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FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



JANUARYS, 1957 



In the Early Days of the 
Brethren Africa Mission 




See /nift/e cover for identification 

9iAU THJ|9106ICAL SEMIHARY 
WH^IA UIKe. IND. 



Just to Remind Us! 



By Russell D. Barnard 



"All things new" 

". . . Behold, I make all things new . . ." (Rev. 21:5). 
This glorious prospect is to those who are new creatures 
in Christ Jesus. Every day is a new day! To the one who 
is a new creature all things are new — they are con- 
tinually and perpetually new, finding their glorious ful- 
fillment in the Scripture quoted above. And the won- 
derful part is that these new and abiding things are be- 
cause of what Jesus Christ did, is doing, and will yet 
do. In this new year let us set our hearts to the new 
things, knowing that the old things have passed away. 

A new undertaking 

Grace Theological Seminary and Grace College have 
announced a building program which they purpose to 
have underway by March 1 or soon thereafter. All of us 
who are acquainted with these fine institutions, now 
so terribly overcrowded, know of the pressing needs. As 
they build, there will continue to be the current needs. 
We urge all our foreign-mission enthusiasts to be en- 
thusiasts also in the relation to these needs. These in- 
stitutions train most of our foreign missionaries and are 
very vital to us. 

Charles Tabers soon to sail 

After six months of furlough, the Charles Taber fam- 
ily by their own request will be leaving for France and 
will spend some months there before returning for a sec- 
ond term of missionary service in French Equatorial 
Africa. They will sail for France on or about January 
23. 



IDENTIFICATION OF COVER PICTURES 

Left top: Early mode of transportation — large 
canoe made from one huge log hollowed out. It 
could be loaded with as much as seven tons of 
palm kernels. 

Left bottom: James Gribble's first house which he 
built at Bassai. This was also the native store, tool- 
house and general mission storehouse. 
Right top: Miss Estella Myers and Miss Charlotte 
Hillegas (now Mrs. Orville Jobson) and their first 
home, built by James Gribble at Bassai. 
Right bottom: House of the trading company which 
the Lord opened to the pioneer party soon after 
their arrival at Camot. Picture shows the boys 
who worked for the missionaries. 
Center: James Gribble standing. Miss Myers, 
Marguerite Gribble and Dr. Florence Gribble 
seated. 



Foreign-mission rallies 

Our foreign-missionary rallies will begin on Feb- 
ruary 3 in the Northwest District. These rallies will con- 
tinue from district to district during February, March, 
April and May. Most churches will have several meet- 
ings. Unique and interesting programs are planned for 
every service. The district ministerial group plans the 
schedule in each district. We have been happy for those 
who have attended in past years; yet often rather dis- 
appointed, especially in week-night attendance. Won't 
you become a member of our "Week-night Brigade" 
and plan to attend every possible service? We promise 
you will be happy if you do! 

Miss Bertha Abel home 

Miss Abel has completed five years of service in 
Argentina, and we know you will be happy to meet her 
again. We hope she can be in many of your churches 
and have the privilege of meeting especially with WMC 
and SMM groups. She will live at her home in Columbus, 
Ind., but can always be contacted through our Winona 
Lake office. 

What of 1957? 

It is not too soon to think of our foreign-mission 
prayer goals for 1957. We'll have more to say about 
this in the months ahead, but it is good that we shall 
begin to ask the Lord what He will have us do for our 
Brethren foreign missions during 1957. Most American 
homes operate today on a project basis. We hear fami- 
lies say: "Well, our next project is — !" Well, when you 
ask the Lord what He would have you do for foreign 
missions in 1957, He will tell you. Then make that 
amount or that item of service your family prayer goal 
"project" for 1957. It will be a thrilling joy to watch as 
the Lord enables you. 

Missionary song-chorus contest 

For some time we have felt that there would be real 
value in having a missionary song and missionary chorus 
expressing the aims and desires for our foreign-mission 
work. We realize that there are Brethren people who 
could write such a song and/or chorus. Therefore, we 
are asking our Brethren pastors, during our four-month 
period (February through May) to encourage their 
people to submit original songs and choruses to us. 
Judges will be announced. These judges will pick the 
best four songs and the best four choruses of all that are 
submitted, and appropriate prizes will be awarded on 
the basis of first, second, third and fourth places. Now is 
the time to begin thinking about this! — C.K.L. 

(Continued on Page 6) 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, .NUMBER I 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
Entered as sacond-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, $3.U0 a year: 190-percent churches, $2.50; foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors; Robert Crees. president: Herman A. Hoyt, vice presiden: : William Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary: Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee: Gene Farrell. S. W. Link. Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller. 
Thomas Hammers: Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex olfleio. 



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This is a "Missionary Helper's Calendar." That 
means it should be your calendar. Every boy and girl 
should be a missionary helper. And of course every 
missionary helper should pray every day. Here is some- 
thing for you to do. Color the square for every day that 
you pray for the missionaries. If you pray for the mis- 
sionaries on January 4 (if you have this magazine by 
that time), you might color the square red. If you pray 
on January 5, why not color that one green? Then use 
other colors in the other squares for the days that you 
pray for the missionaries. Talk to your Sunday-school 
teacher about this. And if you get your teacher to have 
the class pray that Sunday for the missionaries, put in 
the letters "SS" for that Sunday. Let's see how many 
squares you have colored by the end of the month. See 
how pretty you can color your missionary helper's 
calendar! 

MARY MISSIONARY— 



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(Secret Message) 

There is a secret message in the numbers shown here. 
See if you can figure it out. Use the letter "a" for the 
number 1, "b" for 2, "c" for 3, "d" for 4 and on down 

the alphabet. 7 15 4 12 15 22 5 19 20 8 5 

3 8 9 12 4 18 5 14. 23 5 19 8 15 21 12 4 

12 15 22 5 8 9 13, 20 15 15. (Check your 
answer at ihe bottom of ihe page.) 



Missaoncii'y Helper 
of the Month 



How many of you boys 
and girls know Johnny 
Howard? He is the son of 
our Mexico missionaries 
Rev. and Mrs. A. L. How- 
ard. The Howards live at 
Calexico, Calif. Johnny 
visitid some of your 
churches during the mis- 
sionary rallies last year. 
He was with his father. 
Johnny has many oppor- 
tunities to go across into Mexico. He goes across the 
border very often to Mexicali. He has taken trips with 
his parents deep down into Mexico, too. He and his 
parents are very much interested in winning the boys 
and girls and the men and women of Mexico to Christ. 
Johnny is 10 years old. His sister Kathy is eight, and 
brother Tommy is three. Be sure to pray for the Howards 
as they give out the Gospel to Mexico. 




God loves the children. We should lovs Him, too. 




January 5, 7957 



VARIETY 



By Martin Garber 



Variety has been called the spice of life, and the life 
of a missionary in Africa is certainly full of variety. A 
missionary sooner or later becomes a jack-of-all trades 
and a master of some. The knowledge of almost any 
trade or occupation is found most useful on the mission 
field. There's no service man on the other end of the 
telephone — nor is there a telephone. When the drain 
becomes plugged, or the wind tears the shutter from the 
window, or the truck won't start — it's up to you. 

The modem missionary has at his disposal many 
useful helpers to speed up his work and increase the 
possibihties of his ministry. I'm thinking of mechanical 
devices all the way from the typewriter to the station 
truck. Without this truck, for example, it would be im- 
possible for us to visit the 27 local church groups 
throughout the Bekoro field where my wife and I have 
been serving for the past few years. With this truck we 
are able to teach in the station Bible school during ihe 
week and still meet with different church groups or con- 
gregations on the weekends. 

In visiting all of our present chapels a round trip 
would cover a distance of 300 miles. Beyond these es- 
tablished chapels there lie yet unevangelized areas where 
the truck is able to deliver us for gospel preaching. 

A very interesting sideline for us has been a part-time 
ministry of helping to keep the trucks of our 12 mission 
stations more dependable. Twice we were called out on 
motor breakdowns due to oil-line failures. Into our truck 
went a box of tools, a box of spare parts, and a block 
and tackle. Within a matter of a couple of days these 
trucks were back on the job serving the Lord. The one 
was a complete motor exchange; the other, the crank- 
shaft turned and replaced. 

Usually we try to arrange a time for regular repairs 
on the mission trucks. Sometimes a missionary pays us 
a visit on our station, and sometimes we go to them. In 
order to care for these breakdowns and regular repairs, 
it is necessary to stock a considerable amount of parts 
because of the months it takes for these parts to arrive 
on the field. These are just a few of the expenses that 
may have never entered your mind when you give your 
missionary offering, but without the supply of parts, 
without new trucks, without the drums of gas and many 
other needed supplies, missionary work would be tre- 
mendously hindered. Modem missions cost money, but 
pay eternal dividends in the souls of men. 

No doubt you have been reading the autobiography of 
"Operation Dodge." Those articles give an idea of 
just how helpful these trucks can be, and of the trials 
some of them come to during their time of service. I 
remember seeing one truck after it had plowed through 
high water over muddy, chuckhole-filled roads, hmping 
into the station with two broken front springs, and a 
Coleman lantern for its headlights. 



One of the interesting angles in this missionary side- 
line is the training of African men to help in this repair 
work. It was a real thrill when one fellow completed his 
first motor overhaul. He installed new rings and bear- 
ings, and ground the valves. All I did was to check 
each step after he had completed it. 

Another occupation in which a missionary sooner or 
later will become experienced is that of building. Now 
for the past several years all the major building work 
has been done so wonderfully and beautifully by our 
Brother Albert Balzer, but on every station certain 
building needs present themselves from time to time, 
which may well fall to the individual's lot to undertake. 

Last year it was most obvious that the old class- 
rooms used for the station Bible school were soon to 
be overtaken by wind, rain and ants, so we decided to 
put up a more permanent school building with cement 
foundation and burnt mud-block bricks. Our workers 
had very little experience in this kind of work. What 
they lacked in knowledge and experience, we had to 
make up in patience. 

Yes; I said a missionary needs to be a jack-of-all- 
trades and a master of some. One of the trades in which 
a missionary needs to be a master is that of teaching. 
You will be reminded that among the requirements of 
an elder is that he be "apt to teach." Whatever the mis- 
sionary's particular field of service — nurse, doctor, pas- 
tor, teacher, builder, mechanic or printer — one of his 
most important functions as a missionary in an illiterate, 
pagan society is that of a teacher. Most of our time as 
missionary pastors is spent in training African church 
leaders, and the leaders of future years. How many 
times we could have wished to multiply ourselves many 
times over in order to fulfill our responsibilities. 

The future of the church of God in Africa, humanly 
speaking, depends on the African leadership's ability to 
take the Word of God and teach it to their own people. 
We must teach them to teach others. These are exactly 
the words of Paul to his son in the faith, Timothy. "And 
the things that thou hast heard of me . . . the same com- 
mit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach 
others also." The success of this ministry depends upon 
that great teacher, the Holy Spirit, who leads us into 
all truth. Brethren, pray for us; pray for the African 
leaders. God has given into the hands of the Brethren 
Church the responsibility of a great people in Africa. It 
is our privilege and duty to speed the light of the Word 
of God to them now. 

The harvest is indeed ripe, but the laborers are few! 
Young people, God has given unto you much ability 
and opportunity, which places on you great responsi- 
bility. Are you willing to give back to Him all that you 
have to be used wherever He would see best? There is 
such a variety of work that needs to be done, so many 
goals yet unreached. What are you going to do to help? 



T/>e Brethren Missionary Herald 



AFRICA 

IMPRESSIONS 



By Mrs. Martin Garber 




Yes; it has been around the calendar four times for 
us since we left America and arrived back home. Four 
years come and gone so quickly I still can hardly be- 
lieve we are back in the States! 

It was August 20, 1952, that we started out. This 
was the journey the Lord had spoken to us about one 
day, saying GO! — the fields are white unto harvest and 
the laborers are few and people are dying without the 
Lord. We had answered, "Lord, send us!" and so we 



Martin and 
Beverley 
Garber 



started out with Him. With Christ Jesus as our Captain 
and our Shepherd, we went with joy in our hearts and 
in faith believing that nothing could happen to us ex- 
cept what He willed. 

After the first part of our journey, we stopped in 
France to study the French language. At times things 
looked rather discouraging, but our Captain was right 
beside us to cheer us on and to put new hope within us. 

Then came the day for which we had been waiting so 
long, and when the plane at last rolled into the Bangui 
airport, I knew we were there. As I looked through the 
plane window I could see black people walking around, 
and as we reached the fresh air things seemed different. 
"Yes; we are here," I said to Martin. "It is Africa. We 
have reached the land which is 'white unto harvest.' " 

We started on our journey to the station of Bozoum. 
Even though the roads were of dirt, the countryside was 
green and beautiful — it was the rainy season. We began 
to run into traffic — not cars or trucks, but goats and 
chickens and natives on bicycles. It was really something 
to try to dodge them all! The goats ran out of the way 
pretty well, but the chickens and dogs weren't quite go 
fast. But it was still different with the natives on bikes 
— when we'd honk at them they invariably turned 
around to look at us. Losing control of the bike, off into 



a ditch they went. Wonder of wonders that no one 
was hurt! Even so, the people waved to us as we traveled 
along the road and we felt a warm welcome there. 

It was good to arrive at Bozoum. Natives came up and 
shook hands with us, but of course, not knowing the 
language as yet, we could not talk with them. However, 
in their eyes was the warmth of friendliness that I shaU 
never forget. 

Next came three months more of language study. 
Everything was different. Now we were starting to talk 
a different language. I was learning to do things I had 
never done before, like boiUng and filtering water, 
making bread, raising chickens, and many other things. 

Finally came the day that I started holding women's 
classes. It is a real joy to see these women coming into 
our Junior Bible School, many of them not knowing 
how to read. We teach them right from scratch. Oh, to 
see them grow as they slowly begin to read by them- 
selves! What a joy it is to see them learn to read the 
Bible, to see them grow in the things of the Lord, and 
to put their trust in Him and turn from their heathen 
ways. 

Why do the heathen rage? It is because they live in 
deep superstition, in darkness and ignorance. They are 
without hope! However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ can 
change them. After one has seen and heard a heathen 
funeral, with drums beating for days and people scream- 
ing and throwing themselves, and then sees a Christian 
funeral where people trust in the Lord instead of spirits, 
he sees the real power of the Gospel. What a contrast! 
The people of Africa can find true freedom only in 
Christ. 

Our last two years in Africa were spent at Bekoro. 
These were two years that I shall never forget — years 
of many experiences for me. We came to love the people 
in that field very much. There are some very fine native 
leaders there. It was there I saw my first Christian fu- 
neral, and it was there I saw a baby come into the world. 
In Africa a person sees and does things he has never 
seen or done before, and every day holds some new 
experience. One day we received word that one of our 
leaders was sick and could not come to the station. 
Martin, Mary Ann Habegger, and I started off, with 
three bikes tied on the truck. Why the three bikes? You 
see, this man lives in a village across a large river, and 



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January 5, 7957 



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By Mrs. William Samarin 



A dirty brown hawk drifted lazily over the tiny bush 
village. The sun burned everything into drowsy indif- 
ference. Nothing moved on the ground except a happy 
chick wallowing in the dust. Then wirhovrt warning the 
hawk swooped out of the sky and with a screech dove 
toward the hapless chick. Out of the cool shadow of a 
house tumbled a boy and girl and a skinny dog. They 
chorused their threats against the hawk, but too late. 
The great bird disappeared into the trees with the peep- 
ing chick in its claws. 

With a shrug of disgust the sister and brother went 
back into the shade of the house. "Now Mother will be 
angry." sighed the girl. "All the chickens are gone and 
that last one looked like a little hen, too." 

The dusty boy and girl and the yellow dog seated 
themselves against the mud brick wall of their house. 
"You know," continued the sister, "many bad things 
have happened lately. The mother goat broke her leg. 
Father cut his toe with the garden hoe, I broke one of 
our best waterpots, and now the hawk has taken our last 
chick. I think the spirits are angry because you have 
become a Christian. The boy grinned good-naturedly 
and said: "I suppose a spirit made you spill our dinner 
last night, too." 

Sensing her brother's ridicule, she grabbed a hand- 
ful of dust and tossed it at his face. With a quick move- 
ment he dodged the dust and laughed at her effort. "At 
least," she grumbled, "your new religion has made 
you more good-natured." 

The girl rose and lifted an empty black pot to her 
head. The shadows were a little longer now and it 
would soon be evening. Her parents would soon return 
from the market and they would want some cool water. 




Without a backward glance at her grinning brother she 
went down the path to the river. Entering the cool shade 
of the trees that grew by the water she began to smile 
a small smile. Perhaps her brother was right. He said 
that there was no need to fear the house spirit or the 
field spirit or even the river spirit. At the thought of the 
river spirit she shivered. But hadn't her uncle gone to 
bathe and never returned. Everyone was sure that the 
river spirit had grabbed him and kept him under the 
water forever. 

Setting the pot on the ground the pretty black girl 
dipped up water. A noise behind her made her cover 
her face in fear. Before she could rise to run she heard a 
low wail. In a moment she had thrown down her dipper 
and her pot and was running for the village. To her 
horror she heard the footsteps of the river spirit fol- 
lowing her. 

It was not until she reached the safety of her house 
that she turned to see her brother, staggering with 
laughter, following her up the trail. Even the skinny 
yellow dog at his heels seemed to be enjoying the joke. 

The girl grabbed a stick and began to chase the pair 
around and around the house. Minutes later the girl 
was the first to drop to the ground to rest. The dog, with 
tail between his legs, ventured near. But the brother, 
fearing her wrath, called from a distance: "I will not 
frighten you again, sister, but really you are silly to fear 
spirits." The girl stuck out her lip in a great pout and 
would not answer. 

That evening when the Christians gathered on the 
rows of logs in the middle of the village, the boy with 
his dog went as usual. He bowed his head, asking God 
to help his sister to understand the "affair of God." 
Opening his eyes, his face filled with its good-natured 
smile. He had glimpsed his sister slipping quietly to a 
place on the logs beside some of her friends. She was 
not really angry he knew now. She had come to hear why 
he was not afraid. 



JUST TO REMIND US! 

(Continued From Page 2) 

7956 figures to be given 

In the next four issues of the Missionary Herald we 
will submit the figures on the giving to foreign missions 
during 1956. We will show total offerings by churches, 
amount of increase, percentage of increase, and per 
capita giving. We were praying for a total offering of 
$304,000 in 1956, which would have been a 30 percent 
increase over 1955. However, as of December 18 our 
total offering stands at $259,711.72, an 11.3 percent 
increase. This year we are praying for at least a 17 per- 
cent increase over 1956. Thus, in two years we would 
just about reach our 30 percent increase asked for last 
year.— C.K.L. 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Miss Estella Myers 




(Photo by Richard Mayeumbsr) 



Bom at Williamsburg, Iowa, August 9, 1884 
Went to Africa in 1918 



Home church — Pleasant Grove Brethren Church, 
North English, Iowa 

Served as a missionary for 38 years 



Went to be with the Lord at Bekoro, French Equatorial Africa, November 1, 1956 

Buried at Bassai 

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Ps. 1 16:15). 

January 5, 1957 7 



Iowa Girl Obeys 



By Russell D. Barnard 




Dr. Barnard 



"Go quickly and tell!" 

That was the angel's post-resurrection command con- 
cerning Jesus to those beside the empty tomb. Almost 
2,000 years later an Iowa girl heard that injunction and 
obeyed. That Iowa girl was Miss Estella Myers, who 
grew up in the Pleasant Grove church near North Eng- 
lish, Iowa, and spent her life in French Equatorial 
Africa. It was not in a burst of glory that Miss Myers 
left for Africa. There was no 
:'^i?;7lll^ mission to which she was going. 

, T She was to help in the pioneering 

for that mission. There were no 
r stations, no residences, no chap- 
els or churches, no believers, 
only a terrible, darkened, heathen 
paganism — thousands upon thou- 
sands of lost men and women 
without Christ and without any 
possible means of knowing of 
Him. 

During recent months you have read Miss Myers" 
account of those early years in Africa. I suggest you 
assemble these 13 articles and read them again. They 
will serve as an autobiography. You cannot possibly 
read them without being impressed by the greatness of 
soul of the author, even though she purposely kept her- 
self in the background. 

She was a woman of faith! 

I have seen a more vital and effective faith in few 
if any others. Her usual expression was: "Leave it with 
the Lord, He will take care of it" — and He did! This 
faith and the exercise of it gave Miss Myers a calm and 
peace and quiet which was always a challenge and an 
inspiration to us. Hers was a faith that claimed blessings 
from the Lord, and the blessings, abundant blessings, 
came. Whether during the year-and-a-half of waiting 
at Brazzaville, the year-and-a-half at Carnot also wait- 
ing for permission to enter the African field, or in the 
long years of service in that field, that faith was demon- 
strated. 

She was a woman of conviction! 

In few people have convictions controlled more 
completely. She expressed those convictions freely, yet 
at proper times and with a kindly attitude that made 
most people greatly appreciate her and her doings. She 
was probably as Uttle influenced by the thinking and 
doings of others as anyone I have known, sometimes 
being even misunderstood for this courageous, inde- 
pendent thinking. Those who knew her, however, could 
not but believe she was walking in that which she be- 
lieved to be the center of the will of God. 



She was a missionary! 

Miss Myers did many things on the mission field. 
Through her long years as a missionary her service was 
varied and diversified. But above all she did she was a 
missionary — a "sent one" — sent especially by the Lord 
for a specific job in Africa. Her passion was that native 
people might have the Word of God in their own lan- 
guage, so during the years when she served as a nurse, 
and she was a graduate nurse — or as a teacher, and she 
was a very talented teacher — or as an administrator, and 
she was very talented in matters of administration — her 
chief passion was that those in the various tribes in 
Africa might read the Word of God in their own lan- 
guage. First she translated just verses and selected por- 
tions of the New Testament; then she dreamed of giving 
the entire New Testament in the Karre (Kame) lan- 
guage. It was a monumental undertaking, especially 
when in the earlier years she was still a nurse in charge 
of a dispensary, caring for hundreds of sick folk regu- 
larly. She was victorious — she completed the New Testa- 
ment in the Karre language and it was printed by the 
British and Foreign Bible Society in 1940. Many thou- 
sands of native black folk now are reading and study- 
ing the Word of God in their own tongue because of 
Miss Myers. 

No sooner had she completed the New Testament 
in Karre than she was challenged by the needs of a 
neighboring tribe, a kindred tribe to the Karre, and 
she began the second great undertaking — translating the 
New Testament in the Pana language. Illness came to 
Miss Myers before she had completed this work, and 
she returned to the States for treatment. Her illness re- 
sponded to treatment, and at the end of furlough, upon 
the recommendation of the attending physician, she was 
returned to the field. Her plea was to return for at least 
two more years in that she believed the work of trans- 
lation would be completed by that time. Her Lord had 
other plans, and arranged for her to return to Africa 
that she might have that for which she had pled and 
prayed — a grave in Africa, the Africa she loved, unless 
she should be privileged to tarry until her blessed Lord 
returned. 

Few people whom I have known had a greater love 
for the Brethren Church than Miss Myers. Her love for 
her church was second only to her love for her Lord. She 
loved the teachings of the Word of God and fervently 
believed according to the convictions common to the 
Brethren. Conversation could easily be had at any time 
if that conversation dealt with these precious truths. 
And she loved Brethren institutions. Grace Seminary 
and College, the Brethren Home Missions Council, the 

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She Hath Done What She Could 



By Miss Ruth Snyder 

A life poured out for God. Nothing could better de- 
scribe the life of Estella Myers. She was happy in the 
Lord and enthusiastic in His service until her last 
breath. And how peacefully the Lord permitted her to 
pass from here to there. 

It was such a short time ago she said goodby to you 
in the home churches. Once again she crossed the At- 
lantic where many years before God had so wonderfully 
taught her that we wrestle not with flesh and blood. 
This her last crossing was made sweet to her by the 
company of new missionaries. What a privilege was 
theirs to be the last that our dear Stella took to foreign 
shores. May her mantle fall on them. 

In France she embarked on a plane to make the last 
lap of the journey back to the home of her heart. Some- 
time after leaving Paris the plane had engine trouble. 
They were forced to return to Paris. Her fellow pas- 
sengers asked her if she were frightened. "No," she 
said, "the Lord is going to take me to Africa." And He 
did. 

Being always herself and thinking of others, she took 
the ham served to her on the plane ("It was good!" 
she said), wrapped it in her napkin and put it in her 
pocket to give to those who would meet her in Bangui. 
Being tired upon her arrival, she went to bed after re- 
questing the folks not to call her for supper. She awoke 
in the night. Alas! she was hungry! She thought of the 
ham. Yes; she ate it, but she had guilty thoughts for 
days! 

We at the Bible Institute were privileged to have Stella 
with us for 10 days. There were no idle moments for her. 
Immediately she concentrated on mastering the Sango 
language. All her energy was given to study. How we en- 
joyed the meal times as she told us of her experiences 
with you in the homeland. 

Great was the joy among the natives. Their "mama" 
had gone away presumably to return no more. Here 
she was again. They ran to greet her. "Oh, mama, we 
thought you had gone away to stay." Smilingly she re- 
plied: "God opened the road so I could come back here 
to die." Less than two months later they told us these 
words as we gathered in the old church at Bassai to 
honor their mama and ours. 

Stella was happy as she went to Bekoro. For her it was 
a new assignment which was supposed to have lasted for 
about three months. It proved to have lasted the rest 
of her Ufe. Never did she let up in her activity. Classes? 
Yes. Witnessing? Yes. Truly redeeming the time. 

It was not long until her strength began to fail. "Ah," 
the natives said: "she just came back and got sick so 
fast." How good the Lord was. She did not suffer phys- 
ical pain, just weakness. The hours of necessary quiet 
were spent in prayer. How she loved the mission! How 
she loved the missionaries! How she loved the Africans! 
How she loved you at home! The Brethren Annual be- 



came her prayer guide. All the pastors, all the churches, 
all were remembered before the throne. Brethren, look 
forward to great blessings; God honors such prayers. 

Then came the day that she was to be loosed away 
upwards. There was no physical indication that today 
she would step from time into eternity. Those who cared 
for her were busy at the work. Suddenly the houseboy 
ran to them. "Mademoiselle is hke she is asleep but she 
is not asleep." They rushed to her but there was no time 
for a last word. Already she was entering Emmanuel's 
land. 

The transient temple in which she had served her God 
throughout her earthly pilgrimage was brought to Bas- 
sai. There we gathered to honor her memory and thus 
exalt the name of the Lord. As we looked at the walls 
of the old church which had sheltered her so often, we 
thought of the saints gone on before. Now they and she 
are serving in a new way where this creation no longer 
hampers them. 

Many Africans spoke of what she had meant to 
them. Did she know what they said? Our hearts were 
touched to hear the old man who first taught her the 
Karre language saying: "She had the body of a white 
person, but she had the heart of a black person." 

The hymns were all "hers," for she had given them to 
the natives in their own tongue. The Scripture was read 
from her translation of the Gospel of John. Brother 
Sumey brought a good message. He reminded us that 



Miss Snyder 



Stella had not died yesterday. She had died many years 
ago in America when she gave herself to the Lord. Dr. 
Taber spoke at the cemetery. He told how all her life 
had been an apprenticeship for death. Now her ap- 
prenticeship is over. 

And so what was mortal of Estella Myers is sleeping 
on the sunny slope of Bassai Hill where the Gribbles also 
sleep. Great rocks surround that shrine of the mission. 
Hallowed spot! How many prayers have gone up from 
those whose remains are now resting there. How many 
tears came from those now sleeping eyes. Those tears are 
precious yet to the Lord. 

An era has passed in the mission. The last of the 
pioneers is sleeping in Africa. Their hearts were truly 
given to Africa, and from thence shall they all four rise 
at the sound of the trump. 

Thank you. Lord, for Stella. Thank you for her love. 
Thank you for her prayers. Let me die the death of the 
righteous, and let my last end be like hers. Amen. 




January 5, 1957 



A SEnlmte 




to Miss Estella Myers 



By Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 



". . . be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee 
a crown of life" (Rev. 2:10). 

As I think of Miss Myers' life, the outstanding word 
in this verse comes to my mind — 
"faithful." Her loyalty to her won- 
derful Lord and her love and de- 
votion to Him was a living testi- 
mony to others. No sacrifice was 
too great for her Lord, and she 
truly labored selflessly in all she 
jATPMWfe did for Him. Many times Estella 
^^^B ^BmJ spoke of the waiting days when 
^^m 'j^EgS?'' the pioneer party was detained at 
" — ' ~ ■ Brazzaville, but never in a com- 

Mrs. Jobson plaining spirit. She mentioned 

the hardships and the sufferings, but always referred to 
them as nothing compared with the joy of anticipating 
permission when she could tell the "old, old story of 
Jesus and His love" to the benighted Africans. 

Mr. Jobson and I served on the same station with 
Miss Myers from 1921 to 1938, and we can testify 
that for her the joy of telling others of Christ never 
grew dim. In the early days when itineration was 
hazardous she would remain away from the station for 
weeks at a time, and upon her return would enthusiasti- 
cally tell us of the new people she had reached and given 
the message of salvation. One of the greatest con- 
tributions of her early ministry was her faithfulness in 
village visitation. 

As early as April 1923, Brother Gribble wrote 
that through the "two itinerating trips made by Sister 
Myers, she reached nearly the entire (Karre) tribe," and 
again a month later, "She has been in parts where no 
white man has ever been, and naturally no white wom- 
an either." Miss Myers was tireless in preaching the 
Word and in translating the Scriptures, working as if she 
had to make up for the waiting days when she could do 
neither of these things. 

Yes; faithful is the word which best describes her. 
She had been in Africa a total of 37 years when she came 
home on a recent furlough. She could have retired and 
rested, but no, she must go back to the land of her 
adoption — "faithful unto death." Her last days on earth 
were days of prayer, and the petition was "Revival, Lord 
— revival." May the Lord hear that faithful prayer of 
His dear servant, for the Mission's sake and for Africa's 
sake, and that will be the crowning monument to the 
life of this faithful servant. 

The three pioneers are buried on the eastern slope 
of the Bassai hill awaiting the resurrection morning. 
What great joy they shall have to see the redeemed 
ones coming home! 

Because Estella was faithful unto death, she shall 
have a crown of life. 



SAe Qjet Sp^eaJzetU 




By Miss Mary Emmert 



Our last pioneer missionary has been received up into 
glory where she can watch the redeemed go marching 
in. The Lord blessed Estella Myers' life among the black 
people of Oubangui-Chari, and He is also blessing her 
death in their land. To some in the homeland it may 
seem a mistake that she returned to Africa only six or 
seven weeks before her death, but they would have 
changed their minds if they could have attended her fu- 
neral. 

The black people to whom she 
she had ministered spoke simply 
but feelingly of her work among 
them. They sang songs she had 
set to music, and read the Scrip- 
ture from the New Testament in 
Karre which she had translated. 
They spoke of her medical min- 
istry and of her faithful witness- 
ing to them. One spoke of her 
tears over the fallen. Several men- 
Miss Emmert tioncd the hardships and priva- 
tions of all the early missionaries. 

Jean Noetemo, who had been with them in the Car- 
not days during the long wait and who is now an or- 
dained elder, said: "Miss Myers was a true-hearted per- 
son. She loved us; she was one with us." And he went 
on to tell of her many labors of love for them. It made 
one recall Paul's words, "In labors . . . abundant." 

The speaker who gave the highest praise from the 
natives' standpoint said: "She was a white person, but 
she had a heart like the black man," meaning that she 
felt with them and was one with them. 

The missionary speakers. Brother Sumey and Dr. 
Taber, spoke of death in Christ Jesus to the things of 
this world which takes place when one surrenders his 
life entirely to the Lord. 

The simple redwood box was opened for all to get one 
more glimpse of their friend in anticipation of that glad 
day when they would see her over yonder. They sang 
a song as they carried her out to the little cemetery, 
where her body was lowered to rest near her com- 
panions who had gone on before: the Gribbles, Mr. Ken- 
nedy and several African Christians. Together with them 
her body awaits the day of resurrection. 

Yes; as she had told one of them, she had come back 
to die in their land. Her death was a visible seal of 
her life, which she had given freely, fully, first of all 
to her Lord, and through Him to them. The children of 
the Lord in Africa, both white and black, praise the 
Lord for her life and for her death. She being dead yet 
speaketh. 



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Estella Myers 

and Grace Seminary 



By President Alva J. McClain 




In a very real sense the home-going of Miss Estella 
Myers marks the close of an era in the foreign missionary 
work of our Brethren churches. For she was the last of 
the original party of four missionaries who sailed 
January 7, 1918, from New Orleans on the Chy of Cairo 
for French Equatorial Africa. And now, after 38 years, 
all the members of that original pioneering band are 
once more reunited in a better land, never again to be 
separated. What a reunion that must have been in the 
Father's house which took place on November 1, 1956! 

I have many personal reasons for remembering vividly 
the circumstances attending the departure of the first 
missionary party for the land of Africa. In the preceding 
year, as a newly-elected member of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Board, I had cast my vote to accept and approve 
the four missionaries in the party, and in 1918 had be- 
come secretary of the Board with particular responsi- 
bilities for the new project. During those early years 
many letters passed between these Africa missionaries 
and the secretary, dealing with all kinds of things. As 
I have been reviewing a little of this correspondence as it 
concerned Miss Myers, I am once more deeply im- 
pressed with the firm purpose and missionary consecra- 
tion of this very remarkable woman. From the day that 
God called her into His service on the missionary field 
to the hour of her death, there was never any evidence 
of the slightest doubt in her mind with reference to the 
divine wiU for her life. No matter how great the ob- 
stacles and disappointments — and they were many — 
her career always seemed to be like a strong ship mov- 
ing steadfastly through the troubled waters, often buf- 
feted by wind and storm but never driven off the ap- 
pointed course. Surely she could say at the end of the 
journey: "I have finished my course." 

During the early and difficult years of the infant mis- 
sion, just to receive a letter from Sister Myers was like 
tonic to some of us whose faith in the success of the 
African project sometimes wavered. Often carrying bur- 
dens which might have daunted those of lesser courage, 
she endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Together 
with her fellow missionaries she faced many problems 
about which it was easy to be wrong. But as one re- 
views the history of the Mission, her excellent judg- 
ment in important matters may be found often upon its 
pages. When necessary she could speak with unmistak- 
able forthrightness, but humility and graciousness were 
never absent from her letters. In 1932 she had been 
passing through deep waters in the matter of health, 
and being concerned lest the Board might not approve 
her for return to the field, she had written with some 
bluntness about certain matters. But the letter ended 



beautifuOy with these words: "So forgive me and let 
me begin all over again. With a heart burdened for souls, 
Estella Myers." 

She was always interested in careful and thorough 
educational preparation for missionary candidates. She 
rejoiced when the seminary was established in 1930 
at Ashland as a Graduate School of Theology, and 
was among its first financial supporters. To aid in fur- 
nishing a residence for students she sent to me a gift of 
$50, saying: "I am so glad for this department in 
the college. May God bless it, and may our theologian 
for Africa come from its walls." She had always felt 
the need for someone trained in the Biblical system of 
truth who could present it effectively to the African 
native mind. 

When in 1937 Grace Theological Seminary arose to 
carry on the educational ideals and missionary purpose 
of our churches, those who were present at the memo- 
rable rally held at Winona Lake were electrified by the 
announcement of the first gift of $1,000 — from Estella 
Myers — for a new building for the school. Through the 
years she gave regularly to its support, and left a sub- 
stantial annuity. We also had the great privilege of 
having her as a student for a semester in the first aca- 
demic year of 1937-38, when the entire student body 
felt the profound influence of her missionary zeal. We 
shall ever count it an honor to number Miss Estella 
Myers among the alumni of the seminary. 



IOWA GIRL OBEYS 

(Continued From Page 8) 

Missionary Herald Company, as well as the Foreign 
Missionary Society, were recipients of her kindness and 
generosity, and claimed a great place in her days and 
hours of prayer. 

She was always a woman of prayer, but never was it 
more evident than during the closing days of her life 
when, shortly after returning to Africa at her own ex- 
pense, her heart had weakened until she found it best 
to spend much time in rest and quiet. We are told her 
last days were spent in writing, reading the Bible, and 
in prayer, mostly in prayer. 

We cannot call Miss Myers back to her work again. 
We would not if we could. But we plead for others to 
offer their lives in loving service to the living Lord, 
in the completing of tasks, some begun and some not 
yet begun. We need many more young people for for- 
eign service, and older people to hold the ropes here at 
home and to obey the Lord's words: "Go quickly and 
tell," just as this Iowa girl obeyed. 



January 5, 7957 



n 



Excerpts from letters 



to the FMS office from fellow-missionaries of Miss Myers: 



It was indeed sad news for all of us that the Lord has 
seen fit to call Miss Myers unto himself so soon after 
her departure from us. She leaves a great void on our 
Africa mission field, and in the hearts of all of us. 

Her life was lived for the glory of God. No matter 
what she undertook, her first question was always: "Will 
it please my Lord, is it for His glory?" She lived a life 
of sacrifice. Often she did without the necessities of life 




The Fosters, Miss Myers, and the Kennedy children — May 1931 

in order to have more for the Lord's work. 

How she must be rejoicing in the presence of the Lord. 
But how much the natives among whom she worked will 
miss her. 

Her passing on impels us to pray earnestly that the 
Lord will raise up faithful laborers to fill the gaps. Our 
time to labor for Him may be short, so very short. — 
Rose A. Foster. 



Our hearts have been saddened this last week by 
the news of the homegoing of the last one of our first 
pioneers. We worked together in the beginning days of 
this station and Miss Myers was to return and work with 
us after a short stay at Bekoro with Miss Cochran. But 
the Lord called her to be with Him. Miss Myers had a 
great burden for the work here and was translating the 
New Testament into Pana, the tribal language. We have 
lost a wonderful friend and missionary, but we know 



that she is content to be with her Lord and resting in 
Him. — Marvin Goodmans. 



The sudden homegoing of Miss Estella Myers cer- 
tainly was a shock to me. The Lord doeth all things well, 
and now He has taken another one of His servants to be 
with himself. What a glorious entry she must have had 
into the courts of heaven. 

I will miss Estella. She was very dear to me, as she 
was to countless others. I shall never forget the help and 
inspiration she was to me the term I spent in Africa. I 
am thankful for the privilege that the Lord gave me to 
know and work with her. 

The loss of a tireless worker in the translation work 
and witnessing is really felt on the Africa field. My 
prayers go up for the missionaries and African Chris- 




Miss Myers translating, with two native helpers 

tians. How she was loved for her devotion to her Lord 
and His work! 

Estella looked well when I last saw her. She said that 
she was happy to be back home. She had expressed her 
desire to die on the field. That desire the Lord granted 
her even though He did not grant her the privilege of 
finishing the translation of the New Testament in the 
Pana language. The Lord has someone to finish that 
work. My prayer is that it may not stay unfinished for 
long, and that the missionaries appointed to that district 
will be able to learn the language sufficiently for that 
purpose. — Edith Geske. 



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I Saw Estella Myers Once 



By Mrs. George E. Cone 




We were at the Bangui airport on a 
typically hot African early afternoon. 
The parking area was crowded with 
cars from various countries and the 
airport veranda shaded the bare shoul- 
ders of French women and the bare legs 
of French men. A big dark Italian- 
looking man stood in front of me 
matching the heat of the day with the 
smoke of his cigar. I wondered how 
Miss Myers would look through a smoke screen. 

Our eyes searched the skies for the big silver bird and 
our ears strained for the hum of its voice. And then it 
came, a graceful monster bearing precious cargo. 

"Now, don't tell me who she is," I said. "I want to 
guess." A half-dozen priests filed out in their long black 
robes from which dangled their holy jewelry. I could 
not help but wish that six such as Estella Myers were 
descending, and one Catholic priest, instead of the 
reverse. A tired-looking couple with a child stepped 
down next. Freedom was so delightful to the little fel- 
low that he darted from his mother, stumbled, and 
sprawled on the gravel in his French, white bloomered 
romper. I sympathized with the distressed mother and 
the howling child. Hadn't I left the same plane with two 
little ones just six months before? Others passed, and 
then, of course — it was no one else but Miss Myers! 
Who else would be coming to Africa at 72? She looked 
lovely — all in pale blue against the silver of the plane. 
Her light blue hat rested on soft white hair, and her 
well-tailored blue suit and nylon jersey blouse became 
her perfectly. 

The others greeted her enthusiastically, but of course 
she didn't know me, so I introduced myself. The usual 
round of questions ensued. Good trip? Yes. Feeling 
well? Yes. How did conference at home go? Very well. 
What's the latest news from the Board? And on and on. 
Finally the African sun beating down on white gravel 
impelled us to get into the trucks and move on. We 
stopped near the native quarters for our oldest pastor. 
Marc Volongou, who greeted Miss Myers with profuse 
joy, barely noticing the rest of us until later. His hearty 
laugh burst forth often as the words flew back and forth 
in their Sango conversation. I longed to understand but 
my slow ears could not keep up. 

When Miss Myers arrived at Yaloke she went out on 
the veranda to see the children playing. My almost- 
three-year-old looked up at her as if he were seeing an 
old friend and said: "Where have you been?" Yes; 
where-all had Miss Myers been in the heart of an un- 
tamed Africa? Doubtless she was the first white person 
to set foot in many parts of this area. Wherever she 
went she brought hope and comfort and salvation to a 




A group of Africa missionaries in 1941; Miss Myers seated at left 

shunned and needy people. Where had she been? 
Thirty-eight years in Africa. Where is she now? Re- 
ceiving a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 

I saw Estella Myers once. "Until we meet again" — 
I shall see her in my heart. 



They are waiting everywhere. 
Where the fields of earth are fair. 
Where the rivers nobly run. 
Where the blossoms seek the sun, 
Where the hills rise high and grand, 
Looking proudly o'er the land — 
Waiting! Waiting! 

They are waiting in the wild. 
Wicked, weary and defiled. 
And the Saviour's heaUng word. 
They have never, never heard; 
Ever hungry and unfed 
Left without the living bread — 
Waiting! Waiting! 

■ — Selected 



Come and Help 

Hark! what mean those lamentations 

Rolling sadly through the sky? 
'Tis the cry of heathen nations — 

"Come and help us or we die!" 
Hear the heathen's sad complaining 

Christians! hear their pleading cry: 
And the love of Christ constraining. 

Haste the Gospel, ere they die. 

— Cawood 



January 5, 1957 



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AFRICA IMPRESSIONS 

(Continued From Page 5) 



we couldn't take the car across the river. So we put the 
bikes in a dugout canoe, and after we crossed the river 
we rode our bikes to his village. Yes; there are new ex- 
periences every day. 

One time a Frenchman was brought into our dispen- 
sary after being attacked by a leopard. The man was 
pretty well chewed up. Then there was the time, after we 
had retired for the night, when a native came running 
down the road toward our house, yelling: "Monsieur! 
Monsieur! Come with your gun!" A hyena was caught 
in a trap and was dragging the trap out in the grass. So 
off Martin went — at 10:30 at night — to hunt a hyena. 
Soon we heard a shot, and then the ringing of the 
church bell, which meant the hyena had been caught. 
Everyone was happy that the hyena was dead and 
that no more goats would be dragged off by this animal. 

Yes; this is Africa — the lana of contrasts, the land 
of darkness and light, the land of experiences. It is a 
land where one sees women loaded down — carrying 
water or bundles of wood or baskets of cotton on their 
heads, and babies on their hips. As I look at these 
women I think of another load which weights ihsm 
down. That is the load of sin and superstition which puts 
fear into their hearts. The load of darkness blinds their 
pathway as they walk. The load of ignorance in which 
they live constantly crushes them to the ground. What 
can change their lives? What can help them? Only the 
Gospel of our Lord Jesus. 

One, two, three, four years had come and gone and 
we were scheduled for furlough. We began packing our 
things away, getting ready for that long journey back 
home. Then came the day (July 5, 1956) that we were 
to leave Bekoro for Bangui to catch the plane. We told 
our African Christians goodby, and gave our dog, Susie, 
over to the native pastor to keep for us until our re- 
turn. I quickly thought of the day when we first arrived 
in Africa. So much had happened in the time between. 
I thought of those verses in the Bible which say: "O give 
thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his iiiercy 
endureth for ever"; ". . . lean not unto thine own under- 
standing. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall 
direct thy paths.' 

With goodbys over, we drove away from the Bekoro 
station. Our eyes were filled with tears as we said: 
"God be with you dear people until we meet again." 
We started down the dusty road homeward-bound. As I 
looked at the villages that we passed, I thought — fields 
are still white unto harvest — but the laborers are iew. 

Fathers, mothers — what are you doing to help this 
cause? You can help by praying and giving. 

Young people, I turn to you to give a special chal- 
lenge. You are young, with a whole life ahead of you. 
Give your life over to the Lord so He can use you, and 
maybe one of these days He will call you into His serv- 
ice and you will answer: "Here am I, Lord; send me!" 
And that may even be to Africa. 




Mrs. Rottler 



Power in the Blood 

By MRS. CARSON ROTTLER 
Missionary on furlough from Argentina 

Her voice was unusually soft 
for an Argentine, and her accent, 
typical of residents of the city of 
Cordoba, made her even more 
difficult to understand. Mrs. Fer- 
rer had been saved years before 
and was a member of the Ply- 
mouth Brethren group in Cor- 
doba; however, .her son and liis 
wife attend our church in Rio 
Tercero and it was through them 
that we came to know and love 
her. 
We had just finished a dehcious Argentine asado 
(charcoaled steak), and while the men played with the 
children in the patio, Mrs. Ferrer entertained me with 
experiences from her colorful and rich Christian ex- 
perience. 

Just a short time before as she stood in her doorway 
and watched a neighbor lady pass by, the Lord had 
spoken to her heart by way of her conscience. She be- 
gan to think: "This woman has passed your doorway 
every day for years now, and you have never once 
stopped her and talked to her about the I^rd." 

Mrs. Ferrer could hardly wait for the next day to ar- 
rive, and as she watched and waited she prayed that the 
Holy Spirit would have a prepared heart to receive 
the gospel message. That day right there on the street 
Mrs. Ferrer was able to lead her neighbor to a saving 
knowledge of Christ. As they parted, Mrs. Ferrer 
promised to take her a Bible. 

Shortly afterward the woman, who was an elderly 
lady, became ill and sent for Mrs. Ferrer. On seeing 
Mrs. Ferrer her face lit up, and she asked Mrs. Ferrer 
to please read her that verse about the blood. As Mrs. 
Ferrer read I John 1:7 her face glowed, and she kept 
repeating over and over: "If I had only known this 
before." 

As she grew worse and her son realized that the 
end was near, he pled with her to let him call the priest 
for the last confession, but her answer was always the 
same: "The blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanseth 
us from all sin." 

Not too long after his mother's death, the son, al- 
though an ardent Catholic, began to read the Bible 
Mrs. Ferrer had given his mother. It fell open one night 
to the verse his mother had asked Mrs. Ferrer to mark 
for her, and as he read I John 1 :9 the Holy Spirit spoke 
to his heart. A short time later he was knocking on Mrs. 
Ferrer's front door, Bible in hand, and in a matter of 
minutes he too became a child of God. 

Women like Mrs. Ferrer with a burden for souls are 
few and far between in Argentina. Join us in prayer 
that we might see more of our Argentine beUevers will- 
ing and eager to give a testimony to the saving grace 
of our Lord. 



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lewsmakers 



LEON, IOWA. The summation 
of argument by the attorneys was 
heard in District Court, Decatur 
County, Leon, Iowa, at 2:30 p. m., 
Dec. 16, and the (George Ronk vs. 
Leon Brethren Church) case was sur- 
rendered to the court for decision. 
As soon as a verdict is given by the 
judge it will appear in the pages of 
the Missionary Herald. Ministers 
present for the hearings, other than 
those named previously (Dec. 22 
Issue) were: Rev. Richard DeArraey, 
Waterloo, Iowa; Rev. Richard 
Grant, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Rev. 
Glen Welborn, Winona, Minn.; Rev. 
A. D. Cashman, Dallas Center, 
Iowa; and Rev. R. H. Kettell, Gar- 
win, Iowa. Dr. C. W. Mayes was not 
able to attend the trial. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. Mr. 
John Wissmath, 90 years, and Mrs. 
Wissmath, 87 years, were honored 
Dec. 9 in the morning service at First 
Brethren Church, Glenn O'Neal pas- 
tor. They celebrated their 69th wed- 
ding anniversary on Dec. 12. 

GRAFTON, W. VA. The Alle- 
gheny Fellowship ministerium met 
at the First Brethren Church, Dec. 
17. Rev. Lee Crist was host t;astor. 

HATBORO, PA. Installation 
services for the new pastor, Lester 
Smitley, were held at the Suburban 
Brethren Church Sunday afternoon, 
Dec. 16. Rev. John Neely, pastor of 
the First Brethren Church, Allen- 
town, Pa., was the guest speaker. 



KITTANNING, PA. The First 
Brethren Church, W. H. Schaffer, 
pastor, have voted to purchase a 
$6,000 bus for Sunday-school and 
church work. It will be one of a 
seating capacity for 54 persons. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. The First 
Brethren Church has undertaken the 
purchase of a Plymouth Suburban 
car as their project for the Africa 
Mission field. 

LA VERNE, CALIF. Chaplain 
Orville A. Lorenz, USA, was guest 
speaker at the First Brethren Church 
Dec. 9. He returned only recently 
from a tour of service in the Middle 
East. Dr. Elias White is pastor. 

KITTANNING, PA. The boys 
and girls basketball teams of the 
Riverside Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa., defeated the First Breth- 
ren Church teams of West Kittan- 
ning by the scores of 30-26 and 
11-10 :.:espectively. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Those 
desiring to have their 1956 Mis- 
sionary Herald's bound should de- 
liver them to the bookstore at once. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Rev. 
Forest Lance, 1205 Chevy Chase 
Drive, Anaheim, Calif. Please 
change Annual. 

MIDDLEBRANCH, OHIO. The 
remodeled auditorium of the First 
Brethren Church was rededicated 
Dec. 16. Dr. Norman Uphouse, for- 
mer pastor, was the guest speaker. 
The remodehng included insulation 
and replastering, oak paneling, new 
lighting system, recessed choir loft, 
new Hammond organ, "cushion-eze" 
pews, pulpit furniture, new carpet 
and floor covering and a sound sys- 
tem. Wesley Haller is pastor. 




PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received for publication at least 
30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date Pastor Speaker 

Stoystown, Pa. . Jan. 6-13 ... Arthur Collins . Stanley Hauser. 
Long Beach, 

Calif Jan. 6-13 .. C. W. Mayes . . Merv Resell. 

Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla Jan. 6-20 . . Ralph Colburn Bill Smith. 

Winchester, Va. . Jan. 6-20 . . . Paul Dick .... A. R. Kriegbaum. 

Seattle, Wash. . . Jan. 6-20 . . . T. Hammers . . Henry Dalke. 
Temple City, 

Calif Jan. 10-12 ... John Aeby .... R. I. Humberd. 

Harrah, Wash. . . Jan. 23-25 . . . Don Earner ... R. I. Humberd 

Kittanning, Pa. . Jan. 27-Feb. 10 Wm. Schaffer. L. L. Grubb. 



Executive Editor . , Arnold R. Kxiegbaum 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

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. 



FREMONT, OHIO. A scotch- 
lite sign now properly identifies the 
Brethren Chapel, Granville Tucker, 
pastor. The bricklayers started work 
on the new chapel the third week 
in December. 

NEW YORK. In view of the un- 
precedented increase in the world 
literacy and a growing nationalism 
the American Bible Society has in- 
itiated a 2 5 -year program which 
will include the translating the Old 
Testament into 150 languages and 
the New Testament into 200, and 
the Gospels into 250 languages, ac- 
cording to Dr. Eugene Nida, as- 
sociate secretary in charge of trans- 
lations. 

WINCHESTER, VA. The new 
Sunday-school annex of the First 
Brethren Church is reaching the 
final stages of construction. A new 
loud-speaking system was recently 
installed. Paul Dick is pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Evan- 
gelist Bob Munro, a faithful warrior 
of the Lord Jesus answered the call 
of his Lord on Dec. 9. He was en- 
gaged in evangelistic services in th 
West Covina Brethren Church, Dr. 
C. H. Ashman, pastor, where on 
Nov. 29 he was taken critically ill. 
He had many friends throughout the 
United States, Canada and Scotland. 
In addition to his evangelistic min- 
istry he was greatly used of the Lord 
in rescue missions, prisons and youth 
camps. 

FREMONT, OHIO. John Tier- 
ney concludes evangelistic services 
at the Grace Brethren Church on 
Dec. 6. Gordon Bracker is pastor. 

SPECIAL. Rev. R. I. Humberd 
will be speaking Jan. 13 at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Denver, Colo., 
and Feb. 6, at The Brethren Church, 
San Jose, Calif. 



January 5, 7957 



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GRACE SEMINARY— 

Pray for the faculty and admin- 
istration as they continue through 
January to contact churches in the 
interest of seminary and college. 

Pray that the necessary $100,000 
may be received so that the ground 
breaking for the new building proj- 
ect may take place on March 1 . 

Pray that as the plea goes forth 
for funds for the new building proj- 
ect that the need for money for cur- 
rent operating expenses may not be 
forgotten. 

Pray that God's blessing may rest 
upon the Grace Bible Conference 
which begins at the seminary on 
January 21. 

Pray for the students as they 
register for the second semester also 
on January 21. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

Praise the Lord for answered 
prayer in the special meetings in 
Argentina in the Rio Tercero field. 

Pray for a serious problem as the 
result of persecution in the home of 
one of the believers in Argentina. 

Pray for decisions and the rich 
blessings of the Lord in the summer 
camp this month in Argentina. 

Pray for the John Zielaskos as 
they begin services at the new Ca- 
panema station in Brazil. Services 
were started on January first. 

Pray for the possible opening of 
a work in the near future down in 
the interior of Mexico. 

Pray for the rich blessing of the 
Lord as we enter into the foreign- 
mission season. 

Pray for the blessing of the Lord 
in the carrying out of decisions made 
in the Africa field council last 
month. 

Pray for the Spanglers, Fogies and 
Hockings, that they might not suf- 
fer hardships in France as the result 
of world conditions. 



Pray for the Charles Taber fam- 
ily as they leave the United States 
for France this month for a period 
of language study. 
WMC— 

Pray for the national WMC offi- 
cers (by name) as they work in be- 
half of WMC interests everywhere. 

Pray that our council will meet 
the S3, 000 goal for Christian edu- 
cation offering, which will be used 
for needs of seminary. National 
Sunday School and Youth Boards. 

Pray for the WMC executive pro- 
gram committees as they plan the 
programs for the coming year and 
for the writers who shall contribute 
to this work. 

Pray for the WMC missionaries 
for 1957, and that the birthday of- 
fering will be so generous that still 
more missionaries can be supported 
next year. 



VRA^f 



January 15 

BRETHREN DAY OF PRAYER 

Pray for our WMC sisters in for- 
eign lands — both the native Chris- 
tians and our missionary sisters. 
SMM— 

Pray for the national SMM of- 
ficers as they plan for the coming 
year and for the district officers as 
they plan their rallies. 

Pray for the Sisterhood patron- 
esses, that they will have the wis- 
dom needed to influence girls for 
godly living in their daily lives. 

Pray for all Sisterhood girls, that 
they may have the vision needed to 
see that daily prayer and Bible read- 
ing and regular church attendance 
are imperative to Christian growth. 

Pray for Mrs. Leslie Moore, na- 
tional patroness, as she recuperates 
from injuries received in an auto- 
mobile accident. 



HOME MISSIONS— 

Pray for an early completion of 
the new chapel at Fremont, Ohio 
and also for the ministry of Brother 
Granville Tucker to his colored 
brethren. 

Pray for the Los Altos Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif., that 
the union may not hinder the Breth- 
ren Construction Crew in building, 
causing any further loss of time. 

Pray for the Fort Lauderdale, 
Fla., Sunday school that many of 
the new ones attending during the 
contest will be retained and won to 
Christ for the church. 

Praise the Lord for the victories in 
the Lansing, Mich, work, and pray 
for the Lord's plan to be revealed 
in the new church plans. 

Pray for the rapid development of 
the new Hatboro, Pa., work with 
the new pastor, Lester Smitley, who 
just arrived on the field. 

Pray for Sandra Button as she 
conducts a child evangelism class 
which is being attended by children 
of Christian Science, Catholic and 
Jewish backgrounds. 

Pray that the many Jewish people 
who have promised to attend the 
classes of the Brethren Messianic 
Witness, will come with open minds 
to learn of Jesus Christ; and pray 
that our Brethren Missionaries will 
so teach God's Word that these Jews 
will be converted to Christ. 

MISSIONARY HERALD— 

Pray for the ministry of the book- 
store in the dissemination of Chris- 
tian literature, that the Lord will use 
the printed page to enlighten the 
saints and convict the lost. 

Pray for the writers and teachers 
of our Brethren Sunday school 
literature that God might use them 
to instruct our Brethren Sunday 
schools in the eternal truths of His 
Word. 

Pray for the entire staff of the 
Missionary Herald in the many intri- 
cate and minute responsibilities re- 
lated to the printed page. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



January 5, 7957 



The BRETHREN 







WMC NUMBER 



JANUARY 12, 1957 




Camp Bethany 




Brethren Youfh present a great challenge 
to the Women's Missionary Council 




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Na-Hbnal Women's Missionary Council '^ 1956^1957 




Desire -I" Parents ^ Tragedy 



By Kenneth B. Ashman 

The story you are about to read is true! It is a story 
with a tragic ending! It repeats itself much too often 
in America today! Yes; even in so-called Christian 
homes, these tragedies are occurring repeatedly. The 
story is summarized in three simple statements. It was 
at the close of the commencement address at a nearby 
high school. The speaker had challenged the class to 
hear the call of the Lord above all others. A promising 
young man stepped forward after the benediction and 
said: "I feel called of the Lord to preach the Gospel, 
where should I attend school for preparation?" Advice 
was given, emphasizing the wisdom of choosing a 
Christian college and a fundamental seminary. 

Two months later, in August, we checked with this 
promising young man — headed for the ministry. His 
second statement was the forewarning of trouble. "My 
parents are glad that I am headed for the ministry, but 
they do not want me to go away to school. Therefore, 
we have decided on a local college." Though this young 
man was willing to go away to a Christ-centered col- 
lege, and though the parents had the means to financ; 
his education anywhere he might choose, yet they let 
selfish interests sway their better judgment as to the 
choice of atmosphere, teachers, philosophies, and at- 
titude toward the Bible under which their son should 
train for the ministry. It was a tragic choice indeed. 

Two years later. We picked up a college student ask- 
ing a ride to the local business district. It was the young 
man who had approached us after that commencement 
two years earher. His third statement came as a result 
of our questions pertaining to his ministerial training; 
and his fellowship with the Lord. "Well, I've changed 
my mind, and I guess my faith too. You see, here they 
teach us about all religions and we make our cho!c:s. 
I guess I'm quite a little confused, but one thing I'm 
certain about — I just don't believe in the Bible and 
the Lord like I once thought I did. I've learned that 
much of the stuff my parents believe and my preacher 
teaches aren't so true and important after all." 

Yes; a God-given desire for spiritual service was 
destroyed, along with a young man's faith in God, by 
the poor advice and direction of well-meaning parents. 
These parents are not alone in this misdeed, for the 
same thing is being repeated in young lives daily. Could 
you be guilty of doing the same for your aspiring young 
believer? 



The pursuit of education and the getting of wis- 
dom is a good thing. But, as Solomon warns: "A wise 
man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man 
of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels" (Prov. 
1:5). True wisdom begins with God, is obtained through 
the Word of God, and is applied by the Spirit of God. 
All other learning must fit into the spiritual to be ac- 
cepted and fruitful. The Christian college endeavors to 
present a well-rounded curriculum with the truth as 
the hub of all educational pursuits, whether these be 
in the field of mathematics, education, music, science, 
etc. 

The objects of Christian teaching are fivefold: (From 
NACC.) 

1. To help the student develop a sound and beau- 
tiful body. "Know ye not that your body is the temple 
of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which we have of 
God, and ye are not your own?" Christian education in- 
spires intelligent care of the body that it might be used 
in the service of the Lord. The moral standards, and 
high ideals, and the lofty goals of the Christ-centered 
school alone can fulfill this need. 

2. To encourage the students to think God's 
thoughts and do God's will. "Let this mind be in you, 
which was also in Christ Jesus." This type of train- 
ing, alone found in a Christian college, gives a positive- 
ness to the mind and will of the pupil; it sets a life course 
pleasing to God and assures a life of happiness in fu- 
ture years. 

3. To develop emotional stability in the student. 
"Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." 
A Christ-centered and a Christ-controled personality is 
the goal. There is developed a complete trust in the 
goodness of God, and a complete assurance that He 
doeth all things well. This stability of heart and mind are 
not to be found among those educated outside the realm 
of the Bible. 

4. To develop a missionary sensibility. "No man 
liveth unto himself." The Christian college assures a 
vision to the pupil, a goal outside himself, a purpose 
in life, and a passion for the salvation of souls. He be- 
comes sensitive to the needs of others round about. He 
thus becomes one who shares, who helps, who testi- 
fies, who lifts. Here again, in a non-Christian school, 
these high challenges are usually lacking. 

5. To develop the spiritual man. "Let the word of 

(Continued on Page 20) 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER :; 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
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, S3.00 a year; lOO-percent churches, S2.50: foreign, S4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Sch-ffer. secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man. treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller. 
Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Youth in Argentina 



By J. Paul Dowdy 



Youth, in certain respects, constitutes the most im- 
portant age-group in any society. The responsibility of 
the future of the nation with all its institutions rests with 
this group. Just what young men and women will do 
with that responsibility, depends largely upon the prepa- 
ration they receive from parents and schools. Unfor- 
tunately, far greater attention is given to preparation for 
the acquisition of material goods than is given to spiri- 
tual growth. Such a reversal of God's order can bring 
only disaster. Our Lord's command is: "Seek ye first 
the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these 
things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33). 

Young people of Latin America are faced with the 
same responsibility, and their need of preparation for 
life's work is just as great as in our own land. In many 
respects, Argentine young people are very much like 
those of our own country. It should be observed how- 
ever, that their opportunities and outlook on life are 
different. Youth in the United States is surrounded with 
an abundance of everything calculated to make life 
easier and more comfortable. This is not so in Argen- 
tina, nor in any of the other Latin American countries. 
There, young people grow up accustomed to a far sim- 
pler mode of existence, and for many of them, life is 
scarcely more than existence. 

Class distinctions due to financial status are more 
obvious in Argentina than here. Among the young 
people these distinctions become quite evident in their 
educational experience. The children of rich and poor 
may sit in the classroom together through the primary 
grades, i.e., grades one through six. On finishing sixth 
grade, the children from the poorer families usually drop 
out. This is inevitable for those who live in small towns 
in which there are no secondary schools. Then of course, 
there are those who must work to help their parents pro- 
vide for the family. In some towns, boys from poor 
homes have the opportunity to attend an industrial 
school for three or four years and thus learn a trade. 
In the cities there are industrial schools for girls also. 

Those whose parents have sufficient money may go 
to secondary school even though it may be necessary 
to go away to another town or city. This secondary edu- 
cation may be acquired in a general course of five 
years leading to the bachelor's degree. Young men and 
women who wish to enter the teaching profession take 
a six-year course in Normal College. With the bachelor's 
degree, a student may go on to university for the pro- 
fession of his choice. 

Once in the university, young people realize that they 
occupy a position of privilege, which has become also a 
position of influence. It is very common in South 
American countries for university students to take the 
initiative in movements for reform in government. On 
several occasions revolutions have been started by the 
students. This is not necessarily due to a love for fight- 
ing. Students of those lands are more politically minded 
than those of our country. Through their studies they 
become aware of injustices in government. The influence 



of their professors, and the example of their heroes of 
history, often are sufficient to fire their zeal and cause 
them to launch into situations that older men fear to 
touch. 

Thus we may say that in Argentina we are dealing 
with young people who are seriously concerned with the 
political and material welfare of their country. Many 
who cannot become prepared for a profession are being 
trained in the mechanical skills, thus making their con- 
tribution toward the economic betterment of the nation. 

Our problem is to reach those young people for Christ. 
This, of course, is attended with a variety of difficulties. 
The class distinction mentioned above makes it diffi- 
cult to get members of the different groups together. 
Family prestige and social position are strong in- 
fluences which hinder the bringing of the well-to-do, 
educated young people into a group composed mostly of 
the poorer and less educated. 

It is true also that higher education often tends to 
weaken or destroy religious inclination, and leaves the 
student indifferent or even hostile toward the gospel 
appeal. 

In spite of the difficulties, the Lord has given us some 
contacts with this class of young people, and a few have 
been won to Him. 

Another thing which proves to be a hindrance is the 
Argentine's love for sports and diversions in general. 
Soccer (they call it football and spell it "futbol") is the 
great national game. It is played by all ages all the year 
round. Games are usually scheduled for Sunday. Auto- 
mobile and bicycle racing are quite popular also, and 
Sunday seems to be their best day. 

In addition to all these things, just the burden of 
study and work also makes it difficult to interest young 
people in the Gospel. They are just too busy. 

Nevertheless, the picture is not all dark. The Lord 
has given us a goodly number of young people in Argen- 
tina. Many of them are quits faithful, and are serving the 
Lord in their local churches. Our Sunday schools, youth 
organizations, camps, raUies and special meetings, all 
serve as means of reaching and teaching this important 
age-group. For those who desire to prepare themselves 
to serve the Lord more efficiently, our Bible institute 
offers, in addition to the regular three-year course, night 
school and correspondence courses. Also, post-graduate 
studies are given for those who are to become full-time 
workers. 

May the Lord count on you to help in this work 
among the young people of Argentina. 







£VAN(i£L(5M 



January 12, 1957 



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Chrisf-ian Home and Marritige 
Forum 

By Althea S. Miller 
SELFISH PARENTS? 

Their childish voices were lifted high in song. A spirit 
of reverence pervaded the room as words came sweet 
and clear; "For mother's love and father's care, We 
thank Thee, Lord." Who could have known ihat under- 
neath that melody at least one little heart was heavy 
with hurt? 

The children stood holding hands as they prayed. 
Suddenly, a little voice, charged with emotion, broke 
the silence. "Dear Jesus, please make my daddy and 
mama to live together again so Grandma doesn't have 
to take care of me. I want my mama and daddy to take 
care of me." 

A six-year-old girlie had painted a tragic picture with 
the vivid strokes of a few words which tumbled out of 
her bewildered heart. 

"How lightly some parents take the responsibility 
and privilege of the rearing of children," a childless 
teacher virtually trembled as she spoke. "Marty is an 
adorable child, and what do her parents do for her? 
They push her around, confuse her little heart, help de- 
velop a complex by dividing her love for them. Oh, 
they are just ruining that child's life!" 

My own heart stood still as the prayer of little Marty 
echoed again. "How selfish can parents become?" 1 
asked of no one in particular. 

"Is there a limit to selfishness?" another teacher coun- 
tered. 

"I suppose not," I answered as the painful fact of 
the "exceeding sinfulness of sin" swept over my soul 
with new meaning. If Marty's were an isolated case 
of parental selfishness, the situation would be bad 
enough. But the same story with different names 
abounds everywhere, to the grief of countless hearts, 
and to the breakdown of our nation's most important 
citadel, the home. 

As love grew cold (which they had promised on their 
wedding day to cultivate and cherish), and they decided 
nothing could be done but call a halt to their marriage, 
Marty's parents never gave their child one thought. How 
their separation and the broken home would affect 
Marty physically, emotionally, spiritually, never crossed 
their minds. They did not think they were neglecting 
her. She is the best dressed little girl in her set. She 
has enough toys to stock a store. No expenses are spared 
when it comes to medical care; her food is the finest 
obtainable. With the combined care of a doting grand- 
mother, a nurse, an excellent private school, and a live 
wire Sunday school, what more can Marty want or need? 

What more, indeed! Can plying a little girl with 
"things" take the place of "mother's love and father's 
care" and discipline? Can a cuddly teddy bear nestle 
a sick or distraught child's head like that of a mother's 
breast? What can give more joy and heart satisfaction 
— an expensive bicycle, built to size, or a happy romp 
with Daddy on the living room floor? What gives a child 
more stability — an unlimited expense account, or the 
steady, warm love of two parents who live together 
in a tightly knit family circle? 

How selfish can parents become? Selfish enough to 
cast aside a holy bond in favor of warped thinking, a 




We are in the second month of the quarter which 
we devote to our youth and to the Christian education 
program. Our goal for this offering is S3, 000, one-half 
to be given to Grace Seminary and the other half to be 
given to the youth and Sunday-school boards. 

Our offering for Grace Seminary is to be used for 
the providing of student mailboxes, the need for which 
we touched upon last month. 

Our offering for the youth and Sunday-school boards 
is to be used for the providing of additional equipment 
for the office and the provision of teaching materials. 

Each of us as WMC members must do our share to 
put this offering over the top. The greatest investment 
we can make in giving and in praying is in the youth of 
our church for upon them depends our future strength. 



DESIRE 

(Continued From Page 18) 
Christ dwell in you richly." Only that life that is Christ- 
centered will be the "abundant life." Faith in the Word, 
trust in the Lord, devotion to the church, and loyalty to 
the right — these are the virtues that are developed in a 
Christian educational institution and are destroyed in 
the secular educational atmosphere. 

So, we parents had better choose the way of right 
and wisdom and encourage our young people to enroll 
in Christian colleges and universities. For the Brethren, 
Grace Seminary and College are the answer to this 
pressing educational need. Right now, as so many more 
see the wisdom of such a course of educational pursuit, 
this institution stands in need of expanded facilities, 
faculty, and equipment. The Women's Missionary Coun- 
cil is putting forth that "extra effort" to assist in their 
splendid way. Let all the Brethren, during this first 
month of a new year, put "first things first" and pro- 
vide a Christian college for Christian youth. Let's have 
fewer tragedies along the educational pathways. 



result of unresolved personality quirks. Selfish enough 
to regard not the spiritual and personality needs of their 
own flesh and blood, but to blandly ignore them in favor 
of immature reasoning. Selfish enough to give their 
children "things" which this life can offer; yet fail to 
give that one thing which is needful — a home which 
radiates love because Jesus Christ is the center and 
circumference of all lives and living there. 

The army of selfish parents grows daily in alarming 
proportions. And with the growth there is increase of 
warped personalities in innocent children, a steady de- 
terioration of the home life, and a mockery of God's 
express commands. The picture isn't very pretty, and 
it may reflect a likeness of some of us. There is not a 
parent among us who ought not stop in our tracks and 
take inventory. If there is any sign of selfishness creep- 
ing into either hearts or homes, the time is now to con- 
duct a vigorous cleaning campaign. And lest we say 
this is impossible, I hasten to remind us of the promise 
in God's Book: "I can do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13). 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Reaching African 
Youth in Bangui 



By Orville D. Jobson 



The presence of the mission in Bangui has opened 
many new doors of service for the Lord. Not least among 
these is the ministry to the Protestant youth of the capi- 
tal city. 

Probably in no other area of the world today is it more 
important to pay special attention to the youth than in 
Africa. It is conceded by all that it is the present gene- 
ration of young people who will step into the place of 
leadership in the emerging new Africa. How important 
it is to the Christian church that the leadership be evan- 
gelical. 

It is estimated that 10,000 young Africans are now 
attending European and American colleges and uni- 
versities. Over 3,000 of these are from the Gold Coast 
alone. 

The greater part of these Africans receive their 
elementary education in mission schools, and the Chris- 
tian background they received should have a telling in- 
fluence on their lives. Secondary education, on the other 
hand, is not always available in mission schools. For this 
part of their education they attend public schools and 
it is at this period of their lives that they need Christian 
fellowship and Bible study. It is with such groups that 
we have had a real fruitful ministry in Bangui. 

In the "college" (junior and senior high) there are 
about 40 Protestant boys for whom, up to a few years 
ago, there were no Christian activities. In the trade 
school we discovered 16, and in the school of hand- 
crafts eight more. These also were without youth meet- 
ings of any kind. 

With the cooperation of the French Protestant (mili- 
tary) chaplain, who is a genuine evangelical believer, we 
conduct three weekly Bible classes for the different age 
groups in these schools. Also, with the same cooperation, 
we have organized two Boy Scout troops. 

These contacts have done a great deal to encourage 
these Christian boys and to help them resist the temp- 
tations of the big city. They have invited others into 
their fellowship who are now showing an interest in 
spiritual things. Several of these have confessed Christ 
as Saviour. 

Included in the Scout troops are some of the other 
Protestant boys who are still in elementary schools 
throughout the city. The Scouts are under the direction 
of the church and participate in its activities. Occasion- 
ally they attend Sunday morning service as a body, 
dressed in their uniforms. 

These efforts mark a new beginning in our ministry 
to the youth of Africa. So far the work has been con- 
fined to the boys, but we hope that very shortly we might 
be able to launch some sort of a movement among 
Christian girls, where the need is so great and the prob- 
lems complex. 



OUR COVER PICTURE 

We present this month a composite of Camp Bethany, 
held each year at Winona Lake, during National Con- 
ference. Brethren young people from across the na- 
tion gather for this week of fellowship and Bible study. 

Our cover gives us glimpses of some of the activities 
enjoyed. At the center top is a picture of the staff and 
counselors of the last camp. The center is an informal 
shot taken in the auditorium as a meeting was breaking 
up and the group was preparing to leave on an outing. 
Lower left shows us the Bethany choir, and lower right 
gives us a glimpse of the informal activity in the 
"Crackerbox," that ever-popular place to obtain those 
late evening snacks with the indigestible-sounding 
names. 

We appreciate the zeal and planning of our Youth 
Council which makes possible for our young people a 
well-rounded summer-camp program, not only at Camp 
Bethany, but in all the district camps across the Brother- 
hood. 




MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH 

Africa — 

Mr. Albert W. Balzer March 1 

B. P. 10, Bossangoa via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Verna Marie Dunning March 10, 1945 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Barbara Jean Miller March 18, 1951 

Mission a Bekoro, Paoua via Bozoum via Bangui. French Equa- 
torial Africa. 

Mrs. C. B. Sheldon March 21 

Bossangoa via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Paul Marvin Goodman March 25, 1951 

Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Argentina — 

Kenneth Paul Churchill March 5, 1947 

Remedies de Escalada 74. Rio Tercero, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, 
Argentina, S. A. 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Bdo. de Irigoyen 564, Jose Marmol, F.C.N.G.R., Argentina. S. A. 

Brazil — 

James Melvin Zielasko March 17, 1955 

Caixa Postal 861. Belem, Para, Brazil. 

.France — 

Beckie Maurita Fogle March 17, 1948 

79 Chemin de Vassieux, Caluire et Cuire, Rhone, France. 

Hawaii — 

Rev. Foster R. Tresise March 20 

2377 E. Manoa Road, Honolulu, T. H. 

Mexico — 

Thomas Alden Howard March 17, 1953 

406 Mary Avenue, Calexico, Calif., U.S.A. 

John Leroy Howard March 20, 1946 

406 Mary Avenue, Calexico, Calif.. U.S.A. 

In the United States — 

Judith Lynn Kennedy March 16, 1953 

c/o Box 588. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Diana Ruth Taber March 25, 1954 

c/o Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 

c/o Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 



January 12, 1957 



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Another WMC 
Missionary of the Year 



Born on a farm on the plains of Saskatchewan in 
Canada, Mrs. J. P. (Freda) KUever met her husband- 
to-be when she was a little girl, for the Kliever family 
lived not many miles away. However, in those days 
Jake and Freda were not the least bit impressed with 
each other. When she was quite young, Freda's par- 
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Neufeld, and their family, moved to 
the United States to a farm in Oregon. Strangely enough, 
the Klievers also moved to Oregon and to the same 
community. After a few more years, the Klievers moved 
again, this time to California, and a number of years 
passed before Jake and Freda saw each other again. 

In Freda's family, the German language was always 
spoken at home — "low German," that is — but at their 
church "high German" was used. Freda did not learn to 
speak English until she started to school, so by that time 
she could really speak three languages. Although her 
family did not favor higher education for girls, Freda 
managed to get through high school and then went on 
to work her way through the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. 

While Freda was at home in 
Oregon one time, a gospel quartet 
came to the vicinity, as it was the 
former home of one of the quartet 
members, Mr. Jake Kliever. 
Freda's mother had invited the 
group to her home, and Jake was 
very impressed by the lovely 
young lady who was helping with 
the serving. Upon inquiring of 
Mrs. Neufeld concerning the 
young lady's identity, Jake was 
astonished to learn that this was 
her daughter Freda — how she had changed! It might 
have been called love at first sight — except that this 
wasn't exactly "first sight," was it? 

It was not until they were attending seminary at Ash- 
land, Ohio, several years after their marriage, that Jake 
and Freda felt the call of the Lord to go to the mission 
field. After a time of study in France, they arrived in 
Africa in 1938. Their daughter Anne was a very little 
girl when the family went to Africa, and their other 
daughter. Donna, was born on the field. 

Mrs. Kliever is a member of the First Brethren Church 
of Johnstown, Pa. 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President — Mrs. Kenneth Ashman, 205 Dirig Ave.. Wooster. Ohio. 

First Vice President (Projects) — Mrs. Miles Taber, 314 Dorchester 
St., Ashland. Ohio. 

Second Vice President (Program) — Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 6242 
30th Ave., Seattle 15. Wash. 

Recording Secretary— Mrs. Lester Pifer, Box 195, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Secretary — Mrs. Scott Weaver. R.R. 2. Osceola, Ind. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Chester McCall, 4580 Don 
Felipe Dr.. Los Angeles, Calif. 

Literature Secretary — Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 203 W. Woodland, Fort 
Wayne. Ind. 

Editor — Mrs. Benamin Hamilton, Box 701, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman — Mrs. Frank Lindower, R.R. 1. Uniontown, Ohio. 

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




Mrs. Kliever 



A Chat With Your Nationol 
WMC Prayer Chairman 

The January hand on our WMC clock will be en- 
titled: We Must Call! Certainly this impHes the sub- 
ject of "Prayer." 

"I wonder if a lot of us are not guilty of doing a lot 
of writing and talking about prayer, but not actually 
practicing what we preach? The Devil does not care 
how much we discuss and applaud the subject, so long 
as we do not pray! A book on how to pray is good, but 
the best and only way to learn to pray is to do it! Let 
us place ourselves at God's disposal as pray-ers!" 

"However, when we do want to pray, have you 
noticed how we are hindered and assailed from all quar- 
ters? Who has not gone apart to pray and found his mind 
to go blank, or to be flooded with distracting thoughts? 
Some, on the other hand, fall asleep while at prayer. 
Again, it is surprising what a lot of things you remember 
that you have to do when you decide to pray! Have 
you ever associated these hindrances with the power of 
evil?" (If you are interested in reading a fine booklet 
about this, send for "How to Resist the Devil" by F. J. 
Perryman, price 15c, from Back to the Bible Publishers, 
Lincoln, Nebr. Quotations from this book in above 
paragraphs). 



My Impressions of Our WMC 

By Elizabeth S. Clark, La Verne, Calif. 

As I pause and ponder 

O'er our WMC 
I am made to wonder — 

Can I of service be? 
Leaders here are so efficient! 

Work well done as planned! 
Each and every one sufficient 

To do the work at hand! 
There are many projects 

The sisters wish to sponsor; 
Yet often, some object. 

And few their service offer. 
These women heed the cry 

Of so many in distress; 
Yet undertake with spirits high 

Their deeds of righteousness. 
They form the nucleus for prayer 

As needs are here expressed. 
And those who gather there 

Are sure of being blessed. 
We call to mind that band 

Of faithful women and men 
Working in every land 

To tell God's love to them. 
Daily at the throne of grace 

For some we intercede. 
As those in every place 

Make known to us their need. 
Let not one sister say: 

"There is nothing I can Do!" 
For each and all can pray. 

And to their Lord be true. 
Pray for those we choose 

To lead on in the cause of right; 
Not in our strength to move, 

But — in His might. 



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SISTER+400D T+4CMC 1956-1957 



The King^s Standards 



By Mrs. Arthur Carey 



Does a princess have to conform her life to a standard 
that is not set up, or does she do as she pleases? You say: 
"Of course she must act like the king's daughter should." 
Yes; you are right! The princess conforms her hfe to 
the royal standard — not the standard of the people of 
the world, nor yet to the fads of the girls of her age. She 
is considered neither ignorant nor neglected for be- 
having as a princess, but rather she is respected and 
often copied. 

You, as Christian girls, constantly have the prob- 
lem of worldliness to deal with, and some girls find 
it almost impossible to cope with. First of all, each one 
of you, if you have not already done so, must come to 
the place of decision, deciding whether you are going 
to put God first in your lives, or put the world first. It 
is a decision that you must make yourself. You can side- 
step it, dodge it, or put it off, and live a sort of off-and- 
on existence for a while, but all the time you will be 
deciding in favor of the world, and finally you will be 
blind to the fact that God is taking a back seat. 

There are many people today who I believe are really 
Christian but have so neglected their spiritual life that 
as far as Christian influence is concerned are like a 
burned-out bulb, a dead battery, a broken spring, or a 
clogged drainpipe. Their spiritual self is an anemic 
little dwarf, too weak to say or do anything it should, 
while their physical life is well fed and robust, their 
social hfe flourishes, and perhaps their intellectual life 
is keen and sharp. What a lopsided personality this is! 
Solomon, in Proverbs, tells us: "The fear of the Lord 
is the beginning of wisdom." 

So, I wish each one of you, before you go to bed 
tonight, would kneel and talk heart-to-heart with your 
Heavenly Father, and inquire of Him for wisdom and 
strength to clean out the cluttered-up places in your 
life so that He may occupy them. The very best of 
Christians and the most learned of Bible scholars have 
to do this periodically throughout their lives. 

There are decisions to make every day, and they will 
determine who is first in our hearts and lives. Our Scrip- 
ture verse which we will use as a guide is: "And what- 
soever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the 
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by 
him" (Col. 3:17). 

One of the first things that confronts us is music. 
"Music?" you say. What could possibly be wrong with 
music? Nothing is wrong with music, but music is the 
avenue by which we approach many of our activities. It 
can lead us to sublime heights of worship of our Maker; 
it can help us give expression to our joys and our sor- 
rows. But it also can draw us to the sensuous dance, the 
suggestive movie, or places where intoxicating drinks 



flow freely. A girl gifted in music will find flattering of- 
fers to use her music to make money in a worldly way, 
and she will need the grace of God to help her shun 
them. 

Sometimes athletics becomes a problem. Some say 
that athletics are worldly, but I am reminded that Jesus 
loved the great out-of-doors and the Apostle Paul was 
a great athlete. He used the footrace as an example 
of the Christian hfe. God wants us to honor our bodies 
and develop them in the best way possible. He tells us 
that they are temples of the Holy Ghost and should be 
kept fit for Him. Athletics are a wholesome outlet for the 
energy of young Christians, but when wrongly used, can 
lead to evils too, so we must be careful to use our guide 
verse in this regard too. 

Then, of course, there is a whole hst of amusements 
that are always a source of argument with young people. 
All these have been proved to have harmful effects on 
Christian life and growth. Modem dances arouse our 
emotions in an unholy way. Movies teach us the worldly 
ways of life. Smoking and drinking tear down the bodily 
temple of God's own Holy Spirit. Obscene pictures and 
literature fiU our minds with thoughts foreign to holy liv- 
ing. Indecent clothing and garish makeup certainly do 
not lend a testimony of the saving power of Christ. 
Cards and gambling are definitely the Devil's tools and 
not necessary for the happiness of one who has her life 
bound up in the love of Christ. There are many others, 
but space does not permit, but once more read our guide 
verse, Colossians 3:17. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY 

SONGS — Sing some of your favorites and close with 
the year's theme song, "Channels Only." 

SCRIPTURE— Read from I John 3:1:24. 

PRAYER TIME — Use the requests found in the 
"prayer closet." 

DEVOTIONAL LESSON— Seniors and Middlers 
study "The King's Standards" by Mrs. Carey, and 
Juniors study and discuss the article on "Language" 
by Mrs. Brenneman. 

MISSIONARY LESSON — Seniors and Middlers study 
the mission biography of Mrs. Orville Jobson, and 
Juniors continue the next story in the life of Pondo. 

BUSINESS MEETING — Be sure to read Marie Sack- 
ett's reminders. 

BENEDICTION— Psalm 145:1-2. 



January 12, 1957 



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Koly and Pondo Go to Work 



By Miss Mary Emmert 



Nana's little sister, Yadoly, had come to live with 
her since the arrival of the twins. Taking care of twins 
complicated Nina's work so much that it was necessary 
to have someone to help her. Even Pondo was often 
asked to take care of one of the babies while his mother 
went to beat cassava roots into flour. 

But Pondo was not fond of staying home with the 
twins when his friends were out hunting field rats or 
having a good time in the stream, so he ran off when- 
ever possible. 

"It just seems that everything has gone wrong since 
the twins were born," Nana would say. "They surely 
are bad luck." 

In fact, anything bad that happened would all be 
blamed on the twins, where Yadoly stumbled and broke 
the water jar, or the leopard came in the night and 
killed the dog. By the time they were four, they were 
quite accustomed to being accused of whatever mis- 
fortune came to the family. 

Koly had been sent to work on the new road which 
the white man had ordered. Sambey had chosen him, 
together with a number of other villagers, for steady 
work on the road. Work day after day clearing the 
ground and chopping dirt was not to Koly's liking, 
especially without pay. But Sambey's word was law. 

"A white man's road is much work," he explained to 
his wives. "I don't like it." 

"Those twins," grumbled Kogara. "You have had 
nothing but hard luck ever since they were born." 

Nana could not say much as she had often remarked 
the same thing. It made her very angry, however, to 
hear Kogara say it, so she flung out: "Is that your af- 
fair? You've never had any children!" 

The taunt was too much. The quarrel that followed 
was long and bitter. Both of them talked at once and 
kept it up endlessly, never stopping to listen to what 
the other said. Koly walked away as was his habit. What 
was the use of ordering them to stop when they would 
not listen to him anyway? Pondo disappeared too. 

By evening, when they ventured to return, the 
wives had settled into a sullen silence. Koly ignored 
it philosophically and started talking about the guard. 

"That guard has taken a liking to me," he said. "He 
has made me a captain over the other men. Perhaps I 
shall get to be a big man." 

His family looked at him with a new respect; but 
they did not think of crediting the twins with the good 
luck, which would have been just as reasonable as 
blaming them with every misfortune. 

As time went on, Koly grew in favor with the 
guard, as he understood more and more the work of 
road building, and showed himself adapted to over- 
seeing a gang of workmen. The guard could leave the 
work in Koly's care while he went to inspect another 



part of the road. When he returned they invariably got 
together in the evenings and enjoyed a pot of beer. Soon 
they became very good cronies, and the beer flowed 
freely. 

The morning after one of these drinking bouts, Koly 
appeared much elated. "What do you think?" he 
bragged. "The guard has made me a big captain over 
the whole roadway, and I am to travel with him. You 
two are to be released from the village work, too. You 
will no longer need to work in Sambey's gardens." 

"Really?" Kogara exclaimed. "Do you suppose it 
could be true?" 

"He was probably drunk when he said it," chimed in 
Nana. They knew that all the village women had to 
work in the chief's garden. Even the chief's 20 wives 
were not exempt, except his first wife, of course; and 
then any woman with a tiny baby was also excused for 
six months or so; but it was almost too much to ex- 
pect that they would be relieved of all work for Sam- 
bey, and free to work in their own gardens all the time. 

"Oh, he means it all right," said Koly. "He has al- 
ready given the order to Sambey. When everyone is 
called together to report for work in the morning, you 
two just sit still. Do not go to the chief's doorway with 
the others." 

Nana and Kogara were delighted with their new 
freedom, and of course lost no time carrying the news 
to their friends. It made quite a stir in the village, and 
not a little envy among the other women. 

"They think they are madames!" the villagers said 
about them. This meant that they were privileged like 
the guard's wives, who did no work either. The guard's 
wives called themselves "madames," probably pattern- 
ing after some government official's wife they had 
seen in their travels. 

The guard and his wives were originally from a dis- 
tant colony where civilization of a sort had long since 
touched. They were the forerunners of the half under- 
stood and abused manners of the white man. 

"Theresa, the guard's first wife, wants you to work 
for her," Koly abruptly announced to Pondo one day. 
"You are to be a boy." 

"What is that?" asked Pondo. 

"She means you are to be her servant, to carry wood 
and water, to sweep and to work in her garden." 

"But that is woman's work," objected Pondo. 

"You know the guard's wives do not work. That is 
why they need a boy to do their work. It is a new way 
of doing things." 

"I do not want to be a slave of anyone," Pondo de- 
clared with feeling. 

"But she will give you clothes for your work. Think 
what a big man the white official's boy was. Besides, 
the guard may not like it if you refuse." 



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So Pondo was finally persuaded to serve as boy to 
Theresa. The thought of owning some real cloth was a 
big inducement, for he had worn nothing but a strip 
of bark cloth all his life. But the guard and his wives 
had cloth all over them; and even the chief, Sambey, 
had been given a blanket by the white man, which he 
proudly wore wrapped around him, the upper corners 
tied together back of his neck. 

It took some time for Pondo to overcome his dislike 
for steady work, for he had always been free to come 
and go as he pleased. But Theresa was kind to him, and 
he found that he still had many hours of free time. 
What he liked best about his job was that he daily 
learned many new things, and heard much of the outside 
world. 

One day when he was taking the heavy water jar 
off his head, and setting it in the corner, it slipped from 
his hands and broke like an egg shell. The water ran all 
over the dirt floor. Pondo expected to see a storm of 
abuse like that which he had often heard in his own 
home when anything was broken. But to his surprise, 
Theresa only said, "Nzapa ayeke" (God exists). 

The boy was puzzled. "Why did she not beat me, or 
at least scold me?" he thought. "What does she mean?" 
Finally he asked: "Who is Nzapa?" 

"Oh," she said, "don't you know? Why he is the One 
who hves up in the sky, and makes the rain come." 

That is all he heard about Nzapa that day, but he 
thought to himself: "Nzapa must be very good to keep 
me from getting a beating." 



A PIONEER MISSIONARY- 



MEET YOUR OFFICERS! 




Mrs. Leslie Moore, national pat- 
roness 

Mrs. Moore is the busy wife of 
one of our Brethren ministers. 
She lives in Meyersdale, Pa. She 
sort of mothers (counsels) all the 
officers and keeps them on their 
toes so they'll get everything done 
on time. 



Jeanette Turner, national editor 

Jeanette is a sophomore at 
Grace College. She edits all the 
material for publication each 
month. 





Mrs. Russell H. Weber, national 
assistant patroness 
Mrs. Weber is another busy 
wife of one of our Brethren min- 
isters, this time from Hagerstown, 
Md. Mrs. Weber's duties include 
overseeing the activities of the 
Junior SMM work, being re- 
sponsible for the SMM prayer 
pointers each month on the 
"Prayer pointers" page, and con- 
ducting the candlelight service at 
national conference. 



Charlotte Jobson 




Mrs. Jobson 



By Mrs. Don West 



One of our first missionaries to Africa is Mrs. Char- 
lotte Jobson. In 1921 she left for her field of service 
and she has spent 35 years of faithful witnessing there 
for her Lord and Saviour. 

Miss Charlotte Hillegas was 
born at Berlin, Pa., and 14 years 
later she was bom again, also in 
Berlin. As for plans for the fu- 
ture, she hoped to be a teacher 
and to fulfill those plans she at- 
tended Juniata College. She did 
fulfill those plans and taught in 
the primary grades awhile. She 
also attended the Moody Bible 
Institute. While attending Moody, 
the Lord called her to full-time 
service for Him in Africa. At first. 
Miss Hillegas struggled against this call, but finally 
yielded to the call of the Lord by reading from His 
Word, the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20) . . . "Go 
ye into all the world . . ." 

After her graduation from Moody, Miss Hillegas 
sailed for Africa. There was a few other missionaries 
saiUng at the same time also for Africa. One in par- 
ticular, who became very important to her, Orville 
Jobson. Needless to say, he was young and handsome. 
Mrs. Jobson recalls the voyage as most pleasant and the 
sunsets on the ocean most beautiful. Perhaps, these 
things meant more to her because of the one sharing 
them with her, at any rate these two young people found 
they had a lot of things in common and their friend- 
ship blossomed into courtship. They were married in 
Africa in 1922 and have faithfully served the Lord 
together there. 

Mrs. Jobson works with the women and girls there. 
The WMC and junior church she thinks is the most 
thrilling part of her work. Seeing souls accept the Lord 
and then watch them grow in grace and then serve Him 
is most gratifying. It takes much patience, and Mrs. 
Jobson thinks that perhaps that is the hardest part of 
all — to wait and watch. 

(When Mrs. Jobson returns to Africa for her next 
term, she will be taking supplies with her to organize 
a SMM in Africa; pray for her and our sisters over there 
that they might "do God's will" — Editor.) 



SISTERHOOD OFFICIARY 

President — Marie Sackett, Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. (Home: 
1010 Randolph St., Waterloo, Iowa). 

Vice President — Rachel Smithwick, R. R. 1, Harrah, Wash. 

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

Editor — Jeannette Turner, Winona Lake. Ind. (Home: Portis, Kans.). 

Treasurer — Florence Moeller, 1027 Franklin Street, Johnstown, Pa. 

Literature Secretary — Kathleen Ripple, 516 Fritsch Ave., Akron 12, 
Ohio. 

Bandage Secretary — Joyce Ashman, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Patroness — Mrs. H. Leslie Moore, 112 Beachley, St., Meyersdale, Pa. 

Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Russell Weber, 835 Spruce St., Hagers- 
town, Md. 



January 12, 1957 



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LANGUAGE^ 



By Mrs. Max Brenneman 



When we go to a circus, we see all kinds of wild 
animals that have been tamed. At home we are able 
to tame our pets. But in God's Word, James 3:8 tells 
us that "the tongue can no man tame." 

Girls, that red thing in your mouth called a tongue, 
which is the thing that helps you talk, is, according to 
the Bible, untamable. But whatever would we do with- 
out our tongue. 

God gave us our tongue to use in spreading His Word. 
And without our tongue we would be speechless. 

Too many times our tongues get out of control. They 
say things that are untrue or not nice. Oh, that when we 
girls speak, we could be proud of what comes out of 
our mouths! Our language is a spoken language. We 
must depend on our tongues to talk and be understood. 

Sometimes words are used by girls in their talking 
and they don't know what they are saying. And Chris- 
tian girls are guilty, too. 

The Bible tells us in Leviticus 19:12: "And ye shall 
not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane 
the name of thy God: I am the Lord." Did you know that 
some of the things you say are abbreviations of the 
name of God? When in saying them, you sin because 
the Bible says not to use His name in vain. 

Here are a few and their meanings: 

Gee — Jesus Heck — Hell 

Jeepers — Jesus Golly — God 

Gosh — God Lordy — Lord 

Dam — Damn Ye Gads — You God 

Now we as Christians have no business saying these 
words. God clearly tells us in Exodus 20:7: "Thou 
shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." 
And if we use any of this slang, we are hurting God 
by disobeying His commands. 

Also, the Lord gives us a command in Psalms 34:13: 
"Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speak- 
ing guile." Sometimes our tongues wag and what comes 
out is wrong — evil — and not true. Now if we have 
Christ in our hearts, our conversation will be Christ- 
like. Because in Luke 6:45 it says: "A good man out 
of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that 
which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure 
of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the 
abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." With 
Christ in our hearts there can be no evil. The old Devil 
tries to put evil things in our hearts, and when he suc- 
ceeds, unkind words, slang, gossip, untruths, etc., come 
out of our mouths every time. 

Proverbs 31:26 describes a wonderful Christian lady 
who lived in California. Never once can anyone re- 
call hearing her say one unkind word. Why? Because 
she had Christ in her heart — and out of the abundance 
of her Christlike heart, her mouth spoke. She never said 
anything about anyone unless it was something kind. 
Try that motto and see how many times you will have 
to stop talking. 

Surely our tongues and mouths should speak for 
Christ. He has done so much for us. Let us use our 
tongues — controlled by Christ — to spread the good news 
of salvation to those who have never heard. "Let your 
conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ" 
(Phil. 1:27). 




(For February 1957) 

NATIONAL PROJECT OFFERING DUE. This is 
the month that your offering for the National Project, 
a modern bath and central heating system for Missionary 
Residence in France is due. Our goal is $1,700. Are we 
going to reach it? We will if you send in your offering! 

SPRING CABINET MEETING. Now is the time to 
plan for your spring cabinet meeting and make plans 
for the summer months. This is one of your local organi- 
zation goals. 

JUNIORS AND MIDDLERS ONLY! Are you work- 
ing on your memorization of all the foreign missionaries' 
names and their fields? This is your own personal project 
and is new this year. The award is either the SMM sta- 
tionery or SMM scarf. 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

Pray for an increase in 
the offerings this year over 
last's year's goals. 

Pray for a love for each 
one of the girls in your 
Sisterhood this year, and 
for a unity bound by the 
love of Christ. 

Pray for each officer 
whose picture is printed 
this month. All are carry- 
ing loaded schedules and 
need your prayers to help 
them in Sisterhood work. 

Pray for the ones who 
are writing your lessons 
for the next year, that they 
may write exactly what 
God wants each SMM girl to study in the year's lessons. 




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HEWS 




JOHNSTOWN, PA. A record at- 
tendance for an evening ijervice was 
set Dec. 23 at the Riverside Breth- 
ren Church when 186 were present. 
Bruce Baker is pastor. 

AKRON, OHIO. Rev. Russell 
Ogden has tendered his resignation 
as the pastor of the Ireland Road 
Brethren Church, South Bend, Ind., 
and has accepted the call of the 
First Brethren Church of Akron, 
Ohio. 

LIMESTONE, TENN. There 
were 141 present recently for Sun- 
day school at the Vernon Brethren 
Church, which was 30 more than 
the yearly average. Harold Arring- 
ton is pastor. 

LANSING, MICH. The first 
communion service of the new Grace 
Brethren Church was conducted 
Dec. 16 with 23 participants. There 
were four present at the tables that 
had only recently accepted Christ, 
and three of these gave pubhc 
testimony. Richard Sellers is pastor. 



MODESTO, CALIF. New side- 
walk is to be laid in front of the Mc- 
Henry Avenue Grace Brethren 
Church, Raymond Thompson, pas- 
tor. 

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. 
A record attendance for a local 
communion service was set Dec. 16 
at the Grace Brethren Church with 
77 present. Lyle Marvin is pas- 
tor. 

WINCHESTER, VA. The Mid- 
Atlantic youth rally was held Jan. 
4-5 at the First Brethren Church. 
Arnold R. Kriegbaum was guest 
speaker at the banquet Jan. 5. Paul 
Dick was host pastor. 

GRANDVIEW, WASH. The 

average Sunday-school attendance 
for the new First Brethren Church 
here was 77 for the month of De- 
cember. Robert Griffith is pastor. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. Glenn 
O'Neal, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church has passed his final oral ex- 
mination for a Ph.D. degree from 
the graduate school of the University 
of Southern California in the speech 
department. Congratulations to Dr. 
Glenn O'Neal. 

SAN GABRIEL, CALIF. Walter 
Polman, the father of Rev. Leo 
Polman, departed from this life Dec. 
20 to be with his Lord. Christian 
sympathies are extended to the Pol- 
man family. 




Executive Editor ....Arnold R. Kriegbaum 
WLnona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDnORS 

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. The ninth An- 
nul Christian Writer's Conference 
will be conducted Jan. 24-26 at 108 
N. Dearborn, in the spacious quar- 
ters of the Christian Business Men's 
Committee Building, in the heart of 
the Chicago loop. For information 
write to Christian Writer's Institute, 
33 Wacker Drive, Chicago 6, 111. 

TAUQUITZ PINES, CALIF. 
The Winter-Snow Conference wiU 
be held here Feb. 1-3. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 
foundation and rough plumbing is 
in for the new North Long Beach 
Brethren Church. The concrete slabs 
have been poured. George Peek is 
pastor. 

GLENDALE, CALIF. A special 
telephone-prayer circle, in which 
special requests will be cared for, 
has been organized by the WMC of 
the First Brethren Church. Gerald 
Polman is pastor. 



GRACE ALUMNI BIBLE CONFERENCE 

January 21-24 

at 

GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

BAUMAN MEMORIAL LECTURES BY DR. O. D. JOBSON 

Special Missionary Feature Every Night 



January 12, 7957 



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THE BOARD ON MINISTERIAL RELIEF, INC. 



By Russell H. Weber 
Secretary-Treaurer 

As early as 1947, a recommen- 
dation was adopted at our national 
conference to "Appoint a board for 
the purpose of forming a non-profit 
corporation to solicit, receive and 
disburse funds," to meet the need 
of our "aged and incapacitated min- 
isters." A little over two years later, 
on November 8, 1949, the articles 
of incorporation were approved and 
filed with the Secretary of State of 
the State of Indiana. Thus your 
Board on Ministerial Relief, at the 
direction of the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches, came 
into being. 

THE PURPOSE 

The purpose of the Board is "to 
have funds available to aid the 
ministers of the NFBC, when they 
face a crisis, or when they reach an 
age when they can no longer earn a 
livelihood in the active pastorate." 
The Word of God instructs the peo- 
ple of God to care for the needs of 
those who preach the Gospel (I Cor. 
9:7-14, et. al.). 

THE PLAN 

The plan of your Board is briefly, 
"That the Board on Ministerial Re- 
lief be permitted to ask the churches 
of our brotherhood to contribute 3 
percent and the ministers of our 
fellowship to contribute 1 percent 
on the basis of the pastor's salary." 
(Adopted in the national conference 
1950.) This plan is designed to 
have every church and every pastor 
in the NFBC cooperating. We have 
not nearly reached this goal. Of the 
160 churches in our fellowship, we 
have only had 100 churches to co- 
operate in the plan, and of the 100 
churches, only about 40 have paid 
into the fund during the year 1956. 
Another interesting figure is that 
only 40 ministers are cooperating in 
the plan. Brethren, if your Board on 
Ministerial Relief is to succeed in 
its work, you — the churches and 
ministers of our fellowship — will 



need to give us your cooperation. 

YOUR BOARD AND 
SOCIAL SECURITY 

The greatest decline in coopera- 
tion from our churches and pastors 
has come since the social security 
laws have been broadened to cover 
ministers who may choose to have 
social-security coverage. However, 
we feel that both our churches and 
our pastors are not fully considering 
all the implications to the work of 
our Board. In the first place, the 
Board on Ministerial Relief, is a 
Board designed to meet several 
needs that are not covered by So- 
cial Security under any circum- 
stance. (1) We have an emergency 
fund from which we are able to help 
our ministers who, at any age, face a 
crisis; social security benefits are 
paid only when the applicant reaches 
the age of 65. (2) Some of our min- 
isters are conscientiously opposed to 
Social Security, and we ought to 
respect their convictions. (3) All 
funds, in excess of the amount 
needed for operation, are invested 
with the Brethren Investment Foun- 
dation, and help in the building of 
new Brethren churches. It might 
prove interesting to attempt to se- 
cure a loan from the social security 
fund to build a Brethren church! 

Under the social security laws for 
a minister, he is considered a self- 
employed person, and, by law, he is 
required to pay his own social se- 
curity payments. A church that as- 
sumes the social security payments 
for its pastor is, in the first place, 
violating the law, and secondly, is 
failing to meet its obligation to all 
our ministers. There is, however, no 
objection on the part of the gov- 
ernment, to raising a pastor's salary 
to enable him to make his social se- 
curity payments. We would heartily 
endorse such gestures, but we 
strongly encourage all our churches 
to see that we have a definite re- 
sponsibility to our ministers as a 
group, and not only to individual 
pastors. 

We are sorry that sometimes the 
pastors encourage their churches to 



discontinue their cooperation with 
our Board. From a letter from a 
church in Pennsylvania, we have the 
following: "In July 1955, our for- 
mer pastor, , de- 
cided to go on social security and 
terminate the minister's plan. There- 
fore, our church is now paying 
toward the pastor's social security 
instead of Ministerial Relief Fund. 

Our present pastor, , 

chose the social security plan rather 
than the minister's plan, . . . our 
church has not been, and will not 
be, contributing to the Ministerial 
Relief Fund." We heartily com- 
mend every church that endeavors to 
care for its pastor, but why not in- 
clude the Board on Ministerial Re- 
lief even if the pastor does not co- 
operate? In a letter from a Cali- 
fornia church, the following is 
noted: "May I quote from the min- 
utes of the quarterly business meet- 
ing held November 1, 1954: 'A mo- 
tion was made, seconded and passed 
to discontinue the participation in 
the Ministerial Relief Fund.' This 
decision was reached following a dis- 
cussion which, while bringing out 
the worthiness of such a fund, called 
attention to the fact that the present 
pastor was not participating in the 
plan." Are we to understand that 
our churches do not feel an obliga- 
tion to our pastors, who for the most 
part, are paid less than the average 
wage earner? 

At present three pastors and two 
pastor's widows are receiving a 
total of S230, per month from the 
Board. There may be others, who, 
in the future, will be eligible for 
benefits; must we say to them: "We 
are sorry, but the churches have not 
seen fit to provide the necessary 
funds, and we cannot help you"? 

We urge every church, and every 
pastor, to consider thoroughly the 
work of the Board. "Look not every 
man on his own things, but every 
man also on the things of others." 
We need your cooperation; the 
Board and its future rests with you. 
Any questions or suggestions are 
welcomed by the Board. 



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LJND US YOUR HAND/ 

W/omLfEUOwswp OF B/?£rmm Laymen 

jc^^ t 

THEME FOR 1957— UNITED FOR SOUL-WENNING 




LAYMEN IN THE 

NEWS 

Palmyra, Pa. A new laymen's 
group has been organized here with 
Richard McCarthy as president; 
Earl Cassel, vice president; Jesse 
Gingrich, secretary, and Albert Cus- 
ter, treasurer. The first meeting of 
the newly organized North Atlantic 
District Laymen's organization will 
be held here February 28, 1957. 

Stoystown, Pa. Seventeen men 
were present for the organization 
of a new laymen's group in this 
home-mission church. The new offi- 
cers are: president, Carl L. Rice; 
vice president, Elmer T. Steckman; 
secretary, James G. Steckman; 
treasurer, James G. Kimmel. These 
men have already formed a Crusade 
band with a full program of visiting 
and soul- winning with an active gos- 
pel team witnessing at the county 
jail. They also hold a men's prayer 
meeting each Saturday evening in 
Pastor Arthur F. Collins' study. 

Ebensburg, Pa. There were 32 
men present for the first meeting of 
the newly organized East Fellowship. 
Rev. Ray Streets of Emanuel Bap- 
tist Church, Johnstown, was speaker. 
A nice offering was received for 
the Student Aid Fund. 

Fremont, Ohio. The men are very 
active here in Crusade work, visiting 
and soul-winning. Mr. John Kope, 
who was recently saved out of 
Catholicism, is their secretary. Rev. 
Gordon Bracker is pastor. 

Elkhart, Ind. The men here have 
just completed installing a new ceil- 
ing in their church, which has 
proved a great benefit in insulating 
the building. Brother Glenn A. 
Cripe is president of their men's 
group. Rev. Lowell Hoyt is pastor. 

Hagerstown, Md. The laymen at 
Calvary Brethren are very active 
in gospel team work at the local 
Rescue Mission. Rev. Jack Peters is 
pastor. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM 
FOR FEBRUARY 

Opening Hymns — "Jesus Saves"; 
"Bring Them In." 

Scripture — Acts 1:1-11. 

Prayer Time — Receive prayer re- 
quests and pray for unsaved men 
in your community, also for re- 
vival. 

Hymn — "Only A Sinner." 

As this is Evangelistic Crusade 

Month, have someone, or several 



men, give personal testimonies of 
blessing they have received from per- 
sonal work or gospel team work. 
Business Session (keep this very 

brief). 

Lift offering for Board of Evan- 
gelism, noting that our goal is 

$6,000. 
20-minute Bible study — Mark 2:1-5. 
Closing Hymn — "Win Them One 

By One." 
Closing Prayer. 



Topic: Bring Them In From the Field of Sin 

A 20-minute Bible study From Mark 2:1-5 



The churches of today that are 
reaching the lost are using the 
method of providing legs for the 
paralyzed (Mark 2:3). In the 20 
cases of healing in the four Gos- 
pels only four or five came on their 
own, the rest were brought or ac- 
companied by others. "Go to 
church" is not a Bible slogan for 
sinners, but, "Go to sinners" is the 
Bible summons to believers (Luke 
14:23). The Bible method is "Go 
ye" (Mark 16:15), "Go home to 
thy friends" (Mark 5:19), "Goeth 
forth" (Ps. 126:6). Paul used the 
house-to-house visitation method 
(Acts 20:20). The Christians in The 
Acts "in every house, they ceased 
not to teach and preach Jesus 
Christ" (Acts 5:42). In Mark 2:4 
of a quartet, so to speak, "raised 
the roof" in order to get a man saved. 
It was not the crowd (Luke 5:17- 
19) that helped get a man saved that 
day. Many were selfish bench-warm- 
ers who had no thought of bringing 
others. The frantic efforts of four 
burdened soul-winners helped Jesus 
to get a hard case saved (Mark 2:5). 

To pray for sinners and not go 
after them is dishonest. Compassion 
that is genuine leads to action. "No 
prayer is sincere unless we do our 
utmost to get our prayer answered." 
Christ's healing of the paralytic man 



actually laid in the hands of his 
friends (Mark 2:5). 

In Mark 2: 1 it was advertised that 
Jesus "was in the house." Jesus 
"preached the Word" with convict- 
ing power (Mark 2:2; Jer. 23:29). 
"The power of the Lord was present 
..." (Luke 5:17). A soul was saved 
because four men cooperatively 
worked hard to bring him. Sinners 
do not take the initiative to get 
themselves saved. Four people can 
get one to Jesus when one cannot. 
It takes extreme measures and an 
"all-out" effort to get people saved. 
A willingness to break up a roof for 
Jesus and pay for it will get some- 
body saved. Plenty of people are 
willing to do church work, but the 
soul- winners are few (Luke 10:2). 
The miracle-working Saviour is 
waiting for us to do our part (Isa. 
45:11), and He will do the rest. If 
we bring the sinners to Jesus, Jesus 
will not fail to do the rest (John 1 : 
42, 45, 49). 

With Jesus, salvation of the soul 
came before healing of the body 
(Mark 2:5-12). Unfortunately, some 
people seem to be interested :tn 
healing only and do not care for sal- 
vation. Forgiveness was first, and 
to the gainsayers, the healing of the 
paralytic was proof, and as com- 
pared to a soul, nobody's possessions 
or business matters (Mark 5:10-17). 



January 12, 1957 



29 



y$ ike oiole Kea^CHable! 



Reason is the mental faculty in 
man which enables him to deduce 
inferences from facts and to thereby 
distinguish between right and wrong. 
The act of reasoning is the exercise 
of this faculty. Much could be 
gained if we made full use of this 
faculty and did not jump to con- 
clusions before we had considered 
(or reasoned) all the facts. This is 
especially true in our thoughts 
about God, creation, eternity and 
the Bible. In this short article I 
would like to present some facts 
about the Bible and you may exer- 
cise your power of reasoning. 

The Bible is known as the world's 
best seller. More Bibles are sold 
than any other book, however, it 
really is the world's most neglected 
book. It is used to keep family rec- 
ords, as a flower press, newspaper 
clipping file and as a sort of psy- 
chological prop to have laying 
around. It has many other uses and 
some people even read it and study 
it. But — what is it? Is it fiction? Is 
it just good literature? Is it history? 
Is it mythical or truth? Let us ask 
the Bible itself. It claims to be the 
Word of God — a message or letter 
from our Creator to us. Giving the 
Bible its correct place in our lives is 
a vital necessity and our eternal 
destiny hinges on this question. Most 
all people will agree that the Bible 
has something to do with God, and 
if you pin them down, they will ad- 
mit that they think it is God's Word 
to man. It is only reasonable to be- 
lieve that. 

Why did He find it necessary to 
give us this Book? There may be 
many answers to this question. Per- 
haps He had some information He 
wanted us to have. Maybe He 
wanted us to know why we were 
created and placed on this earth. 
Maybe He has a great plan for us in 
which we may have a part. Yes; we 
would receive many answers to this 
question, some good and some not 
so good, but, isn't it only reasonable 
to again look into this Book He 
gave us for the answer? 

Let us imagine that you are man- 



By Mr. Rex Morris 
Mansfield, Ohio 



aging a distant farm for me and I 
would write you a letter containing 
instructions as to how I wanted the 
fields planted and how to do many 
other jobs around the farm. Could 
you possibly follow my instructions 
if you never opened the letter? No, 
of course not. 

Therefore, isn't it only reason- 
able to open God's letter to us and 
find out what He wants us to know? 
I have a machinists handbook which 
is full of information on mechani- 
cal procedures and mathematical 
formula. Now, I believe that it is 
correct and the information given is 
right, but unless I open the book 
and follow the instructions given, 1 
cannot solve my mechanical prob- 
lems. From these few simple ex- 
amples we can logically conclude 
(reason) that by just believing some- 
thing is correct doesn't mean a thing 
unless we make use of the infor- 
mation given. So it is with our 
Bible. Many believe that it is God's 
Word and that it is good and correct, 
but unless you know what is in- 
side and act on the information God 
has provided, your belief is in vain. 

The Bible is full to the very brim 
with information. Any persona! 
problem can be answered from it. It 
tells you how to rear your children, 
how to treat your husband or wife, 
how to get along with your fellow 
man; but most importantly, it tells 
us why we are here and what God 
expects of us. God makes definite 
promises and will prove himself to 
us if we follow His plan. So I would 
like to ask you: Isn't it only reason- 
able to try Him out on His promises? 
Shake the clippings, locks of hair, 
pressed roses and such out of life's 
recipe Book and check up on God's 
promises. See with your own eyes 
what is said within. Surely, some- 
thing this important should not come 
second hand. This is God writing to 
yoM. 

If the reason for this earth beine 



created and you being placed here 
is revealed by the One who caused 
it all, then this letter He has written 
to you must be of the utmost impor- 
tance and merits your careful con- 
sideration. In the Book of Isaiah, 
chapter 1, verse 18, 1 quote: "Come, 
let us reason together, saith the 
Lord: though your sins be as scar- 
let, they shall be as white as snow." 
God was pleading with a neglectful 
people, who had gone far astray 
from His purpose, to reason with 
Him. Today, He is pleading with 
those of us who neglect Him and 
leave Him out of our lives to come 
and reason with Him. How? 
Through His written and proclaimed 
Word and the witness of His serv- 
ants. 

Bible reading can be very dry and 
boring or it can be very exciting and 
enlightening. Behind every story, 
parable, prophecy and chapter there 
are many great truths and lessons 
along with much vital information. 
For example, we will take the story 
of the mad man, or lunatic, who, 
when Jesus landed on the coast of 
Gadara, came running to Him to 
be cured. He (the Bible tells us) 
pas possessed of many demons. Now, 
you and I cannot see demons, but 
God says they exist and this man 
was possessed of many demons. 
When Jesus ordered the demons to 
come out of the man, they pleaded 
with Him to be cast into a nearby 
herd of pigs. So this He did and 
the pigs stampeded and ran into the 
sea where they drowned. The 
story goes on from here and says 
that the swineherders ran into tiie 
town and told what had happened 
and many people came out to see 
for themselves. They saw this mad 
man, of whom they were afraid, 
sitting among the disciples clothed, 
cleaned up, calm and completely 
healed (Luke 8:26-39). They also 
saw the drowned pigs and then they 
came to Jesus and asked Him to 
leave their land! Let us stop here and 
go back and analyze our story so 
:^ar. 

What is this story about? Why 



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did God put this in His book? How 
can it apply to us? What is God try- 
ing to get across to us? We can just 
visualize Jesus and His followers 
coming ashore and this sick man 
coming to Him for healing, but 
what was a large herd of pigs doing 
here in the country of Jews who by 
Moses Law were forbidden to keep, 
raise, eat oir have anything to do 
with pigs? There must have been 
a reason for them, so we must put 
two and two together. The whole 
country was at that time occupied 
by Caesars troops who could eat 
whatever they pleased and brought 
provisions from the Jews. They, no 
doubt, liked pork and the Jews of 
Gadara had hired some outsiders, 
probably Greeks, to herd swine for 
them. They (the Jews) provided the 
money for the deal and took of the 
profits. By going about it in a sort 
of "around the bush" manner they 
foolishly thought they were outwit- 
ting God. They had a large invest- 
ment in those pigs and here comes 
this Jesus who caused their illegal 
enterprise to be completely de- 
stroyed. Jesus had performed a great 
miracle before their very eyes and 
all they could see was lost pigs. They 
didn't like that so they asked Jesus 
to leave. 

I am sure that God didn't intend 
this story to be used just to show up 
those poor money-blinded Jews, but 
we can apply it to our own lives and 
to many others who let money, pride, 
or position so blind our spidtua! 
lives that we cannot see the wonder- 
ful things of God. The rest of the 
story tells about the healed man 
begging Jesus to let him go with 
Him. He loved Jesus and wanted to 
be where He was, but he was not 
permitted to go. Jesus told him to re- 
turn to his own people and to iell 
them of his miraculous cure. 

The Bible is the Word of God. Hs 
caused it to be written for a definits 
reason and every word was given for 
a purpose. It is only reasonable to 
believe this. Without God and His 
Word life is just a footrace of sur- 
vival while we gather material de- 
sires in a frantic effort to satisfy the 
cravings of a sinful nature. If there 
is a way through this life where you 
can rise above the daily conflicts 
and emotional strain into the real 
purpose of God for your life. 



God's Plea for 

EVANGELISM 



By Scott Weaver 
Chairman, Board of Evangelism 



In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 
we hear the Lord speaking to seven 
local churches. ■ Each of these 
churches represent a different period 
in church history. The church of 
Laodicea would be our own church 
age. God tells us two things con- 
cerning the lethargy of our day. He 
first describes the churches; ihen 
makes a plea for repentance. 

The Lord knows the awful condi- 
tion of the church today. We would 
make ourselves believe that God is 
only speaking about the modernistic 
churches, but somehow I feel H; is 
describing many of our Brethren 
churches. It isn't that we are not 
preaching the Gospel, but rather we 
aren't hving it. Our lives are empty 
and shallow, and we are trying to 
make the poor lost world feel that 
we have something to offer them. 
Our plea is that men are blind and 
don't see their need of salvation. 

Jesus speaks of this present 
church age in exactly the same v/ay 
— "blind." The Brethren Church 
today is blind, for we have lost our 
vision for souls. All the time we 
boast of our churches and materia! 
goods, we are poor and wretched, 
for souls are not being saved. Our 
greatest need in these dark days is 
to see our own miserable condition, 
repent, and regain our burden for 
lost souls. The church that has no 
burden is the church that is dead! 

The Brethren Church needs the 
eyesalve that the Lord spoke of in 
Revelation 3:18. The church does 
not have to be in such a miserable 
condition. It is entirely up to God's 
people, for He has told us what to 



do. It takes a humble spirit to find 
ourselves before God's throne of 
grace confessing our sin and crying 
out for a burden for lost souls. 

The flesh would tell us not to 
worry, things are not so bad. Yet, 
our records show that about one- 
third of our churches are showing 
losses instead of gain each year. 
Many of our churches do not have 
baptistries, and many that do have 
them never use them because souls 
are not being saved. What is wrong? 
"I know thy works, that thou are 
neither cold nor hot: I would thou 
wert cold or hot. So then because 
thou are lukewarm, and neither cold 
nor hot, I will spue thee out of my 
mouth. Because thou sayest, I am 
rich and increased with goods and 
have need of nothing; and knowest 
not that thou are wretched, and 
miserable, and poor, and blind, and 
naked" (Rev. 3:15-17). 

After God deals with coldness 
and gives the rem.edy for their con- 
dition; then He offers an invitadon 
to poor lost sinners. "Behold, I stand 
at the door, and knock: if any man 
hear my voice, and open the door, I 
will come in to him, and will sup 
with him, and hs with me" (Rev. 3: 
20). 

Men who are lost in sin will never 
hear God's knocking at their hearts 
door as long as we are living cold 
and indifferent lives. We need re- 
viva! and God wants us to expe- 
rience it. However, it does cost some- 
thing. The vital question that we 
need to ask ourselves is: Are we 
willing to pay the price? The cost is: 
confession, prayer, witnessing, 
sweat, and tears, followed by a godly 
life. This is God's will for the Breth- 
ren Church in these last days. 



January 12, 1957 



31 



Floating off to sleep was a de- 
lightful experience to a weary, 
weary mother. This was to be just 
a catnap because >t was about vime 
for the evening meal, and the babies 
had to be bedded down before 
church time. In spite of its brevity. 
Mother reveled in every precious 
moment. Six hours a night do not 
always meet her sleep requirements. 

Relaxing has always been 
Mother's long suit. As she lay on the 
bed "unwinding" the taut nerves 
and knotty muscles she reflected 
that this was a good time for her 
to be lazy — if there ever is a good 
time for such a state of affairs in the 
life of any mother. The children were 
all outdoors; it was such ;a lovely 
day. Daddy sat in ihe jiving room 
with his nose in a book, oblivious to 
the world around him. 

A panoramic parade wafted 
across Mother's mind. "How are Bob 
and his precious Betty doing this 
Sunday afternoon far away in In- 
diana?" she asked herself. "If only 
I could see Betty's sweet, slow 
smile, and hear Bob laugh over some 
cute trick of Mark's. I could ap- 
preciate one of those hard, quick 
hugs from that first born, too. The 
five months since their marriage has 
gone on wings in one respect, but 
have seemed like an eternity with- 
out having seen them. How I love 
that boy!" 

Mother's thoughts naturally 
turned next to her Bill. In her half 
sleep she smiled, and fancied she 
heard his deep voice say: "I'm cer- 
tainly glad you gave me the name of 
'Bill.' " "But your name is not 
really Bill," Mother heard herself 
insist. "On all official documents and 
for any important signatures you 
will always have to sign yourself 
'William Ward.' " "I know. Mother. 
But otherwise I'll always be just 
plain Bill." 

"You will never be 'just plain 
Bill' to me," Mother tried to tell this 
dear son as she lay half-dreaming, 
half-sleeping. "Oh Bill, if only you 



could feel the outreach of your 
Mother's heart as she prays for you, 
and with longing tenderness yearns 
over you. I cherish every precious 
moment of those times when you 
and I exchanged sweet spiritual fel- 
lowship, or laughed together over 
some mutual experience, or helped 
each other over some rough spot 
along life's road. Yes, Son; you've 
helped me more than once as you 
matured in love and understanding 
for me. I'd love to tell you so now, 
my Boy, but I am sure you know I 
love you and miss you more as each 
day goes by. 

"Do you miss us as much as we 
miss you. Bill? Of course you do, 
but you cannot afford the luxury of 
too much sentiment as you buckle 



T^OOF 



Afrs. J^abe/-/Af///er 




DREAMS 



down to the man-sized job of earn- 
ing your way through college. But 
as you discipline your mind to the 
rigors of higher learning you'll not 
relegate all sentiment to your 
Mother, will you? Keep a little 
corner of your heart for the culti- 
vation of sentiment's flowers be- 
cause then you will always be ap- 
proachable, and will develop a 
character of strong and lovable 
understanding." 

"Are you 'fleeping,' Mommie?" 
"Go away, please. Don't you 
know I'm talking to Bill and am 'lot 
un-" 

"Are you 'fleeping,' Mommie?" 
What were those pricks Mother was 
feeling all over her arms? Now 



someone was patting her face. 
Slowly, reluctantly she was being 
called back into the present and the 
needs of her seven children yet at 
home. 

"Are you 'fleeping,' Mommie?" 
The voice was Mark's. Mother 
raised herself groggily on her right 
elbow, wondering all the while 
where this three-year-old had come 
from. Pointing to the door with her 
free hand, the "Lady of Dreams" 
ordered her young son from the 
room without a word. Evidently her 
motions were imperious enough, for 
the little fellow knew his presence 
wasn't appreciated. He left the 
room in dignified disgust. 

Once in the living room Mark 
headed for Daddy, mumbling all the 
while about Mama. The latter was 
now thoroughly aroused by 
Daddy's hearty laugh as he called: 
"What did you do to your young 
son? He's been mumbling some- 
thing quite beyond my ken — except 
that you seem to be the villain." 

Joining Daddy in laughter. 
Mother entered the living room and 
tried to "butter up" the little fel- 
low as she told Daddy of her un- 
finished dream conversation with 
Bill which Mark had put to an 
abrupt end when he awakened her. 

"There doesn't seem to be much 
room in life for your dreams, Dear. 
Apparently Mark has no respect 
for them. I don't know how he 
slipped past me into the bedroom." 

"That's alright. Honey. I must 
get the youngsters a bite to eat if we 
are to be ready at church time. And 
about my dreams, Robert Miller, 
may I disagree to the point of say- 
ing that the dreams of my heart can- 
not be denied? My dreams would be 
frightfully limited if 1 only had them 
when I sleep. But dreams otherwise 
— well, they are the stuff my life is 
made of. You have helped fulfill 
some of my dreams, and have been 
the cause of the crash and untimely 
death of others — lest you become 
too smug. 

"Dreams may not be considered 
practical by you logical and level 
headed men, but to me they are 
stronger than TNT. When I dream 
about being an overcomer, I do so 
on the basis of "I can do all things 
through Christ who strengtheneth 
me" (Phil. 4:13). 



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January 72, 7957 



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EDITORIALS 



By L. L GRUBB 



Which Way, America? 

Nations face new decisions and new years, as well 
as individuals. With the advent of a new year our own 
America is facing new decisions in many realms. Our 
foreign policy; our social, political and economic prob- 
lems are many. But the worst problem facing us as a 
nation is the spiritual problem. In fact, most of our other 
problems stem from the fact that we have failed to at- 
tend to the spiritual needs of our country. It is time to 
do some retrospecting and to objectively face these 
issues which have caused us so much national diffi- 
culty. Which way will America take this year? 

There are Only two Choices 

America can continue as she has been doing for two 
decades and longer, losing spiritually with immorality, 
crime and godlessness sweeping her borders like a 
flood. Or, she can begin to fear God and to regard His 
Son, Jesus Christ, as the only answer to our national 
problems. There is no middle ground in this matter. 
Failure to make a clear, distinct choice will simply 
result in a continued degeneration of American cul- 
ture and civilization. One of our basic difficulties has 
been that those in authority and many average Ameri- 
cans have been endeavoring to evade the awful truth 
and even when squarely facing the truth have been 
unwiUing to accept the fact that Christ and He alone is 
the answer to our problems. America must make a 
choice this year! 

The Lessons of History 

Archeologists and historians tell us that 16 civiliza- 
tions have been born, have matured and then passed 
from the face of the earth. Even though not many of 
these scholars are willing to admit the promiscuous sin 
was the average basic cause for the failure of these 
civilizations, this is the truth. When men become slaves 
to the "flesh" and think of nothing but the lustful satis- 
faction of their own desires God gives them up to these 
things and ultimately they are devoured by their own 
sin (Rom. 1). Will America be next on this list of na- 
tions and civilizations fearfully judged by a holy God? 
Is she destined for an early decease? Can we expect 
God, the thrice-holy One, to overlook indefinitely the 
growing sin and unbelief in America? Some feel that 
they are being justifiably optimistic by expecting this. 
But God says: "The wicked shall be turned into hell, 
and all the nations that forget God" (Ps. 9:17). If God 
is true to His Word, and He must be true to His Word 
in order to remain God, then America is headed for 
disaster unless she repents of her sins and turns back to 
God. 

The Church's Responsibility 

Nations are composed of individuals and not of in- 
animate objects. It is the individual American in each 



realm of life who has defied God and who is re- 
sponsible for this precarious national position under 
God's wrath. He is shaping the destiny of this most im- 
portant nation in God's world. 

But, to a very great extent the opinions and attitudes 
of these average Americans are shaped by the church. 
Many of the reported 33 million Roman Catholics in 
America will follow the voice of the church in practi- 
cally all matters pertaining to their daily lives. Is the 
Roman Catholic Church giving its constituents what 
they need to overcome the inherent sin of man? Are they 
actually directing these millions of Catholic souls 
to the Saviour? What about the other 67 million church 
members called Protestants? Included are Buddists, 
Jews, many different cults, religious beliefs and shades 
of all types many of whom deny the deity of Christ. 
There are neo-orthodox, modernists, liberals, evan- 
gelicals, fundamentaUsts until the average man who is 
in no sense a theologian is so confused in his religious 
thinking that he says: "What's the use, I don't under- 
stand all this jargon. I give up!" 

What are these 100 million church members getting 
by way of real spiritual help? What about the addi- 
tional 65 to 70 million people in America who have no 
religious affiliation whatever? 

It is the certain responsibility of the church to open 
the Bible, the Word of God and to make its truth 
clear and understandable first of all to its own mem- 
bers. Then those members should proclaim the mes- 
sage everywhere to those who have never heard the 
story of God's love in Christ. 

The problem is that the church has not properly dis- 
charged its responsibility to God or to Americans be- 
cause in so many quarters it has perverted the calling and 
purpose of God. God made this matter very clear. 
"Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the 
Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name" 
(Acts 15:14). It is God's purpose to gather out from 
all men of all times "a people for his name." This is the 
true church of our Lord Jesus Christ, His bride 
and His body. It is composed of all of those who are 
truly bom again (John 3:3). The sovereign God has 
also arranged the process through which this pur- 
pose should be accomplished. In the words of Jesus 
Christ just before He ascended into heaven we find the 
formula. ". . . ye shall be witnesses unto me both in 
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto 
the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8). 

The question is clear. How many churches in America 
are preaching this gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? 
There is an extremely grave and serious responsibility 
resting upon each pastor, each church, and upon each 
child of God to be true to the message and to its 
Author. 

Only then will America be able to make the right de- 
cision which may save her from the visitation of God's 
wrath because of sin! 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER 3 

ARNOLD R. KRrEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Issxied weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. $3.00 a .year; 100-percent churches, $2.50; foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors; Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Sehaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, 
Thomas Harrmiers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum. ex officio. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Our Brethren Jewish Work 



By Bruce L. Button 



It is with praise to God tliat we dedicate this first 
home-mission issue of 1957 to the Brethren Jewish 
mission work. The Lord has blessed in such a marvelous 
way the establishing of the Brethren Messianic Witness 
that we want to bring some of these blessings to you who 
have so faithfully prayed and given to its support. We 
thank you for your support in the past and beseech you 
to continue in 1957. The seed is being sown by faith- 
ful missionaries and the harvest will come. (Ed.) 

Each year it is my privilege to contact some of our 
Brethren churches relative to the Brethren Jewish 
work. At such times Brethren people ask questions 
concerning our ministry, the area wherein we min- 
ister, and the people to whom we minister. May I take 
a few minutes of your time and hst some pertinent 
facts concerning these phases of the Brethren Jewish 
work? 

Our Ministry: 

The Brethren Jewish mission became activated on 
January 2, 1950, with the ringing of the doorbell at 459 
North Alford Street, Los Angeles 48, Calif. This does 
not mean there was no previous Brethren interest in 
Jewish missions, for Brethren have always been in- 
terested in giving forth the gospel to the Jew first, and 
also to the gentile. It does mean, however, this was to 
be the first attempt of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches to reach the Jew for Christ through 
one of its own denominational mission boards. Almost 
a year and a half earlier The Brethren Home Missions 
Council had decided to retain Mrs. Button and me 
as its representatives to Israel. Upon completion of my 
seminary training with the fall term of 1948, I spent 
months receiving instructions in the field of Jewish 
evangelism and missions in several of our larger cities. 

September of 1949 found me in the city of Los 
Angeles investigating the possibility of establishing 
a Brethren Jewish work in the Fairfax district, a Jewish 
community. Upon finding this community of over 125,- 
000 Jewish people located in an area of 30 by 30 
city blocks and without any Jewish mission testimony, 
it was decided to establish the first Brethren Jewish mis- 
sion here. A property in the center of this area was 
purchased. It was located at 469 North Kings Road. 
The house, a seven-room residence with double garage, 
was to provide housing for the mission family, as well 
as offices and meeting place for the mission work. Mrs. 
Button and I along with our family arrived on the field 
December 22, 1949, and on January 2, 1950, the work 
was activated. The work proceeded with this staff until 
April of 1951. At this time Miss Isobel Fraser joined 
the mission staff. There have been no additions to the 
staff since that time. 

It might be well to state here that the Brethren Mes- 
sianic Witness is not connected with any other Jewish 
mission in any way. The Brethren Messianic Witness 
is controlled directly by the Board of Directors of The 



Brethren Home Missions Council. The support of this 
Brethren Jewish work is obtained from funds which are 
sent to the Brethren Home Missions Council designated 
"Brethren Jewish Work." It is needless to say that sup- 
port can only be obtained from Brethren people be- 
cause of the denominational affiliation of the work. 

The Area Wherein We Minister: 

The area comprises a great part of western Los 
Angeles. There are approximately 900 city blocks in the 
Fairfax area. When the Brethren Jewish mission was 
established, there were about 125,000 Jewish people 
living in the area. There were no resident Jewish mis- 
sions and only sporatic attempts were made by one or 
two missions located in other sections of Los Angeles 
to reach the Jews of Fairfax. Since the estabUshment 
of our mission, the Jewish population of the area has 
increased until there are now over 200,000 Jews living 
in this area. This increase was made possible by the 
gentile exodus from the Fairfax area and by the many 
apartment buildings that have been built on vacant 
ground or have replaced single unit dwellings. Within 
the last two years other Jewish missions have vindi- 
cated the judgment of locating the Brethren Jewish work 
in Fairfax in that they have left the sections of the city 
where they have been located for years and, following 
the Jewish people, have moved to the Fairfax area. Of 
Fairfax it can be truly said: "A gentile looks out of 
place." 

The People to Whom We Minister: 

The people to whom we minister are the most im- 
portant part of the Brethren Messianic Witqess. They 
are the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Many of them 
have been contacted many times. We are soon able to 
tell the ones who will show any interest. Those who 
will hsten as we call house to house are usually the 
ones we can return to and gain an entrance for a sin- 
cere discussion concerning Messiah, His identity and 
work. It is from this group that we are able to find those 
who are willing to attend our Wednesday evening Bible 
class. 

So far the work has seen eight confessions (one of 
them gentile). The last confession was that of Mrs. 
Bella Smith, a Jewish woman, who was baptized by me 
in the First Brethren Church of Inglewood. 

Last year in the Fairfax area the mission staff con- 
tacted 4,324 homes where testimony was able to be 
borne. Nine thousand copies of the mission Jewish 
paper were distributed, as well as 10,000 tracts and 
other pieces of literature too numerous to mention. 
Each week a group of Jewish people gather at the mis- 
sion home to study God's Word. The same is happening 
this year. We need the prayers of God's saints again 
this year in order to meet the challenge in Fairfax of 
"to the Jew first." And we need their prayers for more 
workers also. 



January 19, 7957 



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The Jew and I 



By Isobel Fraser 



"Oh, I wish I weren't a Jew." "You know the Jews 
didn't kill Jesus; it was the Catholics." These remarks 
by a dear Jewish girl friend have burned in my heart 
and ears since they were expressed some 15 or more 
years ago. At that time I knew not Israel's Messiah as 
my own Saviour and was quite ignorant of the events 
relative to His death, so could not have corrected her 
charge nor informed her of the whole world's guilt for 
His death. But, one thing it did accomplish; it gave me 
an insight into the Jewish heart and a compassion for 
them. 

After coming to know Messiah Jesus as my Lord 
and Saviour, my interest in the Jew was intensified. 
There was never another people for whom I had this 
specific burden; but fearing it was my own heart's 
yearning rather than His leading, I never voiced my 
interest. However, my senior year in college, I had the 
assurance from Him, that my place of service was among 
His people Israel. 

I have heard others, even Christians, say: "It takes 
a special love to work among the Jews." I disagree; the 
trouble too often is that in gentile thinking the Jew is 
stereotyped — wrongly. Actually I have found no people 
more loving or generous than they. The Jew often has a 
barrier or "hedge" around him; it is a protection be- 
cause he has so often been discriminated against and 
persecuted. Break through this barrier and you will 
find a people who respond to love and friendship. 

It is true that the Jew does not readily respond to the 
gospel, but would you if the name of Christ, His cross 
and persecution were synonymous? This was not only 
true in the days of the crusades and the inquisition but, 
alas, is ev8n today. Not just in Europe, but even in our 
beloved America is it true. Are the unsaved the only 
offenders? No; all to often those who bear His name 
are guilty. Therefore, I can understand and make allow- 
ances for their rebuffs because I come in His name. 
And if by my contacts and life can demonstrate what 
true Christianity is, the Lord may use it to break down 
this barrier and bring some to faith in himself. 

Today as I called, a Jewess said to me: "How can 
you people who worship a Jew have such attitudes to- 
ward His brothers? I want nothing to do with a belief 
that treats us so; I have no respect for it." Then she 
recited to me several incidents that gave foundation 
to her attitude. Though she resented my coming to her 
people, she was quite pleasant in discussing the sit- 
uation. She wondered why we who claimed to be fol- 
lowers of Jesus and to believe in the teaching of the 
Old Testament did not keep the Jewish holy days. This 
gave opportunity to tell of the new covenant that Mes- 
siah consecrated with His own blood. As we discussed 
the Passover in particular, the fact that we Christians do 
have a Passover was pointed out. Messiah Jesus is our 
Passover. She had no knowledge of the blood at Pass- 
over time, only of the motzos (unleavened bread), and 



opportunity was given to read Exodus 12 to her. It is 
such experiences as this that give joy and blessing in 
ministering to Israel. Though there may be occasions 
of indifference, rejection, and rebuff, such a contact 
brings a life to the soul, joy in the heart and a prayer 
that the Lord will bless His Word and enlighten blinded 
eyes. 

Why am I a mssionary to the Jews? First, because it 
is His will for me. Then because I can truly say with the 
Jew, Paul, "My hearts desire and prayer to God for Is- 
rael is, that they might be saved" (Rom. 10:1). Also, 
because of the great joy and thrill in seeing a Jew re- 
ceive Christ as Saviour and God. Not that a Jewish soul 
is more precious than a gentile's. "There is no differ- 
ence" (Rom. 10:12), but it is the barriers, prejudices and 
blindness that they must surmount to come to Him. 
Not to mention what it often costs them to confess Him 
as Lord, especially in obeying Him in baptism. Then 
too, my hope is bound up in the destiny of Israel. "For 
if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the 
world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from 
the dead" (Rom. 11:15). Oh, the joy in having a part in 
preparing Israel, as individuals to know their Saviour, 
and as a nation for the coming of King Messiah. Even 
so, come. Lord Jesus! 



YOUR MISSIONARIES TO THE JEWS 




Rev. Bruce L. Button 
Mrs. Bruce L. Button 



Miss Isobel Fraser 



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^kciveis ct Sle^^ina 



By Leanore M. Button 



And so another year has passed. Has the Lord show- 
ered us with blessings? Of course He has! Doesn't He 
always? I have been privileged to spend many morn- 
ings in calling house to house. Each house contacted has 
been a blessing and a different experience. Some re- 
jected the literature; some had problems which they 
eagerly poured into my ear; some were frankly interested 
in the Word of God — but each person contacted was in 
need of one thing — a sacrifice for his sin found only 
in Jesus, the Messiah. 

In the spring I received a notice informing me that 
I would be called for jury duty in superior court. My 
first reaction was one of frustration — jury duty when 
there was so much to do! My second reaction was: 
well, why not? It won't last forever and someone has 
to do it. 

On October 8, I presented myself at the Hall of Rec- 
ords in downtown Los Angeles, wondering if there still 
wasn't a way out. After instructions, we were all sent 
out to the different courtrooms in groups of 24. There 
we waited until 12 jurors were selected from that 
group. I was selected almost at once. My husband had 
told me that when they "swear" the jury panel in, they 
would notice that I didn't raise my hand and would 
then affirm me. I stood up with the others and waited, 
but no one noticed. What to do without being conspic- 
uous? When the others sat down I remained standing 
"I wish to be affirmed, please," I said, and every eye 
turned toward me. (I became quite used to this later and 
it didn't bother me at all.) After a shocked silence, 
I was duly affirmed. The other jurors could hardly 
wait until we were excused so they could ask me about 
why I wouldn't swear. It was an excellent springboard 
for a testimony and I made the most of it. 

At the end of the first day I had spoken to three 
people about their soul's salvation in addition to what 
testimony I had managed among my own jury panel. 
At the end of the 16 days we served together on one 
case, I had spoken to all of them about their sin, their 
need of salvation, and the One who could save them. 
Among them were two Jewish people. One, a woman, 
has been to the mission since and the other, a Jewish 
man, has promised to attend our meetings. He asked 
many questions and I supplied him with quite a lot of 
literature which he would take home and read and 
then report to me the next day. 

In addition to our own jury panel, I was able to 
give out many tracts, both Jewish and gentile, in the city 
hall to prospective jurors who stood around in the halls 
waiting to be called into the courtrooms. I made quite a 
few Jewish friends and was able to speak to them about 
the Lord. Strangely enough, they listened. As you will 
remember, those were anxious days during the in- 
volvement of Suez. People were worried and upset and 
the Word of God held a little more weight than usual. 

January 79, 7957 



At the end of the month, I felt the Lord had given 
me unhmited opportunities during that month. In fact, 
one of the Jewish women I was particularly friendly 
with is moving into our neighborhood. All in all, it was 
time well spent and certainly I received a real bless- 
ing during that time. 

Perhaps the biggest blessing of all came just be- 
fore Christmas. Diane, our eight-year-old, called in 
three of her little friends (Jewish). Before they went 
home on Christmas Eve, she had them sit around her 
chair while she read them the Christmas story. When 
she finished, she said: "This might be the very last 
Christmas before the Lord comes back. You should be- 
lieve in Jesus before it is too late." 

"But I'm Jewish and we can't believe in Him," her 
little friend said. 

"It doesn't make any difference what you are. If 
you don't know Jesus, you can't go with Him when He 
comes. I know where I'm going, and you had better 
find out." 

There was silence for a second or two. Then the little 
boy from next door spoke up. "I believe. Dee Dee. I 
believe in Him." 

I went into the front room and began to play, "Silent 
Night," thinking over what I had just heard. As I 
played, the same little boy came in and stood beside me, 
his brown eyes wide as he looked at me. "I can sing 
that, Mrs. Button. I have the record at home." 

"Sing it for me then, Ira," I told him. I played softly 
while he sang "Silent Night, Holy Night." Only six, he 
had, as yet, no antagonism for the King whose birth- 
day we were celebrating. If only time could stand still 
for him! Another few months — a year, perhaps, and he 
would no longer believe so innocently in the One who 
died to save him. His parents would see to that. 

Yes; 1956 has been filled with blessings, and I 
couldn't even begin to name them all. We couldn't 
possibly name them "one by one" because there are 
too many. How about you? Isn't your life filled with 
them, too? 



OUR COVER PAGE 

The center of the David Star shows Bruce L. 
Button at the pulpit with Mrs. Button and Miss 
Isobel Eraser seated behind him. The picture was 
taken at a National Conference home-missions 
rally and it represents the entire staff of mission- 
aries to the Jews. The top point of the star is an 
aerialview of the Fairfax area where our mission 
is located. The bottom point is the Brethren Mes- 
sianic Witness at 469 N. Kings Road, Los Angeles, 
Cahf. The point at the left is our missionary wit7 
nessing to a Jewish family, and the right point is 
a typical street in the shopping area of Fairfax. 



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Beginning at Jerusalem . . . 



By A. B. Machlin 



The story of the Jew in relation to the gospel is 
a strange mixture of romance, tragedy and promise. 
There is nothing equal to it anywhere in the world. 

Search the records of the nations of antiquity and see 
which of them can boast of such divine endowments 
as are ascribed to Israel by St. Paul in Romans 9:4-5. 

God's choice of Israel and His gracious dealings with 
them through many centuries is the romance of ro- 
mances. "He hath not dealt so with any nation" (Ps. 
147:20). They were a people small in number to be- 
gin with, insignificant even when compared with the 
tribal peoples that inhabited the land of Canaan, but 
God set His love upon them and they became great. 

Over against this exalted romance in which the love 
of God has had so great a part, stands the tragedy of 
tragedies — Israel's inability to recognize the day of the 
Messiah's visitation. 

By the grace of God, the Jews are prisoners of 
hope, a people destined for a great salvation. But in the 
way to the fulfillment of the promise stands as a barrier 
the pronouncement of the Saviour: "If ye believe not 
that I am he, ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24). 

How great and how painful is the contrast when we 
look from the high position and blessings God gave to 
Israel to their actual condition of unbelief and dark- 
ness. As Jesus is the center of Israel, their life, light 
and glory, death has been the consequence of their re- 
jection of Jehovah manifest in the flesh. They are there- 
fore compared to dead bones — very many and very dry. 
They are dead because God-manifest, is the life, the 
spirit of the nation, and in rejecting Jesus they have for- 
saken the fountain of their life, the strength and sub- 
stance of their existence. "Behold their house is left unto 
them desolate." 

They dwell in a desolate house and cannot find rest 
for their souls or see the beauty of the Lord. Their 
house is left desolate. Jerusalem is trodden down of the 
gentiles. The Scriptures and the services are to them 
empty and void, without power and without peace. The 
glory has departed, Israel's glory, the Shekinah, for the 
glory of God is beheld only in the face of His Son, Jesus 
Christ. 

Sorrow must fill our hearts when we think of the 
Israelites without Christ, but this sorrow ought to ex- 
press itself in the exercise of love, as it ought to seek 
consolation in the hope of a bright future. Israel scat- 
tered among the nations is a witness for God. Israel 
is the fulfillment of prophecy, the monument of God's 
faithfulness and truth. No greater evidence can be given 
for the truth of Scripture than the existence and history 
of the Jews. 

While they confirm the truth and while they have been 
the channel of blessing to you, remember that they 
have been placed within your reach in order that you 
may bring nigh unto them the Gospel of Peace. Through 
your mercy they are to obtain mercy. You owe them a 




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debt of gratitude by the most tender of sacred ties. The 
Scriptures, which make you wise unto salvation, the 
apostles who have brought the name of Jesus to the 
nations, the Lord of glory himself, have come from Is- 
rael. There are in our day many Israelites who, through 
the prayers, love and mission of the Christian church, 
have come to faith in the Messiah. 

The future of Israel is bright and glorious. Bound up 
with the manifestation of Christ, it has a special place 
in the Christian's heart. We cannot regard the Jewish 
mission as one among missions, for the nation has a 
position, central and unique, according to the divine 
purpose. We cannot measure the importance of the Jew- 
ish mission by the numerical greatness either of the 
nation or of converts. We measure it by the value as- 
signed to the Jews in Scriptures, by the constant love 
with which God regards them, and by the special in- 
fluence they are destined to exert over the whole world. 
The Jewish mission is not one among many equally 
important missions. You cannot pass over it by rea- 
son of your preference for some other evangelistic 
enterprise. You may single out India, China or Africa, 
one appealing to your reason or interest more strongly 
than the others; but in the mission to the Jews you must 
take an interest. You cannot pass it over without disre- 
garding the plainly revealed plan of God. He divided all 
nations into Jews and gentiles. His purpose and will is 
that we should commence with Jerusalem, and His 
promise teaches us that through the restoration of Is- 
rael the golden era of the world will be ushered in. 

As the mission to Israel stands out pre-eminently, so 
there is a special blessing for all who bless Abraham. 
Oh, become partakers of this blessing, and be in this 
also a follower of the Apostle Paul. Encouraged by so 
many tokens of God's presence and grace among the 
Jews, look to the Word which cannot fail; to the cruci- 
fied One, over whose cross was written: "Jesus Christ, 
the King of the Jews"; to the God of Abraham, Isaac 
and Jacob, whose faithfulness is above the heavens. And 
let all means by which God brings Israel to your re- 
membrance, recall Israel's claim and deepen your love 
for this people. I 

The Brethren Home Missions Council expresses its ' 
appreciation to Dr. A. B. Machlin and the American 
Association for Jewish Evangelism for their assistance 
in the work of establishing a witness among the Jews 
of Los Angeles, Calif. Dr. L. L. Grubb is a member 
of the American Association for Jewish Evangelism 
Board and in 1954 accompanied Dr. Machlin and others 
on a trip to the Holy Land. (Assist, ed.) 



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Testimonies . . . 



PRAY THE LORD WILL THRUST FORTH LABORERS 

By Mordekai (Max) Israle 

I would like to give my testimony regarding the ac- 
tivities of the Brethren Messianic Witness meetings in 
Los Angeles, Cahf., where our dear Brother Button is 
director. While I was yet in Chicago, I attended a Jew- 
ish Mission Center, but I did not expect to find such 
a mission in Los Angeles. To my surprise I found such 
a mission in the Brethren Messianic Witness. In at- 
tending the meetings for more than four years, I have 
had the opportunity to experience the friendliness of 
those attending the meetings, as well as the friendliness 
of Brother and Sister Button and Sister Fraser. It is 
a joy to come to the meetings, for there is a homelike 
feeling. We start our meeting with songs, Scripture 
reading, and prayer. Then Brother Button delivers the 
message that even a child can understand. He is blessed 
from God with the gift to explain so clearly the riches 
of glory in Christ Jesus, and the way of salvation. With 
his knowledge of the Hebrew language he helps the 
Jewish people understand the Scriptures. The friendship 
Jews find there causes them to understand and love 
Christians more. 

Our Jewish community is growing bigger. Some are 
hungry to hear the gospel story. I do not believe there 
are enough evangehsts to visit all of them and to bring 
them the gospel. We should pray the Lord of the har- 
vest that He will thrust forth laborers into the harvest, 
for it is great and the laborers are few. 

Oh yes; we have a question box at our meetings. 
We put questions into this box and Brother Button 
answers our questions so that we all understand. On 
leaving the meeting we look forward to the next time 
we shall gather at this Brethren Messianic lighthouse. 
But there should be more workers to spread the Light 
of the world that the Jewish people also may find 
their Messiah, and peace, and joy, and the great Saviour. 



ANSWERED PRAYER GIVES NEW LIFE 

By Mrs. Bella Smith, Mission Convert 

It has been two years since I first confessed Jesus 
as my Messiah and Saviour, and almost a year has 
passed since I submitted to baptism in obedience to 
the Lord's command. To say that this has been a blessed 
experience is to speak lightly. This has been new life 
itself. This is the life! The fellowship I found at the 
Brethren Messianic Witness, as well as that which I later 
found among the people of the First Brethren Church 
of Inglewood, Calif, (where I now have my church 
membership), has been very dear to me. May I thank 
all those who were faithful in holding me up in prayer 
before the Lord. In turn I shall be faithful to pray (and 
I trust you will be also) the Lord to continue to use the 
Brethren Messianic Witness, as well as the rest of the 
Brethren people, in winning countless Jewish souls to 
the Lord Jesus, our Jewish Messiah. 



PRAYER REQUESTED FOR MISSION ATTENDANT 

By Bruce L. Button 

Following are excerpts from a paper prepared by 
Mrs. Mary Segall. The paper entitled "Religion" was 
prepared in connection with a course in English Com- 
position taken at Los Angeles City College. Mrs. Segall 




Wednesday evening Bible class 

attends our Wednesday evening Bible class and is in 
search of truth concerning the Holy Scriptures and Jesus, 
the Messiah. She and others who attend here would ap- 
preciate the prayers of God's saints to the end they might 
know the truth as it was revealed by the Lord of glory. 
"Religion is a science, there can be no conflict be- 
tween knowledge and religion because the highest knowl- 
edge is rehgion. Religion lifts us from ignorance to 
knowledge and power, it gives us illumination, warmth 
and energy, the only power we can trust implicity. . . . 
Those who haven't found out the real meaning of re- 
ligion are those who don't know the real meaning of hfe 
and their existence. They live in darkness and in a re- 
tarded spiritual growth. . . . Millions of church goers 
claim to believe in Christ but don't know that He is 
also an example to follow. He was also sent to us to 
teach us how to live fully, selflessly and nobly. . . . How 
wonderful it would be if we were all big enough in mind 
to see no slights, cherish no jealousy, or envy, and ad- 
mit into our hearts no hatred and prejudice. Samuel 
Nowell Stevens said: 'As life is never a complete ad- 
venture, so religion can never be confined to any single 
form or fixed expression. It is as broad as human needs, 
as enduring as human hopes, and as unique as indi- 
vidual experience.' " 



PRAISE GOD FOR A FUNDAMENTAL BIBLE TEACHER 

By Dr. Arthur Rose 

I deeply appreciate the warm hospitality and sound 
fundamental Bible teaching I have found at the Breth- 
ren Messianic Jewish Mission. I am a Jew by race and 
a Christian by grace (Gal. 2:20, "I am crucified with 
Christ"). As a learner of the great Lord of light and love 
I regularly attend the mission class and attempt to 
bring with me those who lack knowledge of our won- 
derful Jewish Messiah. 



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Changes in Home Mission Personnel 



HATBORO, 




PA., PASTOR INSTALLED 

Rev. Lester Smitley was in- 
stalled as the first pastor of the 
Suburban Brethren Church, Hat- 
boro, Pa., on Sunday, December 
16, 1956. Pastors from the im- 
mediate area who were present 
and assisted in the service in- 
cluded Rev. William Male, Rev. 
Robert Crees, and Rev. John 
Neely. At the same time the first 
full schedule of services was 
started with fine response to it. 



MARTINSBURG, PA., PASTOR ACCEPTS 
FINDLAY CHURCH 



Rev. Gerald Teeter, pastor of 
the First Brethren Church, Mar- 
tinsburg. Pa., has accepted a call 
to the home-mission church in 
Findlay, Ohio. Rev. Teeter will 
be moving to Findlay this month 
and taking up the work there. 
Rev. Forest llance was the for- 
mer pastor of this church. 



EVANGELIST MILLER BECOMES GOSHEN 
PASTOR 

Rev. R. Paul Miller, Sr., a 
Brethren evangelist for a number 
of years, became pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Goshen. 
Ind., on December 1, 1956. 
Brother Miller has served in the 
capacity of pastor before and for 
a number of years was secretar\ 
of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. A radio ministry is 
being conducted by Brother Mil- 
ler, and your prayers for it will 
be greatly appreciated. 






GLEN WELBORN STARTS WORK IN 
MINNESOTA 

Rev. Glen Welborn and family 
moved from Albany, Oreg., and 
arrived in Winona, Minn., on 
November 1, 1956. Bro. Welborn 
has experienced the develop- 
ment of a church from its very 
beginning to a self-supporting 
stage and is now working on such 
a development in Winona. He is 
the first pastor of a new group, 
cind this is the first Brethren 
.tr' testimony in this state. j 

ANOTHER GRACE GRADUATE ENTERS HOME 
MISSIONS 

On December 1, 1956, Mr. ' 
Richard Placeway, a Grace Semi- 
nary graduate of 1956, with his 
family arrived on the field in 
Parkersburg, W. Va. Brother 
Placeway had been working for 
an engineering firm following 
graduation and is now serving the 
Lord in Brethren home missions. 
Possibly the engineering experi- ] 
ence will prove helpful in future 
home-mission work. 

FOREST LANCE CONTINUES IN HOME 
MISSIONS 

Rev. Forest Lance, former pas- 
tor of Findlay, Ohio, is contin- 
uing to serve in home-missions 
work. He arrived in Anaheim, 
Calif., on January 1, 1957, to be- 
come the pastor of a thriving new 
work in that city. Rev. Harold 
Dunning, foreign missionary on 
furlough, has been serving as in- 
terim pastor. 









MEET ALBANY, OREGON'S SECOND PASTOR 

Rev. Lee Burris with his family pictured here took 
over the work at Albany, Oreg., on November 1, 1956. 
This church has had only one pastor prior to this 
time. Glen Welborn who is now in Winona, Minn. Bro. 
Burris is a graduate of Talbot Seminary and was a 
member of the Community Brethren Church of Los 
Angeles, Calif. 

Bro. Burris arrived on the field in the midst of an 
expansion program. A new Sunday-school unit is under 
construction in addition to some remodeling of the 
original building. This church was one of the home-mis- 
sion churches to go self-supporting in 1956. 



Lee Burris family 



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Two New Home Missionaries Join Staff 




Mr. Robert Foltz at the drawingboard 

Robert E. Foltz and his wife, Betty J., came to Christ 
February 27, 1953, at an evangelistic meeting in Car- 
lisle, Pa. Bob graduated from Penn State College in 
1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural 
engineering, after having his educational career in- 
terrupted by a three-year span in the air force. While 
attending college, he worked for an architect and in 
1946 accepted a position with the Bell Telephone Com- 
pany in its engineering department building division. 

It was through the witness of Mr. Charles R. Hulbert, 
a member of the Melrose Gardens Brethren Church, 
Harrisburg, that started Bob thinking about salvation. 
From the beginning of his new life in Christ there was 
a desire to be in some phase of full-time service. Soon 
after becoming a member of the Melrose Gardens 
Brethren Church in 1954 he was elected Sunday-school 
superintendent and served in this capacity, as well as a 
teacher, until his moving to Winona Lake, Ind. 

In recent years the home-missions construction pro- 
gram has come to the place where a full-time archi- 
tect was needed. The Holy Spirit used this need to 
cause Bob and Betty to yield their talents to home 
missionary service. Doing architectural work for the 
Council, he will draw plans for new churches, additions 
and Bible-school annexes, remodeling plans, etc. By 
cutting the usual fee in half, we expect to save addi- 
tional dollars in building programs and care for the 
expenses of this department. 

Here again we must stop to praise God for leading 
in the establishment of this home-mission church in 
Harrisburg. Here is another indication of His blessing 
in sending out this fine home missionary family into 
full-time service. Pray that wisdom will be given to 
Brother Foltz as he takes the various state examinations 
to gain registration and for God's richest blessing 
upon this new ministry. 



Mr. Elmer Tamkin spent 36 years of service as 
technical assistant in the tax ruling division of the 
Bureau of Internal Revenue, Washington, D. C. Dur- 
ing this time he worked with corporations, their re- 
organizations, liquidations, taxable status, evaluation of 
stocks and bonds, etc., piling up a wealth of experience 
to equip him for his place in the Lord's service. Brother 
Tamkin could have continued for seven and a half years 
at a sizable increase in salary but explains his coming 
to the home-missions work as follows: "All my life I 
have been engaged in secular work, and I want to give 
the rest of my hfe to the Lord's service." 

Brother Tamkin assumed the financial secretary's 
position in the Brethren Investment Foundation De- 
cember 1, 1956, and will handle the financial trans- 
actions of the Foundation. When this need arose, Broth- 
er Tamkin volunteered to take this position at a limited 
salary figure of approximately one-third of that re- 
ceived by our missionaries, the major portion of his in- 
come coming from his retirement from government 
service. He was a member of the First Brethren Church 
of Washington, D. C, since 1926. He and his wife, 
Marian W., have purchased the Max Fluke home of 
Winona Lake. 




Mr. Elmer Tamkin behind a home-missions desk 

LANSING, MICH., NAMES RED LETTER DAY 

February 10, 1957, has been designated as "Red Let- 
ter Day" for the Grace Brethren Church of Lansing. 
According to the pastor, Richard Sellers, everyone who 
usually attends is going to be present if possible. They 
are planning for 75 to 80 to be present. 

The Lord has been answering prayei- in numerous 
ways for the Lansing brethren. In recent weeks there 
have been first-time decisions for Christ, rededications, 
baptismal services, and new members added. Also new 
famines have been coming from Sunday to Sunday, 
and the Lord sent them a much-needed songleader in 
answer to prayer. 

The new home-mission architect, Mr. Foltz, has 
made a survey of the new Lansing location and is now 
working on some preliminary sketches. A building is 
needed at once here to conserve the growth that the 
Lord is giving in this work. 



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Mansfield Grace Brethren 
Remodels and Rededicates 



By Lester E. Pifer 



The Grace Brethren Church of Mansfield, Ohio, had 
its beginning in the hving room of the John Guthrie 
home at 128 S. Foster St. There the first Bible class 
was held in October 1939, with Rev. John Aeby of 
Middlebranch, Ohio, as the teacher. According to the 
records, there were five persons present, four members 
of the Guthrie family and the teacher. This class met 
weekly, first in the Guthrie home, then in the Prospect 
Park Pavilion, and again in the Guthrie home. At- 
tendance during the first year was small, ranging be- 
tween five and 17 persons. Sunday services were begun 
in the Prospect Park Pavilion on August 17, 194], and 
were continued there until April 1943, when a small 
store building was rented at 423 S. Main St. Different 
pastors served the church as teachers and shepherds 
during those days, including John Aeby, Charles W. 
Mayes, Arthur D. Cashman, Henry Rempel, and H. E. 
CoUingridge. 

The congregation was accepted by the Brethren 
Home Missions Council for supervision and financial 
assistance in October 1942. This relationship continued 
until December 1948, at which time the church became 
fully self-supporting. During that period of time the 
Brethren Home Missions Council invested in the work 
in Mansfield, Ohio, S22,783.62 in pastors' salaries, 
building appropriations, and other expenditures. 

The present pastor, Bernard N. Schneider, arrived 
on the field in April 1944. At that time the attendance 
on Sunday mornings was between 25 and 30 persons 
who worshiped together in the store building. Under 
the direction of the new pastor the Grace Brethren 
Church was formally organized on July 9, 1944, with 
a charter membership of 49. At that time a constitution 
was adopted. In the same month lots were purchased 
on the comer of Marion Avenue and Forest Street. An 
architect was engaged for the planning of a house of 
worship. Because of war-time restrictions and the neces- 
sity of priority permission, the actual construction of 
the new church building was delayed until March 23, 
1946, when ground was finally broken and the founda- 
tions were poured. The progress on construction of the 
new building was slow and beset with the frustrations 
and anxieties of the post-war years. Shortages of ma- 
terials had to be overcome. There were many delays in 
the delivery of such items as steel and stone. Prices in- 
creased from one day to the next, and the building 




which was estimated to cost $42,000 finally cost $75,- 
000. 

Much prayer went up in those days, and finally came 
the day of rejoicing. The new church was dedicated 
on May 4, 1947, with Dr. Alva J. McClain as the 
dedication speaker. By that time the congregation had 
grown to an average attendance of 65, which looked 
like a little handful of people almost lost in the spa- 
cious new auditorium. 

During the years which followed, the congrega- 
tion enjoyed the evident blessing of God and steady 
growth in membership and attendance. Approximately 
five years from the date of which the church went self- 
supporting, it became evident that the building was 
going to be too small, and several actions had to be 
taken to provide for the future. First, the property ad- 
joining the church at 534 Forest Street was purchased 
to be used as a parsonage and to give more ground 
for building purposes. Secondly, the Woodville Grace 
Brethren Church was organized in the eastside of 
Mansfield, thus providing a new opportunity of service 
for some of their people. This step of faith and mis- 
sionary activity certainly brought a new impetus to the 
folks and the evident blessing of God. 

On February 18, 1953, a special business meeting 
was called and a building committee was appointed 
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plans and recommendations for the construction of a 
Bible-school annex. After considerable time and much 
study and prayer the congregation finally adopted plans 
which called for the construction of a three-story Bible- 
school annex and the remodeling and enlargement of the 
existing church building. 

Actual construction on the new annex was begun 
in April 1955. This part of the building program was 
completed in December of that year. During the spring 
and summer of 1956 the remodeling of the old church 
building proceeded. A completely new entrance was 
added with the old building lengthened by 15 feet. A 
balcony was also added and the auditorium redecorated. 
The completed auditorium will seat well over 600 peo- 
ple, and facilities are adequate for a Bible school of 
700. The present membership is 400, and the average at- 
tendance for the services during the month of December 
1956, was morning worship 443, Sunday school 396, 
evening service 263, and prayer meeting 151. 

The entire floor space of the combined buildings is 
1 6,400 square feet. The cost of the Bible-school annex 
and the remodeling of the church is $105,998.42, in- 
cluding equipment. At least half of this amount has 
been raised in cash by the congregation during the time 
of planning and construction. The general contractor 
over all the building was Mr. Howard Lehnhart, a 
member of the congregation. He was ably assisted by the 
chairman of the building committee, Mr. Rex Morris. 
A considerable amount of time was donated by the mem- 
bers of the congregation. 

This congregation last year (1956) gave over $80,000 
to all purposes. Over $27,000 of this amount went to 
the Brethren missionary projects; namely, home mis- 
sions, foreign missions, Grace Seminary, and the Breth- 



ren Missionary Herald Company. During the last 12 
years, 11 members have been sent forth into full-time 
service of the Lord, and at present 29 of the young peo- 
ple are attending colleges or seminaries with 15 of 
these in training for the service of the Lord in the min- 
istry or missionary service. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council wishes to take 
this opportunity to express its deepest appreciation to 
this congregation for their outstanding missionary vi- 
sion at home and abroad which has certainly been 
demonstrated in their passion for souls. They have not 
only backed up their pastor in his projects of expansion 
and reaching souls in their own community but they have 
encouraged him to help in the organization of the second 
church in Mansfield. Also, they have permitted him to 
go to Columbus, Ohio, and teach the Bible class there 
which gave us a nucleus for the starting of a new Breth- 
ren church in that area and have also encouraged 
him toward the promoting of a possible third church on 
the west side of the city of Mansfield, which will be a 
project for the future. It will be interesting to our 
readers to know that the $22,000 which was invested in 
the Mansfield home-mission project has certainly paid 
rich dividends for the Lord. To date the Mansfield 
church has given in home-mission offerings $32,294.43. 
It is estimated that this year's home-mission offering 
from this church may be in excess of $12,000. Here 
again is another piece of evidence that God blesses a 
missionary-minded church. Our congratulations go to 
Dr. Bernard N. Schneider, the faithful pastor of this 
church, and his corps of workers on doing a splendid 
piece of soul-winning, missionary activity, and physical 
expansion of their church facilities. May the Lord bless 
you as you continue to move ahead for Christ. 




Top: Left, the original church building when dedicated in 1949. (Inset) Dr. Bernard N. Schneider, pastor. Right. Mr. Howard Lehnhart, 
building contractor; Mr. Rex Morris, building committee chairman: and Mr. Harold Wilging, trustee chairman. Bottom: Left, a recent 
congregation. Right, the choir with the following in the foreground, left to right, organist, Mrs. Paul Hailey: WoodviUe Brethren pas- 
tor. Gene Witzky; associate pastor, James Cook; pastor, Bernard N. Schneider; Wesley Jones, and Sunday-school superintendent Robert 
W. Boroff. 



January 19, 1957 



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NEWS 



CHEYENNE, WYO. The aver- 
age attendance for Sunday school 
during October-November was over 
100. Russell Williams is pastor. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. The new 
Mid-Atlantic District laymen will 
meet at the First Brethren Church 
Feb. 28. Rev. Wm. Gray will be 
host pastor. 

SIDNEY, IND. Mayor Jack 
Engle of Warsaw, Ind., was guest 
speaker at the Indiana District Lay- 
men's Fellowship on Nov. 13. The 
meeting was held at the Sidney 
Brethren Church, Archie Keffer, 
pastor. 

NOTICE. Lesson 3 (Jan. 20, 
1957) of the Brethren Teacher's 
Quarterly should have the title 
"David and His Mighty God" 
rather than "David and His Mighty 
Men." 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Rev. 

Edward Peters, 63 1 4 NE 22nd Ave., 
Portland 1 1 , Oreg. Rev. Norman 
Nelson, P. O. Box 1416, Manila, 
Philippines. Rev. Gene Witzky, 235 
Blymyer, Mansfield, Ohio. Please 
change Annual. 

PORTIS, KANS. The WMC- 
SMM of the First Brethren Church 
joined the WMC-SMM of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Beaver City, 
Nebr. in a rally at Beaver City Dec. 
27. Divided sessions were led by 
Mrs. Dayton Cundiff, district presi- 
dent and Mrs. Thomas Inman, dis- 
trict patroness. A carry-in lunch- 
eon was served and an evening youth 
rally was held emphasizing the bless- 



ings of attending Christian schools 
and colleges. District pastors present 
were: H. H. Stewart, Portis, Kans., 
Thomas Inman, Denver, Colo., and 
Dayton Cundiff, Beaver City, Nebr. 

BEAVER CITY, NEBR. The last 
Sunday of the old year was finished 
in comfort at Grace Brethren Church 
due to the installation of a new gas 
furnace for the sanctuary. Dayton 
Cundiff is pastor. 

AKRON, OHIO. Russell Ogden, 
pastor of the Ireland Road Breth- 
ren Church of South Bend, Ind., 
will assume his new duties at the 
First Brethren Church about Feb. 
1, 1957. 

SOUTH BEND, IND. The build- 
ing committee of the Ireland Breth- 
ren Church has approved prelimi- 
nary plans for the new building 
drawn by Mr. Robert Foltz of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. 
It is hoped that construction can be- 
gin early in the spring. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Dr. Alva 
J. McClain was one of the speakers 
at the interdenominational Bible 
conference held at the Central Pres- 
byterian Church in St. Petersburg, 
Fla., Jan. 13-20. E. R. Barnard 
is the pastor and James Engleman, 
graduate of Grace Seminary, is the 
assistant pastor. 

BERNE, IND. There were 91 
members and friends present at the 
grocery shower which the Bethel 
Brethren Church gave in honor of 
thejr pastor, Irvin B. Miller, and his 
family on Dec. 19. 

DAYTON, OHIO. The First 
Brethren Church report 1956 the 
largest financial year in the history 
of the church; an increase in at- 
tendance at the worship services 
since being in their new location; 




_TT;t_BRETHREN 

MiftTiriMB 

Executive Editor ....Arnold R. Kriegbaum 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

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. 

a gain in membership, and the call 
of their pastor, William Steffler, to 
be the pastor for the eighth year. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. The 
Brethren High School young peo- 
ple are holding a district high-school 
conference at the First Brethren 
Church, Jan. 18-20. Glenn O'Neal 
is the host pastor. 

CLAYTON, OHIO. The congre- 
gation of the First Brethren Church 
has approved the purchase of one 
and a quarter acres of land to the 
south and the east of the present 
property to be developed for ad- 
ditional parking area and part to be 
held for future expansion. Clair 
Brickel is pastor. 

CHANGE. The telephone num- 
ber of Rev. E. J. Peters is now AT 
7-3554. Please change Annual. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The 

Grace Seminary Bible Conference 
will open Monday, Jan. 21 and con- 
tinue through Thursday, Jan. 24. 
Dr. O. D. Jobson will deliver the 
Bauman Memorial Lectures and a 
special missionary feature will be 
presented each night. Fifteen alumni 
are expected to give their testi- 
monies. 



Church 

Hanah, Wash. 
Kittanning, Pa. 
Dallas Center, 

Iowa 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 



Date Pastor 

Jan. 23-25 Don Farner 

Jan. 27-Feb. 10 Wm. Schaffer. 



Speaker 

R. I. Humberd 
L. L. Grubb. 



Jan. 27-Feb. 10 Arthur Cashman Bill Smith. 
Jan. 28-Feb. 8 Kenneth Teague Crusade Team. 



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By Lewis Hohenstein 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Whittier, Calif. 



"Let your conversation be without covet- 
ousness; and be content with such things 
as ye have: for he hath said, I will never 
leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5). 

The disease that kills more people 
in this world than any other is the 
disease of lonehness. The greatest 
deed that man can accomplish is to 
reach out and touch a lonely heart. 
Never is this sickness so painful as 
when the victim is surrounded with 
people. The loneliest spot on earth is 
in the crowd where no one knows 
you and you know no one. Never is 
this illness so severe as when the vic- 
tim is surrounded by those whom 
he knows and yet he feels useless 
and unwanted, unable to communi- 
cate to them the inner feelings of his 
heart. 

The area that is around us is 
filled with such spiritual responsi- 



bilities as these who have lonely 
hearts. This is a disease that knows 
no age barrier. The baby in the 
cradle can be very much filled with 
loneliness. Children can be filled 
with loneliness. In my years of min- 
istry I have had experience with 
many children who have been sep- 
arated from their own brothers and 
sisters and from one or both of their 
parents by divorce and sometimes 
by death. As I have talked with 
them I have felt that they have been 
deeply hurt, affected by this disease 
of lonehness. 

Young people can be lonely. We 
think of our youth in this age as 
being brash and self-assured, but 
you know often this is a fraud. Those 
who follow the "heister," the "hot- 



rodder," the "bebopper," the "rock 
and roller," are just covering up and 
putting a veneer over their loneli- 
ness. Young people, youth want to 
be understood; they want someone 
who can know them and to under- 
stand them and when they don't 
have that, they are certainly affect- 
ed by loneliness. 

The mature man or woman can 
be very lonely. Oh, it's true that 
when we are in the prime of life, we 
cover the symptoms of loneliness 
by many methods. The businessman 
becomes so involved in business that 
he never stops to think about the 
loneliness that's in his heart. The 
wife who becomes so wrapped up 
in her own children and in the af- 
fairs of the family, and in the social 



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affairs of life that she never stops to 
realize that this great activity is 
covering up a heart that is often 
lonely. 

Old age is that season of life when 
this disease bears its fruit, for we 
see people who have come to the 
sunset of life and they've been sep- 
arated from those whom they love, 
their friends are gone, their rela- 
tives have passed on, and the chil- 
dren with whom the Lord blessed 
them are now engaged in making 
their own homes and establishing 
themselves in the world, so the older 
folks find that this fruit of loneli- 
ness hangs heavy on them. Medical 
science has added many years to 
their hves, but social science has not 
kept pace. We are not able, seem- 
ingly, to do away with that thing 
called loneliness. There's loneliness 
in pain. There's loneUness in suc- 
cess. There's loneliness in the pro- 
fessional life. There's loneliness in 
depression and in want. There's 
loneliness in the pursuit of knowl- 
edge. There's loneliness that is not 
associated with isolation and again 
there is the loneliness of isolation. 
The prisoner, the mentally handi- 
capped and deficient, the crippled, 
the shut-in, the racially and reli- 
giously segregated, the political or 
socially segregated persons, all know 
the sting of loneliness. Someone has 
said: "Loneliness is hell," but I 
would hke to reverse that statement 
and say that "Hell is loneliness," for 
one of the elements of hell, one of 
the things which will make hell, hell, 
is loneliness. We read in Jude 13, 
that the end of believing will be as 
"wandering stars, to whom is re- 
served the blackness of darkness for 
ever." I do not know what hell will 
be, I do not know what all of the 
flame of the gehenna is going to in- 
clude, but I know the burning of a 
memory that is filled with the re- 
jection of God's own love as it was 
manifested in Christ at Calvary, 
coupled with being separated and 
filled with the dread of eternal lone- 
liness will be a hell in itself. 

What is loneliness? Circumstances 
and environment create the aware- 
ness of loneliness but that is not 
loneliness itself. The "hot-rodder" 
speeds and "lays rubber," "drags," 
and all the rest to keep him from 
being aware of his loneliness; the 



drunkard drinks to change the cir- 
cumstances; the socialite busies her- 
self in order that she might cover 
up loneliness; the sports fanatic goes 
on and on, not seeking nor willing 
to accept the reality that is his life; 
the religionist seeks to cover it up by 
his religion; the businessman in his 
great activity, and the scholar often 
as he seeks after knowledge, pursues 
his course to keep from being alone. 
How often I have heard people say: 
"I can't stand to be alone." The 
irony of the situation is that these 
things are only shams and cover- 
ups. 

Loneliness is a state of the soul: 
It is a disease of the soul. Being 
alone is not loneliness nor is lone- 
liness necessarily being alone. There 
is only one answer to the soul that 
is filled with loneliness. That answer 
is seen very fully in the words of 
Ben H. Price's Christian song 
"Alone": 

It was alone the Saviour prayed 

In dark Gethsemane: 
Alone He drained the bitter cup 

And suffered there for me. 

Alone upon the cross He hung 

That others He might save; 
Forsaken then by God and man, 

Alone, His life He gave. 

It was alone the Saviour stood 

In Pilate's judgment hall: 
Alone the crown of thorns He wore. 

Forsaken thus by all. 

Can you reject such matchless love? 

Can you His claim disown? 
Come, give your all in gratitude. 

Nor leave Him thus alone. 

CkOTllS 

Alone, alone. 

He bore it all alone: 

He gave himself to save His own. 

He suffered, bled and died for me. Alone. 

Truly the Lord Jesus Christ knew 
something about loneliness that you 
and I can never know. In Matthew's 
Gospel the 26th chapter and the 56th 
verse we read these words: "But all 
this was done, that the scriptures of 
the prophets might be fulfilled. Then 
all the disciples forsook him, and 
fled." And then in Matthew 27:46, 
Christ is on the accursed cross of 
Calvary, so we hear the words as 
they come from His lips: "My God, 
my God, why hast thou forsaken 
me?" No man in life nor in death 
ever suffered this experience save 
the Lord Jesus Christ. He truly knew 
what it was and what it meant to be 
alone. He who suffered and died 
alone, He who became the very 
epitome of loneliness that we might 
never need be alone. In the words 
of the text which we quoted at the 



beginning of this message: "I will 
never leave thee, nor forsake thee," 
we have the assurance that this One 
who became our loneliness, who be- 
came our sin is conscious of our 
need and will never allow us to go 
to that place nor suffer the malig- 
nant disease of loneliness if we come 
unto Him by faith. For we have dis- 
covered that "He is a friend that 
sticketh closer than a brother," and 
the assurance of His Word is "I will 
never leave thee, nor forsake thee," 
and also: "I will go with thee even 
unto the end of the age." He is not 
only one who sticks closer than the 
brother but this One is a lover. He 
is one who loves us and sticks by 
us no matter what happens, and the 
greatest need that any of us have in 
the world today is someone who 
really understands us and loves us. 
I can't understand His love, but that 
certainly does not keep me from ac- 
cepting Him. Not only is He a lover 
but He is faithful. In II Timothy 
2:13 we read: "If we believe not, 
yet he abideth faithful: he cannot 
deny himself," but when others 
would turn us down because of what 
we are, He still sticks by; He knows 
what we are and yet He loves us. 
He loves me in spite of me. 

He is also my advocate. He is one 
who stands for me; others don't 
understand me but He is wilhng to 
plead my cause. In First John chap- 
ter 2 and verse 1 we read: "My little 
children, these things write I unto 
you, that ye sin not. And if any man 
sin, we have an advocate with the 
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." 
He is also true, He rebukes me and 
I love it. He hurts and cuts me, but 
He does it gently and in love. Some- 
times other friends, earthly friends, 
say: "I'm your friend but I want 
to tell you something," and this 
causes me to shrink within my shell, 
but when Christ tells me that He's 
my friend and wants to tell me some- 
thing, I listen because He does it as 
no other friend can. 

Not only that, but He also praises 
me, often when I condemn myself I 
hear Him say, "Well done." I've 
resisted temptation, I've borne a 
word of testimony, I've heard words 
of condemnation against me, and 
He has given me the assurance that 
He is still my friend. He is also 
gentle. "Gentleness," someone has 



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LIMESTONE, TENN. 

"O sing unto the Lord a new 
song; for he hath done marvelous 
things. . . ." In our recent meeting 
with Brother Ralph Colbum we 
did see "marvelous things" done by 
the Lord. Those accepting Jesus as 
Saviour ranged from six to 8 1 years 
of age. Altogether we had the priv- 
ilege of seeing 33 come to Christ, 
rededicate their lives to Him, or 
to obey Christ in Christian baptism. 
On December 16 we baptized and 








Lewis Hohenstein 

said, "is strength held in check." 
Kindness and gentleness are His 
virtues, when all fails, He leads. 
He is also strong. He is one that I 
can trust, the power of all the uni- 
verse is in His hands, and yet His 
gentleness keeps that power from 
destroying me and uses that power 
for my glory. He is also rich: The 
cattle on a thousand hills are His. 
He leads me into a wealth of knowl- 
edge and experience for the Word 
assures me that "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengtheneth 
me," and again, "My God shall sup- 
ply all your need according to his 
riches in glory by Christ Jesus." The 
worst thing the enemies of Christ 
Jesus could say about Him was that 
"He's a friend of publicans and sin- 
ners." Literally this is: "He's a 
lover of publicans and sinners." 

Is there loneliness in your heart? 
Do you have a special need? Re- 
member that the Lord Jesus Christ 
purposed in His own heart to cause 
you to become a part of His family, 
and you can by just acting in faith 
to receive Him into your heart. The 
assurance of His Word is that when 
you become a member of His family 
and trust Him and take advantage 
of your family privileges, you will 
never again be filled with the disease 
of loneliness. 



received into our fellowship 17 
souls. 

We thank God for Brother Col- 
bum and his ministry here in Lime- 
stone. God still saves when His 
Word is proclaimed faithfully. — 
Harold Arrington, pastor Vernon 
Brethren Church. 

It was a joy to be with Pastor 
Harold Arrington and his people 
for two weeks and to see the Lord 
work, especially in the boys and 
girls of the Sunday school. Many de- 
cisions for Christ were recorded 
here. 

We had the privilege of speak- 
ing in two high schools and four 
grammar schools in the area. Our 
home visitation led to the decision 
of an 81-year-old man for Christ. 

One might weU call this rural 
area "well-picked over" for Christ; 
nevertheless there are always glean- 
ings to be made for the Saviour, as 
we experienced. — Ralph Colbum, 
evangelist. 

ASHLAND, OHIO 

We praise the Lord for His bless- 
ings during our special meetings 
December 2-16 with Brethren Dean 
Fetterhoff and Truymond Haddix. 
During the two weeks nearly 40 de- 
cisions for Christ were made, and a 
real spiritual impact was made upon 
the church. This impact evidenced 
itself in six additional decisions, two 
first-time, on the Sunday morning 
following the close of the special 
meetings. 

We beUeve that the Lord has laid 
His hand upon the ministry of 
these young men for good. The musi- 
cal program which they presented 
was well received and of real value 
in attracting the unsaved and pre- 
paring hearts for the message. Broth- 
er Haddix conducted "Junior Cru- 
sade" children's meetings each after- 
noon of the second week with an 
average of about 75 present. 

The average attendance for the 
entire series of meetings was 241, 
the largest ever recorded in Grace 



Brethren of Ashland. We covet the 
prayers of God's people for con- 
tinued revival blessings in our own 
church and in the ministry of His 
servants in their further ministry. — 
Edwin E. Cashman, assistant pas- 
tor. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO 

The recent evangelistic effort at 
the Woodville Grace Brethren 
Church of Mansfield, Ohio, brought 
a distinctive blessing to me as the 
evangelist. Brother Gene Witzky, 
the pastor, is a humble, zealous man 
of God who keeps ever before him 
the primary goal of exalting the Lord 
Jesus Christ. It was a unique joy to 
labor with him. The members were 
most cooperative, both in attending 
the meetings and in seeking to 
bring the unsaved. The passion for 
souls which was manifested turned 
effort into blessing. 

Should our Lord delay His com- 
ing, I am confident that the Brethren 
over the nation can expect Wood- 
ville Grace Brethren of Mansfield 
to become one of our most fervent, 
thriving churches. — M. L. Myers, 
evangelist. 

The pastor and people of the 
Woodville Grace Brethren of 
Mansfield, Ohio, would like to take 
the opportunity of the printed page 
to lift a note of praise unto our God 
for the blessings poured upon us dur- 
ing the recent revival with Bro. Lee 
Myers. In spite, of terrible road con- 
ditions due to widening and resur- 
facing work going on, we had good 
attendance and high interest aU the 
way through our meetings Nov. 4- 
18. There were 14 confessions in aU 
and nine of these were first-time de- 
cisions. Christians were stirred as 
the messages went straight home 
to the hearts and this first revival 
in our brand new building wiU not 
be forgotten for many years to 
come. It was a pleasure to work 
with Bro. Myers, for under his 
faithful ministry here there was a 
revival of sweet laughter, a revival 
of song and most of all in spiritual 
things which was needed. It was 
a refreshing experience to call with 
this evangelist, to eat with him, to 
pray with him, to sing with him, 
and to see souls come to Christ 
under his able ministry. — Gene E. 
Witzky, pastor. 



January 19, 1957 



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Editor: This is mother letter from Brethren in Denmark. The letter is word for word as 
received in the Missionary Herald office. 



LETTER FROM DENMARK 



19/12—1956 
Beloved Brethren of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches: 

A blessed New Year! (Luke 27: 
36.) God's eternal peace! We in the 
Assembly of Christ in Denmark and 
all Scandinavia greet you most heart- 
ily, and wish you much blessing and 
power from the Lord for the coming 
time. We pray much for you, our 
beloved brethren, with praising to 
the Lord, that He just before His 
coming has led us together. 

We believe that it is His holy will 
to lead us who have the same pre- 
cious origin and history, and who 
walk worthily of our high calling to- 
gether into the oneness, which was in 
the former days of Schwarzenau. The 
Lord will not leave His people scat- 
tered, but united in himself, and as 
many as have this spirit hear and 
obey the gathering call up to the 
coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Many Christians do not believe 
in an outward oneness of the church 
of Christ, but that is our great priv- 
ilege to believe that and to prac- 
tice that. But we must go by the way 
of prayer, and then He will unite 
and heal the breaches. This is a 
great testimony to keep unspotted 
from the world, crucified with the 
Christ. 

We have much blessing from your 
book: "The Faith Once for All De- 
livered to the Saints," which we have 
now translated into the Danish lan- 
guage because only very few of our 
brethren know English. We do not 
print it, but we read the handwrit- 
ten translation among ourselves. 
There are many sound and blessed 
thoughts, and we seem it to be a 
great wonder that the first knowl- 



edge we get to you is this book, also 
that is from the Lord. On this sacred 
foundation we shall be brought into 
the further oneness in the Christ 
which He always intends for His 
true members of the body. We pray 
much to the Lord that the time will 
soon come where we shall meet 
each other face to face and rejoice 
in the Lord together. And we hope 
that will be very soon. You are most 
heartily invited to our summer con- 
ference; the time is not yet fixed; we 
shall inform you about it duly. 

We have much blessing from the 
Lord in our countries, and new con- 
verts are added to the assembly, and 
several are being baptized with our 
holy threefold immersion, baptism 
forward, and remain faithful to the 
Lord and to the assembly. There are 
many children of God who have 
sought the full truth in many other 
churches, whom the Lord has led 
under our preaching; and their testi- 
mony from themselves is that they 
have among the brethren found that 
which they sought to the honor of 
God. 

Our message is the sanctification 
to the coming of Jesus to fetch His 
holy bride, and it is our great hope 
and endeavor to be found worthy 
before His coming, spotless and 
without shame, as faithful house- 
holders of the truth once delivered 
to the saints and to the old brethren 
at Schwarzenau, whom we honor in 
the best way in following in their 
footprints in Spirit and truth. 

May the Lord richly bless you, 
our beloved brethren. Greet each 
other with a holy kiss. The grace be 
with you! Affectionate brother greet- 
ings. The Assembly of Christ. Broth- 
er E. J. P. Hansen. 



Facts About Israel 

By Dr. C. W. Mayes 

Israel is moving ahead in the 
scientific field. She is now produc- 
ing a pure uranium from phosphate 
ore mined in the Negiv area of the 
State. This is that long triangle of 
space south of Beersheba which the 
UN gave to Israel at the instigation 
of the partition plan. Formerly only 
a barren desert with great expanse of 
treeless waste, it is now a rejuven- 
ated desert. It is reported that 12 
oil wells, along with these mines, 
are now producing great wealth. 

For the study of the structure of 
the atom a three-million volt Van 
de Graff proton accelerator is now in 
action. These scientific installations 
are now being demonstrated by men 
who speak both Hebrew and Eng- 
lish; and, with an air of accomplish- 
ment, something of the research 
work of Israel is shown to visitors. 

Israel is also making a contribu- 
tion to the science of dating bone 
fragments. One exhibit from the 
Hebrew University shows how the 
age of archaeological studies may 
be determined by examining bone 
fragments for isotopes. Most of us 
remember that for years the scien- 
tific world has almost worshiped 
the bones of such supposed missing 
Hnks as the neanderthal man, which 
was proved a hoax a few years ago. 
We will doubtless soon find many 
other so-called missing links to be 
also the product of some theories of 
men who invented these missing 
links. Some of the so-called archeo- 
logical signs supposed to date back 
millions of years are turning out to 
be but a few hundred years old. A 
classroom full of gullible college 
students may be fooled, but you do 
not deceive the "geiger counters" 
which check the information from 
the isotopes. 

All this reminds us that the Chris- 
tian has nothing to fear from the real 
and final facts of science. We have 
said many times that if we give time 
enough to science, it may catch up 
with the Bible. In the past, science 
text books have been looked upon 
as truth while the Bible has been 
called a myth; but we are seeing to- 
day, with the unfolding of some of 
the modern events, that the Bible 
still stands firm and strong. 



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January 19, 7957 



The BRETHREN 



► MISSIONARY 



EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 
JANUARY 26, 1957 




EDITORIALS 



By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President in Charge of Public Relations 



-iS*£^ 




The Greatest Work in Life — 

Agassiz, one of the most noted naturalists in Ameri- 
can history, was once asked what he regarded as the 
greatest work of his hfe. Instantly he replied: "My 
greatest work of life, if anything I have done can be 
called great, has been the training of two men to live 
like Ufe ought to be hved." The faculty of Grace 
Theological Seminary and Grace College is dedicated 
to this very task — the discovery of young men and 
women and infusing them with something of their in- 
structors' spirit and knowledge of God's Word and 
God's world so that they will be able to take up the 
work laid down when those older than themselves leave 
the scene of action. In this task the faculty is endeavor- 
ing to follow the example set by the Lord himself. When 
Jesus came to do His work. He took 12 men aside, and 
for three years He taught them and drilled them and 
impregnated them with His own ideas and His ideals. 
That first Christian school laid the foundation for a 
work which was destined to shake empires. 

We, at Grace, are endeavoring to train young people 
to "live like life ought to be lived." But, let us all re- 
member that this work is not confined to a few men 
and women on a hill in Winona Lake, Ind. It begins 
with you in your local town and church where, first of 
all, boys and girls and young men and women are led to 
receive Christ as their Saviour. Yours also is the task 
of challenging them to "lift up their eyes and look" 
upon fields which are "white unto harvest." Responsi- 
bility doesn't cease here, however. Yours and ours 
is the mutual task of equipping them so that they can 
properly fulfill their responsibility of standing for the 
faith, facing new frontiers, and expanding the borders 
of the church, both at home and abroad. This they 
should be prepared to do, whether they prepare for 
the ministry, the mission field, or whether they prepare 
to serve Christ as laymen. 

In the annual offering to Grace Seminary and Col- 
lege, received on January 27, or such other date as 
your church may set, you join hands with the faculty 
in what is certainly one of the greatest works in life. By 
making a substantial special gift this year to the building 
fund you help to guarantee that more of our young 
people will have an opportunity to receive the kind 
of training that only a thoroughly Christian school can 
offer them in these days of uncertainty and unbelief. 



Why $40,000 Is Needed in the Annual Offering — 

The amount of gift income necessary to care for the 
work of the school for one year at Grace is $80,000. 
This, of course, is in addition to monies received from 
tuitions and other sources. At this season of the 
year, especially, the need for funds is extremely acute. 
During the latter part of 1956, the monthly income fell 
far below the average of $6,500 which is absolutely 
necessary to care for the running expenses of the 
school. For this reason, we are asking again this year 
that God's people supply us with not less than $40,000 
to care for the deficit in the operating fund and current 
needs. Pray for this offering, and give as the Lord di- 
rects. 

Why $100,000 for the Building By March First? 

Elsewhere in the magazine this week members of the 
Grace faculty staff have outlined something of the 
desperate need for space, if the school is to care ade- 
quately for its present student body, to say nothing about 
those whom we know are planning to em"oll. The board 
of trustees has authorized the building committee to be- 
gin construction on March 1, provided they have $100,- 
000 on hand for that purpose. For this reason we are 
asking that you plan to give now (1) your regular of- 
fering for the operating expense of the school; and (2) 
a substantial gift for the building fund. Will you join 
us in our effort to make March 1 a day of victory? 

Students and Faculty Have Goal of $7,500 — 

Shortly before their Christmas vacation the various 
classes of the seminary and college student body set 
individual goals which they planned to attain for the 
buildina fund by March 1. These reached a combined 
total of $4,000. The faculty set a goal of $3,500. Al- 
though it was the holiday season, the offerings were 
well on their way toward the realization of these goals 
when the students left for their Christmas vacation. We 
are sure that their zeal will encourage others who are 
far more able to give than young men and women, most 
of whom are working their way through school, and 
many of whom find it necessary to support families 
as they do so. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER 4 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
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, S3. 00 a year; 100-pereent churches, $2.50: foreign. $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president: Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: William Schaffer. secretary: True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee: Gene Farrell, S. W. Link. Mark Malles. Robert E. A. MlUer. 
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TIDAL WAVE ENROLLMENT 



By W. A. Ogden 
Executive Vice President 



There is no doubt about it — America will be in- 
vaded. In fact, it is even now being invaded. The army 
of invasion is the youth of the land. During the first 
three-quarters of this century, 1900 to 1975, the popu- 
lation of the United States will increase from 75 million 
to more than 200 milUon. The birth rate has now passed 
the 4 million mark annually, and is expected to con- 
tinue to increase. 

This situation has imposed a major problem upon the 
educational facilities of the country. Reliable statistics 
say that enrollment in our kindergartens and elemen- 
tary schools will be some 10 milhon more in 1975 than it 
is at the present time. The tidal wave of students is 
sweeping on through the high schools and into our col- 
leges and universities, posing a problem that is taxing 
the resources of men and money almost to the breaking 
point. 

Since we are interested in this article in college level 
education, I will speak only of this part of the problem. 
In 1900, only 4 percent of the college age group at- 
tended. Today, over 25 percent of those between the 
ages of 18-21 go to college. It is estimated that this num- 
ber will increase to somewhere between 3 1 percent and 
40 percent by 1975. In simple language, this means that 
instead of 2Vi million, as of 1950, there will be 5 million 
young men and women enrolled in the colleges and uni- 
versities of America within the next dozen years. 

The extent of this situation tends to come into focus 
when we realize that already the facilities of these 
institutions are crowded far beyond normal capacity. 
In one of the well-known conservative Christian 
colleges enrollment is already limited to students whose 
grade point ratio is in the upper one-fourth of their 
high-school class. Even then, it is necessary to apply for 
admission two years or more in advance. 

Grace College looks like a very small open door to 
education when viewed against this over-all population 
and college enrollment increase. Obviously, we do not 
expect to solve this thing alone. Nevertheless, we must 
make a real attempt to care for those who are our own 
direct responsibility and assure our Brethren young peo- 
ple that they will be given an opportunity to get an edu- 



cation that will fit them to take their place in our com- 
plex world — whatever place it may be to which they feel 
the Lord is calling them. Only so can we, and they, serve 
our Lord and this present generation. 

So far, we have no restricted enroUm.ent at Grace, 
other than to those who profess to be Christians. We 
want to assure you, however, that we will always con- 
sider the young people of the Brethren church to be 
our first responsibility. If facihties are not sufficient for 
all who apply, Brethren students will be given priority. 
Some of you may be counting on sending your children 
to the state, or tax-supported, schools and feel that 
Grace College will not be needed. I would not be too 
sure about this. The plain fact is that unless we pro- 
vide our own school, your children may knock in vain 
for admittance to such an institution. These are not 
idle words. Those who will attend college in 1971 are 
already born. We can count them now. The floodtide 
of enrollment by that date will completely overrun all 
existing facilities. 

The "experts" tell us that by 1975 we must have 
56,000 additional ministers to fill the pulpits of the 
churches that must be built to take care of the church 
membership of that date. Some of these — "many, we hope 
— will be Brethren, trained in Grace Seminary and Col- 
lege. Our rapidly expanding home missionary program 
demands that we prepare an ever increasing number 
of pastors and leaders. A growing church, such as ours, 
must have a trained leadership. Neither the public in- 
stitutions nor other private colleges will provide these 
leaders for the Brethren Church. They can only be 
prepared for this challenging service in our own school 
— Grace Seminary and Grace College. To do this job 
we must have $300,000 for extension of our building 
facilities during this, our 20th anniversary year, 1957. 
Will you join with the thousands of others across the 
land in providing $100,000 of this amount by March 
1, and then pray and give throughout the period of 
building that we may be able to dedicate this building 
free of debt? Give through your home church where you 
can, otherwise mail you gift to Grace Seminary, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 




January 26, 1957 



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God's Solemn Summons to the Brethren Church 



By the Late Rev. Louis S. Bauman, D.D. 



Note — Recently the editor found among the numerous manu- 
scripts left by his father one which was written more than 30 years 
ago. the message of which, however, is more timely today in some 
respects than it was at the time of its writing. Evidently it was 
preached as a sermon, probably in the church of which he was 
pastor. Possibly it was delivered at our national conference. In it 
Dr. Bauman showed a remarkable insight into the tremendous 
importance of maintaining just such a school as Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary and College, the organization of which he helped 
to launch years later. The manuscript of the message is of too great 
length to 'reproduce here in full. It was felt that a condensation 
of it would be appreciated by our people, many of whom knew 
Dr. Bauman. Printing it at this time is especially appropriate. This 
week the students have been enjoying the inspiration of the an- 
nual Bauman Memorial Lectures, given this year by Dr. Orville 
Jobson. The article shows something of the spirit and genius 
of the man whose varied ministry inspired the establishment of 
these lectures. The article is printed also because its message is 
greatly needed just now, as we prepare for the construction of a new 
building on the Grace campus. — P.R.B. 

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall 
there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another 
place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who 
knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as 
this?" (Esther 4:14). 

The eternal God had an eternal purpose fixed for 
this old world before ever a ray of sunlight kissed its 
face, or even its foundations were laid. And this pur- 
pose was "according to the eternal pur- 
pose which he purposed in Christ Jesus 
our Lord" (Eph. 3:11). Again it is writ- 
ten of Christ: "A lamb without blemish 
and without spot: who verily was fore- 
ordained before the foundation of this 
world" (I Pet. 1:19-20). 

The single thought of Satan, the 
archenemy of God, is to defeat this 
eternal purpose of Omnipotence, and 
thus to gain the throne of Omnipo- 
tence for himself. "Fall down and 
worship me, and in worshiping me, the world shall be 
Thine without the cross!" It was a tremendous temp- 
tation; and had the Lord of glory yielded to it. He 
would have saved himself from the cross, but the throne 
of His Omnipotence would have passed to Satan. 

THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 

In the great mystery of God, He has chosen to take 
men into His fellowship as helpers in the accomplishing 
of His purposes. With angels, archangels, cherubim 
and seraphim all at His command, it is astounding that 
God should do so. Even in the tremendous work of 
redemption: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as though 
God did beseech you by us: be ye reconciled to God. 
. . . We then as workers together with him, beseech you" 
(II Cor. 5:20; 6:1). 

Yes; it is a solemn fact that God called us to a great 
work for Him. If we fail Him, His purposes will not fail. 
Mordecai reminded the "fair and beautiful" Queen 
Esther of this solemn fact as her very life and the 
life of her people hung in the balances. God will simply 




Dr. Bauman 



remove us, and "deliverance will arise from another 
place." God's crown is not lost. We simply lose our 
own. If God's chosen vessels fail Him, He will com- 
mand the vessel that was not chosen! 

God's eternal purpose today demands a faithful 
church that shall not fail to bear testimony to His 
truth until Jesus Christ returns. He declared it when 
He said: "Upon this rock I will build my church; and 
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16: 
18). The faithful church may not be large, but here 
she must be unconquered by the forces of hell, holding 
the fort until relieved by her great Commander. Truth 
to tell, the faithful church will be a very small body 
indeed as this age deepens in its awful apostacy. What 
else can the words of the Master mean when He said: 
"As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be in the days 
of the Son of man" (Luke 17:26). Small and in- 
significant to an apostate world she may seem; yet 
God's purpose hath been declared that He will have on 
earth a body of believers that are constant, "restrain- 
ing now, until he be taken out of the way" (II Thess. 
2:7 ASV). 

THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 

Outside her directly spiritual weapons, such as 
prayer, the mightiest weapon of the Christian church is 
the Christian school. Woe to the church that puts a pre- 
mium on ignorance by her neglect to educate her chil- 
dren, her future ministry, and her missionaries in 
schools that are faithful to her doctrines and her ideals! 
But, let her found such a school and straightway expect 
Satan to gather his forces and assault it with every 
means at His command. He recognizes, if we do not, the 
sacredness and seriousness of imparting knowledge to 
the rising generations. Give me the schools of the na- 
tion, and you can have her armies, her guns, her fort- 
resses, her factories, and her battleships. In 10 years, 
I'll conquer you! The teacher is the creator and molder 
of character, and as such, he may be said to rule the 
world. If the world is in sad straights today, God alone 
knows how much of it is due to the fact that the Chris- 
tian church has been sleeping while Satan has been busy 
stealing her schools, and using them for his own evil 
purposes. 

May not God be speaking to the Brethren Church 
today, even as He spoke to Queen Esther: "And who 
knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for 
such a time as this?" If there is to be salvation for the 
church today, that salvation will be brought forth by 
getting back to the infallible Word of God, and stand- 
ing thereupon though the heavens fall. Deeply spirit- 
ually minded people are generally agreed on this. This 
being true, the Brethren Church is in a position to chal- 



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lenge the world to show an organization whose plat- 
form is more fundamentally true to the eternal and xm- 
changeable Word of God than her own. Unquestionably, 
we have the message; and our ministry is more a unit in 
preaching that message than that of any other denomi- 
nation. We may think ourselves weak and insignificant, 
but so did Queen Esther think as she went forth trem- 
bling to touch the king's scepter. So have the true proph- 
ets of God always been weak and insignificant in them- 
selves yet mighty in their God. Our very weakness may 
prove to be our strength: "For when I am weak, then 
am I strong" (II Cor. 12:10). 



But truth rises only at the bidding of men who know 
her. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make 
you free" (John 8:32). 

Queen Esther's task was one of life or death. This 
heroic girl arose to the occasion. To save her people 
from death, she threw herself unreservedly into the bal- 
ance: "If I perish, I perish!" But her God was with her. 
Omnipotence moved the arm of the haughty monarch, 
and his scepter shot forth. Esther touched it, and went 
farther — she touched the heart of the king who saved 
her people for her sake, and hanged Haman on the 
gallows he had built. 



OUR GREAT NEED 



OUR TREMENDOUS TASK 



We have the message. What lack we yet? Unquestion- 
ably, our lack is that of a strong, virile, intellectually- 
equipped and spirit-filled ministry. Churches are con- 
stantly pleading for such men, and pleading in vain. 
Mission fields are calling for them, and calling in vain. 
Churches and mission fields drag along at snail's pace, 
and often perish for want of them. Recently, it was our 
privilege to make a trip to the great mission fields of 
South America. We found that in that vast continent, 
great universities are literally pouring forth vast armies 
of intellectual atheists. Against those vast armies of in- 
tellectually-equipped atheists shall we send a few non- 
intellectually equipped (i.e., untrained) men of God, 
and then marvel because one does not "chase a thou- 
sand, and two put ten thousand to flight"? Say what 
we will (and God knows we would be the last person 
on earth to undervalue the purely spiritual equipment), 
it is not God's way. When God sent a lone man to chase 
a thousand, He struck down the best intellectually- 
equipped man of the world in that day, and one of the 
best of all time — the mighty Saul of Tarsus, "brought 
up at the feet of Gamahel." It was such a man that He 
sent to do battle with the intellectual giants of dark- 
ness on Mar's Hill, and in the imperial courts of Rome. 
If I learned anything at all in South America, it was the 
folly of any attempt to make any great impression 
against the intellectually-equipped forces that are more 
and more dominating the great republics of the lands 
of the Southern Cross without sending against them 
spiritual men of God who are able to "hang Haman 
on his own gallows." 

It is necessary for us to stand before such men in 
the pulpit, in the schoolroom, on the platform, or in the 
mart, and meet, expose, and refute their theories by 
reason and facts. We must match brains with brains. We 
must understand science if we are to prove to men that 
the charge that the Word of God and the facts of the 
world of science are not at loggerheads, but in their 
confirmation of each other are rather the best of friends. 
It is only as we shall establish, equip, and support the 
church school that is spiritually minded that we can 
thus "match brains with brains." Truth, God, and 
faith have absolutely nothing to fear from the respect- 
able infidelity that parades forth in the name of scholar- 
ship and the guise of piety, if truth, God, and faith have 
men able to properly represent them, and show to the 
world that the scholarship of unbehef is but the result 
of a false education. 

"Truth crushed to earth shall rise again, 
The eternal years of God are hers; 

While Error, wounded, writhes in pain. 
And dies among her worshipers." 



My brethren, we are facing these days a more tremen- 
dous task. Our children are threatened with absolute 
spiritual death — eternal death — beside which physical 
death is not worth mentioning — threatened with it in 
the faith-destroying schools of higher learning. To save 
them from it is a task worthy of the gift of life itself, 
if need be. "If I perish, I perish!" The only way to do 
it is to establish for them a school within the domain 
of the church we love — a school that the church can 
control — and see to it that the school is as true to the 
faith of Jesus Christ, as the needle is to the pole. It is 
worth not only every dollar we can command: it is 
worth life itself to accomphsh it. What is our time be- 
side the attainment of this? "If I perish, I perish!" All 
our profession is a meaningless nothing, all our faith is 
hollow, if we hold back the money that shall enable 
the church to have a school in these days of terrible 
apostasy where her children shall be strengthened in 
their most holy faith, instead of having it shattered to 
pieces on the rocks of doubt and unbelief! 

With the church it is a question of life or death! With 
our children it is a question of eternal life or eternal 
death! It cannot be ignored. Our school must be main- 
tained morally, spiritually, and financially. Some of 
us may have to die poor! But, "If I perish, I perish!" 



GIFTS TO GRACE SEMINARY 



December 31, 1956 



Aleppo, Pa 

Alexandria, Va 

Allentown, Pa 

Alto, Mich 

Altoona, Pa. (First) 

Beaumont, Calif 

Bellflower, Calif 

Berne. Ind 

Camden, Ohio 

Clay City, Ind 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 

Covington, Va 

Cuba, N. Mex 

Dayton, Ohio (First) ,.. 

Denver, Colo 

Englewood, Ohio 

Everett, Pa 

Findlay, Ohio 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 

Garwin, Iowa 

Grandviev/, Wash 

Harrisburg, Pa 

Inglewood, Calif 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) . . 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 

La Veme. Calif 

Leesburg, Ind 

Limestone, Tenn 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 

Martinsburg, Pa 

New Troy, Mich 

Meyersdale, pa. 

(Summit Mills) 

Palmyra, Pa 



$1.00 

15.00 

21.18 

5.00 

10.00 

33.00 

7.00 

36.00 

8.00 

216.50 

117.00 

6.00 

25.00 

293.50 

13.74 

176.50 

9.00 

12.00 

222.25 

71.00 

24.00 

19.50 

35.15 

80.00 

37.20 
35.00 
5.00 
32.50 



520.00 
373.00 
10.00 
25,00 



Peru, Ind 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

(First) 

Rittinan, Ohio 

Sidney, Ind 

South Bend, Ind 

Sterling, Ohio 

Temple City, Calif 

Washington, D. C 

Waterloo, Iowa 

Waynesboro, Pa 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 

Winchester, Va 

Winona, Minn 

Winona Lake, Ind 

Isolated Brethren . . . . 

Non-Brethren 

Maintenance Gift 



Total General Fund 
Designated Gifts: 

Ashland, Ohio 

Canton, Ohio 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa .... 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 

Martinsburg, Pa 

Peru. Ind 

Temple City, Calif 

Washington, D. C 

Waynesboro, Pa 

Non-Brethren 

Alumni Association 

Student Body 

Building Fund 



Total Designated Gifts $8,485.51 



1.00 

155.00 
72.50 
13.00 
5.00 
59.00 
50.00 
14.20 
114.22 
123.00 
183.00 
36.00 
2.00 
377.74 
11.00 
387.00 
500.00 



200.00 
40.00 

100.00 
50.00 

600.00 
26.55 
19.50 
5.00 
56.40 
10.00 
50.00 
500.00 
58.76 
6,769.30 



January 26, 1957 



53 



Some Words About Word Studies 



By Ben Hamilton, Research Librarian 

Shakespeare's Polonius once asked Hamlet: "What 
do you read, my lord?" The Danish prince replied, 
"Words, words, words." Quite often one reads word 
studies of the vocabulary of Old Testament Hebrew and 
New Testament Greek with the feeling that such ref- 
erence books fall into the category of what Hamlet was 
reading — "Words, words, words." The expressiveness 
and flexibility of Hebrew and Greek make these lan- 
guages very rich and much of this quality is lost in 
translating into another tongue. This is no less true 
in the case of English than with respect to African 
languages. So in order to attempt to recapture the 
depth and significance of the original Bible languages, 
books of word studies have appeared. In a sense, a sort 
of commentary, these exercises in meaning are a com- 
bination survey of grammar and exegesis and source 
materials for illustrations. 

Girdlestone's Synonyms of the Old Testament 

Single volumes devoted exclusively to Hebrew word 
studies are uncommon. Such studies are usually buried 
in commentaries and must be used piecemeal. Girdle- 
stone's book is devoted to studying Hebrew synonyms 
that bear upon Christian doctrine. With that scheme in 
mind, he has 28 chapters covering as many doctrinal 
topics. 

For instance, in the chapter on grace, mercy and 
love Girdlestone uses three Hebrew words for grace, 
the Hebrew word used for pity; four words for love, 
and the words for mercy. By means of an extensive, 
well-chosen selection of Old Testament passages, 
Girdlestone draws out the precise meanings of the He- 
brew words concerned and supports these with illus- 
trations from Old Testament sources. In addition, 
Girdlestone contrasts, in some cases, and compares in 
others, Septuagint words and New Testament vocabu- 
lary of significance with the Hebrew words treated. 

Trench's Synonyms of the New Testament 

This work is similar to Girdlestone's. Trench's 
method differs thus: His work is not so strongly based 
on doctrinal topics. Trench's work is more technical 
than Girdlestone's. Richard Chenevix Trench (1807- 
1886) was a classical scholar. So he makes rather long 
quotations from early Greek and Latin church fathers — 
in their language! As a result. Trench's word studies 
lose some of their value, if one is not well-versed in 
Koine and Byzantine Greek as well as Latin. Trench's 
work brings out some very precious teachings. But at 
least one year of seminary Greek makes Trench's book 
more meaningful to the reader. 

Robertsons Word Pictures in the New Testament 

Archibald T. Robertson (1863-1934), not to be con- 
fused with the Church of England Archibald Robertson, 
produced a six-volume work covering the entire New 
Testament. This work covers every verse word by 
word on the basis of the Greek text. 

Robertson is terse, but has a knack for packing in a 
tremendous amount of information in brief compass. 
The essential grammatical and syntactical data are in- 
corporated into the statements and cross references that 



extract from the Greek the significant meanings. Courses 
in exegesis by Drs. Hoyt and Kent, Jr. are a real help 
to getting the most for one's money out of Robert's work. 

Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament 

This work follows a pattern similar to that used by 
Robertson. It covers the New Testament in four fat 
volumes. Marvin Richardson Vincent (born 1834) was 
Baldwin professor of sacred literature in Union Theo- 
logical Seminary, New York, at the time he published his 
word studies. 

Vincent's work is not as technical as Robertson's. 
Vincent is too skimpy in some places (Examples: On 
the word merciful, Matthew 5:7, Vincent says "See on 
Luke i. 50." On the word borrow, Matthew 5:42: 
"Properly, to borrow at interest."). But for every such 
shortcoming, Vincent's work has dozen of valuable ex- 
planations with interesting illustrations. 

Although Vincent includes the Greek words, around 
90 percent of his explanations are not above real Bible 
students who, not having seminary training, love to 
search the Scriptures for new suggestions and truths. 

Wuest's Word Studies 

Kenneth Samuel Wuest (1893-), professor of Greek 
at Moody Bible Institute, has produced four very help- 
ful books of Greek word studies: Bypaths in the Greek 
New Testament, Golden Nuggets in the Greek New 
Testament, Treasures from the Greek New Testament 
and Untranslatable Riches from the Greek New Testa- 
ment. 

Designed for use of English readers, Wuest does 
an excellent job in keeping his material from being tech- 
nical. At the same time he demonstrates a good com- 
mand of New Testament Greek in such a way as to 
command respect for his comprehension of the lan- 
guage. In Golden Nuggets Wuest deals with single words 
or expressions; in Bypaths, with selected subjects such 
as the self-emptied life; in Treasures, a combination of 
approaches including Greek grammar and the deity 
of Jesus Christ and in Untranslatable Riches Wuest in- 
cludes passages of several verses. 

Deissmann's Bible Studies 

Gustav Adolf Deissmann (born 1866) is the Ger- 
man scholar who, upon reading some ordinary papyri 
correspondence written in everyday Greek of the first 
few centuries before and during the early Christian pe- 
riod, noticed that the New Testament and papyri Greek 
were the same. This completely revolutionized the 
study of New Testament Greek. 

As a result of his investigations along this line, Deiss- 
mann first wrote his book Bible Studies. This was later 
followed by his Light from the Ancient East. Both books 
are very technical but are very helpful to advanced 
exegetes. 

The main stress in Deissmann's books is on a study 
of the Greek New Testament vocabulary in terms of 
archeology. Deissmann makes it plain that theology 
alone is not of major significance but rather historical, 
archeological research. 

Deissmann is recommended for those who find 
Girdlestone, Robertson, Trench and Vincent too tame 
for their tastes. 



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AT 

GRACE 

COLLEGE 



By Richard G. Messner 
Athletic Director 



At the present time Grace College is suffering accute 
growing pains. This is true in nearly aU departments of 
the college, but perhaps the greatest pressure is being 
felt in the athletic department. I can feel a real tug of 
sympathy in my heart for the man Moses when he said: 
"I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is 
too heavy for me" (Num. 1 1:14). I do not mean to sug- 
gest that 70 assistants are needed, but I do mean to 
point out that trying to organize an athletic department 
with an ever increasing number of students and with 
the hmited facilities we have is well nigh impossible. 

During the long winter months, both men's and wom- 
en's physical education classes must meet in a local 
grade school gymnasium which is admittedly too small 
for even elementary schoolchildren. When there are 
30-40 in a gym class you can begin to see the real prob- 
lems involved. After jostling against one another during 
the gym period the students are dismissed without show- 
ers because there are neither showers nor lockers avail- 
able in the building. I might also add that this same gym 



is used for intramural basketball whenever it is avail- 
able. This past week there were no gym classes or in- 
tramurals because the gym was in use for the grade 
school activities. Something must be done to provide 
Grace CoUege with proper facilities for physical educa- 
tion if our school is to continue its growth. 

I should also like to point out that Grace College 
is located in an enthusiastic basketball state. Every 
boy in Indiana who is old enough to hft a basketball has 
a hoop on a garage door or the side of a house. Dur- 
ing basketball tournaments the high schools are dis- 
missed and even some of the stores in the downtown 
areas close in loyalty to the local team. During the winter 
the main topics of conversation are world affairs and 
basketball. With these facts in mind I should like to 
say that we are attempting to participate in intercol- 
legiate basketball with one practice session a week. We 
can practice only once a week for two main reasons: 
In the first place, gymnasiums are hard to find. The 
high schools in this area are using their gymnasiums 
nearly every night for school functions. Then in the 
second place, when we can find a gym which is available 
it costs us anywhere from $10-S20 a night to rent it. 
You can easily see that to rent a gym for three or four 
nights a week would be a very expensive proposition. 
With so httle practice it seems almost an injustice to 
ask our fellows to keep pace with the well-conditioned 
teams in this area. I have really been thrilled this year 
with the talented athletes the Lord has sent to us, but 
it seems to me that we are indebted to the Lord and to 
these students to provide them with proper facilities for 
improving their talents. 

Another problem frequently overlooked is — where 
and how can we dry the basketball uniforms and intra- 
mural jerseys after the games and practice sessions? 
During the past two years my wife and I have tried to 
grow accustomed to the aroma of drying uniforms which 
we drape on chairs around the little stove in our front 
room. We can assure you, however, that this is not the 
most desirable situation. A drying room and a place 
to store equipment is a pressing necessity. We have been 
adding to our athletic equipment, and I feel that even 
though our facilities are poor, the equipment is better. 
For example, we have three good ping pong tables, but 
the only place to put them is in the lower auditorium 
where classes are held a great deal of the time. Then 
too, we have a small wrestling mat but no adequate 
place to use it. The use of such a mat in the lower audi- 
torium fills the corridors of the school with the odors 
peculiar to the locker room of a gymnasium. 

Many of our fellows are interested in baseball, but 
due to some trees and ungraded areas there is not enough 
space to lay out a diamond. Since a softball diamond 
does not require as much space, we now play softball. 
Unfortunately, there can be no intercollegiate competi- 
tion in softball — only in baseball. We're hoping in the 
near future to have a bulldozer come in and level off 
some more land so a baseball diamond can be laid out. 

It has been proposed that on March 1 we begin simul- 
taneous construction of a classroom building and a gym- 
nasium. Before that date arrives we must raise $100,- 
000. If we cannot raise that amount, our college will not 
go forward. It will go backward. It is our responsibility 
as members of the Brethren Church to see that our 
Brethren young people are cared for mentally, physi- 
cally, and spiritually. Won't you help us in this present 
need? 



January 26, 1957 



55 



'In the Event of Enemy Attack' 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, dean 



"In the event of enemy attack this highway will be 
closed to all traffic." This warning or one phrased in 
similar words is posted prominently upon every main 
highway in the land, and upon many roads which ap- 
pear to be secondary in importance. For the past sev- 
eral years we have all been reading this sign with more 
or less indifference. And this apathy will doubtless con- 
tinue until that fateful hour when the emergency is upon 
us. 

We have been told by governmental authorities that 
several times within the past two or three years this coun- 
try has been on the verge of war with an enemy power. 
But in spite of that we shrugg off the announcements 
with little concern. Within the past several months this 
country has been so near the zero hour that the military 
divisions of our country's defense have all been alerted. 

And now young men who have previously served in 
the armed forces are receiving significant letters from 
the military authorities. The point of these letters is to 
remind these men that in the case of emergency they 
are subject to recall. All of this should remind us that 
the law provides also for the calling of young men from 
age 18 through 25 into military training. This law was 
in force during World War H and the Korean conflict 
and it is still in operation, though it is not being ad- 
ministered with the same intensity. However, any in- 
tensifying of the present peril of attack will accelerate 
the call of young men into military training. 

This is the time therefore to remind all pastors and 
young people's counselors across our denomination that 
they should be doing their duty. Now is the time to be 
advising young men headed for the ministry and mis- 
sionary service what to do, if we want to save them for 
the Lord's work. Remember, every draft board is faced 
with the problem of determining the motives of men 
who appeal for deferment. And it is not an easy task. 
These men must deal with hundreds of young men, 
and we ought to do all we can to help them. An appeal 
for deferment for Christian service after they have been 
called and classified by the local draft board is open to 
serious question. 

To be on the safe side, here is the procedure we sug- 
gest. While young men are still in high school, they 
should be approached about giving their life for Chris- 
tian service. If some record could be kept of those who 
make such decision, and the date they make it, so much 
the better. They should be urged to pre-enroll in Grace 
College, or some college. It would even be wise to pre- 
enroll in Grace Seminary, indicating they intend to take 
pre-theological training under the direction of the semi- 
nary. If they are sufficiently assured in their own hearts 
that this is the call of the Lord, then their local churches 
in business session, should approve them as candidates 
for the Christian ministry. 

These things will help to establish a pure motive, 
and will almost surely lead the local draft board to de- 
fer the young man upon the presentation of this in- 
formation. The registrar of Grace Theological Semi- 
nary and Grace College will be glad to advise with 
any young man and supply further details. 



Training Pastors 
in Nigeria 



By Norman Lohrenz, Seminary Senior 



Leaving the mission field to go to school would seem 
to some rather ridiculous, if not tragic. However, that is 
just what I believe to have been the leading of the Lord 
for me. Mrs. Lohrenz and I served four years in Nigeria, 
British West Africa, as missionaries under the auspices 
of the Sudan Interior Mission. In those four years we 
were made keenly aware of the need for better trained 
pastors for the national churches. The pastors are 
eager for the training and it would be of inestimable 
value to the spiritual growth of the Christians and the 
winning of the lost. 

There are three primary reasons why we felt it neces- 
sary that we should prepare to give further training to 
the pastors in Nigeria. There is a growing spirit of na- 
tionalism which has created a very evident racial feel- 
ing against the white people. The unsaved African is no 
longer eager to hear what the white man has to say, but 
looks upon him in many instances with jealousy and 
contempt. We believe that we can bear a greater in- 
fluence for our Lord through the training of pastors 
and teachers who have given their lives for His service, 
and who will in return win their own people. 

Secondly, we feel that the command of the Apostle 
Paul to Timothy should not go unheeded. Paul wrote: 
"The things that thou hast heard of me among many 
witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who 
shall be able to teach others also" (II Tim. 2:2). This is 
brought to fruition in a threefold manner in the train- 
ing of pastors as they "earnestly contend for the faith" 
(Jude 3) as they speak "for the . . . edifying of the body 
of Christ" (Eph. 4:12), and as they learn how "by 
sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gain- 
sayers" (Titus 1:9). 

Thirdly, we felt the need of well-trained pastors to 
stem the tide of liberalism, Mohammedanism, Catholi- 
cism, and the host of other isms which have come into 
Africa. These isms are trying to give their leaders the 
best training possible, and we too must give our national 
leaders the best possible training in order that they may 
be able to meet the opposition with convincing reasons 
for the hope that is within them. 

Preparation for my task I have found here at Grace 
Theological Seminary. I am most grateful to the Lord for 
the gracious and Bible -believing faculty which we have 
here to lead us in our study of God's Word. I first learned 
of Grace Seminary through Dr. Bauman when he was 
lecturing at Grace Bible Institute of Omaha, Nebr. in 
1948. When I began to consider the Lord's will that I 
should take further training, my mind immediately 
turned to Grace Seminary. It is a joy and a privilege to 
be here, and I feel a great debt of gratitude to those who 
are so faithfully praying for and giving to Grace Semi- 
nary, thus making this school possible. 



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The Classroom Problem at Grace 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, dean 



The addition of a second school, Grace College, to 
the existing school, Grace Theological Seminary, has 
greatly compUcated the situation we face in our Brethren 
educational institution. This is further accentuated by 
the tremendous increase in enrollment in both schools, 
and the problem bids fair to grow much worse before 
we can get a new building. To put the matter bluntly, 
there is a tremendous classroom shortage. 

The present building was designed primarily to meet 
the needs of a theological seminary, and it will serve 
weU in that capacity for many years to come. While the 
building will adequately accommodate a seminary 
student body of 150, which we have at the present time. 




this number could be doubled, and the theological 
school could still get along without much difficulty. 

With the addition of a college program, however, 
the whole situation is changed. The total number of col- 
lege and seminary classes meeting each week is about 
100. Of this number about 30 are seminary classes, 
and the remaining 70 are college classes. The reason for 
this difference lies in the fact that the seminary is re- 
stricted to one field of study, the theological field, while 
the college covers the whole field of hberal arts. As the 
college grows, the number of classes will continue to in- 
crease. 

In our present building there are just seven real class- 
rooms. We are using two others that are not really 
adapted to this purpose. Only two of these classrooms 
are adequately equipped with blackboards — four others 
have small ones. There are no rooms adapted or 
equipped for the teaching of the sciences. There are no 
facilities whatsoever for physical education. 

The best hours in the day for classwork are in the 
morning and early afternoon. This schedule enables 
the students to integrate their schoohng with work pro- 
grams in the surrounding community. Since most of 
our students must earn their own livelihood, every 
provision must be made to this end in order that they 
may continue in school. But, at the present rate of 
growth it will be necessary to extend classes later in 
the day, perhaps going to evening classes. We have al- 
ready extended the teaching program into Saturday. 

January 26, 7957 



There is one factor that we carmot possibly ignore. 
The very existence of the school and its proper de- 
velopment to meet aU the needs of a hberal arts college 
depend upon an increase in the student body. By this 
method alone will it be possible to raise the funds for 
development of faculty and curriculum. But this in- 
crease in the student body means that there must be 
adequate classroom space and the other necessary fa- 
cilities to care for such a group. The present college 
student body of 180, if current trends are any indication, 
will mount to 250 by the fall of 1957. By the fall of 
1958 this number will probably reach 300, or even 
exceed it. As matters now stand we are bursting at the 
seams. For a music conservatory, we are using the home 
lately owned by Dr. Paul Bauman. But even this 
scarcely relieves the situation in the music department. 

Everything adds up to one conclusion. We must have 
a new building. Even if we start to build this spring, we 
cannot occupy the building until the faU of 1958. By 
that time we will have a college student body which will 
fill the building now being proposed. Will you pray and 
work and give so that we can go ahead with these plans 
for the school that God has laid as a responsibiUty upon 
the Brethren Church? 



It can be done! 




$100,000 
by March 1 



57 



Headliners 



LAKE ODESSA, MICH. The 
new Conn electric organ was dedi- 
cated at the Grace Brethren Church 
Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13. The 
organ was given in memory of Sam- 
uel Mote and in honor of Mrs. 
Phoebe Mote. Alva Steffler, instruc- 
tor in organ and art at Grace Col- 
lege was at the organ, and the Grace 
Ambassadors (Marlene Shumaker of 
this church is a member) also of 
Grace College, of Winona Lake, 
Ind., furnished the music. Rev. Paul 
Boger, pastor of the Grace Bible 
Church of Grandville, Mich., gave 
the dedicatory address. Homer Mil- 
ler is pastor. 

WINCHESTER, VA. The Sun- 
day-school annex of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Paul Dick, pastor, con- 
tinues to progress. The first and 
second floor walls have received the 
finish coat of plaster, and the back- 
stairs concrete has also been poured. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. In the 

article, "Mansfield Grace Brethren 
Remodels and Rededicates," page 
43 of the January 19 issue, the 
amount given by this church in 
home-mission offerings was mis- 
quoted. The amount should read 
$42,137.66 instead of $32,294.43. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. The ex- 
ecutive committee of the Indiana 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
met at the First Brethren Church, 
Jan. 10 to formulate plans for the 
conference which will be held here 
April 29-May 2. Mark Malles will 
be host pastor. 

CHICAGO, ILL. The Colportage 
Division, Moody Bible Institute's 
literature distributing agency, has 
been renamed the Moody Literature 
Mission. The Bible Institute Colpor- 
tage Division merged with the Insti- 
tute in 1941 and was then called 
Moody Press. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Dr. and 
Mrs. Orville Jobson were speakers 
at the Annual Mid- Winter Mission- 
ary Conference at Cornus Hill Bible 
College, Akron, Ohio, Jan. 8-11. 
They were speakers at Bryan Uni- 
versity, Dayton, Tenn., Jan. 18-20. 



STOYSTOWN, PA. Fire de- 
stroyed the study of Rev. Arthur F. 
Collins, of the Reading Brethren 
Church, Saturday morning, Jan. 12. 
The study was located back of, but 
separate from, the parsonage build- 
ing. Brother Collins' valued books 
and everything in the study was de- 
stroyed. Damage was estimated at 
approximately $2,000. 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. 
Dr. L. L. Grubb, secretary of the 
Home Missions Council, Winona 
Lake, Ind., is taking additional les- 
sons in instrument flying. 

GRANDVIEW, WASH. The 
First Brethren Church began the 
New Year with record breaking at- 
tendance at the morning worship 
service with 93 present and in Sun- 
day school with 96 present. The pas- 
tor, Robert Griffith, and family spent 
the holidays with Rev. and Mrs. Leo 
Polman in San Gabriel, Calif. 

TROY, OHIO. The Grace Breth- 
ren property at 527 North Market 
Street is for sale and the church will 
be relocated in the near future. Her- 
man Hein, Jr. is the pastor. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. At the end 
of this Grace Seminary term Tom 
JuUen will assume full-time duties 
as pastor of the Second Brethren 
Church. They wiU start their new 
program about March 1. 

FINDLAY, OHIO. Since Forest 
Lance left the pastorate of the Find- 
lay Brethren Church to assume the 
pastorate of the Anaheim Breth- 
ren Church Rev. Lester Pifer, Rev. 
Herbert Bess, and Rev. Harold Et- 
ling have filled the pulpit respec- 
tively Dec. 30, Jan. 6 and 13. The 
new pastor, Gerald Teeter is now on 
the field, having assumed his new 
work Jan. 20. 

MIDDLEBRANCH, OHIO. Rev. 

and Mrs. Wesley Haller, of the First 
Brethren Church, celebrated their 
tenth wedding anniversary on Dec. 
26 and that same week Mr. and Mrs. 
John Royers had their fifty-first 
wedding anniversary. 

ALTOONA, PA. The Grace 
Brethren Church congregation be- 
gan the new year as a family by hav- 
ing New Year's Day dinner together 
— a sauerkraut and pork dinner — 



at the Grandview Fire Hall. J. Ward 
Tressler is the pastor. 

CHICO, CALIF. The California 
workshops of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council will be held in the 
Grace Brethren Church Feb. 19-2L 
Phillip J. Simmons will be host pas- 
tor. 

Sn M^nitiriaLm 

Mr. William E. McNeil, 74, went 
to be with the Lord on December 
15, 1956. He united with the Sec- 
ond Brethren Church, now Nor- 
walk Brethren, Norwalk, Calif., in 
1926 and served his Lord faithfully 
in this church until his very last. 
Our loss is heaven's gain. — Henry 
Rempel, pastor. 

Mr. Ward Duncan a member of 
the North Long Beach Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif., went 
to be with the Lord the third week 
of December 1956. — George Peek, 
pastor. 

Mr. Brooks Bryan was loosed 
away upward on Jan. 3. He was a 
faithful and active member of the 
First Brethren Church, Compton, 
Calif. — Dennis I. Holliday, pastor. 

Miss Gertrude Lake of the First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa., 
was very suddenly called home to be 
with the Lord, Christmas Day, Dec. 
25, 1956. For many years she was 
a faithful member of the church, 
a teacher of Sunday-school classes 
— at the time of her death she was 
teaching the Dorcas class — a mem- 
ber of the official board, president 
of the Women's Missionary Society, 
and one of the best known and best 
loved women of our church. — Mrs. 
Effie Schmucker, church office sec- 
retary. 

Mrs. William Bostetter, 59, went 
to be with the Lord Jesus on De- 
cember 19, 1956. Mrs. Bostetter 
was a faithful and beloved member 
of the Calvary Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, Md. She was known 
and beloved by many of the folk 
of the National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches. — Jack K. Peters, pas- 
tor. 



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revailing Prayers 



Those who have left the deepest 
impression on this sinful world have 
been men and women of prayer. You 
will find that prayer has been the 
mighty weapon that has moved 
both the hand of God and man. 

Abraham was a man of prayer, 
and angels came down from heaven 
to commune with him. Jacob's 
prayer was answered in the won- 
derful interval at Peniel. A mighty 
blessing was received, and the heart 
of his brother Esau softened. The 
child Samuel was given in answer 
to Hannah's prayers. Elijah's pray- 
ers closed up heaven for three years 
and six months, and he prayed again 
and the heavens gave rain. The 
Apostle James tells us in the fifth 
chapter, that the prophet Elijah 
was a man "subject to like passions 
as we are." (Notice the words "like 
passions.") I am glad that those 
men and women who were so mighty 
in prayer were just like ourselves. 
We are apt to think that they were 
different from what we are. But 
James says no, they were of like 
passion. 

We read on another occasion 
where Elijah brought down fire on 
Mount Carmel. The prophets of 
Baal cried long and loud, but no 
answer came. The God of Ehjah 
heard and answered his prayers. Let 
us remember that Elijah's God still 
lives, and that we have the same ac- 
cess that he had. Elijah prayed and 
life came back to a dead child. 
Many children today are dead "in 
trespasses and sins." Why not do as 
Elijah did, entreat God to raise 
them up in answer to our prayers. 
Look at Samson, restored from his 
back-slidden state into fellowship 
with God. Then he prayed and God 
gave him power, his strength came 
back so that he slew more at death 
than during his life. If those in a 
back-slidden state, out of fellow- 
ship with God, would only come and 
confess their sins, how quickly God 
would answer their prayers. 

Job prayed too, you remember, 
and his captivity was turned. Light 
came instead of darkness, and God 



lifted him up above his former pros- 
perity. The ashpile and his boils 
turned out much better than any- 
one would have thought — but there 
was a reason. Prayer. 

You remember how Daniel prayed 
to His God, and Gabriel came down 
to tell him that he was a man greatly 
beloved of God. Three times that 
message came to him from God in 
answer to prayer. He spent three 
weeks in prayer at one time, and 
while his prayers did not keep him 
out of the lion's den, they did keep 
him out of the lion's mouth. Who 
was it the lion ate? We would do 
well to ponder here. 

We find also that Cornelius 
prayed, and Peter was sent with 
words whereby he and his friends 
should be saved. In answer to 
prayer this great blessing came upon 
him and his household. Peter too 
was saved from a false delusion in 
regard to the gentiles. It was in an- 
swer to prayer, made without ceasing 
to God for Peter that an angel was 
sent to deliver him from jail. So 
all through the Scriptures you will 
find that when believers pray, their 
prayers go up to God and the an- 
swer comes down. 

It would be an interesting study 
to go right through the Bible and 
see what happened while God's peo- 
ple have been on their knees calling 
upon Him. Certainly the study would 
be a great strength to our little 
faith, showing, as it would, how 
wonderfully God has heard and de- 
livered when the cry has gone up 
to Him for help. We think of Paul 
and Silas in the prison at Philippi. 
As they prayed and sang praises to 
God, the place was shaken, and the 
jailer was converted. Perhaps that 
one conversion has done more than 
any other recorded in the Bible to 
bring people to God. How many 
souls have been blessed by seek- 
ing the answer to the jailer's ques- 
tion: "What must I do to be saved,"? 
we may never know. But it was the 
prayers of these two godly men that 
brought this man to his knees, and 
brought blessing to him and his 



By James S. Cook 

Associate Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Mansfield, Ohio 

family. And this I weU know, it was 
the jailer's question together with 
Paul's answer: "Believe on the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall 
be saved," that brought light and 
life into my heart. I learned that 
night, while alone on my knees in 
my room, that there was nothing 
I could do. Just fully surrender, be- 
lieve and receive Christ into my 
heart, and the battle was over. 

We have been discussing Bible 
prayers of men who have prayed at 
great length, and there is need for 
much of that kind of praying. Like 
our Lord who often prayed all night 
and with great profit to himself and 
for others. However, I think it would 
be helpful if we were to look into 
the Bible at some of the closer range 
prayers and see how profitable they 
have been. In public I find that the 
great saints of God, together with 
our Lord, made their prayers brief. 
We will note a few of them. 

Let us first take Christ in John 
12:27 where He prays to the Father. 
I think this is the saddest chapter 
in the Bible. He was about to leave 
the Jewish nation and make atone- 
ment for the sin of the world. Hear 
what He says: "Now is my soul 
troubled; and what shall I say? 
Father save me from this hour; but 
for this cause have I come unto this 
hour." Take the scene in the garden, 
where He prays the same prayer 
three times saying: "Father if it be 
possible let this cup pass from me: 
nevertheless not as I will but as 
thou wilt." It may well be we fail 
at this point in that we are not quite 
willing to be crucified. Again on 
the cross He cries: "Father forgive 
them for they know what they do." 
Or, take Stephen when his persecu- 
tors stoned him, he cried: "Lay not 
this sin to their charge." Do you see 
the kind humble spirit of forgiveness 
manifested here. It is the kind of a 
spirit God loves to reward. The 
Pubhcan prays: "God be merciful 
to me a sinner." The Syrophenician 
woman: "Lord, help me." She goes 

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January 26, 1957 



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1 CHANCE ON 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 



Inspiration of the Bible 



CONSIDERED MATHEMATICALLY 
By Dr. Peter Stoner 



To what extent does the fulfill- 
ment of prophecy prove the inspira- 
tion of the Bible? This is a prob- 
lem that I wish to consider mathe- 
matically. In my discussion I shall 
consider prophecies which deal with 
physical things, the fulfillment of 
which no man can doubt. 

This subject must be treated from 
the viewpoint of probability. The 
law of probability which I shall use 
is this: if one man out of "m" men 
have a given property, and one man 
from "n" men have another inde- 
pendent property, then one man out 
of "m" times "n" men will have both 
properties. Let me illustrate; sup- 
pose one man out of 100 has lost a 
leg and suppose one man out of five 
is bald, then only one man out of 
500 is both bald and has lost a leg. 
The truth of this can easily be seen. 
Take 500 men at random if one 
man in every 100 men has lost a 
limb in this group, there would be 
just five such men. Consider these 
five men. Since one out of five is 
bald, there will be just one man of 
these five that is bald; therefore one 
man out of the 500 is both bald and 
has lost a leg. This same idea can be 
extended indefinitely. If we should 
find that one man in every 100 is 
Wind, that one man in 500 has lost 
an index finger, and that one man 
in 400 has lost a toe, then one man 
in 100 times 500 times 400 or 20,- 
000,000 fills aU three conditions- 
is blind, has lost an index finger and 
a toe. 

Let us apply this principle to 
prophecy. The numbers which I shall 
use are only estimates but I shall 
show later that they are sufficient. 
These are estimates furnished by 
a group of college students who 



asked me to discuss with them the 
inspiration of the Bible. I cautioned 
them in giving their estimates, to 
make them conservative and on each 
prophecy I took the smallest esti- 
mate any member of the group of- 
fered. The estimates of eight proph- 
ecies from Isaiah 53 are given be- 
low: 

(1) "He is despised and rejected 
of men; a man of sorrows, and ac- 
quainted with grief: and we hid as 
it were our faces from him; and he 
was despised, and we esteemed him 
not" (Isa. 53:3). One man in how 
many fill this prophecy? Answer 
1 in 1,000. 

(2) "Surely he hath borne our 
griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet 
we esteem him stricken, smitten of 
God, and afflicted" (Isa. 53:4). One 
man in how many fills this proph- 
ecy? Answer 1 in 10,000. 

(3) "He was oppressed, and he 
was afflicted, yet he opened not his 
mouth: He is brought as a lamb 
to the slaughter, and as a sheep be- 
fore her shearers is dumb, so he 
openeth not his mouth" (Isa. 53:7). 
One man in how many will go 
through these things without making 
a protest? Answer 1 in 10,000,000. 

(4) "But he was wounded for our 
transgressions, he was bruised for 
our iniquities: the chastisement of 
our peace was upon him; and with 
his stripes we are healed" (Isa. 53: 
5). One man in how many has been 
convicted of a crime committed by 
another man? Answer 1 in 100. 

(5) "He was taken from prison 
and from judgment; and who shall 
declare his generations? For he was 
cut off out of the land of the living" 
(Isa. 53:8). One man in how many 



is executed by mob rule? Answer 
1 in 10,000. 

(6) "And he made his grave with 
the wicked, and with the rich in his 
death" (Isa. 53:9). One poor man 
out of how many dies with the 
wicked and buried with the rich? 
Answer 1 in 50,000. 

(7) ". . . because he hath poured 
out his soul unto death . . ." (Isa. 
53:12). Christ sweat great drops 
of blood, and according to physi- 
cians, death always follows quickly 
after. One man in how many has 
literally fulfilled this prophecy? An- 
swer 1 in 1,000,000. 

(8) ". . . and he bare the sins of 
many, and made intercession for 
the transgressors" (Isa. 53:12). One 
man in how many, when being perse- 
cuted, will pray for the people perse- 
cuting him? Answer 1 in 10,000. 

Here are eight prophecies taken 
from the 53d chapter of Isaiah. One 
man in how many will fulfill the 
whole eight? Multiply these numbers 
and your answer will be 1 in 5,000,- 
000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 
000,000 or one in five followed by 
33 ciphers. 

Let us take the average popu- 
lation of the world from the time 
of Isaiah to the present as 1,000,- 
000,000 and the length of a gen- 
eration as 30 years. This allows 
about 88 generations since Isaiah 
or about 88,000,000,000 people 
living in this time. Dividing this into 
the probabihty that any particular 
man would fulfill the eight proph- 
ecies, we have one chance in 60,- 
000,000,000,000,000,000,000 that 
any man could have Uved on the 
earth since the time of Isaiah who 
could have fulfilled all eight proph- 
ecies, or one chance in six with 22 
ciphers after it. 



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We know that these were all ful- 
fiUed in Christ. It seems to me that 
one could offer only two possibilities 
about the Book of Isaiah; either 
Isaiah wrote it himself from his own 
ideas of what might take place in 
the future, or he was inspired of 
God. If Isaiah wrote it himself, his 
chances of having these eight alone 
fulfilled was only 1 in 60,000,000,- 
000,000,000,000,000. Or in other 
words it appears that the probability 
that Isaiah was not inspired by God 
also to be 1 in 60,000,000,000,000,- 
000,000,000 if we consider only 
these eight prophecies. Let us try 
to visualize what kind of a chance 
this really is. If all of the land sur- 
face of the earth (every country of 
the earth and all of the polar re- 
gions) was composed of silver dol- 
lars to a depth of 7,000 feet, about 
as deep as the deepest shaft that 
has ever been sunk for oil or pre- 
cious minerals, the number of dol- 
lars would be six followed by the 
22 ciphers, the same number that 
we had above. Suppose one of these 
silver dollars is marked, and that a 
man is blindfolded and told to go 
out and pick up one of these coins. 
He cannot feel the mark but can 
dig as deep as he desires and travel 
as far as he wishes; he must pick 
up one of these dollars and say 
this is the right one. We agree that it 
is not a chance worth considering. 

But if these eight prophecies 
were the only evidence we had, then 
the chance that the Bible was not in- 
spired is the same chance that this 
man had trying his luck at finding 
the right coin. But let us not stop 
here. To save time suppose we 
choose eight more prophecies and 
that their chances of being fulfilled is 
just the same as the eight just con- 
sidered. What would be the chance 
of all 16 prophecies being fulfilled? 
The answer will be the product of 
one in six with 22 ciphers times 
five with 33 ciphers or three with 56 
ciphers. If we visuaUze this in the 
same manner as before, we shall 
have to build a great ball of silver, 
dollars, the diameter of which is 
1,000,000 times as great as the dis- 
tance from the earth to the sun or 
a distance one-half again as great 
as our planet is from the great star 
Sirius^ If you can imagine a man 



drawing one dollar at random from 
this great mass and hoping to get 
the correct one, his chance would be 
equal to the chance these prophecies, 
16 in number, would have of being 
fulfilled if they were not given by 
God himself. 

In order to extend this considera- 
tion beyond all bounds of com- 
parison, let us take two more groups 
of 16 prophecies each, making 48 
prophecies in all. Suppose further 
that each group averages the same 
probability of fulfillment as the first 
group. Then the probability of all 
48 prophecies being filled by any 
living man since the prophecies were 
made, comes out to be one chance in 
two followed by 191 ciphers. 

If we wish to interpret this in any 
physical sense, we must discard the 
silver dollar as too large a unit and 
adopt something the size of an elec- 
tron in its place. The diameter of 
the electron is supposed to be a 
small part (one quad-driUienth part) 
of a centimeter, the smallest known 
particle of matter, and too smaU to 
be seen by the highest powered 
miscroscope that can ever be in- 
vented. Now to get the number of 
electrons represented by two fol- 
lowed by 191 ciphers, we must pack 
all space solid with these minute 
objects to a distance from the earth 
in all directions of 100,000,000,- 
000,000,000,000,000 hght years. 
This is 100,000,000,000,000,000,- 
000 times as far as any observations 
have been made astronomically. Ac- 
cordmg to the most recent computa- 
tions from the theory of relativity 
our space extends only 2,000,000,- 
000 light years. According to this 
our number of electrons would fill aU 
space one followed by 59 ciphers 
times. This amount of matter in all 
probabihty does not exist in the en- 
tire universe, and we have no means 
of physically representing the proba- 
bility that 48 prophecies would be 
fiUed. 

Therefore, God himself, must 
have made these prophecies and di- 
rected their fulfillment. Some may 
say that my numbers are too large, 
when I say one man in a certain 
number fulfills the conditions of a 
certain prophecy. If so, I do not care 
to argue the matter, I ask such a per- 
son to make his own estimates and 



compute his results for the same 
prophecies. If this number falls be- 
low the one I have given for a total, 
it is only necessary to take a few 
more prophecies to make his num- 
ber as large or larger than the 
one I have given. No one need fear 
that there will not be enough proph- 
ecies to do this for there are hun- 
dreds still to be used. 

It, therefore, appears to be math- 
ematically estabhshed that the Bible 
is true and is the inspired work of 
God. I cannot conceive of any- 
thing being more unreasonable than 
to say in spite of all this evidence, 
that these prophecies just happened 
to all come true in Jesus Christ. 

If these facts have increased any 
one's faith in the Bible, or interested 
anyone who did not have faith, this 
article has fulfilled its mission. I do 
earnestly entreat any one doubting 
the Bible to weigh whatever evi- 
dence he has, or thinks he has, 
against the evidence just presented. 

PREVAILING PRAYERS 

(Continued From Page 59) 

right to the mark and she got help. 
Take the thief on the cross: "Lord, 
remember me when thou cometh 
into thy Kingdom." Peter's prayer 
was: "Lord, save me or I perish." 
So as we go through the Scriptures 
we will find many short prayers and 
to the point, telling God just what 
they want. 

I have often noticed in our pubUc 
services many people pray around 
the world and back again. We should 
pray for all our missionaries, home 
and abroad. I think, however, much 
of that should be reserved for our 
closet prayers. But when the battle 
is on at home, we should localize our 
shot and aim at the battlefield. In 
war our soldiers don't shoot at the 
whole army. At close range they 
aim at their man. If we were to 
shoot at a flock of birds, we would 
likely miss them aU. In our prayers 
we need to pull a fine bead. We 
can't destroy all the work of the 
Devil, but we need to break through 
at one point. In our prayers we 
need to strike and where it hurts 
most. Above all pray, James says: 
"The effectual fervent prayer of 
a righteous man availeth much." 



January 26, 1957 



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Is it Necessary . . . 



Perhaps you have been asked 
this question. Or maybe you have 
wondered about it yourself. Does 
the Lord really expect us as Chris- 
tian believers to give a tenth of all 
we receive to Him? 

Some Christians fear that if they 
do not tithe the Lord will bring some 
reversal or chastisement upon them. 
Many believe that while tithing is 
preferable; yet if you are a little 
pressed financially, it really isn't 
necessary. 

Fm sure you agree that to an- 
swer this question we must consult 
the Word of God to see what it 
teaches on the matter of tithing and 
then follow its teaching as to our 
giving. In considering what the Bible 
teaches about tithing, I want to con- 
sider it in this manner: (1) How was 
tithing practiced during the Old 
Testament period of time? and (2) 
How does this pertain to our giving 
as Christians. 

HOW WAS TITHING 

PRACTICED DURING THE OLD 

TESTAMENT PERIOD OF 

TIME? 

The practice of tithing is a very 
ancient custom. History indicates it 
was practiced even prior to the time 
of Abraham and many years before 
the Mosiac Law was given. How- 
ever, the first mention of tithing in 
the Scriptures is found in Genesis 
14:20 when Abram returning from 
battle gave tithes of the booty which 
he had taken from the enemy. 

Several hundred years later when 
Jehovah gave the Law through 
Moses, detailed instructions were 
set forth in the Book of Leviticus 



to govern the giving, as well as the 
use, of the tithe. Tithing for Israel 
was not a matter of choice; it was 
compulsory. Each person was re- 
quired to give one-tenth of all the 
increase or profit of all of his crops 
and herds (Deut. 14:22). When the 
crops were harvested one-tenth of 
all the grain, the fruit, or the produce 
was set aside as the Lord's. Also as 
the herds and flocks passed out from 
the stable to pasture they were 
counted and every tenth one was set 
apart as the Lord's. If a person 
withheld the tithe, when he was 
found out he had to pay up and 
in addition pay an added penalty 
of one-fifth part or 20 percent in- 
terest. Or if the tenth animal hap- 
pened to be an extra nice one and 
he tried to exchange it for a poorer 
one he had to give both of them 
to the Lord (Lev. 27:30-34). 

The tithes were brought to the 
Levites. At the time the land was 
divided among the tribes of Israel, 
no allotment was given to the Le- 
vites who were appointed to the 
service of the Tabernacle and de- 
voted all their time to the Lord's 
service. This left them no time to 
farm or raise livestock, so they had 
no use for land. In return for their 
service to the Lord the Levites were 
to receive the tithes of all the other 
12 tribes. The Levites in turn gave 
one-tenth of all they received to the 
high priest. If we compare the num- 
ber of Levites with the number of 
men 20 years of age and older as 
recorded in Numbers 1:46 and 3: 
39, we find there were about 27 
men for each Levite priest. Even 
if some of the men were unem- 



ployed, this would mean that each 
priest would receive in tithes from 
the people about two and one half 
times the average income of the men 
of Israel. The Lord provided so 
that His servants, the Levites, would 
be adequately cared for. 

Throughout Israel's history when 
they were faithful to the Lord and 
faithfully brought the tithe, the bless- 
ing of the Lord was abundantly upon 
them. When they strayed from the 
Lord and began to withhold the 
tithe, chastisement always fol- 
lowed. In Malachi 3:9 the Lord 
pleads with them to faithfully bring 
in all the tithes and He would so 
abundantly bless that they would not 
be able to receive it. 

When it came time to build the 
Tabernacle, the Lord told Moses 
to take a free-will offering from the 
people. This was not to be built 
with tithes but with offerings in ex- 
cess of the tithe. The tithes were for 
the Levites; the building was to be 
built with offerings. The sacrifice to 
these people was great because they 
were a poor people. But the Lord 
blessed them for their faithfulness. In 
fact, they gave so willingly that 
Moses had to command them to stop 
giving (Exod. 36:6-7) because they 
gave more than was needed. This 
would be a unique experience for 
most pastors today. 

This briefly was the practice of 
tithing under the law as required 
of Israel. Do these same require- 
ments apply to the Christian today? 

HOW DOES TITHING APPLY 
TO CHRISTIAN GIVING? 

Are we as Christians supposed to 



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. to Tithe? 




By Ralph C. Hall 
Columbus, Ohio 



apply these same principles to our 
giving or follow the Old Testament 
Law as our standard? The answer 
is No. The Scriptures are very clear 
that the guide for our conduct and 
practices as beUevers is not the Law. 
We are not under the Law (Rom. 
6:14) either for salvation or as our 
guide for Christian practices. Tith- 
ing is never mentioned in the New 
Testament with reference to the 
believer. 

However, lest I be misunderstood 
as diminishing the amount of our 
giving, I want to make it clear that 
I am sure the principle of Christian 
giving suggested in the New Testa- 
ment is far greater than the rigid 
practice of tithing under the law. 
The Lord does not expect less of us 
under grace than He did under the 
law. Let me call to your attention the 
principles of Christian giving. 

The Scriptures remind us that the 
incidents in the lives of Old Testa- 
ment saints were written and re- 
corded as examples and admonitions 
for us today. Some therefore apply 
this theory to tithing. If the Scrip- 
tures intend for us to use the Old 
Testament as an example for our 
giving, we must conclude that we 
ought to all tithe our income to pro- 
vide for our pastors, missionaries, 
and Christian workers. Then in ad- 
dition we should give sufficient of- 
ferings above our tithes to meet our 
needs for church buildings, schools, 
and all other needs. This definitely 
would more than double the present 
giving in most of our churches. Al- 
though it has some commendable 
points, I do not believe it is the plan 
suggested in the Scriptures. 



The New Testament in several 
places suggests things relative to 
our giving. In I Corinthians 16:1-3 
the Apostle Paul instructs the Ga- 
latian and Corinthian churches to 
give regularly on the Lord's Day 
in proportion to that which the Lord 
has prospered them the previous 
week. If the Lord had been gener- 
ous to them, then in turn they should 
give as much as they possibly could 
to Him. In II Corinthians 8 he com- 
mends the Macedonian churches 
that in the midst of great trials and 
deep poverty they had been extreme- 
ly generous. In fact, he states that 
they had given far beyond their 
abihty; they had really sacrificed 
to give to the Lord. He also ex- 
plains why in verse 5 — they "first 
gave their own selves to the Lord." 
The one who is willing to give him- 
self unreservedly to the Lord Jesus 
Christ will have no problem about 
how much he should give. But the 
one who is unwilling to give himself 
to the Lord wiU always be reluctant 
to give very much of what he has. 

I am convinced that the standard 
for Christian giving is expressed in 
one word — a word used by the 
Apostle Paul in Philippian 4:14-18 
— that word is communicate, a word 
which means to have in common 
or to share alike. This is far more 
than tithing. In essence it means that 
we ought to give to provide for our 
missionaries and our pastors that 
they may be able to live as well as 
we do — that the Lord's house and 
business may be as well provided for 
as our own. 

Many people think that when a 
person goes as a missionary or a 



pastor he is supposed to make great 
physical and personal sacrifices. Or 
that he is adequately provided for as 
long as he has a grass hut to live 
in, enough food to keep from starv- 
ing, and one outfit of clothes. It is a 
shame the way some missionaries 
have to eke out an existence to carry 
the gospel to the uttermost part 
of the earth while we back home live 
in the lap of luxury. Then to say 
the missionary is just expected to do 
that is more than a shame, it is a sin 
on our part. We ought to provide 
for our missionaries and pastors just 
as well as we would provide for our- 
selves. We ought to provide for the 
Lord's business as well as we pro- 
vide for our own. 

Scripturally we are to communi- 
cate, or share by giving, to meet the 
need. The standard is high, but the 
Lord promises that if we are faithful 
in this matter of giving. He will 
abundantly bless and supply all our 
needs. This sets no minimum or 
maximum to our giving. I believe our 
Lord would expect us to do better 
than the Israelite who was compelled 
to give the tithe when we have so 
much more than they through the 
grace of God. If we are able to give 
nine-tenths and still have our needs 
met, then we ought to do it. The 
standard is communicating or shar- 
ing until every need has been met 
for the Lord's work and every soul 
has heard the message of life through 
trusting Jesus Christ. If we first give 
our ownselves to the Lord, our 
giving will express our appreciation 
to Him for hfting us out of our sins. 
How much do you love Him? How 
much you give Him is an indication. 



January 26, 7957 



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THE CHURCH 



A NECESSITY OR A CONVENIENCE 



By Henry Daike 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Yakima, Wash. 



Is church attendance and service 
in the church a burden that Christ 
has put upon His children or is it 
a joyous experience of worship and 
happy service? 

This question has a wide scope 
of answers. It hes within the heart 
of the individual. To some people 
church attendance seems to be a 
drudgery, while others can say with 
the psalmist: "I was glad when they 
said unto me, Let us go into the 
house of the Lord." Wherein Ues 
the difference between these two at- 
titudes or desires? For indeed, it is 
a manifestation of the desires of the 
heart. The answer is very simple. 
Our desire for the things of God will 
be in proportion to our devotion to 
Jesus Christ our Saviour. 

There is only one institution upon 
the face of the whole wide world 
that bears the testimony that Christ 
loves it. This testimony is found 
in Ephesians 5:25: "Husbands, love 
your wives, even as Christ loved the 
church, and gave himself for it." 
You may let your mind run the 
gamut of human organizations, reli- 
gious, social, educational, etc. and 
none will have the stamp of the love 
of Jesus Christ upon it. This divine 
honor is placed upon the church of 
Jesus Christ. Do we hold it in high 
esteem? 

The church may be criticized, it 
may be neglected, it may be ac- 
cused of being filled with hypocrites, 
but it still has the affection of Christ, 
and will some day be glorified by 
Him, and taken to His heavenly 
home. 



Christ is the builder and the Head 
of the church and He is interested 
in its progress and growth. When He 
asked His disciples: "Whom say ye 
that I am?" Peter answered: "Thou 
are the Christ, the Son of the living 
God." Then Jesus said: "And I say 
unto thee, That thou art Peter, and 
upon this rock I will build my 
church; and the gates of hell shall 
not prevail against it." 

Christ is the builder of the church 
and He is building it upon himself. 
He is the rock upon which the 
church is built. "For other founda- 
tion can no man lay than that is laid, 
which is Jesus Christ" (I Cor. 3:11; 
cf. Eph. 2:19-22). He is building 
the church with individuals. Each 
member of the church is being 
formed by Him to fill a specific place 
in the building. He emphasizes the 
importance of the individual by His 
revelation that God sees every spar- 
row that falls and that we are of 
much more value to Him than the 
sparrows. 

Therefore, He is vitally interested 
in us as individuals. Sometimes we 
feel so very incompetent and unim- 
portant, but that is not so in God's 
eyes. We may feel that our absence 
from the services of the church will 
not be noticed or bear any conse- 
quences. This is not so in the eyes of 
God. 

Every opportunity of worship or 
service, if neglected, has its effect 
upon the church. If the members 
of a church neglect their church at- 
tendance, it will have a direct bear- 
ing on the unsaved. When an un- 
saved person comes to church and 
sees only a small portion of the 
church membership present, he may 
well reason that after all the church 
isn't very important to the members. 



so why should he get excited about 
coming, or of making his acceptance 
of Christ? Our unsaved neighbors 
know if we are church members. 
Then if they see us staying at home 
on Sundays and prayer meeting 
nights, they sooth their conscience 
by saying: "Well, we're just as good 
as they are. They don't do what 
they say anyway." Thus we will 
not win our neighbors but will be a 
stumbling block to them. 

Faithfulness to the services of the 
church is required of a good steward 
of Jesus Christ. 

Christians need the fellowship and 
the exhortation received by assem- 
bling in the name of the Lord. "And 
let us consider one another to pro- 
voke unto love and to good works: 
not forsaking the assembling of our- 
selves together, as the manner of 
some is; but exhorting one another: 
and so much more, as ye see the day 
approaching" (Heb. 10:24-25). 

To be negligent in church attend- 
ance will cause one to become luke- 
warm, or even cold to the things 
of Christ. It will reveal our low 
esteem for that which Christ loves 
so dearly. 

Do we want to win others to 
Christ and His church? Then we 
must love His church and be wilUng 
to sacrifice and work for its ex- 
pansion. A salesman must be sold 
on his product before he can in- 
fluence anyone else to buy and use 
it. We must be sold on the necessity 
of the church. We must be sold on 
the program and destiny of the 
church. We must consider it an hon- 
or to be called out of sin and to be 
made a member of the church by 
our blessed Redeemer. 

To some, church attendance and 
service is governed by convenience. 
They will attend if it does not in- 
convenience them and their plans 
for the Lord's Day. May God help 
us to see that Sunday is the Lord's 
Day and it is the day of worship 
and service for Him. For truly the 
church is a necessity for a deep 
spiritual hfe and for the spreading 
of the gospel to the uttermost part 
of the world. 

Let us spend, and be spent for 
the growth and development of the 
church. 



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"On your mark, get set, go!" 

That's our foreign-mission purpose as we think of 
February 1, the beginning of our four-month period of 
foreign-mission special activity. It is a contest for all of 
us, not against others, but for Jesus Christ. From the 
very first day of our foreign-mission season to the very 
last day, it will take the best we have to offer in prayer, 
in planning and in giving. Of course, it needs be re- 
membered that although our promotional period is dur- 
ing these four months in the spring, all offerings re- 
ceived during the entire calendar year become a part 
of our total offering for foreign missions, and the mem- 
bership in our Society is based on that total annual gift. 

Membership month — why not? 

Why not think of February as membership month for 
your Foreign Missionary Society? Why not plan to give 
the minimum gift of $5 which entitles you to an active 
annual membership, and do this during February. Then, 
add to this amount just as much and just as rapidly as 
you can. You will be thrilled with how much and how 
fast your total foreign-mission offering will grow. We 
now have just about 7,000 members in our Brethren 
Foreign Missionary Society. Won't you help us to in- 
crease this number to at least 15,000? Help by planning 
a membership for yourself and for every member of your 
family during this month. 

Types of Membership — 

There have been two types of membership: active, 
for those who give $5 or more in any calendar year; and 
life, for those who give $100 or more in any calendar 
year. Now we are planning a special honorary member- 
ship for those who give SI, 000 or more to foreign 
missions either during any one calendar year or during 
any five-year period beginning with 1957. We'll tell you 
more about this next month. We will be able to make 
tremendous expansion in our work if a goodly number 
find it possible to attain to this special membership. 

Our greatest offering — 

The greatest offering during any one year in our his- 
tory has just been completed. It exceeded the offering 
in 1955 by $33,331.51, or an increase of slightly over 
14 percent. Our total offering as you will find it re- 
ported elsewhere in this issue of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald came to a grand total of $266,594.98. We are 
so very thankful to God for this fine offering, and our 
most sincere thanks is extended to each donor, to each 
prayer partner, and especially to each pastor and church 
leader who helped to make this possible. 

Prayer goal for 1957 — 

The goal in relation to our foreign-mission giving 



is for an increase of 17 percent over the giving during 
1956. We had believed 30 percent was the amount of 
the increase urgently needed for 1956. The Lord gave 
us the 14 percent mentioned above. We can't do every- 
thing with the 14 percent that we could have done with 
the 30 percent. Possibly we asked too much too soon. 
Now we are increasing the prayer goal for 1957 just 
slightly over the total that 30 percent would have given 
us in 1956. Let's do it in two years! The minimum of our 
needs for 1957 is $300,000, and the 17 percent will 
give us slightly above that amount. 

Prayer goals pay — 

Those of us who set prayer goals during 1956 can 
testify that they pay in joy and satisfaction. Let the Lord 
give you your prayer goal for your foreign-mission giv- 
ing, and then watch Him enable you to meet that goal. 
Please read the most valuable article: "When God 
Taught Me to Give," by Dr. Oswald J. Smith. It is 
printed elsewhere in this issue. 

Returning to Africa — 

We are happy to announce that two of our missionary 
families who had been detained and were serving the 
Lord in the States are now planning to return to Africa, 
and will fly to that field about mid-February. I refer to 
Rev. and Mrs. Harold Dunning and family, and Rev. 
and Mrs. Robert Hill and family. Miss Ruth Dunning 
will be living with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Levering in Long 
Beach, Calif., and Miss Sylvia Hill will be living with 
Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers in Seattle, Wash. We 
know you will be praying for those who go, and for 
those who remain. 

In France — 

Rev. and Mrs. Charles Taber and family are now 
in Paris, France, where they will spend the last several 
months of their furlough in language study. Rev. and 
Mrs. Robert Williams are scheduled to sail for France 
on February 9, and will also be spending several 
months of their furlough there before continuing on to 
Africa. We do not have the addresses of either of these 
families as yet, but mail sent to our Winona Lake office 
will be forwarded to them. 

The missionary rallies — 

These will be beginning in the Northwest District on 
February 3, and will continue with the missionaries 
traveling from district to district until about the end of 
May. Please be much in prayer for the safety of these 
who travel so many thousands of miles. Pray too for 
great blessings as they present the challenges of foreign 
missions. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER 5 

ARNOLD R. KKrEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
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. SuDscripfion price. $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50: foreign, S4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president: Herman A. Hoyt. vice president: William Schafter, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary: Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell, S. W. Link. Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, 
Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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When God Taught Me to Give 



By Oswald J. Smith 




I shall never forget how God taught me to give. I had 
been pastor of a large church in the city of Toronto, 
but one day I resigned and on the first Sunday of Jan- 
uary became pastor of a church which knew how to 
give in a way I had never known. I commenced this 
pastorate at a time when the church was holding its an- 
nual missionary convention. 

Now I knew nothing about a missionary convention. 
I had never seen one in all my Hfe. 
I didn't know the first thing to do. 
So I just sat there on the platform 
and watched. 

The ushers went up and down the 
aisles giving out envelopes. To my 
amazement, one had the audacity to 
walk right up and hand me — the 
pastor! — an envelope. I sat there 
Dr. Smith holding it in my hand. I can still 

remember that moment as though it were yesterday. 

As I held the envelope I read: "In dependence upon 
God I will endeavor to give toward the missionary work 

of the church $ during the coming year." I had 

never read such a statement before. I did not know that 
God was going to deal with me that morning, and teach 
me a lesson that I was never to forget — a lesson that I 
was to teach to hundreds of others all over the country 
in the years to come. 

I started to pray. I said: "Lord God, I can't do any- 
thing. You know I have nothing. I haven't a cent in 
the bank. I haven't anything in my pocket. This church 
only pays me $25 a week. I have a wife and child to 
keep. We are trying to buy our home, and everything 
is sky high in price." All that was true. The first World 
War was on. 

"I know that," the Lord seemed to answer me. "I 
know you are only getting $25 a week. I know you 
have nothing in your pocket and nothing in the bank." 

"Well, then," I said, relieved, "that settles it. I have 
nothing to give and I cannot give anything." 

It was then the Lord spoke to my heart. I shall never 
forget it. 

"I am not asking you for what you have," He said. 

"You are not asking me for what I have. Lord?" I 
replied. "Then what are you asking?" 

"I am asking you for a faith offering. How much can 
you trust Me for?" 

"Oh, Lord," I exclaimed, "that's different. How much 
can I trust Thee for?" 

Now, of course, I knew nothing at all about a faith 
offering. I had never given such an offering. But I knew 



the Lord was speaking. I thought He might say $5, or 
perhaps even $10. Once, as minister of another church, 
I had given $5 for missions. Once in my hfe I had given 
$3. Also, once I had given $2. But never at any time had 
I given more than $5. I almost trembled as I awaited 
the answer. 

Presently it came. Now I am not going to ask you 
to believe that God spoke to me in an audible voice, but 
He might just as well have. I was scarcely conscious of 
the congregation as I sat there with my eyes closed, 
listening to the voice of God. 

"How much can I give?" I asked. 

"Fifty dollars." 

"Fifty dollars!" I exclaimed. "Why, Lord, that's two 
weeks' salary! How can I ever get $50?" 

But again the Lord spoke and it was still the same 
amount. It was just as clear to me as though He had 
spoken out loud. 

My hand trembled as I signed my name and address 
and wrote in the amount — $50. 

How I ever paid that amount, I don't know to this 
day. All I know is that every month I had to pray for 
$4. And every month God sent it to me in some mirac- 
ulous way. At the end of the year I had paid $50. 

But this is what I want to make clear. There came to 
my heart such a fullness of the Spirit that as I paid the 
final amount I realized I had received the greatest 
blessing that had ever come into my life! 

I had trusted God for a certain amount and He had 
met it. So great was the spiritual blessing that the next 
year at the convention I doubled the amount and gave 
$100. Then, at another convention I doubled the amount 
again and gave $200. At still another convention I 
doubled it once more and gave $400. Then later I 
doubled it again and made it $800. From that day to 
this I have been increasing the amount and sending it 
to the Bank of Heaven year by year. If I had waited until 
I had it, I never would have given it because I never 
would have received it. But I gave it when I didn't have 
it. I gave a faith offering and God honored it. 

That was the first time, I say, that I had ever given 
what I call a Scriptural offering, a Pauline offering. 
Paul, you will remember, often took up "faith promise 
offerings." He would get the church to promise a cer- 
tain amount and then he would give the church a year 
to pay it. Then, you remember, as the year drew to a 
close, he would send someone to remind the church of 
the promise that had been made so he would not be 

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Attention! 
Missionary Helpers 

This year of 1957 can be a great year! A great year 
if every missionary helper does his or her very best to 
help our missionaries. You can PRAY and GIVE. And 
because you do this, our missionaries can GO to other 
lands with the gospel. Here is something special for each 
of you! ! Write and tell us how YOU plan to be a real 
missionary helper in 1957. If you write to us, we will 
send you a surprise. Maybe you plan to pray more in 
1957. Or, perhaps you plan to fill your hut bank once 
and maybe more times. Well, whatever your plan is, 
write and tells us about it. Then, watch the mail for 
your surprise. We will be looking for a letter from 
you. Write to the Children's Page, Box 588, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 



BIG, BIG NEWS! 

This is big news for all missionary helpers. Here it 
is. We now have a missionary chorus all our own! Can 
you imagine that! Well, it's true. Mrs. Esther Cale wrote 
the chorus. You can sing it to the tune of "I've Been 
Working on the Railroad." Be sure to learn it right 
away. Get someone to help you with the tune. Sing it 
often. Sing it for your Junior Church, Junior BYE, or 
Sunday-school group. Maybe they would like to learn 
it and sing it with you. Write and tell us if you like it. 
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A MISSIONARY HELPER 

(Tune: "I've Been Working on the Railroad") 

I'm a missionary helper, 

Praying every day; 
I'm a missionary helper. 

My pennies go God's way. 
Winning precious souls for Jesus 

My heart is all aglow, 
I'm a missionary helper, 

"PRAY and GIVE and GO." 



Don't forget to color your missionary helper's calen- 
dar for February. Remember, color every square for 
every day that you pray for the missionaries. If you 
pray for the missionaries every day, color every day. If 
your Sunday-school teacher has the class pray for mis- 
sionaries, print SS on that date and color it a pretty 
color. How many days did you color for January? How 
many will you get colored for February? 



hAARY MISSIONARY— 



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IGNORANT OR EDUCATED- 
MEXICO NEEDS THE GOSPEL 



By Sibley M. Edmiston 



In the field of knowledge, as well as in her daily 
street scenes, Mexico is a land of deep contrast. The 
donkey and the modern Cadillac, the adobe shack and 
the beautiful home of latest architectural design are 
common sights. Looking a little further we find hundreds 
of ignorant, fanatical people chanting out superstitious 
songs as they make their pilgrimages to some shrine; 
then in almost the same place we discover modern 
schools and a university with the very latest methods 
in scientific research. 

Mexico still has a large number of very fanatical 
areas. Many in these areas blindly pledge their de- 
votion and allegiance to the "Virgin Mary." And yet 
in the very heart of these areas are people who are 
being so rapidly enlightened by modern education and 
civilization that it is becoming increasingly difficult for 
them to remain under the superstitious spell. 

Leon, Guanajuato, is located in one of these fanatical 
areas. It is just a few miles from the exact geographical 
center of Mexico. On a mountain located at this center 
is a large statue of "Cristo Rey," or "Christ the King." 
Thousands of people from the surrounding areas make 
yearly pilgrimages to this Christ of stone. The contrast 
is again evident in the persons making the pilgrimages. 
The primitive Indian and the manager of an up-to-date 
newspaper meet at the foot of this hundred-foot monu- 
ment. To the superstitious Indian it is a mystic power 
which must be adored if Mexico is to be blessed; to the 
educated news manager it is purely a symbol of virtue 
and progressive enlightenment. But to neither is it the 
Christ of the Bible who died in our stead upon the 
cross and who now lives in heaven interceding for all 
who come to God by Him. 

It was my privilege, along with my family, to make a 
recent trip to Leon, Guanajuato. About an hour before 
we reached Leon we were travehng in open country. 
Suddenly we came upon a large group of women in a 
religious procession. The group was being led by several 
men. They were carrying a barmer dedicated to their 
belief. One man would ring a bell at intervals, and the 
women were singing a chant of devotion to the "Virgin 
Mary." They did not appear far removed from the pagan 



February 2, 7957 



customs of their Indian forefathers. Before long we 
reached Lagos de Moreno. The whole atmosphere of this 
town breathed superstition and fanaticism. We didn't 
feel too comfortable here. Turning south we drove 
another 25 miles. It was mostly open desert country 
and primitive. Night was now upon us. Suddenly, 
after we rounded a certain curve, we saw hundreds of 
modem electric lights lay stretched out to our left, 
and presently we were in Leon. 

Leon is a large shoe-manufacturing city of 200,000 
people. It has modern stores and hotels. Many of the 
homes, however, are of the old Spanish style. They 
are joined solid around an entire block with the front 
extending out to the sidewalk. Few of them are attrac- 
tive in the front, but inside are beautiful patios with 
colored-tile floors and ferns. Here the people live se- 
cluded and somewhat inaccessible when not at work or 
resting in the plaza parks. Somehow we were more at 
ease here and felt that we could call this place home 
for the next few days. 

Our feelings were not too misleading, for during 
our stay we met people who showed no fanatical 
prejudice when approached on the subject of religion. 
In the providence of the Lord, the owner of the hotel 
where we stayed invited us to show our slides on the 
life of Christ in his dining hall. But prejudice and fana- 
ticism were also very apparent in Leon. Offering boxes 
with a picture of the "Virgin" and a slogan below were 
conveniently placed on many store counters. One 
slogan said: "My son, if you will reward me on earth, 
I wiU reward you in heaven." Another read: "My son, 
my sanctuary has no spires." (There are approximately 
40 Catholic temples beside many small chapels in 
Leon.) 

Contact with the homes also revealed a spirit of 
prejudice. I passed a certain doorway, and just inside 
the hallway were seated the father, mother and daugh- 
ter. I offered them a Gospel of John and asked if they 
were acquainted with it. The father hurriedly looked 
through its pages. The daughter asked to see it and 



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GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 
WINONA LAKE, IND. 



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SEEN IN RIO TERCERO 




By Jack B. Churchill 



"Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wih, let 
us make here three tabernacles." These words spoken 
by Peter so many years ago found echo in our hearts 
on the night of November 11, 1956, as our evangelistic 
campaign closed. Ours had truly been a mountaintop 
experience and we were hesitant to go down the moun- 
tainside. 

We requested that you in the homeland join us in 
special prayer for our meetings and we are sure many of 
you did. Now we want to share with you the joy of vic- 
tories won because the Lord did answer prayer. 

To prove how great our blessing, we must go back 
weeks and months before the opening date of the cam- 
paign. We invited an evangelistic group from Buenos 
Aires to come to Rio Tercero to hold special meetings. 
This group is composed of five laymen who take time 
off from their professional duties to serve the Lord in 
this way. They accepted our invitation and agreed to be 
here for four nights in November. 

Plans went forward so smoothly — too smoothly. We 
requested and were promised the use of the largest hall 
in town. Prayer groups were organized to intercede 
solely on behalf of the campaign. Then came the disap- 
pointment. The local priest learned of our plans and 
began his work. He threatened and warned and stirred 
up some of his faithful to take action. The outcome: 
we were denied the use of the meeting hall. We were all 
fairly crushed. 

In the following weeks an intensive effort was made 
to find a building that would be suitable and large 
enough for the group we anticipated. But none was to 
be found. Finally we rented a very large empty lot — 
one that was surrounded by a high wall. The fact that it 
was in an excellent location was a consolation to us. 
As the date of the meetings drew near, prayer was in- 



tensified and the actual work began in earnest. The be- 
lievers cooperated wonderfully. It would be too lengthy 
a narration to give a detailed account of all our prep- 
arations. But the Lord encouraged us as we saw all our 
needs supplied. 

The lot was transformed. The ground was cleared 
off and a platform built — not just a makeshift affair but 
an enclosed one with special lighting. Texts at the top 
and bottom told that "God is love" and invited to 
"Be ye reconciled to God." Enough chairs to seat a 
good share of the crowd were secured. Special strings 
of lights loaned by the municipality finished off our 
outdoor church. The entire effect was quite pleasing as 
one entered the gate. We knew then that the Lord had 
given us the best — this surely was much better than a 
meeting hall. An intensive advertising campaign was 
carried on by radio, loudspeakers, printed leaflets, and 
posters pasted on the walls all over the city. Thousands 
of tracts were distributed as well. 

Our one main concern was the weather. In this usually 
dry land the weather had become unusual. We had 
rain in various stages of drizzling, sprinkling and hard 
rain for three weeks. It cleared for four days only to 
begin again. The last night before the meetings as we 
met for prayer we could hear loud claps of thunder and 
the sound of the rain. As we walked home in the rain 
we wandered if it were a test of our faith. 

Any hopes that the weather would clear during the 
night were dashed when we awoke to a very gray morn- 
ing. But the Lord, who had so graciously been leading 
us to what He knew would be the best for us, timed this 
too. In the early afternoon the clouds suddenly left and 
a hot sun shone down. That night and all the others were 
lovely starry, balmy evenings. The crowds grew from 
around 350 to 700. Approximately 75 percent of those 



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present were unconverted. The many weeks of prayer 
were amply rewarded as a total of 65 persons came for- 
ward. About 20 of these were from the neighboring 
towns of Almafuerte and Tancacha. Our congregations 
there cooperated in such a splendid way. 

The meetings started at 9:30 — a very respectable 
hour by Argentine standards. The services consisted of 
a good song service, singing mainly short choruses that 
contained good gospel messages in themselves. Then 
Ivan Baker took over. He is the son of Plymouth Breth- 
ren missionaries and has spent all his life here, so speaks 
the language perfecdy. In 15 minutes he had drawn a 
beautiful picture with colored chalk. He is a real artist. 
Later, as he sang, different colored lights were turned 
on the picture. He also spoke a few words bringing out 
the truths of the gospel, and gave such a sincere testi- 
mony. The Lord has given him a winsomeness that 
immediately wins over the crowd. When he finished, 
hearts were tender and ready for the message which 
followed. The message was not long but certainly clear, 
and expressed so simply that all could easily grasp its 
meaning. 

We must mention another evidence of the Lord's per- 
fect timing for us. The day after the meetings was clear 
and warm and the men were able to take down and 
return all the equipment used. That night it was clear 
and cold — too cold for an open-air meeting. The next 
day the rains began again and continued the pattern 
of sprinkling and drizzling and pouring for more than 
a week. 

The evangelistic group confessed that while they had 
been sure from the start that it was the Lord's will that 
they come here, humanly speaking, they had had some 
misgivings. They knew little about our group, the city, 
or us. The fact that the meetings were forced into the 
open air didn't help, since they had never worked in 
that way before. But once here they rejoiced as they 
saw the Lord so obviously working for us. They were 
challenged by the opportunities they found in holding 
meetings in the open air. 

Sunday night the group had planned to leave im- 
mediately after the service, travel three hours to Cor- 
doba, sleep about four hours and then continue to the 
place where they were to start a three-day campaign 
on Monday night. But they seemed as loathe to leave 
as we were to have them to go — so sweet had been our 
fellowship. As they finally stood to leave at 1 a. m., 
someone suggested we sing a certain hymn together. The 
first verse expressed this thought: Let us praise the 
Lord Jesus, for we owe Him so much — what we have 
and what we are is only ours in Him. 

And our full and grateful hearts echoed the words: 
"Let us praise the Lord Jesus, for we owe Him so 
much!" 



The evangelistic party — left to right: Carmelo Eacciatti, Ivan 
Baker, Augusto Ericsson, Angel Bonatti, Dr. A. Perez San Jose. 

Songleader and pianist 

Ivan Baker, chalk artist 

Ivan Baker singing 

Partial view of audience 




February 2, 1957 



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WHEN GOD TAUGHT ME TO GIVE 

(Continued From Page 67) 

ashamed when he arrived (see II Cor. 9). He wanted 
to be sure it would be paid. A faith promise offering is 
a Scriptural offering, it is a Pauline offering, and God 
blesses it. 

Have you only given cash offerings? It doesn't re- 
quire any faith to give a cash offering. If I have a dollar 
in my pocket, all I have to do is to tell my hand to go 
into my pocket, find the dollar, take it out and put 
it on the plate. I don't have to pray about it. I don't 
have to ask God for it. I don't have to trust Him for 
any definite amount. I just have it and give it. 

But it is entirely different with a faith promise offer- 
ing. I have to pray and ask God how much He would 
have me give; then trust Him for it. Month by month 
I must go to Him in prayer and ask Him for the amount 
promised. I must wait upon Him until it comes in. That 
is the offering that brings blessing. 

For well over a quarter of a century now, that is the 
kind of offering I have taken for missions. In our an- 
nual missionary convention we never get more than 
six or seven thousand dollars in cash, but we get a 
quarter of a million or more in faith promises! And it 
always comes in! More comes in than the amount prom- 
ised! 

It is customary in many churches to simply divide 
between various missionary societies whatever cash of- 
fering is given. If it comes in, they give it. But since there 
is no need to exercise faith, there is no burden, no re- 
sponsibility. I have no use for that kind of giving. I 
believe that every individual church should obligate it- 
self in faith before God for a certain definite amount, 
and pray until that amount has been received. 

Now I am not talking about pledges. I have never 
taken up a pledge offering. There is all the difference in 
the world between a pledge offering and a faith promise 
offering. A pledge offering is between you and a church, 
between you and a missionary society. Some day the 
deacons may come along and try to collect it, or you 
may receive a letter reminding you of it. You can be 
held responsible for a pledge offering. 

A faith promise offering is between you and God. No 
one will ever send you a letter about it. It is a promise 
made by you to God, and to God alone. If you are un- 
able to pay it, all you have to do is to tell God about it. 
Give Him your reason. If He accepts it, you are free. 

This, my friend, is the greatest investment you can 
make. You should be in business for God. You should 
make money for Him, use what you need to live on and 
give as much as you can for the work of evangeliza- 
tion. Put your money where it will accomplish the most 
for God. Put it into the getting out of the gospel. Put 
it into the souls of men. Use it for those who never yet 
have heard the message. 

Perhaps God would have you support a missionary of 
your own — and then another, and another. Make a faith 
offering unto Him; then trust Him to help you meet it, 
Unmeasurable blessing will be yours. 

(Reprinted from MOODY MONTm^Y. Used by permission.) 




IGNORANT OR EDUCATED 

(Continued From Page 69) 

wanted to know is it said anything about the "Virgin." In 
the meantime I gave the father a handbill which offered a 
free correspondence course on the Gospel of John. In 
a moment his eyes fastened on the words in quotation: 
"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make 
you free." Then he said: "This is what I was suspecting. 
This is the slogan of some branch of the Protestants." 
He was in no mood to talk further and added: "Why 
should we waste our time talking about these things?" 
A few days later we took a short run of about 20 
miles to Guanajuato. This is the capital city of the 
state and is a very picturesque and cultural town. In it, 
but almost hidden from view, is a large new university. 
It was completed in 1955 and offers a wide field of 
study. To our amazement these words were engraved 
over the school symbol: "You shall know the truth, and 
the truth shall make you free." And yet how sad but 
true it is that to many of the 2,000 students the "truth" 
is that of secular education and not of Him who alone 
can make free indeed. In the midst of this deep contrast 
of uncultured ignorance and refined education, may the 
true knowledge of Christ and the gospel become known! 



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REPORT OF GIFTS 

To The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church — January 1, 1956, to December 31, 1956 



ALLEGHENY DISTRICT 

Accident, Md $34.22 

Aleppo, Pa 53*S? 

Grafton, W. Va 168.30 

Jenners, Pa :'-82.04 

Listie, Pa l'5"-24 

Meversdale, Fa 899.89 

Meyersdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) . . 475.36 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 86.64 

Uniontown. Pa 1,412.09 

Washington, Pa 110.00 

Allegheny District, Misc 235.83 



$5,856.23 

First Grace Brethren Church, Accident, Md. 

Mishler Funds $34.22 

Aleppo Brethren Church, Aleppo, Pa. 

General Fund $562.27 

Spangler Fvmds 32.35 

$594.62 

First Brethren Church, Grajton, W. Va. 

General Fund $133.30 

Dowdy Funds 10.00 

C. Taber Funds 15.00 

Zielasko Fimds 10.00 

$168.30 

Jenners Brethren Church, Jenners, Pa. 

General Fund $282.04 

Listie Brethren Church, Listie, Pa. 

General Fund $976.84 

Africa General Fund 11.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 11.00 

Dowdy Funds 2.00 

Dunning Funds 8.00 

Howard Funds 3.00 

Sheldon Funds 504.40 

Spangler Funds 41.00 

$1,557.24 

Meyersdale Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 

General Fund $729.37 

Dowdy Funds 36.17 

Dunning Funds 36.00 

Kent Funds 16.75 

Myers Funds 16.75 

Zielasko Funds 64.85 



Summit Mills Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

General Fund 36.70 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 3.00 

Goodman Funds 427.66 

Spangler Funds 8.00 

$475.36 

Reading Brethren Church, Stoystown, Pa. 

General Fund $82.17 

Africa Special Funds . . . 4.47 

$86.64 

First Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa. 

Africa Special Funds . . . $51.00 

Hill Funds 1,344.59 

Spangler Funds 16.50 

$1,412.09 

Laboratory Grace Brethren Church, 
Washington, Pa. 

General Fund $110.00 

Allegheny District, Misc. 

General Fund $5.00 

Africa Special Funds 100.00 

Mexico General Fund ... .75 

Rottler Funds 25.08 

Zielasko Funds 105.00 

$235.83 

CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Anaheim $690.29 

Artesia 227.54 

Beaumont 4.134.30 

Bell 385.49 

Bellf lower 983.89 

Chico 726.01 

Compton 942.02 



Fillmore 697.73 

Glendale 3,500.51 

Inglewood 6,591.79 

La Crescenta 159.09 

La Verne 1.717.54 

Long Beach (First) 29,551.76 

Long Beach (North) 8,140.50 

Long Beach (Los Altos) 756.32 

Los Angeles (Community) 1,578.12 

Modesto (La Loma) 1,821.76 

Modesto (McHenry Avenue) 689.15 

Monte Vista 525.35 

Norwalk 7,763.32 

Paramount 1,437.69 

Phoenix, Ariz 388.49 

Rialto 132.62 

San Bernardino 835.63 

San Diego 129.82 

San Jose 36.47 

Seal Beach 414.44 

South Gate 1,840.70 

South Pasadena 1,078.57 

Temple City 1,401.05 

Tracy 714.20 

West Covina 176.54 

Whittier ( Community) 2.695.43 

Whittier (First) 7,307.46 

California District Misc 1,490.92 

$91,662.51 

Grace Brethren Community Church, Anaheim 



First Brethren Church, Inglewood 
General Fund $5,952.96 



Carson Avenue Brethren Church, 

General Fund $200.14 

Africa Leper Funds 12.90 

Spangler Funds 14.50 



Cherry Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont 



General Fund 

Argentina Special Funds 
Brazil General Fund . . . 
France General Fund . . 
Hawaii General Fund . . 
Mexico General Fund . . . 

Marshall Funds 

Spangler Funds 



82.00 
3,911.80 
30.00 
20.00 
30.00 
24.50 
50.00 
66.00 



4,134.30 

Bell Brethren Church, Bell 

General Fund E385.49 

First Brethren Church, Bellflower 

General Fund S951.89 

Spangler Funds 32.00 

$983.89 

Grace Brethren Church, Chico 

General Fund S680.70 

Hill Funds 27.31 

Williams Funds 18.00 

3726.01 

First Brethren Church, Compton 

General Fund $920.02 

Spangler Fimds 22.00 

5942.02 

First Brethren Church, Fillmore 

General Fund $652.24 

Africa Leper Funds 22.49 

Mason Funds 10.00 

Spangler Funds 13.00 

$697.73 

First Brethren Church, Glendale 

General Fund $2,131.38 

Argentina General Fund 5.00 

Brazil General Fund 51.00 

Altig Funds 1,194.84 

Burk Fimds 10.00 

Dunning Funds 21.00 

Garber Funds 25.00 

Haag Funds 4.55 

Hill Fimds 12.50 

Hocking Funds 300 

E. Miller Funds 10.00 

Spangler Funds 12.24 

Zielasko Funds 20.00 

$3,500.51 



Africa General Fund 
Africa Special Fund . . . 
Argentina General Fund 
Brazil General Fund . . . . 
Mexico General Fund . . . 

Samarin Funds 

Zielasko Funds 



242.50 
219.77 
106.50 
22.00 
17.00 
26.06 
5.00 



Mountain Brethren Church, LaCrescenta 



$159.09 



First Brethren Church, LaVerne 

General Fund $1,338.29 

Africa General Fund . . . 130.75 

Argentina General Fund 63.50 

Beaver Funds 100.00 

Goodman Funds 28.00 

Hocking Funds 1.00 

Sheldon Funds 25.00 

Spangler Funds 31.00 

$1,717.54 

First Brethren Church, Long Beach 

General Fund $25,569.84 

Africa General Fund . . . 485.50 

Africa Leper Funds 529.80 

Africa Medical Funds 25.00 

Africa Special Funds GO.OO 

Argentina General Fund 119.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 38.45 

France General Fund .... 66.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 45.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 34.50 

Byron Funds 10.00 

Churchill Funds 225.00 

Edmiston Funds 15.00 

Haag Funds 30.00 

Hill Funds 248.50 

Hocking Funds 467.59 

Jobson Funds ;'.5.00 

D. IWiller Funds 141.00 

Samarin Funds 57.08 

Sargent Funds 200.00 

Sheldon Funds 36.50 

Spangler Funds 186.00 

Tyson Funds 10.00 

Zielasko Funds 847.00 

$29,551.76 

Wortfi Long Beach Brethren Church, 
Long Beach 

General Fund $7,754.55 

Africa Medical Funds . . . 100.00 
Africa Special Funds . . . 17.50 

Argentina General Fund 20.00 

Churchill Funds 30.00 

Dunning Funds 10.00 

Edmiston Funds 85.45 

Haag Funds 25.00 

KUever Funds 5.00 

Sickel Funds 33.00 

Sumey Funds 10.00 

$8,140.50 

Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beaoh 

General Fund $751.32 

Africa Leper Funds .... 4.00 

Spangler Funds 1.00 

$756.32 

CoTnmunity Brethren Church, Los Angeles 

General Funds $1,146.12 

Africa General Fund 105.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 233.50 

Hawaii General Fund 12.50 

Mexico General Fund . . . 30.00 

Beaver Funds 10.00 

Burk Funds 11.00 

Dunning Funds 7.50 

Garber Funds 7.50 

Haag Funds 7.50 

Hill Funds 7.50 

$1,578.12 

La Loma Grace Brethren Church, Modesto 

General Fund $1,620.99 

Africa General Fund 25.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 160.00 
Hill Funds 15.77 

$1,821.76 



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McBenry Avenue Grace Brethren Church, 
Modesto 

General Fund $538.67 

Africa Leper Funds 100.00 

Brazil General Fund 50.48 

$689.15 

Community Brethren Church, Monte Vista 

General Fund ^467.35 

Argentina General Fund . 30.00 

Goodman Funds ;!5.00 

Spangler Funds 3.00 

$525.35 

Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk 

General Fund 57.763.32 

Paramount Brethren Church, Paramount 

General Fund $1,387.69 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 5.00 

France General Fund . . . 45.00 

$1,437.69 

Grace Brethren Church, Phoenix, Ariz. 

General Fund $376.49 

Spangler Funds 12.00 

$388.49 

Rialto Brethren Church, Rialto 

General Fund :;i32.62 

Grace Brethren Church, San Bernardino 

General Fund $819.63 

Spangler Funds 16.00 

$835.63 

First Brethren Church, San Diego 
General Fund $129.82 

The Brethren Church, San Jose 
General Fund !;36.47 

First Brethren Church, Seal Beach 

General Fund $414.44 

First Brethren Church, South Gate 

General Fund $20.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 337.00 

France General Fund . . . 10.00 

Altig Funds 19.00 

Beaver Funds 1,419.70 

Spangler Funds 35.00 

51.840.70 

Fremont Avenue Brethren Church, 
South Pasadena 

General Fund $1,026.97 

Haag Funds 10.00 

D. Miller Funds 20.60 

Spangler Funds 21.00 

$1,078.57 

Temple City Brethren Church, Temple City 

General Fund $1,385.05 

Africa General Fund 8.00 

Argentina General Fund 3.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 2.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 3.00 

::,1.401.05 

First Brethren Church, Tracy 

General Fund $622.20 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 80.00 

Spangler Funds 12.00 

.'5714.20 

West Covina Brethren Church, West Covina 

General Fund $155.54 

Spangler Funds 21.00 

$176.54 

Community Brethren Church, Whittier 

General Fund $2,657.43 

Spangler Funds 38.00 

$2,695.43 

First Brethren Church, Whittier 

General Fund $7,106.46 

Africa General Fund . . . 110.00 
Mexico General Fund . . . 20.00 

D. Miller Funds 41.00 

Spangler Funds 30.00 

$7,307.46 

California District, Misc. 
General Fund 595.59 



Africa Special Funds 88.42 

Argentina Special Funds 629.03 

Mexico General Fund . . . 18.34 

Altig Funds 244.54 

Burk Funds ;;5.00 

Edmiston Funds 50.00 

Haag Funds 235.00 

Kliever Funds 85.00 

Samarin Funds 10.00 

Spangler Funds 10.00 



EAST DISTRICT 



Altoona, Pa. (First) $978.40 

Altoona. Pa. (Grace) 641.81 

Conemaugh, Pa 1,564.22 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 1,451.75 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) ... 532.71 

Everett, Pa 1,059.40 

HolUdaysburg, Pa 1,336.83 

Hopewell. Pa 056.13 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 0,722.21 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 667.32 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 1,736.18 

Kittanning. Pa. (North Buffalo) .. 224.00 

Leamersville, Pa 1,896.21 

Martinsburg, Pa 2.698.85 

East District Misc 785.82 



$22,951.84 

First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 

General Fund $950.40 

Spangler Funds 28.00 

$978.40 

Grace Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 

General Fund $82.00 

Roy Snyder Funds 557.81 

Spangler Funds 2.00 

$641.81 

Conemaugh Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

General Fund $544.38 

Africa Special Funds . . . 20.10 

Jones Funds 292.26 

Samarin Funds 48.50 

Ruth Snyder Funds 658.98 

$1,564.22 

Pike Brethren Church, Coneinaugh, Pa. 

General Fund $1,401.02 

Africa Special Funds 20.00 

Spangler Funds 19.00 

C. Taber Funds 11.73 

$1,451.75 

Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

General Fund $532.71 

Everett Grace Brethren Church, 
Everett, Pa. 

General Fund $1,004.22 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 23.82 

Africa Special Funds 31.36 

$1,059.40 

Vicksburg Brethren Church, 
HolUdaysburg, Pa. 

General Fund $1,190.60 

Dowdy Funds 10.60 

Haag Funds 11.00 

Hocking Funds 54.00 

Mishler Funds 13.85 

Robinson Funds 30.78 

Spangler Funds 26.00 

$1,336.83 

Grace Brethren Church, Hopewell, Pa. 

General Fund $30.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 8.25 

Mishler Funds 8.81 

Robinson Funds 11.79 

Roy Snyder Funds 584.03 

C. Taber Funds 13.25 

$656.13 

First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

General Fund $3,874.08 

Africa General Funds . . . 495.33 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 35.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 104.31 

Argentina General Fund 25.25 

Brazil General Fund 9.00 

France General Fund . . .25 

Bickel Funds 1,071.10 

Haag Funds 36.89 

Kliever Funds 1,000.00 

Ruth Snyder Funds 20.00 



Spangler Funds 46.00 

Tresise Funds 5.00 

56,722.21 

Riverside Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

General Fund 5648.42 

Africa Special Funds . . . 18.90 

5667.32 

First Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. 

General Fund 51,630.18 

Cone Funds 100.00 

Spangler Funds C.OO 

51.736.18 

North Buffalo Brethren Church, 
Kittanning, Pa. 

General Fund $217.00 

Spangler Funds 7.00 

5224.00 

Leamersville Brethren Church, 
Leamersville, Pa. 

General Fund $951.42 

Hill Funds 10.00 

Robinson Funds 9.67 

Spangler Funds 120.75 

Tresise Funds 804.37 

$1,896.21 

First Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

General Fund $1,514.92 

Africa Special Funds 120.60 

Brazil Special Funds . . . 50.00 

France General Fund .. 50.00 

Cone Funds 50.00 

E. Miller Funds 60.00 

Sumey Funds 845.00 

C. Taber Funds 8.33 

$2,698.85 

East District, Misc. 

General Fund $5.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 100.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . .75 

Haag Funds 550.00 

Rottler Funds 24.92 

Rov Snyder Funds 18.00 

C. Taber Funds 12.15 

Zielasko Funds 75.00 



INDIANA DISTRICT 

Barbee Lake $189.00 

Berne 2,605.85 

Clay City 325.66 

Elkhart 679.54 

Flora 1.475.50 

Fort Wayne (First) 4,435.48 

Fort Wayne (Second) 464.03 

Goshen 565.46 

Leesburg 1,090.51 

Osceola 1,959.64 

Peru 652.86 

SharpsviUe 37.36 

Sidney 1,118.52 

South Bend 5.00 

Warsaw 50.00 

Wheaton, 111 773.50 

Winona Lake 3.909.89 

Indiana District, Misc 766.99 



$21,104.79 

Barbee Brethren Church, Barbee Lake 

General Fund 527.00 

Africa Special Funds 12.00 

E. Miller Funds 150.00 

5189.00 

Bethel Brethren Church, Berne 

General Fund 52,495.60 

Africa Leper Funds 50.00 

Africa Special Funds ... 41.25 

Spangler Funds 19.00 

$2,605.85 

First Brethren Church, Clay City 

General Fund $287.98 

Africa Special Funds . . . 



$325.66 

Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart 

General Fund $619.48 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 10.00 

Hoyt Funds 10.00 

D. Miller Funds 17.00 

Spangler Funds 10.06 

Zielasko Funds 13.00 

$679.54 



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Grace Brethren Church, Flora 

General Fund $1,415.00 

Africa Special Funds 16.00 

Hawaii General Fund 15.00 

Spangler Funds 29.50 

51.475.50 

First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne 

General Fund $3,762.68 

Africa Special Funds . . . 4.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 7.00 

Habegger Funds 10.62 

Mason Funds s 621.43 

Spangler Funds 29.75 

$4,435.48 

Second Brethren Church, Fort Wayne 

General Funds $358.03 

Mason Funds 100.00 

Spangler Funds 6.00 

S464.03 

Grace Brethren Church, Goshen 

Kent Funds $565.46 

Leesburg Brethren Church, Leesbura 

General Funds $898.51 

Bishop Funds 35.00 

E. Miller Funds 150.00 

Spangler Funds 7.00 

$1,090.51 

Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola 

General Fund $1,603.45 

Africa Special Funds . . . 157.62 

Edmiston Funds 10.00 

Hill Funds 150.00 

Myers Funds 20.25 

Spangler Funds 18.32 

$1,959.64 

Peru Brethren Church, Peru 

General Fund $616.36 

Spangler Funds 21.50 

Williams Funds 15.00 

$652.86 

Grace Brethren Church, Sharpsville 

General Fund $8.85 

D. Miller Funds 17.01 

Robinson Funds 11.50 

K37.36 

Sidney Brethren Church, Sidney 

General Fund $947.84 

Africa Special Funds . . . 22.33 

Argentina General Fund 50.00 

France Special Funds . . . 25.00 

Spangler Funds 35.00 

Williams Funds 38.35 

31,118.52 

Ireland Road Brethren Church, South Bend 

Hoy Snyder Funds $5.00 

Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw 

General Fiind $50.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Wheaton, III. 

General Fund $569.50 

Spangler Funds 204.00 

$773.50 

Winona Lake Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake 

General Fund $3,695.10 

Africa Leper Funds 5.00 

Africa Special Funds 10.00 

Argentina General Fund 10.00 

Argentina Special Funds 10.00 

Cone Funds ;;5.00 

Howard Funds 23.97 

Jones Funds 25.00 

Kliever Funds 10.00 

Marshall Funds i£l 

Myers Funds 2.00 

Hobinson Funds 14.61 

Samarin Funds 5.00 

Sheldon Funds 25.00 

Ruth Snyder Funds 45.00 

$3,909.39 

Indiana District, Misc. 

General Fund $228.19 

Africa Special Funds . . . 303.80 

Cone Funds 150.00 

Hocking Funds 30.00 

Myers Funds 40.00 

Robinson Funds 15.00 

$766.99 



IOWA DISTRICT 

Cedar Rapids $1,374.25 

Dallas Center ■ 1,129.60 

Davenport 18.50 

Garwin 1.441.58 

Leon 315.50 

North English 752.95 

Waterloo 4,114.95 

Iowa District, Misc 120.00 



$9,267.33 
Grace Brethren Church, Cedar Rapids 



First Brethren Church, Dallas Center 

General Fund 0951.39 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 10.70 

Emmert Funds 142.96 

Williams Funds 24.55 

$1,129.25 

Grace Brethren Church, Davenport 

General Fund $18.50 

CarKon Brethren Church, Garwin 

Africa Special Funds . . . $525.00 

Thurston Funds 904.23 

Williams Funds 12.35 

$1,441.58 

Leon Brethren Church, Leon 

General Fund $110.00 

Cochran Funds 85.50 

Cone Funds 100.00 

Emmert Funds 10.00 

Williams Funds 10.00 

S315.50 

Pleasant Grove Brethren Church, 
North English 

General Fund $482.17 

Africa General Fund . . . 25.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 35.00 

Argentina General Fund 9.03 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 4.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 6.75 

Byron Funds 33.00 

D. Miller Funds 2.50 

Myers Funds 155.50 

$752.95 

Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo 

General Fund $80.00 

Argentina Special Funds 379.73 

France Snecial Funds . . . 25.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . 5.50 

Dowdy Funds 22.00 

Schrock Funds 3.558.56 

Sheldon Funds 10.00 

Spangler Funds 14.50 

Zielasko Funds 19.66 

$4,114.95 

Iowa District, Misc. 

General Fund $15.00 

Cripe Funds 5.00 

Williams Funds 100.00 

$120.00 



MICHIGAN DISTRICT 

Alto $454.28 

Berrien Springs 76.84 

Lake Odessa 1,911.27 

Lansing 60.00 

New Troy 66.00 

Ozark 168.57 

Michigan District, Misc 264.66 

$3,001.62 

Calvary Brethren Church, Alto 

General Fund $412.59 

Africa Special Funds . . . 41.69 

$454.28 

Grace Brethren Church, Berrien Springs 

General Fund $76.84 

Grace Brethren Church, Lake Odessa 

General Fund $1,413.51 

Africa General Fund . . . 102.00 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 10.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 113.75 

Argentina General Fund 45.00 

Brazil General Fund 35.00 



France General Fund . . . 60.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 30.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 30.00 

Edmiston Funds 8.55 

D. Miller Funds 10.20 

Myers Funds 15.68 

Spangler Funds 31.00 

Zielasko Funds 6.58 

$1,911.27 

Grace Brethren Church, LansinQ 

General Fund $60.00 

New Troy Brethren Church, New Troy 

General Fund $66.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Ozark 

General Fund $133.00 

Zielasko Funds 35.57 

$168.57 

Michigan District, Misc. 



MID-ATLANTIC DISTRICT 



Alexandria. Va $571.47 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 281.64 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 4,294.63 

Martinsburg. W. Va 1,579.76 

Seven Fountains, Va 100.00 

Washington, D. C $1,748.31 

Waynesboro, Pa 3.563.88 

Winchester, Va 1.852.80 

Mid-Atlantic District, Misc 114.00 



$14,106.49 



Commonwealth Avenue Brethren Church, 
Alexandria, Va. 

General Fund $445.77 

Africa Special Funds . . . 107.70 

Spangler Funds 8.00 

Zielasko Funds 10.00 

!;571.47 

Calvary Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

General Fund $30.00 

Brazil General Fund 42.55 

Rottler Funds 204.09 

Zielasko Funds 5.00 

$281.64 

Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

General Fund $4,040.23 

Fogle Fimds 2.00 

Rottler Funds 185.00 

Spangler Fimds 07.40 

$4,294.63 

Rosemont Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, W. Va. 

General Fund $1,535.60 

Africa General Fund 10.00 

Argentina General Fund 2.51 

Brazil General Fund . . . 3.65 

Spangler Funds 28.00 

$1,579.76 

Trinity Brethren Church, 
Seven Fountains, Va. 

General Fund $100.00 

First Brethren Church, V/ashinoton, D. C. 

General Fund $1,379.31 

Africa Special Funds . . . 100.00 
France Special Funds . . . 30.00 

Dowdy Funds 110.00 

Fogle Funds 15.00 

Geske Funds 95.00 

Hocking Funds 1.00 

Spangler Funds 18.00 

$1,748.31 

First Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa. 

General Fund $3,409.88 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 50.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 50.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 10.00 

Rottler Funds 5.00 

Spangler Funds 39.00 

$3,563.88 

First Brethren Church, Winchester, Va. 
General Fund $1,852.80 



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General Fund $100.00 

Zielasko Funds 14.00 



MIDWEST DISTRICT 

Albuquerque. N. Mex 

Arroyo Hondo. N. Mex 

Beaver City. Nebr 

Cheyenne. Wyo 

Denver. Colo 

Portis. Kans 

Ranchos de Taos. N. Mex 

Taos. N. Mex 

Midwest District. Misc 



$23.00 
54.30 
150.24 
393.43 
241.10 
1.870.30 
22.07 
248.14 
303.37 



$3,106.55 

Grace Brethren Church, 
AlbuquerQue, N. Mex. 

General Fund $23.00 

Arroyo Hondo Brethren Church, 
Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex. 

General Fund $54.30 

Grace Brethren Ch\irch, Beaver Citii. Nehr. 

General Fund $150.24 

First Brethren Church, Cheyenne, Wyo. 

General Fund $299. 43 

Africa Special Funds . . . 55.00 

Spangler Funds 6.00 

Williams Funds 33.00 

r;393.43 

Grace Brethren Church, Denver, Colo. 

General Fund $241.10 

First Brethren Church, Portis. Kans. 

General Fund $1,327.92 

Africa Special Funds . . . 78.40 

Cone Funds 128.85 

Marshall Funds 22.23 

Spangler Funds 20.00 

Williams Funds G3.50 

$1,370.90 

Cordillera Brethren Church, 
Ranchos de Taos, N. Mex. 

General Fund $22.07 

Canon Brethren Church, Taos, N. Mex. 

General Fund $229.79 

Africa Special Funds . . . 4.84 

Williams Funds 13.51 

$248.14 

Midwest District, Misc. 

General Fund $7.00 

France Special Funds . . . 100.00 

Mexico Special Funds . . . 67.37 

Cochran Funds 15.00 

Dowdy Funds 14.00 

Thurston Funds 100.00 

5303.37 

NORTHERN ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

AUentown. Pa $1,088.76 

Boston. Mass 168.00 

Harrisburg. Pa 2.069.24 

Palmyra. Pa 128.96 

Philadelphia. Pa. (First) 6.538.16 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 4.097.85 

York. Pa 626.26 

Northern Atlantic District, Misc. 114.00 

$14,831.23 

First Brethren Church, AUentown, Pa. 

General Fund $100.00 

Dunning Funds 16.00 

Edmiston Funds 4.35 

Foster Funds 47.60 

Marshall Funds 20.10 

Spangler Funds 2.00 

C. Taber Funds 16.55 

F. Taber Funds 882.16 

$1,088.76 

Grace Brethren Sunday School, 
Boston, Moss. 

General Fund $168.00 

Melrose Gardens Brethren Church, 
Harrishura, Pa. 

General Fund $1,831.77 



Africa General Fund . . . 2.00 

Brazil Special Funds . . . 33.47 

Burk Funds 125.00 

Spangler Funds 77.00 

$2,069.24 

Grace Brethren Church, Palmyra, Pa. 

General Fund $63.00 

Dowdy Funds 15.36 

Rottler Funds 27.00 

Spangler Funds 3.00 

Zielasko Funds 20.00 

$128.96 

First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

General Fund $2,842.54 

Africa General Fund . . . 100.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 810.00 

Argentina General Fund 60.00 

France General Fund . . . 15.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 15.00 

Bickel Funds 10.00 

Edmiston Funds 5.00 

Foster Funds 40.00 

Jobson Funds 135.00 

L. Kennedy Funds 265.00 

M. Kennedy Funds 160.00 

Maconaghy Funds 70.00 

Marshall Funds 19.59 

E. Miller Funds 20.00 

Schwartz Funds 855.95 

Roy Snyder Funds 265.00 

Spangler Funds .53.00 

Sumey Funds ,25.00 

Tyson Funds 767.08 

Wagner Funds 5.00 

,$6,538.16 

Third Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

General Fund $40.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 10.00 

Mexico (General Fund . . . 15.00 

Maconaghy Funds 3.944.85 

Sheldon Funds 21.00 

Spangler Funds 32.00 

Tyson Funds 35.00 

$4,997.35 

Grace Brethren Church. York, Pa. 

General Fund $576.51 

Dowdy Funds 983 

Hocking Funds 5.00 

Spangler Funds 3.00 

C. Taber Funds 7.71 

Zielasko Funds 24.21 

$626.26 

Northern Atlantic District, Misc. 

General Fund $100.00 

Zielasko Funds 14.00 

$114.00 



NORTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 



Akron 2.100.73 

Ankenytown 816.21 

Ashland 5.897.30 

Canton 2.700.71 

Cleveland .'36.35 

Cuyahoga Falls 359.38 

Danville 748.50 

Elyria 364.14 

Findlay 340.39 

Findlay (Southside Brethren S.S.) 20.00 

Fremont (Grace) 1.959.78 

Fremont (Chapel) 124.92 

Homerville V92.S0 

Mansfield (Grace) 8.321.19 

Mansfield (Woodville) 466.49 

Middlebranch 944.32 

Rittman 1.918.66 

Sterling 1.243.40 

Wooster 4.614.12 

Northern Ohio District, Misc 205.00 

$34,375.29 

First Brethren Church, Akron 

General Fund $2,100.73 

First Brethren Church, Ankenytown 

General Fund $813.21 

Spangler Funds 3.00 

$816.21 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland 

General Fund $3,576.70 

Africa General Fund . . . 100.00 

Africa Leoer Funds 10.00 

Africa Special Funds 325.00 

France General Fund .... 15.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 6.00 

Bishop Funds 790.35 



Hoyt Funds 823.25 

Robinson Funds 13.35 

Spangler Funds 51.00 

C. Taber Funds 30.25 

Tresise Funds 10.00 

Zielasko Funds '.6.40 



First Brethren Church, Canton 

General Fund $1,585.44 

Africa General Fund . . . 5.00 

Argentina General Fund 2.00 

Argentina Special Funds 622.37 

France General Fund . . . 4.00 

Hoyt Funds 481.90 

$2,700.71 

First Brethren Church, Cleveland 

General Fund $424.60 

Spangler Funds 12.25 

n436.85 

Grace Brethren Church, Cuyahoga Falls 

General Fund $353.88 

Spangler Funds 5.50 

$359.38 

DanjJiile Brethren Church, Danville 

General Fund $717.50 

Argentina General Fund 10.00 

Dowdv Funds 7.00 

Kent "Funds 7.00 

Myers Funds 7.00 

$748.50 

Grace Brethren Church. Elyria 

General Fund $332.38 

Africa Special Funds ... 21.06 

Zielasko Funds 10.10 

$364.14 

Findlay Brethren Church, Findlay 

General Fund $220.39 

Africa Special Funds . . . 120.00 

$340.39 

Southside Brethren Sunday School, Findlay 

General Fund $20.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Fremont 

General Fund $1,914.78 

Spangler Funds 45.00 

$1,959.78 

Brethren Chapel, Fremont 

General Fund $82.66 

Mishler Funds 25.36 

Zielasko Funds 16.30 

5124.32 

West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville 

General Fund $762.60 

Spangler Funds 30.00 

5792.60 

Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield 

Brazil General Fund . . . $8.00 

France General Fund . . . 8.299.69 

Hawaii General Fund 8.50 

Fogle Funds 5.00 

58.321.19 

Wooduillc Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield 

General Fund $466.49 

First Brethren Church, Middlebranch 

General Fund $925.92 

Spangler Funds 19.00 

5944.92 

First Brethren Church, Rittman 

General Fund $1,315.61 

Dowdy Funds 481.38 

Fogle Funds 30.15 

Goodman Funds 26.10 

Hill Funds 27.42 

Robinson Funds 13.00 

Spangler Funds 25.00 

$1,318.66 

First Brethren Church, Sterlinci 

General Fund $1,206.40 

Spangler Funds 37.00 

$1,243.40 

First Brethren Church, Wooster 
General Fund $3,733.36 



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Africa General Fund 35.00 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 126.00 

Africa Special Funds . . . 223.97 

Dowdy Funds 126.24 

Hill Funds 126.80 

Kent Funds 5.00 

Kliever Funds B1.V5 

Mishler Funds 09.00 

Myers Funds S3.00 

Spangler Funds -1.00 



Northwest District, Misc. 

Hawaii Special Funds . . . $123.17 

Bishop Funds 574.00 

Haag Funds 5.00 



E. Miller Funds 125.00 

Sumey Funds 50.00 

C. Taber Funds 35.00 



Northern Ohio Districty Misc. 



NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Albany. Oreg $1,478.18 

Grandview, Wash 541.41 

Harrah. Wash 1,291.29 

Portland. Oreg 237.07 

Seattle, Wash 1,063.70 

Spokane, Wash 647.06 

Sunnyside. Wash 3,059.48 

Toppenish, Wash 79.12 

Yakima, Wash 725.39 

Northwest District, Misc 702.17 



$9,824.87 

Grace Brethren Church, Albany, Oreg. 

General Fund $1,311.68 

Haag Funds 54.75 

Samarin Funds 54.75 

Spangler Funds 15.00 

Williams Funds 42.00 

$1,478.18 

First Brethren Church, Grandview, Wash. 

General Fund $475.41 

Bishop Funds 50.00 

Spangler Funds 16.00 

$541.41 

Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, Wash. 

General Fund $965.42 

Africa General Fund . . . 94.95 

Argentina General Fund 14.48 

Argentina Special Funds 146.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 21.46 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 11.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 26.59 

Fogle Funds 11.39 

$1,291.29 

Grace Brethren Church, Portland, Oreg. 

General Fund $237.07 

Vieiu Ridge Brethren Church, Seattle, Wash. 

General Fund $975.51 

Brazil Special Funds . . . 29.60 

Mexico Special Funds . . . 10.00 

Hill Funds 31.04 

Williams Funds 17.55 

$1,063.70 

First Brethren Church, Spokane, Wash. 



5647.06 

First Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. 

General Fund 51,716.15 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Pro]'. 7.24 

Africa Special Funds . . . 73.11 

France General Fund . . . 3.00 

Bishop Funds 616.53 

Dunning Funds 464.84 

Fogle Funds 10.00 

Haag Funds 26.30 

Marshall Funds 18.00 

Samarin Funds 26.75 

Spangler Funds 94.00 

Zielasko Funds 3.56 

53,059.48 

Toppenish Brethren Bible Class, 
Toppenish, Wash. 

General Fund 549.12 

Africa General Fund . . . 2.50 

Mexico General Fund . . . :!.50 

Williams Funds 25.00 

579.12 

Grace Brethren Church, Yakima, Wash. 

General Fund 5685.39 

Haag Funds 10.00 

Spangler Funds 30.00 

$725.39 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 



Buena Vista, Va $1,934.56 

Covington. Va t;85.46 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 965.87 

Hollins, Va 1,149.00 

Johnson City, Tenn 197.70 

Limestone, Tenn 474.34 

Radford, Va 153.53 

Riner, Va 80.07 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 419.15 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) I,i35.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Heights) . 601.59 

Southeast District, Misc 637.84 

58,534.61 

First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va. 

General Fund $1,770.95 

Africa General Fund . . . 100.00 

Dowdy Funds 8.26 

Dunning Funds 27.09 

Schwartz Funds 10.00 

Tyson Funds 10.00 

Zielasko Funds 8.26 

$1,934.56 

First Brethren Church, Covington, Va. 

General Fund 5677.46 

Spangler Funds 3.00 

1^685.46 

Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

General Fund 5892.41 

Africa-Bekoro-BYF Proj. 8.00 

Dowdy Funds 15.00 

Spangler Funds 35.46 

C. Taber Funds 15.00 

5965.87 

Patterson Memorial Brethren Church, 
Hollins, Va. 

General Fund $1,118.90 

Myers Funds 10.00 

Zielasko Funds 20.10 

$1,149.00 

Johnson City Brethren Church, 
Johnson City, Tenn. 

General Fund $159.90 

Africa Leper Funds 27.80 

Spangler Funds 1000 ^^g^ ,q 

VernoTi. Brethren Church, Limestone, Tenn. 

General Fund $441.84 

Spangler Funds 33.00 

5474.84 

Fairlaujn Brethren Church, Radford, Va. 

General Fund 613933 

Spangler Funds 14.20 

Grace Brethren Church, Riner, Va. 

General Fund 564.07 

Spangler Funds 16.00 

580.07 

Clearbrook Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $419.15 

Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $1,210.00 

Myers Funds :;S.00 

51,235.00 

Washington Heights Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund 5573.80 

Argentina General Fund 10.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 5.00 

L. Kennedy Funds 9.04 

Spangler Funds 3.75 

5601.59 

Southeast District, Misc. 

General Fund $81.56 

Cone Funds 115.00 

Fogle Funds 35.00 

Foster Funds '14.28 

Hoyt Funds 152.00 



SOUTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 



Camden $123.43 

Clayhole, Ky 44.50 

Clayton 1,811.73 

Covington 238.53 

Dayton (First) 5,148.92 

Dayton (Grace) 152.75 

Dayton (North Riverdale) 4,841.62 

Dayton (Patterson Park) 920.25 

Dryhill, Ky !i5.00 

Englewood 774.16 

Troy 136.36 

West Alexandria 278.74 

Southern Ohio District, Misc. . . . 5.00 



$14,660.99 

First Brethren Church, Camden 

General Fund 5114.43 

Spangler Funds 9.00 

5123.43 

Clayhole Brethren Church, Clayhole, Ky. 

General Fund $44.50 

First Brethren Church, Clayton 

General Fund 51.740.17 

Africa Special Funds . . . 31.86 

Spangler Funds 39.70 

51,811.73 

First Brethren Church, Covington 

General Fund $233.53 

Spangler Funds 5.00 

5238.53 

First Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $5,050.57 

Africa Special Funds . . . 93.35 

Argentina General Fund 5.00 

$5,148.92 

Grace Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $152.75 

North Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $4,051.52 

Marshall Funds 790.10 

$4,841.62 

Patterson Park Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $904.75 

Spangler Funds 15.50 

$920.25 

Brethren Chapel, Dryhill, Ky. 

Beaver Funds $85.00 

Englewood Grace Brethren Church, 
Englewood 

General Fund $774.16 

Grace Brethren Church, Troy 

General Fund $136.36 

Samplei;iKe Brethren Mission, 
West Alexandria 

General Fund $258.74 

Argentina General Fund 1.25 

Brazil General Fund . . . 1.25 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 1.25 

Mexico General Fund . . 1.25 

Spangler Funds 15.00 

5278.74 

Southern Ohio District, Misc. 
General Fund $5.00 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Honolulu, T. H $460.00 

National Miscellaneous 4.892.01 

National SMM 653.40 

National WMC 7,391.51 

513.396.92 

Grace Chapel, Honolulu, T. H. 

General Fund $460.00 



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National Miscellaneous 

General Fund $4,454.18 

Africa Special Funds . . . 10.00 

Mexico General Fund . . 53.83 

Cone Funds 10.00 

Dunning Funds 18.00 

Haag Funds 25.00 

Hocking Funds 160.00 

Mason Funds 25.00 

Rottler Funds 16.00 

Schrock Funds 120.00 



National Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

Higher Education of Missionary 
Children C653.40 

National Women's Missionary Council 

General Fund — Missionary 

Residence $432.59 

Africa Leper Funds 93.99 

Brazil Special Funds 283.00 

Printing Equipment and 
Literature for all Six 
Fields 2.940.93 



Hocking Funds 11.00 

Jobson Funds 900.00 

Kliever Funds 900.00 

Maconaghy Funds 900.00 

E. Miller Funds 900.00 

Wagner Funds 30.00 

$7,391.51 

Total Gifts to FMS $266,581.27 

Gifts for Work Outside the FMS . . 13.71 

Grand Total $266,594.98 



Church Gifts Exceeding $3,000 



HELP 

PUT 

YOUR 

CHURCH 



1. LONG BEACH, CALIF (First) $29,551.76 

2. MANSFIELD, OHIO (Grace) 8,321.19 

3. LONG BEACH, CALIF. (North) 8,140.50 

4. NORWALK, CALIF 7,763.32 

5. WHITTIER, CALIF. (First) 7,307.46 

6. JOHNSTOWN, PA. (First) 6,722.21 

7. INGLEWOOD, CALIF 6,591.79 

8. PHILADELPHIA, PA. (First) 6,538.16 

9. ASHLAND, OHIO 5,897.30 

10. DAYTON, OHIO (First) 5,148.92 

n. DAYTON, OHIO (North Riverdale) . . 4,841. 62 

12. WOOSTER, OHIO 4,614.12 

13. FORTWAYNE,IND. (First) 4,435.48 

14. HAGERSTOWN, MD. (Grace) 4,294.63 

15. BEAUMONT, CALIF 4,134.30 

16. WATERLOO, IOWA 4,1 14.95 

17. PHILADELPHIA, PA. (Third) 4,097.85 

18. WINONA LAKE, IND 3,909.89 

19. WAYNESBORO, PA 3,563.88 

20. GLENDALE, CALIF 3,500.51 

21. SUNNYSIDE, WASH 3,059.48 



IN THIS 

LIST 

NEXT 

YEAR 



KENNETH G. MOELLER, Financial Secretary. 
HOMER A. KENT, Sr., Treasurer. 



THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR LOYAL SUPPORT 



When the battle is long, and I am weary with strife, 
When the legions of sin and evil are rife; 
I feel — and new courage flows into my life — 
That you are praying for me. 

When victory comes out of seeming defeat, 
And the dark lowering clouds shine with rainbows replete, 
'Tis then that I know — and the assurance is sweet — 
That you are praying for me. 

I'll gird tighter my armor and advance in the fight, 
With a staunch heart and brave I'll battle for right, 
I'll retreat at no danger, and fear no might — 
If you'll keep praying for me. 

Author unknown 



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HARRAH, WASH. 

The spirit of revival continues 
in our hearts. That which the Lord 
has begun He will perform. Rev. 
Thomas Hammers, our evangeUst, 
and Rev. Henry Dalke, our song- 
leader, were a real inspiration to us 
during the New Life Campaign De- 
cember 3-16. We believe that the 
Lord guided them in message and 
song. How we thank the Lord for 
their ministry in prayer, in the Word, 
and in music. Early in the first week 
a fine group was moved to stay 
after the service to pray, confess 
sins, and make things right with 
God. Two first-time decisions were 
made for Christ as Saviour, two 
dedications of life; and 20 young 
people stood in response to a chal- 
lenge of the evangelist to live in 
purity of life. 

Prayer groups continued to pray 
faithfully, and a fine group of men 
met each Saturday for prayer. The 
average attendance for the two 
weeks was 72. We praise God for 
the blessings that we received and 
for those yet to come. The pastor 
is grateful for the fellowship, min- 
istry and prayer with our Brothers 
Hammers and Dalke. — Donald W. 
Farner, pastor. 

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. 

We are praising the Lord for the 
fine attendance on Christmas; we 
had 8 1 present in our Sunday school 
and 153 present in the evening serv- 
ice for the Christmas program. This 
is the largest attendance in the his- 
tory of the church except for three 
years ago during the evangelistic 
campaign under Bro. R. Paul Miller, 
when 248 were present. We rejoice 
in the Lord for the work He is doing 
in our midst and pray that soon we 
can be in the upstairs of the build- 
ing. The building is getting quite 
crowded for our Bible school which 
averages about 70 each Sunday 
morning. 

We are glad for the speakers we 
had in our church during the past 
quarter. Rev. Henry F. Kulp, pas- 
tor of the Altoona Bible Church, Al- 
toona. Pa., was our speaker in a 
series of revival services, October 
8-13. We were blessed in a real way 
and they paved the way for our 
evangelistic services. R. Paul Miller 



was our evangelist, October 29- 
November 1 1 . There were two first- 
time decisions and nine rededica- 
tions. We surely rejoice in the work 
that the Lord did in our midst 
through Bro. Miller. As a result of 
the meetings we are still receiving 
many blessings. 

Dr. L. L. Grubb, secretary of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, 
was with us November 29, and we 
enjoyed the message in the Word 
and on the screen. We received a 
real challenge to pray and go and 
give to new home-mission works. 

Dr. Homer Kent, Sr., registrar of 
Grace Seminary and College, was 
our guest speaker December 16. We 
were thrilled with the message from 
the Word and the presentation of 
the work of Grace Seminary and 
College. — John W. Ritchey, pastor. 







FREMONT, OHIO 

We praise God for His blessings 
upon our recent evangelistic meet- 
ings with John Tierney. There were 
16 rededications, 34 confessions of 
faith and 24 baptisms. The average 
attendance at all 10 services was 
174. Our congregation here at the 
Grace Brethren Church surprised us 
with a Hi-Fi set for Christmas. — 
Gordon Bracker, pastor. 

BERNE, IND. 

I am very happy to report some 
blessings from the Lord which we 
saw at the Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Ind., November 25-Decem- 
ber 9. 

There were 50 public decisions 
made during the two weeks; 9 con- 
versions, 16 rededications, 25 who 
pledged themselves for soul-winning. 

One of the great highlights of the 
meeting was the tremendous at- 
tendance at the 7:00 o'clock 
pre-prayer meeting held nightly. 

Mr. Earl Chase was the director 
of music; Rev. Irvin Miller is the 



pastor of the church. — Bill Smith, 
evangelist. 

Again God showered His peo- 
ple with blessings in the Bethel 
Brethren Church. For we have wit- 
nessed a definite "prayed-down," 
"heaven-sent" revival during our 
"Victory Through Christ Crusade," 
November 25 to December 9, with 
Evangelist Bill Smith. 

We thank God for the decisions 
that were made, and we realize that 
each one was a direct answer to 
prayer. Each service was bathed 
in prayer as 40 to 70 prayer war- 
riors gathered each evening for the 
pre-service prayer meeting. The last 
night was climaxed with a total of 
71 upon their knees in prayer. 

In spite of the snow and bad 
weather we had an average attend- 
ance of 109 for the two weeks. For' 
these blessings we praise God, and 
give Him all the glory. — Irvin B. 
Miller, pastor. 



The Perils of the Mansion 

"Then beware lest thou forget the 
Lord" (Deut. 6:12). A nationally 
known preacher said he had often 
observed that people loved God and 
the church as long as they lived on 
a side street, but forgot God when 
they built a mansion on the avenue. 
Not all men can be successful and 
victorious at the same time. — The 
Quiet Hour. 



The "I" Crossed Out 

"And he said to them all. If any 
man will come after me, let him deny 
himself, and take up his cross daily, 
and follow me" (Luke 9:23). I heard 
the cross described as an "I" that 
had been crossed off. Just draw your 
pencil straight through the letter 
"I" somewhere near the top, and 
you will see what is meant. — The 
Sunday School Times. 



Burial Did Not Trouble Him 

"But whosoever will lose his life 
for my sake, the same shall save it" 
(Luke 9:24). Someone told Bishop 
Bashford, "You will bury yourself in 
China." He replied, "But I believe 
in the resurrection." — From the 
King's Business. 



February 2, 7957 



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CHICAGO, ILL. National Fam- 
ily Week will be stressed May 5-12 
this year. National Sunday School 
Week will be observed Sept. 20-Oct. 
6. The National Sunday School Con- 
vention will be held in twin sessions 
at Los Angeles, Calif., and Grand 
Rapids, Mich., in October. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. The 

address of Lee Burris is now 825 
Ermine Street, Albany, Oreg. Please 
change Annual. 

PHOENIX, ARIZ. Rev. George 
Peek, pastor of the North Long 
Beach Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif., was guest preacher at 
the First Brethren Church Jan. 13. 
Charles Ashman, Jr. is pastor. He 
was also guest speaker at the Chris- 
tian Business Men's Committee 
meeting and at Youth for Christ. 

ALBANY, OREG. The con- 
gregation of the Grace Brethren 
Church recently gave a reception in 
the parsonage for their new pastor, 
Lee Burris, and family. The family 
was also surprised with a shower of 
food and other gifts. 

NEW YORK, N. Y. Jerry Bea- 
van has resigned as Public Re- 
lation Director of the Billy Graham 
Evangelistic Association as of Feb. 
1 because of health reasons. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 
Brethren Christian High School 
celebrated its first home-coming on 
January 4. The high-school choir 
will begin its church tour this month. 
They will sing in five churches in 
different areas on Sunday evening. 

STERLING, OHIO. Rev. Irvine 
Robertson, returned missionary 
from India, and Dr. R. E. Gingrich, 
president of Cornus Hill Bible Col- 
lege, Akron, Ohio, occupied the 
pulpit of the First Brethren Church 
Dec. 30 and Jan. 6, during the ill- 
ness of the pastor, James O. Young. 

FREMONT, OHIO. The roof of 
the new Brethren Chapel is on and 
the work is going forward nicely. 



Netoajjage 




Granville Tucker is pastor. On Jan. 
6 nine from the Chapel were bap- 
tized at Grace Brethren Church, 
Gordon Bracker, pastor, and 24 of 
Grace Brethren were baptized. These 
baptisms were the result of confes- 
sions and rededications during the 
John Tierney evangelistic campaign. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Rev. 
Richard P. DeArmey has resigned 
his pastorate of Grace Brethren 
Church at Waterloo, Iowa, and ac- 
cepted the call to the Winona Lake 
Brethren Church. He will assume his 
new duties about May 1. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Mrs. 
Lester Kennedy, Jr., underwent sur- 
gery at Columbus City, Ind., Jan. 
18. 

GRANDVIEW, WASH. Ground 
breaking services were held for the 
new building of the First Brethren 
Church Sunday, Jan. 20, with Rev. 
Harold Painter as the special 
speaker. Robert Griffith is pastor. 

SEATTLE, WASH. Some anony- 
mous friend or friends purchased 
a new electric organ for the View 
Ridge Brethren Church which was 
delivered to them on Jan. 5. It is 
a blonde finish to match the pews of 
the church. Thomas Hammers, pas- 
tor. 

ELKHART, IND. Rev. Donald 
Ogden, instructor of music of Grace 
College, Winona Lake, Ind., was the 
songleader in the recent campaign 
with Rev. Walter Lepp, evangelist, 
at the McCoy Memorial Baptist 
Church. 



BEAUMONT, CALIF. Rev. 

Gene Farrell tendered his resigna- 
tion of Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church to become effective as of 
February 1, 1957. Brother Farrell 
has served this church for the past 
eight years. He and his wife are seek- 
ing the will of the Lord for their fu- 
ture work. A tape recorder was re- 
cently given the church by the Lan- 
obs family in memory of their 
mother who recently went to be with 
the Lord. 

ALEPPO, PA. A Laymen's Fel- 
lowship was recently organized at 
the Aleppo Brethren Church. They 
are rejoicing in the fact that they 
went over the top in their goal for 
foreign missions this past year. 
Wayne Baker is pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. The dates for 
the Southern Ohio District Con- 
ference of Brethren Churches to be 
held in the First Brethren Church 
are May 6-9, 1957. William Steffler 
will be host pastor. 



It's Always Time — for the Other 
Fellow 

"That ye may be the children of 
your Father which is in heaven" 
(Matt. 5:45). It seems that Dr. and 
Mrs. Paul James of Atlanta have 
a little lad, Edward, some five or 
six years of age. Next door to their 
home in Atlanta there lives another 
Christian family with a boy of Ed- 
ward's age. One day play developed 
into a misunderstanding. The quar- 
rel between the two boys waxed 
warm and long. Suddenly little Ed- 
ward drew himself up and said: "It's 
time one of us acted like a Christian. 
How about you?" — From Moody 
Monthly. 



Too Late 

"Do good to them that hate you, 
and pray for them which despite- 
fully use you" (Matt. 5:44). A pious 
but cranky old lady was greatly an- 
noyed because her neighbors forgot 
to ask her to go on their picnic. On 
the morning of the event they sud- 
denly realized their affront and 
sent a little boy to ask her to come 
along. "It's too late now," she 
snapped. "I've already prayed forr 
rain."- — Source unknown. 



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Sunday School and the WMC 



By Harold H. Etiing 

She was the only teacher of Junior boys! They were 

the usual gang of Junior boys, with about a thousand 

wiggles per square inch; boys full of fun and mischief, 

full of life, and always looking for new ways to make 

sure that their teacher would not have an opportunity 

to grow stale at her job. In that class was a boy who 

was destined to become a very important figure in the 

future history of his nation. His 

; name was Dwight, and he now 

occupies the highest office our 

/ nation has to offer. 

How much did that Junior 

teacher in a Sunday school of 

50 years ago contribute to the 

present leadership of Dwight 

Eisenhower? How much of the 

background did she provide for 

the new moral and spiritual tone 

that has been shown in the White 

Rev. Harold Etiing Housc? I Cannot answcr that 

question, and I doubt if it has an 

answer, for influence and backgrounds cannot be 

measured with a measuring stick as we do feet and miles. 

But just as real as any material that can be measured 

is that influence and teaching. 

"Only a teacher of Junior boys." Is that what you have 
been saying? Don't ever be guilty of saying it again, or 
for that matter do not say it regarding the nursery, the 
beginner, the primary or any other class that you hap- 
pen to have the privilege of teaching. The future lead- 
ers of our nation, and of other nations, may be in your 
class or department next Sunday, and that brings us to 
the very heart of this story. 

The Women's Missionary Council and Sunday 
schools! These two departments of our beloved church 
are interdependent one upon the other. 

OPPORTUNITY 

The very name "Women's Missionary Council" spells 
"Opportunity" through the Sunday school. Every word 
of that name means much and is important to the Sun- 
day school. 

"Women's" — Woman is the name that Jesus used in 
speaking to His mother at the wedding in Cana of Gali- 
lee, and surely when Jesus used that name. He lifted it 



to the highest place among men. For many generations 
it has been said that "the hand that rocks the cradle 
rules the world!" The Bible has much to say about 
women and their place in the spiritual life of mankind, 
but surely nothing more wonderful than the word writ- 
ten by the Apostle Paul concerning Timothy, when He 
said: "And that from a child thou hast known the holy 
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto sal- 
vation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (II Tim. 
3:15). Where did Timothy learn those scriptures as a 
child? "The unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt 
first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; 
and I am persuaded that in thee also" (II Tim. 1:5). 

If America's children of future generations are to be 
as excited about God as we are, then surely they must 
catch that vision and excitement from you and me — 
the mothers and fathers of our generation. They must 
see God working in and through us; they must see and 
hear the Word of God as it is read by you in their early 
childhood at family altars, and in the services of the 
church. Into their lives must come those high moments 
when God is more real to them than anything else in life, 
and you as the mother in the home must share much of 
that with them. 

"Missionary" — Surely one of the greatest missionary 
opportunities in the whole world lies at our very door- 
step. I have just returned from three days of work in the 
National Sunday School Directors' meeting. Again and 
again we were reminded of the fact that in this new 
year more than four and a quarter million babies would 
be born in America. We are at the crossroads in world 
history. Even as I write this story, I am conscious of 
the fact that there are more than 12 million babies under 
four years of age in our nation. Someone spoke a truth 
when he said that if we lose just one generation of our 
children to Satan, we will become a heathen nation. 
Therefore, we are only one generation away from hea- 
thenism. Most of the 12 million babies under four have 
not yet, even in Christian America, heard the story that 
Jesus Christ died for their sins. These babies are the fu- 
ture leaders of our nation. They are our nation within 
20 years by and large. They are a missionary opportunity 
for this hour of the greatest proportions. Satan and the 
world are making strong bids for these babies. One 
needs only to watch television for a few moments or 
read any of the most popular magazines to know how 
strong Satan and his cohorts are planning and working 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19. NUMBER 6 

ARNOLD R. KRrEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
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, $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50; foreign. $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees. president; Herman A. Hoyt. vice president; William Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, 
Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum. ex officio 



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to get our children. How interested are we in them? 

These four and a quarter million babies born in 1956 
have eight and a half million parents, and again most 
of them do not know Jesus Christ as Saviour. Then add 
to it the fact that millions more of grandparents are 
without Christ right here in America, and I think you 
will agree with me that together with all the other mis- 
sion fields in the world there is a tremendous missionary 
opportunity right in our own backyard. 

"Council" — Does all of this leave you standing be- 
wildered? It would me, if I thought I had to do the 
job alone. But the Women's Missionary Council makes 
you partners in the work that lies ahead. Your council 
working with councils of like mind and heart across the 
nation can do what no one of us, nor any single council, 
can do. God's work needs our combined effort. Your 
National Women's Missionary Council has been doing 
and now is being challenged again to join hands in a 
tremendous program to meet the challenge. 

MEETING THE CHALLENGE 

Having seen a few of the opportunities that we face, 
let us put the challenges on a very practical basis and 
ask the question: "How can our Women's Missionary 
Council meet these opportunities?" 

PRAY — Into your monthly program you have placed 
the day of prayer. How we praise God for this regular 
emphasis upon the most vital work of our church. In 
God's work there is no substitute for this intimate fel- 
lowship of prayer. When we pray there is clearer vision 
for our tasks, greater love for our fellow man, more of 
God's power in our service. We cannot do anything else 
really well until we have prayed, and we need to pray 
more. As you come to this important 15th day of each 
month, in addition to praying for home and foreign 
missionaries, be sure to include your missionaries of the 
local church — teachers and officers of the Sunday 
school. Pray for your National Sunday School Board 
and the staff at the office in Winona Lake, that they 
might constantly keep before our church the vision of 
the wonderful opportunities we face for evangelization 
in America. Pray that you might find your own place 
of service in this tremendous missionary challenge. 

GO — Someone has said: "The early church was a 
company of lay witnesses, but the church of today has 
become a professional pulpitism, financed by lay spec- 
tators." Jesus said: "Go ye into all the world," and no 
amount of substitution can ever take your place in the 
great missionary program. This is a caU to every Chris- 
tian to share in the ministry of the Word of God. Chris- 
tian service is not the exclusive business of so-called full- 
time Christian workers, but it is every Christian going 
everywhere to preach and teach the Word of God. 

In your local Sunday school there will no doubt be 
a place of service for you. To do the kind of a job 
we ought to be doing will require at the very minimum 
a staff at least twice as large as the staff we now have, 
for we are looking for 60,000 by 1960. Doubling the 
number of people in Sunday school will require in al- 
most every case a double staff and recognizing the fact 
that many of our schools are already understaffed, we 
feel safe in suggesting even a greater number of per- 
sonnel needs. Women of the WMC should volunteer 
their services to pastors and superintendents now! 

Of course, it takes work and training to get ready to 
do the job; so as members of the WMC, we urge you 
to enroll now in a training class to get ready to serve 
in your Sunday school. Too much emphasis cannot be 



laid on training. With expertly trained teachers in the 
public schools, it becomes more necessary than ever 
before to hold high teaching standards in the Sunday 
school. 

Then, of course, with new families moving into every 
community, and new babies being born into most of 
the homes of our churches, it is important that we con- 
tact these new people for our Sunday schools. The 
women of the WMC could launch a real visitation pro- 
gram of reaching new people for the teaching and train- 
ing of the Sunday school. The Lord hg^ not promised 
to send the unsaved to our churches — but He has com- 
manded us to go out and compel them to come in. Re- 
member, Jesus did not only come to save the lost — 
He came to seek and to save. There is always a seeking 
before a saving! 

GIVE — The last of the trio of missionary emphases is 
give. There was never a day in which less can be done 
with a dollar than at present, for prices in every place 
have gone up and up and up. Wages have likewise, and 
to be honest with our God, we still ought to give as the 
Lord hath prospered us. How we of the National Sun- 
day School Board thank God for the gifts of the Wom- 
en's Missionary Council. They have enabled us to do 
much of the work that we are able to do through the 
purchase of equipment for our office. We have expressed 
again and again, through printed page and personal 
word, our appreciation for these wonderful gifts. This 
year, through the gifts of your local councils, we are 
looking forward to the purchase of additional office 
equipment which will allow us to do even a more effi- 
cient job. In addition, a part of the money given this 
year is earmarked to establish a library of Visual Aids 
which will be available to local Sunday schools for the 
training of teachers and workers in this great task of 
missionary effort at home. We urge you to join with 
all of the members of your WMC across the nation in 
giving for Christian education. 

Actually, in summing it up, all of the emphasis of 
our Sunday-school program is a missions task. Reaching 
more, teaching, winning more, training more people 
in Christ's service and finally enlisting more to do the 
work of Christ is the work of every true church. We must 
see our work in an ever-widening perspective. More 
pastors are needed, and as you and I witness to the fami- 
lies in our neighborhoods, we share in finding those 
needed pastors for churches tomorrow. More mission- 
aries are essential on the foreign fields. As we help to 
fill up classes in our Sunday schools we share in the 
preparation of those who will be going to the four 
corners of the earth with the gospel. But not only will 
our teaching and training programs prepare more pas- 
tors and missionaries, but it wiU provide more and 
more workers for our local church and its program in 
the community. 

Every Sunday-school lesson provides a teacher with 
a marvelous opportunity for impressing the need and 
privilege of Christian service. Every department super- 
intendent can use his assembly programs to convey con- 
victions and provide opportunities for personal com- 
mitment to service for Christ. 

The mission of our churches is urgent. The need is 
demanding. The time is now! The way of victory is re- 
cruiting and training willing workers for the task. 

The marvel of the early church is that being scattered 
abroad, they did not whine, nor hide, but "went every- 
where preaching the word" (Acts 1:4). They went 
everywhere theni What about now? 



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Tke Office Secretary's Viewpoint 



By Miss Alice Snider 



"I thank my' God upon every remembrance of you" 
(Phil. 1:3). As I look back upon my few years of serv- 
ing the National Sunday School Board as office secre- 
tary, this has been the prayer of my heart when I think 
of the woman of the WMC. Because of the generosity 
of these women, the task of serving the Brethren Sun- 
day schools across the nation has become an easier one. 

Thousands of copies of helps have been turned out 
on the electric mimeograph machine purchased with 
money given by the WMC. These included helps for 
Sunday schools, BYF, Boys Clubs, Sisterhood, yes, and 
even some National WMC material. This continues to 
be an ever-increasing task as the Sunday-school work 
expands. 

At the present time four Christian Worker's Training 
Courses are being made available to our Sunday schools 
across the nation. Already one of these has been mimeo- 
graphed the second time and others will soon have to be 
mimeographed again. 

A monthly pamphlet, "The Promoter," is published 
in the interests of our Sunday schools, and is receiving 
wide acclaim as being practical in Sunday school help 
both to superintendents and teachers. At the present 
time we are printing more than 3,000 each month and 
additional inquiries are coming to us monthly. 

The mimeograph machine also has been a big help 




in the recent Sunday School Enlargement Campaign 
and in the monthly promotional packets which are sent 
to all Sunday-school superintendents and pastors. These 
are only a few of the many things that run through the 
mimeograph during a period of time. Without this ma- 
chine it would be impossible to carry on the ever-ex- 
panding work of the National Sunday School Board. 

Just this past year money that was given by the 
ladies of the WMC was used to purchase a portable dic- 
tation machine. This is an inseparable piece of equip- 
ment in any office. Letters can be dictated while the 
director is on the road and sent immediately to the of- 
fice for transcribing. It has also become a valuable aid 
in the writing of the teacher training courses, much of 
which is done away from the office. 

This coming year will see new machinery added to 
that which we have. With the money promised by the 
WMC an electric typewriter will be bought. This is 
another important need in the office at the present time. 

Not only do we thank the ladies of the National WMC 
but also of the district WMC's who have contributed so 
generously. This year the Indiana District added an 
office chair and a file to the office. 

Thank you, ladies, for your help in carrying on the 
work of the Lord and of the National Sunday School 
Board. 




MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR APRIL 

Africa — 

Suzan Marie Goodman April 1, 1952 

Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

David George Goodman April 21, 1947 

Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Argentina — 

Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 

Calle 31. No. 33, Don Bosco, F.C.G.R., Argentina. S. A, 

Paula Ann Bishop April 15, 1955 

178 Calle Reconquista, Corral de Bustos, F.C.N.G.B.M.. Prov. Cor- 
doba. Araen ina, S. A. 

Peter Phihp iMarshall April 23, 1953 

Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto. F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argen- 
tina, S. A. 

Rev. Donald E. Bishop April 29 

178 Calle Reconquista, Corral de Bustos. F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. Cor- 
doba, Argen ina, S. A. 

Brazil — 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Caixa Postal 861, Betem, Para, Brazil. 

John Robert Zielasko April 10, 1948 

Caixa Postal 861. Belem, Para, Brazil. 



Hawaii — 

Leilani Lou Tresise April 15, 1956 

2377 E. Manoa Road. Honolulu, T.H. 

Mexico — 

Mrs. Sibley M. Edmiston April 14 

439 Sunset Lane. San Ysidro, Calif., U.S.A. 

In ilhe United States — 

Miss Edith Geske April 6 

R.R. 3, Norfolk, Nebr. 

Mrs. Robert S. Williams April 15 

CO Box 588. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Lester W, Kennedy, Jr April 18, 1955 

c^o Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Robert Luis Dowdy April 26, 1948 

c o Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 



NATIONAL WMC PROJECT OFFERINGS 
1956-1957 

General and Publication Offering S2,435.22 

Home Missions Offering 3,004.16 

Christian Education Offering Due March 10 

Foreign Missions Offering Due June 10 

Thank Offering (Penny-a-day) Due June 10 

Birthday Offering Due July 10 

Missionary Residence Upkeep Due July 10 



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An Enthusiastic Sunday School 
Helps Our Church to Grow 



By Ward A. Miller 
Pastor, Communit'y Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 




From the business world there comes a quatrain that 

is often jokingly quoted yet is sternly true: 
He who whispers down a well 
About the wares he has to sell 
Will never make as many dollars 
As he who climbs a tree and hollers. 

Several years of ministry had elapsed before I real- 
ized that the fast growing leadership developing churches 
were those that had ceased whispering and were now 
shouting about Sunday school. If we are to make of' 
men what God wants them to be, we must begin now 
to reach them where they are. No avenue available to 
the church in reaching a family for Christ is so quickly 
rewarding as that of the Sunday school. The very words 
"Sunday school" almost seem magical in their ability 
to gain response from unchurched parents. There are a 
number of ways in which these reactions, in our 
case, have borne fruit for Christ and His church. 

ENTRANCE INTO HOMES 

It is not easy to enter homes today. Every technique 
and trick known to man has been used by the com- 
mercial world to gain access. This has made people re- 
luctant to even open the door to a stranger. However, 
when parents are told of the benefits of Sunday school 
to every member of the household, there is rarely a poor 
reception. Entire families have been won to Christ 
through enthusiastic children taking home the blessings 
of Bible instruction to parents who were completely 
closed to the gospel. The terrifying end of a soul with- 
out Christ should lead us to use any legitimate means 
to get that person in contact with Bible truth. We have 
found the Sunday school an ideal point of contact. 

FIELD OF EVANGELISM 

Eager Sunday-school pupils, from wiggling tots to 
mobile relics, provide an ideal field for the church to 
evangelize. Scores have been won to a saving knowl- 
edge of Jesus Christ. When this is realized, which is 
just one of many purposes of the Sunday school, church 
members, teachers and Christians in general withhold 
severe criticism of unruly or spiritually ignorant pupils 
knowing that theirs is the happy privilege of anticipat- 
ing "new creatures in Christ Jesus." When the Sunday 
school is recognized as a field of evangelism, it will have 
a constant appetite for new enrollments. These enroll- 
ments automatically bring increased attendance, and 
both of these will have a growing effect upon the 
church. Using our Sunday school as an illustration of 



this fact, in January 1956 the enrollment was 605. By 
January 1957, just one year later, this had chmbed to 
779. Attendance for the same period leaped from an 
average of 379 to 532. Church attendance increased 
to the point that an 8:15 a. m. service on Sunday morn- 
ing was inaugurated in March so that the crowded con- 
ditions at 11 a. m. would be relieved. Simultaneously 
the Sunday evening service made a pyramidal ris2 to 
a thumping 47 percent over the previous year. No less 
than 86 percent of the people who walked the aisles of 
our church receiving Christ as Saviour were enrolled 
in the Sunday school. 

INCREASED VISITATION 

By its very nature, the Sunday school must either 
go or it will soon be gone. Someone has poignantly 
said, "It must send or end." Present-day breathless 
schedules militate against a consistent program of 
visitation and often our Sunday school yielded to the 
pressure. But progress was made. The general super- 
intendent visited department superintendents expressing 
delight in the agreement of the individual to serve in 
a new capacity, discussing and planning for the year 
ahead. Department heads called upon teachers and po- 
tential teachers encouraging them spiritually and 
strengthening the bonds of fellowship and understand- 
ing. Brightened by the blessing of the leader's visit, the 
teacher is stimulated to visit the pupils. So seriously have 
some taken visitation that each new quarterly is delivered 
to the pupil and the parents are instructed in the best 
method to help their child through its use. Others have 
visited in every home on their class roll before the sec- 
ond Sunday of teaching a new class. You can be sure 
that these teachers are far better informed of the needs 
of their pupils than those who have never faced their 
pupils in their own home. At the same time, names of 
unenroUed parents are secured and given to the adult 
department making them prospects for that division. 

BUILDS ENTHUSIASM 

The day has long passed when a church can remain 
ahve with mere torpid piety. Scores of churches in smug 
self-satisfaction will succumb this year because they have 
not learned this vital lesson. Speaking before a crowd of 
businessmen an executive urged every man before him 
to spend a few minutes each morning to shout to him- 
self in his car while going to the office; "Boy, am I 
enthusiastic! Boy, am I enthusiastic!" He guaranteed it 
would increase tremendously their effectiveness as sales- 
men. If the business world finds such fervor essential, 



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how can the church hope to produce for Christ with its 
half-hearted measures? Much too soon after conversion 
and baptism, Mr. Average Church Member is hke Sieg- 
fried in his nest, who cried: "I He here possessing, let 
me sleep." It is glorious to be sound in doctrine; it is 
tragic to be sound asleep in action. The only difference 
between a grave and a rut is that the latter has the 
ends out. A Sunday school worthy of the name early 
assumes its privilege to implement all of its varied activ- 
ities with enthusiasm. Naturally, this spirit spills into 
the church. Tradition is carefully examined and 
promptly discarded if it exists for its own end. A re- 
freshing air of improvement is blown upon the church 
by the Sunday school as it enrolls new persons, tests 
new equipment and employs new methods. This fresh- 
ness of approach — like Livingstone's motto, "Anywhere, 
so it is forward" — has helped our church to move ahead. 

PASTORAL APPRECIATION 

For 14 years as a pastor, my Sunday schools have 
been a strong right arm. By winning the lost to Christ, 
teaching the saved the truths of the Word of God and 
promoting every program of the church of any conse- 
quence, including visitation, evangelism and Christian 
stewardship (both local and foreign-mission support) it 
has been a dependable helper. Sunday school is mag- 
nificent; use it for all it is worth. On the one hand, 
it must never be "the tail that wags the dog" however; 
on the other hand, it must never be forgotten that it is, 
or should be, the largest organization of the church and 
as such it uses people in praying, visiting, teaching and 
soul-winning, all for the glory of the Lord Jesus! 1 
really appreciate my Sunday school! 




This month brings us to the third and final month 
of our second major project — our Christian Education 
offering which will be divided between Grace Semi- 
nary and College and the National Sunday School and 
Youth Boards. No part of our church work should be 
of greater interest to our WMC then those organiza- 
tions which are dedicated to the training and spiritual 
development of our young people, our own sons and 
daughters. Have we each one done what the Lord would 
have us do toward this offering? This is our last oc- 
casion to give, for this offering should be sent in to 
Mrs. McCall by March 10. 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President — Mrs. Kenneth Ashman. 205 Ihrig Ave., Wooster. Ohio. 

First Vice President (Projects) — Mrs. Miles Taber. 314 Dorchester 
St.. Ashland. Ohio. 

Second Vice President (Program) — Mrs. Thomas Hammers. 6242 
30th Ave.. Seattle 15. Wash. 

Recording Secretary — Mrs. Lester Pifer, Box 195. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Secretary — Mrs. Scott Weaver, R.R. 2, Osceola, Ind. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Chester McCall. 4580 Don 
FeUpe Dr.. Los Angeles, Calif. 

Literature Secretary — Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 203 W. Woodland, Fort 
Wayne. Ind. 

Editor — Mrs. Benamin Hamilton, Box 701, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman — Mrs. Frank Lindower, R.R. 1, Uniontown, Ohio. 

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



Mother s Letter 



( Editor's note. With this number we are beginning a new feature 
in a series of letters supposedly written by a Christian mother to 
her daughter who has gone away to college. These letters have 
been written by one of our consecrated WMC members who pre- 
fers to remain anonymous in them. We begin this series with the 
prayer that these letters may be a help to mothers who are writing 
letters to their own daughters away from home, as well as to 
our Sisterhood girls, some of whom may not have Christian mothers 
who could write this type of letter to them. ) 

Dearest Daughter, 

I could hardly wait until I received your first letter, 
and I am glad you wrote so soon. You can imagine 
what a lump was in my throat when I kissed you goodby 
and realized that this was the first step away from home, 
and me — especially from me. But I wouldn't be selfish 
enough to wish to keep you with me always, in spite 
of what it would mean to me, when I know that the 
separation is best for you. 

This adaptation of a popular line just came into my 
mind, and I know you won't care if I say it: "Now is 
the time for all your good training to come to the aid 
of your circumstances." I am glad you like your instruc- 
tors. Of course there will be days when they may not 
seem so fine. You may feel out of sorts and they may 
appear grouchy. But just get out your sense of humor 
and add a dash of common sense; then remember that 
they are human, just as you are. Try to meet each day 
in a good spirit, it will help a lot. 

I am sorry about your roommate. It would have been 
nice to have had a friend, or at least an acquaintance to 
room with, especially at first; but right here, my dear, 
is where you have an opportunity to use psychology, 
the spirit of understanding, and Christian love and 
forbearance. Just remember that people are different; 
not everyone is as affectionate and friendly as you are, 
and then besides, she may be just reserved and timid 
or possibly a little afraid of you. Be patient. Think of 
the differences there may be in your backgrounds. Give 
her time, and observe all the social amenities; respect 
her reticence, be sweet and wait. 

You know, the best way to overcome homesickness — 
oh I know you aren't feeling those pangs yet, "but an 
ounce of prevention" you know — is to find someone 
who has a worse case than yours, and try to help them 
to overcome it. You'll be so busy that you'll forget all 
about your own case, and get quite a thrill out of it be- 
sides. 

We were so busy getting ready these last few weeks 
that I didn't get to say half of what was in my mind 
and heart for you. But I'm not going to do any preach- 
ing now. I'll expect you to get that at least once every 
Sunday. Don't get lazy, daughter dear, and shirk your 
Sunday privilege because mother isn't there to urge 
you. 'You need that as much as you do your weekday 
classes, so be faithful. Don't forget to tithe your allow- 
ance too. I know it isn't much, and you may give more, 
but lay that aside and never allow anything to come 
along and "gobble it up." 

I am sending your mending kit. I don't know if you 
forgot it or not. But a stitch in time does save nine or 
more, and you can have so much more poise and self- 
confidence and respect when nicely mended than when 
pinned up. 

With a heart full of love to sweeten and season all 
the advice and lectures, I am. 

Your Mother 
II Timothy 3:14-15. 



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VESSELS of 440NORJ 

H TIM. 2:20-22 



A Nevir Family 



By Mrs. William Samarin 

"Father, may I go to conference?" Sara repeated 
these words to the httle yellow dog seated beside her 
cooking fire. The little yellow dog looked puzzled and 
scratched a flea. "I will stay with Nambona. She will 
take care of me as her own daughter." This last ut- 
terance was too much for the skinny pup. He stalked 
away to the shade of the granary. 

"What's this about Nambona?" her father asked as 
he rounded the corner of the mudhouse. Sara blushed 
and busied herself with the smoking nre. She had been 
trying to find courage to ask her father if she might go 
with the village Christians to a three-day Bible con- 
ference. She had been practicing her request when her 
father overheard her. Sara lifted the lid from the pot 
and dropped in a small hard lump of salt. Then gathering 
her courage she made her request. 

Sara had not dared to hope she might go. Her family, 
she knew, thought she was just a little bit odd these 
days. But her father was not an evil man. He had 
watched her learn to read and had been secretly proud. 
He had not even been too upset when she refused to 
marry the boy with the sewing machine. Sara's uncle 
had been hurt that his choice had been rejected, but had 
not the Christian boy sent the most handsome goats in 
the village? Now the scarred faced, pagan father watched 
his Christian daughter work over the cooking fire. He 
did not understand her, but he reahzed she was good. 
Other young people were doing new things, but they 
were evil. Sara was different from the African girls of 
the past, but she was good. The kindly pagan father 
thought he might have been a little hard on his daugh- 
ter in the past. 

Sara noticed her father's silence and wondered at 
his thoughts. But his answer made her clap her hands 
with joy. "You will need a new dress if you go. Take 
this money to the Arab trader and buy some cloth. 
Tell him you don't need much, for you are still a skinny 
thing." 

Sara spent a half hour choosing which of the bright 
pieces of cloth she would buy. This was only the sec- 
ond dress she had ever owned. Such important decisions 
took time. 

Sara with Nambona, the village pastor's wife, and 
20 other of the village Christians began the long walk 
to the canton chief's village early the next Monday morn- 
ing. Sara, dressed in a new blue dress, carried her bed- 
mat and a bundle of manioc flour on her head. The little 
group sang as they walked mile after mile: "Father, you 
must believe; Mother, you must believe; friend, you 
must believe, or you will die without Christ." Chris- 
tians from other villages waved as they passed and said 



that they would be coming soon. Sara's black face 
glowed. She had not realized that so many Christians 
lived near her. 

As the sun touched the top of the trees, the little 
group sighted the large village where the conference 
was to be held. Nambona's husband had a brother in 
this village. All the people who had come with Sara 
would stay with him. Nambona cheerfully informed 
Sara that they would sleep outside, but Sara was too 
thrilled with all she saw to be discouraged about sleep- 
ing out in the cool night air. 

By nightfall the large village was bustling with ac- 
tivity. It was easy for Sara to tell where the Christians 
lived. In front of each of their houses was a circle of 
visitors. The houses of the pagans seemed desolate in 
comparison. Some of these people even looked sullen 
as if this invasion of Christians was an inconvenience. 
Sara watched the Christians walk from fire to fire greet- 
ing old friends with cries of joy and much handshaking. 
Soon all the little groups began to sing. Sara heard old 
songs and new songs. She joined in whenever she could. 

Sara clasped Nambona's hand. She had never been so 
happy! Nambona understood the young girl's thoughts. 
"When I was yet in my father's house," she said, "I 
was taught that the family with all its cousins and aunts 
and uncles was the most important thing in the world. 
The rest of the world didn't matter. When I became a 
Christian, I found I was a part of a bigger family. I saw 
my husband greet a man of another tribe as if he were 
his brother by the same mother. I asked my husband 
why he had greeted this man as a brother. His answer 
was this: 'He is my brother; we are one heart in the 
family of Love.' Now my husband has also heard mis- 
sionaries say that there are many white people in this 
family. It must be true, for they brought us the gospel. 
Tonight you are happy because you are a part of this 
family." 

That night as Sara lay on her mat with the dark Afri- 
can night as a blanket, she hummed softly, "Merci Nzapa 
Titi, Jesus." (The song you sing as "Thank You, Lord.") 
But three important days lay ahead. Will you join us 
next month to live these days with Sara? 



SISTERHOOD OFFICIARY 

President — Marie Sackett, Grace College, Winona Lake. Ind. (Home: 
1010 Randolph St.. Waterloo. Iowa). 

Vice President — Rachel Smithwick, R. R. 1, Harrah. Wash. 

General Secretary — Janet Weber. 835 Spruce St.. Hagerstown. Md. 

Editor— Jeannette Turner. Winona Lake. Ind. (Home: Portis. Kans.). 

Treasurer— Florence Moeller. 1027 Franklin Street. Johnstown. Pa. 

Literature Secretary — Kathleen Ripple, 516 Fritsch Ave.. Akron 12. 
Ohio. 

Bandage Secretary — Joyce Ashman. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Patroness— Mrs. H. Leslie Moore. 112 Beachley, St., Meyersdale. Pa. 

Assistant Patroness— Mrs. Russell Weber. 835 Spruce St.. Hagers- 
town, Md. 



February 9, 1957 



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Sunday School 



By Mrs. Max Brenneman 



Joyce was not hard to get out of bed on Sundays, 
for it was the day that she had been waiting for all 
week. She had been busy inviting the neighborhood 
children to go with her to Sunday school. (Of course, 
they did not go with her the first time she asked, so she 
kept inviting them every week.) Joyce got up, made 
her bed, straightened her room, got dressed, and helped 
her mother fix breakfast. It took so long to eat break- 
fast, she thought. 

The family car was put to work on Sundays. Joyce's 
father took the family to church first. Then he came 
back to the neighborhood to pick up all of Joyce's "in- 
vites." 

When the car arrived back at the church, Joyce was a 
very good hostess in making sure that every child that 
she brought was introduced to their Sunday-school 
teacher before Sunday school started. Joyce also had 
reminded the children who came with her that coming 
to Sunday school was coming to God's house. By 
Joyce's example the children noticed how they should 
behave. Never once did they see Joyce run, yell, or dis- 
turb anything in the church. 

Just before Sunday school started Joyce made sure 
that the children whom she brought for the first time 
were in their right departments. Then she took her 
place in her department eager to hear and learn more 
about her Saviour. 

Joyce was always in her seat ready to say the rhyme 
about being on time along with the rest of the children. 
Because she did not want to miss one part, being on 
time to Sunday school was a good Sunday habit of 
Joyce's. 

The singing, memory work, and announcements were 
enjoyed reverently, for she was a part of the department. 
Joyce kept her eyes open, ears listening, hands to her- 
self, and her lips quiet unless spoken to. 

With the opening part of Sunday school finished. 
Joyce went quietly with the rest of her class to their 
room. Together with their teacher they studied from 
God's Word. What a thrill to read from her own Bible 
the wonder workings of God! 

The class period was just too short to please Joyce. 
She could have stayed all morning to listen to her 
teacher explain the Bible. Some day Joyce was looking 
forward to being a Sunday-school teacher. And now was 
the time for her to begin learning the basic truths of the 
Bible. 

Sunday school being over, Joyce gathered all the 
children that she had brought with her. And very quietly 
they all entered the morning worship service. 

What a missionary Joyce was because many of the 
children that she was taking to Sunday school accepted 
the Lord as their personal Saviour. So Sunday school 
was a very important service to her. 

Psalm 122:1: "I was glad when they said unto me. Let 
us go into the house of the Lord," was a favorite of 
Joyce. Her enthusiasm for Sunday school was "catch- 
ing." Many children and adults were won to Christ 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR MARCH 

THEME SONG— Sing "Channels Only" and follow it 

by several favorite prayer choruses. 
SCRIPTURE— Read Psalm 121. 
PRAYER CIRCLE — Use the prayer requests listed and 

use requests from your own group also. 
DEVOTIONAL TOPIC— Senior and Middlers study 

"A New Family," and Juniors study "Sunday 

School." 
SPECIAL NUMBER— This may be musical or other- 
wise. (Sometime, try bringing a WMC member to 

the meeting for a special number!) 
MISSIONARY LESSON— Seniors and Middlers study 

the missionary biography of Marguerite Dunning, 

and Juniors continue the Pondo stories — this time 

"An African Funeral. ' 
CHORUSES — Make time for some zippy favorites. 
BUSINESS MEETING— Be sure to read the president's 

reminders. 
BENEDICTION— Psalm 145:1-2. 




MARCH OFFERING— March is the month set aside 
for the national officers' conference expenses. The goal 
set is $400. This money will be used for the national 
officers so they can be present at the national conference 
held in August. It is necessary to have the officers 
present to carry out their duties during conference and 
make plans for the coming year. Pray about this offer- 
ing and give as the Lord leads you. 

HAPP\ BIRTHDAY, SMM! Next month is SMM 
Birthday month. During this month we take up our birth- 
day offering which goes for the higher education of mis- 
sionaries' children. Our goal is $700. Think and pray 
about this offering. 

CHECK UP ON YOUR GOALS— Now would be 
a good time to take inventory of your goal sheets and 
see what is lacking for your group. It won't be too long 
until this information has to be sent in and now would 
be a good time to see that you get it all done before the 
time comes. 

REPORTS AND MEETINGS— If you haven't sent 
in your post card item to the national editor, do so 
as soon as possible. Also, if you haven't had your spring 
cabinet meeting, this should be done. These two are 
local organization goals and have to be done to be an 
honor Sisterhood. 

NOTICE! Beginning this month in the WMC material 
is a new column entitled, "Mother's Letter." This will be 
continued for several months and promises to be very 
interesting reading for all of you girls! 



because one little girl was glad to go to Sunday school, 
and because she invited others to go with her. 

How about you? Are you glad? You should be if 
Christ is in your heart. Be eager to learn more about 
the Lord Jesus Christ and take others with you so they 
may learn, too. 



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An African Funeral 



By Miss Mary Emmert 



Pondo had received his first lesson about the good- 
ness of God from the guard's wife. At nearly the same 
time, his father, Koly, was receiving a different idea of 
God from Toulougou, the guard. In their long talks in 
the evening he had learned many things about the white 
man, and a little about the white man's God. 

"There were some white people of God where I came 
from," the guard told him one day. 

"What is their affair like?" asked Koly. 

"I did not hear much of it," Toulougou replied, "but 
I know they say one must not drink beer, nor gamble, 
nor steal, and a child of God must have only one wife." 

"That is a bad affair," decided Koly. "My father 
taught us not to steal, but this affair of not drinking 
beer, nor taking more than one wife is foolishness." 

"Not many of your tribe have been taught not to 
steal," remarked his friend. 

"That's true," admitted Koly, "But old Sambey will 
not look upon stealing either. Did you ever see that little 
boy with his ear cut off? Sambey cut it off to cure him 
of stealing." 

"Did it really cure him?" 

"No; I don't suppose it did. But at least it brands 
him as a thief, so everyone can watch out for him." 
Koly and his friend laughed and clapped each other's 
hand as though this was very funny. 

"I have yet to hear of any way to cure a thief," was 
Koly's comment. "Why does not some medicine man 
make medicine to take away the hunger for stealing 
out of a man's heart?" he added thoughtfully. 

"Oh, medicine men! They never really cure anyone, 
but they kill plenty. They deceive us to get our money. 
But then, they come in handy to make people obey, 
too." Toulougou fingered the fancy leather charms 
hanging on his chest. They were flat little blocks of 
wood, neatly covered with tooled leather. "I got these 
charms from the Mohammedans," he added. "Their 
power is greater than that of the ordinary sorcerers. 
So everyone is afraid to disobey me." 

The two men had lowered their voices, for it was 
not very safe to scoff at the sorcerers or to make light 
of their power. Many a man, under similar circum- 
stances, had had a dose of poison slipped into his food. 

They were still discussing all angles of sorcerers, 
when they saw Pondo making toward the campfire 
around which they were sitting. He was exhausted 
from what had evidently been a long, hurried trip. Koly 
looked at him anxiously. "What is the news?" he asked. 

"Kogara is very sick," answered Pondo. 

"Kogara sick? She was all right the day before yes- 



terday when I left the village. What is the matter with 
her?" 

"She has a very great pain inside her," said his son. 
"She went to work as usual this morning in her garden, 
but at noon she came home very sick. She is moaning 
and groaning a great deal. We sent for Gafe, the sorcerer, 
and I came for you." 

Koly arose. "I must go at once," he said to the guard. 
Toulougou grunted assent, "Go well." He added: 
"Pondo can take your sleeping mat after you tomorrow 
when he is rested." 

The next day, by the time that Pondo returned to 
the village, he found everyone much excited. "Your 
father's first wife is dead," they told him as he passed 
along. Pondo could scarcely believe it. He found his 
father sitting in stunned silence. A small crowd had 
gathered around and were raising the usual hubbub, 
chanting the responses to Nana's wild plaints in the 
approved style. But Koly was clearly brooding over 
something. He looked desperate. Pondo had never seen 
him that way. Nor did he find out what it was all about 
then. 

He joined the group of wailing ones gathered around 
the still form of Kogara, lying on the one mat in 
her house. From his birth up he had been accustomed 
to the death wail, and had often mimicked it in his 
play. But now it had come to his father's house, and he 
wanted to flee from it, but he could not. All day they 
mourned. The air in the hut was stifling, for everyone 
that could possibly crowd in was packed inside, and the 
rest were close around the door on the narrow little 
porch that encircled the house. 

They were hot and dusty, but no one went to the 
stream to bathe. Their tear-streaked faces and con- 
tinuous wailing bore witness to their ever-losing fight 
with death. Finally someone reported that the grave 
was dug, so two of Koly's relatives picked up the body 
and carried it out of the house, followed closely by the 
little band of mourners. Nana shrieked louder than ever, 
redoubling her efforts to show her grief. Koly followed 
numbly, his head lowered, his hands locked behind his 
neck. They came to the freshly dug hole. The body was 
doubled up, so as to fit in the short space, and lowered 
in without ceremony. The clods soon covered the cold 
stiff body. 

Koly, who had stood by in stony, bitter silence, sud- 
denly uttered a terrible shriek, and then sobbed out his 
grief in a flood of tears. His relatives joined in with 
him; the bystanders looked on curiously. 



February 9, 7957 



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MISSIONARY IN AFRICA- 



WRITING CONTEST 




\ 



Marguerite Dunning 

By Mrs. Don West 

Marguerite Edna Dunning is serving the Lord in 
French" Equatorial Africa. Her life is one that we can 
all be challenged by. She was born in Chicago, 111., but 
as for her second birth, she is uncertain when or where, 
but she said: "Just as I know 1 
was born the first time because 
1 am alive, so 1 know 1 was born 
again, because 1 trust the Lord 
Jesus Christ and believe His 
Word. I was there when it hap- 
pened both times. As with my 
earthly parents, so with my 
Heavenly Father; He knows when 
and where, but not 1. I'm satis- 
fied to know I'm His child be- 
cause His Word says so." 
Mrs. Harold Dunning Marguerite prepared for serv- 
ing the Lord by attending Moody Bible Institute and 
Grace Seminary. As for yielding completely to the 
Lord's will for her life, she was just a little doubtful at 
first, feeling that everyone wanted to push her into 
being a missionary. Realizing that she was made in 
God's image, she could never be truly happy or suc- 
cessful in life unless she followed the path mapped 
out for her by her Lord and Master. Marguerite found 
that a growing understanding of Ephesians 2:10 helped 
her see God's will for her life — "For we are His 
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, 
which God hath before ordained that we should walk 
in them." 

Truly, Marguerite can say that our God is a loving 
God. In making her plans for her future. Marguerite 
had considered being a teacher. The Lord let her ful- 
fill this ambition this year — while on furlough she was 
able to teach in a Christian day school. The Lord knows 
and understands the desires of the heart. 

So often we wonder about the certain young man 
that one day will walk down the aisle v/ith us, and we 
wonder how we will know when the right fellow comes 
along. Marguerite had a problem — was she the right 
girl for him? At first she feared to trust the Lord to 
choose her husband, but when she realized Harold 
Dunning loved her, she was afraid to trust her own 
heart. She wanted to be sure she was the right girl for 
him. Once again she turned to God's Word for guidance. 
She found her answer in Psalm 37:4: "Delight thyself 
also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of 
thine heart." Never since that time has she feared 
to trust God's way, knowing His delight for us is to 
be happy. 

Marguerite challenges each Sisterhood girl to prove 
the Lord by a complete surrender to His will and see 
the blessing He will make of her life to others and 
the joy which will reward her even now, besides the 
reward "over yonder." 

What shall I give Thee, Master? 

Thou hast borne all for me. 
Not just a part, or half of my heart: 
I will give all to Thee. 



What are you doing about the writing contest? It's 
fun to just sit down and put on paper what you are think- 
ing. Well, don't you agree? Oh, you don't know because 
you haven't tried? Say, you'd better hurry; there's not 
very much time to begin those poems, skits, and stories. 
Send them to the national patroness, Mrs. Moore, just 
as soon as you can! — Jeanette Turner. 




The North Long Beach Middlers have quite an in- 
dustrious group: They have canned almost 200 quarts 
of apricots for missionaries; with scrap flannel pieces 
they have made nine baby quilts and are now working 
on baby garments; 100 Christmas tracts have been sent 
to the Haags in Mexico, which they made themselves 
by pasting old Christmas card pictures and Spanish 
verses on construction paper. Good examples, aren't 
ihey? 

The girls at Jenners, Pa., have a good idea: they have 
realized the SMM girls of today will be the future WMC 
members, and they are becoming familiar with WMC 
meetings. Last fall the Sisterhood group were the guests 
of the women at a corn roast! 

Junior members of Bellflower, Calif., also met with 
the WMC last fall when a missionary spoke to them. 
After the program during which the girls sang, they 
donned green and white aprons and caps and served 
refreshments to the ladies. 

What are you doing that's different? 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

Pray for the offerings 
which will be taken this 
month and next month, 
too. 

Pray constantly for each 
national officer. The 
names are listed in the 
SMM pages each month 
in case you forgot some 
of them. 

Pray that the lessons 
this month and at this 
meeting will sink deep 
into the hearts of each one 
present. 

Pray for the four ladies 
who are the authors for 
articles this year that the 
Lord will give them rich spiritual blessings. 

Pray about your personal goals, as well as the na- 
tional and district projects. 




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HEWS 




LEON, IOWA. The District 
Court, Decatur County, Leon, Iowa 
has reached a decision on the case 
of Rev. George Ronk (of the Ash- 
land College group) vs. Leon Breth- 
ren Church, Ronald Robinson, pas- 
tor. The court awarded the verdict 
in favor of the defendants; namely, 
the Leon Brethren Church. The 
Leon Brethren Church and the Com- 
mittee on Denominational Interests 
of the NFBC takes this opportunity 
to express appreciation to all those 
who faithfully prayed for the Lord's 
will to be done. Continue to pray 
for the blessing of the Lord upon 
the future ministry of the church 
in Leon. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The Min- 
isters Federal Income Tax Guide 
for 1957 is available through the 
Missionary Herald. Price $1.95. 

FINDLAY, OHIO. Rev. Gerald 
Teeter assumed his new duties as 
pastor of the Findlay Brethren 
Church on Jan. 20. A dinner of wel- 
come was held on this day for Bro. 
and Mrs. Teeter in the church base- 
ment. 

CLAY CITY, IND. Rev. Edward 
Bowman assumed the duties as pas- 
tor of the First Brethren Church on 
Feb. 3. 

FREMONT, OHIO. The Sunday- 



school board of the Grace Brethren 
Church voted to make the month 
of February "Work Month." The 
purpose is to remodel the basement 
so accommodations can be provided 
for the growth of the Sunday school. 
Gordon Bracker is pastor. 

SPECIAL. The supply of the 
booklet "The Faith Once For All 
Delivered Unto the Saints" by Louis 
S. Bauman (60 cents) is nearly ex- 
hausted. The next edition will have 
an advance in price, for the present 
stock was printed some years ago. 
Less than three dozen copies are in 
stock, and there will not be an im- 
mediate reprint. 

PHOENIX, ARIZ. Ward Miller, 
pastor of the Community Brethren 
Church, Whittier, Calif., conducted 
a "New Life Campaign" Jan. 27 
through Feb. 3 at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Charles Ashman, Jr.. 
pastor. 

SEATTLE, WASH. The North- 
west district rally of the WMC will 
be held in the View Ridge Brethren 
Church on Feb. 12. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. The North- 
ern Ohio District WMC rally was 
held here at the Grace Brethren 
Church Jan. 28. Miss Bertha Abel, 
missionary to Argentina, was guest 
speaker. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Rev. 
Arthur Carey, Box 605 Paramount, 
Calif.; Chaplain Orville A. Lorenz, 
203 E. Willow, Pomona, Calif.; Rev. 
Gerald Teeter, 1404 Bernard Ave., 
Findlay, Ohio; Rev. P. Frederick 
Fogle, 79 Chemin de Vassieux, Cal- 
uire et Cuire, Rhone, France. 

SPECIAL. Evangelism Sunday 
will be observed throughout our 
brotherhood on Sunday, Feb. 24. 
Many pastors have planned for lay- 



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PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 




Notice of meetings to 


be listed in this column must be received 
30 da.ys in advance of scheduled dates. 


for publication at least 


Church 


Date Pastor 


Speaker 


Dayton, Ohio 






(First) 


Feb. 10-24 Wm. Steffler 


Crusade Team. 


Fort Wayne, Ind. 


Feb. 24-Mar. 10 Mark Malles 


Walter Lepp. 


Dayton, Ohio 






(N. Riverdale) 


Mar. 5-17 . . Russell Ward 


Bern'rd Schneider. 


Fort Lauderdale, 






Fla 


Mar. 24-31 . Ralph Colburn 


Louis Talbot. 


Ashland, Ohio . 


Mar. 31 -Apr. 14 Miles Taber 


Bill Smith. 


February 9, 7957 







Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Beniamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

men to take an active part in the 
services on that day. Special empha- 
sis will be laid upon the work of the 
Brethren Evangelistic Crusade. 

ELKHART, IND. The Indiana 
District youth rally will be held Feb. 
15-16 at the Grace Brethren Church, 
Lowell Hoyt, pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. The Com- 
munity Brethren Church, Ward Mil- 
ler, pastor, has established an ex- 
tension work from their Sunday 
school with services being held in 
the Rancho Santa Gertrudes School. 
Sunday-school and church services 
are being conducted under the lead- 
ership of David Gutierrez who is a 
graduate of the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles and is taking a master's de- 
gree at Pasadena College. Attend- 
ance has averaged over 50 each 
week. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. * The 

First Brethren Church was host to 
the California District High School 
Conference conducted Jan. 18-20. 
Dr. Glenn O'Neal was host pastor. 

TROY, OHIO. The Grace Breth- 
ren Church has voted to relocate 
in the Meadowlawn area of Troy. 
Lots have been purchased, and the 
present church building has been of- 
fered for sale. Herman Hein is pas- 
tor. 

SPECIAL. Rev. and Mrs. Jesse 
Hall, of Spokane, Wash., are the 
proud grandparents of Richard J. 
Maycumber, born Jan. 19 at War- 
saw, Ind. Rev. and Mrs. Don Hock- 
ing are the proud parents of David 
Bruce, bom Jan. 15. Rev. and Mrs. 
Hocking are missionaries at present 
located in Lyon, France. 

GOSHEN, IND. The Grace 
Brethren Church, R. Paul Miller, 
pastor, now has a daily radio min- 
istry over the local station. 



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Tobacco-Cancer Link 

The risk of lung cancer rises in 
proportion to the amount of to- 
bacco a person uses. This is the con- 
clusion of Dr. E. L. Wynder of New 
York City in an article he wrote for 
the authoritative British Medical 
Journal. 

This conclusion was reached after 
a careful study was made of 6,000 
persons suffering from lung can- 
cer; a study which was carried on in 
seven countries. 

The physician concluded that it 
was the function of the public health 
services in the several countries to 
evaluate the data and then the de- 
cisioij would have to be made as to 
whether human lives are of more 
value than the economic considera- 
tions. So convincing were the evi- 
dences in the experiments that the 
doctor suggested the banning of the 
use of tobacco as an ideal. 

When medical science affirms that 
80 percent of all lung cancer in 
males would not have occurred were 
it not for tobacco smoking, it cer- 
tainly bears evidence of the injury 
inflicted upon the body through this 
habit. So conclusive were the find- 
ings that it has been declared by the 
scientists that 10 percent of males 
over the age of 28 who smoke in ex- 
cess of 20 cigarettes a day will de- 
velop lung cancer by the age of 75. 

Sex-Cancer Link 

Prof. Pitirim Sorokin, noted Har- 
vard University expert on human 
behavior, recently declared that 
Americans are becoming "victims 
of a sex mania as malignant as can- 



cer and as socially menacing as com- 
munism." 

Prof. Sorokin, in his book titled 
"The American Sex Revolution" 
declares that "Americans are drift- 
ing toward sex anarchy in the same 
manner that marked the downfall 
of earlier societies, including Rome 
and Greece. He asserts that America 
is the victim of a "sex obsession" 
as reflected in the rising divorce 
rate, the upsurge in sex crimes, the 
emphasis of sex on TV programs, 
stage, movies, pictures, reading mat- 
ter and advertising. 

Sorokin charges that sexual ex- 
hibitionism dominates American 
life, not only socially but also politi- 
cally, to the extent "that it now oozes 
from all pores of American life." 

if these charges were to be made 
from the pulpit, many would decry 
the minister as being narrow and 
passe. But what sayeth the critic to 
the findings and conclusions of the 
professor on human behavior? These 
statements were not made as a result 
of some religious conviction, but 
wholly from a sociological approach 
to a problem that is engulfing Amer- 
ica like a tidal wave. 

Proof that these facts are true 
come from L. Clark Schilder, for- 
mer warden of Federal reformatories 
at El Reno, Okla., and Chillicothe, 
Ohio. Mr. Schilder has been face to 
face with many young men who have 
become the victims of this over- 
emphasized aspect of American life. 
The warden asserted recently in 
Washington, D. C. that "the worst 
saboteurs are those who undermine 
the morals of our youth and weaken 
their faith in God. I am convinced 
that the main and most terrifying 
cause of crime is that of lower moral 
standards in general. 1 am convinced, 
too, that our young folk are the vic- 
tims of too much emphasis on vio- 
lence and of even greater emphasis 
on sex . . . ." 

Spiritual Link 

Recent statistics from the office of 
J. Edgar Hoover reveals that over 
15 million sex magazines are read 
monthly by one-third of the nation; 
that criminals outnumber college 
students; that over 500,000 babies 
are born in illegitimacy each year; 
that there is one murder every 40 



minutes; that there is one major 
crime every 22 seconds; that there 
are 60 suicides every day; that bar- 
maids outnumber college girls; that 
infection with social disease is an 
acute national problem; and, that in 
many areas the use of narcotics by 
high-school students is alarming to 
local police. 

These startling affirmations by 
specialists in their field should cause 
every true-blooded American to be 
shocked. America, as a nation, is 
headed for the same doom that over- 
took Babylon, Greece and Rome. 
America too will lie in the ash heap 
of bygone empires if she continues 
to follow in their path. What a chal- 
lenge for personal evangelism! 

The Apostle Paul warned of these 
days that should come when he 
wrote under the inspiration of the 
Holy Spirit: "Wherefore God also 
gave them up to uncleanness through 
the lusts of their own hearts, to dis- 
honour their own bodies between 
themselves: who changed the truth 
of God into a lie, and worshipped 
and served the creature more than 
the Creator" (Rom. 1:24-25). 

Certainly the regenerated believer 
needs as never before to cast himself 
at the throne of grace and maintain 
close daily fellowship with our 
blessed Lord that he might reflect 
a positive testimony for Christ in a 
world that is going mad in the 
worship of the creature. How we can 
thank God that our body is the 
temple of the Holy Spirit, and we 
are not our -own! We have been 
bought with a high price, and thus 
we must needs glorify God in our 
body, and in our spirit, for they 
both belong to Him (I Cor. 6:19-20). 

Is not this a day in which men i 
worship the creature more than the 
Creator? Heed, Christian believer, . 
the words of the Spirit of God in Co- 
lossians 3:1-4: 

"If ye then be risen with Christ, 
seek those things which are above, 
where Christ sitteth on the right 
hand of God. Set your affection on 
things above, not on things on the 
earth. For ye are dead, and your life 
is hid with Christ in God. When 
Christ, who is our life, shall appear, 
then shall ye also appear with him 
in glory." 



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LEND us YOUR HAND/ 



THEME FOR 1957— UNITED FOR SOUL-WINNING 




SUGGESTED PROGRAM 
FOR MARCH 

Opening Hymn — "Win Them One 
by One"; "Saved by the Blood." 

Scripture — John 1:35-45. 

Prayer Time — Pray for our laymen's 
foreign missionary, Bro. Donald 
Spangler, as he and Mrs. Spang- 
ler study language in France in 
preparation to going to the 
Africa mission field. Pray that 
more young men may surrender 
their lives to full-time service on 
the mission field. 

Hymn — "I Love to Tell the Story." 

We would suggest at this time a 1 5- 
minute mission study of the lead- 
er's choosing. 

Business Session — (very brief). 

Offering — Stress foreign missions. 

A 20-minute Bible study from John 
1:35-45. 

Closing Hymn — "Bring Them In." 

Closing Praver. 

Telf Someone Aboyf 

Jesys 

By Roy H. Lowery 
A 20-minute Bible study 

Go tell someone about Jesus; 
Be swift His command to obey; 
Proclaim unto all His Salvation, 
Go now, and no longer delay. 

Go tell someone about Jesus; 
Bring souls out of darkness to light. 
From the byways and highways, go 
lead them, 

To paths that are sunny and bright. 
G. T. Snead 

John the Baptist pointed John 
and Andrew to Jesus (John 1:35-37) 
"and they followed Jesus." The first 
job for Christians is to tell someone 
about the Lord Jesus (John 1:39- 
40). How can one glorify God if he 
is not bringing souls to Jesus (John 
1:41)? Not to win souls is not to be 
on the job for Christ (Acts 1:6-8). 
Let us put the emphasis in our 



Stoystown, Pa. The newly organ- 
ized men's group here is already busy 
organizing a new Boys Club. Rev, 
Arthur F. Collins, pastor. 

Stoystown, Pa. Bro. Fred Craw- 
ford, Jr., of Everett, Pa., recently 
spoke and showed his pictures of 
his trip to Palestine before the 
men's group at the Reading Breth- 
ren Church. 

Meyersdate (Summit Mills), Pa. 
Bro. Billy Yoder was the speaker 
at a meeting at which the men en- 
tertained the wives. 

Stoystown, Pa. The Men's Chorus 
of the First Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa., motored to Stoystown on 
January 12 to provide special music 
there where Ilev. Stanley Hauser 
was holding a revival. 

Sidney, Ind. Although the lay- 
men here have only been organized 
a few months, they were host to 
the Indiana District Laymen for an 
all-day meeting. Speakers of the day 
were Mayor Jack Engle of Warsaw, 



BRIEFS 

Brother Everett Caes and Brother 
Clifford Sellers, who is president of 
the Indiana District Laymen, also 
father of Rev. Richard Sellers, pas- 
tor Grace Brethren Church, Lans- 
ing, Mich., and Mr. Donald Sellers, 
foreman of the Brethren Construc- 
tion Company. We hope to be able 
to publish Brother Sellers' message 
at a later date when space will per- 
mit. Brother Ivan Ritzert is secre- 
tary-treasurer of the Sidney Laymen; 
Rev. Archie Keffer is pastor. 

Our Projects 

Board of Evangelism S6,000 

Grace Sem. Student Aid 1,000 

Brethren Boys Club 1,000 

General Expense Fund 1,000 



Total of Projects 



Send a!' money to: 

Earl Cole, treasurer 
2753 Elmwood Street, 
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 



$9,000 



church life, where God puts it (John 
20:21-24). Our business as Chris- 
tians is to be filled with the Spirit 
and then to witness for the resur- 
rected Lord. 

Andrew not only found his broth- 
er, but he also witnessed to him 
with his mouth (John 1:41). It is 
not enough just to witness with our 
lives and never talk about Jesus 
(Rom. 10:9; Acts 8:4). Peter did 
not come to Jesus; he was "brought" 
to Jesus (John 1:42). We are to 
"bring them in from the fields of 
sin" (Luke 14:23). To be wise we 
must win souls (Prov. 11:30; Dan. 
12:3). A fruit-bearing Christian is 
one who manifests the fruit of the 
Spirit in his life (Gal. 5:22). Unless 
others see Jesus in us, we cannot 
win them to Christ. Paul considered 
"fruit" to be the converts he had won 
to the Lord (I Thess. 2:19-20). 



If you want to make God happy, win 
souls (Luke 15:10). If we knew 
what hell really is, God would not 
have to beg us to win souls (Jas. 5: 
19-20). The poor rich man did not 
want his brothers to join him in hell 
(Luke 16:28). But if we want our 
loved ones to go to heaven, we 
should be leading them there. "An- 
drew Work" is the most effective 
method of soul-winning (John 1: 
41-42). Any believer can do it and 
at any time or place. Personal work 
reaches all classes of people, meet- 
ing the specific need of each in- 
dividual, and it produces abundant 
results. The methods which wins 
souls are simple (Acts 8:29-30), (1) 
prayer, (2) personal effort, and (3) 
well-chosen tracts and pamphlets. 
Be persistent, courteous, earnest, 
winsome and full of Christian love 
(I Cor. 9:22). 



February 9, 1957 



93 




Adventure 
in the 
Rockies 

By Paul Eiselstein 

As written by Margie Young 



Hello, boys and girls! Did you 
ever have several fellows surround 
your house and bombard it with 
firecrackers, stones, chunks of wood 
and linoleum? Sounds almost like 
a little war, doesn't it? It actually 
happened to a couple young ladies, 
this summer. Would you like to 
hear more about it? 

Every summer on the Denver 
Area Field of the American Sunday 
School Union there are about 75 
vacation Bible schools. Now every- 
one knows that one missionary 
couldn't possibly teach all of those 
Bible schools, so several young ladies 
go out every year to tell the story 
of Jesus. 

This year I received a letter which 
said: "Uncle Paul, we need a Bible 
school at Jamestown. Can you send 
us some teachers?" 

We scheduled the Bible school 
for the week after the Fourth of 
July. It was arranged that Miss 
Brown and Miss Jones would drive 
up to Jamestown, an almost de- 
serted mining town high in the 
Rockies. 

Sunday afternoon they arrived, 
hot, tired and ready to settle down 
for the week. To their surprise al- 
most everyone in town was away 
fishing. Finally, they did locate the 
pastor, a student who spent only 
weekends in town. He assured the 
teachers that he knew nothing of 
Bible-school plans, but he would 



give them the keys to the church 
and parsonage. 

With an unwanted feeling, the 
ladies moved into the parsonage, 
their home for the week. They had 
just gotten their belongings into the 
house, and the car door locked, 
when things began to happen. 

The parsonage was quite unlike 
any you boys and girls are familiar 
with, I'm sure. It was a tiny, two- 
room tin shack. No curtains nor 
shades hung at any of the windows. 
The bedroom window, which was 
just a square pane, hung in place, 
held only by one small chain. 

The other room was a terrible fire 
hazard. The floor was oil-soaked 
because of an oil-burner which 
dripped oil day and night. 

The only thing which the teachers 
could really take joy in was the 
strong locks which were on both 
doors. Soon after they moved in they 
made quick use of both locks; for 
about eight young men of the town 
got the idea that they would see if 
the teachers really wanted to stay 
there. For over four hours they 
bombarded the shack with rocks, 
wood, firecrackers and numerous 
other bits of trash. 

Shortly before midnight they de- 
cided to try one final bit of mean- 
ness. With doubled fists one fellow 
went to the little bedroom window 
and pounded, hard. The girls had 
not been spending their time in 
vain, however, for they had been 



praying that God would protect 
them. Miraculously, He made that 
little supporting chain hold firm. 

A bit frightened and considerably 
curious as to what kind of people 
lived in this remote mountain vil- 
lage. Miss Brown and Miss Jones 
opened school the next morning. 
About 20 children poured into the 
little church, some carrying pop bot- 
tles, others candy, and still others 
ice cream. It was plain to see that 
these children didn't know anything 
about how to act in God's house. Be- 
fore very long the teachers had dis- 
covered that this was just one of 
the many things they didn't 
know about God. For instance, one 
fellow, in the midst of prayer, called 
out: "Teacher, 1 need a green color." 
The teacher halted her prayer, and 
said: "Mike, don't you know better 
than to talk out during prayer? 
When we talk to God we must be 
quiet." However, Mike had an an- 
swer: "But teacher I really do need 
a green color!" 

Miss Brown and Miss Jones had 
a very busy week, with practically 
no cooperation from parents, with 
nightly disturbances, as well as daily 
annoyances, and with little en- 
couragement. Nevertheless, God has 
promised that whatever we sow, we 
also shall reap. His Word was sown 
in the hearts of the children of that 
wild. Western town. His Word never 
is sown in vain, so we leave to Him 
the results at Jamestown. 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

Pray for Mrs. Jack Churchill in 
Argentina concerning the matter of 
citizenship as it relates to her future 
service in Argentina. 

Pray for those missionaries re- 
turning to the field in February; the 
Harold Dunning and Robert Hill 
families going directly to Africa; 
Rev. and Mrs. Robert Williams who 
will be stopping in France for a pe- 
riod of time; the Charles Taber fam- 
ily who have recently arrived in 
France and will be spending several 
months there. 

Pray for our radio programs — 
five of them in Argentina, one in 
Macapa, Brazil, and one either 
started or soon to be started in the 
Calexico-Mexicali area in our Mex- 
ico work. 

New missionary residences are in 
the process of being purchased in 
Don Bosco and Jose Marmol, 
Argentina; new ones are being built 
in Macapa, Brazil, and Lyon, 
France; and soon we will be called 
upon to build three or four more in 
Africa. Be praying much that the 
housing of our missionaries may be 
accomplished in the best way. 

At least by the time of our board 
of trustees meeting in March, plans 
will be taking shape in relation to 
new missionary residence arrange- 
ments at Winona Lake. Pray for 
wisdom for our board in these under- 
takings. 

Join with the Fred Fogle family 
in prayer that we may have at least 
100 souls accepting Christ per year 
in the city of Lyon, France. 



WMC— 

Pray for each WMC member in 
the newly organized Northern Atlan- 
tic District; for the new Palmyra 
council and that the women at Hat- 
boro may soon be able to organize 
a council. 

Pray that all councils will give 
generously to the Christian Educa- 
tion Offering Goal which will meet 
needs of Seminary, National Sunday 
School and Youth Boards. 



Pray for our WMC sisters in the HOME MISSIONS — 



foreign lands, for their spiritual de- 
velopment and personal needs. 



READ^i BIBLE 



Acts 
2:42 



and Pray Daily 

Brethren Day of Prayer 
February 15 



SMM— 

Pray for all the Sisterhood offi- 
cers (see page 53 Brethren Annual 
for names), also for the district and 
local officers. 

Pray for the program committee 
and writers of Sisterhood programs 
for following year. Pray that the 
present programs may be used ef- 
fectively in each Sisterhood group. 

Pray for the SMM girls away 
from home in school, that they may 
be guided into service for the Lord. 

Pray for missionaries who have 
been Sisterhood girls in the past, 
that their present service will be 
empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

GRACE SEMINARY— 

Pray that the faculty and admin- 
istration may successfully conclude 
their itineration amorig the churches 
in behalf of the school. 

Pray that God's will may be 
clearly indicated in the matter of 
starting the new building project 
March L 

Pray that the members of the 
senior classes of the seminary and 
college may have definite leading 
of the Holy Spirit as to their future 
plans. 



Pray for Rev. R. Paul Miller, Sr., 
and his new radio program in 
Goshen, Ind., that it might reach 
a great number for Christ and the 
church. 

Pray for a number of families 
attending the York, Pa. church. 
Some need to accept Christ and 
others are Christian and need to 
join the York work. 

Pray for those who made de- 
cisions in a recent evangelistic 
campaign and also the boys who 
made decisions in the boys' club 
meetings that they may grow in 
grace and become a vital part of the 
testimony at Johnstown (Riverside), 
Pa. 

Pray for the financial need for 
operating expense, building fund 
payments and interest will be forth- 
coming regularly at the West Co- 
vina Brethren Church, West Covina, 
Calif. 

Pray for the sale of lots and new 
building program as it gets under 
way in San Diego, Cahf. A portion 
of the property not needed for the 
church has been developed and the 
funds are needed from this property 
for the new building program. 

Pray for the child evangelism 
class and house-to-house witnessing 
which the Buttons and Miss Frazer 
are doing each week among the Jews 
in Fairfax District, Los Angeles. 



SUNDAY SCHOOL— 

Pray that the increases that have 
been seen in our Sunday schools 
may now be conserved for Christ 
and the church. 

Pray for an increasing vision on 
the part of pastors and superintend- 
ents and teachers for the tremen- 
dous responsibilities of Sunday 
schools. 

Pray that more of our Sunday 
schools may catch a vision for 
"branch Sunday-school work." 

Pray that the teacher training 
program may continue to be effec- 
tive in making our teachers more 
effective in the Word. 



February 9, 1957 



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Maturing! 



Hunting a house adequate to the 
needs of this family, yet close enough 
to the school and not in the "mil- 
lionaire's class," financially speak- 
ing, was no little task. 

Living in cramped quarters for 
four months taxed the patience of 
all the family. But the experience 
was good for us. We learned to de- 
fer to each other. Perhaps it would 
be more to the point to say Mother 
hopes we have all learned some- 
thing of deferring to another. We 
learned that each must pick up 
and straighten his own possessions 
if he was^o keep track of them and 
not clutter the house. Even the 
clothes closets were jammed. Mother 
thought wryly of the old-time name 
for this most important part of a 
house equipment. They were once 
called "clothes press." The name 
suited our situation to a T, only the 
"pressing" was done in the wrong 
places! 

"Look at this shirt collar," David 
came moaning to Mother one day. 
"I can't wear that; I'll look like a 
bum. Everything I put in that closet 
comes out wrinkled. I get tired 
having to share a closet built for 
one with two extra people." 

"Lm sorry, Son, but you will just 
have to bear with us for a little 
longer until the Lord gets us the right 
house. I don't like it either. It is 
both frustrating and disconcerting 
to spend time ironing only to have 
the clothes ruined by being crushed." 
"Well, all I want is a big house 
when we do get one. I want a mile 
between where my pants and shirts 
hang." 

"Don't be silly, David. It is hkely 
that you will have to share a room 
with Paul and Mark, and this will 
mean sharing a common closet." 

"Well, just give me space," the 
boy insisted as he left the house 
like a whirlwind. 



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He returned in a second to get his 
jacket. Paul Kent seemed to come 
to life as he looked at David and 
said: "I don't care how my clothes 
hang." 

"I didn't either, at your age. 
Squirt. You'll wake up some day." 
Icicles hung on every word. 

Mother suddenly saw her near 
16-year-old in a new light. He was 
growing up. To be sure she had 
been aware for many months of that 
physical growth because of having 
to lengthen trousers and sleeves. But 
now he was growing up in a new 
way; David was beginning to show 
welcome signs of maturity. Mother 
was glad for the day, but she wasn't 
deceived into thinking her son had 
"arrived." There will be many a 



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lapse before full emotional, physical, 
and spiritual maturity are accom- 
plished. In fact. Mother is not sure 
that full maturity is ever experienced 
in the vast majority of the human 
yace. 

The man of intellect whose spirit 
lies in the lap of the 'Wicked One 
cannot possibly mature in that area 
of his life when he has not yet been 
born of the Spirit. Nor does full 
physical maturity guarantee equal 
emotional status. This is indeed a 
tragic state of affairs, but one which 
can be readily understood in the 
light of the total depravity of man. 
Lack of maturity is a difficult fact 
for the average person to accept. 
Many arguments have been devised 
in an attempt to explain this in- 
consistency, but nary an argument 
gives any formula, magic or other- 
wise, which would enable men who 
want this total maturity to lay hold 
on it. 

r/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 



The tragedies of general maturity 
are great, but they are not the chief 
heartache of this Mother. Her bur- 
den is the deep-down desire for 
personal, total maturity, with the 
willingness to pay the price this en- 
tails. She longs to bring her children 
to that place where they, too, will 
want to taste the delights of more 
than mere physical maturity. 

There are delights accompanying 
the growth "into Christ" of God's 
children. David, and all teen-agers, 
come to the place where it is a pleas- 
ure to dress neatly, even dapper, if 
there is one of the opposite sex to be 
attracted. The boy who once hated 
to have his ears washed or finger- 
nails cleaned, now finds exhilara- 
tion in being well groomed. Why 
does he now like to do the things he 
once hated? He is growing up, ma- 
turing! 

In the light of our response to 
spiritual stimuli — loving the things 
we once hated, and hating the 
things we once loved — how are we 
maturing? Is our desire for "space" 
an indication of growth in spiritual 
stature? We must remember that 
spiritual growth is not an involuntary 
matter as is the physical. We are 
commanded by God to "grow in 
grace, and in the knowledge of our 
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (11 
Pet. 3:18). "But speaking the truth 
in love, may grow up into him in 
all things . . r (Eph. 4:15). Isn't it 
about time we Christians do some- 
thing about our state of spiritual 
vnaturity? 



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EDITORIALS 



By Lester E. Pifer, Contributing Editor 



Where Is Our Voice of Prophecy? 

God's people in Old Testament times had their Eli- 
jah's and Zechariah's to bring them God's prophetic mes- 
sages. The New Testament Church surged ahead in its 
expansion and evangelism under the leadership of the 
apostles with their great passion for the second com- 
ing of Christ. For many years the Brethren Church was 
fired with the brilliant prophetic ministry of the late 
Dr. Louis S. Bauman and others. During this time great 
strides were seen in the expansion of our testimony in 
missions, home and abroad, and in the educational realm 
and in our great church structure and ministry. Where 
is the voice of prophecy in the Brethren Church today? 

In recent years the emphasis upon the prophetic 
aspects of God's messages appears to have decreased. 
Now and then prophetic articles appear in our maga- 
zine. Fewer prophetic Bible conferences are being held. 
Some pastors and missionaries have detected a lack 
of passion to reach the lost at home and abroad. Ma- 
terialism seems to be the necessity of the hour. Can it 
be that lack of emphasis upon the certain judgments of 
God, the eminency of the coming of Christ, and the glo- 
rious home-going of the saints have allowed our peo- 
ple to fall into a state of lethargy, lack of concern for 
Christ and His redemption of the lost? 

Our seminary and college are doing an excellent piece 
of work in the instruction of God's Word. The basic un- 
derstanding and interpretation of the prophetic Word is 
being taught. We are living in unusual days when be- 
fore our very eyes, "things which shortly must come 
to pass" have been unfolded. Recently Israel and Egypt 
have figured to a great extent in the world movement. 
Prophecy and its understanding is a gift from God. 
Shall we not pray that God will raise up another voice 
of prophecy in the Brethren Church, and that all who 
handle the Word will have the leading of the Spirit of 
God to lay a greater emphasis upon the precious pro- 
phetic phase of God's Word? 

J 957 Home-Mission Workshops 

The 1957 home-mission workshop will soon be held. 
The Fort Wayne, Ind., and Chico, Calif., churches will 
be hosts to the eastern and western workshops again 
this year. Both churches have testified to the blessing 
and benefit of providing this entertainment. Our mis- 
sionaries have appreciated the warm spiritual atmos- 
phere where they have been able to come apart from 
their fields of labors and concentrate upon new methods 
and ideas, inspirational messages and prayer fellow- 
ship. 

The statistics of our annual reports bear clear evi- 
dence that this spiritual retreat for both the men and 
women has been profitable. The instruction in new 
methods, plans, and procedures in missionary emphasis, 
Sunday-school expansion, and general church adminis- 
tration has increased the effectiveness of our missionarv 



effort and helped to bring churches to maturity in a 
shorter period of time. 

Each year in addition to the classes we have had noted 
inspirational speakers, periods of prayer fellowship and 
testimony that have been of great spiritual value to our 
missionaries. To repeat the testimony of one man: "This 
has been a mountaintop experience that I couldn't have 
afforded lo miss." 

We urge all our people to pray for these workshops, 
the teachers, speakers, and missionaries that this three- 
day retreat will be a time of spiritual refreshing for all 
and that more souls may be won for Christ. 

Foreign Missionary Offering Period 

The month of February begins our foreign-missionary 
emphasis in the Brethren Church. God has blessed our 
beloved church with a splendid missionary program in 
six foreign fields. Our Missionary Herald magazine has 
brought to our attention regularly the need, the news, 
and the results of this endeavor. The prayers of God's 
children, their gifts, and yielded hearts of our mission- 
aries have certainly brought the blessing of God upon 
our church. This year the need is greater. Time is run- 
ning out as we look for the return of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. Let us pray and dedicate ourselves anew that 
we may be enabled of God to lay the greatest Easter 
offering yet at the feet of our wonderful Lord. 

Spanish American Victory 

Our home-mission issue this month is dedicated to 
our Spanish-American Missions of New Mexico. The 
faithfulness of our missionaries and the growth and ex- 
pansion of this work in the midst of great obstacles has 
been a source of great joy to the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council. 

In some areas we have heard complaints that there is 
too great a percentage of Catholicism to accomplish the 
establishment of a growing church and Sunday school. 
In fact, this defeatism attitude has caused some to give 
up the task and go elsewhere. 

Our "hats are off" in solemn appreciation and com- 
mendation to our missionaries working in the Spanish- 
American area of New Mexico. They have faithfully 
proclaimed the Christ of Calvary, making Him the 
center of their gospel message. God has poured out His 
blessing in demonstration of the "power of God unto 
salvation" (Rom. 1:16). When you can enter into our 
Taos mission for a Sunday-night gospel missionary serv- 
ice and see 139 radiant faces eagerly waiting the mes- 
sage of the evening, hear their vibrant testimony of the 
saving power of God's Word and hear their joyous 
singing, one must cry out in praise to a God who is able 
to break the shackles of their Catholic background and 
set them at liberty, founded upon and in Christ. If God 
can manifest His redemptive power in Spanish-Ameri- 
can land, can He not do this in other areas as well? ' 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19. NUMBER 7 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under the act of March 3. 1879. Issiied weekly bv 
the Brethren Missionarv Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches. $2.50; foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees. president; Herman A. Hovt. vice president; William Schatter, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man. treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, 
Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum. ex officio 



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Wells Without Water 



By Sam Horney, Missionary 



Water is such a part of our daily lives that we usually 
do not realize how important it is. We drink water, we 
use it to keep ourselves clean, we use it in the prepara- 
tion of our food. But just what can you do without pre- 
cious water? 

"On the other hand, what good is a well without 
water?" a man asked me today. He reasoned that he 
could deepen his well, but if there was no water there, 
what good would it do. 

The lack of water has become a national concern. Our 
President has just visited our Western states and made 
a recommendation to Congress to aid the drought area. 
Here in New Mexico farms have been idle for several 
years because of the drought and are now reduced to 
dust only to blow away with the wind. The area also 
within the boundary of our Brethren Navajo Mission 
has suffered greatly. Lack of rainfall in recent years 
has driven the Indian from place to place in order to 
survive. 

THE DOMESTIC APPLICATION 

Here in the Taos area the situation has become acute. 
The headwaters of the mighty Rio Grande, originating 
in the Taos mountains of the Sangre de Cristo Range, 
have fallen considerably. Flowing artesian wells have 
ceased giving water. Water levels have dropped so tre- 
mendously that wells dug by the early settlers have gone 
dry for the first time. The State of New Mexico in its 
19th Legislature voted a bill to aid such needy com- 
munities to promote the development of safe, sanitary 
water for domestic use. 

Among our own neighbors in Canon where the Breth- 
ren Mission is located, there are some 30 families whose 
wells have gone dry this past year. If it were not for the 
Brethren in Inglewood, Calif, the Mission-home well 
would no doubt also be without water. However, since 
the well was drilled deeper two years ago, we have 
had ample water for the needs of the Mission. 




The Horney family. Back row, left to right: Douglas, Tommy, 

Pastor Homey. Front row. left to right: Phyllis, Susan, Gilbert, Mrs. 

Horney, Sandy (Sam Jr.). 



THE MATERIAL APPLICATION 

When the Taos area was originally settled, it was 
extremely isolated. Its only contact was with Old Mex- 
ico, and this could be accomplished only by dint of a 
journey requiring months of hardship. Consequently, 
the Spanish people developed a pattern of resource' 
utilization — making a living — which was based on al- 
most complete self-sufficiency. 

Nearly all the people lived on small, subsistence 
farms from which they extracted virtually everything 
they required for a living. The people lived for centuries 
in this environment which required no cash income and 
involved no sale of products in order to make a satis- 
factory living. 

But now farming in a large scale has been impossible 
for many years because of lack of water. The land, 
handed down from generation to generation, has been 
divided and redivided among the families so that today 
most of the farms are less than 10 acres in size. The 
United States Census for 1950 showed agriculture the 
biggest source of employment in the U.S. With less than 
13 inches of precipitation a year and at an altitude 
of 7,000 feet, and the drying up of the wells, farming 
does not employ very many. 

Also, due to the fact that there is no industry or 
manufacturing, unemployment has been unusually high. 
Since the nearest railroad is some 100 miles away, in- 
dustry has been discouraged from settling in Taos. The 
entire area has become like a well without water. 

One must bear in mind that Taos County is a vast 
area, some 2,253 square miles in size and as large as 
some of our own New England States. New Mexico it- 
self is the fourth largest state in the Union. 

Taos village, the largest settlement in the County, has 
a population of 1,804 persons. The elevation of the 
county ranges from 6,500 to 13,151 feet, the highest 
point in the State. 

In April of 1956 there was a hearing held before the 
Subcommittee on Labor of the Committee on Labor 
and Public Welfare of the United States regarding 
excessive unemployment in certain economically de- 
pressed areas. The findings of the Committee was printed 
in the Congressional Record. The following facts are 
gleaned from that publication. New Mexico is one of the 
lowest per capita income states in the United States. 
In 1955 the average per capita income in the Nation was 
$1,770. In Taos County the same year the average yearly 
income was but $648. According to the Bureau of Cen- 
sus, 29 percent of the famihes received less than $1,000 
income as an entire family. Two volumes, consisting of 
1,170 pages, complete the report of the Committee. 

The New Mexico Department of Public Welfare, 
which supplements the meager income of the people of 
this State, released to me the following figures. During 
the month of December 1956 this office handled some 
1,076 cases for assistance. Figuring an average family at 
7 (the Spanish families are larger than the average 
American family as they have one of the highest birth 

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Vandalism, VBS, and Victories in Taos Work 




Top hft down: Broken glass blocks, broken window glass at Arroyo Hondo, and VBS at Taos. Top right, down: 
Taos congregation, Sam Homey, mission superintendent, preaching to a full house; Mr. and Mrs. Tony Luna, 
Cordillera pastor and wife, and the Cordillera Church. 

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The Brethren Spanish-American testimonies have 
been the target for considerable damage by van- 
dalism the past months. Broken windows as shown, dam- 
aged vehicles, roadside signs mutilated and many other 
forms of property damage have taken place with little 
help from the law in trying to curb the outbreaks. 



VBS time at the mission is a busy one with schools 
scheduled throughout the entire school vacation period. 
Each year the National BYF has assisted in this phase of 
the work and have provided additional workers, one of 
whom has written the article "Assignment VBS." 

The victories in the Spanish-American work are in- 
numerable. Since the beginning, Miss Celina Mares has 
been added to the staff. Two outpost works have de- 
veloped at Arroyo Hondo and Cordillera. Both of these 
are manned by native workers. A number of young men 
have taken further training and are serving Christ in 
other places. Some are still in training and Miss Mar- 
jorie Gonzales is now attending Grace College. 

The home base at Taos has been expanded with an 
enlarged church, an improved mission home, and the 
addition of a new guest house. This new Bethany 
guest house was a project of the SMM and is now ready 
for any visitor coming Taos way. 




^■;*i« 



Bethany Guest House 





Assignment VBS 



Mr. Jake Maestas. 



By Larry Wedertz 



My assignment? A handful of boys and girls. The 
place? Cordillera, N. Mex. My job? To teach tnese boys 
and girls the things of Christ. I'm one of a three-mem- 
ber team sent to the Taos area of New M;xico to con- 
duct vacation Bible school. The class is small, the 
responsibility large! 

Two girls and four boys present. Six pairs of flash- 
ing brown eyes, six heads of raven black hair, and six 
broad grins — enough to capture the heart of any teacher. 
But more than this is here represented. Before me are six 
human lives! Six precious souls for whom a loving Sav- 
viour died! 

The children listen intently as the Bible story is por- 
trayed on the flannelgraph board. After the story the 
boys and girls begin their coloring of the manger scene. 
With the children's attention occupied, 1 have oppor- 
tunity to view the surroundings. My gaze wanders from 
the small adobe room to the beautiful Taos valley out- 
side the window. Dry alfalfa fields stretch away under a 
canopy of royal blue. The sun, high in the summer sky, 
sheds its warmth over the land. The view is invigor- 
ating and the atmosphere peaceful. That is, until a low 
wailing sound is heard from the direction of the road. 
As a small group of people approach I realize the mean- 
ing of it all — a procession! 

Small images carried by the people come into view. 
Gods of wood and stone, which neither sae. hear, nor 
speak. Gods carried to the fields to behold the drought 
and be merciful in sending refreshing -ain! Can words of 
Scripture 2,000 years old refer to this drama of real 
life? "For though there be that are called lods, whether 
in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and iords 
many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of 
whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord 
Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 
Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge" (I 
Cor. 8:5-7). 

The heart-breaking sight continues down the road 
and my attention is drawn back into the room. Perhaps 
the parents of one of thesp brown-skinned children were 
in that procession! I bow my head. "Thank you Lord 
for these six souls who will not go without that knowl- 
edge of thee and thy Son who died for them. May these 
others too, come to know thee I pray, in Jesus name." 

The story related above happened not years, but only 
a few months ago. Sad to say, in a few more months 
many people of the Taos valley will again parade their 
images through the countryside. By God's grace, how- 
ever, vacation Bible schools will again be springing 
up in the Spanish communities to bring the gospel to 
hearts of boys and girls. Even now, our missionary fam- 
ily is presenting daily the Word of God to our Spanish- 
American brethren. Let us continue to uphold the 
Horney's in prayer as they give forth the message of life! 
And let us pray too, that God will raise up young people 
to fill the gaps in the summer vacation program of reach- 
mg boys and girls with the Good News of salva- 
tion. This is our responsibility! 



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WELLS WITHOUT WATER 

(Continued From Page 99) 

rates in the Nation) this would mean that some 7,532 
people out of a population of 14,800 received help from 
the State. There were 143 new applications for assistance 
during this same month. Over 200 children came under 
the supervision of the Child Welfare Agency arm of the 
same department. Over 182 crippled children, handi- 
capped, etc., were aided after investigation by a special 
case worker. 

Figures on unemployment released by the New Mex- 
ico Employment Security Commission office at Taos 
reveal that 577 unemployed men and women made ap- 
plication to that office during the month of January 
1957. Some 4,000 to 5,000 people have left their homes 
to find employment elsewhere. Figures reveal some 
600 men are employed in other states while their families 
continue living here. 

The 1950 census gives Taos County a population of 
17,146 while the 1954 count reveals a drop to 14,800 
despite the fact that it has one of the highest birth rates 
in the Nation. This shows a 15.4 percent decrease in 
population because so many have gone to other com- 
munities seeking employment. 

The Congressional Record reveals that the average 
unemployment check for females is S16 per week, 
while the male receives $23.10. The average family is 
seven. So with 577 unemployed during the month of 
January 1957 some 4,039 people lived on this meager 
income. Add to this number the 7,532 who received 
welfare from the State, plus 200 children who received 
aid and you have a grand total of 11,771 receiving either 
State or Federal aid out of a population of 14,800. 

Government surplus commodities have aided 1,511 
families monthly. Any family receiving assistance or any 
unemployed man or woman registered at the Unem- 
ployment Office is eligible for these surplus government 
foods. Of this number 844 heads of family were re- 
ceiving public assistance while 667 represents the 
number of unemployed. 

Each day of the month people from designated areas 
line up at the distribution center to receive their ap- 
portionment of foods. This has given us a wonderful 
opportunity to reach these people with gospel literature 
as the distribution center is located directly in front of 
our Mission at Canon. For months our missionary. Miss 
Celina Mares, worked tirelessly from early morning, to 
distribute gospel tracts to those in line. Thousands of 
pieces of literature and tracts, both in Spanish and 
English, were given. Then someone complained about 
receiving "condemned" literature and the officials 
banned the giving of religious literatures on govern- 
ment property. 

THE SPIRITUAL APPLICATION 

The sad thing is that these same people depressed 
by the lack of water domestically and materially have 
been denied down through the centuries the "Water 
of Life." The "religion" or church that has held the 
Spanish people in suppression and superstition has de- 
nied them God's Word. Religious — yes, extremely and 
fanatically so — but lost without a knowledge of the 
way of salvation. Let me give you an example. 

Recently our community was shocked at the sudden 
passing of a young teen-ager. Since the "religion" 
of the family is of the Catholic faith the priest was called 



Taos WMC Ladies' Absence 
Excused 



The following is an excerpt from a letter to the home- 
missions office dated January 17, 1957: 

Dear Brother Poland: 

"Last Friday evening I left the house to gather in the 
ladies for the Taos WMC. It was a bitter cold night and 
little did I realize the trouble I was in for. I left home 
at 6:30 p. m. with my first stop some 12 miles away at 
Pot Creek. It was there I had a flat tire and not a jack, 
pump, tire tool or pliers in the car. You see we have only 
one set of tools for three cars. (He now has three ;;ets 
of tools. Ed.) I walked to the ;aearest house and bor- 
rowed tools and changed the tire. The roads were icy. 
and I had the chains on to make the job more difficult. 
By the time this job was finished, I was good and cold. 

"My next stop was at Ranchos. It was here I slid into 
a ditch and couldn't get out. I ran the car battery 
down trying to start the car. I called Mrs. Homey 
(she was at the WMC meeting by this time), and she 
came to tow me out of the ditch. I had worked and 
worked until my feet were so cold I actually thought 
they were frostbitten. You see, I had left the house 
without an overcoat or overshoes not expecting to be 
gone long and not expecting to run into a blizzard. By 
the time we got out of the ditch and got the car started, 
it was after 10:00 p. m. I took the ladies back home, and 
this was one meeting they missed but had good inten- 
tions . . . ." 

Yours in Christ, 
Sam Horney 



for the funeral service. The mass, said for the benefit 
of the soul of the departed, was spoken in Latin — and, 
of course, no one present at the service could under- 
stand. The only comfort given the family was the fact 
that they had done their duty to pay for a mass for the 
rest of the soul of their loved one. 

Now the Spanish people have a custom of giving a 
eulogy at the graveside. It was at this solemn moment 
a man arose to eulogize saying: "Once I heard a minister 
say that in the Bible Jesus said: "I am the resurrection 
and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were 
dead, yet shall he live.' " What a shame! Imagine com- 
forting a grieving family with the words "Once I heard 
a minister say." 

What an indictment! The church and leaders that 
claim to be the sole repository of the truth and of sal- 
vation have denied the people God's Holy Word, the 
Water of Life. 

"These are wells without water" (II Pet. 2:17). for 
"While they promise them liberty, they themselves 
are the servants of corruption" (II Pet. 2:19). 

Brethren, pray for your missionaries ministering to 
the Spanish-Americans of the Taos Valley as we bring 
these people the One who said: "But whosoever drink- 
eth of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; 
but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a 
well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 
4:14). 



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Johnstown (First) Junior Department Reaches Goal 




Top, Isft to right: Oldest Junior group, Mrs. Ifan Jones teacher; and intermediate-age group with Miss Dorothy 
Sievers teacher. Center left to right: Another class, and the map used for the project with a representative of 
each Junior class as follows: L. to R.: Linda Jones, Connie Miller, Barry Kinzey, Robert Rose, and Lorene 
Hartwiger, also Roberta Hartwiger and Jolene Miller holding the map. Bottom left to right: Another Junior class, 
and the Junior Department staff as follows: Rev. H. W. Nowag, supply pastor. Miss June Blough, Miss Dorothy 
Sievers, Miss Marjorie Hess (front) Mrs. Ifan Jones and Mrs. Thelma Palliser, department superintendent. 



Mission accomplished! Goal reached! The Junior 
Department of the Johnstown, Pa., First Brethren Sun- 
day school is rejoicing over the victory. A wide-awake 
staff with a missionary vision helped this department ex- 
ceed their goal of $58 for home missionis. 

How did they do it? It is a sequel to "A Successful 
Missionary Challenge" by Miss June Blough. This ap- 
peared in the November 17, 1956, issue of the Mission- 
ary Herald, and we quote: "This year when we spoke 



to the children of home missions, they asked: 'Are we 
going to have letters this year?" 'No; our project is a 
little different. We have the home-mission map (up to 
date) on the wall, and each Sunday we have children pick 
two cards from our prayer promise box, read the verse, 
the pastor's name, location, then find the mission on 
the map. Prayer is offered for the pastor and the church. 
For each dollar received in the offering a silver star is 
placed on a particular mission point.' " 



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In the accompanying pictures you will see a picture of 
the map complete with a silver star on every one of the 
58 mission points, representing S58 for Brethren home 
missions. With the aid of the map and prayer box and 
answered prayer a goal was reached. 

We appreciate the efforts of this Sunday-school de- 
partment and congratulate the staff and members for 
a job well done. And then for making the idea available 
for other Sunday schools to follow, we thank you. We 
believe every Sunday school is interested in missions, 
and they are looking for new ideas to help them in 
getting their members acquainted with the mission per- 
sonnel. For by learning to know the missionaries cul- 
tivates a desire to pray for them, and the end result will 
be increased giving. 

We would welcome successful new ideas that you 
would like to share with others on missionary giving pro- 
grams. 



The Key to a 
Locked Door 



Has the Prayer Season Unded? 




Ths Thanksgiving home-mission season has ended, 
but has the prayer season ended? We trust it has not and 
this picture will serve to remind you that the prayer 
promise boxes can be used throughout the entire year. 

In addition to praying for the various individuals and 
mission points, we would like to suggest you remember 
the need for funds in the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, Inc. We are entering the building season, and 
three units of the Brethren Construction Company will 
be busy trying to redeem every minute. This leads us 
to suggest you also remember these construction units :n 
prayer as well as the need for funds to keen them Tpmg. 

The above picture suggests a number of things, the 
Word, prayer, and a mission field. A box of prayer 
promise cards was used to reach a goal in a Sunday 
school and acquaint boys and girls with our home mis- 
sionaries. How was your box used? The "Prayer Sea- 
son" for any mission program never ends. 



By Mrs. Sam Horney 



One of the prayers that has continued to live in the 
hearts of the missionaries in Taos, though unfulfilled 
through the years, is that for a Youth Center building. 
Up until the present time every door that was knocked 
upon has been locked tightly. Psalm 27:14 tells us "wait 
on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen 
thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Believing in the 
Lord, and knowing that He has promised to fill our 
every need, we have waited. 

Our present Sunday-school enrollment is, roughly 
speaking 150. Out of that, over 100 are children and 
young people. Our contacts and those who attend oc- 
casionally increase that number twice over. In one base- 
ment room 25x25 four Sunday-school classes (with a 
total average attendance of over 50) meet with only 
curtains to divide them. In the auditorium five classes, 
plus the babies in their cribs, vie with each other for 
attention. We are working hard to increase our enroll- 
ment and it is constantly going up, but at the same time 
we wonder just where we are going to put them. 

In order to encourage our young people to fellow- 
ship with other Christians and to teach them worldly 
pleasures are not necessary in order to have "fun," we 
have always emphasized youth activities. For a number 
of years Friday night was "Youth Night" in the Mis- 
sion home. Circumstances made it impossible to con- 
tinue that arrangement, so during the cold months 
youth meetings are held in the church basement. Warm 
summer nights the very limited yard space of the .Mis- 
sion home is still used for outside games. However, this 
coming summer will find the "very limited space" even 
more limited because Bethany Guest House has now 
filled up a good part of the property i^f ihe Mission. 
Where can we go? What can we do in order to give 
this needed encouragement to our youth? 

As many of you who have visited the Mission know, 
the church building is erected on a very small area with 
absolutely no room for expansion. To the west of the 
building and extending back to the Mission home is a 
piece of property that meets our needs exactly. How- 
ever, for some years it has been unavailable. Within 
recent weeks this property has been advertised for sale 
and we have reason to believe it can be purchased for 
a fairly reasonable price. How thankful we are for this 
small wedge in the hitherto locked door. But now an- 
other problem confronts us. Yes; you've guessed it. 
Money. We are indebted to the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council for meeting so very many of our needs, 
but they do not have unlimited funds. VVe hope we can 
buy the three acres of land for S4,000, and may I em- 
phasize the "hope." We dare not make an offer be- 
cause we have nothing to offer. So again we must wait 
upon the Lord. If He wants us to have the property, 
surely it will not be sold to anyone else in the meantime. 
Surely the money will be provided! Wait upon the Lord. 



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I/RAEL CALLl! 



SAR SHOLEM 

Peace of mind is to be greatly desired if one were to 
judge by the many books men have written concerning 
this subject. They have recorded at various times their 
ideas of how a person may attain this state. That each 
idea has left something to be desired is evident by the 
fact that men continue to revise their ideas and writings 
about this subject. In contrast, God's plan for peace of 
mind as stated in His Word is still the same as when 
it was first advanced by the prophets of God in olden 
time. Peace of mind is dependent upon God and His 
perfect Sacrifice. But men continue to reject the mes- 
sage of God's prophets. They would rather be inde- 
pendent beings! Time and again I have this brought to 
my attention as I deal with Jewish people. Just yesterday 
I realized it once again while talking to Mr. S. 

Mr. S. had approached me while I was on the front 
lawn of the mission. He was about 55 years of age and 
was soliciting funds for a Jewish orphanage located in 
Israel. His approach consisted of holding out a sealed 
slotted can and at the same time giving a vocal appeal. 
As he spoke he said it was the responsibility of all Jews 
to see that the war orphans of Jewish parents were pro- 
vided for. 

"But I am not a Jew," I said. 

"Then I don't suppose you would be interested," he 
replied, and with that he turned and started to leave. 

"Wait a moment," I said. "Just because I am not 
Jewish it does not follow that I am not interested in 
Jewish children. I am very much interested. I can't give 
a great amount at this time, but I want to give some- 
thing." And I dropped some coins into the can. 

"I am a believer in Messiah," 1 continued, "so I'm 
always interested in helping the people of Messiah 
whenever I can. My whole hope of fellowship with God 
and for salvation is centered in the Jewish Messiah, Sar 
Sholem (Prince of Peace). I would have little Sholem 
(peace) if I ignore the need of those less fortunate than 
I." 

"But what do you know of Messiah?" the Jewish man 
replied. "Gentiles do not know Messiah. They have their 
Christ. Only Jews have Messiah." 

"Let's not play with words," I said. "Let us under- 
stand each other. We both know the Hebrew word 
'Meshach' is correctly translated by the English word 
'Anointed.' 'Meshach' is the Hebrew word from which 
we derive our English word 'Messiah.' The Greek word 
'Christos' from which we derive the English word 
'Christ' is also correctly translated by the English word 
'Anointed.' Whether you or I speak of Messiah or Christ, 
we are simply using the Anglicized Hebrew or Greek 
word for the English word 'Anointed.' Let us stop this 
confusion and understand we are speaking of God's 
Anointed One of whom the 'navim' (prophets) of old 
spake. I said I believe in Messiah, and I do! The An- 
ointed One, blessed be He, is the only One who has 
the answer to man's big problem — the problem of per- 
sonal sin. That is why there are war orphans. Because of 
personal sin men hate, and fight, and kill, and thus we 
have war orphans, children without parents. If men 
would only realize that Genesis 49:10 proves that the 
Anointed of God has come, they would be seeking Him 
instead of their own selfish ends. You know the scepter 



By Bruce L. Button 

did depart from Judah and the lawgiver also. The 
Anointed must have already come else He can never 
come and all hope is vain." 

"But," the man started to interrupt 

"Let me finish," I said. "Why do you suppose the 
gentiles have been gathering to this Jesus if Hs were 
not the Anointed. The people were to gather unto Him. 
He was to be a light to fehe gentiles. Countless numbers 
of gentiles have honored Him. Were these all fools? 
Some of them were men of great wisdom. They searched 
the Holy Scriptures and were satisfied that Jesus was 
the Anointed of God. Not only these but many Jewish 
scholars also searched the Scriptures and were so cer- 
tain that Jesus was the Anointed that they faced the 
scorn of their loved ones and their people for this cer- 
tain belief. 

"Again, how can you explain — 

'He is despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows and ac- 
quainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; 
he was despised, and we esteemed him not' (Isa. 53:3). 

'But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for 
our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with 
his stripes we are healed' (Isa. 53:5). 



'I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of 
Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall 
look upon me whom they have pierced . . .' (Zech. 12:10). 

except in the light of an Anointed One who was put 
to death by the people? Where is the sacrifice for sin 
except that this One was stricken for 'the transgressions 
of my people' as the prophet Isaiah says? How can we 
explain the 'given son' who was called Prince of Peace 
and Father of Eternities except through Jesus, the 
Anointed?" 

"But how could that be?" Mr. S replied. "Our teach- 
ers have also studied and searched. They tell us Messiah 
is yet to come; and some say Messiah is the re-estab- 
lishment of the nation in Palestine. How can a man 
know? Peace we all want. Peace of mind and heart and 
soul is life's greatest possession. I have never had such 
peace. I know of no one who has such peace. How 
I wish I might find such rest from all my cares!" 

Then I told Mr. S: "This Anointed one, Jesus, is for 
you. The Anointed said, 'Come unto me, all ye that 
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' 
The reason men have no rest is due to their failure to 
recognize the Prince of Peace, so they have no peace. 
The Anointed knew it would be so, for as He looked 
at the city of Jerusalem one day. He wept and said of 
that city, 'If you had known, even you, at least in this 
your day, the things that belong to your peace, but they 
are hid from your eyes.' And, Mr. S, I say this applies 
to you. These things have been hid from your eyes. Read 
your Holy Scriptures! Do not believe any man, Jew or 
gentile. Go to the only source Book you have that tells 
you how you may recognize your Anointed One, to 
your Holy Scriptures. Search the prophecies; study them; 
believe them, and you will recognize Sar Sholem and 
find peace and rest." 

As Mr. S turned to leave, I invited him to come back 
and visit again. I also told him of our class and invited 
him to attend. 

"Perhaps I'll come sometime," he replied. "Who 
knows what I might find." And as an afterthought he 
added: "At least it will be different." 



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TROY, OHIO. A new high in 
Sunday-school attendance for the 
past three years was reached Jan. 20 
with 79 present. Herman Hein is 
pastor. 

MEYERSDALE, PA. Clyde 
Caes, pastor of the Summit Mills 
Brethren Church, and R. Paul Mil- 
ler, Jr., pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Uniontovvn, Pa., ex- 
changed pulpits Jan. 27. 

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. Rich- 
ard Grant has resigned as pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church here, 
and accepted the call to become the 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, Pa. 

SPECIAL. In accordance with 
the action of the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches the last 
Sunday of February is designated 
as Evangelism Sunday. In many 
churches the laymen are asked to 
assist in the regular services of the 
church, and a special offering is 
raised for the Board of Evangelism, 
a creature of our National Fellow- 
ship. The Board of Evangelism 
sponsors Crusade Teams. Feb. 24 
has been designated as Evangelism 
Sunday. 

DRYHILL, KY. Miss Evelyn 
Fuqua reports that recent floods 
washed most of the houses down 
the river which were located below 
Hyden, Ky. The house in which "I 
used to live and the two on either 
side were washed away," Miss Fu- 
qua wrote. The three schools were 
destroyed, two of the stores are 
gone, and hundreds of people are 
without homes. The new home re- 



cently completed for Miss Fuqua 
became a haven for the furniture of 
many people as it was crowded into 
the basement, and a family of six 
found shelter there. All communi- 
cation with Dryhill has been impos- 
sible, however mail is now being de- 
livered. Special prayer is requested 
for the mother of Miss Fuqua who 
resides in California. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 

adults of the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, George Peek, pas- 
tor, are planning a mountain retreat 
for the weekend of Mar. 1-3. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. The Junior 
Choir of the First Brethren Church 
was featured Jan. 26 on the local 
radio station. Kenneth Ashman is 
pastor. 

SPECIAL. Mr. and Mrs. Donald 
Spangler, missionaries to Africa, be- 
came grandparents when a girl was 
born to their daughter and her hus- 
band, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lee of 
Aurora, 111. 

IDYLLWILD, CALIF. Many 
Brethren young people attended the 
Los Angeles County Christian En- 
deavor winter conference held at 
Tahquitz Pines for the junior high 
age Jan. 25-27, and for the high 
school-college age Feb. 8-10. 

ROANOKE, VA. The laymen 
of the Southeast Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches held their quar- 
terly rally at the Garden City 
Brethren Church Feb. 1. Henry Rad- 
ford was host pastor. 

DENVER, COLO. The Grace 
Brethren Church has its own way of 
celebrating Lincoln's birthday. On 
Feb. 10 the Sunday school observ- 
ed Lincoln Penny Sunday. An of- 
ficial weighing feat was a part of 
the opening exercises, and thus they 




PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 



Church Date 

Fort Wayne, Ind. Feb. 24-Mar. 10 

Wooster, Ohio Feb. 25-Mar. 17 
Dayton, Ohio 

(N. Riverdale) Mar. 5-17 
Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla Mar. 24-31 

Elkhart, Ind. . . . Mar. 24-Apr. 7 

Ashland, Ohio Mar. 31 -Apr. 14 



Pastor 

Mark Malles 
Kenneth Ashman 

Russell Ward 

Ralph Colburn 
Lowell Hoyt 
Miles Taber 



Speaker 

Walter Lepp. 
Crusade Team. 

Bern'rd Schneider. 

Louis Talbot. 
Crusade Team. 
Bill Smith. 



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Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

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 ;^. 3auman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



launched the 1957 mission season. 
Tom Inman is pastor. 

BEAUMONT. CALIF. Rev. 

Archie Lynn was guest speaker at 
the Cherry Valley Brethren Church 
on Feb. 3. 

BUENA VISTA, VA. The re- 
decorating of the main auditorium 
is nearly completed at the First 
Brethren Church, Edward Lewis, 
pastor. 

NORWALK, CALIF. The Nor- 
walk Brethren Church unveiled a 
beautiful oil painting in their bap- 
tistry at a special service on Jan. 
27. The art work was done by Miss 
Hazel Shively, and was donated by 
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Quesnell in lov- 
ing memory of Lucy Ann Quesnell. 
Henry Rempel is pastor. 

in HJpttiorfam 

Marshall M. Scaggs went to be 
with the Lord December 28, 1956. 
He was a charter member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Riner, 
Va. Until his departure, he was 
faithful in bearing forth a testimony 
for the Lord Jesus Christ. Thomas 
Craghead, pastor. 

Mrs. Mary Flora of Mexico was 
born in 1866 died November 15, 
1956. She was a member of the 
Peru Brethren Church, Peru, Ind., 
having been baptized in 1889 and 
ordained as a deaconness in 1896. 
Miss Ethel Flora survives her 
mother at their home in Mexico. 
Everett Caes, pastor. 

Correction: In the January 26, 
1957 issue of the Missionary Herald 
the name should read Mrs. Wilbur 
Bostetter, who went to be with the 
Lord on December 19, 1956. 



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WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP) A 
number of resolutions concerning re- 
ligious matters have been introduced 
in Congress. One provides that tui- 
tion payments to religious schools 
would be deductible from income 
tax on the same basis as chari- 
table contributions. The bill was. 
introduced by Rep. Gerald R. Ford 
(R-Mich.), at the request of the 
Christian Reformed Church which 
sponsors a large number of paro- 
chial schools. Tuition payments to 
religious schools, he said, are made 
in the furtherance of religion and 
religious training, and should be 
treated "no differently than other 
gifts made for the purpose of fur- 
thering religion." The bill was re- 
ferred to the House Ways and 
Means Committee. 

One member of the House of Rep- 
resentatives has introduced a reso- 
lution to add a twenty-third Amend- 
ment to the Constitution. Represen- 
tative Eugene Silver of Kentucky 
wants the Amendment to recognize 
Almighty God as man's Creator and 
Jesus Christ as the Universal Saviour 
of mankind. Silver believes many 
people think the greatest deficiency 
of our present Constitution lies in 
its failure to recognize specifically 
God Almighty and America's defi- 
nite position as a great Christian 
nation. 

The House of Representatives 
has been asked to adopt a bill 
making the last week of January 
every year a National Forgiveness 



Week. The idea is for all Americans 
to "put aside feelings of ill will and 
turn their minds toward forgiveness 
and understanding of others." 

Bills were introduced in the House 
of Representatives to designate St. 
Ann's Episcopal Churchyard in 
New York City as a national his- 
torical shrine. (Many early Ameri- 
can patriots are buried there, in- 
cluding Gouverneur Morris, who 
died in 1816.) 

Other bills seek to exempt paro- 
chial school buses from federal ex- 
cise taxes; make Good Friday a 
legal hohday and prohibit the serv- 
ing of alcoholic beverages on com- 
mercial airliners. (ERA) 



CHICAGO, ILL. (EP) "Present 
Christ in the Home" is the theme for 
National Family Week, May 5-12, 
1957. NFW has been sponsored by 
National Sunday School .Association 
annually for the past five years. 
Every year increased interest has 
been shown by cooperating de- 
nominations and local churches, ac- 
cording to Dr. Clate A. Risley, exe- 
cutive secretary of NSSA. More and 
more churches are realizing that for 
lasting effects the home must be 
reached for Christ. Children may at- 
tend Sunday school, says Risley, but 
if youth are to attend Sunday school 
and church, parents must show more 
than nominal interest. 

Bulletin covers, post cards and 
posters illustrating the theme, "Pre- 
sent Christ to the Family," will be 
available. Also a list of items to be 
used in observing the week and 
other miscellaneous suggestions for 
programing and promoting National 
Family Week are available. (NSSA, 
542 South Dearborn St., Chicago 5, 
Illinois.) (ERA) 



CHICAGO, ILL. (EP) A new 
series of Bible adventure films for 
children has been produced by 
Moody Institute of Science, film 
division of Moody Bible Institute, 
Chicago. The series was specifically 



produced for TV showing according 
to John H. Raymond, director of 
MBFs promotion department. 

This new series marks the open- 
ing of the second phase of Moody's 
TV film ministry which began last 
year with the now popular "Ser- 
mons from Science" TV films. 
Adapted from the internationally 
known gospel-science films pro- 
duced by Dr. Irwin A. Moon, direc- 
tor of Moody Institute of Science, 
the TV films were shown on 66 sta- 
tions across the country in 22 of 
the 55 major TV markets in the U.S., 
including all of the top 10. 

"Public reaction to these TV gos- 
pel-science programs has been most 
favorable," reports Raymond. "The 
letter count at the first of the year 
stood at over 23,000, with many 
inquiries showing deep spiritual 
concern. In some instances whole 
families were influenced. Inquirers 
were enrolled in a Bible correspond- 
ence course." 

"Television stations indicated 
their response by showing MIS 
films, provided on a sustaining basis, 
during peak viewing hours on Satur- 
day and Sunday. Many of the station 
executives who praised the program 
for its originality and technical ex- 
cellence are anxiously awaiting the 
second series of films," according to 
Raymond. 

Future plans include more new 
science-adventure films for chil- 
dren adapted from the radio version 
of the "Mr. Fixit" Bible stories. The 
future films will be produced for 
eventual release on color TV sta- 
tions. (ERA) 



BELGIUM (EP) Forty-four 
young men are in prisons because of 
their conscientious objections against 
military service. A pacifist group in 
Luik, citing the practice in the 
United States, England, Netherlands, 
and Scandinavian countries of rec- 
ognizing conscientious objection and 
providing alternative service, has 
petitioned the Belgian government 
to take similar action. (ERA) 



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SHAWNEE INDIANS camped 
along a stream flowing from cool 
refreshing springs in the Shenadoah 
Valley years before there was the 
city of Winchester, Virginia. These 
springs still produce, and ihe same 
little stream flows through the cen- 
ter of Winchester and is known as 
the Town Run. The fact is, the Town 
Run passes directly beneath "Miss 
Lucy's" home. 

The old Indian legend was passed 
from one generation to another that 
"He who drinks of Shawnee waters 
will soon be seen to return." Return 
with "Miss Lucy" to those days that 
caused the name of Winchester, Vir- 
ginia, to be inscribed on history's 
pages. 

With the Blue Ridge Mountains 
rising to the east and the mighty 
Alleghenies mounting to the west, 
Winchester nestles in Virginia's 
northern terminus of the beautiful 
Shenandoah Valley. 

Winchester, first settled in 1732, 
has a rich and interesting history. 
Landmarks of earlier periods dot the 
city and countryside, reminiscent of 
the French and Indian and the Revo- 
lutionary wars. As early as 1748 
George Washington, the surveyor, 
established his office in Winchester. 
His first job, at the age of sixteen, 
was to survey the land grant of 
Thomas VL Lord Fairfax of Eng- 
land, who later moved to the Shen- 
andoah Valley in the proximity of 
Winchester. 




Congressman Burr Harrison with 
"Miss Lucy." 



George Washington, the soldier, 
assumed his first command of the 
Colonial Army beside his surveyor's 
office in Winchester. This office still 
stands just a few blocks from the 
heart of the city, and since 1908 
"Miss Lucy" has been a member of 
the board of trustees and is the over- 
seer of the office. 

In 1755 General Edward Brad- 
dock was sent from England with a 
sizable army of redcoats to quell the 
Indian disturbances caused by the 
French. In July of that year Gen- 
eral Braddock, with George Wash- 
ington and his men, left Winchester 
for Fort Duquesne to engage the 
French and Indians. General Brad- 
dock, refusing to heed the warning 
of Washington on the nature of In- 
dian warfare, was mortally wounded 
and buried on the battlefield. 

Located strategically in the Shen- 
andoah Valley, Winchester became 
the hub of that part of the Civil War 
fought here about 1861. Within a 
radius of twenty-one miles of Win- 
chester over 100 engagements were 
fought, and the city changed hands 
between the Union and Confederate 
forces over seventy times. 

When the War between the 
States erupted, a young man by the 
name of George Washington Kurtz, 
then 23 years of age, had already 
established himself in Winchester 
as a funeral director and cabinet 
maker. War declared, young Kurtz, 
on April 18, 1861, enlisted in the 
Confederate Army. He proved him- 
self a good soldier, and was ad- 
vanced to the rank of captain. On 
May 12, 1864 George Washington 
Kurtz, of Company K, 5th Virginia 
Regiment (commonly known as the 
Stonewall Brigade) was captured — 
and made a prisoner of war at the 
Battle of Bloody Angle at Spotsyl- 
vania Courthouse, Virginia. The 
next thirteen months he was held a 
prisoner of war at Fort Delaware 
located near Philadelphia. This was 
providential, for while a prisoner of 
war, he found release. In the same 
prisoner of war camp was a Pres- 
byterian minister from Winchester, 
the Rev. Isaac W. Handy. Fulfill- 
ing his responsibility as a minister 
of the gospel, he spoke to young 
Kurtz concerning the free gift of 
eternal life. While still a prisoner 




Lucy" recently honored by presence 
of General George C. Marshall. 



of the Union forces, young Kurtz was 
set free June 24, 1864, for on that 
day he was born again by the Holy 
Spirit of God. A prisoner yet free. 

Captain Kurtz was released from 
the prisoner of war camp in June 
1 865, and he returned to the place of 
his birth and his former business in 
Winchester. The Lord blessed his 
efforts and he prospered. Captain 
Kurtz was married in April 1871 to 
Mary Francis Clayton, to which 
union were born five daughters and 
one son. 

"Miss Lucy" was the second child 
of Captain Kurtz. Many hours were 
spent on her father's knee reliving 
such events as Brown's Raid at 
Harpers Ferry (1859) when her 
father was a member of the Virginia 
State Militia. Other stories of Civil 
War days became so much a part of 
"Miss Lucy" that she can retell them 
today as if they transpired only yes- 
terday. 

"Miss Lucy," as she is affection- 
ately known by the citizens of Win- 
chester, was honored recently when i 
an official proclamation by the then i 
mayor of Winchester, M. B. Clowe, , 
Jr., declared June 6, 1956 as "Miss • 
Lucy Kurtz Day." The entire city . 
honored "Miss Lucy " with decora- 
tions, a parade, and civic festivities. 
Honored guests included the Hon- 
orable Burr P. Harrison, U. S. Con- 
gressman from Virginia, who was 
the chairman of the June 6th fes- 
tivities. 

Inspired by the influence of her 
father, "Miss Lucy" became an au- 
thority on Confederate history. For 
many years "Miss Lucy" has worked, 
on civic and historical programs 
which truly reflected the cultural 
and physical life of the citizens of 
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"Miss Lucy" of Winchester 



By Arnold R. Kriegbaum 



member of the United Daughters of 
the Confederacy and expended much 
time and effort in the expansion of 
its work, and now serves as ihe 
chairman of its pension claims com- 
mittee, lias been Custodian of Flags 
since 1 9 16; and is secretary-treas- 
urer of Stonewall Cemetery Memo- 
rial Association, which is respon- 
sible for the care of the graves of 
Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester, 
burial plot of 2,500 Confederate 
soldiers. Stonewall Cemetery was 
so named as a tribute to "Stonewall" 
(Thomas J.) Jackson, who in Oc- 
tober 1861 assumed command of 
the Shenandoah Confederate Army 
with headquarters in Winchester. 
"Miss Lucy is responsible for the 
construction of the speakers ros- 
trum in the cemetery. 

"Miss Lucy" takes great pride m 
her city of Winchester, the birth- 
place of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, 
of Antarctic fame, and the home of 
U. S. Senator Harry Byrd. 

"Miss Lucy" is a charter mem- 
ber of the Women's Civic League, 







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Claude Smalts. Jr.. present major of Winchester visits with "Miss Lucy" at her home- 



Pastor Paul Dick "posEs" with "Miss Lucy" 



and while serving as its president 
initiated the first citywide Clean- 
Up-Week. She is a charter member 
of the Winchester-Frederick County 
Historical Society. Through her in- 
fluence historical markers have been 
restored all over the city of Win- 
chester and the surrounding area. 

Seven years to the day after the 
attack of Japan on the United States 
at Pearl Harbor, "Miss Lucy" was 
baptized on December 7, 1948 and 
received into the membership of the 
First Brethren Church of Winchester 
by Pastor Paul Dick. With a twinkle 
in her eye she said: "I didn't plan 
it that way, it just happened to be 
December 7," but then she quickly 
added: "Imagine a Confederate 
being baptized by a Yankee." Sev- 
ering relationship with the church of 
her lifetime was not easy, but con- 
viction and love for the unadulter- 
ated Word of God coinpelled "Miss 



Lucy" to enter the fellowship of the 
Brethren Church. 

"Miss Lucy" loves the Lord Jesus, 
and in her own inimitable way, 
under the leadership of ihe Holy 
Spirit, she hands a gospel tract to 
the president of the bank or lO a 
member of a historic or civic organ- 
ization. 

She points with joy to the grave- 
stone of John Smith Patton, grand- 
father of the John Smith Patton 
of World War II fame, which reads: 
"In Christ Alone, Perfectly Satis- 
fied. " 

"Miss Lucy" is to be honored 
again when the Daughters of the 
Confederacy dedicate the new War 
Memorial Building November 1957 
in Richmond, Va. The purpose of 
the building is to honor the women 
of the Confederacy. Will "Miss 

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By Ulysses L. Gingrich 



One of the beautiful songs which, 
in recent years, has become very 
widely known and rather popular, 
gives expression to a fitting and 
heartfelt prayer. The choral peti- 
tions center about the thought of 
settling our daily account with the 
Lord; thereby realizing His gracious 
forgiveness of the errors committed 
during the hours which have just 
passed into history. 

The song was written by C. M. 
Battersby, and later was arranged 
by Chas. H. Gabriel. It is entitled, 
"An Evening Prayer." and the first 
verse goes as follows: 

"If I have wounded any soul today; 
If I have caused one foot to go 

astray; 
If I have walked in my own willful 

way, 
Dear Lord, forgive." 

Certainly, all that is included in 
the entire song is, 1 believe doc- 
trinally correct. The formula for the 
forgiveness of our sins, as believers, 
and for our cleansing from its defile- 
ment, as given in I John 1:9, still 
stands. It is, however, also true that 
just two verses farther on in John's 
first epistle we read: "My little chil- 



dren, these things write I unto you, 
that ye sin not" (I John 2:1). 

It should be obvious, therefore, 
that there is a definite possibility 
of praying a better prayer than that 
of confession at the close of the day. 
There could, and indeed, should be 
the prayer for His enabling at the 
beginning of the day. "Watch and 
pray that ye enter not into temp- 
tation," was the direct command of 
our Lord to His disciples. 

Confession of sin unto the Lord 
is commendable, and we need to 
avail ourselves of this gracious priv- 
ilege continually. But is it not much 
more noble, and in keeping with the 
Scriptural provision of victory for 
the believer in Christ to avoid, by 
His grace, the debasing and defiling 
effects of sin? 

This is made possible to us by 
appropriating His provision for our 
spiritual need as we begin the day. 

Therefore, without seeking to de- 
tract from the truth and charm of the 
above mentioned song, I humbly of- 
fer the following lines, which can be 
sung to the tune of, "AN EVENING 
PRAYER." I would like to entitle 
this poem, "A MORNING 
PRAYER." 



A Morning Prayer 

I would not wound a single soul today; 
I would not cause one foot to go astray; 
But I would walk in love's pure, selfless way. 

Saviour and Friend. 
Keep me from causing any heart to pain; 
And banish every idle thought, and vain; 
Oh, keep me from sin's guilty, crimson stain, 

Dear Lord, today. 
Keep me from every conscious danger free; 
Keep me from all the snares I do not see; 
So that I shall be ever pleasing to thee, 

Dear Lord, today. 
Fill me. today with peace and joy and love; 
Sustain by grace sufficient, from above; 
May I thy faithfulness each moment prove, 

Dear Lord, today. 
Thy love to me has been so rich and sweet; 
In thee I'm chosen, cleansed and made complete. 
I bow, unworthy, at thy pierced feet. 

Dear Lord, Amen! 



"MISS LUCY" OF WINCHESTER 

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Lucy" of Winchester be one of those 
honored? 

"Miss Lucy" Kurtz resides in the 
family home which has a brass 
marker by the front door bearing 
the date "1868." She lives- here with 
her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. 
and Mrs. G. Miller O'Rear. Mrs. 
O'Rear is also a faithful member of 
the First Brethren Church, and each 
week she teaches a women's Bible 
class in her home. 

The home of "Miss Lucy" bears 
the marks of Winchester's early his- 
tory. Pictures of war heroes, his- 
toric letters and documents, old guns 
and antique furniture recalls an in- 
teresting past and vividly forms a 
backdrop for "Miss Lucy" of Win- 
chester. 



$n iUJpmortam 

Mrs. Lulu Reedy went to be with 
the Lord on January 3. She had 
served the church for many years, 
having taught the adult class for a 
long period. Although unable to at- 
tend regularly recently due to ill 
health, she was a stalwart servant 
of the Lord and a faithful member 
of the Brethren Church for over 50 
years. Surely she is rejoicing in the 
presence of the Lord in a place that 
is "far better." Dr. Glenn O'Neal, 
pastor. 

Mrs. Emma Schill, many years 
a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Philadelphia, departed 
to be with her Lord on January 8, 

1957. 

Mrs. Mary Croker, grandmother 
of Mrs. Ruth Snyder and Rev. 
Wayne Croker, many years a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of 
Philadelphia, went home to be with 
the Lord on January 9. 

These two dear saints of the Lord 
will be sadly missed. Their faithful- 
ness is a challenge to those of us left 
behind. E. William Male, pastor. 

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YOU 




Evangelism Sunday — February 24 



By Evangelist Dean Fetterhoff 



Sometimes in the life of an in- 
dividual or an organization it is 
worthwhile just to sit down and, as 
the gospel song says: "Count your 
many blessings; see what God has 
done." Since Sunday, February 24, is 
"Evangelism Sunday" when God's 
people are asked to contribute to 
the work of evangelism through the 
Brethren Evangelistic Crusade, you 
deserve to know what God is doing 
through the Crusade. As we look at 
the past year our own hearts were 
thrilled and encouraged and we 
know you will be blessed as together 
we "count the blessings." 

Because so much injury has been 
done to the work of evangelism by 
an improper emphasis upon num- 
bers, it has been our policy to avoid 
the publicity of results of the evan- 
gelistic campaigns. However, figures 
do tell a story, and God's people 
who support this work by their 
prayers and offerings deserve to 
know how God has blessed this 
work of revival and evangelism. My 
own heart was blessed as a few min- 
utes ago I sat down and added the 
totals of the records which we have 
kept through the year of 1956. These 
figures are only for the Fetterhoff- 
Haddix team and do not include any 
services which may have been con- 
ducted by other men in connection 
with the Crusade. During this pe- 
riod there were 1 8 evangelistic cam- 
paigns conducted; in addition to this 
there were five one-day meetings 
held. 

During these meetings there were 
469 personal calls made in the 
homes of the communities by mem- 
bers of the team. We thank the Lord 
for 675 people who publicly sur- 



rendered to Christ in these meetings. 
Our supreme desire is that each one 
of these should be fruit that shall 
remain (cf. John 15:16). We have 
avoided in every way trying to 
"pressure" people into a decision 
which has not been brought about by 
genuine conviction of the Holy 
Spirit. Of this number, 128 were 
those who repented of sin and re- 
ceived Christ as their personal Sav- 
iour. Every effort has been made 
to ground these people upon the 
Word of God in dealing with them 
personally after the services. 

There have been a total of 257 
evangelistic services conducted and 
109 additional services such as radio 
programs, children's meetings, etc. 
We cannot help but thank the Lord 
for these figures because we realize 
that without Christ we could have 
done nothing (John 15:5), and we 
do praise Him for the measure of 
His blessing which He has placed 
upon this ministry. We know that 
you who have shared the burden of 
prayer and financial support will 
rejoice with us, and that you will 
share the reward which will someday 
be given. 

Having counted the blessings of 
the past and rejoiced in them, let us 
look at the future, for this is still the 
day of God's "open door" (Rev. 3: 
8) until Jesus comes again. How we 
praise the Lord for the open doors 
of opportunity! More doors have 
been opened than it has been pos- 
sible to go through. Already the 
schedule for the year of 1957 is com- 
pletely full. This not only presents a 
great opportunity but a tremendous 
responsibility. Therefore I would 



like to present the needs which are 
before us. 

Our first and by far our greatest 
need is for real prayer support. My 
heart was grieved as I read the na- 
tional statistician's report to see 
that during this past year every 
service of our churches showed an 
increase in attendance over the pre- 
ceding year except one, and that 
one was the revival-evangelistic 
services. There were more people 
in Bible school, more in morning 
worship, more in evening worship, 
more in midweek prayer service, 
more in Bible conferences and more 
in communion services but over 
2,500 less in the evangelistic serv- 
ices. 

I note also in this list that the 
only other figure which is lower than 
the preceding year is the number of 
conversions! I can't help but feel 
that there is a definite connection 
between the two. This shows the 
great need for prayer for revival. 
There is no predicting what God 
would do if the people of the Breth- 
reii Church really became concerned 
to pray daily for revival! Please, 
may I urgently ask you to begin 
now to pray daily for revival and for 
the work of the Brethren Evan- 
gelistic Crusade. The second need 
is financial. With sufficient funds 
another team could be placed in 
the field to go through the doors 
which are now open. Will you not 
pray before February 24? Pray first 
of all that God will use the Breth- 
ren Evangelistic Crusade in a greater 
way than ever before in 1957, and 
then ask the question of the Apostle 
Paul: "Lord, what wilt thou have 
me to do?" (Acts 9:6). 



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^JU^o-uflt tUe ^in,e 



Our Home 



It isn't some great palace fair 

With costly rugs and winding stair. 

With furnishings of highest price 

And all the things the world calls "nice." 

Our home is oh, so very small. 
Expensive things aren't there at all. 
But we think our home rich indeed 
For God supplies our ev'ry need. 

We have a little altar there 
Where we commune with God in prayer; 
And love and joy and peace abound. 
The Source of happiness we've found. 

— Geneva Showerman 



February 24 
Evangelism Sunday 



SPONSORED BY 



THE BOARD OF EVANGELISM 

oi the 

NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN CHURCHES 



1. To assist small mission churches in their evangelistic programs. 

2. To provide needed equipment for the Crusade Teams which 

would facilitate their work. 



Send all correspondence to: 

Scott Weaver, Chairman 
Board of Evangelism 
R.R. 2 Osceola, Ind. 



By Ernest Bearinger 



Monday's newspaper of the War- 
saw (Ind.) Times-Union headlined 
the story of a fire that destroyed the 
Lakeside Foundry Saturday night. 
Reporters missed the miracle of the 
dedicated toolbox. 

The cold Sunday air cooled the 
charred and twisted timbers, and a 
soft north wind pulled a blanket of 
snow over the desolate scene where 
property value of $100,000 and the 
machinery for 5 1 foundry-men lay 
demolished in carbon splinters. 

But poking up through this rub- 
ble of destruction stood an "Amen" 
to God's call of Clark Miller to 
Grace College. 

When Clark and Eunice Miller 
sold their new home in Pennsyl- 
vania and moved to Winona Lake, 
Ind., Clark brought along his pat- 
ternmaking tools. They had instru- 
mented his income for years, and 
now they were dedicated to the 
Lord. God was continuing to use 
them as the means for an education. 
Was Saturday night, January 26, 
1957, going to steal his earning 
power? 

Not even the insurance adjusters 
looked the second time at the 
charred wooden toolbox surrounded 
by twisted steel, half burned joists, 
and melted metal. The electric 
"skill" saw was distorted beyond 
vecognition. 

The only salvaged value in the 
entire building was inside this fire 
blackened toolbox, for behold, 
when Mr. Miller opened the box, 
there before him lay a miracle of 
preservation: Not one tool was 
damaged, and even the paper data 
sheets and charts were unsinged. 

Five drawers contained these 
tools. Three of them might be 
named, Shadrack, Meshach, and 
Abednego. Will you name the other 
two? 



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The Brethren hAhsionary Herald 



February 16, 1957 



The BRETHREN 




EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 23, 1957 




EDITORIALS 



By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President in Charge of Public Relations 



■^%^^ 




President Eisenhower's Message on Education — 

A few weeks ago President Eisenhower brought a 
special message to" the Congress of the United States 
which dealt with the education needs of our country. 
Although the message was concerned primarily with 
the acute need for classroom space in the public schools, 
he devoted considerable attention to the desperate 
situation young people approaching college age will face 
within the next 10 years unless something is done now to 
meet that need. The President's remarks are most ap- 
propriate, coming at a time when the Brethren Church 
is preparing to enlarge its own educational facilities at 
Grace College. The following extracts from his mes- 
sage should cause all of us to do some very sober 
thinking about the future welfare of our own children 
and young people. 

'Today, more Americans are receiving a higher level 
of education than ever before. Progress has been made 
in building more and better schools and in providing 
more and better teachers. And yet problems in educa- 
tion still persist, and time has more clearly defined their 
scope and nature. . . . 

"Elementary and secondary schools already are over- 
flowing under the impact of the greatest enrollment in- 
crease in our history. The number of pupils in public 
schools has increased by 5,500,000 in the past five years, 
and will further increase by about 6 million in the next 
five years. 

"We have already reached an all-time peak in en- 
rollment in colleges and universities. Yet, in the next 
10 to 15 years, the number of young people seeking 
higher education will double, perhaps even triple. . . . 

"One fact is clear. For the States, localities, and pub- 
lic and private educational institutions to provide the 
teachers and buildings and equipment needed from 
kindergarten to college, to provide the quality and di- 
versity of training needed for all our young people, will 
require of them in the next decade the greatest expan- 
sion of educational opportunities in our history. It is a 
challenge they must meet. . . . 

"If the States, localities and public and private edu- 
cational institutions are successfully to meet, in the next 
decade, the increasing needs for education beyond the 
high school, their effort must begin now. . . . 

"In a nation which holds sacred the dignity and worth 
of the individual, education is first and foremost an in- 



strument for serving the aspirations of each person. It is 
not only the means for earning a living, but :^or i:nlarg- 
ing life — for maintaining and improving liberty of the 
mind, for exercising both the rights and obligations of 
freedom, for understanding the world in which we live. 

"Collectively, the educational equipment of the whole 
population contributes to our national character — our 
freedom as a nation, our national security, our expand- 
ing economy, our cultural attainments, our unremitting 
efforts for a durable peace." 

"The Battle Is Won the Day Before" 

The words of the President ("It is a challenge they 
must meet . . . their effort must begin now"), who was 
Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World 
War II. recall the words of another great general of a 
generation ago. General Foch. Supreme Commander 
of the Allied forces in World War I, is reported to have 
frequently said: "The battle is won the day before." 
Never was this more true in the educational program of 
the Brethren Church than it is now. In another 10 years 
a veritable tidal wave of students will be hitting the 
colleges of America. Of the students who will then 
knock at the doors of these institutions, tens of thousands 
will be turned away. Will Brethren young people have 
a school to which they can apply with some assurance 
that they will be accepted? The answer to that question 
depends entirely upon what we are willing to do today 
in planning and providing for their future. Unless Grace 
College can expand its facilities now, we seriously 
question if the battle will be won tomorrow. "The battle 
is won the day before!" Brethren, let us face the sit- 
uation, and let us do something about it! 

Our Cover Picture — 

Dr. Orville D. Jobson, superintendent of Brethren 
Missions in French Equatorial Africa, was the speaker 
recently at the Bauman Memorial Lectures in Grace 
Theological Seminary. Dr. Jobson, a pioneer missionary 
and member of the first Brethren Party to enter French 
Equatorial Africa, was eminently fitted for the task of 
lecturing on the history of Brethren missions in that 
area. As a result of his lectures, several of the young 
people felt led to dedicate their lives to Christ for 
service on the foreign field. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER 8 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
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. S3. 00 a year; 100-percent churches. $2.50; foreign. $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt. vice president; William Sch^iffer. secretary: True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man. treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell. S. W. Link. Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller. 
Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum. ex officio 



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The Brethren Missionary He-raid 



A Report 

and 

A Plea 




By W. A. Ogden, DD., Executive Vice President 



"Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit 
that increaseth to your account" (Phil. 4:17 ASV). 

The Brethren Church has a growing and successful 
missionary program in which 160 churches share the 
responsibility of operation and rejoice in the fruits 
of achievement. At the very source of this spiritual 
stream, God has planted Grace Seminary and College. 
Here are trained the pastors, missionaries, teachers and 
various workers who carry the good news of salvation 
to lost men throughout America and six foreign-mission 
fields. Since this is true, the school is an essential part 
of the whole movement. Education is not an end in 
itself, but a necessary factor in the program of the 
church in its obedience to Christ in the Great Commis- 
sion. The 296 students who are training here to take 
their place in some appointed part of God's great plan 
for their day must be remembered as you follow me 
through this article that deals mostly with the subject 
of money with which to operate the school. While these 
young men and women — the finest in the land — are in- 
vesting their time, talents, and their very lives, you can 
invest your prayers and your money to guarantee that 
they will have access to the best training dedicated 
scholarship and dedicated resources can supply. 

We have just completed a program of visitation in 
which most every church in our fellowship has been 
visited by a member of the faculty. In each case the story 
of God's blessing here has been told, sometimes in pic- 
tures, but always in words — words that, we fear, can- 
not do full justice to all that God has wrought. The 
purpose was twofold: To bind the school and the 
churches more closely in a bond of Christian fellowship; 
and to encourage gifts from our many friends for our 
new building, as well as the general support of the 
school. A third purpose was also served. We found a 
great host of young people who are plarming to enter 
coUege after high school, and are seriously considering 
Grace College. Dean Hoyt believes that we will have 
250 enrolled in college for the 1957-58 term. This fact 
gives emphasis to the urgency of the new college and 
physical education buildings. Send us the students and 
we will do our best to take care of them. Our best will be 
realized as you also send us your gifts to provide rooms 
and equipment for the job you have asked us to do. 
It is well known that privately operated schools, like 
Grace schools, must have a substantial amount of sup- 
port from gifts. Tuition cannot be set high enough to 
cover these costs. For this reason we must have an- 



nual gifts of about $80,000 to cover the cost of running 
the school. We feel that this is a very nominal investment 
for the church to make in this branch of its missionary 
program. 

I think you should know how the building fund drive 
is progressing. While we cannot fully evaluate the sit- 
uation we can say that we have found a great deal of 
interest among the churches. At the close of January we 
had on hand in this fund $33,631.09. Most of this has 
come through the larger gifts ranging from $100 to 
$1,000. Some thousand dollar pledges are outstanding 
as of this writing. We believe that these will brinsj our 
cash fund well above $50,000. 

This does not include any estimate of the offerings 
from the churches as such. Our pastors have assured 
us that they will stress the importance of this offering, 
and so many of our friends across the country have 
told us that they will give something substantial to the 
building fund that we are encouraged to believe that the 
total offering will be enough to allow us to begin our 
building program as planned. This word of caution, 
however: do not suppose that the victory is won and that 
you can withhold, or delay, your gift. We are sure that 
the Lord is giving us this building through the sacrifices 
of all of our people, not through the abundant generosity 
of just a few. While it is true that 20 per cent of our 
members could pay cash for this project, as outlined in 
print that you have already seen, it is far better that 
100 per cent of our people share in the giving, as well 
as in the reward, that will come for faithfulness to Christ 
and His cause. 

Since we have announced March first as the date on 
which we will break ground for construction, and since 
we are required to have $100,000 in hand before we 
can start, we ask again that pastors and secretaries re- 
port to us immediately, before March first, the amount 
of money in their hands designated for this cause. Re- 
member, too, that we cannot afford to transfer current 
offering funds into the building fund. Give your regular 
offering first, and then add what you can for the building 
fund. 

I have just had an interview with a student, a freshman 
from the Pacific Coast. She told me that we can expect 
several students from her high school to enroll here 
next year. Then she said: "We will certainly need our 
new college building by that time." This is the story we 
are hearing elsewhere. We must not fail these splendid 
young people. Your gift is the answer. 



February 23, 7957 



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econd Semester 
to a Good Start 



Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr., Registrar 



Registration has just been completed for the spring 
semester at Grace Seminary and College. The total 
enrollment now stands at 296. This compares with a 
total of 265 for the same time a year ago, or a gain of 
approximately 12 per cent. This, however, represents a 
slight loss from the first semester total of 315. This is 
normal for the midyear. There are always some who 
find it necessary to leave school during the first semes- 
ter for reasons of sickness, financial stress, and failure 
to properly adjust to the new situations, and a few com- 
plete their work at this time. Moreover, most students 
do not find the middle of the year the best time to enter 
school. 

The second semester registration shows 126 in the 
seminary and 170 in the college. In the seminary there 
are 121 men and five women. In the college there are 96 
men and 74 women. The seminary registration includes 
four graduate students who are working on advanced 
degrees, two auditors, and three new students. 

The college registration includes 1 1 new students 
and one auditor. 

The new semester got under way with the inspiration 
of the annual Grace Bible Conference which is spon- 
sored by the alumni association of the school. The 
conference began on Monday evening, January 21, with 
a strong foreign missionary appeal under the leadership 
of Dr. Russrli D. Barnard, general secretary of the For- 
eign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church, and 
continued through Thursday, the 24th. 

On Tuesday morning of this period the second se- 
mester convocation service was held in the lower audi- 
torium for the benefit of both the seminary and the 
college. This service was attended by many friends of 
the alumni and friends who were present for the Bible 



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conference. The faculty appeared in their academic re- 
galia and those in attendance listened to the convoca- 
tion message which was delivered by Rev. Harold H. 
Etling, director of the National Sunday School Board 
of the Brethren Church. Speaking from Philippians 3: 
10-14, he challenged the students in particular to set 
their sights high at the beginning of the new semester, to 
determine to know Christ a little better and to do a good 
job for Him in their school work. 

During this first week of the new semester, which was . 
entirely devoted to registration and the Bible Conference, , 
it was the privilege of the students and faculty to fellow- 
ship with and hear the testimonies from many of the 
alumni of the seminary and college. 

The high point of the week was the delivery of the • 
Bauman Memorial Lectures by Dr. Orville D. Jobson, 
veteran missionary of the Brethren Church in Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa, who gave in brilliant t 
fashion the account of the founding and growth of the 
Brethren mission in Africa. He delivered four lectures ■ 
using as his titles the following: "Vision Waiting Real- ! 
ization," "Strengthening the Bases," "Wider Horizons," | 
and "Filling in the Frontiers." I 

At the conclusion of the last of these lectures 10 young j 
people responded to the invitation to dedicate their lives i 
for the service of the Lord wheresoever He might lead | 
them. It was a grand conclusion to a week of blessing. | 

These wonderful days were the harbinger, we trust, | 
of a great semester ahead and of a glorious consumma- ] 
tion to another year of effort at Grace Seminary and ' 
College. Brethren, pray for us. The potential wrapped up 
in these young people whom you have sent to us is tre- 
mendous. The responsibility connected with their guid- 
ance and instruction is more than we can discharge j 
without your prayers, interest and support. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Top Grade Commentaries 



Edited by Ellicott and Lange 



By Ben Hamilton, Research Librarian 



Recently a prominent southern California theological 
seminary professor said of the Bible commentary set 
edited by Charles John Ellicott: "I have found it su- 
perior to anything else." In practically the next breath 
said professor claimed in the set edited by John Peter 
Lange ". . . the greatest commentary covering the entire 
Bible to be published anywhere in the nineteenth cen- 
tury . . ." Obviously the one set cannot be "superior" 
to "the greatest" — nor vice versa! Permit this writer 
to say each set (the one edited by Lange; the other by 
Ellicott) are excellent in their respective fields. 
The commentary edited by Charles John Ellicott 

Entitled A Eible Commentary Jor English Readers, 
this set does not stress exegesis of the Old Testament 
Hebrew and New Testament Greek. 

Actually, it is incorrect to refer to this work as Elli- 
cott's commentary. Charles John Ellicott (1819-1905) 
was a theology professor at Cambridge University in 
England. A dignitary of the Anglican church, he was 
consecrated Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol in 1863. 
Ellicott assigned various books of the Bible to several 
well-known Bible students of his day. Their commen- 
taries comprise A Bible Commentary for English Read- 
ers. Although some sets, including the reprinted collec- 
tion, are in eight volumes, at first three volumes on the 
New Testament, 1877-1882, and five volumes on the 
Old Testament, 1882-1884, were published in that 
order. 

One slight disadvantage regarding this set, edited by 
Ellicott, is that many of the contributing writers are not 
prominently known to many Americans. Some are, how- 
ever. For example, George Rawlinson (writer on 
Exodus) was a conspicuous contributor to The Pulpit 
Commentary. H. D. M. Spence, co-editor of The Pul- 
pit Commentary, supplied Ellicott with the commen- 
taries on I Samuel, I and II Timothy and Titus. E. H. 
Plumptre (writer of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, 
Matthew, Mark and Luke commentaries in the set) and 
Alfred Plummer (II Peter and Jude) are famous for 
their writings to seminary students, many pastors and 
Bible students. 

A Bible Commentary for English Readers is excel- 
lent for laymen and Christian workers who want some- 
thing more than a strictly devotional commentary but 
which is not so technical as to discourage probing into 
somewhat deeper things in the Bible. The introductory 
articles to the books of the Bible are excellent surveys. 
Packed with pertinent data, they are not loaded with 
technicalities. Spence's introductory material on the 
Pastoral Epistles is a fine case for reference. Mason, at 
the end of his commentary on II Thessalonians, has 
very helpful notes on the interpretation of the prophecy 
in II Thessalonians 2:3-12. 

The men who contributed to this commentary set 
loved the Lord Jesus Christ and held the Bible in 



highest Christian regard. The set edited by Ellicott has 
this added advantage over the set edited by Lange: A 
Bible Commentary for English Readers is less expen- 
sive than A Commesstary on the Holy ScripSures edited 
by John Peter Lange. It goes virtually without saying 
that the faculty of Grace Theological Seminary en- 
dorses the set by Ellicott's corps of writers as outstand- 
ing in its field and a very worthwhile item in a Christian 
library. 

The set edited by Johann Petei- Lange 

Like the preceding commentary, this one is incor- 
rectly referred to as "Lange's commentary." This is 
partly true for Lange did write th; commentaries on 
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Haggai, Zech- 
ariah, Malachi, Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John, 
Ronlans and Revelation. 

Johann Peter Lange (1802-1884), Reformed pastor 
during 1825-1841, became professor of theology at 
Zurich, Switzerland, in 1841, and professor of theology 
at Bonn, Germany, in 1854. Lange assigned those Bible 
books on which he did not comment to top German 
theologues who did thorough and exc3ll;nt commenting. 

Appearing originally under the title Theologisch- 
homiletisches BJbelwerk (16 parts on New Testament, 
1857-1871; 20 parts on Old Testament, 1865-1876), 
the set appeared as an Anglo-American edition first 
during 1864-1874. 

Dr. Philip Schaff, noted church historian, was the 
editor of the task of translating this monumental com- 
mentary. Many prom.inent American theologues v/ere 
assigned to translate various portions of the set. Some 
of the American scholars included Charles A. Aikens 
(Christian ethics and aoologetics professor at Princeton 
University), Howard Crosby (chancellor of University 
of New York), George E. Day (Yale Divinity School 
professor), Daniel W. Poor (church history professor 
at San Francisco Theological Seminary), William G. T. 
Shedd (theology professor at Union Theological Semi- 
nary of New York — and author of a certain work re- 
quired for theology collateral reading at Grace Semi- 
nary) and C. H. Toy (Harvard University professor of 
Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis). 

As the original German title of the set edited by 
Lange suggests, the approach of this great work is a 
combination of theological and homiletical themes. Ac- 
tually, each Bible book commentary is divided into sec- 
tions. Each section is generally subdivided as follows: 
A translation of the passage treated (the translation by 
the original German writer and the American trans- 
lator); a grammatical and critical or textual portion; the 
exegetical part; the doctrinal and ethical subdivision 
and finally the homiletical and practical part. 



(Continued on Page 1 1 9) 



February 23, 7957 



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So You Are a Chaplain! 



By Chaplain Lee Jenkins ('50), U. S. Navy 




Weekly inspection of pcrsonn2l r.t U. S. Naval Base. San Diego. 
Calif. Note chnpei in background. 



'"What does the chaplain do with his time?" This is 
the same question that is so often asked also about the 
pastor of any civilian church. Of course the question is 
directed to the activities of the chaplain or pastor during 
the week. Everyone knows that he does hold some sort 
of service on Sunday, or perhaps that he might hold two 
services on the Lord's Day. In recent years, however, 
laymen have become more aware of what the pastor 
does during the week, and many have been surprised to 
learn how great a load he is obliged to carry. Sometimes 
they have even seem him do enough to become suscep- 
tible to physical breakdowns through overwork. They 
have found that a pastor's responsibilities include many 
more things than preaching one or two sermons on Sun- 
day. He has found it necessary to be administrator, 
teacher, marriage counselor, organizer, taxi driver, 
judge, and many other things. Notice, that all these 
responsibilities other men have chosen for a life's work. 
Yet, a pastor does them as a matter of his calling in the 
ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. So it is with the chap- 
lain. 

Of course a day's program will vary due to the dif- 
ferent types of duty to which the chaplain may be 
assigned. Take, for instance, the chaplain who is sta- 
tioned ashore, as I am, at a naval station. The Navy 
day begins with colors (the rising of the Flag) at 
eight o'clock in the morning. By this time many have 
already arrived at their offices. Perhaps some have had 



a conference with a chaplain already since they could 
see the chaplain only before they themselves had to 
report for the day's work. 

The usual reason for the chaplain's early arrival is 
that he might have a period of time alone to spend 
in devotions. This is the time that will set the tone for 
the day and give him that spiritual insight to see clearly 
all the problems and make the decisions that must be 
made. Many times, if the chaplain has an office where 
other chaplains work, all will meet for this time of 
fellowship and of prayer for the things that have been 
brought before them. Thus the day begins. 

After colors he is off to the brig to visit the prisoners. 
One chaplain for 200 prisoners represents many hours 
spent in seeking an answer to the many personal prob- 
lems of these men. There is the man who cannot seem 
to adjust to the military life or the man who has just 
snuffed out the life of a civilian policeman. 

Returning to the office in the middle of the morning 
the chaplain helps the other chaplains interview the 
men who wait. He will see men who have money troubles 
or some who are having difficulty with their marriage. 
Perhaps some of the wives will come in to ask help on 
matters ranging from neighborhood feuds to marital 
problems. Others are discouraged and ask for advice. 
So goes the morning. The tasks involve nothing of a 
spiritual nature, you say? On the contrary all of these 
problems have a spiritual basis, and Christ is held up 
to all as their hope and help! 

At noon out come the lunch bags, and all of the 
chaplains enjoy the warmth, humor and fellowship of 
each other. Even then they can't be assured of finishing 
the meal because there may be a man who must sud- 
denly receive word of sickness or the death of a loved 
one at home. It is then up to the chaplain to break the 
sad news to him and give him the encouragement that is 
so greatly needed. 

In the afternoon a chaplain's time is spent in study 
for the next Sunday's message unless interrupted by a 
conference with one of the officers of the station on 
matters that concern himself or one of his men. Many 
times it is necessary to make house calls on families 
connected to the station in order to help in a matter of 
a marital split. Encouragement to attend the chapel 
services may be necessary or any of the many mat- 
ters that face a family these days may bring the chap- 
lain to the home. 

The day comes to an end officially at four-thirty but 
that does not mean that he is necessarily able to go 
home. This may be the night when he stays down for 
the Bible class at the brig (prison), or perhaps a young 
couple will want to come in for a marriage conference. 
No matter, it all affords an opportunity for the preach- 
ing of His wonderful Word. The chaplain gets home at 
last, but then the phone rings and the Duty Officer of 
the station tells him that a man Is hurt or one has been 
killed and asks if he will please go and see the wife or 
mother immediately to offer whatever help he can and 
to break the news to them. 



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"What does the chaplain do," you ask? As the pastor 
who does his faithful work throughout the week, we 
are also working in His vineyard to gather a harvest of 
souls in the precious name of the Lord Jesus. 




Rev. and Mrs. Archer Baum ('53) and two of their three daughters. 
and Chaplain and Mrs. Lee Jenliins {'50) and family. Rev. Bjum 
is pastor of the First Brethren Church of San Diego. In sddition 
to his official responsibilities as a naval chaplain, Lt. Jenkins 
sen'es as Sunday school superintendent at the church. 



TOP GRADE COMMENTARIES 

(Continued From Page 117) 

The grammatical or textual portion stresses certain 
peculiar or interesting Hebrew or Greek constructions. 
The exegetical part brings out interesting Hebrew and 
Greek word studies, verse by verse. General over all 
theological and ethical surveys of the passage under 
consideration make up the doctrinal and ethical sec- 
tion. The homiletical and practical part is usually a col- 
lection of succinct but useful applications and illustra- 
tions selected from other writers not contributing direct- 
ly to the commentary. 

The American translators have supplied an abun- 
dance of additional materials in the forms of special 
annotations, introductions, notes and, frequently, para- 
phrases. Sometimes the American translators vigorously 
disagree with statements made by the original German 
commentators and the American translators" statements 
are indicated by footnotes. For example, .Zockler, 
commenting on Ecclesiastes 5:6, interprets the word 
angel in that verse as referring to a Levitical priest. 
The translator, Tayler Lewis, takes Zockler to task in 
an extensive footnote! 

If one passes over the grammatical and exegetical 
material, the commentary set edited by Lange can pro- 
vide much useful background for those who have had 
no seminary training. Those Christian workers who have 
had Hebrew and Greek in seminary will find the gram- 
matical and exegetical parts of this set very rich and 
rewarding. In any event, the set is dependable doctri- 
nally and Christ-centered in most instances. 

February 23, 7957 



General 


Bldg. 


Fund 


Fund 


$40.83 




232.00 




25.00 


S5.00 


26.51 


11.00 


26.00 




37.46 






25.00 


2.50 


2.50 



GIFTS TO GRACE SEMINARY 



January 31, 1957 



Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) 

Akron, Ohio { First) 

Albany, Greg 

Aleppo, Pa 

Alexandria, Va 

AUentown. Pa '. 

Alto. Mich 

Altoona. Pa. (First) 

Altoona. Pa. (Juniata) 8.00 

Ankenytown. Ohio 18.00 

Ashland. Ohio 85.50 

Bellf lower. Calif 7.00 

Camden, Ohio 4.00 

Canton. Ohio 323.39 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 107.00 

Clay City. Ind 27.00 

Clayton. Ohio 413.18 

Cleveland. Ohio 29.00 

Covington, Ohio 13.00 

Cuvshoga Falls, Ohio 3.00 

Dallas Center. Iowa 1.00 

Davton. Ohio (First) 128.50 

Dayton. Ohio ( North Riverdale) 529.00 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 143.50 

Elkhart, Ind 109.00 100.00 

Everett. Pa 8.00 

Fillmore, Calif 

Flora, Ind 172.02 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 100.00 

Fort Wayne, Ind 903.40 

Harrah. Wash 67.00 

Harrisbure. Pa 263.25 108.00 

HoUins, Va 20.00 

Homerville, Ohio 5.00 

Inglewood. Cahf 47.00 

Jfnners, Pa 30.84 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 258.10 

Kittanning. Pa. ( First) 120.25 

LaVeme, Calif 61.00 

Lsamersville. Pa 87.50 

Leesburg, Ind 182.18 

Leon, Iowa 3.00 

Limestone. Tenn 

Listie, Pa 241.01 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 10.00 

Los Angeles. Calif. (Community) 2.00 

Martinsburg. Pa 134.00 

Meyersdale. Pa. ( Summit Mills) 12.50 

Modesto. Calif. (McHenry) 12.10 

New Troy. Mich 300.00 

North English. Iowa 100 1.000.00 

Norwalk. Calif 131.00 

Osceola, Ind IfiS.SO 

Palmyra, Pa 158.45 

Peru, Ind 351.50 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) ., .32n..50 

Philadelphia. Pa. (Third) 120.00 

Por-land, Oreg 24.00 

B^idford, Va 31.00 

Rittman. Ohio 20.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Washington Heights) 57.75 

San Diego. Cslif 6.00 

Seal Beach. Calif 5.00 

Spittle, Wash 400.00 

Sidney. Ind 72.00 

South Bend, Ind 5.00 

South Gate. Calif 21.00 

South Pas'dena. Calif 15.00 

Spokane. Wash 2.00 

Sunnyside, Wash 7.00 

Tracy, Calif 40.00 

Troy. Ohio 54.75 

Warsaw. Ind 221.45 

Washington. D. C 86.60 

Waterloo, Iowa 180.80 

Waynesboro. Pa 62.50 

West Alexandria. Ohio 2.25 

West Covina, Calif 3.00 

Wheaton, 111 25.00 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 103.50 

Winchester, Va 47.00 

^'inona Lake, Ind 

Wooster, Ohio 

Yakima. Wash - 

Yellow Creek, Pa 

Isolated 

Non-Brethren 

Southeast District BYF 

M^iintenance Gift 

Student Body 

Total General Fund and Building Fund Gifts . . . 10.217.57 8,882.85 

Designated Gifts 

Ashland, Ohio $80.00 

Dayton. Ohio (First) 100.00 

Fort Wayne, Ind 35.00 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 50.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 50.00 

Non-Brethren 75.00 

Total Designated Gifts 390.00 

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3.02 



1,002.00 
1,500.00 



5.00 

234.50 

5.00 



130.00 
161.50 
500.00 



441.60 
14.25 
130.00 



115.00 
5.00 



36.00 



33.00 



3.00 
5.00 
55.00 



878.80 


421.73 


314.00 


2.00 




1,000.00 


27.25 


27.25 


182.00 


1,013.50 


192.45 


235.00 




50.00 


500.00 






146.00 







CAMPUS NEWS 



By Alva Steffler 



Examples of Faith 

"No support from home" is a very usual cry here at 
Grace. It isn't a cry of neglect or fear but one of earnest 
faith in their Father, Almighty God. Some of the stu- 
dents are from broken homes, some have unsaved par- 
ents; but because they are where God wants them, they 
have full confidence that He will supply their needs. An- 
other group is without jobs, but God is miraculously 
supplying the need. Some of the fellows here are takihg 
a full load at school while working 40 hours a week, 
just to make ends meet. 

I could go on and on to cite instance upon instance 
of students' faith and God's faithfulness. Recendy these 
students pledged (with God's help) to raise $4,000 for 
our need here at school. Some of these students are in 
those groups mentioned above; all of them are doing 
more than their part. 

The need has been presented to you before. Won't 
you please help and in so doing prove to these 300 stu- 
dents that you're behind them in their ventures of faith? 

ALUMNI CONFERENCE FEATURES CR. JOBSON 
IN BAUMAN MEMORIAL LECTURES 

Missions was the accent of this year's annual Grace 
Bible Conference. Speakers, Dr. R. D. Barnard, Rev. 
J. Paul Dowdy, and Rev. Lester Kennedy, Jr., presented 
the vast needs and opportunities for service in Mexico, 
Argentina and Africa while Dr. Orville Jobson, veteran 
missionary to French Equatorial Africa, challenged our 
hearts with his stirring lectures. 

Dr. Jobson's allocutions were in the form of a four- 
part history of the Africa Mission. He very ably traced 
the advance of the Mission from three and one-half dec- 
ades that have passed to the present day with its call- 
ing need. Dr. Jobson pointed to the importance of the 
self-propagating, self-governing and self-supporting 
church and how God led in the establishing of the same 
kind of church in Africa. In the conclusion Dr. Jobson 
summarized the results of these missionary ventures in 
these words: 

In the 35 years of the established work we have seen 
God moving in mysterious ways in calling forth laborers 
and building for himself a church of redeemed souls 
in Oubangui-Chari. Seventy-six missionaries have gone 
forth in answer to His call. Nine have given their lives 
on the field, and 58 remain in active service. The Word 
goes forth from 14 stations ministering to an African 
Church of approximately 20,000 souls who have turned 
to Christ for salvation. ... All praise belongeth to the 
God of all grace who has made it all possible. Blessed 
be His glorious name forever! Ebenezer! 

In the near future these lectures will be printed in 
book form. 



Senior Day 



GRACE CHOIR PLANS EASTER TOUR 

The college choir will be traveling to California for 
their tour this year. Next month the complete schedule 
will appear in the Missionary Herald. 



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Grace College will play host to graduating high-school 
students and prospective college students at the annual 
High School Senior Day, March 29. As in the past two 
years, a full day of activities is being planned for all 
graduating seniors who wish to spend a day on campus 
as guests of Grace College. Regular classes will be held 
with added attractions in the chapel hour and throughout 
the day. Visiting seniors will be entertained at all meals 
by the dormitory students at the Westminster Hotel, and 
will enjoy the final program of the 1956-57 Concert 
Series on Friday night. Informal clothing will be the 
order of the day, but afternoon sports time will call for 
a change into jeans or other appropriate clothing! 

Prompt reservations by students or pastors will en- 
able the planning committee to complete its work. In 
sending reservations please enclose the following in- 
formation: (1) Number planning to attend; (2) Time of 
arrival; (3) Need for lodging either Thursday or Friday 
flights. 

For further information or reservations, write: 

Senior Day 

Grace College 

Winona Lake, Indiana 




\Vi.at do teachers do in their spare time? The other 
day my curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to find 
out what they did when they weren't lecturing to stu- 
dents and preparing for the next classes. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., is working on a textbook of 
the Pastoral Epistles while his father is writing a history 
of the Brethren Church. Dr. James L. Boyer has under- 
taken the grueling task of translating from Greek to 
English a commentary on Revelation by Oecumenius. 
This is the oldest extant in the Greek language. Profes- 
sor John Whitcomb is doing research for his disserta- 
tion on the Genesis flood, taking particular note of the 
extent, effects and date of this flood. When he isn't 
working on this task, he is writing a book entitled: The 
Historicity of Darius the Mede in the Book of Daniel. 
This work will be published soon by The Evangelical 
Theological Society. Professor Donald Ogden, when not 
correcting theory papers, is gathering material for a 
manuscript in the field of church music and its rela- 
tionship to the pastor. Homiletics is the subject of Pro- 
fessor Nathan Meyer's book which he plans to finish 
in the near future. Dr. Herman A. Hoyt is now in the 
process of writing a book on the new birth. 

The Brethren M'ssionary Herald 



Officers Elected 

The seminary and college has elected the following 
officers for the 1957-58 Student Council. 

Seminary 

Pres. — Wendell Kent, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Vice Pres. — Carl Miller, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Sec. — Pat Griffith, Conemaugh, Pa. 

College 

Pres. — Charles Winter, Banning, Calif. 
Vice Pres. — Frank Hartwig, Gary, Ind. 
Sec. — Sonya Saufley, Palmyra, Pa. 
Treas. — Patty Watts, Glendale, Calif. 
Chaplain — Virgil Riley, Goshen, Ind. 



1956 GRADUATES SERVE CHRIST 
IN BRETHREN CONSTRUCTION CO. 



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Two alumni and the father of a third 1956 alumnus 
of Grace are serving Christ as the first members in the 
first western crew of the Brethren Construction Com- 
pany. Pictured above on the left is Bert Jordan, of Kit- 
tanning, Pa., father of Dolores Jordan Byers, who grad- 
uated from Grace College last May. Charles Koontz 
(center) and foreman Max Fluke (at the surveyor's 
transit) were members of the 1956 graduating class of 
the seminary. At the present time they are busily en- 
gaged at the Los Altos Church in Long Beach, Calif., 
constructing the new auditorium. Another Grace Semi- 
nary alumnus, Wayne Flory ('52) is pastor there. Theo- 
logically-trained men, working on the construction 
crews, not only serve Christ with their hands during 
the week but they also give the young churches, for 
whom they are working, a tremendous amount of en- 
couragement and help in their services and visitation 
program. 



Keep the Thermometer Rising! 

OUR GOAL 

$100,000 

TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION BY MARCH 1 



$37,000 
(February 8) 



8100,000 



$90,000 



$80,000 



870,000 



$50,000 



$40,000 



$30,000 



$10,000 



GIVE NOW! 

GRACE COLLEGE 
BUILDING FUND 



February 23, 1957 



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HEWS 



WINONA LAKE, IND. High- 
school seniors and pastors are in- 
vited to be the guests of Grace Col- 
lege on "Senior Day," Fri., Mar. 
29. Reservations should bs ror- 
warded to the college as soon as 
possible. There will hz a concert 
in the evening to which all guests 
are invited. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Mrs. Lewis 
Hohenstein is reported in serious 
condition in a local hospital. She is 
the wife of Rev. Lewis Hohenstein, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church. 
Prayer is requested. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. Robert 
Miller, Jr., entered St. Joseph's Hos- 
pital here on Feb. 11, after Mrs. 
Robert E. A. Miller arrived Feb. 1 1 
by plane from St. Petersburg, Fla. 
Robert, Jr., who was ill for a con- 
siderable time when Rev. R. E. A. 
Miller, his father, was pastor at 
Roanoke, Va., made a recovery 
and enrolled at Grace College last 
September. He was unable to en- 
roll for the second semester, and 
within the past few weeks has lost 
his sight, and this week was taken 
to Fort Wayne. His condition is 
critical. Rev. Robert Miller flew to 
Fort Wayne on Feb. 12. to be at 
the bedside of his son. Remember 
the entire family in prayer. 

PALMYRA, PA. Members of the 
Tri-Hi-Y and Hi-Y clubs of the 
local high school visited ihe eve- 
ning service of the Grace Brethren 



Church on Feb. 3. On Jan. 30 there 
was a record attendance at prayer 
meeting with 53 present. Robert 
Markley is pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 
North Long Beach Brethren Church 
has called Mrs. Molly McCall to 
serve as Director of Christian Edu- 
cation. George Peek is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The 

cafeteria at Winona Lake, located 
on the lake front, has been trans- 
formed into a skating rink where 
young people can enjoy Christian 
fellowship. During the summer 
months it will be used as a cafe- 
leria. 

COMPTON, CALIF. The Cali- 
fornia District WMC rally will be 
held at the First Brethren Church, 
Dennis HoUidav, pastor, on Wed., 
Feb. 27. 

PALMYRA. PA. The Northern 
Atlantic Fellowship of Brethren 
Laymen are meeting here Feb. 23. 
Ernie Reisinger is the guest speaker. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. The statis- 
tical report of the Grace Brethren 
Church reveals that missionary gifts 
during 1956 exceeded gifts to the 
local work. Miles Taber is pastor. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Rev. 

M. L. Myers, 319 Vennum Ave., 
Mansfield, Ohio. Miss Isobel Eraser, 
9431/4 N. La Jolla, Los Angeles 46, 
Calif. Please change Annual. 

LAKE ODESSA, MICH. The 
Michigan District youth rally will 
be conducted at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church Mar. 15-16. Homer Mil- 
ler will be host pastor. 

UNIONTOWN, PA. Mr. Rollin 
Sandy, president of the the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Laymen, 
will be guest speaker at the laymen's 
meetings of the First Brethren 
Church on Feb. 25. R. Paul Miller, 
Jr., is pastor. 

GRAFTON, W. VA. The Alle- 
gheny Fellowship youth rally was 
conducted at the First Brethren 
Church Feb. 15-16. Rev. Ray 
Streets of Johnstown, Pa., and Rev. 




Executive !5ditor Arnold ri. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ini. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winoni 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. 



R. Paul Miller, Jr. of Uniontown, 
Pa., were the speakers. Lee Crist 
was host pastor. 

SOUTH BEND, IND. All cor- 
respondence to the Ireland Road 
Brethren Church should be ad- 
dressed to Mrs. Raymond Britton, 
602 E. Monroe St., South Bend, 
Ind., until a new pastor arrives on 
ihe iield. 

SPECIAL. It is not too early to 
order your Vacation Bible School 
material. Place your order with the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. 

WASHINGTON (EP)— J. Edgar 
Hoover, director of the FBI, reports 
that more major crimes were com- 
mitted in the U. S. in 1956 than in 
any previous year. During die past 
12 months there were 2,534,000 
major crimes, an increase of over 1 1 
percent over last year's record. Rob- 
bery was the only category of major 
crimes in which there was a slight 
decline. 

WASHINGTON (EP)— Enroll- 
ment in the nation's theological 
seminaries and schools of religious 
education has passed the 30,000 
mark, showing an increase of 2.3 
percent over last year, but there is 
a decline of 5.5 per cent in the num- 
ber of first-year students enrolling 
for ministerial training. General en- 
rollment in all colleges and univer- 
sities is up 10 percent over last 
year. 

WASHINGTON (EP)— A bill 
has been introduced in the House 
of Representatives which would per- 
mit farmers who exceed their wheat 
quotas to donate the surplus to re- 
ligious organizations without having 
to pay a marketing penalty. 



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Evangelism Sunday-Feb. 24 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



IS THEOLOGY 
CHANGING 



in the conservative camp? 



By Dr. Alva J. McClain 

President, Grace Theological 
Seminary 

Winona Lake, Indiana 



"They chose new gods; then was war in the gates" 



In the March 1956 issue of the 
magazine Christian Life there ap- 
peared an article under the title, "Is 
Evangelical Theology Changing?" 
The article purported to have been 
based on replies to a questionnaire 
sent out to a number of Christian 
leaders in this country. The general 
conclusion of the editors was that 
the theology in question was indeed 
changing, and definitely for the bet- 
ter; that the older fundamentalism 
was giving place to a new evangeli- 
calism. 

As to this particular type of 
jouraahsm, it may be said that one 
of its weaknesses is that the reader is 
given only selected portions — often 
very brief — from the replies to the 
questionnaire, and therefore has no 
opportunity to study them in their 
original context. Certainly, in this 
case, some of the editorial conclu- 
sions may be not unfairly character- 
ized as highly dubious. I cannot feel 
that all the participants would fully 
subscribe to all of them — a reserva- 
tion which is acknowledged in an 
editorial note (p. 19). 

From the article in question I 
have selected six points for com- 
ment. 

1. The editors begin with a 
blunt affirmation that, in the case of 
historic fundamentalism, what start- 
ed out "as a high level theological 
discussion degenerated into a cat 
and dog fight." Now it is true that 
there have been plenty of such fights 
in the ranks of the Fundamentalists, 
and also, for that matter, among the 
Modernists. But the central contro- 



versy of fundamentaUsm has never 
been a mere cat and dog fight. Even 
its more intelligent opponents have 
been able to see that clearly. Do the 
editors of Christian Life think that 
the great fundamental truths of 
Christianity are no longer under 
serious attack and that Fundamen- 
talists in general are no longer con- 
cerned about these weighty matters? 
If so, they do not know enough 
about current history to render a 
judgment of much value. 

2. The editors of Christian Life 
seem to be highly allergic to the 
name "Fundamentalist." In this I 
can sympathize with them to some 
extent, having gone through that 
phase in my own younger days. But 
I found that nothing much can be 
done about labels, except to insist 
upon proper definitions and safe- 
guards against misinterpretations. 
Even the name "Christian" was 
probably a term of contempt in the 
beginning. But it was not therefore 
repudiated by the early church. And 
"democracy" is still an honorable 
word in spite of its appropriation 
by dishonorable men. As for the 
use of the word "Fundamentalists" 
in connection with a certain polyg- 
amous sect of Mormonism, the edi- 
tors of Christian Life along with 
practically all the other news re- 
porters in the United States have 
missed the point completely. These 
particular Mormons were called 
"Fundamentalists" because they re- 
fused to give up the original and 
fundamental beliefs of their religion, 
one of which was polygamy. Such a 



use of the term, properly understood, 
should have been regarded as a com- 
pliment to the fundamentalist move- 
ment in the Protestant churches. But 
you cannot expect that ordinary 
newspaper reporters will see things 
like that. The semantic confusion of 
names with things is hardly a mark 
of intellectual clarity. 

Dr. Billy Graham, who is cited by 
Christian Life as being antipathetic 
toward the name "Fundamentalist," 
would have been better advised (if he 
was advised) to have accepted it and 
then to have defined carefully its 
true and historical meaning. This 
could not possibly have reduced his 
stature; but it would have saved 
from distress and perplexity thou- 
sands of his devoted supporters who 
have (rightly or wrongly) identified 
the cause of evangelical Christianity 
with the fundamentalist movement. 

As to the "guilt by association" 
which is always a possible danger to 
be faced in the use of any religious 
label, one might as well suffer classi- 
fication with a few crackpots who 
may call themselves "Fundamental- 
ists" (and with no greater embar- 
rassment) as to be put with the heter- 
ogeneous brood which at one time 
or another have found shelter be- 
neath the broad umbrella of "evan- 
gelicalism." For that matter, no un- 
happy label can ever make a good 
product bad; nor by the same token 
can the most carefully phrased label 
make a bad product good. 

3. The editors of Christian Life 
have listed a number of things with 
reference to which the new "evan- 
gelicalism" is regarded as more ex- 



February 23, 7957 



123 



cellent than "fundamentalism." But 
some of thes^ things ar; not new at 
all. Do the editors actually suppose 
that historic fundamentalism has had 
no "positive witness for God's re- 
demptive love, wisdom and power 
as revealed in Jesus Christ"? Do 
they think that its scholarly lead- 
ers had no good word for the labors 
and contributions of science? Do 
they mean to say that there was no 
recognition of the reality of Biblical 
healing for the body of the Chris- 
tian? If so, they should go back and 
read more carefully the serious lit- 
erature of the movement. 

4. On the other hand, some of 
the alleged trends of the new 
"evangelicalism" are definitely un- 
healthy. For one thing, there seems 
to be a mortal fear of being 
against things that are wrong, lest 
we be charged with a lack of "con- 
structive" thought and action. But 
considered rationally, there is always 
a destructive side to action which is 
constructive. It may be necessary 
to clear away the debris before we 
can build the new structure. And 
once constructed, we may find it 
an important thing to fight the ar- 
sonists who never care what they 
burn down. The Fundamentalists of 
the past were intensely against some 
things for the very simple reason 
that they were irrevocably for some 
things. Never in all their careers did 
men like Moody, Torrey, Biederwolf 
and Sunday hesitate to speak pub- 
licly and emphatically against the 
detractors of Christianity, and to call 
them by name no matter who they 
were. They were unwilling to sacri- 
fice fundamental issues for the sake 
of a short-term gain. Going back 
somewhat further in history, we find 
the Reformers not afraid to label the 
Papal system as the anti-Christian 
"harlot" of Biblical prophecy. But 
today we read over his own signa- 
ture the declaration of one popular 
evangelist that he is determined 
never to say anything against the 
Roman Catholic organization. 
Whether such an attitude is a mark 
of true progress or not will ultimate- 
ly be demonstrated by history. But 
if the Word of God is reliable, the 
final verdict is not in doubt. The 
church has a definite twofold re- 
sponsibility before God: first, we 
must preach the Word; and second. 




Dr. Alva J. McClain 



we must also reprove and rebuke 
all that is false (I Tim. 4:1-4). 

5. The editors of Christian Life 
think the new "evangelicalism will 
be more willing to "converse with 
liberal theologians." As for myself, 
I have never been unwilling to talk 
with unbelievers. But through some 
40 years of experience I have found 
it easier to talk with materialists, 
agnostics, and even atheists than 
with a group of men who while pro- 
fessing to be Christians are engaged 
(often surreptitiously) in trying to 
destroy the very foundations of the 
Christian faith. Does Dr. Vernon 
Grounds (who is quoted on this 
point) really think that we might 
"profitably engage in an exchange 
of ideas" with blasphemers who sug- 
gest that our only Lord and Master 
was begotten in the womb of a fal- 
len mother by a German mercenary 
and that the God of the Old Testa- 
ment is a dirty bully? Basically, 
the problem here is ethical rather 
than theological, as President Cul- 
bertson of Moody Bible Institute 
has so clearly pointed out. As his- 
tory plainly teaches, hobnobbing 
too closely with the enemy has al- 
ways cost the cause of Christianity 
much more than it ever gained. I 
understand the desirability of an ac- 
quaintance with the program and 
ideas of our opponents, but we must 
never for one instant forget that they 
are deadly enemies with whom there 
can be neither truce nor compromise. 
You do not find the Apostle Paul 
suggesting an "exchange of ideas" 
with Hymenaeus and Alexander; but 
on the contrary they were delivered 
to Satan in order that they might 
"learn not to blaspheme" (I Tim. 
1:20). Modem blasphemy is no less 
reprehensible than it was in ancient 
days. 

It is both curious and disturbing 



today to find "evangelicals" who, 
while bewailing the belligerence of 
historic fundamentalism and advo- 
cating a closer rapprochement with 
the modem liberals, at the same time 
spend so much effort and time be- 
laboring and fighting against their 
own side. It looks sometimes as if 
they might have gotten lost in the 
dust of the real battle for the faith. 

6. The major change to be 
brought about by the new "evan- 
gelicalism," according to the Chris- 
tian Life editors, is a shift from con- 
tending for the faith to insistence 
upon the necessity of the new birth. 
This is undoubtedly the worst thing 
about the entire editorial. In the first 
place, its implications are false. Do 
the editors actually suppose that 
among the leaders of fundamental- 
ism, historically and today, there is 
no proper insistence on the need of 
being bom again? If so, they are 
not competent to deal with their 
subject. On this point, it is only 
necessary to compare the literature 
of historic fundamentalism with that 
of the new "evangelicalism" to find 
the comparative place given to the 
divine command: "Ye must be born 
again." But, secondly, the leaders 
of fundamentalism were not wrong 
in giving first place to matters of 
Christian "faith." For they under- 
stood clearly that the new birth is 
not something which can be pro- 
duced in a vacuum; and that with- 
out certain factors such an expe- 
rience is totally impossible. They 
knew, as the late Dr. Machen as- 
serted so effectively, that the new 
birth is a result, not a cause. There- 
fore, if the editors of Christian Life 
should prove to be correct in their 
estimate of present trends away from 
objective matters of Christian faith 
toward matters of subjective ex- 
perience, the day may come when 
there will be no more new births. 

Finally, the editors of Christian 
Life express deep concem over the 
divisions which have blunted the ef- 
fectiveness of fundamentalism. With 
them, I sincerely share this concem. 
But a reading of their expressed 
views will only deepen the convic- 
tion of many that they are abetting 
a trend which may not only lead to 
another division, but one which will 
be the deepest and most disastrous 
of all. 



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KEPT ^^ *^® Power of God! 



"... you, who are kept by the 
power of God through faith unto 
salvation ready to be revealed in 
the last time" (I Pet. 1:5). 

This is a precious truth, and how 
thankful we ought to be that God has 
given it! This promise should allay 
all fears and doubts in the mind of 
every believer as to the assurance of 
salvation and the "blessed hope." 

The writer was reared under the 
influence of Arminian thought and 
teaching, and, consequently, in early 
life there were many frustrations. 
Through parental teaching a defi- 
nite religious inclination had been 
implanted, but in early youth there 
was always the dread of launching 
out upon a life of faith only to be 
eventually deprived of eternal bliss 
as a result of some infraction upon 
God's holiness. The question, "How 
can I be sure of enduring to the 
end?" v/as a constant enigma. It was 
indeed a joyous day when the truth 
of God's grace and His keeping 
power broke upon my heart! There 
has never been one moment since 
that day that I have sought to rely 
upon personal effort in order to 
"remain" a child of God. 

We need to look closely at the text 
in order to see the full extent of 
the keeping power of God. The 
Greek word from which we get the 
word "kept," is phroueo, and means, 
"To guard, protect by a military 
guard, either in order to prevent 
hostile invasion, or to keep the in- 
habitants of a beseiged city from 
flight" (Thayer). The same word is 
used in II Corinthians 11:32: "The 
governor under Aretas the King 
kept [guarded, protected by a mili- 
tary guard] the city of the Dama- 
scenes with a garrison." It is the idea, 
not only of keeping something in 
one's possession, but of keeping 
a charge with the use of an armed 
guard, or garrison. The same idea 
appears again in Philippians 4:7: 
"And the peace of God, which pas- 
seth all understanding, shall keep 
[garrison] your hearts and minds 
through Christ Jesus." With this 



understanding of the word "kept," 
we want to consider the source, the 
sphere, and the scope of our keep- 
ing. 

THE SOURCE OF 
OUR KEEPING 

How futile is the struggle to keep 
one's self in our salvation! One man 
— a minister — said: "It is God's 
work to save me, but it is my work 
to keep myself saved." This may 
have been the expression of a sin- 
cere heart, but it did not reflect the 
truth of God's Word! Our text tells 
us we are "kept by the power of 
God." In I Peter 4:19, while the 
suffering of believers is expressly in 
view, God's children are to "com- 
mit the keeping of their souls to him 
in well doing, as unto a faithful 
Creator." The source of our keep- 
ing is in God; It v.'as with this knowl- 
edge that Paul could say in II Tim- 
othy 1:12: "I known whom I have 
believed, and am persuaded that he 
is able to keep that which I have 
committed unto him against that 
day." 

When Satan came into the pres- 
ence of the Lord (see Job 1:6-12), 
he accused the Lord of having a 
hedge about Job; this in a very real 
sense shows how the power of God 
keeps His own. Every one of God's 
children is "hedged about," "guard- 
ed, protected by the armed hosts 
of the Lord." Those sincere souls 
who are continually trying to keep 
themselves saved are simply over- 
looking the source of our keeping. If 
it should still be argued that each 
individual Christian must keep him- 
self, we would remind you that we 
are kept by "the power of God." 
The word "power" comes from the 
Greek dunamls, and means "ability," 
or "might." That same ability, or 
might, which is able to keep the 
heavenly bodies in their orbits, and 
the oceans within their boundaries, 
is certainly able to keep us, His re- 
deemed ones, in His continual care 
and grace. 

There is one further considera- 




By Russell H. Weber 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Hagerstov/n, Md. 



tion in the source of our keeping, 
and it is that we are "kept by the 
power of God through faith." Faith 
appropriates the work of God to 
us as personal experience. Faith is 
used here in the sense of "firm 
persuasion." We are to be firmly 
persuaded that what God has spoken 
is fact. The "self-keepers," though 
perhaps sincere, are actually casting 
doubt upon the Word and power of 
God. Be firmly persuaded, friend, 
that John 10:27-29, Philippians I: 
6, et. al., are statements of fact, 
and that they are for your spiritual 
security. Let us now consider — 

THE SPHERE OF OUR KEEPING 

The sphere of our keeping is in 
this present world. We are kept now, 
and we are kept from all the powers 
of Satan and demons. There is one 
word in our text that needs close 
attention in this regard; it is the 
word "ready." It comes from the 
Greek, hetoimos, which means "pre- 
pared, ready." It carries the idea of 
being made ready in advance by 
another. In our text it especially 
means "to be made ready by an- 
other to the point of being revealed." 
We are kept by the power of God 
in this present time, in the sphere 
of our present activity. There would 
be few people, if any, who would 
argue that God's power would be 
insufficient to keep the redeemed 
ones in heaven, but many insist that 
while on earth, in the present sphere, 
we are, somehow, individually 
charged with the keeping of our own 
souls. We must remember that our 

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cine (X/aAnlna o| the G^oint^ c/cet 



"Now before the feast of the pass- 
over, when Jesus knew that his hour 
was come that he should depart out 
of this world unto the Father, hav- 
ing loved his own which were in the 
world, he loved them unto the end. 
And supper being ended, the devil 
having put into the heart of Judas 
Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; 
Jesus knowing that the Father had 
given all things into his hands, and 
that he was come from God, and 
went to God; He riseth from sup- 
per, and laid aside his garments; and 
took a towel, and girded himself. 
After that he poureth water into 
a bason, and began to wash the dis- 
ciples" feet, and to wipe them with 
the towel wherewith he was girded" 
(John 13:1-5). 

There can be no doubt in the mind 
of anyone who believes the Bible 
that Jesus was actually, literally 
washing the feet of His disciples 
with water in a basin, and that He 
was wiping those washed feet with 
a real towel. But the question is: 
Why was He doing it? And did He 
intend for His disciples to do exactly 
the same thing, when He later said: 
"If I then, your Lord and Master, 
have washed your feet; ye also 
ought to wash one another's feet. 
For I have given you an example, 
that ye should do as I have done to 
you" (John 13:14-15)? Did He in- 
tend for His followers to do this 
thing literally, just as He had done it, 
or were they to do something else 
which figuratively speaking would 
be washing one another's feet? 
Surely it is a command, and it must 
either be practiced literally, or we 
must have authority for spiritual- 
izing His words and washing feet 
only in a figurative way. To choose 
correctly between these two alterna- 
tives, we must understand the pur- 
pose and meaning of what Jesus 
himself was doing. 

OLD TIME CUSTOM 

Some of our friends tell us that 
Jesus was merely keeping an old 
oriental custom — that they wore 
sandals, the roads were dusty, and 




By Miles Taber 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Ashland, Ohio 



it was common to wash feet when 
coming into the house. That is what 
Peter thought. When Jesus came to 
Peter, Peter asked: "Lord, dost thou 
wash my feet?" If there was an 
oriental custom of feet-washing, 
certainly Peter knew all about it. He 
knew that the custom was for the 
host to provide water, and the guest 
washed his own feet. But Jesus was 
departing from the custom and was 
washing the feet of others. So Peter 
simply asked what it all meant. 
Jesus' answer is both significant and 
clear. He said to Peter: "What I do 
thou knowest not now; but thou 
shalt know hereafter." Peter knew 
about oriental customs, but he did 
not then know the meaning of what 
Jesus was doing. But the Lord 
promised him that it was something 
that he would understand later. 
This conversation between Peter 
and Jesus definitely lifts the act of 
feet-washing far above the mere 
keeping of an old oriental custom. 
It stood for something that an ori- 
ental did not understand. 

Again we are often told that Jesus 
was merely teaching a lesson in hu- 
mility by His personal example. The 
quarrel between the disciples at the 



table is often referred to, and it is 
suggested that Jesus was simply giv- 
ing an object lesson in humility. But 
a careful examination of the gospels 
will disclose that the quarrel oc- 
curred after the feet-washing, so 
that it could not have been the oc- 
casion which prompted it. 

HUMILITY 

It is evident that Peter's second 
response is based on this very as- 
sumption that it was a lesson in 
humility. When the Lord suggested 
that the act had a deeper meaning 
than the mere keeping of a custom, 
Peter immediately grasped the 
thought that Jesus was demonstrat- 
ing true humility to His disciples. 
On that supposition Peter exclaimed: 
"Thou shalt never wash my feet." 
Peter would never permit his divine 
Lord to take the place of a slave and 
wash his feet. If humility is the les- 
son, Peter says that's going too far! 
No able-bodied man would permit 
his saintly old mother to kneel down 
and scrub his feet. Nor on the basis 
of humility could Peter justly per- 
mit his Lord to do the same. Peter 
is virtually saying: "Lord, if it has 
come to this, that You must wash 
my feet in order to teach me humil- 
ity, don't do it. I will learn the les- 
son, but I can never permit You to 
so humiliate yourself. You must 
never wash my feet." 

FELLOWSHIP 

Again Jesus must correct the 
wrong assumption of the disciple. In 
His answer the Lord shows Peter 
that this act of feet-washing has to 
do with fellowship, not humility. 
For Jesus said: "If I wash thee not, 
thou hast no part with me." That 
word "part" may be translated "fel- 
lowship." So Jesus is saying that 
this washing of the feet is necessary 
in order that the disciple may have 
fellowship with his Lord. Now we 
are getting to the true meaning of 
feet-washing. It is a cleansing to 
restore fellowship between Christ 
and the Christian. 

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breaks this fellowship? The answer 
is, Sin. For John wrote in I John 
1:7: "But if we walk in the light, 
as he is in the light, we have fel- 
lowship one with another." The be- 
liever's salvation is secure for eter- 
nity, but his fellowship with his 
Lord depends upon his walk. As 
long as he walks with the Lord, he 
has fellowship with Him. But when 
his feet wander into strange paths, 
that fellowship is broken. Then the 
Christian must return to his Lord, 
confess his sin, and be cleansed and 
restored to fellowship. For John 
writes to believers: "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 Christian needs to 
be forgiven, not from the guilt of his 
sins, but from the defilement, the 
contamination of them. And the 
Christian must realize that when he 
sins, he forfeits his intimate fellow- 
ship with Christ. If he wants to be 
restored to fellowship, he must con- 
fess, and the Lord must cleanse, his 
sins. Feet-washing, as a church or- 
dinance, reminds us continually of 
our need for this cleansing, and it 
is an outward symbol of the inward 
work of grace in the believer's heart. 

A SPECIFIC COMMAND 

This ordinance is justified then, 
not only on the basis of Christ's 
command, but also on the basis of 
the Christian's need. In these days 
when the world is so much with us, 
and our feet are so easily defiled by 
contact with that which is unholy, 
we need an ordinance which teaches 
us that we must repeatedly come 
back to the Lord, confess our sins, 
renew our vows, and be restored to 
the joy and fellowship we once 
knew. Of course we recognize that 
the mere outward practice of the 
ordinance does not produce the in- 
ward cleansing of the Christian, any 
more than the mere outward prac- 
tice of baptism produces the inward 
cleansing of the siimer who turns to 
Christ. But the conscientious prac- 
tice of the ordinance is an effective 
teacher of the spiritual truth that it 
symbolizes. 

When Peter began to grasp at least 
some of this truth, realizing that 
feet-washing had to do with the 



cleansing necessary for fellowship, 
he changed his attitude completely. 
Instead of protesting, he wanted 
more. He cried: "Lord, not my feet 
only, but also my hands and my 
head." He wanted to be immersed 
again in the cleansing flood. He was 
really demanding a second baptism. 
So great was his sense of need that 
he thought that he must be saved all 
over again. 

But Jesus quickly reassures him 
on this point. He said: "He that is 
washed needeth not save to wash 
his feet, but is clean every whit: and 
ye are clean, but not all." And John 
adds: "For he knew who should be- 
tray him; therefore said he. Ye are 
not all clean." Peter was clean, so 
far as the guilt of sin was concerned. 
So were all of the other apostles, 
except Judas. By faith in Christ 
they had been cleansed once for all 
from the great burden of the guilt 
of sin. They had eternal life, and 
that could never end. Sinner friend, 
if you will come to Jesus just as you 
are. He will take away all of your sin 
once for all, and you will never come 
under the wrath of God. He saves 
unto the uttermost. Christian friend, 
never doubt the power of your Lord 
to keep you to the end, if you have 
really trusted in Him. He that is 
once washed in the blood of the 
Lamb will never need that cleansing 
again. 

However, in this statement to 
Peter, Jesus makes a comparison be- 
tween two church ordinances, bap- 
tism and feet-washing. In effect. He 
is saying that the believer has been 
cleansed once for all from the guilt 
of his sin, and that cleansing is 
pictured in the washing of the whole 
body by immersion. But the believer 
is cleansed from the defilement of 
his sins from time to time as he 
confesses and forsakes them, and 
that cleansing is pictured in the 
washing of the feet, or the ordinance 
of feet-washing. If baptism, which 
symbolizes the once-for-all cleans- 
ing of the whole man, is a church 
ordinance, then feet-washing, which 
symbolizes the frequent cleansing of 
the Christian's walk, is also a church 
ordinance. And Jesus meant exactly 
what He said when He command- 
ed His disciples: "Ye also ought to 
wash one another's feet." 



KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD! 

(Continued From Page 125) 

Lord Jesus Christ prayed for us 
that we might be "kept from the 
evil one," who in our present sphere 
of activity is doing his utmost to 
unseat us from our high place as 
children of God. 

We may use an example in this 
connection of the inventor who is 
developing a machine of some sort 
that will benefit humanity. The plan 
is his own, he is the developer of it, 
and he is its guardian. Much time 
and money is used in the develop- 
ment of the machine. All the effort 
put forth is for the purpose of mak- 
ing the machine "ready" for presen- 
tation to the public. We are the 
working of God's mind, we are being 
made "ready" for presentation in 
future glory. Our keeping, having its 
source in the power of God through 
faith, is also sure in the present 
sphere. In conclusion we suggest — 

THE SCOPE OF OUR KEEPING 

We are "kept . . . ready to be re- 
vealed in the last day." There is one 
more Greek word in the text that 
needs our attention here, it is apoka- 
lupto, and is translated "to be re- 
vealed." The word signifies to "un- 
cover, or to unveil." As used in the 
text it means to uncover, or to re- 
veal the salvation and glory that 
await the believer. The believer is, 
therefore, kept for the day of God's 
glory. The text shows that time to be 
"the last time," or in the end of 
time. We may safely conclude that 
the scope of our keeping extends 
from the beginning of our redemp- 
tion, through all of our experiences 
while in this present sinful world, 
and on into eternity. What security! 
Only the eternal God can offer such 
keeping power! It is yours to accept 
by faith. 

God's promise to keep us should 
bring us to see the need for a life 
of willing service to our blessed 
Lord. We need to see that we are 
"his workmanship, created in 
Christ Jesus unto good works, which 
God hath before ordained that we 
should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10). 
Friend, grasp this truth and never 
let it go! "Kept, by the power of 
God!" 



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MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCES 



It was often the custom of the 
Lord and His disciples to retire from 
the countryside to the hills for 
prayer. This particular time was 
one of unusual happenings. What 
took place helped ihe disciples, 
Peter, James, and John, to grasp 
what the Lord had been telling them 
about His death, burial, and resur- 
rection. 

Christ's disciples must have had 
some real eye-opening thrills as 
they watched Jesus perform such 
wonderful miracles daily. They 
must have been amazed beyond com- 
prehension at the power His person 
played upon the people. But this 
transfiguration scene must have 
eclipsed all previous experiences — 
so much so that they told no one 
until after the resurrection, as they 
were commanded. It was so unique 
that they didn't want to leave the 
place of physical and spiritual eleva- 
tion. 

We as Christian people can also 
experience the spiritual thrill of ris- 
ing to mountain heights with our 
wonderful Lord. There we can see 
Him interceding continually in our 
behalf before the throne of God; 
there we can see Him, not as just 
another man, a great and famous 
personage, or just a miracle-worker, 
but the divine Son of God. There we 
can behold Him in all the brilliance 
and splendor of His glory. 

These disciples had known the 
Lord for some time, but they had not 
seen anything like this. Nor did they 
dream it could be possible. They 
had been taught and told, but it had 
not penetrated very far. It took 
a prayer meeting on the top of a 
mountain to burn in these realities. 
Christ took these men and "went 
up into a mountain to pray." They 



did not need exercise, but prayer. 
They did not need just solitude, but 
altitude. They needed to rise above 
the cares and problems of the world 
and everyday living. And how ef- 
fective it was! 

This same Christ continually de- 
sires that His disciples of today sep- 
arate themselves for such times of 
prayer. He longs to have them meet 
with Him for secret medita- 
tion; this is where the great truths of 
Scripture become living certainties. 
Too many Christians have never 
availed themselves of this practical 
and precious privilege. The reason 
they cannot "walk and not faint," or 
"run and not be weary" is because 
they have never "mounted up with 
wings as eagles." No wonder so 
many professed Christians are al- 
ways in a rut. No wonder their lives 
are one continual problem after an- 
other. No wonder circumstances 
keep them depressed, discouraged, 
and weighted down in the bottom 
of the valley. In such a state of 
spiritual affairs every little thing 
looks so big. The mistakes and 
faults of others are all that can be 
seen. This is the breeding-ground 
for nearly every church trouble. 

Climb the mountainside, my 
brother, my sister, where you will 
see yourself and your own person- 
ality apart from any other surround- 
ings. There you will get a bird's- 
eye view of the valley, and most im- 
portant of all, a God's eye view of 
yourself. 

From an airplane the mountains 
and valleys tend to level out, ugly 
things take on beauty, thistles and 
thorns blend in with the geometric 
arrangements of the fields, and mud- 
dy rivers look like beautiful ribbons 
placed by the Master Hand. Then 



"He [Christ] took Peter and John 
and James, and went up into a 
mountain to pray." 



By Vernon Harris 

Pastor, Washington Heights 
Brethren Church 
Roanoke, Va. 

as the aircraft lands in the valley 
below, the observer cannot help but 
say: "It was good for me to have 
been there." He has a new apprecia- 
tion for the landscape and the every- 
day tasks which God has given in 
His vineyard. 

It was from the pinnacle of Pike's 
Peak that Katherine Lee Bates 
wrote the words for that immortal 
song, "America the Beautiful." 
While flying in an airplane, Merv 
Rosell wrote the words for the 
chorus, "Above the Clouds the Sun 
Is Always Shining." 

Much of the success, growth, and 
spiritual power of the Maranatha 
Bible Conference is attributed to its 
emphasis on this kind of prayer. 
There it is literally possible to 
climb the hillside to meditate with 
the Lord. A prayer tower has been 
erected on the highest point over- 
looking beautiful Lake Michigan. 
Large numbers exert themselves 
daily to meet with their prayer- 
hearing and prayer-answering God. 

In such surroundings nothing 
man-made can blur your vision of 
God's creation. There nothing can 
distract from the reading of God's 
holy Word. There nothing can stop 
the hungry soul on bended knees 
from feasting on the transcendent 
glory and majesty of our risen, glo- 
rified Lord. Then will "the eyes of 
your understanding be enlightened; 
that ye may know ... the riches of 
the glory of his inheritance in the 
saints, and what is the exceeding 
greatness of his power to us-ward 
who believe, according to the work- 
ing of his mighty power." Then you 
will realize, as never before, that 
you are in the world, but not of the 
world; a servant in the world, but 
not a slave to it. 



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The BRETHREN 



M^MIilii^ 




FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



MARCH 2, 1957 






In Our Foreign-Mission Work 



By Russell D. Barnard 



Thank you, Lord — 

Our missionaries who traveled from the east to the 
west coast drove over hundreds of miles of icy roads. 
Others in the East have had the same experience. We 
want to thank the Lord for His protecting care of our 
missionaries and missionary workers as they travel, 
and to thank you people for continuing in prayer for 
all of us. Please continue to pray for our missionaries 
— on the roads, on the high seas, or in the air. 

Attend the stockholders' meeting! 

There will be from one to three or four sessions. Each 
session is important. These are your meetings, since 
you are the investors in the work. The fine part is that 
the meeting will be in your area, probably in your 
church. You will be able to meet the employees of the 
corporation and to hear their interesting and challeng- 
ing reports. Don"t fail to attend. Watch your local 
church bulletin for time and place. These are more 
familiarly known as "The Missionary Rallies." 

Write a song — 

We are needing some good foreign-missionary songs 
and choruses, some that will express the ideals of our 
Brethren foreign-mission work. We want you people to 
write them. Announcement was made of our song/ 
chorus-writing contest in the January 5, 1957, issue of 
the Missionary Herald. Hurry! Hurry! It will be most 
convenient for the judges to meet during the first week 
in May, so we are asking that you have your entries to 
us by April 30. We are prepared to offer, first, second, 
third and fourth awards each for the songs and the 
choruses. Help us to help our people to "sing" foreign 
missions. 

A correction — 

A month ago we mentioned that Miss Sylvia Hill 
would be living with Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Ham- 
mers in Seattle while her parents serve in Africa. There 
has been a change of plans, and Miss Sylvia is living 
with Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Ossen in Long Beach, 
Calif. 

Did you read it? 

We refer to the excellent article written by Dr. Oswald 
J. Smith, entitled. "When God Taught Me to Give." It 
is on page 67 of the February 2, 1957, issue of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. Give your copy to your 
friends that they may read it. Why not read all, or a 
part of it, in the meetings of the church with which you 
have to do. This fine article has been a genuine blessing 
to thousands upon thousands. 



Did you become a member? 

Did you become a member of our Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society during February — our membership- 
enlistment month? Are all the members of your family 
members of the Society? If you failed to care for this 
important item of the Lord's business during February, 
March stands before you. There are three classes of 
membership: active, for those who give S5 or more in 
any calendar year. This is an annual membership and 
active during the calendar year following the year in 
which the gift is given. Life membership is for those 
who give SI 00 or more in any one calendar year. Ap- 
propriate certificates are issued. Expansion membership 
is a plan being arranged by which those who give $1,000 
or more will receive appropriate certificates. The SI, 000 
if given during any one calendar year will have special 
designation. But it also will be issued to all who during 
any five-year period, beginning with 1957, give a total 
of SI, 000 or more. 

$311,91613 is our foreign-mission prayer goal for the 
whole Brethren church during 1957 — 

This is exactly a 17 percent increase over the fine 
offering for 1957. Our expenditures during 1956 totaled 
$295,309.65. You can see why we will need all of the 
17 percent increase. Inflation alone will probably ex- 
ceed this increase asked, and certainly little expansion 
can be made. 

"UNDAUNTED HOPE"— 

This is the name of the 438-page book telling the life 
story of James Gribble, our pioneer missionary in 
French Equatorial Africa. It was written by his gifted 
wife. Dr. Florence Newberry Gribble. and published 
in 1932. The edition has long since been exhausted. 
There is an increasing desire, especially on the part of 
our younger ministers, to own this wonderful book. Do 
you have a copy, or know of a copy not in use which 
you would like to give or sell to someone now greatly 
desiring it? If so, please write us at the Brethren For- 
eign Mission Office, P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind., 
and tell us your desire. 

Board of Trustees to meet — 

The Board of Trustees of The Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church will assemble for their 
midyear meeting on March 18. The place of meeting 
will be the foreign-mission offices at Winona Lake, Ind. 
We invite any member of the Society to send us any 
suggestions or items for business. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER 9 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
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. SuCiscription price, $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches. $2.50; foreign. $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees. president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: William Schaffer. secretary: True Hunt, assistant secretary: Ord Geh- 
man. treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell. S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, 
Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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Brazil Again! 

By J. Keith Altig 

One quarter of a year having passed since our return 
to the land of God's choice for us, perhaps a word of 
greeting to the brotherhood would not be amiss. 

There has been a notable change in the living con- 
ditions of the people since our departure almost four 
years ago now. Inflation has brought prosperity to a few 
and misery to many. Of almost 70 nations reported on 
in a national news magazine, Brazil was found to have 
a higher rate of inflation than all the rest — a dubious 
honor. Everything is from two to four times as ex- 
pensive as formerly. 

However, the stores are busy and crowded. Merchan- 
dise hitherto unknown is now being offered for sale, 
much of it having been made by the industry of the 
country itself and not imported. Roads and streets are 
being improved, and electrical plants are being in- 
stalled. Agriculture has progressed to the point that, 
where once there was nothing but jungle, now big, 
cleared fields are being put to production. There has 
been great material progress even in the most back- 
ward part of this great land. But in comparison with 
what remains to be done and the desperate need of the 
people, the surface has hardly even been scratched. 

Spiritually there has been progress in the work of 
the mission. Under the able leadership of the Jack 
Zielasko family and the Bill Burk family, attendance 
and interest in all phases of the work here in Icoraci 
have continued and increased. There are meetings in 
three localities. Four young men are studying in a Bible 
school conducted by another mission, hoping to be 
able to minister the Word in an effective way in the 
near future. As these words are being written, a family 
from the Icoraci area is traveling to Macapa to work 
with the Millers in the ministry of the gospel. The plan 
is for the man of the family, Euchdes Franco, to study 
under the direction of Brother Miller and take charge of 
the chapel at Mazagao. 

In Macapa, too, the work has progressed, especially 
in the matter of a Christian day school. A biweekly radio 
broadcast, the time being given free by the government, 
is a feature of the work there. 

A new mission station is being established in the city 
of Capanema which is located about 100 miles from 
Belem-Icoraci. The Jack Zielasko family is there now 
getting things arranged to begin an active testimony 
soon. This is a strategic location. 

The goals for the future are always kept in mind in 
all of our activities. First, to press the work of evan- 
gelism in every way possible, not only by the mission- 
aries themselves but by encouraging the believers to 
witness. Second, to estabhsh and strengthen the believers 
in the Christian hfe. To this end converts' classes and 
special Bible study classes are held regularly. The 
messages are designed to provide help and Scriptural 

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Brazil scenes 



March 2, 1957 



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Missionary Helper of the Mont-h 




Kenneth Churchill lives in Argentina. He is 10 
years old. His parents. Rev. and Mrs. Jack Churchill, 
are missionaries. His grandparents went to Argentina 
many years ago to give out the gospel there. Kenny no 
doubt is a real missionary helper to his parents. He gets 
to play with the children of Argentina. He has many 
opportunities to tell them about the Lord Jesus. Pray 
for Kenny and his parents. Also please pray for his 
brother, Charles, age six, and for his sister, Margaret, 
ase four. 



?? A BIG QUESTION ?? 

Here is a question for every missionary helper to 
answer. Yes; it's for you! Maybe you didn't think so, 
but it is! We have a missionary helper's page (The 
Children's Page) in the Missionary Herald. We have our 
own special missionary helpers' chorus. How many of 
you think we should have a "Missionary Helpers Club"? 
With all the interest among the boys and girls, it seems 
like we ought to have a special club. Well, it's up to you, 
and you, and you, to decide. If you think we ought to 
have a Missionary Helpers Club, write and tell us. 
Write to: "The Children's Page, Box 588, Winona Lake, 
Ind." We'll be watching the mail every day for your 
letter. 



THANKS FOR YOUR LETTERS! 

Thanks to every missionary helper who wrote us a 
letter last month. Many of you did. Some told of how 
much you like the missionary helper's chorus. Some told 
of how you are going to pray for the missionaries this 
year. And others told about your plans to fill your hut 
banks with money. The letters were all very interesting. 



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By now you should have received your letter with the 
surprise which we promised you. 

Be sure to color your missionary helper's prayer 
calendar this month. Remember, color it for every day 
that you pray for the missionaries. One group of chil- 
dren colors their red every day that they pray for the 
missionaries. If you see any of the missionaries, tell them 
that you are a missionary helper. Tell them that you 
are praying for them. 

We hope you like the story about the Argentine coin. 
Look right across the page and you will see it. It is 
for both children and grown-ups, but it should be very 
interesting to you. It would be very nice to have your 
mother or daddy read it to you. 



MARY MISSIONARY- 




ON THE MAP TH05E ISLANDS 
LOOK 50 TIN/ our '" 





y£S-AND OUR 
MISSIONARIES 
ARE TRYING- 
HARD TO TELL 
MANY OF THEM 
ABOUT THE 
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let's not FOR&ET, 

TO PRAY FOR 

THE TRE5l5E5^:2i- 



— AND 

LITTLE 

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The Autobiography of 

An Argentine Coin 



By James B. Marshall 



I am an Argentine ten-cent piece. I was minted in 
Buenos Aires, one of the great cities of the world, in 
the year 1946. 1 don't remember the day of my birth, but 
it wasn't long until I was put into circulation, and from 
then on I was learning new things about life every 
single day. 

The very year of my beginning was an eventful one in 
Argentina. The government was overthrown and a man 
named Juan Peron was elected president of the Re- 
public. 

At first I was quite content. Folks took me at face 
value and even grown folks welcomed me. Most of the 
time I was in somebody's pocket or in a cash register, 
but occasionally I found myself wrapped up in a little 
girl's hanky or clutched tightly in the warm, moist palm 
of a boy on his way to the candy shop. 

It was interesting to travel around from shop to shop, 
and from town to town. Out in the little towns of the 
interior I didn't like the dust, and when it rained the 
mud was awful. Once I was dropped in the mud and for 
months I lay there unseen by human eyes. Fortunately it 
was summertime and pretty hot "most every day, so 
really it wasn't too bad. A barefoot boy came along 
one day and while he was poking his calloused toes in 
the dirt, he uncovered me. Guess he was kind of lazy 
'cause he picked me up with his toes, dropped me into 
his hand and started home. On his way his daddy met 
him. Well, I knew what was going to happen, and it 
did. He grabbed Carlito, turned him upside down, and 
shook him hard. Out I rolled onto the ground and within 
10 minutes I was used to pay for a drink of rum in a 
dirty, dimly-lit bar. Ugh! The conversation there still 
shudders me. I'd much rather Carlito had been able to 
buy a little ice cream cone with me. Poor Carlito! 
There are so many boys just like him whose fathers are 
wicked men. 

I'd like to help Carlito, but I can't do it alone. You 
see I'm only helpful when people use me that way. Once 
I did have a wonderful experience. It was Saturday night 
and I was just about ready to settle down in the cash 
register of the little grocery store on the corner until 
Monday morning, when a man came in for a box of 
matches. I heard the storekeeper grumble about late- 
comers and then I was rudely disturbed as he handed 
me to the man as change. Now where? I thought. Prob- 



ably an all-night affair in some club! But the man went 
right home. He seemed like a good man after all. 

The next morning about 9:30 a little boy came to 
the man and I heard him say: 

"Daddy, will you give me some money for Sunday 
school?" 

The next thing I knew I was being carried down 
the street, up some steps and into the evangelical 
Sunday school. I'd never been there before. In fact, I'd 
often heard folks say that the only people who went there 
were crazy. 

I liked it there. The music was so pretty and folks 
were friendly. Then, too, I heard about a man named 
Jesus who was always helping people. I felt 1 wanted to 
help too. Before long I had my wish. The little boy put 
me in an offering plate and I heard the speaker say: 

"This money is going to be used to help reach many 
boys and girls with the gospel of Jesus Christ." 

I felt good all over. I'm just a little coin but there 
were lots of others right beside me and we made quite 
a pile. 

Maybe we'll be able to help Carlito now! Maybe his 
daddy will hear about Jesus and stop drinking! Maybe 
the bad places where I've been will close up and the 
bad people change their ways! Oh, I'd like to go to 
Sunday school every Sunday and help people all the 
time! But I'm just a coin and if folks don't take me, 
I can't go. 

I'm getting older now and much thinn3r. Things have 
changed in recent years. Someone said the other day 
I'm worth only one-tenth of what I used to be. It hurt 
my feelings one day when a man just left me on the 
counter instead of taking me as change. But, there is one 
consolation. Maybe I'll get to go to Sunday school more 
often. The pastor said something like that the day I 
was there. It was after the meeting and he was counting 
the offering. 

"More ten-cent pieces than anything else!" he re- 
marked. 

Maybe that is where old ten-cent pieces go to die! 

Well, I've had a busy life and I'm getting tired, but 
I hope I've done some good that will last. What a pity 
that I haven't been to Sunday school more often! 
Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the little boys and girls 
would take us there every Sunday. Then we would know 
for sure that we have been useful in this life. 



March 2, 1957 



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DVBS and Foreign Missions 



By Pastor Robert W. Markley 



(Editor's note: We appreciate Pastor Marltley's fine article deal- 
ing with the DVBS ministry where he has served. This article, and 
the additional suggestions below, are given for the benefit of those 
who desire to stress foreign-mission giving in DVBS.) 

Children naturally dream of faraway places and 
people. They wonder about the manner of living, 
speaking, dressing, and what the country is like. This 
gives a natural outlet for our desire to tell others about 
foreign missions and interest them in giving that they 
might have a share in the church abroad as well as at 
home. 

One year th; VBS director worked ahead of time to 
contact our missionaries in M;xico, for that was to be 
the field of interest in VBS that year, asking that a 
letter be writtsn for each day of Bible school telling 
some very interesting things that a child would ex- 
perience in Mexico. Many of the letters were written 
as though from a small child. This proved a great incen- 
tive to the children. 

The financial project that particular year was for 
Brother Sibley Edmiston. He had told ihat it cost 
25 cents each way to cross the bridge into Mexico, so 
the Bible school was bent on laying up as many quar- 
ters as possible to get him back and forth across that 
bridge, A huge bridge had been painted on large poster 
board and a small car was moved back and forth on the 
bridge to aid the children in visualizing their project. 

Another year the competition was a little keener 
and the project a little less exact, but the results were 
greater. With the school divided into two teams, points 
were given to the team having the larger offering, as well 
as for winning in many other fields of endeavor. Chil- 
dren were begging parents for a $5 bill to put in the 
offering. We were all amazed as day after day the of- 
fering totaled over S 1 for our school of somewhat over 
100 pupils. The children gave not only for the points 
for the team, but because the money was to go for the 
building of the missionary children's home in Africa. 

We have tried to do something for a different mission 
field each year in order to spread the work of our 
Brethren Church before the parents of those children 
who come to Bible school but go some other place 
to the weekly Sunday school. Though we have not seen 
it, it has been our desire to interest some young person in 
giving his life to the Lord for foreign service by present- 
ing a different field each year. What would interest one 
person may be present in one field and totally absent 
from another. As for the little ones even, we know not 
what is going to linger with them through the years 





and be a weighty factor in the decision which they will 
make in the coming years. If in the period of years of a 
man's ministry just one of the pupils in daily vacation 
Bible school would give his life to the Lord for foreign 
service, the work which he would do would be worth all 
the emphasis on foreign missions in DVBS. 

Other Ideas for Foreign Missions in DVBS: 

1. Begin now to plan for a good foreign-missions 
emphasis. In other words, plan well, and well ahead! 

2. Have a "missionary identification" quiz time 
using pictures to acquaint the children with the various 
missionaries. 

3. Give consideration to having a "Missions March" 
to raise funds for foreign missions. Divide the boys 
and girls into two sides to see which side can give the 
most. Have them march up to the front each morning 
putting their offering in the plate for their "side," You 
might try making a scale-type balance and have the 
children put pennies on their side to see which can out- 
weigh the other each day, A great deal of excitement 
can be aroused in this way. Good Christian competition 
is wholesome for the children. 

4. Include in the DVBS mission-study period in- 
formation of our various Brethren fields. Write the FMS 
office for helps and information. 

5. Have a "missionary story hour." Children love 
stories. Use the stories already sent out. Write the 
office for further suggestions as to stories other than 
the ones sent out. 

6. A foreign-missions fair might work well. .Booths 
for the various fields could be set up, with other things 
of interest. 



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Churches Showing 1956 Increase Over 1955 
FOREIGN MISSION OFFERING 



1. Long Beach, Calif. (First) $4,200.63 

2. Norwalk, Calif 3,519.60 

3. Long Beach, Calif. (North) 3,096.35 

4. Glendaie, Calif 2,077.82 

5. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 1,444.26 

6. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 1,29623 

7. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 1,240.54 

8. Inglewood, Calif 1,103.68 

9. Whittier, Calif. (Community) 1,061. 22 

10. Canton, Ohio 91074 

11. Beaumont, Calif 327.55 

12. Albany, Oreg 763.16 

13. Hoilins, Va 763.08 

14. Paramount, Calif 72943 

15. Lake Odessa, Mich 675.56 

16. Martinsburg, W. Va 630.76 

17. Leamersville, Pa 622.52 

18. Wheaton, III 55393 

19. Ashland, Ohio 485.04 

20. Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) /182.28 

21. Harrah, Wash 474.57 

22. Martinsburg, Pa 46546 

23. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 416.33 

24. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 400.65 

25. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 396.57 

26. Holiidaysburg, Pa 377.89 

27. Buena Vista, Va 364.63 

28. Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 334.65 

29. Allentown, Pa 330.40 

30. Uniontown, Pa 325.87 

31. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 323.37 

32. Aleppo, Pa 319.95 

33. South Pasadena, Calif 317.46 

34. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 296.00 

35. Spokane, Wash 293.94 

36. Temple City, Calif 275.90 

37. Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 271.98 

38. Fillmore, Calif 266.68 

39. Portis, Kans 244.10 

40. Garwin, Iowa 241 .40 

41 . Sterling, Ohio 236.43 

42. Grandview, Wash 231.23 

43. Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 214.29 

44. Sidney, Ind 205.02 

45. Peru, Ind 201.14 

46. Goshen, Ind 198.30 

47. Cheyenne, Wyo 193.43 

48. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 191.29 

49. North English, Iowa 181.40 

50. Barbee Lake, Ind 180.21 

51. Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 171.01 

March 2, 1957 



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Findlay, Ohio 161.61 

Honolulu, T.H 160.00 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 158.66 

Homerville, Ohio 155.03 

Waynesboro, Pa. 152.33 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 148.94 

Modesto, Calif. (McHenry Avenue) .... 148.78 

Waterloo, Iowa 143.35 

Leesburg, Ind 135.51 

Danville, Ohio 133.24 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 130.16 

Conemaugh, Pa 124.73 

Seal Beach, Calif 122.38 

Ankenytown, Ohio 117.89 

Taos, N. Mex 115.39 

Dayton, Ohio (Grace) 109.75 

San Bernardino, Calif 108.62 

Compton, Calif 107.20 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 105.34 

Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) 97.28 

York, Pa 93.80 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 90.48 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 82.43 

Clay City, Ind 79.66 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Heights) 77.76 

Englewood, Ohio 72.18 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 66.36 

Winchester, Va 62.87 

Phoenix, Ariz 60.38 

Elkhart, Ind 59.36 

Rittman, Ohio 58.68 

Ozark, Mich 55.81 

Meyersdole, Pa 54.00 

La Crescenta, Calif 50.17 

Chico, Calif 46.68 

Washington, Pa 41 .38 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 38.39 

Dryhill, Ky 35.00 

Hopewell, Pa 31.05 

Albuquerque, N. Mex 23.00 

West Alexandria, Ohio 21.07 

Seven Fountains, Va 20.39 

Covington, Va 19.20 

Radford, Va 13.59 

Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex 12.30 

Elyria, Ohio 8.85 

Accident, Md 7.72 

Leon, Iowa 7.10 

Bellflower, Calif 6.94 

Johnson City, Tenn 6.20 

Clayton, Ohio .75 

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Saved to the Uttermost 




By Miss Mary Cripe 
Missionary to Africa 



I first saw him as I came around the corner of the 
dispensary one morning. He was completely wrapped in 
a piece of white cloth and was lying on the veranda. Be- 
cause of the many relatives who were gathered around 
him, I knew he must be in a very serious condition. 

When I asked for new patients, two of the nurses 
helped him into the examining room. One relative 
also came along to see what we were i^oing to do. As I 
tried to find where his pain was, he would groan every 
place I touched him. Finally I told the nurses lo lell 
him to indicate where he had the most pain so I would 
know how to treat him. They replied that he wanted 
"strong medicine," and thought if he groaned I would 
be sure to think he was suffering a lot and give him the 
best that J had. 

The fear in the patient's voice when he spoke, and the 
terror that seemed to fill his eyes, led me to deal with 
him about his spiritual condition. He became very nerv- 
ous and kept glancing at his relative who by this time 
was sitting on the floor holding his head in his hands. He 
said too quickly, "He's a Christian." After questioning 
further, I found that he had attended a service once 
or twice but had never accepted the Lord as his Saviour. 
I quoted a few Scriptures and asked if he didn't want 
to accept the Lord. Still there was hesitation and 
fear. After one of the African nurses dealt with him fur- 
ther, he said he had never accepted the Lord and wanted 
to do so. He prayed haltingly but sincerely for forgive- 
ness. 

Later, while giving him an injection, I noticed a little 
piece of black wood tied around his waist. I asked if he 
thought a Christian should wear a piece of "medicine" 
like that. It was evident that a struggle was taking place 
in his mind. He kept trying unsuccessfully to remove it. 
Finally he declared: "I said I believed in the Lord Jesus 
and I'm not going to wear this any more. Take it out 
and throw it away." Then he fell down exhausted. It 
was as if Satan whom he had served so long did not want 
to let him go. 

I admit I had a good many doubts about him. Did 
he really understand or did he say he believed just to 



please me? Once I awakened in the night, heard the 
beating of the drums and wondered ... It was with a 
great deal of joy that I saw him sitting on the hospital 
veranda the next morning. Gone was the haunted look 
and the terror-stricken eyes. As I greeted him he reach- 
ed out both hands to show his thanks and apprecia- 
tion. During the preaching of the Word in the morn- 
ing service, he had stepped out and made a public 
decision for Christ. He is improving daily. He testifies 
to his relatives who come to see him and tells what the 
Lord has done for him. 

What a wonderful thing it is — that the Lord can give 
new life and hope to an old man in his last years. Par- 
doned, redeemed, forgiven — truly He saves to the 
uttermost. 



'Alice' steals converts in Africa 

"Alice," a self-styled African prophetess, has almost 
paralyzed the Christian Church in Lubwa district of 
Rhodesia. This report was made during the General 
Assembly of the Church of Scotland, meeting in Edin- 
burgh this month. The assembly was told that mission- 
aries in Northern Rhodesia are "losing the battle to the 
strange new religion of Alice." They added that thou- 
sands of persons are trekking to hear and see the false 
prophetess and that she has even inspired converts to 
build their own churches. Alice — her real name is Len- 
shina Mulenga — is 32 years old. She claims to have a 
direct connection with God and insists that she died but 
God kept her from entering heaven, telling her instead 
to return to her own people. She warns them to give 
up witchcraft and repent of their sins. Alice also says 
that God told her there were two books, one for the 
whites and one for the blacks. And the black book was 
the right one. In 12 months 60,000 Africans have lis- 
tened and been baptized by Alice. — The Alliance Week- 

'y- 



BRAZIL AGAIN! 

(Continued From Page 131) 

instruction along these lines. Third, to establish the 
people and get them to thinking along the lines of a 
completely indigenous, self-sustaining and self-per- 
petuating church. We want to reach every person in our 
area with the message of the gospel, but at the same lime 
we must provide the groundwork so that the preaching 
of the Word will not cease should the missionaries 
be unable to continue the work. 

It was a real joy to return and to see many of the 
same people who had been active in the work here still 
faithful, praying and witnessing. God is good to us. It 
is wonderful to be in Brazil again! 



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Ou^ Gospel WomeH in QUica 



By Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 
Missionary to Africa 



It is a real joy to our hearts to see our African sis- 
ters interested in taking the gospel to their own people. 
As many of you know, these women have only heard 
about Jesus Christ and His power to save since some 35 
years ago. Naturally, they had to worship some god or 
some thing, and the missionaries found them worship- 
ing their ancestors and many different idols. Then, too, 
the witch doctors played a big part in their lives, keep- 
ing them in constant fear lest a great calamity would be- 
fall them. 

One day, however, a new day dawned for our African 
women, when the missionaries entered Oubangui-Chari 
and brought the good news that Jesus died to save them. 
They had never heard the name of Jesus, and how won- 
derful it was to tell the great gospel of salvation to a lost 
and hungry people! How quickly they grasped this good 
news and believed that Jesus died for their sins! 

I should like to tell you about one of our gospel 
women who has been faithful to the Lord since her 
conversion. He name is Alice Bikon. Our first ac- 
quaintance with Alice was when she first came to the 
Bozoum chapel some years before the Bozoum station 
was built. Every morning at the early morning prayer 
meeting Ahce and her little daughter, Marie, were 
found in the chapel. Her husband was a gardener for 
the government doctor and they lived about one mile 
from the chapel. Many mornings she left her home be- 
fore daybreak to be present at the service. She soon 
became one of the leaders, helping to teach women and 
girls to read God's Word in the inquirers' classes. Also 
she was one of the council members in the church. 
When Pastor Noel wanted any information about the 
other women who attended classes, he would ask Alice. 
She has a real, living testimony for the Lord, and has 
the confidence of all our Christian women. 

When the first Women's Missionary Council was 
organized, Alice was chosen to be the president, and 
has served so faithfully these many years. Late in her 
life the Lord gave her a son. She name him "Dieu 




a'donne" (God has given). She has three grandchildren 
and her family is complete in the Lord. Alice's husband 
is also a faithful Christian in the Lord. As you pray 
for Alice Bikon and her service for the Lord, won't you 
remember to pray for all our gospel women in Africa? 
They need your prayers so much for wisdom to carry 
forth the gospel in their different villages. 

"Stir us! oh stir us. Lord, for I can see the glorious 
triumph day to break! 

The dawn already gilds the eastern sky, 
Oh Church of Christ, arise! Awake, awake! 

For night is past — our King is on His way." 



These women have heard about Jesus 



March 2, 1957 



Being a Missionary 



Out where the loneliness presses around me 
Looking on sights that are sordid and drear 
Strangely abiding — yet surely God called me 
Why do 1 wonder, if Jesus is near? 



Strangeness of living — strangeness of people 
Have I not come with a gospel of cheer? 
Why is my heart then depressed with its burdens? 
Isn't my comrade — my Jesus — out here? 



God, teach me quickly to do without friendship 
How to let go of those things that are dear — 
How to be rid of this self that's binding me — 
Surely my Master — my Jesus — is here. 



He, who was God, took the form of a servant 
Humbled himself, unto death, without fear. 
Lonely, forsaken, despised and rejected. 
My blessed Saviour — my Jesus — came here. 



Father, forgive me my failure in serving — 
Heartache, depression, regrets disappear! 
Born of the cross, a new courage infills me; 
Jesus — my Victory — my Life — is here. 

— Author unknown 

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Nemefage 




BEAUMONT. CALIF. Rev. 

Archie Lynn is serving as interim 
pastor at the Cherry Valley Breth- 
ren Church. 

ALTO, MiCH. The Calvary 
Brethren Church recently finished 
the basement ceiling with cushion- 
stone-soundproof tile, which will en- 
able simultaneous Sunday-school 
opening exercises. New pews have 
been ordered for the auditorium. 
William Johnson is pastor. 

SPECIAL. The Southern Ohio 
District Conference collected )arge 
amounts of clothing, dishes, cooking 
utensils and food which was sent to 
our mission in Dryhill, Ky., in re- 
sponse to a call for assistance as a 
result of the recent flood in that 
area. The supplies were delivered 
by Rev. Russell Ward and Rev. 
Clair Brickel. 

CRYSTAL LAKE, (ND. The 
Indiana District youth rally will be 
held here May 4. The summer camp 
of the district will be held here the 
last two weeks of June. 

PALMYRA, PA. A new record 
for Sunday-school attendance was 
set Feb. 10 at the Grace Brethren 
Church with 1 14 present. A new 
record for attendance at prayer 
meeting Feb. 13 was 56. Robert 
Markley is pastor. 

OXNARD, CALIF. A Bible class 
has been started here, according to 
Max Brenneman, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Fillmore, Calif. 
The work in Oxnard is under the ap- 
proval of the California District 
Mission Board. 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. 

The Grace Brethren Church won 
third place in division F of the 
Christian Life Sunday School Con- 



test. The awards for winning are 
valued at $150, and included a 
classroom phonograph, Bible story 
records, flannelboard and easel, and 
60 hymnbooks. The church has also 
won first place for four months 
straight in Division F of the Breth- 
ren contest. Ralph Colburn is pas- 
ior. 

WOOSTER. OHIO. The First 
Brethren Church, Kenneth Ashman, 
pastor, was recently donated a fire- 
proof safe by the Ohio Fuel and Gas 
Co. 

SPECIAL. A proposal has been 
made for consideration to create 
central and northern California dis- 
tricts of Brethren churches. A de- 
cision on this matter will be reached 
at the Bible conference being held 
in the northern area Apr. 17-18. 

HOPEWELL, PA. Plans for the 
construction of a new building by 
the Grace Brethren Church have 
been completed, and actual con- 
struction will be started soon. Shel- 
don Snyder is pastor. 

PALMYRA, PA. The Northern 
Atlantic Fellowship laymen's rally 
was held at the Grace Brethren 
Church here on Feb. 22. Harold S. 
Irwin, Jr., assistant district attorney, 
was the guest speaker. Robert Mark- 
ley was host pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Enroll- 
ment at the Christian day school of 
the Community Brethren Church 
has reached 228. A monthly paper 
known as Your Christian Neighbor 
is published by the church. Ward 
Miller is pastor. 

SOUTH GATE, CALIF. Arthur 
L. Pekarek, formerly assistant pas- 
tor of the Paramount Brethren 
Church, Paramount, Calif., is the 
new pastor of the First Brethren 
Church. 

TROY, OHIO. On Feb. 12, Mrs. 
Herman Hein, wife of Rev. Herman 
Hein, underwent major surgery. 

WARSAW, IND. Robert Miller, 
Jr., has been returned home from 
the Fort Wayne (Ind.) hospital, with 
his general condition about the same. 
His father. Rev. Robert E. A. Mil- 
ler, returned to St. Petersburg, Fla., 
Feb. 17. 







Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

vVinona Lake. md. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITOR3 

Foreign Missions R. D. B.irnard 

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. 




BEAVER CITY. NEBR. Eighty- 
five members and friends of the 
Grace Brethren Church recently 
honored two of their members who 
reached the 90-year mark in Jan- 
uary. They are shown above, Mr. 
Social Trowbridge (left) and Mr. 
Joseph Smith (right). Both of these 
men joined the Beaver City church 
in 1911. Pictured with them is Day- 
ton Cundiff. pastor. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS: 

Rev. Forest Lance. 1321 Chevy 
Chase Drive. Anaheim. Calif., 
phone. Prospect 4-2019. Phone 
numbers changed: Rev. Lester Smit- 
ley, Osborne 5-0943, Hatboro. Pa.; 
Rev. M. L. Myers, 8948-6, Mans- 
field, Ohio; Rev. Arthur Collins, 
Twilight 3-2139, Stoystown, Pa. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The Sun- 
day school of the First Brethren 
Church averaged 248 during the 
month of January. James Dixon is 
pastor. 

LEUCADIA, CALIF. Dr. Ed- 
ward Brown, Sr., founder of John 
Brown University at Siloam Springs, 
Ark., died at his home Feb. 13. He 
was 77 years old. He owned i^adio 
stations KOME, Tulsa, Okla., 
KUOA and KUOA-FM, Siloam 
Springs, Ark., and KGER, Long 
Beach, Calif., and four schools in 
California. 



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EVANGELISM 



. . . OUR NEED FOR THIS HOUR*— By Lester E. Pifer 



There are many needs in this 
world today. There are some who 
feel that we need a leveling off of 
our economic system. A settlement 
of the critical eastern situation is 
certainly a must. Another dire need 
is the ever-increasing crime prob- 
lem which we face right here in the 
United States of America. Regard- 
less of the needs which we may be 
able to enumerate, one great need 
looms before the members of the 
Brethren Church today. The follow- 
ing factors will help us to determine 
that need as the Christian should see 
it and recognize it in his own life in 
this present hour. 

The Last Words of Christ 

In Luke 19:10 we have the ex- 
ample of Christ: "For the Son of 
man is come to seek and to save 
that which was lost." There was only 
one reason for our Lord leaving His 
throne above to come to enrobe 
himself in human flesh — that was 
that He might save the lost. In the 
verses which follow this passage of 
Scripture, we have the instruction 
of Christ to go out and reach the 
lost for Him. The great commission 
challenges us to "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. 
28:19-20). We may couple along 
with this Acts chapter 1 and verse 
8: "But ye shall receive power, 
after that the Holy Ghost is come 
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses 
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in 
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and 
unto the uttermost part of the 
earth." These words are the direct 
command of Christ, that each child 
of God shall bear a witness to the 
people of this nation and the other 
nations of the world. We have a glo- 
bal responsibility of carrying the 
gospel to those who do not know 
Christ as Saviour and Lord. 



Our Lord laid aside His outward 
manifestation of glory and came to 
this earth that He might become a 
sacrifice for the sin of the world. 
Surely the life of our Lord and the 
last words which He gave to us in the 
Scripture bear record of the fact that 
He was the master soul-winner. 

The Lost Condition of Mankind 

The world shuts its eyes and says 
that things are getting better and 
better. This nation makes great 
strides in the realm of education, 
science, and mechanical progress. 
One needs only to read the daily 
paper or glance at the newsstand 
to see the woeful story of the ac- 
tuality of sin in the lives of the peo- 
ple of this world. Jeremiah said 
many years ago: "The heart is de- 
ceitful above all things, and desper- 
ately wicked: who can know it?" 
(17:9). Paul proclaims: "The wages 
of sin is death; but the gift of God 
is eternal life." Elsewhere in the 
Book of Romans he says: "All have 
sinned, and come short of the glory 
of God" (Rom. 6:23; 3:23). The 
entire third chapter of the Book of 
Romans tells the story of the des- 
perate need of mankind everywhere 
for the salvation which God has to 
give through His grace. 

Just a few years ago a young 
man who was preparing for the min- 
istry in a so-called Christian school 
led a young girl to a secluded spot 
on a campus, and after cheir .i-endez- 
vous, the girl was i'ound iying along 
a lonely road, having been beaten to 
death. The murders, robberies, 
broken homes, drunkenness, revel- 
ing, and all of the woeful story of sin 
written over the lives of multitudes 
today tell the sad condition of man- 
kind and the great need for the gos- 
pel i.nessage. 

The Lateness of the Hour 

We are living in the days of a 
high-speed economy. Materialism is 
the desire of the hour. The uncer- 
tainty of life seems never to pene- 
trate the minds of our busy popula- 



tion. The fact of Christ's second 
coming, as given in Matthew 24 
and 25 and as also related by the 
Apostle Paul in I Thessalonians 4 
and in the Book of Revelation given 
by the Apostle John, has never 
dawned upon the average American 
today. One wonders if even the 
Christian has allowed these facts to 
grip his heart as they did the proph- 
ets and the apostles of former years. 
This preacher remembers just a 
few years back standing on a street 
corner talking to an individual who 
needed Christ desperately. Before 
24 hours had passed, the man who 
was witnessed to on the street corner 
lay in a funeral home awaiting his 
burial. Life is uncertain. Christ may 
come at any moment. Now is the 
day of salvation. Now is the time to 
act. Our need of the hour is to bear 
the testimony of Christ to the lost 
as rapidly as possible. 

The Love of Christ 

As one reads the beautiful story 
of God's love as it is unfolded in the 
birth, life, death, and resurrection 
of our Lord Jesus Christ, we stand 
amazed that God has given us such 
a wonderful plan of salvation 
through His grace and love. Jesus 
Christ, God's Son, loved us and gave 
himself for us (John 3:16; Rom. 5: 
6-8). When men are saved by the 
power of the gospel and the blood 
of Christ, they are made partakers 
of the divine nature of God (II Pet. 
1:4). 

When the Apostle Paul described 
the motives that moved his heart to 
win men for Christ, one outstanding 
motive was the love of God which 
constrained him, literally compelled 
him to bear the message to the lost 
(II Cor. 5:14). Surely that same 
love and compassion for souls ought 
to be manifested in the hearts of 
God's children today as it was so 
marvelously demonstrated in the 
life of our wonderful Lord while 
here on this earth. Are we con- 
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"Written for .h3 Board of Evangelism 



March 2, 7957 



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The Call of the 



BRIDEGROOM 



"Nevertheless I have somewhat 
against thee, because thou hast left 
thy first love. Remember therefore 
from whence thou art fallen, and re- 
pent, and do the first works; or else 
I will come unto thee quickly, and 
will remove thy candlestick out of 
his place, except thou repent" (Rev. 
2:4-5). 

In the closing days of this present 
dispensation of grace where there is 
so much loose Christian living by 
many who profess to know Christ as 
Saviour, every child of God will do 
well to meditate upon our Lord's 
message to His church at Ephesus. 
Our Lord is pictured here walking 
in the midst of the church which is 
His bride, and calling her to return 
to the things from whence she has 
fallen. 

The church of Ephesus was to be 
commended for many good works 
which she produced in the name of 
the Lord. She labored patiently in 
the face of persecution; she kept 
false teachers from entering in, but 
in the midst of all her activity our 
Lord solemnly warned: "Thou hast 
left thy first love." 

Is not the Brethren Church today 
very much like the church of Eph- 
esus? Many Brethren are patiently 
laboring for the Lord in these trying 
days. Modernism and false teaching 
have thus far been kept out of our 
churches. Missions have been well 
supported. These things are com- 
mendable. But in the midst of all 
our activity there is a danger of 
losing our first love for the Lord 
Jesus Christ, who has purchased our 
salvation by His blood which He 
shed on the cross of Calvary. There 
is the danger of the bride growing 
cold toward the Bridegroom. There 
is the danger of lowering the high 
standard of Christian living which 
He has set for us and becoming en- 
tangled with the snares of the world. 
There is the danger of becoming 




By Edward Bowman 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Clay City, Ind. 



self-satisfied and indifferent to spir- 
itual things. 

A real need for revival exists in 
many of our churches. Someone has 
said that "a revival is a group of 
Christians falling in love with Jesus 
all over again." Certainly it is true 
that if Christians everywhere would 
fall in love with Jesus all over again, 
a real heaven-sent revival would be 
experienced in our churches. Before 
revival can come, there must be 
confession of sin in the lives of 
Christians. If Christ should stand 
in your church today, what would 
He find? "From whence art thou 
fallen?" Surely He would point out 
certain sins that have grieved Him 
and have caused Him to withhold 
His blessing. Perhaps He would 
find a lack of concern for lost souls 
and a growing indifference to spir- 
itual things. These sins in the lives 
of God's children contribute to a 
spiritual coldness and the loss of 
one's first love for Christ. 

Why are. so few souls being saved 
in our churches? Is it because we 
are not concerned about the lost? 
Souls are not won to Christ from the 
pulpit alone. Pastor and laymen 
alike must go out after them. If the 
laymen of our churches were bur- 
dened for souls, and would go out 
after the lost with a burning zeal to 



win them to Christ, surely there 
would be a marked increase in the 
number of souls won to Christ. Cer- 
tainly the Brethren Church as a 
whole has lost her zeal for soul- 
winning. The reason that the early 
church grew and multiplied, and 
souls were continually being saved 
and added to the church, was that 
believers, scattered abroad by per- 
secution, "went every where preach- 
ing the word." It is God's plan for 
every believer to tell others of the 
saving grace of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

Another sin that may result in loss 
of love for Christ is that of spiritual 
indifference. Many have become 
satisfied with themselves and feel 
that they are doing enough for the 
Lord. Bible reading and prayer 
have become mechanical. There is 
no real spiritual power in their lives. 
It would seem that they are at a 
standstill in their Christian experi- 
ence, but since this is impossible, 
they are actually backsliding with- 
out realizing it. We cannot rely upon 
past experiences. There are new 
and greater heights toward which 
the Christian should strive. No mat- 
ter how much we have done in the 
Lord's service in the past, we must 
ask ourselves the question: "What 
am I doing for my Lord today?" 

No doubt there are other sins in 
the lives of Christians which hinder 
spiritual growth, but it seems to the 
writer that the above-mentioned are 
outstanding. There is need for a 
renewed relationship with Christ. 
"Remember therefore from whence 
thou art fallen, and repent, and do 
the first works . . ." 

"Remember" — Examine your 
heart before the Lord. 

"Repent"^ — Confess and forsake 
the sins which have resulted in the 
loss of your first love for Christ. 
Failure to do this will result in 
being set aside as a vessel no longer 
fit for the Master's use. 



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The Minister and His Salary 



By R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. 



"Let the preacher Hve on faith." 
And with such words has many a 
coveteous church member sought to 
excuse his own meager giving. They 
usually mean, "Let him live on air!" 

It is true that a minister should 
live on faith in his God, but just 
what does that mean? "Look to the 
soldier," says Paul; "he does not 
go to warfare at his own charges. 
He goes forth on faith in his govern- 
ment." But how does the govern- 
ment care for the soldier? Only one 
answer: it does it through the peo- 
ple back home. So with God. He has 
ordained that "they which preach 
the gospel should live of the gospel." 
God does care for His minister; He 
does it through His people. 

In fact, it is God's order that re- 
ward follow labor. The farmer plows 
and threshes in hope of receiving 
his living thereby. Even the ox that 
trod out the corn was not to be 
muzzled. "But doth God take care 
for oxen?" Certainly not. That was 
written "for our sakes." That is, 
God was giving the members of 
the Brethren Church warning not 
to withhold a fair salary from its 
ministers (I Cor. 9:7-14). 

"If others be partakers of this 
power over you [you pay the surgeon 
$100 for an hour's work, and give 
the dentist $25 to fill a few teeth. 
You expect to pay the grocer and the 
garage man for service to you] are 
not we rather?" (vs. 12). Note that 
word "rather." A minister has more 
right to a good salary than any- 
one else. Yet how many pay all their 
bills and tip the preacher off with 
a portion of what is left. The church 
pays the coal, the lights, and the 
janitor — "all bills are paid but the 
preacher." And woe to him if he 
does not keep his bills all settled. 

Most certainly a minister who 
sows spiritual things, should reap 
"your carnal things" (vs. 11). 

The Small Church 

"But," objects the small church. 



"we have only fifteen or twenty fami- 
lies and cannot give a big salary." 
You have an abundance. God's 
order is twelve to one. Twelve 
tribes of Israel paid their tithes and 
kept the one tribe of Levi. Let twelve 
families put their tithes in the pas- 
tor's salary; the rest can care for 
the special offerings. 

The Small Salary 

There may be some advantage to 
the small salary. In my younger days 
I was making hay. One young man, 
weary with the toil and heat of 
the day, decided to be a preacher 
so he would not have to work. Thus, 
a large salary might draw many 
such into its ranks. 

But there are disadvantages to the 
the small also. Let us consider two. 

First: the family. Let a new babe 
arrive at the parsonage, and Mrs. 
Wag can't see why preachers have 
so many kids when their salary is 
too small to rightly care for them. 

I am convinced that the Breth- 
ren Church has the finest group of 
young ministers in its history. Let 
me say to you in all seriousness: "Set 
your stakes wide and raise a large 
family!" "Be fruitful and multiply!" 
"Lo, children are an heritage of the 
Lord and the fruit of the womb is 
his reward!" Blessed is the man with 
a big family (Ps. 127:3-5). 

There is no greater service in all 
the world than bringing up children 
for the Lord. Of all the mighty men 
who bless the world, the greatest 
proportion were bom and raised in 
the parsonage. 

True, it will mean much sacrifice. 
I know what it means to hunt food 
for seven little mouths. Wife knows 
what it means to fit the "hand-me- 
downs" to little backs; yet, John D., 
arrayed in all his millions, could 
not buy even one of them. 

The Great Reward 

Imagine yourself, ten thousand 
years hence, as you speed to some 



distant orb on an errand for your 
God. You see in the distance a most 
beautiful and glorious shining crea- 
ture. Imagine your joy as you draw 
near and find that it once called 
you "papa" or "mama"; that once 
its little heart thrilled as you told it 
the Bible stories and led its feet in 
paths of righteousness. What a 
privilege! How soon it will be over 
for eternity! 

Is your home childless? Then get 
children. At this moment there are 
thousands of fine little orphan chil- 
dren. The world and the flesh and 
the Devil are against them. The Vir- 
gin Mary received the Christ child 
and cared for Him; and, that per- 
son who will receive children and 
bring them up for the Lord also 
"receiveth me," says our Lord (Matt. 
18:5). 

Second: Debts. The second dis- 
advantage of the small salary is 
"debts." Twice, when I was a pastor, 
members sent me to National Con- 
ference with a message to ministers 
who owed them money. Let it be 
to the everlasting shame of a min- 
ister to be dishonest. If a man knows 
not how to run his own business, 
how can he care for the church of 
God? 

True, it is hard. I know the fearful 
expense of moving from state to 
state. I know what it means to see 
them wheel my wife to the elevator 
for a serious operation; to receive 
the merciless hospital bill after a 
little one has had an appendectomy; 
to have my treasurer "rob my till," 
and to drag through ten years of ill 
health. I seemed almost swamped 
until I made it a daily prayer to get 
out of debt. 

Let no one disgrace the ministry 
with unfulfilled obligations; let all 
debts be honest ones. Be not like that 
minister who burnt out his car with 
foolish driving, frequently visiting 
the restaurant for ice cream, sand- 
wiches, and the most expensive 



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chocolates, while bringing his sacred 
position into disgrace by unpaid 
bills throughout the community. 

"Make Tents" 

But what are you to do if your sal- 
ary just won't reach? Take a lesson 
from the Apostle Paul and make 
tents. Verily, it is no disgrace to 
work. Your mind will work more 
freely and your health will be bet- 
ter. An article of mine went around 
the world in several magazines and 
brought me a letter of thanks from 
the American Bible Society — and I 
worked it out as I cultivated corn! 
Another article was worked out 
which brought me mail from Trini- 
dad and England, while caring for 
chickens. 

The Remedy 

But is there no remedy? Is there 
no plan to balance the budget? Ver- 
ily, it is not in bake sales and ice 
cream socials. God doesn't need our 
money. He could make gold dollars 
roll up hill so thick that we couldn't 
find room to walk. But it is His plan 
to bless His people as He gives 
through them. This does not hinder 
those good women who can bake 
and sew from selling their goods as 
individuals. Certainly, God will bless 
the work of their hands abundantly. 

There is a plan that never fails. 
I have used it for over twenty years. 
It is all up to the pastor. Let him 
"Preach foreign missions." When 
his people once taste the joys of 
Christian giving they will take care 
of the salary also. The pastor can 
mention foreign missions in half of 
his sermons. Aim high. Always call 
for at least $ 1 00 and once in awhile 
assure those who do not have that 
much that a lesser amount is accep- 
table to the Lord "according to 
what a man hath and not according 
to what he hath not" (II Cor. 8:12). 

True, you will have objections 
from Mr. Coveteous, but do not rob 
your good people of the priceless 
privilege of sacrificial giving. Happy 
are you if your treasurer is one 
whom God can trust and who knows 
the joy of Christian giving himself. 

Weary and Discouraged 

Might there be among my readers 




R. I. Humberd 

a discouraged one? One who has 
given and given, and is weary of 
giving more than his share? Go to 
the horse thou weary one, consider 
his ways and be wis;. 

In my younger days I tended my 
father's farms. One spring 1 bought 
a big bay horse; wishing to see him 
at work, I hitched him and a black 
horse to a wagon and drove to the 
other farm six miles away. 

Late in the afternoon I started 
home with almost an empty wagon. 
A mile away, just as we started up a 
small hill, the wagon dropped into 
a hidden hole. Immediately the black 
horse stopped. My heart sank within 
me, for I well knew what that would 
mean. He would rear back; he would 
lunge forward; he would throw his 
head over the other horse; but, he 



Are You an Active Member? 



Are vou an active member. 

The kind that's hked so well' 
Or are you just contented 
With the button on your lapel? 



Do you attend the meetings. 

And mingle with the flock. 
Or do you stay at home 

And criticize and knock? 



Do you take an active part 
To help the work along. 

Or are you satisfied to be 
Like those that just belong? 



Do you ever make suggestions 
To the officers you pick. 

Or leave the work to just a few. 
And talk about the clique? 



Come to the meetings often, 
And help with hand and heart. 

Don't just be a member. 
But take an active part. 



would not pull. In the depths of dis- 
may I looked at the setting sun. 
There I was on a wagon, five miles 
from home, stuck in the mud. Night 
was coming on and it was cold. 

I was so occupied with my gloomy 
prospects that I had not thought of 
the big bay. But there he was. slowly 
placing one foot on the ground then 
another and another. Again and 
again he moved about. Then, seem- 
ingly assured that he had solid foot- 
ing he leaned into the collar. Nothing 
moved. He leaned harder. He pulled, 
he tugged. His muscles knotted and 
stuck out over his body — but — the 
wagon moved — it jerked forward — 
we were on solid ground. He had 
pulled the wagon, the black horse, 
and all out of the mud. 

Anyone who has had a similar ex- 
perience knows well my feeling. 
Who cares if the black horse gets 
nothing to eat for a week? But not 
so with the big bay. If it were for 
his good, we would gladly take him 
to the crib, throw open the door and 
say: "There, help yourself." 

So to you who have paid and 
pulled and paid again, listen! Do 
you not hear the scratch of a golden 
pen? Do you not know the records 
are being kept? Soon your Lord will 
come, and watch the big bays as they 
are ushered in. 

"I know thy works, and thy la- 
bour, and thy patience" (Rev. 2:2). 
"I saw the black horse rear and 
balk and kick, but I saw you lean 
into the harness and pull and pay 
and give — but you cannot beat My 
giving — Enter those pearly gates! 
Greet the angel guards! Walk down 
the golden streets; Drink deeply 
of the crystal fountain! Eat freely 
of the tree of life! Marvel at the 
beauty of holiness! All of this and 
more is yours for eternity." 

And as the big bays pass through 
the gates of pearl, and take one last 
glimpse of earthly toils, a faint sigh 
will escape their lips as, with un- 
speakable joy, they murmur: "Oh, 
had I known it would be like this, 
I would surely have given more!" 

"For ye know the grace of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, that though he 
was rich, yet for your sakes he be- 
came poor, that ye through his pov- 
erty might be rich." 



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PALMYRA, PA. 

Our desire is to make Christ 
known to the area in which the Lord 
has placed us. This desire prompted 
the group to plan another series of 
services before the end of 1956. 
The Lord led in this matter and 
we were able to obtain the serv- 
ices of the Emmons evangelists for 
an eight-day meeting, December 9- 
16. There was a fine attendance at 
the meetings, and the Holy Spirit 
moved over the congregation from 
the first meeting. One night Brother 
Emmons gave an invitation to those 
who wanted to wins souls and the 
entire congregation came forward. 
Eleven teen-agers gave the life 
ahead to Christ for service. Others 
came expressing a desire to unite 
with the church and four new fami- 
lies have been added to the church 
membership. Several rededicated 
their lives. As for the Emmons, it 
can be said that they conducted 
themselves ideally as they fellow- 
shiped among us. Their lives radiate 
the loveliness and sweetness of 
Christ, and the messages in music 
and from the pulpit are true to the 
Word of God." —Robert Wm. 
Markley, pastor. 



KITTANNING, PA. 

In October the North Buffalo 
Brethren Church had two great 
weeks of evangelistic meetings with 
Rev. Paul Mohler. Much visitation 
was done. The object lessons for the 
young people and the forceful 
preaching by the evangelist was 
blessed of the Lord and we are still 
enjoying fruits of the services. The 
evangelist gave many hours to per- 
sonal work, dealing with individuals. 

There is a renewed special interest 
in the effort to pay off the debt on 
the parsonage. About $135 has been 
given in January. The young mar- 
ried people are purchasing chairs 



for the beginners class of the Sunday 
school. The church voted to in- 
crease the pastor's salary. A Sunday- 
school library is being established — 
books are being purchased each 
quarter. 

A three-speed record player to 
use in connection with the public 
address system was presented to the 
church by a friend. — Fred Wm. Wal- 
ier, pastor. 

BARBEE LAKES, IND. 

Rev. George Cripe, Grace Semi- 
nary student, and former follow- 
up aid in the Billy Graham Evan- 
gelistic Crusade in Europe, has ac- 
cepted the pastorate of the Barbee 
Lakes (Ind.) Brethren Church. 

A graduate of both Westmont 
College, Los Angeles, and the Uni- 
versity of California (A.B. Degree), 
Bro. Cripe served two years in the 
U. S. Army. Following discharge in 
France, he remained in Paris sev- 
eral months for the Navigators Inter- 
national organization and specialized 
in personal evangelism. When the 
Billy Graham Crusade called for 
trained workers in the European 
campaigns, Bro. Cripe was one of 
six, including the late Dawson Trot- 
man, flown to London in January 
1955. He also attended the Graham 
meetings in Glasgow, France, Ger- 
many, Switzerland and Holland. He 
supervised the Navigators office 
which supplied all follow-up mate- 
rials for all of the Graham crusades. 

Returning to America in Sep- 
tember 1955, Bro. Cripe enrolled 
in Grace Seminary, where he was 
elected president of the Junior class. 
He succeeds Rev. Robert Dell as 
pastor of the Barbee work. Bro. 
Dell is continuing his studies at 
Grace Seminary. 

Rev. George Cripe is a member of 
the LaLoma Grace Brethren Church 
at Modesto, Calif. He is a brother of 
Miss Mary Cripe, Brethren mission- 
ary in Africa. 

The Barbee church, started by a 
layman, Foye B. Miller, of Winona 
Lake, features illustrated services 
and continues to show growth and 
progress. Attendance January 27 
was 120. Bro. Miller is the Sunday 
school superintendent. 



EVANGELISM 

(Continued From Page 139) 

cerned about souls today? Does 
the passion for souls grip our hearts 
until the tears come into our eyes? 
Are we willing to go and knock on 
doors, go out of our way and see that 
souls are brought to a place where 
they can hear the gospel and be 
saved? Is the love of God compelling 
us to go? 
The Lasting Value of Soul-Winnsng 

"Let him know, that he which 
converteth the sinner from the er- 
ror of his way shall save a soul 
from death, and shall hide a mul- 
titude of sins" (Jas. 5:20). One evi- 
dent fact in this passage indicates 
that the soul is heading toward an 
eternal death, that the multitude of 
sins in his life is bearing him to 
the penalty of all sin — an eternity 
spent in hell. But God in this pas- 
sage of Scripture brings to our hearts 
a gladdening report. God has chosen 
to use men who can use the gospel 
message and the energy of the flesh, 
the passion of their souls to win 
sinners to Christ. One of the greatest 
things- that a man can do on this 
earth is to lead another soul to 
Christ, to see that soul saved from 
an eternal death, and to see that life 
hidden beneath the blood of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. What greater re- 
ward can be found than to see some- 
one who lived in sin standing in 
Christ Jesus? 

In I Thessalonians 2: 19-20 and in 
John 4 verse 36, and Daniel 12:3 
there is abundant evidence that God 
has His rewards for the soul-winner. 
Soul-winning is the greatest joy of 
the Christian experience as far as 
his service is concerned. The great- 
est joy of a pastor is to see souls 
come to Christ. One soul will blot 
out more heartaches than any other 
thing in his ministry. 

I believe our need for this hour 
in the Brethren Church is to recog- 
nize the last words of our Lord by 
way of instruction to reach souls for 
Christ. I believe that God would 
have us recognize the lost condition 
of mankind and see the need for the 
preaching of the gospel. I believe He 
would have us to recognize the late- 
ness of the hour, the shortness of the 
moment, the uncertainty of life and 
reach men before they die. 



Morc/i 2, 7957 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

Praise the Lord for safety of travel 
of our missionaries in this country 
and those returning to the fields. 
Pray for them in future travels. 

Praise the Lord for progress on 
missionary residences on our fields. 
Pray that sufficient funds will come 
in to complete these. 

Pray for property for a church on 
the new Capanema station in Brazil. 

Pray for Rev. and Mrs. Foster 
Tresise in Hawaii and their future 
plans in the work there. 

Pray for strength and wisdom for 
a number of our missionaries who 
are taking additional language -study 
in France. 

Pray for the Don Hockings as they 
go from France to Africa this month. 

Pray for Mrs. Roy Snyder that 
the Lord may restore her to good 
health for her work in Africa. 

Pray for the board of trustees of 
the Foreign Missionary Society in 
the midyear meeting March 18-22. 

WMC— 

Pray that the councils will em- 
phasize the foreign-mission project, 
building a missionary residence at 
Winona Lake. 

Pray that the Jewish offering 
(Thank offering) and the birthday 
offerings (for supporting mission- 
aries) will be generous this year. 

Pray that WMC ladies will be 
willing to accept local, district and 
national offices when changes must 
be made. 

Pray for plans being made for 
the next general WMC conference, 
that vision to know God's will and 
courage to do it shall be manifested. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

Pray for the new work and pastor 



Glen Welborn at Winona, Minn, 
and that the Lord will lead in select- 
ing a location for their future build- 
ing. 

Praise the Lord for the additional 
21 members during the first six 
months of Palmyra, Pa.'s existence 
and pray for the visitation commit- 
tee that the Lord will open doors 
and hearts to make greater gains 
in 1957. 

Pray for the Second Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., and the 
building program to start this 
month. Pray for the unit of the 
Brethren Construction Company 
that will be doing the building, 
headed up by Vernon Latham. 

Praise the Lord for providing an 
adequate meeting place during the 
building program at Cheyenne, 
Wyo., and pray for an early com- 
pletion of the new church. 

Pray for the meeting held each 
Thursday in the Pueblo Pintado area 
that many Navajos will respond to 
the gospel as the missionaries min- 
ister in this and other outposts. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL— 

Pray that as the schools across the 
nation enter into the Loyalty Cam- 
paign which is to be launched the 
first Sunday after Easter, we will 
find an increasing loyalty on the 
part of all our people to the work of 
the Lord. 

Pray that the packets now in 
preparation for the Loyalty Cam- 
paign may prove beneficial to all of 
our schools. 

Pray for continued guidance as 
we attempt to direct the .activities 
of the program. 

BRETHREN DAY OF PRAYER 
MARCH 15 




"Plejjg the lord, -.^™^-^,^^„^ 
forget not all bis benefits" 

•V Peal™ \a% 



SMM— 

Pray that the girls will take time 
for preparation of their programs 
that they will prove more challenging 
and meaningful. 

Pray that those who are studying 
the matter of goal revision might be 
granted wisdom from the Lord. 

Pray that the youth rallies may be 
used as a means of creating interest 
in SMM and challenging girls to full- 
time service for God. 

Pray that the national officers 
be granted wisdom in planning for 
the national conference program. 

Pray that more women be given 
the burden of interest in the girls 
and in becoming patronesses. 

LAYMEN— 

Pray for Brother Lowery, who is 
trying to lead the laymen into greater; 
spiritual activities by providing ma- 
terial for their monthly meetings. 

Pray that our laymen will con- 
tinue their support of the Brethren 
Evangelistic Crusade. 

GRACE SEMINARY— 

Pray for the seniors in the college, 
and seminary that their last semester' 
may be successfully completed and 
that it may be made clear to them 
what should be their next step. 

Pray for God's direction in the 
commencement of the building 
project which soon will become a 
reality. 

Praise God for the safety of travel 
and the good reception the faculty 
and administration experienced dur- 
ing the months of December and 
January as they visited most of the 
churches in the interests of the 
school. 



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March 2, 1957 



The BRETHREN 




WMC NUMBER 



MARCH 9, 1957 



Brethren Missionary Residence 




A joint- SMM and WMC project and responsibility 




Open ihou mine eties " 

\/ Psa. 119. IS ^ 

Na^onal Women*s Missionarij Council ^ 1956 "1957 



What a Woman Did for Jesus 



(Mark 14:3) 



By Russell D. Barnard 



It was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper 
that Mary did a wonderful thing. She anointed the feet 
of Jesus with a very precious ointment. It must have 
meant great sacrifice for her to purchase this precious 
ointment. What she did for Jesus could only have been 
the result of what Jesus had done for her. What has 
Jesus done for womanhood? One needs only to look 
into non-Christian lands, in contrast to those lands 
where Christ has been honored, to know the difference. 
Chattels, slaves, tools, servants, beasts of burden — 
women are but little else in those lands where Christ 
has not been honored. 

Christian womanhood in our Brethren Fellowship 
has served Christ in a most commendable way in recent 
years. Every part of our Fellowship has been blessed by 
the ministry of our women. This service is not limited to 
the membership of the WMC, but is very largely ex- 
pressed by what our councils have done and are doing. 

We speak of the ministry of our women in Brethren 
foreign missions. We have monuments standing in 
various fields — useful monuments: missionary resi- 
dences and residence equipment; aluminum roofing 
on houses and water heaters in missionary homes in 
foreign lands; libraries, Bible institutes, printing equip- 
ment. We have rolling monuments, too — automobiles 
that have been supplied and are serving God's serv- 
ants well. 

Now the National WMC has set its hand to a new 
type of goal — to give sufficiently during a five-year 
period to build the first unit of motel-type missionary 
residences at Winona Lake, Ind. 

The idea of a missionary residence in the homeland 
is not new. Our present residence which has served so 
well was largely the result of the sacrificial giving of 
the National SMM in years past. Probably many of 
those who as Sisterhood girls helped in that now as 
WMC ladies will rejoice in helping with this. 

Our present missionary residence at Winona Lake 
has served well, but it is inadequate to the expanding 



need. It was purchased and equipped when our mis- 
sionary personnel was about one-third its present size. 
Additional residence space for missionary families de- 
siring to live at Winona Lake is an urgent need. The 
urgency, however, is less during the next two years, 
since fewer missionaries will be on furlough during the 
immediate future. But if we are to be ready for the 
large number of families coming on furlough in three, 
four and five years, we must act now! 

There is another urgency. Missionaries now in re- 
tirement, and those who in from one to three years 
will probably come home on furlough not to return 
again, should have permanent living quarters supplied 
them in the homeland. Most of these would desire to 
live at Winona Lake. They should have small first-floor 
apartment units. 

We have plans in the making for the building of this 
residence to be supplied by the WMC as mentioned 
above. Probably $15,000 to $20,000 over and above 
the cost of the lots or acreage will be needed. It is very 
probable that in the midyear meeting of our board of 
trustees, March 18-24, we will complete plans suffi- 
cient that preliminary announcements can be made. 
At least the exact location and general plan will probably 
be determined. As quickly as possible following that, the 
architect's drawings and plans will be produced. Funds 
will be needed to be available before we can begin. 
How much we will need to have above the cost of the 
lots before we can begin, our board will need to decide. 
The larger the WMC offerings and the earlier we re- 
ceived them will largely determine when we can begin 
construction. 

During these months when the WMC local groups 
will be gathering funds together we shall pray for God's 
wisdom and direction for each one, that He will grant 
generous and open hearts to all of us. Unanimous co- 
operation in this kindly and urgently-needed ministry 
for our faithful missionaries will do the work, and 
do it quickly and well. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER 10 

ARNOLD R. KRrEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
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, $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50: foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president: Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: William Schaffer, secretary: True Hunt, assistant secretary: Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee: Gene Farrell. S. W. Link, Mark Malles. Robert E. A. Miller. 
Thomas Hammers: Arnold R. Kriegbaum. ex officio 



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Women in Argentina 




By Miss Bertha Abel 



"What would we do without the women in our 
church?" is a question that could be asked in almost 
every church, and it is also a question that could be 
asked in our Argentine church. As is true in most 
churches in the United States, if not in all of them, there 
are many more women in our church in Argentina 
than there are men; and the women there play a very 
important part in the forward march of the church. 

They teach God's Word. Practically all of our Sun- 
day-school teachers are women and young ladies; and 
besides this many of them also teach daily vacation 
Bible school and child evangelism classes. 

They make it possible for others to hear the good 
news of God's free salvation. It's the women that offer 
their homes for child evangehsm classes and house 
meetings. (These are special evangelistic services in 
various sections of the cities and towns to reach the 
people in the neighborhood who would not go to a 
church but who would go into someone's home.) 

They witness to others. Whenever there's a house 
meeting or a special meeting of any kind coming up, 
it's usually the women that go out and invite others to 
attend, leaving tracts and a word of testimony as to 
everyone's need of a Saviour. Most of the time in 
doing this they go from house to house, creating an 
interest in the gospel wherever they can. And not only 
this, but a surprisingly large number of them witness for 
Christ to their unsaved relatives, friends, and neigh- 
bors, and many who work witness to the ones with 
whom they work. 

They hold extra prayer meetings. Each congregation 
has at least one meeting a week devoted to prayer and 
some have extra prayer meetings each week; but in 
many places the women hold added extra prayer meet- 
ings in order to be able to pray more for the needs 
of the work and for souls that need Christ. 

They make it possible for more children to go to 
camp. Many of the children in our Sunday schools are 
very poor; and not only do the parents lack the money, 
but they also many times lack sufficient clothing for 
the children to be able to send them to camp. And so, 
many times we find our women ripping old clothing 
or providing new material and with needle and thread, 
or sometimes with a sewing machine, making clothing 
for these children so that they might be able to go to 
camp. 

They help with the communion service. Whenever we 
have a communion service, the women are always glad 
to do whatever they can. They make the sandwiches, 
set the tables, get the basins and towels ready, and then 
afterwards wash and dry the dishes and cups and get 



everything back in order. Later, after the long table- 
cloths have been washed, they help iron them. 

They often play hostess or cook. Many times there 
are special meetings or rallies in one town or another 
when it is necessary to house overnight guests and help 
cook for a large number of people. We always find our 
women very willing to help along this line too, doing 
as much as they can. 

They contribute financially to the Lord's work. The 
Argentine WMC's primary financial project is to pay 
the salary and traveling expenses of one of our national 
workers. Miss Nelida Nunez. During the past four 
years they have been faithfully taking care of this re- 
sponsibility. And besides this they also help with the 
support of the other national workers, with the ex- 
penses of the Bible institute, with the camp expenses 
which includes helping to send needy and worthy chil- 
dren to camp, by buying needed new furnishings for 
the churches, and with many other needs of the Argen- 
tine church. 

So you see, our Argentine women keep very busy 
and whatever they do, they do it cheerfully "as unto 
the Lord." Again we have to ask: "What would we do 
without the women in our church?" 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR MAY 



Africa — 

Mr. Donald A. Spangler May 4 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Mary Hope Beaver May 7, 1946 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Miss Grace Byron May 7 

Mission a Bassai, Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Lois Irene Taber May 8, 1940 

Mission a Yaloke, Bossembele via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Alberta Mae Dunning May 11, 1949 

Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Camille Sue Cone May 26, 1955 

Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Argentina — 

Rita Dorene Hoyt May 18, 1944 

Calle 31, No. .33, Don Bosco, F.C.G.R., Argentina, South America. 

Mrs. James B. Marshall May 25 

Rivadavia 433. Rio Cuarto. F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argen- 
tina, South America. 

Rev. James B. Marshall May 28 

Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto, F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argen- 
tina, South America. 

Brazil — 

Rev. John W. Zielasko May 7 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

France — 

Victor Fredrick Fogle May 1, 1949 

79 Chemin de Vassieux, Caluire et Curie, Rhone, France. 

Kathleen Lois Taber May 9, 1955 

29 Av. Ardouin, le Plessis — Trevise, Seine et Oise, France. 

Mexico — 

Sharon Rachel Haag May 9, 1948 

439 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, Calif., U.S.A. 

Kathryn Sue Howard May 29, 1948 

406 Mary Avenue, Calexico, Calif., U.S.A. 

In the United States — 

Naomi Ruth Mason May 28, 1948 

724 Anderson Avenue, Fort Wayne. Ind. 

Donna Marie Khever May 29, 1940 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



March 9, 1957 



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Christian Home and Marriage 
Forum 



By Althea S. Miller 



WHEN YOU QUARREL WITH YOUR HUSBAND 
OR WIFE 

Any honest married individual knows what we're 
talking about when we assume that at least a minimum 
of quarreling besets every marriage. None of us can 
wholly escape family misunderstandings, but there are 
ways to reduce the pain and avoid complications. 

It was 8:30 of a workday morning. Breakfast and fam- 
ily worship were over and I went to the kitchen to close 
up each lunch box and give them to the children. There 
had been no major upset in the family routine that 
morning and the day lay before me with challenging 
brightness. 

Suddenly, the man of my heart was in the kitchen 
with his nose poked in the refrigerator. "Why is all this 
cheese opened in the refrigerator?" he bellowed? Or 
at least it sounded to me as though he bellowed be- 
cause of a seething inner resentment for his inter- 
ference in what I hold to be my domain. 

"There aren't any packages of cheese opened ex- 
cept what is currently being used," I exploded. "Why 
don't you go mind your own business? None of the 
cheese is spoiling. I don't check on how you do your 
work in your study, and I'll thank you to stay out of 
my business." With that parting remark I sashayed out 
of the kitchen. 

The day was now drab and drear. Plans to finish the 
draperies and get them hung went unfulfilled. For two 
hours or more I "boiled" as I told myself over and 
over again that nothing short of a very humble apology 
from my husband would ever make me feel right toward 
him again. My better judgment through experience told 
me the apology would not be forthcoming. 

All morning I vacillated between wondering what 
I ever saw in that fellow to marry him, and. what would 
I ever do without him if anything should happen to 
him. YOU understand those emotions, don't you? Be- 
fore noon I began to acknowledge what I'd known all 
along — that I acted as hastily and unkindly as I accused 
my husband of doing. Just the same, I wasn't going 
to be a softy this time. When he came in at noon acting 
as if nothing had ever been done to me, I'd "fix" him. 

"No you won't," my inner, new nature dictated. 

"Oh, yes I will," the blustery "old man" insisted. "I'll 
show that man I'm no mouse to run when he says 
'shoo.' I wish I were a mouse," I said to the walls of 
my room. The only way a woman can be really happy 
in her marriage is to be a mouse. But I just can't be 
one." Now I was crying, but the tears brought release 
from the emotional volcano which had been built up 
over the past weeks. I was ready to listen to the Spirit 
of God as He showed me how childishly I have behaved. 

When my husband came in at noon he was as I knew 
he would be — casual and natural, as though things were 
ever thus. Then I noticed deep, dark circles under his 
eyes which I hadn't taken time to notice this morning. 
These long hours were telling on him, too. 

"The poor dear," I thought as he sat eating lunch, 
"he is just as pressed with the responsibility of providing 



for this family as I am with the management and dis- 
pensing of that provision." Where we both made (and 
make) our mistake is when we assume all of that re- 
sponsibility. God has enjoined us to "cast all our care 
upon him." We do this sometimes, and then we turn 
around and take up the burden ourselves. When we do 
this, the Devil has an inning in our marriage which we 
should never allow him to have. 

Following this train of thought through to its logical 
conclusion, I knew that basically the reason for this 
ridiculous flare-up which had assumed such large pro- 
portions in my own heart, was due to our both being 
absolutely worn out physically. But with so much to 
do we both felt as if we had to keep going until we drop, 
if necessary. Physical depletion is perfect breeding 
ground for emotional instability. 

There are times when my husband becomes upset 
at some triviality as I had this day. In any normal mar- 
riage, Christian or non-Christian, this state of affairs 
is bound to exist at intervals. It is the recurrence of these 
intervals, their repercussions, and how they are met 
which should concern us. 



ATTENTION PRAYER WARRIORS! 



Sometime ago the writer received a copy of a book- 
let entitled, "Revival or Judgment," which can be 
obtained from Life Messengers, Box 515, Seattle 11, 
Wash. — 12 for $1. It proved to be so challenging that 
we are sharing excerpts with you this month. Let us 
honestly examine our own hearts as we read: 

"In one of our munition plants employing 500 men, 
there is an excellent canteen and lounging room. Each 
day, after the men have had their lunch, they discuss 
topics of general interest. One day their discussion 
centered on Christianity and hypocrisy. Some very 
harsh and cruel things were said about Christians. In the 
group was a Christian we shall call Bill. When Bill 
could stand it no longer, he rose to his feet and said: 
"Men, you have been saying some very hard things about 
Christians. Now I admit that there are hypocrites in the 
church, but I also want you to know that there are a lot 
of sincere Christians. And I, myself, very humbly claim 
to believe in Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and 
Saviour." 

He was about to sit down when a man said: "Just 
a minute. Bill, I would like you to answer some ques- 
tions. I take it from what you have said that you believe 
the Bible to be the Word of God." "I certainly do," 
said Bill, "I believe it from cover to cover." "Then do 
you believe that all of us who are not Christians are 
lost and on our way to hell?" "Yes," Bill said, "I do." 
And so the dialogue proceeded: 

Question: "How long have you worked here with us, 
Bill?" Bill: "Four years." Question: "How often in that 
period have you spent a night in prayer for our lost 
souls" . . . Bill: "I'm sorry, fellows, but I cannot say 
that I have spent any time in prayer for you." 

Question: "Well, Bill, that is just the kind of hy- 
pocrisy we have been talking about." 

Are we Brethren guilty? Do we believe that those 
about us who are outside of Christ are lost? Still our 
efforts to win them to Christ are a mere pretense! Think 
of this indictment! 



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Our new project for the foreign missionary em- 
phasis period fits in very well with our cover picture 
this month: The Foreign Missionary Society has had a 
missionary residence since January 1936 when the 
"Bethany Home" at Ashland, Ohio was completed. This 
home was made possible by a $5,000 project gift of the 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha. With the help of 
volunteer labor a nice, duplex building was erected and 
was first occupied by Dr. Florence Gribble, pioneer 
missionary on furlough, and her daughter Marguerite, 
and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Khever, then approved can- 
didates for Africa attending Ashland Seminary. 

After Winona Lake became the headquarters for the 
church, it was considered wise to sell the Ashland 
property and reinvest the money in a home at Winona 
Lake. A large stone dwelling was bought at Winona 
Lake and converted into a four apartment missionary 
residence — the building presented as our cover this 
month. It has proved a blessing to many missionaries 
on furlough through the years. The WMC has always 
taken a great interest in this missionary residence, 
supplying many of the furnishings and keeping the 
pantry shelves stocked with food. Our annual "Mis- 
sionary Residence Upkeep" offering, taken through our 
district organizations each summer, is used for the 
purchasing of necessary equipment and furniture. 

However, as the missionary force has grown the in- 
adequacy of the residence has become more and more 
apparent. It is often necessary for missionaries to find 
other apartments here at Winona Lake or elsewhere 
because the residence is full. This situation has led the 
Foreign Missionary Society to make plans for additional 
missionary housing here at Winona Lake. We as WMC 
members wish to have our part in this important under- 
taking. As a result, we have accepted a five-year project 
of raising at least $15,000 toward this need. Our goal 
for this year is $3,000. As the months go on we will 
try to keep you posted on plans for the building. Give, 
pray, and watch for the reahzation of our plans for 
better missionary housing here at Winona Lake. 



NATIONAL WMC PROJECT OFFERINGS 
1956-1957 

General and Publication Offering $2,435.22 

Home Missions Offering 3,004.16 

Christian Education Offering Due June 10 

Foreign Missions Offering Due June 10 

Thank Offering (Penny-a-day) Due June 10 

Birthday Offering Due July 10 

Missionary Residence Upkeep Due July 10 




Mother s Letter 

(Second in a series) 
Darling, 

I was so glad to receive your letter, and such a letter! 

Somehow I knew there was something on your mind. 
Your last two letters were so shallow, and they just 
seemed to skim the surface; so I knew way down deep 
there was something troubling you. I didn't know 
whether you were losing out in your grades, falling in 
love or coming down with the flu. Since it is none of 
these, I am praying that in addition to my poor counsel, 
you may seek the guidance of Him who has promised 
that if we lack wisdom, and ask of Him, he will give 
liberally and upbraid not. 

In my opinion the only solution of your problem is 
sublime trust and patience. My dear child, I have been 
through it all, the anguish of indecision, an overwhelm- 
ing fear of, and desire to pierce the veil of the future. 
Since several of your friends do seem to be so sure of 
what they want to do, it does make it harder for you 
not to know what to prepare for. But every building 
must have a foundation, regardless of what kind of 
structure, it is going to be. The thing for you to do 
is to realize that you are now laying the foundation for 
your life, and whether it will be lived in a business house, 
a school, a church or home, the foundation must be 
strong and well built in order to be useful and stand the 
storms of life. The ornaments can be added later. With 
a background of faith, courage and love; with a disposi- 
tion that enables you to live with people of like or un- 
like temperment, with honesty and loyalty like pillars, 
you can face the world and all its problems regardless 
of what your life will be. 

Sometimes waiting is the hardest thing in the world 
to do, but when it's the only thing we can do, we can 
endure it only by filling in the time with activities that 
build. I am as sure that you will be given to know as I 
am that you are my very own daughter, and sometimes 
when I look at you, it is as if I were looking into a 
mirror, not physically, but into the mind of you. 

I want you always to feel that, next to your Heavenly 
Father, you can come to me with all your problems and 

I will understand. 

Encourage the girls who are going to be teachers, 
nurses, even doctors and lawyers, missionaries and so- 
cial workers, as well as those who are planning to be 
homemakers, to talk to you of their work and plans. 
It will help them as well as you. Remember the illus- 
tration of the little lamp on the foot of the traveler? 
It lights only a few steps ahead, but if we keep going, 
the way will always be lighted, one step at a time. 

Loving you so much, I am. 

Your Mother 

II Timothy 2:15. 

WMC OFFICIARY 

President — Mrs. Kenneth Ashman, 205 Ihrig Ave., Wooster, Ohio. 
First Vice President (Projects) — Mrs. Miles Taber. 314 Dorchester 

St., Ashland, Ohio. 
Second Vice President (Program) — Mrs. Thomas Hammers, 6242 

30th Ave.. Seattle 15, Wash. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Lester Pifer, Box 195, Winona Lalce, Ind. 
Assistant Secretary — Mrs. Scott Weaver, R.R. 2, Osceola, Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Chester McCall, 4580 Don 

Felipe Dr., Los Angeles, Calif. 
Literature Secretary — Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 203 W. Woodland, Fort 

Wayne, Ind. 
Editor — Mrs. Benamin Hamilton, Box 701, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Prayer Chairman — Mrs. Frank Lindower, R.R. 1, Uniontown, Ohio. 
Patroness of SMM — ^Mrs, H. Leslie Moore, 112 Beachley St., Meyera- 

dale. Pa. 



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Letters From WMC Birthday Missionaries 



Dear Sisters in Christ: 

Greetings in the name of our wonderful Saviour 
Jesus Christ! 

How much our hearts rejoice and praise Him, to 
know that we are all laborers together with Him. 

It is indeed a real joy to me to be chosen as one of 
your birthday missionaries for this year. My sincere 
prayer is that I may be a worthy servant in His great 
harvest field, which is now ripe and ready for reaping. 

We do praise the Lord for every WMC member 
and for the vision the Lord has given to go forward in 
His name. Only the Lord knows about your love and 
sacrifices for home and foreign missions, and how 
we all have been blessed and encouraged by your 
prayers and gifts. May the Lord stir all of us with a 
greater compassion for souls in the coming years, as 
well as to pray that His constraining love may reach 
heathen lands and His blessed return be hastened. 

Our sincere prayer is, for all our dear WMC mem- 
bers, that the Lord may increase your fruitfulness for 
Him and continue to richly bless you. 

Thanking you again for the privilege of being your 
missionary. Pray for me. Yours for souls in Africa, 

Charlotte H. Jobson 



Dear Mrs. Pifer: 

Greetings in the name that is above every name, 
that of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! 

How happy I was to hear of the wonderful conference 
enjoyed this year at Winona Lake, and of the Lord's 
blessings on the WMC sessions. From what we have 
heard, there was an unusually large representation of 
missionaries present this year. 

I consider it a real privilege to have been chosen as 
one of your "Birthday Missionaries" this year and 
thank you for it. To me this means that not only will 
the offerings of the women be supporting me this year, 
but that in a special way their prayers, too, will be sup- 
porting me and how my heart rejoices in this fact. 

We have ahead what promises to be an excep- 
tionally busy year, if the Lord tarries. A short time ago 
we secured a lot for our temple here in Marmol, and as 
soon as the transaction is completed and we have the 
deed, probably within a month, we'd like to start work. 
Erecting a church building will be a new experience 
for us and we covet your prayers for the Lord's guidance 
in the plans and all the other details. Also that He will 
put the grace of giving in the hearts of our believers, that 
the necessary funds may come in. 

Before us are the summer months with opportunities 
for open-air work limited only by our strength and time. 
Our young people have an open-air class a few blocks 
away with usually 20 or more children in attendance. 
They expect to soon start at least one more, and also a 
Happy Hour class in the home of one of the families. 

The Lord is giving us new contacts and we'd ap- 
preciate your joining us in prayer for their salvation. 

As soon as the weather is a bit warmer we plan 



to have a baptismal service in our back patio, and it 
looks as though there will be several baptized. One is 
a very faithful Christian girl who is engaged to our 
Sunday-school superintendent. We believe the Lord has 
great blessings ahead for the work here in this town 
which is growing rapidly. 

Truly the petition, "Open Thou Mine Eyes," is one 
we all need to pray, and as He opens our eyes to the 
great need and possibilities, may we be more faith- 
ful in meeting the need and seizing the opportunities 
that many more souls may pass from darkness into His 
marvelous light. 

The Lord continue to bless each one of the ladies 
of the WMC as they faithfully serve Him, and as they 
make it possible for the gospel message to be carried . 
to many who otherwise would never have the oppor- 
tunity of hearing it. 

Yours in His love, 

Dorothy Maconaghy 



Dear National WMC: 

Greetings from Africa in the name of Him who loves 
us and gave himself for us, and who is soon coming 
to take us out of this present evil world. Truly He is a 
wonderful Saviour, and we praise Him every day for 
all of His many blessings to us. How we do praise Him 
for a church that is interested in its missionaries, and for 
the WMC within the church that is so faithful in support- 
ing us in so many different ways. 

When Mrs. Pifer's letter came, I thought: "How nice 
of Genevieve to write to me again," but I had not read 
very far before I discovered that it was no ordinary 
letter. I still do not find words of my own to express 
to you my thanks and appreciation for choosing me as 
one of your "Birthday Missionaries," so I will say with 
the Apostle Paul, "I thank my God upon every re- 
membrance of you . . . for your fellowship in the gos- 
pel .. . your work of faith and labor of love." And as 
we see how you are expanding your gifts from year 
to year — again Paul expresses it so aptly — "We are 
bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is 
meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly." 

You will never know how unworthy I :ceel of all that 
you are giving for me, and I want to assure you that 
with your continued prayer help I shall spend and be 
spent to glorify the name of our precious Lord in this 
land. 

Truly the Lord is blessing your work here in Africa. 
He has opened our eyes to the white harvest fields. There 
are so many places that need to be occupied, and so 
many things that need to be done, that it takes real wis- 
dom from above to distinguish between what we as 
missionaries think we want, and what the Lord's will :"or 
us is. Pray for us individually and as a mission. 

Again, thank you for all that you mean to us and are 
doing for us. May the Lord's richest blessings be upon 
you. 

Yours for Him in .Africa, 

Freda Kliever 



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VESSELS of -UONORJ 

H TIM. 2:20-22 

SISTEl^+^OOD T+^€ME 1956-1957 



The Conference and the Truck 



By Mrs. William Samarin 



Sara awakened suddenly to find the warm sun bsam- 
ing in her eyes. Nambona was already stirring manioc 
into the cooking pot. Sara and the others from the vil- 
lage, who were at the three-day Bible conference, ate 
their morning meal quickly. From somewhere a drum 
sounded, and everyone gathered songbooks and New 
Testaments to go to the meeting. Sara carefully tied 
her books in a scarf and put them on her head. 

There was not room enough in the chapel so the 
people gathered in the shade of three tall mango trees. 
In the crowd Sara recognized Kobo, the pastor who 
had helped her when her parents had tried to arrange 
a pagan marriage for her. Standing beside him were the 
missionary man and his wife. Sara had never been close 
to a white person before. She moved nearer to get a 
better look. How straight and limp the white woman's 
hair seemed. At least her eyes were dark. Her hus- 
band's eyes were the color of dirty salt. The woman mis- 
sionary saw the girl stare, so she smiled at her. Sara 
greeted her shyly and hurried on. 

The morning hours passed quickly. They listened 
to sermons, sang new songs and talked about church 
problems. In the afternoon at the sound of the drum 
Sara went with the women and girls to the little mud 
church. She seated herself on a log between a woman 
from her village and a strange girl. They all laughed be- 
cause they were so crowded. Sara sighted Nambona 
in the doorway and waved to her to come over. 

When the woman missionary rose to speak, Sara 
resumed her scrutiny of the white woman, but soon her 
attention was caught by three pots lying on the table 
by the speaker. The missionary was talking about the 
pots. Sara forgot about the unusual color of the woman 
and listened intently. 

The missionary pointed at the old broken pot. "This 
is what all of you use every day. When you sweep you 
use this to gather up the dirt." Then she pointed to a 
large black waterpot. "Someone in your village made 
this. Every morning you put it on your head and you go 
to draw water. If it breaks, there is no sorrow, for there 
is lots of clay in the river to make another. But this 
third vessel is different. Most of you receive one of these 
shiny, new store-pots before you are married. It's a 
part of your bride price. You take good care of it. You 
would never use it to sweep dirt into nor for any other 
low task. It is a vessel of honor in your house. Now open 
your New Testaments with me to II Timothy 2:20-22. 

When they finished reading, the missionary explained 
how every Christian made a choice. Every Christian 
was a vessel for the Lord, but what kind? They could be 
disobedient and be like the broken sweeping pot. Or they 
could just do what was expected of a believer and 
nothing extra; then they were like the big black water- 



pot. Or they could be eager to do God's work and to be 
as good and pure as He taught. Then in His eyes they 
were the bright, shiny honored vessels. 

Sara heard no more, for Someone inside of her 
seemed to Speak. "You were once like the broken pot. 
Then you chose God's better way and now you are like 
the second vessel. But you have never asked God to 
change you completely. You have never worked for 
God!" Sara walked out of the chapel with a bent head. 
She wanted to be a vessel of honor, but how? 

Sara's mother called from the shelter of the house. 
She ran to do her mother's bidding. Her mother said 
that she would wash the grain Sara was working with 
if Sara would take a new pot to her aunt's village. 
Since the girl's return from conference, Sara had been 
looking for ways to serve God. She had tried to talk 
to her family, but they just laughed at her affectionately 
and ignored what she had to say. But Moco would 
listen. She and Moco had done everything together as 
girls. Now that Moco was the fifth wife of an old vil- 
lage chief in another village, they did not see each 
other. This request to go to her aunt's village was not 
distasteful to Sara, for this was also Moco's village. 
Sh would gladly go. She missed her friend, and now 
she could spend the night in her aunt's house. 

She arrived in the large village hot and dusty. After 
greeting her aunt she went in search of Moco. She 
finally found her gathering cotton in her husband's 
garden. With shrill screeches of joy the girls flung 
themselves into each other's arms. Moco grabbed Sara's 
hand, "I'm here alone. No one will know if we go to 
the river to talk." 

In the cool shade Moco began to pour out her 
troubles. Her husband was cranky, his other wives were 
bossy, and just because she was the youngest, she had to 
pound grain late into the night. She whispered: "I'm 
going to run away!" 

Sara was shocked. "You can't run away. Why, there's 
no place to go." Moco's second declaration shocked 
Sara more than the first. Avoiding Sara's eyes Moco 
told how she had taken water out to the road when a 
truck stopped and the driver called for something to 
drink. The truck driver was of a different tribe but 
seemed nice. He stopped again the next week, and 
after much teasing he had given her a string of beads. 
Then he had offered to take her with him to Bangui to 
live. Moco herself had been shocked with his plan, but 
the following days had been more miserable than ever. 
Last night her husband had found the beads. The third 
wife told him how she had seen Moco talking to the 

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CHURCH 



By Mrs. Max Brenneman 



"The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth 
keep silence before him."" Therefore when we enter 
the church we should be quiet. 

Did you ever stop to think just what is church? Judy 
told me how she liked church and what it meant to 
her. And this is what she said: 

"I think of God every day. But Sunday is His day, and 
I love to worship Him in His house — the church. 

"After Sunday school, I look forward to the morning 
worship service. I know that Tm not very old. But 
I am thrilled with our morning service. V^hen I enter 
the church building, I am very quiet because God is 
there, and He is holy. Some children run up and down 
the aisles and talk out loud. This hurts me very much 
because I know that it does not please God. 

"Because I get more out of the service if I sit up 
close to the front, I find a good seat. (Mother and Daddy 
sit up front with me, too.) Psalm 63:3 says: ". . . my 
lips shall praise thee." I enjoy praising God by singing. 
We'll do a lot of singing in heaven, and I like to prac- 
tice here on earth. 

"The morning Scripture is read. Of course, I have my 
Bible open, and I follow my pastor as he reads. When 
I watch my Bible carefully, 1 learn many new words, 
and most of all, hearing God"s own words is a joy and 
a blessing, for God is talking to us through His Word. 

"When, in our pastor's morning prayer, he talks 
to God, my eyes should remain closed, and I myself 
should be in an attitude of prayer. For prayer is talking 
to our Heavenly Father. 

"Offering time. Now Mother and Daddy give me 
money to put in the offering plate. I am glad to give it, 
but what I enjoy most is to give my own money. Instead 
of spending all the money that I am given during 
the week, I give at least 10 percent of it back to God. 
My offerings aren't much — neither was the widow's mite 
in the Bible — but God blesses. 

"Special music. Oh, that some day I might use my 
voice to sing of God's love or use my fingers to play 
the piano or organ to His glory! 

"Sermon. All week long my pastor has been pre- 
paring spiritual food for me. Now is the time for me 
to receive it so that I may grow in Christ. True, I am 
not able to understand it all, but God blesses me when 
I sit still and listen. I will admit that reading the Sun- 
day-school paper and chewing gum sometimes tempts 
me, but church is the place we go to worship God. 
There is a time for reading the Sunday-school paper 
and chewing gum. But it is not in church. 

"As a Christian girl, I look forward to the invita- 
tion. Maybe then someone will accept Christ as their 
personal Saviour. 

"After the benediction, I quietly leave the church with 
my parents. I make it a point to shake hands with my 
pastor. I enjoy speaking to him. As a spiritual father 
he is interested in my spiritual growth. 

"I like to go to church!" 

What does church mean to you? Can you enjoy 
church like Judy? If not, why not? Let us put to prac- 
tice Habakkuk 2:20. (Read it aloud.) 



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SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR APRIL 

THEME SONG— Sing "Channels Only"' and follow it 
by choruses. 

SCRIPTURE — Repeat the year's verses in II Timothy. 
Then read the second chapter of I Timothy. 

PRAYER CIRCLE— Be sure to include the requests 
listed this month. Try joining hands in your prayer 
circle. 

DEVOTIONAL TOPIC— Seniors and Middlers study 
"The Conference and the Truck" by Mrs. Samarin. 
Juniors study "Church." 

SPECIAL NUMBER— Since this is the birthday month, 
perhaps someone could give a birthday reading. 

MISSIONARY LESSON— Seniors, Middlers, study the 
"Life of Evelyn Fuqua," and Juniors continue the 
Pondo missionary story — this time "Koly Loses Faith 
in the Sorcerer." 

BUSINESS MEETING — Include the president's re- 
minders. Check on your goals. 

BENEDICTION— Psalm 145:1-2. 



THE CONFERENCE AND THE TRUCK 

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truck driver. In anger her husband had beaten her 
before the whole village. Now today she was exiled to the 
cotton field alone. "Anything would be better than this," 
she added sullenly. 

Sara's mind tumbled with thought. Had she not 
thought of running away once herself? Then she had 
become a Christian. God had provided peace and 
happiness. Her plans had been only unhappy dream- 
ing. Moco's danger was real. Looking at her miserable 
friend she could not be silent. "This truck driver is 
probably a very bad man. He will take you only to 
leave you in some strange village without help from 
your family or friends." To Sara's distress her friend 
began to cry. "Oh, I couldn't be more unhappy!" 
Taking Moco's hand Sara said: "But you could be hap- 
pier! Going away won't make you happy, but be- 
coming a Christian will." 

Quietly Sara told Moco about each happiness she had 
since becoming a Christian. Moco only shook her head 
and said it was too late. "If I had believed before I was 
married, I could have 'escaped' as you did. But even 
God cannot make me happy now." 

Sara could think of nothing else to say to her friend. 
They rose and went back toward the village. A gust 
of dry wind brought the sound of an approaching truck 
to their ears. The girls stood listening till they knew 
that it was slowing to a stop in front of the village. Moco 
broke into a run, but Sara begged her friend not to 
go. They broke through the grass and into the village 
in time to see the dusty truck roll to a stop. A young 
boy dropped from the top of the load to put a board 
against the back wheel. A tall middle-aged man got out 
of the truck. He wore clothes like a white man and a 
white man's cigarette hung from his lips. He caught sight 
of the girls and waved them over. Sara gave a spit of 
disgust and turned to run to the house of her aunt. 
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Koly Loses Faith in the Sorcerer 



By Miss Mary Emmert 



The evening of Koly's second wife's burial, Pondo 
and his relatives came to sit with them a while in 
silent sympathy. Throughout the whole night, the 
mourning would break out again, continue for a long 
time, then die down while the group rested out of sheer 
weariness. 

The next day, they visited the grave and placed bits 
of broken pottery, and some grain, and a few yams on it 
to show the departed spirit that they meant to share the 
produce of the garden with it. The broken pottery was 
to bewail the fact that she would never use it any more, 
so it might as well be broken. These were the only 
"flowers" put on Kogara's grace. After this ceremony, 
Koly sat with his family again by the campfire in his 
yard to receive any visitors that came to sympathize 
with him. But unlike the usual mournings, the num- 
ber that thus came to sit with him was very small. He 
fell to brooding again. Toward evening he got up and 
stalked angrily away muttering as he went. 

Pondo looked curiously after him. "What is he so 
angry about?" he asked his mother. "Where is he 
going?" 

"I do not know," said Nana fearfully. "All I know is 
that he is very angry with Gafo, the sorcerer. I hope he 
is not going to quarrel with him again." 

"Why is he angry with Gafo?" asked Pondo. 

"Because Gafo would not come when we sent for 
him, when Kogara first got sick, you know. Then when 
Koly came home and sent the second time for him, he 
finally came after a long delay. But he refused to do 
anything about her sickness. He acted very queerly." 
Nana was worried. 

"Then what happened?" prompted Pondo. 

"They got to quarreling, and Kogara died while they 
were still talking. Koly was very angry and wanted Gafo 
to find the evil spirits that killed her, but he refused 
and walked away." 

"Could it be the twins' fault?" asked Pondo in a low 
voice. 

"Oh, my," said the poor mother, "I am only a woman, 
why ask me?" 

Late that evening Koly came back utterly exhausted, 
but still furious. Pondo was awakened by his angry 
talking. "This is the last," Koly was saying. "Never, 
never will I have anything more to do with a medicine 
man. I am through with them," he shouted. 

Nana sat in a frightened heap on the mat that served 
for her bed, and let him talk on without any comments. 

"Why would he not come when we called him?" he 
continued. "Why has not the whole village been here 
to mourn with us today? There is something back of 
this!" 

Pondo sat up wide-eyed. Were his little twin sis- 
ters in danger? Did they harbor an evil spirit that was 
the cause of Kogara's death? His feelings were curiously 
mixed on the subject. He loved his sisters, even though 
they were always a big nuisance to him, but yet he 
felt a growing horror of them in his mind. Such un- 
natural creatures as to harbor an evil spirit that would 
kill their ovm relatives! 



He stopped to listen to his father again. Koly was 
pouring out questions one after another at the trem- 
bling Nana. "Where had Kogara been the day she took 
sick? What had she eaten? With whom had she talked?" 
Nana knew very little about it. Koly became more 
desperate. "Was there a quarrel between Kogara and 
anyone in the village?" he demanded. 

Nana began to sob. "Yes," she admitted. "They have 
all turned against us. They hated both Kogara and me." 
She broke down and cried as though the pent-up bit- 
terness of months had just broken loose. 

"Tell me about it," said Koly with a gleam in his 
eyes. 

"It started when the guard had us excused from 
the village work," explained Nana. "We were so glad. 
But soon we noticed that the other women were very 
jealous of us, and made all kinds of mean remarks. Of 
course, that amused us, too, for a while. But I'm so 
sick and tired of it now. It has just been one constant 
bickering with them." 

"You and Kogara didn't have a quarrel, did you?" 
Koly asked eyeing his wife attentively. 

"No, really," Nana replied, meeting his gaze squarely. 
"We had so many quarrels with the other women that we 
had to stick together." 

"Could it be the twins?" ventured Pondo in a 
whisper for fear of waking them. 

"No, no, my son, it is not the twins this time. Gafo 
and the people of the village have conspired against 
us. He can never come near me nor my family again, 
the old rascal!" 

Nana trembled. "What shall we do if any of us 
ever get sick?" she wanted to know. "We shall aU die 
without the sorcerer." 

"We die if we have him, too," answered Koly bit- 
terly. "I tell you, their affair is a pact of lies to deceive 
the people." 

Nana was not convinced. "Oh, what will ever become 
of us?" she wailed. 



PRAYER REQUESTS 




Pray for the birthday 
offering — that each girl 
will feel led to give from 
her heart for the mis- 
sionaries' children. 

Pray for the young 
people for whom the of- 
fering is given: Anne 
Kliever, James Dowdy, 
and Donald Sheldon. 

Pray (in your prayer 
circle) for the girl stand- 
ing on your right, and for 
your patronesses. 

Pray for the authors 
of next year's lessons. 



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By Marie Sackett 

BIRTHDAY OFFERING DUE— April is the month 
when your birthday offerings for the future education 
of missionaries" children is due. Our goal is S700. Why 
not celebrate the birthday of Sisterhood and send in 
a good offering so we can meet this goal? 

HOW FAR ARE YOU with your memorization of 
the Book of Ephesians? You don't have too much longer 
to complete it. This goal will prove a real blessing to 
you and help you in your Christian life. Also, Seniors, 
don't forget your Bible reading, and Middlers and 
Juniors, your memorizing of the missionaries' names 
and fields. 

DO YOU HAVE 100 BANDAGES ROLLED? Re- 
member our bandage-rolling contest: 100 is only the 
minimum! Don't forget to do your part in this SMM 
work. 

NOTE: Your national treasurer is moving in March. 
So from here on, send all offerings to Miss Florence 
E. Moeller, Winona Lake, Ind. If you haven't sent in 
your offerings for the General Fund, National Project, 
and National Officers' Expenses, please do so as soon 
as possible so we can meet our goals. Do your part 
in the work of SMM for the glory of the Lord. 



SCRIBBLES 

By Jeanette Turner 

The first to report the memorizing of the Book of 
Ephesians this year is Mrs. Violet Garrison of the 
Bethel Brethren Church in Osceola, Ind.! 

The girls in Munday's Corner, Conemaugh, Pa., have 
been giving toward their own building fund plus giving 
their regular offerings. They had charge of the candle- 
light service in October. 

The Senior girls in Johnstown, Pa., made a quilt for 
Dr. and Mrs. W. A. Ogden, their former pastor and 
wife, and sent it to them at Christmas. 

The Aleppo, Pa,, girls had a chile supper one evening 
before a bandage-rolling meeting. 

The Portis, Kans., SMM held an all-day "sewing 
bee" with the WMC members. The ladles and girls 
tied five crib quilts as part of a district project. One of 
the ladies gave a book review while everyone sewed. 

Elyria, Ohio, girls are making green jumpers which 
they will wear with white blouses for SMM meetings 
and special programs. They have also rolled their goal 
in bandages. 

SISTERHOOD OFFICIARY 

President— Marie Sackett, Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. (Home: 
1010 Randolph St., Waterloo, Iowa). 

Vice President— Rachel Smlthwick, R. R. 1, Harrah, Wash. 

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

Editor— J eannette Turner. Winona Lake, Ind. (Home: Portis, Kans.). 

Treasurer— Florence Moeller, 1027 Franklin Street, Johnstown, Pa. 

Literature Secretary— Kathleen Ripple, 516 Fritsch Ave.. Akron 12, 
Ohio. 

Bandage Secretary — Joyce Ashman, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Patroness — Mrs. H. Leslie Moore, 112 Beachley, St.. Meyersdale. Pa. 

Assistant Patroness— Mrs. Russell Weber, 835 Spruce St.. Hagers- 
town. Md. 



Serving the Lord 
with Evelyn Fuqua 




By Mrs. Don West 



Our missionary for this month is just a little different 
from all our other missionaries. When we think of a 
missionary our first thoughts are perhaps of a land far 
away, a different language, strange customs, but above 
all a people without Christ, a people who may never have 
heard the good news, be it Africa, Argentina, Brazil, 
France, Hawaii, Mexico, or our own U.S.A. Our mis- 
sionary this month is serving the Lord in Dryhill, Ky., 
telling the people there of our Lord's great love. (You 
see, crossing an ocean does not make a missionary.) 
Evelyn Fuqua has been "on the field" in Kentucky, 10 
years, three at the mission at Clayhole, and seven at 
Dryhill. 

Evelyn Fuqua's plans for her future, as most young 
girls, was to have a home of her own and a family. That 
was uppermost in her mind, but the Lord haci other 
plans. She thought her plans were working out; she 
had been engaged for a year. Then God showed her He 
had other things in store for her life. Evelyn stated: "If 
this engagement had not been broken, I probably would 
never have been in the Lord's work. Our disappoint- 
ments are His appointments!" 

The field at Dryhill keeps her very busy; Sunday 
morning services, prayer meetings, Bible study, young 
people's meetings, boys' club, visitation, entertaining, 
etc. The most thrilling part of her work is her young 
people. They meet every Friday evening and have lots 
of good times putting on plays, programs, and parties. 
When she sees them come to the Lord, it is really a 
thrill. The most gratifying thing in her work is to see 
souls come to know the Lord as their personal Saviour. 
To see the adults, both men and women, begin to at- 
tend church after years of not going to church is most 
rewarding. 

Her work is not a bed of roses just because she is in 
the States. Some of her tasks are those of a man, keeping 
ditches dug out, things repaired, cutting kindling. 

Evelyn thinks that we as Sisterhood girls can do much 
to further the work of missions. How? By working hard 
on our project offerings. She said that a lot of her 
needs at Dryhill have been supplied by our SMM of- 
ferings. The chapel was built by offerings from the Sis- 
terhood girls. Think of how much value the chapel 
has been in the work there and the souls that have been 
saved because of it. Let us get busy and swell those of- 
ferings and see what our offerings can do in the 
future. 

What does the Lord have in store for us personally 
as a Sisterhood girl? Evelyn never dreamed she would 
be serving the Lord, but she is, and she gives each of 
us a challenge to be prepared if the Lord has some great 
plans for us. 



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LEON, IOWA. The decision of 
Judge H. J. Kittleman of District 
Court, Leon, Iowa, has been ap- 
pealed. Judge Kittleman handed 
down his verdict Jan. 28 in favor of 
the Leon Brethren Church, Ronald 
Robinson, pastor. The appeal was 
filed Feb. 25 by George T. Ronk, 
plaintiff. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The In- 
diana District WMC wiU conduct 
a Fellowship Festival here Mar. 22, 
at 8:15 p. m. (EST). AU men of 
the district are invited to attend, for 
a special program has been arranged 
of interest to all. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. On Mar. 
4 the first and second grade pupils 
of the Brethren Elementary School, 
of the First Brethren Church, ap- 
peared on the Art Linkletter TV 
Houseparty. Their teacher is Ruth 
Marie Landrum. Howard Vulga- 
more is principal. 

WASHINGTON, PA. The newly 
purchased pews of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church have been installed. The 
building will be dedicated in the 
spring. The name of the church has 
been changed from the Laboratory 
Grace Brethren Church to the Grace 
Brethren Church, R.R. 4. L. E. 
Rogers is pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. RusseU 
Weber has resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, and ac- 
cepted the call of the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pa. He will 
assume his new duties on June 15. 



TRACY, CALIF. A surprise food 
shower and love offering was given 
to Pastor and Mrs. Nelson Hall on 
Feb. 13, by the First Brethren 
Church. 

WABASH, IND. Approximately 
150 attended the Freshman-Sopho- 
more banquet of Grace College. The 
banquet was held in Honeywell 
Memorial Hall on Feb. 22. 

FREMONT, OHIO. A surprise 
grocery shower was given Feb. 22 
by the Grace Brethren Church for 
the Brethren Construction Crew 
which has been constructing the 
Brethren Chapel in Fremont, Gran- 
ville Tucker, pastor. The host pastor 
was Gordon Bracker. 

SUNNYSIDE, WASH. The 
Northwest District youth enjoyed a 
semi-formal banquet here on Feb. 
9. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. A new 
building will be constructed soon 
to house the Winona Lake post of- 
fice, according to John Andrews, 
executive manager of the Winona 
Lake Assembly. The new post of- 
fice will be located just south of 
the present post office building, 
where the small church is located. 
Plans call for a 40-foot frontage 
facing Park Ave., and the building 
will be 90 feet long. The building 
will be faced with either brick or 
Bedford stone. 

CLAY CITY, IND. A reception 
was given Pastor and Mrs. Edward 
Bowman, Feb. 15, by the members 
of the First Brethren Church. 

SPECIAL. Because of the illness 
of her son, Mrs. Robert Miller was 
relieved of writing "Under the 
Parsonage Roof" for this issue. 



..Tl.. BRETHREN 




PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received for publication at least 
30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 

Wooster, Ohio . . 
Hagerstown, Md. 
Dayton, Ohio 

(N. Riverdale) 
Waynesboro, Pa. 
Buena Vista, Va. 
Cuyahoga Falls, 

Ohio 

Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla 

Elkhart, Ind. . . . 
Ashland, Ohio . . 



Date Pastor Speaker 

Feb. 25-Mar. 17 Kermeth Ashman Crusade Team. 

Mar. 3-17 .... Russell Weber . . R.E.Gingrich. 

Mar. 5-17 .... Russell Ward . . Bern 'rd Schneider. 

Mar. 10-24 . . . Wm. Gray A. R. Kriegbaum. 

Mar. 1 8-3 1 . . . Edward Lewis . . Neil Beery. 

Mar. 24-31 . . Richard Burch . . Harold Etling. 

Mar. 24-31 . . . Ralph Colbum . Louis Talbot. 

Mar. 24-Apr. 7 Lowell Hoyt .... Crusade Team. 

Mar. 31-Apr. 14 Miles Taber Bill Smith. 



Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake. ynd. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, ind. 



AKRON, OHIO. The First Breth- 
ren Church has purchased a parson- 
age, located just two doors from the 
church. The new address of Rev. 
Russell Ogden is 512 Stetler Ave., 
Akron 12, Ohio. Telephone, Sta- 
dium 4-6259. Please change Annual. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Rev. 
and Mrs. Charles R. Taber, 29 Av. 
Ardouin, le Plessis-Trevise, Seine 
et Oise, France. Rev. Lester Smitley, 
537 Revere Terrace, Centennial Hill, 
Hatboro, Pa. Please change Annual. 

CLAYTON. OHIO. The First 
Brethren Church has purchased a 
new Wurlitzer electric organ, which 
will be installed and ready for use 
on Easter Sunday. Clair Brickie is 
pastor. 

Jit Mtmavxnnt 

Mrs. J. D. Jenkins departed sud- 
denly to be with the Lord on Feb- 
ruary 3. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, 
Va. Edward Lewis, pastor. 

Mr. Luther B. Wright, a long- 
time member of the First Brethren 
Church of La Verne, Calif., departed 
from this life the first week of Feb- 
ruary, with burial on February 5. 
Dr. Elias White, pastor. 

Mrs. McNew went to be with the 
Lord Friday evening, January 25. 
We rejoice with grieving loved ones 
at the assurance of the Word of God 
that His child is "at home" with the 
Saviour. Russell Ward, pastor, 
North Riverdale Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

Mr. Earl Fuelling, 38, went to be 
with the Lord on November 30, 
1956. He was a member of the 
Temple City Brethren Church. John 
Aeby, pastor. 



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religious news. All material is presented as new^s without editorial comment, and does not 
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CHICAGO, ILL. William Cul- 
bertson, president of Moody Bible 
Institute, accompanied by Harold 
R. Cook, director of the MBI mis- 
sionary course, are in Africa, min- 
istering to missionaries. 'They will 
remain in Africa through March. 
Some 10 percent of all evangelical 
missionaries in Africa are MBI- 
trained. 

WHEATON, ILL. Robert A. 
Cook, president of Youth for Christ 
International since 1948, has been 
named chairman of the board of di- 
rectors of YFCI. He has been suc- 
ceeded in his former post by Ted W. 
Engstrom who has been moved up 
from his position as executive direc- 
tor. Dr. Cook was also recently 
named as vice president and head 
of the distribution division of Scrip- 
ture Press, internationally known 
publishers of Sunday-school ma- 
terials. 

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS. 

For the first time in history an evan- 
gelical has been appointed to head 
a section of the government. Rogelio 
Martinez Augustinus, an attorney, is 
the new Secretary of the Etepartment 
of Labor and Social Assistance, one 
of the most important departments 
of the government. The new Secre- 
tary, with his wife and children, at- 
ted the Tabernacle church of the 
Central American Mission in Co- 
mayaguela. 



CHICAGO, ILL. William K. 
Harrison, Lieutenant General in the 
U. S. Army retires from active serv- 
ice March 1 to become executive 
director of Evangelical Welfare 
Agency, Chicago. He will succeed 
Dr. Harold L. Lundquist who re- 
signed last January. The general 
whose Army career spans 40 years, 
is noted for his Christian leadership. 
He has been active in evangelistic 
work, both by private counseling 
and by public preaching. His articles 
have appeared in a number of 
Christian magazines. 

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Re- 
cent reports over the Budapest radio 
had declared that the "freedom of 
religion" promised by the Red pup- 
pet government of Premier Janos 
Kadar would include religious in- 
struction for children in Hungary's 
schools. Such instruction had once 
been compulsory. 

Early in February there was a 
sharp change. Commissioner of 
Education Albert Konya ruled that 
only children who were enrolled 
for religious training prior to the 
October uprising may continue to 
receive such training. Addressing a 
conference of school officials, he de- 
nounced teaching of religion in 
schools because it "curbs the chil- 
dren's democratic outlook" and be- 
cause "reactionary forces have been 
using religious classes for propa- 
ganda purposes." 

Premier Kadar told a workers' 
meeting in Csepel, a Budapest sub- 
urb, that "the loud-mouthed people" 
who were clamoring for religious 
instruction for their children in pub- 
lic schools were "counter-revolution- 
aries" and "plotters." 

WINDSOR, ENGLAND. Fred 
Nayllor retired early in February at 
the age of 84 after 62 years of serv- 
ice in St. George's chapel choir. He 
sang at Queen Victoria's Diamond 
Jubilee and every royal service at 
Windsor Castle since, including the 
funerals of Victoria, Edward VII, 
George V and George VI. He also 
was in four coronations. 



MADRID, SPAIN. A 10-year- 
old boy has become the latest pawn 
in the struggle of that country's tiny 
Protestant minority for civil rights. 
According to Madrid reports last 
January, relatives of Moses Campos 
Perez had won a plea to have the 
Madrid Juvenile Court reconsider 
the lad's case one year after he 
had been forcibly removed from a 
Protestant boarding school and 
placed in a Roman Catholic institu- 
tion. For the first nine years of his 
life, Moses had been brought up 
by a Protestant grandmother and 
aunt. One month after he had been 
placed in a boarding school, he was 
removed by civil authorities and 
made a ward of the court. Efforts 
of relatives to regain control of the 
child through appointment of a legal 
guardian were rebuffed when the 
court declared the guardian unfit be- 
cause he did not profess the Roman 
Catholic religion. 

FORMOSA. The Chinese Nation- 
alist government issued a decree 
that state employees who refuse to 
bow to the flag or the portrait of 
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, founder of the 
Chinese Republic, will be punished. 
Some Presbyterian missionaries ob- 
ject to the practice as "sacrile- 
gious," while other religious leaders 
hold that such salutes are "not acts 
of religious worship" but merely ges- 
tures of respect to the flag and to 
the memory of Dr. Sun. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO. A Bap- 
tist layman has put a snowplow into i 
service for God. When heavy snows 
blanket the city and most everyone 
is complaining about the miserable 
weather, Marcellus Chapman gets 
busy with his plow. He cleans off 
the sidewalk along the whole street, . 
then solicits business from individual I 
families. When asked about his fee, . 
he always answers: "I'm not asking : 
anything for myself; just give what i 
you can for the work of the Lord." 
All donations go into a special fund 1 
which is used to help needy families, ! 
purchase Bibles for servicemen and i 
flowers for hospital patients. ! 



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WmALfEii.om//p Of Bffnmfu Laymen 



THEME FOR 1957— UNITED FOR SOUL-WINNING 

Compiled by Roy Lowery 




SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR APRIL 



Opening Hymn — "Rescue the Per- 
ishing"; "I Would Be Like Jesus." 
Scripture Reading — Acts 1 : 1 - 1 L 
Prayer time — Form prayer circles 
of three or four men each and 
each praying for those on the 
other's prayer list. 



Hymn — "At Calvary." 

A 15-minute review of a good mis- 
sionary book of the leader's 
choosing. 

Business session and offering. 

Bible Study from John 4. 

Closing hymn and prayer. 



'PRACTICAL SOUL-WINNING" 



As we follow Jesus He makes us 
fishers of men (Matt. 4:19; Mark 
1:17). There is wisdom in seeking to 
be a soul-winner (Prov. 11:30; Dan. 
12:3). He that is wise winneth souls. 
The great business of those already 
saved should be to bring others to 
Christ (John 1:41, 45). Is it not a 
crying shame that it should ever be 
true of saints going to heaven not to 
be concerned about sinners going 
to hell (Prov. 1 1 :26)? Face this ques- 
tion before God: "What are you 
doing for souls?" Church work that 
does not reach souls is abhorrent to 
God. 

Having seen Christ in the first 
three chapters of John as Saviour 
and receiving Him as such, we now 
see Him in the fourth chapter as our 
Great Example in the most impor- 
tant of all Christian work — winning 
others. Here is the pattern of suc- 
cess in soul-winning. The deep 
secret of His success was that spirit- 
ual power, without which none can 
win souls. 

In His approach to a soul Jesus 
was "perfectly natural and exceed- 
ingly tactful." Not being bigoted, 
He had no animosity toward the 
Samaritans. Instead of crossing Jor- 
dan and going around Samaria 
through Peraea He took the natural 
direct route (John 4:3-4). Provi- 
dentially, He was to meet the wom- 
an at the well of Sychar that day 
(Rom. 8:28). He arrived at the well 
at noon, tired and thirsty (John 
4:5-6). It was only natural for Him 



to stop at the well for water and sit 
for rest. As we go about our lawful 
business God will have us, if we are 
yielded to His Spirit, contact those 
whom He would have us win. Asking 
a favor secured the desired atten- 
tion and confidence (vs. 7). 

Then the woman brings up the 
old feud between the Jews and the 
Samaritans (vs. 9). The Lord 
steered her skillfully from the un- 
important to the important (vs. 10). 
Jacob had discovered the water that 
our Lord had placed there (vs. 11). 
The Lord did not stop to prove His 
greatness over Jacob but led her to 
recognize her own spiritual needs 
(vs. 14). She failed to realize her 
spiritual need at first (vs. 15). He 
spoke of the thirst of her soul 
caused by sin to convict her of sin. 
He touched the cause (vs. 16). She 
sought to change the subject (vs. 20). 
He brings her back to her sin, for no 
one can serve the Devil and wor- 
ship God (vss. 21-24). He proved 
that He was more than a prophet 
(vss. 19, 25-26). Jesus was after 
souls, whether they were Jews or 
Samaritans (vs. 27). The woman 
had forgotten to give Him a drink 
(vs. 28). His zeal for a soul was 
such that He had no desire to eat 
(vss. 31-34). For Him soul-winning 
took the place of meat and drink. He 
wanted His disciples to taste the joy 
of soul-winning (vss. 35-36). To 
copy after our Lord, to fulfill His 
desire for you, be a winner of souls. 



HERE AND THERE 

Aleppo, Pa. The recently organ- 
ized Aleppo Fellowship of Brethren 
Laymen have elected the following 
officers: Bert Lohr, president; Jesse 
Chapman, vice president; Charles 
Jones, secretary-treasurer; Raymond 
McCracken, recording secretary, 
and Wayne McCracken, boys' ad- 
visor. 

Palmyra, Pa, The Grace Brethren 
Church was host to the newly organ- 
ized North Atlantic District Laymen, 
Saturday, Feb. 23. Officers were 
elected for the coming year and 
plans were made for their next meet- 
ing at Penn Grove Conference 
Ground, May 4, in a joint meeting 
with the Mid-Atlantic Laymen. 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) Bro. 
A. Rollin Sandy, National Laymen 
president, was speaker here Sunday 
night, Feb. 17, which was laymen's 
day in this church, and a fine offer- 
ing was received for the Board of 
Evangelism. At a recent weekly boys 
club meeting here there were 29 
boys present, at which time nine boys 
held up their hands for prayer and 
two fine young lads accepted Christ 
as Saviour. Bro. Lee Eckles is Boys 
Club leader. 

Long Beach, Calif. First Breth- 
ren Church has a splendid men's 
organization. They meet each month 
with dinner and stimulating pro- 
grams. Jail evangehsm and hospital 
visitations are included in their work 
locally. 

Inglewood, Calif. The First 
Brethren Church has had a men's 
Bible study class which meets semi- 
monthly. Attendance and interest 
is good. 

Correction. In the February 9 
issue, it was incorrectly stated that 
Mr. CUfford Sellers is president of 
the Indiana District Laymen. Mr. 
Jesse Deloe of Fort Wayne, Ind., is 
the president. The writer of this 
page apologizes for this mistake. 



tAatch 9, 1957 



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The Christian Home 



By Wesley L. Gustafson, pastor 

First Evangelical Free Church 

St. Paul, Minn. 

"As for me and my house, we will 
serve ihe Lord" (Josh. 24:15). 

The Christian home is the most 
important institution in the world. 
That does not minimize the position 
of the church and state; they also 
have been ordained of God. But He 
places the home first — in time as 
well as in importance. It is the foun- 
dation upon which all other insti- 
tutions are built; upon it the church 
and state will either stand or fall. 
What the homes are, the churches 
and schools are — and the govern- 
ment will be. Every place where 
there has been a neglect of home 
responsibility, there eventually has 
been a crumbling of the nation. 

It is imperative, therefore, that 
utmost care be taken in establish- 
ing and maintaining our Christian 
homes. And for this tremendous re- 
sponsibility God has given us a 
perfect plan, which is a most beau- 
tiful picture. Two who know Him 
meet, they gradually learn to know 
each other, take time to seek the 
plan of God for their lives, exchange 
vows, establish a Christian home. 
Then a baby comes. Prayer is of- 
fered for the child before and after 
it is born. The parents trust God for 
it, but they know that its destiny is 
influenced by them. 

Not Accepting Responsibility 

Unfortunately, some parents do 
not accept that responsibility. They 
shirk it or shift it on to someone 
else. Parents who know the Lord 
Jesus Christ, who have the Word, 
and yet who blame the church for 
the downfall of their child, deserve 
little sympathy. The church has a 
real part in his training, but the 
home has the first responsibility; its 
influence is the greatest force in the 
life of the child. Neither are the 



mother and father excused who 
blame the school for their boy's and 
girl's delinquency. A child can be 
sent through a "pack of wolves" 
without becoming harmed, if he has 
been properly trained in his home. 

But think of the joy that comes to 
parents who do accept the chal- 
lenge of guiding aright the destiny 
of their children — to see their child 
respond to the teaching of the Word 
of God, accept Jesus Christ as Sav- 
iour, take his responsibility in the 
home and community, develop a 
burden for the people around him, 
for the world, and desire to do the 
will of God (though there be a great 
deal of fumbling) — to see that spirit- 
ual development brings complete 
satisfaction to the Christian parents. 

Results of Neglect 

On the other hand, consider the 
great anguish resulting when mother 
and father are careless and prayer- 
less — slothful in training the one 
entrusted to them. The child is dis- 
respectful to his home — and oft- 
times a disgrace to the nation. For 
the many thousands whom this 
child represents, twenty billion dol- 
lars a year is spent in penal insti- 
tutions. Orphanages, jails and re- 
formatories are filled! 

There is little spiritual hope for 
any home until the father takes his 
place as the spiritual leader. Many 
Christians fail in this important mat- 
ter. They have been so taken up with 
their Christian service — with the 
work of the church, evangelization 
of the community, of the world — 
that they have not had time to evan- 
gelize their own children. If it is to 
be done, they must do it. The re- 
sponsibility is heavy, but it is also 
very rewarding. 

How do we Establish a Christian 
Home? 

In the first place, we must walk 
personally with God (Matt. 6:6). No 



one can lead any person further 
than he has gone himself. Unless the 
parents are walking with the Lord, 
the children may not have the priv- 
ilege. 

Prayer 

Then we must have a definite 
period for prayer. This takes dis- 
cipline and planning — we must make 
the time. The matter of time is prob- 
ably where we fail most often. We 
are terribly busy — sometimes sin- 
fully so. How can we make time? 
If I don't have fifteen minutes that 
I can spend in prayer and fellow- 
ship with the Lord Jesus Christ and 
in the study of God's Word all alone 
during the day, something is wrong. 
If I have time for either reading the 
newspaper, listening to the radio, 
or watching television, then I have 
fifteen minutes for prayer. Although 
each of these activities may be good 
in itself, it is harmful if I do not 
have time to spend with God. 

Rewards 

And now we come to the promise: 
"Thy Father . . . shall reward thee 
openly." Walking together as a 
family with God! God honors fam- 
ily discipline. My :(ather always had 
a family altar, in the morning and in 
the evening. As soon as the meal was 
over in the evening, he would get 
out the family Bible and read. And 
in the morning, even when we had 
much work to do in the field and 
would have to be out early, he would 
get us up early enough to spend time 
with Christ before we would go to 
our work. Now he sees the promise 
fulfilled in his children's homes. 

The maintaining of a Christian 
home is our first responsibility. The 
destinies of our children are to a 
great extent determined by us. How 
to "train them in the way that they 
should go" has been very clearly 
shown to us in the Word. What are 
we going to do about it? 



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The late Dr. A. H. Strong, the 
great theologian, wrote just before 
he died: "Long to see the day when 
ordaining councils and presbyteries 
will refuse to lay hands on stu- 
dents who have not settled faith, 
and will tell them to go back to 
Jericho till their beards are grown." 

The preacher who is not a per- 
sonal worker will find his pulpit 
becoming an ice-pack. His sermons, 
though intellectual, will be cold. It 
is the message hot from the heart 
that is afire with the passion for 
souls that burns its way home. And 
so the preacher's methods are woe- 
fully incomplete if they make no 
provision for personal evangelism. — 
.Tames I. Vance. 

Make virtues so attractive that 
vice will require little attention. 
Commend the right much more than 
you condemn the wrong. A construc- 
tive message will upbuild. We may 
take so much time in denouncing 
the manifold evils that we shall have 
little time for portraying the abound- 
ing good. 

THINGS TO REMEMBER 

The success of perseverance. 
The pleasure of working. 
The dignity of simplicity. 
The worth of character. 
The power of kindness. 
The influence of example. 
The obligation of duty. 
The wisdom of economy. 
The virtue of patience. 
The improvement of talent. 
The joy of originating. 
^ ^ ^ 
TIME TO READ THE BIBLE 
It takes 70 hours and 40 minutes 
to read the Bible at pulpit rate — Old 
Testament, 52 hours and 20 min- 
utes; New Testament, 18 hours and 
20 minutes. In the Old Testament, 
the Psalms take the longest — 4 hours 
and 28 minutes; in the New Testa- 
ment, the Gospel of Luke — 2 hours 
and 43 minutes. 



PERSONAL SALVATION 

A casual observance of the peo- 
ples of the world reveals a great 
change in their method of thinking 
and doing. The day of the individual 
seems to be gone. All phases of life 
bear this out. We no longer think 
or act as individuals, but as groups 
or masses of people. For example, 
not one but several engineers are 
credited with recent great inventions. 

This change has been for better in 
many fields — in industry, education 
and society, but in the spiritual 
realm it has proved to be the blight 
of man's soul. Many have turned to 
mass thinking for spiritual uplift- 
ing and rehabilitation, only to find 
an ever-increasing knowledge of sin 
and the inability of any system of 
thought to rid the soul of that sin. 

To such we repeat with increasing 
vigor — man's sin is personal, in- 
dividual. It exists as a personal 
problem and demands a personal 
solution. This is a great stumbling 
block to some. You think that your 
parents, relatives, husband or wife, 
or even your church can settle your 
problem. The decision, however, re- 
mains one that you alone must make! 

God has always spoken to and 
dealt with individuals, and so He 
deals with you and your problem of 
sin. It was for you — an individual — 
that He created His plan of salva- 
tion. It was for you — an individual 
— that His Son, Jesus Christ, per- 
fected it. It was for you, your sin, 
that the spotless Lamb of God was 
made to be sin. It was for you that 
He suffered, bled and died one dark 
afternoon on Golgotha's brow. It 
was for you He rose again from the 
gloom of Joseph's tomb. 

Friend, salvation from sin is per- 
sonaL The decision to accept or re- 
ject it is yours alone. May God help 
you to come to Him by faith, and 
by His Son Jesus Christ, enter into 
His peace and blessedness. — Clay- 
ton ,T. Davis. 



He who never made an enemy, 
never made much of a friend. 



Important Notice! ! Do not come 
to prayer meeting this week — If all 

your friends and acquaintances are 
saved. Please do not attend if you 
have no need in your own life. If 
you feel there is no need for prayer 
in behalf of your church and pastor, 
it will be a good idea to remain at 
home! If missionaries, both at 
home and in foreign lands can face 
the forces of hell just as well with- 
out prayer, go somewhere else and 
enjoy the evening. If that Bible- 
school class or that office in the 
church which is yours is achieving 
100% results, there is no reason to 
attend prayer meeting, so why come? 
If you would just as soon God's 
children did not gather to pray for 
you when you are sick, then occupy 
your time with something more 
worthwhile, if God no longer hears 
and answers prayer — if God is not 
true to His promises — then why 
waste time to pray at all? Why pray, 
when you can worry? 



RULES FOR A HOLY LIFE 

Did I awake spiritual, and was 
I watchful in keeping my mind from 
wandering this morning when I was 
rising? 

Have I this day got nearer to God 
in times of prayer, or have I given 
way to a lazy, idle spirit? 

Has my faith been weakened by 
unwatchfulness or quickened by dil- 
igence this day? 

Have I this day walked by faith 
and pleased God in all things? 

Have I denied myself in all unkind 
words and thoughts? Have I de- 
lighted in seeing others preferred be- 
fore me? 

Have I made the most of my pre- 
cious time, as far as I have had light, 
strength and opportunity? 

Have I governed well my tongue 
this day, remembering that "in a 
multitude of words there wanteth 
not sin"? 

Do my life and conversation 
adorn the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

— John Fletcher 



Riches are like muck which stinks 
in a heap, but spread abroad makes 
the earth fruitful. 



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A PREACHER 



WRITES 



ON 



7726 Preacher and His Finances 



People in general are money-con- 
scious today as never before. Preach- 
ers are no exception. The prevailing 
conditions have caused many min- 
isters to measure their income with 
what they could make in some other 
work. This has caused some to get 
restless and dissatisfied with their 
work and with their income. Some 
have used this argument with their 
congregations, seeking more money. 
Well, of course, if that is what the 
man entered the ministry for — a liv- 
ing — then he ought to go where he 
can make the best money — and stay 
there. The ministry will be better 
off if he does so. 

However, if a man has entered the 
ministry, called of God, then salary 
or no salary, that is where he should 
stay. It makes all the difference in 
the world as to the motive for en- 
tering the ministry whether a man 
will be content in it. If he entered 
it with the burden of Paul, "Woe is 
me, if I preach not the gospel," then 
men can roll in money' all around 
him while he has patches on his 
pants, yet the situation will not faze 
him. He entered the ministry to 
preach the gospel, to win souls, to be 
God's mouthpiece to lost men, to be 
faithful to God. He had counted the 
cost and was willing to pay the price 
before he began. 

It makes a lot of difference if the 
preacher is more concerned for his 
ministry than for his living If it is 
his ministry that is first, and God 
sets him in a hard place where 
sacrifices are involved, you will 
never hear a word out of him — he 
will be as sweet as honey all the 

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time. If not, he will whine and com- 
plain till his congregation gets dis- 
gusted and the work fails or he is dis- 
charged. 

Too many preachers have been 
caught by the mad spirit in the 
world around them and do not know 
it. Some have plunged into unwise 
debts and expect the congregation 
to pay them off. Others are just 
poor managers and would be in the 
red if they received twice their pres- 
ent salary. If the members of the 
congregation in general did not 
manage their own financial affairs 
any better than some visionary and 
impractical pastors, there would 
not be enough money in the offering 
envelopes to pay for the water in 
the baptistry! 

The size of the income does not 
measure a minister's worth to God 
and the church by any means. Some 
of the strongest preachers are re- 
ceiving greatly reduced incomes. 
They are doing real work for God 
for eternity. Their eyes are not on 
money. On the other hand there are 
some very inferior preachers re- 
ceiving incomes far beyond their 
worth from every angle. Some men 
seem to have the knack of just shp- 
ping around from one easy berth to 
another, sipping the honey from the 
blossoms of a garden on which they 
have bestowed no labor. 

The ministry is not a means to 
aggrandizement or wealth. It is, in 
its true sense, a high calling from 
heaven to bear testimony to a god- 
less world. It is time for many 
preachers to look to the nature of 
the focus of their striving. Otherwise 

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there may be an unhappy sequel to 
their life work. 

Some preachers have been pam- 
pered by affectionate and generous 
congregations till they have become 
babies. They expect to be paid for 
every time they turn around, or do 
any spiritual service for members of 
their churches. Often indulgent 
members who have means will ruin 
a minister by kindness overdone 
until the man can't get along on 
normal fare. 

If a man enters the ministry with 
the purpose of glorifying God and 
winning the lost, and so studying 
God's Word as to stir the souls of 
men with God's truth, he will find 
that his work will grow and he will 
receive all he needs and more. A 
preacher will get what he produces, 
just like any other servant in the 
world. The larger his congregation 
becomes, the more the preacher will 
receive. The fellow who has to de- 
mand more from his congregation 
is falling down somewhere. 

Let the preacher who feels the 
need for more income roll up his 
sleeves and go to work harder than 
ever, doing the work he is called to 
do. Let him get busy and win men 
for Christ around him and he will 
soon have no needs to mention to 
God or man. 

It is due to be said that the men 
in our Brethren ministry as a whole 
are very careful about their affairs 
and have brought credit upon their 
calling. A money-minded preacher 
can destroy himself and his people 
quickly, while a Christ-centered man 
will give abundant testimony that 
Philippians 4:19 is true. Amen! 

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Pat-t-erson Park, Dayt-on, Ohio, Now Self-Supporfing 





Editorials 



ByLL$rabh 




Personal Hurts— What Shall We Do About Them? 

Has somebody stepped on your feelings lately with 
a painful thud? 

Increasingly Satan is using this means to weaken 
the testimony of the true church. That little member, the 
tongue, which James says is set on fire of hell (3:6) 
can" wreck a strong testimony for Christ, whether in- 
dividual or a church, in an incredibly short time. The 
unfortunate part is that Christian people who know 
God's revelation, often lend themselves, perhaps even 
unwittingly, to this ruse of Satan. 

We learned of an experience of a Christian worker 
not long ago which is rather typical. This is his story: 

"As a director of church music, I have had numerous 
occasions to understand why a choir has been called 
'the battleground of the church." 

"Take an experience I encountered a while back. 
For months I had encouraged a timid young woman 
to sing a solo. She had a soft pleasing voice and attended 
every practice. 

"Her solo went across beautifully. After the service 
I started for the dressing room to make sure that the 
vestments were properly hung. As I opened the door I 
heard some sobbing. It proved to be the young woman 
who had sung the solo. 

"In broken tones she explained that another singer 
had said to her, 'Your voice isn't strong enough to do 
solo work. Hardly anyone heard you.' 

"My young friend declared that she was withdrawing 
from the choir. Over my protest she checked in her 
vestment. I never saw her use it again. 

"This young woman was a victim of a personal hurt. 
Her name could be called Legion, for to the right of 
us and to the left there is always someone suffering 
needlessly from the inconsiderate actions or words of 
another person." 

Here we have just one illustration, but the principle 
extends itself into all realms of church work and often 
especially into the relationships between pastor and 
people. 

Mental and Spiritual Anguish Result 

In these cases the average person will undergo ter- 
rible mental anguish. They feel as if they are not wanted 
and not appreciated. A psychological barrier is con- 
structed which effectively separates them from their 
friends. 

But worst of all is their spiritual anguish. They begin 
to wonder. Is it worthwhile trying to be a Christian? If 
Christian people do not show any more grace and ap- 
preciation than this, why try? Then they discontinue 
their fellowship in the church and worst of all lose 
their fellowship with Christ. The result — a completely 
defeated Christian! 



What to Do 

Consider the individual who hurt you together with 
his criticism. Was he honest in his statement and was 
his criticism true? Did he have all the facts in the case 
on which to base an intelligent opinion or was he biased 
against you? Has he or she a habit of flinging out 
barbed remarks? Maybe he is the victim of a deep- 
seated personal hurt and is seeking to relieve his own 
pain by hurting others. Does he delight in cutting others 
down to his own small size? Perhaps if you look into 
this matter deeply and intelligently enough, you will 
find that the same person who has hurt you has also hurt 
others in an unthoughtful and tactless manner. Some 
have recovered quickly from these stabs but others have 
been badly hurt. Evaluate this situation and think the 
matter through carefully. 

Behind this whole problem is spiritual immaturity. 

This one who may have been a Christian for many 
years has never grown in grace as Peter says all Chris- 
tians should (II Pet. 3:18). Unfortunately often the one 
who is hurt is either a young Christian or another who 
has been stunted in spiritual growth. 

God clearly reveals His will in such matters. "More- 
over if thy brother shall tresspass [sin] against thee, go 
and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if 
he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother" (Matt. 
18:15). This is a difficult thing to do. It demands grace 
and spiritual maturity. So many people we have heard 
say something like this: "He hurt me, I didn't hurt him, 
so let him come to me." This is not Scriptural. Such 
an attitude is a disobedience to the Word of God. When 
this spiritual directive is obeyed, if thy brother will not 
hear thee, his sin is the worse and God will deal sternly 
with him. But if thy brother does hear thee, thou hast 
gained thy brother. This is a blessed spiritual achieve- 
ment and victory. God is honored and glorified through 
such action and not held up to ridicule before the world 
because of the spiritual discrepancies among His peo- 
ple. Again the words of Jesus are clear: "But I say unto 
you. Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do 
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which 
despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matt. 5:44). 

But then, after all is said and done, was it really as 
bad to begin with as you thought it was? A fly is a fly 

until you put it under a magnifying glass, then it looks 
like a dragon. Take away the glass and you have a 
fly again! 

Again, are your feelings so delicate that they wither 
before the least criticism? You alone can determine the 
amount of human will power and spiritual fiber which 
go to make up your being. Remember — Christians are 
little Christs! 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER H 

ARNOLD R. KRrEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
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What God Hath Wrought! 



By C. S. Zimmerman, pastor 

Patterson Park Brethren Church 
Dayton, Ohio 




Zimmerman 



Dayton, Ohio, now has three self-supporting churches 
with Patterson Park being added to the list. This 
church has actually been in this position since July 1, 
1956, They desired to withhold any announcement 
until after a trial period to see if they could make the 
grade without additional support. The Lord blessed, 
and we are happy on behalf of the Brethren Home Mis- 
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy 
Spirit did it! But wonder of wonders, and wonders of 
grace and love He let us labor together with Him in the 
work He wrought in Patterson Park. 

Seven years ago there was no 
building, nor even a congregation. 
There was a group of earnest 
missionary - minded Christians 
who wanted a church, building, 
and congregation, and to that 
end they had prayed. They ac- 
quired title to three excellent lots. 
It will be seven years May 31, 
1957 since this group was for- 
mally organized into a congrega- 
tion with a membership of 18. At 
the end of six years God made it 
possible for this growing congregation to assume the 
full responsibilities of the church and relieve the Home 
Missions Council of further support. God, since July 
1, 1956, has made it possible, and caused to be demon- 
strated before our eyes that He is able to do abundantly 
above what we expect and that the work could be 
supported without outside help. 

In addition to all of this He has given us the first 
unit of our church plant, our educational unit. It is 
an excellent structure, commodious in every respect, 
a fine tool with which to work in our field. Though not 
the fastest growing church in the Brotherhood, God has 
given steady growth. From a Sunday school of 27, the 
first Sunday service, we have grown to one with 
an enrollment of 156, and the average attendance spill- 
ing over the 130 mark. The morning worship services 
are averaging over the 100 mark, also. From a member- 
ship of 18 we have grown to one of 78. 

Though the field here has a vast opportunity for 
winning people to Christ, God has kept before us 
the opportunities and responsibilities abroad. Good sup- 
port is given to all departments of the Brethren Church, 
which departments are considered a part of our re- 
sponsibility and privilege. 

Patterson Park was "guinea pig" for the Brethren 
Construction Company. It is here they learned many 
lessons in construction that have been valuable to them 
in other construction projects. This is another contribu- 
tion God has made possible for us to make for the bless- 
ing of others. 

Financially, our Lord has made it possible to borrow 
funds from private sources to finance our building con- 
struction so that bank loans have not as yet been neces- 
sary. The blessing has been so great that we have been 



sions Council to make the announcement at this time. 
A member of the Brethren Home Missions Council, 
Mr. Roy H. Kinzey, was not only serving as a director 
but he was busy starting home-mission churches and 
was instrumental in getting Patterson Park under way. 
May the Lord give us more Brethren churches in Day- 
ion. (Ed.) 

able to return all borrowed money from the Council 
so that it could be placed in other places where needed. 
This has been a cause of great wonder to all of ps 
to see God working in our midst in every circumstance. 
We have been privileged to meet all interest payments 
when due, and each year to decrease the amount of our 
indebtedness. 

Spiritually, we are led into deeper Christian experi- 
ences by faithful officers and teachers who are giving 
of themselves for the joy of the Lord set before them. 
To be sure, God has led us through desert places, and 
through trying experiences, but He has always given us 
"songs in the night," and "streams in the desert." Faith- 
ful parents are leading their children to the Lord, and 
then bringing them for membership in the church. This 
includes some children who have been bom since the 
starting of the work here! Here is given us the privilege 
of Christian growth, development, and service. 

Ambitions! We have them! It is our desire to reach 
so many people here for our Lord and add them to 
our Sunday school and church membership that the 
force of numbers will make it necessary to expand our 
church plant to its planned size. It is interesting to note 
the changes and shifts that have had to be made already 
to meet the growth. But further ambition leads us now 
to plan other places of testimony in the Dayton area. 
We pray for continued growth in numbers, financially, 
and vision for such a work. We still believe that by divid- 
ing we multiply. God give us the grace! 

We want on this occasion to express our thanks to 
Brethren everywhere who have made it possible through 
prayer and finances for our work to be established. God 
has made you all fellowlaborers with us in this work. 
We rejoice at the vision and planning of our Brethren 
in the work of establishing new churches for a testi- 
mony to Him. May God bless you all with enlarged 
vision, fuller purses, more prayer capacity so that you 
can continue in the ever-expanding Brethren testimony. 

Nor would we forget the members of the board of 
the Home Missions Council who have wrestled with 
the problems of new churches with travail of soul and 
mind, and have given thought to this work far into 
the night. 

Our need is still great. 

1. We need you all to continue in prayer for us 
that we may be enlarged in all fruitfulness to Him. 

2. We need our eyes kept open to the need of peo- 
ple around us, and in the far reaches of the world. 

(Continued on Page 165) 



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Patterson Park's Growing Sunday School 




Sunday-school staff 



Junior Department 




Nursery class 

PATTERSON PARK, ANOTHER BRETHREN CHURCH 
By Roy H. Kinsey 

In 1949 a few of the members of First and North 
Riverdale Brethren Churches met together to consider 
the starting of a new Brethren congregation in the 
city of Dayton, Ohio. Those who were interested met 
in a number of business and devotional meetings. The 



Brethren Home Missions Council was consulted and 
they looked with favor on the project. 

The interested group started with no finances, but the 
pastor and congregation at North Riverdale gave their 
blessing and encouraged the members to make gifts and 
loans to the new work. Before regular services were 
started or a pastor was called, lots in the southeastern 
section of the city were purchased and financed. The 
new church site was between six and seven miles from 
First and North Riverdale Brethren churches. 

It was felt that the establishment of a Brethren con- 
gregation across the city would help to conserve for the 
Brethren Church members who might move away from 
the other churches. The new group at Patterson Park 
worked on the premise that the Lord multiplies by 
friendly division. There are usually persons who can be 
won to the Lord in a neighborhood church, who can- 
not be interested in a church across the city. Cer- 
tainly it is the Lord's will that a full gospel testimony 
be established wherever possible, and especially where 
most of the churches are liberal in their teaching and 
preaching. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council has been doing 
a good service in assisting churches over the nation 
in getting established. Without their help, it is doubt- 
ful if Patterson Park would be a congregation now. As 
we go self-supporting, we praise the Lord for His good- 
ness in the past and trust Him for help in the future. We 
wish to thank the Brethren Home Missions Council 
and all those who helped to place Patterson Park with 
the established self-supporting Brethren churches. 



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THANKFUL THE LORD LED TO PATTERSON PARK WHAT GOD HATH WROUGHT! 

By Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bell (Continued From Page 163) 

"I being in tiie way, the Lord led me" (Gen. 24:27). 3. We need strength, wisdom, enthusiasm for our 

This is truly the testimony of our family and its re- responsibilities, 

lationship to our church. 4 We need your prayers that we may be able to 

We were led very defmitely to Patterson Park. First ^^^^ the challenge of Satan, for he is working outside 

we went to Sunday school and church as visitors. Tlien ^^^ within 

our children begged us to go back. We did and our 5 ^^ '^^^^ ^^ ^^ j^^ .^^^ ^^^ ^ ^ j ^^^^^_ 

whole family became members m January 1955. ■ ^^^ ^ord desires to give us. 

During these two years we have been privi eged to \ ^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^^^-^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^ .^ ^^^ 

sit under real Bible teaching and preaching of Pastor j^^ ^j^^ knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

C. S. Zimmerman. \Vays of serving have opened for us. Brethren, continue to support us with your prayers 

and we rejoice in the steady growth of the Sunday ^j^^^ ^^ j,^ ^ stron^^in Him. and that we may 

school and m the worship services. We thank God for ^^^^ ^^^ j^^^^ ^j^^^^ ^-^^ -^^ -^ -^^ ^ ^-^ ^^J_ 

the number of decisions that have been made. - ^ - ^ ^ ^ j 



. ,, , . J ,■ , • ■ mony to the power, provision, grace, and love of our 

Another great joy and achievement is ours; we are ^^^/^^ ^^^J^ ^y^^ ^^^^ ^-^^ %^ ^„,,h 

no longer dependent upon the Brethren Home Mis- 



God to people who need Him so much. 



sions Council for funds. We are grateful for the ways "Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, 

they have helped us, but now we rejoice that we are Let the earth hear His voice! 

able to be a self-supporting church. We praise the Lord Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, 

for supplying our needs to make this possible. As a Let the people rejoice! 

church we can really sing from our hearts, "Great is O come to the Father, thro" Jesus the Son, 

thy faithfulness, Oh, God my Father." And give Him the glory, great things He hath done." 



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^Ue Ilain6> Qa^ne ^-oiun . . . 

3ui tUe Mllilo-n Staad ^in>m> 



By Russell M. Ward, pastor 

North Riverdale Brethren Church 

Dayton, Ohio 

The flood in the Dryhill area of Kentucky was the 
worst in 20 years, according to what the residents told 
us. Water ran from 10 to 15 feet higher than ever before, 
covering the road at points as much as four to five feet. 

On Wednesday, February 13, 1957, Clair Brickel, 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, Clayton, Ohio, and 
I left Dayton for our Dryhill Brethren Chapel in a 12- 
foot van loaded with relief supplies. These relief supplies 
consisted of boxes of canned goods, dishes, kitchen uten- 
sils, beds and clothing of all kinds and sizes. The col- 
lection and delivery of these items was a project of 
the Southern Ohio District. 

Some of the first major damage we saw was between 
Hyden and Dryhill. Here we saw houses on the road 
and debris piled up that gave us an idea of the damage 
and depth of the waters at the crest of the flood. We had 
been told that the sight of the mission was a reward- 
ing one, and how true it was. The chapel made pos- 
sible by the SMM and the mission home by the WMC 
were high and dry and saved from the destruction of the 



flood. Miss Evelyn Fuqua can express her praise to 
God for this location and facilities more effectively 
than anyone else ever could because she saw her for- 
mer home and many others going down the stream with 
schools, stores, and everything in the path of the flood. 

Upon our arrival, we were assisted in unloading our 
truck by Mr. Adam Begley (whose store was closed 
by the flood) and Patsy and Irene Henson who were 
made homeless. These girls were living in the home 
from which Miss Evelyn Fuqua moved when the new 
house was built for her. They are now living tem- 
porarily with Miss Fuqua. Mr. Begley has started 
rebuilding on the opposite side of the road and will 
be back in business again soon. 

The trip was a big inspiration to both of us, giving 
us our first introduction to this mission point of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. It was a very tiring 
trip but a spiritual uplift in many ways. We believe it 
will help our congregations to better appreciate the 
problems and needs of this work. We trust the ma- 
terials supplied to the families will help them to ap- 
preciate more the Christian concern of and fellowship 
with our Brethren people. We also trust and pray that 
many who have not yet given their hearts to Christ 
will do so, aided by this contact with a Christianity that 
"works." 




Brethren Chapel and mission home. Dryhill 



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Somebody's home was here 



March 16, 1957 



Rebuilding — new store with Rev. Clair Brickel in doorway 

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God Spared the Clayhole Mission 



By Sewell S. Landrum, pastor 

Clayhole Brethren Church 
Clayhole, Ky. 



In the early morning hours of January 29 we were 
awakened by the rain beating against the windowpanes 
of our bedroom. When awake, we could also hear the 
roaring of Troublesome Creek as the water went 
rushing down the valley. Through the experiences of 
the past we knew that our section of Breathitt County 
could expect exceptionally high water within the next 
few hours. We made a hasty trip to Caney School and 
then on to Jackson for supplies, mostly food to tide us 
over. On the return trip from Jackson we found water 
slowly creeping over the highway one-half mile north of 
our home. All day long a watchful eye was kept on 
the steadily rising water in back of our house. By 
nightfall Troublesome's ugly head was rising danger- 
ously close to the top of the bank. Another foot could 
mean a flooded basement. Three feet would put the 
water in the lower floor of the house. The lack of that 
one foot rise saved our mission station from all flood 
damage. Praise God, He spared the mission. 

The people who live on the North and Middle Forks 
of the Kentucky River have a different story to tell. 
During the night of January 28 a heavy downpour of 
rain fell in Perry and Letcher Counties, sending tor- 
rents of water rushing down the river valley. If it had 
rained on Troublesome Creek as it did in Perry and 
Letcher, all of our buildings would have had about four 
feet of muddy water in them for at least 12 hours. We 
lift up our hearts in thanksgiving to God for saving 
our Troublesome Creek people from this awful dis- 
aster. As it was, only one home of our Sunday-school 
members had water in it. This was in the home of my 
folks at Lost Creek, which had water in it up to 18 
inches. Mother had just left for a visit with my brother 
in Florida, so Dad spent several hours in the second 
floor by himself. Very little damage was done how- 
ever. 

As soon as the road leading south into Perry County 
was open, Mrs. Landrum and I made a trip to Hazard, 
a town with k population of about 6,500. When we 
arrived in the vicinity of Hazard, we found a sad sight. 
Homes and buildings were off their foundations, and 
others were completely gone. The entire business sec- 
tion of Hazard had been flooded. In some parts of the 
business district the water had been about 15 feet 
deep. Many big plate-glass windows had been broken 
by drifting objects and much of the buildings' contents 
had floated away. We needed boots to wade through the 
mud and silt which had settled on the sidewalks. Lights 
and water were both cut off. Not so at Clayhole. The 
people seemed to be in a dazed condition. The food 
supply was almost exhausted. In fact, there were many 
who were out of everything, including a place to sleep. 
This condition lasted for another 24 hours before the 



roads leading to the north were opened so help could 
be sent in. As we drove along the highway, we could 
see people who had gone back to their wet and muddy 
homes. They could not stay inside, so they built fires 
out of doors and gathered around to keep themselves 
warm. A young father and mother, who had been flood- 
ed out above Hazard, were trying to get to his father's 
house which was 30 miles north of Clayhole. The road 
was still blocked near our mission. They were trying to 
sleep in their car. Everything they had in their house 
was destroyed; therefore we took them in for the night. 

The Red Cross and other agencies came in and have 
been doing a wonderful job of helping to relieve the 
human suffering. I saw and heard many convoys of 
trucks from Louisville and other places on their way 
to Hazard with help, food, clothing, blankets and many 
other useful and needed articles. 

As we drove along Middle Ford River, several miles 
below Miss Evelyn's home, we saw cattle and houses 
still floating in the water. Household furnishings were 
scattered along the river bank. The water was six feet 
deeper than it had ever been. Houses were washed away 
that had never had water in them before. Words are not 
sufficient to give a vivid description of the conditions 
that exist in these places. 

Almost all of the swinging bridges along the rivers 
were washed out. Some highway bridges are gone. Mrs. 
Landrum has gone into some of the most isolated 
sections to help with the medical aid. Three days after 
the flood she took a ride on a diesel engine 20 miles up 
the railroad to give shots to needy people. Many of 
these people had been without food for three days. They 
took along a railroad car loaded with food and other 
supplies. She said that on many occasions she saw older 
men and women with tears streaming down their cheeks 
as they received the material help that had been sent 
to them. Our hearts would rejoice far more if this 
multitude of people would cry out to God and receive 
the most wonderful gift which is God's own Son Jesus 
Christ. On another occasion I took Mrs. Landrum and 
another nurse over a very rugged mountain and up the 
valley to reach many stranded people. It is customary 
here in the mountains to offer a hand of hospitality. One 
lady said to us: "You can come into my house if you 
want to. I'll give you a good warm fire, but I can't 
give you anything to eat." Her stove and food supply 
had been destroyed in the flood. 

These people are not defeated. They have learned to 
take the disappointments as they come. I talked with 
many who had been flooded out. They all planned to 
rebuild. Each one said: "I aim to build higher this 
time." My prayer is that they may build on "the Rock" 
and anchor their souls in the Lord Jesus Christ. 



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I jr C A E L 

DOORSTEP DISCUSSIONS 

It was already late morning. The sun was warm in the 
January sky, and here and there a tiny wisp of a cloud 
floated lazily in the brilliant sky. I looked at my watch 
— 11:15. I debated for a minute, standing on the curb 
of the street. Should I do another block and run the 
risk of getting into a long conversation, or should I 
stop and look for my husband who was working sev- 
eral blocks away? I decided on the former after noting 
there were just five homes on that block to be con- 
tacted. 

At the first home a friendly woman answered the door. 
I expected her smile to either freeze or fade when she 
learned what I was there for, but to my surprise, she just 
continued to smile. My previous experience at this par- 
ticular home had not been a pleasant one. I explained the 
Mediator was written by Jewish men who believed 
Jesus is the Messiah. I explained the Tenach (Old 
Testament) told how we were all sinners in need of a 
sacrifice and how Jesus was that sacrifice. She said she 
hadn't been here (U. S.) long and promised to read 
the Mediator (always containing a salvation tract espe- 
cially for Jews) and that she wasn't "religious" but 
was always willing to read. As I left, I had the feeling 
she was almost glad to see me — not what I had to 
say, of course, but just to talk to someone. People like 
this are hard to reach because, like the average gentile, 
there is a general antipathy toward anything of a spirit- 
ual nature. 

At the next home at tall, elderly gentile woman an- 
swered the door. The card contained the records of our 
calls at this particular home, and it has been Jewish. 
So, I knew she was new in the area. She was smoking 
a cigarette. To be sure I wasn't wrong, I asked her if 
it was a Jewish home. 

"Certainly not!" 

I told her I was in the area calling regarding the Mes- 
siah of Israel and the Saviour of the world. I offered 
her a tract and asked her if she knew Jesus as her per- 
sonal Saviour. She drew back in horror. 

"I don't want that thing," she said, pushing the tract 
back into my hand. "I won't have time to discuss it," 
and the door was shut firmly, leaving a trail of smoke 
outside. 

That was short, I thought, smiling grimly as I made 
a notation on the card and went on to the next house. 

The house was extremely well kept. The front had 
been newly faced with ornamental stone and there wasn't 
so much as a shred of paper to mar the perfection of 
the lawn or patio. I rang the bell and waited. The door 
contained quite a large grill so that when the little door 
of the grill was open, I could see the entire face instead 
of the usual eye. He was a middle-aged man a little on 
the heavy side. I had no sooner offered him the Med- 
iator and mentioned that it was written by Jewish men 
who believed Jesus to be the Messiah than he began to 
scream at me. The sum and substance of it was that 
I had ruined his entire day because I was trying to con- 
vert Jewish people to my belief. 

I tried to calm him down because he was quite loud. 
"Have I asked you to do anything except read a little 
paper? You don't have to agree with it, you know. You 
read and study things every day you don't agree with." 



C A L L J! 

By Leanore Button 

He wasn't listening. "You don't find Jewish people 
out banging on people's doors, do you! No; they have 
sense enough to mind their own business, like you should 
be doing." By this time he was screaming again, and 
his language left a lot to be desired. 

"Do you want your neighbors to hear you?" I asked 
him. Then, as he quieted a little, I told him that Jews 
today had no message of hope to give a lost world. I told 
him Isaiah wrote that the Jews were to be God's wit- 
nesses throughout the earth, but since they weren't doing 
their job, we were doing it. He began to scream again. 

"I won't talk with you if it upsets you so," I told 
him at last, preparing to leave. 

"No, wait," he said. "See this ring?" He showed me a 
ring with a triangle on it. "You would be surprised if 
you knew what it stands for." 

"Tell me." 

"No; I took an oath not to talk about it. You wouldn't 
understand, anyway. Why should I tell you? Do you 
know I have four degrees after my name?" 

"Do they make you happy?" I asked him. He didn't 
answer, but I was beginning to understand him better. 
He was more quiet now but was still using nasty lan- 
guage from time to time. 

At last I prepared to leave. "Ask yourself why the 
name of Jesus sends you into violent anger. It isn't 
me you dislike because I haven't even said anything 
to make you angry; it is what I represent. You can't 
see God; you can't feel Him; you can't understand Him; 
so you don't believe He is. There are many things you 
can't understand even with your degrees, and yet you 
believe in them. Your heart is hard, but someday, may- 
be before it is too late for you, God will soften your 
hard heart to these things." 

"How do people receive you?" he asked suddenly. 

I shrugged. "Some are interested; some just don't 
want to be bothered; but rarely do I find anyone who re- 
ceives me as you have." 

"How much are those papers?" 

"Free — free as everything else God gives. Even His 
gift of eternal life is free — but you have to want it." 

He didn't smile. Gruffly he said: "Give me one of 
those papers." 

I handed it to him, rejoicing in the fact that even as 
I stood there God had softened his heart at least a little. 
I knew he would read the Mediator and the tract within. 
Only time will tell what his further reactions will be. 
Pray for him because at least he reacted even though 
antagonistically. Some just don't react — period. 



GROUND BROKEN IN GRANDVIEW 

Ground was actually broken in Grandview, 
Wash,, on Sunday, February 24, 1957; but not as 
previously reported. Pastor Robert Griffith reports 
the plans complete, basic materials ordered, and a 
Christian man available to supervise the construc- 
tion. More details next month. 



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GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 
WINONA LAKE, IND. 



HEWS 




WINONA LAKE, IND. Dr. 

Ralph Stoll of Altoona, Pa., will 
deliver the Bible messages at the 
68th annual National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches convening here 
Aug. 19-25. 

GRAFTON, W. VA. Dr. L. L. 
Grubb will be the guest speaker Apr. 
14 at the dedication of the new 
building of the First Brethren 
Church, Lee Crist, pastor. The dedi- 
catory service is scheduled for 2:30 
p. m. R. G. LeTourneau will speak 
at the morning worship '..ervice. 

BERRIEN SPRINGS, MICH. 

Homecoming will be observed Mar. 
24 at the Grace Brethren Church. 
Gilbert Hawkins, pastor of the 
church, will be ordained to the 
Christian ministry on that day. Prof. 
Herbert Bess will be the I'uest 
speaker for ihe day. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Mrs. Katie 
Miller celebrated her 92d birthday 
on Feb. 22. She is a member of the 
First Brethren Church. 

COVINGTON, OHIO. A new 
Sunday-school annex, 58 by 61 feet, 
will be constructed this spring by 
the First Brethren Church, True 
Hunt, pastor. The breaking of 
ground will be done Mar. 31. In 
the basement there will be a multi- 
purpose room which can be divided 
for classrooms, and the upper sec- 
tion will provide 12 classrooms and 
an office for the pastor. 

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. If the 
Sunday school went over 500 on 
Mar. 3 at the First Brethren Church, 
Dr. and Mrs. Glenn O'Neal agreed 
to prepare all the pancakes for a 
"pancake breakfast." 

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SUNNYSIDE, WASH. The First 
Brethren Church is undergoing a 
remodeling program. The East audi- 
torium is being changed, leveling the 
floor, and installing a new folding 
door 10 by 32 feet. Permanent par- 
titions are being built for Sunday- 
school classrooms, nursery and 
mother's room. A new blacklight 
fixture is being built into the church 
bulletin board. Harold Painter is 
pastor. 

HOPEWELL, PA. Rev. Richard 
Meyers, pastor of the Calvary Inde- 
pendent Baptist Church, Saltillo, Pa., 
will be the Bible conference ;;peaker 
Mar. 18-19 at the Grace Brethren 
Church, Sheldon Snyder, pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Ground 
will be broken Thursiday, Mar. 21 
at 11:00 a. m. for the new Physical 
Education Building for Grace Col- 
lege. Dr. Glenn O'Neal, pastor of 
the First Brethren Church, Ingle- 
wood, Calif., will be the speaker. 

ALLENTOWN, PA. The North- 
ern Atlantic District youth rally will 
be held at the First Brethren Church. 
Apr. 26-27. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. It is 
requested that no more mail for R. 
Paul Miller be sent to Winona Lake. 
All mail should be sent to 1801 W. 
Clinton St., Goshen, Ind. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. Attendance 
at the midweek prayer service has 
passed the 100 mark several times in 
recent weeks. Miles Taber is pastor. 




WINONA LAKE, IND. 

"Conquering Oubangui-Chari 
for Christ" by Dr. O. D. Job- 
son is the new book nearly 
ready to be set. This is a 
thrilling story of the opening of 
French Equatorial Africa for 
Christ. The book will be re- 
leased by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald about June 1. 
Announcement for prepubli- 
cation orders will be taken in 
a few weeks. Watch for the 
offer. 



E.Necutive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

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- 



WARSAW, IND. A group of 
about 50 friends met at the Pennsyl- 
vania station Mar. 6 to pray God's 
richest blessing upon Dr. and Mrs. 
Orville Jobson as they left on the 
first lap of their trip back to French 
Equatorial Africa. They are sched- 
uled to sail from New York to Paris 
on Mar. 16. They expect to be back 
in Bangui Mar. 3 1 . 

LAKE ODESSA, MICH. The 

Michigan District overnight youth 
rally is being held Mar. 15-16 at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Homer 
Miller, pastor. 

GRANDVIEW, WASH. Sunday- 
school attendance is nearing the 
100 mark at the First Brethren 
Church, Robert Griffith, pastor. , 

KITTANNING, PA. The First 
Brethren Church hired Mr. Ron 
Jurke (pronounced Yurky) as di- 
rector of music and assistant pastor. 
Mr. Jurke has a master in education 
degree from Bob Jones University. 
Wm. H. Schaffer is the pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 

Brethren High School will have 
"open house" on Friday, Mar. 22. 
Rev. Albert Flory, minister of edu- 
cation for the First Brethren Church, 
and his staff, will be hosts. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. The Mid- 
Atlantic youth rally will be held at 
the Commonwealth Avenue Breth- 
ren Church on Apr. 5-6. John Burns 
will be host pastor. 

Dates of District Conferences 

Allegheny May 7-9 — Uniontown. Pa. 

California May 27-31— Long Beach, Calif. 

East June 15-18 — Altoona, Pa. 

Indiana . . .Apr. 29-May 2— Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Iowa June 27-29 — Leon, Iowa 

Michigan 

Mid-Atlantic May 13-15— Hagerstown, Md. 

Midwest June 7-9 — Denver. Colo. 

Northern Atlantic May 7-10— York, Pa. 

Northern Ohio 

Northwest Apr. 30-May 3— Harrah, Wash. 

Southeast June 24-26 — Roanoke, Va. 

Southern Ohio May 6-9 — Dayton, Ohio 

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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE FINAL 



WORLD RULER 



The Coining World Ruler 

The Devil's chief and lOremost 
concern is his effort to imitate the 
Lord Jesus Christ. The world dic- 
tator, of whom we read in Revela- 
tion 13:2, is the expression of 
Satan's desire to imitate Christ's 
position as king. As Satan knows, 
according to Zechariah 14:9, Christ 
is to be king over all the earth. Satan 
imitates Christ's incarnation and at- 
tempts to incarnate himself in the 
Antichrist to become a world ruler. 
It is definitely stated that the Anti- 
christ will receive his power from 
the dragon in imitation of the man- 
ner in which Christ received His 
power from God the Father. When 
Christ was here on earth. He said: 
"I do always those things that please 
the [Father.]" The Antichrist could 
say the same, that he desires to 
please his father, the Devil. 

The work of the Holy Spirit on 
earth is to exalt Christ. Likewise, 
when the false prophet, the head of 
apostate worldly religion, appears 
on the scene, he will not exalt him- 
self, but, according to Revelation 
13:12, he causes those on the earth 
to worship the first beast, the Anti- 
christ. In Revelation 13:16-18 there 
is revealed the stranglehold the Anti- 
christ will have in that awful day of 
the Great Tribulation after the 
church has been taken to glory. The 
Antichrist will have such control 
over the nations that no one can do 
as he pleases. Centralized control, of 
which we heard so much in the late 
war in the nations of the earth, will 
be developed to its final and logical 
conclusion under the reign of this 
coming world dictator. As in World 
War II, those who did not agree with 
the viewpoints of the dictator were 
sent to dreaded concentration camps 
for punishment, so the Antichrist 
will use force to gain his ends. The 
Antichrist will exercise control over 
the actions, bodies, and minds of 
men. It is good news to know that 



the reign of Antichrist will last but 
for a short time. In the providence of 
God, we are told, it is limited to 
three and one half years. If Satan's 
man of sin were allowed to rule any 
great length of time, there would be 
no flesh saved. The Bible reveals 
to us that the reign of the Antichrist 
will be cut off by the second com- 
ing of the true King of kings from 
heaven. 

The Two Beasts 

While the events of the day of 
the Great Tribulation are taking 
place on the earth, the Antichrist 
and the false prophet will be in 
complete accord. To the inhabitants 
of the earth they will appear as two 
world figures, men of renown, but 
God calls them beasts. The first 
(Rev. 13:1-2) is a political beast, the 
second (Rev. 1 3 : 1 1 - 1 8) is a religious 
beast. These two beasts will prob- 
ably be known before the Rapture 
of the church as great outstanding 
world personalities. However, the 
identification with Bible prophecy 
will not be made known until after 
the church is removed. When Christ 
takes the church out of the earth, 
there will be no power to hold iack 
Satan's work then, so his poUtical 
representatives, the first beast, will 
have a great rulership over the gov- 
ernments of the earth. His ecclesias- 
tical representative, the second beast, 
will control a worldwide apostate 
religious system. Satanic power in 
that day will be so manifested that 
great wonders and signs will be per- 
formed. Millions of the inhabitants 
of the earth will be deceived by the 
power of Satan. 

The Doom of Satan 

We praise the name of our Lord 
that the doom of Satan is as certain 
as his existence. From Revelation 
20:1-3 we learn that Satan will be 
cast into the bottomless pit (abyss) 
when Christ comes the second time 



By Charles W. Mayes, D.D. 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Long Beach, Cahf. 

to reign over the earth. We learn 
further from Revelation 20:7-10 that 
Satan will remain in the abyss dur- 
ing the period of 1,000 years while 
Christ will reign as King of kings 
on the earth. At the end of this 1,000 
years, Satan will be loosed out of 
his prison for a short time. God al- 
lows him to be loosed in order that 
the people of the earth may have an 
opportunity to make it known to 
whom they belong, either Satan or 
God. Many will indicate they do 
not belong to God even after they 
have seen the great blessing of the 
King and the kingdom in the thou- 
sand-year reign. After Satan has 
been loosed for a short time he will 
be placed in the lake of fire and 
brimstone where the beast and the 
false prophet were placed 1,000 
years before. 

The Victory Over Satan 

In our day Satan is using all his 
strategy and all of his wisdom to 
wage a warfare against God in the 
world. Satan is so powerful that our 
only hope of victory is to yield our- 
selves unto Christ so that His vic- 
tory may be shared by us. This 
truth is revealed in Jude 9, where 
Michael the archangel did not dare 
bring an accusation against the 
Devil. It is evident that Satan is 
stronger than the archangel, the 
greatest and highest of all the an- 
gels. He only said to the Devil: "The 
Lord rebuke thee." So it is with us; 
we cannot fight Satan, but on the 
basis of the promises of God we 
can likewise say to the Devil: "The 
Lord rebuke you." 

The believer who has the indwell- 
ing power of a risen Christ has ac- 
cess to a weapon which is above the 
realm of carnal weapons. Our wea- 
pon is the sword of the Spirit, the 
Word of God. One ounce of the 
promise of God is more powerful 
than all the tons of Satan's propa- 
-^anda. 



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Souls— A Challenge for Every Brethren Sunday School E/P Lambert Photo 



Let's Be Fair 



By Clate A. Risiey 

Executive Secretary 

National Sunday School Association 



Life magazine, February 1 1 . 
1957 published an article by Wes- 
ley Shrader, "Our Troubled Sun- 
day Schools." H& attacks the Sun- 
day school as the most wasted hour 
in the week. 

Many of the statements Mr. 
Shrader makes are true, such as 
"ministers are often badly informed 
about what goes on at the Sunday- 
school hour, even in their own 
churches," but taking the article as 
a whole, it is unfair, unscientific, 
and behind the times. 

My work as executive secretary 
of the National Sunday School Asso- 
ciation takes me into all parts of 
this country. I am in churches of all 
denominations and I have never seen 



many of the things Mr. Shrader 
tells about. To cite extreme illustra- 
tions to prove a point is neither fair 
nor scientific. 

It would be folly to contend that 
our Sunday schools are perfect. 
Far from it, but neither do we feel 
that the average U. S. Protestant 
Sunday school is nothing more than 
a glorified baby-sitting service, a 
place where children listen to gro- 
tesque stories and memorize verses, 
or a Sunday morning social hour 
characterized by a considerable 
amount of horseplay. 

It is unfortunate that many col- 
lege students who have been in Sun- 
day school a big share of their lives 
are not better informed about the 



Bible and the Christian life, but it 
is also possible that many of these 
same young people would not be in 
college at all if it were not for their 
experience in Sunday school. How 
many young people would be in our 
Christian colleges, seminaries or 
Bible institutes if these same young 
people had never been in the Sun- 
day school? 

The Sunday school with all its 
weakness still brings more mem- 
bers into the church than any other 
agency. The Sunday school is the 
greatest aid in conserving the efforts 
of evangelism the church has. In 
fact, unless the converts to Chris- 
tianity are integrated into the Sun- 



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day school and church life, they are 
soon lost to the church. 

Mr. Shrader admitted that great 
advances had been made in Sun- 
day schools during the last ten years 
but he left one with the impression 
that he could find few churches 
where they were doing any better. 
Where did' Mr. Shrader look? Wher- 
ever it was he missed several things. 

First of all, more people are going 
to Sunday school today than ever 
before. We know there is increased 
population, but much of this in- 
crease is due to an improved pro- 
gram even if Mr. Shrader says in- 
creased attendance does not mean 
improved quality. 

More men are going to Sunday 
school today and more men are 
taking an active part in the leader- 
ship of the Sunday school. It is not 
impossible to find men working in 
every department of the Sunday 
school, nursery included, and why 
not? 

Mr. Shrader says that many of 
our nurseries are operated by high- 
school girls. Perhaps some are, but 
in all my travels 1 have not found 
one turned over to these youth. 

More families are attending Sun- 
day school today as families than 
in many years. This is due to better 
nursery facilities for small children 
for one thing, but it is also due to 
better grading, better teaching and 
better programing at the adult level. 
Of course, there is much yet to be 
desired, but tremendous advances 
have been made in the last decade 
and partially in the last five years. 
Let's be fair. 

Mr. Shrader criticizes severely 
the memorization of Scripture verses 
and says that the principle behind 
memorization is: "If they memo- 
rize it and can repeat it, they have 
learned it." 

Mr. Shrader is right when he adds, 
"No school of education would sup- 
port such a definition of learning," 
and he needs to add — neither does 
the Sunday school. 

There is a certain amount of 
memorization necessary for every 
kind of education from the multi- 
plication tables on. These are usually 
principles learned and acted upon 
later. Many students even in secular 
education may memorize truths and 
principles they do not understand, 



but they are able to act upon them 
later because they learned them. 

Legion are those who learned 
"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall 
not want," as a beginner or pri- 
mary child and came to the realiza- 
tion of its meaning a decade or two 
later. 

I have never heard anyone claim 
that because they have memorized 
a thing they have learned it, and I 
doubt that few think so. Certainly 
parrot-like, rote-like instruction is 
not teaching, but Scripture memori- 
zation as a part of learning needs 
more emphasis and not less in the 
average Sunday school today. 

In many respects Mr. Shrader's 
article is about twenty years late. 
Much that he said would have been 
more applicable in 1936 when Sun- 
day-school attendance and interest 
hit a proportionate low. 

He says: "The reputation of the 
church school across the country is 
pretty low"; whereas, the reputation 
of the Sunday school is going up and 
has been for several years. 

What does he mean when he 
says: "The people know that the 
good old Sunday school broke about 
as many young people as it built"? 

No other organization has done so 
much, for so many, with so little, 
and today we see that little growing 
in personnel, in facilities and equip- 
ment and even in finances. The Sun- 
day school has not faced a brighter 
future this century. 

In some areas during the past 
decade and a half the Sunday 
school has actually taken the lead. 
A striking example of this is in 
visual education, from the flannel- 
graph board and other forms of non- 
projected visuals to the filmstrip and 
motion picture the Sunday school 
has led. Today business houses and 
sales organizations are using meth- 
ods of presentation akin to those 
used in Sunday schools a decade and 
more ago. 



Author Shrader says that one rea- 
son greater progress has not been 
made is because churches generally 
have not recognized the importance 
of the position of minister of edu- 
cation or the director of religious 
education. There is an element of 
truth here, but an educational proc- 
ess has been in progress. As rapidly 
as churches learn the value 
of Christian education directors they 
are eager for their services. 

Certainly one of the greatest open- 
ings in the field of Christian service 
today is the position of Christian 
education director and especially is 
this true for men. A week never goes 
by but what we are asked for help in 
securing a Christian education di- 
rector. 

Today Sunday school is on the 
march. Great gains have been made 
and greater gains ire coming. Why? 
Here are a few of die biggest rea- 
sons: Improved curriculum is al- 
ready available and in use in many if 
not most evangelical Sunday schools. 
Hundreds of Sunday-school conven- 
tions are being held each year in 
all parts of the country. Here thou- 
sands of teachers and potential Sun- 
day-school workers have been chal- 
lenged to attempt bigger things for 
God. They have returned to their 
local churches where many have en- 
rolled in teacher training classes and 
as a result their teaching has im- 
proved. This added interest on the 
part of the teacher has brought a 
greater response from the pupils. 

We are not ready to sing the 
"Hallelujah Chorus," we need 
awakened pastors, and this means 
awakened seminaries and especially 
seminary leaders who determine the 
curriculum for our future preachers. 
We need awakened parents too, 
but we are ready to say that as far 
as many of the people who attend 
our evangelical Sunday schools our 
most valuable hour of the week is 
the one spent in Sunday school. 




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See Him 



"But we see Jesus, who was made a little 
lower than the angels for the suffering of 
death . . . that he by the grace of God 
should taste death for every man" (Heb. 
2:9). 



A number of years ago we read 
of a congregation that was under- 
going a spiritual famine. They were 
getting very hungry for a good meal 
from the Word of God because their 
pastor had turned aside from his 
divinely appointed commission of 
preaching Jesus Christ and feeding 
the flock with the living Word. In- 
stead, he had been giving the people 
husks of modernism that he had 
picked up while browsing around in 
the barren pastures of Higher Criti- 
cism. Finally one of the good sisters 
of the congregation could stand the 
spiritual dearth no longer and 
penned a note which she placed on 
the pulpit where the minister could 
see it when he got up to conduct the 
service. It was simple and to the 
point. It read, "Sir, we would see 
Jesus." The Spirit of God graciously 
used this verse of Scripture to con- 
vict the wayward pastor and bring 
him back to the only Book and mes- 
sage that can satisfy the souls of 
men. He began to preach the Word 
and to exalt Jesus Christ with a 
new zeal and fervor. The spiritual 
lethary that had settled upon the 
congregation began to clear up im- 
mediately and it wasn't long until the 
power and testimony of that church 
began to glow. Her heart filled with 
thanksgiving, the sister penned an- 
other note to the pastor. This time 
it read, "Then were the people glad 
when they saw the Lord." 

PREINCARNATION 

Whenever you see Jesus in the 
Scriptures, He is always hfted up. 
Before His incarnation we see Him 
lifted up (Isa. 6:1): "In the year 
that king Uzziah died I saw the 
Lord sitting upon a throne, high and 
lifted up, and his train filled the 
temple." See Him in like manner 
today! We shall never fully under- 
stand how vile and sinful the human 
heart is until we see Him, the thrice 
holy One. The person who holds an 
exalted opinion of self has never seen 



the Lord. When Isaiah saw Him 
lifted up, he said: "Woe is me, for 
I am a man of unclean lips." Job, 
the patriarch, had a similar expe- 
rience. He said: "I have heard of 
thee by the hearing of the ear; but 
now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore 
I abhor myself, and repent in dust 
and ashes." This was also true of 
Peter. Luke 5:8 reads: "When Si- 
mon saw it, he fell down at Jesus" 
knees, saying. Depart from me; for 
I am a sinful man, O Lord." 

HUMILIATION 

Even in His humiliation, we see 
Jesus lifted up. Our text says that He 
was made a little lower than the 
angels for the suffering of death. In 
the accomplishment of this work He 
was suspended between heaven and 
earth on a cross. "For as Moses 
lifted up the serpent in the wilder- 
ness, even so must the Son of man 
be lifted up . . ." (John 3:14); "And 
I, if I be lifted up from the earth, 
will draw all men unto me" (John 
12:31). It is only through seeing 
Jesus Christ lifted up on the cross for 
us that we can come to know that 
our sins are forgiven. "Be it known 
unto you, men and brethren, that by 
this man is preached unto you the 
forgiveness of sins" (Acts 13:38). 
It is that "lifting up" that makes pos- 
sible our peace with God. "He was 




By Jesse Hall 

Pastor, First Brethren Church 
Spokane, Wash. 



delivered up for our offences, and 
raised again for our justification. 
Therefore being justified by faith we 
have peace with God through our 
Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 4:25; 
5:1). 

EXALTATION 

See Jesus "lifted up" in His exal- 
tation. In Philippians 2:8-9. we read: 
"He humbled himself, and became 
obedient unto death, even the death 
of the cross. Wherefore God also 
hath highly exalted him, and given 
him a name which is above every 
name." Hebrews 7:26 adds these 
words: "For such an high priest 
became us, who is holy, harmless, 
undefiled, separate from sinners, and 
made higher than the heavens." 
When we see Him thus interceding 
in our behalf, we will have dis- 
covered the Christian's secret of vic- 
tory and power, for He is able to 
save to the uttermost all that come 
unto God by Him, seeing He ever 
liveth to make intercession for them. 

We must see Him. No one else is 
capable of satisfying our hungry 
souls; no one else can fulfill our 
hearts desires. 

See Him or our souls will be lost 
in the midnight darkness — for He 
is the light of life (John 8:12). 

See Him or our joy and happiness 
will be turned into bitterest worm- 
wood and gall — for we joy in God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ, by 
whom we have now received the 
atonement (Rom. 5:11). 

See Him or our joy and happiness 
will be but confusion — for He is the 
Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 
14:6). 

See Him if our lives are to be 
strong and powerful — for He is the 
wisdom of God and the power of 
God (I Cor. 1:24). 

See Him if our lives are to bear 
fruit for God — for He said: "I am 
the vine, ye are the branches . . . 
without me ye can do nothing" 
(John 15:5). 



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ONE MAN'S OPINION <j>Jl 




This islUFway 



PASTE THIS IN YOUR BIBLE 

An omer was six pints. 

A gerah was one cent. 

A farthing was three cents. 

A shekel of gold was $8. 

A cubit was nearly 22 inches. 

A shekel of silver was about 50 

cents. 
An hin was a gallon and two pints. 
A piece of silver, or a penny, was 1 3 

cents. 
A days journey was about 23 and 

one fifth miles. 
A Sabbath day's journey was about 

an English mile. 
A talent of silver was $538.30. 



HOW A PREACHER CAN KILL 
A CHURCH 

Ignore the flock except at the hour 
of service. 

Only devote time to those belong- 
ing to your denomination. 

Scold the faithful for the coldness 
of the absentees. 

Don't say or do something good 
for another denomination. 

Don't fill the pulpit regularly. 

Don't have a suitable substitute 
when you must be absent. 

Don't support or attend Sunday 
school. 

If you attend, always be late. 

Don't organize the young people. 

Don't visit the ill and needy. 

Don't visit those who are well. 

Don't have a friendly and appeal- 
ing disposition. 

Don't use words easy to be under- 
stood in delivering your messages; 
use all the high-sounding words pos- 
sible. 

Don't be content with your present 
pastorate, but be continually on the 
lookout for a bigger and better one. 

But the most effective way for a 
preacher to kill a church is to feed it 
the deadly poison of modernism in- 
stead of the living Word of God. 
■ — ^Now. 

tAatch 16, 1957 



Whatever: 

Weakens your reason, 
Obscures your sense of God, 
Or takes off the relish for spirit- 
ual things, 
That is sin to you! 



THE TWO BEARS 

There are two bears that should 
have a place in the life of every 
Christian: Bear and Forbear, Many 
times our fellow men injure us, 
sometimes intentionally, sometimes 
unintentionally. Someone has asked 
the question: "What should my at- 
titude be toward personal injury on 
the part of either my friends or my 
enemies?" The answer is to be found 
in the Word: Matthew 6:15; 18:22- 
35; Mark 11:25; Luke !7:4; 23:34; 
Romans 12:19; James 2:13. 



FOR TEACHERS ONLY 

Rev. Harold E. Garner once made 
this very striking statement: "No 
teacher is qualified to teach who 
is not faithful in attending both the 
morning and evening services on the 
Lord's Day and the midweek prayer 
service." He also said: "A Bible 
school teacher is late if he isn't there 
15 minutes ahead of time." Teach- 
ers, have you been faithful in at- 
tending the prayer service at 9:30 
a. m. on Sunday mornings? Mr. 
Garner also said: "The teacher is re- 
sponsible for the soul of every pupil 
in the class, including those who 
simply visit once in a while." We 
maintain that there should be more 
visiting by our Bible school teach- 
ers, and that of the right kind — to 
either win the pupil for Christ or 
build him up in the most holy faith. 



CRIME 

A former chaplain of an Arkan- 
sas penitentiary said that "out of 
1,700 convicts I found only one who 
had been brought up in a home 
that had an old-fashioned family 
altar, and this man was pardoned 
because he was found innocent of 
the crime with which he was 
charged." Read your Bible every 
day; start a Family Altar now. 



SCOFFERS 

A badly scorched postcard was 
received Thursday by Sam Love, 
Vinita, Okla. Daily staff member 
who covered the Robert Hendricks 
murder trial. 

Hendricks died in the electric 
chair Tuesday for the murder of 
Rheam Payton. 

As he sat in the electric chair, he 
told a guard: 

"Tell Sam I'll see him in hell." 

The next day Love received the 
card which read: 

"Dear Sam: Bring clippings about 
me when you come." It was signed 
'Bob.' " 

Read Romans 3:18. 

HOW TO PREVENT A QUARREL 

For two years two monks lived 
together in concord and amity. The 
monotony of their manner of life 
finally moved one of them to say: 
"Let us get out of the groove of our 
humdrum round of daily tasks and 
do something different— let us do 
as the world does." Having lived the 
sequestered life so long, the monk 
inquired: "What does the world 
without do?" "Well, for one thing, 
the world quarrels." Having lived 
together so long in the bondage of 
a holy love, he had forgotten how 
to quarrel, so he queried: "How does 
the world quarrel?" So the other 
monk replied: "See that stone. Place 
it between us and say. The stone is 
mine.' " Willing to accommodate his 
friend, he said: "The stone is mine." 
Pausing for reflection and feeling 
the compulsion of their years of 
friendship, the monk who suggested 
the quarrel concluded: "Well, broth- 
er, if the stone is thine, keep it." 
And thus ended the quarrel. — John 
R. Riebe. 

* * * 

SILENCE! 

"I am building a church," said a 
small boy playing with a set of 
blocks, "and we must be very quiet." 
His father, eager to encourage this 
unexpected reverence, asked: "Why 
are we to be quiet in church?" "Be- 
cause the people are asleep," was the 
boy's response. We could stand more 
reverence in our church but not that 
kind! Think of the opportunities we 
have missed because of spiritual 
drowsiness! 

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I. 



scholarly manner he deals with the doc- 
trines of oschatology, cpecifically With ihe 
doctrine of the church in relation to the 
Rapture, the Tribulation and the imminency 
of the return of Christ. Pre-Partial-Post and 
Midtribulationism is fully discussed in a 
logical and scholarly manner, finally con- 
cluding with 50 arguments in favor of the 
pretribulational viewpoint. 




> BEHIND 

America 



Selected by THE EDITOk 



THIRTY YEARS A WATCH TOWER SLVAE. 
By William J. Schnell. Baker Book 
House. 1956. Cloth, 207 pp. $2.95 (post- 
age 12c I. 
For the first time in 30 years, the author 
in 1954 was a free man. Converted from 
this cult, ihis book gives an inside picture 
of the teachings, plans and purposes of this 
un-Biblical ism. For the first time in his- 
tory this organization is exposed in public 
view in a sane, constructive manner by a 
former "minister" of the Watch Tower So- 
ciety, who was responsible for the organ- 
ization of 84 congregations. 



KEPT FROM THE HOUR. By Gerald B. 
Stanton. Zondervan Publishing House. 
1956. Cloth. 313 pp. $3.95 (postage 12c I . 
This book is the most timely book of our 
da.y. It provides a defense of the pretribu- 
lational return of Jesus Christ. The four 
major views of the Rapture are presented, 
and in an interesting manner the author de- 
fends the imminent pretribulational re- 
turn of Christ. It is interestingly written 
and is adapted to the lay Bible i;tudent. The 
book is a systematic study of vhe Rapture 
and its relationship to Bible prophecy. The 



author is professor of systematic theology 
at Talbot Seminary. 

IS THE RAPTURE NEXT. By Leon J. Wood, 
Zondervan PubUshing House, 1956. Cloth, 
120 pp. 32 (postage ic) . 
This book is written in defense of the pre- 
tribulational viewpoint, giving an answer to 
the question as to whether the church will 
pass through the tribulation period. This 
book provides valuable study on this question 
for the alert Christian layman. 

THE SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS. 

By Ralph G. TurnbuU. Baker Book 

House, 1956. 53 pp. 31.50 (postage 8c). 

The author declares: "The words :rom 

the cross reveal ihe victory of Jesus our 

Lord. At the cross is the revelation of man's 

sin and God's love. These are no ordinary 

words like the last words of men. In the 

seven sayings are found meanings which 

outlast all other thoughts. To expound these 

words with reverence and devotion is our 



NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION. By 
George A. Hadjiantoniou. Moody Press, 
1956. 352 pp. S4.50 (postage 12c). 
Beginning with the 400 silent years be- 
tween the Old Testament and New Testa- 
ments, the author progressively goes into 
the Canon of the New Testament, dealing 
with the included and excluded books, and 
the problems of printing and language. Part 
two gives a special treatise to each New 
Testament book in chronological order, giv- 
ing special attention to methods of interpre- 
tation of the Book of the Revelation. Each 
book is given its proper political, social and 
spiritual :;etting. 

THE RAPTURE QUESTION. By John F. 

Walvoord. Dunham Publishing Co.. 1956. 

Cloth. 240 pp. S3 (postage 8c). 
Dr. John Walvoord is the president of 
Dallas Theological Seminary, and in a 



AMAZING DEAD SEA SCROLLS. By Wil- 
liam S. LaSor. Moodv Press. 1956. Cloth, 
251 pp. $3.50 (postage 12c). 
No subject has been so much before the 
public in recent years as the Dead Sea 
Scrolls. The author spent 15 years of re- 
search in the fields of geography, history, 
languages, and culture of the Bible world. 
He has taken to doctoral degrees (Ph.D.. 
Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate 
Learning, in Assyriology and Egyptology; 
and Th.D., University of Southern Cali- 
fornia ) . He has made two extensive trips 
to the Bible world (1952 and 1956). His thesis 
shows the relationship of the Scrolls to 
the Christian believer. The book is fully 
documented from primary sources. 



LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES. By 
Joseph A. Seiss. Baker Book House, 1957. 
343 pp. $2.75 (postage 12c). 
This is a series of 21 messages which were 
delivered by the author. Each message con- 
tains practical lessons for this day. The 
practical was the supreme aim of the 
author, rather than the critical approach 
to the Book of the Revelation. The content 
of each chapter is calculated to impress 
the heart of man. and quicken his spiritual 
consciousness. The book provides excellent 
devotional reading. 

GROWING UP TO LOVE. By H. Clair 
Amstutz. M.D. Herald Press, 1956. 103 
pp.. Cloth. ;;2.50 (postage »c). 
Dr. H. Clair Amstutz writes with 15 years 
medical experience at his command. Ap- 
proaching the subject of sex from the stand- 
point that it is important for the growmg 
child to have a wholesome attitude toward 
sex. the importance of love in the family 
is established as basic. Parents are given 
helps to understand their own hush-hush 
attitudes and embarrassments. The author 
contends that sex and devoted love are in- 
separable. 



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EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



MARCH 23, 1957 



GRACE COLLEGE 
CHOIR 




EDITORIALS 



By W. A. Ogden, Executive Vice President, Grace Theological Seminary 




The Annual Choir Tour 

At 1:51 p. m., Thursday, April 4, the Grace College 
choir of 30 voices, with six other persons whom I will 
identify later, will entrain at Warsaw, Ind., for its third 
annual' Easter tour of the churches. At Chicago's Union 
Depot these young folk will board the Union Pacific's 
■'City of Los Angeles" at 6:45 p. m. to begin the 39 
hours and 25 minutes ride to Southern Cahfornia. They 
will arrive at East Los Angeles at 9:10 a. m. on Satur- 
day and will be met by Dr. C. W. Mayes and his driver 
in one of the large busses used in the Brethren High 
School of Long "Beach. Before noon they will fmd 
rooms in the spacious Sunday-school building of the 
Long Beach church. This will be their home for the 
following two weeks. 

Professor Donald Ogden, who heads the music depart- 
ment at Grace, will direct the choir in the 26 concerts 
that are scheduled for the 16 days of this tour. Miss 
Ava Schnittjer, who teaches English and speech, will 
serve as adviser to the girls. She will also coach the 
choral readings, which are a favorite portion of each 
concert. Professor Ogden has arranged a medley of 
songs on the theme of the name of Jesus, and Miss 
Schnittjer has arranged the choral recitations that so 
beautifully bridge the interludes, making a perfect and 
thrilling unity of the whole. Miss Nancy Weber, a 
coUegesophomore and an accomplished musician, will 
be the accompanist on the piano and/or organ. Dr. Paul 
Bauman will be the faculty representative and will have 
general oversight of the tour. Mrs. Paul Bauman and 
Mrs. Donald Ogden are going along as the guests of 
some very thoughtful friends who are sponsoring their 
trip. 

Concerts will be held in Brethren churches selected in 
such a manner that it will be possible for all of our 
Brethren friends on the coast to attend. In addition, the 
group will sing in Youth for Christ programs in Long 
Beach and Los Angeles, as well as in the Church of the 
Open Door, and one or two other churches, not Breth- 
ren. 

The tour will close on Easter Sunday with three or 
four appearances, and the return trip will begin on 
Monday, April 22, at 4:30 p. m., and will end at 2:15, 
Wednesday afternoon. These students will miss eight 
days of classes, but will be given work and study halls 
on the tour. It will mean somewhat of a handicap to 
them in their work, but every one of them is eager for 
the opportunity to sing for the Lord and witness to 
their enthusiasm for Grace College. Remember this 
entire project before the Father's throne that our Lord 
may be glorified in the lives of each one and in the 
testimony that is borne to the glory of the One who is 
the theme of every song they will sing. 



Cover Page 

Front row reading up — Shirley Smith. Marily Rathfon. Carolyn 
Caldwell. Jeanette Turner, Ruth Steffler. Mary King. Carolyn 
Bearinger, Sally Saddler. Phyllis Campbell. Karen Calkins. Esther 
Friesen. Sandra Watson. Second row — Nancy Weber. David Hacker, 
Clifford Heftner. Randall Poyner. Robert Burk. Charles Stoner, Lyn- 
wood Catron, Jesse Engle, Warren Brown, James Custer, Dale Hos- 
teller. John Rathbun. Not pictured — Donald Rough. Joyce Moine. 
Dawn Barota, Mariel DeLattre, Robert Messner, Marlene Shoemaker. 
Curtis Stroman. 

The Sage and the Siren 

In his little booklet, "The God-Centered Life," Mar- 
tin A. Hopkins has an interesting word which points out 
the conflicting allurements that call for the devotion 
of a man's heart and life: "in the Proverbs Wisdom is 
personified as a pure woman who stands "at the head 
of the noisy streets' of life (1:21 in Hebrews), pleading, 
with men to depart from evil, and to walk in the ways 
of truth and righteousness. As such. Wisdom is con- 
trasted with the impure harlot, who also stands in the 
streets with impudent face, using her wiles and seducing 
charms to lure men to destruction." 

The necessity of individual choice is as old as the 
race. Adam heard the voice of Wisdom in the streets 
of Eden proclaiming the way of life. He also heard the 
voice of the harlot in those same streets offering the 
sweetness of her wares. The choice he made was a bad 
choice, and it determined his lot, and involved the 
destiny of the world. 

How much is involved in what seems to be a simple 
choice! A young man chooses a non-Christian college 
because it offers accreditation in a special field in 
which he is interested, or it is near his home. While 
pursuing his course, however, his faith in the Word 
of God, and in Christ the Saviour, is shattered and he 
makes shipwreck of his life. Another person, not a dedi- 
cated Christian perhaps, makes the opposite choice and 
enrolls in a college that proclaims and lives by the truth 
of the gospel and his life is turned into a channel of 
blessing in that special field into which God has led 
him. He has heeded the voice of Wisdom that cried in 
his street. 

Sometimes the decision that marks destiny is made 
by the parents. Let me share this portion of a recent 
letter, confirming the enrollment of a student for next 
fall. "We are so happy to have a school where our chil- 
dren can be under fine Brethren teachers and have such 
good Christian fellowship. Both are tremendously im- 
portant to young people today. We have been asked 
why we send our daughter so far away from home 
when there are so many schools right here. The above 
statement includes our answer and is sufficient reason 
for us." 

Choices are so final in their influence on our lives; we 
have heard and known the voice of Christ, and our 
choice must always be to follow Him whose ways are 
ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. 



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ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
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The Physical Education Building 



Break Ground on New College Building 

By Paul R. Bauman, Vice president in Charge of Public Relations 



Here is news that is occasion for 
genuine rejoicing! The ground- 
breaking service for the new Grace 
College Physical Education Build- 
ing was held on the Grace campus in 
Winona Lake on Thursday morning, 
March 21, at 11:00 o'clock. Dr. 
Glenn O'Neal ("42), pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Inglewood, 
Calif., was the speaker. Inasmuch 
as it is not possible to have all the 
details of this long-anticipated serv- 
ice ready for publication before the 
March educational number of the 
magazine goes to press, a full report 
of the ground-breaking service will 
appear in the April issue. 

To many of our readers the pic- 
tures which appear above and be- 
low on this page will come as a 
surprise. Although they are pub- 
lished for the first time, the changed 
plans have not been made suddenly. 
The board of trustees, faculty, and 
building committee have spent many 
hours in deliberation upon the prob- 
lem of meeting to the very best ad- 
vantage, with the funds that are 
available, the needs of the growing 
Grace College student body. The 



plans which appear on this page are 
the result of much careful and pray- 
erful consideration. 

Originally a single multipurpose 
building had been designed for 
Grace College. The unit was to have 
included, in addition to an audi- 
torium-gymnasium, three floors of 
classrooms, laboratories, faculty of- 
fices, snack shop, etc. The estimated 
cost of this entire building was 
5300,000. The multipurpose unit 
was not completely what we wanted, 
but it appeared to be the best that 
could be provided for the acute 
needs of the school. 

Further consideration and con- 
sultation has brought forth what 
no one believed could be possible — 
a plan for two buildings instead of 
one, and with no added cost above 
the original total amount of S300,- 
000. As a result, the board has now 
approved a plan to erect two sep- 
arate units: a physical education 
building and an educational unit 
containing classrooms and other nec- 
essary facilities. Work on the phys- 
ical education unit begins at once 
The second building will be started 



as soon as the financial program will 
permit. 

There are several distinct ad- 
vantages in this new plan. In the 
first place, when the $300,000 multi- 
purpose unit was proposed, it was 
necessary for the board to require 
that at least $100,000 in cash be 
on hand before construction could 
begin. Under the new plan each unit 
will cost approximately 5150,000, 
or half the amount of the structure 
originally planned. For this reason, 
the board of directors has felt free 
to authorize the construction of one 
unit, inasmuch as the school now has 
on hand more than half the amount 
originally required for the multipur- 
pose building. 

The new plan avoids the neces- 
sity of having to borrow heavily for 
the construction program. This, too, 
is an advantage. Many dollars in 
interest will be saved. Then, only 
when the financial program permits 
will the second unit be constructed. 
The adding of a new building to the 
campus will also increase the net 

(Continued on Page 181) 




Proposed Educational Unit 



March 23, 7957 



179 




Zeal That Inspires Others 



By Paul R. Bauman 



Several months ago a group of 
pastors were holding a regular 
monthly meeting in a Pennsylvania 
town. Among other matters which 
concerned their ministry they were 
discussing the approaching offer- 
ing for Grace Semmary and College 
and particularly the plans for a new 
building. One of the men present 
was Conard Sandy, pastor of the 
Melrose Gardens Brethren Church 
of Harrisburg (upper right). His 
was a congregation not many years 



out of the list of home-mission 
churches. In the course of the dis- 
cussion Pastor Sandy observed 
that, if every Brethren congrega- 
tion would raise SI, 000 for the 
building fund in its coming offering, 
the entire cost of the first unit could 
be met immediately. He then volun- 
teered the suggestion that, while he 
could not speak for his congregation, 
he felt led at least to place the mat- 
ter before them to see if they would 
set a goal of $1,000 by March 1 




for the college building fund. That 
goal was reached! 

Present at the same meeting was 
the pastor of one of oiu: newest 
home-mission churches, Robert 
Markley. Following pastor Sandy's 
suggestion he placed the matter be- 
fore his own congregation. The re- 
sponse was immediate, and it was 
a hearty one! Did this young church 
reach its March 1 goal? The picture 
to the left, taken on February 28, 
is sufficient proof that the goal was 
even surpassed. Samuel Grubb, 
church treasurer, is shown handing 
pastor Markley a check for SI, 000 
to be sent to Grace College. Mr. 
Grubb had a double right to this 
privilege; for he is not only treasurer, 
he is also the father of Miss Janice 
Grubb, sophomore at Grace College. 
The total amount forwarded by ihe 
Palmyra church, by the way, was not 
SI, 000, nor was it $1,053.50, as 
shown on the picture — it was 
$1,100! 

Other churches have responded in 
a similar fashion, and the offerings 
for the building fund have been 
coming to the school in a very en- 
couraging way which is occasion for 
praise and thanksgiving to God. The 
Hagerstown, Md., Grace church, 
has again shown that it believes 
the kind of training its young peo- 
ple have been receiving at Grace 
College is a worthwhile investment. 
In the upper left-hand picture, the 
treasurer, Hubert G. Finfrock 
(seated) is writing a check in the 
amount of $1,450.65 for the new 
college building. The pastor, Rus- 
sell H. Weber, who has sent three 
daughters to Grace, is seen observ- 
ing the writing of the check. 



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We are not so fortunate as to have 
a picture from each of the congre- 
gations contributing $1,000 or more 
to the building fund. The following 
list shows the churches from which 
such contributions have been made 
since the need was first presented. 

Churches Sending $1,000 or More 
Grace College Building Fund 

Bell. Calif $1,000.00 

Canton, Ohio 1.222.17 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1.002.00 

Clayton, Ohio 1.761.00 

Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) . 6.450.60 

Hagerstown. Md. (Calvary) 1.119.75 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 1,459.65 

Harrisburg, Pa 1,021.00 

Long Beach. Calif. (First) 2.225.15 

Mansfield. Ohio (Grace) 7,599.50 

Modesto, Calif (McHenry) 1,000.00 

North English, Iowa 1,110.00 

Palmyra. Pa 1.100.00 

Philadelphia. Pa. (First) 1,351.12 

Waterloo. Iowa 1.857.97 

Whittier, CaUf. (First) 3.500.00 

Winona Lake. Ind 2.464.18 

Wooster. Ohio 1.000.00 

Yakima. Wash 1.000.00 

Isolated 4,717.00 

Student Body 1,339.50 



BREAK GROUND 

(Continued From Page 179) 

worth of the property. This, in turn, 
will be a real help as the school deals 
with banks in the future. 

The latest figures for the Grace 
College building fund offerings are 
therefore, a matter of real interest 
just now. During February the re- 
ceipts for the building fund amount- 
ed to $17,237.17. Since March 1 
the school has received additional 
offerings amounting to $3,153.07 
(as of March 5). We now have on 
hand a total amount of $54,518.68 
in building funds. Offerings from 
the student body have now reached 
more than $3,600, most of which 
has not yet been turned over to the 
school. What a thrill it has been to 
watch these students as they press 
toward their goal of $4,000. 

The February financial report, 
which appears elsewhere in the 
magazine, will show that most of 
the offerings from the churches have 
not yet reached the school. There are 
also assurances of a number of gifts 
of substantial size that will come in 
as the building program progresses. 
We beUeve the report a month hence 
will be highly encouraging. Let us 
pray that the Lord will continue to 
direct, bless, and provide for every 
detail of the construction program. 
He has said: "The silver is mine, 
and the gold is mine." He has also 
promised to bless those who have 
the enthusiasm to build when bpild- 
ng is necessary. 



DAISY BELLE TIBBALS 



Some of our finest Christians, 
as well as the most loyal to the 
Brethren faith, I have often found 
among those who are sometimes 
called "isolated" members of the 
denomination; that is, those living 
in places where there is no local 
Brethren congregation. The names 
and addresses of such members have 
occasionally come to our attention 
through gifts made to Grace Semi- 
nary, and sometimes upon our trips 
about the country Mrs. McClain and 
I would stop to visit them. It was 
in this way that we came to know 
Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Tibbals, of Pan- 
ora, Iowa. We called upon them 
first early in the nineteen-forties, 
and through subsequent years their 
home was one where we would, if 
possible, stop for a few minutes on 
our western trips. In their last years 
both suffered from ill health, but in 
spite of this problem it was always 
a joy to meet them again in the 
fellowship of Christ. 

Dr. Tibbals went to be with the 
Lord on April 7, 1952; and his wife 
was called to join him on January 8 
1957, at the age of 77. They had 
been married March 29, 1906; and 
moved to Panora in 1923 where they 



resided until the time of their "loos- 
ing away upward" to live forever in 
the Father's house. They held their 
membership in the First Brethren 
Church of DaOas Center, Iowa; and 
the pastor, Rev. A. D. Cashman, 
ministered faithfully and helpfully 
to Sister Tibbals during the period of 
her faihng health and in the final 
rites in her memory. 

Although for some years she had 
been unable to attend the services 
in her church for reasons of health 
and distance, she never lost interest 
in the work of the Brotherhood, giv- 
ing generously to the support of its 
various activities. When we saw her 
for the last time in 1953, upon her 
own initiative she informed us that 
she had some property which she 
and her late husband had agreed to- 
gether should come to Grace Semi- 
nary. And a few days ago we were 
informed that according to the terms 
of her will the seminary had been 
remembered in a substantial way. 

The Brethren Church has lost a 
valued member, and Mrs. McClain 
and I personally will miss her as a 
gracious friend, one who sincerely 
loved and served her Lord and Sav- 
iour. — Alva J. McCJain. 



GIFTS TO GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

February 28, 1957 



Gen. 

A J .. ,>j Fund 

Accident. Md $59.50 

Aleppo, Pa 58.00 

Alexandria. Va 53 50 

Alto. Mich 9 00 

Altoona, Pa. (First) 318.85 

Artesia. Calif 55 80 

Ashland. Ohio 

Beaumont, Calif 

Bellflower. Calif 21 00 

Berne, Ind 121.50 

Boston. Mass 70 00 

Buena Vista.- Va 281.55 

Clayton, Ohio 130.35 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) ... 134.00 

Covington. Va 339.35 

Dallas Center. Iowa 1.00 

Danville. Ohio 81.00 

Dayton. Ohio (First) 202.00 

Dayton. Ohio (N. Riverdale) 2.00 3 

Everett, Pa 10.00 

Flora, Ind 55.00 

Fort Lauderdale, Fia 98.14 

Fort Wayne. Ind. (First) .. 527.41 

Goshen. Ind 77.88 

Grafton. W. Va 38.21 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 4.00 1, 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) .. 945.70 1, 

Harrisburg, Pa 28.50 

Homerville. Ohio 

( West Homer 56.00 

Hopewell, Pa 32.00 

Inglewood, Calif 87.00 

Jenners. Pa 75.00 

Johnson City, Term 118.09 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) . . . 20.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 146.45 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) ... 86.50 

Lansing, Mich 62.34 

Leon. Iowa 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) . 37.50 

Mansfield. Ohio (Grace) .. 950.30 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville Grace) 72.90 

Martinsburg, Pa 10.00 



15.00 
504.00 
350.00 
159.60 
115.90 
211.00 
2.00 

83.50 



119.75 
250.65 
792.00 

100.00 

5.00 

162.30 

10.00 

72.55 
11.20 
114.00 

2.00 

2.50 

294.50 



Gen. Bldg. 

Fund Fund 

Me.versdale, Pa 5.00 15.00 

Meversdale. Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 25.00 

Modesto, Calif (La Loma) 25.00 

New Troy, Mich 37.00 22.00 

North English, Iowa 1.00 110.00 

Osceola. Ind :M.50 128.83 

Ozark, Mich 57.11 

Palmyra, Pa 43.00 1,000.00 

Peru. Ind 1.00 1.00 

Philadelphia. Pa. (First) .. 57.00 1,351.12 

Portis. Kans 72.00 375.00 

Radford. Va. . . .■ D.OO 4.00 

Rialio. CaUf 50.00 

Roanoke. Va. (Ghent) 5.00 5.00 

Roanoke. Va. 

(Washington Heights) ... 57.21 62.50 

Seven Fountains. Va 16.00 

Sidney. Ind 254.00 355.00 

South Bend. Ind 122.75 

Spokane, Wash 204.05 525.00 

Temple City, Calif :;5.00 16.25 

Toppenish. Wash 8.00 2.00 

Warsaw. .Ind 10.00 

Washington, D. C .T19.33 31.25 

Waterloo. Iowa 146.79 577.32 

Waynesboro, Pa 260.18 105.50 

V/hittier. Calif. (First) ... 35.00 50.00 

Winchester, Va 70.55 

Winona Lake. Ind 509.95 576.60 

Isolated 3.50 1,123.50 

Non-Brethren 50.00 132.35 

Student Body 1,387.50 

Totals $7,928.24$17.237.17 

Designated Gifts: 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) $20.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 220.00 

Martinsburg. Pa 42.75 

Philadelphia. Pa. (Third) 10,00 

Winona Lake. Ind. 5.00 

Alumni Association Project 381.24 

Total ?678.99 



^arch 23, 1957 



181 



Ma Sunday's Funeral Was Different 

By Nathan Meyer, Asst. Prof, in Homiletics, Grace Theological Seminary 




Ma Sunday was dead. Her corpse 
lay in the casket — silent in death. 
But the funeral of Helen A. Sunday 
was different from any I ever at- 
tended. It was perhaps more like a 
Christian funeral ought to be, less 
pagan than most, seeing ihat "we 
sorrow not as others which have no 
hope." She would have wanted it 
that way. 

A battery of ministerial digni- 
taries graced ihe pulpit of ihe Wi- 
nona Lake Presbyterian Church 
where Mrs. Sunday was a member. 
The church was filled with those, 
small and great, who had come to 
pay their last respects to a valiant 
soldier of the cross of Christ. 

A flood of flowers from friends 
far and near framed the casket and 
overflowed across the entire front of 
the church. The fragrance, beauty, 
and brilliance of the floral displays 
somehow seemed more in harmony 
with the amosphere of the occasion 
than had been true at any other fu- 
neral I have ever attended. Funerals 
usually are morbid, melancholy and 
depressing. To stand helplessly in 
the presence of man's last enemy 
and admit that death has conquered 
— even if only temporarily — is a 
sad and solemn experience. 

But somehow the funeral of Ma 
Sunday was different. One sensed it 



almost immediately upon entering 
the sanctuary where her cold and 
lifeless form lay for viewing. There 
was no uncontrolled, bitter weeping. 
Not so much as a sob was heard. 
There were tears, to be sure, but 
they seemed to be tears of rejoicing 
— rejoicing in the knowledge that 
a choice and precious saint had 
fought a good fight and finished the 
course and now had passed through 
the gates of pearl forever to be with 
the Lord she loved. 

in words tthat were beautiful for 
their eloquence, as well as for their 
sentiment. Dr. Bob Jones, Jr., told 
the audience why this memorial 
service was different. Dr. Jones lost 
a very dear friend. Personally and 
professionally, his loss was great. 
Yet he told the audience that this 
should not be a sad and mournful 
occasion. "It is not like the death 
of a young person taken in the prime 
of life," he said. "Ma Sunday lived 
a long, full and fruitful life. She 
had come to the end of the road. Her 
work was done. Now she has gone 
home. We rejoice in the knowledge 
that she is even now looking into the 
face of Him whom she longed to 
see." 

In life she was a warrior; in death, 
a conqueror. The testimony of her 
life which was given at her funeral 
brought great glory to her Lord. 
While reading portions of Scripture 
which were dear to Mrs. Sunday's 
heart. Dr. McClain set the stage for 
what followed by recalling an inci- 
dent that took place in the chapel of 
Grace Theological Seminary a few 
years ago. Said Dr. McClain: "I 
was giving a rather long and well- 
deserved introduction of Mrs. Sun- 
day to our student body. I thought 
I was doing rather well when sud- 
denly I felt a tug at my coattail. As 
I turned, Mrs. Sunday said: "Dr. will 
you sit down and let me talk about 
the Lord." 

That's what made Ma Sunday 
great in life and in death. It was not 
that she was the wife of a great 
evangelist but that she loved to 
talk about the Lord. That was what 
impressed me at her funeral even 
though her bold and vigorous voice 
was hushed and still. 

Dr. J. Palmer Muntz told of 
the time when a stranger on a train 



turned to Mrs. Sunday and :;aid: 
"Did you hand me this tract?" Mrs. 
Sunday had a voice that commanded 
attention because it was unexpect- 
edly strong and boisterous. It was 
different. In that voice which was 
unique to Mrs. Sunday, she an- 
swered in tones that the whole car 
could hear, "I certainly did." The 
stranger, alreadv under the con- 
victing power of the Holy Spirit, 
had another question: "Will you 
please tell me how to be saved?" 
And Mrs. Sunday did — in the same 
voice, of course, while everybody 
listened. Right there that man ac- 
cepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour. 

Helen A. Sunday was in her 
eighty-ninth year. Twenty-one years 
ago God called her famous husband 
to enter his eternal rest. It broke her 
heart but not her spirit. Before her 
husband's body was laid to rest, she 
received assurance from the Lord 
that even though Billy's work was 
done, hers was not. 

So for more than two decades 
after passing the age when most 
people retire. Ma Sunday traveled 
up and down the country from 
coast to coast and even to South 
America maintaining an amazing 
speaking schedule. She was always 
busy, always going, always doing. 

Dr. Bob Jones Jr. told of the time 
when she stood up to address the 
student body of Bob Jones Univer- 
sity with her knitting in her hands. 
As she spoke she knitted. Her ex- 
planation was that she was making 
a wedding present for "Dr. Bob's 
bride" and didn't have enough time 
to finish it. Said Dr. Jones: "She 
was always busy, never still a mo- 
ment. In spite of the fact that she 
has been in our home many times, 
I must say that as she lies here in 
death, this is the first time I have 
seen her in repose; she never had 
enough lime." 

In the midst of all the eulogies Dr. 
Jones said: "I can imagine if Ma 
Sunday were here now she would 
say, 'Let's quit all this nonsense and 
get down to business.' " 

That's what made Ma Sunday » 
great. That's why her funeral was 
different. In spite of her momentous 
accomolishments, she was a humble 
soul-winner who loved the Lord and 
lived for the joy of telling others. 



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Two 

Jericho's? 



By John Rea 

Assoc. Prof, in Bible and Archeology 
Grace Theological Seminary 




Bible geographers have long 
known that the Jericho of ihe New 
Testament was not located on the 
ruined mound of the Jericho of 
Joshua's day. But just where was 
the city mentioned several times 
in the Gospels and often by Jo- 
sephus, a Jewish historian in the 
first century A. D.? And where 
was blind Bartimaeus sitting be- 
fore he was healed? 

A Contradiction? 

Matthew (20:29-30) and Mark 
(10:46) tell us that as Christ and 
His disciples and a large crowd 
went out from Jericho, the blind 
beggar Bartimaeus cried out to 
Jesus for mercy. But Luke (18:35) 
writes that as Jesus drew iiigh unto 
Jericho, the blind man begging by 
the wayside made his plea. How is it 
possible to harmonize this apparent 
contradiction? Were there, perhaps, 
two Jerichos or two distinct sec- 
tions of the city in the time of Christ? 

Today there is a squalid town with 
the Arabic name Er-Riha, built over 
the Jericho of the Byzantine age (A. 
D. 300-600). It is a mile or so south- 
east of the Old Testament mound. 
Several scholars believe that under 
the Byzantine city were the earlier 
ruins of a Jewish town founded dur- 
ing the time of the Maccabees (about 
165 B.C.) and lasting at least until 
the time of the First Jewish Revolt 
(A.D. 66-73). Here the Jews lived 
in their small mud-brick houses 
crowded together along narrow 
streets. But was there another sec- 
tion of Jericho elsewhere? 

A Jericho of King Herod 

A German archeological cxoe- 
dition in 1911 established the fact 
that there was another city of Jeri- 
cho built by King Herod. Its ruins 
are two miles south of Old Testa- 
ment Jericho and a mile west of the 
present village of Er-Riha. Herodian 

March 23, 7957 



Jericho was built along both sides of 
the Wadi Qelt just after the stream 
emerges from its gorge in the cliff- 
like mountains at the western edge of 
the Plain of Jericho. Its site is about 
800 feet below sea level. It over- 
looked the Jewish town in the di- 
rection of the Jordan River, and 
guarded the valley end of the Roman 
road which wound 3200 feet up 
to Jerusalem, about 20 miles away. 
According to Josephus, Herod the 
Great made Jericho his winter 
headquarters and built there a pal- 
ace, a theater, an amphitheater, and 
a hippodrome for chariot races. Thus 
this section of Jericho was a well- 
planned, upper-class city. As the 
Germans showed, the major part of 
the Herodian town lay spread out 
on the northern bank of the wadi and 
may have extended for a mile or 
more northward. Ruins cropping out 
above the surface are still visible 
in that area. 

Evacuations at Tulul Abu el-Alayiq 

American expeditions in 1950 
and 1951 have done much to un- 
cover parts of Herodian Jericho. 
Two mounds or tells called in Ara- 
bic Tulul Abu el-Alayiq, on either 
side of the Qelt, mark the eastern 
approach to the city. In excavating 
the south mound in 1950 the Ameri- 
cans came to the remains of an 
opus reticulatum building. This is a 
Roman type of construction in which 
small, square-faced blocks of stone 
are set at a 45-degree angle in 
concrete, giving a net or reticulEm 
design. This type of architecture 
dates the building to the time of the 
emperor Augustus. Other factors 
indicate it was built by Archelaus 
(Matt. 2:22), son of Herod the 
Great; he ruled Judea from 4 B.C. 
to A.D. 6. The building seems to 
have been a royal reception hall or 
pleasure pavilion. Directly under 
these ruins were the remains of walls 



built of large hewn stones having a 
smooth marginal draft on all four 
sides of the face, so typical of the 
buildings of Herod the Great that 
we can be sure this structure was 
erected during his reign. It in turn 
had been built over a ruined Hellen- 
istic-age fortress, the oldest building 
on the south mound. Some of its 
walls can be seen in the accompany- 
ing photograph. 

Connected with the building of 
Herod Archelaus was a grand stair- 
way leading down to the buildings 
and sunken garden of the civic cen- 
ter of Herodian Jericho, erected 
along the banks of the wadi. On the 
south side of the garden the archeol- 
ogists excavated an ornate 500-foot- 
long facade also constructed in opus 
reticulatum. The 1 95 1 expedition 
uncovered a large rectangular struc- 
ture about 125 yards south of the 
l^acade. 

The City of Zacchaeus 

Past these beautiful edifices our 
Saviour must have walked many 
times on His way to Jerusalem. In 
this Roman-style city, apart from 
the Jews who hated him, lived the 
rich tax-collector Zacchaeus (Luke 
19:1-2). In the crowded Jewish town 
with narrow streets there would have 
been no room for a sycomore fig 
tree along the way Jesus passed. But 
in the Herodian city the streets were 
wider and undoubtedly well laid 
out and beautifully landscaped. This 
type of tree, up which little Zac- 
chaeus climbed, still grown in mod- 
ern Er-Riha, and has wide-spread- 
■ng branches. 

There is no contradiction in the 
Gospel accounts. On the way to 
Jerusalem to die for our sins the 
Lord Jesus stopped to restore sight 
to a beggar between the two Jerichos 
and tarried to dine in the wealthy 
home of His new convert in the 
winter resort city of the Herods. 

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Premillennialism a Philosophy of History 

By Alva J. McClain, Th.M., D.D., LL.D., President of Grace Seminary and College 



This article is a part of the lectures de- 
livered at the W. H. Griffith Thomas Memo- 
rial Lectures at Dallas Theological Seminary 
and published in the April 1956 issue of 
Bibliotheca Sacra.— Ed. 



Christianity is not a philosophy. 
But Christianity has a philosophy — 
the best and the brightest of all 
philosophies. In fact, it will be the 
final philosophy, not only because 
it is founded upon divine revelation 
but also because it does justice to all 
points of view which have any value. 
Most philosophies are very narrow, 
often based upon only one aspect of 
reality. In the very rich variety of the 
world, the average philosopher may 
select one segment of reality which 
seems most impressive to him, and 
then proceed to explain the uni- 
verse in terms of that one thing, 
which then becomes the "type 
phenomenon" of his system. Thus 
one man is impressed by the fact 
of mind and he becomes an idealist. 
Another is intrigued by the won- 
ders of matter and be becomes a 
materialist. In Christian philosophy 
both mind and matter are recog- 
nized as worthwhile realities, each 
being given its proper place and 
function in the kingdom of God. 

Hence an adequate philosophy 
should have at least three marks: 
First, it should be able to give due 
recognition to every aspect of real- 
ity, excluding none. Second, it 
should fit into a rational scheme of 
thoughts; that is, it should make 
sense. Third, it should have bene- 
ficial practical effects here and now. 
I am not a pragmatist, but they have 
a point. Their great mistake was to 
exalt this point into a theory of 
truth. Things are not true because 
they work; they work because they 
are true. 

Now the Bible divides all human 
existence into two stages or kinds: 
With respect to their nature the 
one is called "natural"; the other, 
"spiritual" (I Cor. 15:46). As to 
their derivation the first is called 
"earthly"; the second, "heavenly" 



(I Cor. 15:48). As to their duration 
the first is called "temporal"; the 
second, "eternal" (II Cor. 4:18). 
As to their time relationship, the 
one is described as "the life that 
now is," and the other as "that 
which is to come" (I Tim. 4:8). 

Toward this present life on earth, 
there have been two extreme atti- 
tudes: Some have wrongly regarded 
this life as the only thing worth- 
while, scoffing at the idea of any- 
thing higher and beyond. Thus, ac- 
cording to the consistent Marxians, 
there is no substance to the prom- 
ise of "pie in the sky, by and by." 
Others, also wrongly, have scorned 
the present life as of small or no ac- 
count, even arguing that salvation 
consists in getting loose from it al- 
together. On this philosophic road, 
at various stages, were the Hindu 
religionists, the monastics of the 
middle ages; even Plato, and a few 
theologians who should have known 
better. Over against these one-sided 
emphases, the Bible, with its uner- 
ring philosophic balance, recognizes 
certain genuine values in both the 
present life and that which is to 
come. Life on the present earthly 
stage is of course not the best; but 
it is "good" (Gen. 1:31). The Bible 
writers are never hard put, as Plato 
was, to explain how the eternal 
world of spirit ever became en- 
tangled in the web of physical exis- 
tence. 

Now it should be obvious, of 
course, that history can deal only 
with the present life, that which is 
temporal. History can have nothing 
to do with the world to come which 
is eternal. Likewise, any genuine 
philosophy of history must be sub- 
ject to the same limitations. Such a 
philosophy, if it lays claim to any 
truth, must give some rational ac- 
count of the life which now is. 

Let us inquire now very briefly 
into the answers on this point which 
appear in certain types of theo- 
logy. Classical postmillenarianism 
had plenty of defects, but it did make 
a serious attempt to deal with hum- 



an history. The same thing was true 
of the liberalism of the last genera- 
tion. Both had a goal in human his- 
tory, more or less clearly defined. 
God was making progress, slowly 
at times, but surely. Science also, al- 
though not too sure about God, had 
its own philosophy of progress to- 
ward a goal. This optimistic theory 
of human progress had much its own 
way for the half century ending in 
1914. After that the foundations 
were badly shaken; prop after prop 
went down, until today the theory is 
under attack from every side. De- 
vout postmillenarianism has vir- 
tually disappeared. Liberalism is 
hard put to defend itself against 
new enemies. Some of the greatest 
names in science are feeling a pessi- 
mistic "guilt" which is almost path- 
ological. 

In the midst of this debacle a new 
and powerful school of theology has 
arisen, laying claim to some of the 
most brilliant minds of our genera- 
tion. This is the "Theology of 
Crisis" of Barth and Brunner, to 
which the so-called "Christian Real- 
ism" of such men as John C. Ben- 
nett and Reinhold Niebuhr is closely 
related. Their ideas have been de- 
veloped largely under the influence 
of the Danish Kierkegaard. To the 
great consternation of liberalism, 
these men and their followers are 
taking refuge in pessimism so far 
as human history is concerned. Ac- 
cording to their expressed views, 
the kingdom of God has little, if 
any, relation to the present world 
and human history. The kingdom to 
them is wholly "eschatological." But 
by this term the theologians of crisis 
do not mean what is meant ordi- 
narily. In the Bible, eschatological 
events are found in the end of hum- 
an history. But the "eschatology" 
of Barth is both above and beyond 
history, having little or no vital re- 
lation to history. Dr. Berkhof has 
written a very valuable summary 
and critical evaluation of this new 
"eschatology" (The Kingdom of 
God, pp. 114-31). 



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What Berkhof fails to see, it 
seems to me, is that his own amillen- 
nial school of thought is in some 
measure "tarred with the same 
brush," at least in its doctrine of 
the established kingdom of God. 
According to this view, both good 
and evil continue in tiieir develop- 
ment side by side through human 
history. Then will come catastrophe 
and the crisis of divine judgment, not 
for the purpose of setting up a divine 
kingdom in history, but after the 
close of history. Our only hope is in 
a new world which is beyond his- 
tory. Thus history becomes the pre- 
paratory "vestibule" of eternity, and 
not a very rational vestibule at that. 
It is a narrow corridor, cramped 
and dark, a kind of "waiting room," 
leading nowhere within the historical 
process, but only fit to be abandoned 
at last for an ideal existence on an- 
other plane. Such a view of history 
seems unduly pessimistic, in the light 
of Biblical revelation. While we 
who are premillennial in theology 
cannot, of course, accept the liberal 
illusion of human progress and its 
"profound satisfaction with human 
goodness" (J. Gresham Machen 
quoted by Ned B. Stonehouse in J. 
Gresham Machen, A Biographical 
Memoir, p. 302), we must never- 
theless reject likewise the "histori- 
cal" despair of the theology of 
crisis. 

What then can we learn from his- 
tory past that we may be able to 
infer something reliable about what 
to expect in the future? Well, if 
there is anything crystal clear in 
Biblical history, it is that the exis- 
tence of our sinful race falls into 
periods of time (call them eras, ages, 
dispensations, or whatever you will), 
and that each age represents an ad- 
vance over the preceding age, when 
looked at from the standpoint of 
what God is giving and doing for 
man. It is true that sinful man is al- 
ways failing; but where sin abound- 
ed, grace did much more abound. 
Thus to the old question: "Is the 
world getting better or worse?" from 
one standpoint, we might answer: 
"The age is getting worse, but the 
course of history by the grace of 
God is moving forward." 

On the basis of this law of divine 
progress in ages past, therefore, we 
may legitimately argue that "the 
life which now is" should have some 
proper goal. It ought to go some 
place. And it should not be finally 
adjudicated and brought to an end 
until all its known possibilities have 




Alva J. McClain 

been fulfilled within the admitted 
limits imposed by that which is finite 
and sinful. Let me try to make this 
point very clear. Forgetting for the 
moment what has been accomplished 
in the natural world by those great 
intrusions of supernatural power in 
the course of history, and confining 
our attention wholly to what man 
under God has done, we know that 
some physical diseases have been 
conquered, some wars have been 
prevented, some hazards to life and 
safety have been eliminated, soms; 
years have been added to the brief 
span of human life, some social and 
political evils have been corrected. 
If this be so, why then should there 
not be an age when all wars will be 
stopped, all diseases cured, all the 
injustices of government rooted out, 
and many more years added to hum- 
an life? Why should there not be an 
age in which all such unrealized and 
worthwhile dreams of humanity will 
at last come true on earth? If there 
be a God in heaven, if the life which 
he created on the earth is worth- 
while, and not something evil per se, 
then there ought to be in history 
some worthy consummation of its 
long and arduous course. 

It is just here that we must part 
company with any theological school 
which dogmatically asserts that there 
will never be such a "Golden Age" 
upon earth in history, which argues 
that for the present we must be 
satisfied with a mere pittance of 
progress in such matters, that the 
world which now is must continue 
with its terrible needs, its tragic 
handicaps, struggles and problems, 
to the very end. And then God will 
suddenly write a catastrophic finis 
to the whole of it, abolish human 
existence on its first and natural 
plane, and thrust us all, both saved 
and unsaved, out into the eternal 
state. 

I am quite well aware of the peril 
of basing eschatology on philosoph- 
ic considerations. The Word of 
God alone must be our base of 



authority. But where Biblical in- 
terpretation may be in question, 
surely the right view should display 
clearer marks of rationality than the 
wrong one. And such a philosophy 
of history, as I have been describing, 
seems to me to be utterly irrational. 
Remembering that history has only 
to do with the life that now is, such 
a philosophy of history has no 
proper goal. To borrow a figure once 
used by the late President E. Y. 
Mullins in another connection, it is 
like a man building a great staircase. 
Step by step he sets it up, laboring 
wearily, often suffering painful re- 
verses because of tragic hazards 
and poor materials. And now at last 
it is finished. But lo, it is a stairway 
that goes no place! It is just a stair- 
case, and nothing more. Or to vary 
the figure, history becomes a loaded 
gun which, when the trigger is 
pulled, fires a blank cartridge! Such 
a philosophy of history not only 
flies in the face of the clear state- 
ments of Scripture, but also runs 
contrary to the reason of man in his 
finest moments and aspirations. 

The premillennial philosophy of 
history makes sense. It lays a Bibli- 
cal and rational basis for a truly 
optimistic view of human history. 
Furthermore, rightly apprehended, 
it has practical effects. It says that 
life here and now, in spite of the 
tragedy of sin, is nevertheless some- 
thing worthwhile; and therefore all 
efforts to make it better are also 
worthwhile. All the true values of 
human life will be preserved and 
carried over into the coming king- 
dom; nothing worthwhile will be 
lost. Furthermore, we are en- 
couraged in the midst of opposition 
and reverses by the assurance that 
help is on the way, help from above, 
supernatural help — "Give the King 
thy judgments, O God. . . . (n his 
days shall the righteous flourish. 
... All nations shall call him blcss- 
ed" (Ps. 72:1, 7, 17). 

THANKS 

We wish to express our thanks to 
the many friends who joined with us 
in prayer for the recovery of Mrs. 
McClain's sister, Catherine McQuil- 
kin. Since God did not restore her 
to health, we accept her departure 
to be with Christ as His will for us 
all, and take this means of expressing 
our appreciation for prayer in her 
behalf and messages of concern and 
sympathy to us and also to her hus- 
band, Mr. Homer McQuilkin of La 
Porte City, Iowa. 

Alva J. and Josephine McClain 



March 23, 7957 



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WARSAW, IND. Under the 
supervision of Dr. Willard Lohnes 
of University Hospital, Iowa City, 
Iowa, Robert Miller, Jr., was taken 
Mar. 9 by ambulance from Warsaw 
to Roanoke, Va., the home of his 
wife's parents. Dr. Lohnes was the 
uncle of Robert. Robert, Jr., :;on of 
Rev. and Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, 
now of St. Petersburg, Fla., weighed 
less than 100 pounds, and was un- 
able to eat. He was born June 19, 
1936, and had been ill of nephritis 
since June 1953. Robert Jr., served 
two years as president of the Breth- 
ren Boys Club, and was active in 
youth work in the Southeast District 
for many years. Upon graduation 
from high school he attended Phila- 
delphia Bible Institute, but health 
failed him and he remained home 
until last Sept. when he enrolled in 
Grace College, but for health rea- 
sons dropped out at the second se- 
mester. His father. Rev. Robert 
Miller, is a member of the board of 
trustees of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., and his mother is well 
known for her page, "Under the 
Parsonage Roof," a regular feature 
in the Missionary Herald. Robert 
stood the trip back to Roanoke well, 
but Monday afternoon, March 11, 
he went to be with the Lord. Chris- 
tian sympathy is extended to the 
wife, family and relatives. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. A ground- 



breaking service was held Mar. 17 
for the Grace Brethren Church, 
Thomas Julien, pastor. Rev. Mark 
Malles, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church was the guest speaker. Con- 
struction was scheduled to begin 
the next day by Brethren Construc- 
tion Crew No. 2. 

SPECIAL. When you write a 
check, check it — and that's not 
meant as a pun, either. It pays to 
take a couple of extra seconds to 
give your check the once-over to be 
sure you have avoided a number of 
easy-to-make errors. Banking, the 
official magazine of the American 
Bankers Association, has published 
a list of the most common mistakes 
made in writing and cashing checks. 
Here are a few of the prominent 
items from that list — points you 
might get in the habit of taking a 
second look at while the ink is dry- 
ing: 
Writing a different amount in words 

than m figures. 
Making a check out to "cash" when 

it will not be cashed immediately. 
Crossing out or correcting some- 
thing that has been written on the 

check. 
Writing a check in pencil. 
Spelling the payee's name wrong. 
Signing a check with a signature 

different from the one filed with 

the bank. 

Careful checking on these will 
greatly assist all your national boards 
in their work. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. The Mid- 
Atlantic District youth rally will be 
held here April 5-6. 






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Everybody Loves a Boy 



By Carl Key 

Theodore Roosevelt once said: 
"If you are going to do anything 
permanent for the average man, you 
must begin before he is a man. The 
chance of success hes in working 
with the boy and not with the man." 

LOST BOYS 

Romans 3:23 tells us that all have 
sinned. This means each and every 
one of us. That takes in every boy. 
We know from reading God's Word 
that the results of this sin will be 
death. Therefore each boy is lost and 
in need of salvation. We know that 
the sins of little children are taken 



care of by the grace of God, but 
adolescent boys are not little chil- 
dren. He is at the age of making a 
decision and it will be for or against 
Christ. At this age he has the deep- 
est curiosity about spiritual things. 
We must take this opportunity to tell 
them about the Saviour. If we pass 
it up it may never come again. At 
this age he is not hardened by sin. 
His heart is not calloused and hard- 
ened as the hands of a factory 
worker but soft as the hands of a 
mother. As the prick of a pin is 
felt by the mother's hand so will the 
gospel prick the heart of the boy. If 
we wait until he is old and hardened 
perhaps the gospel won't phase 



him, but the same gospel to a boy 
will win a soul and a life for Christ. 

CRIMES CRADLE 

People were shocked 20 years ago 
to see that the average age of a 
criminal was 20. Today crime begins 
in the early adolescence. Every 
year 15 billion dollars is spent to 
stop crime. Yet every year crime in- 
creases and the average age of a 
criminal lowers. Christians! We must 
wake up to the fact that it is useless 
to try to remodel lives. The success- 
ful way to stop crime is to lead boys 
to Christ before they start in a life of 
crime. 

WHO HAS FAILED 

Can it be the church is faihng 
her boys? Facts show that we reach 
only a small percentage of the chil- 
dren of our community. There are 
36,000,000 children of early ado- 
lescent age in the United States that 
are not reached by any Christian in- 
fluence. Worse yet is the fact that 
the Sunday school and church are 
failing to hold the few boys they are 
reaching. Sunday-school authorities 
say that 75 percent of the boys 
reached pass entirely out of the in- 
fluence of the church before they are 
16. This means that we lose three 
out of every four of the few boys we 
reach. The reason the boys give 
for this is that it is too dry. Experi- 
ence has shown that the best way 
to reach and hold boys is through a 
lively boy's program. 

A POSITIVE PROGRAM 

Our National Youth Council has 
developed a new program to reach 
this age. It is called Kings Men. The 
Bible tells us that Christ as a young 
man developed in four areas: spirit- 
ual, mental, physical, and social. 
Luke 2:52: "And Jesus increased in 
wisdom and stature, and in favour 
with God and man." It is the de- 
sire of the Youth Council to have 
every boy become a real "Man for 
Christ." Therefore we feel that each 
young man should develop in these 
four areas as Christ did. It is on this 
basis that we have set up our en- 
tire program. Each one of the six 
ranks are divided into four areas 

(Continued on Page 189) 



March 23, 1957 



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EVANGELICALS HAVE WRITTEN WELL, WHY 



*The Present Mediocrity? 



By Dr. Frank E. Gaebeiein 



... A few generations ago, and, in 
fact, even more recently. Evangeli- 
cals were writing a great deal better 
than today. 

. . . But why are Christian writers 
not doing better today? To put it 
bluntly there seems to be a short cir- 
cuit between the Bible and most of 
our contemporary evangelical writ- 
ing. We ought to be doing some of 
the best writing of the times simply 
because we are, of all writers today, 
nearest the Bible. But we are far 
from producing the best work. Why? 
Why is our supreme model, our 
authentic "vision of greatness," 
being thwarted in its communica- 
tion, if not of greatness, at least of 
distinction to our writing? The an- 
swers are not easy. I suggest six 
reasons why present-day Christian 
writing seems to be so little influ- 
ence by the Bible. 

First of all, can it be that in this 
busy day of radios, TV, picture 
magazines, tabloids, condensed 
books, much traveling and many 
meetings, we simply do not know 
the Bible as well as we think we do 
— or as well as our predecessors 
knew it? Yes; we use the Book for 
preaching, for reference, for proof 
texts, for help and comfort. But is 
not much of our use of Scripture for 
an ulterior purpose? Do we really 
know and love, and read the Bible 
for its own sake? There is such a 
thing as living in the Word, making 
it literally the vital context of life 
and thought. Bunyan did that and 
God used him to write a book of 
incomparable power. 

Some years ago Professor Charles 
Grosvenor Osgood of Princeton 
wrote a little essay, "Poetry as a 
Means of Grace." This is what the 
Princeton humanist — and he is a 
Christian humanist — advises, after 
recommending an intimate acquaint- 



ance with any one of the great poets 
as an antidote to modem material- 
ism (p. 22): 

"Choose this author as friends 
are chosen . . . think of him daily 
in odd moments. Read a bit of him 
as often as you can, until at least 
parts of him become part of yourself. 
Do not consult other books or peo- 
ple by way of explaining him any 
more than you can help. Let him ex- 
plain himself. What you thus come 
to know in him will every day seem 
new and fresh; every recourse to 
him brings forth new thought, new 
feeling, new application, new aspects 
of things famihar. He becomes an 
antiseptic agent against all the agen- 
cies that tend to make life sour, stale, 
and insipid." 

Apply this counsel to the Bible, as 
Professor Osgood himself does. This 
is what we need — this kind of liv- 
ing in the Book, if the Bible is to 
communicate power to our writing. 
But for it to do this the evangelical 
writer must know the daily discipline 
of the Word of God, or it will never 
be for him a means of grace. 

A second thwarted Biblical in- 
fluence in our writing is this: Many 
of us are not bringing to the Bible 
a truly Christian education. There is 
within us a tension between the secu- 
lar and the Christian world view. 
Even in Christian institutions, the 
secular frame of reference has crept 
in. Yet all truth is God's truth; the 
Bible knows no other truth but 
God's. But most of us at some time 
in our education have become habi- 
tuated — perhaps unconsciously — to 
the false dichotomy between sacred 
and secular truth. Thus, not being 
fully committed to a God-centered 
world view, we have allowed the 
secularism in our thinking to offset 
to some extent the BibUcal view of 
life. 



A third reason for the short cir- 
cuit between Scripture and Chris- 
tian writing may be the comparative- 
ly low estate of aesthetic apprecia- 
tion among Evangelicals today. It 
is possible that debasing the aesthe- 
tic faculty in some fields affects it 
in other fields? Consider the third- 
rate music that we so often hear and 
sing in our services — the jingling, 
flip choruses unequally yoked to the 
name and work of our Saviour, the 
hymns dripping with sentimentality. 
Think of the lack of good taste in 
some public presentations of the 
grand truths of redemption. At the 
close of a recent telecast by a popu- 
lar evangelical leader, viewers were 
urged to write in for fifteen-cent key 
rings with "a cute, little cross" at- 
tached. What has happened to our 
Christian, let alone our aesthetic, 
sensibilities? There is artistic in- 
tegrity, there is truth in art as in 
science, history, or finance. The tear- 
jerking religious tune is false be- 
cause musically it lacks integrity. 
The heart-rending sermon illustra- 
tion that never happened in the first 
place, though all too often told by 
the preacher as though it happened 
to him, everything in our life and 
thought that savors of sentimentality 
and pretension — these too violate 
integrity. Do not be mistaken. The 
Bible knows what sentiment is; it 
is full of true and valid feeling be- 
cause it is par excellence the book 
of the human heart. But the Bible 
never sinks to pretense and senti- 
mentahty. And when Evangelicals 
traffic in these things, the noble and 
wholesome influence of Scripture 
may be thwarted in our thinking 
and in our words. 

In the next place, the supplanting 
of sound values by the world's meth- 



*rn "The Bible and the Christian Writer" in 
Christianity Today (February 4, 1957). 



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ods of popularity and success may 
be clouding the influence of the 
Bible upon our writing. This is a 
difficult problem. Christian writing 
needs the note of contemporaneity, 
but never at the expense of truth and 
never at the price of debasing the 
coinage of sound usage. Words are 
important. The right word need 
never be irrelevant. It is doubtful 
whether the right and the true word 
is ever the cliche of the popular, 
mass-circulation periodical. Exact- 
ness in usage is no more equated 
with stodginess of style than good 
taste with a dull, unattractive for- 
mat in our publications. In an article 
in the Atlantic Monthly a few years 
ago Jacques Barzun dissected the 
growing vocabulary of business and 
bureaucracy. Words like "process- 
ing" as applied to human beings and 
the pretentious business usage of 
"contact" came under his scalpel. 
Perhaps a similar deflation is due 
some of the overworked words in 
our evangelical vocabulary, so that 
some day we shall no longer have to 
read about ministers "pastoring" 
churches and writers "authoring" 
books. 

The foregoing is related to a fifth 
explanation of lack of Biblical in- 
fluence upon evangelical writing to- 
day. It may be that some of us have 
forgotten the Scriptural principle of 
hard work, resulting in the achieve- 
ment of excellence to the glory of 
God. As Solomon put it in Ecclesias- 
tes: "Whatsoever thy hand findeth 
to do, do it with thy might" — a say- 
ing that finds its New Testament ex- 
tension in Paul's advice to the Col- 
ossian church: "Whatsoever ye do, 
do it heartily, as to the Lord, and 
not to men," coupled in the same 
chapter with this great criterion: 
"Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God and the Father 
by him." But this costs; it costs 
hard work, and the price will not 
come down. Whatever we are doing 
as Christians, whether it be writing, 
or teaching, or anything else, let us 
remember that nothing is ever too 
good for the Lord. On the title 
page of his autobiography, "I Re- 
member," Abraham Flexner, whose 
report on medical schools revolu- 
tionized the teaching of medicine 
in America, quotes Hesiod: "Before 



the gates of excellence, the high gods 
have put sweat. Long is the road 
thereto and rough and steep at the 
first, but when the height is achieved, 
then there is ease, though grievously 
hard in the winning." 

Still another reason for the com- 
paratively low estate of writing 
among Evangelicals may be an over- 
concern with the outward marks of 
scholarship. In recent decades a 
good many Evangelicals have been 
among the "have nots" when it 
comes to recognized scholarship. 
Today we are concerned, and rightly 
so, with the growing prestige of 
evangelical thought. Thus, some who 
are writing in the more technical 
fields may be betrayed into a cum- 
bersome vocabulary under the de- 
lusion that they are thereby being 
scholarly and profound. We may, 
however, safely leave that kind of 
style to theologians like Niebuhr 
and Tillich, both of whom excell in 
it. Instead, we should try to write 
clearly and incisively like Gresham 
Machen, or with the fluid lucidity 
of C. S. Lewis, neither of whom is 
ever obscure and both of whom are 
scholarly without pretense. Or, more 
modestly, we may seek the un- 
adorned simplicity of an H. A. Iron- 
side. 

EVERYBODY LOVES A BOY 

(Continued From Page 187) 

of requirements: Spiritual, Mental, 
Physical, and Social. Besides these 
ranks there are achievement awards 
which allow each young man to spe- 
cialize in his interests. This plus per- 
sonal counseling from the leaders 
will lead young men to be real "Men 
for Christ." Along with this train- 
ing we advocate plenty of fun and 
out-of-doors experiences for the 
young men. 

Kings Men is a Christian organ- 
ization dedicated to the purpose of 
challenging teen-age fellows to pre- 
sent themselves as a "living sacri- 
fice" unto the Lord, and to lead them 
into avenues of spiritual service, 
primarily in and through the Breth- 
ren Church. Additional information 
about Kings Men can be had by writ- 
ing the National Youth Council, Box 
617, Winona Lake, Ind. 



LOSS OR GAIN? 

When thou shalt have eaten and 
be full; then beware lest thou for- 
get the Lord (Deut. 6:11-12). Dr. J. 
Campbell White once quoted some- 
one as saying that when a Christian 
begins to prosper it is always a ques- 
tion whether the kingdom of God is 
going to gain a fortune or lose a 
man. 



RESOLUTION 

My heart, O Lord, is like a harp 
On which the harsh fingers of cir- 
cumstance have played. 
And struck into jangling crescendo 
A tumult of dissonant sounds. 

Thou Master of every fine art. 
Whose unrivalled skill doth fashion 

the storm into calm, 
Damp with Thy quieting hand these 

fitful strings; 
Teach them the soft, sweet concords 

of Thy love. 

— WRO 



THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD 

Our unbelief does not change 
God. "If we believe not, yet he 
abideth faithful: he cannot deny him- 
self" (II Tim. 2:13). The context 
shows that Paul is speaking of Chris- 
tians; therefore his words must apply 
to temporary doubts, fear concern- 
ing temporal matters, questions 
concerning the promises of God. 
Satan knows well how to take ad- 
vantage of our sins and mistakes, 
bringing them repeatedly to oar 
minds, turning our eyes away from 
Christ, and fostering discourage- 
ment. But, through it all, God has 
never changed: He is still the One 
who spared not His own Son, but 
delivered Him up for us, who is 
"willing to give us all things" with 
Him, keeping His promises, ready 
to hear our prayers, and longing 
to restore us to complete and joyous 
fellowship with liimself. If anyone 
who reads these lines is tempted to 
lay down the task God has given 
him, may the clouds of his despair 
be scattered by this glorious shaft 
of light from the Word that is for- 
ever settled in heaven: "He abideth 
faithful." — Sunday School Times. 



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PRAY 



IN 
THE 

SPIRIT 



By Homer Lingenfeiter 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Everett, Pa. 



The ministry of the Holy Spirit 
is more than a Comforter to tiie 
child of God. His work is more than 
that of bringing to remembrance the 
things Christ wanted the disciples io 
know after His ascension. He is 
still more than an interpreter of the 
Word of God to the believer, more 
than convicting the sinner of his 
sin. It is through the Holy Spirit that 
we are able to pray to the Father. 
Through Him we are able to enter 
God's storehouse of grace and have 
all that is needed in this path of 
faith as we journey upward to the 
place of complete salvation in Him. 
We can only contact God's throne of 
grace through the Holy Spirit be- 
cause — 

He is the only One who knows our 

need (Rom. 8:26). 

"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth 
our infirmities: for we know not 
what we should pray for as we ought: 
but the Spirit itself maketh interces- 
sion for us with groanings that can- 
not be uttered." Knowing what to 
pray and how to pray is something 
the child of God does not know 
apart from the work of the Holy 
Spirit. How thankful we ought to be 
for the work of the great divine Per- 
son of the Godhead who is ever 
ready to come to our need when we 
know not how or what to pray for as 
we ought. We know not, but He 
knows. He knows our need not only 
before we ask but even before we 
begin to think of our need. He 
makes the heavenly storehouse most 
inviting to the child of God who 
learns to know the helplessness of 
himself. 

He knows and opens the way to 
the Father (Heb. 10:19-20). 

"Having therefore, brethren, 
boldness to enter into the holiest by 
the blood of Jesus by a new and liv- 
ing way, which he hath consecrated 



for us, through the veil, that is to 
say, his flesh." Paul tells us to pray 
without ceasing, but there are times 
when we are more conscious of our 
need. There are times when all hu- 
man and secular support are beyond 
us; therefore we must get help from 
God, and without delay. Then is the 
way to the throne of God's grace 
opened by the Holy Spirit. 

We remember the Apostle Peter 
when he took his eyes off his Lord 
and looked upon the circumstances 




Homer Lingenfeiter 

about him, he was afraid and be- 
ginning to sink, he cried, "Lord, help 
me." This is an emergency cry. 
There was no time to think; no op- 
portunity to engage in vain repeti- 
tion which mark much (if not most) 
of the average prayer. 

But, child of God, have you ever 
stopped to realize how futile our 
prayer would be, how disappointing 
our desperate cry without the Holy 
Spirit who alone knows the way to 
the throne of grace, to the heart of 
God the Father? When one prays in 
the Spirit he will find genuine com- 
fort in his prayer. Do you find joy 
and comfort when you are in prayer 
and fellowship with the Father? 

He knows God's perfect will for 

us (Rom. 8:27) 

"And he that searcheth the hearts 
knoweth what is the mind of the 
Spirit, because he maketh inter- 



cession for the saints according to 
the will of God." Perhaps more ihan 
any other, this revealed fact gives 
deeper assurance to the child of God 
when he is in fellowship with the 
Father in prayer. It is not so much 
the Holy Spirit working in coopera- 
tion with us in the matter of prayer, 
but rather His working in our be- 
half. As one translation puts it: 
"He interposes himself in our be- 
half." 

The Lord Jesus Christ interposed 
himself on behalf of man when "he 
gave himself a ransom for all." He 
took our place. The very moment we 
see the need of divine help and 
look to God for it, the Holy Spirit 
acts in our behalf. Not every peti- 
tion of ours will reach the throne of 
grace; the Spirit alone knows the 
will of the Father. He acts only in 
perfect harmony according to the 
Father's will. This should cause us 
to have a heart desire to be com- 
pletely yielded to the One who 
dwells within us and to have Him 
control and guide us in our fellow- 
ship and communion with the 
Father. 

The Holy Spirit is our Strength 

(John 15:5). 

". . . for without me ye can do 
nothing." Think of time being 
wasted by many of God's children, 
working hard, thinking they are 
piling up much reward, but doing it 
all in the energy of the flesh, apart 
from the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit makes interces- 
sion for us. He connects us to the 
Father; He closes the gap between 
us and the throne of grace, the place 
of God's bountiful storehouse. We 
must remember that all true prayer 
originates from the very heart of Al- 
mighty God. It is God the Holy 
Spirit moving from the heart of the 
child of God to the heart of God the 
Father. Pray always in the Spirit. 



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The 
Parable 
of the 
Leaven 



By John Evans 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Flora, Ind. 



"Another parable spake he unto 
them; The kingdom of heaven is 
like unto leaven, which a woman 
took, and hid in three measures of 
meal, till the whole was leavened" 
(Matt. 13:33). 

"Every day in every way we are 
getting better and better," so chant- 
ed a pseudo-philosopher of a few 
years ago. And so also certain polit- 
ico-religio leaders of our present day 
would strangely claim that the world 
is getting better and better and will 
know the perfection of a church- 
introduced "kingdom of God on 
earth." With Matthew 13:33 before 
them they say that through the quiet 
working of the leaven of the gospel, 
planted in the three measures of meal 
of the worSd by her who is the 
church, the whole of the batch of 
dough will ultimately be leavened for 
good, and man shall at last know 
the peaceful days of a new era. In 
light of the sure triumph of this gos- 
pel in the world through the instru- 
mentahty of the church, it is, they 
say, the order of the day that individ- 
ual denominations resolve their dif- 
ferences of doctrine and polity — or 
else ignore them — and unite in the 
spreading of the gospel of brotherly 
love in order that that new day of 
blessedness be not far removed from 
reahty. Such is the present-day call 
for ecumenicity, based, in part, upon 
an interpretation of the parable of 
the leaven of Matthew 13:33. 

But is this interpretation of Mat- 
!thew 13:33 a correct interpretation? 
We believe it is not and shall give 
reasons for so disbelieving. Also 
within the compass of this article 
'we shall give what is believed to be 



the legitimate view of Christ's teach- 
ing in this passage. May God be 
glorified in this small endeavor. 

The interpretation of Matthew 
13:33 set forth above is held as 
false and inadequate, first, because 
it makes leaven the type of that 
which is good, the gospel, whereas 
if this is the typology implied here, 
it is the onSy case in the whole of 
Scripture where leaven is so used to 
represent the good. In every other 
case where the word is found, it is 
used with evil connotation, uniform- 
ly representing that which is not 
good. In particular, it symbolizes 
hypocrisy, rationalism, materialism, 
toleration of evil and impurity within 
the church; formalism, and sin in 
general. Never, unless here, does it 
represent the good, we say, and it is 
our feeling that rule of interpreta- 
tion argues strongly against the pos- 
sible xception. 

Moreover, how one can see the 
gospel symbolized in the leaven of 
this parable is strange because the 
very nature of the gospel as the 
good news demands that it be open- 
ly promulgated and received. In the 
parable the working of the leaven 
suggests that which is altogether 
secret and mysterious. So moved 
was Paul by the true gospel of God 
that in his zeal for it he was accused 
of "turning the world upside down" 
by it (Acts 17:6). The analogy be- 
tween the gospel and leaven seems 
somewhat strained in our judgment. 

Another strong reason for our re- 
jecting this view that the whole 
world will be Christianized by the 
church so that the perfect kingdom 
of God will be brought in by her 
is in the fact that none of the other 
kingdom-of-the-heavens parables 
suggests this teaching, but, on the 
contrary, they all seem to contra- 
dict it. For instance, in the first of 



these parables we see the lack of 
complete success of the Word of 
God sown in the world in that 
three-fourths of the seed does not 
bring forth to a fruitful harvest. 
Again, in the second parable we 
learn that true believers and false 
professors shall coexist in the out- 
ward kingdom as wheat and darnel 
(tares) until the consummation of 
the age when the counterfeit shall 
be separated from the real. And 
again, the lodging of birds within the 
branches of the marvelous mustard 
tree suggests ungodly mixture of the 
false and the true at the coming of 
Christ to set up His kingdom. 

On the basis of the teachings of 
these three parables we must recog- 
nize that there can be no absolute 
victory in the earth for God and the 
right until Christ comes to judge the 
world in righteousness. To say that 
leaven is a type of the all-successful 
gospel in the fourth parable is to 
contradict the teaching of the three 
other parables preceding it, and 
Christ is thus made a confused 
teacher — something less than the 
Teacher who is God. 

What then is our interpretation 
of this parable. In harmony with the 
consistent Scriptural usage of leaven 
as a type of false teaching, formal- 
ism, rationalism, and immorality, it 
is our view that here we have a les- 
son from our Lord on the develop- 
ment of these elements of sin in that 
great ecumenical church of the end 
time, which outwardly will be pre- 
tentious and sumptuous, but in- 
wardly will be corrupt and :aauseat- 
ing to God. This church will be 
spewed out into the Tribulation and 
will eventually be rent asunder by 
anti-Christian powers for her med- 
dling in political affairs (see Rev. 
3:14-22 and chap. 17). 

In the meantime, God desires to 
call out of a condemned world "a 
people for his name" (Acts 15:14), 
and He will have such a people for 
His glory, rescued as from a 
burning ship on the waters of judg- 
ment. It is our privilege to be used 
of God in this rescue operation as we 
faithfully carry the good news of 
salvation in Christ to lost men. May 
we know many in heaven who will 
thus praise God that He energized 
you and me in their rescue. 



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religious news. All material is presented as news without editorial comment, and does not 
necessarily reflect the theological position of this magazine. — Editor. 

WASHINGTON, D. C— Senator 
Robert Kerr (D-Okla.), told the an- 
nual meeting of the Southern Bap- 
tist Press Association that Southern 
Baptists ought to set up their own 
parochial schools. He said such 
schools are necessary to give elemen- 
tary and high-school education a 
greater Christian emphasis. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO — The 
board of education in Holmes 
County, Ohio, hope they have found 
the solution to the problem of edu- 
cating Amish children of senior high- 
school age. The Amish refused to 
send their children to school be- 
yond the eighth grade because it 
would expose them to "worldly 
ways" conflicting with their reh- 
gious beliefs. The county will per- 
mit the Amish to establish separate 
school facilities of their own, and 
if farm work requires the older 
youths to miss school, they will be 
permitted to make it up later. 

CHICAGO— The founder of 
"Voice of the Andes" radio station 
HCJB in Quito, Ecuador, was hon- 
ored as Moody Bible Institute's 
alumnus of the year. Dr. Clarence 
W. Jones, a 1921 graduate of 
Moody, received the missionary 
school's Thomas S. Smith trophy 
before more than 2,500 in the 
Moody Memorial church. Dr. Jones 
started the gospel radio station in 
Ecuador 25 years ago, when short 
wave was new in radio. From one 
small transmitter HCJB has grown 
to be the largest Protestant broad- 
casting station in the world. There 
arc now eight transmitters broad- 
casting a combined total of 3 1 hours 
every day except Monday, in nine 
languages, reaching out to every 
country in the world. 

LITTLE CHURCH GROUPS 
SEEN TO BE MAKING BIGGEST 
GAINS. — Heart-hitting little church 



groups are getting more spectacular 
results in the current religious up- 
surge in America than the big, tra- 
ditional denominations, according 
to the Rev. Dr. F. Eppling Reinartz, 
president of the National Lutheran 
Council. Dr. Reinartz was the key- 
note speaker at the annual meeting 
of the Council, which represents 
eight Lutheran denominations with 
about five million members. He said 
that statistical studies of the "truly 
phenomenal" church growth of re- 
cent years show that "leaders of the 
advance, proportionately considered, 
are the Pentecostal and kindred 
groups." These are the newer, more 
informal-type denominations, he 
said. Most of them are relatively 
small individually, and often char- 
acterized by highly vigorous preach- 
ing and congregational fervor. Dr. 
Reinartz told the Council that "a 
frank appraisal of our congregational 
life reveals that we are not yet yield- 
ing in a spontaneous way to evan- 
gelism." 



CHICAGO— Kenneth N. Taylor, 
director of Moody Literature Mis- 
sion (formerly called the Colpor- 
tage Division of Moody Press), is 
currently on a ten-week world tour 
to aid in the distribution of gospel 
literature. Taylor will study the 
literature needs of the Near East 
and South East Asia to determine 
the best use of funds for a growing 
program of literature distribution. 
He will seek to aid in the produc- 
tion of gospel literature by advising 
leaders on problems of editing and 
distribution. Literature conferences 
with Christian leaders have been 
scheduled for Rome, Delhi, Madras, 
Bombay, Calcutta and Karachi. 
"Gospel literature is the great need 
of the hour for the many newly 
literate. The urgency and the mag- 
nitude of the task yet to be done 
demand that this work have the 




prayer support of the Christian pub- 
lic in this country if it is to be suc- 
cessful," he said before his depar- 
ture. 

NEW YORK— Future distribu- 
tion strategy for the "Martin Lu- 
ther" motion picture, still making 
headline news four years after be- 
ing produced, was discussed here 
recently by the administrative com- 
mittee of Lutheran Church Produc- 
tions, Inc. Offers from television 
stations in various areas of the coun- 
try to show the film were evaluated 
by the committee, comprised of rep- 
resentatives of the six major Lu- 
theran groups which together com- 
missioned the picture. While not 
divulging the sources of the offers, 
"they came in direct response to 
the cancellation by WGN-TV in 
Chicago of the scheduled world tele- 
vision premier of 'Martin Luther' 
last December," according to Rob- 
ert E. A. Lee, executive secretary 
of the film agency. He added that 
"the tremendous public indignation 
over the ban, which stimulated pro- 
tests by letter and telegram and in 
the press, is continuing to be strong- 
ly registered." 

The committee also endorsed a ; 
statement urging churches, universi- 
ties, colleges, seminaries and schools 
"to take advantage of the final of- 
fer" to acquire 16mm copies of' 
"Martin Luther" before the April i 
15 expiration date. 



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March 23, 7957 



TKe BRETHREN 




UBLICATION NUMBER 



MARCH 30, 1957 




E/P — Lambert Photo 



Headliners 



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SPECIAL. Many friends of Rob- 
ert Miller, Jr., who went to be with 
the Lord on Mar. 1 1 , followed the 
suggestion of Mrs. Betty Miller and 
Rev. and Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, 
wife and parents of the deceased, 
and instead of sending flowers for 
the funeral service, a memorial fund 
was established, and the amount 
has been forwarded to Grace Col- 
lege to be applied on the new build- 
ing. 

HATBORO, PA. The Suburban 
Brethren Church conducted their 
first Sunday school on Mar. 3, and 
established a new record of 43 
present for the morning worship. 
Lester Smitley is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The 1 3th 
Annual Youth for Christ conven- 
tion will be held here June 30-July 
14. 

SPECIAL. Reports are coming in 
from churches all over the nation 
of successful meetings that were 
conducted by the laymen on Evan- 
gelism Sunday, Feb. 24. Laymen 
in many instances preached the ser- 
mons, and did a "good" job. 

SAN YSIDRO, CALIF. Another 
little miss arrived Mar. 4 to make 
her home with the Sibley Edmiston 
family. She weighed 8'/2 lbs. and her 
name is Lorraine Marcella. 

AKRON, OHIO. Russell Ogden 
assumed the pastorate of the First 
Brethren Church Feb. 17. The con- 
gregation tendered the pastor and 
his family a reception on Feb. 21. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. The First 
Brethren Church went over the top 
in their Plymouth project. At a fare- 
well reception for Dr. and Mrs. O. 
D. Jobson on Mar. 6, the car was 
presented to Dr. Jobson as a gift to 
the work in Africa. Because of her 
recent accident, Mrs. Jobson was 
unable to attend. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Rev. 
Robert Williams, 25 Rue de la 
Dolve, Tours, I & L. France. 
Please change Annual. 



FXKHART, IND. Rev. Maynard 
Kulp, pastor of the First Christian 
Church of Wakarusa, Ind., preached 
the morning message at the Grace 
Brethren Church Mar. 10, and in 
the evening Rev. Herbert Scott of 
the First Baptist Church of Elkhart, 
gave the message. On the same day 
Lowell Hoyt, the pastor of Grace 
Brethren Church, preached at the 
8:30 service of the First Baptist 
Church, at the Northside Baptist 
Church at 10:45, and at the Im- 
manuel Baptist Church at 7:30. 

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. Rev. 
John Whitcomb, Jr. will be one of 
the speakers at the Bible conference 
at the Grace Brethren Church Apr. 
15-21. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. The 
Northern Ohio District men"s rally 
was held at the Woodville Grace 
Brethren Church Mar. 22 with A. J. 
Smith, of Barbarton as speaker. The 
District Youth Rally was held at 
the Grace Brethren Church Mar. 29- 
30, with Evangelist Bill Smith as 
speaker. 

WARSAW, IND. The Lord has 
worked in the establishment of a new 
Brethren church! Community Grace 
Brethren Church was organized in 
October 1956. Incorporation was 
effected in February 1957, and a 
constitution adopted at the same 
time. Clyde K. Landrum is serving 
as pastor and Robert Cover is as- 
sistant pastor. 

The work has come about vhrough 
the vision of the Winona Lake 
Brethren Church and its former 
pastor, Dr. Herman W. Koontz. 
They saw the need for and felt 
the leading of the Lord in estab- 
lishing a work in the new Herscher 
Addition in South Warsaw. Plans 
were made and the work started in 
February 1956. At the same lime 
that the need for the work was felt, 
there was a new K of P lodge hall 
completed in this very section. We 
were able to get the use of this fine 
building and still have access to it. 

Attendance has increased steadily; 
average in Sunday school for t le 
last quarter of 1956 being 61, with 



an average in church services being 
64 in the morning and 59 in the eve- 
ning. Souls have been saved and 
some persons have been baptized. 
Membership now stands at 27. Land 
has been purchased — 1.93 acres 
adjoining the Herscher Addition and 
facing on state highway 15, right 
near the consolidated school. From 
the very first, offerings for foreign 
missions and home missions and for 
Grace Seminary and College have 
been received. These have shown a 
fine increase. We look forward to 
great blessing in DVBS this summer 
and perhaps to the first evangelistic 
campaign in the fall. Please pray 
that souls will be won for the Lord 
in South Warsaw! 



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In the picture: Playing organ, Al Steffler; 
left to right: Ernie Bearinger, songleader; 
Robert Cover, assistant pastor; Clyde K. 
Landrum. pastor: and Donald Ogden, 
speaker. 

Sunday, Mar. 10, was a "big 
day" at the church! This was the 
occasion for the dedication of the 
new Conn organ. With the fine co- 
operation of the Winona Lake 
church, its pastor and people, at- 
tendances for the day were: Sunday 
school, 78; morning church, 94; eve- 
ning church, 92; fellowship meal, 
113; and afternoon service, 119. 
Participating in the dedication serv- 
ice were Professors Don Ogden and 
Al Steffler, Dr. James Boyer, Pas- 
tor Landrum and Assistant Pastor 
Robert Cover. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO. Robert 
Cessna, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, was the chairman of the 
first Greater Cleveland Sunday 
School Convention held here Mar. 
14-16 at the Cedar Hill Baptist 
Church. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19. NUMBER 13 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
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, $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50: foreign, .S4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: William Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell, S. W. Linlc, Mark Malles. Robert E, A. Miller, 
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SPECIAL. Church groups from 
Boston to Seattle are voicing pro- 
test at the increasing trend toward 
full commercial activities on Sunday. 
In latest actions, a bill to ban school 
sports events on Sundays was en- 
dorsed by the Massachusetts Coun- 
cil of churches and the State Baptist 
Convention at a legislative hearing 
in Boston. In Seattle, Protestant, 
Roman Catholic and Jewish reli- 
gious leaders joined with labor of- 
ficials to ask business throughout 
the State to adopt a "gendeman's 
agreement" to observe Sunday clos- 
ing laws. Large food markets and 
used car lots were cited as the chief 
offenders. 

In Wilmington, Del, a Lutheran 
pastor took the lead in urging a boy- 
cott of nonessential business open 
on Sunday. "Within five years," said 
the Rev. Robert Neumeyer, pastor 
of Zion church, "automobile show- 
rooms, grocery stores, markets, 
clothing stores and many others 
have begun merchandizing on the 
the Lord's Day — many of them so 
early that employees are forced to 
miss worship or lose their jobs. 

CHICAGO, ILL. More than 100 
Sunday schools from Djakarta, In- 
donesia, to Brooklyn, N. Y., won 
honors in the Eighth International 
Sunday School Attendance Contest, 
sponsored by Christian Life maga- 
zine. The awards, which totaled al- 
most $20,000 in church merchan- 
dise, were announced in the March 



issue of the magazine. To win these 
awards, hundreds of Sunday schools 
amassed significant attendance gains 
during a six- week period last fall. 
Winners were selected by five lead- 
ing Sunday-school authorities. Sun- 
day schools from 47 states and sev- 
eral foreign countries were 
represented in the contest. The 
schools came from more than 40 
denominations. 

Grand prize winner was the First 
Presbyterian church, Bremerton, 
Wash. Despite the fact that city 
population has decreased 60 percent 
since World War II, the Bremerton 
Sunday school has made continuous 
gains, climaxing with its Sunday- 
school-contest effort. As a result, the 
church will receive a 48-passenger 
Blue Bird Sunday school bus, as well 
as other prizes, and the pastor, the 
Rev. Wilbur Scafe, will receive a 
Winona Lake School of Theology 
Flying Seminar all-expense tour to 
the Holy Land. 

Editor Walker also announced: 
"The total aggregate attendance in- 
crease for Sunday schools in the 
contest was nearly 170,000 pupils. 
This brings the total for the eight 
contests to more than a million and 
a quarter pupils gained." 

The report told of two foreign 
Sunday schools: "In Nigeria, a Sun- 
day school of 300 made 40,000 per- 
sonal visits, rented 59 taxis and had 
2,560 come to church on the last 
Sunday of the contest. In Indonesia, 
90 percent Moslem, a Sunday school 
used trucks to bring the crowds and 
soared from an average of 40 to a 
contest high of 1,426 in six weeks." 

AFRICA. According to a Swiss 
pastor just returned to Geneva, 
"Radio broadcasting has become an 
essential tool in mission work." He 
reported: "In many areas, every 
second hut or cottage has a radio 
receiver, offering churches and mis- 
sions a great potential in reaching 
much of Africa's population. A 
major handicap is A.frica's wide di- 
versity of language, the Lutheran 
mission leader admitted, but sug- 
gested that Swahili might be used, 
since it is the tongue of more than 
30 million Africans. 



A PERSONAL VIEWPOINT 




I BELIEVE 



SAUD SAID HIS PKAYERS 

When King Saud of Saudi Arabia 
came on his official visit to America, 
it was reported that he had a special 
navigator on board ship, and a spe- 
cial compass was set up so that Saud 
could face toward Mecca in prayer 
five times a day. This was striking 
to me, and a bit embarrassing. 

There were no bones about it. 
Here was a man who didn't mind 
showing the world his devotion to his 
religion. Apparently he was not 
boasting about his observance of this 
regular prayer-period. His praying 
toward Mecca was a fact of daily 
hving. True, Saud was the head of 
a foreign government, and kings 
are always news. But primarily, I 
believe, these special arrangements 
struck the news wires because to us 
Americans a man's personal prayer- 
times are seldom divulged and not 
usually considered anyone else's 
affair. 

Here was a man who was not 
going to set aside his convictions or 
habits of long standing merely be- 
cause he was to be in a strange coun- 
try where these practices would be 
smiled upon as odd. He even went 
out of his way to foresee and pre- 
vent any obstruction to his devo- 
tions. In a so-called Christian coun- 
try, he would not "do as the Romans 
do," but continue to do as the Mos- 
lems do! 

This was embarrassing because it 
made me wonder: would I, would 
the average American Christian, be 
so bold in another country about my 
own Christian habits? Indeed, are we 
that bold in our convictions here in 
America? What, I imagined, if King 
Saud were a Christian and usually 
attended church on Sunday? Sup- 
pose out-of-town company dropped 
in unannounced on Sunday morn- 
ing. Would Saud deny himself his 
usual spiritual refreshment in de- 
ference to his visitors? Or would 

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TWO BEGGARS 



By Robert D. Crees 

Pastor, Third Brethren Church 
Philadelphia, Pa. 



1 wish you would read the thrill- 
ing story, "The Two Beggars," as 
recorded in Luke 16:19-31. This is 
not a parable. These were real peo- 
ple — two beggars. Perhaps some of 
you think only one beggar, Lazarus, 
was involved in the story. Not so: 
both were beggars. Some one has 
said: "It is better to beg bread for a 
little while on earth like Lazarus 
than to beg water forever in hell like 
the rich man." 

First, let us notice that these two 
beggars were on an inequality in 
life. One was immensely rich. He 
had fine clothes and much food. He 
lived in a palace and had all that 
money could buy. The other was 
very poor. He had no money and 
was, in reality, a beggar. He was 
laid at the gate, a helpless, gaunt 
human derelict, full of sores, dying 
of starvation, clothed in rags. 

The rich man was sinful; he was 
a glutton, whose only desire was to 
"eat. drink, and be merry." regard- 
less of others. He was selfish, for 
he refused bread to the poor man. 
On the other hand, the poor man 
was righteous; he was poor but 
clean. He was no doubt known for 
his honesty and truthfulness. He had 
accepted Christ as his Saviour, and 
had the new nature which comes to 
one only through the new birth. 
These two men were unequal in life. 

The second point I want you to 
notice is that they became equal at 
death. Death came to both. Death 
is the great leveler. Whether men be 
rich or poor, small or great, old 



or young, death put them on the 
same footing. The rich man was 
not prepared for death. His full 
barns on earth could not help him 
in hell. Lazarus was prepared for 
death. He was a Christian. He had 
laid up "treasures in heaven, where 
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, 
and where thieves do not break 
through nor steal." 

Death comes suddenly. Two rub- 
ber bags, looking alike, are sus- 
pended over the side of a ship. One 
is filled with lead, the other with 
gas. A cyclone breaks the ropes 
holding both. One bag drops to the 
bottom of the sea, the other floats 
upward into the sky. Two brothers 
may be chained to earth by the 
cords of life. The heart of the one 
is filled with love, the other with 
hate. Death breaks the cords, send- 
ing the soul of one to heaven and the 
soul of the other to hell. 

Notice in the third place that 
there was an inequality after death! 

After death the rights and wrongs 
of this old world are evened up. 
Lazarus went into what was known 
as "Abraham's bosom," a place of 
happiness comparable to heaven to- 
day. He was carried there by the 
angels and was comforted and 
happy. The rich man. on the other 
hand, was in hell. He, being in tor- 
ment, begged for the first time in his 
life. He begged Abraham to have 
Lazarus cool his burning tongue. He 
had full possession of his senses, for 
he felt pain, cried, saw, and mani- 



fested memory. His plea, however, 
came too late, for God said to him: 
"Depart from me, ye cursed, into 
everlasting fire, prepared for the 
devil and his angels." He was not 
even permitted to warn his wicked 
brothers on the earth. 

Notice, finally, that both beggars 
received a square deal. Self-righteous 
men today ask for a square deal. 
God will give it to them, but ac- 
cording to His own standards. One 
begged bread for a while on earth; 
the other begged water forever in 
hell. One had wealth on earth; the 
other had treasures in heaven. One 
was extremely selfish, even regret- 
ted giving away crumbs; the other 
was generous, even the dogs had 
been his friends. One shivered in 
the cold on the mansion steps; the 
other roasted in hell. The one ate, 
drank, and was merry; the other 
starved and prayed. One was self- 
righteous; the other accepted God's 
righteousness. One was despised by 
the world; the other by God. One 
was prepared to die; the other afraid 
to die. One was a Christian; the 
other, a scoffer. One thought of 
others while on earth; the other for- 
got brothers till in hell. Lazarus re- 
ceived everlasting life; the rich man i 
received everlasting punishment. 
Take your choice today, friends. 
Would you rather beg bread on | 
earth or beg water in hell? "For what 
shall it profit a man, if he shall gain 
the whole world, and lose his own i 
soul? Or what shall a man give in 
exchange for his soul?" | 



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Past 




The shrill siren sounded for the 
third time on a windy night an- 
nouncing a disaster — fire. The rapid 
movement of the traffic past the 
house spelled panic to the mind of 
the father who at the time was 
kneehng at the family altar with his 
three children and their mother. The 
panic evidenced by the rush of 
vehicles outside had its counterpart 
in the peace of God evidenced by 
the serenity and confidence voiced 
in the prayers of the children inside. 
There was no visible sign of their 
having heard the siren, for their 
minds had been turned to the Father 
by the story of Shadrach, Meshach, 
and Abednego in the fiery furnace. 
In their father's mind the promise in 
Isaiah 26:3: "Thou wilt keep him 
in perfect peace, whose mind is 
stayed on thee: because he trusteth 
in thee," prompted a doxology. 

Time was when .Ruth, the middle 
child, seldom slept the entire night, 
for the sound of a siren ran her 
through and through with fear so 
that she would cry out and quake 
with fright. Realizing that fear is not 
of the Lord, for "perfect love cast- 
eth out fear," we set to the task of 
bringing to the mind of a little girl 
the perfect peace of God. For one 
entire week the family altar text was 
Psalm 56:3: "What time I am afraid, 
I will trust in thee." It was not many 
days until the peace of God replaced 
the panic of fear. Two years later, on 
Sunday, November 4, 1956, Ruth 
publicly received Christ as her per- 
sonal Saviour, and now knows the 
One who is the source of her peace 
— the Prince of Peace, the Lord 
Jesus Christ. Her confidence is in the 
One who by His own miraculous 
power kept the three men in the 
fiery furnace. 

In this day when death is just a 
breath away, it behooves the living 
to know the Source of Life in a 
very personal way. Not only is He 
the Source, but the Sustainer of life 
as well. "Which holdeth our soul 
in life, and suffereth not our feet to 
be moved" (Ps. 66:9). Come what 
may upon the earth, I shall not fear 

March 30, 1957 



Understanding 



what man can do to me, for there 
are two appointments ahead, one of 
which 1 must meet. The day of the 
return of our Lord for His church is 
a day appointed of God. In God's 
appointment book that day comes 
before the great tribulation fore- 
ordained to the inhabiters of the 
earth. "Then we which are alive and 
remain shall be caught up together 
with them in the clouds, to meet the 
Lord in the air: and so shall we ever 
be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:17). 
Should the Lord tarry longer than 
is prospective, death is my appoint- 
ment with the Lord and will be kept 
by Him. None can foil either of 
these appointments by seeming ac- 
cident or planned demolition, for 
His promise is: ". . . neither shall 
any man pluck them out of my hand. 
My Father, which gave them me, is 
greater than all; and no man is 
able to pluck them out of my 
Father's hand" (John 10:28-29). Be- 
cause of the immutableness of this 
position, my days are Uved in peace. 
It is the work of the archenemy of 
the souls of men to send his fiery 
darts to the mind, setting it aflame 
with fear. He knows that the need 
for security is basic in every per- 
sonality and the destruction of souls 
being his intent, he attacks the bases 
of soul strength. God's Word has the 
answer in Ephesians 6:16: "Above 
all, taking the shield of faith, where- 
with ye shall be able to quench all 
the fiery darts of the wicked." The 
picture in mind is a mental shield, 
and while we are to quench the fiery 
darts to the mind, an analogy en- 
lightens my mind. To keep termites 
out of the timbers of a building, a 
metal shield is placed between the 
ground and the timbers protecting 
the whole house by protecting those 
basic timbers. Faith protects the 
basic needs of the personality against 
those intruding darts. 




By Robert V/m. Markley 

Postor, Grace Brethren Church 
Palmyra, Pa. 



Should Satan, through his cun- 
ning, succeed in preventing the frui- 
tion of my labors in order that he 
may send a dart of despair to my 
soul, faith is the shield to quench 
the dart with Romans 8:28: "And we 
know that all things work together 
for good to them that love God, to 
them who are the called according to 
his purpose." The overruling provi- 
dence of the Almighty God will not 
allow a lesser power to have the ul- 
timate victory, but He who is able 
will place sweet honey in the decay- 
ing carcass of the lion. He who is the 
Water of Life will cause streams to 
flow in the desert and the desert 
shall blossom as the :ros2. 

The greatest balm for the troubled 
mind is in the meaning of the word 
"peculiar" in Titus 2:14: "Who gave 
himself for us, that he might redeem 
us from all iniquity, and purify unto 
himself a peculiar people, zealous 
of good works." We are told that 
the word "peculiar" is translated 
from a Greek word which is made 
up of two words; one means 
"around," as a circle, and the other 
means "to be." The word would best 
be charted by a circle with a dot in 
the center. As the dot is circum- 
scribed by the circle, so each saint 
is circumscribed by God and nothing 
— temptation, trial, accident, disas- 
ter, or sickness — can come to the 
saint except it be allowed or directed 
by God. Whether He allows or di- 
rects, God has promised grace suf- 
ficient that the saint should not be 
moved. Therefore these days should 
see the mind of each saint stayed 
upon Christ and the face of each 
saint radiant with the peace of God 
which passeth all understanding. 

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By Rev. R. E, A Miller, St, Petersburg, Fla. 



"The Lords Supper" is not the 
Eucharist, commonly called the 
Communion. It is not the Passover 
meal. It is not the fulfillment of any 
Old Testament type. It was def- 
initely intended by our Lord to be 
something new that He was giving. 
The old economy was lO be sub- 
merged into the new, and never for- 
get that Jesus Christ definitely had 
the authority from God the Father 
to effect ordinances of the Chris- 
tian church. 

To any discerning believer who 
reads the New Testament carefully 
it must be apparent that our blessed 
Lord "on the same night in which 
he was betrayed" instituted a new 
service which was to be perpetuated 
by His followers "till he come." That 
first service was held in an upper 
room in which there was a table 
spread with food to be eaten in a 
special fellowship never before en- 
joyed by the disciples with their 
Lord. 

L The ScripJural Authority and 
Observance. 

Beginning with the first Gospel, 
we learn that Matthew clearly un- 
derstood what went on in the upper 
room: "They did eat" (Matt. 26:21), 
"they were eating" (26:26) before 
Jesus took bread and the cup and 
passed them in the manner of the 
Eucharist which is commonly ob- 
served by practically every Christian 
church today. 

Mark agrees concerning this upper 
room experience, for he says: "And 
as they sat and did eat, Jesus said. 
Verily I say unto you, One of you 
which eateth [a meal] with me shall 
betray me" (Mark 14:18). Jesus 
identifies the eating as "dipping in 
the dish" (a common form of meal 
in the Orient), and this took place 
before He took bread and the cup 
and instituted the Eucharist (Mark 
14:22-23). 

The physician Luke unmistakably 
tell us, "Likewise also the cup after 
supper . . ." (Luke 22:20). To this 



the Apostle Paul refers and agrees in 
writing to the Corinthians. "After 
the same manner also he took the 
cup, when he had supped [after sup- 
per, that is] . . ." (I Cor. 11:25). In 
the same chapter Paul writes to cor- 
rect the abuses of the Corinthians In 
eating "the Lord's Supper" (1 1:20). 
This simply means that they were 
observing a special meal in addition 
to the bread and the cup but that 
they were abusing the method and 
meaning of eating the supper. 

As they came together in one 
place, each one ate the supper which 
he brought, some eating too much 
became drunken, others who were 
poor went hungry (both groups 
missing the point of the meal en- 
tirely, cf. 11:22, 34), and no one 
waited for the other (1 1:33). Here it 
becomes quite evident that the Co- 
rinthians had thus robbed them- 
selves of the great blessing intended 
by our Lord in giving us this ordi- 
nance of the fellowship meal. For 
it was fellowship and not food that 
was to be uppermost in the observ- 
ance. 

Jude sensed this defection in the 
early church. Writing to warn the 
true Christians concerning the apos- 
tate teachers who had already crept 
into their midst, he declares emphat- 
ically that they are "spots" [ASV 
"hidden rocks"] in your feast of 
charity [literally, "love feasts"], 
when they feast with you, feeding 
themselves without fear" (Jude 12). 
Peter was alert to the same ;;ituation 
and so he wrote, "Spots they are and 
blemishes, sporting themselves with 
their own deceivings while they 
feast with you" (II Pet. 2:13). It :;s 
clear therefore ihat ihe Christian 
church did observe the eating of the 
love feast, the fellowship meal. In 
the very corrections that were ne- 
cessitated by the abuses that arose, 
it is shown that they did follow the 
practice of eating a separate meal 
during the gathering together in one 
place. It is also evident that the 



chief purpose of tlie meal was fel- 
lowship, the unity of the believers 
in their common faith. The false 
brethren, the apostate teachers, the 
greedy members broke this unity of 
fellowship and thus m.arred the eat- 
ing of the Lord's Supper. 

It was in that first ser\'ice in the 
upper room that Jesus had set forth 
the pattern for His disciples. "A new 
commandment I give unto you. That 
ye love one another; as I have loved 
you, that ye also love one another. 
By this [a new Christhke love — 
not merely the previously command- 
ed "Love-thy-neighbor-as-thyself" 
love] shall all men know that ye are 
my disciples, if ye have love one to 
another" (John 13:34-35). Love and 
fellowship characterize the early 
Christians. The fellowship meal em- 
phasized that and reminded the fol- 
lowers of the Lord that fellowship 
made the vast difference between 
them and the pagans. God grant 
that this shall be true of His fol- 
lowers today! 



II. 



The Historical Authenticity and 
Observance. 



All historical evidence proves be- 
yond a doubt that the love feast 
was observed as an ordinance in the 
Christian church from its very in- 
ception. This is consistent with the 
Scriptural inference. For as we have 
noted, the purpose of the meal was 
fellowship and not food; therefore it 
is just as symbolic and just as much 
of an ordinance as either of the other 
two parts of the threefold service. 

Historical citations are numerous 
but three of them will suffice to show 
the preponderance of weight they 
throw on the side of observing the 
fellowship meal in connection with 
the Eucharist. 

The Didache, commonly known as 
the Teaching of the Twelve, dates 
back to the first century A. D. In 
chapter 9 there is a model given for 
prayer before the meal is taken. In 
chapter 10 a prayer is given for use 
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In a letter written to Dognetus, 
Ignatius says of early Christians: 
"They have a common meal." His 
testimony is counted valuable be- 
cause he was contemporaneous with 
the apostles and died only 12 years 
after John the Apostle. Thus we 
have both the Didache and the let- 
ters of Ignatius, written under the 
very supervision of the apostles, tes- 
tifying that the love feast was a 
church ordinance. 

Dr, Philip Schaff, noted church 
historian, true to the facts of history 
without bias to present-day prac- 
tices, gives us this record: "At first 
the communion was joined with a 
Love Feast, and was then celebrated 
in the evening, in memory of the last 
supper of Jesus with His disciples 
. . . Tertulhan [around A. D. 160] 
gives a detailed description of the 
Agape [Greek for Love Feast] in 
refutation of the shameless calum- 
nies of the heathen. But the growth 
of the churches and the rise of mani- 
fold abuses led to the gradual disuse 
and in the fourth century even to 
the formal prohibition of the Agape, 
which belonged, in fact, only to the 
childhood and first love of the 
church. It was a family feast, where 
rich and poor, master and slave met 
on the same footing, partaking of a 
simple meal, hearing reports from 
distant congregations, contributing 
to the necessities of suffering breth- 
ren, and encouraging each other in 
their daily duties and trials" (His- 
tory of the Christian Church, Vol. 

II, pp. 239-240). 

III. Current Observance. 

It is true that very few Christian 
groups literally observe the three- 
fold service as it was instituted by 
our Lord in the upper room. Al- 
though practically all authorities 
agree that the earliest churches ob- 
served the washing of the saints' 
feet, the fellowship meal and the 
communion of the bread and the 
cup, gradually, just as Dr. Schaff 
noted above in the case of the meal, 
the service as it :is largely observed 
today has been narrowed down to 
the simplest and easiest form — 
merely the communion of the bread 
and the cup, known as the Eucharist. 
But thank God there are some left 
upon the earth who believe in tak- 



ing God at His Word and who are 
not afraid nor put to too niuch 
bother to observe literally the three- 
fold r.ervice. 

The Brethren Church is not the 
only church which observes this type 
of service, but it is among the very 
few who do. 

God's Word says nothing about 
the details of the food used in the 
meal. This is to be expected since 
the emphasis isupon fellowship and 
not food. Any food which is sym- 
bolic of a common meal is in har- 
mony with the Word of God. 

It is refreshing to enjoy a service 
where godly conversation is encour- 
aged during the fellowship meal. In- 
deed it is hard to believe in any kind 
of fellowship where there is no com- 
municating of godly thoughts. A 
time of praise and testimony at the 
close of the meal serves to break up 
the ever-present danger of formality 
and the mere going through motions. 




R. E. A. Miller 

In older congregations schooled 
against this added blessing such an 
innovation will come only after pa- 
tience and much teaching. But the 
results are worth the effort. God 
grant that the Brethren shall come 
to appreciate more and more the 
value of genuine fellowship one with 
the other in Christ. 

Perhaps in some cases the time 
element has forbidden the praise and 
testimony. More time is allowed for 
this if the bread and the individual 
cups are placed on the tables before 
the service begins. After all there is 
nothing to be gained by the mechan- 
ics of passing the elements in a way 
that consumes unnecessary time. 
The unity gained in all breaking 
bread together and drinking the cup 
together enhances the underlying 
meaning of the fellowship meal itself. 



IV. The Future Observance. 

Our fellowship this side of heaven 
is just a foretaste of that which 
awaits us in glory with our blessed 
Lord at the "marriage supper of the 
Lamb." It is John in the Revelation 
who points forward to that glorious 
day when we shall all be seated to- 
gether in the banquet hall of heaven. 

"Let us be glad and rejoice [even 
now], and give honour to him: for 
the marriage of the Lamb is come, 
and his wife hath made herself ready 
[God help us to be ready when He 
comes!] . . . Blessed are they which 
are called unto the marriage supper 
of the Lamb" (Rev. 19:7, 9). 

We could not be far wrong in har- 
monizing this future event with that 
about which Paul speaks to the 
Ephesians concerning the bride of 
Christ: 'That he might present it to 
himself a glorious church, not hav- 
ing spot or wrinkle, or any such 
thing; but that it should be holy and 
without blemish" (Eph. 5:27). 

This future ministry of our Lord 
is spiritually discerned here. Every 
Christian must be glorified before 
we sit down at the table up yonder. 
This is promised to us through the 
mmistry of the Lord Jesus. "When 
he shall appear, we shall be like 
hmi, for we. shall see him as he is" 
(I John 3:2). "We look for the 
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who 
shall change our vile body, that it 
may be fashioned like unto his glori- 
ous body . . ."(Phil. 3:21). 

Don't forget what Luke records as 
coming from the Lord himself, 
"Blessed are those servants whom 
the Lord when he cometh shall find 
watching: verily I say unto you, that 
he shall gird himself, and make them 
to sit down to meat, and will come 
forth and serve them" (Luke 12:37). 

Christian, be faithful, watch, wait 
expectantly for His coming, look for 
Him! And thank God for the fel- 
lowship of the saints now! What a 
different world this would be today 
were all to sit down at the Lord's 
table as He has provided. Labor 
trouble, political trouble, frictions 
and factions, schisms and isms 
would disappear. 

May it be said of us as it was said 
of the early brethren: "Behold! How 
these Christians love one another!" 



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WHAT SHALL I BELIEVE 

A man dashed up to the ticket 
examiner in a railroad station and 
gasped: "'What time does the half- 
past-five train leave? 

"Five-thirty." 

"Well," ijxclaimed the belated 
traveler, "the church clock is twenty- 
seven minutes past, the post-office 
clock is twenty-five minutes past, 
and the station clock is thirty-two 
minutes after five. Now what I'd like 
to know is, which clock am I to be- 
lieve?" 

"You can believe any clock you 
wish, sir, but you can't go by the 
train, for it left at five-thirty, sharp." 

"Seek ye Jehovah while he may 
be found; call ye upon him while he 
is near: let the wicked forsake his 
way, and the unrighteous man his 
thoughts: and let him return unto 
Jehovah, and he will have mercy 
upon him; and to our God, for he 
will abundantly pardon" (Isa. 55: 
6-7). 

"No matter what I believe, just 
so I am sincere," is an idea often 
expressed, but uniformly unsafe. 
Like the clocks, the opinions of 
men are liable to be faulty, and un- 
safe guides. The Bible is the only 
entirely safe compass to guide us to 
heaven. 

But Satan has a most effective 
weapon which he loves to wield — 
procrastination. "Not now," he 
whispers; "tomorrow will be time 
enough. There's plenty of time. Do 
it some convenient season." 

There's danger in delay — when it 
comes to accepting the Saviour. 

There's danger in believing "just 
anything" about the way of salva- 
tion. — Chester E. Shuler. 



A PRAYER OF HUSBAND 
AND WIFE 

O God who out of all the world 
hast let us find one another and 
learn together the meaning of love, 
let us never fail to hold love pre- 
cious. Let the flames of it never 
grow dim, but burn in our hearts as 
an unwavering devotion and shine 
through our eyes in gentleness and 
understanding on which no shadow 
falls. As the road of life we walk to- 




gether lengthens, forbid that the dust 
of it should ever drift into our souls. 
Help us to have the sense to climb 
high places of memory and of im- 
agination so that we may remem- 
ber the beauty that lies behind us 
and believe in the beauty that lies 
before. Make us sure that romance 
does not depend upon time or 
place, but that daily it may be re- 
newed in the recognition of these 
larger possibilities in one another 
which love itself creates. Teach us 
to remember the little courtesies, to 
be swift to speak the grateful and the 
happy word, to believe rejoicingly 
in each other's best, and to face all 
life bravely because we face it with 
united hearts. So may whatever spot 
of earth thou givest us to dwell in 
be as a garden in which all sweet and 
lovely things may grow. Amen. — 
A. C. P. S, Camper. 



WILL A MAN ROB GOD 

This question was asked the 
Prophet Malachi. This is most cer- 
tainly a heart-searching question for 
us all. There are some people who 
think this to be a foolish question, 
but let us not forget that man will 
and has robbed everyone else. A 
man will rob his brother. H; a'iH 
rob others who have entrusted their 
wealth to him. He will rob banks, 
and state, country, national, and 
other treasuries. Once in a while we 
hear of those who will go so far as 
to rob the church. Children will rob 
their parents. Parents will rob chil- 
dren. Of course they always do these 
things in hope of getting away with 
their evil deeds. But there is no hope 
of getting away with it when a man 
will rob God. He sees, and He 
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he knows all about us in every way. 
Nothing whatsoever is hidden from 
His view, and His ear is always 
open to our plans and conversation. 
Yes, man will rob God! Many rob 
Him unintentionally. Still others will 
rob Him willfully and deliberately. 
"You have robbed God," said Mala- 
chi, "in that you have refused to 
give Him tithes and offerings." 

God's way of financing His work 
is by tithes and offerings; man's 
way is by begging, cooking, sewing, 
stewing, banqueting, and worrying 
where the money is to come from. 
Now then, which is the better way? 



GOD'S GUIDANCE 

Livingstone planned to go to 
China, but God led him to Africa, 
to be its missionary statesman, gen- 
eral and explorer. Alexander Mac- 
kay prepared for work in Madagas- 
car, but was directed to Uganda, to 
aid in the founding of one of the 
most remarkable missions in the 
world. Carey proposed to go to the 
South Sea, but was guided divinely 
to India, to give the Bible in their 
native tongue to its teeming mil- 
lions. — Christian Digest. 



BIBLE STUDY 

Would it not be a foolish thing 
To die of thirst, with this clear spring 
Of living water at my feet? 
To starve when there is bread and 

meat 
And wine before me on the board, 
A table spread by my dear Lord? 
And would we think he has much 

sense 
Who hoarded only copper pence 
When at this feet, and all around 
Were diamonds sparkling on the 

ground? 
— Martha Snell Nicholson 



FOOD FOR THOUGHT 

Today's sermonette. "Every 
Christian has received spiritual 
blessing in order to impart it; and if 
we can not impart, we may well 
question whether we have ever 
received!"^ — W. H. Griffith Thomas. 

The auto is not responsible for 
the falling off in church attendance. 
That fool thing will stand in the 
middle of the road until you tell 
it where to go. It's the man behind 
the wheel that's to blame. — Billy 
Sunday. 

Let not the word "yoke" frighten 
you; we must bear the weight, but 
God helps us to bear it; it is a bur- 
den that two must carry, and God 
shares it with us. — Fenelon. 

Of four things every man has 
more than he knows — of sins, of 
debts, of friends, of foes. 

The secret of a Christian's life 
is to walk on a narrow path with a 

wide heart. 

* * * 

Two things it is profitable to 
study: the failings of your friends, 
the virtues of your enemies. 

* * * 

God often has to use rough tools 
to remove the rust from our hearts. 

* * * 

The finest glass can be broken by 
a pebble, and the finest Christian can 
be marred for life by the smallest sin. 



REVERENCE 

There is a great lack of reverence 
in many services of our churches. 
No doubt many have grown care- 
less about the little things which 
mean a lot as far as reverence is 
concerned. Pray about this. Per- 
haps souls are being hindered from 
coming to the Lord because of a 
lack of reverence for God and His 



Word. Here are a few suggestions. 
We sincerely hope that you will 
think them over and cooperate in 
putting them into practice in your 
church. 

1 . As you enter your church, re- 
member what you have come for — 
to worship. 

2. When you reach your seat, 
bow your head in prayer and medi- 
tate, or open your Bible and read a 
portion. 

3. Refrain from "visiting" and 
loud talking before the services. 

4. Do not enter the auditorium 
during the reading of the Scrip- 
tures, during prayer, or while special 
musical numbers are being offered, 
or during baptismal services. 

5. Leave the back pews vacant 
for latecomers. If you come in late, 
be sure to sit in the back so as not 
to disturb the service by coming 
clear to the front for a seat. 



MY TEACHER 

A Sunday school teacher, I don't 
know his name. 

A wonderful preacher who never 
found fame. 

So faithful, so earnest when I was 
a boy — 

He stuck to his task though 1 tried 
to annoy. 

He never was missing, in cold or in 
heat. 

A smile on his face lighted the mo- 
ment we'd meet. 

He taught by example, as well as by 
word. 

This splendid old teacher who hon- 
ored his Lord. 

He helped my young life more than 
he ever knew. 

Later years I remembered and tried 
to be true. 

I suppose he has gone now to join 
heaven's ranks. 

May it be my good fortune some 
day to say thanks. 



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THE NATURAL MAN CRAVES 



Power and Riches 



By Dr. Charles H. Ashman 

Pastor, West Covina Brethren Church 
West Covina, Calif. 



The natural man craves personal 
power and earthly riches. He thinks 
they will bring him happiness. The 
Devil offeres these as enticements 
away from true riches in Christ 
Jesus. The rich man trusted in his 
riches and the earthly power they 
gave him, according to the story told 
of him by Christ. But ere long he 
lifted up his eyes in hell being in 
torment. The rich young ruler who 
came running to Christ asking the 
way of life went away sorrowful, 
still hugging his riches, loving them 
more than eternal life in Christ. The 
inspired Bible and human history 
prove it is folly to crave personal 
power and earthly riches. The Lord 
hath spoken clearly in His Word 
about this. 

Give heed to these warnings. "He 
that trusteth in his riches shall fall" 
(Prov. 2:28). "A good name is rather 
to be chosen than great riches, and 
loving favour rather than silver and 
gold" (Prov. 22:1). "The rich man 
is wise in his own conceits" (Prov. 
28:11). "He that hasteth to be rich 
hath an evil eye" (Prov. 28:22). 
"Labour not to be rich" (Prov. 23: 
4). "He that maketh haste to be rich 
shall not be innocent" (Prov. 28: 
20). Thus speaks Solomon in his 
wise sayings. 

Paul says: "Charge them that are 
rich in this world, that they be not 
highminded, nor trust in uncertain 
riches, but in the living God, who 
giveth us richly all things to enjoy" 
(I Tim. 6:17). "They that will be 
rich fall into temptation and a snare, 
and into many foolish and hurtful 
lusts, which drown men in destruc- 
tion and perdition. For the love of 
money is the root of all evil: which 
while some coveted after, they have 
erred from the faith, and pierced 
themselves through with many sor- 
rows" (I Tim. 6:9-10). 



DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES 

Jesus Christ taught that the "de- 
ceitfulness of riches" choked out 
the seed preventing a harvest from 
the Word of God. To the rich fool 
who trusted in the "abundance of 
things" which he possessed, Christ 
said: "Thou fool, this night thy soul 
shall be required of thee: then whose 
shall those things be, which thou 
hast provided? So is he that layeth 
up treasures for himself and is not 
rich toward God" (Luke 12:20-21). 

In this materialistic world it is 
easy to become a "fool." Seeking 
His righteousness should be our de- 
sire more and more. 

James looked down through the 
centuries and beheld the last days. 
He then foretold the fate of those 
who would put their trust in un- 
certain riches. In James 5:1-6, we 
find this graphic picture of present- 
day conditions. We see the miseries 
that come upon those who trust in 
earthly power and riches. Their 
riches become corrupted, their gar- 
ments moth-eaten, their gold and 
silver cankered; the rust of them is a 
witness against the hoarders. Like 
fire it eats into their very souls. 
Having lived in pleasures made pos- 
sible by their ill-gotten gain, they 
become wanton and nourish their 
hearts as in a day of slaughter. 
Stripped of all these, for "we brought 
nothing into this world, and it is 
certain we can carry nothing out." 
they stand poverty-stricken before 
the judgment bar of Almighty God. 
They stand destitute in the day of 
destruction! Beware of that craving 
for riches and power, my friend. Be- 
ware of that insatiable thirst for gold. 
You, too, will be drowned in de- 
struction and perdition. 

RICHES OF GRACE 

Why not seek the "riches of grace 



in Christ Jesus"? "Humility and the 
fear of the Lord are riches, and 
honour, and life" (Prov. 22:4). The 
Lord hath promised, I will give 
thee the hidden treasure (Isa. 45:3). 
Despise not thou the riches of his 
goodness (Rom. 2:4). Accept the 
"riches of his grace in his kindness 
toward us through Christ Jesus" 
(Eph. 2:7). Oh, the unsearchable 
riches in Christ! Oh, the riches of 
His glory! All made possible be- 
cause He who "was rich, yet for 
your sakes he became poor, that ye 
through his poverty might be rich" 
(II Cor. 8:9). "Hath not God chosen 
the poor of this world rich in faith, 
and heirs of the kingdom which he 
hath promised to them that love 
him?" (Jas. 2:5.) Oh, the riches of 
salvation and eternal life in Christ! 

PATH OF VICTORY 

If you would be victorious over 
this craving for earthly power and 
riches, take Christ as your Saviour 
and Lord. Accept the riches of His 
grace! He is the door to victory over 
this craving. He knocks at your 
heart's door seeking admittance. He 
brings true riches, hidden treasures. 
He died that you might live. He be- 
came poor that you might become 
enriched in grace. He saves. He 
keeps. He satisfies! 




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THE SPIRITUAL MAN KNOWS 



Grace . . . Bringeth Salvation 



By John M. Aeby 

Pastor, Temple City Brethren Church 

Temple City, Calif. 



Continuously or uncontinuously, 
every inhabitant of this earth since 
Adam has been enjoying the grace 
of God. We are inclined to think 
of God's grace as exclusively re- 
lated to the plan of His wonderful 
salvation, but every breath of air 
drawn by mortal man is drawn only 
because God delights in bestowing 
His favor upon those who deserve it 
not. He is "The God of all grace." 
However, as is suggested by its title, 
this article is concerned with the 
"grace of God that bringeth salva- 
tion." 

The very words of the title are a 
quotation from Paul's epistle to 
Titus, chapter 2, verses 11 to 14: 
"For the grace of God that bring- 
eth salvation hath appeared to all 
men, teaching us that, denying un- 
godliness and worldly lusts, we 
should live soberly, righteously, and 
godly, in this present world; look- 
ing for that blessed hope, and the 
glorious appearing of the great God 
and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who 
gave himself for us, that he might re- 
deem us from all iniquity, and purify 
unto himself a peculiar people, zeal- 
ous of good works." Alfred Plum- 
mer, writing in the Expositor's Bible, 
says: "The passage before us might 
almost serve as a summary of St. 
Paul's teaching. In it he once more 
insists upon the inseparable connec- 
tion between creeds and character, 
doctrine and life, and intimates the 




John M. Aeby 



close relations between the past, the 
present, and the future, in the 
Christian scheme of salvation." 
There is, then, a threefold ministry 
of this grace of God. 

SALVATION TO ALL MEN 

God's offer of pardon to sin- 
ners is a universal offer. This verse 
does not teach us that salvation will 
be the portion of all men but that 
salvation is made available to all 
men in the gospel. The message has 
a universal value because there is a 
universal need. Today's world is 
burdened down with problems which 
are increasingly "global" in their 
scope. And for each of these prob- 
lems there appear to be a number 
of "dreamers" with their "global" 
plans and programs as solutions. The 
one solution for every individual of 
the world's society is not a new plan; 
it is nearly two thousand years old 
now in its fully revealed form. The 
basic problem of humanity is and 
always has been the sin problem. 
It lies at the root of every problem 
facing the world of this hour. Its so- 
lution is to be found in the simple 
declaration of the gospel: "Christ 
died for our sins . . . and ... he was 
raised!" And every man, whosoever 
he is, who puts this offer to the test 
finds his problems solved for time 
and eternity! 

There are those who insist that an 
offer of salvation by grace so free 
as this will cause men to live in 
sin. However, such objectors have 
failed to see in the Scripture text 
above that this same grace carries — 

DISCIPLINE TO ALL 
BELIEVERS 

God never gave His gospel to 
reform the world nor to give the 
world a new code of ethical stand- 
ards and morals. Paul tells us that 
this erace which saves also teaches 



the believer the kind of life that 
should accompany salvation by 
grace. The word means literally 
"Disciplining us. . . ." The discipline 
of God's grace is twofold. 

First, there is the discipline of re- 
straint. In spite of the fact that cer- 
tain of the modern educational psy- 
chology experts denounce restraint 
as dangerous, the Holy Spirit, the 
divine teacher, informs us that un- 
godly living and worldly desires 
must be restrained. So far as these 
things are concerned it is not a 
matter of moderation but one of 
repression. 

Secondly, there is the discipline of 
constraint. Though the Christian 
must exercise restraint in some 
things in his life, it should not be 
supposed for a moment that the 
Christian life is a negative affair. 
God's Word never encourages asce- 
ticism nor the secluded life of the 
monastery. We are constrained to 
live "soberly [sanely, not long- 
faced], righteously, and godly in 
tliis present world." That so-called 
grace which tends to license is not 
of God, for God's grace is discipli- 
nary! The grace of God inspires 
with — 

HOPE TO ALL OBEDIENT 

CHRISTIANS 

No incentive to present duty is 
as strong as a hope for future bless- 
ing or reward. God, who made the 
human heart, knows this and there- 
fore has placed before the obedient 
believer the thrilling prospect of 
the hope of seeing his Saviour be- 
fore he goes to meet Him through 
death! Coupled with this is the 
promise of the return of his Lord 
in the glory. 

Truly "The grace of God which 
bringeth salvation" abundantly 
satisfies the longing of every human 
breast. And it ALONE can! 



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'"And they continued stedfastly 
in the apostles' doctrine and fellow- 
ship, and in breaking of bread, and 
in prayers" (Acts 2:42). 

AH of us are interested in real 
earnest revival. No doubt we all have 
had the joy of witnessing the power 
of the Holy Spirit during some re- 
vival. 1 shall never forget a mighty 
revival that stirred our town. How 
the people prayed with burdened 
and burning intercession, and then 
how God sent the showers of bless- 
ing! The results of that revival were 
almost unbelievable. Factories 
closed for morning services and 
prayer meetings. Stony hearts of 
hardened sinners were melted. Bills 
long considered uncollectible were 
voluntarily paid. Personal work was 
done in the factories and shops, as 
well as in services. Hundreds were 
saved, and many church members 
revived. 

RESULTS OF REVIVAL 

A brief study of the events and 
conditions preceding these results 
is most interesting. Of course, we im- 
mediately notice that this pheno- 
menal increase of the newborn 
church is the direct result of Peter's 
great sermon. Think of it! A church 
with a membership of one hundred 
twenty was increased three thousand 
strong in one short day. Surely 
Peter must have preached a great 
sermon. He did! But we are im- 
mediately surprised with its sim- 
plicity. Notice that there is no record 
of outstanding eloquence; no indica- 
tion that the imagination of the peo- 
ple was excited; they did not say it 
was gratifying to their taste, but it 
pierced their hearts. The secret of 
this unusual conviction which came 
as a result of Peter's sermon was 
simply this — preparation by the con- 
gregation. They had waited with one 
accord in one place until the promise 
was fulfilled and they were all filled 
with the Holy Ghost. Is it any 
wonder that Peter's sermon concern- 
ing Jesus and His true Messiahship 
should have such successful re- 
sults? 

Notice his plain, concise message, 
that essence of which is found in 
verse 36: "Therefore let all the 
house of Israel know assuredly, that 
God hath made that same Jesus, 



whom ye have crucified, both Lord 
and Christ." The direct effects of this 
Christ-centered message are shown 
in the next verses: "When they heard 
this, they were pricked in their 
heart, and said . . . Men and breth- 
ren, what shall we do?" Something 
had been revealed to them! It was 
the vileness of their hearts and the 
wickedness of their conduct. They 
saw the great crime they had com- 
mitted. They realized now that it 
really was the Messiah, the Lord 
Jesus Christ whom they had rejected 
and crucified. This realization 
caused them to cry out with alarm 
and great distress: "What must we 
do to flee the wrath of Jehovah?" 
Peter answered them in verses 40 
and 41 with many other words and 
exhortations. "Then they that gladly 
received his word were baptized: 
and the same day there were added 
unto them about three thousand 
souls." It does not say they simply 
added their names to the list, but 
this is a clear indication that three 
thousand souls were saved. 

FRUIT OF REVIVAL 

The question now arises, as it 
always does in any revival. Did those 
who were saved that day remain 
faithful? How long was it until they 
went back, or did they continue in 
the faith? The answer is plainly seen 
in our text: "And they continued 
stedfastly." Yes; they meant business 
that day, and God honored the faith 
of the very people who a few weeks 
earlier had shouted until their voices 
were hoarse, "Crucify him, crucify 
him," and "His blood be on us." 
Even with such material as this, God 
is able through His marvelous grace 
to make God-fearing, Christ-honor- 
ing, gospel-preaching men who will 
continue stedfastly in the faith. 

PERSEVERANCE 

As we examine the first char- 
acteristic mentioned we shall cen- 
ter our thoughts around the words 
"continued stedfastly." Just what 
kind of perseverance is exercised 
here? From a study of the Greek 
word used we find that the funda- 
mental meaning represented is an 
action that is strong, steadfast, per- 
severing, and not faint — that is, an 
action that exerts a mighty thrust in 



The 

Great 

Revival 



a forward direction regardless of all 
the obstacles. Its use in this particu- 
lar position means to give constant 
attention to a thing or person. In 
Acts 8:13, it appears again to give 
constant attention to a thing. In Acts 
2:46 it means to continue all the 
time in one place — that is to con- 
tinue in the state of persevering. In 
Ephesians 6:18, it is translated in 
our King James versions as per- 
severance! Now, the concerted 
meaning may be illustrated in our 
day by a strong, alert football team. 
They push forward toward one goal. 
Time after time they hit that line 
with all the force of their strong 
bodies. Nothing can stop the steady 
hammering away to reach that goal. 
These new converts were not 
fickle; they did not profess belief one 
day and forsake it the next. They 
were firm, constant, strong, and per- 
severing in their new faith. Persever- 
ance in hearing and meditation on 
God's Word is necessary to the 
spiritual life of the Christian today 
no less than it was then. Our sol- 
diers are confident on the field of 
battle because they were trained 
with constant practice. I have seen 
them repeat over and over one 
minute maneuver until is is done 
perfectly. The soldier who expects 
to be a machine gunner must be able 
to dismantle and assemble his intri- 
cate machine even when blindfolded 
in order that he will be able to do 
it under any circumstances on the 
battlefield. What an accusation this 
is to me! How we ought to practice 
and repractice the use of even more 
important weapons to fight the one 
that walketh about as a roaring lion, 
seeking whom he may devour. Of 



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By Gordon Bracker 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Fremont, Ohio 



course a far more important factor 
enters the Christian combat — that is, 
the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter 
had just been filled with this power 
before he preached this sermon. He 
was consumed with an energizing 
passion to preach Christ and Him 
crucified. A few weeks earlier this 
would have been utterly impossible! 
Praise God this power is not limited 
to Peter's day! God is still able to fill 
us with the same energizing power 
that will change us from weak and 
double-minded Christians to fearless 
witnesses for Christ. If we are to 
preach the Word with power, we 
must be energized with the same 
power that Peter was. The Bible is 
inspired, but when we read and 
preach it without this necessary fill- 
ing of the Holy Spirit, we retard its 
potency. What if we have a powerful 
Bible but a powerless church? We 
need even more than the grim de- 
termination of a soldier, a sailor, or 
a marine — we must have the person 
of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us with 
dynamic power; then when the Holy 
Ghost is both in the doctrine and in 
the people who profess it and preach 
it, the mighty power of God can 
be revealed as it was in these three 
thousand babes in Christ. Look at 
the result of their power in verse 
43: "Fear came upon every soul," 
and in verse 47: "The Lord added 
to the church daily such as should 
be saved." Oh, how we pray and 
profess to be filled with the Spirit 
but still we lack in perseverance, in 
"stick-to-itiveness," and then fail on 
the middle line. The real test of a 
church, Christian, or preacher is not 
the big day of prayer and Pentecos- 
tal power upon the mountaintop, but 
the test comes in how we follow up 
the mountain vision with faithfulness 
in the valley. 

I' FELLOWSHIP 

It is perfectly natural for converts 
to forsake former associates and 
seek those who love the Lord. I re- 



member how I came to love a dear 
old saint of God whom I formerly 
thought to be "an old fogy." 

The fellowship portrayed by our 
text is not one of selfish desire. They 
did not bask in the sun of inactivity 
nor dream the lazy dreams of the 
lotus eaters. No! Theirs was a fel- 
lowship of disposition and oneness 
of heart not only manifested in out- 
ward association but presented to 
the world with a solid front against 
unbelief. They had a common in- 
terest to evangelize for Christ. They 
had a common Lord — He was the 
One whom they had crucified but 
now loved. They had a common sal- 
vation and rejoiced in it. They had 
a common indwelling Spirit which 
constrained them to sacrificial serv- 
ice. They had the same joys, the 
same hatred of sin, the same ene- 
mies, the same subjects of conver- 
sation, and the same desire for 
prayer. The effect of revival is al- 
ways one of unification. People who 
will not speak to each other are 
made the best of friends in a re- 
vival. Christians always feel this 
bond of fellowship even though they 
were separated before they were 
Christians. 

But notice please that this fel- 
lowship was the sequence of their 
fellowship in doctrine and teaching. 
The word here simply means teach- 
ing, and the expression here de- 
notes that they continued to attend 
on their instructions. This is a sure 
evidence of conversion. Born-again 
believers desire to be instructed and 
do not forsake the gathering to- 
gether of the saints. They continued 
in right teaching, and so ought we, 
not to arm ourselves with a lot of 
preaching material, but that we 
might first be filled with right teach- 
ing and doctrine. Until our teaching 
is right, our life must be wrong. We 
must ask for the pure Bread, the 
pure Water, the sincere Meat of the 
gospel and live on that. Out of such 
nutritious food there will come 







proper results, such as perseverance, 
fellowship, communion, and com- 
mon prayer as it was in the days of 
this first church. 

OBEDIENCE 

They were careful in the break- 
ing of bread, and in the prayers. 
Notice the definite article appears 
in the original, no doubt to connote 
a special meaning. Of course I real- 
ize that many insist that this was 
simply the custom of the day, that 
everybody broke bread as a symbol 
of friendship. They say that mean- 
ing here is no deeper than the Greek 
symbol of drinking wine together to 
express mutual regard and personal 
loyalty and fidelity. There is thus 
a wide diversity of opinion con- 
cerning the precise meaning of fel- 
lowship in the original. Some say 
it refers to the distribution of funds 
in verse 44. Others say it is the one- 
ness of spirit in the community of 
believers. Still others say it means 
the Lord's Supper. It is true that 
this is a common form of expressing 
an ordinary meal, and if it stood 
alone we would be forced to accept 
this meaning and discard any ref- 
erence to the Eucharist. But in view 
of the fact that it stands here in this 
verse in circumstances of religious 
observances, such as attendance to 
the teaching of the apostles and im- 



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mediately following it to the pray- 
ers, it can hardly mean that they 
continued steadfastly to break bread 
in the common meal. Hence, it must 
refer to the Holy Eucharist. Further- 
more, the Syriac version has it: "In 
the breaking of the Eucharist," 

This oneness of faith and love, 
this participation in the memorial 
feast and in devotional acts has 
a positive and evident result. By 
these means the new converts were 
bound to the original one hundred 
twenty believers which tended to 
train them toward maturity in the 
Christian walk. As they gathered to- 
gether around one table as one fam- 
ily in obedience to their Lord's com- 
mand to take the emblems of bread 
and fruit of the vine in memory of 
Him, they thus proclaimed His 
death upon the cross for them. 

Finally, there was the ordinance 
of "the prayers." This refers to sys- 
tematic, definite, positive prayers, 
uttered not as individual prayers 
only but with one another. They had 
been instructed in the Hebrew 
prayers, and so they prayed obe- 
diently and fervently the prayers of 
the fathers. Right at this point is 
where I am afraid we fall far short 
of this early church. "They con- 
tinued stedfast" in prayer. They 
knew how to pray. They believed 
God in their praying. God heard 
and answered their prayers by send- 
ing a consistent day-by-day revival. 

To conclude our study of this 
group of young converts which came 
into being as the result of Peter's 
great sermon, let us inquire as to 
the secret of such unusual activity 
among those so unlearned in the new 
walk and so devoid of a Christian 
heritage such as we have today. 
What was it that incorporated and 
sealed them in love and service with 
the one hundred twenty? What was 
it that caused these murderers to 
praise God and have favor with all 
people? What filled them with such 
an all-consuming passion for the 
lost? What made them so fruitful 
that every day people were being 
saved? We are sure it was nothing 
that they generated in themselves, 
for Peter himself who had know the 
Lord for some time had been a 
complete failure up to this time. It 
must have been something unusual 



given to them from above in an un- 
usual way. Yes, it was! They had 
been filled with the Spirit of God, 
and, praise His name, what they re- 
ceived in that day may be desired 
and had today. More than that, we 
have the command of Ephesians 5; 
18 that we should be filled with the 
Spirit. We, too, can have the ener- 
gizing power from above for a fruit- 
ful life and ministry. May God grant 
to us such an emptying of self and 
filling of the spirit that we, too, will 
experience a life of burden for lost 
souls and a harvest for our King. 
We can have it. God will give it to 
us if we but meet the conditions. 
Right now let us give Him our all 
and our best, and He will surely 
give us His best. It is not so much 
a question of our getting power as 
it is God getting us. "He that spared 
not his own Son, but delivered him 
up for us all, how shall he not with 
him also freely give us all things?" 
(Rom. 8:32). Amen! 



I BELIEVE 

(Continued From Page 195) 

he say: "We're so glad you came to 
see us. And we'd really enjoy having 
you worship with us this morning. 
We never miss the services of God's 
house because they mean so much 
to us in our daily living." And if the 
visitors protested, they hadn't 
brought along the proper clothing 
for church-going, would King Saud 
give in and say: "Well, in that case, 
we'll just stay home since we'd feel 
terrible to go off and leave you"? 
Probably not. Here was a man 
who was bold about his religious 
habits. 

What an inspiration if we are 
tempted to invent week-kneed ex- 
cuses! We Americans are eager 
compromisers. We take pride in 
being diplomatic; that is, in allowing 
the other person to feel good. We 
are so tactful in asserting our be- 
liefs and opinions that often we 
water them down pretty thin. In 
the long run this can be a very ex- 
pensive habit. — Rachel Conrad 
Wahlberg, in The Lutheran (Feb- 
ruary 27, 1957). 




MEET A MAN 
WITH AN IDEA 



A British agnostic has taken a 
long look at America's religious re- 
vival. His conclusion, which is re- 
markably similar to that of some 
leading U. S. theologians, is that it 
is partly genuine, partly superficial. 
One of the questions raised by Prof. 
D. W. Brogan of Cambridge Uni- 
versity is whether Americans are 
worshiping God, or an idol called 
"The American Way of Life." His 
own impression, based on a nine- 
month tour of the United States 
last year, is that a great deal of 
what passes for religion in America 
today is essentially "political" in 
character. 

"There is a marked identification 
of 'religion" with 'Americanism,' " 
Mr. Brogan writes in the February 
issue of Harper's Magazine. He also 
notes a tendency to emphasize the 
usefulness of religion as a comforting 
element in personal life and a 
strengthening factor in national life. 

"Christianity may be the most 
this-worldly of the great religions," 
Mr. Brogan writes. "But it is far 
less worldly than the world. Its aim 
can never be reduced to producing 
peace of mind, to creating national 
unity, to providing a substitute for 
communist faith, to being an extra 
arm of the 'Voice of America,' a 
remedy for child delinquency, or 
easy divorce." He cites the insertion 
of the phrase, "Under God," in the 
pledge of allegiance to the flag as 
an example of "deliberate associa- 
tion of God with 'The American 
Way of Life.' " 

When Lincoln spoke of America 
as a nation under God, Mr. Brogan 
says, he was thinking of "the sub- 
mission of the American way of 
life to the judgment — to the pos- 
sible condemnation" — of an all-rul- 
ing God. But he suggests that mod- 
ern Americans "very seldom" regard 
the time-honored phrase in that 
light. 

Mr. Brogan is not one of those 
British intellectuals who automati- 

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You 
Be 



The 
Judge... 




By Charles G. Schauffele 
Boston, Mass. 



Is Your Home 

CHRISTIAN? 



Is Your Home Christian? 

This question cannot easily be 
answered. Wlien it is answered, it 
cannot easily be answered in the 
affirmative. The historian, the sociol- 
ogist and the Christian educator 
are alike aware today of seeing the 
decline of Western culture with its 
corresponding decline of family life 
and Christian homes, and the state 
is likewise composed of the aggre- 
gate of the homes of its people. But 
the only home that will be the leaven 
for the preservation of society is the 
Christian home. 

What Makes a Home Christian? 

Is your home Christian? A partial 
answer is found in Colossians 3:18- 
4:1. Here Paul points up three re- 
lationships that are found in every 
home and shows their Christian 
implications. These three relation- 
ships are: husbands and wives, chil- 
dren and parents, employees and 
employers. Every reader is in one 
of these categories, and some may 
be in all. We are all either hus- 
bands, wives, children or parents, or 
those who work for someone or 
those who have others work for us. 

Husbands and Wives • 

Wives, submit yourselves unto 
your own husbands, as it is fit 
in the Lord. Husbands, love your 
wives, and be not bitter against them. 

Here the Christian wife is re- 
minded to recognize the Christian 
husband's leadership in the Lord. 
Contrasted with the heathen ideas 

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of the wife as mere chattel and the 
husband's complete moral indiffer- 
ence to marriage relationships, this 
is as white light to Stygian dark- 
ness. Here in Paul's letter is the 
restoration of the wonderful equality 
of husband and wife found in 
Genesis in the creation of the first 
home. This equality was lost sub- 
sequently in fhe Old Testament, but 
restored in Christ and perpetuated 
in Pauline teaching. No Christian 
woman will ever question her hus- 
band's authority "in the Lord." 
There is more of this headship 
needed today in Christian homes. 
To the Christian husband goes 
the great responsibility of setting the 
emotional tone of the home. As it 
is in the original: "Husbands, keep 
on loving your wives and do not 
keep on being bitter against them." 
The atmosphere of the home is to 
be set by happy, forthright, adjusted 
and relaxed husbands. Who can be 
this except a Christian? Preoccupa- 
tion with work outside the home and 
the mere drudgery of earning the 
living sometimes make husbands as 
cheerful as a hungry dog coming 
home at night. The Christian hus- 
band has a great responsibihty in 
making those around him partakers 
of his own spiritual joy and inward 
serenity which he has from God. 

Children and Parents 

"Children obey your parents in 
all things: for this is well pleasing 
unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke 
not your children to anger, lest they 
be discouraged." 



Children in the Christian home 
are admonished not to occasional 
or partial obedience, but continual 
obedience in the Lord, as Paul adds 
the phrase at this point in Ephesians. 
Obedience is a missing ingredient in 
many Christian homes. Obedience 
does not rank high in favor with 
modem educators, but it is the will 
of God for children in Christian 
homes. If parents do not obey God, 
they can hardly expect their chil- 
dren to obey God's representatives 
— the parents. If children do not 
learn well the lessons of obedience 
at home, they will not know the 
practice of obedience to the powers 
that be or to those that have the 
rule over them in the church. The 
parental responsibility to train in 
and exact obedience is very great. 
So great was the value set upon it 
in the Old Testament that the di- 
gression from obedience was re- 
quited with the sentence of death. 

But Paul here rises also to the 
defense of children and warns 
against undue severity of parents 
toward them. Paul is very stern 
in cautioning against any unjust or 
over-severe treatment which a child 
may be called upon to bear without 
getting satisfaction for an injured 
sense of justice. This makes for 
spiritless, sullen and despairing chil- 
dren. This treatment of children 
paralyzes all the moral power of 
the will. 

The joint relationship mentioned 
here makes for the most valuable 
teaching in a home. It is this in- 
gredient of simple discipline and 

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routine and cheerful compliance 
which is missing in so many homes. 
It is this lack of cooperative love 
and joint forbearance which makes 
many a home a mere house. 

Employees and Employers 

"Servants, obey in all things your 
masters according to the flesh; not 
with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but 
in singleness of heart, fearing God 
. . . Masters, give unto your servants 
that which is just and equal; know- 
ing that ye also have a Master in 
heaven." 

The Christian employee is an in- 
tegral part of the Christian home. 
This product of a Christian home 
will not give mere eyeservice; that 
is, work only when his employer is 
watching him. He will not be a 
clock-watcher, either. He will give 
an honest day's work for an honest 
day's pay. Every employee who is 
a Christian knows this as the solu- 
tion to many an unpleasant task. 
He is to do it heartily as to the Lord 
and not unto men. 

The Christian employee who 
comes from a Christian home will 
have learned to work honestly at 
home. He will have learned the 
meaning of responsibility. He will 
have experienced the satisfaction of 



tion for the future. Family life here 
is preparation for life in the family 
of God. 

The duties are all reciprocal. The 
principles are simple yet sufficient. 
The motive is divine. Is your home 
Christian? 



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a job well done. He will look upon 
work as a blessing and not a curse. 
He will realize that God gives us 
talents to serve Him in some form 
of life work. He knows that he can 
buy, sell, make, use, be trained and 
teach, according to his ability, for 
ye serve the Lord Christ. 

To the Christian employer comes 
also a word of responsibility to the 
Master in heaven. Paul could not 
have foreseen the incredible protec- 
tion which workers have organized 
for themselves today. But at the 
same time if he had, he would have 
known by the same Spirit that the 
heart of the employer needs to exer- 
cise justice sometimes in spite of and 
not because of wage demands. 

Here are all the possible relation- 
ships of a Christian home. In your 
home are all these done heartily 
as unto the Lord? The very solemn 
warning attaches itself to each re- 
lationship whether one is wife, hus- 
band, parent, child, employee or 
employer. 

"But he that does wrong shall 
receive for the wrong which he hath 
done: and there is no respect of per- 
sons." 

This passage of simple house- 
hold directions points up for us the 
fact that all present life is prepara- 



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MEET A MAN WITH AN IDEA 

(Continued From Page 206) 

cally sneers at everything Ameri- 
can. He is, on the contrary, a great- 
er admirer of this country, which he 
has visited 20 times. Although he 
labels himself an agnostic, he is 
clearly of the opinion that what 
American needs is not less religion, 
but a deeper kind of religious be- 
lief. 

"Shocked fear" of the insecure 
and atom-threatened world in which 
we live may bring people into 
churches, he says, but it is not a sub- 
stitute for genuine conviction." Mr. 
Brogan suggests that a "practical 
test" of the depth of America's re- 
vival is now in the making in the 
South — the area in which "organ- 
ized religions is strongest." "If five 
years from now . . . desegregation 
in the churches is not pretty nearly 
complete, I shall take the liberty of 
doubting the existence of a great 
spiritual upheaval."- — Feature writer 
Louis Cassels, in a February release 
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By Russell D. Barnard 



The following cablegram from the Don Hock- 
ings in France regarding their son, David, was re- 
ceived at the Foreign Missionary Society office 
March 26: 

"DAVID HAS MENINGITIS. DEPARTURE 
DELAYED. LETTER FOLLOWS." 

The Hockings were to have departed for Africa 
around April 1. Please pray definitely about this 
matter. 



A very fine foreign-board meeting is history. These 
items are being written just a few hours following the 
concluding session. The board convened on Monday 
evening, March 18, and during most of the sessions 
we were privileged to have a full attendance. 

Candidates — 

We were pleased with the number of candidates 
we were privileged to interview. Quite a number will 
probably be sent to the various fields during 1958 and 
1959, possibly a few yet during 1957. Further announce- 
ment will be made at our annual Society meeting in 
August. 

Financial reports — 

Something over $295,000 was spent during 1956 in 
the support of our 96 missionaries and their work in our 
six fields. Now, with the approval of quite a number of 
new items for the immediate future, our minimum needs 
for 1957 will be $315,000. We are so thankful to our 
blessed Lord, and to all of you people who are being 
used of the Lord in the maintenance of this great work. 

Field leadership — 

Dr. Orville D. Jobson was appointed as the super- 
intendent in Africa, and Rev. J. Paul Dowdy as the 
president of the field council in Argentina. 

Missionary Children's School — Africa — 

For at least 10 years we have recognized the need 
for dormitory and classroom buildings for our mis- 
sionary children's school in Africa. The need has be- 
come very urgent, so our board has approved the con- 
struction of this unit near the Bible institute at Bozoum 
in the immediate future. The entire unit will cost be- 
tween $8,000 and $10,000. Our board will forward 
funds for this construction, but it is urgently hoped 
that the Lord will place it on the hearts of many people 
to assist us with special gifts dedicated to this purpose. 



An offset press for Africa — 

As you read this, Mr. Donald Spangler, the operator 
of our press, will have completed the purchase of this 
press in England. It will very soon be on its way to 
Africa. A new print shop will need to be constructed 
to house our printing unit. This shop will cost an ad- 
ditional $1,200. The cost of equipment is largely 
covered by designated project gifts. More gifts will be 
needed, however, since the paper bill alone to keep 
this press busy will be more than $5,000 per year. 

Burks on furlough — 

The furlough following the first term of service of Rev. 
and Mrs. Bill Burk and family has been authorized. In 
May they will leave Belem, Brazil, by ship, and come 
directly to the Los Angeles area. 

Radio program — 

In addition to our five radio programs in Argentina 
and the one in Macapa, Brazil, another has been es- 
tablished. Bro. A. L. Howard will begin a 15-minute 
Sunday morning program in Calexico, Calif. — a pro- 
gram beamed to Mexico. 

Automobiles — 

The purchase of an automobile has been authorized 
for Argentina, one to be purchased in that land. The 
cost will be between $4,000 and $6,000. The need is 
so urgent that we feel we must make this expenditure. 
Two Volkswagens are also being purchased in Europe 
to be used in Africa, and a new station wagon is 
being ordered for Bangui, Africa. The First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown has supplied the funds for this 
car especially for Dr. Jobson's use during this 
term of service. We would be most happy to have other 
congregations help us with these other cars, especially 
if the offering is in addition to regular foreign-mission 
giving as is the case with the Johnstown church. 

General Secretary to visit churches — 

Dr. and Mrs. Russell D. Barnard left Winona Lake 
on March 30, and until June 1 1 will be in church and 
district conference visitation in the western half of the 
United States. Dr. Barnard, with the West Coast rep- 
resentative of our board of trustees will be present for 
the Mexico field council meeting in the San Ysidro-Ti- 
juana area April 24-25^ 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 19, NUMBER 14 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind., under the act of M^ch 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price, $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches. $2.50: foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president: Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: WiUiara Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; OrdGeh- 
man. treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; Gene Farrell, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, 
Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum. ex officio. 



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Caite^ in A^cf^entina 



By Miss Bertha Abel 



We usually take for granted that Good Friday and 
Easter Sunday are observed more or less the same 
all over the "Christian" world. This is not always true, 
and Argentina is one of the exceptions. Although the 
evangeUcal groups in this land follow the rule, the 
Roman Catholic observance of these special days in 
Christian history is entirely different. 

GOOD FRIDAY: 

THE OBSERVANCE OF A DIFFERENT 
OCCASION 

At noon on this day all stores, business houses and 
so forth, close for the rest of the day. Late in the after- 
noon the Roman Catholics have their mass — one of the 
most important of the year. But what occasion is ob- 
served during this mass? The Roman Catholic believes 
that every year on Good Friday the Lord is crucified 
anew, and so during this mass He once again dies for 
the sins of the world. For them His atoning work on 
the cross over 1900 years ago was not all-sufficient. For 
them He was not capable of bearing all our sins and 
paying the penalty once and for all. They know nothing 
of the infinite and omnipotent Christ whom we know 
and worship. For them His words uttered just before 
He died on the cross — "It is finished" — have no 
meaning. Each year He must die again to save them 
from their sins. 

Following the mass is the "funeral" procession, which 




Good Friday procession — image ol dead Cluisl snetchcd 
center) — Catholic catliedrai in background. 

is what they consider it. This procession is led by sev- 
eral altar boys dressed in their robes, followed by the 
women and girls, then a station wagon equipped with 
loudspeakers through which several priests lead the 




station wagon and loudspealcers. 



chants and give instructions as the procession proceeds, 
and last of all the image of Christ surrounded by the 
group of men and boys. And what kind of image is it? 
The image is one of a dead Christ stretched out on an 
ornate sort of bed. This is the picture of Christ which 
stays in the mind's "eye" of the Argentine during the 
rest of the year. And so we see that instead oi^ ob- 
serving the crucifixion of the Lord which took place 
many years ago, they observe the crucifixion and death 
which takes place that very day as Christ dies anew. 

THE RESURRECTION: 

OBSERVED ON A DIFFERENT DAY 

I had never heard of any difference of opinion as to 
the day of Christ's resurrection from the dead until I 
spent my second Easter Sunday in Argentina. From 
the various accounts given in the Bible there is no doubt 
but that the Lord arose from the dead early Sunday 
morning — the first day of the week; but the Roman 
Catholic Church, in Argentina at least, observes this 
event late Saturday night — the last day of the week. 
Mass is held again on this night, but it is not considered 
very important. The fact that our Saviour arose from 
the dead and that He now lives is not emphasized at 
all. For the Roman Catholic and the Argentine in 
general, Christ remains dead. He knows nothing of the 
glorious observance of the day when the Lord arose 
from the dead and of the fact that He ever lives at the 
right hand of God and in the hearts of His own. 

Many Argentines worship a dead Christ. Pray that the 
glorious message of the risen and living Saviour and 
Lord might penetrate their minds and hearts, and en- 
able them to understand that because He lives, all those 
who believe in Him shall live also. 



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What's in a Name? 



By Mrs. George E. Cone 

Parents, are you hunting a name for your wee-one- 
to-be? For our number one we searched the name books 
and the dictionary — and then used a name not found 
in either. For number two, due in France, we thought 
a French name would be suitable. We consulted th; 
Catholic calendar which has a saint's name for every 
day. French children almost always have these names 
and celebrate the day of their saint rather than their own 
birthday. Nevertheless, we used a name that we found 
in the newspaper for our little girl. 

Now, if you are really looking for something dif- 
ferent in names, I suggest that you come with me to the 
French elementary school in Africa and listen to the 
roll call. You will have no difficulty in pronouncing 
these names as they are all written phonetically, but — 
caution — do not choose a name because it has a melo- 
dious combination of sounds. 

Bougoi! A little girl with two black beauty marks 
on her dark brown cheeks responds. She is proud of 
her shiny gold dangling earrings and her pink head scarf 
which falls gracefully from her head across her shoul- 
ders. Her name means "white flower." Maybe her 
mother realized how pretty a white flower would look 
against her black hair and smooth dark skin. 

Befio! Perhaps Befio's parents despaired for his life 
because his name means a child who will die. Coinci- 
dentally, he is wearing a dirty blue and white horizon- 
tally striped undershirt which makes him look very 
much like a convict. Praise God, he is hearing the 
gospel every day, and at the Lord's coming his name 
will have to be changed. 

Ndoyembe! Bright, snappy eyes look up and a re- 
sponse comes from a dainty mouth. Ndoyembe is small, 
has fine features and is very pretty. "Yembe" refers 
to the leaves of a certain plant which when dried and 
crushed are used as a perfume to put in the hair as 
a preparation for a dance. "Ndoyembe" means a child 
who is put into this perfume. It is a lovely name for a 
beautiful child. 

Kindinguinza! This little girl has a proud air. Isn't 
she in the French school? Some little boys nearly cry 
when they are not accepted for French school, but even 
fewer girls attain entrance. "Kindinguinza" means to 
gamble and win. Yes; she has won over many other 
little girls. May it be because the Lord has chosen her 
and will use her to His glory? 

Pande! The response comes from a big smile, dancing 
eyes and a happy, eager face. His name means an ex- 
ample and, although he may not always be a good little 
boy, surely his glowing expression is an example to us. 

Dangawane! "Wane" means a great king and "danga- 
wane" refers to the beginning of his reign or rise to 
power. Ah! Is that why Dangawane's chest is swelled? 
But — no. With a second look we see evidences of 
rickets. A barrel chest covered by a black undershirt 




An African vernacular school 

does not contribute to kingly appearance, but Danga- 
wane has a sweet disposition and we love him. 

Ngbassene! We see a little boy with a rather sad 
look in his eyes. Do you suppose these children realize 
the significance of their names? "Sene" means enemy 
and "ngbassene" refers to someone who bears evil 
thoughts about his enemy. Oh, Ngbassene, Jesus says to 
love your enemies and do good to them which hate you! 

Kpokpo! Start to say "k," puff out your cheeks, and 
explode "o." There you have it; Kpokpo, which means 
"pipe." This little fellow was named after a certain 
French official named Kpokpo by the natives because 
he was never seen without his pipe. 

Ngouyombo! The answer comes from a large head 
perched on narrow shoulders. We notice a very small 
boy with painfully skinny arms and legs and a swelled 
tummy. "Yombo" means perfume and "ngouyombo" 
is the water of this perfume. Indeed, this sweetly shy 
but very bright child is as perfume in the class. 

Wangbea! "Wang," as we said before, means king, 
and "bea" means ant. Oh, honor to Wangbea! He is 
king of the ants! 

Gbala! This is the name of a wild pig that lives in 
the bush. Our Gbala is not very wild now because he is 
one of the unfortunates who has to sit beside a ;;',irl. Her 
name is Beni (blessed) but that does not seem to im- 
press him. 

Beyine! This name means a weak child constantly in 
need of medical care. Seated in the last row, little 
Beyine does not seem to be physically hampered in 
taking advantage of his position far from the teacher's 
eye. 

Mboukilo! We see shiny black curls and a sweet little- 
boy face. He is our class favorite — so good, so con- 
scientious and so cute. "Kilo" is a red tree found in the 
bush, parts of which are ground to make a powder for 

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Dr. and Mrs. Orvillc D. Jobson 



Dear Friends in Christ: 



Philadelphia, Pa. 
March 15, 1957 



Greetings in His wonderful Name! 

A furlough has once again come to a close and we find ourselves just about 
ready to embark on the SS AMERICA tomorrow, March 16. Our trunks have been 
taken to New York today. Several of our dear friends from Philadelphia will be going 
with us to the ship to say their good-by's. 

We were thrilled to see so many of our dear Winona friends at the train 
the evening we left for Philadelphia. How wonderful to have Christian friends to 
stand back of us with their prayers and gifts as we go forth to witness for our Lord! 
Truly we can say with the Apostle Paul: "I thank my God upon every remembrance 
of you, always in every prayer of mine . . ." 

Our year at home has passed quickly, and we truly have received so many 
rich blessings from His hand of love. Our bodies were tired and we needed phys- 
ical help, but God has so wonderfully healed and encouraged us and our cup 
is now full. "Great is Thy faithfulness!" 

It was a joy to be "at home" in the Missionary Residence. We rested and 
had the great privilege of attending the different Bible conferences held at beauti- 
ful Winona. Then, too, one of our outstanding joys was to see several of our Breth- 
ren young people dedicate their lives for full-time service. Africa still needs more 
pastors and teachers. 

We also want to thank our many friends for their love and hospitality while 
we visited in their homes and churches, and for the gracious WMC ladies who 
gave us so many beautiful and useful things from the missionary chests. We had only 
planned to take two foot lockers back to Africa, but when we started to pack 
these lovely gifts, it was necessary to take the third! These gifts are so much ap- 
preciated and we shall use them for His glory. 

Now, as we turn our faces to our adopted country, we see the fields white 
unto harvest. We trust this may be our most blessed term of service. Bangui, the 
capital city, has many wide-open doors, and many still waiting to be saved. May we 
continue to sow and reap until He comes. We covet your prayers in our behalf. 
Let us all keep looking up. These are troublesome and changing days, but Jesus 
never fails. What a wonderful Saviour! 

Yours in His blessed service, 
Charlotte and Orville Jobson 



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MISSIONARY HELPER OF THE MONTH 



Do all of you know what a missionary-helper pen 
pal is? Well, a pen pal is a new friend to write letters 
to. Some of our missionary helpers have already said 
that they would like to have missionary-helper pen pals. 
Would you like to have one? Sounds exciting, doesn't 
it? If you want pen pals to write to, you just let us 
know. Write us a letter and tell us. Then we'll send 
you a list of names. Be sure to tell us if you want names 
of girls or boys. Or maybe you would like to have both. 
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Rosalie Rottler is a mis- 
sionary helper who lives in 
Argentina. Right now, 
though, she is visiting in 
the United States. Her par- 
ents are missionaries to 
Argentina. Rosalie is two 
years old. Her birthday is 
July 24. She probably will 
celebrate her next birthday 
in Argentina. Missionary 
children in Argentina don't always go to school as we 
do here in the United States. Their mothers sometimes 
teach them at home, using the Calvert Course. How 
would you like to have your mother teach you at 
home? Rosalie has two brothers. Lee is eight years 
old and Ray is four. Pray for Rosalie, Lee, Ray, and 
their parents. They plan to sail for Argentina on May 
17. The name of their ship is the "BRAZIL." They 
will sail from New York. 



Here is the calendar for April. Be sure to color each 
day that you pray for the missionaries and see how 
pretty your calendar looks by the end of the month. 



MISSIONARY HELPERS CLUB 

Big news, missionary helpers! We are going to have 
our Missionary Helpers Club! Lots of boys and girls 
wrote in saying that we should have it. Any boy or 
girl who wants to become a member should write to 
the Children's Page, Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. We 
are making up real nice membership cards. One will 
be sent to every one asking to be a member. 

Listen to this! One Sunday-school teacher sent us let- 
ters from 10 boys and girls. All of them want to be 
members of the Missionary Helpers Club! Pretty soon 
they will receive their letters in the mail telling them 
they are members. Write your letter today if you want 
to become a member. Here are the things we 
want every member to do: (I) Pray lor the missionaries; 
(2) Give through your hut bank to help the mission- 
aries; (3) Learn the Missionary Helpers chorus; and (4) 
Try to get other boys and girls to be missionary helpers. 



MARY MISSIONARY- 




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Matilde Prays to the Heavenly Father 



(The true story of a little girl of Mexico) 



Matilde, who was 11, had been invited by Juana 
(pronounced "Wana"), who was 10, to go on an outing 
to the mountains. Juana's grandmother and some other 
women were to be along, so the trip should be safe 
enough. Yet Matilde's father very reluctantly let her go. 

They started out on the well-traveled road, but soon 
the old grandmother said she knew a short cut which 
would enable them to arrive at their destination in half 
the time. However, the sad result was that they soon 
lost their way. They wandered till they became ex- 
hausted, and they drank up all their water. They looked 
and looked, but couldn't find a stream or spring to re- 
plenish the supply. 

At last the old grandmother, tired and thirsty, dropped 
to the ground and said: "I can't go any further; here I 
stay." Then everybody began to cry and Juana began 
to pray to the Santo Nino (pronounced "Neenyo"), 
which was an image in the church back in the village. 
She asked the idol to give them water because they 
didn't want to die of thirst out there in the country. 

Matilde hadn't any faith in the Santo Nino because 
she had asked him to do something for her some days 
before and he hadn't done it. So she said to Juana: "You 
won't get any water from the Santo Nino because he is 
made of mud and can't hear and can't see!" Everyone, 
of course, was startled and shocked to hear Matilde 
say such a thing. 

Matilde's father had said to her one day: "Daugh- 
ter, when you find yourself in difficulty and need some- 
thing, say, 'Our Father which art in heaven, hear 
me Lord,' and then ask Him for whatever you want 
and you will see how he hears you." 

So for the first time Matilde prayed to the Heavenly 
Father. She withdrew a little ways from the rest 
of the people and went to sit under a tree. She rested 
her back against the trunk and prayed to the Heavenly 
Father for water. She put out her left hand to support 
herself on the roots and to lift herself up so she would 
sit a httle straighter. But instead of resting her hand 
on a root, she stuck it right in the middle of a little pool 
of water which had gathered among the roots. 

With delight Matilde stuck in her hand again just lo 
be sure she wasn't dreaming. Then she stood up and 
shouted to the people, "Look here, there is water!" 
An answer came from one: "Look, look, she is going 
crazy with thirst!" And added sarcastically, "Don't tell 
us there is a glass, too, to drink it out of!" Matilde looked 
above on the trunk of the tree, and sure enough, on a 
twig was a milk can with a wire tied on for a handle. 
She took it down, emptied out the rotting leaves and 
washed it clean, and then carried water to the others. 

When Juana saw the water she said: "You see, the 
Santo Nino heard me and gave us water." But Matilde 
said: "If it were true what you say, why isn't the pool 
of water where you are? I asked God who is in heaven. 



and He hears and sees. For that reason He put the water 
where I was." 

This was not the only time that day Matilde called 
on the Heavenly Father for help. After resting a while 
they all started on again to find their way back. The 
others got farther and farther ahead and Matilde couldn't 
keep up. At last, finding herself all alone, she felt sud- 
denly afraid, for she didn't know which way to go. Then 
came the thought, "I'll pray to the Heavenly Father!" So, 
once again she prayed, and once again she was heard. 
She wandered for hours she knew not where, and she 
was very, very tired. But just as it was getting dark she 
came out on the famihar road which ran past her house. 

The candle was lit in the window when she wearily 
trudged up to the door. Her father was alarmed and 
just ready to set out to look for her. How thankful 
he was when he saw that she was safe! 

Quickly Matilde told her story, and that night there 
was much gratitude and happiness in the hearts of Ma- 
tilde and her father because they knew that the Heavenly 
Father answers prayer. 

It was much, much later when the rest of the wander- 
ers arrived at their house. But that was because they 
had not asked the Heavenly Father to lead them home, 
and had depended on the Santo Nino made of mud, 
who neither sees nor hears, so how can he answer 
prayer? 

Told by Sra. Matilde Dominguez and retold by 
Dorothy Robinson. 



WHAT'S IN A NAME? 

(Continued From Page 212) 

the skin. Kilo would be a nice name, but "mboukilo" is 
the refuse disposed of after the grinding. I'm sure our 
Mboukilo will not be rejected, however, because he is 
the beloved son of one of our catechists. 

Yadoui! Here is the little girl who makes room for 
me when I am in the class. She has a very light-colored 
face and today she is wearing a double strand of shiny 
silver beads. There was no choice about her name. She 
was a girl baby born after twins, and therefore her name 
had to be Yadoui. 

Gbaguene! Poor child! He has ulcers on both his 
feet and he cannot sit still because of his discomfort. 
He also had no choice of name because Gbaguene is 
always the name given to one of twin boys. His brother 
must bear the Daouilli. In such cases as these the prob- 
lem of name-giving is solved for African parents. 

What's in a name? African names carry more mean- 
ing than American names, and although some of them 
are unlovely in thought, what difference does it make? 
Our Father says: "him that overcometh ... I will write 
upon him my new name." And this wonderful name we 
shall have for all eternity! 



April 6, 1957 



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Per Capita Giving of the Churches to 
Foreign Missions for the Year 1956 



1. Norwalk, Calif $49.45 43. 

2. Anaheim, Calif 46.02 44. 

3. Monte Vista, Calif 4041 45. 

4. Beaumont, Calif 39.38 46. 

5. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 35.77 47. 

6. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 34.78 48. 

7. Seattle, Wash 34.31 49. 

8. Temple City, Calif 24.58 50. 

9. Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 24.42 51. 

10. Glendale, Calif 24.14 52. 

11. Winona Lake, Ind 24.14 53. 

12. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 21 .90 54. 

13. Wheaton, III 21.49 55. 

14. Whittier, Calif. (Community) 21.39 56. 

15. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 2049 57. 

16. Long Beach, Calif. (First) 20.01 58. 

17. Paramount, Calif 19.97 59. 

18. Whittier, Calif. (First) 19.49 60. 

19. Albany, Oreg 19.45 61. 

20. FortWayne, Ind. (First) 18.33 62. 

21. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 17.18 63. 

22. Wooster, Ohio 16.72 64. 

23. Harrisburg, Pa 16.69 65. 

24. Grandview, Wash 16.41 66. 

25. Waterloo, Iowa 16.33 67. 

26. Inglewood, Calif 16.08 68. 

27. Fremont, Ohio (Chapel) 15.62 69. 

28. Everett, Pa 15.58 70. 

29. Los Angeles, Calif. (Community) 15.32 71. 

30. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 14.94 72. 

31. Berne, Ind 14.72 73. 

32. Lake Odessa, Mich 14.70 74. 

33. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 14.17 75. 

34. Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 13.94 76. 

35. Ashland, Ohio 13.59 77. 

36. South Gate, Calif 13.05 78. 

37. Holiidaysburg, Pa 12.73 79. 

38. Sidney, Ind 12.43 80. 

39. Flora, Ind 12.39 81. 

40. Goshen, ind 12.29 82. 

41 . Garwin, Iowa 1 1 .72 83. 

42. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 1 1 .53 84. 

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Long Beach, Calif. (North) 11.31 

Martinsburg, Pa 1 1 .25 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 1 1 .04 

Cheyenne, Wyo 10.93 

La Verne, Calif 10.87 

Portis, Kans 10.85 

Elyria, Ohio 10.71 

Clayton, Ohio 10.66 

Sunnyside, Wash 10.48 

Martinsburg, W. Va 10.39 

Canton, Ohio 10.39 

Rittman, Ohio 1037 

Danville, Ohio 10.11 

Osceola, Ind 10.10 

Allentown, Pa 9.99 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 9.93 

Leesburg, Ind 9.82 

South Pasadena, Calif 9.81 

Conemaugh, Pa 9.78 

Waynesboro, Pa 9.50 

Modesto, Calif (McHenry Avenue) 9.44 

Fillmore, Calif 9.30 

North English, Iowa 9.18 

Portland, Oreg 9.12 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 9.02 

Sterling, Ohio 8.95 

Ankenytown, Ohio 8.87 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 8.58 

York, Pa 8.58 

Elkhart, Ind 8.39 

Dallas Center, Iowa 8.37 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 823 

Hopewell, Pa 8.20 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 8.13 

Bellflower, Calif 8.13 

Yakima, Wash 7.72 

Winchester, Va 7.59 

Listie, Pa 7.52 

Harrah, Wash 7.30 

Leamersville, Pa 7.29 

Altoona, Pa. (First) 7.14 

Dryhill, Ky 7.08 

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What Will Our Per Capita Giving 
For 1957 Be? 



Chico, Calif 7.05 

San Bernardino, Calif 6.91 

Spokane, Wash 6.81 

Tracy, Calif 6.74 

Bell, Calif. 6.65 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Heights) 6.61 

Hollins, Va 6.60 

Akron, Ohio 6.56 

Englewood, Ohio 6.56 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 6.42 

Homerville, Ohio 6.29 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 6.18 

Alto, Mich 5.98 

Middlebranch, Ohio 5.94 

Ozark, Mich 5.81 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 5.81 

Phoenix, Ariz 5 7] 

Alexandria, Va 5.66 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 5.63 

Cleveland, Ohio 5.46 

Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) 5.33 

La Crescenta, Calif 5.30 

Washington, D. C 5.25 

Peru, Ind 5 14 

Uniontown, Pa 5.13 

Denver, Colo 5 13 

Buena Vista, Va 5.09 

West Covina, Calif 4.77 

Limestone, Tenn 4.75 

Compton, Calif 4.66 

Aleppo, Pa 4.61 

Jenners, Pa 4 55 

Findlay, Ohio 4.48 

Meyersdale, Pa 4.48 

Seal Beach, Calif 4 41 

Clay City, Ind 4 23 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 4.12 

West Alexandria, Ohio 4.10 

Aitoona, Pa. (Grace) 4.OI 

Meyersdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) 3.80 

San Jose, Calif 3.65 

Dayton, Ohio (Grace) 3.55 

ipW/ 6, 7957 



127. Johnson City, Tenn 3.53 

128. Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 3.37 

129. Troy, Ohio 310 

130. Leon, Iowa 3 03 

131. Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 2.79 

132. Artesia, Calif 2.68 

133. Davenport, Iowa 2.64 

134. Covington, Ohio 2.56 

135. Covington, Va 2.48 

136. Palmyra, Pa 2.48 

137. Beaver City, Nebr 2.15 

138. San Diego, Calif 1.94 

139. Washington, Pa I.93 

140. Berrien Springs, Mich 1.67 

141. Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 1.67 

142. Taos, N. Mex l .54 

143. Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex I.47 

144. Riner, Va 1.46 

145. Accident, Md I.43 

146. Camden, Ohio 1.36 

147. Albuquerque, N. Mex 1.28 

148. Ranchos de Taos, N. Mex 1.23 

149. Radford, Va 1.20 

150. Seven Fountains, Va 1.18 

151. Grafton, W. Va 1.16 

152. Sharpsville, Ind 1.01 

153. New Troy, Mich 44 

154. Clayhole, Ky 34 



THANK YOU, ONE AND ALL! LET US 

PRAY ABOUT OUR 1957 OFFERING. 

REMEMBER, OUR RESPONSIBILITY 

NEVER ENDS! 



THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY 

SOCIETY OF 
THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



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LAKE ODESSA, MICH, Mr. 

and Mrs. Lewis Clum, members 
of the Grace Brethren Church, re- 
cently celebrated their 60th wedding 
anniversary. 

PHILADELPHIA. PA. Elmer 
Fricke, missionary to Pakistan, 
preached the morning message at the 
Third Brethren Church, Robert 
Crees, pastor, Mar. 3. Brother 
Fricke and his family sailed from 
New York Mar. 7 for another term 
of service in Pakistan. They are 
members of the Community Breth- 
ren Church of Los Angeles. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. Dr. Her- 
man A. Hoyt, dean of Grace Col- 
lege, Winona Lake, Ind., was the 
principle speaker at the Bible con- 
ference at Commonwealth Avenue 
Brethren Church, Mar. 29-31. John 
Bums is pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Mr. and Mrs. 
Herbert Edwards held open house 
Mar. 24, to honor Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles Edwards for their 50th 
wedding anniversary. They are mem- 
bers of the First Brethren Church. 

MARTINSBURG, W. VA. Rose- 
mont Brethren Church, Earle E. 
Peer, pastor, has been recently re- 
decorated. Plans are under con- 



sideration for a new addition to the 
church building. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Mrs. 
Richard DeArmey, wife of the 
pastor of Grace Brethren Church, 
underwent major surgery Mar. 4. 

MIDDLEBRANCH, OHIO. The 
Senior SMM of the First Brethren 
Church, Wesley Haller, pastor, spon- 
sored a sacred music concert Mar. 8. 
The offering received went toward 
their project of erecting a sign in 
the front of the church, also the 
planting of shrubs and installing of 
lights to make the church grounds a 
thing of beauty. 

BERNE, IND. A new Conn 
organ was dedicated at the Bethel 
Brethren Church Feb. 24. Special 
music was presented by the Am- 
bassadors of Grace trio with Al 
Steffler at the organ. Prof. Don 
Ogden, of Grace College, Winona 
Lake, Ind., was the speaker. A new 
multipurpose building has been 
erected back of the parsonage. Irvin 
B. Miller is pastor. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. 
The Sunday-school attendance at 
the Grace Brethren Church, Rich- 
ard Burch, pastor, has moved from 
17th place in November to fourth 
place in February in the national 
Sunday school contest. 

DENVER, COLO. Thomas In- 
man, pastor of the Grace Brethren 




PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received for publication at least 
30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church Date Pastor 

Ashland, Ohio . Mar. 31 -Apr. 14 Miles Taber 

Aleppo, Pa. Apr. 1-14 Wayne Baker 

Lake Odessa, 

Mich Apr. 1-14 

Sunnyside, Wash. Apr. 7-14 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

(Third) Apr. 7-17 . 

Martinsburg, 

W. Va. Apr. 7-21 . . 

Homerville, Ohio Apr. 10-14 . . 
Dayton, Ohio 

(First) Apr. 14-17 . . . 

Grafton, W. Va. . Apr. 14-21 . . 

Meyersdale, Pa. Apr. 17-21 

Alto, Mich Apr. 21-28 . . . 

Radford, Va. Apr. 22-May 5 
Fremont, Ohio 

(Grace) Apr. 28-May 5 

Compton, Calif. . Apr. 28-May 3 

Conemaugh, Pa. Apr. 28-May 5 



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Homer Miller 
Harold Painter 

Robert Crees . 

Earle E. Peer 
Robert Holmes 



W. A. Steffler 
Lee Crist 
Leslie Moore 
Wm. Johnson 



Speaker 

Bill Smith. 

H. Lingenfelter. 

Clair Brickel. 
Jesse Hall. 

Mark Malles. 

Lester E. Pifer. 
B. Schneider. 

A. J. McClain. 
L. L. Grubb. 
A. R. Kriegbaum. 
Wm. Smith. 



K. E. Richardson Wm. Howard. 

Gordon Bracker Herb Hoover. 

Dennis HoUiday Louis T. Talbot. 

Stanley Hauser Gerald Teeter. 



Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

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. 



Church, and his family received a 
pleasant surprise on their return 
from the home-mission workshop in 
Chico, Calif., in February. They 
found their living-room furniture 
had been reupholstered. The mem- 
bers of the congregation had been 
"quite active" while their pastor and 
family were away. 

SPECIAL. Mrs. John Maehrlein, 
78 Cherry Lane, Campbell, Calif., 
is the new clerk of The Brethren 
Church, San Jose, Calif. The tele- 
phone of Victor S. Rogers, pastor of 
Jenners Brethren Church, Jenners, 
Pa., has been changed to MArket 
9-3306. Please change Annual. 

ALLENTOWN, PA. John Drury, 
Grace Seminary graduate ('50), who 
is studying at the Delaware State 
Hospital in Farnhurst, Del., 
preached at the First Brethren 
Church, Mar. 24. John Neely is 
pastor. 

CHEYENNE, WYO. Another 
construction helper arrived Jan. 6 
to make his home with Mr. and Mrs. 
Dale Myers. Dale Ray, Jr., weighed 
7 lbs. 8 oz. upon his arrival. 

ROANOKE, VA. Dr. George 
Schuler, was guest musician and 
speaker at the Washington Heights | 
Brethren Church on Mar. 24. A new i 
blonde-mahogany Gulbransen Tone- 
master piano has recently been se- 
cured. Vernon Harris is pastor. 

ALBANY, OREG. The Grace i 
Brethren Church, Lee Burris, pas- 
tor, has entered a Sunday schools 
contest with the Grace Brethren) 
Church of Yakima, Wash., Henry; 
Dalke, pastor. The young people > 
of the local church will participate: 
in the 4th annual Youth Retreat to 
be held at Twin Rocks, Oreg., dur-i 
ing spring vacation, according to 
Pastor Lee Burris. 

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CHICAGO, ILL. The Action 
Committee of Religious Expression 
now has approximately 250,000 
signatures on its petitions protesting 
cancellation of the film "Martin 
Luther" by the Chicago television 
station WGN-TV. A spokesman said 
that additional signatures were pour- 
ing in at the rate of 50,000 a week. 

The petitions were sent to the 
Federal Communications Commis- 
sion along with a brief asking for 
a public hearing on the television 
station's action. The petitions said 
that cancellation of the film telecast, 
scheduled for last December 21, 
took place "under circumstances 
which are, in effect, sectarian cen- 
sorship and a violation of freedom 
of expression." 

The Action Committee, which 
represents millions of church mem- 
bers in 40 Protestant organizations, 
as well as the American Civil Liber- 
ties Union, is challenging the right 
of the TV station to receive the 
permanent permit it is seeking un- 
less it agrees to air all sides of con- 
troversial issues. 



COPENHAGEN, DENMARK. 
V'outh for Christ International has 
lamed this city as the site for the 
linth World Congress on Youth 
Bvangelism, to be held during the 
'irst full week of August. Dr. Ted 
^. Engstrom, president, and Bishop 
Jam Wolgemuth, Overseas Director 
)f Youth for Christ, met with lead- 



ers from Ireland, Sweden and South 
Africa to lay plans for the event. 

A total of 1 ,500 or more delegates 
from all parts of the world are ex- 
pected to attend the Congress, in- 
cluding at least 40 or 50 American 
teen-agers. The American teen- 
agers, each accompanied by an adult 
sponsor, will fly here on a chartered 
Super-Constellation plane. Follow- 
ing the week-long Congress, all the 
delegates will fan out across Den- 
mark to hold a series of youth evan- 
gelistic campaigns. 



DENVER, COLO. The "Honor 
the Bible Association," which wants 
to erect a $60,000 monument to the 
Bible in Denver's Civic Center, has 
run into opposition. The mayor has 
opposed the plan. So has the Den- 
ver Art Commission, which he ap- 
•pointed. The Art Commission 
turned down the idea on the grounds 
that erection of a religious monu- 
ment in the Civic Center would 
violate the separation of church and 
state. The architect of the proposed 
Bible monument immediately chal- 
lenged the right of the Art Com- 
mission to make legal decisions, and 
also pointed out that the Denver Art 
Museum's permanent collection is 
filled with paintings of a rehgious 
nature. 

The "Honor the Bible Associa- 
tion" members said they would carry 
the fight to the courts. The proposed 
monument would involve a Gothic 
arch with a representation of Christ 
on one side and Abraham on the 
other. A quotation from the Old 
Testament prophet, Micah, would be 
inscribed on the base, as follows: 
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what 
is good; and what doth the Lord re- 
quire of thee but to do justly, and 
to love mercy, and to walk humbly 
with thy God?" 



JAKARTA, INDONESIA. 

American rock'n'roll dances have 
been banned in several Indonesian 
cities because of opposition by cul- 
tural and religious groups which con- 
sider them "degrading and im- 
moral." 



SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. A 

Presbyterian official criticized plans 
announced by the Australian Post- 
master General to provide telephone 
service under which subscribers can 
dial to hear Scripture passages. The 
Reverend A. Dougan, moderator of 
the Presbyterian Church of New 
South Wales, called the idea "un- 
dignified and almost a guessing game 
of finding what passage from the 
Bible will be given." 

STUTTGART, GERMANY. 

German Protestants have raised 
more than $1,200,000 for Hun- 
garian relief, including aid to ref- 
ugees. 

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK. 

The pastor of a Lutheran church in 
Denmark's capital city has launched 
a campaign to collect 40 million can- 
celled postage stamps from local 
business offices. He expects the sale 
of these stamps will provide a quar- 
ter of the funds necessary to build 
a new church. If so, he will borrow 
another quarter, and the State will 
pay the balance of the cost. 

VIENNA. A Lutheran leader who 
was the first churchman to enter 
Hungary since the revolution says 
that the Hungarian Lutheran Church 
"at the moment" is being permitted 
to "preach freely, to teach religion, 
and to visit the sick." However, the 
situation regarding distribution of 
relief is not yet clarified and Prot- 
estant churches in Hungary have 
not yet been permitted to re-estab- 
lish their religious press. 



ipril 6, 1957 



PARIS. Pastor Marc Boegner 
conducted a worship service which 
was televised — the first full Prot- 
estant service ever to be televised 
in France. Letters from the viewing 
public were reported to be unani- 
mously favorable. 

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Governor 
Orval Faubus signed into a law 
a bill to provide stronger penalties 
for circulating obscene literature. 

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How Complete is 
Your Home? 

By Mrs. Alice R. Flowers 
Springfield, Mo. 

With holy satisfaction God rested 
after all His marvelous creative en- 
deavors. The earth, the sea, ihe :;ky 
gave witness to His power in ;>am- 
ing the universe which was lo house 
His master-creation, Adam and 
Eve. For their special comfort God 
had planted a garden in which '^rew 
"every tree pleasant to the sight, and 
good for food." There was a special 
river to water that garden — the 
whole a prospect beyond description. 
No wonder God rested as He be- 
held "everything that He had made 
. . . very good." 

To Adam the crowning joy was 
the presentation of Eve to share 
with him the loveliness of fair Eden. 
She was his God-given helpmeet, 
and now we see the first family es- 
tablished in their home. More than 
human association was involved in 
this, however; there was God-re- 
lationship for Adam and Eve. It 
was God's garden, and Adam and 
Eve could enjoy its gracious privi- 
leges only through continued obe- 
dience to Him. 

Obedience to Him brought de- 
lightful communion with Him. No 
doubt they frequently heard "the 
voice of the Lord God walking in 
the garden in the cool of the day" 
and ran to meet Him as happy chil- 
dren would greet a loving parent. 
Disobedience broke this commun- 
ion, bringing shame and fear. Some- 
where outside Eden the couple es- 
stablished another home, a poor sub- 
stitute for the first home where they 
had fellowshiped with God in the 
completeness of His favor. 

God had a great disappointment 
out of that first home's failure, and 
many years passed before God called 
Abraham. See how God emphasized 
right family relationships in dealing 
with him, stressing proper recog- 
nition of godly principles. Strong 
words these: "I know him [Abra- 
ham], that he will command his 
children and his household after 
him" (Gen. 18:19). To what end? 
The very fulfillment of God's 




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promises depended on how faithfully 
Abraham wisely disciplined and di- 
rected his children and servants. 

Note carefully the early history 
of the Hebrews as God taught them 
principles of success as a nation. 
Through their wilderness journey- 
ings, in possessing the land of Ca- 
naan, there was continued emphasis 
laid upon household unity in right- 
eous living. The Passover story gives 
the twofold aspect of this emphasis 
with the blood of the slain lamb upon 
the poor for protection, and the 
family gathered within the house to 
partake of the roasted lamb for the 
needed sustenance in the difficult 
journey ahead. Some stress only the 
first, ignoring the important .second 
phase of this marvelous Passover 
observance. 

Apply the blood to the doorposts 
and lintel of your home, acknowl- 
edging your faith in the finished 
work of our great Redeemer for 
the need of your household. But 
never forget there is a subsequent 
responsibility of parents to gather 
together their households for defi- 
nite partaking of the Lamb — the 



Word of our God which liveth and 
abideth forever. Here has been the 
breakdown in many families — one 
great reason for the wayward chil- 
dren of supposedly godly parents. 

Assurance came to the parents 
through the application of the blood 
by faith, but traveling strength was 
derived by the parents-directed par- 
taking of the Pascal lamb. That Pass- 
over night the world was shut out 
and that family shut in together, 
due importance being laid on the > 
significance of that sacred meal. 
This rushing age would quickly and 
easily crowd God out of any home. 
But remember, God's moving in 
every child's life starts normally in 
the home, and it was the wise man 
who said: "Train up a child in the 
way he should go: and when he is 
old, he will not depart from it" 
(Prov. 22:6). God has given here a 
marvelous type of spiritual com-i 
pleteness in our homes. 

As went the Hebrew homes, so 
would go the nation. Soundness in 
family life meant healthy grass-rootsi 
for the kingdom to be established: 
later. The Book of Deuteronomyi 



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gives certain vital principles for 
solid Hebrew homelife as they short- 
ly were to take up their residence in 
the Promised Land. God had fi<r- 
reaching sight for their national en- 
durance, so He emphasized the 
need of constant recognition of 
God's Word in their individual 
homes. To this day the stability of 
Jewish homelife has been unsur- 
passed and the divorce evil least 
menacing to them. 

The sixth chapter actually com- 
mands that God's Word have a 
recognized place in the tabletalk and 
fireside chats of the family circle. 
Thus the Word becomes living in 
the home. Since the Bible constantly 
presents man as seeking God's ap- 
proval, one cannot live with the 
Book by daily habit and not him- 
self grow in desire and capacity to 
please His Maker. Thinking on 
things "that are true, lovely, of 
good report" produces what is no- 
blest in character and pays the high- 
est on such investment in the home. 

There are many homes where 
once the "altar light" glowed and the 
home was complete. Through sub- 
tle snares Satan has dimmed, even 
quenched, that light. Rush of busi- 
ness, lust for gold, love of the world, 
carelessness, indifference, sin, dis- 
obedience have caused one or both 
of the parents to fail in their re- 
sponsibility. Boys and girls going 
forth from such homes know not 
the real values of life; and, without 
a standard of righteous holy conduct, 
they become an easy prey for the 
crowding forces of evil which as- 
sail everyone today. Here is the 
chief reason for the lack of God- 
consciousness among youth today 
and who will answer for this before 
the bar of God? 

A young mother asked an evan- 
gelist when she should start training 
her five-year-old child for God. He 
answered: "You are five years too 
late now. You have missed the most 
valuable years of shaping your 



Home Sweet Home 

By Dr. Kenneth C. Fraser 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 



A Christian family is the simplest 
form of the church on earth. Before 
the Lord established a church on this 
earth. He placed a family and a 
home on it. It is our Lord's inten- 
tion that a father assume the role 
of pastor of the little congregation, 
more familiarly known as his fam- 
ily. Mother has a most important 
ministry too as the Sunday-school 
superintendent and the young peo- 
ple's president. The children, of 
course, constitute the congregation. 
When the Word of God is read and 
taught in the home; hymns and gos- 
pel songs are sung; prayer is of- 
fered by each one in the family cir- 
cle; testimonies for God's glory are 
given magnifying His goodness and 
faithfulness; and love for Christ 
and each other is demonstrated by 
each one in the family, there is then 
the vivid fulfillment of the familiar 
expression, "There is no place like 
home." 

It has been aptly said: "Happy 
are the families where the govern- 
ment of parents is the reign of af- 
fection, and the obedience of the 
children, the submission of love." 

The highest ambition of spiritual 
parents should be satisfied with a 



succession of holy and useful living 
on the part of the children. The no- 
blest aspirations of the children 
should be to have their names writ- 
ten in the Book of Life, and their 
family history a continuous record 
of devotion to Christ. Abraham was 
especially honored by God. He gives 
the reason: "Abraham shall surely 
become a great and mighty nation, 
and all the nations of the earth shall 
be blessed in him, for I know that 
he will command his children and 
his household after him, and they 
shall keep the way of the Lord" 
(Gen. 18:18). 

Praying families all over the land 
may be traced back to pious homes. 
God honors family piety. A happy 
family is but an earlier heaven. 
Never allow the best part of your 
family tree to be underground. An 
attractive motto hangs in the re- 
ception hall of my home. Many visi- 
tors have commented about it. I have 
pointed it out on those occasions 
when marriages have been solem- 
nized at the parsonage. This is what 
the motto says: "Home sweet home, 
when each lives for the other, and 
all live for Christ." 



child's life. Go home and erect at 
once your family altar. With God's 
blessing you may be able to redeem 
some of the years that the locusts 
of neglect have eaten." Tom Paine 
said he was an infidel before he was 
five, the product of his home in- 
:cluence. 

Thomas Guthrie wrote: "If you 
find yourself loving any pleasure bet- 
ter than your prayers, any book 
better than your Bible, any house 



better than God's house, any person 
better than the Lord Jesus, any in- 
dulgence better than the hope of 
heaven — take alarm!" To which 
could well be added by every Chris- 
tian parent — if you find yourself 
pampering, entertaining, pleasing 
your children to the neglect of pray- 
ing with them — take great alarm. 
You are responsible for their souls, 
as well as their bodies — the com- 
pleteness of a Christian home. 



PLAN NOW TO OBSERVE 



NATIONAL FAMILY WEEK 
MAY 5-12 



April 6, 1957 



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By Dr. W. A. Ogden 

Executive Vice President 
Grace Theological Seminary 



When all of earth's beauty and 
ugliness, its virtues and its vanities 
have passed away, faith, hope, and 
love will remain, "and the greatest 
of these is love." Some of the best 
words in the English language have 
been so greatly abused and misused 
that they do not convey to the aver- 
age reader their true meaning and 
beauty. When Hollywood has fin- 
ished its interpretation of love, it 
might well be spelled 1-u-s-t. Nev- 
ertheless, the first need of the world 
is love and the first characteristic of 
the Christian should be love. 

When our Lord said: "A new 
commandment I give unto you, that 
ye love one another as I have loved 
you," He did not mean to say that 
love was new, but that this kind of 
love was new. He meant to say 
that this love was above human 
loves, and necessary to the well- 
being of the new Christian commu- 
nity. Thale, called "the best and 
wisest of the Greeks," has no such 
lofty and universal ideals for man- 
kind. He thanks God that he was 
born a man, and not a brute, a 
Greek and not a barbarian. To him, 
all outside of Greece were brutes 
and barbarians to whom he owed 
no debt of love. 

Christ gave to the world a new 
and revolutionary way of life in His 
teaching and practice of love for 
every man. The world has not yet 
caught up to His teachings, but 
keenly feels a need of doing so. Men 
of influence are writing passionate- 
ly of "One World" and of the 
"Brotherhood of Man." They are 
trying to have men be godly without 
God. They have placed the crown 
of "Rabbi" upon the brow of 



Christ, but they still hate and fight 
and kill each other. 

The trouble with this lofty tribute 
to Christ and this beautiful dream 
of universal peace and love is that 
it omits a very basic part of Christ's 
teaching. Before He said, "love thy 
neighbor as thyself," He said, "Thou 
shalt love the Lord thy God with all 
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and 
with all thy strength, and with all 
thy mind." When men can so love 
God, they can begin to talk about 
loving their neighbor as themselves. 
But we must remember that we are 
dealing primarily with Christians in 
this article. The first step toward 
loving a neighbor, or some "diffi- 
cult" Christian is to love the Lord 
with a pure love. 

On the shores of the Lake of 
Galilee Jesus did not ask Peter if 
he loved John and the rest of the 
disciples. His question was: "Simon, 
son of Jonas, lovest thou me?" 
Jesus was soon to be parted from 
the little band of men. They would 
live with each other and would be 
responsible to proclaim His gospel 
to all the world. The badge of their 
discipleship before the world would 
be love: "By this shall all men know 
that ye are my disciples, if ye have 
love one for another." Until the 
miracle of the new birth has taken 
place, and the love of God has been 
shed abroad in our hearts by the 
Holy Ghost, we will make but little 
progress toward that Utopia where 
the Golden Rule is the law of men's 
lives. 

To the Christian this "new com- 
mandment" is a blessed reality. 
Christ only commands what He 
gives power to obey. Before He left 
the hallowed atmosphere of those 



lost hours with His disciples they 
heard Him pray: "O righteous 
Father ... I have declared unto 
them thy name, and will declare it: 
that the love wherewith thou hast 
loved me may be in them, and I in 
them" (John 17:26). Before any 
Christian says that he carmot love 
another let him ask whether this 
prayer of Jesus can fail. If the love 
of the Father for the Son dwells in 
our hearts, and if Christ lives with- 
in, we can love all that He loves, 
and love unto the end of all time 
and all conditions. 

The love of Christ for "His own" 
is a gracious love. This means that 
it originates with himself and not 
with the object loved. This is the 
reason God could extend His love 
toward us, even while we were yet 
sinners, to the extent that Christ 
died for us (Rom. 5:8). When a 
Christian says that he cannot love 
another person, he is admitting a de- 
ficiency of grace within his own life. 

There is a story of Lincoln in 
which one of his enemies assailed 
him most bitterly. He was urged by 
his friends to take strong measures 
against the vile slanderer who had i 
sought to besmirch his name. When 
Lincoln refused to take any notice 
of the slander, a friend still insisted, 
saying: "The man is not even a gen- 
tleman." Mr. Lincoln replied, "But 
I am." There was that grace within 
the heart of the great Emancipator 
that made it possible to deal with 
an enemy on terms he did not de- 
serve. Until Christians have this 
kind of love in their hearts there 
will be "strife and division" among 
them and the world will not know 
that they are Christ's disciples. 



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A HEART OF HUMILITY 

"In honor preferring one another" 
(Rom. 12:10). 

The humble man feels no jealousy 
or envy. He can praise God when 
others are preferred and blessed be- 
fore him. He can bear to hear others 
praised and himself forgotten be- 
cause in God's presence he has 
learned to say with Paul, "I am 
nothing." He has received the Spirit 
of Jesus, who pleased not himself, 
and sought not His own honor. His 
humility does not consist merely 
in thoughts or words of self-de- 
preciation, but in a "heart of humil- 
ity," encompassed by compassion 
and kindness, meekness and long- 
suffering — the sweet and lowly 
gentleness of the Lamb of God. — 
Andrew Murray. 



PROMISE FOR THE STORM 

"The clouds are the dust of his 
feet" (Nah. 1:3). 

Cloudy days are when God is 
nearest. On earth we see the gloom; 
the angels on the other side see the 
glory. To man it means frustration, 
to the angels it spells fruition. What 
a thought! God is passing by! 

Why then should we fear the 
storm? As a Puritan once spoke: 
"He that counts the very hairs of 
our head must needs take care of 
the head." The clouds are the trail 
of His triumph. — Leonard Harris. 



PARENTS REAP WHAT THEY SOW 

Our children are expected to 
grow up to have a respect for the 
church, its pastor and church work- 
ers, but more often they hear these 
servants of God gossiped about 
around the dinner table than prayed 
for around the family altar! — Chris- 
tian Victory. 



HIDING IN CHRIST 

"Humble yourselves therefore 
under the mighty hand of God, that 
le may exalt you in due time" (I Pet. 
5:6). 

If Christ is in us, we shall be 
lumble too. We shall not want men 
:o think highly of us. We shall wish 
o hide our names and faces on His 
)reast, behind His cross and in His 



work . . . We shall be found with 
Him, kneeling at the disciples' feet, 
girded with towels, and washing the 
feet of the saints. And even if we 
have the wings of the seraphim, we 
shall use two of them to cover our 
faces and two of them to cover our 
feet, lest we or others should see 
ourselves or our service. — A. B. 
Simpson. 



"A story is told of a certain pas- 
tor who mourned over a member 
of his congregation once a regular 
attendant at the prayer service, who 
for months had not been seen in 
the 'upper room.' Unable to stand it 
longer, at the close of one of the 
meetings, in which the voice for- 
merly accustomed to lead in prayer 
was sorely missed, the minister went 
straight to the man's home and 
found him sitting before an open 
fire. The absentee, somewhat star- 
tled by the intrusion, hastily placed 
another chair for his visitor and then 
waited for the expected words of re- 
buke. Had the rebuke been spoken, 
no one knows what the reply might 
have been, or what mistaken yet 
lasting anger might have been 
kindled. But not a word did the min- 
ister say. Taking his seat before the 
fire, he silently took the tongs and 
lifting a glowing coal from the midst 
of its fellows, laid it by itself upon 
the hearthstone. Remaining painfully 
silent, he watched the blaze die out. 
Then the other opened his lips to 
say: 'You needen't say a single 
word, sir. I'll be there next Wednes- 
day night.' " 



THE EXPENSE OF PRAYER 

"Be ye therefore sober, and watch 
unto prayer" (I Pet. 4:7). 

As we pray for others, if the 
prayer be sincere, we assume great 
responsibility. Rufus quotes Emer- 
son: "The Gulf Stream will flow 
through a wheat straw, if it be laid 
parallel to the current." Prayer lays 
our lives, resources, contacts and 
influences parallel to the current of 
God's will, and that means adjust- 
ment to God in all our relationships. 
Parents often pray for their children, 
and their prayers are answered, 
provided they are willing to bear 



the expense of the prayer. — The 
Pilot. 



GOD OF THE STORM 

In all the ages past a minority — 
a small and sometimes sorely- 
pressed minority — have clung to 
this God who faileth not. Their 
faith in Him has not wavered and 
God has vindicated that faith. The 
early church faced the impossible, 
but for God. 

Luther hadn't a chance, but for 
God. Wesley's movement was 
doomed to begin with, but for God. 
The revolution in colonial America 
faced sure disaster, but for God. 
Lincoln's string of defeats would 
have gone on to the end, but for 
God. And so now, in spite of barom- 
eters that denote the coming of 
storms no man can brook, some of 
us dare to trust in God. 

Let those who believe in God be 
not afraid! — Robert P. Shuler. 



WHICH ARE YOU? 

An attender or an absenter? 
A pillar or a sleeper? 
A wing or a weight? 
A power or a problem? 
A promoter or a provoker? 
A giver or a getter? 
A goer or a gadder? 
A door or a deadhead? 
A booster or a buckler? 
A supporter or a sponger. 
A soldier or a sorehead? 
A worker or a worrier? 
A friend or a faultfinder? 
A helper or a hinderer? 
A campaigner or a camper? 



WHAT SHE DARED NOT DO 

Ezekiel 33:8 

A young lady was asked to teach 
a Sunday school class. "I wouldn't 
dare undertake such a responsible 
task," she replied. The person who 
had asked her said: "When God is 
so manifestly caUing you, you 
should say, 'I don't dare not to un- 
dertake such a responsible task.' " 
We hear too much about the re- 
sponsibility of working for God and 
too little about the responsibility of 
refusing to work for Him. 



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PRAYER POINTERS 



FOR APRIL 



SUNDAY SCHOOL— 

Pray for the Loyalty Campaign 
which begins April 18. 

Pray for the plans and prepara- 
tion for the national Sunday school 
convention. 

Pray that the recent increased at- 
tendance in many of our Sunday 
schools may be retained. 

Pray for the vacation Bible school 
in each of the churches this sum- 



FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

Praise the Lord for a wonderful 
board meeting! Pray for wisdom in 
carrying out the many important 
decisions that were made. 

Pray for the missionaries serving 
in the missionary rallies this month. 
Pray for blessing in the churches. 

Pray for the citywide evangelistic 
meetings in Lyon, France, this 
month, that many people may find 
the Lord. 

Pray for the special meetings in 
Rio Cuarto, Argentina, early in 
April. 

Pray for the Mexico field council 
meeting at San Ysidro April 24. 

Praise the Lord for His blessing 
upon the first public service at the 
new Capanema, Brazil, station. 
There were 100 persons present. 

Pray for strength and wisdom for 
Brother Foster Tresise in the work 
in Hawaii. 

Continue to pray for the Lord's 
blessing upon ' the Africa medical 
center building program. 



HOME MISSIONS— 

Pray for the reorganization and 
departmentalization of the Sunday 
school at Paramount, Calif. 

Praise the Lord for the safety 
of our Clayhole and Dryhill mis- 
sions in Kentucky in the recent 
flood. Pray that this experience may 
cause the people to think more on 
spiritual things. 

Pray for the new church under 
construction at Grandview, Wash. 
Praise God for a Christian con- 
struction foreman to supervise the 
construction. 

Pray for the planning of the 
VBS work in the Taos, N. Mex. 
area that sufficient capable workers 

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will help. Praise God for the SMM 
Bethany guest house just completed 
and ready for use. 

Pray for the Ireland Road Breth- 
ren Church which is relocating in 
South Bend, Ind. Praise God for 
the sale of the former location at 
Sunnymede, and pray that the much 
needed new building will get under 
way soon. 

Pray that God will break down 
the "barriers" that are keeping 
Jewish children from attending the 
Tuesday afternoon child evangelism 
class for children at the Brethren 
Messianic Witness in Los Angeles. 

LAYMEN— 

Pray for an awakening among 
our men's organizations to the great 
need of being busy for the Lord! 

Pray for our president. Brother 
A. RoUin Sandy and family, as they 
dispose of their home and business 
and move to Winona Lake in prep- 
aration for completion of training 
for full-time ministry. 

Pray for your national officers as 
they meet in Winchester, Va., April 
21 to plan for extension of the lay- 
men's ministry. 

GRACE SEMINARY— 

Pray for the working out of all 
plans connected with the early com- 
mencement of the new college 
building. 

Continue to pray for the seniors 
of both seminary and college that 
they may be directed as to their fu- 
ture plans. 

Pray for the western tour of the 
college choir, that it may accomplish 
much for the glory of the Lord and 
the growth of the college and semi- 
nary. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



WMC— 

Continue to pray that all coun- 
cils will give generously to the mis- 
sionary residence project at Winona 
Lake. 

Pray for all district conferences 
and rallies to be held this month, 
that the Holy Spirit will overrule in 
selection of officers and projects. 

Pray for increased wisdom for 
district presidents to challenge each 
council to greater loyalty to the 
Lord's service. 

Pray for Mrs. Tom Hammers, 
chairman of national program com- 
mittee, that she and her committee 
may be guided by the Holy Spirit 
in all their plans. 

Pray for the foreign WMC mis- 
sionary and native Sisters as they \ 
study the Word and teach others in f 
their respective fields. 

SMM— 

Pray that the girls will meet their 
birthday offering goal of $700, due i 
April 30, for higher education of' 
missionaries' children. 

Pray that many girls wiU be en-i 
thused about memorizing the Book! 
of Ephesians. 

Pray that the girls will turn in 
more rolled bandages for the mis- 
sionaries than in any previous year.i 

Pray for all the national, district 
and local officers, that they shall j 
have wisdom from the Holy Spirit to , 
perform their duties faithfully and! 
well. 



Brethren 

DAY OF PRAYER 

APRIL 15 



April 6, 1957 



The BRETHREN 




VMC NUMBER 



APRIL 13, 1957 




WMC Birthday Missionaries 




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National Women's Missionary Council ^ 1956 "1957 



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■'Happy Birthday to You," an old familiar refrain, 
brings joy and happiness when expressed with sincerity 
and love. Such is the heartfelt desire of the national 
WMC as we express "Happy Birthday, Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha. Congratulations upon this your 44th 
birthday." This is your birthday month. Much has 
been accomplished through your fellowship through the 
years in the furtherance of the gospel and the pro- 
motion of missionary endeavors. That your movement 
has been a spiritual help to its members is evidenced 
by the fact that large numbers have been led into mis- 
sionary fields, others have become valuable co-workers 
to pastors and teachers, and still others have been led 
into various other places of influential service for the 
Lord. We have cause to look back and be thankful 
that Mrs. Bauman had the foresight to inaugurate such 
a movement among our girls 44 years ago this month. 

It's a joy to help a friend celebrate a calendar birth- 
day. This is especially true of girls. It's a greater joy to 
help another celebrate a spiritual birthday, the remem- 
brance of that day when she came to Christ and began 
her spiritual growth. We of the WMC, Women Mani- 
festing Christ, want to help you girls celebrate your 
spiritual birthday, as well as your calendar birthday. 
We also want to help you have a joyous celebration of 
your SMM birthday this month. How many of us can 
look back and note the day when the Lord led us unto 
himself, and we