Manuscript Releases, vol. 13 [Nos. 1000-1080]
An Appeal for Help
To those who are looking for a place where they may work in the Lord's vineyard, we say, “Come over and help us. Come prepared to practice self-denial, determined that you will not fail nor be discouraged. [See Acts 10:9; Isaiah 42:4.] We cannot pay your passage to this country, nor can we give you large wages. We cannot carry you financially or spiritually, but if you will come to do a work for the Master, if you are willing to visit and labor for souls where they are, come, and we will cooperate with you as long as you will cooperate with God.” 13MR 397.4
There is room in the work of God for all who are filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice. We have a solemn work before us. God is calling for men and women who are consecrated to His work. We need in this country men who have a solid experience in the things of God, who, when they encounter difficulties, will hold firmly to the work, saying, “We will not fail nor be discouraged.” We want men who will strengthen and build up the work, not tear down and seek to destroy that which others are trying to do. We need men and women whom God can work, the fallow ground of whose heart has been broken up. 13MR 397.5
We do not need workers who must be supported and carried by those who have long been in the faith, who regard themselves as a perfect whole. To such we would say, “Stay where you are.” We have had enough to do with this class of workers. We want workers who are not steeped in selfishness, those who are not self-sufficient. 13MR 398.1
I am instructed to address those in America who have property. Brethren, you are the Lord's stewards, to whom He has entrusted of His means. From the light given me I know that the Lord will make the hearts of many of those who have an abundance of means, willing to return to Him His own, which He has permitted them to hold in trust until He shall call for it. 13MR 398.2
I ask those who would receive a special blessing from God to help us in our need. We ask you for ten thousand dollars at this time. And this is but a small sum in proportion to what has been spent in large buildings in Battle Creek. We will sacrifice with you, as we have done ever since we have been in Australia. We are economizing every way possible. I have borrowed money to meet the needs of the work, until I am thousands of dollars in debt. But it is not this debt that troubles me now; it is the knowledge that the work is hindered because of the lack of means. 13MR 398.3
Satan will always cooperate with those who are willing to betray sacred trusts. There are traitors here, as there have been and still are traitors in America, men who claim to be Sabbathkeepers but who, instead of building up the work, hinder it by criticizing and falsely accusing their brethren. 13MR 399.1
Oh, how many might do a noble work in self-denial and self-sacrifice, who are absorbed in the little things of life! They are “blind, and cannot see afar off” [2 Peter 1:9]. They make a world of an atom and an atom of a world. They have become shallow streams, because they do not impart to others the water of life.—Manuscript 173, 1898. 13MR 399.2
Ellen G. White Estate
Washington, D. C.,
July 19, 1984.
Entire Letter Released.