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  --  Virginia's Private Life.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER VIII.
  --  Divine Healing.

Broughton, V.W.
Twenty Year's Experience of a Missionary

- CHAPTER VII. -- Missionary Journeys With Associate Workers.

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

usefulness in God's army through the strains of Sister Julia's sweet music. This dear woman soon grew strong enough to direct and foster the Bible Band work of the Stanton district, and Virginia needed to go there only to hold quarterly meetings, at which time the Bible Band of the entire district would come together in some one church of the district. At these stated quarterly meetings the local Bible Band was expected to make reports of the mission work of the quarter, and contribute to the Institute for which they were all laboring. During one of Virginia's tours in this district she and Sister Julia went far away in the country to a church pastored by Rev. J. D. O. There they met a dear old sister who was recognized as the mother of the church. She was deeply moved by the messages delivered by her visiting sisters. In the service they sang.

"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

effort and God helped her to get to the meeting. She was running over with joy and she testified to the joy of all present; even Dr. H. R. Traver, who was then president of the Memphis school and had come to this meeting to inspect and encourage the work, was made to rejoice and preach with such power that the common people heard him gladly. Stanton district was very fruitful. Many young people from this district were sent to our school, women gave up snuff dipping, learned to read their Bibles and care for their homes as they had never done before. Indeed, a general reform in the home life of our women was truly begun. Our Bible women of this district were very faithful in administering to the sick of their communities. About this time one of our slanderers was taken seriously ill. Being without means to secure the necessary comforts our Bible women went to her relief; the sick woman was compelled to confess her faults; she begged the good women to forgive her, and promised, if God ever permitted her health to be restored, that she would come to the church and join the Bible Band if she didn't have a hat to wear on her head. Praise God! We can testify that she fulfilled her promise, for Virginia was present when she
came to the meeting with a shawl over her head, because she had no hat and no money with which to buy one.

"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

the confidence and respect of the entire community. Sister Martha P. entered zealously into our Bible Band work. Starting out she used what she had, a gray mule and a little dog that went regularly each week with her to her Bible Band meeting, four miles from her home, the mule to carry her and the dog to protect her. This faithful effort, in due season, was richly rewarded. Sister Martha was apt and soon learned to give Bible lessons effectively; thus she was very helpful in our meetings. Her children were all converted at an early age and joined heartily with their mother as she labored in our children's meetings in her neighborhood. Her progress was rapid and she became a helpful ally to our missionary force in her vicinity. When bitter opposition arose Sister Martha felt it keenly and she finally decided she could do more effective service to join with those who were less opposed to woman's work and were also in sympathy with the doctrine of sanctification. So she ceased her affiliation with our organized work. There were other strong Bible women in the Woodlawn district to which Sister Martha first belonged, namely, Sisters Bell C., Nealy R., Nancy T. and Sarah B. These have all continued steadfast in the faith and can ever be relied upon to stand up for the Master's cause as advocated by the Christian women of this age. Sister Amanda C. was a power with the children. She had a
host of them in Chelsea, N. Memphis, and God used her effectively to teach those children the beautiful story of Jesus and his love. Our children's Sunshine Bands and sewing schools are very helpful agencies in the Christian training of our children. Much attention is given to our children's department.

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

husband's heart; that husband was completely turned around and went home a new man, no longer suspicious of our women's work, but one of its best friends and remained true to us until death. He soon joined the church and lived a faithful, devoted member, always ready to defend and help the women in their special lines of missionary work. Brother Johnson even built a tabernacle on his own ground and largely at his own expense, that the women might have one place where they would be free to worship the Lord according to the dictates of their own consciences, with no preacher or deacon to molest them or make them afraid. The last public service on the last day of this good man's life on earth was the arranging of that tabernacle for a meeting. Virginia and several other sisters had gone to his home to attend the appointed meeting when the summons came that called his wife and children to the bedside to which he had been carried after his fall while in the act of getting upon his wagon to return home after his day's work was done. He was stricken with a paralytic stroke. He was taken to a friend's house near by, where in spite of all the medical aid that could be given he departed this life ere the morning light of the next day. He was conscious when his wife and children reached him and assured them that it was well with his soul. Thus triumphantly, like a
warrior fresh from the victory of a battlefield (for only the previous Sunday he had vowed his allegiance to God and to the further success of our missionary work, which God had used to his soul's salvation), he wrapped the drapery of his couch about him and lay down to pleasant dreams. Since Brother Johnson's death Sister H. J. has had many sorrows, but through them all God has been gracious and she has been able to realize to the fullness of God's promise to be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless.

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.

Our missionaries spent Sunday with Rev. Williams' people and had several blessed services. Usually after great suffering or sacrifice a rich spiritual feast awaited our heroine. That Sunday meeting in that town on the Mississippi river was not an exception to the rule. The missionaries were sufficiently refreshed and edified to begin their return trip Monday morning. In seeking some way to pursue their journey they learned that a person was going to move to the hills that very day, and they could secure passage in that wagon on top of the household goods, for a small foe. The arrangement was made and so we began our travel; the day was cold and stormy, rain and snow striving with each other for the mastery. Patiently the missionaries made that journey, traveling all day, exposed the inclemency of the weather, with no protection save their ordinary winter wraps, which were so hard frozen when they reached town at nightfall it took all night to thaw out and dry their clothing for the next day's journey. The hardships of this trip was too great for Sister Nancy T., and like Mark of old, she returned home from this point, the town of R. Although Sister Nancy gave up extended missionary work throughout the district she remained faithful to her local Bible Band work until her death. One of the best enlarged pictures of Virginia we have ever seen is the one Sister Nancy T. had made and hung
upon the wall of the guest chamber of her neat cottage home.

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

Cornelius of old, Mr. B. has been and is exceedingly kind to the traveling people of God, being ever ready to entertain and administer to their temporal necessities.

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

grow and multiply through the increase of laborers in the vineyard. Blessed thought is this:

"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.


  --  Virginia's Private Life.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER VIII.
  --  Divine Healing.