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Dorka Ellis Talks About Truth

Sabbath services on June 11, 2016, began with a song service led by Nicole (sophomore) and Edi (elementary), accompanied on the piano by Jacqueline Miller. The opening song was “Give Me the Bible”.  

Daryll Ellis had opening prayer and read John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Dorka Ellis welcomed everyone.

Susie Moro told about work in Bolivia at the school. The school has 60 academy students. Just before she came, government surveyors came to survey the school land; eventually the government said they would take the best part of the property, including the river frontage and the spring. This is being worked with. Her husband Cornelius has started raising sheep and is planning to plant bananas and sugar cane.  Currently the school is setting up an aviation program. When this program begins, people will be able to do medical work in the villages. Three brand-new planes have been donated to the project. The school tries to help the students learn to serve others by working with hospitals and nursing homes in the area and by doing Bible studies and meetings. Every spring break students go to help remote villages.

She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Nicole and Edi.  Nicole (sophomore) and Mr. Theo then had special music.

Dorka Ellis had the superintendent’s remarks.  She then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Elizabeth Castle in the church sanctuary and one taught by Stanton Rolle “behind the glass” in the church for the students.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Dorka Ellis: 
  1. Friendship involves trust and respect.
  2. People learn to trust people when they have been helped through hard times, when they learn that these people are honest.
  3. John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”  The Word of God is truth.
  4. The truth is legal.  Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether.”
  5. The truth guides you.   2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 
  6. Truth shows us a better way and is accurate. Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
  7. We don’t always understand the truth, but truth is still accurate.
  8. Jesus’ truth is real, legal, accurate, and a good guide. 
Personnel Other Than Students:
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Dorka Ellis – wife of Daryll Ellis / former Laurelbrook staff member
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jacqualine Miller – semi-retired nurse living on Laurelbrook property
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Susie Moro – she and her husband Cornelius are missionaries in Bolivia, running a school there, something they have been doing for nine years / former Laurelbrook staff members

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