I was brought up in England, and...

I was brought up in England, and a good part of my short education was received at a school which was managed along religious lines. I am indeed very grateful for the sincere and intensive efforts made there to teach the boys the Bible and Christian duties. When I was fifteen years of age I had to leave school.

I was sent to Central America, where my family lived. Although I continued to read the Bible, which I always loved, I drifted away from all religious activities and became involved in ways of the world with all the unhappy consequences. This state of affairs went on for twenty-one years. As a child I had suffered from internal troubles; now these became chronic and greatly aggravated. I was operated on for an extreme case of chronic colitis, and although the operation was as successful as it could be, I was told that probably the old trouble would again afflict me within seven years. I had not yet learned that I could be in the world, but not necessarily of it. I had not learned the true meaning of Jesus' words (Matt. 19:21), "Go and sell that thouhast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me."

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