June 13 - 20, 1893

Hennepin Co., Minneapolis, Nicollet Avenue between 44th and 46th Streets, Pleasant Park    Map

Find it today: The Review and Herald and Minneapolis Tribune refer to the site as being on Nicollet Avenue between 44th and 46th Streets, although, the Review also refers to it being on Pleasant Avenue which is 4 blocks to the west.  Throughout the years that camp meeting was held here, six years from 1889 to 1894, this area of picturesque countryside dotted with lakes and groves made for a truly pleasant spot for gatherings; baptisms were held at nearby Lake Harriet a few blocks to the west. Today, on the tree-lined Nicollet, there is no semblance of a park - rather the area is filled with small businesses and modest, but tidy, homes.

THE CAMP-MEETING AT MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

The location of this meeting was the same as last year, being in the southern portion of the city, and so far as the grounds were concerned, they presented nearly every advantage of comfort and attractiveness. But the infrequency of the street-car service was detrimental to the meeting, and uncomfortable to those who had to patronize it; and these were almost the entire camp, as well as the visitors. Two hundred and twenty-eight family tents, inhabited by 1,141 people, with several tents for meeting and general use, composed the camp. Two of the latter were destroyed by a wind storm during the workers' meeting.

The standard of excellence, which preceding meetings had established, was fully maintained by the Minnesota meeting. It was both the largest and best ever enjoyed in that Conference, according to the testimony of those acquainted with the facts. As on other occasions, the principal feature of the workers' meeting was the instruction in religious liberty principles and the study of the present situation; the exercises were led by Elder W. A. Colcord.

The general features of the camp-meeting did not vary in form from that followed in other Conferences. The business of the different societies was interspersed through the program. They were harmonious and free, and so did not seriously interfere with the more spiritual interests. These interests were given prominence from the outset, and opportunities were given daily to those who desired to put away sin and seek God for forgiveness and peace. I never have seen a greater readiness to do this on the part of the people; in many cases the anxiety to seek pardon and blessing led individuals to request that opportunities for publicly confessing Christ might be given. The preaching exalted Jesus as the " sin-pardoning Redeemer;" but little was said upon distinctive doctrines, and yet there were quite a number who were convinced of the truth by what they saw, and espoused the work and message for our times. Services were held in the three languages, and in each the work partook of the same features, numerous conversions taking place in each case. Baptism was not administered until Monday afternoon, when 142 persons followed their Lord in this solemn rite.

A good work was done for the Conference also. A number of young people were desirous of dedicating themselves to the service of God in different branches. Several young men who felt that had a call to the ministry, were carefully interviewed and encouraged in their desires, either by receiving license or being persuaded to attend school. Fourteen were licensed to the ministry, others will enter school, and several of the former will attend the coming Bible school. Three brethren; O. P. Norderhus, E. Hilliard, and W. A. Alway were ordained to the ministry.

The educational interests were represented both at the Wisconsin and Minnesota meetings, Professor Loughhead, of Union College, whose efforts were successful in arousing quite a general interest in our educational institutions.

The six camp-meetings we have attended have been seasons of special blessing, which it has been a great privilege to enjoy. But each one should realize that the impressions and emotions experienced will soon fade away and prove of no avail unless there is seen in the life the practical fruits of those blessings. The real value of these occasions will be seen in their practical results as exhibited in the lives and characters of those who enjoyed them.

G. C. T. (G. C. Tenney) – Review and Herald, July 4, 1893

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