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Episode 27: J.N. Andrews: The Ablest Man in Our Ranks

Adam Ramdin
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“We sent you the ablest man in our ranks,” the church in Europe was told. JN Andrews was indeed worthy of such a description. Supremely gifted, intelligent and dedicated, he was a great asset to the church in its early days, though sadly his life would be tragically cut short.

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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • January 2, 2019
    8:15 AM
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The call had come from overseas police. The church was expanding from its North American roots to further afield the police had come from Europe and the church leaders in the United States had discussed this several times the need was there and finally in 874 the church voted to send J. M. Andrews as the 1st official missionary of the church despite his wife dying just 2 years previous He remained undeterred and set sail with his 2 young children for Europe the brethren in Europe had been told that they're about to receive the most a blessed man in our ranks. What qualified him to be the ablest man in our ranks at the age of 25 he wrote a paper that was presented at the General Conference session that persuaded the church to keep the Sabbath from sunset to sunset he wrote the book The History of the Sabbath at the age of 29 he was elected General Conference president at the age of 38 he said he could recite the New Testament by memory and much of the Old Testament and he secured noncombatant status for Adventists in the Civil War. General Conference president he posted the 1st Adventist camp meeting in Wright Michigan he would often go out at night and check on the tent to make sure everyone was OK He was much loved well respected abroad with the churches blessing. To. Initially dock. In Liverpool England before making his way across France to Switzerland arriving in Switzerland the task ahead of him was huge although he was not a pioneer missionary work had already taken place before him there was little shop to work with there were no printing presses no publishing houses and no organized conferences and about the work with an intensity that he was known for. J. and Andrews and his children quickly learned the French language making a family covenant that they would not speak anything to each other in the home except French although German was acceptable at times. His daughter Mary quickly became fluent in the language and became the proof reader for the new magazine entitled scenes to Tom. Andrews of a $400.00 articles for this magazine during the 7 year period that he was in New York a remarkable amount considering that he contracted pneumonia after being there just 3 years when the doctor came to visit him he asked him why he was stopping him self because he looked to be in such bad health. Not wanting to spend mainly on white bread. Potatoes and sometimes cabbage with very little fruit milk. He was counseled again and it is likely this would have preserved his life as it could have led to him taking better care of himself but he said he could not he was particularly heartbroken after the death of his daughter and when he returned to Europe he was completely bedridden by 883 which of. The church was concerned and they were from England to do. This and his mother also visited him in his final months but unfortunately. He charged. In the review and Herald and while you Ryan Smith wanted to publish want to comply with this request he was a pioneer a dedicated worker and one of the most intelligent and hard working ministers in the history of our church he received. After his death his legacy lives on in far more significant ways what kind of legacy are you building in your life if nothing publicly or in written form after your death. Your life lead to positive change in the life of the people. Clay. Clean.

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