BLENDING IN: Soon after their arrival in China, Harry and Maude Miller pose in the dress of those they came to serve.r. Miller was walking with Stella Houser, one of his older students, when she inquired about his plans for the future. As a former secretary to the Foreign Mission Board of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, she was constantly on the lookout for possible missionaries.
A CAREER OF CARING: Miller and his wife, Maude, made their maiden voyage to China on the Empress of India.When Dr. John Harvey Kellogg learned of their plans, he determined to dissuade them. There were, he said, high stations awaiting them in a number of medical schools and hospitals. He was persuasive, but the needs of China stood out in stark relief against the attractive alternative. [The] decision to part with Dr. Kellogg [was] a decision clouded with occasional forebodings about the future in a country that had been a graveyard for many well-meaning missionaries before them.
Throughout his career Miller served in hospitals and clinics around the world.“We made a brief stop at Victoria and then headed out into the deep, cocky as ever. By this time we were all in bed, and the boat was beginning to rock. If it had just rocked one way it wouldn’t have been so bad, but it was rocking all ways and always. A terrible sensation came over me. Selmon and I were in the same airtight cabin, and the four women in another. Soon we were so sick that neither of us could even get up to check on the women.