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Ellen G. White in Europe 1885-1887, Page 275

Chapter 28—Germany and the Vohwinkel Vision

A divine call for unity and good will

In the major coal mining and industrial region of West Germany, bounded on the south by the Ruhr River, are found populous and wealthy cities like Dortmund, Essen, Dusseldorf, Cologne, and Wuppertal. A suburban area of present-day Wuppertal is known as Vohwinkel. Nearby is Elberfeld. In those two small communities Adventists had early formed little companies.

When Sister White arrived at Vohwinkel on Friday afternoon, May 27, she was accompanied by Sister Ings and by L. R. Conradi, who had joined them that afternoon at Mainz. The surrounding country was all a part of old Prussia, from which the “Iron Chancellor,” Bismarck, had reached out to consolidate the German state into an empire.

The little companies of Adventists came together for a general meeting at Vohwinkel with eager expectations, for Sister White had not preached in Germany before. She spent Friday night at the home of a local church elder who lived “in a pleasant location” several miles out in the country.

Ellen White “found the churches ... in difficulty,” and she saw their need for special counsel and help at this time (The Review and Herald, September 27, 1887). Unkind

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