1 THE BROKEN BLUEPRINT . VANCE FERRELL. 1 - THE ACTUAL WORKING BLUEPRINT . FOR OUR EDUCATIONAL AND MEDICAL TRAINING. CENTERS. 2 - THE STORY OF HOW THAT BLUEPRINT WAS LATER CHANGED. TABLE OF CONTENTS. A COMPANION BOOK TO THE MEDICAL MISSIONARY. MANUAL. What was the original BLUEPRINT for our educational and medical training schools, as given in the Spirit of Prophecy? Is there any way we can find out exactly how it was done in our early schools? Why is that BLUEPRINT not being followed today? How did our schools veer off the path? This book provides you with that information! For the first time in a single book, the entire fascinating story is told. In this brief, large-print book you will discover exactly what happened. It is a fascinating narrative. For the first time, you will learn what made the BLUEPRINT so effective in accomplishing its purpose.
2 You will also learn how certain changes in our educational work dramatically changed the entire fabric of our denomination. What was God's original plan for our schools? What were the forces at work which, although sometimes unwittingly, sought to destroy it? What caused our colleges and universities to be transformed into modern look- alikes to the schools of the world in curriculum, coursework, textbooks, entertainment, and teacher training? We will not be able to solve the problem until we learn what it is and what caused it. Encouraging, strengthening. Builds confidence in the foundations on which the church is built. Provides answers as to how to return to them. We are in a situation that we must get out of, but we must get out right.' A. G. Daniells, GC President, quoted in Minutes of the CME Board, October 22, 1913, p. 682. It does seem too bad that, after all that providence, toil, and treasure have done to build up this school, such a small percentage of its output seems to be available for the one thing above all others for which it has been founded.
3 I feel that the situation is heart-breaking. Magan, CME President, to Owen S. Parrett, letter dated April 3, 1927. I do not know what lies ahead for the school. I am praying, sometimes I think, almost night and day and spending much time on my knees in earnest supplication .. It may be that this school will have to go down and upon its ashes God will uprear one of a sort more in harmony with His will. As I see things here, they are in a great, great peril. Magan, letter to Professor Klooster, September 1, 1937. The whole question of medical education is -becoming an increasingly difficult one .. But our necks are in the noose. Magan, letter to Professor Klooster, September 1, 1937. TABLE OF CONTENTS. Preface introduction What might have been PART ONE. THE BEGINNINGS OF OUR EDUCATIONAL WORK. (1867 - 1904). BEGINNINGS AT BATTLE CREEK. HOW OTHER SCHOOLS BEGAN.
4 BATTLE CREEK AND WALLA WALLA. EMMANUEL MISSIONARY COLLEGE. PART TWO. THE STORY OF MADISON AND WHY WE LOST IT. (1904 - 1965). PURCHASING THE NELSON FARM. UNITED THOUGH SEPARATE. MAKING A START. TRANSITIONS. HOW THE END CAME. PART THREE. THE STORY OF LOMA LINDA AND WHAT IT DID TO OUR CHURCH. (1905 - ONWARD). BEGINNINGS. FINDING HILL BEAUTIFUL. AN IMPORTANT LETTER. STATING BASIC OBJECTIVES. EXAMINING THE BLUEPRINT . NEARING THE CRISIS. 1910: ENTERING THE CRISIS. THE PARRETT MEMOIRS. OTHER EVENTS IN 1910. EVENTS IN 1912. EVENTS IN 1913. 1914 AND 1915. 1916-1919 EVENTS. THE PREMEDIC CRISIS BEGINS. THE CRISIS EXTENDS NATIONWIDE. DOUBTS OVERWHELM MAGAN. MAGAN INTENSIFIES THE PUSH. EVENTS IN 1931. BETWEEN 1931 AND 1935. THE COUNCIL THAT DUG THE GRAVE. AFTERMATH OF THE COUNCIL. MORE ACCREDITATION DEMANDS. SIGNIFICANT STATEMENTS. 1961-1964 EVENTS. MORE STATEMENTS.
5 EVENTS FROM 1977 TO 1990. PART FOUR. HOW OUR SCHOOLS ARE DESTROYING OUR CHURCH. (1935 - ONWARD). PART FIVE. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? (RIGHT NOW). Acknowledgments Bibliography Timeline THE BROKEN BLUEPRINT . Preface introduction What might have been PREFACE. In the summer of 1960, the present writer was trying to start a medical missionary center on the West Coast. But he found that there was no easily useable Inspired source of information for why and how medical missionary work should be done. So he compiled the book, The Medical Missionary Manual. Neither the three-volume Index nor the White CD Rom were available back then. So the compiler read through the various in-print and out-of-print Spirit of Prophecy books and organized the statements under their logical headings. The result was a 200-page mim-eograph book. In 1992, we retypeset and printed it as a book.
6 A few months ago, a more readable edition was published (and is available from us; see back of this book). The Medical Missionary Manual is a detailed Spirit of Prophecy compilation which explains in detail the what, why, and how of medical missionary work; not only for physicians but for all of God's people. It is valued for personal and class study by medical missionaries, both in America and overseas. One group has translated it into Spanish, and it is being used in a training school in southern Mexico. Over 200 students have already taken the course in that school alone. But the author had long recognized that a companion book was needed, one which would document how the Spirit of Prophecy BLUEPRINT was actually used by our early educational pioneers. In the process of writing the present book you now have in hand, two facts emerged: (1) The book must not only include medical missionary schools, but also the various agricultural/trade schools which Ellen White urgently recommended.
7 (2) The book must include not only the various facets of the educational BLUEPRINT , bequeathed us by Heaven through the Inspired Writings, but also how that BLUEPRINT was ultimately destroyed. Indeed, it would be impossible to present the one without the other; for they are inseparably connected in the history of those institutions. Hence the title of the book, The BROKEN BLUEPRINT . You are about to read the story of our great educational trainwreck. The present writer deeply wishes it were not so. Yet because it took place, we must learn lessons from it, as we attempt to search out the pieces of the original BLUEPRINT and put them back together. This book, is a companion book to The Medical Missionary Manual. Both can help our people start BLUEPRINT educational/medical missionary treatment/training centers which God can approve. As we open the Inspired Writings and plead in humility of heart for help, the angels will guide and lead each of us, step by step, in regard to our duty at this time in history.
8 Surely, we live in momentous times. The future is bright if, by faith in Christ, we will obey God. And, further down the road, we will inherit with all the saints the kingdom of light and glory, and will dwell forever with Christ our Lord and Saviour. vf introduction . We are told to study the history of the Advent Movement, so we can avoid the mistakes of those who have gone before. The present laborers should be stirred to make improvement as they see how former workers have weakened their powers, so that their services have been lost to the cause of God. Let the history and experience of those who have made mistakes be a warning to others. EGW, Series A, No. 7, p. 11. Their history is a beacon of warning to us, and points out a safe path for our feet if we will but shun their mistakes. EGW, November 30, 1897; p. 753. As God's people thus review the past, they should see that the Lord is ever repeating His dealings.
9 They should understand the warnings given, and should beware not to repeat their mistakes. Renouncing all self-dependence, they are to trust in Him to save them from again dishonoring His name. In every victory that Satan gains, souls are imperiled. 7 Testimonies, p. 210. The impact that our educational institutions have had on our denomination over the years is incredible, yet true. You are going to read the astounding story of how a departure from our God-given BLUEPRINT in education has, in great measure, led to the conditions now existing in our church. WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. The entire world needed to be warned to return in repentance to God and to obedience, through the enabling grace of Jesus Christ, to the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, the church that God had raised up to unitedly give this final message often faltered, and Ellen White frequently wept over the fact.
10 Important decisions which should have been made at the April 1901 General Conference Session in Oakland, California, had not been made. Strong animosities had not been settled. Then, on February 18, 1902, after repeated warnings, the Battle Creek Sanitarium burned to the ground. In November 1901, she sent an urgent warning to the Review, not to print certain objectionable material. When that warning was not heeded, the Review building burned to the ground on December 30. Six days later, upon receiving word of the latest tragedy, Ellen White described a vision she had of an event which she hoped would change everything. One day at noon I was writing of the work that might have been done at the last General Conference if the men in positions of trust had followed the will and way of God. Those who have had great light have not walked in the light.