Ellen G. White Writings

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Ellen G. White: The Australian Years: 1891-1900 (vol. 4), Page 8

Abbreviations

AHThe Adventist Home
BEBible Echo
CDFCounsels on Diet and Foods
CHCounsels on Health
CMColporteur Ministry
CTCounsels to Parents and Teachers
DFEllen G. White Estate Document File
EdEducation
EGWEllen G. White
EvEvangelism
GCBGeneral Conference Bulletin
HSHistorical Sketches
LetterEllen G. White letter
LSLife Sketches of Ellen G. White
MSEllen G. White manuscript
RHReview and Herald
SHMStory of our Health Message
1SMSelected Messages, book 1 (2SM, etc., for books 2, 3)
SWThe Southern Work (1966 reprint)
UCRAustralasian Union Conference Record
WCWWilliam C. White
1WCWWilliam C. White letter file, volume 1 (2WCW for volume 2, etc.)

Foreword

A Statement the Author Would Like to Have You Read

The nine years Ellen White spent in Australia introduced her to new and different living and working conditions. It also placed upon her responsibilities in some areas she had not previously borne. Nearing her sixty-fourth birthday, she was reluctant to interrupt her work of writing and leave America for a distant field of labor, but near the close of her sojourn she could write, “God sent me to Australia.”—Letter 175, 1899.

The resources from which this volume was developed have been full and exceptionally rich. Ellen White, anticipating a published account of her work overseas, reported, “I have kept up my diary, as far as possible, of our labors in Australia and in Europe.”—Letter 36, 1910. Her experience in producing biographical sketches of her life in 1860, 1876, and 1885 led her to see the value of such records. The manuscript “Australian Experiences”; her diaries; her reports of activities in the Review and Herald; and her correspondence, especially letters to her sons Edson and William and two or three close associates in America, have provided the prime sources.

Ellen White performed a dual ministry in Australia. She virtually pioneered the work in that new field; at the same time she nurtured and counseled, through her letters, the church in America, presenting what God set before her in vision. She wrote carefully and with sympathy and understanding, but at times there were firm messages pointing the way God would have His work managed, or correcting a course of action on the part of individuals that if unchanged would be detrimental to them and to the cause of God, and perhaps even lead to their own ruin. Through foreshortening in

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