MUSEUM PIECE: Luzeiro I in dry-dock. José Alves, the last captain, says, “All north Brazil was influenced by the pioneering of the Halliwells.”It was late in the afternoon when we had treated the last patient. As Mrs. Halliwell was very tired, we moved downstream to a beautiful spot. As the sun sank low in the west, its last rays painted the sky a beautiful crimson, and the reflection in the peaceful waters seemed perfect. The tall palm trees along the banks threw their shadows far out in the stream, and the parrots and other tropical birds were flying overhead, returning to their rest for the night. In the tropics there is no twilight. The beautiful crimson disappeared, and darkness settled down around our little boat. [Then] the eastern sky began to brighten when soon the tropical moon came riding forth over the tops of the palms to reverse the position of the shadows and paint the dark waters a beautiful silver.
MONUMENTAL FIGURES:Generations of Adventists have learned about missions by reading the adventures of Leo and Jessie Halliwell.“Father died yesterday with the fever,” he replied, “and Mother is at home now, burning up with a high fever…. I had two brothers, but they died last week.”
PUBLIC RECOGNITION: The Cruzeiro do Sul commendation was given to the Halliwells by the president of Brazil—an honor to those who give relevant service to the nation.Little Antonio was going back to his home, but not to what we in the United States call home. His was only a hut on the bank of the river, with the dense jungle behind, full of wild animals, snakes, and the anopheles mosquitoes that transmit the deadly fever. His was a home of poverty, sickness, suffering, superstition, and finally death. But the saddest of all, they were without God and without hope in the world. Like little Antonio, there are thousands and thousands of people living along the great Amazon who have never heard of the Saviour’s love for lost humanity.