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Ellen White: Woman of Vision, Page 225

Chapter 15—Ellen White Ventures Abroad

An invitation for Ellen White to visit Europe had come from the members of the Central European Mission. Thus the General Conference of 1884 voted:

Resolved, That we extend to Sister White a hearty and urgent invitation to visit the different fields in Europe as soon as practicable.

At first Mrs. White was overwhelmed with the idea of traveling to Europe. She was in her late 50s and considered herself old. Following the strenuous activities connected with the Battle Creek crisis and then at the numerous camp meetings in the East, she found herself depleted in strength and aware that she must take steps to recoup her physical forces.

Oh, To Know What To Do!

Ellen did not relish traveling to Europe, especially in time to attend the missionary council in September 1885. “To travel across the continent in the heat of summer and in my condition of health,” she wrote, “seemed almost presumptuous” (Ibid., September 15, 1885). She wished for positive guidance to know what course to follow.

As the appointed time for starting drew near, my faith was severely tested. I so much desired someone of experience upon whom I could rely for counsel and encouragement. My courage was gone, and I longed for human help, one who had a firm hold from above, and whose faith would stimulate mine Ibid.

As the time for the final decision was at hand, W. C. White slipped away from Oakland for a few days at Healdsburg. He spoke courage to his mother. He pointed her to the past, when, under the most forbidding circumstances, she had moved out by faith according to the best light she had, and the Lord strengthened and supported her. Of the experience she reported:

I did so, and decided to act in the judgment of the General Conference, and start on the journey, trusting in God. My trunk was

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