Dr. White's letter to his father (1896)

"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 instruction.

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 pays well.

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)]

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