June 10 - 26, 1877

McLeod Co., Hutchinson, Park by the river    Map

Find it today: The camp ground was in a grove of trees beside the river - it was not stated which side of the river.

MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING. Again we are made very happy by the report of the camp-meeting at Hutchinson, Minn. The report of the Wisconsin meeting last week was a great relief as well as joy to us. Neither Wisconsin nor Minnesota had ministerial help from the General Conference, and both these meetings were triumphant. We have felt for some time that our people must be weaned from the idea that Mrs. White and the writer should attend all the camp-meetings, and resolved that we would not visit them this year.

But when appeals come in from the old, dear friends to meet with them in camp, and help them in their meetings, we find it very hard to wean ourselves from the pleasurable part of such gatherings. For a time we wavered, and decided to go to the Wisconsin and Minnesota meetings; but cares at head-quarters pressed, and we soon returned to our first determination. And then when the news came in that the precious Saviour had presided at these meetings by his Spirit, and greatly blessed his people, we were made very happy. Besides the report from Eld. Curtis, we have a private letter from J. Olive from which we quote the following:

“We have just returned from our good camp-meeting. The place near Hutchinson was lovely. It seemed to be a place where the poor had the gospel preached unto them. At first we missed the close, searching testimonies of Sister White, and we greatly missed your review of the situation, the wants and progress of the cause, so much more impressive from the lips of the living teacher, than when read from the printed page. But the meeting progressed in interest from the beginning, and I think the Lord heard the earnest prayers of his servants for help, and his Spirit was with his people to aid and bless. The disappointment resulted well in causing us all to cast our care upon the Lord. There were some very powerful sermons by Elders Curtis, Ells, Dimmick, Batin, and Hill. I do not believe they could have preached half so well if you or Eld. Butler had been there to listen. I wish you knew how well they can preach when they have no abler speakers from abroad to listen to them.

We went nearly one hundred miles, six of us in an open wagon, with a heavy load. We were away from home twelve days; but the Lord preserved us. We had neither rain, mud, dust, nor heat, enough to trouble us, and we greatly enjoyed the meeting, and trust it may be a lasting benefit to us. The cause never seemed so promising in Minnesota, and the calls for labor are many and earnest. At first there was some disappointment, but when they found no help was to be had from abroad, they all seemed to realize that it meant work, and to work they went. We all tried to consecrate ourselves to God, and I think the Minnesota people never came nearer forgetting you than they did the last few days of the meeting. Many prayers were offered for you even then. We all love you and esteem you highly in love for your work's sake."

We are very glad to be remembered by our brethren in prayer. Our day for perpetual, earnest labor and care is past. And as we are compelled to lay off camp-meeting armor, we are extremely happy to know that the Lord is harnessing a hundred young men for such work. In this fact we see another clear evidence that the hand of the Lord is in this cause.

J. W. (James White) – Review and Herald, July 5, 1877

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