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Passion, Purpose & Power, Page 191

the land. Somehow that made a powerful impression upon my heart. I felt condemned, and I knelt down and confessed my sin in allowing my unbelief and dallying course to increase the burden and perplexity and heart sorrow of the Lord’s servant. From that day my faith, courage, and zeal in that school never wavered. I was able to throw all my energies into the enterprise.

The problem of erecting buildings and providing the furniture and equipment required for the sort of school we were undertaking to establish, was very great for the small number of members we had in Australasia. We were obliged to begin in a very small and inexpensive way.

Our first unit consisted of a small dormitory and a dining hall and kitchen. We were so short of funds that in finishing the dormitory we were obliged to call for volunteers to give free labour. Among others who responded were Pastor [Stephen] Haskell and his wife [Hetty]. At the night work one would hold a lighted candle while the other drove the nails. Only those who were on the ground and passed through the struggle can realise how great it was.

When those two buildings were finished and furnished, the first term of what was to be known as the Australasian Missionary College was begun. The first day of our new school (April 28, 1897) led us to realise that we were not to “despise the day of small things,” for we opened the term with four teachers and ten students. Because of the long delay, the perplexities and the discouragements in getting the location and providing the buildings and equipment, our people had nearly lost heart. But when it was known that the school had really opened, a new interest was awakened, and before the term closed there were fifty or sixty students in attendance.

Thus far we had endeavoured to pull through without calling upon the General Conference for assistance, but we found the grade so steep and so long that we finally appealed to the brethren in America for help. They promptly responded by offering to appropriate a sum equal to the amount we would raise within a reasonable limit. This gave us great encouragement, and with good heart our people in Australasia

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