A Town No More
Section dealing with Rose Lambert and
the Mission at Hadjin excerpted from:
BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS
BRETHREN IN CHRIST)
Presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the
Historical Society of the Bible Fellowship Church,
November 12, 1988, meeting at the Cedar Crest Bible
Fellowship Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Sister Marianne Gerber and Rose Lambert from the
Missionary Society "Light and Hope" from Berne,
India (sic), under appointment for Armenia, accompanied
by Garabed den Hagobian, a native Armenian, spent several
days with us at this camp meeting. One whole evening was
given to them. Their messages in song and their addresses
were highly appreciated. At the close of the meeting an
offering of $70.00 was handed over to them by the
congregation. The following day the Missionary Board
passed the following resolutions: RESOLVED: that we
accept Sister Rose Lambert as our representative in
Armenia, and appropriate $200 for her first year's
support on the field to be paid quarterly in advances. (9)
Rose Lambert, Hadjin, Turkey took a trip to Europe in
the interest of the Orphanage. God wonderfully interests
European children in this sphere. The work is moving
forward. Young Armenian men and women filled with the
Spirit lead others to the life. Such doctrine was much
opposed five years ago. A Bible woman teaching the
fourfold gospel is supported by a family in America. A
long felt need supplied. The heaviest burden is not the
work we do, but the work we constantly see remain undone. (10)
Turkey - Our only missionary in this dark country is
Sister Rose Lambert, Matron of the Orphanage at Hadjin.
They care for between three and four hundred orphans at
this place. During the terrible massacres of last spring,
the acting Superintendent and two of their most useful
and trustworthy natives were brutally murdered, throwing
the greater part of the responsibility upon Sister
Lambert. The latest reports state that she was recovering
from an attack of typhoid fever.
Miss Rose Lambert left her field in May and came to
New York in June on furlough. She visited our Camp
Meeting presenting the needs of Hadjin Orphanage and
Armenian work impressively. She travels through the West
at present. They have over 300 orphans in their home.
Their health is well preserved. She does some nursing
beside the work in the Orphanage. Much work left undone
for lack of workers. (12)
Sister Rose Lambert, who had returned from Hadjin,
Turkey, almost two years ago with a broken down physical
condition has resigned from the Board as a Missionary, as
she feels physically incapable of further assuming the
heavy burden of Missionary work. Since her return she has
been engaged, as much as her physical condition
permitted, in writing and lecturing throughout the United
States and Canada on the conditions of Missionary work in
Turkey. Upon her request, her support was discontinued on
October 1st of this year. (13)
At this point one observation needs to be made. The
Bible Fellowship Church and the Christian &
Missionary Alliance are approximately the same age. The
C. & M. A. was organized to spread the Gospel world
There were many of the C. & M. A. leaders who were
speakers at the Campmeetings, such as Dr. A. B. Simpson,
A. E. Funk, Paul Rader, William T. Christie, etc.
When the Annual Conference organized the Board of
Foreign Missions, there were no candidates since Hershey
and Weiss that arose from within the denomination. Thus
the Board turned to the C. & M. A. and assumed the
support of some of their missionaries - some already on
the field and others as candidates.
C. F. SNYDER
9. Proceedings of the Sixteenth
Annual Conference of The Mennonite Brethren in Christ of
Pennsylvania (1899), page 28.
10. Proceedings of the
Twenty-First Annual Conference of the Mennonite Brethren
in Christ of Pennsylvania (1904), page 32.
11. Proceedings of the
Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Mennonite Brethren
in Christ of Pennsylvania (1909), page 33.
12. Proceedings of the
Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Mennonite Brethren
in Christ of Pennsylvania (1905), page 30.
13. Proceedings of the
Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference of the Mennonite Brethren
in Christ of Pennsylvania (1911), page 29.
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