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5. Pioneer Stories

Adam Ramdin
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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • March 22, 2018
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My great great great great great great grandfather was about forty four years old. When he went on a boat from India to the island of Mauritius. Somewhere in the eighteen forty's now if you understand if you know British history you know that slavery was abolished in the British colonies in one thousand thirty three and then what happened in a lot of the British colonies is then they then brought in Indian indentured labor as they called them which was kind of a nice way of saying. Essentially they were almost like slaves as well but it wasn't quite a slave so that's why you've got a lot of Indians in different parts of the British Empire in areas where there's no real Indian heritage so you find different islands in the Caribbean you've got Indians to some of the African countries. As well and so India's went to Moorish is around in the eight hundred forty S. and my great great great great granddad was one of them who went there he was in his forty's and it's strange because most of the Indian indentured laborers who were then sent around different parts of the empire to work were in their twenty's there were strong men in their twenty's and they would go to work so why did this one and them what few others in their forty's get sent. And so when we're looking at a family history we found out a little bit of history because it was kind of an anomaly that someone in their forty's would go when everyone else was in their twenty's come to find out that my great great great great great great. Granddad. Was a little bit of a rebel which amused me. Maybe help to explain a little bit as well was a little bit of a rebel and he was a dissenter. Which is a posh way of saying he was rebelling against the British Empire in the city in which he lived and he was organizing or involved in some insider action or rebellion and his punishment is all the is for doing so was to get sent to work in the sugar corn fields sugarcane fields of Moorish. And my family has a heritage in the riches interesting little fact of history or fact of our family's history and it helps to explain in some ways a story you know that's in our family heritage if we were to sit around here and tell some of the stories in our family heritage they would be some interesting stories that we could share some very very interesting stories that we could share as we start to unpack our family heritage and where we come from stories are important in the Bible as well in the Bible the Book of Daniel is possibly one of my favorite books in the Bible and I like Daniel because as the book some of the prophecies in down the zero are some of the most powerful prophecies in the Bible Daniel to Daniel seven Daniel eight Daniel nine but the Book of Daniel is almost split in the HOF in terms of content half of the Book of Daniel is prophecy but then the other half of the Book of Daniel is stories and we are very familiar with Daniel chapter one as children growing up a very familiar down your chapter three with very very very familiar with Daniel Chapter six because even though there's no prophecy or doctrine overtly in there these stories have powerful moral lessons that we learn from a young age if we grow up in a Christian on growing up and we teach those lessons to our children the stories in Daniel. The bible's full of stories as well and so I just want to share with you some of the few stories in our heritage that I believe are interesting and bear lessons for us today is Adventist because it's easy for us today to sometimes think well you know we're here in this little corner of the globe but where do we come from we looked yesterday at some of the doctrinal backgrounds yesterday in the day before some of our doctrinal heritage some of our uniqueness in terms of doctrine today I want to look at a slightly different angle maybe not so much doctrine heavy tell me a story. I shared the story another night William Miller birthplace about Mint ism in America William Miller was a deist anyone who would it be. A deist believes in God the existence of God but believes that God is an impersonal being and the way God relates to the world is the same way that you rather late to your wind up a la clock at night if you still have one of those meaning you wind it up at night and then you set it there on the side and it ticks away. Ideas believes oh god just wound up the world of creation and left it. An interested and an involved in the affairs of men William Miller was on the battlefield when he was fighting the British in eighteen twelve when when when I cam and landed about three metres from him and went off and he did not die. And in his mind he started to think well well maybe maybe gold. Is involved in my life and he was fighting there in the battle of Plattsburg in northern New York state and they were fighting the British troops who had just come away from a battle with Napoleon in Europe the British troops were Korea soldiers paid soldiers they were very highly trained how all the latest equipment and gear and he was fighting with fellow farmers. And other people who had volunteered for the Army they were outnumbered fall five to one they should have been routinely beaten. And yet they beat the British. At the Battle of eighteenth World. Defeating the British along with that cannon land in about three metres from him got him thinking that maybe God was more than just an impersonal being and maybe God was actually infamously involved in the affairs of men otherwise how could they have won that war he felt the divinity was on their side. And it started a process of him giving his life to Jesus a process that never never finished until the day he died William Miller then started to study his Bible and as he was studying is Bible he came across the passage of Daniel Chapter eight verse fourteen you can go to his room today and this is room in his bed and after he had discovered the meaning to that text he wanted he was he felt the urge to preach but he didn't want to preach and he resisted the urge to preach for approximately it was about fifteen years but eventually he said a prayer if I get an invitation to preach I will preach the door not five minutes later and he went to this grove and as he was there pacing up and down his daughter ran back in the house and she said to Mummy she said mommy mommy something's wrong with Daddy something's wrong with daddy. Something was wrong with him he was under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and as a sign says he went in a farmer and came out a preacher. You see there's kind of almost a principle that we find from this story something about what God is looking for in the lives of us today. And it's also what God is looking for is it's also what God wants us to look for in other people in the early days of the Adventist Church God didn't seek out the most educated he didn't seek out the most wealthy what God needed was on this man and women who when they saw something was right they changed their lives accordingly and changed their beliefs. You know when we do evangelism a church we shouldn't pray God filled the church God can fill the church can fill with what you want. But pray God give us honest people give us people that when they see something is right change their lives accordingly. Is that story of the of the one Adventist who went to a town in Michigan and we went to the town in Michigan he said to the African exactly who is talking to but he said the first money met he said Who is the most honest man in this town. And he said the most honest man in this town is a man by the name of David Hewitt. So he went to see David Hewitt because he was the most honest man in town. And when he went to see David USA David he was something to share with you and he shared with them the truth on the Sabbath and when David Hewitt saw the truth on the Sabbath day who said that's the truth I will keep it if people came to your workplace and they asked your boss who's the most honest person in this work place would your name be the first one on their lips. If people came to your street and said Who's the most honest person on this street. Would your name be the one that's called God's looking for honest people honest people who will see and change. You know it's interesting our church started in the northeastern part of the United States of America. This is a picture of the poor white lighthouse that sits just outside the city of Portland Maine Alan White was baptized in the C.U. not too far from this place in her teenage years it was not too far from here where Ellen White received her first vision. Also not too far from here where she met a man named James White at the young age of nineteen. And he was twenty six they stood in front of a justice of the peace whose name was Charles being and they both got married. There a few friends no money very little possessions they went back to live in the family home after they got married but both of them had a deep conviction that God wants us to be together for the purpose of ministry. Prior to that time Ellen White had started traveling and James White seeing her traveling didn't think it was right for her to travel as a woman on her own so he accompanied her on some of the trips where she went but that kind of has its own complications as well and so for the purpose of missionary expediency. They got married. And as they were married in the early years it was very very hard very very hard in the early of the mid to late eighteen forties James White It wasn't a church then it wasn't a publishing house then it wasn't any of these things that we have today there was no school system there was nothing. It's fascinating when you think you've just got a few scattered believers and all they've got is a conviction that what they believe is right that's all they've got they don't have money they don't have lands they have conviction and James White worked on the railroad. Laying railroad tracks and every morning before he went to work him an Alawite would Neil at the bedside and pray and they would say look give James enough strength to come home today. Every night they would Neil Diamond and pray a lot thank you for bringing my husband home next day same prayer next night same prayer he would lay railroad tracks. And get paid the equivalent of about one dollar per day. Then after again paid a dollar a day laying railroad tracks he would then save maybe twenty cents all of that dollar or thirty cents of that dollar per day and siphon that money away and put it in a pot that he would then use to print the tract. So he could give it away. Today we get tracts given to us by the personal ministry department we get tracts given to us from the pastor or the youth department for free. No sacrifice no laying of railroad tracks not think just given to us and if God forbid the church asked us to pay two pounds for a hundred ohm or Whoa he also had another job. Cutting corn and gratis. He would have to cut one car. One. You don't have big one acre is. That the size of the plot the church is on maybe. Make is bigger than this church right probably twice the size of three times the size of the plot four times of the plot this church is on. Here have to cut an acre by hand. And cut an acre by hand he would get seventy five cents. Seventy five cents young man in his late twenty's and he would do that so he could support his wife and he would do that and he would say these words I hope to get a few dollars to use in the course of got. Up early pioneers started the work in great sacrifice someone writing later on said these words they said they said they pinch here shave their cut here and by and by the or be able to give twenty five's or. Fifty cents and perhaps in rare cases one dollar when you look at the story of Ellen White yesterday you can go to a long white home and you can go to California you fly then you go to California and you go to Pacific Union College and you can see elms haven the whole melon why died it and it is quite an impressive home it's quite nicely furnished but I can assure you that when she was starting out in ministry that's not how she started out there was a sacrifice. And hardship in those early days of the late eighteenth forty's let me say you know a story anyone recognize this lady here on the screen you should not say not so much you should but her story should be more better known and we should all know exactly who this is we know her brother very well we know her brother very well her brother wrote a book called thoughts on Daniel and Revelation Unfortunately we don't know his sister as well her name was Andy Smith Sadly she only lived twenty seven years. At the age of ten she gave her life to Jesus at the age of ten. And she look forward to Jesus soon return in eighteen forty four but when Jesus didn't comment eighteen forty four she gave up hope in Jesus' return in a really early whatever they would have been twelve thirteen years old and she wasn't a Christian for about the next or professed Christian a practicing Christian for the next eight years in eight hundred fifty two Joseph Bates was going to Boston and he said to Mrs Smith he said I'm going to be in Boston and she then contacted her daughter and said please go and listen to Captain Bates please. She had nothing else to do so Annie Smith she went to go and listen to Captain Bates and she went to listen to him he offered to have Bible studies she had Bible studies she got reconverted and she gave her life to Jesus again she was a very gifted and intelligent person she got offered a job when she finished school at the Charleston I think that the name anyway she got offered a job at a top Boston school to get paid one thousand dollars a year. One thousand that's a lot of money and it was rare for a woman to get offered a job that was so high paying to get her for this job. That's the house that she was born in you can go there today where you can't really go there you can go and take a picture outside the person who owns the house actually is a Major General retired from the U.S. Army is like Google his name you bunch find a bunch of news pages coming up he was like head of the U.S. envoy in Moscow during the Cold War and they know the historical house they live in them anyway we knocked on the door had a good chat with them they got lots of adamant has come by she got a job for one thousand dollars a year and a top Boston school. The other job offer she had. And to call it a job offer is quite generous the other job offer she had was from James White he said please come this is the city of Rochester you can see it too clearly he said please come to Rochester New York and work for the review and herald OK What's more pain. Zero. What's my living conditions you can live in on House who else is in the house or there's about another eight people and the printing press in the house too. What about food well we'll live. It won't be five star though. So she says no to the job given a one thousand dollars a year. Which was extremely high salary and she goes to live in what essentially today we would describe it as a youth commune there was a bunch of people all under the age of thirty or thirty five living in a single house in Rochester New York with a printing press there and there they all lived they shared their money they didn't have any any salary and they just lived and worked and minister there in the house. She went there they sacrificed a lot in the house one quotation from this period says we shall see this church through if we have to live on corn meal mush and water you're right a Smith also had a proper prosperous job offer and he turned his prosperous job offer down to go and live in this house in Rochester New York as well at the age of twenty six no salary and had been living there for approximately three weeks and he says this kind of tongue in cheek quote he said I don't object to eating beans every day. No he said I don't object to eating beans three hundred sixty five days a year but when it becomes a habit I've got a problem with that they were so poor they couldn't afford potatoes they had to eat turnips instead of potatoes they were so poor they couldn't buy butter for the bread but they would use fruits orthogonal why fruit was fruit or to put them in the butter but anyway they would buy fruit sauce to put on the bread instead of butter. No potatoes turnips instead that's a hard life and then they lived in this house you know several people lived in the House they all died in a thousand year White was James White's brother he came to live in the house you could go to the Mount Hope cemetery in Rochester New York has some famous people there at the Frederick Douglas Barrett There you go Susan B. Anthony buried there but you've also got this little plot was a few Adventists and they were young. Nathaniel white James White's brother how old was he he was. Twenty two twenty two twenty three he was the first editor of the youth instructor. Which became later on became. Was it the Guide Magazine and insight or whatever that we have today. On a white his wife how old was she a bit older twenty five twenty six. They died of tuberculosis they sent in part the reason why they died was they weren't having a healthy diet. They weren't living healthy. But they got to work and then Andy Smith the one I was mentioning earlier she'd caught tuberculosis. And she had to go move back to the family home. And they tried everything else why herself sent seventy five dollars of her own money to try and give health treatments to Annie Smith to help her out so she could live but it was a slippery slope if you got to Berkeley loss' back then it was almost like a death sentence and their health quickly slid down and Annie Smith unfortunately died at the age of twenty seven you know the old Advent him or not the one we have today the old that been him no he had ten over him in there. I believe Annie Smith had lived to be sixty or seventy or eighty she would have probably been the most famous Adventist songwriter we'd ever had ten days before she died she finished a book called home here and home at last a book of her poems. That you Ryan Smith published one of the famous names is called I saw one weary. Four for one in the hymnal this for him him in the admin Himmel now the new one that i from and the Smith I saw one weary sad and torn and rumor has it that the first verse I believe was about Joseph Bates the second verse is about. James White and the third verse Well this debate on the third verse some say as J. and Andrews and some say it actually herself written in third person is an interesting story about ANNIE WHITE actually and the smith you know today if you go to West Wilton. Cemetery that's all she's got there on the ground. That piece of stone this is Annie Annie but the legacy of our life is far better than that. Because when she went to go and live in Rochester James White was traveling all the time. Even though he was the editor of the review and herald she essentially was the real editor he was traveling preaching and before she went there the review and Herald wasn't being published on a regular basis some months they were going some months they would end and so on because he was travelling all the time but when she went there she brought some order and discipline and she was essentially the resident editor while James White was preaching and the magazine in those days was like was the glue that held the early Adventist together today she just got That's piece of stone in the ground but a legacy is far far greater than that. Is this guy here and you can recognize him John Locke. We used to have a school in London named after him John the. He as a young man went to go and live in Iowa to be a missionary. Along with a few with the people from Maine. As they got there to Iowa it's kind of a sad story they got this Iowa and the church didn't have a tithing system they didn't have an offering system they didn't have any of those financial systems that we have today in place and so we went out there was a missionary and when he got there is a missionary guess what the work was hot. Money was tight and sooner or later he had to go back into normal work just to provide for himself. Ellen White who I believe was a prophet and a great mentor third that the believers in war can Iowa were not all to the plow like they used to be and so Ellen White got into her. Horse sled in winter time she left buckle creek and today if you drive it it would be a seven hour drive four hundred and forty four miles if you do that on a horseback it's a lot more than seven hours drive it's days if not weeks for you to get there in winter time in snow and when they got close you see in order to get there you've got to go past this river here that river there is called the River Mississippi and in winter time it freezes and when they got to the River Mississippi you can read about in the book Life sketches as they go to the River Mississippi. The ice it was kind of the end of the winter it was interest then into spring the ice was saucy on top now if you go to the Internet they'll sell you that you need four inches minimum to walk on five to seven to put a snowmobile probably like a horse on eight to twelve to drive on and twelve to fifteen for a bigger vehicle. That clear ice It was slushy ice and so it was somewhere there but probably wasn't quite there and as they got close to the river side the captain or whatever the guys called who's driving it he leans back to Ellen and James why and says What shall we do. Alawite said all new wood. On new wood trusting in Israel's God. As they went over there they say the slush came up about five or six inches over the rails at the bottom of the sled a crowd gathered on the far side to see who were these foolish people going across the river when it's not even winter time they barely made it to the get a side line Ellen White had a mission though her mission was to go and see these brothers who had gone out as missionaries and were no longer acting or living full time missionary lives she got to walk on Iowa the story goes she found out where one of them was and I believe the story goes that J. and left her with a lot of bang in a nail building something is apparently someone today who claimed the exact building where he and they are but we're not quite sure he's bang on the nail into the building and Ellen White walks to the bottom of the ladder and looks up. And said What do is that now here Elijah he looks down and sees the prophet she looks back up and says What do is now here Elijah. That was an O.C. says she spent two weeks with them ministered to them encourage them. And Jane left. Made a commitment to go back to full time ministry he moved back to Michigan and Jay left was one of the pioneer missionaries who came here to England Southampton church the First Church in the British Isles if you look at the registry book which they have down and you both his signature is the first signature of the founding members here of the first church in the British Isles would he have done that if the older Why is the person hadn't mentor him and encouraged him and guided him back into the ministry. I don't know. I don't know. He lived a long life as a missionary. He got married I believe he got married twice actually its first wife passed away fairly young. He got married the second time I don't know if that's his first wife or his second wife. I'm not quite sure this is another man who's got an inspiring story his name is S. and how school S. and how school was born in one thousand thirty three fascinating story he got converted to fifteen and nineteen he got married to a woman twenty years older than him he was working for a man and the man said I'm going to die soon and my daughter I need someone to take care of or will you take care of and he said OK I'll take care of her and then later on that night or the next week he started to think if I'm going to take care of of my employers daughter the only way I can do that is if America so we then proposed to this woman with this kind of line of reasoning and it's not the most romantic line of reasoning that there is in the world but she agreed and they got married. Twenty years older than him. And name was Mary. But she supported him in his ministry in his travels she supported him all the way. Unfortunately she died in eighty one eighty one when she was twenty years older he wrote a letter to Ellen White. And in capital letters he said I loved her and she loved me in capital letters the rest of the letter was small case an encounter I loved her and she loved me as if to emphasize the point we were in love S. and how school. S. and how school what happened. S. and how school before he was employed he had all come out all the Bible study societies in New England he had started all these groups that he was visiting and when James Y. and the other believers came there they were really impressed by this man who was only thirty seven years old that he got all this organization ability and organized the believers there was no Adventist organization there and he said hey here's all the believe us here in New England they were so impressed with it they were deigned him as a minister and made him the conference of the New England conference there he also founded the vigilant missionary society society that later on would become what we know today as the A B C Adventist books and. At one time in his life he was serving as the president of the main conference the president of the New England conference and the president of the California Conference at the same time in the days before internet and airplane travel it was a series meant. Professional make up he served as a missionary to Australia to New Zealand and in one thousand nine hundred seven he got married the second time to a woman called good and they went as missionaries to Africa is one of the pioneering missionaries down there to Cape Town in between that though interesting fact of history Stephen Haskell proposed to Ellen White did you know that. Some of you made it. She was single Her husband had died he was single His wife had died they were very close in fact Stephen Haskell. Aside from James why is the man she wrote the most letters to were very close he proposed to her. And not sure exactly what the reason why I think she thought I would be very complicated for the Church of the Prophet got remarried and you know what the books of the L N Y L And how school whatever what I don't know or the reason why she said no but she said no she said No I think you should marry Hetty heard instead so anyway he married had he heard of her who became head the house cool and even though she were his first wife was twenty years older his second wife was twenty years younger but guess what she died before. She died before him and he was asked once when you die because one wife was buried on the East Coast and one wife was bare on the West Coast and he was asked before he died which woman do you want to be buried next to when you die. He was a very pragmatic man a very practical man he just simply said whichever one I'm closer to when I die. Geographically speaking wherever I die in the country if I die on the East Coast bury me on these go via the West Coast in the West Coast he was in California when he died he's buried there in a graveyard in California next to his or her side is or his first wife Stephen house before we close I want to share with you a quick story about this man here familiar faces this. John Andrews is another picture of him with his wife and his children Jan Andrews was one of the most brilliant man our church ever produced he was once asked if you lost the Bible would you do that rewrite the New Testament most of the Old Testament very intelligent man. Which is why based in lot of Washington yesterday I think our church will be a different church if he was around in eighty nine he gave the general conference session that the church needed the missionary. What happened was there was actually an unofficial missionary who went to Europe his name was. He was a Polish man and the church didn't want to send him as kind of a controversial story the church in America didn't want to send him to Europe they weren't quite convinced on his character and the way he handle money so they didn't send him and sponsor him so he actually went to the first day Advent Christians and asked them if they would sponsor him as a missionary he kind of pretended to be one of them so they said that sponsor him as a missionary and he came to Europe and then while he was here as a missionary he was a missionary missionary in Seventh Day Adventist doctrine while being sponsored by the first day Christians. Well as soon as they found out they cut their money to him but that wasn't for a few years anyway while during that time he raised up a number of Adventist churches he never told them that there was a why to some of the Adventist Church though and he raise one group up in a place called tremolando Switzerland and you can still go there today to the first Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Europe and travel and Switzerland and you raise the group up there now one of them found a review in Herald magazine in his house when they went around to visit and then realize that they weren't just one group there in Switzerland there was a worldwide group and so they contacted the church in America and they sent one of their members his name was Jacob Earth's burger they sent him to America to find out what these Adventist are all about he went went to America and when he went to America he said we need someone to come to Europe so then the church in America said the first official that's what we say the first official mission. J.N. Andrews. Unfortunately right before he traveled to Europe his wife died. Mary his wife died agree that there is in the same cemetery that James White's brothers and sister in law. Angeline. So he bade farewell with his daughter and his son and they went to Europe they settled in Basel Switzerland and it's a sad it's a sad story this history of the Andrews family they settled in Europe the church he was the first missionary they didn't quite know how much money to send with him as a missionary they didn't send enough. Then send enough so he had to use some of his salary in the work. In the process of doing that he didn't have really enough money to live on so he was just eating a basic diet no fruit very little bit just a bowl just in basic basic food essentially he ate himself on to the sick bed his daughter caught tuberculosis he wasn't sure if it was tuberculosis but it was a general conference session so we accompanied his daughter left his son in York and went back to Europe to take a doctor Kellogg doctor Kellogg looked over and he said I'm sorry I'm sorry John your daughter has tuberculosis and there's not much I can do for. She was sixteen years old at the time and she had been his rock in Europe she learned French quicker than he did and she was the translator of less scenes whatever it is times in French she was a translator. At the age of thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen. Pioneering the work in Europe as a teenage girl with no mother. But a father who can cook very good food. If a tall and there she is as a missionary they get back to Battle Creek and Jay and and John Harvey Kellog says she's going to die. And he told Jay in Andrews he said stay away from your daughter because you may catch it too but Jan Andrews he felt a. A sense of commitment this was his young daughter that had stood by his side after his wife had died and she was his rock in Europe and he refused to leave her hospital room. He stayed right next to her. All the way through her sickness until her death unlike John Harvey Kellog said. Jay Andrews caught tuberculosis from his dying daughter soon after he sailed back to Europe he got so England wasn't in good shape landed in Liverpool made his way down south and they made his way to Europe and it wasn't long before he came down with the sickness in Switzerland the church at large was worried about John Jay and Andrew's they sent Jay in love who was in England over there to Switzerland just to anoint it but the sickness had gone too far. You know Alawite Council J.N. Andrews. Was married twice as and housekeeper was married twice. Tells you something about the importance of a good wife especially in those early days of poor diet health and everything else. And she counseled Jay and Andrew she says you need to get married again and he just like. That I can do it. He died at fifty four he had thirty years left in him. At least. At least the huge loss to our church when when when Jane Andrews died he's buried in Basel Switzerland. His daughter Mary though she's kind of like she is. She was a teenage pioneer in some way is and maybe it's a maybe it's an exaggerated use of the word in some ways he's almost like a martyr. And no she wasn't killed by someone else. But she certainly died before her time by working too hard sacrificing too much in the wrong. You can go to our grave today it's in the same group graveyard right next to my mother. And to me it was one of the most sobering graves we went. Eight hundred sixty one. Eight hundred seventy eight. As a missionary for three and a half years when you look at the heritage that we have. The stories of our pioneers they were young men and women. In their young years. Who had a conviction that the belief they had had to be shared with the world even if it meant the sacrifice of their comfort their finances or in the case of Mary Andrews even her life they believed in the message more than. More than they valued their life when you're asked the question where do you come from you can answer that question theologically pioneers believe the Sabbath state that. You can answer that question theologically but you can also answer that question experientially. With a story where do we come from. This is just scratching that this is where we come from it's a legacy. That men and women lay down. To give us the church that we have today let us not take that legacy they've handed onto us lightly or flippantly. Or for granted we have a deep family history AMUN we have a deep family history. And let us value that. You know Romans fifty in verse four is for whatsoever things are written aforetime are written for our learning that to patient and come for the scriptures we might have hope and I know what I share tonight or these stories is not in the Bible but the principle remains that what happens before is written for our learning. That we can find comfort hope and assurance in the paths of those who have come before us. I pray that it may inspire us. And motivate us. To know we don't have a dry history as a church we have an exciting a living a rich and a powerful history. And when we understand and know that. We know the stories in riches who we are. And inspires who we are today. Like to invite you as we close to. To kneel as we close in prayer and just remind you if you have any of the questions or comments that you want to write on the cards and please do so his power his father in heaven Lord we pause and as we kneel down before you we are recognizing we. In many ways there's a burden of history behind us and we thank you for the men and women who came before us and the sacrifices that they made the burdens they carried We thank you Lord. For the legacy that we have today will be with us in our lives it will not take for granted the opportunities that we have given to us for ministry and for service and for outreach that we may live a life that's of more importance and bigger than ourselves though we thank you for this heritage we have in our family back. Each one of us in Bless this church as well. 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