|CHAPTER I. -- Call to Service.|
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word;
What more can He say, than to you He hath said,
You, who with Jesus, for refuge hath fled?"
This song, through all these twenty years, has not only been an inspiration for service, but its truth have been verified in the varied experiences we herein relate.
Virginia gladly began her work again in the Bible class taught by Mrs. M. Ehlers, the stationed missionary in her home city. The first meeting she attended after her recovery was one of great joy to her; she was so full of joy she spoke twice in that meeting, and then and there won friends to the Lord's cause that have ever since proved faithful allies of hers in the great work of missions where unto God had called her. Among those friends we would mention the two devoted sisters, Peggie and Hannah.
Mrs. Ehlers, and the other white missionaries who visited us in these early days, were not slow in discerning Virginia's adaptability and ability to help in advancing the work. They began at once to encourage her and develop her gifts by assigning her special duties to perform in the meetings. Virginia's increased zeal was also manifest in her church, and she was used in various official capacities in the local Bible Band of her church and that Sunday school work.
This great Bible Band work among our women was soon noised abroad and invitations came to us from the regions around to send out a worker that the people generally might learn of the work and share in its blessings. A certain district association met in Memphis, and Rev. Copeland, another staunch friend to the woman's work, presented our Bible Band work to his associate brethren. Many of them were favorably impressed and requested that we send one of our Bible women to their churches to tell them more about the work, and organize the women of their churches. Thus, in due season, being approved by the church, Virginia was sent on her first missionary journey to the regions beyond her home city.