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Ellen White: Woman of Vision, Page 336

The demonstration at Sunnyside was working well.

Chapter 22—The Medical Missionary Work

Ellen White and other believers in the Advent message endeavored to spread the knowledge of the third angel's message in Australia they found that the subject of temperance was an opening wedge. The deep interest in temperance provided a receptive audience for new light in the broad field of healthful living: proper nutrition, exercise and rest, care of the sick, the relation of the mind to the body.

True temperance involves the total being: body, mind, and soul.

The Health Home

The first step in the line of medical missionary work in Australia was the opening of the Health Home in Sydney in late 1896. The next step was the publishing of a health journal, the Herald of Health, launched in Melbourne in 1898.

Medical work was just getting a start in Australia. A. W. Semmens, a graduate nurse from Battle Creek, opened the Health Home in Sydney. A large residence was rented, and Ellen White noted, “As he had no money, I furnished him with £25 [$120] to make a beginning” (Letter 70, 1897). To this was soon added £10 [$48]. The Bible Echo, January 18, 1897, carried an advertisement for the newly developed Battle Creek health foods. The public was informed that “some of these valuable foods are already being shipped to this country, and that a proposition is on foot for their manufacture here at an early date.” This was a significant project that was to take on large proportions in Australia.

On a Monday in early February 1897 a letter came to Ellen White from

S. N. Haskell, who had just arrived in Sydney. He urged her to hasten to the city so they could counsel together. Although she was much involved in preparations for the opening of the Avondale school, she dropped everything and, with Sara, within three hours was “speeding to the train with” their “fastest team, conjecturing all the four miles and a half [seven kilometers] whether or not we would be able to catch the train to Sydney” (Letter 82a, 1897). They did, and at 11:00 p.m. were at the Health Home at Summer Hill, where Haskell was staying. There they joined in planning.

To help keep the Health Home afloat financially, Haskell had rented and

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