|CHAPTER VII. -- Missionary Journeys With Associate Workers.|
As the Apostle Paul was comforted and helped by the coming of his fellow laborers, Virginia was greatly strengthened as other sisters consecrated themselves to the Lord's work and accompanied her through their respective districts. In the Stanton district Sister J. S. was an indispensable factor. God has given Sister Julia a good, kind husband who loved our work and could be depended upon for any help he was able to render. The train never came too late or too early for Brother S. to meet Virginia at the Stanton depot. He would care for the home and children and arrange for his wife and Virginia to make their missionary tours throughout the district to hold local and quarterly Bible Band meetings. Sister Julia is one of the sweet singers in Israel; many a person has been aroused, waked up and started on a career of
"Is my name written down."
Virginia and Julia had gone to this church to invite the women to the general quarterly meeting to be held in Stanton the next day. No one thought it possible to come because the horses were all in use on the farm and it was too far to walk, but this mother in Israel, referred to above, had been so deeply impressed by the missionaries that she feared her name would be "sitting down" instead of written down if she did not come to our meeting. So she made a great
"Great is the mystery of godliness!" God has many ways to lead people to the acknowledgment of the truth; thus sickness often proves to be a blessing in disguise. The Lord blessed Sister Julia through her affiliation with Virginia to educate her oldest daughter and encourage all her children to live noble, useful lives. The oldest daughter married one of our most successful physicians, both of whom love and cherish our missionary for the help she has been to them in directing their lives in the King's highway. Another young man from this Stanton district, Dr. S. G. M., was induced to go to school through our Missionary V., whom he regards as his foster mother, and he has now risen to wealth and renown as a successful medical practitioner in the state of Mississippi. He married an intelligent, strong young woman, who is also a physician; they work beautifully together. Virginia has enjoyed the privilege of visiting their home. The home was one continuous scene of joy, plenty and pleasure during her visit. The young couple seemed never to tire of doing kindnesses to show their love and gratitude to our Virginia. Sister Julia continues to labor zealously in the great work of missions. She enjoys in the home of her nativity
Sisters Amanda C. and Hannah J. of Memphis often went with Virginia on her mission tours through the country and took great delight in helping to lead their less fortunate sisters and brothers to the highway of consistent Christian living. Sister Amanda C. was a devout Christian woman, but she had been deprived of all educational advantages; so among the first things she did when awakened to her duty as a Christian woman she went to our Institute, and soon learned to read her Bible. Never was a soul happier than she when she could read her Bible for herself.
After Virginia had made a number of visits to Sister Hannah's home sufficient to provoke the evil minded to warn Hannah's husband against his wife's associating with that mannish woman (which many called Virginia), one night Virginia called again to have Sister Hannah accompany her to a meeting in her neighborhood. After the women had gone Hannah's husband concluded he would go and see what mischief those women were doing. As usual God directed his words as Virginia spoke them to that
Sister Nancy T. entered heartily into our mission work and was very helpful in the Durhamville district. She made one extended trip with Virginia and another district worker, Sister Mattie B. of Trenton. This trip was made through the country partly in a wagon and partly on horseback, up hill, down hill, through creeks, valleys and swamps. One of these hills was so steep all the missionaries save Sister Mattie B. felt obliged to dismount and walk down the rugged slope. When in the saddles again the company traveled on and on until eventide brought them to their journey's end for that day. So weary and worn were our poor missionaries when they reached their destination they slid down from their horses and required help to escort them into the house of the dear sister who awaited them. A hearty welcome was extended and every comfort provided that the hostess could afford.
The other sister, Mattie B., who was accompanying Virginia at this point in our story, was courageous and faithful, so she continued on and went with Virginia throughout the bounds of the Mississippi and Tennessee central district, and also throughout the western Tennessee central district. Sister M. B. on this trip proved that she was able to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. She grew in favor with the people among whom she labored and she worked for several years under the appointment of the Western Tennessee Central District Association. After a time, because of her husband's business, she found it necessary to move to the state of Illinois. However, she continues to labor in Sunday school work and the Woman's Missionary Society of her church. Her persistency and courage make her one of the best agents for circulating our religious literature we have ever had. God has blessed this sister with a kind, indulgent husband who makes her comfortable, well furnished home the happiest place on earth to her, but he himself lacks the one thing needful, the religion of the Lord Jesus, and we kindly ask that all God's people who read this booklet join with us in prayer for his salvation. "For what will it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Like
Virginia gradually induced her friend Florence P.C. to go with her and learn something of the great work the Master was doing through our women, for our women and children. Through a few missionary trips, visits and meetings this dear woman saw that God had a great work for his female servants to do. Step by step she took hold and God has gently yet surely led her forward until now Sister Florence is one of our most efficient and faithful Christian workers in all lines of church work. She did excellent work last year as corresponding secretary of the woman's Tennessee state convention. She is especially interested in our youth; has been a teacher many years and still teaches; does mission work, and leads a band of Christian women in a noble effort to establish and foster a home for orphans and the aged poor. How like our Lord Jesus, who taught his disciples, was our missionary who taught and then accompanied all these dear women in the beginning of their missionary careers, thus helping to establish them in the great work of Christian missions! Virginia believed that God called all his servants to work, and if she could direct them how to use the varied gifts God had given them her joy was full, thus to serve and see the blessed work of Christ's kingdom
"Jesus shall reign, where'er the sun,
Doth his successive journeys run,
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more."
Ere this glorious triumph is realized the servants of God are privileged to labor in the Master's vine yard according to their several abilities. Thus laboring, who'll be able to rejoice with our Lord when he comes to make up his jewels and divide the spoils with the strong. Isa. 53: 1, 12.