"The College celebrated its tenth Commencement last June.
Seventy-five young men `of the princes of the provinces'
from the Western half of Asia Minor have graduated in
these ten classes, of whom five are deceased. Of the
remainder, 12 have studied for the Ministry, others will
yet do so. Four of these, in Marsovan, Edinburgh, Hartford
and New Haven, have not yet finished their studies; the
rest are all at work in Turkey. Nine others are so situated
as teachers that they frequently or habitually preach,--
work for which the daily Bible lesson given every one of
our students furnishes no mean preparation.
There are 27 teachers, and teaching even more than in the
U.S. is an integral part of Christian service. Far more
than 1,000 pupils, ranging in grade from the little orphan
to the students of high school and college, are under their
Some 15 may be said to have entered `business'; six have
elected to study medicine. Of these one was last year first
in his class in Beirut. One was a prize man in a class of 114
in Baltimore; another was an honor man in Minneapolis. Within
a few months three young men, one not a graduate, have accepted
employment in Greece in teaching, Bible colportage and preaching.
Such an institution naturally has many students who do not
finish the course, but are greatly benefitted as partial
students. One such is a teacher of Latin in America; another
is a Gregorian priest and a preacher to his people; another,
a Protestant minister whose two houses of worship were burned
in the `events' of last year, preaches every Sabbath in two
Gregorian churches. Many useful teachers have been recruited
from this class.
The hope of any people is in its young men. We Americans are
inevitably foreigners. But the relation of teacher and pupil
is one of the closest that can exist. Our young men often
disappoint us, yet quite as often on the favorable as on the
unfavorable side, and work for them and with them certainly
Anatolia College never seemed more promising than now, never
so fully had the confidence of the people, nor was it the aim
of so many youth."
[From: George E. White's "Adventuring With Anatolia College", p. 36/7
(Herald-Register Publishing Company, Grinnell, Iowa, March 1940)]