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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 7

May 16, 1913 - NO. 1

TAKOMA PARK STATION, WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1913

Published by
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
DAILY EXCEPT SATURDAY
50 CENTS FOR THE SESSION, MAY 16 TO JUNE 9, 1913

Editorial committee: W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson. Office editors: C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler. Copy editor: Mrs. C. M. Snow.

Application made for entry as second-class matter at the post-office at Washington, D. C., under the act of Congress of March 3, 1879.

DAILY PROGRAM (Except Sabbath)

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

A. M.
Devotional Meetings (in
sections)6:00—6:45
Breakfast7:00
Bible Study8:30—9:30
Conference10:00—12:00
P. M.
Dinner12:15
Conference2:30—4:00
Departmental Meetings
(in sections)
Missionary Talks and Other
Services (in big tent).4:30—5:30
Lunch6:00
Public Service7:30—9:00

DELEGATES TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

May 15 to June 8, 1913.

The following list comprises the delegates to the General Conference. Other names may be added later:—

Atlantic Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—W. B. White.

Regular Delegates.—R. D. Quinn, W. H. Holden, C. H. Edwards, F. W. Stray, C. J. Tolf, M. M. Hare, J. K. Humphrey, J. G. White, F. M. Dana, Geo. B. Starr, H. W. Carr, H. C. Hartwell, J. F. Piper, J. E. Jayne, W. E. Bliss, C. L. Kilgore, L. W. Graham, B. F. Machlan, Pearl L. Rees.

Central Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—E. T. Russell.

Regular Delegates.—A. T. Robinson, M. B. Van Kirk, C. G. Bellah Dr. H. A. Green, H. A. Morrison, J. F. Simon, F. F. Byington, C. R. Kite, J. S. Rouse, M. A. Altman, W. F. Kennedy, W. H. Clark, J. W. Christian, B. L. House, J. D. Shively, Geo. A. Williams, Lars Nielson, E. E. Farnsworth, P. G. Stanley, Mrs. F. A. Washburn, E. A. Curtis, N. T. Sutton, H. Osterloh, D. U. Hale.

Columbia Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—B. G. Wilkinson.

Regular Delegates.—R. T. Dowsett, N. S. Ashton, E. G. Salisbury, I. D. Richardson, R. T. Baer, R. H. Martin, J. L. McElhany, A. J. Breed, H. M. J. Richards, R. E. Harter, S. D. Hartwell, A. R. Sandborn, H. W. Smith, E. K. Slade, W. W. Miller, J. J. Marietta, R. G. Patterson, W. J. Venen, W. J. Stone, B. F. Kneeland, W. A. Westworth, F. H. Robbins.

Lake Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—Allen Moon.

Regular Delegates.—O. J. Graf, C. A. Russell, J. B. Blosser, A. N. Anderson, J. H. Haughey, B. B. Smith, Wm. Guthrie, D. P. Wood, T. W. Steen, O. Montgomery, C. N. Sanders, F. A. Loop, G. E. Langdon, H. E. Moon, Dr. F. J. Otis, J. J. Irwin, E. F. Peterson, E. A. Bristol, E. F. Ferris, C. F. McVagh, S. B. Horton, A. J. Clark, R. U. Garrett, W. H. Thurston, Byron Post, J. H. Hoffman, P. L. Larson, Edgar A. Von Pohle, J. B. Clymer, E. E. Gardner, H. A. Boylan.

Northern Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—Chas. Thompson.

Regular Delegates.—G. W. Wells, A. R. Ogden, C. M. Babcock, C. J. Buhalts, F. E. Painter, W. W. Ruble, M. L. Andreason, C. W. Heald, W. H. Edwards, J. J. Reiswig, M. J. Fritz, S. E. Jackson, Carl Svenson, J. W. McComas, J. G. Lamson, W. D. Parkhurst, O. O. Bernstein.

North Pacific Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—C. W. Flaiz.

Regular Delegates.—H. W. Decker, P. A. Hanson, Lewis Johnson, H. W. Cottrell, F. S. Bunch, A. M. Dart, W. F. Martin, M. E. Cady, W. R. Beatty, J. Riffel, E. C. Kellogg, C. M. Everest, J. F. Beatty.

Pacific Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—E. E. Andross.

Regular Delegates.—E. E. Farnsworth, H. H. Hall, F. M. Burg, J. A. Burden, Elmer Adams, P. J. Wolfsen, G. W. Reaser, J. F. Blunt, G. A. Thomason, Claude Conard, H. G. Lucas, Frank Lane, Nis Hansen, J. A. L. Derby, E. J. Hibbard, C. C. Crisler, J. W. McCord, D. D. Comstock, J. H. Behrens, C. L. Taggart, W. M. Adams, C. W. Irwin, J. J. Ireland, A. G. Christiansen.

Southeastern Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—C. B. Stephenson.

Regular Delegates.—W. H. Williams, H. M. Hiatt, V. O. Cole, L. T. Crisler, W. H. Heckman, W. H. Branson, Stewart Kime, C. V. Achenbach, M. C. Strachan, J. W. Manns.

Southern Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—S. E. Wight.

Regular Delegates.—R. W. Parmele, E. L. Maxwell, C. S. Wiest, A. L. Miller, B. W. Brown, J. S. Washburn, M. F. Knox, C. D. Wolff, E. H. Rees, N. B. King, J. H. Lawrence, G. E. Peters.

Southwestern Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—G. F. Watson,

Regular Delegates.—W. A. McCutchen, David Voth, J. I. Taylor, V. B. Watts, J. W. Norwood, T. W. Field, A. F. Harrison, C. B. Hughes, C. E. Smith, Chas. L. Collison, N. H. Conway, J. W. Davis, E. H. Wilcox, G. C. Jenks, I. T. Reynolds, W. M. Cubley.

Canadian Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—M. N. Campbell.

Regular Delegates.—M. C. Kirkendall, W. J. Tanner, O. K. Butler, W. J. Blake, F. W. Johnston, B. B. Noftsger.

Western Canadian Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—H. S. Shaw.

Regular Delegates.—J. G. Walker, C. A. Burman, O. E. Sandnes, A. C. Gilbert, J. I. Beardsley.

Australasian Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—J. E. Fulton.

Regular Delegates.—B. F. Machlan. G. S. Fisher, A. H. Piper, A. W. Anderson, L. D. A. Lemke, D. H. Aymes.

British Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—W. J. Fitzgerald.

Regular Delegates.—W. C. Sisley, W. A. Shafer, W. T. Bartlett, Mrs. W. J. Fitzgerald, Mrs. W. C. Sisley, W. A. Shafer.

Central European Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—O. E. Reinke,

Regular Delegates.—F. Prieser, H. Box.

Danube Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—J. F. Huenergardt.

Regular Delegate.—H. Meyer-Baertschy.

East German Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—H. F. Schuberth.

Regular Delegates.—G. Durholf, W. Prillwitz, Dr. Glette, Sister A. Langenberg, Peter Gaede, Mrs. P. Gaede.

Latin Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—L. P. Tieche.

Regular Delegates.—C. E. Rentfro, W. G. Bond, Mrs. W. G. Bond, Mrs. C. E. Rentfro, Miss Lola Casals.

Russian Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—J. T. Boettcher.

Regular Delegates.—J. Sprohge, K. A. Reifschneider, Th. Babienko, Mrs. Th. Babienko, Miss Helen Gaede.

Scandinavian Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—J. C. Raft.

Regular Delegates.—O. J. Olsen, Mrs. F. Anderson.

West German Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—J. G. Oblander.

Regular Delegates.—R. G. Klingbeil, M. H. Wentland, J. Wibbens, Mrs. J. G. Oblander, Mrs. M. H. Wentland, Mrs. G. Dail, Mr. Reith, Miss A. Rau.

Siberian Union Mission

Regular Delegate.—J. F. Ginter.

Syrian Mission

Delegates at Large.—L. Krug, Mrs. L. Krug.

British East African Mission

Delegate at Large.—A. A. Carscallen.

South African Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—R. C. Porter.

Regular Delegates.—M. C. Sturdevant, F. B. Armitage, H. S. Beckner, Mary Robertson.

South American Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—J. W. Westphal.

Regular Delegates.—J. Ernst, F. H. Westphal, W. C. John, Geo. Casebeer, O. Oppegard.

PHOTO-General view of the camp from the Washington Sanitariom

Brazilian Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—F. W. Spies.

Regular Delegates.—John Lipke, W. Ehlers.

West Indian Union Conference

Delegate at Large.—U. Bender.

Regular Delegates.—D. E. Wellman, H. C. Goodrich, J. B. Beckner, William Steele, Geo. M. Brown, F. G. Lane, Boger, H. C. J. Walleker, Philip Giddings, A. F. Haines, E. C. Wood, H. H. Cobban, N. H. Pool, H. Fletcher,

Asiatic Division

Delegates at Large:—

China: W. C. Hankins, Dr. H. W. Miller, F. A. Allum, J. P. Anderson.

Japan: F. H. DeVinney, H. F. Benson, T. H. Okhira.

Korea: C. L. Butterfield, Miss M. Scharffenberg.

Philippine Islands: L. V. Finster.

East Indies: G. F. Jones, R. W. Munson.

India Union Mission

Delegates at Large:—J. L. Shaw, J. S. James, G. G. Lowry, Miss Della Burroway, L. J. Burgess, R. A. Beckner, Dr. H. C. Menkel.

Miscellaneous Fields

Delegates at Large:—

Hawaiian Islands: C. D. M. Williams.

Mexico: G. W. Caviness, J. A. P. Green.

West Africa: D. C. Babcock.

Bahama Islands: W. A. Sweany.

General

Delegate at Large.—A. G. Daniells, L. R. Conradi, I. H. Evans, W. T. Knox, G. I. Butler, O. A. Olsen, S. N. Haskell, W. C. White, W. C. Sisley, C. H. Jones, W. A. Spicer, Guy Dail, G. B. Thompson, N. Z. Town, H. R. Salisbury, W. W. Prescott, M. E. Kern, A. J. Haysmer, J. H. Schilling, G. F. Haffner, L. H. Christian, S. Mortenson, F. C. Gilbert, G. G. Roth, E. R. Palmer, F. Griggs.

Seated as Delegates by the Conference in Session

G. A. Irwin, J. N. Loughborough, J. O. Corliss, R. A. Underwood, Dr. W. A. Ruble, M. C. Wilcox, L. M. Bowen, C. C. Lewis, E. G. Fulton, H. G. Childs, G. E. Nord, J. W. Mace, A. B. Olsen, I. J. Hankins, R. G. Ryan, J. C. Rogers, S. M. Konigmacher, B. J. Cady, Miss E. M. Graham, E. C. Widgery, C. A. Thorp, Theo. Valentiner, G. A. Grauer, C. J. Boyd, C. P. Bollman, R. Hook Jr., L. A. Smith, K. C. Russell, L. A. Hansen, C. S. Longacre, W. E. Howell, T. E. Bowen, Mrs. L. F. Plummer, Miss M. E. Erickson, Meade MacGuire, F. M. Wilcox, W. W. Eastman, M. S. Reppe.

Total Number of Delegates

Delegates from the United States
and Canada225
Delegates from abroad105
General26
Grand total356

Conference Proceedings. FIRST MEETING

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

May 15, 10 A. M.

The first meeting of the thirty-eighth session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists was called in the large tent, at Takoma Park, Washington, D. C., 10 A. M., May 15, 1913, Elder A. G. Daniells, president, in the chair.

After a song of welcome from the choir, the congregation joined in singing the Doxology. Elder O. A. Olsen read as a Scripture lesson the sixty-sixth psalm. Elder J. N. Loughborough, who was a delegate at the organization of the General Conference fifty years ago, offered the opening prayer:—

“O Lord, our Heavenly Father, we thank thee that so many who have been adopted into thy family are permitted to assemble on this encampment at this appointed hour. We have abundant reasons for thanksgiving and praise to thee, as we have sung. Help us to realize that it is because of thy goodness and mercy that we are still here. We thank thee, Lord, for what thou hast done in gathering out a people when thy last solemn message for the world is going forth; thy hand hast wrought in what we see. We remember our faithlessness, our lack of energy, and that we might have been father advanced if there had been that consecration that thou didst require. The enemy was determined to hinder the work; but we thank thee, Lord, that out of the efforts he has made to defeat the cause, thou has enabled thy people to gain experience, and thou hast blessed, and that the work has thus far advanced.

“We think of that time when the work was starting, when there were but a few, when, before thy servant accepted this truth, there were only about two hundred in the world that we knew of that were in sympathy with the message. O Lord, what hast thou not wrought with the humble efforts of thy people! Indeed, we could say in that day, ‘By whom shall Jacob arise, for he is small?’ O Lord, we thank thee that thou hast forgiven the mistakes, and that thou art granting abundant blessings to thy consecrated servants. Thou art here by thy Spirit to help in this meeting. O Lord, if ever we needed thy help and blessing and divine guidance, it is now during this Conference. O Lord, thou art ready to counsel, and thou hast told us through instruction given that if God guides in the plans that are laid, as we go forth to execute them, every effort will be a success. So, Lord, we pray for divine guidance. May it not be that we are happy to meet friends here, and make this simply an occasion of visiting; but may this be made an occasion of each one earnestly seeking God, that God may guide, that his Holy Spirit will indeed be granted to each one. Grant it, O Lord, to Brother Daniells, as president of the General Conference; grant it to the brethren of the different committees. O Lord, grant wisdom, we pray.

“Guide all through this conference; guide in the work throughout the field. We remember the time in the past when it seemed hard to find openings, but, Lord, thou hast opened the way all over the earth. Why should any now stand idle, at the eleventh hour, and the work almost consummated? Lord, we want the strength which thou has given us still to be used to thy glory. We are

nearing the consummation of the hope, and we want our hearts filled with thankfulness at the prospect that it will not be long until victory will turn on Zion’s side. Soon we shall see our blessed Saviour, and those heavenly chariots. And, Lord, may it be the happy lot of each one of us to be so consecrated to thee that that blessed angel that has guided as through life, will, at thy coming, come to carry us to the heavenly portals, to join in the joys and the blessings of heaven. We ask it in Jesus’ name.”

S. N. Haskell (praying): “Heavenly Father, we continue to call upon thee because thou art God, and we would offer thee our united tribute of praise and thanksgiving for thy care that has been over us, and for what we have seen accomplished in the world with the truth that thou hast given thy people in these last days. And now we pray in a special manner that thou wilt come very near to us, that thou wilt grace this Conference with thy presence from the beginning to the close. O God, make manifest thy power, and let thy Holy Spirit do its office work upon every heart. Thou hast encouraged us to believe that thou art more willing to give thy Spirit to those who ask thee than parents are to give good things to children; and we ask, O God, at the very beginning of this Conference, that thou wilt come specially near, and that thy blessing may rest on the people assembled here. Bless the officers of the Conference, those bearing responsibilities. We ask God to be with them in a special manner. Bless those who come to represent the interests of the work from the different nations of the earth. We thank thee, O Lord, that we live to see the time when this truth, which began so small, and was so despised by the wisdom of this world, has encircled the earth, and has found its way among so many peoples, nations, and tongues. And now we ask, Lord, that thou wilt come near this gathering of thy people in a marked manner.

“We remember many years ago when thy people were assembled from different parts of the world on the day of Pentecost, that thou didst meet with them, and pour out thy Spirit upon them; and that event marked an impetus in thy work that never had been seen before. So we pray that this gathering of thy people may give this cause an impetus it has never seen before. O God, we ask that thou wilt walk in this encampment, in every room; bless in every part of the field. We remember those at their homes that are praying for the success of this Conference. We ask, God, that thou wilt bless them, and we pray, precious Saviour, that thou wilt reveal thyself to thy people.

“Accept us now, we pray. We ask God to be in every service of this Conference. Direct every individual who may act a part in this Conference. Hear the cry of thy people, not only from this Conference, but from every part of the world, and hasten the time when thou wilt gather out a people for thy name, that will finally stand on Mount Zion, to praise thy name throughout a never-ending eternity.

“We now commit ourselves to thee. Forgive us of our sins, we pray thee. Cover our backslidings, O God. Finally, when the work is over, and thou dost gather thy people, save us with them, we ask through Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.”

A. G. Daniells: We will sing No. 895.

“Joy to the world, the Lord will come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing.”

A. G. Daniells: I am sure there are many grateful hearts here this morning, and among them my heart is one. I feel happier and more thankful this morning than I can express in words for God’s mercy and blessing to us and for this hour. Months ago, when we began in earnest to prepare for this meeting, as I thought of the great numbers who would leave their homes and start to this place over the seas and over the land, and thought of the shipwrecks and the railway disasters, and of all that might happen unless the Lord cared for us, sometimes I almost trembled, and many, many prayers were offered in behalf of our brethren and sisters who were to come to this Conference. As I thought of the great amount of work required, the many things to be looked after, the large expense, and all of that, it seemed like a great undertaking. But the work has been done, the expense has been met to a large extent, we have made our journeys, and here we are this morning without any serious mishaps, or serious inconvenience so far as I know. No one has reported to me any wrecks along the way or loss of life. The most serious word that has come to us has been the affliction of our dear Brother G. A. Irwin (detained by sickness on the way to the Conference).

Now, dear friends, I believe that all this watch-care of the Lord calls for the deepest gratitude. I believe that it is proper that the first thing we do in this meeting at the opening is to express to our Father in heaven before one another our great obligations to him, our indebtedness and our gratitude for what he has done for us individually, and our determination to consecrate our lives, our means, our service, our time, and our all, to God entirely, for the finishing of his work. This is what appeals to me here this morning.

I am so glad to meet the brethren and sisters from all parts. I have attended a number of General Conferences, but I must say that never have the faces of my brethren and sisters seemed so dear to me as they have right here upon this ground. My heart is full of love for my fellow workers in home and foreign fields. I am glad to be associated with this body of men and women. I am glad to be connected with a people who have a conscience, who fear God, who want to do right and to serve him in this world. I would rather be joined with this people and this movement than to be connected with anything in the wide world, and I feel that all that surrounds me, and all that I am associated with, calls for the full surrender of may life to God the rest of my days, and I feel to make it, and to give it.

I want to say at the start before this large congregation that I feel under great obligations to our brethren who accepted at the start the responsibilities of preparing for this meeting. Elder Knox took the main burden in the matter of making provision. Elder Wight and Elder Charles Thompson stepped in next, and these three men have been supported by union and local conference presidents, and by a splendid band of students in the Foreign Mission Seminary. These people have worked hard and conscientiously, and they have worked with a purpose and an intelligence that has enabled them to dispatch their work and to get things in order. Brother Fulton has kindly come to us from Los Angeles, Cal., leaving an important business interest. He has come here to help us take care of the people, to provide food, and has worked day and night with a band of workers who have been deprived of their sleep and are working very hard. Our locating committee have worked day and night. O my dear friends, I cannot tell you what a pleasure it is to be associated with men and women who are willing to do, and who have the resourcefulness to do and to get things provided as they have here for us. Our electrical work, our plumbing, our carpentry work,—all the mechanical work on this ground has been done by our own men, and largely by the students in the Seminary. These are temporal matters, but I believe it is our privilege to recognize all these blessings that come to us. I am grateful to all these helpers for all this toil of the past month.

And again I say, I am grateful to our God for caring for these brethren who have come from the ends of the earth, and from our own land; and, brethren, I believe that right now, at the beginning of this meeting, we should ask God what he would have us do, with the purpose and the intention of obeying the word he may speak to us, wherever he may call us, whatever he may have for us to do. Whatever the sacrifice may be, if we, know he requires it, we should make the full surrender of life to him today; then I believe we can consistently expect his blessing in full measure during this Conference,—not only can we expect it, but it will be given.

We are going to spend some time at the opening in giving opportunity for expressions of gratitude and praise and thanksgiving by those who feel this in their hearts. We desire that the time will be occupied with short, brief words, telling how you stand with God, and what appeals to you this morning as we open this meeting.

O. A. Olsen: I certainly wish to join in the utterance of praise and thanksgiving to God this morning for what we have seen and experienced of his wonderful leadings from the very beginning of this great work. I am glad today for the privilege of having spent fifty-five years of my life in connection with this precious truth, and it rejoices my heart today to see the foundation, and the great principles upon which this message started out, stronger and firmer and more solid than at any time in the past. It has weathered the storms and the opposition that have come, and God has given most wonderful victory in every effort; and today we see representatives from all the leading parts of the earth here, representing the work among these nations.

I thank God, too, that it was my privilege to be among the early ones of foreign nationalities that accepted this truth and have had a part in it. I am thankful today to meet my brethren from all parts of the earth. I rejoice in this message. Brethren and sisters, there is nothing else to me in this world but the finishing of this work, and to this I dedicate all the remaining powers of my being, to his glory, through Jesus, my Lord.

J. N. Loughborough: My experience in the third angel’s message goes back farther than that. I remember when we did not have a conference at all. A few days more it will be sixty-one years since I began preaching the third angel’s message. It so happened that the first day that I ever saw Sister White—thirty minutes after I was introduced to her—I saw her in heavenly vision, and that was the first I ever heard of it. I said, “Vision, what’s that?” We were praying for a sick man, and he was healed, and I knew the power of God was there, and Brother White said, “Ellen is in vision.” “Ellen in vision!” I thought. I did not know anything about visions, but I was right there. As I have said many times, it was wonderful that God introduced me to this thing as he did, and there has not been a man among Seventh-day Adventists aside from Elder James White, who has had as many privileges along this line as I had in the earlier years of the message. For this I am profoundly grateful to God.

In those earlier years I had no thought that God would let me live to be a boy again, but in his providence he has permitted me to live to be over eighty-two years of age. I am living on God’s time now, and I want this time spent just as he wants it spent.

Brethren, I am glad to be here. When this Conference was planned, I said to my daughter over in California, “Daughter, I should like to be there. I should like to meet these brethren that I have seen in different parts of the world, but I do not know as I shall be there.” Soon afterward my son-in-law came over from a session of the union committee, and said, “You are appointed as a delegate.” “As a delegate!” I said. “Why, they would better send some younger man over there who can come back and use what he gets.” But I came, and am here today.

They told me long ago, when I was traveling with Sister White, and we taught that the message would go into all the world, into the different nations and nationalities, “Why, prejudice will come up between you, and you will all go to pieces.” Well, I went around and saw some of the pieces, about four or five years ago. I saw the Basutos in Africa, and the Germans, and other nations. And today, bless your heart, there are about seventy different pieces in the different parts of the world, and they are most wonderfully stuck together. There are lots of pieces, and I tell you they are very useful for this message. There is no disunion among these pieces, and, by the grace of God, there will be none here.

S. N. Haskell: I did not know before that Brother Loughborough began to keep the Sabbath a year before I did. I thought he began to keep it the same year I did, but he has kept it for sixty-one years and I have kept it for sixty. I am very thankful for what we see here this morning. While we were sitting here and Brother Olsen was speaking, I was thinking of the time when there was not a single German Sabbath-keeper in our ranks, and there was not a French Sabbath-keeper either. There may have been some, but I did not know of any. There were two girls here in the East who began to study, one French and the other German, in order that they might correspond with the French and with the German, and so open up the work with these nationalities. Both of these sisters sleep in Jesus today; but before they had fairly begun to learn the language the Lord had gone out before us, and individuals from the German, and from the French, and the Danes, and the Norwegians, and the Swedes, began to embrace the truth. And now what do we see?

Now the truth that began so small and was apparently so feeble, has encircled the earth, and it has been demonstrated that God can do something, that he has done something. The nations of the earth are to be lighted up with the glory of the third angel’s message; and the end is not yet. The whole earth will be lighted with the glory of God, as the waters cover the sea, in every part of this earth, in every neighborhood, not only in the countries, but everywhere. The spirit of prophecy, that has been our headlight from the beginning, has declared that these words will be spoken: “Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and have the faith of Jesus.” So I am thankful for what I see here this morning, that there are so many of the different nations on the face of the earth that have assembled here.

But few individuals can go back to the time where Elder Loughborough began and saw the rise, step by step, of the truth that has come up. The Sabbath truth has arisen like the sun, and it never will set. It will reach its highest meridian at the very close of the work of the third angel’s message. As long as eternity lasts, so long will be God’s great memorial, and his people will observe it in the kingdom of glory. Now it seems to me that a person must be very blind that cannot see the hand of Providence that is over his work from the very beginning, and how step by step God has brought it up; and he will carry it through until there will be a glorious consummation in a very short time. May the Lord help us, brethren and sisters, to be all true, and to be saved finally in the kingdom of God. I praise the Lord for what he has done for me, and it is my prayer that my heart may ever be in harmony with the work of God here upon the earth, and that finally, with the people of God, I may be translated, and may ever be with the Lord.

A. C. Bourdeau: I feel to thank the Lord this morning for the privilege of meeting with so large a company of believers in the present truth. I love the message; I have loved it for many years. I was interested in the first angel’s message in 1844, and heard speakers on that message, and on the coming of the Lord. It is nearly fifty-eight years since I embraced the Sabbath and the present truth, and the Lord has greatly blessed me ever since. I have never doubted any point of present truth as it has been presented to God’s people all the way along. It is the most glorious message that ever was proclaimed upon earth.

I very well remember when I could count all the ministers in the cause of present truth on the fingers of my hands, and now what do I see? O, what hath God wrought!

I well remember, when I embraced the truth, our brethren thought that the proclamation of the third angel’s message would be confined largely to the United States. And so when, in those days, I met with a well-educated gentleman from France who assured me that he knew of some in that land keeping the seventh day and believing in the soon coming of the Lord, I rejoiced, and wrote an article for the Review, suggesting that the truth for this time would be proclaimed in many lands. Good old Brother Hutchins, who is now sleeping in Jesus, upon reading this article, said, “How could you write this way,—that the message is going to many lands?” Said I, “I believe it will;” and brethren, I thank God today for what is being accomplished in all parts of the world. I praise his name that we are all well able to go up and possess the goodly land.

L. R. Conradi: I am very grateful indeed this morning to meet again with so many of our people. I am thankful to tell you that there are some thirty thousand of our people today in the European Division who are praying for this Conference. Years ago we hardly dared to hope that there would be so many. Today they do not come by hundreds, but they come by thousands. [Voices: Thank the Lord!]

I am so pleased today to tell you that we have indeed a gospel, a message, that is not of men, but it has in it the power of God. Within the last few months it has been my privilege to meet not only Protestants who have been brought to this truth, and to greater light, but also Roman Catholics and Greek Catholics, and even Mohammedans. I was present but a few months ago at a baptism down in heathen Africa. One Sabbath we baptized fifty-one. I thought, as the fifty-one men were baptized—they were mostly young men—that our brethren had done pretty well for that quarter; but this morning news reached me that since then twenty-four more have been baptized in the same quarter, making seventy-five young people converted and brought to the knowledge of this truth direct from heathenism; and they are not only brought to a knowledge of this truth, but more than this. When I was talking to some twenty-five teachers, I asked how many of them would be willing to go into the interior hundreds of miles farther and preach this message, and every hand went up. They were all ready to go as missionaries. I thank the Lord that whether our faces are black or white our hearts are touched by the same Holy Spirit, we are cleansed by the same blood of Jesus Christ, we are united into one body by the same faith and by the same love and the same power of this message, and it is this united power that is helping us to carry the truth to the very ends of the earth.

I am thankful to have a part in this movement, and while I can not speak of sixty years, but have to come down to something over thirty years, yet I say the Lord is in it; it is God’s work, and he is simply showing us the beginning of a great work. But O may we at this time, I with you, all get the eye-salve of the Holy Spirit, that we may fully realize the power of this message and expect great things from God. To this end I want to consecrate myself fully to him and to his service.

I. H. Evans: I am glad to bring to this Conference the greetings of our brethren in the Asiatic Division of the General Conference. We have a mixed multitude over there of about six hundred twenty-five millions of heathen. Among them we have a very few brethren and sisters scattered among the various nationalities; but when they accept

this message, they become what we are—one in Christ—and they believe the very truths that have called us together here. If our brethren from Korea and Japan and China, the Philippines and the East Indies could be here, and you could hear what they would say, they would tell you how much God has done for them, how glad they are that they have found this precious truth, how it has made them better men and better women, how it has opened up to them a new life, and how they are trying to get ready for the coming of the Lord.

It is a great privilege for us to be here in this assembly and enjoy the blessings we are sure to obtain if we seek God. At the beginning I want to place myself in a receptive attitude where I can receive from the Lord a fitting up to do better service for him than ever before. I hope and pray that this meeting will be the very best that has ever been held by our people. We must expect large things from God. It is time that we put every sin out of our hearts and be filled with the Holy Ghost, that we may finish this great work. To this end we must put our shoulder to the great effort of getting rid of sin and inviting the presence of God to fill our hearts, that he may use us mightily in this closing work.

W. T. Knox: I esteem it a great privilege at this time to express my gratitude for God’s wonderful goodness and the many blessings bestowed upon his people, and upon me.

As I listened to the speakers that occupied the time at the beginning of the meeting, and heard of the wonderful way in which God has blessed and prospered this cause, I felt that while I could not look back into those years in actual experience with them, yet in the quarter of a century in which I have known this truth I can say that God has been as wonderful a Guide in the past quarter of a century as he was in the first quarter of a century that was spoken of by them. His dealings with this people in the past twenty-five years have truly been the dealings of a merciful and long-suffering God, abundant in power and grace. The progress of the work in the past twenty-five years has certainly been far beyond the expectation of his people. He has done more than we in those days asked or thought. As we take up the writings of the people in those days and see what their plans and purposes and ambitions and desires were concerning this work, what they planned in giving this message to the world, we can see that God has gone far beyond their highest expectations, and one of the results is this meeting here this morning. I am so glad that God has gathered out a people from almost every nation, kindred, tribe, and people that today are rejoicing in the third angel’s message. I feel to thank him for the many ways in which he is making it possible for this people to give this truth to the world, for the multiplying of open doors that are being reported to us by our brethren in foreign fields. I feel to thank him for the degree of prosperity that he is giving to his people, temporal prosperity, and the willingness he has sent to their hearts to give of their means to support the work in the openings that are before us. I do rejoice today that by the eye of faith we can see the close of this work, when soon every nation shall have had this message preached to them for a witness.

Now, I desire right at this very beginning of the meeting to consecrate myself together with all the energy which he may give to me, and to devote myself and all that he may make me to the one, the only work, that remains for me,—the work of the third angel’s message. With others, I trust and believe that this will be the most blessed meeting to all his people who come here to meet him. May it be from the very beginning a continual seeking and finding of God by his people, is my prayer.

A. G. Daniells: We do not want the brethren in the body of the congregation to think that the meeting is only for these on the platform. Brother Munson, don’t you want to say something?

R. W. Munson: Fifteen years ago, I went to Battle Creek to find health. The young brother that started me there is in this audience today, Brother George Stevens, of this conference. I met him in Chicago, where I went to get the relief which I had failed to get from doctors and medicines. I did not find it there, either; but I did find Brother Stevens. He went to Battle Creek, and later came to my home town, Toledo, Ohio, where I met him in the health-food store. He told me of his experience, how he found the truth and also his health. I was skeptical. I could not believe that the good things he had told me were true. But the Lord in his providence led me to Battle Creek. I found my health there, and I found something more than I expected to find,—I found this glorious truth.

I was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church for fourteen years, and the first two weeks I spent in Battle Creek I took no interest whatever in the doctrinal teachings of this people. But the Lord used Sister S. M. I. Henry to open my eyes to the truth. She told me her experience, how she had been a Methodist for more than fifty years, how Bishop Fowler and Dr. Edwards, and many others, had failed to convince her that Sunday was the Sabbath. She had been led to investigate, and she could not find in the New Testament any authority for keeping Sunday. After she told me her experience, I went away, and I thought, “Now Sunday either is or is not the New Testament Sabbath.” Well, in two weeks I was satisfied on the question. Dr. Kellogg invited me to act as assistant chaplain of the sanitarium, and a very happy year it was. My family was with me. I had five children. After a year I was so much better that I was able to go back to the East Indies, to Sumatra. We have all of us been in the very jaws of death many times during the last fourteen years.

I want to say this, that I rejoice in this message. I love it more and more, and I cannot show my appreciation of it more than by telling you that I have dedicated my children—three sons and two daughters—to the work of this message. My prayer has been for many years that God will give them a part in the work, and if he please, a place in his everlasting kingdom.

I am so glad to be here today. This is my first General Conference. It has been fourteen years since I left the shores of America, and to meet these dear brethren whose faces I have never seen is a great privilege.

I will close with one word more. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord, in this message, than to have the highest honors that the world can give me. I want you to pray that the Lord will use me in some humble way in leading hungry souls to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus. I can testify that he is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto him.

J. O. Corliss: I am pleased with what I have learned from the last speaker. It seems that I am related to him as sort of grandfather, for I remember well when I gave Sister Henry her Bible studies every afternoon at 4 o’clock in the parlor of the sanitarium. I remember how she cried like a child when the Sabbath truth was broken to her. And she was an instrument in bringing the truth to our dear Brother Munson. I also remember very well the visits I had with him in their home there, and I am very glad to know that the truth has been going through these instrumentalities to different people in the world.

I can look back to the time when there were very few people in the truth. I know that there were a few men who were preaching this message when I embraced it. My first knowledge of the truth brought me in contact with the home of old Father Howland in Topsham, Maine. It was there that I had my first opportunities of Sabbath meetings.

I thought as I heard these other brethren speak that I would not say a word. But I had the privilege of laboring with Father Bates. I shall never forget those days. He taught me how to pray. I had prayed a good deal before that, but I had never learned how to talk with the Lord as I did after I had been with Father Bates. That good old soul would bow down there in my presence and talk with the Lord just as if he was a friend of his and had hold of his hand. Brethren, I love to think of those days and my association with such men as Joseph Bates and J. N. Andrews. Although my hair has grown white in this message, my heart is just as young as it ever was. If there is one purpose in my heart today, it is that I may be faithful to the end. I do long to live until the Master shall come. I have had visions of that time, and of the glory when the Lord shall come and gather his people home. How I long to be with those who shall meet him with joy when he comes!

W. C. White: I praise God for his mercy, love, and truth which have brought us the fellowship of his Son. I thank him and praise him for his guidance and his providence which have brought us together, and which permit us to enter into counsel and unite in prayer together as to how we may successfully and more faithfully fulfill that blessed mission he has given us—the privilege of being coworkers with him in winning souls to his kingdom.

I am glad for the privilege of meeting my brethren from foreign lands. I am thankful to God that he has given me a part in this precious work which has called us together.

I bring you greetings from mother, and from her family, and from her helpers. Her last words to me with reference to the Conference were: “Tell our brethren to be of good cheer. Tell them to have faith in God and to expect great things, to undertake great things, and in his strength to go forward. Tell them not to fear or to look back. My prayers will be with them. Tell our brethren I feel perfectly clear that it is God’s will

that I shall remain at home and reserve what strength I have to help in the work of bringing my writings into book form, so that they can be published for the people..

As father’s and mother’s names have been mentioned here several times this morning, I thought it proper to bring you this word of greeting, and to answer the question which a thousand will ask me, “How is Sister White’s health?” Mother is eighty-five years old. She feels the infirmities of age, but she is not suffering with sickness. She is comfortably well. Almost every pleasant day she rides out for an hour or two. Usually she devotes an hour or two to reading and writing, from day to day. Very frequently, as I visit her in the morning, I find the Review in her hands, and she says, “What a wonderful paper! what an interesting report of our work!” and in connection with various reports in the Review she often comments on the progress of the work in many lands.

Mother’s courage is good. She has no fear of the future. She expects to rest in the grave a little while before the Lord comes, but she has no dread. Her only anxiety is to use day by day what strength God gives her, in a way most acceptable to her Master.

Again I say, brethren and sisters, I thank God for the privilege of meeting with you once again.

A. G. Daniells: There are hundreds who would like to testify, but we must change the form of the meeting. I thought we might sing one verse of No. 343:—

“Jesus, I my cross have taken;
All to leave and follow thee;
All things else I have forsaken,
Thou henceforth my all shall be.”

A. G. Daniells: As the minutes of our previous session were read as the days went by up to the last day of the conference, it will not be necessary to read them at this time. So we will ask the secretary, Elder W. A. Spicer, to read the roll of delegates. I thought it would be well for each delegate to stand as his name is called. Just rise in answer to your name, so that all may see who are present.

At this point the secretary, W. A. Spicer, called the roll of delegates. Very nearly every delegate was present to answer to his name. Among others not present, all regretted that Elder Geo. I. Butler could not respond, being detained in Florida.

A. G. Daniells: We have a number of new union conferences to unite with the General Conference, and we shall ask those in charge of these unions, the presidents, to speak a few words with reference to their unions. The first is the East German Union Conference, of which Brother H. F. Schuberth is president.

H. F. Schuberth: The East German Union Conference sends greetings to the General Conference, and 6,000 members ask for admission into the General Conference. We were organized in 1909.

Upon motion of I. H. Evans, it was voted to receive the East German Union into the General Conference.

A. G. Daniells: The second is the West German Union Conference. Elder J. G. Oblander is the president.

J. G. Oblander: We now have over 5,000 members in the West German Union Conference, and they send their greetings to the General Conference, and we ask also for admission into the General Conference. We were organized over three years ago, in 1909.

Upon motion of O. A. Olsen, it was voted to accept this union.

A. G. Daniells: The Central European Union Conference is next. Elder Reinke is president.

O. E. Reinke: The Central European Union has 3,031 members, and they send their greetings to the General Conference assembled, and ask for admission into the body. The conference was organized in July, 1912.

It was voted that their request be granted.

A. G. Daniells: The Danube Union Conference is the next. The president of the union, Elder J. F. Huenergardt, will speak regarding the field.

J. F. Huenergardt: The members of the Danube Union send their greetings to the General Conference and ask for admission. The conference was organized in July, 1912, at Budapest. The total membership at present is 1,725.

Upon motion, it was voted to accept this union.

A. G. Daniells: The next is the Siberian Union Mission field, to be admitted as such.

L. R. Conradi: As Brother Perk, the president of the union mission field, is at present in Manchuria, I wish to speak in behalf of that field. The Siberian Union Mission field was separated from the Russian Union Conference a year ago. This mission field takes in all of Siberia; it has three missions, and a membership of 1,100. They desire admission into this Conference.

It was voted to receive this union mission into the General Conference.

A. G. Daniells: The next is the Brazilian Union Conference. Elder F. W. Spies is the president.

F. W. Spies: The Brazilian Union Conference, as its name indicates, comprises the United States of Brazil, a small territory a little larger than the United States of America, with over 23,000,000 inhabitants. We have 1,512 Sabbath-keepers there now. These were organized in December, 1910, into a union conference. Our brethren there send greetings to this body, and respectfully request to be admitted as a union.

It was duly voted to grant their request.

A. G. Daniells: The India Union Mission field is next; Professor J. L. Shaw, is the superintendent.

J. L. Shaw: The India Union Mission was organized at Lucknow, October, 1910. Its territory comprises India and Burma, about two-thirds the size of the United States. It is divided into five mission fields, consisting of Burma, Bengal, North India, West India, and South India, with about 500 Sabbath-keepers in the conference. The missionaries in India are looking toward this Conference; they send their greetings to you, and are praying for you and this meeting. They ask your prayers in behalf of the work which they are doing. They wish to be received into this Conference.

Upon motion it was voted to receive this union mission.

A. G. Daniells: The next is the Levant Union Mission field.

L. R. Conradi: As Brother E. E. Frauchiger, the superintendent, is not here, I will say that the Levant Union Mission field takes in now what remains of Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. The membership at present is 363. They were organized in 1911.

It was voted to accept this union.

A. G. Daniells: We are glad to receive these great foreign fields into fellowship in this great work.

We have a recommendation with reference to electing additional delegates to this Conference. The General Conference Committee cannot appoint delegates except those who are working in mission fields who are not in organized union conferences, but we can bring to the delegates here recommendations with reference to additional representatives to the Conference. The secretary will read a list of names which we wish to ask you to consider at this time and act upon if you think best.

W. A. Spicer: Reading:—

G. A. Irwin, J. N. Loughborough, J. O. Corliss, R. A. Underwood, Dr. W. A. Ruble, M. C. Wilcox, L. M. Bowen, C. C. Lewis, E. G. Fulton, H. G. Childs, G. E. Nord, J. W. Mace, Dr. A. B. Olsen, I. J. Hankins, R. G. Ryan, J. C. Rogers, S. M. Konigmacher, B. J. Cady, Miss E. M. Graham, E. C. Widgery, C. W. Thorp, Theo. Valentiner, G. A. Grauer, C. J. Boyd, C. P. Bollman, R. Hook, Jr., L. A. Smith, K. C. Russell, L. A. Hansen, C. S. Longacre, W. E. Howell, T. E. Bowen, Mrs. L. F. Plummer, Miss M. E. Erickson, Meade MacGuire, F. M. Wilcox.

The following names were added to this list: W. W. Eastman, M. S. Reppe.

It was voted that the president, and the three vice-presidents act as presiding officers for the session.

It was voted that the following persons act as pastoral committee for the session, to arrange for the order of meetings:—

A. G. Daniells, I. H. Evans, L. R. Conradi, E. W. Farnsworth, G. B. Thompson, J. W. Westphal, E. E. Andross, J. E. Fulton, R. C. Porter, W. C. White.

The daily program was adopted, as appears on the first page of the Bulletin.

A. G. DANIELLS, Chairman,
W. A. SPICER, Secretary.

SECOND MEETING

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

May 15, 2:30, P. M.

A. G. Daniells in the chair.

R. A. Underwood offered prayer.

A number of new delegates were seated, whose names appear in the printed list.

A. G. Daniells presented his report, as follows:—

A REVIEW OF THE QUADRENNIAL TERM

Necessary Preparation for the Finishing of the Work

To the delegates of the thirty-eight session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Greeting.

As we gather here today for the opening of this session of our General Conference, we greet the largest number of delegates from our world-wide field ever assembled in the history of our cause. And with us are a large number of our brethren and sisters who, at their own personal expense, have come to this meeting to be with us in our deliberations, and to receive with us the

inspiration and spiritual uplift which all are hoping this Conference will bring.

The members of the General Conference Committee most heartily greet the delegates from all the fields, and we all unite in extending a cordial welcome to our people who have been pleased to come to the Conference.

Nor must we forget the thousands of our associate workers and fellow believers in all parts of the world, who will be with us in spirit, in prayer, and all good wishes. Truly this interest is mutual. We most sincerely pray that this Conference will bring new courage, hope, and consecration to them as well as to us.

The quadrennial period which closes with the opening of this Conference session has been crowded with evidences of God’s love and care for his people, and of his presence in the work they have endeavored to do for him. In the many terrible disasters at sea and in the frequent railway wrecks on land, not one of our workers has perished, nor has any been seriously injured. In the destructive fires, storms, and floods that have wrought havoc in so many places, only two of our people, so far as we know, have lost their lives, and our losses in property have been small. There has been some sickness among our workers in the foreign fields, and a few dear ones have fallen in death; but when we remember that we are scattered over nearly all the world, living and working in the most unhealthful climates and in daily contact with the most deadly diseases, we feel that truly God’s protecting care has been over us. We have enjoyed a large measure of liberty in the proclamation of the message committed to us, notwithstanding the difficulties under which we labor in many lands where freedom of conscience is not recognized. For these and many other blessings too varied and numerous to mention, we praise and magnify the Lord. Truly we may all say with the psalmist:—

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalm 121:1-8.

Progress of the Movement

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

As those in charge of the different phases of our work will present clear, full reports, this address will, with the exception of a few brief statements, omit the usual review of the work in general.

The reports to be rendered at this Conference will all record progress. They will show greater advancement in the last four years than during any similar period in our history. The number of Sabbath-keepers has increased from 97,579 to 114,206, a gain of 16,627. This is one of the largest gains we have ever made in any four-year period.

We shall all be encouraged by the reports from our representatives who are here from other lands. From these we shall see that this movement has taken firm root in all parts of the world, and that in the foreign countries where it has been established the longest, it is making great strides. But if we consider the shortness of the time and the urgency of the work committed to this people, surely none can feel satisfied with this gain. One of the most important questions to be considered at this Conference is how we may achieve greater success in persuading men and women to take their stand for the truth, how we may make far greater conquests in soul-winning endeavor. This is the goal, the supreme purpose, of all gospel service. Whatever of success may attend our activities in various phases of the work, we can never be satisfied with anything less than leading men to obey God. At the same time we must thankfully recognize the value of faithful service, whether those labored for obey or not.

Our secretary will present a cheering review of the triumphs of this cause in many mission fields. This review will give convincing evidence that the gifts of workers and means made by our people in the United States to other countries have not been lost. It will also show that the conditions we now face in all these fields testify that the hour has surely come to give this advent message to all the world.

The treasurer’s report will show a great increase in tithes and offerings. The tithes for the year 1912 exceed those for 1908 by more than five hundred thousand dollars, a gain of more than fifty per cent. In other words, the increase in the annual tithe during the last four years amounts to more than half the sum we paid in 1908, at the close of sixty-five years of steady growth. Some may wish the exact figures. The total tithe for 1908 was $1,101,396.47; the total for 1912 was $1,653,624.54. Gain, $552,228.07.

The increase in offerings to foreign missions is even greater, amounting to practically one hundred per cent. For the year 1908, preceding the last General Conference, the offerings to foreign missions were $308,045.68. The amount contributed during 1912 was $595,004.76, a gain of $286,959.08, only $22,000 less than the total offering for 1908. Thus in 1912 we added to our offerings to missions an amount almost equal to all we were giving in 1908.

This record will surely encourage the hearts of all God’s loyal, self-sacrificing people. And it is the more gratifying because there is every reason to believe that this increase is permanent. It is the result of systematic giving. Each member gives a stipulated sum weekly throughout the year.

Our representatives who have come from mission fields to this Conference will tell of the great help and encouragement this increase of gifts to their fields has been to them and their associates. We are all well aware that of itself money can accomplish nothing; but when it is given by men and women who love God and his cause, and is expended in heathen lands by consecrated workers in earnest efforts to save the lost, money is of great value. It occupies an important place among the facilities to be used in doing the Master’s work. Moreover, it brings spiritual blessings to the giver, so that every loyal Christian must rejoice to see money flow freely into the treasury of God’s cause.

The Future Outlook

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

As we review the development and progress of the cause to the present time, one serious question will surely force itself upon the minds of all regarding the future; namely, What can be done to hasten this work to its close? We have long looked for the end of the reign of sin, and we want to see it come. Our faith lays fast hold of the promise of our Saviour that “this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.”

From all that can be seen about us, it seems as if the one thing that stands between us and the end is our unfinished work. If this is true, the one question that looms above all others at this Conference is this: What is called for at this time to quickly finish this work? what measures shall this Conference adopt? what personal consecration shall we and all our people make? what service shall we render from this day on that will make it possible for the Lord through us to “finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness” in fulfillment of his promise? Romans 9:28.

Personally, I may say that of late this question has pressed me hard. I shall not in this address attempt to give it a full answer, but there are some steps that seem absolutely necessary to be taken in order to hasten this movement to its close. Some of these I shall venture to suggest here:—

1. The development of a stronger and more efficient ministry. This is all-important. A strong ministry means a strong, triumphant religious movement. The call in our work for strong, earnest, successful preachers is growing more imperative every day. It has become serious, and this Conference should adopt some practical, effective measure for the immediate and steady development of strong, successful ministers.

2. Place greater importance and value upon evangelical work.

The preaching of the gospel is the fundamental part of gospel work. It precedes all other phases of that work. It is that which, more than any other kind of effort, makes disciples, and adds to the church such as are being saved. All other features of gospel work are built upon this. All the administrative and institutional work of the church springs from the results of preaching the gospel. However good and important the administrative and educational work may be, it never can successfully take the place of purely evangelical work. That must go on, or the other departments, which spring from its results, will become of none effect in advancing the cause of Christ.

The pioneers of this movement laid great stress on the proclamation of the gospel as it was revealed to them in the threefold message of Revelation 14. This led to the most earnest, prayerful study of the Word, and to a close and constant association with the people. Their preaching convinced hearers, and led many of them to accept the message. As they pressed forward with their work, and believers were added to their numbers, they began to feel the need of agencies which they could use to multiply their forces, efficiency, and

results. This brought the printing-office, the school, the sanitarium, and organization. But all these were designed by the pioneers to be only tools in their hands to hasten the work.

It was no thought of those who launched these administrative and institutional features that they could take the place of the evangelical work that had been carried forward, but the tendency has ever been for these features to paralyze evangelical work. The formal, business, and mechanical duties, needed in the carrying on of the organized work and institutions, can be performed without special spiritual attainments; whereas, successful evangelical work can not be done without much study of the Word, earnest prayer, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. For these reasons the tendency is to swing toward the formal, mechanical, official part of the work, to the neglect of the more spiritual and purely evangelical phase.

Some of us cannot forget the earnest, pressing call that came to us through the spirit of prophecy at the last General Conference to turn to the cities in strong evangelical work. Should not this Conference, in response to that call, take a stand for stronger evangelical effort everywhere?

3. Stimulate greater activity in home missionary work.

In the vicinity of the home of every believer in this message there are men and women to be won to Christ by a good Christian life and by judicious missionary effort. If the lives of our people are what they should be, their neighbors will respond to their efforts to unfold the truth to them. And this effort will bring as great joy and blessing to those who make it as it will to those for whom it is made. We should at this time launch the greatest home missionary movement ever known among us.

One of the many other important questions to come before this Conference for action will be the improvement of the finances and administration of our institutions.

In this age evangelical and institutional work are very closely, if not inseparably, connected. It is essential that we hold true conceptions of the place, the purpose, and the value of our institutions. An institution is more than ground, buildings, furniture, and equipment. A very important part of an educational institution is its staff of teachers and its student body, and still more, the efficient, patient labor of teachers, and the steady intellectual and moral development of young men and women under the ceaseless care of teachers,—this is part of an educational institution. The teacher, the lesson, the new ideal formed, the ambition awakened, the association of student life,—these are of greatest value.

The same principles apply to our publishing houses and sanitariums. It is not the financial investment nor the losses and gains, but the purpose, the daily work, and the results obtained that constitute their value to the cause of God. In view of the great service all our institutions have already rendered, and are now more than ever prepared to render, we should at this Conference adopt such measures as will give them an efficient administration and place them on a good financial basis.

Having done all we know how to do to come into harmony with the Lord’s purpose, we should with all our hearts pray for the baptism and abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. This is more important than all else. Without this all other efforts will fail. When Jesus returned to heaven after his resurrection, he sent the Holy Spirit to make real to men what his death on the cross had made possible. There can be no efficient substitute for that divine Spirit. Learning, eloquence, long experience, material equipment, busy activity, cannot take the place of the Holy Spirit in the work of God. I feel deeply impressed that this meeting should mark the beginning of more earnest, importunate prayer for the presence and mighty working of the Holy Spirit in all our work.

W. A. Spicer presented his report, as follows:—

THE OUTLOOK IN THE FIELDS ABROAD

What the prophet saw in vision on the isle of Patmos, we see with our eyes today,—the last message of the “everlasting gospel” flying to every land and nation, bringing forth the predicted fruitage in a people keeping “the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

This report aims but to point toward the wondrous panorama of the closing work that is passing before our sight from year to year. There is less call at this Conference than ever before for any detailed survey of the mission fields in the secretary’s report. Four years ago seventy-nine delegates gathered here from lands outside of North America. In this session we have welcomed over a hundred, with many other visiting representatives from over all the seven seas.

The “sure word of prophecy” demands a truly world-wide work under the advent movement. This gathering of the fields bears witness that these scriptures are fulfilling before our eyes.

Here are men whose field of labor calls them to preach the message within the arctic circle. Others come from shores washed by antarctic currents. Here are brethren from Africa to tell of advancing missionary frontiers, and of regions yet beyond where many tribes and tongues are still “waiting in the wild.” Asia’s millions—half the world—are represented by the largest delegation we have ever seen from the Orient; and fitly so, for the last four years have been the years of organization and growth in the Far East. And Europe—vigorously expanding Europe—has the most cheering reports of its history to present. Up from South and Central America, from Australasia, and from the islands of the seas, the representatives of the great advent movement of the prophecy have come to tell what their eyes have seen and their ears have heard of the progress of the message in the uttermost places of the earth.

These delegates from abroad represent 48,054 Sabbath-keepers of many tongues and peoples. Those figures are more than the total membership of the denomination eighteen years ago, in 1895, and are an increase during the four years of 15,549, growth of nearly 4,000 a year. This is a fruitage over which all who have made the gifts of sacrifice for missions—conferences and people—rejoice together with a foretaste of that joy that is coming by and by when all the sheaves are gathered home.

During the last year—to borrow one item of the European report—the European Division took into the church 5,484 new members. This is more than the membership of the entire denomination in 1869 and 1870, when a little company of Sabbath-keeping Adventists in Europe sent Elder J. Erzberger to America to find our people and to invite us to send workers across the Atlantic.

Truly the message is speeding on. During these last four years 372 new missionaries have been sent out from America, Europe, and the colonial unions into the mission fields. This is adding to the force at the rate of nearly one hundred missionaries a year. It is a wonderful record, measured by the average of other missionary societies with much greater income. It is almost incomprehensible how these numbers can be kept going forth year after year. The figures of the treasurer’s report show how the growing faith and liberality of the believers have followed fast after the advancing work. The Lord is surely making his people willing in this day of his power.

The reports from the fields will tell of new missions established and new tongues praising God for the light of the threefold message. In states and provinces and islands never touched by the feet of any messenger of this movement four years ago, we now hear of companies of believers.

The statistical report shows 2,777 evangelistic laborers in the fields outside of the United States in 1912. This is more than we had in all the world ten years ago, the total for 1903 being 2,708. Now the total is 5,101. For the first time in our history the fields outside of the United States have a slight majority of the evangelistic force. This growth of the laboring staff is in the right direction, and the American conferences rejoice to see it, and have labored for it.

To these fellow workers not with us here, who are battling away on the firing line in this and other lands as we meet together in General Conference, we send the word of greeting today. Our hearts are with them, and we crave no blessing here that we do not ask the Lord to pour also richly upon their souls. And for those in the lonely places of earth, amid darkness that can well-nigh be felt, we ask a special grace as they preach the message of the blood that cleanses from all sin.

“O missionaries of the blood! Ambassadors of God!

Our souls flame in us when we see where ye have fearless trod.

At break of day your dauntless faith our slackened valor shames,

And every eve our joyful prayers are jeweled with your names.”

Enough of figures. But these figures demonstrate that the power of God is in the preaching of the third angel’s message. Nothing else can account for such growth of the work in all lands, in the face of every earthly influence. It is the blessed power from on high that brings these thousands of new voices every year to join in lifting yet higher

the glad cry of the coming of the Lord.

Our trust is not in the numbers, nor in the rising column of gifts for missions, but in the living God, who can save with many or with few. Yet as the New Testament church rejoiced to see the thousands added to the church, and the resources of the believers laid upon the altar, so we thank God and rejoice at the evident tokens that he is finishing the work in our day, and cutting it short in righteousness.

Many have no doubt visited the Sabbath School Department exhibit, and looked at the maps of the world there displayed, with the blue stars marking the places where the Sabbath-schools gather from Sabbath to Sabbath round the circle of the earth. Those star points have been multiplying before our eyes in a wonderful way. These maps remind one of that picture given us in the book “Gospel Workers” many years ago:—

“Would that every one of you could have a view that was presented to me years ago. In my very girlhood the Lord saw fit to open before me the glories of heaven. I was in vision taken to heaven, and the angel said to me, ‘Look!’ I looked to the world as it was in dense darkness. Again the word came, ‘Look ye!’ And again I looked intently over the world, and I began to see jets of light like stars dotted all through this darkness; and then I saw another and another added light, and so all through this moral darkness the star-like lights were increasing. And the angel said, ‘These are they that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and are obeying the words of Christ. These are the lights of the world; and if it were not for these lights, the judgments of God would immediately fall upon the transgressors of God’s law.’ I saw then these little jets of light growing brighter, shining forth from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and lighting the whole world.”

Thank God for every jet of light. Few as these even yet are, they now belt this dark earth with a line of sparkling light. From the time that the rising sun of a new Sabbath wakes our brethren in the islands of the mid-Pacific—where the day has its spring—there is not an hour of the twenty-four that the Sabbath sunrise, passing westward round the earth, is not calling Seventh-day Adventist believers forth to the blessed duties of God’s holy day of rest. “From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same,” says the Lord, “my name shall be great among the Gentiles.”

“We thank thee that thy church unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

“As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day.
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.

“The sun that bids us rest is waking
Our brethren ‘neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.”

And it is one people, one fellowship, in all the earth, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one “blessed hope,” one keynote in the sounding of the message. Others may have a church South and a church North, a work in one continent independent of all others; but with us it is one field, the world that God so loved, and one work, the message of the prophecy to every nation and tongue. And it is one people, the people of the prophecy, keeping “the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” We are one in faith and hope and organic relationship, however many army divisions or regimental brigades the nature of the work may make expedient for quickly getting over the field. This earth may be rent with war and strife, and political and racial rivalries may put up many a troublesome barrier; but till the work is done and the blood-washed throng marches in through the gates into the city, the advent people of the prophecy shall be one. “For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

In the expanding work we have seen the mission growing into the conference, the conferences into the union conference, and here and there the unions into divisions. As in Ezekiel’s vision, it is “as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel;” but thanks be to God, the same life-giving Spirit of power is in the wheels, and the hand of Omnipotence is plainly seen guiding and controlling in every part.

The progress of our work sends us continually to the atlas or the encyclopedia, to learn where this new station is, or what that new language may be in which the truth is sounding. We are learning a new geography these days in keeping pace with the onward sweep of the message. Tribes whose names we had never heard a few years ago are today yielding fruitage in precious souls redeemed. It is coming to pass as promised long ago,—

“I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 43:5, 6.

We are seeing it done. In places far beyond our reach hearts are being stirred up to search for the truth for this time. Again and again we have had evidence of this. Only a few days ago Elder A. N. Allen reported that on a recent trip among the Andean foot-hills, in northern Peru, he had learned of a group of Sabbath-keepers who had for years kept the light of the Sabbath truth shining amid Catholic darkness, knowing nothing of any Sabbath reform movement in the world. The little group had died off, but their testimony may yet yield fruitage to the message. It reminds us of the aged father in Spain, who told his daughter that some day the true gospel and the true Sabbath would come to Spain, that word long after his death leading the daughter to recognize this message when our workers came with it to her door. In every land the Holy Spirit is turning true hearts toward the light for these last days. The Lord is surely searching out his scattered sheep, and the gathering call is sounding away beyond any knowledge of ours.

Representatives of this cause are now to be found all up and down the world’s highways. Men cannot easily run away from the sound of the message. They may go to the uttermost part of the earth, but it is there. An incident illustrating this came to Sister F. W. Spies, of Brazil, some time ago. Last summer she told me that she was traveling up the Brazilian coast by steamer, and found herself sitting on deck alongside an aged Norwegian sea captain. He had left his ship at Buenos Aires to go into a hospital, and now as a passenger on a liner he was making his last voyage home to die among his people. As they talked, he said to Sister Spies:—

“Many years ago a man sold me some religious books in Liverpool, as I was sailing from that port. They were strange books, teaching doctrines different from the general teaching of the churches. They disturbed me, and I put them away. Later I read them again. They upset me. The end of it was that I finally threw them overboard. Years after that my ship was off Pitcairn Island, and I stopped to get water and fresh fruits. And, will you believe it? I found that the people of that island believed the same doctrines taught in those books. They all set in to try to convert me to these teachings. That was years ago. But since I have been sick and must soon die, do you know I have kept thinking more and more of the things taught in those books?”

“And now,” Mrs. Spies said to him, “I must tell you something more of those books. I belong to the people who printed them, and who are preaching these doctrines in all parts of the world.” Thus once again, on the Brazilian coast, the old sea captain heard the truths of the “blessed hope.”

So up and down the earth the words of truth are running to and fro, their sound following men over land and sea with the call to prepare to meet the Lord.

There remains still much land to be possessed. This must spur us on. In all the entered fields are vast regions unworked. And the A B C of our unentered fields is still suggestive enough. In the list of fields untouched, A may stand for Arabia, Afghanistan, Abyssinia, the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, and Annam, with many millions. B stands for Baluchistan, Bechuanaland, Bhutan, the Bismarck Archipelago, and it would have stood also for populous Borneo a few months ago: but our Malaysia Mission has just sent a worker there. C stands for Colombia.—the only unentered South American state.—for Ceylon, Cyprus, Crete, and the great Congo State of Africa.

Yes, there is a vast field beyond us yet. This is no place to rest. But it is a source of refreshment and courage to see how remarkably the Lord has blessed in planting the standard in nearly all the great countries of the world. And he is sending his Word by the Bible societies along the remotest byways. Last year, for instance, the British society published the Gospels in whole or in part in eight new languages. Such language-names as Dabida, Beta, Kiwai—wholly unknown to most of us at least—show how the smallest tribes are now being reached. Dabida on this list means that a dialect of British East Africa speaks the inspired words of God for the first time. Beta is one of the tongues of Borneo; and Kiwai, a dialect of the Fly River region of New Guinea. Thus the least

of dialects and the uttermost tribes are being reached by the living words; and wherever the inspired Word goes, the way of the Lord is being prepared. Some years ago an Englishman, Robert Arthington, left by will $4,500,000 to be used in giving to “every tribe of mankind that has them not, accurate and faithful copies of at least the Gospels of St. John and St. Luke, together with the book of the Acts,” with provision that a few in every tribe be taught to read these sacred pages. “He was one of those,” says a newspaper, “who believed that Christ would return to reign on earth when the gospel had been preached to every nation or tribe.” God, the living God, has many agencies for the accomplishment of his work. The promise is sure: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” There is to be no failure. We know the divine certainty of the things wherein we have been instructed. Beyond our comprehension as it is, the stupendous and overwhelming fact is that God is finishing the work of all the ages before our eyes today.

Great and important events are following one another swiftly. In the populous Orient changes that ordinarily would have required the workings of half a century we have seen wrought in the last year or two, opening more widely than ever the doors of access. The two thousand missionaries gathered in the great World’s Missionary Congress in Edinburgh, in 1910, gave voice to their deepest conviction as to the times in which we live in the message addressed to all Christendom:—

“The next ten years will in all probability constitute the turning-point in human history, and may be of more critical importance in determining the spiritual evolution of mankind than many centuries of ordinary experience.”

The world’s crisis is upon us.

The fathers in the faith of this advent message expected that the end would have come ere this. Our slowness of faith has delayed the progress. And, too, the field of the work was larger than at first apprehended. The horizon has lifted and lifted as the cause moved forward. But now all lands are compassed. It remains only to fill in the gaps and enter the vacant spaces within the outer lines. Our horizon now is the circumference of the earth itself. The uttermost parts have been reached, and we wait on the power of the living God, who has made bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations; and whenever he wills salvation of our God. Thank God, we do not have to figure out by statistical records how long it will take us to finish the work. He is the one to finish the work and cut it short in righteousness. He has the almighty power, and all the nations to him are but as the little dust in the balance; and every soul is within hearing of the voice of his Spirit. Now it is only to give to him our all in service and in resources, and he who fed the multitude with the few loaves and fishes will miraculously multiply our store for the supplying of the world’s great need.

The journey is almost over, and just before lies the shining city at the end of the pathway of the advent people. It is the same city for which Abraham looked. The faithful of all the ages have looked for it. The pioneers in the advent movement who have fallen in death saw by faith this celestial city just before. There is no consciousness to those who sleep in death, no passing of time. It will be to every generation of the faithful as if the believer had but closed the eyes in the last sleep, and the next instant, to the consciousness, come the resurrection and the Saviour with the innumerable company of angels escorting all the ransomed to the city of God.

But we shall not all sleep. At last the time has come when but a few more years shall roll, a few more seasons come, and every eye shall see the glory of the coming of the Lord. “You have preached the soon coming of the Lord these many years,” says the doubter, “why do you keep on preaching it?” Because he is quickly coming, we reply. What are a few years more or less in the perspective of eternity? It is said that Whitefield preached over three hundred sermons on the text, “Ye must be born again.” When asked why he preached so often from the same text, he replied, “Because ye must be born again.” So the swift approach of the second coming of Christ in power and glory is to be the key-note of every message, because “he is near, even at the door.”

The heavenly city with the mansions prepared is no mere dream of enthusiastic hearts. “I John saw the holy city,” cries the prophet. The Lord showed it to John that he might tell us that he saw it there. It is there, with the pure river of water of life clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. A few more journeyings to and fro in the service of the King of that fair country, and we shall drink at the fountainhead with all the faithful. That is the hope that will lighten the load and make jubilant our feet till every land has been reached and every nation and tongue has heard the message.

“It is but a fancy of longing hearts,” says the doubter; “only as the beautiful mirage of pools and waving palms that floats before the eyes of the traveler in the desert lands.” So the Christian’s hope has ever seemed to unbelief. But well we know by the sure word fulfilling before our eyes that now the consummation of the Christian’s hope is at last to be realized. It is no vanishing mirage that floats before faith’s vision. As Isaiah’s prophecy of the closing work puts it (according to the margin of the Revised Version), “The mirage shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.... And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be fore ... the redeemed.... And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:7-10.

At last the time to favor Zion, “yea, the set time, is come.”

Praise the Lord, it is true; it is true. It is not a dream. That highway is cast up. The ransomed of Jehovah are coming with singing from all the ends of the earth. May God clothe his people with power for the last work of witnessing that is to usher in the long-expected day.

The Chair suggested the need of a few standing committees, requesting the pleasure of the Conference as to how they should be secured.

Upon motion of O. A. Olsen, seconded by G. B. Starr, it was voted that the standing committees be appointed by the General Conference Committee.

A. G. DANIELLS, Chairman,
W. A. SPICER, Secretary.

Departmental Meetings. PUBLISHING DEPARTMENT

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

First Meeting

Surrounded by a very neat display of our publications from the Review and Herald, Pacific Press, Southern Publishing Association, Australia and Great Britain, Hamburg, Germany, China and Japan, Latin Union, Mexico and South America, Scandinavia, Finland, together with charts showing the remarkable growth of our publishing work during the past four years, representatives of this department met for the first meeting at 4:30 P. M., Thursday, May 15. N. Z. Town, secretary of the Publishing Department, extended a hearty welcome to all present.

In referring to some of the encouraging features of the publishing work, Elder Town read a brief report of the first meeting of its representatives held at Battle Creek, Mich., twenty-three years ago. At that time nothing at all had been done in the book work outside of the United States. He also gave a report published in 1890, of six agents who had gone to England, and who in one hundred forty hours sold $17.22 worth of books. From this beginning the work in that and other countries has developed into the system of colporteur work which is now going on to certain success. Brother Town stated that sixty men and their wives have been sent to foreign fields to connect with the Publishing Department during the past four years.

The meeting was thrown open, and Brethren C. H. Jones, E. R. Palmer, M. L. Andreason, W. C. Sisley, managers of our leading publishing houses, spoke. All these men have had long experience with our publishing work, and expressed their confidence in its continued growth, and assured the representatives present of their earnest prayers for the work in the world-wide field.

By vote, Brother C. H. Jones was appointed chairman for the daily meetings throughout the session; and J. R. Ferren, secretary. It was also voted that the secretary of the Publishing Department should appoint a committee on plans, consisting of seven, of which he shall be a member.

Reports from other departmental meetings did not reach us in time for publication in this issue. It is hoped that a brief summary of the discussions of the various council-meetings may be given our readers from day to day. These departmental meetings are a very important feature of the Conference, and they should be faithfully reported.

Report of Work Conducted by Seventh-day Adventists in Non-Christian and Non-Protestant Countries

Compiled by H. E. Rogers, Statistical Secretary, Washington, D. C.

This is the second report dealing specifically with the work conducted by this denomination in non-Christian and non-Protestant countries. This report shows that the denomination is carrying forward work in sixty-eight countries of the classes designated, supporting laborers in these lands who speak eighty-four languages and dialects, and issuing publications in sixty-eight languages for circulatioon in those countries. The total number of foreign missionaries is 599, and of native helpers, 882, a total force of 1,481. There are 170 main stations, and 199 sub-stations; 507 churches, with 18,287 adherents; sixteen training schools, with an enrolment of 706; 63 head schools, and 135 out-schools, with an enrolment of 7,924; total foreign teachers 68; native teachers, 261.

The income from the mission field during 1912 was $161,650.38, to which was added from the home base, $444,428.23.

Some of the items in this report can not be compared with those in the annual statistical report, since the scope and field covered by the two reports are different.

Language Employed Orally in Non-Christian and Non-Protestant Countries

AimaraKikiden
AmharicKisanki
AppoloniaKisukuma
ArabicKitimbarn
ArmenianKorean
BailaLettonian
BengaliLithuanian
BohemianMalay
BurmeseMandarin
BulgarianMarathi
Chassu (Kipare)Maori
CantoneseMende
ChimanyikaPersian
ChinyanjaPolish
ChiswinaPortuguese
ChitongaRarotongan
CroatianRumanian
CzechRussian
DutchRuthenian
EsthonianSamoan
FijianSantali
FinnishServian
FlemishSesuto
FrenchShanghai
FukieneseSintebele
GallaSlavonian
GermanSlovakian
GreekSpanish
HakkaSuaheli
HakloSyriac
HawaiianTagalog
HindiTahitian
HungarianTamil
ItalianTartar
JavaneseTemne
Java-MalayTigrinya
KafirTongan
KavirondoTurkish
KarenUrdu
KichirobaWageia
KijitaYao
Zulu
Total, 84

Languages used in work in Christian lands, in addition to foregoing

Danish-NorwegianWelsh
EnglishYiddish
Icelandi   Total, 7
Laplandish
Swedish   Grand total, 91

Languages in Which Publications are Issued

AmoyLettonian
ArabicLithuanian
ArmenianMalay
Armeno-TurkishMandarin
BattakMaori
BengaliMarathi
BohemianNiue
BulgarianPolish
BurmesePortuguese
CatoneseRarotongan
Chassu (Kipare)Rumanian
ChinyanjaRussian
ChitongaRuthenian
CrotianSamoan
DutchSantali
EsthonianServian
FijianShanghai
FinnishSintebele
FrenchSesuto
GarhwaliSlovakian
GermanSlavonian
GreekSpanish
Greco-TurkishSuaheli
HawaiianTagalog
HebrewTahitian
HindiTamil
HungarianTigrinya
IlocanoTongan
ItalianTurkish
JapaneseUrdu (Persian)
Java-MalayUrdu (Roman)
KafirZulu
Kavirondo
Korean
Russian
Total, 68

The following are issued in Christian lands, in addition to foregoing

Danish-NorwegianWelsh
EnglishYiddish
Icelandi
Laplandish   Total, 7
Swedish   Grand total, 75

Notes on Table 1:

a Columns 7 to 14 give the number of “foreign” missionaries; that is, workers sent from the home base into mission territory.

b In column 18 is given the total of foreign workers and native helpers. This total includes the foreign teachers indicated in column 31, and the number of native teachers given In column 32.

c Duplicate languages are eliminated, so that the grand total gives the correct number. For a list of languages in which work is conducted orally and also publications issued, see elsewhere in this report.

Summary 1 - Area, Population, Workers, and Percentages, by Divisions

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DivisionCountriesAreaPopulationTotal workersPopulation for each workerPercentage of populat.Percentage of workers
NON-CHRISTIAN AND NON-PROTESTANT
   Africa111,881,38133,806,923268126,1452.174.72
   Asia912,851,106845,524,1495271,604,41054.529.27
   Europe (Southern)114,843,190322,044,7982881,118,21120.765.07
   Pacific Islands (a)16455,17845,962,752102450,6152.961.80
   South America96,513,79444,383,425201220,8132.893.54
   West Indies and Mexico121,047,86824,824,66195261,3121.601.67
      Totals6827,592,5171,316,546,7081,481888,95884.9026.07
CHRISTIAN
   Australasia and South
      Africa (b)3,559,82210,304,31230733,564.675.40
   North America7,888,20799,002,5032,48439,8566.3843.72
   Northern Europe711,149124,782,6791,41088,4988.0524.81
      Totals1812,159,178234,089,4944,20155,72215.1073.93
   Grand totals8639,751,6951,550,636,2025,682272,910100.00100.00

(a) Including work for natives and aborigines in New Zealand and Australia.

(b) Including only work in Christianized portions.

Report of Work Conducted by Seventh-day Adventists

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CountryArea in sq. milesPopulationForm of GovernmentEntered FieldIncome from the FieldOrdained MinistersLicensed MinistersPhysicians MenPhysicians WomenLaymen (Miss.Lic.)Wives of Miss.Unmarried WomenTotal Foreign Missionaries
Africa
  Algeria343,5005,232,000Fr. Colony1906$ 284.6311......215
  Basutoland10,293460,000Br. Protect.1899105.70..1......1..2
  British East Africa117,0004,000,000Br. Protect.1906146.503......33..9
  British South Africa26,4501,650,000Br. Prov.1906348.441......22..5
  British West Africa30,0001,000,000Br. Colony1894779.79211....4..8
  Canary Islands2,850358,564Sp. Colony1911592.93........11..2
  Egypt400,00011,206,359Br. Rule1899378.871......43..8
  Eritrea88,500450,000Italian Col.1907191.4411....1227
  German East Africa384,1807,000,000Ger. Protect.19031,293.514101..510131
  Nyasaland43,608950,000Br. Protect.1902295.89..3....3219
  Rhodesia435,0001,500,000Br. Protect.189414,834.1333....58322
     Totals (11)1,881,38133,806,92319,251.8316202..24388108
Asia
  China4,277,170433,553,030Republic19022,500.0013741725461
  India1,766,642313,323,981Br. Empire18957,901.671181114321380
  Japan147,65546,732,138Monarchy1896907.3041....76..18
  Korea71,00010,000,000Jap. Prov.19041,500.00331..16216
  Persia628,0009,500,000Monarchy191173.87..1..........1
  Siberia4,833,4965,727,000Rus. Prov.19095,175.34................
  Syria109,5093,318,000Ottoman Div.1898589.571......2317
  Turkey760,50019,472,000Ottoman Div.1899606.05................
  Turkestan257,1343,898,000Rus. Div.1903800.00................
     Totals (9)12,851,106845,524,14920,053.80322062317220183
Australasia-
  Australia (aboriginal work only)2,000Br. Colony1911100.00..1......1..2
  New Zealand (Maori work only)39,850Br. Colony1899........1......1..2
     Totals (2)41,850100.00..2......2..4
Europe (Southern)
  Austria-Hungary241,33345,000,000Monarchy19005,351.5269....1..1430
  Balkan States111,10012,964,4694 Monarchies19036,536.871......11..3
  Belgium11,3736,694,000Monarchy19012,049.6714........49
  France207,65439,252,245Republic19013,194.56................
  Greece25,0142,631,952Monarchy1903188.2111......2..4
  Ireland32,6054,457,000Br. Rule19012,608.9511....1..14
  Italy110,64633,640,000Monarchy190359.3411..........2
  Portugal34,2545,423,132Monarchy1904363.312............2
  Russia3,814,161146,282,000Monarchy188632,671.0541......5111
  Spain190,05019,700,000Monarchy1903689.622......1....3
  Turkey65,0006,000,000Monarchy1903987.30121..14..9
     Totals (11)4,843,190322,044,79854,700.4020191..5121277
Pacific Islands
  British New Guinea90,540350,000Br. Colony1908299.541........113
  Cook Islands14212,000Br. Colony1894309.49..1....23..6
  Fiji Islands7,435125,000Br. Colony1889790.891......2317
  Friendly Islands39022,000Br. Colony1895350.2711....2217
  Hawaiian Islands6,449193,000U. S. Poss.18951,449.081......12..4
  Java50,55432,000,000Dutch Poss.19061,000.00........12..3
  New Hebrides5,30075,000Br. & Fr. Poss. 1912169.401......12..4
  Norfolk Islands131,000Br. Poss.1895318.99..1....22..5
  Philippine Islands127,8539,000,000U. S. Poss.1906400.002......23..7
  Pitcairn Island2153Br. Poss.1890115.45........11..2
  Samoa2,70140,000Ger. & U. S.1895476.51..1......2..3
  Singapore1,550572,249Br. Colony19041,263.752......13..6
  Society Islands63730,500Fr. Colony1893490.0011..........2
  Sumatra161,6123,500,000Dutch Poss.1899868.67..1....11..3
     Totals (14)455,17845,920,9028,302.04106....1627362
South America
  Argentina1,135,8406,800,000Republic189416,528.09512..1116338
  Bolivia505,4002,000,000Republic1907350.00..1....13..5
  Brazil3,218,99121,624,000Republic189416,866.7263......2..11
  Chile307,6203,500,000Republic18955,453.053......14..8
  Ecuador116,0001,500,000Republic1906200.0011....2217
  Paraguay98,000650,000Republic19062,200.00................
  Peru695,7334,559,550Republic19061,538.6921....24110
  Uruguay72,2101,103,040Republic19062,700.001......1248
  Venezuela364,0002,646,835Republic1911200.001......1136
     Totals (9)6,513,79444,383,42546,036.551972..19341293

in Non-Christian and Non-Protestant Countries—1912 (Table 1)

151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
   CountryOrdained NativesOther Native HelpersTotal Native HelpersTotal Force in the Field “b”Main StationsSubStationsOrganized ChurchesBaptized MembersTotal AdherentsSabbathSchoolsPupils in sameTraining SchoolsPupils in sameHead SchoolsOutSchoolsPupils in sameForeign TeachersNative TeachersLanguages in which work is conduct. orallyLanguages in which publications are issued.Mission Printing PlantsHopitals or DispensariesMission BoatsAdded last year
Africa
   Algeria......53....2222340...............33......1
   Basutoland..1131....45122....1..20..121........
   British East Africa......92..26565165....2..5003511.....141
   British South Africa......52..2591023102....13873411......41
   British West Africa..99172331431433125.150151352741...1....
   Canary Islands......21....2212...............11........
   Egypt145132211731265...............3........10
   Eritrea......71..166130.1241..243..3..........
   German East Africa..424273121841311314131....30183,260123522.....124
   Nyasaland..6161701122044842330....1381,48566131......243
   Rhodesia..4242644742503169412419142268394174......71
      Totals (11)1159160268313119903316301,324626541866,194381543015..12431
Asia
   China21301321931026147001,0003580021203203505256511....
   India..787815813483523522677712181071233498161..
   Japan240426022724028114239125.......131111....
   Korea..42425845545062520600150..716521411......7
   Persia......11....11....................4..........
   Siberia10223232106641,0771,077641,416...............21......520
   Syria..2291223436535...............11......7
   Turkey211131324111711712117...............21......20
   Turkestan21331161791797185...............11........
      Totals (9)1832634452744501073,1503,6681834,169521611371,22711762719381554
Australasia
   Australia (aboriginal work only) ....21....22................................
   New Zealand (Maori work only)....2......22..................11........
      Totals (2)....41....44..................11........
Europe (Southern)
   Austria-Hungary..33331013241,3491,349481,150...............33......144
   Balkan States6202629532850351716364...............44......130
   Belgium......91..61391396142...............22......31
   France41822224161031231225615...............11......50
   Greece..2262....1111211...............11......2
   Ireland1237246144144987...............11......27
   Italy..4461438484572...............11......12
   Portugal..2242..25353245...............11......22
   Russia1511412914019501504,1684,1681504,817...............78......498
   Spain..77101..1114114778...............11......19
   Turkey112132233318918911189115...........571......
      Totals (11)2718421128850932337,0667,0802817,570115...........27301....935
Pacific Islands
   British New Guinea..1141118819....1..20....11......1
   Cook Islands......61..11526226...............11........
   Fiji Islands113142125122503201732013013503332....344
   Friendly Islands......71211825217...............21........
   Hawaiian Islands......41..14243140...............66......4
   Java..1010131254073575....11392332........
   New Hebrides......41..14414...............22........
   Norfolk Islands......51..14052157...............11......10
   Philippine Islands......71..180110485...............12......10
   Pitcairn Island......21..1601241124...............11........
   Samoa..1141..1813113...............11......4
   Singapore..66122..1621182118....1..28..133......13
   Society Islands......22..22149249...............11........
   Sumatra..4471..11118156....1..661312......6
      Totals (14)135369817103065998341993130542036102726....392
South America
   Argentina335387624239681,000371,1831110.......332211..125
   Bolivia12381..11015115...............22......3
   Brazil..24243554301,5121,688911,901......8154..9221....176
   Chile21618261..1850059841598140.......2344......35
   Ecuador..2291..11122122...............13......10
   Paraguay26881..621821811256...............11........
   Peru..991911414417718354...............22..1..20
   Uruguay..66141138585590...............11......2
   Venezuela......61..12020128....1..10..111......2
      Totals (9)81001082011410873,4683,8232064,447215018164516161822..373
1234567891011121314
   CountryArea in sq. milesPopulationForm of GovernmentEntered FieldIncome from the FieldOrdained MinistersLicensed MinistersPhysicians MenPhysicians WomenLaymen (Miss.Lic.)Wives of Miss.Unmarried WomenTotal Foreign Missionaries
West Indies, Central America, and Mexico
   British Honduras7,56241,007Republic1900200.00........11..2
   Costa Rica18,400345,090Republic1899200.0011..........2
   Cuba44,0002,028,282Republic19051,511.912......35111
   Guadeloupe687190,000Fr. Colony1911........1............1
   Guatemala48,2901,842,134Republic1908390.10........23..5
   Haiti10,2941,500,000Republic1905681.701........1..2
   Mexico767,00515,000,000Republic18931,898.871131112221
   Nicaragua49,200600,000Republic1901250.00..1..........1
   Panama33,800400,000Republic19054,550.003......22..7
   Puerto Rico3,4351,768,012U. S. Poss.19011,873.18112222..10
   Santo Domingo18,945610,000Republic1910150.00........1....1
   Spanish Honduras46,250500,136Republic18911,500.0011....3139
      Totals (12)1,047,86824,824,66113,205.76115532517672
Summary
   Africa      111,881,38133,806,92319,251.8316202..24388108
   Asia      912,851,106845,524,14920,053.80322062317220183
   Australasia    2.........41,850100.00..2......2..4
   Europe (Southern) 114,843,190322,044,79854,700.4020191..5122077
   Pacific Islands  14455,17845,920,9028,302.04106....1627362
   South America    96,513,79444,383,42546,036.551972..19341293
   W. Indies & Mexico121,047,86824,824,66113,205.76115532517672
      Grand Totals68 27,592,5171,316,546,708$161,650.381087916512020269599
      Income from home base$444,428.23

in Non-Christian and Non-Protestant Countries—(Table 1 Cont’d)

151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
   CountryOrdained NativesOther Native HelpersTotal Native HelpersTotal Force in the Field “b”Main StationsSubStationsOrganized ChurchesBaptized MembersTotal AdherentsSabbathSchoolsPupils in sameTraining SchoolsPupils in sameHead SchoolsOutSchoolsPupils in sameForeign TeachersNative TeachersLanguages in which work is conduct. orallyLanguages in which publications are issued.Mission Printing PlantsHopitals or DispensariesMission BoatsAdded last year
West Indies, Central America, and Mexico
   British Honduras......2..1..1212113...............11........
   Costa Rica......21..11515115...............11........
   Cuba..3314413849451001302..567211........
   Guadeloupe......11....2313...............11......1
   Guatemala..1161..13535140...............11........
   Haiti..44611420623610231....1..30..233......49
   Mexico..1212331242482899183....2..50111111....
   Nicaragua......11..12323125...............11........
   Panama..2291..1150750712525...............11........
   Puerto Rico......101..13035235...............22......5
   Santo Domingo..112....11010110...............11........
   Spanish Honduras......91..41631639171...............11......30
      Totals (12)..232395135311,3351,422531,351130513685151511..85
Summary
   Africa11591602683131199031,307301,324625641866,194381543015..12431
   Asia1832634452744501073,1503,6681834,169521611371,22711762719381554
   Australasia......41....44....................11........
   Europe (Southern)2718421128850932337,0667,0802817,570115...........27301..1935
   Pacific Islands135369817103065998341993130542036102726....392
   South America81001082011410873,4683,8232064,447215018164516161822..373
   W. Indies & Mexico..232395135311,3351,422531,3511305..1368.5151511..85
      Grand Totals558278821,48117019950716,58518,28779419,85416706631357,92468261917571272,470

EDITORIAL BRIEFS

As this first issue of the BULLETIN goes to press, the opening day of the thirty-eight session of the General Conference closes. It has been a good day—a day of inspiration and blessing, of encouragement and good cheer.

The general spirit of many in attendance seems to be one of personal consecration, of deep heart-searching, and of an intense eagerness to learn that which will be of profit in soul-winning service. This is as it should be. Pleasant as are the associations, the renewed friendships, and the long-planned-for reunions at such large gatherings, there is much to be gained by subordinating the social to the spiritual. To those who seek first the kingdom of God, will come the purest and most abiding joy in Christian fellowship.

As during the opening meeting some of the pioneers in the message testified of their confidence in God’s leadership and of their joy over multiplying evidences of progress, many hearts were touched. The Spirit of God was present in melting, subduing power. One delegate who for more than a decade has been isolated in far away heathen lands, was overheard remarking that he could scarcely refrain from weeping aloud with joy because of the privilege he had of hearing once more the voices of these tried servants of God. Strong is the love that binds together the hearts of the workers; great is their joy as they assure one another of their conviction that the end of all things is near at hand, and that soon they shall see their returning Lord.

We are indebted to H. E. Rogers, B. P. Foote, H. Mayer, Miss Mertie Wheeler, and E. F. Albertsworth for our excellent verbatim reports of Conference proceedings. Our force is large enough so that by having one report for fifteen minutes and then write out what has been taken while another takes the report, the entire proceedings are ready for the printers almost as soon as the meeting adjourns.

The reception committee reported at noon Thursday 612 family tents pitched; about twenty-one hundred people located in tents; three hundred in rooms off the grounds and a hundred or more in buildings on the grounds, making a total of twenty-five hundred visitors. There are about six hundred Sabbath-keepers in and around Washington; thus making to date practically thirty-one hundred people in attendance at the conference. Still others will be in later.

We shall give BULLETIN readers a few views of the camp and of groups of workers from the fields abroad. It has been arranged for Brother E. R. Button to take these photographs for the benefit of those not with us.

Takoma Park always looked good to us but was never prettier than now. Our second page picture gives a general view of the Seminary grounds and a portion of the camp.

It has been arranged for the Bible workers to hold a meeting for conference study at the time of the department meetings.

A NOTICEABLE feature of our quadrennial meetings is the whitening hairs of all our older brethren. But each Conference brings us four years nearer the glorious consummation of our hope, the coming of our Lord in the clouds of heaven to reap the harvest of the earth and to crown with eternal life his faithful people.

A REQUEST

Any news item concerning the General Conference session seen in any newspaper will be appreciated if sent to Press Bureau, care of General Conference, Takoma Park, D. C.

FULFILLING PROPHECY

The general reports of the president and the secretary appearing in this issue, reveal a marvelous development of the cause of present truth in fields abroad. Only a few short years, comparatively, have passed since the first worker was sent from the shores of America to proclaim the third angel’s message in other lands; yet now we are told by the brethren that the number of evangelical laborers in other lands exceeds the number in the home field. In this rapid extension of the cause of God into lands across the seas, our brethren in North America greatly rejoice.

Even at the time of beginnings in mission work, the brethren rejoiced over what they could see developing. Shortly after our first missionary to Europe, Elder J. N. Andrews, reached Switzerland, he testified of his strong faith in God’s power to cause the light of present truth to shine upon every nation, tongue, and people; and in the little lights already appearing he discerned evidences of the fulfillment of the prophecy of our Saviour that this gospel of the kingdom should be preached in all the world as a preparation for the second advent.

One of the tried leaders of those earlier years, Elder James White, when he heard of the first-fruits of our work abroad, wrote confidently of the glad day soon to dawn when the message would be heard in many lands. “Those who accept fully and intelligently the position of Seventh-day Adventists upon the messages of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation,” he wrote in 1875, “will see in the extension of the message to the nations, and the providential hand of God in the work, evidences of the soon accomplishment of the great work of the last message, and consequently of the soon coming of Christ, which rank highest among the signals that that day is at hand. Prophecy must and will be fulfilled. The last warning to prepare must be given. The coming of Christ and the last judgment hastens on.”

That which a few years ago was wholly a matter of faith, is today becoming a matter of sight. On every hand we see God at work. And yet, as Elder Spicer points out in his report, “there is a vast field beyond us yet. This is no place to rest.” By faith alone can the hitherto unentered portions of the earth be penetrated and prepared for the coming King. That which is to be accomplished in the future must be undertaken with strong faith, and, as emphasized by Elder Daniells in his report, with the help of our God-fearing brethren and sisters throughout the churches. God’s work in the earth can be carried forward successfully, and finished, only as ministers and consecrated laymen unite whole-heartedly in soul-saving effort.

One of the serious problems confronting the European Division and the India Union Mission, is the evangelization of the Moslem world. Only through faith in the power of Jehovah to intervene miraculously, can our workers face with courage the forbidding Mohammedan lands, and hope for a harvest of souls. But the mighty God who is making bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, will honor his servants who in humble trust advance in his name. He will give them souls for their hire, as they look to him in confidence, pleading his promises in behalf of the nations still in darkness; and he will enable them to finish with joy the work of carrying the gospel to every creature. Then—

“Hope will change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.”

THE SERMON

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

Thursday, May 15, 7:30 P. M.

After the singing of several spirited songs by the congregation and a few selections by the choir and the seminary male quarter, Elder Daniells spoke to a large assembly of people that filled the entire pavillion to overflowing. He chose for his text Luke 4:13, the theme of Jesus’ first public discourse.

According to the speaker the central thought in the mind of Jesus as he quoted that prophecy was that his claim to the Messiahship rested on the fact that he fulfilled prophecy. This is the highest kind of evidence, and it virtually amounts to a demonstration. In matters of religious interest the human mind demands convincing evidence, and every true religious movement must rest on just such evidence. Several instances were adduced from the Scriptures showing that God’s messengers—John the Baptist, the apostles, and others—have repeatedly and regularly rested their messages on the fulfilling of prophecy.

On the basis of these facts Elder Daniells very forcibly set before his hearers the practical truths of this theme as applied to ourselves and our message. We must in a fuller and in a more universal sense say with conviction and with the unction of the Spirit, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

He next called attention to the fact that the leading features of the three-fold advent message have been and are being fulfilled before our very eyes and the eyes of the whole world. Is not then the evidence upon which our message rests as convincing as in the case of Jesus’ own message? Witness the mighty, world-embracing sweep of our missionary work. Here our faith rests as we face a gainsaying world. Let us be optimistic and have faith in God and in his message. The glorious issue is the coming of Christ. The finishing of the work is the one condition of this happy consummation, and the receiving of the Holy Spirit is the one only means to this end. All heaven is set to accomplish God’s purpose in the earth in cooperation with his believing people.

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