I received a contribution for this column, the other day, from a friend who signed himself “You know who.” He was right, of course, since the authorship of the following item is unmistakable.
He reports that he, has received “response to the request for a name (or names) of potential subscribers in the state of Rhode Island.
“From a subscribed in Maine, the following was received:
‘The Standard Bearer is the best magazine available to a Christian reader, and I am happy to recommend it to others. Therefore, I request that a free three months subscription be sent to. . . Also, please extend my own subscription for another year. I am enclosing a check for ten dollars, of which the extra amount will help toward the free subscription.’
“We thank the reader in Maine for his interesting letter and for his regard for The Standard Bearer.
“Now let’s go to Nevada!
“Any reader of The Standard Bearer, submitting the name and address of a person residing in the State of Nevada, is assured that a three months free subscription will be sent to the resident of that state.”
I’ve had occasion to see some correspondence from Rev. Heys, who, as you know, is currently assisting in our mission endeavors on the island of Jamaica. The intent of Rev. Heys, in this letter, was not at all to define the work that is being carried on there. It was a friendly, not a business-type letter. But it’s often, I think, the homely little illustrations and anecdotes from a letter of that kind, which give one a feel for conditions over there. So . . . I’ll quote a couple of paragraphs, and hope that Rev. Heys, who was not writing with publication in mind, will not object.
“We are somewhat settled now, and I did want to write before, but it takes time to get one’s feet on the ground after flying to this island with its frustrations and different life. Although we have driven some 500 or more miles on the left side of the road already since arriving on the 8th of January, it still is hard to get used to left-hand thinking. You have to keep on the left side of the road not only, but to look into your rear view mirror you ‘have to look to the left, the steering wheel being on the right side of the front seat. After about 700,000 miles of looking to the right in the States, it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
“The work has kept us busy, and we can only marvel at what Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers have done here, and what they ENDURED. You would have to come and live with them for less than a week and you would be amazed at what their lot is. Even now when we share the burden and have each other to consult, the problems and many facets of the work simply overwhelm one. The work is certainly being concentrated, and the field is being saturated as never before, and results are bound to show one way or another.
“We cannot really complain about the weather. From the time we came it has varied between 80-87 with a humidity of between 55-70 percent. We have had some cold, torrential rains and strong winds. In fact one Sunday we stayed home and had services between the four of us at Rev. Lubbers’ home because of the ram and wind. It was not safe to travel along the sea coast because of the waves dashing on the shore and the swollen streams rushing down the mountain sides creating landslides and threatening to wash you out to sea. But today is a beautiful day, and a somewhat cool morning. What the afternoon brings in heat depends on what breezes come off the sea.”
In a January bulletin from Isabel, we find the following:
“Societies will hold their meetings in the basement again; this time in greatly different surroundings. The drab cement walls and hard concrete floor have been covered with beautiful wood paneling and bright Cowboy Orange carpeting. Opportunity is now taken to thank those men who labored hard and long to accomplish this task. This is another manifestation of how the saints can labor in and for the house of our God.”
And from a February bulletin of Southwest we learn that the consistory there has “granted Rev. Veldman permission to labor in Florida for a period of six weeks.” He planned to leave for Florida on February 20, and, on arrival, concentrate his efforts in the Bradenton area. We’ll be interested in learning of the fruits of that mission.