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Tke Gospel in Medical Practice

Tke Gospel in Medical Practice

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So extensive is this situation, that one of the district di­ rectors declared recently that he could place one thou­ sand new teachers if they could be supplied, and then have need for more. This, without doubt, presents as great a challenge to this denomination as can be found in any part of the world. It becomes evident, as one sits with the brethren - here and considers their problems, that the rapidly ex­ panding mission program of the Australasian Union Conference is becoming greater than the strength of this home constituency can carry. Health Food Business The Australasian Union Conference is unique in another direction. It conducts a large health food busi­ ness running into several million dollars a year. This business employs many of our people, and is conducted on principles which bear constant witness to the truth. The profits are liberally employed to support the educa­ tional work in church school and college. These interests occupied a considerable place in the considerations of the committee. It was deeply interesting to see these business­ men devoting themselves to the earnest consideration of mission and conference problems; while, on the other hand, conference men shared the interest of the business­ men in the problems of the sanitarium health food com­ pany. It was reported at this meeting that the members of this union have sent fully $65,000 worth of food and clothing to Great Britain., and Europe. In addition to this help, they joined in the General Conference Rehabilitation Offering to the extent of over $20,000. And at this gather­ ing it was voted to unite with the General Conference in calling for a relief offering at an early date; and in antici­ pation of a successful appeal they voted to forward $16,500 immediately, because of the urgency of this win­ ter's need in Europe. The budget adopted for the year 1948 was equal to the budget for many of our world divisions. It is amazing that the small home constituency of 18,230 members in the Australasian Union Conference has, for so long, carried the full responsibility for the work in this immense island missidn field. And their efforts have been greatly blessed of God. It was a good meeting. It was a happy experience to be with these brethren. May God greatly bless the work in the South Pacific." 16 Shangani River by oxen; we traveled far and long to make appointments, and everywhere people were waiting. One of our native pastors, Elder Lupahla, made ar­ rangements for us to conduct a meeting in a small prayer house. When we arrived there, aboue two-thirty in the afternoon, we found two hundred persons waiting. These crowded into the church, some sitting on the floor right up to the pulpit. Toward the close of the service we made a call for all to follow the Lord. Eleven gave their hearts to the Lord Jesus and started to follow Him. The whole group united in consecrating all to the Master.. We were told that this was the first time that a white minister had held a service in that church. The people begged us to stay and, as they put it, "Give us more food." But we had to push on, Two Classes Before Baptism It is not easy for these people to follow the truth as brought to us in the Word of God.-Many are persecuted with -ridicule and beatings; many are driven from their villages. But they remain true. They first give their hearts to the Lord. Then they join the "hearers" class for a year. At the close of this study period they become members of the "probation" class for another year. If during this time they have proved that they love Jesus and are 1 determined to follow Him, if they have left their former evil habits and customs, and turned with the whole heart ito a prepa­ ration for the coming of the Lord, then they are baptized and become members of the church. The work is growing in Africa. There is an urgency pressing us forward. There are many millions yet to hear the story of salvation. The workers are' few. Other needs are great. But the Lord of the harvest is preparing the field for the final thrust of the sickle. Pray for the work here. Give for it. Live for the coming of the Lord that the glorious day may soon dawn, dispelling darkness from this and all other parts of this old world. Doctors' Wives Support Medical Missions By T. R. Flaiz, M.D. GATHERED in Los Angeles for their October luncheon, 250 members of the Women's Auxiliary of the Alumni Association of the College of Medical Evangelists heard Mrs. Gordon Reynolds give the report of the society's missionary work for the past year. Itinerating in Southern Rhodesia After the delightful and well-prepared meal, these ladies By. G. O. Adams learned that they had contributed over } 10,000 toward special projects in mission hospitals and dispensaries WE ARRIVED at Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, in during the previous twelve months. Two of the last projtime to attend the Southern African Division ects listed were supplying an X ray for our medical work council. This was an excellent opportunity to be­ in Persia and supplying a large number of surgical income acquainted with the needs of the work in this great struments to our hospital in Surat, India. field. We also met many of the workers. For the_past^ ____ Tnonth'it has~been my privilege to traveTEErough parts of~ substantial amounts to these mission projects, but they Southern Rhodesia with W. D. Eva, superintendent of have organized into study groups to acquaint themselves this field. During this time we organized churches, more thoroughly with the conditions and needs of the checked membership records, and inspected schools. It is various mission fields. All our doctors in the foreign pleasantly surprising to see how eager the African boys mission lands are being invited to inform the auxiliary and girls are to Team to read and write, and, still more, of their most serious needs. These needs are studied by -te-learn -to-spea-k—BngKsirHEt-TS- -encotrragmg~^b~see~lKrw"~ i, aird'f^coinmendatixJhs are" faithful are our brethren and sisters in these isolated areas. made to the society as to the most effective avenues for It is inspiring and thrilling to witness the eagerness of rendering aid. these people to hear heaven's message for these days.' Mrs. Marcus, formerly of our work in Africa,, was On one of bur recent trips we were compelled to hold president during the past year. Mrs. Theodore Bergman, meetings in the open air in order to accommodate all the incoming president, gave every evidence that the who came to listen to the Word. We conducted meetings active missionary spirit of this group would be well supat night; we had our car pulled through .the mighty ported during her administration of the coming year. REVIEW AND HERALD

In Buenos Aires Again By W. A. Bergherm Publishing Department Secretary, South American Division IT WAS indeed an interesting occasion to the writer and Mrs. Bergherm as our boat, the Mormacisle, steamed slowly up the River Plata toward the city of Buenos Aires, our destination. On our right we could see the dim outlines of the city of Montevideo, and passing 1 frequently on our left were boats large and small, seaward bound. We had been out at sea exactly two weeks without a stop and every passenger? aboard the boat was buoyant with the prospect of soon stepping out on terra firma, and of seeing friends and loved ones. Before long our boat was tying up alongside the dock in the presence of a crowd that had gathered on the shore. Among those on the shore we soon picked out our fellow workers from the division office. What a consolation it brings to be welcomed by friends. Nineteen years had passed since we had bidden good-by to our friends and fellow workers gathered together at about the same place from which our boat left when we departed from Argentina. The intervening years had been spent in the Inter-American Division, a period of our lives we shall always cherish with great pleasure. Now we had again returned to the South American Division. With the tedious ta"sk of custom inspection ended, we were escorted to our future home with the division staff. The city of Buenos Aires has indeed made many changes and has grown into a modern, thriving city of nearly three million inhabitants. There still may be seen, however, many of the unique ways of Latin life that lend attraction and charm. Our publishing house, union offices, and food factory are located in Florida, one of the suburbs of Buenos Aires. It was there that we had spent the seven years of our first period in the division as workers of the Austral Union. Florida had changed beyond recognition, save for a few old landmarks. Thirteen Church Groups The most interesting developments, however, were those in connection with the work. In the city of Buenos Aires arid the district immediately surrounding the city at the time we formerly lived here, the churches and groups met in rented quarters. We had no church build­ ing of our own, with the exception of the meeting place in Florida. During the last two or three years of our stay t the church in this place had acquired a makeshift build­ ing from a part of the old publishing house, but it could not be considered a church building proper. Now there are thirteen groups and churches in the same territory. Five of this number have a church building of their own. The Palermo church, one of the. six, is a spacious, well- constructed building and is a real credit to our work. It has a membership of 280, which is the largest of all. For­ merly the largest membership was in the Florida church, where the workers of the two institutions and the union staff attend, but recently church services have been ini­ tiated at the Florida Academy, and the membership of the Florida church now stands at 268. This growth is in­ deed most cheering.and encouraging. The food factory of Florida is one 1 of the additional fea­ tures that has been established in recent years. It is filling an important place in this division and is the .only factory of its kind in Argentina that is putting out such foods as corn and wheat flakes. The publishing house in Florida, which supplies the Spanish literature for the Inca and the Austral unions, presented one of the most gratifying surprises. It has been DECEMBER 18, 1947 obliged to enlarge its working force and buildings until it now has more than doubled its floor space from what it was at the time it was first established in its present location, and instead of a working force of thirty-six as in 1928, there are now eighty employees. The sales of this one publishing house 'for the first seven months of this present year have passed considerably beyond the million- peso mark and will probably reach more than two million by the end of the year. We are indeed happy to be back in the South American Division. It is a privilege to be associated with such a fine group of workers as are to be found here. In the near future we expect to visit the republics to the north, which form a part of the division's territory, and become ac­ quainted with our worL and workers of those fields, but we' are told the progress in Brazil especially has been most marked. Medical Work in Burma By Joseph Johannes, M.D. Medical Secretary, Burma Union BEFORE the war our medical work was represented by Dr. Walker, who in 1939 opened a small clinic in the city of Rangoon. This institution made a very good name for itself, as evidenced by the large number of grateful patients that attended the clinic. We were carrying on dispensary work by trained nurses in two other places in connection with evangelistic work. Their work has been the means of opening the way for the preaching of the gospel. For some years Pastor Sargent, who is also a trained nurse, has been conducting dispensary work in connection with his evangelistic effort in the outlying districts, and has brought relief to hundreds of diseased souls. Recently, in the company of some of our missionaries, I made a tour of the field in the interest of our medical and educational work. Up in Maymyo, a hill station about 400 miles from Rangoon, where the climate is bracing, we had a small hospital operated by a nurse. It had established quite a reputation among the Europeans and the better class Burmans. Although many buildings in this beautiful town have been bombed out, our building still stands. However, all its equipment, plumbing, and electrical fixtures, and partitions have been plundered. In the Tenasserim field, where the Karen people are known for their wonderful singing, at a village called Kammamaung, we had a school and dispensary which was operated by Pastor Baird, a trained nurse. He is known far and wide in that community. One time they brought to him a patient that had been severely wounded by an elephant. His intestines were protruding through a large abdominal wound. There was very little equipment for surgery in this dispensary. Pastor Baird, with the able assistance of Pastor E. B. Hare, carefully cleaned this patient's wound, returned the intestines to the abdominal cavity, 'and did a good job in sewing up the wound. The man made a complete recovery and was one of the best advertisements for the dispensary. This trip brought the grim reality to our minds that war is a terrible thing. All equipment from our Rangoon Clinic has been stolen. The entire mission station, including the dispensary in Kammamaung, has-been burned down. One unacquainted with the place would have difficulty in locating the site of*the buildings. Tall jungle grass is growing in their place. It is sad indeed. Since our arrival in Rangoon we have been making heroic efforts to find a suitable location for our medical work. We hope to find a desirable .location in the near 17

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