Battle Creek Letters


A Failure To Help

During the past ten years these things have pained me exceedingly. When I sent from Australia for means to enable us to build a sanitarium near Sydney, there should have been a prompt and hearty response. This would have exerted an influence that would have led others to sacrifice, and as the result the Sanitarium in Australia would long ago have been completed, and set in running order. But the Doctor made himself believe that the debt on the Battle Creek Sanitarium was a sufficient excuse for not sending means to us in Australia to help in establishing a sanitarium that would give character to the work in that needy field. BCL 44.4

I was instructed that as the Lord had led my husband and my self and the many other helping hands to sacrifice in order to establish the Battle Creek Sanitarium, so it was the Lord's purpose for the managers of the long established and prosperous medical institution at the heart of the work to help to establish other medical institutions in destitute fields even if doing this led them to limit their expenditure for their own convenience. They should have been anxious and glad to see a memorial established in Australia for this was God's will concerning them. But they did not heed the invitation. The work that they might have done, they did not do. Dr. Kellogg and his brother made personal gifts; but this was not fulfilling the Lord's requirement. Certain ideas prevailed that were not inspired of God. Certain things were done that brought great discouragement to our work and workers in Australia, binding about and greatly hindering the work that the Lord specified should be done. Had the Doctor and his associates heeded the word of God at this time, the medical work in Australia would be years in advance of what it now is. BCL 45.1

God does not sanction any plan, born either in council meetings or in any individual mind, that leads to the framing of certain laws binding about and restricting the operations of the Battle Creek Sanitarium or any of our other sanitariums from using a portion of their earnings to build up sanitarium work in any other part of the world, where just such work is essential, in response to the call of God. BCL 45.2

When the interests of God's cause demanded that funds should be sent to the barren fields of Australia to establish a sanitarium there, a prompt response should have been made. The word of the Lord came to me to appeal to the Battle Creek Sanitarium for means. We asked for no gift from Dr. Kellogg, but from the Sanitarium—the institution that was boastingly spoken of as being the greatest sanitarium in the world. But notwithstanding the fact that the institution had a good patronage, its managers did not heed the call to help. BCL 45.3

The managers of the Battle Creek Sanitarium have done much to establish other sanitariums in America; but the heavenly universe has beheld with sadness their neglect to the unfinished sanitarium in Australia. This neglect has been dishonoring to God, and has placed in great perplexity the workers who have made every exertion to do all in their power to erect the building and to place it in running order. This uncompleted institution has been a testimony against us. It might have been finished long ago, if the brethren in America who were handling the Lord's money had done their duty. The impression made on the people in Australia is anything but favorable. BCL 45.4

I have tried to keep the way of the Lord before our people, and especially before Dr. Kellogg, in order that he should not place confidence in his judgment as supreme. A different manner of working is to be brought in. There are important interests that demand the support of God's people, in order that doors may be opened in new fields. Australia and Southern fields have long stood reprovingly barren and unworked. Those who have looked on these destitute fields for years, and passed by on the other side, will have much to answer for in the day of judgment. On the books of heaven is recorded the selfishness shown in the disproportionate support given to certain lines of work, to the neglect of other lines. BCL 46.1