Ellen G. White in Europe 1885-1887


God Calls for Sacrifice

The financial situation in Sweden, however, was not encouraging. Only about $65 had been received from the churches since the previous September. Ellen White spoke to the delegates about the beginnings of the work and the sacrifices required: EGWE 195.2

“It is true the brethren are poor, but no more so than when the work was in its infancy in America. We worked then according to the directions of God with what facilities we had, in establishing systematic benevolence* and organizing tract societies. We showed by our works that we expected the Lord to do something for us and the Lord honored our faith.”—Ibid. EGWE 195.3

Before the conference was out, the Swedes had resolved: “That we most earnestly request our brethren to donate of their means for the support of the laborers,” and that “in order to attain a greater unity in this matter, we will try to follow the Bible plan for the support of the ministry.”—The Review and Herald, August 10, 1886. EGWE 195.4

These were the longest days of the year in Sweden— it was light by 2:00 A.M. and at 10:00 P.M. one could still write by daylight. EGWE 195.5

That evening the town was a scene of busy activity as the citizens prepared to celebrate “Midsummer's Day,” June 25. The people came past Ellen White's window bearing green branches, shrubs, roses, “anything that will be a fitting emblem of summer” (Manuscript 65, 1886). The next day all the stores were closed as the parades and celebrations were carried on. Ellen White saw “animation and gladness” everywhere. EGWE 196.1