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The Gospel Messenger — Offering #18

Notes from our Correspondents.


—Bro. D. A. Hufford, of Rossville, Ind., says: "Two more were added to the church at Pyrmont, by baptism, Feb. 19.  There are still others who arecounting the cost."

—Bro. W. R. Deeter, of Milford, Ind., writes: "I closed a protracted effort in the Santa Fe congregation, Miami Co., Ind., on Feb. 21, with five additions by baptism.  I was called home to preach the funeral of Bro. Frank Landis, of Syracuse, who died Feb, 20."

—Sister Mary Emeline Norris, of Whitley, Iowa, wishes to know the whereabouts of Levi Norris.  When last heard from he was living in Nevada, Missouri.  She would like to hear from him, as he is her brother.  They have not heard from him for about seven years.

—Bro. Joseph H. Holsinger, of Williamsburg, Pa., writes: "The Brethren of the Clover Creek church decided to hold a series of meetings, and Bro. John Flory, of Bridgewater, Va., was sent for, to do the preaching.  He commenced at the Fairview church, and continued two weeks with increasing interest.  The church was greatly edified and encouraged on the way Zionward, and all were sorry when the meeting had to close."

—Bro. Jas. R. Gish writes: "My address is changed from Roanoke, Ill., to Stuttgart, Arkansas Co., Ark., where I will try to answer all inquiries about church and mission work, but all wishing information about land and country, should address, with stamp, Mr. T. H. Leslie, of Stuttgart, Ark., or Mr. J. A. Harr, of Fairmount, Prairie Co., Ark.  They are land agents and will attend to all such business, being well posted, while I am not."

—The following explanation is sent us by Bro. John Metzger: "Recently I published `A Friendly Offer,' in which I stated I had a little money with which to help poor churches to build meeting-houses, provided none of the members used tobacco, or if those who use it would quit its use.  I have not much money for this purpose, but a little; and I do not feel to give it all to any one poor congregation, but to help all I can.  Some have written me, desiring to borrow money.  To such I would say, I have no money to loan."

—Bro. Joseph Leedy, of Huntington, Ind., writes: "Eld. Samuel Murray's health is still very delicate.  When we visited him Feb. 20, we found a slight improvement, and he evinced quite an interest in the affairs of the church.  The Salimony church has been under his care for twenty-two years, and will miss him when the Master says, 'Come away.'  Under his care the membership has increased from 100 to 300, and it is remarkable, considering his surroundings, how well he succeeded in keeping the flock in his care united, and in harmony with the General Brotherhood.  Bro. Murray asks the prayers of the church in his behalf."

—Bro. T. C. Dunbar, of the White church, Montgomery Co., Ind., under date of Feb. 19, writes: "Bro. Michael Flory came and opened a series of meetings on the evening of Feb. 1, closing the 17th; in all delivering twenty-three sermons.  He did not shun to declare the whole counsel of God, neither is he ashamed of the gospel of Christ.  As an immediate result, eight precious souls were buried in baptism, to walk in newness of life.  There are three more applicants, which will make eighteen added to the church during this winter."

—Bro. A. S. Culp, of Monticello, Ind., writes: "Last December I was requested to visit Brethren near Arcola, Douglas Co., Ill., and in accordance with their wishes I commenced meetings on the evening of Feb. 4, and expect to remain several days longer than date of this writing, Feb. 14.  At this place the doctrine of the Brethren is new to the people.  A deep interest seems to be manifested, and last Sunday two were baptized in the Okaw River.  Now, Brethren, this is an excellent field, and I hope those living near the little flock will not forget to attend to its wants.  You can get any further information by addressing either Matthias Elmore or Andrew Dennis, Arcola, Ill."

—Bro. A. W. Vaniman, of Post Oak, Tex., sends the following directions how to make a cheap and handy paper file: "Take an eight or ten-penny nail, and a good twine string about eighteen inches long.  Tie the ends of the string together.  Loop one end of the double string at the head of the nail. Set the nail on the head on a table; take your Messengers, one at a time, first page down, and force the nail through the upper right hand corner.  To hang up, simply loop the other end of your double string over the small end of the nail, and slip up against the papers.  As you receive your papers, week after week, it is but a moment's work to slip each paper on the nail, thus preserving the papers in a convenient shape.  After a great deal of experimenting I can say I know nothing better."

—Bro. H. H. Brallier, of Pierceton, Ind., writes: "We began a meeting in the northern part of the Washington congregation, Kosciusko Co., Ind., Jan. 2, continuing over three weeks, resulting in nine additions by baptism and many others near the kingdom.  We were assisted part of the time by brethren D. A. Workman and D. Younce, closing this glorious meeting Jan. 25.  The next evening we went to the Tippecanoe congregation, where they had already begun a meeting.  Here we continued till Feb. 14.  Here seven were received by baptism and one reclaimed.  Others expect to come soon.  After services on Sunday, Feb. 12, we repaired to the creek near Bro. Benjamin Lantz's, with two applicants.  Here we met Bro. Levi Stoneburner, one of my co-laborers, who had been holding meetings in a school-house, and who had with him eleven applicants for baptism.  Thus the work of the Lord goes on."

—Bro. S. T. Harnes writes from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, Quincy, Ill., as follows: "We have prayer-meeting every week on Thursday night and preaching every Sunday afternoon by the Methodists.  All denominations are represented here.  At our last prayer-meeting our leader said that the gospel did not have the same bearing now that it had twenty years ago.  Last Sunday we had two able sermons by Rev. I. D. Easter, who preached twice at the lecture hall.  He took 'temperance' for his theme, handling it eloquently and from a practical standpoint."

—Bro. John Metzger, of Cerro Gordo, Ill., has the following in regard to railroad arrangements for Annual Meeting of 1888: "I shall make arrangements on the Wabash Railway and the Wabash Western road, and all their branches, for those who may go to the Annual Meeting at North Manchester, Ind.  These arrangements will be from Kansas City through to the place of meeting without change.  No one else needs to confer with these roads, as all things will be provided for in due time.  I say this so as to save the company much writing and answering of questions.  Ask your agent for tickets to Annual Meeting, at half rates, and you will be accommodated."

—Bro. Geo. W. Berry, of Lodebar, Nelson Co., Va., writes: "The Brethren commenced preaching here, in this isolated country, in the year 1877, and continued by intervals until 1885, when they received one member.  They did not become discouraged, but continued to come and preach, until, at this writing, we number fourteen.  Some are halting between two opinions.  May the good Lord give them no rest until they find rest with him.  I hope some minister will locate among us.  A great many people here have never heard the doctrine of the Brethren preached.  I have been a member of the church for nearly two years, and am glad that I found the way of salvation.  While the way seems dark and dreary to me at times, still I feel like putting my trust in God, who is the Giver of all good gifts."

—Friend J. Crouse, of Tyro, Ohio, writes: "Bro. Hubley, one of my neighbors, a member of the Brethren church, kindly presented me with a copy of the Gospel Messenger, which I read with pleasure and profit.  It is the issue of Feb. 14, 1888.  I am highly pleased with its spirit and its matter.  Amongst other striking virtues of your paper, I want to commend it for its great simplicity.  You put the gospel rack down low enough so that the lambs can feed from it as well as the older sheep.  This is a crowning excellence in a religious journal intended for the family.  "Predestination, No. 3," by B. C. Moomaw, is the most simple, concise and lucid presentation of that doctrine I have ever seen in print.  Such teaching can not fail to do good, and may prove to be at once a revelation and benediction to some who have been perplexed on the subject of election and reprobation.  Brethren, Godbless you, and prosper you abundantly in every good word and work, for the upbuilding and extension of the cause of truth and righteousness."

—Bro. Geo. L. Studebaker, of Shideler, Ind., writes: "At this writing, Feb. 17, I am at Warren, Ind., a town on the Salamony River.  This place is in the bounds of the Salamony church, but as the Brethren never preached at this place before, the doctrine is new.  There is one brother and three sisters living in town.  It is surrounded by Brethren, and I think the Brethren ought to preach here once a month, at least.  The people are anxious to hear, and a full house can be had every night.  I am making my home with Bro. Riley Andrews.  He united with the church last May; his wife has been a member for some years.  Bro. Andrews was addicted to the use of tobacco for over thirty years, but when he united with the church he was willing to lay aside 'all filthiness,' and hence tobacco had to go."

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