King's Business - 1954-06


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The late Vernon V. Morgan T3, hus­ band of Margaret Horton-Morgan left a handbook of valuable notes concerning the faith of our fathers. Foremost is noted—“The eternal God . . . the pre­ eminent Christ . . . the precious blood . . . the indwelling, empowering Spirit of God . . . the blessed hope . . . the communion of the saints . . . our high calling in Christ Jesus.” This is a rich, heritage from the son-in-law of one of the early pillars of B io la . Mrs. Morgan , with the valued assistance of “Pop” White is car­ rying on with the University Christian Fellowship at Horton Hall near the Uni­ versity of California campus at Berkeley.

ing to know life’s deepest purpose. They are now reading the Bible that I gave them, and their letters are encouraging. That is the reason I am now asking you to take them to your heart. “You should see Jean Pierre, a bright, radiant boy (14)—he is a witness for the Lord everywhere: in school he gives out tracts, and is already a fine children’s evangelist.” In all these years Tordis has not been to the States on furlough, but on occasion has been obliged to retire back into the quiet places to recuperate so that she could continue her work. France is a hard field—they have suf­ fered much. Tordis taught B io la students of her day how to wait upon the Lord— may we not fail her as she is burning out for God in this strategic field. From the jungles of Peru writes indus­ trialist R. G. I^eTourneau, former student at the Bible Institute, and witness for the Lord to whom he has committed his busi­ ness: “ Today . . . we have made about 3 miles of jeep trail through the jungle from our landing to the right-of-way where the new road is to travel . . . yesterday we got the stinger together and everybody went wild when it began push­ ing over the biggest trees, 5 feet in diam­ eter, without any hesitation.” What an enterprise this, to open up the land for travel and for agricultural improvement that the missionaries may have access to unreached fields where the gospel has never been heard—places where the white man has never been seen. Mr. LeTourneau has done a similar work in Africa. Eldon ’38, and Opal Sherier-Johnson ’38, Rex and Vina, testify to many problems during their furlough, but the Lord has graciously restored health and met their needs so that they are looking forward with joy as they embark for the Lord’s service in the land of their adoption—: Bolivia. Says Opal: “ Pray with us that we may be filled with the Spirit for it is ‘not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.’ ” They are returning for their third term of serv­ ice under the Bolivian Indian Mission. The popular Christian magazine The Sunday School Times issues a plea for prayer in behalf of Dr. Paul W . Rood of 4405 El Camino Corto, La Canada, Calif., former president of the Bible Institute who has been in a serious state of health for many months. A victim of two strokes which brought him in from the evangelis­ tic field, since which time the power of speech has been taken away. Otherwise in a fair state of health this handicap removes him from a fertile field of Christian action. Kathleen Pagard, just arrived from Af­ rica, is now enrolled as a student at B io la . She is the daughter of Bertel and Pauline Pagard of the class of ’27, both of whom have passed on to their reward following a no-furlough term of some twenty years of missionary service in Africa. Mary, Neil and Kenneth Pagard are already members of B iola alumni. A younger sister, Koreen is still in school. THE KING'S BUSINESS


“ Whosoever drinketh of the water that 1 shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a w ell of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). Ethel Brookes ’28, writes, “ I am no , longer in Tunis, the big city, a mixture r of. the old world and the new, but ih this, so-called sacred city, with not much bf modernity about it, Kairouan, which is about 100 miles south of Tunis, almost in the center of Tunisia. No sea, no oasis surrounded by deserted-looking ter­ rain, but plenty of mosques and saints’ tombs.” Ethel is replacing a young couple from America; she asks prayer for the present work, and for the Arab girls she has left in Tunis. Carol Terry ’40, ’46, Ramabai Mukti Mission, Kedgaon, P.D., India, relates the joy of teaching a class of girls, some 70 pairs of little feet finding their way to an outside Sunday school. In particular one little girl is enduring real persecu­ tion for her faith having been told she must go to the shrine daily to pray. Said the child, “ I have to go to the shrine to pray to the idol, but when I am there I pray to Jesus, not to the Hindu god.” Ernest N. Poulson ’52, of the Christ for Indonesia Fellowship writes: “Many lead­ ers are saying that Indonesia is by far the most fertile field for the gospel of any country in Asia. It is the only major Moslem field in the world that offers constitutional religious freedom. Scattered preas have some 40 young men waiting for Ais M. O. Pormes ’51, to announce the opening of his long-planned-for Bible School. These young men are willing and able to leave all to follow the Lord—to penetrate the jungles of Borneo and Su­ matra, the cities of Java and the multi­ tude of tiny islands where live the people of Indonesia.” Pray for the many needs. ’ C. Virgil Hook ’40, and Mrs. Hook {Esther Boettcher ’44) and little Jan are among a group of former CIM mission­ aries now laboring in Formosa. They have arrived from their various stations by one’s and two’s, until there is a sizeable group working'in this land of opportun­ ity under the Overseas Missionary Fellow­ ship. Louise A. Ream ’20, 221 S. Logan, Denver, Còlo., is rejoicing in the com­ fort of the Lord which He only can give to those who are, by reason of failing health, laid aside for, a season. She writes of some improvement following a stroke in October, ’53. Recovery is slow, but the joy of the Lord, and looking forward to that blessed hope, keep her heart singing in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. 42

Pete and Sadie Ackley (right). Ernest E. “Pete” and Sadie Kooistra- Ackley (both ’48) are home on furlough after four years spent in missionary serv­ ice under the SIM in East Africa. Note, the picture herewith taken on the sun deck of the S.S. United States when it arrived in New York in March. Shown with the Ackleys are their two children Philip and Nancy; the two fellow-laborers on the left are the McDonald family of Douglas, Ga. Sarah Osgood ’29, aided by Marie Merle (sightless) has completed printing and binding 30 volumes of the book of Romans in Braille using a Hausa tongue translation of the Bible. This noteworthy achievement took more than two years for its accomplishment, as all the work was done on a braille typewriter using heavy braille paper. The expense con­ nected was borne entirely by these two Christian women with the exception of some $90.00 contributed toward the print­ ing and binding. These books are destined for the Sudan Interior Mission school lo­ cated at Kano, Nigeria. Tordis Christoffersen ’29, Nice, Alpes Maritimes, working under the American- European Fellowship for many years writes, “ ‘He will guide thee continually’ is a promise that I claim day by day, and so it was that the Lord led me to several souls who were longing and seek-

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