JASPER, Fla., Feb. 6, 1880
DEAR BROTHER BEEBE & SON: – As under the mercy of God, I am still sojourning in the South, and laboring among the churches here and there, it may interest some of the your many dear readers to hear something from me concerning my travels and our meetings. And since not a few have asked me to write something for the SIGNS, I will try to do so occasionally, if the Lord will, and submit it to you. But I must now be brief. During the month of December, I tried to preach for most of the many churches of the Ocklocknee Association, of south Georgia. Many of those churches have had severe trials in the recent past, but they now have cheering evidences of the gracious power of the Lord, and that he is about to gather them together and build them up. In many of their meetings, the comfort of the spirit and the power of the truth were deeply felt, and the thoughts of many hearts were made manifest. Believers in the Lord were edified, united and strengthened in the truth of the gospel of Christ, mourners in Zion were comforted, some penitent sinners “hearing, believed and were baptized,” and the dear brethren in the ministry, who serve the churches, were encouraged and “pressed in spirit to testify that Jesus is the Christ,” as they had already done. Our faith and hope and love in Christ, and our joy and gladness in the gospel, and in beholding the good work of the Lord, were mutual. We all entered into the preciousness of the truth, that, “There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and though all, and in you all.”
And indeed this has been true among all the churches of the saints, with whom I have been in the South.
The united testimony of all has been that, “SALVATION IS OF THE LORD,” and “by grace.” All preach and believe that the death of Christ is the means of redemption, and that we shall be saved by his life.
Many, who were not yet added to the church, gave us tearful evidences that the Holy Ghost had begun the good work of salvation in them; and their deep and solemn interest in the meetings and preaching, told that they hunger and thirst after righteousness, and shall be filled.
At the close of one of the meetings, at the house of Eld. John Maxwell, Misses Sarah and Mary Maxwell, sisters and his nieces, were delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son; and their dear old parents and the rest of us both wept and rejoiced with them.
A few days after, brother Maxwell buried them in baptism, and they went on their way rejoicing.
The last Saturday in December, it was my comforting privilege to be present at the ordination of Eld. J. V. Tipton, who is a worthy and good minister of Christ, and also to hear a sister relate to the church the reason of her hope.
Eld. Tipton, and several others in his locality, came to us lately from the modern Missionary Baptists; and others are expected to follow them soon.
So the good Shepherd is still not only calling his own sheep by name, and leading them out, but he is also giving his flock pastors according to his heart, who shall feed them with knowledge and understanding.
To my many home brethren and friends, who know and feel interested in me, let me say, my weak lung is improving, my general health is good, I am kindly cared for in my sorrowful sojourn and arduous labors; for I am traveling and trying to preach almost daily. If not providentially called home sooner, I hope to return again when the weather becomes warm. The Lord bless you all. In love to all the saints, your brother I hope,
Signs of the Times
Volume 48, No. 5
March 1, 1880