN, OHIO (Forest Lance, Bihle-Class Teacher)— 

As for the Bible class we are having a good attend- 
ance. Twenty or more are gathering each Thursday 
evening and showing a real spiritual interest. Rev. 
Gordon Bracker, the new pastor at Fremont, Ohio, is 
assisting in the teaching. It is our prayer that this work 
may soon have a full-time pastor, thus becoming a 
strong fundamental testimony in this area. 

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Bernard Schneider, Bible-Class 
teacher) — 

I am happy to report that last night we had the most 
encouraging response thus far in the Monday-night 
Bible class. We have four or five young couples along 
with a number of other folks who are showing a steady 
interest in our work. These make up our attendance of 
from 15 to 20 each week. The number is not large, but 
the quality is excellent for building a home-mission 
church. Pray for us as we continue in the Upper Arl- 
ington area, a vast new home-mission field. 

ARTESIA, CALIF. (Adam Rager, pastor)— 

Seven new members were added to the church last 
week. Among these were two married couples and one 
member making another family complete in the Lord. 
Our Sunday school is running from 175 to 185 each 
week. The time seems ripe for our evangelistic effort 
with Bro. Bill Smith. Pray that the Lord will lead us 
in our investigation concerning our building location. 



JENNERS COMPLETING THEIR BUILDING 



HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE? 

An English preacher once asked some British soldiers: 
"If Queen Victoria were to issue a proclamation and, 
placing it in the hands of her army and navy, were to 
say, 'Go ye into all the world and proclaim it to every 
creature,' how long do you think it would take to do it?" 

One of the officers replied without hesitation. "We 
could manage it in 18 months!" 

Means of communication have greatly changed since 
that day. Yet the church has still failed to reach the 
uttermost parts. — Prophecy. 



FINDLAY DEDICATION MARCH 21 

The Findlay Brethren Church, Findlay, Ohio, will 
dedicate their new church on Sunday, March 21, 1954. 
Watch for your April Home Mission Number, which 
will contain complete details and pictures on this new 
home-mission church. 




This is the Jenners Brethren Church, Jenners, Pa., as 
it looked to Rev. Lester Pifer when he visited there in 
January. The basement unit was used a number of 
years, and about a year ago the superstructure of con- 
crete blocks was completed. Now the brick facing has 
been added and the building is expected to be finished 
in the near future. Only the basement is usable at the 
present time. 



DON'TS FOR A NEW PASTOR 

Don't imagine that your predecessor accomplished 
nothing, or knew nothing. The probability is that he 
was about your size. 

Don't be jealous of him. You will be glad to have the 
folks speak well of you when you are gone. 

Don't publish that your congregations have doubled, 
prayer meetings quadrupled, etc. If they have, be 
thankful, but publication may be premature. If all the 
reports from the first six months were true and ratios 
maintained, the problem of the "evangelization of the 
world in this generation would be solved in two years 
or less. 

Don't imagine that you have become another man in 
the new place; you are no larger and no different. Your 
sublime head is no nearer the stars. 

Don't issue bulletins of victory on the day of assuming 
command. 

Don't regale your new people upon the beauties, de- 
lights, and virtues of the old field. Few second wives 
like that sort of thing. They might wish you back with 
your first love. 

Don't forget that you are an extremely ignorant, 
fallible, imperfect, and unimportant human being, in the 
midst of forces, tendencies, and conditions which are not 
easily read and are still less easily handled, and that you 
need guidance and grace every step of the way that you 
may be saved from conceit, rashness, and folly. — Ala- 
bama Wesleyan Conference Paper. 



EXCUSES 

A man refused to lend a rope because he was going to 
tie up a heap of sand with it. "But you can't tie sand 
with a rope!" exclaimed his neighbor. "Yes," he replied, 
"you can do anything with a rope, when you don't care 
to lend it." What surprising uses we often claim for the 
time which Christians are supposed to spend at church! 
Let's stop making excuses for not doing the things we 
ought to do — let's try doing them! — Earnest Worker. 



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II S IP A IE IL CALLS 






AN ORDINARY DAY 



By Leanore Button 



The day was hot for February as I went up the walk. 
A Jewess with blonde hair was sweeping the front stoop. 
"Please don't stop at the back apartment." she said. 
"My husband is sleeping there for the first time in days. 
He is Ul with heart trouble." I smiled at her and handed 
her a copy of the Mediator. 

"I'll let you have it," I told her, "but please let him 
read it later." She sighed. "He hasn't been able to 
work for months. That's why I am here sitting with a 
little baby. I haven't worked since I was married, but 
I must find something soon." 

We began to talk and I tried to tell her something of 
Jesus, the Messiah. She listened politely, but I could 
tell her own troubles were upperinost in her mind. 

"I was raised in Oklahoma. We were one of three 
Jewish families in the town. My parents weren't really 
religious and I hadn't much opportunity to follow my 
religion as there was no synagogue nearby." She went 
on to tell me of her early life and then her immediate 
troubles concerning her husband and their finances. 
Suddenly tears were running down her cheeks. "I 
wanted my children to attend Sunday school at the 
temple, but it costs $100 for a family membership and 
they are not welcome unless we have it." 

I tried to explain that the worship of God was from 
the heart and that money or belonging to a temple had 
nothing to do with it. She seemed willing to listen, but 
I could tell that what I said had little effect on her. The 
One who was able to share her burdens and give her 
peace she brushed aside hastily. I said a few more 
words about the Messiah before leaving. As I went 
down the walk she called after me: "Come back again. 
It did help to talk to you." 

NEW MISSIONARIES TO THE NAVAHOS 




Kathryn, David, and Hubert Sylvester left Winona 
Lake, Ind., on February 23 to join the Navaho Mission 
staff at Cuba, N. Mex. The Sylvesters are members of 
the First Brethren Church, Los Angeles, Calif., and they 
were living in Winona Lake while Brother Sylvester 
was taking some work at Gi-ace Seminary. Pray for 
this family as they enter upon this very difficult task. 



The next few calls were uneventful — a few words at 
the door, and the Mediator. I stopped to talk to the 
mailman and handed him a tract, only to find he was a 
real believer. As I rang the next bell, the door opened 
from an upstairs apartment and I went up the stairs to 
meet an elderly lady whose enthusiasm dampened some- 
what when she discovered it was the missionary. How- 
ever, she invited me to sit down and allowed me to talk 
and to give her a Gospel of Matthew. She, too, told me 
her troubles and wasn't really interested in what I had 
to say. I sighed to myself as I left her, feeling that the 
time I was with her had accomplished nothing. She had 
experienced nothing but intolerance at the hands of 
"so-called" Christians, so she was very bitter. But the 
Gospel of Matthew remained behind and so I felt at 
least the rest was safely in His hands. How hard it is 
sometimes to leave it therel 

More calls. More doors opened a few inches. More 
hostile faces. A few amusing incidents. The smell of 
Jewish cooking. Children and dogs and telephones. 

Again I was going up stairs. I could hear children 
crying and the door at the top was open wide. A young 
woman was dressing a little boy. Her smile froze when 
she saw the Mediator. "I don't want it." she said, hand- 
ing it back. 

I told her it told of One whom we believed to be the 
Messiah but that we wanted her to be interested in the 
Tenach. Did she know what that was? Her blank look 
was answer enough. I explained it was the Jewish book 
— the Law, the Prophets, the Writings — the Old Testa- 
ment." 

"I'm not interested." 
"Not interested in your own Book?" 
"My husband has his own ideas. I don't know any- 
thing about these things." 

I told her her husband wasn't going to have to answer 
for her. She was going to have to face God someday and 
give an account to Him. No one could do it for her. Not 
only that, but she was responsible for her children find- 
ing the Truth. And how did she know her husband's 
ideas were God's ideas? How could she know what 
God's will for her life was if she never read His Word? 
"I don't care," she said. "My husband has his own 
ideas. I agree with him and that's the way it's going 
to be." 

"Even if his way is the wrong way? The Prophet 
Jeremiah says the heart is deceitful and desperately 
wicked. God's Word says there is a way which seem- 
eth right unto men but the end thereof are the ways 
of death." 

"I told you we do these things our own way." 
I took the Mediator and left without further argument. 
As I went down the stairs I heard the little boy say, 
"What did that lady want to give you, Mommie?" 
"Oh, just an old paper," I heard her answer. 
As I waited for the car to pick me up, I couldn't help 
but think that it was no wonder they were a stiffnecked 
people. Their hearts are heavy with unhappiness and 
yet they aren't interested in even finding out if the One 



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who claimed to be their Messiah might have been speak- 
ing the truth, after all. 

The way of peace they know not; and there is no 
judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked 
paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. 

Therefore is judgrnent far from us, neither doth justice 
overtake us: we wait for light, hut behold obscurity ; for 
brightness, but we walk in darkness. 

We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as 
if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the 
night; we are in desolate places as dead men. 

For our transgressions are inultiplied before thee, and 
our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are 
with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; 

In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and de- 
parting aioay from our God, speaking oppression and 
revolt, conceiviiig and uttering from the heart luords of 
falsehood (Isa. 59:8, 9, 10, 12, 13). 

(The second installment of "Bigot, Don't Be One" 
(Feb. 20) will appear in next month's Home Mission 
Number of the Herald.) 



EDITORIALS 

(Continiied From Page 182) 

these traitors. The suffering of China's millions, brought 
about by such unscrupulous men as Currie, will cry out 
through eternity against them. 

We thank God that at least something is being done 
now to root out these traitors to the American way of 
life. The job is far from finished and we pray that it 
will not stop until it is complete. Our foreign policy in 
respect to Red China will pretty much indicate the trend. 

It is plain to every child of God that we need Chris- 
tian men in public life. Others often will succumb to 
temptation, lacking the power to say no to sin. Believ- 
ers should exercise their right of suffrage and see to it 
that men are put in ofRce who will hold high the banner 
of Christ. 



SOMETHING NEW IN DEDICATIONS 

The dedication of the Temple City Brethren Church 
was something new and different in church dedica- 
tions. It will be featured in pictures and story in the 
April Home Mission Number. Here is the schedule 
of Dedication Sunday, February 28, 1954, and for the 
following week: The Sunday-school hour, "Dedica- 
tion to Teaching"; the morning worship hour, "Dedi- 
cation to Worship"; the afternoon service, "Dedica- 
tion to Service"; the BYF hour, "Dedication to 
Youth"; evening worship hour, "Dedication to Evan- 
gelism"; Monday night, "Dedication to Missions"; 
Tuesday night, "Dedication to Music"; Wednesday 
night, "Dedication to Prayer and Church Fellow- 
ship"; Thursday night, "Dedication to the Word of 
God"; and Friday night, "Dedication to Christian 
Education." 

The dedication of this church was indeed something 
new in home-mission church buildings. It was de- 
signed by Neptune and Thomas, architects, and is 
one of several units to be erected on the site. The 
sketch of the entire development was featured in the 
January 13 edition of the Pasadena News. 




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BIBLE 



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HEBREWS 



I. Presentation. 

A. To urge the unsaved to go on to faith in Messiah 
as High Priest (3:12; 4;l-2; 10:19-20; 10:38-39). 

B. To establish believing Jews in New Testament 
truth. 

C. It sets forth: 

1. The perfection of the revelation through the Son. 

2. The principle of life by faith. 

3. The peril of death through apostasy. 

II. Key Words. 
A. Better (1:4; 



9:23: 10:34; 



20; 8:4; 10:11). 
3:1; 4:14, 15; 5:1. 



5, 10; 6:20; 



7:7, 19, 22; 8:6; 
11:16, 

B. 

C. 
7:26; i 

D. 

E. 

F. 
30, 31). 

G. Through faith (6:12; 11:3, 11. 28, 33, 39). 

H. Eternal (5:9; 6:2; 9:12, 14, 15; 13:20). 

I. Lest (2:1; 3:12, 13; 4:11; 12:3, 13, 15). 

J, Let us (4:1, 11, 14, 16; 6:1; 10:22, 23, 24; 12:1; 13: 
13, 15). 



6:9; 
35, 40; 12:24). 
Priest (7:3, 11, 15, 
High Priest (2:17; 
i:l, 3; 9:7, 11, 25; 10:21; 13:11). 
Priesthood (7:5, 11, 12, 14, 24). 
Faith (4:2; 6:1; 10:22, 23; 11:1, 6; 12:2; 13:7). 
By faith (11:4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 



III. 
A. 
B. 
C. 
D 



Key Verses. 
8:6 — Paul's proposition. 
6:1 — Let us go on. 
10:22 — Let us go in. 
13:13— Let us go forth. 



IV. Key Outline. 

A. The New Testament is superior to and takes the 
place of the First Testament because its Founder, the 
Messiah, is better than: 

1. The prophets (1:1-3). 

2. The angels (1:4 to 2:18). 

3. Moses (3:1-5). 

4. Joshua (3:6 to 4:13). 

5. Aaron (4:14 to 8:5). 

B. The New Testament is superior to and takes the 
place of the First Testament because: 

1. It was prophesied to be superior (8:7-13). 

2. It is actual; the First Testament is only typical 
(9:1-15). 

3. It is sealed with better blood (9:16 to 10:39). 

C. Faith, not works, is the true way of salvation, as 
proved by instances of First Testament saints (11:1 to 
12:2). 

D. Final warnings and exhortations (12:3 to 13:25). 

V. Key Thoughts for Today. 
A. Call to separation. 



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CLAYHOLE, KENTUCKY, CAPTURES SEVENTH PRIZE 

THE CLAYHOLE BRETHREN SUNDAY SCHOOL WAS RECENTLY NOTIFIED THAT IT HAD WON 
THE SEVENTH PRIZE IN THE ANNUAL CHRISTIAN LIFE SUNDAY-SCHOOL CONTEST. THE PRIZE 
CONSISTED OF AN AUDIO MASTER THREE-SPEED RECORD PLAYER, A NUMBER OF SUPER SOUND 
RECORDS, AND TWO JUDSON CHALK BOARDS. THEY WERE ENTERED IN CLASS D, FOR SUNDAY 
SCHOOLS RANGING FROM 100-249. 




The girl at the extreme left in the upper left corner. Miss Katherine Campbell, won the grand prize for bring- 
ing the most during the contest. She brought 39 one Sunday and 31 another. Upper right. Rev. Sewell Landrum 
and Rev. Robert Ashman assisting in releasing balloons at the beginning of the contest. Lower left, the Sunday- 
school bus with the banner, "We're Out to Win." 



1. From the shadow to the substance. 

2. From the type to the antitype. 

3. From the good (in Judaism) to the better (in 
Christianity). 

4. From the incomplete to perfection. 

5. From the carnal ordinances to spiritual reality. 

6. From the earthly sanctuary to the heavenly sanc- 
tuary. 

7. From the old covenant with its conditional prom- 
ises to the new covenant of unconditional grace. 

B. Its one concern. 

A warning against one sin, namely, that of renouncing 
their professed faith in Messiah and returning to the 



abrogated sacrifices of the First Testament. This sin is 
described in a series of four warnings: 

1. Allowing the New Testament truth to slip away 
(2:1-4). 

2. Hardening the heart against the Holy Spirit who 
gave the truth (3:7-19). 

3. Falling away, crucifying the Son of God afresh 
(6:6). 

4. Willfully sinning (10:26-29). 

a. Treading underfoot the Son of God. 

b. Counting Jesus' blood as common blood. 

c. Doing despite to the Holy Spirit. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind- 



TRACY, CALIF. — Rev. William 
Clough, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, will undergo surgery of ma- 
jor proportions on March 24 at the 
Mary's Help Hospital, San Francisco, 
Calif. Two specialists will assist in 
the operation. Prayer is requested 
on behalf of Rev. Clough. 

WHITTIER, CALIF.— Dr. Irving 
Ahlquist, assistant professor of his- 
tory at Long Beach State College, 
Long Beach, Calif., was the guest 
speaker at the Parent-Teachers Fel- 
lowship, Feb. 26, at the Brethren 
Elementary School of the Commu- 
nity Brethren Church. Rev. Ward 
Miller is pastor. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.— Dr. 
Keith L. Brooks, editor of Prophecy 
magazine, went to be with the Lord 
on Feb. 24, the date of his birth. He 
had been in poor health for some 
time. From 1917 to 1928 Dr. Brooks 
was the editor of the King's Business 
magazine, and editor of Prophecy 
magazine since 1930. He wrote over 
50 books during his earthly sojourn. 

TROY, OHIO— Laymen were in 
charge of the services on Feb. 28. 
Mr. John Martin spoke at the morn- 
ing worship hour, and Mr. Ed Jack- 
son at the evening service. Richard 
Mcintosh is pastor. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (E/P).— 
President Eisenhower attended a 
breakfast prayer meeting at which 
Chief Justice Earl Warren spoke of 
the United States as "a Christian 
land governed by Christian princi- 
ples." 

JOLIET, ILL.— The sidewalk pul- 
pit (bulletin board) of the Ottawa 
Street Methodist Episcopal Church 
carried the following suggestion: 
"The Jewish synagogue has great 
preaching on up-to-date problems. 
Visit there Friday." This was one of 
seven suggestions that appeared in 
this bulletin board. (Editor: When 
the well goes dry, it really doesn't 
make much difference which faucet 



you open; just don't expect to get a 
drink.) 

DETROIT, MICH.— In response to 
a telephone call from Joe Lewis, for- 
mer heavyweight boxing champion. 
Evangelist Billy Graham went to the 
hospital to pray for Louis' mother, 
who has since died. Through this 
contact, Billy Graham had opportu- 
nity to present the Gospel to the 
ex-champion. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF.— A meet- 
ing of the junior-high youth of the 
Brethren churches of southern Cali- 
fornia was held at the First Brethren 
Church on Mar. 12. 

SOUTH GATE, CALIF.— The 
WMC of the First Brethren Church 
has purchased stainless steel silver- 
ware for the church. Alfred Dodds 
is pastor. 

LA VERNE, CALIF.— The First 
Brethren Church reached a new high 
on Mar. 7, with 189 present. Victor 
Meyers is pastor. 




CANTON, OHIO— Rev. John Dill- 
ing, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, was given a surprise birth- 
day party on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 
28, following his ordination to the 
Christian ministry. A gift of $100 
was presented to him. Dr. Herman 
Hoyt was the guest speaker. 

KITTANNING, PA.— Rev. Sam- 
uel Hemberger, pastor of the St. 
Lawrence Congregation Church, of 
Portland, Me., was the evangelist at 
the North Buffalo church Mar. 8-21. 
Rev. Donald Rossman is pastor. 

ARTESIA, CALIF. — Evangelist 
Bill Smith concluded a two-weeks 
evangelistic meeting at the Carson 
Avenue Brethren Church on Mar. 
14. Rev. Adam Rager is pastor. 

HARRISBURG, PA.— Two young 
men, Mr. Charles Stoner and Mr. 
Curtis Stroman, both students at 
Hershey Junior College, and candi- 
dates for the Christian ministry, 
were in charge of the evening serv- 
ice at the Melrose Gardens Brethren 
Church on Feb. 21. Rev. Conard 
Sandy is pastor. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF.— On Ded- 
ication Day, Feb. 28, over 350 were 
present for the dedication of the 
Temple City Brethren Church and 



to hear the message of Dr. Charle.^ 
Ashman, pastor of the Fremont Ave- 
nue Brethren Church, South Pasa- 
dena, Calif. Feb. 28 the Sunday- 
school attendance record was broken 
with 158 present. Rev. Leo Polman 
is pastor. 

ALTOONA, PA.— Rev. James 
Dixon, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Washington, D. C, ad- 
dressed the ministers and Sunday- 
school superintendents of the city 
on Mar. 4. 

DRYHILL, KY.— Rev. Dennis Hol- 
liday, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Waynesboro, Pa., conducted 
evangelistic meetings here Mar. 21- 
25. 

KITTANNING, PA.— During the 
absence of Rev. Donald Rossman, 
pastor of the North Buffalo Brethren 
Church, two laymen brought the 
messages. Mr. Edward Bowser 
spoke at the morning service and 
Mr. Clarence Creel at the evening 
hour. A new Stromberg-Carlson 
public -address system has recently 
been installed in the church. 

ALLENTOWN, PA.— Rev. William 
Gray is now back in his pulpit fol- 
lowing a period of confinement in 
the hospital. During Rev. Gray's 
illness, Mr. Kenneth Kohler, of the 
Third Brethren Church of Philadel- 
phia, did the preaching. 

GOSHEN, IND.— The new address 
of Rev. Lowell Hoyt is R. R. 3. 
Please change your annual. Two 
records were recently broken at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart, 
Ind., with 113 in attendance Feb. 7. 
There were 51 at prayer meeting. 

LEESBURG, IND.— A new record 
in Sunday-school attendance was 
reached during February with 176 
present. Rev. Nathan Meyer is pas- 
tor. 

SEATTLE, WASH.— A pre-Easter 
attendance campaign is under way 
at the View Ridge Brethren Church. 
The aim is a full church by Easter. 
Rev. Thomas Hammers is pastor. 

LIMESTONE, TENN.— The WMC 
of the Southeast Fellowship of 
Brethren Chuj'chss will convene 
here Apr. 22. Dr. and Mrs. Barnard 
will be present to tell of God's work- 
ing in our South American fields. 

SPECIAL.— The Indiana supreme 
court ruled recently that churches 
cannot be refused building permits 
because of the lack of parking facil- 
ities. The court held that such re- 
fusal violated the constitutional 
freedom of worship. 



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The Brethren M'ss'onary Herald 



'SNO FUN WITHOUT SNOW! 



By Ralph Colburn 
National Youth Director 



People who accused the youth di- 
rector of going to Cahfornia to avoid 
the snow might find difficulty in 
reconciling the fact that he spent 
thi-ee successive week ends in Cali- 
fornia going to week-end snow con- 
ferences with different youth groups! 
And the main reason he quit with 
three was that there weren't enough 
week ends, for a crowded schedule 
made it impossible to accept two 
similar invitations from other groups. 

The first of these, in January, was 
with the young people of the Glen- 
dale and La Crescenta churches at 
Tahquitz Pines, scene of Brethren 
summer camps. About 50 young 
people were present, and snow was 
plentiful. We had a wonderful time 
of fun and fellowship, but best of all, 
a number of decisions were made for 
the Lord on Saturday night and 
Sunday morning. Pastors Bob Dell 
and Charles Underwood were with 
the group, too. 

The next week end he went with 
23 Temple City young people to 
Crestline. BYF Sponsors Byron and 
Grace Frick have a cabin there 
which can house about that many, 
as long as some of them are willing 
to sleep on the floor! There was no 
snow at Crestline, for warm rain and 
sun had melted it, but we found 
some about 15 miles away, which 
made for some good fights, snow 
facials, and sports. Again, the Lord 
blessed with wonderful times of 
spiritual fellowship. We returned 
home Saturday night, and the young 
people who had been to the moun- 
tains formed a choir and sang one 
of the songs we learned together 
there. 

Then the following week end we 
met with another 50 young people 
and their sponsors at Acorn Lodge 
in Wrightwood. Again no snow there, 
but plenty in nearby Big Pines, 
where sledding, tobogganning, scoot- 
er riding, and snow saucering were 
enjoyed all day. Of course, there 
were some snow fights here ,too. 

Pastor Glenn O'Neal led in brief 
devotions after each meal, and Youth 
Director Ralph Colburn spoke on 
Saturday night and Sunday morn- 
ing. One public decision was re- 



4. 




'«?* ' 



Temple City Youth at Frick's Cabin in Crestline; Sponsor Byron Frick, With 
Ax; Mrs. Frick and Mrs. Polman Marked by Arrows. 




Part oj L. A. 1st Youth at Arorn Lodge Waiting /or Dinner; Pastor Glenn 
O'Neal at Extreme Right. 




Glendale Youth in Sunday Morning Service, Tahquitz Pines Lodge 



corded, and real spiritual fellowship ences with their young people, and 

was enjoyed. this year the district is sponsoring 

Many of the California churches one too, in March, with Evangelist 

plan such week-end snow confer- Bill Smith as the speaker. 



March 20, 1954 



191 



ISk^!^ 



u/t 




"It's in the Book. What are you 
going to do about it?" This oft- 
quoted expression of the late Dr. L. 
S. Bauman stands as a direct chal- 
lenge to the Brethren Church in 
these days — days when the practice 
of forms once ouerstressed are rap- 
idly becoming tmderstressed. Per- 
haps the quotation will be more 
expressive to the individual when 
written thus: "It's in the Book. What 
are you going to do about it?" Form 
in the ultimate is a personal matter. 

Among the practices coming under 
scrutiny at this point along with 
many others is the practice of the 



THE 

HOLY 

KISS 



"holy kiss." The question as to 
whether the "holy kiss" is an ordi- 
nance or not, although important at 
times, seems quite unimportant at 
the moment. Rather the basic prob- 
lems as seen by the writer are: Is it 
in the Book? Is its spiritual mean- 
ing to be found in the Book? What 
are we going to do about it? Let us 
deal with each of these problems in 
turn. 

IS IT IN THE BOOK? 

Lest you fail to get your Bible and 
read on this point, the following ap- 
propriate verses are quoted for your 
convenience: 



Roinans 16:16: "Salute one another 
with an holy kiss. The churches of 
Christ salute you." 

I Corinthians 16:20: "All the 
brethren greet you. Greet ye one 
another with an holy kiss." 

II Corinthians 13:12: "Greet one 
another with an holy kiss." 

I Thessalonians 5:26: "Greet all 
the brethren with an holy kiss." 

I Peter 5:14 ASV: "Salute one an- 
other with a kiss of love. Peace be 
unto you all that are in Christ." 

On this point the Bible seems to 
be quite clear, doesn't it? Now, lest 
you are saying to yourself that five 
passages are too few to serve for a 
basis for such a practice, be remind- 
ed that some of the reportedly car- 
dinal practices have feioer than five 
such clear passages as their basis. 



IS ITS SPIRITUAL MEANING TO 
BE FOUND IN THE BOOK? 

If such a "holy kiss" is commanded 
in the Bible, certainly there must be 
a spiritual significance for the prac- 
tice set forth. 

First, it is a holy kiss (Rom. 16:16: 
I Cor. 16:20; II Cor. 13:12; I Thess. 
5:14). Thus it is a sanctified prac- 
tice, that is, set aside to a sinless and 
sacred use. The meaning involves 
all that "holy" expresses elsewhere 
in the Scriptures. The Book has 
taken a custom and elevated it to 
new heights by endowing it with 
new meaning and solemnity. 

Second, it is a "kiss of love" (I 
Pet. 5:14 ASV). This is to be a 
token which issues forth from love — 
not necessarily a personal affection 
of one saint for another, but a real- 
ization of the value and preciousness 
of his soul and for him as a member 
of the family of God. 

Thus the kiss becomes a symbol 
of the spiritual union in holiness 
(sanctification) and love which has 
been implanted in the hearts of the 
saints by the Lord Jesus Christ and 
which binds them together in the 
kinship of the family of God. 



192 



WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO 
ABOUT IT? 

Having seen that the "holy kiss" is 
commanded in the Book and that it 
does have spiritual significance, what 
about its practice in our lives? Such 
a sacred symbol is certainly not to 
be flaunted before the eyes of the 
unbelievers where it would most 
certainly be misunderstood. 

A most logical place for such a 
kiss and its display of Christian love 
for other members of the family of 
God is at the feast of love (Jude 12), 
our communion service. Here we 
have Ckristians gathered in a most 
sacred and intimate service where 
love is to be the keynote. Within 
the service itself, the most logical 
time of practice is immediately fol- 
lowing the practice of feetwashing 
when, having been reminded afresh 



By Rev. Thomas Inman, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Denver, Colo. 



of the Lord's daily cleansing of be- 
lievers from sin for fellowship both 
with Him and fellow Ckristians, we 
look forward to a time of blessed 
fellowship around the Lord's table. 
This particular time solves any 
problems which might arise con- 
cerning the limitation which mod- 
esty places upon the practice limit- 
ing the kiss to those of one's own 
sex. Thus the sacredness and beau- 
ty of the practice is preserved from 
taint. 

In closing, may be observe that 
some believers feel that the hand- 
shake has replaced this "holy kiss" 
of former days. The writer can but 
ponder that if such is the case, why 
has not the kiss been replaced in 
other areas of life, seeing that an 
equal amount of feeling is so ex- 
pressed? 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



WANTED- 



Dynamic Christians 



By Robert Griffith, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Lake Odessa, Mich. 



You have walked down the streets 
of your town or city and observed a 
sign in the window of a store or 
restaurant reading, "Help Wanted." 
I believe as we look in God's win- 
dow we also see a "Help Wanted" 
sign, this one reading, "Wanted — 
Dynamic Christians." The reason 
this is true is because there are so 
many dormant Christians in our 
churches today. The question is 
often asked, "Why aren't all Chris- 
tians wide awake and on fii-e for the 
Lord?" After all, we are all saved 
by the same atoning blood of Jesus 
and we all have the same Bible to 
read. Why then aren't all Christians 
rejoicing in their salvation and try- 
ing to win someone else for Christ? 
The Bible sets a standard for Chris- 
tians, but today they are too busy 
getting ahead in the world to follow 
this standard. Let us look now at 
some characteristics of a dynamic 
Chi'istian. 

I. A DYNAMIC CHRISTIAN HAS 
FAITH IN GOD. 

In I Corinthians 16:13 we read. 
"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, 
quit you like men, be strong." Then 
in II Corinthians 5:7 we read, "For 
we walk by faith, not by sight." 

Faith in God knows no obstacles 
and no difficulties. Our God is big- 
ger than any difficulties that we 
may encounter. We have a God 
who is allpowerful and there is 
nothing that He cannot do which is 
according to His will. Faith in God 
is a faith that will never fail. When 
we put our faith in men we are dis- 
appointed so many times because 
they fail. When we put our faith in 
God we never need to worry about 
whether He will fail because He will 
not. A genuine faith in God will 
enable you to sing in the darkest 
night. There will be no trial or 
suffering so heavy that you will not 
be able to rejoice in it. Many Chris- 
tians today are inactive because they 



do not have a genuine faith in God. 
We are afraid to try anything for the 
Lord because we do not have faith 
that He will help us to do it. The 
dynamic Christian can say to God, 
"You are the pilot of my life, so take 
over. I will trust you to bring me 
through, whether it be sunshine or 
storm." 

II. A DYNAMIC CHRISTIAN IS 
ACTIVE IN THE WORK OF 
THE LORD. 

Many people today are saying that 
they are wholeheartedly supporting 
the work of the Lord, yet if you ask 
them to do something they readily 
give many excuses why they cannot 
do anything for Christ. If we would 
spend less time thinking up excuses 
we would have more time to work 
for Christ. What matters most in 
your life, whether you get ahead in 
this world, which may end tomor- 
row, or whether you will have any 
rewards in eternity? 

Too many Christians today are 
using the church for a refuge or a 
rest home. They go out all week 
and live as they please, then come 
to church Sunday morning and pro- 
fess to rest on the promises of the 
Lord. This soothes their conscience 
and they can forget God again until 
the next Sunday. How strong would 
you be by Friday or Saturday if you 
had only eaten one meal the Sunday 
before and did not expect to eat 
again until the next Sunday? Most 
Christians expect to live all week on 
the spiritual food they can get Sun- 
day morning. It is no wonder we 
have so many weak professing 
Christians in the world today when 
they try to live on one spiritual meal 
a week. A dynamic Christian does 
not live for the Lord on Sunday 
only, but makes it an everyday affair. 

III. A DYNAMIC CHRISTIAN IS 
ONE WHO HAS A ZEAL FOR 
THE LOST. 

Statistics show that only about 5 
percent of the Christians ever win 
anyone to Christ. Yet there is even 
a greater tragedy, and this is that 
not many more than that have ever 



talked to anyone about Chi-ist. Some 
Christians seem to think that win- 
ning the lost is for the preacher to 
do and thus they are excused. The 
greatest concern of the Christian to- 
day should be for lost souls. If we 
are going to be the kind of Chris- 
tians God wants, we will show a con- 
cern for lost men and women. Too 
many are excusing themselves from 
this by saying they cannot witness 
for Christ because they tried once 
and failed. Luke 1:37 says, "For 
with God nothing shall be impos- 
sible." We are not told to go out 
and win them, but we are told to go 
out and sow the seed. We will not 
be held accountable for how many 
souls we actually won, but we will 
be held accountable for how faithful 
we have witnessed for Christ. God 
affirms in Isaiah 55:11 that His word 
"shall not return unto me void." If 
you have a deep concern for the lost 
then just let go and let God; you 
will be a dynamic witness for Him. 

IV. A DYNAMIC CHRISTIAN 
LOOKS WITH EAGERNESS 
TO THE PREMILLENNIAL 
COMING OF OUR LORD AND 
SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. 

The Apostle Paul continually 
looked for Christ's return. In Phi- 
lippians 3:20 we read, "For our con- 
versation is in heaven: from whence 
also we look for the Saviour, the 
Lord Jesus Christ." We should not 
be any less concerned about his re- 
turn than Paul. The way people 
live today shows that they are not 
looking for the return of Christ. A 
Christian will get very lax if he is 
not looking for Christ to return soon. 

If a Chi'istian really believes Christ 
will come soon it will change his 
whole life. He will not let himself 
become indifferent. If we aren't 
looking for His coming then we 
show by our actions that we are not 
in love with Him. The real reason 
Christians falter is due to the fact 
that they do not really love Christ. 
Are you ashamed to let others know 
you belong to Christ? Apply these 
characteristics to your life and see if 
you are a dynamic Christian. 



y^arch 20, 1954 



193 



NEWS 





CHURCHES 



Please keep reports from churches 
to about 300 words. Thank you. 



South Gate, Calif. 

Being assured that prayer is the 
real basis for blessing, we have start- 
ed out the new year with this slogan: 
"Pray More in '54." Appropriately, 
the results thus far have been grati- 
fying, and splendid plans are being 
made for the future, should the Lord 
tarry. 

The new year was ushered in with 
prayer at our annual Watch Night 
service, and the month of January 
was highlighted by a meeting with 
Rev. Sam Horney, of the Spanish- 
American mission, and a trip to 
Acorn Lodge (near Wrightwood. 
Calif.) by 50 members of our youth 
group (Jan. 29-31). The young folks 
and sponsors as well have voiced of 
the good time had in the snow, and 
each individual was definitely chal- 
lenged from, the Book of Philippians 
by the guest speaker. Dr. Aijian, a 
teacher at the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. 

At the business meeting of Feb- 
ruary 3, a vote of confidence was 
given the pastor by a practically 
unanimous vote. Minor changes in 
our church constitution have been 
recently accepted. 

The Marksmen Class held its an- 
nual banquet February 12, during 
which the officers for the new year 
were installed. Guest speaker was 
Chief of Police Paul Kerr, of Lyn- 
wood, Calif. 

Our new building program is pro- 
gressing very rapidly, although there 
yet remains a definite need for 
prayer that the new chapel will be 
available for the meetings with 
Evangelist Bill Smith April 4-18. 

As part of our expanding youth 
program, the church is encouraging 
athletic activities. A basketball team 
was organized toward the end of the 
season, and although no games have 
been won as yet, there is a growing 
interest, and we believe a strong 
team will be built up for next season. 
Tentative plans are also under way 
to organize a church softball team, 
to take part in church or city league 



competition. Our young people em- 
ploy these activities to bring in other 
youth of the neighborhood, as we 
seek to reach them for Christ. 

The boys club is developing favor- 
ably, and soon we shall have to di- 
vide the age groups; we have an 
average attendance of 15 out every 
Monday night. Most of the boys are 
now "Soldiers," having fulfilled the 
requirements for their first merit 
badge, and two or three have the 
"Overcomers" badge. Even as we 
pen this, our national youth director, 
Rev. Ralph Colburn, is with us for 
three days of special meetings, and 
our young people are really being 
blessed. — Alf. Dodds, pastor. 

Roanoke, Va. 

The Brethren Evangelistic Cru- 
sade recently conducted at the Ghent 
Brethren Church was the fourth 
meeting for the evangelist, but the 
first for Crusade Team One. The 
Ghent congregation is very loyal to 
its services and with the splendid in- 
terest of the several churches we 
have in this area the attendance was 
good all the way through. The re- 
sults of this meeting are not wholly 
indicated by the number of decisions. 
This church received a new vision 
from our Lord. 

Several leading inen voiced the 
conviction that they should now start 
new churches in new sections of this 
fast-growing city. That is worth its 
weight in gold among the laymen. 
Seventeen teams were formed in a 
new Crusaders Band to carry on an 
efficient soul-winning program all 
year long. The pastor, with charac- 
teristic efficiency, took over these 
Crusaders at once. This movement 
forecasts a real future for this ex- 
panding congregation. — R. Paul Mil- 
ler, evangelist. 



With anticipation, prayer, and 
looking to the Lord for revival and 
souls, Ghent Brethren planned a 
Brethren Evangelistic Crusade with 
Team One. This was something a bit 
new for the church, but it has proved 
to be just what we needed. The 
team works together with the pastor 
to revive the membership and to in- 
spire them to go out for souls. In 
two weeks we barely got started in 
this big job but we are hopeful for 
the future. The Crusaders Band 
should prove to be the greatest out- 
reaching arm the church has ever 
known in this community. 

We thank God for the tangible re- 
sults. A total of 33 definite decisions 



J[n iU^mariam 



Names appear in this column only when 
sent in by pastor. 



MRS. V. A. ANTHONY, 81, died 
Feb. 1. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, 
Pa. — Dr. W. A. Ogden, pastor. 

CLARK A. GABLER departed 
from this life on Jan. 22. He was a 
member of the First Brethren 
Church, Waynesboro, Pa. — Rev. 
Dennis Holliday. pastor. 

MRS. LOUISE N. BALDWIN, 73, 
died on Tuesday, Feb. 16. A native 
of Mulberry, Ind., Mrs. Baldwin, to- 
gether with her husband, moved to 
Pomona, Calif., in 1906. In 1937 the 
family moved to San Bernardino and 
she became a charter member of 
the Arrowhead Brethren Church. 
She was active as a Sunday-school 
teacher and young people's coun- 
selor. — Rev. Lyle W. Marvin, pastor. 



were made. It will mean some new 
members, some families united in 
Christ, and some new families con- 
tacted. All decisions were made by 
those 12 years or older. Attendance 
was excellent, and the church has 
been strengthened to go forward 
with greater determination than ever 
before. This is the fourth revival 
and evangelistic efiiort the pastor has 
experienced with this congregation. 
It is by far the one that has gotten 
dovi^n to the basic needs of the field 
and the people. 

We are thoroughly convinced that 
the Brethren Evangelistic Crusade is 
the answer to the tremendous need 
for evangelism in our brotherhood 
today. — Robert E. A. Miller, pastor. 



Be 



Ind. 



Greetings in His blessed name! 

We always enjoy hearing of the 
activities of other Brethren in other 
portions of His vineyard, so we 
thought perhaps you might enjoy 
hearing froin us here. We are ad- 
monished to share our cares and 
joys as Brethren, thus this news 
letter. 

We have just closed a three-weeks 
campaign under the leadership of 
the Holy Spirit, and directed by the 
Brethren Evangelistic Crusade Team 
Two. Their ministi-y in our midst 
was well received and His blessings 
were manifested. Satan sought ev- 
ery possible means to thwart the 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Meet the Prime Minister Himself 



SECOND OF A SERIES 



By Rev. Nathan M. Meyer, Pastor 
Leesburg (Ind.) Brethren Church 



Last week I told you of my inter- 
view with Mrs. Ben-Gurion, wife of 
Israel's first Prime Minister. Now 
let's meet the Prime Minister him- 
self. 

Mrs. Ben-Gurion asked if I would 
like to meet the Prime Minister. 
With enthusiasm I quickly replied, 
"I certainly would." 

"Well, I won't make any promises, 
but if you write a note requesting an 
interview I'll see that he gets it," she 
said. 

I lost no time in taking advantage 
of her offer. And sure enough, when 
we returned from a day's excursion 
to the Sea of Galilee, Mrs. Paula 
Ben-Gurion informed us that the 
Prime Minister would see us in the 
second-floor lounge at 8:30. 

Of course all 38 members of our 
Flying Seminar party were thrilled 
to learn that the Prime Minister was 
staying in our hotel. Not a few 
were amused by my story of what 
happened the night before (my Jew- 
ish tea-party episode), but all v^^eve 
noticeably excited with the news 
that we were to meet Mr. Ben- 
Gurion. 

Everybody "dressed up." Sports 
shirts were exchanged for dress 
shirts, ties, coats, etc. Iinagine our 
surprise when at the appointed time 
the Prime Minister einei'ged from 
his room adjoining the lounge wear- 
ing a short-sleeved sport shirt with 
an open collar. He smiled graciously 
as all of us rose to our feet, and he 
said, "Please be seated." 

At this point I advanced to his 
chair and introduced myself as the 
author of the note. He stood up as 
he offered me his hand, whereupon 
I introduced Mr. Chase, who was in 
charge of our party (Mr. Hoffman, 
our regular leader, was interviewing 
the two boy-kings of Jordan and 
Iran). 

Mr. Chase expressed our appre- 
ciation for this interview and told 
the Prime Minister we were a group 
of Protestant ministers, college pro- 
fessors, and lay people who had 
come to Israel to see Bible prophecy 
being fulfilled. Said he, "We see 
you have a tremendous problem; we 
have heard the Arab side of the 



story; we would also like to hear 
j'our side." 

Then Mr. Ben-Gurion began to 
tell us the history of his people from 
Abraham to the present time. We 
were especially pleased to observe 
his constant reference to the Bible. 
Said he, "The Jew keeps the Book 
and the Book keeps the Jew." In 
the course of rehearsing the history 
of the Jews he spent some time 
emphasizing the account of how the 
Christians have persecuted the Jews. 
At this point Mr. Chase interrupted 
him to say: 

"We know that's true, but we want 
you to know that many who go by 
the name 'Christians' are really not 
Christians at all." 

Finally Mr. Ben-Gui'ion came to 
the recent history of his people. He 
told us that when Great Britain 
threw up her hands, being apparent- 
ly unable to cope with the Palestine 
problem, there was only one thing 
for Israel to do and that was to de- 
clare her independence. So it was 
that on May 15, 1948, the state of 
Israel came into being. Immediately 
the Arab soldiers began to march. 
Arab families left everything and 
rushed to cross the Jewish-Arab 
border, having been told that within 
two weeks the Jews would be de- 
feated and they could return. Many 
of those people are still living in 
miserable refugee camps without 
the necessities of life and without 
hope — their hope being the driving 
out of the Jews. 

We said to our smiling and con- 
genial host, "Do you realize how 
bitter the Arabs are toward the 
Jews? It seems that practically to 
a man their one ambition is to 'finish 
the Jew.' " 

"Yes," said the Prime Minister, 
"we know it. And I can't exactly 
blame them. They have been living 
in this land for many hundreds of 
years, and now they feel they have 
been driven out and dispossessed of 
their homes and property." 

"What about that'?" we inquired. 
"Our Arab guide told us he had a 
comfortable home and was well ofl 
financially before he fled at the out- 
break of hostilities. Now he has 



nothing, and his property has been 
taken by the Jews." I could recall 
the extreme emotion with which our 
guide had perhaps unwittingly given 
vent to his bitterness when he spoke 
of this. 

But again Mr. Ben-Gurion very 
graciously, calmly, and without any 
trace of bitterness, explained that 
the Arabs were not forced to leave 
the new Jewish territory. "It was 
their own choice in response to the 
official Arab radio appeals." To 
prove his point, he referred us to 
Nazareth, a town of some 25,000 
Arabs living in Jewish territory. 

"Furthermore," he continued, "we 
have records of Arab properties and 
are prepared to pay them for their 
loss just as soon as they agree to a 
peace treaty. This they refuse to do 
and so there is nothing more we 
can do." 

We were much impressed and 
pleased to see that Mr. Ben-Gurion 
saw both sides and was trying to be 
as fair as possible. So we went on 
to ask him: "What is the solution to 
the pitiful Arab refugee problem — 
over 800,000 people living in pathetic 
poverty and squalor? We visited a 
large camp where as many as eight 
people lived in a single tent ' no 
larger than perhaps 10 by 12 feet. 
Herded together like cattle with 
only the meager rations given them 
by the United Nations, without ade- 
quate food, shelter, or clothing, 
thousands are huddled together in 
these camps. Isn't there something 
that can be done about this?" 

The Prime Minister reminded us 
of several things. First of all he 
told us that 150,000 Jews were forced 
to leave their property and flee for 
their lives from the Arab-held ter- 
ritory. Today there is not a single 
Jew living in the Arab states. By 
way of contrast there are about 
160,000 Arabs living peacefully in 
Jewish territory. 

He told us that little Israel has 
absorbed 750,000 Jews in the last 
five years and we saw with our own 
eyes how it was done. Every immi- 
grant moved first of all into an im- 
migrant settlement known as a 
kibbuts. Everyone was put to work. 



Marc/7 20, 1954 



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raising food, building roads, building 
homes, planting millions of trees, etc. 
Everybody sacrificed and worked 
hard, but everybody had food and 
a home. If that home was a tent, it 
didn't remain a tent indefinitely. 
Our minds returned to Jordan and 
to the Arabs resting in their tents 
while the most beautiful raw build- 
ing stone lay all around unused. 

The Prime Minister continued as 
he explained that the Arab rulers do 
not want the refugee problem solved 
for political reasons. As long as they 
can point to these unfortunate peo- 
ple they have a talking point before 
the UN regarding the Jews. 

He then pointed to the solution. 
He said that Syvia and Iraq have the 
most fertile land in the world. Thou- 
sands and thousands of acres are 
waiting only for someone to handle 
them as the Jews are handling the 
arid regions of the Negev. Dams and 
irrigation in these areas would make 
it possible to absorb millions of peo- 
ple. He told us that the Jews al- 
ways have been intruders since the 
day Abraham obeyed God and left 
Mesopotamia for Palestine. "Actu- 
ally," he said, "I often wondered why 
Abraham left the Euphrates valley. 
The country he left was much better 
than the one to which he went. But 
God called him and he obeyed. And 
God gave him, and therefore us, all 
the land of Palestine— not just the 
small part we have now." 

"In view of this fact are you going 
to be satisfied with what you have?" 
someone asked him. 

"We know that eventually it will 
all be ours because of God's promise 
to Abraham, but we won't start a 
war to get it," he said. 

"What about Jerusalem? Can you 
be satisfied as long as half of the city 
so dear to your people is still in the 
hands of the Arabs?" I asked this 
question having in mind what Jesus 
said in Luke 21:24: "Jerusalem shall 
be trodden down of the Gentiles, 
until the times of the Gentiles be 
fulfilled." Knowing that the Lord 
must come before all of Jerusalem is 
in Jewish hands, I eagerly awaited 
his answer. 

"My answer is just the same as it 
was for the last question," he said. 

"Would you mind telling us why 
the capital of Israel was moved to 



Jerusalem?" was the next question. 
This had happened while we were 
in Cairo, Egypt. 

The Prime Minister's answer 
brought laughter from his audience 
as he demonstrated both his sense of 
humor and his knowledge of the 
Bible. "Who moved the capital to 
Jerusalem?" he queried. "The way 
I understand it. King David moved 
the capital from Hebron to Jerusa- 
lem, and to my knowledge it has 
never been taken away." 

This seemed the proper time to 
ask, "Do you look upon all that is 
happening in Israel as the fulfill- 
ment of Bible prophecy?" 

We were much pleased to get a 
confident and assuring answer in 
the affirmative. His wife had said, 
"My husband has a strong faith." 
We observed that this was true as 
-far as it went. We all admired this 
elderly gentleman. He seemed so 
kind, humble, and understanding. 
At the same time he radiated a su- 
preme confidence which left one 
with the feeling that he knew what 
he wanted and there was nothing 
lacking but time. He worked hard, 
14 to 16 hours a day. Even on vaca- 
tion he kept long hours "writing 
books" as his wife had expressed it. 
"He works very hard," she had told 
me. 

Except for the bodyguards one 
would not have known that the man 
who guided the ship of state for the 
new nation of Israel was staying at 
our hotel. He ate in the same dining 
room with the rest of us and we 
were told no room in the hotel had a 
private bath. This was the man who 
started in a coinmunity kibhuts him- 
self a good many years ago — a man 
who had climbed to the top but had 
not lost the charm of the common 
touch. He obviously was a man of 
the people, and proud of his people. 
He said, "Israel is trying to be self- 
sufficient. We make everything we 
possibly can. Even now we are 
drilling for oil to replace our lost 
supply from Arab states. And we 
use the Bible as our basis for believ- 
ing we'll find more." 

For an hour and a half at his re- 
quest the interview continued. One 
last thing we wanted to know: Did 
he believe in a personal Messiah? 

His answer made us sad. Mes- 



siah was an ideal and that ideal 
Israel is now attaining. 

True to Ezekiel's prophecy God'.s 
ancient people have returned to the 
land in unbelief. We left this "hub 
of the world" with mixed feeling. 
The Jews are back home after mil- 
lenniums of wandering. The flow of 
immigration to Israel has all but 
stopped. Only the United States 
Jew (who doesn't want to return) 
and the Russian Jew (who cannot 
return) remain outside of Israel. 
God's calendar is plain. The next 
event is the return of the One whom 
they pierced. We saw the Word of 
God literally being fulfilled and we 
felt that there is no solution to the 
problems of the Holy Land apart 
from the coming of the Lord. Even 
so, come, Lord Jesus! 



NEWS FROM THE CHURCHES 

(Continued From Page 194) 

work of the Spirit in our midst, but 
we feel definitely sure that He gave 
us the victory. There were approx- 
imately 100 decisions in all. Even 
though only three of these were 
first-time decisions, we feel that the 
other.s were necessary and that other 
decisions will follow as we continue 
to serve Him. 

This is a needy field! I doubt if 
there is a better-churched field in 
the country, but there are many 
right around us who need the Lord. 
They have lived under the sound of 
the Gospel all their lives and have 
lived very good lives from the stand- 
point of man's standards, but they 
are without Christ as Saviour! So 
we are praying definitely that the 
Lord will make it possible for us to 
reach them with His salvation before 
it is too late. 

The trio singing of this team is 
tops. We enjoyed it greatly and we 
received many favorable comments 
from other sources outside the 
Brethren Church. They received a 
warm welcome in the local high 
school in the presentation of the 
Gospel in song and word. Brother 
Lepp did a very fine job of preaching 
the Word, which was enjoyed by all 
who heard him. 

We very deeply appreciated the 
presence of Crusade Team Two in 
our midst, and we pray God's rich- 
est blessings upon them as they con- 
tinue their ministry for Him. — Ord 
Gehman, pastor. 



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March 20, 1954 



UCATIONAL NUMBER 




MARCH 27, 1954 



(See "Participating in the Red Cross Blood Program," Page 202) 




Grace College Makes Another Advance for Christ 






'**":^»j 



Rev. Norman Uphouse 



Miss Ava Schnittjer 



Mr. Donald Ogden Mrs. Edisene WhJtconib 



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Mr. Wayne Snider 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Dean 



In meetings held in Winona Lake February 11, the 
executive committee of the board of trustees of Grace 
Theological Seminary approved recommendations for 
the enlargement of the curriculum to meet the growing 
needs of the denomination. This expansion is primarily 
in Grace College and includes the enlargement of offer- 
ings in music to a full department and the addition of a 
full training schedule in the field of elementary and 
secondary education. 

Rev. Norman H. Uphouse, who will shortly receive 
the doctor's degree in the field of education from the 
University of Tennessee, has been called to head up a 
department of education in Grace College. He is emi- 
nently qualified for this position not only because of his 
training but also because of his experience. He has 
done considerable teaching in secondary schools, and 
for some years was on the faculty of Bryan University. 
His full theological training and pastoral experience pro- 
vide an excellent spiritual background for this under- 
taking. 

Miss Ava Schnittjer, at present head of the department 
of English in Monticello High School in Iowa, has been 
appointed as assistant professor in English and Speech. 
She received her master of arts degree in English from 
the University of Iowa. Her field of specialization is the 
communicative skills such as English composition, jour- 
nalism, speech, debate, and dramatics. At present the 
master of religious education degree is in preparation. 
In addition to her duties as teacher in this field, she has 
also been appointed as the dean of women for the com- 
ing year. 

Donald Ogden, who for the past four years has been 
serving as instructor in music while pursuing work 
toward the bachelor of divinity degree in Grace Sem- 
inary, has been called as assistant professor in music. 
Mr. Ogden received his A. B. degree from Bob Jones 
University, majoring in music. Later he received the 
master of arts degree from the same institution in the 
field of music. Under his direction the music depart- 
ment is being enlarged so that students desiring to major 
in music may do so. 

Assisting Mr. Ogden in this department will be a 
number of special instructors who will be available for 
private lessons in various phases of music training. 
Edwin Cashman specializes in brass instruments, and 
Robert Zimmer in woodwind instruments. David Hal- 



vorsen instructs in organ and piano. Mrs. Beverly Kent 
will be available for private voice lessons. Other ar- 
rangements may also be made under the direction of 
Professor Ogden. 

Wayne Snider, currently pursuing work in the sem- 
inary toward the master of theology degree and in- 
structing in practical work in the college, has been added 
to the staff as a full-time instructor in science and his- 
tory with an adjunct of practical work and physical 
education. His trip to the Holy Land on the Flying 
Seminar in the summer of 1953 and experience in prac- 
tical work and presentation of religious films help to 
enrich his background for this teaching ministry. Mr. 
Snider will also serve as the dean of men. 

For the school year 1953-54 Mrs. Edisene Whitcomb, 
wife of Professor Whitcomb, has been serving as in- 
structor in physical education for women. She will 
continue to serve in this capacity for the ensuing year. 
She will be graduating from Grace College in May with 
a major in science. Considerable training in other in- 
stitutions brings her to this position able to make a 
worthwhile contribution. 

These advances in the field of liberal arts education 
are made with a view to provide a wider range of op- 
portunity for Christian young people and especially 
Brethren young people to prepare for service. Most 
Christian young people will be able to get all they want 
in the way of training in the liberal arts field in Grace 
College. Many will be able to get preliminary training 
in preparation for specialization elsewhere. 

Every advance in broadening the scope of training for 
Christian young people in Grace College has been made, 
insofar as humanly possible, with the express purpose 
of protecting the Christian faith, promoting growth in 
grace, and preparing young people to make a Christian 
contribution in their own field of service. To accom- 
plish this end, every faculty member has been selected 
not only because he is academically trained for teaching 
his specialty, but also and more importantly because he 
is highly spiritual and thoroughly trained in sound the- 
ological learning. 

Every Brethren pastor and every Brethren parent is 
urged to join with the faculty and board of trustees in 
support of these new advances. We solicit the prayers 
of God's people, the giving of their substance, and most 
of all the entrustment of Brethren young people into 
our hands for training. Join us in these things, will you? 



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Education That Exalts Christ 



By Norman H. Uphouse 



There will be a new department at Grace College be- 
ginning in the fall of 1954. It will be the department of 
education. This innovation comes as a result of popular 
request. Several groups have made requests before the 
seminary and college administration, as well as before 
the members of the board of trustees. These requests 
seem to point up the need for an expanded curriculum 
that will enable young people to obtain professional 
preparation adequate for teaching experience. 

One of the most challenging fields for Christian serv- 
ice today is that of teaching in Christian day schools. It 
is natural for those in administrative positions in day 
schools to look to the church college for some help in 
preparing teachers. In a real sense, all Christians are 
in this program together and can understand objectives 
and aims that have a definite Christian emphasis. It is 
the writer's opinion that the Christian day schools will 
increase in number and that the demand for Christian 
teachers will increase. Now is the time to develop a 
program of study that will place some of our most prom- 
ising young people in position to accept the challenge of 
teaching under Christian auspices. 

Another aspect of Christian education is that more 
and inore mission boards are urging candidates to pre- 
pare themselves for school teaching on the mission field. 
Among the many duties of a missionary there is the one 
that has to do with teaching the natives to read and 
write in their own language. There are national and 
governmental regulations that need to be met by those 
proposing to teach on the field. Usually, if the mission- 
ary has met the teacher requirements in the United 
States, he will be acceptable in the country to which he 
is going as a missionary. 

Still another factor entering into the consideration of 
a department of education at Grace is that some of the 
young people of our church want to go into public- 
school teaching as a vocation. They have felt the need 
for such courses at Grace College that would lead to 
certification. In the department of education we will be 
acquainted with the various regulations and require- 
ments for certification. Although regulations vary in 
many States, it appears essential that everywhere school 
men insist upon some kind of directed student teaching 
experience. Years ago this was known as practice 
teaching. It is the purpose of the department of educa- 
tion to work out amiable relationships with the schools 
near Winona Lake to assist in this phase of the educa- 
tional program. 

Several years ago the writer caught a vision of the 
need for teacher preparation with a distinct Christian 
emphasis. This was more than a type of Christian edu- 
cation limited to the preparation of church workers. 
Certainly it is necessary to develop Sunday-school 
teachers and workers as well as others to take respon- 
sible positions within the church. Education at Grace 



will be slanted toward developing leadership for the 
church. However, this new move will be a step toward 
making it broader and more professional. It is hoped 
that the expansion of the curriculum will enable many 
to make teaching a career. Whether the person is em- 
ployed by the church or not, he ought to be able to do a 
better job as a helper in the church after he has had 
professional preparation. 

The Lord has made it possible for the writer to pursue 
graduate work to the place where he has become a can- 
didate for the degree, doctor of education, majoring in 
school administration and supervision and carrying two 
correlatives as minors, one in curriculum and instruc- 
tion, and the other in elementary education. His M. A. 
was taken at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 
and the Ed. D. program was taken at the University of 
Tennessee, in Knoxville. The research topic under way 
at present is a study of teacher tenure in Tennessee. It 
will be completed during this spring quarter. 

One of the implications of the creation of the depart- 
ment of education is that it should bring about an in- 
crease in enrollment in the college division of Grace. 
We will want to get the message out to prospective stu- 
dents, that now they will be able to receive basic courses 
in education leading to certification. The program will 
emerge as we move along and eventually we will have 
the thing we need that will work. 

Another implication is that we will be in a most favor- 
able position to develop understandings between what is 
traditionally known as a strictly liberal arts program on 
the one hand, and a kind of methodology that has been 
fostered by educators on the other hand. The advantage 
we will have is that we begin with Christian under- 
standings and a philosophy that is in harmony with 
God's Word. In other words, we support an interpreta- 
tion of professional education and liberal arts that is in 
keeping with Christianity. It results in a collaboration 
that is sensible. It might be looked upon as a happy 
medium position. 

Still another implication is that we believe there is 
some good in education that needs to be rescued. We 
are not ready to turn the system over to the Devil. After 
all, our children need the best type of education we can 
afford them. Grace College will now have a part in the 
educational program as it sponsors professional educa- 
tion with a Christian emphasis. 



GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY HAS GIVEN 66 
STUDENTS TO BRETHREN FOREIGN MISSIONS. 
WHAT WILL YOU GIVE TO SEND THEM 
TO THE FIELDS OF SERVICE? 



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VOLUME 16, NUMBER 13 



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THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING IN THE 



COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS A Growing Music Department 



By Ava Schnittjer 

With the constant growth through recent years of 
mass media of communication, most people are never 
free for long at a time from some attempt to communi- 
cate an idea to them. Newspapers scream their head- 
lines, novels intrigue, movies allure, radio programs 
invade the privacy of every home, and television is 
rapidly replacing the fine art of conversation. Anyone 
with a product or an idea to sell or propagate must 
compete with the best talent, skill, and inventiveness 
of other enterprising producers. 

Now of all the people in the world who have some- 
thing worthwhile to communicate, surely the child of 
God heads the list. 

What course shall the young Christian follow that he 
might best put himself in a position to be used of God? 
What shall he do to make his life count for the Lord? 
How can he prepare himself to be effective in whatever 
work God calls him? High-school seniors, you've a 
decision before you, and many have been praying for 
you that your decision might be wisely made. 

Though mass media of communication have been used 
by the world for pleasure and profit, still these same 
media can be and have been used for the glory of God. 
Countless people have been influenced by good Chris- 
tian novels. Souls have been saved as a result of reading 
a message from the printed page, a tract, a testimony. 
Others have forsaken sin and turned to Christ upon 
hearing a radio message. Souls were born again on 
witnessing such movies as "Mr. Texas" and "Oiltown, 
U. S. A." For the one who will prepare and equip him- 
self for the task, television holds infinite possibilities in 
reaching souls with the Gospel. 

The administration at Grace College is well aware of 
i;he need of training students in the communicative 
skills, and courses are being planned with the specific 
purpose in mind of equipping the students in these 
fields: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and dra- 
matics. 

Courses are being planned in English composition in 
which it is hoped that the aim of proficiency in verbal 
communication may be the minimum goal, and that cre- 
ative writing, in all its types, may be fostered and en- 
couraged. A course in essay writing will feature a par- 
ticular type of journalistic writing. 

The primary aim of speech is to communicate. In 
order to convey thoughts effectively, the speaker must 
understand the meaning of what he wants to communi- 
cate; he must be able to evaluate the effect of his com- 
munication on the audience, and he must know the prin- 
ciples underlying all speech situations, public or private. 
Principles of speech, an elementary speech course with 
training specific to the individual needs, will begin with 
voice training and an attempt to secure the best possible 
use of the vocal mechanism. The course will include 
training in all speech activities — oral interpretation of 
both prose and poetry, parliamentary procedure, group 
discussion, such as panel and symposium, radio speak- 
ing, acting, and play production. It is our plan that 
these last classroom activities will lead into actual pro- 
duction, both for radio and for platform. 

Public speaking courses will be concerned with selec- 



By Donald Ogden 

The department of music in our college is expanding 
year by year to keep pace with the general expansion 
of the college and the increased demand for music 
courses. For the past four years we have been offering 
a course in basic music theory to lay a foundation for 
those who lacked familiarity with the rudiments of mu- 
sic. Along with this course we have been teaching the 
subject of church music, acquainting the students with 
many of the details faced by the average pastor or 
church musician. 

In the past, students have found it possible to study 
piano and voice with competent teachers in the com- 
munity, and they have been given college credit for 
acceptable work done under our supervision. With the 
opening of the coming fall semester we are adding to our 
staff four highly trained teachers, accomplished musi- 
cians in the fields of voice, piano, brass instruments, and 
woodwind instruments. We also rejoice in the possibil- 
ity of offering for the first time in our school, instruction 
in organ. 

A two-year course in harmony was inaugurated this 
year. Courses in sight singing, orchestration, choral 
conducting, hymn arranging, hymnology, and history of 
music will be offered in the next year or two according 
to demand. These additions will provide the opportu- 
nity for students to elect a major or a minor concentra- 
tion in the field of music. 

The Lord has blessed us with the facilities that are at 
our disposal. Through the kindness of the Winona Lake 
Christian Assembly, which operates its conference pro- 
gram only in the summer months, we have the use of 
any of their pianos in our own building throughout the 
school year. Included in this equipment are several 
grand pianos. 

Open to all students in the school are the possibilities 
of cooperating in musical groups. Organizations now 
functioning on the campus are two very fine male quar- 
tets, a 16-voice mixed choir, and a brass ensemble. 

Each year brings us new thrills with the discovery of 
talents among our new students. We trust that in the 
years that are ahead of us we will continue to see young 
people whom God has blessed with special abilities com- 
ing to Grace College to further develop their talents to 
His glory and to share with us in the wonderful fellow- 
ship of a truly music-minded school. 

tion of subject, choice of thought, finding and testing of 
supporting materials, organization, language, bodily ac- 
tion, pronunciation, and voice, and will feature practice 
in speaking to classrooin audience. Emphasis here will 
be on expository and persuasive speaking. 

In other words, young people, Grace College is at- 
tempting to provide the means whereby you may de- 
velop your own skills, under guidance, and be effectively 
prepared for the work of your choice. Whether you 
plan to enter what you might call "full-time" Christian 
work or not, in making your plans for the fall of 1954, it 
is our earnest prayer that you will consider the advan- 
tage to you of choosing such a Christian college as Grace 
College for your higher education. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Fulfilling God's Purpose 



By R. Wayne Snider 



One of the most encouraging signs in a Christian col- 
lege is the desire of the students to go out on their own 
time and voluntarily do personal work, carrying the 
message of salvation and life to a lost and dying world. 
It is not always easy to find time to engage in this type 
of work when studying and other activities vie for the 
student's time and energy. Especially when the faculty 
of the college does not assign particular duties of prac- 
tical work along this line, it is easy to understand that 
it is the love of Christ that constrains these students to 
take an active interest in the matter of personal work. 
Although the faculty does not assign this work, it does 
very definitely encourage each student to use what he 
is learning in the classroom and also to learn by doing 
only those things that can be acquired through experi- 
ence. In doing personal work, these things are put to 
good use. 

There is no better basis than the Word of God for this 
ministry. The Lord has told us plainly that we are to 
go out into the highways and hedges and bring men to 
himself. The Lord has shown us clearly through His 
own ministry that we should be desirous to reach the 
individual, for He spent more time in dealing with in- 
dividuals than He did with multitudes. The Apostle 
Paul in his own words tells us that he went from house 
to house to teach people God's message for them. The 
Great Commission states that all believers are to go into 
all the world to preach the Gospel. Your hometown is 
just as much a part of the world as is Africa, or India, or 
whatever geographical location you might name. 

Too often people have the idea that the preaching of 
the Gospel belongs to the sanctuary and that to take it 
into the market place and factory is to cheapen it, but a 
quick glance through the Bible will reveal that all of 
the great sermons recorded there were preached in the 
open. Therefore, it follows that all of the great preach- 
ers were open-air preachers. Thus, if we do not preach 
the Gospel where men are found, we are not obeying 
the Lord's command and not even following Biblical 
examples. 

The day when the unsaved would be found in church 
services and assemblies of believers has long since 
passed away. Very few unbelievers come to evangelistic 
services even after continual persuasion on the part of 
believers. Also, many are not able to come because of 



Do you know Christian 
young people who may be 
interested in enrolling in 
Grace Seminary or College 
next September? If so, 
send us their names and 
addresses. 



work or sickness. Others, naturally, have no interest 
whatever in spiritual things. Is this great host of people 
never to hear of the Lord's love for them and His death 
in their behalf? 

Believing that God's Word is to be obeyed and that in 
the students of this school we have a powerful force for 
God, the faculty has organized a practical work depart- 
ment to channel the efforts of the students into avenues 
which appeal to them. Activities such as street meet- 
ings, jail visitation, hospital and nursing-home visitation, 
house-to-house evangelism, and work camp ministry, as 




Mr. Snider and Audio-Visual Equipment. 



well as student pastorates, give plenty of opportunities 
for each student to find that for which he is best suited. 

Thi3 semester marks the introduction of a course into 
the curriculum of Grace College that teaches how to do 
personal work and how to meet the difficulties of the 
unsaved with answers from the Bible. Also included in 
the course is a series of lectures on how to teach effec- 
tively, by learning the correct principles of teaching and 
how to apply them, and a series of lectures on the use of 
the audio-visual motion-picture projector and the slide 
film-strip projector, using mechanical means to teach 
spiritual truths. 

In the last year or so some new changes have devel- 
oped in this department. With the addition of the 16- 
mm. sound projector a start was made in the audio- 
visual division, so that now Christian films can be used 
by the students as well as educational films in the class- 
rooms. Then other equipment came to the department, 
including a 35-mm. slide projector, 16-mm. silent pro- 
jector, and a new tape recorder. 

Because many Christians throughout the years have 
, been slow to use modern inventions to the glory of the 
Lord and have let Satan have full use of these mediums 
of instruction, it is the purpose of Grace Theological 
Seminary and Grace College to keep abreast of these 
instruments, as much as possible, and use them for the 
glory of the Lord and to cause the message of salvation 
to be more clearly presented and more widely known. 
Even though the message is the same as that preached 



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Pa^ticifLatiHCj^ l*t the (led C^add. Blaad Pn^aanxi^n 



By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President 



February 19 was a busy day at Grace Theological 
Seminary and College! Classes met as usual — with in- 
terruptions. It was on this day that the school cooper- 
ated with the American Red Cross by contributing 130 
pints of blood to its blood bank program. According to 
a carefully arranged plan, the Bloodmobile rolled up to 
the back door of the building at 9 o'clock in the morn- 
ing. Students assisted in removing a large amount of 
equipment, and under the direction of nurses and tech- 
nicians, the large auditorium was soon transformed into 
what appeared more like an emergency hospital than 
anything else. Shortly before 10 o'clock the first stu- 
dents were called from classes to make their contribu- 
tion. They were kept coming in a steady stream until 4 
o'clock in the afternoon. Donation was on a purely vol- 
untary basis, and the Red Cross officials were greatly 
pleased at the splendid response by the students and 
faculty, and employees of the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald Company. 

The front cover of the magazine pictures, from left to 
right, top row: (1) the arrival of the Bloodmobile from 
Fort Wayne (two members of the Fort Wayne church 
accompany this unit from place to place throughout 
northern Indiana); (2) the arrival of the nurses in a 
special car; (3) the volunteers from the local community 
who prepared food for the stafT and refreshments for the 
donors. The middle row shows (1) members of the 
Herald Company signing up for blood donation; (2) 



nurses checking students before blood donation; (3) 
students drinking lemonade before donation. Lower 
row shows student giving blood, attended by nurses. A 
second student is visible between the two nurses toward 
the left of the picture; (2) students enjoying sandwiches, 
cakes, and coffee as they relax, read, and talk after blood 
donation; (3) nurses eat in relays at special table cur- 
tained off for the staff. 

Many a life has been saved through the use of blood 
given the American Red Cross. Not a drop of the pre- 
cious fluid is wasted. Some is used in blood transfusions 
for military and civilian personnel. When the rest has 
passed the time when it can be used as blood, the plasma 
is separated from the other component parts, and all are 
made into useful medical products. The donor not only 
has the opportunity of giving, but he receives something 
as well because of his donation. His blood is typed, and 
he is presented with a card containing a record of his 
blood type. Because of his donation he also has the 
privilege of receiving blood free in case of emergency. 

Grace Seminary and College believes its students and 
faculty should be good citizens. Soldiers of the cross 
should be willing to share their lifeblood with those who 
shed it for their country. February 19 brought to the 
minds of many at the school the precious thought of 
One who, in a much fuller and richer sense, gave His 
blood that men might live, not for just a few more years, 
but through eternity! 



by the early church, methods do change and we believ- 
ers must use them if possible, if we are to have an 
effective presentation of the Good News. 

With the coming of more students next year, plans 
are being formulated to expand this practical work de- 
partment. We would like to start a film library of good 
Biblical Christian films so that always there would be a 
source from which personal workers and especially stu- 
dent pastors could draw. Film strips are e-xtremely ver- 
satile in teaching God's truth and instructing through 
the lecture method. With film strips go also slides which 
are effective as lecturing tools. Then, too, it is proposed 
to send out more teams into the churches around in this 
area and possibly within a radius of 200 miles. As the 
needs and the possibilities present themselves, more will 
be done in this area of service. 

We are glad that the Lord has sent to this school a 
group of fine consecrated believers who are interested in 
the spiritual welfare of lost men and women to forego 
some pleasures to reach those who, maybe in the next 
moment or tomorrow, will have to stand before Christ 
as their Judge rather than their Saviour. Then who has 
failed to fulfill his responsibilities before the Lord and 
them? Will you not pray with us that the purpose of 
the practical work department will be realized and that 
the presentation of God's message to a lost world might 
be given more effectively, more efficiently, more ener- 
getically, and mo]-e earnestly in the days that lie be- 
fore us. 



GRACE SEMINARY GIFTS FOR FEBRUARY 1954 



New Troy, Mich $28.00 

North English, Iowa ... 15.00 

Peru. Ind 20.00 

Philadelphia. Pa. (1) .. 225.00 

Philadelphia. Pa. (3) .. 179.00 

Portland. Oreg 64.75 

Rittman, Ohio 334.08 

Roanoke. Va- (Ghent) . 10.00 

Sharpsville, Ind 15.60 

Sidney. Ind 6.00 

South Gate, Calif 10.00 

S. San Gabriel, Calif. . . 10,54 

Sterling, Ohio 58.00 

Summit Mills, Pa 10.00 

Temple City. Calif 25.00 

Tracy, Calif 50.00 

Uniontown, Pa 100.00 

Washington, D. C 432.50 

Waterloo, Iowa 447,60 

Waynesboro, Pa 463,52 

Whittier, Calif. (1) ... 64.00 

Whittier, Calif. (Com.) 51.37 

Winchester. Va 43.25 

Winona Lake, Ind. (sp.) 4.00 

Yellow Creek, Pa 82.00 

MiscellaTisous 

Isolated Brethren 56.60 

Non-Brethren 132.40 

Non-Brethren (special) 75.00 

Total 8,789.26 



THE WORK OF TRAINING AND THE WORK OF 

SENDING ARE ONE. GIVE TO BRETHREN 

FOREIGN MISSIONS. 



Alto Mich 




$55.25 


Berne. Ind 




30.00 


Berne, Ind. (specia 


11 , . 


500.00 


Berrien Springs, Mich. 


4.30 






736.16 


Clay City, Ind 




168.00 






7.11 


Cleveland, Ohio . . 




32.00 


Covington, Va. . . . 




211.25 


Danville, Ohio 




103.00 






319.00 


Dayton, Ohio (N, R 


iv. ) 


10.00 


Denver, Colo 




10.00 


Elkhart, Ind , . . . 




122.50 






21.00 


Everett, Pa 




37.00 


Flora, Ind 




45.00 


Fort Wayne, Ind. . 




438.17 






625.61 






33.00 


Harrisburg, Pa. . , . 




159.45 


Homerville, Ohio . 




130.00 


Kittanning. Pa. (1) 




116.00 


Kittanning. Pa. (N. 


B.) 


30.44 






11.00 


Limestone. Tenn. 




62,00 


Long Beach, Calif. 


(1) 


1,517.06 


Los Angeles, Calif. 


(1) 


157.00 


Martinsburg, Pa. . . 




2.00 


Middlebranch. Ohio 




12.00 


Mundy's Corner, Pa 




70.75 



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r/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 



Jewish Missions To Be Visited 





Dr. L. L. Gruhh 



Dr. Paul R. Bauman 



On March 29 two members of the family of Brethren 
institutions at Winona Lake will be leaving for a tour 
of Europe and Bible lands. Dr. Paul R. Bauman, vice 
president of the seminary, and Dr. Luther L. Grubb, 
secretary of the Brethren Home Missions Council, will 
accompany a group of men who are making the trip 
under the direction of the American Association for 
Jewish Evangelism. The trip is being made primarily 
for the purpose of preparing a sound motion picture 
which will show the association's work among the Jews 
of Europe and Israel. Among others who expect to 
make the trip are Dr. J. Palmer Muntz, director of the 
Winona Lake Bible Conference, and Dr. Abraham 
Machlin, field secretary for the American Association. 
Dr. Bauman and Dr. Grubb, who are members of the 
advisory council for the organization, have been invited 
to go along and do the work of preparing the film. Their 
expenses, like those of others in the group, are being 
cared for by interested individuals, and no funds from 
the association itself are being used for this purpose. 

Both men are seasoned travelers by air. In 1949-50 
Dr. Bauman spent four and one-half months traveling 
through 27 countries around the world with Dr. Louis T, 
Talbot, of Los Angeles. At that time he took 15,000 feet 
of color film, showing missionary activity in many lands. 
Many have seen and have received a blessing from these 
films. The above picture shows Dr. Bauman as he 
waved good-by and stepped aboard a Pan-American 
Stratocruiser for the first leg of the former trip. Dr. 
Grubb, a private pilot, is seen standing by the Brethren 
Home Mission Council's Navion, Grace Ambassador, 
which he has flown many thousands of miles to visit 
home-mission points all over America. 

The present party expects to be gone for a period of 
six weeks, arriving home May 4. It is hoped that it will 
be possible for Dr. Bauman and Dr. Grubb to secure 

March 27, 1954 



pictures also for a second film which will show the ful- 
fillment of prophecy in Bible lands. Because of the un- 
rest in these countries at the present time the group is 
asking God's people to pray that the Lord will not only 
give them journeying mercies and an entrance into the 
various countries which they expect to visit, but espe- 
cially that they will be given an opportunity to take the 
pictures which they need for the two films. 

In order that each one may follow the progress of the 
trip and pray more intelligently, the following schedule 
should be preserved: 

Leave New York March 29 

Arrive London March 30 

Leave London April 3 

Arrive Paris April 3 

Leave Paris April 5 

Arrive Cairo (Egypt) April 6 

Leave Cairo April 10 

Arrive Beirut (Lebanon) April 10 

Leave Lydda (Israel) April 29 

Arrive Nicosia (Cyprus) April 29 

Leave Nicosia April 30 

Arrive Athens April 30 

Leave Athens April 30 

Arrive Zurich (Switzerland) April 30 

Leave Zurich May 1 

Arrive Frankfort (Germany) May 1 

Leave Frankfort May 2 

Arrive Brussels (Belgium) May 2 

Leave Brussels May 3 

Arrive New York May 4 

Any changes in the schedule will be reported in the 
Herald, and reports of the progress of the trip will ap- 
pear from time to time. Watch for them. 

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The faculty reception is held in the auditorium at ti 
beginning of the school year. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus. Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Lutlier L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



WAYNESBORO, PA. — A youth 
prayer meeting is conducted each 
Wednesday night at the First Breth- 
ren Church for those who are 12 
years of age and above. Rev. Den- 
nis HolUday is pastor, 

KITTANNING, PA, — A father- 
and-son banquet will be held at the 
First Brethren Church Apr, 5 as a 
welcome to the new pastor, Rev, 
William Schaffer, 

RITTMAN, OHIO— A community 
singspiration was conducted at the 
First Brethren Church on Mar, 14, 
Charles Ashman, Jr., is pastor, 

TRACY, CALIF,— "Two hundred 
and four in fifty-four" is the slogan 
of the First Brethren Church, This 
means they are working to double 
their attendance in Sunday school 
and church. Rev, William Clough 
is pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD,— Rev, Den- 
nis Holliday, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Waynesboro. 
Pa,, will be the guest speaker at the 
Grace Brethren Church in pre- 
Easter meetings Apr, 15-17, Rev, 
Russell Weber is pastor, 

ASHLAND, OHIO — There were 
150 in attendance at the ordination 
service for Rev, Don Bishop at the 
West Tenth Street Brethren Church 
Mar. 7, 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO— On 
Feb. 28 the Sunday school of the 
Grace Brethren Church attained its 
highest attendance since Apr, 17, 
1949. This was also the second high- 
est attendance record in the history 
of the church. Rev. Richard Burch 
is pastor. New church hyinnals were 
recently presented to the church by 
an anonymous donor, 

WATERLOO, IOWA— The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald salutes the 
Grace Brethren Church of Water- 
loo, Iowa, for the neatest and most 
attractive bulletin of the inonth. Rev. 
Richard DeAnney is pastor. 



SOUTH BEND, IND,— Dr, W, A, 
Ogden, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pa,, was the 
guest speaker Mar, 7 at the Sunny- 
mede Brethren Church, pastored by 
Rev, W, Russell Ogden, son of the 
speaker, 

GOSHEN, IND.— The new Breth- 
ren church in Goshen is off to a good 
start as a new Sunday-school at- 
tendance record was set on Mar, 7, 
Bro, Herman Hein, senior in Grace 
Seminary, is the pastor, 

DANVILLE, OHIO — Rev. Neil 
Beery, pastor of the Danville Breth- 
ren Church for several years, has 
resigned and accepted the pastorate 
of the First Brethren Church of 
Ankenytown, Ohio, Brother Beery 
will assume his new work about 
April 1. 

LISTIE, PA. — A Sunday-school 
workshop for all teachers and of- 
ficers was conducted Mar, 25-26 at 
the Listie Brethren Church, Rev. 
Harold Etling, Sunday-school direc- 
tor for the Brethren Church, con- 
ducted the workshop. Rev, John 
Burns is pastor. 



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BRIEFS 



SPECIAL. — A foreign-missionary 
conference will be conducted the 
week before Easter, with speakers 
rotating between the First Brethren 
Church of Altoona, Pa. (Rev. Mark 
Males, pastor), the First Brethren 
Church of Martinsburg, Pa. (Rev. 
Gerald Teeter, pastor), and the Lea- 
mersville Brethren Church of Lea- 
mersville. Pa, (Rev, Robert Crees, 
pastor). The speakers at the confer- 
ence will be Rev, and Mrs, Wayne 
Beaver and Dr, Russell Barnard, 

FILLMORE, CALIF.— The young 
people of the First Brethren Church 
enjoyed a three-day retreat to the 
snow Mar, 19-21, Rev, Maxwell 
Brenneman is pastor, 

DAYTON, OHIO— The Patterson 
Park Brethren Church established a 
new Sunday-school attendance rec- 
ord on Feb. 28 with 100 present, or 
over a 100-percent gain in two years. 
Rev, C, S, Ziinmerman is pastor, 

BEAUMONT, CALIF,— The Cher- 
ry Valley Brethren Church Sunday 
School has assumed a fine foreign- 
mission project. They are working 



to raise $2,000 to purchase a %-ton 
truck for the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church, to 
be used by our missionaries in Af- 
rica. Rev, Gene Farrell is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND,— Dr, Paul 
R, Bauman, vice president of Grace 
Seminary, and Dr. L. L. Grubb, sec- 
retary of the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, will leave New York 
by air on Mar. 29 on a trip to the 
Holy Land. They will be a part of 
the party sponsored by the Amer- 
ican Association for Jewish Evan- 
gelism. (See "Jewish Missions To 
Be Visited," on page 203 of this 
issue.) 

ALTO, MICH,— The Michigan dis- 
trict youth rally was conducted here 
Mar, 12-13, Rev, Scott Weaver, pas- 
tor of the Bethel Brethren Church, 
Osceola, Ind,, was the speaker. Rev, 
Earl Funderburg was the host pastor, 

WINONA LAKE, IND,— Youth for 
Christ International will convene 
heie for their main conference July 
4-18, This conference will mark the 
10th anniversary of the movement, 

WOOSTER, OHIO — Dr, Charles 
Mayes, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, Calif,, was 
guest speaker at the First Brethren 
Church on Mar, 7, Future speakers 
include Rev. Theodore Epp on Apr. 
4, and Dr, R, D, Barnard on May 9, 
Rev. Kenneth Ashman is pastor. 

YORK, PA,— The ground-break- 
ing service for the new Grace Breth- 
ren Church was conducted on Sun- 
day, Mar. 14, Rev, Gerald Polman 
is pastor, 

FINDLAY, OHIO— The Findlay 
Brethren Church was dedicated on 
Sunday, Mar, 21, Dr, L, L, Grubb 
was the speaker. Rev, Forest Lance 
is pastor, 

HOLLINS, VA. — Elizabeth Sue 
Bowman arrived at the parsonage of 
Rev. and Mrs. Edward Bowman on 
Mar. 9, weighing 7 lb,, 1 oz. Rev, 
Bowman, pastor of the Mountain 
View Brethren Church, is recover- 
ing rapidly, 

WINONA LAKE, IND,— Two ad- 
ditions will be made to the faculty 
of Grace College next fall. Rev. 
Norman Uphouse, a member of the 
North Riverdale Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, will head the de- 
partment of education, and Miss Ava 
Schnittjer, well known in many of 
our Iowa churches, will become as- 
sistant professor of English and 
speech, (See "Grace College Makes 
Another Advance for Christ," page 
198 in this issue,) 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



^'xani the CatacamB^ ta S.L 9lete%^6 







By Nathan M. Meyer, Pastor 
Leesburg (Ind.) Brethren Church 


THIRD OF A SERIES 











Just outside the city of Rome and 
deep in the heart of the cold dark 
earth we worshiped the Lord. And 
we rejoiced to know that we had the 
same Lord present with us who was 
with the persecuted Christians of the 
early centuries. 

The subterranean room was nearly 
filled by our party of 38. I estimated 
its size to be about 18 x 12 x 15 feet. 
We were nearly 50 feet below the 
surface of the ground. The walls of 
our chapel concealed more than two 
dozen tombs of those who were mar- 
tyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. 
There was no pulpit; there were 
no rugs on the floor: there was no 
furniture of any kind. The place was 
just what you'd expect an under- 
ground tomb to be. We were in the 
Catacombs. 

Then Dr. Lewis began to speak. 
He rehearsed the account of the 
great persecution of the early Chris- 
tians. He told of how they were 
burned at the stake, torn to pieces 
by the wild animals in the arena, or 
boiled in oil rather than deny the 
Lord that bought them with His own 
precious blood. He told us how the 
early Christians dug 11 miles of 
these underground corridors and 
here they secured 85,000 tombs. 

What price some of God's children 
have paid to perpetuate the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ so that we might be 
the recipients of the Truth. 

I think every eye shed tears of joy 
as Dr. Lewis read from Revelation 
of the day when justice shall be done 
and martyrs of Christ shall live 
again. He read of their rewards and 
then closed with Revelation 19:6: 
"And I heard as it were the voice of 
a great multitude, and as the voice 
of many waters, and as the voice of 
mighty thunderings, saying, Allelu- 
lia: for the Lord God omnipotent 
reigneth." 

We prayed to the God of the 
Christian martyrs — our God. And 
we sang with deep emotion, "O How 
I Love Jesus." 

We were deep in the earth. Under 
no conceivable conditions could the 
surroundings have been more lowly, 
but we all sensed the power of the 
Spirit of God and in those precious 



moments He touched our hearts and 
made us rejoice and glory in the 
power of the crucified Christ — our 
risen Saviour. 

The next day we walked through 
the great doors past the guard, and 
entered the greatest and most mag- 
nificent cathedral on earth. The 
wealth of continents for centuries 
was forwarded to Rome to build St. 
Peter's. The size of it and the dis- 
play of gold, silver, purple cloth, and 
precious stones was staggering to 
the human mind. The art work, the 
architecture, the massive statues, 
and lavish display of wealth defy 
description. 

Peter was there. His giant stone 
form sat on a pedestal with his foot 
in a convenient position for his wor- 
shipers to kiss his toe. Actually 
half of the toe was worn away by 
the idolatry of superstitious pUgrims. 
If Peter had really been present 
I'm sure he could have found words 
to describe the situation. I could 
not. 

The Pope was there, too — not the 
present Pope; he was vacationing at 
his country villa (from August to 
November). It was the former Pope, 
Pius X, whom we saw. His flesh was 
covered with gold, as some people 
cover their baby shoes with bronze. 
The robes he wore — the ring on his 
finger — indescribable! 

Like Peter, he was dead. Even so, 
many worshipers gathered for mass 
before the altar where he lay on 
display inside a glass showcase. 

St. Peter's Cathedral is big, and 
many priests were conducting mass 
at the various altars. 

Presently a procession appeared, 
the like of which I never saw in my 
life. We joined the march toward 
the main altar for high mass. I leave 
it to your imagination to name the 
officials who took part, to picture the 
robes they wore, to smell the obnox- 
ious smoke that rose up fully 25 feet 
over the altar as the "incense lan- 
tern" was swung to and fro. The 
atmosphere was heavy and tense. I 
began to sweat drops of righteous 
indignation and then tears of sorrow 
filled my eyes as I thought of this 
awful scene of ritualism, idolatry, 



and spiritual whoredom that was 
taking place before my eyes. 

My mind wandered out to the ends 
of the earth and I thought of the 
Judgment Day — of the millions of 
souls that would spend eternity in 
hell because these men were their 
spiritual leaders. I said to the fel- 
lows around me, "Let's go up to the 
dome and have our own worship 
service." It was Sunday morning 
and we wanted spiritual refreshing 
from the Lord. 

We paid a healthy fee and rode the 
elevator up, up, up — high in the 
great dome we stood and looked 
down on the spectacle before the 
great altar far below. 

There I opened my Bible and I 
began to read aloud from the Book 
of Revelation: "And the woman was 
arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, 
and decked with gold and precious 
stones and pearls, having a golden 
cup in her hand full of abominations 
and filthiness of her fornication: and 
upon her forehead was a name writ- 
ten, MYSTERY. BABYLON THE 
GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HAR- 
LOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF 
THE EARTH. 

"And I saw the woman drunken 
with the blood of the saints, and with 
the blood of the martyrs of Jesus . . . 
The seven heads are seven moun- 
tains, on which the woman sitteth 
[Just the day before our guide 
showed us the seven hills on which 
Rome is 'sitting'] . . . And the wom- 
an which thou sawest is that great 
city, which reigneth over the kings 
of the earth. 

". . . And I heard another voice 
from heaven, saying. Come out of 
her, my people, that ye be not par- 
takers of her sins, and that ye re- 
ceive not of her plagues: for her sins 
have reached unto heaven, and God 
hath remembered her iniquities. . . . 

"Alas, alas that great city Baby- 
lon, that mighty city! for in one hour 
is thy judgment come. . . . Alas, alas 
that great city, that was clothed in 
fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, 
and decked with gold, and precious 
stones, and pearls. . . . 

(Continued on Page 212) 



March 27, 1954 



207 



The Sunday School and 



DVBS 



By Rev. Harold Etling 



Does it seem a bit early to be 
talking about daily vacation Bible 
school? It is March, and Sunday 
schools ought to be on the march! 
One of the finest methods of getting 
the Gospel out, and getting the peo- 
ple in, will be found through your 
daily vacation Bible school. If you 
have conducted one in your church 
in years past, then you will know- 
that there are many details that will 
have to be worked out carefully if 
your school is to be run smoothly, 
and if it is to accomplish that for 
which you are holding it. March is 
not too early to begin planning for 
that school. 

1. You ought to determine now 
just when you will conduct your 
school this year. Be sure to keep it 
out of the dates of your district sum- 
mer camps, for they have become 
important in the life of every active 
local Brethren church. Likewise, 
insofar as possible, keep the other 
dates and meetings of the church at 
a minimum. Your leaders and teach- 
ers wil have extra work during these 
days. A two-week school, Monday 
through Friday, will give you 10 
wonderful days of extra Bible teach- 
ing. 

2. You should make the decision 
quick as to the materials you will 
want to use, and order all materials 
early in April. Get them into the 
hands of your teachers and workers 
in plenty of time. This will insure 
to every worker the right prepara- 
tion time, and permit them to do a 
better job during the days of the 
school. We have already looked over 
some of the early packets of mate- 
rials, and find many new and inter- 
esting things for the coming year. 
Get your orders in to the Brethren 
Missionary Herald NOW! Be sure 
to order sufficient for your school — 
it is better to have a few extra than 
to be even one pupil's material short. 

3. Choose your leaders and work- 
ers soon. Too often we fail in our 
efforts because we do not give those 
who are to help in the school suffi- 
cient time to do their work. Re- 
member, every individual has plenty 
of work to do. To give them an ex- 
tra load is to invite trouble unless 



we give plenty of time in which to 
plan and prepare. 

IN BRIEF— YOUR DAILY VA- 
CATION BIBLE SCHOOL WILL 
BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IF YOU 
PLAN NOW! 

IS YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL A 
MISSIONARY-MINDED SCHOOL? 

The month of March in Brethren 
churches across the land is a part of 
the period set aside each year for the 
i-eceiving of our foreign-mission of- 
fering. Is the emphasis of this sea- 
son being passed down to the mem- 
bers of your Sunday school? We 
know that it is being emphasized 
through the pages of the Missionary 
Herald, and through letters and ma- 
terials from the foreign-mission of- 
fice to your church, but are you giv- 
ing our missionary program a place 
in your Sunday school? Find some 
enthusiastic person in your Sunday 
school that can plan for at least a 
five-minute emphasis once each 
month. Plan an entire Sunday- 
school program for one Sunday dur- 
ing March or April, in which our 
foreign-missionary program can be 
presented from the platform of the 
superintendent, right on through the 
classes of the school. A missionary- 
minded Sunday school will be a 
growing Sunday school! 

RECENT REPORTS 

Sunday-school rallies and confer- 
ences have been held by your na- 
tional Sunday-school director in a 
number of our schools. We found 
the Sunday school at Martinsburg, 
Pa., literally bulging at the seams. 
Never have we seen a Sunday school 
utilizing every available inch of 
space for the entire morning period 
as we did in this school. When one 
class moved out of the opening de- 
votional period, another moved in to 
take its place for study. It is effi- 
ciency plus! A fine teachers-and- 
workers conference on Sunday aft- 
ernoon saw a 100-percent coopera- 
tion of teachers and officers with the 
pastor. 

The Leamersville, Pa., Sunday 
school is looking forward to addi- 



tional departmental divisions in or- 
der that a more complete program 
might be carried on by children, as 
well as adults. We believe the fu- 
ture will bring real dividends in 
Leamersville. 

A growing Sunday school was evi- 
dent at Everett, Pa., where we were 
privileged to peek in at the bulletin 
board on Monday morning. Almost 
100 pupils present the day before, 
and it was not an ideal day for Sun- 
day-school records either. Snow 
was piled up on the .streets all 
around. 

Yes, our Sunday schools are on 
the march! We have been receiving 
I'eports from many of our schools 
concerning the perfect attendance of 
their pupils. We wish it were pos- 
sible for us to publish the names of 
the individuals who have had per- 
fect attendance, but to do so would 
be a list of several thousand names. 
We congratulate all who have had 
perfect attendance for the past year. 
We should like to urge all of our 
members- in every school to "go thou 
and do likewise." Brethren, this is 
as it ought to be! We did receive a 
report from one school which in- 
cluded the names of those who had 
had perfect attendance for seven 
years. If any school has those with 
perfect attendance recoi-ds for 10 
years we will publish their names in 
the Missionary Herald. 

SUNDAY SCHOOLS ON THE 
MARCH IN MARCH 

It ought to be more than a catchy 
slogan. It ought to capture our best 
imagination of just what could be 
done if everyone of us would "get on 
the march" by making the month of 
March a month of visitation. If you 
want to fill your Sunday schools the 
only known method is hard work. 
There is no substitute for ringing 
doorbells and inviting people to be 
with you on Sunday morning. If we 
seem to keep constantly talking 
about visitation, it is only because 
we have seen it work, and know 
that nothing succeeds like it in 
building Sunday schools. Let's make 
March the "on-the-march" month in 
Brethren Sunday schools. 



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A LOOK 

At Brethren 
Boys Clubs 



By REV. RALPH COLBURN 
National Youth Director 








Brethren Boys Club of the Second Brethren Church of Long Beach. Calif. 



Brethren Boys Clubs have been 
meeting a real need in about 60 of 
our churches across the land, in pro- 
viding wholesome, spiritual activi- 
ties for boys that strengthens them 
for Christ, and in encouraging a real 
avenue of service for men. Ten fine 
clubs are now going in the Califor- 
nia district, and it has been my 
privilege to visit several of them. 
I've picked up a few ideas, and I 
hope have imparted a few. 

At the Long Beach Second Breth- 
ren Church, more than 20 boys meet 
in the church basement every Mon- 
day night in this club, and they've 
done some fine work with both Bible 
memory and hobby projects. The 
two men need more help, but have 
been doing an exceptional job, han- 
dling it alone. 

South Pasadena started their club 
only a very few months ago, and 
almost meet each Monday night. 
When I visited them just recently, I 
was privileged , to award the fii'st 
club rank and membership cards to 
almost every boy present. They've 
been making model planes, and some 
have done excellent work. Now 
they're starting on plaque painting. 
Club attendance averages about 15 
boys, and 6 men. besides Dr. Charles 
Ashman, pastor, are helpers. They've 
fixed up a shed on the back of the 
church for a workshop, and each boy 
has a private work area and drawer 
for his hobby project. Most of these 
boys have done exceptionally well 
on their memory work. 

San Bernardino does not have a 
large club — they average about 10 
boys, but have an average of four 
helpers. They have made some 
lovely mottoes, with plastic letters 
on wood background, and with let- 
ters cut away from heavy paper, ex- 
posing a colored foil background. 



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Club Chief Walter Hough checking one of 
the South Pasadena boys on Bible memory 
\\ork 



South Pasadena Calif BBC in their work- 
shop back of the chuich 



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Chief Al Rager talking to boys of San Ber- 
nardino. Calif.. BBC. 



Club Chief Bud Ballard talking with new 
BBC officers at Long Beach Second Church. 
Left to right are: Treasurer David Ballard, 
Counselor Stan O'Connor (in rear), Sec- 
letary Robert Ellis. President Mike O'Con- 
nor, Vice President Ross Carey, and Bud 
Ballard. 



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Follow me as I poke my head into 
the various nooks and crannies of 
our Brethren churches to see what 
our laymen have been, are, and will 
be doing. Laymen's Fellowship at 
the MEYEPvSDALE, PA., church on 
Feb. 23 was attended by 35 men, of 
whom many were visitors. Rev. 
Walter Otto, a Mennonite pastor of 
Springs, Pa., spoke. He was im- 
pressed by the fine fellowship shared 
and asked permission to bring some 
of his men to the next meeting. . . . 
The first Men's Fellowship of the 
COMPTON, CALIF., church was 
in the form of a dinner meeting on 
Feb. 19. . . . Several eastern church 
bulletins are announcing the district 
laymen's rally to be held April 3 at 
YORK, PA. . . . At the HAGERS- 
TOWN, MD., organization meeting 
which was announced last month we 
leai-n that 32 men attended, and the 
following officers were elected: pres., 
Frank Tewalt; v. pres., James Mc- 
Carter; sec, Frank Allen; asst. sec, 
Charles Jones; treas., Harold Mar- 
tin; asst. treas., Frank Wiles. . . . 
ELKHART, IND., men met Feb. 15 
for a potluck dinner, with Bro. Wes- 
ley Miller in charge and 16 members 
and visitors present. Rev. Ivan 
French, a graduate of Grace Sem- 
inary, serving a Baptist church in 
Elkhart, was speaker. An offering 
of $15.50 was taken. ... A film was 
shown to the RITTMAN, OHIO, men 
when they met March 11 for their 
monthly fellowship. . . . The North- 
ern Ohio Brethren Men's Rally was 
held March 21 at ASHLAND.' Bro. 
S. Wayne Beaver was the speaker. 
. . . Froin the Community Brethren 
Church bulletin (Feb. 28): "Sixty- 
one hungry men met February 22 to 
feast on literal and spiritual steak. 
Arthur Mouw thrilled our souls with 
the presentation of the Lord's bless- 



OUCH! 

Reaction to my "clucking" the op- 
portunity to speak to Indiana minis- 
ters came in the form of a verbal 
chiding by Rev. Walter Lepp, a card 
from Rev. Gordon Bracker in which 
he says, "Don't you think we have 
to speak sometimes when we too are 
scared?" and a letter from Rev. Les- 
lie Moore, which starts out: "Dear 
Lunk Head . . ." and goes on to 
really let me have it." Thank you, 
brethren, for your criticism. I did 
ask for it, didn't I?— J. B. D. 

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ing in Borneo. The Men's Fellow- 
ship voted to assume the project of 
lighting our church building and 
parking lot through a timing con- 
trol." On March 7, Rev. Bruce But- 
ton, missionary to the Jews, was the 
speaker at a special men's night 
service in this church. . . . SOUTH 
GATE, CALIF., Men's Brotherhood 
met for a potluck supper Feb. 26, at 
which the speaker was Rev. Allied 
B. Lau, ex-Hitler youth leader. . . . 
On March 6 the men at CLEVE- 
LAND, OHIO, met for their monthly 
time of blessing. . . . Pastor Edward 
Lewis, BUENA VISTA, VA., tells us 
that his laymen are really active. 
They had 21 at their last meeting. 
Services are held in three different 
prisons on Sundays and two of the 
laymen are caring for churches that 

have no pastors The WOOSTER, 

OHIO, laymen enjoyed a unique 



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Jesse B. Deloe, Editor 



time of Christian fellowship on Feb. 
22 in their annual Men and Boys 
Fellowship. The bountiful meal had 
been prepared by the WMC's. There 
were 98 men and boys in attendance. 
Rev. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor of 
the newest mission church in the 
district, at Elyria, Ohio, brought the 
main message on the theme, "Faith." 
The offering for the evening, $41.50, 
was presented to the Elyria church 
toward their building fund. The 
men and boys will return the favor 
to the women in May for the Mother- 
Daughter Banquet. . . . Mr. William 
Faas (morning) and Mr. Robert 
Clinton (evening) were the speakers 
at CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, on Feb. 
28, when the layinen had complete 
charge of both services. ... I guess 
that's all the snooping I can do for 
this time. Bro. Carl Uphouse, sec- 
retary of the East Fellowship of 
Brethren Laymen, has some more 
information for you in the next col- 
umn. Say, do you realize that half 
a year has passed since conference? 
I wonder if we have done half the 
things we planned. Keep looking 
up!— J. B. D. 



LAYMEN'S DAY ACTIVITIES IN 
GREATER JOHNSTOWN AREA 

JENNERS observed their Lay- 
men's Day a week early, due to the 
Crusade Team One being scheduled 
to start a campaign on Feb. 23. The 
laymen had full charge of the eve- 
ning service, which was attended by 
55 persons and an offering lifted for 
the Board of Evangelism amounting 
to $10.16. 

The EVERETT laymen had full 
charge of the program in the church 
on Laymen's Sunday. One layman 
taught the Men's Bible Class, an- 
other led the song service, another 
made the announcements; one lay- 
inan delivered the morning inessage, 
and another the evening message. 
Offering for the Crusade Teams was 
$32.75. 

The laymen had full charge of the 
evening service Feb. 28 at the River- 
side church, JOHNSTOWN. Don 
Rager brought the message to 39 
people and the offering for the Board 
of Evangelism was $13.35. 

The JOHNSTOWN First Brethren 
Church held their laymen's meeting 
on March 7, due to the pastor's ab- 
sence in Winona Lake, and the pro- 
gram and preaching was done by the 
laymen. This group, incidentally, is 
the oldest organized group in the 
Brethren denomination. The speak- 
er was the president of the John- 
town Christian Business Men. Of- 
fering was $27. — Cor! J. Uphouse. 



LAYMAN'S SERVICE FOR CHRIST 
NOTED IN COMPANY PAPER 

The following clipping from the 
publication of the Gates Rubber Co. 
of Denver, Colo., is of interest to 
laymen: "Do you know that Maurice 
Davis is the superintendent of the 
Grace Brethren Sunday School? He 
has given his services to their newly 
built church. After working on his 
job all day, he does this special work 
in his spare time. 'This is real Chris- 
tianity.' " Brother Davis is also a 
deacon in the church at Denver. 



TREASURER'S REPORT FOR 
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 

Board of Evangelism ($3,000) $134.70 

Student Aid ($1,0001 13.00 

Boys Clubs ( $250 ) 1.00 

General E.xpense Fund ($500) 2.50 

Laymen, have you sent your Laymen's 
Day offering for the Board of Evangelism 
yet? 

In His service. 

Walter Hoyt. 
409 Leland Ave.. Dayton. Ohio. 



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[NEWS 




Fin mjin 

CHURCHES 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 

This was a new experience for us. 
Our church is nearly four years old, 
but we were not permitted our 
building until June 1953. February 
14, 1954, we began our first evange- 
listic series of meetings under the 
preaching and labor of Rev. J. D, 
Hammer, pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Fort Wayne, Ind. 

This service was not planned to 
be spectacular, but was planned to 
present the Word of God in such a 
manner as to challenge those listen- 
ing to forsake sin. receive Christ as 
Saviour, and have the gift of eter- 
nal life. 

Three Sundays and 10 weeknights 
were devoted to this work. There 
were 887 people attending the serv- 
ices, averaging 55 for each service. 
There were 3 first-time confessions 
of Christ as Saviour, 2 reaffirmations 
of faith, and 15 publicly expressing 
their desire and intention to walk 
closer with our Lord. 

Being new in the community we 
did not know what the community 
response would be. The meetings 
were well-received, and a new im- 
pact with the Gospel has been reg- 
istered in the life of our community. 

The highlight of the service was 
the bringing of an entire family to 
the Lord, the parents for a reaffir- 
mation of faith, the son to our Lord 
as Saviour. All three have ex- 
pressed their desire for church fel- 
lowship as members. 

Another high moment was on 
February 28, the last day of the 
meeting, when a new record was set 
for Bible-school attendance. The 
new record is 100, and we now look 
forward to an attendance that will 
not drop below that mark. — C. S. 
Zimmerman, pastor. 



It was my recent privilege to serve 
as the first evangelist for the Patter- 
son Park Brethren Church, Dayton, 
Ohio. With no previous experience 
to guide us, we approached the 
meetings with some uncertainty. But 
God again proved himself faithful 



by answering earnest prayer for re-^ 
vival and saved souls. The very 
first service was the occasion for a 
large number of the Brethren to 
publicly acknowledge their accept- 
ance of the challenge to have a 
closer walk with the Lord. As a 
result, the meetings witnessed sev- 
eral important decisions, good at- 
tendance, and an excellent spirit of 
unity and determination on the part 
of God's people. 

Expository teaching of God's Word 
was the method adopted to present 
the clainis of the Gospel. Already 
well trained by their teaching pas- 
tor, the Brethren proved to be apt 
students of the Word and it was a 
real joy to minister to them. — James 
D. Hainvier, evangelist. 

Grafton, 'W. Vo. 

As we look back over the past 
year we can only marvel at the 
grace of our Lord and His blessing 
upon the First Brethren Church. 
Under the faithful ministry of Rev. 
Lee Crist and his good wife, God is 
bringing much fruit. There have 
been 14 baptized and added to our 
church, the result of the working of 
the Holy Spirit in our midst. We 
praise the Lord for the many young 
couples that are attending our serv- 
ices regularly. We have seen a 100- 
percent gain in our Sunday school, 
and the result is that our classrooms 
are crowded. Two classes are being 
conducted in the parsonage. We also 
have a newly organized cradle roll 
department. 

We are looking forward to a spring 
revival with Rev. K. E. Richardson; 
and the Sunday school plans to pur- 
chase a bigger and better bus to be 
used to the glory of the Lord in 
bringing children to Sunday school. 
— Mrs. Helen Dennis, clerk. 



Findlay, Ohio 

The Grace Brethren Church would 
like to express our appreciation to 
our heavenly Father and to those in- 
terested in our brotherhood for the 
privilege which was ours of having 
Team Two of the Brethren Evange- 
listic Crusade in our new church 
here for the two weeks preceding 
March 7. 

The results were very encourag- 
ing. Although we experienced a late 
winter blizzard during much of the 
last week and cold rain nearly the 
whole of the first week, our attend- 



ance was very good, running be- 
tween 57 and 115. The average for 
the entire series was 85. Consider- 
ing that ours is a church only about 
20 months old, we feel that the at- 
tendance speaks well for the ability 
of the team. The decisions num- 
bered 25, with 5 of these being fu'st- 
time decisions for Christ as Saviour. 
Being a new home-mission church 
we do not have a long back-log of 
prospects, yet we have been experi- 
encing decisions regularly, Sunday 
by Sunday. We honestly feel that, 
as a church, we are much better pre- 
pared to serve the Lord in His har- 
vest field as a result of these meet- 
ings. 

We would like to express our sin- 
cere thanks for the ministry of this 
team and also for the larger work of 
the Brethren Evangelistic Crusade 
throughout our churches, making it 
possible for every church, regardless 
of size or ability of finance, to bene- 
fit from the services of talented 
Christian men, blessing and edifying 
the saints and winning the souls of 
lost men to Jesus Christ. I sincerely 
believe that this evangelistic team 
represents the very best in evange- 
lism, as far as I am concerned. — 
Forest F. Lance, pastor. 



Canton, Ohio 

February 28 was a great day in 
the First Brethren Church of Can- 
ton, Ohio. The pastor, Rev. John R. 
Billing, who has now served the 
church for 15 months, was formally 
ordained to the Christian ministry. 
The ordination service was held at 
3 p. m., with a large attendance of 
the members and friends of the 
church. Rev. J. L. Gingrich, pastor 
of the First Brethren Church of 
Sterling, Ohio, acted as presiding 
elder, assisted by several ministers 
of the Northern Ohio District and 
Rev. Conard Sandy, of Harrisburg, 
Pa. Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, of Grace 
Theological Seminary, preached the 
ordination sermon, also delivering 
the messages at the morning and 
evening services. Altogether the 
ordination was a very impressive oc- 
casion. At its close the entire audi- 
ence enjoyed the evening meal, 
served by the ladies of the church. 

Immediately following the dinner 
a program was presented in honor of 
the pastor's birthday, March 5. Each 
organization of the church and de- 
partment of the Bible school was 
represented on the program, which 



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^iev. and iia*3- iJiaine Snyder 
Winona Lake, Incl. 



was in charge of Mrs. Evelyn Bell, 
primary superintendent. The climax 
came when Moderator R. B. Smith, 
on behalf of the church, presented 
the pastor a check for $100. 

The Canton church is going for- 
ward under Rev. Dilling's leader- 
ship, as noted by increased interest 
and attendance at all services, the 
Bible school attendance having ex- 
ceeded the enrollment for several 
weeks. Verily, "the Lord hath done 
great things for us; whereof we are 
glad" (Psa. 126:3).— Mrs. A. B. Kid- 
der. 

Vicksburg, Pa. 

We are now meeting in the base- 
ment, but the work continues up- 
stairs. The plaster work has just 
been completed, and as soon as that 
dries, the hardwood work can be put 
in. That and a few finishing touches 
will complete the job sufficiently to 
use the whole building. We will 
have no pews, carpet, or money, for 
some time to come, but we are 
thrilled to have anything. Things 
looked bleak and barren just one 
year ago this week. I spoke that 
Sunday night on "Beauty for Ashes." 
On the first anniversary of our fire, 
the 28th, I shall speak on Joshua's 
last words, "Not one thing hath 
failed of all the good things which 



the Lord your God spake concern- 
ing you." 

The church basement has an audi- 
torium, three Sunday-school rooms, 
a workshop for my boys, two lava- 
tories, a furnace room and the bap- 
tistry. The main floor has the sanc- 
tuary, a nursery, two Sunday-school 
rooms which open into the sanctuary 
via ModernFold doors, a pastor's 
study, and a secretary's room. There 
are two rooms above the offices, 
which can be used for Sunday-school 
rooms, but which will house the 
speakers for the sound system and 
organ. There are three roonis above 
the Sunday-school rooms at the rear 
of the sanctuary of the balcony type. 
The center room is the projection 
and electronic control room. — Dean 
I. Walter, pastor. 

Waynesboro, Pa. 

God marvelously blessed during 
the two weeks that Evangelist Hal 
Webb and Song Leader Bill Smoot 
were with us. Sixty-two persons 
acknowledged Christ as Saviour, and 
many others rededicated their lives 
to the Lord and to soul-winning. 
Others covenanted with the Lord to 
establish a family altar in their 
homes. Blessings received were be- 
yond human calculations as to value. 
— Dennis Holliday, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 

Paramount, Calif. 

Troy, Ohio 

Camden, Ohio. . . . 
Grafton, W. Va... 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

(Third) 

Rittman, Ohio . . . . 
Fremont, Ohio . . , 
South Gate, Calif. 
Sterling, Ohio . . . . 
Buena Vista, Va 
Ashland, Ohio . . 
Meyersdale, Pa. . 
Clayton, Ohio. . . 
Harrisburg, Pa . . 

Listie, Pa 

South Bend, Ind. 



Date 

Mar. 21-28 

Mar. 21-28 

Mar. 28-Apr. 11. 
Mar. 28-Apr. 11 

Mar. 28-Apr. 11 
Mar. 29- Apr. 11 

Apr. 2-22 

Apr. 4-18 

Apr. 4-18 

Apr. 5-18 

Apr. 11-16 

Apr. 11-18 

Apr. 11-18 

Apr. 11-18 

Apr. 14-25 

Apr. 16-18 



Pastor Speaker 

John Mayes Bill Smith. 

Richard Mcintosh Crusade Team 1. 
Randall Rossman . Randall Rossman. 
Lee Crist K. E. Richardson. 

Robert Cessna.... Crusade Team 2. 
Chas. Ashman, Jr. Bern'd Schneider. 
Gordon Bracker. . A. L. Lynn. 

Alfred Dodds Bill Smith. 

J. L. Gingrich. ... A. R. Kriegbaum. 
Edward Lewis .... Edward Lewis. 

Miles Taber Robert Culver. 

H. Leslie Moore . . A. L. Lynn. 

Clair Brickel James Boyer. 

Conard Sandy .... John Whitcomb. 

John Burns Crusade Team 2. 

Russell Ogden. . . . Homer Kent, Sr. 



FROM THE CATACOMBS TO . . . 

(Continued From Page 207) 

"And in her was found the blood 
of the prophets, and of the saints, 
and of all that were slain upon the 
earth." 

I read all of chapters 17, 18, and 
half of 19. Then we had prayer, and 
we prayed for spiritual illumination 
to dispel such darkness before it is 
forever too late. 

We had been in the Catacombs 
and were thrilled by the Lord's 
presence. We were in St. Peter's 
and were chilled by His absence. I 
cannot conceive of two places of 
worship which form a greater con- 
trast than the Catacombs and St. 
Peter's. It was like the difference 
between being saved and being lost. 
It was like being down in heaven 
and up in hell. 

"This," I said, "is not the end. The 
martyrs of the Lord will yet come 
forth as kings and priests of God. 
They shall live and reign with Chi'ist 
forever; they shall wear a crown." 

But ecclesiastical Babylon, dressed 
in gold-decked robes of purple and 
scarlet, guilty of blasphemy and 
blood, idolatry, Mariolatry, and har- 
lotry, shall be cast into hell from 
whence the smoke of her burning 
shall ascend forever and ever (Rev. 
19:3b ASV). 

The sovereign, eternal, and om- 
nipotent God will have the last 
word. Allelulia! 



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By Russell D. Barnard 
Editor, Foreign Mission Number 



Our Crucial Season Is at Hand! 

In our foreign-missionary work we do receive many 
offerings during the various seasons of the year. We 
appreciate these, for without such offerings we would 
be greatly handicapped. Yet it remains true that the 
greater part of our annual offering is given during the 
Easter season, hence this is such a crucial season. Have 
we — are we — presenting the needs of our foreign fields 
in such a way that each members of the Brethren 
Church sees them — feels them? This is always the 
question. If there is any part you do not understand, or 
any part we have not made clear, we would be happy to 
answer your personal questions. 

It's a Challenging Program! 

Yes, it's gigantic so far as our Brethren churches are 
concerned. We now have 89 missionaries, including 
those on the field and those appointees who will be on 
the field before the end of this year of 1954. We are 
working in six fields — Africa, Argentina, Brazil, France, 
Hawaii, and Mexico. In every field our work is grow- 
ing, greater opportunities are presenting themselves, and 
the plea in every case is for more workers and more 
funds. 

Last August when we estimated our expenditures it 
was believed that $250,000 would care for our needs, and 
that amount will accomplish those which were in evi- 
dence at that time. But additional opportunities are 
before us and missionaries are begging that we accept 
them. Reports from our recent board meeting, printed 
elsewhere in this issue of the Herald, will mention many 
of these. To care for those needs which the board has 
authorized, when there are sufficient funds to care for 
them, will require an additional $100,000. We should 
have one-half of that amount this year and the other 
half next year. We are praying that the Lord oj the 
harvest will supply up to $300,000 for foreign vfiissions 
this year. That will increase last year's offering by 
about one-third. This is not impossible, but it is indeed 
challenging. 

The Law of Averages 

By the law of averages we can count on a very sub- 
stantial increase in offerings this year — probably to 
about the amount of $300,000. Rather than count on the 
law of averages, however, we desire to count on the 
Lord for His blessing. His work is more precious to 



Him than it could ever be to us. If He could make the 
stones to be bread, and if the loaves and fishes could be 
multiplied. He can miraculously supply our needs today. 
But should He? In so doing would He not rob us of the 
blessing of supporting His work, of sending out His mis- 
sionaries, of presenting His Gospel? It would be a very 
small thing for Him to turn stones into gold — the very 
streets of that wonderful city are paved with pure gold. 
Rather, it seems He would have us to grow in spiritual 
things, and one of the very best spiritual exercises is 
that of tithes and offerings for the Lord's work. 

A First Conclusion 

God's work will need to be supplied by God's people. 
The Lord will bless His people and make them able, but 
He expects very definite surrender and dedication in 
their stewardship. First making them able. He pleads 
with His people to be willing to spend and be spent and 
that selfishness shall not control their doings. 

A Second Conclusion 

That part of God's people known as "The Brethren" 
will need be used of the Lord to support Brethren 
missionaries in our Brethren mission fields. We just 
couldn't expect others to do it — they have their own 
responsibilities. Also, a part of this second conclusion 
seems to be just normal thinking — non-Brethren mis- 
sionaries and non-Brethren boards and societies should 
not expect Brethren people and Brethren churches to 
come to their support, at least as long as our own work 
stands true to the message of the Word of God and as 
long as our work is ever expanding. Your general sec- 
retary was a pastor long enough to know that such 
missionary agencies are always very anxious to visit 
and have services in our Brethren churches. Brethren 
churches are missionary -minded and, as a result, are 
fruitful fields for supporting such missionary endeavor, 
and Brethren pastors and churches are very often almost 
overwhelmed by such requests. 

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GLANCING AHEAD 

A SUhAhAARY OF ACTIONS RESULTING FROM THE RECENT FOREIGN BOARD MEETING 



AFRICA— 

Entering Bangui — This is our greatest step in advance 
in a generation. Bangui is the capital city of Oubangui- 
Chari province in French Equatorial Africa with a pop- 
ulation of over 50,000. We have been within 12 miles of 
this city for years, but left its evangelization to others. 
It is not evangelized — we have hundreds of believers 
there — hence, this historic step. The costs of such will 
be from $9,000 to $15,000. 

Four More Pastors — In fulfilling the program of two 
pastors per district, we desperately need four moi-e mis- 
sionary pastors and funds sufficient to send them. When 
a missionary pastor leaves for furlough and another is 
not ready to take his place in the area. Communistic 
agents cause unlimited trouble. Every new family for 
Africa costs between $6,000 and $7,000 for the first year 
and approximately $5,000 per year after that. 

Boguira Residence — A missionary residence is urgent- 
ly needed in the large and fruitful Bellevue field. This 
will be located at Boguira at a cost of about $2,500 — it 
will be the second residence in this district. 

Aluminum Roofing — This is our best fire insurance. 
One fire loss can cost us many times the price of a roof. 
Sufficient for two more residences this year has been 
authorized at an approximate cost of $1,500. 

Two New Pickups — Two of our seven-year-old Dodge 
pickup trucks (one-ton) need to be replaced. Such have 
been authorized at an e.xchange cost of about $3,600. 

ARGENTINA— 

Circuit Rider Plan — We have approved a plan sug- 
gested by the national believers, whereby they will as 
rapidly as possible assume the responsibility for most of 
our present church units. The field will be divided into 
north and south districts, with each district under na- 
tional leadership. 

Expansion to Larger Population Centers — As rapidly 
as possible our missionaries will enter the larger popu- 
lation centers, seeking to establish more units of churches 
to be placed under national leadership. Brother and 
Sister Carson Rottler will move immediately to Villa 
Mercedes, a city of 40,000, as the first step in this pro- 
gram. Immediate costs will be for i-ents only. 

Provincial Responsibilities — Without moving from 
present fields or being relieved from present responsi- 
bilities, missionaries have volunteered to assume imme- 
diate interest in various provinces and districts in 
Argentina. They will pray for the district, visit it when 
possible, and expect God to supply an opening into the 
district in the not-far-distant future. 

New Chapel Locations — Some of our older testimonies 
need to be relocated and many new areas entered. The 
national believers are anxious to undertake this pro- 
gram. We want to help without limiting their work in 
helping themselves. We have made an offer — we will 



supply well-located lots, providing the national church 
will assume the responsibility of building on these lots. 
This will cost us several thousand dollars per year for 
years ahead. 

Residences jor Missionaries — We must either rent or 
build these. Costs are increasing in the large population 
centers until they are of staggering proportions. A well- 
situated lot may cost as much as $3,000 and a residence 
as much as $10,000. Rents are proportionately high in 
the large centers. We need one or two of these resi- 
dences immediately. 

The National Church — Our board is thrilled with the 
fine reports of the national church in Argentina, the ca- 
pable and dependable laymen, the effective organization 
among women and girls, and the large groups of young 
people. We are encouraging the national church to 
assume responsibilities with utmost speed. 

Printing Press — This is badly needed; we have but 
little Brethren literature. We hope this may be a proj- 
ect — the cost may be as much as $2,000. 

Tent for Evangelistic Work — We have one, but greatly 
need another. This will be used for about seven months 
out of the year. It must be purchased in Argentina and 
will cost about $500. 

Day of Prayer — The missionaries and national believ- 
ers in Argentina are giving special emphasis to this — 
the 15th of each month as a day of prayer among the 
churches. 

BRAZIL— 

Envelope System — The field council in Brazil is in- 
stituting this and will accoinpany it with special teaching 
in Christian stewardship. 

Second Residence at Icoraci — This should be built im- 
mediately so the Bill Burk family, who are expecting to 
leave the States in July, will have living quarters. This 
residence will be erected at an approximate cost of 
$3,000 on the two-and-one-half-acre plot which we own 
in Icoraci. 

Icoraci Church Lot — We are hoping to purchase a lot 
about a mile or so from our present property in Icoraci; 
the cost will be about $500. We will pay for the lot and 
national believers will build the chapel on it. 

Chapel at Fazendinha — This building is now being 
completed. It will care for a crowd of about 100 people 
and will be well filled from the beginning. It is located 
about 10 miles from Macapa and will be under Brother 
Teeter's leadership while the Millers are home on fur- 
lough. The cost will be $400, but through offerings the 
national believei-s will repay one-half of this amount 
and this will be used toward the erection of more 
chapels. 

Agulha Purchase — We are expecting to buy the build- 
ing now being used, or purchase or build another — cost 
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they are now paying the rent for the present building 
being used. 

Christian Day Schools — A unit of such should be es- 
tablished at each mission station. The teachers will be 
national young ladies trained for the work. The cost of 
operation will be around $20 per month per school. The 
school at Icoraci will be started as soon as possible. 

Printing Press — One is needed in Brazil as well as in 
Argentina. 

New Centers — We should double our number of cen- 
ters of operation es soon as there are missionaries suffi- 
cient. National believers are being trained as rapidly as 
possible. 

FRANCE^ 

Another Missionary Family — This is an urgent need. 
We ere trusting the Lord to provide a second missionary 
family, as well as the funds to send them, in the near 
future. The Fogies are doing an excellent work in a 
very difficult field and should have help. 

Permanent Meeting Place — Consideration is being 
given to the partial-proprietorship plan of securing a 
location and building where the believers may hold 
regular services. Such an arrangement may cost about 
$3,000. A permanent meeting place is needed in order 
to give stability to the work. 

HAWAII— 

Another Missionary Family — In this field also there is 
urgent need for a second missionary family to woi-k on 
a self-support basis. The opportunities in this area are 
unlimited and there is not the usual language barrier. 

Chapel Repair and Equipment — The group in Hono- 
lulu had to vacate the quarters which they have been 
occupying, but were fortunate in securing another loca- 
tion with a building on it. However, much is needed to 
repair and equip this building for services. An amount 
of $400 would care for a major part of these needs. 

MEXICO— 

Calexico Property — Elsewhere in this issue of the 
Herald is an article telling of the property recently pur- 
chased in Calexico as a point of operation. 

Bibles, Testaments, and Gospel Literature — These 
items are needed regularly by our workers. Gifts of 
any amount toward the purchase of these are greatly 
appreciated. 

Trip Sponsors — At various intervals during the year 
trips are made by our inissionaries, each at a different 
time and into a different area, down the peninsula and 
along the Sonora coast to witness in any way possible. 
Such trips have proved of great value in the winning of 
souls. The approximate cost is from $100 to $300 per 
trip. Sponsors for such trips are needed. 

(Note — in the foregoing summai-y various projects and 
amounts have been listed. In order to prevent duplica- 
tion, we are asking that anyone interested in one of the 
projects contact our foreign-mission office for full par- 
ticulars.) 




"I've Got Leprosy" 

By Miss Marybeth Munn, Bekoro, Africa 



For a while I'd like to tell you about the little ones 
here who have leprosy. Often we show pictures of the 
adults who have leprosy in the last horrible stages, 
but how about the children who have just developed 
a spot? We have about 10 little tots, all less than five 

years old, who have a spot 
" > ' •. ',| or two somewhere on 

them. One day the parents 
find a bronze or tan spot 
on the child's back, arm, 
chest, or very often on the 
forehead or a cheek. Once 
there was nothing for them 
to do but feel bad, but now 
many come to us right 
away. You know that all 
little children hate to take 
medicine — at the hospital 
they scream and cry when 
the spoon of castor oil 
comes toward them. But, 
for some reason or other, 
these little leper children 
just hold out their little 
hands for the pills as if to 
say, "Thank you." 

In many cases spots have 
already disappeared. One 
father sent his boy, Peter, 
to us with a huge triangular spot on his forehead. They 
live about 100 iniles away, so the father didn't see the 
child foi- six months. In that time, after treatment, the 
spot had completely vanished. 

Little Mary and Martha are twin daughters of one of 
our most faithful Kabba catechists. Their mother, Anna, 
is a sweet, prayerful woman. When Mary and Martha 
were six months old, they had hookworm, amoebic dys- 
entery, and another tropical disease caused by contam- 
inated water. They were just skin and bones, too weak 
to stand for treatment for their divers diseases. Every- 
one told Anna they would surely die, but Anna took her 
heartache to the Lord. Our Lord answered her prayer 
and the twins are big, happy six-year-olds now. Just 
a month or so before coming home I was playing with 
the girls when I noticed a bronze spot on Mary's right 
shoulder. Anna saw it too. She said she knew her Lord 
would heal Mary again. So Mary is now getting weekly 
treatments for leprosy. 

One of our nurses, Daniel Gam, came one day as sad 
as he could be. He wanted me to look at his little Louise. 
Sure enough, there was the fiery mark on her face. We 
put her under treatment immediately, and now, after 
only a couple of months, the spot is gone. And so it 
goes on and on. This could all be very sad, but now 
these little barefoot boys and girls with bronze spots of 
leprosy are thankful to our Lord for His blessing in 
opening a way for them to get well. And they thank 
you, too, for your prayers and help for them. 






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Miss Edith Geske invites you to meet with 



The "WOMEN OF GOOD NEWS," Bozoum, Africa 




Miss Edith Geslte 



You are invited to the meeting of the "Women of Good 
News" at Bozoum on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30. It 
will be held at the small chapel at the foot of Bozoum 
hill where junior church is held. Perhaps you are 
thinking that the hour is a little late, but here in Africa, 
with the heat, and the women 
busy most of the day, this is about 
the best hour to have the meeting. 
The announcement of the meet- 
ing was made before the church 
on Sunday morning, inviting all 
the women to come. 

As the hour approaches you 
will see Mrs. Jobson descending 
the hill, and on this particular 
occasion you will see her two 
guests, Beverley Garber and my- 
self, accompanying her. We two 
are thrilled with the anticipation of attending the wom- 
en's meeting and yet nervous for fear we won't speak 
the Sango well enough for the women to understand us. 
We lift our hearts in prayer for God's help and grace 
at this time. 

When we arrive at the bottom of the hill, some of the 
women have already gathered and are waiting for us. 
There is the usual greeting, "Bala-o." We see more 
women coming from a distance and wait a few minutes 
for them — you can expect latecomers. There are new 
women in the group, for which we are happy. There is 
also a visitor with one of the women — her faithful dog; 
in fact, it is so faithful that it insists on coming up to the 
front and disturbing us during the meeting. 

The women open their bundles which contain their 
New Testaments and songbooks, and the service begins 
with the singing of several songs. After the announce- 
ment of each number we must wait until each woman 
has found the place. Some need help, as they are not 
so fortunate to have received training in reading and 
writing, but they do memorize easily and well. Oh, how 



the women can sing! They love to sing, for they have 
been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus and have 
a song in their hearts. 

As each woman's narne is called, she quotes a Scrip- 
ture verse or gives a testimony. We discover that we 
have quite a number of guests — women who have re- 
cently been baptized and joined the church. They are 
timid and need encouragement to take part in the meet- 
ing. There is no better place than these meetings for 
the women to begin reciting Scripture and telling what 
Jesus means to them. The testimonies are a blessing, 
for these women are thankful for the light of the Gospel 
and that they know the Lord Jesus as their personal 
Saviour. 

They have opportunity to pray — each one, if she 
wishes — and they surely can pray! They ask the Lord 
to bless the missionaries who have come to help them. 
These women have many burdens and trials and need 
each other's prayers for God's grace in their lives. I am 
sure that you would leave the meeting with a burden oh 
your heart to pray more faithfully for these women and 
for the new converts especially. 

This is the day for the white-gift offering to be taken, 
at which time the women have a share in giving of their 
means to help a native evangelist. At this part of the 
meeting I was called upon to read the Scripture, Ephe- 
sians 2, and comment on it. Beverley Garber then gave 
a visual lesson on Christ healing the blind man. The 
women listened attentively and I trust they were blessed 
and strengthened by the precious Word of God. 

The meeting lasted an hour or more, but the time 
went fast — everything was varied and interesting to me. 
I trust that you, too, have enjoyed the meeting, even 
though frcm a distance. Continue to remember the 
women in your prayers — that they might be strength- 
ened spiritually and be faithful witnesses of the Lord 
Je.us to their own people. 



One for One 



AN 

AFRICAN 
"BUSH" 
CHAPEL 




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SuKci^^ awe pMiUf^Kd (Vie not in aaini 



r 



Just as I started to get off the first sentence, I was 
called by Ruth, who was out backyard, to come help 
Miss Bickel kill a snake which was in the chicken coop. 
But it had already made good its escape. 

The purpose of my writing is to tell you how we praise 
the Lord for allowing us to continue our service here 
in Africa without the interruption of having to return to 
the States. We were quite fearful, we must confess, of 
the prospect of having to return; in fact, for a long time 
we thought that it was almost certain, for we could see 
no improveinent in my condition. But, thanks be to our 
Lord, practically at the last minute we began to see an 
improvement, which is continuing slowly. 

We want to express our thanks to the many brethren 
in Christ who sincerely interceded in our behalf. Surely, 
our prayers were not in vain! 

We have spent our first week in the Bellevue field. 
We had hardly gotten settled before we began to take up 
the classes in the yearly Bible school. Ruth is teaching 
the wives of the students how to read, and I am teaching 
a course on what might be called "pastoral theology." 
In addition, Ruth and I have begun our study in the 
Gbea language, an hour (from 7 to 8) in the morning 
with the local pastor, and an hour (from 2 to 3 while the 
children sleep) in the afternoon with a blind fellow. 
Being in almost daily contact with people who know so 
little Sango is an impetus to keep up with the study. Of 
course, having Brother and Sister Sheldon's help makes 
the learning of the language so much easier. — Williavi 
Saviarin, Bellevue, Africa, February 21, 1954. 



A foreign missionary for every pastor at home! 

WHO WILL BE THE FIRST TO FILL AN AFRICAN HUT 
BANK THIS YEAR? 




Mr. 
and 

Mrs. 
William 
Samarin 




From Bellevue, Africa — 

There is a real airfield at Bossangoa now with plane 
service between Douala and Bangui twice a week. 
Coming back from Bossangoa Friday, we were at the 
field when a plane, a DC -3, had to land with only one 
motor running. The 25 passengers had to stay overnight 
until a plane froin Bangui came to take them on and 
bring repairs from Bangui for the plane. The policeman 
at Bossangoa told us the other day that there were 92 
whites in the District of Bossangoa — that includes chil- 
dren. The new road from Bossangoa to Bangui is finished 
;;nd it is wonderful for this country. — C. B. Sheldon. 



(Hut village arranged by Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa. 
1953.) 



SOME AFRICAN LINKS 

By Miss Mary Emmert 
NOW AVAILABLE AT 50 CENTS PER COPY 

This book is a fascinating, well-illustrated account 
of the author's years in French Equatorial Africa. 
A gift copy has been presented to each family who 
gave $5 or more to foreign missions during either 
of the last two years. In a few cases correct ad- 
dresses are needed to complete this distribution, 
but such will be cared for as soon as possible. The 
book has been most enthusiastically received. 

The reinaining copies of this book are now being 
offered at a cost of 50c per copy. Orders should 
be sent to the Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church, P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 



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Let's Go on an African Trek 



By Mrs. C. B. Sheldon, Bellevue, Africa 



With the car packed with beds, a box of food, a bottle 
of drinking water, a box of Scripture portions, pencils 
and notebooks, we started off to the bush to hold meet- 
ings for the native preachers at two centers. 

Our first stop was Kouki. The native workers had 
been there a couple of days before our arrival because 
we had been detained by sickness. Nambozouina, the 
local preacher, moved out of his house so we would have 
a place to stay, for the administrator was expected to 
arrive and would occupy the village rest house. We 
were glad for the mud house, although we were some- 
what crowded. The Lord blessed in the meetings there, 
but the workers had to hurry back to pick their cotton 





(Above) Taking cotton to market. (Below) Drying cotton. 



to take to the market in a few days. We had miscalcu- 
lated the time for the cotton market since we didn't 
know they had a variety of cotton that matured much 
earlier than the ordinary kind. 

Bowai, our next stop, is really out in the bush! Nger- 
emili, the native preacher, is a leper and comes some 60 
miles to Bellevue for his treatment. He has done a 
wonderful work; he has the knack of getting young peo- 
ple and training them to go out to other needy villages. 



He needs further training himself, but is barred from 
going to the Bible Institute because of his leprosy. 

The chief of this village is very favorable to the Gos- 
pel. He was once the native preacher himself and built 
the first chapel and did a good work. However, when 
the former chief died, he was called to take his place. 
Not many could resist such temptation. Perhaps he 
could be chief and still serve the Lord faithfully, but it 
would be very difficult. At present he has two wives, 
like most of the chiefs, but he does attend the services 
and encourages his people to come. The Lord is surely 
trying to speak to him. Pray that he will go all the 
way with Him. 

An old, old man attends church here. He dresses in 
a long white or blue robe like those worn on the desert 
farther north. About six years ago Semkona took the 
Lord as his Saviour and has been a radiant testimony to 
the power of the Gospel ever since. I believe it would 
be worth all our efforts to have come to Africa with the 
Gospel just to show this old man the way of salvation. 
His memory goes away back to the time when Arab 
slave raiders swooped down on the unaware and carried 
off the young and robust to a life of chains. 

For many moons Semkona sacrificed to this idol and 
that idol, trying to find peace for his troubled heart, but 
his search was in vain until he found and took the Lord 
Jesus as his Saviour. Last year when we were here 
Semkona brought another old man to see us. He was 
trying to get him to come to the Lord, but the old man 
said he didn't want to give up one of his two wives. 
Well, during the year death took one of these women and 
still the old man doesn't come to the Lord. Pray that 
he will come soon, for he is old and the night is coming. 

With the car packed again we said good-by to those 
who had attended the conference and left over another 
bush road for Bossangoa. On the way we passed several 
chapels. At one of these the worker's house had burned 
down and he and his family were living in a little shel- 
ter. We came on to another where they had just fin- 
ished making an adobe chapel. They had cut nice 
smooth logs for benches and it all looked very good. At 
still another chapel the worker brought us a chicken. 
We didn't like to take it for we know that he has so very 
little of this world's goods. But he insisted, saying he 
wanted to give it because we didn't come very often. 
How true this is, and how we would like to visit oftener, 
but there are too many for that. 

It is always a relief to get back home and get a cold 
drink of water, a bath, and the other comforts of civiliza- 
tion, but we do praise the Lord for encouraging our 
hearts with this glimpse of what He is doing in some of 
the out-of-the-way places. 
The restless millions await the light of Him, 
Whose dawning maketh all things new. 
Christ also waits, but men are slow and few. 
Have WE done what we could. Have I? Have YOU? 



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''Es Su Casa 



9) 



By Mrs. Roy Howard, Calexico, Calif. 



The Spanish-speaking people have a beautifully polite 
way of replying to a compliment by saying, "It's yours." 
Also, after directing you to their house, they say, "Es 
su casa," or "It's your house." 

This is exactly what we want to say — 406 Mary Ave- 
nue, Calexico, Calif., "es su casa.' Yes, we are actually 
located at our second Mexican mission point. Just a 
little over two years ago the first Brethren Mexican 
work began in the San Ysidro-Tijuana area. Then in 
September of last year our family moved to Calexico. 
After three months of praying, looking, and waiting 
(while living in a trailer), the Lord gave us the very 
location needed. The property is located just three 
blocks from the international line and only five blocks 
from the gate. How we praise the Lord for His good- 
ness in allowing us to share in the Mexican work. 

There was much to do in the way of repairing the 
house, but sufficient was cared for to enable us to move 
in about the middle of February. The house, when 
repairs are completed, has plenty of room for the begin- 
ning of the work. We are very happy with the prospects 
here. 



The Lord willing, we plan to begin Bible classes as 
soon as possible. Pray much for the Mexican work. 
Souls have been saved since our Brethren Mexican work 
first began, but there are thousands ready to be claimed 
for Christ if they could only hear the pure, simple Gos- 
pel story. Trained Mexican believers are the only an- 
swer to winning these souls for Christ. 

Calexico is a very progressive town in the Imperial 
Valley. The climate is hot (HO to 120) in the summer 
and mild in the winter; therefore, there are crops going 
to market the year around. The population is 75 percent 
Mexican and thousands of laborers cross the line daily 
to work in the fields. From the adjoining Mexican town 
of Mexicali, just across the border from Calexico, comes 
between 50 and 75 percent of the store trade. You hear 
more Spanish than English on the streets. 

At present there is no nonholiness Protestant Mexican 
testimony in Calexico. Pray that we Brethren will soon 
have such a testimony. 

Remember, "es su casa." Pray for it and for us. We 
know our desire is your desire — that it might continually 
fulfill our Lord's purpose and glorify His name. 



ts su casa. 

406 Mary Avenue, Calexico, Calif. 

The Roy Howard family now lives here. 

(The picture was taken prior to repairing.) 




A BRIEF REPORT FROM BOZOUM 



Just before the holiday season we had our yearly field 
council meeting, which lasted for two weeks. We met 
for the first time on the Bible Institute grounds and 
found it was an ideal place to hold such a conference. 

Following the field council meeting we celebrated 
Christmas and New Year's. Our Christmas Eve service 
was well attended, with many of the children and older 
folks taking part in the service. On Christmas morning 
another service was held, at which time a white-gift 
offering was taken. On Christmas Day we entertained 
some of our missionaries in the Bozoum district and 
Mr. and Madame Kouznetsoff, who have been friends 
of the mission for many years. In the afternoon a large 
Christmas mail ai-rived, including greetings fi'om many 
of our dear friends and for which we thank you, one and 
all. That made the day complete. 

How wonderful the phrase, "Peace on earth, good will 
to men," is as it is spread around the world at the holi- 



day time of year, and yet how very far the world is from 
any kind of peace. How blessed to know that those of us 
who have given our hearts to Him, the King of kings, can 
hear Him say, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give 
unto you." 

On New Year's Eve the Christians and non-Christians 
gathered in the chapel and, as usual, prayed the new 
year in. Pastor Noel told us there were nine first-time 
confessions. The Spirit was indeed manifested in a 
wonderful way. 

Pastor Noel had been quite ill for a few months, but 
the Lord wonderfully healed his body and gave him un- 
usual strength and power. His messages are a real chal- 
lenge to all, and many are now coming to accept the 
Lord as their Saviour. On a recent Lord's Day we held 
our quarterly communion service and there were 40 
present. — Mrs. Orville D. Johson. 



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ECHOES FRO M— 

MACAPA, BRAZIL 

By Edward D. Miller 

Sunday, January 31, 1954, is a day long to be remembered here in 
Macapa. First of all, we were privileged to have with us Dr. Russell D. 
Barnard, general secretary of the Foreign Missionary Society, along with 
Mrs. Barnard. They had just completed a visit to the field in Argentina 
and were now visiting Brazil. We had been planning and looking forwai'd 
to this visit for some time. 

On Sunday morning we had our regular Sunday school and then after- 
wards we had a truck chartered to take our people to the "Fazendinha," a 
small village on the Amazon River about six miles from Macapa. The next 
event was a baptismal service for 14 believers (10 men and 4 women) who 
were ready to follow the Lord's command in Christian baptism. For many 
this was a real step of faith and a definite break with their old religion. 
Three of these believers were from Mazagao, three from our church in 
Macapa, and the other eight were recent converts from our Thursday-night 
meetings in the "Fazendinha." There were over 80 people gathered together 
to witness this special service which, needless to say. was a time of rejoicing 
for all concerned. 

In the afternoon we went to the airport to welcome Bro. Jack Zielasko 
from Belem, who came over to be with us for the field council m,eetings 
during the following days. His wife was not able to make the trip since 
she was recuperating from a recent appendectomy. 

Sunday evening we had our regular preaching service with a "full 
house," and we preached on the threefold communion service. After this 
meeting we had our communion service with 32 believers present, including 
those who were baptized that afternoon. This was the first time that most 
of them had ever taken part in this blessed and holy service — it was a real 
spiritual feast to all of us. Besides the 32 who actually took part in the 
service there were at least 20 present to observe. 

Pray for these new baptized members, that they might continue to show 
an interest in the Word of God and that in turn they might grow in the 
Christian life. Our real need here now in Macapa is for dedicated leaders 
among the believers themselves. 



Pictures from top to bottom — Dr. Barnard in front of tlie chapel at Mazagao- ^— 



Brother Miller .^t the home of the believer in Fazendinha where services are held until the 
chapel is built. The 14 believers baptized on Sunday. January 31. The chapel at Macapa. 
Mrs. Miller and Sunda.y-school group at Macapa. 

One for One 




-««nirijr»„j„jj,p„5, ■ • 

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HIS LAMP AM I 

HIS lamp am I, to shine where he shall say, 

And lamps are not for sunny rooms, 
Nor for the light of day; 

But for dark places of the earth. 
Or for the murky twilight gray, 
Where wandering sheep have gone astray; 

Or where the light of faith grows dim 

And souls are groping after Him. 

And as sometimes a flame we find. 

Clear, shining through the night, 
So bright we do not see the lamp, 

But only see the light; 
So may I shine — His light the fiame 
That men may glorify His name. 

— Annie Johnson Flint. 



Aprils, 1954 









EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Bus- Mgr. . .Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



LISTIE, PA,— The Listie Brethren 
Church has organized a Sunday 
school in the village of Reading, Pa., 
near Stoystown, and the Lord is 
marvelously blessing. The attend- 
ance for Sunday, Mar. 14, 1954, 
which was the second service, was 
57. Rev. John Burns is pastor of the 
Listie church. 

SUNNYSIDE, WASH. — A new 
Bible class has been started in the 
Grandview area of this city. Rev. 
Harold Painter is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church. 

RINER, VA.— The Grace Brethren 
Church, organized July 2, 1953, met 
for the first time in their new build- 
ing (Rt. 8, 10 mi. east of Christians- 
burg) on Mar. 12. Rev. K. E. Rich- 
ardson, of Radford, Va., taught the 
Bible class. First Sunday services 
on Mar. 14 were conducted by Rev. 
William Carl Miller, pastor of the 
church at Washington Heights, Roa- 
noke, Va. Pastors of the district are 
taking turns conducting Sunday - 
afternoon services until a pastor is 
on the field. (See Radford, Va., news 
brief. ) 

RADFORD, VA.— Rev. K. E. 
Richardson, pastor of the Fairlawn 
Brethren Church, has resigned ef- 
fective June 1. Brother Richardson 
will assume the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church at Riner, 
Va., which is a new work. He is also 
conducting a Bible class in Pearis- 
burg, Va., in hopes of seeing a new 
Brethren church established there. 

GRAFTON, W. VA.— The Sunday- 
school attendance record was broken 
on Mar. 7, when 151 were present; 
140 attended both the morning and 
evening services. Rev. Lee Crist is 
pastor. 

SEATTLE, WASH. — The View 
Ridge Brethren Church has planned 
six thrilling Sundays in their "Climb 
Sunshine Mountain" contest. The 
Sundays are; Mar. 14, Every Mem- 



ber Sunday; Mar. 21, Neighbor Sun- 
day; Mar. 28, Youth Sunday; Apr. 4, 
Parents Sunday; April 11, Surprise 
Sunday; and April 18, Easter. Rev, 
Thomas Hammers is pastor. 

HARRAH. WASH.— The WMC of 
the Northwest Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches met here Mar. 12-13. 
Miss Marybeth Munn spoke. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. — During 
the recent absence of Rev. Glenn 
O'Neal, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Rev. Jack Green, superin- 
tendent of the mission work in the 
Los Angeles Russian colony, was the 
guest speaker. 

RITTMAN, OHIO— A youth rally 
was conducted here the afternoon 
and evening of Mar. 27. Rev. Archie 
Lynn was the guest speaker. Sum- 
mer camp dates for the Northern 
Ohio District Conference of Breth- 
ren Churches are June 12-19. 

ASHLAND, OHIO— Thirteen men 
and two women are enrolled in the 
seminary division of Ashland Col- 
lege. 




FREMONT, OHIO— A father-and- 
son banquet will be held on Friday 
night, Apr. 9, at the Grace Brethren 
Church. Rev. Galen Lingenfelter, 
pastor of the Elyria Brethren 
Church, will be the guest speaker. 
Rev. Gordon Bracker is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND.— It is re- 
quested by the Board of Evangelism 
that all offerings taken during Feb- 
ruary for the work of the Evange- 
listic Crusade be sent to Box 15, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. 

RITTMAN, OHIO— A new attend- 
ance record was established for the 
prayer service at the First Brethren 
Church on Mar. 10 when 83 were 
present. Rev. Charles Ashman, Jr., 
is pastor. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. — The dis- 
trict conference of the Atlantic Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches will 
be held here May 5-8. Rev. Dennis 
Holliday will be the host pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO— Rev. Clyde 
Balyo, pastor of the North Riverdale 
Brethren Church since January 1946, 
has resigned. 



KITTANNING, PA. — Dr. Ray- 
mond Gingrich, president of Akron 
Bible Institute, Akron, Ohio, was 
guest speaker at the First Brethren 
Church on Mar. 21. 

CLAYTON, OHIO — Miss Edith 
Knaus, a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, was elected to member- 
ship in the National Honor Society 
at Randolph High School. 

WINONA LAKE, IND,— A new 
prayer chapel will be erected prior 
to the opening of the Winona Lake 
Bible Conference on July 18. The 
chapel will be located between the 
Billy Sunday Tabernacle and the 
Auditorium, and will seat 150 people. 
A new 27-unit motel, operated by 
the Winona Lake Christian Assem- 
bly, and known as McKee Memorial 
Courts, will be available to those 
who visit Winona this year. 

ALTOONA, PA. — The Altoona 
Sunday School Convention was held 
Mar. 26-27. Speakers were Rev. S. 
L. Boehmer, Toronto, Canada; Rev. 
Harold Garner, of Moody Bible In- 
stitute; and Miss Winona Walworth, 
secretary of the National Sunday 
School Association. Rev. James 
Dixon, pastor of the First Bretkren 
Church, Washington, D. C, was the 
preconvention speaker on Mar. 4. 

UNIONTOWN, PA.— A mission- 
ary conference is planned at the 
First Brethren Church for April 11- 
14. Rev. Clyde Landrum is pastor. 

ALTO, MICH.— There were 97 
present at the Michigan district 
youth rally held Mar. 12-13. There 
were seven registered from the 
three-weeks-old church at Lansing, 
Mich. Rev. Earl Funderburg was 
host pastor. 

ELKHART, IND.— The Grace 
Brethren Church conducts a Satur- 
day-night prayer meeting for the 
men. Rev. Lowell Hoyt is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND.— Gradua- 
tion exercises of Grace Theological 
Seminary will be conducted on Fri- 
day, May 28, at 7:30 p. m. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. (RNS)— 
Resumption of relations between the 
United States and the Vatican is 
"personally" favored by Under Sec- 
retary of State Walter Bedell Smith, 
it was disclosed here. Protestant 
forces should watch carefully lest 
such a diplomatic move be made. 

LEON, IOWA— Rev. Marion Gates 
has resigned as pastor of the Leon 
Brethren Church. All correspond- 
ence may be addressed to Rev. Gates 
at Leon, Iowa, until April 23. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



FIVE 



STEPS 



IN 



PETER'S 



FALL 



One of the somber portions of the 
New Testament is the record of 
Peter's shameful denial of his Lord. 
The Holy Scriptures are always in- 
spiring, uplifting, and edifying, but 
when reading Peter's cruel rejection 
of the Lord, the reader is made to be 
sad. In casually reading the sections 
in the Gospels which tell this story, 
it might seem that Peter's fall came 
quite suddenly. It will be found, 
however, by careful study that cer- 
tain contributing factoi-s led to the 
ignominious act. Let us note then 
the five downward steps. 

SELF-CONFIDENCE 

The first step which led to Peter's 
fall was self-confidence. Undoubt- 
edly Peter stood in full fellowship 
with his Lord. He loved Him, trust- 
ed Him, and had witnessed for Him 
consistently. Peter felt confident 
that this relationship would con- 
tiniie, regardless of what might hap- 
pen. On the way to the garden, 
Jesus announced to the eleven that 
they would all be offended because 
of Him that night. It was here that 
Peter showed his self-confidence, 




Rev. Henry Rempel 

Pastor, Norwalk Brethren Church 

Norwalk, Calif. 



when he boasted, "Though I should 
die with thee, yet will I not deny 
thee" (Matt. 26:35). 

Peter felt he was so strong that no 
testing could cause him to stumble. 
How futile this boasting was, for it 
was a matter of a few hours later 
when this same Peter said, "I do not 
know the man" (Matt. 26:72). How 
fittingly the Holy Spirit warns the 
boastful by saying, "Wherefore let 
him that thinketh he standeth take 
heed lest he fall" (I Cor. 10:12). 

PRAYERLESSNESS 

The second step which led to 
Peter's fall was prayerlessness. The 
walk from the upper room to the 
garden was a short one. Upon ar- 
rival, Peter was immediately put to 
the test. If he were willing to die 
for his Lord, surely he would be 
willing to watch and pray with Him; 
apparently he was not. Leaving the 
major group of the disciples at the 
entrance, Jesus took Pe