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Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5), Page 84

Chapter 6—The Church Responds

Ellen White was asked to take the first early morning devotional study of the session. It convened on Wednesday at 5:30 A.M. Choosing a topic most appropriate for the occasion, she stressed the apostle James's admonition, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering” (chap. 1:5, 6).

She dwelt on the experience of those who forget this instruction and “begin to look for human help.” “Is not Christ close beside us, and will He not give us the help we need?” she asked, and then reminded her hearers that in His Word there is the repeated promise “‘If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it.’”—The General Conference Bulletin, 1901, 35, 36.

The whole address was an appeal for the workers to look to God for guidance. This was a thread that was to run through her appeals to the conference, urging men to look away from men and look to God.

Fortunately, as the Committee on Counsel approached the task of reorganization, they had before them the knowledge of what had been done in Africa under Elder A. T. Robinson's leadership. There, departmental interests had been organized within a conference structure, in place of separate, independent organizations representing Sabbath school work, religious liberty, et cetera.

They also had before them what had been done in Australia in the development of a union conference. Sister White had been in that field as the cause had developed and grown. Australia was far

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