Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 18 (1903)


Lt 155, 1903

Christenson, C.

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

July 25, 1903

Previously unpublished.

Mrs. C. Christenson
Sebastopol, California

My dear sister,—

Several weeks ago I received a letter from you in which you spoke of your interest in the Southern field and expressed your willingness to lend some money to the work there. I wrote to you, telling you that you would be perfectly safe in lending some money to the Southern Publishing Association. 18LtMs, Lt 155, 1903, par. 1

I write now to ask you whether you did this? If not, would you be willing to lend me one thousand dollars. I will give you my note for this money and will return the loan at any time that you should need it. 18LtMs, Lt 155, 1903, par. 2

My son J. E. White is very anxious to publish some new books to help the work in the South. He desires to get out some small books that will sell readily among the lower classes. These books will reach those who can be reached in no other way—those living far from any large settlement. I call these the byway hearers. To such ones our canvassers are to carry the books containing the message of salvation. 18LtMs, Lt 155, 1903, par. 3

Our canvassers are to be God’s evangelists, going from house to house in out-of-the-way places and opening the Scriptures to those they meet. They will find those who are willing and anxious to learn from the Scriptures. 18LtMs, Lt 155, 1903, par. 4

In Australia much has been accomplished by the faithful canvassers who have gone from place to place, bearing with them the books containing the light of present truth. Entire families have been won to the truth through their efforts. 18LtMs, Lt 155, 1903, par. 5

I greatly desire to do all in my power to reach those in the highways and the byways. It is that I may advance the work of soul-saving that I ask you to lend some money to the Southern field, if you have not already done so; or, if you would rather, lend the money to me, and I will be responsible for it. I am trying in every way possible to help my son to get out the books that are needed in the Southern field. 18LtMs, Lt 155, 1903, par. 6