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Ellen G. White: The Australian Years: 1891-1900 (vol. 4), Page 48

Chapter 5—(1893) The Servant of the Lord Could Rejoice

The school has been a success!” wrote Ellen White jubilantly to the president of the General Conference on December 13, 1892.

She had just attended the closing exercises of the Australasian Bible School, a simple service held in the chapel room. For almost three months she had been away, working in Adelaide and Ballarat, and had returned to Melbourne for this significant event. She had not forgotten that one of the basic reasons she and her son had been urged to spend a couple of years in Australia was to aid in starting an educational work there. Fighting indifference, financial depression in the country, and prolonged, debilitating illness, her persistence had won out.

The school had been conducted with a limited teaching staff and just a few more than two dozen rather mature students. Her letter to Olsen carried this report:

The first term of our Bible School has just ended. Today we attended the closing exercises. The schoolroom was well filled with those interested in the school....

Testimonies were borne by the students expressing their gratitude to God for the opportunity they had had of attending the school, saying they had been blessed in their studies. They were especially grateful for the light received from the Word of God. They had been so happy in their associations. Many regretted that the school must close, and this precious season come to an end.... All were determined to be present and enjoy the next term.—Letter 46, 1892.

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