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Tke Gospel in Medical Practice

Tke Gospel in Medical Practice

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thought that He was queer and different. He labored and toiled from dawn till set of sun without any of the so- called comforts that we enjoy in- our civilized, urban life. And yet these were not a hindrance to the development of His character. Through labor and trial He learned self- control and the exercise of the will. Trusting in God and in the right, He went forward and developed a strong body, a sound mind, and an intrepid spirit. Shall we not learn from the life of Christ that the stern discipline of life is good for children? Let us teach them to "take it." There are too many coddled darlings growing up in our sheltered homes. We should not forget that unless the children learn to think and act for themselves when they are very young, they will be wholly incapable of doing so when they arrive at the age when they must think for themselves without mother or father to decide. The Labor of the Hands We understand that the will goes with the labor of the hands. It is very essential that children be taught at least one trade at which they may work with their hands. Of course, every girl should be taught how to keep house. Sewing, cooking, designing, dressmaking, should become a part of the life of every girl growing up by her mother's side. It would be a good thing if boys would learn to cook and sew!' This practical knowledge may prove very useful in later years. More especially, the boys should learn gardening, carpentry, and mechanics. They should receive a working knowledge of the basic principles of all electri­ cal appliances. This is a very practical and useful thing for boys to know. Perhaps the most important trade of all for boys is that of farming. More and more thinking people are leaving the cities and getting out into the country where they can have a plot of ground, with .their own water supply, and room enough for a large garden. Happy indeed the boy who can follow the sequence of planting, cultivating, and reaping a crop of his own. Thus he can learn to watch all the processes of life as the plants respond to his direction and care. The will and the reason and the judgment, to say nothing of the body and the soul, thus expand under this natural and helpful pro­ gram. To a greater or less degree boys and girls alike should have a working knowledge of plant life. Garden­ ing, you will recall, was to be the lifework of our first parents in the Garden of Eden. (Gen. 2:8.) Free Moral Agents The devil has no power to control the will of any child without that child's consent. And children should under­ stand that if they choose to do God's will, their wills become omnipotent. Satan has no power to control them when they choose the service of Christ. Their will becomes Christ's will when they have His mind and choose His service. How important it is for the children to under­ stand that while they are free moral agents, they are dominated in their thinking and in their actions by the power that they choose, either God or the devil. The "issues in" the~gf cation troversy between Christ and Satan must be understood by the children as they travel through life." Let the thrill of adventure in holy, Christ-centered living spur them on to choose the service of Jesus every day. Let them by self-control resist the devil, and he will flee from them. They cannot, they will not, fail if they living Christ in childhood, will have his mind set in man­ hood to do right and remain steadfast until death. May God grant that our children will be thus taught and thus prepared for the battles of life. Life is not a parade ground but a battlefield. We need not hesitate to explain this fact to the little ones. May the children succeed as true soldiers in the ranks of King Jesus. 14 No Apologies By Lucia Mallory WE'RE not used to living in such a shabby place as this," said Mrs. Foreman. "At home we had a big house and plenty of nice furniture. Here we scarcely have room to turn around." "I think you have made this small apartment wonderfully comfortable," I hastened to assure my hostess. It disturbed me to hear her speak so disparagingly of the only home her family was to have for a long time—since nothing better could be obtained in our crowded city. Mrs. Foreman's two little girls, who had been setting the table and carrying in glasses of water, turned to their mother with anxious eyes. Her words had given them a feeling that something was lacking. I had met the Foreman family, newcomers to Barnard, when the mother had come with her daughters to borrow books from the children's room at the public library where I am the children's librarian. Our acquaintance had grown into friendship, and I had been happy to accept Mrs. Foreman's invitation to dinner. While we were eating, Mrs. Foreman apologized again. "I wish you, could see the nice set of dishes we had to leave stored in the basement of our old home," she said. "It wasn't possible to ship them, so we bought makeshift dishes here in Barnard." "This bright pottery is so cheerful that I'd like to have a set just .like it," I answered, hoping that my honest praise might banish the troubled look that had come back into the little girls' faces. Not noticing the children, Mrs. Foreman kept right on apologizing. "You can imagine what it's like to try to cook on one of these little two-plate electric stoves, when you have been used to a big range." "It must take a good deal of planning -to prepare a well-balanced meal with so little cooking space," I an-, swered. "You have almost achieved the impossible." Mrs. Foreman smiled at my words of appreciation, and I guided the conversation into other channels. The Foreman apartment was small, but comfortable: The little girls would have been happy in their new home if their mother had not constantly apologized for its inadequacy. Walking home that evening, I could not help recalling another time, long ago, when I had been invited to share a simple meal and no apologies had been made. A schoolmate, Vivian Henderson, had broken her leg, and I had become the self-appointed messenger to take books and lesson assignments to her. One afternoon we chatted so long that six o'clock came before I realized it could be so late. "Couldn't Lucia stay to supper, Mother?" Vivian asked. "Yes," Mrs. Henderson replied, "if her mother is willing." "Do telephone and ask your mother. Lucia." Vivian urged. Receiving my mother's permission to stay, I sat down to eat mush and milk and baked apples with the Henderson family. No apologies were offered and in the warm glow of friendship that simple food became a sumptuous repast. —^-ttfd "not"farew~"unfit"long7"afterwaronRaT"Vivian's" broken leg was only one of a series of misfortunes that had overtaken the family that year and their inqpme was so. small that the barest necessities were all they could afford. Yet that mother did not hesitate to share what they had with a guest, offering, instead of apologies, companionship and courage that were beyond price. —National Kindergarten Association. REVIEW AND HERALD

The Australasian Union Conference Annual Committee Meeting By H. M. Blunden AFTER an absence of twenty-two years it was a won- /\ derful privilege to return to Australia and meet -*••*- the many friends with whom we labored for so long in years gone by. We were in company with E. D. Dick as General Conference representatives to the annual meeting of the Australasian Union Conference Committee which convened at Wahroonga, New South Wales, Sep­ tember 23 to Cfctober 3. The meeting was held at the headquarters office of this great field. This building is a beautiful structure, and commodious enough to accom­ modate all the varied interests of the vast work carried on in the continent under the Southern Cross, and its adja­ cent territories. Perhaps no union conference organization in all the world has such widespread interests as does the Austral­ asian Union Conference. In size of program and extent of territory, as in its varied interests, it is virtually a divi­ sion organization rather than a union. This has been recognized by General Conference provision, which con­ fers divisional status upon this union, the president of which is also a vice-president of the General Conference. A Large Attendance W. G. Turner, the president, presided over the delibera­ tions of this great meeting, and there was a full attend­ ance of the members of the committee, with the exception of some members from the island" fields. From the Solo­ mon Islands Mission the superintendent, H. White, was in attendance. Also from that field were some missionaries on furlough. Among this group was Mrs. Norman Wiles, well known by name to our people who are acquainted with the mission history of this denomination. Sister Wiles came this time from New,Guinea where she has braved the rigors of that hard field for many years, some of which have been spent alone among savage peoples. A. W. Peterson, formerly the General Conference Mis­ sionary Volunteer secretary, arrived the day before the opening of the committee meeting, to take up the leader- Executive Committee, Australasian Division of the General Conference, in Attendance at Aiinual Meeting, Sept. 23 to Oct. 3, 1947 DECEMBER 18, 1947 ship of our young people in the Australasian field. He re­ ceived a most hearty welcome, and he and his wife are already at home in their new appointment. C. H. Watson was in attendance at the meeting, and by Bible study and wise counsel contributed much to its suc­ cess. Elder and Mrs. Watson are both being blessed with a fair measure of health. The first period of each day was given to devotion, in study and prayer, and these seasons laid a good founda­ tion for harmonious councils, which were carried forward in a spirit of fine fellowship. It was really good to be there. The final morning of the meeting was devoted to the celebration of the ordinances and a testimony meet­ ing, a happy and blessed climax to a good session. Many Items Considered The large agenda of three hundred items revealed the extent of the many and varied interests of this field with its far-flung work. Besides the business which usually per­ tains to a union conference committee relating to the work in its local conferences, this union conducts a very large work in the islands of the Pacific—sixteen groups of islands scattered across thousands of miles of ocean. In all these groups there is a thriving work carried for­ ward by Australasian and native workers. The highways are the ocean; therefore a fleet of small ships is operated by these workers as they travel from place to place. These island interests naturally occupy a large share of the at­ tention of this central committee, and many of the men on the union committee have served one term or more as island missionaries. Their interest is, therefore, very keen in this work, and the attitude of the people through­ out the home conferences is one of possession. This mis­ sion field is theirs, and they love it dearly. The large and important field of Papua-New Guinea, taking in the eastern half of New Guinea and the Bis­ marck Archipelago, with great expanses of ocean travel for our little mission vessels, was divided into two mission fields: one to be known as the Papua-Northeast New Guinea Mission, and the other as the Bismarck Archi­ pelago Mission. This was occasioned by vast developments in the work in Papua and Northeast New Guinea, where remarkable witness to the power of the message was borne by our native workers during the war and the Japanese occu­ pation. This witness was so marked and helpful that its fame went far and wide through the mountains and valleys of New Guinea, and moved the native savage populations to desire the in­ fluences which had made possible such a demonstra­ tion of Christlike character. The result of this far-reach­ ing influence of these few faithful native workers is that insistent calls come from every direction from 1 ,- 500,000 natives for a Sev­ enth-day Adventist Mission. 15

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