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A Good Resolution, 1877

December 22, 2008

Atlantic Union Gleaner, July 22, 1931, (1877)


Taken from the clerk’s records of the original Oakfield, Me., church, (now Dyer Brook) in Aroostook County, are the following resolutions passed at a church business meeting on the evening of November 1, 1877, Elder S. J. Hersum in the chair:

“Whereas, we are fast approaching the time when probation will close, and

“Whereas, Satan, according to the Bible which we believe is true, is to work with great power for the destruction of God’s people,

“Therefore, resolved, that we as members of the church in Oakfield, study the Bible and follow out all its teachings, believing that our salvation depends upon this, and that we will watch and pray that we be not used as instruments in the hands of Satan to wound the feelings of our brothers and sisters and the cause of God, by speaking of the faults of the brothers and sisters to others, before to the one that is at fault.

“Resolved, that we will stand by each member of the church and will by our prayers and comforting words, stay up the hands of each other under every trial.”

How we need the spirit of these resolutions, not only on our church records, but in our hearts. May God grant it as we enter the greatest Harvest Ingathering campaign in our history. Would it not be a great encouragement and help to us if each knew the other was praying for him?



Notes by Newsman 777

1) Fast approaching the time when probation will close…” in 1877. A belief in an imminent return of Christ can motivate the church to heighten their moral decisions.

2) “Our salvation depends upon” studying the Bible and following all its teachings. Shall we assume that they understood about salvation in Jesus? When is salvation by “following all its teachings” considered adequate for salvation?

3) “Wound the feelings.” The gist of this resolution addresses an ongoing problem in an organization; interpersonal relationships and unity.

4) “Stay up the hands of each other under every trial.” This metaphor comes from the story of Aaron and Hur holding up the hands of Moses. We would do well to practice this day by day.


October 14, 2008

Inter-American Division Messenger, April, 1929


Our mission is said to have the most conservative territory in Colombia. The foreigner has little chance as a merchant due to fanatical provincialism. This state of things has caused many of the most liberal families to move away from the immediate influence of the “ecclesiastical palace.”

In all our activities, we have met with opposition; and the Catholic dailies have been true to their duty to warn the public against going near us. Under these circumstances, it was hardly to be expected that we would have large audiences, as the people feared the consequences; and it was evident that our success would be, rather, in doing house to house work.

To show how closely we were watched in our activities, I will say that when I left home to help one of our native colporteurs, a telegram was sent saying the Adventists had left for the interior with large supplies of literature. The result was that the priest of the town discouraged the people from buying even our health book, and all except two merchants obeyed. In the next town, however, we were able to gain the confidence of the people through the rector of the university.

Considerable time has been consumed in finding a place of worship for our little church. Since any proprietor, who dares to rent us, shares our lot in persecution, it usually happens that we are obliged to change location about every six months.

We are deeply grateful to our present governor who has promised to protect us according to law; and we are profoundly grateful to the Lord that a recent attempt to deprive us of being tolerated as religious teachers was defeated by congress.

Our progress has not been phenomenal. But our first believers were eager to embrace the Message, and their constant missionary work has aided materially in augmenting the attendance at our meetings. A few weeks ago we had our fourth baptism.

Aside from the blessings of God, our onward march will depend on continuous distribution of literature and on house-to-house work; in the latter Mrs. Trummer takes an active part and re- places me when I am away from headquarters.

Medellin, Colombia.

A Note of Progress from Colombia, 1924

October 14, 2008

Review and Herald, June 5, 1924

A Note of Progress from Colombia


WHILE we are hearing of the progress of the message in other parts of the world field, we are pleased to add a note of advance in this mission. From the beginning of our work in Bogota we were obliged to live in one of the suburbs to curtail expenses. But we soon found that in doing so we had gone away from the people and really were not practising economy for the mission. With the beginning of this year we laid plans for more aggressive work and are now located in the center of the capital. Our meetings are well attended, the audience often filling the large room which we have set apart for this purpose at our headquarters, and sometimes a score of attentive listeners are standing throughout the meeting.

Leaving Brother L. V. Cleaves to carry on this effort at the capital, the writer, accompanied by his family, joined one of our able native workers in Barranquilla, where the latter had been carrying on Bible work for some time. Immediately we formed a baptismal class, gave daily instruction on the phases of practical Christian life, and after two weeks’ meetings we had the privilege of seeing nine new believers follow their Lord in baptism. What a pleasure it was to the little company of interested ones, five of whom are looking forward to a full acceptance of the truth soon, to stand by the seashore, alone with nature’s God, and witness the testimony of these earnest brethren as they showed their decision to live solely for the message of their Redeemer.

In the afternoon we had a very blessed meeting, organizing our second church in Colombia, of twelve members, ordaining the elder and the deacon, and celebrating the solemn service of the Lord’s Supper. This joyous Sabbath day will be long remembered by the little church of Barranquilla, and we trust that it may be indeed a bright light for the Lord upon the entire north coast.

Contemporary with the baptismal studies, Mrs. Trummer and I carried on our annual campaign for the Harvest Ingathering in this important business center. In spite of the proverbial commercial crisis, we were gladly received by the friends we had made on our former visit, and a number of the business men gave us double the amount they gave us last year. We praise the Lord for all the success He has given us, and pray that He may use us continually for the glory of His name and His message.

During the present month we hope to visit several other large cities in the interests of the work of missions, and we fully believe that we shall reach our goal financially. Our other great aim in our travels is to make as favorable an impression as possible of our work in this new field. May the members of our REVIEW family continue to remember us at the throne of grace.

Harvest Ingathering, a History

October 13, 2008

R. W. Schwarz, Light Bearers to the Remnant, page 346ff


One program for effective church support, sponsored by the Home Missionary Department, developed almost by accident. This program, for years known as Harvest Ingathering, grew out of the experience of Jasper Wayne, an Iowa nurseryman interested both in missions and in placing Adventist literature in the hands of friends and customers. In 1903 Wayne ordered fifty copies of a special Signs of the Times issue devoted to the problems of capital and labor. When they arrived, he opened the parcel in the post office and began handing out copies to neighbors as they arrived for their mail. As he gave out his papers, Wayne mentioned that any money the recipients cared to give in exchange would be used for missions. Within less than an hour he had disposed of virtually his entire supply of Signs and had received better than four dollars for missions.

About ten days later Wayne received by mistake a second parcel of fifty Signs. Placing these in his buggy, he presented them to customers as he called on them, suggesting an offering for missions in exchange. His first contact gave him fifteen cents, but when a woman later gave twenty-five cents, he decided to suggest this as a minimum donation. In a couple of days Wayne had disposed of his second lot of papers at a profit of over twenty-six dollars. He was so encouraged by this experience that he immediately ordered 400 more copies of the Signs, which he distributed in like manner during the remainder of the year. Later he also sold Ellen White’s Great Controversy and donated the profits to missions.

Jasper Wayne’s enthusiasm over this new way for securing funds to meet mission needs was not shared by all church leaders. Some thought it a poor policy to “beg money from the Gentiles” to support Adventist work. But Wayne would not keep still. While attending the Nebraska camp meeting in 1904 he told his experience to many, including A. T. Robinson, the conference president. From personal experience in Africa and Australia, Robinson knew of the great needs of the mission fields. He persuaded Wayne to share his method with all the campers during a general meeting. W. C. White, in attendance, was captivated by the idea and arranged for Wayne to describe it to his mother, Ellen White. With her strong endorsement the program soon received official conference acceptance.25

Gradually Jasper Wayne’s plan spread from conference to conference, winning the official endorsement of the General Conference Committee in 1908. The last week in November was officially designated as the period for making this united effort; 400,000 copies of a special “missions issue” of the Review were printed for distribution. These were presented free to each person contacted, along with a brief description of the work Adventists were carrying out in other lands and an invitation to assist in financing their endeavors. The funds collected in this first “Thanksgiving Offering” exceeded expenses by $30,000 and enabled the Mission Board to dispatch twenty-five new missionaries overseas. This success convinced church leaders to utilize Wayne’s methods in an annual campaign, replacing a church-wide “Harvest Ingathering” offering established several years earlier. For this offering, patterned after the ancient Israelite Feast of Ingathering at the end of the harvest season, church members had been encouraged to sell products of their fields and gardens and donate the proceeds to missions. A new plan simply inherited an old name.26

Through the years the Ingathering campaign (the Harvest prefix was dropped in 1942) expanded greatly. The special issue of the Review used for solicitation was successively replaced by issues of the Signs of the Times and the Watchman (the predecessor of These Times). In addition to articles describing Adventist evangelistic work around the world, these special issues carried accounts of the church’s publishing, medical, and city welfare endeavors. Early issues also included a doctrinal article, such as the significance of the great image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, re- corded in Daniel 2.

Slowly the one week originally allotted the Harvest Ingathering campaign lengthened to several months, until by 1922 the General Conference found it necessary to establish a six-weeks’ limit. Year by year the funds brought in increased; by 1927 over $5,250,000 had been received to advance Adventist missions. Small wonder that some tended to forget that Jasper Wayne’s original purpose had not been solely to secure money, but to call the distinctive Adventist message to the attention of those contacted. In an effort to recapture this evangelistic purpose, church leaders in 1930 recommended that a doctrinal tract in addition to the regular Ingathering paper be left with each person contacted.27

Actually it was only during the first several years that the entire Ingathering offering was devoted to overseas missions. The first break in this pattern involved using some of the funds collected to reach recent immigrants to America. The brief recession following World War I led to assigning additional Ingathering funds to finance work in America, and this trend was greatly increased during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Appeals made by solicitors in the United States tended to vary according to the current level of American interest and concern for other parts of the world.

Like the rest of the Adventist program, Ingathering campaigns soon became standard in all countries in which Seventh-day Adventists developed an organized work. There were, of course, local adaptations; some areas stressed the educational, medical, and welfare work done locally, while others emphasized the needs of less fortunate peoples elsewhere. Efforts were made to involve virtually every church member. The timid could participate in “singing bands” while those who were braver made house-to-house calls; the elderly and infirm might solicit by mail. “Field days,” declared near the start of each fall term, allowed students in Adventist schools to scatter throughout the neighboring countryside with their bundles of Ingathering papers and their offering cans.

In spite of occasional stories of former Adventists reclaimed and new members tracing their first contacts with the church to an Ingathering solicitor, the program’s major contribution was in the large amount of funds made available for denominational work. More than $136 million was collected during the first fifty-five years following the official adoption of Jasper Wayne’s idea. The total received during 1975 exceeded eight million dollars in North America alone.28

25. A. W. Spalding, Origin and History of Seventh-day Adventists, 4 vols. (1962), III: 187-195; S.DA.
Encyclopedia, pp. 645, 646; Review, February 1, 1906, pp. 18, 19.

26. Review, June 11,1908, p. 6; September 9, 1909, p. 24; R. G. Bowes, “The Life of Jasper Wayne,”
unpublished term paper, Andrews University (1973), Andrews University Heritage Room.

27. Review, November 4, 1909, passim, November 3, 1910, passim; October 6, 1927, p. 11; General
Conference Bulletin, May 24, 1922, p. 30; June 19, 1930, p. 235.

28. S. Cromwell, “Developments in the Use of Harvest Ingathering Funds,” unpublished term paper,
Andrews University (1969), Andrews University Heritage Room; Review, September 4, 1930, passim;
August 11, 1932, pp. 17-19; S.DA. Encyclopedia, p. 646.


October 13, 2008

Review and Herald, Vol. 101, No. 13, March 27, 1924


OUR Harvest Ingathering campaign began early in the year, and was carried on at intervals until nearly the close of it, owing to the opportunity to visit some of the near-by cities. In the future, as the number of workers and believers increases, we shall be able to confine ourselves to a regular season.

Due to the fact that our work was not known, with the exception of the north coast, it was rather difficult to secure the free co-operation of the public. But we soon learned that we could overcome this, at least in part, by writing for the leading liberal newspapers about our work in educational and medical lines the world over; and that we were now ready to extend our efforts for the people of Colombia.

Before beginning in the capital, we prepared a memorial for the president of the republic, setting forth our principles of belief, and pledging ourselves to co-operate with him in his efforts to better the conditions of the people of this country. In every case we took pains to state that our denominatian carried on a campaign once a year to solicit funds for our philanthropic work. Thanks to the generosity of the foreign banks and commercial houses, a large number of the leading Colombian merchants were encouraged to give also, which enabled us to more than reach our goal. With the constant blessings of the Lord, we have received in all $1,000 (gold).

We met a number of men who were at once interested in our educational, temperance, and medical work, and we trust that we may be able to increase thils feeling of friendship. Even to those who could not give, or for some reason would not contribute to our work, we promised to return in a year, showing what good had been done in their vicinity. We fully believe that our next campaign will be more successful still.

It will not be amiss to say that we also met those who are jealous of our coming here. In a certain town, Mrs. Trummer and I had just made a promising beginning when, like a bolt from the clear sky, we were asked to appear in the office of the chief of police. Evidently, some one whom we had visited, wanted to make our work as difficult as possible, and had asked the mayor of the town to have us show our credentials for gathering funds from the public. Not being willing to accept the official solicitor’s card nor the statements of the treasurer in the Harvest Ingathering papers, this official was finally satisfied with the identification which the British consul gave of us, and we were allowed to resume our work.

It can easily be seen that to have been discredited by the mayor would have left us in a very doubtful position with those who had already given, and the town with perhaps others in the vicinity would have been closed to us in the future. We praise the Lord for overruling in behalf of His cause, E. M. TRUMMER.


Review and Herald, November 6, 1924

Progress in Colombia

IN a recent letter, E. M. Trummer, in charge of our Colombian Mission, relates some interesting experiences, indicating that the blessing of the Lord is attending the efforts put forth for the advancement of the truth in this difficult field. Speaking of their Harvest Ingathering effort, he says:

” Mrs. Trummer and I visited the governors of the department and the mayor of each city first, explaining our medical and educational work, and asking them to permit us to visit the business center once each year, with the view of soliciting funds for our work. In every case they seemed pleased to know that such a work was to be carried on among them.

” In Barranquilla, the main port, the son of the governor took us in his automobile to his lumber business place, and after giving us $10, had his chauffeur take us back to the center. We also received a donation from the ex-president.

” The Lord blessed us very much. In our campaign of seven weeks’ duration, we received $1,200.

” During that same time I was able to do considerable evangelistic work. We organized our second church in this mission. Indeed, the work is going forward in this field beyond our plans, to the praise of the Lord. Four have accepted the Sabbath in Medellin, the second important city in Colombia. We hope that we may see a little church organized in that city before the end of the year.

” In this mission we have baptized nineteen believers since coming here, making in all more than thirty members. And they are faithful. Bach month we have something like $100 in tithes.

” In Neiva, a departmental capital to the south of Bogota, the interest is developing, especially along the line of health and anti-alcoholism. On a recent visit to that place I was able to speak, thanks to the influence of a congressman, on these subjects to about three hundred people in the theater, as well as to the soldiers in the casino. Our literature has made us a number of friends in that place.

” During the next few weeks we want to send our temperance missionary paper to about five hundred municipalities where there are schools, hoping that we may thus get in contact with some of the teachers. All these things, with our lectures on health, serve to introduce the leaven of truth, where it will be working changes for good.”