George Campbell Biography, Evangelist to Newfoundland - 9 - THE CHALLENGE OF MARRIAGE

 CHAPTER 9

THE CHALLENGE OF MARRIAGE

?And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him!?

Genesis 2:18

?The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her... She will do him good and worketh willingly.., a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. . .

Proverbs 31

?And Jesus drew near and went with them!?

(Engraved on engagement watch George gave to Mona.)

A SCOTTISH NURSE

A young woman in Scotland was training to be a missionary nurse. Mona Laird wanted to serve the Lord in Africa, so had taken training at a special hospital in tropical diseases. While at this hospital, Mona met two girls who were going to nurse in Newfoundland. One Scottish girl was going to a cottage hospital at Harbour Breton. This girl cor­responded with Mona regularly and told her that Newfoundland would be a good place to get experience for missionary work. In a cottage hospital you could give anesthetics and other procedures a nurse normally wouldn?t do.

So Mona came to Newfoundland and spent a year in the cottage hospi­tal at Markland. As she was preparing to return to Scotland at the end of the year, Bert Joyce, who had met her at the Smith Avenue Gospel Hall in St. John?s, sent her a telegram from Labrador:

?NURSE IN FORTEAU LEAVING FOR SIX MONTHS STOP ANX­IOUS TO HAVE A CHRISTIAN NURSE ON THE COAST STOP IF INTERESTED WIRE DR. THOMAS ST. ANTHONY??

Through a series of interesting experiences and obviously being guid­ed by her Lord, Mona began a six-month term at the nursing station in Forteau, Labrador.

In order for Mona to get to the meetings of the assembly at Forteau, she had to get a ride with someone, and that particular person was the preacher, George Campbell. She wasn?t all that impressed with George!

Mrs. Suz Fowler in West St. Modeste invited the nurse and the preacher home for supper one evening. I felt it would be only right to try to teach the nurse from Scotland how to drive on the right side of the road. That began a series of driving lessons on the Labrador road, although on most Labrador and Newfoundland roads in 1960 everyone drove in the middle!

HOW TO ASK THE BIG QUESTION

I can?t say I was all that impressed with the new nurse until one day, when I was at the nursing station. I looked in a room, and there sat the nurse reading the Bible to a patient. It dawned on me that this girl wasn?t just a nurse, but was in that hospital to serve the Lord. I had been five years in Labrador and thought I had indication from God that I should get married. While I had been waiting, God was preparing Mona and finally sent just the right person to the field. So one day, coming along the road in the car, I decided to ask her to marry me. I tried to word it right, and was just getting started when the muffler dropped off the car! There was no way to talk, let alone propose marriage!

Now I was stuck because I didn?t want to do anything that had any appearance of evil. I knew the people in the villages figured the preacher wanted to marry the nurse and were watching to see that everything was honourable.

Mona?s first patient when coming to Labrador was Mary Barney, and [could always talk to Mary. She and other sisters prayed for us and so arrangements were made at Mr. and Mrs. Spofford Earle?s house to have the nurse for supper. When she came, I asked her to step into the inside room; I wanted to talk to her. After I closed the door, I opened the Bible to Genesis 24 and read how Rebekah?s family asked her, ?Wilt thou go with this man??

Then I passed her the Bible and said, ?You read now!? After she read it, I asked, ?What does it say??

And Mona answered, .... . And she said, I will go!?

Others must have been listening because by the time the meeting was over that night, the news was all around the place that we were going to get married.

Don Moffatt, who was visiting at the time, announced our engage­ment at the close of the meeting.

We were married in April 1961, and I am forever grateful to God for giving me not only a wife but a friend, a fellow-worker in the Lord?s serv­ice, a woman who could guide and lead in our home when I was away, a counselor and a teacher. Yes, even a teacher, because I have learned much from my beloved Mona. Even now, when I am lying on my bed in the terminal stages of cancer, I marvel how the Lord provided just the right help for me. How I thank God for you, Mona!

A lesson I want to pass on is this: put God first, be willing to wait His time and He will guide you in this most important area of your life. Mona didn?t get to Africa, but she did serve God in the place that He wanted her.

Related scriptures: Proverbs 3:5-6; Genesis 24; Proverbs 18:22; Proverbs 19:14; Luke 25:15; Matthew 6:33; Psalm 2 7:14.