Those who find themselves engaged in sanitarium work often bemoan the fact that they seem so far removed from the actual work of saving souls. They come and go according to a crowded schedule, and it seems that there is no time for that extra bit which is needed to engage in actual soul-winning work. Most of their time is consumed in creating an atmosphere for soul-winning work. Theirs is a work of setting the stage, so to speak, for evangelistic work.
Surely a grand and good work has been done by many faithful souls who have given so generously of their time and talents to make our sanitariums a success. But has not the time come when we should be doing some aggressive soul winning in these institutions? We do not have in mind going throughout the institution preaching our doctrines promiscuously to all the patients. Nor should our doctrines be preached in the parlor of the institution. And yet there is great need for actual, concrete 'results. How can this best be accomplished?
We believe the answer is in having an efficient Bible instructor to labor in the institution. As she finds interests these are followed up in the homes of the patients, where Bible studies are given. It is here that results are found. There is no end of work for such a laborer, and she does not have to depend upon an evangelist to provide her with a visiting list. That is already done for her. She always has a large number of potential converts to work with.
To get full benefit from this work, may we suggest that from time to time a special meeting be called, in which these trophies of grace are presented to the workers. At a recent constituency meeting of the Florida Sanitarium and Hospital such a feature was conducted as a part of the chaplain's report. It was a thrilling and inspirational experience to see these trophies come to the microphone and tell of their experience, and how they came to be Adventists. They told of how they found Christ in the sanitarium, or how they were interested in Bible studies by the Bible instructor or the chaplain. We believe the inspiration of that meeting will long be felt by our workers.
Evangelism is certainly the keynote of the day, whether out in unentered territories, in city evangelism, or in our institutions. There is great need for our graduate nurses to conduct health schools in every available place. We are surely fortunate here in the Florida Sanitarium and Hospital to have an evangelistically-minded alumni association. This group is working diligently on two major projects at the present time. It is too early to predict the results, but we believe that much good will be accomplished by the efforts of these consecrated workers.
LOYALTY TO CONVICTION.—According to a story in the New York Times, Field Marshal Montgomery is a total abstainer from alcoholic beverages. Facetiously yet truthfully the news reporter said that having been exposed to both dangers, the Marshal had found German artillery less dangerous than participation in the social drinking which the Russians demanded of him at the reception when he was awarded the Soviet Union's Order of Victory. Surrounded by a score of Russian army officers, facing a barrage of liquor glasses filled with vodka, and hearing the cry, "Bottoms up !" what was the Marshal to do? Dismayed, worried, anxious, he looked around for some avenue of escape. Suddenly he spied General Dwight L. Eisenhower. "Ike, get me out of this !" he cried to the American General. He promptly came to his aid and explained to the Russian officers that the British Marshal did not drink. Smilingly they indicated that they understood and to his great relief they drank their own glasses of vodka without his participation. For the Marshal loyalty to conviction had priority over compliance with social custom.—Religious Digest