Jerry Hill: sending nationals to train in the US

We haven’t learned this lesson yet. Actually, it’s ignored. There are unspiritual interests behind this practice that continue to harm the church.

By that time, we had heard of others who had been sent to the U. S. to study who would not go back home. We began thinking that it was not a good idea to educate our converts in the U. S. For one thing, you lose all they could have contributed to the local work during the time they were gone. Too, the local studies would be tailored to local needs, while in a foreign college, the foreign curriculum would be followed. And if they didn’t come back at all? Or if they came back with an attitude? No, we thought the church would be better off if we taught them ourselves.

Jerry Hill shared a negative experience that convinced them of this.

Promises free and sure

The promises made to faith are so free and sure; the invitations and encouragements so strong; the mighty power of God on which it may count is so near and free,—that it can only be something that hinders faith that hinders the blessing being ours.

Andrew Murray

Study the inspired writings

When one disobeys God, he has done foolishly, because in the long run he will only hurt himself. God’s commands are not arbitrary, but are uttered with man’s best interests in mind. Although Samuel instructed Saul to wait seven days since Samuel was Yahweh’s prophet, it was the commandment of the Lord. God usually revealed his will through his inspired messengers, rather than through some direct, awe-inspiring method, in both OT and NT times. If one wishes to know his will, he should study the inspired writings which these messengers have left (cf. Eph. 3:3-4; 2 Tim. 2:2; 3:14-17).

—J.T. Willis, First and Second Samuel, 138.