Archive for the ‘E. Max Trummer’ Category


October 16, 2008



Pastor E. M. Trummer, who is la- boring in one of the most strongly Catholic fields in our division, in a re- cent letter speaks of some of the hard- ships, and then adds, “we are very thankful to the Lord that He keeps us full of courage and leads us on toward success.”

“The people,” he continues, “appreciate practical work, such as opening schools and helping the poorer families to live better healthwise, A number of merchants told me in the Harvest Ingathering work, even last year, that they would send their children if we would open a school; and others have promised financial help. In the small circle about us, there is hardly a day that I am not asked what to do for this or that ailment.

“On one occasion a family was very thankful for my interest in them. Their fifteen-months-old baby had a serious intestinal infection. The doctor had given a number of medicinal remedies; but the little girl kept getting worse. They called me in, and I told them what I would do if she were my child; adding, however, ‘But you have your doctor, and I should not want to advise against him.’

“That night, when the life of the little one seemed to be slipping away, the parents decided to try my suggestion. The treatments were given, and the little girl rested better. With careful dieting, and continual treatments, they continued to pray for God’s blessings upon them. The following day she passed the crisis favorably, and in three days the parents said joyfully, ‘she is a new girl to us.’ They had not expected to keep her.

“How much we would be able to do for the people, if we only had a nurse here with us. The people then would get a real vision of what the mission of true Christianity is. Owing to all kinds of vice, physical and moral degeneracy is astoundingly great. How much real schools would do! I trust that when we have a number of Seventh-day Adventist children ready for the school, we can have a teacher for Medellin.”

After Eleven Years, 1927

October 16, 2008



The Third Angel’s Message is known better today in the republic of Colombia than eleven years ago. At that time we had no members, and no interest in Bogota, the capital. The faithful work of Brethren Trummer, Cleaves, Nickle, Brower, and the lay members, and the good seed sown by the faithful colporteurs, have changed conditions. It did me good to attend the Bogota Sabbath school and see a membership of fifty, and hear the superintendent say, “All except two have studied the lesson every day.” Not only are the members enthusiastic about the Sabbath school, but every one is active in missionary endeavor. As I visited and canvassed different places, I met many who said to me, “I know your church, and what you preach.” It can truly be said of the members of Colombia, “Your obedience is come abroad unto all men.” Romans 16: 19.

Brother F. A. Brower and his band of colporteurs have done their part in adding members to the Central Colombia Mission. These ambassadors of the cross have to surmount obstacles that lest every ounce of faith and courage that they possess. There is no thrill in crossing the mountains and valleys on mule back. During the rainy season the colporteur is drenched with a continuous downpour, while his mule is frequently mired in the mud. But on go these faithful messengers of the Master, leaving many pages of truth in the homes of the people.

Going down the Magdalena, the chief river, and the commercial highway of the country to Puerto Berrio, I came to Medellin the capital of Antioquia, which lies 70 miles to the southwest of Bogota and is 4,823 feet above sea level. This city has a population of 92,000.

As I reached Medellin my mind went back to the time when Brother and Sister B. E. Connerly were doing their best to hold forth the light of truth there amid even stronger opposition than we have today.

I met Pastor Max Trummer in his new chapel, preparing for a strong evangelistic effort, that will give these people another opportunity to know the message for today. Opposition is strong, and it may be said that there is no other city in Colombia where the priests have so much power and influence. Nevertheless the people come; some sit down in the chapel, while others who fear being “excomulgado,” stand outside the open window.

The work of Brother Carl Christiansen has been greatly appreciated. With only a limited knowledge of Spanish, he has taken almost 1,000 subscriptions for our Spanish periodical, El Centinela. Pastor Trummer delivers personally 350 copies of this paper every month in Medellin. Brother A. Piedrahita, who in his childhood spent several years in a Catholic school, is today the only colporteur convassing for our large subscription books in Antioquia. From late reports he is doing very well.

In every place of business large placards with the words, “Al Mar,” are displayed. These advertise the road now under construction from Medellin to the Gulf of Uraba. It is to be finished inside of two years, and will make a way from the interior of Colombia to the Atlantic ocean. This undertaking signifies a breaking away from the old customs of isolation and a determination to get in touch with the outside world. There is no section in Colombia that is not enthusiastic about making a way to the sea. It will soon be possible for one to go by rail direct from Bogota to the Pacific Ocean. We who believe in the soon coming of Jesus can see in this struggle for an open way to the sea, a preparation for the rapid proclamation of the story of Him who is “The Way, the Truth, and the Life.” There is an awakening in that great republic that sooner or later will develop into a small reformation.

J. A. P. Green


October 16, 2008



We are grateful to the Lord for the army of consecrated youth in the Atlantic Colombia Mission. Of the churches in Colombia, perhaps Barranquilla enjoys the largest amount of youthful talent. Recently we had the pleasure of a visit from Elders H. T. Elliott and G. A. Roberts as they passed through the city. While here, they spoke to the membership, and on closing his sermon, Elder Elliott asked how many of the young people present wished to have a part in the proclamation of the message. Seventy-five stood in response.

It is calculated that of the 503 baptized members in the Atlantic Colombia Mission, 300 are young people between fourteen and thirty years of age. Five of this number are church school teachers, ten are taking the printed page from home to home, and some sixteen will leave within the next few days for Medellin, where they will enroll in our training school.

In the city of El Carmen, Santander del Norte, we have a church of live young people who love the message and are doing what they can to evangelize that region. Recently one of our consecrated young people of Barranquilla was sent to El Carmen as church school teacher. Not long ago a letter was received from Brother Jose Galvis, telling how the message entered that place. The following is taken from his letter:

“In partial fulfilment of the words of Holy Writ: ‘And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come,’ Elder Max Trummer came to this town the last of April, 1936, and began a series of meetings. He placed over the entrance of the hall the inscription, ‘Adventist Meetings.’ Later, that inscription was burned at the door of the chapel.

“One day we heard voices shouting, ‘Down with the Adventists! Down with the Adventists!’ Brother Trummer admonished us all to be calm and look in faith to the One that has all power. He said, ‘We are not alone, brethren. God will protect us. God always cares for His children.’ Such was the sincerity of faith of those charter members. They were not shaken before the attacks of the enemy. The meetings continued until a company was raised up of individuals whose lives are a marvel to the world. They are cheerful, they prize the glad tidings of salvation, and they are resolved to win souls for Christ. They believe winning souls for Christ is a responsibility that should be considered sacred and of supreme importance to every Seventh-day Adventist believer.

“We desire that this church, by the blessing of God, may continue to grow in Christian grace and in the realization of souls won, even amid the shouts that are still heard, ‘Down with the Adventists!'”


“THE ENTERING WEDGE”, Colombia, 1929

October 15, 2008

Inter-American Division Messenger, June 1929


Soon after beginning our work in Antioquia, we were face to face with the opposition of the arch-bishop. He not only denounced our preaching, but also prejudiced the people against our literature. However, we were not intimidated; for God never has, nor ever will, permit any man or company of men exclusive right to His Word. But if official decrees and the daily papers would keep the people from our chapel, then, as invincible believers in the power of our literature, we proposed to carry the Message in the printed page into the very homes of truth-seekers, so that they might have a chance to study it unobserved.

Hitherto, no success of any kind had been attained in this mission with religious books. Hence, we concluded that we should follow more closely the instruction of the Spirit of Prophecy to begin the work in new places along health lines. But having no sanitarium or clinic within our borders, we did the most logical thing which was to canvass for the health book, and thus gain the confidence of the people.

In view of these conclusions, I asked our native colporteur to take me to the leading doctors of the capital. I am pleased to say that every one of them received us favorably and during that week, with the Lord’s special blessing, we received a goodly number of the most influential signatures of the medical staff, including that of the doctor of the archbishop. These men also recommended “Home Physician” highly to the public.

My next desire was to canvass the governor. There also we met with favor. That first man in authority in the land not only gave a valuable indorsement of the foregoing names, as professionals of distinction, but had the seal of the province affixed to his signature. We certainly had every reason to praise God for crowning our efforts with such marked success. ‘

With the first three pages of the prospectus thus adorned, I started for one of the nearby cities where one of the bishops resides. It was easy work to secure the orders in the municipal offices and of the doctors; but, somehow, the merchants did not seem to want to follow suit at once. But soon I was to see how a kind providence removed the obstacle. While I was canvassing a merchant and endeavoring to study the situation, a man stepped into the store, joined in our conversation and presently asked me if I was not the minister of the Adventist mission. Assenting, I continued my canvass.

A few minutes later I noticed the same person with a priest in front of the bishop’s palace. “This,” I thought, “may mean that all my work here will be for naught,” remembering we had been called intruders by the archbishop.

There was only one solution and that was to see the bishop for myself. After an earnest prayer for the good of our work, I went to the palace. To my surprise, I found him to be quite friendly, and before leaving his library, he gave me an order, not for one, but for two copies of “Home Physician.” During the next half hour I secured six more orders from the priests. Then the merchants began to order readily.

This proved such a good way of canvassing in Antioquia that we have repeated the same plan in other provinces, and have had the same gratifying results. We now have on our list the names of four bishops, over one hundred priests, and many of the best families in the mission, although in the beginning the way looked so hedged up.

Superintendent Antioquena Mission.
Medellin, Colombia.


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.


October 14, 2008

Review and Herald, July 14, 1927


I AM certainly pleased to know that the Press Bureau work is still being emphasized, and there is no doubt in my mind but that the late and large ingatherings of people in our churches, is in an appreciable measure due to the constant presentation of the message in the daily press. With you, I believe that the Lord would not only have us use our own presses, but that the press of the world should be used as well in giving the most stirring news the dailies have ever presented. Mrs. Trummer and I have always believed in making friends with the editors of papers, ever since we were in Washington College. During the first tent effort in which we assisted, with Elder Gordon in Virginia, we wrote out the most outstanding points on the subjects given from evening to evening. Since we came to Colombia we have had some success in getting notices of our medical and educational work into the ” liberal” papers, in connection with our Harvest Ingathering campaigns. This has given us more standing with the people. This is particularly helpful when we are not known in a field. At the time of some light earthquakes in the capital, three years ago, we were able to put an article in the El Tiempo of Bogota about the frequency of such phenomena and their significance.

Since coming to Medellin we have had notices of our work and plans printed by the 5,000 and distributed them. Some time ago I gave some health lectures, and I had bill board notices printed. There were about 300 people out to hear me. I expect to do the same here in the mission hall.


Colombia Mission, 1925

October 14, 2008

Review and Herald, December 31, 1925


WHILE the message of the third angel has been given in this republic for about seven years, most of the time through our literature, the organization of this mission goes back only three years, thus making this field the last one to be entered in Spanish South America, and this notwithstanding the fact that Colombia is the second largest republic in this territory. The facilities for doing an appreciable work have been altogether inadequate, considering that we have six millions of people to be given this message. For nearly half the time we have had only one worker in the field, besides one native laborer.

Outside of the two little churches which we have in the capital and on the north coast, new interests are springing up from time to time. Immediately prior to the last meeting of the union committee, we were agreeably surprised by the visit of two believers who had come from the valley of Dupar, near the Venezuelan line to Barranquilla, a distance of 250 kilometers, to find the ” Sabatistas.” These men represented a group of seven who were keeping the Sabbath, and were desirous of being baptized. It had been only a year since they had seen a Bible, and through a friend received a copy of ” Our Day,” but an interview with them proved that they know our doctrines exceptionally well. All this time they have been waiting for one of our workers to instruct them, and to enjoy the privileges of baptism.

There ought to be one worker visiting continuously to take advantage of the interests which our missionary work is creating. With the division of this field into four missions, more intensive labor will be possible; but it is to be regretted that the new headquarters will have to wait so long for their occupants. If the workers had been already on the ground at the time of the redivision, so that they could have had the language at their command and been acquainted with the customs of the people, how much more would have been gained.

The need of educational efforts was quite apparent from the first, hence we have encouraged the opening of two little schools. Mrs. Trummer is also giving night lessons in the common branches to four young people of the church. Six members of the Missionary Volunteer band have already taken the examination in Bible doctrines in the Standard of Attainment course. A class is finishing its preparation for baptism, and we are advertising a new series of meetings at the capital. We are of the best of courage, and wish to give all the praise to the Lord for all that has been and may be done.


Bogota, 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.


October 14, 2008

Inter-American Division Messenger, July, 1930


About the middle of April we had the pleasure of visiting a little group of believers in Barranca Bermeja. We were very happy to see Brother Alfonso Bolivar, a faithful young man from our Medellin church, who a few months before, had gone to this country in search of work. We also met Brother Ramon Vasquez and his family. They had been anticipating a visit from Mr. Trummer, and was anxious to be baptized and be counted among God’s people.

Sabbath morning we held a little Sabbath school in the open kitchen, out in the back part of the house. This seemed to be the only place where we could meet in quietness and freedom to sing our hymns, and to study God’s Word. There were twenty present and no one seemed to mind the smoke from the open wood fire, but they were all eager listeners. From the time we sang our first song, and humbly invited the Lord’s presence, we felt that His promises were being fulfilled to us.

By way of a secretary’s report, Brother Bolivar was asked to relate what they had done on other Sabbaths. It was a very touching story that he gave. He told how lonesome he felt the very first Sabbath he found himself away from his beloved church and Sabbath school in Medellin. But he took His Bible and some reading matter and walked to a quiet place out of town. He did not remain alone very long, how- ever, for every person that chanced to pass that way would receive a friendly greeting from him and a leaflet to read. Some would linger to ask questions and would hear for the first time the strange story of Christ’s soon coming to earth to gather a people who had kept His commandments and were prepared to meet Him.

The following Sabbath this experience was repeated. By this time some were so interested that they visited him in his little room in the evening hours. One man from a distant town happened to come in touch with Brother Bolivar in this peculiar way. He was very anxious to learn all he could before returning to his home and long after the others had left he stayed and asked questions. When he arose to leave he told our brother he believed what he had heard was the truth, and promised to obey the light he had received.

Soon Brother Bolivar moved down the river, to Barranca Bermeja. On the Sabbaths he would meet with a few he had interested in the Message in a quiet place outside the village where their Sabbath school would be unmolested. Now there are seven who meet with them regularly.

On Sunday morning Brother Vasquez and his wife were baptized, and in the afternoon we all gathered again in the same place where the Sabbath school was held to celebrate the Lord’s supper.

Monday morning we had word that a boat would soon be leaving for the coast. We bade adieu to our dear friends and hastened aboard. As our boat was moving away from the bright banks of the river, and our brethren were waving farewell to us, our hearts were full of gratitude to God for the little group of loyal Adventists we were leaving behind and for the work accomplished by a sincere and consecrated young man.

Medellin, Colombia.


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.”