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Battle Creek Letters, Page 25

Re-copied July 13, 1928 MS—117—99 V. E. R.

The Medical Missionary Work

I have much to say, but when I see that the words I shall speak will be used to carry out the extravagant ideas of men, while the work of eternal interest is not considered, I feel like holding my peace.

The medical missionary work is God's work, and there should be branches of this work in every place where the gospel of present truth is preached; but the medical missionary work does not consist in binding every power and facility to the work of lifting up the depraved classes, while fields all ripe for the harvest are left untouched. Workers need to be trained who will proclaim the truth in the dark places of the earth.

Work must be done not only for the outcasts, but for the higher classes of society. Not half the effort is made that should be made to win this class to God. As I meet noble looking men and women, my heart yearns toward them. I think of the possibilities before them; for they have talents. But they are not aware of their dependence upon God for every spiritual and temporal favor. If they would give themselves to God, how grandly the truth would be displayed through their agency. God says to them, “Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God's.” Lay not up for yourself treasures on earth but lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, where Christ is pleading for you. Set your affections on things above, and not on things on the earth.” To work for this class requires tact and ingenuity and individual effort by workers whose hearts are softened by the grace of God. While the world is heaping up treasures for the fires of the last days, let those who believe the truth work with all their God-given abilities to gain eternal treasures.

I would not have any of our people so narrow that they should say to Sister Henry, Sever your connection with the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Sister Henry can sow the seeds of truth in this society. Not that she need give all the knowledge she has obtained on subjects that are objectionable. She can tell the glad tidings of salvation. Then when hearts have become warmed by the Holy Spirit's working, and the walls of prejudice begin to give way, she can present the truth point by point. This work for the W.C.T.U. has a wearying and discouraging side, and we should unite in helping our sister.

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