Ellen G. White: The Australian Years: 1891-1900 (vol. 4)


Ellen White Relates to the Mistake

More than $20,000 was consumed in creating that additional building. Writing of the experience, she showed her tolerance, and the bigheartedness of a mother: 4BIO 405.2

We feel very anxious to do all in our power to lift the heavy debt on our schools. I have proposed to give to the benefit of the schools my book on the parables [Christ's Object Lessons]. They may have the avail of this book in every place for the benefit of the schools to pay the great debt that has been created through not heeding the messages that the Lord has sent.—Ibid. 4BIO 405.3

What she had in mind was laid before the readers of The Review and Herald, May 1, 1900. The General Conference appointed a seven-man committee to foster a well-organized campaign. With the cooperation of thousands of church members, this gift yielded more than $300,000 in debt-paying funds. 4BIO 405.4