John Trew Dickson

Chapter 17 South Africa (1905-1906)

The two years following Mr. McClure’s visit to the British Isles were filled with busy service for the Lord in South Africa. He had often been exercised about visiting the Transvaal and Cape Colony; but for twenty years Ontario and British Columbia in Canada, and Washington, Oregon and California in the United States had been his special fields of labor, and in these fields a harvest of souls was reaped. Through his own ministry and associated with others of his fellow-laborers in these St...

Chapter 33 The Funeral

Many were the expressions of deep sorrow and loss among the Lord’s people in many lands as the news reached them that Mr. McClure had been called home. Tributes from aged and experienced saints who valued him and his ministry were sent from the colonies, South Africa, and the British Isles, all speaking of the great and noble standards of life that our beloved brother possessed. During the long years Mr. McClure had spent in the Lord’s service there were certain principles that govern...

Chapter 31 Declining Years (1936-1937)

In 1938 Mr. McClure had a hemorrhage and was taken to the hospital in a serious condition and little hope was held for him, but he recovered and after a few weeks convalescence he desired to attend the Houston, Texas, Conference in October. It was quite an undertaking but Mr. S. Greer, who had been conveying him around in his car and helping him from placed to place, promised to take him by automobile on the 2,000 mile trip. They arranged to spend a few days in Jerome, Arizona, on the way...

Chapter 30 Third Visit To Africa (1934-1935)

In 1934 Mr. McClure passed through a very trying experience—cataracts had formed in both eyes and after consulting a number of doctors, some of whom were his brethren in Christ and took a deep interest in his case, he was advised by all to have an operation performed. This was arranged for and the operation was partly successful. To him the time he was kept in darkness seemed long. However, he sought grace to be subject to the will of God. Usually he loved to pore over the Word of God taki...

Chapter 29 Second Visit To South Africa (1931-1933)

For some years Mr. McClure had a strong desire to make a return visit to South Africa, and also to see other foreign lands with the object of imparting to the Lord’s people what he had gleaned from the fields of Holy Scripture. Although he kept busy with nightly meetings, yet since the attack of “shingles” his health was not very good and the doctor advised a long sea journey as a means of recuperating. Such a voyage was no affliction to brother McClure for he loved ocean trips and he ...

Chapter 28 Boston (1928-1930)

Mr. McClure often enjoyed visiting the city of Boston, Mass. In that vicinity there are many places of note and special interest to the American people— places which have been preserved and their history handed down from one generation to another. “The Boston Tea Party” commemorates the fateful occasion when the colonists threw a cargo of tea into the harbor because of the tax levied by the King of England. There is also “Bunker Hill,” and the road where Paul Revere took that renow...

Chapter 27 Journeying (1924-1927)

The usual conference meetings were held in Los Angeles at Christmas and in Monrovia at New Year, 1924, at which brother McClure was present. He then had a long series of meetings in Jefferson Street Hall, Los Angeles, and next a series in Fresno. After this he began in Bethany Hall, Oakland, where he continued for seven weeks, ministering the word to saints and the gospel to the unsaved. In all three places he saw precious fruit gathered in. Our brother then went to San Diego for a needed re...

Chapter 26 A Visit To London (1922-1923)

Mr. Frank Hunter, whom Mr. McClure had known in Australia, paid a visit to California on his way to Ireland. After a few months’ preaching on the Pacific Coast, they both traveled together to the East. They were present at the conferences in Waterloo and Des Moines in June, at which their ministry was much appreciated by the Lord’s people. Having made a number of visits to different assemblies they arrived in New England and were present at the New Bedford Conference on Labor Day, and...

Chapter 25 Conferences (1917-1921)

The tent meetings were growing in attendance and interest in Sydney, and a number of precious souls were saved. Christians from Sydney Mines and Leitches Creek made every effort to be present at the tent; however, Mr. McClure had arranged to attend the New Bedford Conference on Labor Day. When Mr. Goodwin came along he bade us farewell and said, “I am real sorry at leaving.” He had much enjoyed the work in the tent, the open air, and also in ministry, teaching the few saints in those par...

Chapter 23 T. D. W. Muir (1911-1916)

Mr. T. D. W. Muir, whose name is well known in the United States and Canada as a soul winner and devoted servant of Christ, and who was for many years editor of “Our Record,” was a close friend of Mr. McClure. During a mighty awakening in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, in 1875, under the ministry of Mr. Donald Munro and Mr. John Smith, two young men sat one night in the meeting under deep conviction of sin, and before they left the hall, both were rejoicing in the knowledge of sins fo...
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