Bible Work Well on the March

God is helping our missionaries teach our doctrines to the people for whom they labor, and then to select for the Bible work those who indicate special ability.

FROM a cheering letter by Ab­ie Dunn, who is working in Formosa, come some encourag­ing experiences on how she and Thelma Smith are training native women to teach the Bible in their mission field. We quote the following from her letter: "Do you remember the material handed out while I was with you at the Seminary—the 'Facts of Faith' listings of twelve Bible texts for each doctrine we teach the interested? On returning to Formosa from the States, these be­came the 'textbook' for a Bible instructor's training class in my home four mornings a week. Three young women and two young men faithfully applied themselves to the study of our doctrines and learned to give Bible studies. We emphasized the proper questions for each text, the class evaluating which of the submitted questions were the more logical and to the point.

"For the following class an assignment of these properly organized questions with their textual answers was a requirement. A member of the class then gave the Bible study to the oth­ers. Of this group Mrs. Chen became a most suc­cessful Bible instructor for Taiwan.

"Later I had an efficient Bible instructor working with me in Kao Hsiung. She had been a primary public school teacher before becom­ing an Adventist. She with Alice and others at­tended a special training class at our school in Taipei. Both are very faithful workers. Mrs. Thelma Smith has been training Miss Liu for Bible work. We feel happy that our field now has six full-time Bible instructors."

A Worldwide Bible Instructor Movement

Similar letters keep coming to us at head­quarters. God is helping our missionaries teach our doctrines to the people for whom they labor, and then to select for the Bible work those who indicate special ability. In this train­ing our Theological Seminary has had an im­portant part. Missionaries on furlough, in ad­vancing their education at the Seminary, learned many methods of bringing our message in an interesting way before the public. Classes in practical theology provide excellent materil] that our overseas workers are now using in many fields.

Good personal workers are the primary need in every country of the world. There has always been a dearth of college-trained Bible instruc­tors, and Abbie Dunn's method of training a small group is the best plan that we might rec­ommend for her field. Thelma Smith and many others in the Far East, both women and men, continue to perfect this personal training method in their fields.

Inter-America and South America are exam­ples of this personal-work training. The Middle East, too, has made a good beginning. Africa has long adapted such a training program to meet its need for African personnel, using young men especially but more recently educat­ing young women for this phase of God's work. In Northern Europe some of our sisters have become productive evangelists in their own right. And so the hosts of devoted personal workers is increasing year by year.

Our Greatest Training Potential

Another encouraging phase of this training is the consecration of our laywomen who give free part-time service to the Bible work. They realize that the opportunities of today may not be with us next year. Every Bible instructor, man or woman, has the responsibility of train­ing helpers for the proclamation of the mes­sage. Let every personal worker now raise up monuments to the Bible work. Only he who trains a helper or a successor for this work has fulfilled his commission to instruct others in these Heaven-ordained skills for teaching God's last warning message. Bible instructors, are you meeting this challenge by selecting and train­ing young people for personal evangelism?

The fields are white to harvest and gospel workers are few. Many with talents for personal evangelism now need to be introduced to this lifework of the greatest magnitude. An army of consecrated workers for visiting homes in a personal way is one of our greatest needs. Let us fill this need while there is opportunity.

Many denominations are endeavoring to use latent talent overseas. Simultaneously, the world's home bases for missions are training workers for their home fields. Seventh-day Adventists must now keep step with a fast-advanc­ing gospel. It may be later than we think!

 


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