THE PRINTING DEPARTMENT

 

The publishing of Salvation literature was a vital issue to our pioneer saints. After the Mission Block was purchased and remodeled, the establishment of a Printing Department was a priority. In answer to much prayer, a small used press was found for sale in the central part of the state. It was shipped to Binghamton and installed in the basement floor at “399,” facing State Street. Later a better press was obtained.

The first church paper was printed on April 15, 1907.

Inquiry of the Lord concerning a name for the paper resulted in the title, “NEWS FROM HOME.” This title not only gave the name, but also the object of the paper. “News from Home” proved to be a real blessing in the early work. Many workers had found God and were established in grace in Binghamton. Later they went out giving the good news of Salvation and rejoiced to read the “News from Home.

Arthur L. LaCrosse an experienced printer, of Schenectady, NY who had found the Lord, was invited by Rev. Kennedy to come to Binghamton to act as printer. He came and faithfully labored until 1910.

Rev. H. M. Moore had charge of the Printing Department for a time. In later years Rev. S. N. Bennett was in charge.

A Brother Koppenhoffer did the printing for a period after Arthur Lacrosse left. Otto Finch gave several years to the printing office, as well as supplying in the churches and leading street meetings. He also held the office of District Secretary. He had been a minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Church for years.

Ethel Sager gave three and one-half years to the printing Department, having worked in a printing office in Cortland before being saved. Ernest Rice also gave much service. Many of the young workers helped at different times. The printing office was a testing ground. There was an understanding that if you could keep the victory in the printing office, you could keep it anywhere.

THE BIBLE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

Soon after the Mission was established at 399 Chenango Street, the need of Bible study was keenly felt. This was very well expressed in the first issue of the “News From Home,” April 15, 1907: “In our short experience in Christian work we have found that one of the greatest needs of today is for workers to be filled with the Holy Ghost: and to know the Word of God. The two go together, the Spirit and the Word, and both are needed to make good workers for God. We expect to train young people for slum work, evangelists for the field, and missionaries for the dark lands. We expect to have a day school, and also night sessions for the benefit of those who work, that they may have a chance to know God’s Word. The dear Lord has been wonderfully good to us and in answer to prayer has supplied us with a good Bible teacher....” Rev. H. S. Miller, a deeply spiritual orthodox Bible teacher met some of the mission workers at Elmira, NY where he resided. Becoming interested in the mission work, he moved his family to Johnson City, a suburb of Binghamton. He gave Bible studies two evenings a week in the mission hall. He also published Bible lessons in each edition of the “News from Home.” These lessons were excellent. It is interesting to note that some of H. S. Miller’s text books are now in popular demand by a number of Bible Schools.

At the Mission, his Bible studies were also printed in leaflet form. The Lord made this man, his work, and the ministry of the school a great blessing to those young workers.

In the Binghamton Camp Meeting of 1907 the need of a Bible Training School was presented. There was a concern to purchase a building that would accommodate boarding students. At the close of the service a spontaneous response came from the people and $655 was subscribed to start the school.

On December 12, 1907 a three story block across the street from the Mission was purchased. A dining room and kitchen were on the first floor; fourteen rooms and two baths were on the upper floors. There was a nine-room house in the rear.

On January 15, 1908 the Pentecostal Bible School was opened. Preston Kennedy states, “We took our first meal in the dining hall, and as the dear ones gathered together with some of the brothers and sisters from a distance, God’s blessing was upon us all. Some dear ones seemed to weep more than they ate. As we sang our first hymn together ‘Praise God from whom all Blessing flow,’ our hearts melted before Him. We have all our rooms nearly furnished — all new iron beds, mattresses, and everything to make one comfortable. The dear saints from Howard Hill sent us in a beef, potatoes, butter, end twenty-five bushels of apples.”

There were twenty enrolled; and the total of twenty-seven classes were held, including the night classes for nonresident students. Lena Roy was one the teachers at the school. Sr. Roy was wonderfully saved and sanctified in the year of 1905. At that time God spoke to her about leaving her teaching profession in NJ and working full time for Him. She testified, “Within the last two months, God has shown me He wants me to teach in the Bible School. To God be all the glory that He has given me the privilege of an education; and I am willing to fast, pray, and labor that others who have not had that privilege may be better equipped to go out and win precious souls for Jesus.”

Other teachers were: Rev. H. S. Miller and Tacie French. Rev. L. W. Ward, a former M. E. Pastor at Huntersland, became the Principal of the Bible School.

Previously there had been no charge; but, because of the increasing financial struggles, the students that enrolled in the Fall of 1910 were asked to pay a small tuition. Adequate funds still failed to come in to meet the payments on the school block. Mrs. Mary Howard leased her home on Burr Ave., gratis, for ten years as a Bible School. While there were some very rich benefits, the Mission at this time was not established sufficiently to support the Bible School Project any longer. This school endeavor closed in January 1911. The training and lesson of trust learned during those days and years were invaluable to the young workers.


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