Cyril H. Brooks

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 27 - The Progress of the Gospel

CHAPTER 27 The Progress of the Gospel “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.” (2 Thess. 3:1) No doubt most will be aware that the more literal translation is “that the word of the Lord may run.” In making this prayer request, Paul remembered how the Gospel spread so quickly in Thessalonica, as he had written in the first epistle, “The Lord’s message rang out from you, not...

Grace Triumphant - Intro and Chapter 1 - Where It All Began

Introduction Two years of combat duty in France in World War I – deliverance in moments of danger. In hospital with pneumonia and pleurisy – the doctor’s verdict, “He won’t live through the night!”  Years of missionary service in the Philippines including facing starvation during Japanese occupation and internment camp.  Dramatic rescue shortly before planned assassination by the Japanese.  Experiences like these have made up a full life, a life full of God’s go...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 18 - Home at Last

CHAPTER 18 Home at Last “Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.” (Psa. 107:30) Back in the 1920’s two brothers, Fred and John Murset, with their families, moved from Buffalo to Los Angeles.  Leaving a missionary-minded assembly like Assembly Hall, they were disappointed at the lack of missionary interest in southern California.  The wives, Hattie and Dora, missed the monthly sisters’ missionary meeti...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 17 - Homeward Bound!

CHAPTER 17 Homeward Bound! “Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die.” (Psa. 79:11) The Lord indeed had heard our groans and had preserved us.  Now we were to spend six weeks in Bilibid waiting for repatriation.  The military authorities hadn’t been able to prepare adequately for us.  Anna and Rose slept on a hard cement floor for several nights before b...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 16 - Liberation from Internment

CHAPTER 16 Liberation from Internment “Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.” (Psa. 66:5) One day some duty, which I have now forgotten, took me to the gymnasium in the lower part of the camp.  A large number of men were billeted there and on a cupboard beside one man’s cot these words were written: “Sept. 20 – Worst slop I ever tasted. Sept. 21 – Sweetest music I ever heard.” The ...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 15 - Life in an Internment Camp

CHAPTER 15 Life in an Internment Camp “Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5) One afternoon in July 1944, while a neighbor missionary was visiting us, we observed some Japanese officials going to the home of another missionary.  Our visitor hurriedly left by a back way so as to be home if they should visit him.  Soon the unwelcome guests were at our door.  They ordered us to all st...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 14 - The Japanese Occupation

CHAPTER 14 The Japanese Occupation “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” (Psa. 78:19) “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” (Psa. 23:5) Just before the Japanese entered Manila, we got off a cable to the brethren in New York letting them know that we were then all right.  They had no further work about us until January 1943, when evacuees on the S.S. Gripsholm passed on word about us.  It was a trying time for o...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 13 - War Clouds Gather

CHAPTER 13 War Clouds Gather “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” (Psa. 27:3) As mentioned in the last chapter, our second furlough was 1937 to 1938.  During this furlough we tried to manage that Leonard and Kenneth would have a year in public school.  In the Philippines we had been teaching them ourselves using the Calvert course.  Though this demanded a ...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 8 - Beginning Our Missionary Work

CHAPTER 8 Beginning Our Missionary Work “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest…for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” (Gen. 28:15) Landing for the first time in a strange land is always an interesting experience.  As soon as our ship cleared quarantine a stream of people came aboard.  Among them was Mrs. Wightman (Mr. Wightman was abroad just then) and Mr. Jesus Alva...

Grace Triumphant - Chapter 9 - Back to Manila

CHAPTER 9 Back to Manila “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (1 Cor. 1:27) The time came for a decision as to our place of service for the Lord.  Should we continue in Camarines Norte and endeavor to establish an assembly work there?  Or should we return to Manila and help build up the work in that area?  It was evident it would ...
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