that if I had not gone to Cape Palmas with Bishop Taylor, I would
not have had a shadow of a chance. But when God is on our side,
you may not fear what man may do.
Away back in the years before, He had said, " Behold, I have
set before you an open door, and no man shall shut it." How I
proved His every word true.
Brother Ware was not well, so did not get to the Conference at
Bassa. On Sunday morning we had a great Love Feast. The
Spirit of the Lord was among us, and at 10:30 the Bishop preached.
What a sermon! I suppose they had never heard anything like it.
Surely the Lord of Hosts was with us.
Just after the consecration of the elements for the sacrament,
as the Bishop was about to proceed in administering, or passing it,
the steamer signalled, and the good Bishop was notified that he
must leave. He had already announced that he was to preach to
the young people and children at three p. m., and had asked all
the other people to be seated in the gallery, and reserve the body
of the church for the young people and children. So, when the
Bishop had to leave, he turned to Brother Ware, and said:
"Brother Ware, if you are not well, Sister Amanda Smith will
take the service this afternoon in my stead."
"Yes," Brother Ware said, "we shall be glad to have Sister
Smith take the service."
I saw it was an awful pill, but he swallowed it as meekly as he
Oh! how the Lord did bless me that afternoon.
At night I took the service again. The power of the Lord was
present among the people. One good sister in the Episcopal
Church, Sister Tubman, got sanctified that night, as a seal to my
first work at Cape Palmas. The Lord gave her light and help, as
I went on talking from the fourteenth chapter of John, fourteenth
verse: " If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it,"
What a stir it made. The people were up in arms, and the
cat got out!
"Great Lord, that woman can preach. That ain't no so-so
talk. God is in that woman."
And so it went the rounds. They said, " What is the matter
with Brother Ware? Why don't he let her preach?"
Then a number of the brethren called on him, and asked him
to give me an appointment, as they all wanted to hear me speak.