Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 10 (1895)
Lt 137, 1895
White, W. C.
Cooranbong, N. S. W., Australia
January 20, 1895
Portions of this letter are published in 3MR 410.
Dear Son Willie:
I do feel a great interest in the work of God in Battle Creek. I feel a deep interest in the work to be done in this country, and every soul who has a heart and interest in the work should be encouraged. There are few enough that have any desire to place themselves in missionary fields, and those who have talent and ability are not to be sent off at once to the islands of the sea. This is not God’s plan or purpose when the heathen are so near to us, ignorant of truth, ignorant of the Scriptures and the power of God. If there were one hundred men qualified to work in Melbourne, what a vast amount of good would be done! If Satan can pacify us and keep us asleep in regard to the necessities of home missions—the work to be done right where we are—and to get a great zeal for foreign missions, he is satisfied it shall be so. 10LtMs, Lt 137, 1895, par. 1
Three years ago I bore a testimony in regard to Melbourne, that where there is one engaged in doing the work that is nigh, there should be one hundred. And yet Melbourne has not been worked. The touches that have been made in the outskirts are so feeble, but God has blessed even these efforts. But they are not enough. There must be workers put into the field. 10LtMs, Lt 137, 1895, par. 2
The question arises, where is the money coming from? Let us answer, We have faith in God. I will deny myself in every way reasonable to do what I can. I will save in clothing, I will not expend one shilling unnecessarily. I will work with all the influence I possess in every line, if our brethren will, in the fear and love of God, stand by my side to help me. We will invest some by denying our desires for things which we do not really need, then we will have faith in God and work with heart and mind and pence and shillings as we can. Souls are perishing; a world is to be warned. 10LtMs, Lt 137, 1895, par. 3
And here is Sydney. I know it should be worked. How much longer are we going to wait? I shall send by this mail to America for Brother Lindsay to sell my place in Battle Creek for what he can get, that I may have the money to use now in this emergency. The Lord has a work to be done, and He wants us to do this work in His name, trusting not in human ability, but in the endowment of the Holy Spirit. I know not who will come to the front and purchase my property in Battle Creek, but it must be sold. The money must come to this field. We have waited long enough for those at Battle Creek to get the burden. Now I will use every available ability that God shall give me to advance the work here. Soon the night cometh in which no man can work. 10LtMs, Lt 137, 1895, par. 4
There will be someone who will buy my place in Battle Creek. I want to use the money not for any selfish purpose but to support laborers in the field. 10LtMs, Lt 137, 1895, par. 5