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The Madison School

What was The Madison School?

Just “What was the madison school?”  is one of the most commonly asked question when it is brought to the attention of the average mind. But as we shall see in our upcoming studies, no study of God’s Blueprint, true education and its practical application can be dealt  with, without answering the question what was “The Madison School”!

Well, instead of trying to answer that or letting the world answer that -for the world knows abut this school. Infact, this school was listed in Ripley’s believe or not (more about that later); but first, we will let inspiration tells us what this school was for it can do a much better job than any in this world. notice the following quotation:

” The Lord in His providence has brought about the establishment of the Madison school through the efforts of Brethren [E. A.] Sutherland and [P. T.] Magan, and a few faithful associates. Their labors have been performed under no ordinary circumstances. These men had an experience at Berrien Springs which was a severe one, but the Lord brought them safely through it and made it a means of blessing to them. They felt that they must go to the South and labor for this needy field. They went out not knowing whither they were going, and the Lord guided them to Madison, a beautiful place of 400 acres. For a time the way for the establishment of the work seemed hedged up. The Lord led His servants through a trying experience, but He saw the end from the beginning. When some of their brethren expostulated and labored to discourage them, the Lord encouraged. And the results of the efforts put forth at that place we can see; The Lord’s blessing has rested upon their efforts.  {11MR 182.1}

Note: What you are about to read next in inspiration concerning “The Madison School” is so important, that I want to make sure that you don’t miss it, dear reader. You are about to read in the Spirit of Prophecy that no school in America (yea the world) has done as much as The Madison School concerning true education! This is exciting! Are you ready? Read on….

    ” The work that the laborers have accomplished at Madison has done more to give a correct knowledge of what an all-round education means than any other school that has been established by Seventh-day Adventists in America. The Lord has given these teachers in the South an education that is of highest value, and it is a training that God would be pleased to have all our youth receive.  {11MR 182.2}
The close confinement of students to mental work has cost the life of many precious youth. The Madison school, in its system of education, is showing that mental and physical powers, brain and muscle, must be equally taxed. The example that it has given in this respect is one that it would be well for all who engage in school work to emulate. If the physical and mental powers were equally taxed, there would be in our world far less of corruption of mind and far less feebleness of health.–Letter 168, 1908, pp. 3, 4. (To J. E. White and wife, May 26, 1908.)  {11MR 182.3}

And Why is The Madison Plan important to our study today?

Let’s Watch how the Spirit of Prophecy answers this question:

“The class of education given at the Madison School is such as will be accounted a treasure of great value by those who take up missionary work in foreign fields. My brethren, let no hindrance be placed in the way of men and women who are seeking to gain such an education as those at the Madison School are receiving. If many more in other schools were receiving a similar training, we as a people would become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. The message would quickly be carried to every country, and souls now in darkness would be brought to the light.  {SpM 423.2}

“There is plenty of land lying waste in the South that might have been improved as the land about the Madison School has been improved. The time is soon coming when God’s people, because of persecution, will be scattered in many countries. Those who have received an all-round education will have the advantage wherever they are. The Lord reveals divine wisdom in thus leading his people to the training of all their faculties and capabilities for the work of disseminating truth.  {SpM 423.3}

 “Every possible means should be devised to establish schools on the Madison order… and those who lend their means and their influence to help this work are aiding the cause of God. I am instructed to say to those who have means to spare; Help the work at Madison. You have no time to lose. Satan will soon rise up to create hindrances; let the work go forward while it may. This is no time for weakness to be woven into our experience. Do not spend your money for unnecessaryhings, do not waste it on story magazines and cheap literature, but take your surplus means and say, I will use this in employing men and women to give the last message of warning to the world.  {SpM 423.4}

 “The class of education given at the Madison school is such as will be accounted a treasure of great value by those who take up missionary work in foreign fields. My brethren, let no hindrance be placed in the way of men and women who are seeking to gain such an education as those at the Madison school are receiving. They are working after the Lord’s directions. If many more in other schools were receiving a similar training, we as a people would become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. The message should quickly be carried to every country, and souls now in darkness would be brought to the light. These men under the special light the Lord has given are not to be hindered in any way, for the Lord is leading them.  {20MR 100.4}

     “It would have been pleasing to God if, while the Madison school has been doing its work, similar schools had been established in different parts ….  {20MR 100.5}

I wander what The Madison School plan was?

We will look at the Blue-Print for the Madison School in upcoming studies…Visit us again soon.