1. THE "MESA REDONDA." In addition to the actual seminary classwork, a period was given each day for the discussion of various evangelistic and pastoral problems. Pastor Schubert presided over this mesa redonda, or round table; and his wide experience and outstanding success as a soul winner enabled him to give a turn to these discussions that made this period one of the most valuable contributions of the whole course. Though not actually a part of the classwork, these discussions revealed particular- field needs and problems, enabling us as teachers to emphasize certain features and principles, especially in the course on evangelism. The mesa redonda also gave opportunity for answering Bible questions, and the freedom with which all entered into these discussions was heartening.

Although each country has problems peculiar to itself, yet it is wonderful how the divine principles laid down in the Scripture, and amplified and applied in the Spirit of prophecy, fit every field. The Spanish translation of the book Evangelism came off the press just in time for this course. And what a blessing it proved to be. No greater service has ever been rendered the cause of Adventist evangelism than the compilation of these counsels on public and personal soul winning. In both the classroom and the round table discussions this book was used continually and was the answer to many a problem.

As we came to the close of our work many were heard to say something like this: "South America will never be the same to us again. This opportunity of study has broadened our vision. It has done something to all of us who have attended, and we hope to take both the inspiration and the tangible things back to our fields. It has been much more valuable than the ministerial institutes we have had in the past, for during eight weeks of continuous study and teaching we have had time to grow."

And that was the general impression. If such an extension school could be held in every overseas division, it would pay big dividends, we believe. Already other fields are calling for similar help.

2. CELEBRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER. A fitting climax to our seminary course in South America was the celebration of the Lord's sup per with the students and faculty. There were nearly ninety of us in all, and a spirit of true solemnity pervaded the meeting. All sensed the importance of the occasion.

These brethren had gathered from all the countries of this great continent, and we who were visiting felt the worth of their fellowship. After a short message of introduction setting forth the principles and privilege of such a service, we separated for the ordinance of preparation. Those acquainted with the customs of these southern countries- will understand the fervor with which the greeting is extended, not only to the one participating with you in the ordinance, but in turn with every other brother present. The South American embrace is always expressive, but never more fitting or more significant than at the conclusion of the ordinance of humility. It surely was more than an ordinance that day.

When we returned to the chapel to receive the emblems we felt the reality of the Saviour's words, "Ye are clean." We knew the presence of One unseen in our midst.

Before the breaking of the bread opportunity was extended for a word of praise from each. And this was given in the actual words of Scripture. A verse or a portion of some verse had been previously selected by each, expressive of his heartfelt praise. As these ninety workers voiced their praise in different languages, we realized that here was a scene that surely must have gladdened the angels.

An impressive custom in these parts is for the congregation to stand while the deacons serve the emblems. Then as each receives his portion he quietly resumes his seat. In harmony with the counsel of the apostle, "When ye come together to eat, tarry one for another," each waits until the whole group is served that all may eat and drink together.

The quietude, reverence, and brotherly love which characterized this feast of remembrance made it a never-to-be-forgotten experience. It was a privilege indeed for us visiting brethren to lead out in this service Dr. Yost officiating at the table, the introductory message being given by Elder Anderson, and Elder Froom taking charge of the praise service. It was a foretaste of that day so soon to dawn when we will drink the wine anew with our Lord in His kingdom. And for the hastening of that kingdom we all pledged our service and renewed our consecration.

 

 

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