GN vol. 19, no. 5, 1 May 1928
[photo caption: A Baptismal service conducted by Evangelist Fred B. Van Eyk at Freshwater Creek, Cairns.]
 GN vol. 19, no. 5, 1 May 1928
February 13th, 1928.
Cairns has been visited. How wonderful it all seems, and how we rejoice in the realisation of the faithfulness of our Great God. We waited so long for this campaign, and while we waited we prayed that God would prove to the people of Cairns that Jesus Christ is just the same to-day. Our campaign had been well advertised, and our Brother Van Eyk's smiling face had looked down upon thousands from the screen at the Palace Theatre, where our campaign opened on January 8th. It was encouraging to see the good attendance, about 1000 people listened with interest, and we felt assured that God would work m our midst. During the first week of our Mission, a dear young lady was heaied of tonsilitis while she listened to the Word. We saw wonderful things, and the message was a real treat. At times I could hardly believe that. our Brother was facing a Cairns audience; surely these keenly-interested people who sat forward in their seats couldn't be our indifferent citizens. Brother Retch-ford's service of song was also much appreciated. The interest was intense during the two weeks that the Evangelist set before the people the positive proofs of the soon Coming of our Blessed Lord. When he made an appeal to those who would stand for Jesus, about 100 flocked to the Altar, and we rejoiced that Father had answered prayer. Again, when the Cleansing Power of the Blood was chemically demonstrated, a solemnity and awe pervaded the audience, and there was a ready response to the altar call, indicating that God was working in the hearts of many. About 70 expressed a desire to follow Jesus through the Waters of Baptism, so arrangements were made for a Baptismal Service at Freshwater. I'm quite sure that Cairns has never before produced such an eager and curious crowd as attended that religious ceremony; about 2000 were present and witnessed 37 candidates buried with Jesus. Many others desired to obey, but courage failed them, but, Praise God, there are still quite a number who are prepared to follow Jesus Christ, and we will again have the joy of seeing definite results of the late campaign. I'll never forget that scene; it was grand to see the ever-increasing courage of those who obeyed, and their obedience made a great impression upon many of those around. Our dear Brothers rejoiced with us, knowing full well that the work thus established will grow rapidly. The people of Cairns do not realise how deeply they have been stirred, the old lethargy will never again settle down upon them. Jesus is coming soon; and we Pentecostal People will keep them busy thinking until then, and afterwards the judgment of God will fall too swiftly /to allow slumber to overtake them again. On Saturday evening we met to farewell our Brothers. It was a joy to look over the company. How bright the faces were, how warm the responses. We at least know that "God is Love," praise Him. And now we are left to face the joys and responsibilities of the cares of an Assembly; but we take courage, and with Jesus as Author and Finisher of our Faith, we are able to press towards the mark for the prize of our high calling. We are co-workers together with Him until He comes. We do thank God for His visitation, and we will always rejoice that our Brothers came to Cairns.
Three dear ones who came in during the Van Eyk campaign in Cairns have been sealed by the Holy Ghost and there is much joy in the assembly. They are able to say, "It's all really true!" and it has given the dear seekers a great onward impetus, bless God. One is an adult, and the other two are the children of Sister Donoghue. They had a glorious baptism. The girlie had a beautiful vision of Jesus the night before her full anointing to encourage her. The boy, Matthew, aged about 10 or 11, is wonderfully filled with a knowledge of the Word. Glory to God. These two children are a direct result of a Monday regular waiting-meeting in their home, led by my wife, whom I run down in the car, and sometimes I stop if I have time.
Their own mother will be a tower of strength when she obtains her anointing. There are set nights for instruction meetings and also waiting-meetings in the capable hands of Sister B. Kajewski and ray wife. There are afternoon meetings for ladies at respective homes to feed them, by the two sisters mentioned, and hardly a night goes by (that are our home nights) but some seeker slips in for "a wait" with Daisy (Mrs. Deacon).
The Sister Chapman (Mrs.) whom the Lord baptised in His Holy Spirit was a most peculiar case of God's sovereign and elect power. Truly He doeth His own will, praise Him. We baptised eight souls yesterday at Freshwater, and her brother was one of them. I have never seen anything like it. Usually one has to seek, and many, including her husband, have been earnestly seeking since Van Eyk left, and yet here is a sister very rebellious, and God baptises her. Glory to God. I expect to report more thoroughly soon.
I haven't forgotten you dear ones or lost my love for you. We have now 45 baptised in water since the campaign (with Bro. Swenson who came up from Townsville, 40, and he received his blessing on our side verandah before he was baptised in water). Our little Esther had a vision of an angel the other night at one of the waiting meetings in our home. Yours in Jesus. —Bro. Jesse A. J. Deacon.
HEALED OF GASTRITIS.
Little Jean suffered with gastric pains and severe vomiting from time to time for two weeks. The Lord graciously gave relief each time when we prayed for her, but the child lost appetite and energy. A finai attack left her prostrated, so I asked Brother Van Eyk to pray for her. As he laid hands upon her, the still, little body gently quivered, and as he finished praying she slipped off my knee, and instantly sought fun with John; in a few minutes she was running about the house boisterously, thus proclaiming that she lacked neither strength nor energy. Four weeks have gone by, and she has been perfectly well since, in spite of the fact of that she is teething. Praise our God. Truly our redemption is complete, and we know that Jesus Christ lives to-day. Glory to His Name.
Cairns, February 12th, 1928.
DELIVERED FROM A STROKE.
March 19th, 1928.
"Call upon Me in the day of trouble and I will deliver thee." To the glory of God. Last Friday night, just as I was going to have tea, a strange feeling came over me and I only had time to call "Edie," when I knew no more. On gaining consciousness I tried to praise God—my tongue was thick and stiff, and my mouth was all twisted—Edie was there, prayed, and tried to pull my jaw straight, but could not—they were all shocked at my condition—but I would go to the meeting—and there Sister Edie asked them to gather round —pray and anoint me in Jesus' Name. They did, and laid hold of God "as one man," and down came the Power upon them and me—speaking through me in other tongues—and I felt my face all go straight. I went to the,platform and showed'them what God had done—my face was perfect. Oh. praise Him.
Amidst tears of joy we sang the doxology, and the friends went home saying "God has worked a miracle."
—Sister Ruby, Perth,
 GN vol. 19, no. 5, 1 May 1928
I wrote Evangelist Van Eyk to tell you how God healed me of ulcers, after my nerves were bled whit-,: and since then I was completely healed and delivered from gall stones; now I am better than I have been for the last 10 years; of course, I am not enduring when there is hard work about, but for my age I do as well and as much as most old women, so I do thai:;. the Dear Lord for all His goodness to me, and since was baptised in the Holy Spirit I have had Joy and Peace passing understanding. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. I do believe I should have died had I no; been brought in touch with Pentecost. Praise God for all His goodness to me. Praise Him for His Holy Spirit and for every heavenly blessing. Well, we are having good times here in Rockhampton. Evangelist Van Eyk has gone North some time ago, but the work remains. During his Mission here, there were a i"?' number claimed Salvation, and I saw 45 baptised in the water; crowds were healed every Friday night, and now about 25 are praising the Lord in other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance; still there are many-yet seeking and tarrying, and some are waiting for the Evangelist to return and they will follow in Water Paptism; thank God for His goodness; it is fairly wonderful to go to those tarrying meetings where four or five are singing in unknown tongues and also unknown tunes, and about another dozen or more praising all in different tongues, all at the same time; no wonder the outsider says they are mad, but there is a sweet solemnity and a Heavenly order in it all. Oh, I have been blest in those meetings and still get blest. God bless you, beloved. Many times I thank God for your blessed help and for the Pentecostal literature that comes my way just when my need of help is so sorely great; soon we shall see each other and shall be known and see the Lord in His beauty. Till then, "Farewell."
With all Christian love to you and all the Saints, Yours in His sweet Will,
—A. M. Harding.
God works in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.
It is now more than ten years since this aged Salvation Army saint first received Pentecostal literature, which was sent to her by a nephew who was in the Salvation Army at Ballarat, Victoria, and attended a Pentecostal Tent-Meeting there. Though he himself did not press on into the fulness, his aunt did, and also quite a number of her relatives in Queensland have for years past been praising God in an undefiled new tongue.
11 Beatty Avenue, Victoria Park, West Aust.,
Dear Bro. Adams,—I testify in great gratitude and thankfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ, and to you, thanking you for your prayers for my healing of carbuncles on the back of my neck. They are healed and leaving no blemish; I praise God every day for M11 the blessings received. I give God all the glory.
The doctor had said nothing could be done without an operation, consequently one was arranged, but the Lord removed the carbuncles, roots and all, before the date fixed for the operation.
A sister, in writing to us, says, "And now in my solitary little room," then with a burst of glad inspiration she cries, "But it is not solitary, Jesus is here, and He is bidding me say, THE MORNING IS DAWNING AND THE SHADOWS ABOUT TO FLEE AWAY." If this were only sentiment, it would be interesting to read, but as a truth it is glorious.—E.G.
THE KEY IN THE POCKET.
Did you ever hear a man remind the Lord of His promise in Malachi 3:10? I have many a time. I have heard men really yeli to the Lord to open the windows of heaven and pour out the blessing. But the windows did not open and the blessing did not come. It would seem as if they would break the glass out of the windows or have the Lord tear the frames to pieces, they were so anxious for the blessing. But all the time they held the key in their pockets, and did not use it.
How did the passage read? Look sharp: "Bring ye all the tithes (the tenth of your income) into the storehouse .... and prove me now herewith (that is with the tenth) said the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
The tenth is the key to the windows. Apply the key. Bring that tenth into the storehouse. Take it out of your pocket and give it to the Lord. Then what will happen? Why, He says He will open the windows and pour out the blessing. You cannot keep the key in your pocket and get the blessing. How much noise is wasted over this test! —Selected.
March 10th, 1928.
To the Editor,—Re your interpretation of the dream of a "Sister from the Seaside," in February's "Good News," page 29 While I agree that it warns those who would oppose the spiritual progress of believers, I think it of more importance to the dreamer, that she allow no blood or other relation to hinder her living the fully consecrated life.
May I recount two dreams I have had?
When a lad of nine, I attempted to grasp some of this world, but found myself looking down upon it from a height such as a high mountain. Again I attempted to grasp something great, and discovered myself watching the fading vision without regret. Lastly, I sought to use ail I had for others, but found myself do high in the air that I could see the whole world as a very small .thing beneath me, yet I felt no fear. I have my own interpretation. What is yours?
The second dream occurred about 22 years ago. I was then unmarried.
I stood upon a modern but not large vessel, conscious that two others were on board. One, the captain; the other, a female. Leaning over the bow, I looked into the water, a narrow winding channel, seeing rocks, shoals and other dangers, expecting disaster each moment. Now and again I would look up to the bridge and see no one. Ultimately I found the vessel out of danger on the deep blue sea.
My interpretation was (when I awoke) and still is: The boat is my life; the captain, Christ; the passenger, either my wife or someone interested in me. So far the dreams have been true to interpretation, although I do not consider all danger past.—Yours in Christ,
We cannot say God has given us the interpretation of our friend's dream; but it would seem as though from childhood God had been calling him from setting his affections on things of time--which all spell vanity —to a higher walk with Himself. "God hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." It is not uncommon for God to reveal spiritual things to children. Our esteemed President, when between the ages of ten and fourteen, dreamt that he was in conflict with a big, fierce, yellow beast like a wolf dog; though he struggled hard he could do nothing with it. A voice said, "Resist the devil and he will flee from thee," and immediately the beast fled away.—Ed.