Changes la Leadership in the General Conference
ROBERT H. PIERSON ELECTED PRESIDENT
By The EDITOR
ON FRIDAY, June 17, a new president was elected there in sincere repentance and in deep contrition yield
to head the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the next ourselves to the man of Calvary. Then let us march up
four years. He is Robert, H. Pierson, formerly president to the upper room, where in quiet confidence we may be
of the Trans-Africa Division, and onetime president of filled with pentecostal power.
the Caribbean and the West Indies unions in Inter-
"Our hearts and our bones need to be filled with
fire — fire that comes down from heaven as Elijah's
Closely associated with Elder Pierson in the leader- fire came, that will set us ablaze for God as we return
ship of the church will be W. R. Beach, re-elected secre- to our fields. Then, brethren, let us march to the dark
tary of the General Conference, and K. H. Emmerson, countries and districts, to the unentered cities in North
newly elected General Conference treasurer. America and Europe. Let us march to the ends of the
During the closing meeting of the recent General earth with hearts that glow with the love of Christ and
Conference session, which was held with a passion for souls that will
in Detroit, Michigan, June 16-26, never burn out this side of the king-
Elder Pierson appealed: STATEMENT BY dom.
"As we leave this great meeting, R. H. PIERSON "Let us march and march and
I want us to consider the formula march until the last stronghold of
for a finished work, for the final Upon Being Elected President o£ the
General Conference heathenism or unbelief has fallen.
triumph of this movement. I find Let us march until the banner of
it from the pen of inspiration, re- Brother Chairman, Elder Figuhr,
our coming King has been planted
corded in the Review and Herald, delegates assembled here in this great
conference this afternoon: I hardly know victoriously in every land and on
December 15, 1885. Said God's what to say. The very thought of ac- every tiny atoll — on earth's most
servant: ' When divine power is cepting the solemn responsibility makes distant outpost. Let us march and
combined with human effort, the me tremble. Never has a man stood keep on marching until the gates of
work will spread like fire in the where I stand just now, who has need-
ed your prayers and your support more Paradise swing ajar before us.
stubble.' than I do. With God's help and with
"I want you to notice that two tue co-operation of the very fine lead-
"Oh, brethren and sisters, leaders
things are essential for a finished ers scattered around the world, I'll do and members of God's remnant
work. First, divine power; second, my best. My faith and confidence in church, let us respond to the voice
human effort. When these two fac- this message, its ultimate and early of God — the call of the Holv
triumph, was never stronger than it is
tors are combined the results are Spirit. It is a call to primitive god-
certain but it takes both—both the With you I wish to re-dedicate my liness, to pentecostal living. It is a
divine power and the human effort. life to the finishing of the work in this call to renewed latter-rain action.
This is what we want to see during generation. My heart is too full to say Then will be fulfilled the precious
any more just at this time, but I assurance that 'when divine power
the forthcoming quadrennium — an
appeal to everyone in this great audi-
outpouring of the Spirit of God and torium to unite your hearts, your hands,
is combined with human effort,
a great forward thrust... and your prayers for a great forward the work will spread like fire in
"Let us march! movement of the cause of God. Pray the stubble.' May God haste that
"Let us march first, brethren and for me. -REVIEW AND HERAtD day." Review and Herald, June 26,
sisters, to the foot of the cross, and 1966.
VOL. X L I II SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 1966 No. 9
delegates: "When one stands in the
shadow of threescore years and ten
he begins to feel the weight of the
years, and these times demand a
man of activity as well as of strength
During the twelve years that
Elder Figuhr headed the church, he
.witnessed a marked advancement of
God's church throughout the world,
and steady growth from about one
million members in 1954 to 1.5
Closing his address, Elder Figuhr
warned, "We are entering such days
as the world has never before seen."
Then quickly he gave testimony of
his faith in the future by adding,
"We confidently believe that great
days of advance and triumph are
before us. The quadrennium into
which we now enter should see
H. R. FIGUHR greater and more glorious triumphs ROBERT H. PffiHSON
President of the General Conference 1954-1966 for this cause, Our faith must be Newly Elected President of the
commensurate with the challenge." General Conference
Review and Herald, June 16, 1966.
R. R. Figuhr, president of the
General Conference from 1954 to At this session of General Con- fice or proven, they have been called
1966, announced his retirement after ference about two thirds of the per- by God. Let us pray for our leaders
rendering the president's report at sons elected to fill offices in the Gen- and co-operate with them in going
the first meeting of the 1966 General eral Conference and overseas divi- forward to greater accomplishments
Conference session. He told the sions are new. Whether new in of- for our King.
The newly elected officers of the General Conference: Seated are (from left to right) Theodore Carcich, general vice-president; R. S.
Watts, general vice-president; M. V. Campbell, general vice-president; W. H. Beach, secretary; Robert H. Pierson, president; Kenneth 'H.
Emmerson, treasurer; F. L. Bland, general vice-president; O. A. Blake, umler-treasurer; Neal C. Wilson, vice-president for North America.
Standing are (from left to right) D. W. Hunter, associate secretary; C. O.' Franz, associate secretary; A. E. Gibb, associate secretary; D. S.
Johnson, associate secretary; David H. Baasch, associate secretary; R. R. Frame, associate secretary; W. P. Bradley, associate secretary; Martin
Kemmerer, assistant treasurer, W. L. Pascoe, assistant treasurer, Robert Osborn, assistant treasurer, and K. F. Ambs, assistant treasurer.
Prophecy writings, a compelling
The Background of and Hopes for imperative and organisational foun-
dation was laid for the church.
These were strengthened and be-
came more clear during the last
OUR FIFTIETH SESSION decades of the nineteenth century
and the first two decades of the
By ARTHUR H. ROTH twentieth century.
Not all were convinced that the
Seventh-day Adventists from a- throne, and before the Lamb" (Rev. church should go into other lands,
round the world are meeting in Det- 7:9). or even labour in unity and con-
roit, Michigan, for the fiftieth session Our pioneers, meeting at the certed action. Shortly after the
of the General Conference. Detroit, first General Conference session in denomination's first foreign mission-
the capital of the automotive indus- 1863, as the representatives of the ary went abroad, Uriah Smith, one
try, where the session is being held, Advent faith in six States of the of the leaders of the Advent people,
is about 100 miles from Battle Creek, new American nation, hardly could wrote this about the need for "con-
where the pioneers of the Advent have envisioned the worldwide certed action":
Movement held the first General Con- mission to which God was calling "We profess to believe that the
ference session one hundred and them. They felt so insignificant. They burden of the work of proclaiming
three years ago. In our day General had no influence. They had no power. to the world the last message of
Conference sessions are held every But they did have the Word of God. mercy is committed to our hands.
four years, in accordance with the They did have conviction about How much is involved in this? This
General Conference Constitution and God's last message for mankind. world, though small in comparison
Bylaws. In the early days of the They did have the Lord's counsel with other worlds, is nevertheless
movement sessions were yearly in the Spirit of Prophecy. They did to human beings quite a large place.
gatherings. have devotion. They did have faith. Though three-fourths of it is under
Those attending this session are So, like the early Christians, though water, there is still a vast expanse
the representatives of the 1,578,000 few, they preached wherever they of territory left. Its inhabitants are
Seventh-day Adventists scattered went. Under God's blessing the Ad- numbered by the hundreds of mil-
throughout the 14,650 churches from vent message and movement spread. lions. How much labor will it take
Caracas to Calcutta, from Brisbane The remnant church began to grow. to convey instruction on the present
to Berlin. They represent the men It grew in the land where it took truth to all of these who are en-
and women and children who await root. It expanded into one country titled to receive it? How many men
the coming of Jesus in Argentina, after another. As the work expanded will be wanted? What kind of men?
in Rhodesia, in Norway, and all the and grew, the world mission and The world's talent will be arrayed
200 countries of the world where obligation of the Advent Movement against the truth. Someone must be
the Advent message is preached. came into sharper focus. prepared to meet it. How many
This gathering of Adventists from In the Scriptures our pioneers books will be required? How many
all the world is a convincing indica- read ever more clearly and deci- thousand tons of periodicals? How
tion that one of the great signs of sively: "Go ye into all the world, much means to carry on the work?. . .
our Lord's return mentioned by and preach the gospel to every "What more will be needed, we
Matthew is being fulfilled: "This creature (Mark 16:15). "God is not perhaps do not now clearly see. We
gospel of the kingdom shall be the author of confusion, but of onlv know that this work is the
preached in all the world for a peace, as in all churches of the cause of God, and it will be accom-
witness unto all nations; and then saints" (I Cor. 14:33). "There is one plished. It cannot go back. The
shall the end come" (Matt. 24:14). body, and one Spirit, even as ye omnipotent hand of the God and
Those present at the session are called in one hope of your call- Christ of our blessed hope is be-
are eloquent evidence of the way ing; one Lord, one faith, one hind it. We know that that cause
people have responded to the preach- baptism (Eph. 4:4, 5). which represents in the earth the
ing of the gospel in "every nation, The Lord's messenger to the closing truths of the Word of God,
and kindred, and tongue, and church spoke: "God calls for men, and the finishing of the work of
people" (Rev. 14:6). volunteers, to carry the truth to salvation among men, is no sham
We can't help asking ourselves, other nations and tongues and and slipshod affair, and will not be
Did this merely happen or come people." —Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 404. done in a corner. There are thou-
about by itself? Is it the result of 'Tress together, press together, sands of localities to be lightened
wise human planning? indeed not! press together."—Testimonies to with its presence which do not yet
Tt is the fulfillment of prpphecv. God Ministers, p. 56. "Never, never will so much as know of its existence.
had a hand in this. More than that, these heavenly messengers (the co- There are thousands of men to be
this is His programme. God raised operating angels) place their en- raised up for the work of the har-
up the Advent Movement. He has dorsement upon irregulartiy, dis- vest. There are tons of books to be
guided and led the movement from organization and disorder."—Testi- produced. There are hundreds of
the beginning. He will continue to monies, vol. 1, pp. 649, 650. thousands of dollars to he expended.
lead it until that "great multitude, With these guiding principles Perhaps our present facilities must be
which no man could number, of and many more of like kind from doubled or quadrupled." — Review
all nations" will stand "before the Sacred Scriptures and the Spirit of and Herald, Dec. 15, 1874.
We who today are ever nearer to operates by direction of the General That the blessed hope of our
the climax of the work of the church Conference Executive Committee. Lord's return will hold the pre-
on earth, believe as firmly as did our This Executive Committee, is elect- eminent place in the message the
predecessors that the church must ed to serve the church for four church announces to the world.
in all lands move unitedly toward years at the time of world sessions That the pure Word of God will
the kingdom. We cannot, in these such as the one now convening in be re-emphasized as the only basis
times of Satan's final vicious attacks Detroit. Throughout its term of for what the church preaches.
on the church, afford the luxury of service the committee with its offi- That its chosen leaders will be
independent and separate action. We cers looks after the spiritual welfare men and women directed by the
need to close ranks with our com- of the world church, fosters evan- Holy Spirit.
rades in the faith behind the gelism, concerns itself with the mis-
Captain of our salvation. sions programme of the church, and That the finishing of God's work
Does someone ask, Where does counsels on general problems of on earth will be the clear purpose
the individual stand in the church? church administration. The work of in the planning of every organisation,
The individual is important in God's the administrative departments and department, and committee of the
programme. There is room and need committees is reviewed annually at church.
for individual responsibility and Autumn Council meetings of the These longings cannot be satis-
commitment. God's interest in committee, when reports are re- fied by any one man or group of
the individual as a vital factor in ceived, suggestions and recommen- men. They can be satisfied only by
the life and activity of the church dations are considered, and general praying sons and daughters of God,
is exceeded only by His interest in plans are laid. In an even wider consecrated to Him and blessed by
him as a child in need of redemp- aspect, reports of the worldwide Him. In this we all share privilege
tion. work and world church plans are and duty.
Who is better qualified to speak considered at quadrennial sessions The faithful in all the world are
about the role of the individual in such as the present fiftieth ses- longing and praying for the latter
the remnant church than the mes- sion. ... rain.
senger God gave His people? "We What does the church around the Are they longing and praying for
should all feel our individual respon- world expect from this session? What too much? No!
sibility as members of the visible do the delegates prayerfully hope The saints are expecting the ful-
church and workers in the vineyard for from this gathering? These are fillment of God's promises.
of the Lord." — Testimonies, vol. 4, soul-searching considerations. The
p. 16. "Every believer should be church in all parts of the world has Are their expectations too high?
wholehearted in his attachment to been praying for this holy convoca- No!
the church." - Ibid., p. 18. "Every tion. It is an important gathering. Such are the longings of the
soul that believes the truth is to These are things longed for: church. May. God grant visible re-
stand in his lot and place, saying, That the church, though com- sults of His visitation upon the fif-
' Here am I; send me.'" — Ibid., posed of "many nations, tongues, tieth session of the General Con-
vol. 6, p. 49. and peoples," shall -be "one", as was ference.
Seventh-day Adventists regulate prayed for by our Lord. —Review and Herald
themselves in church matters accord-
ing to the representative form of
church government, which recog-
nizes that authority in the church
rests in the church membership.
Five steps lead from the indivi-
dual believer to the worldwide or-
ganisation of the church, the General
Conference. First is the church, the
body, in which the individual be-
lievers are united. Second is the
local confreence or local mission,
the united body of churches in a
local territory. Third is the union
conference or union mission, the
united body of conferences and
missions in a larger territory. Forth
is the division, a section oS the
General Conference, comprised of
union conferences and union missions
in large areas of the world. Fifth is
the General Conference, the world-
wide general body embracing the
church in all parts of the world.
The General Conference is the
highest voice of church authority John Kelley, David Silva, Donna Taylor, and Michael Kelley delight the audience with
among Seventh-day Adventists, and their playing of the Mexican marimba during the Inter-American Division programme.
How Such a time demands much of us
as leaders in churches, in confer-
ences, and in institutions. God ex-
pects us to plan wisely, manifesting
a vision commensurate with the
is the urgency of the hour. Casual plan-
ning — even planning that might
be considered strong planning du-
ring normal times — will not suffice
By ROBERT H. PIERSON
to meet the requirements of this.
God's last thrilling hour. This is no
time for a "business as usual"
approach to the needs and the op-
portunities of our scattered fields.
President of the General Conference
The messenger of the Lord
(Elder Pierson's opening remarks were in "Now is the accepted time." These wrote: "The leaders of God's cause,
response to R. R. Figuhr, who introduced
words of the apostle written nearly as wise generals, are to lay plans
him to the congregation. — Editors). for advance moves all along the
2,000 years ago are a clarion call
Thank you, Elder Figuhr. Fol- to the leaders and member of the line." — Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 116.
lowing you in Washington will be church of the remnant today, to The work of God must make ad-
no easy assignment. Everywhere I arouse to action. They are words vance moves on all fronts. Our
move throughout this great gather- our evangelists use to call men and planning, as we go back to our fields
ing I hear expressions of appreciation women under conviction, to decision of labor, must include all depart-
for your leadership over the past and action for God. ments and all fields. Ours must be
12 years. a balanced, well-distributed pro-
Our day is a time of decision for gramme. It must be a programme
I can only say that with God's the 3 billion people of earth, repre-
help I shall do my best as I work that includes every union, every lo^-
senting hundreds of tribes and cal field, every department, every
with the fine, godly men we have nationalities scattered throughout
in Washington, with those scattered institution, every church, every
North America, South America, Asia, worker, and every church member,
throughout the world, and with the Africa, Europe, Australia, and the
hundreds of thousands of loyal lay- and it must be a programme of
islands of the seas. Now is a time "advance moves all along the line."
men in all lands, to keep the church
of decision for the leadership of
of God moving Zionward. I will "GO FORWARD"
God's church in all the world. We
make mistakes, but they will be mis-
have already made vital decisions Fellow workers, church officers, and
takes of the head and not of the
here in Detroit this week, and there believers in the Advent message, we
heart. I will need the prayers and
are many more problems with which can do no less in the face of the
support of all of God's people, but
we must grapple before we leave. solemn times in which we live and
with His grace and guidance we
The little three-letter word NOW labour. " The voice of God speaks
shall continue to move forward in
conjures up a thrilling, turbulent, clearly, Go forward. Let us obey the
this thrilling, challenging hour!
frustrating, glorious quadrennium command, even though our sight
We are gathered here in this ahead for which we must prepare cannot penetrate the darkness. The
great auditorium todav at one of and plan. obstacles that hinder our progress
the most decisive hours in this will never disappear before a halting,
I like the Goodspeed translation
world's history. We live* and labour doubting spirit." — Gospel Workers,
of our text: "Now the welcome
in a world bristling with perils and p. 262.
time has come! This is the day of
problems, yet at the same time many
deliverance." What cheering, chal- This is the voice of God speak-
parts of our world are fairly bursting
lenging words! ing to us as leaders — men and
with opportunities and openings for
God's final message. What a glorious Now indeed is a welcome time. women alike — assembled here to-
hour in which to serve the cause of This is the time "That many pro- day. The command is clear and un-
present truth on this planet of peril phets and righteous men have de- mistakable - "Go Forward!" Of
and promise! sired to see" (Matt. 13': 17). Now is course there are problems! Of course
the time, and we are the people, there are obstacles! But our God,
What more challenging text could who supplies grace and power, says,
destined by God to witness the final
we select for consideration this "Go forward in spite of problems, in
climactic movements in the history
Sabbath morning than the Words of spite of the obstacles!" Though we
Paul to the believers in Corinth: of this world and of God's church.
If we faithfully endure, our eyes may not see our way through, our
"For he saith, I have heard thee part is to obey His command and
in a time accepted, and in the day shall see God's day of deliverance.
If we remain faithful, these eyes of to lay the wisest possible plans. The
of salvation have I succoured thee: God of the Advent Movement will
behold, now is the accepted time; ours shall behold the King in His
glory. not forsake or disappoint His peo-
behold, now is the day of salvation" ple. If He says, "Go forward!" even
(2 Cor. 6:2). What a time! What a welcome though our sight cannot penetrate
» Sabbath Morning Sermon, June 18, 1966. time! What a challenging time! the darkness, I am confident He will
S E P T E M B E R - O C TO B E R, 1966
supply His leaders and workers with will have written! Think of the our defenses, let us make bold plans
needed wisdom and power to make members who have stood for right, for advance to finish the work. At
the advance possible. with the heavens falling about times and in places it may be a slow,
In Moses' day Israel faced the them. Think of the men and the wo- frustrating advance — as it has been
menacing Red Sea before them and men, the boys and the girls, who in some lands I know — but advance
a hostile Egyptian army behind. have given their lives for the truth. it must be.
They appeared to be trapped. With Many have lost homes and all of "Circumstances should not be
danger ahead and disaster behind, their worldly possessions. All has allowed to shape the man. We
God said to Israel: "Fear ye not, gone — everything but their faith in should seize upon circumstances as
stand still, and see the salvation of God. Many of our workers, national instruments by which to work. We
the Lord, which he will shew to and expatriate alike, have exposed are to master them, but should not
you to day.... The Lord shall fight themselves to danger and carried on permit them to master us." — The
for you.... Go forward" (Ex. when all seemed lost. Ministry of Healing, p. 500.
14:13-15). My brethren, we as leaders must Now is the accepted time to move
As the Israelites moved forward not fail such workers and laity. Our forward on every front, in every
by faith, God did great things for leadership in these perilous times land around the world field.
them. The sea, which seemed their must be courageous, dedicated,
certain destruction, became the worthy of the times, the challenge, COURAGEOUS PLANNING
highway of their deliverance. The and the people we lead. Our hearts CALLS FOR GODLY LIVING
mighty army of Egypt that appeared and our lips must be filled with But let us read our text again
so invincible, became a hapless, faith and fortitude, that they in lest we lose the full import of its
struggling mob caught in the sea their need may draw strength and message. "For he saith, I have heard
when God took over. Israel's plight courage from us. thee in a time accepted, and in the
became God's challenge to deliver- Like Israel of old, we will doubt- day of salvation have I succoured
ance. less face our Red Sea experiences. thee: Behold, now is the accepted
Brethren, our God has done great There may be times, as there surely time; Behold now is the day of
things for us around the world du- will be, when we can see no way salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2).
ring the past four years. Though out, only frustration or defeat con- Now is not only the accepted time
our paths have sometimes been cast fronting us. Then, brethren, we for courageous planning, it is a time
in dangerous places, though we have must trust our God. As leaders we that requires godly living. Planning,
had to contend with political un- must talk courage though our own no matter how wise or bold, is not
certainty and strife in some areas, hearts may be faint. When the sufficient to meet God's require-
the living God has fought valiantly leader despairs, the cause is lost. ments at this late hour. A spiritual
on our behalf. Now is the time for us to talk preparation is urgently required for
Think of the ravaged Congo! courage and to plan courageously. the finishing of the work in all the
Think of bruised and bleeding Viet- Sometimes we must plan when world. Courageous planning and
nam! Think of other lands where there appears to be no possibility godly living must go together.
thousands of our people have had of carrying out those plans. Let us We may learn a lesson from the
their homes burned, plundered, and set our goals and lay our plans for children of Israel. Israel was on the
looted. Countless numbers have evangelism! Let us plan our insti- borders of Canaan. It was the hour
been beaten. I have visited some of tutes, our training programmes, and for the final advance into the Pro-
these people in prison or in deten- our church building projects! Let mised Land. Plans had been laid.
tion camps. Some have lost their us continue to build and equip our Spies were sent ahead to survey the
lives. Yet how marvelously God has institutions! We are commanded by land. The report they brought back
stood by His church in these lands. One who is our leader: "Occupy till was discouraging. There were forti-
Hundreds of evangelistic campaigns I come." fied cities and giants in the land.
have been held, multiplied thousands As one door closes let us be pre- Surely Israel's plans to take the land
of precious souls have been bap- pared to move into another that is wiould fail. The people murmured
tised in some of these very lands. still ajar. If we are unable to reach bitterly: "Wherefore hath the Lord
Surely, brethren, we have witnessed one field because of trouble, let us brought us into this land. . . ? were
the salvation of the Lord in these concentrate on fields that are still it not better for us to return into
places where Satan has sought to open. If there is a temporary retreat Egypt?" (Num. 14:3).
do God's people harm. on one front, we must advance on The Lord, through Joshua, re-
With tie promises of God ringing another. Let us never permit the buked the people for their failure
in our ears and the earnest of His things that can't be done in some to trust Him. Because of their un-
power unfolding before our very lands, to blind our vision to the belief they were destined to wander
eyes, surely now is the accepted things that still can be done. forty years longer in the wilderness.
time for us as leaders throughout Most of their number would perish
We dare not settle down to main-
the world field to lay broad plans tain the status quo in troublous short of the goal. God would have
for a mighty advance all along the times, in any part of the world. taken them victoriously into the
lines. There is no status quo with God Land of Promise if only they had
and His last-day movement. As our believed and trusted Him.
When the struggle is over, what
a glorious "book of acts" our people division and union committees meet When the people heard these
in these troubled, tortured lands shortly, let us not only shore up things they "mourned greatly".
Immediately they began to lay and yet their own hearts be car- debtors' ?... Is there no bitterness in
presumptions plans to, possess the nal." — Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 536. your hearts, no envying, no jealousy,
land. "Lo, we... will go up into We may speak eloquently of revival no evil surmising?... Is there no
the place which the Lord hath pro- and yet not experience it ourselves. emulation, no desire for special
mised," they declared (Num. 14:40). "A reformation is needed among favor and honors, no wish to have
But Moses reminded ihem that sin the people, but it should first begin the supremacy?...
in the camp had disqualified them its purifying work with the minis- "We do well to examine ourselves
to plan such an advance. ters." - Ibid., vol. 1, p. 469. What to see what manner of spirit we are
"It shall not prosper " he said. solemn, sobering statements for us cherishing. Let us learn to speak
"Go not up, for the Lord is not to ponder! This solemn reminder gently, quietly, even under circum-
among you" (Num. 14:41, 42). is for me this morning! I dare not stances the most trying. Let us con-
Israel's planning was presump- preach to others and then be a cast- trol not only our words, but our
tuous, for they were not spiritually away myself. How earnestly we thoughts and imaginations. Let us
prepared for the challenge that lay need to seek the Lord that none of be kind, be courteous." — Our High
ahead. The servant of the Lord de- these things may truthfully be said Calling, p. 336.
scribes their hapless plight: "they of us as workers in attendance at
were, in their own estimation, fully this great convocation! A CHALLENGE TO
prepared for conflict; but they were SELF-EXAMINATION
Our first work at this great ses-
sadly deficient in the sight of God." sion is to be assured that the Lord What a challenge to self-exam-
Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 393. is with us. Nothing is more import- ination these inspired words are!
Therefore, the emblems of God's ant. We may be well-informed What a series of workers' sermons
presence and blessing were not preachers, but this is not enough. these two paragraphs contain! How
with them. God wants not only well-informed do you and how do I measure up
UNPREPARED TO ENTER leaders, He wants thoroughly when our lives are put under this
transformed men at the head of His magnifying glass? Are we at peace
What a tragedy — God's people work, in all of our fields and insti- with God and with our brethren?
on the borders of Canaan, unpre- tutions. The lateness of the hour, Are our hearts free from bitterness,
pared to enter! It was a time to the magnitude of the task in 1966, envy, jealousy, and evil surmising?
make a great advance, but they were demands men who know the Lord Are we striving for the supremacy?
spiritually unprepared to move for- and who love their brethren. One Do we speak gently, quietly, even
ward. God had make every provision love-filled life can do more than under provocation? Are we always
to lead them safely into promised a hundred information-filled ser- kind and courteous to those with
Canaan. The people hesitated. Their mons to help finish the work. whom we associate?
faith was weak.
Then, impetuously, they laid pre- We do not have an eternity in These are tests of the presence of
sumptuous plans to advance, only which to prepare for the challenge God in our lives. Whether the Lord
to be told, "the Lord is not among before us. "We have but a few, is with us depends upon the kind
you." The Lord was not in their a very few, days of probation in of men and women we are. Th
planning. What a tragedy! What a which to make ready for the future, efficacy of our planning depends
lesson for those of us here in this immortal life." — Child Guidance, p. upon the kind of men and women
auditorium this morning. 555. Those words were written in we are. Many of us have been pray-
1908. Our time of preparation is ing for months that this General
Plan we must. The Lord, through 58 years shorter now than it was Conference session would be a time
His appointed messenger, has so then. The message of our text is a of great spiritual revival. It must
commanded us. But planning alone message of urgency. "Now is the be! This is an hour in the history
is not enough. In our own estima- accepted time!" Now is the time for of God's work throughout the world
tion we may feel ourselves true heart searching. Now is the that demands strong spiritual leader-
adequately prepared to undertake time for honest self-examination. ship.
the task of finishing the work in Now is the time for sincere repent-
the world, but in God's sight we ance. Now is the time for godly This fiftieth session must not go
may be sadly lacking. This is a time living. down in the history of the church
for revival, for earnest seeking of as just another quadrennial session,
the Lord. Nothing is more important "Examine yourselves ... ; prove a time for rendering reports, for the
than for us to know that the Lord your own selves," the apostle Paul laying of plans, and for the solving
is with us as we plan for the next admonishes in 2 Corinthians 13:5. of problems. The hour is too late
quadrennium. Weymouth's translation reads, "It is for just another usual convocation,
I have just a word for the hun- your own selves you must test." with the usual experieace. The cause
dreds, perhaps thousands, of my "Many," the servant of the Lord of present truth today needs men
ministering brethren here this morn- reminds us, "may immediately re- and women of God laying God's
ing. And in speaking to you I am spond, 'Why, yes, I am in the faith, plans to finish God's work.
speaking to R. H. Pierson as well. I believe every point of the truth.' Somehow the Spirit of God must
God's messenger has written some But do you practice what you be- come in among us, in a mighty,
very sobering counsel that we as lieve?" she asks. "Are you at peace moving experience that will arouse
ministers will do well to ponder. with God and with your brethren? us to our personal need and to the
"Men may present in a clear man- Can you pray with sincerity, "For-
ner the claims of truth upon others give us our debts, as we forgive our (Continued on page 11)
WHO CAN capture the beauty,
The General Conferen
the colour, the inspiration of a Gen-
eral Conference session? Lawrence
Maxwell described his impressions
well in "Thursday's Story, June 23,"
for the Review and Herald General
Conference Session Bulletin Number
7. He wrote:
"You would love it here! by the Cathedral String Ensemble, workers and church members were
are only a few of the superb musical killed or put into prison during the
"If you are interested in clothes groups who delighted their listeners. period of terrorism, which has not
and fashions, you would be fascin- Outstanding soloists came long dis- yet come to an end. Bush chapels
ated by the costumes people wear tances to serve their Master and and schools have been burned down
here! their church by singing. Two such in many villages ....
"If languages intrigue you, you artists were Julia Gerassi, who trav- "A year ago, one of our devoted
would be delighted by the diversity elled some 1500 miles from Miami, African evangelists in Mozambique,
of dialects spoken here! Florida, and Carolyn Rhodes, who who was in charge of an outstation,
"If power and progress stir you, came almost a thousand miles from was preparing his talk for the prayer
you would be excited here! New York City. There was also the meeting that evening. While he was
"If music thrills you, you would 105-piece symphonic band under studying, some rebels came to his
be ecstatic here! the direction of Melvin Hill of house and asked him, his wife, and
"If well-thought-out Bible study Union College and Norman Krogstad little daughter to come out. As he
and the evidence of God's presence of Andrews University to thrill the obeyed their request, the rebels
are what you long for, you would hearers. told him to abandon Christianity
be contented here!" Each quadrennium the division and the preaching of the gospel,
Although a General Conference fields seem to surpass all previous as Christianity is the white man's
session is primarily a business ses- records, showing that God's work religion, and white men are hated
sion, much thought and effort are is being done in God's way. Al- now by Africans. If not, he would
given to satisfying the spiritual de- though the pageantry of their pro- be killed instantly. Our brother re-
sires of the hundreds of delegates grammes enchants the audience, it mained calm and answered that he
and visitors. Every morning a church is the story of a changed life which could in no way abandon the preach-
leader developed a timely study moves the listeners. Let me share ing of the gospel, as it is a message
during the sermon hour. Again just three such stories with you. that must go to every nation, peo-
before the close of the morning Marius Fridlin, president of the ple, tribe, and tongue.
session a capsule devotional chall- Southern European Division, re- "'Cease to preach,' the rebels
enged listeners to a searching ported the following recent inci- ordered, ' because Adventism is an
meditation on some phase of Chris- dent of touching heroism: "In American religion. Your headquart-
tian living. The division programmes Angola and Mozambique a good ers are in Washington, D.C., and we
each evening brought reports of number of our faithful African hate American imperialism; other-
marvelous exploits for God at home
Whether it was the congrega-
tional singing of the same Advent
hymns which the pioneers loved, or
a beautiful rendition of a choral
arrangement sung by a well known
musical group, the music lifted
one's spirit, thrilling the soul with
heavenly eostacy. Dr. Warren Bec-
ker of Andrews University at the
console of the great Rodgers pipe
organ and Van Knauss of Faith for
Today at the piano, or Brad Braley
of the Voice of Prophecy at the or-
gan and Olive Braley at the piano,
accompanied with masterful artistry.
The Voice of Prophecy and Faith
for Today quartets, the Southern
California ministers' chorus under
E. Lome Jones, the Hymnsingers
made up of the King's Heralds, Del
Delker, and Mrs. Maurita Phillips,
the Choral Arts Soceity of Japan
Missionary College under the direc-
tion of Frank Araujo, accompanied A view of the audience in the Cobo Hall Arena on thi
had often used before he knew " 'Well, you see,' our literature
Jesus: His radiant smile gave testi- evangelist continued confidently,
mony of the joy that Christianity ' God the Father, God the Son, and
had brought to his life. Thrilling God the Holy Spirit have promised
stories of persecution and miracu- to help me. They have never failed
lous deliverance were surpassed only me!"
By The EDITOR by his accounts of seeking out and "The result? Today in this little
winning hundreds of souls for his heathen community, so hostile at
wise we will kill you on the spot.' Saviour.
Our dear worker remained calm first, there is a fine church organisa-
In Trans-Africa, "Paul Owour, tion of 70 baptised members." Re
and told the rebels that the Advent a humble farmer, was called from
message is a universal message, and view and Herald, June 21, 1966.
the plow into the bookmen's army in In contrast with the great surge
that the fact that the General Con- the East African Union. Some time
ference of Seventh-day Adventists forward in the acceptance of the
ago he felt a great burden to sel* gospel message in Africa, South
is in the United States does not literature in a certain community
remove the marching orders to go America, Inter-America, and the
near Lake Victoria. Upon his arrival many island fields, the work goes
into all the world. he found the people very much out forward by measured steps, counted
"Again the rebels ordered our of harmony with his plan. victories in some countries. R. A.
evangelist to abandon Christianity " 'We don't need you here!' they Wilcox, president of the Middle
or be killed instantly. Here our frankly told him. ' The people here East Division, declared in his re-
faithful worker stood like Luther are not Christians. They are not in- port, "Every new project is a
before the Diet of Worms. He said terested in your religion. They will thrilling experience of complete
with complete peace in his heart: not buy your books. You will only dependence on the Lord for His
' I cannot do otherwise.' And the starve to death here. Go away!' leading and guidance. Every finished
rebels cut him in pieces right before "But Brother Owour, with the monument is a modern miracle."
his wife and little girl. We do not divine imperative resting upon him, But God's church does advance in
understand why the Lord has per- felt impressed that he should carry spite of difficult problems and seem-
mitted this, but we know that our out his plan. ingly impassable obstructions.
movement has its martyrs who 'I will get along all right here/ An entering wedge which has
would rather die than stop preach- he replied courageously. 'The peo- opened doors in difficult lands is our
the third angel's message." — Review ple need my books. You need not emphasis on temperance. Pastor
and Herald, June 23, 1966. fear that I shall starve to death. I Wilcox stated: "The work of tem-
Present from the Australasian have three helpers who always work perance has placed Seventh-day
Division was Paul Piari, a native with me, and together we shall suc- Adventists in the Middle East before
New Guinea pastor. Dressed as a ceed.' the people in a most remarkable
warrior in his grass skirt and fea- "The people looked mystified, for way.... Anees Haddad, MV and
thered headgear, with strings of he appeared to be alone. temperance secretary, and Dr. Her-
beads hanging around his neck, he " 'Three helpers?' they inquired. schel Lamp, division medical secre-
carried the bow and arrow that he ' Who are the others?' tary, inaugurated in 1965 for the
first time in the Middle East the
Five-Day Plan to Stop Smoking. In
only a few horrrs after the first
meeting conducted in Amman, Jor-
dan, the interest in the programme-
became nationwide ....
"In Iraq, the president, Dr. Arif.
arranged a five-minute interview but
kept our team 45 minutes, asking
questions about the work of Adven-
tists. Television put our films on half
a million TV screens, and Dr. Lamp,
on radio and TV, told the story of
the tobacco evils. Never before has
the entire government of a Middle
East country co-operated so magnif-
icently to help Seventh-day Adven-
tists do their work." Review and
Herald, June 22, 1966.
Our Five-Day Plan to Stop
Smoking has also opened doors in
South America. J. J. Aitken, presi-
den of the South American Division,
reported that "Recently a woman
;in Brazil 140 years old was bap-
bath of the General Conference session in Detroit.
feed, and we found that she first
became acquainted with the Advent
message through the Five-Day Plan.
She said her greatest thrill was to
be released from 100 years of smok-
ing slavery and learn how to live
a clean life."
Sabbaths are high days at a
General Conference session. A fore-
taste of heaven, they are rich with
blessings that abundantly feed the
soul. Then only is all committee and
subcommittee business laid aside.
Early the first Sabbath morning
delegates and visitors poured into
the Cobo Hall Arena. By nine
o'clock every seat of the more than
11,000 Was taken. It was reported
that attendance in the other divi-
sions meeting in other halls was as
follows: senior youth more than
3,000, junior 800, primary 750,
kindergarten 650; foreign language
sections: Portuguese 30, German 25,
Slavic 20, Spanish 200, French 4;
L. A. Ramirez leads the parade of missionaries and national workers from Inter-America
overflow in hall 6,500. This made for the missions pageant on Sabbath, June 18, 1966.
a total of about 24,000. (Taken from
Review and Herald, June 19, 1966.)
they represented. Each country was Choir was a magnificent climax to
It was announced that R. R. identified by a pennant and its own the programme. Both programmes
Figuhr was to be the speaker of flag. The flag-bearers took their were repeated so that everyone
the morning, but with the change in places along the back and sides of could have the opportunity of hear-
leadership he invited R. H. Pierson the stage, forming a beautiful ing them.
to occupy the pulpit. At the close background for the impressive ac-
of his sermon, which is found on Because these are fragmentary
count of the march of the gospel impressions brought back from the
page five of this issue of the during the past quadrennium. As the
MESSENGER, the million-dollar General Conference session, they in
Guyana flag-bearer reached center no way paint the complete picture.
offering was taken. One by one stage, it was announced that that
division, union, and institutional May the time soon come when all
was the first time the flag of that those who are faithful will experi-
leaders reported the amounts raised newly independent nation had been
in their fields, a total of ence the happiness, the association,
shown in public. the inspiration, of the New Earth,
$1,191,006.54, plus the offering
After the pageant another group joys which will make General Con-
taken that day. God alone knows
took its place on the platform. They ference gatherings pale by com-
the sacrifice which made such an
were the new mission appointees — parison.
offering possible and will bless both
40 families and single women on
the gift and the giver to the ad-
their way to Latin America, South-
vancement of His work throughout
ern Asia, Africa, Middle East, and
the world. >• At the end of 1965 the Sabbath
the Far East. Doctors, dentists,
On the afternoon of the first Sab- school membership in all the world
nurses, teachers, ministers, adminis- was 2,248,955. These members met
bath the missions pageant is a high trators, all knelt in prayer to renew
light of a General Conference ses- in 26,342 organised Sabbath schools.
their dedication to serve God
sion. This year's pageant, called wherever He may call.
"Behold His Messengers," was re- >• Of the 236 countries and politi-
On the afternoon of the second cal subdivisions of the world, the
plete with colourful costumes worn Sabbath the parade was different in Seventh-day Adventist Church has
by missionaries and nationals. These nature, but just as impressive. organised work in 200, representing
costumes depict the traditional or Entitled, "Behold His Glory," the 99.3 per cent of the world's popu-
holiday dress of nations that now script portrayed stories of God's lation.
follow the Western mode of dress, grace to needy humans, aided by
the native garb of remote or island God's servants under the direction ^- During the quadrennial period
fields, and the beautiful embroidered of the various departments of the of 1962-1965, the fastest growing
silk shirts and dresses of the fields church. Simultaneously in the over- overseas division in membership in
in the Far Eastern Division. flow hall a sacred conceit by various terms of percentage of net increase
The delegates marched in by divi- musical groups was a fitting close was the South American Division
sions. As they inarched on the plat- to all the glorious music of the with a growth of 38 per cent. The
form, W. R. Beach, the narrator, General Conference session. The Far Eastern Division was second
gave interesting stories and the antiphonal number performed by with 32 per cent, and the Inter-
latest church news from the lands the General Conference Collegiate American was third with 31 per cent.
NOW IS THE WELCOMJE TIME enger. "Christ is waiting with long- rich purple cushion. The young
ing desire for the manifestation of maharajah took the cushion in his
(Continued* from page 7) Himself in His church." — Christ's hands and looked long and intently
Object Lessons, p. 69. at the flashing splendour. Then
challenge of the times in which we
live and labour. How sad, now tra- "Our Redeemer thirsts for recog- quietly, almost reverently, he slipped
nition. He hungers for the sympathy down upon his knees before his be-
gic, if we should say in ofir hearts,
and love of those He has purchased loved sovereign.
"We will go up!" only to hear the
voice of God rebuking us, "It shall with His own blood. He longs with "Your Majesty," he began simply,
not prosper. Go not up, for the inexpressible desire that they should "years ago when I was but a small
Lord is not among you!" come to Him and have life." — The boy this stone was presented to you
Desire of Ages, p. 191. It is not on my behalf. At that time I knew
We are praying for revival. But alone a task but the development of nothing of its true value, Now, to-
where must this revival begin? A character, the character of His day, I wish to present it again to
worldwide revival should^ begin people — your character and mine — you."
with you and with me — with those that stands between us and a
of us in this great auditorium this finished work. What a touching scene that must
morning. Do not the words of our have been — that youthful, Oriental
text call us to such an experience? "Christ is waiting with longing prince tendering meaningful, heart-
"Now is the accepted time." Now desire for the manifestation of Him- felt homage to his queen. He gave'
is the time for us to be certain that self in His church." How long will again a gift of great worth to his
everything is right between ourselves you and I, as leaders and members sovereign.
and God, between ourselves and our of His remnant church keep Him
fellow men. Revival can never come waiting, waiting outside our heart's Perhaps this morning, brethren,
while there is sin in the camp, while door? , in this great convocation, as we sit
there are differences among us as here in the presence of our great
"Now is the accepted time; be- Sovereign — the Lord of heaven and
brethren. If we would have the Lord hold, now is the day of salvation."
with us in our planning for the earth — you, with me, feel that you
In this stirring hour, when there would like to give again your heart,
coming four years, all these things is so much at stake in this pro-
must be put right. your life your all, to your Saviour.
gressing, transgressing world of Probably most of us gave the gift
All of our fine planning, all of ours, when so much depends upon of our hearts to the Lord many
our large budgets, all of our good our relationship with God, shall we years ago, but would it not be ap-
intentions and well-worded resolu- not consecrate our lives anew to Him propriate on this great occasion to
tions, all of our preaching, will mean and to the finishing of His work make a re-presentation?
precisely nothing if the voice of God in the world field?
(At this point Elder Pierson called on var-
says to us, "Go not up, for the Lord Perhaps you have heard the story ious groups of denominational workers and
laymen to stand in rededication. Eventually
is not among you." Oh, brethren I want to use in closing this morn- the entire congregation responded to the call.)
and sisters, I appeal to you this ing. If you have, kindly bear with -REVIEW AND HERALD
morning — and I appeal to my own me as I tell it again. Perhaps it will
self as Paul admonished the believers come to you with new impact to- ^- Youth in every division of the
at Corinth: "It is yourselves you day amid the dramatic surroundings world field have been participating
must test, to see whether you are of this great session. in the project known to the church
holding to the faith" (2 Cor. 13:5, as MV TARGET 30,000. At the
Goodspeed). Honestly, how is it Many years ago the glittering General Conference session MV
with our own souls? Kohinoor diamond — one of the leaders reported more than 60,000
largest ever found, I believe — was persons baptised in twio years of
"NOW IS THE presented to Queen Victoria on be- MV TARGET evangelism.
ACCEPTED TIME" half of an infant Indian prince, too
small at the time to understand »«- Although Seventh-day Adven-
"Now is the accepted time" —
what all the fanfare and pageantrv tists cannot be classified as rich or
not only for courageous planning,
was about. well to do, the 380,855 church
but most of all for victorious, godly
living. Now is the time for us as members in North America support
Years later, however, the young
church workers and lay members 3,335 churches, 1,002 elementary
maharajah, now come of age, paid
from all parts of the world field schools, 81 academies, 13 colleges,
a visit to London, capital of the
to let the beauty of Jesus shine empire. During his stay in this 2 universities, 11 schools of nursing,
through these lives of ours. Now is great city he was invited to visit 34 hospitals, 4 publishing houses,
the time to be sure that our practice the queen in one of her royal 3 food factories. In addition, they
measures with our profession. Now palaces. During the visit the youth- employ 3,211 ministers and 6,951
is the time that our living must be ful prince made an unusual request. teachers, besides contributing 88 per
adequate for our planning. Only God He asked that he might be per- cent of the world budget.
can finish the work in all lands of mitted to see the precious gem he ^- In two years of operation the
earth. At this session we must be had given his sovereign years be-
Fernando Stahl, an airplane owned
assured that He is with us. fore. by the Inca Union, saved 70 lives
Note these appealing statements In due course the dazzling gem by the rapid transport of emergency
from the pen of the Lord's mess- was brought into the room on a cases to medical clinics.
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 1966 11
A. HAY NORCLEPFE B. L. ARCHBOLD C. L. POWERS
Treasurer Secretary President
At the recent General Conference
session held in Detroit, Michigan,
many changes were made. A large
group of workers who have long
carried heavy responsibilities in the
General Conference felt that it was
time to lay their mantles on younger full time medical secretary. Dr.
shoulders. To fill the resulting Pohle served Inter-America well,
vacancies, the nominating committee taking time from his busy medical
drew heavily from the staffs of practice to answer any call for his
overseas divisions. counsel or help.
Called from the Inter-American
Division to world headquarters in We shall miss these former col-
Washington, D.C., were three long- leagues and loved friends, but we
time and capable workers. Clyde O. wish them God's direction and
Franz, who has served Inter-America blessings as they continue to work
for 21 years, was called to' be an for Him in new capacities.
associate secretary of the General
R. B. CALDWELL
C. L. Powers was re-elected to
Conference. Working by his side,
Assistant Treasurer and Auditor
the presidency of the Inter-American
also as an associate secretary, will be
Division. Because he has worked in
David H. Baasch, who has laboured
three different unions in Inter-
in Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico,
America, travelled in almost every
and on the division staff since 1944.
local field, learned to know and
Fernon D. Retzer, affectionately
love her people, Elder Powers con-
known throughout the division as
fesses that he is an Inter-American
"Mr. Branch Sabbath School," has
in heart. Realizing the lateness of
been called to be an associate secre-
the hour, he feels a great burden
tarv in the General Conference Sab-
for the unwarned millions in this
bath School Department.
vast territory, but his faith is strong
The Inter-American Division also in the consecration of his fellow
lost the dean of its staff, our beloved workers and church members. He
J. C. Culpepper. After working as knows they will meet the challenge
the nublishing secretary since 1946, of preparing themselves and others
he has accepted a call to service in to meet Jesus. He says, "The finest
the Texas Conference. A. B. King, hour for the church of God is just
who for the past five years has ahead. Let us arise as one man to
served as an assistant in the trea- finish the task in our generation."
sury department, has responded to
a call to work in the Florida Con- B. L. Archbold, the newly elected
ference, and Dr. Ernest Pohle, secretary of the division, has been
DONALD J. von POHLE division medical secretary since serving on the division staff as lay
Transportation and Purchasing 1961, has stepped aside in favour of a activities secretary during the past
WALTON J. BROWN
ANDHES H. BIFFEL
Educational Secretary GEORGE BROWN
Lay Activities Secretary
Elected IAD Staff....
four years. Looking to the future during which time he was secretary-
with confidence, he says: "As we treasurer of the Mexican Union. He
face the next quadrennium, my comments: "As I think of the tre-
hope for Inter-America's constitu- mendous challenge that lies ahead
ency and working staff is for unity during the next four years, I take
of purpose, unity of effort, oneness courage in the promises of God to
in prayer, love, 'and devotion. Then guide and direct. Thankful for the
together we will experience a great privilege of serving Him, I fully
spiritual revival which will bring reconsecrate myself for the purpose
Pentecostal power and result in Pen- of helping to finish His work in this
tecostal soul winning." part of His vineyard."
A. Ray Norcliffe, newly elected
treasurer of the division, came to Donald J. von Pohle, appointed TULIO R- HAYLOCK
Inter-America in 1949 after working assistant in the treasury department Sabbath School and Iladio-TV Secretary
for six years as district pastor in in charge of transportaton and pur-
Pennsylvania. He served as mission chasing, has wroked with the youth teacher, secretary of the department
and union president in the Colom- of the South American and Inter- of education, and school administra-
bia-Venezuela Union until "late 1962, American divisions for the past 30 tor in South America, North
when he was called to the Antillian years. As teacher, school director, America, and Inter-America. During
Union. He too faces the future with and MV secretary, Elder von Pohle the past six years he has prepared
confidence. He states: "The chal- inspired many young people to 22 textbooks for use in the
lenge today is truly beyond the spend themselves in service to their schools of our division. His latest
capabilities of human ability, but Master. As he takes up new res- work is the guide for school admin-
with the blessing of the Lord and ponsibilities, he says, "The future istration which he prepared in both
consecrated workers the task can be holds tremendous challenge for each English and Spanish. Looking to the
finished in this quadrennium. I look one of us. As we see the many future, he hopes to see Inter-
to the future with confidence, know- evidences of God's blessings and America's schools upgraded in qua-
in" that the Lord is with us and guidance, we are determined to go lity of personnel, in the number of
will bless the faithfulness of His forward with courage and consecra- years of instruction, and in the
people in Inter-America." tion, dedicating our all to the work types of courses offered.
R. B. Caldwell, assistant trea- A. H. Riffel, newly elected secre-
surer and auditor, has been ren- tary of the lay activities department,
Walton J. Brown, re-elected
dering outstanding service in the comes to the division office after
secretary of the educational depart-
treasury department of the Intel-- serving in the Antillian, Central Am-
ment, has been a member of the
American Division since 1940 with erican, and Colombia-Venezuela, uni-
division staff since 1960. Before
only one interruption of four years, coming to this office, he served as (Continued on page 15)
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 1966 13
Around the Unions
An Interesting Dream
"... your old men shall dream
dreams; your young men shall see
visions" (Joel 2:28).
This beautiful promise given by
the prophet Joel is for our day,
that is, for the time just before ths
end of all things when the gospel is
to be preached with the power of
the Holy Spirit and when we can ex-
pect a thousand conversions in one
day. In the Dominican Republic,
we firmly believe that this promise
is beginning to be fulfilled. Why?
Because of the number of conver-
The newly organised Cidra church group.
sions which we are witnessing every-
where and the miracles that we see
daily. A New Church Organised in New Territory
I would like to relate a small, In June, 1964, the Puerto Rico Conference Committee asked Eliezer Candelaria to
move to the town of Cidra to proclaim our message and establish our work in that unentered
but moving experience. On Friday, area, under the auspices of the "Into New Regions" plan.
March 4, Carmen Veras of the
Higueral church dreamed that the With the help of some of the members of the nearby Cayey church, Pastor Candelaria
began to work diligently. Immediately an interest was awakened, and a group of believers
wife of one of our church mem- was formed. The Cidra group grew steadily, and on Sabbath, May 21, 1966, the new Cidra
bers had given herself to the Lord, church was organised with 32 charter members.
and that she and I were present at
the time of her decision. Present for the ceremony were A. Ray Norcliffe, then president of the Antillian Union,
Hector J. Brignoni and the writer, secretary-treasurer and president respectively of the Puerto
On the following day I preached
in a church far from Higueral, but We wish to thank the Inter-American Division for the "Into New Regions" plan which
on returning home I' felt that I has already produced, beside the Cidra church, the Lares church, which was organised last
should take that route, even though year with 40 charter members, and the Aibonlto group with 12 baptised members. We
trust that soon the Aibonito group will also join the sisterhood of Seventh-day Adventisi
the distance is greater that way. As churches in Puerto Rico.
I drove through the city, I was im- —J. H. Pigaeroa, Jr.
pressed to stop at the home of
Brother Medrano, the man whose accept Jesus as my personal Sav-
wife had given herself to the Lord iour." Then she took off her jew-
in the dream which Sister Veras had ellery to prove that her conversion Wett 3ndie*,
the night before. was genuine.
As I got out of the car ?nd I believe that this dream was
started toward the house, the first from God and that in the last days
person to come outdoors to greet The Nassau Effort
we shall see many more such ex-
me was Sister Veras. She had been periences as the end approaches. For the second consecutive year
relating the dream to Brother the big gospel tent in Nassau, Ba-
Medrano's wife, urging her to de- —Aristides Gonzalez hamas, was opened to the public
cide for Christ. She told me about to hear our truth presented. On
the dream and about her visit. I, >• Dr. Robert W. Woods, an out- Sunday evening, March 13, L. V.
too, appealed to Senora Medrano to standing teacher of physical science McMillan, the principal speaker,
give bferself to Jesus without re- and a member of the Pacific Union saw an audience of over 800 present
serve, assuring her that then she College faculty, has joined the for the opening meeting. This attend-
would know true happiness and Antillian College staff for two years ance continued throughout the series.
peace of heart. With tears in her to organise and head its physics Recently Pastor McMillan wrote:
eyes she said, "With all my heart I department. "There was a great interest up to
the kst meeting, and it is rewarding hold these meetings was changed. he looks forward to working with the
to see the fine attendance _ at the The new warden soon ordered the laymen of Inter-America to bring
Sabbath services." guards not to permit any more meet- about an. even greater sense of res-
Associated with Pastor McMillan ings. He said that prisoners were es- ponsibility for the souls of our
were N. E Scarvella, pastor of the caping as the laymen left. neighbours and friends. His great
large Centervelle church, and H. A. However, our brother continued desire is to see an awakened church
Roach, principal of the Bahamas holding meetings in the street in whose members recognise that the
Academy. Pastor Roach volunteered front of the prison.. He also made the greatest exploits for God Jie just
to be the song leader for the effort, situation a matter of prayer. One ahead.
and the large audiences were great- Sabbath afternoon a guard approach-
ly inspired by the congregational George Brown, a native of the
ed Brother Jean with the message Dominican Republic, has been work-
singing of the gospel songs under his that the warden had given permission ing with young people ever since
•direction. ;, for him to hold meetings in the jail his graduation from college. Even
whenever he was there. during the three years he. served as
In the first baptismal service 78
precious souls were baptized. Since The following week our brother church pastor in the Virgin Islands,
then 14 more have been added o dreamed that someone told him: his interest was in the youth of his
the church by baptism, bringing the "Hurry to the warden's office. He flock. As newlv elected secretary of
total to 92. We believe that the fin- will grant you permission to preach the MV department, he comes to
al harvest will total more than 100 inside the prison again." Early the the Inter-American Division from
souls. next morning Brother Jean hurried the Caribbean Union College, where
to find the captain. He asked, "What he has been serving as its president.
Truly a new day has dawned for Looking ahead he is sure that the
the Bahamas, and we rejoice to see do you want, my friend? I am about
to leave for Port-au-Prince." next four years will be freighted
this marked manifestation of God's with unmistakable signs of our
Holy Spirit. "Captain, I would like to be able soon-coming Lord. His desire is to
—M. G. Nembhard to tell the prisoners the story of lead Inter-America's young people
Jesus." in a dynamic youth-for-Christ evan-
The captain looked at our lay bro- gelism programme.
ther for a moment, and then he said,
"Brother Pierre Jean, you have that Tulio R. Haylock, also an Inter-
permission." Now more than ever American by birth, is the newly
In Prison our layman is working to give prison- elected Sabbath school and radio-
TV secretary of the Inter-American
ers of Satan the wonderful news of
Brother Pierre Jean, North Haiti's freedom in Jesus. Division. Carrying two departments
Layman of the Year for 1965, has will not be a new experience for
been holding meetings in the Cape- —Marcel Abel Elder Haylock; in the Nicaragua
Haitien Jail. Prisoners rejoice to hear and Guatemala missions he carried
THE NEWLY ELECTED ...
that the love of God includes every the responsibility of all the depart-
one, even them, and more han 50 (Continued from p. 13) ments. He has also served as depart-
have been won to Jesus. mental secretary of the Antillian
ons, both as administrator and as Union and president of the Domi-
A few months ago the warden departmental secretary. Known by nican Academy. He writes: "As I
who gave Brother Jean permission to his colleagues as a man of action, step into this new responsibility, I
do so with a humble heart. My con-
stant prayer is for God to use me
to advance His work faster than
ever before during this coming
Nicolas Chaij, newly elected sec-
retary of the publishing department,
is no stranger to Inter-America. He
has served the field as Bible teacher
in the Central American Vocational
College and as publishing secre-
tary in the Antillian Union. For
the past 12 years he has led the
colporteurs of the South American
Division to first place among all
overseas divisions. He comes back
to Inter-America determined to
carry on the excellent work estab-
lished by Elder Culpepper and to
L. V. McMillan speaking during the recent Nassau effort. To the left are H. A. Roach and set even higher goals and win more
N. E Scarvella and more souls.
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 1966 15
Resolution of Gratitude to God
>• S. L. Folkenberg, who has been
working as district pastor in the New AS DELEGATES assembled in Detroit, Michigan, for the fiftieth
York Conference, has accepted a call, session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, we
to the presidency of the Colombia- express our united and profound sense of gratitude to God for His
Venezuela Union. Elder Folkenberg unfailing watchcare over the Adventist people during the past
is no stranger to Inter-America; from quadrennium. This providential care has been exercised by our
1938 to 1950 he served as assistant heavenly Father in times marked by the perils of revolt and war
treasurer in the Antillian Union, as in many lands and in the midst of a world made dangerous by
treasurer and as president of the worsening morality and the most violent crimes.
Puerto Rico Conference, and as In spite of physical and spiritual perils and many hindrances,
departmental secretary of the Antil- including our own limitations and human shortcomings, the gracious
lian Union. hand of God has been felt in the worldwide' church as extensive
efforts have been made to extend the gospel to all parts of the
^- At the time of the General Con- world. Not only in one country but in all the lands of the earth
ference session Ray L. Jacobs accep- the triumphs of the cross of our blessed and conquering Lord have
ted a call to Beirut, Lebanon, to be been seen. For these marked evidences of soul-winning success and
the secretary of the Middle East missions advance we are profoundly grateful.
Division. Elder Jacobs accepted a We have been keenly aware of the Holy Spirit's ministry in
call to Beirut, Lebanon, to be the our church life prompting our people to increased faithfulness in
secretary of the Middle East Divi- the stewardship of material treasures. For these large gifts of love
sion. Elder Jacobs has served the and faithfulness we express gratitude to our benevolent Lord, and
Inter-American Division for the past with even greater joy we praise God for the abundant evidences
twelve years, first as president of the of spiritual life and vitality among the remnant people of God.
Antillian Union from 1954 to 1962, Seventh-day Adventists today are united in belief and organ-
and then as president of the Franco- isation. The church is keenly aware that the strength of this unity
Haitian Union from 1962 to 1966. results from providential guidance provided through God's gift
These unions experienced marked of the Holy Scriptures and the Spirit of Prophecy. For these treasures
growth under his able and kindly of truth — to which we steadfasly hold — we are deeply grateful
guidance. to God. And for the joyful hope of the soon return of Jesus, which
hope — in this age of confusion and uncertainty — we resolve to
>• Arthur L. Edeburn has accepted
share in greater fulness with the world about us.
an invitation to return to Inter-
America to be the secretary- -REVIEW AND HERALD
treasurer of the Central American
Union. Brother Edeburn has been
working as insurance counsellor for
the General Conference Insurance ^- W. T. Collins, who has been pre- >• A. A. Ward, formerly president
Service. From 1930 to 1952 he sident of the Guatemala Mission for of the South Caribbean Conference,
served the Inter-American Division, the past four years, has accepted the is assuming the pastorship of the
first in the publishing house in Bal- invitation to serve as president of the Central district in Panama City,
boa, then as secretary-treasurer of Antillian Union. He arrived in his Panama.
the Dominican Mission, the Colom- new field of labour on August 5. >• R. R. Drachenberg has been
bia-Venezuela Union, and the West appointed educational and church
>• Henry Fuss, who has been serv-
Indies Union. development secretary of the Mexi-
ing as MV and educational secretary
>• E. Herbert Thomas, a graduate of the Mexican Union, has been
of the West Indies College Class of appointed president of the Pacific *- On August 9, Dr. and Mrs. O. J.
'66, has accepted an invitation to Agricultural and Industrial School at Pogue and their four children left
work as ministerial intern in the Navajoa, Sonora,- ^Mexico. Georgetown, Guyana, to return to
British Honduras Mission. their homeland. Dr. Pogue served as
>- Because of the recent General medical director of the Davis
^- Efraim Murillo has been ap- Conference session there have been Memorial Clinic and Hospital for
pointed president of the Dominican scores of workers passing through eleven years. The Pogues arrived in
Academy. Elder Murillo has been division headquarters in Miami. Guyana in 1955, just one year after
serving as district pastor in Santo During the months of June, July, the clinic was first opened, in time
Domingo. and August, Ricky Caldwell, son of to care for the first hospital patients.
R. B. Caldwell, assisted A. B. King Under his direction a modern 44-
^ Mrs. Ann Spenst-Garett has re- and D. J. von Pohle in attending
turned to the Inter-American Divi- bed hospital has~been constructed.
these visitors. Three of the Pogue children, Carol
sion office to work as office secretary
Pamela, and Roy, were born in
in the MV and publishing depart- >• On July 8, Gilbert Tunco, M.B.,
ments. Mrs. Garett served as secre- Guyana.
of Staunton, Virginia, arrived at
tary to the MV and educational the Montemorelos Hospital in Monte- >- Fred Hernandez has joined the
department secretaries from 1954 to morelos, Mexico, to serve as relief Bella Vista Hospital staff to serve
1958. doctor for three months. :aS chaplain.