Notes from the Camp Welfare Work

Before the advent of the Christian Science Wartime Worker in one of the camps, two soldiers seeking a quiet place to read the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly were both led to the same spot at the same time, and thus began the group which was still new when the Wartime Worker arrived. Meetings were held every night under a live oak on the side of a hill overlooking "the largest infantry training center" in the army. In the long twilight the study of the Lesson-Sermon brought the boys into closer comradeship. The meetings also served as a clearing house of problems.

On this hill, which the men named the Oak Bowl, many healings were experienced. One healing was of a soldier who had never had any experience in Christian Science and had been suffering almost continuously for about a year with a painful condition in his right side. The girl to whom he was engaged asked him to see the Christian Science Wartime Worker, which he did. His difficulty seemed to be overwhelming, but he managed to get to the meeting on the hill. After the Lesson-Sermon was read and discussed, Christian Science treatment was explained as simply as possible with no mention of any specific disorder. The man was healed, and walked down the hill without a trace of the former ailment, and there was no recurrence of the trouble.

Some of the men in the group, who had left home for the first time and gone many miles, were distressed by being so far away. Their attention was called to Mrs. Eddy's words in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (pp. 149, 150), "Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee." And they were helped by realizing that Love had always been where they felt it was not.

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