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Ellen G. White in Europe 1885-1887, Page 307

Chapter 31—Last Stop on the Journey

A busy month in England

Mrs. White's final month in Europe was spent in Great Britain and began with a long weekend in Kettering. This little city, about fifteen miles east of Birmingham, is in the industrial Midlands and is today a center for the manufacture of shoes. “We walked out and did some purchasing in the city in the great market place,” she wrote soon after her arrival. Then added, “Purchased shoes” (Manuscript 36, 1887).

Her spiritual feet were shod also “with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). Before daybreak Sabbath morning, July 2, she was up and writing. Here is how she expressed her burden of soul for England:

“I felt deeply the need of special help from God in seeking to win souls to Jesus Christ. ‘Without me,’ says Christ, ‘ye can do nothing.’ How weak we are in our own finite strength. We want to work for the Master. I want to please Jesus, who has loved me, who has died for me. There is an unutterable longing of soul for the sweet, constant peace of Christ. I want Jesus in my thoughts continually.”—Ibid.

She later continued her diary entry thus:

“At ten o'clock (Sabbath morning) the carriage came to take us to the place of meeting. It is a good-sized hall. Its walls are iron and the hot sun resting upon it made it seem like an oven. We had about fifty assembled. I spoke to them

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