Ellen White viewed
the continent of Africa as a place of promise and potential that had been a
haven to God’s truth through the ages; she urged that skilled workers be sent
to work there and that special effort be made to train indigenous workers.
God has a great work to be accomplished in Africa, and no
plans must be laid without the aid of His infinite wisdom.
Letter 4, 1890
I feel deeply in regard to the missionary work in South
Letter 92, 1896
The very best talent is required in such fields as Africa
Letter 187, 1899
God desires to see the souls of His people in Africa
mastered by heaven-born purposes.
Manuscript 31, 1900
In Africa as well as in America and Australia men have been
quarried out of the world, not to be left as rough stones, but to be taken into
the workshop of God, and placed under the axe and hammer and chisel of gospel
truth, till all the roughness disappears, and they are made ready for the
Manuscript 31, 1900
One night I fell asleep, and dreamed that I was weeping and
praying before the Lord. A hand touched me on the shoulder, and a voice said: ‘I
have means in many families in Africa…’
Life Sketches of Ellen G. White (1915), 364
I feel intensely over the needs of foreign countries, as
they have been presented before me. In all parts of the world angels of God are
opening doors that a little while ago were closed to the message of truth. From
India, from Africa, from China, and from many other places is heard the cry,
"Come over and help us."
Gospel Workers (1915), 465
One thing is positive. You must either mingle more of the
oil of love, of tender compassion, with your work, your stiffness and coldness
must be melted away, or you will not win your way in such a country as Africa.
This country needs men who are as firm as a rock to principle, and who have
also the simplicity and love of Christ. These can adapt themselves to the
situation; they will not leave upon other minds an impression of sternness, and
coldness, and harshness.
Letter 102, 1897
If the brethren and sisters from America had united with the
African believers, songs of joy would have been heard among the heavenly
angels, recognizing the human relationship as a union with God. Could the
curtain have been rolled back, we would have seen heavenly angels all prepared
to co-operate with human intelligence for the advancement of the work.
Letter 187, 1899
In regard to the question of caste and color, nothing would
be gained by making a decided distinction, but the Spirit of God would be grieved.
We are all supposed to be preparing for the same heaven. We have the same
heavenly Father and the same Redeemer, who loved us and gave Himself for us
all, without any distinction. We are nearing the close of this earth's history,
and it does not become any child of God to have a proud, haughty heart and turn
from any soul who loves God, or to cease to labor for any soul for whom Christ
has died. When the love of Christ is cherished in the heart as it should be,
when the sweet, subduing spirit of the love of God fills the soul-temple, there
will be no caste, no pride of nationality; no difference will be made because
of the color of the skin. Each one will help the one who needs tender regard
and consolation, of whatever nationality he may be.
Ask yourselves if Christ would make
any difference. In assembling His people would He say, Here brother, or, Here
sister, your nationality is not Jewish; you are of a different class. Would He
say, Those who are dark-skinned may file into the back seats; those of a
lighter skin may come up to the front seats.
In one place the proposition was
made that a curtain be drawn between the colored people and the white people. I
asked, Would Jesus do that? This grieves the heart of Christ. The color of the
skin is no criterion as to the value of the soul. By the mighty cleaver of
truth we have all been quarried out from the world. God has taken us, all
classes, all nations, all languages, all nationalities, and brought us into His
workshop, to be prepared for His temple.
To a missionary in South Africa, nearly a half a century
Letter 26, 1900
The whole world is opening to the gospel. Ethiopia is
stretching out her hands unto God. From Japan and China and India, from the still-darkened
lands of our own continent, from every quarter of this world of ours, comes the
cry of sin-stricken hearts for a knowledge of the God of love.
Education (1903), 262-263
This was the foundation of the great advent movement of
1844. The falling of the stars in 1833 gave added force to the proclamation of
the message of a soon-coming Savior. Through the labors of William Miller and
many others in America, of seven hundred ministers in England, of Bengel and
others in Germany, of Gaussen and his followers in France and Switzerland, of
many ministers in Scandinavia, of a converted Jesuit in South America, and of
Dr. Joseph Wolff in many Oriental and African countries, the advent message was
carried to a large part of the habitable globe.
The Southern Watchman, January 24, 1905
A striking illustration of Rome's policy toward those who
disagree with her was given in the long and bloody persecution of the
Waldenses, some of whom were observers of the Sabbath. Others suffered in a
similar manner for their fidelity to the fourth commandment. The history of the
churches of Ethiopia and Abyssinia is especially significant. Amid the gloom of
the Dark Ages, the Christians of Central Africa were lost sight of and
forgotten by the world, and for many centuries they enjoyed freedom in the
exercise of their faith.
The Great Controversy (1911), 577
The churches of Africa held the Sabbath as it was held by
the papal church before her complete apostasy. While they kept the seventh day
in obedience to the commandment of God, they abstained from labor on Sunday in
conformity to the custom of the church. Upon obtaining supreme power, Rome had
trampled upon the Sabbath of God to exalt her own; but the churches of Africa,
hidden for nearly a thousand years, did not share in this apostasy. When
brought under the sway of Rome, they were forced to set aside the true and
exalt the false Sabbath; but no sooner had they regained their independence
than they returned to obedience to the fourth commandment.
The Great Controversy (1911), 578
Among earth's inhabitants, scattered in every land, there
are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Like the stars of heaven, which
appear only at night, these faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers
the earth and gross darkness the people. In heathen Africa, in the Catholic
lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the
sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament
of chosen ones that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly
to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law.
Prophets and Kings (1917), 188