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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 7

May 18, 1913 - NO. 2

TAKOMA PARK STATION, WASHINGTON, D. C., SUNDAY, MAY 18, 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

THE DEVOTIONAL MEETING

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

May 16, 6 A. M.

This morning a goodly number were present in the large pavilion to offer prayer, praise, and song to the God of all grace. Elder E. W. Farnsworth led the meeting. He said he had long since learned that it is safe to allow the Holy Spirit to preside in such a meeting as this, and, in fact, in all meetings. “Let the Holy Spirit be the chairman in all our meetings,” he said. After a few helpful remarks, Brother Farnsworth turned the meeting over to the people. Several brief, earnest prayers were offered, interspersed with song.

As usual, the meeting then took the form of testimony. The first to speak was Elder Loughborough, who testified of the great blessing that had come to him recently, especially through the ministry of the spirit of prophecy.

One sister spoke of this gathering as the greatest convention of Israel since the days of Nehemiah, who led out in the work of reform and the restoration of Jerusalem. Her hope and plea is that Israel of today may go forward and fully restore spiritual Jerusalem. Another sister expressed great joy over being permitted to be at this meeting, especially since she has been isolated for five years.

A young man, an Israelite by birth, but now one in the spirit and in loving faith in Jesus, spoke of having been a follower of Hackel in Germany. On coming to New York he saw the truth of Christ lived and beautifully illustrated in the godly walk one of our brethren. This was the compelling evidence that led him out of all his darkness and despair into light and liberty. He and his family, he said, are full of joy in believing.

Many expressed thankfulness in believing that the triumph of God’s truth in the earth is just before us. It was a good meeting.

Bible Study hour - “THE EARTH WAS LIGHTENED WITH HIS GLORY”

S. N. HASKELL

May 16, 8:30 A. M.

I will call your attention this morning to some facts regarding the Bible, as an introduction to a few remarks I wish to make on the enlightenment of the earth with the glory of God.

In the Book of books there are no meaningless words. God has a wise purpose in every expression that he has inspired holy men of old to record. His words are spirit, and they are life; every word is pure; not one is unimportant.

The central theme of the entire Bible is Christ and his mediatorial work in behalf of mankind. Like the red thread running through an English navy-rope, the teaching of the inspired writers regarding Christ and his love for the human race, appears throughout.

Let us study a few scriptures that reveal to us God’s purpose to fill the earth with a knowledge of his glory, as the waters cover the sea. In Revelation 18:1-6 we read that the earth is to be lightened with the glory of God in the time of the end. A voice is to be heard crying “mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen.” That this enlightenment of the nations is to take place in the last days, is made plain by the context, particularly verse 24. Notice, also, that it is one voice that is lifted in warning. It is one people, united in the bonds of Christian love, speaking as the oracles of God, proclaiming one message that calls out from among the nations a people prepared for their Lord.

In the fourteenth of Revelation a similar message is introduced, in the eighth verse. The second angel’s message is, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen.” This message is connected with that delivered by the first angel,—the proclamation of the everlasting gospel “unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” That which is to lighten the earth with the glory of God; is the proclamation of this gospel. Then it is that we shall see the fulfillment of the scripture foretelling that in the last days the attention of the world will be called to those “that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

My dear brethren and sisters, it is the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus that will be proclaimed throughout the earth, by a united people speaking as one voice, in the loud cry of the third angel’s message. Whether those who are seeking for light and truth are living in China, in the darkest portions of Africa, or in Mohammedan lands, all will hear the same message of salvation, and will be called to exalt the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Let us trace for a few minutes the significant history of the promise that the whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of God. One of the earliest references to this is found in the fourteenth chapter of Numbers, where we read, “All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” The context reveals a most interesting story. The children of Israel were hesitating, doubting, murmuring, because of the evil report of the ten spies concerning the goodly land of promise. The people had reached the point of rebellion. Terrified and confused, they thought only of the “land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof,” and the “men of great stature,” in whose presence the ten unfaithful spies had been in their own sight “as grasshoppers.” They forgot the promises God had given them of deliverance. They forgot that even the giants, entrenched though they were in their strongholds, were to be driven out of the land by hornets. They thought only of their own safety, and of their seeming inability to cope with the difficulties of the conquest; and they rebelled against God and against his chosen leaders.

“The Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have showed among them? I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.” Numbers 14:11, 12. In response, Moses pleaded the honor of Jehovah. “The Egyptians shall hear it,” he said; “and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land.... If thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he swear unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.” Verses 13-16.

In his love for the erring, and in his own noble self-forgetfulness, he continued his argument, pleading the promises God had made concerning his chosen people. “I beseech thee,” he urged, “let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, The Lord is long-suffering, and of great

mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty.... Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now..

In this plea, Moses referred to a former experience, when, in the face of open rebellion on the part of Israel, he had besought God in their behalf. While Moses had been communing with God for forty days and forty nights on the mount, apostasy had developed in the camp of Israel. In an agony of spirit over their waywardness, he had besought God most earnestly to forgive and to heal. “This people have sinned a great sin,” he acknowledged, “and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” Exodus 32:31, 32. So great was Moses’ love for those who had sinned, that he was ready to lay down his own life in their behalf.

It was in connection with this experience that Moses was given a glimpse of the glory of God. Hidden in a cleft of the rock, the man of faith beheld his Lord, “merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty.” Exodus 34:6, 7.

“Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. And he said, If now I have found grace in the sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.” Verses 8, 9.

In response, the Lord promised to renew his covenant-relationship with Israel, which had been broken at the foot of Sinai through apostasy. And it was on the strength of this promise given at the time the glory of the Lord passed before him, that Moses afterward pleaded the long-sufferance, the mercy, the willingness to forgive, revealed by his God. His strong faith was recognized and honored. “The Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word,” and he added in this connection the wonderful assurance to which I am calling your special attention: “As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” Numbers 14:20, 21.

You will recall that the face of Moses shone when he descended from the mount after beholding the Lord of glory. We have no record of any such token of divine favor at the time of his first return from the mount. It was after he had passed through special experiences, that he revealed somewhat of the glory of God in his own countenance. And, brethren, may we not expect that God will reveal himself in a marked manner through his chosen light-bearers, as they yield themselves fully to him and to his service? Those who love souls more than they love themselves, those who are jealous for the honor of God’s name in the earth, will be found at this time giving the loud cry of the third angel’s message. They will be heard proclaiming the message, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” The basis of their message will be the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. They will permit in their lives nothing that can separate them from the source of their power. And as they travel from place to place, in every land, their faces lighted up with the glory of God, the truths they proclaim will be accompanied by a power so convincing that all the regions of the earth will be lightened with the glory of God. Then shall the end come.

May God hasten that glad day, foretold by Moses, by Isaiah, by Jeremiah, by John the Revelator, and by many other holy men of old, whose records of God’s purpose concerning the nations of earth we may trace with great profit. That we all may share in the proclamation of the loud cry, and in the joys of the redeemed, is my prayer, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Conference Proceedings. THIRD MEETING

L. R. CONRADI

May 16, 10 A. M.

O. A. Olsen offered prayer.

A number of delegates not present at the first day’s session responded to the roll-call.

By action of the Southwestern Union committee, the following names were added to the list of Southwestern Union delegates: J. W. Dancer, C. S. Lightner.

By vote of the Conference, J. Vuilleumier, of the French Canadian work, was seated as a delegate.

W. T. Knox was called upon to render his report as treasurer, which appears on pages twenty-three to thirty.

Following the reading of the written report, the treasurer led the session in a study of the financial statements which are a part of the report, these tables appearing in this number. Many amens were heard as the splendid figures were read, showing how the believers are standing by the cause of God with their means.

The treasurer also presented the financial statements of the General Conference Corporation and the General Conference Association. The report of the auditor, R. T. Dowsett, was read. It was voted that the reports be adopted. As supplementary to the regular financial statements, the treasurer presented the figures of tithes and offerings in all the world by decades since 1863. He stated that the amount of tithes for each of the five decades, has been as follows:—

First decade$176,826.03
Second decade505,136.60
Third decade1,837,915.94
Fourth decade4,342,193.08
Fifth decade11,086,438.41
Total$17,948,510.06
The amount of offerings has been as follows:—
First decade$ 8,552,57
Second decade56,700.86
Third decade496,467.01
Fourth decade1,271,527.24
Fifth decade5,936,924.82
Total$7,770,172.50

The grand total of both tithes and offerings amounts to $25,718,682.56.

Following the report, the congregation united in singing, “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.”

I. H. Evans was then called to the chair, and L. R. Conradi, vice-president for the European Division, was asked to present his report, which is as follows:—

REPORT OF THE EUROPEAN DIVISION, 1909-13

Not the expiration of certain prophetic dates, nor extraordinary phenomena in nature, nor great events in political and social life, should constitute the most striking signs of the second advent of Christ, though they are all to be associated with it, by the finished gospel work in all the world. “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The same thing was true concerning the first advent of Christ: there were prophetic dates, to be sure; there were political and social events, as signs of the first advent; but the telling sign was the powerful preaching of John the Baptist and then of Jesus and his coworkers. Of the coming Mesiah, God spoke as follows through his prophet: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect; ... he will bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.... He shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor the discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.” “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” “It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.”

In full accordance with these prophecies, the first advent of Christ not only marked a wonderful revival among the honest in heart of ancient Israel, but, above all, set on foot the great missionary movement among the Gentiles. This movement shook the world’s empire, pagan Rome, to its very foundations, and gathered out a strong and united body of Christians, who kept the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

When the Gentiles longed to see the promised Messiah, then Jesus knew that the hour of his glorification in all the earth had come. When his soul had travailed for years unceasingly, then he prayed: “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” And while he was dying on the cruel cross, he exclaimed, “It is finished.” So shall the mystery of God be finished in the last days by the preaching of the everlasting gospel “to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,” as “a witness unto all nations,” and gathering out from all nations even unto the ends of the earth a strong body of believers through its ministry, who keep the commandments of God and the faith of of Jesus, and who, by hard, earnest missionary toil, prepare the way of the Lord. From this divine standpoint, let us review the work in the European Division: What has God’s power wrought in the last four years? How far has the message gone? What needs to be done yet ere the glorious advent of our Lord might be truly expected?

The Best Harvest of Souls

The great aim of all gospel work is to win an untold number of precious souls, every one of which is worth more than all the treasures of this world. It is not only for a warning that the everlasting gospel is to be preached, but that a rich harvest of souls may be reaped out of all nations, tongues, and peoples, to walk by living faith in the commandments of God. On looking at the development of the work in the European Division during the last four years from this point of view, we can truly praise the Lord, as during this time there has been yielded the best harvest of souls we have ever had. A short retrospect might elucidate this. Nearly twenty years passed after 1844 before a General Conference could be organized with a membership of 3,500 and an annual income of $8,000. Six conferences in the free Protestant country of the United States constituted this whole General Conference. Twenty years passed, and this number had increased, chiefly in the same country, to 17,000 with an income of $100,000. Only 800 members, or but one-twentieth part of the total number in the world, were now to be found in the most favorable Protestant countries of Europe, and they contributed $1,800, or one sixtieth of the entire means. In 1902, or about 60 years after the commencement, the denomination numbered altogether 73,000 believers, with an income of $800,000. It was at this time that the European Division first took shape having 8,200 members, or one ninth of the entire number in the world, and an income of $65,000, or one twelfth of the total. Ten years more elapsed; the members have in this short period increased from 8,200 to 28,300; the tithe, from $59,000 to $325,000; the offerings, from $8,500 to $85,000. The members have more than tripled, the tithe more than quintupled, and the offerings decupled. The European Division now constitutes one fourth of the total membership and finances. If we compare the three quadrennial periods, the result is as follows: The net gain from 1900-04 was 4,000 souls; from 1904-08, was 6,300 souls; from 1908-12, 11,000 souls. At the close of 1908 our total membership was 17,360, but our gross gain during the last four years alone amounted to 17,870. More were gained since the last General Conference than our membership of the previous thirty years amounted to. Our finances increased in like proportion. The total tithes and offerings from 1900-04 amounted to $295,000; from 1904-08, to $633,000; and from 1908-12, $1,246,000; they doubled every fourth year. The present membership of the European Division equals that of the total General Conference in 1889, and our present-day finances are the same as the whole General Conference reported as late as 1895.

Increase of Organizations

With the growth and extension of the work, the organization must keep pace. The first conference in Europe was organized in 1880; in 1887 there were four; in 1898, only five; and when the German and British Unions were organized, in 1902, there were only ten conferences in Europe. Since 1908 the unions have increased from five to eight; the union missions, from one to two; the conferences, from twenty-four to thirty-nine; the mission fields, from twenty-eight to forty-five, and the total organizations, from fifty-eight to ninety-four, or a total of thirty-six in four years. The East and West German, Central European, and Danube Unions, and the Siberian and Levant Union Missions, have been organized since our last session, as well as fifteen new conferences and seventeen mission fields. These ninety-four organizations not only bind together the believers of one strong nation speaking the same language, but many stronger and weaker nations, who are more or less hostile to each other, and therefore need frequent general meetings, where a large representation of all can meet and consolidate.

Again, some twenty of these organizations, on account of diverse circumstances, cannot have regular meetings, and should by all means benefit by such a general meeting just outside of their own border. To have such a meeting in North America alone deprives most people of its privileges, on account of the expense, distance, and difference in language. The divisional committee therefore appreciates it all the more that plans have already been considered by the General Conference Committee to fully perfect the European divisional organization, and thus secure a representative meeting for Europe.

Gathered Out of All Nations, Tongues, and Peoples

It was comparatively easy to gain a firm hold in the freer Protestant countries of Europe, and yet years passed by ere this object was gained. As our work extended to intolerant Catholic and Mohammedan countries, stringent laws against all sorts of propaganda were met. Religious prejudice of the worst kind, lack of native workers and suitable literature, were difficulties that towered up before us like the walls of Jericho. But strange to say, the countries where the difficulties seemed greatest, the outlook the worst, and where the work was commenced the latest, have outstripped the more favorable countries, such as Great Britain, Scandinavia, and Switzerland, where the work was begun first.

The largest membership in the European Division is found in the German Empire. This empire is now divided into 17 conferences, belonging to three unions, with a membership of 12,100. The mighty Russian Empire, with its great Asiatic possessions, comes next. It has 5,500 members, 17 organizations, 2 unions, and 1 union mission held. Then follow the three Scandinavian kingdoms, with 8 organizations and 3,100 members. Great Britain has 6 organizations and 2,350 believers. Strange to say, Austria-Hungary, where the work is of so recent growth, has already 3 unions, 11 organizations, and 1,970 members. Switzerland follows, with 2 conferences and 1,300 members. It has two separate unions, on account of the different languages. Holland and Belgium come as the seventh, with 410 believers; the four Balkan States, with 400; the French Republic, with Algeria, having 390 members; Turkey, 340; Spain, Italy, and Portugal, 280; and East Africa, 220. In the Protestant sections of the European Division, there are about 16,000 believers; in the Roman Catholic, 6,100; in the Greek Catholic, 5,800; in the Mohammedan, 340; pagan, 220.

Preaching is now being carried on in German, English, Russian, French, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch, Flemish, Welsh, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Esthonian, Lettonian, Livonian, Bohemian, Hungarian, Slavonian, Croatian, Roumanian, Bulgarian, Servian, Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Greek, Swaheli, Chassu, Kavirondo, Wasinaki, Majita, Tigrene, and Wasekuma, or nearly forty languages and dialects, while there are believers who speak many other tongues.

Territorial Extent of the Work

From Iceland’s snowy mountains to Afric’s sunny fountains this gospel of the kingdom is being preached. A belt of churches and companies of believers stretches all around the Old World, from Lisbon on the Atlantic to Vladivostock on the Pacific. The truth is fast penetrating virgin pagan soil in equatorial Africa, and is forging its way into the Moslem centers of Samarkand and Tashkent, in the very heart of Asia. Every country in Europe has been entered, and this continent has now 76 organizations, with 26,700 members. Northern and Central Asia, with its immense territory, has been divided into 12 organizations, with 1,400 members. The greatest work, however, awaits us yet in the Dark Continent, where we have thus far in the north and east territories only 6 organizations, with 240 members. Our utmost border lines are more or less staked out, but if we glance over this vast territory, 8,000 miles from east to west and 6,000 from north to south, we find immense tracts of land which have never been entered.

Increase of Workers

An interesting and encouraging omen is the steady growth of native workers, who speak most all of the many various tongues in our division. The ordained ministers have increased from 116 to 179; the licentiates, from 70 to 135; the Bible workers, from 194 to 324; or a total of those who devote their time to pure gospel work, from 380 to 680. Our other workers in conference employ have increased from 54 to 56. And yet, though our gospel workers have nearly doubled, how scarce is our ministerial help if compared with the United States. Among the 92,000,000 people and 65,000 believers in the States, they have 534 ordained ministers against our 179 among 550,000,000 people and 28,000 believers. Having 94 organizations to supply with ordained leaders, scarcely one additional ordained minister is left us for each field. In the entire European Division there are 680 gospel workers; in the United States, 1,400. The fact that in 1912 our 680 workers gained 5,486 new members, or an average of 8 per worker, and yet looked after the large membership scattered over an immense territory, speaks of the earnest work done by our ministry in general. It made us sad to see promising ministers return to fields so much better provided, and the sadder, because so many of our promising young people, rather than to face the difficult problem of military service by faith in the living God, emigrated, and are thus lost to our division. We need to pray more than ever to the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.

Difficulties to Surmount

War, rumors of war, great strikes, famines, earthquakes, and financial and political crises of all sorts, have darkened the horizon of the European Division during the last four years. But again and again the Lord of hosts has held the four winds to avoid a general outburst.

The greatest empire, where laws for a while seemed to become less severe, has turned the wheel of progress more and more backward, and curtailed our privileges, so that, since the spring of 1910, no conference of any sort could be held there. Not only are our members deprived of all these benefits, but in a number of places, even their Sabbath meetings were forbidden. Our gospel workers were hindered, and in some cases their meeting-halls closed, and they placed on trial and imprisoned. For three years our people along the Volga have been suffering from continual droughts and famine. In many parts none but orthodox Christians can secure farm land, and thus quite a number of our people have almost been forced to emigrate.

The Levant Union Mission has greatly suffered from the long war and its new military laws, enlisting now also Christians, who were hitherto exempt. Help must also be rendered there to some of our poorer people, many of whom are suffering on account of the war. In the Balkan States our workers meet with great difficulties, not only because of the late war, but on account of the intolerant attitude of these governments to the free preaching of the word.

Preaching is still prohibited in Austria, and workers have had to flee from place to place, some even suffering imprisonment. The new military laws on the Continent throughout, exempting barely any, have their effect on our young people, and it takes much faith to persuade them to remain at their post, and, as brave soldiers of Christ, face all difficulties. If the patience of the saints is needed anywhere in our work, it is in the European Division, with its many perplexing issues.

Gospel Support

The Lord has indeed been true to his promise, and increased the income of our division in keeping with our ever-growing needs. At our last General Conference our report stated that Europe, with its 450,000,000 of people, was self-supporting. Appropriations had still to be granted to the immense territories in Asia and Africa, which contain another 150,000,000. Two years ago, at Friedensau, the European Division attained its full age, and shouldered the financial responsibility of all its territory in Asia, Africa, and Europe. None of the ninety-four gospel organizations are in debt; most of them have sufficient means ahead to meet the necessary advances from their own treasury; about half have deposits for emergencies.

Eighteen conferences in the West and East German and the Central European Unions have paid a second tithe since Jan. 1, 1913, to the European subtreasury; eleven others pay it to their union treasury. All the German and Swiss conference organizations are pledged to turn their surplus into their union treasury, and they in turn to the subtreasury. Only such close cooperation in financial matters has enabled the European Division not only to shoulder existing responsibilities, but to push with vigor into new unopened fields and to constantly strengthen the work already begun.

Our tithe has not only increased in proportion to our growing membership, but from an average of $9.38—which was paid annually per member in 1908—it has now advanced to an average of $12.61 for each member in 1912. The vast difference in the tithes paid by our several fields can be seen from the fact that, while the German unions give between $14 and $15 per member annually, and the British, $13.61, the Russian Union sinks as low as $6.57, and Siberia $3.96. The increase of tithes has enabled us to advance the standard of wages to meet the growing expenses of living.

The offerings and the income of the subtreasury have been about doubled during the last four years. In 1909 our expenses amounted to $53,000, and we then had to receive appropriations amounting to $9,543; in 1910 our income had increased to $62,000, and the appropriations were $6,961; in 1911, with $81,000 income, we received $4,792 appropriations; and in 1912, with an income of about $100,000, no appropriations whatever were necessary from the Mission Board. Including the $10,000 appropriations in 1909 our income amounted to $53,000. Without any appropriation in 1912, it passed $100,000. All our conferences and unions are paying their five per cent toward the Sustentation Fund; a reserve fund of $5,000 has been created; and at present quite a sum can be turned annually into the regular mission funds. Our offerings per member have increased from $1.85 in 1909 to $3.15 in 1912. Here also the same diversity is seen as in the average tithe. The West German Union averages as high as $4.41; Siberia, as low as 90 cents. A few conferences and union districts are on the honor roll, having reached the 10-cent-a-week standard. But it will take quite an effort, in view of the smaller earnings in many portions of our division, to attain the 10-cent-a-week standard throughout. Comparing the average income of the European with the American, 10 cents a week in the European Division would more than equal 15 cents a week in North America.

General Meetings

With the constant extension of our division and the multiplication of our organizations, the general work at the head office has greatly increased. All felt grateful for the visits of our American brethren, and the marked feature of all our European meetings was the biennial council at Friedensau in the summer of 1911, where about three thousand of our people, and most of our European workers, were in attendance. The help rendered by Elders Daniells, Spicer, Olsen, and others at some of the annual meetings has been greatly appreciated. Our union presidents, and the medical, educational, and publishing staffs of our institutions, have also rendered efficient help at the general meetings, but it is becoming very evident that the secretary and the general superintendent of the division do not suffice any longer to represent the General Conference interests throughout this enormous field, and another efficient helper ought to be secured.

During the four years three tips had to be made to General Conference Committee sessions in North America, one four month’s trip to South America, one three months’ trip to Russia, Levant, and Abyssinia, a two months’ trip to eastern Russia and Persia, and a five months’ trip to eastern Africa. Several visits have been made annually to union meetings, winter union committee meetings, and many of the local meetings. Any spare time between has been more than filled up by urgent literary work. During the thousands of miles of travel by land and sea, fast and slow, through cold and heat, rain and sunshine, the Lord has upheld his servants by his strong arm, and made these trips fruitful to the work at large.

The Institutions in the European Division

Union centers are located at Watford, Gland, Hamburg, Friedensau, Skodsborg, and Christiania. There are also institutions at Caterham, Copenhagen, and Nyhyttan. Of the twenty-nine conferences, only the three Scandinavian hold real estate. Friedensau and Hamburg serve at present five unions and one union mission, with a membership of 21,000. During the last four years no new institutional center has been created in Europe proper, but the existing ones were all enlarged and improved. New buildings have been erected at Watford, Gland, Hamburg, Friedensau, Skodsborg, and Nyhyttan, and an addition has been built at Christiania. In East Africa nine new stations were bought and built, making our completed stations thirteen. Ten more are in course of erection. Two good sailboats were also secured.

Comparing 1908 with 1912, we find that the investment of real estate and buildings has risen from $546,000 to $740,000 and the inventories from $251,000 to $410,000, or a total of $797,000 against $1,150,000, a gain of $353,000. On the other hand, the institutions show a marked advance in earning capacity. In 1909 the gain was 46,000; in 1910, $59,000; in 1911, $104,000; and in 1912, $123,000, or a total of $332,000. Besides these net earnings, legacies and donations have added another $194,000, increasing the total present worth from $609,000 to $1,135,000, or a gain of $526,000. Thus, though our institutions have invested $335,000 more in the four years, this has been covered, within $18,000, by the increased earnings, while the legacies and donations left a margin of $176,000 to lower the liabilities. In 1902, when the European Division worked up the first financial statement, our total liabilities were $240,000, against $290,000, the present worth. Then the Scandinavian Union had $138,000 liabilities and a present worth of only $59,000; today, their liabilities are $240,000 and their present worth $224,000. All considered, we have surely every reason to praise the Lord for the general prosperity he has granted our institutions, and that the last year has proved to be the best.

Our Educational Interests

There are at present schools at Watford, Friedensau, Skodsborg, Gland, and Nyhyttan. The first two have nine months’ school, the others, only six

months; but the shorter terms enable the smaller schools to rent their buildings to the sanitarium at a good rate, and thus meet their expenses. The students have also a better opportunity to earn sufficient means between the terms to pay for their schooling. Advanced students are employed in gospel work during the long vacations. The attendance has increased to 430 students, and 32 teachers are employed. This number looks indeed small if compared with the attendance of our American schools. But it only illustrates the fact that situations differ in the world. Yet the great question is not how many attend school, but how many enter the work from these schools and become efficient workers. Of the 200 students attending the German and Russian departments at Friedensau, from 95 to 100 per cent enter the work as gospel workers or nurses the moment they leave the school. This is more or less so with all our schools. The students are of ripe age, carefully selected, and they chiefly come with the intention of preparing for some branch of our work. As our people in general are not so well situated nor so independent, but few can afford to send their young people. Our school fees have to be small, about $2.25 to $3 per week. When the scholarship plan is workable, as in Great Britain, this is relied upon. Otherwise we have educational funds, amounting to about twenty thousand dollars, which advance help to students, with the expectation that these advances shall be returned.

The financial standing of our schools is improving constantly. Friedensau, which had to add a second building, stands clear of debt again. Its accounts payable are more than covered by good accounts receivable. The Latin Union school is two thirds paid for. Stanborough Park College is held by the British Union Limited, and it is also free of debt. The debt of our Skodsborg union school has been about wiped out, as the brethren have turned over the proceeds of Frydenstrand to apply on the remaining debt. Our excellence, however, in school work is in dark Africa. Among the 25,000 heathen Wapare, the whole school system is in the hands of Seventh-day Adventists. There are now 21 schools, taught by 33 teachers, and having 2,066 pupils. The whole east side of the Victoria Nyanza, with a million people, presents a still mightier school problem. On the German side, there are now 10 schools, with 1,214 pupils, taught by 24 teachers; on the British side, 11 schools, taught by 26 teachers, and with 500 pupils. Among the Abyssinians, there is a growing school at Asmara, with 23 students, taught by 3 teachers. Thus there are now 43 schools in East Africa, with 3,783 pupils, taught by 86 teachers, of whom 61 are native Christians. This number will undoubtedly fast increase. A number of these teachers, themselves but recently converted from heathenism, do not only teach the natives the elementary rudiments of learning, but they are real soul-winners among their pupils.

Our Health and Philanthropic Work

In Europe proper there were sanitariums and treatment-rooms at Caterham, Gland, Friedensau, Skodsborg, Nyhyttan, Christiania, Frydenstrand, Rostrevor, and Leicester; the last three, however, have lately been dropped, and Watford added. During 1912 eight doctors and 150 nurses have been employed in these institutions, and 2,500 patients treated. All the sanitariums now operated manage to do so without loss. Skodsborg, where over 1,100 patients were treated in 1912, had not only the best gain at the end of the year, but also received several good donations from patients benefited by their treatment. The Gland sanitarium is also enjoying an increasing patronage. What rejoices our hearts the most, however, is the growing missionary spirit among our employees. At all these sanitariums, a ready response is being made to calls for nurses to Asia and Africa.

In connection with the health institutions, one of a purely philanthropic nature ought also to be mentioned, and that is the Old People’s Home at Friedensau. This institution has sufficient room for at least 60 old people; thus far the number of inmates has been about 45. Some 6 of its inmates are blind; others are too feeble to look after themselves. The cost of building and inventories, amounting to $27,000, has not only been collected, but above this $12,000 has accrued from legacies. As to the current support, which amounts to $130 per inmate annually, the inmates themselves have contributed $2,410, while the rest of the deficit, amounting to 2,800, has been covered by the capital interest of our German conferences and unions, which they gladly dedicated to this noble purpose.

Outside the regular sanitarium work, about fifty nurses have been working under conference and sanitarium management, in Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, Scandinavia, etc. In the Levant, our Jerusalem health home has been doing good work. Dr. Pampaian is trying to secure his Turkish diploma at Constantinople. Our Greek nurse, Sister Keanides, has been employed in the military hospital at Saloniki. In East Africa, Dr. Vasenius and Sister Mertke have been giving their attention to medical missionary work. As a number of our missionaries and their wives in Africa are trained nurses, they are able to do considerable medical mission work in connection with their ministry. Our sisters had such success in midwifery that in one place the heathen propose to put up a small building near the mission station for this purpose.

Prospering food factories are located at Watford, Gland, Friedensau, Copenhagen, and Vesteras. Health food stores are successfully operated at Hamburg, Geneva, and Paris. Monthly health journals are now published in English, German, French, and Danish. Our health literature is being constantly enlarged and improved.

Our Publishing Interests

Printing plants are locate at Hamburg, Watford, and Christiania. The Hamburg house has publishing centers also at Riga and Budapest and a depository at Basel. Publishing is being carried on at Gland, Barcelona, Stockholm, Helsingfors, Reykjavik, Florence, Lisbon, and Leipzig. The International Tract Society at Hamburg put up last year a four-story factory, but with the fast-increasing business this is already fully occupied. The printing and publishing work in Europe employs about two hundred. There are now 30 missionary journals, published in 17 languages: English, German, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Bohemian, Roumanian, Lettonian, Esthonian, Polish, Hungarian, Servian. The Herald der Wahrheit has the largest circulation, having a semimonthly edition of 110,000; next comes Present Truth, with 25,000 weekly. All our publishing houses are gaining, and they are not only using their gains to meet their own fast-increasing needs, but they are turning over thousands of dollars of their earnings to help to build up the institutional work in general. Thus the International Tract Society at Watford has turned over $60,000 to the British Union Limited toward the plant at Stanborough Park. Some of the difficulties our publishing work has to meet are best illustrated by what our Riga branch has had to pass through, it having been closed up twice.

Our great pioneers, the canvassers, have also increased much in numbers and in efficiency. At the close of 1908, there were 490 canvassers; now there are 897. The sales have increased as follows; 1909, $312,000; 1910, $313,000; 1911, $332,000; 1912, $424,000, or a total of $1,381,000 against $935,000 the previous four years; a gain of $446,000. The faith of our leaders has not only been larger in the more favorable fields, but new and difficult fields have been entered with success. Thus, Brother Brown has done good work in Catholic Spain; Brother Box, in opening up the work in Austria and Hungary, and even in the Eastern Empire; Brother Voigt, in encouraging the workers in the difficult Moslem field. Untold obstacles, unknown in the New World, meet the canvasser in the Old World, among Catholics and Moslems, at every step. And yet, as never before, the printed page pushes ahead.

Considerable pioneer work has also been done in the African languages. Brother Kotz and his associates have the whole Testament about ready for print in Chassu. Our brethren in British East Africa have been hard at work getting the primer, hymn-book, and part of the New Testament prepared in the Kavirondo. The hymn-book is now completed. In the German Victoria Nyanza field, they are now busy preparing primers and hymn-books in the three languages spoken there.

The Young People’s Work

Although we cannot report large figures for this department of our work, yet it is not being neglected. We realize that the young people of today are our workers and supporters of tomorrow and feel that the very important work of educating them needs our special attention. Here, also, no comparison can be made between the European and North American Divisions. In the United States it is possible to send out literature, pamphlets, and blanks to all the societies, and thus assist them in their work and get complete reports of what has been done. We cannot do this in Europe—we would have to have literature especially for the young people printed in about a dozen different languages. Our General Conference office cannot send out circular letters in one language to all the societies as can the Young People’s Department in Washington. Our work in this department would be greatly simplified if that were possible. We must be content with

instructing the union secretaries; they in turn write to their local secretaries, and these endeavor to inspire the young people in their fields. Thus the figures that we bring for this work are small. But we are making strenuous endeavors to get our young people in Europe thoroughly organized, and hope soon to be able to give a more complete report.

At the end of 1912 we had about 60 reporting societies in the German unions, with 1,200 members; 6 societies in Scandinavia, with 161 members; 2 in the Latin Union, with 60 members; 10 in Great Britain, with 180 members; and several societies in Russia. These figures by no means represent the real number of young people who are doing active missionary work, as many do not report. We hope, however, that the next report we give will contain more accurate figures. If we take our work in the African missions into consideration, we might call our members there one large young people’s society, as most all of the church-members in those fields are not yet out of the twenties. There we have the best-organized societies, and our young people are doing splendid work. The societies at home also remember their black brothers in the heathen fields, and many large donations have been given for the work in Africa and elsewhere. Some societies have been trying to support a worker in one of the missions; others have started Sunday-schools in the large cities, invited children to attend, and in this way became acquainted with people and interested them in the truth. We are thankful to God that he has put the missionary spirit into the hearts of our youth, and shall as a divisional committee to do our best to support them in their efforts.

Our Fallen Workers

It is always necessary when a bridge is being built that some stones be below the water. In order to obtain fruit, the seed must be buried in the ground. So in achieving results in our mission work, some one must lay down his or her life for God’s cause. It pains us deeply to have to report the deaths of nine noble workers in our division—five in Africa, one in Scandinavia, one in the Latin Union, one in the West German Union, and one in the Danube Union. Sister Drangmeister of the Pare Mission, died in December, 1909; Brother E. Rassler, of the Victoria Nyanza Mission, on April 8, 1911; Sister Kaltenhauser, of the same mission, on July 19, 1911; Brother P. Creanzo, of Italy, Oct. 27, 1911; Brother F. Anderson, of Scandinavia, Jan. 22, 1912; Sister J. Mertke, of the Victoria Nyanza Mission, Dec. 29, 1912; Sister Vasenius, of the Victoria Nyanza Mission, passed away Jan. 22, 1913; Brother Luchtenberg, of Holland, Jan. 24, 1913; and Brother Todor Peter, of Hungary, Jan. 26, 1913.

Our Needs

A solid foundation has been laid. In Europe proper, with its 450,000,000, there is now an ever-growing constituency, and the workers are gradually increasing. Some of these unions, however, with 40,000,000 to 110,000,000, have only from 60 to 70 gospel workers. Northern Europe is better provided than southern Europe. Italy, with 35,000,000 people, has one ordained minister; Spain, with 20,000,000, has 2 and yet when the calls from fields beyond are presented to them, they willingly respond, even beyond their power. Urgent calls for help come from Mesopotamia, Mauritius, Asiatic Russia, and East and Central Africa.

We are glad that good, strong ministers are now under appointment for Mesopotamia, Madagascar, and Siberia, and a number of young men and lady nurses for Africa. Our young men in East Africa are willing to heed calls for the Kongo and other portions of central and western Africa, as the way may open. Their experience in African mission fields fits them far better to lead out in new fields again than men direct from the home field.

Never were our needs greater and our prospects brighter. The Lord is not only opening the doors and restoring “the preserved in Israel” in Christian lands, but he is demonstrating his great spiritual power in Mohammedan lands and on virgin pagan soil. This threefold message is doing a great work there. It is becoming indeed a light unto the heathen Gentiles. Young men among them are not only being converted by the hundreds, but, as they are enlisting and swelling the band of workers in the Dark Continent, we can truly see the greatest of all signs nearing its fulfillment. “This gospel of the kingdom” is reaching out to one nation after another, is penetrating the darkest regions of Africa and Asia, is encircling the globe with its sturdy band of workers, and the glory of its truth is enlightening the earth. Yet a little more labor of love, a few more works of faith, a little more patience of hope, and He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry, to place his divine seal upon a finished world-wide work.

L. R. CONRADI, President.
The meeting adjourned.
L. R. CONRADI, Chairmen.
I. H. EVANS, W. A. SPICER, Secretary.

FOURTH MEETING

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

May 16, 2:30 P. M.

L. R. Conradi in the chair.

Elder Allen Moon offered prayer.

The chairman called upon N. Z. Town, secretary of the General Conference Publishing Department, to present the report of this department. The report showed the wonderful growth of this branch of the cause during recent years. The figures testifying to the blessing of the Lord upon this department greatly cheered the delegates as Elder Town presented the report. This report will be printed in full in a future number.

Following this review of the publishing work, the chairman called upon W. W. Prescott, secretary of the Religious Liberty Department, to report. He reviewed the outlook in the general field, and spoke of the activities of workers and people in various parts in meeting the religious-legislation issue. Incidents were cited showing that those who are pushing Sunday-law interests, and men connected with legislative affairs, recognize clearly the fact that it is Seventh-day Adventists who have been standing in the way of the passage of the desired legislation. Never before were so many bills relating to the Sunday question being brought before the various legislatures.

The report also dealt with the Roman Catholic phase of the religious liberty issue—the efforts of the Roman Church to “make America Catholic.” This advent movement, the speaker said, will stand as God’s witness against the Roman Papacy to the end. It is the privilege and the duty of this people to lead in lifting the standard against Rome.

Elder Prescott emphasized the importance of accuracy and carefulness in the controversy with Roman Catholicism. Over the country many faked documents and unreliable statements are set afloat, and only help Rome in its fight against Protestant truth. We Seventh-day Adventists should set ourselves determinedly not to weaken our cause by use of unreliable evidence, but take great care to know the reliability of the facts asserted.

This report will be printed in full in a future number.

Following the report of the Religious Liberty Department, the chairman called for the report of the General Conference Committee on the standing committees for the session. The report was presented and adopted, as follows:—

Committee on Nominations: O. A. Olsen, H. F. Schuberth, L. P. Tieche, W. J. Fitzgerald, J. C. Raft, F. B. Armitage, F. H. Westphal, F. H. Devinney, A. H. Piper, H. C. Menkel, G. A. Irwin, Allen Moon, U. Bender, H. S. Shaw, W. B. White.

Committee on Plans: I. H. Evans, Guy Dail, O. A. Olsen, J. F. Huenergardt, O. E. Reinke, R. C. Porter, J. E. Fulton, J. W. Westphal, W. A. Spicer, C. W. Flaiz, J. L. Shaw, W. C. White, W. W. Prescott, C. H. Jones, N. Z. Town, M. E. Kern, John Christian, H. R. Salisbury, W. A. Ruble, B. G. Wilkinson.

Committee on Finance: W. T. Knox, R. A. Underwood, W. C. Sisley, J. T. Boettcher, L. R. Conradi, J. G. Oblander, F. W. Spies, A. W. Anderson, J. S. James, L. V. Finster, M. M. Campbell, Charles Thompson, E. E. Andross, L. M. Bowen.

Committee on Constitution: L. R. Conradi, W. T. Bartlett, H. W. Cottrell, E. R. Palmer, A. G. Daniells.

Committee on Licenses and Credentials: W. A. Spicer, C. B. Stephenson, E. T. Russell, G. F. Watson, G. B. Thompson.

Committee on Distribution of Labor: W. T. Knox, L. R. Conradi, I. H. Evans, the presidents of union conferences, and the superintendents of union missions.

The meeting adjourned.

L. R. Conradi, Chairman,

W. A. Spicer, Secretary.

All our deliberations upon matters of vital interest to the cause should be with much earnest prayer and due caution. But the vastness of the work and the providence of God evidently opening our way, and inviting us out into the field of labor, demands broader plans, and energy in their execution. Let earnest prayer go up to the God of all grace for divine guidance. And may the servants of the Lord have faith, hope, courage, and well-tempered energy in their labors to urge on the work and build up the cause.—Editorial by James White, in The Signs of the Times, May 6, 1875.

THE GENERAL CONFERENCE TREASURER’S QUADRENNIAL TREASURER’S QUADRENNIAL REPORT

Jan. 1, 1909, to Dec. 31, 1912

In submitting the quadrennial report of the Treasury Department of the General Conference, it is recognized that, to a very large extent, it will indicate the spiritual condition of the people, the degree of their devotion and self-sacrifice, and their love of the truth. It will be a telling index of their attitude to that cardinal feature of their faith, the second coming of Christ. In this report we may also expect to find material evidence of the degree of prosperity the Lord may have given to his cause and people during the time covered. It is with great satisfaction, therefore, that this financial statement of the operations of the General Conference is submitted, for it certainly reveals a remarkable growth in our mission work.

The operations of the General Conference Treasury Department may be segregated into four divisions: first, the administrative and departmental work of the General Conference; second, those large cities of North America where conferences have not sufficient financial strength to properly care for them, the many foreign nationalities settling in the East and Middle West of the United States, and the Negroes of the Southern States; third, those organized fields other than North America, such as Europe, Australia, South Africa, South America, and the West Indies; fourth, those great divisions of the world designated under the general term of heathen lands, such as India, China, Korea, Japan, the Malay Peninsula and islands, the great island territory of the South Seas, and the scattered mission fields, such as West Africa and Mexico.

With the ever-expanding work of the denomination, and the resulting increased demands made upon the General Conference, we should expect to see an increased expenditure of funds upon the first of these divisions. Additional helpers and expense in administrative and departmental work are unavoidable in an increasing work. A study of this report in detail, however, is most gratifying, in that it shows but very slight increase in cost to the denomination.

In the second division, pertaining to the large cities of America, the foreign populations of the United States, and the North American Negro Department, increased appropriations have been granted in the years 1910, 1911, and 1912 to some of the union conferences of the East and South, due chiefly to the fact that some of these conferences, formerly barely self-supporting, by adopting the general policy of a liberal division of their tithe with the General Conference, have required corresponding assistance to enable them to care for their fields. One union conference, the Western Canadian, that has been receiving aid from the treasury, has become self-supporting, and is, according to its membership, one of the most helpful in securing funds for the mission treasury. Others give promise of soon being able to do likewise.

The rapidly increasing foreign populations have necessitated increased expenditures for the North American Foreign Department also. It is with much satisfaction, however, that attention is called to the fact that notwithstanding that much of the expense involved in these first two divisions is for the support of work entirely devoted to the general features of the denomination, the results of which contribute in a very large measure to the gathering of mission funds and the recruiting of laborers for foreign fields, yet the entire outlay for them is met without encroaching upon the gifts of the people to foreign fields; the tithe of the General Conference, the division of tithe from the local conferences, and special gifts being ample to meet all the expense involved, and leave a handsome surplus for foreign mission work.

In the third division referred to, the European Division and Australia, which formerly made large demands upon the mission treasury, have not only become self-supporting, but are now, by the blessing of God, able fully to relieve the General Conference of all financial responsibility in sending the gospel message to large portions of the earth. A glance at the map of the world will reveal what this means to the General Conference treasury. To all the European nations, Iceland, Siberia, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, German and British East Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Sea islands, the message is now being carried independent of our treasury, leaving us free to devote greater energy and more attention to the great, needy fields of heathendom.

South Africa gives encouragement that it will soon be able to care for its own territory. Two mission stations that in the past have received a large portion of the South African appropriations, are now financially independent. South America, while forging ahead and making a most gratifying record, will probably require our assistance for some time, as will also the West Indian Union Conference.

Of the fourth division specified—the dark heathen lands of the Far East—the most encouraging word that can be said, is that the Lord is most wonderfully opening doors before us, and from them are coming many Macedonian cries. Their millions are reaching out their hands to us, calling for the best of our young men and women, for our means, and for our prayers,—calls that evidence that the Lord is rapidly preparing the way for the coming of his Son and the termination of this long reign of sin. This financial report is some evidence of how the Lord’s people are relating themselves to his final work of mercy in behalf of those who have so long been in darkness and ignorance concerning him.

In the body of the report are given the different sources from which we have drawn our funds, and the amounts received from them each year during the quadrennial period, a marked increase being almost always shown each year, with the exception of the Religious Liberty Offerings and the second tithe, there being nothing received from the latter source since 1909, the surplus or percent of tithe from local conferences taking its place. The same is also the case with conferences that in the past have undertaken the support of laborers in other fields.

Special attention is called to the Annual Offerings, which amounted in 1909 to $27,066.29, in 1910 to $54,374.08, in 1911 to $48,676.47, and in 1912 to $71,676.46. The First-day Offerings increased from $18,789.68 in 1909 to $25,236.14 in 1912; the general mission fund from $87,832.92 in 1909 to $102,477.45 in 1912. The Harvest Ingathering Fund, beginning with $41,183.46, reached the sum of $50,164.45 in 1912. The most remarkable showing, however, is found in the Sabbath-school Offerings, which in 1909 contributed to the treasury $81,911.65; in 1910, $99,779.95; in 1911, $115,651.65; and in 1912, $188,421.82; the Sabbath-schools thus contributing to our funds during 1912, $8,000 in excess of the entire mission offerings to the General Conference in 1906. It is evident that we can learn valuable lessons in raising mission funds from the Sabbath-schools. Their constant education concerning our mission efforts, their catchy devices and their special features to maintain a live interest in the fields and their weekly appeals for contributions, without doubt, have largely contributed to the remarkable success made in this line of work by our Sabbath School Department.

Great relief has also been brought to the treasury by the liberal attitude of the local conferences in sharing their tithe with the General Conference. Without this aid, the Mission Board would not only not have been able to make an increase in its mission work, but it would have continued in the dire distress prevailing in 1910, during which year a heavy deficit was created. This division of tithe gave the treasury in 1912 the sum of $157,688.38, and has placed the General Conference where, if nothing unforeseen occurs, it can carry its work through the trying summer months without embarrassment to the mission fields or itself.

For a number of years we have been endeavoring to educate the denomination to a systematic giving to missions that would equal ten cents a week per member. At one time it was thought that the amount thus raised would be ample for all the needs of the Mission Board. Some advancement has been made in this effort each year, as shown in the reports from the Treasury Department; but the rapidly advancing movement of the message has, in the past two or three years, made it very evident that our ideas and plans concerning mission work and offerings must be enlarged. At the Friedensau meeting in 1911, with some trepidation and misgivings, it was decided to appeal to the churches of America to increase their offerings to equal an average amount of fifteen cents a week per member, the necessities of such a request being placed before them. The result has been most gratifying, the offering for 1912 amounting to $472,610.87, or a weekly basis of only a fraction of a cent less than fifteen cents a week per member.

The summary of the report gives the total receipts and disbursements of mission funds in a way that all can see the growth of the work during the period under consideration. There were in—

RECEIPTSDISBURS’TS
1909$377,972.79$357,532.56
1910374,639.37410,611.48
1911427,861.98404,922.53
1912653,458.28495,361.92
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RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT STATEMENT OF MISSION FUNDS

For Year Ending Dec. 31, 1909

Receipts
GENERAL FUNDS:—
Annual Offering$ 27,066.29
First-day Offering18,789.68
Midsummer Offering19,960.03
General mission fund136,457.72
Sabbath-school donations81,911.65
Second tithe2,631.96
Thanksgiving fund30,835.77
Harvest Ingathering fund10,347.69
Tithe12,103.04
Colored work5,859.32
Religious Liberty Association4,490.75
     Total$350,453.90
CONFERENCES AND INDIVIDUALS TO SUPPORT LABORERS IN VARIOUS FIELDS:—
California Conference436.75
Southern California Conference35.00
East Colorado Conference48.00
West Colorado Conference24.00
Iowa Conference3,006.68
Greater New York Conference71.45
Kansas Conference50.60
East Michigan Conference28.74
Minnesota Conference40.00
Nebraska Conference775.60
New Jersey Conference111.00
Ontario Conference301.00
Ohio Conference400.70
South Dakota Conference309.57
Individuals10.00
   Total5,649.09
From miscellaneous sources5,468.05
General Conference session and “Bulletin”account16,401.75
   Grand total377,972.79
Disbursements
MISSION FIELDS:—
Australasian Union Conference8,500.00
China Mission30,672.81
Canadian Union Conference7,650.66
Chesapeake Conference750.00
European General Conference8,089.87
Greater New York Conference4,311.19
Hawaiian Mission400.00
India Mission29,579.96
Japan Mission9,638.75
Korean Mission9,121.49
Jewish appropriation713.00
Mexico Mission9,942.70
South African Union Conference23,783.27
South American Union Conference26,541.84
Southern Union Conference5,175.50
Southeastern Union Conference7,613.64
Southwestern Union Conference4,300.00
Scandinavian appropriation1,404.88
Virginia Conference1,200.00
West Virginia Conference500.00
West African Mission4,038.41
West Indian Union Conference24,819.91
West Canadian Union Conference6,970.73
Russian school appropriation1,161.24
Special appropriation5,211.94
    Total232,091.79
HOME FIELDS:—
To General Conference laborers in field
    on 1909 account28,568.30
To General Conference laborers in field
    on 1908 audit2,163.59
    Total30,731.89
To General Conference employees on
  1908 audit4,368.534,368.53
DEPARTMENTAL EXPENSE
Educational Department2,725.67
Executive Department15,435.11
Medical Department3,029.07
Missionary Volunteer Department1,603.58
North American Foreign Department1,155.82
Publishing Department3,199.93
Sabbath School Department2,268.19
Negro Department2,476.50
Religious Liberty Department3,641.45
    Total35,535.32
SUNDRY ITEMS:—
Fifteen-percent Fund13,684.81
General Conference session17,702.48
Harvest Ingathering campaign14,754.03
Miscellaneous8,663.71
    Total54,805.03
  Grand total357,532.56
Total receipts377,972.79
Total disbursements357,532.56
Receipts over disbursements$20,440.23

RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT STATEMENT OF MISSION FUNDS

For Year Ending Dec. 31, 1910

Receipts
TEN-CENT-A-WEEK FUND:—
Annual Offering$54,374.08
First-day Offering15,921.30
Midsummer Offering16,480.36
Missions          $72,227.96
    Less sundry items      150.4672,077.50
Sabbath-school99,779.95
Harvest Ingathering,1909 31,595.48
Harvest Ingathering,1910 10,048.44
   Total$300,277.11
OTHER FUNDS TO MISSONS:—
Tithe from union conferences13,725.74
Surplus tithe from conferences47,570.94
Religious Liberty donations1,623.19
Negro Department donations10,720.71
    Total73,640.58
Miscellaneous sources721.68
   Grand total374,639.37
Disbursements
FOREIGN MISSION FIELDS:—
Australian Union Conference8,500.33
China Mission40,084.14
European appropriation7,957.19
Hawaiian Mission100.00
India Mission30,031.75
Korea Mission9,421.59
Mexico Mission9,565.24
Philippine Mission2,549.98
Russian school appropriation2,876.53
South African Union Conference27,536.09
South American Union Conference26,001.22
Straits Settlement701.23
Scandinavian appropriation50.92
Singapore Mission2,895.90
Japan Mission10,047.44
West Africa Mission6,337.73
West Indian Union Conference20,883.31
West Indian school1,350.00
Asiatic Division741.22
     Total207,631.81
HOME MISSION FIELDS:—
Central New England Conference310.43
Canadian Union Conference7,920.84
Chesapeake Conference888.00
East Pennsylvania Conference1,200.00
Greater New York Conference9,999.52
Maine Conference1,090.57
New Jersey Conference3,861.79
Virginia Conference1,311.00
Southeastern Union Conference8,964.14
Southern Union Conference9,986.07
Southwestern Union Conference6,531.23
West Canadian Union Conference2,930.00
Western New York Conference582.57
West Pennsylvania Conference600.00
West Virginia Conference1,260.00
     Total57,436.15
NEGRO DEPARTMENT:—
Southeastern Union Conference5,567.75
Southwestern Union Conference2,533.75
Southern Union Conference14,183.50
Huntsville15,687.50
Virginia Conference995.25
Chesapeake Conference995.25
     Total39,963.00
Hillcrest school299.00
Haysmer’s office expense278.67
Haysmer’s salary and traveling expense2,598.65
Loma Linda College987.81
    Total4,164.13
LABORERS:—
General Conference laborers in field,
  1909 audit4,671.92
General Conference laborers in field,
  1910 audit21,939.71
    Total26,611.63
General Conference Office laborers,
  1909 audit2,507.83
Superannuated laborers in field, 1910
  1910 audit4,852.39
    Total7,360.22
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES:—
Educational Department       3,174.14
   Less receipts                251.952,922.19
Executive Department17,517.66
Medical Department           3,763.17
   Less receipts                669.033,094.14
Missionary Volunteer Dept    3,848.96
   Less receipts              1,044.782,804.18
North American Foreign Department2,312.14
Publishing Department        5,860.41
   Less receipts                167.335,693.08
Religious Liberty Association4,576.93
Sabbath School Department    3,817.94
   Less receipts               1,728.612,089.61
     Total41,009.93
MISCELLANEOUS:—
Special appropriations6,424.58
Christian education474.18
Improvements and repairs289.44
General Conference history942.68
Missionary appointees’ salaries3,001.09
Harvest Ingathering expense, 19091,002.90
Harvest Ingathering expense, 191010,048.44
Sundry accounts2,981.48
Sundry expenses1,269.81
     Total26,434.48
  Grand total410,611.48
Total disbursements for year 1910410,611.48
Total receipts374,639.37
  Disbursements over receipts35,972.11
Mission Board credit balance, Jan. 1,
  Jan. 1, 191026,737.39
Jan. 1, 1911, net insolvency9,234.72
Jan. 1, 1910, a credit for operating
  Mission Board26,737.39
Jan.1, 1911, a net insolvency in
  operations9,234.72
  Total shortage in operating for 1910$ 35,972.11

RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT STATEMENT OF MISSION FUNDS

For Year Ending Dec. 31, 1911

Receipts
TEN-CENT-A-WEEK FUND:—
Annual Offering$48,676.47
First-day Offering17,908.06
Midsummer Offering17,975.28
Missions71,856.45
Sabbath-school offerings115,651.65
Harvest Ingathering32,654.45
Colored donations6,559.76
    Total$311,282.12
OTHER FUNDS TO MISSIONS:—
Surplus tithe99,157.83
Tithe12,780.45
Religious Liberty donations1,143.39
Sabbath School Department royalties3,045.62
Miscellaneous sources452.57
    Total116,579.86
Grand total427,861.98
Disbursements
FOREIGN MISSION FIELDS:—
Asiatic Division3,553.43
Australasian Union Conference9,000.00
Brazilian Union Conference6,157.18
Bahama Mission213.71
China Mission39,050.31
European appropriation1,250.00
Hawaiian Mission300.00
India Mission33,390.58
Japan Mission12,549.87
Korean Mission11,201.36
Mexico Mission8,090.25
Philippine Mission3,106.65
Singapore Mission2,276.01
South African Union Conference29,111.16
South American Union Conference16,000.00
West African Mission6,698.27
West Indian Union Conference17,837.19
    Total199,785.97
ADMINISTRATION EXPENSE:—
Executive Department salary11,399.81
Traveling expenses1,744.36
Office expenses3,569.55
16,713.72
Educational Dept. salary1,492.86
Traveling expenses761.36
Office expenses278.24
2,532.46
Miss Vol. Dept. salary2,074.40
Traveling expenses88.07
Office expenses282.05
2,444.52
Medical Department salary1,484.27
Traveling expenses1,672.70
Office expenses39.33
3,196.30
Publishing Department salary2,983.76
Traveling expenses813.90
Office expenses252.78
4,050.44
Sabbath School Dept. salary2,165.36
Traveling expenses761.85
Office expenses1,061.63
3,988.84
Religious Liberty salary2,875.23
Traveling expenses373.99
Office expenses1,272.71
4,521.93
North Amer. For. Dept. salary5,272.15
Traveling expenses2,887.74
Office expenses190.17
8,350.06
Negro Department salary1,309.53
Traveling expenses302.60
Other expenses416.63
2,028.76
Jewish Department salary891.55
Traveling expenses317.28
Office expenses900.00
2,108.83
     Total49,935.86
MISCELLANEOUS:—
Missionary appointees’ salaries5,517.14
Harvest Ingathering expense, 191112,242.82
Harvest Ingathering expense, 19101,278.39
Transfers to $300,00 Fund, 1910acct.2,712.14
European General Conference 1909 and
1910 appropriation balance3,542.80
Gen. Conf. history salary and expense981.51
Special appropriations20,080.91
Rental of office building three years3,446.15
Sundry items4,865.03
   Total54,666.89
HOME MISSION FIELDS:—
Atlantic Union Conference13,250.00
Canadian Union Conference7,224.70
Columbia Union Conference13,300.00
Southeastern Union Conference7,543.68
Southern Union Conference7,695.69
Southwestern Union Conference7,301.00
Virginia Conference, 1910 appropriation500.00
West Canadian Union Conference2,500.00
   Total59,315.07
NEGRO DEPARTMENT:—
Southeastern Union Conference5,498.31
Southern Union Conference11,498.31
Southwestern Union Conference3,000.00
Columbia Union Conference1,999.62
Huntsville5,475.00
   Total27,471.24
LABORERS:—
General Field laborer’s salaries and
  expenses, 19102,911.91
Department laborers’ salaries and
  expenses, 1910548.00
    Total3,459.91
General field laborers’ salaries, 19118,532.00
General field laborers’ expenses, 19111,755.59
    Total10,287.59
  Grand total404,922.53
Total receipts for year 1911427,861.98
Total disbursements for year 1911404,922.53
Net surplus for 191122,939.45
Deficit, Jan. 1, 19119,234.72
Net surplus, Jan. 1, 1912$13,704.73

RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT STATEMENT OF MISSION FUNDS

For Year Ending Jan. 18, 1913Receipts

FIFTEEN-CENT-A-WEEK FUND:—
Sabbath-school donations$188,421.82
Missions102,477.45
Annual Offering71,676.46
Harvest Ingathering50,164.45
First-day Offering25,236.14
Midsummer Offering17,528.57
$300,000 Fund9,242.12
Colored donations6,560.19
Religious liberty donations1,303.67
    Total472,610.87
Surplus tithe157,688.38
Tithe      16,768.01
  Less 5% Sustention Fund  1,477.4115,150.60
    Total172,838.98
MISCELLANEOUS:—
Sabbath-school royalties1,706.16
Interest1,647.73
New York Conference refund appro.1,500.00
East Pennsylvania Conf. refund appro.1,700.00
Department gains715.96
Miscellaneous sources738.58
    Total8,008.43
   Grand Total653,458.28
Disbursements
FOREIGN MISSION FIELDS:—
Asiatic Division2,511.77
Brazil Union Conference8,946.61
Bahama Mission417.34
Canary Islands1,566.55
China Mission46,936.28
Hawaiian Mission330.00
India Mission32,865.07
Japan Mission11,896.77
Korean Mission14,565.70
Malay Mission8,941.04
Mexico Mission8,230.68
Philippine Mission4,394.48
South African Union Conference32,485.80
South American Union Conference16,169.02
West African Mission7,132.38
West Indian Union Conference16,761.96
    Total214,151.45
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE:—
Executive Department:—
Salary11,541.09
Traveling expenses2,326.50
Office expenses3,939.14
17,806.73
Educational Department:—
Salary1,686.50
Traveling expenses717.91
Office expenses288.07
2,692.48
Missionary Volunteer Department:—
Salary2,628.41
Traveling expenses466.20
Office expenses576.38
3,670.99
Medical Department:—
Salary127.00
Traveling expenses116.95
Office expenses86.33
330.28
Publishing Department:—
Salary1,930.78
Traveling expenses311.11
Office expenses327.52
2,569.41
Sabbath School Department:—
Salary2,682.05
Traveling expenses761.93
Office expenses1,500.97
4,944.95
Religious Liberty Department:—
Salary2,444.55
Traveling expenses388.81
Office expenses559.50
3,392.86
Negro Department:—
Salary1,307.10
Traveling expenses406.20
1,713.30
Press Bureau:—
Salary1,369.35
Traveling expenses473.19
Office expenses290.68
2,133.22
MISCELLANEOUS:—
Five-per-cent Fund32,352.47
Special appropriation23,016.23
Harvest Ingathering14,131.41
Foreign field special appropriation10,037.61
Missionary appointees’ salaries and
  expenses7,833.70
“Christian Record” appropriation5,363.63
General Conference history1,099.82
“Christian Education”655.08
Sundry items7,033.23
    Total101,523.18
HOME MISSION FIELDS:—
Atlantic Union Conference25,500.00
Canadian Union Conference9,700.00
Columbia Union Conference20,600.00
Southeastern Union Conference6,400.00
Southern Union Conference6,800.00
Southwestern Union Conference6,938.00
West Canadian Union Conference1,000.00
     Total76,938.00
NEGRO DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATIONS:—
Southeastern Union Conference6,000.00
Southern Union Conference12,998.00
Southwestern Union Conference3,196.00
Columbia Union Conference3,397.00
Huntsville5,891.00
    Total31,482.00
NORTH AMERICAN FOREIGN DEPARTMENT:—
Salary6,349.08
Traveling expenses2,775.24
Office expenses157.25
Department appropriations3,331.16
    Total12,612.73
JEWISH DEPARTMENT:—
Salary948.81
Traveling expenses386.61
Department appropriations2,466.00
  Total3,801.42
LABORERS:—
General field laborers’ salaries and
expenses, 1911 account3,695.87
Department laborers’ salaries and
expenses, 1911 account1,423.15
    Total5,119.02
General field laborers’ salaries, 1912 9,028.81
General field laborers’ expenses, 1912 1,451.09
    Total10,479.90
    Grand total495,361.92
Total receipts for 1912653,458.28
Total disbursements for 1912495,361.92
Excess receipts over disbursements158,096.36
Surplus from last year13,704.73
Surplus Jan. 18, 1913171,801.09
Less deferred charges11,517.48
    Net surplus$160,283.61

QUADRENNIAL COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS TO MISSIONS

Jan. 1, 1909, to Jan. 18, 1913
Receipts

Balance on hand Jan. 1, 1909$$6,297.16
1909Annual Offering27,066.29
1910Annual Offering54,374.08
1911Annual Offering48,676.47
1912Annual Offering71,676.46
    Total201,793.30
1909First-day Offering18,789.68
1910First-day Offering15,921.30
1911First-day Offering17,908.06
1912First-day Offering25,236.14
    Total79,855.18
1909Midsummer Offering19,960.03
1910Midsummer Offering16,480.36
1911Midsummer Offering17,975.28
1912Midsummer Offering17,528.57
    Total71,944.24
1909General mission fund87,832.92
1910General mission fund72,077.50
1911General mission fund71,856.45
1912General mission fund102,477.45
    Total334,244.32
1909Sabbath-school offering81,911.65
1910Sabbath-school offering99,779.95
1911Sabbath-school offering115,651.65
1912Sabbath-school offering188,421.82
    Total485,765.07
1909Harvest Ingathering donation41,183.46
1910Harvest Ingathering donation41,643.92
1911Harvest Ingathering donation32,654.45
1912Harvest Ingathering donation50,164.45
    Total165,646.28
1909Colored donation5,859.32
1910Colored donation10,720.71
1911Colored donation6,559.76
1912Colored donation6,560.19
    Total27,699.98
1909Religious liberty donation4,490.75
1910Religious liberty donation1,623.19
1911Religious liberty donation1,143.39
1912Religious liberty donation1,303.67
    Total8,561.00
1912$300.000 Fund9,242.129,242.12
1909Second tithe2,631.962,631.96
1909Tithe12,103.04
1910Tithe13,725.74
1911Tithe12,780.45
1912Tithe15,150.60
    Total53,759.83
1909Surplus tithe40,063.23
1910Surplus tithe47,570.94
1911Surplus tithe99,157.83
1912Surplus tithe157,688.38
    Total344,480.38
1909Legacies8,561.578,561.57
1909From conferences and individuals
    for laborers’ support5,649.095,649.09
1909From miscellaneous sources5,468.05
1910From miscellaneous sources721.68
1911From miscellaneous sources3,498.19
1912From miscellaneous sources8,008.43
    Total17,696.35
1909General Conference session16,401.7516,401.75
Grand Total1,840,229.58
Disbursements
1910Asiatic division741.22
1911Asiatic division3,553.43
1912Asiatic division2,511.77
    Total6,806.42
1909Australasian field8,500.00
1910Australasian field8,500.33
1911Australasian field9,000.00
    Total26,000.33
1909China Mission30,672.81
1910China Mission40,084.14
1911China Mission39,050.31
1912China Mission46,936.28
    Total156,743.54
1911Brazilian field6,157.18
1912Brazilian field8,946.61
    Total15,103.79
1911Bahama Mission213.71
1912Bahama Mission417.34
    Total631.05
1912Canary Island1,566.551,566.55
1909European General Conference8,089.87
1910European General Conference7,957.19
1911European General Conference1,250.00
    Total17,297.06
1909Hawaiian Mission400.00
1910Hawaiian Mission100.00
1911Hawaiian Mission300.00
1912Hawaiian Mission330.00
    Total1,130.00
1909India Mission29,579.96
1910India Mission30,031.75
1911India Mission33,390.58
1912India Mission32,865.07
    Total125,867.36
1909Japan Mission9,638.75
1910Japan Mission10,047.44
1911Japan Mission12,549.87
1912Japan Mission11,896.77
    Total44,132.83
1909Korean Mission9,121.49
1910Korean Mission9,421.59
1911Korean Mission11,201.36
1912Korean Mission14,565.70
    Total44,310.14
1909Mexico Mission9,942.70
1910Mexico Mission9,565.24
1911Mexico Mission8,090.25
1912Mexico Mission8,230.68
    Total35,828.87
1912Malay Mission8,941.048,941.04
1910Philippine Mission2,549.98
1911Philippine Mission3,106.65
1912Philippine Mission4,394.48
    Total10,051.11
1909Russian school appropriation1,161.24
1910Russian school appropriation2,876.53
    Total4,037.77
1909South African Union Conference23,783.27
1910South African Union Conference27,536.09
1911South African Union Conference29,111.16
1912South African Union Conference32,485.80
    Total112,916.32
1909South American Union Conference26,541.84
1910South American Union Conference26,001.22
1911South American Union Conference16,000.00
1912South American Union Conference16,169.02
    Total84,712.08
1910Straits Settlement701.23701.23
1909Scandinavian appropriation1,404.88
1910Scandinavian appropriation50.92
    Total1,455.80
1910Singapore Mission2,895.90
1911Singapore Mission2,276.01
    Total5,171.91
1909West African Mission4,038.41
1910West African Mission6,337.73
1911West African Mission6,698.27
1912West African Mission7,132.38
    Total24,206.79
1909West Indian Union Conference24,819.91
1910West Indian Union Conference22,233.31
1911West Indian Union Conference17,837.19
1912West Indian Union Conference16,761.96
    Total81,652.37
Home Fields
1909Canadian Union Conference7,650.66
1910Canadian Union Conference7,920.84
1911Canadian Union Conference7,224.70
1912Canadian Union Conference9,700.00
    Total32,496.20
1909Atlantic Union Conference4,311.19
1910Atlantic Union Conference11,983.09
1911Atlantic Union Conference13,250.00
1912Atlantic Union Conference25,500.00
    Total55,044.28
1909Columbia Union Conference2,450.00
1910Columbia Union Conference9,120.79
1911Columbia Union Conference13,800.00
1912Columbia Union Conference20,600.00
    Total45,970.79
1909Southeastern Union Conference7,613.64
1910Southeastern Union Conference8,964.14
1911Southeastern Union Conference7,543.68
1912Southeastern Union Conference6,400.00
    Total30,521.46
1909Southern Union Conference5,175.50
1910Southern Union Conference9,986.07
1911Southern Union Conference7,695.69
1912Southern Union Conference6,800.00
    Total29,657.26
1909Southwestern Union Conference4,300.00
1910Southwestern Union Conference6,531.23
1911Southwestern Union Conference7,301.00
1912Southwestern Union Conference6,938.00
    Total25,070.23
1909Gen. Conf. employees, 1908 audit4,368.53
1910Gen. Conf. employees, 1909 audit2,507.83
1911Gen. Conf. employees, 1910 audit548.00
1912Gen. Conf. employees, 1911 audit1,423.15
    Total8,847.51
1909Gen.Conf.laborers,field,1908 audit2,163.59
1910Gen.Conf.laborers,field,1909 audit4,671.92
1911Gen.Conf.laborers,field,1910 audit2,911.91
1912Gen.Conf.laborers,field,1911 audit3,695.87
    Total13,443.29
1909General Conf. laborers, field, 190928,568.30
1910General Conf. laborers, field, 191021,939.71
1911General Conf. laborers, field, 191110,287.59
1912General Conf. laborers, field, 191210,479.90
    Total71,275.50
1910Superannuated, 19104,852.394,852.39
1909Educ. Dept. salaries and expenses2,725.67
1910Educ. Dept. salaries and expenses2,922.19
1911Educ. Dept. salaries and expenses2,532.46
1912Educ. Dept. salaries and expenses2,692.48
    Total10,872.80
1909Execut. Dept. salaries and expenses15,435.11
1910Execut. Dept. salaries and expenses17,517.66
1911Execut. Dept. salaries and expenses16,713.72
1912Execut. Dept. salaries and expenses17,806.73
    Total67,473.22
1909Medical Dept. salaries and expenses3,029.07
1910Medical Dept. salaries and expenses3,094.14
1911Medical Dept. salaries and expenses3,196.30
1912Medical Dept. salaries and expenses330.28
    Total9,649.79
1909M. V. Dept. salaries and expenses1,603.58
1910M. V. Dept. salaries and expenses2,804.18
1911M. V. Dept. salaries and expenses2,444.52
1912M. V. Dept. salaries and expenses3,670.99
    Total10,523.27
1909N. Am. For. Dept. salaries and exp.1,155.82
1910N. Am. For. Dept. salaries and exp.2,312.14
1911N. Am. For. Dept. salaries and exp.8,350.06
1912N. Am. For. Dept. salaries and exp.12,612.73
    Total24,430.75
1909Pub. Dept. salaries and expenses3,199.93
1910Pub. Dept. salaries and expenses5,693.08
1911Pub. Dept. salaries and expenses4,050.44
1912Pub. Dept. salaries and expenses2,569.41
    Total15,512.86
1912Press Bureau salaries and expenses2,133.222,133.22
1909Relig. Lib. Dept. salaries and exp.3,641.45
1910Relig. Lib. Dept. salaries and exp.4,576.93
1911Relig. Lib. Dept. salaries and exp.4,521.93
1912Relig. Lib. Dept. salaries and exp.3,392.86
    Total16,133.17
1909S. S. Dept. salaries and expenses2,268.19
1910S. S. Dept. salaries and expenses2,089.61
1911S. S. Dept. salaries and expenses3,988.84
1912S. S. Dept. salaries and expenses4,944.95
    Total13,291.59
1911Jewish Dept. salaries and expenses2,108.83
1912Jewish Dept. salaries and expenses3,801.42
    Total5,910.25
1909Special appropriations5,211.94
1910Special appropriations6,424.58
1911Special appropriations20,080.91
1912Special appropriations23,016.23
    Total54,733.66
1909Fifteen-per-cent fund13,684.8113,684.81
1909General Conference session17,702.4817,702.48
1909Harvest Ingathering expenses14,754.03
1010Harvest Ingathering expenses11,051.34
1911Harvest Ingathering expenses13,521.21
1912Harvest Ingathering expenses14,131.41
    Total53,457.99
1910Missionary appointees’ salaries3,001.09
1911Missionary appointees’ salaries5,517.14
1912Missionary appointees’ salaries7,833.70
    Total16,351.93
1909Negro Dept. salaries and expenses2,476.50
1910Negro Dept. salaries and expenses2,877.32
1911Negro Dept. salaries and expenses2,028.76
1912Negro Dept. salaries and expneses1,713.30
    Total9,095.88
1910Negro Dept. appropriations39,963.00
1911Negro Dept. appropriations27,471.24
1912Negro Dept. appropriations31,482.00
    Total98,916.24
1909Western Canadian Union Conf.6,970.73
1910Western Canadian Union Conf.2,930.00
1911Western Canadian Union Conf.2,500.00
1912Western Canadian Union Conf.1,000.00
    Total13,400.73
1909Miscellaneous items9,376.71
1910Miscellaneous items7,244.40
1911Miscellaneous items15,547.63
1912Miscellaneous items18,825.74
    Total50,994.48
1912Five-per-cent fund32,352.4732,352.47
1912“Christian Record” appropriation5,363.635,363.63
Summary of Mission Receipts and Disbursements
Balance Jan. 1, 19096,297.16
1909377,972.79357,532.56
1910374,639.37410,611.48
1911427,861.98404,922.53
1912653,458.28495,361.92
Balance Jan. 18, 1913171,801.09
    Totals$1,840,229.58$1,840,229.58

STATEMENT OF SUSTENTATION FUND

From Beginning to Dec. 31, 1912

DISBURSEMENTSRECEIPTS
Receipts, 1911$$45,757.59
Receipts, 191265,206.01
Disbursements, 191141,344.63
Supplies19.68
Disbursements, 191265,974.92
Balance3,624.37
$110,963.60$110,963.60
19111912
Average monthly receipts3,813.135,433.83
Average monthly disbursements3,446.395,497.91

STATEMENT OF THE $300,000 FUND

Jan. 18, 1913

Total receipts from July 1, 1909, to July
   31, 1912$117,999.30
Paid to China Mission$57,749.98
Paid to India Mission20,072.18
Paid to Korea Mission15,577.83
Paid to South America14,000.00
Paid to European Division5,072.40
Paid to Mexico Mission4,500.00
Paid to Brazil Union Conference4,500.00
Paid to West Indian Union Conference4,500.00
Paid to Japan Mission2,121.22
Paid to Montreal church1,949.89
Paid to West African Mission1,500.00
Paid to Australasian Union Conference1,000.00
Paid to Quebec Conference649.93
Paid to Maritime Conference348.36
Paid to Canadian Union Conference500.00
Paid to Cuba300.00
Expense bill77.50
Transfers—corrections156.50
Balance on hand, Jan. 19, 191334,423.51
$177,999.30

GENERAL CONFERENCE STATEMENT OF CONDITION AT CLOSE OF YEAR

Jan 18, 1913

ASSETS:—

Cash on hand and in bank$168,958.21
Accounts receivable13,348.84
Publishing houses13,503.93
Conferences and tract societies1,855.24
Correspondence School1,733.68
Inventories2,751.54
Notes receivable6,226.56
General Conference Corporation647.38
General Conference library1,465.43
Mission fields on 1913 appropriation7,517.48
Loma Linda Sanitarium on 1913 appro.4,000.00
$222,008.29

LIABILITIES:—

$300,000 Fund34,423.51
Sustentation Fund3,624.37
Trust funds in holding9,499.78
Conferences and tract societies99.76
Treas,?? credit checks (outstanding)272.30
Accounts payable2,287.48
50,207.20
    Net worth171,801.09
1912 excess assets over liabilities171,801.09
1911 excess assets over liabilities13,704.73
    Gain for year 1912$158,096.36

Auditor’s Statement

R. T. DOWSETT

TAKOMA PARK, WASHINGTON, D. C., April 25, 1913.

General Conference Committee,

Elder W. T. Knox, Treasurer,

Takoma Park, D. C.

Dear Brother: In harmony with your request, I have completed a thorough audit of the books of your Treasury Department for the year ending Dec. 31, 1912. Also, checked all accounts affecting the cash to date of audit (March 25, 1913). The cash in hand harmonizes with the amount demanded by the cash-account, and the several banks with which money is on deposit acknowledged balances in accord with your books, taking into consideration outstanding checks not cashed by the banks at the date of balance.

Entries covering the receipts were checked from original correspondence, and I found the same properly recorded. Satisfactory vouchers, receipted invoices, and statements cover the disbursements. I find the books in balance, and accounts are kept in a very satisfactory manner.

I have checked the statements herewith submitted, and I am pleased to certify to their correctness. They reveal the condition of the various accounts. It is gratifying to see the General Conference in such excellent condition financially.

In submitting this report, I desire to express my appreciation for the courtesies extended to me during this audit by all connected with your Treasury Department.

May the year 1913 bring to the cause of God additional prosperity financially as well as great spiritual blessing.

Sincerely your brother,
R. T. DOWSETT, Auditor.

GENERAL CONFERENCE CORPORATION FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Dec. 31, 1912

RESOURCES:—Takoma real estate $33,474.11     Less depreciation for bldg. 1,000.00 $32,474.11 Cuban real estate 909.35 Office furniture and fixtures 3,878.95     Less depreciation reserve 304.99 3,573.96 Dup. & computing machines 780.50     Less depreciation reserve 112.00 668.50 Typewriters 1,497.59     Less depreciation reserve 253.32 1,244.27 Accounts receivable 18,586.28 Notes receivable 196,435.96     Less depreciation reserve. 2,155.42 194,280.54 Interest accrued on notes receivable 8,238.11 Insurance (unexpired) 110.68 Cash on hand 29,313.14 $289,398.94

LIABILITIES:—

Bills payable142,653,46
Annuity contracts34,050.00
Depositors46,965.32
Certificates of deposit16,683.05
Accrued interest on bills payable4,622.11
Accrued interest on annuity contracts395.79
245,369.73
    Present worth Jan. 1, 191344,029.21
GAINS:—
Interest2,649.93
General Conference Corporation Fund100.00
Notary fees5.75
Rent1,692.71
4,448.39
LOSSES:—
Annuities1,783.77
Depreciation1,670.31
Expense78.90
Insurance40.52
Salary247.00
Taxes289.61
4,110.11
    Net gain for year 1912338.28
Present worth Jan. 1, 191243,690.93
  Net gain for year 1912338.28
    Present worth Jan. 1, 191344,029.21

General Conference Corporation Comparative Statement

Present worth Jan. 1, 190940,609.99
Present worth Dec. 31, 191244,029.21
  Net gain for the four years$3,419.22

Auditor’s Statement

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

TAKOMA PARK, WASHINGTON, D. C., April 25, 1913.

Elder W. T. Knox, Treasurer,

General Conference Corporation S. D. A.,

Takoma Park, D. C.

Dear Brother: This is to certify that I have completed the examination of the books of the General Conference Corporation for the year ending Dec. 31, 1912. The cash received during the year has been correctly entered; and proper vouchers are on file covering all disbursements. The books are in balance.

The cash in hand, the morning of March 23, and in the bank, corresponds with amount demanded by the cash register.

I have discovered no errors whatsoever, and I am pleased to certify that as far as my knowledge goes, the funds of the corporation have been faithfully accounted for. The statement herewith attached of resources and liabilities, together with detail account of real estate, bills payable, bills receivable, certificates of deposit, and annuities, is a correct statement of the financial standing of the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists for the year ending Dec. 31, 1912. Sincerely yours, R. T. DOWSETT, Auditor.

GENERAL CONFERENCE ASSOCIATION FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Dec. 31, 1912

RESOURCES:—

Accounts receivable$23,032.84
Bills receivable3,223.90
Real estate430.52
$26,687.26

LIABILITIES:—

Annuities3,500.00
Bills payable6,045.00
Accounts payable605.75
10,150.75
  Present worth Jan. 1, 191316,536.51

GAINS:—

Legacies5,541.66
General Conference Assn. Fund50.00
5,591.66

LOSSES:—

Interest231.56
Montana Conference51.76
Taxes18.10
Expense30.50
Real estate—on sale of lots Nos. 30
  and 93, in Battle Creek50.00
381.92
  Net gain for year 19125,209.74
Present worth Jan. 1, 191211,326.77
Net gain for year 19125,209.74
  Present worth Jan. 1, 191316,536.51

General Conference Association Comparative Statement

Present worth Jan. 1, 19094,938.30
Present worth Dec. 31, 191216,536.51
  Net gain for the four years$11,598.21

Auditor’s Statement

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

TAKOMA PARK, WASHINGTON, D. C., April 25, 1913.

Elder W. T. Knox, Treasurer,

General Conference Association, S. D. A.,

Takoma Park, D. C.

Dear Brother: Your accounting department has done faithful and honest work in recording the business of the association for the year 1912, and after careful examination of the books and accounts, which I find in balance, I am pleased to certify to the correctness of the statement herewith submitted. It correctly reveals the financial standing of the General Conference Association Dec. 31, 1912.

Respectfully submitted,
R. T. DOWSETT, Auditor.
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A total of receipts for the four years of $1,833,932.42, in contrast with $888,607.45 for the previous four years, a gain of $945,324.97. The total disbursements for the four years have been $1,668,428.49, as compared with the previous four years’ disbursements of $833,871.04, an increase of $834,557.45.

During this same period, there was received by the treasury on the $300,000 Fund, $177,999.30, the fund being closed July 1, 1912. Of this there was disbursed as follows:—

China$57,119.76
Japan1,414.34
Korea14,729.02
India29,039.68
Europe7,972.40
Australia1,000.00
South American Union14,000.00
Brazil4,500.00
West Africa1,500.00
West Indian Union4,500.00
Cuba300.00
Canadian Union571.23
Montreal church1,949.89
Total138,596.32
Balance39,402.98
$177,999.30

In the past, one of the perplexing problems of the denomination has been a proper provision for the care of the aged and infirm conference workers. During the fall council of 1910, the president plan, known as the Sustentation Fund, was adopted,—a fund created from five per cent of the tithe of all the conferences of America. Thus far the plan has afforded universal satisfaction, and has proved a great blessing to the denomination. Since it has been in operation, from Jan. 1, 1911, it has yielded $110,963.60; one hundred eighty-five ministers, Bible workers, and other conference laborers have regularly drawn their support from the fund, at an outlay of $103,538.16. Temporary assistance has been given to the amount of $3,801.07. From the rapidly increasing demands made upon the fund, it is evident that it will be necessary in the near future to raise the per cent of tithe devoted to this work.

We have in this report much to encourage us. The funds connected with our evangelistic work are all in healthy condition. Much of the heavy financial pressure of the past years has been removed. With this there comes to our brethren in distant and difficult fields a feeling of security that has not always characterized their labors. This is as it should be. But, without doubt, this Conference will give voice to many pleas that should be granted, and if they are, they will call for still greater outlay, all of which should only confirm us in the faith in which we hold the message, but will necessitate greater devotion and liberality than in the past, in order that not only every opportunity to advance the kingdom of God may be improved to the full, but also that every phase of our denominational finance may be properly cared for. W. T. KNOX.

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”

Departmental Meetings

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

MISSIONARY VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENT

First Meeting

At 4:30 Thursday afternoon a large company representing home and foreign fields gathered in the Foreign Mission Seminary chapel for the first meeting of the Missionary Volunteer Department. All joined in singing “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.”

Prof. M. E. Kern, in his opening remarks, said: “We have felt in planning for our meetings that if we are going to teach our young people to be devoted and spiritual, we must be devoted and spiritual ourselves, and so as we come to these meetings let us come with the spirit of devotion.

The exercises of the hour were conducted by Elder Meade MacGuire. After reading from John 17, he spoke thus of the secret of success in our work: “As I think of the army of young men and women and children who are committed to our trust, and in whose interest we are giving our services, I feel profoundly that we must learn the lesson Jesus sets forth. He says, ‘For their sakes, I consecrate myself.’ Renouncing, first, all personal purposes and motives in life, he set himself apart, or placed himself upon the altar, ‘for their sakes,’ and I am certain that this will furnish the key-note to great success in our work if we will follow the Saviour’s example. When we as secretaries bear upon our hearts the children and young people whom God has especially privileged us to labor

for, and say, from the very depths of our hearts, ‘For their sakes I lay my life on the altar,’ I am sure that God will then take the consecrated life of each secretary and use it marvelously for their sakes..

During the few moments devoted to social meeting, all the union conference secretaries, some foreign workers, and others spoke, each expressing a desire for that degree of consecration which will mean equipment for successful service in soul-winning. The first meeting struck the key-note for all the department meetings to follow—a call to deeper consecration for service and greater efficiency in soul-winning.

PUBLISHING DEPARTMENT

Second Meeting

By request, Elder N. Z. Town acted as chairman of the second meeting of the Publishing Department, held Friday afternoon, May 16. The representatives present listened with interest to a paper by C. H. Jones, manager of the Pacific Press, on “The Place Our Publishing Houses Occupy in Giving the Message.” Briefly, Brother Jones phasized the important part that printing took in the great Reformation. So in the spread of the third angel’s message, literature pioneers the way. It is estimated that one third of those who have accepted present truth have done so directly as the result of reading. Attention was called to the part the printed page is taking in the opening up of such foreign fields as Japan, China, South America, and other sections.

The representatives present were interested to learn that the speaker acted as the pressman of the first power press owned by our publishing office, in 1863. On this press were printed two periodicals. Contrasting this with the thirty-seven publishing houses and branches today, and the large amount of literature printed in many languages, Brother Jones emphasized how wonderfully God has wrought in the providing of facilities for the rapid extension of the message.

He read from the Testimonies for the Church 7:138-140, to refresh the minds of the representatives present on the work God designs accomplished by the publishing houses and the organization which circulates the literature. Our publishing houses have been appointed by the Lord to do a specific work in carrying the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people in this generation. This large amount of work can only be done if these agencies are fully consecrated to God. The speaker expressed hope that the time is very near when every Seventh-day Adventist shall be a publisher, and every Seventh-day Adventist home a publishing house.

Elder J. N. Loughborough, who has been closely connected with our publishing work since 1852, gave some most interesting reminiscences of his early experiences. He told how happy the few believers were when they had raised $700, purchased their first printing equipment, and had gotten a few thousand copies of tracts on the Sabbath, the Sanctuary, and other subjects, printed. The work on these was all done by hand, and “bees” were held, in which the sisters and others would come in and help bind and fold and stitch by the slow peg-and-awl method. Elder Loughborough was the first to undertake the sale of these few pamphlets, in connection with his public meetings. They retailed for 35 cents. Dur-a two days’ meeting, $50 worth was sold. Thus the sale of our literature began.

MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

First Meeting

The Medical Department of the General Conference held its opening meeting at 4:30 P. M., Thursday. Dr. W. A. Ruble, chairman, called the meeting to order, and L. C. Christofferson, of Wichita, Kans, was elected secretary.

Dr. Ruble, in a few well-chosen remarks, called attention to the importance of medical workers being men of God. The business of medical workers is, first of all, the saving of souls, and without the Holy Spirit of God directing and controlling, this work cannot be done. Personal work must be done, and medical workers be medical missionaries in the truest sense of the term. There must be a spiritual awakening among our medical men. Dr. Ruble emphasized the necessity of having a medical secretary who can devote his entire time to this line of work. He called attention to the Loma Linda Medical College and its needs, and the duty of the denomination to support it and make it a success. He suggested the need of a periodical devoted entirely to the upbuilding of the medical work.

Dr. Green spoke along the same line, especially the need of having a medical secretary who shall have no other duties than those which naturally come to that office.

Elder G. B. Starr said that the temperance question is a live one, and that Seventh-day Adventists must take their stand in every State on the right side of this question when it comes up.

Action was taken requesting the chairman to appoint a committee of five on plans and resolutions, and a list was read of the different topics to be discussed in the meetings to follow.

MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

Second Meeting

At the Medical Department meeting Friday afternoon a paper was read by Elder Meade MacGuire, entitled, “Making Spiritual Matters of Supreme Importance in Our Medical Work.” The thoughts presented gave evidence that the writer had given much study and consideration to the subject.

Spiritual matters must be held supreme if Seventh-day Adventists fill the place God has assigned them. The medical profession in general have much that Seventh-day Adventists have in the art of healing, but we hold to and make supreme the one thought of soul-saving. Jesus Christ was the great Physician, and yet all that he did for the healing of the bodies of men was with the one purpose of ministering to their souls.

Dr. Miller said that a right attitude towards this question will settle the problem of keeping our nurses and other medical workers from leaving the message and becoming merely professional men and women. God is the great Healer, and when we recognize him as such and take him into account in the application of the natural agencies for healing, he will work with us for the sick, and a mighty work will be done by this people.

The Sermon

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

A CALL TO CONSECRATION

May 16, 7:30 P. M.

After a brief, impressive Sabbath opening service which was followed by an appropriate song service in which the congregation heartily joined, Elder G. B. Thompson spoke on the subject of consecration, basing his discourse on 1 Chronicles 29:5. He first set forth the great truth that since God’s purpose is essentially spiritual and carried forward by the power of the Spirit, it follows as a matter of course that we shall be qualified to carry on the great work to which God has called us by the power of the Holy Spirit; and that means whole-hearted consecration to God’s service. All other means and agencies good as they may be, are of no avail without the mighty consecration that the Holy Spirit gives.

Failure on this point of consecration made ancient Israel slaves of the surrounding nations, and so it brings leanness to our souls. As the presence of the ark could not save Israel from the Philistines, no more can all our external forms and activities apart from true consecration tot he service of God deliver us. Again, as in the case of Israel it means the putting away of all false gods.

In closing Elder Thompson appealed to the congregation to receive the Holy Spirit and experience a full consecration so that we may finish the work and save our own souls.

ILLUSTRATED MISSIONARY TALK

May 17, 7:45 P. M.

Elder Boettcher occupied the hour this evening giving a very interesting recital of the progress of the work in Russia. In spite of the persistent and bitter persecution heaped upon all believers the true light of God shines invincibly, and all the power of darkness seems only to help the truth.

There are 89 workers in that field, 19 of whom are ordained ministers. Last year 779 converts were won to the truth, and today the believers number more than 5,000. In this connection the speaker brought out the interesting fact that the Russian Union is the only union that has no institutions. There are some 30 young people from Russia in the school in Germany preparing for the work in Russia. Two young men are in prison serving 7 year sentences for refusal to serve in the army.

The fierce opposition made by the Russian government to our work is explained by the fact that all alien teaching is regarded as a challenge of the orthodoxy of the Greek Church. Work among other nationalities not of the Greek faith is allowed to go on freely; but the truth is not bound as is seen by the fact that a specially bound copy of “Christ’s Object Lessons” has been received as a present by the Czarina from one of our sisters.

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”

THE FIRST SABBATH OF THE CONFERENCE

Sabbath was a rainy day, yet those who filled the great pavilion were not seriously inconvenienced. At times when the rain fell the hardest, the congregation united in singing some of the beautiful songs of Zion. The day was one of spiritual uplift. As one sister remarked, the rain was a blessing. The congregation were shut in with God. They were there for a purpose, and were not disappointed.

THE SABBATH-SCHOOL

May 17, 9 A. M.

Promptly at nine, despite the storm without, two thousand or more gathered in the main pavilion for the first Sabbath-school of the Conference session. Elder G. B. Thompson, secretary of the Sabbath-school Department, was in charge. The children, under leaders of experience, met elsewhere.

The review of the senior division lesson, by Elder F. M. Wilcox, was of special interest. The historical setting of the prophecies of the twenty-three hundred days and the seventy weeks, with the relationship that these sustain to one another and to the advent movement of 1843-44, were set forth in a symposium led by Elders F. M. Burg, G. B. Starr, J. S. Washburn, J. O. Corliss, and J. N. Loughborough. Prof. W. W. Prescott outlined some remarkable parallels between the deliverance of ancient Israel from Babylon and the deliverance of modern Israel from spiritual captivity.

The lesson study was led by Elder R. C. Porter. He emphasized the truth that as in the days of Israel the dedication of the temple was accompanied by a revelation of the divine Presence, so today the dedication of the individual heart to God brings into the life the subduing influence of God’s presence and power.

Prior to the offering, Elder J. S. James, of the Tinnevelly District, South India, related touching instances of personal denial on the part of the members of Sabbath-schools in his field. “Their faces beam with joy,” he declared, “as they hear of a people across the seas who have given themselves to a program of self-denial in order to support the workers in other lands.” Out of their penury they give liberally. Their noble example of self-sacrifice should be an inspiration to their brethren and sisters in more favored lands.

An official report of the exercises of the various divisions of the Sabbath-school, with statistics, will be published in a later issue.

THE MORNING SERMON

Elder I. H. Evans preached a solemn and stirring discourse in the large tent Sabbath morning, from the text, “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up.” A deep impression was made upon hearts. We hope to be able to give the sermon in full in a later issue of the BULLETIN.

THE AFTERNOON SERVICE

The exercises of the afternoon were of a most encouraging nature. Elder E. W. Farnsworth, in the opening prayer besought the God of Jacob to come near, and reveal himself to his waiting people with converting power. “Anoint our eyes,” he prayed, “that we may see what God would have us do. May we rise above the shadowy region of doubt and unbelief, and dwell in the sunlight of thy presence. Encourage and uplift, we pray.”

The choir rendered a selection, in which the truth was emphasized that God always sends the sunshine after the rain.

A message of greeting and good cheer from Mrs. Ellen G. White, of St. Helena, Cal., to her brethren and sisters assembled in General Conference, was read by her son, Elder W. C. White. This communication will appear in a later issue. The reading of this letter brought forth many hearty “amens” from the brethren on the rostrum and throughout the congregation. Tears flowed freely as Sister White’s expressions of confidence in her brethren and in God’s leadership of his people, were read.

The afternoon discourse was delivered by Elder E. E. Andross, of the Pacific Union. He chose as the basis of his remarks the exhortation of the apostle Paul in Romans 13:12-14: “The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkeness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

The speaker called particular attention to the words of the twelfth verse. We have been passing through a long night; there is a day of light and gladness before us; the night is far spent, and the day is at hand; we are exhorted to prepare for the breaking of that glad day.

Ever since man sinned in the garden of God, we have been living in a long night of gloom; but, through the mercy of God, a bright Star of hope appeared, a harbinger of the coming of the dawn. This Star has never set. It still shines through the darkness. It has been the hope of the ages, and it is our hope today.

Many evidences of the reign of sin in this world of darkness were cited by the speaker,—sickness, decay, death; the sorrow of those bereft of their loved ones; the havoc wrought by the elements; the spirit of strife; the unrest and the anarchy so prevalent. But these should not be permitted to dishearten the believer in the second advent; every one in whose heart has risen the Day-star should rise above the dark shades of sin and sorrow and death, and view the dawning of the morning. Every child of God may expect with confidence the ushering in of that glorious day when all the faithful will be delivered from the power of sin and death. “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.” “There shall be no night there; ... for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 21:4; 22:5.

The gleams of the golden morning are breaking through the night of gloom; the day is dawning; soon the darkness will disappear; and in view of the approaching day, let us, in the language of the text, “cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”

In this time of waiting, how applicable are the words of the prophet Habakkuk: “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” We are not following cunningly devised fables; we have a sure word of prophecy, whereunto we shall do well to take heed, “as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the Day-star arise” in our hearts.

Prophecies are fulfilling; the consummation of all things earthly is rapidly approaching; and in view of the dawning day, it is high time that every one who claims to be waiting for his Lord’s return, should be casting off the works of darkness, and be putting on the robe of Christ’s righteousness. The speaker emphasized the urgency of the work that must be done to prepare for the coming of the Lord. We are living in solemn times. God today is calling upon his ministers and upon all his people to humble their hearts before him, and to seek him as they have never sought him before. Let us unite in a work of heart-searching. God is waiting to transform us into the likeness of the Divine. He will help us put away everything that is unlike him, and will clothe us with the beautiful garments of salvation. Then we shall be numbered among the wise virgins, who, with lights trimmed and burning, wait confidently for their Lord.

Elder Andross pleaded most earnestly for unreserved surrender on the part of all. He appealed to those who are not enjoying freedom in God, those who have never fully yielded, or who are aware of something in the life that robs them of spiritual joy and blessing, to give themselves wholly to the Lord now, while he is calling. Several arose in response; and then, as the speaker appealed to all who from this day on determine to “cast off the works of darkness,” and “put on the armor of light,” to rise, nearly every one arose.

Both in the morning and the afternoon services, the words spoken were accompanied by convicting power. The Holy Spirit touched many a longing heart, and brought comfort and healing and a determination to place all upon the altar. The laymen were exhorted to share in the responsibilities of soul-saving service; and in the testimony meeting that followed, the voices of ministers and laymen were mingled in praise and thanksgiving. Many who had labored long in heathen lands, once more greeted their fellow workers in the home land with words of courage and joy in the Lord. Here were faithful men and women who have sacrificed willingly in the home land, uniting with missionaries from the fields afar,—from China, from India, from South Africa, in rededicating their lives to the finishing of God’s work in this generation.

“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.”

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